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Welcome New Member!
Mass Pike Project Update
Ribbon Cutting: Second Chance
NBSB Hosts August Blood Drive
John Henderson Joins EANE
Pintastic Recap
Author Talks History at Publick House
Office Space For Rent
Hitchcock: Concert & Classes
Cruising for Charity Car Shows
Iron Duke Brewing Beer Social
Aqua Riders: Water Ski Show Team
Stageloft Theater: Bathroom Humor
Pan-Mass Challenge
Redcoats & Rebels
Salem Cross Inn Farmers' Dinner
Center of Hope Golf Tournament
Acorn Adventure: Meteor Shower
The Little Mermaid
68th Annual Antique Auction
American Summer Classic
Publick House Feast
Village Toastmasters Meetings
Concerts on the Commons
Farmers' Markets
24/7 Online Training
New Member Baskets
Save These Dates!
Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors
Executive Committee
Cindy Howard
Center of Hope
Bruce Watkins
Karl Storz Endovision 

Jocelyn Callis
1st Vice Chair

Michael Checkosky
Immediate Past Chair


Board Members

Brad Arcoite
Table 3 Restaurant Group 

Jessica Bettencourt
Chris Canniff

Bob Datz 

Alycia Dzik
Webster First Federal Credit Union

Michelle Fanion
ERA Key Realty

Les Gardner
Les Gardner Photography

Lynn Mero
Southbridge Credit Union

Laurie Nelson
Christopher Heights

Heather Pedersen
Country Bank

Rita Schiano 

Michael Wales
Michael L. Wales Painting Co.    

Jim Waddick
Southbridge Rotary Club

Jim Donahue
Honorary Board Member
Padgett D. Berthiaume
Chamber Staff
Executive Director
Finance & Administration
Communications Specialist

Chamber Links

Cms Chamber

Stur Townships - Everything but Ordinary

Greetings from the Chamber of Central Mass South!

Welcome to August and CROSSROADS NEWS!
Don't let the last full month of summer pass you by! Savor the season with a lively beer social, a sumptuous Farmers' Dinner, a golf tournament, new stage shows, free concerts, our annual geocaching festival, and a lot more! The Redcoats (and Rebels) are coming to OSV and the Pan-Mass Challenge rolls through Sturbridge this month, too. See all the details in this issue and enjoy every last minute!

Got news? Thank you for emailing us your press releases, links and photos for inclusion in Crossroads! Keep posting your spring and summer events to our online events calendar! We love sharing them with our readers! 


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Geofest logo 2017
Register for C-MASS GEOFEST!
August 16-20, 2017

Join us for even more geocaching adventures this year!

Now in its third year, C-MASS GEOFEST will welcome hundreds of people to explore our trails, find caches, enjoy fun events and socialize. C-MASS GEOFEST returns in just a few short weeks.

Join us August 16-20 in and around Sturbridge as enthusiastic geocachers comb our region in search of geocaches. Other events will entertain children and families between forays onto our abundant trails and scenic spaces!

Activities in natural and exhilarating surroundings will familiarize visitors with the historical, dining and shopping finds as well. It will be a celebration of activism in the outdoors and residents and visitors alike are invited to mingle. Registration for the geocaching is free.

Group shot from C-MASS Geofest 2016
Geofest group 2016
We hope to see you there!

The event takes place in many locations in Sturbridge.
See the calendar of events at the website:

Get Involved with C-MASS GEOFEST!  
Deadline is TODAY!

We would love to send some of our geocachers to your business during the festival! Here are some easy ways to participate. (We'll need to hear from you by 5:00pm today, so don't wait!)

1) Give permission for a geocache to be located outdoors at your business. (No cost)

2) Offer a discount card, coupon, menu or rack card for distribution in Geofest Swag Bags.

3) Offer a Gift Card or other item for the various raffles held during the festival.

If you would like to participate, give Alix a call (508-347-2761) or email ( before the end of the day today. We'll answer any questions you may have and can even make arrangements to pick up your items.
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Welcome New Chamber Member!

We are very proud to introduce our newest Member!

Constance Hobart: Keller-Williams Realty
Local Real Estate Agent 
6 Cricket Drive, Sturbridge, MA

Comm. Ave Bridge Replacement 
Impact to Mass Pike Travelers
The Commonwealth Ave. bridge construction project is anticipated to have a massive impact on vehicular travel including businesses and commuters from the Central Mass region from July 28 through August 7. 
Plan ahead if you are planning to travel into Boston during this time period. Check out the News Post on the Chamber website for details on lane restrictions, diversions and commuter rail impact. 
All Summer Long! 
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Discounts from Members...for Members!



Save the Date for a Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening!
Second Chance Community Veterinary Clinic, Worcester
Second Chance Animal Shelter is opening a community vet clinic in Worcester! 
You're invited to the Open House from 2-4pm with the Ribbon Cutting at 3:30pm presented by the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.

