‘I Heart Cummington’ photo contest to showcase town

  • This Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, photo taken in Hopkinton, N.H., shows Valentine's Day cards decorated with handmade stamps. Depending on the method, making your own stamps can be an easy and inexpensive way to customize cards. AP PHOTO/HOLLY RAMER

Staff Writer
Published: 2/22/2021 8:56:26 AM

CUMMINGTON — Valentine’s Day may have come and gone, but there’s still time for town residents to submit photos for the I Heart Cummington Valentine’s Day Photo Contest organized by the Hilltown Community Development Corp.

The contest is being used to aid the town’s application to have a state-designated cultural district, with a survey included in the photo contest process.

“This was a method of virtually getting more input from people,” said Kate Bavelock, director of Community Programs at the Hilltown CDC.

The contest has five categories divided by age: 0-12, 13-18, 19-39, 40-59 and 60 and older.

“We’re super excited to have an intergenerational event,” Bavelock said.

Photographs can be from any year, but anyone in the photos must have given their permission. The photos must also have been taken by and be the property of the households submitting them.

Winners in each category will be determined by the votes they receive from Cummington residents, with the contest running through Feb. 21 at 11 p.m. A link to submit photos and vote on submissions can be found on the Cummington Cultural District’s Facebookpage.

The number of submissions per participant is limited to five.

Among the prizes are Cummington Fair tickets, art from local artists and a toy store gift certificate for the youngest cohort.

Some of Bavelock’s favorite submissions are a picture of a sunset across a field, a shot of a tree in fall and a photograph of watercolor painter June Ferrin.

“Cummington is such a pretty place,” Bavelock said.

Bavelock said that an application for the Cummington Cultural District to be recognized will be sent to the Massachusetts Cultural Council this spring, and that part of the process will involve a site visit. The proposed district would consist of the village center and Main Street.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.

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