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Fun at The Duck!
Harvest Festival
Brown Bag Seminar: A Guide to Downsizing
2019 Member Directory & Regional Guide
Ribbon Cutting Recap: Baystate Dental
NBSB's Back to School Drive
Country Bank Staff Participates in Ride to Remember
Welcome to Fall at Hitchcock
National Grid Supply Rates are Out
NBSB Fights Hunger with Annual Fall Food Drive
WANTED: Experienced Loan Officers
Bookkeeper Position Available
Branch Office Administrator Needed
The Sleepy Hollow Experience
Pumpkin Patch
Music of Early America
NBSB Home Buyers Night
Comedic Movement Workshop
Apple Country Fair
Apple & Agriculture Days
Hitchcock Happenings
Holland Community Center Events
Women's Health and Wellness Roundtable
50+ Job Seekers Networking Group
Dementia Friendly Community Sturbridge Initiative Meeting
"Uncork & Unwine" with the Center of Hope
Stageloft Theater
Oktoberfest at Rapscallion
Publick House Feast
Salem Cross Inn
Norcom: Lunch and Learn
Klems' Farmers Market
Village Toastmasters Meetings
24/7 Online Training
New Member Baskets
Save These Dates!
BankHometown _200
Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors
Executive Committee
Jessica Bettencourt
Laurie Nelson
1st Vice Chair 
Bruce Watkins
Karl Storz Endovision
Cindy Howard 
Immediate Past Chair

Board Members

Brad Arcoite
Table 3 Restaurant Group 
Michael Checkosky
Alycia Dzik
Rich Eichacker

Michelle Fanion
ERA Key Realty

Les Gardner
Les Gardner Photography

Nathan Hardt
Lynn Mero
Southbridge Credit Union  
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 October's CROSSROADS NEWS
This month has a feel all its own and we hope you are ready for the distinctive sights, sounds, colors, tastes and smells of the season! This issue includes many ways to celebrate fall as well as important news items from our Members and friends. Be there as the 29th Annual Harvest Festival bursts with seasonal goodness on the Sturbridge Common and the grounds of the Publick House! We get together to network at The Duck on the 16th and offer a free seminar on downsizing at the Chamber office on the 23rd. Our 2019 Member Directory and Regional Guide is getting ready to go into production, too. The details are here. We hope to see you out and about this month!   

Got news? Thank you for emailing us your press releases, links and photos for inclusion in Crossroads! Keep posting your upcoming events to our online events calendar! We love sharing them with our readers! 


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Fun at Five!
Tuesday, October 16
The Duck  
The Duck  
502 Main Street, Fiskdale, MA, 508-347-2321
Join us at The Duck for Fall Networking!
For more than 30 years, the loft in an antique barn has housed one of Sturbridge's favorite restaurants, long known to locals as "The Duck." This perennially favorite restaurant has always been a special place to indulge in a choice-cut steak, enjoy a fantastic seafood special, bite into a mouth-watering cheeseburger, or delight in a signature cocktail at the now-famous sunken bar, The Duck always has something for everyone.  
In 2017, The Duck was fully renovated and now features, in addition to the aforementioned items, a focus on local and specialty micro brews, pouring from a "state-of-the-art" tap system. Customers old and new have been enjoying the new Tap Room that has also been opened up to the main dining room. With the addition of sliding barn doors, the Tap Room can also be used for private events.  
The Duck continues to be a place to listen to live music, featuring talented local musicians Thursday through Saturday nights. Come by and check out the new Duck and sample some great food from The Duck's innovative culinary team with an awesome local microbrew.
Register for Fun at Five by email or phone.
Cost is $10 for Members who pre-register, 
$15 at the door, or $20 for non-Members.
Thank you to our October
Fun at Five Sponsor!
Power Computers    
Power Computers specializes in a wide range of services, including tailored IT services and solutions for small and medium businesses and their owners in the Greater Central Massachusetts. We are committed to providing each and every one of our clients with high quality service and support. Our unique IT team is incredibly friendly and can help you every step of the way in growing your business.
Sleep soundly tonight knowing that your electronic assets are optimized, maintained, and protected - because ensuring your business' technology runs smoothly is our top priority.
Find out more. Give Dave a call today! (774) 230-5734
96 Longmeadow Drive
Pomfret Center, CT 06259
The 29th Annual
Harvest Festival
October 13 & 14, 2018
Harvest Festival
The 28th Annual Harvest Festival on the Sturbridge Town Common and grounds of the  Publick House Historic Inn is a family fun tradition. The event includes countless local crafters, artisans, specialty food vendors and farm fresh harvests. The Publick House's Scarecrow Contest is a perennial favorite. Enter your scarecrow for a chance to win incredible cash prizes.
Both days of the Festival will feature food trucks offering an amazing array of taste sensations!
On Saturday
The Otters 
Comic Magician Pete Haddad (magic show) 
Followed by 2 hours of roving magic!
On Sunday
 Comic Magician Pete Haddad (magic show)  
Followed by 2 hours of roving magic! 

