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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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American Red Cross Blood Drive
When: Aug 18, 2014 1 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13 )
sober in the suns 3rd annual poker run0
Event Name: sober in the suns 3rd annual poker run0

City: Sturbridge

State: Massachusetts

Dates: Jul/26 - Jul/26/2014

Location: 660 main st Sturbridge buisness park

Details:

sober in the suns 3rd annual poker run

registration 9 am 660 main st sturbridge mass 01566

$20 per rider $ 10 passenger

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Pulaski pasrk 40 Belchertown st Three rivers mass

walk in welcome $ per person

join us for some great food and music

Contact Info: Email Us
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Website: http://www.soberfestival.org



When: Jul 26, 2014 12 AM to Jul 26, 2014 12 AMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 26 Jul 2014 00 )
Agricultural Exhibition
Experience an old-fashioned agricultural exhibition complete with demonstrations of early New England farm equipment, period craftsmen, and displays of Village-grown heirloom vegetables, herbs, and flowers, as well as heritage breed farm animals. On Sunday, see the Village ox teams compete with visiting teams in plowing matches and cart competitions. Tour the Village root cellar and learn how they were used. Demonstrations and hands-on activities get visitors close to the action. See ox-powered apple grinding (Saturday) and pressing (Sunday) at the Cider Mill. Watch field mowing or assist with plowing, and grain threshing. Watch butter, cheese, and ice cream being made. Help knit or crochet scarves for soldiers through Knitting for a Cause. Home gardeners can enter their heirloom vegetables and flowers in a competition for premiums following 19th-century judging standards. See the website for more information and to purchase tickets online.

When: Sep 13, 2014 10 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: Included in admission (Sat, 13 Sep 2014 10 )
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 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 other ornamentals. They will also be selling fresh produce.

Rt 32 Bakery is a home-based bakery in Monson, MA. They will be selling quick breads, cookies, pie squares, BBQ rubs, and more.

King's Berry Farms is a vendor of fresh, seasonal produce including organic vegetables, berries, and mums.

Cooper's Hilltop Dairy Farm 

*Product availability may vary.

Local vendors interested in participating, click here for more information.



When: Jul 22, 2014 12 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12 )
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. 2013-2014 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: Dec 28, 2014 5 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost:

$85 per person ($75 for OSV Members)Register securely online


(Sun, 28 Dec 2014 17 )
Yankee Winter Weekend Package

This package, back by popular demand, makes the perfect weekend get-away. Guests will be greeted with a welcome reception at the  Old Sturbridge? Inn and Reeder Family Lodges, located adjacent to the village, where they will enjoy two nights of lodging. Saturday and Sunday will find the visitor exploring our 19th-century Village. Saturday night, after the Village has closed, guests will return to the candle-lit Village to enjoy a hearth-cooked dinner for two at the Bullard Tavern and a 19th-century magic show by Richard Potter. On Sunday a large brunch will be provided at the Oliver Wight Tavern. Reserve now.



When: Feb 28, 2015 12 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost:

Pricing for this package starts at $375.

Sold out

(Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12 )
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. 2013-2014 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 18, 2015 5 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost:

$85 per person ($75 for OSV Members)Register securely online


(Wed, 18 Feb 2015 17 )
21st Annual RRI Rise & Run Road Race


When: Oct 4, 2014 6 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 04 Oct 2014 06 )
Agricultural Exhibition at Old Sturbridge Village
The coming of fall meant the approach of the harvest for 19th century New Englanders.

It's in the spirit of that season that Old Sturbridge Village presents the Agricultural Exhibition, which will take place September 13-14.

Costumed historians will demonstrate 1830s farming techniques, and visitors are welcome to try plowing behind the Village's team of oxen.

OSV will also be showcasing heritage breed farm animals and heirloom vegetables.

When: Sep 13, 2014 12 AM to Sep 14, 2014 12 AMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 13 Sep 2014 00 )
An Evening of Illumination

The annual Evening of Illumination will take place at Old Sturbridge Village on November 8. Explore a time without electricity and street lights. Take in the captivating scenes of an early New England village lit only by candles, oil lamps, and fireplaces. Tours will be offered to select buildings around the Village, and the night will be capped off with refreshments in the Bullard Tavern, including mulled cider and a cash bar. 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.



