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In This Issue
C-MASS GEOFEST is Here!
New Member Orientation
New Sturbridge Shuttle Service
Clambake Memories
Fun at Five!
Brown Bag: Let's Cake Decorate with Susan
Annual Membership Directory Photo Contest
bankHometown Welcomes Sabrina Grillo
50+ Job Seekers Networking Group
NBSB Hat Contest Winner
TLGV's 2019 Calendar: Photos Wanted!
Harrington Welcomes Podiatrist Sarah Daigle
NBSB Donates Toward EMT Training
Office Space For Rent
Charlotte's Web at OSV!
Stageloft Theater
Cruising for Charity
Cooking with Rico & Dan
Second Chance Animal Shelter Pet Adoptions
The Rocky Horror Show
Hitchcock Academy
Zucchini Festival
Rotary Charity Golf Classic
Salem Cross Inn Farmers' Dinner
Celebrate a Century at Brookfield Orchards!
Last Green Valley Events
Cruisin' Into Healthcare: Car Show
Publick House Feast
Psychic Diane Lewis
Blood Drive at Sturbridge SCU
Brimfield Shows
The Rick Hoyt Sturbridge Half Marathon
Klems' Farmers Market
Concerts on the Commons
Village Toastmasters
Construction Loans by SCU
Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors
Executive Committee
 
Jocelyn Callis
Chair
OFS
 
Jessica Bettencourt
1st Vice Chair
Klem's 
 
Bruce Watkins
Treasurer
Karl Storz Endovision
  
Cindy Howard 
Immediate Past Chair
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Board Members

Brad Arcoite
Table 3 Restaurant Group  
 
Michael Checkosky

Karla Christiansen
Bank Hometown


Alycia Dzik
Webster First Federal Credit Union 
 
Rich Eichacker

Michelle Fanion
ERA Key Realty


Les Gardner
Les Gardner Photography

 
Nathan Hardt
 
Helios Mako

Lynn Mero
Southbridge Credit Union


Laurie Nelson
Christopher Heights 
 
Mary O'Coin

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 !  
There's still plenty of summer left to savor! You'll find this issue packed with the news you need and some terrific ways to spend these golden days! C-Mass Geofest kicks off tonight and runs through the weekend with all kinds of fun events for the whole family. Registration is FREE! Check out info on the new free shuttle service in Sturbridge. There are also some sweet shows, road races, festivals and occasions to celebration (Happy Century to Brookfield Orchards!) before we get "back to school" in September with a Fun at Five at Southbridge Hotel, a Member Orientation, and a rather tasty Brown Bag seminar!  
   
Got news? Thank you for emailing us your press releases, links and photos for inclusion in Crossroads!
Keep posting your 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!  
c-mASS GEOFEST
Geofest Kayak cache
  C-MASS GEOFEST IS HERE!
August 15-19, 2018
 
C-MASS GEOFEST, our region's only major geocaching
festival, kicks off tonight at 8:00pm with its first fun event:  
TRIVIA NIGHT AT TEDDY G'S
and continues through Sunday afternoon's send-off party at RAPSCALLION BREWERY!
You can still register for FREE and be a part of the action!
Check out the Geofest EVENTS page to see more!
 
 
 Check out the promo on YouTube!
 
Enthusiastic geocachers will comb our region in search of geocaches and enjoy other entertaining and educational events during the 5 days of C-MASS GEOFEST! Now in its fourth year, C-MASS GEOFEST is making a name for itself as a terrific outdoor summer family event. Find out more and register for free at www.C-MassGeofest.org
 
OUR NEW MAIN EVENT VENUE: Westville Recreation Area. Westville Lake is an impoundment of the Quinebaug River, created and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and straddling the boundary between Sturbridge and Southbridge. There are great picnic areas, open spaces and woods trails, plus picnic shelters and launches for canoes and kayaks. C-MASS Geofest takes place in many locations in and around Sturbridge.   
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Get the Most from Your Membership!
New Member Orientation
September 19, 8:30AM TO 9:45AM

The Chamber offers these 75-minute sessions to help our new members and people who may be considering joining the Chamber to maximize the benefits they receive from their membership. Veteran members are welcome to join in as well and get a refresher on all the benefits of being a Chamber Member. We are very pleased to invite you to participate the next session which will take place on the morning of Wednesday, September 19th in the Conference Room at the Chamber Office in Sturbridge.

The details of this FREE program follow.
Please RSVP if you are able to attend.

NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION
SEPTEMBER 19, 8:30AM TO 9:45AM
(Please arrive at 8:15 for a prompt 8:30 start)
 
CHAMBER OF CENTRAL MASS SOUTH CONFERENCE ROOM
46 HALL ROAD, STURBRIDGE, MA
 
AGENDA
Welcome
Introductions
My Chamber Experience
Maximizing Your Membership
Networking Exercise
CMS Referral Group
Venly
SCORE
Coggno
Advocacy
Affiliation with Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce
Committees
Questions & Answers
Closing
 
Coffee & Light Refreshments will be available.
 
We sincerely hope you will join us as we present these tools, tips, and strategies to help you get the very most out of your Chamber Membership. Feel free to give us a ring if you have any questions.

If you are able to attend, please RSVP to Paulette via phone at 508-347-2761 or email pjh@cmschamber.org .

