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Where Will You WOO? - Week of August 17, 2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017

 

Where will you WOO during the week of August 17? 

 

Thursday, August 17

Park Spirit’s Elm Park Summer Concert Series- The Flock

Elm Park

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.

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Friday, August 18

Friday Farmers Market

 11:00am-2:00pm

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!

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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.

Cost: $18

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Sunday, August 20

Plant ID: Plants Everyone Should Know (Ferns)

1:00pm-4:00pm

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

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Monday, August 21

Solar Science Celebration: 2017 Eclipse

12:00pm-4:00pm

EcoTarium

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

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Tuesday, August 22

Construction Club at Tatnuck Branch Library

3:30pm-5:30pm

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.

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Wednesday, August 23

Art carts: Family Fun-Reusable Universes

11:00am-12:00pm

Worcester Art Museum

Salisbury Hall

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

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Hit the Water With Adventure Watersports 

Jamestown, RI 

Adventure Watersports in Jamestown offers people the opportunity to jet-ski, kayak or boat. 

Enjoy the water on a hot day. 

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Go Karting at R1 Indoor Karting Entertainment Center

Lincoln, RI 

The R1 Indoor Karting Entertainment Center recently opened in Lincoln showcasing fast electric karts with top technology. 

The karts can go up to 45MPH but they are “smart” karts, so you work you way up to that speed.

R1 features a “Junior” track for ages 6-15 and an “Adult” track, both with four-speed levels. All karts are electric and powered by green technology.

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Free Admission at Old Sturbridge Village 

Sturbridge, MA

Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts is offering free admission for the entire month of August. 

During the month, Old Sturbridge Village offers the following events:

  • See the Charlotte's Web Experience - watch as live actors/musicians tell the classic E.B. White tale at the Village's own Freeman Farm.
  • See Redcoats & Rebels, the largest Revolutionary War battle re-enactment in New England, on August 4-5.
  • Meet costumed artisans, farmers, and historians who will make your visit come to life!
  • Explore more than 40 historic homes, trade shops, meetinghouses, covered bridges, and barns.
  • Ride a horse-drawn stagecoach through the countryside and explore the Quinebaug River by boat.
  • Meet our family of heritage breed animals including cows, sheep, chickens, pigs, and oxen.
  • Visit the new exhibition, Early New England Quilts: Repurposed, Refashioned, and Reused, and introduce kids to this practical art. 
  • Enjoy ice cream and homemade cookies at our famous bake shop.
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Boston Fire Museum 

Boston, Massachusetts 

Since 1983, the Boston Fire Museum has operated in the old firehouse on Congress street showing off the history of the Boston Fire Department. The Museum shows off antique fire equipment, fire alarm displays, photo displays, and artifacts. 

Admission to the Museum is FREE. 

PHOTO: Boston Fire Museum

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Visit the Newport Tennis Hall of Fame 

Newport, RI 

The Newport Tennis Hall of Fame offers plenty of cool exhibits for everyone to learn about the history of tennis. 

Their newest exhibit titled "50 Years of Open Tennis" just opened and celebrates the anniversary of the Open Era. 

PHOTO: Newport Tennis Hall of Fame

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Check Out the New Space Exhibit at Boston Museum of Science 

Boston, MA

Check out the super cool Boston Museum of Science and their brand new space exhibit. 

You are guaranteed to be in the museum al day and likely never get bored. 

 

PHOTO: Boston Museum of Science

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See a Show at Cape Playhouse in Cape Cod

Cape Cod, MA

Take a ride to Cape Cod and visit the oldest summer theatre in the country, Cape Playhouse. Cape Playhouse was first opened in 1927 by Raymond Moore. 

The theatre has been home to some of the biggest stars to ever grace a stage like Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart amongst others. 

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Visit the Newport Car Museum 

Newport, RI 

Cool off and check out the many galleries at the Newport Car Museum. 

Galleries include the "American Muscle Gallery," the "Ford/Shelby" Gallery, a "Fin Car Callery" and a "Corvette Gallery." 

 

PHOTO: Newport Car Museum 

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U.S. Navy Submarine Force Museum and USS Nautilus 

Groten, Connecticut 

See a replica of the world's first 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.  

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Vermont Teddy Bear Factory

Shelburne, Vermont

Who doesn't love Teddy Bears? Assuming that you do, plan a trip to Vermont and take a tour of the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory and see how the bears are made.

Tours run seven days a week and children under 12 are FREE. The tours take about an hour and 15 minutes. 

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Spend Time at Biomes Marine Biology Center 

North Kingstown, RI 

Check out the cool Marine Biology Center in North Kingstown. 

It is a great place for both adults and kids to enjoy. 

"The Biomes Center is New England's only private marine education facility and the most hands-on aquarium in the region. We've been providing interactive marine biology programs for schools and families since 1989.

We specialize in teaching children and adults about the marine animals of Narragansett Bay and the Atlantic Ocean," writes Biomes on their website. 

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Fruitlands Museum 

Harvard, Massachusetts 

The Fruitlands Museum offers four galleries of New England history set on 200 acres of land with 2.5 miles of walking trails woven into it for folks to enjoy the scenery. 

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Free Tour of Lake Champlain Chocolates 

Burlington, Vermont

Chocolate lovers this is for you. 

Take a free tour of Lake Champlain Chocolates and even get some free samples. What is better than that? 

The tour takes approximately 30 minutes and is seated. There is no walking involved. 

Tours run Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.but are limited to 35 people. 

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Visit Acadia National Park

Maine

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 

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Eat Ice Cream at Brickleys 

Rhode Island

Brickley’s simply has to be one of the best ice cream shops in the state. Why else would anyone wait in the long lines that form on a hot summer afternoon? 

This family-owned Mecca to all things creamy, sweet and delicious is a must-stop before the ride back home from the beach. This is old-fashioned ice cream at its best.

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Zip Line in the Berkshires 

Berkshires, MA

Looking for something new and exciting? Head to the Berkshires and get yourself on a zip line, maybe even do a canopy tour. 

There are three different tour options, starting with the base area tour which lasts an hour or the Moutain Top or Valley Jump tour which takes three hours. Both of those are sure to shoot some adrenaline into your day. 

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Mini Golf at Mulligan's Island 

Cranston, RI 

You have to get at least one round of mini golf in before the summer ends. 

Get over to Mulligan's Island in Cranston with friends and family for a little friendly competition. 

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Visit Mark Twain's House, Maybe Take a Writing Class

Hartford, CT

Mark Twain is one of the greatest authors to ever pick up a pen and not only can you tour the house where he wrote famous works such as Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, you can take writing classes there. 

Writing classes, in Mark Twain's house? How do you turn one of those down? 

Classes are offered at various times throughout the day and week. 

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Stay Over Night at Rose Island Lighthouse 

Newport, RI 

Not a hotel, not an inn but a lighthouse.

You can stay overnight or for an entire week at the Rose Island Lighthouse located at 365 Thames Street in Newport. 

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Visit the Oldest State Capitol Building Still Being Used 

The New Hampshire State House, located in Concord is the oldest state capitol building in which legislature still meets in is original chambers. 

The building was completed in 1819 with additions made in 1866 and 1910. 

 
 

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