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In This Issue
Chamber Holiday Hours
Annual Meeting
3 Pillars of Online Success
"Paperless" Reminder
Fun at Five
M2M Discounts
Ribbon Cutting: Harrington Child & Family Services
Welcome New Venly Fellow
bankHOMETOWN Hires Branch Manager
Rotary Welcomes Three New Members
NBSB Participates in Community Reading Day
bankHometown Donates to Woodstock Playground
Veterans Appreciation T-Shirts on Sale
Country Bank Service Awards
Office Space For Rent
Christmas by Candlelight
TLGV: Historical Collaboration
Holidays at Salem Cross Inn
Brunch With Santa
Roll on the River Trail
Beer Social at The Duck
National Marionette Theatre at OSV
Job Day
Central Mass Antique Show
New Year's Day Brunch
Village Toastmasters
Free Saturday Tastings
24/7 Training
Save these Dates!
Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors
Executive Committee
Jocelyn Callis
Jessica Bettencourt
1st Vice Chair
Bruce Watkins
Karl Storz Endovision
Cindy Howard 
Immediate Past Chair

Board Members

Brad Arcoite
Table 3 Restaurant Group  

Jessica Bettencourt

Susan Collins
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
Padgett D. Berthiaume

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 the last CROSSROADS of 2017!
It's time to say Farewell to the old and Welcome to the New Year! We wrap up this year with interesting news items from our Members and some great events to take you through New Year's Day and beyond into 2018. We have a Ribbon Cutting at Harrington's new Child & Family Services Center in Southbridge, our Annual Meeting, and an engaging seminar on building your digital presence all coming in January. Thank you very much for your support this year. The Chamber staff wishes you very Happy Holidays from our families to yours!  
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!  
Please Note:  
Chamber Holiday Hours
Due to the holidays and staff vacations, the Chamber office will be CLOSED on December 25, 26, 29 and on New Year's Day.
The office will be OPEN from Noon to 5:00pm on December 27 (Wednesday) and 28 (Thursday).
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Annual Meeting
Thursday, January 18, 2018
11:30am to 1:00pm
The Barn at Wight Farm
420 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA
You are cordially invited to attend as The Chamber holds its Annual Meeting on Thursday, January 18, from 11:30am - 1:00pm at The Barn at Wight Farm, 420 Main Street, Sturbridge.

The Chamber is pleased to welcome a distinguished panel of officers from our local colleges who will address the challenges colleges are facing in attracting students with a shrinking college age population, the related impact on campuses, and what each of our local campuses are doing to address local workforce needs.
Educators Panel
The panel will include Dr. Melissa Morriss-Olson (left), Provost at Bay Path University, Dr. Susan West Engelkemeyer (center), President of Nichols College, and Dr. Luis Pedraja (right), President of Quinsigamond Community College.  
11:15 Registration Opens
11:45 Welcome & Opening Remarks
12:20 Panel Presentation
1:00 Adjourn
The Menu
Harvest Salad
Tuscan Herb Roasted Chicken
Roasted Butternut Squash
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Warm Bread Pudding with Whipped Cream
Fresh coffee and assorted teas.
The cost to attend is
$29 per person for Chamber Members
($225 for a table of 8) or $35 for non-Members.
Please RSVP by phone or email by noon  
on January 11.
Chamber of Central Mass South
CMS Chamber Brown Bag Seminar
Three Pillars of Online Success
Building Your Digital Presence
with Chris and Nathan, Idea Agency
Three Pillars
Tuesday, January 23 at Noon
(Snow Date: January 30)
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 to save your spot!
Feel free to bring your lunch.  
Use our microwave to heat it up!
Relax, learn and grow with us! 
Join the experts from Idea Agency in a fun  
90-minute workshop to learn 3 ways to create a stronger online presence for your business.
  • Is your website working for you?
  • Which social platforms should you be on?
  • How to drive more traffic to your site?
Chris and Nathan
Presented by Idea Agency President & Certified Brand Strategist Chris Tieri with Idea Agency Brand Administrator Nathan Hardt.
Idea Agency is an award-winning New England brand development and marketing firm dedicated to building extraordinary brands that command long-lasting attention and creating high-performance activities that connect with the audience to drive success.
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Reminder: Chamber to Go "Paperless",
Eliminating Hard Mailing in 2018

