Head to Franklin County and leave life behind for the afternoon or weekend. Take to the rolling hills, meandering river valleys, and charming towns of western Massachusetts to unwind. Here are eight transcendent views to start you off.

Mt. Sugarloaf

South Deerfield, MA

The View

Whether you arrive at the top of Mount Sugarloaf’s south summit by driving (just a few minutes) or walking (about a half-hour) up the winding auto road, or by hiking up one of the marked trails, once the Connecticut River comes into view you’ll have no doubt that agriculture is alive and well in this valley. Lined with trees and productive farmland, and an occasional red barn and white steeple in the distance, this spectacular and quintessential rural New England view is both serene and inspiring.

Before it was called Sugarloaf (sugar was once molded into cone-shaped loafs for shipping), the indigenous Pocumtuck people called the mountain Wequamps, believing it was a giant greedy beaver killed by the god Hobomok and turned to stone. The south summit is the head, the north ridge its back. Directions and information about picnicking, trails, and parking here.

While You’re There:

Visit Historic Deerfield, an authentic 18th-century New England village. Tour beautifully restored museum houses with period architecture and furnishings, see demonstrations of colonial-era trades, and explore world-famous collection of early American crafts, ceramics, furniture, textiles and metalwork.

French King Bridge

Erving, MA

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The View:

If you are traveling on Rt 2 you are definitely going to want to pull over when you reach the French King Bridge for its beautiful form, impressive height, and breathtaking views of the Connecticut and Millers Rivers and surrounding landscape. This steel three-span cantilever arch bridge over the Connecticut River, connecting Gill to Erving, opened for travelers in 1932 and won the American Institute of Steel Construction’s Most Beautiful Steel Bridge Award. From the parking area at the end of the bridge, you can walk to the center and take in the view of the river winding through a dramatic undeveloped landscape including the Wendell and Erving State Forests. For a view of the bridge itself, follow the path down the bank.

While You’re There:

Get a hearty meal at the French King Restaurant right next to the bridge and then head out to the Erving State Forest or Wendell State Forest for hiking, XC skiing, snowmobiling, hunting, and water sports.

High Ledges

Shelburne, MA

HighLedgesPhoto: Lisa Davol

The View:

If you’re the type of hiker who is all about the view, then High Ledges is the hike for you. You can park your car at one of the clearly marked parking lots and take the 1-mile moderate trail straight to the overlook. The trail meanders through fields of wildflowers, where birds, butterflies, and other critters can be seen. Large rocks create perfect seats to gaze at the 3-directional view of the Village of Shelburne Falls, the Deerfield River Valley, and Mt. Greylock in the distance. If you can peel your eyes away, you will also see a large chimney, the remnants of Dutch and Mary Barnard’s cabin. After reaching the summit, you can continue hiking on the series of trails. The trails all loop around, so you can pick the distance you would like to do. Directions and more information here.

While You’re There:

You’ve just seen the Village of Shelburne Falls from a bird’s eye view, now see it up close. Head west on the Mohawk Trail and turn left at the Sweetheart sign to get to the village. There you can check out the amazing art galleries and shops, find a good book at any of the 3 bookstores, and eat quality fresh food at any of the restaurants or cafes. See what else is happening in the village and the surrounding hilltowns at shelburnefalls.com.

Connecticut River Waterfront and Industrial Canal

Turners Falls, MA

Turners FallsPhoto: Greg Garrison

The Views:

Across the Connecticut River from Barton Cove, Turners Falls has no shortage of great waterfront views. Unity Park is the ideal place to picnic and observe migrating birds and fall foliage as well as glorious sunsets behind the Gill- Montague Bridge. It is also a spectacular vantage for full moon and eclipse events with an unobstructed sky and shimmering moonlight frosting the water. A short walk along the scenic waterfront bike path winds you around to the canal view complete with 19th century mills, smoke stacks, and post-industrial vistas.

