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The town of Sturbridge Massachusetts was founded in 1738 and is located in south central Massachusetts in Worcester County.

Sturbridge is well known for being the home of Old Sturbridge Village which was created to interpret the look of life in the early 1800s. Another charming part of town is the Town Common which is currently included in the National Historic District.

Homes as well as public buildings were built in the late 17th to early 18th century and have been outstandingly maintained to the point that they are very near to their original condition.

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When: Aug 2, 2015 2 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sun, 02 Aug 2015 14 )
BridgeFest 5k

Did you know people with mental health challenges live on average 20 to 25 years less than others? 

BridgeFest is a 5K Road Race/Walk and Family Festival, being held from 10am to 2pm. Activities will include: Arts & Crafts/Vendor Fair, Live Music, free KIDSFest activities, Grand Prize Raffle & Food Vendors. Proceeds from BridgeFest benefit the Health and Wellness Initiative of The Bridge to help those we serve live longer, healthier lives.

See more at: http://bridgefest2015.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1134982#sthash.DmtuxweX.dpuf



When: Sep 19, 2015 10 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: $30 (Sat, 19 Sep 2015 10 )
Crafting For A Cure- November

Welcome to my June Class

A portion of the proceeds go to the Southbridge Relay for Life!

What you will get is a 3 HOUR guided instruction class with me.  We will be making SIX beautiful coordinating cards, using new products from our Spring Catalog. 

This class will also include a PDF for each project to take home with you so you can re-create it!

When: The 2nd Saturday of the Month

Time: 9:30 - 12:30 p.m.

Where: Southbridge Savings Bank- STURBRIDGE, MA (not Southbridge)

**PLEASE NOTE***  All classes have moved to the FRONT OF THE BUILDING!  The new room is in the front of the bank.  If you are facing the bank, the room is to your right.

I provide coffee and lite snacks.  You are welcome to bring your breakfast- we don't mind.  There are a few eating spots nearby (Wendys, Cracker Barrel, Dunkin Donuts, Subway)  We also have a kitchen with coffee, a microwave and refrigerator. 

Space is limited, so only class attendees please. 

**********************************************

The classroom remains open for all crafters after class until 9 p.m.  If you would like to stay after class to work on your own projects, we'd love to have you.  Either let me know with an email at angela@angelasinklink.com OR you can join our "Meetup" group and RSVP here.  There is NO CHARGE for staying to craft, but I do ask that you leave some change in our "Relay For Life" jar.  Ask me how you can get involved with joining Relay and raising money to fight cancer!  

SPACE IS LIMITED!!!!!! First come, first served.



When: Nov 14, 2015 9 AM to Nov 14, 2015 12 PMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit EventBrite.com for pricing. (Sat, 14 Nov 2015 09 )
Crafting For A Cure- September

Welcome to my June Class

A portion of the proceeds go to the Southbridge Relay for Life!

What you will get is a 3 HOUR guided instruction class with me.  We will be making SIX beautiful coordinating cards, using new products from our Spring Catalog. 

This class will also include a PDF for each project to take home with you so you can re-create it!

When: The 2nd Saturday of the Month

Time: 9:30 - 12:30 p.m.

Where: Southbridge Savings Bank- STURBRIDGE, MA (not Southbridge)

**PLEASE NOTE***  All classes have moved to the FRONT OF THE BUILDING!  The new room is in the front of the bank.  If you are facing the bank, the room is to your right.

I provide coffee and lite snacks.  You are welcome to bring your breakfast- we don't mind.  There are a few eating spots nearby (Wendys, Cracker Barrel, Dunkin Donuts, Subway)  We also have a kitchen with coffee, a microwave and refrigerator. 

Space is limited, so only class attendees please. 

**********************************************

The classroom remains open for all crafters after class until 9 p.m.  If you would like to stay after class to work on your own projects, we'd love to have you.  Either let me know with an email at angela@angelasinklink.com OR you can join our "Meetup" group and RSVP here.  There is NO CHARGE for staying to craft, but I do ask that you leave some change in our "Relay For Life" jar.  Ask me how you can get involved with joining Relay and raising money to fight cancer!  

SPACE IS LIMITED!!!!!! First come, first served.



When: Sep 12, 2015 9 AM to Sep 12, 2015 12 PMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit EventBrite.com for pricing. (Sat, 12 Sep 2015 09 )
Crafting For A Cure- October

Welcome to my June Class

A portion of the proceeds go to the Southbridge Relay for Life!

What you will get is a 3 HOUR guided instruction class with me.  We will be making SIX beautiful coordinating cards, using new products from our Spring Catalog. 

This class will also include a PDF for each project to take home with you so you can re-create it!

When: The 2nd Saturday of the Month

Time: 9:30 - 12:30 p.m.

Where: Southbridge Savings Bank- STURBRIDGE, MA (not Southbridge)

**PLEASE NOTE***  All classes have moved to the FRONT OF THE BUILDING!  The new room is in the front of the bank.  If you are facing the bank, the room is to your right.