If you are unable to attend this session but would like to be informed of future sessions, please let us know. Thank you for your time and we look forward to seeing you soon!
Sturbridge Shuttle
FREE!
SATURDAY SHUTTLE
 
Update: The Sturbridge Selectboard has to approve this service before it can go into effect. A special meeting has been scheduled for Friday, August 17 and if all goes well this service can begin this Saturday.  
 
As you may already know, Saturday, August 18 kicks off the pilot program for the Sturbridge Shuttle. For the next six Saturdays (August 18-September 22), the Sturbridge Shuttle will be stopping at hotels and businesses along Route 131 and Route 20, from 2pm -11pm. See the attachment below for the complete list of stops. This is a FREE service funded during this pilot phase by the Sturbridge Tourist Association and managed by the new Sturbridge Business Advocacy Group (BAG). This pilot program was initiated to test the demand and interest in a complimentary service that will help our hospitality guests easily and conveniently enjoy our town's many dining, shopping and entertainment options.

The success of this venture going forward is based on the success of this pilot program! A representative from the Sturbridge BAG will be stopping by Sturbridge businesses on Wednesday afternoon, August 15th today to drop off marketing materials that we hope you will proudly display and promote in your place of business. We are happy to answer any additional questions you may have about the program at this time, as well.

During this six-week trial we will be keeping close track of how many guests use this service and the places we drop them off. We will keep you apprised of this information on a weekly basis via email. At the end of the trial period we will reach out again with a final analysis and recommendations, and costs for continuing this service on our own as a business community.

Please help us make this program a success  - we've been talking about it for years now let's put it to the test!

Cedric Daniel, President, Sturbridge BAG
Maxine Carter-Lome, Your Hometown Shopper
Kevin Filchak, Town of Sturbridge, Economic Development/Tourism Coordinator
 
Download the Sturbridge Shuttle brochure here.
Member2Member Discounts! 
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Click the M2M logo to view all current discounts!  
Clambake for the win_
Clambake Memories
Gosh! We sure had a fantastic time at our summer outing at The Publick House on the evening of August 2, 2018. We packed the Garden Tent with over 220 guests and enjoyed an amazing summertime feast with all the fixin's! The Chamber is sincerely grateful to our wonderful friends at The Publick House, 'Throwback to the 60s' for keeping the evening rocking, and special thanks to our Clambake presenting sponsor, Sturbridge Service Center! Congratulations to the winner of our 'Your Chance to Be A Millionaire' lottery scratch ticket raffle: way to go, Josh Gibson of Michael L. Wales Painting Company! It was a treat to have the winner present this year... Happy scratching! Thank you to all who joined us! Good times with great people... see you next time!! Check out some more pictures, including the funky storm clouds that tried to crash the party, at this link.
NETWORK WITH YOUR CHAMBER
Fun at Five!
Monday, September 10
5:00-7:00pm
Southbridge Hotel 
Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center 
14 Mechanic Street, Southbridge, MA, 508-765-8000
 
 Join us as we say 'Goodbye' to Summer and kick off another spectacular Autumn!
We will meet at the Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center in the outdoor Courtyard which features a fire pit and soft seating. Come and network with your fellow members! A variety of food selections from our menu will be served.  Try a specialty drink from the cash bar or grab a cold one from the 10 Tap Craft Brew Station in Shades Lounge! Participate in assorted lawn games including Corn Hole and Jenga!
 
(In the case of inclement weather, the event will move indoors  
to the newly renovated lobby.)

You could win: 
An Overnight Stay for Two including Breakfast at Southbridge Hotel
Or
A Six-Month Membership to Focus Fitness at Southbridge Hotel
Thanks to our host, Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center!
   
Register for Fun at Five by email or phone.
508-347-2761 
Cost is $10 for Members who pre-register, 
$15 at the door, or $20 for non-Members.
 
Thank you to our September Fun at Five Sponsor!
ofs    
OFS has one of the longest and most respectable corporate lineages in the history of American business with a heritage dating back to Alexander Graham Bell.
 
Our continued commitment to quality and innovation has been instrumental in shaping the future of optical communications and fiber optic technology.
   
OFS Fitel, 50 Hall Rd, Sturbridge, MA 01566 www.ofsoptics.com

Brown Bag
Let's Cake Decorate with Susan!
Presented by: Susan Gaulin of "Let's Cake Decorate"
Let_s cake Decorate 
Tuesday, September 25 at Noon
Chamber Conference Room
46 Hall Road, Sturbridge
 
FREE for CMS Chamber Members, $15 for non-Members.
Space is Limited! Please RSVP. 
Call 508-347-2761 or email info@cmschamber.org to save your spot!
 
Feel free to bring your lunch. Use our microwave to heat it up!
Relax, learn and grow with us! 
 
Susan will introduce you to her world of sugar art and her business
"Let's Cake Decorate."  Even if you feel that cake decorating isn't 'your thing' you'll see that Susan's classes can be designed for anyone, because everyone likes entertainment! Classes can be arranged as simply entertaining fun, all the way to more technique-specific classes. It's a great activity for co-worker events as well as family and friends' get-togethers, especially for the upcoming holidays!
 
Come get a taste of this edible art as she guides you step-by-step to decorate two cupcakes with autumn buttercream flowers that you can take home and enjoy! Learn how fun and easy decorating can be!
 
