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In This Issue
A New England Clambake!
Washington Symposium
Operation Playhouse
Health Center Leader Announces Retirement
NBSB Hat Contest Winner
Sturbridge Rotary Events
bankHometown Hires New Putnam Branch Manager
Happy 100th, Brookfield Orchards!
NBSB Trustees
Rotary Helps Fund New YMCA Playground
Office Space For Rent
Summer at OSV!
Stageloft Theater
Brimfield Shows
Holland Tag Sale
Publick House Feast
Hitchcock Academy
Cruising for Charity
Novena to St. Anne
Baba Sushi Benefit
Rewards Night at the Worcester Bravehearts
Second Chance Animal Shelter Pet Adoptions
Klem's DockDogs® Days
Last Green Valley Events
Salem Cross Inn
Springdale Beer Dinner
Sip & Learn: Casa Larga Vineyards
Klems' Farmers Market
C-Mass Geofest!
Concerts on the Commons
Village Toastmasters
Construction Loans by SCU
Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors
Executive Committee
Jocelyn Callis
Jessica Bettencourt
1st Vice Chair
Bruce Watkins
Karl Storz Endovision
Cindy Howard 
Immediate Past Chair

Board Members

Brad Arcoite
Table 3 Restaurant Group  
Michael Checkosky

Karla Christiansen
Bank Hometown

Alycia Dzik
Webster First Federal Credit Union 
Rich Eichacker

Michelle Fanion
ERA Key Realty

Les Gardner
Les Gardner Photography

Nathan Hardt
Helios Mako

Lynn Mero
Southbridge Credit Union

Laurie Nelson
Christopher Heights 
Mary O'Coin

Rita Schiano 

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

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  

Greetings from the Chamber of Central Mass South!

Welcome to your mid-July CROSSROADS EVENTS !  
We are in your inbox today so you can get a jump on another fantastic summer weekend! There will be happy hunting at the Brimfield Shows and the Town Wide Tag Sale in Holland this weekend. Charity car shows, ballgames, beer nights, theater events, summer concerts on the commons, and unique experiences all await you!  
We are only a few short weeks away from our annual summer outing, A New England Clambake at The Publick House. Time to make some tough decisions (steak or lobster?) and let us reserve your spot under the Garden Tent! RSVP by July 26!

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You're Invited to 
A New England Clambake!
Thursday, August 2, 2018  
New England Clambake
The Publick House Historic Inn, Sturbridge
  The Chamber's Annual Summer Outing is back!
We hope you will join us for a traditional New England Clambake hosted by The Publick House!
We can't wait to get together with our Members and friends and enjoy a summer clambake with all the fixin's!  
Here are the details!   
5 to 6pm at The Little Red Barn
Stationary and butlered hors d'oeuvres. Cash Bar.
6 to 8pm in the Garden Tent
New England Clam Chowder, Steamed Clams,  
Assorted Breads & Salads,  
Boiled Red Bliss Potatoes, Corn on the Cob 
1 1/4 lb. Lobster, 12 oz. Sirloin Steak  
or Vegetarian Entree
DESSERT: Chef's Choice. Assorted Coffees & Teas.
Enjoy the groovy sounds of
"Throwback to the 60s"  
Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor: 
Sturbridge Service Center  
Also featuring our annual raffle benefiting the
Chamber's Charities & Scholarships Fund
Just $10 per ticket for
"Your Chance to be a Millionaire!"
in $1000 worth of lottery scratch tickets!
This will be your last chance to buy tickets!
The winner will be drawn at the Clambake! 
Why not make this your company outing?
Groups of any size can be accommodated. Just tell us how many are in your party,
and we'll reserve your table.
COST: $55 per person or tables of 10 for $525.
277 Main Street
On The Common  
Sturbridge, MA  
to let us know your meal choice!  
Lobster, Steak or Veggie? 

Deadline to RSVP is July 26.
Washington Symposium 2018
September 26-28
(July 20 is the Reservation Deadline)
Every other year, the Springfield Regional Chamber works with Congressman Richard Neal to host a two-day trip to Washington DC. It will be mid-term election time and this will be an excellent opportunity to meet with leaders in the Senate, Congress, and the Administration, as well as other top policy makers on the federal issues that matter to you! Congressman Neal arranges for great speakers throughout the day. On our 2016 trip, speakers included members of Congress, Senator Warren, Columnist Mark Shields, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, House Ways and Means Chair Kevin Brady, among others.

