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June News from the GBA
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Greenfield Business Association 
June 2012
Lots here to read
Greenfield has a lot going on in the next few months, so hold on to your hat and read on. 
In This Issue
MUSIC @ NOON
Annual Meeting
Video and Words
Park it Here
SummerFest: Awesome!
Greenfield as Paris
music@noonMUSIC @ NOON
Make a regular date to come outside this summer because Thursday concerts will be taking place on the Common at lunchtime through August.
 
What a great way to connect with friends and colleagues, enjoy the warm weather, hear some local tunes, and enjoy our beautiful downtown.
 
The series kicks off on June 7 (next Thursday) with Brook Batteau, a Shelburne Falls musician who's led bands in Boston, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. The sound is loose and soulful. Come out and listen! And be sure to pick up a lunch to go from one of Greenfield's fabulous restaurants. Hattapon's Thai Kitchen is offering a free soda to customers who buy lunch to go on Thursdays from 11:30 to 12:30 this summer.
 
Greenfield Savings Bank, a major sponsor of the series, will host a show or two on their balcony over Main Street. And our thanks to People's United for their sponsorship. 

breakfast 2The GBA's

Annual Meeting

Get a front-row seat for this year's annual meeting at Stoneleigh Burnham School's dining hall on June 14 from 7:30 to 9 am. Here you'll hear from speaker Sheldon Snodgrass who has years of experience helping business owners attract sales and be more successful.
 
Mayor William Martin will also give an update on Greenfield projects and how they will effect the business community. Members will elect board members, so let your voice be heard and attend this breakfast meeting.
 
Tickets are $12 in advance, $13 at the door, and $15 billed. Reservations must be honored if not cancelled by June 7. Unpaid "no show" reservations will be invoiced. Contact Kate at 774-2791 to make your reservations.

Brick and MortarVideo and Words, Together in Greenfield

It's serendipity that two great Greenfield events happen on the same weekend. I'm talking about the Brick + Mortar International Video Art Festival and The Greenfield Annual Word Festival, which both happen on October 12 and 13. If you own a business and you'd like to host a poetry reading, contact GAWF organizer and poet Paul Richmond. If you have a unique idea for a video art installation and you'd like to be put in touch with the B+M committee, contact Kate. Also, B+M organizers will be heading out, pounding the pavement, asking if you'd like to advertise in the Passport, which is what allows B+M to remain a free event in downtown Greenfield. Please buy an ad from these energetic young artists, who represent the cultural future of this town.

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Park it Here
Do you need employee parking in downtown Greenfield? To reserve your parking space today at 30 Olive Street, it's only $25 per month. Please call 413-772-2992.

 

SummerfestSummerFest

And Sidewalk Sales 

Greenfield is standing up and saying, "We are here!" this year with the best SummerFest and Sidewalk Sales ever, anywhere! That's right.
 
Imagine the streets of Greenfield colored with sidewalk chalk, teeming with bargains, hopping with dancers, entranced by magicians. We're welcoming outside craft and food vendors this year to ramp up the excitement. Make a note: July 27 and 28 from 10 am to 5 pm, be there or be square. It's also Wilson's Department Store's Tent Sale and the near-culmination of World Eye Bookshop's Where's Waldo promotion, and Waldo will be here (somewhere). Join the Facebook event to make it official, or just show up. It'll be a blast.

storm cloudDisaster Planning Workshop Reset

Tornadoes in Springfield. Irene's massive flooding. Snow in October. It's been almost a year since major weather disasters pounded the state, and that wasn't good for business.
 
Luckily, there are simple things business owners can do to ensure they stay up and running in the event of a weather-related catastrophe. Presenter Nina Martin-Anzuoni of FRCOG will lead a workshop on forming a Continuity of Operations Plan (or COOP) so businesses can roll with whatever Mother Nature hands out. 

 

This workshop is to be held on June 20 from 7:30 to 9 am at the John W. Olver Transit Center Community Room Cost: $10. Refreshments provided. To register, please call Kate Snyder at 774-2791 or email gba@franklincc.org.

 

This workshop is part of the Build Your Business series sponsored by the Shelburne Falls Area Business Association, Greenfield Business Association, and Montague Business Association.

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Greenfield as Paris

Old Deerfield Productions presents on two weekends (June 29 and 30, and July 1; and July 6,7, and 8) The Madwoman of Chaillot, the perfect play for now, the perfect play for Greenfield. It will take downtown by storm. Tickets will be available online at www.olddeerfieldproductions.org, or in person at Raven Used Books, World Eye Bookshop, and the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce in Greenfield.


First performed just after the Second World War, the play is startlingly relevant to the world today. With a cabal of corrupt businessmen plotting to dig up Paris to get at the oil flowing beneath the city streets, crazy-like-a-fox Countess Aurelia, played by Jeannine Haas, rallies her devoted--if eccentric--community to save itself from corporate disaster.

Featuring downtown Greenfield as the City of Light, with local luminaries in cameo roles, street performers aflutter on the Common, and the Arts Block transformed into a Parisian café, you will see that "nothing is ever so wrong in this world that a sensible woman can't set it right in the course of an afternoon." 
Contact Info
Kate Snyder, Coordinator
413-774-2791

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