• 11/11/2022 11:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Thanksgiving Baskets Drive is one of the most important community events that Holliston Newcomers and Neighbors leads every year. Historically, in cooperation with the Holliston Pantry Shelf, our members gathered to make bountiful baskets of food in honor of Thanksgiving for community members who needed them.

    More recently, still in cooperation with the Holliston Pantry Shelf, we use the generous donations from Holliston residents and businesses to contribute grocery gift cards to residents who need them. Grocery gifts cards allow residents to plan a Thanksgiving meal consistent with their family traditions.

    In cooperation with the Holliston Senior Center, HNN volunteers ensure that elderly Holliston residents, who request it, have a delicious Thanksgiving meal delivered to them close to the holiday.

    We are grateful to the volunteers who make this happen and invite you to consider helping with this endeavor next year. It's because of members like you that HNN is able to carry on these traditions and contributions to our community every November!

    Best, Jennifer

    Jennifer Mott President

  • 11/11/2022 11:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Holliston Newcomers & Neighbors is once again helping the Holliston Pantry Shelf and other local organizations that support Holliston to make this Thanksgiving a happy one. Many families have depended on the generous donations of all the fixings in past years but once again they will be receiving gift cards to create their special holiday meal. Last year, close to 200 families were recipients of a gift card through the Holliston Pantry Shelf or organizations such as Head Start and Wayside Youth. 

    This year the ‘HNN Thanksgiving Meals for Seniors’ civic activity is returning as well. We support the Holliston Senior Center and other locations by assembling and delivering Thanksgiving Meals to the homes of a number of our seniors on the day before Thanksgiving. More information will be available soon on how and when you can volunteer for this community program.

    To support both these efforts, we are once again asking for monetary donations. Please visit the HNN Donations webpage and select Thanksgiving or if you would prefer to mail your donation, please send a check made out to Holliston Newcomers & Neighbors to Katrine Giroux, 147 Mohawk Path, Holliston and note that it is for Thanksgiving.

    We are also collecting handmade Thanksgiving Cards which can be dropped off at 922 Highland Street, Holliston - a bin will be at the front door. Please submit your donation or drop off your cards by Sunday, November 13.

    Debbie & Katrine

    Thanksgiving Drive & Thanksgiving Senior Meals Committees

    Debbie Colburn

    Katrine Giroux

    Amy Forman    

  • 11/11/2022 11:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We welcome members new and old, at our next HNN book club meeting on Wednesday, November 16 at 7:30pm. Enjoy great conversation, and chat about this month’s shared read, The People We Keep, by Allie Larkin. Even if you didn’t get a chance to read the book, you’ll still have a great time! Registration is required to receive meeting information so please check out our HNN book club Facebook page, or message Beth at the address below if you can attend. Books are in stock for HNN book club members and available to check out from the Holliston Library. See you soon!

              “April Sawicki is living in a motorless motorhome that her father won in a poker game. Failing out of school, picking up shifts at a local diner, she's left fending for herself in a town where she's never quite felt at home. When she "borrows" her neighbor's car to perform at an open mic night, she realizes her life could be much bigger than where she came from. After a fight with her dad, April packs her stuff and leaves for good, setting off on a journey to find a life that's all hers. Driving without a chosen destination, she stops to rest in Ithaca. Her only plan is to survive, but as she looks for work, she finds a kindred sense of belonging at Cafe Decadence, the local coffee shop. Still, somehow, it doesn't make sense to her that life could be this easy. The more she falls in love with her friends in Ithaca, the more she can't shake the feeling that she'll hurt them the way she's been hurt. As April moves through the world, meeting people who feel like home, she chronicles her life in the songs she writes and discovers that where she came from doesn't dictate who she has to be. This lyrical, luminous tale "is both a profound love letter to creative resilience and a reminder that sometimes even tragedy can be a kind of blessing" (Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author).

    Looking ahead, we will take a break in December, and reconvene in January with The Midnight Library.

    Beth and Sue, Book Club Co-Chairs

    RSVP to Beth

  • 10/04/2022 3:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Members,

    Holliston Newcomers and Neighbors really shines in the months of October and November! I can't wait to enjoy fall with new HNN members and old HNN friends.

    We have our annual Pumpkin Walk for our littlest members, which is always a good time. Who doesn't enjoy crunching through fall leaves on the rail trail, playing games and earning prizes in your costume?!

    Of course, the adults don't need to miss out on the fun... join HNN at Casey's for an Adult's Only Halloween party on October 20! Wear your costume... or don't. You'll have fun sipping a fall beer with friends either way.

    Be on the look-out in this newsletter for these activities and more, and don't forget to keep an eye on our Facebook announcements.

    HNN is great at fundraising and giving back to the community, but we are really good at having fun and supporting each other. So don't miss out! We look forward to seeing you!



    Jennifer Mott 

  • 10/04/2022 3:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join friends new and old, at our next HNN book club meeting on Wednesday, October 19 at 7:30pm. Once again, we will gather in person, at a member’s home. Let’s meet up, catch up, and discuss this month’s book, The Authenticity Project, by Clare Pooley. Even if you didn’t get a chance to read the book, you’ll still have a great time! Feel free to bring a snack or beverage to share. Registration is required to receive directions so please email Beth at the address below or reply through the Book Club’s Facebook page. Books are in stock for HNN book club members and available to check out from the Holliston Library. See you soon!