I provide coffee and lite snacks.  You are welcome to bring your breakfast- we don't mind.  There are a few eating spots nearby (Wendys, Cracker Barrel, Dunkin Donuts, Subway)  We also have a kitchen with coffee, a microwave and refrigerator. 

Space is limited, so only class attendees please. 

**********************************************

The classroom remains open for all crafters after class until 9 p.m.  If you would like to stay after class to work on your own projects, we'd love to have you.  Either let me know with an email at angela@angelasinklink.com OR you can join our "Meetup" group and RSVP here.  There is NO CHARGE for staying to craft, but I do ask that you leave some change in our "Relay For Life" jar.  Ask me how you can get involved with joining Relay and raising money to fight cancer!  

SPACE IS LIMITED!!!!!! First come, first served.



When: Oct 10, 2015 9 AM to Oct 10, 2015 12 PMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit EventBrite.com for pricing. (Sat, 10 Oct 2015 09 )
Crafting For A Cure- December

Welcome to my June Class

A portion of the proceeds go to the Southbridge Relay for Life!

What you will get is a 3 HOUR guided instruction class with me.  We will be making SIX beautiful coordinating cards, using new products from our Spring Catalog. 

This class will also include a PDF for each project to take home with you so you can re-create it!

When: The 2nd Saturday of the Month

Time: 9:30 - 12:30 p.m.

Where: Southbridge Savings Bank- STURBRIDGE, MA (not Southbridge)

**PLEASE NOTE***  All classes have moved to the FRONT OF THE BUILDING!  The new room is in the front of the bank.  If you are facing the bank, the room is to your right.

I provide coffee and lite snacks.  You are welcome to bring your breakfast- we don't mind.  There are a few eating spots nearby (Wendys, Cracker Barrel, Dunkin Donuts, Subway)  We also have a kitchen with coffee, a microwave and refrigerator. 

Space is limited, so only class attendees please. 

**********************************************

The classroom remains open for all crafters after class until 9 p.m.  If you would like to stay after class to work on your own projects, we'd love to have you.  Either let me know with an email at angela@angelasinklink.com OR you can join our "Meetup" group and RSVP here.  There is NO CHARGE for staying to craft, but I do ask that you leave some change in our "Relay For Life" jar.  Ask me how you can get involved with joining Relay and raising money to fight cancer!  

SPACE IS LIMITED!!!!!! First come, first served.



When: Dec 12, 2015 9 AM to Dec 12, 2015 12 PMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit EventBrite.com for pricing. (Sat, 12 Dec 2015 09 )
Families Cook

 

This unforgettable experience invites families with children ages 8 and up to prepare and eat a complete 19th-century dinner by the hearth.

Historically costumed staff will help interpret the receipts (recipes) and share tips, but you'll be learning the hearth cooking techniques and working alongside other families to prepare a delicious meal. Bring the grandparents and cousins, too!

The evening is limited to a total of 14 adults and children (ages 8 and up, please).

Interested in a private Families Cook event? Please contact us for details. Typical Menu

Potted Cheese on Common Crackers
Hot Mulled Cider
Roast Stuffed Chicken
Cranberry Sauce
Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Carrots
Buttered Biscuits
Apple Pie
Trifle
Sparkling Cider
Coffee
Hot Chocolate

A great gift idea...purchase gift certificates to cover the cost of this program.

Dinner in a Country Village, a similar program for adults only, is offered on select Saturdays from November through March. (See Hearth Cooking Events in the right column for dates.) Planning Ahead

Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.

Find more useful information for planning your visit.



When: Feb 17, 2016 5 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost:

$95 per person ($75 for OSV Members)Register Securely Online


(Wed, 17 Feb 2016 17 )
Tequila Bonfire
Tequila Bonfire plays at Hyland!

When: Sep 20, 2015 2 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sun, 20 Sep 2015 14 )
Friday Night Songwriters' Pavilion (all-original music)
Friday nights in summer at Hyland Orchard under the pavilion. A featured songwriter playing all original music with our a bad-ass house band - followed by an open jam. Featured Artists June 5: Zack Slick June 12: Promise is Hope June 19: The Fifth June 26: Secret Sage July 3: none July 10: Peter Prince July17: Grade A Fancy July 24th: Root Land Band August 7: tbd August 14: Right on Red August 21: tbd August 28: Kerri Powers

When: Jul 31, 2015 6 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Fri, 31 Jul 2015 18 )
Luscious Lushes- Peter Prince
This is the Songwriter's Pavilion - hosted by various members of the Luscious Lushes. This weekly event features a different artist every week - playing a full set of 100% original music - followed by an open jam.

