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Where Will You WOO? - Week of December 8, 2016

Thursday, December 08, 2016

 

Where will you WOO during the week of December 8?

 

Thursday December 8

Christmas Dinner and Concert with the Worcester Chamber Music Society

Thursday, December 8, 2016

6:00 PM-9:00 PM 

Old Sturbridge Village 

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road

Sturbridge, MA 01566

Experience an evening of festive cocktails, fine dining and a special holiday concert presented by The Worcester Chamber Society, a mixed classical chamber ensemble performing selections of Baroque music with a holiday theme. Learn more about The Worcester Chamber Society at worcesterchambermusic.org

 Menu:

 1st course: Tossed Mixed Greens with Parmesan Tuile

 Entrée: Braised Short Ribs with Mashed Potatoes & Roasted Root Vegetables (vegetarian entrée available by request)

 Dessert: Chocolate Peppermint Cake 

Call 508-347-0362 or buy your tickets online.

 

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Friday December 9

Boston Pops Holiday Concert 2016

8:00 PM-10:00 PM 

Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts 

2 Southbridge St.

Worcester, MA 01608

Join the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra with conductor Keith Lockhart for their sparkling and beloved Holiday Pops concert. Capturing the magic of the Christmas season and the winter charms of New England, the Boston Pops will perform their signature "Sleigh Ride," as well as other holiday classics, and new arrangements of seasonal favorites. The magnificence of hearing these pieces performed by America’s orchestra is not to be missed! Generously sponsored by The Hanover Insurance Group.

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Saturday, December 10

Christmas Overnight at Old Sturbridge Village

December 3, 2016 - December 18, 2016

4:00 PM-9:00 AM 

Old Sturbridge Village 

Museum Education Bldg

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road

Sturbridge, MA 01566

New this year, Old Sturbridge Village's holiday overnight program takes place in the museum's education center with families making a hearthside dinner. Overnight guests will take in Christmas by Candlelight before gobbling up holiday treats and a Christmas bedtime story. The next morning, young and old will enjoy a continental breakfast, while kids take part in a hands-on craft project and visit with Santa.

 This program is geared towards multi-age groups. Participants must be a minimum of 6 years old. We cannot make exceptions for younger children due to safety concerns. All children must be accompanied by an adult at the ratio of one adult for every 3 children. Download the Christmas Overnight Guide and Museum Education Map on the website for more information. 

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Sunday,  December 11

The Nutcracker Ballet performed by Dance Prism

Sunday, December 11, 2016

1:00 PM-3:00 PM, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM 

Mechanics Hall 

321 Main Street

Worcester, MA 01608

Continue a valued tradition or discover the magic of this beloved holiday classic for the first time! Dance Prism's Nutcracker is sure to leave you with a sense of warmth and treasured memories that will last a lifetime. Two performances.

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Monday, December 12

Woven Power: Ritual Textiles of Sarawak and West Kalimantan

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, August 31, 2016 - December 14, 2016

10:00 AM-5:00 PM 

College of the Holy Cross: Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery 

1 College Street

Worcester, MA 01610

Gallery hours: M-F 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat noon - 5 p.m.; closed Columbus Day October 10th and Thanksgiving November 24-27

Pua kumbu are magnificent, intricately dyed, hand-loomed cotton ikat textiles once woven in profusion in longhouses in Malaysia’s Sarawak and in nearby Kalimantan, Indonesia. These ceremonial blankets were once religious objects par excellence for the Iban and the related Dayak women who wove them. Pua kumbu and the closely connected kain kebat ceremonial skirts were designed to be extraordinarily beautiful  to attract the attention of the gods, to invite them to longhouse rituals, called gawai festivals. 

