Crossroads News banner
In This Issue
March Fun at Five
Welcome New Members!
M2M Discounts
Chamber Appreciation Night at the Railers
Chamber Scholarships
Spotlight on Tuscany
Brown Bags and Fun at Fives Seek Presenters, Hosts & Sponsors
Thank Sue for Being a Friend
Cornerstone Bank Makes Donation to StandUp for Kids Worcester
Warren Rose, M.D. Joins Harrington
Country Bank Supports Area Non-profits
NBSB Announces Retail Banking Promotions
Loan Officers Wanted
Cornerstone Donates to Tri-Community Exchange Club
Radical Solutions and The S.E.A.L. Foundation Team Up
Save the Date: United Way Annual Pub Quiz
Country Folk Art Craft Show
Quinebaug Chess Club
ServSafe Class
Maple Days
Salem Cross Inn Dining
Holland Community Center Events
Behind the Scenes of the Underwriter's Desk
Stageloft Theater
Church Ladies - The Play
United Way Campaign Breakfast
Mayflower Brewery Dinner at OSV
March to the Future Gala
Roast Pork Dinner
Creative Writing and Publishing Workshop
Publick House Feast
Second Chance Mobile Pet Adoption
Jonah The Musical
50+ Job Seekers Networking Group
Village Toastmasters Meetings
24/7 Online Training
New Member Baskets
Save These Dates!
Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors
Executive Committee
Laurie Cashman 
Yellow Iris Farm
Erika Travinski
1st Vice Chair 
Jessica Bettencourt
Immediate Past 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