When: Aug 7, 2015 6 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Fri, 07 Aug 2015 18 )
Lisa Martin
Full band show. Music 'til 10pm

When: Aug 15, 2015 6 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 15 Aug 2015 18 )
Adam Ezra
Age Limit: All Ages

Adam Ezra



When: Aug 26, 2015 6 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Wed, 26 Aug 2015 18 )
Christmas by Candlelight
Escape the frenzy of a modern Christmas with an enchanted evening of gingerbread, roasted chestnuts, music, dance, and a sleigh ride (weather permitting). Meet Father Christmas and chat with Santa Claus (bring your camera!). Christmas by Candlelight highlights include: Re-creation of Mrs. Cratchit's Christmas Dinner Sleigh rides (weather permitting) Gingerbread House Contest - winners determined by your votes Holiday traditions explained and recreated- roasting chestnuts, yule logs, mistletoe, and more Demonstrations of period gingerbread baking and cider mulling Victorian carolers Christmas keepsake to make and take home Display of model railroads and trains Display of a miniature New England Village Display of the Little Town of Bethlehem nativity Visit Father Christmas and Santa Claus Punch & Judy Puppet Show Christmas carol sing-a-longs Holiday magic shows The dance from Dicken's A Christmas Carol Readings of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and A Visit from Saint Nicholas Readings of "The Nativity Gospel of Saint Luke" and "The Nativity Gospel of Saint Matthew" In order to focus on the evening holiday events, Old Sturbridge Village will be closed during the day from December 1-25, 2015. The Village will return to a daytime schedule for its popular school vacation week activities Dec. 26, 2015- December 31, 2015.

When: Dec 4, 2015 12 AM to Dec 20, 2015 12 AMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Fri, 04 Dec 2015 00 )
Home School Day
Our Home School Days offer you and your children the opportunity to explore the Village and participate in hands-on activities. This is a great opportunity for children to gain exposure to many aspects of 1830s New England life in an interactive way.

We recommend that you allow for up to three hours to visit the Village, in addition to any scheduled hands-on studios. If time permits, consider making a quick craft in the Hands-on Crafts Center; $5-10 per activity (first come, first served); some age and safety restrictions apply.

More information about the Home School Program is available on the website.

When: Nov 4, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: $8 per child and one adult per child admitted at the $8 rate, $5-10 per optional craft activity (Wed, 04 Nov 2015 09 )
Bounty: Thanksgiving
oin us to experience the traditions of an early 19th-century New England Thanksgiving. Learn about 1830s dining etiquette and watch the men of the Village compete in a post-dinner target shoot. Smell the scents of roasted turkey and pies warming by the fire. Learn about Native American Thanksgiving traditions and customs, and hear the minister talk about the real meaning of Thanksgiving in the Village's historic Center Meetinghouse.

When: Nov 7, 2015 12 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: $24 Adults, $22 Seniors (55+), $10 Youths (3-17), Children 2 & Under FREE (Sat, 07 Nov 2015 00 )
Sunday Heritage Farmers Market
Support local farmers and vendors during OSV's Heritage Farmers Markets.

Located outside the Visitor Center, the Farmers Market is open to musuem visitors and the general public beginning on Memorial Day weekend and running through Columbus Day Weekend. (Village admission not required.)

Participating vendors include:

Hillcrest Apiary
- Vendor of local, pure, naturally-produced honey from Southbridge, MA. Hillcrest also offers honey soap, honey dippers, and honey straws
Inishowen Farms
- Grows perennial plants in North Brookfield, MA - including blackberry and strawberry plants, herbs, roses, irises, and other ornamentals. They will also be selling fresh produce.
Fay Mountain Farm from Charlton, MA
- Selling fresh local produce and herbs throughout the season.


*Product availability may vary.

When: Jul 31, 2015 12 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: Village admission NOT required (Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12 )
Dig In: A Field to Table Festival
Come help us celebrate the harvest and the beautiful New England autumn. Learn how food makes its way from the farm to the dining room table. Meet our oxen and see multiple teams demonstrate plowing and preparing the fields. Learn more about heritage breed animals and talk with breeders. Help with the harvest, taste heirloom apples, and learn about methods of food preservation. Watch interpreters cook with tomatoes and quince. Help pick apples and taste the different heirloom varieties. The Cider Mill will be operating this weekend (and most weekends in October), with apples ground by ox-power on Saturday and the pulp pressed for its juice on Sunday. You can even get in on the act with a hand-powered "cider mill". Join our costumed interpreters as they: Harvest apples, potatoes, carrots, and beets Give tours of the orchard Put the Herb Garden "to bed" for the season Conduct garden and root cellar tours and discuss food preparation Grind corn with a "quern" Thresh and winnow grain Shell corn and beans Churn butter

When: Oct 17, 2015 12 AM to Oct 18, 2015 12 AMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 17 Oct 2015 00 )
An Evening of Illumination

Step into the past and experience the quiet charms of evening as early New Englanders did. Enjoy a special guided tour of select buildings around the Village common, with shops and homes lit by the soft glow of candles, oil lamps and firelight. See a slide show.

Light refreshments, mulled cider, and a cash bar await at the Bullard Tavern to make the night complete.

Tours are limited to 15 guests each and leave the Visitor Center every 10 minutes from 6:00 p.m. through 7:30 p.m. Planning Ahead

Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges. Packages available for additional savings.

