Welcome to April's CROSSROADS EVENTS!
Due to the Patriots' Day holiday on Monday the 15th, Crossroads is in your inbox a few days early. There is still time to register for the April 26 Legislative Breakfast with Congressman Jim McGovern (deadline is April 18.) Experts from Cornerstone Bank will present our April Brown Bag seminar "Small Business Solutions" in the Chamber conference room on April 24. You'll also find all the info on May's Fun at Five when we will be visiting Old Sturbridge Village! We reveal the date for our annual GOLF CLASSIC at Heritage Country Club in this issue, too. Read on for the latest news, events and more from our Members and friends, including some great ideas for your Easter celebrations. Enjoy your Patriots' Day!
Please Note: The Chamber office will be closed today, Friday, April 12 and Monday, April 15 for the holiday and staff vacation.
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Congressman Jim McGovern
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Oliver Wight Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA
Sponsored by: Harrington HealthCare System
PLEASE RSVP by April 18
Join us for a breakfast event with Jim McGovern, Congressman for the Second District of Massachusetts, at the Oliver Wight Tavern at OSV on the morning of Thursday, April 25. The Congressman will share his views and there will be time for your questions.
The cost is to attend is $25 per person. RSVP is required. Call 508-347-2761 or email
to reserve. The deadline for reservations is April 18.
7:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:00 Congressman McGovern
8:45 Questions & Answers
9:00 Closing & Adjourn
Ham and Cheese Frittatas
Scrambled Eggs with Cheddar Cheese
Buttermilk Pancakes with Maple Syrup
Tavern Fried Potatoes
Bacon & Sausage
Assortment of Breakfast Breads & Muffins
Whipped Butter & Preserves
Fresh Sliced Seasonal Fruit
Regular & Decaf Coffee, and Assorted Teas
Congressman Jim McGovern was born in Worcester on November 20, 1959 and grew up around the corner from his current home on Burncoat Street. Growing up in Worcester taught Jim a lot about the value of hard work and giving back to his community. He attended Burncoat Elementary School and then Worcester Academy. By seventh grade, Jim knew he wanted to make a difference. He volunteered on the 1972 presidential campaign of Senator George McGovern-no relation-and held signs and knocked doors for the Senator's anti-war campaign. Jim attended The American University in Washington, D.C. where he earned both his bachelor's degree in History ('81) and his Master's Degree in Public Administration ('84). Jim was elected to the House of Representatives in 1996, and through his work in Washington and at home in Massachusetts, he has been a voice for the most vulnerable and a strong advocate for working families. One of Jim's greatest passions is ending hunger at home and abroad. He is the founder and co-chair of the House Hunger Caucus and Ranking Member on the House Subcommittee on Nutrition, where he advocates tirelessly for funding programs that help working families, children, and the elderly put food on the table when times are tough. He also authored the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program to provide school-based meals for millions of children in some of the world's poorest countries.
In 2001, Jim was appointed to a seat on the powerful House Rules Committee, "the traffic cop of Congress" which sets the terms for debate on most legislation and he became Chair of this committee in January.
Jim's work on behalf of Massachusetts and the nation has a proven record of success and he is proud to represent Massachusetts' Second Congressional District in Washington, D.C. (Read more about Jim McGovern online at
THANK YOU TO OUR LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST SPONSOR!
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Fun at Five!
Tuesday, May 7
Bullard Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA, 800-SEE-1830
Come to Fun at Five on May 7th where a costumed historian will greet you at the Visitor Center entrance and guide you to the Bullard Tavern. Chamber attendees will be the only ones in the Village after hours! Guests will enjoy some tasty food options while toasting to the upcoming summer months with Rapscallion Honey Pale Ale and other refreshing beverages at a full cash bar. Join us for this wonderful spring evening as we mingle, network and catch up with our members and friends. Also, you won't want to miss getting your exclusive Village Dining Deal, entering our cool contest, or the chance to win exciting door prizes.
Did you know that Old Sturbridge Village, with over 200 acres, is the largest outdoor living history museum in the Northeast? Depicting a rural New England town of the 1830s, visitors travel from miles away to see our local treasure... you're invited to this exclusive event just for Chamber Members and our friends!
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
May Fun at Five Sponsor!
