Your weekly dose of the best things to do and places to go, in and around Worcester.
Monday, Sept. 5 — Labor Day Book and Ephemera Sale, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Grafton Public Library, 35 Grafton Common If anyone’s going to know about good ephemera, you have to believe it would be a small-town librarian. And, really, why does Labor Day have to be all about cookouts, burgers and beer and county fairs, and all that fun, anyway? Is that truly what the forefathers would’ve wanted? Umm, probably, but speaking of the old guys, you might just find some of their stuff here, with “thousands” of collectibles, including prints, monographs and signed books, dating to the 18th century.
This is the second annual one of these shindigs, so last year’s must’ve been a real barnburner. And this year, they’ve gone and one-upped themselves, adding “Beatlemania” items, vintage sports trading cards and the World of Stamps … World. Of. Stamps! Put down the potato salad and get out to Grafton. $10 admission benefits Friends of Grafton Library.
Wednesday, Sept. 7 — “Woven Power” Opening Reception, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Cantor Art Gallery, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St. “Known as ‘pua kumbu,’ ‘sungkit’ wraps, and ‘kain kebat’ ceremonial skirts, these intricately dyed, hand-loomed cotton textiles were once woven on backstrap looms as religious objects par excellence by the Iban and related Dayak women.” These were not your ordinary textiles. Made beautiful to attract the gods and said to contain powerful spiritual forces themselves, these items have been shuffled to the side by the modernization of religion and economy.
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