August 6, 2017

Worcester Weekly: ‘Evita,’ Redcoats and Creative Hub Kick-Off, Aug. 6-12

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Get your vegetables -- and lots of other stuff -- here! It's National Farmers Market week.

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

Road trip!

Sunday, Aug. 6 — Redcoats & Rebels, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge  Am I the only one who thinks President Trump would be super-confused by OSV? It all seems so real. Does the Mass Pike get us back to 2017?! Get me a flux capacitor for The Beast, stat! Being so close to the drug-infested dens of New Hampshire, though, maybe he’ll just think he’s hallucinating off a contact high.

No matter your state of mind, everyone’s favorite living history museum is the place to be if you want to catch “the largest military reenactment in New England.” The veritable treasure trove of activities includes mock skirmishes, tours of battle encampments, musket drills for the kids, cannon demonstrations, 18th century baseball, soldier school and much more. There’ll be so much to do you’ll need a 17-day vacation afterward.

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

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Wednesday, Aug. 9 — Creative Hub Worcester Kick-Off Party, 6-9 p.m., Bull Mansion, 55 Pearl St.  Listen up, boys and girls: Creative Hub Worcester is coming on strong. Behind the intrepid ingenuity of artist/entrepreneur co-founders Stacy Lord and Laura Marotta the project aims to provide “a space for the development of both new and established visual artists through art making, community building, and artistic events.”

Based in the former Ionic Avenue Boys Club, it’s the community building aspect that’s most important to the founders. To that end, they want to get the doors open — like, yesterday. And they’re on the lookout for a little help. A $50 ticket to this event gets you rubbing fancy elbows with fancy folks, hors d’oeuvres, music from The Jazzed Up Trio and a warm, fuzzy feeling.

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Thursday, Aug, 10 — Out to Lunch: National Farmers Market Week, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Worcester Common Oval, 455 Main St.  Of course, you knew it was National Farmers Market Week — who didn’t?! — but did you know there are seven fun facts about it? For all the research we do here at the Worcester Sun, that came as a complete shock. But then the Union of Concerned Scientists, the group which compiled this septet of joyful knowledge, is probably a lot smarter than us.

Fact #1: There are 8,690 farmers markets nationwide. There are a) only a small percentage of those in Worcester, and b) not enough minutes in the day to go over the other six facts. Led by Cara Brindisi, Amanda Cote and Sarah French, the musical talents of Women of Worcester will be on display alongside all the farmers market goodness as #Worcester100 continues its summer reign on the Common.

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Thursday, Aug. 10 — Diverse Professionals Roundtable Summer Event, 4:30-6 p.m., Beechwood Hotel, 363 Plantation St.  It’s hard to read a chamber of commerce event description without overdosing on buzzwords, but we’ll do our best to take the edge off — because for all the superfluous networking most of these groups generally promote, this ongoing program has an opportunity to instigate real, tangible change in a community more splintered than the powers-that-be would like to admit.

A Mother’s Journey: The look of leadership

And, really, it’s exactly what it sounds like: Top leaders with varied cultural backgrounds join together in this Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce initiative to postulate more effective ways to expand their influence and promote diversity at the upper levels of the business community. Cost is $100 to join the group, $25 for chamber members.

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Friday, Aug. 11 — “Evita,” 7:30 p.m., Flanagan Theater, Southgate at Shrewsbury, 30 Julio Drive, Shrewsbury  Don’t cry for the Regatta Players. Since 2010, this scrappy community theater troupe has grown into a formidable and well-regarded company, staging a wide range of musicals from “9 to 5” to “Godspell.” And now they’re taking on the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice rock opera, “Evita.”

A story rife with political corruption and unbridled ambition will always find an engaged audience, especially these days, but it’s the music and heart that have been filling seats since its original London production in 1978 (it won the Tony for Best Musical a year later). Tickets are $18, $15 for students/seniors.

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Alex L. Khan / For Worcester Sun

Broad Meadow Brook Visitor and Conservation Center

Saturday, Aug. 12 — 10th Annual Barbara J. Walker Butterfly Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Road  If you’ve been wondering why your caterpillars turn into gypsy moths instead of butterflies, then this just might be the Saturday activity for you. “Educational fun for all ages,” they say. Nature walks, workshops, butterfly garden tours, performances — if they have trained butterflies, I’m totally in! — kids activities, like face-painting, and more.

Admission is $5, $4 for Broad Meadow Brook members. Registration is required.

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