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Welcome to December and CROSSROADS NEWS!
Meet us TODAY at Josh's Place at Southbridge Municipal Airport for a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening! The excitement begins with the Ribbon Cutting ceremony at 10:00am. We would love to see you there! You'll find the latest news items from our members and a sleigh full of festive seasonal events in this issue including your invitation to celebrate with us at Holiday Fun at Five on December 20th! The Chamber is thrilled to be at Brush It Off in Sturbridge to celebrate the 10 Year Anniversary of the studio and the addition of pottery classes to their offerings on the 21st! Everyone is welcome! Thank you for continuing to Keeping It Local throughout this holiday season!

CROSSROADS is our Members' platform to share their latest news with over 1,000 fellow Chamber Members and subscribers in our community. Thank you for entering your upcoming Holiday offerings on our NEW Events calendar and emailing us your press releases, links and photos for inclusion in CROSSROADS.
NEXT ISSUE: DECEMBER 15, 2022.
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Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony!
Josh's Place
220 Airport Access Road, Southbridge, MA 01550
(508) 909-6453
TODAY! December 1, 2022
From 10:00am to Noon
The Chamber of Central Mass South cordially invites you to attend a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Josh's Place on Thursday, December 1st from 10:00am to Noon. Chef Josh Letendre is excited to welcome you to his great American Diner located at the Southbridge Municipal Airport!

Open 7 days a week from 6:00am to 3:00pm, Josh's Place features American standards cooked up for breakfast & lunch in a classic diner displaying memorabilia from the 1990s. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the unique views, complimentary mini breakfast sandwiches and coffee at the Grand Opening celebration!

The Ribbon Cutting ceremony will be presented by the Chamber of Central Mass South at 10:00AM sharp. The ceremony will include presentations by local dignitaries and the snipping of the official red ribbon followed by a grand opening celebration. We cordially invite you to join in as the Chamber and our guests provide a warm welcome and best wishes to Chef Josh and his crew!

All are welcome to attend. There is no cost and no need to RSVP.

Reach Josh's Place by phone at 508-909-6453
Holiday Fun at Five!
Tuesday, December 20, 5:00-8:00pm 
The Publick House, 277 Main Street, Sturbridge
 
Join us for some holiday cheer with our Members and Guests on the evening of Tuesday, December 20th!
Be a part of the celebration at The Publick House in Sturbridge featuring fantastic food, a festive atmosphere in a glowing hall, NEW activities and great prizes, a 50/50 Raffle, and our chance to celebrate the season with you!
 
Activities include:
Dress as Your Favorite Holiday Character Contest
Ugly Sweater Contest
Stick the Nose on Rudolph
Holiday Bingo
Reindeer Ring Toss
and
Stuffed Stocking Silent Auction
 
What is a Stuffed Stocking Silent Auction? Glad you asked!
Members are encouraged to donate a holiday stocking to our silent auction. A portion of proceeds will be used to purchase gift cards for teenagers in need. Stocking can be filled with product you make or sell, you can fill the stocking based on a theme, or use a tiny holiday stocking for a gift card – the possibilities are endless.
Let Alix know if you will be making a donation to our Stuffed Stocking Silent Auction.
Thank you!
 
We look forward to celebrating with you at Holiday Fun at Five...
 
COST
$20 for Members who register, $25 at the door, or $30 for non-Members.
 
RSVP TO REGISTER
by phone at 508-347-2761 or email info@cmschamber.org 
 
PLEASE RSVP BY FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16!
Help us help our hosts at The Publick House receive an accurate count,
so they can have plenty of goodies for all of us! Thank you!

Thank you to our Holiday Fun at Five Sponsor!
In a world where people have more choices than ever about how and where to manage their finances, Cornerstone Bank inspires a true feeling of confidence among the customers who entrust us with their financial well-being.
 
Where large banks lack personal attention, and local banks lack depth and expertise, Cornerstone builds trust with its business and retail customers through respectful, reliable relationships, problem-solving proficiency, and an unwavering commitment to community. 
 
