New web design coming soon!

We’re working feverishly to get the new website up. With the new navigation, it will be much easier to find your listing and members will be able to update their listing on the site with photos and descriptions. You can also pay your dues and place map ad fees on-line!  And we'll be offering a monthly payment option, in response to your requests!

We’re excited to roll out the new site and we’ll let you know when it’s ready.
Speaking of requests, we've been trying to connect with you, our members, to answer some survey questions.  We had hoped for a conversation but will be happy, at this point, if you just want to fill it out on-line.  Click here to give us your thoughts.  Thanks!

Thursday, May 26th, 5-7pm
at Berkshire Pizzeria
72 Main St


Tuesday, June 21st, 5-7pm
at The Trolley Museum
14 Depot Street
Shelburne Falls

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Plan to come to meet some new folks!

Saturday, June 18, 2016, rain or shine, plan to "go with the flow" of RiverWalk, a day-long celebration of art, the beautiful Deerfield River and our Beautiful Earth. bellagaiaconcertposter

The day kicks off with the Friends of the Arms Library Riverwalk Book sale - 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Shops open later that morning and then at 2:00pm, educational displays, fly fishing demonstrations, and children's activities -- including sidewalk decorating and face painting -- will all take place along with an Art Walk featuring artist signings, receptions, and openings.

At 4pm, the “Frog & Flower Stroll," brings the community together for a festive walk winding up at the Potholes for a river dance finale.

The Art Walk continues through the early evening hours and then, at 8pm, Bella Gaia will perform in concert at Memorial Hall. This family friendly, highly visual performance delights young and old with original music and vibrant scenes from space looking down on our Bella Gaia - beautiful earth.

The Bella Gaia concert is a ticketed event; other RiverWalk activities are free of charge (though donations are always welcome!).

Brought to you by the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association, Mocha Maya's, the Village of Shelburne Falls and the following sponsors:

Massachusetts Cultural Council, Local Cultural Councils of Buckland, Shelburne, Colrain, and Charlemont/Hawley, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. People's United Bank, Greenfield Savings Bank, Greenfield Cooperative Bank, Eversource Energy, Ann Brauer Quilt Studio, Boswell's Books, McCusker's Market, Molly Cantor Pottery, Nancy Dole Books & Ephemera, Salmon Falls Gallery, and the Shelburne Falls Artists Co-op.

Vendor products or services must relate to RiverWalk themes (art, education, water, ecology, nature, and/or the environment) and products must not directly compete with downtown area businesses.

Click here for application.

You're invited!


June 25 at 7pm
Buckland Town Hall
$10 admission
Food & Drink & Art!

Come see winning artists' projects that will happen in a hilltown near you in the coming year!

Selected from a field of proposals, the four - five artists selected will present their visions for their projects, invite questions and solicit assistance.

Have you wanted to be involved in community artmaking? Here's your chance to volunteer, donate supplies, or invest! Or, just come see the cool ideas. Each artist will be awarded up to $500 seed money from the GSFABA to support the implementation of their project.

This is a new program from the GSFABA in partnership with The Art Garden and individual artists. We hope to continue "Hatching" new art projects in the future so please come support this first step. Funded, in part, by the Massachusetts Cultural Council's Adams Grant program.

2016placemapcoverWe're delivering as quickly as we can (though not as quickly as we'd like) so please contact the office if you haven't received yours or anytime you need more to distribute.

Thanks to all our advertisers and to Susan Wyant for the beautiful cover art and for all her work getting this published.

Marvin Shippee Award

The Spring Breakfast was held Friday, April 29th at Berkshire East. About 65 people attended.
Representative Steve Kulik spoke briefly about upcoming legislative issues and answered questions from the floor. dougcranson

Mr. Douglas Cranson (right) was given the Marvin Shippee award for distinguished community service. Cranson was nominated by Wes Rice, who was also honored for his 12-years of work for the Business Association. Cranson was noted for his 70 year history with scouting, his many contributions to the Ashfield community, and his stellar citizenship.


Tributes to Wes (left) were offered by past GSFABA director Art Schwenger, past president Michael Garfield-Wright, and current director Carmela Lanza-Weil. Wes will retire (again - and for perhaps the last time) at the end of this month. 

Two $500 GSFABA scholarships were announced to two Mohawk Trail Regional School students: Emma R. Guyette and Samuel R. Rode.

Thanks to our breakfast sponsors: People's United Bank and Dancing Star.

