Field hockey team leaves turf and hits the farm to help out

Courtesy of Mollie Reichard

Frank Passalacqua, Sports Editor

The Lady Colonels field hockey team leaves the turf and hits the cottage as they will volunteer at Hillside Farms for the annual Christmas Tea and Tour event on Nov. 17 and 18.

Starting at 1 p.m., The Lands at Hillside Farms will be celebrating a weekend full of events. Enjoy traditional decorations, live music, and special holiday desserts and beverages while the Wilkes University field hockey team helps put on this special event.

Not only does Hillside Farms benefit from the volunteer work, but the team grows from the opportunity as well.

Junior Ashley Hahn acknowledges the extra time together in the offseason as a time to build chemistry.

“We like doing community service because it brings us closer as a team off the field and we get to help others at the same time,” Hahn said. “We are excited to help out Hillside Farms with the Christmas Tea and Tour Event.”

Head Coach Mollie Reichard said the team has helped out in the past and was thankful for the chance to return.

“We spent three hours on the farm painting fences, walking the goats and

touring the area on Aug. 25,” Reichard said. “The girls on the team really enjoyed it.”

Hillside Farms is no stranger to having people help around the cottage. Along with Wilkes, Kings College, Misericordia, and other local students from the area have volunteered numerous times in the past to make the lands a better place.

“It’s wonderful,” said Guy Kroll, special events manager. “Volunteers are what makes Hillside Farms run. When groups of students, like the field hockey team, come out to help, they make it all work.”

The Christmas Tea and Tour event at Hillside Farms will start at 1 p.m. and end at 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at their Dairy Store.