Cornerstone Bank rests on the foundation that relationships are built on trust.
SAVE THE DATE!
10 Year Anniversary & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony!
Brush It Off Art & Pottery Studio
December 21, 4:00-6:00pm
559 Main Street, Sturbridge Marketplace, Sturbridge, MA
774-241-3444

Brush It Off owner Denise Morgan is excited to welcome you to the "Art Wing and Patio"
of the Sturbridge Marketplace at the Falls!
Meet 25 year veteran Master Potter Dave who teaches all the NEW Pottery classes!
Enjoy Beer and Wine from Brush It Off's Bar and complimentary finger snacks!
AND just in time for Christmas, there will be door prizes, Gift Certificates to the Studio,
and other fun giveaways!

Everyone is Welcome! More details are coming soon!
The Chamber is thankful for the service of Board members

The Chamber is extremely grateful to our recently departed Board members for their hard work and contributions toward sustaining and growing our organization. Sincere thanks to Michelle Fanion (ERA Key Realty), Steve Gardiner (Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center), Rita Schiano (Live a Flourishing Life) and Rich Suitum (Exsel Advertising Group) all of whom recently finished their terms on the Chamber’s Board of Directors after serving with distinction. We greatly appreciate their guidance and leadership, and for keeping the Chamber going strong through some of the most challenging times we have faced.
Welcome, New Chamber Members!

We are very pleased to welcome our newest Members to the Chamber of Central Mass South!
Josh's Place
American standards cooked up for breakfast & lunch in a classic diner displaying 1990s memorabilia.

220 Airport Access Road, Southbridge, MA 01550
1 508-909-6453
Get Great Exposure for Your Business! 
Sponsor an upcoming Chamber event!

Our Promotions Committee is hard at work planning the schedule of Chamber happenings including 2023 FUN at FIVE networking events. We are actively seeking businesses that would be interested in sponsoring these events.

Our event sponsors are given positive exposure and enthusiastic crowds that are eager to share the good word about your business with their friends, neighbors and business contacts!

If your company would be interested in being a sponsor for these upcoming events, or would like more information about sponsorship, please contact Alix at 508-347-2761 or email alexandra_mcnitt@cmschamber.org.
New Chamber & Tourism Websites!

Members, create your profile on the new Chamber website: www.cmschamber.org. Login to the "members only" Info Hub to create your Account. Click the Member Login button at the top of the home page to get started. Your email address must be in our new system for you to be instantly approved. If it is not, give us a ring or email and we can add your email address from our end.

Once you have joined, you will be able access vital resources, advertise your upcoming events, post any Hot Deals you may be offering, register for Chamber events, post Member 2 Member discounts, pay invoices, even create Job Postings to recruit new employees!

Also, take a peek at www.sturbridgetownships.com, the new tourism site for visitors to our area. If you post your event to the Chamber calendar and it is tourism related, we will feature it on the Sturbridge Townships page, too!

We look forward to your feedback!
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Country Bank announces its “Season of Difference” campaign with $125,000
in support for local communities
 
November 22, 2022 - The winter holidays are going to be a lot brighter for a lot of people, thanks to Country Bank’s annual Season of Difference campaign, during which the bank has pledged 28 days of making a difference in the communities they serve.
 
The bank’s team members (aka, Difference Makers) will deliver $80,000 in donations to local food pantries, as well as $5,000 each to the Friends of the Homeless, Salvation Army and the USO.

The campaign kick-off is on Saturday, November 26—Small Business Saturday—with Difference Makers purchasing gifts cards from local businesses and distributing them throughout their banking centers on Tuesday, November 29.

In addition, the bank’s team members will be supporting holiday sponsorships and events, volunteering at nonprofits, providing gifts for 300 seniors in nursing homes, 400 gifts for children, and 300 gifts to homeless shelters, ringing the bell for the Salvation Army, and more.