 Nowhere Men (Tribute to The Beatles)

Town Common & The Publick House, Sturbridge
Admission & Parking: Free

Festival hours are 10am to 5pm on Saturday and 11am to 4pm on Sunday. Rain or Shine.

Presented by the Chamber of Central Mass South &
The Publick House Historic Inn.
Harvest Festival is sponsored by
M2M logo  
Brown Bag
A Guide to Downsizing
Presented by: Constance Hobart of Keller-Williams
 Downsizing seminar
Tuesday, October 23 at Noon
Chamber Conference Room
46 Hall Road, Sturbridge
FREE for CMS Chamber Members, $15 for non-Members.
Space is Limited! Please RSVP. 
Call 508-347-2761 or email to save your spot!
Feel free to bring your lunch. Use our microwave to heat it up!
Relax, learn and grow with us! 
Constance shares her expertise as she presents this comprehensive guide to simplifying and organizing before you sell. This hour-long presentation covers all the important steps you'll need to consider before you make the life-changing decision to downsize including:  


When to Downsize

Where to Move


Essential Steps in Organizing

Estate Sales: Should You Hire?

A Moving Day Survival Kit

Where to Find Resources

and more...


About the Presenter: Constance Hobart
Constance Hobart Connie Hobart is a licensed sales agent with Keller-Williams of Worcester. She is a resident of Sturbridge and has a lengthy history of training and education. She spent many years traveling and executing many programs and initiatives for Petco but found that her forte is doing classes and seminars on a wide variety of subjects. She writes and conducts her own classes in relocation and real estate downsizing in order to help individuals facing moving challenges and securing resources. She is currently working on becoming a Certified Real Estate Staging Manager. She is an active member of her church, Bethlehem Lutheran in Sturbridge. She is married, has two grown sons and three grandchildren. Her hobbies include travel, camping and wine tours around New England. She has been an active member of the Chamber for a little over a year and continues to expand her network of influence.  
Reach her by email at  
Member Directory
As the leading advocate for local business, the Central Mass South Chamber of Commerce promotes the success of its members and enhances regional prosperity through networking, education, and promotion. With that mission in mind, the Chamber has plans to once again publish a regional guide and membership directory for 2019 designed to promote local, support tourism, and build community for homeowners, business owners, residents and tourists.
"Enjoy Central Mass South" will make it easy for locals and visitors to turn to our Chamber Members first when looking for reliable recommendations on where to go, what to do, where to dine, where to stay, where to shop, and who to call when you need business and homeowner services. In addition to a listing of all (and only) Central Mass South Chamber members, Enjoy Central Mass South will include a handy map of our member towns, general resource and community information, and an overview of what makes living, working in, and visiting Central MA so special. 
The Chamber plans to print 4,500 copies of this glossy magazine and make it available all year long at the Chamber Office and Member shops and businesses throughout the region. It is expected to be in circulation by mid-January 2019.
The Chamber has once again teamed up with Chamber member Weathervane Enterprises, Inc., publishers of Your Hometown Shopper and the Guide to Brimfield, to design and produce Enjoy Central Mass South for the Chamber. 
All Chamber members are welcome to support this important community resource by advertising their business or the services they provide. You will be hearing from Weathervane Enterprises shortly to discuss your interest in advertising. Please contact Alexandra McNitt, executive director of The Chamber of Central Mass South at 508-347-2761 or Maxine Carter-Lome, publisher, Weathervane Enterprises Inc. at 508-347-1960 x402, for more information.
Regional Guide Deadlines
It is important that you review your listing in last year's directory and contact the Chamber with any changes NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 1.
A signed contract is required by November 16, 2018 to confirm ad space.
Payment is required by December 7, 2018 for ad to be included.
Download the 4-page Press Kit (PDF) including the Advertising Form here.
