April 2018 Newsletter


A message from the DFA Board

Hello Cousins, 

Plans for the 2018 reunion in South Hadley, MA have been confirmed.  The Friday evening events will take place at The Yarde Tavern (3 Hadley St.) located across the Village Green from Mount Holyoke College.  EntreE choices are: Chicken Marsala, Baked Cod, and Roasted Pork Loin. Salad, vegetables, rolls, coffee or tea, and dessert are included.

Saturday’s events will be held at the Willits-Hallowell Center (Morrison Room) same exact location as the 2013 reunion.  As per our recent newsletters, we are pleased to welcome, Ginger Grace (an accomplished actress), who will present an interactive performance entitled “Inside Emily Dickinson: Her Poetry and Her Life”.  We will also have a display table of information on other Dickinson Families.  On Sunday, you may also consider taking a tour of the Emily Dickinson Museum, as the reconstruction of its Conservatory was completed last year.

The schedule for the reunion events appears below (Saturday details are subject to change).  Enclosed with this newsletter is a reservation card and return envelope.  Please observe the deadline of June 14 for returning this card.  Directions for getting to the venues will appear in the June newsletter as will the final schedule.  We invite anyone who has something to add to our exhibit table to bring it on Saturday at 9:00am.

We’re happy to report that the January newsletter has elicited interest from some possible new board members.  We continue to invite any interested DFA members to contact one of the current board members and come join us at a board meeting.  The next one will be on Friday, June 22 at The Yarde Tavern at 5:30pm, before our annual dinner.  That board meeting is a less formal one, and is always open to any DFA member who wishes to attend. 


5:30pm            Open Informal Board Meeting
6:00pm            Social Hour
7:00pm            Annual Reunion Dinner

Saturday, June 23
9:15am       Gathering of cousins: registration, exhibits, sales & refreshments
11:15am     Counting of Cousins and Presentation of Gifts
11:45pm     Lunch
12:30pm     Group photo
12:45pm     Annual meeting
1:15pm       Main Speaker, Ginger Grace,  Topic:  “Inside Emily Dickinson” Performance
3:00pm       Q&A Session and Concluding Ceremony
ending by 3:30 pm

Ken Dickinson,  Vice President 

Please return your reservation card (shown at bottom on page 3) as soon as possible. 

Application forms are now available for the 2018 DFA scholarship.  Applicants must be descendants of Nathaniel Dickinson and must be accepted to a four-year college or university.  The deadline for submission is April 30, 2018.  Full information on requirements and an application form may be found on our website.  For additional information you may contact our scholarship chair, Jean Whitten, 9 Shepherd Rd, Manchester, NH 03104, jwhitten128@gmail.com

Diana Roberts Anderson, Hulett, NY; Stanley J. & Audree Dickinson Ayres, Eau Claire WI; Heidi Babos; Tabitha Bell; Marcia L. Calvin, Wakefield MA; Lillian Campbell, South Hadley, MA; Helen Condict Case; Candy Cooke, Buchanan Dam, TX; Brian Dickinson Crangle, Bayside, NY; Ruth Crespi, W Hartford, CT; Shirley Daniels, Roseville, CA; Andrew Dickinson, Wynantskill, NY; Barbara Dickinson, Roswell, NM; Betsy and Roy Dickinson, Clinton, CT; Betty Dickinson; Christina L. Dickinson; Kristen Dickinson, Red Wing, MN; Mary Edward Dickinson, Cheshire, CT; Mary M. Dickinson, Granville MA; Robert H. Dickinson, Apopka, FL; William and Jean Dickinson, Holyoke, MA; Paul Oliver Dickinson, Vernon, FL; John A. Estes, Ocala, FL; Margaret Ann Dickinson Gaetani, Kennebunk, ME; Chuck and Linda Dickinson Gardner, Monument, CO; Marelda Hart, Myrtle Beach, SC; William Lundin, North Canton, OH; Thomas McGurk, Dunwoody, GA; Joyce Murdock, Peoria, AZ; Thomas Shepard, Greenwich CT; Barry Smith, Barry; Lee Steventon, Menlo Park, CA; Kim Dickinson Testa, Altamont, NY; Joyce Howe Wagner, Simsbury, CT; William Wamester, Middletown, CT; Brad Dickinson; Thomas S. Dickinson; Mary Jane Dickinson Graham; Meredith Gray; Tom Guettler; Autumn Rader; Robie Spector

Please send your births, marriages and death announcements to Dickinson Genealogist Rebecca Passa at rlpassa99@gmail.com or 17 Pine St, Easthampton, MA 01207.

Please send your address and e-mail address changes to our membership clerk, Beth Landolina, at bethland719@yahoo.com.
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