Susan Gaulin About the Presenter: Susan Gaulin
                       
Hi Everyone! My name is Susan and I'm thrilled to share with you my love of the beautiful sugar art of cake decorating! I've been decorating for 25+ years since I first enrolled in the Wilton Method of Cake Decorating Courses as a teenager. At that time, they were offered as correspondence courses that were sent in the mail. I can still feel the excitement I had when that big box of decorating tools and instructions arrived at the doorstep! I couldn't wait to dig in and practice!
 
Well, practice I did, over and over I would make those detailed roses and rosebuds. I practiced and learned enough to make my own wedding cake (what Cake Boss would call old-school) with pillars, fountain, staircases and all!
 
Although I still enjoy making occasional specialty cakes for friends and family, I realized the enjoyment of showing others how to decorate their own beautiful sweet creations. So eventually, after enrolling in many more skills and technique classes and training at the Wilton School (and raising four wonderful boys with many, many birthday cakes) I started my own business "Let's Cake Decorate" teaching classes throughout Central Massachusetts at various local venues, community centers, and private In-Your-Home Class/Parties.
 
I currently schedule routine classes at Charlton Arts & Activities Center, Hitchcock Academy, Bay Path High School Evening Classes, Seven Hills Foundation, along with private In-Your-Home Classes and occasionally other venues, libraries, and restaurants.
 
Follow my facebook page "events" to see upcoming classes scheduled. www.facebook.com/CakeDecorating
 
My favorite part of teaching is hearing a student look at their sweet decorated creation at the end of class and say, "I'm so proud of myself right now - I made this!"
Annual Membership Directory Photo Contest
Member Directory
  We are seeking amazing photos to showcase
our region in all 4 glorious seasons!
 
The Chamber of Central Mass South is calling on all photographers, amateur and professional, to submit images which represent the four seasons in our area. The photos cannot contain any distinguishable advertising or business entities and they must be easily identifiable with one of the four seasons.
Submit one or all four seasons!
 
There will be one winning photo chosen for each season, selected by the Chamber's Promotions Committee. The 4 winning seasonal photos will be used on the cover of the 2019 Membership Directory and the runners up may be used in the 2019 Annual Report and other Chamber publications with a photo credit to the photographers where possible. All submitted photos become property of the Chamber of Central Mass South.
 
The photos must be high resolution (300 d.p.i. or greater)
and submitted digitally by email to Alix.
by December 15, 2018.
 
Thank you in advance for your best shots of our towns!
Southbridge, Sturbridge, Charlton, Brimfield, The Brookfields,
Holland, Spencer, Wales, Warren, Northern CT
 
Chamber of Central Mass South
Questions? 508-347-2761
bankHometown Welcomes Sabrina Grillo as Sturbridge Branch Manager
 
Sabrina Grillo Matthew S. Sosik, President and CEO of bankHometown, announced that Sabrina Grillo has been promoted to Branch Manager of the Sturbridge Office.
 
Grillo joined bankHometown in 2009 as a teller in the Sturbridge Office, and was promoted to Assistant Branch Manager of the Oxford Branch in 2015.
 
Grillo is currently pursuing her Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration at the New England College of Finance. A graduate of Tantasqua High School, she is the Volunteer Coordinator for bankHometown's Community and Events Committees, partnering with other departments and branches to promote internal and external community events participation.    
 
In her free time, she likes to relax on the beach, read, and spend time with her family and friends.
 
bankHometown has served its communities since 1889 with offices in Massachusetts (Athol, Auburn, Leominster, Oxford, Lancaster, Sturbridge and Webster) and Connecticut (Putnam, Brooklyn, Killingly, Thompson and Woodstock). Depositors of bankHometown have their deposits insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for amounts up to $250,000 with amounts in excess of $250,000 insured in full by the Share Insurance Fund, a private excess insurer.
Worcester 50+ Job Seekers Networking Group
Regional Networking Group
NETWORKING WORKS!! Your AGE really is your EDGE!!
Fall has Arrived! A Perfect Time to Turn Over a New Leaf!

Funded by AARP and Managed by MCOA, we have expanded our 50+ Job Seekers Regional Networking Group program to support and assist people in the 50+ demographic living in the greater Worcester area and looking for a new job, a totally new career direction, re-entering the workforce after an employment gap or looking for a Second Act career.

Meet and network with fellow job seekers at our bi-weekly networking group meetings.
Learn how to Network!

New Topic at each Meeting!  Come join Melody Beach, an experienced Human Resource professional who is the Facilitator for this collaborative Networking Group.
Start your journey towards self-realization, re-invention and transformation!

WHO: Mature Job Seekers! That's YOU! (50 years of age +)

WHEN: Our First Meeting is on Wednesday, September 12th from 2pm - 4pm; we will be meeting on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. Doors open at 1:30pm for registration and casual networking so come early! And often!

WHERE: Worcester Senior Center located at 128 Providence St., Worcester, MA (508-799-1232)

Did you know: 85% of all jobs are found through NETWORKING!! REALLY!!

Our First Session Topic:
Self-Assessment/Transferable Skills:
"What Do I Really Want to Do Now that I'm Grown Up?!" Life After 50+!

For more Information and Pre-Registration (required), please feel free to contact: 
The Worcester COA at 508-799-1232.

