The SAS was founded by a diversified group of professionals who originally had one point in common, the former Coffee, Tea, & Melody of Stow, Ma. Regular patrons of CT&M, we became acquainted with one another and discovered a series of mutual interests, one in particular, astronomy. When CT&M lost their lease and closed in 1998, we had already decided to form the SAS. Our meeting place became the building which is now Rockbottom Observatory.