July 2, 2017

Worcester Weekly: Cars of Summer, WikiLeaks vigil + more, July 2-8

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1955 Nash Ambassador custom Le Mans six-cylinder sedan

The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you just might learn something, too. 

Sunday, July 2 — Cars of Summer Car Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Green Hill Park, 50 Skyline Drive  Well, since it’s summer in New England and there’s road work in progress on every possible route GPS can imagine for you, might as well recalculate yourself to Green Hill Park for a chance to get bumper to bumper with scores of cars you actually want to look at. Last year’s Best in Show was a 1955 Nash Ambassador, but there will be dozens of roadsters, pickups, muscle cars, hot rods and specialty vehicles to suit any enthusiast’s taste.

There will also be trucks of the food and monster variety; the latter available for rides, the former, y’know, for eating and stuff. Live auction, petting zoo, kids zone, Knockerball and all sorts of family fun. Tickets are $10 for spectators, $25 with a show car (includes two passes). Also runs from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday.

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Monday, July 3 — Vigil in Support of WikiLeaks/Press Freedom, 4:30-6:30 p.m., City Hall, 455 Main St.  WikiLeaks was founded in 2006 and has been serving up sensitive information and stirring up controversy since. Many believe we have founder Julian Assange and his merry band of activist hackers to thank for that dastardly thing known as “President Trump.”

And while the WikiLeaks folks are certainly no journalists, their work has helped trained reporters, writers, columnists and editors prove time and again why the First Amendment was, indeed, at the top of the list — and why freedom of the press will endure as an essential cornerstone of any true democracy. Here at the Sun, we find that truth to be self-evident.

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Courtesy Jaime Flores Photography

Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field

Tuesday, July 4 — Worcester Bravehearts vs. Wachusett Dirt Dawgs, 1:05 p.m., Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field, 1 College St.  The Bravehearts are no stranger to success: Impressive individual seasons have propelled them to a pair of Futures Collegiate Baseball League titles. So, no surprise, then, that newcomer Trevor Jensen has been swinging one of the hottest bats in the league from Day One.

The 6-foot-2 infielder/outfielder, from Florida and Tulane University, was batting .360 (27-for-75) in 18 games, with 17 runs, 21 RBI, 9 extra-base hits and 11 walks to a DiMaggio-esque 3 strikeouts — all while playing mostly shortstop and center field (he’s dabbled at third base and the corner outfield as well). Tickets start at $6.

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Thursday, July 6 — Out to Lunch with Ball in the House, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Worcester Common Oval, 455 Main St.  Everybody knows you can’t play ball in the house — so get yourself outdoors and join the rest of the troublemakers down at the common to enjoy the popular Boston-based a capella group amid the enticing semicircle of food trucks, the city’s new weekly farmer’s market, information booths and other vendors.

The Dogfather and Press’n It, food truck staples of the annual summer series, are joined by Figs & Pigs Kitchen + Pantry, Bittersweet Homestead and Captain Ron’s. Ball in the House performs R&B, soul and pop at some 200 shows a year and was a contestant on “America’s Got Talent.”

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Saturday, July 8 — Jurassic Quest, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., convention center, DCU Center, 50 Foster St.  Hate to be Dino Downers over here, but we feel it’s our responsibility to point out that no actual dinosaurs will be attending this event. Nope, they’re busy filming the “Jurassic World” sequel. But if you don’t want to wait until next summer, this sprawling, interactive traveling exhibit is the next best thing.

View more than 80 animatronic dinosaurs, try dino crafts, a fossil dig and many other activities for all ages, You can even walk around with a teenage T-Rex or pet a baby Triceratops. General admission tickets are $20, $18 for seniors; VIP tickets (for kids under 13) are $34. (Also Sunday, same times and prices.)

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Saturday, July 8 — Gallery Tour: Unicorns and Dragons in Mythology & Iconography, 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton  Running through Sept. 24, the museum’s “Fantastic Beasts in Iconography” exhibit serves as the foundation for this walk-and-talk led by curator and CEO Kent Russell to “focus on the cross-cultural symbolism of mythical beasts.” Tours are also scheduled for 1:30 p.m., Aug. 8; and 11:30 a.m., Sept. 21. Free with museum admission ($10, $7 seniors, $5 kids and college students with ID).

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