Presented in partnership with 1Berkshire, the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Central Mass South, the trip is all inclusive and covers your flight, hotel accommodations at The George Kimpton (within walking distance to the Capitol and Union Station), airport parking, all transfers, two evening receptions with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages thanks to our sponsors Comcast and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, breakfast each morning and lunch on Thursday.

We are inviting 1-5 Members of our Chamber to participate. If you are interested, please contact Alix by email as soon as possible.

This year, the trip will take place September 26-28 and we are very pleased to invite you to join us for the opportunity to visit and gain firsthand knowledge of important happenings on Capitol Hill.

You may view the draft of the itinerary here.

After July 1 (reservation deadline July 20)
$1525 (Single)
$1395 (Double)

Reservation deadline: July 20, 2018. No refunds after this date.
Departs Bradley International Airport 1:15 p.m. via DCA (Reagan International).
Returns 4:40 p.m on September 28.
Please email Alix if you or a member of your team is interested in participating in this legislative event.

Space is limited, so don't delay!
Member2Member Discounts! 
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Click the M2M logo to view all current discounts!  
Operation Playhouse
SCU_ Operation Playhouse
On Thursday, June 28th, a team from Southbridge Credit Union spent the day taking part in Operation Playhouse. This event is put on by Habitat for Humanity Metro West/Greater Worcester and it benefits local veterans and military families. "This was our first year taking part in the event and it was such a rewarding day. Words can't describe what a good feeling it was to complete Operation Playhouse and see the excitement on the kids' faces when the playhouse was presented to them," said Lismarie Collazo, Director of Marketing & Community Outreach at SCU. She added, "It was an honor to be able to give back to our local vets and military families in this way after all they've done and continue to do for us".
The playhouse built by SCU went to children of USMC vet, Nicholas Lambert (a recipient of the Purple Heart) and his two kids, Ava and Miles. Ava, 4 years old and a big fan of Disney's Frozen, immediately asked to go inside her playhouse and also made her mom, Leah, get in there as well to start playing. Baby brother, Miles (just months old) got to get in there too and took part in the fun. On behalf of SCU, we'd like to thank Mr. Lambert for his service and the service of all our military men and woman. We hope the playhouse brings many sweet and fun memories to your family! A special thank you to Habitat for Humanity Metro West/Greater Worcester for organizing this event and to Veterans Inc. in Worcester for hosting the event indoors.
Health Center Leader Announces Retirement Plans

Frances Anthes
photo by Erika Sidor
Worcester, MA - July 11, 2018 - Frances M. Anthes, President and CEO of Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc., announced today that she will be stepping down on December 31, 2018 after 27 years with the health center. Ms. Anthes joined Family Health Center in 1991 as Deputy Director and was named President/CEO in January 1997.

"My love for and commitment to Family Health's work of providing comprehensive health care to patients, regardless of their ability to pay, has inspired me and given me the opportunity to work together with a wonderful team to create access to health care for individuals and families throughout Greater Worcester," said Anthes. "Family Health is in a strong financial position and I will be working with our Board of Directors, our experienced executive management team and our local, state and federal partners to provide for a smooth and effective transition in leadership."

Family Health Center of Worcester is a 501c(3) nonprofit health center which provides comprehensive, quality health services at 16 locations throughout Worcester and South Worcester County.

"The Board of Directors is grateful to Fran for her many accomplishments during her tenure at Family Health Center," said Lynda Rowe, board chair. "Of note was the doubling of the health center capacity in 1991 when the Worcester City Hospital closed. Family Health has grown from 6,500 patients and a budget of $2.3 million, to our current 36,000 patients and $40 million budget today," said Rowe. "We are so proud of all that has been accomplished under Fran's leadership."

Established in 1972, Family Health Center of Worcester's mission is to improve the health and well-being of all residents in the Greater Worcester area, especially culturally diverse populations, by providing access to affordable, high quality, integrated, comprehensive, and respectful primary health care and social services, regardless of patients' ability to pay. Family Health is a teaching health center with residency programs to train the health care workforce. The health center is a
primary care patient-centered medical home that provides family medicine, dentistry, nursing, behavioral health, vision care, walk-in urgent care, prenatal and OB care, outpatient addiction treatment services, school health centers, nutrition services and education, HIV/AIDS care, refugee and immigrant health programs, pharmacy, x-ray, mammography, onsite lab services, and insurance enrollment support. Family Health employs 400 community residents, and offers public health programs directed at early detection and disease prevention.

