American Antiquarian Society

185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609-1634, 508-755-5221, 508-471-2131
Sun: Closed, Mon, Tue: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, Wed: 10:00 AM-8:00 PM, Thu, Fri: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, Sat: Closed
The American Antiquarian Society, founded in 1812, is the third oldest historical society in the United States and the first to be national in its purpose and the scope of its collections. Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, AAS maintains a library of American history and culture in order to collect, preserve, and make available for study the printed and manuscript record of the United States through the year 1876. The library's collection of materials printed in what is now the United States from the establishment of a press in 1639 through 1820 is the best in the world, and its holdings of American printed materials dating from 1821 through 1876 are among the strongest anywhere. Tours are held Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m.
Monday, Oct 6, Disappearing Medium: Poetry and Print in the Antebellum United States By Meredith L. McGill
Thursday, Oct 16, Old Towns in a New Nation: New England Village Life in the Early Republic By Mary Babson Fuhrer
Thursday, Oct 23, Baron Lecture
Thursday, Nov 6, Sampling Urban Appetites By Cindy R. Lobel


660 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610, 508-755-5142
Sun, Mon: Closed, Tue: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM, Wed, Thu, Fri: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, Sat: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Established in 1979, ArtsWorcester exhibits the works of new and established artists, offers professional development for members, and cultivates audiences and collectors. We contemporary local art through free gallery exhibits and openings.
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through Dec 19, News from Nowhere: Photographs by Cade Overton
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through Oct 10, Matt Abelson, John LaPrade, Rose LeBeau, Irina Parfenova, and Emily Sandagata: Material Needs
Friday, Oct 10, Art On The Line
Friday, Oct 24, Exhibition Opening: "The Process of Intuition" by Conrad Guertin and "SpaceTime" by Elizabeth Harris
Monday, Nov 10, Exhibition Opening: "Beasts" by Jane Moore Houghton at Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts

Berlin Orchards

310 Sawyerhill Road, Berlin, MA 01503, 978-838-2400
Sun: 10:00 AM-5:30 PM, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, Sat: 10:00 AM-5:30 PM
Pick your own apple orchard. Open late August to November. Hay wagon rides, Pony Rides, Face Painting, Pumpkin Painting. Pumpkins, Mums, Squash, Corn Stalks. School and Group Tours.

Blackstone River & Canal Heritage State Park

287 Oak St., Uxbridge, MA 01569, 508-278-7604
A visitor may get information about the many trails, picnic areas, canoe access, watchable wildlife, interpretive tours, concerts, and other programs offered in the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor.

Bolton Orchards

125 Still River Road, Bolton, MA 01740, 978-779-2733
Home grown in-season fruits and vegetables, fresh cut flowers available year round, fruit baskets, gourmet deli & specialty foods, fresh pressed cider, best apple deal in town, gift shop, homemade fudge, just a little bit of all the good things all wrapped up in one under one roof.

Boston Billiard Club

454 Grove St., Worcester, MA 01605, 508-852-2121
A destination for billiard afficionados and novices alike, Boston Billiard Club is the tip-of-the-line in upscale billiard clubs. Blending traditional elegance with contemporary chic, Boston Billiard Blub offers an unparalleled entertainment experience.

Brookfield Orchards, Inc.

12 Lincoln Rd., North Brookfield, MA 01535, 508-867-6858, 877-622-7555
An apple picking farm that is open year-round with picnic areas for the summer and cross country skiing in the winter. A fresh supply of apples, cider, and Vermont cheddar cheese can be found on hand at the Brookfield country store.

Cristoforo Columbo Park (East Park)

Shrewsbury Street and Fantasia Dr, Worcester, MA 01604, 508-799-1175

Davis Farmland & MEGA MAZE

145 Redstone Hill Road, Sterling, MA 01564, 978-422-6666
Davis' Farmland is a seven generation family farm and is "Home" to the largest sanctuary of endangered livestock in North America. Davis' Farmland features developmentally appropriate play and learning for children ages 1-8. Children can enjoy pony rides, Safari Hayrides, or take part in daily and weekend events. This summer cool off in Adventure Play and Spray, New England's largest Water Spray-Ground. In the fall, visit the orchard and pick apples fresh from the trees! When visiting, adults must be accompanied by a child 12 years or younger. Hours and admission change with each season, please call ahead weather permitting. Davis MEGA MAZE is the world's most complex cornfield adventure maze. This 3-D twister will turn you inside out, stir your senses and blow your mind. Three miles of winding pathways will put your navigational skills to the test. Once inside, you and your friends can explore the interactive fun areas. This maze features a new design and theme each year. It's the most fun you'll ever have getting lost. Please call ahead for opening date, hours, and admission rates, open weather permitting.

Elm Park

Highland Street and Park Avenue, Worcester, MA 01609
The City of Worcester maintains more than 1,215 acres of parkland, encompassing 53 parks and playgrounds, nine City pools, and five City beaches.

Among the City's treasured park land is Elm Park, one of the nation's oldest public park. Designed by the Frederick Law Olmsted and on the National Register of Historic Places, Elm Park's scenic Iron Bridge is the most photographed spot in Central Massachusetts.

