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Holiday Fun at Five!
Welcome New Members!
Grand Opening: Paw Plaza
Chamber Seeks Sponsors
Directory Photo Contest
M4M: Be Visible, Stay Visible
bankHometown Promotes Jennifer McKenna
NBSB Honors Employees for Years of Service
Harrington Welcomes Sean Stevenson
Letters From Santa
Neighbors Helping Neighbors Campaign
WANTED: Experienced Loan Officers
NBSB Hat Contest Winner
Make a Difference: Help a Senior!
Cornerstone Donates to County Food Bank
NBSB Announces Officer Promotions
Christmas by Candlelight
Hitchcock Happenings
Stageloft Theater
Holidays at The Publick House
Pictures with Santa
Holly Berry Christmas Fair
White Christmas in West Brookfield
Publick House Feast
Santa Claus Pancake Breakfast
Annual Craft Fair
Salem Cross Inn Events
Cookie Swap & Toys 4 Tots
50+ Job Seekers Networking Group
Trivia Night & Holiday Party!
Village Toastmasters Meetings
24/7 Online Training
New Member Baskets
Save These Dates!
BankHometown _200
Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors
Executive Committee
 
Jessica Bettencourt
Chair
 
Laurie Nelson
1st Vice Chair 
Bruce Watkins
Treasurer
Karl Storz Endovision
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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

 
Lynn Mero
Southbridge Credit Union  
 
Rita Schiano 
 
Erica Travinski

Michael Wales
Michael L. Wales Painting Co. 

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

Chamber Links

Cms Chamber

Stur Townships - Everything but Ordinary

Welcome to December's CROSSROADS NEWS
 
It's time to get into the holiday swing! Old Sturbridge Village lights up for Christmas by Candlelight starting tonight. Santa is indeed coming to town and visiting many of your favorite local venues this month. Check the Events section below for festive happenings in our area during the first half of December. There is a lot to see and do for kids of all ages!     
 
We are thrilled to be cutting the official red ribbon at Paw Plaza in the former Hebert's Candies building on Saturday, December 8th. Yes, Santa will be there and kids and dogs are most welcome to join in the fun! We are also looking forward to celebrating the season with you at our Holiday Fun at Five coming on December 20 at The Publick House. With amazing food and wonderful people in a warm hall, this is one bash you won't want to miss. We can't wait to see you there! All the details on these events plus important news items from our Members await you in this issue. 
 

Got news? Thank you for emailing us your press releases, links and photos for inclusion in Crossroads! Keep posting your upcoming events to our online events calendar! We love sharing them with our readers! 

 

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Holiday
FUN at FIVE!
Thursday, December 20   
5:00-8:00pm
 
The Publick House Historic Inn
On the Common, 277 Main Street
Sturbridge
 
Join us for some holiday cheer  
with our Members and Guests on the evening of
Thursday, December 20th!
 
The final Fun at Five of the year will be  
a glittering celebration at
The Publick House in Sturbridge
featuring fantastic food, a joyous atmosphere in a glowing hall, many great prizes and surprises, a 50/50 Raffle, and your chance to celebrate the season with your fellow Members!  
We will be collecting for  
SOUTHBRIDGE LIONS/SOUTHBRIDGE POLICE COPS N KIDS PROGRAM
at Holiday Fun at Five. If you are able to donate an unwrapped, non-violent new toy, your contribution would be most welcome and help spread holiday joy  to the less fortunate right here in our community!
Please consider contributing toys for teenagers  
as well as younger children. 
Thank you for your generosity!
We look forward to celebrating with you!
RSVP by phone at 508-347-2761 or email info@cmschamber.org.   
Cost: $10 for pre-registered Members,
$15 at the door, or $20 for non-Members.
   
Thank you to our  
Holiday Fun at Five Sponsor!
Cornerstone Bank  
Cornerstone Bank is a local, community bank that delivers a personal touch that only a local bank can offer. We are dedicated to providing high quality, personal customer service for individuals, businesses and community organizations in Central Massachusetts. We work to connect you with opportunities through a broad range of deposit and loan products and services to meet your financial goals with the unique ability for fast, flexible service.
 
We strive to build lifetime relationships, and our goal is to be the Cornerstone for your success.
 
Cornerstone Bank rests on the foundation that relationships are built on trust.
 
CMS Chamber logo   

Welcome New Members!
 
 Please join us as we welcome the newest Members to the Chamber of Central Mass South!

