Beginning this month, we'll add this space to keep you up-to-date on new happenings at the GSFABA.
For this first installment, we're excited to announce our primary initiative for 2016 will be to connect with you, our valued members, to hear what we're doing well, where we can improve, and where you would like to see us go in the future.
More on this topic -- and others -- next month. Stay tuned!
As Thanksgiving approaches, I'd like to thank you for the warm welcome you've given me in my new position. Filling Mary's shoes is a bit daunting, but with your help and patience, I think we will, together, do some great things!
Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Rose & Goat Retreat
Whitcomb Summit Retreat
Please call for more info or to view building:
c/o Kenburn Orchards
1394 Mohawk Trail
Shelburne, MA 01370
Peter Pan bus lines running from Springfield, MA to Albany, NY and back are now operating with stops including Greenfield, Shelburne Falls, Charlemont, North Adams, and more. There will be 2 bus trips per day, 7 days a week both traveling eastbound and westbound.
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Tickets can be purchased…
Ticket rates are based on date and time of travel and available seats for each departure. As the bus fills up, the rates increase.
Call Peter Pan customer service at 800-343-9999 for more info.
Startup entrepreneurs often lack a deep network of relationships, which makes it hard for them to survive and thrive. Meanwhile, many business people love to mentor, but lack a way of easily and enjoyably finding and helping the right ventures.
A small team of entrepreneurs and business leaders co-founded Valley Venture Mentors in 2011 to solve this problem. The format is simple: get the right people together in the room, give them just enough structure, and then funnel the collisions.
The Greenfield program meets monthly, so mentors have a chance to build real relationships and see how the ventures evolve over time. Mentors give as much, or as little, time to each venture as they feel appropriate, with no long-term commitments or expectations. The program’s leadership guides mentors and entrepreneurs who choose to deepen their relationship.
Valley Venture Mentors in Greenfield meets the first Thursday of the month. The next meeting is Thursday, December 3, 2015 from 5–7:30PM at the Arts Block in Greenfield.
By Erica Garnett
Wrapped in a lavender scarf, Farhat, a Virginia native, matches the wisterias beside her. She is visiting the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, Mass. for the first time, in the company of her son, Azhar. A resident of Beverly, Azhar has walked the bridge three times and wanted his mother to experience the magic.
“It is a neat thing to see,” he says. “There is nothing like it anywhere else.”
Close by mother and son are husband and wife, Terry and Dana. The couple, from Wakefield, Mass., is visiting the bridge again for the first time in 27 years. Their experience is nostalgic, they say, being back after so long.
“It is just as artsy and creative as we left it last time.”
The Bridge of Flowers stretches across the Deerfield River, linking the small towns of Buckland and Shelburne — two out of the 10 towns that make up Shelburne Falls. The towns, with populations of about 2,000 each, have welcomed approximately 35,000 bridge-seeking visitors from over 91 different countries to date. People flock to the famous landmark to paint, revisit memories, relax, photograph, propose to spouses, and, of course, smell the flowers.
Visitors are intimately connected with both nature and community when walking across the 400-foot-long bridge. Clusters of shrubs align the walkway, while vines hug the fence and climb the light posts. Bright roses stand erect, as poised as the business woman who visits on her lunch break at noon, and whose high heels leave pea-sized prints in the pebbled path. Mothers push babies in strollers and a young couple walks hand-in-hand past dried hydrangeas in shades of sepia that passively shimmy in the wind. Ruby dahlias slump over the path, bobbing gingerly and beckoning a nod-like greeting.
The visitor center compiles all of the information from the optional sign-in sheets located at either end of the bridge. The sheets reveal a diverse visitors list, with signatures of people from Israel following those from Alabama.
“It’s crazy to think that our little town would be such a draw. It’s our little corner of the world,” says Elaine Parmett, co-chair of the Bridge of Flowers Committee and member of the Shelburne Falls Area Women’s Club.
The horticultural Mecca was originally built in 1908 as a functioning trolley line. Subsequent to the decline of trolleys, the bridge was closed in 1928 but could not be torn down because a pipeline connecting both towns ran beneath it. The following year, a local Shelburne Falls couple, Walter and Antoinette Burnham, decided to turn the condemned structure into an alluring community space.
