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Ribbon Cutting at Kid Power!
Welcome New Members!
Country Bank Donates $25K to YWCA
NBSB Promotes Cheryl Orne
Harrington Auxiliary Car Show
Cornerstone Bank Participates in Habitat for Humanity Operation Playhouse Build-A-Thon
Coming in October: The Pumpkin Patch
NBSB Hires Jennifer Flowers
WANTED: Experienced Loan Officers
NBSB's School Supply Drive
Tastes of The Valley Tickets
Sturbridge Bonfire
Redcoats & Rebels
Pan-Mass Challenge
Cruising for Charity Car Shows
New Hope's Open House
Sip & Stars
Stageloft Theater Presents
70th Annual Antique Auction
TLGV's August Calendar
Publick House Feast
Center of Hope Golf Tournament
Salem Cross Inn Farmers Dinner
Cooking with Rico and Eric
Rotary Club Golf Classic
Concerts on the Commons
Village Toastmasters Meetings
New Member Baskets
Save These Dates!
Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors
Executive Committee
Jessica Bettencourt
Laurie Cashman 
1st Vice Chair 
Bruce Watkins
Karl Storz Endovision

Board Members

Brad Arcoite
Table 3 Restaurant Group 
Michael Checkosky
Angela Chviek
Alycia Dzik
Rich Eichacker

Michelle Fanion
ERA Key Realty

Les Gardner
Les Gardner Photography

Leila Hurt
Lynn Mero
Southbridge Credit Union  
Rita Schiano 
Rich Suitum
Erica Travinski

Michael Wales
Michael L. Wales Painting Co. 

Jim Donahue
Honorary Board Member
Padgett D. Berthiaume
Chamber Staff
Executive Director
Finance & Administration
Communications Specialist

Chamber Links

Cms Chamber

Stur Townships - Everything but Ordinary

August is upon us and summer continues to serve up many incredible offerings including Redcoats & Rebels at Old Sturbridge Village and Sturbridge Federated Church's antique auction, the oldest continuously running church auction in the country! This issue highlights these events and more including car shows, free concerts, live theater, special dining, golf tournaments, tastings, and stargazing events to help you make lasting summer memories. The Chamber is thrilled to be cutting the official red ribbon and celebrating with Kid Power Gymnastics on Saturday, August 10. Bring the kids along to this lively and fun event as we welcome Kid Power to its new home in Charlton! We are also looking forward to seeing about 200 of our Members and friends at The Publick House for a summer clambake tonight! We can't wait to get crackin'!
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You're Invited!
Kid Power 
Kid Power
  Ribbon Cutting and Open House
Kid Power Gymnastics
Saturday, August 10
10:00am to 2:00pm 
221 Sturbridge Road (Route 20)  
The Chamber of Central Mass South is thrilled to invite you to a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House Celebration at the new Kid Power Gymnastics facility in Charlton. If you haven't seen it yet, the brand new building opened in early July. The official ribbon cutting ceremony will be presented by the Chamber of Central Mass South on Saturday,  
August 10.
The celebration takes place from 10:00am to 2:00pm and kicks off with the cutting of the official red ribbon. All are most welcome to take this opportunity to meet the staff and tour the facility which is located at 221 Sturbridge Road [Route 20] in Charlton. Don't forget to bring the kids!
Explore the new 8,400 square foot building, enjoy free open gym time for ages up to 12 years old (parents required in the gym), register for summer classes, daytime summer gym jam and September classes, and snack on cookies and lemonade! Every child who attends the Open House will receive a FREE color changing Kid Power cup.  
You can also visit Kid Power Gymnastics online for more information about their programs and offerings at
No RSVP necessary for the Open House!  
Kid Power Kid
Hope to see you there!
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Welcome New Members!
 Please join us as we welcome the newest Members to the Chamber of Central Mass South!

Escape The Pike
Escape Room Games for parties, corporate team-building, and special events.  
179 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA
Studio 20/20 
Independent Retail Optical Gift Shop
P.O. Box 913, Sturbridge, MA 
M2M logo  
Country Bank donates $25,000 to YWCA of Central Massachusetts
Country Bank Donation
Jodie Gerulaitis, Vice President of Community Relations at Country Bank, Linda Cavaioli, Executive Director at YWCA, Bob Kennedy, Capital Campaign Volunteer and Paul Scully, President and CEO at Country Bank.