While You’re There:

Along the bike path you’ll find the Great Falls Discovery Center, dedicated to the natural, cultural, and industrial history of the Connecticut River watershed. The Center’s four acres of native plants, butterfly gardens, and open lawn are a peaceful retreat with especially beautiful views of Turners Falls' historic mill district. Take in some comedy, theater, dance, or music at the newly renovated, 320-seat Shea Theater, grab dinner at The Rendezvous, or plan your trip so it coincides with any number of town festivals. Information on these and many more events in Turners Falls can be found at www.turnersfallsriverculture.org


Poet's Seat Tower

Greenfield, MA

Poet SeatPhoto: Matt Gregory

The View:

Enjoy a long western vista from the beautiful 1912 sandstone structure Poet’s Seat Tower, so named for the area’s attraction to poets such as Frederick Goddard Tuckerman long before the tower was built. Reach Greenfield's topmost point by hiking or by walking up a paved road then climbing winding staircases in this peaceful location conveniently located to downtown. From Main Street, turn left onto High Street and turn right at Maple Street. At the end, bear right to the top of the hill. There is a parking area on the left and you can walk up to the Tower.

While You’re There:

Visit Greenfield’s newly minted Crossroads Cultural District downtown for eclectic shopping, eating, and entertainment. Favorite eating spots include Tex-Mex comfort food breakfast and lunch at the Brass Buckle or everyday-special locavore fare and modern cocktails for lunch and dinner at Hope & Olive. Browse John Doe, Jr. Used Records and Books for just the right music or visit one of the oldest family-run department stores in the country, Wilson’s. At night, hear all kinds of music at the Root Cellar or the Arts Block.

Bear's Den

New Salem, MA

bears denPhoto courtesy of The Trustees

The View

What tour through scenic beauty would be complete without a waterfall? This special spot, managed by The Trustees of Reservations, indulges you in waterfall splendor with a minimal trek to get there. According to The Trustees, “on its way to the Quabbin Reservoir, the Middle Branch of the Swift River cascades into an intriguing woodland pool at the bottom of a secluded gorge. Here, along a short, quarter-mile trail, you have two choices: go to the left and you can explore the enchanting waterfall; head to the right to follow the stream as it tumbles through large boulders past the site of an old mill."  Directions and info here.

They also explain that "...in 1675, the great chief Metacomet (known to European settlers as King Philip) met here with neighboring chieftains to plan attacks on Hadley, Deerfield, and Northampton. A black bear shot on the property gives the reservation its name."

While You’re There:

Visit the Quabbin Reservoir, one of the largest man-made public water supplies in the country; stop by New Salem Preserves for some hot mulled cider, just picked apples and fresh warm cider donuts on the weekend. Check out more activities here. visitnorthquabbin.com

Chapel Brook

Ashfield, MA

Pony MountainPhoto courtesy of The Trustees

The Site:

If one waterfall were not enough, here’s another coupled with panoramic views of the Highlands and foothills of the Berkshires. If you want a strenuous hike you’re in luck but there is also an easy way up. Chapel Brook is also among the impressive sites managed by The Trustees . As they describe it, “We think it’s the rugged beauty of the landscape, like much of the Highlands a blend of steep and deep forests, sensational summit views, and streams that surge and trickle with the seasons. The brook is tranquil – except when spectacular Chapel Falls are in full roar! – and rugged Pony Mountain has a kick.  Although Pony Mountain is only 1,420 feet high, the hike to the top is exhilarating. The Summit Trail rises to meet the abrupt, vertical, 100-foot rock face of Chapel Ledge (which attracts experienced rock climbers). You’ll want to be in good shape to tackle this trail. A less-daunting, half-mile trail leads around the western side of Pony Mountain to its summit." Info and directions here.

While You’re There

Get a Big Time Breakfast at Elmer’s, where half the fun is the charmingly amusing menu.

Stratton Mountain

Northfield, MA
cabinPhoto: New England National Scenic Trail

The View:

It's hard to choose which view in Northfield to take in so here's one with a secret; it's the site of the Richardson-Zlogar Cabin built by Appalachian Mountain Club volunteers. After a hike that traverses the lowlands by Great Swamp and a climb of Stratton Mountain, this tiny overnight spot on MA New England Trail land offers a three-state spectacular panorama of Mt. Ascutney, Mt. Monadnock and Mt. Watchusett and we hear the east facing cabin's wake up call is a spectacular sunrise.  For the modest donation of $3 per person per night, it can accommodate 3-4 people, more on the two tent platforms. The site includes a sleeping loft, benches, kitchen table, and porta-potty. No more than two consecutive nights is allowed. Reservations are required and may be made at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More info here.

