Shelburne Falls in winterHappy Winter!

2016 promises to bring a lot of exciting changes to the GSFABA—check out the new offerings in this bulletin and also know that we're adding a new staff member in the near future to help us better serve you, our valued members.

You'll be contacted in the not-too-distant future and asked to participate in a member survey we've created to find out more about you, your business, and how we can better serve you and build our local economy.

Reservations for our popular place map will be coming your way soon, too, so keep an eye out for that.

Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions, concerns, or—best of all—ideas!

Hope the new year brings you prosperity and joy!

Carmela Lanza-Weil
Executive Director

Here's the first look at upcoming events brought to you by the GSFABA.

(Dates subject to change)

New this year!

  • Hilltown Arts: Thriving Community Happenings (HATCH) is a new pilot program designed in collaboration with The Art Garden, a community arts center located in Buckland, MA. HATCH will offer inspiration, support, and help with funding creative projects that engage the Hilltown communities of western Franklin County. A three-part process will support the development, refinement, and launching of arts projects brought forward by artists and other community members culminating with a community-wide event! Workshop dates are April 25, May 8, and May 18, 2016. We'll be posting more information about this project soon!
  • River Walk is a celebration of the Deerfield River with an Art Walk, parade, and concert in the evening with musical artists Bella Gaia (Date TBA)
  • Business development workshops with networking opportunities (topics TBA) in collaboration with the FCCDC begin in March.
  • New time! Art Walks from 2pm-6pm will bring visitors and residents to Shelburne Falls earlier in the day, so the Art Walk can combine with recreation, dining, and nightlife throughout the region.

We're also continuing these favorite events and gatherings:

  • Mark your calendar now to attend our 20th Annual Auction Fundraiser on April 2, 2016 at the Shelburne Buckland Community Center**.
  • The Annual Spring Breakfast for members will take place on April 29, 2016 (place TBD).
  • Art Walks are scheduled for May 7, July 23, and October 22, 2016.
  • The 38th Annual Bridge of Flowers Classic 10k and Steve Lewis Subaru Charity 3k Run and Walk comes up on August 13th
  • 16th Annual Iron Bridge Dinner ending the Summer Season on August 21, 2016.
  • The Annual Fall Breakfast, October 28, 2016
  • Moonlight Magic* on November 25th to end the year.

*Interested in being a vendor at Moonlight Magic? Click here to download the Vendor Application.


Longmeadow Capital purchased the business on December 18, 2015. The store/company will go by the name Longcap Lamson (the legal business entity is Longcap Lamson Products LLC). The new owners plan to expand the selection of retail goods and inventory, expand hours of operation, and increase marketing efforts to bring more buyers through the doors. During the transition period, please call the store for hours at 413.625.0201

Piti Theatre Company's "Olde Coleraine" to offer a journey into the past for all ages this spring!

The founders of Shelburne's Piti Theatre Company, Godeliève Richard and Jonathan Mirin, are cooking up a special treat for this spring's 7th Annual SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival at Memorial Hall on March 20th. They are creating a new show called "Olde Coleraine: A Musical Hilltown History" with musician-in-residence Carrie Ferguson. One of the themes of the show is the transition at the turn of the last century from an agricultural to an industrial economy—"farm children" became "mill children" as many young people worked with their families in local mills.

Piti is offering a new weekly class to prepare a group of local children ages 7-12 to perform with them in the show on Thursdays at Shelburne Falls Yoga, starting January 21 from 4:00-5:15. Adults, teens, and younger children who would like to participate as actors or in other ways are also encouraged to get in touch. More about this and other Piti winter-spring classes here, or call (413) 625-6569 or email

Ballet Renversé seeks an intern for 2-3 hours per week to assist the artistic director with administration, fundraising, social media, and graphic design. Maturity, consistency, and interest in the performing arts are essential, as are excellent computer skills. Attendance at bi-monthly board meetings, usually on a Wednesday evening, is also required. A small stipend is available. Please call 413-625-6442 if you're interested.

Ann Brauer Studio is the feature article in the Winter 2016 issue of Art Quilting Studio. Check it out! Go see Ann to offer congratulations at 2 Conway Street, Monday, Wednesday and Saturday 10-5 or Sunday 11-5.

ring"The Red Show," a group show at the Shelburne Arts Cooperative – and a display by our jewelry artists, special gifts for Valentine’s Day;

January 27 through February 22
Daily 11-5; Friday and Saturday 11-7; closed Tuesdays
26 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls, MA

Winter finally arrived at the rail yard adjacent to The Art Garden…
just in time for this invitation to participate in our next Community Exhibit about


Deadline to submit physical works to be displayed on The Art Garden’s studio walls is January 20, 2016. All works that relate to the theme of winter will be accepted: painting, poetry, photography, drawing, mixed media, etc.
Some size restrictions may apply. No prior art experience is necessary.
Please contact us in advance if your work is larger than 3′ in any direction.

Please note: Depending on the amount of work submitted, we may be able to show more than one piece by each artist.
The exhibit runs until March 21, 2016. We ask that artists commit to having their work stay in the show until that time.

Plus! An Opening Reception & Outdoor Winter Celebration

(in the rail yard)
January 30, 2016
from 4pm – 8pm!

Mocha Maya's announces that nationally touring musician Erica Wheeler will perform on Saturday, January 30th at 8pm. Tickets may be purchased at Mocha Maya’s and are only $15 each. Seating is limited, so get your tickets today!

March 16, 2016 at Deerfield Academy.

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January 30

Puccini's "Turandot"
Live from the MET!
At Memorial Hall
12:55 pm

Opening Event & Winter Celebration at the Art Garden

Erica Wheeler at Mocha Maya's

February 19 & 20

Pothole Pictures Presents The Matrix at 7:30pm

March 20

SYRUP! at Memorial Hall, Piti Theater

April 2

GSFABA's Annual Auction!

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