All are welcome to attend the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to help celebrate this special occasion.
North Brookfield Savings Bank to Host August Blood Drive in Palmer
Each eligible donor will receive a free Big E ticket, while supplies last
In response to the critical blood shortage the nation currently is experiencing and to directly help support the efforts of the only Level 1 trauma center in Western Massachusetts, North Brookfield Savings Bank is sponsoring a blood drive at its Palmer branch location on Friday, August 18 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The blood drive will supply much-needed blood to Baystate Medical Center of Springfield and all Baystate Health hospitals.
"We are happy to host the Baystate Health Bloodmobile and to provide quick and easy access for community members to make a lifesaving donation," said Donna Boulanger, President and CEO of North Brookfield Savings Bank. "The need for blood is critical and each time someone donates blood, it has the potential to save many lives."
The Blood Drive will be conducted inside the Baystate Health state-of-the-art bloodmobile:
NBSB PALMER BRANCH                Friday, August 18th, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Palmer branch is located at 1051 Thorndike Street, Palmer, MA 01069. 
Appointments are optional and can be made by contacting the North Brookfield Savings Bank Palmer branch location or the Baystate Health Blood Donor Center at 413-794-4600. Each eligible donor at the blood drives will receive a free ticket to the Big E, while supplies last. To participate, donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more, and be in general good health.
"North Brookfield Savings Bank does an incredible job of bringing the community together to make a difference," said Amy Benson, BMC Recruiter. "We look forward to continuing to partner with them, and to meeting the generous donors at the blood drives."
About North Brookfield Savings Bank : North Brookfield Savings Bank is a mutual savings bank with full-service branches in North Brookfield, East Brookfield, West Brookfield, Ware, Belchertown, Palmer, and Three Rivers Village of Palmer. NBSB offers a wide variety of deposit and loan products for individuals and businesses throughout Central and Western Massachusetts and has been a steadfast supporter of the communities in which it serves since 1854. All deposits are insured by the FDIC and the Depositors Insurance Fund. For additional information, please call 1-866-711-6272 or visit

John Henderson Joins EANE
as Director of Learning & Development
John Henderson
The Employers Association of the NorthEast (EANE) announced today that John Henderson has joined the EANE team as Director of Learning & Development, effective June 2017. John will lead a team to design, customize and schedule the diverse array of more than 500 substantive training programs presented by EANE each year for members and non-members.
Henderson brings over 25 years of experience working for associations and other non-profits, much of it from a global, cutting-edge perspective. Most recently, was the Vice President of Industry Relations and Strategy for Fixation Marketing in Bethesda, Maryland.
For over 7 years he was the VP for Education, Training and Professional Development for the Alexandria, VA-based International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, the world's largest amusement industry trade association representing over 4,000 member facilities in 93 countries. In this position, he worked with the education committee to develop and launch a three-tiered, individual global certification program and continuously increased attendance at all expo education sessions. He also led the efforts of a task force to completely redesign the Institute for Executive Education.
As an accomplished member-association executive, he provides EANE with a proven track record of successful strategic planning and tactical leadership. His background in education and training includes a specific focus on communications skills.
A resident of Lenox, MA, Henderson has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Kent State University (1984) in Kent, OH, and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania (1988). He is a member of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events and a past member of the American Society of Association Executives.
Serving employers in the Northeast for over 100 years, EANE provides resources for organizations to maximize employee engagement and retention while minimizing risk. Over 900 members utilize the human resource information/hotline, learning and development and specialized human resource services.
Agawam, MA | Waterbury, CT | Auburn, MA | Lincoln, RI | | (877) 662-6444
Pintastic Pinball Expo Welcomed Thousands in 2017
Pintastic Free Play
Pinball Heaven: Pintastic welcomed nearly twice as many guests this year! 

On the weekend after the fourth of July, over 2,000 people converged at the crossroads of New England to experience the region's only major pinball exposition, the Pintastic Pinball & Game Room Expo. Back for its third year in 2017 at the Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Center, Pintastic featured over 200 pinball machines from classic electro-mechanical games right up to this year's new releases, including the exclusive world premiere of the brand-new Star Wars machine from Stern Pinball!

Enthusiastic guests and collectors witnessed over eighty years of pinball innovation, as well as classic video games, entertainment for kids, a massive vendor hall featuring the coolest ideas for your home and game room, pinball and video game tournaments for adults and kids, pinball machine auctions, an outdoor flea market in strolling distance of Cedar Lake, as well as informative seminars and lively entertainment. Pintastic was thrilled to welcome honored guests and seminar presenters including legendary game designer Barry Oursler, pinball artist Jeremy "Zombie Yeti" Packer, Todd Tuckey of TNT Amusements, pinball sound and music creator David Thiel, and Butch Peel of Jersey Jack Pinball.

"Once again, our show grew and improved," said show organizer Gabriel D'Annunzio of Charlton, MA. "We had stronger tournament competition, more and nicer games to show, a robust schedule of seminars, and many innovations in the world of gamer shows. It was fantastic to see a lot more families and kids attend this year, too."