Family Health Center of Worcester's Board of Directors has retained the executive search firm Witt/Kieffer to assist with the search.
FHC 1972-2017
North Brookfield Savings Bank's May Hat Contest Winner is Dolores Norton
With summertime upon us, many of us are thinking of vacations, barbeques, days at the beach and all the fun summer activities we have to look forward to. For one local resident, there certainly is something extra special to look forward to this month. Dolores Norton, of Monson, was recently awarded a $100 gift certificate for being the May winner of North Brookfield Savings Bank's Hat Contest.
Each month, anyone spotted wearing a North Brookfield Savings Bank hat in the community by a Bank representative is entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift certificate to a local establishment. Norton was spotted wearing her blue North Brookfield Savings Bank hat while visiting the North Brookfield Savings Bank booth at the West Brookfield Asparagus Festival in West Brookfield, MA. Later she visited the NBSB Palmer branch location to collect her $100 gift certificate to The Steaming Tender, a local and treasured restaurant located in Palmer.
To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank Hat Contest and all of the convenient banking products and services offered, visit
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Rotary and Lions Host Another Abletones Concert
Abletones Concert
The Sturbridge Rotary Club and the Sturbridge Lions Club are sponsoring a concert together with the Parks & Recreation Committee.  Back by popular demand again this year is Dan Gabel and The Abletones, an 18-piece Big Band specializing in swing music of the 1930s and '40s.  Date is Thursday, July 19.  Raffle tickets will be available for purchase which includes dinner for two at the Publick House Historic Inn.  Don't forget your lawn chair.  Come, tap your feet, and even dance on the grass like we did last year.  See you there!!

SAVE THE DATE!!! August 20 Charity Golf Classic
The Sturbridge Rotary Club is hosting its Charity Golf Classic on Monday, August 20 at Cohasse Country Club.  Check in is at 9 AM with tee time at 10:30 AM.  Watch for more details coming soon.  Can't wait and want to sign up now?  Contact Dave Zonia at 508-335-4550 or Bill Lemke at 508-347-7416 to request a registration form.
bankHometown Hires New Branch Manager for Putnam Location
Matthew McAvoy-LaFlamme accepted the position as Branch Manager of the bankHometown Putnam, Connecticut location on June 4th, 2018. Prior to accepting this position, Matthew was the Branch Manager of the Killingly location, and prior to that role, he was the Branch Supervisor of the Woodstock location.
Currently, Matthew serves as the treasurer for the Killingly Business Association and is a member of the Killingly Business Association Membership Committee. He is an active volunteer in the Killingly community, having participated Town of Killingly Safety Day, Financial Fair at Crabtree & Evelyn, Thompson Community Day, and several other events.
Matthew attended Quinebaug Valley Community College and is currently working toward his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration at Eastern Connecticut State University. He enjoys music, hiking, and spending time with his friends and family.

bankHometown has served its communities since 1889 with offices in Massachusetts (Athol, Auburn, Leominster, Oxford, Lancaster, Sturbridge and Webster) and Connecticut (Putnam, Brooklyn, Killingly, Thompson and Woodstock). Depositors of bankHometown have their deposits insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for amounts up to $250,000 with amounts in excess of $250,000 insured in full by the Share Insurance Fund, a private excess insurer.

Brookfield Orchards 100th Brookfield Orchards has been family owned and operated since 1918 and we are so proud to be able to celebrate this joyous occasion with all of you!

On August 25th from 10:00am until 5:00pm, Brookfield Orchards is planning an awesome event to celebrate their big birthday and also their loyal, amazing customers! Join us on this date for a PIG ROAST served by Damn Yankees BBQ! Local Craft Beer brewed by Rapscallion Brewery! Delicious Kettle Corn by Minuteman Kettle Corn! And so much more to be announced!

We will be having 2 bands playing on this day! Wibble will be back to our stage from 11:00am to 1:30pm and Never Say Never will be on stage from 2:00 to 5:00!

We have added a fun activity for the kids! A table will be set up with paper and markers for the kids to create us their very own special Birthday Cards for us! All cards will be displayed in the orchard the following day for the entire Fall season! SOOOOO EXCITING!!

Our Pig Roast is $20 a person and 1 craft beer is included with the ticket price. Our Snack Bar will also be open if you just want to come spend the day with us!