Brandis Center, Inc.
Home & Center based ABA services for children & Young adults with autism.
54 Main Street, Sturbridge MA
508-885-5308
 
 
Industrial Transfer & Storage, Inc.
Machine Rigging, Plant Restorations, Custom Fabrication
P.O. Box 800, Southbridge MA
508-765-9178


Paw Plaza
Luxury Pet Resort
Ribbon Cutting on December 8!
1 River Road, Sturbridge MA
508-347-7777


The Thrifty Gypsy
Discount Store, clothing, food, gifts,  
jewelry and more!
559 Main Street, Ste 205, Sturbridge Marketplace
Fiskdale, MA
774-490-9070

Remember...  
MEMBER TO MEMBER!
M2M logo  
 
We THANK YOU for KEEPING IT LOCAL...
in EVERY SEASON! 

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting!
Paw Plaza
 
Saturday, December 8, 2018, 2:00pm-5:00pm

Join us as we welcome the brand new luxury pet resort offering dog daycare, boarding, grooming and training to their 1 River Road, Sturbridge home (the former Hebert's Candy building). Be there for the Ribbon Cutting and afternoon celebration!
 
The grand opening will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony presented by the Chamber, opportunities to meet the staff and tour the facilities. Santa himself will be there and Cornerstone Bank will be taking and printing pictures. Guests are welcome to bring their dog (and children) to this fun event. There will be refreshments, snacks, beverages and exciting giveaways for all who attend.  
 
Visit online at PawPlaza.com and come by the Grand Opening to see for yourself!
NO RSVP NEEDED!  
 
Paw Plaza, 1 River Road, Sturbridge, MA 01566, (508) 347-7777
CMS Events
Fun at Five logo
Sponsor a Chamber Event in 2019! 
 
Our Promotions Committee is hard at work planning next year's schedule of Chamber events including our Annual Meeting in January with special guest Congressman Richard Neal, the April JOB FAIR at Bay Path RVTHS and our monthly FUN at FIVE networking events. We are actively seeking sponsors to support these events.
 
Sponsorship will shine a light on your business as it includes:
  • Your logo on all print and email event marketing materials
  • Recognition at registration table and on event programs and agendas when applicable
  • Mentions as sponsor during event
  • Opportunity to provide marketing materials at a sponsor table
If you are interested or would like to hear more about sponsoring these upcoming Chamber events, please give Alix a call at 508-347-2761 or email at alexandra_mcnitt@cmschamber.org .
Annual Membership Directory Photo Contest
4 seasons
  We are URGENTLY seeking amazing photos to showcase
our region in all 4 glorious seasons!
 
The Chamber of Central Mass South is calling on all photographers, amateur and professional, to submit images which represent the four seasons in our area. The photos cannot contain any distinguishable advertising or business entities and they must be easily identifiable with  
one of the four seasons.
 
Submit one or all four seasons by Monday, December 3rd! 
 
There will be one winning photo chosen for each season, selected by the Chamber's Promotions Committee. The 4 winning seasonal photos will be used on the cover of the 2019 Membership Directory and the runners up may be used in the 2019 Annual Report and other Chamber publications with a photo credit to the photographers where possible. All submitted photos become property of the Chamber of Central Mass South.
 
The photos must be high resolution (300 d.p.i. or greater)
and submitted digitally by email to Alix.
by December 3, 2018.
 
Thank you in advance for your best shots of our towns!
Southbridge, Sturbridge, Charlton, Brimfield, The Brookfields,
Holland, Spencer, Wales, Warren, Northern CT
 
Chamber of Central Mass South
Questions? 508-347-2761
Marketing Series
Be Visible, Stay Visible: Marketing For Members Only Packages for 2019
 
The Chamber's Marketing For Members Only packages for 2019 are available to be reserved!  
These packages include low cost advertising opportunities using all the Chamber's channels. 
 
Crossroads NEWS and EVENTS ads
Chamber Website Homepage banner ads
Dedicated Email blasts
Featured Member Spotlight in the Chamber Corner of Southbridge News
 
Purchase individual items or a comprehensive package to keep you visible all year long.
See the M4M packages and individual items and contact Jack
with questions or to get started.
 
View and Download the Marketing For Members Only.pdf file from the Chamber website.  
bankHometown promotes Jennifer McKenna  
to Branch Manager of Brooklyn Office
 
Jennifer McKenna Jennifer McKenna accepted the position as Branch Manager of the bankHometown Brooklyn, Connecticut location on Saturday, November 10th, 2018.
 
