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On the road yesterday…Have you checked out THE OUT TO LUNCH CONCERTS, FARMERS MARKETS, FOOD TRUCKS extravaganza …

ICT head honcho Rosalie … It’s hot out!

behind Worcester City Hall? On the Worcester Common? FREE! Every Thursday – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

God, it was fab seeing so many people exuding optimism! Happy to be in our downtown! Such a diverse crowd! Everyone energized by our city! There was exuberant music, food, farmers market, pretty tables to sit at, rolling green lawn for billowing blankets!

Was I in another city??!

Was this our downtown Worcester?

Dare I use the adjective “festive” to describe the vibes behind Worcester City Hall?!





The Broadway,located at 100 Water St., needs to get down here with some of their homemade icecream!

You need to make the jaunt!



Pics/text: Rosalie Tirella

This weekend be a part of WPI fraternity house T-day food drive! … and Holiday bazaar! …and more fun!

By Elio Daci, WPI student

Each year, Worcester’s Friendly House, along with the Worcester Sheriff’s Department, the WPI Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and other local sponsors, work together to collect food for a Thanksgiving meal program.

This program provides local families with a luxury that they may not otherwise be able to have: a Thanksgiving dinner. Our mission is give these families a chance to spend their Thanksgiving holiday not worrying about putting food on the table.

Last year, the food drive was able to collect almost 193,000 pounds of food, and this year, the group is looking to raise the bar to 200,000.

All of the donations will be distributed by Friendly House to local families in time for the holiday season.

In addition to serving food to families in need, Worcester’s Friendly House also hosts a variety of after school programs for local youth at their facility and continues their work year round to support our Worcester community.

This is everyone’s chance to pitch in on the effort!

Collection bags will be distributed to homes in most Worcester neighborhoods Sunday, November 8, with a WPI collection crew returning on Saturday the 14th to pick them up.

Please take full opportunity to help us work to fight hunger in our Worcester community this holiday season!


Don’t forget! TOMORROW! 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Holiday happening!



LATER TODAY at the Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square


Knitting for kids

Worcester’s First Night – be here!

By Edith Morgan

Hello, 2015!

Every year at this time, for just $10, Worcesterites of all ages have a chance to get a taste of talent young and old, and to view some of the many great buildings and churches scattered around the center of our city.

I am talking about Worcester First Night, which offers unlimited access to so many Worcester arts venues on January 31 every year. And it goes on regardless of weather – there is never a rain date.

This year there are numerous innovations: in response to popular comments, there will be one great fireworks display, instead of the two shorter  ones – and they will be able to be seen at 10:15 from several of Worcester’s many hills.

And I can hardly wait to ride one of the two trolleys that will take revelers to various Worcester sites open that evening!

I am always amazed, and dismayed, that so many residents have not been to our fair city’s Tuckerman Hall or the Ecotarium, or all the other fascinating venues gathered about the area. But with the First Night button displayed somewhere on your person, you can get into all these places on this night, enjoy a 45-minute program of dance, music, poetry … get a taste of the many performing arts in Worcester year round, and maybe even run into friends and neighbors enjoying it all, too!

Over the years I have accumulated a collection of Worcester First Night buttons – and the sweatshirts emblazoned with that year’s logo. These days I do not volunteer anymore, but for a number of years I did. There is much need for volunteers, as this great spectacle is driven largely by volunteers, under the direction of Howard McGinn.  Usually only two hours are required, and then you are free to partake of all the wonderful programs, so different, for every taste.

I would hope that all Worcester residents and people from neighboring towns too would come and see what we have to offer. In my Lincoln/Burncoat neighborhood, school children, groups from Joy of Music and others are involved, and should be supported.

So, come one and all! Enjoy and support our city!

Happy New Year and joy in 2015!

At the Worcester Art Museum this Saturday! Art + Market!


Art + Market

Trinity Lutheran Parking lot, 73 Lancaster St.

Saturdays, through September 20, 10 am – 2 pm

Enjoy family-friendly entertainment and activities.

Plus, shop for art, locally-grown food, and unique handcrafted items.

Leave time for a visit to the Worcester Art Museum, which will be FREE!

Every week at Art + Market has a different theme, featuring different community and cultural organizations.

A free book exchange (take a book/leave a book) is held weekly.

Pets are welcome in non-food areas.

Hundreds of performers, visual artists surround Waltham campus for Leonard Bernstein Festival

WALTHAM – Be on the lookout as innovative art emerges from unexpected places at this year’s Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts.

Arts events will encompass the campus, indoors and out. Work created especially for the festival will be exhibited, and performance art “happenings” – mash-ups of dance, theater, and music – will pop up in various locations from now to May 1.

The Brandeis Electro-Acoustic Music Studio will sponsor a 12-hour marathon of experimental media and electronic music by an international roster of musicians and composers in conjunction with the Boston Cyberarts Festival.Performers will include Mari Kimura, Michael Lowenstern, Shanna Gutierrez, Krista Reisner, Geoffrey Burleson, Phoenix Ensemble, Phillip Staudlin, and Talea Ensemble.

Waltham artist Judy Thomas’s large-scale sculpture/installation called “Tendrils” will envelop the Shapiro Campus Center.

Among the many student performances, highlights include the irreverent satire of teen angst “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead,” by Bert V. Royal, directed by Summer Williams of Boston’s Company One; and A Cappela Fest, a charity concert featuring nearly 200 Brandeis students and concluding with a tribute to Michael Jackson. Continue reading Hundreds of performers, visual artists surround Waltham campus for Leonard Bernstein Festival

New Main South Farmers’ Market is open!

By the great folks at Worcester’s REC (Regional Environmental Council)

After a great pilot program last September, the Regional Environmental Council’s Urban Gardening Resources of Worcester (UGROW) has kept its promise and successfully brought a new farmers market to the Main South community for this year’s New England harvest season. The Main South Farmers’ Market (MSFM), located at 807 Main St at the corner of Benefit and Main has been up and running since Saturday, June 6 and will be open every Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm, through October 31.

Local farms have been setting up shop on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm at the corner of Benefit Street & Main Street to sell their locally grown produce and locally made products. The last two Saturdays, there was a variety of produce, freshly baked breads, freshly made corn tortillas and handmade crafts. Gibson’s Dairy provided local milk, cheeses, eggs, honey and maple syrup. At the first market day, there was also entertainment by Dan Burke. Youth from the Toxic Soil Busters were also on hand to perform their latest and greatest hits. Continue reading New Main South Farmers’ Market is open!