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Join the Chamber's Board of Directors
Fun at Five
Welcome New Member!
Splash! SCU Joins Cops-n-Kids
NBSB Warns About Grandparent Scam
Volunteer: Day of Caring
Harrington Now Offers 3-D Mammography
Sleepy Hollow Returns!
Cornerstone Bank Stuffs the Bus
SCU Donates $10K to OSV
Plan Your Walktober Adventures
Sturbridge Bonfire
United Way Campaign Kickoff Reception
WANTED: Experienced Loan Officers
Harrington Announces Neon 5K Family Fun Run
Opioid Task Force Author Presentation
Help Improve Water Quality in The Last Green Valley
The Spencer Fair
The Woodstock Fair
Muster Day at OSV
Brimfield Shows
Holland Community Center Events
Stageloft: Beer for Breakfast
Harvest Craft Fair
Nipmuck Powwow
Salem Cross Inn Dining Events
Publick House Feast
WIB Presents The Power of Hypnosis
Apple Bazaar
Stop Abuse Today Meeting
Harrington's NEON Run/Walk
Cruise For Critters Car Show
Village Toastmasters Meetings
New Member Baskets
Save These Dates!
Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors
Executive Committee
Jessica Bettencourt
Laurie Cashman 
1st Vice Chair 
Bruce Watkins
Karl Storz Endovision

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

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
Padgett D. Berthiaume
Chamber Staff
Executive Director
Finance & Administration
Communications Specialist

Chamber Links

Cms Chamber

Stur Townships - Everything but Ordinary

Labor Day weekend is here and September's  Crossroads is in your inbox early so you won't miss a thing. Today is Free Fun Friday at Old Sturbridge Village which means free admission for all to the museum! We are on the cusp of a grand finale of a summer weekend featuring our local, old-time agricultural fairs, Muster Day at OSV, and the last edition of the Brimfield Shows for the year which begins on Tuesday. We hope you will join us for some late summer networking at Rapscallion Brewery & Tap Room on the eve of September 17. We look forward to catching up with you there!
Have you posted your Fall events to our calendar? 
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Would you be interested in serving on our Board of Directors?
We are currently accepting letters of interest from Members in good standing who would be interested in serving on the Chamber's Board of Directors.
Service on the Board is typically a 3-year term though we do have one vacancy with a shorter commitment.
The Chamber's Board of Directors is responsible for the Chamber's governance, ensuring its financial stability, setting policies, and assisting the Chamber in carrying out its mission and objectives.
Board members must regularly attend and actively participate in scheduled Board meetings, hold a seat on at least one Chamber committee, demonstrate public support for the Chamber, volunteer and assist in recruiting new Members, act as ambassadors and advocates, and lend their expertise in support of the Chamber's mission and objectives.
If you would like to serve, please send a letter of interest to Alix by Wednesday, September 11.
Mailing Address:
Alexandra McNitt
Chamber of Central Mass South
46 Hall Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
Feel free to call if you have further questions. 508-347-2761
Fun at Five!
Tuesday, September 17  
Rapscallion beer  
Rapscallion Brewery & Tap Room 
195 Arnold Road 
Sturbridge, MA, 508-347-7500  
Join us for Networking at Rapscallion Brewery!
Voted Sturbridge's best neighborhood hangout, Rapscallion is warm and inviting with rustic farmhouse touches combined with the industrial backdrop of a craft brewing operation.  
Enjoy great beer, great company, tasty treats and  
the warm and friendly vibes at one of Massachusetts' oldest tap rooms at Fun at Five!  
Don't miss...  
Oktoberfest at Rapscallion! October 5-6.  
Celebrate the release of the annual O-Fest beer with a weekend-long party featuring live music, a festival menu from our on-site food truck, and a disc golf course at the ready. Dog and family friendly!  
Free admission.  
Register for Fun at Five by email or phone.
PLEASE NOTE NEW RATE FOR REGISTERED MEMBERS: Cost is $12 for Members who register, $15 at the door, or $20 for non-Members.
Thank you to our
 September Fun at Five Sponsor!
ERA Key Realty  
Serving Central MA and Middlesex Counties for 30 years, ERA Key Realty Services has been helping home sellers and home buyers make their housing dreams become a reality.
ERA Key Realty Services EARNS customers and clients for life by providing UNPARALLELED SERVICE with the highest level of INTEGRITY, EXPERTISE and PROFESSIONALISM. 
ERA Key Realty
Call Michelle: 508-335-8120  
or Terri: 508-615-5450
Visit online at:
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Welcome New Member!
 Please join us as we welcome the newest Member to the Chamber of Central Mass South!

