Family Association




JUNE, 2010


Annual reunion, 2010

Mt. Holyoke college

South Hadley, ma



FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 2010


            5 PM               Board Meeting, Yarde House Restaurant, So. Hadley, MA

            6 PM               Social Hour, Yarde House

            7 PM               Dinner, Yarde House





            9:30 AM          Gathering of Cousins, Morrison Room, Willits Hallowell Center,

                                                Mt. Holyoke College

            11:30 AM        Welcome and Presentation by Wethersfield Historical Society

            12 Noon          Group Photo and Lunch

            1:15 PM          Annual Meeting

            2 PM               Main Speaker:  Dr. Martha Ackmann


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.

Refer questions to Alan Dickinson, (413)596-9648,  anbdickinson@charter.net



The Dickinson Family Association, PO Box 2, Whately, MA 01093

Dear Cousin,

                We hope you will join us for the 2010 Reunion to be held at Mount Holyoke College in So. Hadley, MA.  Please complete and return this card as soon as possible.  Our deadline is June 15.

                On Friday night June 25, we will be having dinner at The Yarde House restaurant on the green in So. Hadley, 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 Yarde House.   Number in party  _____ @ $26 each.

Number for each entrée choice:


___ Grilled Sirloin Steak     ___ Roast Pork Loin     ___ Sole Francaise     ___ Vegetarian Pasta           Total $_______


            On Saturday June 26 we will be gathering at 9:30 am, with lunch served at 12:15 pm.


YES I will be attending.  ____ Adults @ $28;   ____ Children 12 & under @ $10. (Under 5 free.)       Total $_______


Please write your name and address on the back of this form.

Checks should be made payable to The Dickinson Family Association and mailed to the address above.

Questions, call Virginia Allis, treasurer: (413) 665-4584;  or Alan Dickinson, president: (413) 596-9648.



Aside from the beautiful Mt. Holyoke College campus, South Hadley has many other sites you might want to explore for their historic, cultural, natural or educational value.  Several beautiful old homes, some restored and preserved, can be found on Woodbridge street (Rte.116) just north of the green.  The Firehouse Museum is in the south part of town known as South Hadley Falls.  It tells much of the history of the town as well as exhibits firefighting artifacts.  Heading west from the green on Hadley Street (Rte. 47) and turning left on Ferry Street will bring you down to the river and Brunelle’s Marina.  They have a restaurant with a beautiful view and a river boat, the “Lady B,” if you’d like to take a cruise.

     There are two excellent museums on the Mt. Holyoke campus, the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum and the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum.  The latter is named after an early Holyoke industrialist and features Skinner’s collection of decorative arts, furniture and geological specimens.  The Skinner State Park, accessed further up Rte. 47, just past the Hadley town line, has a road that leads up to one of the peaks on the Mt. Holyoke Range, and spectacular views.

     More information can be found at http://southhadleyma.virtualtownhall.net .




Mt Holyoke College and Willitts-Hallowell Center

From the South: Travel north on I-91.  Take exit 16 (Rte. 202)  Follow rte. 202 north through Holyoke, across the Connecticut River, and enter rotary, taking second right (staying on rte. 202).  Take the exit marked South Holyoke Center/Amherst, Rte. 116 north.  The college is approx. 2.5 miles from the exit.  Pass the main gate of the college on the right, take the next right onto Church Street; take third right into the Willits-Hallowell Center main parking lot.*

From the North:  Travel south on I-91.  Take exit 16.  At the end of the ramp take a left and follow Rte. 202 as above.

From the Mass. Pike (east or west): Take exit 5.  After toll, bear right.  At the end of ramp turn left onto Rte 33 for five miles to Rte. 166.  Turn right onto Rte 33 and drive approx. 1.5 miles north to the college.  See above.

*Lower level parking for Willits, more accessible to our reunion space can be reached by following the above directions except take the second right off Church street (Lower Lake Rd.) then the first left.  Over a small bridge, look for signs to Willits-Hallowell Center.  A walkway by the river brings you to the patio/entrance.


Yarde House Restaurant

Follow above directions to So. Hadley center.  The Yarde House is on Hadley St (rte.47), at the north end of the town green, next to the Post Office.  The restaurant has no parking lot but there is some street parking near the restaurant, especially on Woodbridge St (which is Rte 116 north).  A large parking lot is close by behind the Village Commons shops, on the west side of the green.


BREAKING NEWS!   It has just been confirmed that next year’s reunion will be June 24-25 in Amherst, MA, with all Saturday activities at the Emily Dickinson Museum.  More information to come.

Web site:  www.dickinsonfamilyassociation.org

Newsletter editor:  Dale Williams




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