Alternatives For Health
Owner Salli Greene began her herbal career with a cart in Quincy Market in Boston in 1977, where she sold live herb plants and home products. Salli moved back to Sturbridge in 2001 and, in 2004, she took a 10-month herbal class that introduced her to the world of medicinal herbs. It was a life changing experience. She learned there is nothing more wonderful than making products for your family's health. Salli continued studies with Rosemary Gladstar and other herbalists and now teaches Rosemary's 10-month Herbal Apprenticeship.
Salli's shop, Alternatives For Health, carries dried bulk herbs, teas and bath products, herbal products and blends for health, essential oils, flower essences, homeopathy, supplies, gifts, and much more. With this shop, Salli's love of herbs has really come full circle and she enjoys being there and meeting with customers. The goal at Alternatives For Health Herbal Apothecary is to provide quality products and services to help you get and stay healthy. Salli's greatest joy is to educate the consumer and have them make their own health products.
Alternatives For Health Herbal Apothecary
426 Main Street, Sturbridge MA 01566
SAVE THE DATE!
CHAMBER of CENTRAL MASS SOUTH
June 27, 2019
Heritage Country Club, Charlton, MA
To Benefit The Chamber Scholarships & Charities Fund
STAY TUNED...MORE INFO COMING SOON!
Small Business Solutions
Presented by Cornerstone Bank
Wednesday, April 24 at Noon
Chamber Conference Room
46 Hall Road, Sturbridge
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$15 for non-Members.
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Ribbon Cutting Held for Webster-based Physical/Occupational Therapy
At the new Webster PT/OT Ribbon Cutting, from left: Senator Ryan Fattman; Representative Joe McKenna; President and CEO Ed Moore; Karen Bussiere, PT, Rehabilitation Supervisor; Brenda Ebode, DPT, Director of Rehabilitation and Randy Becker, Vice Chair of the Harrington Board.
Harrington held a ribbon cutting on March 26 to officially unveil its new Physical and Occupational Therapy (PT/OT) clinic in Webster.
After more than a decade at its outpatient location on Cudworth Road, the healthcare system wanted to improve seamless care for patients and decided to move PT and OT services into its main campus at 340 Thompson Road.
Board members, legislative representatives and other community members got a tour of the 8,200 square-foot facility, which includes 13 private patient treatment areas and a newly-renovated gym. The space formerly housed the Transitional Care Unit (TCU), owned by Athena Health Care System.
"Over the past four years we have improved our clinical services, including to expanding on staff certifications and advanced training related to new program development including oncology rehab, sports rehab, lymphedema rehab, and other rehab specialties," said Director of Rehabilitation Brenda Ebode, DPT. "We continue to grow every year, and we promise to give patients the absolute best, high quality, compassionate care."
The Webster clinic has 12 therapists who work Monday through Saturday, offering a variety of specialized treatment, including Senator Ryan Fattman was in attendance, along with Representative Joe McKenna, who spoke about his personal experience receiving post-surgical rehab at the Webster clinic.
"My experience at Harrington's clinic after shoulder surgery was far better than the care I had received in Boston. Every therapist who worked with me knew me personally and gave me more attention while I was receiving treatment, not to mention that the therapy itself was more thorough and effective," McKenna said. "Maybe the best part was that it was local!" he said, citing he previously received pre-op physical therapy in Boston.
Patient appointments in the new space began on April 1.
The Webster location employs 12 highly-skilled therapists who have advanced certifications and/or training in sports, orthopedics, manual therapy, hand therapy, Lymphedema, cancer care, vestibular, pelvic floor, and neuromuscular rehab for all ages.
Over the past 12 months, the Webster clinic has seen over 14,800 patient visits. The new space allows for growth in patient visits and therapists.
Harrington has additional outpatient PT/OT clinics in Southbridge and Charlton.
Sweet Treats Summer Open House
at Kid Power Gymnastics
May 4, 2019
Come join us for an open house to learn about and register for our summer evening classes and daytime gym jam which will be held in our new facility! Saturday, May 4th from 2:45-4:00pm.
- Open Gym for kids up to age 12 (parents must supervise in the gym - please no drop-offs)
- Sweet Treats Themed Raffles
- Sweet Treats Snacks
This event will be held at our current location of 159 Worcester Road (Route 20) Charlton (not our facility that is being built).
9th Annual Town Wide Tag Sale
Hitchcock Academy takes Spring up a notch with its 9th Annual Town Wide Tag Sale, rain or shine, on May 4th at 8 AM. Brimfield residents can access the Hitchcock Academy website:
to get details and the form they need to put them on the Tag Sale Map. Hitchcock Academy will be taking sign-ups Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 9 PM until Monday, April 29 at 5 PM.
