Greetings and Salutations!

Summer is just around the corner! (Although, today, it feels like it’s already here -- Mother Nature's playing with us, I think.) (I hope!)

Here at GSFABA and West County Arts & Culture, we’ve kicked off spring with a couple of major events!  The 21st Annual Auction was a terrific success!  THANK YOU to everyone – donors, buyers, organizers, volunteers, those on stage and those behind the scenes – who helped make it a wonderful evening and a successful fundraiser, too!  The proceeds from the auction support on-going programs including all our events, regional marketing, support for arts & cultural initiatives, and economic development activities throughout the region. Thank you.

We also held our annual breakfast on May 5 at Berkshire East which was attended by almost 80 members, honored guests, and elected officials.  Read more about that below.

An exciting Second Saturday is coming together for June 10 including a performance by one of our HATCH projects, Exploded View at the Potholes in Shelburne Falls.  Read more on this below, too.

Coming up for us in the office this month: reapply for the Cultural District designation for Shelburne Falls, write grant requests for West County Arts & Culture activities (including HATCH and the Fabulous February Fringe Festival), engage businesses with our world-class events sponsorship opportunities, and, most importantly, respond to the several member inquiries, requests, and ideas that come across the desk every day.  Also the on-going projects of this newsletter, Business After Hours, the Bridge of Flowers Race, the Bridge Dinner, and, before you know it -- Moonlight Magic will be on the horizon.  Whew.

Looks like it’s going to be a great summer! 

Stay safe.  Wear sunscreen.  Keep those cards and letters coming.


P.S.  On a personal note:  I serve as director and M.C. for the Shad Ladder Radio Hour (a monthly radio show and a HATCH project) and I’ll be returning to the STAGE as an actor for Conway’s 250thCelebration the second weekend of June.  Hope to see you at a show! 

You're invited to join us!  The GSFABA promotes the region in a variety of ways with the most visible being our world-class events that attract thousands of residents and visitors from across the globe. 
Sponsorship opportunities are now available to businesses and individuals, providing you broad exposure that puts 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, your business association, 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.   
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- if she doesn't know the answer, she will help you find it!
Call Shira at 413-625-2526 or email shira@shelburnefalls.com
to ask questions or make an appointment.

will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 9am til noon at Trinity Church’s Baptist Lot on Main Street in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. This eagerly awaited sale includes perennials dug from the famous Bridge of Flowers, divisions from the gardens of skilled local gardeners, and a selection of geraniums and unusual annuals and unusual plants from Hillside Nursery. There are also garden-related items available, including local handmade art, books, gifts and more. Coffee and baked goods will also be on sale. 

For more information visit the Bridge’s website: www.bridgeofflowersmass.org. All proceeds go to support the Bridge of Flowers.
The sale will be held rain or shine!

GSFABA Spring Breakfast

The Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association (GSFABA) hosted its annual Spring Breakfast on Friday, May 5 at Berkshire East.  The breakfast attracted over 70 business and political leaders from West County. 


In case you missed it, here are some photos from the event, courtesy of Art Schwenger:




Phil Pless of Coldwell Banker Upton-Massomont Realtors, Janice Sorensen of HomeGirl reDesign and Magpie Farm and Art, and Molly Cantor of Molly Cantor Pottery




Jill Connolly, Professional Female Voice Talent, Sylvia Orcutt of Mary Lyon Foundation, and John Howland of Greenfield Savings Bank








Carmela Lanza-Weil, Executive Director awarding the GSFABA Scholarship to Angela Szewczyk






Vaughn Tower, Marvin Shippee Community Service Award recipient and family






 Oreste Varela, Springfield Branch Manager of the Small Business Administration provided an overview of the SBA's programs and impact.







Angela Varilly and Karen Fairbrother of Greenfield Savings Bank



Thanks to everyone who attended and to our sponsors, Berkshire East and Chunks of Energy!

