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Old Sturbridge Village to Celebrate Senator Stephen Brewer Day

Thursday, August 14, 2014


Stephen M. Brewer

Old Sturbridge Village will honor retiring Massachusetts State Senator Stephen M. Brewer by establishing a $1,500 summer internship in his name and offering free admission for all of his constituents on September 14.

The internship will be awarded annually to a college student from his district. The internship will be funded by the Chamber of Central Mass South.

“Senator Brewer has been unwavering in his support of Old Sturbridge Village we are immensely grateful for his hard work, wisdom, and tireless efforts on behalf of everyone in his district,” said Jim Donahue, president and CEO of Old Sturbridge Village. “He is a passionate and deeply knowledgeable scholar of history, and he brings this dimension — along with a wonderful sense of humor— to every OSV event he attends.  He even dresses in 1830s costume each July 4 to recite the Declaration of Independence at the Village!”

Senator Stephen Brewer Day

OSV will celebrate “Senator Stephen Brewer Day” on Sept. 14 by offering free admission to all residents of the towns Brewer represents: Ashburnham, Ashby, Athol, Barre, Brimfield, Brookfield, Charlton, East Brookfield, Hardwick, Holland, Hubbardston, Monson, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Oakham, Palmer, Paxton, Petersham, Phillipston, Rutland, Spencer, Sturbridge, Templeton, Wales, Ware, Warren, West Brookfield, and Winchendon.

A recognition ceremony and presentation will be held at 1:00 p.m. in the Stephen M. Brewer Theater, which was named for the Senator in 2007 in thanks for his longtime support of the museum. A reception with light refreshments will follow at 2:00 p.m. under the tent at OSV’s Oliver Wight Tavern.

Stephen M. Brewer Intern Scholarship

The Stephen M. Brewer Intern Scholarship at Old Sturbridge Village was created to honor Senator Brewer for his long time service to the community. It is designed to provide a summer experience for a college student from the Senator’s district who has demonstrated an interest in the study of American history, museum studies, or education — possibly with the intent to enter one of these fields professionally — while assisting the Village in fulfilling its mission. The college student from the Senator’s district who best embodies this ideal will be awarded the internship and will receive a $1,500 stipend, made possible by the Chamber of Central Mass South.

Senator Brewer is Chair of the powerful Senate and Joint Committees on Ways and Means, and has spent 35 years working in the state Legislature, starting out as an aide and working under seven governors. He was first elected to the Massachusetts House in 1988, and won a state Senate seat in 1996. He announced his decision to retire in January of 2014.


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Cars of Summer Classic Car Show and Auction

Green Hill Park

Friday, July 4, 2014 - Sunday, July 6, 2014

7:00 AM-7:00 PM

A three day classic car show held in Green Hill Park on Skyline Drive in Worcester MA. There will be live bands, food vendors, product vendors, over 1000 collectible cars, kid zones, canoe/paddle boat rides, live auto and collectibles auction, costume characters, and bounce houses.

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The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts

Youth Summer Program- Footloose

Classes focusing on music, drama, and dance as well as rehearsals for the final production will be held daily from 9AM-3PM Monday through Friday.

Two sessions will be offered: YSP I (July 7 - July 26) and YSPII (July 28 - August 16).

Students will present three performances of the popular movie musical “Footloose” at the end of each session

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Worcester Brave Hearts

The Worcester Bravehearts have 56 games scheduled for its inaugural season.  Included are 28 home games at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field in Worcester with 15 of those games taking place on Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays. The opening weekend includes 4 home starts with post-game fireworks on Friday, June 6.

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Rowing Lessons on Lake Quinsigamond

June 14 – June 29   –   6:00AM – 8:00AM

Open to non-members. 6 sessions for beginners. Learn the fundamentals of the rowing stroke; focus on basic body positions, 2 phases of the stroke, and blade work. Become familiar with boathouse & bay rules, learn how to handle equipment safely and lake traffic patterns. Practice good boat-handling skills both on water and off water.

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Worcester Art Museum

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Numerous events and activities for the whole family to enjoy!

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Flippo’s Clown Camp

July 15-17 from 10am-12pm

Kids ages eight to eighty are invited to learn to juggle, spin plates, create balloon sculptures and perform balancing tricks in a two-day program.

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Salisbury Mansion Tours

Travel back in time to the 1830's as a member of the upper class.

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Pan-Mass Challenge

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The Pan-Mass Challenge is the nation’s original fundraising bike-a-thon and raises more money than any other athletic fundraising event in the country.

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Worcester Windows Summer 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - Sunday, August 31, 2014

For its summer 2014 exhibition the Worcester Windows Community Gallery Program presents works by Worcester painter Brian Burris and a series of abstract photographs by members of the Worcester Alliance of Photographers.

