The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you just might learn something, too.
Sunday, Nov. 5 — Worcester Railers vs. Reading Royals, 3:05 p.m., DCU Center, 50 Foster St. The Railers may not pack the DCU Center every night, but it appears the team’s decision makers loaded the roster with talent.
Patrick McNally is tied for eighth in the ECHL with 5 goals, after scoring again in Friday’s 4-2 win over the Royals. (He scored four goals in two AHL seasons with the San Jose Barracuda after a standout career at Harvard.) McNally’s plus-11 rating was tops in the league after Friday’s games, and the T&G’s Bill Ballou, who’s seen a few hockey games in his long career, says McNally looks like one of the best players in the ECHL.
Four more games this month against the Manchester Monarchs and two against the Wheeling Nailers, both (with Worcester) among the top teams in the Eastern Conference, will provide more of a litmus test for McNally and the rest of the Railers. Full-price tickets start at $15.
Tuesday, Nov. 7 — Worcester Municipal Election, 7 a.m.-8 p.m., various polling locations You may have heard something about this election season being a dud. In many respects that’s true. For some perspective, there were three times in the 1990s when there were at least five former or future mayors on City Council. (The 1998-99 group, led by Mayor Ray Mariano, also included Tim Murray, Tim Cooney, Joe Petty and Konnie Lukes; the 90-91 council, with Mayor Jordan Levy, featured Cooney, Lukes, Mariano, plus John Anderson and Thomas J. Early.)
That sort of firepower, and frankly leadership, won’t be on this Tuesday’s ballot, but several important choices will be. Districts 1 and 5 will elect new representatives. Newcomers Davis Asare (District 3) and Ben Straight (at-large) are challenging for a spot on the council, while Dante Comparetto vies for a School Committee seat. And voters have a chance to send Mike Gaffney a message that city government is much too important an institution to be trifled with.
If you’re not sure where to vote, find out here.
Wednesday, Nov. 8 — On Thomas Jefferson and the Crisis of American Democracy, Goddard Library, Clark University, 950 Main St. Sure, blame Thomas Jefferson — it’s all his fault! Of course, being the man who penned the words “all men are created equal” and also owned some 600 slaves during his lifetime, Jefferson is among the many forefathers whose dichotomous legacies continue to fuel debate.
University of Virginia Professor Peter S. Onuf is a Jeffersonian expert and biographer whose research centers on the origins of American democracy. Wonder if the Fox & Friends crew will be there? Free and open to the public.
Thursday, Nov. 9 — “A Christmas Story, The Musical,” 7:30 p.m., Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. When it was first released in 1983, “A Christmas Story” was a mostly forgotten film with modest box office and reviews. But since the Turner networks began broadcasting Ralphie and Farkus, the Old Man and the furnace on a 24-hour loop in 1997, it’s become an American classic.
Now there are musical and theatrical versions playing coast-to-coast, and a live TV adaptation set to air on Fox later this year. Much like Bumpus’ hounds, it’s an unstoppable force. Tickets are $40-$75. Also playing 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
Saturday, Nov. 11 — Student Recital Honoring Veterans, 2-3:15 p.m., The Great Hall, Pakachoag Church, 203 Pakachoag St., Auburn Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester has been going strong now for 35 years, growing from a humble church program into a formidable and multifaceted school with several distinct programs, four satellite locations and students from all around Worcester County.
Surely, it doesn’t take that kind of pedigree to honor today’s veterans — but it can’t hurt! Student musicians and faculty will play a variety of patriotic songs and other selections, including a violin quartet rendition of “America the Beautiful.” Refreshments will be served. Area veterans and their families are encouraged to attend. Free and open to the public.