"As a community partner, we care deeply about our communities, and we want to make a meaningful difference where it is most needed this holiday season,” said Paul Scully, President, and CEO of Country Bank. “As we reflect on the past year with gratitude for the bank's strength and ability to support so many in need, we are also humbled to witness so many great acts of kindness and support throughout our communities from the people and businesses who make this region the remarkable place it is to live and work.”

To find out what the bank is doing each day of the campaign, follow the bank’s social channels or visit www.countrybank.com/seasonofdifference.

About Country Bank
Country Bank is one of the most highly capitalized mutual savings banks in the Commonwealth offering full-service consumer and commercial banking services. Country Bank serves Central and Western Massachusetts with 14 offices in Ware, Palmer, West Brookfield, Brimfield, Belchertown, Wilbraham, Ludlow, Leicester, Paxton, Charlton, Springfield 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 countrybank.com.
Second Chance Marks One Year Anniversary of Southbridge Vet Hospital
Southbridge Community Veterinary Hospital Now Offering Surgery and Grooming
SOUTHBRIDGE, MA (November 22, 2022) – This month Second Chance Animal Services’ Southbridge Community Veterinary Hospital is marking their first anniversary of helping pets in the Southbridge area by expanding services to help more pets.  The Southbridge vet hospital is now scheduling dental and other surgeries including limited spay and neuter. It is also the first Second Chance location to offer grooming.
 
Chief Development Officer Lindsay Doray says the Southbridge hospital has had a very busy first year and is now caring for about 500 pets every month. “We chose this location because there was a very great need in the area, especially for those facing transportation challenges. Now we can offer surgery, including dental services, so pets can receive these services close to home.”
 
“We are also excited to begin offering grooming services at our Southbridge,” adds Doray. “For years, pet owners have been asking for grooming services. We are starting with dog grooming one day a week and hope to add more days and services for cats soon. It’s a great learning opportunity for the students at the hospital.” The location serves as an educational hospital in partnership with Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School. Veterinary Science students get real-life experience working alongside dedicated, trained staff, learning about working in the veterinary field. They see what it’s like to be a receptionist, a vet assistant, a groomer and more. They graduate with a certificate in veterinary assistance and can go directly into the workforce or pursue a veterinary technician or veterinarian degree.
 
“The hospital provides year-round access to care for pets and helps educate the future of animal welfare,” says Founder and CEO Sheryl Blancato. “This is truly a one-of-a-kind opportunity to impact change for pets in Massachusetts and beyond.”
 
Second Chance has additional Community Veterinary Hospitals located in North Brookfield, Springfield, and Worcester. Each location is open to all pet owners and offers subsidized rates for those that qualify. Pet owners who pay the full rate are helping to provide the many programs that help over 40,000 pets a year.  
 
Pet owners interested in scheduling an appointment for their pet can call 774-318-1101. For more information on all Second Chance Community Veterinary Hospitals, visit: www.secondchanceanimals.org/vetcare/.
 
PHOTO: Dodger showing off his new bandana.
 
About Second Chance Animal Services:
Second Chance Animal Services is a nonprofit animal welfare organization founded in 1999.  Second Chance began as an animal shelter and grew to help more pets in need.  Today Second Chance operates Community Veterinary Hospitals in North Brookfield, Southbridge, Springfield, and Worcester providing access to the highest-quality veterinary care for all.  Subsidized rates are provided to underserved communities to ensure access to care for all pets in need. Second Chance helps over 40,000 pets a year through full-service veterinary care, spay/neuter services, adoption services, community & educational outreach programs, training, and a pet food pantry. For more information, visit Second Chance’s website at www.secondchanceanimals.org.
Follow Second Chance on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/secondchanceanimals
Follow Second Chance on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/secondchanceas
Tickets are on sale NOW for
The New Year’s Day Antique Collectibles Show

The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles—a national monthly magazine for dealers, collectors, antiquers, and enthusiasts of antique collectibles—will be returning New Year’s Day 2023 to the Sturbridge Host Hotel & Convention Center in Sturbridge, MA with its New Year’s Day Antique Collectibles Show, sponsored by the Sturbridge Tourist Association.