This exhibition invites visitors to view historic pua and kain kebat selected from the remarkable, comprehensive collection of Dr. John G. Kreifeldt; these textiles have never been shown to the public before. Kreifeldt, emeritus engineering professor from Tufts University, contributed a catalogue highlighting textile motifs; curator Dr. Susan Rodgers, emerita anthropologist from Holy Cross, offers anthropological essays. Four Holy Cross student docents, Megan Demit 16, Melissa Gryan 18, Margaret MacMullin 16, and Martina Umunna 18, studied Iban textiles with Rodgers in Southeast Asia in summer 2016 and serve as docents for the exhibition.

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Tuesday, December 13

Turtle Travels 

Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, September 17, 2016 - May 7, 2017 

EcoTarium 

222 Harrington Way

Worcester, MA 01604

Turtles take amazing journeys and they need your help along the way. Have you ever spied a Swiss Army Turtle? Or tracked a turtle with radio telemetry? Wander through a life-size board game and see firsthand what it's like to travel through a turtle’s terrain. This fun-filled, interactive exhibit provides a turtle's eye-view of life in the slow lane.

Cost: Free with EcoTarium admission ($15 adults, $10 children 2-18, seniors 65+ and students with ID); Free for EcoTarium Members and children under 2 

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Wednesday,  December 14

Art Carts: Family Fun - Arms and Armor 

Wednesdays, December 14, 2016 - December 21, 2016

1:00 PM-2:00 PM 

Worcester Art Museum 

Renaissance Court Balcony

55 Salisbury Street

Worcester, MA 01609

Knightly armor is nice and shiny, but how does it feel? How heavy is the armor? Is it comfortable? How and why did they decorate it? Discover the answers to these questions and more with our hands-on armor activity!(Programming subject to change)

Cost: Free with Museum admission

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Related Slideshow: 25 Things You Must do This Fall in New England - 2016

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Walk/Jog/Hike Through the Bird Sanctuary

Worcester, MA 

There are some great walking and hiking paths behind the Audubon Society on Massasoit Road in Worcester to visit this fall.

Want to be at peace and escape the city without really leaving the city? Take a brisk walk through the Bird Sanctuary. If you don't feel better by the time you leave there...then turn around and go back in.

The bird sanctuary is located on 414 Massasoit Road in Worcester

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Pumpkin Picking at Jaswell's Farm

Smithfield, RI

The fall season is all about pumpkins. Pumpkin beer, pumpkin pie and most of all pumpkin picking.

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.

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Attend the Vermont International Film Festival 

Burlington, Vermont

The 2016 Vermont International Film Festival takes place from October 21 to October 30. 

The festival will feature more than 70 films from all over the world as well as panels and discussions. 

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Fall Exhibits at the Boston Children's Museum 

Boston, MA 

The Boston Children's Museum has two special exhibits to celebrate the fall season. 

The first is a Native Voices exhibit, which runs through December, and features the cultures and people of New England Native American population. 

There is also the "Art Inspired by Animals" exhibit . 

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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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Attend the Maine Harvest Festival 

Bangor, Maine 

The Main Harvest Festival will be held on November 19 and November 20 at the Cross Insurance Center.

The festival features a pie eating contest, cooking demonstrations, live and local music and much more. 

Get in an early Thanksgiving celebration at the Maine Harvest Festival. 

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Enjoy a Glass of Wine at Newport Vineyards

Newport, RI 

Hello grape season! 

It may be getting colder, but for wine lovers, this is the best time of year because it's grape season.

There are many great Vineyards around New England but Newport Vineyards is among the best. 

Enjoy the wine.

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Coppal House Farm

Lee, NH

Not one, not two, but three corn mazes all in one spot. 

The famous triple maze at Coppal House Farm in New Hampshire is fun for all ages!

This year's theme is honey bees for all three mazes.

Built in the mid-1700s, Coppal Farm has horse-drawn carriage rides, pumpkin picking, and tons of other activities on its 78-acre farm.

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Drink a Glass or Two or Three of Apple Cider

Across New England

Nothing says fall like drinking nice warm glass of apple cider, or maybe multiple warm glasses of apple cider.

Head over to your local market and buy some, or maybe you know how to make your own or have your own recipe. Either way, drinking apple cider is something to look forward too.