With global warming and excessive CO2 polluting the environment, the world has begun to see the value in going "green". Going paperless by utilizing electronic document management systems and related technology helps cut down on deforestation and pollution, leaving more trees to do the dirty work of absorbing carbon dioxide, and slowing down global climate change.

In an effort to reduce our carbon footprint and save on the ever-increasing cost of paper, labor and postage, starting in January, the Chamber will eliminate its monthly "snail" mailings. All communications from the Chamber will be delivered electronically via Constant Contact. Please stay tuned to your email inbox for networking invitations, special programs and other notifications from your Chamber of Commerce.
Fun at Five!
Monday, January 22, 2018
at 5:00pm 
Sturbridge Porterhouse 
Sturbridge Porterhouse
407 Main Street, Sturbridge, 508-347-2700
Network with us at Sturbridge Porterhouse! 
Sturbridge Porterhouse offers classic world cuisine using contemporary techniques and ingredients in a casual environment. Chef Ken and his staff are passionate about providing great food and an amazing atmosphere to their guests. The menu features mouthwatering steaks, chops and burgers cooked to perfection. You will also find a fantastic selection of wines and beers on tap, a decadent dessert menu, even a piano bar upstairs, along with beautiful amenities throughout and a friendly  
and helpful staff.

The brainchild of Ckef Ken Yukimura, who also operates Sturbridge Seafood, Sturbridge Porterhouse is an extraordinary steakhouse waiting to  
welcome you!

Register for Fun at Five by email or phone.
Cost is $10 for Members who pre-register,  
$15 at the door, or $20 for non-Members.
We hope to see you there! 
Thank you to our January Fun at Five Sponsor!
"The Bank of You."
bankHometown has been serving  local communities for more than 125 years.  
The Bank continues to be a safe and sound institution offering a broad range of customizable products and services for individuals and businesses of all sizes.  
Become a customer and become a part of bankHometown's banking family.  
The institution is a member of both FDIC and SIF, so 100% of your deposits  
are insured.
bankHometown, 331 Main Street, Sturbridge
Karla Christiansen, Branch Manager 
Member2Member Discounts! 
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'Tis the season... t o use your M2M Card! 
Click the M2M logo for all current discounts! 
P.S. Now is a great time of year to review your M2M offer!
Need to update or make any changes?
Email Jack for prompt and courteous service! 
Save the date! 
Ribbon Cutting: Harrington Child & Family Services Center
Monday, January 8, 4:00pm
139 South Street, Southbridge, MA 01550 (former CarQuest building)
Join us as we cut the official ribbon and welcome the new
Harrington Child & Family Services Center (CFSC) to Southbridge.
The newly-renovated Center offers:
  • A bright, welcoming environment for ages 4-24 and their families
  • Expanded clinical team with increased range of services
  • Bilingual staff, including licensed mental health clinicians
  • Two group rooms, 12 offices and a large waiting area
Be there as local dignitaries and our guests bear witness to the official unveiling.  
Light refreshments will be served and all are welcome!
CFSC has immediate openings for therapy appointments!
(508) 765-2222
Harrington Child _ Family Services  
Chamber Welcomes New Venly Fellow and Social Media Consultant, Caroline Sun