Pintastic and its guests also supported several charities during the event including the Worcester County Food Bank, Project Pinball, The 200 Foundation, and The Andrea Ritz Clinics of Paraguay through a charity auction and several games set up for paid play. Folks at this year's show were particularly excited to get their flipping fingers on Stern's new Aerosmith table, the John Trudeau designed Ghostbusters, Pat Lawlor's Dialed In! from Jersey Jack and of course, the belle of the ball was Stern's new Star Wars table!

Pintastic returns to Sturbridge June 28-30, 2018. Visit online at
Author Michael Tougias Speaks on Local History at The Publick House September 20th

Michael Tougias New York Times Bestselling author Michael Tougias will give a two-part slide presentation for Opacum Land Trust on Wednesday, September 20, at 6:00 at the Publick House in Sturbridge.

Bringing together his research and experience as an outdoorsman, historian and writer, Tougias will talk about the rich history that has shaped our region - first focusing on the bloodiest war fought on North American soil - King Philip's War - which devastated the colonial and Native American communities of our region, and then one of the greatest fresh water supply systems in the world - the Quabbin Reservoir which dramatically transformed the central Massachusetts landscape.

Tougias is the author of the acclaimed Until I Have No Country (A novel of King Philip's War), and co-author with Eric Schultz of King Philip's War: The History and Legacy of America's Forgotten Conflict. This war was fought between the Colonists and Native Americans in 1675-76, with many battle sites in Central Massachusetts. The presentation covers the battles and the strategy during this cataclysmic war, which on a per capita basis was the bloodiest conflict in our nation's history.

The second part of the presentation is titled after Tougias's book Quabbin: A History and Explorers Guide. This slide program features the demise of the "lost towns" flooded to create the Quabbin, the construction of the massive reservoir, and how the Quabbin works today. His collection of historical photos and his level of research about this project are fascinating - and Tougias will take the audience on a natural history tour of the Quabbin and surrounding area with suggestions for day trips and stops at special hidden spots.

Tougias is the author and co-author of 25 non-fiction books including the national bestsellers So Close To Home, Rescue of the Bounty, A Storm Too Soon, Overboard! The Finest Hours: The True Story of the Coast Guard's Most Daring Rescue (now a Disney movie), Derek's Gift, The Cringe Chronicle and his award-winning book, There's A Porcupine In My Outhouse! (Misadventures of a Mountain Man Wannabe). His book, Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do is the recipient of the American Library Association "Editors Choice" award. More about the author can be found at

Tickets are pre-purchase only, available online through Friday, September 8th by going to Cost is $50 per person. Social hour opens at 6:00; dinner and program to follow at 7:15. Tougias will be available for book purchases and signing before dinner.   Proceeds benefit the conservation work of Opacum Land Trust.

Opacum Land Trust is a non-profit land conservation organization founded in 2000, whose mission is to preserve important wildlife habitat, undeveloped land, clean water, open space, and working farms and forests for the benefit of the public. Opacum serves thirteen towns Monson to Charlton, and currently protects 1,735 acres of land. Some of Opacum's conservation properties include three in Southbridge totaling 296 acres, nine in Sturbridge, totaling 933 acres, and five in Monson totaling 395 acres. For more information, visit us at, contact us at 508-347-9144 or email us at
Small Office Space For Rent
212 Main Street, Sturbridge
Les Gardner   
Need to get things done in Sturbridge? Les Gardner has a small office available to rent within his space in the McCurdy Insurance Building at 212 Main Street, Sturbridge. The space measures approximately 12' x 12' or 150 square feet. This convenient work space includes internet access and a desk. If you are interested or have more questions, contact Les directly at 508-347-7177.
"August is the Sunday of Summer." 
- Anonymous 
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The Casters
The Casters performing at the Concerts on the Common in 2015.
The Casters Perform at Brimfield's Concerts on the Common
Tuesday, August 1st marks the final 2017 summer concert in a series of three free Concerts on the Common in Brimfield. The Casters, a Central Mass band, play a mix of covers and originals and musically can be described as a rock and roll band with roots rock and alt-country influencing their sound.

The Casters feature Jared Fiske and Sean McKinstry on guitar and vocals, Rob Adams on lead guitar and vocals, Ben Kowal on drums, Nick Smith on bass, and at this concert, special guest Jessica Adams will appear on backing vocals. With the exception of Jessica Adams, who is from Georgia, all members of the Casters are from Central Mass. Fiske, McKinstry and Smith are all alumni of Tantasqua Regional High School. The Casters have been a group for about three years. "I had been jonesing to put a rock act together, and I really just pulled in all the people who I knew and loved," says Fiske.

All members and ages of the community are invited to come out for the concert. The Concerts on the Common for 2017 have featured New England acts Radio Ranch and Gracie Day and the Knights performing for crowds that attended even despite torrential downpours. Locals headed out to this concert should know that the Casters look forward to putting on a great show for the community on Tuesday night. Fiske states, "We love that sense of community, and a free concert on a town common is such a beautiful American tradition. We're proud to be a part of it."

