Greetings, everyone.

I want to take the space this month to tell you about our latest Business After Hours held this past Wednesday at People’s United Bank.  We enjoyed a presentation by Sage Payroll Group about the importance of having an up-to-date and accurate employee manual.  For any business with an employee, the recommendation is that you put one together and review it annually for accuracy and updates.

An employee manual should inform, orient, and help retain employees.  It also can help protect the business if policies and procedures are written down and employees sign saying they have read the policy and understand what it says.

Some of the elements of a good handbook will include clear, consistent expectations about basic workplace behavior (when to show up at work, what to wear, etc.), use of devices like cell phones and company computers, and how to treat customers and fellow staff.  It might include information about annual reviews, harassment policies, emergency procedures, vehicle policies, and benefits information.   

The Sage folks (Kevin and Kevin) can provide training on this topic – if you’d be interested in attending a workshop on this topic, let us know and we’ll set it up for our upcoming fall/winter workshop series.  We’d love to hear ideas for other topics you’d like to see covered -- Just send us an email and let us know! 

Thanks to People’s United Bank for their sponsorship of all the Business After Hours events this year and for hosting this one.

We invite you to consider becoming a sponsor of one of our events, too!  The Bridge of Flowers Race, the Iron Bridge Dinner, the Fall Breakfast, and Moonlight Magic are all terrific opportunities to get your business name in front of the thousands of residents and visitors who flock to the Village of Shelburne Falls for these world class annual events.  We have a variety of sponsorship packages (more info below) – just get in touch and we’ll put something together that promotes your business and supports our activities – a win-win!

Thanks for all you do.  Here’s to a great summer!


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Featured Business: Deerfield Car & Shuttle Service, LLC

As a former treasurer and board member of the GSFABA, I can’t stress enough how the organization adds to the business community in so many ways – and by doing that - the enhancement of the entire community benefits all of us.

One example of the GSFABA helping businesses grow and create awareness for them is the business spotlight that you are viewing now.  I was more than pleased to participate.   

My name is Vincent P. Traina and I am the owner and transportation coordinator of Deerfield Car & Shuttle Service, LLC based in South Deerfield and serving clients all over western MA.

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DC & SS was started during the summer of 2015.  After much research and demographic studies it became very apparent that there are a very large number of folks that are not being served in their ability to access high quality private transportation. Taxi services in western MA are designed for short trips, more expensive per mile than we are and in most cases not very clean.  Certain more populous areas of the region can benefit from Uber and Lyft services but there are very few based in Franklin County.  Lastly we have some very fine large bus and shuttle services but are certainly not cost effective or practical to transport 1 or a small group to an airport, hospital or a student(s) coming and going from our many private school campuses.

We offer multiple services using high quality, clean and safe modes of transportation.  Our drivers are mature adults and highly experienced.

Please visit our website at for more information on what we have to offer you, your friends, and your relatives.


Our primary service is transportation to and from the airports of New England and NYC.  We can pick you up based on your schedule so you are not driven around in a van as the driver picks up other passengers along the way, in most cases making you leave your home much earlier than necessary to catch a flight.  

When you arrive at the airport on your return trip we are already there waiting for you.  You can call us at the cell phone lot directly after you have gathered your luggage and we will be at the passenger pick-up area within 5 minutes.  

There is also the benefit of additional personal safety by using DC & SS. If you should be returning from a long international flight and landing at Logan International for example, driving another two and a half hours to our area possibly in the dark can be very tiring and potentially dangerous, especially for folks that cannot sleep on planes.

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DC & SS also caters to patients of Mass General, UMass Medical, and Bay State Medical hospitals along with many others.  Whether you’re just going in for tests or need round trip service for an overnight procedure – we’re here to assist you.  We offer special packages for retired and active military and for patients under long term care.


Lastly, we can also provide private transportation to casinos, Tanglewood, dinner events, parties, and to and from our many cities for all types of personal needs.

We accept all major credit cards, business and personal checks, and commercial invoicing is also available.

So please contact us at 413-665-4369 or at our website to make a reservation – we will be more than honored to receive you patronage.


