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October News from the GBA
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Greenfield Business Association October 2011
In This Issue
Holiday Lights
Home for the Holidays
Downtown Trick-or-Treat
Local Currency
Chamber Breakfast
Brick + Mortar Wrap-up
Thanks to all who supported the Brick + Mortar this year. The Kickstarter campaign reached its goal of $4,500 and more than 2,500 people wandered through the buildings of downtown Greenfield during the festival. We got great feedback from business owners and are already looking ahead to 2012 when the theme of the  Fourth Brick + Mortar International Video Art Festival will be linked to a show at Mass MoCA called O, Canada! 
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Holiday Lights with a New Orleans Flair 
Fall is here, and the Greenfield Business Association is looking ahead to the holidays, when downtown Greenfield's lampposts will be dressed up in cheerful, festive adornments. Nan Parati, who worked in New Orleans decorating stadiums and major events, has created a design that will set Greenfield apart this year. Earlier this month, several poles outside the Greenfield Grille were decorated for a sneak-preview. Thanks for all your great feedback on the design. All are welcome to sponsor a star that is posted on the pole. Contact Kate for details.
treeHome for the Holidays:
Save the Date 
It's true for most: there's no place like home for the holidays. And we expect many visitors to be in Greenfield for the weekend of Thanksgiving. The GBA is holding its Home for the Holidays event on Saturday, November 26, this year to draw people downtown on a weekend that traditionally is a big one for retailers. In fact, the Saturday after Thanksgiving is becoming known as Small Business Saturday, a movement to encourage consumers to shop local. We're all for that!
 
Join us downtown at Veteran's Mall from 3 to 6 pm for caroling, hot chocolate, donuts, and the lighting of the tree, as well as the premiere of our 2011 limited edition ornament.
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It's Still October
Are we getting ahead of ourselves here? Perhaps. So...on to trick-or-treating! If you've got little goblins and ghouls, bring them (carefully--they may become dangerous when exposed to candy) to downtown Greenfield on Friday, October 28, when, from 4 to 5:30 pm, they can go door-to-door hollering, "Trick-or-treat!" with their outside voices. Merchants will be happy to hand over sweets. A parade and costume judging follow at 5:30.
Green DollarsLocal Currency
Greenfield Dollars are an example of alternate currency. They circulate throughout Greenfield and make great gifts for the holidays, keeping your dollars local.
 
The Common Good Bank is hoping to expand on this idea by distributing R-Dollars (sounds like "our" dollars) as a way to create wealth for more people in the region. William Spademan has been making presentations to local businesses and may seek 30 minutes of your time to make his case. If everyone buys in, it could be a great resource for the area.
breakfast 2Chamber Breakfast
Join the county's best and brightest over eggs and sausage for the next Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast. Greenfield Community College's new and beautiful cafeteria will be the site of the next gathering, on November 18 at 7:30 am. The guest speaker is Steve Grossman, Massachusetts' Treasurer and Receiver-General. Contact Marian to purchase your ticket.
 
Kate Snyder
GBA Coordinator
413-774-2791