Prior to accepting this position, McKenna was the Branch Supervisor of the Brooklyn Office, and prior to that role, she was the Assistant Manager of the Woodstock Office. McKenna has 10 years of experience in banking and is certified in Administrative Office Technology. She is currently working on braille fluency.
 
McKenna is an active member in her community, serving as a member of the Eastern CT Center for the Blind, the National Federation for the Blind, Brooklyn Business Association and the Eastern CT Chamber of Commerce.
 
McKenna and her family reside in Danielson, Connecticut.
 
bankHometown was founded in 1889 and is headquartered in Oxford, Massachusetts. bankHometown has 13 branches located throughout central Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut. For more information, please visit www.hometowncoop.com.
 
Hometown Financial Group (HFG), a $2.1 billion mutual holding company headquartered in Easthampton, Massachusetts, is the parent company of bankESB and bankHometown. Both banking franchises offer a complete line of commercial, business, and consumer products to customers throughout its 24 branches located throughout western and central Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut. For more information on Hometown Financial Group, please visit www.bankhfg.com .
North Brookfield Savings Bank Honors Employees for Years of Service   
NBSB Employees Honored
Shown left to right are Three Rivers Assistant Branch Manager Rachael Slozak, Loan Servicing Clerk MaryMargaret O'Shea, Operations Customer Service Jennifer Berthiaume, Palmer Branch Manager Jennifer Plassmann, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Jay Jil along with President and CEO  
Donna Boulanger.
 
North Brookfield Savings Bank recently hosted their Annual Employee Appreciation event at the Publick House in Sturbridge. At the event, North Brookfield Savings Bank honored employees who reached special anniversaries with the Bank by presenting them with Years of Service awards and a gift. This year, employees ranged from having 5 to 10 years of service, and over 40 years of service total.
 
Every year, North Brookfield Savings Bank recognizes and rewards employees for their dedication to the Bank and for the outstanding service they provide. The following North Brookfield Savings Bank employees received Years of Service Awards in 2018.
 
5 Years of Service
Jay Jil, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
MaryMargaret O'Shea, Loan Servicing Clerk
Jennifer Plassmann, Branch Manager
Rachael Slozak, Assistant Branch Manager
 
10 Years of Service
Jennifer Berthiaume, Operations Customer Service
Donna Boulanger, President and Chief Executive Officer

"These employees display their dedication to our customers and the Bank's overall success every day. North Brookfield Savings Bank thanks them for their commitment and congratulates them for reaching their Years of Service milestones," said Donna Boulanger, North Brookfield Savings Bank President and CEO. "We are very happy to have them as a part of our team."
Harrington Physician Services Welcomes
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist Sean Stevenson, D.O.

Sean Stevenson Sean Stevenson, D.O., has joined Harrington Physician Services in Southbridge, providing physical medicine and rehabilitation services for patients.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) is a medical specialty that treats a wide variety of medical conditions affecting the brain, nerves, bones, joints and muscles. The specialty is recognized for comprehensive management of chronic musculoskeletal and neurologic conditions, emphasizing improvements in functional status and quality of life.

Patients interested in scheduling an appointment can call (508) 909-8590.

PM&R takes a multidisciplinary approach to a patient's treatment plan. Physiatrists are trained to write specific programs that help maintain and increase range of motion, strengthen muscles, improve proprioception (awareness of joint position in space) and muscle relaxation, among other objectives.

Dr. Stevenson will provide in office procedures such as trigger point injections and osteopathic manual medicine (OMM).  OMM is a hands-on, noninvasive set of skills used in the evaluation and treatment of the neuro-muscular-skeletal (nerve, muscle and bone) system. Trained osteopathic physicians, like Dr. Stevenson, use their hands to diagnose and treat illness and injury.  Dr. Stevenson will also be providing interventional pain procedures, including spine and joint injections. In addition he will perform electrodiagnostic studies including Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS) and Electromyography (EMG).

Dr. Stevenson completed his residency at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Center, New York, where he served as Chief Resident. He received his medical degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and B.S. in Exercise Science from UMASS Amherst.  He is a member of several professional affiliations, including the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and the American Osteopathic Association.

Harrington's PM&R office is in Suite 108 of its Medical Arts building, which also houses Harrington Physician Services' general surgery practice.
Letters from Santa
Santa and his elves are preparing for a busy Christmas Season.
Help him by placing your child's Santa Letter order today!
Online orders only.

bankHometown's Annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors Campaign

Neighbors Helping Neighbors bankHometown kicked off their 15th year of participating in the Annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN) Campaign with a challenge to local residents to help support local food pantries.

