December 23, 2017

Worcester Weekly: Landscape painting, ‘Polar Express,’ New Year’s masquerade ball + more, Dec. 24-30

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Chelsea Creekmore / Destination Worcester

Crompton Collective is a prime example of the Jane Jacobs ethos.

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

Wednesday, Dec. 27 — ‘Frosty Landscapes’ art workshop, 10 a.m.- noon, Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St.  ’Twas two days after Christmas, and all through the house … parents were dodging projectiles after the regrettable decision to pop for that NERF Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K Blaster that junior whined for mercilessly.

Brushstroke away that tension for a few hours by taking part in this kid-friendly workshop, which puts various techniques (such as watercolor) and materials (waxes and paints) to use in the making of a soothing, snowy vignette. The cost is $25 per person; museum members pay $22.50.

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Friday, Dec. 29 — ‘The Polar Express’ film viewing, 2-4:30 p.m., Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St.  Another activity tailored to bored, homebound munchkins and their stressed-out ’rents is this showing of the popular 2004 film “The Polar Express” in a setting that puts your local cineplex to shame. The hot-hot-chocolate holiday staple features the voice talents of Tom Hanks, the one Hollywood mega-male we’re all pretty sure we’ll never see in a Weinstein-style headline (fingers crossed).

Tickets are $7 apiece, with discounts for groups of 10 or more.

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Friday, Dec. 29 — Holy Cross vs. Colgate men’s basketball, 7:05 p.m., Hart Center, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St. [Gate 7]  It’s been kind of a brutal start for the local colleges’ men’s hardwood campaigns. Holy Cross, Assumption, Becker, Worcester State, WPI, Clark and Anna Maria combined for a 21-46 record midway through December.

Holy Cross will try to chip away at that sorry stat when it hosts the Patriot League rival Raiders (4-6) in the Crusaders’ conference opener. HC showed promise in a 62-58 edging of UNH (led by a career-best 16 points from frosh Austin Butler) on Dec. 9 to snap a six-game skid.

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Saturday, Dec. 30 — Canal District Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to noon, Crompton Collective, 138 Green St.  While the Crompton Collective’s bevy of eclectic holiday items have already found their way under trees and into stockings, there’s still a reason to visit the “shop local” indoor space after Christmas: After opening on Aug. 1, Saturday marks the final Farmer’s Market of the year. It’ll be back next week, though; this is a year-round event that happens every Saturday morning.

A selection of Massachusetts-based produce, cheeses, eggs, meat, fish, breads, pastries, chocolate and wine are among the items available for committed locavores.

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Save the date + road trip!

Sunday,  Dec. 31 — ‘Intrigue’ New Year’s Eve masquerade ball, 7:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Asa Waters Mansion, 123 Elm St., Millbury  Grandly billed as “the premier New Year’s Event in New England,” this highfalutin soiree at the sumptuous Asa Waters mansion retires 2017 in Gatsby-esque style. With the musical backdrop of a seven-piece big band, the event offers fine food, specialty cocktails, full bar, dessert buffet and midnight champagne toast — and the first breakfast of the new year served at 1 a.m. Just make sure to remove your mask: Who wants hash browns ruining that Dolce & Gabbana gown?

VIP tickets cost $250 each; reserved seating is $100 per guest or $150 per couple, and $65 each for general admission.

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