The GSFABA enters the New Year with new board members and lots of good energy! I am beginning my second full year as Executive Director and Shira Lander, our amazing Project Coordinator, completes her first year next month. ML Magrath, our new bookkeeper, will celebrate her one-year anniversary in May and I’m excited to announce that a new Race Director for the Bridge of Flowers Classic has recently come on board! Carole Appleton (read about Carole later on in this newsletter) will take over from Mike McCusker and me after this transition year, allowing Mike to become chief advisor and allowing me to focus on other GSFABA priorities. Welcome Carole!

Our goals for the coming year include continuing our economic development activities by working to attract new businesses and tourists to the region. Also, we’ll work to encourage residents to shop locally by highlighting the creative, farm, recreational, and local food businesses here. We’ll continue to work with the Franklin County Chamber and Regional Tourism Councils to promote our region, and produce the events that attract media attention, audiences, and economic activity. (See a full calendar of events below.) 

Look for our popular Business After Hours monthly networking meetings to continue. If you didn’t make it to the most recent one, at Blackmer Insurance Thursday night, you missed a great presentation about programs available through the U.S. Postal Service that will boost business and save time! Contact us for details.  We need hosts later in the Spring, so contact Shira if you’re interested. 

We also plan to present workshops this year to help you with social media, retail merchandising, and marketing plans.  If you have ideas for workshops that would be helpful, just shoot us an email.

Developing our membership is another big goal this year.  We want to make our network of businesses more robust to create a larger voice for our region.  Look for board members coming to your door in the next few months to talk about membership and how the GSFABA can serve your business and our community.

Our work with the Shelburne Falls Area Partnership continues, with a focus on developing parking options throughout the village, with particular emphasis on the parking area by Salmon Falls Gallery. We’ll also be re-applying to the state for the Cultural District Designation in Shelburne Falls. 

We’re keeping an eye on the Broadband Extension Program, as that issue is at the forefront of concerns.  According to Representative Kulick last month, the Comcast agreement to build the last mile to at least 96% coverage in the nine partial cable towns included in that program “…is progressing well...Comcast is scheduling individual meetings with each town to report on progress...and the contracted completion date for the 9 towns remains mid-August 2018.” We will keep you apprised of updates as this work progresses.

Another project is the Adams Grant-funded HATCH (Hilltown Art and Thriving Community Happenings), our community art and engagement project in collaboration with The Art Garden and Phyllis Labanowski. The second round of HATCH grants will be awarded next month; we will have funded eleven new public art projects occurring throughout the Hilltowns by June 30, 2017.

Speaking of Arts & Culture, I’m excited to announce the formation of a new, nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation under the auspices of the GSFABA, called West County Arts & Culture. This new organization will help us garner new areas of support for arts and culture initiatives, including tax-deductible charitable donations from individuals. 

It’s going to be a big year!  Please join us by beginning a new membership or renewing your current one when the time comes.  We’re also in search of volunteers to help us do our work better – volunteer to serve on a committee or at an event – if you have a special talent or interest, we can probably find a place for you to shine!

Thanks for your support and Happy New Year.  May it be peaceful and prosperous for us all.

