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July's Fun at Five
Welcome New Member!
2019 Chamber Scholarships
Chamber Seeks Event Sponsors
WIB Welcomes Board Members and Officers
NBSB Hat Contest Winner
Federated Church Seeks Donations for Annual Auction
WANTED: Experienced Loan Officers
Managing Mass PFML
Karl Storz: Temp Staff Needed
Stageloft Theater Presents
NBSB Awards $10K in Scholarships
Vacation Bible School Offered at Federated Church
Independence: Fourth of July
Cruising for Charity Car Shows
Leonide J. Lemire Road Race
Bike Ride for Land Conservation
Brimfield Antiques Shows
7 Ways to Say I Love You
Second Chance Golf Tournament
Publick House Feast
Fraud & Scam Prevention Seminar
A Tribute to Jacques Pépin
Salem Cross Inn Farmers Dinner
Concerts on the Commons
Village Toastmasters Meetings
24/7 Online Training
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

Happy July! Half the year has flown by already but summer is just getting started. Let's make it last as we enjoy every opportunity to savor the season.  
In this issue, we reveal four local recipients of the Chamber's Scholarships for 2019. Our Members make these awards possible and we are sure you will join us in wishing these deserving students the very best! Fun at Five networking happens on July 16 at the Cedar Street Café with The McCurdy Group sponsoring. We look forward to catching up with you there! We would also love to see you at C-MASS GEOFEST, the region's only major geocaching event. In its fifth year, the festival has gone MEGA! Check out the details below and be a part of something special happening on our local trails and waterways. Check out many great ways to celebrate summertime in this issue. We wish you a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday!  
We want to share your news and events! Thank you for emailing us your press releases, links and photos for inclusion in Crossroads!  We love to share your events with our readers. Keep posting them to our online events calendar so we can help spread the word!
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Fun at Five!
Tuesday, July 16 
Cedar Street Cafe logo  
Cedar Street Café 
420 Main Street 
Sturbridge, MA, 508-347-6800 
Join us for Fun at Five at The Cedar Street Café on July 16th. Cedar Street Café offers innovative and creative fare for morning and lunch dining including delicious house made pastries and air-roasted coffees. The café features indoor dining in the beautifully renovated Alpheus Wight farmhouse and outdoor dining on the patio, all centrally located at The Collection at Wight Farm, 420 Main Street, Sturbridge, Mass.   
For the Fun at Five event we'll have Beer, Wine, and probably a creative cocktail or two along with some great snacks to munch on.  We'll also have some raffles for a few fun door prizes.  See you there! 
You could win!
A $50 Gift Card to  
HearthStone Market & Catering
A $50 Gift Card to Kaizen
Thanks to our Fun at Five Sponsor,  
The McCurdy Group 
Register for Fun at Five by email or phone.
Cost is $10 for Members who pre-register,  
$15 at the door, or $20 for non-Members.
Thank you to our 
July Fun at Five Sponsor!
McCurdy Group  
McCurdy Insurance Agency has been in business in Sturbridge since 1975.  At McCurdy's, our belief is Prevention is Always the Best Insurance. We've got you covered whether it is your car, home, boat, motorcycle, or classic car, we can handle all your personal insurance. We are also specialists in small business insurance, from contractors, manufacturers to restaurants and offices. Our philosophy is "make it as easy as possible for our customers." We are serious about our work and protecting you and we believe in a fun, friendly atmosphere (as much fun as insurance can be).  
We invite you to meet our friendly, courteous staff to let them help you insure your future!    
We like to let the customers speak for us:  
"Hey Dennis, just wanted to say that Emily has been WONDERFUL!! She's the perfect mix of professional and friendly. Sounds like I'm well on my way to switching over to your Group." -Vanessa Roney

"My wife and I would like to thank Rebekah for her time and expertise pertaining to our insurance coverage (we feel she went above and beyond)." 
-Harold & Pamela Leaming     
The McCurdy Group 
212 Main Street, P.O. Box 531, Sturbridge, MA 
Phone: (508) 347-9343
CMS Chamber logo  
Welcome New Member!
 Please join us as we welcome the newest Member
to the Chamber of Central Mass South!

