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May Networking at The Barn
Presenter Seminar Recap
Brown Bag Seminar
Welcome New Member!
SCU and Bravehearts Team Up for Center of Hope
TLGV Offers 2018 Grants
Harrington Welcomes Orthopedic Surgeon Chad Krueger, M.D
Are Habits That Don't Serve You Holding You Back?
Harrington Welcomes Gennady Gelman, MD
Cornerstone Bank Celebrates Employees
Harrington Welcomes Endocrinologist Rene Umanzor, M.D
Pintastic Confirms Dates & Guests
Take a Stab at Fencing
Klem's SpringFest and Tent Sale
Murder Mystery & Mom's Day at Salem Cross Inn
Stageloft Theater: The Graduate
Yard Sale
Publick House Feast
Brimfield Shows!
WIB - Networking After Hours
Record & Burpee Children's Zoo
An Evening with Kala Farnham
Mother's Day at Publick House
Mother's Day Brunch at The Host
Moms Free on Mother's Day at OSV
Mother's Day at Table 3
Auditions for the Rocky Horror Picture Show
Celebrating Women's Entrepreneurship
Highlights of Hope
An Evening to Benefit WIB Scholarship Fund
Village Toastmasters Meetings
New Member Baskets
BankHometown _200
Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors
Executive Committee
Jocelyn Callis
Jessica Bettencourt
1st Vice Chair
Bruce Watkins
Karl Storz Endovision
Cindy Howard 
Immediate Past Chair

Board Members

Brad Arcoite
Table 3 Restaurant Group 
Michael Checkosky
Karla Christiansen
Hometown Bank
Rich Eichacker

Michelle Fanion
ERA Key Realty

Les Gardner
Les Gardner Photography

Nathan Hardt
Helios Mako

Lynn Mero
Southbridge Credit Union

Laurie Nelson
Christopher Heights 
Mary O'Coin

Rita Schiano 

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

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Stur Townships - Everything but Ordinary

Welcome to May and CROSSROADS NEWS
Flip that calendar to May and let's get ready to welcome some sunshine and warm days this month! Join us for a spring de-stressing seminar with Rita Schiano and network with us at the beautiful Barn. You will also find the details on terrific local events including the Brimfield Shows, the Chamber's Golf Classic and a sweet selection of fun and tasty ways to celebrate Mother's Day!   

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The Barn at Wight Farm
Fun at Five!
Tuesday, May 22, 5:00pm  
The Barn 
The Barn at Wight Farm
420 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA, 774-241-8450

Meet us at The Barn for  
May Networking!

The Barn at Wight Farm is the picture-perfect choice for Sturbridge weddings, receptions, corporate events, anniversary parties
and functions of all types.
The Barn is a fully renovated post and beam structure hosting events up to 175.

Our new Alpheus Wight room is ideal for brides seeking a climate controlled on-site ceremony and also for more intimate parties or functions.
The Barn and the Alpheus Wight room are set on nearly four acres of manicured grounds in a colonial village setting which includes a patio, fire pit, and gazebo.

Check out photos of The Barn and its grounds
Enjoy tasty treats, cocktails from The Barn's rustic bar, chances to win valuable drawing prizes, and the opportunity to mingle with local professionals in a fun and relaxed setting!
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.
We hope to see you there!  
Thank you to our May
Fun at Five Sponsor!

Country Bank 

Country Bank is proud to sponsor the May Fun at Five
at The Barn at Wight Farm. Come and enjoy the patio and fire pit with giveaways and a Raffle Basket Full of Special Treats for Spring!
Main Office: 75 Main Street Ware, MA 01082
Chamber of Central Mass South
Heritage Country Club, Charlton
June 21, 2018
To Benefit The Chamber Scholarships & Charities Fund

Join us for a fun-filled day of golf and camaraderie on the course at our annual Golf Classic.

Golf Cannon
A LeaderBoard Air Cannon Competition sponsored by
Karl Storz Endovision!

A chance to win a 2-year lease on a 2018 Mustang Convertible sponsored by Lamoureux Ford!

A beautiful art glass trophy for our winners donated by
Karl Storz Endovision!

All to help benefit the
Chamber Charities & Scholarship Fund.

8:00 am   Registration
9:00 am   Shot Gun Start
2:30 pm   Dinner Reception

Continental breakfast
Greens and cart fees
   Heritage Country Club in Charlton, MA
Cookout lunch on the course
Spectacular raffle prizes!
Refreshments on the course
Reception and dinner after play

All players hit from the best lie

Foursome: $475, Individual:   $125, Dinner Only: $30

Visit the GOLF CLASSIC webpage for more!

To reserve your day of play View & Download the
detailed brochure here


Phone: 508-764-0012 Fax: 508-765-1187
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 Brown Bag Recap 
Presenter Seminar
Thank you to Dennis McCurdy for presenting our April 24 Brown Bag Seminar on Becoming a Better Presenter! A nice crowd turned up for this info- and humor-packed session. Now, we can't wait to make that next big speech! Stay tuned for more learning opportunities at our Brown Bag Seminars... always FREE for Members!
Want to Feel Less Stress In Your Life?
Living A Less Stressed, More Flourishing Life
Presented by Rita Schiano

Tuesday, May 22, 12:00 p.m.,  
Chamber Conference Room, 46 Hall Road, Sturbridge, MA

FREE for CMS Chamber Members, $15 for non-Members. 
Space is Limited! Please RSVP.  
Call 508-347-2761 or email 
to save your spot!

