Save the date for the 17th Annual Iron Bridge Dinner on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 5:30 pm! 

Tickets will go on sale Thursday, July 20th, 2017 and are $50 per person:

Tickets will be on sale in person at the Village Information Center (75 Bridge St, Shelburne Falls) from 4-7 pm. 

Phone ticket sales will begin at 8 pm. Please call 413-625-2526 and leave a message with your name, phone number, and the number of tickets you wish to reserve. Then on Friday, July 21, we will call back in the order the messages were received to accept credit card payment over the phone. Please be available to answer your phone and have a credit card ready. We will try calling you twice and if we don't reach you, we will move on to the next person.

Seating is assigned upon ticket purchase.

Email to be added to the Iron Bridge Dinner email list to receive updates and reminders.

Thank you to our sponsors!

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Stepping Stone Accounts, Foxbard Farm, Melanson Heath, Academy at Charlemont, Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont Realtors, Aladco Linen Services, Aubuchon Hardware, Berkshire Brewing Company, Mocha Maya's, and Stone Meadow Gardens

Check out these events: 

Salmon Falls Gallery (1 Ashfield St): Trina Sears Sternstein’s exhibit of oil paintings, Imagined Landscapes. Reception 4-6 pm with music by Adria Sternstein Foster, Principal Flutist for the Kennedy Center Opera House, with her husband Violist Daniel Foster, Principal Viola of the National Symphony Orchestra. The exhibit is on display June 30 – August 27.

Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum (14 Depot St): Save 10% on any of their collection of beautiful museum T-shirts!

View the event page for a full listing of events and activities!

Click Here to Register by July 29 to be guaranteed your size for your Free T-shirt


Volunteer for a Free Tee!

Support the Bridge of Flowers Road Race by lending a helping hand! Amazing people like YOU are needed for a variety of help:

  • Course Monitors
  • Timers
  • Water Stops
  • Registration
  • T-Shirt Distribution
  • Spaghetti Fest Servers
  • Post-Race Party Cooks & Servers
  • Start/Finish Line Help

Register to volunteer today!

Contact if you have any questions.

Dear Members, 

Recently, we have been talking a lot about social media. We had a speaker on social media at Business After Hours in May, my last letter to you was about Facebook Business Pages, and I find myself speaking with many of you in person about it. Why do we spend so much time on the topic of social media? Because social media is imperative for a business. 

We, at GSFABA, understand that there just isn't enough time in the day to keep up with various social media accounts and run your business. But we do strongly suggest at least having a website, Facebook Page, and maybe an Instagram account, if it applies to your business. If you are interested, I have a full list of social media sites specific to each industry. Please reach out to me personally for the list. I am not posting it here so as not to overwhelm!

Facebook has a lot of opportunity for you, as a business owner, to message your business information to their billions of users. So utilize it! Create a Facebook page if you don't have one. If you do have one, go into your "ABOUT" section and add your hours, company overview, telephone number, products you offer, etc. Make it easy for your consumers to find you! 

And of course, don't forget to ASK SHIRA if you need help along the way!

Happy Clicking,



On Saturday, August 5th, 125+ riders will be passing through Shelburne Falls as part of the Cycle Massachusetts State Bicycle Tour, a 7- day event from Aug 5- Aug 11, starting and ending at the Stoneleigh Burnham School in Greenfield. It is a fundraiser for the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, a statewide bicycle advocacy and educations organization.

Let's make them feel welcome!

The Tour Organizer, Bruce, will set up a rest area with snacks and drinks next to the Village Information Center. Feel free to stop by and say hello to the riders!

We will bring signs around to the village businesses to hang in their windows, welcoming people into their stores. In past years, people stayed in town for quite a while, enjoying the Bridge of Flowers, the Glacial Potholes, and spending money at local stores. Let's show our Shelburne Falls hospitality!

The Mary Lyon Foundation has moved to the Mohawk Trail Regional High School. But they are looking for space in downtown Shelburne Falls. Please reach out to Susan Samoriski if you have/know of space available.

(413) 625-2555 or

You are invited to the next in our series “Artists in the Gallery”, where artists who exhibit at Salmon Falls Gallery have a chance to share more about their art making process.

Holyoke artist Mary Teichman has been making prints since 1975. Her gallery talk includes slides and sample prints. In her words, "My multi-plate color etchings are triggered by things I observe: a color or texture, a slant of light--especially those that evoke memories. I am fascinated by the quality of light at night, and by the shapes emerging as my eyes adjust to the darkness. My layered technique, with its possibilities for rich color and dense blacks, lends itself easily to night scenes." 

Come to the gallery Sunday, July 23, 2-4 pm to listen, ask questions and meet the artist. For more information, 413.625.9833.

Mohawk Trail Concerts will introduce a bit of musical levity, along with a more straight-forward Brahms, in the person of clarinetist/comedian Christopher Hall Saturday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the Federated Church on Route 2 in Charlemont.

At the top of the program, Hall will entertain with a mixture of music and comedy.  After the intermission he will join Joel Pitchon and Masako Yanagita, violins, Ronald Gorevic, viola, and Volcy Pelletier, cello, in the nostalgic late-Brahms Quintet for Clarinet and Strings.

New to the Charlemont stage, Hall is the former principal clarinet of the Orchestre Metropolitain in Montreal.  In recent years he has regaled audiences with his acclaimed concert ‘Comic Orchestra’ at comedy festivals throughout Canada. 

