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Fun at Five
Welcome New Members!
Orchards & Farms in Fall
30th Annual Harvest Festival
Member Directory Photo Contest
The Antique Collectibles Show
Are You PFML Ready?
TLGV Announces Team Walktober
Harrington Car Show Announces Winners
NBSB Continues Fight Against Hunger
Escape the Pike Opens New Game
NBSB's Free Medicare Seminar
WANTED: Experienced Loan Officers
Corn Hole League Starting
NBSB Donates to The Literacy Project
Sleepy Hollow
Holland Community Center Events
Gateway Players Theatre
Run for Stop Abuse Today
Sturbridge Herbfest
Fall Festival at The Overlook
Oktoberfest at Rapscallion
Second Chance 20th Anniversary
Fall Harvest Fling
Run with the Herd
Annual Walk Against Abuse
WIB Meeting
Communication with Clarity and Impact
Stageloft: Spitfire Grill
Apple Country Fair
Harvest Fair
Apple Picking with Norcom
Publick House Feast
Salem Cross Inn Murder Mystery
Village Toastmasters Meetings
New Member Baskets
Save These Dates!
Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors
Executive Committee
 
Jessica Bettencourt
Chair
 
Laurie Cashman 
1st Vice Chair 
Yellow Iris Farm
 
Bruce Watkins
Treasurer
Karl Storz Endovision
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Board Members

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

Michelle Fanion
ERA Key Realty
 
 

Les Gardner
Les Gardner Photography

 
Nathan Hardt
 
Leila Hurt
 
Lynn Mero
Southbridge Credit Union  
 
Rita Schiano 
 
Rich Suitum
 
Erica Travinski

Michael Wales
Michael L. Wales Painting Co. 

Jim Donahue
Honorary Board Member
Counsel
Padgett D. Berthiaume
 
Chamber Staff
 
Executive Director
 
Finance & Administration
 
Communications Specialist
 

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Cms Chamber

Stur Townships - Everything but Ordinary

Welcome to CROSSROADS NEWS
 
October has arrived and the signs of Fall are all around! You will find this issue packed with the latest news and many exciting seasonal events happening now through Columbus Day. You may have noticed the scarecrows appearing on the front lawn of The Publick House. We are working on creating one that will represent all of our Members which we hope to install shortly. If you prefer we don't use your business name and/or logo on our fiendish creation for any reason, just drop us a line. Come check out all the scarecrows and vote for your favorites anytime leading up to and through The 30th Annual Harvest Festival. We are very much looking forward to networking with you at Southbridge Hotel on the 15th. Will we be inside at Shades Lounge or by the fire pit in the Courtyard? There's one way to find out! Register and join us!
 
Have you posted your Fall events to our calendar? 
We want to share your news and events! Thank you for emailing us your press releases, links and photos for inclusion in Crossroads!  We love to share your events with our readers. Keep posting your happenings to our online events calendar so we can share them with our nearly 900 subscribers!
 
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Southbridge Hotel
NETWORK WITH YOUR CHAMBER
Fun at Five!
Tuesday, October 15   
5:00-7:00pm
Southbridge Hotel  
Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center 
14 Mechanic Street, Southbridge, MA, 508-765-8000
www.SouthbridgeHotel.com 
 
Fall Networking at Southbridge Hotel! 
We will meet at the Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center in Shades Lounge and, depending on the weather, enjoy the outdoor Courtyard which features a fire pit and soft seating. Come and network with your fellow members! A variety of food selections from our menu will be served. Try a specialty drink or grab a cold craft brew from one of our 10 taps! Tours of the hotel including Focus Fitness, guest rooms and meeting space will be available.
 
You could win: 
An Overnight Stay for Two including Breakfast at Southbridge Hotel 
Or 
A Six-Month Membership to Focus Fitness at Southbridge Hotel 
Thanks to our host,  
Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center!
 
Register for Fun at Five by email or phone.
508-347-2761
 
Cost is $12 for Members who register, $15 at the door, or $20 for non-Members.
 
Thank you to our
 October Fun at Five Sponsor!
Helgerson_s   
Jeff D. Helgerson Excavating, Inc.
Your Septic, Excavation and Waste Pumping Experts!
 
Helgerson's services include: Septic tank cleaning, septic system installations, septic repairs and maintenance, Title 5 work, excavating, storm water management, grease trap pumping, perc tests, high pressure jetting, lift station, non-hazardous waste water hauling, hydro excavating, catch basin, treatment plant services, foundation excavation, and grading.
 
79 Bay Path Road | Charlton, MA 01507 
508-248-7242
CMS Chamber logo  
Welcome New Members!
 
 Please join us as we welcome the newest Member to the Chamber of Central Mass South!