Caroline Sun The Chamber of Central Mass South is excited to introduce our new Venly Fellow, Caroline Sun. Caroline has recently completed extensive training and certification at Venly's headquarters in Cambridge, MA. She is available now to meet with our Members to offer expert advice and coaching for their endeavors in the increasingly important realm of social media. CMS Chamber Members are encouraged to contact the Chamber to set up a free 40-minute consultation with Caroline to receive a comprehensive evaluation of their online presence and recommendations for improvement. After this person-to-person meeting by webconference or elsewhere, you have the option to contract Venly for ongoing reviews, maintenance and assistance with your social media strategy for a one-time setup charge and a small daily fee.
"Social media has revolutionized how businesses connect to consumers," said the Chamber's Executive Director Alexandra McNitt. "Having partnered with Venly for several years now, I can attest to how beneficial working with experts in this discipline is for our business and others."
Caroline and Venly Coach Sarah Aimad Kassim will be the presenters at the Chamber's Brown Bag Seminar on how to utilize social media for business which will take place at the Chamber office in Sturbridge on March 27 at noon. These lunchtime seminars, always free for our Members, are presented by experts in their fields and address important topics related to business. Feel free to call us to find out more.
More about the Chamber's new Venly Fellow, Caroline Sun
Originally from Arcadia, California, Caroline came to Boston and fell in love with her new home. She graduated from Boston University in May 2017 with a B.S. in Journalism. In addition to her studies, Caroline wrote for Boston University's award-winning independent student newspaper, The Daily Free Press. She also managed social media for diverse clients from a community college district to a children's publishing imprint at Scholastic. Caroline also used her outreach expertise to lead a record-setting college fundraising campaign for the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. Now Caroline will apply her experiences to help local businesses grow and share their stories more effectively. Fluent in Mandarin, Caroline also speaks conversational Spanish.
About Venly
Venly partners with area Chambers of Commerce to help local businesses grow, create jobs, and strengthen the community. Venly provides in-person training services to local business owners to get the most out of the big ten social media channels. Venly can help you create a customized social media strategy for your business. Find out more at
bankHometown Hires Branch Manager
Michael Hewitt, President and CEO of bankHometown, is pleased to announce the hiring of Karla Christiansen as the Branch Manager, AVP of the office in Sturbridge, MA.
Karla worked for bankHometown for two years as the Oxford Branch Manager, beginning in 2013 before leaving to work as a VP Relationship Manager for a bank in the Eastern, MA area.
CEO Hewitt stated "We are pleased to welcome her back as one of our bankHometown team members and we are proud of her performance and accomplishments." He added, "bankHometown is a community bank truly caring about the communities we serve with a focus on providing the best customer service.   With over 33 years of banking experience of which 25 of those years include management positions Karla has earned the recognition for the execution of that charge and we look forward to many more years of her exemplary service."
Karla grew up in Brookfield and graduated from Tantasqua Regional High School in Sturbridge. She is a member of the local Chamber of Commerce and is Treasurer for the Central New England Equine Rescue. She also owns the Cardinal Ridge Equestrian Center in Barre.
Karla resides with her family in Charlton, MA.
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Rotary Welcomes Three New Members
New Rotary Members
Sturbridge Rotary recently inducted three new members from Old Sturbridge Village (OSV).  The Village is the third Corporate Membership to join Sturbridge Rotary since Rotary International introduced the Corporate Membership category.  The three new members installed are Jim Donahue, President and CEO; Anne McBride, Director of Development; and Michael Arnum, Director of Marketing and Public Relations. 

OSV depicts life in an early 19th-century rural Village, featuring costumed historians, antique buildings, water-powered mills and a working farm.  The Village plays a vital role in preserving early American history and has been an iconic New England destination since 1946.

The induction ceremony was led by both Past District Governors Carl Kaliszewski and Klaus Hachfeld and the new members' sponsor, Charles Battersby.  Past-President Otto Prohaska welcomed the new members to Rotary as we all look forward to continuing our mission locally, regionally and internationally.

Sturbridge Rotary Club is one of 35,000 clubs worldwide providing humanitarian service as members of Rotary International.  Beyond the regional and international help that we provide, we are most proud of our support of educational programs for local youth, and our work toward helping to eliminate hunger in the local communities.