For more than 30 years, NHN has helped people faced with financial difficulties caused by accidents, fires, life challenging illness and disabilities or other reasons beyond their control. Each November, customers and community members are invited to be a Hometown Hero for a $1 donation or a Hometown Superhero for a $5 donation, and business customers are solicited to contribute in larger amounts. bankHometown then matches all donations, dollar for dollar, and splits the funds among food pantries that serve the areas surrounding each of its seven offices.

This year's campaign includes an opportunity to enter a drawing for a $25 gift card. Anyone may participate just by dropping by one of bankHometown's 13 offices to make a donation in MA or CT.

bankHometown President and CEO, Matthew S. Sosik says "Last year's campaign concluded with a total distribution of $25,000.00, representing contributions from personal and business customers, Bank employees and directors, and a dollar for dollar matching gift from the Bank. It's a way for the bank and its customers to make a real difference in the lives of local residents."

Neighbors Helping Neighbors donations benefit (in MA) the Auburn Youth and Family Services, Inc. Food Pantry (Auburn), CARE Food Pantry (Clinton), Food Share (Southbridge, Charlton & Sturbridge), Ginny's Helping Hand, Inc. (Leominster), Oxford Ecumenical Food Shelf (Oxford), Salvation Army (Athol), St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry (Webster); (in CT) Daily Bread (Putnam), Friends of Assisi (Killingly), and Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group (TEEG) (Thompson).

bankHometown was founded in 1889 and is headquartered in Oxford, Massachusetts, bankHometown has 13 branches located throughout central Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut. For more information, please visit www.hometowncoop.com.

Hometown Financial Group (HFG), a $2.1 billion mutual holding company headquartered in Easthampton, Massachusetts, is the parent company of bankESB and bankHometown. Both banking franchises offer a complete line of commercial, business, and consumer products to customers throughout its 24 branches located throughout western and central Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut. For more information on Hometown Financial Group, please visit www.bankhfg.com.
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Kevin Dorman is North Brookfield Savings Bank's Hat Contest Winner
Hat Contest Winner Kevin Dorman
North Brookfield Savings Bank's Regional Branch Manager / Consumer Loan Manager Cindy Fountain presented a $100 Klem's gift certificate to NBSB's October Hat Contest Winner Kevin Dorman.

As we move into the latter half of fall, we see seasonal activities continue in full swing while everyone prepares for the time of being thankful. While the early winter weather may be unexpected, many still look forward to the exciting delights ahead with the holidays nearing. For one lucky local resident there is even more to be thankful for and excited about.

Kevin Dorman, a resident of West Brookfield, was happy to find out he was the October winner of North Brookfield Savings Bank's Hat Contest. Each month, anyone spotted wearing a North Brookfield Savings Bank hat in the community by a Bank representative is entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift certificate to a local establishment. Dorman was originally spotted by Branch Liaison, Paula St. John. He later visited the North Brookfield branch and was awarded his $100 gift card to Klem's by Regional Branch Manager / Consumer Loan Manager Cindy Fountain.

To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank Hat Contest and all of the convenient banking products and services offered, visit www.NorthBrookfieldSavingsBank.com.
Make a Difference
Help a Senior in your Community!
Volunteers
Community Groups and Businesses
welcome to join
Tri-Valley's Team of Volunteers!
 
You can make a difference in someone's life in as li ttle as an hour a week!
 
Deliver a noon ti me meal, help clients manage & pay bills,
become an advocate, and more...
 
Call Tri-Valley, Inc.
1-800-286-6640 or 508-949-6640
 
Tri-Valley, Inc. Serving people over 60, younger people with disabilities, and their caregivers.
Cornerstone Bank Donates to Worcester County Food Bank
Cornerstone Donates
Pictured L to R, Cornerstone Bank employees: Sr. Human Resources Specialist Joann Colon-Rivera; Senior Accounting Assistant Amy Dolan; Senior Operations Specialist Wendy Coran; Assistant Branch Manager Christina Abbotts; VP Operations Officer Heather Loranger; VP/HR Business Partner Bonnie Losavio; and Administrative Assistant Debbie Twigg.

During the month of November, all branches of Cornerstone Bank collected non-perishable food items for their annual 'Pack the Pantry' food drive. The annual drive, which took place from November 1st through the 14th, gave an opportunity for customers, local community members, and employees to contribute much needed food items to local families in need.   

"Food pantries are a vital resource to our community; during the holidays and year-round," said VP-HR Business Partner of Cornerstone Bank Bonnie B. Losavio. "Thank you to our generous customers and employees for making this year's food drive a success."

