On Friday, November 25, the GSFABA threw the party of the year!  The Village of Shelburne Falls was filled with lights, excitement, music, art, food, and thousands of people from all over the region!
There were 40 vendors set up on Bridge St. and Deerfield Ave., selling everything from wreaths to jewelry to french fries to raffle tickets. River Valley Christian Church, whose goal was to raise enough funds to build a home for a family in Haiti, was so successful that they are considering building a second home! 
Many visitors partook in the Moonlight Magic Passport, which led them around to different village businesses. Over 100 passports were turned in for a chance to win one of two beautiful gift baskets. Congratulations to the two lucky winners who hale from Rhode Island and Greenfield! Thank you to the participating shops and to McCusker's Market, the Passport Redemption Center.
The Parade of Lights meandered through the village, featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus, the Grinch, Thing 1 and 2, and her adorable little ones, Thing 2A and Thing 2B. The first place winner of the float competition was Greenfield Savings Bank who brought a horse drawn wagon from Muddy Brook Farm and handed out candy canes. After the parade, Santa was visited by lots of children at his workshop at the Mason's Lodge.
There were so many musical performances, it was nearly impossible to catch them all! Ageless Waves of Rhythm shook the walls of Greenfield Savings Bank, Slight Change entertained shoppers at Salmon Falls Gallery and Celtic Heels put on an excellent performance outside on Bridge Street, to name a few.
The village was beautifully lit thanks to Yankee Candle's luminaria, set up by NHS and Key Club students of Mohawk Regional High School, organized by Jonathan George.
Thank you to the community service crew from the Franklin County Sherriff's Department for assembling the lights and garlands and thank you to Dan Dostal at Dostal Tree Service and his bucket truck for hanging the lights and garlands.
 It was easy to get around the village thanks to the Academy at Charlemont for lending their vans as Moonlight Magic shuttles and Tucker Jenkins, John Taylor, and Will Flanders for being the chauffers.
Big Thank You to:
Greenfield Savings Bank, Greenfield Cooperative Bank, People's United Bank, TransCanada, Yankee Candle, Eversource, Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Events Committee, the towns of Shelburne and Buckland, Mass DOT, Don Bascom at All-Brite cleaning services, the Village Businesses, the volunteers, those businesses featured on the Pole Tags, Franklin Regional Transit Authority, and Franklin Community Co-op.

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