Cynthia - Click to enlarge Edition #56, 7 December 2009

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Worcester, Massachusetts

Known as The Heart of the Commonwealth, Worcester is located in central Massachusetts along highway I-290. Early settlements were open to attack by the Native Americans of the area. The third settlement, in 1713, would last, and Worcester was incorporated as a town in 1722. It was chartered as a city in 1848. Here is a map of Worcester.

The city of Worcester invites you to welcome the New Year at First Night Worcester 2010. The event features some of the hottest regional performers during eight hours of continuous entertainment. Be sure to catch the midnight countdown and fire juggling show at City Hall Plaza.

Worcester is recognized for many firsts. For example, did you know that Worcester radio station WORC was the first to play a Beatles song in the United States? Veterans Memorial at Green Hill Park

There are a number of fine Colleges and Universities in Worcester, too many to list here. If you are looking for a great school in central Massachusetts, be sure to check them out. The Colleges of Worcester Consortium can help you find the perfect school.

Located at 222 Harrington Way, the EcoTarium indoor-outdoor museum has a number of unique exhibits that the whole family will enjoy. Ride the narrow-gauge railroad, visit the digital planetarium, and then walk through the treetops! The hands-on exhibits will keep the kids entertained. Note that the EcoTarium is closed on Mondays.

Elm Park, located at the intersection of Park Avenue and Highland Street, is the nation's oldest public park. Green Hill Park on Skyline Drive is the home of the Massachusetts Vietnam Veterans Memorial (see photo).

Where art celebrates life: The Worcester Art Museum is located at 55 Salisbury Street. Learn about Worcester history at the Worcester Historical Museum, located at 30 Elm Street.

Enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch at Mrs. Mack's Bakery at 1393 Grafton Street. After your meal, be sure to choose a special treat to take home. Mrs. Mack's offers a wide selection of pies, cakes, breads, cupcakes, and other baked goods.

For great seafood and steaks as well as excellent service, make your way to Boynton Restaurant & Spirits at 117 Highland Street. Known as 'The B' by the locals, you will enjoy the casual atmosphere as you relax at the end of the day.

Save money on your Worcester visit with discounts offered by the Central Massachusetts Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Worcester is often pronounced incorrectly. The city name as two syllables, not three. Wikipedia has the correct pronunciation.

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