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Voices of Hope Brings Choruses from across the Commonwealth to Join in Song to Mark the Solemn OccasionWorcester, Massachusetts—Professional, community and children’s choruses from across the Commonwealth will gather together with members of fire, police, military, and members of the community to honor those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and to pay tribute to the thousands of men and women who continue to serve our country overseas.

The tenth anniversary commemoration will take place on Sunday, September 11 at 2 P.M. at Institute Park, off Salisbury Street, in Worcester, Massachusetts. The goal is to raise 1,000 voices in song for the tribute and memorial. Participating choruses include the Assabet Valley Master Singers, Blackstone Valley Community Chorus, Master Singers of Worcester, Nashoba Valley Chorale, Salisbury Singers, Sounds of Stow, Worcester Chorus in addition to choral students from Clark University, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and the Worcester Public Schools. Participating church choirs include All Saints Church, Worcester; Epworth Methodist Church, Worcester; Wesley Methodist Church, Worcester; Shrewsbury Congregational Church; First Unitarian Church, Worcester; Unitarian Church, Framingham; and Unitarian Church, Concord. Additional space is available for interested singers. Singers can e-mail for more information.

“Through the solace and transformation of music sung collectively, we will demonstrate the power of community and renew our dedication to a nation that is committed to freedom and justice for all,” said Erin Williams, Executive Director, Worcester Cultural Coalition, and one of the lead organizers for the event. Other participants include: the Massachusetts State Police, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Department of Veterans’ Services, Massachusetts 9/11 Fund, Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund, National Guard, Worcester Fire Department, Worcester Police Department, Town of Holden Police Department, Massachusetts Veterans Inc., Worcester Interfaith Alliance, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester Cultural Coalition, and Friends of Institute Park.

Several local officials are also expected to be on hand including Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray, U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern, Massachusetts State Police Colonel Marian McGovern, State Representative James O’Day, State Representative Kimberly Ferguson, Worcester City Manager Michael O’Brien, Worcester Mayor Joseph C. O’Brien, Holden Town Manager Nancy Galkowski, and Auburn Town Manager Julie Jacobson, as well as elected officials from the Towns of Hopkinton, Randolph and Easthampton. No official speaking program is planned; however, all 221 names of the victims from Massachusetts will be read as part of the ceremony.

The choral program will begin with “How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place” from Brahms’, “German Requiem,” “In Remembrance” from Eleanor Daley’s “Requiem,” and “Alleluia” by Randall Thompson. Michelle Graveline, music director of the Salisbury Singers, and Malcolm Halliday, artistic director of the Master Singers of Worcester, will conduct.

Then, John Delorey, director of choral music at WPI, will conduct singers in a rendition of “Ubi caritas” by Paul Halley. Students from the Worcester Public Schools will perform “American Tears” by Teresa Jennings, and the event will conclude with all singers and the audience being invited to sing “America the Beautiful.”

Area sanctuaries will be open to the public for reflection following the event: Epworth United Methodist Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, and First Baptist Church.

More information can be found at, including directions to Institute Park and parking information.

Tribute to Chet Baker at Nick’s on 8/25-27/11

Youth Rocks concert in W. Boylston 8.7.11

On August 6th, 2011, the Fitchburg community will put on a Music Festival from 11am-9pm, at Riverfront Park to raise funds to help the 60 people affected by the Johnsonia Building fire which occurred in June.  The Johnsonia Building, at 520 Main Street suffered a devastating 6-alarm fire that left the residents of the 42 units without a place to live and destroyed the majority of their belongings.  This festival will help get their lives back together.

The planning committee for this event has received a tremendous outpouring of the support from the businesses, musicians and citizens of the Greater Fitchburg area.  “What started out as a couple of people working to plan a small festival has grown to a committee of well over 50 from Fitchburg and the surrounding communities banding together to organize an all day event that will surely make a huge difference in these families lives,” said Andrea Neale, a member of the Johnsonia Relief Fund Planning Committee.  “It has been absolutely amazing to see the support and hard work from all of those involved.  It is often difficult to see the positive side of a tragedy such as this but as the committee grows each week it becomes easier to find it.”

Tickets are $25 in advance, $40 per couple, with a free commemorative glass. Kids under 12 are free. Kid-friendly events will run from 11am-3pm. This is a RAIN OR SHINE event. Tickets at the door are $28 and commemorative glasses $2. Discount for couples at the door does not apply.

100% of the money raised will go directly to the families affected. All donations, contributions & correspondences should be sent to Fitchburg Police Association, PO Box 7476, Fitchburg, MA 01420. FPA is a recognized 501-C3 Organization making all donations tax deductible.

All musicians scheduled to perform have volunteered their time and talent to support these families and give something back to the Greater Fitchburg Area.  A preliminary schedule of the performers is listed below:

11:00 am                Stage # 1                                  Jazz Depot

11:30 am                Stage # 2                                  Cosmic Moxa

12:00 pm                Stage # 1                                  Gale Country

12:30 pm                Stage # 2                                  Keith McLinden

1:00 pm                  Stage # 1                                  Hudlin

1:30 pm                    Stage # 2                                  John Dupont

2:00 pm                    Stage # 1                                  Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

2:30 pm                    Stage # 2                                  Scott Babineau

3:00 pm                    Stage # 1                                  Will D’Archangelo and the Tribe

3:30 pm                    Stage # 2                                  Ryan Witkos

4:00 pm                  Stage # 1                                  Just Sayin

4:30 pm                    Stage #  2                                 Every Other Country

5:00 pm                    Stage # 1                                  Midnight Sun

5:30 pm                    Stage # 2                                  Aaron’s Pants

6:00 pm                    Stage # 1                                  Rainy Day Activities

6:30 pm                    Stage  # 2                                 John Nickerson

7:00 pm                  Stage # 1                                  Cougar’s Bait

7:30 pm                    Stage # 2                                  Andy Cummings

8:00 pm                    Stage # 2                                  JCDC

8:30 pm                    Stage #1                                   Five Hole

For more details on the event activities and sponsors or to purchase tickets in advance, please visit their website at


Due to forecasts for continued rain and potential thunderstorms throughout the day, today’s Out to Lunch Concert and Farmers Market has been cancelled.    Grupo Fantasia’s performance will be rescheduled for Friday, September 9th.    The Out to Lunch Concert Series & Farmers Market will return to Worcester Common next Friday, July 15th featuring a concert by The Diamond Collection. Additional details about the concert series and farmers market can be found online at

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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