Green Hill Park

Green Hill Parkway, Worcester, MA 01605

Liberty Farm

116 Mower St, Worcester, MA 01602

Mass Audubon: Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary

414 Massasoit Avenue, Worcester, MA 01604, 508-753-6087
Sun: 12:30 PM-4:00 PM, Mon: Closed, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Broad Meadow Brook is the largest urban nature sanctuary in New England. With over 400 acres, featuring more than five miles of marked trails, we offer programs for people of all ages, a gift shop, book store, nature exhibits, and meeting space.  We also serve as a visitor information center for the National Park Service's John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor.
Wednesdays, through Dec 31, Volunteer Day at Broad Meadow Brook
Mondays, through Oct 27, Discovering Nature as a Preschooler - Fall 2014 Monday Session I
Tuesdays, through Oct 28, Discovering Nature as a Preschooler - Fall 2014 Tuesday Session I
Wednesdays, through Nov 5, Drawing from Nature: An Introduction to Natural Science Illustration
Friday, Oct 10 - Saturday, Oct 11, Halloween Hike at Boo Meadow Brook

Mechanics Hall

321 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608, 508-752-0888, 508-752-5608
Sun: Closed, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM, Sat: Closed
Mechanics Hall is recognized worldwide as an acoustical masterpiece. Mechanics Hall hosts world-class performers, international classical orchestras, jazz legends, folk and acoustic heroes and recording artists. Mechanics Hall functions as a rental facility and is available for your cultural, corporate, family, educational, or civic event. Call for a schedule of events, including our free noontime "Brown Bag" concerts, tours, and rental rates.
Sunday, Sep 21, Organist Hector Olivera in Concert
Thursday, Sep 25, Melanie In Concert
Thursday, Oct 16, An Evening with Gary Wright
Friday, Oct 24, The Worcester Chorus & Arcadia Players - Opening Night
Sunday, Oct 26, Mechanics Hall E.&G.G Hook Organ

Purgatory Chasm State Reservation

Purgatory Rd, Sutton, MA 01590, 508-234-3733
A unique natural landmark, Purgatory Chasm runs for a quarter of a mile between granite walls rising as high as 70 feet. Popular with picnickers and rock-climbers alike, the Chasm is believed to have its origin in the sudden release of dammed-up glacial meltwater near the end of the last Ice Age, approximately 14,000 years ago.

Trails lead to a wide variety of rock formations, with such romantic names as The Corn Crib, The Coffin, The Pulpit, Lovers' Leap and Fat Man's Misery.

Quinsigamond State Park: Lake Park

Lake Ave. and Hamilton St., Worcester, MA 01604, 508-755-6880

Quinsigamond State Park: Regatta Point

10 North Lake Ave., Worcester, MA 01605, 508-755-6880

Southwick's Zoo

2 Southwick Street, Mendon, MA 01756, 800-258-9182
Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Situated in the tranquil countryside of the extraordinary Blackstone River Valley, nestled under the shade of tall oak trees on 200 acres, Southwick's Zoo is home to hundreds of animals, like chimpanzees, lions, tigers, giraffes, camels, mandrill monkeys and many endangered species including white rhinos. Popular venues at Southwick's Zoo include: The Earth Discovery Center, Elephant Facts and Fiction, animal rides, Bird Talk, kiddie rides, petting zoo, Woodland Express, Skyfari Sky Ride, deer forest, picnic grounds, a play park, food venues, and the Purple Peacock Gift Shop. Along with the entertainment you will find stunning, large, naturalistic habitats for the Zoo's animals. Packages available for corporate outings, special events, and birthday parties.
Open daily mid April through to mid October, 10am to 5pm, including holidays. Strollers, wagons and wheelchairs available, plus plenty of free parking. We accept all major credit cards.

Tougas Family Farm

234 Ball Street, Northborough, MA 01532, 508-393-6406
Tougas Family Farm has been providing fresh fruit, fresh air, and family fun to New England residents for 25 years. Customers harvest fruits and berries and enjoy a farm experience with autumn wagon rides, a children's playground, and barnyard animals. The Kitchen serves fruit desserts, ice cream, beverages, and light lunch items. Crops include strawberries, blueberries, peaches, raspberries, apples, and pumpkin. Our season runs from early June through early November. Our hours vary with the fruit season.

Wachusett Mountain Ski Area

499 Mountain Road, Princeton, MA 01541, 978-464-2300
Sun: 8:00 AM-10:00 PM, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 9:00 AM-10:00 PM, Sat: 8:00 AM-10:00 PM
Wachusett Mountain offers an expanded base lodge featuring Mountain Suites, new easy-to-ride carpet lifts, a total of 22 trails, and nearly 110 acres of terrain for all abilities. Night skiing daily till 10 pm; 100% snowmaking; Mountainside Ski Shop; demo center; full-service restaurant; cafeteria; plus rental shop and ski/snowboard school. Off-season, Wachusett hosts fun fall festivals and is ideal for corporate and private outings. Ski and stay packages available at the Wachusett Village Inn.