Saturday, July 8 - Independence Day Celebration!second saturday poster

Check out these events: 

Salmon Falls Gallery (1 Ashfield St): Tom Wyatt’s exhibit of his photographs on metal, Reflection and Illusion, reception 4-6 pm with improvisations on sax by Loren Feinstein.

Shelburne Arts Cooperative (26 Bridge St):  Painters, printmakers, photographers, fiber, glass, and mixed media artists display images of Shelburne Falls--the river, the potholes, the Bridge of Flowers, and other local scenes. Reception 2-5 pm. (Photo Right: "The Falls" by Albyn Davis)

Molly Cantor Pottery (20 Bridge St): Wheel throwing for all! Anyone may come by from 2-5 pm and try their hand at the potter's wheel with some informal coaching for free. (Items made may be fired for a small fee.)

Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum (14 Depot St): 25% discount on the Floating Rubber Duck (pictured right) for Second Saturday---Regular $7.95 on sale for $5.95! 

The Art Garden (14 Depot St): From 1 - 5pm, join the creative hubbub of volunteers at the Art Garden preparing for their huge art-making tent at the Green River Festival (July 14, 15, 16.) Stop in to see what they're doing or volunteer some time. No prior experience necessary. Call if you have questions: 413-625-2782. Click here for more information.  (Photo right: The Art Garden art-making tent at 2016 Green River Festival.)

Ann Brauer Quilt Studio (2 Conway St): Celebrate Ann Brauer's 36th year in business from 2-6 pm! Cupcakes, special deals, and more.

PLUS, Free raft rides, courtesy of Zoar Outdoor, on the Deerfield River. Get a new view of Shelburne Falls and the 2 bridges from the river! 2-5 pm, meet down Deerfield Ave, behind Baked. All riders must sign a waiver and those under 18 years old will need a parent/guardian signature. 

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

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Wednesday, July 12, 5-7 pm

at Three Sisters Sanctuary, Goshen


For July's Business After Hours, GSFABA has teamed up with the Northampton Chamber of Commerce, Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, and Hilltown Community Development Corporation to offer you a chance to broaden your network and mingle with professionals from just outside West County. Join us for refreshments and networking at the beautiful Three Sisters Sanctuary in Goshen. Arrive when you can, stay as long as you can!

RSVP to Shira: 413-625-2526 or by July 11

Thank you to our sponsor:

 bridge dinner decorationsSave 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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The Bridge of Flowers Classic Races is partnering with five local charities to give back to their community.  The Races, to be held on Saturday, August 12th in Shelburne Falls, MA, will work the following charities to fundraise and raise awareness of their causes:  The Academy of Charlemont - Charlemont; The Art Garden – Shelburne Falls; Cancer Connection -  Northampton; Dial/Self of Franklin County; and Friends of Children – Hadley.  In addition, the charities will receive a portion of the net proceeds from the event and use the race’s resources to collect pledges and develop volunteers.  The race’s 10K Classic and the Steve Lewis Subaru 3K Charity Run/Walk attract over 1,000 runners and over 3,000 people total to Shelburne Falls for the day.

“The Bridge of Flowers Races has a tradition of working with several charities over the years,” said Carole Appleton, 2017 Race Director.  “It is a win-win for both, as the charity can fundraise without the stress of putting an event together and the race gets additional volunteers to assist with the community event.”

Online Registration for the race is open until Wednesday, August 9th and can be found at:

The Bridge of Flowers 10K Classic/Steve Lewis Subaru 3K Charity Run/Walk started in 1978, under the direction of Mike McCusker. The race has had thousands of participants run through the Shelburne Falls, MA village center, crossing the historic 1890 Iron Bridge, and racing through the neighborhood streets. The race provides Franklin County hospitality with a Spaghetti Fest dinner the evening before the race and a post-race party for participants and volunteers.  

For more information, contact Carole Appleton, Race Director, at

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.

You're invited to join us!  The GSFABA promotes the region in a variety of ways - some of the most visible are our world-class events that attract thousands of residents and visitors from across the globe.  

Sponsorship opportunities are now available to businesses and individuals, affording you broad exposure through our marketing efforts that put your name front and center.

Sponsorship opportunities still available include the Bridge of Flowers Classic Races, the Iron Bridge Dinner, Moonlight Magic, and our Fall Breakfast.  Promote your business while supporting these great community events and the economic vitality of the region.  