Nichols College
Graduate and Professional Studies   
129 Center Road, Dudley, MA
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Southbridge CU Joins Southbridge Cops-n-Kids for a Splash!
SCU supports Cops n Kids
We've been having tons of fun this summer! Southbridge Credit Union proudly made a $5,000 donation to the Southbridge Cops n Kids program during their Slip n Slide Challenge which was held on Thursday, August 8th at Morris Street Field in Southbridge. Southbridge CU challenged all uniformed police officers, firefighters and emergency responders to take on the challenge. In exchange, SCU would pay $100 for each one of them who took the dive down the slip n slide!

The Southbridge Cops n Kids program does a phenomenal job bringing the youth of our community together and continues to break down barriers between youth and the police force. The program has been in existence over 20 years and we're thrilled to support this program and see it continue to flourish throughout our community.
Officer Dodge slides
North Brookfield Savings Bank Warns Older Americans about  
Grandparent Scam
Grandparent Scam

The next time you receive a frantic call from someone saying they are your family member or grandchild and they are desperately asking for money, make sure it's actually your grandchild who's calling. The "grandparent scam," is a form of financial abuse that deliberately targets older Americans using impersonation tactics.

To commit this scam, which is also known as a "Family Emergency Scam", fraudsters call claiming to be a family member in serious trouble and in dire need of money immediately. The fraudster might say he's stranded or has been mugged, or needs helps getting out of jail or out of a foreign country. Often times, the caller will cry to disguise their voice while begging and pleading for the money to be wired. The fraudster could call in the middle of the night to add to the urgency and confusion. The goal of the scam is to take advantage of the victims love for their family member and trick them into wiring money to help their helpless family member or grandchild. Only later the victim finds out that it wasn't actually their grandchild they were helping, it was a criminal.   

"The grandparent scam or family emergency scam is one that targets emotions and it is important that we prepare ahead of time on how to handle these types of scams," said Patty Ostrout, Senior Vice President of Retail Banking. "If you receive a suspicious call, it is imperative that before you act on any request made of you that you first verify who you are speaking to. Ask questions, call them back on a familiar number or consult a trusted friend or family member."

North Brookfield Savings Bank offers these tips to help them prevent impersonation fraud:
  • Confirm the caller. Fraudsters are using social networking sites to gain the personal information of friends and relatives to carry out their crimes. Verify the caller by calling them back on a known number or consult a trusted family member before acting on any request.
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions. Fraudsters want to execute their crimes quickly. The more questions you ask the more inclined they will be to ditch the scam, especially if they suspect you're on to them.
  • Never give personal information to anyone over the phone unless you initiated the call and the other party is trusted.
  • Never rush into a financial decision and trust your instincts. Don't be fooled - if something doesn't feel right, it may not be right. Feel free to say no and get more information before you send money to someone.
"It is important that as a local community bank that we do our part to educate our communities about potential risks they may face when it comes to fraud," said Patty Ostrout, Senior Vice President of Retail Banking. "To help prevent elder financial abuse, family and community members can also assist by discussing these topics with our older neighbors and helping them to report any suspicious activity."

If you feel you are a victim of a scam or identity theft, it is important to act fast! Contact the financial institutions or credit card companies where you feel your information has been compromised, file a report with the Federal Trade Commission, file a report with your local police department, and contact one of the 3 major credit bureaus to report what has happened and to add a fraud alert to your credit reports. It may be wise to also contact the IRS, Social Security Administration and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to follow up. Always keep notes of who you contacted and when.