When: Nov 8, 2014 6 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost:

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

Registration will open in early Autumn. 

(Sat, 08 Nov 2014 18 )
Textile Weekend
This weekend offers a rare glimpse into the Village's textile collection.

Visitors can enjoy tours of the collection and take part in hands-on activities.

Previous textile events have focused on quilting, needlework, 19th-century fashion accessories, weaving and spinning.

For details: 800-733-1830; or you can visit www.osv.org

When: Aug 16, 2014 12 AM to Aug 17, 2014 12 AMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 16 Aug 2014 00 )
Family Fun Days
Come celebrate Labor Day Weekend at Old Sturbridge Village on August 30-September 1.

Play games ranging from base-ball to French & English (tug-of-war).

Make a craft, meet oxen in training, or watch a toy fire-balloon flight.

Other shows include 19th century magic with Bob Olson, the Old Sturbridge Village Singers, and the Old Sturbridge Village Dancers.

When: Aug 30, 2014 12 AM to Sep 1, 2014 12 AMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00 )
Friends/Members Day at Old Sturbridge Village
September 27 is Friends' Day at Old Sturbridge Village.

Our appreciation for our members goes beyond a single day, but we'd like to set aside a day to recognize and thank our members for all the support they give OSV.

Members will enjoy special programs throughout the day, as well as receiving two admission passes to share with friends on future visits.

When: Sep 27, 2014 12 AM to Sep 27, 2014 12 AMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 27 Sep 2014 00 )
Treats and Tricks
When: Oct 24, 2014 6 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18 )
From Field to Table Weekend at OSV
Costumed interpreters at Old Sturbridge Village will show how early New Englanders brought in the harvest and celebrated the bounty with the beautiful colors of fall serving as the backdrop to this unique and industrious time of year.

OSV invites visitors to learn firsthand about all the hard work that went into an 1830s fall harvest: try digging at potatoes, threshing grain, husking corn, and pressing apple cider.

When: Oct 18, 2014 12 AM to Oct 19, 2014 12 AMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00 )
Friends' Day
When: Sep 27, 2014 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: Adults $24.00 Seniors (65 and over) $22.00 Youths (3-17) $8.00 Children age 2 and under Admitted Free (Sat, 27 Sep 2014 09 )
Apple Days
Old Sturbridge Village presents a weekend full of apple-related activities including apple picking, orchard tours, and cider-making at the ox-powered cider mill.

You can try tasting heirloom apple varieties, pressing your own cider, and making apple-themed crafts.

Members are welcome to put their finest baking to the test in the apple pie contest.

When: Oct 4, 2014 12 AM to Oct 5, 2014 12 AMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 04 Oct 2014 00 )
Mark Gamsjager and The Lustre Kings
Age Limit: All Ages

Mark Gamsjager and The Lustre Kings



When: Sep 26, 2014 8 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Fri, 26 Sep 2014 20 )
Redcoats and Rebels
Old Sturbridge Village is home to the largest military re-enactment in New England with more than 1,000 actors portraying British, Hessian, French, Irish, Scottish, French, and American Colonial troops.

From August 2-3 the air around OSV will be filled with musket and cannon smoke, and the sounds of mock battles taking place.

On Saturday, the museum will remain open until 8:00 p.m. We hope you'll take the opportunity of this "Twilight Encampment" to mingle with the troops around their campfires.

For more details, you can visit www.osv.org.

When: Aug 2, 2014 12 AM to Aug 3, 2014 12 AMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 02 Aug 2014 00 )
Scout Day

Scout Day at Old Sturbridge Village is one of the Scout programs offered by OSV, 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 15, 2014 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost:

For every one scout in uniform one parent gets in for the child rate ($8). Purchase tickets here.

(Sat, 15 Nov 2014 09 )
Christmas by Candlelight
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings,
4:00 p.m.  - 9:00 p.m.

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!).

In order to focus on the evening holiday events, Old Sturbridge Village will be closed during the day from December 2-25. The Village will return to a daytime schedule for its popular school vacation week activities Dec. 26, 2013 – Jan. 4, 2014.