321 Hypnosis and Massage Center
Providing group & individual hypnosis sessions for self-improvement & massage therapy for relaxation & pain-relief. 
128 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA
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Four Local Students Awarded Chamber of Commerce Scholarships
2019 Scholars
(Left-right) The 2019 CMS Chamber Scholarships recipients are Alissa Lomax, Madison Gendreau, Erika Zayas and Colin Donovan.
The Chamber of Central Mass South is very pleased to announce the winners of the Chamber Scholarships for 2019. This year, four scholarships in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to four local students upon successful completion of their first semester of college with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
" Our Scholarship Committee was really put to the test this year," said Chamber Executive Director Alexandra McNitt. "We had many great applications, and the selection process was very competitive. Normally, we finalize it down to three recipients, but this year we felt strongly that these four students deserved our recognition and encouragement. They are all well on their way to being important contributors to our communities."
This year's $1000 scholarship recipients are Madison Gendreau and Alissa Lomax, both graduates of Shepherd Hill Regional High School, Erika Zayas, a graduate of Southbridge High School, and Colin Donovan, a graduate of Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School.
Alissa Lomax, of Charlton, is an exceptional student, smart, capable, driven and courageous. Passionate about school, Alissa has had to overcome challenges that would have stymied many to be successful in her studies. At age eleven, Alyssa beat a rare form of cancer and she is currently battling cystic fibrosis. These health challenges have not diminished her motivation, positive attitude and desire to succeed. Alissa excelled academically in high school and regularly earned her place on First Honors with a challenging mix of Honors, Accelerated and Pre-AP/AP courses. With her intense curiosity and interest in human behavior and thoughts, her desire is to become a psychiatrist. Alissa has been accepted to UMASS Amherst where she will pursue a degree in Psychology and further education in Psychiatry.

Madison Gendreau, of Southbridge, is a committed, thoughtful and dependable student who is described by her peers as a born leader. Her glowing transcript from Shepherd Hill Regional High School exhibits exceptional grades and an abundance of activities, honors and awards. A recipient of the John and Abigail Adams scholarship and the George Eastman Young Leaders Award, Madison served in student government as class secretary all four years at Shepherd Hill and as President of the National Honor Society as a junior and senior. Madison's volunteer work in our community includes time spent at St. Vincent's Memorial Hospital in Worcester, St John Paul II Parish, Jacob Edwards Library as well as Harrington Hospital. She currently is a barista at Sturbridge Coffee Roasters and will continue her studies in pursuit of a profession in the medical field.
Erika Nicole Zayas, of Southbridge, is a diligent and serious student whose integrity, work ethic and leadership skills are respected and admired by her classmates and teachers. Ranked 2nd in her graduating class, Erika is a recipient of the John and Abigail Adams scholarship, a member of National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. Erika is bilingual and achieved the highest grade point average in her class in the study of Anatomy and Physiology. She has given many hours of her time in service to our community, is active in Rotary Club and serves as Vice President of ASPIRA of Massachusetts, Inc. Youth Group. Erika currently works as a service associate at Big Bunny Supermarket in Southbridge. She has been accepted to the pre-med program at UMass Amherst where she will pursue her calling in the field of medicine.
Colin P. Donovan, of Charlton, is a dedicated and hardworking student with a passion for history and helping others. Colin, a member of the National Honor Society since his sophomore year, has obtained honor roll status throughout his high school career. An avid runner, Colin has been on the Cross Country team since freshman year and served as a team Captain in his senior year. Student Council, Bay Path Video Game Development Club and the Robotics Club are among his extracurricular accomplishments. In summer, Colin works as a Counselor at the Windham-Tolland 4H Camp in Pomfret, CT where he supervises and sets an example for kids between ages 6 and 15, and serves as Sports Instructor, Fishing Instructor and Cabin Counselor. Colin will pursue degrees in both history and education and hopes to return to the community and become a high school History teacher.
The Chamber and its members are truly gratified to be able to contribute to the ongoing education and success of these exceptional young scholars and offer them best wishes as they embark on their journeys into higher education. The Chamber of Central Mass South typically offers three $1000 scholarships to local students each year. Monies are allocated from the Chamber's Charities and Scholarship Fund which is supported by the annual 'Your Chance to Be a Millionaire' lottery scratch tickets raffle, the Chamber's Annual Golf Classic and individual contributions from Chamber Members. Scholarship applications can be obtained at local high school guidance offices or online at the Chamber website. The annual deadline to apply is April 1.

