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In This Issue
Grand Opening: Altruist Brewing
Fun at Five
2018 Chamber Scholarships
M2M Discounts
3 Pillars of Online Success
2018 Annual Report
2018 Membership Directory
Marketing For Members Only
Ribbon Cutting Recap
NBSB Promotes Jennifer Plassman
Country Bank Donates $48,000 to Local Food Pantries
Hometown Bank Contributes to North Central MA Development Corporation's Economic Advancement Fund
Second Chance: Dinner Auction
Cornerstone Bank Makes Major Contribution to WCAC
Country Bank's Cash Cab
NBSB Hires Michael Terlalis
Pintastic Announces Dates
Office Space For Rent
Stageloft: The Boys Next Door
Hitchcock Happenings
Salem Cross Inn Feasts
Midwinter Mischief
Job Day
Half Full Brewery Beer Social
Winterfest at Rapscallion
Auditions for "The Lost World"
Publick House Community Feast
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
Michael Checkosky
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 January's CROSSROADS EVENTS !
We are in your inbox on Friday due to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday. Plus, we wouldn't want you to miss the much anticipated Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of Altruist Brewing Company happening this Saturday! Read on for important news and more cool events coming up soon. 
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Keep posting your events to our online events calendar! We love sharing them with our readers! 
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Grand Opening  
& Ribbon Cutting Celebration:
Altruist Brewing Company
This Saturday, January 13
11:45 pm: Ribbon Cutting
12:00 pm: Doors Open
559 Main Street (Route 20), Sturbridge, MA
The wait is over! We are excited to preside at a Ribbon Cutting and introduce you to Altruist Brewing Company this Saturday!

Enjoy amazing BBQ from B.T.'s Smokehouse!
Live entertainment featuring the extremely talented Cara Brindisi and Sam James (you may have seen him on The Voice) starts at 2:30.
And there will be plenty of chances to win some free MERCH! Don't miss it!!

The Story
Located in a 150-year-old historic riverside mill building, situated at 559 Main Street (Route 20) on the west end of Sturbridge, MA in Sturbridge Marketplace, you will find something new and very special.

Altruist Brewing Company was founded as a result of one family sharing their passion for beer with a group of neighbors, all strangers who had just moved to a new town. Friendships were made, bonds were built... over a passion for beer. As demand for our beer grew, we realized that we wanted to make this into something bigger... something we could share with more people. Altruist Brewing was born.
Before long, husband and wife, Bob & Nancy Bixby, teamed up with lifelong friend, Chris Mancini, to see the brewery come to fruition. The Altruist team is determined to continue the pursuit of creating amazing craft beer that will continue to bring people together, form bonds, and lifelong it did for us. We do this through brewing small hand-crafted batches, adjusting each recipe in an endless pursuit of perfection, and including a big dose of love into each batch.
We are focused on giving back to the local community in true altruistic fashion.

Visit Altruist Brewing Company online for more on the taproom, the brewing process, the beer, upcoming events, and more!

Altruist Brewing Current Hours of Operation
THURS 5pm - 10pm, FRI 5pm - 10pm, SAT 12pm - 10pm
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!
bankHometown "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 
Apply Now! 2018 Chamber Scholarships 
The Chamber of Central Mass South is now accepting applications for the 2018 CMS Chamber Scholarships. You may download the application to apply below.
Typically, three $1,000 scholarships are awarded each year. The final decision is subject to our Board of Directors' approval.
Scholarships are disbursed directly to the student upon presentation of grades from first semester completed
after the award is announced and a minimum 3.0 GPA attained. Students must be a resident or student within the towns served by the Chamber of Central Mass South. A copy of the application has already been sent to all of our local high schools and colleges for easy distribution to students. For information call 508-347-2761. The Chamber does not discriminate against an applicant because of race, color, sex/gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or homelessness.
DEADLINE: Return the completed application, transcript, recommendations and student essay by April 1, 2018 to:
Scholarship Committee, Chamber of Central Mass South,  
46 Hall Rd., Sturbridge, MA 01566
Member2Member Discounts! 
M2M logo 
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! 
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.
2018 Annual Report
2018 Annual Report
The Chamber of Central Mass South's 2018 Annual Report is hot off the presses. You may click on the image to view and download the report. Hard copies will be distributed to all attendees of the Annual Meeting on January 18.  
If you are not able to attend the meeting and would like a copy of the Annual Report, drop us a line or drop by the office during business hours.
Member Directory
2018 Membership Directory  
Also hot off the presses is our 2018 Membership Directory! We will distribute copies at the Annual Meeting. You can download a lo-res PDF of the guide by clicking the image at right or stop by the office during business hours to pick up hard copies.  
These directories will be distributed to high traffic venues throughout our region over the next several months. 

