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In This Issue
July Fun at The Overlook!
A New England Clambake!
Harrington Dedication
June Hat Contest Winner
Congratulations to Jon Gorman
Rotary RYLA Students Excel
NBSB Employees Support Camp Putnam
Sturbridge Rotary Installs New Officers
The Last Green Valley Calendar Photo Contest
Rotary's Golf Classic
Office Space For Rent
Aqua Riders Team Shows
Free Downsizing Seminar
Brimfield Shows
Save and Raise at Cormier Jewelers
UNO's Free Pizza Day
Publick House Feasts
Classes at Hitchcock Academy
Murder at the Howard Johnson's
Novena to St. Anne
Cruising for Charity Car Shows
Klem's DockDogs® Days
Craft Beer & Roots Music Festival
Business After Hours
Summertime at Salem Cross Inn
Rapscallion's Summerfest
Village Toastmasters
C-MASS GEOFEST
Free Saturday Tastings
Concerts on the Commons
Farmers' Markets & Stands
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Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors
Executive Committee
  
Cindy Howard
Chair
Center of Hope
 
Bruce Watkins
Treasurer
Karl Storz Endovision 

Jocelyn Callis
1st Vice Chair
OFS

Michael Checkosky
Immediate Past Chair
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Board Members

Brad Arcoite
Table 3 Restaurant Group  

Jessica Bettencourt
Klem's
 
Chris Canniff

Susan Collins
Bank Hometown


Bob Datz 
datzmedia 

Alycia Dzik
Webster First Federal Credit Union

Michelle Fanion
ERA Key Realty


Les Gardner
Les Gardner Photography


Lynn Mero
Southbridge Credit Union


Laurie Nelson
Christopher Heights

Heather Pedersen
Country Bank

Rita Schiano 

Michael Wales
Michael L. Wales Painting Co. 
 
Jim 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 July's CROSSROADS EVENTS ! In your inbox on the 14th so you can catch a free water ski show tonight and grab a free pizza tomorrow after you've enjoyed browsing the Brimfield Shows!
Our marvelous summer rolls on with networking next Tuesday at The Overlook. The Chamber's summer outing, a New England Clambake at The Publick House, is also coming up quickly. Details on all this and more are in this issue!  
 
Got news? Thank you for emailing us your press releases, links and photos for inclusion in Crossroads!
Keep posting your 2017 events to our online events calendar! We love sharing them with our readers! 
 
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Fun at Five!
Tuesday, July 18 
at 5:00pm 
Overlook logo  
The Overlook 
88 Masonic Road, Charlton
866-753- 5429
The Overlook Tower
Join us for summer networking and fun at
The Overlook in Charlton! We'll get together in the Overlook's spectacular Performing Arts Center,  
enjoy beer, wine, soft drinks, tasty appetizers
and each other's company on a
special midsummer's eve!

Overlook_s Performing Arts Center
The Performing Arts Center at The Overlook

Did you know...? The Overlook offers a full continuum of care on one campus including independent living, enhanced living, memory care,  
short-term rehabilitation, long-term skilled care and hospice care. Overlook Visiting Nurse Association provides home health services twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year, if needed.

You could win a Gift Basket of Fine Wines,
courtesy of our host, The Overlook!  
 
Cost:
$10 for registered Members, $15 at the door or  
$20 for non-Members. 
RSVP by phone at 508-347-2761 
or email info@cmschamber.org 
 
Thank you to our
July 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
You're Invited to
A New England 
Clambake!
Thursday, August 3, 2017 
5:00-8:00pm
New England Clambake
The Publick House Historic Inn, Sturbridge
 
  The Chamber's Annual Summer Outing is back!
We hope you will join us for a traditional New England Clambake hosted by The Publick House!
We can't wait to get together with our Members and friends and enjoy a summer clambake with all the fixin's! Here are the details!   
 
COCKTAIL HOUR:
5 to 6pm at The Little Red Barn
Stationary and butlered hors d'oeuvres. Cash Bar.
    
CLAMBAKE BUFFET:
6 to 8pm in the Garden Tent
New England Clam Chowder, Steamed Clams, Pasta Salad, Cole Slaw, Boiled Red Bliss Potatoes, Corn on the Cob, Grilled Vegetable Medley.
 
