5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester — Wednesday, Jan. 22

 by TWIW StaffJanuary 22, 2020

In today’s daily 5 Things You Need to Know feature, ThisWeekinWorcester.com explores five important items and stories that Worcester and Central Massachusetts residents should keep a close eye on.

These five things can cover a whole range of subjects and issues that we feel are pertinent to understanding what’s going on in the city and the cities and towns surrounding Worcester.

In today’s edition — Wednesday, Jan. 22 — the WFD’s annual 6K has been announced, an Orchid Show is coming to Tower Hill for the first time, The Fix says hello to a second location, the Worcester Public Market plans its big opening and the Creative Hub takes over the Aurora. 

Plans for Worcester Firefighters Annual 6K Announced 

It’s not just a race; it’s a community event filled with spirit and support. 

The WFD6K Road Race was started shortly after the devastating loss of six Worcester firefighters in the Worcester Cold Storage Fire, which happened on Dec. 3, 1999. The Worcester Firefighters 6K committee chose four primary, well deserving charities, that they “feel best represent the goals of the WFD6K”: NEADS, dogs for deaf and disabled Americans, Genesis Club, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 

“For the past 20 years, the Worcester Firefighters 6K Road Race has touched more lives than we ever thought possible,” said the announcement. 

The 2020 6K and event takes place on Sunday, June 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., centered in Institute Park, Salisbury Street, Worcester, where not only does the race start and end, but it’s filled with food, activities and lots of family-friendly entertainment. 

“The race is unlike any other race around,” continued the announcement. “Our race day focus is not simply on the race itself, nor is it the focus on the charitable donations. It is more about the community and bringing the city and surrounding towns together as we celebrate the spirit of the day – block party style! Everyone is invited to join us at the finish line for a free BBQ, live music, beverages, clowns, moonwalk, massages, a silent auction and a post race party at (TBA) and so much more.”

Find out more and/or register for the race. 


The Fix is Opening Up in Marlborough 

We already love this burger bar in Worcester, and now the Fix is excited about its second location in Marlborough. The burgers are coming, the burgers are coming. 

Beginning on Thursday, Jan.  23, through Saturday, Jan, 25, Niche Hospitality hosts sneak peek events with a limited menu for customers from 5–11 p.m. These are first come, first serve with no reservations. The bar will be open with an extensive selection of craft beer, spirits, milkshakes and spiked shakes. On Monday, Jan. 27, The Fix opens to the public for lunch and dinner. 

The new location, located just off of I-495, nestled between the Apex Center and downtown Marlborough features 150 seats with a 22 stool bar and a beautiful patio overlooking Williams Lake.


You Could Sit Around That Weekend, Orchid Go to This Amazing Show at Tower Hill

It’s the first time the Tower Hill Botanic Garden is hosting its Orchid Show exhibition, which was inspired by street art. It’s coming to Tower Hill from Feb. 1 through March 31 and combines original pieces from local street artist Croc and creative displays of orchids arranged by Tower Hill's horticulturists. Enjoy the custom-made graffiti artwork, a diverse collection of orchid flowers, subtropical greenhouse conservatories, a farm to table lunch cafe, and more. Visitors can tag special graffiti walls at Tower Hill, create their own word art, and use an orchid finder tool to discover the wide variety of these special flowers on display. Outside, visitors are welcome to take winter hikes through the gardens and surrounding woodland trails with views of Wachusett Mountain. 

Opening Weekend on Feb. 1 and 2 will feature tours, artist talks, and street art crafts. The Street Art Festival on Feb. 8 and 9 offers street art demonstrations, vendors, face painting, and much more. 

Worcester Public Market Plans Official Opening 

Everyone’s talking about it, and it’s finally here. Well, almost. The Worcester Public Market celebrates its official opening on Thursday, Feb. 6, from 5-8 PM, with the ribbon cutting at 6 PM.

Located in the heart of the Canal District in Kelley Square at 155 Green St., the new Worcester Public Market is a multi-vendor, food-oriented marketplace in the European tradition, featuring produce, meat, seafood, cheese, baked goods, deli goods, vegan products, flowers, wine and spirits, local brews, coffees and teas, juices, charcuterie, fresh-cooked lunch fare and more. 

The event includes door prizes, free tote bags from WPM for the first 100 guests, tasty treat samples and more. 


Creative Hub Worcester Takes Over Aurora Apartments Gallery With Its First Exhibit 

Creative Hub Worcester at The Aurora Gallery presents its first submission-based exhibition, and opening reception, called “The Feeling of Otherness.”

This is the first of four shows that take place in the course of four months, beginning in January, in the Aurora Apartments' first floor gallery space. This exhibition series is part of a community-focused initiative that aims to celebrate and promote the work of local artists, specifically focusing on the voices of those who may be silenced or underrepresented. “The Feeling of Otherness” aims to engage artists around the topics of prejudice, discrimination, racism and marginalized communities.

 “The Feeling of Otherness” kicks off with an opening reception on Saturday, Jan.  25, from 4:30 -7:30 PM. 

Go here for the full schedule of exhibits and more information. 

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