Wild Flour Kolaches
Specialty Bakery featuring Texas-Style Kolaches
57 Main Street #3, Sturbridge, MA
508-320-2349
 
Yellow Iris Farm
Free Range Hens, Organic Eggs
44 Emil Drive, Thompson, CT
508-868-3892
   
Remember... MEMBER TO MEMBER!
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We THANK YOU for KEEPING IT LOCAL...
Apples, gourds and pumpkins, oh my! 
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Treat yourself and your family to a visit to your local farms and orchards this fall! The harvest is in and each of these special places await you with their unique offerings of autumnal magic. You can Pick-Your-Own, savor homemade apple dumplings and cider donuts, get lost in a corn maze, and so much more! Visit online to plan your trip, and get out in the crisp air and make some memories!
 
Brookfield Orchards (No. Brookfield)
Cook's Farm Orchard (Brimfield) 
Overlook Farm (Brookfield) 
Harvest Festival
30th Annual Harvest Festival 
October 19 & 20, 2019
 
The  30th Annual Harvest Festival on the Sturbridge Town Common and grounds of the Publick House Historic Inn is a family fun tradition. The event includes around 80 local crafters, artisans, live music, entertainment, 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! Scarecrow setup takes place starting on September 27. Visit this link for the Contest Rules and more details. Cast a vote for your favorites! The winners will be announced on October 20 at The Publick House.    
 
FEATURING: 
 
80 CRAFTERS!  
 
A MINI FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL!
 
 
LIVE MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT!    
 
On Saturday 
10am-12:30pm
STILL HILL

1:15-2:00pm
MAGIC SHOW WITH MAGICIAN SCOTT JAMESON
Followed by 2 hours of roving magic

2:30-5:00pm
THE OTTERS

On Sunday 
11:30-12:15pm
MAGIC SHOW WITH MAGICIAN SCOTT JAMESON
Followed by 2 hours of roving magic

12:45-3:15pm
FOUR BRIDGES
 
VISIT THE HARVEST FESTIVAL WEBPAGE! 
 
FREE Parking. FREE Admission. 
Festival hours are 10am to 5pm on Saturday and 11am to 4pm on Sunday.  
RAIN OR SHINE.
 
VOLUNTEERS!
IF YOU CAN HELP OUT BEFORE DURING OR AFTER HARVEST FESTIVAL
PERFORMING LIGHT DUTIES, PLEASE GIVE US A CALL!
508-347-2761 
 
HARVEST FESTIVAL is presented by the Chamber of Central Mass South & The Publick House Historic Inn.
 
HARVEST FESTIVAL is sponsored by  
STURBRIDGE TOURIST ASSOCIATION.  
 3rd Annual Membership Directory Photo Contest
4 seasons 
We are seeking your best photos to showcase
our region in all 4 glorious seasons!
 
The Chamber of Central Mass South is calling on all photographers, amateur and professional, to submit images which represent the four seasons in our area.  
 
The photos cannot contain any distinguishable advertising or business entities and they must be easily identifiable with one of the four seasons.
 
Submit one or all four seasons!
 
There will be one winning photo chosen for each season, selected by the Chamber's Promotions Committee. The 4 winning seasonal photos will be used on the cover of the 2020 Membership Directory and the runners up may be used in the 2020 Annual Report and other Chamber publications with a photo credit to the photographers where possible. All submitted photos become property of the Chamber of Central Mass South.
 
The photos must be high resolution (300 d.p.i. or greater)
and submitted digitally by email to Alix.
by December 15, 2019.
 
Thank you in advance for your best photographs of our towns!
Southbridge, Sturbridge, Charlton, Brimfield, The Brookfields,
Holland, Spencer, Wales, Warren, Northern CT
 
Chamber of Central Mass South
Questions? 508-347-2761
The Antique Collectibles Show
 
Journal of Antiques and Collectibles  
to Host The Antique Collectibles Show  
New Year's Day 2020
 
The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles, a national monthly magazine for dealers, collectors, and enthusiasts of antique collectibles, will be hosting The Antique Collectibles Show in Sturbridge, MA at the Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center, New Year's Day 2020. Managed by Weathervane Enterprises, Inc., publisher of Journal of Antiques and Collectibles, the Show will feature over 60 hand-selected local and regional dealers covering 11,000 square feet with authentic, quality antiques and antique collectibles. This new Show replaces the now defunct Central Mass Antique Show at Sturbridge, which ran from 2014 until 2018 over New Year's Eve and New Year's Day at The Host.
"This New Year's Day show provides a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase some of the best and most knowledgeable local and regional dealers of antique collectibles," says Maxine Carter-Lome, President of Weathervane Enterprises, Inc. and Publisher of the Journal of Antiques and Collectibles. "It's the perfect way to spend the day as these dealers will create spaces adorned with special finds that are sure to spark memories and inquiry."
The Exhibit Hall will be open on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 from 10am to 5pm, offering guests ample time to walk the floor and meet the dealers while enjoying special treats throughout the day in celebration of the New Year. In addition, The Host will offer a Concession Cafe outside the Exhibit Hall with breakfast and lunch options, and a Hospitality Table will provide great take-home information on future shows and antique publications.
$10 Admission, $8 online. Tickets go on sale October 1, 2019 at theantiquecollectiblesshow.com. For more information visit theantiquecollectiblesshow.com, Follow Us on Facebook @ AntiqueCollectiblesShow, or contact Maxine Carter-Lome directly at 508-347-1960 x402 and at  weathervanepublishing@gmail.com.
PFML
Are you PFML ready?

Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave program is here. And if you employ anyone, you are now required to get your business or non-profit PFML ready.

Act now: Withholding starts on October 1.

Paid Family and Medical Leave

Find out everything you need to know, including contribution rates, important deadlines, who is covered and who is excluded, and how to apply for an exemption.

Visit mass.gov.pfml today.

A message from the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave
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TLGV Announces Team Walktober 2019 
 
The Last Green Valley, Inc. is pleased to announce the US Army Corps of Engineers as the 2019 Team Walktober. TLGV designates one person, or team of people, to represent the best of Walktober. The U.S. Army Corps team of Michelle Cucchi, Nicole Giles, Cathy St. Andre and Glenna Vitello exemplify the volunteer spirit that has made Walktober a success for the last 29 years.

Brought to you by The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV), the 29th year of Walktober runs from Sept. 21 to Nov. 3 and offers an array of adventures, with more than 200 unique experiences and more than 300 opportunities to enjoy autumn in The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor. The Walktober brochure is free and details the guided walks, hikes, bike rides, paddles, tastes and events featured during Walktober. 
 
The US Army Corps has been a part of Walktober since 1992, when it was Walking Weekend, and they offered a tour of West Thompson Dam. Since then, they have consistently offered walks, talks, tours and paddles not only during Walktober but year-round.  
 
"The Corps of Engineers is honored to have a strong, long-standing partnership with The Last Green Valley," said Cathy St. Andre, Army Corps Park Ranger. "This collaboration has been serving local communities for 27 years while providing quality outdoor recreation to the public through the presentation of interpretive programs and fostering hands-on environmental stewardship practices across the Heritage Corridor." 
 
The primary mission of the US Army Corps here in The Last Green Valley is flood damage reduction - they manage six flood control reservoirs in the watershed (East Brimfield, Westville, Hodges Village, Buffumville, West Thompson, Mansfield Hollow). Being the largest federal landowner in the national heritage corridor, their lands provide outstanding recreational opportunities. The Corps properties provide boat launches, swimming beaches, picnic spots, hiking and mountain biking trails, fishing, hunting, a campground, disc golf courses, and paddling opportunities on two segments of the Quinebaug River National Recreation Water Trail.  
 
"We can always count on the Corps staff as key partners in The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor and we're honored to name the US Army Corps of Engineers as Team Walktober for 2019," said Lois Bruinooge, executive director of TLGV. 
 
You can enjoy Walktober with the Army Corps Park Rangers on the following walks: No. 38 Westville Past and Present, No. 58 West Thompson Dam Tour, and No. 62 Ramsdell Farm Historic Walk.  
 
The Last Green Valley is a National Heritage Corridor - the last stretch of dark night sky in the coastal sprawl between Boston and Washington, D.C. The Last Green Valley, Inc. is a member-supported non-profit working for you to care for, enjoy and pass on the National Heritage Corridor.  
Harrington Car Show Announces Winners 
Car Show
More than 130 cars took part in the Auxiliary's 11th Annual Car and Motorcycle Show at  
Thompson Speedway. 

The Harrington Auxiliary held its 11th Annual Car and Motorcycle Show, "Cruisin' Into Healthcare," on Sunday, August 25, 2019, at Bogey's Ice Cream Stand/Thompson Speedway. Thanks to the car enthusiasts, spectators, vendors, sponsors, donors and volunteers who helped make this fund-raising event a big success. A record-breaking 130 cars filled the field and presented a tough task for the judges.

Awards were given in several categories. Gary Angelo of Dudley received first place in the General Motors category and Michael Morrison of Southbridge came in second. First place in the Ford category went to Dale Sprauge of Pascoag, Rhode Island and Francis Supulka of Charlton received second.

Mopar division first place winner was Richard Langmeyer of Upton and second place went to Frank Zicaro of Oxford. Tolland, Connecticut resident John Piader took first place in the Open category. And the People's Choice trophy was awarded to Ron Keogh of Webster.

Congratulations to Auxiliary member Carolyn Smith of Webster, who received a second place trophy for her Corvair Monza.

In addition to the car show, the event included a 50/50 raffle and a general raffle with an assortment of prizes from gift certificates to automotive-related items. The Harrington on Wheels (HOW) van was also on hand and offered free blood pressure screenings and distributed health-related educational materials.  

Popular DJ Dick Salvas kept the crowd entertained with a variety of Golden Oldies.

Car show co-chairs, Kelly and Dan Hibbard, and several other Auxiliary members volunteered their time to assist at the event, which raised $3,517 to support programs and services provided by Harrington HealthCare System.  