Find more useful information for planning your visit.



When: Nov 7, 2015 6 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost:

Cost: $35 per person; $30 for OSV Members

Registration will open in early Autumn. 

(Sat, 07 Nov 2015 18 )
Scout Day

Scout Day at Old Sturbridge Village is just one of the exciting Scout programs offered by the Village, providing Scouts and their families and friends the opportunity to learn about America's proud past! Our recreated community portrays a "typical" New England town of the early 19th century. Special programs and hands-on studios designed around a specific theme help Scouts earn requirements toward badges, meet other Scouts, and make lasting memories.

These activities are designed to meet Scout electives and some badge requirements. Additional studios are also available for all Scouts and youths.  



When: Nov 14, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost:

For every one scout in uniform one parent gets in for the child rate ($10).

(Sat, 14 Nov 2015 09 )
2nd Annual Holiday Concert

Experience an exquisite evening of music and fine dining.

Sip seasonal cocktails when the evening begins at 6:00 p.m. with a cash bar, and move into the Oliver Wight Tavern at 6:30 for a menu to warm the winter night. Following your meal, this special performance will take place in the idyllic Center Meetinghouse inside the village.

 

Please note that Old Sturbridge Village has seasonal hours during the month of December and will not be open during the day before this evening program. You may want to consider staying over at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges and coming back Friday evening for our Christmas by Candlelight Program.



When: Dec 10, 2015 6 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost:

Information on this popular event is forthcoming. 

(Thu, 10 Dec 2015 18 )
Textile Weekend: Everyday Elegance: Early 19th Century Clothing for Ladies and Gentlemen

Each year, Old Sturbridge Village explores a different aspect of 19th-century textiles. This year will focus on everyday elegance of ladies and gentlemen. If you are interested in 1830s fashion and period dress this special weekend is for you!  Planning Ahead

Purchase your tickets online in advance to expedite your entrance into the Village. (Remember, kids get free admission in August.)

Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.

Find more useful information for planning your visit.



When: Aug 15, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: $24 Adults, $22 Seniors (55+), Woo card discounts available, Children FREE in August * contact the Presenting Organization listed below for ticketing information (Sat, 15 Aug 2015 09 )
Kindred Spirits: A.B. Wells, Malcolm Watkins, and the Origins of Old Sturbridge Village
People collect all sorts of things for all sorts of reasons, and collectors of all types--young and old, experienced and amateur--have shaped the identities of iconic American museums and historic sites.

Old Sturbridge Village is the result of Albert B. Wells passion for the everyday furnishings, tools, gadgets, and oddities of early America and his collaboration with young antiques expert C. Malcolm Watkins, the museums first curator. Kindred Spirits explores the relationship between these two men and the roles they played in founding one of New Englands most cherished treasures, Old Sturbridge Village.

When: Jul 31, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: Included with Regular Admission: $24 Adults, $22 Seniors (55+), $10 Youths (3-17), Children 2 & under FREE (Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09 )
Neighborhood Nature at Elm Park
Drop in anytime for activities, crafts, stories, and nature walks. Take a break from the playground to learn about the plants and animals that can be found in Worcester through hands-on projects and games.This is a free program.

When: Jul 31, 2015 1 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13 )
Veterans' Day

To celebrate Veterans Day, Old Sturbridge Village will present special activities celebrating the nation's military history.

See how lead musket balls were cast in the Small House, and get your initials stamped on your own musket ball at the Blacksmith Shop.

See how American military uniforms and weapons have changed over the past 300 years and see demonstrations of the weapons.

Meet the U.S.S. Constitution's surgeon from the War of 1812.

Children will get an opportunity to drill with toy muskets under the command of the Captain of the Village militia. Planning Ahead

Purchase your tickets online in advance to expedite your entrance into the Village.

Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.

Find more useful information for planning your visit.



When: Nov 11, 2015 11 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost:

All active, veteran and retired members of the military and their families* receive free admission on Veterans Day.  (*up to 6 people.)

(Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11 )
Craft: Artisan Beers and Trades
Check back with us soon!

More information on this exciting new event will be available shortly. Planning Ahead

Purchase your tickets online in advance to expedite your entrance into the Village.

Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.

Find more useful information for planning your visit.



When: Sep 19, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: $24 Adults, $22 Seniors (55+), $10 Youths (3-17), Children 2 & Under FREE (Sat, 19 Sep 2015 09 )
Friends' Day

Old Sturbridge Village will host it's annual day of recognition  and appreciation for you, our Members. We invite you to experience specialty food programs that will be offered throughout the day and will bring to life the foodways and culinary traditions of 19th Century New England.

Upon arrival guests will be given a keepsake collection of recipes that will help enhance their tour of the harvest experience.

