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In This Issue
Holiday Fun at Five!
Brown Bag Seminars Seek Presenters
Membership Directory Photo Contest
Member Directory Deadline Today!
Ribbon Recap: Studio 20/20
Spotlight on Tuscany!
Cornerstone's Susan Gunnell to Retire
Protect Starry Skies with TLGV
Harrington Earns "A" in Safety Report
NBSB Kicks Off School Banking Program
Southbridge Garden Club Annual Greens Sale
Winter Wonderland Open House at NBSB
Give the Gift of Fun with Escape the Pike!
Wanted: Loan Officers
Elves Set Up Sugar Shop
Mobile Unit Pet Adoption
Events at OSV
Home of the Brave 5k
TLGV November Calendar
Kiss-Mass Balls at Heritage Country Club
Holland Community Center Events
Human Resources Workshop
Harrington Auxiliary Bake Sale
Harrington Auxiliary Lobby Sale
DCEF's Uncorked and Uncapped
Lions Poker Tournament
50+ Networking Group
Pre-Feast Workout
Thanksgiving Feast
Traditional Thanksgiving Day Feast
Thanksgiving Buffet at The Barn
Salem Cross Inn
Country Folk Art Craft Show
Southbridge Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting
Stageloft Theater
Brunch with Santa
Publick House Community Feast
Saying Thank You
Village Toastmasters
24/7 Training
Save these Dates!
SCU Mortgages
cfas AD
Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors
Executive Committee
Jessica Bettencourt
Laurie Cashman 
1st Vice Chair
Yellow Iris Farm 
Bruce Watkins
Karl Storz Endovision

Board Members

Brad Arcoite
Table 3 Restaurant Group  
Michael Checkosky
Angela Chviek
Kimberly Cobb
Rich Eichacker

Michelle Fanion
ERA Key Realty
Steve Gardiner

Les Gardner
Les Gardner Photography

Nathan Hardt
Leila Hurt
Lynn Mero
Rita Schiano 
Rich Suitum
Erika Travinski

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  

Season's Greetings from your Chamber! There is so much to be grateful for as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday. Your mid-November Crossroads EVENTS is stuffed with important news, lots of ways to celebrate and make the absolute most of the season. First, we would love for you to carve out some time and save the date to meet us at The Publick House on the eve of Wednesday, December 11 for our Holiday Fun at Five! Always a memorable bash, with a surprise theme, you won't want to miss it! Read on for much more from your Chamber, our Members and friends, including our first Chamber group travel offer. Tuscany, anyone? We wish you and your families warm and happy holiday celebrations!

WANTED: Your Holiday Events on our calendar!    
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!  
Wednesday, December 11 
The Publick House Historic Inn
On the Common, 277 Main Street
Join us for some holiday cheer  
with our Members and Guests on the evening of
Wednesday, December 11th!
The final Fun at Five of the year will be  
a sparkling celebration at
The Publick House in Sturbridge
featuring fantastic food, a joyous atmosphere in a glowing hall, many great prizes and surprises, a 50/50 Raffle, and your chance to celebrate the season with your fellow Members!
WOMAN IN BUSINESS will share a special announcement at the event! 
We will be collecting for  
at Holiday Fun at Five. If you are able to donate an unwrapped, non-violent new toy, your contribution would be most welcome and help spread holiday joy to the less fortunate right here in our community!
Gifts for teenagers are especially needed and encouraged!
Thank you for your generosity!
We look forward to celebrating with you!
RSVP by phone at 508-347-2761 or email   
Cost: $20 for pre-registered Members,  
$25 at the door, or $30 for non-Members.
Thank you to our  
Holiday Fun at Five Sponsor!
Cornerstone Bank is a local, community bank that delivers a personal touch that only a local bank can offer. We are dedicated to providing high quality, personal customer service for individuals, businesses and community organizations in Central Massachusetts. We work to connect you with opportunities through a broad range of deposit and loan products and services to meet your financial goals with the unique ability for fast, flexible service.
We strive to build lifetime relationships, and our goal is to be the Cornerstone for your success.
Cornerstone Bank rests on the foundation that relationships are built on trust.