Produced by Weathervane Enterprises, Inc., publisher of Journal of Antiques and Collectibles, the New Year’s Day show will feature 50 hand-selected local and regional dealers covering 11,000 square feet with authentic, quality antiques and antique collectibles. The Antique Collectibles Show made its debut on New Year’s Day 2020, welcoming over 700 guests eager to kick off the New Year with some old finds. This year’s show kicks off with optimism as we all welcome in a new year and a return to doing the things we love.

$10 Admission, $8 online (starting December 1, 2022) at www.theantiquecollectiblesshow.com
For more information, visit theantiquecollectiblesshow.com, Follow Us on Facebook @ AntiqueCollectiblesShow, or contact Maxine Carter-Lome directly at 508-347-1960 x402 and at weathervanepublishing@gmail.com.
Year End Matching Challenge
$40,000 by December 31st!
Together, we are protecting land, water, and wildlife for current and future generations.
This Giving Tuesday, Opacum Land Trust is launching a Year-End Matching Challenge Fundraiser, and we need YOUR help to make it to the $40,000 goal - AND the first $10,000 donated will be matched!

We could not conserve land without your support, which helps us to cover our time, resources, and capacity to pursue ambitious projects and grants to support land conservation efforts in our local region.

Please give today to help us continue this important work, and expand our ability to do even more for the land, water, wildlife, and for current and future generations.

By supporting the Year End Matching Challenge, you will help with:

1. Pursuing new and diverse land conservation projects, like Sleepy Hollow in Brimfield in 2023.
2. Continuing the hard work on grant-funded projects like the Forest Legacy Program to conserve over 1,000 acres in our region.
3. Planting 1,000 trees in Southbridge – an important urban project for public health.
4. Expand our events and outreach to new and diverse audiences. We hope to see you at the next property walk event!

Donate via the button below or mail a check to:
Opacum Land Trust, P.O. Box 233, Sturbridge, MA 01566
P.S. Did we mention that the first $10,000 of donations will be matched by the Opacum Board of Directors? They know how important land conservation is and we hope you do too!

Thank you to those who have contributed already. Your contributions directly help to conserve land and the natural places you love in our local region.
Patrick Subaru Shares the Love with Second Chance
Annual Sales Event Supports Hometown Charities
 
EAST BROOKFIELD, MA (November 28, 2022) – In a year marked by a record need for all their programs, Second Chance Animal Services is thrilled to be included in the Share the Love Event at Patrick Subaru of Shrewsbury. The annual Subaru Share the Love Event is a sales and service event that helps promote the spirit of giving with customers choosing which charities to support. Subaru of America will donate $250 for every new Subaru leased or purchased, and on top of that Patrick Subaru is donating $75 per new vehicle for a total of $325 per vehicle this year. Additionally, Patrick Subaru donates $5 per regular routine Subaru vehicle service.
 
With Share the Love, the customer gets to decide how they want their donations to be made – they can choose to donate the entire amount to one organization, or they can divide it any amount of ways. Second Chance was chosen as one of this year’s hometown charities in addition to Why Me & Sherry’s House. Customers can also choose to support the ASPCA, National Parks Foundation, Meals on Wheels, and Make-A-Wish – for a total of six organizations to choose from.
 
“We’re so grateful to be included in Share the Love alongside five other very worthy charities,” said Second Chance Chief Development Officer Lindsay Doray. “We’ve already helped a record number of pets this year and we expect the need to continue into 2023.  In addition to all the pets we’ve taken in and helped find homes, our Community Veterinary Hospitals which help to keep pets out of shelters have also been busier than ever. Our pet food pantry program is distributing more pet food to more human food pantries than ever before. We have helped grateful owners with nowhere else to turn who never dreamed they would need financial help to care for their pet.”  
 
"Second Chance Animal Services is truly making a difference in what they do every single day—rain or shine,” said Patrick Motor Group Marketing Director Michelle Bourget. “Patrick Subaru is honored to be able to work alongside them in their mission to provide access to pet care and adoption services to those who need it. SCAS continues to go above and beyond with their services in ways that this area needs. We are lucky to have them in our community, and lucky to have them as one of our Share the Love Event Hometown Charities for the 2022 event. We are hoping for another successful Share the Love so that we can help them in their mission."
 
