The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you just might learn something, too.
Culture / Road trip!
Sunday, May 14 — MA-MAtryoshka Festival, 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., and Clinton Town Hall, 242 Church St. Still looking for something to do with mom on Mother’s Day? First of all, let’s go ahead and work on our priorities and time management for next year. We’re not mad, just disappointed. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get you out to a lively, enlightening event that’ll have mom forgetting about the gas station roses in no time.
Matryoshka are Russian nesting dolls; in this context they’re a symbol of Russian culture — like vodka and wiretapping. With folk music, dancing, jewelry, international foods, activities for the kids and a kokoshnik (traditional headdress) competition, there’s plenty to do to “honor moms from every culture.” Special appearances by Ivan Drago and James Comey.* Tickets at the door are $20 adults, $15 seniors and $10 kids.
Tuesday, May 16 — Worcester JCC Distinguished Speaker Series: District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr., 9-10 a.m., Jewish Community Center, 633 Salisbury St. According to the JCC, “the Distinguished Speaker Series brings speakers of local renown from a range of fields and perspectives to the JCC to share insights and stimulate conversation on today’s most compelling issues, stories and events.” Well, Worcester County DA Joe Early, with a decade of experience in the office already behind him, certainly qualifies. And as Worcester muckety-mucks go, he’s a polished, engaging speaker — so, good job, JCC!
Early will discuss progress in the city. Free and open to the public, RSVPs are requested to Nancy Greenberg (firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-756-7109, x232). “A $2 donation is appreciated.”
Wednesday, May 17 — Joy of Music Program’s Youth Orchestra Spring Gala, 7 p.m., Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. Want to get a JOMP on your weekend entertainment? Well, DVR “Survivor” and whichever “Chicago” drama is on NBC, and slip out of your routine for this free performance of classical music by some of the area’s most talented youngsters. The Joy of Music Program (JOMP) is celebrating its 30th anniversary as a cultural and educational asset in Worcester. The group also administers summer programs with a number of ensembles covering jazz, strings and woodwinds.
Thursday, May 18 — “Once on This Island,” 7:30-9:30 p.m., Calliope Theatre, 150 Main St., Boylston Slick timing by the Calliope Productions folks, as this acclaimed one-act musical is getting set for a full-on Broadway revival, which will have it on the radar of theater junkies everywhere.
According to Broadway World, “it is the tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl who falls in love with a wealthy boy from the other side of the island. When their divided cultures threaten to keep them apart, Ti Moune, guided by the island gods, sets out on a remarkable quest to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.”
Also playing Fridays and Saturdays, May 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays, May 21 and 28, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 students/seniors.
Friday, May 19 — Saint John’s baseball vs. Wachusett, 4 p.m., Pioneer Field, Saint John’s High School, 378 Main St., Shrewsbury Baseball in Worcester goes back about as far as any other city in America not named Cooperstown, with a rich history of hall-of-famers and seminal moments (like the sport’s first perfect game; pitched by the game’s first full-time left-handed pitcher). And while the college players scatter for the summer and we wait for the Bravehearts season to begin, a Pioneer-Mountaineer showdown of perennial contenders always has the potential to be one for the books.
The teams have five players, including two underclassmen, according to SuiteSports.com, committed to play college baseball: Saint John’s — Sean Burke (Maryland), Ian Seymour (Virginia Tech) and Matt Stansky (Bryant); and Wachusett — Cole Durkan (Stony Brook) and Jonathan Rubin (Clark).
Saturday, May 20 — REC Spring Garden Festival and Plant Sale, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Worcester Common, behind City Hall, 455 Main St. Maybe you heard — Worcester’s trying to get more people downtown. Well, more people with money. … Or, more people with money who don’t want to buy fentanyl, beef jerky and Newport Lights. Anyways … So, this worthwhile annual event put on by one of the city’s best-run organizations can be expected to bring the desired element in droves — what with their 10,000 seedlings for sale and litany of family-friendly activities and entertainment.
From face painting to yoga, and just about everything in between, keep the kids entertained while you stock up on an “amazing selection of organic vegetable, fruit, herb, and flower seedlings.” (Pre-orders of $25 or more are being accepted online.)