Family Association




JUNE, 2006



                Annual reunion, 2006

                          Amherst, Massachusetts


                                              FRIDAY, JUNE 23


                   5:00 PM               Board Meeting at Lord Jeffery Inn

                   6:00 PM               Social Hour at Lord Jeffery Inn

                   7:00 PM               Dinner at Lord Jeffery Inn


                                              SATURDAY, JUNE 24


                   9:00 AM               Special Tour at Emily Dickinson Museum

                   9:00 AM               Registration and Social Time begins

                                                at South Congregational Church, Amherst

                   12:00 PM             Welcome and Lunch

                   12:45 PM             Annual Meeting of the Association

                   1:30 PM               Speaker:  Clif Read



                      If you haven’t yet replied to our April mailing or should you need one,

                        a duplicate response form is provided below for your convenience.



                Mail to: The Dickinson Family Association, PO Box 2, Whately, MA 01093 (413)596-9648

Dear Cousin,

            We hope you will join us for the 2006 Reunion to be held at the South Congregational Church, in

 Amherst, MA.  Please complete and return this card as soon as possible.  Our deadline is June 14th.

            On Friday night June 23rd, we will be having dinner at The Lord Jeffery Inn on the Green, in the center

of Amherst, MA.  We will gather at 6:00 pm and dinner will be served at 7:00 pm.


YES I would like to join you for dinner at The Lord Jeffery Inn.   Number in party  _____ @ $27.00 each.

Number for each entrée choice:

___ Marinated London Broil        ___ Chicken Lyon        ___ Pasta Primavera                    Total $_______


We will be gathering at 9:00 am on Saturday June 24th  with lunch served at 12 noon.


YES I will be attending. ____ Adults @ $20.00;  ____ Children @ $10.00 each. (Under 5 free.) Total $_______

                                    Checks should be made to The Dickinson Family Association


I plan to take the Emily Dickinson Museum tour at 9:00 am on Saturday.  Number in party: _____

(Pay at museum.)



     This year we are back in Amherst, a town which presents many great opportunities.  If you arrive early on Friday, you can spend some time in the special collections room at the Jones Library.  It is open from 10-5, and also on Saturday from 1-5.  Some Emily Dickinson manuscripts are housed there as well as abundant genealogical and historical books.

     Depending on weather, Friday may also be a good time for a visit to one of Amherst’s cemeteries.  West and Wildwood are relatively central and contain the graves of Emily and Austin, respectively.  North and South Amherst also have cemeteries with Dickinson graves.

     We also recommend a visit to the First Congregational Church.  It is open every day for self-guided tours.  Austin Dickinson was a prime force in the design and construction of this building.

     On Saturday, the Emily Dickinson Museum will present a special one-hour tour for our members at 9 am.  You will be able to visit both Emily’s home and that of her brother, Austin.  If you are still around on Sunday you may want to take in their special event, a lecture and garden tour.  For more details go to:  www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org. 


     Our reunion speaker, Clif Read, is Supervisor of Interpretive Services at the Quabbin Visitor Center.  He will speak on the history and current status of the reservoir.  We noted in our last Newsletter that Harvey Dickinson, who was also to speak, passed away in March.  Harvey will be with us, however, through a short video interview which he did a few years ago for public TV.

     We highly recommend a drive to the Quabbin.  The visitor center is about 15 minutes from Amherst. It is open 9-4:30 every day and provides spectacular views of the lake.  The Quabbin Park Cemetery is nearby with many graves moved from the flooded valley, and there are hiking trails all around the reservoir.

      Another possibility is the Swift River Valley Historical Society Museum.  It is open on Sunday from 1-4 pm.  There are exhibits and much information about the towns that were eliminated by the reservoir project and the people who lived there.




      The inn is on the east side of the green in the center of Amherst at 30 Boltwood Ave.


     At the northwest corner of the town green turn left.  The library is on the right at 43 Amity St.



     Both are on Main Street which is the north boundary of the town green. Go east about 2 blocks to the gray stone Church on the right.  The homestead is a little beyond the church on the left.      


     From Amherst center, go east on either Main Street or Rte 9 down the hill to S. East Street.  Turn right and proceed about 2.3 miles to the church.  Alternately, go south on Rte. 116.  After crossing the bridge watch for a left turn onto Shays St.  Go one mile to the church.

     Coming from the east on Rte. 9 from Belchertown you will hit S. East St. at a traffic light, just after Rte 9 curves to the left and before it starts up hill to the center.  Turn left and go 2+ miles to the church.

     Coming from the south on Rte. 116.  Go past Hampshire College.  At the traffic light at the Hess station turn right onto Pomeroy Lane.  Go 0.8 mile to the church.


     Three are off North Pleasant St. north of the town green.  West is on Triangle St., right at 2nd light.  Wildwood is further up off Strong St.  North is still further, opposite Rolling Ridge Rd.

     South is between Middle and S. East Sts. a little south of South Cong. Church.

     Quabbin Park Cemetery is on Rte. 9, past the entrance to the Visitor’s Center, on the right.



                                                                    Web site:  www.dickinsonfamilyassociation.org

Newsletter editor:  Dale Williams



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