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Shelburne Falls was featured on ABC 5's Chronicle as their "Mystery Town". Watch this great video for lots of hints of what mystery town they are profiling. Yes, you know the answer but watch it anyway.

Then watch this video which reveals the answer.

"The Reveal"

CLOSE your eyes and think of a great American road. Whatever ribbon of highway is unfurling across your mental windshield, it’s probably not in Massachusetts. But the state that gave America Jack Kerouac also built the Mohawk Trail, a Berkshire Mountains-straddling, automotive-age incarnation of an ancient Native American footpath between the Hudson and Connecticut River valleys.

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UP in the highlands of western Massachusetts, a Brigadoon lies squirreled away in the dense forest.

The Deerfield River bisects Shelburne Falls, along the scenic Mohawk Trail. Indians fished for salmon at the falls on the Deerfield River here in the 17th century; Europeans settled here in the 18th century. After the Mohawk Trail, designated a scenic road, opened early in the 20th century, touring families began to discover the attractions of this town, named for William Petty, Earl of Shelburne. And now, 100 years later, explorers have arrived from out West.

In the last year, Hollywood has made Shelburne Falls the cinematic canvas for two movies. Overnight, with a little window dressing, this village can mutate into other places or eras. Any morning, townsfolk could wake up in a Colonial village, the Wild West or even Indiana.

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Moonlight Magic
Fri, Nov 27th, 2015

Moonlight Magic 2015On Friday, November 27th, starting at 4:00 PM, the annual Moonlight Magic in Shelburne Falls will be kicking off the holiday season! Join us for the lighting of the Village, where stores, galleries and restaurants will stay open late for special holiday promotions. Vendors will be offering a rich assortment of items, including baked goods, crafts, delicious food, hot drinks and entertainment!

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On Friday, November 27, 2015, Moonlight Magic will once again kick off the holiday season. The event begins at 4:00pm and continues until 9:00pm in Shelburne Falls, hosted by the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association. The popular annual “festival of lights” features an eclectic variety of stores, galleries, and restaurants offering special holiday promotions, in-store treats, and holiday cheer. Vendors from across the valley contribute a rich assortment of items, including baked goods, maple products hand-crafted in the region, arts and crafts, delicious food, and hot drinks. The Iron Bridge will be closed to car traffic so shoppers can stroll back and forth enjoying events and open shops on both sides of the river.

At 5:15pm, shortly after the town officially lights up, the Parade of Lights will begin in Buckland across from Lamson & Goodnow, featuring Santa, the Grinch and Max, Clifford, the Snow Princess and stilt-dancing by Maya Apfelbaum of Serendipity Stilt Dancers. The parade marches down Conway Street, through the Village of Buckland and then crosses the Iron Bridge into Shelburne. From there, Zumba dancers will perform on the bridge, while Santa and Mrs. Claus continue on to Santa’s Workshop at the Shelburne-Buckland Senior Center on Main Street. Pony rides and wandering musicians will enliven the streets; luminaries—courtesy of Mole Hollow Candle Co. and Mohawk Trail High School students—will provide light and warmth along the Deerfield Avenue and along the Iron Bridge.

Other highlights include:

  • Greenfield Savings Bank will host Ageless Waves of Rhythm Drummers and the Rich Blessings Hand Bell Choir, as well as the popular photo booth.
  • At Memorial Hall Theater, children and their families can watch cartoons on the big screen from 5:30-8:00 pm courtesy of the Memorial Hall Association.
  • Molly Cantor Pottery will host a "Paint your own Ceramic Ornament" party.
  • Ponte Restaurant will cook soup to keep everyone warm.
  • The Village Restaurant will offer hot cocoa.
  • Mocha Maya’s hosts performances by a women’s singer-songwriter collective.
  • On Deerfield Avenue, visit MORMOR for an exciting collection of holiday ornaments and vintage wear, and Young & Constantin/Brick & Mortar, offering hot wings and warm beverages.
  • The Shelburne Falls Booksellers will open their doors, offering warmth and friendly conversation.
  • At McCusker's, enjoy the Pothole Pop Up Shop, featuring local artisans and their wares, mulled wine samples, special sales, and holiday treats, all evening long!
  • Also visit Stillwater Porcelain, Nancy Dole Books and Ephemera, and ask about Nancy's new book about Shelburne Falls.
  • Salmon Falls Gallery presents Serenata Mandolin Trio, playing music from the "Golden Age of Mandolin" (around 1900). Lilin Tseng helps you make a paper ornament for $3, all proceeds going to benefit The Art Garden.
  • Take a ride on the brightly lit and beautifully restored trolley after dark between Salmon Falls Gallery and the Trolley Museum and The Art Garden.
  • The Blue Rock restaurant, opening soon in its new space below Salmon Falls Gallery, will offer Queen Olive Meatballs.
  • The Shelburne Falls Women’s Club will hold their annual cookie shop at the Visitor’s Center.
  • The Arms Library will host a book sale.
  • Vendors include a variety of non-profit organizations selling holiday wares plus glass artisans, maple syrup producers, handmade knitted warmers, and many more.

Thanks to the Academy at Charlemont, a shuttle service will be provided with stops at Eddie’s Wheels, Casey’s Grinders, Salmon Falls Gallery/Blue Rock Restaurant, Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School, Arms Academy, and Greenfield Savings Bank. The shuttle will run from 4:00pm-9:00pm.

​Thank you to our generous sponsors for making this event possible: Greenfield Savings Bank, Greenfield Cooperative Bank, People’s United Bank, TransCanada, The Academy at Charlemont, Shelburne Falls West County Independent, and Mole Hollow Candle.

Thanks also to all who responded to the call for help in lighting the village: Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont Realtors, Mo’s Fudge Factor, Vavstuga, Eddie’s Wheels, Franklin County Co-op, Molly Cantor Pottery, West End Pub, The Mill, Raymond and Carmela Lanza-Weil, Pilotwear & Diecast Airplane, Greenfield Cooperative Bank, Rethreads, Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley, and Whit Sanford.

Call 413-625-2526 for more information.

Shelburne Falls was named “one of the prettiest small towns in New England” and is home to a variety of artisan shops, galleries, restaurants, the historic Bridge of Flowers and the Glacial Potholes of the Deerfield River. Shelburne Falls is only two hours from Boston and 45 minutes from Springfield on Route 2 heading west to the Berkshires.

38th Annual Bridge of Flowers Road Race
Sat, Aug 13th, 2016

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8:15 AM Steve Lewis Subaru 3k Charity Run Walk
9:00 AM 10K Classic

10K Course Description: The first 2 mile loop is mostly shaded & flat that starts in the center of the village on the iron bridge next to the Bridge of Flowers. On the second loop the first 1/2 mile is pretty steep, but shaded uphill, it starts as a pavement surface turning to a dirt country lane. This is followed by 70% shaded flats and downhills on pavement to the finish line on Bridge Street. It's a great spectator course!


Past Events

November 28, 2014
04:00PM -
Moonlight Magic
June 06, 2015
10:00AM - 04:00PM
RiverFest 2015
July 18, 2015
04:00PM - 08:00PM
Art Walk
August 08, 2015
08:15AM -
37th Annual Bridge of Flowers Road Race
August 08, 2015
01:00PM - 07:00PM
Shelburne Falls Music Fest
August 16, 2015
05:30PM -
Iron Bridge Dinner
September 12, 2015
04:00PM - 08:00PM
Autumn Art Walk
November 07, 2015
04:00PM - 08:00PM
Art Walk

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