Rita Schiano Join us as Resilience Strategist Rita Schiano offers an educating and entertaining exploration of the choices that determine our direction, and the decisions that ultimately dictate our destiny.
The way stress impacts us does not necessarily have to be negative. We have a capacity for resilience, behaviors, thoughts, skills, and actions that can be learned and developed in anyone.
Rita discusses ways to manage stress through resilience, the characteristics of resilient people, as well as personal resiliency skills and attitudes, and how to strengthen them.
About Our Guest Speaker:
Ask Rita Schiano what she does, and she'll answer, "It depends on the day of the week."
On Monday through Friday, you may find her presenting resilience-based programs on managing stress or leadership development.
Or you may find her giving a keynote or workshop on Changing Your Habitudes, Managing Stress, Resilience, or The Healing Power of Forgiveness.

NSA Member Or she might be presenting a book discussion on one of her novels.  
Or she might be meeting with one of her coaching clients, helping them focus on their most important goals, interests, challenges, and needs.
And if it is a Saturday, you'll most likely find Rita at Bay Path University's Central Mass Campus where she is an adjunct professor teaching Philosophy and Women Empowered As Learners and Leaders courses.
Yes, for this resilience strategist and coach, inspirational speaker, author, and professor, it truly does depend on the day of the week.

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Welcome New Member!
Please join us in welcoming our newest Member.
Southbridge Rehabilitation & Health Care Center 
Nursing Home
84 Chapin Street, Southbridge, MA 

Southbridge Credit Union and Bravehearts Team Up for Center of Hope
 Southbridge Credit Union to Make Donation for Each Bravehearts Home Run Hit in 2018!
Fans at Worcester Bravehearts games have another reason to root for home runs in 2018: the news that a local credit union will be stepping up with a donation to another local non-profit for each long ball the Bravehearts hit this summer.
Southbridge Credit Union (SCU), a not-for-profit community credit union with four branch locations and a lending center, has partnered with the Worcester Bravehearts to support the Center of Hope Foundation, also of Southbridge. For each home run hit by the Bravehearts in their 56-game regular season and potential playoff matchups, SCU will donate $100 to the Center of Hope Foundation.
Since 1956, the Center of Hope has provided people with disabilities and their families the resources, services, and opportunities to be contributing members of their communities, and to achieve the most fulfilling and meaningful lives possible. The Center has done this through day habilitation programs, family and youth support services, and its 14 agency businesses in the Sturbridge & Southbridge area. These businesses train and employ hundreds of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities in service and retail industries. For example, customers can plan a home construction project through "Fair & Square Construction," get their vehicle cleaned through "Just the Details," or simply pick up a box of fudge at "Hope Sweet Hope," the agency's sweetest business on Main Street in Sturbridge.
Erika Travinski, Assistant COO of CoHF states "The Center of Hope Foundation is very grateful for the support that Southbridge Credit Union has shown us all through our 62 years, as well as through this endeavor. Bravehearts General Manager, Dave Peterson, has been a friend and volunteer for our agency for many years and his continued support along with the whole Braveheart's team is spectacular. We could not do the work we do with people with disabilities without the generosity of organizations like SCU and the Bravehearts."
Historically, the Bravehearts have hit between 26 and 37 total home runs in their 56-game Futures League season. Last year the team smacked 36 home runs on the way to the championship series. Southbridge Credit Union will donate $100 for each Bravehearts' home run hit either at home or on the road. A check presentation on-field is planned at the end of the season so that both Southbridge Credit Union and the Center of Hope Foundation can be honored.
"This is a partnership with some special meaning behind it," said Bravehearts General Manager Dave Peterson. "It reiterates the philosophy we've had since our inception that 1+1 = 3. Here you have two local small businesses working together for each other and for the benefit of a third organization; one that does so much to provide individuals with disabilities the training and work opportunities that help them fulfill their lives."
SCU - known for community citizenship that also includes support of the United Way of Southbridge, Sturbridge and Charlton, Tri-Community YMCA, and even a functional branch at Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School- this creates an exciting summer partnership that could also become a focal point as we celebrate our 80th year in business.
" Southbridge Credit Union has proudly been servicing this community for 80 years. We are thrilled to partner with the Bravehearts on this endeavor that supports the Center of Hope Foundation. We look forward to seeing you at the ballpark and let's hope for many home runs!" states President and CEO of SCU, Kate Alexander.
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TLGV Offers 2018 Historic and Cultural Resources Grants
The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) announces a new round of its highly successful Historic and Cultural Resources grant program. The grant is designed to help organizations and municipalities with projects that preserve, protect, interpret, promote or market historic and cultural resources. Grants may range from $500 to $4,000.
Since 2003, TLGV has awarded more than $1 million in historic and cultural preservation grants to organizations throughout The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor, which spans 35 towns and cities from Preston, CT in the south to East Brookfield, MA in the north. TLGV is a non-profit, member-supported organization charged with oversight of The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor by the National Park Service.
"The history of the National Heritage Corridor is rich and varied," said Lois Bruinooge, executive director of TLGV. "Our history really is American history, but some of it is in danger of being lost. These grants can help preserve it."
The deadline for applications is 4 p.m. July 26. All applications must be received or postmarked by the deadline. Applications should be sent to LyAnn Graff at or mailed to P.O. Box 29, Danielson CT, 06239-0029.
Successful applications will be for projects producing tangible and lasting benefits, and can include interpretive projects, marketing and promotional activities, collections inventories, assessments or conservation measures, and structural or mechanical repairs and upgrades. Creative and innovative approaches are encouraged. Funds will be dispersed on a reimbursement basis and must be matched 1:1 by cash or in-kind contributions.  
All grant applications will be reviewed by a committee and then approved by TLGV's Executive Committee and/or Board of Directors. To learn more about the grant program details visit To discuss a proposal prior to submission, please contact Lois Bruinooge at 860-774-3300 or
The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor is the last stretch of dark night sky in the coastal sprawl between Boston and Washington, D.C.  The Last Green Valley, Inc. works for you in the National Heritage Corridor. Together we can care for it, enjoy it and pass it on!
Harrington Physician Services Welcomes Orthopedic Surgeon  
Chad Krueger, M.D.
Chad Krueger MD Chad Krueger, MD, board-certified in orthopedic surgery, has joined the Harrington Physician Services (HPS) Orthopedic office.
Patients interested in scheduling an appointment can call (508) 764-2772.