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"
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: Dec 5, 2014 4 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: $15 per person ($13 OSV Members) * contact the Venue listed below for ticketing information (Fri, 05 Dec 2014 16 )
Apple Days
When: Oct 4, 2014 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: Adults $24.00 Seniors (65 and over) $22.00 Youths (3-17) $8.00 Children age 2 and under Admitted Free (Sat, 04 Oct 2014 09 )
Textile Weekend
Kids 17 and under receive free admission to OSV this summer during July and August when accompanied by an adult paying full price admission. Each year, Old Sturbridge Village explores a different aspect of 19th-century textiles. Past topics have included 19th-Century clothing, quilting, needlework, and women's domestic textile production. See the website for more information and to purchase tickets online.

When: Aug 16, 2014 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: Included in admission (Sat, 16 Aug 2014 09 )
Thanksgiving Weekend
Join us every weekend in November to experience the traditions of an early 19th-century New England Thanksgiving. In the early 19th-century, Thanksgiving Day had not yet been set officially as the fourth Thursday of November and the date changed from year to year and even from state to state. In that spirit and to help get everyone in the mood for the ultimate New England holiday, we are offering Thanksgiving programming on every weekend in November. Every Weekend: See how Thanksgiving food was prepared. Hear Thanksgiving proclamations (Saturdays) and sermons (Sundays) at the Center Meetinghouse. See Target Shooting Matches, a favorite after-dinner passtime of the era.


When: Nov 27, 2014 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: Included in admission (Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09 )
Family Fun Days
Kids 17 and under receive free admission to OSV this summer during July and August when accompanied by an adult paying full price admission. Bring the whole family and celebrate Labor Day Weekend with games and excitement for everyone! You're invited to join the fun on these days: play baseball the way early New Englanders did, make a craft, join a game of French & English (tug of war), meet the oxen in training, try your hand at marbling paper, see a puppet show, watch a toy fire-balloon flight, visit the Freeman Farm, stop and see craftsmen at work, and much more. 19th-century magic with Bob Olson. Old Sturbridge Village Singers. Learn a dance with the Old Sturbridge Village Dancers. See the website for more information and to purchase tickets online.

When: Aug 30, 2014 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: Included in admission (Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09 )
Scout Day

Scout Days at Old Sturbridge Village are one of the special Scout programs offered by OSV and provide Boy and Girl 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.

Check back for details about this Scout Day as the registration date approaches.

Stay a little longer...special Scout Overnights scheduled! Planning Ahead

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

Find more useful information for planning your visit.



When: Apr 11, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost:

For every one scout in uniform one parent gets in for the child rate ($8). Purchase tickets here.

(Sat, 11 Apr 2015 09 )
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Learn more about New England's civil rights legacy as our costumed historians portray important 19th-century abolitionist leaders. Tammy Denease Richardson will portray Elizabeth “Mum Bett” Freeman and share the story of how this one-time slave won her freedom in court in 1781. Costumed interpreters will also portray Abby Kelley, a 19th-century abolitionist and women’s rights activist, and William Lloyd Garrison, one of the founders of the American Anti-Slavery Society.

  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: Jan 19, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09 )
Mother's Day

Free admission and a special gift, a blend of favorite heirloom seeds, for moms (while supplies last) on Mother's Day at Old Sturbridge Village and enter a giveaway to win a Village-made tea set. 

Family events are planned throughout the day, including a "Moms vs. Kids" tug-o-war, hands-on crafts, and performances.

Visit the Village households and craftshops to learn about parenting in the 19th century. See the tinsmith make a baby rattle and the potter make flower pots. Learn about cooking for children and hear performances of "Songs for Mothers and Children."

Take a tour of the OSV gardens with a focus on medicinal plants used by mothers during the early 19th century.

Enter a giveaway to win a special Mother's Day basket at the Museum Gift Shop. 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: May 10, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sun, 10 May 2015 09 )
Patriots' Day

Join us in learning how the start of the Revolutionary War affected a small New England community.

Patriots' Day observances at Old Sturbridge will resound with the peal of bells, the stirring beat of drums and the thrilling call of the fife, as the Sturbridge Militia musters on the common on Monday, April 20th. Special programs and activities throughout the day will invite visitors to experience the sights and sounds of our colonial ancestors, reacting with hasty alarm to action at Lexington and Concord.

