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Hawley Day celebration is Sunday


Staff Report
Thursday, August 09, 2018

HAWLEY — “Hawley Day” is what the town calls its annual celebration, and it takes place Sunday, Aug. 12, at the 1848 Meetinghouse starting around 10 a.m.

According to Kirby “Lark” Thwing of the Sons and Daughters of Hawley, Hawley Day had its beginnings in 1900, when a small group of Northampton residents met at Look Park in Northampton and talked about this small town to the north.

“The first settlers of Hawley were from Northampton,” said Thwing. “That’s why the first gatherings of the Sons and Daughters were in Northampton.”

But now the group gathers in and around the 1848 Meetinghouse, which has been restored by the Sons and Daughters of Hawley — an historical organization open to anyone who has ever lived in Hawley, or who has an interest in the town.

The event begins at 10 a.m. with a coffee klatch and socializing, followed by a brief memorial service and annual Sons and Daughters meeting around 11 a.m. At the end of the meeting, the town Fire Department will make a special presentation. After, people will gather in the Hawley Grove across the road from the Meetinghouse for a lunch provided by the Hawley Volunteer Fire Department, as a fundraiser for the Department.

Beginning at 12:30 p.m., a band of four women musicians, called “She Said,” will play original tunes drawing from traditions of blues, rock, jazz and country music. Behind the Hawley Grove building will be displays by the Fire Department, including its trucks, equipment and information about the ongoing need for volunteers.

“Between 1900 and today, we don’t know how or when the group evolved from a social gathering to become the Sons and Daughters of Hawley,” Thwing wrote, “but we do know that the group formally incorporated in 1980, the same year it acquired the 1848 Meetinghouse.”

Incidentally the Meetinghouse is labeled the “1846 Meetinghouse” on the group’s website and elsewhere; but the group has since determined there is no proof to verify the meetinghouse’s existence until at least 1848. Thwing said the group will be changing its signs and online information.

The Meetinghouse is located in East Hawley, at the intersection of East Hawley Road, Buckland Road and Plainfield Road.