North Brookfield Savings Bank's June Hat Contest Winner is William Dupell
June Hat Contest Winner
North Brookfield Savings Bank Ware Branch Manager Tina Allen presented a $100 Teresa's Restaurant  
gift card to North Brookfield Savings Bank's June Hat Contest Winner William Dupell.
 
July is a month jam-packed with parades, sunshine, sparklers and fireworks - bringing smiles to the faces of the young and old. However this past July, one local resident has something even more to smile about. William Dupell, a resident of Ware, was surprised to find out he was the June winner of North Brookfield Savings Bank's Hat Contest. He was later awarded his prize of a $100 gift certificate for being the contest winner.
 
Each month, anyone spotted wearing a North Brookfield Savings Bank hat in the community by a Bank representative is entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift certificate to a local establishment. Dupell was spotted wearing his blue North Brookfield Savings Bank hat by Ware Branch Manager Tina Allen. Later he visited Tina Allen at the Ware branch location on Route 9 to collect his $100 gift certificate to Teresa's Restaurant, a much-loved restaurant since 1980 located in Ware, MA.
 
To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank Hat Contest and all of the convenient banking products and services offered, visit www.NorthBrookfieldSavingsBank.com.
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Calling All Photographers! Show off Your Talent in TLGV's 2019 Calendar

The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) is searching for 13 photos that capture the unique spirit of the National Heritage Corridor. The selected images will appear in the 2019 TLGV Calendar and hang proudly in businesses and homes throughout the National Heritage Corridor and beyond!

Photos must convey the exceptional natural, historic, and cultural resources of The Last Green Valley. We welcome photos of people caring for and enjoying the National Heritage Corridor, but we must have the subject's permission to publish the photo.

The TLGV Calendar is a full 8.5 by 11 inches, printed in color on high quality paper. The back cover includes a map of the National Heritage Corridor with additional information. The 2019 TLGV Calendar will be available through the TLGV online shop, with all proceeds supporting the programs and projects of the nonprofit.

Winners who submitted the photos chosen for each month will be given 5 copies of the 2019 TLGV Calendar and their photo will be printed with their name and photo title. The photographer selected to illustrate the cover will also be featured in a press release about the calendar, in addition to receiving 10 copies of the 2019 TLGV Calendar.

Each photograph must be in color digital format, sized to 8 x 10 inches, and at least 300 dpi.  
Contestants are asked to fill out one form per photo submitted and deliver them via email. There is a limit of three entries per person. Calendar Photo Contest forms are available online at thelastgreenvalley.org. All submissions will become the property of The Last Green Valley, Inc. Submissions are due by email no later than noon on Sept. 14, 2018. Send to LyAnn@tlgv.org, subject line "Calendar Photo Contest."  For more information, please call 860-774-3300 or send questions to LyAnn@tlgv.org, subject "Calendar Photo Contest."
  
The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor is 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 Physician Services Welcomes Podiatrist Sarah Daigle, DPM
 
Dr. Sarah Daigle
Sarah Daigle, DPM, has joined the Harrington Physician Services (HPS) Orthopedic office.
 
Patients interested in scheduling an appointment can call (508) 764-2772.
 
Dr. Daigle received her medical degree from New York College of Podiatric Medicine. She most recently practiced as a Chief Resident at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Conn.
 
Dr. Daigle is a well-versed academic professional. She has presented case studies and completed extensive research for the American Podiatric Medical Association and the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
 
She is also a member of several professional affiliations, including the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, American College of Foot and Ankle Pediatrics and the American Podiatric Medical Association.
 
Dr. Daigle will join Dr. Richard Manolian in Southbridge, specializing in routine and diagnostic foot care, including arthritis, bone spurs, bunions, foot and ankle sprains, heel pain, sports injuries and tendonitis.
 
The HPS Podiatry office is located at 94 South Street in Southbridge, adjacent to the main hospital building.
North Brookfield Savings Bank Donates $2,500 towards
Ware High School Students EMT Training Tuition Costs
NBSB donates for EMT training
Senior Vice President / Director of Human Resources Andrea Healy (front left) and Senior Vice President of Retail Banking Patricia Ostrout (front right) presented a $2,500 check to the Ware Public High School students enrolled in the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Training Program (left to right) Valentina Towne, Felicity Dineen, Seth Bourdeau, Morgan Orszulak, Jordan Trzpit, and Ware Deputy Fire Chief / Director of Emergency Management Edward Wloch.
 
North Brookfield Savings Bank recently made a $2,500 donation to fund tuition costs of Ware High School students enrolling in an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Training Program. The Bank holds the highest level of respect for those who work in public service and is proud to support those who make a big difference in our communities every day. This is just one reason why it is important to North Brookfield Savings Bank to support the next generation of these upstanding individuals.
 
Ware Public High School students that are enrolled in the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Training, which is a Massachusetts Department of Public Health - OEMS accredited program, range from 17 to 18 years of age. The program consists of in-class content, discussion and online training, and is designed to prepare students for the challenging Massachusetts State Certification Examination. The classes prepares an excellent foundation in basic life support skills and techniques, patient assessment, CPR certification, and safe transportation. The students attend classes 3-4 times a week, from June 18th through August 31st at the Education to Employment (E2E) Quaboag Region Workforce Training and Community College Center, located at 79 Main Street in Ware.
 
