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Welcome to March & Crossroads News!
In this issue, we recap yesterday's Annual Meeting which featured guest speakers from the Electric Vehicle Discovery Center, welcome our newest Members, preview some fantastic events coming up this month, and share the latest news items from our Members and friends! STAY TUNED... we will be NETWORKING at Heritage Country Club in Charlton on the evening of Tuesday, March 21st. We'll send you an invitation to March's Fun at Five as soon as the details are finalized!

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Annual Meeting: Electric Vehicle Discovery Center is Coming to Sturbridge in 2024

The Chamber was thrilled to provide our Members and guests the opportunity to hear directly from the team that is bringing the Electric Vehicle Discovery Center to Sturbridge at our Annual Meeting yesterday. Scheduled to open in January of next year, the EVDC will be the first of its kind in the US. We heard from Michael Frisbie (L), a Nichols College graduate and the owner and driving force behind Noble Energy Real Estate Holdings and Noble Gas, Inc., a high-end network of automobile refueling stations and markets with quality food offerings to help fuel your vehicle and body. Mr. Frisbie described the progress being made today on the construction of this vast and complicated multi-use facility and how it will be utilized when open. We also heard from Dav Cvitkovic (R), an accomplished leader in the electric vehicle sector as COO of Plug’n Drive. She served as the Project Leader for the Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre, which was established in Canada in 2017. Dav showed us the steady growth in sales of electric vehicles, the ideal location in which Sturbridge is positioned to serve New Englanders, and more of what to expect when the EVDC is open and functioning.

The Chamber extends warm thanks to our guest speakers Michael and Dav for their openness and wealth of information. We would also like to thank Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center for hosting us and providing a delicious lunch, our good friends and Annual Meeting sponsors from Cornerstone Bank, and our Members and guests who braved a snowy morning to join us.
FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2023
More details are coming soon...
Sturbridge Marketplace, 559 Main Street, Unit 209, Sturbridge, MA 01518
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Get Great Exposure for Your Business! 
Sponsor a FUN AT FIVE!

Our Promotions Committee is hard at work planning the schedule of Chamber happenings including our MARCH FUN at FIVE networking event at Heritage Country Club on March 21st. We are actively seeking businesses that would be interested in sponsoring this and other upcoming Chamber events.

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

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

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

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

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

We look forward to your feedback!
If you run into technical issues or questions, don't hesitate to drop us an email or call 508-347-2761.
Marketing Series
Be Visible, Stay Visible: 
2023 Marketing For Members Only Packages 
The Chamber's Marketing For Members Only packages for 2023 are available to be reserved! These packages include low cost advertising opportunities using all the Chamber's channels. 
Crossroads NEWS and EVENTS ads
Chamber Website banner ads
Dedicated Email blasts
Featured Member Spotlight in the Chamber Corner of Southbridge News
Tourism Sector: Home Page Banner ads on The Sturbridge Townships
Whether you need a comprehensive package or a few dedicated E-blasts throughout the year,
the Chamber's Marketing For Members Only program enhances and amplifies your message and offerings.
Contact us with any questions or to get started.
Would you be interested in serving on the Chamber's Board of Directors?
We are currently accepting letters of interest from Members in good standing who would be interested in serving on the Chamber's Board of Directors.
Service on the Board is typically a three-year term though we do have four vacancies with a shorter commitment. This is an excellent opportunity for members to build leadership skills in their employees.
The Chamber's Board of Directors is responsible for the Chamber's governance, ensuring its financial stability, setting policies, and assisting the Chamber in carrying out its mission and objectives.
Board members must regularly attend and actively participate in scheduled Board meetings, hold a seat on at least one Chamber committee, demonstrate public support for the Chamber, volunteer and assist in recruiting new Members, act as ambassadors and advocates, and lend their expertise in support of the Chamber's mission and objectives.
If you would like to serve, please send a letter of interest to Alix.
Mailing Address:
Alexandra McNitt
Chamber of Central Mass South
46 Hall Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
email Alix at: [email protected]
Feel free to call if you have further questions. 508-347-2761.


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Welcome, New Chamber Members!

