New England celebrates Fall foliage season like no other place in the world.  Here in Worcester, the heart of Massachusetts, the fun continues all weekend with a festival, a concert, and an artisan opening.  Here are 3 events you won’t want to miss, to fully enjoy the color and the culture of our city:
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1. Worcester’s 3rd Annual Fall Fest On The Common — This Saturday, October 28th, the city of Worcester welcomes ghouls, ghosts, and an array of costumed characters, to an afternoon of Autumnal entertainment.  Hands-on activities from The Learning Hub and ArtReach Studio.  A live animal presentation from Animal Adventures.  Dance performances by Guigere’s, and the Southeast Asian Coalition’s WYND Lion Dance Team.  Live music from Crocodile River Music’s African Jazz Trio. A Pie eating contest with Table Talk Pies.  Food trucks.  A moonwalk. Artists and vendors selling their work.  According to Kimberly Driscoll, Program Assistant for the Cultural Development Division of The City of Worcester, “It’s partnering with great vendors like these that make this event so fun.”  So bring the family and enjoy an afternoon on the common!
The Worcester Common Oval is located at 455 Main Street, Worcester, MA. Admission to the event is free. Trick-Or-Treating included.  This event is sponsored by Discover Massachusetts and Table Talk Pies.  For a complete list of the days activities, visit their website at www.worcesterma.gov/dpw/parks-rec/worcester-common-oval/oval-calendar-of-events/id=217911
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2. American Craft Fair — The Worcester Center for Crafts, and Tower Hill Botanic Garden, have partnered to present this juried fair of American craftwork.  The show features an eclectic mix of over 25 fine artisans, representing work in ceramics, jewelry, glass, painting, fiber arts, woodworking, metalworking, and mixed medias.  Local and regional artists will be at the show, sharing their process and selling their work.  The event is a wonderful representation of the beauty and importance of fine art crafts, and for those interested in purchasing work for their own collection, or as gifts, this is the one to attend.  On The Rise Baking will be at the event with tasty treats on both days.   While there, enjoy the gardens and grounds of this New England treasure.  The 130 acres of woodlands, planned gardens, and open space, are home to some of the most exquisite plants in the world, which will be bursting with the rich colors of the season.
Admission to the fair is free with paid admission to Tower Hill Botanic Garden.  The fair will be open on Saturday, October 28th, from 10am-4pm, and on Sunday, October 29th, from 10am-4pm. Tower Hill Botanic Garden is located at 11 French Drive, Boylston, MA.  For more information about Tower Hill Botanic Garden, or the fair, including a full list of participating artists, please visit their website at www.towerhillbg.org
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3. Music of Russian-Jewish Classical Composers — This Saturday afternoon, October 28th, from 3:30pm-5:30pm, the Museum of Russian Icons will host a concert featuring the music of Russian-Jewish Classical Composers, performed by Anastasia Seifetdinova (piano) and Rita Mitsel (Oboe).  The “jewish art movement” that originated at the end of the 19th century in Russia, with it’s blended mix of traditional Jewish folk and liturgical music, with Western European and Russian Romantic styles, will be the feature of the program.  Several works by Mieczyslaw Weinberg, considered to be one of the 20th century’s greatest composers, will also be featured.  For music lovers interested in the signifigance of post-modern classical compositions, and student musicians of all ages, this is sure to be an incredible concert experience. If there’s time, consider visiting this beautiful museum, filled with art and icons, whose vision is to enhance relations and cultural understanding between Russia and the United States through the medium of Art.
The Museum of Russian Icons is located at 203 Union Street, Clinton, MA .  Concert admission is $18 for museum members, and $22 for non-members, and may be purchased by calling the museum at 978-598-5000 x121.  For more information about The Museum of Russian Icons, or the concert, please visit their website at www.museumofrussianicons.org.
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