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In This Issue
C-MASS GEOFEST
Fun at Five!
Recollections of a Summer Clambake
Samantha Chase Joins Harrington
NBSB Fundraiser Feeds Campers
Bay Path Fall Classes
Ceremony for Elise Wilson
A Farmer at the Table!
Harrington Expands Oncology Services to Spencer
Office Space For Rent
Harrington Auxiliary Installs New Officers
Harrington Welcomes Ruth Benet, DO
Ribbon Cutting: Second Chance Clinic
Cruising for Charity Car Shows
Stargaze at Hitchcock Academy
Cooking with Table 3
Free Fun Friday!
Bathroom Humor at Stageloft
Aqua Riders Team Show
Clowning Around Workshop
300th Anniversary of Brookfield Churches
Annual Car and Motorcycle Show
Summer at Salem Cross Inn
Publick House Feast
Employers Against Domestic Violence
The Spencer Fair
The Woodstock Fair
Brimfield Shows
Village Toastmasters
Free Saturday Tastings
Concerts on the Commons
Farmers' Markets & Stands
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Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors
Executive Committee
  
Cindy Howard
Chair
Center of Hope
 
Bruce Watkins
Treasurer
Karl Storz Endovision 

Jocelyn Callis
1st Vice Chair
OFS

Michael Checkosky
Immediate Past Chair
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Board Members

Brad Arcoite
Table 3 Restaurant Group  

Jessica Bettencourt
Klem's 

Susan Collins
Bank Hometown


Alycia Dzik
Webster First Federal Credit Union

Michelle Fanion
ERA Key Realty


Les Gardner
Les Gardner Photography

 
Nathan Hardt
 
Joe Klimavich

Lynn Mero
Southbridge Credit Union


Laurie Nelson
Christopher Heights

Heather Pedersen
Country Bank

Rita Schiano 

Michael Wales
Michael L. Wales Painting Co. 
 
Jim Donahue
Honorary Board Member
 
Counsel
Padgett D. Berthiaume
 
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Chamber Staff

Alexandra McNitt
 Executive Director

Paulette Hughes
Finance & Administration

Jack Starkey
Communications Specialist 

Chamber Links

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Stur Townships - Everything but Ordinary  

Greetings from the Chamber of Central Mass South!

Welcome to CROSSROADS EVENTS for August!
It's time to grab these golden days and make the very most of them. You'll find many ways to enjoy them right through Labor Day weekend, plus important news from our Members in this issue. Make your plans to catch up and network with us at Bogey Lanes in September. You'll also find the last of the free summer concerts, a recap of our annual Clambake, and ideas for stargazing, unique dining events, and a Free Fun Friday at OSV!
 
Got news? Thank you for emailing us your press releases, links and photos for inclusion in Crossroads!
Keep posting your 2017 events to our online events calendar! We love sharing them with our readers! 
 
Extra for Experts! Connect with us on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter and Pinterest for more from your Chamber!  
Geofest logo 2017
Starts tomorrow!
Group Shot Geofest
Time to hit the trails! It's 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.

The Chamber of Central Mass South is extremely grateful to everyone who helped us organize and spread the word about the event and our wonderful local venues who will welcome geocachers throughout the festival. Sincere thanks to Bogey Lanes, Jimmy D's Ice Cream & Sandwich Shoppe, Teddy G's Pub & Grille, B.T.'s Smokehouse, Brush It Off Paint & Sip Bar, Mexicali Mexican Grill, Green Acres, White's Landing, and our main event host, Hamilton Rod & Gun Club.

The Chamber also expresses gratitude to the Chamber's tourism committee, the Sturbridge Trails Committee, the Sturbridge Recreation Committee, all of our energetic and enthusiastic volunteers, Bob Datz of datzmedia who created the event's website, and the Sturbridge Tourist Association for making Geofest possible again this year.  
 
The event takes place in many locations in Sturbridge.  
See the calendar of events at the website:  
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Fun at Five!
Wednesday, September 13
at 5:00pm 
Bogey Lanes  
Bogey Lanes 
199 North Brookfield Rd., East Brookfield
508-867-66 29
 
 Join us for networking at Bogey Lanes... 
WHERE THE FUN IS!  
 