Pictured left to right are Jim, Anne, Michael, Klaus, Carl, Charles.
North Brookfield Savings Bank Participates in  
Community Reading Day at West Brookfield Elementary
NBSB Reads
  Caitlin O'Connor (right), North Brookfield Savings Bank Assistant Vice President and Marketing Manager, shown with her son Finnian Barkoskie, after reading a Thanksgiving inspired book to Mrs. Provencher's kindergarten class at West Brookfield Elementary School's Community Reading Day.
North Brookfield Savings Bank recently visited West Brookfield Elementary School to participate in their annual Community Reading Day, taking place this year on November 22nd. As a part of their initiative to help encourage literacy, North Brookfield Savings Bank employees read in various classrooms. The school welcomed an impressive group of local professionals and community leaders, who also read to students as a part of the event.
Caitlin O'Connor, Assistant Vice President and Marketing Manager read Thanksgiving Day Thanks, by author Laura Malone Elliott, a book about discovering what you are thankful for during the holiday, to Mrs. Provencher's Kindergarten classroom. Patricia Ostrout, Senior Vice President of Retail Banking read the book Little Sweet Potato by author Amy Beth Bloom to 1st graders of Mrs. Beer's class. The book followed the character Little Sweet Potato on his journey after he rolls away from his patch and is forced to search for a new home. Likewise, Kim Brown, West Brookfield Branch Manager read the book Thanks for Thanksgiving by author Julie Markes, to Mrs. Pietro's Pre-K class, with the theme focused on being thankful, but most importantly being thankful for family.
Students were very interactive and excited to listen to the books read to them by special guests. Afterward, the Bank gave students pencils for their schoolwork, plus piggy banks and coin cards to practice early saving habits.
"North Brookfield Savings Bank is dedicated to literacy in our communities and I am very thankful that I had the opportunity to participate in the Community Reading Day at WBES," said Caitlin O'Connor, Assistant Vice President/Marketing Manager. "I thoroughly enjoyed reading to the students. They loved to interact and give their thoughts on the different parts of the story. Afterward we even had a chance to discuss banking and how they could become excellent savers."
North Brookfield Savings Bank is a proud supporter and promoter of literacy education for all generations, which is evident through their community outreach. The Bank proudly teaches Financial Literacy classes, participates in Community Reading Days at local schools, attends school Financial Aid Nights and encourages literacy among older generations by supporting literacy focused organizations such as Top Floor Learning in Palmer and The Literacy Project's Ware Classroom.
To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank's community giving efforts and all of the convenient banking products and services offered, visit .
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bankHometown Donates To Woodstock Playground
Woodstock playground

