Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce Communities

Greater Gardner Chamber Includes:

Ashburnham
Cable Access Station: AWCATV Channel 8
Ashburnham, MassachusettsThe Town of Ashburnham is a quintessential New England Community. The residents are proud of the town’s heritage and reputation as a vacation paradise. With over 20 lakes and many miles of hiking trails; some with breathtaking scenic vistas, visitors, vacationers, and part-time residents are drawn to the town from all parts of the Northeast. During summer the population balloons from 5,000 to 10,000. Conservationists work to preserve hundreds of acres of protected land that boast high quality wetlands and abundant wildlife. In addition to its natural beauty, Ashburnham is known for its historical piano concerts and is the home of the prestigious preparatory school, Cushing Academy, which draws students from all over the world.

Barre
Charter Communications Cable: Channels 11 & 13
Barre, MassachusettsThe town of Barre is a small rural community located almost exactly in the center of the state. Although originally it had many operating farms, they have become fewer in recent years, leaving many fields unsown. There are however, nearly one hundred operating farms in town, both large and small. Residents and visitors agree that theirs is one of the loveliest town commons in Central Massachusetts, where locals and visitors can enjoy band concerts that are held throughout the summer. An active year round theater attracts actors and theater goers from all around the region. Barre is particularly picturesque during the summer and fall months, as many residents and visitors to the community will attest.

Gardner
Cable Access Station: WGET Channel 8
Gardner, MassachusettsThe city of Gardner, known as the “Chair City” and “The Furniture Capital of New England”, due to its long history in furniture production, is a true city in size and government, but is more “town”-like in attitude and friendliness. A small city of approximately 18,000 residents, it is compact; most residents live within two miles of downtown. One can find all the trappings of contemporary America from industrial parks to shopping centers, yet is a city whose heritage has not been overwhelmed by the bland uniformity of present-day changes. Retention of flavor from the past, complemented with the development of modern day amenities, create an inviting quality of life. Within the city, rolling hills, numerous lakes, and abundant open space maintain the feel of the country. In addition, tree-lined streets, a wealth of historic buildings and architecturally distinctive neighborhoods create an attractive environment for people and business. It is a place filled with surprising gems tucked into the center of Massachusetts. Enhancing Gardner’s livability are its quality educational resources, medical facilities and services, recreational opportunities, and active social environment. It is a family oriented community, where adults and children feel safe.

Many businesses and citizens and are invested in promoting and enhancing the downtown district of our city, hence the formation of Gardner Square Two, Inc. in the mid 1980’s. This all-volunteer organization hosts several enjoyable and creative downtown events, sponsors the downtown beautification program, and works to encourage local shopping. Gardner Square Two works in concert with the Chamber, the City, and other organizations to advance and support Gardner as a” safe and accessible, culturally diverse, and economically viable” city”. (Quote is from Square 2 website)

Hubbardston
Charter Communications Cable: Channels 11 & 12
Hubbardston, MassachusettsHubbardston is a small rural town whose early economy was based on agriculture and small-scale chair and shoe manufacturing. Residents today are proud of their heritage and the town’s ambiance as a family-friendly close knit community. Townsfolk and visitors enjoy their annual town wide field day or parades and often gather on their well-used sports fields for different events. Hubbardston welcomes a variety of visitors from flea market enthusiasts to customers who value unique local farm products. It is home to hundreds of acres of state forest, providing a playground for a wide array of recreational activities.

Westminster
Cable Access Station: AWCATV Channel 8
Westminster, MassachusettsThe Town of Westminster can be characterized as a rural community boasting suburban development on attractive lakeside sites and in sections of town with views of nearby Wachusett Mountain. The mountain and surrounding area are part of a large state reservation where opportunities for a wide scope of nature study and recreational activities abound. There is a privately owned ski area on the mountain as well. The center of Westminster has the character of a small New England village and throughout the town there are many older farms and homes with rich historic appeal.

Templeton
Cable Access Station: Channel 8
Templeton, MassachusettsThe Town of Templeton is a rural community with significant historical architecture surrounding the centers of its four villages: Templeton, East Templeton, Baldwinville, & Otter River. Residents take pride in the town’s rich history which is captured and displayed in one of the finest Historical Society Museums, located at the Town Common, designated as a National Register Historical District. Rich in farmland, there is a strong sense of community throughout. You can move to any corner of the town to find rivers, lakes, a golf course, and woodlands for a wide variety of outdoor activities. Quaint antique shops in each village offer items from the past set in some of the oldest buildings in the area, and many small businesses offer dining and shopping and all the services a small town needs.

Winchendon
Cable Access Station: Channel 8
Winchendon, MassachusettsThe Town of Winchendon is an industrial and residential community located on the upper portion of Millers River and bordering on New Hampshire. Rich in manufacturing history, it became known worldwide for its fine craftsmanship of toys during the First World War, hence its nickname “Toy Town”. Today it is an active suburban community with nearly 10,000 residents. With thousands of acres of land set aside for recreational uses, including a State campground, the town offers a vast array of outdoor activities as well as the often frequented YMCA located in the downtown area.

Area State Parks and Forests