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In This Issue
Chamber Holiday Hours
Annual Meeting
MOBD: Office Hours at the Chamber
Membership Directory Photo Contest
Ribbon Cutting Recap
Holiday Fun Memories
Spotlight on Tuscany
Member2Member Discounts
Brown Bag Seminars Seek Presenters
Why Salt Therapy?
Give the Gift of Fun with Escape the Pike!
Help Wanted: Hitchcock Academy Executive Director
NBSB's Medicare - Countdown to 65
Wanted: Loan Officers
Nichols Grad Students Can Help
Dollars to Local Veterans
Salem Cross Inn Events
Christmas by Candlelight
Stageloft Theater
Holidays at Publick House
Holland Community Center Events
Feast of the Seven Fishes
Mobile Unit Pet Adoption
TLGV Solstice Event
New Year's Day Brunch
New Year's Antiques Show
50+ Networking Group
Village Toastmasters
24/7 Training
Save these Dates!
SCU Mortgages
Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors
Executive Committee
 
Laurie Cashman 
Chair 
Yellow Iris Farm
 
Erika Travinski
1st Vice Chair 
 
Jessica Bettencourt
Immediate Past Chair
 
Bruce Watkins
Treasurer
Karl Storz Endovision
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Board Members

Brad Arcoite
Table 3 Restaurant Group  
 
Michael Checkosky
 
Angela Chviek
 
Kimberly Cobb
 
Craig Dolphin

Alycia Dzik
Webster First Federal Credit Union 
 
Rich Eichacker

Michelle Fanion
ERA Key Realty
 
 
Steve Gardiner

Les Gardner
Les Gardner Photography

 
Nathan Hardt
 
Leila Hurt
 
Lynn Mero
 
Rich Suitum

Michael Wales
Michael L. Wales Painting Co. 
 
Jim Donahue
Honorary Board Member
 
Counsel
Padgett D. Berthiaume
 
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Chamber Staff

Alexandra McNitt
 Executive Director

Paulette Hughes
Finance & Administration

Jack Starkey
Communications Specialist 

Chamber Links

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Stur Townships - Everything but Ordinary  

Welcome to CROSSROADS EVENTS!
 
It's almost time to get down to the serious business of celebrating the holidays. Crossroads is here to keep you informed and up to speed on the latest from the Chamber and our Members. We are very pleased to welcome the President of the Worcester Red Sox, Dr. Charles Steinberg, as our guest speaker at The Chamber's Annual Meeting in January. You'll find the details on this, a recap of our latest ribbon cutting and the Holiday Fun at Five, plus great events and important news in this issue. The final Crossroads of 2019 will come out on December 31. Your news and events are most welcome!
 
WANTED: Your 2020 Events!   
We rely on you to share with us and our community your news and events. Whether your business employs thousands or you are a one-person operation, Crossroads is your platform to share your latest news and happenings. Thank you for emailing us your press releases, links and photos for inclusion in Crossroads! Keep posting your events to our online events calendar! We love to share them!  
 
Extra for Experts! Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Pinterest for more from your Chamber!  
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CMS CHAMBER HOLIDAY HOURS 
CLOSED
DECEMBER 24-29 and JANUARY 1 & 3
OPEN
FROM NOON TO 5:00PM ON 
DECEMBER 30 & 31 (until 2pm), JANUARY 2
DUE TO STAFF VACATIONS & HOLIDAYS
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  CHAMBER OF CENTRAL MASS SOUTH 
ANNUAL MEETING 
JANUARY 22, 2020  
11:30am-1:00pm 
THE BARN AT WIGHT FARM 
420 MAIN ST, STURBRIDGE
 
GUEST SPEAKER:  
DR. CHARLES STEINBERG 
PRESIDENT OF THE WORCESTER RED SOX 
 
AGENDA 
11:00-11:30  REGISTRATION & MINGLING 
11:30  WELCOME 
12:15  DR. CHARLES STEINBERG 
12:45  QUESTIONS & ANSWERS 
1:00  ADJOURN

