CWW: Upcoming Cheap (or Free) Events

All of these events are via the Woo Card newsletter; you can get $5 off a Woo Card here.

1) Bestselling author Nathaniel Philbrick will be at the Worcester Historical Museum on Thursday, May 19th at 7:30 p.m. for a discussion about Custer, Sitting Bull and the Battle of Little Bighorn. Philbrick sets a bold new context for this pivotal moment in American history which claimed the life of Worcester’s own Frederick Staples, son of the founder of the Worcester Historical Museum. Admission to the lecture is free with Museum admission.

2) The Worcester Women’s History Project invites you to meet the historic family of Abby Kelley Foster as portrayed by the Lydick family while touring the house and grounds of Liberty Farm, 116  Mower Street, Worcester, a National Historic Landmark on Thursday May 19th from 5-8 p.m. Additionally, learn about the Underground Railroad with Park Ranger Chuck Arning and hear ‘Mum Bett’, a female slave, tell how she won her freedom. Try your hand writing with a quill pen, stitching a quilt square and playing with 19th century toys. Enjoy light refreshments and Liberty music. Suggested donation $5, children admitted free. Rain date will be Friday, May 20th.

3) stART on the Street Spring Edition will be on Sunday, May 22nd from 12 noon – 5 p.m. on North Main Street, Worcester.

CWW: Shrewsbury Public Library Booksale

The Friends of the Shrewsbury Public Library will be holding their 2011 Book and Media Sale this weekend at the Shrewsbury Public Library on 609 Main Street, Shrewsbury.

The hours are:
Friday May 20th 10AM – 4PM
Saturday May 21st 9AM – 4PM
Sunday May 22nd 1PM – 4PM

As frequent readers know, I am something of a library booksale afficionado.  That is, I likely suffer from a minor form of bibliomania and also suffer from a minor form of Cheap-Worcester-itis, which means that I only can acquire dozens of books at a time while thrifting or book-sale-ing. 

We’re approaching the prime book sale season, so — over the next few months — I’ll try to describe each of the best book sales for the blog.

The Shrewsbury booksale is definitely one of the highlights of the Spring booksale period.  It takes up two good-sized rooms upstairs in the library (one room for adult books, one room for children’s), the prices are pretty good (that is, I’ve gotten lots of Great Courses on tape for $3 a course), the books are well-sorted, and they’re usually in great condition.

One of my favorite buys at this booksale has got to be Crowell’s Handbook of Classical Mythology, which is a must-have when you need to answer the most important life questions (like who exactly are Echidna’s children). 

I highly recommend the Shrewsbury Public Library booksale; the Sunday hours are usually devoted to a deeply discounted, pay-by-the-bag, get-it-all-out-of-here sale.

495/MetroWest Land Use and Development Plan Meetings

If you live (or frequently travel) east of Worcester, and you love talking about land use and transportation planning (and, really, who doesn’t?), there are going to be a couple of public forums for a comprehensive land use and development plan for MetroWest/495.

From the Commonwealth Conversations: Transportation blog:

The public is invited to contribute to the vision for the 495/Metrowest region at two upcoming public forums:

Wednesday, June 15, Westborough High School, 90 West Main Street

Tuesday, June 21, Boxborough Holiday Inn, 242 Adams Place

Each forum includes an Open House, 4:30-6:30 p.m. followed by a Public Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

This might be of limited interest to most readers, but pass this along to all your friends in the ‘boroughs.