Sponsors Sought for Chamber Events
If you would like to shine a spotlight on your business and sponsor an upcoming Chamber event, please get in touch with Alix by email or give her a ring. We would welcome sponsors for the FUN at FIVE networking events from September through December. A presenting sponsor for our summer outing A New England Clambake at The Publick House on August 1 is also being sought. Contact Alix by phone at 508-347-2761 or email to find out more.

C-Mass Geofest
C-MASS GEOFEST, our region's only major geocaching festival,
returns for more fun in the summer of 2019!

Check out the promo on YouTube:

Join us July 17-21 in and around Sturbridge as enthusiastic geocachers comb our region in search of geocaches. Other events will entertain children and families between forays onto our abundant trails and scenic spaces! In our fifth year, we're planning another leap forward for turnout and activities!  
MEGA IN 2019!  
C-MASS GEOFEST has achieved MEGA status among geocaching events by garnering over 300 will-attends for this year's festival! See the events included below and come join the fun! 

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

Registration for the geocaching is FREE.
Register and learn more at: 

Westville Recreation Area. Westville Lake is an impoundment of the Quinebaug River, created and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and straddling the boundary between Sturbridge and Southbridge. There are great picnic areas, open spaces and woods trails, plus picnic shelters and launches for canoes and kayaks. C-MASS Geofest takes place in many locations in Sturbridge.

Schedule of Events

Wed., July 17
Music Bingo at Mexicali Mexican Grill  7-9 pm

Like regular bingo but instead of numbers you match musical cues on a card

Thur., July 18
Canvas Painting with Brush It Off at the Publick House 6-8 pm

We'll paint an 11"x14" canvas, subject to be determined, $25 pp

Fri., July 19
I Scream for Ice Cream at Westview Farms Creamery  2-4 pm

Enjoy some of the creamiest ice cream on the planet while watching baby goats frolic on the hilltop

Bonfire and the History of the Apollo Mission with the Aldrich Astronomical Society 8 pm
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing with the Aldrich Astronomical Society, stories about the Apollo program, and rocket launching with the kids

Sat., July 20
The Main Event at Westville Dam

Registration 12 - 5

Vendors: Space Coast, JB's Mobile Café and Suzy Q's Ice Cream 12-5
Westville Caching 12 - 5
Kids Activities 12 - 4
Ammo Can Toss 12 - 4
1st Scouting Geocaching Badge Class with Scout338 at 12:30 
Meet & Greet with Massachusetts's newest volunteer Reviewer (Massquerade) at 12:30
Group Photo 1:00
Hands on Geocaching with 4Swans at 1:30  
Build Your Own Birdhouse Class at 2:30
2nd Scouting Geocaching Badge Class with Scout338 at 2:30  
History and Tour of the Westville Dam at 3:30  
Raffles, 50/50.... at 4:00  

Sun., July 21
Flotilla on Lake Siog up Quinebaug River Trail with Cider and Donut Launch at 9 am

This nationally designated National Recreational Trail is a flat-water course with no portages, approximately 5 miles in length, and several caches to pick up along the way.

Send-Off at Rapscallion Brewery 2-4
Enjoy a craft brew as we bring the C-MASS GEOFEST to a close for 2019.

Woman in Business Welcomes New Board Members, Officers for 2019-2020
WIB Meetings
  Left to Right: Laura Crosetti (Membership Chair), Patti McDonnell, Maxine Carter-Lome (President), Brenda Lacair (Treasurer), Jenny Anderson (Recording Secretary), Jennifer Jones (Vice-President), Mary Chisholm.