Worcester Windows is a community gallery program which uses storefronts throughout downtown Worcester as exhibit space to enhance the Citys downtown and to provide display opportunities for local emerging and established artists. Originally intended simply as a means to provide exhibit opportunities, Worcester Windows has grown dramatically, successfully raising the awareness of Worcester as a Creative City by not only bringing artwork to the public and showcasing local talent, but in also establishing itself as a true community gallery through which many of the exhibiting artists have sold works.

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Worcester Latin American Festival

City Hall Area

August 16, 2014, free admission 12-9pm

Live music, Latin American cuisine, children's tent & crafts, and beer garden.

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American Antiquarian Society

Dig into some history this summer on a rainy day.

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Summer Sailing Camp

Lake Quinsigamond/Regatta Point State Park

June 23 to August 22

Ages 9-13

Kids learn the basics of sailing including, boat parts, rigging/derigging, wind direction, points of sail, and water safety as well as playing games, swimming, kayaking, and paddle boarding. 

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Central Rock Gym-Indoor Rock Climbing

Experienced climbers and first-time climbers welcome.

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Old Sturbridge Village

April 1 - October 31
Daily, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Old Sturbridge Village depicts life in New England from 1790-1840.

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Worcester PopUp

The Worcester PopUp opened on June 19 at 38 Franklin Street and will run through August.

Rotating art exhibitions, performances, music, food, art, 3D printing, hands on activities, and workshops.

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Longsjo Classic and Family Fitness Festival

Destination Worcester, in partnership with the Longsjo Classic, Greendale Family YMCA, Blue Cross Blue Shield will host a free, fun fitness festival that supports healthy living.  The event will feature a family Zumba dance party, a Kids Run, a Bike Parade, healthy living vendors and more!

The Festival will take place on Saturday, June 28, 2014 – rain or shine, from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., at the Worcester Common Oval behind Worcester City Hall, 455 Main Street. 

The Longsjo Classic race will begin at 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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Out to Lunch Summer Concert Series and Farmers Market

The Out to Lunch Summer Concert Series & Farmers' Market is back! The 2014 series kicked off on Thursday, June 19th and will run until Thursday, August 21st. Farmers' Market opens at 11:00 AM, main stage talent performs 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM.

The lineup for this year includes the following:

July 3rd - The Hip Swayers
July 10th - The SouL DeScendants
July 17th - Jubilee Gardens
July 24th - Testify
July 31st - Ashley Jordan
August 7th - Throwback to the 1960s
August 14th - Matthew Sanchez Y Su Orquesta
August 21st - East Coast Soul

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Massachusetts Symphony Summer Concert Series

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Big Dipper Ice Cream Festival

Elm Park

June 28th from 10:30AM-5:30PM

There will be entertainment, face-painting, food tents, moon walks, and of course, all-you-can-eat ice cream!

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Canal District Wagon Tours

Tours start in Kelley Square next to the Farmer's Market

Thursdays, July 3, 2014 - August 21, 2014

5:00 PM-8:00 PM

Join trained interpreters from South High School for a journey through Worcester’s Canal District as they tell the farm to factory story of the Industrial Revolution and the immigrants that made it happen.

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Elm Park Summer Concert Series

Every Thursday from July 10 through August 14, from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

uly 10 - The Beatles night with a live performance by UnionJack

July 17 - The 20-piece swing band The Milford Big Jazz Machine Orchestra performs

July 24 - Country night with Mychael David with The Help Wanted Band (Nashville recording artist), featuring their No. 1 hit “Nothin.”

July 31 - Performance by legendary R&B singer Toni-Lynn Washington

August 7 - Swinging soul night with The Love Dogs

August 14 - Jump blues with Little Red and the Riders

For more information, call 508-799-1400.

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7th Annual Barbara J. Walker Butterfly Festival

Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary


Enjoy educational fun for all ages at the 7th Annual Barbara J. Walker Butterfly Festival at Broad Meadow Brook, where butterflies fly free in their natural habitats. Festival activities will include naturalist led walks & workshops, performances, live caterpillars, butterfly art, face painting, children's activities, butterfly garden tours, butterfly garden plant sales, delicious food and much more. Come in costume and get a prize! Rain date August 10.

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Worcester 4th of July Celebration, Concert and Fireworks

Worcester’s annual 4th of July celebration and fireworks display is scheduled for July 3rd at East Park beginning at 6:00PM. There will be food vendors and kids’ activities followed by a ceremonial flag raising at 7:45PM followed by a performance by the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra at 8:00PM and fireworks at 9:30PM (rain date is July 5th).

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Hot Night in the City

July 9, 2014

6:30-9 p.m.

The night promises to be a hot time with cool adventures in creating, making, eating, and viewing. The Craft Center’s studios include the equipment necessary to produce using Hot processes like glass blowing, enameling, jewelry making, and firing ceramics. Hot Night in the City focuses attention on those processes as well as many of the opportunities for making that are provided annually at the Craft Center.

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