Archive for April, 2011

S.L.A.M. (Sturbridge Lyme Awareness of MA) will host it’s monthly “Tick Talk” meeting on Tuesday May 10th at 7pm.  Meetings take place in the basement meeting room of the Joshua Hyde Library on Main Street in Sturbridge MA.  Join us for help finding lyme literate physician who can properly test and treat Chronic Lyme disease and meet others suffering and seeking support.  For more information contact or 508-347-8097.

Learn more about Rise of Lyme Disease by reading our recent cover here:


The Invaders at the Blue Plate 4.30.11


Frenemy Films LLC will be shooting the independent feature film Broken Silence beginning mid-May in Worcester. The film, a drama about high school bullying, is being directed by John Stimpson (The Legend of Lucy Keyes, A Christmas Kiss) and Line Produced by Worcester’s Andrea Ajemian (BoyBand, Still Green). Boston based production company Moody Independent is producing the picture. Many local crew-members have already been hired. The film will be cast with a combination of Hollywood and local talent. Producers are seeking volunteers, extras, and private homes to shoot in. If you are interested in getting involved, please e-mail: In the subject line please write: Extra and your name, Volunteer and your name, or Home and your name, depending on your interest level. We are looking for volunteers to start immediately in the production office, located in downtown Worcester.

Central Mass Roller Derby Season Opener: April 30, 2011


In the past Worcester Mag has done a few stories on this program, and we’ve shown what a great experience you can offer an inner city child. Consider opening your home to a Fresh Air Child this summer?

You can enjoy a picture-perfect summer this year by inviting a Fresh Air child into your home! Close to 5,000 New York City children visit volunteer host families every summer through The Fund’s Friendly Town program in communities from Virginia to Maine and into Canada. Hosting a child does not take much – just a little room in your heart and your home – but the experience creates friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.

“A child taking a walk in the grass barefoot, gazing at the stars, being outdoors and enjoying a slower pace – that’s what it’s all about,” explains one host parent about the Fresh Air experience.

Residents in and around the  area can help light up the face of a Fresh Air child this summer by hosting through The Fresh Air Fund. Since 1877, New York City children growing up in low-income neighborhoods have been able to experience simple summer pleasures in rural and suburban communities. By welcoming visitors into their homes during the summer, host families give Fresh Air children an opportunity to escape the sometimes dangerous, hot and crowded city streets. First-time Fresh Air children are between the ages of six and 12. Many families find their hosting experiences so rewarding that more than 65 percent of all children are reinvited to stay with the same host families, year after year.

For more information on hosting a Fresh Air child, please contact Victoria Cox-Lanyon at 508-476-1194 or The Fresh Air Fund at 800-367-0003.  You can also visit The Fund’s website at

Brew-Woo at DCU 4.23.11

Looking for something to do next weekend? Check this out – brews and local bands at the DCU!

WHO:               Brew-Woo

WHAT:              Four local bands will take the stage at the SMG-Managed DCU Center during Worcester’s First Annual Craft Beer Festival, Brew-Woo presented by KJ Baaron’s Fine Wine & Spirits, on Saturday, April 23rd.  Members of Sunlea and Uncle Billy’s Smokehouse together (3:30PM), Jason James and the Baystate House Rockers (4:30PM), Hard No. 9 (5:30PM) and One Step Further (6:30PM) will all play a combination of original and cover songs from their catalogs. Ranging in genres from rock to jam/groove, these bands have all performed all over Greater Worcester and have been recognized as great local talents.

Scheduled to appear alongside WAAF at Brew-Woo is GrillSeekers TV®; A 30 minute reality lifestyle program, hosted by Michael Petit, created to showcase the grilling rituals of today’s sports and food fanatics. GrillSeekers will premiere in May 2011 on NESN. Brew-Woo will feature a Wachusett Brewing Bar-BREW-Que, where each entrée on the Bar-Brew-Que menu will be made with a different style of beer as one of the main ingredients.

The seminar schedule will include a Q&A Session with brewers from Wormtown Brewery, Tullycross Tavern & Microbrewery and Tenth & Blake (4:00PM), Brew & Cigar Pairing by KJ Baaron’s (5:00PM), Beer Education & Dessert by Wormtown Brewery, Build a Better Brew and Sweet of Worcester (6:00PM), and conclude with a presentation about Batch 19 Pre-Prohibition Beer by Tenth & Blake (8:00PM).

