Where Will You WOO? - Week of August 17, 2017
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Thursday, August 17
Park Spirit’s Elm Park Summer Concert Series- The Flock
Worcester, MA 01610
Join Park Spirit for a night of free music at historic Elm Park! This concert features the Flock, Worcester’s favorite 80's cover band playing you all the hits.
Friday, August 18
Friday Farmers Market
Worcester Common Oval
455 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608
Introducing the new Friday Farmers' Market on the Worcester Common! Stop by the Oval on Fridays June 2nd through September 29th between 11am-2pm. Pick up your produce, goods, and other needs for your weekend!
Options include fruits, veggies, herbs, meats, eggs, honey, soaps, and much more!
Saturday, August 19
YSP Teen Presents Guys and Dolls
2:00pm-4:00pm & 7:00pm-9:00pm
Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts
2 Southbridge St.
Worcester, MA 01608
Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler, Nathan Detroit, tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they've been engaged for fourteen years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result. Guys and Dolls takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong.
Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, Guys and Dolls ran for 1,200 performances when it opened on Broadway in 1950. It received nearly unanimous positive reviews from critics and won a bevy of awards, including Tony Awards, Drama Desks and Oliviers.
Sunday, August 20
Plant ID: Plants Everyone Should Know (Ferns)
Mass Audubon: Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary
414 Massasoit Road
Worcester, MA 01604
Some of the more than 2500 plants in New England are so common that we can see them almost anywhere, on any given day, if we know how to look. Red maple, meadowsweet, partridgeberry, and hay-scented fern are good examples - can you identify them? Knowing very common plants from four broad groupings can provide you with a solid foundation for futher plant study and will help you make comparisons when identifying new species.
We will learn to identify a dozen plants in each session by looking at plant structures, using field guides, exploring habitats, and discovering awesome adaptations of our local flora. We will look at Broad Meadow Brook's new native plant gardens and explore along the trails as well.
Cost: $10 Adult Member, $13 Adult Nonmember
Monday, August 21
Solar Science Celebration: 2017 Eclipse
222 Harrington Way
Worcester, MA 01604
Come celebrate the 2017 solar eclipse EcoTarium-style! From themed Science Discovery programs and planetarium demonstrations to opportunities to safely view the partial eclipse (weather dependent), well make learning about the science of eclipses interactive and fun. And, don't miss our "Peak Partial Eclipse Party" during the half hour when the sun is most obscured by the moon!
Tickets to this event are limited! Order tickets in advance online, at the Tickets and Information Desk during your visit, or call 508.929.2703 to reserve your spot!
Cost: Advance Tickets: $13 each/$5 for EcoTarium members; Day-of Tickets: $18 each/$5 for EcoTarium members
Tuesday, August 22
Construction Club at Tatnuck Branch Library
Worcester Public Library Tatnuck Branch
1083 Pleasant Street
Worcester, MA 01602
Do you like Legos? What about Lincoln Logs? Or an amazing marble maze? Come use your imagination to make your own creations. Bring a friend! Supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)! All ages welcome.
Wednesday, August 23
Art carts: Family Fun-Reusable Universes
Worcester Art Museum
55 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609
What do garbage bags, highlighter ink, soda bottles, LED headlights and computer cooling fans have in common? Why our Reusable Universes special exhibit of course. Come explore some of the materials used by artist Shih Chieh Huang to make his marvelous creations. Here at the Art Cart you can see with your hands and then look with your eyes (and hear with your ears) in the exhibit! (programming subject to change)
Cost: Free with Museum admission
Related Slideshow: 20 Free (or Almost Free) Things to do in New England This Summer - 2017
The Cliff Walk is one of Newport’s most famous attractions is its gilded age mansions lining the coast. Entry to the mansions will cost a fee, but with the Cliff Walk, you can enjoy views of the mansions with amazing views of the water all for free.
The 3.5 mile long path runs behind the mansions on the eastern shore of Newport. It is a National Recreation Trail – the first in New England! The majority of the walk is easy, but be sure to wear good shoes; the sand can make the path slippery.
PHOTO: Connie Ma/flickr
The Freedom Trail is a two and a half-mile walking tour that connects 16 significant Boston landmarks.
Interior access to the Freedom Trail's sites is also free, except for the Paul Revere House, the Old South Meeting House and the Old State House.
The Freedom Trail is a great way to get exercise, explore Boston and learn about history, all at the same time.
If you buy tickets online they are discounted at $12 for adults, $10 for students and $6.50 for kids ages 6-12.
Old North Church, located on Salem Street, is Boston's oldest surviving church, and it's also the place where Paul Revere gave the signal that the "British were coming," on April 18, 1775.
Once he gave the signal, two lanterns were raised high, meaning that they were coming by sea to Lexington and Concord, not land.
This event began the American Revolution.
Providence WaterFire has grown to be an iconic Rhode Island event. Starting out in 1994 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of First Night Providence, it has grown to run continuously, once a month, from May-November and boasts over 80 blazing fires in the middle of the Providence River.
