The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you just might learn something, too.
Quick note: Worcester Restaurant Week — which is actually two weeks long, because, y’know, math’s not our strong suit here in the Heart of the Commonwealth — begins Monday. If you didn’t know that already, you should probably just make it official and move to Springfield.
Tuesday, Aug. 1 — Medicinal Flora of Massachusetts exhibit, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Lamar Soutter Library, UMass Medical School, 55 Lake Ave. North Boy, those doctors and scientists and researchers sure are clever. Excellent timing, too. Just as Gov. Charlie Baker finally signed the divisive and much-anticipated legal marijuana bill late last week, the smartypants down at UMass aim to highlight lesser-known herbal remedies that can be found among the Bay State’s greenery.
The exhibit, free and open to the public during library hours, runs through Sept. 30 and includes an Aug, 22 lecture “The Medicine Garden: Bioactive plants of the past, present and future,” noon-1 p.m., in Ampitheatre I. The library closes at 6 p.m. Fridays, and is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 9 p.m. Sundays.
Wednesday, Aug. 2 — Organ concert featuring Mark Mummert, noon-1 p.m., Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. Mark Mummert may be a renowned performer and composer coming to the city from thousands of miles away (Houston, Texas, to be exact), but the real star of this show is unquestionably Mechanics Hall’s Hook Organ.
Installed in 1864 and restored in 1982, the 3,504-pipe organ is considered “the oldest unaltered four-keyboard organ in the Western Hemisphere” still at its original site. It’s been on the radio, TV, a music video, even in a movie. Mummert will play selections from Bach, Handel and Mendelssohn in this free concert.
Thursday, Aug. 3 — Paint Night on the Plaza, 6-8 p.m., Worcester Common Oval, 455 Main St. Note to graffiti artists: This is not what you think. Same goes for all you manly men out there. (There are still a few of you, right? You’re not all wearing skinny jeans and grandma’s blouses, are you? Do they even still sell work boots?) Paint Nights (with canvasses and without spray cans) are not just for the ladies anymore — even if you only ever see ladies in all the post-party photos.
3 Sisters Studio, which is organizing this event as part of the city’s 100 events on the Common initiative, is billing this as “couples night.” So, think ahead and bank a few brownie points before Patriots season gets in full swing. Cost is $30-$50 and online registration is required. Supplies are included and food vendors will be on site.
Friday, Aug. 4 — Lobster Fest and Lobsta Laughs Comedy Show, 6 p.m., The Pavilion at Blissful Meadows Golf Club, 801 Chockalog Road, Uxbridge You had me at lobster! But then, it wouldn’t be a “fest” without lots more good stuff, now would it?! Start with free range balls, corn toss (they mean cornhole, the ubiquitous bean bag toss game) and cocktails at 6 before a classic New England summer dinner at 7 featuring steamers, chowder, baked potato, corn on the cob from Foppema’s Farm and watermelon. (You can skip the lobster and order a steak or half-chicken dinner, with all the above trimmings.)
Following dinner, at 8:15, enjoy the New England-focused comedy of Michael Petit — that’s where the Lobsta Laughs comes in. Get it?! Reservations are required. Dinner prices: twin lobsters, $42.99; lobster, $30.99; 12-ounce New York sirloin, $26.99; BBQ half chicken, $23.99.
Saturday, Aug. 5 — Worcester Bravehearts vs. Bristol Blues, 7:05 p.m., Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field, 1 College St. At least as far as the standings go, it’s been an up-and-down season for the 21-24 Bravehearts. After winning three of four games — a couple in dramatic fashion — the team’s momentum was brought to a screeching halt in a 4-0 loss to Seacoast Friday night. But the stadium, as usual, was jammed with fans, and the club continues to prove itself a success at the gate and in the community.
Alas, it seems summer gets shorter every year, and this is your last chance to see your Bravehearts at home during the regular season. (They’re also at home Sunday and Tuesday, and travel to Doyle Field in Leominster Wednesday and Thursday.) Tickets start at $6.