Country Bank recently presented the YWCA with a donation of $25,000 to support their 7.5 million dollar capital campaign. The donation will help with building improvements which will allow them to meet the expanding needs of the community in a more modern and welcoming facility.
"The YWCA Central Massachusetts is extremely grateful for the generous support of Country Bank to help transform the YWCA Headquarters at 1 Salem Square in Worcester to meet the current needs of our participants better, while increasing safety, security, access and a more welcoming inclusive space in the revitalization of our City!" stated Linda Cavaioli, Executive Director at YWCA.
For more than 125 years, the YWCA Central Massachusetts has served as a life-long positive force for women and girls, their families and communities. By leveraging the reach, power and passion of their members and supporters, they have created lasting change.T he YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
"We are honored to support the YWCA and the essential services they provide to the Worcester community. Their work aligns directly with Country Bank's mission to help make difference in the lives of others," stated Paul Scully, President and CEO at Country 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 .
North Brookfield Savings Bank Announces Promotion of Cheryl Orne

Cheryl Orne North Brookfield Savings Bank is pleased to announce the recent promotion of Cheryl Orne to a new role within the Retail Banking Department.

"Cheryl has continually shown her dedication to providing North Brookfield Savings Bank's customers, communities and her coworkers with the absolute best service and support. We are so pleased to announce her well-deserved promotion and to have her continue to grow with North Brookfield Savings Bank," said North Brookfield Savings Bank Senior Vice President Patty Ostrout. "She is highly experienced and I have no doubt that she will bring a wealth of knowledge to her new position that will help NBSB continue to offer our customers a great banking experience."

Cheryl Orne, of North Brookfield, has been promoted to Branch Operations Manager. Orne will be responsible for managing internal reporting tools, managing the Bank's supply warehousing system, maintaining, updating and implementing procedures & forms, providing training for retail staff, managing Instant Issue, as well as providing fire, robbery and fraud training. Orne will assist the Senior Vice President of Retail Banking with departmental needs and in addition, she will process consumer loan applications and mortgage applications.

Orne most recently served North Brookfield Savings Bank as a Senior Operations Specialist which entailed providing customer service and assisting customers with their online banking and debit card issues, among other duties. She is a seasoned banker with more than 15 years of professional banking experience in multiple departments and positions.

Orne is happy to be a part of a local, community bank that focuses on giving back to its communities. She often shows her support with North Brookfield Savings Bank at a variety of local community events. Most recently she was involved in two Camp Putnam fundraising events and presented the Bank's scholarship to a deserving student at North Brookfield High School. In addition, you will see her at the upcoming North Brookfield Savings Bank sponsored July 3rd Concert and Bonfire for West Brookfield Concerts on the Common where she will handout giveaways and help children make crafts.

"I am so glad to be able to utilize the experience that I've gained in the back-end operations of banking and apply it to our retail department," said Branch Operations Manager Cheryl Orne. "I am happy to begin creating new procedures and help train fellow employees, it's a part of the job I find really exciting. I'm also greatly looking forward to getting to meet our customers face-to-face, to build relationships and be a part of what makes banking at North Brookfield Savings Bank so great."

If you want to reach Cheryl Orne to discuss North Brookfield Savings Bank deposit accounts or your consumer lending needs, call 508-637-7401 or email NMLS ID# 1854125.

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. North Brookfield Savings Bank is a 2018 Banking Choice  1st place award recipient in all categories including Overall Quality, Customer Service, Technology and Tools, and Community Contribution. All deposits are insured by the FDIC and the Depositors Insurance Fund. For additional information, please call 1-866-711-6272 or visit us online at .
Harrington Auxiliary Car Show
Car Show

August is here and that means it's time for the 11th Annual Car and Motorcycle Show, "Cruisin' Into Healthcare," sponsored by Harrington Hospital Auxiliary.

The event takes place on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at Bogey's Ice Cream Stand/Thompson Speedway in Thompson, Connecticut. Registration is only $10 and begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at noon. The first 100 cars will receive dash plaques.

There is no admission fee for spectators, so come and bring the family for a day of fun.

Trophies will be awarded for First, Second and Third Place. Registrants also vote for the People's Choice Award. One award will be given for the motorcycle deemed "Best in Show." The award ceremony takes place at 2:00 pm.

In addition to the Classic Car and Motorcycle Show, DJ Dick Salvas will spin your favorite oldies and Harrington on Wheels will offer health education and provide health screenings. The Auxiliary is also sponsoring a raffle; take chance to win one of several spectacular prizes.