While You’re There:

Take in Northfield's classic New England architecture or treat yourself to a wine tasting at Cameron’s Winery.  After reading about all of Northfield's attractions, you may want to extend your stay at Centennial House B & B.  Too tired for another hike? Come back for biking, boating, skiing, and hiking at Northfield Mountain.

 

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Franklin County CiderDays runs November 4 – 6, 2016

This is a re-print of our guest blog post that originally appeard on the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism blog page here.

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Hard cider, America’s beverage of choice during colonial times, has re-emerged as the fastest growing alcoholic beverage category in the United States today and Franklin County, the most rural and agricultural county in Massachusetts, has continued its unbroken tradition of apple growing and cider making in the hill towns.

Twenty-two years ago, local cider makers dedicated to keeping this old New England tradition alive, got together and created a community event, Franklin County CiderDays, that has grown to inspire cider makers from all over the country, attract visitors from around the world, and be the catalyst for the current cider renaissance in this country. The event, always held on the first weekend in November, is a community apple and cider celebration that also includes forums with commercial cider producers that has been credited with providing the impetus for the United States Association of Cider Makers. And yet, CiderDays remains true to its roots providing educational and cultural programming to anyone who wants to learn about good cider.
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CiderDays is on the food and wine festival “must list” for those interested in immersing themselves in the history, technique, and landscape that produces this quintessential staple of the New England table. This year’s event has over 50 offerings varying from tastings, orchard tours, food pairings, cooking demos, harvest dinner, workshops and even an amateur cider maker’s competition. While some are ticketed, many of the workshops and activities are free. With so much to choose from, here are some highlights of this year’s event.

Workshops

What’s your learning style? From large lectures, to hands on learning, to walking around an orchard, there is a workshop for you.

This year there is a special Friday night cider cocktails event with Darlene Hayes, author of Cider Cocktails: Another Bite of the Apple at The Arts Block in Greenfield. While drinking cider straight is one of life’s great pleasures, there is so much more you can do with this versatile nectar. Learn how to make cider cocktails (and sample them too!) at this limited ticket event.


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A perennial favorite is Cider Making 101, a hands-on beginner’s cider making workshop at Pine Hill Orchards in Colrain. Here you will get materials and the know how to be well on your way to making your first batch of cider. Many producers got their start here!

Other choices include orchard tours and talks on wild cider apples at Bear Swamp Orchard and Cidery in Ashfield as well as making barrel cider at Apex Orchards in Shelburne.

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At the Buckland Community Center in downtown Shelburne Falls you can find workshops about renovating and top working old orchards, and exploring ice cider culture and practices and more!

Tastings

While each workshop has some component of tasting as part of the program, these events are more focused.

The Cider Salon – the world’s longest-running hard cider tasting, there will be 40 producers and over 90 brands to taste from across North America and Europe. This year’s salons will have more room for sampling as they will be held on two floors of the main base lodge at Berkshire East Mountain Resort in Charlemont.  Tickets sell out each year so reserve early.

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Other offerings include an ice cider tasting, cider and cheese pairings, heritage apple variety tastings, and cider appreciation 101. A long list of notable cider celebrities will lead the discussions including Eleanor Leger of Eden Specialty Ciders, Ben Watson, author of Cider: Hard & Sweet, Eric West (of ciderguide.com) Brian Rutzen (the Northman cider bar, Chicago), Dan Pucci (manager, Wassail NYC), John Bunker, and Cammy Watts.

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We realize there are only so many hours in the weekend, but there are many more opportunities to taste hard and sweet ciders, mead, cyzer, apples and pears at various locations in Franklin County throughout the weekend including West County Cider at Wellsmont Orchards. Check the schedule for details.


