The Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association (GSFABA) and The Art Garden announce the launch of H.A.T.C.H. 2 (Hilltown Art & Thriving Community Happenings)! Working off the success of the first round held earlier this year, the H.A.T.C.H. program is designed to inspire, support, and help fund creative projects that engage the hilltown communities of western Franklin County. H.A.T.C.H. will support the development, refinement, and launching of projects brought forward by artists and other community members. It is funded, in part, by a Massachusetts Cultural Council Adams Grant awarded to the GSFABA.
Two free work sessions -- facilitated by working artists Jane Beatrice Wegscheider, Artist Director of The Art Garden, and Phyllis Labanowski, a regional artist and co-director of Art For A Change and ARTeens -- will be offered to help artists develop and receive feedback on their idea. At the end of each session, those interested in moving their projects forward may apply for the opportunity to present their vision at a community hatching event on Saturday, February 11, at the Art Garden. $50 - $1000 seed money will be awarded to each project along with mentoring support and marketing assistance to help launch the projects. Applications are now available at GSFABA.org.
Work sessions will be held at The Art Garden on Thursday, November 17 and Wednesday, November 30, 2016. Applications for the hatching event are due Tuesday, December 13, 2016. Winning projects will be selected through a juried process; projects moving forward will be notified in early January 2017. All applicants will receive mentoring and support through the GSFABA.
The selection criteria include:
Creative projects, performances, or events including murals, sculpture, performance, spoken word, or street art as well as almost anything else you can imagine will be considered as long as the project meets the above criteria. Artists that create a performance or a community conversation with an artistic twist, an event, or a spectacle that is permanent or temporary, that engages residents and visitors are all encouraged to apply.
For more information, contact:
Jane Beatrice Wegscheider, Artist Director of The Art Garden
Carmela Lanza-Weil, Executive Director of GSFABA
Thursday, November 17
at McCusker's Market
3 State St.
All are invited! Bring your business cards.
Thanks to our sponsors!
GSFABA, Women in Film and Video: New England, and Hermes Strategic Communications invite female filmmakers to submit works which run 20 minutes or less to their “Fabulous February Fringe” event which will be held in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts on February 11th, 2017. All films can be submitted for free through Film Freeway. Film submissions will be accepted until December 20th, 2016. Full directions for submission can be found at Hermes Strategic Communications.
This mini-film festival seeks to promote at least ten films written and/or directed by women. The theme of the fringe is LOVE (right before Valentine’s Day), and films which follow that theme are encouraged to apply. A question and answer segment after the screening is available for all filmmakers who can attend the event.
The screening is sponsored by Women in Film and Video: New England (WIFVNE) and Hermes Strategic Communications. WIFVNE is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to supporting the accomplishments of women working in the film, video and new media industries. Hermes Strategic Communications offers provides small businesses the tools to connect with their target audience through web, video, and print media.
8:00-9:00 AM: YogaFitness (Kate, sub.)
9:30-11:00 AM: **QiGong Series (Collin)
6:00-7:00 PM: Yin Yoga /Gentle (Kate)
8:30-10:00 AM: Intermed./Advanced Vinyasa Yoga (Kate)
12:00-1:00 PM: Lunch Break Yoga (Melissa)
8:00-9:00 AM: YogaFitness (Daniel, sub.)
12:00-1:00 PM: **Easy Tai Chi (Steven)
3:00-5:00 PM: Intro to Yoga 30 min. sessions (Kate)
6:00-7:15 PM: Slow Flow Moderate Yoga (Kate)
8:30-10:00 AM: Gentle Kripalu Yoga (Kate)
12:00-1:00 PM: Co-op/Community Yoga (Rotating)
9:00-10:15 AM: NEW TIME! Slow Flow Vinyasa (Melissa)
9:00-10:30 AM: Morning Yoga (Robin)
Kate and Daniel will sub for Yoga Fitness through mid-November
** denotes series classes: please call to register for these
All other listed classes are open for drop-in. Please join us anytime!
Individual instruction is also available.
Go to Shelburnefallsyoga.com for more information!
Do you love living in Buckland?
Do you want Buckland to continue to be a vibrant community with a high quality of life?
We need your input! Go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BucklandHousing to fill out the survey online, or pick up a hard copy at: Buckland Town Hall, Buckland Public Library, or Senior Center.
Buckland is facing changes that present challenges and opportunities for the town. The Buckland Housing Plan Committee, with assistance from the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG), is conducting this survey to gather input from residents for the creation of a local housing plan. The plan will be completed by the end of December 2016, and will identify housing needs in Buckland and strategies that the Town and area organizations can take to address those needs. Please complete this short survey to help us develop goals and strategies that will guide this work. All responses are anonymous and confidential.
In recent years, Buckland has experienced a decline in population, especially among young families with children. School enrollment has declined, resulting in higher per-student costs for the town. At the same time, the senior population (age 65 and older) is growing, and is expected to comprise 42% of Buckland's population by 2035, compared to 17% in 2010. The current housing market is tight in Buckland, with low rental vacancy rates and few homes for sale. A household earning the median household income in Buckland ($52,356) cannot afford the median home sale price of $207,250. An estimated 31% of Buckland households already live in housing that costs more than 30% of household monthly income.
Survey results will be available on the Buckland town website in November and as a hard copy at the Town Hall and Senior Center. A final draft of the housing plan will be publicized and made available for public review in December.
Thank you for your help with this project!
The Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association (GSFABA) serves the businesses and the community of region. We strive to empower, strengthen, and sustain our region’s economy by helping businesses prosper and communities thrive.
The GSFABA believes that forging closer regional ties strengthens us all. We work to promote businesses and economic development, and advocate locally and statewide for our region. We create and manage partnerships, provide networking opportunities and relevant educational activities, conduct research, promote tourism, support the creative economy through programs and services, and produce events.
We are honored to have you as a member.
This spring, in response to member feedback, we began a website redesign with the aim of making the websites easier to navigate. At the same time, we shifted our dues payment on-line in order to streamline the process for you, our member, and to increase efficiency and savings in the office. In addition to online dues payment, we also offer a monthly payment plan for paying dues and reserving space on the annual Place Map. Members can log in and change photos, update hours, announce special events, and change contact information.
We announced these changes in the spring through this monthly Business Bulletin and special email announcements. I’m writing to let you know about the change and invite you to check out the new website design.
To retrieve your password to log in online:
If you do not know both your username and your password, please recover the username first, then the password. To recover your username, please enter your E-mail Address, leaving Username field empty, then click the Send Username button, and your username will be sent to your email address. From there you can use this same form to recover your password.
To change your username or password:
To print your invoice online:
If you need assistance logging into your account at gsfaba.org, please call or email and let us know. If your email address has changed, please send us an email from the new address.
Thanks so much for supporting the economic vitality of our region!