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In This Issue
Fun at The Duck!
A Guide to Downsizing
QVCDC: Business Planning Classes
2019 Member Directory & Regional Guide
Member Directory Photo Contest
Energy Aggregation Program
Seminar Series Seeks Presenters
Sponsors Sought for 2019 Chamber Events
Governor Baker Supports NO Vote on Question #1
Experienced Machinists Needed
NBSB Hat Contest Winner
QCC: Free Professional Development Courses
Putnam Bank Supports TLGV Programs
Walktober & Foliage Peak Together
TLGV Awards Historic Preservation Grants
Office Space For Rent
Stageloft Theater
Hitchcock Happenings
Publick House Feast
Chef's Series Dinners: Harvest Dinner
Toastmasters Speechcraft Program
The Sleepy Hollow Experience
Question #1 on Nursing
Go 4 Life Family Fun Walk
Cooking with Rico & Dan
Pet Adoptions at Klem's
Kid Power Gymnastics Birthday Celebration!
Harvest Festival
Paint Your Pumpkin!
50+ Job Seekers Networking Group
Dementia Conversation
OSV Speaker Series
Frankenstein Cake Decorating Class
Murder Mystery at Salem Cross Inn
Halloween Barktacular
Village Trick & Treat
Lunch and Learn with Norcom
All Day Halloween Party
14th Annual Wine and Beer Tasting
The Pumpkin Patch
Klem's Farmers Market
Village Toastmasters
24/7 Training
Save these Dates!
SCORE Workshop
Construction Loans by SCU
Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors
Executive Committee
Jessica Bettencourt
Laurie Nelson
1st Vice Chair 
Bruce Watkins
Karl Storz Endovision
Cindy Howard 
Immediate Past Chair

Board Members

Brad Arcoite
Table 3 Restaurant Group  
Michael Checkosky
Rich Eichacker

Michelle Fanion
ERA Key Realty

Les Gardner
Les Gardner Photography

Lynn Mero
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!

We hope you've been enjoying these golden days. The year sure is flying. The second half of October is bursting with opportunities and Crossroads is here to call out some of the best our area has to offer. We hope you'll join us for Fun at Five networking tomorrow evening at The Duck! Constance Hobart of Keller-Williams presents our October Brown Bag Seminar "A Guide to Downsizing" on Tuesday the 23rd. These are always free for our Members. Lots of news and cool events await you in this issue. 
Got news? 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 sharing them with our readers! 
Extra for Experts! Connect with us on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter and Pinterest for more from your Chamber!  
Fun at Five!
Tuesday, October 16
The Duck 
The Duck  
502 Main Street, Fiskdale, MA, 508-347-2321
Join us at The Duck for Fall Networking!
For more than 30 years, the loft in an antique barn has housed one of Sturbridge's favorite restaurants, long known to locals as "The Duck." This perennially favorite restaurant has always been a special place to indulge in a choice-cut steak, enjoy a fantastic seafood special, bite into a mouth-watering cheeseburger, or delight in a signature cocktail at the now-famous sunken bar, The Duck always has something for everyone.  
In 2017, The Duck was fully renovated and now features, in addition to the aforementioned items, a focus on local and specialty micro brews, pouring from a "state-of-the-art" tap system. Customers old and new have been enjoying the new Tap Room that has also been opened up to the main dining room. With the addition of sliding barn doors, the Tap Room can also be used for private events.  
The Duck continues to be a place to listen to live music, featuring talented local musicians Thursday through Saturday nights. Come by and check out the new Duck and sample some great food from The Duck's innovative culinary team with an awesome local microbrew.
Register for Fun at Five by email or phone.
Cost is $10 for Members who pre-register, 
$15 at the door, or $20 for non-Members.
Thank you to our October
Fun at Five Sponsor!
Power Computers    
Power Computers specializes in a wide range of services, including tailored IT services and solutions for small and medium businesses and their owners in the Greater Central Massachusetts. We are committed to providing each and every one of our clients with high quality service and support. Our unique IT team is incredibly friendly and can help you every step of the way in growing your business.
Sleep soundly tonight knowing that your electronic assets are optimized, maintained, and protected - because ensuring your business' technology runs smoothly is our top priority.
Find out more. Give Dave a call today!  
(774) 230-5734
96 Longmeadow Drive
Pomfret Center, CT 06259
Brown Bag
A Guide to Downsizing
Presented by: Constance Hobart of Keller-Williams
 Downsizing seminar
Tuesday, October 23 at Noon
Chamber Conference Room
46 Hall Road, Sturbridge
FREE for CMS Chamber Members, $15 for non-Members.
Space is Limited! Please RSVP. 
Call 508-347-2761 or email to save your spot!
Feel free to bring your lunch.  
Use our microwave to heat it up!
Relax, learn and grow with us! 
Constance shares her expertise as she presents this comprehensive guide to simplifying and organizing before you sell. This hour-long presentation covers all the important steps you'll need to consider before you make the life-changing decision to downsize including: 
When to Downsize
Where to Move
Essential Steps in Organizing
Estate Sales: Should You Hire?
A Moving Day Survival Kit
Where to Find Resources
and more...
About the Presenter: Constance Hobart
Constance Hobart Connie Hobart is a licensed sales agent with Keller-Williams of Worcester. She is a resident of Sturbridge and has a lengthy history of training and education. She spent many years traveling and executing many programs and initiatives for Petco but found that her forte is doing classes and seminars on a wide variety of subjects. She writes and conducts her own classes in relocation and real estate downsizing in order to help individuals facing moving challenges and securing resources. She is currently working on becoming a Certified Real Estate Staging Manager. She is an active member of her church, Bethlehem Lutheran in Sturbridge. She is married, has two grown sons and three grandchildren. Her hobbies include travel, camping and wine tours around New England. She has been an active member of the Chamber for a little over a year and continues to expand her network of influence. Reach her by email at  
Business Planning Classes 
Thinking of starting a business?
New business with a slow start?
Are you ready to expand?

