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In your inbox on the last business day of the month, your CROSSROADS is here with all the latest from our Members and friends. We are excited to be visiting Rapscallion’s NEW Sturbridge pub for networking on May 17th! It’s also time for fantastic outdoor events to return and the Brimfield show fields will spring to life for antique shoppers from all over the world starting with the May shows (May 10-15). If you can volunteer for a shift at our Information Booth during the shows, we would just LOVE you for it! Shift details are below. You’ll also find great ideas to celebrate Mom and much more in this issue! Thank you for your support and for KEEPING IT LOCAL this Spring!

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TUESDAY, MAY 17, 5:00-7:00PM
Rapscallion Pub
3 Arnold Road, Sturbridge, 508-347-7500 
Join us for Networking at the NEW Rapscallion Pub!
Recently moved to its new location at 3 Arnold Road, Rapscallion Pub has maintained its inviting rustic ambience while adding the new flair of a full bar and kitchen. Enjoy Rapscallion’s hand-brewed beer, great company, fresh bites, and the warm and friendly vibes offered by one of Massachusetts’ favorite brewpubs at Fun at Five!
Raps Runs for Charity!
Join Rapscallion Table & Tap in Acton on May 22 for a fast, fun 5K to benefit AccesSportAmerica, and Rapscallion Brewery on August 28 for a beautiful country 5K to benefit Second Chance Animal Services.
Learn more at

Register for Fun at Five by email or phone.
Cost is $12 for Members who pre-register, $15 at the door, or $20 for non-Members.

Country Bank is one of the most highly capitalized mutual savings banks in the Commonwealth offering full-service consumer and commercial banking services. Country Bank serves Central and Western Massachusetts and is a proud Founding Member of the Worcester Red Sox. Deeply committed to helping local communities thrive, Country Bank recently pledged $1 million dollars to the Worcester Country Food Bank and the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. In 2021, donations exceeded $1.1 million dollars and supported more than 300 organizations throughout the region.
June 1: Economic Development Office Hours at the Chamber –
Meet with State Officials to Discuss How to Grow Your Business

We are very pleased to announce that on June 1, 2022 from 1pm to 3pm we have state leaders available at the Chamber office to meet with you to discuss your specific business needs as well as state-provided resources that may be available to meet those needs.

Meet with the following State Officials to Discuss How to Grow Your Business:

Kevin Kuros, Business Development Massachusetts Office of Business Development
• Overview of State's Economic Development Incentive Program
• Information regarding other State programs to benefit businesses, such as: Mass Life Sciences Center, Massachusetts Small Business Development Center, Workforce Training Fund, MassEcon, MassCEC, and Covid-Relief Programs

Rob Anderson, VP, Business and Economic Development MassDevelopment
• Overview of financing programs available through MassDevelopment for manufacturers, non-profit organizations, developers of rental housing and community redevelopment initiatives.

Stephen Spinney, Mass Growth Capital
• Overview of financing options, loan restructurings and more

Appointments take place at the Chamber office (46 Hall Road, Sturbridge) and are reserved in 20 minute increments. Available on a first come first served basis by calling Alix at the Chamber (508) 347-2761 or emailing
Upcoming Regional Employer Road Shows

The Baker-Polito Administration, including MassHire Career Centers and Workforce Boards and the Commonwealth Corporation, is hosting a series of 10 regional employer roadshows from late April to May, with the goal of connecting employers to new and existing workforce supports from the Commonwealth. You can register for the below sessions today:
  • Central #1 | Monday, May 2, 10:00 AM | Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School, Charlton, MA
  • Merrimack Valley | Tuesday, May 3, 11:00 AM | Northern Essex Community College - Lawrence Campus, Lawrence MA
  • Pioneer Valley | Thursday, May 5, 1:00 PM | Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA
We are also working to schedule the following sessions. You can PRE-REGISTER for these sessions now, and we will notify you when a date and time is confirmed.

