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Oral histories part of this year’s Hawley Day

HAWLEY — Of all the Franklin County town celebrations, Hawley Day may be one of the most obscure; yet this annual old home day of community appreciation is well over a century old, according to Beth Thwing, a board member of the Sons and Daughters of Hawley.

“It seems to be quite a tradition,” she said. “People just keep coming back. And some come from quite a distance. Anybody with a historical connection with Hawley, or who owns land in Hawley, or who has ever visited Hawley, is welcome.”

This year’s event is Sunday, beginning with a 10 a.m. coffee klatch on the grounds of the 1846 Meetinghouse, at the intersections of East Hawley, Buckland and Plainfield roads. At 11 a.m., the event moves into the Meetinghouse for story-telling from renowned Hawley composer Alice Parker, who has spent most of her life composing, arranging and conducting choral and vocal music. Ashfield Stone’s Joanna Pratt will be giving a talk about the history of the native stone that is converted into building materials and furnishings.

Lunch is at noon. Those attending are encouraged to bring their own picnic lunches. Sons and Daughters will furnish beverages, salad and deserts.

Pat and Tex LaMountain will be playing music throughout the afternoon.

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