• 05/01/2019 4:17 PM | Anonymous

    Our second annual Princess and Superhero Party was a great success! Since we sold out last year, it was moved to a bigger venue, and added performances and specials made it very entertaining and interactive.
    After the initial meet and greet of Elsa, Belle, Cinderella, Ariel, Batman, Wolverine, Spider-Man, Iron Man and a stunning mermaid,

    the kids spanned out to enjoy crafts, hair by B. Luxe Salon, nail art, hair chalk, temporary tattoos, face painting and an ice cream sundae bar.

    Next Generation Martial Arts demonstrated some superhero moves and invited kids on the stage to practice and break a couple of boards.

    Ever After Storybook Entertainment followed with an interactive singing performance with Ariel and dancing with Belle.

    Officer Hagan and newcomer, K9 Mattis, taught us about life as a police dog, and obedience training.

    Holliston’s own, Starlight Kids Parties, wrapped up the party with a sing-a-long by Elsa, and dancing with Cinderella. Kids delighted in this very interactive party.

    Generous raffles were brought home by lucky winners.

    It was a magical, powerful and entertaining experience!

    Thank you to all who helped make it happen.

    Christel, Katrine and Erica
    Princess and Superhero Co-Chairs
    Christel DiPippo
    Katrine Giroux
    Erica Long

  • 05/01/2019 4:14 PM | Anonymous

    The Community Investment Committee is pleased to announce the 2019 Grant Recipients!

    • Holliston Parks & Recreation - Summer Concerts in the Park
    • Holliston Public Library - Museum Passes
    • Holliston Police Department - Handheld LIDAR unit for speed enforcement
    • Conservation Associates - Brentwood Trailhead Marker
    • Marigold Project - Downtown Hanging Baskets

    These recipients really appreciate our efforts that help them give that extra boost back to our community. Remember that this Grant money is raised during the various fundraising activities held throughout the year, which is why it is so important for the Newcomer & Neighbor membership to volunteer at these events. The 2018 fundraising events that contributed to the 2019 Grant fund were Princess & Superhero Party, Touch-A-Truck, The Great Pumpkin Trail, and Gingerbread House Decorating. Thanks to all those who organized and volunteered at these events. Thanks also to fellow committee members Christel DiPippo, Robin Bowman, Beth Welch, and Sue Hatton for the time and effort that was put into the review and selection process.

    Debbie Colburn

    Community Investments Chair Community Investment Committee​

  • 04/22/2019 4:09 PM | Anonymous

    Thank you for supporting the Holliston Newcomers & Neighbors Easter Basket Project with the Food Pantry!

    This was our eighth year coordinating with the Food Pantry to fill requests for Easter Baskets. We received requests for Easter Baskets for children ranging from a few months old to teenagers. We were able to get volunteers from the Holliston community assigned to all 40 requests!  I even made sure to have a few extra for last minute sign-ups, which came in handy!

    This event would not have been able to take place without the support of the community. Families, individuals, churches and organizations participated in making Easter even better for children of all ages.

    Volunteers went above and beyond and put so much love and thought into each donation. The baskets were incredible, and Fiske's definitely put together some fun baskets; we thank them for continuing to support this project!

    Thank you everyone for taking on the role of the Easter Bunny!

    Families picked up their baskets the week of April 15th at the Food Pantry to take home for children to find on Easter.

    Many sincere thanks to all who volunteered and to Tom Dumas from the Food Pantry, with whom I coordinated, and who picked up all the baskets.


    Easter Baskets Chair

    Melissa Marien

  • 04/03/2019 8:49 AM | Anonymous

    We are in need of four more gift baskets and ten more Target gift cards to make our Easter Basket project goals.

    I am so excited to announce that we are continuing our partnership with the Holliston Pantry Shelf to support them with Easter Basket collection.

    I have received the sign-up list for the Easter Basket requests!

    How it works: Families sign up with the Holliston Pantry Shelf and provide the child's gender, age and some ideas of what the child likes or specific interests.

    We are also continuing our partnership with Fiske's in Holliston. You will be able to pick your basket at the store, get 20% off items, and they will put your basket together!

    • Ages 0-3 get a $25 gift card to Target
    • Ages 4-13 get a $25 - $30
    • Ages 14-18 get a $25 gift card to Target or Fiske’s

    If you would like to participate, you can email me (, and I will let you know what we still need donated.

    If you prefer, you can always mail or drop off a check, or $25 gift card to Target or Fiske's.

    Once you have been assigned a child to donate to, I will email you the drop off information, which will take place on Friday April 12th evening and Saturday April 13th late afternoon.

    Please let me know if you have any questions & thank you for your support!

