2015 December

As we come to the end of 2015, I’d like to take a moment to thank all the generous folks who have helped make the past year so successful. To all our members, sponsors, and donors, thank you for your support; we cannot do it without you.

This past month, we produced the last event of the year, Moonlight Magic! The event broke sales records in several shops, food vendors ran out of soup & french fries, and the crowds were, anecdotally, the largest ever! The weather was beautiful, the candles and lighting throughout the Village made it truly magical, and the moon even paid a visit! What a great way to kick off the shopping season and end a wonderful year. Thank you to everyone who helped make it such a huge success!

As we plan for 2016, we’re looking to better serve our membership, implement some new business support programs, and reimagine some of the events. Stay tuned for details on all these initiatives next month.

In the meantime, on behalf of everyone here at GSFABA, we wish you a happy holiday season and a healthy and prosperous 2016!

See you next year!

Carmela Lanza-Weil
Executive Director

Stay tuned for a full slate of 2016 events in the January edition.

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Office for Rent

  • Downtown Shelburne Falls
  • 2 riverfront windows
  • Hardwood floors
  • Exposed brick walls
  • Use of waiting room and small kitchen
  • Rent $280, includes all utilities
  • Available Dec 1
  • 12'x18' - about 200 sq ft
  • Contact Marcey at 413 625 8300
  • From Michael Garfield-Wright

​Available for Lease: Newly Renovated Building at 1404 Mohawk Trail, Shelburne

  • Commercially zoned - ideal for professional office, craft workshop and/or retail shop
  • 1 floor wood-framed building, fully insulated
  • 1153 square feet on main floor plus 130 sq. ft. finished storage room in basement
  • Main floor offers a large open area with granite counter and 2 smaller rooms, plus a separate large, bright 315 sq. ft. room for work/other.
  • New floor covering to be installed throughout to suit tenant use
  • 1 half bath and cold water slop sink in basement
  • Overlooks Allen Brook and adjacent farmland
  • Water and septic
  • 200 amp power
  • New forced hot air propane furnace
  • Monitored intrusion and fire alarm system
  • On-site parking
  • On Route 2 - 2.5 miles from I-91, ample opportunity for signage with good sight lines
  • Lease required; availability flexible

Please call for more info or to view building:

Larry Flaccus
c/o Kenburn Orchards
1394 Mohawk Trail
Shelburne, MA 01370
Phone: 413-625-6503

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Ballet Renversé in Shelburne Falls and its 20th as a dance company! To honor this milestone and the organization’s unique history, Ballet Renversé is creating “A Festival of Dance, a Celebration of Community”—bringing together area dancer to create an event-over-time, a moveable feast of dance and related art forms.

It all begins with our 10th Annual Holiday Recital on December 18th at 6:30 at Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School. This year’s theme is “A Family Gathering,” featuring Ballet Renversé dancers ages 5-50+ as they present holiday-themed dances for family, friends, and community. This event is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted. Please join us for this heartwarming celebration. A reception follows.

A fundraising Teacup Auction will be held in conjunction with the holiday recital, with lovely gift items and gift certificates donated by more than 20 local artisans and businesses.

Shelburne Falls, MassachusettsNancy Dole & Pam Sand announce the publication of their new book, a delightful historical account of the Village. Pick up your copy at one of these locations:

Nancy L. Dole Books & Ephemera
20 State Street, Buckland-side

Shelburne Falls Booksellers
1 Deerfield Avenue, Shelburne

Boswell's Books
10 Bridge St., Shelburne

Mo's Fudge Factor
State St., Buckland-side

Salmon Falls Gallery
1 Ashfield St., Buckland-side

Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum
Buckland railyard, Buckland-side

Wandering Moon
59 Bridge St., Shelburne

Sawyer News Co.
61 Bridge St., Shelburne

Native Views
Mohawk Trail

sale"Mystery and Magic," a group show by member artists at the Shelburne Arts Cooperative through January 25. December Sale of Special Items by member artists. Music of the Famous Crabgrass Band Saturday, Dec. 19 from 4 p.m.

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11-5; Friday and Saturday 11-8
26 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls, MA

trolleyAt Moonlight Magic, 331 tickets were sold, and 101 non-revenue riders (kids and members) made for a record Moonlight Magic in terms of overall riders! The Trolley Museum was only 10 short of a record for paying tickets, but made up for that and more with the large number of free children and members. And because they raised ticket prices a few years ago, this year's Moonlight Magic ticket revenue was a record as well.

Overall for 2015 ridership (in terms of tickets sold, not counting free tickets) was solidly in the top third of the 16 years, improving over the last few years but not as good as some of the earlier standout years.

In terms of ticket revenue, a record was set! 7% better than last year, because of the 2013 price increase.

The Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association is looking for an Administrative Program Coordinator to join our team.

The Administrative Program Coordinator will work under the direction of the Executive Director. The person in this position will be responsible for a variety of projects and programs.

S/he will be extremely organized, detail oriented, have outstanding interpersonal skills, professional appearance, and provide a high level of customer service. S/he will be flexible, outgoing, good humored, able to switch gears quickly and gracefully, able to keep track of many details and work well both alone and as part of a team.

The position requires lifting up to 30 pounds, going up and down stairs daily, and walking and standing at events. A working knowledge of PC software, and hardware, including the Internet, email programs, and Microsoft office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) is required.

General responsibilities include:

  • Greeting members, tourists, and visitors in person and on the phone
  • Web site monitoring and updates
  • Writing and/or proofreading business correspondence, marketing materials, and reports
  • Filing and organizing
  • Distributing posters and fliers
  • Event coordination

Experience in marketing, development, volunteer management, budgeting, and/or arts experience a plus!

This is a part-time position requiring a commitment of 16-hours per week with occasional additional hours, as needed and available. The position may expand in the coming year, in terms of hours and responsibilities. If you or someone you know is interested, please send a cover letter and resume via email to by January 5, 2016.

In an effort to help visitors find great free things to do this winter to enhance or extend their visit, and with your assistance, MOTT would like to pull together a list of totally free things to do this winter in Massachusetts!

For the purpose of this promotion, free means totally free, no strings, no purchases of any kind required—a stand-alone free offer or a free thing to do.

The list will be organized by region and within each region by category; the promotion will be posted prominently on for easy access to fun and free things, on under Deals, and on on the events calendar.

Examples of things that are TOTALLY free:

  • Attending a free concert
  • Free entry to events where there may or may not be free sampling or free musical performances, and/or where a purchase may be optional, such as:
    • A Food Truck Festival
    • An Arts & Crafts Show
    • A Indoor Farmers Market

Examples of things that are NOT free:

  • A BOGO: buy one, get one free or otherwise reduced
  • A free children’s meal with the purchase of adult meal
  • Buy two hotel nights, get the third one free

Program Details: Totally Free Things to do in Massachusetts during Winter 2016

Time Frame:

  • Offers happening between January 1st – March 31st, 2016


  • Outdoor activities
  • Indoor activities
  • Food fun
  • Fun for families & kids
  • Tours
  • Etc.

Please email anything you have to and we’ll pass it along (and post on the calendar).

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.

The Greenfield meetings of Valley Venture Mentors are sponsored by the Franklin County Community Development Corporation.

Click here for more information about Valley Venture Mentors and its programs.

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

This Weekend's Events:

  • Friday, December 18th at 8pm - Ray Mason & special guest Robert LaRoche
  • Saturday, December 19th at 8pm - Birdsong at Morning

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