Be Your Own Boss. Learn what it takes!
4 sessions to help you develop a business plan for future success.

Wednesdays, 5:00PM-7:00PM
October 24th-November 17th
Spencer Senior Center
68 Maple Street, Spencer, MA

Week 1 - Getting Started - Build Your Team
Week 2 - Marketing
Week 3 - Projecting Income and Expenses
Week 4 - Financing Options - Know Your Banker

$99 total cost - financial assistance may be available!

Please register by calling QVCDC at 413-967-3001
or register on our website
A light supper will be provided.

Visit online.
Member2Member Discounts! 
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Click the M2M logo to view all current discounts!  
Member Directory
As the leading advocate for local business, the Central Mass South Chamber of Commerce promotes the success of its members and enhances regional prosperity through networking, education, and promotion. With that mission in mind, the Chamber has plans to once again publish a regional guide and membership directory for 2019 designed to promote local, support tourism, and build community for homeowners, business owners, residents and tourists.
"Enjoy Central Mass South" will make it easy for locals and visitors to turn to our Chamber Members first when looking for reliable recommendations on where to go, what to do, where to dine, where to stay, where to shop, and who to call when you need business and homeowner services. In addition to a listing of all (and only) Central Mass South Chamber members, Enjoy Central Mass South will include a handy map of our member towns, general resource and community information, and an overview of what makes living, working in, and visiting Central MA so special. 
The Chamber plans to print 4,500 copies of this glossy magazine and make it available all year long at the Chamber Office and Member shops and businesses throughout the region. It is expected to be in circulation by mid-January 2019.
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. You will be hearing from Weathervane Enterprises shortly to discuss your interest in advertising. Please contact Alexandra McNitt, executive director of The Chamber of Central Mass South at 508-347-2761 or Maxine Carter-Lome, publisher, Weathervane Enterprises Inc. at 508-347-1960 x402, for more information.
Regional Guide Deadlines
It is important that you review your listing in last year's directory and contact the Chamber with any changes NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 1.
A signed contract is required by November 16, 2018 to confirm ad space.
Payment is required by December 7, 2018 for ad to be included.
Download the 4-page Press Kit (PDF) including the Advertising Form here.
Download the Advertising Form only (PDF) here.
(Both of these documents include all deadlines and contact info.)
Annual Membership Directory Photo Contest
4 seasons
  We are seeking amazing 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 2019 Membership Directory and the runners up may be used in the 2019 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 November 26, 2018.
(Note: the deadline has been moved up.) 
Thank you in advance for your best shots of our towns!
Southbridge, Sturbridge, Charlton, Brimfield, The Brookfields,
Holland, Spencer, Wales, Warren, Northern CT
Chamber of Central Mass South
Questions? 508-347-2761
designed to protect business owners from rising utility rates!
The Chamber of Central Mass South and the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce have partnered with Radical Solutions to give members an opportunity to better control your energy costs!
This program will allow you to:
The cost of electricity for the average business user in National Grid's coverage area will jump to 13.166 cents per kWh. Tariff period 11/1/18 to 4/30/19. Eversource's rates will go up December 1st.  
  • That is an increase of 9% from 2017 winter rates and 37% from 2016 winter rates.
Members who participated in our summer program have already AVOIDED the cost increases.
  • Members on average will SAVE between $130-$260 per month this winter.
  • Members will have PEACE OF MIND knowing their energy costs are locked in.
The process is simple :
Provide your current energy bill, we evaluate usage, we deliver your low rate. 
It's really that SIMPLE!
Radical Solutions     p: 508.346.3035     e:
Brown Bag
Brown Bag Seminar Series Seeks Presenters

November 2017 Brown Bag Seminar: "Painting and Wallpapering your Home the Right Way"
with Michael and Alise of Michael L. Wales Painting. Swag buckets of tools thanks to Hyde Tools!

The Chamber's Education Committee is currently planning our schedule of Brown Bag Seminars for Spring/Summer of 2019. 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 March, April, May and June.

