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Moonlight Magic In Shelburne Falls! November 26, 2012

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature, Love and Death, Politics and Society.
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Despite being a convert to Reverend Billy’s Church of Stop Shopping, I’m also a strong supporter of my local towns, and have of late taken frequent opportunities to promote the events and little businesses in said hamlets.

The most recent of such events was Shelburne Falls’ Moonlight Magic, which was a Black Friday affair (so much for my membership in the Church of Stop Shopping.) The whole town gears up for this night of sidewalk sales in a candle-lit setting.

Aside from the considerable pre-planning coordinated by the Shelburne Falls Business Association, the day begins around noon with our local high school students building the luminaries which will light the night:

Hundreds of these sand-weighted candle lanterns will be placed throughout the village and lit at sunset. They create a beautiful aura for this community event.

The village was striking enough as sunset approached:

…but destined to become even more so after the light left the land:

At any rate, the late afternoon was spent setting things up, with the main (Bridge) street closed to vehicular traffic:

Merchants set up tents and product displays:

A magician appeared on the steps of Memorial Hall and conjured an appreciative crowd:

Storefronts came to life:

Vendors showed their wares:

…The smell of a variety of foods filled the air, including this wood-fired pizza offering:

A parade motivated from the Buckland side of town, lead by the Expandable Brass Band:

…and a Snow Princess in a white convertible:

…riding past a Steel Bridge Santa:

…and followed by the Serendipity Stilt Walkers:

…and of course, a magical lady tying balloons:

…into hats for happy children:

And all the while, upstairs in Memorial Hall, Fred at Pothole Pictures kept a loop of Looney Tunes going:

…perhaps the most fun way I could envision to get warm between tours of The Street.  🙂

All in all, it was a truly magical night of friends and lights:

I hope you’ll excuse the ghosts and noise in these silly-long exposures, but it seemed to me that existing-light photography was the way to go for this event, and that was the price I paid for photographing it this way.


1. jomegat - November 26, 2012

I thought the ghosts made it more ethereal. I really like the balloon lady’s red hat. Great capture.

littlebangtheory - November 26, 2012

I too like the ghosts, and am titillated by their unpredictably, as the crowds move to their own rhythm. I apologize only because it’s an un-journalistic approach to documenting local events 😉 .

jomegat - November 26, 2012

Who cares if it’s unjournalistic? It’s art!

2. susan - November 26, 2012

It’s great art! You are awesome all the way Ralph. Awesome and gifted and great!

littlebangtheory - November 27, 2012

Thanks, Susan. I’m not sure how many superlatives this set of photos warrants, but I’m really glad you liked them!

3. Bob - November 27, 2012

I love everything about this post, except that I’m nowhere near that place. 🙂

4. Bob - November 27, 2012

Don’t know why my name became repetitive there. Sorry.

littlebangtheory - November 27, 2012

Looked twice as good to me, but I fixed it anyway! 🙂

5. Molly Cantor Pottery - October 29, 2013

Hi littlebang, I’m sending out a mailing to my people to let them know about the upcoming art walk in Shelburne Falls, and this year’s Moonlight magic and came upon your pics from last year. I LOVE them. Am wondering if you’d be willing to let me use one or some in a e-mail promoting the event. I’d give you credit of course if you tell me your name! Thanks, Molly

littlebangtheory - October 30, 2013

Hi Molly, and thanks for stopping by my little blogging graveyard. 😉

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