Community News & Events

It’s Giving Tree Time!  If you live in Webster or Dudley and need help getting Santa to your house, sign up for the Giving Tree.  If your child is 12 years old or younger and lives with you, you are eligible to sign up.  Sign up will be on October 16, 18, 23, 25 and 30 and November 1, 6, 8, 13 and 15 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am, no appointment necessary.  This year we will be having evening hours from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on October 16, 23 and 30 and November 6 and 13 in the church office.  You must bring the child’s Birth Certificate to sign up and your ID to pick up.  No exceptions.  First come, first served, available until our limit is reached or November 15th. During morning hours, come to Food Share located at the back of United Church of Christ, Fed. on Main Street in Webster.  During evening hours, come to the church office located at 4 Church Street in Webster.

The Tantasqua Regional/Union 61 Public Schools are working to locate, identify, and evaluate any child residing in a home, facility, or residence within its geographical boundaries, age 3-22, which may have a disability and be in need of Special Education or 504 services. This includes children who are not in school; those who are in public, private, or home school; those who are highly mobile such as children who are migrant or homeless; and those who are advancing from grade to grade, who may need but are not receiving Special Education or 504 services. If you know of a child who lives within the Tantasqua Regional/Union 61 Public School District who have a disability, and may need but are not receiving Special Education or 504 services, please call Michelle Capaldi at Burgess Elementary School at 508-347-7041.

The Pumpkins are here! The Pumpkins are here! Spread the word that they have arrived at the Sturbridge Federated Church and will be ready for sale starting on September 30th. This is where the finest pumpkins and gourds will be on sale throughout the month of October. Hours are: Weekdays – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This fundraiser benefits our church operations as well as numerous local and regional charities.

The Charlton REAS Foundation (Residential Energy Assistance for Seniors), a non-profit that provides qualifying senior citizens in the Town of Charlton with energy assistance, is holding a Lottery Calendar fundraiser with a drawing each day in the month of January. Tickets are $10 each and are available at the Charlton Senior Center or online at The grand prize of $500 will be drawn at their annual “Taste of the Towns” event on Saturday, January 26th. Also offered are silent auction items, raffle items, and door prizes. For more information call 508-868-5289.

OCTOBER 20 – END OF LIFE PLANNING: Have you thought about what you want your last days to be like? Have you told anyone or taken any actions to make sure this happens? Join us for a time of resource-sharing, conversation and planning. Final Questions:  End of Life Planning. 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, United Church of Christ, Federated, 4 Church Street, Webster, MA. Bring your friends and extended family. Parking is available along Church Street and in the Town Hall lot. There is additional parking in a lot off Negus St., around the corner from the church.

OCTOBER 24 – PRESCHOOL SCREENING FOR 3 & 4 YEAR OLDS: For Sturbridge residents ONLY. If you have concerns about your child’s development and would like your child screened call 508-347-7042 to schedule an appointment on this day.

OCTOBER 27 – HAYLOFT STEPPERS SQUARE DANCE CLUB: 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm (early Rounds at 7:30). Caller Matt McGovern, Cuer Birgit Maguire. Admission is $9 per person. 232 Podunk Road in Sturbridge, MA. For more information please contact: Moe Bracken (508) 344-3430,  or Deanna Randall (413)436-7849,

NOVEMBER 3 – CHORUS BENEFIT: The Quinebaug Valley Singers, centered in Sturbridge, MA, announce their third annual auction, to be held Saturday, November 3, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Federated Church of Sturbridge and Fiskdale, 8 Maple Street, Sturbridge, MA. The auction benefits this unusual organization. This year’s QVS auction will feature both live bidding (led by experienced auctioneer Roland Parent) and silent bidding. There is no registration fee, but you must fill out a registration form for a numbered paddle in order to enjoy the fun of bidding – and the excitement of winning treasures!  Registration will begin at 6:15 pm. There are other special features as well.  Light refreshments will be served, free of charge.  And there will be live musical entertainment: the chorus will sing, and several talented musicians will solo.  A great time is guaranteed for all!  For further information about the auction contact either of the auction’s co-chairs, Linda Lambrecht 774-402-0218 ( or Carol Curtin 508-341-6828(

NOVEMBER 3 – HAYLOFT STEPPERS “ HARVEST BALL” SQUARE DANCE CLUB: 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm (early Rounds at 7:30). Caller Bob Butler, Cuer Harriett Clarke. Admission is $9 per person. 232 Podunk Road in Sturbridge, MA. For more information please contact: Moe Bracken (508) 344-3430,  or Deanna Randall (413)436-7849,

