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Hometown Marketplace

Anticipation at a fever pitch for Shop Small in Whitinsville

By Rod Lee

“Small Business Saturday” in downtown Whitinsville may still be two weeks away but the buzz on Church St. is already loud, as the twenty-seven merchants who are participating in the fourth edition of the event look forward to November 25th.

“It’s awesome,” Shauna Baker of The Flower Shop, 110 Church St., said. Ms. Baker had emerged from a work area to the rear of her full-service florist and gift shop to talk with a visitor about the Thanksgiving-weekend blowout.

Bright future ʽon tap’ for KBC Brewery & Beer Garden

By Rod Lee

Brian Kretchman began home-brewing beer more than twenty years ago, never imagining at the time that what essentially started as a hobby would lead to the launch of a small brewery with go-to sales by growler only on Thompson Road in Webster in 2012.

Things have taken off from there, as they have for so many craft brewers who have capitalized on the public’s fervor for beer manufactured by hand in small batches. Wormtown in Worcester, Stone Cow in Barre, Wachusett in Westminster—for example. The list goes on and on.

The site oldewebster.com lives anew--on Facebook

By Rod Lee

Talking about the website oldewebster.com and its reincarnation as a Facebook page last week, Carla Manzi acknowledged that the power of social media was too strong for her to resist.

This is not to say she doesn’t have some regrets. The website, a veritable treasure trove of information about Ms. Manzi’s hometown, is an impressive piece of work—built “from bits and pieces of Webster’s past” by a team consisting of herself, her dad Jim Manzi and Chad Pepin.

A river, a Corridor, and DiPrete make for a winning combination

By Rod Lee

As subdued in personality as the muddy-banked river that flows quietly and unobtrusively (except when it floods) south from Worcester before emptying into Narragansett Bay, Megan DiPrete is well aware of the challenges she faces as the newly appointed executive director of the Blackstone Heritage Corridor Inc. (BHC).

On the other hand Ms. DiPrete’s elevation from deputy director to replace the articulate and forward-thinking Charlene Perkins Cutler seems to have been almost foreordained.

Indian Ranch completes full renovations to function facilities

By Rod Lee

The usual power-packed Summer Concert Series and excursions on the Indian Princess are not the only thing fans of Indian Ranch have to look forward to in 2017.

Refusing to rest on its laurels, the entertainment venue on Gore Road in Webster has also undertaken what Indian Ranch President Suzette Raun describes as “Phase 1” of a major revamp—starting with a complete renovation of the banquet facilities that will be followed by a buildout of related space—all of it situated directly behind the main stage and bleachers.