If you are interested in sharing your expertise with your fellow Chamber Members while promoting yourself and your business, we would love to hear from you!

Just drop Alix a line with the topic you would like to present and your preferred month to get the ball rolling! Email Alix at
Chamber Events
Sponsors Sought for 2019 Chamber Events

Our Promotions Committee is hard at work planning next year's schedule of Chamber events including our Annual Meeting in January with special guest Congressman Richard Neal, the April JOB FAIR at Bay Path RVTHS and our monthly FUN at FIVE networking events. We are actively seeking sponsors to support these events.
Sponsorship will shine a light on your business as it includes:
  • Your logo on all print and email event marketing materials
  • Recognition at registration table and on event programs and agendas when applicable
  • Mentions as sponsor during event
  • Opportunity to provide marketing materials at a sponsor table
If you are interested or would like to hear more about sponsoring these upcoming Chamber events, please give Alix a call at 508-347-2761 or email at
Governor Baker Supports NO Vote on Question #1 on Nursing
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker voting no on Question 1 on nurse staffing
Governor Charlie Baker mentions Harrington Hospital as he explains his reasoning for coming  
out against Question #1 in this youtube video posted by MassLive on October 10, 2018.
Experienced Machinists Needed
KARL STORZ is looking for two experienced Machinists. Check out the details and please share with anyone who may have interest. Thank you!
Location Charlton:
Location North Attleboro:
KARL STORZ Endovision, Inc.
91 Carpenter Hill Road
Charlton, MA 01507-5256
North Brookfield Savings Bank's Hat Contest Winner is Stephen Prouty
Hat Contest Winner Stephen Prouty
North Brookfield Savings Bank East Brookfield Branch staff presented a $100 Klem's gift card  
to the Bank's August Hat Contest Winner Stephen Prouty.
As we ease into fall, we are greeted by cooler weather and shorter days. However, despite the fact that summer is now officially over, many are excited for the start of a new season. For one local Spencer resident there is something even more exciting and unexpected to look forward to. As the August winner of the North Brookfield Savings Bank Hat Contest, Stephen Prouty was awarded a $100 gift card to Klem's.
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. Stephen was spotted by East Brookfield Assistant Branch Manager, Renee Jurczyk. He later visited the East Brookfield branch to collect his $100 gift card to Klem's a local store in nearby Spencer, MA.
To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank Hat Contest and all of the convenient banking products and services offered, visit
Essential SoftSkills for the Workplace
Move to the Top of the Class and the Office!
QCC's Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education is offering professional development workshops for free! Employers who qualify through the Direct Access for Small Business Grant can send their employees for Free.
Join us on November 2nd or 9th
For an Information Session on the
Direct Access Grant Program
and Other Workforce Training Fund Grants
Workshops Begin in February 2019
Essential Business Skills
Time Management
Conflict Resolution
Presenting with Impact
Communication with Clarity & Impact
Creative Problem Solving and Decision Making
Southbridge Information Session
Friday, November 2nd, 8:30-10:00am
QCC Southbridge Campus, 5 Optical Drive, Room 102
Worcester Information Session
Friday, November 9th, 8:30-10:00am
QCC Downtown Campus, 25 Federal Street, Room 304
The Direct Access Grant for Small Business is designed for the small business that has 100 employees or less and pays into the Unemployment Fund which funds these grants. 
Quinsigamond Community College was awarded this grant and designed this program with you in mind. Through various channels we have heard your call for softskills and workready training.

