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In This Issue
Harvest Festival!
Fun at Five at Fins!
Chamber to Go "Paperless"
Seminar: Business Communication Skills
2017 Annual Awards
Fall/Winter Visitor Guides
Harrington Captures One of the Last Babies Born
Physician of the Year Nominations
Country Bank Donates to Local Schools
NBSB Announces New Branch Managers
Harrington Auxiliary Hosts Gary McKinstry
Office Space For Rent
Hitchcock Classes
Kong's Night Out
Oktoberfest at Rapscallion
Brookfield Churches
Elm Street Church Festival
Publick House Feast
Pink Strands for the Cause
AOA Luncheon
Salem Cross Inn Dining
Boo Bash at the YMCA
Kid Power: Open House & Birthday Celebration!
Workforce Central Job Day
Cabaret Lulu at the Sturbridge Host
Wild Game and Beer Dinner
"The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective People"
QCC: Free Information Session
Change Your Habitudes
Dog Costume Contest
A Village Trick-or-Treat
13th Annual Venture Wine & Beer Tasting
Talents & Treasures Auction
Village Toastmasters
Free Saturday Tastings
Farmers' Markets & Stands
24/7 Training
Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors
Executive Committee
Cindy Howard
Center of Hope
Bruce Watkins
Karl Storz Endovision 

Jocelyn Callis
1st Vice Chair

Michael Checkosky
Immediate Past Chair

Board Members

Brad Arcoite
Table 3 Restaurant Group  

Jessica Bettencourt

Susan Collins
Bank Hometown

Alycia Dzik
Webster First Federal Credit Union

Michelle Fanion
ERA Key Realty

Les Gardner
Les Gardner Photography

Nathan Hardt
Joe Klimavich

Lynn Mero
Southbridge Credit Union

Laurie Nelson
Christopher Heights

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!

Happy Friday (the 13th) and welcome to October's CROSSROADS EVENTS ! We are in your inbox early to remind you this weekend is Harvest Festival time in Sturbridge. Join us on the Town Common and the grounds  of The Publick House for this fantastic fall tradition. All the details including the entertainment schedule are below. On Monday, we network at Fins & Tales and there is a Brown Bag Seminar on Business Communication Skills offered for free for our Members this month. Nominations are now open for the 2017 Chamber Annual Awards. The link to the nomination forms is included 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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The 28th Annual
Harvest Festival
October 14 & 15, 2017
This Weekend! 
Harvest Festival
The 28th Annual Harvest Festival on the Sturbridge Town Common and grounds of the  Publick House Historic Inn is a family fun tradition. The event includes countless local crafters, artisans, specialty food vendors and farm fresh harvests. The Publick House's Scarecrow Contest is a perennial favorite. Enter your scarecrow for a chance to win incredible cash prizes.

Both days of the Festival will feature food trucks offering an amazing array of taste sensations!
On Saturday
Livestock (live band)
Awesome Rob the Magician (magic show) 
Followed by 2 hours of roving magic!
Cold Chocolate (live band)
On Sunday
Awesome Rob the Magician (magic show) 
Followed by 2 hours of roving magic! 

The Otters (live band)

Town Common & The Publick House, Sturbridge
Admission & Parking: Free

Festival hours are 10am to 5pm on Saturday and 11am to 4pm on Sunday. Rain or Shine.

Presented by the Chamber of Central Mass South &
The Publick House Historic Inn.
Harvest Festival is sponsored by
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Fun at Five!
Monday, October 16  
at 5:00pm 
Fins _ Tales  
Fins & Tales 
858 Main Street, Southbridge, 508-764-3349     