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 January, 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!  
 3rd Annual Membership Directory  
Photo Contest
4 seasons 
We are seeking your best photos to showcase
our region in all 4 glorious seasons!
The Chamber of Central Mass South is calling on all photographers, amateur and professional, to submit images which represent the four seasons in our area.  
The photos cannot contain any distinguishable advertising or business entities and they must be easily identifiable with one of the four seasons.
Submit one or all four seasons!
There will be one winning photo chosen for each season, selected by the Chamber's Promotions Committee. The 4 winning seasonal photos will be used on the cover of the 2020 Membership Directory and the runners up may be used in the 2020 Annual Report and other Chamber publications with a photo credit to the photographers where possible. All submitted photos become property of the Chamber of Central Mass South.
The photos must be high resolution  
(300 d.p.i. or greater)
and submitted digitally by email to Alix.
by December 15, 2019.
Thank you in advance for your best photographs of our towns!
Southbridge, Sturbridge, Charlton, Brimfield,  
The Brookfields, Holland, Spencer, Wales, Warren, Northern CT
Chamber of Central Mass South
Questions? 508-347-2761
Regional Guide 2020 MEMBER DIRECTORY  
The Chamber has once again teamed up with Chamber member Weathervane Enterprises, Inc., publishers of Your Hometown Shopper and the Guide to Brimfield, to design and produce Enjoy Central Mass South for the Chamber. 
All Chamber members are welcome to support this important community resource by advertising their business or the services they provide. Today is the deadline to reserve ad space in the 2020 directory. Please contact Maxine Carter-Lome, publisher, Weathervane Enterprises Inc. at 508-347-1960 x402, to reserve your space or for more information.
Studio 20_20 Ribbon
Ribbon Cutting Recap: Studio 20/20
We were so pleased to welcome Studio 20/20 to the community at their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting celebration on the afternoon of November 7, 2019. Studio 20/20 is an independent retail optical shop located at the entrance of Old Sturbridge Village (in the former Crabtree & Evelyn.) Studio 20/20 takes appointments, but walk-ins are always welcome. If you have an eyeglass prescription or if you're in the need for specialty glasses or sunglasses in non-prescription, stop in and see Erica. Studio 20/20 also sells some great accessories for men and women that are crafted by local artisans and make great gift ideas. Visit the shop online at 
Rep. Todd Smola presents owner and optician Erica O'Brien a congratulatory proclamation in the photo to the right.  
SAVE THE DATE! The Chamber's next Ribbon Cutting Ceremony takes place on Friday, December 6th at 4:00pm as we welcome the new Allstate Insurance office in Sturbridge. Stay tuned to your inbox for more details coming soon!   
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
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 Cornerstone Bank EVP & CAO Susan Gunnell to Retire
Sue Gunnell After many years of dedicated service, Susan Gunnell will retire from her role as Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer. She will remain with the bank through April 2020 and help coordinate an effective transition for the executive team.
Ms. Gunnell began her lengthy career at Southbridge Savings Bank in 1980 as a teller and steadily made her way through the ranks to ultimately become that institution's second-in-command. Her various positions there included assistant bookkeeper, accounting manager, human resources manager, and SVP of retail banking.

Sue received well-deserved recognition throughout her professional life-not only at Southbridge Savings Bank, but also after it merged with SpencerBANK to become Cornerstone Bank. Ms. Gunnell helped to expand the Bank's training program and participated in community work that received acknowledgement from the United Way as well as many other associations. She has been actively involved in the Bank's Charitable Donations Committee decision-making for numerous local nonprofits, and worked with the Bank to promote drives for school supplies, local food banks, and local heating assistance programs. In addition, Sue was a Worcester Business Journal "Outstanding Women in Business" award recipient in 2015.

"To say we'll miss Sue doesn't even begin to express our heartfelt feelings," said Cornerstone Bank President & Treasurer Todd M. Tallman. "She is as dedicated today to helping others as when she first started. We will miss her beyond words and wish her much happiness."

