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Guide to the Trails and Open Spaces of Sturbridge

The much-anticipated Guide to the Trails and Open Spaces of Sturbridge has been published and is now available at the Town Clerks office or from the Conservation Agents office. This 32-page guide is a full color, spiral bound document that details 8 open space properties along with the regional Titanic Rail Trail. It is printed on an 80 lb. glossy paper stock so it will hold up well in repeated uses and with the spiral bound, can be laid flat for ease of use. Of the 8 properties featured in this guide, each has been allotted two pages, (Leadmine Mt. Property has three pages due to the number of trails), one a full-page trail map and the other a page describing the property, parking and access locations and descriptions of the trails. In addition, the trails are classified as to the trail experience type and there is a page that explains the various trail types. Sprinkled throughout this guide are excellent pictures of the various properties and trail views. A unique feature is each open space property was assigned a QR code that will take the user to the property owner’s website for the most recent information, as we know trails and property access can change over time. Another page provides basic “rules of the trail” and there are welcome letters from both the Town Administrator and Trails Committee. This guide was envisioned in the 2013 Trails masterplan and was funded by the Sturbridge Tourist Association. Overall project management and coordination of this guide was by Thomas Chamberland, production by Anne Renaud-Jones and printed by Roberts & Sons Printing. Providing mapping assistance were the Town Planner Jean Bubon, Conservation Agent Glenn Coburn, and Gary Staab of the Trails Committee. You can download a copy of this guide at: http://www.sturbridgetrails.org

APRIL 8th – A BUCK A BOOK SALE JOSHUA HYDE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Do you like to read? Know someone who loves reading? Bring your friends and BUY BOOKS for yourself, your children, grandchildren, and neighbors… We have thousands of books both fiction and non-fiction for both adults and children. The Book Sale is an important source of revenue to support the many programs of the library such as Museum Passes, Children’s Programs, Summer Reading and Adult Programs. Hardcover $1 Paperback & Children’s 50¢ Remember, There is no such thing as too many books! Joshua Hyde Public Library, 306 Main St., Sturbridge. 10am-2pm.

APRIL 9th – ALL YOU CAN EAT BREAKFAST BUFFET AT UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
All You Can Eat Breakfast Buffet! First 24 Children Receive an Easter Basket. Your breakfast favorites will be served including Eggs, Pancakes, French Toast, Corned Beef Hash, Fresh Baked Muffins and much more! 7:30 -10:00am. United Church of Christ, Fed., 4 Church Street, Webster, MA. Cost: Adults: $8.00, Children (12 and Under) $4.00.

APRIL 13th – ANNUAL FOOD SHARE RADIOTHON
The 38th Annual Food Share Radiothon will be held from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM Thursday, April 13, 2017. The Radiothon will be broadcast live over WNEB, 1230 AM in Worcester & WESO, 970 AM in Southbridge. It will be hosted at the Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center on Mechanic Street which will serve as the main collection point with other collection points in Southbridge and Sturbridge. An appeal is being made for local church leaders, schools, business people, and organizations to get involved and/or come to the station to be interviewed on the air. For scheduling an interview or for any further details please call Ray Fournier days at (860) 630-4478 or evenings at (508) 347-7419.

APRIL 16 – EASTER BRUNCH BUFFET AT OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE
Lavish holiday buffet. Adults-$39.95; Seniors-$35.95; Children ages 3 -12-$13.95; Children under 3-Free. Prices are inclusive of tax & gratuity. Oliver Wight Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge. Reservations required Call 508-347-0230 or 508-347-0225. There will also be a Great Easter Egg Hunt in the Village for kids, included with Village admission (separate from Easter Brunch price).

APRIL 22 – HAM AND BEAN SUPPER – ELM STREET CONGREGATIONAL
Elm Street Congregational Church Fellowship Hall is located at 61 Park Street, Southbridge. FREE! ALL ARE WELCOME! It’s food for the body and fellowship for the soul. If you have any questions, please call the Church Office: 508-764-8058
APRIL 25 – CHAMBER FUN AT FIVE, THE DUCK
Join Chamber members for an evening of fun and networking at The Duck in Sturbridge. 5pm. $10 for registered Members, $15 at the door or $20 for non-Members. 502 Main Street, Sturbridge, 508-347-2321, www.theducksturbridge.com. Evening sponsored by Dave’s Pest Control, Inc.

APRIL 28 – 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION UNITED WAY PUB QUIZ
Test your knowledge against the best trivia buffs in the area. Compete for the coveted “Sharpest Tool in the Shed” Trophy and jackets. Check in: 6:30pm Game: 7:00pm. 35 Teams of 4. $100 per team. Payment must be received by April 21, 2017 to reserve spot. Individual and team registration available. Food available for purchase / cash bar. Space is Limited. First Come-First served. The Barn at Wight Farm, 420 Main Street, Sturbridge. Call 508-765-5491 for more information.

APRIL DANCE SCHEDULE – THE HAYLOFT STEPPERS SQUARE DANCE CLUB
“Starry Night” dance on Saturday, April 1st from 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm (early rounds at 7:30). The caller will be Matt McGovern and the cuer will be Margene Jervis. Admission is $8 per person; “Super Hero Night” dance on Saturday, April 22nd from 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm (early rounds at7:30). The caller will be Rick Hampton and the cuer will be Marilyn Rivenburg. Admission is $10 per person; “Advanced Dance” dance is on Sunday, February 19th from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm (no rounds). The caller will be Rick Hampton. Admission is $10 per person.

April 8-9, 14-15, 21-23 – FIREPLACE FEAST DINNERS AT SALEM CROSS INN
Lend a hand as dinner is prepared for you in colonial style or just relax by the fire with a hot glass of mulled cider or wine. Event includes: Pie making, mulling and chowder demonstrations, and horse-drawn wagon or sleigh ride, weather permitting. Casual dress is a must for this event. Salem Cross Inn, 260 West Main Street, West Brookfield. Visit the link for tickets and more information: www.salemcrossinn.com/events/dining-events/fireplace-feast