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

Sunday, December 5, 2010

100 Reasons To Love Our Town

Reason Number 27:  

Simple moments in time that occur each year with  the only real difference being the size of our children.

The crowd on the Common sang carols while awaiting Santa's arrival on Friday evening.

A dance troupe entertained us.

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived in style aboard a Sturbridge fire truck.

With a countdown from 10, and the flip of a switch, our tree was lit for another Christmas season.

The annual tree lighting ceremony on the town common, December 3, 2010.


  1. Sounds like a great tradition but whats up with that tree? The lights are not done very well. The lights on the tree at the insurance business down the street look better then our town.

  2. The lights look just fine.

  3. There always seems to be a "Negative Nancy" just waiting to criticize any effort made in town. Are they just as willing to come forward and join a Committee or Board so that it's done to their satisfaction?

    The Commoner

  4. Thats what we need another committee. What should we call it "the make sure someone hangs some good looking lights committee".

    Look, things are improving but the common and the tree are one of the focal points of our town. I have not lived here long so maybe I am not looking through rose colored glasses. Bottom line, in my opinion its a good effort but I would give it a B- at best.

  5. It's not Rockefeller Center, or the Boston Christmas Tree, it's just ours, and we light it up with whatever money we have to spend on lights. Looks like the lights are now LED, and those are pricey, but nice. After the Holidays are past, maybe when some folks are out hitting those sales, they can pick up a few strings of LED lights for the tree, and drop them off at the Town Hall. Couldn't hurt.


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