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Welcome to!

the judge still 3The place to find information about the hilltowns of West Franklin County, including the iconic village of Shelburne Falls!

In addition to the Village of Shelburne Falls, you'll find information on this site about all our towns, including Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Hawley, Heath, Plainfield, Rowe, and Shelburne, all lining the Mohawk Trail (Route 2) along the Deerfield River in Western Massachusetts.

The region boasts gorgeous scenery in every season; world-class recreational pursuits; and a bounty of farms offering fresh fruits and vegetables, maple syrup, and the best cider in the country.

You’ll also find artist-run galleries, bookstores, music, and theater alongside excellent restaurants, unique shops, and comfortable lodging.

The Village of Shelburne Falls features the world famous Bridge of Flowers, the ancient Glacial Potholes, and "movie stars" identifying the film locations for Labor Day and The Judge (pictured above).

Otter wearing sneakers, and other animals, alongside the Bridge of Flowers and Deerfield RiverBridge of Flowers Road Race

The Bridge of Flowers Classic is a 10k Road Race and a 3k Walk & Run to benefit local charities. Save the date: Saturday, August 12, 2017!

Cultural District Events

The Village of Shelburne Falls, designated as a Massachusetts Cultural District, hosts a variety of exciting events throughout the year for residents and visitors.

Upcoming Events

Sat, Sep 24th, 2016

Art Walk Poster May2016 v1If you participated in our Art Walk in April, then we're sure you will not want to miss this one! If you were not there in April, then make sure you don't miss out twice!

Art Walks are a wonderful way to experience this thriving arts community with businesses offering special events like book signings, artist receptions, new exhibits, and musical offerings.

Please note the new time: 2pm-6pm.

Pick up an Art Walk Map at the Village Information Center, 75 Bridge St, or at any of the following businesses, and guide yourself to each of these art events from 2-6 pm:

Shelburne Senior Center, 7 Main St
Displays feature a five foot tall egg shaped art piece covered with 25 individual mosaic designs created by 17 local seniors.  Additional work and sales by local artists Look for the large mosaic covered "kinky boot”. Refreshments will be served.

Shelburne Arts Cooperative, 26 Bridge St
"Anything Goes!" A group show by artists at the Shelburne Arts Cooperative.  

Molly Cantor Pottery, 20 Bridge Street
"Lil' Birds", a new exhibit of original scratchboard drawings from Greenfield Artist Karen Gaudette. Hands-on art making- visitors are invited to learn the art of scratchboard drawing.

McCusker’s Market, 3 State St
'Iris', a messenger in Greek Mythology - an exhibition of paintings - includes articles relating to current concerns, including possible solutions.  Intention: to encourage viewers to ask:  "Am I framing my conclusions based on objective findings?"

Salmon Falls Gallery, 1 Ashfield Street
"The joy of balancing on minimal ground thrills me," says Ashfield painter Q Li Holmes on her website. In this exhibit, Q explores the theme of “Bird & Circles,” pairing down the idea to its simplest Zen forms.  Join the artist for her talk titled “Hamburger vs. Dumpling” at 4pm sharp. Her reception continues until 6:30pm with the music of Philipe & Peter, songs from the Great American Songbook.

Lamson Factory Outlet, 45 Conway Street
Maker of fine cutlery and kitchen tools. Handcrafted in America since 1837. September 24th only-show this ad and receive 10% off entire purchase

Shelburne Falls Booksellers, 1 Deerfield Avenue
Shelburne Falls Booksellers carries fine used and antiquarian books, including: literature, Americana, local histories, natural history and field guides, maritime, poetry, & art.  We also have a number of craft and cookbooks, as well as framed prints, art, and maps.  Stop by and browse, or just say “Hello”!

And this event after the Art Walk, 6-8 pm:
The Art Garden, 14 Depot Street
Come to The Art Garden to share your thoughts through art & conversation, after the ArtWalk, 6pm-8pm. Write, draw, and collage on a temporary interactive mural. No prior art experience necessary. Light refreshments will be served.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

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Sun, Oct 9th, 2016

According to tradition, long ago the men of Hawley, Massachusetts, competed to see who could bake the best pie. Several gentlemen in town have asked for a revival of this procedure, and so the Sons & Daughters of Hawley (the town’s historical society) plan to re-introduce The Hawley Gentlemen's Pie and Tart Extravaganza.

The day will start with the arrival of the pies (due by 11 a.m., please!) at the Hawley Grove, across the road from the Meeting House. A delicious lunch hand prepared by Hawley's finest cooks will follow at 12:30 at the Grove. At about 1:30 (or whenever everyone has finished lunch), we will repair to the Meeting House for the Pie Parade, a brief musical entertainment, and the announcement of the winners!

The Extravaganza is a fundraiser for the Sons & Daughters’ efforts to restore the Meeting House, a former church, as a community center.

Of course, men and boys outside Hawley are welcome to compete as well. Admission is free. A $15 entry fee is required to enter the contest, and a donation for lunch is requested as well. Lovely scenery, entertainment, a chance to donate to a great cause, and pie to eat: who could ask for anything more?

For more information, visit the event website.