A haven for exotic animals rescued from neglect or abandonment, Animal Adventures lets visitors interact with its furry and scaly refugees, teaching them firsthand to appreciate and respect the earth's diverse wildlife. Working with a rotating cast of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and marsupials, animal experts regale audiences with facts and the backstories of each animal, such as how they were rescued and which cartoon representative of their species best captures their regional accent. Though its denizens regularly find new homes, Animal Adventures's altruistic menagerie has included a massive alligator snapping turtle, a canadian lynx, and an asian water monitor. The sanctuary also offers day camps for youngsters looking to get closer with the animals, and an animal-adoption program for adults looking to support the cause by taking a critter home and putting it through college.
Schartner Farms has a history that stretches even longer than its annual corn maze. After immigrating to the United States in 1902, the Schartner family settled in Bolton and opened a farm. For the next century, multiple generations of the family milked cows and filled the soil with seeds to grow fruits, vegetables, and cheeseburgers. The farm became something of a local landmark, and in 2006, the town of Bolton and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts designated it an Agricultural Preservation Restriction Farm.
Today, the fourth generation of Schartners runs the farm. Aside from the signature corn maze, they invite visitors to pick apples, and relax on hayrides, which wind past the property's forests, fields, and ponds.
Still River Outfitters, Inc’s expert guides lead scenic tours through the Bay State's assortment of rivers and national parks. During kayak adventures, the guides shepherd crews along the Concord, Sudbury, Charles, and Assabet Rivers, pointing out blue-winged teal ducks in Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and feral battle reenactors grazing in Minute Man National Historic Park. On dry land, guides summon outdoor enthusiasts for hiking and snowshoeing adventures, teaching tour-goers how to navigate the land and properly use hiking equipment. Their trips usually include a snack to keep passengers fueled throughout the excursion or provide a handy toll for bridge trolls.
The Worcester Chamber Music Society brings world-class chamber music to
intimate Greater Worcester venues. WCMS nurtures the community as well as young musicians through a unique combination of affordable concerts, education and community outreach.
At Century Mill Stables, a helpful staff assists riders of all ages and skill levels to develop their horsemanship. With more than 20 years of teaching experience, The staff's positive and supportive style epitomizes the facility's attitude—it aims to bring along even the most timid pupils during private, semiprivate, and group lessons. Beginner sessions emphasize fundamentals such as grooming, tacking, and where to find hoof-shaped stilettos. For more experienced riders, the staff shifts the focus onto advanced jumping principles and dressage.
Century Mill has equally diverse accommodations for the horses themselves. Across its 64 acres, an outdoor sand ring houses a full stadium course and a jumping chute. A 60-foot round pen invites steeds to practice lunging at the command of their riders. Away from the Century Mill property, the team participate in shows throughout New England, and also lead onsite rides across area beaches and through local orchards.
At In The Batters Box, baseball and softball players polish diamond skills such as hitting fastballs, hurling sliders, and fielding hot-off-the-bat grounders. Each cavernous indoor facility houses space dedicated to honing each of these aspects of the game, such as hitting tunnels equipped with pitching machines and multi-purpose turf field for practicing glove-work drills and team pile-ups. In addition to welcoming individuals for solo practice, the facility hosts year-round game-improvement programs, such as summer baseball camps and softball skills clinics.