Request for Art to Display

in the Reception area of the Community Health Center of Franklin County


Typically they allow work to hang for 2 months. The subject matter is preferably something featuring Franklin County, no matter if it’s people, landscape, or animals as long as it’s appropriate content.


They have a total of 11 hangars and the space to hang work uses a ‘rod & rail’ system so dimensions of each piece don’t matter much as long as they are no taller than 36”.


If you have questions about participating, please contact Cameron Carey -- Outreach Director of the CHCFC cameron.carey@chcfc.org or call 413-325-8500 x112

2017 Entrepreneur to Table Summit


Thursday, June 1 - Sunday, June 4

View the full schedule of events.

Register now for the FREE Summit!


The 2017 Summit will cover the Entrepreneur to Table lifecycle including: how to bootstrap your business, branding and marketing strategies, distribution, local sourcing, creating and implementing a sustainable business model, the stages of financing, design thinking, lean startup, time management for innovation, and more.


All registrations include: admission to plenary and breakout sessions, conference guidebook, admission to evening activities and special events,
continental breakfast and break refreshments.

Chambers to Offer Leadership Summit: ‘Women and the Art of Risk’


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.

OPENING DAY---May 27, 2017


14 Depot St

Shelburne Falls, Ma 0137


Trolley No. 10, the beautifully restored 1896 Trolley, operated by the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum will begin its 2017 season on Saturday, May 27.  The Trolley, built by the Wason Manufacturing Company of Springfield, Ma., was state of the art at the time it was built, and originally operated between Shelburne Falls and Colrain carrying passengers beginning on November 1, 1896, and then for the next 30 years it carried passengers, freight, school children and mail between the two towns until trolley service was ended in 1927.  


Originally, freight received in Shelburne Falls was hauled by horse and wagon to the Shelburne Falls Terminal which was located at the current home of the museum. After a few years, the company built a bridge for the trolley to cross the Deerfield River which allowed the trolley to complete its trip to the passenger/freight station where other trains arrived and departed to other section of the country. The bridge that carried the trolley across the river is now known world-wide as the “Bridge Of Flowers”.











(Photo: Volunteers doing track replacement to get ready for the 2017 season.  In the foreground are Larry Krusz and Nash Bly and Sam Bartlett is in the rear of the photo, Photo taken by David Goff)


After the Shelburne Falls and Colrain Street Railway

terminated its service in 1927, the trolley sat in a farmer’s yard in Colrain until it was donated to the museum in 1992 and then it was restored to its original condition and returned to service on October 9, 1999. This season will mark its 18th year of operation at the museum, located in the same yard where it originally operated.  


Museum visitors are now able to take a 15 minute ride back in time on the restored trolley and they receive a short talk about the trolley’s history along the way.  The Visitors Center offers several displays relating to the history of the original trolley service, and also documents the restoration process that brought the trolley back to life. For younger children, there is a special area with electric and wooden trains which is very popular.  The museum gift shop sells train and trolley related items and books and magazines.


A red caboose awaits visitors to the museum and is open for exploration.  Also, an old fashion pump car is usually available for those who want to get a little exercise.

The museum is operated completely by volunteers and is open Saturdays and Sundays and holidays, starting on Memorial Day weekend until the end of October from 11 am until 5 pm.  During July and August, the museum also operates from 1pm until 5 pm on Mondays.


Ticket prices are kept very low at only $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for children 6 to 12 and free for those under 6.

The museum is always happy to have new volunteers of all ages and skills, both men and women, to help keep the trolley history alive and to keep the museum moving forward.  Free training and guidance are provided and Safety and Instruction Supervisor Alden Dreyer notes the need for motorman and conductors on weekends.


Anyone with questions about volunteering may call Sam Bartlett at 413-624-0192 or visit www.sftm.org.