"Sue's contributions over almost four decades have been exemplary, enabling us to continually grow, while still maintaining our focus on the communities we serve," stated Cornerstone Bank Chairman & CEO K. Michael Robbins. "Sue has never lost her enthusiasm or passion for her work here. We wish her all the best."
Join TLGV for a First-Ever Citizen's Science Effort to Protect Starry Skies
The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) is launching a new citizen science effort to protect the starry skies of the National Heritage Corridor.
The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor was designated in 1994, in part because it was the last large corridor between Boston and Washington D.C. where lights were not visible to airline pilots. On the ground that means the Milky Way can still be seen on a clear night. But, the skies are not as starry as they were 25 years ago.
"We are losing the stars because of light pollution," said Lois Bruinooge, executive director of TLGV, the non-profit that stewards the national heritage corridor of the same name. "This is actually an easy problem to fix, and it's not just about turning off lights. It is about having the lights shine where they are needed and not up into the sky, wasting money and causing issues for wildlife and people."
The first step is creating a team of citizen scientists known as Night Sky Rangers. The team will begin collecting light pollution data from all 35 municipalities in the National Heritage Corridor. Citizen scientists are still needed!
A training for Night Sky Rangers will be held at 5:30 p.m., Nov. 14, at the TLGV offices, 203B Main St., Danielson, CT. (On the 2nd floor of Key Bank). The training will give a short explanation about light pollution and why it is a concern. We will also move outside and demonstrate how the data will be collected.
After the training, volunteers will have a chance to sign up to be a Night Sky Ranger and be assigned locations and a time frame for data collection. For more information about the training or the Night Sky Ranger program, please contact TLGV Assistant Director Francesca Kefalas at 860-774-3300 or email
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.  
Harrington Earns an "A" in Hospital Safety Report
Grade represents 13th time the healthcare system has earned highest marks for patient safety 
In a report just released by The Leapfrog Group, Harrington Hospital has earned an "A" in the Fall 2019 Hospital Safety Grade report.
The report offers transparency on how well hospitals nationwide protect patients from errors, accidents, injuries and infections by offering public letter grades. The score represents how hospitals address common quality concerns, including handwashing and surgical outcomes. 
This is the 13th "A" grade awarded to Harrington since the program's inception in 2012. 
"We are extremely proud to remain one of the safest hospitals in central Massachusetts," said President and CEO Ed Moore. "Patient safety is everyone's top priority at Harrington. Our departments work seamlessly to ensure our quality measures are being constantly reviewed. To earn 13 "A" grades in seven years is an incredible accomplishment, but not one that takes me by surprise, given the extraordinary effort and dedication demonstrated by our staff."
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,000 U.S. hospitals twice per year. 
Leapfrog works under the guidance of an Expert Panel to select appropriate measures and develop a scoring methodology. The Expert Panel is made up of patient safety experts from across the country. The methodology is peer-reviewed and published in the Journal of Patient Safety
"'A' hospitals show us their leadership is protecting patients from preventable medical harm and error," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "It takes genuine commitment at  every level - from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors - and we congratulate the teams who have worked so hard to earn this A."
In October 2017, Harrington was one of only 59 hospitals in the United States and the only hospital in central Massachusetts to be awarded twelve straight "A" grades since 2012. Since then, Harrington has also earned two "B" grades, in the fall of 2018 and the spring of 2019. Due to a change in methodology which impacted many smaller community hospitals, Harrington was not graded in the spring of 2018.
Hospital grades are free to the public by visiting
North Brookfield Savings Bank Kicks Off 
2019 School Banking Program at Local Schools
$uperhero $avers School Banking Program Provides Youth Financial Education
NBSB School Banking Program
 North Brookfield Savings Bank Branch Supervisor and North Brookfield Elementary School Banking Leader Jessica Shimansky with the Principal of North Brookfield Elementary School Sarah Priestley.
North Brookfield Savings Bank believes in giving the youth of their communities every advantage to help them succeed now and in the future. It is never too early for children to learn healthy saving habits, so it is no wonder that North Brookfield Savings Bank is getting the ball rolling in their local communities with financial education for elementary students.
North Brookfield Savings Bank's $uperhero $avers School Banking Program brings financial education and support directly to the children in their local communities. The Bank's School Banking Program is a staple at North Brookfield Elementary School, Brookfield Elementary School and East Brookfield Elementary School and is expected to expand into many more local schools. As a part of the program, on scheduled days, school banking leaders from North Brookfield Savings Bank visit the schools to interact with the children, help them to learn the importance of healthy savings habits, and assist them with their deposits.
"The earlier that healthy financial habits are introduced to a young person, the more likely they are going to continue those positive habits into their adult life," said Patty Ostrout, North Brookfield Savings Bank Senior Vice President of Retail Banking. "North Brookfield Savings Bank is so happy to be able to support our communities and invest in the education of our children through our School Banking Program, and help to get them started on the path to financial success."