Food items were delivered to the Worcester County Food Bank on Friday, November 16th.

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

North Brookfield Savings Bank is pleased to announce the promotions of Bank Officers Rick Egan and Pamela Kozlik within the Commercial Lending Department.

"We are so pleased to announce Rick and Pam's well-deserved promotions and to have them continue to grow with North Brookfield Savings Bank," said North Brookfield Savings Bank President and CEO Donna Boulanger. "They are both highly knowledgeable and are committed to providing valuable support and service to our business customers while contributing to the Bank's overall success. I know they will continue to be a great asset to our Business Center Team and our customers."

Rick Egan, of Ashburnham, has been promoted to Commercial Lending Team Leader, Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer. Egan will be responsible for managing and leading the Commercial Lending Team, developing new and existing commercial lending relationships, informing business customers on available lending products and helping borrowers achieve their financial goals.

Egan joined North Brookfield Savings Bank's Business Center team in 2012 as Assistant Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer and most recently served as Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer. He has more than 25 years of professional banking experience and is a graduate of the New England School of Advanced Commercial Lending and the Massachusetts Bankers School for Financial Studies.

Egan serves on the Board and the Loan Committee of the Quaboag Valley Business Assistance Corporation (BAC) and Community Development Corporation; is active with the Quaboag Hills Chamber of Commerce and the Central Mass South Chamber of Commerce, and also services on the Finance Committee for the East Quabbin Land Trust.

"I am happy to have the opportunity to take on additional responsibilities and lead a skilled and enthusiastic team of people at a very customer-focused, local bank," said Commercial Lending Team Leader, Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer Rick Egan. "I look forward to helping additional small business people and investors throughout our area accomplish their financial goals."

Pam Kozlik Pamela Kozlik, of Ware, has been promoted to Assistant Vice President/Commercial Credit Analyst and Portfolio Manager of the Commercial Loan Department. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Western New England University and has completed lending and commercial credit training through the Massachusetts Bankers Association. Throughout her career at NBSB she has made many advancements, holding the position of Branch Manager, Commercial Credit Analyst Assistant and most recently Assistant Vice President/Commercial Credit Analyst preceding this latest promotion. Before coming to NBSB, she worked as an Instructional Supervisor in the Supportive Learning Services Department of American International College.

In her new role, Kozlik will be responsible for managing and monitoring the commercial lending exception managed portfolio. In addition, she will continue to conduct high-level analyses on business loans, support existing financing relationships and review new business loan opportunities.

"I am very happy with my advancement within the North Brookfield Savings Bank Business Center Team," said Assistant Vice President/Commercial Credit Analyst and Portfolio Manager Pam Kozlik. "I welcome the additional responsibility this new position brings and look forward to continuing to learn and grow in order to contribute to the Bank's success."

Rick Egan and Pam Kozlik can be reached by calling the Business Center at 40 Main Street in Ware, MA at 508-637-7500 or by emailing businesscenter@BankNBSB.com.
To shorten winter, borrow some money due in spring.  
~W.J. Vogel
Christmas by Candlelight
Christmas by Candlelight 
Old Sturbridge Village   
Nov 30-Dec 2, Dec 7-9, 14-16, 20-23 
3:00pm to 8:00pm 
 
Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village is an evening filled with New England holiday traditions, live musical performances, storytelling, sleigh rides, festive foods, a roaring bonfire, and strolls around the decorated Village Common. Do not miss the nightly tree lighting and the ever-popular gingerbread house contest! See more info and purchase tickets online.    
 
Christmas by Candlelight runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings November 30 - December 23, with a bonus night on Thursday, December 20!    
 
Times: Open 3:00 - 8:00 pm. In order to focus on the evening holiday events, Old Sturbridge Village will be closed during the day from November 30 - December 23, 2018.
 
Cost: Full price is $28 for adults and $14 for youth ages 4-17 (children 3 and under are free). Purchase standard tickets before Thanksgiving and SAVE 15-50% - see details online.   
 
Christmas by Candlelight is sponsored by COUNTRY BANK.  
 
Don't miss... 
SUNDAY BRUNCH WITH SANTA at Oliver Wight Tavern. Sunday, December 2 - Sunday, December 23.
Reservations required. Visit the webpage for the menu and to reserve. SELLING OUT FAST! 
 
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge MA 01566
OSV  
Hitchcock Happenings
Stone soup ingredients
Ingredients for Stone Soup are prepped for the Family Foundations 5 preschooler group to cook  
after reading the book, Stone Soup.
 