WITH YOUR CHOICE OF:
1 1/4 lb. Lobster, 12 oz. Sirloin Steak  
or Vegetarian Entree
 
DESSERT: Chef's Choice. Assorted Coffees & Teas.
 
FEATURING LIVE MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT:
Enjoy the acoustic stylings of
Yankee Dogs 
Thanks to our Entertainment Sponsor:

UNITED LENS COMPANY 

Also featuring our annual raffle benefiting the
Chamber's Charities & Scholarships Fund
 
Just $10 per ticket for
"Your Chance to be a Millionaire!"
in $1000 worth of lottery scratch tickets!
This will be your last chance to buy tickets!
The winner will be drawn at the Clambake! 
 
Why not make this your company outing?
Groups of any size can be accommodated.
Just tell us how many are in your party,
and we'll reserve your table.
 
COST: $55 per person or tables of 10 for $525.
 
277 Main Street, On The Common, Sturbridge, MA  
 
CONTACT US TO RESERVE  
YOUR SPACE TODAY!
Remember to let us know your meal choice!

Deadline to RSVP is July 27.
508-347-2761 pjh@cmschamber.org
Member2Member Discounts! 
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Don't Forget t o use your M2M Card! 
Discounts from Members... for Members!  
We THANK YOU for KEEPING IT LOCAL! 
Harrington Dedication
Harrington recently held a special dedication ceremony in honor of Lorraine Martel, a Southbridge resident, generous volunteer and advocate for Harrington HealthCare System. After she passed way, she left the hospital a gift of money which covered the cost of the 3D mammography machine in Southbridge.
 
3D imaging enhances the ability to detect some breast cancers earlier. It has also been shown to reduce the chance of additional imaging thus lowering the number of false positive mammograms. The 3D machine in Southbridge continues to be booked solid daily.
 
Martel's cousin, Charlene Richard (who spent more than 40 years working at Harrington herself!) attended the ceremony. Pictured, L to R: Jess Calcidise, VP of nursing and ancillary departments; Richard, and Harrington President and CEO Ed Moore.
Nathan Hampp of West Brookfield is NBSB's June Hat Contest Winner

Nathan Hampp As we all begin to look forward to the warm, sunny days of summertime, there is something extra special to look forward to for one local resident. Nathan Hampp, a resident of West Brookfield,
was recently awarded a $100 gift certificate for being the June winner of North Brookfield Savings Bank's Hat Contest.
 
Nathan may not be the youngest hat winner in the history of the North Brookfield Savings Bank Hat Contest, but he certainly is close as he joins the long list of winners at the young age of only 3 ½ years old.
 
Each month, anyone spotted wearing an NBSB hat in the community by a North Brookfield Savings Bank representative is entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift certificate to a local establishment. Hampp was spotted wearing his blue North Brookfield Savings Bank hat by Caitlin O'Connor, NBSB Assistance Vice President and Marketing Manager while visiting the Bank's North Brookfield, Gilbert Street branch location with his mother. He was later awarded a $100 gift certificate to Klem's located on Route 9 in Spencer, 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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Jon Gorman Volunteer award
Congratulations to Jon Gorman, RN, BSN, who received an award at the most recent New England Regional Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) Committee meeting in Manchester, NH. Jon is an employee with Harrington HealthCare System; he teaches First Aid, CPR, ALS & BLS classes to healthcare providers and the community in general.
 
Gorman was honored for being an Outstanding Volunteer, having trained more than 3,500 people in Hands-Only CPR in 2016!
 
Picture L to R: Ray Barry, ECC Chairman; Gorman; Michael Smith, Director-ECC Network
Rotary RYLA Students Excel
RYLA Students
Sturbridge Rotary has been sponsoring two local sophomore students each year since 1993 to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) training.  During that time 50 students have visited the Club following their training to share their experiences, which have always been positive, about what they've learned.  The 3-day retreat held at Fitchburg State University helps RYLA students build communication and problem-solving skills as well as leadership skills.  The students learn from community leaders and hear inspirational speakers, attend presentations, participate in activities and workshops covering a variety of topics that help them unlock their potential to turn motivation into action - all while having fun and forming lasting friendships.
Many of the students we have sponsored return to RYLA the following year to serve as mentors and facilitators to the new group of sophomores.