NBSB encourages all children to become $uperhero $avers and participate in their School Banking days. By visiting their School Banking table on the scheduled School Banking days all children can receive a colorful $uperhero $avers League Stamp Card. The cards are intended to encourage positive saving behaviors, with the young bankers receiving a stamp each time they make a deposit. Once they receive 5 stamps they can turn in their card to choose a special prize. Children also have a chance to win a monthly drawing which reminds them to visit the table with their deposits.
"I love doing school banking and visiting with the children at East Brookfield Elementary School. They are so eager to learn and we are happy to help them achieve financial success," said Renee Jurczyk, East Brookfield Assistant Branch Manager and East Brookfield Elementary School Banking Leader. "We've found that the stamp card excites the students and makes them want to continue to deposit their money. They feel proud when they've earned their prize and along the way are provided with the opportunity to make real-life financial decisions."
Now it is a couple months into school banking and the $uperhero $avers Program is proving to be popular with an increase in student interest and involvement.
Principal of North Brookfield Elementary School, Sarah Priestley, was excited to introduce the program into the school's curriculum, "North Brookfield Elementary School is excited to offer NBSB's School Banking Program at our school. Giving students a chance to learn the importance of saving at an early age gives them an advantage that will serve them later in life," she said. "School banking empowers kids to learn about money, apply real world math skills, and introduces them to the concept of financial literacy and responsibility. NBES is thrilled to partner with North Brookfield Savings Bank, a steadfast supporter of education in our town, to provide this opportunity to our students."
If you would like to learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank's $uperhero $avers School Banking Program you can visit NorthBrookfieldSavingsBank/SchoolBanking, call 866-711-6272, or email
To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank's community outreach and all of the convenient banking products and services offered, visit
Southbridge Garden Club To Hold Annual Wreath and Holiday Greens Sale
The Southbridge Garden Club will hold their Annual Greens Sale on Friday, December 6, from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday, December 7 from 9 a.m. to 2p.m., at the Arts Center,, 111 Main Street, Southbridge, MA.
The Southbridge Garden Club has been hosting this event for more than 20 years. All Items sold are hand crafted by club members using  fresh greens purchased locally or harvested from their personal gardens and nearby woods. Holiday items, including wreaths, centerpieces, roping, swags and arrangements will be offered. Bundles of greens will also be available for purchase. During the Green Sale there will be an opportunity to win a basket of holiday related items.
Proceeds from the Annual Greens Sale provide the garden club with funds to support beautification efforts at the Arts Center, The Town of Southbridge and surrounding communities. In addition, the Greens Sale funds annual scholarships for local high school students planning to major in horticulture, environmental science or related studies.
Winter Wonderland Open House, December 7th
at North Brookfield Savings Bank in North Brookfield
Enjoy FREE Snowman Popcorn, Fun Holiday Games
& Photos with Gumdrop the Gingerbread Man
Gingerbread man North Brookfield Savings Bank is ready to celebrate the holidays with their local communities and the Bank is spreading good cheer by inviting everyone to attend their first-ever Winter Wonderland Open House, Saturday, December 7th from 9am - 12PM, at the Bank's North Brookfield Branch, 9 Gilbert Street, North Brookfield.
North Brookfield Savings Bank is a proud sponsor of North Brookfield's 25 Days of Christmas, and the Winter Wonderland Open House is a way to celebrate the season with local residents. Employees will be wearing festive Christmas sweaters and welcoming customers and community members to join in the holiday fun!
Visitors to the event will enjoy FREE, fresh-popped snowman popcorn along with cider and cookies. Fun holiday games such as Candy Cane Fishing, Snowball Bowling and Match the Mittens, among others, will be available for children to play, earning them a special goody bag to take home. Plus, while visiting guests can take a photo with Gumdrop, North Brookfield Savings Bank's 5' tall Gingerbread Man who will be on display!
Winter Wonderland Open House
Saturday, December 7, 2019
9AM - 12PM
North Brookfield Savings Bank
North Brookfield Branch
9 Gilbert Street, North Brookfield
As a part of its Annual Toy Drive, NBSB will be accepting new, unwrapped toys for local children. All donations, whether toy donations or monetary donations are welcome, but not required. The bank will match every dollar donated and contribute $1 for every toy collected, up to $250 per branch.
In addition, you can celebrate the holidays with North Brookfield Savings Bank at Santa Day taking place at the Bank's Belchertown Branch on November 23, by watching the Ware Holiday Flair Parade with NBSB handing out fun giveaways, and by attending the Bank's White Christmas Open House on December 8 at their West Brookfield Branch. New this year, North Brookfield Savings Bank is a proud sponsor of Light Up Palmer, an event dedicated to lighting up the business section of downtown Depot Village and celebrating the holiday season with the community.
To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank's community outreach and all of the convenient banking products and services offered, visit .
Give the Gift of Fun with Escape the Pike!
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Escape the Pike can host your holiday gathering whether it is a get-together for friends and family or a corporate team-building experience.  We provide a gathering space, interactive and challenging entertainment, and have partnerships with local businesses to facilitate catering options for your event.
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 also 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
  Please call us at (774) 241- 0508 to book events. 
Escape the Pike is located at 179 Main St. in Sturbridge, MA - in the rear of the same building as Teddy Gs.  You can save 10% when you eat and play - see the website for details. 
Esacpe the Pike 
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Santa's Elves Set Up Sugar Shop for