If you'd like information about 2017 sponsor opportunities, please call Carmela at 413-625-2526 and we'll design a package just for you. You may also view our sponsor packages below:

Bridge of Flowers Classic Races Sponsor Options

Iron Bridge Dinner Sponsor Options

Dear Members,

Thank you to those who have reached out to me so far for help. I love this program because it gives me more opportunity to connect with you all. 

Recently, a member came to me with questions about his Facebook. As many of you have probably noticed, Facebook is an ever-changing platform. I often find that the layout has changed or buttons have moved around.

He said he used to have a newsfeed for his personal profile and a separate one for his business page, but the business page newsfeed disappeared. We were able to locate his business page's newsfeed (see pictures below).

I am sharing this with all of you in case you didn't know about this feature. On your business Page's Feed, you'll find posts and updates from only the pages that you "like as your page" (see instructions below for how to "like" another page as your page). This is a helpful feature because you can follow only pages that are relevant to your business so that you can share other pages' content, stay informed to competing or related businesses, or just to not have to sift through all the pictures of kittens that probably pop up on your personal newsfeed. 

The red circle in this picture shows the location on your business page of the link to your Pages Feed:

Here is a close up of that box on the right where the link to your Pages Feed is located:

How to "like" another page as your page:

  1. Go to the page that you want to "like as your page".
  2. Click the button with the 3 dots on the bar below the cover photo (shown above).
  3. In the drop down menu, click "Like as your Page".
  4. If you are the administrator for multiple pages, a pop up will show up to ask you which page you want to act as when liking this page. Select the correct page and hit "submit".
  5. Test it out: Go to and like our page as your business page! Then, we can "like" you back!

Happy Clicking!


Are you having trouble with mail merges, label-making, or setting up a social media page? Are you unsure what a hashtag is or how to use it? 

Shira, Project Coordinator at the GSFABA, is ready to help you with your daily technological and web needs! 

Ask Shira about:

  • Social Media
  • Email
  • Website set-up and maintenance
  • Microsoft Office
  • Google for businesses
  • Marketing materials/printing
  • Other

Call Shira at 413-625-2526 or email
to ask questions or make an appointment.

Fine Art Soft Pastel Workshop

Sunday, June 25, 2-4 PM
$20 + $5 materials fee
preregistration required

If you're fascinated with vibrant color and line work, and want to carve out a few hours to work with a new medium, Becky will introduce you to the immediate gratification of pastel. These classes allow you to experiment while building skill and confidence in your handling of the medium. For beginners and those with drawing experience, each session will include drawing exercises and opportunities to create finished artworks and offers an open environment of sharing knowledge and posing questions with individual attention. In a very short time span we touch on some of the most important aspects of mastering pastels. You may sign up for one, or both. If you sign up for both, the second session will hone in on already acquired skills from the first session.

The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum will be celebrating “TROLLEYFEST” on Saturday, July 22 at the Trolley Museum in Shelburne Falls from 11am until 5pm.  

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This is the annual celebration of the restoration of Trolley No. 10, which was delivered to the Shelburne Falls and Colrain Street Railway Company in 1896. The Trolley, which is celebrating its 121st birthday this year, was built by the Wason Manufacturing Company of Springfield, Ma. and was considered as state-of-the-art at the time, having both lights and electric heaters. This Trolley, which served its namesake towns of Shelburne Falls and Colrain for 30 years until 1928, has never left this valley and spent 20 years of its life crossing the Deerfield River on the bridge now known throughout the world as the “Bridge Of Flowers”.

After the Trolley Company failed in 1928, Trolley No. 10 was saved by the Johnson family of Colrain. It served various uses over the next 65 years and was then donated to the museum in 1992. After a complete restoration, No. 10 was returned to operation on October 9, 1999 amid a gala festival to honor the trolley, its donor, and the many volunteers and professional people who helped to make an impossible dream a reality.

Visitors this year will be able to ride not only Trolley No. 10 and the pump car, both of which are available any time the museum is open, but will also be able to ride the caboose, which will be powered by a trackmobile, and also a Speeder, often referred to as a Motorcar or Putt-Putt. There will also be Velocipede demonstrations.