MENU 
GARDEN SALAD SERVED WITH  
ROLLS & BUTTER 
NOT YOUR AVERAGE CHICKEN CORDON BLEU with SUPREME SAUCE 
SEASONAL RAVIOLI (VEGETARIAN OPTION) 
MASHED POTATOES 
BROCCOLINI 
APPLE CRANBERRY CRISP

COST 
$30 PER PERSON FOR CHAMBER MEMBERS (TABLES OF 8 FOR $225) 
$40 FOR NON-MEMBERS  
(TABLE OF 8 FOR $320)

PLEASE RSVP BY NOON ON 
JANUARY 15, 2020.
BY CALLING 508-347-2761 
 
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR:
QCC
 Mass. Office of Business Development: Office Hours at the Chamber 
Meet with State Officials to Discuss How to Grow Your Business  
 
We are very pleased to announce that on Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 10:00AM-1:00PM we have state leaders available at the Chamber of Central Mass South to meet with you to discuss your specific business needs as well as state-provided resources that may be available to meet those needs.
 
Meet with the following State Officials to Discuss How to Grow Your Business: 
 
Kevin Kuros, Business Development Massachusetts Office of Business Development 
  • Overview of State's Economic Development Incentive Program 
  • Information regarding other State programs to benefit businesses, such as: Mass Life Sciences Center, Massachusetts Small Business Development Center, Workforce Training Fund, MassEcon, MassCEC
Kelly Arvidson, VP, Business Development MassDevelopment 
  • Overview of financing programs available through MassDevelopment for manufacturers, non-profit organizations and developers of rental housing
Appointments available are first come, first served by calling Alexandra McNitt at 508-347-2761 or emailing: alexandra_mcnitt@cmschamber.org 
 3rd Annual Membership Directory  
Photo Contest
 
LAST CALL for 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
   
Ribbon Cutting Recap: Ary Belen Agency 
Ribbon Cutting Allstate
On the afternoon of December 6, 2019, The Chamber welcomed the new office of Allstate Insurance to Sturbridge with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and reception. The weather put a slight damper on attendance but not on the spirits of our guests. Ary Belen, Jr. is a licensed insurance agent with Allstate Insurance, operating exclusively as the Ary Belen Agency located at 71 Main Street, Suite 10 in Sturbridge. We are so happy to have Ary, his team and family aboard. Visit Ary on Facebook and give him a call to protect the things that are important to you.
Ary Family Ribbon Cutting
Thanks for the memories! Holiday Fun at Five
 
What a party! On the eve of December 11, we celebrated with over 160 of our friends at Holiday Fun at Five at The Publick House Historic Inn. Paige Hall was a glowing wonderland of treats and good cheer. This year's theme was Christmas movies and we indulged in taste sensations related to A Christmas Carol, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, The Nutcracker, and A Christmas Story (note the leg lamp which was won by a lucky guest!)  
 
We are so grateful to our hosts, the amazing staff at The Publick House, our generous sponsor Cornerstone Bank, Woman in Business for combining their party with ours, everyone who donated a prize for the raffle and toys for the Center of Hope collection, and of course, all of our terrific guests. Thank you for sharing the spirit of the season with us! You made the night magical! See more photos here
Tuscany
Spotlight on Tuscany
September 30 - October 8, 2020
9 Days, 10 Meals

Get away with your Chamber as we offer this 9-day trip  
to Tuscany in Fall of 2020!
 
The trip includes a single hotel stay (Hotel Ercolini) from which you will visit Montecatini Terme, Florence, Lucca, the World War II Gothic Line, Pisa, take a cooking class, Siena (choose to visit a gothic cathedral or take a guided tour through a Siena neighborhood), take a Winery Tour, visit a Cheese Farm  
and San Gimignano.
 
These are just the highlights!! View the Full Itinerary at this link .
You can also find pricing and more details.
 