Download the Advertising Form only (PDF) here.
(Both of these documents include all deadlines and contact info.)
Ribbon Cutting Recap: Baystate Dental of Sturbridge 
Baystate Dental Ribbon
Something to smile about: On the morning of September 18, the Chamber presided over the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony officially declaring Baystate Dental open for business in the Center at Hobbs Brook, Sturbridge. About 30 guests were in attendance including Rep. Todd Smola and Senator Anne Gobi. We got a chance to tour the new facility and meet their very friendly staff.  Learn more about Baystate Dental online: 
North Brookfield Savings Bank Helps Local School Children  
with Back to School Supply Drive
Backpacks, lunchboxes and supplies were collected for local school children in need.
NBSB Supply Drive
  North Brookfield Savings Bank is proud to support our local schools through the Back to School Supply Drive. Shown are Bank employees Regional Branch Manager/Consumer Loan Manager Cindy Fountain, Assistant Vice President/Marketing Manager Caitlin O'Connor, Supervisor Jessica Shimansky and Senior Vice President of Human Resources Andrea Healy proudly displaying some of the school supplies donated by generous community members, customers and NBSB employees.
North Brookfield Savings Bank knows it is essential for the children of our communities to get an excellent education. Each and every child, regardless of income or circumstances, deserves the opportunity to be as prepared as possible to receive their education and start the school year off right. This is why North Brookfield Savings proudly continued the popular Back to School Supply Drive at all North Brookfield Savings Bank locations.
All through the month of August, North Brookfield Savings Bank employees, customers and local community members showed their kindness and generosity by making thousands of donations. Donors came to the branches, arms filled with backpacks, lunchboxes, pencils, pencil cases, erasers, colored pencils, markers, pencils sharpeners and notebooks for local elementary school children in need. When the fundraiser came to a close, over 6,000 school supply items were collected to be distributed to the children of local schools.
School supply donations were delivered directly to local elementary schools where the delighted staff divided up the collected supply items and prepared them for children who would benefit from them in the coming first days of school.
"The North Brookfield Savings Bank Back to School Supply Drive fundraiser is a 'feel-good' fundraiser for all involved - both the donors and the receivers. We all want to do what is best to help the children of our communities have a positive back to school experience that will then help launch them into having an excellent education overall," said Caitlin O'Connor, Assistant Vice President/Marketing Manager. "The Bank is so proud to host and donate to this fundraiser and we thank the members of our communities for their ongoing generosity."
Country Bank Staff Participates in Ride to Remember
Country Bank Ride to Remember
Pictured: Heidi Haggerty, Ken Riley, Paul Scully, Lorraine Askew, Bryan Moore and Mary McGovern
A team of 6 staff members from Country Bank recently participated in the Ride to Remember. The 106-mile bicycle ride kicked off at MGM in Springfield and ended in Boston at the State House where Governor Charlie Baker personally greeted the riders as they arrived. The ride honors fallen Police Officers, Firefighters and EMTs. This year's ride was dedicated to fallen Yarmouth Police Officers, Sergeant Sean Gannon and Weymouth Police Officer, Sergeant Michael Chesna who tragically lost their lives in the line of duty in 2018.
Country Bank President and CEO Paul Scully invited his staff to ride with him to show their appreciation for all first responders. "The opportunity to have the team participate in this meaningful event sincerely resonated with me and it was a great way for us to show our gratitude and support. Ironically, we traveled to Haiti together last year with the Be like Brit Foundation, Inc. so we already knew that we would work well together in preparing for and ultimately completing the ride," stated Scully.
Country Bank donated $10,000 to the Ride to Remember with some of the proceeds being directed to Christina's House in Springfield which provides transitional housing for women and children. To learn more about Ride to Remember visit