Join us for September's Fun at Five at a venue built for FUN! Mingle and network with a terrific crowd, enjoy tasty appetizers and chances to win great prizes!
 
Bring your business cards and your playful spirit as we partake in all the fun activities that Bogey Lanes has to offer - FREE Candlepin Bowling (includes shoe rental), FREE Billiards, FREE Mini-Golf, and more fantastic amusements! 
 
Enjoy beer and wine! Sample food and more tasty treats from Moosey's Muddy Brook Cafe ... Amy Luksha's new food truck will be on hand at the Fun!
 
Cost:
$10 for registered Members, $15 at the door or  
$20 for non-Members. 
RSVP by phone at 508-347-2761 
or email info@cmschamber.org 
 
Thank you to our
Fun at Five sponsor!
River-Air HVAC 
River-Air HVAC first began operating in 2003, providing services to West-Central Massachusetts and the surrounding area.   
Based out of Brimfield, River-Air HVAC installs, services and retro-fits various heating and air conditioning systems for residential and  
small commercial applications. 
Fully Licensed and Insured. 
 
River-Air HVAC            774-230-6880 
Recollections of a Summer Clambake  
Clambake 2017
On August 3, 2017, the Chamber celebrated summer at its annual outing, A New England Clambake at The Publick House! It was a fantastic evening brimming with great company, wonderful music, cocktails, yummy hors d' oeuvres and the famous clambake buffet!
 
Thank you to all of our guests, everyone who bought and sold tickets in support of our raffle,  
the amazing staff of The Publick House,  
Yankee Dogs for supplying the tunes and  
United Lens Company for sponsoring the band!
See more photos here
Chamber Welcomes New Board Members
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On Thursday August 10, 2017, the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Central Mass South voted two new Members to our Board.
 
We are very pleased to welcome Nathan Hardt of Idea Agency (Sturbridge) and Joe Klimavich of Harrington HealthCare System (Southbridge).  
 
The Chamber wishes to thank our outgoing Board Members for their dedication and service. Our sincere gratitude goes out to Chris Canniff of Harrington HealthCare System and Bob Datz of datzmedia for their efforts and contributions to our work.   
Member2Member Discounts! 
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Don't Forget t o use your M2M Card! 
Discounts from Members... for Members!  
We THANK YOU for KEEPING IT LOCAL! 
Samantha Chase, Orthopedic Surgeon, Joins Harrington Physician Services

Dr. Chase Samantha Chase, M.D., has joined Harrington Physician Services Orthopedic Surgery Department.

Dr. Chase received her medical degree from the University of Buffalo SUNY, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

She completed an internship and residency at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program (HCORP), which includes four Harvard-affiliated teaching hospitals: Boston Children's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Residents in HCORP have access to one of the finest musculoskeletal research communities in the country. Dr. Chase then went on to complete her fellowship training at the Lahey Clinic focusing on surgery of the hand and upper extremity.          

Dr. Chase will join Drs. Russell Donnelly, Young-Ho, Oh, Charles Sommer and Joseph Veneziano in the orthopedic surgery office at 94 South Street in Southbridge. Patients interested in scheduling an appointment should call 508-764-2772.

Dr. Chase will perform a variety of diagnostic, preventive and surgical treatment for orthopedic conditions, focusing on upper extremity procedures, including:

- Rotator cuff injuries
- Shoulder pain/impingement
- Clavicle injuries
- Arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, elbow and wrist
- Elbow problems/arthritis/surgery
- Biceps/triceps tear
- Wrist problems/surgery
- Wrist ligament injuries
- Wrist arthritis
- Ganglion cysts
- Hand surgery
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Cubital tunnel syndrome
- Compressive neuropathies
- Dupuytren's contracture
- Trigger finger/tendonitis
- Hand tumors
- Nerve reconstruction
- Upper extremity fractures/dislocations
- Thumb arthritis
- Rheumatoid arthritis and deformity of the hand

The HPS Orthopedic Surgery Department provides a variety of services to patients, including arthritis/osteoarthritis, tendon and ligament injuries, bone fracture and trauma, knee arthroscopy, meniscus tears, sports medicine, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendon and splints and casts. Surgical options include minimally-invasive arthroscopic procedures with minimal scarring and shorter recovery time.
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North Brookfield Savings Bank's Fundraiser to
Help Feed Camp Putnam Campers a Success
NBSB and Community Join Together to Help Feed Campers
  NBSB_s Camp Putnam Donation
Donna Tiso, North Brookfield Savings Bank Senior Vice President of Retail Lending and Camp Putnam Board Member along with Donna Boulanger, North Brookfield Savings Bank President and CEO presented a $2,263 check to Todd Stewart, Camp Putnam Executive Director for the NBSB Feed a Camper Fundraiser.
 
