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Saturday, June 18, 2016
 Contact Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association 413-625-2526

BELLAGAIA Egypt FireVeilSun KansasRiverWalk: Saturday, June 18

Rain or shine, plan to "go with the flow" of RiverWalk, a day-long celebration of art, the beautiful Deerfield River and our Beautiful Earth.

Overview of the Day

9 am - The day kicks off with the Friends of the Arms Library Riverwalk Book Sale (9am-4pm) and a Tag Sale at the Village Information Center (9am-2 pm).
10 am - Shops open
2-6 pm - ArtWalk featuring artist signings, receptions, and openings.*
2-6 pm - Music ongoing*
2-6 pm - What do you love about the Deerfield River? Art Installation on the Iron Bridge
4 pm - River Song & Dance: Meet at Malley Park for a festive river song and dance.
8 pm - Bella Gaia will perform in concert at Memorial Hall. Purchase tickets at Mocha Maya's or click here.

*see specifics below


Family Activities

1 pm - Decorate the sidewalks with chalk: Chalk buckets will be set up all over the village so let your imagination flow!

1-3:30 pm - Mask Decorating: Decorate your own mask, fish, flower, or drum at Greenfield Savings Bank from 1-3:30pm.

4 pm- River Song & Dance: Stroll to Malley Park with the masterpiece you created for a river song and dance.

2 pm & 3 pm - River Felting: Ever hear of River Felting? Outside on the front porch of Salmon Falls Gallery, Liz Canali will help you make a small flat felted piece with wool roving and water! River themes encouraged. Introductions to the project at 2pm and at 3pm. $5 fee for materials.

2:30 pm -Storytelling: Storyteller David Arfa will share Real Tall River Tales starting promptly at 2:30 pm and ending at 2:50 pm at Salmon Falls Gallery. Did you know that Tall Paul Bunyan spent time right here by the Deerfield River?  Well he did.  Come and hear all about the showdown of Tall Paul vs. the real loud and mighty Deerfield River. Maggid David Arfa will share stories for all ages inside the gallery. Free for all listeners!

4:30 pm -Storytelling: Medicine Mammals will tell a Native American story next to the Iron Bridge on the Shelburne side.

2-6 pm - Learn to Fly Fish: Trout Unlimited will offer free fly-fishing lessons off Deerfield Avenue, down the driveway on the right.

2-6 pm - Medicine Mammals: Check out unique and interesting animals at the Medicine Mammals booth, next to the Iron Bridge on the Shelburne side.

2-6 pm - Handmade Paper Making: Khandroling Paper Cooperative will provide handmade paper demonstrations. Make your own paper to take home with you!

2-6 pm Zoar Raft Rides: Hop on a raft for a free ride on the Deerfield River from Zoar Outdoor! Off Deerfield Avenue, down the driveway on the right.

2-6 pm - What do you love about the Deerfield River?: View a special art installation of 400 color-coded ribbons across the Iron Bridge. Each ribbon will have the common and Latin names of the flora and fauna found in the Deerfield River Watershed. Color-coding reveals the biodiversity and health of each. Add your passion for the River to this installation by making your own ribbon with your answer to why you love the Deerfield River! (next to the Iron Bridge on the Shelburne side) 

2-6 pm - Bugs!: Check out some neat bugs at the Deerfield River Watershed Association's table in front of Keystone Market.

All day - Music: Read our music schedule and information about the Bella Gaia concert below.

Art Walk 2-6 pm

Salmon Falls Gallery celebrates the Deerfield River with 2 exhibits: Along the River pastels by Rebecca Clark, and On the River photographs by Sarah Holbrook.

Boswell's Books offers new and used books, games, puzzles, toys and locally made crafts. Stop by and greet international feline celebrity, Boswell the cat

Shelburne Arts Coop: "The Nature of Things", Mixed media works from wall art to fiber art by Nancy Baker. Reception with the artist 2 to 6 pm. 

Ann Brauer Quilt Studio: "Landscapes of the Imagination", new quilts that explore the views from my studio and the open spaces of the prairie where I grew up.

McCusker's Co-op Market: Black and white documentary photographs by Mark Fraser on display through July 15. The photos were taken over several decades, in several countries. Stop in for sampling by producers of local products too.

Nancy L. Dole Books & Ephemera has been in business for over 20 years. The bookshop's collection includes woodworking, nautical, architecture, art, photography,  poetry, fiction and cooking.   Areas of special interest offer material relating to regional history, railroading, agriculture and old technical. Old postcards, photographs and maps are for sale.

Molly Cantor Pottery will feature "From the River", prints and drawings from the Deerfield by Grant Figura. While you're there, get a henna tattoo by Kelly Flaherty, a henna artist, for a small fee.


bella gaia shelburne 3Music Schedule

2-3pm - The Eclectic - Jazz & Blues at McCusker's
3-4pm - Medicine Mammals performs Native American songs on Bridge St
4pm - Sing & Dance at Malley Park "What a wonderful world"
5-6pm - Jazz Co-op at McCusker's

8 PM - Bella Gaia Concert

The day finishes with a concert at Memorial Hall featuring Bella Gaia. This family friendly, highly visual performance delights young and old with original music and vibrant scenes from space looking down on our Bella Gaia - beautiful earth. The Bella Gaia concert is a ticketed event, $15 student, $30 adult; other RiverWalk activities are free of charge (though donations are always welcome!). Purchase tickets at Mocha Maya's or click here.

Vendors at RiverWalk

Medicine Mammals, M&G Kettle Korn, Margaret Olin Healing Therapies, Khandroling Paper Cooperative, Community Health Center of Franklin County, Kailash Kitchen, Sue Reed Nature Photographs, Rhonda Wainshilbaum Pottery, Solarize MA Shelburne-Colrain-Conway

Click here to download a vendor application.

Go to these restaurants for dinner after the Artwalk and before Bella Gaia:

Buckland Pizza House, Casey's, Foxtown Diner (closes at 6pm), McCusker's Market, Hearty Eats, Keystone Market (closes at 7pm), West End Pub

Brought to you by the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association, Mocha Maya's, the Village of Shelburne Falls and the following sponsors:


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RiverWalk is supported in part by a grant from the Local Cultural Councils of Buckland, Shelburne, Colrain, and Charlemont/Hawley, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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