*More participants just announced- 50 Back Brewery, Offshore Ale, Tullycross Tavern & Microbrewery and Watch City Brewery
All Participants:

*50 Back Brewery, Anheuser-Busch, Atlantic Brewing Company, Atlas Distributing, Berkshire Brewing Company, Blue Hills Brewery, Cape Ann Brewing, Consolidated Distributing, D L Geary Brewing Company, Goose Island, Harpoon Brewery, Ipswitch, Long Trail Brewing Company, Magic Hat, Mercury Brewing, Narragansett, New England Coffee, *Offshore Ale, Olde Burnside Brewery, Original Sin Cider, Otter Creek Brewing Company, Peak Organic Brewing Company, RedBull, Red Hook, Sherwood Forest Brewers, Shipyard Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada, Smuttynose Brewing Company, Tenth and Blake, The Boston Beer Company, *Tullycross Tavern & Microbrewery, VitaCocoa, Wachusett Brewing Company, *Watch City Brewery, Woodchuck, Woodstock Inn Brewery and Wormtown Brewery.

WHEN:             Saturday, April 23, 2011 from 3:00PM to 9:00PM

WHERE:           DCU Center, Worcester, MA – Convention Center Exhibition Hall

TICKETS:         $30.00; $25.00 in advance
                        Ticket price includes souvenir glass and 10 drink tickets.
Additional drink tickets will be for sale on-site.
                        This is a 21+ event.

WOO CARD:     Brew-Woo ticket holders who show their WOO Card on-site upon entry into the event will receive a $5.00 voucher that may be used at a SAVOR… concession stand.

DETAILS:         Tickets are on sale now and available at the DCU Center Box Office, Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at Visit <> for up-to-date information on participating breweries, bands, seminars and more.

Beginner and veteran cyclists are invited to make their miles more meaningful by participating in the third annual American Cancer Society Bicycles Battling Cancer set for Sunday, June 12.  Choose a ride option right for you, the Century Ride – 100 miles starting in Worcester; the Metric Century Ride – 100 km/ 62 miles starting in Northborough; or Bicycles Battling Cancer Lite – 30 miles starting in Holliston.  Bicycles Battling Cancer allows participants the opportunity to get fit, have fun, and make a difference, all while raising funds to support Society’s critical mission to saves lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.

All local cyclists are encouraged to attend one of the group rides scheduled for:

Saturday, May 14 at 11:00 a.m., a 40 mile Bicycles Battling Cancer ride beginning and ending at Landry’s Bicycles, 276 Turnpike Road in Westborough.

Saturday, June 4 at 7:00 a.m., a 40 mile Bicycles Battling Cancer group ride beginning at Grace Bicycles, 1574 Washington Street in Holliston.
Individuals do not have to be registered for Bicycles Battling Cancer to participate in any of the group rides and RSVP is not required.
These rides will help cyclists prepare for the challenge of a Metric Century and Century ride as well as provide more information about the Society’s upcoming Bicycles Battling Cancer ride.  For more information, or to register for Bicycles Battling Cancer, please contact your American Cancer Society at 1.800.227.2345 or visit

Divine Wines Save Horses

On Sunday, April 17, from 2 to 5 p.m. find out how enjoying a taste of wine can help horses! Bigger and better than ever, describes the 8th Annual Wine, Beer, and Liquor Tasting Fundraiser hosted by the Bay State Equine Rescue of Oakham, MA.  This year offers a new location, the Leicester Country Club on Main Street, Leicester, MA. Ticket price includes music performed by the The Brian & Hugh Jazz Duo and complimentary hors d’oeuvres and Godiva Chocolates.

Tickets for the event are available online via PayPal at <> or from the event co-ordinator, Karin Orsi, who can be reached at or 508-892-4765.

Prices at the door will be $35 for wine and beer and 45 for wine, beer, and liquor.  The Bay State Equine Rescue is 100% volunteer, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to removing horses from neglectful or life-threatening situations. In addition to direct intervention, the rescue offers many educational programs to adults and children in Worcester, Barre, Oakham, Rutland, Holden and Paxton.