North Brookfield Savings Bank is pleased to announce the success of its "Feed a Camper at Camp Putnam" fundraiser, to help provide meals for young campers from low-income families. The fundraiser was held at all North Brookfield Savings Bank branch locations.
 
Altogether, the fundraiser allowed North Brookfield Savings Bank to present a $2,263 donation to Camp Putnam for campers that will attend the New Braintree camp. An initial $1,000 donation made by North Brookfield Savings Bank was followed by a very generous outpouring of donations totaling $1,163 coming from community members and customers at NBSB branch locations, and from NBSB employees through the Casual Jean Fridays program.
 
Camp Putnam provides a true camping experience for children and is affordable for all families regardless of income. It spends nearly $40,000 on food each summer, offering campers tasty yet healthy home-cooked and "kid-friendly" meals in a family-style atmosphere.
 
"We are so thankful to be a part of such compassionate communities who believe in giving back as much as we do," said Donna Boulanger, President and CEO of North Brookfield Savings Bank. "With the generous donations made by our community members, customers and NBSB employees, campers will be provided with well-rounded, nutritious meals when they are at Camp Putnam."
 
"As part of the 'Care and Share' mantra that's so central to our mission here, we are committed to providing campers with delicious, healthy meals," said Camp Putnam Executive Director Todd Stewart. "This donation from the Feed a Camper at Camp Putnam fundraiser hosted by North Brookfield Savings Bank will certainly be put to good use by helping offset the high costs of feeding hundreds of kids each year. We are very grateful for this support of the community."
 
Camp Putnam encourages and promotes emotional, social, intellectual and personal discovery for children in a safe, structured environment. To learn more about Camp Putnam, visit www.campputnam.org .
 
To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank's community giving efforts and all of the convenient banking products and services offered, visit www.NorthBrookfieldSavingsBank.com .
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Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical Adult Evening School Announces Three New Vocational Courses for the Fall

Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical Adult Evening School announced that it will be offering three new vocational courses for the fall semester. Bay Path will be offering Certified Nursing Assistant, Sheet Metal Worker Licensing Tiers and The American Welding Society 3G and 4G Certifications with a preparation course. These courses are in addition to the over 130 classes being offered at Bay Path's Evening School in Charlton.

Bay Path has been approved to offer a Certified Nursing Assisting program. This course is designed to be a pathway to the professional medical field. The course will run 117 hours with 29.5 hours being conducted at a local clinical site. The class will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning October 3. The course will be instructed by Ms. Donna McElroy - Routhier RN, BSN. She has over 20 years of nursing experience. One of Bay Path's Health Technology instructor Christine Piehl RN, BSN. will be assisting in the clinical portion of the course. The cost of this course will be $1325.00

In September, Bay Path will also offer the Sheet Metal Workers Licensing Tier program. This course is approved by the Board of Examiners of Sheet Metal Workers. Bay Path is one of only two schools licensed by the board. This program will run 19 weeks. It will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning September 20th. This class consists of the required code lessons as well as lessons in sheet metal fabrication and setup. The cost of this class is $1350.00.

In November, Bay Path will offer The American Welding Society type 3G and 4G Welders Certification Exam and preparation course. This course is for experienced welders only looking to become certified in flat , horizontal and vertical welding or overhead welding. This class with exam runs over six nights. Monday November 27 through Thursday November 30. Testing will be conducted on Monday December 1 and Friday December 4. The cost of this course is: 3G exam with prep $449.00 4G with prep $449.00 both exams with prep $599.00.

Registration for the fall semester begins August 14, 2017. You can register by phone at 508-248-5971 ext 1715, On-line at Baypath.augusoft.net or in person \ by mail at 57 Old Muggett Hill Road, Charlton MA, 01507.
 
