Random Acts of Kindness on Friday with Hilltown Families at The Art Garden

Flowers for Friends: Family Workshop
with Hilltown Families at The Art Garden
Friday, April 11th, 2014 from 4-7pm

Share a small act of kindness to another! Decorate pots and plant posies to pass along to others in your community with Hilltown Families at The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls on Friday, April 11th from 4-7pm (FREE).

In the spirit of spreading kindness to others, Hilltown Families presents a free family workshop, Flowers for Friends, at The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls on Friday, April 11th, 2014, from 4-7pm.  Families are invite to join neighbors & friends in a free community art event, painting terracotta flower pots to plant with pansies and pass along to another in their community.

Participating families are encouraged to give their posy to an elder in their neighborhood, or their librarian, classroom teacher, receptionist at the hospital or animal shelter, or other community space of their choice.  — Pay it forward with a small act of kindness!

This is the second year in a row we are coordinating this event. See photos from last year here and check out this video that features last year’s event: Read the rest of this entry »

Flowers for Friends: Free Friday Family Workshop with Hilltown Families

Flowers for Friends: Family Workshop
with Hilltown Families at The Art Garden
Friday, April 11th, 2014 from 4-7pm

Share a small act of kindness to another! Decorate pots and plant posies to pass along to others in your community with Hilltown Families at The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls on Friday, April 11th from 4-7pm (FREE).

In the spirit of spreading kindness to others, Hilltown Families presents a free family workshop, Flowers for Friends, at The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls on Friday, April 11th, 2014, from 4-7pm.  Families are invite to join neighbors & friends in a free community art event, painting terracotta flower pots to plant with pansies and pass along to another in their community.

Participating families are encouraged to give their posy to an elder in their neighborhood, or their librarian, classroom teacher, receptionist at the hospital or animal shelter, or other community space of their choice.  — Pay it forward with a small act of kindness!

This is the second year in a row we are coordinating this event. See photos from last year here and check out this video that features last year’s event:

Flowers for Friends is the fourth in a series of five Free Friday Family Community Service Nights that Hilltown Families and The Art Garden are offering, thanks to a grant from the Xeric Foundation. All materials included. Space is limited for this free event and pre-registration encouraged.

Click here to sign up…

Random Acts of Kindness with Handmade Valentines!

Handmade Valentine Workshop for Families on Friday, Feb. 7th from 4-7pm The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls

Make Your Own Handmade Valentines with Hilltown Families at The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls during a free family workshop: Friday, February 7th, from 4-7pm.

Handmade valentines are wonderful expressions of thoughtfulness that can be shared with neighbors and friends, or with people you might not know. Join us to make many! Think about making a valentine for your librarian, postal worker, or teacher. Make several and deliver them to a nearby homeless shelter, nursing home, or an elderly neighbor in your community. Send them in the mail to long lost friends or relatives you have never met!

Handmade valentines are lovely tokens of kindness to share with others!  Join us to make a batch of your own! Drop in anytime. All materials included, but feel free to bring any materials you’d like to incorporate into your handmade valentines. Space is limited for this free event and pre-registration encouraged. Click here to sign up!

Handmade Valentines Workshop: Spreading Random Acts of Kindness with Hilltown Families & The Art Garden

Handmade Valentine Workshop for Families on Friday, Feb. 7th from 4-7pm The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls

Make Your Own Handmade Valentines with Hilltown Families at The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls during a free family workshop: Friday, February 7th, from 4-7pm.

Handmade valentines are wonderful expressions of thoughtfulness that can be shared with neighbors and friends, or with people you might not know. Join us to make many! Think about making a valentine for your librarian, postal worker, or teacher. Make several and deliver them to a nearby homeless shelter, nursing home, or an elderly neighbor in your community. Send them in the mail to long lost friends or relatives you have never met!

Handmade valentines are lovely tokens of kindness to share with others!  Join us to make a batch of your own! Drop in anytime. All materials included, but feel free to bring any materials you’d like to incorporate into your handmade valentines. Space is limited for this free event and pre-registration encouraged. Click here to sign up!

Mother’s Day Mementos: Free Friday Family Event with Hilltown Families

Mother’s Day Mementos: Free Family Friday Night Event with Hilltown Families at The Art Garden
Friday, May 10th from 4-7pm

Join us on Friday, May 10th at the Art Garden in Shelburne Falls for a free, intergenerational community building art event that celebrates Mother’s and creativity!

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Hilltown Families presents a free family Friday night event, Mother’s Day Mementos, at The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls on Friday, May 10th from 4-7pm.

Come make handmade cards and gifts to give to the mothers in your life. Bring the kids and join your neighbors in a free community art event, making handmade tokens of appreciation for your spouse, mother, grandmother, or other mothers in your life. Let them know they are appreciated while getting creative with your kids!  And if you’d like, bring along a photocopied image of mothers you’d like to honor to include in your memento too!

This is the third of a series of three Free Friday Family Nights that Hilltown Families and The Art Garden are offering.  All materials included and everyone is invited to join in this community building event that honors the mother in your life.

