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Where Will You WOO?  Week of February 2, 2017

Thursday, February 02, 2017


Where will you WOO during the week of February 2? 


Thursday February 2 

Be Our Valentine WORKSHOP

3:30 PM-4:30 PM 

Tatnuck Magnet Elementary School 

1083 Pleasant Street

Worcester, MA 01602

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Create an original valentine and be part of Worcester's historic valentine-making tradition. Celebrate

 Worcester with Worcester Historical Museum! In partnership with Worcester Reads and Worcester Public Library. For more information on the Museum's 39th annual Valentine Contest.

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Friday, February 3

The 13th Annual College Show Opening

6:00 PM-8:00 PM 


660 Main Street

Worcester, MA 01610


(ArtsWorcester will hold the opening reception of the The 13th Annual College Show on Friday, February 3rd, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, at the Aurora Gallery, 660 Main Street. The opening and the exhibition itself are both free to the public.The College Show is a juried exhibit of the best art coming out of Worcester-area colleges and universities, including Anna Maria College, Assumption College, Becker College, Clark University, College of the Holy Cross, Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Worcester State University. It is a rare opportunity to experience Worcester as a college town, and to see its wealth of new artistic talent. Free parking is available for ArtsWorcester visitors at the Freemasons two paved parking lots, at the corner of Ionic and Beacon Street, one block up from ArtsWorcester. During exhibitions, the Aurora is open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 12-4pm. Please feel free to contact us to set up an appointment outside of these hours; we are happy to do so. In winter, we close for inclement weather in accordance with the Worcester Public Schools. Exhibits are free and open to the public.

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Saturday, February 4

Winter in Bloom 

10:00 AM-5:00 PM 

Tower Hill Botanic Garden 

11 French Drive

Boylston, MA 01505


As New England braces for some of the coldest days of the winter, Tower Hill Botanic Garden will be hosting Winter In Bloom: A Month of Flowers.

Last winter, more visitors than ever discovered there is no better place in February to escape the cold weather and to be inspired than Tower Hill. Throughout the month  with activities planned each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of February  there will be expert guest speakers, hands-on workshops, live music, flower shows, displays by leading floral designers, and activities geared to all ages. The rich colors and fragrances offer stimulation for the senses not only for flower lovers, but for all those seeking a break from chilly temperatures and a reminder that spring’s beauty will return once again.

Plant and flower inspired, kid-friendly activities take center stage during Februarys school vacation week offering an educational and fun day-trip that multiple generations can enjoy together. Daily vacation activities will include story walks, scavenger hunts, crafts, library programs, story time, and more. The week leading up to and following Valentines Day is another popular time to visit, as fresh flowers and the holiday go hand in hand. In addition, Tower Hill’s towering, lush conservatories filled with subtropical plants  will be open for the public to enjoy.

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Sunday, February 5

Once The Musical

6:30 PM-9:30 PM 

Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts 

2 Southbridge St.

Worcester, MA 01608

Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Once is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, Once tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights... but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, Once draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It's an unforgettable story about going for your dreams... not living in fear... and the power of music to connect all of us.

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Monday, February 6

Last Frontier / Última Frontera: La Subjetividad del Territorio 

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

1 College Street

 Worcester, MA 01610

The Last Frontier presents the work of contemporary Latin American artists from a diverse array of perspectives and geographies exploring the border/frontier as a dividing line between states; the reality of lived experience vs. what is portrayed in the media; the dissolution of borders through globalization; borders as an experience of “us” vs. “them”; and the blurring lines between virtual and natural spaces.

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Tuesday, February 7

Exhibition: Bandits and Heros 

10:00 AM-5:00 PM 

Worcester Center for Crafts 

25 Sagamore Road

Worcester, MA 01605


BANDITS & HEROES, POETS & SAINTS explores the ways that ancient cultures of Africa blended with indigenous and colonial Portuguese traditions for more than five hundred years to form the vibrant cultural mosaic of modern Brazil. These diverse cultures have contributed to the resilience and vitality of the people of the Northeast of Brazil. Their inventive works of popular art-sculptures, paintings, prints, religious objects, toys and booklets of poetry-draw visitors into the complex culture of the Northeast, the economically poorest region of Brazil but one with a rich cultural heritage. The art in this exhibition is known as popular art. "Popular art" refers to art made by ordinary people working within their communities to retell familiar stories about the places they live and the traditions and beliefs they share. Popular artists help their communities to celebrate, to remember, and to laugh at the things that make their lives challenging and joyful.