This is the 15th year of Subaru’s Share the Love event. Share the Love continues through January 3, 2023.  For more information, visit www.patricksubaru.com or visit the dealership located at 247 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA.
 
PHOTO: Nine year old Ruby is just one of the pets at the Second Chance Adoption Center waiting to find a new home.  



Tri-Community YMCA is HIRING!

We are seeking part-time employees to fill vacancies in:
Membership Services,
Wellness,
Child Watch and
Out of School Time.

Apply in person or online.

The #1 Hispanic Newspaper in MA
The latest digital issue of Vocero Hispano is available on their website.
Reach the Hispanic Market directly with the #1 Statewide Hispanic Newspaper in Massachusetts. Email advertising@vocerohispano.com to get started.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Learning & Networking Opportunities

You'll also find webinars, online workshops and courses from Worcester Chamber, SCORE and MSBDC. Most are FREE! Got something going on? Please add your happenings, online or in-person, indoors or out, to our calendar or email Jack the pertinent info and we will share in the next CROSSROADS!

WORCESTER REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Business After Hours at Greater Good Brewery - Wednesday, Dec 14, 2022, 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Greater Good Imperial Brew Co, 55 Millbrook Street, Worcester
Chamber Members: $20, Non-Chamber Members: $40
Business After Hours is an opportunity for you to network with other Chamber members and guests. Meet new contacts, develop new leads, and exchange ideas. Join us and dozens of area professionals for a fun, informal networking event! REGISTER


FREE ONLINE BUSINESS WORKSHOPS OFFERED BY SCORE
SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals. Since 1964, SCORE has provided education and mentorship to more than 11 million entrepreneurs. Check out these upcoming FREE live webinars.

How to Ensure Your Website Is Your Workhorse
Dec 5 | 12 pm
In many cases, your website will provide the first and only impression an individual or organization has of your organization. REGISTER

Personal Branding and Networking for Entrepreneurs
Dec 6 | 12 pm
Understand the power of personality, personal brand and networks in the entrepreneurial journey. REGISTER

Creating an Effective Social Media Strategy
Dec 7 | 9 am
Creating rich, engaging content is key to consumers seeing your content and reacting in a way that supports your overall marketing and business goals. REGISTER

View more upcoming SCORE Webinars Here.


BUSINESS WORKSHOPS OFFERED BY THE MASSACHUSETTS SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER NETWORK
Statewide Training & Event Calendar

Dec 1   Using Non-Traditional International Trade Finance Tools to Manage Cash Flow globe
Dec 5   Basics of Starting Your Business
Dec 7   Federal Marketing & Outreach
Dec 7   Writing a Business Plan Part 5 - Management and Personnel
Dec 8   If You Received Funding From The Federal Government During COVID, Don't Miss This Webinar!
Dec 13   Capabilities Statements - Best of Both Worlds (Part 1 - also Dec. 20)
Dec 13   Commonwealth of MA (State) Government Contracting
Dec 14   Writing a Business Plan Part 6 - Financial Information
Dec 14   If You Received Funding From The Federal Government During COVID, Don't Miss This Webinar!
Dec 15   Basics of Starting Your Business

Visit the online calendar for more info and to register for these sessions and more.
SALEM CROSS INN IS OPEN!
Repairs to the barn are complete and Salem Cross Inn is open with regular hours.
THURSDAY - FRIDAY - SATURDAY: 4:00-8:00
SUNDAY: NOON TO 5:00

FIREPLACE FEASTS ARE BACK!
Dates are selling out fast!
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE NOW!
VIEW THE BROCHURE HERE.
SEE THE DETAILS AND RESERVE YOUR DATE HERE.

Visit the Facebook page for the latest updates.

