Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?
These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.
Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...
...seems to be working so far
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Publick House Commits To A Sense Of Place
Publick House Donation
Once again, I wish to express my deep gratitude for the incredible level of attendance at Tuesday’s meeting. The feedback since then has been extremely upbeat and positive and there is a great sense of energy and enthusiasm. This is a tribute to each of you and your commitment to our community. I am pleased and humbled to be a part of this effort, and believe firmly in our mutual success.
To that end, I received a call from Mike Harrington from the Publick House as well as General Manager Mike Glick indicating that the Publick House is donating $500.00 to this effort that can be used to create some of the guest package materials that can be used for event purposes. As well, the Publick House is going to sponsor a community dinner event with proceeds going to the Sturbridge Revitalization Co-op, which again can be used for promotional materials.
This is certainly a most generous initiative on the part of the Publick House and clearly demonstrates their commitment to revitalizing our downtown “Sense of Place”, as well as their commitment to doing what is necessary to support our efforts to help our local small businesses survive and thrive. The survival of our shops in turn buttresses our restaurants, which shores up our lodges, hotels, and B&B’s, creating a great “Sense of Place” and a Destination location for Sturbridge.
Our heartfelt thanks to Mike Harrington and Mike Glick. As well, my deepest gratitude to each of you who have partnered with us on this journey forward.
Thomas R. Creamer