Annual Spring


Friday, May 10, 2019

7:30am - 9:00am

Berkshire East Mountain Resort

66 Thunder Mountain Road, Charlemont

Join us Friday, May 10th at Berkshire East for breakfast and networking with the local business community. You will also have an opportunity to hear from our local legislators on what is happening in our region in 2019!Reserve your spot today!

Advanced Purchase Member Ticket -   $13.00 

Day of Tickets: $15.00 member / $18 non-member

    To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact

     Kara Cavanaugh at or 413.625.2526

Nominations Sought for



The Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association seeks nominations for the Annual Marvin J. Shippee Community Service Award. The recipient will honored at the GSFABA’s Spring Breakfast on May 10, 2019. The deadline for submitting nominations is May 2, 2019.

The Marvin J. Shippee Community Service Award was awarded for the first time in 1998 in memory of Shippee’s leadership and his commitment to volunteerism. Shippee, the founder of the Business Association, offered inspired leadership and had direct involvement to countless community projects. 

Nominees should demonstrate volunteerism above and beyond the recipient’s paid employment. The award will recognize service in the 10 town area, which includes Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Hawley, Heath, Plainfield, Rowe, and Shelburne.

The Award Committee will weigh nominations according to the following criteria (additional appropriate considerations may also be considered):

·         Level of community service

·         Level of impact on the community

·         Length of service

The recipient will have:

·         Demonstrated inspired leadership and involvement in community projects

·         Earned the respect of their town and community for their contributions

·         Performed community service as an individual, not as part of a group, business, or

Individuals interested in putting forward a nomination must fill out a nomination form available at the GSFABA office (75 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls), on the website at, or by email via

Completed nomination forms should postmarked by April 13, 2016 and mailed to:


P.O. Box 42 

Shelburne Falls, MA 01370

or email to

Former recipients include: Michael McCusker, 1998; Marion J. Taylor, 1998; Rolland Gifford, 1999; Dorothy Giffin, 1999; Carol Bolduc, 2000; Susan Samoriski, 2001; Bernie Butler, 2002; Mark Zenick, 2003; Dick and Jeanne Bole, 2004; Ruth Anderson, 2005; Wesley Rice, 2006; Dr. Mark Purinton, 2007; Polly Bartlett, 2008; Hugh Knox, 2009: Lawrence Shearer, 2010; Stefan Racz, 2011; John Taylor, 2012; Thomas Lively, 2013; John Bos 2014; Sandy Lilly, 2015.


SUBJECT:                                    2019 Holiday Decorations       

CONTACT:                                 Whit Sanford:  413-489-3160

                                                      GSFABA: or 413-625-2526


GSFABA Working with Business Leaders to Improve Village Holiday Decorations

SHELBURNE FALLS – The Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association has been working with several business leaders to make the village more festive next winter.  They agree that the village decorations have been a bit tired looking in recent years, so GSFABA has been working with them to remedy the situation for Shelburne Falls businesses and residents.

The Holiday Decorations Committee has discussed the need for more traditional lighting that is more festive than the cool blue lights that the village currently has, renewing the garlands on the poles and across the Bridge and State Streets, and perhaps re-establishing a Christmas tree or Village lighting ceremony.  

The group has gotten estimates on the cost and will be meeting to discuss how GSFABA should move forward.  Stay tuned.  GSFABA plans to have a meeting in May to let villagers see the design and location of the business-historic-cultural district holiday decorations. 


SUBJECT:                                    Shelburne Falls Area Partnership       

CONTACT:                                 Whit Sanford:  413-489-3160

                                                      GSFABA: or 413-625-2526


Shelburne Falls Partnership Goes Unfunded by Towns

SHELBURNE FALLS – The Towns of Shelburne and Buckland recently made the decision to not fund their 25-year-long partnership with the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association that plans and raises funds for collaborative economic development and capital improvement projects in the village. 

The GSFABA Board of Directors stated the it has been exceedingly grateful for the Shelburne Falls Area Partnership while it has lasted.  It’s been of great benefit to Village residents and businesses by attracting grants through our collaboration with Buckland and Shelburne.  The Board hopes to continue to work with the towns going forward, once they are able to fund the Partnership again. 

Open House at

The Shelburne House

Bed & Breakfast

 Please join us for a May after-hours event....with a twist! 

All members are invited to join us in a

"Toast to West County"


Wednesday, May 22nd



The Shelburne House Bed & Breakfast

66 Colrain Shelburne Road, Shelburne, MA

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