Friday, November 30
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: Traditional open AA meetings in a friendly setting. Come early to chat and share in refreshments. Time: 7:30 PM
 
Saturday, December 1
DECEMBER DELIGHTS: Take the whole family to enjoy some December Delights, such as Stone Soup, live music from Watson & Co., arts and crafts-including a giant gingerbread house and a mystery mural, a holiday gift station where you can purchase gift certificates to Hitchcock Academy, and a visit with Santa! Free programs and entertainment provided by a Community Champions Grant from Constellation, Micknuck's Fresh Market Place, and Shaw's Supermarket. Time: 10 AM-2 PM, see website for full schedule of events. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or www.hitchcockacademy.org for more information.
 
Sunday, December 2
CRAFTING CLUB: BYOC-Bring your own craft! Grab that craft you've been meaning to complete and maybe a friend or two and head out to Hitchcock to craft together! Set aside some time on the first Sunday of the month, meet new friends, inspire each other, and have some fun! A perfect way to get yourself focused on completing a project or get a quick project finished! No pre-registration required. Time: 1:00-3:00 PM Fee: Free will donation to Hitchcock Academy, suggested $5. Group Leader: Diana Caissie. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or email diana@hitchcockacademy.org for more information.
Stageloft Theater Presents
Stageloft Christmas Show
A CHRISTMAS SURVIVAL GUIDE 
by James Hindman & Ray Roderick 
November 24 - December 9  
 
This intimate revue takes a wry and knowing look at the stressful holiday season. Armed with a copy of A Christmas Survival Guide and an optimistic attitude, the characters charge into an urban holiday landscape searching for the true essence of Christmas. In songs and vignettes, they learn to cope with the season in ways that are both hilarious and heartwarming.

"Ho Ho Hilarious! The funniest Christmas revue around!"
- The New York Press

Presented by Special Arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. 
 
Stageloft Theater         450A Main Street, Fiskdale            508-347-9005  
Publick House  
The Publick House Historic Inn
Holiday Events
277 Main Street, On the Common
Sturbridge, MA
 
Round up the kids! Load up the wagon! Santa is coming to town, to The Publick House, of course.
 
Santa Breakfast
Breakfast with Santa
Saturdays, December 1 & 8
Sundays, December 2 & 9
Seatings from 8:30AM - 10:45AM
Ages 3 to 10yrs: $12.95 (2yrs & under free)
Ages 11yrs and Up: $19.95
prices inclusive of taxes and gratuities
 
Gingerbread House Decorating
Saturday, December 2 & 9
Seatings at 9:00AM, 11:00AM & 1:00PM
Decorate your own 10-inch tall gingerbread house!  
Visit our magnificent 10-foot Gingerbread House!  
While the decorations are setting, we'll have delicious cookies & cider for all. Price is $35.00 per house.
 
Limited Availability. Reservations Required. Call 508-347-7323 ext. 400 or visit the link below for menus and more.  
Santa at Klems
Pictures with Santa 
 
Ho, Ho, Ho - Santa is Coming!
Saturday, December 1st from 10am-3pm
$5.00 Donation to the Spencer American Legion
Spread the Cheer! Children & Pets Welcome!
Santa will be meeting and greeting, take Christmas Pictures together!
   
Klem's             117 West Main Street, Spencer              508-885-2708
Holly Berry Fair
Holly Berry Christmas Fair
Sunday, December 1, 2018, 9am to 3pm at Fellowship Hall
Federated Church of Sturbridge & Fiskdale

Many vendors under one roof for all your holiday shopping!
Unique gifts, Christmas ornaments, Handmade Greeting Cards, Folk Art, Photography, Jewelry, Quilts & Hand-knits, Doll clothes, Pottery items, much, much more!

8 Maple Street     Sturbridge MA 01566
White Christmas in West Brookfield
 
Join us on Sunday, December 2nd at the beautiful and historic West Brookfield common for our 26th annual White Christmas celebration. Take in the sights of the New England Winter from a horse drawn wagon or stroll Main Street and beyond to enjoy a day filled with local tradition, family entertainment, and the warmth and spirit of the Holiday Season.
 
Tree Lighting Ceremony
Christmas Concert
Shops, Open Houses & Raffles
Hay Wagon Rides
Live Music & Carolers
Elf Hunt & Puppet Show

Festivities and events run from 11am to 8pm.
The Publick House  
Publick House Cooks for Community Organizations 
Help us give back to the community by joining us for our monthly feasts to raise money for local organizations. Sponsored organization will split a minimum of $4.00 from every dinner served!