    "A story about a solitary green notebook that brings together six strangers and leads to unexpected friendship, and even love. "Everybody lies about their lives. What would happen if you shared the truth?" This is the question that Julian Jessop, an eccentric, seventy-nine-year-old artist, poses within a pale green exercise book that he labels The Authenticity Project, before leaving it behind in Monica's Café. When Monica discovers Julian's abandoned notebook, not only does she add her own story to the book, she is determined to find a way to help Julian feel less lonely. And so it goes with the others who find the green notebook that will soon contain their deepest selves. It will also knit the group together In Real Life at Monica's Cafe, where they'll discover the thrill and sometime-risk of being completely honest--and, for some, find unexpected love. With a cast of characters who are by turns quirky and funny, heartbreakingly sad and painfully true-to-life, The Authenticity Project is a novel readers will take to their hearts and read with unabashed pleasure"-- Provided by publisher.

    Looking ahead, we continue with a great line up of books including;

    • November -The People We Keep
    • January - The Midnight Library

    Beth & Sue

    Book Club Co-Chairs

    Beth Welch

    Sue Hatton

  • 10/04/2022 3:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Happy October!

    Join us for an Adults Only Halloween Party on October 20, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. at Casey's Pub, 81 Railroad Street, Holliston MA.  Why should the kids have all the fun celebrating Halloween?! We will share appetizers and catch up, costumes are optional. 

    We have a lot of ideas for the year, a downtown sip and shop and a holiday get together will be coming up.  But we also are excited to partner with you on any ideas you may want to make happen as well!

    Christel & Beth

    Social Activities Co-Chairs

    Beth Welch

    Christel DiPippo

  • 10/04/2022 3:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We’re excited to be bringing back our sweet tradition of trick-or-treating at Mission Springs! This is for HNN member families only.

    Join us on Tuesday, October 25th at 4:45pm to celebrate Halloween with our dear neighbors at Mission Springs, 100 Summer St. in Holliston. This event is a HNN favorite you won’t want to miss with treats, crafts, snacks, costumes and fun—the residents love dressing up almost as much as the kids!

    We hope to see your ghosts and goblins there!

    Brittany & Christel

    Brittany Miller

    Christel DiPippo

  • 09/21/2022 5:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I’m excited for the 2022-2023 Holliston Newcomers and Neighbors year! Welcome back to the hustle & bustle of the school year and all the fun Fall activities to come! I hope everyone feels refreshed from the summer and can enjoy a few more weeks of warmth before we have to bundle up.

    HNN had a spectacular 2021-2022 year under Debbie Colburn’s leadership (actually a spectacular 3 years with Debbie leading and ensuring HNN thrived during the pandemic), and I can only hope to fill her shoes.

    I’m really looking forward to HNN’s upcoming year and sharing in the club’s fun and successes with our members. HNN is important to me because (a) my Husband, kids and I met some of our closest friends through the organization’s social activities and (b) the organization’s fundraising efforts contribute to the special events (like the Summer Concert Series) and needs of our town (the Food Pantry), a town that I love!

    So, please monitor the Club on Facebook, read the Newsletter, put the social activities that interest you on your calendar and pick one fundraising event to lend a hand. We have cozy activities, like book club (you do not have to finish the book to join us!) and sophisticated activities like wine tastings!

    We have kid’s activities and, this year, we hope to introduce a couple’s event. Some of our fundraising events have become a tradition in town, such as Gingerbread House Decorating and Touch A Truck!

    I look forward to seeing or meeting you this year, and I guarantee that your participation will make you feel a little more connected to your community, a little more supported by friends and that you’ll have a great time!

    Jennifer Mott President

  • 09/21/2022 5:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Welcome back members old and new! We’re excited to be coordinating social activities this year and are interested in your ideas and support you if you’d like to organize an activity.

    Our first get-together will be on Monday, September 26th at 3pm at Boston Honey Company, 45 Chestnut St in Holliston. It’s a great place for any age as they have lawn games and a huge field to run in and get all that energy out. And, of course, they have fresh honey, various honey products and ice cream.

    We look forward to having fun with you this year!

    Christel DiPippo

    Beth Welch

    Social Activities co-chairs

  • 09/21/2022 5:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join our ‘Welcome Back’, first meeting of the year on Wednesday, September 21 at 7:30pm. We are excited to gather in person, at a member’s home. The meeting will be outdoors if weather permits, or indoors as needed. Let’s meet up, catch up, and discuss this month’s book, 28 Summers, by Elin Hilderbrand. Feel free to bring a snack or beverage to share. Registration is required to receive directions so please email Beth at the address below, or reply through the Book Club’s Facebook page.

    Books are already in and available to check out from the Holliston Library. See you there!

    When Mallory Blessing's son, Link, receives deathbed instructions from his mother to call a number on a slip of paper in her desk drawer, he's not sure what to expect. But he certainly does not expect Jake McCloud to answer. It's the late spring of 2020 and Jake's wife, Ursula DeGournsey, is the frontrunner in the upcoming Presidential election. There must be a mistake, Link thinks. How do Mallory and Jake know each other?...

    We have a great line up of books set for this fall including;

    Oct. -The Authenticity Project

    Nov.-The People We Keep

    Jan.-The Midnight Library

    We look forward to seeing you! Remember, finishing the book is not required!

    Beth and Sue, Book Club Co-Chairs

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