Archive for May, 2011

Flamenco Dance Classes in two locations in Worcester


RIP Dick Smith

Worcester legend Richard “Dick” Smith, 84, died on May 18, 2011 in U Mass/ Memorial Hospital in Worcester after a period of poor health.

This is taken from his obituary at Hays Funeral Home

“Richard derby smith was born in greenfield, son of frank and beatrice (henshaw) smith. He graduated from greenfield high school in 1944 and attended emerson college in boston before beginning his radio career at whyn in springfield. He then worked at wmtw in portland, me. It was in portland that he first broadcast as dick “the derby” smith.

He brought the name along with his considerable talents to Worcester in 1952, as a host of the “open house party,” afternoons on worc, 1310 am. He soon moved to the morning drive hours, and the dick smith show entertained commuters and housewives throughout the 1950s and ‘60s. Another popular segment of his program was trading post, in which listeners would call in with items for sale and be matched up with potential buyers in the audience. Worcester radio listeners elected him “mayor of the air” in 1966. Dick became music and programming director of worc at the advent of rock and roll radio in new england. He was known throughout the radio and music business as a man of tremendous integrity, with a skill at discerning potential hits, such as the lion sleeps tonight by the tokens. His ability to spot hit records, along with the immediate response of worc’s listeners over the station’s always open request lines made worcester one of the premier testing grounds for new rock and roll records in the nation. He was awarded 25 gold records including one for “she loves you” by the beatles on swan records, dedicated to “dick smith, america’s first believer.” dick was also well known for his popular record hops where worcester teens would dance their weekend evenings away to current hits and oldies.”

Calling hours will be held from 5-8 p.m. Monday, May 23, 2011 in Hays Funeral Home, 56 Main St. Northborough. The funeral will be held Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Worcester, 111 Park Ave. Burial will follow in Howard Street Cemetery, Northborough. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Mass. Lions Eye Research Fund, Inc. c/o William T. Murphy PDG, Treasurer. P.O. Box 6050, New Bedford, MA 02742.

On Thursday, May 26, 2011 and for four days, the Cultural Center Hrisohorafiton, Alexander the Great, is pleased to host the 65th Annual Pan-Macedonian Convention in Worcester, Massachusetts, the Heart of New England, and the host site of the national convention. The annual convention has been hosted in many cities across the United States, Canada, and Greece, and draws thousands of people. This year’s event also promises to have guests local and from a distance enjoying the sites, history, culture, dining and entertainment that comprises the eclectic tapestry of Worcester, MA. In addition, for the first time in Worcester, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America will be making a special visit and attending the activities. He will also be presiding at the Divine Liturgy Service, at Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral, on Sunday, May 29, joining His Eminence Methodios, Metropolitan of Boston, Father Dean Paleologos, Parish Priest and Father Gregory Christakos, Associate Parish Priest.

Grab your bike, squeeze on your bike shorts and meet near the guard shack in the eastern parking lot at WSU (not by the athletic fields) on Saturday, May 21, 9:15 a.m.for a a hilly 64-mile bicycle ride with the Seven Hills Wheelmen. Rollout at 9:30 sharp!

This ride has big climbs in Barre, Princeton, Oakham, Spencer and more. It’s good prep for the upcoming King’s Tour of the Quabbin (June 12). 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Worcester State University: Parking Lot, 486 Chandler St. Call 508-831-0301 or visit

Worcester Premiere of New Film about Freya von Moltke

Sunday afternoon, May 22, central Massachusetts residents will have an opportunity to see the first showing of a new documentary, Freya, about renowned German anti-Nazi activist, Freya von Moltke. The 45-minute film, presented by Blue Pumpkin Productions, will be shown at 1:30 pm at the Hibernian Cultural Centre, 19 Temple Street, Worcester.

Boston College faculty member, Dr. Rachel Freudenburg added ‘filmmaker’ to her regular career as German Department professor over the past six years, creating a compelling documentary on this remarkable woman who, with her husband, Helmuth James von Moltke, led a resistance effort against the Nazi regime. Helmuth James was executed by the Nazis in January 1945; Freya escaped from Germany and ultimately arrived in the U.S., in Vermont. Prof. Freudenberg will be at the Hibernian Centre on May 22nd to introduce the film and to conduct a Q & A session following the film.

The von Moltkes were also the subject of the 2006 play, A Journey to Kreisau, by the late Worcester playwright, director, and Foothills Theatre co-founder, Marc P. Smith. Smith was involved with Prof. Freudenburg’s film as well, offering both on-going encouragement as well as consultation on various aspects of the project.

Freya von Moltke died on New Year’s Day, 2010 at the age of 98 at her home in Vermont. Her obituary was carried in publications world-wide from the NY Times and The Washington Post to The Guardian and Die Zeit. On January 23, 2011 a memorial tribute to von Moltke was held at the Goethe Institut-Boston where Freudenburg’s film had its world premiere showing and where Smith was a guest speaker.

General admission to the showing of Freya is $10, or $5 for students. No advance ticket sales, but Blue Pumpkin Productions requests an RSVP, .


FREE MUSEUM ADMISSION!! Music to my ears AND eyes!!