Cooking Demos and Topics

It is likely that you will have picked up some fresh apples from our orchards and you might as well learn a few culinary tricks with them. Head to Clarkdale Fruit Farms in Deerfield for some apple-themed cooking demos with Sandy D’Amato, owner of Good Stock Farm and author of Good Stock: Life on a Low Simmer or with Erika Connell Cooper, of Butter & Birch. Or maybe you want to take your pie to a new level with New England Pie: History Under a Crust with author Dr. Rob Cox.

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Other Favorites

Fifth Annual CiderDays Amateur Cider Competition – open to any amateur cidermaker age 21 or older — will be held December 2016, roughly one month after CiderDays. This will allow cidermakers attending this year’s CiderDays to drop entries at the event rather than sending them via UPS. Registration for the CiderDays Amateur Cider Competition will open on Saturday, October 22, 2016 and close on Saturday, November 12, 2016.

CiderDays Locavore Harvest Supper — Held at The Warfield House in Charlemont, this locally-sourced savory fall feast features cider and apple varieties prominently.  The Warfield House is a New England family farm tradition on a breathtaking 530 acres overlooking the scenic Mohawk Trail and Deerfield River.  Book your CiderDays stay.

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New Salem Preserves and Orchards hosts its Cider and Apple Festival with child-friendly apple pressing. Farm products, along with exhibits from local artisans, will be displayed within the courtyard of the cider mill. You will also have the ever-present breathtaking view of the Quabbin Reservoir and beyond. Several workshops take place as part of the festival including making cider vinegar, basic apple tree pruning and more.

For details on days and times of all the weekend’s events, visit www.ciderdays.org. You might want to print the PDF of the schedule before you head out since many locations do not have cell service.

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Part of the fun of CiderDays, apart from the events, is the getting the opportunity to explore the beautiful Franklin County landscape. As you travel between the 21 venue locations you will find lively downtowns, breathtaking views, and why visitors describe the area as a breath of fresh air. And make sure to learn more about Franklin County!

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 Franklin County’s ultimate apple celebration – CiderDays – returns November 4-6, 2016, with three days of orchard tours, cider making workshops and tastings, an apple festival and much more.

CiderDays has grown from humble roots into an internationally recognized event that draws visitors from the US, Canada, and Europe. It features apple tastings, orchard tours, workshops on making sweet cider, cooking demonstrations, fermenting hard cider, and a new cider cocktails workshop this year and more.

Popular features of CiderDays include the world’s longest running hard cider tasting, the Cider Salon, Here, visitors come to taste ciders from local fermenters like West County Cider, Bear Swamp Orchard Cidery, and Headwater Cider, as well as from cider makers from all over the US and Canada. The Salon features over 65 ciders.

There are many free and ticketed events spanning the county all weekend. Event schedule and tickets for tastings and the CiderDays dinner are available for sale online at www.ciderday.org. Advance purchase is highly recommended, as tickets sell out.

Find out all the details at CiderDays.org

Crafts of ColrainCrafts of ColrainAnnual Open Studio Tour
November 12-13, 10am-5pm, 2016

Colrain, MA is one of the last great "undiscovered " places. Tucked beneath the VT state line and above the Deerfield River, Colrain has long been a refuge for creative people looking for a beautiful place to do their work, while appreciating and preserving the area's pastoral past.  This year, The Crafts of Colrain Self-Guided Studio Tour will take place on November 12 and 13, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

16 artisans, makers of products from fine art furniture to artisanal beer, will be opening up their doors to visitors from near and far. You'll be able to see and experience the flying sparks of iron on the forge, and admire winter accessories woven from the fibres of animals grazing right outside the studio where the yarn was spun. Colrain's beautiful pastoral landscape is the off-the-beaten-path backdrop for all this creativity.

Meet this year's artists here.

Full disclosure festivalEggtooth Productions presents The Full Disclosure Festival on June 10 and 11, 2016 from 4-9pm in downtown Greenfield, Massachusetts.

