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  • 12/06/2021 1:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Members, 

    Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Thanks to fellow Thanksgiving committee members - Katrine Giroux, Christine Charette, and Amy Forman - we raised enough funds to contribute to both local and surrounding community organizations. All this, plus pies and hand-made Thanksgiving cards for our seniors thanks to Table Talk Pies and Holliston Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and other community groups.

    But now - the holiday season is upon us with our Ladies Holiday Escape thanks to Jennifer Mott & Timea Kovaks. And don’t forget to Shop Local! 

    I want to close with a thank you to all our members for exemplifying the HNN mission of community and connection. Everyone should feel proud of our accomplishments over these past couple of years.  Together we can continue to help others and each other in 2022.  

    HNN - Building friendships, Building Community

    Wishing all of you a happy holiday season! 

    Debbie Colburn


  • 12/06/2021 1:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It's that time of year again for the popular Ladies Escape Holiday Party and Secret Frosty/Santa gift exchange! Join us via Zoom on Friday, December 10th at 7:00 p.m. for festive cocktails, gift sharing and laughter! Email with the following information on or before Nov. 24th, if you want to participate in the gift exchange:

    1.      Your address;

    2.      A hobby or activity you enjoy;

    3.      Your favorite color.

    I will email you back with all of the information you need to buy and deliver that perfect gift, in time for the party! Don't forget to shop local at our amazing Holliston shops!" 

    Thank you so much.

    Best, Jennifer

  • 12/06/2021 1:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Support our event by purchasing a house and spreading the word to your family & friends! 

    We have some great candies this year and we even have Necco wafers for your Gingerbread roof! Plus we are livening things up by bringing in an expert to share tips in decorating! (who doesn't love Abby from Sincere Cheer?!) 

    Each $40 ticket includes one fully assembled gingerbread house, frosting, and candy decorations, plus a zoom link to join the virtual session.

    You can also donate a house to a Holliston Pantry Shelf family.

    There will be one 1-hour virtual session on Saturday, December 11 at 4pm, but the recording will be shared with ticket holders if you can't make the live event.

    Order your Gingerbread Kit today!

    Holliston Newcomers & Neighbors - 2021 Virtual Gingerbread Workshop

    Thank You!

    Angela Page ( & Roan Miles (


  • 12/06/2021 1:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    December is traditionally a very busy month for all, so Book club will take its usual break. We hope that you can find a little time to read one of your holiday favorites, something from your personal wish list, or perhaps get a head start on one of our 2022 selections.

    •  January-The Day the World Came to Town by Jim DeFede
    •  February-One Book, One Holliston-Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted by Suleika Jaouad
    • March-Radium Girls by Kate Moore
    • April-The Almost Legendary Morris Sisters by Julie Klam
    • May/June-TBD-ideas welcome!

    However you spend your days, we wish everyone a warm and wonderful December as you gather with friends and family for special celebrations. See you in the New Year!

    Cindy and Sue, Book Club Co-Chairs

    Cindy Carr

    Sue Hatton

  • 11/06/2021 11:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We may not be ‘back to normal’ but we are getting there.

    We’ve had a few fun outdoors, in person Ladies Escapes thanks to Timea Kovaks & Jennifer Mott and being virtual doesn’t stop Book Club from picking out some great books to keep us reading thanks to co-chairs Sue Hatton & Cindy Carr. And with a special thanks to Julianne Catlin - our Halloween fundraising event on the Rail Trail made a comeback! 

    HNN also continues to be able to support our local organizations by providing the resources to make a Happy Thanksgiving for our community. All thanks to my Thanksgiving Basket co-chairs Katrine Giroux and Christine Charette plus Thanksgiving Senior Meal coordinator Amy Forman, 

    In this month of thanks - I want to thank the HNN Exec & Committee Boards plus all of our membership for joining this great organization with its mission of community support. It is the people of HNN that make it the great organization that it is.

    Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving! 

    Debbie Colburn

  • 11/06/2021 11:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Playgroups and Children’s Activities have combined with new leaders, Ashley Hatfield and Brittany Miller, organizing fun ways to get together each month. If you are on Facebook and not yet a member of the “Holliston Newcomers & Neighbors Playgroup” group, please join us there! We will have a calendar of our events and local events pinned to the top of the group so you can always check to see what’s going on each week. The link to join is:

    With the holidays in mind, November will feature just two activities. On Friday, November 12th between 11am-1pm we will be at Altitude Trampoline Park in Franklin for their Junior Jump (ages 6 and under). You can find more information and purchase discounted tickets here:

    And on Tuesday the 16th we will be meeting at the Choate Park playground in Medway at 10am. You can text or call Ashley at 617-281-2609 to find the group. We’d love to see as many of you as possible so we can learn what you’d like to do over the coming months and what schedules work best!

