October 1, 2017

Worcester Weekly: AbilityFest, Holy Cross football + more, Oct. 1-7

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Holy Cross senior quarterback Peter Pujals

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

Sunday, Oct. 1 — AbilityFest 2017, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Institute Park, Salisbury Street, between Park and Humboldt Avenues  For more than six decades, the Seven Hills Foundation has helped people from all walks of life “See, Believe and Achieve,” no matter their myriad challenges. And for the third year running, they will highlight that message with a 5K road race and the Murphy Mile Walk (registration is closed).

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Institute Park is set to host the third annual Seven Hills Foundation AbilityFest.

What you’ll be going for are the family-fun activities, exhibitors, vendors and live music from Worcester’s own My Silent Bravery — and to support the tremendous work of Seven Hills and the remarkable achievements of the folks they support. Free and open to the public.

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Wednesday, Oct. 4 — “Dare We Hope for Common Ground?” lecture and discussion, 4:30-6 p.m., Rehm Library, Smith Hall, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St.  Is that a trick question? Common ground feels more like a piece of nostalgia these days, something out of an old movie or on microfiche at the library. But one brave and optimistic Christian ethics professor from St. Louis — who’s obviously not on Twitter — says there’s a chance!

Julie Hanlon Rubio’s 2016 book, “Hope for Common Ground,” focuses on these personal and political divides through the lens of the Catholic Church. Free and open to the public.

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Friday, Oct. 6 — Moon Festival, 5-8 p.m., Boys and Girls Club of Worcester, 65 Tainter St.  Also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, this event, observed primarily by the Chinese and Vietnamese cultures, traditionally celebrates the harvest moon. Dating back thousands of years, moon worship was once an integral part of the festivities — but today it’s more about bright lanterns, lion dancing and tasty mooncakes.

Put on by Youth Effect, a teen leadership program of the Southeast Asian Coalition, this particular moon festival also features face painting, games, martial arts performances, raffles and more. Free and open to the public.

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Friday, Oct. 6 — “Evil Dead the Musical,” 8 p.m., Worcester County Light Opera Company, Grandview Playhouse, 21 Grandview Ave.  Whenever you get a chance to sell “Splatterzone Tickets” — at $25 a pop no less — you know you have something good on your hands. And that something is probably blood, what with WCLOC’s mining this adaptation of the cult classic horror film trilogy.

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The Grandview Playhouse

Expect a night of “blood-splattering, zany zombie fun” as you follow the story of five college students who go to a cabin for a weekend getaway and accidentally unleash evil forces that turn them into demons. Non-Splatterzone general admission tickets are $22; $18 for seniors and students. Also showing at 8 p.m. Oct. 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21, and at 7 p.m. Oct. 8, 15 and 22.

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Saturday, Oct. 7 — Holy Cross football vs. Monmouth, 1 p.m., Fitton Field, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St. [Gate 1]  The Crusaders have plenty of experience and firepower on offense with the senior triumvirate of quarterback Peter Pujals, wide receiver Blaise Bell and running back Diquan Walker. The 6-foot-3 Bell, for one, ranked third in the Patriot League with 26 catches headed into the weekend, helping HC score 29.3 points per game. But the defense is no slouch either.

Led by top tacklers, senior linebacker Nick McBeath and junior linebacker Ryan Brady, each with 45 total stops and a combined 5 sacks, Crusader defenders have held opponents to 20 points per game, second best in the PL.

The last time the Hawks and Crusaders matched up was 2015, when Pujals and Walker each rushed for touchdowns in a 27-19 season-opening win in New Jersey. Former WPI and UMass head coach Kevin Morris is offensive coordinator for Monmouth.

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