508-867-2345
The Festival of {Giving} Trees 2022

The 2022 Festival of {Giving} Trees dates are December 1st thru December 4th. At this point we are planning a live event and a “virtual” event. This year we will be celebrating our 25th year!

This four day family event is designed to be a holiday activity. The mission of the Festival is to raise money to help the Silent Spring Institute, the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition and The Cancer Center at Harrington Hospital fight the battle against breast cancer and to help fund cancer research. Over the past twenty-four years, the Festival of {Giving} Trees has raised and donated over $796,000 to these beneficiaries.

The Festival of {Giving} Trees features more than 100 uniquely decorated trees on display under one roof.

Some are elegant, nostalgic and breathtaking. Some are humorous, some are traditional and some are really hip. The only thing they have in common is that they are all different and they are all sparkling!

And each and every one of them will be taken home by lucky raffle winners. Come join us! It is a community-wide event, so bring your family, friends and neighbors.

VISIT ONLINE for more details.
Christmas by Candlelight 2022
Old Sturbridge Village
December 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 27, 28, 29, and 30, 2022
Times: 2:00 - 8:00 pm

Tickets are on sale now for Old Sturbridge Village’s 2022 Christmas by Candlelight event! Experience old and cherished traditions and create new ones at this year’s event, which starts November 25th and runs through December 30th. This popular program has sold out in the past so get your tickets early.

Visit www.osv.org/event/christmas-by-candlelight-2022/ to learn more and purchase tickets.
Southbridge Garden Club Greens Sale Returns

SOUTHBRIDGE: It’s back! The Southbridge Garden Club will hold its annual Greens Sale at the Ruth Well Center for the Arts at 111 Main Street (Rt. 131) in Southbridge on Friday, December 2, from noon to 7 pm and on Saturday, December 3, from 9 am to 1 pm.

The sale will feature a variety of handcrafted items, including decorative wreaths, holiday centerpieces, door swags, and assorted decorations and greens. All items contain different types of live, fresh greens.

Visitors to the Greens Sale will also have an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a basket filled with gourmet foods, specialty items and holiday accessories. 

The Southbridge Garden Club is a non-profit organization and proceeds from the Greens Sale support various programs, scholarships and local beautification projects.

For more information, please contact Paige Szugda at 774-230-7330, pszugda@gmail.com
or Sally Anderson at 508-207-6882 or sally.h.anderson@outlook.com.
A Charlie Brown Christmas

Gateway Players Theatre of Southbridge presents “A Charlie Brown Christmas" by Charles M. Schulz. Based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson. Stage Adaptation by Eric Schaeffer. By Special Arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson.

Performance dates are December 2 at 7:30pm, December 3 at 2pm, December 9 & 10 at 7:30pm and December 11 at 2pm. All performances will be held at the Fellowship Hall of Elm Street Congregational Church, 61 Elm Street in Southbridge. Parking is available on Elm Street, or in the parking deck behind the Southbridge Town Hall. This production will be directed by Lou-Ellen Corkum and Lynn Boucher, and produced by Kathi Grenier. The cast includes Mikey Dearn, Valerie Agos-Langlois, Erin Simpson, Sean Nault, Chris McTigue, Deb Hollett, Billy Bolster, Mitzi Flanagan, Samantha Jones, and Kennedy Prashaw.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and youth under 18. Tickets may be reserved by calling Gateway at 508-764-4531. Online credit card ticket sales are now available https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5616851.

Presented by permission through special arrangement with Concord Theatricals. Synopsis: A stage adaptation of the classic animated TV special featuring Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus and the gang discovering the true meaning of Christmas. Please join us for this classic Holiday story.
Holly Berry Fair Returns on December 3rd
 
STURBRIDGE, MA – The Federated Church of Sturbridge & Fiskdale will hold its annual Holly Berry Fair on Saturday, December 3, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the church’s Fellowship Hall at 8 Maple Street, Sturbridge.
 