Hitchcock Academy is asking participants to list special items, which will make their sale unique so these items can be noted on Tag Sale Maps. The maps will be online in two places online:
or available as a hard copy FREE (Thanks to Stephanie Bayliss of MA Homes LLC,
) at Hitchcock Academy on the day of the sale. Participants who wish to continue their Tag Sale through Sunday can have that fact noted on the map.
Brimfield residents can even band together into neighborhood groups and take advantage of the promotion Hitchcock Academy provides through both print and social media.
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Federated Church of Sturbridge & Fiskdale Invites Community
to Sing Hallelujah Chorus
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! If you're one of those singers who can't resist the urge to sing along when you hear the first bars of Handel's Hallelujah Chorus, you may just be interested in adding your voice to The Federated Church of Sturbridge and Fiskdale's choir when they perform the piece as a community sing on Easter Sunday!
Andrew Kosiba, director of Federated's small but enthusiastic church choir, says the Handel piece is so popular that he's hoping area singers will turn out to help raise the rafters in celebration of Easter. "We've put the word out to area singers, school choirs and anyone with an appreciation for Handel's iconic oratorio that they are welcome to join us in performing this beautiful piece of music. The more the merrier!"
Kosiba says the group will rehearse on Tuesday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary at 8 Maple Street, Sturbridge and will perform the piece at the conclusion of the Easter service which begins at 9:30 a.m. For more information, please call the Church office at (508) 347-3915 or email
Cornerstone Bank Makes Donation to Jeremiah's Inn
Pictured here, L to R: Jeremiah's Inn Executive Director Janelle Wilson with
Cornerstone Bank Chairman & CEO K. Michael Robbins.
The Charitable Donations Committee (CDC) of Cornerstone Bank recently donated $1,500 to Jeremiah's Inn, an organization that operates a 29-bed Social Model Recovery Program for adult men struggling with substance abuse disorders. Jeremiah's Inn also runs a Nutrition Center that offers programs designed to combat hunger and food insecurity.
This donation will benefit the organization's food pantry, which provides emergency food assistance to individuals and families living within the southern Worcester community.
"Jeremiah's Inn performs important work within the community by providing emergency food to many individuals," said Cornerstone Bank Chairman & CEO K. Michael Robbins. "We are pleased to support such a worthy establishment that continues to help feed those in need."
To learn more about the programs available at Jeremiah's Inn, please visit
or call 508-755-6403.
About Cornerstone Bank:
Cornerstone Bank is an independent, mutual savings bank serving the residents, businesses, and communities throughout Central Massachusetts from offices in Charlton, Holden, Leicester, Rutland, Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge, Warren, Webster and Worcester. Deposits are insured in full by a combination of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Depositors Insurance Fund. The Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Equal Housing Lender, and SBA Preferred Lender. For more information, visit
or call 800-939-9103.
QUICKBOOKS Course Starting Soon in Ware
Registration is now open for a five-session
QuickBooks course (desktop version) in Ware.
Classes are from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
April 23, April 25, April 30, May 2 and May 7
Spaces are limited. Registration is required.
Topics include inventory, sales tax, invoices and year-end procedures.
The cost of the course $525.
A limited number of financial scholarships are available.
For more information, or to register, please contact Melissa at the QVCDC
Country Bank Reports Record Earnings and Adds New Leadership
to the Board of Trustees at its Annual Meeting
Pictured (left): Rob Crain, SVP Marketing, Worcester Red Sox, Shelley Regin, SVP, Marketing, Country Bank, Paul Scully, President and CEO, Country Bank and Jack
Verducci, Vice President of Corporate Partnerships, Worcester Red Sox. (middle) Maura C. McCaffrey (right) Keith E. Blanchette
Country Bank President and CEO, Paul F. Scully, announced the appointment of Maura C. McCaffrey, Former CEO, Health New England, and Keith E. Blanchette, Partner, Stolberg, Ebbeling and Blanchette, LLP to its Board of Trustees at its recent Annual Meeting held at the AC Marriott in Worcester.
The Bank also appointed five new Corporators to include: Nancy Crimmin, President of Becker College, Cherylann Gengel, Co-founder of Be Like Brit, Michael Myers, President of the Worcester Railers, Peter Dawson, Partner, Mirick O'Connell and Mark Donahue, Partner, Fletcher Tilton.