Carmela Lanza-Weil
Executive Director

Saturday, February 11, 2017
The First-Ever Fabulous February Fringe Festival on Second Saturday in Shelburne Falls!
All events – except Second Saturday Shopping – will be held at the Shelburne Buckland Community Center at 53 Main Street.  Come for one or all of these fantastic events and shake off the winter doldrums! 
Second Saturday in Shelburne Falls
Every Second Saturday of the month, come to Shelburne Falls to shop, play, eat, explore, and more! Shelburne Falls is a place where you can meet the artists/curators themselves and get a behind-the-scenes understanding of their craft. 
Free event. Check individual businesses for hours.
Shelburne Arts Cooperative (26 Bridge St): will feature their group show, "Art Attack!" 
McCusker's Market (3 State St): The newly renovated store will display "Sands & Waters," a pastel show by Claire Blatchford and Liza O'Neil.
Fabulous February Fringe Festival
The Women’s Short Film Festival featuring short films written and/or directed by women filmmakers. A first for New England, this mini-film festival will screen films under twenty minutes in length that address the theme of LOVE
Selected from over 900 entries, the first Women’s Short Film Festival will feature films with many points of view!  Family-friendly.  Free Popcorn!
Time:  2-5 pm
Produced by West County Arts & Culture, a new subsidiary of the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association, which presents visual and performing art happenings in the Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts. Special thanks to Women in Film and Video: New England (WIFVNE), Hermes Strategic Communications, Sophia Lanza-Weil, Des Buford, Sarah Kanabay, Linda Dunlavy, and Shira Lander.
H.A.T.C.H. 2 Community Art Launch Party
WHEN:  5pm – 7pm Presentations begin at 5:30pm.
WHAT: Come hear about the winning projects selected for the second round of H.A.T.C.H.!
H.A.T.C.H. (Hilltown Art & Thriving Community Happenings), a pilot program designed to inspire, support, and help fund creative projects that engage the hilltown communities of western Franklin County, announces its second round of projects! Come to the party where you’ll meet the artists, hear about their projects, and have a chance to get involved (if so inclined).  We’ll have snacks and beverages to add to the festivities! 
The program supports the development, refinement, and launching of projects brought forward by artists and other community members and is funded, in part, by a Massachusetts Cultural Council Adams Grant.  HATCH is a collaboration between The Art Garden, Phyllis Labanowski, and The Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association.
The Shad Ladder Radio Hour
Attend the first ever live performance of The Shad Ladder Radio Hour, a new, monthly, variety-style radio program and podcast featuring stories and talent from Western Mass.
Curtain at 7:30pm. 
Fabulous February Film Festival - $10
H.A.T.C.H.2 Community Event - $5
Shad Ladder Radio Hour - $12
OR attend all 3 for $20!  (Kids under 12 - $1 a year)  Come and go, as you will.
All events will be held at the Shelburne Buckland Community Center, 53 Main St, Shelburne Falls.
Advance Reservations may be made by calling 413-625-2526 or get your tickets at the door.
Short on funds?  Volunteer to get in free!  Contact us at
All details subject to change. Check the event page for updates.
 Are you having any upcoming special events, promotions, or workshops? Have you recently opened or remodeled? Or do you just want to get your business name out there?
Be a Featured Business!
The GSFABA will highlight one business every few weeks on the homepages of both websites ( & Your featured profile will include contact information, a few sentences about your business, a photo of your choice, and any other information you wish to include such as sales, classes, or events.
It's time to order your 2017 Place Map ad. After many years of creating this beautiful map, Susan Wyant has decided to pass the torch on. We are excited to be working with Phyllis Labanowski and The Art Garden's Jane Beatrice Wegscheider on this year's map. Jane and Phyllis are hard at work to create a new, spectacular map that will grab attention and draw customers to advertising businesses.
Click here for more info and to download the 2017 Place Map Ad Request Form.
     We're excited to announce we have a new race director, Carole Appleton!  Carole recently moved to Colrain and comes to the race with 25+ years of marketing, non-profit and event management experience in the Springfield, MA area. She spent 17 years with the Springfield Indians and Springfield Falcons professional hockey clubs and the last 7 with Amelia Park Ice Arena, a non-profit facility in Westfield, MA. She is active in the adaptive sport of sled hockey, Kiwanis, and charity work.
If you would like to reach out to Carole, please email her at
We need amazing people like YOU to help us with upcoming events and operations in the office. Here are some ways you can get involved and support us, supporting you!
Fabulous February Fringe Festival, Sat., Feb. 11
  • Set up/Clean up
  • Popcorn Poppers/Servers
  • Door ticket sales
21st Annual Auction, Sat. April 8
Day Before the Auction (Fri. April 7):
  • Pick up beer, wine, soda, water, ice, coolers, cups/glasses, and bottle openers, and deliver to auction site.
  • Move physical donations from storage to auction site.
  • Pick up and deliver sound system to the site.
  • Site set up: Set up of tables and chairs at the auction site; set out live and silent auctions on tables. Set up sound system.
Evening of the Auction:
  • Sell beer, wine, soda, and water
  • Hold up and walk items around during the live auction
  • Move through the crowd, selling 50-50 raffle tickets.
  • Clean up: Trash removal, breakdown of tables, chairs, and sound equipment, and anything else to leave the room better than we found it.
Iron Bridge Dinner, Sun. Aug. 20
  • Set up/Clean up
  • Beer/Wine Servers
  • ​Plate food
Office Cleaner, Monthly
We are seeking someone to come to the office at 75 Bridge St in Shelburne Falls once a month to do some light cleaning:
  • Vacuum the floors and stairs
  • Dust​​​​​​​
GSFABA Committees
Join one of our committees and be an active part of the association. Committees meet one morning a month. Email for more information.
If you can help with any of these tasks, please email
Thank you in advance for your time and support!
We know Christmas is over, but we didn't quite get everything on our list. Check your basements and closets for your old office stuff and let us give it a new home. We are looking for:
  • Small filing cabinet on wheels
  • Mini Fridge
  • Shelves
  • Office Dividers
  • Shredder
  • Desk Speakers
  • Locking file cabinet
  • Wireless Keyboard
  • Office Desks
Give us a call if you have any of these items and we will gladly come take them off your hands!
The Bigger You Dream, The Better Your Place
Residents of Shelburne & Buckland: You are needed!
To help create a parking lot with vision in Buckland.
The Shelburne Falls Area Partnership, a collaboration between the towns of Buckland and Shelburne and the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association, invite the community – particularly artists and residents from the Village of Shelburne Falls – to attend our upcoming Placemaking workshops that will focus on creatively imagining a spectacular, new place in the parking lot in front of Salmon Falls Gallery. Since the town’s recent acquisition of new property, the property is now available for development; the community is invited to participate in the process of its design.