Dr. Krueger received his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Brooke Army Medical Center while also completing a research fellowship at the United States Army Institute of Surgical Research in Fort Sam, Houston TX.
Most recently, Dr. Krueger served in the Womack Army Medical Center as a staff orthopedic surgeon in Fort Bragg, NC, as well as a consulting medical staff member for Scotland Memorial Hospital (Laurinburg, NC) and Sampson Regional Medical Center (Clinton, NC).
Dr. Krueger is a well-versed academic professional. He has presented more than 50 academic presentations and has many online publications, in addition to over 40 peer-reviewed articles and webinars. He has sat on more than a dozen professional committees, and was recently selected to be the Deputy Editor of Social Media for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.
He is a member of several professional affiliations, including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American Orthopedic Association-Emerging Leaders Program, the Society of Military Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.
Dr. Krueger will join Drs. Samantha Chase, Russell Donnelly and Young-Ho Oh to provide diagnostic and preventive orthopedic medicine for all ages.
The HPS orthopedic office offers total joint replacement surgery, ACL repair, rotator cuff treatment, splints and casts, fracture repair, Carpal tunnel treatment and more. The office is located at 94 South Street in Southbridge.
Harrington HealthCare System
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Are Habits That Don't Serve You Holding You Back?
Then it's time to Change Your Habitudes . . .
Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Sturbridge, MA

Negative thinking patterns can limit the quality of life you desire.
Learn how to transcend those limitations to achieve your goals and get
to that next level in your life.

At an early age we developed emotional habits and patterns - Habitudes- that influence how we perceive and move through our lives. Some Habitudes serve us, others do not. Regardless, these Habitudes determine the outcomes in our lives.

"Rita is a gifted speaker with a heart for helping others in their growth process. Her focus on personal fulfillment as a worthwhile goal is refreshing." Laurie Nelson, Attendee, Habitudes 2.0 Workshop, April 2018 

So how do we change these Habitudes that do not serve us? How do we make the shift towards positive thoughts and actions? By exploring, breaking down, and understanding the Habitude process.

Change Your Habitudes 2.0 will:
  • Examine habit formation and its effect on behavior
  • Help you uncover the Negative Habitudes holding you back
  • Examine key decisions that direct your actions
  • Explore core beliefs and the choices that may not be serving you
  • Offer strategies for releasing those negative thought patterns
"Opened my eyes for my future projects. Very interesting and informative." Joan Campanale, Attendee, Habitudes 2.0 Workshop, April 2018

You will also learn how to break the negative Habitude cycle through reframing using the process of Strategic Goal Mapping - a creative and graphic goal-mapping technique.

Strategic Goal Mapping (SGM) is a system I developed that incorporates the highly effective graphic technique of mind-mapping with a Habitude analysis action plan. By mapping out your Habitudes in a visual way, you connect thoughts, emotions and behaviors around a central goal and create an action plan that works.

"I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop and highly recommend it to anyone feeling stuck or ready to make changes in their life...
The genuineness of presentation; [Rita's] passion and energy is inspiring." Kristina LeDuc, attendee, Change Your Habitudes, Change Your Life Workshop, October 2017

Don't miss out.  Register for Habitudes 2.0 today!
Harrington Physician Services Welcomes Gennady Gelman, MD,
to its Sturbridge Family Medicine Office

Gennady Gelman MD Harrington Physician Services welcomes Dr. Gennady Gelman to its Sturbridge Family Medicine office. He will be providing routine and preventive care for all ages at 128 Main Street, Suite 4, in Sturbridge. He will be joined by HPS Nurse Practitioner Shanell Vance.
Dr. Gelman received his medical degree from Sackler School of Medicine, New York State/American Program in Tel Aviv, Israel and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Hunterdon Healthcare in Flemington, NJ. He previously worked at the HPS Webster office from 2013 to 2016, and most recently practiced family medicine in Hallandale Beach, Florida.
Dr. Gelman has special interest in improving the electronic medical records (EMR) process. He was a medical informatics officer from 2014-2016 and will continue to enhance EMR functionality at Harrington.
Patients interested in scheduling an appointment can call (508) 347-9240.
Harrington HealthCare System 
Cornerstone Bank Celebrates Employees with Annual Service Awards
Cornerstone Employees
Front Row, L to R: Nada Kanaan, 5 years; Tiffany Brunelle, 5 years; Stephen Caputo, 5 years; Kaytlin Burns, 5 years; Gabrielle Hesselberg, 5 years; Amanda Starr, 5 years; Rebecca Sauvageau, 10 years; James Pettinelli, 20 years; and Deborah Twigg, 5 years.

Middle Row, L to R:  Todd Tallman, Cornerstone Bank President & Treasurer; Sylvia Dunne, 5 years; Tina Santelli, 10 years; Rebecca Jacques, 5 years; Angela Sarna, 10 years; Bonnie Losavio, 5 years; Sheri Bibinski, 15 years; Maria Campsie, 20 years; Gregory Trahan, 10 years; Stephanie Perron, 10 years; Ann Dubreuil, 10 years; Lisa Lasorsa, 10 years; and Christopher Dupsha, 10 years.