We're Always Here to Help. Visit the NBSB Blog for more helpful financial tips, alerts, community announcements and more at

North Brookfield Savings Bank is a mutual savings bank with full-service branches in North Brookfield, East Brookfield, West Brookfield, Ware, Belchertown, Palmer, and Three Rivers Village of Palmer. NBSB offers a wide variety of deposit and loan products for individuals and businesses throughout Central and Western Massachusetts and has been a steadfast supporter of the communities in which it serves since 1854. North Brookfield Savings Bank is a 2018 Banking Choice  1st place award recipient in all categories including Overall Quality, Customer Service, Technology and Tools, and Community Contribution. All deposits are insured by the FDIC and the Depositors Insurance Fund. For additional information, please call 1-866-711-6272 or visit us online at .
Day of Caring
The 13th Annual Day of Caring registration is open! We hope you are able to join! The day will be slightly different than in past years. The day begins with all the volunteers gathering at the Sturbridge Host Hotel starting at 7:30am for registration check-in, receive your T-Shirt and snack bag and start the morning with a hearty breakfast buffet. Everyone then leaves by 8:45am to arrive at their project sites, which you get to select during the online registration process! There is only ONE shift, 9am-1pm. So work with your co-workers, friends and family on a project
that interests you and enjoy the day!  
Harrington Now Offers 3-D Mammography at its Three Main Locations
Harrington Mammo Room

Harrington has announced it can now offer 3-D mammograms at its main locations in Charlton, Southbridge and Webster.

The healthcare system previously announced the arrival of 3-D mammography at its Southbridge campus in 2017. Now, patients can receive the benefit of the advanced mammography detection screening tool at 10 N. Main Street, Charlton and 340 Thompson Road, Webster, as well. In total, four 3-D units have been installed and replace the previous conventional 2-D machines.

3-D Mammography uses advanced breast tomosynthesis technology, clinically proven to significantly improve the detection of breast cancers, while simultaneously reducing the need to return for additional testing.

In conventional 2-D mammography, overlapping dense breast tissue is the leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. A 3-D exam includes a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect, Dingui said.

During the tomosynthesis-dimensional portion of the exam, an X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images. A computer then converts the images into a stack of thin layers, allowing the radiologist to review the breast tissue one layer at a time. A 3-D exam requires no additional compression and takes just a few seconds longer than a conventional 2-D breast cancer screening exam.

With pain being the number one complaint during mammograms, the new SmartCurve paddle is clinically proven to deliver a more comfortable mammogram compared to standard compression. The curved design of the compression device mirrors the shape of a woman's breast to reduce pinching and applies uniform compression over the entire breast for added comfort.

"Compression is still necessary to reduce radiation exposure, make sure patient holds still and to allow better detail to be seen by the radiologist," said Dr. Baum.

As with all adult imaging studies taken at any of Harrington's locations, mammogram results are read and interpreted by Harvard Medical Faculty trained radiologists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). Harrington has BIDMC radiologists who specialize exclusively in breast imaging.

To schedule your annual exam, call Central Scheduling at (508) 765-3020. If you have questions about your annual mammogram, talk to your primary care physician.
"The Sleepy Hollow Experience" Returns to Old Sturbridge Village
200th anniversary of legendary tale, tickets now on sale to public

The Sleepy Hollow Experience returns to Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) this fall, with shows running Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 27 through Nov. 3, 2019. The interactive, musical-theatre-style, outdoor experience is the village's most popular fall event, reimagining Washington Irving's legendary tale using the historic village as its haunting backdrop.

In collaboration with Director and Producer Brian Clowdus and cast, performances will be held at the Museum Education buildings, starting in the evenings at 7:30 p.m. with additional shows at 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Visitors will be ghoulishly guided through the village's countryside as they encounter familiar figures like Ichabod Crane, Katrina Van Tassel, Brom Bones, and even the Headless Horseman himself. Performances last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes and include periods of walking and standing.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the legend of Sleepy Hollow. Guests are invited to celebrate with the show that has been called "one of the country's top five Halloween plays" by American Theatre Magazine and immerse themselves in the spooky tale. Arrive early to dine on soups, stew, and chowder in the transformed Ichabod's Tavern, or purchase sweets and libations prior to the show and during intermission. Overnight accommodations are available after the event at the Old Sturbridge Village Inn and Reeder Family Lodges for guests who want to extend their visit. Promo code "Ichabod19" can be used to save $20 on overnight bookings on show nights.