The Auxiliary extends sincere thanks to our three major sponsors: Main Street Tires - Palmer and Southbridge, the family of Milton Korch, Sr., and Long Subaru.
 
Since 1932, the Harrington Auxiliary has supported the patients and community the Harrington HealthCare System serves, through Southbridge Gift Shop sales, fundraisers and special events throughout the year. All proceeds are used for patient care related services, grants, scholarships and programs.
North Brookfield Savings Bank, in Partnership with the Community, 
Continues the Fight Against Hunger with Annual Fall Food Drive
Annual Fall Food Drive from October 1 - 31 at all NBSB Branches
NBSB Fall Food Drive
Community members of West Brookfield and surrounding towns were generous with their donations in 2018 to the North Brookfield Savings Bank Food Drive. Shown are West Brookfield Assistant Branch Manager Mary Antinovitch, Assistant Branch Manager Meagan Brousseau and Branch Manager Kim Brown with the abundant food drive collection at the branch.

As summer comes to a close and the leaves start to turn, North Brookfield Savings Bank is gearing up for their Annual Fall Food Drive fundraiser, offering the perfect chance to share some kindness, support the community and help those in need during the season of giving.
 
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 Bank will be contributing monetarily and is issuing a challenge to the community.

For every item collected through the community, 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, or any monetary donations at any of NBSB's convenient branches anytime from October 1st through the 31st with the proceeds going directly to local food pantries.
 
Drop off locations:
  • 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 unfortunate reality is that there are people who still struggle with hunger close to home in our local communities. The Food Drive is a great opportunity for local community members and North Brookfield Savings Bank to work together to make a real difference in our communities by helping our neighbors," said North Brookfield Savings Bank President & CEO Donna Boulanger. "It is always heartwarming to see the kindness and generosity displayed through this drive by our communities and we are so grateful for the contributions they make each year."

To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank's community giving efforts and all of the convenient banking products and services offered, visit www.NorthBrookfieldSavingsBank.com.
Central Massachusetts' Newest Escape Room Opens Second Game  
Merlin_s Vision
Experience "Merlin's Vision" at Escape the Pike 
Escape the Pike is announcing the opening of its newest escape room game, "Merlin's Vision." The room, designed to simulate a castle environment, features a hand-painted window, custom stonework, hand-carved carpentry, and original artwork.  Booking for "Merlin's Vision" will be available to the general public in October.  Players may test themselves to beat the game and escape the room in sixty minutes.   
Escape the Pike The business opened with its first game, "Podunk" on June 1st of this year.  To date, over 150 groups have challenged their ability to find the hidden objects contained within its rooms, as well as solve the puzzles and follow the clues which comprise the game.  "Podunk" affords customers the experience of stepping into a multi-room bunker that is absent of electricity but ripe with prepper ingenuity. The effort made to combine an authentic feeling to the space with unique and clever challenges has been rewarded with over 40 five-star reviews and recommendations.  Escape the Pike's newest room offers customers a different experience than "Podunk" with the same attention to detail.
Stepping into a world created by Merlin to test their aptitude and abilities, players who enter "Merlin's Vision" will find that it is absent of keys and padlocks.  Technology is utilized to offer a magical quality and illusion to the game; one that will challenge each person's perception and interpretation skills. With large rooms and PG-rated content, "Merlin's Vision" provides an escape room option for families with older children; something uncommon in the escape room industry.  The story line of the game recalls the familiar tale of King Arthur and Excalibur.
The business is located in the same building as Teddy G's Pub & Grille, at 179 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA.  It is open every day from 2:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.  Players may call (774) 241-0508 or visit www.escapethepike.com to learn more and book games.  Escape the Pike can also be found on Facebook and Instagram. 
North Brookfield Savings Bank Welcomes a Crowd at Informative  
Free Medicare Seminar
Mark your calendars!  
North Brookfield Savings Bank's Next Medicare Seminar in January 2020
Countdown to 65
North Brookfield Savings Bank "Medicare - Countdown to 65" seminar attendees Diane and Roy Chaplin, Betsy Cuddy Martinelli, speaker Sue Flanagan and North Brookfield Savings Bank Senior Vice President of Human Resources Andrea Healy are shown in front of the crowd of attendees before the start of the event.
 
North Brookfield Savings Bank recently hosted a very successful FREE Medicare i nformation session "Medicare - Countdown to 65" at the Ye Olde Tavern in West Brookfield to assist those approaching Medicare eligibility. The event, which was customized for people over 60 to help them understand their health insurance options outside of their employer-sponsored coverage, drew in a large crowd of over 50 attendees.
 
Those who attended the seminar listened to an informative, easy to understand, yet concise presentation about the ins and outs of Medicare. The presentation covered Medicare and Medicare Parts A and B, Medicare enrollment timeline, Medigap plans that help supplement Medicare coverage, Medicare Advantage plans, such as HMOs and PROs, Medicare Part D prescription drug plans, and plans and programs available to early retirees, such as COBRA. Delicious complimentary fare and refreshments were served following the presentation.
 