Back Row, L to R: Stephen Quink, 5 years; Tamara Bedard, 5 years; Timothy Gardell, 5 years; Adriana Baker, 5 years; K. Michael Robbins, Cornerstone Bank Chairman & CEO, 30 years; Aaron Plankey, 5 years; Bridget LeBel, 10 years; Richard Moulton, 25 years; Jennifer Wilson, 10 years; Pamela LeBlanc, 10 years; and Thomas Dufresne, 20 years.

Absent from photo: Karen Beahn, 5 years; Lori Kelly, 5 years; James McLaughlin, 5 years; Melissa Moore, 25 years.

Cornerstone Bank employees were recently recognized for their dedication, as part of the Bank's yearlong commitment in honoring the longevity of its employees. In total, 36 employees were awarded for their service during the annual Years of Service Awards Ceremony that was held on March 21, 2018.

Cornerstone Bank has a long history of serving customers in its communities. Whether an employee, business or personal partnership, the Bank strives to build lifetime relationships. The employees share in this commitment with their co-workers, and have created life-long friendships and memories while also providing excellent service to customers. Hosted at the Spencer Country Inn, the ceremony celebrated the contributions of these employees. 

"Cornerstone Bank's growth is and has always been fueled by a commitment to its values of trust, respect, integrity and excellence," said Chairman and CEO of Cornerstone Bank K. Michael Robbins. "Our employees continue to demonstrate these qualities, and we are proud to honor them."

"We appreciate our employees' commitment and passion they bring to the workplace every day," stated President and Treasurer of Cornerstone Bank Todd M. Tallman. "Congratulations to this year's recipients and we thank you for your loyalty."

About Cornerstone Bank:
Cornerstone Bank is an independent, mutual savings bank serving the residents, businesses, and communities throughout Central Massachusetts from offices in Charlton, Holden, Leicester, N. Oxford, Rutland, Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge, Warren, Webster and Worcester. Deposits are insured in full by a combination of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Depositors Insurance Fund. The Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Equal Housing Lender, and SBA Preferred Lender. For more information, visit online at, on Facebook or call 800-939-9103.
Harrington Physician Services Welcomes Endocrinologist
Rene Umanzor, M.D.
Rene Umanzor MD Rene Umanzor, M.D., has joined the Harrington Physician Services Endocrinology practice and will begin seeing patients in Brimfield.
Patients interested in scheduling an appointment can call (508) 347-7585. The HPS Brimfield office is located at 255 E. Old Sturbridge Road.
Dr. Umanzor is board certified in endocrinology and internal medicine and is bilingual in English and Spanish. He will see patients for a variety of diabetic and endocrine disorders, including obesity management, adrenal disorders, metabolic disease, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and thyroid disease.
The Harrington Endocrinology Department also includes Dr. David Erani, who practices on Main Street in Sturbridge.
He most recently practiced at Baystate Wing Hospital in Palmer and has more than 20 years of experience, as well as familiarity with the south central Massachusetts community. He has spent most of his medical career in the Commonwealth, having also practiced in Springfield, Attleboro and South Weymouth since 2000.
He has helped develop endocrine and diabetes clinics at several other Massachusetts hospitals and plans to continue developing a comprehensive outpatient program for Harrington patients and their families.
Dr. Umanzor received his medical degree from Autonomous School of Medical Sciences of Central America in San Jose, Costa Rica. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester and his Endocrinology fellowship at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital.
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Pintastic Pinball Expo Confirms Summer Dates and Special Guests

Pintastic Pinball is back and so is Pintastic New England, our region's only large-scale pinball and game room expo. Pintastic returns for its fourth year at the Sturbridge Host Hotel this summer and it's also expanding to four days in 2018: June 28-July 1. According to an NBC Nightly News feature from October 2017, pinball is experiencing a spectacular resurgence in popularity. Did you know there are more than 3,500 pinball tournaments a year - hosted in 24 countries and with over 100,000 competitors - and with a surge of interest from all age demographics?

Guests of this summer silver ball event in Sturbridge will experience eighty years of pinball innovation as well as video games, fun and entertainment for kids, and cool ideas for your home and game room in one convenient and well-equipped venue, the lakeside Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center. Adults and youngsters can buy a ticket and enjoy the free pinball with nearly 200 machines set on Free Play (no quarters needed), over forty "old school" video arcade favorites, pinball and video game tournaments, pinball seminars, repair classes, a charity auction, an extensive hall chock full of wicked cool vendors, and much more. Delicious food, ice-cold beverages including beer, and fantastic activities for kids will be available right on-site throughout the show. Kids will love our caricature artist, face painting, balloon animals, even a kids' pinball tournament with awesome prizes! Come for a casual afternoon or the whole weekend. When you're ready to catch your breath from the white-hot action inside, take a stroll on the grounds of the Sturbridge Host Hotel right down to the shores of beautiful Cedar Lake.

Pintastic has just confirmed several special guests for this year's show. Paul Faris, who introduced the richly-toned "process color" backglass art that is now considered standard for pinball games, is Pintastic's Guest Artist for 2018. Paul will give a presentation, sign autographs, and mingle with guests of the expo. He is currently working on designs for the Pintastic poster and T-shirts which will be available for sale at the show. Get yours signed by the artist whose pinball credits include classic titles such as Bally's Lost World, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Goldeneye, Total Recall, Paragon, and Phantom of the Opera, to name just a few!
John Borg
Also joining Pintastic's slate of special guests will be game designer John Borg of Stern Pinball. New Englanders appreciate John's work on the hugely popular Aerosmith table. He is also famous for designing X-Men, The Walking Dead, TRON, Guardians of the Galaxy, and some other rock-band-themed games. John Borg has been in pinball design for over 25 years and he will be available to chat and sign autographs for guests of the expo.

