fallbreakfastJoin us for a delicious breakfast, catered by Gloriosa & Co. at The Curtis House in Ashfield, and hear updates and projections for the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association. There will be time for networking and a program of speakers, including Representative Steve Kulik. We will also vote in new board members.
All are invited!

Friday, October 28 from 7:30 to 9:00 am


Advance (through 10/25):  Door:
Members $14  Members $16
Non-Members $16 Non-Members $18

Email or call 413-625-2526 to purchase tickets.
Thank you to our sponsors: Greenfield Savings Bank,
Gloriosa & Co., and People's United Bank.

hatchYou're Invited!
A HATCH Project (Hilltown Art & Thriving Community Happenings)

Saturday, November 5, from 4-6 PM in the common room, McCusker's Market, Shelburne Falls

Do you live in or near Shelburne Falls? Do you love it as much as we do? Come join singer/songwriter Robin Lane and her merry band of chirpin' birds to help write a song about what it's like to live here.

Community members, friends, and neighbors (that's YOU!), come help us write about the potholes, or the cows on Patten Hill, or the sun on the leaves on Mount Massamet, or anything, really.

We'll all work together to write the lyrics, then Robin will turn it into a song. The song will be professionally recorded, mixed, and mastered, and can then serve as both a promotional tool for the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association - drawing in tourists and potential business owners - and as a sort of "anthem for the community."

We'll meet twice. The first meeting will be Saturday, November 5, from 4-6 PM in the common room at McCusker's, where we'll brainstorm and come up with lyrics and music. The second meeting will be shortly thereafter, at a location to be determined, where we will perform and record the song.

Everyone is invited to bring an instrument. You don't need to be a pro. Just show up and play.

Who's in? It'll be FUN!

Location: McCusker's Market, 3 State St, Shelburne Falls, MA

Contact: Robin Lane,

hatch2CORRECTION!  In some communications about HATCH2, the grant amount was recorded as $50 -$500;  it should be $50 - $1,000.  Keep reading!


The Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association (GSFABA) and The Art Garden announce the launch of H.A.T.C.H. 2 (Hilltown Art & Thriving Community Happenings)! Working off the success of the first round held earlier this year, the H.A.T.C.H. program is designed to inspire, support, and help fund creative projects that engage the hilltown communities of western Franklin County. H.A.T.C.H. will support the development, refinement, and launching of projects brought forward by artists and other community members. It is funded, in part, by a Massachusetts Cultural Council Adams Grant awarded to the GSFABA.

Two free work sessions -- facilitated by working artists Jane Beatrice Wegscheider, Artist Director of The Art Garden, and Phyllis Labanowski, a regional artist and co-director of Art For A Change and ARTeens -- will be offered to help artists develop and receive feedback on their idea. At the end of each session, those interested in moving their projects forward may apply for the opportunity to present their vision at a community hatching event on Saturday, February 11, at the Art Garden. $50 - $1000 seed money will be awarded to each project along with mentoring support and marketing assistance to help launch the projects. Applications are now available at

Work sessions will be held at The Art Garden on Thursday, November 17 and Wednesday, November 30, 2016. Applications for the hatching event are due Tuesday, December 13, 2016. Winning projects will be selected through a juried process; projects moving forward will be notified in early January 2017. All applicants will receive mentoring and support through the GSFABA.

The selection criteria include:

  • Relevance to and/or takes place in one of GSFABA’s 10 towns (Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Hawley, Heath, Plainfield, Rowe, and Shelburne);
  • Lead artist(s) lives, work, or are connected to the ten town region;
  • The project engages the community in its making or interaction after it's made.
  • The project integrates the arts into community life. For example, it may represent the character and quality of a community; highlight what is special or unique about a specific place; or address a local challenge or priority.
  • The project can be completed by June 30, 2017; and
  • The proposal has a realistic timeline and budget.

Creative projects, performances, or events including murals, sculpture, performance, spoken word, or street art as well as almost anything else you can imagine will be considered as long as the project meets the above criteria. Artists that create a performance or a community conversation with an artistic twist, an event, or a spectacle that is permanent or temporary, that engages residents and visitors are all encouraged to apply.

