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Hilltown variety show Fuller’s Follies to raise funds for food pantry Saturday

The event, coordinated by resident Hattie Fuller, has become a fall tradition in Cummington, one that people have come to look forward to every year, she said.

Fuller said that James Kitchen of Chesterfield, and Larry Sears of Chester will be performing with a variety of other musicians ranging in age from 9 to 92.

“It is a lot of fun. The music is great and people enjoy singing along,” Fuller said.

While the event is free, donations for the Hilltown Food Pantry are encouraged.

In years past, the production has raised more than $1,000 for the food pantry, which serves Cummington, Chesterfield, Dalton, Goshen, Plainfield, Westhampton, Williamsburg and Worthington.

The pantry serves more than 200 people, representing more than 100 families that share in the monthly distribution of emergency supplemental foods.

Refreshments will be sold, the proceeds of which will also go to the food pantry.

Fuller said that she knows firsthand the importance of organizations that provide food to those in need.

“My mother wouldn’t be proud of me saying this, but there were times when I used to go to bed with nothing in my stomach, so I know what if feels like to be hungry,” she said.

Fuller said that an experience she had many years ago helped form her opinion on hunger and compassion for those who go hungry.

“Years ago when I used to live out in the country, this man came out of the woods, and up to my door,” she said.

While Fuller was wary of the stranger, she still asked him if he needed help.

According to her, the stranger replied, “Do you have any bread for a hungry man?” Without hesitating, Fuller went into her kitchen, then returned to the man waiting outside her door.

“I gave him a loaf of bread, fresh butter, and a fresh jug of whole milk, and he went on his way,” she said.

It is this kind of charitable resolve that led Fuller to come up with Fuller Follies.

The entertainment begins at 7 p.m. at the Village Congregational Church, 32 Main St.

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