The students' interest in joining the public service sector was awakened when they recently completed a one-of-a-kind, yearlong "Introduction to Firefighting and EMS" course through Ware High School. The introductory course, developed collectively by the Ware Fire Department and Ware High School, was taught by Instructor and Ware Deputy Fire Chief / Director of Emergency Management Edward Wloch.
 
With the continued efforts made by the Ware Fire Department and Ware High School, Bay State Health Care systems committed to fund half of the students' tuition costs for the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Training, with North Brookfield Savings Bank providing $2,500 of the remaining tuition fees.
 
"North Brookfield Savings Bank is proud to support these dedicated and forward-looking students with their goal of having a career in public service," said North Brookfield Savings Bank President and CEO Donna Boulanger. "By working together with others in our communities, our collective contributions made this EMT Training Program available to enthusiastic students who will undoubtedly make a positive impact within the local communities for years to come. We are proud of them for their commitment to their goals."
 
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.
Promoting Your Business Can BACKFIRE 
 
We are all working at growing our businesses. And for some, a way to do so is signage. You pay for it once and it keeps on working (unlike many other things in our life).

So imagine you have a beautiful tent sign and it is bringing in business. (That's the good part. Now, the insurance man in me comes out.) You set up your sign in the morning and later that day, while you're in a meeting, the wind picks up and whooosshhhh . . . your sign blows into the street, right in front of oncoming traffic.

A startled truck driver swerves and slams into two parked cars - a Mercedes and a Jaguar. The cars are both totaled. And if that's not bad enough, you learn that the Mercedes belongs to the
District Attorney and the Jag to a big-time litigation lawyer. (Feeling stressed yet?)

If you have anything around your business that could fly with the wind, secure it just in case. Like Mom always said, "It's all fun and games until someone calls their lawyer."

Remember: prevention is the best insurance.
 
Thank you to Dennis McCurdy of McCurdy Group for posting this cautionary tale to our News Feed. 
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. 
"If you saw a heat wave, would you wave back?"  
-  Steven Wright

Charlottes Web
at Old Sturbridge Village: July 5-August 26

This summer, Old Sturbridge Village and Brian Clowdus Experiences bring the beloved story of Charlotte's Web to life at the Freeman Farm with a live musical production based on the classic and beloved tale by E.B. White. This production is a reinvented version of the story, set in a timeless New England era that honors the 1830s but with a modern license to breathe fresh air into the story!

In addition to the performance, tour the Village for a "Charlotte's Web Summer" where you can visit our adorable piglets, see costumed historians re-constructing the Allen Piggery, weaving and spinning yarn, blacksmithing, farming, making tin objects, and demonstrating other aspects of 19th-century life, and special exhibits.

An abundance of dining options will be available throughout the museum including our Tap Room Restaurant, Bullard Tavern Café, Ice Cream Shop, as well as a Charlotte's Web-themed eatery and concession adjacent to the performance area.

Written by Joseph Robinette, based on the book by E.B. White. Produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, Woodstock, Illinois.

Show Dates & Times:
Shows will take place Wednesday - Sunday from July 5 thru August 26 (except no shows on August 4-5 due to Redcoats & Rebels).

Shows times are 11:00 am and 1:30 pm. Performances are just under an hour in length and take place on the Freeman Farm. Please plan to arrive at least 40 minutes prior to show time to allow sufficient time to check in and walk to the farm.


Have you heard the BIG news?
KIDS FREE IN AUGUST!
Throughout the month of August, up to 3 kids per adult paying full-priced
admission get into the Village for FREE! For a family with 3 kids, that's a savings of $42!

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge MA 01566
OSV  
Stageloft Theater Presents
Noises OFF
NOISES OFF  
by Michael Frayn  
August 10-26   
 
Called "the funniest farce ever written," Noises Off presents a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing's On. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play.

"The most dexterously realized comedy ever about putting on a comedy. A spectacularly funny, peerless backstage farce. This dizzy, well-known romp is festival of delirium." - The New York Times
 
Presented by Special Arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
 
Stageloft Theater         450A Main Street, Fiskdale            508-347-9005  
Car Show  
Wednesday Night Cruising for Charity Car Show 
Every Wednesday Night! 
Starting June 6th · 5pm to Dusk · 100% profits go to the Masonic Children's.  
 
Weekly Show Classes 
August 15th:   Best Mustang & Best of Show 
August 22nd:   Best Corvette & Best of Show 
August 29th:   Best of Season, Mason's Choice & Driver's Choice
    
For more information e-mail: johnb@klemsonline.com 

Klem's             117 West Main Street, Spencer              508-885-2708 
Avellino  
Cooking with Rico & Dan: Gnocchi and Dumplings 
Thursday, August 16, 6:30pm
 
At their core, dumplings and gnocchi start with many of the same basic building blocks. The humble dumpling can be many things. It's basically a cooked ball of dough made from flour, potatoes, or bread, and filled with meat, veggies, or sweets. Dumplings can be boiled, steamed, fried, or baked. Different countries have their own versions of dumplings. China has wontons, Africa has fufu, Poland has pierogi, Italy has gnocchi, and so on and so forth.
 
Gnocchi are Italian-style soft dumplings that are traditionally made with potato and flour. There are many variations that come from different regions. A big difference between gnocchi and other dumplings is that they're not really filled with anything. Instead of putting a filling inside of the dough, the "filling" ingredients are mixed with the dough, and a ball is formed afterward. Chef Rico may contend these small dumplings stand out among the rest.
 