  • Cape & Islands | Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, Bourne, MA
  • Berkshires | Berkshire Innovation Center (BIC), Pittsfield, MA
  • Greater Boston | Bunker Hill Community College, Charlestown, MA
  • Northeast | Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School, Danvers, MA
  • Central #2 | Worcester Tech, Worcester, MA
The roadshows will be a unique opportunity to hear from MA workforce leaders and to share your perspective with them. Attendance will vary by event but speakers may include Lt. Governor Polito, Secretary Acosta, Secretary Peyser, and Secretary Kennealy, among others.
The roadshows will be hosted by workforce partners, including community colleges and vocational training institutes. Each event will be ~1.5 hours and will have roughly the same agenda.
Get Great Exposure for Your Business! 
Sponsor an upcoming Chamber event!

Our Promotions Committee is hard at work planning the schedule of Chamber happenings including FUN at FIVE networking events, the new Driving for Health & Education Car Show and the Chamber's GOLF CLASSIC. We are actively seeking businesses that would be interested in sponsoring these events.

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

If your company would be interested in being a sponsor for these upcoming events, or would like more information about sponsorship, please contact Alix at 508-347-2761 or email
Welcome, New Chamber Members!

We are very pleased to welcome these new regional partners through our affiliation with Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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Cornerstone Bank promotes five employees to the executive level
Celebrating the success of long-standing employees
Pictured (l-r): Altaf Ahmed, Brian Loveless, Maria Salvatore, Thomas Dufresne, Scott Auen

WORCESTER, Mass. – Cornerstone Bank, a community bank with 12 locations throughout Central Massachusetts, has recently promoted five of their senior vice presidents to executive vice president positions. These new appointments are across multiple departments and highlight Cornerstone Bank’s commitment to recognizing and growing the skills of their employees.
“These five employees have shown they have great leadership skills at the senior vice president level, proving they are ready to take on more responsibilities within the institution,” said Todd Tallman, CEO of Cornerstone Bank. “They give their best every day to our customers and staff, and are excited to take on expanded roles. Congratulations to them all.”
The following employees are being recognized for their recent promotions:
  • Altaf Ahmed is now Executive Vice President, Retail Banking
  • Scott Auen is now Executive Vice President, Retail Lending
  • Thomas Dufresne is now Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer
  • Brian Loveless is now Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
  • Maria Salvatore is now Executive Vice President, Chief Culture Officer
To learn more about Cornerstone Bank and open positions within the institution, please visit
About Cornerstone Bank
Cornerstone Bank was formed in 2017, born of a long history of supporting the community, and providing a strong foundation to help people and businesses thrive. Serving Worcester County, Massachusetts, Cornerstone Bank’s local presence and community-based banking model enables a unique ability to deliver outstanding service, with a personal touch. Cornerstone provides the highest level of service and expertise for individuals, businesses, and community organizations with branch locations throughout Central Massachusetts. Cornerstone works to connect customers with opportunities, through a broad range of deposit and loan products, and services. Built on Trust is not just a tagline, but also one of our guiding corporate values. Whether a business or personal partnership, Cornerstone stands on the foundation that relationships are built on trust. To learn about Cornerstone Bank’s personal and business banking offerings, please visit or call 800-939-9103.
Helping Your Pet Maintain a Healthy Weight
Second Chance Veterinarian Offers Tips 

NORTH BROOKFIELD, MA (April 18, 2022) – Does your pet need to drop a few pounds? Second Chance Animal Services Veterinarian Dr. Jackie Celmer explains why it’s important to help your pet maintain a healthy weight and what to do if your pet needs to drop a few pounds.
Obesity amongst domestic dogs and cats in America is becoming more common than veterinarians would like. A recent study showed that in America about 60% of cats and 56% of dogs have been classified as obese by a veterinarian. So, what makes my pet obese? A pet is classified as obese if it is deemed at least 10-20% heavier than their ideal weight. Obesity is not only a primary issue but can predispose our pets to many secondary issues like diabetes, thyroid disease, heart disease, joint pain which can worsen arthritis, and weakening a pets immune system making them more susceptible to secondary illnesses.
So, what do we do if our pet is overweight? The first recommendation is to evaluate what we feed our furry friends at home. Step one is to actually measure what we are feeding our pets. Most of us use a “scoop” that is some unknown measurement, and we provide a scoop or two into the dish. It is very important to quantify how much we are actually feeding with an appropriate measuring cup. Secondarily it is good to mention that most commercial dog and cat foods have feeding recommendations on the back of the bag which should be fed for the pets age and ideal body weight. Ideal body weight is our “goal weight”, so if our pet is 15 pounds and we want them to be 10 pounds we need to be feeding for a 10-pound animal and not a 15-pound animal. If you are having trouble knowing how much you should be feeding your pet feel free to reach out to one of us for a more precise diet plan.
Not only is dieting key but like in humans, diet needs to be paired with exercise. We should try to take our dogs for walks or exercise them in the yard daily. If the weather is bad, try to play with them in the house for at least 15 minutes a day. Cats are a bit more challenging to get to exercise on demand. Getting a tall cat tree can entice our furry felines to jump and climb more which can aide in weight loss. Additionally, wand toys and laser pointers can be used to get our cats moving. I usually recommend having them chase the laser dot for at least 10-15 minutes once to twice daily.
Only about 10% of pets diagnosed with obesity are successful at losing weight and over 40% of those who lost weight gained it back within a year. It is important to remember that weight loss takes time, do not get discouraged, it is a lot of work, but your furry friend will thank you in the long run!
Second Chance has four full-service Community Veterinary Hospitals in North Brookfield, Southbridge, Springfield, and Worcester to help you care for your pet. All locations offer reduced pricing for those that qualify. Those that do not qualify pay regular fees with the proceeds benefit programs helping pets in need. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, visit
PHOTO: Dr. Jackie Celmer 

