Located on 500 lovely wooded acres on the shore of Prindle Pond in Charlton, Massachusetts, Prindle Pond Conference Center offers clean, comfortable accommodations and ample space for classes, jams, concerts, and vendors. The Center is fully handicapped accessible.
The dining hall specializes in healthy, delicious home-cooked meals. Vegetarian options are available at every meal.
There are two campuses at the Center, Hilltop and Pondside. We will be using both campuses for classes, which are just a short walk apart. Campers will be lodged in dorms on both campuses. There are two bunk beds in most of the rooms, but campers will be lodged two-to-a-room so no one has to take an upper bunk. However, if you are in a group of three or four that would like to room together, you are more than welcome to use the uppers. Rooms on the Hilltop campus have private baths.
The Center does not provide any bedding, so please be sure to bring towels, sheets, pillows, and a blanket or sleeping bag with you. The buildings are heated, so you don’t have to worry about our unpredictable New England weather.
Thursday night lodging is available for those traveling from a distance, whether by car, train or plane. Jamming with students and faculty invariably breaks out, and just hanging out is a nice, relaxing way to transition from the work-a-day world into the intensive learning experience at camp. Please note that meals are not available on Thursday.
Local accommodations are available in nearby Sturbridge and the surrounding area for those who want to bring the family or just prefer more privacy. A good place to start looking is www.sturbridge.com
RVs are welcome, but there are no electrical hook-ups, water or waste facilities on site. If you’d like to look into local campgrounds, there are several available, including Wells State Park. Just google “Sturbridge area campgrounds” for plenty of options.
Prindle Pond Conference Center is conveniently located in central Massachusetts, just minutes from the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) and Interstate 84. Directions are as follows.
From Sturbridge and the West, near the junctions of I-84 and I-90 (Mass Pike):
Take Route 20 East for approximately 7 miles. Turn right onto Route 169, then follow the directions below.
From Auburn and the East, near the junctions of I-90 (Mass Pike) , I-290, I-395 or Route 12:
Take Route 20 West for approximately 10 miles. Turn left onto Route 169, then follow the directions below.
From both directions:
Take Route 169 for three and a quarter miles to Brookside Road (the third left turn). Turn left onto Brookside Road and go to the end of the road. Turn left onto Harrington Road. Go one mile, then take a right into Prindle Pond Conference Center. This will put you on the Hilltop Campus, where registration and the dining hall are located.
The Center’s phone number is (508) 248-4737.