At the meeting, Country Bank reported its 2018 earnings resulted in another highly successful year with record-breaking profits. Net income was reported at $12,853,000 with total assets increasing to $1,624,000,000. Deposit balances increased to $1,083,182,000 and total loans increased from the prior year to $1,240,421,000. Capital was reported at 14.06% maintaining the Bank's esteemed position as one of the higher capitalized banks in the Commonwealth.
"While each of our markets offer a unique value proposition, we are making strategic decisions to focus our efforts on the areas that will provide us with the most growth opportunities," stated Scully. "In 2018, Worcester business leaders provided Country Bank the opportunity to participate in the financing of several notable projects in the city to include the $59,500,000 recapitalization of 100 Front Street known as Mercantile Center and the $16,000,000 financing of Harding Green in Kelly Square."
As part of its ongoing Worcester expansion, the Bank partnered with the Worcester Red Sox as one of the team's twenty-one founding partners in anticipation of its move to Worcester in 2021. The meeting's keynote address included a video of the site of Polar Park narrated by Worcester Red Sox President, Dr. Charles Steinberg along with remarks regarding the team's decision to relocate to Worcester and Country Bank's partnership by team members Rob Crain, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales and Jack Verducci, Vice President of Corporate Partnerships from the Worcester Red Sox.
In his remarks, Scully noted the Bank's founding principles and core values of integrity, service, teamwork, excellence and prosperity continue to serve as the foundation for its success and community involvement one hundred sixty-nine years since its founding in 1850. "Back then, the founding fathers of Country Bank envisioned the role of the community bank to assist hard-working residents in providing for their families, growing their businesses, achieving their financial dreams and enriching the local community". Those principles, noted Scully, resulted in the Bank providing over $1,000,000 of charitable donations and community support in 2018.
Cornerstone Bank Celebrates Employees with Annual Service Awards
Front Row (L to R:): Nicole Earle - 5 years; Heather Goguen - 20 years; Amber Thomas - 15 years; Valerie Korzec - 5 years; Sarah Clarke - 15 years; Linda LePage - 40 years; Kerri Lee - 5 years; Maria Martinez - 5 years; Jessica Johnson - 10 years; Meredith Nordstrom - 5 years. Back Row (L to R): Todd Tallman, Cornerstone Bank President & Treasurer - 20 years; Michael Sullivan - 15 years; Susan LaCroix - 25 years; Deborah Clark - 30 years; James Sandagato - 20 years; Stacie Partlow - 5 years; Thomas Langmeyer - 5 years; Lucille Newton - 35 years; K. Michael Robbins, Cornerstone Bank Chairman & CEO; Lisa Chaffee - 30 years; Daniel D'Amico - 5 years; Kyle Hill - 20 years; Scott Auen - 5 years. Missing from photo: Kimberly Fritze - 10 years; Sandra LaMay - 15 years.
Cornerstone Bank employees were recently recognized for their dedication, as part of the Bank's yearlong commitment in honoring the longevity of its employees. In total, 24 employees were awarded for their service during the annual Years of Service Awards Ceremony that was held on March 28, 2019 at The Barn at Wight Farm in Sturbridge.
Cornerstone Bank has a long history of serving customers in its communities. The Bank strives to build lifetime relationships, whether an employee, business or personal partnership. The employees share in this commitment with their co-workers, and have created life-long friendships and memories while also providing excellent service to customers.
"Cornerstone Bank's growth is and has always been fueled by a commitment to our values of trust, respect, integrity and excellence," said Chairman and CEO of Cornerstone Bank K. Michael Robbins. "These 24 employees, through their collective mission to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and business in our communities, have helped us to successfully deliver on our mission and to sustain continued growth".
"We appreciate the passion and commitment our employees bring to the workplace every day," stated President and Treasurer of Cornerstone Bank Todd M. Tallman. "Congratulations to this year's recipients. We thank you for your dedication and loyalty."
Partners For Positions
May 14, 2019, 9:00am-10:30am
The Center of Hope
Have you ever thought about hiring someone with a disability?
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Come enjoy a tasty complimentary breakfast and learn about this great opportunity.
See how our program can benefit your business allowing you to choose the perfect candidate without any obligation.
The Arc@Work, Partners for Positions, is a grant sponsored
internship program offered by the Center of Hope and is FREE to you.
