Bellows Falls Parade of Lights 2023 5 pm

Parade starts at the Fire and Police Station south on Rockingham St to the Square to Westminster to Atkinson Street, come early and enjoy the shops and restaurants! Flat Iron Cooperative, Rockingham Roasters  and fundraiser by the BF Middle School and free hot chocolate sponsored by the Bellows Falls Rotary


2023 Holiday Calendar– check out Local events between now and December 31, 2023


Shop Local 2023 begins on November 17 with the Third Friday in Bellows Falls

November 17- December 31- 9,000 cards will be distributed around Grafton, Westminster, Saxtons River, Rockingham and Bellows Falls, Shoppers collect stamps for the amount spent at local businesses. A full card equals $100 and enters shoppers into a prize drawing for January 13 to win prizes and cash!

Participating Businesses –– Thank you to: Allen Brothers, Anastasia’s Closet, Athens Pizza, Bellows Beats, Bellows Falls Opera House, Bellows Falls Pet Supply, Boccaccio’s & Cason’s Corner, Busy Bees Children’s Clothing, Canal Street Art Gallery, Catamount Truck & Trailer Repair*, China Garden, Ciao Popolo, Clutter’s Last Stand, Community Feed Store, Cota Oil, Cottage by the Brook, Donovan’s, Edward Jones-Bill Stevens*, FACT TV*, Faith’s Toyota Ford, Falls Mane Salon, Flat Iron Cooperative, Grace & Miss Mouse Soaps,*, Grafton Inn/Phelp’s Barn*, Greater Falls Eye Care*, Great Falls Regional Chamber*, Halladay’s Flowers & Gifts, Halladay’s Harvest Barn*, Harlow Farm Stand, Hunter Studio* Jamaican Jewelz*, J&H Hardware, JoAnna’s Glamorama, Joy Wah, Kokopelli’s, Leslie’s- the Tavern at Rockingham, Lisai’s Deli, Lisai’s Market, Little Art Supply Store, M&T Bank, MKT Grafton, Moon Dog Cafe, Mountainside Tattoo*, Ornaglyphology, Pizza Palace, River Artisans Cooperative, Saxtons River Village Market, Seams Sew Together, Sherwin Art Glass, Simone’s Styling Salon, Smokin’ Bowls, Sonya’s Sassy Bling & Boutique, The Common Sense Store, The Rock & Hammer, The Threaded Trunk Boutique, Tsuga Studios, Twin Falls Training Center, VT Country Store, Village Square Booksellers,  Windham Antique Center, Works on Paper*, WOOL Black Sheep Radio*, 802 Credit Union* -non-stamping sponsors*


WHO is Hetty Green? Scavenger hunt from Rockingham to Westminster, learn about Hetty Green and test your business knowledge too! Starts here: 

Henrietta “Hetty” Howland  Robinson Green was born  November 21, 1834, and died  ON WHAT DATE, the richest woman in the world? 

Can you guess where the answer lies with this clue? 

Visit a family-owned business where you won’t have 

to sit in the corner to eat breakfast or your deli lunch! 

Visit Facebook for updated information on reading events, “Hetty Green” sightings and more!

Clues can be found at the following participating businesses: 33 Bridge, Allen Brothers Farm Market, Anastasia’s Closet, Arch Bridge Bookshop, Athens Pizza, Bellows Falls Historical Society, Bellows Beats, BF Pet Supply, BF Community Bike Project, Boccaccio’s & Cason’s Corner, Busy Bee’s Childrens Clothing, Canal St. Art Gallery, Ciao Popolo, Clutter’s Last Stand, Cottage By the Brook, Dari Joy, Donovan’s, Edward Jones, Falls Mane Salon, Flat Iron Cooperative, Greater Falls Chamber and Waypoint Center, Greater Falls Pharmacy & Scrapbook Nook, Halladay’s Flowers & Gifts, Harlow Farm Stand, J&H Hardware, Jim’s Arcade, Kokopelli’s, Lisai’s Corner Deli, Lisai’s Market, Moon Dog Cafe, M&T Bank, Moore Law Office, Mountainside Tattoo & Piercing, Ornaglyphology on Canal St., Penguin Mart, Pizza Palace, River Artisans Cooperative, Seams Sew Together, SEVCA- Good Buy Store, Shell Station-Stanch’s Place,  Simone’s Styling Salon, Sonya’s Sassy Bling & Boutique, Subway, The Common Sense Store, TD Bank, The Rock & Hammer, The Threaded Trunk Boutique, The Glamorama, The Little Art Supply Store, Village Square Booksellers, Windham Antique Center, Wunderbar