The Art Garden is located at 14 Depot Street, Suite 2 in Shelburne Falls, MA (in the same building as the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum.).   SEE MAP.  Questions?  Email Sienna at swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org.

Flowers for Friends: Free Friday Family Workshop with Hilltown Families

Flowers for Friends: Family Workshop
with Hilltown Families at The Art Garden
Friday, April 5th from 4-7pm

Share a small act of kindness to another! Decorate pots and plant posies to pass along to others in your community with Hilltown Families at The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls on Friday, April 4th from 4-7pm (FREE).

In the spirit of spreading kindness to others, Hilltown Families presents a free family workshop, Flowers for Friends, at The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls on Friday, April 5th from 4-7pm.  Families are invite to join neighbors & friends in a free community art event, painting terracotta flower pots to plant with pansies and pass along to another in their community.

Participating families are encouraged to give their posy to an elder in their neighborhood, or their librarian, classroom teacher, receptionist at the hospital or animal shelter, or other community space of their choice.  — Pay it forward with a small act of kindness!

This is the second of a series of three Free Friday Family Nights that Hilltown Families and The Art Garden are offering this winter/spring.  All materials included.  Space is limited for this free event and pre-registration required.

Sign up. WE’RE FULL!

Registration for Flowers for Friends has been closed as our maximum allowance of participants has been filled.  If you would like to be put on our waiting list to be contacted if a family cancels, please submit your information below:

The Art Garden is located at 14 Depot Street, Suite 2 in Shelburne Falls, MA (in the same building as the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum.).   SEE MAP.  Questions?  Email Sienna at swildfield@hilltownfamilies.org.

Handmade Valentines: Free Family Workshop

This free workshop is full and pre-registration is now closed… however, there’s still time to sign up for our Valentine Swap! Click on the banner to sign up by Jan 31, 2013:

Handmade Valentine Workshop for Families
Friday, Jan. 25th from 4-7pm
The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls

Is your family participating in the Hilltown Families 5th Annual Community Handmade Valentine Swap? Come create together in The Art Garden’s community supported art-making space. Find inspiration from other along with great direction from visual artist/teacher Jane Beatrice Wegscheider!

Make Your Own Handmade Valentines with Hilltown Families at The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls during a free family workshop: Friday, January 25th, from 4-7pm.  Families can create their own unique valentines using simple book-making techniques or countless other ideas with materials provided by The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls.  Drop in anytime.  Pre-registration required (Sign up below.).

This is the first of a series of three Free Friday Family Nights Hilltown Families and The Art Garden will be offering this winter.  All materials included, but feel free to bring any materials you’d like to incorporate into your handmade valentines, such as photocopies of personally relevant images if you’d like (photos of loved ones, poems you love, pictures of places and things your Valentine cares about, etc.).

PRE-REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED. EVENT IS FULL: This free workshop is full and pre-registration is now closed… however, there’s still time to sign up for our Valentine Swap! Click on the banner to sign up by Jan 31, 2013:

The Art Garden is located at 14 Depot Street, Suite 2 in Shelburne Falls, MA (in the same building as the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum.).   SEE MAP.
Art Garden Valentine's (submitted)

Annual Holiday Stroll in Shelburne Falls the Day After Thanksgiving

Moonlight Magic Kicks off the Holiday Season in the Village of Shelburne Falls
Friday, November 23rd, 2012

This annual holiday event begins with the “Lighting of the Village” at approximately 4pm.  At 5:15pm, the annual Parade of Lights will cross over the Iron Bridge spanning across the Deerfield River from Buckland to Shelburne. Mole Hollow Candle Co. will again be providing 1,200 luminary candles which will line both sides of the streets throughout the village as Santa, the Grinch, the Snow Princess and many more make their way through town. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Moonlight Magic is a community tradition held annually on the Friday after Thanksgiving coinciding with the annual “Holiday Lighting of the Village” in Shelburne Falls, MA. Many special features add to the traditional festive evening of family fun and holiday spirit in this classic New England village on the Mohawk Trail. The streets are filled with luminary candles, caroling, sidewalk sales, art events and craft demonstrations; Vendor tables are set along the sidewalks with local non-profit group’s holiday wreaths, baked goods and crafts; Live music and roving performers will be present on both sides of the river throughout the evening.; and Stores, galleries and restaurants stay open late for special holiday promotions.

The streets and local venues will be filled with music too. Many local vocal and instrumental groups will perform at designated sites and along the streets, including Uncle Hal’s Crabgrass Band, Last Night’s Fun Celtic Band, and the Expandable Brass Band. If your in need to warm up, stop in anytime at Memorial Hall Theater where children and their families can watch cartoons (traditionally Looney Tunes) on the big screen from 5:30-8pm, and families can stop into Santa’s Workshop at the Shelburne-Buckland Senior Center.

The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum will be open too. This will be a rare opportunity to ride the brightly lit and beautifully restored Trolley No. 10 after dark. While you wait for the Trolley, warm up by the potbelly stove and enjoy a cup of warm cider in the museum’s classic restored wooden caboose.  Take the Trolley to the Museum’s visitor center for interesting historic period displays of life in the area one hundred years ago. The kids will love the operating displays of toy trains.