Harrington T-shirts
Harrington Support Members of Southcoast Health presented the Harrington HealthCare Emergency Department with signed T-shirts in support of Elise Wilson, RN, who was the victim of an attack in the Harrington Hospital Southbridge ER back in June.
 
In a brief ceremony Thursday, everyone expressed gratitude for Southcoast's generous gifts and Elise told the group how amazed she has been by the nationwide support for nursing and healthcare workplace safety.
 
Pictured in small photo from left to right:
Seanna Zimmerman, Director of Emergency Services, Charlton Memorial Hospital (Fall River, MA); Michele Azevedo, Director of Emergency Services, St. Luke's Hospital (New Bedford, MA); Elise Wilson, RN; Teresa Allen-Richard, Emergency Department Manager, Tobey Hospital (Wareham, MA). Also pictured are many members of the Harrington ER and security staff.
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Tickets Available for a New Twist on Tastes of the Valley:  
A Farmer at the Table!

Tastes of the Valley Tickets are available for The Last Green Valley's (TLGV) annual feast and fundraiser, Tastes of the Valley! Proceeds from the event support TLGV's programs to conserve our natural resources and support sustainable agriculture. This year's event will be held on Sunday, August 27, at the Publick House in Sturbridge, MA. Join us to celebrate all things green, growing and delicious in The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor with a new twist on the region's favorite farm-to-table event!
 
Tastes of the Valley has been The Last Green Valley's signature fundraising event for the past 11 years. It showcases local farms and orchards by pairing products grown, raised, and created in The Last Green Valley with a variety of local chefs. This year's event will feature the traditional appetizer, dessert, and beverage tastings, plus a new twist - guests will also enjoy a farm-to-table, multi-course, sit-down dinner. Seated at each table will be a farmer, vintner, or brewer for guests to converse with as they learn more about what it takes to keep The Last Green Valley green, growing, and delicious.  

Individual tickets are available at $95 for TLGV members and $105 for non-members and can be purchased online at www.thelastgreenvalley.org or by calling LyAnn at the TLGV Office, 860-774-3300. Sponsorship Packages are also available and will guarantee your seat at the table (we expect to sell out quickly). Packages start at $300 and include a set number of tickets and publicity at each sponsor level. You can learn more about Sponsorship Packages at www.thelastgreenvalley.org.   

The Last Green Valley is a National Heritage Corridor - the last stretch of dark night sky in the coastal sprawl between Boston and Washington, D.C. The Last Green Valley, Inc. works for you in the National Heritage Corridor - together we can care for it, enjoy it and pass it on. 
Harrington Expands Oncology Services to Spencer

Dr. Rehman Harrington Physician Services' (HPS) Dr. Yasser Rehman is now available to see oncology and hematology patients in Spencer at the HPS office, located at 118 W. Main Street (second floor).
 
Dr. Rehman, board-certified in medical oncology, has been seeing patients at The Cancer Center at Harrington in Southbridge since he joined HPS in August 2016.
 
"Dr. Rehman's new office location will provide better access to oncology care for residents in the Brookfields, Spencer, Warren and other surrounding communities," said Pam Zouranjian Connor, director of the Cancer Center at Harrington.

Patients will be able to schedule initial consultations and follow-up appointments in Spencer. Procedures and treatments will continue to be offered only at the Southbridge Cancer Center location.

Dr. Rehman also has a satellite office in Webster. For more information, please call 508-764-2400.
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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. 
Harrington Auxiliary Installs New Officers
Auxiliary Officers
Connie Favreau, new President, and Helen Lenti, outgoing President.

Harrington Auxiliary installed new officers at its annual meeting on June 21, which was held this year at the Golden Lamb Buttery in Brooklyn, Connecticut. Officers serve a two-year term.

The new officers include President Connie Favreau; First Vice President Lucette Favreau; Second Vice President Barbara Avery; Treasurer Deborah Howard; Secretary Anne Dutka; and Directors Helen Lenti and Betsy Peppel. The Auxiliary committees have also been reorganized and new chairs and co-chairs will be appointed.

The Auxiliary, which celebrates its 85th anniversary this year, appreciates the service of the previous board and wishes the new board members a successful year.