Comprised of students from the 40 Clubs attending from District 7910, 190 sophomores received this years' training.  Kayla Archambault and Andrew Houle from Tantasqua Regional High School were sponsored by the Sturbridge Club.  Andrew received a certificate for being chosen the "RYLAN of The Day" on Saturday.  He was chosen by consensus of the RYLA facilitators at this event.

Sturbridge Rotary looks forward to having Kayla and Andrew address the membership at one of its upcoming meetings in order to share their experiences with us.
North Brookfield Savings Bank Supports Camp Putnam  
with Employee Casual Jean Friday Fundraiser
NBSB Casual Jeans Fridays
North Brookfield Savings Bank employees participated in the Bank's Casual Jean Friday fundraiser to support the NBSB Feed a Camper at Camp Putnam fundraiser. Shown left to right are Jessica Shimansky, Supervisor; Dawn Stafford, Teller; Tonya Laird, Regional Branch Manager; Caitlin O'Connor, Assistant Vice President/Marketing Manager and Jamie Hubacz, Teller.
 
It is clear that North Brookfield Savings Bank (NBSB) and its employees share a great passion for helping the local community, and through the Bank's Casual Jean Friday fundraisers they are able to do just that, all while having a bit of fun. During the months of May and June, NBSB held two successful Casual Jean Fridays to coincide with the Feed a Camper at Camp Putnam fundraiser, hosted at all branch locations.
 
On Casual Jean Fridays NBSB employees are encouraged to make a donation of $5 to a designated local organization and in return, are invited to wear jeans for the day. On Friday, May 26th and Friday, June 30th, with the Feed a Camper at Camp Putnam fundraiser underway in the branches, NBSB employees showed their support for the camp by donning their jeans. In total, they proudly raised $270 through the two Casual Jean Fridays. This amount along with the funds generously donated by the community and a $1,000 donation from North Brookfield Savings Bank bring the total raised to over $2,100 for the Feed a Camper at Camp Putnam fundraiser.
 
"North Brookfield Savings Bank is proud to support local community organizations through our Casual Jean Fridays," said NBSB Senior Vice President of Retail Banking Patty Ostrout. "Camp Putnam is a wonderful organization that provides an authentic camping experience for all families regardless of income and we are glad to contribute in any way we can."
 
Casual Jean Days are nothing new for North Brookfield Savings Bank. In fact, employees have worn jeans to give back to the Bank's communities since 2013 and have contributed to various local organizations throughout the years.
 
The Casual Jean Fridays fundraiser is just one of many community initiatives hosted by NBSB. The Bank hosts and participates in many local outreach events throughout the year to help address the needs of the communities it serves, including but not limited to its annual in-branch fundraiser to benefit a chosen local charity, the annual NBSB Fall Harvest Food Drive taking place in October and the annual NBSB Holiday Toy Drive to help local struggling families.
 
To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank's community giving efforts and all of the convenient banking products and services offered, visit www.NorthBrookfieldSavingsBank.com.
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Sturbridge Rotary Installs New Officers
Rotary Officers
The Installation of Sturbridge Rotary Club Officers and Board of Directors for the 2017-2018 Rotary year recently took place at the Cohasse Country Club in Southbridge. 

The following were elected:
 (left to right) Austin Jenkins, President-Elect; Charles Battersby, BOD; Lorraine Herbert, Treasurer; Scott Peckins, Secretary; PDG Klaus Hachfeld, Executive Secretary; David Zonia, President; Otto Prohaska, Immediate Past-President; Bob White, BOD.  Missing from the photo is Peter Zeh, BOD.

Many friends and family members attended to celebrate the event.  Because President David is an avid golfer, the installation ceremony and activities carried a golf theme, much to the enjoyment of those attending.  Sturbridge Rotary is looking forward to another productive and successful year under President David's leadership!
The Last Green Valley Calendar Photo Contest!
 
TLGV logo The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) has announced a search to find inspiring photographs that celebrate life and capture the unique spirit of the National Heritage Corridor. Every year the organization produces an informative calendar with great pictures, moon phases, and interesting tidbits about the history, flora and fauna of The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor. The 2018 TLGV Calendar will feature photographs submitted during this summer's Calendar Photo Contest.

