CWW: Big Dipper & Juneteenth Festivals on Saturday

2014 Big Dipper All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival
Saturday, June 28, 10:30 am to 5:30 pm
Elm Park, Worcester
$5 for ages 10 and up
$1 for ages 4 – 9
FREE for 3 and under

The ice cream is such a good deal and there are a lot of activities for the kids.  Highly recommended, especially if you believe in feeding children the occasional all-ice-cream lunch.

Also on Saturday: the Juneteenth Festival at Institute Park, from 1-7pm.

(Photo: Scoops, a Creative Common Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic licensed image from LA Wad’s photostream.)

CWW: Free Fun Fridays, Week 1

Every year, the Highland Street Foundation offers free admission at different museums and cultural venues on Fridays in the summer.

This Friday is the first Free Fun Friday, and offers admission to the following venues:

Worcester Art Museum
Tanglewood (registration info on the website)
Franklin Park Zoo
Cape Cod Maritime Museum
Sports Museum Boston
MassMoCAMIT Museum

Also of note:

Next Wednesday, July 2, the deCordova Museum will have free admission!

Discovery Museums in Acton are free every Friday evening in the summer.

And if you need more tips on saving on museums, please visit my page (and send me suggestions as needed).


CWW: TouchTomorrow and Day of Play this weekend

TouchTomorrow will be held Saturday, June 14, from 10am to 4pm throughout the WPI campus.

We attended a couple of years ago and it was sooo good.  Highly recommended!

Take a look at the website for a full list of events.

On Saturday as well (Sunday rain date) from 11am-5pm, the third annual Worcester Day of Play will be held at Elm Park.  You can find a schedule of events on their website.

CWW: Boylston Book Sale

The Friends of the Boylston Public Library will be having their annual booksale on Memorial Day, May 30 from 9am-2pm.  (Special preview sale is from 8am-9am; cost is $20.)

I cannot recommend this booksale enough.

The selection is great, the prices are pretty good, the library is adorable, and the sale is part of a larger Memorial Day commemoration.  There’s a big fair on the common, an extremely cute parade down the street, bouncy castles, cotton candy, popcorn, etc.

And — conveniently down the road in Northboro — the First Parish Northboro has a Memorial Day Fair from 11am-3pm, with a book sale, plant sale, and the best strawberry shortcake ever.  (The biscuits are amazing!!)

So — hit the Boylston book sale, have a run or two through an inflatable attraction, then go to Northboro for more books and strawberry shortcake.

Of course, none of this is to diminish from the whole point of Memorial Day, which was originally established to remember those who died in the Civil War.

There are some official Memorial Day commemorations in Worcester.  Please attend one (or more):

Water Ceremony – Sunday, May 25, 2014, 2:00 PM at Elm Park. Registration is at 1:15 PM at the corner of Russell and Highland Streets. A Water Ceremony honors Veterans who died at sea and/or have no traditional grave.

127th Memorial Day Observance Remembrance Ceremony – Monday, May 26, 2014, 9:00 AM at Hope Cemetery. Participants will meet at 8:45 AM inside the Main Gate for a short procession to the G.A.R. Veterans’ section (#45). Event will also include a speaking agenda and military tribute. This ceremony is an opportunity for the citizens of Worcester to honor its military heritage, its Veterans and those who are still serving our Country.

Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial at Green Hill Park Wreath Laying Ceremony – Monday, May 26, 2014 at 11:00 AM. Sponsored by the Perpetual Care Committee of the Memorial.

I know last year there had also been a ceremony at the Korean War Veterans Memorial; if anyone knows if/when it will be this year, let me know.

CWW: Free Audiobook Downloads

If there’s a teenager in your life (or if you or anyone you know enjoy audiobooks), Audiobook Sync is once again offering two free audiobook downloads every week this summer!

This began last Thursday, and each selection is only available for a week, so if you see audiobooks you’d like, make a note on your calendar!

The schedule is as follows; they usually pair a contemporary book with a classic one:

May 15 – May 21
WARP: THE RELUCTANT ASSASSIN by Eoin Colfer, Narrated by Maxwell Caulfield (Listening Library)
THE TIME MACHINE by H.G. Wells, Narrated by Derek Jacobi (Listening Library)

May 22 – May 28
CRUEL BEAUTY by Rosamund Hodge, Narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden (Harper Audio)
OEDIPUS THE KING by Sophocles, Performed by Michael Sheen and a full cast (Naxos AudioBooks)

May 29 – June 4
CONFESSIONS OF A MURDER SUSPECT by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, Narrated by Emma Galvin (Hachette Audio)
THE MURDER AT THE VICARAGE by Agatha Christie, Narrated by Richard E. Grant (Harper Audio)

June 5 – June 11
ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristin Terrill, Narrated by Meredith Mitchell (Tantor Audio)
JULIUS CAESAR by William Shakespeare, Performed by Richard Dreyfuss, JoBeth Williams, Stacy Keach, Kelsey Grammer, and a full cast (L.A. Theatre Works)

June 12 – June 18
CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein, Narrated by Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell (Bolinda Audio)
THE HIDING PLACE by Corrie Ten Boom, John Sherrill, Elizabeth Sherrill, Narrated by Bernadette Dunne (christianaudio)

