On Tuesday, March 5, the first 2013 Hoe Down planning meeting will be held at the Shirley Historical Society Building at #182 Center Road at 7 p.m. This year's Hoe Down will be held on Shirley Common on Saturday, June 1, from noon to 6 p.m. This community event is a fundraiser for many local charitable organizations. It is a day full of entertainment, food and games. There is room for many sales tables of crafts and other new and lightly used items.

Anyone who has comments on last year's Hoe Down or suggestions for this year's Hoe Down is welcome to attend the planning meeting. Anyone who is interested in helping in any way is encouraged to join the committee or just send word about what they are willing to do. After the committee approves the 2013 registration forms, they will go out in the mail to past participants.

Contact information for Hoe Down participation is ShirleyArts!, PO Box 49, Shirley, MA 01464.