White Christmas at North Brookfield Savings Bank
Enjoy Free Winter Cotton Candy, Snowman Popcorn and Holiday Games
NBSB Open House
North Brookfield Savings Bank Three Rivers Branch Manager Rachel Slozak visited the North Brookfield Savings Bank 2018 White Christmas Annual Holiday Open House at the West Brookfield Branch with her son Levi Brown for, where he happily visited Santa's elves and enjoyed a delicious lollipop.
The magic of the holidays is near and as a part of the popular and beloved West Brookfield White Christmas celebration, North Brookfield Savings Bank is preparing to enjoy the season with the young and the young at heart at their Annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 8th from 12PM - 3PM.
Santa's elves have been busy preparing sweet treats and snowy snacks as plans have been made to visit the North Brookfield Savings Bank West Brookfield Branch. Soon they will begin their journey from the North Pole to set up their Elves Sugar Shop at the 128 West Main Street, Route 9, West Brookfield location. Rumor has it the elves will be serving North Pole winter cotton candy plus some snowman popcorn to guests who attend, compliments of North Brookfield Savings Bank. The Branch will also have winter inspired games for children, giving them the chance to earn a goody bag by participating in 3 games. Games will include Snowman Snowball Toss, Reindeer Ring Toss and Candy Cane Fishing, among others.
As a part of its Annual Toy Drive, NBSB will be accepting new, unwrapped toys for children, in support of the West Brookfield Police Association's Holiday Toy Program. All donations, whether toy donations or monetary donations are welcome, but not required. The bank will match every dollar donated and contribute $1 for every toy collected, up to $250 per branch.
White Christmas, taking place in the quaint and charming town of West Brookfield, is an annual town-wide holiday celebration, highlighted by open houses, gingerbread contests, delicious food, raffles, carols, hayrides, an elf hunt for kids, among many other fun holiday activities, culminating in the spectacular tree lighting on the beautiful West Brookfield town common at 5:45PM followed by a holiday concert at the Great Hall at 6:15PM. For more information, visit
In addition, you can celebrate the holidays with North Brookfield Savings Bank at Santa Day taking place at the Bank's Belchertown Branch on November 23rd, by watching the Ware Holiday Flair Parade with NBSB handing out fun giveaways, and by attending the North Brookfield Branch Winter Wonderland Open House on Saturday, December 7th. New this year, North Brookfield Savings Bank is a proud sponsor of Light Up Palmer, an event dedicated to lighting up the business section of downtown Depot Village and celebrating the holiday season with the community.
To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank's community outreach and all of the convenient banking products and services offered, visit .
"Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way."  
-Native American Saying 
Second Chance Animal Services  
Mobile Unit Pet Adoption
November 15, 2:00-4:00pm
Pet adoptions
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 
Events at Old Sturbridge Village
Thanksgiving prep
November 16-17, 23-24, and 28
Experience the traditions of preparing for an early 19th-century New England Thanksgiving. Learn about 1830s dining etiquette and watch the men of the Village compete in a post-dinner target shoot (weekends). Smell the scents of roasted turkey and pies warming by the fire. Hear the minister talk about the true meaning of Thanksgiving in the Village's historic Center Meetinghouse.
Christmas by Candlelight 
September 3 - November 30:
Open Wednesday - Sunday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Home of the Brave 5k
A road race to support and honor Sturbridge military veterans and their families
When: 16 November 2019 at 09:00
Where: Sturbridge Town Common
Distance: 3.1 miles
Cost: $20 pre-registration; $25 day of
Registration: Click here to register 
Home Of The Brave 5K. In Honor of Sturbridge Veterans and Military Families. Sponsored by Special Events Committee and Friends of the Sturbridge Seniors. Leaving from the Sturbridge Town Hall featuring a 3.1 mile community run/walk to honor those who have previously served or are actively serving in our United States Military. Proceeds to be donated to Project New Hope and Veterans Inc.
In addition to the race, the Sturbridge Veterans Agent is arranging a vendor fair on the Sturbridge Town Common which will feature local and state resources available for Sturbridge veterans and military families. 
Race Day Schedule & Location:
Registration on Race Day: Will begin at 7:30am
GPS address: Sturbridge Town Common- 278 Main St, Sturbridge MA 01566
5K Starts at 9am
Race T-shirts are guaranteed to all participants registered by October 25th, 2019.
Awards to: Overall Female & Male Winners, 1st Sturbridge/Fiskdale Resident & 1st Veteran.
Age group Awards to ages 9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 & 70+
TLGV November Calendar of Events
Acorn Adventure - Winter Wildlife: 10 a.m., Nov. 16, Goodwin State Forest, 23 Potter Road, Hampton, CT. Join The Last Green Valley and Goodwin Forest Naturalist Lena to explore the active winter forest! Some species in the Goodwin Forest woods hibernate but others thrive in the snow and freezing temperatures. We'll start our adventure indoors examining furs of some of the animals making Goodwin their home. Then, we'll take to the trails to make some observations of our own! Email or call 860-774-3300 for more information.
General Nathanial Lyon "History Hike" on the Natchaug Trail: 9 a.m. to noon, Nov. 23, Eastford, CT. Join Chief Ranger Bill Reid for a walk on the Natchaug Trail to enjoy a beautiful section of the trail and learn about Civil War Veteran General Nathaniel Lyon. We'll start at the Nathaniel Lyon Memorial Park on Kingsbury Road in Eastford. From there we'll hike north on the Natchaug trail for just more than 2.5 miles to General Lyon Road and the Phoenixville Cemetery where Lyon is buried. His grave site includes a large monument and Civil War cannons. We'll learn about his role in the Civil War, his heroic death, and the large delegation of dignitaries who attended his memorial service. For information and to RSVP contact Bill Reid at 860-774-3300 or . Meeting location will be shared when you RSVP.