Placemaking is a people-centered approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces. It involves looking at, listening to, and asking questions of the people who live, work, and play in a particular space, to discover needs and aspirations. This information is then used to create a common vision for that place. The vision can evolve quickly into an implementation strategy, beginning with small-scale, do-able improvements that can immediately bring benefits to public spaces and the people who use them.
Sat. Jan. 28th 1-4 pm (snow date Jan. 29th 1-4 pm)
Ann Brauer Quilt Studio, 2 Conway St
Sat. Feb. 4th 1-4 pm (snow date Feb. 5th 1-4 pm)
McCusker's Market, 3 State St
First session is Thursday, Feb. 2
Learn new skills, make new friends and make a performance inspired by the stories and songs of two-time Grammy winner Bill Harley! In 2017, Shelburne Falls Youth Troupe will be preparing a new play with music called “The Towns Around the Bend” inspired by past, present and future characters and places from the Hilltowns to be performed with Piti Theatre, Bill Harley and adults from the community. The performance will take place at Piti’s 8th Annual SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls on Saturday afternoon, March 18.
- Thursday rehearsals from 4 – 5:15.
- Ages 7 – 12 (note: adults, teens and children younger than seven who would like to participate in this performance should contact us)
- Feb. 2 – March 18 (a couple additional rehearsals on March 4 & 11, no class during February school vacation week).
- location: Buckland Shelburne Elementary School, 75 Mechanic Street, Shelburne Falls
- cost: $95, financial aid available
- limited to 12 participants
  • River front office
  • 2 huge windows
  • Hardwood floors
  • Exposed brick walls 
  • 12' x 18'
  • Use of kitchen and waiting room
    Rent is $310 and includes all utilities.
    Contact Michael GW (413) 625-8300
Overwatch Outpost will be holding an NRA Home Firearms Safety Class. This is the required class needed to get your Firearms Identification Card or License to Carry (Pistol Permit). WHEN: Saturday, February 18th at 9:00 AM
WHERE: Mountain Lodge (Shelburne Senior Center) 7 Main Street, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
The cost for the class and materials is $90.00 per student. Pre-Registration is required.
You may sign up at Overwatch Outpost
97 Main Street, Charlemont, MA 01339
Or you may call to reserve your spot and pay by telephone. 413-339-8800
Space is limited to 20 students, so sign up early! This class is expected to take approximately 4-5 hours.Check us out online at
The Art Garden invites you
to participate in the community exhibit:
Small Things Matter
All work (even written pieces) must have dimensions (height, width, depth) under 5″ (that includes borders and frames!)
Deadline for submissions: January 25, 2017
(if you would like your work to be part of our Winter HooPla event and the official opening on January 28.)
Participation is free and open to all ages and experience. Work will also be accepted throughout February and added to the exhibit after the opening, until there is no space left on the walls. Show closes April 1.
Questions?  Please visit for details.
OR email Jane at or call 413-625-2782.
Offered for Lease-- Professional, Business, Retail
Newly Renovated Building 1404 Mohawk Trail, Shelburne
The building, located on Route 2, Mohawk Trail, has a commercial history, and the location is ideal for business use, with excellent access, visibility, and on-site parking. It has been extensively renovated while retaining the legacy of the original builder. Upgraded both inside and out, it provides an attractive and comfortable space, in a convenient setting surrounded by nature.
  • Commercially zoned - ideal for professional office, craft workshop and/or retail shop
  • 1 floor wood-framed building, new roof, new siding
  • Fully insulated to MassSave specs
  • New doors, windows
  • Handicap ramp
  • 1153 square feet on main floor plus 130 sq. ft. finished storage room in basement
  • Main floor offers a large, open, carpeted area and 2 smaller rooms, plus a separate large, bright 315 sq. ft. room for work/other, with vinyl flooring, 220v power and double loading door
  • New floor covering installed throughout
  • 1 half bath with energy efficient instant hot water plus cold water washing sink in basement
  • Overlooks Allen Brook and adjacent farmland
  • On-site water and septic
  • 200 amp power
  • New forced hot air propane furnace
  • Monitored intrusion and fire alarm system (tenant responsibility; requires tenant phone line)
  • On-site parking
  • On Route 2 - 2.5 miles from I-91, ample opportunity for signage with good sight lines
  • References and Lease required
Available immediately
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
Winter Class Schedule
8:30-10:00 AM            Intermediate Kripalu Yoga (Kate)
4:00-5:00 PM              **Yoga for School Teachers (Kate) 
6:00-7:15 PM              **Introduction/Refresher Series,                                     
                                       dates TBA (Kate)                          
8:00-9:00 AM              YogaFitness (Cordelia) 
9:30-11:00 AM            **QiGong Series  (Collin)
6:00-7:00 PM              Yin Yoga /Gentle (Kate)
8:30-10:00 AM            Intermed./Advanced Vinyasa Yoga (Kate)  

