How well do you know Worcester?
People like to say Worcester is changing, and that’s probably true: Restaurants have opened, closed and changed hands; new folks have moved here escaping Boston-area rents, while others have migrated here to attend college; a couple of churches were demolished, and a ballpark went up. Kelley Square used to be a death trap, and now it’s a death trap shaped like a peanut.
Still, there’s a lot of hidden gems here, and now that it’s summer, it seems a good opportunity to explore. But in case you need more prompting, we offer our Third Worcester Selfie Scavenger Hunt! If you’re new to the city, this is a great chance to see some things you might not otherwise find. If you’re a longtime resident, this is a chance to prove your knowledge. In either case, everything’s more fun when you make it a game, right?
1.) Take a selfie of yourself at each of the following locations.
2.) Share the photo to Instagram with the hashtag #WOOsh, and tag our Instagram account @worcestermagazine. Well share ’em on our Instagram account!
3.) Each location can only be used once, and each counts for 10 points.
4.) The contest ends on Monday, Aug. 29. The person with the most points wins! What do they win? They win the bragging rights to say they know Worcester better than anyone!
When we’ve done this in the past, we mostly directed people to particular events, such as regular comedy shows, open mics and poetry readings. This year, what with COVID uncertainty and varying degrees of comfort levels, we’re trying to keep everything outside. Some of the locations are businesses and public buildings, but it’s totally fine to take the picture outside of that’s more to your comfort.
Lastly, to make it tougher, we’ve couched a few things in riddles and puzzles. Nothing too hard, just enough to make you think. Nothing is so obscured, though, that you can’t figure it out with a little effort.
The Scavenger Hunt Locations:
“Mooncake,” (an anaglyph) by Insane 51
“Legends of the Canal District,” by Ryan Gardell
An abstract mural by Morgan Blair
A mural with a Green “W” by Wrdsmth
A disturbing mural of famous cartoon characters by Matt Gondek
A giant pair of 3-D Glasses
A life-sized bobblehead doll in a Worcester Worcesters uniform
A giant guitar
A 900-pound coffee mug
The neon installation on Allen Court
The “Charleston Hotel” from “Honest Thief”
The coffee shop Ryan Reynolds visits in “Free Guy”
The Italian restaurant where Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Rohm, Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner had dinner in “American Hustle”
The place Abigail Klein fights to save in “Christmas on Ice”
Site of a motorcycle chase in “Wakanda Forever”
NATURE & ANIMALS
The Green Hill Park Barnyard
The Donker Farm trail site
The 100+ year old Roosevelt Oak
Marshall W. “Major” Taylor
George Frisbie Hoar
General Charles Devens
John Vincent Power
“Worcester: The first settlement of this lonely region called Quinsigamond was attempted in 1673, but abandoned during King Philip’s War.”
“First Mill: A few rods east stood the house and mill of John Wing, built in 1684.”
“The first schoolhouse in Worcester, where John Adams, second president of the United States, taught 1755-1758.
“The First Brick building in Worcester, 1782”
“General Washington passed this spot July 2, 1775, on his journey from Philadelphia to Cambridge”
This building has hosted The Three Stooges, Prince, Bob Dylan and the Insane Clown Posse.
This building has hosted Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony.
This building has hosted Neil deGrasse Tyson, John Legend, B.B. King and Ricky Duran
Where you can find armor from The John Woodman Higgins Armory Collection, and “One Day Cannibals Raided the Cookie Jar,” by Howard Johnson
This building has hosted Louis Armstrong, Penn & Teller, the Rolling Stones and Phish
CLASSIC BARS & RESTAURANTS
Miss Worcester Diner
Oh! And one more thing: Please try to be considerate of other people and to not to be disruptive at any of the Scavenger Hunt locations. Good luck!