Where Will You WOO? - Week of December 8, 2016
Thursday, December 08, 2016
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Tuesday, December 13
Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, September 17, 2016 - May 7, 2017
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
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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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
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.
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 .
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
Caffe Espresso Trattoria has been open for more than 20 years as a family owned and operated restaurant. Trattoria offfers authentic Italian home cooking.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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