Men hasten from their farms, homes and families to march to the aid of those already engaged in the initial battle of the American Revolution against King George's tyranny. Housewives cook and entertain in their kitchens and parlors, watching from a window or doorstep perhaps, as the men march off to war. Then, young visitors are invited to become minutemen and women, wielding muskets and swords, learning to drill and march, flags flying, in the manner of the boys of '76. "Muskets" are provided for this ever-popular exercise in leadership, bravery, and derring-do for small patriots.

Witness the making of real musket balls in the small house; in the museum's craft center you may make your own Revolutionary War cartridge, using paper, ball and "powder".

Thrill to the songs sung during and of those perilous times;  observe the uniformed splendor of the Emerick brothers as they provide, with correct military music, background for the day's events. This year they will present a special fife and drum program, contrasting and comparing military tunes of the American Revolution with what our American soldiers would hear thirty-six years later, in our 1812 second war with Great Britain.

Not all Americans fought against the British crown; many sided with and pledged their allegiance to the king. They called themselves loyalists; to them, our patriots were rebels. On the 20th,  you are invited to meet one of those loyalists;  he will tell you of his side of the conflict, oft times at the cost of hardship and heartache to him and his family.

This year, it is our pleasure and privilege to present yet another aspect of our nation's military history. Two hundred years ago, our still-young country was fighting another war with Great Britain, the War of 1812, in which the plucky "Old Ironsides" played so notable a part. The U.S.S. Constitution's surgeon will be present, wearing full 1812 naval regalia, to describe life and the practice of medicine aboard the historic vessel.

And, as ever, the life of our village swirls and eddies about us. The sheep, pigs, cows and oxen, the chickens and turkeys go about their busy work and play throughout the village, offering occasional photo ops, as do youngsters enjoying the games of yesteryear.  The housewives and their families, though war threatens their young country, are observing the rites of spring. Important business is conducted among tradesmen and craftsmen. Textiles and fashions and clothing offer a history lesson of their own. Enjoy the harmony of historic purpose and achievement in our splendid springtime nineteenth century setting.

How did the news of Lexington and Concord affect a small New England community? For a day of history, entertainment and discovery, visit Old Sturbridge Village on April 20th as we celebrate our nation's beginning and continuing perseverance, in war and in peace. 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: Apr 20, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09 )
Native American Weekend

Explore the role of Native Americans in early New England through a weekend of stories, demonstrations, cooking, and more. 

Watch and listen to Native American flute making and music by Hawk Henries. Meet “Indian Doctress” Molly Geet.

On Sunday, see demonstrations by experts on Native American foodways and tool use. 

Plus, costumed historians will present hearth cooking demonstrations of Native American influence on New England cooking and basket making. Activities also include Native American-themed performances and hands-on crafts. 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: Apr 25, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 25 Apr 2015 09 )
Music & Art Weekend

Free admission and a special gift (while supplies last) for dads on Father's Day, Sunday, June 15.

The Village comes alive with the lost sounds and sights of 19th-century popular music and art as more than 50 singers, dancers, musicians, and artists perform and demonstrate. See antique instruments from the Village collection that are rarely on display. See fife and drum music performed. Learn how to play a tin whistle. 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: Jun 20, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 20 Jun 2015 09 )
Garden Workshop

A workshop for the home gardener, no experience necessary.

Planning your first vegetable garden or hoping to improve the quality of your backyard vegetable garden? Join us as this popular program returns for its sixth year with an emphasis on techniques to start and succeed with common vegetables.

Consider entering items from your harvest at our Agricultural Exhibition in September.Follow-up programs during spring and summer

As a special benefit of participation in this March workshop, a series of follow-up demonstrations will take place in our OSV gardens on select weekends during the 2015 garden season. These demonstrations will be available exclusively to March workshop participants.

Please note: OSV Members and Sturbridge residents are admitted to the Village free for these follow-up programs.  March Garden Workshop participants who are not OSV Members or Sturbridge residents will be eligible for half-price admission to OSV on these scheduled days. Planning Ahead

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

Find more useful information for planning your visit.



