This page lists community organizations in the town of Ashfield. If you would like to list an organization or group on this page, please contact us with a brief and "page ready" description including contact information. The town reserves the right to review submissions.
The Ashfield Community Hall, Inc. (ACH) is a private non-profit organization located within the old Grange hall at 521 Main Street in Ashfield. For more information on the Community Hall, the weekly classes offered there and how to rent the Hall for your next function follow this link.
The Ashfield Community Theater (ACTH) puts on wonderful theatrical productions and artistic events for all to enjoy. For more information on the Community Theater follow this link.
The Ashfield Fall Festival is held annually on Columbus Day weekend, from 10 AM thru 5 PM, Saturday and Sunday – rain or shine. The Ashfield Fall Festival’s website describes the annual Ashfield Fall Festival thus:
The annual festival offers craft and art exhibits by more than 50 exhibitors, locally-grown and prepared foods, live music and dance, face-painting and other children’s activities, and book and tag sales. Admission is free. Parking is available in lots east of the town center on Route 116 (attendants collect donations for the Ashfield Citizens’ Scholarship Fund).
The Ashfield Film Festival (AFF) is a volunteer run events which was started in 2007. It is a fun community event to honor local town hero and famous showman, Cecil B. DeMille. Each year the town comes together to watch feature films and competitive shorts. The winner is awarded the famed Baby Cecil Trophy. For more information on the Festival follow this link.
Ashfield is one of Massachusetts’ Hill Towns, a number of small communities nestled in the rolling hills between the Connecticut River and the Berkshire Mountains. Despite its rural location, Ashfield has been at the center of many of the currents of American history since its incorporation in 1765, including the pietist movement of the late eighteenth century (the first Shaker meeting house was built here in 1789) to the abolition movement (the Free Soil party triumphed here in the 1850’s), to the prohibition movement (the town eliminated the open bar at town meeting in 1848). To learn more about Ahsfield’s history follow the Historical Society link.
The Ashfield News is an all-volunteer, non-profit monthly newspaper, published since 1976. The newspaper editor is David Kulp.
David’s contact information:
- Phone: 413-628-1045
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mail: PO Box 181, Ashfield, MA 01330
Ashfield Trails, Inc. is a volunteer collaborative which for several years has been working to establish a community network of trails and footpaths in and around the Town of Ashfield. For more details on Ashfield Trails and trail maps follow this link.
The Ashfield Farmers Market is held weekly on Saturdays, rain or shine, from around early May until end of October each year. All vendors are welcome to attend and sell their products at the market. For schedules, vendor application and other details on how to become a vendor at the Market follow this link.
Greening Ashfield is an independent, volunteer run committee formed to advise the Town of Ashfield and its citizens about energy and resource conservation through outreach, education, and implementation. Activities include, but are not limited to: Weatherization (see also Share the Warmth), car and errand pooling, chemical free cleaning, selling dump stickers to increase viability of the transfer station, recycling and composting for Ashfield Fall Festival, writing the Green Column for the Ashfield News, appliance efficiency, composting education, community garden, re-skilling (canning, root cellaring, clothing repair, etc). We enjoy a collaboration with “Share the Warmth” and “West County Resilience”. A Yankee saying says it all: “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without” The group meets the first Thursday every month at 7 PM. Please call Nina Coler at 834-2465 for more information.
- Mailing Address: P.O. Box 556 Ashfield, MA 01330
- Telephone: 413‐337‐5389
The Hilltown Churches Food Pantry provides food for anyone who needs it. Serves the eleven hill towns of Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Hawley, Heath, Monroe, Plainfield, Rowe and Shelburne. The only requirement for joining the food pantry is proof of residency in one of these towns and a simple statement of need. There are no income requirements, if you need food, please come and sign up. For more details on the Food Pantry follow this link.
Ashfield neighbors helping neighbors to sustain themselves throughout the year. This group offers occasional workshops that cover topics such as canning and preserving. They also offer advice and help with weatherizing one’s home and other services to help neighbors stay warm during the winter. Share the Warmth also receives winter clothing and boot/shoe donations, at both churches in town, beginning in October. They host a free clothing exchange throughout the winter months, during Food Pantry hours, every other Tuesday in the 1st Congregational Church. November - March.
Links for more information:
The Congregational Church is located at 429 Main Street in Ashfield. Services are held weekly on Sunday at 10 AM. Child care is available at the church during services.
We are a small group, striving to be open and accepting, sometimes disagreeing yet loving one another, wading through the joy and pain of spiritual growth, who pledge to worship God together, follow the example of Jesus, embody God’s Holy Spirit, support our church family, and serve our neighbors near and far.
Saint John’s Church is located on South Street at the corner of Main and South in Ashfield. Services are held each Sunday at 10 AM. Holy Eucharist and Godly Play at 10. Also weekly on Tuesday at 5:30 PM, Centering Prayer at St. John’s Corner. We can be reached by phone at 413-628-4402.