Nathan Hardt
Leila Hurt
Lynn Mero
Southbridge Credit Union  
Rich Suitum

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

Hello, March! Well, almost. We are in your inbox the day before Leap Day to remind you of some important events starting tomorrow. Sue Gregory is officially retiring on Leap Day after thirty years of service to Hitchcock Academy and our communities. Read the article below for ways to thank Sue for being a friend and info on her retirement celebration at the Academy (you're invited)! The Country Folk Art Craft Show will be at the Sturbridge Host Hotel this weekend and March 1 brings the return of Maple Days to Old Sturbridge Village.... sure signs that winter is melting away. We network on the 9th at Baba Sushi Sturbridge with Country Bank sponsoring. This will be the first business day after we spring ahead into Daylight Savings Time! 
CROSSROADS is here 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 your happenings to our online events calendar so we can share them with our nearly 900 subscribers!
Extra for Experts! Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Pinterest for more from your Chamber!
Fun at Five!
Monday, March 9, 2020
Baba Sushi Sturbridge
366 Main Street (Rte 20), Sturbridge, 508-347-7393
Join us for Networking at BABA!
Step into BABA. Feel the energy. Seductive, Sophisticated, Cozy and Subdued. Modern Asian décor. Eclectic music. Enjoy the freshest, most innovative, mouthwatering sushi dishes anywhere. This is a total sensory feast.  
Enjoy spectacular hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer and cocktails, chances to win awesome drawing prizes and the opportunity to mingle with local professionals at one of the area's most creative dining destinations!
 Wilson Wang, BABA's master chef and owner is Metrowest's premier sushi innovator and showman.  Wilson has been a master chef since 2001 and is well known in the area for his artistry.
Thank you to our  
March Fun at Five Sponsor!
  Country Bank
Country Bank made donations that exceeded $900,000 dollars in 2019.
The bank's Charitable Giving program provided generous support to local non-profits; more than 500 organizations received donations last year.
In addition, Country Bank's Employee Charitable Giving Program raised more than $30,000 in 2019, through events such as jean days, bake sales and raffles.
In 2019, the Country Bank team volunteered more than 1,000 hours of personal time at various events within our local communities.
To learn more about Country Bank's Charitable Giving Program, visit 
Main Office: 75 Main Street, Ware, MA 01082
CMS Chamber logo  
Welcome New Members!
 Please join us as we welcome the newest Members to the Chamber of Central Mass South!
Marino Law, P.C.  
Law Office of Thomas Marino
Real Estate, Wills, Personal Injury,  
Business and Corporate 
49 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA
Our Bright Future, Inc.  
Non-Profit Organization Empowering Youth through Robotics, Sports Training &  
Academic Guidance.   
254 Little Alum Road, Brimfield, MA
US Army Southbridge Recruiting Station 
Local Army Recruiting  Office 
128 Main Street #2, Sturbridge, MA
M2M logo  
March 7: Worcester Chamber Member  
Appreciation Night at the Railers!
Come join the Chamber as we celebrate Worcester Red Sox Night with the Railers! Doors open at 5:30pm. See you when the puck drops! Worcester Chamber Members and affiliates (CMS Chamber) are welcome to request free tickets.
The Chamber is offering tickets to our members, at no cost, for a fun family night out on Saturday, March 7 at the Railers hockey game at the DCU Center; on a first come, first served basis. The World Series Trophy will be at this game.
Please claim your tickets at no cost to you by registering today! Use this link to register online:
Tickets can be picked up at the Chamber office, at the March 5 Chamber Breakfast Club, or in person at the DCU Center the night of the game.
April 1 is the deadline to apply for the  
2020 CMS Chamber Scholarships!
The Chamber of Central Mass South typically awards three $1000 scholarships per year. Scholarships are disbursed directly to the student upon presentation of grades from first semester completed after the award is announced and a minimum 3.0 GPA attained.  
Students must be a resident or student within the towns served by the Chamber of Central Mass South. (Southbridge, Sturbridge, Charlton, Spencer, the Brookfields, Warren, Wales, Holland and Brimfield.) For information call 508-347-2761.
The Chamber does not discriminate against an applicant because of race, color, sex/gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or homelessness.
Please return the completed application, transcript, recommendations and student essay  
by April 1, 2020 to:  
Scholarship Committee  
Chamber of Central Mass South  
46 Hall Road  
Sturbridge, MA, 01566
Spotlight on Tuscany
September 30 - October 8, 2020
9 Days, 10 Meals
Get away with your Chamber as we offer this 9-day trip  
to Tuscany in Fall of 2020!
The trip includes a single hotel stay (Hotel Ercolini) from which you will visit Montecatini Terme, Florence, Lucca, the World War II Gothic Line, Pisa, take a cooking class, Siena (choose to visit a gothic cathedral or take a guided tour through a Siena neighborhood), take a Winery Tour, visit a Cheese Farm  
and San Gimignano.
These are just the highlights!! View the Full Itinerary at this link .
You can also find pricing and more details.
For more information or to book, please contact
Patti Wilmot or Joe Fitzgerald at
(800) 267-1858 or (413) 668-6202
Present a Brown Bag Seminar, Host or Sponsor Fun at Five in 2020
The Chamber's Education Committee is currently planning our schedule of Brown Bag Seminars for the first half of 2020. Typically 1-hour long, these seminars are intended to attract intimate audiences of 5-30 people. Seminars are held at the Chamber office on the 4th Tuesday of the month at noon.
Presenting a Brown Bag Seminar is a great way to shine a spotlight on your business and the services you offer. You create the lesson plan, we do the rest including creating the invitations and promoting your seminar.  
We are now planning for the months of April, May and June. If you are interested in sharing your expertise with your fellow Chamber Members while promoting yourself and your business, we would love to hear from you!  
Just drop Alix a line with the topic you would like to present and your preferred month to get the ball rolling! Email Alix at 
Fun at Five logo
Host or Sponsor a Fun at Five
The Chamber is also planning its schedule of monthly networking events for the year. If you are interested in hosting or sponsoring a Fun at Five, contact Alix and she'll give you all the details. Currently, we are seeking sponsors for the April, May and June Fun at Fives. Call or email Alix for more info. 508-347-2761 
Thank Sue for Being a Friend on Leap Day!
Hitchcock Academy is celebrating Executive Director Sue Gregory's retirement after 30 years of service to the Academy and our local communities. If you would like to share your gratitude and appreciation with Sue, you are welcome to participate!
Sue's official retirement will be on "Leap Day," February 29, 2020 and you are invited to stop by the academy from 3:00 to 6:00 PM to say goodbye and thank you! (Space may be limited between 4:00 and 5:00 PM.) Enjoy coffee, tea, punch, hors d'oeuvres, cake and camaraderie.
Make a donation to the Thank Sue For Being A Friend Fund. In her endless generosity and ongoing commitment to Hitchcock Academy, Sue insists on fundraising her way out the door. She hopes her 30 years of service will inspire you to donate to the organization she has nurtured all this time. The Thank Sue For Being A Friend fundraiser takes the place of all of the academy's previous spring fundraisers such as High Five For Hitchcock and Valley Gives.
Visit the Hitchcock Academy website for more on Sue's retirement celebration and to make a donation to the Thank Sue for Being a Friend Fund.
Cornerstone Bank Makes Donation to StandUp for Kids Worcester 
StandUP for Kids Donation
Pictured, L to R: Worcester Chapter of StandUp for Kids Co-Executive Director Donna Katsoudas and Cornerstone Bank President & Treasurer and Chairman of the Bank's Charitable Donations Committee (CDC) Todd M. Tallman

Cornerstone Bank recently made a $1,000 donation to the Worcester chapter of StandUp for Kids, an organization whose mission is to end youth homelessness.

The Bank's donation will be used for youth services provided by the organization. These services include things such as bus passes, meals, hygiene items, ID fees, testing and training fees, clothing for interviews, pantry items, etc. 

StandUp for Kids is a national non-profit organization that strives to provide life-saving and outreach services to homeless and at-risk youth. They support and guide them by providing counseling, mentoring, and life-skills training. The organization, run almost entirely by volunteers, has local programs in many states across the country.

"StandUp for Kids has always played an important role in our community," said Cornerstone Bank President & Treasurer and Chairman of the Bank's Charitable Donations Committee Todd M. Tallman. "We are pleased to support this organization and their mission to end youth homelessness and improve the lives of children."

