CiderDays is just around the corner (Friday, November 2-Sunday, November 4) and we need support to help celebrate the oldest gathering in the country of producers and those who appreciate hard cider.

We had such a good time at Unity Park in Turners Falls, right next to the beautiful Connecticut River we decided to return! Our two hundred foot, heated and lighted event tent will once again hold 45+ producers featuring ciders from across the US and Europe.

CiderDays kicks off with a special event on Friday night at Hawks and Reed in downtown Greenfield featuring renowned culinary genius, Johnny Spero of the Columbia Room in DC and owner of Reverie Restaurant. Inspired from time in Basque Country, Johnny will be creating four small plates paired with four perfectly matched ciders. Plus we still have our workshops at the Shelburne Buckland Community Center on Saturday and Sunday tastings at the Deerfield Community Center.

We hope you can support this celebration of Franklin County orchards and agriculture by donating a few hours of your time. Below is a list of events, with dates, times, locations and tasks that need volunteers. Please take a look and let us know. 

Millers River Erving Laura Herbert crop

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


Franklin County sugarhouses are yielding the first taste of spring as the maple sap begins to flow. Whether you kick off spring with breakfast at a sugarhouse or pick up fresh maple products including syrup, candy, spread, or other maple items, there are delicious options awaiting.  Read more


With Franklin County’s rural landscape featuring more than 75 percent of its acreage in forest and open land, it is no surprise that winter recreation abounds. Whether your destination is a resort or multi-activity facility or a quiet pond, the most rural county in Massachusetts is sure to please. From downhill and cross-country skiing to snowshoeing and snowmobiling, we’ve got your winter adventures covered. Bring your sports equipment and hit one of the many state forest trails, or travel light and check out the full-service options at Berkshire East or Northfield Mountain. Make it a weekend and stay at a cozy inn or rustic cabin and dine out for delicious meals of locally sourced foods and be sure to sample local micro brews, wine, or spirits. Read more

Were hiringExecutive Director
The Franklin County Chamber Board of Directors is seeking a creative, experienced, and dynamic individual to become the next Executive Director for the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and Franklin County Regional Tourism Council (RTC). This full-time position is located in our Greenfield, MA office and will perform a wide variety of functions within our Chamber and RTC.

The Executive Director is responsible for planning, development, implementation and evaluation of all programs and activities including but not limited to overseeing the Chamber, being a leader in economic development for the region, establishing and building relationships with business and industry leaders, and identifying and providing services to businesses. In addition, as the head of the Regional Tourism Council, the Executive Director will lead efforts to market the region’s tourism assets. The Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Directors.

The successful candidate will possess proven skills that include strong administrative, interpersonal and organizational skills; fund-raising and marketing experience; and political acuity. The Board is seeking an individual that can envision an exciting and vibrant future for the Chamber, the region and its businesses, and advance the Chamber’s strategic plan and goals.

The ideal candidate will possess a Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of demonstrated successful experience in planning, development and fund raising. Salary will be commensurate with experience and includes a full benefits package.

Please send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to: Executive Director Search, Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, 395 Main St., PO Box 898, Greenfield, MA 01302 or to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 10/25/18.

About the Franklin Country Chamber

Incorporated in 1919, the Chamber is a regional Chamber and Tourism Council providing business support, economic development, regional marketing and advocacy to the greater Franklin County region. We are a private organization funded primarily by annual investments made by member businesses. A volunteer board of directors governs the Chamber, an organization of business leaders who work to improve their community and the area’s business climate.

Franklin County is the most rural county in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Farms, fields and valleys form our historic villages and bustling towns. There is so much to do here - in our fine museums, educational institutions and cultural centers - but most of all, in our great outdoors!  To learn more about the Chamber, please visit

“Our Chamber membership is one of the important ways that we place value on our relationships with other business owners and with our community. “ Bruce Lessels, Zoar Outdoor
“Chamber membership helps keep my staff in contact with the local business community through their seminars and events.” – Michael Tucker, Greenfield Cooperative Bank
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