GET YOUR TICKETS IN ADVANCE! To help us get a head count and be able to have enough food for everyone, buying your tickets early for this event will aid in our planning so it will be an awesome day for everyone. We greatly appreciate it and can't wait for August 25th! Visit online or find Brookfield Orchards on Facebook for more!
Brookfield Orchards online
North Brookfield Savings Bank Thanks Blaise Berthiaume  
for Years of Service as Trustee, Elects Damien Berthiaume as Trustee

After 35 years as a Corporator and Trustee of North Brookfield Savings Bank, Blaise Berthiaume has decided to retire from his role as a Trustee of the Bank. Sincerest congratulations and gratitude are expressed for his many years of dedicated service to the Bank.

Blaise Blaise Berthiaume was elected in 1983 as a Corporator of North Brookfield Savings Bank and was elected as a Trustee of the Bank later in the year. He served on the Asset and Liability Committee as well as the Audit Committee during his tenure.

"We are grateful to Blaise for his commitment, guidance and years of dedicated service given to North Brookfield Savings Bank," said North Brookfield Savings Bank President and CEO Donna Boulanger. "His knowledge and advice provided over the years has been invaluable to our success. The Board of Trustees and I thank him for his service."

Damien Damien Berthiaume has served as a North Brookfield Savings Bank Corporator since his election in 2006 and will now succeed Blaise Berthiaume on the Board of Trustees. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the College of Holy Cross and a Juris Doctor degree from the Boston University School of Law. For 17 years he has been a Partner in the law firm of Berthiaume and Berthiaume, Attorneys & Counselors at Law, with offices located in North Brookfield and Ware. He is a member of the Worcester County Bar Association.

"The Board of Trustees and I are pleased to announce Damien's election to the Board," said North Brookfield Savings Bank President and CEO. "We are confident his experience, excellent reputation and commitment to our shared local communities will continue to bring immense value and benefit to North Brookfield Savings Bank."

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
Rotary Helps Fund New Playground at the YMCA
Glenn Juchno (L), Otto Prohaska (R) with many kids who enjoy the new playground. 
Rotary logo The Sturbridge Rotary Club recently awarded $5,000 to the Tri-Community YMCA Child Development Center, 115 Marcy Street in Southbridge, to help fund a new outdoor playground that will be enjoyed by more than 150 kids a day.
"This playground will help the Y provide safe and healthy spaces for our children to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-esteem," Glenn Juchno, Executive Director of the Tri-Community YMCA. "We are fortunate to have great partners like the Sturbridge Rotary Club who understand the impact of youth development in our community."
For over 100 years, the YMCA has been meeting the needs of children, adults and families in our community.  The Child Development Center at the Y offers year-round licensed childcare for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school age children. 
"We believe we are building a child's future from the day they begin in our care."  Paul Perrier, Director of Child Development Services.  "Whether they are an infant or school age, we work to create the brightest future possible for each child, one activity, and one interaction at a time." 
"We're happy to help support the YMCA's new playground with funds from our educational trust account," Past-President Otto Prohaska.  "One of Sturbridge Rotary's areas of focus is youth and youth development.  The Y offers so many programs for children of all ages that funding toward the playground was a perfect fit for us."  
The Sturbridge Rotary Club has been providing humanitarian service to the local and international community for over 45 years.  The Club addresses many of today's most critical issues including hunger, as well as support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students and professionals.  For more information on what Sturbridge Rotary does, visit  
Also check out the Club's Facebook page at  
Small Office Space For Rent
212 Main Street, Sturbridge
Les Gardner   
Need to get things done in Sturbridge? Les Gardner has a small office available to rent within his space in the McCurdy Insurance Building at 212 Main Street, Sturbridge. The space measures approximately 12' x 12'  or 150 square feet. This convenient work space includes internet access and a desk. If you are interested or have more questions, contact Les directly at 508-347-7177. 
"A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins."
-  Laurie Colwin

Charlottes Web
at Old Sturbridge Village: July 5-August 26

This summer, Old Sturbridge Village and Brian Clowdus Experiences bring the beloved story of Charlotte's Web to life at the Freeman Farm with a live musical production based on the classic and beloved tale by E.B. White. This production is a reinvented version of the story, set in a timeless New England era that honors the 1830s but with a modern license to breathe fresh air into the story!

In addition to the performance, tour the Village for a "Charlotte's Web Summer" where you can visit our adorable piglets, see costumed historians re-constructing the Allen Piggery, weaving and spinning yarn, blacksmithing, farming, making tin objects, and demonstrating other aspects of 19th-century life, and special exhibits.