For guests attending the show, Sleepy Hollow Experience tickets can also be used for 10% off Old Sturbridge Village's Prime Rib Feast on Wednesday and Thursday nights. The feast is open to the public, held in the Oliver Wight Tavern inside the village. Tickets from any show can be used to reserve a seat for any Prime Rib dinner during the months of September through November. 

Tickets for The Sleepy Hollow Experience are on sale to the public now at: . Ticket pricing varies based on date of attendance and must be purchased in advance for the exact date and showtime. Show dates may be rescheduled due to heavy rain or inclement weather. Often described as a "thrilling" or "haunting" theatrical experience, this show is not recommended for those under the age of 10.
Cornerstone Bank Donates to Stuff the Bus Campaign
Stuff the Bus
Summer is winding down, and students are beginning to prepare for the school year ahead. This can be a financially difficult time for parents having to provide not only new school clothes, but also school supplies. Cornerstone Bank helps students in need by holding its annual "Stuff the Bus" drive to gather backpacks and school supplies for students in the surrounding communities.

From July 31st through August 9th, Cornerstone Bank customers and employees generously donated many back to school items to Planting the Seed Foundation of Worcester and the YMCA of Southbridge. The Planting the Seed Foundation will distribute the donated supplies to needy children in Worcester while the YMCA of Southbridge will donate items to children that they service throughout the Southbridge Public School system. These items will help students succeed during the school year-both academically and socially.

"We are happy to be able to support students throughout our community," stated Cornerstone Bank Chairman and CEO K. Michael Robbins. "Thank you to all of our customers and employees for making this year's Stuff the Bus drive a success."

To learn more about Planting the Seed Foundation, visit To learn more about the YMCA of Southbridge, please visit For more information about Cornerstone Bank, visit online at or call 800-939-9103.
Southbridge Credit Union donates $10,000 to Old Sturbridge Village
OSV Donation from SCU

Southbridge Credit Union is a proud sponsor and supporter of Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) and we recently made a $10,000 donation in support of the Annual Gala which will be held on Saturday, September 14th and OSV's 2019 Apple and Agriculture Days.

The Annual Gala continues to be the museum's largest fundraising event as it celebrates the museum's patrons, members and friends with an evening of delicious foods, live and silent auctions and more. Click here for info on this year's Gala.

Summer will soon be coming to an end, the kids will be returning to school and the fall will start taking over with its beautiful colors, cooler temps and let's not forget the pumpkin and apple picking! The Apple and Agriculture Days will be held at OSV on: Saturday and Sunday, October 5th and 6th, Saturday thru Monday, October 12th - 14th and lastly on Saturday, October 19th.  This event is included with any day-time admission, season pass or Village membership. Come take part in the fun! Click here for more info on the 2019 Apple and Agriculture Days.
  Plan Your Walktober Adventures Now

In Southern New England, Walktober is the most wonderful time of the year.

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 Walktober brochure also includes the Walktober Challenge, a chance to win TLGV's new green tumbler.

Brochures will be available starting Labor Day Weekend and will roll out to the entire region in the first weeks of September. Find a copy at any town hall, library or information kiosk within The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor! To receive your own brochure: email; call 860-774-3300; or download a PDF from the website

All updates, additions and cancellations will be posted on the Walktober page on TLGV's website and alerts given on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Please check the website and social media pages often as additional events will be added starting Labor Day Weekend.

In 2018, about 80,000 participants enjoyed Walktober, providing a major economic boost to the region. The Walktober brochure makes it easy to plan a season of adventures.

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. works for you in the National Heritage Corridor. We help you to care for it, enjoy it and pass it on.
Town of Sturbridge
Sturbridge Bonfire Seeks Local Businesses
The Town of Sturbridge will be hosting a community bonfire scheduled for October 3 from 4pm - 8pm. The bonfire will be held on the Town Common and will feature live music. Based on the last two bonfires, several hundred people are expected to attend.
The Town would like to invite businesses who are interested in being at the event to contact Town Hall. The event is primarily looking for food and drink vendors but is also interested in having vendors that will highlight the diversity of businesses here in town. At this point the Town is just soliciting interest, so if you are, please email Kevin Filchak to add your name to the list.
if you have questions, comments or concerns please contact Kevin.
Kevin Filchak, M.P.A.  
Town of Sturbridge, Economic Development/Tourism Coordinator
508-347-2500 ext. 1411
"Art Show of Agencies"
Cocktail Reception