8:00-9:00 AM              YogaFitness  (Daniel)      
12:00-1:00 PM          **Easy Tai Chi (Steven)      
3:00-5:00 PM               Intro to Yoga 30 min. sessions (Kate)
6:00-7:15 PM              Slow Flow Moderate Yoga (Kate)                                        
8:30-10:00 AM            Gentle Kripalu Yoga  (Kate)  
12:00-1:00 PM            Co-op/Community Yoga (Rotating)                                                                            
9:00-10:15 AM            Slow Flow Vinyasa (Melissa)                                                                  
9:00-10:30 AM            Morning Yoga (Robin)                                                           

Don't forget to check our schedule page for any weather-related cancellations- these will be posted at least one hour prior to the start of class time. 

For a unique gift, the Buckland Historical Society is offering a beautiful, full color, 2017 Calendar of Robert Strong Woodward’s paintings, entitled, ‘New England Seasons’. Woodward was a New England artist from Buckland, MA, 1885-1957, and sold his work to celebrities such as Jack Benny, George Burns, and Robert Frost. The calendars are $20.00 and the proceeds benefit the Buckland Historical Society. 

They can be purchased at:
Andy’s & The Oak Shoppe, 352 Deerfield St., Greenfield;
Boswell’s Books and Sawyer News, Bridge St., Shelburne Falls; 
The Buckland Public Library, Upper St., Buckland 
They can also be viewed and ordered on line at
As stated in our last Business Bulletin, the GSFABA will not produce a RiverFest/Walk in 2017. 
June's Second Saturday may have a river appreciation theme (not definite as of this writing), but the traditional river festival has run its course.  Increased costs, combined with diminishing vendor interest and volunteer support, makes producing the event too costly. 
If you know of individuals or community organizations who may be interested in taking it on, we're happy to share information. 
Place Making Workshops Saturday, January 28 Saturday, February 4   Fabulous February Fringe Festival Saturday February 11   Business After Hours Wed, February 15   Piti's 8th Annual Syrup Festival Saturday, March 18   Post An Event >>

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