"We were so pleased with the interest in our "Medicare - Countdown to 65" Seminar. At North Brookfield Savings Bank we will always be there as your banker, but we will also continue to provide learning opportunities and guidance for our customers and community members when it comes to other important life decisions," said NBSB Senior Vice President/Director of Human Resources Andrea Healy. "The positive feedback received from the attendees was tremendous so we are already planning another seminar for early next year in order to provide ongoing support on the topic."
 
North Brookfield Savings Bank will be scheduling an additional Medicare seminar in January of 2020. For those who wish to attend, they can be placed on a list to receive notification of exact dates and details by calling or emailing Andrea Healy at 508-637-7423 or ahealy@banknbsb.com .
 
Healy continued, "I encourage anyone who is over the age of 60 to reach out to me so we can keep you updated with seminar details. Whether you are planning to retire or not, it is important to understand all of your health insurance options available to you. As a local trusted bank, North Brookfield Savings Bank is happy to offer this free support and guidance."
 
North Brookfield Savings Bank offers learning resources and opportunities to customers, community members and employees as a way to empower them and help them to feel assured in their financial and life decisions. This aligns with the Bank's established core value "Commit to Excellence" which concentrates on elevating and lifting others up through growth and learning for success. In addition, the core value of "Support our Community" encompasses the Bank's goal to engage in meaningful partnerships and put people first. These two practiced values that the Bank strives to embody everyday are why they are committed to providing the community with ongoing educational support.
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HERITAGE COUNTRY CLUB

CORN HOLE LEAGUE
THURSDAY NIGHT 6PM

STARTING NOVEMBER 14th TO EARLY MARCH
MEN, WOMEN, AND CO-ED TEAMS WELCOME!
(ALL PLAYERS MUST BE 21+)

Two person teams | $100 per team
More details will be released on the first night of play (Rules, prizes, etc.)
Drinks, appetizers, music, and a little friendly competition
 
CALL TO SIGN UP TODAY! 508-248-5111
North Brookfield Savings Bank Presents $1,000 Donation  
to The Literacy Project Ware Classroom
Donation will support adult students as they take strides to improve their lives
NBSB Supports Literacy Project  
 
Left to right: Ware Adult Learning Center students Jennifer Irizarry and Rafael Santos, Ware Site Director and Pre-HiSET Instructor Robert Ferullo, The Literacy Project Executive Director Judith Roberts, student Coby Woods, NBSB Senior Vice President of Retail Banking Patty Ostrout, High School Equivalency and College Readiness Teacher Andrew Roberts, students Angela Velez and Michael Puglielli.
 
North Brookfield Savings Bank is pleased to announce their recent donation of $1,000 to The Literacy Project, a nonprofit organization that provides adult education in five locations throughout Franklin, Hampshire and Worcester Counties, covering a 1,500 square mile. The donation was made in support of the Ware Classroom of The Literacy Project which is located at 23 West Main Street in downtown Ware, on the second floor, where classes are free and open to the public.
 
"The Literacy Project's Ware Adult Learning Center staff and students are very grateful to North Brookfield Savings Bank for their generous support. The funds are used to purchase much needed school supplies and books for our Ware classrooms," said Judith Roberts, The Literacy Project Executive Director. "The Literacy Project classes are the on-ramp to the road out of poverty. Once our students attain their education goals, they are better able to support themselves and their families and the whole community benefits."
 
The Literacy Project is dedicated to helping adults of all ages continue their education and improve their quality of life. They provide free classes to adults in basic skills, high school equivalency and college and career readiness. Their classrooms offer a wide range of services with the goal of earning a HiSET or High School equivalency to assist with career advancement. Their services includes basic reading, writing, and math, as well as many other subjects. In addition, they support participants to engage meaningfully and equitably in the economic, social, cultural and civic life of their communities. The program helps more than 400 dedicated students each year build a better and more promising future for themselves, their families, and their communities.
 
"North Brookfield Savings Bank is proud to contribute towards The Literacy Project's Ware Classroom and to help local community members in their pursuit of their educational goals, career advancement, and improvement of their quality of life," said Patricia A. Ostrout, Senior Vice President of North Brookfield Savings Bank. "Our communities are continually made stronger by those who commit themselves to excellence and we at North Brookfield Savings bank are proud to support them."
 
To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank's community giving efforts and all of the convenient banking products and services offered, visit www.NorthBrookfieldSavingsBank.com .
"I have been younger in October than in all the months of spring."
-W. S. Merwin
Sleepy Hollow
The Sleepy Hollow Experience 
Now to November 3 
Old Sturbridge Village 
 
Old Sturbridge Village once again joins with producer/director Brian Clowdus to bring The Sleepy Hollow Experience to the Village. Recognized as one of the country's top five Halloween plays by American Theatre Magazine, The Sleepy Hollow Experience is an immersive, outdoor, musical theater experience that reimagines Washington Irving's iconic 1820's tale.  
    
