Hillside’s Treasure Trove of Resources


Discover Hillside! - August 2021 is a public-private collaboration between the Hillside Restoration Project and the Town of Boylston that aims to bring greater awareness of Hillside’s value and importance to the community.

Our sincere thanks to

The Schwartz Foundation

Join us for a month-long celebration of Hillside, the 300 - acre parcel of land owned by the town and residents of Boylston. Enjoy a variety of events and activities that highlight the treasure trove of cultural, historical and natural resources that make this publicly owned property so special. A big thank you to the groups and individuals who are collaborating and supporting this celebration.


August 1, 6 pm - JAZZ Rhythms at Hillside Farm featuring the Andrew Wilcox Trio. Boylston’s own Andrew Wilcox is delighted to be coming back home to share his music and talents. $10 Per person at the door; for reservations/information call 508.769.7145 (In partnership with Parks & Rec).

August 4, 1-2 pm - Afternoon Book Club at Hillside Farm sponsored by the Boylston Library. All are welcome for a live discussion of the young adult book Ordinary Hazards by Nikki Grimes, winner of the Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for Teens. Books are available at the library and online through Libby. In the case of inclement weather, meet online via Zoom. For information or to register, visit

August 7, 10 am - pm - Antique Appraisal Day at Hillside Farm with Wayne Tuiskula, Central Mass Auctions, Inc. Learn what your antique treasures are worth, $5 per item/$10 per 3 items, first come first serve. For reservations call Council on Aging at 508.869.6022; For more information visit (In partnership with Council on Aging).

August 11, 5:30 - 7 pm - Flagg Pond Hike & Drone Demonstration with WSU Professor William Hansen. Meet at the Hillside Farm North Lawn to begin the presentation and tour of this special ecological site (In partnership with the Hillside Restoration Project, Inc.).

August 13, 7 – 10pm - Salsa Dance Night at Hillside Farm. Learn to Salsa under the stars! $15 per person includes lesson from 7:15 – 8 pm, stay and dance till 10! For reservations/information call 508.769.7145 (In partnership with Bay Path Barn).

August 15, 4 pm - Poetry under the Beech Tree at Hillside Farm. Bring a blanket or chair and a favorite poem to share.

August 18, 2 - 4 pm - Summer Games & Craft at Hillside Farm sponsored by the Boylston Library. Join in the fun for lawn games like cornhole and giant Connect 4 and make cute bug creations at the craft table! Ages 6 and up. (Rain date is scheduled for Aug 20th, 2-4pm).

August 20, 6 pm - Sounds of Americana at Hillside Farm featuring the Hip Swayers. Hailing from the hills of West Tatnuck, the Hip Swayers are a quality, good time, get up and dance band that combine tight rhythms, searing solos and soulful harmonies in an eclectic mix of originals and covers. $10 per person at the door; for reservations/information call 508.769.7145 (In Partnership with Council on Aging).

August 22, 1 - 3 pm - Historic Flagg House Open House & Tour Led Mark Fuller. Elmwood Pl. off Route 70 near football fields. Explore this historic gem currently being rehabilitated and researched for National Historic Registry. Share your ideas for the site’s future re-use. For reservations/information call 508.769.7145 (In partnership with Boylston Historical Commission).

August 26, 4:30 – 5:30 pm - Pickleball Demonstration, Hillside Gym. Learn this family fun sport followed by a cold drink and zip tour of the historic Gough House. For reservations/information call 774-317-9254 (In partnership with Parks & Rec.).

August 28, 6 -7 pm - Mr. Vinny the Bubble Guy, Hillside Pavilion. Join the fun with Big Bubble chasing games, music and lots of improvised silliness! For reservations/information call 774-317-9254 (In partnership with Parks & Rec.).

August 31, 5:30 – 6:30 pm - Crocodile River Music at Hillside Farm presented by CRM Co-Founder Issa Coulibaly. Enjoy an interactive lecture/demonstration exploring the instruments and music from Issa’s hometown of Bamako, Mali. Learn about the djembe, the dunun, the n’goni and the karingya. Play along with Issa during this family friendly event. For reservations/information call 508.769.7145.

Guests are asked to bring chairs or blankets, food and drink to DH concerts and outdoor events. Concerts will be held on Hillside Farm’s North Lawn, 221 Main Street/Town Admin. site. Pre-concert tours of the historic Gough House will be available beginning at 5 pm.

For new events, weather changes, and to share ideas or sponsor an event email: or call: 508-769-7145

We encourage support of our local restaurants for picnic take-outs and pre/post event dining.

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About the HRP  

The Hillside Restoration Project, Inc. (HRP) is a non-profit organization whose mission includes the restoration, preservation and adaptive reuse of the John B. Gough Estate in Boylston, one of seven National Historic Landmarks in Central Massachusetts . The project is one of the most significant and comprehensive historic preservation efforts in the region and has been recognized by local, state, and national preservation organizations. One of the goals of the organization focuses on mutually beneficial collaborations and partnerships with educational, cultural, and civic groups in the preservation of this important historical landmark.

Pictures of Hillside Farm taken December 2020 by Sarah May Mendoza, student at Tahanto Regional High School in Boylston