An abundance of dining options will be available throughout the museum including our Tap Room Restaurant, Bullard Tavern Café, Ice Cream Shop, as well as a Charlotte's Web-themed eatery and concession adjacent to the performance area.

Written by Joseph Robinette, based on the book by E.B. White. Produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, Woodstock, Illinois.

Show Dates & Times:
Shows will take place Wednesday - Sunday from July 5 thru August 26 (except no shows on August 4-5 due to Redcoats & Rebels).

Shows times are 11:00 am and 1:30 pm. Performances are just under an hour in length and take place on the Freeman Farm. Please plan to arrive at least 40 minutes prior to show time to allow sufficient time to check in and walk to the farm.

Craft Beer & Roots Music Festival
Craft Beer
July 21, Noon to 8:00pm

Our craft beer festival is BACK-bigger and better than ever, with more brews, bands, and bites than ever before! Eighteen craft breweries from across New England will provide visitors an opportunity to sample and purchase some of the region's top beers, ciders, and ales. At five indoor and outdoor stages, more than a dozen musical artists and bands will bring the sounds of Americana, bluegrass, country, folk and roots music to Old Sturbridge Village.

For those who are 21 and over, your admission to the Village includes a limited number of complimentary 2-oz samples of beer.  We will be checking IDs for everyone who wants to participate in the beer tasting so make sure to have a valid photo ID with you.
BBQ pork, brats, burgers and more will be available for purchase.

Stay tuned to OSV's website for a list of participating breweries and musical artists!

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge MA 01566
Stageloft Theater Presents
4 weddings and an elvis
by Nancy Frick 
July 6 - 22  
Sandy, the four-times-married (now currently divorced) owner of a wedding chapel in Las Vegas, has certainly seen her fair share of matrimonies. In the hilarious Four Weddings and an Elvis, we witness four of her funniest: Bev and Stan, who are getting married--by the King himself--as revenge on their exes;  Vanessa and Bryce, two arrogant aging stars who are tying the knot as a publicity ploy, and are vexed by an aging Elvis who doesn't know who they are; and Martin and Fiona, a gentle postal-worker and a tough ex-con trying to get married before the police arrive! However, the final wedding is the funniest of all: Sandy's fifth and final wedding which reveals a hilarious twist!
Presented by Special Arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Stageloft Theater         450A Main Street, Fiskdale            508-347-9005  
One Weekend Left: The July Brimfield Shows!
2018 Shows: July 10-15, September 4-9
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! As many as 4,500 dealers make Brimfield their home away from home three times a year (in May, July and September) and sell their wares on a one mile stretch of Route 20.  Brimfield offers all amenities to buyers which makes Brimfield a buyers' paradise you will want to experience again and again.  Join the thousands of shoppers who make the Brimfield Shows their #1 destination for the finest in antiques, collectibles and the unusual.  There are 20 shows for your shopping pleasure.  Rain or Shine.
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!
Visit for more information.
Tag Sale  
Holland, MA
July 14 & 15, 2018 
SATURDAY JULY 14TH ONLY 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (SET UP 8-9 a.m.) 
EMAIL OR CALL 413-245-3163  
Find this event on Facebook for more. 
The Publick House  
Publick House Cooks for Community Organizations 
Help us give back to the community by joining us for our monthly feasts to raise money for local organizations. Sponsored organization will split a minimum of $4.00 from every dinner served!

July 16  
Polish American Veterans 
Sturbridge Rotary 
Adults $14 / Children $5
(4-12 yrs.) 
Held in Paige Hall or under the Tent!

