Moonlight Magic returns to kick off holiday shopping

  • A performer uses fire at a previous year’s Moonlight Magic event in Shelburne Falls. (Recorder file photo)

    A performer uses fire at a previous year’s Moonlight Magic event in Shelburne Falls. (Recorder file photo)

  • Moonlight Magic file photo

    Moonlight Magic file photo

  • Roberta Bryant, of the Craig Equestrian Center in Leverett, rides one of the farm’s Morab horses which were part of a previous year’s Moonlight Magic parade in Shelburne Falls.<br/>(Recorder file photo)

    Roberta Bryant, of the Craig Equestrian Center in Leverett, rides one of the farm’s Morab horses which were part of a previous year’s Moonlight Magic parade in Shelburne Falls.
    (Recorder file photo)

  • A performer uses fire at a previous year’s Moonlight Magic event in Shelburne Falls. (Recorder file photo)
  • Moonlight Magic file photo
  • Roberta Bryant, of the Craig Equestrian Center in Leverett, rides one of the farm’s Morab horses which were part of a previous year’s Moonlight Magic parade in Shelburne Falls.<br/>(Recorder file photo)

SHELBURNE FALLS – “Black Friday” is anything but “black” in Shelburne Falls, where the village will be decked in candlelight, from 4 to 10 p.m.

The Parade of Lights over the Iron Bridge and the return of Santa, the Grinch and the Snow Princess mark the start of the holiday shopping season.

The streets will be lit with 1,200 luminary candles, donated by Mole Hollow Candle Co., as strolling musicians and carollers roam the main thoroughfares. This is a night in which the shops, galleries and restaurants stay open late, with special holiday fare.

The Parade of Lights begins at 5:15 p.m., crossing the Iron Bridge from Buckland to Shelburne. Bridge Street will be closed to traffic from the intersection of Main Street up to the Iron Bridge, but a shuttle service, provided by the Academy of Charlemont, will be available to transport people from various parking areas into the village center. The shuttle will pick-up and drop off peoole at the following locations: Eddie’s Wheels, Christopher’s Grinders, the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, Buckland Shelburne Elementary School and the old Arms Academy.

The trolley will be running Friday night, giving riders a view of the festively lit village.

Performing musicians that night will include Uncle Hal’s Crabgrass Band, Last Night’s Fun (Celtic music), and the Expandable Brass Band.

In Memorial Hall, the Memorial Hall Association will show free classic cartoons on the big screen from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

The Shelburne Falls Women’s Club holds its annual cookie shop, a sale of homemade cookies, in the village information center. Also, Santa’s Workshop will be held in the Shelburne Senior Center.

This annual event is put on by the Shelburne Falls Area Business Association, with help from sponsors Greenfield Savings Bank, TransCanada and Greenfield Cooperative Bank.

You can reach Diane Broncaccio at:
bronc@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261, ext. 277

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