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, February 24, 2013

Event Proposals Wanted For 275th Celebration

Hello everyone,

The Sturbridge Tourist Association (STA) is pleased to announce that it is seeking proposals for community events in celebration of the town’s 275th Anniversary. Please distribute the attached letter and application to your contact list. Various media outlets are being contacted this coming week, so if approached, please be prepared to answer any questions. 

There is $20,000 set aside to pay for such events, and the STA will accept applications that commemorate Sturbridge’s special day through fun and exciting activities. We invite all people from the town, such as church, civic and senior citizen groups, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, non-profits, and businesses, to organize and present these activities – all applications will be considered.

There must be a multitude of ideas out there and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to invite our residents – the people who live here and make Sturbridge what it is – to make it happen. The Town Common has been reserved for celebrations during the weekend of June 22nd and 23rd.

On March 12th at 6:30 p.m., STA members will be at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall at Sturbridge Town Hall to accept applications and answer questions. If one cannot attend the meeting on March 12th, applications will be available online at, and hard copies will be available at the Town Clerk’s office, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The application deadline is 4:00 p.m., April 15th, 2013.

Gather your friends and family around you and give every resident a birthday gift – let’s celebrate this place we call home.

Very truly yours,

The Sturbridge Tourist Association

For a copy of the application for funding of events click here.

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