Two Seating Times 
SEATING ONE: 4:30pm-6:15pm
SEATING TWO: 6:30pm-7:30pm

Casual Dining * Open Seating * No Reservations    
All Feasts include... 
Tossed Salad with Maple Vinaigrette, Dinner Rolls, Dessert, Coffee, Tea, Soft Drinks & Iced Water  
Thank you for your support!
Hitchcock Academy July Offerings 
Story Time_
Story Time Summer Fun- Stories come to life at Summer Fun at Hitchcock Academy in Brimfield!  
Monday, July 16
SUMMER FUN WEEK 1: Easy, affordable, a la carte summer care options for parents and hands-on, active and creative play for kids! 50 minute, activity-packed programs are favorites every summer. Dates: Monday July 16th to Friday July 20th Fee: $20 per program. Be sure to fill out the consent form and contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register or to learn more about times and open positions.
COOKING AT THE METRO BISTROT: French Cooking Essentials: Sauce Armoricaine: Jay Livernois places an emphasis on fresh, mostly local ingredients for the food in the Bistrot and changes the menu according to what is in the markets or what he can forage from local fields, lakes, streams and gardens. Bring along your favorite bottle of wine to go along with the 3 course meal. Menu: Appetizer: quiche, Entrée: fish w. sauce armoricaine, Dessert: rhubarb compote. Location: Metro Bistrot 176 Main St. Southbridge, MA 01556. Fee: $30 Note: Profits go to Hitchcock Academy thanks to the generosity of the Metro Bistrot. Time: 6-8 PM Instructors: Jay Livernois & Marie Paule Marthe, The Metro Bistrot. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.
WEIGHT WATCHERS: Traditional Weight Watchers meetings! Times: Weigh-in/Registrations: 5:30PM Meeting: 6:00 PM Leader: Angela Kramer. Visit to become a member or to learn more about Weight Watchers.
Tuesday, July 17 
CONCERTS ON THE COMMON: The Casters: Join Hitchcock Academy on the Brimfield Town Common for the first of three summer concerts! The Casters are a roots rock band who play a mix of covers of folksy favorites and originals. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, a picnic and your favorite non-alcoholic beverage along. In case of rain, concert will be held at Hitchcock Academy. Fee: Free, thanks to a grant from the Brimfield Cultural Council! Time: 6:30-8:00 PM Call Hitchcock Academy at 1-413-245-9977 for more information.
Thursday, July 19
SEN-I JUDO CLUB: This course runs all year long and is well suited for all levels of practitioners including beginners! Call Sensei Israel Lopez 413 279-4330 for more information.
Friday, July 20 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: Traditional open AA meetings in a friendly setting. Come early to chat and share in refreshments. Time: 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 21
FARMERS' MARKET: Shop local producers of fruits, vegetables, meat, ice cream, essential oils, candles, jams, flowers, baked goods and more at Hitchcock on Saturdays from April to October. No Farmers' Market during the Brimfield Antiques Show in May, July, or September.
Sunday, July 22
SUNDAY TEA SOCIAL: Socialize with your fellow community members while exploring new varieties of tea and the history and legends surrounding tea! Bring your favorite tea cup and enjoy some tea, tales and biscuits together. Time: 1:00-3:00 PM Fee: $5 Instructor: Diana Caissie, Assistant Director, Hitchcock Academy. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register
Car Show  
Wednesday Night Cruising for Charity Car Show 
Every Wednesday Night! 
Starting June 6th · 5pm to Dusk · 100% profits go to the Masonic Children's.  
Weekly Show Classes    
July 18th:   Best 60's & Best of Show 
July 25th:   Best 70's & Best of Show 
August 1st:   Modern Muscle & Best of Show 
August 8th:   Best Truck & Best of Show 
August 15th:   Best Mustang & Best of Show 
August 22nd:   Best Corvette & Best of Show 
August 29th:   Best of Season, Mason's Choice & Driver's Choice    
For more information e-mail: 

Klem's             117 West Main Street, Spencer              508-885-2708 
St. Anne's Shrine
Novena to St. Anne
July 18 - July 26 at St. Anne's Shrine
Pilgrims from all faiths generations and cultures are invited to join our Celebration of the 131st Novena to St. Anne.
A variety of speakers and music ministries (African, Asian, European and Latin American and others) will enhance our liturgies.  
Contact: 508-347-7338 
 Rewards Night at the Worcester Bravehearts! 
Rewards night
Klem's Rewards Exclusive! Tickets Only $5!

Save With Your EXCLUSIVE Discounted Ticket Valid For Klem's Rewards Members ONLY!
 Fitton Field, Worcester 
Choose From 4 Select Games (3 Left!) With Fireworks Show:
Friday, July 20th
Friday, July 27th
Friday, August 3rd