When: Mar 21, 2015 1 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 21 Mar 2015 13 )
Celtic Celebration

St. Patrick’s Day events will be in full swing at Old Sturbridge Village March 14-15. The daytime “Celtic Celebration” will feature Irish music, food, step dancing, and stories. Irish musicians will explain the difference between jigs and reels and tell of the Irish experience through song. Museum exhibits and historians will explain what caused the wave of Irish immigration in the 19th century and talk about what life was like for Irish families after they arrived in America.  

Make this weekend a getaway with our Celtic Celebration Package at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges 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: Mar 14, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 14 Mar 2015 09 )
Black History Weekend

Old Sturbridge Village recognizes Juneteenth (a celebration dating back to 1865 thought to be the first known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States) by telling some of the most inspiring stories in African-American history. Visitors can learn about the movement leading up to the abolition of slavery that took place in the early 19th century and also enjoy activities and crafts with African-American themes.  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: Jun 13, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 13 Jun 2015 09 )
Be Mine: Chocolate and Valentines

Chocolate and valentines are two hallmarks of Valentine's Day celebrations.  Learn more about both during this fun (and delicious) weekend. Chocolate Making

Learn about the history of chocolate - from bean to beverage.  OSV historians will demonstrate processing chocolate by hand using cacao beans in the original manner of ancient Mexico, where chocolate originates.  They will use a "metate" to grind freshly roasted chocolate "nibs" to make a hot, spiced chocolate drink.  Learn the secret behind the 1824 recipe for "chocolate cake."Historic Valentines

Children can make their own valentines and visitors of all ages can "meet" the local woman responsible for the popularity of sending valentines in the United States.  Portraits of her parents hang year-round in the Fitch House.

Worcester resident Esther Howland was the daughter of a stationery maker and received an English valentine from one of her father's associates in 1847.  Inspired to design her own, Esther originally hand-made valentines with friends in her family's home with paper lace and floral decorations imported from England.

The business flourished as the popularity of these ornate and sentimental cards grew. Eventually she sold the business to the Whitney Valentine Company.  Worcester was the center of the commercial valentine industry until World War II. 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: Feb 7, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 07 Feb 2015 09 )
Antique Car Rally

More than 50 pre-1946 automobiles will be showcased on the Common throughout the day and a grand procession of the autos will take place at 3:30 p.m.

Come back the next day for the Antique Carriage Rally.

If you are interested in participating with your antique automobile, please contact Jim O'Brien.

See a slide show. 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: Jun 6, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 06 Jun 2015 09 )
Washington's Birthday Celebrations

The birthday of the young nation's first great hero inspired great celebration among early 19th-century Americans. They gathered to offer toasts to George Washington and other important figures of the day. And they held balls, complete with Washington Cake and dancing.

On Saturday, Old Sturbridge Village will celebrate the Washington's Birthday weekend  in the exact same spirit. Visitors can take part in traditional toasts to George Washington and other famous American patriots, and learn more about the country's first president during presentations of "I Cannot Tell a Lie: Celebrating the Life and Accomplishments of George Washington in Story and Song." 

You'll be having a ball, too -- literally. Skirts will swirl on as the Old Sturbridge Village dancers present a Washington Birthday Ball on Saturday. Beforehand, OSV historians will discuss etiquette for the ball in "Please Take Hands"; and 1830s ball accessories in "Frills and Furbelows." Visitors can learn various dances of the time, including contra dances and cotillions, which were forerunners of today’s line dancing and square dancing.

Other U.S. Presidents from our early history will also be on hand to join in the celebrations. President and Mrs. Grant will be present on Sunday and John Quincy Adams will join us on Monday. And if your name is George or Martha, you receive free admission to the Village during President's Day weekend! 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: Feb 14, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 14 Feb 2015 09 )
February School Vacation Week

February School Vacation Week is filled with fun and engaging activities for kids - and their parents!

Be sure to read more about the special events planned for Washington's Birthday weekend celebration.