Don't miss this opportunity you have been waiting for!
Putnam Bank Supports TLGV Programs with Significant Donation
Putnam Bank Supports TLGV
Putnam Bank and the Putnam Bank Foundation's generosity continues to enhance programs throughout The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor.
Putnam Bank is the exclusive sponsor of Acorn Adventures, kid-friendly programs offered by The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) every month of the year where children and their families can learn to letterbox, track animals, see sun spots and much more. Putnam Bank's generous $1,500 sponsorship has allowed TLGV to expand the programs and give children the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors in a safe and educational way.
Putnam Bank also provided a $1,000 Gold Sponsorship of Tastes of the Valley, TLGV's largest fundraiser and the original farm-to-table event of the region. Tastes of the Valley showcases local farms and orchards by pairing products grown, raised and created in The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor with top-notch, local restaurant chefs. This year featured a sit-down dinner featuring special guest "Farmers at your Table" to help bring new meaning to farm-to-table cuisine.
The Putnam Bank Foundation is a major sponsor of the 28th Annual Walktober with a $3,000 donation. Putnam Bank has supported Walktober since 2001 and has helped it grow from one "Walking Weekend" into the six-week-long celebration that Walktober has become today.
"At Putnam Bank we believe in community and supporting events that enrich the area and the lives of those of us fortunate enough to live here," said Tom Borner, president and chief executive officer of Putnam Bank. "The Last Green Valley's Walktober is a perfect example of what makes this corner of New England such a wonderful place. We are pleased to support these events that so many can enjoy."
"Putnam Bank has been a major supporter of The Last Green Valley for many years," said Lois Bruinooge, executive director of TLGV. "Its contributions help us ensure our programming can not only continue but be enhanced to meet the needs of the region. Walktober is our signature event, Acorn Adventures serve a need for families throughout the National Heritage Corridor and Tastes of the Valley is our largest fundraiser. Each of these programs is critical for our organization and Putnam Bank has stepped up yet again to help us."
Putnam Bank is a community bank headquartered in Putnam, Connecticut, dedicated to providing superior products and exceptional customer service. Putnam Bank is more than just a bank, it is the people who work day-in and day-out to improve both the Bank and the communities it serves.
The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor is 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. Together we can care for it, enjoy it and pass it on!
Pictured: From Left to right, Lynn Bourque, Senior Vice President and Branch Administrator of Putnam Bank, Tom Borner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Putnam Bank, Lois Bruinooge, Executive Director of TLGV and Kyle Gregoire, Community and Donor Relations Manager of TLGV.
Walktober and Fall Foliage Peak Together
Walktober is just warming up!
There are four weekends packed with adventures still ahead of us and the mid-week Walktobers are just beginning. With more than 50 adventures from Oct. 12 to 15, there is something for everyone's interest.
Brought to you by The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV), the 28th year of Walktober offers an array of adventures, with more than 210 unique experiences throughout the month and almost 300 opportunities to enjoy autumn in the region. The 22-page Walktober brochure is free and details the guided walks, hikes, bike rides, paddles, tastes and events featured during Walktober. The Walktober brochure also includes contests and challenges for TLGV members.
To receive your own brochure: email; call 860-774-3300; download a PDF from the website; or get one at any town hall, library or information kiosk within the region.
Always check our Facebook and Instagram pages, as well as our website for any cancellations or changes in schedule!
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TLGV Awards $15,000 in Historic Preservation Grants
The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) recently awarded $15,000 in grants to five local organizations to preserve, protect, interpret, promote or market historic and cultural resources. Since TLGV began awarding historic and cultural grants in 2003, more than $1 million has been disseminated to local organizations. For many the funding is the necessary step toward completion of their projects.
"The number, diversity and importance of the projects in the applicant pool made the selection process difficult this year," said Lois Bruinooge, executive director of TLGV. "These five projects are important to preserving the rich history of The Last Green National Heritage Corridor."
TLGV awards grants based on a competitive application process. There were more than one dozen applicants for this grant cycle. Every project is vetted and evaluated for its potential benefit to the region. Every successful grant must be matched 1:1.
The following grants were awarded:
Friends of Ashbel Woodward Museum in Franklin, CT was awarded $1,500 for a project to upgrade its digital systems to better catalog and organize the three major collections housed at the museum. The grant will also purchase proper shelving and storage for physical artifacts in the collections.
The Hampton Antiquarian and Historical Society was awarded $1,500 for the historic Burnham Hibbard House Museum Carriage Shed restoration in Hampton, CT. The project is part of the on-going restoration work to maintain the Burnham- Hibbard House Museum. The carriage house is the largest outbuilding on the one-acre property. The society's goal is to house a collection of antique farming implements, which are now in storage, and create a space for programs and demonstrations for the public and school children. The grant will allow the society to upgrade electrical systems.
The Temple Beth Israel Preservation Society in Danielson, CT was awarded $4,000 for its project to create an archive of all its founders, including 40 Holocaust survivors, that can be used for educational purposes throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts. The archive will include documents such as immigration papers, photos, press clippings, descriptions of each founder and video interviews. The entire package will be collected on a hard drive and then copied onto DVD's which can be disseminated to schools, municipalities, community organizations and institutions of higher learning.
The Town of Eastford was awarded $4,000 for repairs to damaged sections of the 1806 east wall of the Union Society of Phoenixville House and the repainting of the original old-growth clapboards. The grant will help address the urgent needs of the building and is part of a $23,000 structural repair effort and a longer-term $400,000 overall restoration. The Union Society building is one of only two Union Society buildings left in Connecticut and sits at the intersection of routes 44 and 198 in Eastford, making it a highly visible local icon.
The Voluntown Historical Society in partnership with the Town of Voluntown was awarded $4,000 for removal of lead paint and repainting of the Wylie Schoolhouse and its two outbuildings. Wylie Schoolhouse is the only remaining one-room school house in Voluntown, CT and the town's only operational historic building. The peeling paint has been deemed a health hazard and the Voluntown Historical Society has suspended all programing in the building, including its role as a living history museum for the town's school children. The painting project is part of a larger renovation plan.
"With its listing on the National Register of Historic Places, the responsibility to preserve this historical icon to enthrall and educate future generations reaches even beyond our local community," said Jen Panko, president of the Voluntown Historical Society. "Having limited funds to address the urgent restoration, renovation and safety issues currently restricting public access, the town of Voluntown and the Voluntown Historical Society can now move forward to ensure that school will be back in session for many more years to come with this grant from The Last Green Valley."
The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor is 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. Together we can care for it, enjoy it and pass it on!
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. 
"No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace  
as I have seen in one autumnal face."
-  John Donne  
Stageloft Theater Presents
by Ron Bernas 
October 12 - 21    
This comedy is a love letter to the screwball comedies of the 1930's full of witty dialogue and slapstick comedy. A rich, bored husband vows to kill his wife so he can become a jet setter like a recently widowed friend.  His wife, who's always about three steps ahead of her husband, plays along. And so the game begins - a hilarious year-long match of wits and the witless. Add in a butler who is not what he seems, a detective who can't buy a clue, and two innocents (sort of) caught in the hilarity as they plan their wedding. As the couple's friends, neighbors and staff begin dropping like flies, it seems the husband is successful in murdering everyone. Everyone, that is, except his intended target! 

