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This past Saturday, June 18, the GSFABA and the Village of Shelburne Falls
hosted the first ever RiverWalk event. The event combined environmental appreciation and education with an ArtWalk,
song and dance, and food!
Tourists and village residents alike strolled the streets, visiting vendors along Bridge Street and State Street; 
Zoar gave free raft rides on the Deerfield River. Medicine Mammals lifted spirits with entrancing stories and moving music, while on the other side of the bridge the Jazz Co-op and The Eclectic made feet tap and heads nod outside McCusker's;  Doris Schload led a river song and dance at Malley Park. Jane Beatrice Wegscheider and Phyllis Labanowski from the Art Garden attached colorful ribbons to the Iron Bridge which flowed in the wind while educating folks about the science of the river (and bringing out people’s inner child) as part of their installation, "What Do You Love About the Deerfield River?" The Deerfield River Watershed Association educated passersby, while Trout Unlimited taught how to fly-fish. Salmon Falls Gallery entertained families with river felting workshops and storytelling by David Arfa.
 
In the evening, international music group, Bella Gaia, captivated an audience of 200 with thought-provoking imagery from NASA and live music. The central message of us all being part of one world was a perfect finish to a day of celebrating our natural environment. After the show, Kenji Williams answered questions from the audience, with many responses provoking cheering. Kenji proudly spoke about how this performance shows the positive ways to use technology and fills the need for a show that inspires us all on a deeper level. His hope is that Bella Gaia helps us understand that global warming is a truth and reminds us that we only have one place to call home, Earth.
 
Thank you to our sponsors TransCanada, Eversource, Greenfield Savings Bank, People’s United Bank, Greenfield Cooperative Bank, and The Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Thank you to our village businesses: Molly Cantor Pottery, Salmon Falls Gallery, Ann Brauer Quilt Studio, McCusker’s Market, Boswell’s Books, Nancy L. Dole Books & Ephemera, and Shelburne Falls Artisans Co-op.
Thanks to Memorial Hall for hosting the Bella Gaia concert and Mocha Maya’s for promotion and ticket sales.  Thanks to the GSFABA Events Committee for helping to plan and execute the event.

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