In addition to these special programs, all Members attending Friends' Day will receive two admission passes to share with friends on future visits. Specialty Programs include:

• Making of Cheese
• Baking
• Preparing the Kiln for Firing
• Crafting a  Tin Kitchen
• Apple Grinding
• Foodstuffs in the Asa Knight Store
• 19th Century Vegetables: Unusual Edibles
• Preserved to Impress: Preparing Pickles and Preserves for Company 
• The Making of Cider Molasses
• Observe as Preparing the Root Cellar is Prepared for  Winter 
• Cook’s Tours of Village Gardens
• Learn about Extracting Honey and Baking Honey Cake

You may choose to register for a delicious luncheon at the Oliver Wight Tavern from 11:30-1:00 pm featuring recipes taken straight from our extensive collection of historical receipts: Luncheon Menu

Deconstructed Salad Station
OSV Curried Fowl
Yankee Pot Roast
Codfish Cakes
Mashed Potatoes
18th Century Dressed Macaroni
Roasted Root Vegetables
Baked Beans
Indian Pudding with fresh Whipped Cream

Prices for the Luncheon:
Adults $23.00  Youth 4-17 $12.00 Children under 3 are free

Come For Friend's Day and Stay for the Annual Evening Harvest Party at a Reduced Rate if you Register for the Luncheon!

Don't miss this special family-friendly night at the Village - a chance to enjoy a crisp, autumn evening in New England with special Village programs. On the Common, warm yourself by the bonfire or take a horse-drawn hayride. Stop by the barn and listen to a tale or two. Take a moment to sit and enjoy one of our live musical performances.

If you purchase a combined ticket for the luncheon and Harvest Party, each Harvest Party ticket will be reduced by an additional $2 off the already reduced member rate!  ($10 members, $14 for nonmembers).

Please call 508-347-0253 or email: membership@osv.org with any questions.
See a full list of Member benefits and Member-Only events Planning Ahead

Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges. (OSV Member discounts available)

Find more useful information for planning your visit.



When: Sep 26, 2015 1:15:00 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 26 Sep 2015 13:15:00 )
December School Vacation Week

Keep the kids busy and engaged during December school vacation at Old Sturbridge Village, with a wide range of crafts, entertainment and outdoor activities offered for all ages.

Other vacation week activities include sledding (try our 1830s-style sleds) and sleigh rides (snow permitting).

Take part in hands-on activities and see special performances all week long. Try your hand at dipping candles the old-fashioned way.

The Village, Tavern, and Gift Shops will all be open throughout the school vacation week. Planning Ahead

Purchase your tickets online in advance to expedite your entrance into the Village.

Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.

Find more useful information for planning your visit.



When: Dec 26, 2015 11:15:00 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 26 Dec 2015 11:15:00 )
Home School Day

Our Home School Days offer you and your children the opportunity to explore the Village and participate in hands-on activities. This is a great opportunity for children to gain exposure to many aspects of 1830s New England life in an interactive way.

We recommend that you allow for up to three hours to visit the Village, in addition to any scheduled hands-on studios. If time permits, consider making a quick craft in the Hands-on Crafts Center; $5-10 per activity (first come, first served); some age and safety restrictions apply.

Read more about our Home School program and check back for specific activities as this event approaches. Planning Ahead

Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.

Find more useful information for planning your visit.



When: Nov 4, 2015 11:45:00 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Wed, 04 Nov 2015 11:45:00 )
December School Vacation Week

Keep the kids busy and engaged during December school vacation at Old Sturbridge Village, with a wide range of crafts, entertainment and outdoor activities offered for all ages.

Other vacation week activities include sledding (try our 1830s-style sleds) and sleigh rides (snow permitting).

Take part in hands-on activities and see special performances all week long. Try your hand at dipping candles the old-fashioned way.

The Village, Tavern, and Gift Shops will all be open throughout the school vacation week. Planning Ahead

Purchase your tickets online in advance to expedite your entrance into the Village.

Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.

Find more useful information for planning your visit.



When: Dec 26, 2015 11:15:00 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: Adults: $24.00, Seniors (55 and over): $22.00, Youths (3-17): $8.00, Children age 2 and under: free * contact the Venue listed below for ticketing information (Sat, 26 Dec 2015 11:15:00 )
Dig In: A Field to Table Festival
Celebrate the abundance and nostalgia of a New England harvest at the peak of autumn color. Taste heirloom apples, learn about methods of food preservation still practiced today, and view the Cider Mill in operation. Savor samples at field to table food demonstrations, enjoy a meal at the food court, see local food to table chefs work in a test kitchen, and stroll through an exhibit of locally grown fruits, vegetables and flowers presented by home gardeners.

When: Oct 17, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: $24 Adults, $22 Seniors (55+), $10 Youths (3-17), FREE for Children 2 & Under (Sat, 17 Oct 2015 09 )
Christmas by Candlelight
Escape the frenzy of a modern Christmas with an enchanted evening of gingerbread, roasted chestnuts, music, dance, and a sleigh ride (weather permitting). Meet Father Christmas and chat with Santa Claus (bring your camera!).

