Archive for June, 2011

June is a great month for outdoor celebrations and you won’t want to miss one of summer’s best festivals on June 25th. Henry Lee Willis Community Center will host the fourteenth annual African American and Juneteenth festival from 12-8pm on June 25th in Institute Park.

This great family and community event celebrates African American history and culture and the oldest nationally recognized end of slavery with music, art and craft, food, dance, and vendors from the Worcester community. The best part – it’s free! So bring your family and friends, and don’t miss the chance to see world famous musicians The Manhattans free of charge and the finale of the Black Starz competition. The Manhattans are an American R&B group that has a string of hit songs spanning four decades. Their song ―Kiss and Tell‖ reached the #1 spot on both the US Billboard Pop and R&B charts in 1976. It was also the second single ever to go platinum. The Manhattans have performed together and individually with acts such as The Temptations, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Maxine Nightingale, Soul Generation, Black Ivory and Eddie Holman. This year’s celebration will also showcase many local performers including: Hope Records, Kid Colossal, Gospel Choir Association of America, Echos of Africa, In Da Zone step dancers from the Worcester Boys & Girls Club, Monique and Fingers, and Daughters of Zion—the 2010 Black Starz competition winner. This event will also include family-oriented educational activities, food from the African Diaspora, local craft vendors, and information from local health, medical and nonprofit organizations.

Celebrate with a three on three basketball tournament, African American history exhibit, children’s craft tent, and community quilt. Additionally, the celebration will host the final round of the Black Starz 2011 talent search competition. This is the culmination of a three part series of competitions held throughout the city during March and April. Performers will sing, dance, rap and play musical instruments to showcase their diverse talents.

Come see who wins! This is an event for the whole family that you won’t want to miss. The African American and Juneteenth Festival is presented by Henry Lee Willis Community Center, with support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Hanover Insurance Group Foundation, UMass Medical School, Currie Management Consultants, and Protector Group Insurance Agency. The mission of Willis Center is to provide social and human services for the general public including the poor and disadvantaged, and especially to communities of color.


Tee Off for a special Equine Tornado Victims 6.24.11

Bay State Equine Rescue will be dedicating proceeds from their June 24th Annual Golf Tournament at Holden Hills Country Club to JoAnn Kass and Steven Bush to help with the medical costs to save their horse, Cajun, who was severely injured in the tornadoes that tore apart Brimfield.

Kass and Bush have already lost their home, barn, and one of their horses to the devastating storms, but they are determined to not lose Cajun.  “They made the decision, after having lost everything,” says Karen Walker, Kass’s sister, “that if there was any chance to save [Cajun], they would.”

Cajun had an 8-inch piece of wood embedded in his rear leg that had to be removed on site with minimal medical equipment.  After Boston Animal Rescue League transported him to Tufts, further chunks of wood and debris were discovered and have required multiple surgeries to safely remove.

“He’s a trooper,” says Walker of Cajun, who shows an amazing will to survive and heal.

Moved by the horse’s story and his family’s dedication, Bay State Equine Rescue decided to allocate 50% of the golf proceeds and present specialty auction items towards Cajun’s medical costs.  People who are interested in helping Cajun through the rescue’s golf tournament can sign up to golf, become a sponsor, or bid on auction items – including a Bulova watch from Sachs Jewelers – donated especially for Cajun.  Donations through the rescue are tax deductible.

The Annual Golf Tournament will be held on June 24th at Holden Hills Country Club.  Registration starts at 7:30 and there will be an 8:30AM shotgun start. A meal of ribs, chicken, pasta, and more is included in registration fees.  The silent auction and raffle will be held during the meal.

To Register:
Online:      PayPal: <>
By check:  Mail to:  Robin Sachs, 520 Scott Road, Oakham, MA  01068
$100 per person/$400 per foursome; includes 18 holes of golf with cart and the meal.

The Bay State Equine Rescue is a 100% volunteer-run 501(c)3 organization of Massachusetts and is dedicated to helping horses through direct intervention, education, and community outreach.  Donations made to the rescue are tax deductible to the extent of the law.

