Autumn in the North Cemetery.

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

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Keep the Kids Busy: School Vacation Week at Old Sturbridge Village December 26, 2009 - January 3, 2010

(STURBRIDGE, MA) - Dec. 14, 2009: Keep the kids busy during December school vacation week (Dec. 26- Jan. 3) at Old Sturbridge Village, with a wide range of crafts and outdoor activities offered for kids of all ages. The fun includes ice skating (weather permitting - bring your own skates), sledding on 1830s-style sleds, and sleigh rides (snow permitting). Visitors can also meet the OSV oxen, help the farmers split fence rails, learn to churn butter, dip candles, and write with a quill pen. Puppet shows and family-friendly entertainment will be performed throughout the week, and children can participate in “make and take” craft activities.

In addition, Old Sturbridge Village is offering a two-day Winter Discovery Camp on Dec. 29-30, open to children ages 6-17, and a special “Families Cook” evening from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Dec. 29, where adults and children (ages 8 and up) prepare a 19th-century dinner over the fireplace with help from OSV historians in costume. After learning to chop, cook and bake the old fashioned way, families sit down together to enjoy the meal by candlelight. Reservations are required. For details: www.osv.orgor call 1-800-SEE-1830

At the OSV Winter Discovery Camp, children learn first-hand what life was like in the 1830s by dressing in authentic period costume, learning to cook food over the hearth, and attending a New Year’s Ball. They also learn how farmers get ready for winter and help them with winter work like splitting rails to repair damaged fences. Discovery Camp hours are 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., with extended day care available until 5:00 p.m. For details: 508-347-0335 or register

Old Sturbridge Village celebrates New England life in the 1830s and is open year round. The museum is open daily during school vacation week from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Admission: $20; seniors, $18; children 3-17, $7; children under 3, free. For details on all programs listed: www.osv.orgor call 1-800-733-1830.

Contact: Ann Lindblad;; 508-347-0323; 508-886-2689 (cell)

No comments:

Post a Comment

Anonymous comments not accepted, and will be rejected. Please use your full name. Choose "Name / URL" and enter your name, and your name ONLY. Leave "URL" blank.