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Blackstone Valley 101 - have you heard of Blackstone Valley 101? Blackstone Valley 101 is an interactive on-line learning program that gives an overview of the history and heritage of the valley, while explaining why this area is nationally significant. Best of all, it's FREE!

Stepping Stone Theater (Alternatives) - NORTHBRIDGE   In the magic of theater, amid the colorful costumes, pageantry and music, people and places are transformed. It’s that belief in possibilities that erases distinctions between people, including those with disabilities and those considered able-bodied; and it’s the foundation of Stepping Stone Community Theater, an inclusive theater company in residence at the G.B. and Lexi Singh Performance Center at Alternatives Unlimited’s Whitin Mill. Here's a list of upcoming events at Alternatives.

Asa Waters Mansion - Asa Waters is an important partner of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Association. Here's a link to their special events. Also be sure to check out the social web for Asa Waters events.


Michelle Fontaine of LaMich Productions and FB Smarty poses with Jeannie Hebert, President of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce at annual meeting November 2011

Blackstone Valley (Massachusetts)   The Blackstone Valley Tourism Association recommends

The Blackstone Valley Mill Plate from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust - The Blackstone Valley, running through the central part of the state, was the birthplace of the American Industrial revolution. Offered since 1999, the Blackstone Valley Mill Plate highlights the need to restore our urban rivers and streams to enhance their ecology and improve the health of our riverfront communities.

To learn more about the Massachusetts Environmental Trust, please visit here .
Michelle Fontaine of LaMich Productions and FB Smarty poses with Jeannie Hebert, President of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce at annual meeting November 2011
November 17, 2010 - GRAFTON, Mass.   The Volunteer of the Year Award  was given to Michelle Fontaine, a Northbridge native who now lives in Douglas.

She handles social media for the Chamber of Commerce and is the coordinator for the Greenway Challenge photography team as well as a member of the Steering Committee. She also teaches extensive Facebook for Business courses on line and in her Douglas classroom.

Michelle owns LaMich Productions and FB Smart, a marketing communications company that focuses on web design and Internet Strategies.   She can be followed at,

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John Stephens recognized for contribution to the Blackstone Valley. Here he poses with award.
November 17, 2010 - GRAFTON, Mass.   Grafton resident John Stephens was among the honorees Wednesday at the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce's annual awards breakfast.  Stephens, chairman of the Grafton 275th Celebration Committee, was recognized for his contribution to Blackstone Valley tourism efforts for over a decade, from serving as curator for the Willard House and Clock Museum to his work with the Grafton Historical Society. Stephens was among five award recipients at the 32nd annual meeting of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, which recognized individuals and businesses for their contributions to the Blackstone Valley. It was Dr. Roger Robinson, founder of the Willard House and Clock Museum, who encouraged Stephens to become involved with the chamber's tourism efforts, Stephens recalled. Robinson died last week at the age of 101. "This has been a group of friends -- it's not a work project," Stephens said of his time working on tourism. 
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Asa Waters Mansion in Millbury is one of the 1000 great places in Massachusetts

2010 The Blackstone Valley Tourism Association congratulates the following sites that were awarded the distinction of 1,000 'Great Places' in Mass.

The following places have been chosen for the list of 1,000 Great Places in Massachusetts, recently released by state commission:

  • Blackstone: Blackstone River & Canal Park, Daniels Farmstead.
  • Douglas: Douglas State Forest, Old Douglas Center Historic District.
  • Grafton: The Willard House and Clock Museum, Grafton Common Historic District.
  • Hopedale: Bancroft Memorial Library.
  • Mendon: Maple Farm Sanctuary, Mendon Center Historic District, Mendon Drive-In Southwick's Zoo.
  • Millbury: The Asa Waters Mansion, Pearson Dairy Farm.
  • Millville: Main Street Historic District.
  • Northbridge: Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Whitin Mill, Lookout Rock.
  • Sutton: Purgatory Chasm, Vaillancourt Folk Art.
  • Upton: The Upton State Forest.
  • Uxbridge: River Bend Farm.
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