June 3, 2016

“My Favorite Things,” Gala Anniversary Concert, will take place at Buckland Elementary School, 75 Mechanic Street, Shelburne Falls at 6:30 pm, and features guest dancer Sarah Jane Duax, one of the original New Orleans Ballet Renversé artists. Also featured are Shelly Roberts, soprano, signing the program’s theme song, “My favorite Things” and other selections; the Marlboro Morris Men, touring folk dance troupe; Cynthia James, Isadora Duncan dancer and director; and Ballet Renverse dancers, ages 5-50+

The Gala is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted and a fundraising Teacup Auction, with lovely items donated by local businesses, accompanies the event.

The Gala is the culmination of “A Festival of Dance, A Celebration of Community,” comprised of events held throughout the spring, which celebrates the accomplishments of Ballet Renversé and its involvement with the community. Events and activities have included collaboration with Piti Theatre, an adult dance workshop in Isadora Duncan dancing, and an in-school residency at Buckland Shelburne Elementary School with guest artist Kate Pousont Scarborough.

The Gala is supported in part by a grant from The James D. Watt Charitable Fund at the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.

The Gala and springtime events that have been part of “A Festival of Dance, A Celebration of Community” were also supported, in part, by grants from the Cultural Councils of the towns of Buckland, Colrain, and Shelburne, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Ballet Renversé members, local business sponsors, Teacup Auction donors, Buckland Shelburne Elementary School, and the Mary Lyon Foundation have all provided important financial or in-kind support.

For more information visit or call (413) 625-6442.

Artists Co-op

natureofthings"The Nature of Things" Mixed media works from wall art to fiber art by Nancy Baker. Reception with the artist on Saturday, June 18 from 2 to 6 p.m. June 1 through June 27

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11-5; Friday and Saturday 11-8; closed Tuesdays

26 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls, MA 413-625-9324


May 24, 2016
6:30 – 8:00
Mohawk Trail Regional High School

Join naturalist Sue Morse for a fascinating, fun, and visually stunning slide show and lecture about wildlife in western Massachusetts. From wood frogs to moose, learn about the mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles that live here, as well as the habitat they need to survive and thrive. Sue’s presentation will address the importance of mast; the seeds, fruits and buds from a wide variety of trees and shrubs, all needed to serve wildlife as a critical source of food the whole year round. Sue Morse, founder of Keeping Track, an organization devoted to training professional biologists and citizen scientists in wildlife monitoring skills, will illustrate how we can enhance our understanding and appreciation for our local wildlife while protecting critical wildlife habitat in our woods through forest management.

This program is FREE and open the public.

Presented by: Susan C. Morse of Keeping Track
More Information by calling the Franklin Land Trust 413-625-9151 or visit

Hosted by Franklin Land Trust and Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Photograph © Susan C. Morse

We are so grateful for all the people who gave their time, treasure, and talent to the benefit of the auction! It is their incredible generosity that made the auction a huge success!


Karen Fairbrother and her team from Greenfield Savings Bank, (Above, left to right: April Parker, Lisa Shippee, Karen Fairbrother, Angela Varilly, Crisabeth Shearer, Rebecca Boyd) who helped check-in and check-out run smoothly.

johnbaldwinanddanetteJohn Baldwin and Danette Reynolds (left) who took care of serving beverages throughout the night.

Sylvia Orcutt and everyone at People’s United Bank who gave us room to store the items, helped show off items during the auction, and helped with loading in all the items.

BIG THANKS also to Crystal Stinson and her amazing daughters, Safiya and Diana Yaseen, who sold 50/50 raffle tickets so effectively! Also the “Whistlestop” musicians who made the evening festive and full of beautiful music. Big thanks also to auctioneer Doug Wilkins and Master of Ceremonies Vincent Traina for encouraging the big bids. Finally, thanks to everyone who attended and helped make the auction a memorable evening. Hope to see you all next year.

New Picnic Tables

transcanadapicnictableThis one, located across from the Community Center, and another behind the Arms Library were dropped off earlier this month.  Two more will soon land at Malley Park. Please remember to pack out your trash, if you have any, so everyone can enjoy them.

Are you looking for a way to get involved?

The GSFABA needs you!

Several big community events are coming up -- RiverWalk, the Bridge of Flowers 10k Classic, the Iron Bridge Dinner, Moonlight Magic -- and we could use some extra hands to make them all happen.

Please give us a call, shoot an email, or just drop by the office. We'd love to see you and get you started!

Business After Hours
Thursday, May 26th
Berkshire Pizzeria


Tuesday, June 21st
Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum

​RiverWalk/Bella Gaia
Saturday, June 18
All Day - Concert at 8pm
Shelburne Falls

​​HATCH Event
Saturday, June 25
7 - 10pm
Buckland Town Hall

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