What else can you expect? Certainly, you can get your flipping fingers on many classic games as well as the newest and hottest titles out there. Last year, Stern's new Star Wars table made its world premiere at Pintastic and this year we expect to play great new games like the just released Iron Maiden from Stern Pinball. Limited Edition (LE) models of this game sold out in just hours! Among the seminars, which were packed with enthusiastic pinheads last year, there will be a deep dive into one of the most complex tables ever built, Pirates of the Caribbean by Jersey Jack Pinball. This beautiful beast features a 27" HD LCD display and allows players to choose one of 22 movie characters, each having specific strengths, and then fire their pinball-loaded cannon from the rocking Black Pearl on the upper playfield.

Do you have games in your collection that you'd like to bring with you to the show? Pintastic has revamped their incentives for game bringers. Games are ranked using a point system and the points you earn can be redeemed for incredible Pintastic merchandise including admission to the show, food and more prizes that are in the works. Get in touch or visit online to see what rewards bringing your treasured games can get you!

Pintastic ticket prices range from $7-$15 (child) and $25 (adult) for single day passes. Ultimate Experience Packages (two-day and four-day) are also available on a limited basis. Children under the age of 5 are admitted free. For times, tickets and more details, check out the redesigned Pintastic Pinball and Game Room Expo website at and make your room reservations soon. Contact Pintastic by phone at 774-278-3541 or by email at For reservations call the Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Center at 508-347-3246. Ask for the special Pintastic Pinball block at just $110 a night.
Follow Pintastic New England on Facebook for more special guests and expo news as it breaks!
"A little Madness in the Spring 
Is wholesome even for the King." 
-  Emily Dickinson
Take a Stab at Fencing... at Hitchcock!
Fencing at Hitchcock
  Fencing is an ancient sport that embodies such virtues as honor, valor, and grace.  

By Diana Caissie

Local residents of Brimfield and the surrounding towns have been showing up in increasing numbers to Andrew Bloch's fencing lessons at Hitchcock Academy on Wednesday evenings. Lessons are offered for both youths (ages 8-16) and adults (ages 16 and up).

Fencing is a sport that was developed from the art of swordsmanship, used for dueling and self-defense. Over the early years of the Renaissance, schools of fencing in Spain, Italy and France were equally popular but were primarily used to train soldiers for the military. In the mid-18th century the focus of fencing shifted to a sport with the publication of The School of Fencing by Domenico Angelo, an Italian fencing master of a school in London. Much of his posture and footwork are still used in today's sport.

In Bloch's lessons, he places a heavy emphasis on the proper footwork and technique before his students fence for the first time. Discussion of the classic French techniques are vital for safety and provide a good foundation to become great fencers.

If you are interested in learning how to fence at Hitchcock Academy, see for more information or call 413-245-9977.

More Classes Coming Up 
Tuesday, May 1
VALLEY GIVES DAY: Online Fundraising Event: Join the Pioneer Valley in giving to charitable organizations by donating online to support Hitchcock Academy in their goal 
ART GROUP: Participants enjoy time to socialize, draw and paint together informally without instruction. No pre-registration required. Bring your own supplies and enjoy! Free will Donations are welcome. Time: 9-11:30AM Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 for more information.
Wednesday, May 2
WATERCOLORS WITH BETH: Ongoing watercolor classes for all levels with a new painting every 3 weeks. You must register with Beth in advance to attend. Time: 9:00 AM-1 PM Fee: $17 per week plus supplies. Instructor: Beth Parys. For information and to register, call Beth at 413-245-3295.

Thursday, May 3 
VIOLIN/VIOLA WITH LINDA: Ongoing private violin or viola lessons offered by Linda Day. Linda enjoys teaching all ages and levels and offers a variety of musical styles to suit the interests of her students. Please note, children ages 5-7 must be accompanied by an adult and you must fill out a consent form for students under 18. (6 classes) Time: ½ hour lessons scheduled between 2 and 6 PM. Fee: $148 Instructor: Linda Day. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.
SEN-I JUDO CLUB: This course runs all year long and is well suited for all levels of practitioners including beginners! Call Sensei Israel Lopez 413 279-4330 for more information.
Friday, May 4 
WATERCOLORS WITH ANNA: Teapot Daisies: Create a watercolor with a teapot and lovely spring arrangement. Supplies List, bring your own: 9"x12" 140lb watercolor paper, Frisket with ugly brush, White watercolor paint, Greens and your supply of paints. Teapots will be available to draw, or bring your own favorite. Brushes including a small fan brush, spray bottle, paper towels, brushes, you may or not want to use a table easel, your choice, a Brown Bag Lunch and laughter! Time: 10:00 AM- 3:30 PM. Fee: $45 Instructor: Anna Ozolins. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.
FRIENDS & FAMILY FRIDAY: Birch Baskets: Join Marcia Beal in making this delicate birch bark basket perfect for freshly picked spring bouquets! All ages welcome. Registration required. Thank you to the McCurdy Group for their sponsorship! Time: 6:00-7:30 PM Fee: $6/person, $30 maximum/household Instructor: Marcia Beal. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: Traditional open AA meetings in a friendly setting. Come early to chat and share in refreshments. Time: 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 5 
FARMERS' MARKET: Brimfield's weekly Farmers' Market-now in its 12th year! Stop by and browse a selection of locally grown and made products from baked goods, produce, and flowers to soaps and more! Dates: Saturdays April 14 - October 27, 2018 except during the Brimfield Antiques Show. Time: 9am-2pm. For more information, see the Farmers' Market page under Events on our website,

