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 marylyonfoundation@gmail.com

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 SalmonFallsGallery.com, 413.625.9833.

“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.

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