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Cohasse Country Club
393 Eastford Road
Southbridge, MA
$25 per person
Cash Bar
Enjoy the evening with our member agencies. Learn about the programs we support and get excited for this year's annual campaign.
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Harrington Announces Neon 5K Family Fun Run  
to Benefit Mental Health Services
Harrington HealthCare System has announced the return of its family-friendly 5K walk/run this September.
The Neon 5K fundraiser will be held on Saturday, September 21 directly preceding the start of AutumnFest in downtown Southbridge. The course begins and ends at the Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center . Online registration is now open through EventBrite or by visiting . Participants can save $5 if they register by September 1. Children under 10 are free.
Participants are encouraged to wear their brightest, craziest NEON colors for a 1.5-mile single loop or 3.2-mile double loop. Harrington will provide awards for the best individual color display, best team color display and largest team.
Rapscallion Brewery is offering vouchers for 1/2 pints to every 5K participant over the age of 21 to be redeemed at AutumnFest.
Help Harrington support mental health support services in our community by joining together for this family-friendly event. Net proceeds will benefit the healthcare system's services and programs that create opportunities and remove barriers for those with mental health disorders.
At the completion of the race, families can enjoy food, beer, wine, games and vendors on the Southbridge Common during AutumnFest, hosted by the Southbridge Business Partnership .
Neon 5K event sponsors include Exsel Advertising , Vocero Hispano Newspaper , Rapscallion Brewery, Kid Power Gymnastics , Cormier Jeweler , Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center and I Am T-shirts .
If you're interested in being an event sponsor, please email .
We can't wait to see your NEON!
CM Opioid Task Force
District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr.'s Central Mass. Opioid Task Force presents Nationally acclaimed author and Worcester native Jarrett Krosoczka

District Attorney Early has forwarded the flyer linked below to all of the Chambers of Commerce in Central Mass. to make sure that the business community is aware of the opportunity to hear this nationally known, local author speak.

Author and Worcester native Jarrett Krosoczka will share his unique perspective on living with addiction and will suggest ways we can support the children in our community who are affected by addiction. A true story about how complicated the truth can be.

Please view the attached PDF document for details on this presentation happening
Thursday, September 19, 9:00 to 11:00am at A/C Marriott Hotel, 125 Front Street, Worcester.
Parking available at the hotel.
Help Improve Water Quality in The Last Green Valley
Join The Last Green Valley's Water Quality Monitoring team and become a citizen scientist. Jean Pillo, Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator for TLGV, is hosting a training on Riffle Bioassessment Water Quality Monitoring.
Hundreds of water quality monitoring volunteers work throughout The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor to gauge the health of streams, rivers, ponds and lakes. Their work has resulted in numerous direct actions to improve water quality in the region.
Riffle bioassessments are a way to document good water quality in small streams. Volunteers collect bugs that live part of their lifecycle underwater and act like the "canary in a coal mine," indicating whether the stream meets fish habitat standards.
Pillo will conduct two trainings. Volunteers must attend one of the trainings to be part of the program. Training will be held 9 a.m. to noon, Sept. 13 at the USDA Service Center, 238 West Town St., Norwich, CT. and 9 a.m. to noon, Sept. 14 at the Connecticut Audubon Society Grassland Bird Conservation Center, 218 Day Rd., Pomfret Center, CT.
All training will be provided free of charge and no experience is necessary. After the initial training, volunteers will be paired up with experienced team leaders and assigned streams to assess. A typical monitoring event takes about 2 -3 hours. Volunteers are encouraged to monitor more than one stream during the September - November program period if they can. 
Registration is required. To learn more, or to reserve your spot at the training, email Pillo at .
"Your acts are your monuments."
-R. J. Palacios
Spencer Fair
The Spencer Fair
August 30 - September 2 
The Annual Spencer Fair will take place this year on August 30-September 2, 2019. The Spencer Fair is an old time, traditional country fair including ox and horse pulls, cattle, rabbit and poultry shows, hall exhibits, midway and outdoor entertainment, and should be a great time for all who attend.