Harrington Auxiliary, established in 1932, is a non-profit organization of dedicated and impassioned volunteers whose mission is to support and enhance the excellent services provided by the Harrington HealthCare System.
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Harrington Physician Services Welcomes Ruth Benet, DO,
to Brimfield Family Practice
 
Ruth Benet Ruth Benet, DO, has joined Harrington Physician Services at its Brimfield Family Practice.
 
Dr. Benet received her medical degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine. She most recently completed a residency at Eastern Connecticut Family Medicine at Prospect Manchester Hospital in Manchester, CT where she was co-chief resident.
 
Originally from central Massachusetts, Dr. Benet has experience in the full spectrum of family medicine, including simple in-office procedures like joint aspirations and suturing. 
 
As an osteopathic physician, she has had additional training in the neuromuscular skeletal system and has an interest in functional medicine, which incorporates all available treatment options including supplements or complementary approaches to improve health. 
 
Dr. Benet has participated in a number of research articles including the role of Osteopathic Manual Medicine in Congestive Heart Failure, pulmonary primary care, and renal and splenic infarct.
 
She is a member of several professional organizations including the American Osteopathic Association, American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Practice and American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.
 
Dr. Benet joins Drs. James Goodwin and Charles Cavagnaro, Nurse Practitioner Kayla Cross and Nurse Practitioner Kim Vetal to provide routine and preventive family medicine.
 
The office is located at 255 E. Old Sturbridge Road in Brimfield.
For an appointment, patients may call 413-245-3389.
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"August creates as she slumbers, replete and satisfied." 
-  Joseph Wood Krutch 
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.
 
 508-867-5525       www.secondchanceanimals.org 
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 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!
Taste and Gaze at Hitchcock Academy 

Geoff
Wednesday August 16
BEER TASTING AND STARGAZING FUNDRAISER: Set your eyes to the sky to view this summer's spectacular meteor shower, constellations and planets! Kick back on the grass of Hyland Orchard, sip on craft beer samplings from Rapscallion Brewery and take in the Perseids meteor shower! Peek through a telescope and enjoy the guidance of amateur astronomers in viewing a myriad of deep space objects, planets and constellations. All ages are welcome! Non-alcoholic homemade root beer, juice & soft drinks are also available. Snacks are also included. Enter the raffle for a chance to win a brand-new telescope! Be sure to bring bug spray, a blanket or chair, and a red flashlight to protect your night vision. Red cellophane will be available.

Thanks again to our sponsors, Rapscallion Brewery, Hyland Orchard, Astronomers Geoff (pictured) and Kim McLean of the Thames Amateur Astronomical Society, Southbridge Credit Union, Ross Solar Group, All Star Incentive Marketing, and Fire Fighting Equipment.

In case of overcast skies, the event will take place on Thursday, August 17, Time: 8-10 PM Location: Hyland Orchards, 195 Arnold Road, Sturbridge, MA Fee: $15 21+ in advance; $20 at the door; $5 under 21 Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or www.hitchcockacademy.org for more information.
Cooking with Table 3: New England Seafood and Clambake

Outside at The Barn and Café Patio
Thursday, August 17, 2017,  6:30 pm

The New England clam bake is a traditional method of cooking seafood such as lobster, mussels, crabs, clams, and quahogs-often supplemented with vegetables, such as onions, carrots, and corn on the cob. For this Cooking with Table 3 event, Chef Tony will show us how to get traditional clambake results at home without setting the yard on fire or going through the pains of heating stones and gathering seaweed like the Wampanoag Indians did. This classic delicious menu is perfect for Summer family gatherings and Chef Tony will show you some "tricks of the trade" to make it a great hit. This special event will be hosted on our lovely patio between the Barn and Cedar Street Café at 420 Main Street. This is one that's not to be missed.

Please contact Danielle Green at 774-241-8450 to make your reservations.
August 18 is FREE FUN FRIDAY at OSV! 
Fun at OSV

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.

Coming in September: Militia Weekend (September 2-4) 
 
Museum Hours: May - October
Open Wednesdays - Sundays  
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
OSV   
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.

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.

Last weekend!
August 18-20
Visit online or call for tickets.

To reserve tickets by phone, call (508) 347-9005. 

Aqua Riders of Holland
Water Ski Show Team
 August 19, 10:00am, Annual Home Show
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.