 Join us for Fun at Fins! 
We'll be networking at Fins & Tales in October! 
Experience imaginative American fare in a comfortable, festive environment in Southbridge's historic Delahanty Building. Fins & Tales offers the best in seafood, plus plenty of options for everyone. Have a seat at their beautiful bar and enjoy a tasty bite and a cocktail.  
Enjoy great company and chances to win  
some pretty cool prizes!  
Fins and Tales is excited to welcome back The Chamber of Commerce and all our fellow local Business Owners for our Fun at Five. We would like to remind everyone that as the Holidays are fast approaching to give thanks back to all of your hard working employees that fuel your successes today. We are currently accepting Holiday Gathering inquires and have a few dates  
still available!  
Peter, Deborah and Angelique look forward to seeing everyone on October 16th, we hope for yet another great turn out!
We can't wait to see you there!  
$10 for registered Members, $15 at the door or $20 for non-Members. 
RSVP by phone at 508-347-2761 or email 
Thank you to our Fun at Five sponsor!
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The state-chartered SCU, incorporated in 1938, is a community credit union with both federal and private deposit insurance. You may become a member at any time.  SCU operates under the supervision of the Massachusetts Banking Commissioner. Participating institutions in the credit union movement, as it is often termed, pay competitive rates of interest on savings  
and loan products.
Southbridge Credit Union           888-599-2265
Member2Member Discounts! 
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Don't Forget t o use your M2M Card! 
Discounts from Members...  
for Members!  
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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.
CMS Chamber Brown Bag Seminar
Business Communication Skills
with Ed Londergan, Author, Editor & Consultant
Tuesday, October 24 at Noon
Chamber Conference Room, 46 Hall Road, Sturbridge
FREE for CMS Chamber Members
$15 for non-Members.
Space is Limited! Please RSVP by October 23.
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!

Business Communication Skills
focuses on improving employee communications skills and abilities through a combination of instruction and exercises. The training provides the knowledge and tools to identify the benefits of effective communication, recognize obstacles and enhance skills. The topics include basic writing skills, writing an effective email, listening skills, preferred and proper situational communication methods and non-verbal communication.
Ed Londergan
Presented by Ed Londergan
Ed Londergan Writing & Editing Services
Ed Londergan has had a fascination with the written word from the time he was in elementary school. After beginning to write his books, Ed started helping others with their writing through writing workshops and creative writing classes. He has advised numerous writers with everything from putting it down on paper to getting published. He is also a professional editor and worked with writers on making their manuscripts be the best possible. Ed's interest in American history, especially that of the New England colonial period and the battles of King Philips's War, resulted in two historical fiction novels: The Devil's Elbow won an honorable mention in the juvenile fiction category at the 2013 New England Book Festival. His latest book, The Long Journey Home, won an honorable mention in the regional fiction category in the 2014 New England Book Festival. The third book in the trilogy, The Farmhouse, is in the works and will be available next year. Read more about Ed at .
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2017 Chamber Annual Awards: Help Us Recognize Greatness! 

The Chamber of Central Mass South is currently seeking nominations for three awards to be presented at our Annual Meeting in January. The awards are described in general below. To submit a nomination you may download the complete awards criteria and nomination forms here:

Deadline for Nominations is Friday, December 8, 2017.  
General Awards Criteria
  • Recipient must have demonstrated excellence in their business or profession by conducting an ethical, profitable business.
  • They must also have shown dedication to the community and to the Chamber by giving time, energy and resources.
  • They must be a member in good standing of the Central Mass South Chamber of Commerce (except Citizen of the Year recipient).
  • Nominated individuals must be actively involved in the day to day management of the member business.
  • Board members currently in office are NOT eligible.
Business of the Year
Presented to an outstanding business in the community. They must have been in business at least 2 years and meet the general criteria listed above.
Chamber Volunteer of the Year
Awarded to an outstanding volunteer who has shown a consistent individual contribution through recruiting volunteers for Chamber projects, donating time to Chamber activities, events, projects, committees, and is a positive representative of the Central Mass South Chamber of Commerce and the region's business community.  Recipients must meet the general criteria listed above.
Citizen of the Year
This award was created to recognize individuals who have demonstrated leadership in community projects and organizations and are involved in the betterment of the community through active civic participation. Presented to the individual who has demonstrated outstanding civic leadership to the community. They must live or work within the Central Mass South Chamber's service area and be active in more than one organization. They must have community involvement above and beyond professional obligations and have had input that made a positive impact on the Central Mass South region. Consideration will be given to both financial and volunteer/community service contributions. Elected officials currently in office are NOT eligible.

Questions? Call the Chamber office at 508-347-2761.
Discover Central Ma  
Discover Central Massachusetts has created a great Visitors Guide for the Fall & Winter
and we have them in quantity at the Chamber office!
Give us a ring or come by if you would like some to distribute!
Harrington Captures One of the Last Babies Born
Last Birhting Center Baby
Harrington captured in photograph one of the last babies born at its Family Birthing Center on Friday,
Sept. 29. From left, mom Kandice Wilmont, of Palmer, and new baby Zebastian; Aramark dietary services staff Danela Roso and Chris Downey.