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Wednesday,  February 8

Shinrin-Yoku in the Conservatories

10:00 AM-11:30 AM 

Tower Hill Botanic Garden 

11 French Drive

Boylston, MA 01505

Instructor: Nadine Mazzola

Reset the stress button and experience the Winter grandeur of the conservatories in a whole new way with the practice of Shinrin-Yoku. We will use our senses to meet and develop a connection with the living-residents (the plants) of this special space as we explore with our senses their flowers and fragrance, outstanding foliage and enticing fruit. This simple yet profound practice draws from mindfulness, sensory awareness and nature. You’ll engage all your senses through a series of invitations to bring you to the present moment. We will conclude with a Shinrin Yoku Tea ceremony and a snack next to the conservatory. Shinrin Yoku is based on the idea that the natural world is the balancing factors to our stressed lives.

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Go Snowshoeing at Wachusett Mountain

Leominster, MA

For those who can't ski or snowboard, snowshoeing is another way to get around in the snow. Wachusett mountain is the perfect place for snowshoeing.  


PHOTO: Matt, just Matt

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Ice Skating at Newport Skating Center

Newport, RI 

Whether you are skating on a pond or at one of the many ice rinks across the region like the Newport Skating Center in the heart of Newport.

The skating center provides a full schedule of activities to carry you through the winter including #CARRYLIGHT Friday Nights where guest can show us ways they ignite light and hope in the world with a video campaign, Family Fun Nights, Skates with Santa a Learn to Skate camp and much more. 

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Snowmobile at the Tall Timber Lodge 

Pittsburg, New Hampshire

For snowmobiling enthusiasts, Pittsburg, New Hampshire might be the snowmobiling capital of New England with more than 200 trails, all filled with great adventures. 

The Tall Timber Lodge offers a variety of packages that include rentals, dinners, lodging and much more. If you need a break from the trails, the lodge also consists of a spa. 

PHOTO: Paul Williams

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Dog Sled Tours at New England Dog Sledding

Mason Township, Maine

Embrace the call of the wind and go up to New England Dog Sledding for dog sled tours. Tours are pulled by trained and "friendly" Alaskan Husky sled dogs and are offered throughout the Bethel, Maine, and North Conway,New Hampshire areas.

If that is not enough, you can also enjoy skijoring, which is nordic skiing pulled by a dog. Participants can bring their own skis or rent them. 



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Get Out of the Cold and Into the Water at CoCo Key Boston

Danvers, MA

Get out of the cold and into the water at CoCo Key's 65,000 sq. ft. indoor water park in Danvers. 

The park includes multiple water slides, tube rides, pools and so much more to take your mind off of winter, at least for a little while. 

For those who might need a break from the water, there is an arcade with games for all ages. 


PHOTO: Coco Key Facebook

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Sled Down Neutaconkanut Hill

Providence, RI 

Neutaconkanut Hill has some of the best slopes for sledding in the state. 

Bundle up, hold on, and enjoy the ride. 

In addition to the sledding slopes, snowshoeing and cross country skiing is offered at this legendary Providence slope.

For more great places to sled, check out GoLocalProv's latest list. 

PHOTO: Popofatticus/Flickr

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Ice Climbing With Adventure Spirit 

Burlington, Vermont

For the adventurous out there, Adventure Spirit in Vermont is your place for ice climbing. Choose from climbing at Bolton Quarry, Bristol Cliffs or even Smuggler's Notch to be lead by one of their experienced instructors.

Be prepared to spend your day strenuously climbing some of nature's frozen streams and flow offs. They also offer alpine climbing and outdoor rock climbing for those who wish to fully test their limits.


PHOTO: Adventure Spirit

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Providence Restaurant Weeks

Providence, RI 

Providence Restaurant Weeks will take place from January 15 to January 28, 2017, with more than 100 restaurants participating. Enjoy three-course lunches at $14.95 and three-course dinners at $29.95 or $34.95, as well as two-for-one specials.

Restaurants include Chapel Grille, Capital Grille, Capriccio and many more. 

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Jump Around at Launch Trampoline Park 

RI, MA or CT

Need to get some energy out? or get the energy out of your kids? Head to Launch Trampoline Park. They have a park in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. 

With dodgeball, basketball, foam pits and more, indoor trampoline parks have something to offer people of all ages. Whether you want to bring a group of children for the day or sign up a group of adults for some "xtreme" dodgeball, trampoline parks can be a great change of pace and a fun way to try something new.

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Newport Winter Festival 

Newport, RI 

The 2017 Newport Winter Festival is set to be held from February 17-26. 

The festival features live music, food, games and so much more over a span of nine days. 

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Indoor Rock Climbing

RI, MA or NH

Do you need a new challenge this winter? Try one of New England's indoor rock climbing gyms. Whether you choose Rock Spot Climbing in Rhode Island, Carabiner's in Massachusetts, or Vertical Dreams in New Hampshire, rock climbing is a fun and challenging way to get some exercise without running on treadmills.