Please note that due to the Brimfield Antiques Show some regularly scheduled groups and events may not be occurring this week.
Monday, May 7
WEIGHT WATCHERS: Traditional Weight Watchers meetings! Times: Weigh-in/Registrations: 5:30PM Meeting: 6:00 PM Leader: Angela Kramer Visit to become a member or to learn more about Weight Watchers.
SEN-I JUDO CLUB: This course runs all year long and is well suited for all levels of practitioners including beginners! Call Sensei Israel Lopez 413 279-4330 for more information.
VIOLIN/VIOLA WITH LINDA: Ongoing private violin or viola lessons offered by Linda Day. Linda enjoys teaching all ages and levels and offers a variety of musical styles to suit the interests of her students. Please note, children ages 5-7 must be accompanied by an adult and you must fill out a consent form for students under 18. (6 classes) Time: ½ hour lessons scheduled between 2 and 6 PM. Fee: $148 Instructor: Linda Day. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.
CHI KUNG: Chi Kung is a flow of slow, mindful movements, balancing practices, and some static postures done with the intention of enhancing the flow of energy throughout the body. Incorporated into this weekly practice will be a few gestures from the Yang style 108-movement Tai Chi form, a defensive ancient martial art form. Participants will be standing; no mat required.  Wear comfortable clothing and non-skid shoes; bring water if you like. (6 classes) Dates: Mon, 6-7 PM B) Mar 12- April 23 (no class 4/16) Fee: $60 Instructor: Sharon Palmer. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.
Thursday, May 10
SEN-I JUDO CLUB: This course runs all year long and is well suited for all levels of practitioners including beginners! Call Sensei Israel Lopez 413 279-4330 for more information.
Friday, May 11
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: Traditional open AA meetings in a friendly setting. Come early to chat and share in refreshments. Time: 7:30 PM
Spring FEST Tent sale  
Klem's SpringFest and Tent Sale
May 4-6 
Shop the TENT SALE
  Discontinued items up to 90% OFF retail! Come early for the best selection!

TENT SALE HOURS: Friday - Noon-7pm, Saturday - 9am-7pm, Sunday - 9am-5pm

Kids Activities: Bounce House, Free Sno-Cones! 
Enter to win a Husqvarna® 122C Trimmer! VALUE $159.95! No purchase necessary.
One entry per person. Valid from May 4th-6th, 2018! 
Gourmet Food Tasting!

Meet & Greet with Dan Kenney from Go Fish! 
Fly Casting Demonstrations by The Greene Outdoors!

Klem's             117 West Main Street, Spencer              508-885-2708 
Salem Cross Inn logo
Salem Cross inn 
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.
Murder Mystery Dinner Theater: These Jokes are Killing Me
Murder Mystery
May 4

Salem Cross Inn and Cornely Productions present a Murder Mystery Dinner: Our interactive dinner theater, These Jokes are Killing Me...

Friends of a lovely woman discover she is dying. To bring some joy into her last days they organize a dinner party where everyone, including patrons, delivers jokes in order to bring laughter to her final days.

But you never know if she will make it through the night. Who has the last laugh now!?
Join us for a laugh-filled night, a great dinner, and a mystery we need your help solving.

Tossed Garden Salad with Creamy Italian Dressing 
Rustic Boneless Breast of Chicken - Supreme Sauce 
Seasonal Potato and Vegetable 
Homemade Rolls 
Ice Cream Cakeballs with Homemade Hot Fudge 
Brewed Tea or Coffee

The Murder Mystery Dinner is an advanced ticket purchase dining event. To order tickets, please call Salem Cross Inn at 508-867-2345 or submit your order online. $56 per person, includes all taxes and gratuities. Arrive 6:45pm. Show begins at 7:00pm.

See all dates for the 2018 Murder Mystery Dinners Series here

Mother's Day at Salem Cross Inn 
Sunday, May 13, 2018 

It's the day to celebrate the most important person in our lives... MOM! 
So why not treat her to a lovely Mother's Day meal and join us between 11:30am and 4:00pm. (Reservations on the half hour.)

Check out the Featured Drinks, Appetizers, Entrees and Homemade Desserts
on the Mother's Day Menu and make your reservations here.
Open Full Schedule: 
MARCH 29-DECEMBER 30, 2018 
Tuesday to Friday (Lunch & Dinner) - 11:30am to 9:00pm 
Saturday (Dinner) - 5:00pm to 9:00pm 
Sunday (Dinner) - 12 Noon to 8:00pm 
Stageloft Theater Presents
The Graduate 
Adapted by Terry Johnson 
Directed by Jim Porter

May 4-20   
This is the first play adaptation of the classic novel and cult film. It premiered in April 2000 at the Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, starring Kathleen Turner as Mrs Robinson.  Set in California in the 1960's, Benjamin's got excellent grades, very proud parents and, ever since he helped Mrs. Robinson with her zipper, a fine future behind him... A cult novel, a classic film, a quintessential hit of the 60s, now Benjamin's disastrous sexual odyssey is brought vividly to life in this stage production.

Presented by Special Arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. 
Call or visit online for tickets.

