Spring has sprung!
We’re getting ready for our annual auction this Saturday, April 22, (read more below) and sincerely hope you will plan to attend! In addition to a fun evening of food and bidding, the auction proceeds support the many activities of the Business Association.
Our mission is "to empower, strengthen and sustain our region’s economy by helping businesses prosper and communities thrive. We promote and advocate, locally and with the state, to support the wide range of businesses that are part of our rural character through partnerships, networking, research, education, and events."
At the heart of what we do is the belief that forging closer regional ties strengthens us and that a healthy economy is essential to supporting our special and wonderful quality of life.
Specifically, here's a list of just a few of the programs and projects we work on to support our members, community, and region:
And that’s just our bigger projects all of which we do with tiny a tiny staff (1.5 or so) plus an abundance of volunteers including a wonderful board of directors and committee members who help get it all done.
We need your help to continue doing this work. Several of our sponsors have realigned their priorities this year and will not be sponsoring at last year’s levels. There is uncertainty at the state level for funding tourism and the arts, which may further impact our bottom line.
How can you help? Become an event sponsor for one or more of our events (more on that below), continue or begin your membership (easy to sign up online at GSFABA.org), and consider volunteering. We can’t do it without you!
Stay in touch and thank you for your support.
will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 9am til noon at Trinity Church’s Baptist Lot on Main Street in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. This eagerly awaited sale includes perennials dug from the famous Bridge of Flowers, divisions from the gardens of skilled local gardeners, and a selection of geraniums and unusual annuals and unusual plants from Hillside Nursery. There are also garden-related items available, including local handmade art, books, gifts and more. Coffee and baked goods will also be on sale.
The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum located in Shelburne Falls, Ma., is recruiting volunteers to help with its trolley car operation as well as ticket sellers, painters, carpenters, and grounds maintenance.
Training Day will be held at the museum, located on Depot St in Shelburne Falls, just up the hill from the Bridge of Flowers, on Saturday, May 20th, starting at 10 am. The Trolley Museum will provide hands-on and “classroom” training for all our trolley and pump car crew members. The day is geared for requalifying returning crew members, but new volunteers should attend as well. The program will cover safety issues, the proper operation on Trolley Car No. 10 and the pump car, and talk about passenger care and telling our guests about the history of No. 10. The trolley crew helps guests take a fifteen minute ride back in time on the historic trolley, which was restored in 1999, and had carried freight and passengers on the Shelburne Falls and Colrain Railway between Shelburne Falls and Colrain and crossed the Deerfield River on a concrete bridge now known as the “Bridge Of Flowers”.
According to Alden Dreyer, the Safety and Instruction Supervisor, as well as the Crew Dispatcher, “We need Motormen and Conductors on weekends of our operating season, Memorial Day weekend until the end of October. Our day is split in half so you can be with us for 3.5 or 7 hours as you wish. The conductor is in charge of the car and responsible for passenger safety at all times. The motorman runs the car in a safe and careful manner. Conductors give a five minute talk at the end of the line on the history of trolley operations and must be prepared to answer various questions”. During the time that the Shelburne Falls and Colrain Street Railway operated (1896-1927), women were not considered suitable trolley car crew members, but according to Dreyer, “We have several women as motormen and they do very well”.
For more information, visit http://www.sftm.org or call Sam Bartlett at 413-624-0192. Lunch will be provided for everyone attending the training session, so if you plan to attend, please e-mail us at email@example.com and put SFTM in the subject line with your name and a brief message introducing yourself and your interests.