Performance art, installation art, visual art, and art not yet named will be performed and installed throughout the streets, in movement, and in downtown venues will focus on the theme of AGAINST THE CURRENT: HUMAN IMPACT UPON PLACE.

The idea is this: To connect climatologists, anthropologists, and historians with artists to find new ways to express what we know and what we don’t know about the state of our earth past, present, and future. By connecting artists with researchers we allow the Artist to translate the academic language of Science and History into a populist language of ART. This is a way to bring academic knowledge to the public in an affective way; to touch them and incite them to action, to engage them in conversation, and to encourage reflection so that scholarly data may be experienced in an embodied way.

Each Artist was paired with a researcher and they were invited to go on a Blind Date at Seymour on Bank Row in Greenfield. The intention of the conversation is for the historian or scientist to share what he/she does and studies with the artist with the aim of giving that artist material to interpret in some creative way. That interpretation, whether it be dance, installation, film, painting, video, or an unforeseen form, will be presented to the public as part of the Full Disclosure Festival.

A centerpiece of the Festival is Emma Ayres’ new production of The Water Project, a music theater piece adapted/inspired by Letting Swift River Go by Jane Yolen about the expropriation of towns to create the Quabbin Reservoir that will be performed each night on the 4th Floor of Artsblock. Her work blends the history of the disincorporation and destruction, in April 1938, of four towns with our present conflicts with power, politics, and natural resources in a unique view of man’s impact upon the environment.

Also offered will be a reading of Poetry on the MainStage of Artsblock that features poet Hildred Crill, https://womensquarterlyconversation.com/2011/09... a renowned and important poet who will be performing her new cycle of poems, Human Appropriation, live at the Full Disclosure Festival at Artsblock's main floor June 10-11, 2016 at 5pm. Lori Holmes Clark is creating and performing new choreography for six dancers, set to Human Appropriation.

Makeup design by Joe Dulude II, http://joe2design.com/

Costumes by Anna Gilbert, http://www.doubleshiftclothing.com/

Soundscape in collaboration with Golden Bird https://www.facebook.com/GoldenBirdDuo/

A SECRET HISTORY BOOTH will be offered with Lindel Hart interviewing folks who are invited to tell a story of this place, Greenfield or thereabouts. What happened here? To you? To your parents? To your grandparents? Pick a place, tell a story! Sign up for your ten minute slot here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/secret-history-booth-tickets-25105402936?aff=ebrowse

Audience members will be given a map of the location of each of our offerings with tickets checked at The Water Project, The Poetry Reading, John Bechtold’s theater offering, and Terry Jenoure’s musical performance. Tickets are $20 and are good for the whole weekend and the whole festival and are available at eggtooth.org. SPONSORED BY MASS CULTURAL COUNCIL, COHN AND COMPANY, TD BANK, ARTSBLOCK, WHITSETT AND JONES ARCHITECTS, AND COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF WESTERN MA.

Artists and their locations (subject to change):


Amy Johnquest: Greenfield Cinema Window, 361 Main St. (Betty Sharpe, historian) on going

Samantha Wood: Uncertainty Cube, 170 Main St. (David Glassberg, historian) from 4:00 pm

John Bechtold: Past is Prologue (Julie Brigham Grette, climatologist) slots available every ten minutes at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/past-is-prologue-time-slots-for-friday-june-10-2016-tickets-25357152927?aff=eac2 for Friday and https://www.eventbrite.com/e/past-is-prologue-time-slots-for-saturday-june-11-2016-tickets-25357311401?aff=ebrowse for Saturday or at the ticket booth beside Artsblock beginning at 5 pm on the nights of Festival.

Kate Hunter: First National Bank, Bank Row (Christine Hatch, climatologist) from 4 pm

Rachael Katz: Studio Seven, 229 Main St. (Elizabeth Chilton, anthropologist) ongoing

The Water Project: 4th floor Artsblock, 289 Main St. Emma Ayres, 8 pm

Poetry with Hildred Crill accompanied by dance by Lori Holmes Clark & Co: MainStage of Artsblock, 289 Main St., 5 pm

Terry Jenoure with Bob Weiner: second floor Studio Seven, 229 Main St. (Dan Conlon, apiologist), 6:45 pm

Secret History Booth -GCTV window, 393 Main St.- Lindel Hart, from 6 pm ever ten minutes. Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/secret-history-booth-tickets-25105402936?aff=eac2 or at GCTV nights of Festival.