Thanks to the Academy at Charlemont, a shuttle service will be provided with stops at Eddie’s Wheels, Christopher’s Grinders, the Trolley Museum, Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School, and Arms Academy from 4-8pm. The Iron Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic so that folks can stroll back and forth enjoying events and open shops on both sides of the river.

RiverFest: What Makes the Deerfield River Amazing?

RiverFest in Shelburne Falls
Saturday, June 9th, 2012

Youngsters, and the young at heart, are invited to dress up as fish, frogs or any other favorite river creatures or simply have their faces painted—and then join performance artist Maya Apfelbaum and friends in the traditional “Frog & Flower Parade,” which steps off at 1 p.m. on the Buckland side of the river, joyously “flows” across the Iron Bridge and up Bridge Street to a lively finale. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Celebrate the Deerfield River and its role within the community at Shelburne Falls’ annual Riverfest!  The event takes place this Saturday, June 9th, from 10am-4pm and includes performances, activities, and adventures (plus a parade!) for families throughout the day.  This year’s celebration, “The Amazing River,” will focus on the specific things that make the Deerfield River particularly amazing – including its history, resources it provides, etc.

Beloved local musician Sarah Pirtle will give a morning concert on the deck by the potholes right by the river (where Mole Hollow Candle Shop was once located) from 10-10:30am with music to celebrate the river, and many special events will take place throughout the day, with opportunities for both fun and learning.

Visitors can create their own costumes and/or masks and participate in the community parade, which begins at 1pm on the Buckland side of the river.  The parade’s theme is frogs and flowers – participants can design their own creative wearable expressions of the theme.  Create an outfit that represents a species of frog that lives near the river, or design a wildflower mask!

Memorial Hall will host two family-friendly shows: the “Watershed Waltz” puppet show at 11am; and Piti Theater Company’s “To Bee or Not to Bee,” at 2pm.

Other activities include a documentary screening from Pothole Pictures, a chance to explore the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum and learn about local transportation history, fly tying workshops where kids can learn about the best flies to use on the Deerfield, art shows at local galleries, and more.  Riverfest also brings Nickel Days – a celebration of the days when ice cream cost just a nickel!  Families can buy ice cream from the Snows Ice Cream truck for a nickel, then visit the trolley museum.

Visit www.shelburnefalls.com for more schedule information.  Before attending Riverfest, learn as a family about the natural history of the Deerfield River and its significance within the community. Visit the Deerfield River Watershed Association for great resources to learn more.  Studies of the river pair well with studies of geology, ecology, and marine biology.

Community Service: Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum

Families Can Volunteer at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum

Volunteers at the museum provide rides on the trolley and other historic railroad equipment, guide interpretive tours, repair the railroad tracks and are in the process of restoring many of the historic buildings and railroad equipment in the former Boston and Main railroad yard.

Help to preserve local history and an important part of the evolution of transportation by volunteering at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum!

The museum is home to trolleys, a pump car, and information and memorabilia related to local history and the history of train and trolley transportation. Volunteers at the museum can help with many different tasks, depending on skills, interest, and age.

“There are opportunities for almost every interest in railroads and history here at the museum”, says Sam Bartlett.  The museum has an extensive collection of historic rail road equipment which is still used in operation. This includes a hundred year old “pump car” used by track repair crews which also rolls out on the weekends for visitor rides.

Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult (who is also volunteering), but can choose activities based on their abilities and interests. Older kids can train to be pump car operators (12+) or to be motor operators or conductors on trolleys.

There will be a volunteer training session on May 19th, 2012 for new volunteers! Call the museum at 413-625-9443 or visit www.sftm.org for more information.

[Photo credit: (ccl) Brian Fisk]

Nan’s Post-Hurricane Irene Report

Post-Hurricane Irene Report

So I went down to Shelburne Falls to see all the looters. Big shopping baskets full of well-made crafts being pushed up the hills, disappearing into random houses – but there weren’t any. And I thought, “BOY, these people DO NOT know ANYTHING about hurricanes!”

The only person I saw get in trouble was a guy who walked across the iron bridge when it was blocked off. The cop kind of acted like he had stolen the bridge – he was darn sarcastic in his questioning about why the man thought he was better than anyone else and could walk across the roped-off bridge, but even then the mocked pedestrian was quiet and respectful in his answers. He didn’t shoot anyone, didn’t scream or do anything that would actually get him arrested. I don’t know about this place. Before the next hurricane I’m going to have to whip you guys into hurricane shape!

And so you can now add to your list of things not to trust:

  1. Creeks
  2. Hurricane forecasters who tell you EXACTLY what is going to happen! Because THEY DON’T KNOW! Hurricanes are capricious as creeks and, when you are looking for wind, they’ll turn a creek into a bulldozer. When a cataclysm is forecast for New York City, they’ll tiptoe past that and move an innocent quilt shop that never hurt anyone to the brink of a dam just for fun.