Fiske has played at the Concerts on the Common in the past and fondly recalls his first time being on stage at one. He was first learning the guitar when his father, Rob Adams, "pulled me up on stage for [a concert and] I remember looking out and seeing my girlfriend seeing me on stage and I was hooked." Now Fiske's drive to perform is based on a desire to play with friends and entertain audiences. "There are moments that are truly transcendent," explains Fiske, "Those times when the music becomes more than the sum of its parts, and it goes out there and touches the audience and rounds its way back up to the stage. When you complete that circuit, it's a beautiful thing."

Fiske encourages all to attend the concert, "We love to play, and we can't wait to play for you." The concert begins at 6:30pm on Tuesday, August 1st. Be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket for sitting but feel free to get up and dance. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved from the Brimfield Common to Hitchcock Academy. The Concerts on the Common are sponsored by funding from Country Bank for Savings, The Alice Sawin Davis Fund, and the Brimfield Cultural Council. Contact Hitchcock Academy at 413-245-9977 or visit
for additional information.

Hitchcock Academy Classes: August Weeks 1-2
SUMMER FUN WEEK 3: Need fun summertime activities for the kids? Sign them up for Summer Fun at Hitchcock! Three 50 minute, activity-packed classes are grouped by age, 3-4 year olds, 5-6 year olds and 7-12 year olds. Storytime (ages 3-4), Games (all ages), Arts & Crafts (ages 3-4), Design & Create (ages 5-6 and 7-12), and Tennis (ages 5-6 and 7-12) are favorites every summer. Dates: Monday July 31 to Friday August 4 Fee: $16 per class for the week. Be sure to fill out the consent form and contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.

Tuesday, August 1
CONCERTS ON THE COMMON: THE CASTERS: Join Hitchcock Academy as they celebrate summertime through live music with The Casters, a local favorite from Central Massachusetts. The alt-rock band cites influences such as Wilco, Dylan, and Ray LaMontagne, among others. The concert will be held on the Brimfield Town Common, or in case of rain, at Hitchcock Academy. Bring a lawn chair or blankets. Time: 6:30-8PM Date: Tuesday, August 1. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or for more information.
Summer Cupcakes
Summer Cupcakes!  
Wednesday, August 2
DECORATING CUPCAKES: Create sea creatures and beach themes in this cupcakes class while learning basic cake decorating skills. Practice buttercream piping techniques such as a star, pulled star and zig-zags on a practice board before designing six cupcakes for you to take home and enjoy. Plus, get a little introduction to fondant while creating a bright sun to add to a cupcake. All supplies included. Time: 6-8PM Fee: $25 Instructor: Susan Gaulin, Certified Wilton Instructor. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.

Thursday, August 3
ART WITH LAURA: LEARN TO PAINT LIKE THE MASTERS: (Ages 18 and up) Choose from several images to paint your own canvas and become a "Fake" Master painter. Learn artistic skills, how to keep color records or journal your artistic process. All supplies included. Dates: Thursdays August 3 and 10 Time: 6:30-8:30PM Fee: $72 Instructor: Laura Cenedella, Award-winning artist. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.

Friday, August 4
FRIENDS AND FAMILY FRIDAY JUDO: Don't worry about dinner this Friday! Pizza, veggies and a group class are included in the low price of $6 each attendee, $30 maximum per household. New activities the First Friday of every month. August's class is Judo with Sen-I-Judo club instructors Sensei Lopez and Sensei Cote! All ages welcome. 6:00-6:30 pizza, 6:30-7:30 Judo. Come try it out together with the whole family! Sponsored in part by Country Bank for Savings. Time: 6PM Fee: $6, $30 max per household Instructors: Sensei Lopez and Sensei Cote, Sen-I-Judo Club. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.

Monday, August 7th 
ART WITH LAURA: TIPS AND TRICKS FOR DRAWING AND PAINTING: For ages 8-12, this class helps young artists learn how to draw, see things differently, and gives an understanding of shapes, subject and color mixing with help from local artist Laura Cenedella. All supplies are included. (2 classes) Dates: Monday, August 7th and Tuesday, August 8th Time: 10 AM-12 PM, Fee: $72 Instructor: Laura Cenedella, Award winning local artist. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.

VIOLIN/VIOLA LESSONS WITH LINDA DAY: All ages and levels of students are welcome to learn with Linda. Linda offers a variety of musical styles to suit the interests of her students. Please note, children ages 5-7 must be accompanied by an adult. Six 30 minute classes. Dates: Mondays August 7th-September 18th (no class September 4th) Time: Half hour session between 3:30 PM and 6PM Fee: $148 Instructor: Linda Day, member of the Austin Symphony Orchestra for 22 years. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.
Saturday, August 12th 
K9 NOSEWORK ® INTRODUCTION- FOUNDATION: K9 NoseWork® is a sport open to all breeds of dogs and their people. This is an introductory course perfect for those interested in working together with their dogs to learn a new skill. 6 classes. Dates: Saturdays from August 12-September 16th Time: 12-1:30 PM Fee: $145 Instructor: Laurie Merritt, MEd. Certified K9 NoseWork® Instructor, Certified Professional Dog Trainer Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.

