WORCESTER MAGAZINE – Take Me Out to the … poetry reading – Worcester will host a “first of its kind” National Baseball Poetry Festival uniting baseball and poetry April 28-30 at Polar Park and in the Canal District. Among the activities, the festival will feature two baseball games as the Worcester Red Sox take on the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the New York Yankees’ Triple A team (April 28 and 29), fireworks (April 28), afternoon on-field events including a youth poetry reading (April 29), and an evening of poetry open-mic venues in Worcester’s Canal District (April 29).
What: National Baseball Poetry Festival
When: April 28-30
Where/How much: Polar Park and the Canal District. For more information about the festival, go to baseballpoetryfest.org. Ticket prices vary per event.
Celebrating Arbor Day
An Arbor Day Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 29 at University Park in Worcester will be presented by the City of Worcester in partnership with New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill to celebrate Worcester’s green spaces. One hundred free trees, donated by New England Botanic Garden via a sponsorship from Fletcher Tilton law firm, will be available to attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. Courtesy of Clark University, the first 150 children at the festival will receive free ice cream. There will also be music, hands-on art and science activities, and kids’ tree climbing. Local vendors Sabrosa Venezuela, Big T’s, and Mrs. Moriconi’s Ice Cream will sell food.
What: Arbor Day Festival
When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 29
Where: University Park, 965 Main St., Worcester
How much: Free admission. To learn more about the festival visit event page on Facebook.
‘Concert for the Earth’
Boston-based world music vocal ensemble Halalisa Singers presents “Concert for the Earth,” a performance honoring Earth Day, featuring the “Missa Gaia (Earth Mass)” at 8 p.m. April 29 in First Unitarian Church, 90 Main St., Worcester. The concert will also be performed at 4 p.m. April 30 at First Parish of Arlington. Special guests include composer, singer, and guitarist Jim Scott, who joins the 30-voice choir as performer and soloist in his own works, including “Missa Gaia” and “We Are the Earth,” and acclaimed saxophonist/vocalist Stan Strickland. Led by artistic director Mary Cunningham, the ensemble is joined by pianist Trevor Berens, percussionists Bertram Lehmann and Fabio Pirozzolo, bassist Rick McLaughlin, and local branch members of the national climate movement organization Mothers Out Front.
What: “Concert for the Earth” — presented by Halalisa Singers
When: 8 p.m. April 29
Where: First Unitarian Church, 90 Main St., Worcester
How much: Tickets are $25, available at halalisa.org.
By Richard Duckett, Worcester Magazine