Harrington Hospital photographed one of the last babies born at its Southbridge Birthing Center on Friday, Sept. 29. Mom and baby were present, as well as Harrington's Aramark dietary staff who served a delightful meal, as has been the tradition for a few years now. Mother Kandice Wilmont of Palmer gave birth to baby Zebastian last week. She was one of the last mothers to deliver in our Family Birthing Center before its official closure on midnight Saturday, September 30. Zebastian is Kandice's fifth child; she also has two sets of twins at home.
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Physician of the Year Nominations Now Open (They close today!)

Harrington HealthCare System is now accepting nominations for our 2017 Physician of the Year award.

A tradition that began in 2011, the award is celebrated each fall at Harrington's Provider Recognition Event and offers patients, colleagues and the community a chance to honor and celebrate their physicians for the dedicated care they provide every day.
Nominations will be accepted until October 13 (today!).
Submissions can be filled out online by visiting:
Nominations will be judged on:
  • Reasons why a physician was nominated
  • Number of nominations received
  • Active medical staff membership (required)
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Country Bank Donates $7,250 to Local Schools

Country Bank surprised 29 local schools, who participate in the Bank's Savings Makes Sense School Banking program, with a $250 gift card to Staples. Each school received the donation to help cover the cost of back to school supplies. "We know how difficult it is for the schools to have the supplies they need when budgets become tight" stated Jodie Gerulaitis, Vice President Community Relations at Country Bank. "They are truly so grateful and appreciative of this gift."

One principal stated "This donation is greatly appreciated! The past few years we have used the gift card to purchase signs and posters for the hallways, auditorium, and cafeteria to support our school-wide positive behavior program. The components of "Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful and Be a Learner" are posted throughout the building as a visual reminder of the expectations and it has had such a positive effect on the students. Thank you Country Bank for your continuous support!"  It is reported that teachers annually spend about $250 of their own money to purchase items for their classrooms.

Country Bank is a proud supporter of Financial Literacy and offers many great programs in the surrounding communities to students of all ages. To learn more please visit

Country Bank is a full-service, mutual savings bank serving the families and businesses of central and western Massachusetts with 14 branch locations 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
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North Brookfield Savings Bank Announces New Managers
NBSB Managers
North Brookfield Savings Bank (NBSB) is pleased to announce the recent hire of Tina Allen and Kimberly Brown in the role of Branch Manager.
"I am confident that both our customers and our staff will benefit significantly from the knowledge, experience and excellent customer service that Tina and Kim bring with them to North Brookfield Savings Bank," said Donna Boulanger, President & CEO of North Brookfield Savings Bank. "We are happy they are joining our team and we look forward to the growth and success they will contribute to the Bank, our customers and our local communities."
Tina Allen , a long-time resident of West Brookfield, MA, has been hired as the Branch Manager of the Ware Branch, located at 40 Main Street on Route 9. In her role, Allen will be responsible for ensuring customers received the best service possible and communicating available products options that would best serve their needs. In addition, she will be responsible for opening accounts, scheduling and the supervision of the Ware Branch teller line to make certain it is operating efficiently.
Allen previously served as a Branch Manager for North Brookfield Savings Bank's Belchertown and Ware locations from 2013 to 2015 where she displayed strong leadership skills and was an enthusiastic community volunteer. Her experiences prior to North Brookfield Savings Bank include over twenty years in the hospitality industry, where her strong customer service skills, attention to detail and her love of working with people developed.
"I am most looking forward to reacquainting myself with the wonderful customers here at the Ware branch and becoming actively involved once again in the community," said Tina Allen, North Brookfield Savings Bank Branch Manager. "I aspire to make sure that we always go above and beyond for our customers, that we fulfill all their banking needs, and that they always enjoy visiting our branch."
Kim Brown , of North Brookfield, MA, has been hired as Branch Manager of the West Brookfield Branch, located at 128 West Main Street on Route 9. In her new role, she will manage the day-to-day operations of the branch including overseeing the teller line, scheduling and account opening. She will lead by example, provide the absolute best customer service, build relationships and offer support to the local community.
Brown most recently served as Assistant Branch Manager of Webster Five Cents Savings Bank Worcester Branch where she managed the branch staff and overall operations. In addition, she worked closely with the training and development of new and existing employees. In total, Brown's experience includes close to twenty years in the banking and financial industry. She holds a Certificate in Supervision from Quinebaug Valley Community College and has a certificate of completion for the OMEGA Loan Training program.
"I am so pleased to continue my banking career in the communities that I live and enjoy," said Kim Brown, North Brookfield Savings Bank Branch Manager. "I anticipate working closely with the branch staff to ensure that North Brookfield Savings Bank remains a strong asset to the West Brookfield community. I very much look forward to developing relationships with the people of this wonderful town and offering my support to the community through volunteerism."
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Gary McKinstry Event to Benefit Harrington Auxiliary