For more information, contact:
Jane Beatrice Wegscheider, Artist Director of The Art Garden

Carmela Lanza-Weil, Executive Director of GSFABA

Shelburne Falls YogaMonday
8:30-10:00 AM: Intermediate Kripalu Yoga (Kate)
4:00-5:00 PM: **Yoga for School Teachers (Kate)
6:00-7:15 PM: Core Flow and Barre Class (Kate)

8:00-9:00 AM: YogaFitness (Kate, sub.)
9:30-11:00 AM: **QiGong Series (Collin)
6:00-7:00 PM: Yin Yoga /Gentle (Kate)

8:30-10:00 AM: Intermed./Advanced Vinyasa Yoga (Kate)
12:00-1:00 PM: Lunch Break Yoga (Melissa)

8:00-9:00 AM: YogaFitness (Daniel, sub.)
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: NEW TIME! Slow Flow Vinyasa (Melissa)

9:00-10:30 AM: Morning Yoga (Robin)

Kate and Daniel will sub for Yoga Fitness through mid-November

** denotes series classes: please call to register for these

All other listed classes are open for drop-in. Please join us anytime!

Individual instruction is also available.
Go to for more information!

moonlightmagicSanta's Workshop, Parade of Lights, Lighting of the Village, and more!

Kick off the holiday season in Shelburne Falls with Moonlight Magic, a spectacular event known across the region. Join over a thousand shoppers who come to the village to shop, eat, enjoy the parade, and visit Santa! Vendors will line the streets starting at 4 pm selling gifts, warm treats, wreaths, and more. Experience the magic of the lighting of the village, when a thousand luminaries are lit along the streets. Plus, see Santa Claus lead the Parade of Lights through the village ending at Santa's Workshop, where he will join The Cat in the Hat and The Grinch. Don't miss this spirited festival!

The 2016 Moonlight Magic event will feature a parade of lights. Enter a float into the parade competition! Cash prizes for the best entries! Floats will be rated on theme, music, lights, and artistry/creativity. Click here to download the Vendor Application Form and return to the GSFABA by Friday, November 11th to be part of this magical parade!

Be a vendor at Moonlight Magic! Click here to download the Vendor Application Form and return to the GSFABA by Friday, November 18th.

We also welcome entertainers, musicians, and carolers to perform during Moonlight Magic. Please email or call 413-625-2526 to tell us if you will perform.

bofraceAre you organized and enthusiastic about the Bridge of Flowers Road Race? We need you! GSFABA seeks a race director to take on organizing this amazing event! Now entering its 39th year, the race attracts 1,000 runners and walkers from across the region. If you're interested -- or know someone who might be -- please send an email to

secondsatEvery Second Saturday of the month, visitors can come to Shelburne Falls to shop, play, eat, explore, and more! Our first one is Saturday, December 10th.

Second Saturday is about showing off who we are all the time: a place where visitors can meet the artists/curators themselves and get a behind-the-scenes understanding of their craft.

Help us get the word out about Second Saturday!
Click here to view the event listing and post it on your website or social media page.

overwatchOverwatch Outpost will be hosting a Basic Firearms Safety Course. This is the required class needed to get your Firearms Identification Card or Licence to Carry (Pistol Permit).

WHEN: Saturday, October 22 at 9:30 AM
WHERE: Mountain Lodge (Shelburne Senior Center)
7 Main Street, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370

The cost for the class and materials is $90.00 per student. Pre-Registration is required. You may sign up at Overwatch Outpost
97 Main Street, Charlemont, MA 01339

Space is limited to 25 students, so sign up early! This class is expected to take approximately 4-5 hours.

Thursday, November 3
MassMutual Center, Springfield

Showcase your company, products, and services in front of thousands of top-level executives, professionals, and key decision makers from across the region.

Network with thousands of business professionals, meet hundreds of exhibitors, and attend FREE educational seminars on Sales & Marketing, The Multi-Generational Workplace, and Business & Tech Trends!

And don't miss the end of the day Annual Social!
Click here to exhibit!

For more information about this region wide business-to-business trade show, visit

Do you love living in Buckland?
Do you want Buckland to continue to be a vibrant community with a high quality of life?

We need your input! Go to: to fill out the survey online, or pick up a hard copy at: Buckland Town Hall, Buckland Public Library, or Senior Center.

