Save the date!
Sunday, Sept. 25 — stART on the Street, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Park Avenue (between Highland and Pleasant streets) Wouldn’t you know it? stART on the Street doesn’t get to start on time; impending weather forced a false start, you could say, for the annual arts and crafts festival. So it starts on this, the rain date. (20 percent chance of precipitation, says the early forecast, FWIW.) One thing that for sure will be on the radar once stART gets started is, well, everything.
Performances reflecting, like, all the cultures. Music from Delta blues to new world soul to pop punk. Puppets, stilt walkers, acrobats. A food court packed with local favorites like Flying Rhino, Talyta’s Cafe, Anzio’s in Grafton, WooBerry, Chickpea. Oh, right, and all sorts of arts and crafts and creations from nearly 300 local artisans. Sounds like it’ll be worth the wait.
Tuesday, Sept. 20 — Idea Lab Speaker Series, 6-8 p.m., Worcester Idea Lab, 20 Franklin St. So, this is one of those times when the press release folks make it easy: “The Speakers Series connects successful entrepreneurs with business owners throughout Central Massachusetts to empower individuals with the tools and knowledge essential to driving their own innovation.” See, you already want to go, right? But wait — there’s more!
“Sarah Boisvert will be kicking off the series. She co-founded the commercial division of Potomac Photonics to design, build and sell UV lasers and laser micromachining workstations. With the sale of Potomac, Sarah founded Fab Lab Hub, part of the MIT Fab Lab Network. The Hub helps the Fab Foundation start new fab labs. Her most recent startup is FabWorkforce, a marketplace and community centered on training in digital fabrication.”
Free for college students with ID; $10 for all the old squares.
Wednesday, Sept. 21 — ArtsWorcester Teen Night, 5-7 p.m., Aurora Gallery, 660 Main St. It’s free? And all you have to do is show up? Well, these ArtsWorcester folks really know how to grab a teen’s attention! On view through Sept. 30 for the kiddoes’ perusing pleasure is “Material Needs,” a group exhibit of work produced with materials bought through ArtsWorcester grants. Sculptor Keenan Cassidy, a Worcester Public School alum and Rhode Island School of Design grad, will talk about art and stuff at 6.
Teens can even share their own artwork at the gallery, just dial #AWTeenNight into the Twitter or Instagram machine. Music and refreshments, too — it’s like a school dance without chaperones!
Thursday, Sept. 22 — Primitive Tools and Toys, 3-5 p.m., Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 441 Massasoit Road OK, this one might eat into the allowance a little bit, but can you really put a price on having your 8- to 14-year-old out of the house after school for eight straight Thursdays? That’s what I thought. Under the guidance of a skilled sanctuary instructor, your little outdoorslady (or man) could learn to make a stone hammer or a pump drill or whatever a bullroarer is. (Right, just googled it … and it’s pretty cool.)
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Registration is required. Cost is $120 for non-members; $96 for members.
Friday, Sept. 23 — The Academy and the Polis: Embracing Civic Engagement in Higher Education, 7:30 a.m., Worcester State University, Blue Lounge Appropriately enough, this shindig is hosted by Worcester State’s John J. Binienda Center for Civic Engagement (and the Worcester Regional Research Bureau). One tip for encouraging civic engagement in higher education, though: Maybe the next meeting starts, y’know, later. But then, these are some dedicated folks: One of the panelists, John Reiff, is retiring from his UMass-Amherst post — and the party is later today. He must really love him some civic engagement.
Also to be heard at this free, public event: moderator Mark R. Warren, UMass-Boston’s McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies; and panelists Corey Denenberg Dehner, Worcester Community Project Center, WPI; Nancy Thomas, Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, Tufts University; and Reiff, from UMass’s Citizen Scholars Program.
Saturday, Sept. 24 — Holy Cross Football Homecoming Game vs. Dartmouth, 1:05 p.m., Fitton Field, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St. The Crusaders began their season on a three-game road trip that ended last night in Albany, New York. HC enjoyed Maryland, trouncing Morgan State, 51-24, behind senior quarterback Peter Pujals’ 307 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns. New Hampshire, not so much (except for Pujals again, who racked up 427 passing yards and four total TDs in the 39-28 loss).
Pujals, in case you’re not up on your current Holy Cross football history, is a legend in the making. This is his third year as a captain. He’s been the starting quarterback since early in his freshman season, and is generally a record-breaking machine.