K9 NOSEWORK ® INTRO TO ODOR: K9 NoseWork® is a sport open to all breeds of dogs and their people. This mid-level class is designed for those looking to increase and continue their current education in K9 NoseWork®.  6 classes. Saturdays from August 12-September 16th Time: 10:30 AM-12 PM Fee: $145 Instructor: Laurie Merritt, MEd. Certified K9 NoseWork® Instructor, Certified Professional Dog Trainer Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.

K9 NOSEWORK ® ADVANCED: K9 NoseWork® is a sport open to all breeds of dogs and their people. This advanced level class is designed for those who have already completed the first two levels of K9 NoseWork®.  6 classes. Saturdays from August 12-September 16th Time: 9-10:30AM Fee: $145 Instructor: Laurie Merritt, MEd. Certified K9 NoseWork® Instructor, Certified Professional Dog Trainer Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register. 

Wednesday Night Cruising for Charity Car Shows
Klems Car show
Klem's Field, 117 West Main Street, Spencer
Starting June 7th through August, Every Wednesday 5pm until Dusk

2017 Weekly Show Classes:
August 2, Week 9: Modern Muscle & Best of Show
August 9, Week 10: Best Truck & Best of Show
August 16, Week 11: Best Mustang & Best of Show
August 23, Week 12: Best Corvette & Best of Show
August 30, Week 13: Best of Season, Mason's Choice & Driver's Choice

Please note that if there is a cancellation or rain out, the missed week's awards will be given out at the next cruise along with the scheduled awards. In the event that the Grand Finale show is rained out, the season will be extended one week in order to hand out awards.

Donations Accepted. 100% of the profits go to the Masonic Children's Charity!
The Duck
Iron Duke Brewing Beer Social, The Duck Tap Room
Thursday, August 3, 2017, 7:00 pm

At this month's Beer Social The Duck welcomes Iron Duke Brewing. Located in the Historic Ludlow Mills complex in Ludlow, Massachusetts, Iron Duke was started in the spring of 2010 by a small group of close friends and family using a small nano system built from scratch in a home garage. Driven by the desire to produce high quality, handcrafted beer with a friendly culture of hardworking individuals and an authentic and unique personality, Iron Duke quickly made a name for itself in the Western Mass. market and beyond. Over the years, they've gathered an impressive collection of awards for a wide variety of beer offerings.

At The Duck's beer socials...
Meet local and craft brewers, Learn about what's new, Taste some of the great brews from our new "state-of-the-art" tap system, and Snack on on-the-house-munchies or order from our new Tap Room Menu.

Come on over to The Duck's new Tap Room
and drink some fresh brews with some old and new friends!
Aqua Riders
Aqua Riders of Holland Water Ski Show Team
August 4, 6:00-7:30pm, Aqua Riders Team Beach
163 Mashapaug Rd., Holland 

A hidden gem in Central Massachusetts, the AquaRiders are a water ski show team founded in 1960 performing a sport most expect to see only in the Southern and Mid-Western regions of the US.  The show includes acts such as barefoot skiing, jumping, human pyramids, ballet lines, around the boat, strap and conventional doubles.  Members have gone on to ski professionally at SeaWorld, Cypress Gardens and LEGOLAND.

More 2017 Summer Show Dates:
August 4 (sponsored by Southbridge Credit Union)
August 11 (sponsored by Southbridge Credit Union)
August 19 - Our annual Homeshow at 10:00am

Bring a lawn chair and enjoy our spectacular FREE shows! Follow on Facebook for more!
Stageloft Theater Presents
Bathroom Humor
Bathroom Humor 
By Billy Van Zandt & Jane Millmore 
Russ and Lucille regularly throw parties at their large suburban home and invite the whole office.  Everyone feels obligated to go, but most would rather not be there. So...

Where can you go to escape the drunks, the stupid party games, and - worst of all - the "latest vacation" slides?  Where can you go to share the new gossip about office co-workers, their spouses, and their family members?  Where can you go to rendezvous with your secret office lover for a little hanky-panky, without the rest of the office learning about your affair?   Where can you go when want to hide your substance abuse problem, whether drinking too much or sampling the pills in the medicine cabinet? Where can you hide out and make adjustments when the new outfit you are wearing has a costume malfunction?  Where can you find peace and quiet, when you have become the object of nasty office gossip, jokes, or ridicule?  AND... Where can you NOT go if you have the need to "use the facilities" during an office party?

This ingeniously contrived play will have you feeling had you gone to this party you might have spent most of your time hiding out in... the bathroom.