Michael Hewitt, President and CEO of bankHometown, announced that bankHometown has made a donation of $1,000 for the Woodstock playground.
Viktor Toth, Superintendent, along with Wendy Durand, WMS Principal and Crystal Adams, Woodstock Playground Committee Chair, recently received a check for $1,000 from bankHometown's Woodstock Branch Manager George Dimopoulos.
With this donation, the Woodstock Playground Committee is now over half of the way to their $100,000 goal. The playground will be located behind the Woodstock Middle School and is well designed for older children. It will also be available for area families and children to enjoy when classes are not in session. In addition, families at the adjacent sports fields will be able to use the playground during practices and games.
"We are very grateful for the support and trust bankHometown has shown us," said Adams. "They have also generously allowed us to use their coin-counting machine during our recent Pennies for Playground's fundraiser. We look forward to inviting them next year to the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the playground."
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Mexicali Veteran's Appreciation T-Shirts on Sale! 
Veterans T-Shirts
If you missed Mexicali's Veteran's Appreciation event on December 2 you can still contribute to  
the cause! Special T-shirts are on sale, the proceeds of which will be donated to a local veterans organization. For more info or to place an order, contact Liz at Mexicali.  
T-Shirts were $15 each, NOW just $10 (while supplies last).
Thank you for your support!
Call Liz at 774-745-8200 or 508-615-6215
Country Bank Service Awards 
Country Bank
Country Bank recently celebrated fourteen staff members during a service awards luncheon at their newly remodeled corporate headquarters. The recipients have a combined total of 245 years of service. "Our employees are such an essential part of who we are. We are truly grateful to have such longevity and dedication from our staff," stated Paul Scully, President and CEO. The recipients' years of service ranged from 10 - 30 years.  
Pictured left to right: Janelle Soucia 10 years, Phil Goncalves 25 years, Lorraine Askew 15 years, Debra Keegan 15 years, Susan Socha 15 years, Ashley Sweet 10 years, Alexandrea Keddy 10 years, Jolene Mastalerz 20 years, Janine Goudreau 30 years, Carol Goodreau 15 years, Lee Gauthier 15 years, Erin Skoczylas 20 years, Tammy Lamy 15 years and missing from picture, Bonnie Trudeau-Wood 30 years.
About Country Bank
Country Bank is a full-service mutual community bank serving central and western Massachusetts with 14 offices in Ware, Palmer, West Brookfield, Brimfield, Belchertown, Wilbraham, Ludlow, Leicester, Paxton, Charlton and Worcester. Country Bank is a member of FDIC, DIF and the SUM network. Country Bank can be reached at 800-322-8233 or online at   
Country Bank 
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. 
"Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come,  
whispering 'it will be happier'..."
-Alfred Lord Tennyson
Christmas by Candlelight at OSV
December 15, 3:00pm to December 17, 8:00pm 
December 21, 3:00pm to December 23, 8:00pm
Escape the frenzy of a modern Christmas with an enchanted evening of gingerbread, roasted chestnuts, music, dance, and a sleigh ride (weather permitting). 
Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village is an evening filled with New England holiday traditions, live musical performances, storytelling, sleigh rides, festive foods, a roaring bonfire, and strolls around the decorated Village Common. Be sure to visit North Pole Village where families will find Santa and his whimsical elves, Mrs. Claus' Bake Shop, a magical talking Christmas tree, a kids' holiday craft workshop, and an expanded G-scale train display. And do not miss the nightly tree lighting and the ever-popular gingerbread house contest! 
More information and tickets are available at 
In order to focus on the evening holiday events, Old Sturbridge Village will be closed during the day from December 1-26, 2017. 
Please Note: There are no discounts for our Christmas by Candlelight evening program.  
Our Military discount is only offered for daytime admission.
Hours: December 2 - 23  
Open evenings for  Christmas by Candlelight only:
December 2 & 3, 8 - 10, 15 - 17, 21- 23 | 3:00 - 8:00 pm
Historical Collaboration Rescheduled Due to Last Week's Snow
December 16: The Windham Textile & History Museum 
Please join The Last Green Valley, Inc. as we explore The Windham Textile & History Museum, 411 Main Street, Willimantic on Saturday, Dec. 16. Should the weather once again interfere, the event will be held Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. 
Bev York, the museum's director of education, will be our host as we tour the museum housed in the former headquarters of the American Thread Company. The facility includes a vast collection of the region's textile and mill history, an archive and a research library. Through its exhibits, programs and collections the museum preserves and interprets the history of textiles, textile arts and the textile industry with a special focus on the experiences of the workers who powered the mills with their labor. 
TLGV began Historical Collaborations as an effort to bring together organizations and individuals who care for the rich history of the national heritage corridor. TLGV Executive Director Lois Bruinooge said the meetings are wrapping up their second year and have been a great way to help build the capacity of all the organizations who participate. 
Savings Institute Bank & Trust sponsors the quarterly meetings, which are free for all attendees. 
The event begins at 10 a.m. with introductions and the tour will begin by 10:30 a.m. There will be a discussion and Q&A session after the tour with light refreshments. 
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. is a non-profit working for you in the National Heritage Corridor. Together we can care for it, enjoy it and pass it on! To learn more about the organization, visit
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Salem Cross Inn  
Holiday Dining Events
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.