At The Sleepy Hollow Experience, guests will be ghoulishly guided through the Village's countryside where they will encounter Ichabod Crane, Katrina Van Tassel, Brom Bones and quite possibly the Headless Horseman. Please note that each outdoor performance is approximately 1.5 hours long, and requires standing and walking. Performances are rain or shine. If you choose not to come to the show and the performance goes on, there are absolutely no refunds. If a rainout occurs, the show will be rescheduled.
 
Please visit the Event page for information, show times, tickets and more! 
 
September 3 - November 30:
Open Wednesday - Sunday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
OSV  
Holland Community Center
Holland Community Center Events
40 Brimfield Rd, Holland, 413-245-3163
 
October 1 from 3-5pm. Cooking with Tamsin: Join Tamsin to make Bread Pudding with Fruit. Please bring a 2qt casserole dish or at least a dish 2" deep. This class is limited to 8 people so please sign up early. $10 per person.  
 
October 5 from 6-8:30pm. Annual Fall Harvest Fling: (see the article below for more info!)  
lantern  
October 7 from 1-2pm. Bemis Farms: Join us as Bemis Farms comes back for another fun and beautiful craft to bring home.  You'll be making a small centerpiece wreath with lantern in the middle. Cost is $10 to seniors and $20.00 for non-seniors.  Part of the cost has been generously provided by Holland COA. 
Monster
October 4, 5 & 6 
Elm Street Congregational Church 
 
Gateway Players Theatre of Southbridge presents "There's a Monster in My Closet", by Angela D. Stewart, Music & Lyrics by Bill Francoeur. Performance dates are October 4 and 5, at 7:30pm and October 6 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.
 
This production will be directed by Lou-Ellen Corkum, and produced by Kathi Grenier. 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: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4351821

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

Presented by permission through special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Services.

Synopsis: Emily has a sleepover with her best friend Stephanie when they discover there's a monster in her closet! To investigate they recruit their friends to help capture the monster. What they don't know is that Murray, the closet monster, doesn't mean any harm. He only wants to play Emily's new video game. He's more scared of kids than they are of him!

When the Dream King hears that Murray is goofing off on the job, Murray is put on probation. It's a fact that when a child is born, a monster is assigned to watch over them - not play with their things. Other wonderful entertaining characters include Sandy the Sandman and his dream weavers, Emily's big brother and friends, and various inhabitants of the dream world.
Stop Abuse Today
STOP ABUSE TODAY RUNNING FESTIVAL 
October 5, Holland Elementary School  
 
Please join us on Saturday, Oct 5, 2019 for a Running Festival (5K and 10K) at the Holland Elementary School, 28 Sturbridge Road, Holland, MA.  Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and both races start at 9 a.m.  (We originally were also hosting a half marathon distance, but the half marathon was cancelled due to logistical issues).
 
All proceeds from this event will benefit Stop Abuse Today, Inc., which is a local 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose purpose is to support abuse victims and their families. Our primary objective is to provide education, awareness, outreach and support concerning domestic abuse, elder abuse and bullying among our youth.
 
If you would like to run in either the 5K or the 10K please register at this link-  
(you may also walk the 5K distance)
You may also use this link to volunteer or sponsor the event.
The race event is hosted by the Holland Police Department and Team Hoyt.
 
Our Facebook event page is :
 
Please feel free to email Kathy at TeamHoyt73@gmail.com with any questions.
HerbFest
Annual Sturbridge Herbfest
Saturday, October 5, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sturbridge Senior Center, 480 Main Street (Rte. 20), Fiskdale, MA
 
This Herbfest is a brainchild of three local herbalists: Salli Greene, Jo Anne Grubert, and Chris Haller. There are very few herbal conferences nationally and none in this area. This can make it difficult for herbalists, young and old, male and female, to gain more education in a conference setting. Sturbridge, because it is centrally located, is an ideal location and it is expected that the Herbfest will be an annual event.
 
There will also be food vendors and craft, jewelry, and product vendors set up on the lawn of the Sturbridge Senior Center.
 
For more information call Salli, at Alternatives For Health, 508-347-2111.
Overlook Fall Festival
Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest at Rapscallion Brewery 
October 5 & 6, 12-10pm
 
The last of four annual seasonal festivals at the brewery, celebrate the release of our annual O-Fest beer with a weekend-long party featuring live music from Boogie Chillin', Big Jon Short, Gracie Day, along with a festival menu from our on-site food truck, and a disc golf course at the ready, plus apple picking offered by the surrounding Hyland Orchard. Dog and family friendly! Free admission.
 
