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, February 28, 2011

Chowder Fest A Hit, Next Up: Wine, Beer & Food Festival March 31st

Yesterday Mary, Jen, and I attended the 2nd Annual Chowder Fest at the Public House sponsored by the Tri-Community Exchange Club.  It was a lot of fun.

First of all, any local activity like the Chowder Fest always attracts my attention, and are fun to attend.  It was a chance to see folks we haven't seen since before the mini ice age set in this winter, and, in this case, to sample some excellent chowda' prepared by nineteen local chefs.

The chowder was excellent, and we sampled our way around the room.  We didn't manage to sample every one, but came darn close, and in the end we voted for the one we thought was best.  It was a great way to spend a late Sunday afternoon.

We arrived around the halfway point in the afternoon, and the place was packed, and parking was tight.  Cars were parked down the Publick House Road, in the Orchards parking lot, and in almost every spot in the lot behind the Publick House.  I'd say this event was a great success for the Exchange Club, and the charities they support.

I even won a gift certificate for Annie's Kitchen.  Sweet.

If you missed the event, there is always next year for the Chowder Fest, but if you are looking forward to getting out of the house, seeing some old friends, and supporting a great organization, then save March 31 on your calendar, and check out the event below.

We'll see you there.

Thursday, March 31, 2011
5:30pm - 8:00pm
$35 per person
Oliver Wight Tavern @ OSV
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
Become a Sponsor
Sponsored by
Champagne Sponsor
Join us at our annual charity wine, beer and food festival and sample a variety of wines and some of New England's best beers while you enjoy food prepared by some of the areas top chefs.
A variety of  wine distributors will be on hand pouring their favorites from around the world. Top breweries from New England and beyond will be providing samples of their beers and ales. The knowledgeable staff at Yankee Spirits will be assisting in the selections. All beers and wines will be available to order at a discount at the event.
The RRI Wine, Beer & Food Festival is a great day to…
  • Enjoy the afternoon with the girls
  • Reward employees for a job well done
  • Have a day out without the kids
  • Spend the afternoon catching up with friends
  • Honor a birthday or anniversary
  • Support a worthwhile cause while having a great time!
Participating Vendors, Restaurants and Wineries to date:
If you are interested in becoming a wine, beer or food vendor please contact Jennifer Petraitis at 508-347-8181 x 104
We will have an extensive silent auction that will also feature works from local artists. Artwork by:
Tickets are $35.00 and can be purchased at the door, through our online store; by filling out the following information and processing your order through our secure ordering system, downloading our Wine, Beer and Food Festival Brochure and mailing it to RRI, or by contacting Kerrie Mason at 508-347-8181 ext. 105.
All proceeds will support people with developmental disabilities in our community


  1. Folks can plan a double header and head out back to back nights and attend another great event slated to raise money for a great cause:

    Habitat for Humanity is combining delicious foods and desserts from Tri-Community restaurants and businesses with a silent auction for an evening of fun on March 30 to raise money for its local project in Sturbridge. Taste of Sturbridge, the kickoff fund raising event for Habitat’s Tri-Community (Charlton, Southbridge and Sturbridge) build, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 30 at the Oliver Wight Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village. Tickets are $35 and proceeds directly benefit the Sturbridge build. Only 150 tickets will be sold so order them now!
    For more information or to purchase tickets, call Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester at 508.799.9259. To purchase tickets online go to Thank you for your support!

  2. Great blog. more of wine reviews please


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