The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you just might learn something, too.
Sunday, Sept. 17 — stART on the Street, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Park Avenue, between Highland and Pleasant streets If you’re going to bring gridlock to the heart of the city, you might as well do it with hundreds of talented artists, crafters and performers, and a list of activities longer than the backup on Chandler Street. That’s the great thing about stART on the Street — with so many cool things to see and do, for once nobody’s worried about the traffic.
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Davis Art Gallery seeking submissions for next exhibit
The Davis Art Gallery is seeking abstract artwork for our next juried exhibit: Nonobjective NOW. Various 2D and 3D media will be selected for the exhibit, including drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, photography, fiber arts and more.
The gallery will select approximately 35 to 45 artworks that will appear in the main exhibition space at the gallery, 44 Portland St., from Sept. 22 to Jan. 5. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22.
If these current trends continue, we are likely to face many more church closings in the years ahead. As a warning, we should take notice that the nearby Diocese of Hartford just announced the closing of 26 church buildings.
Here are the most popular Worcester Sun articles April 9-15
Mariano: Have we learned anything from the closing of Our Lady of Mount Carmel? Are you ready for some lacrosse? Read this and you will be
Evan Corrigan: Diary of a visit to Worcester … England, that is
Editorial: Want to make Worcester a better place? Step up by stepping out
Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 152]: The continuing saga of the Midtown Mall
Wondering what the future could hold for one of the city’s most beloved church buildings? Find out with author BJ Hill in the Sun’s serial glimpse into the fantastic (and mostly fictional) possibilities of a not-so distant tomorrow.
WORCESTER, June 9, 2019 – Within the city of Worcester there are 12 former church buildings that are facing the wrecking ball. Three of these buildings date back to the 1880s. They are cherished, sacred spaces where generations of parishioners married, baptized children, and said their goodbyes to loved ones. But in the last few decades, congregations of every faith have thinned out. While a giant extravagant property was once a symbol of reverence and success for a parish, now it’s become maintenance headaches for cash-strapped finance committees.
Some congregations sought to let go of the buildings, but developers know it’s daunting to repurpose thick cement walls, redesign a cavernous interior, and maintain the cultural and historical legacy.
Some church buildings were sold to the highest bidder, anyway, to await uncertain futures. With uninterested new owners and a minimum of maintenance, the once-mighty cornerstones of communities now decay and molder until they’re no longer safe to keep standing.
But a local company called Altar2Table is on a preservation campaign to purchase the properties and fix them up for what once would have been considered a most unlikely use: urban farms.
Altar2Table’s first purchase was Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on Mulberry Street, which was officially closed by the Diocese of Worcester in 2016. After a year of renovations, the farm commenced operations in January 2019 and yielded its first harvest in April.
“I do not know if things would have been different if the bishop were a part of the public discussion. But given the stakes involved and the fact that so many of the people he leads were heartsick over the church’s closing, he should have tried.”
Here are the most popular Worcester Sun articles Jan. 16-21
Hidden Gem: Belmont Vegetarian a true calling for owner — and its many fans
Ray Mariano: He who lives by the sword, gets skewered! Bill Randell: City Council talks Mount Carmel, keeps passing the buck
State of Politics: Legislative pay raise, Eversource rate hike, DraftKings’ bet on itself
Editorial: 2 churches, 1 City Council, 0 easy answers
Civic engagement is the hallmark of a functioning representative democracy.
So familiar are such phrases as “get involved,” “pick up the phone” and “show up” that it seems as if every civic event contains some exhortation for public participation in the political process.
In recent weeks and months, those picking up the phone, getting involved and showing up have done so to discuss the fates of two historic churches, Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Mulberry Street and Notre Dame des Canadiens at Salem Square.
As of Tuesday, Jan. 17, Preservation Worcester had 1,254 supporters of a petition that calls on City Square II Development Co., owners of Notre Dame des Canadiens, “to make every effort to collaborate with the city’s historic preservation community and interested parties to find a productive reuse of this historic 1929 structure.”
Moreover, the petition asks City Council “to work with the owner and to bring its influence and resources to bear in encouraging the owner to find alternatives to the planned demolition of the building.”