Marketing Series
Be Visible, Stay Visible: NEW Marketing For Members Only Packages!
The Chamber is pleased to announce that we have re-worked our Marketing For Members Only packages for 2018 and onward! The new packages include low cost advertising opportunities using all the Chamber's channels. 
Crossroads NEWS and EVENTS ads
Chamber Website Homepage banner ads
Dedicated Email blasts
Featured Member Spotlight in the Chamber Corner of Southbridge News
You may purchase individual items or a comprehensive package to keep you visible all year long.
See the NEW M4M packages and individual items and contact Jack
with questions or to get started.
View and Download the Marketing For Members Only .pdf file from the Chamber website.  
Ribbon Cutting Recap

On Monday, January 8 the Chamber was thrilled to cut the official ribbon at Harrington's Child and Family Services, 139 South Street in Southbridge. A very nice crowd braved a little flurry in the afternoon but spirits were high. Congratulations to the Behavioral Health team and Harrington Leadership for recognizing a need and continuing to fill needed gaps in the community for access to care. CFSC has immediate openings for therapy appointments! (508) 765-2222
North Brookfield Savings Bank Promotes Jennifer Plassman  
To Branch Manager 
Jennifer Plassman North Brookfield Savings Bank (NBSB) is pleased to announce the recent promotion of Jennifer Plassmann to the role of Branch Manager.
"Jennifer's promotion is very well-deserved. She has proven herself to be a very valuable asset to the community and customers of Palmer, to the staff at her branch and to the entire team at North Brookfield Savings Bank," said Donna Boulanger, North Brookfield Savings Bank President and CEO. "We are confident she will continue to deliver many great benefits by sharing her experience, product knowledge, excellent customer service skills and her dedication to the community."
Jennifer Plassmann, of Ware, MA, has been promoted to Branch Manager of the Palmer Branch, located at 1051 Thorndike Street in the Pride Plaza. In her new role, she will supervise and oversee all aspect of banking within the Palmer branch including managing the teller line, scheduling, opening accounts, taking loan applications and providing the ultimate customer service experience while assisting customers with their banking needs.
Plassmann most recently served as Assistant Branch Manager and Acting Branch Manager of the North Brookfield Savings Bank Palmer branch location where she excelled at being a leader for the branch staff and providing customers with exceptional care and attention. In addition, she is a strong community supporter, often volunteering her time and efforts for various local community events, including but not limited to the Palmer 300th Anniversary Parade, Palmer Historical and Cultural Center Tree and Wreath Festival, Ware Flair Parade, the West Brookfield Asparagus Festival, and annual, local High School Financial Aid nights.
"I am so pleased to continue my banking career with North Brookfield Savings Bank and within the community of Palmer," said Jennifer Plassmann, North Brookfield Savings Bank Palmer Branch Manager. "I know and appreciate this neighborhood and all of the wonderful people and businesses who call this home. I am very excited to develop my existing relationships, expand to make some new relationships and to increase my community involvement."
About North Brookfield Savings Bank: North Brookfield Savings Bank is a mutual savings bank with full-service branches in North Brookfield, East Brookfield, West Brookfield, Ware, Belchertown, Palmer, and Three Rivers Village of Palmer. NBSB offers a wide variety of deposit and loan products for individuals and businesses throughout Central and Western Massachusetts and has been a steadfast supporter of the communities in which it serves since 1854. All deposits are insured by the FDIC and the Depositors Insurance Fund. For additional information, please call 1-866-711-6272 or visit
NBSB logo
Country Bank Donates $48,000 to Local Food Pantries 
Country Bank Donates Community outreach has been a part of Country Bank's mission since its inception in 1850. Now, during this season of giving, the bank announced its support to organizations whose missions are similar - helping friends and neighbors in area communities.
