Free Admission to Old Sturbridge Village Friday, August 24

Friday, August 17, 2012

Highland Street Foundation sponsors “Free Fun Friday” at OSV

(Sturbridge, Mass.) August 17, 2012: Free admission to Old Sturbridge Village is offered to all on Friday, Aug. 24, part of the Free Fun Fridays sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation in Newton, MA. Free Fun Fridays is an annual 10-week summer program that opens the doors to some of the best cultural institutions in Massachusetts at no cost to visitors.

This year, a record-breaking 50 venues are participating in Free Fun Fridays, with five cultural venues open free-of-charge each Friday this summer through Aug. 31. In addition to Old Sturbridge Village, other institutions offering free admission on the Aug. 24 Free Fun Friday include the Basketball Hall of Fame, the American Textile History Museum, the USS Constitution Museum, and the Boston Harbor Island Alliance, which will offer free ferry ride tickets to Georges Island and Spectacle Island.

Last year, more than 12,000 visited Old Sturbridge Village on Free Fun Friday – the highest single day admission in the Village’s history. Based on record attendance at last year’s event, OSV is adding extra staff and resources for the day, and anticipates many first-time visitors to the living history museum, located in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.

Old Sturbridge Village, famous for its historians in costume and heritage breed farm animals, has more than 40 antique homes and buildings, three water powered mills, a working farm, heirloom gardens, and two covered bridges. Admission is free on Friday, Aug. 24, and the Village also offers stagecoach and riverboat rides for $3 each, and a variety of hands-on “make and take” crafts, starting at $5 each. Old Sturbridge Village has a full service bookstore, gift shop, and two on-site dining locations and is open from 9:30 – 5:00 p.m. Details:

“Visitors enjoy coming to Old Sturbridge Village because they can see what life was like in early New England. They can talk with the  printer, potter, and blacksmith as they work, ride a stagecoach, tour our gardens, and meet our Heritage breed farm animals,” notes Ann Lindblad, OSV vice president of communications. “Hats off to the Highland Street Foundation for its generosity in making one-of-a-kind museum experiences like ours available to so many people.”

According to Blake Jordan, executive director of the Highland Street Foundation, “The mission of Free Fun Fridays is to make some of the best cultural sites in Massachusetts accessible to all families. We are delighted that Old Sturbridge Village is participating again this year – it is one of our most popular venues each summer.”

Since it was established in 1989, the Highland Street Foundation has donated more than $135 million to many worthy non-profit organizations. It is committed to addressing the needs and concerns of children and families, primarily in Massachusetts and California, specifically in the areas of education, housing, mentoring, health care, environment, and the arts.

Normally, admission to Old Sturbridge Village is $24 for adults, $22 for seniors, and $10 for youth 3-17. Sturbridge residents and children 3 and under are always admitted free. OSV is located just off the Massachusetts Turnpike and Routes I-84 and 20 in Sturbridge, Mass. For more information, visit: /free-fun-fridays.html and
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Ann Lindblad
VP Communications
Old Sturbridge Village

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