Christmas by Candlelight highlights include:

  • Re-creation of Mrs. Cratchit's Christmas Dinner
  • Sleigh rides (weather permitting)
  • Gingerbread House Contest - winners determined by your votes
  • Holiday traditions explained and recreated- roasting chestnuts, yule logs, mistletoe, and more
  • Demonstrations of period gingerbread baking and cider mulling
  • Victorian carolers
  • Christmas keepsake to make and take home
  • Display of model railroads and trains
  • Display of a miniature New England Village
  • Display of the Little Town of Bethlehem nativity
  • Visit Father Christmas and Santa Claus
  • Punch & Judy Puppet Show
  • Christmas carol sing-a-longs
  • Holiday magic shows
  • The dance from Dicken's A Christmas Carol
  • Readings of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Readings of "The Nativity Gospel of Saint Luke" and "The Nativity Gospel of Saint Matthew"
  • A Visit from Saint Nicholas

In order to focus on the evening holiday events, Old Sturbridge Village will be closed during the day from December 1-25, 2015. The Village will return to a daytime schedule for its popular school vacation week activities Dec. 26, 2015 December 31, 2015.


When: Dec 4, 2015 8 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: $24 Adults, $22 Seniors (55+), $10 Youths (3-17), Children 2 & Under FREE (Fri, 04 Dec 2015 08 )
Textile Weekend: Everyday Elegance: Early 19th Century Clothing for Ladies and Gentlemen
Each year, Old Sturbridge Village explores a different aspect of 19th-century textiles. This year will focus on everyday elegance of ladies and gentlemen. If you are interested in 1830s fashion and period dress this special weekend is for you!

When: Aug 15, 2015 12 AM to Aug 16, 2015 12 AMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 15 Aug 2015 00 )
Craft: Artisan Beers and Trades
Craft brewers from throughout New England will serve mouth-watering beers in a spectacular beer garden, while exquisite glass artisans, woodcrafters and other tradespeople will demonstrate their work and sell their wares. See 19th century distilling practices along with hard cider sampling, and feast on delicious grilled meats and other treats.

When: Sep 19, 2015 12 AM to Sep 20, 2015 12 AMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 19 Sep 2015 00 )
Sunday Heritage Farmers Market
Support local farmers and vendors during OSV's Heritage Farmers Markets.Located outside the Visitor Center, the Farmers Market is open to museum visitors and the general public beginning on Memorial Day weekend and running through Columbus Day Weekend. (Village admission not required.)Participating vendors include:Hillcrest Apiary is a vendor of local, pure, naturally-produced honey from Southbridge, MA. Hillcrest also offers honey soap, honey dippers, and honey straws.Inishowen Farms grows perennial plants in North Brookfield, MA - including blackberry and strawberry plants, herbs, roses, irises, and more. They will also sell fresh produce.Fay Mountain Farm from Charlton, MA, offering fresh local produce and herbs throughout the season.Wendy Wildcraft from Paxton, MA, participates every other Sunday, selling handmade herbal salves, natural lip balms, and hand-blended custom teas.

When: Aug 2, 2015 12 PM to Aug 2, 2015 4 PMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sun, 02 Aug 2015 12 )
Justice Is Mind - 2nd Anniversary Screening
"In the film, past life memory and future mind tapping by machines merge in a psychological thriller, which develops slowly and then grips you with its logical twists and mysteries, haunting you afterward." Barnstable Patriot JUSTICE IS MIND, the acclaimed psychological courtroom drama that has been screening at theatres, law schools and science fiction conventions in North America and internationally, is pleased to announce its 2nd Anniversary Screening at Cinemagic in Sturbridge, Massachusetts on August 18, 2015 at 7 PM. Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased online prior to the event (see link). Set in the near future where advanced MRI technology can read your memory, JUSTICE IS MIND follows businessman and restaurant owner Henri Miller who has been afflicted with unexplained headaches since childhood. When he has the new FVMRI procedure and it reveals that he has allegedly shot and killed two people, the trial of the century begins in which Miller is faced with his own memory at trial. But all is not as it seems as a dark family secret, held by Henri’s minister father Joseph, reveals itself in the courtroom. The official trailer can be viewed at this link: http://youtu.be/t1VkaaTJAV0 Filmed locally in 2012, you’ll have the opportunity to meet writer/director Mark Lund and several of the actors and crew.

When: Aug 18, 2015 7 PM to Aug 18, 2015 10 PMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: $10.00 (Tue, 18 Aug 2015 19 )
Friday Night Songwriter's Pavilion (all original music)

Every Friday night in the summer at Hyland Orchard under the pavilion from 6-10 pm. A featured songwriter playing with our a bad-ass house band - followed by an open jam.



When: Jun 5, 2015 6 PM to Aug 21, 2015 10 PMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Fri, 05 Jun 2015 18 )
Massachusetts Outdoor Exposition
Massachusetts Outdoor Exposition is happening on 20 Sep 2015 at Hamilton Rod & Gun Club Sturbridge, United States Of America. Its a premier event in Sporting Goods, Toys & Games industry.