Walk the Rock #walktherock is ON! Visit

From now until forever! Enjoy the trails around Bellows Falls and win prizes-

TWO ways to win: Visit 21 participating businesses and collect initials. When the passport is full, email a photo to us at and choose the business you want to win a $10 gift certificate. 

AND/OR hike/bike/walk/stroll the 5 different trails: Retail Trail, Riverfront Trail, Island Trail, Oak Hill Trail, Pump Track Trail. Find the selfie spot and take a picture of you and the trail marker. Visit one of the participating businesses to show your selfie and collect a trail sticker. Collect all 5 stickers- different colors and locations and submit a picture of the stickers to us at to win a Walk the Rock Water Bottle (while supplies last)

Bonus prizes for visiting BFDDA on Facebook and tagging us #walktherock

Who is participating:

Anastasia’s Closet, Bellows Falls Bike Project, Bellows Falls Pet Supply, Busy Bee’s Children’s Clothing, Canal Street Art Gallery, Donovan’s Bellows Falls, Flat Iron Cooperative, Halladay’s Flowers & Gifts, Jim’s Arcade, Kokopelli’s LLC, Knightwax & Greater Falls Merch, Moon Dog Cafe, PK’s Irish Pub, SEVCA-Good Buy Store, Sonya’s Sassy Bling & Boutique, The Common Sense Store, The Rock & Hammer, The Threaded Trunk Boutique, Village Square Booksellers, Windham Antique Center, Wunderbar.


SHOP LOCAL 2022- Over $450,000 spent locally from November 5 to December 31!

We had our Drawing at Flat Iron Cooperative on Saturday, January 7, 2023 Check out the LIVE Shop Local video where we had over 35 winners in the raffle drawing! Door prizes for attendees

Thank you to all who participated in the 2022 Shop Local program! Prizes generously donated by: The Threaded Trunk Boutique, James Oil, Grafton Inn, Father’s Restaurant, Flat Iron Cooperative, Twin Falls Training Center, Meticulous Motors, Westminster Fit Body Bootcamp, MKT Grafton, Community Feed Store, Seams Sew Together, Simone’s Styling Salon, Boccaccio’s & Cason’s Corner, Windham Antique Center, Home Christmas, Grace & Miss Mouse Soap, M&T, River Artisans Cooperative, The Rock & Hammer, Lisai’s Deli, Falls Mane Salon, Misty Haskell, Heather Gleim, Busy Bees New & Gently Used Children’s Clothing, Allen Brothers Farm Market, J&H Hardware, Harlow Farm Stand, China Garden, Donovans, JoAnna’s Glamorama, Joy Wah, Greater Falls Pharmacy, VT Country Store, Anastasia’s Closet, Halladay’s Flowers & Gifts, Halladay’s Harvest Barn, Hunter-Studio, Tsuga Studios, BF Pet Supply, Moon Dog Cafe, The Cottage by the Brook, Leslie’s Tavern & Restaurant, The Common Sense Store, Faith’s, Village Square Booksellers, Sonya’s Sassy Bling & Boutique, Mindy Fisher and Kokopelli’s

Visit Bellows Falls today and find everything you need.

 Enjoy the lights of Bellows Falls all year round! Brought to you by a Vermont Community Development Block Grant, Ted Knox Tree Service, D&E Tree Service, Anson Baldwin Tree Care and so many volunteers and BFDDA.