We are very pleased to welcome our newest Members to the Chamber of Central Mass South!
Sevenpair Studios
New England based film and photography studio focused on creating visual assets
for businesses and communities that are passionate about what they do.
Holland, MA 01521
(860) 878-2764

Visit online:

New England Motel and Antiques Show
New England Motel's 400 dealers are part of the 4,500 dealers who converge three times a year, May, July, and September, on a one-mile stretch to sell their wares. During our five-day show, four hundred of the finest American and foreign dealers find their home away from home at New England Motel.
You can find New England Motel in the middle of the mile.
PO Box 15, Palmer, MA 01010
(508) 347-2179

Visit online:
APPLY TODAY! 2023 CMS Chamber Scholarships
Deadline for Applications is April 1.

The Chamber of Central Mass South typically awards three $1000 scholarships and makes charitable contributions on behalf of the business community to roughly a dozen local non-profits each year. Scholarships are disbursed directly to the student upon presentation of grades from their 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 more 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, 2023 to:
Scholarship Committee
Chamber of Central Mass South
46 Hall Road
Sturbridge, MA, 01566

Enjoy! Central Mass South 2023
The Chamber's Directory & Regional Guide is hot off the presses.

The guide is a comprehensive Member directory designed to help residents and visitors navigate our area's resources. We will be distributing copies to our local town halls and libraries this month.

Would you like some copies to distribute to the public at your place of business?

Just drop an email to Alix and we will bring copies to you at your convenience! Thank you!

MEGA Networking Event with Worcester Chamber and Affiliate Chambers at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA

Business After Hours is an opportunity for you to network with other Chamber members and guests. Meet new contacts, develop new leads, and exchange ideas. Join us and hundreds of area professionals for a fun, informal networking event!

April's networking event will be co-hosted by Worcester Regional Chamber and five affiliate Chambers – Auburn, Blackstone Valley, Central Mass South, Wachusett Area, and Webster Dudley Oxford.

COST: Members $20.00, Non-Members $40.00

CMS Chamber Members may register for this event by sending an email to [email protected]
Ten Reasons to Visit Hitchcock in March
Free Trial of Confidence-Building Sport for Kids, Watercolor Painting, Fitness & More

BRIMFIELD – Our modern world demands a lot of our young people. Families are often looking for ways to help children build confidence and a physical fitness routine into their busy lives. There are lots of extracurricular offerings, and often it can be a challenge to find the right fit while managing the costs of each venture.

With these challenges in mind, Hitchcock Academy is offering a free trial of a confidence-building Olympic sport on Wednesday, March 15. Under the instruction of a seasoned practitioner, children ages 5½ to 15 can try a sport that has stood the test of time, and garnered a large, loyal following since its inception in the late 1800s. That sport is Judo/Ju-Jitsu. The martial art’s practice contributes to long-term mental and physical health, while developing discipline and confidence. What stands out about the Sen-I Judo program at Hitchcock is its emphasis on safety, with attention and care given to proper falling techniques and preventing injury. Israel Lopez has over thirty years of experience practicing the sport and is a passionate promoter of its impact on the lives of its participants of all ages. There will be no financial commitment for anyone who would like to try the program on the first day; only those who want to commit to a newly offered six week session will be expected to pay tuition.

Hitchcock is also offering several other programs this March. A watercolor class running March 9th through the 30th invites participants to discover their inner artist as they complete a painting with the guidance of seasoned artist Susan “Zsa Zsa” Kallander. Other offerings include guitar instruction, Warrior Yoga, Pilates, UpBeat Barre, Yoga, High Fitness, and a cake decorating workshop offered by Let’s Cake Decorate entitled Spring Froggy Cake. Several offerings are expected to sell out.

With spring in the air, it’s time to save the date for the organization’s popular annual Plant Sale, planned for May 6th this year.