You will meet the eight most interesting folks at Russ and Lucille's party (but not Russ or Lucille.)  Throughout the evening all these folks make their way in and out of the bathroom. They gossip, snoop, tell secrets, meet lovers, argue, seduce, and indulge in all forms of self-destructive behavior. In other words, you may witness anything and everything in Bathroom Humor.

This hilarious farce comes from the same pair of writers who brought you Lie, Cheat and Genuflect; Wrong Window! and Love, Sex and the IRS.

Bathroom Humor
is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Show dates:
August 4-6, 11-13 and 18-20
Visit online or call for tickets.

To reserve tickets by phone, call (508) 347-9005.
Pan-Mass Challenge 2011
Pan-Mass Challenge: August 5-6

The Pan-Massachusetts Challenge is the nation's original fundraising bike-a-thon and today raises more money than any other athletic fundraising event in the country. The PMC is a model of fundraising efficiency. Since 2007, the PMC has donated 100% of every rider-raised dollar directly to cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund. The PMC is so well-known in cycling and fundraising circles that each year people travel from around the world to participate.

The 38th PMC ride is Aug 5 and 6, 2017. The ride has three starting lines Sturbridge, Wellesley and Bourne, and five finish lines in Provincetown (2), Bourne, Wellesley and Foxboro.
Riders and volunteers often describe Sturbridge as a reunion. The beginning of the original route, it is the place where riders and volunteers congregate, register for the event, share a meal together and participate in the opening ceremonies. On Saturday morning, volunteers prepare a healthy breakfast for the riders and manage the challenge of getting several thousand riders out of the hotel parking lot by 5:30 am!

Cheer on the riders at the Sturbridge start line or visit the PMC website to register or to donate!
Redcoats and Rebels
Redcoats & Rebels

Saturday, August 5 - Sunday, August 6 

See the largest military re-enactment in New England with nearly 1,000 soldiers portraying British, Irish, Spanish, Scottish, French and Colonial troops. The Village is transformed into a military camp from the time of the War for Independence, as it was known in early New England. Come see what it was really like for those who fought to win America's freedoms.

Daytime events on both days include activities such as:

Mock battles and skirmishes
Tours of the British and American camps
"School of the Soldier" training demonstrations
18th-century Fashions in the Press featuring military and civilian clothing
Cannon demonstrations
Musket drilling with kids
Martial music
Help with camp laundry
Learn scouting techniques during "Reconnoiter with a Ranger"
Drilling and inspection of the troops
Visit the battlefield hospital: see small pox inoculations and treatment of the wounded after the battles
See the daily life of a Revolutionary War soldier - including delivery of uniforms, pay calls, and prisoner exchanges
Play 18th-century baseball
Attend a "Service for the Troops"
Learn 18th-century dances
Explore interactive miniature war gaming

Check out the details, get tickets and view video of the event on the Redcoats & Rebels page.

August 18 is FREE FUN FRIDAY! 
Old Sturbridge Village and the Highland Street Foundation are pleased to announce Free Fun Friday on August 18, 2017, when visitors get into OSV for free! Watch hearth cooking demonstrations, experience early 19th-century farms, and be amazed by crafters in the Tin, Blacksmith, Cooper, Print, Shoe and Pottery Shops. Learn about our three water-powered mills, play games, and walk the woodland, river and pasture walks.

Due to the number of visitors expected, no large bags (including large backpacks) or coolers will be permitted in the historical Village. Please note that the main parking lot will likely be full by 11:30 am, visitors will be directed to satellite parking at that time.
Museum Hours: May - October
Open Wednesdays - Sundays
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Farmers Dinner
Farmers' Dinners 
August 10 at 6pm 
September 14 at 6pm

Join us for seasonal summer eats made from locally-sourced ingredients
for a unique farm-fresh experience.

Enjoy our Magnificent New England View!

In the Yard - 6:00pm arrival
Relax and unwind with...
Hors d'oeuvres, Cool refreshing drinks, An informal garden tour, Chef demonstration

The Menu: Thursday, August 10
featuring Hamletgrove Pasture Raised Chicken* 
*fish or vegetarian entree available with advanced notice (Chef's choice)
View the amazing menu for Farmers' Dinner here!

In the Barn - 7:00pm Dinner

One big, long table will be set in our barn, reminiscent of family dinners. Here you will enjoy a delicious dinner that has been inspired by our farm and gardens, just steps away from our kitchen. You'll be treated to 4 amazing courses - a starter/appetizer, salad, featured entrée, and dessert. Oh, and what you can't eat, you can bring home to enjoy later - waste not, want not!

Our Farmers' Dinners are an advanced ticket only dining event. To attend one of our Farmers' Dinners, order tickets online, or call us at 508-867-2345.

Our September 14 Dinner will feature beef from our own Salem Cross Farm.
Complete menu available a few weeks before the event.

Stop in on Fridays for our Local Farm Dinner Special 
Featuring fresh local vegetables and meats.
Dishes are limited, so get there early!