In honor of International Museum Day and National Art Museum Day, Worcester Art Museum (WAM) will waive admission fees on May 18.
The museum’s galleries and gift shop will be open during its normal business hours of 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on May 18.  The restaurant will serve lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

WAM is one of 106 Association of Art Museum Directors’ member museums to participate in Art Museum Day and International Museum Day.

“It’s our pleasure to afford our guests the opportunity to see the treasures of the Worcester Art Museum during Art Museum Day,” said James Welu, Museum Director.  “Our holdings have been formed during the past 115 years almost entirely through community support.  The contributions of many Worcester families have resulted in not only gifts of artwork but in acquisition funds and critical operational support.  We are grateful for their support and proudly open our doors to the community on Art Museum Day so all can celebrate the 51 centuries of art housed here.”

International Museum Day is organized annually around the world by the International Council of Museums (ICOM).  AAMD’s Art Museum Day is an opportunity to focus attention on the role of art museums in North America, as part of ICOM’s global celebration of museums.

“Art Museum Day is an opportunity to celebrate the collective memory of human creativity, both past and present, that art museums hold in the public trust,” said Kaywin Feldman, president of AAMD and director and president of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  “AAMD believes that art should be accessible and relevant to all, and we are so pleased that Worcester Art Museum is joining with us and the global community of museums to create new opportunities for audiences to engage with museum collections and programs.”

Located on Salisbury St., in Worcester, Massachusetts, the Worcester Art Museum opened in 1898 and is one of America’s most respected art museums. The museum is world-renowned for its 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints, drawings and new media. For more information, visit <> .

Do YOU have a Top Dog?
The 3rd Annual Top Dog Contest Sponsored by the Animal Shelter Inc. of Sterling and WXLO 104.5 fm is accepting photo entries for the 3rd Annual Top Dog Contest

Deadline is this Friday 5.13.11!
On Sunday June 5th 2011 the Animal Shelter Inc. of Sterling is sponsoring the 4th Annual Whisker Walk at the Lancaster Fairground (Home of the Bolton Fair). “As part of the Whisker Walk fundraiser we’ve partnered with WXLO 104.5 fm, our official radio station sponsor to honor “Man’s Best Friend”, states Leigh Grady, Executive Director of Animal Shelter Inc. in Sterling.

Dog owners have the opportunity to win one of 5 great prizes worth hundreds of dollars just by submitting a great photo of their pooch.
So if you think your pooch is cuter than all the others, submit your photo now and YOU and YOUR pooch could win valuable prizes and the honor of your furry friend being named “America’s Next Top Dog!”
Winners will be announced at this year’s Whisker Walk 2011 on Sunday, June 5thth at the Lancaster Fairgrounds!

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT PHOTOS IS FRIDAY, MAY 6TH AT 5 p.m. and then voting begins!
For more information on submitting your Top Dog Photos go to <>  or <>  and Click on TOP DOG PHOTO CONTEST LINK

or simply Email Your Photos to <>
And please include:
Please include the following info:

Your Name
City / State / Zip Code
Phone Number and
Your Dog’s Name

Please label your photo with your dog’s name if possible before sending it in.

**photos must be in either JPG, GIF, or PNG format only.

Thank you for your help and support on behalf of the shelter animals throughout New England!

Worcester Walk for the Homeless 5.15.11

The Worcester Walk for the Homeless will be held Sunday, May 15. Join them for a spring day in the park, and help the Central MA Houng Alliance to help Worcester’s needy homeless population. 0. 2-4 p.m. Elm Park, Highland St. and Park Ave. Visit

Call to Worcester County Visual Artists: Deadline July 31, 11

The Worcester Review – the literary journal of the Worcester County Poetry Association is seeking art for the next issue which will celebrate the 100th anniversary of poet Elizabeth Bishop’s birth. Art will be re-printed in black and white and/or color. The journal is an annual poetry and prose journal, which also features local art. We print about 7000 journals and we have a national subscription base. Please email high res images (300 dpi) to Arts Editor, Monica Elefterion: for review by July 31, 2011. Selected artists will be notified in late summer. TWR offer copies of the journal as payment and a small stipend for inclusion in the journal. please visit for a look at previous issues. The Worcester Review Worcester County Poetry Association, 1 Ekman St. Call 508-797-4770 or visit <I><P>.

USA Gymnastics returns to Worcester with three days of Junior Olympic Level competition inside the DCU Center’s Exhibition Hall this Friday through Sunday, an event that brings both great competition and great economic impact into the region.

1984 Olympic Games All Around Gold Medalist, Mary Lou Retton, will be in attendance as she watches her daughter, McKenna Kelley, compete in this prestigious competition. Retton holds the title of first American woman ever to win a gold medal in gymnastics. She also won silver medals for Team and Vault, and bronze medals for Uneven Bars and Floor Exercise. Her five medals were the most won by any athlete at the ’84 Olympics. To this day she remains the only American ever to win the Olympic All Around Title.






Saturday, May 7 COMPETITION DAY 2







DCU Center, Worcester,  Convention Center – Exhibition Hall
General Admission – Adults: $15.75 (Session Pass), $25.75 (Weekend Pass)
Children (ages 3-12) & Seniors: $10.75 (Session Pass), $20.75 (Weekend Pass)

Tickets are on sale now at the Box Office, Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at Visit <> for more information.