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Please RSVP to Pauline at 508-764-4085 or email
Independent Massachusetts Hospital Systems Launch Value Alliance
South Weymouth, Mass., April 11, 2019
- A coalition of ten independent Massachusetts health systems, including 14 community hospitals, have formed the Massachusetts Value Alliance (MVA) to enhance their efforts in delivering high quality, patient-centered and cost-effective care to their communities.
The member hospitals of the MVA collectively represent the largest collaboration of independent healthcare providers in the Commonwealth, with a combined $3.1 billion in total revenue. The 10-member collaborative spans the breadth of Massachusetts geographically, and serves approximately 2 million people in their combined market areas. This alliance is unique in Massachusetts as the only collaboration of independent health care systems.
The MVA was founded in 2016 by Emerson Hospital, Sturdy Memorial Hospital and South Shore Health. Membership has continued to grow and now also includes Berkshire Health Systems, Harrington HealthCare System, Heywood Healthcare, Holyoke Medical Center, Lawrence General Hospital, Signature Healthcare and Southcoast Health. Each MVA member shares a commitment to delivering coordinated, high quality care while focusing on cost-efficient operations.
"Community hospitals play a vital role in providing healthcare to our communities. Unfortunately, it has become increasingly difficult for smaller hospitals and health systems to leverage vendors to provide aggressive and competitive pricing. Through the Alliance, Harrington has been able to achieve significant savings in several areas including IT, purchased services and equipment," said Ed Moore, President and CEO of Harrington HealthCare System. "Beyond the financial benefits, it has created a partnership between similar organizations which allows us to collectively evaluate options and ensure we are making the best decisions for our communities.
The specific goals of the MVA include:
- The development of group purchasing and shared service arrangements;
- Identification and sharing of best practices to enhance each organization's ability to affect and lower the total cost of care while enhancing the quality of care; and
- Support for the development of population health management and care coordination skillsets and capabilities.
To date, the MVA has worked to facilitate cost savings for its member organizations through group purchasing of services, including reference lab services and employee health benefits. Other initiatives are underway, including several MVA hospitals working together on the selection and implementation of a common electronic medical record platform.
"We are very pleased with the progress the MVA has made in a short period of time," said Gene Green, MD, MBA, president of the MVA Board of Trustees and President & CEO of South Shore Health. "Our membership is strong, 14 community hospitals representing 10 health systems. We are committed to working together to lower costs and enhance efficiencies, so we can continue what we do best: deliver high quality care to the people we serve."
Over time, a number of the MVA member organizations expect to work together to enhance their organizations' population health management initiatives. The MVA will provide opportunity to exchange best practices among its members with the goal of reducing health care costs to the consumer/purchaser, improving quality and enhancing patient experience. "The benefits are significant," said Dr. Green. "Through collaboration, community hospitals can secure new equipment and upgrades, achieve efficiencies of scale and gain access to value-added services, all of which is difficult to attain as a single hospital. Together, we are able to accomplish a great deal more for our hospitals, our patients and our communities."
The MVA is governed by a board of directors and operates on a shared decision-making platform. MVA member health systems remain competitive and independent, each maintaining their strong community focus. The alliance is a unique partnership of like-minded health systems which, in addition to providing economies of scale to improve efficiency and control cost, is bringing innovation to the communities served.
"Oh, the lovely fickleness of an April day!"
-W. H. Gibson
Beer & 4-Course Dinner
with Rapscallion Brewery
TONIGHT! April 12, $45 including tax & gratuity
6:00 pm | Federal Parlor | Oliver Wight Tavern | Old Sturbridge Village
Four-course beer and food tasting
Southwestern Bacon and Beer Cheese Soup with Bavarian Pretzel
Honey - Extra pale ale made with Massachusetts wildflower honey (4.5%)
Rainbow Kale, Brussel Sprout, Carrots, Cabbage, Radicchio Blend topped with Sunflower Seeds, Corn Bread Crostini and Cranberry Vinaigrette
Blonde - Belgian-inspired ale made with coriander and orange peel (7%)
Braised Beef Short Rib with Demi-Glace over Smoked Gouda Polenta and Swiss Chard
Red - Smooth and malty Irish-style red ale (5.6%)
Honey Beer Bread Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream and Chili Powder Garnish
Double Maple Brown - A dark winter warmer ale brewed with Vermont maple syrup (8.5%)
Reserve your seat today by calling 508-347-0397
Prepayment is required for this event
$45 including tax & gratuity
Oliver Wight Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge MA 01566
Easter Bunny Pictures
April 13, 10:00am-3:00pm
$5.00 Donation. Take a photo with the Easter Bunny! Children & pets welcome!