The Last Summer Show Date:
August 19 - Our annual Homeshow at 10:00am
 
Bring a lawn chair and enjoy our spectacular FREE shows! Follow on Facebook for more!
Clowning Around
Free "Clowning Around Workshop"
August 19, Charlton Arts & Activities Center

Gateway Players Theatre of Southbridge and Pasture Prime Players of Charlton present a FREE "Clowning Around Workshop" on Saturday, August 19th from 10am-Noon at the Charlton Arts and Activities Center, 4 Dresser Hill Road in Charlton. Open to children ages 8 and older, the workshop will feature how to apply clown make-up, the art of juggling, hands-on instruction in the art of performance, and just how to be a clown!  To register for the workshop, please call (508)-764-4531.

The workshop will be presented by Bay State Clown Arts featuring "Maggie the Clown", (Nicole Portwood). Nicole has spent the last 25 years working in every possible venue for clowns. Her credits include touring both nationally and internationally with Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus, performing for guests at Disneyland and Disney World, and entertaining thousands of children and adults alike at birthday parties, company picnics, and schools and libraries.

This workshop is presented by a grant from the Charlton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Church
300th Anniversary of Brookfield Churches

The months of August and September will see a continuation of the 300th Anniversary celebration of the Brookfield Churches that trace their beginning to the meeting house that was built on Foster Hill in West Brookfield in 1717. Church celebrations will take place on August 19, September 17, and October 14.

August 19, 2017 will feature a dramatized presentation by the First Congregational Church of West Brookfield of the events surrounding the Church's 1851 expulsion of Lucy Stone, who later went on to become a leading figure in the women's rights movement. Now, in a period when times and attitudes have changed, the Church will seek a reconciliation with her spirit. The event will start at 10:30 A.M. at the bandstand on West Brookfield Common, to be followed by further events and lunch in the Church.

For further information, contact Robert Blozie, Chairman 300th Anniversary Committee.
(508) 654-3112.
Car Show
Harrington Auxiliary 9th Annual Car and Motorcycle Show
August 27

Does your garage house a '67 Pontiac Firebird? Or maybe your favorite ride is a red '65 Mustang convertible or a 2004 Dodge Viper. Regardless of make or model, buff up those classics and head to Connecticut for the 9th Annual Classic Car and Motorcycle Show. The Harrington Auxiliary once again sponsors "Cruising' into Healthcare" at Bogeys Ice Cream Stand/Thompson Speedway in Thompson, Connecticut, on Sunday, August 27, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The cost to register a vehicle is $10. The first 100 cars receive dash plaques. No admission fee for spectators.

Trophies will be awarded for First, Second and Third Place. Registrants also vote for the People's Choice Award. One award will be given for the motorcycle deemed "Best in Show." The award ceremony takes place at 2:00 pm.

In addition to the Classic Car and Motorcycle Show, DJ Dick Salvas will spin your favorite oldies and Harrington on Wheels will offer health education and provide screenings.  

For more information, please contact Kelly Hibbard at 508-765-6472 or khibbard@harringtonhospital.org.
Summertime at Salem Cross Inn 
Murder Mystery
August 27: Murder Mystery Dinner Series 
Solve a crime while you dine. See more and get your tickets here!   
 
Salem Cross Inn and the Stageloft Repertory Theater present a Murder Mystery Dinner theater dining event, "A Healthier Life - The Making of an Info-mercial."

We need your help. Oppie Losefree needs you to cast a ballot as to which strategy should be chosen for the upcoming info-mercial about leading a healthier life. Meet some health experts as they battle for the spotlight in an upcoming television ad. Hopefully the battle won't result in a murder! But you never know with these health fanatics... 
 
The Murder Mystery Dinner is an advanced ticket purchase dining event.

Menu for the Murder Mystery Dinner
 
Tossed Garden Salad with Creamy Italian Dressing (served at 7:00pm)
Rustic Boneless Breast of Chicken - Supreme Sauce (served at 7:45pm)
Seasonal Potato and Vegetable
Homemade Rolls
Ice Cream Cakeballs with Homemade Hot Fudge
Brewed Tea or Coffee

Arrive by 6:30pm. Show begins promptly at 7:00pm.
Visit the website for more information and tickets.

$56 per person (Tax and gratuity included. Tickets are non-refundable. Advance purchase only)
To attend our Murder Mystery Dinner, visit the website, or call us at 508-867-2345.