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RiverFest Returns to Shelburne Falls

RiverFest returns to Shelburne Falls

A RiverFest tradition continues as the colorful “Frog & Flower Parade,” once again coordinated and led by performance artist Maya Apfelbaum, brings together giant puppets, stilt walkers, river angels, drummers and children and adults who want to march along wearing vibrant masks they create in a free pre-parade workshop. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Saturday, June 11, rain or shine, visitors to the scenic village of Shelburne Falls, MA, will find themselves “going with the flow” of RiverFest, the Deerfield River Watershed Association’s 23rd annual celebration of a beautiful river and the countryside through which it flows.

New this year, Jim Dowd Fly Fishing pros will present a morning fly-casting demonstration followed by a clinic for anglers who want to learn fly-fishing techniques or polish their skills (bring your own rod or use one of Jim’s). There will also be an opportunity to watch a master fly-tyer create lures that fish find hard to resist. These events will take place on the Trinity Church-owned Baptist lot at the corner of Main and Water streets; no need to wear waders!

For adventurers of all ages, there will be chances to try out the latest craze in paddlesports, Stand-Up Paddling, courtesy of Zoar Outdoor, who will also offer quiet-water raft rides throughout the day.

Going with the flow, Lui Collins will delight youngsters and the young at heart with her river-inspired songs and stories, and the celebrated Piti Theatre Company will weave together music, dance and poetry into an innovative performance highlighted by the gleeful participation of audience members. And for those who enjoy a trek through friendly woods, there will be a special riverside walk led by local artist and drummer Philippe Simone.

Kids love discovering the local insect life in our rivers at the Aquatic Bug Table. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Visitors can browse an exciting variety of vendors’ booths as well as used-book and tag sales…tune in to the many fine musicians appearing on the main stage and talented troubadors throughout the village…enjoy original poetry written and spoken aloud in homage to the river and the surrounding countryside…experience the grace and artistry of a Ballet Renversé dance performance…meet some of the magnificent birds of prey native to the region during Julie Collins’ thrilling Wing Masters program and discover the wonders of local insect life at the Aquatic Bug Table—two of many entertaining, educational displays for nature lovers.

Stroll along the famous Bridge of Flowers; take a ride on a historic Trolley; catch a double feature at Pothole Pictures; hike local trails; or simply treat yourself to something special in Shelburne Falls’ many distinctive shops and restaurants. Just go with the flow of RiverFest, and have a wonderful time!

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Discover the Village of Shelbune Falls During Art Under the Stars

Art Under the Stars Returns to Shelburne Falls
Saturday, May 7th, 2011

Follow the shoes at Shelburne Falls Art Walk, Art Under the Stars. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

This Saturday, May 7th, from 5-8 pm, Art Under the Stars shoes will lead you on an Art Walk in Shelburne Falls. Stroll across the Deerfield River and through dozens of shops, galleries and restaurants for an evening of new exhibits, receptions with artists, studio demonstrations, interactive art, and delicious treats. Gaze out over Salmon Falls and the glacial potholes, walk the Bridge of Flowers, ride a historic trolley under the stars in this jewel of an artisans village. Art Under the Stars is free to the public and there will be plenty to do and see. If you haven’t visited Shelburne Falls yet this year, Art Under the Stars is the time to go!  Read the rest of this entry »

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Lori McKenna and Lucy Wainwright at Memorial Hall

Lori McKenna with Special Guest,
Lucy Wainwright Roche
Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls, MA
Sunday, April 3rd @ 7pm

Continuing our Parents’ Night Out promotions, Hilltown Families and Signature Sounds Concerts have partnered up to offer a pair of tickets for one lucky couple to see Lori McKenna in concert at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls on Sunday, April 3rd at 7pm with special guest, Lucy Wainwright Roche.

Win a pair of tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. Deadline to enter to win: Wednesday, 3/30/11 at 7pm (EST). More details below.

ABOUT LORI MCKENNA

"There are so many ways for love to rupture, and so many ways for it to heal, and Lori McKenna has songs for most of them." - The New York Times

Lori McKenna’s first name is actually Lorraine. Now you know. She is named after the mother she lost when she was only seven, but whose impact on Lori’s life reverberates to this day. In her sixth album, Lorraine, she considers the influence of her mother, who died at roughly the same age Lori is now, as well as her own place in relationship to her husband, family and community. It is her most personal album to date.Lori’s unusual combination of professional and personal life, at least in the context of the modern music industry, is well-documented. She grew up in Massachusetts in a musical household. Her father was an excellent singer, and her mother played the piano. Two of her older brothers were songwriters, one of whom (Richard) she considers largely responsible for her career. He accompanied a reluctant Lori to open mic nights and gave her confidence that she was good enough. She began performing her songs in public at age 27, after she and her husband Gene already had three children. She and Gene continue to maintain a happy home in Stoughton, Massachusetts, adding two more children to their full lives.