Klem's 117 West Main Street, Spencer 508-885-2708
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
The Knot Best of Weddings Award recipient for 2019.
Easter Sunday Dinner
Easter is a great time to get together with family or friends and enjoy a home-cooked feast, and what better place to spend it than here at Salem Cross Inn! Tables fill up quickly so please make your reservations early. Our Dining Room is open from 11:30 to 4:00 with reservations on the half hour.
Your last chance to experience Fireplace Feast this season!
Upcoming Dates: April 13, 14, 19, 20, 27 & 28
Join us for a special dining event as the Innkeepers at the Salem Cross Inn announce their series of 1700's style feasts, prepared on the open hearth of a great fieldstone fireplace. Relax by the fire or lend a hand as dinner is prepared for you in colonial style. Stir the chowder as it bubbles in our cast iron cauldron. See your prime rib, roasted 'to a turn,' as the only known authentic Roasting Jack still operating in America rotates slowly over a crackling fire of wild cherry logs. Beware the brimming bowl of freshly whipped cream - the perfect complement to New England's best apple pie.
While your dinner is cooking to perfection, enjoy a horse drawn wagon or sleigh ride through the valley on the Inn's pristine 600 acres. Shake off the chill with warm mulled wine or cider upon your return. Browse our extensive collection of colonial and federal period American antiques. The Fireplace Feast makes a thoughtful and unique gift for special friends or deserving associates.
The Fireplace Feast is just one of our many dining events that provides an authentic colonial experience. At Salem Cross Inn, we capture the history and culture of 1700's America. Salem Cross Inn's dining events, excellent cuisine, and atmosphere have been featured on Food Network's "The Best Of," WCVB TV5 Boston's "Chronicle" and chosen as the "Hidden Jewel" by Boston's Phantom Gourmet and WGBY.
Murder Mystery Dinner:
"The Fashionable Murders"
May 3, 2019, 6:30pm
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!
See the menu and get your tickets here:
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
Monday, April 15, 2019
Old Sturbridge Village
Patriots' Day observances at Old Sturbridge will resound with the peal of bells, the stirring beat of drums and the thrilling call of the fife, as the Sturbridge Militia musters in the countryside on Monday, April 15. Special programs and activities throughout the day will invite visitors to experience the sights and sounds of our colonial ancestors as the Revolutionary War began.
Through military drills and maneuvers, musket demonstrations, and more, the members for the Sturbridge Militia will bring to life the stories of the men who hastened from their farms, homes, and families to march to the aid of those already engaged in the initial battle of the American Revolution against King George's tyranny. Young visitors are invited to take part, wielding muskets and swords, learning to drill and march in the manner of the boys of '76. "Muskets" are provided for this ever-popular exercise in leadership, bravery, and derring-do for small patriots. Witness the making of real musket balls in the Blacksmith Shop. Also joining us for the day will be the martial band and the visiting surgeon from the USS Constitution. Cannon demonstrations will be held in the morning and afternoon.
Not all Americans fought against the British crown; many sided with and pledged their allegiance to the king. They called themselves loyalists; to them, our patriots were rebels. On Monday meet one of those loyalists; he will tell you of his side of the conflict, ofttimes at the cost of hardship and heartache to him and his family.
How did the news of Lexington and Concord affect a small New England community? For a day of history, entertainment and discovery, visit Old Sturbridge Village on April 15 as we celebrate our nation's beginning and continuing perseverance, in war and in peace.
Please note that certain activities, like cannon demonstrations, are weather dependent.
The Village is open 9:30 am - 4:00 pm on this day.
Family Farm Fest
April 13, 14, 20, and 21, 2019
Old Sturbridge Village invites young and old to celebrate spring with the arrival of baby animals and the preparation of our planting fields. Meet the Village's cuddly, heritage breed newborns up-close and experience first-hand the responsibilities of raising animals on a farm in 1830. At the Freeman Farm, families will learn about 19th-century agriculture practices and tools, as well as learn how they are applicable to today's farmers and even backyard gardeners. Kids will even have a chance to try their hand at seasonal chores!
Visit with a variety of animals including cattle, lambs, and chicks. Enjoy a wagon ride around the countryside, and learn more about farming and gardening. Meet guest ox teamsters from around New England.