Hitchcock Academy is a community center located at 2 Brookfield Road in Brimfield serving the community with educational, recreational, and cultural programming. More information can be found at
North Brookfield Savings Bank hosting “Love Lives Here Collection Drive” to benefit
The Be Like Brit Foundation

North Brookfield, MA – North Brookfield Savings is proud to be a strong supporter of non-profits and the talented and ambitious volunteers who run them. We believe that every child, regardless of their financial circumstances, should have the opportunity to learn and grow in a safe and nurturing environment. That is why North Brookfield Savings Bank is kicking off their first-ever “Love Lives Here” Collection Drive to benefit The Be Like Brit Foundation.
Throughout the entire month of March, North Brookfield Savings Bank will be collecting “in need” supplies and monetary donations at all branch locations in North Brookfield, East Brookfield, West Brookfield, Ware, Belchertown, and Three Rivers. 100% of donations collected will directly benefit The Be Like Brit Foundation headquartered in Worcester, MA.
Some suggested “in need” items that can be dropped at any North Brookfield Savings Bank branch location include but are not limited to, the following:

Food: Peanut Butter, Canned Tuna, Canned Chicken, Powdered Milk, Oatmeal, Tang

Toiletries: Toothpaste, Women’s Deodorant, Men’s Deodorant, Bar Soap, Disposable razors, Shaving scream, Head and Shoulders

Arts and Crafts: Canvas, Paint brushes, Acrylic paint, Scissors, Sewing thread, Sewing Zippers, Yarn knitting/crocheting-multiple colors, Construction Paper

Brit’s Clinic: Kids Nyquil, Kids Dayquil, Flintstones chewable vitamins for kids, One-a-day vitamins for teens, Pepto bismol chewable, Vinyl blend exam gloves, White Petroleum Jelly, Hydration Powder (Liquid IV), Earache drops, Eye drops, Gas relief medication, Hydrocortisone Cream

“North Brookfield Savings Bank is incredibly proud to host the “Love Lives Here” Collection Drive. We want to support the mission to serve the children of Haiti by establishing a safe, nurturing, and sustainable orphanage in an environment where they can grow, learn and thrive. Brit Lived her life by this mission,” said Andrea Healy, First Senior Vice President, and Director of Human Resources.
To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank’s Community giving efforts and all of the convenient banking products and services offered, visit

Be Like Brit is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the children of Haiti. Be Like Brit will continue the compassionate life and legacy of Britney Gengel by establishing a safe, nurturing and sustainable orphanage in an environment where children can grow, learn and thrive. In many ways, Britney Gengel from Rutland Massachusetts was a typical 19-year-old young woman, but her humor, passion and deep sense of caring for those less fortunate made her memorable to all who met her. It was her compassion for others that brought Britney to Haiti on January 11, 2010, just a day before a catastrophic earthquake claimed an estimated 230,000 lives and rocked the small, poverty-stricken country. Britney had spent the day visiting a Haitian orphanage where she and fellow students of Lynn University on a “Journey of Hope”, met the Haitian orphans they had traveled so far to help. Just a few hours later, Britney, three of her fellow students, and two Lynn University professors lost their lives in the rubble of the Hotel Montana in Port-Au-Prince. Britney was missing for 33 days before her remains were recovered. Fortunately, Britney’s dream did not die with her. Only hours before the earthquake, Britney sent a text message to her family that read: “They love us so much and everyone is so happy. They love what they have and they work so hard to get nowhere, yet they are all so appreciative. I want to move here and start an orphanage myself.” These forty words would sustain Britney’s family through the tragedy and, ultimately, serve as the driving force behind the establishment of the Be Like Brit Foundation and the decision to build an orphanage in Grand Goâve for the children of Haiti. Mission: To serve the children of Haiti by establishing a safe, nurturing and sustainable orphanage in an environment where they can grow, learn and thrive. Learn more at
North Brookfield Savings Bank is a mutual savings bank with full-service branches in North Brookfield, East Brookfield, West Brookfield, Ware, Belchertown, and the 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 it serves since 1854. All deposits are insured by the FDIC and the Depositors Insurance Fund. North Brookfield Savings Bank was voted Best Bank in Central Massachusetts for 2021 and was named “Community Icon” Among the Top Extraordinary Banks in the Nation in 2022. For more information, please call 1-866-711-6272 or visit us online at
Second Chance to Host Vaccine Clinic in Barre 
Nonprofit Urges Pet Owners to Protect Pets from Deadly Preventable Diseases
BARRE, MA (February 15, 2023) – Registration is now open for Second Chance Animal Services’ March 25th pet vaccine clinic at the Barre Public Safety Building. Low-cost vaccines and microchips will be offered to help area pet owners care for their pets. 
Second Chance CEO Sheryl Blancato urges local pet owners to check their pet’s vaccine records and take advantage of the low-cost clinic if their pet needs a rabies or distemper vaccine. “The pandemic disrupted so much, including visits to the vet.  We hope to get more pets up to date on vaccines to fend off outbreaks like last year’s parvo outbreak in Springfield.”
Parvovirus and distemper in dogs and panleukopenia in cats — the most prevalent deadly diseases affecting pets — are preventable with a simple vaccine. An estimated 30% of pet parents do not take their pet to a veterinarian annually for preventative care. To ensure the health and wellness of our beloved pets and to address this critical need, Second Chance is scheduling local clinics to make pet vaccines accessible.
The vaccine clinic will be held from 9am to noon at the Barre Public Safety Building located at 655 South Street. Advance registration is encouraged as there will be limited availability for same-day registration. Rabies and distemper vaccines are $18 each and microchips are $22. Pet owners can register their pet for vaccines online at  Microchips can be added for an additional cash-only fee at the time of service. 