Professional wrestling fans can see this Sunday’s WWE pay-per-view
event, “Capital Punishment” at DRAFTERS SPORTS CAFE at Tri-State
Speedway, 35 Chase Ave in Dudley.

Shown on 4 Big Screen TVs & Projector Screen!
Sunday, June 19, 8-11 pm

21+ Free Entry w/ 2 Drink Minimum
Under 21 – $5 Cover Charge
Get here early to reserve your seat!!!
Call 508-671-9030 or for more info.

Crumb at Lucky Dog 6.25.11

The City of Worcester and many areas of Central Massachusetts were blessed to be spared from unprecedented damage from the recent tornadoes and severe storm cells

On Tuesday afternoon City Manager Michael O’Brien held a press conference at Fitton Field at Holy Cross to announce “Worcester Cares,” a citywide fundraiser for the victims who were caught in the June 1 tornado’s path of destruction. Representatives of the local and state government were in attendance as well as local businesses and radio personalities.

In addition to the city manager, other political leaders in attendance included Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray, who is a Worcester native as well as Mayor Joseph O’Brien, Rep. John Binienda, Sheriff Lew Evangelidis, and members of the Worcester City Council. Also in attendance were Worcester Tornadoes owner Todd Breighner and general manager Jorg Bassiacos; radio personalities Hank Stolz, Jim Polito and Frank Foley; Red Cross regional CEO Lisa Piehler; UMass Medical School chancellor Michael Collins; Worcester Sharks vice president Michael Mudd; CSX vice president Maurice O’Connell; Holy Cross vice president Ed Augustus; Bruce Gaultney, publisher of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette; Michael Marcy of Charter 3; and 1953 Worcester-tornado survivor and Red Cross volunteer Kay Faford. Each spoke on behalf of the relief efforts and the strength of Worcester as a community.

“When we get together we’re tough to beat,” Evangelidis said.

The community leaders gathered together to announce the group effort, which will culminate on June 17 and 18. The event on June 17 is a day-long radio-telethon starting at 5:30 a.m.

“It’s always nice to get us all together for the good of the city,” added Foley. Programs will include interviews with survivors and relief-effort workers. Radio DJs will also have information and opportunities for the community to help out in the relief effort.

“We are proud to be a part of this community as it pulls together,” Gaultney said.

Breighner announced that, “from now on, 100 percent of all tickets sales go to relief efforts.” Additionally the June 18 game against the Quebec Capitales, in partnership with the Worcester Sharks and CSX, will have a special price ($15) and gates will open early at 5:30 p.m. for the 7:05 p.m. start time. The early opening will give fans an opportunity to enjoy face painting, a free Worcester Tornadoes baseball cap, inflatable amusements, a possible dunk tank, and the “Shark Shootout.” The end of the night will feature a special fireworks display courtesy of Atlas Fireworks.

Maurice O’Connell said, “We encourage everyone in Worcester to be a part of this big event.”


The Worcester County Poetry Association announces that it will celebrate the 15th Annual Worcester Bloomsday Ramble all day at various venues on Thursday, June 16, as will cities around the world to commemorate the day’s events in James Joyce’s epic novel “Ulysses” set in 19th century Ireland and centered on the adventures of protaganist Leopold Bloom’s views on life, love and politics in Dublin.  The day’s events will include participatory readings from the novel at each of the following locations,  mimicing the locations of the episodes that will be read.  Bring a copy of “Ulysses” or just come to listen and celebrate all things Irish on this 107th anniversary of the publication of a book that was previously banned.