During Family Farm Fest, guests will thrill at "meeting" Laura Ingalls Wilder, of the "Little House" series, as portrayed by historian Melanie Stringer. Stringer provides research-based, factual information about Wilder, her husband Almanzo, daughter Rose, and their family and friends. Her in-character answers to questions from the audience will reflect Ms. Wilder's known activities, tastes, opinions, experiences, beliefs, and manners. See more at
FEBRUARY 25 - MAY 24:
Open Wednesday - Sunday | 9:30 am - 4:00 pm*
*Exception: Open daily April 13 - 21 (school vacation week) | 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Second Chance Animal Shelter Pet Adoptions
April 19, 2:00-4:00pm
MOBILE ADOPTION UNIT is coming to Klem's!
On the road to saving more lives!
Be sure to stop by and say hi to some of the sweet dogs and cats looking for a new home!
Let adoption help you find your next best friend. Spring Fling!
My bags are packed and I'm ready to go!
Klem's 117 West Main Street, Spencer 508-885-2708
Easter at The Publick House
Easter Breakfast Buffet
Sunday, April 21, 2019
Seatings from 8:00 AM -10:00 AM
Adults $19.95 Children $10.95 (3-11yrs)
(plus tax & gratuity)
Fresh Seasonal Fruit Salad
Assorted Fresh Publick House Breakfast Pastries
Assorted Cold Cereals
Bacon and Sausage
Corned Beef Hash
Home-Fried Breakfast Potatoes
Omelets Made to Order Station: Ham, Bacon, Peppers, Onions, Tomatoes, Spinach, Swiss Cheese
Belgian Waffles with Whipped Cream, Strawberries and Warmed Syrup
Cheese Blintzes with Blueberry Compote
Coffee, Tea, Juice or Soft Drink
Call Publick House at 508-347-7323 ext. 400 for reservations
Sunday, April 21, 2019
Seatings from 10:30AM - 6:30PM
Adults $38.95 Children $15.95 (3-11yrs)
(plus tax & gratuity)
Featuring: Salads, Entrees, Carving Station (Roast Prime Rib of Beef, Glazed Ham), Seafood Display, Sides, Children's Station, Delectable Desserts, House-Made Sweet Pecan Rolls and Dinner Rolls
Visit the link below for the detailed menu.
Call The Publick House at 508-347-7323 ext. 400 for reservations.
Easter Jazz Brunch at The Barn
Sunday, April 21, 2019, 10am-4pm
Join us from 10am-4pm for our annual Easter brunch buffet at The Barn at Wight Farm while listening to the jazzy sounds of Dale LePage and Joe D'Angelo. The Barn's buffet will be brimming with all your favorites and some of Chef Tony's and Chef Rico's inspirations. The price for this Easter extravaganza is just $39.95 per guest (plus tax & gratuity). Make your reservations now by calling the Barn at 774-241-8450.
Easter Brunch at The Sturbridge Host Hotel
Sunday April 21, 2019
Seniors (65 and older) $16.95
Children 5-12 yrs $10.95
Children under 5 Free
Easter Brunch at Oliver Wight Tavern
Sunday, April 21, 2019
Times: Seatings available 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; See below for details
Cost: Members Adults $43; Member Child (4-12) $16; Non-Member Adult $45;
Non-Member Child (4-12) $18; Free for children 3 and under
(These prices are inclusive of tax and gratuity)
The Easter Brunch offered at the Oliver Wight Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village promises an extensive buffet in a charming setting.
Reservations required, call 508-347-0397. Full prepayment will be required at the time the reservation is made. Village admission (not required to enter the tavern) is not included with Brunch price.
Available Seatings: 3:30 pm, 4:00 pm (only 2 seating times left... act now!)
Are you the "Sharpest Knife in the Block"?
UNITED WAY ANNUAL PUB QUIZ
Sponsored by Dexter-Russell, Inc.
Old Sturbridge Village - Oliver Wight Tavern, Sturbridge, MA
Friday, April 26, 2019
Teams of 4 - $100 per Team
Individual and Team Registration available.
Optional Dinner Buffet available for purchase 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM - $25 per person.
Dinner Buffet Reservation and payment due prior to event
Dinner starts at 5:30PM
Team Check-in starts at: 6:00 PM
Game starts at 7:00 PM
Payment must be received by April 20, 2019 to reserve spot.
Call (508) 765-5491 for more information.