This year Touch-A-Truck will be on hand with a variety of interesting vehicles to explore. Paw Plaza, a dog day care center from Sturbridge, will be doing nail trims and giveaways, and healthcare professionals will conduct a "Stop the Bleed" demonstration, an initiative to educate the public and provide tools to stop the bleeding when an accident occurs and save lives.

For more information, please contact the Hospital's Volunteer Office at 508-765-6473 or
Cornerstone Bank Participates in Habitat for Humanity Operation Playhouse Build-A-Thon
Pictured here are the Cornerstone Bank volunteers and employees who participated in Operation Playhouse on June 28, 2019. Team Mickey and Minnie Mouse for the DeSouza family (L to R): Commercial Banking Administrator Alison Nugent; Senior Marketing Associate Alexandria Dickson; VP/Collection Manager Albert Cacciagrani; SVP/HR Director Maria Salvatore; SVP/Retail Lending and Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/ Greater Worcester Board Member Scott Auen; and Emma Auen. Team Cozy Cottage for the Sarenpa Family (L to R): VP/Compliance, BSA & Security Pamela LeBlanc; Commercial Banking Officer Daniel D'Amico; VP/Controller Scott Dungey; VP/Commercial Loan Operations Rachel Briggs; and AVP/Senior Business Development Sales Manager Nada Kanaan.
On Friday, June 28th, Cornerstone Bank employees were hard at work at the Habitat for Humanity Operation Playhouse Build-A-Thon. This event brought businesses from the MetroWest and Greater Worcester area together to build, paint, and decorate themed playhouses for veteran and military families.
Fifteen Cornerstone Bank employees spent the day building two playhouses; one a Mickey and Minnie Mouse theme and the other a Cozy Cottage theme. At the end of the Build-A-Thon, the Mickey and Minnie Mouse themed playhouse was presented to the daughter of current US Army Master Sergeant, Luiz DeSouza and his wife, Krystal DeSouza, of Milford, MA. The cozy cottage themed playhouse went to the children of current Massachusetts Army National Guard Chaplain (Lieutenant Colonel), Ryan Sarenpa and his wife, Clarissa Sarenpa, of Lunenburg, MA.
"Our military members make many sacrifices to protect the life that we enjoy here today in the United States. It's always a privilege to be able to attend the Playhouse Build-A-Thon and give back to the military families in our community," stated Scott L. Auen, Cornerstone Bank's SVP/Retail Lender and MetroWest/ Greater Worcester Habitat for Humanity Board Member.
Cornerstone Bank would like to thank Mr. DeSouza and Mr. Sarenpa for their service, and the service of all of our military men and women. The Bank would also like to thank Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/ Greater Worcester for organizing this wonderful event and Mercantile Center in Worcester for hosting the event.  
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, 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.
Coming in October: The Pumpkin Patch
The Pumpkins are Coming! The Pumpkins are Coming!

Spread the word that the best place to get your fall decorations is the Sturbridge Federated Church in Sturbridge, where the finest pumpkins and gourds will be for sale from September 29th to October 31st.
Proceeds will benefit various local and regional charities as well as the Navajo Indian Reservation in New Mexico with whom the Church partners.
North Brookfield Savings Bank Hires Jennifer Flowers  
as Mortgage Loan Processor and Closer
Jennifer Flowers North Brookfield Savings Bank is pleased to announce the recent hire of Jennifer Flowers as Mortgage Loan Processor/Closer within the Residential Lending Department.
"We are so pleased to announce Jen joining the Mortgage Center team," said North Brookfield Savings Bank President and CEO Donna Boulanger. "With her previous experience and her proven commitment to excellence, I am confident that she will be a great asset to NBSB, helping the Bank to continue to offer our customers a positive and supportive loan experience.
Jennifer Flowers , of Worcester, joins the Mortgage Center team located at the Loan Center, 35 Summer Street in North Brookfield. In her role as Mortgage Loan Processor/Closer her responsibilities are originating and processing consumer loans, reviewing applications, helping customers choose the best loan product for their needs, preparing and delivering all applications, related documents, and disclosures in a timely manner, communicating with credit bureaus, outside service providers, real estate agents, employers, and other financial institutions related to loan verification and closings, and preparing loan files for closing.
Flowers most recently served as the Assistant Director of Financial Aid/Loan Coordinator for Anna Maria College in their Financial Aid Office where she audited student files, certified and distributed all federal and private funding, reconciled all federal funding, monitored various on-campus budgets, and trained new employees. She has also served as a Loss Prevention Detective for Macy's, a Teller for Country Bank, and an Asset Protection Specialist for Best Buy. In addition, Flowers is an actively licensed Notary Public for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Flowers has a Bachelor of Science in Forensics Criminology, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, an Undergraduate Certificate in Victim Studies, a Master of Science in Criminal Justice, a Graduate Certificate in Victim Studies, a Graduate Certificate in Fraud Examination/Forensic Accounting, and is currently pursuing her Master of Business in Business Administration/Management and is expecting to graduate in August 2019.
Flowers has held many volunteer positions, most recently serving as a Financial Representative on the Retention Committee at Anna Maria College and as a Staff Representative in the Parking Committee at Anna Maria College. She has also served as both President and Vice President of her undergraduate class, and proudly volunteered for Day of Caring and the Susan G. Komen/Relay for Life events.
"I am excited to be a part of the tight-knit community here at NBSB and to get to know our customers and communities," said Mortgage Loan Processor/Closer Jennifer Flowers. "I look forward to building strong professional relationships with my colleagues and connecting with our customers as I assist them through the mortgage process. I hope to continue to grow my lending knowledge and to further develop my customer service, financial analysis, and auditing skills."