About Second Chance Animal Services:
Second Chance Animal Services is a nonprofit animal welfare organization founded in 1999. Second Chance began as an animal shelter and grew to help more pets in need. Today Second Chance operates Community Veterinary Hospitals in North Brookfield, Southbridge, Springfield, and Worcester providing access to the highest-quality veterinary care for all. Subsidized rates are provided to underserved communities to ensure access to care for all pets in need. Last year Second Chance helped over 44,000 pets live better lives through full-service veterinary care, spay/neuter services, adoption services, community & educational outreach programs, training, and a pet food pantry. For more information, visit Second Chance’s website at
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 ICBA and North Brookfield Savings Bank: Relationship Banking Still Matters

North Brookfield, MA (Feb. 24, 2023) North Brookfield Savings Bank (NBSB) and The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) are reminding consumers of the benefits of a personal relationship with their hometown lender that has deep community roots and a vested interest in their customers’ financial success.
“At NBSB we never stop working to earn your trust and business,” said CEO/President, Marco Bernasconi Jr. “We know you have a choice in whom you entrust with your financial needs and are grateful for the opportunity to ensure your continued financial health, and that of the community that we so proudly serve.”
ICBA and NBSB remind customers that community banks are financial stewards of their communities, helping to fund more than 60 percent of small businesses and more than 80 percent of agricultural loans, while also helping local families finance major life purchases and build financial security. Community banks:
  • Respect and honor community ties. They channel loans to neighborhoods where their depositors live and work, which helps keeps the local economy churning.
  • Are relationship lenders, taking a holistic approach to lending that considers numerous sources of information, including credit history and discretionary spending.
  • Understand and embrace local businesses. The Federal Reserve has repeatedly found that small businesses that apply for loans with community banks are more successful and satisfied.
  • Are innovative. They partner with innovative technology providers, as showcased through ICBA’s ThinkTECH initiatives, to deliver high-tech, high-touch customer experiences.
  • Give back. Serving local communities is a part of the community bank tradition as reflected in ICBA’s National Community Bank Service Awards.
“Community banks have built their reputation on providing a comprehensive suite of financial products and services that address the unique needs of their customers at every phase of their financial journey," ICBA President and CEO Rebeca Romero Rainey said. “Where you choose to bank matters because it’s the first step in building a life-long relationship that can put you on the path to financial freedom. ICBA is honored to represent the nation’s community bankers that make a difference in the financial lives of their customers every day.”
For more information about community banks and to find one of North Brookfield Savings Bank’s local branches, visit Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #BankLocally.