WaterFire is a not-for-profit organization that aims to creatively transform Providence – and they do! Each event is accompanied with music by artists from around the world, varies food stands and art stands to browse as you stroll along the river.
People have been drawn to the rugged coast of Maine throughout history. Awed by its beauty and diversity, early 20th-century visionaries donated the land that became Acadia National Park.
The park is home to many plants and animals, and the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast.
Visit Acadia and hike granite peaks, bike historic carriage roads, or relax and enjoy the scenery.
The park entrance fee is FREE from August 25th to the 28th.
Besides that, admission is $12 while those 15 and under are FREE of charge
Merrimack, New Hampshire
The Budweiser Clydesdales are the most recognizable mascots in the beverage industry and a visit to the Clydesdale Hamlet at the Anheuser-Bush Brewery will get you a free meeting with them.
For this 21 and over, you can take a tour of the brewery and see it result in free beer at the end.
If you have kids who are not 21, they can visit the horses who are there year round. They will get a huge kick out of it.
PHOTO: Billy Zoom/flickr
Take a hike at Purgatory Chasm and see the unique landmark that formed naturally approximately 14,000 years ago. Theory has it that the chasm was formed near the end of the last Ice Age with the sudden release of glacial meltwater that had been dammed up. Pretty neat! The chasm is ¼ mile long and runs between giant granite rock, sometimes standing at 70 feet high! You do have to pay to park ($5 MA residents, $6 for out-of-staters), but exploring the reservation is completely free.
Take a 30 minute tour of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream factory in Vermont and see where your favorite flavors of ice cream are made. It is just about ice cream season after all.
The factory is open year round and admission is just $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and kids 12 and under are FREE.
If you want a little bit of an outdoor adventure, hike to Royalston Falls in Royalston, MA. The hike itself isn’t too long, but it can be challenging. It leads you to a remote gorge created by prehistoric glacial meltwater and 45 foot plunging waterfall within a half-hidden ravine. If you’re up for the adventure, the destination is far worth the trek.
See a replica of the world's firs submarine and learn about it through films before heading about the USS Nautilus for a free audio tour.
Nautilus was the first nuclear-powered submarine and the first vessel to travel 20,000 leagues under the sea. The ship is now open to the public year-round and is free.
Rhode Island’s own version of Boston’s Freedom Trail, follow the painted green line for the Independence Trail. The 2.5 mile tour of historic Providence “takes you over four centuries of history, architecture, culture, and folklore.”
Don’t worry about where to begin, the route is circular so you can start anywhere! Along the painted green trail on the sidewalks you’ll find red emblems with a phone number and a location number.
Worcester’s Canal District is home to eleven buildings that originate from the early 1800s. Preservation Worcester wants you to enjoy the history available to you, for free! They offer a Canal District Walking Tour, By the Canal, to expose you to the stories of the people and historical events that created Worcester. You can pick up a free tour brochure at the Preservation Worcester office on Cedar Street, download a printable version of the tour and tour map, or download audio files to phone to do an audio tour.
Runs from Worcester to Providence
The idea behind the Blackstone River Bikeway was to create a bike path running 48 miles, from Worcester to Providence along the National Heritage Corridor. It links the Blackstone River and the Blackstone Canal and will eventually connect with the East Bay Bike Path in Rhode Island. The path isn’t completed yet, but riders can enjoy the segment that is, free of charge.
Listen to some great music during the NIMFest Concert Series at King Park Beach in Newport.
NIMFest concerts are held Sunday afternoons from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the King Park gazebo on Wellington Avenue.
Concerts are presented free by the City of Newport featuring the best in regional and local talent.
The 2017 series celebrates women artists in folk, bluegrass, jazz, blues, rock, and everything in between.
Head to Concord, Massachusetts and then to the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery where you will find "Author's Ridge."
Author's Ridge marks the final resting place of legendary writers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Louisa May Alcott.
New Haven, Connecticut
Take a free tour of Yale University and while you are there be sure to walk through the Yale Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art.
If you time it correctly, you might even get to attend one of the Yale School of Music’s nearly 300 annual performances.
The Sprinkler Factory is not actually factory, but rather a gallery. Though, its namesake does come from the real-life sprinkler factory started by Howard Freeman in WWII. Why? Because he embodies “the spirit of innovation.” With the aim of providing the public with a place to display and enjoy the visual arts, the Sprinkler Factory hosts exhibitions once a month, and they’re always free.
South Deerfield, Massachusetts
Yankee Candle Village headquarters are located in South Deerfield, Massachusetts, where they call themselves “Scenter of the Universe.”
Walk around the store for hours, exploring all the different showrooms with varying scents. The complex is something to see.
Be warned though, you may be tempted to buy a candle or two.
Runs from Providence RI to Bristol RI
If you’re looking for a dose of natural beauty and healthy activity, try going for a spin on the East Bay Bike Path. The first bike facility to be under the State, it is a 13.8 mile trail that connects 8 different parks from Providence to Bristol. Do the whole thing or just a stretch and cross over bridges and by coves on the Narragansett Bay shore. The bike path is open year round.
Photo: Michael St Jean/Flickr
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