No stranger to MTC, Joel Pitchon is active as a soloist, concertmaster and chamber music player in the U.S., Canada and abroad.  Masako Yanagita is concertmaster of the Queens (NY) and Springfield Symphony Orchestras, and a core member of MTC since its inception and now its Associate Artistic Director. 

 Ron Gorevic has had a long and distinguished career as a performer and teacher, on both the violin and viola. As a violist he has been a member of several well known string quartets, spanning over twenty years, and covering most of the quartet repertoire. He has toured throughout the U.S., Germany, Japan, Korea and Australia, and has also been broadcast on radio. 

 A native of Paris, Volcy Pelletier has been featured in chamber music concerts and given solo recitals in the U.S. and in Europe.  She is on the faculty of the Greenwood Music Camp and is adjunct instructor of cello at Smith College.

Tickets to the concert are $20 on line at  and at the box office, cash and checks only.  Children under 16 are admitted free. Box office opens at 6:45, doors open at 7 p.m.

Questions?  Contact Denese Gurley and 413-625-9511

“A Summer Day on the Buckland Common” will be held Saturday July 29, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

This event is being held on the historic Buckland Center Common located at the corners of Upper and Cross Streets in front of the Church and at other venues along Upper Street in Buckland Center. Intended for individuals of all ages, the day’s activities are offered thanks to a collaboration of several Buckland organizations including the Mary Lyon Church, the Buckland Historical Society, the Buckland Union Cemetery Association, the Buckland Public Library and the Bird’s Nest Bed & Breakfast. To be held rain or shine, with free parking and free admission, there will be entertainment, book sales, tag, art and crafts sales, displays, demonstrations, early American children’s games, tours and more.

The Buckland Public Library will open at its usual 9 a.m. A magician will perform there at 11 a.m. and throughout the day there will be a book sale and an exhibit of matryoshka, wooden nesting dolls in the Russian tradition. Buckland artist Cynthia Fisher, of Big Bang Mosaics, will demonstrate her craft at noon on the Common. The Shelburne Falls Military Band will perform a free concert at 1 p.m.  All day there will be a Quilt & Textile Show at the Bird’s Nest Bed & Breakfast and the Buckland Historical Society Museum will be open. The Buckland Riders Snowmobile Club will have a display with information about membership and the trails they ride.  The Cemetery Association is offering a self-guided tour of Taylor Cemetery located just west of the Common. Throughout the day Historical Society members will be selling their famous Buckland Blueberry Buckle, a delicious treat. There will be guided walking tours of historical places of interest at 11:15 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. Prints and cards featuring landscape images by artist Robert Strong Woodward (1885-1957), who was a Buckland Center resident for many years, will be on sale.   A lunch of hamburgers and hot dogs will be available for sale.

For more information about “A Summer Day on the Buckland Common” call Douglas Mollison at 413-628-3231.

July 23, 2017, 2-4 p.m.

The Buckland Historical Society Museum - a former school house which now houses three floors of artifacts and town records. 20 Upper St., Buckland Center, MA

 The Wilder Homestead - a furnished 1775 saltbox with five fireplaces, a 1779 English barn with antique barn loom, and a shoemaker shop.129 Rt. 112, Buckland, MA

 Polly Anderson 413-625-9763

Just like Clay, Yoga & Art, but without the Yoga.

August 14 – 18, 2017

Monday – Friday, 9 am – 2 pm
mixed ages (6 -12 years old)
Cost: $275 per week

SPACES ARE LIMITED! Please register with a $50 deposit
 at Molly Cantor Pottery, 20 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370

or call Molly at (413) 625-2870, or email:


Thursday, November 2
MassMutual Center, Springfield (Formerly the Western Mass Business Expo)


The Business & Innovation Expo of Western Mass is a one-day event designed to bring together businesses from a wide range of industries, highlighting innovation and economic opportunity throughout the region.

Be a part of the event and showcase your products and services. Connect with thousands of business professionals and exhibitors who keep our region vibrant and competitive.



Questions? Call 413.781.8600.

August 18, 19, & 20
To take on one of the Heath Fair 100th ideas or propose your own, please contact: 

Art Schwenger: 413-337-4077

or Betsy Kovaks:  413-337-5346

WANTED: Old fair photos to display. Give us a call and we'll make copies from your originals.

Among the things I love most about living and working here in the Hilltowns are the surprise encounters that just magically happen! I had an experience a few weeks ago I thought you might enjoy...

I was walking across the Bridge of Flowers on my way to stock the map brochures. While appreciating the beauty of the bridge, I was also feeling a little stressed -- just returned from vacation, thinking about all the deadlines and hundreds of details needing attention to make our big upcoming events successful (see below for details).

About halfway across the bridge, a young couple asked me to take their picture. Accommodating photography requests is one of my favorite spontaneous activities so I said, “Yes, happy to!” The young man handed me his phone and then there was discussion of which way to face, what flowers to have in the background, whether or not the young woman should take off her sunglasses. I fiddled with his I-Phone, making sure I had the right button to push, while he fussed with a small cooler as he put her sunglasses away. He then approached her, ready for the photo – but suddenly dropped to one knee and produced a ring box!

She was dumbfounded! I started taking pictures as fast as I could - then she screamed, cried, and held out her hand as he placed the ring on her finger and they embraced – all with me as witness. It was a wonderful moment – and put all my concerns and worries of a few moments earlier into perspective. Thanks to David and Jen for reminding me of the power, the wonder, and the magic of love. Wishing them all the best and that their love will see them through.

engagement on the bridge

Have a wonderful summer.


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