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Where Will You WOO? - Week of December 1, 2016

Thursday, December 01, 2016


Use your WOO card at the festival of lights

Where will you WOO during the week of December 1, 2016? 


Thursday, December 1

Kinky Boots

7:30 PM-9:30 PM 

Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts 

2 Southbridge St.

Worcester, MA 01608


Kinky Boots is Broadways huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen's shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.

Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father's expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory's future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.

With direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray) and a book by Broadway legend and four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), Kinky Boots is the winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography.

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Friday, December 2

Festival of Lights

5:00 PM-9:00 PM  

455 Main Street

Worcester, MA 01608  


The City's annual Festival of Lights will take place on Friday, December 2nd from 5 to 9 p.m. on the Worcester Common, behind City Hall, 455 Main St. Worcester. This year's event will be headlined by Sam James, whose debut EP “It Never Happens” reached #5 on the U.S. Singer/ Songwriter Chart on iTunes. Sam is a Worcester native who was featured on Season 3 of the Voice. 

The event will also feature a visit from Santa Claus, a performance by the cast of the Hanover Theatres A Christmas Carol, children's choral performances, demonstrations by the Northstar figure skaters, holiday tree lighting, concessions, free hot cocoa, on-site performers, horse-drawn wagon rides, public ice skating, and Worcester’s first food truck rodeo. The celebration will include holiday performances by the Combined Choruses of Goddard and Quinsigamond Schools, the Quadrivium Ensemble from Burncoat High School and the Doherty Madrigal. The holiday tree lighting is scheduled to take place at 6:45 p.m. and then children will have an opportunity to visit Santa on the plaza.

The Oval will open for skating at 5:30 PM. To celebrate the start of the public ice skating season, admission will be free from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The City of Worcester thanks, Hanover Insurance, the Worcester Railers, Discover Central Massachusetts, MCPHS, UNUM, Bay State Savings Bank, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, the College of the Holy Cross, the Hanover Theatre, and Commerce Bank. 

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Saturday, December 3

Christmas by Candlelight

Sundays, Fridays, Saturdays, December 2, 2016 - December 23, 2016

3:00 PM-9:00 PM 

Old Sturbridge Village 

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road

Sturbridge, MA 01566


Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village is an evening filled with New England holiday traditions, live musical performances, storytelling, sleigh rides, festive foods, a roaring bonfire, and strolls around the decorated Village Common. New this year is the North Pole Village where families will find Santa and his whimsical elves, Mrs. Claus Bake Shop, a magical talking Christmas tree, a kids holiday craft workshop, and an expanded G-scale train display. And do not miss the nightly tree lighting and the ever-popular gingerbread house contest!

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Sunday,  December 4

stART at the Station

Sunday at 9 AM - 5 PM

Union Station 

2 Washington Sq,

Worcester, MA 01604

stART on the Street returns to beautiful Union Station Sunday, December 4 for our 11th annual gift-giving themed festival! stART at the Station is Worcester's only annual holiday art event which features local vendors selling 100% handmade wares. 

stART your holiday shopping without the crowds and minimal lines during our preview hours. The Preview begins at 9:00am and runs until 11am, where $15 also gets you a reusable shopping tote {while they last}.

From 11am -5pm stART at the Station will be free to attend. 

Coat check will be available in the lobby, and $1 parking will be available at Union Station Garage, accessible by Franklin Street. Area street parking is also available. Union Station's restaurants will offer a light menu and full bar.

This holiday season, support your local economy and buy handmade!

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Monday, December 5

XLO's 'Almost' Acoustic Xmas

8:00 PM-11:00 PM 

Mechanics Hall 

321 Main Street

Worcester, MA 01608

XLO’s Almost Acoustic Xmas starring Rachel Platten the singer of chart-topping “Fight Song” will get you in the holiday spirit. Also enjoy live guest performances by  “Parachute” & “Wrabel”! Tickets are now available and on sale. Get them while they are hot!

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Tuesday, December 6

English Conversation Circles

Tuesdays, November 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017

5:30 PM-7:30 PM 

Worcester Public Library 

Banx Room 

3 Salem Square

Worcester, MA 01608

Level 2 5:30-6:30 PM

Level 1 6:30-7:30 PM

Join us to practice speaking English in a relaxed, comfortable place and meet new friends as we learn by talking together! Not sure which level is right for you? Come to one or both and find out. No registration required. Snacks provided.

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Wednesday,  December 7

Brown Bag Concert: NEC Symphonic Winds & U.S. Navy Band Northeast

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

12:00 PM-1:00 PM 

Mechanics Hall 

321 Main Street

Worcester, MA 01608

This annual holiday concert serves up the spirit of the season in a big way. Bill Drury and Erica Washburn from New England Conservatory conduct a broad repertoire and holiday cheer. The students will be joined by Navy Band Northeast, a 35-musician ensemble based on board NAVSTA Newport and one of 11 official U.S. Navy bands worldwide. Bring your own "brown bag" lunch or buy one at the Hall while they last! Cost: Free Admission

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Wearing Comfy Sweaters while visiting the Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary 

Lincoln, MA 

Listen to the sounds of birds chirping, see the rabits hopping around happily and so much more when you visit the Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary.

