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

Monday, August 9, 2010

Free Admission to Old Sturbridge Village Friday, Aug. 13

Highland Street Foundation sponsors “Free Fun Friday” at OSV
(Sturbridge, Mass.) August 9, 2010:  Free admission to Old Sturbridge Village is offered to all this Friday, Aug. 13, part of the “Free Fun Fridays” sponsored by the Framingham-based Highland Street Foundation.  Based on record attendance at other museums participating in Free Fun Fridays this summer, OSV is adding extra staff and resources for the day, and anticipates many first-time visitors to the living history museum, located in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.
The Highland Street Foundation began “Free Fun Fridays” last year to benefit children and families, and to celebrate the foundation’s 20th anniversary. This summer, the foundation has arranged for free admission at 25 different museums around the Massachusetts.
Old Sturbridge Village, famous for its historians in costume and heritage breed farm animals, has more than 40 antique homes and buildings, three water powered mills, a working farm, heirloom gardens, and two covered bridges. Admission is free on Friday, Aug. 13, and the Village also offers stagecoach and riverboat rides for $3 each, and a variety of hands-on “make and take” crafts, starting at $5 each. Old Sturbridge Village has a full service bookstore, gift shop, and two on-site dining locations and is open from 9:30 – 5:00 p.m. Details:
“This is a wonderful chance for families from beyond the region to experience the entertaining and educational hands-on fun we offer every day at Old Sturbridge Village,” notes Ann Lindblad, OSV vice president of communications. “We applaud the Highland Street Foundation for its generosity, especially in this difficult economy.”
The late David J. McGrath, Jr. started the Highland Street Foundation in 1989 after growing his staffing firm, TAD Resources International, from a one-man operation to a global company that sold for more than $380 million after his death.  Since its beginning, the foundation has awarded more than $100 million in grants for initiatives in the arts, education, the environment, and housing.
Normally, admission to Old Sturbridge Village is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $7 for youth 3-17. Sturbridge residents and children 3 and under are always admitted free.

Old Sturbridge Village
Contact: Ann Lindblad 508-347-0323

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