Summer is Finally Here!
Come and enjoy a Golf Outing, Vintage Motorcycles, Nature Classes, Jewelry Making Classes, Community Gardens, Harvest Dinner, Farm Fest 2017 and more
at Hilltop Farm.
There is Still Time
To Join Us for a Lovely Day on the Links
Summer Nature Programs & a Jewelry Making Class!!
Our Summer Nature Programs offer children, ages 4-12, the opportunity to explore the out of doors at Hilltop Farm. There are one-day programs for children ages 4-6 years. Participants
will experience nature, while make friendships under the guidance of scientists and teachers. Our Nature Programs promote an understanding and love of nature. Summer Nature Programs run from July 10-Aug 4.
New this summer a Jewelry Making Classes are being offered for ages 11 and older. Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 11-July 27, from 2:00 to 3:15pm.
This might be a cool way to spend quality summer time together with a family member. Come learn with Mrs. Bowe, Suffield Art teacher. She has created and taught jewelry making for 20 years.
All students will learn comprehensive skills in designing and making bracelets, necklaces, polymer pendants and earrings and will make 7 pieces or more of jewelry!
The fee is $150 per person for all sessions, and includes supplies. Adults are welcome, too. You must sign up for the whole 3 weeks, even if you will miss a class. There are no refunds for missed classes. Limited spaces.
Vintage Cycle Rally- July 22
intage Indians, new Indians, and other beautiful and interesting motorcycles will be coming to Hilltop Farm on July 22. Gates open at 11:00 am, and judging will begin at 1:00 pm. Plaques will be awarded for Best in Show, Best Custom Bike,
Best Touring Bike, Best Restoration, Best Vintage Indian, Best Modern Indian, Most Unusual Bike,
Best on 3 Wheels, Oldest Bike and Furthest Distance.
Food, vendors, and the experience of being at the gentleman's farm of Indian Motocycle co-founder George Hendee
will round out a day not to be missed. A donation of $10.00 per bike or per car is suggested.
Opportunities for rally sponsors and vendors are still available.
The site of the rally is part of the original 500-acre Hilltop Farm of George Hendee, co-founder of the Indian Motocycle Company in Springfield, Mass.
The July 22 -23 weekend boasts a second exciting event for Indian Motorcycle fans. Indian Motorcycle Day at the Springfield Museums is Sunday, July 22. The Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum is home to the largest collection of Indian cycles and memorabilia in the world. You don't want to miss their special exhibit, "Crossing the Country to Cross Barriers: The Van Buren Sister Ride into History".
Volunteer Appreciation Picnic at Hilltop
FOAFH hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Picnic after our regular 2
Saturday workday on June 10. Instead of just recognizing a single Volunteer, this year FOFAH expanded the recognition program to include a special award for long time supporters plus awards for both large and small corporate supporters.
Ellie and Richard Binns are the recipients of the newly created "President's Award" recognizing long term commitment to Hilltop Farm. Ellie and Richard are among the founders of FOFAH, and remain two of the most reliable volunteers 14 years later.
Windsor Marketing Group was acknowledged for their support of FOFAH's fundraising efforts. Kevin Armata, WMG's CEO and Owner, offers valuable fundraising guidance and his team produces effective marketing materials for Hilltop programs and events. WMG also hosts a very profitable golf outing to benefit FOFAH every year.
Bill's Landscaping LLC was recognized for contributing their significant property maintenance skills to restoring the Hilltop farmstead. Bill Guzie's crews have removed trees, repaired lawns and installed turf, corrected a serious drainage problem, and provided snow plowing through out the winter.
Mike Mancini was honored as FOFAH's "Volunteer of the Year" for 2017. Mike comes up to Hilltop week after week to mow and rake almost four acres of grass. Mike and his daughter, Tina, are also regular volunteers at workdays and at events.
In addition to the heartfelt thanks of the entire FOFAH board and other volunteers, each honoree received a framed print of an original photograph of Hilltop Farm.
Pictured are Mike Mancini, Kacy Colston, Justin Lincoln from WMG, Richard Binns and Ellie Binns.
Photo by FOFAH
More Volunteers at Hilltop -THANK YOU!
Students from both
Pine Meadow Academy
have been volunteering weekly throughout the spring. We appreciate their work and energy as well as that of their teachers.
Upcoming Events & Programs
There are many events for you at Hilltop over the next few months.
Don't forget to mark yo
ur calendars for the volunteer work days on
the Second Saturday of each month.
The Annual Harvest Dinner, Dance & Silent Auction
Saturday, September 2 - Tickets Available
FOFAH will be the first to welcome this new local business at the Harvest Dinner and Silent Auction on September 2.
Hilltop Farm becomes transformed. In this celebration, the chefs of
Agawam's Chez Josef will create a gourmet meal featuring fresh produce provided by our local "Partner Farmers". Our "
Partner Farmers" are from Suffield, Enfield, Agawam, Granville and the area. In addition,
Broad Brook Brewery will offer taste testings during the evening to guests.
At the Silent Auction Fundraiser unique crafts, original art, gift baskets, goods and services are available to the highest bidder. Dance under the stars to the live music of
"Out Of The Boxx" band.
This event is FOFAH's primary fundraising event. Tickets are available until July 15 at an "Earlybird" price of $650/ table of 10.Ticket costs are $75 each. The table of 10 price goes up to $750 after July 15th. Space is limited. To purchase tickets, or questions, please call 860-758-0668 or at
by PayPal. Checks payable to FOFAH, Inc., PO Box 372, Suffield, CT 06078.
Farm Fest 2017
Celebration of the Farm
. Free family event.
On Labor Day, September 4, 2017, FOFAH will host its 15th Annual Farm Fest! FOFAH invites you to
join the fun at this free, family-oriented event. People will experience the region's agricultural life and conservation; past, present and future. Annually, over 1500 people attend this great event at Hilltop Farm.
Exhibitors will include Wingmasters; Birds of Prey, and pony rides will be available. Exhibits on cider making, cow milking. Activities and demonstrations are scheduled form 10:00 AM - 2:00PM and include the Children's Barnyard, and the Giant Sand Pile. Food trucks, for refreshments. Cow Chip Bingo is returning to Hilltop with a cash prize.
Tag Sale & Flea Market!
he Tag Sale and Flea Market on Saturday,
Suffield's "Monster" barn was a "Monster of a Success". Thank You. Expect to participate next year, in May 2018.
FOFAH is an all volunteer, non-profit, tax-exempt, charitable corporation dedicated to restoring Hilltop Farm into an educational and recreational resource for the community. All donations go to the improvement of the farm. Many thanks to our volunteers for their dedication and community support that has allowed FOFAH to advance the restoration of the Hilltop Farmstead.