The Harrington Auxiliary is proud to bring back Gary McKinstry, world-renowned, professional medium and psychic, to Old Sturbridge Village on Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 6 pm to 8 pm. This is an ideal opportunity to attend McKinstry's presentation and connect with loved ones who have passed to the other side. 

McKinstry's psychic activities are legendary and have been chronicled in Ghost Hunters of America: Real Stories of Paranormal Investigators. He is one of a handful of psychics to have toured the Victorian Mansion in Gardner, which he certified as definitely haunted. McKinstry has also verified that the Publick House in Sturbridge is haunted and has been since the Colonial era.
At the event attendees will have an opportunity to purchase tickets for two raffles. Proceeds from a 50/50 raffle will enable the Auxiliary to purchase equipment and provide community health programs that support Harrington Hospital's mission. The second raffle entitles the winner to a one-hour private reading with McKinstry. 

Tickets for the event are $20 and can be purchased through Harrington Hospital's Volunteer Office at 100 South Street, Southbridge. For more information, please call 508-765-6473 or email

This event featuring Gary McKinstry is held in memory of Cecile T. Edmunds.

Harrington Auxiliary, established in 1932, is a non-profit organization of dedicated and impassioned volunteers whose mission is to support and enhance the excellent services provided by the Harrington HealthCare System.
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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. 
"There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on,  
and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October."  
-  Nathaniel Hawthorne
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Hitchcock Academy Classes
Fall Foliage
October 13, 10:00am: Awaiting Fall Foliage. Watercolor Workshop.
With Anna Ozolins. Supply List, Bring your own: greens, rust, blue, maroon, yellow, orange all fall colors, masking tape, frisket, ugly brush, spray bottle, ½" plus 1" brushes, 140 lb. watercolor paper 10x13. BAG LUNCH. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or for more information.
October 17, 6:00pm: Yoga Pairs
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. (6 classes) . Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.
October 17 - November 28, 6:00pm: Irish Step Dance Ages 7-13
This is an older style Irish step. Done in soft shoes or bare feet.  It is 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) The last class will be a mini performance for Giving Tuesday! Please note, no class on 10/31. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.
October 17: CAKE DECORATING FOR THE SEASON: October's Cake: Frankenstein's Monster Cake.  
Come have fun and leave with a decorated cake while learning and/or practicing detailed decorating skills! Appropriate for adults but ages 8 and up are welcome, too! Students under 18 must complete a consent form. Time: 6:00-8:00 PM Fee: $25, all supplies included. Instructor: Susan Gaulin, Certified Wilton Instructor Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.  
October 19: VIOLIN/VIOLA LESSONS WITH LINDA DAY: Ongoing private violin or viola lessons offered by Linda Day. Linda enjoys teaching all ages and levels and offers a variety of musical styles to suit the interests of her students. Please note, children ages 5-7 must be accompanied by an adult and you must fill out a consent form for students under 18. (6 classes) Time: ½ hour lessons scheduled between 2 and 6 PM. Fee: $148 Instructor: Linda Day Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.
October 21: TAI CHI WITH DAVID: Warm up with 30 minutes of Chi Kung, switching to simple form work and into some more advanced forms. Approachable for all levels. Preregistration required. If not enough students have registered by the Monday before the workshop, it will be cancelled. Time: 9:00-11:00AM Fee: $22 (Preregistration Required) Instructor: David Masera Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.
Stageloft Theater Presents
Kong_s Night Out
Kong's Night Out 
This is the story of what happened in the hotel room next to the hotel room where Ann (played in the 1933 movie by Fay Wray) was whisked out of the bed and into the Manhattan night by King Kong. There's always a backstory. Myron Siegel is a low-end Broadway producer who desperately wants to be high end. Trouble is, he has, for his entire career, been sabotaged by his arch rival, who is ultra-famous for making movies about scary jungle creatures. That producer's father and Myron's father were also rivals back in the day, and the legacy has lived on. As the play opens, Myron has just learned that the rival producer has booked a theatre directly across from the theatre where Myron's potential bonanza, Foxy Felicia, is about to open. Nobody on the rialto knows what he's up to, but it's big. It's BIG! Myron gathers his entourage-his sassy mother, his gangster henchman, his Hungarian backer and his wide-eyed niece straight off the bus from Buffalo-and concocts a plan to find out what the mystery show is all about. What he discovers is that the show is about a monkey. A very large monkey. He also learns that the rival is sleeping with his wife and plans to steal both her and Foxy Felicia away from Myron. As the story unfolds, the seven doors on the set fly open and slam shut constantly. There are also mistaken identity, pies in the face, deceit, underhandedness and even a couple of romances. And every moment is meticulously coordinated with the events depicted in the 1933 movie. 
Remaining Show dates: October 13-15, and 20-22.
Kong's Night Out is presented by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, Inc.
Visit online or call for tickets.
To reserve tickets by phone, call (508) 347-9005.
Oktoberfest Oktoberfest at Rapscallion (Weekend #2) 
October 14-15, Noon to 10pm 
Join us for a long-standing annual tradition at the orchard! Hyland Orchard & Pavilion and Rapscallion Brewery mark the kick-off of Hyland's October apple-picking and live music season and the release of Rapscallion's 2017 O-Fest beer! Live music from Big Jon Short, James Keyes, Chandler Travis and The Upper Crust, Sam James, and The Sypek Brothers. Food from Rapscallion Food Truck and Wings & Things. Dog and family-friendly! Visit the website for details! 
300th Anniversary of Brookfield Churches
The month of October will see a continuation of the 300th Anniversary celebration of the Brookfield Churches that trace their beginning to the meeting house that was built on Foster Hill
in West Brookfield in 1717. Church celebrations will take place on October 14.