About ICBA
The Independent Community Bankers of America® creates and promotes an environment where community banks flourish. ICBA is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and its membership through effective advocacy, best-in-class education, and high-quality products and services.
With nearly 50,000 locations nationwide, community banks constitute roughly 99 percent of all banks, employ nearly 700,000 Americans and are the only physical banking presence in one in three U.S. counties. Holding more than $5.8 trillion in assets, over $4.9 trillion in deposits, and more than $3.5 trillion in loans to consumers, small businesses and the agricultural community, community banks channel local deposits into the Main Streets and neighborhoods they serve, spurring job creation, fostering innovation and fueling their customers’ dreams in communities throughout America. For more information, visit ICBA’s website at
Literacy Volunteers of South Central Massachusetts
is Seeking Board Members

Literacy Volunteers of South Central Massachusetts (LVSCM) is actively seeking community members interested in serving on our Board of Directors.
Board members are our community advocates and ambassadors. They lend their expertise to help carry out the mission and objectives of LVSCM and to ensure financial stability. We are especially in search of candidates with expertise in fundraising, communications, community leadership and social and human services, but welcome all interested applicants. 
For more information or to request a Board Member Job Description, please contact our Executive Director Emily Farrell at [email protected] or by phone at (508) 765-3880.
QCC at Southbridge - FREE* Microsoft Office Certificate

Learn the essentials of computing in today's technological workplace. You will learn to create a professional document in Word, use formulas in Excel and create presentations in PowerPoint. This course is designed for those who want to establish basic level computer proficiencies to succeed.

* Please Note: This course is offered at no cost to qualified candidates. Individuals interested in enrolling in this program should call 508-751-7900 for application requirements.

12 Sessions: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm. March 21st, 2023 - April 27th, 2023.

VISIT this link for more info.
Second Chance Takes in Cats from Mississippi Cruelty and Neglect Case 
Cats Rescued from Appalling Neglect
NORTH BROOKFIELD, MA (February 21, 2023) – Yesterday Second Chance Animal Services took in two cats from a group 176 that were rescued by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) from deplorable conditions in Crystal Springs, Mississippi. The cats, named Bailey and McCool, were part of an emergency transport that flew into Norwood Memorial Airport. The cats are currently at Second Chance’s Almost Home transport facility where they will complete a 48-hour state-mandated quarantine period and get thorough check-ups and receive any necessary veterinary care before they are available for adoption.
According to HSUS reports, many of the rescued cats were trapped in filthy cages without apparent access to food and water.  All the cats were brought to a temporary shelter and the HSUS has begun transferring the cats to their partners to get them ready for adoption into loving homes.
Second Chance is an emergency placement partner for the HSUS which reached out for help for a small group of the cats last week. Animal Relocation Director Wendy Hall made plans to accommodate as many cats as she had space for. “It’s been an unusually quiet adoption time for Second Chance, and we are currently full, but we were able to make room for these two.”
Bailey and McCool are being cared for by the Almost Home team and will receive veterinary care in the adjacent North Brookfield vet hospital. The two-year-old cats will need to be spayed and neutered and McCool may also need dental surgery. Hall said the pair will need a little time to relax and learn to trust after all that they’ve been through. She estimates the cost of their care could be up to $1,000.
Second Chance has set up a Facebook fundraiser to help defray the cost of caring for the cats. Anyone interested in helping can also make a donation online at or checks may be mailed to Second Chance, PO Box 136, East Brookfield, MA 01515.
PHOTO: McCool (L), a two-year-old male grey tabby rescued from deplorable conditions from a Mississippi cruelty and neglect case, was taken in by Second Chance.
PHOTO: Bailey (CENTER), a two-year-old female silver tabby, flew to Massachusetts Monday on her journey to Second Chance where she’ll receive care and begin her new life.
Applications for submitting projects is now OPEN.

The Day of Caring Application is for non-profit agencies, schools, churches, municipalities to complete. All projects will be performed Friday, 6/23/2023, 8am - 12pm. If you believe your project will take a full day, please note that on your application. Projects can be inside or outdoors. Suggested projects are clean ups, beautification, landscaping or painting outdoor structures or fences.
Only projects in Charlton, Dudley, Southbridge, Sturbridge or Webster will be considered.