The album closes with a prayer to Lorraine. Lori used to pray to her mother when she was a child: there was a strong sense that Lorraine was watching over her. “I think I made better choices in my life because I felt she was there,” Lori says. “Still Down Here” is a prayer that Lorraine and all the loved ones who leave their earthly burdens behind remember the ones still here on Earth, still in need of their love and guidance. With a daughter so empathetic to the human condition and so loyal and loving to her family and community, one guesses that Lorraine is looking down, very proud. http://www.lorimckenna.com

ABOUT LUCY WAINWRIGHT ROCHE:

"Sincere and raw at times recalling Joni Mitchell and Patti Griffin, Roche's bittersweet voice jumps out; she paints an indelible image." -NPR Song of the Day

Lucy Wainwright Roche released her first full-length album simply entitled, LUCY on October 26, 2010. LUCY is well worth the wait. Special guest singers include pals Girlyman and the Indigo Girls as well as The Roches, Loudon Wainwright and Kelly Hogan. Backed by great musicians including: Steuart Smith (The Eagles) and David Mansfield, and produced by LWR and Stewart Lerman, the album features ten new original songs and a cover of a classic Paul Simon song, plus a surprising bonus track which features This American Life’s Ira Glass.

Her tales of life as seen from the road are masterfully told, she moves in and out of stories and song, creates a unique tapestry, weaving the ordinary into the magical, and she brings us all along with her. You won’t hear a false note from this shining star, she’s heartbreaking in a good way — and funny –Lucy’s a masterful performer. She’s a straight shooter, simple and direct, with loads of charm, but watch out, her hauntingly angelic voice and wickedly perceptive songs, will get you every time. http://www.lucywainwrightroche.com

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to win a pair of tickets to see Lori McKenna in concert at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls on Sunday, April 3rd at 7pm with special guest, Lucy Wainwright Roche, is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)!  To win simply:

  1. SHARE THIS PAGE ON FACEBOOK BY SELECTING “LIKE” BELOW
  2. RECOMMEND A SONG FOR OUR COMMUNITY PLAYLIST and be sure to tell us your
  3. FULL NAME (first/last) and where you
  4. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) must include your town to be eligible.
  5. ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address)
  6. We’ll randomly draw two winners and will share the results below.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Wednesday, 3/31/11 @ 7pm (EST).

If you don’t win you should still go! Tickets available on-line at http://www.signaturesounds.com or at Turn It Up!, Boswell’s Books, Elmer’s, and World Eye Books. 665-4036

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Redbird at Memorial Hall

New Year’s Day Concert with Redbird
Opening with The David Wax Museum
Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls, MA
Saturday, January 1st @ 7:30pm

Click to see larger poster

Deadline to enter to win: 12/28/10 @ 7pm (EST). Poster design: Gayle Kabaker

Continuing our Parents’ Night Out promotions, Hilltown Families and Signature Sounds Concerts have partnered up to offer a pair of tickets for one lucky couple to a special New Year’s Day Concert with Redbird in concert at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls on Saturday, January 1st at 7:30pm with opening act, The David Wax Museum.

This is a very rare area performance by Redbird (Jeffrey Foucault, Kris Delmhorst, Peter Mulvey) will celebrate the release of their new CD, Redbird Live at The Cafe Carpe.

Win a pair of tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. Deadline to enter to win: Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 at 7pm (EST). More details below.

ABOUT REDBIRD

Redbird is both the name of the album and the loose affiliation of three acclaimed American songwriters that began to take shape during a common tour experience. In January of 2003, Kris Delmhorst, Jeffrey Foucault and Peter Mulvey did a run of shows together in England. Most afternoons they found themselves with a few free hours at a hotel, and without fail they engaged in an off-the-cuff song circle. Across the tour, they discovered musical affinity and a shared love of a fairly diverse spectrum of Americana.

It was a natural idea to do a record, but in keeping with the spontaneous nature of their original sessions, they did it in a living room, around one microphone, in three days in the hot August of 2003. The members enlisted multi-instrumentalist David “Goody” Goodrich as a fourth member, and tackled a mixed bag of traditional tunes, old jazz standards, rock & roll and country songs, as well as a number of songs by cohorts and contemporaries (Jabe Beyer, Mark Sandman, Ry Cavanaugh, Paul Cebar). Kris and Peter also swapped covers, backed Jeffrey on one of his originals, and they all lent their instrumental skills to a Goodrich composition. What emerged was a real-time, un-staged love letter to the body of American song. Their live show echoed the trio’s stripped down and spontaneous beginning and was hailed by critics: “At the end Redbird took flight, leaving the stage to applause that was as thunderous as the performance was low-key… If the rest of the performances are as well-received as this one was by the standing-room audience, the artists might as well consider making the arrangement permanent” (The Washington Post).

ABOUT THE DAVID WAX MUSEUM

The David Wax Museum, “one of Boston’s hottest new bands” (The Boston Globe), fuses exuberant Mexican roots music with homegrown country folk, creating a unique Mexo-Americana sound. With Latin rhythms, call-and-response hollering, accordion pumping and donkey jawbone rattling, they have won over audiences across the country. Having toured with The Avett Brothers and shared the stage with Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ben Kweller, The Low Anthem and Nathaniel Rateliff, they were fresh off a national tour with the Old 97’s when they arrived at the Newport Folk Festival on August 1, 2010, and made a big splash: NPR’s All Songs Consideredfeatured them as one of the highlights of Newport. In addition to selling out historic venues such as Boston’s Club Passim and touring with national acts, The David Wax Museum has been causing a ruckus in living rooms and backyards throughout the country. In these unique settings, the band’s fiery and heart-wrenching shows have created an undeniable buzz and a devoted following.

