Welcome to CROSSROADS EVENTS!
Here comes fall and its accompanying delights. Today is Friday the 13th, what a perfect day to get your tickets to The Sleepy Hollow Experience at the Village, catch a Murder Mystery Dinner at Salem Cross Inn or start planning your creation for The Publick House's Scarecrow Contest. We look at these and many more fantastic seasonal diversions as well as important news items from our Members in this issue. Thank you for sending us your latest news releases for Crossroads. We look forward to seeing you at Rapscallion Brewery for Fun at Five on Tuesday the 17th!
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NETWORK WITH YOUR CHAMBER
Fun at Five!
Tuesday, September 17
Rapscallion Brewery & Tap Room
Sturbridge, MA, 508-347-7500
Join us for Networking at Rapscallion Brewery!
Voted Sturbridge's best neighborhood hangout, Rapscallion is warm and inviting with rustic farmhouse touches combined with the industrial backdrop of a craft brewing operation.
Enjoy great beer, great company, tasty treats and
the warm and friendly vibes at one of Massachusetts' oldest tap rooms at Fun at Five!
Oktoberfest at Rapscallion! October 5-6.
Celebrate the release of the annual O-Fest beer with a weekend-long party featuring live music, a festival menu from our on-site food truck, and a disc golf course at the ready. Dog and family friendly!
Register for Fun at Five by email or phone.
PLEASE NOTE NEW RATE FOR REGISTERED MEMBERS:
Cost is $12 for Members who register, $15 at the door, or $20 for non-Members.
Thank you to our
September Fun at Five Sponsor!
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SAVE THE DATES!
30th Annual Harvest Festival
October 19 & 20, 2019
30th Annual Harvest Festival on the Sturbridge Town Common and grounds of the Publick House Historic Inn is a family fun tradition. The event includes around 80 local crafters, artisans, live music, entertainment, specialty food vendors and farm fresh harvests.
The Publick House's Scarecrow Contest
is a perennial favorite. Enter your scarecrow for a chance to win incredible cash prizes! Scarecrow setup takes place starting on September 27.
Visit this link for the Contest Rules
and more details. Cast a vote for your favorites! The winners will be announced on October 20 at The Publick House.
A MINI FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL!
LIVE MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT!
ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE & FOOD TRUCKS ARE POSTED AT THE HARVEST FESTIVAL WEBPAGE!
FREE Parking. FREE Admission.
Festival hours are 10am to 5pm on Saturday and
11am to 4pm on Sunday. RAIN OR SHINE.
HARVEST FESTIVAL is presented by the Chamber of Central Mass South & The Publick House Historic Inn.
HARVEST FESTIVAL is sponsored by
STURBRIDGE TOURIST ASSOCIATION.
Remember... MEMBER TO MEMBER!
We THANK YOU for KEEPING IT LOCAL...
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Cornerstone Bank Makes Donation to Pleasant Street
Neighborhood Network Center
Pictured here, L to R: Pleasant Street Neighborhood Network Center Director Emily Linhares and Cornerstone Bank Chairman & CEO K. Michael Robbins.
Cornerstone Bank recently donated $1,000 to the Pleasant Street Neighborhood Network Center, an organization whose mission is to create a safe, attractive, and livable community of people with varied means and backgrounds. They aim to create partnerships between residents, neighborhood organizations, businesses, churches, schools, colleges, financial institutions, human service organizations, and the government to achieve their vision and address issues of common concern throughout the community.
This donation will go directly toward a series of five workforce development and education workshops put together in partnership with Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester Community Action Council, and Workforce Central. Throughout these workshops, unemployed and underemployed residents will learn how to write a resume, how to conduct a job search, and how to ace an interview. Participants will also learn about other training programs that can prepare them for a career that will pay a living wage and offer benefits. Food, child supervision, and translation services will be provided during the workshop.
"Pleasant Street Neighborhood Network Center is a driving force in connecting people throughout the community," stated Cornerstone Bank Chairman & CEO K. Michael Robbins. "We are honored to be able to support the workforce development and education workshops for the unemployed and underemployed residents of Worcester."
For more information about Pleasant Street Neighborhood Network Center, please visit
or call 774-823-3311.
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Second Chance Animal Services is commemorating their 20th Anniversary of helping pets in need on Saturday, October 5th at the Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center. Starting at 4 pm, there will be several activities, including casino games, live music, and raffle/auctions. Enjoy appetizers, salad and pasta stations, baked potato and cheesecake bars, make your own s'mores to enjoy by a fire, and signature drinks brought to you by Tito's Handmade Vodka. Tickets are $60, and you can purchase them online at
We are also welcoming many sponsors or auction/raffle donations to
help us celebrate this milestone!
Harrington Receives Nominations in Three Best of Central Mass Categories
(Top Row l-r) Dr. Christine Carey, Dr. Martin Devine. (Bottom l-r) Dr. Talal Bou-Harb and Dr. Paul Harrington
Harrington HealthCare System has received nominations in this year's Best of Central Massachusetts contest.
The annual contest is sponsored by Gatehouse Media/Worcester Telegram and Gazette and features numerous nominations across eight different categories, including health, food/beverage, shopping, lifestyle and hospitality.