You may need a little sweater but you will not regret the walk, or seeing the wildlife. 

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Grape Season at Newport Vineyards 

Newport, RI 

For wine lovers, this is one of the best times of the year because it's grape season.

There are many great Vineyards around New England but Newport Vineyards tops the list and fall is one of the best times to visit, even if you may need a sweater. 

Enjoy the wine.

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Fall Ferry Ride to Block Island 

Block Island, RI 

Start the fall off by sailing away on a ferry to Block Island for the day. 

Enjoy the beach, outdoor dining, gift shops or just the views.  

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Last Chance for Outdoor Dining at Caffe Expresso Trattoria 

Worcester, MA

Caffe Espresso Trattoria has been open for over 20 years as a family owned and operated restaurant. Trattoria offfers authentic Italian home cooking.

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International Oktoberfest at Alex & Ani Center 

Providence, RI

International Oktoberfest will take pace at the Alex & Ani Center in Providence on Saturday, September 24 and 25. 

The festival will include seasonal beer, German cuisine and live music. 

One of the main events of the fall season in all of New England. 

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Leaf Peeping in The Berkshires

Berkshires, MA

Arguably the coolest thing about the fall season is the changing of the leaves. You will want to go up to the Berkshires and stroll through a park or just down a street and take note of all the colors, it's a must do fall activity.

How many colors can you see?

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Holy Cross Football is Back 

Worcester, MA 

 After a 6-5 season in 2015, the Holy Cross Crusaders football team returns to action and looking for a Patriot League title with a veteran team. 

Grab your best Holy Cross sweater and head over to Fitton Field. 

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Bragging Rights on the Line in Final Tennis Matches

Still owe someone a rematch? or maybe just a match in general.

There is still plenty of great weather left to get the match in and the winner of the match takes home bragging rights which they hold for the entire winter. 

Game on! 

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Start of Apple Picking Season at Pippen Orchards

Cranston, RI 

There are not to many better fall family activities then to spend a day picking some apples.

Be sure to make the most out of the start of the fall season when you pick Pippin Orchards apples.

Then bring the apples home to make apple pie, apple sauce, or enjoy as they are.

Happy picking! 

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Fall Lineup of Beers 

Whether it's Octoberfest from Sam Adams or a pumpkin beer from Harpoon or Newport Storm, it's time to get out to your local bar or store and pick up some of the great fall beers on tap or in stock.

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The Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston

Norton, MA 

The best golfers in the world are all in Boston for the second leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs this Labor Day Weekend.

Defending champion Rickie Fowler will look to repeat while superstars Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day look to take his title. 

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Learning at Plimoth Plantation

Plimoth, MA

The fall season is Plimoth Plantation's busiest time of year and it is a great time to bring the family.

Visit the Wampanoag Homesite, the 17th-Century English Village, Nye Barn, Craft Center, Plimoth Bread Company, Mayflower II, and the Plimoth Grist Mill!

A great way to learn and have fun at the same time.

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Last Golf Rounds of the Season at Harbor Lights 

Warwick, Rhode Island 

Golfers don't put away those clubs just yet. The summer may be nearly over but the fall offers some of the best golf weather of the entire season. 

Take advantage of it at the beautiful Harbor Lights golf course in Warwick. 

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Cozy Sweaters at Waterfire 

Providence, Rhode Island 

The evenings do get a bit cooler, however, they are still some of the best nights of the season and the fires are still burning bright in Providence.

Grab your nicest, coziest sweater and head down for an evening of fun, romance and much more.  

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The New England Patriots 

Foxboro, MA

Every fall for the last 15-16 years, the New England Patriots have entered the season with a chance to win the Super Bowl, in a lot of cases, even favored to win it.

That's pretty cool and is a big reason why fall is the best season in New England. 

Although, the first four games of this season may be tricky. 

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Take a Trip up Mount Mansfield 

Stowe, Vermont

Visit Vermont and take a gondola up Mount Mansfield. Once you get to the top, look back at the spectacular view. There are not to many views llike it. 

For travelers, be sure to bring a jacket.

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Last Chances for Al Fresco Dining at Boat House Restaurant 

Tiverton, RI

The views of Mount Hope Bay are unparalleled. Enjoy some wine with a snack or three while watching the sunset.  The chef is known for a well-balanced menu of seasonal treats that uses locally sourced seafood in creative ways.

Celebrate the arrival of fall and sit outside at the Boat House Restaurant. 

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Star of Pumpkin Picking at Jaswell's Farm

Rhode Island 

Pumpkin picking is a timeless event for families, especially those with young kids who will love to just run around and grab whichever pumpkin looks good to them.

The fall season is all about pumpkins and pumpkin picking is one of the best fall activities going. 


PHOTO: Flickr/Glenn Fleischman

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Attend King Richard's Faire

Carver, Massachusetts

Dive into history at King Richard's Faire, New England's oldest and largest Renaissance Festival and most beloved annual fall event. Dress up, play games and learn alot at a faire that is a great fall event for the entire family.

The Faire starts on September 3 and goes until October 23 

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Visit Animals at the Zoo One Last Time

It's almost that time of year when the local Zoo's close up shop for the winter. Take the family to see the animals one last time.

The Zoo makes for a great fall day for the entire family.


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