Family Association




JUNE, 2011


Annual reunion, 2011

Emily Dickinson museum

amherst, ma



FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011


            5 PM               Board Meeting, Wiggins Tavern, Northampton, MA

            6 PM               Social Hour, Wiggins Tavern

            7 PM               Dinner, Wiggins Tavern




            9:00 AM          Gathering of Cousins, Dickinson Homestead, Amherst, MA

            9:00 – 11:00    Open House at the Emily Dickinson Museum,

                                             the Homestead and the Evergreens

            11:30 AM        Welcome and Dickinson “Mask-erade” with group participation

            12 Noon          Lunch, Group Photo

            1:15 PM          Annual Meeting

            1:15 PM          Supervised activities and crafts for children

            2 PM               Main Speaker:  Jane Wald


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 2011 Reunion to be held at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, MA.  Please complete and return this card as soon as possible.  Our deadline is June 14.

                On Friday night June 24, we will be having dinner at Wiggins Tavern in Northampton, 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 Wiggins Tavern.          Number in party  _____ @ $36 each


Number for each entrée choice:       ___ Prime Rib                  ___ Broiled Tilapia                              Total $_______


            On Saturday June 25 reunion activities will start at 9:00 am, with lunch served at 12 noon.


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


NAME __________________________________________                                                       Total enclosed:   $ ________

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 Andrew Dickinson, president: (413) 634-2169.



TO AMHERST CENTER    FROM SOUTH: Take I-91 to exit 19 in Northampton. At the end of the ramp turn right onto Rte. 9.  Follow this (east)  6 mi. to the green in Amherst Center.    FROM WEST:  Take MassPike (I-90) to exit 4 and get on I-91 north.  Follow directions from the south above.  FROM NORTH:  Take I-91 to exit 20 in Northampton and follow signs to Rte. 9.  Take Rte. 9 east 6 mi to the green in Amherst Center.  FROM EAST:  Take MassPike (I-90) to exit 8.  Turn left after toll booth onto Rte. 32  At a fork, take a slight left onto High St. which eventually becomes Main St. in Three Rivers.  At the Sykes St intersection (traffic light) turn right and you will be on Rte. 181.  Follow that all the way to Belchertown center where you pick up US 202 north.  At the junction with Rte. 9 (traffic light) turn left and follow Rte. 9 about 9 mi. to Amherst. 



Main Street is the north boundary of the town green.  Proceed east on Main St. and the Museum is just past the Congregational church, on the left side of the street.  Metered parking is on the west-bound side of Main St., but side streets with blue reserved parking signs are available for (free) public parking in the summer.  Two handicapped-authorized cars may park in the “staff space”.  The two marked handicapped parking spaces may NOT be used by DFA members as they must remain available for the public tours which will be in progress throughout the day.  Handicapped-authorized cars may drive up the driveway for a drop-off.  The reunion tents are in the rear of the homestead.   The OPEN HOUSE from 9-11am is available for a flat fee of $5 per person.   It is self-guided, with museum staff available to answer questions.  It  includes two floors of each of two houses and there is no elevator.


GENERAL PARKING is available in the Alumni lot.  The lot is on Seelye Street, which is one block east of the town green and runs between College Street (Rte. 9) and Main St.  Walk up Seelye St. to Main St., turn right and the Homestead is ahead on your left. 


TO WIGGINS TAVERN  (In the Hotel Northampton)

Take I-91 to Northampton.  FROM SOUTH: take exit 19; at the end of the ramp turn left and follow Bridge St. (Rte. 9) to the town center.  Turn right on King Street (Rte. 5) and the Hotel Northampton is ahead on your left.   FROM NORTH, take exit 20, Rtes. 5 and 10 south.  Rtes. 5 and 10 are King Street.  The Hotel Northampton is about a mile down the street on your right.   PARKING:  There is a parking lot off King Street just north of the Hotel, but it is often full.  There are some commercial lots (Banks, etc.) north on King St. and there may be places on side streets behind the Hotel.



BREAKING NEWS!   Next year’s reunion will be June 22-23, 2012.  Location to be determined.  More information to come.

Web site:  www.dickinsonfamilyassociation.org

Newsletter editor:  Dale Williams




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