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 2018 TLGV Calendar will be available through the TLGV online shop, with all proceeds supporting the programs and projects of the nonprofit.

A total of 13 photos will illustrate the calendar, including a special spotlight on one chosen for the cover. Winners who submitted the photos chosen for each month will be given 5 copies of the 2018 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 2018 TLGV Calendar.

Each photograph must be in color digital format, sized to 8 x 10 inches, and at least 300 d.p.i. The subject must have something to do with the exceptional natural, historic, and cultural resources of The Last Green Valley. The photo can be a close up, long shot, aerial shot - but convey the special quality of our beautiful region. We welcome photos of people enjoying the National Heritage Corridor, but must have the subject's permission in order to publish the photo.

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 September 1, 2017. 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 is a National Heritage Corridor - the last stretch of dark night sky in the coastal sprawl between Boston and Washington, D.C. A dynamic nonprofit organization, TLGV works for you in the National Heritage Corridor - we help you to care for it, enjoy it, and pass it on!
Sturbridge Rotary Offering Charity Golf Classic

Rotary Golf Classic On Monday, July 24, the Cohasse Country Club in Southbridge will again host the Rotary Club of Sturbridge for its eighth Charity Golf Classic.  Club President and Chair of the event, Dave Zonia reports that the field of 64 golfers is filling up and for the second year in a row this prestigious event looks to be sold out.  The day begins with a 10:30 AM shotgun start, a BBQ lunch on the course and a prime rib evening meal followed with auctions and the awarding of prizes.  

All proceeds from the event will be used to fund Sturbridge Rotary's charitable activities to empower youth, improve health, provide scholarships, and whenever possible, answer needs in the local communities.  Just this past June the Rotary Club awarded $6,000 in scholarships to Tantasqua students bringing the total of scholarships awarded in the last 44 years to $194,000.  We have also donated $4,100 this past year to those needing food assistance served by the J.P. II Food Pantry.  Our Club also continues working to support initiatives worldwide such as phase two of providing needed medical equipment and training to a hospital in Kosovo.                         
           
This year the Club welcomes three new major sponsors, Old Sturbridge Village, P.J. Keating and Southbridge Credit Unions' Sturbridge office who join with continuing major sponsors Cornerstone Bank, the National Guard Association and Safety Source - Northeast.  Many contributions will also be recognized for tee and green signs, signs posted in a memorial garden, along with many, many gifts for golfers and for the auctions. 

New this year to the event is a Hole in One contest on a par 3 with success providing a $10,000 award.  As in past years there will be contests for closest to the pin, longest drive and closest to the line with those prizes awarded in the evening.  A special purchase of "play improvement" strings will be available for purchase as well. 

Rotary club membership provides an opportunity to join other community leaders to take action on important issues affecting our community, our nation and our world.  Members also have a lot of fun socializing and working together on service projects. 

A few spots are still available for golf participants or to attend the social event.  To inquire, contact any member of the Sturbridge Rotary Club or contact the Golf Chair at dzonia@aol.com or phone 508-335-4550.
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. 
"Summer's lease hath all too short a date."  -William Shakespeare

Aqua Riders of Holland
Water Ski Show Team
TONIGHT! July 14, 6:00-7:30pm, Aqua Riders Team Beach
163 Mashapaug Rd., Holland 

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

More 2017 Summer Show Dates:
July 14
July 21
July 28-30 Eastern Regional Tournament at the Oxbow in Northampton, MA
August 4
August 11
August 19 - Our annual Homeshow at 10:00am
 
Bring a lawn chair and enjoy our spectacular FREE shows! Follow on Facebook for more!
Free Downsizing Seminar
July 15, 9:00am, Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Join Constance Hobart of Keller-Williams Realty for a free Downsizing Seminar
this Saturday, July 15th from 9AM to 11:30AM.

Constance will be presenting on home values and selling, and how to organize those belongings!