Simply show your Rewards Card at the main gate on a select game date to receive the discount!
Seats are based on availability.
Klem's             117 West Main Street, Spencer              508-885-2708
Second Chance Animal Shelter Pet Adoptions
July 20, 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. Dog Days of Summer!
Klem's             117 West Main Street, Spencer              508-885-2708
Klem's DockDogs® Days 2018 
Friday, Saturday & Sunday · July 20th, 21st & 22nd!
The World's Premier Canine Aquatics Competition
Klem's             117 West Main Street, Spencer              508-885-2708
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The Last Green Valley July Calendar Events
Acorn Adventure - School Day Fun: 10 a.m., July 21, Kahn Road, Franklin (the one room school house does not have an address, however, 22 Kahn Road is a neighboring property). Please park at the Acorn Adventure signs. Step back in time at Franklin's one-room school house and play the games teachers once used to have fun while teaching important lessons. The Friends of Ashbel Woodward Museum will be on hand to guide Acorns through five different activities from yesteryear. Acorns will have an opportunity to take home prizes and something they will make as an activity. Acorn Adventures are sponsored by Putnam Bank. For more information, call Fran at 860-774-3300 or email 
Sunset and Full Moon Paddle with Ranger Bill: 6:30 p.m., July 27, Webster Lake, 114 Point Breeze Road, Webster, MA. Join Chief Ranger Bill Reid and Ernie Benoit of the Webster Lake Association for an enjoyable sunset and full moon paddle at Webster Lake. The sun sets at 8:12 p.m. and the moon rises at 8:13 p.m. making for a beautiful paddle on Webster Lake. We'll plan on launching by 7:30 to get on the water in time for the sunset and moonrise. Early arrival is recommended to give an opportunity to check-in and prepare gear. Launch is from the Marina behind Point Breeze Restaurant at 114 Point Breeze Road, Webster, MA. Please RSVP to Bill at 860-774-3300 or via e-mail at to reserve a spot.
Mars Party: 8 p.m., July 30, Ayer Farm, 44 Ayer Road, Franklin CT: Join TLGV Ranger and NASA Solar System Ambassador Geoff McLean and Rangers Kim McLean and Steve Ayer on the Ayer's farm for a twice-in-60,000-year event when Mars will be almost at its closest point to Earth and thus at its largest and viewable in telescopes. Also starring will be Jupiter and Saturn, both riding higher in the sky - a perfect trifecta for planetary observers. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs to sit upon the Ayer's hay field. The moon will rise about 9:30 and we can examine craters along the terminus where they look 3-D in telescopes. Bring binoculars if you have them - or even a telescope. This is a family-friendly event. No pets, please as the astronomical equipment is delicate. Service animals are permitted. Please arrive by 8 p.m. If arriving later please turn off headlights. Please, no one arrive after 8:30 p.m. as the car lights will cause night blindness in everyone else. Call 860-774-3300 for more information.
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Salem Cross Inn 
260 West Main Street, Route 9
West Brookfield, MA
Rich with history, the Salem Cross Inn is a restored 18th century farmhouse  
nestled on 600 acres of New England countryside.  
Murder Mystery Dinner Theater: These Jokes are Killing Me
Murder Mystery
Next Show: July 22    
Salem Cross Inn and Cornely Productions present a Murder Mystery Dinner: Our interactive dinner theater, These Jokes are Killing Me...
Friends of a lovely woman discover she is dying. To bring some joy into her last days they organize a dinner party where everyone, including patrons, delivers jokes in order to bring laughter to her final days.

But you never know if she will make it through the night. Who has the last laugh now!?
Join us for a laugh-filled night, a great dinner, and a mystery we need your help solving.

Tossed Garden Salad with Creamy Italian Dressing 
Rustic Boneless Breast of Chicken - Supreme Sauce 
Seasonal Potato and Vegetable 
Homemade Rolls 
Ice Cream Cakeballs with Homemade Hot Fudge 
Brewed Tea or Coffee    
The Murder Mystery Dinner is an advanced ticket purchase dining event. To order tickets, please call Salem Cross Inn at 508-867-2345 or submit your order online. $56 per person, includes all taxes and gratuities. Arrive 6:45pm. Show begins at 7:00pm.

See all dates for the 2018 Murder Mystery Dinners Series here
Start Making plans now for the fifth season of Farmers' Dinners at Salem Cross Inn...  
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 gardener and Bo Salem, the herbs are grown by John Salem and the beef is raised by David Salem. Your dinner is prepared by Chef Laurent 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!
Thursday, August 23 
Featuring Local Farm Raised Chicken   
Thursday, September 13 
Featuring Salem Cross Farm's Beef  
Get more details at this link!   
Main Dining Room:
Tuesday-Friday- 4:00 PM-9:00 PM
Saturday- 5:00 PM-9:00 PM
Sunday- 12:00 PM-8:00 PM