For more information or to book, please contact
Patti Wilmot or Joe Fitzgerald at
(800) 267-1858 or (413) 668-6202
Remember... MEMBER TO MEMBER!
M2M logo 
 
 New M2M Offer: Crystalline Awaken offers 10% off a single service! 
 
All of these Chamber Members offer M2M Discounts to their fellow Members! 
Visit the link above to see all current discounts and contact us if you would like to add an offer or change your current discount!
 
ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES 
OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE, THE LAST GREEN VALLEY, BRUSH-IT-OFF PAINT & SIP BAR,  
PARTY TIME CARICATURES

PROFESSIONS & SERVICES 
BRENDA BIANCULLI, CPA, THE CENTER OF HOPE: JUST THE DETAILS,  
CRYSTALLINE AWAKEN, EDWARD JONES, ERA KEY REALTY,  
FOCUS FITNESS CENTER AT SOUTHBRIDGE HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER,  
JEES, LES GARDNER PHOTOGRAPHY, LIVE A FLOURISHING LIFE,  
NICHOLS COLLEGE GRADUATE & PROFESSIONAL STUDIES, NORCOM MORTGAGE,  
PIONEER OIL AND PROPANE, POWER COMPUTERS,  
TRI-COMMUNITY YMCA, UNIVERSAL TAG, VENTURE COMMUNITY SERVICES
 
RESTAURANTS 
AVELLINO, B.T.'S SMOKEHOUSE, CEDAR STREET GRILLE, THE DUCK, FINS AND TALES,  
OXHEAD TAVERN, SALEM CROSS INN, STURBRIDGE COFFEE ROASTERS

RETAIL 
ALTERNATIVES FOR HEALTH HERBAL APOTHECARY, MORIN JEWELERS,  
SADIE GREEN'S CURIOSITY SHOP, STURBRIDGE POTTERY
 
We THANK YOU for KEEPING IT LOCAL... 

Brown Bag Seminars Seek Presenters for 2020

The Chamber's Education Committee is currently planning our schedule of Brown Bag Seminars for the first half of 2020. Typically 1 hour long, these seminars are intended to attract intimate audiences of 5-30 people. Seminars are held at the Chamber office on the 4th Tuesday of the month at noon.
 
Presenting a Brown Bag Seminar is a great way to shine a spotlight on your business and the services you offer. You create the lesson plan, we do the rest including creating the invitations and promoting your seminar.
 
We are now planning for the months of February, March, April, May and June. ´╗┐If you are interested in sharing your expertise with your fellow Chamber Members while promoting yourself and your business, we would love to hear from you!
 
Just drop Alix a line with the topic you would like to present and your preferred month to get the ball rolling! Email Alix at alexandra_mcnitt@cmschamber.org
Why Salt Therapy?
Contributed by Tina Brigitini of Crystalline Awaken
Salt Therapy
In July of 2018, I was in crisis with pneumonia, most likely as a result of a secondary infection of Lyme, babesia. Many trips to the ER over the course of 15 months, sometimes every two weeks, with extreme difficulty breathing.
It was frustrating and yet I was determined to get this under control. Back in August 2019, I decided to introduce Salt Therapy to our Boylston location. Of course, I was the most frequent client.
In September, I added a salt room to our newest location in Sturbridge as I believed salt therapy would help me tremendously. I had no idea how much.
On October 4th, I was once again heading to the ER, this time they extended my stay for a couple days. Antibiotics, nebulizers, and released.
I continued the salt room everyday, completed my round of antibiotics and I am elated to say that since October 4th I have used my inhaler only four times. This is incredible since I had been needing it several times a day along with the nebulizer every four hours for 16 months.
The gratitude I have today is not only for this therapy but also for the awesome friend that believed this therapy would benefit me greatly. She was right.
Breathing freely....... finally!
You can find more information about salt therapy here: http://bit.ly/2qv1GsG
Crystalline Awaken Crystalline Awaken has offices in Sturbridge (214 Charlton Street) and Boylston. See the services offered online or on facebook. You can also follow Tina and learn more on YouTube and iTunes.  
Crystalline Awaken offers a Member2Member Discount for CMS Chamber Members: 10% off of any single service. Contact Tina by phone at 508-414-8770 to schedule an appointment or for more information.  
Gift of Fun_
Escape the Pike Gift Certificates! 
Escape the Pike Gift Certificates are the perfect gift for teens, college students, and all fun-loving individuals.  Treat the ones you love to an hour of fun and challenge!
 