Woman in Business, Inc.(WIB), a 501c(3) that supports women by fostering networking, sharing information and experiences, and providing educational opportunities, voted in two new board members and a new slate of officers for the coming year at its Annual Meeting, June 12, 2019 at Old Sturbridge Village.  

Maxine Carter-Lome, president of Weathervane Enterprises, Inc. and publisher of Your Hometown Shopper, has been named president, replacing Laurie Nelson, formerly of Christopher Heights of Webster, who has stepped off the Board after serving two years as president. Jennifer Jones of Jones & Jones Realty has been elected vice-president; Jenny Anderson of Cornerstone Bank has been re-elected Recording Secretary; and Brenda Lacaire, owner of Steve's Collision Center, has been re-elected Treasurer. Joining the Board is Mary Chisholm, a Recruiting Director with MBC Recruiting Solutions, Inc., and Patti McDonnell, most recently with The Overlook.

Woman in Business, Inc. (WIB) represents primarily women in the workforce in the south central MA region. Women (and men) are welcome to join the organization, regardless of their employment status or residence. WIB holds monthly luncheon programs, workshops, seminars, and other learning and networking opportunities throughout the year. For additional information visit
North Brookfield Savings Bank Hat Contest Winner is Joseph Mango
  North Brookfield Savings Bank's Palmer Branch Manager Jennifer Plassmann presented a $100 Steaming Tender Restaurant gift certificate to NBSB's April Hat Contest Winner Joseph Mango, of Thorndike.
Though this spring might be rainier than we would all like, the weather is finally starting to warm up and take a turn for the better. As the sunnier days of summer inch closer we have more and more to look forward to. For Joseph Mango, a resident of Thorndike, there was something extra special to brighten his day when he found out that he was the April 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. Joseph Mango was spotted wearing his NBSB hat by Palmer Branch Manager Jennifer Plassmann and he later visited the Palmer branch located at 1051 Thorndike Street to receive his gift of a $100 gift card to the Steaming Tender, a local favorite restaurant that serves great fresh seafood, inventive weekly specials, and generous portions of New England comfort food.
To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank Hat Contest and all of the convenient banking products and services offered, visit .

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 .
Federated Church of Sturbridge & Fiskdale Accepting Donations  
to 70th Annual Auction
Chair Repair
Church volunteer, Bob Knight works on a new wicker seat for a chair to be included in this year's  
church auction on August 10.  
The Federated Church of Sturbridge and Fiskdale is now accepting donations of antiques and collectibles for 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.
Benson says the committee is currently accepting donations of furniture and other antique items for inclusion in this year's special anniversary auction. "More and more often we read about how challenging it can be for retirees to find a new home for their antiques and collectibles because they're learning that their children aren't interested in them," said Benson. "Not only do we have a ready audience of bidders for these items, but we can also acknowledge the donation for tax purposes."
Area residents interested in donating one or more items may call the Church office at (508) 347-3915 or email and a member of the auction committee will be in touch to arrange a convenient time to pick up your items. Items not selected for the auction block may be added to the church's yard sale or rummage sale later in the year with proceeds benefiting the church's charitable outreach activities in the Sturbridge area.
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.
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Join EANE for Our MA Paid Family and Medical Leave FINAL REGS Briefing
FINAL REGULATIONS - Know the Ins and Outs
ma Grand Bargain
  The MA Department of Family And Medical Leave (DFML) Has Issued Its Final Regulations For Implementing The State's Paid Family And Medical Leave (PFML).
A Representative From DFML Will Be At Each Of
These 2-Hour Briefing Sessions.  
EANE has teamed with Skoler, Abbott & Presser and MountainOne/OneDigital to present the ins and outs of the new regulations. We will share recommended implementation and management procedures to remain compliant with the final regulations for the new MA Grand Bargain.
8:30 am - 10:30 am briefings are being offered in these locations:
Pittsfield Country Club (Pittsfield)  |  July 10
The Log Cabin (Holyoke)  |  July 17
Webster First (Worcester)  |  July 24  

Registration Fee: 
FREE to EANE Members
$25 for Non-Members  
Karl Storz

Temporary Staffing Need
at KARL STORZ in Charlton, MA

Assembler I, Imaging
Shift: 6:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Please visit this link on the Karl Storz website for more details and to apply.
You may share this position with friends and family who may qualify using
the "Send to a Friend" link on the position webpage.