With agricultural and commercial exhibits, stage shows, a midway, crafts, and a farmers market, this year will prove to be the best. See all the offerings for this year's fair at 
For more info at Fair time call 508-885-5814.
48 Smithville Road, Spencer MA 01562
Woodstock fair
The Woodstock Fair
August 30 - September2 
Connecticut's second oldest agricultural fair featuring crafts, lots of food, livestock shows, petting zoo, free stage shows, midway, go-kart races. Better Living Center, vegetables, flowers, entertainment and a lot more.  
All attractions (excluding midway rides) are included in the admission prices. Visit The Woodstock Fair website for more information on live acts, exhibits, and much more!  

Woodstock Fair Grounds
281 Route 169, Woodstock CT 06281 
Muster Day
Muster Day
August 31, 2019
Old Sturbridge Village 
To supplement the meager armed forces, most early 19th-century farmers and craftsmen were required by law to serve in local militia units - the forerunner of today's National Guard. Fall militia musters often saw the various militia companies of several towns coming together for a regimental muster. These would have been grand spectacles with townspeople coming out to view visiting militia companies in their dashing uniforms. Come and join us for our fall muster day and cheer on your favorite militia company!

    Talk to members of two uniformed volunteer militia companies.
    Listen to early 19th-century martial music.
    Watch cannon and musket demonstrations.
    See a "Sham Fight" as rival militia companies square off against each other in the field.
   Our young visitors will get the chance to learn early 19th-century drill and marching with the militia officer's instruction and a toy gun.
    See the "striped pig" and learn how it was used to skirt the early 19th-century liquor laws. 
During the month of August 2019, up to three kids 17 and younger are admitted FREE when accompanied by an adult paying full admission. Extended though Labor Day! Learn more here.
May 25 - September 2:
Open Wednesday - Sunday | 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
September 3 - November 30:
Open Wednesday - Sunday | 9:30 am - 4:00 pm 
Brimfield Shows: September 3-8
The Brimfield Antiques and Collectibles Show has been dubbed "the Queen of the outdoor shows" and a Smithsonian Treasure. A New England tradition, the extravaganza represents the largest outdoor gathering of antique and collectibles dealers in the country with acres of tents showcasing the merchandise of thousands of dealers!  
CALL US AT 508-347-2761 TO FIND OUT MORE. 
Get the App! 
Here's a whole new way to do the Brimfield Shows! Get the smart phone app that uses GPS technology to help you find the treasures you seek at the Brimfield Shows! Great tool for shoppers and dealers! It even helps you find your car after a long day in the fields. Check it out and download this amazing app today!
Holland Community Center
Holland Community Center Events
40 Brimfield Rd, Holland, 413-245-3163
Cooking with Tamsin: CULINARY - Tuesday, September 4th at 1:30 and 3:00 pm  
We are thrilled to offer two classes today. The first class is going to be making Zucchini Chutney, please bring covered Bell jars for this class. It will start at 1:30. RSVP FEE $5. 
The second class will be for making Pierogis at 3 pm. Please bring a large cookie sheet, and a hand towel with you to this class. Space is limited to 8 people, sign up early. RSVP FEE $10
Movie Day at The Center, September 9, 1-3pm: The Movie today is Mary Poppins Returns. Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael's children through a difficult time in their lives. Movie is Free and begins at 1pm after Lunch. If you would like to join us for lunch that day, the meal will be Jambalaya. Cost of lunch is $3.00 and if you would like a take out, the cost is $5.00.
Health Fair HEALTH FAIR, September 17, 10am-2pm: Please stop in and check out our various vendors. There will be various departments from Harrington HealthCare here, Pioneer Planning Commission, Medicare, Red Cross, Stop Abuse Today, Hometown Bank, Last Green Valley, PACE. There will be blood pressure screenings, Hands-only CPR and so much more.
Beer for Breakfast  
Stageloft Presents
A Comedy by Sean Grennan 
September 6 - 22 
Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm
A group of middle-aged buddies reunite for a "guys' weekend" in a snowed-in cabin to eat chili, drink beer, and relive the good old days. Despite divorce, unemployment, and a stroke, spirits are high until Jessie, the wife of absent friend Adrian, shows up in his place. An epic battle of wits and stamina ensues: will the men win their right to an all-out guy fest, or will woman be crowned the stronger sex after all?
Presented by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.
Visit online or call for tickets.
Stageloft Theater         450A Main Street, Fiskdale         508-347-9005
Harvest Craft Fair
September 7-8, 10:00am to 5:00pm

Our Harvest Craft Fair will be a two day event this year, September 7th and 8th! Soooo Exciting!  
Last year we had the best turn out ever and can't wait to host this year's Fair! We have so much fun hosting this event and we love seeing all the crafter's treasures and the public supporting local! 
This event is rain or shine.