Christmas Memories - SOLD OUT! 
Eat, drink and be merry! Enjoy a play based on Dylan Thomas' "A Child's Christmas in Wales," performed by an animated and lively cast, dressed in 19th century costumes. Then, a traditional New England turkey dinner takes center stage with caroling and sparkling toasts to the season!
Deck The Hall - Box Centerpiece 
December 20
Design a beautiful dining room centerpiece from the ground up. A wooden box is filled with fresh greenery, fresh flowers, cones, berries, and a candle. This class is intended for those who want to learn floral design while working with fresh flowers.
What should we bring? You will need to bring a pair of wire cutters, craft scissors and a pair of hand-held garden pruners. We suggest that you share tools between TWO PEOPLE ONLY so that each person has ample time to complete this project. All supplies and greenery are provided. If you would like to personalize your design and bring along your own decorative stems, greenery from your own yard, or collected branches and berries, we encourage you to do so!
Salem Cross Inn Fireplace
New Year's Eve Holiday Feast
December 31
Start with some hors d'oeuvres by the fireplace as you watch your prime rib roasting to perfection on a device dating back to 1700. Take a horse drawn sleigh/wagon ride through the back fields then chase the chill away with some nice, hot, mulled cider or wine. Relax, help make apple pie using an antique apple peeler and corer, or make seafood chowder in an antique iron  
cauldron right in the fieldstone fireplace.

Next, get ready for the main feast! Start off with a champagne toast to the New Year, then sit back for dinner. You'll be served your fireplace seafood chowder and prime rib* (and later you'll be offered seconds!). In addition, there will be bowls of fresh butternut squash, spinach pie and oven roasted potatoes. Don't fill up on the homemade rolls, even though they are quite delicious, because you'll want to save some room for the scrumptious deep dish apple pie with  
fresh whipped cream.

Later, it's time to go downstairs to the Chestnut Room where a DJ will be playing and you can dance right through the midnight hour! Wear a party hat and use those noisemakers!  
It's a great way to ring in the New Year!

*If prime rib doesn't tickle your fancy, salmon will be offered as well.  
Just order it when you purchase your tickets.
Santa Brunch
Brunch With Santa at Old Sturbridge Village 
December 17 
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
$26.95 for adults, $23.95 for seniors (65+), and $13.95 for children 4-12. 3 & Under FREE.   
Prices do not include tax & gratuity.

Reservations DO NOT include admission to Christmas by Candlelight, an evening event, which must be purchased separately.

Old Sturbridge Village's Sunday brunch gets a special visitor in December - Santa! Brunch with Santa at the Oliver Wight Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village offers a large selection of brunch items and a chance for the little ones to meet Santa Claus. Reservations are required for this annual sellout event. Seatings are between 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. Please call 508-347-0397 to make reservations.  
View the website for the menu and more! 
Go Rolling on the River Trail with Ranger Jean
December 17, Killingly River Trail

Do you and your kids need a break from all the holiday hustle and bustle?

Ranger Jean Pillo is once again hosting The Last Green Valley's next Acorn Adventure, A Winter Stroll, Bike or Scoot Along the Killingly River Trail, Sunday, Dec. 17.

Ranger Jean and the group will gather at 1 p.m. at the Killingly River Trail's parking and access area at the commuter lot across from St. James School on Route 12 in Danielson. From there Ranger Jean will guide your family on a walk, ride or scooter adventure along the trail, taking time to enjoy the crisp December air. Explore what lives and grows along this wonderful river trail in almost winter.

The Last Green Valley's Acorn Adventures are free and open to the public.

All children must be accompanied by an adult and helmets are required for anyone riding a bike or using a scooter. The Acorn Adventure will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The group will leave the parking lot promptly by 1:05 pm.

Acorn Adventures are proudly sponsored by Putnam Bank, a community bank dedicated to providing superior products and exceptional customer service. Visit for more information.