About Country Bank
Country Bank is a full-service mutual community bank serving central and western Massachusetts with 14 offices in Ware, Palmer, West Brookfield, Brimfield, Belchertown, Wilbraham, Ludlow, Leicester, Paxton, Charlton and Worcester. Country Bank is a member of FDIC, DIF and the SUM network. Country Bank can be reached at 800-322-8233 or online at
Welcome to Fall at Hitchcock
Lila, from Sturbridge, has discerning taste as she decides her favorite apple out of 5 options
presented during the Family Foundation 5 STEAM class.
Fall is here and you get a sense of the fun experienced during Hitchcock's Family Foundation 5 program where children are learning about apples using their senses.  They each tried 5 different types of apples and used their senses of taste, touch, sight, smell and then listening to a story about apple pie.  This program is just one of many offered at Hitchcock this fall. 
In addition to the Family Foundation 5 free programs on Monday, Wed and Thursday mornings at 9, an array of classes this fall will engage community members of all ages.  Youth classes will include Brain Gym® 26 Movements,  Fencing, Garden and Nature, Free Judo classes, and private music lessons.  Ages 14 - Adult can join in the fun with classes including Art Group, Sign Language, Chi Kung, First Aid, CPR, Crafting Club, Dance for Fitness, Let's Cake Decorate,  Buddies Dog Training, K9 Nosework®, an animal training seminar with world renown trainer Bob Bailey, Fencing, Games Night, Genealogy ABC's, a free Pottery demo and make a pinch pot, Pumpkin Decorating Derby, Fairy/Troll Houses, Silk Scarf, Needle Felted Birds, Photo Editing, Tai Chi Seminars, Violin lessons, Watercolor, and Yoga.
Mark your calendar for a special Welcome to Hitchcock Day on Saturday October 27th. If you have never been, it has been a long time since you visited, or if you come all the time, Hitchcock is a community center for you.  The day's events will celebrate the last day of the Farmers' Market for the season with a Pumpkin Decorating and Pumpkin Derby Race.  You may register for a Tai Chi Seminar, observe some canines at work in their K9 Nosework® training class, stop in to color a square of our Mystery Mural, enjoy Pied Potter of Hamelin's presentation of Pottery Shape Shifters where animals and creatures appear on his wheel, thanks to a grant from the Brimfield and Massachusetts Cultural Council.  You can round out the day with an evening of games lead by our Game Wizard, Diana Caissie.
Executive Director, Susan Gregory says, "Hitchcock Academy is a community center for everyone of all ages in the surrounding towns.  We want to bring  affordable, diverse and quality programs to our community.  If you have a program you would like to see held at Hitchcock, please let me know. We are also in need of volunteers for a variety of events and committees.  So please grab a friend or make a new friend and join us.  We have volunteers opportunities from a few hours a year, to more extended commitments.  Together we can continue to enrich our community for everyone."
For more information about Hitchcock's offerings, flyers are available at Hitchcock, in local libraries and senior centers, visit or call 413 245-9977.
National Grid Supply Rates are Out!

National Grid just posted its rates for the Nov-Apr time period. Unfortunately for rate payers like you it means costs over 9% higher than last winter. The posted rate for general use commercial customers is $.13166 starting in November. Don't want to pay it? We don't blame you!
Our Aggregation program over the summer allowed businesses to lock in at rates under $.1100 per kWh.
If you missed it, there is still time to lock in your rate before November. Visit our website at, or call us at 508-346-3035 to learn more about how we can help keep your costs down this winter!
North Brookfield Savings Bank Fights Hunger  
with Annual Fall Food Drive
Annual Fall Food Drive from October 1 - 31 at all NBSB Branches
Fall Food Drive
North Brookfield Savings Bank employees Joseph Ribiero, IRA Specialist/Teller; Cindy Fountain, Regional Branch Manager/Consumer Loan Manager and Sharon Campsie, Teller display a portion of the generous amount of food collected through the 2017 North Brookfield Savings Bank Fall Food Drive fundraiser.
With fall's arrival and the season known for giving just upon us, it is a shared ambition among all to offer kindness and assistance to community members and neighbors in need. For North Brookfield Savings Bank, the kick off of their Annual Fall Food Drive offers the perfect opportunity to make charitable contributions and do a good deed.
North Brookfield Savings Bank's Fall Food Drive fundraiser, held during the entire month of October, helps provide much needed food items to local neighbors and families in need. The Bank's goal is to collect at least 3,500 items total, but the support doesn't end there. For every item collected, North Brookfield Savings Bank will contribute $1, for a total of up to $3,000, to help fund the pantries' operations.
Community members are encouraged to drop off non-perishable food items, paper goods and toiletries at any NBSB branch anytime from October 1st through the 31st with the proceeds going directly to local food pantries.
  • North Brookfield Branch: 9 Gilbert Street
  • East Brookfield: 100 West Main Street, Route 9
  • West Brookfield Branch: 128 West Main Street, Route 9
  • Ware Branch & Business Center: 40 Main Street, Route 9
  • Belchertown Branch: 4 Daniel Shays Highway, Routes 9 & 202
  • Palmer Branch: 1051 Thorndike Street
  • Three Rivers Branch: 2060 Main Street
Examples of nonperishable and non-food items that pantries can use are: paper towels, toilet paper, tissues, diapers and baby wipes; deodorant, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste; dry and canned pasta and soups, canned meats, tuna and salmon, peanut butter, jelly, tea bags and ground coffee; canned vegetables and fruits, hot and cold cereals, rice, cake mixes, pancake mix, syrup, powdered milk and granulated sugar; canned juices, baby food, baby formula, granola and cereal bars.
"The North Brookfield Savings Bank Food Drive reminds us that there are people who still struggle with hunger in our local communities. It is important that we work together to help these individuals and the Food Drive is an opportunity for local community members to make a difference," said North Brookfield Savings Bank President & CEO Donna Boulanger. "It has been heartwarming over the years to see the outpouring of kindness and generosity displayed through this drive and we are so grateful for the contributions made by our communities."
To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank's community giving efforts and all of the convenient banking products and services offered, visit .
Norcom Mortgage
Norcom Mortgage is on the hunt for licensed and experienced Loan Officers.