 Contact Jessica Barnes
Manager, Human Resources

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. KARL STORZ is an Equal Opportunity Employer supporting EOE/M/F/Vet/Disability .
7 Ways to Say I love You 
Stageloft Repertory Theater, 450A Main Street, Fiskdale, MA, is pleased to announce our upcoming production of Seven Ways To Say I Love You, a collection of short plays by Adam Szymkowicz.
Seven Ways To Say I Love You will perform for two weekends from July 12 through July 21 with 8PM performances on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2PM performances on Sundays. Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors (60+), students, and military and can be purchased online at .  Advance ticket reservations can be made by calling Stageloft at  508-347-9005 .  All seating is reserved and our theater is fully accessible.  Please call Stageloft to inquire about ticket discounts for groups of 20 or more.
This collection of funny, sweet, silly, poignant and stylistically diverse short plays from New York favorite Adam Szymkowicz has something for everyone. From the awkwardness of asking out a pizza store clerk (Ambience Pizza), to a campy infidelity revenge comedy (Film Noir), to the couple destined to be together no matter the obstacles (John and April), this collection explores heart, grief, pain, and humor as the plays dance around the eternal human theme of love. 
Directed by Robert C. Latino, Seven Ways To Say I Love You stars Greg Glanville, Josh Raymond, Laura Jedynasty, Nika Tomasic, Brittany Grenier & Sean Gardell, and is produced through special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.  
North Brookfield Savings Bank Awards $10,000 in Scholarships  
to Local High School Students
Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School scholarship recipient Jeremy Trembley visited North Brookfield Savings Bank Palmer Branch Manager Jennifer Plassmann and Supervisor Jake Apraham at the Palmer Branch location to thank the Bank for their support.
North Brookfield Savings Bank is committed to supporting the future generations of our local communities on their journey to excellence. The Bank was proud to recently attend local High School graduation ceremonies and present a combined $10,000 in scholarships to help graduating students offset the cost of attending college and help them to pursue their dreams of furthering their education.
North Brookfield Savings Bank employees attended the graduation ceremonies and award nights taking place at each high school to personally present the scholarship certificates to the chosen recipients on behalf of the Bank. Recipients were nominated in the spring by the designated scholarship committee at each high school and were selected as the Bank's 2019 scholarship recipient because of their exemplary commitment to excellence and strong dedication to their community, values that North Brookfield Savings Bank holds in high regard, and the Bank's employees embody every day.
In total, North Brookfield Savings Bank proudly awarded $10,000 in scholarships to graduating students from local high schools in the Bank's geographic area.
Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School: Gizelle Rodriguez
Belchertown High School: James Wang
David Prouty High School: Owen Fahey
North Brookfield High School: Logan Lalonde
Palmer High School: Maulik Patel
Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School: Jeremy Trembley
Quabbin Regional High School: Anduin DeVos
Quaboag Regional High School: Shawn Hardy
Tantasqua Regional High School: Aras Bellahcene
Ware High School: Benjamin Luis Silverio
"We are so proud of all of this year's graduating students along with the 2019 North Brookfield Savings Bank scholarship recipients for their great achievements," said Donna Boulanger, President and CEO of North Brookfield Savings Bank. "North Brookfield Savings Bank has always strove to support community, and display teamwork, excellence, integrity, and kindness, and these student have shown that they too uphold these great values. It is our pleasure to support the upcoming generations of our local communities and we are so happy to contribute to these students' bright futures."
Federated Church of Sturbridge & Fiskdale Announces
Vacation Bible School Dates
Vacation Bible School
SFC Religious Education Director Jeanne Westcott leads children in a game during the
2018 Vacation Bible School.

