It takes a community to raise a child.

The annual Shirley Hoe Down is a major community event in the life of Shirley. It not only helps the children with a day of enjoyable activities but it also helps them raise money for their Scout group or their swim team or another Youth Venture group.

The Hoe Down also helps senior citizens raise money for their Drop-In Center. It helps the churches and organizations like Loaves & Fishes, the Friends of Hazen Library, the Shirley Historical Society and ShirleyArts! It helps preserve buildings like the Meetinghouse and Center Town Hall.

The whole community benefits from working together on this special event.

Besides small table fees, many businesses and individuals made donations to help pay for the bands and other Hoe Down expenses. Our thanks go to Boston Bead Boy, the Bull Run Restaurant, Citgo Station, Dr. Eddy, Dunkin Donuts, Fidelity Bank, Golden Girl Granola, Lambert Hardware, Law Offices of Ernie Hyde, M&M Variety, Moore Lumber & Hardware, North Middlesex Savings Bank, Piccolino Club Restaurant, Shin Cleaners, Shirley Animal Clinic, Shirley Fuel & Gas, Charlene Siegel, Village Pizza and Amy C. Wheeler.

Also important were all the people who showed up early to set up the awnings and tables and chairs and barrels, and then came back at the end of the day to do the clean-up. Then there were the customers who bought all the food and crafts and the ones who threw the ball at the dunk tank and the ones who applauded and encouraged the young singers and dancers. Everyone who played a part in this successful community event is appreciated.

See you all again on the first Saturday in June of 2014.

Hoe Down Committee

SUSAN BAXTER

KATHY BOURASSA

MEREDITH MARCINKEWICZ

SHARON PALINSKY

JODIE RACHMAN

Shirley