About Second Chance Animal Services:
Second Chance is a nonprofit 501c3 tax exempt organization that began in 1999 in East Brookfield and relies solely on donations from grants to operate. The organization operates an adoption center in East Brookfield and Community Veterinary Hospitals in North Brookfield, Southbridge, Springfield, and Worcester. Second Chance helps over 40,000 pets a year through adoption, spay/neuter, veterinary care, community outreach, educational outreach programs, training, and a pet food pantry. For more information, visit Second Chance’s website at
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Southbridge Garden Club Plant Sale

Sturbridge: Calling all gardeners, plant enthusiasts and nature lovers! The Southbridge Garden Club invites the general public to a Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 9 am to 1 pm on the Sturbridge Town Common.

The sale will feature a wide selection of perennials, vegetables, herb baskets, and cemetery boxes. The “Odds and Ends” table offers shoppers a variety of garden-related items, such as small tools, flowerpots, gloves, some surprises, and other goodies.

The Spring Plant Sale will also raffle off a garden cart filled with a treasure trove of garden-related items. Proceeds from the Spring Plant Sale support the programs, scholarships, and beautification projects that the Southbridge Garden Club sponsors. Your support is greatly appreciated.

The Southbridge Garden Club is an organization that welcomes gardeners of all abilities and has been serving the area since 1953. The organization became a member of the Garden Club Federation in Massachusetts in 2003. The Club’s mission is to “share an interest in horticulture and to expand our knowledge of gardening for our mutual benefit and that of our local communities.”

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The Sturbridge Tourism Association is promoting a "Sturbridge Business of the Year" Award program. Town residents and visitors can vote for their favorite shops, restaurants, hotels and specialty stores. The award program is designed to highlight town businesses, encourage consumer spending, build community support and offer award to the most popular businesses.
Voting can be easily accomplished by visiting the new Town of Sturbridge tourism website:
Rotary Club of Sturbridge to Celebrate 50-Year Anniversary
Sturbridge, MA – The Rotary Club of Sturbridge is planning a celebration of the 50th anniversary of its founding on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at The Publick House Historic Inn.

According to Rotary President Klaus Hachfeld, the event will start with a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner in Paige Hall. In addition to current Rotarians, a number of local and regional special guests are expected to attend. Tickets will be available soon at $75 per person for anyone from the community who wishes to join the festivities.

The Rotary Club is currently soliciting full-page, half-page, and quarter-page ads for the 50th Anniversary program booklet. If you are interested in placing an ad or congratulatory message in the booklet from you or your business, please send an email to with your contact information and a Rotarian will be in touch to provide additional information and collect your ad. If you do not have a camera-ready ad, the Club’s graphic designer will create one for you free of charge.

The Rotary Club of Sturbridge is one of 50 clubs in Rotary District 7910, covering east-central Massachusetts, USA. The Club meets for dinner on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 PM at the Publick House Historic Inn, located on Rte. 131 at the Sturbridge Common.