Deadline: March 31, 2023
Dexter Factory Outlet | 44 River Street | Southbridge, MA 01550
The #1 Hispanic Newspaper in MA
The latest digital issue of Vocero Hispano is available on their website.
Reach the Hispanic Market directly with the #1 Statewide Hispanic Newspaper in Massachusetts. Email [email protected] to get started.
Maple Days at Old Sturbridge Village
Select dates through Sunday, March 19, 2023

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” on select dates in February and 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 tinner and cooper will make maple-related items. VISIT THIS LINK FOR INFO AND TICKETS.
Choke-Save w/ Basic CPR Training
(M2M Card holders save 50%)
Friday, March 3, 2023 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM) 
ColBro First Aid & Safety Training, Chamber Office, 46 Hall Road, Sturbridge

Designed to meet the requirements for food service personnel, the skills learned in this course are something that everyone should know. Specially design choke relief manikins are used to allow students to practice while getting a real sense of what it will be like to perform choke-save on a real person. Our CPR manikins have feed-back devices built in to help students learn the proper depth and rate to perform chest compressions. LEARN MORE AND REGISTER HERE.

Pediatric First Aid & CPR (for child care professionals)
Friday, March 10, 2023 (8:00 AM - 12:30 PM)
ColBro First Aid & Safety Training, Chamber Office, 46 Hall Road, Sturbridge

This class is HSI Pediatric First Aid & CPR training with certification. This class can be used to meet requirements for childcare providers as required by EEC. LEARN MORE AND REGISTER HERE
The Monkeybar Mafia
March 3, 4, 10 and 11

Gateway Players Theatre of Southbridge presents “The Monkeybar Mafia” written by Ed Humphries. Performance dates are March 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 7:30pm and March 12 at 2:00pm.

All performances will be held at the Fellowship Hall of Elm Street Congregational Church, 61 Elm Street in Southbridge. Parking is available on Elm Street, or in the parking deck behind the Southbridge Town Hall.

This production will be directed by John Kennedy, and produced by Ed Humphries. The cast includes Kyle Hargrove, Megan Mayfield, Erin Simpson, Samantha Reynoso, Joliene Deskus, Ariana Kennedy, Stephen Jean, Jacob Senick, Patrick Bracken, and Mike Dupuis.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and youth under 18. Tickets may be reserved by calling Gateway at 508-764-4531. Online credit card ticket sales will be available at a NEW online ticketing

Ryan Coulton spent his adult life as a corporate drone; a career that took him far away from his true passion; writing. When he finds himself ‘displaced’ – another victim of a crumbling economy – Ryan’s wife encourages him to clear his mind of the arduous daily job search by reconnecting with his kids. His daily trips to the playground bring him into the orbit of ‘The Monkeybar Mafia’ – a collection of Stay-at-Home Moms bound together by their shared love of friends, family and a good Cosmo. Ryan soon develops a close friendship with one Mom in particular; a woman who shares his ‘regret’ at having left true talent behind for other pastures. As the two inspire each other to rekindle sparks of their own creative passions; a scandal forms that threatens to derail Ryan’s journey. The Monkeybar Mafia is a humorous and poignant look at joblessness, restlessness and the paths we choose and those we leave behind as we travel this road of life.
Good Acoustics:
Tribute to Simon & Garfunkel and James Taylor
March 10, 5:30pm - 10:00pm
The Barn at Wight Farm
420 Main St, Sturbridge, Ma


Come along and listen to the songs of James Taylor and Simon & Garfunkel faithfully recreated by Good Acoustics. These are the songs that defined more than three decades of chart-topping hits that bring you back to simpler times in the beautiful new WINTHROP ROOM at The Barn at Wight Farm.

This show is comprised of a rock-solid trio that have been performing all over the east coast for over 30 years. This show will simply amaze you at the harmony displayed by these very talented musicians.

All shows are accompanied by a complete buffet meal including salad and rolls. A full cash bar is always available and decadent desserts can also be purchased at an additional charge. There are always several protein options to choose from. Vegetarian and Gluten-Free options are available with advanced notice to our staff. Doors open at 5:30 pm, buffet begins at 6:00 pm, music starts at 7:30 pm.

Please visit or our Facebook page at to keep up to date on new shows or upcoming events.