December 3  
Brimfield Trail Association 
Friends of Joshua Hyde Public Library
BAKED HAM DINNER
 
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! 

Santa Claus Pancake Breakfast
December 8, 7:30am to 10:30am
Raffle & Free 5"x 7" Photograph With Santa
By: Casson-Foster Photographers

PLEASE BE IN LINE BY 9:45 AM TO ENSURE AMPLE TIME FOR PICTURES WITH SANTA

Tickets $5: Children Under 5 Free
Cash or Checks accepted
Checks Payable to : Bay Path Education Foundation

You will receive an e-mail approximately one week after the event,  
notifying you that your photo is ready to be picked up in the main office at Bay Path.

Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School
Please Join us this Holiday Season!
57 Muggett Hill Road         Charlton MA 01507
Craft Fair
Annual Craft Fair 
December 8, 9:00am-3:00pm 
Holland Community Center
40 Brimfield Road, Holland 413-245-3163
Sponsored by the Friends of the Holland Community Center

There will be plenty of homemade items for your holiday needs,
along with vendors from Usborne books and Papparazzi jewelry. 

There will also be a Chinese Raffle.

  Contact: 413-245-3163 or hccevenings@gmail.com
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.  
 
DID YOU KNOW... Yankee Magazine has chosen SALEM CROSS INN  
as the "Best New England Cuisine" in Massachusetts!  
 
Christmas Memories
Only Two Dates Remain!
December 9 at 4:00pm & December 15 at 3:45pm 
 
Christmas Hearth 'Tis the season... to eat, to drink, and to be merry!
We all look for special and memorable Christmas events to attend with family and friends during the Christmas season. The Challenge? Finding Christmas events that will entertain everyone from Grandma and Grandpa to our dear little toddlers. Look no further, the Christmas Memories series at the Salem Cross Inn is a beautiful and entertaining event to attend with the entire family. Bring the family, bring your friends, carve out some time for yourself.
 
Start a new tradition this year by participating in Christmas Memories!
 
Eat... What's a Christmas celebration without a great spread of food? A traditional New England turkey dinner takes center stage for our Christmas Memories dining event. Start your feast with a tossed garden salad the chef's homemade creamy Italian dressing, and freshly made squash muffins and white dinner rolls. Next, indulge yourself with fresh, moist turkey, Grandmother's traditional bread stuffing, giblet gravy over real whipped potatoes, and fresh butternut squash seasoned to perfection. Complete your meal with a scoop of peppermint stick ice cream rolled in chocolate cake crumbs, topped with Salem Cross Inn's famous hot fudge, whipped cream, and a candy cane.
 
... drink ... Join our performers, servers and everyone else in the hall for a wassail toast, and raise a glass to a new tradition. Glasses filled with tasty farm fresh apple cider will be lifted to commemorate the holiday season. Since we use fresh apple cider which is non-alcoholic, the kids may join in and enjoy as well!
 
... and be merry! Salem Cross Inn during the winter months is a captivating scene -- The decorations throughout the building are a joy to see. Feel free to wander through our rooms while you're here.
Next, let's celebrate in true holiday fashion. First, enjoy a play based on Dylan Thomas' "A Child's Christmas in Wales," performed by the animated and lively Cornely Production performers, dressed in 19th century costumes and ready to entertain you! Enjoy them singing over 20 Christmas carols. Since singing Christmas carols often brings out the spirit of joy in almost everyone, we encourage you to sing along with them and rekindle memories of Christmases past while making memories of the Christmas present. Throughout the event, the actors will circulate around the room so everyone feels like a part of the festivities. Bring your Christmas spirit, your sense of humor, and even your camera!
 
Visit the website for tickets and more information before the last dates sell out! 
 
Experience Fireplace Feast in December!  
December 7, 14, 21, 28, 29, 30 & New Year's Eve! 
 
Join us for a special dining event as the Innkeepers at the Salem Cross Inn announce their series of 1700's style feasts, prepared on the open hearth of a great fieldstone fireplace. Relax by the fire or lend a hand as dinner is prepared for you in colonial style. Stir the chowder as it bubbles in our cast iron cauldron. See your prime rib, roasted 'to a turn,' as the only known authentic Roasting Jack still operating in America rotates slowly over a crackling fire of wild cherry logs. Beware the brimming bowl of freshly whipped cream - the perfect complement to New England's best apple pie.
 
