In 2012, the Village of Shelburne Falls was designated as a Cultural District by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and received the Creative Community Award.
This rural pairing of two villages – Shelburne and Buckland – on either side of the Deerfield River joined by an historic iron bridge is a delightful surprise. Honored as one of the “100 Best Small Art Towns in America,” the towns are recognized as a nationally desirable cultural destination.
Shelburne Falls gets it all right – preserving its historic, small town character while being open to the best of modern life. It is a village with a thriving cultural community nestled in the heart of farms and country roads. Enjoy world class opera in Memorial Hall’s Met Live series; visit eclectic art and crafts galleries and studios throughout the village; enjoy the ambience of Mocha Maya’s Coffee House, offering live music year-round. The Bridge of Flowers, once a busy trolley bridge, is now a world famous garden. Visit the trolley museum, the candlepin bowling alley, or the curious geological potholes. Linger in local eateries, enjoy fun family-friendly fairs and festivals throughout the year celebrate the arts, culture, and nature of Shelburne Falls and the surrounding hilltowns.
The Shelburne Falls Mosaic Mural Project
The Shelburne Falls Mosaic Mural Project was a community wide endeavor to celebrate the beauty of our rural area. Together we created 10 3’ x 3’ mosaic panels that represent our hilltowns of West County as well as 2 larger panels, ‘The Deerfield River’ and ‘American Indian Portrait’.
In June 2009, mosaic artist Cynthia Fisher had an idea stemming from her desire to create public art that could be enjoyed where she lived. In laying the groundwork for the project, she enlisted the support and involvement of school officials, teachers, community leaders, and building owners. The venture first gained the support of town selectpersons and business leaders. The educational aspects of the project were very important to Fisher. She did extensive research on the history of our local area and involved third grade students in the local school district that had a curriculum unit on their local area, and in doing so the task of deciding content for the 10 hilltown mosaics was theirs.
Here are the 10 hilltown mosaics:
Cultural District Events
Second Saturday in Shelburne Falls
Saturday, May 13th, 2017
Shelburne Falls, MA
Every Second Saturday
Enjoy our unusual small businesses,
Bring your mother to Shelburne Falls!
Visit these local businesses:
Salmon Falls Gallery (1 Ashfield St): Winter’s Bone: Photographs by Carl Nardiello, reception 4-6pm with music by Al Canali. The exhibit Winter’s Bone by photographer Carl Nardiello is a series of ongoing photographic studies inspired by the forms, color, and light of late fall and winter. When the dominant foliage of summer falls away, fresh layers of landscape reveal themselves. Each day, each shift of weather and wind, creates new contexts. The capture of such images is one of feeling, of intuition, and a precise use of technology. Exhibit runs from May 5 – June 25. (Photo left)
Keystone Market (44 Bridge St): Grab a free cookie for mom at the deli!
Shelburne Arts Cooperative (26 Bridge St): "A World Beneath Our Feet", Rag rugs by Lynda Faye and floor cloths by Joanne Gold are 19th-century crafts brought into the 21st century. The artists experiment with vivid color and bold patterns for these traditional floor coverings, moving them from utilitarian objects to usable art. Reception 2-5 pm with live music and refreshments. (Photo right)
The Arms Library (60 Bridge St): will host an event at 4 PM in the basement to make the town aware of the statewide drive for 100% renewable energy! The purpose of the event is to encourage folks in West County to advocate for 100% renewable energy within their towns and at the state wide level. It is a campaign being sponsored by MA Forward; towns all across the state are signing on and working for the goal both in individual towns and on the legislative level. There will be slide shows, speakers, & refreshments. Sarah Pirtle will sing for us, Ageless Waves of Rhythm, a drumming group, and a lovely Earth mother puppet will greet folks at the door. Plus, at 5:30, they will be showing the film: the Future of Energy (that people may come to separately, or stay for…yet leaving if they wish) It runs for about an hour and is inspiring as it shows the many communities across the nation that have worked for and been able to have their communities sign on to this goal of 100% renewable energy!
Thank you to our sponsors!
The Metropolitan Opera
Saturday, May 13th, 2017, 12:30 PM -
Memorial Hall, 51 Bridge St, Shelburne Falls
Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier
Live in HD
Experience the exciting world of opera live from The Met!
Visit SFMH.org for:
Tickets available online and at the door
Gallery Opening: "A World Beneath Our Feet"
Saturday, May 13th, 2017, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Shelburne Artisans Co-op, 26 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls, MA
Rag rugs by Lynda Faye and floor cloths by Joanne Gold are 19th-century crafts brought into the 21st century. The artists experiment with vivid color and bold patterns for these traditional floor coverings, moving them from utilitarian objects to usable art. May 3 - 29. Artist reception May 13, 2-5 pm. Live music and refreshments.
Business After Hours
Wednesday, June 14th, 2017, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
People's United Bank, 90 Bridge St, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
Join us for networking and refreshments after work! We will be discussing Human Resources solutions and services.
All are invited.
$5 for GSFABA members | $8 for non-members
Hosted by People's United Bank.
17th Annual Iron Bridge Dinner
Sunday, August 20th, 2017, 5:30 PM -
Iron Bridge, Shelburne Falls, MA
Modeled after a similar community dinner in France, this unique event features a single table set with linens and china for 400 people along the entire span of the Iron Bridge over the Deerfield River that connects the towns of Buckland and Shelburne. The dinner celebrates the closeness and friendship of the two communities that share many common bonds, including the Iron Bridge.
A fundraiser for the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association and the Mohawk Athletic Association.
Seating at 5:30 pm; dinner is served at 6:00 pm.
Tickets will go on sale Thursday, July 20th, 2017 and are $50 per person:
Tickets will be on sale in person at the Village Information Center (75 Bridge St, Shelburne Falls) from 4-7 pm.
Phone ticket sales will begin at 8 pm. Please call 413-625-2526 and leave a message with your name, phone number, and the number of tickets you wish to reserve. Then on Friday, July 21, we will call back in the order the messages were received to accept credit card payment over the phone. Please be available to answer your phone and have a credit card ready. We will try calling you twice and if we don't reach you, we will move on to the next person.
Seating is assigned upon ticket purchase.
Email Shira@shelburnefalls.com to be added to the Iron Bridge Dinner email list.
Thank you to our sponsors!
Friday, November 24th, 2017, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Village of Shelburne Falls
Moonlight Magic has become a traditional event across the region. It is the kick-off to the holiday season that includes Lighting of the Village, the Parade of Lights, Santa’s Workshop, carolers, and street performers.
Thank you to our sponsors!