While the Burnhams were the pioneers behind the Bridge of Flowers, the Women’s Club, founded in 1925, was integral in making it a reality. Currently, the club, which oversees the Bridge of Flowers Committee, has approximately 100 members from the Shelburne Falls area . The committee is non-profit with 14 members, including Parmett and co-chair Nan Fischlein.
Fischlein, a Shelburne native, remembers walking on the bridge with her grandmother when she was a little girl, and enjoys implementing what she learns there in her own garden. Parmett, a University of Massachusetts Amherst alumna, moved to Buckland in the 1970’s, having no prior knowledge of the bridge’s significance to the town. She tries to walk it at least once a week.
“The Fire and Water District own the bridge, but we are the guardians of the bridge,” says Parmett of the committee and its volunteers.
One of the main “guardians” is head gardener Carol DeLorenzo. She, along with assistant gardener Elliston Bingham and the Blossom Brigade, is responsible for the harlequin layout of the garden. Blossom Brigade volunteers come every Friday during the season, usually a range of eight to 12 people weekly. Some come once a year, while others commute as far as Connecticut to help out each week.
The commute to work is mere blocks for DeLorenzo, who lives in Shelburne. She moved there from Boston in 2000 and was hired as head gardener that same year.
“I have the best job in town,” DeLorenzo, who previously worked in landscaping and on a flower farm, says. “Who else gets to garden on a river and get paid for it?”
DeLorenzo gardens vertically by layering plants to utilize the compact space. Recently, she has been working with shrubs and small trees, which, because of the bridge’s arches and changes in depth, she places in tubs to contain the roots. Annual plants account for approximately 40 percent of the garden, and perennials the remainder.
DeLorenzo is hesitant to add inventory to the bridge’s collection of over 500 plants, and is just as hesitant to remove anything; the garden naturally generates its own aesthetic, she says.
When she walks the bridge, she looks out over her workspace with pride.
“Gardens are an interface for people, and sometimes their first step towards accessing nature. I love being a part of that process,” she says.
The Bridge of Flowers is open from April 1 through October 30. Gates reopen annually, from the day after Thanksgiving to December 30, as permitted by weather. Roughly a 40-minute drive from the Amherst area, visitors can accomplish some holiday shopping at the many local shops and take a lighted night stroll on their trip.
Go to www.amherstwire.com for this article.
Erica Garnett can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter @GarnettErica.
We will have again a functioning Gas Station & Convenience Store on route 112! So, if you need TP, hamburger rolls, aspirin or air in your tires, you will not have to drive 10 miles! The ZBA gave Mike and Laurie Girard permission to reopen the closed businesses. They hope to be up and running by Jan. 1st, as it is a process to get all the necessary permits and so forth. Congrats!
CSA = Community Supported Agriculture
Lori Reginus and Kenny Shearer will start taking deposits for shares from their farm, K&L Growers on 112 in Colrain, on Nov. 11th. Firm Deadline for signing up is Feb. 15th.
Call 624-3410 for details and more info, or email: email@example.com
The FRTA will be providing free bus rides all day on the Friday after Thanksgiving (the 27th). This is a good opportunity for the FRTA to get some new riders and for people to come to downtown Shelburne Falls and do some shopping! Here is the link to the bus schedule that goes to Shelburne Falls.
Mohawk Trail Concerts, in collaboration with the Yiddish Book Center, will present a concert on Sunday, November 22nd at 2 pm, at the Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West St, Amherst. The concert will feature the Adaskin String Trio, with Pascal Archer, clarinet, and Annie Trépanier, violin. Works performed will be The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind, by Osvaldo Golijov, for string quartet and klezmer clarinet, as well as the Quintet for clarinet and strings of W. A. Mozart. Both pieces will be preceded by an introductory talk by Zeke Hecker.
The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind is an epic work which, in a way, is an outline of the history of the Jewish people. Eight centuries ago Isaac the Blind, the great kabbalist rabbi of Provence, dictated a manuscript in which he asserted that all things and events in the universe are products of combinations of the Hebrew alphabet’s letters. Golijov used this manuscript as the inspiration of his composition.
Hailed by the New York Times as “outstanding clarinetist,” Pascal Archer leads an active career as a chamber musician, orchestral player and teaching artist. He is currently Principal Clarinet and board member of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and Principal Clarinet of the Long Island Philharmonic. He is also a former member of the New World Symphony, where he performed for four seasons under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas. In recent years he has collaborated with the JACK and St. Lawrence string quartets, New York Wind Soloists and Adaskin String Trio, and toured with Musicians from Marlboro. He has performed at renowned festivals such as Marlboro, Mostly Mozart, Monadnock, UBS Verbier Orchestra and Spoleto USA.
