Where Will You WOO? - Week of January 26, 2017
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Thursday January 26th
Flora Opening Party: KAHBAHBLOOOM: An Explosion of Color!
5:30 PM-8:00 PM
Worcester Art Museum
55 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609
This year's Opening Night Party is not to be missed, with hors d'oeuvres, live music, and a cash bar. Make sure to dress in our theme: "KAHBAHBLOOOM: An Explosion of Color!"
Valet available at both Lancaster Street and Salisbury Street Entrances for $5 per car.
To purchase tickets: visit the Worcester Art Museum Guest Services desks during our open hours; call 1-800-838-3006
Friday, January 27th
CIRQUE DREAMS Jungle Fantasy
7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts
2 Southbridge St.
Worcester, MA 01608
Proclaimed, “The grandest circus spectacle east of Vegas” by New York Magazine, CIRQUE DREAMS Jungle Fantasy debuted at the Broadway Theatre in 2008 and is to date, the first and only show of its kind to ever perform on Broadway. The show furthered its critical acclaim in 2010 when pop princess icon Debbie Gibson, performed the leading role of Mother Nature at the MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods in Connecticut. CIRQUE DREAMS Jungle Fantasy received the 2011 Brass Ring award for live entertainment excellence at Busch Gardens Tampa and recently returned from a United States Armed Forces world tour entertaining over 100,000 troops and their families at 17 military installations throughout 10 countries. The show was recently redesigned into a modern dinner theatre experience in partnership with Norwegian Cruise Lines Breakaway, sailing year-round from NYC and voted “Best Show at Sea” by Porthole Magazine. Tickets on sale now.
Saturday, January 28th
Meet Star Wars Characters from the 501st New England Garrison
222 Harrington Way
Worcester, MA 01604
Stormtroopers and Jedi are landing at the EcoTarium! Come dressed as your favorite character and meet members of the 501st New England Garrison from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
While you're here, learn about space exploration and more in our Science Discovery programs and shows in the Alden Digital Planetarium: A National Geographic Theater.
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
Sunday, January 29th
10th Annual Worcester's Best Chef Competition
4:00 PM-8:00 PM
321 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608
Worcester's Best Chef competition will celebrate 10 years as the Central New England region's premiere culinary competition. Marking the occasion, this year's event will feature a battle between the top finalists and Iron Chef champions from the last nine years, all converging on historic Mechanics Hall to lay claim to bragging rights that will follow the answer to the ultimate question - Who will be the "Best of the Best?"
Cost: $75, $55, $50
Monday, January 30th
Be Our Valentine WORKSHOP
3:30 AM-4:30 PM
Goddard Elementary School
14 Richards Street
Worcester, MA 01603
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.
Tuesday, January 31st
Intro to the Lighting Studio
6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Worcester Center for Crafts
25 Sagamore Road
Worcester, MA 01605
The Lighting Studio is a resource designed for rental by artists to document 2D and 3D artworks. Within the studio you will find the tools and equipment to stage, light and capture high quality images of artworks, both on film and digitally. This workshop will cover the proper use and care of the associated equipment, as well as three basic lighting scenarios for 2D and 3D artworks. The guidelines and policies for independent rental of the Lighting Studio will be covered as this workshop is a pre-requisite to access the studio via independent rental. Cost: $25
Wednesday, February 1st
Yoga by Nature
6:00 PM-7:15 PM
Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive
Boylston, MA 01505
Instructor: Jennie Backstrom
Gentle-to-moderate flow yoga open for all levels. Please bring your own mat. Walk-ins welcome.
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Ice Skating at Newport Skating Center
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 adult and kids skating sessions as well as activities for the entire family.
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
Dog Sled Tours at Ultimate Dog Sledding Experience
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" Husky sled dogs and are offered throughout the area.
Ultimate Dog Sledding is located just 40 minutes from Portland.
PHOTO: NPS/ JACOB W. FRANK/ Flickr
Get Out of the Cold and Into the Water at CoCo Key Boston
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
Sled Down Neutaconkanut Hill
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.
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.
PHOTO: Adventure Spirit
Providence Restaurant Weeks will take place from January 14 to January 27, 2018, with nearly 100 restaurants participating. Enjoy three-course lunches at $16.95 and three-course dinners at $29.95 or $34.95, as well as two-for-one specials.
Restaurants include Capriccio, Milk Money and many more.
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.
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
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 skates and find your local pond and play hockey anyway. BE SAFE of course.
Curling at Ocean State Curling Club
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.
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
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.
Sing-a-Long with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA
Held at Symphony Hall, the Boston Pops holiday concert is 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.
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.
First Night Hartford New Years Eve Celebration
Join First Night Hartford for its 29th 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!
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!
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.
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 December 23. There will be light refreshments and cookies made available, children are encouraged to wear pajamas.
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.
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
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.
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