Thank you Downtown Businesses:  Halladay’s Flowers & Gifts Open Monday-Saturday- Fun Fridays Wine & Flowers for $20!.  The Threaded Trunk Boutique Open Wed-Saturday The Rock & Hammer Open Tuesday-Saturday 10-5, 10-6 Friday, 10-4 Saturday  J & H Hardware Open 7 days! Find everything you need in 2 stories and J&H Sporting Goods or shop online: Windham Antique Center New items daily. Window displays- a must see! new website: Windham Antique Center (  River Artisans Cooperative Open 5 Days 11-5 closed Tuesday Wednesday. Anastasias Closet Street Style Vintage-Modern by AnastasiaStarCloset on Etsy   See what’s new! Canal Street Art Gallery Gallery Night Live with the Artists! Hosted by Mike Noyes, features new artists each month 3FBF Third Fridays!   Sherwin Art Glass Studio Hours or Shop Online Seams Sew Together quilting, fabrics and supplies. Join a class! FB  Tsuga Studios 33 Bridge St, Simone’s Styling Salon, Jim’s Arcade open 10-6 daily- vintage and new arcade games! JoAnna’s Glamorama,  Falls Mane Salon featuring Myriah Clark and Independent Stylists Heather Gleim and Misty Haskell, Kokopelli’sat 4 Atkinson St. find crystals, sage, southwestern decor, gifts and more! Art Around Books, SB & Co Antiques, The Common Sense Store local and regional artisanal products and produce from the Basin Farm, BF Pet Supply meeting all of your pet needs, plus antiques and more! Busy Bee’s Children’s Clothing from 0-12 years, New and gently used items! SEVCA Good Buy Store

Eateries: Jamaican Jewelz specials  Bellows Falls Opera House Home of the Triple Up! $6 films, Classic Wednesdays and Events! Dar Williams Feb. 4, Urinetown March 23- April 2 Lisai’s Corner Deli daily breakfast, soup and lunch specials 6:30 am-2 pm  Rockingham Roasters cafe, bagels and baguette sandwiches Moon dog Cafe -open 9-3 Wed-Sat. Wunderbar Wed-Sat 802.489.0289 Flat Iron Cooperative open Tuesday-Sunday 9-3 serving Smokin Bowls soup, quiche, baked items, cafe specials, cake and Jouvay chocolate  Donovans Thursday wings, Fish & Chips, Burgers and More! Athens takeout 802-463-9777 Pizza Palace takeout or dine-in 802-463-4447 PKS Irish Pub– Events, music, Food Specials and Check out the PAR 13 winter pop-up in Saxtons River! China Garden takeout 802-463-9885 Joy Wah takeout 802-463-9761 Leslie’s Tavern weekly menu on Facebook, call after 2 pm 802-275-7809 Allen Brothers takeout or curbside 802-722-3395 Daily menu on Facebook. 



We are happy to announce the return of our 3rd Fridays in Bellows Falls! Read more in The Commons and Find the Event on Facebook

Visit BFDDA and Downtown Revitalization for more information and the Target Market Analysis from the Incremental Development IncDev Alliance. Start with the Introductory Lecture

Vermont Council on Rural Development and Take Action Rockingham in 2021, One Year Later! Sustainable Rockingham brings you Blue Sky Days- Stay tuned for more on Emergency Plans and Preparedness Training

Where’s Hetty Green? June 2022, Find Hetty in BFDDA establishments and Downtown, read quotes said by and about Hetty and learn fun facts! Find out more about the “Witch of Wall Street”, referred to as the “richest woman in the world” when she died in 1916. Visit the Bellows Falls Historical Society and see Hetty’s fainting sofa, find her gravestone at the Immanuel Episcopal Church, LIKE BFDDA on Facebook, post selfie’s, fill out the card to win prizes!

SHOP LOCAL program was a success! Shoppers were mostly from Bellows Falls, Rockingham, Saxtons River, Westminster and Grafton. Our “non-local” shoppers were mostly from Putney, Brattleboro, Chester and Springfield with our neighbors across the river spending over $20,000 at our local businesses. Thank you to all who participated! See Shop Local Page for Businesses, Prizes and Winners

Volunteers and visitors join BFDDA on May 14 for a day of spring cleaning, planting and learning about our non-profits and where you can help! Meet us by 9AM at the Waypoint Center, enjoy coffee and pastries from the Bellows Falls Rotary Club, clean and paint at the Waypoint Center, plant flowers in the Square and find out more about the Great Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce and news from Windham Windsor Housing Trust on the BF Garage Project