As we gear up for our local community giving event, Valley Gives, CDSS staff took an unusual lunch break today to pay a visit to neighboring friends and arts organizations in the Eastworks building where our offices are. As requested by folks in the building who saw us last year, we once again took up antlers, sashes, fiddles and a triangle and performed the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance. The folk dance dates back to the middle ages, originating from the English village of the same name. People’s reactions ranged from stares to gasps, from “Woahs” to “No one will believe me when I tell them about this”…and lots of smiles. Many people took cell phones out and recorded us in their offices spaces, restaurants and dancing down the hall.
We love sharing our traditions and giving back to our community. In this spirit, if you’re in the area please join us this Thursday, 12/12/13 at 4:00 pm as the Valley Gives bus makes a stop in the Big Y parking lot in Northhampton. We’ll be singing songs together and spreading the word about Valley Gives, a 24-hour e-philanthropy event for local nonprofits in western MA. You can donate to any of the over 300 non-profits in the Pioneer Valley. We hope that you will consider donating to CDSS. Your donation on 12/12/13 could help us become eligible for thousands of dollars in prizes! You don’t have to live here to donate.