Sculpture of Mnemosyne with memories of the elders and the Quabbin in the Wheelhouse, 289 Main St., by Melinda McCreven. from 4 pm

Community Sustainability: What Our Community Is Doing! 220 Main Street (formerly Country Jeweler).

Organizations and activities include: Greening Greenfield; Rights of Nature; Green River Clean-up & Connecticut River Watershed Council's Source To Sea; Greenfield Tree Committee; and others. Please come by and share your thoughts on what community sustainability is all abut!

And why downtown Greenfield? The 2016 Full Disclosure Festival is the offspring of a five-year experiment in creative place-making by Eggtooth Productions. For 5 years, Eggtooth has offered commissioned and curated performance art in Festivals that connect people with alternative historic spaces in downtown Greenfield and the time is right to highlight the particular historic resonance of some of these places through Art and Story. Eggtooth is partnering with Greening Greenfield who has begun collaborating to create a Virtual Tour of Sustainable Greenfield on the open source website: historypin.org http://www.historypin.org/en/person/73739/explore/geo/42.587194,-72.601018,17/bounds/42.584919,-72.603104,42.589468,-72.598931/paging/1/pin/1016504 Future plans for this Virtual Tour of Greenfield on Historypin include collections and tours in Art, Architecture, and History.

Franklin County on tapFranklin County is rich in agricultural resources including an impressive selection of local libations!  While Franklin County CiderDays, featuring local as well as national and international ciders, is going into its 22nd year, we are pleased to see the new Franklin County on Tap event exclusively featuring Franklin County beer and ciders.  This first annual event takes place July 16, 2016 from noon- 5 PM at Berkshire East Mountain Resort and will feature local brews, food and live music (Shokazoba, Dave Houghton). Revisit old favorites and discover new ones. Come sample unique and refreshing offerings from:
Artisan Beverage Coop - Greenfield
Bear Swamp Cidery - Ashfield
Berkshire Brewing - South Deerfield
Brick and Feather - Turners Falls
Element - Millers Falls
Headwater Cider - Hawley
Honest Weight - Orange
Lefty's - Greenfield
People's Pint - Greenfield
Stoneman - Colrain
West County Cider - Colrain
Wheel-view Farm - Shelburne
Plus local Mead & Libations

$25 each when purchased in advance (online ticket guarantees gift Souvenir Glass). $30 at door. Postive ID required. Purchase tickets here.

Make your summer afternoon complete by enjoying some additional fun at Berkshire East Mountain Resort (Mountain Coaster, Zip Line Canopy Tours, Thunder Mountain Bike Park). Presented by Berkshire East Mountain Resort and The Recorder.

Turners Falls Fish WayAt the Turners Falls Dam  (Behind Town Hall, One Avenue A)
Open during the spring migration/ mid May through mid June (Mother's Day to Father's Day)
Wednesday through Sunday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free admission, no reservations required.

For school program reservations call 413-659-3714 The Turners Falls Fish Way gives you and underwater view of fish swimming upstream during the spawning season. The fish climb a series of rising pools (ladders) much the same way as they would overcome the natural rises in the river before dams were built.

The Turners Falls Fish Way was completed in 1980. Visitors to the facility can see a variety of  migrating fish, including shad, lampreys, and Atlantic salmon. For more information, visit the FirstLight Power website.

RiverWalkBELLAGAIA Egypt FireVeilSun KansasShelburne Falls RiverWalk
Date: June 18, 2016, 2 PM - 7 PM

A day-long celebration of art, the beautiful Deerfield River and our Beautiful Earth.

9 am - The day kicks off with the Friends of the Arms Library Riverwalk Book sale 9 am-4 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 - The Frog & Flower Stroll: Meet at the Potholes for a festive river song and dance.

8 pm - Bella Gaia will perform in concert at Memorial Hall.