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When: Sep 20, 2015 12 AM to Sep 20, 2015 12 AMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sun, 20 Sep 2015 00 )
New England Made Giftware & Specialty Food Show
New England Made Giftware & Specialty Food Show is happening on 13 Sep 2015 at Sturbridge Host Hotel Sturbridge, United States Of America. Its a premier event in Bakery & Confectionery industry.

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When: Sep 13, 2015 12 AM to Sep 14, 2015 12 AMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sun, 13 Sep 2015 00 )
Crafts at Close Range: Poultry Harvesting
Learn to harvest a chicken from plucking to cleaning and a bit about 19th century butchering in the process. Each participant will bring home a chicken ready to cook for the holiday season, by the end of the class.

Instructor Victoria Belisle is the Program and Exhibit Manager of the Freeman Farmhouse & Sewing Program at Old Sturbridge Village. She has a degree in illustration, art history, and art education from Montserrat College of Art.

Program takes place in the Museum Education Center.

When: Nov 8, 2015 1 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: $55 OSV Members; $70 Non-members; Materials Fee: $10 (Sun, 08 Nov 2015 13 )
Crafts at a Close Range: Coopering
Making a wooden bucket with no nails or glue is quite a trick! Using traditional tools and techniques each participant will make a pine bucket to take home during this two-day workshop.

Instructor Phil Eckert has worked at Old Sturbridge Village in a number of capacities for almost 35 years. He is currently the Program and Exhibit Manager of Tin Production, the Bank, the Law Office, and the Firearms Program. Prior to coming to the Village, Phil has worked as a cabinet maker and as a restorer of gilt picture frames.

Previous woodworking experience is strongly recommended.

Class takes place in the Museum Education Center.



When: Sep 26, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: $205 OSV Members; $255 Non-members; $60 Materials Fee payable to instructor at beginning of class. (Sat, 26 Sep 2015 09 )
Crafts at a Close Range: Intro to Basketmaking
Learn to weave your own 19th century style basket using simple tools. Beginners will learn about the different materials that were used in the process and will be able to go home with a finished basket.

Instructor Claire Williams has been weaving baskets for thirty years. She volunteers and interprets this craft and its history at Old Sturbridge Village. She works with traditional materials, black ash and reed to create New England and Nantucket woven vessels.

All materials and tools will be included. Lunch will break from 12 to 1:00. You may find it helpful to wear an apron but this is not necessary.

Class takes place in the Museum Education Center.



When: Sep 27, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: $105 OSV Members; $130 Non-members; $25 Materials Fee payable to instructor at beginning of class. (Sun, 27 Sep 2015 09 )
Crafts at Close Range: Forge a Cooking Trivet
Class takes place in the Blacksmith Studio at the Museum Education Center; limited to 4 participants
Please Note: Wear closed-toe shoes, and clothes that you don't mind getting ruined

Trivets were an essential part of Village period cookware and came in many forms. In this class, participants will have a chance to make their own trivet. This project is an exercise in welding, riveting, punching, and general forging techniques. Previous blacksmithing experience preferred.

Instructor Derek Heidemann is the Coordinator of Mens Crafts at the Village, and has been practicing traditional methods of 19th century blacksmithing since 2001. Derek began teaching classes in 2010 and gets top honors from his students.

When: Nov 8, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: $105 OSV Members; $130 Non-members; Materials Fee: $15 (Sun, 08 Nov 2015 09 )
Crafts at Close Range: Forge Welding
Forge welding is a process that has been integral to blacksmithing since the beginning of the Iron Age. Students will learn the basics of this process by making a chain. Other forge welding techniques will also be discussed. Instructor Derek Heidemann has been practicing traditional methods of 19th century blacksmithing since 2001. Derek began teaching classes in 2010 and gets top honors from his students.

Wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that you do not mind ruining.

Event takes place in the Blacksmith Studio at the Museum Education Center.


When: Sep 27, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: $105 OSV Members; $130 Non-members; Materials Fee: $15 (Sun, 27 Sep 2015 09 )
Crafts at a Close Range: Yarn Sewing
Begin to stitch a yarn sewn piece suitable for a footstool cover, table mat, or doll house rug. This practical and decorative technique was commonly used in the 18th and 19th centuries to make hearthrugs, coverlets and mittens.

Instructor Linda Oakley has interpreted at Old Sturbridge Village for over 30 years. She specializes in household crafts and foodways. Join her for an in-depth look at the history, the skills and tools necessary, and the materials used then and now.

All materials are provided. Beginners are welcome.

Class takes place in the Museum Education Center.

When: Sep 27, 2015 1 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: $55 OSV Members; $70 Non-members; $10 Materials Fee payable to instructor at beginning of class. (Sun, 27 Sep 2015 13 )
Crafts at Close Range: Basic Blacksmithing
Learn about the shaping of iron and steel with fire and hammer! Students learn the basic techniques and operations of 19th-century blacksmithing by fashioning hooks and nails. Instructor Tim Dauphinais has smithed for more than 30 years. He has taught beginner and advance blacksmithing classes for almost as long. Advisory: Wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.