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to win a pair of tickets to a special New Year’s Day Concert with Redbird  in concert at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls on Saturday, January 1st at 7:30pm with opening act, The David Wax Museum, is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)!  To win simply:

  1. SHARE THIS PAGE ON FACEBOOK BY SELECTING “LIKE” BELOW
  2. RECOMMEND A SONG FOR OUR COMMUNITY PLAYLIST and be sure to tell us your
  3. FULL NAME (first/last) and where you
  4. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) must include your town to be eligible.
  5. ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address)
  6. We’ll randomly draw two winners and will share the results below.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 at 7pm (EST).

If you don’t win you should still go! Tickets are also available at World Eye in Greenfield, Turn It Up in Northampton, Elmers in Ashfield , Boswell’s Books in Shelburne Falls and Signaturesounds.com. 665-4036

Moonlight Magic in the Village of Shelburne Falls

Moonlight Magic in the Village of Shelburne Falls
Friday, November 26th, 2010

The annual Moonlight Magic kicks off the holiday season in the Village of Shelburne Falls on Nov. 26th, home of the historic Bridge of Flowers and the Glacial Potholes of the Deerfield River.  (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Moonlight Magic happens again this year on Friday, November 26th, from 4:30-10pm. A terrific family event, the annual Moonlight Magic in Shelburne Falls, MA will begins with the Lighting of the Village at approximately 4:30 pm. Hot drinks, food, baked goods and more will be sold on the streets and stores, galleries and restaurants will stay open late.

A town parade follows the Lighting of the Village, crossing over the Iron bridge from Buckland to Shelburne. The town will be all aglow with 1,800 luminary candles lining the street and throughout the village, provide by Mole Hollow Candle Company. Santa, the Grinch, Shriners Clowns, the Snow Princess and many others will be strolling through the village bringing a bit of holiday magic into your little ones evening.

The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum will offer rides all night in a restored trolley built in 1896 in Springfield Massachusetts, and throughout the evening local vocal and instrumental groups will fill the evening air with music. At Memorial Hall Theater, children and their families can watch cartoons on the big screen from 5:30-8pm courtesy of the Memorial Hall Association.  A cookie shop will be at the Visitor’s Center, and Santa’s Workshop will be at the Shelburne-Buckland Senior Center.

A shuttle service will be provided by the Academy at Charlemont from 4:30-8pm, and the Iron Bridge will be open to only foot traffic so families can stroll back and forth enjoying both sides of the river.

The Shelburne Falls Area Business Association sponsors Moonlight Magic and many local businesses make this annual event such a great family destination, including Greenfield Savings Bank, Berkshire Bank – Mass One Insurance, Franklin Regional Transit Authority, Greenfield Cooperative Bank, and McCusker’s Market.

A Day at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum

School’s Out

Engineer Polly Bartlett shows the boys how to operate the pump car at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum. (Photo credit: Karen Bayne)

School’s out! The last time it was this hot, my family and I had just moved to Northampton from a sleepy Connecticut suburb, there were two weeks until school started, and we knew nothing and no one. We spent every hot afternoon at Look Park, running through the much beloved sprinklers. Now that it is summer again, we are more or less unpacked and ready adventures. My boys are 11, 6 and 4. The age span can be a challenge for us. My summer goal is to find places we can frequent that satisfy us all, build bridges between the boys’ different ages and temperaments and wear them out so they will sleep heartily at night.

I decided to surprise Matt on Father’s Day with a short day trip to Shelburne Falls. The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum is home to trolley car #10. This trolley belonged to the Shelburne Falls & Colrain Railway company which closed up shop in 1928. It was saved by a farmer, used as a chicken coop and then refurbished in 1999.  It is a charming little trolley, with a shiny dark wood interior, the original frosted glass windows at the top and fresh exterior boards painted a perfect farm yellow. Our tickets were punched, the lights came on, the kids sat at attention for the short ride.

While the conductor turned the line around for our return trip, we had a bit of a history lesson from the guide.  We learned that car #10 was a combination car. It carried both cargo and passengers. One side hauled cotton, apples and vinegar from the farms to town and the other side carried passengers, usually workers or students who used the trolley to commute to high school in Colrain.  High school feels like a world away to me now, but I pictured my boys as teenagers, commuting by trolley in 1920, hopping on, eyeing the barrel full of apples in the cargo section, borrowing the fare from a friend, swimming in the Deerfield River to cool down once they reached home again.