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! To learn more about the organization, visit
The Duck
The Duck's Beer Social
December 21, 7:00pm

For December's Beer Social, The Duck welcomes Gardner's own Moon Hill Brewing from the well- known, landmark brewpub, the Gardner Ale House. Moon Hill Brewing's concept began as a venture aimed at making great beer, food, and good times available to the world with an emphasis on beer excellence. They began with a brewpub (the Ale House), which 11 years later now sports 14 Moon Hill brews on tap and a bistro-pub. With the help of Berkshire Brewing Company (distribution) and a doubling of their production, Moon Hill Brewing's customers will be able to enjoy their favorite brew well beyond the area of its birth. So, come on over to the Duck and enjoy the very same brews you find at the Ale House and maybe some special selections from the brewer as well.

Also joining Moon Hill at The Duck's Beer Social on December 21 is another fantastic regional brewery located in South Deerfield, MA, Berkshire Brewing Company. Since 1994 all of BBC's beer has been unfiltered, unpasteurized, and contains no chemical additives or preservatives. BBC produces a clean, fresh, creative, well balanced range of year-round seasonal ales and lagers, and frequent brewer's specials. BBC believes in staying relaxed, down-to-earth, and enjoying an abundance of great beer. There are no secrets here. They share their process, culture, and of course, the final product - because that's the way we believe a craft brewery should be.

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

Come on over to The Duck's new Tap Room and drink some fresh brews with some old and new friends!
National Marionette Theatre
Old Sturbridge Village
December 27 - 30, 2017
Shows at 11:00am, 1:00pm & 3:00pm

The National Marionette Theatre is coming to Old Sturbridge Village for December school vacation week! Founded in 1967 by artistic director David A. Syrotiak, this award-winning marionette company has been entertaining and amazing audiences around the world with its imaginative productions for more than forty years.

Performances are 50 minutes in length and each day will feature a different story:
December 27 - Pinocchio
December 28 - Beauty and the Beast
December 29 - Peter and the Wolf
December 30 - Hansel and Gretel

Click here to purchase your tickets!
Workforce Central Career Center is hosting a
JOB DAY / THURS. December 28 / 10AM-NOON
5 Optical Drive, Suite 200
Southbridge MA 01550
Participating companies: Venture Community Services, Webco Chemical, YOU Inc, HW Staffing Solutions, CoWorx Staffing Services, Savvy Staffing Solutions, and PeopleReady.
Bring plenty of resumes!
Central Mass Antique Show
Sturbridge Host Hotel, New Year's Eve & Day, Sturbridge, MA

Imagine spending New Year's Eve and New Year's Day with friends enjoying food, music,
and the area's best Antique Dealers on display. Stay with us and ring in the New Year!
This well-loved show is back for its fourth year!

New Year's Eve 2017
Just $15 for Advanced Viewing includes light refreshments.
New Year's Eve & New Year's Day
6PM Reception
Featuring: Glenn Hillard "The Piano Man"
Cash Bar (Beer & Wine) 6-8PM
Advanced Viewing 6-8PM
(Public is Welcome)

New Year's Day 2018
$8 New Year's Day Admittance Fee.
Show begins 10AM - 4PM
Antique Show Highlights Include:
Up to 85 Dealers and Exhibitors from all over Central Massachusetts & beyond!
Onsite Appraisal Service

Visit the website for all the details!
Cedar Street Grille 
New Year's Day Brunch
At Cedar Street Grille. Now Taking Reservations!  
Join us for Brunch New Year's day at Cedar Street Grille from 10am-3pm.  
Make your reservation now by calling 508-347-5800!
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!
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    


Coggno Training
Click on the image to browse our catalog of training courses! 
Save these Dates!
December 17: Brunch with Santa at OSV
December 21: Beer Social at The Duck
December 27-30: National Marionette Theatre at OSV 
December 31-January 1: Central Mass Antique Show at Sturbridge
December 31: New Years Eve Holiday Feast at Salem Cross Inn 
January 8: Ribbon Cutting: Harrington Child & Family Services Center
January 18: CMS Chamber Annual Meeting
January 22: Fun at Five at Sturbridge Porterhouse with bankHometown
January 23: Seminar: Three Pillars of Online Success: Building Your Digital Presence 

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