In addition to the bank's annual donation of $28,000 to its local food pantries, Country Bank recently made an additional $10,000 donation to both The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and the Worcester County Food Bank to help those in need. "With the spirit of the holiday season in mind, the greater need for food and shelter this time of year is critical. These donations were made on behalf of the banks' employees, corporators and trustees," stated Paul Scully, President and CEO.
To learn how you can help, please visit, or
Pictured: Jodie Gerulaitis, Vice President, Community Relations, Country Bank, Sally Hodgerney, Development and Communication Associate, Worcester County Food Bank.
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 
Hometown Bank Community Foundation Contributes $15,000 to
North Central MA Development Corporation's Economic Advancement Fund
Hometownwn Bank Donates
L-R: Sandie Cataldo, Norman Vigent, Donna Daigle/ AVP Leominster Branch Manager,  
Roy Nascimento/Executive Director, Michael Roy/ VP CRA Officer bankHometown, Christina DiRusso/ Assistant VP Commercial Lender bankHometown, Michael D. Hewitt/ President & CEO Hometown Bank Community Foundation.
Michael Hewitt, President of Hometown Bank Community Foundation announced a contribution of $15,000 to North Central MA Development Corporation (NCMDC).  
NCMDC serves twenty six communities within Worcester, Middlesex and Franklin Counties focusing on micro-lending, creating jobs and operating small business workshops. Their recent efforts have helped create dozens of new businesses and helped dozens more grow thereby creating several hundred new jobs in local communities.
In celebration of NCMDC's 30 years of service, they are launching an Economic Advancement Fund to help expand their economic development efforts. bankHometown has supported NCMDC for years and this recent $15,000 contribution from Hometown Bank Community Foundation will help support this new fund and NCMDC's efforts to further job and business growth.
Christina DiRusso, bankHometown's assistant vice president of commercial lending, is a member of NCMDC's micro loan committee. She said "I see first-hand the number of businesses that are helped with counseling and micro loans." She added that they are a valuable organization in their market as they "facilitate and connect businesses and help promote local businesses with events and press."
bankHometown is headquartered in Oxford, Massachusetts and has $730 million in assets. bankHometown has served its communities since 1889 and operates thirteen full service offices; eight in central Massachusetts and five located in northeastern Connecticut.
Bankhometown logo
Second Chance Animal Services
Dinner Auction
March 24, 2018 
This is one of the largest fundraisers for the Second Chance Animal Shelter and we are gladly accepting donations of new items to the action. It will be a lot of fun with Chinese raffles, silent auction, as well as our live auction. We hope to see you all there! Tickets sell fast so reserve yours now as they will NOT be available at the door.
Saturday, March 24, 2018
TIME: 4:00 pm Social hour   
6:00 pm Dinner
Auction will immediately follow dinner
WHERE: Leicester Country Club
Main Street , Leicester , MA 01524
(508) 892-1390
$42 per person
Cornerstone Bank Makes Major Financial Contribution  
to Worcester Community Action Council
Cornerstone Donates
Pictured, L to R: Executive VP, Chief Administrative Officer and Chairman of the Charitable Donations Committee Susan A. Gunnell, WCAC's Director of Development Ellen Ganley, Cornerstone Bank's President and Treasurer Todd M. Tallman and WCAC's Executive Director Jill Dagilis

The Charitable Donations Committee (CDC) of Cornerstone Bank is proud to announce its donation of $40,000 to the Worcester Community Action Council (WCAC). This major financial contribution will go toward assisting local residents with home heating costs this winter.

WCAC is a Worcester-based agency for Central Massachusetts, dedicated to serving those who are most in need. Winter can mean added stress for some as they try to find ways to afford their heating bills and keep their family warm. WCAC's Fuel Assistance Program is designed to provide relief to those individuals and families that are most vulnerable to the high costs associated with heating.  