Refreshments and materials will be provided.
No reservations needed, just come to Cline Hall at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
345 Main Street, Sturbridge

Visit constancehobart.kw.com.
Please RSVP so I get a head count for refreshments. 774-230-0539
2017 Brimfield Shows Summer Edition: July 11-16
Brimfield
The Brimfield Antiques and Collectibles Show has been dubbed
"the Queen of the outdoor shows" and a Smithsonian Treasure. A New England tradition, the extravaganza represents the largest outdoor gathering of antique and collectibles dealers in the country with acres of tents showcasing the merchandise of thousands of dealers!
Happy Hunting! www.brimfield.com  
Cormiers
Save and Raise at Cormier Jewelers
Now through July 31!

Cormier Jewelers in Southbridge is celebrating their 70th Anniversary by "gifting" back to the community. You Save and the YMCA Wins!

Shop at Cormier Jewelers in Southbridge for the month of July and they will match the amount you save and donate it to the Tri-Community YMCA. Certificates available at the YMCA to receive discounts.
  • Save $5 off $50 and more
  • Save $10 off $100 and more
  • Save $25 off $250 and more
  • Save $50 off $500 and more
  • Save $100 off $1000 and more
Cormier Jewelers                   42 Central Street, Southbridge               508-764-7415
Uno
Uno Pizzeria & Grill Celebrates Summer with Free Pizza Day: July 15 
 
Uno Pizzeria & Grill locations all over the US are celebrating Summer with a Free Pizza Day outside their restaurants. Attendees will be treated to either a cheese & tomato Deep Dish or a pepperoni Chicago Thin Crust Pizza (one per car/party) to take with them to-go.
 
Where: Uno Pizzeria & Grill, 100 Charlton Road, Sturbridge, MA
When: Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 1-4pm
 
Why: We invented the Deep Dish Pizza at our historic downtown Chicago Pizzeria Uno restaurant in 1943, so pizza is embedded in our DNA. We are committed to the craft of pizza and this Summer, we want to celebrate that heritage as well as the incredible communities that we are a part of. Join us for an afternoon of sun, fun and PIZZA!
 
For more information, visit www.unos.com/pizzaparty.php
 
About UNO's
Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Uno Restaurant Holdings Corporation includes 133 company-owned and franchised Uno Pizzeria & Grill restaurants located in 23 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, Honduras, Mexico, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Famous for inventing Deep Dish Pizza in 1943, UNO's mission is to deliver big, bold flavors, rich, rewarding experiences and unbelievably delicious pizza and other craveable menu creations you won't find anywhere else. The Company also operates Uno Dué Go, a fast casual concept, Uno Express, a quick service concept, and Uno Foods, a consumer packaged foods business which supplies airlines, movie theaters, hotels, airports, travel plazas, schools and supermarkets with both frozen and refrigerated private-label foods and UNO branded products. For more information, visit www.unos.com
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Publick House Cooks for Community Organizations


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

July 17
Polish American Veterans
Sturbridge Rotary
TURKEY FEAST

July 31
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Dudley
A.P.P.L.E. Seeds, Inc.
ITALIAN FEAST

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!
www.publickhouse.com 
Classes at Hitchcock Academy
   
Instructor Andrew Bloch brings the sport of fencing to Hitchcock Academy.

Monday, July 17
SUMMER FUN WEEK 1: Need fun summertime activities for the kids? Sign them up for Summer Fun at Hitchcock! Three 50 minute, activity-packed classes are grouped by age, 3-4 year olds, 5-6 year olds and 7-12 year olds. Storytime (ages 3-4), Games (all ages), Arts & Crafts (ages 3-4), Design & Create (ages 5-6 and 7-12), and Tennis (ages 5-6 and 7-12) are favorites every summer. Dates: Monday July 17 to Friday July 21 Fee: $16 per class. Be sure to fill out the consent form and contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or www.hitchcockacademy.org to register.
 
REIKI LEVEL I: A healing energy technique. You will become a certified Reiki practitioner. Tap into your higher consciousness to harness this incredible love frequency to heal yourself and others. Instructor: Jean Miller, Traditional Reiki Master Dates: Monday, July 17 and Thursday, July 20, 5-9PM Fee: $150 Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or www.hitchcockacademy.org to register.
 
Tuesday, July 18
CIRCUS YOGA: This class is a playful expression of yoga poses where children combine poses together, and use each other for balance. It is a safe and fun way to explore movement, flexibility and trust. 4 classes, ages 7-13. Instructor: Karen Larson Dates: Tuesdays July 18-August 8, 3:30-4:30PM Fee: $50 Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or www.hitchcockacademy.org to register.
 