    Ashley & Brittany
    Children’s Playgroups/Activities Committee
    Ashley Hatfield  Phone: 617-281-2609

    Brittany Miller

  • 11/06/2021 11:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We hope you will join us on Thursday, November 18 at 7:30pm when we will meet up, catch up, and discuss this month’s book, The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah. BYO beverage and snacks and join us on zoom! Registration will be required to receive the meeting link so please check out the book club Facebook page or email one of the club co-chairs (see below).
    As always, HNN club members will find titles on reserve at the Holliston library about one month before the meeting. Look in the book club section or ask the librarian for help in finding them.
    Looking ahead, we will take our usual break in December and will share our 2022 line up with you in next month’s newsletter.

     “From Kristin Hannah, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Great Alone, comes an epic novel of love and heroism and hope, set against the backdrop of one of America's most defining eras -- the Great Depression.”

    “Texas. 1921: A time of abundance. Elsa Wolcott meets Rafe Martinelli and changes the direction of her life. Her only choice: marriage to a man she barely knows. 1934: Millions are out of work and a drought has broken the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as the crops are failing, the water is drying up, and dust threatens to bury them all. Elsa Martinelli, like so many of her neighbors, must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or go west, to California, in search of a better life.” -summary from MLN website.
    Cindy and Sue, Book Club Co-Chairs
    Cindy Carr
    Sue Hatton

  • 10/04/2021 9:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Happy Fall!
    September turned out to be a busy month for HNN! We had a booth at Celebrate Holliston thanks to our booth volunteers, an in-person Ladies Escape thanks to Jennifer Mott & Timea Kovacs, and of course, we always have Book Club thanks to Sue Hatton and Cindy Carr.
    The fundraising committees have continued to discuss what fundraisers make sense in our current environment, and thanks to Julianne Catlin (and hopefully the weather), the Pumpkin Rail Trail walk will be back! But remember, since there were no in-person fundraiser family events this past spring, our HNN Community Grant Fund will still run low for any 2022 grants. To help make up the difference, you can always contribute directly to the Grant Fund here at or mail a check to  Holliston Newcomers & Neighbors, PO Box 6586, Holliston MA 01746 (identify it is for the Grant Fund).
    For more great news, Ashley Hatfield and Brittany Miller have volunteered to be the Children’s Activities/Playgroups coordinators. We want to thank them for stepping up, as well as Julianne Catlin and Christel DiPippo for their past work on these committees. Ashley & Brittany are deep into the planning, so look for more from them in the coming months!
    Looking forward to seeing you at future Newcomers events!

    Debbie Colburn

  • 10/04/2021 9:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Let’s enjoy the beauty of nature and get together for an easy fall hike at Noon Hill Reservation in Medfield, MA on Sunday, October 17th starting at 3:00 pm. We’ll meet at the Noon Hill Road parking lot and go for an approximately two-mile hike. After that, we will head over to Nosh and Grog in Medfield and have some appetizers and drinks. Please note that parking is free but limited to 15 cars.
    The trail map can be found here:
    Directions to Noon Hill Reservation:
    Please RSVP to Timea:at:

  • 10/04/2021 9:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We hope you will join us on Wednesday, October 20 at 7:30 pm when we will meet up, catch up, and discuss this month’s book, The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Badani. BYO beverage and snacks and join us on Zoom! Registration will be required to receive the meeting link, so please check out the book club Facebook page or email one of the club co-chairs (see below).
    Looking ahead, we will be reading The Four Winds by Kristen Hannah in November and will take our usual break in December. As always, HNN club members will find titles on reserve at the Holliston library about one month before the meeting. Look in the book club section or ask the librarian for help in finding them.

    “From the bestselling author of Trail of Broken Wings comes an epic story of the unrelenting force of love, the power of healing, and the invincible desire to dream. Nothing prepares Jaya, a New York journalist, for the heartbreak of her third miscarriage and the slow unraveling of her marriage in its wake. Desperate to assuage her deep anguish, she decides to go to India to uncover answers to her family's past. Intoxicated by the sights, smells, and sounds she experiences, Jaya becomes an eager student of the culture. But it is Ravi--her grandmother's former servant and trusted confidant--who reveals the resilience, struggles, secret love, and tragic fall of Jaya's pioneering grandmother during the British occupation. Through her courageous grandmother's arrestingly romantic and heart-wrenching story, Jaya discovers the legacy bequeathed to her and a strength that, until now, she never knew was possible.”  Summary by 

    Cindy and Sue
    Book Club Co-Chairs 
    Cindy Carr
    Sue Hatton

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