Click to Replace

Newsletter Signup

* indicates required
Email Format

Welcome to The Yellow House 

Community Center for Learning

The Yellow House is a non-profit community center for learning, located in a beautifully refurbished Victorian house in the heart of downtown Palmer. Our goal is to provide an exciting new venue for residents of the Quaboag Hills and Pioneer Valley to gather and enjoy learning together as well as sharing their own expertise with others. Join us and sample a wide variety of classes, workshops, speaker series, and special events held in a relaxed, informal setting. Rooms in the Yellow House are also available for community groups to gather.

                     BUS TRIP TO NEW YORK CITY
Come join us on Saturday, November 1, 2014 for a bus trip to New York City! We will leave the Yellow House parking lot promptly at 7am and leave NYC at 7pm. There will be two drop-off points in the city so that you can explore and do whatever you would like! A fun-filled day to spend with friends and family! $60 per person. Please register early as spaces are limited. No refunds will be given.



The second annual Mellow Yellow House 5K Run and Walk was held on Sunday, August 24 and it was a great success! It was a beautiful sunny day with low humidity, perfect for the run.  A total of 53 people took part, which included 36 runners and 17 walkers.  Winners in each category were awarded gift certificates and prizes. 


Overall winners: Dariusz Kuranda (18:24) and Kate Fields (22:45).

Junior (18 and under) winners: Henry Domnarski (18:32) and Cassidy Lefferts (28:35).

Open (19-29): Jon Remillard (23:09) and Christine Leecock (47:35).

Master (30-49): Dariusz Kuranda and Kate Fields.

Senior (50-60): David Martion (24:27) and Karyn Marciniec (29:15).

Veteran (60 +): Rich Knurek (22:47) and Elizabeth Bousquet (30:32).



The Yellow House would like to thank all of our sponsors: Beers & Story Funeral Homes; Stephen Chiacchi & Co.;  Friends of the Palmer Library; Robert & Mary Lee Frydryk; Halpern Titanium, Inc.; Heilmaier Messedesign; Innovative Data, LLC; Lena’s Salon; Monson Savings Bank; Nathan, Abby, Jack, Maddy, Lily & Chloe (grandchildren of Bonny Rathbone); Noonan Energy Corp; Palmer Paving Corp.; The Remillard Family; RJ Perkins (grandson of Mark & Sue MacDougall); RLR Development and Management, Inc.; Tibbetts Optical and Top Floor Learning, Inc.


In addition we would like to thank Palmer Ambulance Service which provided medical support, the Palmer/Monson Community Band directed by Chris Beaudry, and Chief Robert Frydryk and Lieutenant John Janulewicz of the Palmer Police Department who provided traffic safety and the use of the PA system. Thank you also to Turley Publications for their press coverage throughout.  


In-kind support was provided by  Friendly’s (ice cream); Kristie Nathanson (Metamorphosis Massage gift certificate); Janine’s Frostee (gift certificate); Teresa’s Restaurant (gift certificate); Dunkin Donuts (coffee and mugs); Liane Gowen (Friendly’s gift certificate); Big Y (gift certificate); Sandy Noonan (Pinocchio’s gift certificate) and Stop & Shop (gift certificate).


Members of the Yellow House Board provided bottled water, as well as all items for the ice cream social which followed the run. Finally, thanks are due to all our volunteers who cheered on the runners along the route, took care of the water tables, and served the food and ice cream.


We hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did. Thank you all, for your support of the Yellow House.   

Farmers' & Artisans' Market 2014
The second Yellow House Farmers' Market opened on Saturday May 17th with some familiar faces and some new vendors. Come and take a look! You will find the market on the lawn in front of the Yellow House from 9am to 2pm every Saturday until October 11. Vendor applications are available. Download the form by clicking on the link and mail your completed application to the Yellow House.
PHOTO GALLERY.  Check our photo gallery to see some stunning pictures of recent classes at the Yellow House.
TEA FOR TWO photographs are now posted in our Photo Gallery
The Farmer's and Artisan Market was recently featured in a videos news segment covered by Phil Korman, Executive Director of the CISA, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture. Click on this link
Artisan Fair 2013
The second Artisan Fair on December 7, 2013, was another outstanding success. Thank you to all the participants and volunteers who made the day run so seamlessly, and to everyone who attended and supported our local artisans by purchasing their work. Several of the artisans will be showing their work at the Farmers' and Artisans' Market which begins May 17, 2014.
Registration Payment Change

As of October 1st, The Yellow House will no longer be using PayPal as a method of payment for class registration. Payment for registrations can be done by credit card, specifically, Visa, MasterCard and Discover, cash, check or money orders.  Payment is accepted in person, by mail and by phone. Please visit our Registration page for payment processing details.



