April 16, 2017

Worcester Weekly: WPI softball, WSU baseball, ‘Music Man’ + more, April 16-22

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Ama Biney, WPI's star centerfielder and a Holy Name alum

Road trip! | School vacation week

Sunday, April 16 — Family Farm Fest, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge  No Easter brunch reservations, no problem. Hop on down the Pike to everyone’s favorite school field trip destination. This will be the second day of a weeklong celebration of spring at OSV, featuring living history characters preparing their fields for summer crops — and did we mention baby animals?!

That’s right — newborn lambs, chicks, piglets and calves might just get your kids in the right mood to try some 1830s farm chores (at OSV, definitely not at home!) or listen to “Laura Ingalls Wilder” talk about her “Little House on the Prairie” days. Maybe, maybe not. But odds are pretty solid they’ll be up for the 2 p.m. Great Easter Egg Hunt (for children 10 and under). Additional programs, including live music on the weekends, will be featured through Sunday, April 23.

Admission is $28 adults, $26 seniors (55+), $14 youth (17-4) and college students with ID, and free for kids 3 and under.

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Multicultural / Performance

Tuesday, April 18 — The Nile Project, 7:30 p.m., Seelos Theater, Kimball Hall, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St.  Maybe you prefer the Traveling Wilburys or perhaps you’re a boot-stomping fan of the Highwaymen, but The Nile Project might just be the supergroup to end all musical supergroups. Comprising artists from the 11 countries surrounding the Nile River, the ensemble is seen as a model of collaboration for its members’ homelands.

“Vocals in more than 10 languages” are supported by “instruments that parted ways millennia before [and now] reunited and pushed into new places.” The performance is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended.

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College sports

Wednesday, April 19 — WPI softball doubleheader vs. Becker, 4 and 6 p.m., Rooftop Field, 151 Salisbury St.  The Engineers have already lost more games this season (10) than they did during the record-setting run to the NCAA Division III regionals last year when they finished 38-9. But for losing last season’s ace pitcher (Claire Doolin) to graduation and being without the services of up-and-coming slugger Caraline Wood, a 16-10 mark (7-3 in conference) isn’t too shabby.

Junior difference-makers Nina Murphy-Cook (.413 average, 21 stolen bases) and former Holy Name two-sport standout Ama Biney (.351, 25 RBIs) continue to lead the way. The Hawks had carved out a 10-10 record heading into the weekend behind the heavy bats of sophomores Megan Klemanchuck (.382, 10 RBI) and Vasia Murphy (.370, 4 home runs, 20 runs) and senior Ashley Ciepiela (.360, 17 RBI).

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Four for Friday

Environment: April 21 — Earth Day Celebration, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way  “Earth Day 1970 [the first one, attended by some 20 million Americans] achieved a rare political alignment, enlisting support from Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, city slickers and farmers, tycoons and labor leaders. By the end of that year, the first Earth Day had led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency,” according to the Earth Day Network. And there are big plans for the 50th anniversary in 2020, too.

Until then, though, why not try Worcester’s annual observance with the EcoTarium folks (in collaboration with the Regional Environmental Council)? Local green and cultural organizations and vendors will be there, including REC’s mobile farmers market; live music; everything you ever wanted to know about seeds; planetarium shows; and appearances by Jake the Lion from the Bravehearts and TRAX from the Railers.

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Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts

Musical Theater: “The Music Man,” presented by Assumption College, 7:30 p.m., Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St.  Despite opening to Broadway hot on the heels of “West Side Story,” “Music Man” went on to win five Tony Awards and become one of the most popular (and performed) musicals of all time. Additional shows 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $28 for adults, $10 for seniors (and children with promotional code).

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Music: Trace Adkins with Whitney Doucet and Moonshine, 8 p.m. (doors at 7), Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St.  Whitney Doucet of Leominster, who sang with Keith Urban at Great Woods (the kids call it the Xfinity Center or some foolishness) a few years back, will join forces with Worcester’s popular country-pop cover band Moonshine to open the show. Regular tickets range from $49 to $72; limited VIP ($145) and meet-and-greet ($225) packages are available; discounts for active military or veterans.

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The Grandview Playhouse is nestled in a residential neighborhood in — ahem — “beautiful District 5”.

Theater: “Out of Order,” a comedy, 8 p.m., Worcester County Light Opera Co., Grandview Playhouse, 21 Grandview Ave.  This British farce won the 1991 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. Different actors will be involved this time around. Also playing at 8 p.m. April 22, 27, 28 and 29; and 2 p.m. Sundays April 23 and 30. Tickets are $22, $18 for seniors and students.

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College sports

Saturday, April 22 — Worcester State baseball doubleheader vs. Salem State, noon and 2 p.m., Rockwood Park, Worcester State University, 486 Chandler St.  Freshman leadoff hitter and first baseman Ben Palatino only struck out three times in his first 67 at-bats this spring. That’s what the old fella in the bleachers would call “a good eye!” — except he’s been hit by pitch four times (Palatino, not the oldster), so maybe he should look out. Either way, Palatino leads the Lancers (7-12) with a .358 average, 19 runs, 17 RBI, 6 doubles and a 1.016 OPS.

The Vikings (14-14) have eight regulars batting over .300. Freshman Pat Fitzgerald of Auburn is a reserve outfielder.

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