Photo courtesy of Rock Spot Climbing

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New England Pond Hockey Classic 

Merideth, New Hampshire 

You have never seen hockey like this. 

The 8th annual New England Pond Hockey Classic kicks off on February 2 with final team rosters due on January 20. Get your team together and head up to New Hampshire. 

If you can't make it up, grab the skate and find your local pond and play hockey anyway. BE SAFE of course. 

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Curling at Ocean State Curling Club 

Cranston RI

You watch curling in the Olympics every year and you love it. So try it this winter. 

The Ocean State Curling Club has your curling fix. Hosting events and tournaments or "bonspiels" at the Veteran’s Memorial Ice Rink in Cranston, RI, the Ocean State Curling Club is a "social club for anyone interested in recreational curling." The club also offers lessons for those who want to learn the sport. 

Photo: dave/Flickr

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Ice Fishing

Across New England

It's practically a tradition for a lot of people, but ice fishing is an interesting winter experience. Head out to the ponds and see what you can get. 

But be safe, it takes 4-6 inches of ice to support a person and 8-10 inches to support a vehicle.

Photo courtesy of Dushan Hanuska/flickr

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Get the House Organized 

The weather isn't great, it's freezing outside. Winter presents a great opportunity to get the house organized. It's not the most fun thing in the world of course, but it will pay off and at the end of it, you will be glad you did it. 

Here are some ways to get organized this winter. 

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See the Lights at La Salette Shrine

Attleborough MA

By far one of the coolest lighting displays you will see anywhere in New England and maybe even the country. 

The Festival of Lights runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. every night until January 1. 

Do not miss out! 

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Sing-a-Long with the Holiday Pops

301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA

Held at Symphony Hall, Holiday Pops is a concert filled with food, sing-a-longs and a visit from the one and only Santa Claus!

Have some holiday cookies as the Boston Symphony Orchestra plays holiday classics for you and your family.

The seven kids afternoon shows include post-concert photos with Santa as well as special treats. 

The concert runs until December 31. 

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Give to the Community

While the winter holidays are generally the biggest volunteer days of the year, any day of the year is a great time to give to organizations or people in need.

Items like food, clothes, and blankets are just some of the things that are needed most this time of year. 

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First Night Hartford New Years Eve Celebration 

Hartford, Connecticut 

Join First Night Hartford for its 28th year of celebration! The multi-venue event will include performances by aerialists, Circophony Youth Circus, the Connecticut Academy of Irish Music, and Crafts and tours at Bulter McCook House. 

Don’t forget to stay for the fireworks starting promptly at 6 p.m. with a second showing at midnight to ring in the New Year!

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 Zip Line

Mount Washington, Bretton Woods New Hampshire

Soar down Mount Washington on a series of tree-top zip lines! The Canopy Tour is lead by one of Bretton Woods Adventure Guides as they describe the native fauna and flora. You'll descend over 1000 feet of elevation on this 3-hour tour. Each tour guide can take a group of up to 8, so grab some friends and zip down the mountain!

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Cross Country Skiing

East Bay Bike Path, Bristol to Providence RI 

Grab your poles and skis and head down to the East Bay Bike Path for some Cross Country Skiing. Of course, you can go cross-country skiing anywhere there is snow and some flat land, but the East Bay Bike Path stretches about 14 miles from Bristol to India Point Park in Providence. 

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Ride the Polar Express

Woonsocket, Rhode Island 

Buy your ticket now for the Black Stone Valley Polar Express! Watch the popular book and film come to life before your eyes as you take a 90-minute train ride with Santa and the Conductor.

Rides will be available every Friday through Sunday with the final stop on Sunday, December 21. There will be light refreshments and cookies made available, children are encouraged to wear pajamas.

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 Take a Nature Walk at Squam Lakes

Holderness, New Hampshire

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness, NH offers a wide arrange of guided tours of live animal trails. A staff naturalist leads and teaches groups how certain animals are adapted to the winter climate in New Hampshire. The guided tours are run on weekends and can be a great way to experience and learn more about nature in New England.

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Paint and Vino 

Pawtucket, RI

Forget about winter by painting a picture of a tropical sunset at Paint and Vino, Rhode Island's first paint and wine studio. Bring children for family paint events and parties, or leave them at home to enjoy complimentary "adult beverages" as you paint.

Perfect for date night, girls night out or a fun Friday night, Paint and Vino's classes run for 2 1/2 to 3 hours and a spot must be reserved.

Photo: Yelp Inc./Flickr

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Snow Tubing at Ski Ward

1000 Main Street, Shrewsbury, MA

Sledding, skiing or snowboarding not for you? Grab a tube and enjoy the ride down one of the many hills at the Ski Ward.  

Don't forget to take the whole family out to Slopeside Bar and Grill after a long day in the snow. 


PHOTO: Flickr


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