Jennifer Flowers, Mortgage Loan Processor/Closer, NMLS ID# 1868728 can be reached directly by calling 508-637-7414 or by emailing For loan information, contact the North Brookfield Savings Bank Loan Center at 508-867-1302 or visit for up to date rates and offers.
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School Supply Drive Begins in August at North Brookfield Savings Bank
Backpacks, lunchboxes and supplies will be collected at all branches  
for local school children in need.
NBSB School Supply Drive
North Brookfield Savings Bank Assistant Vice President/Branch Manager & Consumer Loan Manager Cindy Fountain, Assistant Vice President/Marketing Manager Caitlin O'Connor, Supervisor Jessica Shimansky and Senior Vice President/Human Resources Director Andrea Healy proudly display some of the school supplies donated in 2018 by generous community members, customers and NBSB employees through the  
North Brookfield branch.
It's hard to believe that it's already time to start preparing for back to school. Nevertheless, for North Brookfield Savings Bank that is exactly what they are planning to do, as they announce the August 1st start of their popular Back to School Supply Drive. With the help of the community, the Bank is committed to helping local students to start the school year off feeling confident, excited and prepared to learn.
North Brookfield Savings Bank will be collecting school supplies and monetary donations at branch locations in North Brookfield, East Brookfield, West Brookfield, Ware, Belchertown, Palmer and Three Rivers. All donations collected will be delivered to local public schools to be distributed to school children who do not have the needed supplies to start their year.
"It is North Brookfield Savings Bank's pleasure to once again host the Back to School Supply Drive and work with our local neighbors and businesses to support the youth of our communities," said Senior Vice President/Human Resources Director Andrea Healy. "Returning to school can be a very exciting time for children and families but it can also be overwhelming. By working together to ensure the children in our communities have all of the needed supplies to start their school year off with confidence, we are helping them to have a successful school year. We are extremely appreciative of the generosity shown in past years and hope another successful fundraiser this year!"
North Brookfield Savings Bank is committed to excellence and the support of their local communities. The Back to School Supply Drive fundraiser, which aids in the success of students, is one of the many ways the Bank has displayed their dedication. The Bank kicked off the fundraiser by purchasing $500 in supplies which were distributed to each branch. In an effort to promote the fundraiser and encourage those visiting the branch to donate, Bank employees are having fun setting up their "Back to School" themed display tables with brightly patterned backpacks, lunchboxes, notebooks, pencil cases, and various other fun supplies they were provided with.
"We hope everyone will stop by to see the Back to School Supply Drive display in our branches and make a contribution," said Assistant Vice President/Marketing Manager Caitlin O'Connor. "We frequently have children visit our branches who are excited to see the colorful school supplies set-up and it often becomes a perfect learning opportunity for parents doing their banking to discuss the topics of generosity and gratitude with them."
Some suggested school supply donation items that can be dropped at any North Brookfield Savings Bank branch location are:
New Backpacks, Lunchboxes, Spiral Notebooks, Pocket Folders, 12" Standard Rulers, #2 Pencils, Pencil Sharpeners, Pencil Case, Colored Pencils, Washable Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Scissors, Tissues 
To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank's community giving efforts and all of the convenient banking products and services offered, visit .
Tastes of The Valley Tickets on Sale Now!
Join The Last Green Valley (TLGV) for a one-of-a-kind dining experience showcasing the food and talent of the National Heritage Corridor.
Tastes of the Valley is a unique dining experience only available once a year as part of a major fundraiser for TLGV. This year Tastes of the Valley will be held 4 pm, Aug. 25 at the Publick House, Sturbridge, MA. Tickets are on sale for $100 for TLGV members and $125 for non-members, which includes a year-long membership.
Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 860-774-3300. All funds raised are used to support the mission of TLGV.