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. 4 classes, ages 7-13. Instructor: Karen Larson Dates: Tuesdays July 18 - August 82:15-3:15PM Fee: $50 Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or www.hitchcockacademy.org to register.
 
COOKING WITH THE METRO BISTROT: Jay, and his wife Marie Paule, places an emphasis on fresh, mostly local ingredients for the food in the Bistrot and changes the menu sometimes, daily according to what is in the markets or what he can forage from local fields, lakes, streams and gardens. Jay will focus on French Roast Pork and Pork Ragout or how to cook pork so it does not come out dry and tasteless. Jay and Marie Paule very generously donate the proceeds from this class to support Hitchcock Free Academy. Location: Metro Bistrot, 176 Main Street, Southbridge. Date: Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 6:00-8:00PM Fee: $25 Instructor: Jay Livernois & Marie Paule Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or www.hitchcockacademy.org to register.
 
Wednesday, July 19
ART WITH LAURA TIPS AND TRICKS: Pencil, acrylic, watercolor...students explore how to draw, see things differently, and learn an understanding of shapes, subject & color mixing. Supplies included. 2 classes Dates: Wednesdays, July 19 and 26 9:30AM-2PM Fee: $72 Instructor: Laura Cenedella, Award Winning Artist Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or www.hitchcockacademy.org to register.
 
CLEAN EATING: GMO's-what are they? Are they safe? What does organic really mean to me? Is it important? The second session discussion will be "eggs debunked"...everything you need to know- cage free, vegetarian fed, with Omega-3's - What do these terms mean? How do I make the right choices for me and my family? 2 classes Dates: Wednesdays, July 19 and 26 6:30-7:30PM Fee: $55 Instructor: Dee Cady, Health & Life Coach Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or www.hitchcockacademy.org to register.
 
FENCING: Fencing is a sport of combat that originally started as practice for dueling with swords. Master Bloch's fencing program is designed with safety and learning in mind. The classic French footwork and blade work is emphasized first. In this way we assure not only the safety of our students but, by laying a good foundation of learning, all students have the ability to become great fencers. Students, please bring a water bottle, sneakers and comfortable clothing. Ages 8-16 Dates: Wednesdays, 7:15-8:15PM starting July 19 and ending September 6 Fee: $99 Instructor: Andrew Bloch Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or www.hitchcockacademy.org to register.
 
MARTIAL YOGA: Martial Yoga strives to balance the vigorous action of traditional martial arts with the soft, stillness that typifies yoga. Martial yoga, while physical in nature, is a meditation throughout and strengthens the body, calms the mind, and emboldens the spirit. Students, please bring a yoga mat, water bottle and comfortable clothing. Dates: Wednesdays, 6-7PM starting July 19 and ending September 6 Fee: $99 Instructor: Andrew Bloch Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or www.hitchcockacademy.org to register.
 
Thursday, July 20
GARDEN LECTURE SERIES-ORGANIC PEST CONTROL: With the joys of gardening comes the occasional frustration of controlling pests and diseases. Join us to discuss a wide range of organic pest control strategies from scouting for pests, pest ID, natural predators and organic chemical control options.   Learn to draw from a variety of pest management tactics and both you and nature will reap the benefits of your knowledge and efforts. Dates: Thursday July 20, 7-8 Fee: $10 Instructor: Jessica Groleau, Horticulturalist Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or www.hitchcockacademy.org to register.
 
NUTRITION FOR HEALTH: Anne, a Type 1 Diabetic, is a former weight loss franchise owner, high school nutrition teacher and kitchen tool consultant. She attributes her success in living with her diagnosis to a "starting life over" attitude. Her knowledge of nutrition guided her to gradually empty her cupboard, refrigerator and freezer of foods that were detrimental to controlling her blood sugar levels. (1 class) Date: July 20, 6-7:30PM Fee: $15 Instructor: Anne Bernardin, MBA Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or www.hitchcockacademy.org to register.

Stageloft Theater Presents
Murder at HoJo
Murder at the Howard Johnson's
By Sam Bobrick & Ron Clark
A Comedy in Two Acts

All is fair in love? Even murder? That's the question posed by this light and funny suspense comedy about a love triangle in a Howard Johnson Motor Inn. A three scene love triangle involving a woman, her lover, and her husband. In the first scene, the wife and her lover plot to murder the husband. In the second scene, the wife and her husband are plotting to murder the lover. The third scene has the husband and the lover plotting to murder the wife - but this attempt, like the others, fails.