For further information, contact Robert Blozie, Chairman 300th Anniversary Committee.
(508) 654-3112
Elm Street Congregational Church Harvest Festival
October 14 
Come enjoy our Harvest Fair on Saturday, October 14th from 10am-3pm.  
For more information call (508) 764-8058. 
Tables will include: 
Bake Table including delicious jams and jellies. 
Attic Treasures of good used items and clothing. 
Jewelry table with beautiful jewelry at discount prices. 
Craft Table with beautiful crafts made by church members. 
Lunch including soup, sandwiches, chili, and apple pie.
Elm Street Congregational Church, 61 Elm Street, Southbridge 
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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!

October 16
Warren Knights of Columbus
Autism Awareness

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! 
Don't Just Think It... PINK IT! 
Pink Strands for the Cause
October 17, 9am to Noon, Tri-Community YMCA, 43 Everett St., Southbridge  
This is the 5th year for the Tri-Community YMCA and the Bay Path RVTHS Cosmetology Department to team up for Pink Strands for the Cause. We invite you to stop in that day for  
a $5 pink hair extension to anyone who wants to show their support for breast cancer research.  
100% of the proceeds collected that day will go towards Breast Cancer Awareness.   
Last year the students donated over $1500 with your help.    
For more information on helping those in the fight against breast cancer and celebrating survivors, please contact the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345 or visit
AOA Luncheon  
October 18, 11:30am 
Here at the Tri-Community YMCA, seniors have a chance to keep active and grow in spirit, mind and body. Make new friends and enjoy a relaxed luncheon with others who share similar life experiences.
Guest Speaker: Tim Kay (Harrington Hospital) will be discussing "The importance of good sleep."
Menu: Sliced pork roast and veggies
YMCA Members are Free and Prospective Members $2.00.   
Registration required at Front Desk by October 16.
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Murder Mystery Dinner
October 19: 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.
Next Murder Mystery: November 17, 2017.
Fireplace Feast
  Fireplace Feast Season begins November 5th!
Boo Bash
October 20, 6:00-8:30pm 
Come join us for a spooky night of family fun with a monster mash glow dance party, make Halloween crafts, play carnival games and win prizes, eat tasty treats, join a scavenger hunt, and stock up on books at the Scholastic Book Fair... and if you dare, stroll go through our scary spooky walk.
FREE - YMCA Members & YMCA Daycare Families, $15/family for Non-Members
Kid Power
Celebrate our 5th Birthday with us!
Saturday, October 21, 3:00-4:30pm

Open Gym for ages up to 12
(all guests must have an adult with them in the gym - no drop offs please)

Goody Bags for the 1st 100 guests
Snack & Raffles
Current & non-members welcome!
Stay for the whole time or drop in for a little while!