While your dinner is cooking to perfection, enjoy a horse drawn wagon or sleigh ride through the valley on the Inn's pristine 600 acres. Shake off the chill with warm mulled wine or cider upon your return. Browse our extensive collection of colonial and federal period American antiques. The Fireplace Feast makes a thoughtful and unique gift for special friends or deserving associates.
 
The Fireplace Feast is just one of our many dining events that provides an authentic colonial experience. At Salem Cross Inn, we capture the history and culture of 1700's America. Salem Cross Inn's dining events, excellent cuisine, and atmosphere have been featured on Food Network's "The Best Of," WCVB TV5 Boston's "Chronicle" and chosen as the "Hidden Jewel" by Boston's Phantom Gourmet and WGBY.
 
Arrive at 6pm, feast begins at 7:30pm. See the Fireplace Feast schedule for more dates here!  
 
A Very Special New Year's Eve Fireplace Feast!
Start with some hors d'oeuvres and a champagne toast by the fireplace. Feast and then put on your party hat and enjoy the DJ as you dance away through the midnight hour. Check out the details and make your reservations now. 
 
Gift Certificates Make Great Gifts! 
A Salem Cross Inn gift certificate makes a great holiday gift! Both our Restaurant and Hexmark Tavern provide guests with an unforgettable, quintessential farm-to-table experience. Our wide range of dining events are fun for friends and family. Treat the special ones in your life with a gift certificate to Salem Cross Inn - they deserve it! Order online or call 508-867-2345 for assistance.
 
Main Dining Room:
Tuesday-Friday: 11:30 AM-9:00 PM
Saturday: 5:00 PM-9:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM-8:00 PM

Hexmark Tavern:
Tuesday-Friday: 4:00 PM-9:00 PM
Live music every Friday starting at 6:30 PM
 
Cookie Swap & Toys 4 Tots 
December 10, 6:00pm-8:00pm 
Holland Community Center
40 Brimfield Road, Holland 413-245-3163

Every year we have a cookie swap, pictures with Santa,
and as always we will be collecting for Toys 4 Tots.
The fun begins at 6pm at the Center. Everyone is welcome!

  Contact: 413-245-3163 or hccevenings@gmail.com
Worcester 50+ Job Seekers Networking Group
Regional Networking Group
NETWORKING WORKS!! Your AGE really is your EDGE!! 
 
Funded by AARP and Managed by MCOA, we have expanded our 50+ Job Seekers Regional Networking Group program to support and assist people in the 50+ demographic living in the greater Worcester area and looking for a new job, a totally new career direction, re-entering the workforce after an employment gap or looking for a Second Act career.    
 
Meet and network with fellow job seekers at our bi-weekly networking group meetings.  
 
Learn how to Network!    
 
New Topic at each Meeting!
 
Come join Melody Beach, an experienced Human Resource professional who is the Facilitator for this collaborative Networking Group.  
 
Start your journey towards self-realization, re-invention and transformation!    
 
WHO: Mature Job Seekers! That's YOU! (50 years of age +)  
 
WHEN: Meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. Doors open at 1:30pm  
for registration and casual networking so come early! And often!

WHERE: Worcester Senior Center located at 128 Providence St., Worcester, MA (508-799-1232)  

Did you know: 85% of all jobs are found through NETWORKING!! REALLY!!
 
For more Information and Pre-Registration (required), please feel free to contact:   
The Worcester COA at 508-799-1232.
 
Trivia night
Trivia Night & Holiday Party!
When: Thursday, December 13th
Where: Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center
Time: Check-in/Buffet: 6 PM
Trivia: 7 PM

Teams of 4 | $100 Per Team
Optional dinner buffet available at $30 per person
Online Registration & Advanced Raffle Ticket Sales:

Proceeds to benefit the Southbridge Emergency Department Renovation Project.

Sponsored by:
Five Star Automotive Specialists
Village Toastmasters Weekly Meetings
Thursday Evenings, 7:00-8:15pm
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.  
 
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 alexandra_mcnitt@cmschamber.org if you have any questions or to arrange a pickup. Thank you for your contributions!

Important Dates to Save!
November 30-December 23: Christmas by Candlelight at OSV
December 1: Pictures with Santa at Klem's    
December 2: White Christmas in West Brookfield  
December 8: Santa Pancake Breakfast at Bay Path RVTHS 
December 8: Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting at Paw Plaza  
December 9: Christmas Memories at Salem Cross Inn  
December 13: Trivia Night & Holiday Party at Southbridge Hotel 
December 20: HOLIDAY Fun at Five at The Publick House with Cornerstone Bank 
   
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