Stageloft Theater         450A Main Street, Fiskdale            508-347-9005  
Yard Sale
Saturday, May 5th. 8am-2pm. Indoor.
(Rain or Shine)

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

May 7 
Friends of Palmer Senior Center 
St. Louis Parish 
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, Tea, Soft Drinks & Iced Water    
Thank you for your support! 
2018 Show Dates: May 8-13, July 10-15, September 4-9
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! Check it out and get it here:  

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to staff the Chamber's Information Booth at the shows! 
The schedule will go out next week but you can call us now to grab a shift!

The location of our booth has changed.
We will be setting up our Information Booth along the sidewalk between the Town Hall Annex Building (where we park) and the Brimfield Public Library, just across the street from our old spot. 
Woman in Business - Networking After Hours
May 9, 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Fins & Tales, 858 Main Street, Southbridge

Pull together your business card, company literature, and samples of your work/product for our informal after-hours business networking event at Fins & Tales in Southbridge.  Enjoy appetizers while you go around the room meeting new people and learning about their business. Meet someone new, exchange ideas, find a referral or just get to know your local women in business!

Light Appetizers. Cash Bar. Fun Evening.
$20 Members, $25 Non-members. Visit the link to register. 
Record & Burpee Children's Zoo 
  Thursday, May 10th through Sunday, May 13th
Hours: 11am until 7pm (Sunday until 5pm)

Free Admission! Educational Family Fun!
Features: pony rides ∙ moon bounce ∙ giant slide ∙ cotton candy!
Come & see: baby goats & sheep ∙ petting animals ∙ lemurs ∙ yak ∙ kangaroo ∙ coatis ∙
parrots & more!

Klem's             117 West Main Street, Spencer              508-885-2708
An Evening with Kala Farnham
May 12, 6:00pm, Elm Street Congregational Church 

On Saturday, May 12th at 6pm, "Rhode Island Songwriters Association Songwriter of the Year" and "You-Tube Sensation", Kala Farnham, will be performing at Elm Street Congregational Church, 61 Elm Street in Southbridge. Tickets are $15 per person and $12 for seniors. Children under 10 are free. There will be a meet and greet with Kala beginning at 6pm, concert starts at 7pm. Free parking is available behind the Southbridge Town Hall. For more information call 774-318-1844. All proceeds from this concert are being donated by Kala to the church. Also performing will be the Elm Street Church Bell Choir.

John Fuzek, "Roots Report" Motif RI" describes Kala as "a classically trained musician with influences of pop, Broadway, and world music in her sound. Farnham's sound can be compared to Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, and Norah Jones, but she defini tely has a style of her own. Those who are fortunate to see Kala live are wowed the same way I was."

Please visit Kala's webpage at
The Publick House  
Mother's Day Breakfast Buffet 
Sunday, May 13, 2018 
Served from 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Adults $18.95 Children $9.95 (3-11) plus tax & gratuity

Fresh Seasonal Fruit Salad
Assorted Fresh Publick House Breakfast Pastries
Assorted Cold Cereals
Scrambled Eggs
Tuscan Vegetable and Cheese Quiche
Bacon and Sausage
Corned Beef Hash
Home-Fried Breakfast Potatoes
Omelets Made to Order Station
Ham, Bacon, Peppers, Onions, Tomatoes, Spinach, Swiss Cheese
Belgian Waffles with Whipped Cream, Strawberries and Warmed Syrup
Cheese Blintzes with Fruit Compote
Coffee, Tea, Juice or Soft Drink
Call Publick House at 508-347-7323 ext. 400 for reservations

Mother's Day Buffet 
Sunday, May 13, 2018 
Served from 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Adults $36.95 - Children $14.95 (3-11) plus tax & gratuity
**Reservations Required**


Roast Prime Rib of Beef
Au Jus and Horseradish Sauce
Glazed Ham
with black pepper-blueberry compote
Poached Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce and Lemons
Smoked Salmon Display
Baked Brie
New England Clam Chowder
Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Chicken Tenders and French Fries
Buttered Pasta with Marinara Sauce
Fruit Salad
an assortment of our Executive Chef's creations.
Visit the link for the complete menu.
Call Publick House at 508-347-7323 ext. 400 for reservations
Mother's Day Brunch 
Sturbridge Host Hotel
Sturbridge Host 
May 13, 2018

Treat Mom to Mother's Day Brunch at the Sturbridge Host Hotel on May 13, 2018  
from 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM with seatings every half an hour.
Reservations are required and can be made by calling the hotel directly, 508-347-7393.

The Mother's Day Brunch Menu
Cold Items 
Seasonal Sliced Fruit 
Tossed Salad with garden vegetables 
Spinach, strawberry, goat cheese, red onion 
Peel & Eat Shrimp Cocktail 
Assorted Pastries and Tea Breads
Omelette Station 
Prepared to Order with your choice of fresh ingredients
Carving Station 
Roast Sirloin with garlic herb demi glace
Breakfast Items 
Crisp Bacon, Country Sausage 
Home fries, Scrambled Eggs 
Texas style French Toast with assorted berries and cream
Seafood Stuffed Sole with Newburg Sauce 
Sautéed Chicken with apricot pomegranate glaze 
Rice Pilaf, Grilled Asparagus
Assorted Cakes and Pies

Adults $28.95 Seniors (65 and older) $16.95 
Children 5-12 $10.95 Under 5 free
Price does not include tax and gratuity 
18% gratuity added on parties of 6 or more
Mother's Day at Old Sturbridge Village 
Sunday, May 13, 2018
The Village is open from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Cost: All moms get in free! Regular admission applies for everyone else.

Old Sturbridge Village offers FREE Admission to all mothers on Mother's Day.