The following is the day’s schedule of venues and episodes to be read:

8:00-9:30am       Episode 1: Telemacus
Bancroft Tower, Bancroft  Tower Road
coffee and donuts provided

10:00-11:30am  Episode 4: Calypso
Worcester Center for Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road

12noon-1:30pm  Episode 12: Cyclops
Fiddlers’ Green, 19 Temple Street (buy your own lunch)

2:00-3:30pm   Episode 9: Scylla & Charybdis
D’Alzon Library, Assumption College, 500 Salisbury Street

4:00-5:30pm  Episode 7:  Aeolus
Worcester Jewish Healthcare Center, 629 Salisbury Street

6:00-7:30pm  Dinner Break Reader’s Choice
Sahara Cafe and Restaurant, 143 Highland Street
(buy your own dinner)

8:00-10:00pm Episode 17: Ithaca
Worcester County Poetry Association Headquarters, 1 Ekman Street
coffee and soft drinks provided, bring a snack

Learn more at <>

Ivania Nicole, Fashion Model & Owner of Exclusives Boutique, Launches 2nd Annual Miss Central Massachusetts and Miss Teen Massachusetts Beauty Pageant Winner will be eligible to participate in Miss Massachusetts USA in Las Vegas in September

Young ladies 21 and older and teens 13—17, have a chance again this year to enter The Miss Central Mass 2011 Beauty Pageant . Though you need to be a resident of Massachusetts, there are no height or size restrictions. And the winner will participate in the Miss Massachusetts USA pageant that takes place in Las Vegas in September.  This year’s event is hosted by Alida D’Angona Miss Massachusetts 2011, and Miss MA Teen International 2011Jazmin Hampton
Ivania Nicole Rosario, entrepreneur, professional model and event organizer has organized this event for the 2nd year coming off of a successful inaugural event in 2010.  Ms Rosario states, “Miss Central Massachusetts Pageant competition will give a beautiful, talented young Central Massachusetts Teen/ Young lady an opportunity to become the next Miss Central Massachusetts 2011!”  Rosario continues, “She will also receive a modeling package, lots of prizes and be introduced to the fashion, and pageant world. This competition is held in dedication to finding the ultimate local aspiring model to hold the title.”  The 2010 Miss Central Massachusetts, Allison De Jesus will crown the winner, and the pageant is being held in the historic  Mechanics Hall on July 9, (321 Main St., Worcester) at 5p.m.
About Ivania Nicole: After receiving her undergraduate degree from Anna Maria College, Ivania made Worcester her home.  Ivania has extensive experience in fashion, design, modeling and production, for many top designers as well for herself.  Recently she debuted Exclusives Fashion Boutique in Worcester, where “Music Meet’s Fashion”, and now serves as her world headquarters.  Ivania mentors many young people who are interested in the fashion industry and modeling.  Ivania’s greatest accomplishment is parenting her 7 year old son.

 The Collings Foundation opens its doors to the public June 18th and 19th Celebrating our 9th Wings and Wheels Open House.

 The Collings Foundation’s Wings and Wheels Open House exhibits New England’s finest collection of automobiles and aircraft in a true Living History Event. New England’s Best Kept Secret!

Nowhere else in the world will you be able to see Duesenberg’s 1932 Duesenberg, Al Capone’s 1940 Cadillac, Michael Andretti’s 1995 Lola/Ford XB race winning car all under one roof – then hop into a fully restored North American AT-6 Texan Fighter Trainer or PT-17 Stearman and take to the skies in a flight you will never forget. In addition to viewing the collection and flights we will have a very unique displays and exhibitions of past and modern tactical robots, steam machines, model aircraft, rocketry, historical fire equipment and more.

WHAT:  The Collings Foundation is opening its doors during the Wings and Wheels Open House, June 18th and 19th. See the incredible collection of over 90 automobiles, carriages, racecars, military equipment and airplanes. We will be offering T-6 Texan and PT-17 Stearman rides for those who want a birds-eye view of the event! One hour Texan flights are $450 and half hour Stearman flights are $230. Watch the R/C planes perform their incredible aerobatics, and get a close view of many operational historical jewels and see the unique robot displays and exhibitions from Nashoba High School FIRST program and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. WWII Veteran presentations and displays – A great time for all. Food will be available.

WHERE: The Wings and Wheels Open House will be held at the Foundation’s Headquarters: 137 Barton Road, Stow MA. For a detailed map go to:

WHEN: The Wings and Wheels Open House takes place over Father’s Day weekend: June 18th and 19th, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Entrance fee is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 years and younger.