Looking for something to do with the family during school vacation?  Wondering what to do for your next family outing?  Surprise the kids with a live-action game that they not only get to play, but be a part of.  The family can learn to problem-solve and work together while participating in a rewarding and imaginative experience. 
 
Gift certificates can be purchased and games booked at  www.escapethepike.com.  
Escape the Pike is located at 179 Main St. in Sturbridge, MA - in the rear of the same building as Teddy G's.  You can save 10% when you eat and play - see the website for details.
 
  Please call us at (774) 241- 0508 to book events. 
 
Esacpe the Pike 
 
Help Wanted: Hitchcock Free Academy Executive Director

Hitchcock Academy is a nonprofit community center with a mission of enriching the lives of area residents by providing educational, recreational and cultural programming. Hitchcock seeks an Executive Director who will engage and serve the community; maintain a beloved historic building and develop fundraising and programming initiatives to ensure the organization thrives for decades to come.

For complete job posting go to: hitchcockacademy.org
North Brookfield Savings Bank to Host Free  
"Medicare - Countdown to 65" Seminar on January 9th
NBSB's second Medicare information event returns due to popularity
NBSB Medicare
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 June's event.
 
North Brookfield Savings Bank will be hosting their second FREE Medicare i nformation seminar "Medicare - Countdown to 65" on Thursday, January 9th, 2020, 4pm at Hanna Devine's, 91 Main Street in Ware. If you are over 60, this informative seminar will help you as you approach Medicare eligibility. Whether you are planning to retire or not, it is important to understand your health insurance options outside of your employer-sponsored coverage.
 
"North Brookfield Savings Bank is happy to be a resource for our community members when they are making important life decisions," said NBSB Senior Vice President/Director of Human Resources, Andrea Healy. "Whether someone is searching for the perfect financial product to fit their needs or seeking information about healthcare options, we can help them to find the answers they are looking for."
 
Due the popularity of this event, pre-registration is required with limited space available. It is highly recommended to reserve your place at this important learning seminar by calling or emailing Andrea Healy at 508-637-7423 or ahealy@banknbsb.com . Light complimentary refreshments will be served.
 
The presentation and discussion will cover 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.
 
"As a local community bank, North Brookfield Savings Bank is fully committed to serving our community members in any way possible, not just as your local banker," said NBSB Senior Vice President/Director of Human Resources, Andrea Healy. "We are here to provide support, guidance and learning opportunities to help community members feel confident and at ease when they are making important Medicare healthcare decisions."
 
North Brookfield Savings Bank offers educational 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 educational support.
 
Healy continues, "We are proud to offer various learning opportunities for our customers. We know that if our community members are equipped with knowledge, whether financial or any other topic, then this ultimately helps them to have overall better lives."
 
Medicare - Countdown to 65
Date & Time: January 9, 2020, 4pm (Snow date: January 16, 2020, 4pm)
Location: Hanna Devine's, 91 Main Street, Ware MA 01082
To Register: Call or email Andrea Healy at 508-637-7423 or ahealy@banknbsb.com
Norcom  
WANTED 
Norcom Mortgage is on the hunt for licensed and experienced Loan Officers.

Do you have 2+ years of MORTGAGE EXPERIENCE?