The evening starts with a social hour featuring local wines, beers and beverages, as well as appetizers prepared by area chefs utilizing products farmed in the 35 towns of The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor. Guests will then be invited into the main dining room where they will be treated to an amazing multi-course, sit-down, farm-to-table dinner showcasing dishes created specifically for our event by some of the area's top chefs. Seated at each table will be a special guest - either a local farmer, vintner, brewer or agriculture expert for you to converse with as you learn more about what it takes to keep The Last Green Valley green and delicious.
The end of the evening features dessert and a live auction featuring guest auctioneer Gene Michael Deary. Silent auctions and a raffle highlighting locally-crafted items and experiences will be held throughout the evening. It's a different spin on the area's best farm-to-table experience and the perfect way to support the efforts of The Last Green Valley.
Participants to date (subject to change):
Appetizer Hour: Ben's Beans, The Courthouse Bar & Grill, G Seven Catering Company, Hosmer Mountain Soda, Maple Lane Farms, Metro Bistrot, Renee's Working Girl Catering, Taylor Brooke Winery, These Guys Brewing Company, Westford Hill Distillers, Willimantic Brewing Company
Four-course Main Event: The Publick House, Grill 37, Inn at Woodstock Hill, Willimantic Brewing Company
Dessert: Ben's Beans, The Farmer's Cow, The Vanilla Bean Café 
Participating Farms:
Blackmer Farm, Bright Acres Farm Sugar House, Buddha's Bees Apiary, Buell's Orchard, Colgon Farm , Creamery Brook Bison, Echo Farm, Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm, Elm Farm, Fairholm Farm, The Farmer's Cow, Lapsley Orchards, Maple Lane Farms, Taylor Brooke Winery, Woodstock Sustainable Farms
Tastes of the Valley is sponsored by:
Host Sponsor : The Publick House
Platinum Sponsors: Rebecca Harvey, Nancy Polydys & Simonds, Inc.
Gold Sponsors: Keith & Elaine Knowlton, Putnam Bank & UNFI Helping Hands
Silver Sponsors: Fiberoptics Technology, Inc., Groton Open Space Association, Marjorie Hoskin, Savings Institute Bank & Trust, a division of Berkshire Bank & Titan Energy
Bronze Sponsors: Cornerstone Bank, Dexter-Russell, Inc., Gerardi Insurance Services, Jewett City Savings Bank, Sturbridge Tourist Association & Village Electric
Sponsorship Opportunities are still available. Call the TLGV Office at 860-774-3300 for more information.
The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor is the last stretch of dark night sky in the coastal sprawl between Boston and Washington, D.C.  The Last Green Valley, Inc. works for you in the National Heritage Corridor. Together we can care for it, enjoy it and pass it on!
Town of Sturbridge
Sturbridge Bonfire Seeks Local Businesses
The Town of Sturbridge will be hosting a community bonfire tentatively scheduled for October 3 from 4pm - 8pm. The bonfire will be held on the Town Common and will feature live music. Based on the last two bonfires, several hundred people are expected to attend.
The Town would like to invite businesses who are interested in being at the event to contact Town Hall. The event is primarily looking for food and drink vendors but is also interested in having vendors that will highlight the diversity of businesses here in town. At this point the Town is just soliciting interest, so if you are, please email Kevin Filchak to add your name to the list.
if you have questions, comments or concerns please contact Kevin.
Kevin Filchak, M.P.A.  
Town of Sturbridge, Economic Development/Tourism Coordinator
508-347-2500 ext. 1411
"We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately."
-Benjamin Franklin
Redcoats & Rebels 
Old Sturbridge Village
August 3-4, 2019 
See the largest military re-enactment in New England with nearly 1,000 soldiers portraying British, Scottish, French and Colonial troops. The Village is transformed into a military camp from the time of the War for Independence, as it was known in early New England. Come see what it was really like for those who fought to win America's freedoms.
On Saturday, August 3, you can stay for special extended hours. The Village grounds (excluding historic buildings) will be open until 8:00 pm and visitors can mingle with troops in their camps from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm. There is no additional charge for the evening program. (The Village will close at its normal time, 5:00 pm on Sunday.)
Daytime events on both days include activities such as:
  • Mock battles and skirmishes
  • Tours of the British and American camps
  • "School of the Soldier" training demonstrations
  • 18th-century Fashions in the Press featuring military and civilian clothing
  • Cannon demonstrations
  • Musket drilling with kids
  • Martial music
  • Help with camp laundry
  • Drilling and inspection of the troops
  • Visit the battlefield hospital - see small pox inoculations and treatment of the wounded after the battle
  • See the daily life of a Revolutionary War soldier - including delivery of uniforms, pay calls, and prisoner exchanges
  • Attend a "Service for the Troops"
  • Learn 18th-century dances