"We are committed to helping those in need in the areas we serve. No one should spend the winter without heat, especially during the cold weather conditions characteristic of New England," stated President and Treasurer Todd M. Tallman of Cornerstone Bank. "We are proud to make this donation to such a worthwhile organization and to be able to support our local community where they need it most."

WCAC is also responsible for helping to fund community initiatives including: Head Start, Early Head Start, Healthy Families of Southern Worcester County, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) and Youth Jobs & Education. For more information about the WCAC, visit them online at or by calling 508-754-1176.

About Cornerstone Bank:
Cornerstone Bank is an independent, mutual savings bank serving the residents, businesses, and communities throughout Central Massachusetts from offices in Charlton, Holden, Leicester, N. Oxford, Rutland, Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge, Warren, Webster and Worcester. Deposits are insured in full by a combination of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Depositors Insurance Fund. The Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Equal Housing Lender, and SBA Preferred Lender. For more information, visit online at, on Facebook or call 800-939-9103.
 Country Bank's Financial Literacy Cash Cab 

Cash Cab To celebrate the holiday season this year, Country Bank decided to mix things up a bit. During the month of December, Country Bank's very own Ca$h Cab visited their branch locations to have some fun with their customers. The Country Bank Honda Pilot was transformed into a "Ca$h Cab" and provided an opportunity for customers and non-customers to take a "virtual cab ride" with various members from the Senior Management team. They were asked 10 financial literacy questions for a chance to win some extra dough. "This was just a little way for us to show our appreciation to our customers while having some fun and offering financial education. The extra spending money during the holiday season was also very much welcomed by our passengers," states Shelley Regin, Senior Vice President of Marketing.  

To continue its support of financial education, they are launching a new website on January 17th which includes digital financial literacy modules on a variety of topics such as, savings, retirement, budgeting, investments, mortgages, taxes, insurance, etc. "These modules will provide the knowledge and skills needed to develop stronger financial capability and gain a better understanding of how to use our products and services," states Jodie Gerulaitis, Vice President, Community Relations.

To learn more about these great new education modules, please visit

Pictured: Shelley Regin, SVP of Marketing, Jodie Gerulaitis, VP, Community Relations, cab passenger Nathan Scott and Phil Goncalves, SVP of Commercial Lending.

Country Bank 
North Brookfield Savings Bank Hires Michael Terlalis  
as Mortgage Loan Processor