Buckland is facing changes that present challenges and opportunities for the town. The Buckland Housing Plan Committee, with assistance from the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG), is conducting this survey to gather input from residents for the creation of a local housing plan. The plan will be completed by the end of December 2016, and will identify housing needs in Buckland and strategies that the Town and area organizations can take to address those needs. Please complete this short survey to help us develop goals and strategies that will guide this work. All responses are anonymous and confidential.

In recent years, Buckland has experienced a decline in population, especially among young families with children. School enrollment has declined, resulting in higher per-student costs for the town. At the same time, the senior population (age 65 and older) is growing, and is expected to comprise 42% of Buckland's population by 2035, compared to 17% in 2010. The current housing market is tight in Buckland, with low rental vacancy rates and few homes for sale. A household earning the median household income in Buckland ($52,356) cannot afford the median home sale price of $207,250. An estimated 31% of Buckland households already live in housing that costs more than 30% of household monthly income.

Survey results will be available on the Buckland town website in November and as a hard copy at the Town Hall and Senior Center. A final draft of the housing plan will be publicized and made available for public review in December.

Thank you for your help with this project!

The Second Annual Clarkdale 12 K Cider Run is Sunday, November 13 in Deerfield. They need your help to make this run a smooth success!

Clarkdale Fruit Farms is once again donating all proceeds to CISA. Beautiful views, rolling hills, and one tough climb await runners.

Please contact Lisabeth Jasniewicz, Development Coordinator if you are free to volunteer in support of the run. Volunteer shifts run 8:30am-11am on November 13, and include working registration, staffing water tables, and directing runners on the path.


The Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association (GSFABA) serves the businesses and the community of region. We strive to empower, strengthen, and sustain our region’s economy by helping businesses prosper and communities thrive.

The GSFABA believes that forging closer regional ties strengthens us all. We work to promote businesses and economic development, and advocate locally and statewide for our region. We create and manage partnerships, provide networking opportunities and relevant educational activities, conduct research, promote tourism, support the creative economy through programs and services, and produce events.

We are honored to have you as a member.

This spring, in response to member feedback, we began a website redesign with the aim of making the websites easier to navigate. At the same time, we shifted our dues payment on-line in order to streamline the process for you, our member, and to increase efficiency and savings in the office. In addition to online dues payment, we also offer a monthly payment plan for paying dues and reserving space on the annual Place Map. Members can log in and change photos, update hours, announce special events, and change contact information.

We announced these changes in the spring through this monthly Business Bulletin and special email announcements. I’m writing to let you know about the change and invite you to check out the new website design.

To retrieve your password to log in online:

  1. Go to
  2. Click the Lost Password checkbox.
  3. Enter your username and your email address.
  4. Click Send Password. Your password will be emailed to you, and you can return to to log in.

If you do not know both your username and your password, please recover the username first, then the password. To recover your username, please enter your E-mail Address, leaving Username field empty, then click the Send Username button, and your username will be sent to your email address. From there you can use this same form to recover your password.

To change your username or password:

  1. Log in to your account.
  2. Click Edit Your Profile in the menu on the left.
  3. Type in your new username or password in their respective fields (you must type in your password twice to verify it).
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Update.

To print your invoice online:

  1. Log in to your account.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click "Click here to view the list of invoices.”
  3. Click any invoice date to view that invoice. A separate window will pop up with your invoice and you can print it from there.

If you need assistance logging into your account at, please call or email and let us know. If your email address has changed, please send us an email from the new address.

Thanks so much for supporting the economic vitality of our region!

Firearms Course
Saturday, October 22
Sign up at Overwatch Outpost

Saturday, November 5, 4-6 PM

Fall Breakfast
Friday, October 28
7:30-9 am
The Curtiss House
Please contact us if you are interested in sponsoring the breakfast.

Cider Days
November 4-6

H.A.T.C.H. 2 workshops
November 17 & November 30
6:30 - 9pm

Moonlight Magic
Friday, November 25
4-9 pm

Second Saturday in Shelburne Falls
Saturday, December 10

Lamb, Pork, Duck for Sale by Winterberry Farms
Tuesday afternoons
1:30-6:30 pm
Alley next to Green Fields Market, then World Eye Bookstore

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