20TH aNNIVERSARY  
Second Chance Animal Services is commemorating their 20th Anniversary of helping pets in need on Saturday, October 5th at the Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center. Starting at 4 pm, there will be several activities, including casino games, live music, and raffle/auctions. Enjoy appetizers, salad and pasta stations, baked potato and cheesecake bars, make your own s'mores to enjoy by a fire, and signature drinks brought to you by Tito's Handmade Vodka. Tickets are $60, and you can purchase them online at www.secondchanceanimals.org 
 
We are also welcoming many sponsors or auction/raffle donations to
help us celebrate this milestone!    
 
View and download this document
for info on Sponsorship, Item Donation and Event tickets.
THE FRIENDS OF THE HOLLAND COMMUNITY CENTER PRESENT 
 
"THE ANNUAL FALL HARVEST FLING"
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 -  6:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.
Holland Community Center, 40 Brimfield Rd, Holland
 
MUSIC BY  DJ BRIAN KEARSLEY
SOCIALIZE!  DANCE!   SNACKS!    PUNCH!   "MOCK"TAILS!
 
Debbie Sichol will be on hand to teach a dance or two!
 
TICKETS: $5 - Available at the Holland Community Center or by calling 413-245-3163
 
THIS EVENT IS PARTIALLY FUNDED BY THE COUNCIL ON AGING - THANK YOU!!!
Nichols College
Run with the Herd
#BisonGradRun
October 6, 2019 @ 9am

A 5k race on the campus of Nichols College
129 Center Road, Dudley, MA 01571-5000
 

Nichols College
GRADUATE & PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
Sponsored by the Nichols Graduate Student Association to raise money
for graduate student scholarships.
SAT
Annual Walk Against Abuse
  October 6, Noon to 3pm, Brimfield Common
 
Stop Abuse Today is hosting our Annual Walk Against Abuse on the Brimfield Common, Brimfield, MA.
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Walk
  • Gather after the walk at the Common for refreshments
Stop Abuse Today, Inc. is a 501 c 3 nonprofit whose purpose is to support abuse victims and their families. Our primary objective is to provide education, awareness, outreach and support concerning: Domestic Abuse, Elder Abuse and Bullying Among our Youth.
Woman In Business Presents: Trends in Breast Health and Cancer Treatment
October 9, 7:30am to 9:00am at The Overlook 
 
Breast Cancer Month Join us for breakfast at The Overlook for an informative conversation about trends in breast cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Our guest speaker, Donna Kentley from the Cancer Center at Harrington, dubbed the "Breast Cancer Champion," will share the latest thinking and answer any questions you may have.
 
Catch us up on your business, make new contacts, and learn more about the programs, meetings, and new initiatives coming up. 
 
Remember to bring a few extra business cards to include in our welcome kit to new members, and to Contact Us if you would like to donate an item or service to our raffle, held each meeting to raise money for our Scholarship Program. 
 
Non-members welcome.
 
Donna Kentley, MHP, PA-C, has been a physician assistant for 24 years; more than 13 in the oncology field. She has been with The Cancer Center at Harrington since January 2017, working alongside Drs. Chris Seidler and Jeff Gordon.  She has also been a member of the Army Reserve and National Guard and is currently a Colonel, serving as Commander of the Rhode Island Army National Guard Medical Detachment.
Register Now to Attend 
$20 Members, $30 Non-members. Pre-registration required. 
 
Thank you to our Sponsor: The Overlook
QCC
Communication with Clarity and Impact
October 8 and 10, 8:00am, QCC Southbridge, 5 Optical Drive
 
Master the Art of Communication by studying the various modes of communicating. Learn the power of listening and asking effective questions that contribute to meaningful conversations and a positive work environment.
 
QCC is offering this workshop through the Direct Access Grant for Small Business. Free for Businesses that qualify.
 
Let's find out if your business qualifies for 15,000 per year in training dollars.
 
Contact Christine McNally, 508-751-7929 or cmcnally@qcc.mass.edu  
Spitfire Grill  
SPITFIRE GRILL THE MUSICAL
Music & Book by James Valcq, Lyrics & Book by Fred Alley
Based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff
October 11 - 20
Fridays & Saturdays @ 8pm, Sundays @ 2pm
 
A feisty parolee follows her dreams, based on a page from an old travel book, to a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah's Spitfire Grill. It is for sale but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. Entry fees are one hundred dollars and the best essay on why you want the grill wins. Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow full and things are definitely cookin' at the Spitfire Grill.
Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
 
Visit online or call for tickets.
Stageloft Theater         450A Main Street, Fiskdale         508-347-9005
41st Annual Apple Country Fair
October 12, Brookfield Town Common 
 
Showcasing the work of more than 70 local crafters, the 41st Apple Country Fair will be held on the Brookfield Town Common, Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Fair also will feature live music, children's games, baked goods, raffles and an apple pie contest - all to benefit the Brookfield Community Club, a charitable organization that makes grants to enrich community life.
 
Rain or shine. 10am - 4pm.
Brookfield Town Common
Harvest Fair
Harvest Fair
October 12
Elm Street Congregational Church, 61 Elm Street, Southbridge 
 
Come enjoy our Harvest Fair on Saturday, October 12th from 10am-3pm.  
 