June 19 – June 25
I’D TELL YOU I LOVE YOU, BUT THEN I’D HAVE TO KILL YOU by Ally Carter, Narrated by Renée Raudman (Brilliance Audio)
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by L.M. Montgomery, Narrated by Colleen Winton (Post Hypnotic Press)

June 26 – July 2
FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK by Matthew Quick, Narrated by Noah Galvin (Hachette Audio)
OCTOBER MOURNING: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Lesléa Newman, Narrated by Emily Beresford, Luke Daniels, Tom Parks, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd, Christina Traister (Brilliance Audio)

July 3 – July 9
TORN FROM TROY by Patrick Bowman, Narrated by Gerard Doyle (Post Hypnotic Press)
PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Narrated by Jim Dale (Brilliance Audio)

July 10 – July 16
CLAUDETTE COLVIN: Twice Toward Justice by Philip Hoose, Narrated by Channie Waites (Brilliance Audio)
WHILE THE WORLD WATCHED by Carolyn Maull McKinstry with Denise George, Narrated by Felicia Bullock (Oasis Audio)

July 17 – July 23
THE CASE OF THE CRYPTIC CRINOLINE by Nancy Springer, Narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Recorded Books)
THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES II by Arthur Conan Doyle, Narrated by David Timson (Naxos AudioBooks)

July 24 – July 30
HEADSTRONG by Patrick Link, Performed by Deidrie Henry, Ernie Hudson, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine and Scott Wolf (L.A. Theatre Works)
THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE by Robert Louis Stevenson, Narrated by Scott Brick (Tantor Audio)

July 31 – August 6
DIVIDED WE FALL by Trent Reedy, Narrated by Andrew Eiden (Scholastic Audio)
THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE by Stephen Crane, Narrated by Frank Muller (Recorded Books)

August 7 – August 13
LIVING A LIFE THAT MATTERS by Ben Lesser, Narrated by Jonathan Silverman and Ben Lesser (Remembrance Publishing)
THE SHAWL by Cynthia Ozick, Narrated by Yelena Shmulenson (HighBridge Audio)


You can find free downloads of other kids’ books here, and plenty of books to read and listen to are available from the Worcester Public Library.

CWW: Friends of Worcester Public Library book sale

On Friday, May 16, and Saturday, May 17, from 10am-4pm in the Saxe Room at the main branch of Worcester Public Library, the Friends of WPL will hold our Spring book sale.

Just as George Russell is your city councilor (no matter where you live), the Friends of Worcester Public Library are your friends whether or not you live in Worcester.

When you pay (incredibly low) yearly dues to the Friends, or make book donations, or purchase from the Food for Thought Cafe and Bookstore, or buy bags full of books at our book sales, you support the Friends’ many programs, including museum passes and the Give and Take bookcase at Union Station.

So come on down and buy a lot of books.  If you come on Saturday between 2-4pm, I’ll be working the sale and will talk to you about anything you want (as long as “anything you want” involves street signs or the finer plot points of Knots Landing.)


CWW: Events this weekend

Saturday, May 10 – 11am-12:30pm – at the Worcester Library, main branch – Discovering New England Stone Walls.  This looks like such a wonderful talk!

Saturday, May 10 – 2pm-5pm – Wachusett Dam walkway open to the public!  It’s not the Hoover Dam, but it’s quite awesome to walk on the Wachusett Dam in Clinton!

Also on the afternoon of Saturday, May 10 from 2:30-4pm – at the Worcester Library, main branch – Laura Partridge, a professional storyteller, leads children ages 5-9 in acting out African folktales in the children’s room. We cannot get enough of this — highly recommended!

And on Sunday, May 11 – Worcester Women’s History Bike Ride, a 10 mile loop beginning and ending at Elm Park, meeting at 2pm.  More info here.

CWW: Library Book Sales

Friends of Shrewsbury Public Library will be holding a book sale in the former credit union next to the library:

Friday, April 4 from 10am-4pm
Saturday, April 5 from 9am-4pm
Sunday, April 6 from 1-4pm

Friends of Westborough Public Library will be holding monthly book sales in the Library Meeting Room on the following dates:

Friday, April 4 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, April 5 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, April 6 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Friday, May 2 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, May 3 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, May 4 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

CWW: Worcester Chamber Music Society Free Family Concert

Highly recommended — note that this was packed last year — so try to get there early!

Sergei Prokofiev PETER AND THE WOLF

March 2, 2014, 3:00-4:00 PM Mechanics Hall, Worcester Massachusetts
Open admission, tickets and reservations are not required

A perennial favorite for children of all ages, Peter and the Wolf is a favorite introduction to classical music.  WCMS performs the Worcester premiere of local composer Serena Creary’s Thomas and His Imagination. Visit the “Art Gallery”  where there will be a display inspired by the music, created by the students at the Woodland Academy.

Receive a $2.00 discount coupon at the door for admission to the ECOTARIUM. Bring a new or gently used book to be donated to Reliant Medical Group Foundation’s Reach Out and Read program and be entered into a drawing to win a free family membership to the ECOTARIUM. Reception treats by CocoBeni Confections and Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts.

WCMS is committed to educating audiences of all ages. Our family concerts offer an opportunity for families with young children to experience the beauty and excitement of classical music together. We strive to make these concerts accessible to families who would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend.

Also this weekend in free classical music: piano master class with Simone Dinnerstein; more info here.

(Image: Peter and the Wolf, a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic licensed image from Dave Bleasdale’s photostream.)