The main objective of Rotary is service – in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians develop community service projects that address many of today’s most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence. They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development. The Rotary motto is Service Above Self.
Second Chance to Celebrate Adopt a Shelter Pet Day at Timberyard Birthday Event
Nonprofit to Distribute Donated Pet Beds in Honor of Alum Podunk
EAST BROOKFIELD, MA (April 21, 2022) – Second Chance Animal Services will be on hand Saturday, April 30th at Timberyard Brewing Company to help celebrate both National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day and the birthday of a local alum of Second Chance, Podunk the Brewery Cat. The mobile adoption unit will have some great pets available for adoption and Second Chance staff will be distributing pet beds that were donated by BARK, Inc. in partnership with GreaterGood Charities to promote adoptions of local pups. 
Chief Development Officer Lindsay Doray said that when she got the call about a large donation of pet beds, she reached out to Timberyard for help. “We knew that the donation could help a lot of pets, but there was no way we could store them all at any of our facilities. I’m grateful to our friends at Timberyard for accepting, storing and helping us pass them out here in our hometown at this special event celebrating Podunk and shelter pets.”  
Doray said Second Chance is grateful to BARK and GreaterGood Charities for the donation that will provide a comfy bed for those welcoming new pets from the nonprofit’s adoption center a short distance from Timberyard.  
Doray says Second Chance is committed to helping keep people and pets together and hopes the beds will provide comfort to pets and educate pet owners about the resources available for their pets. Second Chance Animal Services was selected by Greater Good Charities, in partnership with BARK, Inc, to receive a donation of dog beds to help enhance adoption efforts and temporary experiences for local pups.  
This local donation is part of BARK’S initial $10 million commitment in BARK products to enhance and expand initiatives by Greater Good Charities’ partner shelters and rescues to drive adoptions. GreaterGood Charities is working with partner shelters nationwide to utilize thousands of BARK’s memory foam dog beds to help shelters enhance adoption drives and create dog adoption starter kits when individuals and families adopt new dogs. In addition, the nonprofit organization is offering BARK dog beds to pet-friendly domestic violence and homeless shelters to help families in crisis create a safe haven for their pup. 
BARK’s partnership with Greater Good Charities is an expansion of the company’s ongoing work in giving back to dogs and their people. Since 2017, working with an internal network of over 1,000 partners in dogs and animal welfare across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, BARK has donated around $1 million annually in goods, services, and direct funding in order to help dogs stay in homes. GreaterGood Charities, works to amplify the good in the world, and has provided more than $400 million in impact, including cash grants, in-kind supplies, and programmatic support, to over 5,000 charitable partners in 121 countries since 2007.
Second Chance will be at the event on Saturday, April 30th from 11am to 3pm, welcoming visitors to the mobile adoption unit and distributing beds free of charge to pet owners.  
PHOTO: Podunk the Brewery Cat (photo courtesy of Timberyard Brewing Company)
About Greater Good Charities:
Greater Good Charities is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit organization that works to help people, pets, and the planet by mobilizing in response to need and amplifying the good. Greater Good Charities, with a 100/100 rating on Charity Navigator, and has provided more than $400 million in impact, including cash grants, in-kind supplies, and programmatic support, to over 5,000 charitable partners in 121 countries since 2007. To learn more about how Greater Good Charities is amplifying the good across the globe, please visit or follow Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok.
About BARK:
BARK is the world’s most dog-centric company, devoted to making dogs happy with the best products, services and content. BARK’s dog-obsessed team applies its unique, data-driven understanding of what makes each dog special to design playstyle-specific toys, wildly satisfying treats, personalized meal plans and supplements, and dog-first experiences that foster the health and happiness of dogs everywhere. Founded in 2012, BARK loyally serves dogs nationwide with themed toys and treats subscriptions, BarkBox and BARK Super Chewer; custom product collections through its retail partner network, which includes more than 33,000 stores across the U.S., including Target and Amazon; its high-quality, personalized nutrition and meal plans with BARK Eats; and health and wellness products that meet dogs’ needs with BARK Bright®. At BARK, we want to make dogs as happy as they make us because dogs and humans are better together. Sniff around at for more information.
Cornerstone Bank appoints two new corporators
Kwasi Acheampong and Liz Panagiotou appointments announced at annual meeting
WORCESTER, Mass. – Cornerstone Bank, a community bank with 12 locations throughout Central Massachusetts, has announced the appointment of two new corporators, Kwasi Acheampong and Liz Panagiotou. Corporators have a unique position in mutual savings banking, with their chief responsibility being electing the individuals who will serve as members of the board of trustees.
“Corporators have a really important role in helping to find and appoint the best possible candidates to our board,” said Cornerstone Bank CEO Todd Tallman. “Kwasi will bring a great perspective from his work in the nonprofit sector and Liz for her decades of experience in insurance. We warmly welcome them to the team.”
Acheampong currently serves as the president and executive director of Our Bright Future, Inc., which provides educational and empowering after-school programs for children in underserved communities. He also serves on the board of The Last Green Valley and Opening the Word Peer Recovery Center.
Panagiotou is the president and owner of Employee Benefit Advisors, Inc., which provides employees benefit planning, product sales and service to clients across New England. She has almost 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, including roles in management and as an independent agent.
Careers at Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center

The Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center has the following job opportunities available at our 203-Room property, featuring 2 restaurants, 24,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting space and a fitness center.

Food and Beverage Manager, Catering Sales Manager, Lounge Bartender,
Server/Waitstaff/Banquet Staff, Front Desk Agent, Night Auditor, Guestroom Attendant

Sign on bonuses of up to $2,000 may apply!
If you, a friend or a relative is interested, please click on the following link to apply:
or apply in person at the front desk.
Now Offering American Red Cross training programs

At ColBro First Aid & Safety Training, LLC we are all about finding the right program for you. 
By adding ARC programs to our library of course offerings, we provide you with more options.

Visit for more information and to set up a class.
The #1 Hispanic Newspaper in MA
Read the latest digital issue of Vocero Hispano on the News Posts Feed on the Chamber website. ISSUE 1675 - APRIL 29 - Digital Version - Free For Members - Read Online
Reach the Hispanic Market directly with the #1 Statewide Hispanic Newspaper in Massachusetts. Email to get started.
Learning & Networking Opportunities

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


Business After Hours Annual Awards Ceremony at Polar Park
Thursday May 26, 2022, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Polar Park, DCU Club-3rd Floor
Join us for our Business After Hours Annual Awards Ceremony at Polar Park DCU Club!
Following the awards light apps will be provided with a cash bar available throughout the event.
$20.00 Chamber Member, $40.00 Non Chamber Member.

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

Boom! Explode Your Business by Getting Clients With Bigger Budgets
May 12, 2022, 1:00pm
In this webinar, you will learn the value of attracting customers with larger budgets, where to find them and how to convince them to say yes. LEARN MORE AND REGISTER

Your Roadmap to Success - How to Create a Business Plan
May 17, 2022, 1:00pm EDT
Creating a business plan is an important first step in starting your business. In this webinar you will learn why it is so important and how to develop one. LEARN MORE AND REGISTER

View Previously Recorded SCORE Webinars Here.

Statewide Training & Event Calendar

May 2   Basics of Starting Your Business
May 4   Export Distribution Contracts & Managing Your Distributor Network globe
May 5   Tech Talk with Rob @MSBDC
May 10   Be Profitable Module 1: Tuning Your Operational & Business Model
May 10   Protect your Passwords with a Password Manager
May 11   Nuts and Bolts of Federal Government Contracting
May 11    How to Become Women-Owned Certified with SBA
May 12   SWOT Analysis - A Powerful Management Tool

Visit the online calendar for more info and to register for these sessions and more.

COGGNO is the Chamber's 24/7 Training platform. Low cost and even free online courses are available for CMS Chamber Members.
May at Hitchcock

Hitchcock Academy is a nonprofit community center located at 2 Brookfield Road in Brimfield offering educational, recreational, and cultural programs to the public.

