Sunday, Nov. 6 — Harvest Home: More than a Fun Fall Festival!, 10:30 a.m.- 4 p.m., Brigham Hill Community Barn, 37 Wheeler Road, Grafton OK, don’t panic: The Patriots will be back next weekend. But what do we do until then? How are we supposed to cope with a Gronk-less Sunday? Community Harvest Project — which says it donated more than 1.2 million servings of fruit and vegetables to hunger-relief agencies in 2015 — has you covered.
Start with a 5K (or leisurely mile walk) along the adjacent Grafton Land Trust trails, or pace yourself with “plenty to do for the entire family including live music, great food and beer, a bake sale, kid’s crafts, a raffle, hay wagon rides, pony rides, apple cannons, and a pumpkin trebuchet competition!” All kids’ activities are free after entry. Admission is $10 at the gate; kids under 5 are free; cap of $30 per family (all race participants gain free entry to the festival).
The festival benefits the nonprofit Community Harvest Project, which is “dedicated to improving access to healthy foods through community engagement.”
Tuesday, Nov. 8 — Election Day, 7 a.m.-8 p.m., various locations Massachusetts has a number of questions on the ballot, but I think it’s high time to kickstart a referendum on incessant complaining in America. To hear, well, anybody tell it these days, the 2016 presidential election is the most horrific single event the country’s faced since Roseanne Barr sang the national anthem. Forget that we live in a society so free and inclusive that even a giant Oompa-Loompa with personal-space issues and a penchant for idiocy could aspire to the most powerful office in the world …
Wait, what was my point? Oh yeah, America’s already great — stop complaining and vote your conscience. But be sure to vote. And seriously, stop complaining — you’re making the world hate us.
List of Worcester polling places
Wednesday, Nov. 9 — Court Hill and Lincoln Square: An Illustrated Talk, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Parkview Room, Preservation Worcester, 230 Park Ave. What better way to wash down the election results than with spirited discussion of Worcester history? None. There’s no better way. This is the best way possible to follow up Election Day. That is a certified Worcester Sun guarantee.* Find out about Worcester’s earliest prominent settlers and why they chose to put down roots near the site of the longtime courthouse at the foot of Lincoln Square. Free for Preservation Worcester members, $5 for unaffiliated history nerds. Registration is requested.
*Worcester Sun guarantees are entirely ceremonial and hold no actual authority or value. Though they are, indeed, certified by the accounting firm of Ernst & Young.
Thursday, Nov. 10 — Hot Dog! A Comedy Sideshow, 8-9 p.m., George’s Coney Island, 158 Southbridge St. Did you know there’s a Coney Island in New York? We’re all Worcester, all the time here at the Sun, so that was a big shock from the Internet Machine, to be honest. But it turns out their Coney Island is just an amusement park for Brooklyn hipsters. It has neither real charm, nor George’s famous hot dogs. It also doesn’t have a comedy show the second Thursday of each month featuring local and regional comics. We’ll take two “up” with a side of hilarity, please. The show’s free, but seriously, buy a dog.
Friday, Nov. 11 — Veterans Day at the EcoTarium, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 222 Harrington Way When lawmakers were fashioning the early vestiges of Veterans Day following the end of World War I, it’s fair to say they were envisioning a world in which that conflict, indeed, was the last, great war. As it happens, things haven’t quite worked out that way. And so there remain countless living veterans who deserve to be celebrated on this solemn day. The EcoTarium is pitching in by offering free admission to active or retired military (with ID) and up to five family members.
Saturday, Oct. 12 — Assumption football at LIU Post, Northeast-10 Conference Championship, noon, Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium, Brookville, N.Y. It’s been established that Worcester’s a college town. How good it is at being a college town, well now, that’s been up for debate awhile. If only the city had a top-notch, high-scoring, nationally ranked football team to get behind. Oh, wait …
Assumption coach Bob Chesney has turned the Greyhounds into a Div. II power, following up 2015’s record-setting 11-2 campaign with an 8-1 mark (so far), a No. 15 national ranking and a spot in the NE-10 conference title game.
Through nine games, junior quarterback Marc Monks had thrown for 2,236 yards and 23 touchdowns, while the backfield tandem of senior Alex Shain (524 yards, 4 TDs) and junior Dylan Oxsen (454 yards, 11 TDs) combined to power a formidable ground game. Junior wideout Ashton Grant paced the aerial attack with 59 catches for 815 yards and 12 touchdowns as the Greyhounds featured the conference’s most potent offense.
LIU Post is the only team to beat the Greyhounds in the last two regular seasons.