Interviewed a bunch of people outside the ABK show at the Palladium tonight for the 508 show. 100% nice people and good interviewees. This guy, his son, and his girlfriend had matching shirts. The text refers to the FBI listing the Juggalos as a gang, a decision the Insane Clown Posse has finally sued the FBI over.
I own some pieces of Worcester ephemera, and this might just be one of my favorites. It’s the brochure for a show called “The Story of Worcester” which was staged in honor of Worcester’ 250th anniversary:
My favorite part is definitely “You have seen pagentry before but nothing to compare with this
extravaganza of exciting recollection and reenactment of Worcester’s history. The memory of this spectacular entertainment will out-thrill, out-shine, and out-live every similar event.”
As if there were any “similar event” to a cast-of-nearly-thousands 90-minute show of Worcester history.
(Click on the photos to see them larger.)
Earlier in the summer, I got into a long conversation about where Faygo is sold in Worcester, and was told that it was only out on the West Side somewhere. However long that was true, you can now buy it downtown for $1.
— next time you’re in the area close to City Hall, look up — you might see them!
(Image: Peregrine Falcon, a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic licensed photo from Guy Frankland’s photostream.)
Paris Cinema, sans sign, downtown Worcester.
Another nice piece of work, just off Highland Street. I heard of these three months ago, but this is the first I’ve actually seen.
Have you ever watched a Historical Commission meeting and seen a developer or owner silently mouth the words “Curse you, MACRIS!”
Me neither, but I know they’re thinking it!
MACRIS stands for Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System.
And it’s got a lot of information online in a searchable database.
They’ve also got scans of the original form used to apply for historical significance, so you can find out that what is now Brite Cleaners in Webster Square used to be White Cleaners:
From 1959, when it was built, until 1968, this building was occupied by White Cleaners, a dry cleaner which still has several stores in Worcester and surrounding towns. Since then it has been operated as Brite Cleaners.
White Cleaners was founded in 1913 by Michael White, who according to one account, “started with only a few dollars in his pocket.” White, born in Armenia, came to the United States in 1912.
This house, on Holden Street:
Known locally as the Merrifield House, 158 Holden Street is among Worcester’s oldest buildings and is an excellent example of eighteenth century vernacular architecture.
In short, the MACRIS database makes for enjoyable reading and viewing for the history geeks among us.
In other random Worcester bits…
Our friend Tracy was once again the voice of reason in a Boston Herald article about the Massachusetts Public Health Council’s school food and drink regulations.