Holly Berry Fair chair, Nancy Castendyk says this year’s fair will showcase more than 25 local artisans and their crafts under one roof for all of your holiday shopping. “We’ve assembled quite an assortment of really unique and interesting artists this year,” said Castendyk. “This popular fair will offer something for everyone, from hand-crafted pottery to folk art and hand-knitted items!” Koinonia, the Federated Church women’s group will also be offering a variety of baked goods.
 
For additional information about the Holly Berry Fair or other upcoming events, please visit the Church website at sturfed.org, visit the Church’s Facebook page @FederatedChurchSturbridgeFiskdale, or contact the Church office at (774) 304-1021 or churchoffice@sturfed.org.

PHOTO: Penny Wooden Dolls from Nancy Castendyk
White Christmas in West Brookfield
December 4, 10:00am-7:00pm

Please join us in celebrating our 30th year of White Christmas in West Brookfield!
A full day of entertainment, open houses, vendor fairs, music and much more!

Follow on Facebook for the schedule of events and all the details!
Paint With Santa!
December 4, 2022
TWO SESSIONS
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
12:45 pm - 2:15 pm
Brush It Off, 559 Main St., Sturbridge Marketplace, Rt 20, Suite 104, Fiskdale, 774-241-3444

Join in as we paint a canvas painting with step by step instruction along with our professional artist at Brush It Off. Original painting by Brush It Off LLC.

After painting, Santa will arrive to greet everyone. A bit of sing along with Santa for a song or two before he reads us all a story as we enjoy some snacks and drink. Then Santa will head around the corner where everyone will get to go share a moment with Santa himself! 1.5 hours of Holiday fun!

We have limited seating per session, for this reason we are selling groups per table. If you purchase 2 sets of 2 we will make that a table of 4, same as if you purchase 2 sets of 3, we will make that one table of 6. Call for any special arrangements. 774-241-3444.
You can visit the online calendar for more events and to register: brush-it-off.com/calendar/

We hope You-All Come Back – we offer walk in hours for OPEN PAINT where you can paint anything you want with our help, Canvas, Plaster, Ceramics, Glassware, Birdhouses and more! OR sign up for a Class.

EVERY class is an ART LESSON, as each painting uses different techniques that our professional artists will teach you while having a GREAT time! GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE – GIVE THE GIFT OF ART!
PetSaver™ Pet CPR, First Aid & Care
Saturday, December 10, 2022 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

PetSaver™ Training: Premier 8-hour class including CPR techniques, first aid skills, dental care, senior care and health & wellness information for dogs and cats.

Additionally, the class includes our PetSaver 40-page handbook and upon successful completion, each participant will receive a certification card. Sometimes the unexpected happens… Will you be prepared to take action when it does?

Email Rob with questions and to register. Register online here.

Class Price: $135

Class Location:
89 Main St, Suite 5
Ware, MA 01082
Holiday Fun at Hitchcock
Live Music, Cookie Decorating & Crafting, Games, Food, and More for All Ages

BRIMFIELDChristmas at Hitchcock returns on Saturday, December 10th from 1 to 6pm. The popular all ages event will include live music, cookie decorating & crafting, games, food, and more. The event is free of charge and there is no registration required. It will include both indoor and outdoor activities, so attendees should dress accordingly.

Live music will be performed from the building’s balcony by Tony Valley, Cody Peck, Patrick Timothy Yeo, and others. Listeners can keep warm by fire barrels dotted on Hitchcock’s lawn, sipping from free pours of delicious hot chocolate provided by Sturbridge Coffee House. Maddie’s Dogs Food Truck will be on site selling food as well.

Inside, attendees can decorate cookies, make Christmas crafts, play “reindeer games” and enjoy storytime with one of Santa’s elves. Vendors will also be selling local products such as honey, maple syrup, crafts, and other gift items.

Renowned ice carver Mike Rondeau will be doing a live ice carving during the event. 4-H will be bringing a pony for attendees to greet and pet. Weather-permitting, attendees will be encouraged to build a snowman on Hitchcock’s lawn.

“Christmas at Hitchcock feels like a family Christmas party combined with a larger scale holiday event. Our space is so much like a home, yet we have all the trimmings and trappings of an event with all the activities going on.”