YOGA: Hatha Yoga with Kripalu-certified instructor Sharon Palmer. Relax and rejuvenate with postures and guided meditation to restore the body. All levels welcome. May 2 – June 13 (no class 5/30). Mondays, 7:15 - 8:30pm. $65. Register at
JUDO/MARTIAL ARTS CLUB: Judo, the gentle way, is an Olympic sport intended to train the body and mind. It involves using holds and leverage to unbalance the opponent. Learn with Sensei Israel Lopez. Adult classes Mondays and Fridays 6-7:30pm, next session starts May 2; all ages classes Wednesdays and Fridays 4:30-6pm, next session starts May 4. $75 per month plus annual $75 club membership fee. Register at

FAMILY YOGA: New! A gentle and fun exploration of yoga for kids and caregivers led by Leslie McGann-Sturgeon. Tuesdays, May 17 to June 7, 10:30-11:15am. $40 per pair. Register at

GUITAR LESSONS: Learn how to play your first song in 2 weeks or less with instructor Reese Crosby. Acoustic and electric guitar lessons for beginner to advanced levels, ages 7 and up. Learn how to read tablature and get an introduction to music theory. You will also have the opportunity to try the different guitars before you buy one. 30 minute slots available May 20 and 27. $50 for two sessions; weekly lessons available to follow at $100 per month. Register at

FENCING: Fencing is a sport of combat that originally started as practice for dueling with swords. Since that time, it has grown into a modern sport while maintaining those virtues that made it great: honor, valor, and grace. Learn with Andy Bloch. Thursdays, 6:15pm to 7:15pm, May 26 to July 14. $105. Register at

PLANT SALE: Grow With Us Plant Sale. Hanging plants, annuals, perennials, and vegetable plants. Saturday, May 7, 8am - 2pm at Hitchcock Academy in Brimfield. More info at

VOLUNTEERS WANTED to help park cars during flea market week as fundraiser for nonprofit community center. May 10-15. 9am-12pm or 11:30am-2:30pm. Sign up at

FARMERS’ MARKET: Weekly Farmers’ Market now open on Saturdays, 9am-1pm at the Hitchcock Academy parking lot in Brimfield. Now with West Wind Farm Food Truck serving up its own farm-raised heritage pork hot dogs and beef burgers, plus egg sandwiches with eggs fresh off the farm. Plus, starter plants, fruits and vegetables, maple syrup and products, homemade ice cream and ice cream sandwiches, artisanal coffee, eggs, local pork and beef cuts, baked goods, and more. More info at
Joshua Hyde Public Library
Events Calendar May 1-15
Sturbridge, May 2022– There are plenty of fun & free events planned at the Joshua Hyde Public Library for the month of May. As always, our events and links can be found on the library website at You can also follow the Library for more information, updates, links, and events on our social media pages on Facebook and Instagram at @sturbridgelibrary, or by calling the library at 508-347-2512.

JHPL May Events:
Select Tuesdays & Fridays throughout May
Drop-in Spring Story Time @ 10:45 AM - Children are welcome to drop-in for stories, songs, and a craft. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Joshua Hyde Public Library. Visit our online calendar for select dates. Registration is not required.

Wednesday, May 4
Friends Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Sale from 1PM-5PM – Drop by and browse through all the Science fiction and fantasy book the Friends of the JHPL have for sale! No scanners will be allowed. All sales final.  

Saturday, May 7
Story Dance @ 11 AM - Kids and their adult caregivers are welcome to join us for a lively story time that promises to be a hop, skip, and jumping good time. This is a movement story time for kids ages 2-7. Registration required.

Tuesday, May 10
Memoirs: Gateway to Dreams and Reflections @ 1 PM – Drop-in to join us for a discussion of Kitchen Yarns by Ann Hood. Pick up a copy at the library! Sponsored by the Friends of the JHPL.

Author Talk with Ed Londergan @ 6:30 PM - Join us for an author talk with the award winning author of The Devil's Elbow. Come and hear Ed Londergan, a Massachusetts resident, speak about his new historical fiction novel, Unlike Any Other. A story set in Hardwick and Brookfield before and during the Revolution about Bathsheba Spooner. His other published books include: The Long Journey Home, & The Devil's Elbow. Registration is free, but not required.
Wednesday, May 11
Chinese Calligraphy Class with Alice Kao @ 6:30 PM
At this workshop, we will have:
  • Introduction to Chinese characters and calligraphy fonts- a miniature trip that takes you back 6,000 years in the history of character writing!
  • Hands-on, step by step instructions guiding you through character writing with a real Chinese writing brush on rice paper!
Come join us for a night of fun and learn to write the only existing ancient language in the world! Recommended for ages 12+. Registration required. Each attendee must register separately. Sponsored by the Friends of JHPL.
Mother’s Day Dinner Buffet
Publick House Historic Inn
Sunday, May 8th, 2022
Seatings from 10:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Adults $40.95 Children $16.95 (4-12yrs)
(plus tax & gratuity)
Maximum seating time allotted per each reservation
Reservations Required, Credit Card Required to Hold
72 Hour Cancellation Policy

For Reservations please call 774-304-1524
Monday – Friday 10 AM – 5PM
Salem Cross Inn is now OPEN Thursday through Sunday!
Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8
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.
Our Dining Room is open from 11:30 to 4:00 with reservations on the half hour.