Tables will include:
Bake Table including delicious jams and jellies.
Attic Treasures of good used items and clothing.
Jewelry table with beautiful jewelry at discount prices.
Craft Table with beautiful crafts made by church members.
Lunch including soup, sandwiches, chili, and apple pie.
 
 
For more information call (508) 764-8058.  
Orchard
Norcom - Sturbridge Presents
Apple Picking at Echo Hill Orchards  
14th October, Monday 
101 Wilbraham Road, Monson, MA
 
Start your Columbus Day off with a fun morning filled with picking your own apples and scenic tractor rides up Flynt Mountain from 10 am - 12 pm. Kid friendly. Bring a lunch and extend your time to pick you own pumpkins, visit their winery and do some wine tasting and the gift shop for hand poured candles and more. There will be giveaways, games, raffles and prizes. This event is hosted by Kristen Walther of Norcom Mortgage, Lisa Musick of EXIT Real Estate Executives, and Gove Law Office, LLC. 
 
Meet our group near the picnic tables in front of the pond to get your apple picking bags to enter the orchard.
 
RSVP to Donna Forte by October 11, 2019: Donna.Forte@Norcom-USA.com 
 
Norcom Mortgage
Sturbridge, MA
We Make Homes Happen.
Residential Mortgage Specialists 
The Publick House  
Publick House Cooks for Community Organizations 
Help us give back to the community by joining us for our monthly feasts to raise money for local organizations. Sponsored organizations will split a minimum of $4.00 from every dinner served!

October 14   
First Congregational Church, Sutton
Guild of St. Agnes
ITALIAN FEAST
 
CASH DONATION 
Adults $14 / Children $5
(4-12 yrs.) 
BUFFET STYLE  
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 & Soft Drinks     
 
Thank you for your support! 
Salem Cross Inn logo
260 West Main Street, Route 9, West Brookfield, MA
 
Rich with history, the Salem Cross Inn is a restored 18th century farmhouse  
nestled on 600 acres of New England countryside.  
 
A Wedding Wire Couples' Choice Award
and The Knot Best of Weddings Award recipient for 2019.
 
   Murder Mystery
October 27, 2019, 5:00pm  
Salem Cross Inn and Cornely Productions present a Murder Mystery Dinner:  
Our interactive dinner theater, The Fashionable Murders.
 
You are welcome to a special event, the National Awards for special fashion design boldness!
The fashions are so bold that they might knock you over or even kill you when you see them! That is if the jealousy and infighting exhibited by the designers themselves doesn't result in death before the awards can be announced.
 
Guests may dress as casual, crazy, and comfortable as they choose, Most important, bring your thinking caps in case you are asked to solve a murder!
 
The Murder Mystery Dinner is an advanced ticket purchase dining event. To order tickets, please call Salem Cross Inn at 508-867-2345 or see the menu and submit your order online using the link below.
 
Select Thursday, Friday & Sunday Evenings 
$56 per person | includes all taxes and gratuities.
ALL TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AND NON-TRANSFERABLE.  
The Murder Mystery Dinner Theater is an advanced ticket only dining event.
Make your reservations online, or call us today at 508-867-2345.
 
FIREPLACE FEAST SEASON BEGINS IN NOVEMBER!
Take a trip back in time and enjoy our 1700's colonial inspired feasts,  
prepared on the open hearth of a great fieldstone fireplace. 
Make your reservations online or call Salem Cross Inn at (508) 867-2345
 
  Make sure to visit our Facebook page
for updates (including weather), event photos and future menu postings!
   
Open Full Schedule:
APRIL 4-DECEMBER 30, 2019
Tuesday to Friday (Lunch & Dinner) - 11:30am to 9:00pm 
Saturday (Dinner) - 5:00pm to 9:00pm 
Sunday (Dinner) - 12 Noon to 8:00pm  
 
Hexmark Tavern: 
Tuesday to Friday (Dinner) - 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm 
 
Village Toastmasters Weekly Meetings
Thursday Evenings, 7:00-8:15pm
CHAMBER OF CENTRAL MASS SOUTH CONFERENCE ROOM
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 alexandra_mcnitt@cmschamber.org if you have any questions or to arrange a pickup. Thank you for your contributions!

Important Dates to Save!
October 5: Stop Abuse Today Running Festival 
October 5: Sturbridge Herbfest  
October 5: Fall Festival at The Overlook     
October 5: Second Chance Animal Services 20th Anniversary  
October 5-6: Oktoberfest at Rapscallion
October 6: Run with the Herd 5K   
October 6: Walk Against Abuse
October 11: Spitfire Grill The Musical Opens at Stageloft    
October 14: Happy Columbus Day!  
October 15: Fun at Five at Southbridge Hotel with Helgerson's Excavating  
October 19-20: The 30th Annual Harvest Festival    
   
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