2014 May

“A Boy in Ballet, a Residency” will bring guest artist Curtis Thomas to Shelburne Falls for five days, May 19-23, 2014. During the residency he will be featured in:

  • Two open rehearsals
  • A lecture demonstration on the role of the “boy” in ballet
  • Two solo variations from the classical repertoire and a duet, performed as part of Ballet Renversé’s Spring 2014 recital.

This performance will be the culminating event of the residency.
The solos, from the lively 19th century ballet NAPOLI, will be taught to Curtis Thomas by Richard Allan Ploch, widely experienced dance director, choreographer, and dance notation reconstructor. Mr. Ploch will travel to Shelburne Falls from Tampa, FL to work with the young artist during the residency.

Curtis Thomas is a beautifully trained and exciting dancer, an African American from New Orleans, where his teacher was Ballet Renversé’s artistic director Karen Shulda. He is now on full scholarship at the Boston Conservatory. In May he will graduate and begin his professional career.


Saturday, June 7, RiverFest returns to Shelburne Falls, MA, an annual celebration of the Deerfield River that flows through the village in Ever-Changing Currents—what Yankee Magazine has called one of the Top 20 Massachusetts Events. It’s an entertaining, educational day-long festival in a beautiful setting, enhanced by views of Salmon Falls and hydro-power at work, the extraordinary multi-hued “glacial” potholes and the famous Bridge of Flowers.

Beginning at 10 a.m., the village streets will be filled with the music of the All-Valley Jazz Jam featuring Jill Connolly and such talented local performers as Last Night’s Fun and Belle Ami, keeping things lively throughout the day. There will be children’s games, “Macaroni Kids” activities, and a craft workshop, too—because youngsters (and the young at heart) will have a chance to get their faces painted, snazz up their outfits and march in the delightful “Frog & Flower Parade,” along with drummers and
other merry folks.

Right after the parade, marchers and non-marchers alike are invited to join the fun of Piti Theatre’s latest production, “Mill Mountain River,” a tribute to the historic village of Colrain presented on stage at the Senior Center.

People of all ages will be fascinated by Medicine Mammals’ Native American songs and stories, by the live birds of prey introduced during the morning’s “WingMasters” show at the Senior Center, by the Deerfield River Watershed Association’s (DRWA) ever-popular display tables—and by the chance to ride beautifully restored Trolley #10 and an authentic railroad pump car at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum.

Down by the river, visitors can experience the thrill of quiet-water rafting, or try their hand at fly-casting with Trout Unlimited, or hear about river safety from true experts: the U.S. Coast Guard.

Those who enjoy browsing will find treasures galore at the Arms Library book sale, the Shelburne Falls Area Women’s Club Tag Sale, and other pop-up shopping opportunities from local residents.

On Saturday evening, Pothole Pictures will present “Babies” in Memorial Hall Theatre, and on Sunday, June 8, DRWA volunteers will lead hikes through the local landscape. (Interested individuals may sign up at the RiverFest HQ Info Booth on Saturday or online at

Shelburne Falls’ many restaurants and outdoor food stands always offer a tempting range of meals and snacks, while the village’s friendly shops and galleries, and the special street vendors and informational booths set up for RiverFest, present a wide variety of intriguing offerings.

And movie fans will be able to see sites from the Paramount film “Labor Day” and the upcoming Warner Brothers release, “The Judge.”

Rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, RiverFest is the perfect way to spend a June day.

Shelburne Falls Yoga, directed by Kate Pousont Scarborough, will be hosting Living World Yoga, a new training program for yoga teachers beginning September 2014. The program, created and directed by Scarborough and Marije E. Paternotte of Manasquan NJ, will be offering intensive training to prospective teachers one weekend per month through June 2015. Living World Yoga will be hosting several notable guests and teacher trainers including Grace Jull, Devarshi Steven Hartman, and Thomas Yeomans.

Trolley is now wheelchair accessible.

The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum kicks off summer on Memorial Day Weekend. Trolley rides, pump car rides, toy trains and displays will be available from 11am to 5pm every Saturday, Sunday and holiday until October 26. The museum, at 14 Depot St Shelburne Falls, MA, will also be open Mondays from 1pm to 5pm in July and August. The museum now features wheelchair access to the trolley, so that everyone can ride back in time.

Take a fifteen minute ride back in time on the beautifully restored trolley No. 10. Built in 1896 and restored in 1999, this 117-year-old trolley carried freight and passengers on tracks between Shelburne Falls and Colrain until 1926. This wooden, electrically-powered car crossed the Deerfield River on a concrete bridge that is now known as the Bridge of Flowers. The museum's Visitors Center has pictures of the bridge and other local scenes in its trolley days, a display of the
restoration process that brought this rare car back to life, a Kids Corner with wooden and electric toy trains and the TrolleyShop store with books, magazines and gift items.

The museum also features a caboose that can be explored, and an old-fashioned pump car that is often available for rides. The not-for-profit museum is operated by volunteers and welcomes new volunteers. The museum may be open by chance at other times and special arrangements can be made for field trips or parties. Tickets are $4.00 for adults, $2.00 for children 6-12 and free for kids 5 and under. For more details see

14 Depot Street, Shelburne Falls MA 413-625-9443

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