Bridge of Flowers, built in 1908 by the Shelburne Falls & Colrain Railway company. (Photo credit: Isaac Bayne)

When #10 headed back, we found ourselves in a race with the pump car on the nearby track. Engineer Polly, along with a teenager and her grandpa were flying down the track pumping the handles, hair whipping everywhere.  My six year old assures me that we won, as trolleys cannot be beat. The boys were intent on riding the pump car, because they are the fastest ever. I thought maybe Theo was too young so Matt took Isaac and Henry first. Polly, our engineer, assumed control of our family for a short time, as she explained the purposes and rules of the pump car. Henry was to stand on the side and hold on to the bar in the center.  Isaac and Matt face forward and pumped side by side at the back. Polly pumped at the front and controlled the foot break.

On the way back, Henry was allowed to pump, as she determined he was both tall enough and old enough to follow the instructions. When I took Theo on he held on tight with two hands and kept his feet on the platform. He will have to grow a few more inches until he can pump without it bumping his chin, but he has just turned 4. Polly instructed him not to wave at daddy, as she wanted both hands on the bar. When we coasted in, Theo did not wave but gave a big smile, with a “hello there!” He was quite pleased with himself. All the kids got a “I drove the pump car” sticker.  Before we left, the boys crawled all over the yet to be restored little caboose. They climbed up to the upper seats, admired the wood burning stove & the “closet potty” in the corner. We poked around the museum for a bit, enjoying this store house of trolley treasure, with telegraph machines and electric trains running.

Glacial Potholes in Shelburne Falls, MA. (Photo credit: Isaac Bayne)

Since we were in Shelburne Falls, we crossed the famous Bridge of Flowers, which was built in 1908 by the trolley company itself. Just a few years after the trolleys stopped running, the town itself saved this bridge transforming it into a glorious garden. I expected to have a difficult time in engaging the boys in the viewing of a garden, but walking on a foot bridge over a river was entertaining for Theo. Henry was happy to direct my attention to the smell and colors of different roses and Isaac was pleased when I set the camera to macro and showed him how to photographs the flowers close up.  On the far side of the bridge, we visited the Glacial Potholes. My kids are easily impressed by geological formations (also known as rocks), and these were very impressive rocks which can be very safely view from the observation deck. The boys itched to get down and scramble in the river bed, but the glacial potholes are actual holes in the river bed left by stones swirling in the river when it swelled with the melting of the glaciers. We left with promises to find another spot for river scrambling and swimming. There are many hot days of summer ahead.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Karen Bayne

Karen grew up in Manhattan and lived in Connecticut before moving to Northampton with her husband Matt to raise their boys. Her sons Isaac, Henry and Theo are 11, 6 and 4,  leaving Karen on a search for all the “just right adventures” that will wow them and wear them out.  She works as a birth doula, childbirth and parent educator in the greater Northampton area. She writes about mothering at Needs New Batteries and about birth in our culture at Gentle Balance Birth.

RiverFest 2010: Celebrating the Deerfield River

RiverFest in Shelburne Falls
Saturday, June 12th

RiverFest is an annual celebration in the village of Shelburne Falls with children's games, educational opportunities, parade, singing, storytelling and much more. Click collage to see larger image. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

The village of Shelburne Falls will once again celebrate the Deerfield River and the surrounding countryside with RiverFest next Saturday, June 12th. RiverFest is an annual tribute to the Deerfield River, and the role it plays in people’s lives and the ecosystem of western Massachusetts. Through entertaining, educational displays and demonstrations, a unique “Frog & Flower Parade” of schoolchildren (and adults), art, crafts, tag, book and plant sales, RiverFest helps people of all ages-area residents as well as visitors-gain a greater understanding of and appreciation for a rich natural resource.

There will be musicians and vendors throughout the village, children’s games, singing and storytelling, creative workshops leading up to the colorful “Frog & Flower Parade,” and much more, including:

  • Meet many of the birds of prey that soar through local skies
  • Learn how to identify edible wild plants
  • See specially chosen movies at Pothole Pictures (the fly-fishing film Rivers of a Lost Coast on Friday night and The Deerfield: A Working River on Saturday)
  • Participate in guided tours of the Gardner Falls power plant to gain a better understanding of how our river helps generate electricity
  • Try quiet-water rafting
  • Join a guided hike on one of the watershed’s scenic trails on Sunday
  • Ride an 1896 trolley car at the Trolly Museum
  • Enjoy Shelburne Falls’ many attractions, galleries and restaurants

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT GIVEAWAY: 4 Tickets to See Chris Smither @ Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls

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Chris Smither at Memorial Hall
Shelburne Falls, MA
Friday, June 4th, 2010 @ 8pm

On June 4th, Chris Smither will be performing a Friday night fund-raising concert at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls for the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School … and we have a 4-pack of free tickets along with a signed CD to offer one lucky person! Deadline to enter to win is 05/28/10. Find out how to enter to win below.

ABOUT CHRIS SMITHER

Chris is an acclaimed singer-songwriter whose music draws deeply from the blues, modern poets & philosophers. His most recent CD is Time Stands Still (Signature Sounds). He has released 13 albums and 3 DVDs and tours clubs, concert halls, and festivals across the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia. His songs have appeared in films & TV and have been covered by Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris & Diana Krall.