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.  
Kiss Mass Ball  
Kiss-Mass Balls at Heritage Country Club 
Monday, Nov. 18th at 5:30pm
Start the holiday season early by creating your very own kiss-mass ball.  
Join Heritage Country Club and Bemis Farms with cocktails, apps, music, and a roaring fire!
For more information...Call 508-248-5111.

Heritage Country Club, 85 Sampson Rd., Charlton, MA 
Holland Community Center Events
Belly Dancing for Seniors: A 6-week course from November 18th to December 23rd. Monday nights 6-7pm. Cost: $5 per class. Want a fun, low-impact way to get in shape? Try this Beginner Bellydance class tailored especially for women over 50. Your instructor Dina LeDuke has been performing, choreographing, and teaching the art of Bellydance for over twenty years, and she will teach you exciting new ways to keep your body moving in your middle years and beyond. Bellydance is good for the female body and soul, guaranteed to help you get in touch with your feminine mystique. Class includes includes a yoga-based warmup, a meditation cool-down, and a good core workout. Bring a water bottle, wear comfortable workout clothes, and tie a scarf around your hips to accent their movements.   
Bemis Farms: December 2, 1-2pm. A fun and easy way to add a little whimsy to your holiday! Decorate a 24" tall tree that explodes with happiness! Cost of this event is $10.00  
40 Brimfield Rd, Holland, 413-245-3163
Six Series Human Resources Workshop
With Melody Beach Consulting Group
The November 20 workshop will feature a discussion about addiction recovery by Judeline Galek, owner of Passaje, a Family Recovery Life Coaching business. The workshop will focus on people who are struggling to support someone they love through recovery from drug and alcohol addiction and are interested in learning how to approach recovery as a team.
The monthly workshops are free of charge and start at noon at the office of Dennis A. McCurdy, CIC, CFP, of McCurdy Group, 212 Main St., Sturbridge. Dennis McCurdy and Melody Beach sponsor the workshops.
Register for the workshops at Eventbrite or by emailing Melody or Dennis.
Harrington Auxiliary Bake Sale
November 21, 9:00am to 2:00pm  
It's November and you know what that means -- it's time for Harrington Auxiliary's Annual Bake Sale!!
The sale will take place in the lobby of the Southbridge Hospital campus at 100 South Street, Southbridge, on Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We invite you to stop by, view the vast array of baked goods and select a mouthwatering cake, pie, bread, muffins or cookies.  
This year the Center of Hope will feature some of its baked goods outside the main entrance of the hospital beginning at 6:00 a.m. Employees, patients and visitors can choose from a wide selection of pastries, including brownies, cookies, breads, pies and muffins.  
Proceeds from all purchases, both inside and outside the hospital, will enable the Auxiliary to provide equipment and programs that benefit the health and well being of the members in the communities the Harrington HealthCare System serves.
The Harrington Auxiliary, established in 1932, is a non-profit organization of dedicated and impassioned volunteers whose mission is to support and enhance the excellent services provided by the Harrington HealthCare System.  
The Center of Hope Foundation, Inc. provides people with disabilities and their families the resources, services and opportunities to be contributing members of their communities, and to achieve the most fulfilling and meaningful lives possible. 
Harrington Auxiliary Lobby Sale
November 22, 7:00am to 7:00pm  
Attention all shoppers, here's your chance to shop local, score some great buys on unique gifts and support your local community hospital at the same time.
The Harrington Hospital Gift Shop, which is run by the Harrington Auxiliary, will hold its annual Lobby Sale on Friday, November 22 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The sale features all holiday items, including home decorations, wreaths and centerpieces. Additionally, shoppers will find beautiful jewelry, sports paraphernalia from your favorite New England teams, floral pieces, exquisite fashions and much more.
Why travel out of town when you can find exceptional gifts in your local neighborhood? Come to the Harrington Hospital lobby and check out the selection of distinctive and beautiful gift items.
Proceeds from the sale are used to support the Harrington Auxiliary's mission " provide equipment and programs that benefit the health and well-being of members of the communities served by the Harrington HealthCare System."  
DCEF's Annual Uncorked and Uncapped Fundraising Event
November 22, 2019 from 6pm to 8:30pm
Nichols College, Daniels Auditorium 
118 Center Rd, Dudley
Craft Beer and Wine Tasting, Featuring Local Breweries
Hors d'oeuvres
Live Music by Chris Houston
Silent Auction and 50/50 Raffle
(To donate to the auction, please contact a board member or email us at 
Lions Club
No-Limit Texas Hold 'Em 
Poker Tournament 
$1000 First Place Prize
Saturday November 23rd, 2019 
Italian American Club
20 North St, Southbridge, MA
An $80 donation gets you $8000 in chips. All chips must be purchased before the tournament begins and there are no re-buys. Registration in advance is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome as long as there are still seats available. 
Doors open at 5 pm for registration
Tournament will begin promptly at 6pm
Must be at least 18 years of age to participate
Free pizza will be provided for all players during a break in the action.
To register or for more information, contact Mark at 508-347-5034.
All proceeds from the tournament will be used to provide scholarships to local high school students.
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! 