Presented by Special Arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. 
Stageloft Theater         450A Main Street, Fiskdale            508-347-9005  
Hitchcock Happenings
 Join Susan Gaulin of Let's Cake Decorate in making this Pumpkin Cake with an optional Jack-O-Lantern face!
Monday, October 15
FAMILY FOUNDATIONS 5: Playgroup: This free program for preschool aged children is sponsored by the Union 61 Family Foundation 5 Grant. Time: 9:00-11:00 AM Dates: Mondays when school is in session until May 2019. Pre-register your child by calling Karen Distefano at 508-867-2232 or emailing
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.
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.
CHI KUNG: Chi Kung is a flow of slow, mindful movements, balancing practices, and some static postures done with the intention of enhancing the flow of energy throughout the body. Incorporated into this weekly practice will be a few gestures from the Yang style 108-movement Tai Chi form, a defensive ancient martial art form. Participants will be standing; no mat required.  Wear comfortable clothing and non-skid shoes; bring water if you like. (6 classes) Dates: Mon, 6-7 PM B) Fee: $60 Instructor: Sharon Palmer. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.
YOGA WITH SHARON (HATHA): Discover the benefits of stress-relieving Hatha Yoga. Relax & rejuvenate with postures & guided meditation to restore the body. Bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing. (6 classes) Time: 7:15-8:45PM Fee: $65 Instructor: Sharon Palmer M.Ed., Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.
Tuesday, October 16 
ART GROUP: Participants enjoy time to socialize, draw and paint together informally without instruction. No pre-registration required. Bring your own supplies and enjoy! Free will Donations are welcome. Time: 9-11:30AM Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 for more information.
CAKE DECORATING: Buttercream Pumpkin Cake: Fall into the month of October and decorate a cake with buttercream frosting rosettes to create a pumpkin with optional Jack-O-Lantern face! Time: 6-8 PM Fee: $33 Instructor: Susan Gaulin, Let's Cake Decorate. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.
Wednesday, October 17 
FAMILY FOUNDATIONS 5: Music & Movement: This free program for preschool aged children is sponsored by the Union 61 Family Foundation 5 Grant. Time: 9:00-10:00 AM Dates: Wednesdays when school is in session until May 2019. Pre-register your child by calling Karen Distefano at 508-867-2232 or emailing
BRAIN GYM®: Learn to move and move to learn. Come lean and practice the 26 movements of the Brain Gym® program to wake up your brain and assist with whole-brain learning. Brain Gym® is a movement-based educational experience which promotes communication between the brain and the rest of the body. New neural pathways grow when we move with intention. Easy to use. No equipment required. (5 classes) Fee: $50 Dates: Wednesdays A) 4:00-5:00 October 17-November 28 (no class Nov 7 or 21) B) 6:30-7:30 October 17-November 28 (no class Nov 7 or 21) Instructor: Linda Fuchs, Brain Gym® certified. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.
Thursday, October 18
WATERCOLORS WITH ANNA: Winter Stalks: Have some fun with colors and bring home a completed painting in one day! You will learn, from start to finish, how to create a painting in your own style. Supplies List, bring your own: 140 lb. 14" x 10" watercolor paper size 10 x 16, Fall Watercolor paints, brushes, bag lunch and sense of humor! Time: 10:00 AM- 3:30 PM. Fee: $45 Instructor: Anna Ozolins. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.
FAMILY FOUNDATIONS 5: STEAM Group: This free program for preschool aged children is sponsored by the Union 61 Family Foundation 5 Grant. Time: 9:00-10:00 AM Dates: Thursdays when school is in session until May 2019. Pre-register your child by calling Karen Distefano at 508-867-2232 or emailing
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, October 19
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: Traditional open AA meetings in a friendly setting. Come early to chat and share in refreshments. Time: 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 21
SUNDAY TEA SOCIAL: Hitchcock Academy's own Diana Caissie guides you through several tastings of tea and conversation. Topics include the history and folklore of tea, memories of your first cup of tea, and more! Wear your Sunday Best or whatever you feel comfortable in. Bring your favorite tea cup along! Time: 1:00-3:00 PM Fee: $5 Instructor: Diana Caissie. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register  .
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!