Reserve Your Seat Today!
Reservations fill up fast, so be sure to call us as soon as possible to secure a table! Reservations can be made by calling 508-867-2345 during office hours Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please leave us a message and a daytime phone number if you are unable to reach us, and we will return your call as soon as we can.

Thursday: 4-8, Friday: 4-8, Saturday: 4-8, Sunday: 12-5

We are currently looking to fill Server, Bartender, Bus People for Thursday & Friday evenings. Click here to apply.

Visit the Facebook page for the latest updates.

Mother's Day at Table 3

Celebrate Mother’s Day at one of Table 3’s highly acclaimed locations. With the many available dine-in options it may be difficult to choose!

The Duck and Avellino will be serving a traditional pre-fixe menu with all mom’s holiday favorites, fantastic holiday cocktails, and decadent desserts. Call 508-347-2321 for Mother’s Day reservations at The Duck & Avellino. Seating is 11am–4pm.

The Barn at Wight Farm will host a spectacular Mother’s Day brunch buffet this year, brimming with all her favorites. This mom’s day feast is just $42.95 per guest (plus tax & gratuity). Call 774-241-8450 for reservations. Seating is 10am-4pm.

Cedar Street Grille will be offering their unique brunch menu all day plus some great Mother’s Day Specials. Call 508-347-5800 for reservations. Seating is 10am–4pm.
Brimfield Antiques & Collectibles Show
2022 Show Dates: May 10-15, July 12-17, September 6-11

The Info Booth shifts at Brimfield are from 8a-11a, 11a-2p and 2p-5p and we will need a presence there Tuesday through Saturday.
If you can volunteer for a 3-hour shift, please give us a ring at 508-347-2761 or email Alix! Thank you!
May 10: Author Event with Ed Londergan

Sturbridge, MA —Joshua Hyde Public library welcomes local Massachusetts historical fiction writer, Ed Londergan for an author talk on Tuesday, May 10th at 6:30 PM in the library meeting room.

Join the award winning author of, The Devil's Elbow as he speaks about his latest historical fiction novel entitled, Unlike Any Other. Based on a true story about Bathsheba Spooner, this book is set in Hardwick and Brookfield before and during the Revolution. Ed is a graduate of Holy Cross, and his other published books include, "The Long Journey Home," & "The Devil's Elbow." You can view the book trailer for, Unlike Any Other on his website at All of Ed Londergan’s books can be purchased online.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of Joshua Hyde Public Library. Registration is free and open on the website, but is not required to attend. For more information or any questions, feel free to contact the library at 508-347-2512, online or in person.
Uncorked and Uncapped, a DCEF Fundraising Evening
Beer & Wine Tasting
May 13, 2022 6PM-10PM
Heritage Country Club, 85 Sampson Road, Charlton MA

Featuring: Beer & Wine Tasting, Live Music & Fire pits, Appetizers, Silent Auction, Raffles
Live music by Bonnie Wallace
Boozy Ice Cream Tasting provide by The Ice Cream Pharm.

All proceeds go to support grants funded to the Dudley Charlton School District
$30 Per Person
Visit this link to purchase TICKETS:
Schoolhouse Rock Live!, Jr

Gateway Players Theatre of Southbridge presents the Youth production of "Schoolhouse Rock Live!, Jr". Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, Kathy Mandry, George Newall, and Tom Yohe. Music by Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, Kathy Mandry, George Newall, and Tom Yohe. Book by Lynn Ahrens, Scott Ferguson, Kyle Hall, and George Keating.

Performance dates are May 13, 14, 20, & 21 at 7:30pm and May 22 at 2pm. All performances will be held at the Fellowship Hall of Elm Street Congregational Church, 61 Elm Street in Southbridge. Parking is available on Elm Street, or in the parking deck behind the Southbridge Town Hall. Doors open one half hour prior to the performance time.