  • 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.
Pre-Feast Workout 
November 28, 2019 from 7am to 10am
Tri-Community YMCA 
Annual Thanksgiving morning Pre-Feast workout to burn off some calories before the BIG meal!
Entry is a bag of non-perishable food items, or a suggested monetary donation of $10 per person to support our local food pantry. Fitness Center and Pool open, with three Group Exercise classes to choose from.
Stop by the Y to enjoy a great workout with friends or a family member!
43 Everett Street, Southbridge, 508-765-5466 
The Publick House  
Thanksgiving Feast
Thursday, November 28, 2019
Seatings from 11:00am -7:30pm
Adults $55.00 Children $22.00 (3-12) Inclusive of Tax and Gratuity
4-Course Plated Dinner
Advanced Payment Required
Call between 8:00am-9:00pm to schedule your reservation
The Menu   
(Choice of One)
*Must be pre-ordered at time of making reservation.
Tofurkey Dinner
Roasted Cider-Glazed Salmon
Butternut and Goat Cheese Risotto
Gluten Free Turkey Dinner Available
Roasted Native Turkey with Gravy
Accompaniments include: Cornbread-Sausage Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Butternut Squash and Cranberry Sauce
Call Publick House at 508-347-3313 for reservations.
The Duck
Traditional Thanksgiving Day Feast
Thursday, November 28, 2019 at The Duck

