go out for lunch: It’s Worcester’s glorious, warm Thursday, and crowds gather at Worcester Common to listen to Alchemystics’ reggae-soul style at the year’s final Out to Lunch Festival and Farmer’s Market series. Actually, this was postponed due to the heat wave, but it’s so beautiful outside, I feel like it should have been like this in the first place. Indeed, it’s a moment of joy that has been kind of a difficult week, especially after the controversial primaries that pitted regular political allies against each other. But here it seems like a distant memory. I grabbed a BBQ sundae from the food truck at Big T’s Jerky House, sat down at the table and listened to the music, and during the band’s intermission, the Orphanage Movement dance crew broke out. watch the dance For a split second, the sun shines and all the headaches of local and national politics seem a little farther away.
trash talk, revisited: As usual, the festival common had plenty of tables from local businesses, artists and non-profits. Perhaps oddly enough, Casella Waste Systems had a table where a new recycling bin was being demonstrated. It didn’t look like many people were visiting the table, but I remembered what happened earlier in the week when I noticed a neighbor had put out a plastic bag full of cans. Well, his Aug. 24 memo from the Public Works Park Service and the Office of the Deputy Mayor indicated that recycling so issued would not be taken up. My first instinct was to let the neighbors know, but then I decided to just wait and see what happened. When I looked out the window on Wednesday morning, my bag had been stolen. “That’s it,” I told myself, only to realize that while that bag was missing, no other trash had been picked up. I soon realized that the bag had been taken by people cleaning out the recycling bins and redeeming the cans for cash in the early hours of the morning before the trash was picked up. Of course I knew they did this. I didn’t mind. After all, that was what I was throwing away anyway. Still, my experiments were inconclusive. Or did you? Perhaps City Hall, or anyone really, was a reminder that there are limits to what can be controlled over anything.
keep the party going: Much will be written about the Democratic primary for the first Worcester Senate election this year. It will be interesting to see how everything changes heading into the November 8th general election. But the final episode of Out to Lunch seemed fortunately politically free. I didn’t even get a glimpse of what politics willingly hands over. This may be the best way. A Pride Worcester Festival will be held at Common on his September 10th. The Beats & Barbecue Hip Hop Festival will take place at The Common on September 17th. And Start On The Street He’ll be back at Park He Avenue on September 18th. We share each other’s culture and works of art. The pandemic has robbed us of that for years. It’s best to seize joy while you can.