Do you have 2+ years of MORTGAGE EXPERIENCE?

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


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

This is not an offer to make a loan or to make a loan or any particular terms. All loan applicants must qualify under underwriting requirements and satisfy all contingencies of loan approval. Rates and terms subject to change without notice. NMLS ID #71655 (
Join our team here at Heritage Country Club an 18-hole golf course located in Charlton, MA.
This position is a year-long opportunity with 35-40 hours per week peak season April - September and 15-20 hours per week off season. Compensation $18-$25 per hour depending on experience.
Minimum qualifications and skill requirements:
Bachelors degree in finance or accounting preferred
2 years accounting/ finance experience
Well versed in computer-based accounting, Quickbooks is a must.
Must be able to communicate well with staff/members and have strong customer service skills.
Experience in the golf industry preferred but not essential.
Please forward resume to       85 Sampson Road Charlton, MA 01507          508-248-5111
Hlpe Wanted
Branch Office Administrator Needed

At Edward Jones, our commitment to our associates has made us one of the nation's leading financial services firms. We seek an individual to support the Financial Advisor through client service, office administration and client development functions.

Position Information:
Branch Office Administrator


Sturbridge, MA

Job Code:

To be considered for this position, submit a resume online at:

For the 19th year, Edward Jones was named one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For®" by FORTUNE magazine in itsannual listing. The fi rm ranked No. 5 overall. These 19 FORTUNE rankings include top 10 finishes for 15 years, top 5 rankings for eight years and consecutive No. 1 rankings in 2002 and 2003.*

*From FORTUNE Magazine, February 15, 2018 © 2018 Time Inc. Used under license. FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with and do not endorse products or services of Edward Jones

Edward Jones does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veterans status, genetic information or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Jeff Burdick, AAMS®     Financial Advisor    419 Main Street    Sturbridge, MA    508-347-1420
My favorite color is October.  
~Author unknown 
Sleepy Hollow
The Sleepy Hollow Experience
September 26-November 4 at Old Sturbridge Village

After more than 60 sold-out performances in 2016 and 2017, Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) once again brings Serenbe Playhouse's The Sleepy Hollow Experience to the living history museum this fall. The immersive, outdoor theatrical performance has become New England's newest Halloween tradition. Tickets for this fall's run are on sale now at . 

Guests of The Sleepy Hollow Experience will be enthralled by this classic, spooky tale set in the 19th century - with all of the thrills, chills and laughs that keep audience members on the edge of their seats. The tale - originally written by Washington Irving and published in 1820 - revolves around the bumbling, awkward schoolteacher, Ichabod Crane, the coquettish Katrina Van Tassel, and Ichabod's brutish rival, Brom Bones. In this immersive, experiential adaptation, guests will be guided by roving minstrel storytellers through Old Sturbridge Village's countryside, while the Headless Horseman rushes about on horseback and through the museum's historic Vermont covered bridge.
An hour and a half before the start of each show, guests may purchase libations, chowders and soups, snacks and sweets at Ichabod's Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village, as well as additional drinks and sweets during intermission.

Show dates and times for The Sleepy Hollow Experience at Old Sturbridge Village are
September 26 - November 4, with performances on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm; Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 7:30 and 9:30 pm. Ticket prices range from $35-$45, with a special $25 rate on Thursdays for college students. The Sleepy Hollow Experience is performed outdoors - rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, a modified version of the show will take place in the Stephen M. Brewer Theater at the Village's Visitor Center. No refunds or exchanges.
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge MA 01566
"The Pumpkins are Here!"
For the entire month of October, pumpkins and decorative gourds will be for sale on the front lawn of the Sturbridge Federated Church. Proceeds from the sale will be shared with many local and regional charities as well as support the daily operations of the church. The pumpkins are grown on the Navajo Indian Reservation in New Mexico in a perfect climate that produces a high quality product with an extended shelf life.
We will be partnering with the Sturbridge Library to sponsor a variety of children's activities during the weekends.

The following hours are subject to change: Weekdays 11 AM to 7 PM; Saturdays 9 AM to 6 PM; Sundays 12 to 6 PM.
For updated information check our website, Facebook page or contact the church office at 508-347-3915.
Music of Early America
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Enjoy early American music with renowned musicologists David & Ginger Hildebrand. The couple perform in costume on period instruments, including the violin, Baroque guitar, English guitar, hammered dulcimer, spinet (harpsichord), and English flute. Don't miss this entertaining and educational evening!