This year, Harrington has received nods in three different categories, all under the Local Health and Well-Being subhead:
- The community can vote for Harrington in the Hospital category;
- Four of the six providers listed under Physician also belong to Harrington's medical staff: Dr. Christine Carey, Dr. Martin Devine, Dr. Talal Bou-Harb and Dr. Paul Harrington;
- Finally, Harrington's Marilyn Reynolds has received a nomination in the Audiologist category.
Voting takes place online through September 30. Guests register with basic information to cast their votes in as many categories as they wish.
Last year, Harrington received three nominations: one in hospital, and two in physician. At the awards ceremony, Harrington's Dr. Christine Carey won Best Physician award, securing the most votes of the top three finalists.
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North Brookfield Savings Bank Announces Success of School Supply Drive
North Brookfield Savings Bank extends thanks to the many generous, local community members for their contributions to help local school children in need.
North Brookfield Savings Bank is proud to support our local East Brookfield and Brookfield Elementary Schools through the Back to School Supply Drive.
Shown are North Brookfield Savings Bank Branch Operations Manager Cheryl Orne and East Brookfield Assistant Branch Manager Renee Jurczyk proudly displaying some of the school supplies donated by generous community members, customers and
North Brookfield Savings Bank is committed to excellence and the support of their local communities, which is exactly why the Bank hosts the annual Back to School Supply Drive fundraiser in order to help children from their local communities to excel in school. With the fundraiser coming to a close, and the children returning to their school classrooms, North Brookfield Savings Bank is pleased to announce the fundraiser was a resounding success! In fact, because of the Bank's contribution and the overwhelming support of local neighbors and community members, many of the children had a special backpack full of supplies to help start their school year of right.
"We frequently hear that our customers love this fundraiser and we love it too! Back to School season is such an exciting time of year and we are so happy to work with our community members to support our local children," said Andrea Healy, Senior Vice President of Human Resources. "I think we all agree that each and every child, regardless of income or circumstances, deserves the opportunity to be as prepared as possible to receive their education and start the school year feeling positive. It is so wonderful to be involved and help make that possible."
Throughout August, North Brookfield Savings Bank employees, customers and community members showed their kindness and generosity by making thousands of donations. Many supporters visited the branches donating multiple backpacks and overflowing shopping bags of supplies, including pencils, notebooks, erasers, pencil cases, folders and lunch boxes. When the fundraiser came to a close over 6,000 school supply items were collected to be distributed to the children of local schools.
School supply donations were delivered directly to local elementary schools where the welcoming staff divided up the collected supply items and prepared them for children who would benefit from them in the coming first days of school.
"The School Supply Drive fundraiser is one that both the givers and the receivers experience joy from," said Caitlin O'Connor, Assistant Vice President/Marketing Manager. "We are overwhelmed and grateful for the continued generosity shown by the members of our communities. It is clear that we all want the children to have a positive and successful school year. Our sincerest thanks to everyone who showed their support."
To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank's community giving efforts and all of the convenient banking products and services offered, visit
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Country Bank Recognized by The Boston Business Journal
for their Charitable Giving
Each year, the Boston Business Journal celebrates Massachusetts corporations and non-profits for their contributions in giving back to the communities in Massachusetts. During this year's celebration held at Capo Restaurant on September 5th, Country Bank was recognized as one of the Top Charitable Contributors in 2019 and received a Corporate Citizenship Award. A total of 105 companies were recognized during the evening; Country Bank ranked 62nd with total donations of $1,000,000 to various non-profits within the region.
Country Bank employs 235 staff members within Hampden, Hampshire and Worcester counties.
In 2018, staff members actively promoted the Bank's mission of giving back to the communities they serve by volunteering more than 1,100 hours in community service.
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Country Bank is a full-service mutual community bank serving central and western Massachusetts with 14 offices in Ware, Palmer, West Brookfield, Brimfield, Belchertown, Wilbraham, Ludlow, Leicester, Paxton, Charlton and Worcester. Country Bank is a member of FDIC, DIF and the SUM network. Country Bank can be reached at 800-322-8233 or online at countrybank.com.
Vote for your Favorites! The Best of the Best.
It's great to see so many of our Members nominated for the
2019 Telegram & Gazette Best of the Best of Central Mass Awards. You can click on the 'Best of' graphic to visit the polling place. Register and vote for your faves and get a chance to win $250. Voting closes at midnight on 9/30.
Congratulations to all the nominees and thank you for voting!
CAST A VOTE FOR: B.T.'s Smokehouse, Sturbridge Coffee House, Sturbridge Coffee Roasters, Baba Sushi, 308 Lakeside, Brookfield Orchards, Sturbridge Seafood, Stageloft Repertory Theater, Old Sturbridge Village,
Harrington HealthCare System, The Overlook, Christopher Heights, Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center, Festival of Giving Trees - Southbridge, Halloween Barktacular - Second Chance Animal Services, The Barn at Wight Farm, Zukas Hilltop Barn, Old Sturbridge Village Academy, Second Chance Animal Shelter, Cornerstone Bank, Webster First Federal Credit Union, Garon Electric, Klem's, Michael's, Tasse's, Staples, ERA Key Realty Services, Keller Williams, RE/MAX, Cormier Jewelers, Ted's Package Store, Yankee Spirits and Lamoureux Ford.
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