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Briarwood Community Center Announces November & December Events

Tuesday, October 24, 2017


Briarwood Community Center

The Briarwood Community Center has announced events for the months of November and December.

All events are free and open to the public. They will take place in the Loring Auditorium.

Programs are subject to change due to weather and other circumstances.

See the Programs Below



Friday, Nov. 3, 2:00 p.m.

Briarwood resident and world traveler, Ellie Snellgrove, presents her PowerPoint travelogue of her trip to South Africa.


Sunday, Nov. 5, 2:00-4:00 p.m. (Gallery)

Join photographer, Susan Sedgwick, for the Opening Reception of her exhibit, “Bits and Pieces: From the Camera of Susan Sedgwick”, Nov. 5 through Jan. 4. Music will be provided by guitarist, Peter Clemente.


Monday, Nov. 6, 2:00 p.m.

Join the Director Emeritus of the Worcester Art Museum, James Welu, as he shares some of the many humorous moments of his more than four decades at the Worcester Art Museum.


Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2:00 p.m.

Join Alexxia Bell and Natasha Nowick, the founders of the Turtle Rescue League, to discuss Turtles. Learn about the 10 species of turtles in Massachusetts, what the turtle rescue league is doing to save them, and how you can help save Turtles as well.


Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2:00 p.m.

Nutritionist Judy Palken returns to Briarwood to prepare us for the months ahead with Healthy Holiday Eating.


Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2:00 p.m.

Marylou Hannon and Art Matters present Surrealism. Some artists can portray images that challenge our sense of reality and expand the limits of imagination. The Surrealist painters started it all: they drew inspiration from the subconscious and irrational mind, producing work that was dark, humorous, frightening and poetic. Join us as we pay our respects to the wild and thoroughly original works of the Surrealists.




Friday, Dec. 1, 7:00 p.m.

Founded in 1947, the Worcester Youth Orchestras (WYO) have maintained a presence in Central Massachusetts, offering musical training and orchestral experiences for aspiring young musicians. The orchestras' membership draws from over 32 communities in Massachusetts, as well as New Hampshire and Rhode Island.  Now in its 68th Season, WYO continues to maintain a strong presence in Central Massachusetts, enriching the lives of its students and the many communities that it serves.

This special performance will include classical and holiday selections.


Saturday, Dec. 2nd. 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

"Sip & Stir" Cookbook Tasting - come and sample some of the goodies from the recipes submitted by Briarwood residents, staff and friends!  $12 each.  Great gift idea for a wonderful cause, providing music and audio equipment for Briarwood and Knollwood residents.


Sunday, Dec. 3, 7:00 p.m.

Join Russell Killough-Miller, DMA, Barre Congregational Church and  Founding Ex. Director, Maplewind Arts

for a Messiah Sing. As Russell says, Handel with Care!!


Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2:00 p.m.

Cabaret singer Valerie Sneade and pianist Jim Rice present An Old-Fashioned Christmas. This show is a pleasant surprise as Valerie puts her unique twist on traditional Christmas songs and carols. The old standards and seasonal favorites will be sprinkled with a few songs you’ve probably never heard before. And the crowd never fails to crack up at Valerie’s “audience participation” version of The 12 Days of Christmas … or her frustrating attempts to correctly pronounce the lyrics to a Hanukkah song.


Tuesday, Dec. 5, 7:00 p.m.

The First Baptist Bell Ringers, under the direction of Sarah Sams, will bring their delightful performance to Briarwood. This is a wonderful way to ring in the Christmas season!


Friday, Dec. 8, 2:00 p.m.

Pianist Mackenzie Melemed returns to Briarwood! Since 2000, this twenty-one-year-old pianist has performed over 600 concerts for audiences around the world. Melemed is both a four-year undergraduate and first-year master student at the Juilliard School, studying with Robert McDonald. Mr. Melemed presents an exciting combination of standard repertoire and underplayed masterworks, featuring the lesser-known works of composers like Beethoven, Medtner, and Rautavaara.


Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2:00 p.m.

James A. Welu, Director Emeritus of the Worcester Art Museum, Twelfth Night: A Netherlandish Tradition

Twelfth Night, the festive celebration marking the end of the Christmas season, has long been a favorite feast day in the Low Countries.  There during the 17th century both Dutch and Flemish painters captured some of the most memorable images of this popular family celebration.  This illustrated lecture explores the best of these works to learn about the excitement of the event and some of the age-old themes associated with family life.


Thursday, Dec. 14, 3:00 p.m.

Join music director Michael Lapomardo and the talented Shrewsbury High School students and they present their Annual Holiday Program. You’ll surely get into the holiday spirit with these talented young vocalists


Monday, Dec. 18, 11:00 a.m.

Join Harriet Forman and the Norrback Holiday Concert. This will truly get you in the spirit. Please make sure you attend and support this talented group of young students.


Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2:00 p.m.

Marylou Hannon of Art Matters, an art education and awareness program, will present Animals and Pets.


Wednesday, Dec. 20, 7:00 p.m.

The Worcester Men of Song is a Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, founded in 1949. They have been performing throughout the Worcester County area continuously for the past sixty years. Don’t miss these talented gentlemen!


Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2:00 p.m.

Pianist Bobby Gadoury is that rare combination of naturally gifted, classically educated and trained musician. The combination makes for a stunning performance by a very warm and personable performer. A regular at Nuovo Restaurant in Worcester and Grill 37 in Pomfret, Connecticut, Gadoury’s repertoire includes classical, Sinatra, Billy Joel and all the music you love!


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