Michael T North Brookfield Savings Bank (NBSB) is pleased to announce the recent hire of Michael Terlalis as Mortgage Loan Processor.
"We're happy to welcome Michael to North Brookfield Savings Bank and are glad to have him join our talented mortgage lending team," said Donna Boulanger, North Brookfield Savings Bank President and CEO. "We know that his experience in lending will be invaluable to our customers when helping them to reach their home buying goals."
Terlalis, of Ashford, CT, will work primarily out of the North Brookfield Savings Bank Mortgage Loan Center located at 35 Summer Street in North Brookfield. In his role, he will focus largely on offering support to customers throughout the process of obtaining a mortgage. He will be responsible for processing and preparing loans for closing, which includes reviewing mortgage loan applications and all other necessary home loan disclosures and collateral. He will work closely with borrowers to ensure all relevant information and necessary documentation is provided, helping to facilitate a smooth mortgage loan experience. In addition, he will provide support to his mortgage team members.
Terlalis brings a vast amount of lending experience to North Brookfield Savings Bank and most recently held the position of Mortgage Loan Officer at Citizens Bank where he was responsible for mortgage loan origination. Terlalis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Central Connecticut State University, is a Certified Master Mortgage Underwriter through the National Association of Mortgage Underwriters and is licensed by the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System, NMLS License ID# 1039303.
"I am very happy to join North Brookfield Savings Bank. I look forward to bringing my experience to a close-knit, community-oriented bank that places its focus on the individual customer," said Michael Terlalis, North Brookfield Savings Bank Mortgage Loan Processor. "I also hope to learn as much as possible from the already strong mortgage lending team here and to do my part to make the mortgage process more streamlined for both our customers and lending department."
About North Brookfield Savings Bank:
North Brookfield Savings Bank is a mutual savings bank with full-service branches in North Brookfield, East Brookfield, West Brookfield, Ware, Belchertown, Palmer, and Three Rivers Village of Palmer. NBSB offers a wide variety of deposit and loan products for individuals and businesses throughout Central and Western Massachusetts and has been a steadfast supporter of the communities in which it serves since 1854. All deposits are insured by the FDIC and the Depositors Insurance Fund. For additional information, please call 1-866-711-6272 or visit
NBSB logo
Pintastic New England
Pintastic New England Announces 2018 Dates
Are you dreaming of summer? It won't be long before it rolls in along with New England's only large scale pinball and game room expo. Extended to 4 days in its fourth year, Pintastic happens at the Sturbridge Host Hotel, June 28 though July 1, 2018. Tickets are on sale now at the Pintastic website.
Over 200 pinball games on FREE PLAY, video games, tournaments for adults and kids, entertainment, seminars, cosplay, cold beer, special guests, buy-sell-trade with private collectors and retailers, exclusive show deals and discounts... all this at a superb venue on beautiful Cedar Lake! 
Visit for tickets and more information.
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. 
"To read a poem in January is as lovely as to go for a walk in June." 
-  Jean-Paul Sartre 
Stageloft Theater Presents
The Boys Next Door
The Boys Next Door
by Tom Griffin 
January 12 - 21 
Directed by Ed Cornely
A communal residence in a New England city, where four mentally challenged men live under the supervision of an earnest, but increasingly "burned out" young social worker named Jack. Norman, who works in a doughnut shop and is unable to resist the lure of the sweet pastries, takes great pride in the huge bundle of keys that dangles from his waist; Lucien P.  Smith has the mind of a five-year-old but imagines that he is able to read and comprehend the weighty books he lugs about;  Arnold, the ringleader of the group, is a hyperactive, compulsive chatterer, who suffers from deep-seated insecurities and a persecution complex; while Barry, a brilliant schizophrenic who is devastated by the unfeeling rejection of his brutal father, fantasizes that he is a golf pro.  
Mingled with scenes from the daily lives of these four, where "little things" sometimes become momentous (and often very funny), are moments of great poignancy when, with touching effectiveness, we are reminded that the handicapped, like the rest of us, want only to love and laugh and find some meaning and purpose in the brief time that they, like their more fortunate brothers, are allotted on this earth.
Show Dates:
January 12-21
To reserve tickets by phone, call (508) 347-9005.
Stageloft Theater
Hitchcock Happenings