It may be approaching the dog days of summer, but it will soon be time for penguins and icebergs for children attending the Federated Church of Sturbridge and Fiskdale's annual Vacation Bible School, slated to be held July 22-26 from 9 a.m. to noon at the church.
According to Director of Religious Education Jeanne Westcott, the theme for this year's Vacation Bible School is Arctic Exploration and children aged 3-12 are encouraged to attend. "Come dig into the greatest book of all time," says Westcott. "Special surprises await! We'll have Bible stories, crafts, games, music and snacks each morning."
The cost for the program is $35.00 per child. If an adult commits to volunteer all week, one child in their family, or a child they designate may attend for free. Area teens are also encouraged to volunteer to help with the program and community service certificates will be available at week's end.
Registration materials are available at the church. For more information, contact Jeanne Westcott, DRE at
"In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved."  
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
Independence Day
Independence: Fourth of July
Old Sturbridge Village
July 3-4, 2019 
An old-fashioned good time will be had by all on Independence Day at Old Sturbridge Village. Visitors will have the chance to take part in a citizens' parade, play 19th-century style "baseball," march with the militia, make a tri-cornered hat, and sign their "John Hancocks" on a giant copy of the Declaration of Independence. Summer barbecue food will be available for purchase along with beer and wine; visitors may also enjoy a picnic on the Common. Children and families will especially enjoy a little physical activity and friendly competition with  "Farm Yard Games."
An exciting feature of the Independence Day festivities is the firing of a reproduction cannon. The cannon has been in production for a few years and is a working model of a "Heavy 3-Pounder," meant to fire 3-pound balls. The cast-iron cannon barrel was made in the 1970s by the LaPans Foundry in Hudson Falls, New York, and purchased by Old Sturbridge Village a few years ago.
On the 4th, watch and be inspired by a citizen naturalization ceremony on the Village Common. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will present scores of candidates to the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and they will pledge their Oath of Allegiance to the United States for the very first time. Old Sturbridge Village Singers will perform patriotic songs during the ceremony.
"Declaring Independence" Returns 
Two times during the day, six costumed re-enactors will render the words of the Declaration line by line, assisted by a narrator who sets these words in their rich historical context. Some lines will be familiar to all; others - especially the many grievances that justified altering an ancient government - will receive background and commentary. As the re-enactors dramatize these 18th-century words and ideas, the narrator will draw out their meaning and challenge the audience to consider their relevance and power for today.
"Declaring Independence" is part of a multi-year joint initiative of Freedom's Way National Heritage Area and the American Antiquarian Society to engage citizens in the ideas and transformative potential of the Declaration of Independence. This initiative includes researching the ways in which independence was conceived and debated within colonial communities in the years leading up to 1776; tracing how the Declaration's role evolved in American communities; and considering the challenges and potential of this living document for Americans today.
Independence Day is sponsored by: SAVERS BANK 
May 25 - September 2:
Open Wednesday - Sunday | 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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 
July 3rd, Week 5: Best Pre-WWII & Best of Show 
July 10th, Week 6: Best 50's & Best of Show 
July 17th, Week 7: Best 60's & Best of Show 
July 24th, Week 8: Best 70's & Best of Show 
July 31st, Week 9: Modern Muscle & Best of Show 
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! 
70th Annual Leonide J. Lemire Road Race
July 4 at The YMCA  
Leonide J. Lemire
This Independence Day running a race dedicated to one of our fallen heroes might be a great activity to do to start your holiday festivities. The Leonide J. Lemire Road Race is a 4.9 mile run starting at 9:00am on Everett Street at the YMCA. 