Come along and experience Chef Dan and Chef Rico's take on this amazingly popular and diverse culinary marvel and find out why our Cooking with the Chef dinners receive such rave reviews. As always, these events often sell out so make your reservation early. This event is $52 per person with wine pairings, or $39 without. Tax and gratuity are not included. Make your reservations now by calling Avellino at 508-347-2321.
Second Chance Animal Shelter Pet Adoptions
August 17, 2:00-4:00pm
 
MOBILE ADOPTION UNIT is coming to Klem's! On the road to saving more lives!  
Be sure to stop by and say hi to some of the sweet dogs and cats looking for a new home!
Let adoption help you find your next best friend. Hot Dogs & Cool Cats!
 
Klem's             117 West Main Street, Spencer              508-885-2708
Gateway Players Theatre
 
The Rocky Horror Show 
 
Gateway Players Theatre of Southbridge presents "The Rocky Horror Show" by Richard O'Brien. Performance dates are Friday, August 17 at 7:30pm, Saturday, August 18 at 7:30pm & 10:00pm, and Sunday, August 19 at 2pm. This production will be held at the Cannery Music Hall, 12 Crane Street in Southbridge. Bill Guy is directing, with Chris Rubenacker as musical director and Barbara Day as producer. All tickets are $20. Tickets may be reserved by calling 508-764-4531. Online credit card ticket sales are available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3558296 
 
Presented by permission through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Synopsis: 
In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad and Janet, stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker and a creepy butler. Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named "Rocky. "Complete with sass from the audience, cascading toilet paper, and an array of other audience participation props, this deliberately kitschy rock 'n' roll sci-fi gothic musical is more fun than ever. The show features the popular songs, "Dammit, Janet", "Time Warp", "Sweet Transvestite" and "Toucha, Toucha, Touch Me".
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Tea Social
Bring your favorite tea cup to Hitchcock Academy on Sunday August 19th to sip and socialize!

Friday, August 17
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: Traditional open AA meetings in a friendly setting. Come early to chat and share in refreshments. Time: 7:30 PM

Saturday, August 18
FARMERS' MARKET: Shop local producers of fruits, vegetables, meat, ice cream, essential oils, candles, jams, flowers, baked goods and more at Hitchcock on Saturdays from April to October. No Farmers' Market during the Brimfield Antiques Show in May, July, or September.

Sunday, August 19
SUNDAY TEA SOCIAL: Hitchcock Academy's own Diana Caissie guides you through several tastings of tea and conversation. Topics include the history and folklore of tea, memories of your first cup of tea, and more! Wear your Sunday Best or whatever you feel comfortable in. Bring your favorite tea cup along! Time: 1:00-3:00 PM Fee: $5 Instructor: Diana Caissie Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or www.hitchcockacademy.org to register. 
4th Annual Zucchini Festival
August 19, Noon to 4:00pm
Holland Community Center 
 
It's finally here! Join us for our 4th Annual Zucchini Festival. If you joined us last year you know how much fun it was! Our Zucchini Cooking Contest will have 3 categories (Appetizers/Salads & Entrees/Casseroles & Desserts/Breads). Plus, there will be tons of fun happening throughout the day. We'll have a "Spirit of Zucchini" Contest, the Holland Library will have a book sale and face painting table, Here Today Adopted Tomorrow had kittens for adoption last year, (can't wait to see what they will have this year) and we will have a zucchini craft table, hotdogs/hamburgers, chips and drinks for sale and so much more! We will also have a Heaviest, a Longest, A Widest or Most Creative Zucchini Contest. If you want to get involved or donate zucchinis, please email us at hccevenings@gmail.com or call 245-3163.
 
Holland Community Center       40 Brimfield Road          Holland 
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Sturbridge Rotary Charity Golf Classic 
August 20 
 
The Sturbridge Rotary Club is hosting its Charity Golf Classic on Monday, August 20 at Cohasse Country Club.  Check in is at 9 AM with tee time at 10:30 AM.  Watch for more details coming soon.  Can't wait and want to sign up now?  Contact Dave Zonia at 508-335-4550 or Bill Lemke at 508-347-7416 to request a registration form. Download the brochure at this link.  
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Salem Cross Inn 
260 West Main Street, Route 9
West Brookfield, MA
 
Rich with history, the Salem Cross Inn is a restored 18th century farmhouse  
nestled on 600 acres of New England countryside.  
 
DID YOU KNOW... Yankee Magazine has chosen SALEM CROSS INN  
as the "Best New England Cuisine" in Massachusetts!  
 
Farmers' Dinners are Back!
Farmers Dinner 
Welcome to our fifth season of Farmers' Dinners... 
The inspiration for this menu is solely based on what we have grown here, on our own farm, just steps from our gardens and pastures. The vegetables are grown by our gardener and Bo Salem, the herbs are grown by John Salem and the beef is raised by David Salem. Your dinner is prepared by Chef Laurent and his staff who would love to share tips on their cooking with you. Feel free to join in, ask questions or just meet some new people. We look forward to sharing some great dinners with you at this new dinner series. We'll see you in the garden!
 