The Irish Step being taught in this class is called Sean-Nos and is a non-competitive style perfect for children.
Monday, January 15
Martin Luther King Jr. Day: No Chi Kung class
WEIGHT WATCHERS: Traditional Weight Watchers meetings! Times: Weigh-in/Registrations: 5:30PM Meeting: 6:00 PM Leader: Angela Kramer Visit to become a member or to learn more about Weight Watchers.
SEN-I JUDO CLUB: This course runs all year long and is well suited for all levels of practitioners including beginners! Call Sensei Israel Lopez 413 279-4330 for more information.
Tuesday, January 16 
ART GROUP: Participants enjoy time to socialize, draw and paint together informally without instruction. No pre-registration required. Bring your own supplies and enjoy! Free will Donations are welcome. Time: 9-11:30AM Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 for more information.
FAMILY FOUNDATIONS 5: Playgroup: This free program for preschool aged children is sponsored by the Union 61 Family Foundation 5 Grant. Time: 9:00-11:00 AM Dates: Wednesdays when school is in session until May 2018. Pre-register your child by calling Karen Distefano at 508-867-2232 or emailing
CIRCUS YOGA: This class is a playful expression of yoga poses where children and adults combine poses together and use each other for balance. It is a safe and fun way to explore movement, flexibility and trust. Recommended for adults and their children aged 6-13. (6 classes) Dates: Tuesdays 4:00-5:00PM Jan 16-Feb 27 (no class Feb 20) Fee: $70/pair Instructor: Karen Larsen Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or for more information.
IRISH STEP DANCE: This is an older style Irish step done in soft shoes or bare feet called Sean-nos. It was a form of dance that was used to tell stories around the campfire and is a non-competitive style for children ages 7-13 (6 classes) Students need a completed consent form. Dates: Tuesdays, 5:30-6:15PM Jan 16-Feb 27 (no class 2/20) Fee: $70/pair Instructor: Karen Larsen Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or for more information.
Wednesday, January 17 
No Watercolor Class on Wed. January 17
FAMILY FOUNDATIONS 5: Music and Movement: This free program for preschool aged children is sponsored by the Union 61 Family Foundation 5 Grant. Time: 9:00-10:00 AM Dates: Wednesdays when school is in session until May 2018. Pre-register your child by calling Karen Distefano at 508-867-2232 or emailing
MEAL PLANNING FOR HEALTHY EATING: Eating healthier in three easy steps begins in your cabinets, pantry and refrigerator. The presentation then moves to planning, scheduling and shopping. It finishes with examples of meals to prepare and the healthy dining experience.  You will leave with a pantry prep list, weekly/monthly planning handouts and easy ideas to make improvements to your meals! Time: 6-7:30 PM Fee: $15 Instructor: Anne Bernardin Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or for more information.
Thursday, January 18 
FAMILY FOUNDATIONS 5: STEM: This free program for preschool aged children is sponsored by the Union 61 Family Foundation 5 Grant. Time: 9:00-10:30 AM Dates: Thursdays when school is in session until May 2018. Pre-register your child by calling Karen Distefano at 508-867-2232 or emailing
SEN-I JUDO CLUB: This course runs all year long and is well suited for all levels of practitioners including beginners! Call Sensei Israel Lopez 413 279-4330 for more information.
DIVINE SLEEP® YOGA NIDRA: Unwind and release tension with a brief gentle Yoga experience (no experience necessary), then enjoy "Yoga Nidra" - sometimes referred to as "psychic sleep" a state of deep relaxation.  Lay down, listen to guided meditations, and enjoy! Bring a mat, blanket, pillow, or anything else for your comfort. Time: 7:15-8:45PM Fee: $15 Instructor: Sharon Palmer Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or for more information.
Friday, January 19 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: Traditional open AA meetings in a friendly setting. Come early to chat and share in refreshments. Time: 7:30 PM

Salem Cross Inn logo
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.
Fireplace feast
Warm up at a Fireplace Feast! 
January 19, 26 & 28
February 2, 4, 9 & 11  
Experience the inn's series of 1700's style feasts, prepared on the open hearth of a great field stone fireplace. Relax by the fire or lend a hand as dinner is prepared for you in colonial style. Stir the chowder as it bubbles in our cast iron cauldron. See your prime rib, roasted 'to a turn,' as the only known authentic Roasting Jack still operating in America rotates slowly over a  
crackling fire of wild cherry logs.
Held on various dates through April, Fireplace Feast is an experience you won't forget!
We would like to remind our wonderful customers that our winter hours will begin in 2018.

Midwinter Mischief at Old Sturbridge Village  
Midwinter Mischief
Saturday, January 20 to Sunday, January 21  
Saturday, January 27 to Sunday, January 28  
Saturday, February 3 to Sunday, February 4  
Saturday, February 10 to Sunday, February 11    
Non-members: $30 Adult | $20 Youth
OSV Members: $20 Adult | $10 Youth
Note - Admission includes 2-hour outdoor/indoor experience and a 19th-century inspired meal at the Bullard Tavern - beverages not included.

After a successful run last year, Midwinter Mischief returns to Old Sturbridge Village this January and February! Midwinter Mischief combines theatrical storytelling, historical interpretation and period dining to offer guests a daytime winter adventure...

Imagine the tale of a Yankee peddler passing through the village who decides to settle down at the Bullard Tavern on a cold winter's night. There the peddler spends every dollar he has earned on food and drink, racking up a tab far beyond his means. After being confronted over his debt, the peddler fills up his cup with ashes from the hearth and promises the tavern owner that he will return with a cup overflowing of gold. From the Bullard Tavern, costumed storytellers, artisans, and villagers will entice tavern guests to wander deep into the village where they will find evidence of the peddler's adventures and schemes.