This is the 70th running. Leonide was the first Southbridge resident to die in service in World War II. Lemire was in the Navy and was a Seaman First Class on the U.S.S West Virginia. He lost his life on that ship when it was attacked at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Lemire lived on Charlton Street and died at the young age of twenty-four years old.
This race is the second or third oldest continually run race in the country, the Boston Marathon being the first.  Be part of this rich tradition and honor those that have served our country. Truly the United States is the home of the free because of the brave.
Click on enrollment, create your account and then choose the Leonide J. Lemire road race
Visit the Y at 43 Everett Street in Southbridge. 

3rd Annual Bike Ride for Land Conservation:  
The Southbridge Credit Union TourOpacum Ride!
July 7, 6:00am to 5:00pm at Brimfield Winery & Cidery
Bikes and Beers! Who could ask for more on a summer afternoon?
Join Opacum Land Trust for this spectacular scenic bike ride through Sturbridge, Brimfield, Brookfield, and surrounding towns and take in the beauty of the several properties Opacum Land Trust has conserved. With Brimfield Winery & Cidery as our home base, serious riders can choose a challenging 50 or 100-mile ride through the hills of Brimfield and Monson. Routes are also laid out for a beautiful 25-mile loop. There will also be a 2.1 mile family-friendly ride.
Brimfield Winery's beautiful pavilion will offer live music by Livestock, while craft beer from Rapscallion Brewery and food are available all day.  We will also have a bike raffle courtesy of Southbridge Bicycles, lawn games and children's activities run by Roots in Nature.

Opacum is pleased to announce that Southbridge Credit Union is the lead sponsor for TourOpacum, demonstrating a commitment to the character of these communities.

After a successful second year with 200 riders, we hope to double participation in 2019.  
Join us for a great ride in the morning, or join us later to enjoy the festivities!
Check out a YouTube video from last year's ride: 
For full event details, visit: 
Register at 
Brimfield Antiques & Collectibles Shows 
2019 Shows: July 9-14, September 3-8
"The Queen of the outdoor shows" is back!  A New England tradition, the extravaganza represents the largest outdoor gathering of antique and collectibles dealers in the country with acres of tents showcasing the merchandise of thousands of dealers! As many as 4,500 dealers make Brimfield their home away from home three times a year (in May, July and September) and sell their wares on a one mile stretch of Route 20.  Brimfield offers all amenities to buyers which makes Brimfield a buyers' paradise you will want to experience again and again.  Join the thousands of shoppers who make the Brimfield Shows their #1 destination for the finest in antiques, collectibles and the unusual.  There are 20 shows for your shopping pleasure.
Visit our Information Booth and say Hello!
The Chamber's booth is between the Brimfield Annex and the Brimfield Public Library. 
Give us a ring if you would like to volunteer at the booth in July! 508-347-2761 
Brimfield Flea Finder 
Don't get lost in Brimfield! Get the App!
Get the smart phone app that uses GPS technology to help you find the treasures you seek at the Brimfield Shows! Great tool for shoppers and dealers! It even helps you find your car after a long day in the fields. Check it out and download this amazing app today! 
Join Stageloft for their 25th season and enjoy another year filled with laughter, music and inspirational performances!
7 Ways to Say I love You 
By Adam Szymkowicz
July 12 - 21
Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm
This collection of funny, sweet, silly, poignant and stylistically diverse short plays from New York favorite Adam Szymkowicz has something for everyone. From the awkwardness of asking out a pizza store clerk (Ambience Pizza), to a campy infidelity revenge comedy (Film Noir), to the couple destined to be together no matter the obstacles (John and April), this collection explores heart, grief, pain, and humor as the plays dance around the eternal human theme of love.
Presented by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.
Visit online or call for tickets. 
Stageloft Theater         450A Main Street, Fiskdale         508-347-9005 
Second Chance Animal Services' 7th Annual Golf Tournament
July 13, Leicester Country Club 
Second Chance Animal Services is having their 7th Annual Golf Tournament on July 13th, 2019 at the Leicester Country Club to benefit pets in need. Registration: 7:30 AM/Tee off 8:00 AM. Foursomes will play 18 holes using scramble format. Tickets cost $100, includes golf and a buffet style lunch, along with a cart and goodie bag. If you don't golf, no problem! Meal only tickets are available for $35.
Visit  to buy your tickets today!  Sponsorships available - email or visit our event page for more information. 
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!