All programs begin at 6:00 pm with a reception, followed by the presentation at 7:00 pm.
Visit the link for more info and tickets.

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge MA 01566
North Brookfield Savings Bank Home Buyers Night  
Rapscallion Brewery, October 4th
All interested in purchasing or refinancing are welcome to register  
for a fun and informative evening
On Thursday, October 4th, from 6:00 - 8:00pm, North Brookfield Savings Bank's Mortgage Center team will host a free Home Buyers Night at Rapscallion Brewery located in Sturbridge, MA.
This fun, evening event will offer complimentary, delicious BBQ-style food from B.T.'s Smokehouse, have chances for attendees to win a $200 Lowe's® gift card, take home a $250 off closing costs coupon and cool promotional items, all while learning about the home buying process. Plus, attendees will each receive a ticket for 1 free craft beer or non-alcoholic drink with dinner.
North Brookfield Savings Bank mortgage expert and Vice President of Residential Lending Frank Amato will kick off the event, sharing his lending knowledge, various available financing options and advice for when it comes to obtaining financing for your dream home. To fully encompass the home buying process from start to finish, the event will feature local guest speakers Michelle Terry of EXIT Realty, Joel Cranston of the Law Offices of Cranston & Cranston, P.C. and Kerry Murtagh of Arch Mortgage Insurance to share their expertise.
Where: Rapscallion Brewery, 195 Arnold Road, Sturbridge, MA
When: Thursday, October 4th, 6:00 - 8:00PM
Schedule of events:
6:00 Registration and Dinner
6:30 Presentation
7:15 Questions and Answers
7:45 Gift Giveaway
To Register: All are welcome to join NBSB. Simply register by calling the North Brookfield Savings Bank's Mortgage Center at 508-867-1302, by visiting any branch location or by registering online at
To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank Hat Contest and all of the convenient banking products and services offered, visit
$250 off closing costs offer valid for a limited time only and may be withdrawn at any time. Coupon must be presented at the time of application. Use code "Home Buyers 2018" in the comments section when applying online. Limit one per household. This offer is only valid on owner-occupied mortgages for qualified borrowers and is not valid for a home equity line of credit, fixed equity loan or for the refinance of a mortgage currently held with North Brookfield Savings Bank. All loan applications are subject to credit underwriting and property approval. $250 credit will be applied at closing. Coupon is not redeemable for cash. Other conditions may also apply.  
Lowe's® gift card drawing is open to all attendees and they are not required to be a customer to enter. Entrant need not be present during the time of drawing to win. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. One entry per individual. To be eligible to win individual must attend the Home Buyers Night on October 4, 2018. Agents and employees of North Brookfield Savings Bank and their family members are not eligible to win. Promotion begins on October 4, 2018 and can end at any time. Winner will be drawn no later than October 4, 2018. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. Lowe's® is not a participant in or sponsor of this promotion. North Brookfield Savings Bank's NMLS unique identifier is 641656.
Comedic Movement Workshop
October 6, 10:00am at Southbridge Community Center
Gateway Players Theater presents a free comedic movement workshop by Nicole Portwood on Saturday, October 6th from 10am-noon at the Southbridge Community Center, 153 Chestnut St., Southbridge. The workshop will focus on comedic stage presence, and will include activities such as: facial expressions, comedy antics, pratfalls, walk/comedic demeanor, juggling and other body movement used to express humor onstage.
Nicole Portwood (aka Maggie the Clown) has been performing since attending the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. In addition to her work with the circus, she has entertained audiences at Disneyland and Disney World, birthday parties, holiday events, corporate outings, schools and libraries. She enjoys working with groups of all ages, and brings a wealth of experience and heart to all events. 
The workshop is free to ages 10 and up (yes, even you adults should join us!), and registration is not required but appreciated (for planning purposes). Please call Gateway at 508-764-4531 to let us know if you will be attending. This workshop is funded in part by a grant from the Southbridge Cultural Council, a local agency, funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
40th Annual Apple Country Fair
October 6, 10am to 4pm

This quintessential country fair celebrates autumn in New England with locally-produced foods  
and crafts, cider, pies, raffles, live music, children's games, and-of course-apples! 
Visit for details.
Rain or shine. 
Brookfield Town Common
at the intersection of Route 9 and 148, Brookfield MA
Apple & Agriculture Days
October 6-8 and October 13-14

Celebrate the harvest and the beautiful New England autumn at the peak of fall color. Learn how food makes its way from the farm to the dining room table. Meet our oxen and see multiple guest teams (October 6 - 8 only) demonstrate plowing and field preparation. Learn more about heritage breed animals and talk with breeders.