Family events are planned throughout the day, including demonstrations of cooking for children, hands-on crafts, and performances.  Visit with 19th-century midwife Lucy Tucker and Lydia Maria Child, author of The Mother's Book.
Mother's Day Brunch
A scrumptious, reservations-required brunch will be available in the Oliver Wight Tavern for an additional cost.  Click here for more information.
Seatings available from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Reservations are required; Please call 508-347-0397. 

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge MA 01566
Mother's Day at Table 3 
Table 3
Sunday, May 13, 2018

Show Mom that you recognize all she does throughout the year by celebrating Mother's Day at her favorite Table 3 restaurant. The Duck and Avellino and Cedar Street Grille have prepared
Mother's Day menus that are sure to make Mom feel special.

Make your reservations now by calling Avellino or the Duck at 508-347-2321 or
Cedar Street Grille at 508-347-5800. Cedar Street Grille will open at 10:00 am and the Duck
will open at 11:00 am. Vegetarian entrées and gluten-free options will be available.
Mother's Day Jazz Brunch at The Barn
Join us from 10am-4pm for our second annual Mother's Day Brunch Buffet at The Barn at Wight Farm while listening to the sounds of six-time Massachusetts Entertainer of the Year, Dale LePage and guitar legend Joe D'Angelo. Music will be from 11am-2:30 pm. The Barn's buffet will be brimming with all your favorites and some of Chef Tony's and Chef Rico's inspirations.
The price for this Mother's Day extravaganza is just $38.95 per guest (plus tax & gratuity).
Make your reservation now by calling 774-241-8450.

The Barn at Wight Farm 
420 Main Street 
Sturbridge MA 01566
Auditions for the Rocky Horror Picture Show
Rocky Horror
May 14 & 15 
Gateway Players Theatre, Inc. will hold auditions for the August production of "The Rocky Horror Show" by Richard O'Brien, on Monday and Tuesday, May 14 & 15, at 6:30pm at Elm Street Congregational Church, 61 Elm St. Southbridge. The entrance to the Hall is at the back of the building. Men and women age 18 and over are needed for this adult musical. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script, singing and simple movement. Gateway Players Theatre is currently in its 43rd season, and is very excited to produce this cult favorite musical. Bill Guy is directing, with Chris Rubenacker as musical director and Barbara Day as producer.

Actors should come in comfortable clothing, and prepared to have a fu n time. Production dates are August 17, 18 and 19 at the Cannery Music Hall in Southbridge. Presented by permission through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. For more information please call 508-764-4531. Rehearsals will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Innocent Brad and Janet find themselves seeking shelter at a mysterious old castle on a dark and stormy night, where they encounter transvestite Dr. Frank N Furter, his "perfect" creation Rocky, and an assortment of other crazy creatures. Favorite musical numbers include: "Dammit, Janet", "Time Warp", "Sweet Transvestite" and "Toucha, Toucha, Touch Me".
Woman Entrepreneurship
Celebrating Women's Entrepreneurship
Boston and Worcester Chapters of SCORE 
Friday, May 18, 2018, 10 am - 3 pm 
Framingham Sheraton Hotel, Route 9, Framingham, MA

Join us for:

Translation services will be provided for afternoon workshops

All are welcome.

Full Day $50 (breakfast and lunch included)
Half Day $25 (10-12 breakfast or 12-3 lunch)
New Hope
Highlights of Hope 
May 23 at 7:30am
New Hope's Board of Directors invites you to our
Highlights of Hope breakfast - celebrating our work and community partnerships.
Our event begins at 7:30 AM at Dean College in Franklin, MA on May 23rd, 2018
and admission is complimentary.

The program includes a keynote address, awards distribution and survivor speech.    
RSVP by May 1, 2018 to or 508.885.4015 x2115.

Visit the website for more: 
An Evening to Benefit Woman In Business Scholarship Fund 
Dinner at 8
May 23, Sturbridge Host Hotel, 5:30-8:00pm
Over the last 27 years, Woman In Business, Inc. (WIB), a 501c(3) that supports women by fostering networking, sharing information and experiences, and providing educational opportunities, has given out over $40,000 in scholarships to over 100 young women for their continuing education!    
This year we are asking for broader support from our community. WIB has teamed up with the Tantasqua High School Drama Club to host a Murder Mystery Dinner and Interactive Theatre Experience, "Dinner at Eight, Dead by Nine," to help raise money for our scholarship program. It's 
an experience you won't soon forget!

"In a banquet room, guests are expecting a dinner theatre show.  But when the guest of honor, Eleanor Van Heusen, falls face first into her plate of spaghetti, the guests are suddenly witnesses to a murder!  Luckily, Inspector Bungles is there to help solve this whodunit.  To say the least, Eleanor wasn't loved by all.  In fact, all her family members and even the chef have reasons to kill her.  Hilarity ensues as they each reveal their own murder plans, yet all claim innocence. "

$30 per person
. Evening includes Dinner, Performance, Sweet Treats Dessert Buffet and Penny Auction. All proceeds to benefit WIB's Scholarship Fund.
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!
May 1: Valley Gives Day!
May 4-6: SpringFest and Tent Sale at Klem's
May 8-13: Brimfield Antiques & Collectibles Shows
May 9: Woman in Business Networking After Hours   
May 13: Happy Mother's Day!
May 22: Brown Bag Seminar Less Stress with Rita Schiano
May 22: Fun at Five at The Barn at Wight Farm with Country Bank

May 23: Highlights of Hope Breakfast 
June 21: CMS Chamber GOLF CLASSIC at Heritage Country Club
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