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

*WE ARE NOW OFFERING REVERSE MORTGAGE LENDING*

INTERESTED?
CONTACT KRISTEN WALTHER
774.241.0770
LEARN MORE BY VISITING US AT

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

This is not an offer to make a loan or to make a loan or any particular terms. All loan applicants must qualify under underwriting requirements and satisfy all contingencies of loan approval. Rates and terms subject to change without notice. NMLS ID #71655 (www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org)
Nichols College
Nichols College Graduate School of Professional Studies
Grad Students are looking for challenging business projects.

Do you need help at your business? Nichols College Graduate students are looking for challenging business projects to further their studies. See the guidelines and contact Glenn at Nichols College for more information.

Request for clients to work with Graduate students to help solve a business problem or opportunity.

1.  Client project must be focused on addressing a business problem or consulting opportunity requiring analysis, market research and recommendations.

2.  A challenging project that draws on the skills and knowledge of graduate students in the areas of communication, market research, public administration, nonprofit management, social media, information technology, innovation and leadership.

3.  Projects can be realistically completed within 7 weeks.

4.  Client is able to act as a point of contact for the Project Team and has the bandwidth to be available for meetings and responsive to Project Team inquiries.

5.  Client is willing to share information that may be needed to complete the project. (Non-disclosure agreements can be set up).

6.  Client attends the team presentation onsite at Nichols College at the end of the project.

Please Contact Adjunct Faculty Member Glenn Juchno to discuss potential projects at: glenn.juchno@nichols.edu 
"Remember this December, that love weighs more than gold!"
-Josephine Daskam Bacon 
Brush It Off 
Dollars to Local Veterans 
December 14, 10:30a-6:30p 
 
Purchase your Ornament then walk in between 10:30 & 6:30 (Giving yourself time to paint your Ornament(s) before 6:30pm). We will have LOTS of ornaments to choose from for a bit of memorable paint FUN! (Register online on the Brush-it-Off Calendar here.) 
 
$4.00 of every ornament will go to our local veterans through VFW Post 654. All our ceramics you take home same day, we paint with acrylic paints and spray a clear glaze on them.
 
Brush It Off     559 Main Street, Fiskdale, Sturbridge Marketplace     774-241-3444
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.
 
COMING ON DECEMBER 14 & 21! 
CHRISTMAS MEMORIES
Eat.. Drink... Be Merry!
Christmas Memories Series at Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield, MA 
Watch the Christmas Memories video on YouTube!
 
Make your reservations TODAY for...
New Year's Eve Fireplace Feast
 
Start with some hors d'oeuvres by the fireplace as you watch your prime rib roasting to perfection on a device dating back to 1700. Take a horse drawn sleigh/wagon ride through the back fields then chase the chill away with some nice, hot, mulled cider or wine. Relax, help make apple pie using an antique apple peeler and corer, or make seafood chowder in an antique iron cauldron right in the fieldstone fireplace.
 
Next, get ready for the main feast! Start off with a champagne toast to the New Year, then sit back for dinner. You'll be served your fireplace seafood chowder and prime rib* (and later you'll be offered seconds!). In addition, there will be bowls of fresh butternut squash, spinach pie and oven roasted potatoes. Don't fill up on the homemade rolls, even though they are quite delicious, because you'll want to save some room for the scrumptious deep dish apple pie with fresh whipped cream.
 
Later, it's time to go downstairs to the Chestnut Room where a DJ will be playing and you can dance right through the midnight hour! Wear a party hat and use those noisemakers! It's a great way to ring in the New Year!
 
* If prime rib doesn't tickle your fancy, salmon will be offered as well. Just order it when you purchase your tickets.
 
Visit the website for additional information.
 
Arrive at 6:30pm - Feast begins at 8:00pm 
Adults (13 yrs and over) $85 | Kids (12 yrs and under) $60 | includes all taxes and gratuities. 
ALL TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AND NON-TRANSFERABLE.
The Fireplace Feast is an advanced ticket only dining event.
 