Show dates:
July 7-9, 14-16 and 21-23.

Murder at the Howard Johnson's is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

To reserve tickets by phone, call (508) 347-9005.
St. Anne's Shrine Pilgrims of all faiths, generations and cultures are invited to join our Celebration of the
130th Novena to St. Anne
"HOPE IN THE LORD"
beginning Tuesday, July 18, 2017 culminating on
Wednesday, July 26, 2017.
A variety of speakers and music ministries (African, Hispanic, Vietnamese and others) will enhance our liturgies.
Rosary Procession Nightly beginning at 6:30 PM Mass immediately following. The Gift Shop will have extended hours.

16 Church Street, Fiskdale MA 01518
Wednesday Night Cruising for Charity Car Shows
Klems Car show
Klem's Field, 117 West Main Street, Spencer
Starting June 7th through August, Every Wednesday 5pm until Dusk

2017 Weekly Show Classes:
July 19, Week 7: Best 60's & Best of Show
July 26, Week 8: Best 70's & Best of Show
August 2, Week 9: Modern Muscle & Best of Show
August 9, Week 10: Best Truck & Best of Show
August 16, Week 11: Best Mustang & Best of Show
August 23, Week 12: Best Corvette & Best of Show
August 30, Week 13: Best of Season, Mason's Choice & Driver's Choice

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

Donations Accepted. 100% of the profits go to the Masonic Children's Charity!
DockDogs Days
2017 Klem's DockDogs® Days
We hope to see you July 21st, 22nd & 23rd!
What is DOCKDOGS? The World's Premier Canine Aquatics Competition

Come watch the qualifying dogs compete in Big Air where the dog with the longest jump wins; think of Extreme Vertical as the "high jump" for dogs. Speed Retrieve tests your dog in a combination of running, jumping & swimming!

Register online: dockdogs.com/events/events-list/, or walk-up registration is available.
On-site only has limited waves and spots. First come basis.

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Craft Beer & Roots Music Festival
Sunday, July 23, 2017 - 11:00am to 7:00pm
Please note: On this date, the Village will have altered hours. Open from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Our craft beer festival is BACK--bigger and better than ever, with more brews, bands, and bites than ever before! Eighteen craft breweries from across New England will provide visitors an opportunity to sample and purchase some of the region's top beers, ciders, and ales. At
five indoor and outdoor stages, more than a dozen musical artists and bands will bring the sounds of Americana, bluegrass, country, folk and roots music to Old Sturbridge Village. 

For those who are 21 and over, your admission to the Village includes up to 6 complimentary 2-oz samples of beer.  We will be checking IDs for everyone who wants to participate in the beer tasting so make sure to have a valid photo ID with you.

Standard daytime admission applies. As always, OSV members get in free. Learn more about daytime admission rates here.

THE VILLAGE IS OFFERING FREE ADMISSION FOR KIDS IN JULY!
Up to three kids visit FREE per accompanying full-paying adult throughout July 2017.

Old Sturbridge Village
www.osv.org/event/craft-beer-roots-music-festival

Next Month: Don't miss Redcoats and Rebels! Coming on August 5-6!
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Business After Hours at the Bravehearts - July 28, 2017
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Join the Worcester, Auburn, Blackstone, Central Mass South, Wachusett and WDO Chambers at this month's Business After Hours. Network with area business professionals for an informal, networking event and a baseball game!


Location: Worcester Bravehearts vs. Seacoast Mavericks
College of the Holy Cross, Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field, One College Street, Worcester

Date/Time Information:
Friday, July 28, 2017
Networking - 5:00 - 7:30 PM
Baseball game - 7:00 PM  

Contact Information:
Eleanor Houbre
Fees/Admission: $15.00 - Chamber Members (includes admission to the game) 
$30.00 - Non-Chamber Members
See more and register at this link.
Summertime at Salem Cross Inn 
Murder Mystery
July 28: Murder Mystery Dinner Series 
Solve a crime while you dine. See more and get your tickets here!   