Save the Date for Drover's Roast: September 10 
Travel back to the 1700's for some good, old-fashioned food, fun, and entertainment
at our always popular Drover's Roast event. 
Outdoor grilling at our Hexmark Tavern!
Outdoor Grilling
Every Wednesday and Thursday evening from 5-8pm, 
we'll be serving an outdoor dinner (weather permitting, of course). 
Check our website for menu and details.

Don't forget about our $22 Complete Dinner Specials
every Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday. 
Our special changes daily.
The Center of Hope 11th Annual Golf Tournament 
COH Golf Tournament
August 11, Heritage Country Club

The Center of Hope Foundation's 11th Annual Golf Tournament will be held at the Heritage Country Club in Charlton, MA on Friday, August 11th, 2017.

The Center of Hope is a local chapter of the Arc (a National and State organization that provides critical services to individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities) and provides these services to families and individuals from 64 towns throughout Central Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut. With rising demands on our funding and fewer resources to meet these needs, we hope you will join us for a day of golfing and fun. In doing so, you help to provide funding for necessary services that include housing, employment training and independent life skills. Our mission is to provide the resources, supports and services necessary for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives as part of the community.

The families we serve have many more needs than their budgets allow. As the Center of Hope Foundation, we serve not only those with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities, but our local community as well. We receive countless requests for emergency help with food, clothing, housing and program assistance because we are the Center of Hope, a visible presence in the community and a resource for all.

We hope that you will participate, become a sponsor or donate with a one-time gift or pledge amount. Prizes will be awarded to the winning teams; no one will go home empty handed!

Additional information can be viewed at regarding the Golf Tournament, company recognition and participation. You can also contact Marie directly at (508) 764-4085 x640 or via email:
TLGV Ranger Marcy's Acorn Adventure
Acorn Adventures
Perseids Meteor Shower Under Dark Skies!
Friday, August 11th, 7 - 8:30 pm
at the Friends of Sturbridge Trails Heins Farm Conservation Area.
197 Leadmine Rd, Sturbridge

Summer vacation continues and is a great time to explore your 35 town National Heritage Corridor.

Our friends at Friends of Sturbridge Trails introduced us to this area during a night program
they held last year to enjoy a meteor shower.

Lay back & enjoy the dark skies while meteors start to fly!
How many other stars & constellations will we see?

Snacks, Acorn stickers & fresh air FUN always included!
Dress for the weather, bring a blanket or lawn chair & bug spray.
Bring your family & friends!
FREE! All ages welcome.

Explore, visit, engage & connect with the things that make our National Heritage Corridor special, like nature, librarians, and towns!

Acorn Adventures are sponsored by Putnam Bank
Gateway Players
The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid: August 11, 12 & 13 

Gateway Players Theatre presents Disney's "The Little Mermaid". With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright. Show dates are August 11th at 7:30pm, August 12th at 7:30pm, and August 13th at 2pm. Performances will be at the Southbridge Middle/High School, 132 Torrey Road in Southbridge. Tickets are $15 for Adults, and $13 for Seniors over 60, and Youth 17 years of age and younger. For ticket reservations, please call the Gateway Barn at 508-764-4531. Online ticket sales are available at
Bill Guy is directing, with Barbara Day as producer, Chris Rubenacker is music dire ctor, Mike Dupuis as stage manager, and David Corkum as Technical Director. Jeanne Dupuis and Sue Campbell will be doing costumes, Cristina Smarra and Asia Leigh will be the choreographers, and Lisa Provost will be doing props. Presented by permission through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. For more information, call (508)-764-4531.

Synopsis: Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. This fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World." Ariel, King Triton's youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.

132 Torrey Road
Southbridge MA 01566
Sturbridge Federated Church: 68th Annual Antique Auction 
Auction Gavel
August 12, 9:00am to 3:00pm, Sturbridge Common 

August 12, 2017 marks the 68th Annual Church Auction of the Sturbridge Federated Church. 
The longest consecutive run church auction in the country.

As always, this auction features the most incredible pieces to be had.  They have been refinished and refined by the Men's Group of the Sturbridge Federated Church.  Along with their magnificent items, the auctioneers of the Robert A. Glass Family Auctioneers, preside over the event.  Included in this event are food, cooked by members of the Sturbridge Federated Church as well as crafts created by the ladies group known as Koinonia and there are also silent auction items, such as gift cards, back to school baskets, and all kinds of wonderful things.

Preview to the Auction begins at 9:00 a.m.
Auction Preview Features: Bake Sale, Crafts, Silent Auction Items, and Food.

On the beautiful Sturbridge Common
American Summer Classic
AUGUST 12-13, 2017 
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Publick House Cooks for Community Organizations

Help us give back to the community by joining us for our monthly feasts to raise money for local organizations. Sponsored organization will split a minimum of $4.00 from every dinner served!