Thursday, August 23 
Featuring Local Farm Raised Chicken

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 

In the Barn - 7:00pm Dinner 
One big, long table will be set in our barn, reminiscent of family dinners. Enjoy a delicious dinner that has been inspired by our farm and gardens, just steps away from our kitchen. 
Visit the link for the detailed menu and to purchase your tickets!
    
Main Dining Room:
Tuesday-Friday- 4:00 PM-9:00 PM
Saturday- 5:00 PM-9:00 PM
Sunday- 12:00 PM-8:00 PM

Hexmark Tavern:
Tuesday-Friday- 4:00 PM-9:00 PM

Live music every Friday starting at 6:30 PM
 
 
10"x 20" canvas 
Paint This  
at Mexicali Grill! 
Thursday, August 23rd 
6:30 to 9:00pm
Paint along with:
Brush It Off
 
Only $25.00 per person
Order a little sip and delectables from Mexicali's to enjoy as you paint along.
 
Seating is limited.  
Price does not include food, alcohol,  
tax or gratuity.
 
Mexicali 
Mexicali Mexican Grill,  
117 Main Street, Spencer, MA
 
MUST Pre-register at: www.brush-it-off.com    
BROOKFIELD ORCHARDS: 100th YEAR OF BUSINESS Celebration!
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August 25, 10:00am to 5:00pm

Brookfield Orchards has been family owned and operated since 1918 and we are so proud to be able to celebrate this joyous occasion with all of you!

On August 25th from 10:00am until 5:00pm, Brookfield Orchards is planning an awesome event to celebrate their big birthday and also their loyal, amazing customers! Join us on this date for a PIG ROAST served by Damn Yankees BBQ! Local Craft Beer brewed by Rapscallion Brewery! Delicious Kettle Corn by Minuteman Kettle Corn! And so much more to be announced!

We will be having 2 bands playing on this day! Wibble will be back to our stage from 11:00am to 1:30pm and Never Say Never will be on stage from 2:00 to 5:00!

We have added a fun activity for the kids! A table will be set up with paper and markers for the kids to create us their very own special Birthday Cards for us! All cards will be displayed in the orchard the following day for the entire Fall season! SOOOOO EXCITING!!

Our Pig Roast is $20 a person and 1 craft beer is included with the ticket price. Our Snack Bar will also be open if you just want to come spend the day with us!

GET YOUR TICKETS IN ADVANCE! To help us get a head count and be able to have enough food for everyone, buying your tickets early for this event will aid in our planning so it will be an awesome day for everyone. We greatly appreciate it and can't wait for August 25th! Visit online or find Brookfield Orchards on Facebook for more!
Brookfield Orchards online
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Pixie Village Hike and Tastes of the Valley 
 
Acorn Adventure - Pixie Village Hike: 10 a.m., Aug. 25, Natchaug State Forest Parking Area on Iron Mine Lane, off Route 89 in Ashford. Join Chief Ranger Bill Reid on a half-mile hike into Pixie Falls, an enchanting area where the Pixies have a village and we can help them by building new homes for them with the twigs, leaves, moss and more that we find in the area. Truly, one of the splendid spots in The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor, this hike is suitable for little legs who can make it a half-mile into the falls and then back out. The trail is not stroller-friendly. Call Fran at 860-774-3300 for more information or email fran@tlgv.org . Acorn Adventures are sponsored by Putnam Bank.
   
The Last Green Valley's Tastes of the Valley: 4 p.m., Aug. 26, The Publick House, Sturbridge Ma. Tastes of the Valley is a unique dining experience only available once a year as part of a major fundraiser for TLGV. Tickets can be purchased online at www.thelastgreenvalley.org or by calling 860-774-3300. All funds raised are used to support the mission of TLGV. The evening starts with a social hour featuring local wines, beers and beverages, as well as appetizers prepared by area chefs utilizing products farmed in the 35 towns of The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor. Guests will then be invited into the main dining room where they will be treated to an amazing multi-course, sit-down, farm-to-table dinner showcasing dishes created specifically for our event by some of the area's top chefs. Seated at each table will be a special guest - either a local farmer, vintner, brewer or agriculture expert for you to converse with as you learn more about what it takes to keep The Last Green Valley green and delicious. The end of the evening features a dessert buffet and live auction featuring guest auctioneer Gene Michael Deary. Silent auctions and a raffle will be held throughout the evening. Call 860-774-3300 for more information.
Running Out of Summer 5K
Running out of summer 5k 
Saturday, August 25, 2018, 10am
 
Presented by the Wormtown Milers as a benefit for Second Chance Animal Services, Rapscallion is happy to host and support the first ever Running Out of Summer 5K! Click on the graphic or visit the link for more information and to register!  https://racewire.com/register.php?id=9064 
 
 Rapscallion Brewery and Tap Room          195 Arnold Road          Sturbridge 
Cruisin' Into Healthcare: Harrington Auxiliary Car Show
Car show Harrington
August 26, Thompson Speedway 
 
Time to start your engines once again! The Harrington Auxiliary invites you to attend "Cruisin' Into Healthcare," its 10th Annual Car and Motorcycle Show on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at Bogey's Ice Cream Stand/Thompson Speedway in Thompson, Connecticut. Registration is only $10 and begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at noon. The first 100 cars will receive dash plaques.
 
There is no admission fee for spectators so come and bring the family for a day of fun.
 
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 health screenings.
 