October 15 
Autism Awareness 
Serra Club Webster, MA 
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!
Cedar Street Grille  
Cedar Street Grille's Chef's Series Dinners: Harvest Dinner 
October 15, 2018, 5:30pm
This month's Chef's Tapas Dinner takes us right to our own back yard. As summer fades into fall, we have a special but limited time in this region to take advantage of the bounties of the summer growing season. Cedar Street Grille's Head Chef Nick Faucher and his culinary team are excited to create a multi-course farm-to-table dinner, highlighting ingredients with the distinctive flavors that only this special season can bring. You'll learn about some of the locally grown or raised treasures right in our own community, for a true "farm-to-table" experience.
Make your reservations by calling 508-347-5800. $55.00 per person includes a special regional cocktail, wine, or beer. Doors open at 5:30pm and dinner begins promptly at 6:30pm.
Village Toastmasters  
Toastmasters Speechcraft Program
Tuesday Evenings at Joshua Hyde Library 
The Joshua Hyde Library in Sturbridge will be holding a fall program providing a fun introduction to public speaking and an opportunity to learn some new communication skills. The program will be facilitated by Bob Barnes, ACS, ALB of Village Toastmasters who will be joined by other club members. Topics include but are not limited to speech organization, impromptu speaking, vocal variety, and effective speech evaluations. The program will be hands-on with opportunities to practice in a friendly environment.
The class will be offered on 4 Tuesday evenings (10/16, 10/23, 11/6, and 11/13) from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. There will be a nominal charge of $6.00 to cover materials.
Call 508-347-2512 to sign up or if you have any questions. Class size is limited to 10 participants.
Sleepy Hollow
The Sleepy Hollow Experience
September 26-November 4 at Old Sturbridge Village

After more than 60 sold-out performances in 2016 and 2017, Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) once again brings Serenbe Playhouse's The Sleepy Hollow Experience to the living history museum this fall. The immersive, outdoor theatrical performance has become New England's newest Halloween tradition. Tickets for this fall's run are on sale now at

Guests of The Sleepy Hollow Experience will be enthralled by this classic, spooky tale set in the 19th century - with all of the thrills, chills and laughs that keep audience members on the edge of their seats. The tale - originally written by Washington Irving and published in 1820 - revolves around the bumbling, awkward schoolteacher, Ichabod Crane, the coquettish Katrina Van Tassel, and Ichabod's brutish rival, Brom Bones. In this immersive, experiential adaptation, guests will be guided by roving minstrel storytellers through Old Sturbridge Village's countryside, while the Headless Horseman rushes about on horseback and through the museum's historic Vermont covered bridge.
An hour and a half before the start of each show, guests may purchase libations, chowders and soups, snacks and sweets at Ichabod's Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village, as well as additional drinks and sweets during intermission.
Show dates and times for The Sleepy Hollow Experience at Old Sturbridge Village are
September 26 - November 4, with performances on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm; Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 7:30 and 9:30 pm. Ticket prices range from $35-$45, with a special $25 rate on Thursdays for college students. The Sleepy Hollow Experience is performed outdoors - rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, a modified version of the show will take place in the Stephen M. Brewer Theater at the Village's Visitor Center. No refunds or exchanges.
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge MA 01566
Question 1 on Nursing 
October 17, 2018 from 1pm to 2pm 
Holland Community Center 
40 Brimfield Rd, Holland, 413-245-3163