Wooden and electric trains will be available for the youngsters.  At 1:15, there will be a reading by the author of “The Little Yellow Trolley Car”. There will be music during the afternoon by the Whistlestop Players, and reenactments of trolley riders from 1910.

There will be hands-on demonstrations of Apple Cider Making and Butter Making and sampling of both.

Copper polishing and weaving on adult and child friendly looms will be available. Also, foundry demonstrations of poured aluminum using traditional sand casting techniques, and games from 1900. A large Railroad Paraphernalia tag sale will continue throughout the day along with the Trolleyfest Raffle. 

New this year will be the availability of old time sandwiches and pie, as well as Maple Products from Davenport Maple Farm.

 This is a partial list of activities with more to come.  Check out the website at for updates and event times.

The public is invited to share in the activities.  All-Day Adult passes are $4.00 and Youth passes are only $2.00 with children under 6 being admitted free.

 The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum has kicked off its annual “Trolleyfest” Raffle for 2017.  The museum, which is fully staffed by volunteers is hoping for a large participation in this year’s raffle to provide funds for its continuing operation and growth.  The museum operates Saturdays and Sundays, 11 am until 5 pm from Memorial Day until the end of October, and also on Mondays, 1pm until 5pm during July and August.   Local history comes alive for visitors as they ride the restored 1896 trolley car which once ran across the historic Bridge of Flowers.  The pump car and the caboose are also big attractions at the museum as well as the kid’s corner with its wooden and electric trains.  

This year’s raffle is featuring gift certificates to local businesses such as Green Fields Market/McCuskers Market, and local eateries including the West End Pub in Shelburne Falls and 90 Main Eatery in Charlemont. Copies of Cliff Schexnayder’s book, “Builder’s of the Hoosac Tunnel” are also being awarded.  To help everyone with their summer plans, the museum has also obtained a number of gift certificates to many other trolley and railroad museums in New England such as Hoosac Berkshire Valley Train Rides in North Adams, Shore Line Trolley Museum and Essex Steam Train and Riverboat, both in CT, and Seashore Trolley Boothbay Railway Village, located in Maine.  

Tickets are available at the museum during normal operating hours and priced at only $5 for a single ticket, or 3/$10 or 8/$20.  Anyone wishing to print their own tickets may do so by visiting  You may print your tickets and mail them with your check.  Also, visit the web site to see updates as more prizes become available, and also for details on the prizes being awarded.

Raffle prizes will be drawn at the close of the “Trolleyfest” celebration on July 22.  You need not be present in order to win.  Winners will be called and certificates may be picked up at the museum.

The museum wishes to express its “Thanks” to all the merchants and other museums who have contributed goods and certificates to make this a successful venture.

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With the closing of the Buckland Rec pool, the Ashfield Park Commission has generously offered to allow Buckland residents and pool members the opportunity to purchase a membership to Ashfield Lake for the summer. The lake has a sandy beach, a dock, and lifeguards on duty from 12-6 on weekdays and 10-6 on weekends. The facility also has a bath house with toilets and changing rooms, 2 tennis courts, swings and a picnic area. The lake opens on Memorial Day weekend and closes after Labor Day weekend. Cost of the membership is $100 for a family and $50 for individuals. To purchase a membership, bring a check made out to the Town of Ashfield-Park Commission to Sherry at the Buckland Town Hall.

Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17, 7pm
at The Art Garden (14 Depot St, Shelburne Falls, MA)

Join us for "The Cuckoo Clock Master's Apprentice," an original, site-specific theater performance with both puppets and human actors. Staged at the Art Garden in Shelburne Falls, "The Cuckoo Clock Master's Apprentice" tells a coming-of-age story within a parallel, magical reality. The audience follows the main character, Compass Rose, through the performance space as they leave the security of their hidden home, only to discover a world bent on erasing the history of their people. A talkback will follow.$5-15 sliding scale at the door. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Compass Rose: Cecilia Darby
The Cartographer: Reed Arahood
The Idols: Kat Freeman
Equanimity Cricket: Maddy Parks
Writer and Director: Reed ArahoodMORE INFORMATION: 

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Supported by the H.A.T.C.H. 2 (Hilltown Art & Thriving Community Happenings) Grant with additional support from the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Art Garden.The Art Garden is wheelchair accessible. During the performance, audience members will traverse short distances through several flat spaces, including a gravel-covered lot.