To learn more about the Worcester chapter of StandUp for Kids or to become a volunteer, please visit them online at or by calling 508-963-5576.
Warren Rose, M.D., Joins Harrington Physician Services General Surgery
Harrington Physician Services is pleased to welcome Dr. Warren Rose to its general surgery practice in Southbridge.
Dr. Warren Rose will join Drs. Stephen Hilborn, Thomas Johnson and Evan Provisor in Suite 108 of the Medical Arts building in Southbridge. Dr. Rose will provide routine, diagnostic and complex surgical services including hernia repair, gallbladder removal and appendectomies.
Board-certified in general surgery, Dr. Rose is an Ohio native. He has more than 30 years of experience in general and laparoscopic surgery. He most recently practiced at Medina Hospital-Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.
Dr. Rose completed his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland. He went on to complete his residency at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
At the end of Fiscal Year 2019, Harrington had performed over 7,600 surgical cases in Southbridge, including GI, orthopedic, gynecology, pediatric dental, cardiac and general procedures.
To make an appointment please call (508) 764-6966.
Harrington HealthCare System is a comprehensive regional healthcare system serving more than 25 communities across south central Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut. The system includes Harrington Hospital in Southbridge, Harrington HealthCare at Webster and three additional major medical office buildings: Harrington HealthCare at Charlton, Harrington HealthCare at 169, also in Charlton, and Harrington HealthCare at Spencer; Harrington Physician Services, our primary care and multi-specialty physician group; UrgentCare Express at Harrington in Charlton and Oxford; The Cancer Center at Harrington in Southbridge, and the region's largest Behavioral Health programs for mental health and substance use.
Country Bank Supports Area Non-Profits 
with over $900,000 in Donations in 2019
Country Bank proudly reported donations for 2019 totaling $905,049. Through the bank's philanthropic efforts, they provide support to local non-profits throughout the communities they serve; in 2019, more than 500 of these organizations received generous donations. Organizations receiving support included The Children's Fund, Hearts for Heat, The Children's Trust, Provision Ministry, Sherry's House, the Worcester Youth Center, and Preservation Worcester.
Recognizing the importance and overwhelming need to help organizations that address hunger, Country Bank provided monetary donations to food programs throughout the region that exceeded $100,000. The recipients of these funds included Mustard Seed, St. John's Food Program, and the Worcester County Food Bank as well as many local food pantries.
"Our desire to support and enrich our communities is not only a part of our mission, it's truly who we are," stated Paul Scully, President, and CEO of Country Bank. "Team members embody our Standards of Professional Excellence every day by applying the bank's iSTEP core values of integrity, service, teamwork, excellence, and prosperity. These values continue to guide our mission, especially through our community involvement efforts."
In addition, Country Bank's Employee Charitable Giving Program raised more than $30,000 in 2019 through events such as jeans days, bake sales and raffles. "Our team volunteered more than 1,000 hours of personal time at various events within our communities. These volunteer hours speak directly to our culture and our belief in helping others. Serving meals, filling backpacks for the homeless and building beds for children in need are just a few of the ways we gave back to our communities," stated Jodie Gerulaitis, Vice President of Community Relations.
To learn more about Country Bank's Charitable Giving program, visit:
 North Brookfield Savings Bank Announces Retail Banking Promotions
North Brookfield Savings Bank is pleased to announce the promotions of four Retail Banking employees; Renée Jurczyk, Nicole Syriac, Laurie Lacaire and Hayley Sprague, who have consistently displayed their commitment to the customers, communities and to the overall success of the Bank.
"We are so happy to announce these very well-deserved promotions and to have Renée, Nicole, Laurie and Hayley as a part of the North Brookfield Savings Bank team," said North Brookfield Savings Bank President and CEO Donna Boulanger. "They are dedicated and knowledgeable employees who are committed to supporting our customers with their financial goals and giving back to our local communities. I know they will continue to be valuable to the North Brookfield Savings Bank team, our customers and our local neighborhoods."
Ren ée Jurczyk , of Hardwick, has been promoted to the role of Branch Manager of North Brookfield Savings Bank's East Brookfield Branch located on Route 9 at 100 West Main Street. Jurczyk has more than 30 years of banking experience after most recently holding the position of Assistant Branch Manager at North Brookfield Savings, in addition to previous positions with Country Bank and FamilyFirst Bank.
In her new position, Jurczyk will be responsible for overseeing the overall branch operations of the East Brookfield location. She is known for her exceptional service to customers and attention to detail and will help with customer questions about deposit and loan products, open accounts, take mortgage and consumer loan applications and ensure the branch follows the banks policies and procedures.
