Worcester Weekly: Spooky hayride, Assumption organ recital + more things to do to start November

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Road trip!

Sunday, Oct. 30 — Spooky Halloween Hayride, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Stowe Farm, 15 Stowe Road, Millbury  OK, so Halloween has hayrides and Christmas has sleigh rides. Maybe Flag Day needs some sort of ride to really catch on. What if Thanksgiving had a ride? Suppose that could go the other way on us. We digress — because, frankly, we’re anxious to get off the beaten path and on the line for whatever it is Stowe Farm has in store for us (we’re a tad late with the advice for this year, but a sneaky good place for apple picking and pumpkin finding, FYI).

Anyway, rides last about 15 minutes, cost $5 and are appropriately spooky for all ages.

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DCU Center

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DCU Center

Tuesday, Nov. 1 — Massachusetts STEM Summit, 7:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m., Exhibition Hall, DCU Center, 50 Foster St.  Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM, curriculum is growing more popular in education and workforce development. The idea’s been around for some time, but as technology whizzes quickly over the heads of folks born before 1985, the trend toward focusing on improving education by and through these disciplines continues to gain momentum. This is the 13th statewide summit, bringing together educators, business leaders, students, parents and other stakeholders.

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Wednesday, Nov. 2 — Organ Recital featuring professor Marie-Bernadette Dufourcet, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Assumption College, 500 Salisbury St.  Worcester’s a city that enjoys an abundance of many things (that sounds redundant): colleges, for instance, and diversity. Nonprofit organizations, hills and historical heroes — lots of all those too. But organ recitals? Well, now, those are more like unicorns or streets without ongoing construction. And so organ recitals featuring French music from the Romantic era would be like finding a Porygon while wandering through Green Hill Golf Course as Billy Breault and Sarai Rivera go one up on Moses Dixon and Kate Campanale with a birdie on the 9th.

Well, put down the Pokemon Go and your fairway wood, and hurry over to the West Side — your organ recital prayers have been answered! OK, maybe not your prayers, but you have to admit the odds are pretty good that someone’s prayers were answered for this concert to be happening. Part of the college’s Human Arts series, the performance, followed by a reception, is free and open to the public.

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Friday, Nov. 4 — Abby’s House 40th Anniversary Celebration, 6-11 p.m., Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St.  Speaking of the city’s abundance of nonprofit agencies and prayers being answered: Abby’s House has been helping women and young families escape trouble and get back on their feet for four decades. With all that humbling, harrowing work in their rear-view, obviously the folks behind Abby’s House deserve a “night of dining and dancing.”

Parlee Jones is the shelter advocate at Abby's House. Well, that's her day job; we don't have room to list everything else here.

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Parlee Jones is the shelter advocate at Abby’s House. Well, that’s her day job; we don’t have room to list everything else here.

Read our Q&A with Parlee Jones, Abby’s House shelter advocate/community activist

Cocktail hour, with silent auction, begins at 6. Dinner with awards program, including one for Sen. Harriette Chandler, follows from 7 to 8:15. Dance the night away after that. Tickets are $75 (or $750 for a table of 10).

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Friday, Nov. 4 — Worcester Chorus Sings The Beatles, 8 p.m., WamsWorks Performance Hall, 6 Institute Road  So, this makes for a tough Friday night decision: Good cause vs. Great music. If flipping a coin doesn’t work, you could always decide based on which outing would be more likely to help you forget about the impending Election Day! Classic, lyrical Fab Four ballads like “Norwegian Wood” and “In My Life” are on the docket, a little trippy, a shade sappy, but pretty light on the politics.

But then Worcester Chorus, a city institution since 1858, is also planning a rendition of “Hello, Goodbye” which features the lyrics: “I say high, you say low; You say why, I say I don’t know. Oh no!” That might start stirring that Trump-Clinton pit in your stomach. Worth the gamble, I say: tickets are $40 adult, $17.50 student, $7.50 youth (plus fees).

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Saturday, Nov. 5 — WCLOC’s 80th Birthday Bash, 5-8 p.m., Preservation Worcester Building, 230 Park Ave.  Worcester County Light Opera Company has certainly evolved across its eight decades of entertaining Worcester-area theater hounds. For instance, the streamlined and ultra-hip acronymical moniker — probably mostly because they do musical theater now and not light opera. They also put on parties now, in addition to plays! Which is the best kind of evolution in our book — a party really says, Hey, we’ve arrived! Doesn’t it?

Check out our feature on WCLOC It’s free!

Anyway, wine and hors d’oeuvres and some light entertainment from WCLOC singers — and birthday cake! Tickets are $20 per person. If you plan to attend or would like more information, contact Sally Holden at sallyholden1954@gmail.com.

Early voting continues this week

You don't have to wait until Nov. 8 to hit the polls in the upcoming presidential election.


You don’t have to wait until Nov. 8 to hit the polls in the upcoming presidential election.

Polls will be open 8:45 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31, through Friday, Nov. 4, in a different precinct each day.

  • Monday — Unitarian-Universalist Church, 90 Holden St.
  • Tuesday — Our Lady of Mount Carmel Rec Center, 28 Mulberry St.
  • Wednesday — Worcester Senior Center, 128 Providence St.
  • Thursday — Clark University Higgins Center, 950 Main St.
  • Friday — Worcester State University May Street Building, 280 May St.

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