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, May 22, 2013

Starry, Starry Night...

Join Us!

Friends of Sturbridge Trails

Special National “Get Outdoors” Trail Event!

New Moon Night Hike

Saturday, June 8th, 8:30 – 10:30 PM


Heins Farm Trail Head: 197 Leadmine Rd

Come learn about the sights (stars) and sounds of the woods at night!

Bring Bug Spray, Flashlights & Kids optional! No Pets!

Event will be cancelled if rain or overcast sky

FrOST: helping to build & enjoy Sturbridge trails!

Friends of Sturbridge Sturbridge Trails

“New Moon” Night Hike to celebrate “National Get Outdoors day”

Sturbridge; the newly formed Friends of Sturbridge Trails (FrOST) will be holding its first free trail walk on Saturday, June 8th, 2013. A “New Moon” night hike, in celebration of National Get Outdoors day will be held from 9 PM to 10:30 PM at the Heins Farm Conservation Land.

The hike will be lead by local trail advocate and Sturbridge Tree Warden Tom Chamberland, assisted by Gary Staab, of the Sturbridge Trail Committee. Both residents bring a depth of knowledge in night hikes and astronomy, which will be the feature of this hike.

FrOST was formed in February of this year and this unique night hike is one of several initiatives of this group to support and promote enjoyment of Sturbridge Trails.

National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day) 2013 will be celebrated on Saturday, June 8. This will be the sixth year of a partnership effort by hundreds of government agencies, recreation and healthcare businesses and nonprofit organizations to introduce America’s youth to the healthy fun of America’s Great Outdoors. Events will be held at 200+ sites in urban centers, state and local parks and other places. The Friends of Sturbridge Trails is pleased to be partnered in this nationwide event. Visit the National G.O. website:

The hike will form at the Heins Farm trail head parking lot, 197 Leadmine Rd at 8:45 PM, hiking into the conservation land at 9 PM. Please bring Bug spray, and a water bottle, and wear appropriate clothing. Kids are welcome, please be aware of the time and hike distance of about 1 mile. No pets please. Flashlights are optional, and their use will be discouraged for most of the hike. Please bring your senses, as they will help guide you along the trail and thru the night. Star gazing and identification will be conducted out in the open fields, as well as a discussion of the national “Dark Sky” initiatives. If overcast sky or rain the event will be cancelled.

For more information on this night hike or to join the Friends of Sturbridge trail email President David Barnicle at: or visit FrOST on Face book. Membership applications will be available at the hike.

FrOST: helping to build & enjoy Sturbridge trails!

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