Jurczyk is often found volunteering at various North Brookfield Savings Bank sponsored events throughout our communities and is always willing to lend a hand for the Bank and communities whenever called upon.
"I am honored to receive this promotion and I look forward to continuing my journey with North Brookfield Savings Bank in this community. East Brookfield and the surrounding towns are amazing neighborhoods to be a part of," said NBSB Branch Manager Renée Jurczyk. "I love working with our customers to help them to reach their financial goals. We have a friendly and strong team at this branch and I am very excited for us to continue to build relationships with the community."
Nicole Syriac , of Ware, has been promoted to Assistant Branch Manager of the North Brookfield Savings Bank Ware Branch location on Route 9 at 40 Main Street, in addition to her title as Marketing Coordinator. She previously held the position of Supervisor/ Marketing Assistant.
In her new role as Assistant Branch Manager, Syriac will be responsible for ensuring the efficient operation of the teller line, opening new customer accounts, assisting customers with loan inquiries and processing loan applications, providing excellent customer service to cultivate relationships, and supporting the Branch Manager. As Marketing Coordinator, Syriac is an essential part of the marketing team, coordinating details for the Bank's community involvement, Financial Literacy Program, charitable giving efforts and helping to inform the public about the breadth and depth of financial products and services available through North Brookfield Savings Bank.
Syriac has over 10 years of retail and customer service experience and has consistently provided NBSB customers with a positive and fulfilling banking experience. She places volunteerism as a high priority and will frequently be seen at town happenings located in Ware and the surrounding communities, including attending the Ware Business and Civic Association meetings.
"I am thrilled to have been recognized with this promotion. I look forward to the new experiences and learning opportunities that are ahead for me, and plan to continue to provide our customers with the absolute best banking experience," said NBSB Assistant Branch Manager and Marketing Coordinator Nicole Syriac, "Ware is my home too, and I am so happy to not only continue my career in the local area, but also continue to give back through community involvement."
Laurie Lacaire , of East Brookfield, has been promoted to Branch Support Specialist of the Bank's East Brookfield Branch located on Route 9 at 100 West Main Street. She began her career at North Brookfield Savings Bank as a Teller in 1994 and has continued to grow with the bank, building strong relationships over the years with the Bank's customers and communities. Lacaire recently received her NBSB 25 Years of Service Award, but in fact holds over 30 years of banking experience, beginning her banking career with Southbridge Credit Union in 1989.
In her new role, Lacaire will focus largely on overseeing the daily operations of the East Brookfield Branch behind the teller line, assisting customers with their banking needs, balancing ATMs and the vault to ensure that all transactions are accurate, as well as monitoring and managing office details for the branch.
"It has been wonderful being a part of North Brookfield Savings Bank for the past 25 years and I have enjoyed building solid and trusting relationships with my customers and coworkers," said NBSB Branch Support Specialist Laurie Lacaire. "I am so pleased to be recognized with this promotion and I look forward to continuing to grow in my new position while supporting my coworkers and assisting our customers."
As a local, Lacaire has a deep connection to the community she both works and resides. She regularly volunteers to give her support at neighborhood celebrations or helps at North Brookfield Savings Bank sponsored events.
Hayley Sprague, of Three Rivers, has been promoted to the role of Supervisor and will be primarily based out of the Bank's Palmer Branch location at 1051 Thorndike Street. She previously held the role of Teller and has consistently displayed her strong customer service skills, commitment to learning, and her dedication to providing positive banking experiences for the Bank's customers. 
In her new role, Sprague will be responsible for the supervision of the Palmer Branch teller line, helping customers with deposit, service and loan inquires, assisting in the opening and closing of the branch, opening customer accounts, assisting the Branch Manager with day to day routines, and processing consumer loans. Sprague holds a Bachelor's Degree in Agricultural Education from UMASS Amherst. 
"I love working in this town and getting to know the customers and community of Palmer. It is a good feeling to be able to get to know and work with customers in the same community that I live in," said NBSB Supervisor Hayley Sprague. "My goal is to learn as much as possible while still providing quality customer service and growing my career with North Brookfield Savings Bank. I am so thankful for the recognition of this promotion and excited for the opportunities that lay ahead." 
Sprague, like her fellow coworkers, finds a deep importance in giving back to the local community and making a difference which is why she plans to continue to volunteer and make herself available for ongoing community outreach efforts. 
Norcom Mortgage is on the hunt for licensed and experienced Loan Officers.

