The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you just might learn something, too.
Sunday, Sept. 17 — stART on the Street, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Park Avenue, between Highland and Pleasant streets If you’re going to bring gridlock to the heart of the city, you might as well do it with hundreds of talented artists, crafters and performers, and a list of activities longer than the backup on Chandler Street. That’s the great thing about stART on the Street — with so many cool things to see and do, for once nobody’s worried about the traffic.
There’s almost too much to do! Since 2002, stART on the Street has been bringing together artisans, bands, street performers, community organizations and nonprofits for an afternoon of creativity overload. Youth activities and a food court, too — the only thing you won’t find much of is parking. Admission is free.
Sunday, Sept. 17 — Citizen Lyceum: Status of U.S. Constitution 230 Years After Signing, 7-8:30 p.m., Asa Waters Mansion, 123 Elm St., Millbury Once you’ve had your fill of everything stART has to offer, you could hop on 146 South to feed the other side of your brain with some stimulating Constitutional discussion led by historian and educator Roger Desrosiers. The Constitution was signed by 39 delegates on Sept. 17, 1787, in Philadelphia — but then, you knew that!
Maybe you didn’t know this one: Benjamin Franklin was one of six men to sign the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Wonder what they would think about how the document has stood the test of time. Free and open to the public, refreshments will be provided by the Friends of Asa Waters Mansion.
Wednesday, Sept. 20 — Car Hop and Cruise Night, 4-7:30 p.m., Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church St. Ann Parish, 24 Mulberry St. With so much texting and talking and gaming to do on your digital device du jour, who has time for eating-and-driving anymore?! Head back in time a few decades and pull over at Mount Carmel for a good, old-fashioned burger in your bucket seat — and a good cause too.
With music from the 1950s and curbside, in-vehicle service — and “a few surprises,” organizers say — you’ll be not only reminiscing but also helping to raise funds for the youth programs at Mount Carmel and Our Lady of Loreto parishes. Cheeseburgers are $5; hamburgers $4; hot dogs, french fries and shakes $3; and soda $1.
Saturday, Sept. 23 — Assumption football vs. Merrimack, 1 p.m., Multi-Sport Stadium, Assumption College, 500 Salisbury St. It used to be that the Big Men on Campus at Assumption did their work under the lights of Laska Gymnasium, shooting and shuffling and dunking their way to glory. But now it’s the Greyhounds of the Gridiron, with their back-to-back NCAA Division II tournament appearances, national rankings and their 3-0 start to this season, who are deservedly in the spotlight.
Senior running back Dylan Oxsen is certainly pulling his weight, rushing for 308 yards and four touchdowns on 42 carries. Junior wide receiver Deonte Harris has scored a team-best five touchdowns, three receiving, one on a 97-yard kick return and one on a 60-yard punt return.
The Warriors (1-1 before Saturday’s game) are coming off a 3-8 season. The Hounds won last year’s matchup, 55-23. General admission tickets are $10.
Saturday, Sept. 23 — Clustertruck Food Festival, 5-10 p.m., EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way First of all, great name for an event. With more than 20 food trucks covering pretty much everyone’s particular tastebuds, it’s an appropriate moniker too. From barbecue to Brazilian, seafood, Jamaican and gluten-free, cookies, cupcakes and cannolis, visitors are bound to find an old favorite or a new obsession. Of course, your teenage daughters won’t eat any of it. But, hey, Clustertruck did its best!
There will be live music, too, but note that the EcoTarium is closed. Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the event; a limited number of $25 VIP tickets, with two free drinks and private bar, bathroom and dining area, are also available.