Join our costumed interpreters as they harvest apples, potatoes, carrots, and beets, conduct garden, and root cellar tours and discuss food preparation, thresh and winnow grain, and shell corn and beans.

One of the most popular items of the fall harvest is apples. In New England, cider making is to autumn what maple sugaring is to spring. However, 19th-century farmers would not recognize the sweet cider we enjoy from farm stands today. Cider in the 1800s was not merely the apple juice, but was fermented "squeezings" from apples, which meant the cider would keep through the spring planting, summer heat and into the harvesting of the next apple season. Throughout the day, our interpreters will be cooking and preserving this special fall fruit and operating the ox-powered Cider Mill.

Proudly Sponsored by Southbridge Credit Union.

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge MA 01566
Hitchcock Happenings: Week of October 8

Preschool aged kids enjoy Movement and Music at Hitchcock Academy with
Union 61's Family Foundation 5 free playgroup!

Due to the observance of Columbus Day, some programs will not be taking place as regularly scheduled. Visit for more information.

Monday, October 8th       
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.

Tuesday, October 9th
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, October 10th
FAMILY FOUNDATIONS 5: Music & Movement: This free program for preschool aged children is sponsored by the Union 61 Family Foundation 5 Grant. Time: 9:00-10:00 AM Dates: Wednesdays when school is in session until May 2019. Pre-register your child by calling Karen Distefano at 508-867-2232 or emailing

Thursday, October 11th
FAMILY FOUNDATIONS 5: STEAM Group: This free program for preschool aged children is sponsored by the Union 61 Family Foundation 5 Grant. Time: 9:00-10:00 AM Dates: Thursdays when school is in session until May 2019. Pre-register your child by calling Karen Distefano at 508-867-2232 or emailing

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, October 12th
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: Traditional open AA meetings in a friendly setting. Come early to chat and share in refreshments. Time: 7:30 PM
Holland Community Center Events
40 Brimfield Road, Holland 413-245-3163

October 9, 3:00-5:00pm
Cooking With Tamsin
This is an interactive cooking class with Chef Tamsin. This month we are making Pumpkin Spice Muffins and everyone gets to take home a sugar pumpkin. FEE $10.

October 10, 1:00-2:00pm
Painting with Chris
Chris has been a painter and an artist for almost forty years. She started painting with oils and now she works in acrylics. Her style is abstract. She has taught people with disabilities. Her desire is to inspire people to paint and to enjoy what they have created.
Ask The Professionals: A Women's Health and Wellness Roundtable
Wednesday, October 10, 2018,  Breakfast Meeting, 7:45am,  The Publick House - Craft's Hall

Our health matters!  Join us for breakfast and learn what you can do to live a healthier, happier life from our team of medical practitioners and wellness professionals, in a roundtable discussion moderated by Blaine Schnare, Director of Marketing, Harrington HealthCare Systems.
Panelists include:
Salli Greene, owner of Alternatives For Health Apothecary in Sturbridge;

Dr. Sarah Daigle, DPM, Podiatrist, Harrington Physician Services in Southbridge;

Kristen McEvoy, RD, LDN, Registered Dietitian and the Clinical Nutrition Manager at Harrington Hospital;

Dr. Erica Kesselman, MD, FACOG, women's healthcare gynecologist at Day Kimball Healthcare of Putnam; and

Dot Mersfelder, Massage Therapist and Owner of Dynamics of Therapeutic Massage in Fiskdale.

Members: $20, Non-members: $25. Non-members welcome. Pre-registration required.
Register online at:
Worcester 50+ Job Seekers Networking Group
Regional Networking Group
NETWORKING WORKS!! Your AGE really is your EDGE!!  
Fall has Arrived! A Perfect Time to Turn Over a New Leaf!    
Funded by AARP and Managed by MCOA, we have expanded our 50+ Job Seekers Regional Networking Group program to support and assist people in the 50+ demographic living in the greater Worcester area and looking for a new job, a totally new career direction, re-entering the workforce after an employment gap or looking for a Second Act career.    
Meet and network with fellow job seekers at our bi-weekly networking group meetings.  
Learn how to Network!    
New Topic at each Meeting!
Come join Melody Beach, an experienced Human Resource professional who is the Facilitator for this collaborative Networking Group.  
Start your journey towards self-realization, re-invention and transformation!    
WHO: Mature Job Seekers! That's YOU! (50 years of age +)  
WHEN: Meetings are on the 2nd and  4th Wednesday of each month. Doors open at 1:30pm  
for registration and casual networking so come early! And often!