Come and hear both sides of this important ballot question. The question discusses placing a limit on the number of patients a single nurse can be assigned at a time and would impose a $25,000 fine on hospitals that violate those ratios. This will be a respectful, informative conversation.
Go 4 Life
Go 4 Life Family Fun Walk 
October 18, 2018, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm 
Burgess Elementary School Gym, 45 Burgess St, Sturbridge     
We are over the top to have Burgess Elementary School join us in our 3rd Annual 1-Mile Walking Challenge (Formally known as Go the Distance Walk) this year to be held at Burgess Elementary School Gym.
All Ages, All Abilities, All Welcome & All Free
Sponsored by a Grant from MCOA & through Blue Cross/Blue Shield.  Vendors will be present with giveaways. Call the Sturbridge Senior Center for more info or to register.  All registered walkers will be entered into a state wide raffle for special prizes. 508-347-7575
Cooking with Rico & Dan: Northern African/Moroccan   
Thursday, October 18, 6:30pm
Maghreb cuisine comes from the northwestern-most part of Africa along the Mediterranean Sea, consisting of the countries of Algeria, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia. The region's diversity influences its cuisine and culinary style. The most common staple foods are wheat based khubz bread and couscous, seafood, goat, lamb, beef, dates, almonds, olives and various vegetables and fruits. Dishes contain flavors such as cumin, ginger, paprika, cinnamon, saffron, fresh peppermint, parsley, coriander or chili pastes like harissa. Dishes like tagine, socca, and harissa beef come from wonderful spice blends with a depth of flavor that can only found in this regional cooking style.
Come along and experience Chef Dan and Chef Rico's take on this amazingly popular and diverse cuisine and find out why our Cooking with the Chef dinners receive such rave reviews. As always, these events often sell out so make your reservation early. This event is $52 per person with wine pairings, or $39 without. Tax and gratuity are not included. Make your reservations now by calling Avellino at 508-347-2321.
Second Chance Animal Shelter Pet Adoptions
October 19, 2:00-4:00pm
All Treat, No Trick!
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.
Klem's             117 West Main Street, Spencer              508-885-2708
Kid Power Gymnastics Birthday Celebration! 
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Come celebrate our 6th Birthday with us!
Join us at Kid Power Gymnastics on Saturday, October 20th 3-4:30pm for Open Gym time, raffles, snacks and goody bags! All kids (up to age 12) are welcome to play in the gym and require an adult with them at all times (no drop-offs please). Stay for as little or as long as you want to! This event is for current, past and non-members. No RSVP is required but clicking that you are "interested" or "going" on this event on our Facebook page is helpful to us when preparing goody bags.  
Visit this link for the facebook event page.
*Waivers are required for all new guests* 
Harvest Festival
October 20, 10am to 3pm 
Elm Street Congregational Church
61 Elm Street, Southbridge 
Come enjoy our Harvest Fair on Saturday, October 20th from 10am-3pm.  
For more information call (508) 764-8058.
Tables will include: 
Bake Table including delicious jams and jellies. 
Attic Treasures of good used items and clothing. 
Jewelry table with beautiful jewelry at discount prices. 
Craft Table with beautiful crafts made by church members. 
Lunch including soup, sandwiches, chili, and apple pie.
See the event on Facebook here. 
Pumpkin painting
Pumpkin Painting 
October 23, 2018 from 4pm to 7pm 
Holland Community Center 
40 Brimfield Rd, Holland, 413-245-3163

You bring the pumpkins and we provide the paint!
Worcester 50+ Job Seekers Networking Group
Regional Networking Group
NETWORKING WORKS!! Your AGE really is your EDGE!!
Fall has Arrived! A Perfect Time to Turn Over a New Leaf!

Funded by AARP and Managed by MCOA, we have expanded our 50+ Job Seekers Regional Networking Group program to support and assist people in the 50+ demographic living in the greater Worcester area and looking for a new job, a totally new career direction, re-entering the workforce after an employment gap or looking for a Second Act career.

Meet and network with fellow job seekers at our bi-weekly networking group meetings.
Learn how to Network!

New Topic at each Meeting!  Come join Melody Beach, an experienced Human Resource professional who is the Facilitator for this collaborative Networking Group.
Start your journey towards self-realization, re-invention and transformation!

WHO: Mature Job Seekers! That's YOU! (50 years of age +)

WHEN: The 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 2pm - 4pm. Doors open at 1:30pm for registration and casual networking so come early! And often!

WHERE: Worcester Senior Center located at 128 Providence St., Worcester, MA (508-799-1232)

Did you know: 85% of all jobs are found through NETWORKING!! REALLY!!

For more Information and Pre-Registration (required), please feel free to contact: 
The Worcester COA at 508-799-1232.

Alzheimer's Association Presents: Dementia Conversation
October 25, 2:00-3:00pm, Sturbridge Senior Center
The Sturbridge Senior Center will host a workshop/presentation presented by the Alzheimer's Association "Dementia Conversation."  This presentation will offer tips on how to have an honest and caring conversation with family about: Going to the doctor, when to stop driving and making legal and financial plans.   
Join us! The director and staff of the senior center are dedicated to helping make a difference "until all the pieces fit." 
Please call for more info or to sign up. Space is limited.
Sturbridge Senior Center         480 Main Street, Sturbridge         508-347-7575  
Crossing Point
OSV Speaker Series:
Crossing Point: A Novel of the American Revolution
Thursday, October 25, 2018

James Glickman's new novel, Crossing Point, brings to life the American Revolution in all of its fascinating detail. When the Revolutionary War begins, Guy Watson is enslaved to the Hazzard family in Rhode Island, but he is soon engaged in service for the American army. Torn about leaving his beloved June and others that have become his family, he embarks on a treacherous journey to Quebec. Hear the full story at this riveting lecture.

All programs begin at 6:00 pm with a reception, followed by the presentation at 7:00 pm.
Visit the link for more info and tickets.

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge MA 01566
Frankenstein Cake
Frankenstein Cake Decorating Class
October 25, 6:00-8:00pm
Bay Path Evening School, 57 Old Muggett Hill Rd., Charlton

Let's cake decorate a fun Frankenstein cake with step-by-step instructions,
no prior experience necessary. With instructor Susan Gaulin from Let's Cake Decorate!

