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.
This exhibit, the college says, is a rare chance to see such a comprehensive private collection. A lecture by Professor emeritus and exhibit curator Susan Rodgers, with remarks from four students who accompanied her on a research trip to prepare for the exhibit, precedes the event at 4:30 p.m. in Rehm Library.
Worcester Pride (Sept. 7-10)
Wednesday, Sept. 7 — Kickoff Dinner Fundraiser, 6 p.m., The Citizen, 1 Exchange St. First, an hour of free networking — but, I mean, is there ever any event in Worcester that doesn’t involve a networking period? No. The answer is 100 percent, No! Never happened. Anyway, it’ll cost you $75 to stick around past 7. Seating is limited. Buy tickets here.
Thursday, Sept. 8 — Flag Raisings and Bridge Lighting, starting 3 p.m., City Hall Plaza, 455 Main St. Worcester Pride is distinct in many ways, mainly because it’s held in September in order to involve students from the area’s many colleges and universities. They’re also pretty good at keeping the community at large involved. Participants will raise the first flag at 3 p.m. in front of City Hall; and another at 9 p.m. at MB Lounge, one of the city’s longest-running gay clubs. Between, they’ll have a reception, starting at 4:30 p.m., at Lock 50 on Water Street before lighting up the Burns Bridge at 7 p.m. from Regatta Point.
Friday, Sept. 9 — LGBTQI Pageant, 6 p.m., Fiddler’s Green, 19 Temple St. This is where the crowns come out … at least, I’m assuming there’s a crown. Tiara? Maybe a bedazzled shilale in honor of the fine folks at Fiddler’s Green? Anyway, somebody’s going to win something: Celebrity judges will choose Ms. and Mr. Worcester Pride and Miss Gay Worcester. $15 gets you in.
Saturday, Sept. 10 — Pride Parade, 11 p.m., and Pride on Worcester Common, noon-5 p.m., begins at Institute Park Organizers bill Worcester Pride as among the most “family-friendly” Pride events in the region. Once the parade ends at the Common, thousands will gather for vendors, performers, an expansive children’s area, food and drink, and all the trimmings.
High school football opening week
Thursday, Sept. 8 — Top Cop Game, Leicester vs. Auburn, 7 p.m., Memorial Field, Auburn High School, 99 Auburn St. Proceeds from the game will benefit the family of slain Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr., who was shot and killed in the line of duty on May 22. Tarentino, 42, had also been a police officer in Leicester, where he lived with his wife and three children.
The game, which will be broadcast in Central Massachusetts on Charter TV-3, is believed to be the only game being played on Sept. 8 and the first to be played in the state; thus it will serve as the kickoff to the Massachusetts high school football season. Tickets are $5 and available at Auburn High School, Erica Sullivan Realty (889 Southbridge St., Auburn) and Mike’s Donut Shoppe (1181 Main St., Leicester). T-shirts commemorating Tarentino and the game may be purchased for $15 at the above locations.
The Wolverines were 8-3 last season and return with high expectations. The Rockets were 7-4 and finished the season on a six-game winning streak.
Friday, Sept. 9 — Leominster vs. Doherty, 7 p.m., Commerce Bank Field at Foley Stadium, 305 Chandler St. More high school football? Abso-friggin’-lutely! Get out there now, while there’s still time to think the ol’ home team has a chance this year. Fans of these two schools probably won’t have to worry much about their chances — these teams appear poised to be among the most talented in Central Mass. The Highlanders may be young but have an abundance of athleticism, and the Blue Devils roster is perennially overstuffed with playmakers, this year, namely Duke-bound QB Noah Gray.
Check out our high school football top recruits feature, including Gray and Kevin Mensah
Also at 7, if you’re up for a roadtrip: Burncoat at Millbury, North at Murdock, Worcester Tech at Gardner, Foster Charter at Oxford, West Boylston at Clinton and Shrewsbury at Shepherd Hill.
Saturday, Sept. 10 — Northbridge at St. Peter-Marian, 1 p.m., Guardian Field, St. Peter-Marian High School, 781 Grove St. For good measure. Maybe you’re more of a weekend sports fan. A couple of the region’s historically well-coached and competitive teams will give each other a crucial early-season test.
Also this afternoon, Sutton at Holy Name (noon), Grafton at Westborough, Ayer/Shirley vs. South and Catholic Memorial at St. John’s (Shrewsbury).