Please note: Free admission passes may not be used on Redcoats & Rebels. Standard admission (or a Season Pass or Membership) apply.
Redcoats & Rebels is generously sponsored by: Dexter-Russell.
August 30 is FREE FUN FRIDAY at OSV!
May 25 - September 2:
Open Wednesday - Sunday | 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Pan-Mass Challenge 2011  
The Pan-Massachusetts Challenge is the nation's original fundraising bike-a-thon and today raises more money than any other athletic fundraising event in the country. The PMC is a model of fundraising efficiency. Since 2007, the PMC has donated 100% of every rider-raised dollar directly to cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund. The PMC is so well-known in cycling and fundraising circles that each year people travel from around the world to participate.
Riders and volunteers often describe Sturbridge as a reunion. The beginning of the original route, it is the place where riders and volunteers congregate, register for the event, share a meal together and participate in the opening ceremonies. On Saturday morning, volunteers prepare a healthy breakfast for the riders and manage the challenge of getting several thousand riders out of the hotel parking lot by 5:30 am!  
Cheer on the riders at the Sturbridge start line or visit the PMC website to donate!
Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center  
366 Main Street (Route 20)
Sturbridge MA 01566
Cruising for Charity Car Shows at Klem's 
Starting June 5th through August 28th 
Every Wednesday 5 p.m. until Dusk  
2019 Weekly Show Classes 
August 7th, Week 10: Best Truck & Best of Show 
August 14th, Week 11: Best Mustang & Best of Show 
August 21st, Week 12: Best Corvette & Best of Show 
August 28th, 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! 
  Sip and Stars 
August 8, 6:00 to 10:00pm, Brimfield Winery
35 Main Street, Route 20, Brimfield 
Beer/Wine Tasting & Stargazing Fundraiser for Hitchcock Academy.  A family outing in a beautiful venue at Brimfield Auction Acres. View the summer meteor showers, constellations and planets. Telescopes, courtesy of the Thames Astronomical Society will be available for enhanced viewing.  Adult tickets will entitle over-21 bearer to 3 tastes and 1 full pour from Rapscallion Brewery and Brimfield Winery.  There will be homemade root beer for the under 21 crowd.  Also a Children's Tent and games sponsored by Country Bank.
Bring a picnic or buy dinner from the BT's Smokehouse truck.
Visit for more information. 
Stageloft Presents
Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Jack Feldman, Book by Harvey Fierstein
Based on the Disney film written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White
August 9 - 18 
Fridays & Saturdays @ 8pm, Sundays @ 2pm
New York City, 1899. Jack Kelly and his ragtag team of newsboys make a meager living selling newspapers on the city streets. But when the prices of "papes" are hiked and the newsies are hung out to dry, there is nothing left to do but "open the gates and seize the day!" Led by charismatic Jack and independent, young newspaper reporter Katherine Plummer, the Newsies form a union and organize a strike against the greedy publisher of the New York World. Can a group of idealistic newsboys win against a foe as powerful as acclaimed publisher Joseph Pulitzer? Inspired by the true story of the 1899 Newsboys Strike, Newsies is an ebullient, joyful, and entertaining musical capturing the strength that young people have when they join together and stand up against injustice.
Presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
Visit online or call for tickets.
Stageloft Theater         450A Main Street, Fiskdale         508-347-9005
Sturbridge Federated Church 
70th Annual Antique Auction
The Federated Church of Sturbridge and Fiskdale announces its
70th Annual Antique Auction to be held on Saturday, August 10, 2019, on the beautiful Sturbridge Common across from the landmark Publick House Historic Inn.  
A real old fashioned country auction, this event is now known as the longest annually held church auction in the nation, according to auction committee chair, Ken Benson.
This year's auction will include a number of pieces from the estate of Sonja L. Bridges of Grafton. 
A long-time member of the Historical Society of Early American Decoration (HSEAD), Mrs. Bridges was an award-winning artist who perfected colonial arts such as reverse glass painting, theorem, doll-making and quilt-making.  
The auction will be conducted for the 45th year in a row by the Robert H. Glass family of auctioneers. Items up for bid will include an amazing assortment of antique items donated by church and community members, many in original condition and some lovingly restored by local artisans over the past year. The event will be held, rain or shine, under tent, with a preview of items to be sold beginning at 9:00 a.m. and bidding starting promptly at 10:00 a.m.
TLGV's August Calendar