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

Live music every Friday starting at 6:30 PM
Cedar Street Grille 
Springdale Beer Dinner  
Monday, July 23 at 6:30pm
Springdale by Jack's Abby was founded in 2016 as the experimental and barrel-aging arm of Jack's Abby Brewing. With curiosity, creativity and the support of their talented production team, they've spent their first year crafting dozens of wild and barrel-fermented beers, as well as a line of traditionally fermented ales.
Ales, IPAs, and barrel-aged beers make up the core of Springdale's portfolio. They are also canning their IPAs and suggest drinking them fresh; they're packed with huge, expressive hop flavors from American and Australian hops. Their barrel-aged series, on the other hand, can be cellared indefinitely.
Head Chef Nick Faucher and his culinary team have also been known to experiment a bit and most often with amazing results. Pairing Cedar Street's culinary talents with Springdale's specialty brews is a sure-fire recipe for an incredible night to remember. These events are limited and sell out quickly so make your reservation today by calling Cedar Street Grille at 508-347-5800. $58 per person, not including tax and gratuity.
Sip & Learn: Casa Larga Vineyards 
Thursday, July 26 at 6:30pm
Come Join Casa Larga Vineyards and Avellino for an interesting new take on the wine dinner experience. The goal of this event will be for our guests to learn about wine, the wine making process, how wines made from the same grape can taste so different, and, of course, how they all pair with the great food from the Avellino kitchen. Chef Dan will be working directly with the vineyard to develop a unique menu that brings the best out of each wine pairing. Gather up your friends and come to learn how to taste wine in a new way. Elevating your wine knowledge and tasting experience has never been more fun and easy!
This event is $52 per person with all wine pairings included. Tax and gratuity are not included. Make your reservations now as this event is likely to sell out quickly by calling Avellino at 508-347-2321.  
Farmers Market  
Klems' Farmers Market 
Saturdays starting June 9th through October 20th · Rain or Shine
Fresh produce. Visit Many Local Crafters, Artisans & More!
(Please Note: Setup will be possible during our Dock Dogs event on Saturday July 20th, but a separate application must be filled out and regular vendor fees for that event will be collected.)
This is a producer only market. Vendors are welcome. No Fees. Learn more or print an application!

Klem's             117 West Main Street, Spencer              508-885-2708 
August 15-19, 2018 
C-MASS GEOFEST, our region's only major geocaching festival, returns for more fun in the summer of 2018! Check out the new promo on YouTube!
Join us August 15-19 in and around Sturbridge as enthusiastic geocachers comb our region in search of geocaches. Other events will entertain children and families between forays onto our abundant trails and scenic spaces! In our fourth year, we're planning another leap forward for turnout and activities!
OUR NEW MAIN EVENT VENUE: Westville Recreation Area. Westville Lake is an impoundment of the Quinebaug River, created and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and straddling the boundary between Sturbridge and Southbridge. There are great picnic areas, open spaces and woods trails, plus picnic shelters and launches for canoes and kayaks. C-MASS Geofest takes place in many locations in Sturbridge. See more at the website: 
Summer Concerts on the Commons
Town Common  
July 19 Abletones (18 pc. orchestra)
July 26: Yankee Notions (NE Folk)
All concerts start at 6pm on the Sturbridge Town Common. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Please be mindful of those around you who are listening to the concert. Please refrain from parking directly on the Town Common. Thank you and enjoy the concerts!
  July 15: Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers   (Blues)  United Lens Company, Inc.  
July 22: Grade A Fancy    (Americana)    Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center  
July 29: Jah Spirit   (Reggae)  United Lens Company, Inc.
Music, good quality, family friendly entertainment! All performances are 6-8 pm 
Southbridge Common (1 Mechanic St)
West Brookfield
July 18 - The Otters
July 25 - The Green Sisters
Wednesdays 7pm-9pm on the Common. Rte 67 & 9.
Bring chairs, blankets, picnics, and BUG SPRAY! 
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.  
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
Click on the image to browse our catalog of training courses! 
Save these Dates!
July 14-15: Holland Town Wide Tag Sale 
July 19: Baba Sushi Benefit for Kids in the Congo 
July 20: DockDogs Days at Klems'  
July 21: Craft Beer and Roots Music Festival at OSV
July 23: Springdale Beer Dinner at Cedar Street Grille    
July 26: Sip & Learn: Casa Laraga Vineyards at Avellino
July 30: TLGV's Mars Party at Ayer Farm  
August 2: Summer Outing: A New England Clambake at The Publick House
August 15-19: C-MASS GEOFEST
AUGUST 25: Brookfield Orchards 100th Anniversary! 

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