Fireplace Feasts in January!  
Take a trip back in time and enjoy our 1700's colonial inspired feasts,  
prepared on the open hearth of a great fieldstone fireplace.
All December dates are SOLD OUT! Visit online for January Feasts!   
Make your reservations online or call Salem Cross Inn at (508) 867-2345
 
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 
 
Christmas at Old Sturbridge Village
Christmas by Candlelight  
Select evenings in December!
 
Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village is an evening filled with New England holiday traditions, live musical performances, storytelling, sleigh rides, festive foods, a roaring bonfire, and strolls around the decorated Village Common. Do not miss the nightly tree lighting and the ever-popular gingerbread house contest!
 
This year, stroll the all-new Christmas Tree Trail! Take a few moments away from the hustle and bustle of the activities surrounding the common to reflect on the holiday season. Out on the trail, you'll enjoy a roaring bonfire, cocoa and cookies, music, and of course, 50 sparkling trees. At the end of the trail, write a special Christmas Wish at our Christmas Wish Bridge! You will make heart-warming holiday memories with your friends and family.
 
Hours December 2019:
December 1 - 5 | CLOSED
December 6 - 29 | Open select evenings for Christmas by Candlelight
December 24 - 26 | CLOSED
December 31 & January 1, 2020 | CLOSED
 
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EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD 
EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME)
November 30 - December 15
 
Fridays @ 8pm, Saturdays @ 2pm, Sundays @ 2pm
By Michael Carleton, James FitzGerald & John K. Alvarez  
 
Instead of performing Charles Dickens' beloved holiday classic for the umpteenth time, three actors decide to perform every Christmas story ever told -- plus Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from ancient times to topical pop-culture, and every carol ever sung.
A madcap romp through the holiday season!

Presented by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. 

Visit online or call for tickets.
 
450A Main Street, Fiskdale         508-347-9005
The Publick House
Holiday Events 
Breakfast with Santa  
Saturday, December 14, 2019  
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Seatings from 8:30AM - 10:45AM 
Ages 3 to 10yrs:  $12.95 (2yrs and under free) 
Ages 11yrs and Up: $19.95  
prices inclusive of taxes and gratuities
 
Round up the kids! Load up the wagon! Santa is coming to town, to the Publick House, of course. 
 
YANKEE BREAKFAST BUFFET*
Belgian Waffles 
with Fresh Whipped Cream and Assorted Toppings 
French Toast Sticks 
Bacon and Sausage 
Corned Beef Hash 
Quiche Lorraine  
Home-Fried Breakfast Potatoes 
Scrambled Eggs 
Breakfast Pastries 
Fruit Salad 
Individual Fruit Yogurts and Granola  
Assorted Cold Cereals 
Milk & Assorted Juices 
Warm Deep-Dish Apple Pie  
Grandma's Chocolate Cake with Hot Fudge and Toasted Marshmallow   
with Fresh Whipped Cream 
*Menu subject to change.
Call Publick House for reservations at 508-347-7323 ext. 400
 
 
Gingerbread House Decorating 
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Seatings at 9:00AM, 11:00AM & 1:00PM

Decorate your own 10-inch tall gingerbread house!
Visit our magnificent 10-foot Gingerbread House!
While the decorations are setting, we'll have delicious cookies & cider for all.
Price is $35.00 per house.

Limited Availability. Reservations Required.
Credit card pre-payment is required at the time of making reservations for this event.
Call Publick House for reservations at 508-347-7323 ext. 400
Holland Community Center Events
 
Holiday Craft Day: December 16, 11:30am to 5:30pm .   We'll have stations set up to make two different kinds of wreaths, and Chris Haller will be here part of the day to teach us how to make reusable sandwich wraps. No Cost. If you plan on staying for lunch, please sign up for that separately. Lunch on this day is: Meatloaf, Mashed Potato, Veggie. Please give 48 hours notice if you'd like to join us for lunch activities@hollandma.org. Cost of Lunch is $3.  
 