Do you have 2+ years of MORTGAGE EXPERIENCE?

Do you have a solid knowledge of FHA, CONVENTIONAL & VA LOANS?



Please share this information with your friends and colleagues who may have an interest!
Thank you!

This is not an offer to make a loan or to make a loan or any particular terms. All loan applicants must qualify under underwriting requirements and satisfy all contingencies of loan approval. Rates and terms subject to change without notice. NMLS ID #71655 (
  Cornerstone Bank Makes $2,000 Donation  
to Tri-Community Exchange Club 
Cornerstone Bank Donation
Pictured here, L to R: Tri-Community Exchange Club Board Member Brenda Lacaire; Cornerstone Bank AVP/Senior Business Development Sales Manager and Exchange Club President Sheri A. Bibinski; Cornerstone Bank President & Treasurer and Chairman of the Bank's Charitable Donations Committee Todd M. Tallman; Exchange Club Board Members Russ Penney and Miguel Cepeda; and Exchange Club Secretary Susan Cepeda.
Cornerstone Bank recently made a $2,000 donation to the Tri-Community Exchange Club. This donation will benefit the Exchange Club's many programs of service that support local children and families in need.
The Tri-Community Exchange Club is a local service club that gives back to the communities of Charlton, Sturbridge, and Southbridge. The Exchange Club's programs include the ACE Program (Accepting the Challenge of Excellence) recognizing high school seniors that have overcome obstacles, Young Citizenship Awards Program recognizing 6th grade students who give back to their community, and a Holiday Program that provides gifts to local children and families in need during the holiday season.
"The Tri-Community Exchange Club gives back to our local communities in many ways," stated Cornerstone Bank President & Treasurer and Chairman of the Bank's Charitable Donations Committee Todd M. Tallman. "We are pleased to support their mission and help fund their programs of service."
The Exchange Club's largest fundraising event, their 11th annual Chowder Fest, took place on Sunday, February 23, 2020, at the Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Center. All proceeds benefit families in need living in Charlton, Sturbridge and Southbridge. For more details, please contact Tri-Community Exchange Club President Sheri Bibinski at .
Radical Solutions and The S.E.A.L. Foundation are Teaming Up!
For the entire month of March, Radical Solutions will make a $50 donation  
to The S.E.A.L. Foundation for anyone who signs up for one of our services. 
A Message from Kerry Peroni, President, The S.E.A.L. Foundation
The S.E.A.L. Foundation is committed to creating and funding educational and social opportunities in non-public school and camp settings for students who learn differently in order to ensure they maximize their potential. We are delighted to partner with a company like Radical Solutions who shares in our commitment to giving a voice and more opportunities for children with learning differences.
About Radical Solutions  
We work with the business community to control rising energy costs. By taking a consultative approach to managing both the supply and demand side of energy costs, our clients can expect a personalized experience with a plan that fits their needs, not the other way around.
Going Up!
1. Over the last 3 years supply costs have increased 13% Year over year.
2. Winter rates can be anywhere from 15-30% higher than in the summer.
3. Uncontrollable factors like weather, demand, commodity prices, and the economy all influence prices.
 1. The average client reduced utility costs between $58-$217 per month compared to 2019 utility rates.
2. Rates are fixed for a set term, delivering cost stability and control for the long term.
Our Services
Electricity and Natural Gas Supply
We use our network of suppliers to find the most competitive rates available in the market and lock that price in for a set term. There are NO changes to your existing utility accounts, you STILL call your utility for service and support, you do NOT receive a separate bill from us or the new supplier.
Energy Efficiency Audits
Our team will walk your entire facility and provide a no-cost energy assessment audit with recommendations as to what changes you can make to reduce energy consumption, and lower utility bills further.
Community Solar Access
Anyone who can't have, or doesn't want, solar panels on their building now can still contribute to a greener earth by supporting community solar farms. Clients that take advantage of the program can save another 8-10% on their National Grid or Eversource bills.
Contact Us
Richard Day Owner, Radical Solutions
Phone: 508-346-3035   Email: 
"Rising energy costs are the number one issue for businesses in the Blackstone Valley. Radical Solutions has been a great asset for the BVCC, and the businesses located in the Blackstone Valley."
                                                                                                      - Jeannie Hebert, President BVCC

Sponsored by Dexter-Russell 
Old Sturbridge Village - Oliver Wight Tavern, Sturbridge, MA
Friday, May 1, 2020
Check in: 6:00pm, Game: 7:00pm 
Test your knowledge against the best trivia buffs in the area.
Compete for the coveted SHARPEST KNIVES IN THE BLOCK trophy and jackets.
Teams of 4 - $100 per Team 
Individual and Team Registration available.
Optional Dinner Buffet available for purchase 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM - $25 per person.  
Dinner Buffet Reservation and payment due prior to event  
Cash Bar 
Registration is available at Space is limited. 
First come - first served. 
Payment must be received by April 24, 2020 to reserve spot.  
Call (508) 765-5491 for more information.
"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant."
- Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672)
Coutry Folk Art Craft Show 
Country Folk Art Craft Show
February 28-March 1 at The Sturbridge Host 
Show Hours: Friday, 2/28: 12N-5p, Saturday, 2/29: 10a-5p, Sunday, 3/1 10a-3p - FREE PARKING! -admission - $6 ($5 with discount coupon online)  YOUR HANDSTAMP RE-ADMITS YOU ALL 3 DAYS!  
More show information & discount coupons at: 
Come celebrate Spring at the Country Folk Art Craft Show returning to the Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center the weekend of February 28-29-March 1. Our fabulous spring show will feature many handmade artisans and craftsmanship from across the region! You'll love all of the unique and creative on-trend decorating accents such as: handcrafted furniture, seasonal decor, farmhouse style, textiles, framed art, quilts, florals, iron work, garden art, jewelry, fine arts, sculpture, woodworking, ceramics, handmade products, arts & crafts, collections, fine arts, floral design, garden cut flowers - specimen, grains & apiary, needlecraft, photography, candles, wearable art, gourmet delights and so much more! So mark your calendar and bring all your friends... You won't want to miss this fun and exciting shopping opportunity. Come see all your favorites and latest trends for spring, Easter and beyond! You're sure to find something special for all your springtime decorating & gift-giving needs - Moms, Dads & Grads! Please Like us on 
Our beautiful Sturbridge Host Hotel Christmas Holiday Show returns to the Host on Thanksgiving Weekend, November 27-28-29, 2020.
Country Folk Art Shows, Inc.  15045 Dixie Hwy/Ste. A, Holly, MI 48442   Ph: 248-634-4151   
Quinebaug Chess Club
Saturday, Feb. 29, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Saturdays at 9:30 am at Jacob Edwards Library