159 Worcester Road (Route 20), Charlton      508-439-9987
Job Day at Workforce Central Career Center
Career Central
Thu. Oct. 26, 2017 from 10am-Noon
5 Optical Drive. Suite 200, Southbridge, 508-765-6430

Arrive dressed properly with your resume!

Participating employers: The Bridge, Advantage Resourcing, Venture Community Services,
Rain for Rent, CoWorx Staffing, Monroe Staffing, Dominos, Securitas, and A Caring Touch
Cabaret Lulu at the Sturbridge Host Hotel

A POTPOURRI OF MUSIC, COMEDY, SKETCHES, CELEBRATING THE SONGS OF FRANK SINATRA ("Fly Me To The Moon", "My Way", "The Way You Look Tonight"), ELLA FITZGERALD ("A Tisket A Tasket", "Lady Be Good", "Blue Skies", TONY  BENNETT ("I Left My Heart In San Francisco", "Anything Goes").



For Information or Reservations
Toll Free 1 866 LULU USA (585-8872)
GO WILD! Wild Game and Two Roads Beer Dinner
Thursday, October 26 at 6:30 pm
The Duck

The Duck is pleased to present a five-course wild game dining experience created by Head Chef, Tony Pitts. As an avid sportsman and consummate chef, Chef Tony is excited to bring these two worlds together in this very special evening. Each savory course will be accompanied by a Two Roads Brewing microbrew specifically chosen by Chef Tony and his culinary team for an ideal pairing. The cost for the wild game and beer dinner is $62 per person and includes all game courses, beer pairings, dessert, and coffee. Tax and gratuity are not included. This special event is limited and likely to sell out quickly, so make your reservation today by calling The Duck at 508-347-2321.

About the brewer: Two Roads Brewing Company was founded in 2012 by four friends who dreamed for years of starting a craft brewery. They foster a "road less traveled" philosophy in the beers they make and how they make them. In that spirit, Phil Markowski, their award-winning Brewmaster and 27 year craft beer veteran has created an extensive lineup that takes a unique twist on classic beer styles.
Three-Part Series on
"The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective People"
Presented by Rita Schiano
Central Mass South Referral Group (formerly CBA)
October 27, 2017

Rita Rita Schiano will deliver the third of a three-part series on "The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective People" at the   Central Mass South Referral Group meeting on October 27. The meeting begins at 7:15 a.m. and is held at the Chamber of Central Mass South Conference Room at 46 Hall Rd. in Sturbridge, MA.

In this series of presentations, Schiano will explore how negative and persistent thinking patterns can affect our quality of life and limit our ability to achieve our goals and get to that next level in life and in business. "While Stephen Covey wrote about the habits of highly effective people," said Schiano, "many people, about 90% studies show, still struggle with getting things done. The reason? Habits and attitudes that don't serve us and keep us from achieving our goals?"

Schiano will dissect habit formation; examine early influences on our internal belief system; explore the cognitive distortions that affect our decisions; and offer tips and techniques to create positive change.

Rita Schiano is a resilience strategist and coach, speaker, and founder of Rita Schiano ~ Live A Flourishing Life ( A former corporate vice-president and small business owner, Rita's leadership knowledge, strategies, and insights draw from both sides of the aisle. Organizations use Rita to help staff build resilient leadership skills, manage stress, and improve morale. As a personal strategic coach, Rita helps clients focus specifically on their most important goals, interests, challenges, and needs.
Free Information Session
QCC's Soft Skills for the Workplace and the MA Workforce Training Fund
Friday, October 27th, 8:30-10:00am, Quinsigamond Community College
The Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education
25 Federal Street
Worcester, MA 01608
Details: A presentation on the various grants available through the Workforce Development Fund by Kristen Rayne of Commonwealth Corporation
  • Eligibility and how to access these grants
  • Current Professional Development Courses on Soft Skills for the Workplace by QCC
Coffee, Breakfast Pastries and Parking are free as well!