When: Sep 26, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: $105 OSV Members; $130 Non-members; Materials Fee: $15 (Sat, 26 Sep 2015 09 )
Crafts at Close Range: Traditional Rug Making 1790-1850
Bring along a rug you are hooking or a wool quilt that you are making and learn to add different techniques from the early 1800s. A small canvas will also be provided so that you may also start a small pillow or mat. We will cover shirred wools, including beaded wool, center shirring, caterpillar braid, button shirring, patch shirring, and a little yarn sewing to make a really unique piece.

Instructor Rose Ann Hunter has been a textile structuralist for thirty years. She was chosen in 2005 as craftsperson-in-residence at Old Sturbridge Village in traditional rugmaking 1790 to 1850 and lectures at various museums, conferences and guilds throughout New England and the US. She has adapted and developed over 30 techniques of rug making by recycling fabrics that are sewn, knitted or crocheted into folk art.

A small kit will be provided that includes a five inch shirring needle, threads, and wool fabrics to work with. All materials are included in the materials fee.

Class Takes place in the Museum Education Center.

When: Sep 27, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: $105 OSV Members; $130 Non-members; Materials Fee: $20 (Sun, 27 Sep 2015 09 )
Crafts at Close Range: Preserving the Harvest
Learn and practice early 19th Century techniques for preserving, food-salting, pickling, jellying, and drying. Historical background included.

Instructor Linda Oakley has interpreted at Old Sturbridge Village for over 30 years. She specializes in household crafts and foodways. Join her for an in-depth look at the history, the skills and tools necessary, and the materials used then and now.

Bring 100% cotton or linen aprons if desired, no sandals or shorts please!

Class takes place in the Museum Education Center.

When: Sep 26, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: $105 OSV Members; $130 Non-members; $15 Materials Fee payable to instructor at beginning of class. (Sat, 26 Sep 2015 09 )
Crafts at Close Range: Decorative Floorcloths
A floorcloth is a painted canvas alternative to a more expensive carpet. These durable, colorful floor coverings were popular in 19th century America and fit well into both traditional and modern rooms. Participants also learn how to take a design and adapt it for use on their future projects. Participants will finish a 24 x 36 floorcloth.

Instructor Nancy Sherren is a decorative arts painter who operates her business from her home, the 1793 Morris Brown House in Providence, Rhode Island, a National Register House. She has studied early American Decoration at Rhode Island School of Design and the Fuller Craft Museum. A retired school teacher, Nancy has been engaged in research and application of early American design and preservation for nearly 20 years.

Program takes place at the Museum Education Center.

When: Nov 8, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: $105 OSV Members; $130 Non-member; Materials Fee: $50, payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. (Sun, 08 Nov 2015 09 )
Crafts at Close Range: Penny Rugs
Penny Rugs: Wool on Wool Appliqué

In the early 1800s thrifty homemakers would recycle worn textiles into folk art designs to create decorative bed coverings, table mats and mantle pieces to adorn their home. Most designs were made of layers of circles traced from coins, hence the penny rug. Other pieces used images of fruits, flowers, houses, and animals that were drawn to create a colorful canvas to brighten their home. With this wool on wool process, we will use a blanket stitch and other decorative stitches to embellish our unique piece. We will add other historic techniques such as shirred vines and chenille shirred borders. Just bring along a pair of scissors and a complete kit will be supplied of wools and threads and needles.

Instructor Rose Ann Hunter has been a textile structuralist for thirty years. She was chosen in 2005 as craftsperson-in-residence at Old Sturbridge Village in traditional rugmaking 1790 to 1850 and lectures at various museums, conferences and guilds throughout New England and the US. She has adapted and developed over 30 techniques of rug making by recycling fabrics that are sewn, knitted or crocheted into folk art.

Program takes place in the Museum Education Center.

When: Nov 8, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: $105 OSV Members; $130 Non-members; Materials Fee: $20, payable to instructor (Sun, 08 Nov 2015 09 )
Crafts at Close Range: Bread and Basket
This workshop can be taken as a half day or full day session. In the morning, make hearth baked bread and an early 19th century cheese spread just in time for Thanksgiving. In the afternoon, make a small basket. The result makes a lovely presentation for your holiday table or a great hostess gift.

Instructors: Ryan Beckman and Claire Williams. Ryan Beckman is the Program and Exhibit Manager of Historic Foodways and the Hearthside Bounty program at Old Sturbridge Village. Her passion and specialty are historic food ways – the history and science behind these kitchen traditions. Claire Williams has been weaving baskets for thirty years. She volunteers and interprets this craft and its history at Old Sturbridge Village. She works with traditional materials, black ash and reed to create New England and Nantucket woven vessels.

Takes place in Museum Education Center.

When: Nov 8, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: $55 OSV Members $70 Non-members; Materials: $15 (For morning session); $105 OSV Members $130 Non-members Materials $25 (For Full Day Session) (Sun, 08 Nov 2015 09 )

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