 Click here for the full schedule of events and see the music schedule below.

Visit their Facebook page for updates!  Details here.

Our first week of Clay, Yoga & Art for 6-12 year olds meets June 26 - 30, 9am - 3pm at The Art Garden

Molly Cantor Pottery, Shelburne Falls Yoga and The Art Garden collaborate to offer morning clay, midday movement, and mixed media art-making in the afternoons.In this popular mixed-age program, children learn skills, get lots of exercise and explore their own creative ideas in fun and non-judgmental studio environments.   Children are escorted to each studio and eat their bag lunches at The Art Garden. Morning and afternoon snacks are provided.

Registration is required. Please see our website for details and other summer programs. And email or call if you have questions: 413-625-2782

    The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is excited to announce that Natalie Blais will become its next Executive Director. 

    As the former Economic Development Specialist and Communications Director for Representatives John Olver and Jim McGovern, Natalie has dedicated much of her career advocating for the needs of Franklin County.  She is well known by local businesses, farmers, organizations and citizens and is highly respected by legislators and policy leaders at the local, state and national levels. Natalie lives in and understands the needs of Franklin County, has a firm understanding of economic development, and has a strong vision for the future of both the region and the Chamber.  

     Board Chair Linda Dunlavy stated, "The Board was well aware that filling the shoes of retired Ann Hamilton would be difficult.  We were blessed and also challenged by several strong, local candidates that made the decision very difficult but we were so impressed by Natalie, her experience and her vision that we are very confident and almost giddy with this decision!"  

     Upon accepting the position, Natalie said, "Having advocated on behalf of the residents of Franklin County for a decade, I am honored to have been chosen to lead the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. I am proud to call Franklin County my home and am excited about the opportunity to advance the Chamber's mission of strengthening and sustaining the economic and civic vitality of our region. I look forward to working with FCCC members, the Board and the talented Chamber staff to strengthen the Chamber and enhance the economic vitality of the region."

     Natalie will be introduced to the Chamber members and the community at the June 23rd Chamber Breakfast and at Meet and Greet events that will be scheduled later in the summer.  Natalie will begin at the Chamber in August after wrapping up her current responsibilities as Chief of Staff to the Chancellor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Please join us for our upcoming workshops in partnership with Western Mass SCORE and TD Bank. 

Start Your Own Business
Thursday, July 27, 8:30-11:30am 
Franklin County Chamber office, 395 Main Street, GreenfieldStarting a small business requires more knowledge, skills, perseverance and planning than meets the eye.  Save valuable time and money starting here!  This 3-hour workshop will help you clearly understand the details, challenges, opportunities and rewards of owning and operation your own business.  This course is a suggested prerequisite for our Business Planning workshop.

Are You Making Money or Losing Your Shirt?

Wednesday, September 13, 5:30-7:30pm 
TD Bank, 324 Main Street, Greenfield

The Holyoke Creative Arts Center is hosting a Creative Placemaking Workshop facilitated by the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations on Thursday, June 29th, 9am-4pm.  Meals included.

Register Today!

Register for Summer Classes – Registration is now in progress for all adult and youth summer classes and camps.  Classes include youth swimming & gymnastics lessons, adult water fitness & water therapy classes, adult strength training, small group fitness classes, YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program, parent/child swim classes, summer camps, summer walking challenge and more.  See “Summer Brochure” at or call 773-3646 ext. 0 for details.

Gymnastics Camps (ages 4-14) – The Y has a top-notch gymnastics center including a foam blocks pit for save learning and fun.  There are eight weeks of gymnastics camps with full days from 9am-4pm and half days from 9am-1pm or 12pm-4pm.  Adding early care (6:15-9am) and/or late care (4-6pm) makes summer childcare easy for parents.  The center has air conditioning and small camper to staff ratios.  The camps run from June 26-August 18.  See for details or call 773-364 ext. 0.

Summer Memberships – The YMCA has summer memberships for people who are home for the summer or who just want to try the Y.  The memberships include use of the basketball court, lap pool, Jacuzzi, weight room, cardio machine center, over 60 group exercise classes per week including yoga, Barre and Zumba, free instruction, family swims, family fun nights and more.  The memberships are valid until September 3.  There are high school, adult, senior and family prices starting at $49.  Call 773-3646 ext. 0 for details.