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

1-4:30 pm - Frog & Flower Stroll: Decorate your own mask, crown, or animal at Greenfield Savings Bank from 1-3:30pm. Then stroll to the potholes at 4pm with your masterpiece for a river 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!

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)

More info here.

Green River Festival - July 8-10, 2016

GRF2016Why not include a once in a lifetime event as part of your Green River Festival experience? We have FOUR hot air balloon launches throughout the weekend and rides are available. There’s nothing like floating over the festival and down the valley on a lovely summer evening. Don’t forget the camera.

Hot Air Balloon rides originate at Greenfield Community College grounds and are scheduled for Friday, Saturday evenings, as well as Saturday, Sunday mornings (weather permitting). Flights take off as close to 6 o'clock (A.M. and P.M.) as possible and last anywhere from 45 minutes to over an hour. Of course, the length of the flight is largely dependent upon the winds and weather conditions of the day.

Prices for 2016 ride of a lifetime is $225.00 per person in advance and $250.00 day of the festival. Cash and credit cards (VISA or MasterCard) are accepted. To make flight reservations, you can contact us by telephone at (413) 773-5463 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.l. Don't forget to leave your daytime telephone number so we can contact you. Festival admission for the day of your ride is included in the cost.

Balloons are visible on site only during above windows. The balloons, due to winds, can only inflate and fly during early morning or evening hours. They do not fly during the day. There is no admission charge to view the morning balloon launches. Festival admission is charge for the evening launches. Visit the Green River Festival web site for fees.

Passengers must be over the age of 10 and in good health. If you are pregnant, recently released from the hospital, have current broken bones or casts you will not be able to qualify to purchase a ride. Passengers under the age of 18 must have parental permission or the parent must fly with them. Riders are accepted at the discretion of the ride operator. All passengers will be required to sign a release form provided at the Festival balloon tent.

Each pilot has a chase crew which follows the flight path of the balloon as best the can on the ground, often limited by bridges and unfamiliar roads. The traditional toast of champagne is a friendly greeting to the property owners who share in the excitement of seeing the balloon landing in nearby yards or fields.

The 2016 Balloonmeister - Paul Sena of Worthington Ballooning

Green River Festival - July 14-16, 2017

2017ImageWhy not include a once in a lifetime event as part of your Green River Festival experience? We have FOUR hot air balloon launches throughout the weekend and rides are available. There’s nothing like floating over the festival and down the valley on a lovely summer evening. Don’t forget the camera.

Hot Air Balloon rides originate at Greenfield Community College grounds and are scheduled for Friday, Saturday evenings, as well as Saturday, Sunday mornings (weather permitting). Flights take off as close to 6 o'clock (A.M. and P.M.) as possible and last anywhere from 45 minutes to over an hour. Of course, the length of the flight is largely dependent upon the winds and weather conditions of the day.

Prices for 2017 ride of a lifetime is $225.00 per person in advance and $250.00 after July 7th. Cash and credit cards (VISA or MasterCard) are accepted. To make flight reservations, you can contact us by telephone at (413) 773-5463 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.l. Don't forget to leave your daytime telephone number so we can contact you. Festival admission for the day of your ride is included in the cost.

Balloons are visible on site only during above windows. The balloons, due to winds, can only inflate and fly during early morning or evening hours. They do not fly during the day. There is no admission charge to view the morning balloon launches. Festival admission is charge for the evening launches. Visit the Green River Festival web site for fees.

Passengers must be over the age of 10 and in good health. If you are pregnant, recently released from the hospital, have current broken bones or casts you will not be able to qualify to purchase a ride. Passengers under the age of 18 must have parental permission or the parent must fly with them. Riders are accepted at the discretion of the ride operator. All passengers will be required to sign a release form provided at the Festival balloon tent.

Each pilot has a chase crew which follows the flight path of the balloon as best the can on the ground, often limited by bridges and unfamiliar roads. The traditional toast of champagne is a friendly greeting to the property owners who share in the excitement of seeing the balloon landing in nearby yards or fields.

The 2017 Balloonmeister - Paul Sena of Worthington Ballooning

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