Annual Sustaining Campaign – The Y’s Annual Sustaining Campaign is now in progress.  All funds stay local to help sustain the YMCA in Greenfield and offset some of the financial aid the Y provides to over 2,500 children, families and seniors so they can participate in its life changing programs.  The Y is a nonprofit charity so all donations are tax deductible.  Donations can be made at ymcaingreenfield.org or mail checks to Annual Campaign, 451 Main St, Greenfield MA 01301.


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.  The camp weeks run from June 26-August 25.  See “Camps” at ymcaingreenfield.org or pick up a camp packet at the YMCA.


Free Info Session May 23 – The first Brain Based Yoga Therapy class filled immediately so the Y is offering a second course June 6-August 1.  The class will meet every Tuesday from 2-3:30pm.  This class teaches the participants ways to access and overcome unconscious brain patterns to deal with chronic pain.  Participants must commit to the entire program including doing home yoga exercise.  There will be a free info session on Tuesday, May 23 from 12-1pm.  The course is $80, a sliding fee scale is available.  For more info or to register call Jayne at 773-3646 ext. 448.


Learn to play Badminton – Every Wednesday from 7-9pm Ben Marsden, a competitive player for over 15 years, will be available to teach people how to play badminton.  There is no charge for Y members and a $10 drop-in fee for non-members.  No pre-registration required.  The Y also offers Pickleball play several hours per week.  See schedules at ymcaingreenfield.org or call 773-3646 ext. 0.

Exploded View: River


This Sunday, May 21 between 1-4 pm

a group of really cool, women artists...Exploded View, 

is creating a public art project in the yard next to my house.

You will - quite literally be able to put your heart in the river.

(They will be putting a microphone underwater in the river and syncing it with another microphone that captures people's heart beats).

How cool is that?

They have some other surprises up their sleeves too.

And I believe Ricardo will be adding his rhythms as well!



Spring Fling



The students of Karen Shulda and Cynthia James

invite you to our Spring Fling,
a presentation of Class Work & Dances.


Works by Isadora Duncan

& the Lilac Fairy variation & mime

from The Sleeping Beauty


Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 6 pm
at Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School


A reception follows the recital and all are welcome. 
This performance is free and open to the public.

Buckland Historical Society's Annual Program/Pie Social

Buckland Public Hall, Upper St., Buckland, MA

Friday, June 2, 7:00 pm


 The Caged Man of Buckland 1786-1867:

How a Local Tragedy Impacted the Care of the Mentally Ill

Kathy Lytle, of Buckland, has researched the life of Josiah Spaulding Jr., the son of Rev. Josiah Spaulding, 
the first minister at Buckland’s Congregational Church.
Through the family letters, Ms. Lytle has been able to illuminate the religious and social mores of that period, 
bringing to life Josiah Jr.  Her presentation gives us a glimpse into this early history of Buckland and causes 
us to see parallels in today's society.

Program followed by a Pie Social.

Admission $6.00/Students 12 & under $3.00


Polly Anderson  1-413-625-9763


Conway's 250th Celebration!


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


Visit their Facebook page for updates!  Details here...



Conway's 250th Celebration

in association with

Silverthorne Theater Company &

The Conway Sportsman's Club




6 short plays & 6 sweet segues



FRIDAY, June 9                               7:30 pm

SATURDAY, June 10                      2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

At the

The Conway Sportsman’s Club

193 Elmer Road, Conway


Come early to enjoy burgers, hotdogs, soft drinks and snacks.

Handicapped accessible   Limited Seating


TICKETS ARE FREE BUT SEATING IS LIMITED                                


Call:                Joan Haley @ 413-369-4301

Email:             jzinnie@comcast.net


Leave your name, # of tickets you need along with the day and time of the performance you wish to attend.