Acorn Adventure - Moon Gazing and The Constellations: 8 - 10 p.m., Aug. 10 Lebanon Town Green, Lebanon, CT. Use 579 Exeter Rd., Lebanon, CT for GPS purposes. This will bring you to town hall. The green is across the way. Enjoy a rare nighttime Acorn Adventure where we will set our sights on the moon, the planets and the constellations! Join TLGV Rangers Geoff and Kim as we explore the skies and get a chance to look through a telescope to get a closer look at our moon and more! Please, no dogs! For more information contact Fran Kefalas at 860-774-3300 or Acorn Adventures are Sponsored by Putnam Bank.

Tastes of the Valley: 4 p.m., Aug. 25, The Publick House, 277 Main St., Sturbridge, MA. Tastes of the Valley celebrates The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor's rich agricultural heritage and showcases the talents of the region's best restaurants and chefs. Join us for a one-of-a-kind dining experience that is also TLGV's largest annual fundraiser. The evening will include a cocktail hour and hors d'oeuvres, a four-course sit-down dinner, dessert and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $100 for members, $125 for non-members, which includes a membership to TLGV. For tickets or information call 860-774-3300 or visit
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 organizations will split a minimum of $4.00 from every dinner served!

August 12   
First Congregational Church, Oxford  
Sturbridge Senior Center
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 & Soft Drinks     
Thank you for your support! 
Center of Hope logo
COHF 13th Annual Golf Tournament
August 21, 2019  7:30am to 4:00pm
Heritage Country Club, Charlton

Join the Center of Hope Foundation for our 13th Annual Golf Tournament!
This fun filled day includes 18 holes of golf, a delicious dinner, raffles, prizes, games and GREAT company! Proceeds from this event benefit our Special Olympics Program, which provides our individuals the opportunities to participate in year round unified sporting activities, and our Holiday Giving Program, which provides gifts to children whose families are struggling in tough economic times.

View our website,, to download the mail in pre-registration form or to learn how you or your business can sponsor this great event. Through your generosity, these programs can continue to grow.

Play, Socialize & Support a Great Cause!
Salem Cross Inn logo
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.  
A Wedding Wire Couples' Choice Award
and The Knot Best of Weddings Award recipient for 2019.
Farmers Dinner
Welcome to our sixth season of Farmers' Dinners... 
The inspiration for this menu is solely based on what we have grown here, on our own farm, just steps from our gardens and pastures. The vegetables are grown by our gardeners, Austin and Barry, the herbs are grown by John Salem and the beef is raised by David Salem. Your dinner is prepared by our Chef and his staff who would love to share tips on their cooking with you. Feel free to join in, ask questions or just meet some new people. We look forward to sharing some great dinners with you at this new dinner series. We'll see you in the garden!
Thursday, August 22 
Featuring Local Farm Raised Chicken

Enjoy our Magnificent New England View! 
In the Yard - 6:00pm arrival  
Relax and unwind with...
    Hors d'oeuvres 
    Cool refreshing drinks 
    An informal garden tour 
    Chef demonstration 

In the Barn - 7:00pm Dinner 
One big, long table will be set in our barn, reminiscent of family dinners. Enjoy a delicious dinner  
that has been inspired by our farm and gardens, just steps away from our kitchen. 
Visit the link for the detailed menu and to purchase your tickets!
Our Lunch, Dinner and Hexmark Tavern
Summer menus are now available!  
Why not try one of our Summer offerings on our outdoor patio?
See the summer menus here
Outdoor Summer Grilling is happening now! 
Enjoy live music every Friday night starting at 6:30 pm
Make sure to visit our Facebook page
for updates (including weather),  
event photos and future menu postings!
Open Full Schedule:
Tuesday to Friday (Lunch & Dinner) - 11:30am to 9:00pm 
Saturday (Dinner) - 5:00pm to 9:00pm 
Sunday (Dinner) - 12 Noon to 8:00pm  
Hexmark Tavern: 
Tuesday to Friday (Dinner) - 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm 
Cooking with Rico and Eric:
Cuban Cuisine
Thursday, Aug 22, 2019, 6:30pm