    Melissa Marien
    Easter Baskets Chair

  • 04/01/2019 9:54 AM | Anonymous

    This spring we’re excited for some positive changes to our club, as we celebrate its 50th anniversary!
    First and foremost, we have a new name, Holliston Newcomers & Neighbors. The shift, which was the result of a unanimous vote at our last Special Meeting, is intended to welcome all neighbors into our organization and send the message that we are inclusive regardless of how long one has lived in the area — together we can make positive changes to thrive and grow as a community. The new name has been filed with Town Hall, and you will start to see updated branding as a result.
    The largest overhaul you’ll notice immediately is a relaunch of our website: Angela Page has been  working with other members of the board to to create a site that better represents our organization and the benefits we bring to the local community . Please take a look and send any feedback to
    In addition to the new website, we are pleased to announce an open contest to design a new logo. Please send submissions (specifications below) to by April 30th. The winner will receive $100. We wish you the best of luck!
    Finally to recognize our big birthday, we are throwing a town-wide celebration in June, and everyone is invited! Stay tuned for more details, but expect lots of fun, food and friends, along with the announcement of our deserving 2019 grant award recipients!

    Christel DiPippo

  • 04/01/2019 9:52 AM | Anonymous

    We are pleased to announce an open contest to design a new logo. Please send submissions (specifications below) to by April 30th. The winner will receive $100. We wish you the best of luck! 

    Deadline: April 30, 2019
    Send submissions to:
    Prize: $100

    Design Specifications

    Accepted File Formats: .eps OR .ai (AND: .png, .jpg, .pdf)
    File Size: 5Gb (compressed)
    Layout: Square or 2:1
    Color Scheme: 2-3 colors using the club brand colors:

    • RED: 721313
    • DARK BLUE: 003366
    • LIGHT BLUE: b8dcfc
    • DARK GRAY: 414A53
    • PINK: F9F5F5
    • COPPER RED: 9d5856
    • GRAY: 657a85
    • Layout: 1:1 or 2:1

  • 04/01/2019 9:49 AM | Anonymous

    Spring is right around the corner, so it’s time to introduce our Spring Membership Special!  New members who join now not only enjoy the Newcomers Social Events and can participate in giving back to our community for the rest of the 2018-2019 membership year (ending August 2019) but also be enrolled as a full-paying member for the 2019-2020 year! So tell your friends it’s not too late in the year to join!
    We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new members who have recently joined:

    • Katie McIntosh & Jeff Torch

    Second Vice President
    Debbie Colburn

  • 04/01/2019 9:48 AM | Anonymous

    Holliston Newcomers & Neighbors is hosting its second annual Princess and Superhero party on Saturday, April 27th from 10:30am to 12:30pm. This event was so popular last year it sold out, so we are getting a bigger venue at Placentino Elementary School’s Cafetorium, 235 Woodland St. Holliston, MA. Come meet real-life princesses and superheroes, and don’t forget your camera! Our hometown superheroes, police and firefighters, will also be in attendance. Tickets are $10 each and include an ice cream sundae bar and all crafts and tattoos. Additional specials are offered such as face painting, hair sculpting and nail salon. Costumes are optional, but highly encouraged. Tickets may be purchased at        
    or The Grapevine, Coffee Haven or the Superette. Don’t miss this spectacular event!! We hope to see you there either as a participant or volunteer. So polish your crown and dust off your cape, and help us make this a great success!
    With love,

    Christel, Katrine and Erica
    Princess and Superhero Co-Chairs
    Christel DiPippo
    Katrine Giroux
    Erica Long

  • 04/01/2019 9:46 AM | Anonymous

    March 30 was the first in what we hope will be an annual Rock and Roll Bingo event for Holliston Newcomers & Neighbors.
    We had a fantastic time and heard from our guests that they loved it too!

    Thanks to the generosity of local businesses and Newcomer members, we gave away 3 tables of fabulous raffle, bingo and auction prizes during the event.

    We would like to thank the following businesses who contributed donations and helped make the evening a success:
        Soul Spirit Studio
        Prana Center Yoga and Acting Studio
        Emily's Interiors
        Sky Zone Trampoline Park
        Fiske's General Store
        Little Beehive Farm
        Tink's Magical Vacations by Donna
        Elegante Nails
        Cheryl's Mosaics
        Bazels Subs and Pizza
        Coffee Haven
        Renew You
        45 Restaurant
        Smith & Wollensky, Wellesley
        Paper Source, Wellesley
        Holliston Newcomers & Neighbors Book Club
    We would also like to thank Coffee Haven and Grapevine for helping us sell tickets to this event!

    If you have photos from the Bingo event that you would like to share, please email them to or share them on Holliston Newcomers & Neighbors Facebook page for all to see!

    Many thanks,
    Rock and Roll BINGO Co-Chair
    Fundraising Chair
    Robin Bowman
  • 04/01/2019 9:45 AM | Anonymous

    As the winter season is winding down and signs of spring are emerging, our body is ready for rejuvenation! The Ladies Escapes is ready to kick off spring by planning an amazing Makeup Party at B. Luxe Hair and Makeup Salon in Medway in early May. It will be approximately 1.5 hours long and the cost per person is $45. There will be a limited amount of tickets available to purchase and will be sold online. More details will follow shortly.

    We are very excited about this great event!

    Julianne, Jennifer and Timea
    Ladies Escapes C0-Chairs
    Jennifer Mott
    Timea Kovacs

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