July 15  
Alzheimer's Association 
Ladies of the Oriental Shrine
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! 
Fraud Prevention
Wednesday, July 17th, 5:00pm-7:00pm
Mapfre/Commerce Insurance
16 Sutton Road, Building D, Webster

Join us for a Seminar on Fraud & Scam Prevention
Our expert banking professionals, O'Connor Insurance Agency, Mapfre Insurance, and the Webster Police Department are teaming up to present how to avoid consumer and business fraud, imposter scams, and identity theft.

The Presenters:

Sabrina Webb
Cornerstone Bank Business Development
Sales Manager, NMLS #719015
Angela Sarna
Cornerstone Bank Business Development
Sales Manager, NMLS #719011
Daniel O'Connor
O'Connor Insurance Agency
Barbara Zurawski
O'Connor Insurance Agency
Lieutenant Gordon D. Wentword Jr.
Webster Police Department
Detective Joseph Reed
Webster Police Department
Mapfre/Commerce Insurance

RSVP to Sabrina Webb at 508-248-7323 by July 12th. Walk-ins are welcome.

Light refreshments will be served courtesy of O'Connor Insurance Agency.
Cooking with Rico and Eric: A Tribute to Jacques Pépin
Thursday, July 18, 2019, 6:30pm

Jacques Pépin is world renowned as a French born American chef and as the host of popular cooking programs on public television. He has been cooking for 70 years and counting and has written 31 books, enlightening us about French food. He has also taught at Boston University for more than 30 years. Pépin was born in Bourg-en-Bresse, near Lyon. His first exposure to cooking was as a child in his parents' restaurant, Le Pelican. At age thirteen, he began his formal apprenticeship at the distinguished Grand Hotel de L'Europe in his hometown. He subsequently worked in Paris, training under Lucien Diat at the Plaza Athénée. From 1956 to 1958, Pépin was the personal chef to three French heads of state, including Charles de Gaulle.

Moving to the United States in 1959, Pépin worked first at New York's historic Le Pavillon restaurant and studied at Columbia University, ultimately earning an M.A. degree in 18th-century French literature in 1972. In addition to his multifaceted career as a chef, author, and PBS television pioneer, Pepin was a columnist for The New York Times and writes a quarterly column for Food & Wine. He also is a popular guest on such commercial TV programs as The Today Show and Good Morning America.

Join us and experience how Jacques Pepin has influenced Chef Rico and so many other chefs throughout the years. Enjoy some favorite recipes from this culinary giant 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. Visit online at
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 Begins July 10! 
Enjoy live music every Friday night starting at 6:30 pm

We will be closed July 2-7, 2019 for Summer Vacation. 
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 
Concerts on the Commons  
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!
July 3 - The 7 Mile River Band  (and a Bonfire)  
July 10 - The Casters  

All concerts start at 6pm on the Sturbridge Town Common. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Please be mindful of those around you who are listening to the concert. Please refrain from parking directly on the Town Common. Thank you and enjoy the concerts!
July 4: Uncle Sam's Jazz Band  (Sturbridge Tourist Association)
July 11: Will McMillan with Joe Reid  ( Sturbridge Federated Church)
Concerts start at 6:30pm. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket for sitting. Feel free to get up and dance. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved from Brimfield Common to Hitchcock Academy.
July 16 - The Luke DeRoy Trio  
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!
July 4: Leonide J. Lemire Road Race
July 7: Southbridge Credit Union TourOpacum Bike Ride  
July 9-14: Brimfield Antiques & Collectibles Shows  
July 13: Second Chance Animal Services 7th Annual Golf Tournament  
July 16: Fun at Five at Cedar Street Cafe with The McCurdy Group
July 17: Fraud & Scam Prevention Seminar at Cornerstone Bank 
July 17-21: C-MASS GEOFEST 
August 1: Chamber Summer Outing: A New England Clambake at The Publick House! 
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