You can also call The Barn at 774.241.8450 for questions or for more information.
Reserved Seating Tickets can only be purchased on Buy Tickets
You're invited to
Our Bright Future's 2nd Annual Gala Night
at Polar Park in Worcester, MA!
Date: March 11, 2023
Time: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: Polar Park - 100 Madison Street, Worcester, MA 01608

Please visit the link to RSVP, BUY TICKETS, SPONSOR AND DONATE to our Gala Night!
Federated Church “Baked Potato Take-out Buffet” Tickets Now on Sale
Sturbridge, MA – Are you ready to take a night off from making dinner? The Federated Church of Sturbridge and Fiskdale has announced that tickets are now on sale for their annual Baked Potato Take-Out Buffet to be held on Saturday, March 11 with pickup in the Church’s Fellowship Hall at 8 Maple Street, Sturbridge, MA.
The menu includes a delicious baked potato with a variety of tasty toppings. Tickets are $7 per person and may be purchased at the Church office at 8 Maple Street, Sturbridge, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. A smaller portion is available for $5 for children aged 12 and under. The deadline for purchasing tickets is March 8.
For additional ticket information, please call the Church office at 774-304-1021 or email [email protected].
The Federated Church of Sturbridge & Fiskdale joyfully celebrates Christ’s presence and God’s grace in our lives. Members of the community are welcome and invited to join in worship Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. Activity-based childcare is available for infants through fourth grade during the service.

March 16, 2023 at the Chamber office

On Thursday, March 16, 2023, Village Toastmasters will host an Open House from 6:30-8:15pm at the Chamber of Central Mass South office at 46 Hall Road in Sturbridge. We encourage guests to visit and learn how to improve their public speaking skills. Please join us at 6:30pm for refreshments and meet and greet followed by a Toastmasters meeting which will end at 8:15pm.

You may also visit us at
Harrington Auxiliary’s Irish Night Feast Returns In-Person
Thursday, March 16, 2023
The Publick House

The Harrington Auxiliary, in conjunction with the Federated Church of Sturbridge and Fiskdale, invites the general public to partake of a traditional Irish Night feast on Thursday, March 16, 2023. The event takes place in person at the Publick House in Sturbridge.

Tickets for the traditional Irish corned beef and cabbage buffet are $l6 for adults and $7 for children ages 4 to 12. Dinner will be available to ticket holders only; no walk-ins.

There will be two seatings: first seating is 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm and second seating is from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Please specify your desired seating time when purchasing tickets.

Tickets are available in the Volunteer Services office at UMass Memorial Health Harrington in Southbridge. Call 508-765-6472 for more information. Tickets are limited so purchase early.

The Harrington Auxiliary, established in 1932, is a non-profit organization of dedicated and impassioned volunteers whose mission is to support and enhance the excellent services provided by UMass Memorial Health Harrington. Proceeds from the event enable the Auxiliary to continue to provide equipment and programs that benefit the health and well being of the members in the communities it serves.
Splash of Zan Rocks The Barn
Friday, March 17, 2023, 7:00 – 11:00 PM
The Barn at Wight Farm
Tickets · $10. Purchase on Eventbrite here.

Thinking about what to do on St. Patrick’s Day…? Think no further, on Friday, March 17, The Barn at Wight Farm will host Splash of Zan.

With a large local following, Splash of Zan always puts on an awesome show as the band plays your favorites from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.

The group is comprised of area natives David Wright (guitar) and Suzanne Wright (lead vocals), Dave Penttila (bass), Peter Jarzabski (drums), and Lana Pieczynski (keyboards). During the show, the band reveals just how much they love to play together as it’s hard to tell who’s having more fun—the band or the crowd.

We’ll have some delicious food items for purchase as well as some great St. Patrick’s Day drink specials. Tickets are $10 and can only be purchased at Doors open at 6pm and the music starts at 7:30pm.
Southbridge Garden Club March Program: "Gardens of the Gilded Age"

SOUTHBRIDGE: The Southbridge Garden Club invites the general public to take an armchair tour of the gardens at the Newport Mansions, Vanderbilt Estate, Vizcaya, Untermyer Gardens, Nemours and others with Jana Milbocker, author of The Garden Tourist books.