Don't Want Swap: December 18, 1-3pm. Do you have those gifts from other years that you just didn't like, and don't want? Bring them over and enter them in our Don't Want Swap. Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of interesting gift-giving and lots of laughs. If you'd like to join us for lunch first, the lunch for this day is Mac & Cheese w/ Hot Dogs, Veggie. Please give us 48 hours notice if you'd like to have lunch with us. Cost of lunch is $3. activities@hollandma.org
 
40 Brimfield Rd, Holland, 413-245-3163
Avellino 
Feast of the Seven Fishes at Avellino 
Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 6:30pm
 
Our traditional December "Feast of the Seven Fishes" banquet will be held on just one night this year: Thursday, December 19. This popular event is always a sell-out so call 508-347-2321 today to make your reservation. The cost per person on this extravagant feast is $68 not including tax or gratuity.
 
Second Chance Animal Services
Mobile Unit Pet Adoption
December 20, 2:00-4:00pm
adoption
Home for the Holidays!
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.
 
Let us know you're coming. Click here to RSVP at our Facebook Event Page.

Please don't forget to share with your friends!
 
Klem's, 117 W Main St, Spencer, MA 
TLGV 25
TLGV Solstice Event

The Winter Solstice Starry Sky - A Family-Friendly Program: 6 p.m., Dec. 21, West Thompson Dam, Overlook Shelter, 162 W. Thompson Rd, North Grosvenor Dale, CT.

Join The Last Green Valley on the Solstice as we welcome in the winter months with a celebration of our Starry Sky. Lead Night Sky Rangers Kim and Geoff will point out the constellations and share constellation stories of the First Americans. We will also have a chance to view deep sky objects, such as the Dumbbell Nebula, Andromeda Galaxy, and Owl Cluster, with telescopes. Also visible will be Venus, Uranus and Neptune, and the Ursids Meteor Shower will give us some shooting stars. The view should be great as the moon will not rise until late in the morning hours and the crisp winter night means little atmospheric disturbance.  Dress warmly - hat, mittens, multiple layers, warm socks and shoes/boots.  This is a family friendly event and a great way to celebrate the season together.  
 
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.  
Cedar Street Grille    
New Year's Day Brunch at Cedar Street Grille
 
Join us for a fabulous New Year's Day brunch at Cedar Street Grille from 10am-3pm. This is always a busy day at Cedar Street so make your reservation now by calling 508-347-5800 or by visiting Opentable.com.
Antique Collectibles Show   
January 1, 2020
The Sturbridge Host Hotel 
 
The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles-a national monthly magazine for dealers, collectors, and enthusiasts on 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 on sale now 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.
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 central mass 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: Our First meetings began in September and typically we will be meeting on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. Doors open at 9:00 am for registration and casual networking so come early! And often! 

 

WHERE:  

  • Worcester Senior Center located at 128 Providence St. Worcester (508-799-1232)  
  • Auburn Public Library at 369 Southbridge St, Auburn  (508) 832-7790)
  • Northampton Senior Center located at 67 Conz Street Northampton (413)587-1228
Did you know: 85% of all jobs are found through NETWORKING!! REALLY!!
Our First Session Topic: Self-Assessment/Transferable Skills:
"What Do I Really Want to Do Now that I'm Grown Up?!" Life After 50+!
 
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
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.
Thank you to the Chamber of Central Mass South for serving as the new meeting location!
We are grateful to our community partners!

Guests are always welcome!!  
Please arrive 15 minutes early (6:45pm) as meetings start promptly.  
 
Coggno Training
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Save these Dates!
December 14: Gingerbread House Decorating at The Publick House    
December 19: Feast of the Seven Fishes at Avellino
December 31: New Year's Fireplace Feast at Salem Cross Inn    
January 1: The Antique Collectibles Show at Sturbridge Host Hotel 
January 9: NBSB's Medicare - Countdown to 65 Seminar
January 16: MOBD Office Hours at The Chamber   
January 22: CMS Chamber Annual Meeting

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