Pop-up crafts shop to be at The Mill in Shelburne Falls this weekend

  • Customers peruse craft items during The Mill at Shelburne Falls’ pop-up shop in November 2019. The event will be held again Friday through Sunday. Contributed photo/Ben Barnhardt

  • Customers peruse craft items during The Mill at Shelburne Falls’ outdoor market in October. Contributed photo/Ben Barnhardt

Staff Writer
Published: 11/23/2021 3:12:10 PM

SHELBURNE FALLS — The Mill at Shelburne Falls is bringing its pop-up shop back as well as a food drive this weekend as the holiday shopping season gets underway.

An opening reception at The Mill at Shelburne Falls, located at 49 Conway St., will be held Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. during the village’s Moonlight Magic festival. On Small Business Saturday, the pop-up shop will be open outside from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. The shop will feature work by local craftspeople in wood, glass, metal and textiles.

Sue McFarland, who is helping organize the event, said The Mill at Shelburne Falls is extending its pop-up shop throughout the weekend this year because people had requested it during the shop’s inaugural run in 2019. The shop was canceled last year due to the pandemic.

“We only did it for the night of Moonlight Magic, which was Friday night, and we heard from lots of people that they wanted us to extend it all weekend,” McFarland explained. “We hope we get a good response.”

McFarland added all the crafts are made locally, and can be found at a good price.

“All artists are local to the area. Some folks are Mill tenants but there’s a good selection of folks from Shelburne Falls, Ashfield, Charlemont and Conway,” McFarland said. “There’s a large variety of unique items … at a price to fit all pocketbooks.”

The Mill at Shelburne Falls will also help support the West County Food Pantry with a food drive coordinated by Shelburne Falls Yoga. At the outdoor market from 10 a.m. from 3 p.m. Saturday, attendees can bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the food pantry. Those who donate items will be entered into a raffle to win prizes donated by artists at The Mill.

The pantry is requesting healthy, non-perishable items of all types as well as holiday baking items like flour, sugar and baking powder. Items should not require refrigeration. Cash donations are accepted and will be used to buy gift cards to local grocery stores that will be distributed to food pantry recipients. Checks can be made payable to Community Action Pioneer Valley.

Last year, the food drive brought in more than 300 pounds of food and $700 for residents in need, which McFarland noted was the most the pantry has ever raised.

McFarland said she is happy to help bring people together for a good cause.

“We’re very interested in making the market a forum for the common good … for people to get an audience and get their causes in front of lots of eyes,” McFarland said. “Ensuring our neighbors all have something to eat is the common good.”

Parking is available at 49 Conway St. and admission is free. Attendees are requested to wear masks while inside the indoor pop-up shop.

Chris Larabee can be reached at clarabee@recorder.com or 413-930-4081.

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