Visit Brookfield Orchards online.
40th Annual Nipmuck Powwow  
September 7 - September 8, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Location: Lake Siog Park  Dug Hill Rd Holland MA
Time:  Gates open at 11:00 am Grand Entry is at 12:00 pm

The Nipmuck Indian Council of Chaubunagungamaug will present their 40th annual Nipmuck Pow Wow on Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8 at Lake Siog Park in Holland, MA.

This event is open to the public and will feature traditional and contemporary foods,  
authentic drumming and dancing and Native crafts and jewelry.

Admission fee is $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for seniors and children 6-12.  Children under 6 are free. 
The grounds will be open to the public from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM each day. 
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.
Farmers Dinner
Welcome to our sixth season of Farmers' Dinners... 
The inspiration for this menu is solely based on what we have grown here, on our own farm, just steps from our gardens and pastures. The vegetables are grown by our gardeners, Austin and Barry, the herbs are grown by John Salem and the beef is raised by David Salem. Your dinner is prepared by our Chef and his staff who would love to share tips on their cooking with you. Feel free to join in, ask questions or just meet some new people. We look forward to sharing some great dinners with you at this new dinner series. We'll see you in the garden!
Sunday, September 8  
Second Annual Taste of West Brookfield
organized by the West Brookfield Agricultural Commission.
Featuring: Ingredients from West Brookfield Farms and Salem Cross Farm's Beef*
*fish or vegetarian entree available with advanced notice (Chef's choice)
Enjoy our Magnificent New England View! 
In the Yard - 6:00pm arrival  
Relax and unwind with...
    Hors d'oeuvres 
    Cool refreshing drinks 
    An informal garden tour 
    Chef demonstration 

In the Barn - 7:00pm Dinner 
One big, long table will be set in our barn, reminiscent of family dinners. Enjoy a delicious dinner that has been inspired by our farm and gardens, just steps away from our kitchen. 
Visit the link for the detailed menu and to purchase your tickets!
   Murder Mystery
September 13, 2019 
Salem Cross Inn and Cornely Productions present a Murder Mystery Dinner: 
Our interactive dinner theater, The Fashionable Murders. 
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.
Our next Murder Mystery Dinner is scheduled for September 13!

Make your reservations online, or call us today at 508-867-2345.
Outdoor Summer Grilling is happening now! 
Enjoy live music every Friday night starting at 6:30 pm
Make sure to visit our Facebook page
for updates (including weather), event photos and future menu postings!
Open Full Schedule:
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 
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!

September 9  
Autism Awareness 
St. Anne/St. Patrick
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 & Soft Drinks     
Thank you for your support! 
Woman In Business Presents "The Power of Hypnosis" with Deb K.
September 11, 11:45am to 1:30pm at The Publick House 
Deb K Join Woman In Business for our September 11 luncheon with guest speaker Debra Kizilcan (Deb K.) and learn more about the Power of Hypnosis and how it can help you, among other things, be a better public speaker. Non-members welcome. Pre-registration required at
Come learn about modern hypnosis. Bring your questions to this fun casual talk and find out why hypnosis is so successful for letting go of self-sabotaging habits and beliefs.   Habits that we may want to let go of and that may no longer serve us. These habits are done subconsciously, sometimes not even thinking about it in the moment like over eating, smoking, nail biting, worrying or stressing.
Debra Kizilcan BA. CCH, owner of Deb K Hypnosis in Sturbridge, has over 20 years in the wellness field, and is a trained and certified massage therapist, yoga teacher, mindful mediation teacher and hypnotist.  
SEPTEMBER 14 and 15, 2019 from 9AM to 5PM
St. Anne & St. Patrick Parish Center 
16 Church St.  Fiskdale, MA
Theme Basket Raffles, Big Money Raffle, Lottery Tree Raffle, Baked Goods, Food Court,  
Assorted kids games, Face-painting and much more!
Bring the family... bring your friends!  
The breakfast meeting will begin at 9 AM on Friday, September 20, 2019 at the Holland Community Center - 40 Brimfield Rd, Holland, MA and will include presentations on: 
  • Massachusetts Bullying Laws
  • Massachusetts Domestic Violence Laws
  • Restraining Orders
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, Bullying Among our Youth.

