Destination: Worcester/ Northwestern MA Meeting & Event Planning City Guide
By Nikki Gloudeman
June 27, 2012
On Oct. 30, 1947, a crowd gathered at the Shubert Theater in New Haven, Conn., to see the debut of a new play. The curtain rose on the image of a rundown building in a New Orleans neighborhood. A man walked up, yelling to his wife at the second-story window: “Stella!”
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Worcester (pronounced wuss-ter) was named after a city of the same name in England, only solidifying its role in the early development of New England. Located roughly 40 miles from Boston, Worcester has been nicknamed the Heart of the Commonwealth.
Worcester has become the site of many notable libraries and museums, including the American Antiquarian Society housed in a classic brick colonial building known as Antiquarian Hall. The Worcester Art Museum is the second largest museum in New England, and is the home of pieces by Rembrandt, Jackson Pollock, Franz Klien and Winslow Homer. Another local attraction is the Worcester County Poetry Association, which plans events and readings by both national and local poets. The society also offers literary tours of the area and, in the past, has sponsored and coordinated conferences.
The Worcester Center for Crafts was originally the Worcester Employment Society and was intended to teach immigrants skills that they could use to find gainful employment. Over time, the center has become a haven for crafty types offering classes in weaving, metalwork, enameling and jewelry making.