                 2013  DONORS
The Yellow House Community Center for Learning would like to thank those individuals and businesses who donated to the Annual Donor Campaign for 2013.  Your support means that the Yellow House will thrive and grow and continue to be a vital center for personal and artistic growth in the Quaboag Hills and Pioneer Valley regions. 


  Gladys Sullivan*

  Palmer Paving Corporation*


BENEFACTOR: $5000-$9999

  Country Bank for Savings


PLATINUM: $2500-$4999

 Leo S. Walsh Foundation in honor of the Sasur   Family*


GOLD: $1000-$2499

  Vicki Edwards*


SILVER: $500-$999

  Susan and Mark MacDougall*

  Mohegan Sun

  Geraldine Molleur*

  Sandra Noonan*


SPONSOR: $250-$499

  Nancy and Michael Bauer*

  Beers and Story Funeral Home

  Bonny Rathbone in honor of Nathan, Abby, Jack, Madison, Lily and Chloe*

  Peggy and Keith Richardson in memory of James  and Margaret Murphy


PATRON: $100-$249

  Barbara Benedetti*

  Susan and David Bussell*

  Sandie and Thomas Camilleri*

  Stephen Chiacchia*

  Carol Garner and Steven Schwartz*

  Linda and Kevin Gouvin

  Walter Haggerty

  Maurie Korhonen

  Virginia and Ronald Masnicki*

  Mary and Gordan Moore in honor of Gladys Sullivan and in memory of Robert Sullivan*

  Ruth O’Malley in memory of Vincent O’Malley

  Gerald Paist*

  Maureen and Ronald Somers in memory of Marguerite and Charlie Callahan*

  Therese and Bryan Walch in honor of Gladys Sullivan*

  Irene and Russell Webb in honor of Ruth O’Malley*


FRIEND: $1-$99

  Richard Appley

  Mark and Joyce Avis*

  Margaret and George Backus in memory of Albert T. Minns*

  June Bacon in honor and in memory of Ernie Bacon*

  Stephen Brewer

  Ann and Edward Canavan

  Patricia Comstock

  Kathleen Desmond

  Patricia Donovan*

  Frank and Geraldine Duffy*

  Mary Beth and Michael Eagan*

  Janice and Gary Fountain*

  Brenda and John Fuller

  Stacy and Thomas Gilmour

  Willa and Albert Giordano

  Ruth Giroux

  Carol and Roger Holden*

  Richard Hoyt

  Mary Ellen Hyder

  Cheryl and Peter Izyk*

  Cynthia and Lawrence Jasak in honor of Millie and Edward Jasak and in memory of Winston Stred, Jr.*

  Eileen Larouche

  Sandra Lepine

  Penny Lewis*

  Estelle and Michael Moynahan

  Debra Nathanson in memory of Joseph and Sonja Nathanson

  Christine Quesnel

  Janet Regan

  Barbara and George Stolgitis

  Candice and John Swiatlowski*

  Charlotte Swienton*

  Crystal and Jerome Torrell 

* Multi-year donors - We appreciate your continued support.


We would also like to thank the many instructors who donated their time and expertise in 2013:

Susan Allen

Susan Bussell

Tom Camilleri

Attorney Elizabeth Dougal

David Farnham

Janet Foy

Carol Garner

Miranda Jacques

Denise Koran-Klisiewicz

Dr. Dorsie Kovacs

Meg and Steve Lanphear

Wendy LeSage

Attorney Elizabeth Lovejoy

Margaret McDonough

Kristie Nathanson

Dan Pear

Art Torres



Many thanks to Turley Publications, Inc. for their generous support of The Yellow House.

Significant initial funding (2012) provided by the Duffy-Sullivan Education Fund, distributed by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts

David Anton (Health & Wellness Room)
Mary & John Brauer (Language & Arts Room)
Duffy Sullivan Family (Greeting Room)
Francis & Louise Fountain (Board Room)
Christopher, Anne, Eileen, and Walter Haggerty (Music & Arts Room)
Mark and Susan MacDougall (Computer lab)
McManus Family (Language & Arts Room)
Peggy Murphy-Richardson (Music Room)
Edward & Ellen Noonan (Smith Family Study)
James & Kathryn Phaneuf (Health & Wellness Room)
David & Paul Reynolds (Carlson Kitchen)


The Yellow House