10th Annual Gala

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 10:30am

Please join us for the 10th Annual Old Sturbridge Village Gala. The Village's largest fundraising event of the year, the Gala includes fabulous cocktail and elegant stations, live and silent auctions

Time: Begins at 5:30 pm 
Location: Oliver Wight Tavern, Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA

Master of Ceremonies

Susan Wornick, former WCVB anchor

Thank you to the presenting sponsor of the 10th Annual Gala, Country Bank.

Purchase Tickets

Tickets are $175 per person. Purchase tickets online here.

Auction Preview

See a sampling of our live and silent auction items here.

1946 Circle HonoreesThe Hillmans

Old Sturbridge Village is delighted to honor Reed and Therese Hillman as the 1946 Circle Honorees at the 10th Annual Gala. Reed and Therese have been part of the Village and the community for many years.

Reed is a former Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police and former Massachusetts State Representative. He is currently a professor and chair of the Criminal Justice department at Mt. Wachusett Community College. Reed served on the Board of Trustees for Old Sturbridge Village from 2007 to 2012 as well as on the Boards of Harrington Memorial Hospital and Rehabilitative Resources.  He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Old Sturbridge Academy, the new public charter school opening in August of 2017.

Therese recently retired from 27 years of teaching third grade at Sturbridge’s Burgess Elementary School and her approach to teaching was strongly inspired by things she learned at Old Sturbridge Village. Her former students fondly remember the classroom adventures of dyeing wool with local plants, boiling down maple syrup from trees tapped on the Hillman's property, or making ink and trying their hand with quill pens on parchment. All lessons which were easily reinforced by the annual classroom visits to the Village. She also has a passion for horses and old houses.

The couple’s first home in Sturbridge was an antique farmhouse off of Podunk Road, bought after they married in 1978. Reed and Therese are the proud parents of two adult children, Ethan and Amber, and their three grandchildren. We are thrilled to be honoring a couple who is deeply involved in their community and Old Sturbridge Village at this year’s Gala.

For further information or to contribute to Old Sturbridge Village in honor of the Hillmans and become a member of the 1946 Circle, please contact us at 508-347-0210 or gala@osv.org.

2017 Gala Santa

For a sixth year, Vaillancourt Folk Art of Sutton,MA will issue a limited-edition, chalkware Santa celebrating Old Sturbridge Village. Created exclusively for the Village from vintage European chocolate molds and hand painted, the heirloom piece celebrates the opening of the Old Sturbridge Academy Charter School. Each limited-edition Santa will be signed and numbered by the artist, Judi Vaillancourt. This year's Old Sturbridge Village Vaillancourt Santa will be unveiled at the Village's Annual Gala on September 16, 2017.

Click Here to Order Your 2017 Old Sturbridge Village Vaillancourt Santa

Click here to learn more about Vaillancourt folk art


Santa Front Santa Back

2017 Gala Chairmen

Ann Marie Argitis, 2008

Elizabeth H. Peppel, 2009

John J. Argitis, 2010

Joan M. McGrath, 2011

Lisa Dalberth 2012

Angela Cheng-Cimini, 2013

Ron and Kathy Vairo, 2014, 2015, 2016


Become a sponsor of the Gala, advertise in the program book or include a support line in the program book. More information and forms are available here

For further information, contact us at 508-347-0210 or gala@osv.org

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