The dynamic Adaskin String Trio, all natives of Canada, met in Montreal as students of founding Orford Quartet cellist Marcel Saint-Cyr. They were ensemble-in-residence at The Hartt School (CT) for two years, where they worked with the Emerson Quartet. The trio recorded the complete Beethoven String Trios (Musica Omnia) to critical acclaim from the American Record Guide (“Highly desirable...strongly recommended”) and Gramophone ( “Superb playing...a flexible command of flow and phrase with instrumental power and eloquence and a nutty tonal richness”).
Violinist Annie Trépanier’s playing has been hailed by The Boston Globe as “supercharged, clear-headed, yet soulful.” She is a founding member of the acclaimed Avery Ensemble, and has performed throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe.
Tickets for the concert are $23 for adults; 16 years old and under are free. Tickets are available on the Mohawk Trail Concerts website.
Tickets are also available at the door, cash and checks only.
November 7 - December 31
a collection of local wool and linsey woolsey blankets
woven on antique industrial looms
The leap from hand weaving to working on industrial looms isn't one that many make, but in 1982 Peggy Hart of Bedfellows Blankets did that, to be able to weave affordable blankets. Hart says her looms give her the ability to weave more unusual, intricate patterns but with the flexibility to change patterns and colors in the loom as a hand weaver would. The shuttle looms were obsolete technology even then, decommissioned by a small family woolen mill in Connecticut. Loom fixer Leonard Brodt, longtime associate of Peggy's and now living in Shelburne Falls, rehabilitated and has kept the looms running ever since. The looms live in Peggy's barn in Buckland and when in operation, one definitely needs to wear ear protection!
Peggy became fascinated with the history of these looms and the particular weaves they produced as well as with the types of fibers early weavers used in America. In the early days of settlement in New England, a scarcity of wool was made to go further by combining it with at linen warp, hence the name "linsey woolsey". This new collection includes variations on traditional linsey woolsey fabric as well as blankets incorporating wool from local farmers. Photographs of Hart's looms and a timeline of technology, from hand spun to factory made, will round out the exhibit. To learn more about Peggy Hart and her work go to www.blanketweave.com.
On Saturday, Dec. 5th at 8pm we'll be hosting Cassidy and the Music and Belle of the Fall. Cassidy was the lead singer and primary songwriter for Antigone Rising for years and she is now doing a solo career. Should be a great night of music with two really good acts. We hope you'll mark your calendars now and join us that evening!
The Art Garden is now offering an Open Studio dedicated to teens on Thursday afternoons from 2:30 - 6pm.
Cost is $25 per afternoon session, $100 for 5 sessions. Snacks are provided. Teens work on their own ideas in our studio full of amazing [and unusual] materials, with guidance [when wanted] from artist-director Jane Beatrice Wegscheider.
There is no application, but we ask that you call or email to let us know you are coming: 413-625-2782 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The rehearsal schedule for our upcoming performance of “Arsenic and Old Lace” is well underway. The roles of Martha and Abby Brewster, two sweet ladies with a proclivity for murder, are to be filled by Erin Townsley and Lexxey Boron-Smith respectively. The role of Mortimer Brewster, their bewildered and terrified nephew, is to be played by Amar Abbatiello. Other notable roles include Kayla Kurland-Davis as Elaine Harper, Issac Paige as Teddy Brewster, and Eli Wickland Shearer as the chillingly psychopathic Jonathan Brewster. Save the dates of December 11 and 12 when we stage this fun show!
Yearbooks are now on sale! Order yours now either online (mohawkschools.org) using your credit card (we incur no fees, the full amount charged comes to us) or bring in $45 check or cash to either the front office or to room 103. Books are on sale for a limited time only. After December there will be no extra books sold.
Ads for the book are now also on sale. Go to the mohawkschools.org website to find your form on the high school page. Ads run from $50 - $190 for full color ads. Ad sales end December 11, so order early so not to be left out. We send that part of the book to be printed in December, can’t do ads after that time!
As always, thanks for your support. You can contact yearbook staff via email at: email@example.com or call 413-625-9811 ext 1316.