Attendees can also bring a donation to the organization’s Toys for Tots collection, and donations to Hitchcock’s annual Friends Campaign which aims to raise $10,000 toward operating expenses through individual donations, are also warmly welcomed.

More information can be found leading up to the event as details are confirmed on Hitchcock’s website at www.hitchcockacademy.org. The event is generously sponsored by Hitchcock Pool Water.

Hitchcock Academy is a community center located at 2 Brookfield Road in Brimfield serving the community with educational, recreational, and cultural programming. More information can be found at www.hitchcockacademy.org.
COOKING WITH RICO - FEAST OF THE 7 FISHES
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 at 6:30 PM

The “Feast of the Seven Fishes” popularity in America can be traced back to when Italian-American families rekindled the Old Country's Christmas Eve tradition by preparing a seven-course seafood meal that made them feel close to their homes, while celebrating the sea, a major connection in Italy. Today, it's considered one of the oldest Italian-American holiday traditions.

Chef Rico will be preparing many of the dishes that make this special dinner a perennial favorite but will also be adding a few new twists to keep it interesting and fresh. Our traditional December “Feast of the Seven Fishes” banquet will be held on just one night this year: Wednesday, December 14.

This popular event is always a sell-out so please call 508-347-2321 to make your reservations.
The cost per person on this extravagant feast is $69 and does not include tax, gratuity, or wine pairings.
United Way's 2022 Campaign officially began on 10/21!

We can’t wait to share with you the status of the campaign come mid-December! The event is sponsored by Webster First Federal Credit Union and the guest speaker is Jim Donahue, President/CEO of Old Sturbridge Village. Jim will share how the United Way supported Learning Through Experience Program at OSV is going, as well as the after-school enrichment and sports program that is supported by an ASOST-R UWSCM/DESE grant. He’ll also have information on exciting happenings at Old Sturbridge Academy Charter School and programs within the Village.

Donations are being requested for our agency partner, NEW HOPE. Please bring gift cards, unwrapped toys, children and women’s pajamas and cozy blankets for their family shelters that provide a safe place for those experiencing domestic violence.

Join us by clicking here to register by 12/8/2022.
Christmas Dinner Buffet at The Publick House
Sunday, December 25, 2022
Seatings from 11:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Adults $55.00 · Children $24.50 (3-12)
(tax & gratuity NOT INCLUDED)
Maximum seating time allotted per each reservation
Reservations Required, Credit Card Required to Hold
72 Hour Cancellation Policy
For Reservations, please call 774-304-1524

PUBLICK HOUSE BREADS
SALADS
ENTREES
CARVING STATION
SEAFOOD & CHARCUTERIE DISPLAY
ACCOMPANIMENTS
CHILDREN’S STATION
DELECTABLE DESSERT STATION


Christmas Eve
Offering our Regular Menu plus Chef Specials! Please contact us at 508-347-7323 ext. 230 to schedule a reservation.

On the Common, 277 Main Street, Route 131, Sturbridge, MA 01566

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Executive Committee

Erika Travinski, Chair
The Center of Hope

Cynthia Saucier, 1st Vice Chair
Country Bank

Bruce Watkins, Treasurer
Karl Storz Endovision, Inc.



Board of Directors

Brad Arcoite
Table 3 Restaurant Group

Michael Checkosky
Cornerstone Bank

Alycia Dzik
Webster First Federal Credit Union

Rich Eichacker
Vibrance Technology Corp





Dan Friel
Old Sturbridge Village

Christina Hadis-Blackwell
The Center of Hope

Kelly Hibbard
Harrington Hospital

Anthony Marini
BankHometown

Trevor Nielsen
Edward Jones

Michael Wales
Michael L. Wales Painting Company

James Donahue
Old Sturbridge Village
Honorary Board Member


Counsel
Padgett Berthiaume
Berthiaume & Berthiaume
46 Hall Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
Alexandra McNitt
Executive Director
Jack Starkey
Communications & Media