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Last Golf Rounds of the Year at Harbor Lights 

Warwick, RI 

While it may not be summer anymore and you may need an extra shirt or light jacket, there is still time to get some end of season swings in at your local golf course.

The fall season presents some of the best golfing weather that we have all year in New England.

Hit them straight.

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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 like it. 

For travelers, be sure to bring a jacket.

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Coastal Wine Trail 

Across Southern New England

The Coastal Wine Trail is a nonprofit group of 14 wineries that are spread throughout Southeastern New England. 

Vineyards on the trail include Preston Ridge Vineyard in Preston Connecticut, Travessia Winery in New Bedford, Massachusetts, Westport Rivers Vineyard & Winery in Westport, Massachusetts and Coastal Vineyards in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts. 

The heart of the trail is less than three hours from New York City and 90 minutes from Bosto

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Visit the Factory of Terror  

Worcester, MA

Check out five attractions at the super spooky Factory of Terror! Clown College, Zella's Hideaway, Zombie Alley, 3D Nightmare and the 13th Haunt all in one place.

This indoor haunted house offers a frightening and spooky experience with realistic, detailed rooms featuring cutting edge special effects and horror creatures at every turn!

Enter at your own risk!

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Last Chance 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 fall season and eat outdoors one last time. 

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Drink a Fall Beer Before They Go Away 

Across New England

The fall selection of beers is unmatched. 

Whether it's Octoberfest from Sam Adams or a pumpkin pie beer from 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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Learning at Plimoth Plantation

Plymouth, 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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Visit the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo

Providence, RI 

The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is a one of a kind fall event taking place at Roger Williams Park Zoo and runs from October 6 - November 6, 2016 and tickets are only sold online.

The display features more than 125 carved pumpkins, featuring designs such as the laughing tree and several others. 

New to this year’s spectacular, Friday – Sunday nights now feature timed ticket entry starting at 5:30 p.m. These tickets will only be sold online.

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Last Chance for Outdoor Dining at Caffe Expresso Trattoria 

Worcester, MA

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

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Blackstone Valley Fall Foliage Train

Woonsocket, RI 

The Blackstone Valley Fall Foliage train leaves Woonsocket at 9 a.m. en route to Putnam, Connecticut. 

Once in Putnam, guests can enjoy the antique shops, Putnam's Annual Pumpkin Festival, a farmers' market and much more. 

The train leaves Putnam at 2:30 p.m. and arrives back in Woonsocket at 4:30 p.m. 

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Ride or Run the East Bay Bike Path 

Barrington, RI 

Put on a comfy sweater and take a fall run or bike ride down this 14.5 mile long path that stretches from India Point Park in Providence to Independence Park in Bristol.

The path connects many towns while providing waterside views nearly the entire way.

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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 ends on October 23. 

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Take a Fall Trip to Block Island

Block Island, RI

As the fall season rolls on, trips to Block Island are winding down.

But at the moment, there is still great weather ahead and great opportunities to get on the ferry and head over to Block Island for the day, or maybe even multiple days.

A fall trip to Block Island is something ou must do this fall.

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Westerly Fall Restaurant Week

Westerly, RI 

Restaurants will offer a three course price fixed meal at $15 for lunch and $25 for dinner. 

Participating restaurants include Venice Restaurant and Lounge, Pleasant View Inn, Amigos and more. 

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Book a Weekend Getaway to Twin Farms

Bernard, Vermont 

Take a break, getaway from the daily grind of life and go on a weekend getaway to Twin Farms in Vermont. 

While you are there, there are great opportunities for hiking, biking and just relaxing. 

You will not regret this trip. 

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Visit Connecticut's Glass House 

New Canaan, CT 

Construction began on the Glass House in 1949 by architect Philip Johnson and is now a National Trust Historic Site. 

The house is on 49 acres of land which holds 13 other structures and features a collection of 20th century painting and sculpture. 

The foliage surrounding the house makes the fall season a great time to go visit. 

 
 

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