WHO: The Collings Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit educational foundation devoted to organizing “living history” events that allows people to learn more about their heritage and history through direct participation. In addition to a large collection of vintage automobile and aircraft, the foundation operates the Nationwide WINGS OF FREEDOM TOUR, which is in its 22nd year and visits an average of 110 cities in over 35 states annually. Since its start, tens of millions of people have seen the B-17, B-24 & and P-51 display at locations everywhere. The WINGS OF FREEDOM tour is one of the most extraordinary and unique interactive traveling historical displays of its kind.

Hyland Orchard & Brewery
199 Arnold Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566-0234Friday, June 17 – Sunday, June 19, 2011
Noon -10p.m.

Disc Jam will be bridging the gaps between 3 beautiful things over 3 summer days.

Live Music + Disc Golf + Good Beer = One Dam Good Time!

Reggae, Funk, Jam, Jazz!! nothing but the best in Live Music!

Bands Already Confirmed: The Alchemystics, Fennario, Nate Wilson Group, Dub Apocalypse, Viral Sound, Seed, Sun Jones, The Phreaks, Wolfman Conspiracy, Rising Tribe, SunLea, Wobblesauce, Insigniya plus more to be announced.

Set in the scenic town of Sturbridge MA, just 5 minutes from the Route 84 exit on the Mass Pike, you will find Hyland Orchard and Brewery. Home to The Pioneer Brewing Company since 2004, Pioneer brews 7 year round craft beers and 5 seasonal brews. Hyland Farm is a great place to bring the entire family. Complete with a petting zoo, toddler playground, hay rides, baked goods, apple orchard and more!

Another highlight at Hyland is the beautiful Disc Golf course that travels through out their picturesque property. The course designed by local pro Don Boutin just 1 year ago plays in a figure 8 pattern with the Pavilion/Stage at its center. The layout of the course allows golfers to hear and or see the music from all but 2 of the 18 holes of play!

Hyland’s huge 40′ x 80′ pavilion ensures the music will be able to continue no matter what mother nature throws at us. From the hot midday sunshine or if the skies deiced to open up, the pavilion provides the shelter from the storm.


FRIDAY: Starting at noon the gates will open to the public and the kegs of freshly brewed beer will be tapped! The Disc Golf course will be open to FREE PLAY for the entire 1st day for anyone who wants to play or get familiar with the course for the following days tournaments. At 3pm we will start the music and will go strong up until 10pm.

SATURDAY: Will start at 9am with a 2 round disc golf tourney in 4 divisions- Pro, Amateur, Recreation/Intermediate and Woman’s. It will be a 2 round tournament with a break from 1pm til 3pm for lunch. At that time, while lunch is served and scores are posted from the 1st round, anyone interested may play a FREE 9 hole round on the course. Second round of the tournament starts at 3pm. Music goes from 10am til 10pm.

SUNDAY: Starting at 10am we will have our one day, 1 round Disc Golf Tournament in 4 divisions with the tournament ending about 2pm. Leaving the rest of the afternoon open to who ever wants to play FREE disc golf after the tournament ends. The music starts at 10am goes til 8pm.

Front nine is mostly short, 1-5 are technical holes in the woods, 6 & 7 are long field holes. Back nine is longer and more open. Elevation everywhere. Some concrete tee pads, some natural. Brewery located at the beginning, the middle and the end of the course.


IN ADVANCE: $30 3 day music only pass; $40 3 day pass with camping; $50 3 day pass w camping and disc golf tournament entry; $70 3 day pass with camping and PRO disc golf tournament entry; $20 single day music pass

DAY OF THE SHOW: $40 3 day music only pass; $50 3 day pass with camping; $60 3 day pass with camping and disc golf tournament entry; $20 single day music pass

Disc Golf Tournament Only: $40 professional entry; $20 amateur or recreational/intermediate or woman’s entry.

CASH Prizes for the top finishers of each division!

Registration/Sign ups for the Disc Golf Tournaments are done online in advance and expect to fill up quickly, so don’t delay register today!


All types of food from organic smoothies to burgers and fries.. we have something for everyone. Coffee, Jewelery, Disc Golf Equipment, Festival Posters and T-Shirts all will be readily available all weekend long.


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