For more information, please contact Kelly Hibbard at 508-765-6472 or khibbard@harringtonhospital.org 
The Publick House  
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 27   
Friends of Hamilton Reservoir 
Eastern Star Corona Chapter 205 
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!
Medium/Psychic Diane Lewis
August 29, 6:30 to 8:00pm
Holland Community Center 
 
Share in this extraordinary evening of spirit communication.
Join Diane as she bridges the gap and connects to spirit delivering messages  
from those who have crossed over.

Don't miss this remarkable experience! 

Tickets $30.00 per person. 
Don't delay, limited seating!
For more information or to purchase tickets call 413-245-3163

This fundraiser is sponsored by the Friends of the Holland Community Center  
and proceeds benefit the Holland Community Center for upcoming events and programs.

Please note: Not everyone attending may have the opportunity to receive a reading.
All sales are final. Tickets are non refundable and non transferable

 
Holland Community Center       40 Brimfield Road          Holland 
Sturbridge Community  
Blood Drive
Southbridge Credit Union
 
American Red Cross Bloodmobile
120 Charlton Road, Sturbridge, MA, 01566
Friday, August 31, 2018
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
 
Please call 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org to schedule an appointment.  
Brimfield  
One More Time This Year: September Brimfield Shows!
September 4-9
VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to staff the Chamber's Information Booth at the shows! 
Call us now to grab a shift! 508-347-2761
THANK YOU!
 
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! As many as 4,500 dealers make Brimfield their home away from home three times a year (in May, July and September) and sell their wares on a one mile stretch of Route 20.  Brimfield offers all amenities to buyers which makes Brimfield a buyers' paradise you will want to experience again and again.  Join the thousands of shoppers who make the Brimfield Shows their #1 destination for the finest in antiques, collectibles and the unusual.  There are 20 shows for your shopping pleasure.  Rain or Shine.
 
Get the App! Here's a whole new way to do the Brimfield Shows! Get the smart phone app that uses GPS technology to help you find the treasures you seek at the Brimfield Shows! Great tool for shoppers and dealers! It even helps you find your car after a long day in the fields. Check it out and download this amazing app today! www.brimfieldapp.com
 
Visit www.brimfield.com for more information.
Hoyt marathon
The Rick Hoyt Sturbridge Half Marathon
Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., Town Commons
Sturbridge Presents a Half-Marathon Honoring Rick Hoyt!

The Town of Sturbridge is proud to be presenting a half-marathon road race to honor Sturbridge resident and ESPN's ESPY Award Winner, Rick Hoyt!

The registration page can be found here: app.racereach.com/event/the-rick-hoyt-sturbridge-half-marathon

Visit the above link to register as a runner, sign up to volunteer at the event, or become an event sponsor!

The event will be held on September 9, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of historic Sturbridge on this first ever half-marathon to honor Rick Hoyt. This event was recommended by the Sturbridge Special Events Subcommittee as a way of bringing new and exciting events to the Town of Sturbridge.

Proceeds benefit the Hoyt Foundation. 

This should be a great time for all. If you have questions about the event you may contact Kathy Boyer at TeamHoyt73@gmail.com
Farmers Market  
Klem's Farmers Market 
Saturdays starting June 9th through October 20th · Rain or Shine
Fresh produce. Visit Many Local Crafters, Artisans & More!
 
(Please Note: Setup will be possible during our Dock Dogs event on Saturday July 20th, but a separate application must be filled out and regular vendor fees for that event will be collected.)
 
This is a producer only market. Vendors are welcome. No Fees. Learn more or print an application!

Klem's             117 West Main Street, Spencer              508-885-2708 
Summer Concerts on the Commons
Town Common  
Sturbridge
August 16: The Real Deal (Rock n Roll)  
August 23: Glenwood Mills Band with Mark Chevalier (Blues, Rock, R&B)
 
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!
 
Southbridge 
August 19: 4EverFab   (The Beatles Tribute)    Savers Bank
 
Music, good quality, family friendly entertainment! All performances are 6-8 pm 
Southbridge Common (1 Mechanic St)
 
East Brookfield
August 16: Rosie Porter 
 
Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Town Gazebo on Connie Mack Field
(Concerts are cancelled if it rains!)
 
West Brookfield
  August 22: Changes in Latitudes 
 
Wednesdays 7pm-9pm on the Common. Rte 67 & 9.
Bring chairs, blankets, picnics, and BUG SPRAY! 
Village Toastmasters Weekly Meetings
Thursday Evenings, 7:00-8:15pm
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!
We are grateful to our community partners!

Guests are always welcome!!  
Please arrive 15 minutes early (6:45pm) as meetings start promptly. 
Coggno Training
Click on the image to browse our catalog of training courses! 
Save these Dates!
August 15-19: C-MASS GEOFEST
August 19: Annual Zucchini Festival at Holland Community Center
August 20: Sturbridge Rotary Golf Classic 
August 25: Brookfield Orchards 100th Anniversary!
August 26: Cruising Into Healthcare Car Show
September 4-9: Brimfield Antiques & Collectibles Shows
September 9: The Rick Hoyt Sturbridge Half-Marathon  
September 10: Fun at Five at Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center with OFS 
September 19: Member Orientation at the Chamber Office
September 25: Brown Bag: Let's Cake Decorate with Susan! 

Thank you for posting your events to our Events Calendar!

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