2015 April

Once again, you will see stars in Shelburne Falls. This time though, it is not Hollywood Stars, but Film Location Stars designed and crafted locally by Ashfield Stone. Ashfield Stone Crew
With funding from the MA Film Office, the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association (GSFABA) collaborated with Ashfield Stone to develop one of the first Film Tourism Programs in the state.

Hollywood’s Walk of Fame was a bit of an inspiration”, said Mary Vilbon, executive director of the Business Association. “We wanted to celebrate the fact that two major productions, Labor Day (2012) and The Judge (2013), were filmed in Shelburne Falls, supporting local businesses in Buckland and Shelburne, bringing visitors to the village, and putting the beauty and wonder of West County onto the big screen.”

Johanna Pratt owner of Ashfield Stone donated the handcrafted stars that were designed by stone craftsman, Brandon Osman. Each star made of local Ashfield Schist stone was cut and polished and the seven stars took a total of 35 hours to complete. “It was fun for our whole shop to create these “rock stars” said Johanna Pratt. “ Mary Vilbon came up with this great concept for the village and we ran with it.”

Carriage House Designs in Turners Falls engraved and installed the stars. “Each star is just a little bit different and we customized the installation depending on the buildings surface,” "This is such a great project to be involved with. And, of course, working with Ashfield stone is always a treat” said Jack Nelson, principal at Carriage House.

The stars in Shelburne Falls are located at Salmon Falls Gallery, Greenfield Savings Bank, Baker Pharmacy, Keystone Market, Memorial Hall, and Singley Furniture and Mole Hollow buildings (both businesses have changed hands and are being re-developed for new purposes that complement the Shelburne Falls business district).
The stars are just one part of the GSFABA Film Tourism Program. In addition, the Business Association has a page designated on its tourism website,; information about each of the productions; and a walking tour map to download. Also, GSFABA will have a film reel at the Shelburne Falls Village Information Center that operates continuously. The Visitor Center attracts nearly 10,000 visitors each year and is open from May 1st – October 31st each year.

Pothole Pictures will be showing The Judge on May 29 & 30 at 7:30 PM at Memorial Hall in Shelburne.

For more information about films made in Shelburne Falls contact the GSFABA at 413-625-2526 or The Association serves businesses, nonprofit organizations and communities in the western portion of Franklin County.

Join us May 15th at Greenfield Community College for this major regional event designed to increase the capacity and success of the creative industries in Western Massachusetts. This annual convening of the creative sector provides the opportunity to network, address public/private partnerships, gain business and technical skills, and access practical information about available resources. The summit program features panels of western Massachusetts leaders in the creative industries discussing issues, resources, and successes relating to the fields of Marketing, Architecture, Visual Arts & Craft, Design, Film & Media, Digital Games, Music & Entertainment, and Publishing.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Tim Loew, Executive Director and Founder of Mass Digi, a statewide center, designated by the Commonwealth, for academic cooperation, entrepreneurship and economic development across the Massachusetts digital and video games ecosystem. Loew’s work is a great model with concepts that are transferrable across creative industries.

The Creative Economy Summit is produced by Fostering Art & Culture Project and the Pioneer Valley Creative Economy Network. Check a full list of presenters and panels. Registration is required ($45 including lunch)

Tourism U is an ongoing series of free workshops offered by The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) year-round across the Commonwealth.

The next Tourism U session will be:tourismU

When: Thursday, April 30, 2015

Where: Plymouth County Convention & Visitors Bureau
134 Court Street, 1st Floor conference room
Plymouth, MA 02360

Times: 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

We are offering 2 sessions on the same subject at this Tourism U. You can sign up for either the morning or afternoon session. The morning session is from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. The afternoon session is from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Description of the session: What can do for you? - John Alzapiedi, Web Manager
Learn how to utilize the resources of

How to keep your listing current
Adding deals and events
Checking leads
Featured placement on homepage and interior pages
Utilizing statistics and the press room
And much more

Come with your laptop or mobile device and follow along with the presentation.

These sessions are free of charge and are provided by the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism. RSVP to by Tuesday, April 28th, 2015. Please indicate whether you want to attend the morning or afternoon session. Please also include your complete contact information (name, role, company, address, telephone number and email address).

The Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association is sponsoring the free “QuickBooks Accounting Series” presented by John Baldwin of Stepping Stone Accounts.

The Third session will be "QuickBooks Reports: Getting the Information You Need from Your QuickBooks System". This session help you configure your data from QuickBooks into meaningful reports. or contact John Baldwin at John@SteppingStoneAccounts.comsteppingstone

When: May 25, 2015
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 am
Where: Greenfield Savings Bank Conference Room, 58 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls, MA

Business owners and town officials from around West County are invited to the Annual Spring Breakfast of the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association (GSFABA) on Friday, May 1st from 7:30 – 9:00 AM at Berkshire East located on Thunder Mountain Road in Charlemont.

The Breakfast is a great opportunity to network with business people in West County and learn more about the projects and initiatives that the GSFABA is working on to assist local businesses and communities throughout the region.

Also, as is our tradition, GSFABA will present the Marvin J Shippee Community Service Award to a local West County resident who has shown leadership and commitment to volunteerism in their community or the region, and the 2015 GSFABA Scholarship Award will be given to a graduating senior who has demonstrated an interest in pursuing a career in business or related field.

To make your reservations contact the GSFABA office at 625-2526 or email Please make all checks payable to the GSFABA and mail to P.O. Box 42, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370. Mastercard and VISA are accepted by calling the GSFABA office. Prepay/preregistration price before April 29th: $12.00; after April 29th price: $14.00.

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