Join us for a bountiful and festive dinner prepared by Head Chef Eric Jolin with all your favorites-and some of ours too! There will also be a great selection of scrumptious desserts.

Last year was a sell-out, so make your reservation early by calling The Duck at 508-347-2321.
Be sure to ask about our early bird special.
The Barn at Wight Farm
Thanksgiving Buffet at The Barn 
Thursday, November 28, 2019
Join us from 11am-4pm for our third annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet at The Barn at Wight Farm. The Barn's buffet will be brimming with all you favorites and some of Chef Jason's inspirations.  
The price for this holiday extravaganza is just $38.95 per guest (plus tax & gratuity).  
View the complete menu at this link. Make your reservation now by calling 774-241-8450.
· Hors d'oeuvre station
· Salad station
· Assorted breads and rolls
· Carving station featuring fresh roast turkey and prime rib of beef, cracker crusted cod and Canadian pork pie
· All of the traditional accompaniments
· Scrumptious dessert station
Reservations are limited!
The Barn at Wight Farm
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.

Fireplace Feasts are back!  
Take a trip back in time and enjoy our 1700's colonial inspired feasts,  
prepared on the open hearth of a great fieldstone fireplace.    
Make your reservations online or call Salem Cross Inn at (508) 867-2345
Thanksgiving is SOLD OUT at Salem Cross Inn!
COMING ON DECEMBER 7, 8, 14, 15 & 21! 
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. 
The Fireplace Feast is an advanced ticket only dining event.
Visit our Facebook page
for updates (including weather), event photos and future menu postings!
Open Full Schedule:
Tuesday to Friday (Lunch & Dinner) - 11:30am to 9:00pm 
Saturday (Dinner) - 5:00pm to 9:00pm 
Sunday (Dinner) - 12 Noon to 8:00pm  
Hexmark Tavern: 
Tuesday to Friday (Dinner) - 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm 
Country Folk Art Craft Show
Thanksgiving Weekend at The Sturbridge Host Hotel 
Come celebrate the season with us at the COUNTRY FOLK ART CRAFT SHOW, returning Thanksgiving Weekend, Nov. 29-30-Dec. 1 to the Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center.  
Our fabulous Holiday show will feature many top artisan-exhibitors, displaying and selling their home and handmade quality craftsmanship! You'll love the huge array of unique and creative decorating accents such as: wonderful handmade decorative accents and beautiful artwork, handcrafted furniture and furnishing reproductions, and lighting, handwoven rugs, repurposed antiques and treasures, lace, wood cutlery, primitive furniture, framed art, paintings, textiles, candles, signs, floral designs, wearable art, home and garden decor, jewelry, adult/children's clothing and accessories, 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 the upcoming holidays and beyond . . . where you're sure to find something special for your everyone on your list . . .  most importantly - YOURSELF! Please contact our office for more info . . . discount coupons and directions at:
Show Hours:  Fri. Nov. 29: 10a-5p   Sat. Nov. 30:10a-5p   Sun. Dec, 1: 10a-3p
Adm $7 . . . $6 w/discount coupons available online (see via link above)
  FREE PARKING -- Your Handstamp Re-admits You All 3 Days!
Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center at 366 Main St, Sturbridge, MA 01566
Our 2020 Sturbridge show dates: 
at the Sturbridge Host Hotel: Feb. 28-March 1 & Nov. 27-29, 2020 
Please contact us for more show & exhibitor-vendor info:
Country Folk Art Shows, Inc. 15045 Dixie Hwy/Ste A, Holly MI 48442; p: 248-634-4151 
Please email us via: 
Christmas Lights
Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting
Saturday, November 30

4PM: Parade from Elm & Main St.
5PM: Tree Lighting & Activities (Southbridge Town Common)
5:30-7:30 SANTA Photos by Village Photo ($5)

Ace of Clubs DJ
Southbridge High School Chorus
Southbridge High School Jazz Band
Zepp Llamas (sponsored by the Southbridge Cultural
Council, a local agency, supported by the Massachusetts
Cultural Council, a state agency)

Kids Crafts & Games
Hot Cocoa & Cookies donated by Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center
Hot Coffee donated by Sturbridge Coffee Roasters
Hot dogs, kettle corn, fried dough available for purchase

Proud co-sponsor: Southbridge Business Partnership

Southbridge Holiday Visions Email:
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 Barn at Wight Farm
Brunch with Santa
Brunch with Santa at The Barn at Wight Farm 
Sunday, December 1, 2019
Santa will be visiting The Barn this year for a fantastic brunch and to hear all the Christmas gift requests from all the good little girls and boys. Don't miss this great family event and having your picture taken with Santa while enjoying the great food at The Barn.
Seatings at 10:00am and 11:00am.
Call for reservation and more info! 774-241-8450 
The Barn at Wight Farm
The Publick House  
Publick House Cooks for Community Organizations 
Help us give back to the community by joining us for our monthly feasts to raise money for local organizations. Sponsored organizations will split a minimum of $4.00 from every dinner served!

December 2 
ESCC Women's Fellowship
Palmer Lions Club
Adults $14 / Children $5
(4-12 yrs.) 
Held in Paige Hall or under the Tent!

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

Casual Dining * Open Seating * No Reservations    
All Feasts include... 
Tossed Salad with Maple Vinaigrette, Dinner Rolls, Dessert, Coffee & Soft Drinks     
Thank you for your support! 
Barn Flag
Saying Thank You with Brush-It-Off  
Monday, December 2, 2019, 6:30-9:00pm 
Join us to paint this lovely painting to support our Veterans with step by step instruction in about 2.5 hours by a professional BRUSH IT OFF team artist held at: 
The Center Tree Bar & Grill, 
249 Main St., Rutland, MA 01543
Register here.
($10 of your registration goes to Veterans Inc.).
Call 774-241-3444 for more info and to register.
Visit Brush-It-Off online for more Paint & Sip events! 
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!
November 16: Home of the Brave 5K in Sturbridge  
November 22: DCEF's Uncorked and Uncapped Fundraiser 
November 28: Happy Thanksgiving!   
November 29-December 1: Country Folk Art Craft Show at The Sturbridge Host Hotel   
November 30: Southbridge Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting
December 6: Christmas By Candlelight Begins at OSV 
December 11: Holiday Fun at Five at The Publick House

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