Directions to the Sportsman’s Club

Coming from Springfield or the Mass Pike North on Interstate 91 use exit 24. Right off ramp, continue 3 miles north on SR 5 and 10. Turn left on SR 116 north toward Conway. Go 6 miles down the hill and into the town. Bear right and take the immediate right off of the small triangle, following the sign for Shelburne Falls. Go 1.8 miles and bear left, staying on Shelburne Falls road for another ¼ mile. Turn right at the Sportsman's Club sign onto Newhall Road. Go .6 mile and then turn left on to Elmer Road. Go ¼ mile to the end of the road.Coming from route 2 or Greenfield on Interstate 91 south use exit 25. Turn right directly on to SR 116 northbound and follow the directions above toward Conway

We need amazing people like YOU to help us with upcoming events and operations in the office.

Please give us a call if you're interested in upcoming volunteer opportunities! 413-625-2526

An hour, a day, or an on-going gig -- we've got tons of opportunities for you to get involved.

If you're a member, please also consider working on a committee of the board!  It's a great way to see what we do and have a say in it.


Tha's it for this month.  See you in June!



Davenport's Mobil Service Station is Back in Full-Swing!

After a several week period of digging up and replacing tanks, Davenport's Mobil station on Route 2 near Shelburne Falls is fully functional once again!  Sarah Davenport and the rest of the family invite you back to see the upgrades (and buy some gas, of course!)

This gas station has been a fixture in Shelburne Falls since it opened on Maple Street (across from HHR Paine) back in early last century.  Owners Bally and Elsie ran the business at that location until it was moved to the current location in 1956 when Eisenhower's Interstate System rerouted Route 2.  They continued to operate it until 1979 (or so) when ownership transferred briefly to another member of their family; it was purchased by Sarah's parents in 1981.   

Sylvia and her husband, Joseph, ran the station together for over thirty years until Joseph's passing in 2016. Now, transfer of ownership is currently underway from Sylvia to daughter Sarah.  

Sarah has overseen the new upgrades project -- which includes removing three tanks, putting in one new one, and installing new dispensers -- and says there may be a few more changes coming -- but exactly what?  We'll just have to wait and see! 

Please stop by and support this local, longtime business!


Spring Class Schedule

All of your favorite classes will be continuing this spring... 


8:30-10:00 AM            Intermediate Kripalu Yoga (Kate)

4:00-5:00 PM              **Gentle Flow Series , through June 12 (Kate) 



8:00-9:00 AM              YogaFitness (Cordelia) 

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)      


Healing Ourselves, Healing our World

A Public Talk and Saturday Retreat at

Shelburne Falls Yoga


Anyen Rinpoche 


Friday May 5 & Saturday May 6

Friday May 5,  Public Talk, 7-8:30pm 


Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Anyen Rinpoche, will help us bring our minds to consider Death and how to make it a familiar friend so that we may learn to live and die with confidence. 

No matter what your beliefs are, this is sure to be interesting!$20 suggested donation


Saturday May 6, 1-5pm


Come for a day of special teachings to give you the spiritual tools to weather any storm...physical, mental , emotional, spiritual or political. 

Esteemed Tibetan Buddhist meditation master, Anyen Rinpoche, will guide you in the traditional practices that will help you develop Loving Kindness, Compassion , Joy and Equanimity. 

The practices you will learn will help you to naturally open your heart with confidence to care for yourself and others and the world. 

Rinpoche will teach you the way to heal yourselves and the world by following the Bodhisattva Path of Compassion and Wisdom.

Program fee includes teachings and tea and light refreshments.


Tuition: $80 (no one will be turned away for inability to pay)

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED so that we have enough materials for everyone.

Call John at 413-62-6909 or email oklvermont@gmail.com to REGISTER 

sponsored by 



Clay, Yoga, & Art Camp

Summer Programs for children


Molly Cantor Pottery, The Art Garden 

& Shelburne Falls Yoga

June 26 - 30, 2017 & July 24 - 28, 2017


Monday - Friday, 9 am - 3 pm

mixed ages (6 -12 years old)

Cost: $325 per week

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.

Children are escorted to each studio.

They eat their bag lunches at The Art Garden. Snacks provided.


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



Full payment is due one week prior to the program.

Limited financial aid based on need is available upon request.



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