Community News & Events

PRESCHOOL SCREENING FOR RESIDENTS OF STURBRIDGE: For 3 and 4 year olds. By appointment only. If you have concerns about your child’s development and would like your child screened call 508-347-7041 for an appointment. October 23, January 15, March 25. Early intervention will do developmental screenings for children birth to 3 years old. Call 508-765-0292 for an appointment.

SEPTEMBER 29-OCTOBER 31 – PUMPKIN PATCH: Join the Sturbridge Federated Church for a month of special activities to celebrate the Harvest and pick your pumpkins to decorate the season. Following a very successful 2018 Pumpkin Patch event, The Federated Church of Sturbridge and Fiskdale will once again be selling a variety of pumpkins and decorative gourds that were grown on the Navajo Indian Reservation in New Mexico. Weekdays 11am-7pm, Saturdays 9am-6pm, Sundays 9am-6pm. This fundraiser benefits church operations as well as numerous local and regional ministries. For a complete list of activities visit www.sturfed.org and look for the pumpkin patch on the lawn between the Federated Church and the Joshua Hyde Library.

OCTOBER 12 – POT ROAST SUPPER: A delicious pot roast supper with a continuous serving from 5:30 – 7pm at Charlton City UMC, 74 Stafford Street, Charlton. $10/adults, $6/children over 5. Handicap accessible, ample parking.

OCTOBER 12 – 41ST ANNUAL APPLE COUNTRY FAIR: Showcasing the work of more than 70 local crafters, the 41st Apple Country Fair will be held on the Brookfield Town Common, Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. The Fair also will feature live music, children’s games, baked goods, raffles and an apple pie contest — all to benefit the Brookfield Community Club, a charitable organization that makes grants to enrich community life.

OCTOBER 19 – WINGS OF SONG: Wings of Song (WoS), formerly Quinebaug Valley Singers (QVS), will be having their annual fall auction, 7:00PM, at the Federated Church of Sturbridge and Fiskdale. Doors will open at 6:30PM for registration and to preview items up for auction, and live musical entertainment performed by members of WoS will take place before the auction starts. Light refreshments will also be provided. For more information please contact Carol Curtin at 508-341-6828, carolcurtin77@gmail.com, or check the website, wingsofsong.us.

OCTOBER 19 – SENSORY-FRIENDLY HALLOWEEN: Cater 2 Kids OT welcome children of all abilities for a free sensory friendly Halloween event, sponsored by Cornerstone Bank. Family friendly activities, hands-on fun! 9am-12pm. Call to reserve your child’s spot! 774-304-1200. 64 Main Street, Sturbridge.

OCTOBER 19-20 – 30TH ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL: The 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. Featuring a mini food truck festival and live music and entertainment both days. Festival hours are 10am to 5pm on Saturday and 11am to 4pm on Sunday. Rain or shine. Free parking, free admission. HARVEST FESTIVAL is presented by the Chamber of Central Mass South & The Publick House Historic Inn, and sponsored by Sturbridge Tourist Association.

OCTOBER 22 – CANDLELIGHT VIGIL: Stop Abuse Today Inc. will be co-hosting the Annual Candlelight Vigil against Domestic Violence with Reverend Craig Nowak and The Brookfield Unitarian Universalist Church. The vigil will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Church, which is located on 9 Upper River Street in Brookfield. The Candlelight Memory Ritual will include prayers for all Domestic Violence Victims who have been murdered in Massachusetts, in 2019. A listing of their names will be read during the service. The program will consist of speakers and musical tributes, and will conclude with fellowship and refreshments. Pastor Dawn Adams from the First Congregational Church of Brimfield and Holland Police Office Patrick Swain will also take part in the vigil. All are welcome to take part in this moving service to remember the victims of domestic violence, and to raise awareness.

OCTOBER 25-26 – ANNUAL FEDERATED CHURCH RUMMAGE & YARD SALE: Selling anything and everything (including electronic equipment for a small fee). Bicycles – old, new, mountain, BMX-adults and kids. Fri. 2pm-8pm, Sat. 8am-2pm. Sturbridge Federated Church, corner of Route 131 and Maple Street.

OCTOBER 26 – HALLOWEEN BARKTACULAR: The Halloween Barktacular is a community event bringing families and pets together to celebrate the spirit of Halloween. Events take place in the Wells Arena and Andrews Hall on the grounds of Camp Marshall. 11am-3pm. All proceeds benefit pets in need through Second Chance Animal Services.

OCTOBER 26 – FLEA MARKET: Flea Market with Cafe and Bake Sale. 9am to 2pm, Cafe open from 11am-1pm. United Church of Christ, Fed., Fellowship Hall, 4 Church Street, Webster, MA (across from Webster Town Hall). A portion of the proceeds will be donated to disaster relief funds.

NOVEMBER 2 – ALBANIAN KITCHEN & BAZAAR: The Daughters of St. Nicholas will hold its annual Albanian Kitchen & Bazaar 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. You may either Dine In or Take Out. This event will also feature theme baskets, handmade jewelry, children’s books by author Ruth Sanderson, turkey basket raffle.

NOVEMBER 2 – CRAFT FAIR: The Friends of the Holland Community Center will be hosting their 2nd Annual Craft Fair at the Holland Elementary School from 9-3.  This is a major fundraiser for the Friends, who provide programs and equipment and support to the Holland Community Center year round. We will have 40 booths with everything from 31 bags and Paparazzi Jewelry, to homemade jewelry, soaps, plaques, ornaments, and knitted and crocheted items.  If you are interested in being a vendor or want more info on the craft fair, please email Kathy at FriendsofHolland@gmail.com.

NOVEMBER 9 – TURKEY DINNER:  Delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Continuous serving from 5:30 – 7pm. Charlton City United Methodist Church, 74 Stafford Street, Charlton.  $10/adults, $6/children over 5. Handicap accessible, ample parking.

NOVEMBER 16 – FALL FAIR & FLEA: St. Ann Church is having a Fall Fair with an indoor flea market featuring jewelry, women’s accessories, household items and more. The Fair will also have Thanksgiving and Christmas gift items, Santa’s workshop with crafts for children, seasonal food and raffle baskets. 652 Main St, North Oxford, MA. 9AM- 3PM. Parking is available behind the fire station.

DECEMBER 7 – GINGERBREAD FAIR: Gingerbread Fair – 9am – 3pm. Christmas Gifts, Wreaths, Ornaments, Cookies, Silent Auction, Jewelry, White Elephant, Plants, Luncheon, Door Prize – Charlton City UMC, 74 Stafford Street, Charlton. “Make the Gingerbread Fair a Family Affair.”

DECEMBER 7 – HOLLY BERRY FAIR: Sturbridge Federated Church, 8 Maple Street, Sturbridge.