Conveniently located in Princeton, just 20 minutes from Worcester. Take I-190 North to Exit 5, follow Route 140 North to ski area.

Worcester African Cultural Center

33 Canterbury Street, Worcester, MA 01610, 508-757-7727
The Worcester African Cultural Center is located in a historic building formerly used for manufacturing. The Center is an affiliate of The Worcester Cultural Coalition.

The Worcester African Cultural Center houses a gallery, Gift Shop, and performing arts center. The museum displays artifacts from the entire African Continent. Display items include masks, figurative sculptures, textiles, and contemporary art.

The Worcester African Cultural Center provides a forum for cross-cultural exchange, and is an established resource for information on African art and culture for elementary and secondary schools, as well as colleges and universities, in Worcester, its surrounding communities, and the Northeast region. At present there are few institutions where the general public, students, families, and tourists can engage in activities and events related to African art and culture.

Worcester Art Museum

55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609, 508-799-4406
Sun: 11:00 AM-5:00 PM, Mon, Tue: Closed, Wed: 11:00 AM-5:00 PM, Thu: 11:00 AM-8:00 PM, Fri: 11:00 AM-5:00 PM, Sat: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
World-renowned for its collections which span more than fifty centuries, the Worcester Art Museum features must-see masterpieces. Experience a diverse world of art and ideas as the history of human creativity comes alive through antiquities, paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures and decorative arts. View paintings by Cassatt, Gauguin, Goya, Monet, Sargent and Whistler; admire floor mosaics from the ancient city of Antioch; see cutting-edge contemporary art; and discover the Museum's many other treasures. Special exhibitions showcase seldom-seen gems, and important works on loan.

Enjoy a delectable lunch in The Museum Café, browse The Museum Shop for unique gifts and check out our latest Classes Brochure for a current list of youth, teen and adult class and workshop offerings plus our Travel Learning program.

The Museum makes available, on a rental basis, the use of our unique architectural spaces and galleries. Wedding receptions, ceremonies, holiday parties, meetings. Visit us online or call 508.799.4406, x3077 or e-mail Special Events for more information.

We look forward to your visit!

Sundays, through Dec 28, Public Tour
Through Monday, Nov 10, Majicolor Prints by Majima Ryoichi
Through Sunday, Nov 9, Guns without Borders in Mexico and Central America
Through Thursday, Dec 31, 2015, Art Since the Mid-20th Century
Saturdays, through Sep 20, Art + Market at the Worcester Art Museum

Worcester Center for Crafts

25 Sagamore Road, Worcester, MA 01605, 508-753-8183
Sun: Closed, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
The Worcester Center for Crafts is a unique destination providing the largest regional visual arts gallery, a gallery gift store, and studios for contemporary American craft education.

The George and Anna Krikorian Gallery is over 2,200 square feet. It's mission is to exhibit prominent visual artists from around the United States, to educate and enrich the public about the nature crafts and craftmanship, and to encourage the use of hand made objects in daily life.

The Center for Crafts also hosts a number of events each year including the Annual Festival of Crafts over Thanksgiving weekend and the Annual Pottery Invitational Show and Sale every April.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through Sep 27, Ambient Folklore
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through Oct 13, Flextime: Independent Study
Tuesdays, through Oct 13, Glassblowing II at New Street Glass Studio
Tuesdays, through Oct 13, Introduction to Digital Photography
Tuesdays, through Oct 13, Three Rings in Six Weeks

Worcester Historical Museum

30 Elm Street, Worcester, MA 01609, 508-753-8278
Sun, Mon: Closed, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Worcester Historical Museum (WHM) is the only institution devoted to local history. It includes a research library of over 7,000 titles, an archive that houses thousands of documents, and a collection of artifacts, all vital to the study of Worcester history. A few examples of WHMs holdings include correspondence of abolitionist Abby Kelley Foster, Blackstone Canal Company records, Civil War era diaries and letters, and artifacts related to Worcesters industrial past including early woodenware and ceramics, weaponry from the colonial era through World War II, paintings and sculptures, and a significant costume and textile collection.

WHM also owns and operates Salisbury Mansion, Worcesters only historic house museum. Built in 1772, it has been restored to its 1830s appearance and one of the best documented historic houses in New England. Thanks to the voluminous family papers, preserved at the American Antiquarian Society, it is one of the best documented historic houses in New England.

Worcesters history is interpreted through a calendar of exhibitions, educational programming, tours and publications. WHM features both permanent installations and changing exhibitions.

Find out what Worcester was like in centuries past in the library's reading room. The library is open Wednesday-Saturday from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. The Library and Museum are open until 8:30 PM, every 4th Thursday of the month.

Through Thursday, Dec 31, 2015, In Their Shirtsleeves
Through Thursday, Dec 31, 2015, Stories They Tell
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, through Dec 31, 2015, Tours of Salisbury Mansion at Salisbury Mansion
Through Thursday, Dec 31, 2015, Alden Family Gallery
Through Friday, Oct 31, Worcester Treasures

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