August 14
St. Michael's Church, Southbridge
Elm Street Congregational

Adults $14 / Children $5
(4-12 yrs.)
Held in Paige Hall or under the Tent!

Two Seating Times
SEATING ONE: 4:30pm-6:15pm
SEATING TWO: 6:30pm-7:30pm

Casual Dining * Open Seating * No Reservations

All Feasts include...
Tossed Salad with Maple Vinaigrette
Dinner Rolls, Dessert, Coffee, Tea, Soft Drinks & Iced Water

Thank you for your support! 
Village Toastmasters Weekly Meetings
Thursday Evenings, 7:00-8:15pm
46 Hall Road, Sturbridge
Village Toastmasters
Village Toastmasters is a local group focused on helping its members improve their public speaking and leadership skill while building confidence in their abilities.  
The club has recently moved its meeting location.

As of Thursday, April 27, 2017, Village Toastmasters will meet every Thursday from 7:00-8:15 pm at the offices of the Chamber of Central Mass South, located at 46 Hall Road, Sturbridge.
Thank you to the Chamber of Central Mass South for serving as the new meeting location and thank you to Southbridge Savings Bank for hosting our meetings for the past decade and more!
We are grateful to our community partners!

Guests are always welcome!!  
Please arrive 15 minutes early (6:45pm) as meetings start promptly.  
Concerts on the Commons 
East Brookfield Common
Sturbridge Summer Concerts
All concerts start at 6pm on the Sturbridge Town Common. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Please be mindful of those around you who are listening to the concert. Please refrain from parking directly on the Town Common. Thank you and enjoy the concerts!

August 3: Island Castaways (sponsored by Savers Bank) 
August 10: Emotion

Southbridge Summer Concerts
Music, good quality, family friendly entertainment! 
All performances are 6-8 pm on Southbridge Common (1 Mechanic St)
If bad weather, we will be at the Auditorium at 25 Cole Ave.
 August 6: The Boston Baked Blues 
sponsored by United Lens Co. 
August 13: Black & White Band
sponsored by Southbridge Hotel

West Brookfield Concert on the Common 
All Concerts 7-9pm. Bring chairs, blankets, picnics and bug spray!

August 9: The Otters  (rescheduled from 7/12 rainout)

East Brookfield Concerts 
Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Town Gazebo on Connie Mack Field. FREE!
Food and drinks will be available to purchase. Bring your kids, chairs, blankets and neighbors. 
(Concerts are cancelled if it rains!)

August 3: Leicester Town Band
August 10: Joe Macey (Acoustic) 
Local Farmers' Markets & Farm Stands 
Local Farmers Market at Big Bunny
Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. 
Big Bunny Parking Lot, 942 Main Street, Southbridge
West Brookfield Farmers' Market
June to October. Wednesdays. From 3:00-6:00pm.
On the Town Common, Route 67 & 9, West Brookfield.
Hitchcock Academy's Farmers' Market
Open every Saturday from 9:00-2:00pm until October 28.
(Not held during Brimfield Shows)
HFA Parking Lot. 2 Brookfield Road, Brimfield .
Overlook Farm, 15 Long Hill Road, Brookfield
Retail stand opens June 20 with limited product.
Open 10-6. Closed Mondays.  
Check the website for availability.

Klem's Farmers' Market
June 10 to October 21, Saturdays 10am to 2pm.
Excluding 7/23 and 8/20 due to other events at Klem's.
117 West Main Street, Spencer

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We Welcome Interesting Goodies for our Welcome Baskets!  


New member Baskets

The Chamber has teamed up with the Center of Hope to create gift baskets to welcome new members to the Chamber of Central Mass South. The Chamber presents our new members with gift baskets that will not only have a monetary value but also to give the recipient an opportunity to learn more about other Chamber members and their services. These baskets make a terrific first impression and are a great way to introduce your business to new prospects. Can you help us fill these baskets with interesting goodies?   


We are always seeking interesting, practical items to include in our welcome baskets. We welcome your contributions of items like modest gift certificates, discount coupons, items with your company's logo like piggy banks, thumb drives and coffee mugs, free trial items, small items your company manufactures or whatever else might promote your company and be a value to our new members.


We are looking to assemble about a dozen baskets at a time so that time sensitive material will not be out of date when received. If you would like to donate items for this program, please drop them off at the Chamber office or give us a call to arrange pick up your donated items. Contact Alix at 508-347-2761 or e-mail if you have any questions or to arrange a pickup. Thank you for your contributions!


Important Dates to Save!
  August 3: Chamber Summer Outing: A Clambake at The Publick House
August 5-6: Pan Mass Challenge
August 5-6: Redcoats & Rebels at OSV
August 11: Center of Hope Golf Tournament
August 12-13: American Summer Classic at 508 International 
August 16: Second Chance Animal Clinic Ribbon Cutting (Worcester) 
August 16-20: C-MASS GEOFEST
August 18: FREE FUN FRIDAY at Old Sturbridge Village 
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