The Quinebaug Chess Club meets on Saturday mornings, at the Jacob Edwards Library, Southbridge. This drop-in club is held in the reference area of the Library, and has lessons tailored for children and adults.  All are welcome to attend!

Instructor Ben Marinelli will lead attendees through chess strategy, and guests will be able to test their skills using available game boards.  For those who wish to time their play, four newly acquired clocks are also on hand.
ServSafe Class
Saturday, February 29, 2020, 9-5:30pm
Location: E2E 79 Main St., Ware, MA 01082

$140 per person.

Don't miss out! Our ServSafe class is running soon - make sure you reserve your seat.

This is a 6 hour instructional class and a 2 hour exam.    

You must reserve your spot for this class.
E-Mail: to reserve your spot.

Quaboag Valley Community Development & Business Assistance Corporation
Old Sturbridge Village  
Maple Days
Maple Days at Old Sturbridge Village
March 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, and 22 
Times: The Village is open from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Cost: Included with standard daytime admission or Village membership. SAVE $2.50 per Adult, Senior, or Youth standard daytime admission ticket by purchasing your tickets online instead of at the door! Cannot be combined with other discounts. 
For many at Old Sturbridge Village, the first whiff of spring isn't the aroma of spring flowers - it's the smell of wood smoke and maple syrup, a sure sign that the sap is rising and spring is on the way.  Join us for "Maple Days" select dates in March, when the Village's working sugar camp demonstrates maple sugaring as it was done in early 19th-century New England.

See the entire sugar-making process, from tapping the trees to "sugaring off," and learn why maple sugar was more commonly used than maple syrup in early New England.

Costumed historians will also cook period foods made with maple products and the potter and cooper will make maple related items.
Have you heard?
The first lambs of the season arrived on the week of February 17.
Come to the Fenno Barn on your next visit to say Hello! 
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 2020.
   Warm up at a Fireplace Feast!
March 1, 8 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 & 28     
Take a trip back in time and enjoy our 1700's colonial inspired feasts,  
prepared on the open hearth of a great fieldstone fireplace. 
See more and make your reservations  online or call Salem Cross Inn at (508) 867-2345
Visit Salem Cross Inn on Facebook 
for updates (including weather), event photos and future menu postings!
Thursday & Friday (Lunch & Dinner) - 11:30am to 9:00pm 
Saturday (Dinner) - 5:00pm to 9:00pm 
Sunday (Dinner) - 12 Noon to 8:00pm 
Closed for vacation March 29 at 3:00 through April 9th
Hexmark Tavern:
Thursday & Friday - 4:00pm to 9:00pm

Belly Dancing for All
Monday nights 6:00-7:00pm
Holland Community Center 
Cost: $5 per class/ $3 for seniors

Want a fun, low-impact way to get in shape? Try this Beginner Bellydance class.
Your instructor Dina LeDuke has been performing, choreographing, and teaching the art of Bellydance for over twenty years, and she will teach you exciting new ways to keep your body moving in your middle years and beyond. Bellydance is good for the female body and soul, guaranteed to help you get in touch with your feminine mystique. Class includes includes a yoga-based warmup, a meditation cool-down, and a good core workout. Bring a water bottle, wear comfortable workout clothes, and tie a scarf around your hips to accent their movements.


March 2, 1-3pm: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood 
Mr. Rogers Lloyd Vogel is an investigative journalist who receives an assignment to profile Fred Rogers, aka Mr. Rogers. He approaches the interview with skepticism, as he finds it hard to believe that anyone can have such a good nature. But Roger's empathy, kindness and decency soon chips away at Vogel's jaded outlook on life, forcing the reporter to reconcile with his own painful past.