Visitors can enjoy candle-making demonstrations, sleigh rides, and sledding on 1830s-style reproduction sleds (all snow-related activities are weather permitting). 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: Feb 14, 2015 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 14 Feb 2015 09 )
Turkey Trot 2014


When: Nov 22, 2014 12 AM to Nov 22, 2014 12 AMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00 )
Lara Hope & The Ark- Tones
RETURN TO THE MILLTOWN HOT ROD N KUSTOM ROCK N ROLL WEEKENDER!! http://www.returntothemilltown.com/

When: Aug 2, 2014 12 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 02 Aug 2014 12 )
Groofus


When: Aug 9, 2014 12 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 09 Aug 2014 12 )
Celtic Cats
August 9-10, 2014
Celtic Cats
Sturbridge, MA
Info:Francine Hicks, 207-353-2633
Hotel:Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center, 366 Main St., Sturbridge, MA; 508-347-7393



When: Aug 9, 2014 12 AM to Aug 10, 2014 12 AMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 09 Aug 2014 00 )
American Red Cross Blood Drive
When: Sep 27, 2014 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Sat, 27 Sep 2014 09 )
American Red Cross Blood Drive
When: Sep 22, 2014 1 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts (Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13 )
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, 2014 9 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 (Fri, 26 Dec 2014 09 )
Knowledge Empowers You! Newton Workshop - MA

Scheduled Topics available on the workshop page of our website.

Our workshops are great fun! We incorporate learning and excitement into your educational experience and we hope that you go back to work, ready to use that system to it's fullest. Our presenters are the top in their field and make sure no one is left behind. One of the great parts of being at one of our workshops are the other agents! Often our best ideas for workflows and processes come directly from our attendees and this teamwork is invaluable to everyone.

These are full-day sessions from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM with lunch included and a workbook to take home.  It's always wonderful to have our agents together, sharing the processes and features of our system that they love.



When: Oct 14, 2014 9 AM to Oct 14, 2014 4 PMin Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit EventBrite.com for pricing. (Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09 )
Yuletide Concert featuring the Worcester Chamber Music Society

Enjoy a unique opportunity to experience an evening of music and fine dining featuring the Worcester Chamber Music Society.

Hailed as a group with imagination, style and chops, the Worcester County Music Society took the Worcester, Massachusetts scene by storm with its initial concert in 2006. Within eight years, it has become a recognized cultural presence within the Greater Worcester area by presenting sold-out concerts to captivated audiences. WCMS brings world-class chamber music to intimate Greater Worcester venues. WCMS nurtures the community through a unique combination of affordable concerts, education and community engagement.

The evening will begin at 6:00 pm with a cash bar where you can sip on seasonal cocktails and will move into the Oliver Wight Tavern at 6:30 for a menu meant to warm your winter night. Following your meal this special performance will be taking place in the idyllic Center Meetinghouse inside the village. Menu

Tossed Mixed Greens with Dried Cranberries, Candied Walnuts and Cider Vinaigrette
OSV Bread Baskets Entrees:

Braised Short Ribs with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Root Vegetables
Vegetarian option: Available upon request Dessert:

Chocolate Peppermint Cake
Regular & Decaf Coffee and Assorted Teas 

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. For information about this package program please call: 508-347-5056.



When: Dec 11, 2014 6 PM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost:

OSV Members: $50 per person
Non-Members: $60 per person

Program begins at 6:00 pmRegister Securely Online


(Thu, 11 Dec 2014 18 )
From Field to Table Weekend
When: Oct 18, 2014 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: Adults $24.00 Seniors (65 and over) $22.00 Youths (3-17) $8.00 Children age 2 and under Admitted Free (Sat, 18 Oct 2014 09 )
Veteran’s Day

Old Sturbridge Village celebrates Veterans Day on Tuesday, November 11 by offering all veterans and active military personnel and their families (up to six people) free admission. Kids can use toy muskets to drill with the militia. Costumed historians will be wearing uniforms detailing 300 years of military history. Get your own musket ball with your initials on it at the blacksmith’s shop, and enjoy the Village’s other regularly scheduled activities.



When: Nov 11, 2014 9 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.)

(Tue, 11 Nov 2014 09 )
Harvest Party
When: Sep 27, 2014 9 AM in Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Cost: $12 per person (OSV Members: $10) * contact the Venue listed below for ticketing information (Sat, 27 Sep 2014 09 )

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