This production will be directed by Bill Guy, and produced by Lou-Ellen Corkum. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and youth under 18. Tickets may be reserved by calling Gateway at 508-764-4531. Online credit card ticket sales are available at Presented by permission through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

This program is supported by a grant from the Southbridge Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

This Youth production is based on the Emmy Award-winning 1970s educational animated TV series, Schoolhouse uses the familiar
songs from the cartoons to teach grammar, math, science, history, social studies and political science while telling the story of Tom, a young teacher nervously anticipating his first day on the job.
May 13 & 14: Book Sale at Jacob Edwards Library

After a 3 year wait, the Friends of Jacob Edwards Library is FINALLY holding a book sale May 13 and 14 at Jacob Edwards Library, 236 Main Street in Southbridge. Friday hours are 9am-5pm. The sale will conclude on Saturday 9am to noon. A large variety of books will be available: fiction and non-fiction, children’s books, CD’s and DVD’s as well as canvas tote bags. The books have been sorted by category, and the mysteries are even sorted by author. We are asking for cash donations only. The canvas totes sell for $5 and patrons can fill them with as many books as they can fit. Children’s books are free. Donations of books are not accepted at this time- our goal is to get rid of the books we already have- and fill your library with them. The sale includes gently read book donations. Proceeds from the book sale benefit programs supported by the Friends, i.e., museum passes, children’s room programs, receptions and adult programs, library equipment, etc. Support library programs- fill your book shelves with quality books- at great prices!

For more information, call 508-764-5426 or check the library website: or Jacob Edwards Library on facebook. It’s been a tough couple of years, with Covid protocols, the Friends are very excited to be running the sale again.
May 14: Our Bright Future's Spring Benefit GALA!
Live Music - Cocktail Reception - Dinner
Special Awards Ceremony

This is an important opportunity to give back to the community, help deserving students attain their educational goals, and be recognized year-long for your generous sponsorship in our publicity for our community programs, Empowering Youth.

The proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit our after-school and summer programs designed to have a positive impact on empowering youth and developing bright leaders through robotics, sports training, and guidance in academics. We incorporate core values such as education, empowerment, discipline, leadership, diversity, and respect into our daily programs to help students shape futures into bright ones.

Events at Old Sturbridge Village
Muster Day
Saturday, May 14, 2022, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Demonstrations will include marching, musket and cannon firing, martial music, and target practice.
See more and get tickets.
Evening at the Village
Saturday, May 14, 2022, 6 – 8:30 PM
Enjoy being outside and spend a spring evening at the Village after our normal hours of operation!
OSV's Current Hours: OPEN Wednesday – Sunday, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
June 9: Venture Wine & Beer Tasting 22

New venue and new time of the year. We are so happy to be hosting our Annual Wine & Beer tasting again with the support of Ted’s Package Store of Charlton/Webster. More details to come.

Thursday, June 9, 2022
The Barn at Wight Farm (Winthrop & Alpheus rooms & outside)
Event will be held indoor / outdoor
5:30pm – 8pm
Tickets are $50 each and should be purchased in advance.

Proceeds from the event will support people with developmental disabilities in our community and our new program for young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Check out the Venture 24th Charity Golf Classic coming up on June 17th!

Looking for more local events? Check out our Facebook Events page for even more from our neighbors and friends! Click here to visit!

Executive Committee

Erika Travinski, Chair
The Center of Hope

Cynthia Saucier, 1st Vice Chair
Country Bank

Bruce Watkins, Treasurer
Karl Storz Endovision, Inc.

Board of Directors

Brad Arcoite
Table 3 Restaurant Group

Michael Checkosky
Cornerstone Bank

Alycia Dzik
Webster First Federal Credit Union

Rich Eichacker
Vibrance Technology Corp

Michelle Fanion
ERA Key Realty

Dan Friel
Old Sturbridge Village

Steve Gardiner
Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center

Christina Hadis-Blackwell
The Center of Hope

Tom Henry
North Brookfield Savings Bank

Kelly Hibbard
Harrington Hospital

Anthony Marini

Trevor Nielsen
Edward Jones

Rita Schiano
Live a Flourishing Life

Rich Suitum
Exsel Advertising Group

Michael Wales
Michael L. Wales Painting Company

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