ABOUT THE PIONEER VALLEY CHINESE IMMERSION CHARTER SCHOOL

PVCICS prepares K- 8th grade students for academic and personal success through rigorous study and instruction aligned with the state and federal government standards, augmented with Chinese language and culture. PVCICS’s goals are to graduate students with excellent scholarship, high proficiency in Mandarin Chinese and English, plus sensitivity to multiple cultures. PVCICS serves the Pioneer Valley region. The school is currently accepting applications for K, 1st, and 6th grade for Fall 2010 enrollment. For more information about PVCICS go to www.pvcics.org.

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to win a 4-pack of free tickets (and a signed CD) to see Chris Smither is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)!  To win simply:

  1. POST A COMMENT BELOW (one entry per family) and be sure to tell us your
  2. FULL NAME (first/last) and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) must include your town to be eligible.
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
  5. We’ll randomly draw two winners and will share the results below.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Friday, 05/28/10 @ 7pm (EST).

If you don’t win you should still go!  Tickets are $22adv/$25door, and proceeds from the concert will benefit the fundraising efforts at The Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School (PVCICS) in Hadley, MA.  Purchase tickets online or in person at Elmer’s/Ashfield, Mocha Mayas/Shelburne Falls, World Eye Bookshop /Greenfield.

Staycation Location: Shelburne Falls, MA

Local Day Trip to Shelburne Falls, MA

Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, MA

Bridge of Flowers (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

The summer vacation time is in full swing! And, with frugality more in than ever, more and more vacationers are opting to stay close to home. Within forty five minutes of Springfield, Holyoke and Northampton is the delightful town of Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.

Shelburne Falls is located in the Franklin County area of Massachusetts along the scenic Mohawk Trail. It is also home to the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum. The museum is a great operating attraction for families of all ages. Featuring restored Trolley Number 10, the original trolley which ran across the Bridge of Flowers, plus an operating pump car and steam locomotive display.

Ancient Glacier Pot Holes - Geological Wonder (Shelburne Falls, MA)

Ancient Glacier Pot Holes: Geological Wonder (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Besides the operating trolley museum, other town features include:

  • Cafes, such as McCusker’s Market Co-Op
  • Artisan Shops, including handblown glass demos at Angelic Glass
  • Restaurants
  • Historic Bridge of Flowers(photo above)
  • Famed Glacial Potholes of the Deerfield River

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Moonlight Magic in Shelburne Falls, 2008

Moonlight Magic in Shelburne Falls on November 28th, 2008

It’s exciting and magical! Moonlight Magic takes over Shelburne Falls on Friday, November 28, 2008 from 4:30 – 10:00 PM.

Moonlight Magic is a community tradition held annually on the Friday after Thanksgiving coinciding with the annual “Holiday Lighting of the Village.” Many special features add to the traditional festive evening of family fun and holiday spirit in this classic New England village on the Mohawk Trail. Stores, galleries and restaurants stay open late for special holiday promotions. The streets are filled with caroling, sidewalk sales, art events and craft demonstrations. There will be vendor tables along the sidewalks with local non-profit groups holiday wreaths, baked goods and crafts. Live music and roving performers will be present on both sides of the river throughout the evening.

 

  • The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum will be open. This will be a rare opportunity to ride the brightly lit and beautifully restored Trolley No. 10 after dark. While you wait for the Trolley, warm up by the potbelly stove and enjoy a cup of warm cider in the museums classic restored wooden caboose. Take the Trolley to the Museum’s visitor center for interesting historic period displays of life in the area one hundred years ago. The kids will love the operating displays of toy trains.
  • Mole Hollow Candle Company, a local candle company, provides 1500 luminary candles to line the village streets and sidewalks. The town lights up about 4:45 pm with the help of many volunteers. Bridge Street,
    the main thoroughfare, will become a pedestrian walkway to allow space for street performers and holiday strollers.
  • Santa will arrive about 4:45 PM on Deerfield Avenue and will be serenaded to his workshop at the Shelburne Senior Center. Children will be greeted at Santa’s Workshop for the first part of the evening.
  • Cartoons will be shown on the big screen in the Memorial Hall Theater.
  • Singing and instrumental groups will perform about town.
  • There will be family fun and children’s activities such as cookie decorating, ornament making, and candle dipping. Knights in armor will greet people at Wandering Moon. Many of the village merchants will have in-store promotions and specials. Shelburne Falls is a great place to find one-of-a-kind and hand-made gift items.
  • At the Shelburne Senior Center there will be a craft sale and the Mountain Lodge.
  • A. F. & A. M.’s will offer soups and other items from their kitchen.
  • Around the corner at the Village Information Center, Shelburne Falls Women’s Club will hold their annual Cookie Shoppe. The Friends of Arms Library will be holding their annual holiday book sale. Craft fairs will be held in the Eagles Hall and at the VFW. Many other private and non-profit groups will be offering items at sidewalk sales throughout the village.
  • The Village Information Center, open throughout the evening, will provide accessible public restrooms.

 

 

More information online at www.sftm.org or www.shelburnefalls.com


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