Admission to a Midwinter Mischief includes the two-hour outdoor/indoor experience and a period-inspired meal in the Village's Bullard Tavern where guests can enjoy live music, demonstrations, and a cash bar featuring hot beverages and 1830s-inspired libations. Each day, the first experience departs the Visitor Center at 9:00 am and the last at 3:00 pm, with experiences beginning every 20 minutes (except for noon and 12:20). After your adventure, you will be led to the Bullard Tavern Great Room where you can enjoy your inclusive hearty soup or stew meal.

Midwinter Mischief was written and directed by P.J. Griffith.

Timed tickets must be purchased in advance - either online at or at the museum's Visitor Center.

NOTE - Old Sturbridge Village will be closed for regular, daytime visitation from February 1-19.  
The general public and museum members will be required to purchase a ticket to Midwinter Mischief during this period.    
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road  
Sturbridge MA 01566 
Job Day
Thurs. Jan. 25, from 10am-Noon
Workforce Central Career Center
5 Optical Drive, 2nd Floor
Southbridge, MA 01550

No job seeker pre-registration is required. Bring resumes!

Participating companies: The Bridge of Central MA, CoWorx Staffing, YOU Inc., Imperial Distributors, RIBI Security, PeopleReady, FedExGround, Operon, First Student School Transportation, SAS Retails Services, Securitas.
The Duck
Half Full Brewery Beer Social
The Duck Tap Room
Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 7:00 pm

For January's Beer Social, The Duck welcomes Half Full Brewery from Stamford, CT. At Half Full Brewery, it's all about the story: chasing a dream, down to the names of the core beers: Bright Ale (a bright idea), Pursuit IPA (pursuing a passion), Toasted Amber (toasting your progress), and delicious new Onward APA (less bitter than the IPA, with citrusy notes). They also have many seasonal and limited release beers. Half Full is a positive place to enjoy a delicious brew where your glass is half-full, not half empty. They are known for their Award-Winning Bright Ale and spreading hoptimism, one beer at a time!

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!
Rapscallion Brewery & Tap House 
Saturday, January 27, 2018, 12 Noon - 10pm
One of four annual seasonal festivals at Rapscallion, Winterfest celebrates the release of Rapscallion's annual Winterfest beer. Enjoy live music from 11 on the Outside and Big Jon Short, and food from Rapscallion's own food truck at this free family and dog-friendly party in the Tap Room and adjoining cellar and brewhouse.
Check the website for more details.
Lost World
Auditions for "The Lost World"
January 28 & 30
Gateway Players Theatre of Southbridge announce Auditions for "The Lost World" written by local playwright Ed Humphries will be held on Sunday, January 28, at 4pm, and on Tuesday, January 30 at 6:30pm at the Fellowship Hall of Elm Street Congregational Church, 61 Elm Street in Southbridge, MA. The entrance to the Hall is at the back of the building. This comedy/drama will be directed by Ed Humphries and produced by David Corkum. Auditions will consist of live readings from the script along with some light improv. Rehearsals will be held on Sunday and Tuesday nights. Performance dates are April 13, 14, 20, 21 and 22. For more information please contact Ed Humphries (508-930-5392), e-mail, or David Corkum (508-729-3999), e-mail 
The sixteen-member cast consists of 4 women and 4 men in the principal roles; ages late 20's to early 40's. There is one additional role that calls for a woman - any age. In addition, seven teens are needed to play younger versions of some principal characters. Mid-teens to early 20's are encouraged to audition for those roles. Visit this link for details on the cast and plot.
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!

January 29
Brimfield Elementary PTO 
St. John Paul II Parish 

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

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

Casual Dining * Open Seating * No Reservations

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

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

As of Thursday, April 27, 2017, Village Toastmasters will meet every Thursday from 7:00-8:15 pm at the offices of the Chamber of Central Mass South, located at 46 Hall Road, Sturbridge.
Thank you to the Chamber of Central Mass South for serving as the new meeting location!
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!
January 13: Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting at Altruist Brewing Co.
January 15: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 18: CMS Chamber Annual Meeting
January 20: Midwinter Mischief Begins at OSV 
January 22: Fun at Five at Sturbridge Porterhouse with bankHometown
January 23: Seminar: Three Pillars of Online Success: Building Your Digital Presence
January 27: Winterfest at Rapscallion 

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