Please RSVP to Christine at 508-751-7929
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Change Your Habitudes, Change Your Life
with Rita Schiano

A One-Day, Personal Development Event
Saturday, October 28, Sturbridge Host Hotel

Are you ready to take your life to the next level? Then it's time to Change Your Habitudes - those persistent ways of thinking and acting  - that are holding you back!

Negative thinking patterns can limit the quality of life you desire. Learning how to transcend those limitations is key to achieving your goals and getting to that next level in your life.

I have limited this hands-on workshop to maximize the personal experience. No just sitting back and listening, you will be participating! Registrants will receive preparatory information prior to the event to gear up for the day. After all,what is the sense in attending a life-changing program if you don't come away with an action plan, right?

(If you would like to attend and have financial constraints, please....please do talk with me.
I am always willing to work something out for anyone who truly wants to enrich their life.)

Visit for more on this personal development event!
Dog Costume Contest
Klem's 12th Annual Dog Costume Contest
October 28, 11am - 1pm

Show off your pet! You could win!
Costume judging starts at 12:15pm - All Dogs Welcome (please restrain)
WOW The Crowd With Your Crazy Costumes! Win Prizes & A Trophy!
Awards for Scariest, Most Original & Funniest!
Pet Trick-Or-Treat, Raffles and Dog Portraits!

Village Tirck or Treat
A Village Trick-or-Treat 
October 29, 5:00pm - 7:30pm 
$12 for non-members; $8 for members; children 3 and under are FREE
Pre-registration is required; Register here
Visit the Village after hours for a family friendly evening of trick or treating on the Common. Show off your best Halloween costume, hear spooky tales, enjoy a bonfire, take a hayride around the Common, and more! Throughout the evening, children can trick-or-treat at nine stops on the Village Common. A cash bar will be available to purchase cider and snacks.
This is an evening event and is not included in daytime admission.
Old Sturbridge Village closes at 4:00 pm on this day to prepare for A Village Trick-or-Treat.
The Sleepy Hollow Experience continues through Oct. 29!
After last year's sold-out run of The Sleepy Hollow Experience at Old Sturbridge Village,  
the museum is again joining forces with Brian Clowdus Experiences to bring the immersive theatrical experience back to the Village.
Bounty: Thanksgiving Traditions begins November 1.
Museum Hours: May - October
Open Wednesdays - Sundays  
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Venture CS 
13th Annual Venture Wine & Beer Tasting
November 2, 5:30pm at Oliver Wight Tavern at OSV 
Beer _ Wine tasting
Venture is proud to be in its 13th year hosting this exciting event with Ted's of Charlton!
Join us and sample a variety of beer, wine, vodka, cider, bourbon and more while enjoying games, raffles, and our extensive silent auction. Enjoy a night out while supporting our mission -
Center of Hope's
Talents and Treasures
17th Annual Talents and Treasures Charity Auction
Friday, November 10, 2017
Publick House Historic Inn, 277 Main Street, Sturbridge
Viewing: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.
Auction Bidding: 7:00 p.m.

Dinner Tickets are $35.00 per person
Please RSVP by contacting Marie Barse by October 30.
508-764-4085 ext. 640
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 and thank you to Southbridge Savings Bank for hosting our meetings for the past decade and more!
We are grateful to our community partners!

Guests are always welcome!!  
Please arrive 15 minutes early (6:45pm) as meetings start promptly.  

Winebuyers Outlet

Free Saturday Tastings!


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


179 Main Street, Sturbridge    


Local Farmers' Markets & Farm Stands 
Local Farmers Market at Big Bunny
Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. 
Big Bunny Parking Lot, 942 Main Street, Southbridge
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!
October 14-15: The 28th Annual Harvest Festival
October 16: Fun at Five at Fins & Tales with Southbridge Credit Union
October 17: Pink Strands for the Cause at the YMCA 
October 24: Seminar: Business Communication Skills with Ed Londergan 
October 26: Wild Game & Beer Dinner at The Duck
October 27: The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective People with Rita Schiano
October 29: A Village Trick-or-Treat at OSV 
November 2: Venture's Wine & Beer Tasting  

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