Where Will You WOO? Week of January 12, 2017
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Thursday January 12th
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret
7:00 PM-10:00 PM
WCUW 91.3 FM - Worcester's Community Radio Station
910 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01610
Join us for a special screening of the documentary, Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret. The first film of the monthly movie screenings presented by WCUW's programs, The Journey, and Vegan Nation.
Friday, January 13th
2nd Floor Sculpture Park - PUBLIC RECEPTION
5:30 AM-8:00 PM
38 Harlow Street
Worcester, MA 01605
Public Reception: Friday January 13th, 5:30-8pm
Open Gallery: Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4pm
Closing Reception: Saturday February 25th, 5-9pm
2nd Floor Sculpture Park: Sculpture, Installations & Large Scale 2D, is a first of its kind group show utilizing the entire 2nd floor of the cavernous Sprinkler Factory building, the length of a city block, a true indoor park dedicated to art. The intent of this exhibit is to bring the wonderland of outdoor sculpture gardens and the scope of mural art indoors for the winter. Featuring 50 Worcester area artists, 2nd Floor Sculpture Park provides a unique opportunity for the artist to imagine big and the viewer to become immersed in this all-encompassing environment.
Saturday, January 14th
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
Experience an evening in a 19th-century tavern, complete with a meal cooked over the hearth by OSV staff, old-fashioned entertainment and a look into table manners of the 1800s. In addition to a supper prepared in part at the hearth, guests may enjoy beverages fashionable in early New England, hear music and stories from an earlier time, and explore period games and entertainment. Learn about table manners from the period, when it was not only polite, but advised to eat from the knife.
Registration is required.
Sunday, January 15th
Vietnamese Lunar New Year Celebration
11:00 AM-4:00 PM
DCU Center- Arena and Convention Center
50 Foster Street
Worcester, MA 01608
Program Highlights: Lion Dance, Ancestor Ceremony, Lucky Red Envelope, Cultural Show, Vietnamese food
Tet in Worcester, Inc. would like to invite you to one of the largest Vietnamese New Year celebrations in New England. This event will bring forth the beautiful colors of Vietnam and its traditions to the City of Worcester. The Vietnamese community is excited to present our culture by providing the whole Vietnam experience. We hope you will join us in commemorating this momentous occasion and preserve our traditions!
Monday, January 16th
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the Ice Rink
1:00 PM-6:00 PM
Worcester Common Oval
455 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608
School's out, the ice rink is open! Enjoy an extra day of ice skating on Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1-6pm.
Cost: Admission for public skating is $5 (children 6 and under skate free) and $3 for skate rentals with a $25 refundable deposit per skate rental.
Tuesday, January 17th
Public Art Town Hall Meeting
5:30 PM-7:00 PM
Worcester Center for Crafts
25 Sagamore Road
Worcester, MA 01605
You're invited to the Public Art Town Hall Meeting!
-Great cities deserve great art: The City of Worcester encourages and promotes the enrichment of the cultural landscape of the city through aesthetic improvements of public spaces, uniting artists and community, and inspiring civic pride.
-Public art installations: Come learn about the recent and upcoming projects planned for 2017.
-Share your ideas for more art in the city.
-Attendance is FREE: Share your ideas about how we can bring more Art to Worcester! Good EATS provided.
RSVP requested but not required. Email: [email protected]
The Public Art Working Group (PAWG) is made up of artists, local citizens and art lovers who are committed to supporting public art initiatives in the City of Worcester. These community members want to see more public art created in the city.
* The Worcester Center for Crafts is an accessible location. For additional accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact us at [email protected]
Wednesday, January 18th
African Drumming Workshops
5:30 PM-6:30 PM
Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts
2 Southbridge St.
Worcester, MA 01608
Presented by Crocodile River Music, experience African culture through music! Master Drummer and West African native, Issa Coulibaly, leads our hands-on drumming class. Authentic instruments are provided for classroom use.
Instructor: Issa Coulibaly
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Go tubing, skiing or snowboarding on the different terrains of Ski Ward.
New to the mountain? You can learn how to ride with lessons from their instructors or perfect your technique if you happen to be more experienced. And don't forget to take the whole family out to Slope side Bar and Grill after a long day in the snow.
Photo: Ski Ward
Newport, Rhode Island
From February 12 to 21, Newport will be hosting the 28th annual Newport Winter Festival throughout Newport County. Hosting events like Beatlemania, chili cook-off, the Winter Festival is 10 days of music and over 150 events, providing fun for the entire family.
Photo courtesy of Newport Winter Festival
Dog Sled Tours at New England Dog Sledding
Mason Township, Maine
Embrace the call of the wind and head to New England Dog Sledding for some dog sled tours. Tours are pulled by trained and "very friendly" Alaskan Husky sled dogs and are offered throughout the Bethel, Maine and North Conway,New Hampshire areas. You can also enjoy skijoring, which is nordic skiing pulled by a dog, so you can bring your own or rent one of theirs!
Curling at Ocean State Curling Club
Try something new, like curling.
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.
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
Ice Climbing with Adventure Spirit
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.
Cross Country Skiing
East Bay Bike Path, Bristol to Providence RI
Grab your poles and skis and head down to the East Bay Bicycle 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.
The 16th Annual Lowell Winterfest is set to take place on February 19 and 20th.
The schedule f events includes free ice skating, an opening ceremony and a big winter carnival that the kids will simply love.
Ice Sculptures, a fire dance and a city hall lighting also highlight the festival.
For those who can't ski or snowboard, snowshoeing is another way to get around in the snow. Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire ski resorts have designated snowshoeing facilities, but the best part is you can strap into a pair and walk around anywhere snow is too deep for boots.
Sledding in Central MA
Last year, Central Mass was hit with a record amount of snow. While we are not wishing for that again, it did make for some great sledding hills.
When snow comes again this year, break out the sleds.
Here is GoLocal's latest list of great sledding spots in Central Mass.
Jump Around at Launch Trampoline Park
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.
Indoor Rock Climbing
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.
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. The winter season is sometimes when items like food, clothes, blankets and other things are needed the most.
Click here for how to give back to RI non profits.
Click here for how to give back to Mass non profits.
Providence Winter Restaurant Weeks will be held until January 23 features about 80 restaurants offering three-course, prix fixe lunches for $14.95 and three-course prix fix dinners for $29.95 and $34.95.
Participating restaurants include Siena in Smithfield, Matunuck Oyster Bar, Eleven Forty Nine Restaurant, The Dorrance, Capriccio, Capital Grille and more.
Day and Night Skiing at Wachusett Mountain
Make the best of winter by strapping on your skis or snowboard. With over 25 trails open, Wachusett also lights up 18 of these trails until 10pm for night skiing. Wachusett has rentals and lessons for beginners and terrain parks and even an air bag for advanced skiers and boarders. Night tubing is an option during speical events, too!
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.
Photo: Doug Brown/Flickr
Lace up the skates, grab your favorite jersey and stick and hit the frozen ponds for some hockey. Maybe just some one on one action or grab a bunch of friends and play a full scale game.
Either way enjoy the ice.
But be safe, But be safe, it takes 4-6 inches of ice to support a person.
Photo courtesy of yooperann/flckr
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!
Get the House Organized
The weather isn't great, it's freezing out side. 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.
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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