Please register with Bay Path Evening School at least one week prior to class, $39.
or register by phone 508-248-5971 Ext. 1715

Vanilla cakes, buttercream, carry home box, and use of apron and decorating supplies are all provided by instructor with a material fee of $20 (cash only) paid to instructor on night of class.
Your finished cake can be frozen if you dare to save it for Halloween!
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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.  
DID YOU KNOW... Yankee Magazine has chosen SALEM CROSS INN  
as the "Best New England Cuisine" in Massachusetts!  
October 25th & November 18th
Murder Mystery 
Join us for an exciting interactive dinner theater, 
These Jokes Are Killing Me...

Lots of laughs, a delicious meal, and a mystery we need your help solving.
This is an advanced ticket purchase dining event.
Please call or order through the online form
Main Dining Room:
Tuesday-Friday- 11:30 AM-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
Second Chance
October 27, 201 8    11 AM to 3 PM 
4H Camp Mar shall, 92 McC ormick Road, Spencer, MA 
Halloween event to benefit Second Chance.  Indoor and outdoor event activities including costume contest and trick-or-treating for kids and pets, haunted hayrides, pony rides, indoor Kid Zone with carnival games, bouncy castle, Walk 'N Wag pledge raising trail walk with scavenger hunt, doggie games and contests, music, food and craft vendors and other Halloween fun for families and pets. 
Special featured events include indoor RC racetrack sponsored by Turn4 HobbyTown, guest appearance by The Pike's Adam Webster, CGC Certification by 4 Paws Academy and agility 'Try It'.  
FREE ADMISSION! Families and pets are welcome!
Be a Vendor, find Sponsorship Information, Download a Pledge Sheet, and more!
Village Trick & Treat
October 28, 2018

Visit the Village after hours for a family-friendly evening of trick or treating on the Common.
Show off your best Halloween costume, hear spooky tales, enjoy a bonfire, take a hayride around the Common, and more! Throughout the evening, children can trick-or-treat at nine stops on the Village Common. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. From 5:00pm to 7:30pm.

This is an evening event and is not included in daytime admission. Visit the link for more.
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge MA 01566
Lunch and Learn - Norcom's FHA 203K Renovation Loan Product
October 30, 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Realtor Association of Central Mass, 492 Washington St., Auburn 
As a Realtor... What You Need To Know About 
All Day Halloween Party 
October 31, 2018 from 10am to 7pm
Holland Community Center 
40 Brimfield Rd, Holland, 413-245-3163

Find a costume, ride your broom, do whatever it takes to join us for our all day Halloween Party October 31st from 10 am to 7 pm.  Join us for an assortment of games, foods, movies and activities.  Costumes are optional, but HIGHLY ENCOURAGED!!!
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14th Annual Wine and Beer Tasting
November 8, 5:30-8:30pm 
Oliver Wight Tavern, Old Sturbridge Village  
Join Venture Community Services at our annual charity wine and beer tasting and sample a variety of wine, beer, ale,  mixed cocktails and featured liquor while you enjoy snacks from OSV & Ted's.  Bid high in the Silent auction featuring a huge variety of items and groove to music by DJ Lindsey D!
Fun Free Interactive Areas and Games:  Play Venture Plinko, Double Down Dice and 'Beer Pong' and have your passport stamped to win prizes.
Also take a chance to win our "Off the Wagon" wheelbarrow full of wine, beer, spirits, and more... 3 chances for a $10 donation.
Proceeds to support programming at Venture that includes free Autism events for the community.
Tickets are $40 each through 11/1/18 and $50 11/2/18 onward and at the door. 225 tickets will be sold. Visit the event page for details and to purchase tickets. 
"The Pumpkins are Here!"
For the entire month of October, pumpkins and decorative gourds will be for sale on the front lawn of the Sturbridge Federated Church. Proceeds from the sale will be shared with many local and regional charities as well as support the daily operations of the church. The pumpkins are grown on the Navajo Indian Reservation in New Mexico in a perfect climate that produces a high quality product with an extended shelf life.
We will be partnering with the Sturbridge Library to sponsor a variety of children's activities during the weekends.

The following hours are subject to change: Weekdays 11 AM to 7 PM; Saturdays 9 AM to 6 PM; Sundays 12 to 6 PM.
For updated information check our website, Facebook page or contact the church office at 508-347-3915.
Farmers Market  
Klem's Farmers Market - LAST SATURDAY OF THE SEASON! 
Saturdays starting June 9th through October 20th · Rain or Shine
Fresh produce. Visit Many Local Crafters, Artisans & More!
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 
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!
October 16: Fun at Five at The Duck with Power Computers   
October 18: Go4Life Family Fun Walk   
October 20: Kid Power Gymnastics Birthday Celebration!
October 23: Brown Bag Seminar: A Guide to Downsizing with Constance Hobart   
October 25: Dementia Conversation at Sturbridge Senior Center 
October 27: Halloween Barktacular for Second Chance Shelter   
October 28: Village Trick & Treat at OSV 
October 30: Lunch & Learn with Norcom Mortgage  
November 8: 18th Annual Venture CS Wine and Beer Tasting    

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