Cuba's food culture is the direct result of several factors intermixing: the history of the different people who settled there, its island location, and its tropical climate. Cuban cuisine is a blend of Spanish, African, and other Caribbean cuisines. Some Cuban recipes share spices and techniques with Spanish and African cooking, with some Caribbean influence in spice and flavor. A small but noteworthy Chinese influence is rice. There is also some Italian influence. During colonial times, Cuba was an important port for trade and many Spaniards who lived there brought their culinary traditions with them. While the cubano sandwich has made it big stateside, there are a whole slew of other delicious Cuban dishes like torticas, ropa vieja, and comida criolla-that deserve your attention (and your appetite).

Join us and experience how Chef Rico and Chef Eric have been influenced by Cuban cuisine and enjoy some of their favorite recipes and hopefully, bring an idea or two home. This event is $55 per person with wine pairings, or $42 without. Tax, and gratuity are not included. Make your reservations now by calling Avellino at 508-347-2321.

Rotary Club of Sturbridge
Charity Golf Classic
Monday, August 26th, 2019

Check in: 9am
Tee time: 10:30am

Golf Foursome = $600
Individual Sign up = $150

Special Events and Prizes!
Featured Guest
Tom "Satch" Sanders, Boston Celtics and Hall of Fame Legend

A barbeque lunch will be provided on the course, social hour at 4:00 pm and a full prime rib dinner will be served at 5:00 pm. Awards to follow.

Cohasse Country Club, 393 Eastford Road, Southbridge, MA

Contact Dave Zonia at 508-335-4550 or Bill Lemke at 508-347-7416
to request a registration form. Sponsorship opportunities also available.
Concerts on the Commons  
East Brookfield
Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Town Gazebo on Connie Mack Field.  
(Concerts are cancelled if it rains!)
August 1 - Local Night
August 8 - Rosie Porter and the Neon Moons
August 15 - LeBeaus 
West Brookfield 
Relax and enjoy live music on the West Brookfield Town Common!
ALL concerts are from 7-9pm. Bring chairs, blankets, picnics, and BUG SPRAY!
August 7 - August First 
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!
August 1: Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards  (Sturbridge Cultural Council)  
August 8: LA's Backstage Pass  (Sturbridge Tourist Association)
August 15: Southern Voice Band  (Sturbridge Tourist Association)
Music, good quality Family friendly entertainment!
All performances are 6-8 pm. Southbridge Common (1 Mechanic St)
August 2 - Los Sugar Kings
August 9 - The Island Castaways Band
August 16 - Edwin Pabon Salsa Band   
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.  
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.
Guests are always welcome!!  
Please arrive 15 minutes early (6:45pm) as meetings start promptly.  

Click on the image to browse our catalog of Coggno training courses!
We Welcome Interesting Goodies for our Welcome Baskets!  


New member Baskets

The Chamber has teamed up with the Center of Hope to create gift baskets to welcome new members to the Chamber of Central Mass South. The Chamber presents our new members with gift baskets that will not only have a monetary value but also to give the recipient an opportunity to learn more about other Chamber members and their services. These baskets make a terrific first impression and are a great way to introduce your business to new prospects. Can you help us fill these baskets with interesting goodies?   


We are always seeking interesting, practical items to include in our welcome baskets. We welcome your contributions of items like modest gift certificates, discount coupons, items with your company's logo like piggy banks, thumb drives and coffee mugs, free trial items, small items your company manufactures or whatever else might promote your company and be a value to our new members.


We are looking to assemble about a dozen baskets at a time so that time sensitive material will not be out of date when received. If you would like to donate items for this program, please drop them off at the Chamber office or give us a call to arrange pick up your donated items. Contact Alix at 508-347-2761 or e-mail if you have any questions or to arrange a pickup. Thank you for your contributions!

Important Dates to Save!
August 3-4: Redcoats & Rebels at OSV
August 8: New Hope's Open House   
August 8: Sip & Stars Fundraiser for Hitchcock Academy   
August 9: Disney's Newsies Opens at Stageloft Theater    
August 10: Ribbon Cutting and Open House at Kid Power Gymnastics 
August 10: Sturbridge Federated Church Annual Antique Auction  
August 21: The Center of Hope's 13th Annual Golf Tournament
August 22: Farmers' Dinner at Salem Cross Inn 
August 25: Harrington Auxiliary Car Show
August 25: TLGV's Tastes of the Valley 
August 26: Rotary Club of Sturbridge Golf Classic  
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