Outdoor Grilling
Every Wednesday and Thursday from 5-8pm, enjoy dinner outdoors at the Hexmark Tavern, weather permitting. For more information,
 
Drovers Roast
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. 
 
Salem Cross Inn 
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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 28
Friends of Crawford Library
St. Anne's - St. Patrick Parish Sturbridge
CLASSIC BARBEQUE

CASH DONATION
Adults $14 / Children $5
(4-12 yrs.)
ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET!
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!
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Employers Against DV
Employers Against Domestic Violence
invites you to join the Massachusetts launch of
#MoveToEndDV featuring keynote speaker
Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017, 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Hanover Insurance, 440 Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA
Breakfast provided
RSVP at www.eadvma.org

Founded by Meathead Movers, a for-profit student athlete moving company that provides free moving services to victims of domestic violence, #MoveToEndDV's mission is to encourage 10,000 businesses all over the world to donate free products or services to shelters, victims and survivors of domestic violence. By connecting shelters and businesses all over the world, #MoveToEndDV aims to change the way communities respond to domestic violence situations, help victims and survivors to start a new life through comprehensive community support, and help put an end to domestic abuse once and for all.

This networking breakfast brings together central Massachusetts domestic violence agencies with companies committed to assisting survivors.

Sponsored by your local area Chambers of Commerce.
Spencer Fair
The Spencer Fair, September 1-4
The Annual Spencer Fair will take place this year on September 1-4, 2017. The Spencer Fair is an old time, traditional country fair including ox and horse pulls, cattle, rabbit and poultry shows, hall exhibits, midway and outdoor entertainment, and should be a great time for all who attend. With agricultural and commercial exhibits, stage shows, a midway, crafts, and a farmers market, this year will prove to be the best. See all the offerings for this year's fair at www.spencerfair.org. For more info at Fair time call 508-885-5814.
Woodstock Fairgrounds The Woodstock Fair, September 1-4
Connecticut's second oldest agricultural fair featuring crafts, lots of food, livestock shows, petting zoo, free stage shows, midway, go-kart races. Better Living Center, vegetables, flowers, entertainment and a lot more. All attractions (excluding midway rides) are included in the admission prices.
Visit The Woodstock Fair website for more information on live acts, exhibits, and much more!

2017 Brimfield Shows Fall Edition: September 5-10
Brimfield
The Brimfield Antiques and Collectibles Show has been dubbed
"the Queen of the outdoor shows" and a Smithsonian Treasure. A New England tradition, the extravaganza represents the largest outdoor gathering of antique and collectibles dealers in the country with acres of tents showcasing the merchandise of thousands of dealers!
Happy Hunting! www.brimfield.com   
If you can VOLUNTEER for a shift at the Shows, give us a shout at 508-347-2761!
You can check the schedule here for open shifts! Thank you!  
Village Toastmasters Weekly Meetings
Thursday Evenings, 7:00-8:15pm
PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION
CHAMBER OF CENTRAL MASS SOUTH CONFERENCE ROOM
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.  

Winebuyers Outlet

Free Saturday Tastings!

 

Please join The Winebuyer's Outlet / Sturbridge Cheese & Chocolate at their Free Tastings of Artisan Cheeses, luscious Chocolates & Fine Wines every Saturday from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M. This is a great way to taste before you buy and discover new favorites!

 

179 Main Street, Sturbridge    

508-347-1500 www.winebuyersoutlet.com

Concerts on the Commons (The last of the season!) 
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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 17 Steel Accent Drums (Island Music)  
August 24: 4 2 GO (Classic Rock, Jazz, Folk)
 

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 27: 4EverFab presented by Savers Bank  

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

August 17: Big Gunz and fundraiser for 100th Anniversary
August 24: Throwback to the 60s
 
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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

Coggno Training
Click on the image to browse our catalog of training courses! 
Save these Dates!
August 16-20: C-MASS GEOFEST
August 18: Free Fun Friday at OSV
August 27: Tastes of the Valley: A Farmer at the Table     
August 29: Employers Against Domestic Violence   
September 4: Labor Day
September 5-10: Brimfield Antiques & Collectibles Shows
September 13: Fun at Five at Bogey Lanes with River-Air HVAC 

Thank you for posting your events to our Events Calendar!

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