March 5, 6-8pm: Craft Night with The Ladies of R.O.T.S. 
The ladies of a local motorcycle chapter of the C.M.A. welcome you all to join them for an open craft night. Bring a craft to work on and make some new friends.
March 10, 3-5pm: Cooking with Tamsin 
Tamsin is back! This month will be Irish Soda Bread. You choose from White, or Whole Wheat & White. Plain, with Raisins, or with Onion & Cheese. All ingredients provided. Cost of class is $10.00. Please bring a cooling rack and baking tray to take the bread home.
March 11, 1-2pm: Hip Hop Dance Chair Exercise 
Travel through time on the "Soul Train" and chair dance to clean cut hip hop and R&B songs. We use creative props such as smiley faces, the drums and the African maracas to help make our soul train journey come to life. Senior participants will leave feeling more limber.
March 16, 11:30am-5:30pm: All Day Craft Day 
We had so much fun the last time, we decided to do it again. Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Holland Community Center we're able to bring to you another all-day craft day. This time around you'll have the chance to make a small side table, votive lanterns, a clothespin cross, and a 3-tiered table stand. You can make just one, or make all 4, depending on how much time you have. With so much to choose from and to do, we are asking for donations to help recoup the costs of supplies. If you would like to join us for lunch, please sign up for both events.

Holland Community Center, 40 Brimfield Rd, Holland, 413-245-3163
Sip with Sue
"Sip with Sue" Behind the Scenes of the Underwriter's Desk
March 3, 2020 from 5pm to 7pm
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
21 New Boston Road, Gateway 3 lower level, Sturbridge, MA

Join us for this Valuable Q&A for a Behind the Scenes look from the Underwriter's Desk.

Norcom Mortgage Sturbridge Kristen Walther and her Team are your hosts for this event along with the VP, Underwriting Manager Susan Bizarro as the Guest Speaker.

Bring all your crazy underwriting scenarios and get your questions answered.

RSVP is a must, as seating is limited. Phone: 774-241-0770

March 6, 7, 13, 14 at 8:00 PM; March 8, 15 at 2:00 PM
Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
Suggested by a Film by Ingmar Bergman
Produced and Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince
Stage Director: Richard Monroe
Music Director: Aldo Fabrizi

This Sondheim classic tells explores the tangled web of affairs centered around
an actress and the men who love her. Winner of four Tony Awards.
Presented in collaboration with Greater Worcester Opera.

Stageloft Repertory Theater, 450A Main Street, Sturbridge, MA
Tickets: $20 General/$18 Seniors/$12 Youth
Church Ladies - The Play
Church Ladies
March 8, 2:00pm, Elm Street Congregational Church

The Women's Fellowship of Elm Street Congregational Church and Gateway Players Theatre presents the play "Church Ladies", written by Kathy Frady, on Sunday, March 8th at 2pm. This program of monologues offers a hilarious portrayal of seven zany female personalities which are represented in many churches today. Some of them may be quite familiar to you!

This performance will be free and is open to all in our church, community and surrounding area. Please plan to attend and bring your family or a friend or two! Refreshments will be served following the program. Produced by special arrangements with Christian Publishers.   For more information, please call 508-764-8058.

Synopsis: Hang on - it's a wild ride with the irrepressible Church Ladies! Each one has her own quirks, yet they're all part of the same zany sisterhood. Foyer Box Betty has a collection compulsion. Mrs. Myra teaches the old ladies' Sunday school class. Take-Charge Tess is a power-hungry leader wannabe. Hapless Hannah destroys everything she touches in her zeal to be of service. Mama Rosa holds the dubious dual roles of deacon's wife/Mafia maw. Does-Everything Ethel's motto is, "If you want something done right, do it yourself." Praying Patsy disguises gossip as prayer requests.
Elm Street Congregational Church, 61 Elm Street, Southbridge, MA 01550 
United Way Breakfast
Beer and 4-Course Dinner with Mayflower Brewery
Friday, March 13, 2020
Oliver Wight Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village  
Cost: $59.95 for Non-members, $54.95 for OSV Members (Prices include tax and gratuity)
Please join us for a special Beer Tasting & 4-course Dinner event in partnership with Mayflower Brewery on March 13, 2020!

Reservations are required by 5:00 pm on March 9, 2020.

Please note that this event takes place after museum hours and the Village will not be open.
"Totchos" topped with cotija, cheddar and Monterrey Jack Cheese, Sriracha Ranch,  
Bacon and Scallions 
Boomerang (Galaxy Pale Ale 6%)

Grilled Romaine Lettuce, Tomato, Bacon, Red Onion, Parmesan Peppercorn Dressing 
Ottobahn (Helles Style Lager 5%)  
Sofrito Marinated Steak over Cheddar Polenta and Broccolini 
Porter (5.2% tradition English Style Porter)

Berry Stack with Ale Crème Anglaise and Macerated Berries 
400 (NE IIPA with fruit and citrus notes 8%)

Plus, we'll end the night with a "night-cap" of Imperial Milk Stout with Coffee and Cocoa Nibs!
Old Sturbridge Village 
Contact: (888) 764-5428
You're Invited!
Our Bright Future Inc. is excited to announce our first annual "March To The Future Gala" event on March 14, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.

This event will be hosted at The Knights of Columbus, 1017 Riverside Drive, North Grosvenor Dale, CT. Dinner will be served to all guests along with a cash bar and great music. Come participate in our silent auctions, raffle baskets, and more!

Guest Speaker: NBA Hall of Famer
Tom "Satch" Sanders!