Early & Late Childcare – The Y’s three summer camps (two indoor and one outdoor) run from 9am-4pm but early care (6:15-9am) and late care (4-6pm) are available at the YMCA and Camp Apex to make summer childcare easy for parents.  Early care has free breakfast and all camps have free lunch as well.  West County parents can drop off and pick up their children (ages 6-14) at Camp Apex, which is less than half a mile from Route 2.  See the camp brochure at or call 773-3646 ext. 0.

Small Group Training - Starting June 19 a YMCA exercise trainer will be teaching small group fitness classes.  The classes will meet M/W/F for six weeks for 45-60 minutes with 4-6 people per group.  Groups include: Summer Conditioning For Fall Sports for ages 15-18 (two groups); Weight Loss for 14-18 year olds; Weight Loss for ages 19 and over; Adult Strength/Cardio/Flexibility for ages 50 and over (2 groups) and a women’s only group (ages 30-50).  Each group will meet at times convenient for the group members.  The fee is $199, which includes 18 small group sessions plus a Y summer membership valid now through September 3.  Call Jayne Trosin at 773-3646 ext. 448 for details and possible time slots.

Sports Camps – The Y offers eight weeks of a sports camp with a variety of sport themes for boys and girls ages 6-14.  The camp offers half day (9am-1pm or 1-4pm) and full day (9am-4pm).  Parents can add early care (6:15-9am) and/or late care (4-6pm) for a full day of childcare.  The camps staff create “like ability groups” so all levels will feel comfortable. There is a daily swim and game room play as well as a free lunch.  Our air-conditioned gym provides cool comfortable play. The camp weeks run from June 26-August 25.  See “Camps” at or pick up a camp packet at the YMCA.

Camp Apex – 2017 is the 65th year Camp Apex staff have been building strong kids in mind, body and spirit.  Over the decades, the facility has been upgraded with a modern bathhouse, solar heated pool, tube slide, climbing wall, etc.  The programs have changed as well, such as a reading program to slow the summer learning gap; but still offers old time fun with archery, nature, playing in a small stream and more.  The camp runs ten weeks from June 19 through August 25 with early and late care available from 6:15-9 am and 4-6 pm right at the camp.  Boys and girls also get a free lunch.  For details see “camps” at

Deerfield, Mass. (June 6, 2017)---Celebrate summer by joining Historic Deerfield on Thursday evenings in July for three lectures devoted to rhythms of life of early America during these warmest months of the year. "Summer Living in Early America" will explore early community celebrations of the nation's most important civic holiday, dressing to beat the heat, and summer foodways.  The  lectures, which are free and open to the public, will take place on Thursday evenings, July 6, 13, and 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Deerfield Community Center, 16 Memorial Street, Deerfield, Massachusetts.    

2017 Summer Lecture Series Schedule:

Thursday, July 6
"Hurrah for the Fourth! Independence Day in New England, 1777-1850"

Len Travers, Associate Professor of History, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Thursday, July 13
"'For the heat is beyond your conception:' Dressing for the Heat in the Eighteenth Century"
Neal Hurst, Associate Curator, Costumes and Textiles, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Sponsored by Bank of America

Thursday, July 20
"'Tastes Like Asparagus:' Summer Eating in Early New England"

Debra Friedman, Senior President, Old Sturbridge Village

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.

HOLYOKE — The Greater Easthampton and Greater Holyoke chambers of commerce have joined together to sponsor their first leadership summit for women in business, titled “Women and the Art of Risk,” on Friday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Log Cabin in Holyoke. 

The conference will feature speakers, workshops, and power-networking opportunities, led by distinguished women from the Pioneer Valley. Registration for this event is now open, and attendance is limited to 150.

Click here to register. 

The cost is $99 if tickets are purchased by Aug. 25 (table of eight: $675).

Call ‪(413) 527-9414 if you would like to sponsor this event. Current sponsors include United Personnel, Easthampton Savings Bank, Innovative Business Systems, Freedom Credit Union, and TurningLeaf Design.

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


Betsy Kovaks,, 413-337-5346

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

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