We would like to cordially invite you to come see what our group is all about and to share your input on how we can all work together to prevent abuse and bullying.

Please RSVP via email at or via phone 413-752-7168

Harrington 2019
Fun Run/Walk For Behavioral Health
Saturday, September 21, 2019 9:30am
Wear your brightest, craziest NEON colors for a 1.5 mile single loop or 5K double loop starting and ending on the Southbridge Common at Southbridge AutumnFest 2019!
Adults: $30
Students/Seniors: $15
Children under 10: Free
(Early Birds save $5 - just register before 9/1/19)
  • Best NEON Spirit Outfit - Individual
  • Best NEON Spirit - Team
  • Largest Participating Team
For more details and to register visit the link on Eventbrite.
Cruise for Critters
7th Annual Cruise For Critters Car Show
September 21, 2019  10:00am to 3:00pm
Westview Farms Creamery, 109 East Hill Road, Monson, MA

The 7th Annual Cruise for Critters Car Show is an event to benefit animals in need at Second Chance Animal Services hosted by Al Widlan's Service Connection. It will take place on Saturday, September 21, 2019, at Westview Farms Creamery. There will be plenty of food and several fun activities for families to enjoy, including raffles, a corn maze, pumpkin picking, and a vendor fair. Entering a car into the show costs $20, and all spectators can enter for free. Bring the pups! All dogs must be leashed. 
Village Toastmasters Weekly Meetings
Thursday Evenings, 7:00-8:15pm
46 Hall Road, Sturbridge
Village Toastmasters
Village Toastmasters is a local group focused on helping its members improve their public speaking and leadership skill while building confidence in their abilities.  
As of Thursday, April 27, 2017, Village Toastmasters will meet every Thursday from 7:00-8:15 pm  
at the offices of the Chamber of Central Mass South, located at 46 Hall Road, Sturbridge.
Guests are always welcome!!  
Please arrive 15 minutes early (6:45pm) as meetings start promptly.  

Click on the image to browse our catalog of Coggno training courses!
We Welcome Interesting Goodies for our Welcome Baskets!  


New member Baskets

The Chamber has teamed up with the Center of Hope to create gift baskets to welcome new members to the Chamber of Central Mass South. The Chamber presents our new members with gift baskets that will not only have a monetary value but also to give the recipient an opportunity to learn more about other Chamber members and their services. These baskets make a terrific first impression and are a great way to introduce your business to new prospects. Can you help us fill these baskets with interesting goodies?   


We are always seeking interesting, practical items to include in our welcome baskets. We welcome your contributions of items like modest gift certificates, discount coupons, items with your company's logo like piggy banks, thumb drives and coffee mugs, free trial items, small items your company manufactures or whatever else might promote your company and be a value to our new members.


We are looking to assemble about a dozen baskets at a time so that time sensitive material will not be out of date when received. If you would like to donate items for this program, please drop them off at the Chamber office or give us a call to arrange pick up your donated items. Contact Alix at 508-347-2761 or e-mail if you have any questions or to arrange a pickup. Thank you for your contributions!

Important Dates to Save!
September 2: Happy Labor Day! 
September 3-8: Brimfield Antiques & Collectibles Shows 
September 6: Beer for Breakfast Opens at Stageloft Theater    
September 8: Farmers Dinner at Salem Cross Inn  
September 11: Woman in Business Meeting 'The Power of Hypnosis'
September 13: Murder Mystery Dinner Theater at Salem Cross Inn  
September 14-15: St. Anne/St. Patrick Apple Bazaar
September 17: Fun at Five at Rapscallion with ERA Key Realty   
September 20: Stop Abuse Today Quarterly Breakfast Meeting 
September 21: Harrington's NEON 5K Run/Walk 
September 21: Second Chance Animals Cruise for Critters Car Show   
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