Cultural District

Pottery class with Molly CantorPottery class with Molly CantorIn 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.

Ariadne's Dream by Jane Wegscheider"Ariadne's Dream" by local artist Jane WegscheiderShelburne 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:

AshfieldBuckland Charlemont Colrain Conway Hawley Heath Plainfield Rowe Shelburne

Cultural District Events

Moonlight Magic
Friday, November 24th, 2017, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Village of Shelburne Falls

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On Friday, November 24, 2017, Moonlight Magic in Shelburne Falls will once again kick off the holiday season. The event, coordinated by the Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association, begins at 4:00 pm and continues until 9:00 pm. The popular annual “festival of lights” features thousands of luminarias - courtesy of Yankee Candle and Mohawk Trail High School students – lighting up the village filled with 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 vehicular traffic creating a pedestrian mall so shoppers can stroll back and forth across the Deerfield River enjoying events and 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 Factory Outlet Store, featuring Santa, the Grinch and Max, Clifford, and the Snow Princess. The Parade marches down Conway Street, through the Village of Buckland and then crosses the Iron Bridge into Shelburne. Santa and Mrs. Claus continue to Santa’s Workshop at the Shelburne-Buckland Senior Center on Main Street.

Mark your calendars now to remember to attend this festive, free event!

Calling All Vendors!

Would you like to be a vendor at Moonlight Magic? Please download the Vendor Form and return to GSFABA with payment no later than Friday, November 10, 2017. Checks payable to Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association. Forms can be mailed to P.O. Box 42, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370 or emailed to info@shelburnefalls.com

Thank you to our sponsors!

Greenfield Savings BankGreenfield Cooperative BankYankee CandleMollyCantorLOGO1 shelburne arts coop

Add your business to the list of sponsors!
Contact Carmela at 413-625-2526 or email carmela@shelburnefalls.com for more information on how to get involved in supporting this wonderful community event.