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On Saturday, November 1st from 4-8pm, shoes will lead you on an Art Walk in Shelburne Falls in conjunction with the 2014 Cider Days. Stroll across the Deerfield River and through dozens of shops, galleries and restaurants for an evening of new exhibits, reception with artists, studio demonstrations, interactive art and delicious treats most of which will be apple themed. Gaze out over Salmon Falls and the glacial potholes, walk the Bridge of Flowers, ride a historic trolley under the stars and this jewel of an artisans village and experience cider from all over the US. The Art Walk is free to the public and there will be plenty to do and see. If you haven’t visited Shelburne Falls yet this year, the Art Walk is the time to go!

At Molly Cantor’s Pottery, stop in and see the exhibit, In Tandem which showcases both the individual and collaborative works of Justine and Grant Figura, a local potter and printmaker respectively. Stop by the Shelburne Arts Cooperative where they are having a "Two Part Harmony" show featuring paintings by Sandy Denis and Louise Minks and enjoy some fantastic live crabgrass music. Visit Mor Mor and meet artist Sally Tiske Rice who will be talking about her watercolor paintings and showcasing her new original work and of course they will be celebrating Cider Days with donuts and hot cider! You can browse through the selection of books at the Shelburne Falls Booksellers or stop in to Boswells Books to say hi to the Boswell the cat and browse their store. If you want to listen to some great music visit Mocha Maya’s who will be hosting Prestor John, a unique blend of acoustic folk, jazz, classical, rock, humor, and the avant-garde and the artwork of Jane Beatrice Wegscheider titled: The Spaces Between, an exhibit of new mixed-media work. If jewelry is of interest find your way to Wandering Moon which showcases the work of over 30 American and Canadian craftsmen and is best known for it's uncommon handcrafted jewelry Visit the Buckland side where JH Sherburne Fine Art Gallery and Serious Whimzy Gallery will be Celebrating Cider Days with The Artful Apple---- apple portraits of our own local varieties. Paintings by Beverly Duncan and JoAnne Sherburne they also offers items to surely lift the spirit in Garden and Home. Right next door is Stillwater Porcelain offering distinctive wall tile and dinnerware pieces and spectacular gifts of nature, featuring stunning branches and New England flora. While walking around grab a bite to eat at McCusker’s Market and check out paintings by Paula Gottlieb. Enjoy donuts and Clarkdale Orchards cider and fruit with cheese and crackers at Salmon Falls Artisan Showroom, and browse their fantastic selection of local artisans work and enjoy a live music! Head up to the Art Garden to experience the exhibition and sale of art made from up-cycled and re-purposed materials.

There is something for everyone at this Art Walk especially if you love Cider! Come experience what makes Shelburne Falls so unique and so incredible. Shelburne Falls is worth a trip from anywhere in New England. Shelburne Falls was itself named “one of the prettiest small towns in New England” and is full of artisan shops, galleries, restaurants and attractions such as the historic Bridge of Flowers and the Glacial Potholes of the Deerfield River.

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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July 19, 2014

Downtown Shelburne Falls
Follow the “decorated shoes” throughout the Village. Mingle with local artists, view demonstrations, enjoy live music, participate in community art projects, and ride Trolley No.10. Recently, the Village of Shelburne Falls was designated a Cultural District by Massachusetts Cultural Council. Come and see why!

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Iron Bridge 6:00 PM (Seating at 5:30 PM)

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. Diners have a wonderful view of the world famous Bridge of Flowers.
Iron Bridge Dinner tickets will be on sale after 5:30 PM on July 17th in the Visitor Information Center in Shelburne Falls. Or you can call on July 18th to order your tickets. Please call the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association at (413) 625-2526, they are accepting MasterCard or Visa. Eight tickets per person, please.
Watch a delightful video about last year's Iron Bridge Dinner from Kbestproductions.

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All photos not credited are courtesy of the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association.