Learn more, get tickets, donate or sponsor:
Church Dinner
Roast Pork Dinner
March 14  
The Women's Fellowship of Elm Street Congregational Church will be holding another delicious dinner on March 14th at 5:30pm. This time it is Roast Pork!
The menu is: Roast Pork, Red Bliss potatoes, vegetables, salad, rolls, dessert and beverages. 
Donation of $12.00 for adults, and $6.00 for children (ages 6-12). 
Tickets are available from Harriet Lacasse or by calling the Church office at 508-764-8058.  
The deadline for purchasing tickets is March 9th and they will not be available at the door.  
We look forward to another successful dinner!
Elm Street Congregational Church, 61 Elm Street, Southbridge, MA 01550
Creative Writing and Publishing Workshop
with Ed Londergan 
March 15, 10:00am-3:30pm
Salem Cross Inn

The workshop will cover:
How to get started
Writing exercises
Developing ideas
Story structure, pace and flow
Character development
Creation of atmosphere/location
Creating authentic dialogue
Holding a reader's interest
Overcoming writer's block
How's and why's of publishing
Finding an agent
Book marketing

Registration is required and must be to Ed by March 7. It is limited to 20 people.
Price is $95 and lunch is included.
Call 508-864-8685 to register.
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!

March 16   
Harrington Hospital Auxiliary 
Federated Church of Sturbridge
Adults $15 / Children $5
(4-12 yrs.) 
Held in Paige Hall or under the Tent!

Two Seating Times 
SEATING ONE: 4:15pm-5:45pm
SEATING TWO: 6:30pm-7:30pm

Open Seating    No Reservations    
All Feasts include... 
Tossed Salad with Maple Vinaigrette, Dinner Rolls & Dessert
We ask guests to enjoy their dinner but not to linger at your seat, the more guests that are seated the more money raised for the groups. 
Thank you for your support!
Second Chance Mobile Unit Pet Adoption | March 20
Make an Animal Lucky and Adopt! from 2pm-4pm

MOBILE ADOPTION UNIT is coming to Klem's! On the road to saving more lives!
Be sure to stop by and say hi to some of the sweet dogs and cats looking for a new home!
Let adoption help you find your next best friend!

Click here to RSVP on our FB Page!
Jonah The Musical
Federated Church of Sturbridge & Fiskdale to Screen Jonah The Musical
The Faith Formation Ministry of the Federated Church of Sturbridge and Fiskdale has scheduled a free family film night on Friday, March 20 starting at 6:30 in Fellowship Hall.
Get ready for a jaw-dropping adventure for the whole family as one of the Bible's biggest stories comes to life in Sight & Sound Theatres' hit musical, JONAH: ON STAGE! which was recorded on stage in front of a live audience!
Jonah is a prophet - and a man on the run. From who? From God! After a series of wild adventures involving a seaport called Joppa, a huge boat and a terrible storm, Jonah finds himself in the belly of a giant fish. But this isn't the end. It's here that God teaches Jonah how to receive grace and extend mercy, even to his archenemy: Nineveh. Take your family deep into this Bible story as it springs to life on screen in jaw-dropping scale by an exceptional cast, spectacular special effects, and live animals.
Suitable for all ages, the film runs 116 minutes long and is being shown free of charge by special arrangement with Outreach Films. Sturbridge Federated Church is located at 8 Maple Street, Sturbridge, between the Sturbridge Town Hall and the Joshua Hyde Public Library. Popcorn will be available.
For additional information, please call the church office at (508) 347-3915.
50+ Job Seekers Networking Group
NETWORKING WORKS!! Your AGE really is your EDGE!! 
Fall has Arrived! A Perfect Time to Turn Over a New Leaf!

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 central mass 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: Our first meetings began in September 2019 and typically we will be meeting on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. Doors open at 9:00 am for registration and casual networking so come early! And often! 
  • Worcester Senior Center located at 128 Providence St. Worcester (508-799-1232)  
  • Auburn Public Library at 369 Southbridge St, Auburn  (508) 832-7790)
  • Northampton Senior Center located at 67 Conz Street Northampton (413)587-1228
Did you know: 85% of all jobs are found through NETWORKING!! REALLY!!
Our First Session Topic: Self-Assessment/Transferable Skills:
"What Do I Really Want to Do Now that I'm Grown Up?!" Life After 50+!
For more Information and Pre-Registration (required), please feel free to contact:   
The Worcester COA at 508-799-1232.
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!
February 28- March 1: Country Folk Art Craft Show at Sturbridge Host   
February 29: Sue Gregory's Retirement Party at Hitchcock Academy 
March 1: Maple Days Begin at Old Sturbridge Village 
March 6: A Little Night Music Opens at Stageloft Theater 
March 7: Chamber Appreciation Night at The Worcester Railers 
March 8: Daylight Savings Time Begins 
March 9: Fun at Five at Baba Sushi with Country Bank    
March 12: United Way Campaign Breakfast    
March 14: March to the Future Gala with Our Bright Future, Inc.  
March 15: Writing & Publishing Workshop with Ed Londergan at Salem Cross Inn
March 20: Spring Begins!
new business chamber logo