Milbocker’s presentation, “Gardens of the Gilded Age,” takes place on March 21, 2023 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Charlton Public Library. To register, visit and click on the Program & Events page or click There is no charge to attend this event.

A garden designer, speaker, and author, Milbocker combines horticulture, design, and travel tips to educate, inspire and delight both new and seasoned gardeners. She loves to visit gardens and historic sites in the U.S. and abroad, and share her trips through her books, photos, and blog. She is the author of three garden travel guides; her latest is The Garden Tourist’s Florida.

Milbocker has lectured at flower shows, horticultural societies, garden clubs, and libraries throughout the Northeast. She is owner of Enchanted Gardens, a landscape design firm in the Boston area ( She is past president of the Holliston Garden Club, and active in the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and GardenComm International.

The Southbridge Garden Club is a 501(c)3 organization that has been “Welcoming Gardeners of All Abilities Since 1952” and sponsors an annual scholarship program, local area beautification projects and educational programs.
Second Chance Animal Services’ 24th Annual Dinner Auction
Saturday, March 25, 2023, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center

Tickets are now on sale for Second Chance Animal Services’ 24th Annual Dinner Auction. The fundraiser will take place on Saturday, March 25th at the Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center and all proceeds will help homeless shelter pets get the veterinary care they need to begin their new lives. Animal lovers are invited to enjoy an evening of fun helping pets. As is tradition, the event begins with cocktails at 4pm with the opportunity to view and bid on all the great auction items and take a chance on raffle prizes. Dinner will be served at 6pm, followed by the auction.

The annual dinner auction is Second Chance’s largest and most important fundraiser. This year’s event will help medically needy shelter pets get the care they need from vaccines to lifesaving surgeries. Second Chance takes in sick or injured pets that may be turned away from other shelters due to the cost of providing their veterinary care.

For anyone interested in sponsoring, donating an item, or attending the 24th Annual Dinner Auction, complete information and tickets can be found at
United Way of South Central MA:
85th Anniversary Campaign Awards and Jazz Dinner
Wednesday, March 29, 2023, 6:00 PM
Samuel Slater's Restaurant, 200 Gore Road, Webster, MA

We are proud of 85 years of service to the communities in South Central MA and want to celebrate with our member agencies, corporate partners and donors by hosting an 85th Anniversary Campaign Awards and Jazz Dinner on March 29, 2023. It will be a night of great music by the Jerry Seeco Jazz Trio, fine dining at Samuel Slaters Restaurant and Hall, raffles and special awards. Our special guest speaker is Sheriff Lew Evangelidis.

Visit this link to register:
FIREPLACE FEASTS: 2023 Tickets Are Still Available
They make excellent birthday presents or excuses to spend time with your loved ones.
If calling for a reservation is your preference, we’re happy to accommodate! You can still purchase your tickets by calling us at 508-867-2345 during office hours Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 2 pm.

Easter is a great time to get together with family or friends and enjoy a home-cooked feast, and what better place to spend it than here at Salem Cross Inn! Tables fill up quickly so please make your reservations early.
Our Dining Room is open from 11:30 to 3:00 with reservations on the half hour.

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Executive Committee

Cynthia Saucier, Chair
Country Bank

Christina Hadis-Blackwell, First Vice Chair
The Center of Hope

Erika Travinski, Immediate Past Chair
The Center of Hope

Bruce Watkins, Treasurer
Karl Storz Endovision, Inc.

Board of Directors

Brad Arcoite
Table 3 Restaurant Group

Michael Checkosky
Cornerstone Bank

Alycia Dzik
Webster First Federal Credit Union

Rich Eichacker
Vibrance Technology Corp

Kelly Hibbard
Harrington Hospital

Emily Klamm
Old Sturbridge Village

Anthony Marini

Geraldo Maldonado
Quinsigamond Community College

Trevor Nielsen
Edward Jones

Michael Wales
Michael L. Wales Painting Company

Hadley Zabinsky
Paw Plaza

James Donahue
Old Sturbridge Village
Honorary Board Member

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