WHERE: Worcester Senior Center located at 128 Providence St., Worcester, MA (508-799-1232)  

Did you know: 85% of all jobs are found through NETWORKING!! REALLY!!
For more Information and Pre-Registration (required), please feel free to contact:   
The Worcester COA at 508-799-1232.
Dementia Friendly Community Sturbridge Initiative Meeting
October 11, 6:00-7:00pm, Sturbridge Senior Center

The prevalence of dementia is rapidly increasing.  The number of people living with dementia is expected to double for people ages 75-84 and triple for those over age 85.  Younger onset Alzheimer's, occurring in people under age 65 is also on the rise.

Recognizing that Sturbridge has a growing older population, we need to prepare all sectors in our community to address the growing opportunities and needs faced by people with dementia, their families, caregivers, employers, and the community as a whole.

Because of your role as a community leader; business owners, restaurant owners and managers, police and fire departments, accountants, bankers, caregivers and more; your perspectives would be invaluable to understand our community.

Please join me to prepare Sturbridge for this pressing, critical community issue to address opportunities and meet the needs of people living with dementia and be part of the dementia friendly movement spreading across the United States through the Dementia Friendly America Initiative. 

If you are a restaurant owner/manager please ask about the Purple Table Reservation Initiative.
I am looking for a motivated, compassionate, understanding, patient and loving group of community role models to be a part of this movement with me and the seniors citizens of Sturbridge.  Come join us. RSVP by October 9, 2018. Contact: 508-347-7575
Wine Tasting
 "Uncork & Unwine" with the Center of Hope
October 12, 6:00pm, Point Breeze Restaurant, Webster  
A delightful event of Wine, Craft Beer & Specialty Liqueurs paired with Hors d' Oeuvres & Desserts followed by a live auction with Rich Merill. Raffles, door prizes, games & more.  
Contact Marie Smoker at 508-764-4085.

See more details about this event on the Center of Hope calendar here.
Stageloft Theater Presents
by Ron Bernas 
October 12 - 21

This comedy is a love letter to the screwball comedies of the 1930's full of witty dialogue and slapstick comedy. A rich, bored husband vows to kill his wife so he can become a jet setter like a recently widowed friend.  His wife, who's always about three steps ahead of her husband, plays along. And so the game begins - a hilarious year-long match of wits and the witless. Add in a butler who is not what he seems, a detective who can't buy a clue, and two innocents (sort of) caught in the hilarity as they plan their wedding. As the couple's friends, neighbors and staff begin dropping like flies, it seems the husband is successful in murdering everyone. Everyone, that is, except his intended target! 

Presented by Special Arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. 
Stageloft Theater         450A Main Street, Fiskdale            508-347-9005  
Oktoberfest at Rapscallion Brewery
October 13-14

An annual tradition marking the release of Rapscallion's O-Fest seasonal, a traditional German Marzen, along with live music all weekend and a bratwurst special on the food truck!
Noon to 10:00pm Saturday and Sunday! Visit Rapscallion online for more.

Rapscallion Brewery & Tap Room
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!

October 15    
Autism Awareness 
Serra Club Webster, MA 
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! 
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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.  
DID YOU KNOW... Yankee Magazine has chosen SALEM CROSS INN  
as the "Best New England Cuisine" in Massachusetts!  
October 25th & November 18th
Murder Mystery 
Join us for an exciting interactive dinner theater, 
These Jokes Are Killing Me...
Lots of laughs, a delicious meal, and a mystery we need your help solving.
This is an advanced ticket purchase dining event.
Please call or order through the online form
Main Dining Room:
Tuesday-Friday- 11:30 AM-9:00 PM
Saturday- 5:00 PM-9:00 PM
Sunday- 12:00 PM-8:00 PM

Hexmark Tavern:
Tuesday-Friday- 4:00 PM-9:00 PM

Live music every Friday starting at 6:30 PM
Lunch and Learn - Norcom's FHA 203K Renovation Loan Product
October 30, 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Realtor Association of Central Mass, 492 Washington St., Auburn 
As a Realtor... What You Need To Know About 



Farmers Market  
Klems' Farmers Market 
Saturdays starting June 9th through October 20th · Rain or Shine
Fresh produce. Visit Many Local Crafters, Artisans & More!
This is a producer only market. Vendors are welcome. No Fees. Learn more or print an application!

Klem's             117 West Main Street, Spencer              508-885-2708 
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.  

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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!
October 6: Apple Country Fair
October 6-8: Apple & Agriculture Days at OSV  
October 12: The Center of Hope's Winestasting & Live Auction 
October 13-14 : Oktoberfest at Rapscallion
October 13-14: The 29th Annual Harvest Festival   
October 16: Fun at Five at The Duck with Power Computers 
October 23: Brown Bag Seminar: A Guide to Downsizing with Constance Hobart  
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