Salem Cross Inn and the Stageloft Repertory Theater present a Murder Mystery Dinner theater dining event, "A Healthier Life - The Making of an Info-mercial."

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

Menu for the Murder Mystery Dinner

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

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

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

Outdoor Grilling 
Every Wednesday and Thursday from 5-8pm, enjoy dinner outdoors at the Hexmark Tavern, weather permitting. For more information, www.salemcrossinn.com/about-us/hexmark/ 
 
Save the date! 
August 10: Farmers' Dinner 
Join us in the garden for tours, hors d'oeuvres, chef demonstrations, and more.
August 10 dinner will feature local farm raised chicken. 
Find the details and get tickets here!
 

Salem Cross Inn 
Summer fest
Saturday, July 29, 2017, 12pm-10pm
Rapscallion Brewery & Tap Room

Join us for our annual Summerfest - the release of this year's Summerfest beer
 - a Belgian IPA - along with music by one-man-blues-band Big Jon Short,
food from Rapscallion Food Truck and a disc golf tournament!

Village Toastmasters Weekly Meetings
Thursday Evenings, 7:00-8:15pm
PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION
CHAMBER OF CENTRAL MASS SOUTH CONFERENCE ROOM
46 Hall Road, Sturbridge
Village Toastmasters
 
Village Toastmasters is a local group focused on helping its members improve their public speaking and leadership skill while building confidence in their abilities.  
The club has recently moved its meeting location.

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

Guests are always welcome!!  
Please arrive 15 minutes early (6:45pm) as meetings start promptly.  
 
Geofest River Cache
Save the Dates! Tell Your Friends! Calibrate Your Compasses!  
Here comes C-MASS GEOFEST! August 16-20

Now in its third year, C-MASS GEOFEST will welcome hundreds of people to explore our trails, find caches, enjoy fun events and socialize. C-MASS GEOFEST returns for more fun in the summer of 2017.


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

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

The event takes place in many locations in Sturbridge. See the calendar of events at the website:
www.c-massgeofest.org

Winebuyers Outlet

Free Saturday Tastings!

 

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

 

179 Main Street, Sturbridge    

508-347-1500 www.winebuyersoutlet.com

Concerts on the Commons 
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Sturbridge Summer Concerts
All concerts start at 6pm on the Sturbridge Town Common. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Please be mindful of those around you who are listening to the concert. Please refrain from parking directly on the Town Common. Thank you and enjoy the concerts!

July 20: Abletones (18 piece orchestra)
July 27 Jumpin' Juba (Blues, Rock, Classics)


Southbridge Summer Concerts
Music, good quality, family friendly entertainment! 
All performances are 6-8 pm on Southbridge Common (1 Mechanic St)
If bad weather, we will be at the Auditorium at 25 Cole Ave.

July 16: Marc Berger & Ride presented by United Lens Co.
July 23: Los Sugar Kings presented by United Lens Co.
July 30: Jah Spirit presented by United Lens Co.


Brimfield Summer Concert 
6:30 to 8pm on the Brimfield Common
Thanks to Country Bank, The Alice Sawin Davis Fund & Brimfield Cultural Council.
In case of rain, the concerts will be held at Hitchcock Academy.

July 18 Radio Ranch
July 25: Gracie Day and the Knights
August 1: The Casters


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

July 20: Island Castaways (Jimmy Buffett Tribute)
July 27: The Otters (Classic Rock)


West Brookfield Summer Concerts 
Relax and enjoy live music on the West Brookfield Town Common!
ALL concerts are from 7-9pm. Bring chairs, blankets, picnics, and BUG SPRAY!

July 19: The Eddie Forman Orchestra
July 26: The Green Sisters

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

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

Coggno Training
Click on the image to browse our catalog of training courses! 
Save these Dates!
July 18: Fun at Five Networking at The Overlook with OFS
July 21-23: DockDogs Days at Klems
July 23: Craft Beer & Roots Music Festival at OSV    
July 28: Business After Hours at The Bravehearts  
July 28: Murder Mystery Dinner Theater at Salem Cross Inn
July 29:
Summerfest at Rapscallion
August 3: Chamber Annual Outing: A New England Clambake at The Publick House  

Thank you for posting your events to our Events Calendar!

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