Friday, 5/3: 12N-5p * Saturday, 5/4: 10a-5p * Sunday, 5/5 10a-3p - FREE PARKING! -admission - $6 ($5 with discount coupon online) * YOUR HANDSTAMP RE-ADMITS YOU ALL 3 DAYS! More show information & discount coupons at:
Come celebrate Spring at the Country Folk Art Craft Show returning to the Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center the weekend of May 3-4-5. Our fabulous spring show will feature many handmade artisans and craftsmanship from across the region! You'll love all of the unique and creative on-trend decorating accents such as: handcrafted furniture, seasonal decor, farmhouse style, textiles, framed art, quilts, florals, iron work, garden art, jewelry, fine arts, sculpture, woodworking, ceramics, handmade products, arts & crafts, collections, fine arts, floral design, garden cut flowers - specimen, grains & apiary, needlecraft, photography, candles, wearable art, gourmet delights and so much more! So mark your calendar and bring all your friends... You won't want to miss this fun and exciting shopping opportunity. Come see all your favorites and latest trends for spring, summer and beyond! You're sure to find something special for all your springtime decorating and gift-giving needs - Moms, Dads and Grads! Please Like us on
Visit our beautiful Sturbridge Host Hotel Christmas Holiday Show, Thanksgiving Weekend, November 29-30-December 1, 2019.
Country Folk Art Shows, Inc.
Tantasqua Regional High School
A Musical based on the works of Dr. Seuss
May 3rd 7:00pm
May 4th 2:00pm & 7:00pm
$12 General Admission $10 Students & Seniors
Cinco De Mile Road Race
5K, 10K & 1 Mile Fun Run
May 5, 2019
Join the Center of Hope on May 5, 2019 for this fun 5K/10K is a loop that runs through Southbridge with rolling hills and a gradual downhill finish. Post-race entertainment include music, food, beer/wine, and obstacle courses...fun for the entire family! If you want to participate in this event but aren't ready for the 5k we encourage you to participate in the 1 mile fun run/walk. So come out and join us for this fun Cinco De Mile Road Race. Be sure to wear your best Cinco de Mayo outfit, there will be a prize awarded for the best dressed. Proceeds from this event benefit our Special Olympics and Recreational Program. This program gives individuals with disabilities the opportunity to participate in unified sporting events throughout the year.
Registration - 8:30 AM
1 Mile Fun Run/Walk - 9:45 AM
5K & 10K - 10:30 AM
Post-Race Entertainment - 9:30 AM - 2ish.
Registration Fee-Includes: Entry to race, road race tee-shirt, choice of burrito (beef, chicken or vegetarian), a cup of beer or wine and post race entertainment. Fun for the whole family!
Pre-Registration (before 5/1/2019) $30
After 5/1/2019 & Day of $40
Fun Run/Walk $20 (price does not include alcohol)
Classes: 12 & under, 13-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
Awards given to top 3 finishers overall & in each class.
Top overall Male and Female will receive gift cards.
Prize given to best costume (so make sure to dress is your best Cinco De Mayo outfit)!
Timing: Race professionally timed by Empire Timing Co.
Interested in sponsoring this event or have any additional questions please contact Ryan Chauvin at (508) 764-4085 or emailing RChavin@thecenterofhope.org
Worcester 50+ Job Seekers 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: The 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 2pm - 4pm. 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.
Village Toastmasters Weekly Meetings
Thursday Evenings, 7:00-8:15pm
CHAMBER OF CENTRAL MASS SOUTH CONFERENCE ROOM
46 Hall Road, Sturbridge
Village Toastmasters is a local group focused on helping its members improve their public speaking and leadership skill while building confidence in their abilities.
The club has recently moved its meeting location.
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.
We are grateful to our community partners!
Guests are always welcome!!
Please arrive 15 minutes early (6:45pm) as meetings start promptly.
Click on the image to browse our catalog of training courses!
Save these Dates!
April 13-14: Easter Egg Hunt at Wesview Farms Creamery
April 15: Patriots' Day
April 19-20: Hop Head Fest at Rapscallion Brewery
April 21: Happy Easter!
April 24: Brown Bag Seminar: Small Business Solutions with Cornerstone Bank
April 25: Legislative Breakfast with Congressman Jim McGovern
United Way Pub Quiz
May 3-4-5: Country Folk Art Craft Show at The Sturbridge Host Hotel
May 4: Sweet Treats Open House at Kid Power Gymnastics
May 5: Cinco De Mile Road Race with The Center of Hope
May 7: Fun at Five at OSV's Bullard Tavern with Alternatives For Health
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