NOVEMBER 3 – ALBANIAN KITCHEN & BAZAAR: The Daughters of St. Nicholas will hold its annual Albanian Kitchen & Bazaar on Saturday, November 3, from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at St. Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church, 126 Morris Street, Southbridge, MA. The bake table will feature traditional Albanian spinach, leek, sauerkraut, and squash pies; baklava, orange-date cookies, kurabias, and twist cookies along with many of your other favorites. An Albanian-style café will offer garden salad, egg-lemon and great northern bean soups, meatball and vegetable casserole, stuffed peppers, leek and cornmeal casserole, cabbage rolls, spinach triangles, baked macaroni and cheese, and eggplant casserole. You may either Dine In or Take Out. This event will also feature theme baskets, this ‘n that table, handmade jewelry, and illustrated children’s books by Ruth Sanderson.

NOVEMBER 4 – BUTTON APPRAISAL DAY: Button Appraisal Day with Gretchen and George Gauthier at the Keep Homestead Museum in Monson. 1:00-3:30pm. Do you have your grandmother’s button box? Would you like to learn some of the stories of these? Or do you have a favorite button that you would like to know about or if it has some monetary value? Museum open 1:00-3:30. All are welcome, refreshments will be served. 35 Ely Road. Information: 413-267-4137, or

NOVEMBER 10 – TED YODER: Internet video sensation Ted Yoder brings his hammered dulcimer to the Brookfield Unitarian Universalist Church in Brookfield, MA for a concert at 7:00 p.m. on Nov. 10, 2018. Ted Yoder’s cover of Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” became one of the most-watched Facebook Live posts in 2016, with more than 101 million views.  Yoder has released five solo albums and been featured in Huffington Post and on NPR’s All Things Considered.  His first performance in Massachusetts will be November 10, 2018 at the Brookfield Unitarian Universalist Church, 9 Upper River Street, On the Brookfield Common, at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $15 and are available through or for cash at the door.

NOVEMBER 11 – DAY TRIP TO NYC: Union Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Chapter #12, Southbridge, is sponsoring a “Do As You Wish Day” to New York City. Departure from Southbridge at 6:30am and return from New York City at 6:30pm. Always sold out so call early for reservation at 508-764-7909. Cost is $58 per person. 2018 is the 23rd consecutive year of this excursion.

NOVEMBER 11 – ALL YOU CAN EAT BREAKFAST BUFFET: Your breakfast favorites will be served including Eggs, Pancakes, French Toast, Corned Beef Hash, Fresh Baked Pastries and much more! 7:30 -10:00 am. United Church of Christ, Fed., 4 Church Street, Webster. Adults: $9.00, Children (12 and Under) $4.00.

NOVEMBER 18 – HAYLOFT STEPPERS SQUARE DANCE CLUB: “Advanced Level.” 2pm-4:30pm. No rounds. Caller Kevin Bersing. $10 Admission per person. 232 Podunk Road in Sturbridge, MA. For more information please contact: Moe Bracken (508) 344-3430,  or Deanna Randall (413)436-7849,

NOVEMBER 24 – HAYLOFT STEPPERS SQUARE DANCE CLUB: “Pie Night” dance, 8pm-10:30 pm (early Rounds at 7:30). Caller Darrell Sprague, Cuer will be Roy Williams. Admission is $9 per person. 232 Podunk Road in Sturbridge, MA. For more information please contact: Moe Bracken (508) 344-3430,  or Deanna Randall (413)436-7849,

NOVEMBER 24 – HAYLOFT STEPPERS SQUARE DANCE CLUB: “Special Fund Raiser” Mainstream/Plus dance, 2:30pm-5pm. (early rounds at 2:00). Various callers from OCCA (Old Colony Callers Association), Cuer Roy Williams. Admission is $10 per person.

NOVEMBER 23-25 – COUNTRY FOLK ART CRAFT SHOW: Sturbridge Host Hotel. Fri. 11am-6pm, Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 10am-4pm.

DECEMBER 8 – “FESTIVAL OF CHRISTMAS LIGHTS”: Enjoy a free seasonal concert with Fr. Pat, the Singing Priest, at Our Lady of LaSalette National Shrine. Visit the Museum of World Nativities, the Gift & Book Shop, the Chapel of Light, a Bistro for refreshments and snacks, an optional Trolley ride to view the display of 300,000 lights, a carousel for the children, and an all-inclusive luncheon at the Wright’s Farm Restaurant. Cost is $49 per person, $30 children 3-10. Reservation deadline is December 6th.