FC: Worcester | hill to hill & A to Z
1: to Neway Odell May you always find a wealth of spirit in Worcester love, Lara, Micha, Saskia & Patrick
2: Art & Architecture start with without beauty, it's just any place without thought, it's just a space without design, its just bricks and poles but look around, there's heart and soul look between the old and gritty and you will see our creative city | A
3: up a windy road beneath the shady trees at the top of the hill come with me, come and see where the neighborhood fox comes to run and to roam no tall office building no big fancy home there's a park where a man once built a tower out of love for his wife not for fame or for power he built her a tower at the top of the hill where we can watch the city all quiet and still come with me and play castles and dragons and knights come with me to the tower what a wonderful sight! | B | Bancroft Tower starts with
4: C | Some are in the valleys. Some atop the City. Some are very modern. Others very pretty. Some are tucked away. Some are on the street. Some have reputations. Others are discrete. Sometimes the students are everywhere in lab coats, protests, or on the campus green. Other times you wonder how many you have seen. Some programs are quite good; others are just great. One thing's for sure; with nine in town, It's hard to say: to Mom & Dad...I'm looking out of state. | College starts with
5: spoon, spoon coffee cup eggs and juice will wake me up let's eat breakfast let's eat brunch meet me at mac's or the corner lunch! | Diner starts with | D
6: Elm Park starts with | Let's go walk the Elm Park loop. Don't feed the geese; it makes them poop. Let's go see the Elm Park trees. And all the different families. What are they saying? Which language do they speak? It could be Spanish, French, or Greek From different hills and different streets. This is where we play and meet. | E
7: a cannoli and a swedish roll one tofu dog loaded full one italian cookie tray original wooberry with the topping of the day coxinha catupiry a bowl of pho earl grey cupcakes and a pupusa to go spicy dr. gonzo sauce local cheese at the abbey chicken on a waffle at the cool woodaddy fish and chips middle eastern dips best falafel around and Gibby's milk to wash it down. If there's one thing you've got to do. go out to eat in the woo. | Food starts with F
8: On your bicycle mark Get your bicycle set! And bicycle go! go! go! Pedal those feet! Up that steep steep George St. Like Major Taylor long ago. | G | George Street starts with
9: H | Worcester has many different hills Some with houses, some with mills Some with churches and some with schools One with an airport; others with pools. One with a pond fed by a well On hill by the name of Bell Some say that there are only seven but actually there are ten or eleven. Some with parks and lovely trees and all full of rich history. | Hills starts with | packachoag, grafton, vernon, bell, airport, bancroft, green | indian, newton, wigwam, poet's, union
10: Innovation starts with A place for thinking and imagination. Worcester is a place for innovation Printed valentines, rocket fuel, abolition and a women’s school barbed wire, the steam calliope - and best of all the smiley! | I
11: J | Jonas Rice starts with | A long time ago there was a man named Jonas Rice. We don't know if he was kind or nice. But we do know that he chose to stay in the first permanent settlement in Worcester as we know it today. He taught at a school and became the town clerk and somehow he made it all work. How different Worcester must have looked long ago, Why he decided to stay we'll never know No buildings, no cars, a paved street -never! But we know that he changed this place forever.
12: K | Kelley Square Do you dare? Do you dare? Drive through crazy Kelley Square? | All those cars! All those directions! Wheeling through seven intersections. Don't you worry! Be a Worcesterite. Just grab the wheel and hold on tight.
13: L | Lion starts with | When the sun goes down and it's good and dark the griffin lions wake up in the park. They stretch their stone wings and let out a roar And go up to Bell Pond for a swim and a soar Then they circle back down and pad into the diner and they order some donuts or maybe a grinder they run down to the train station their old stomping grounds and they roar in the hall cause they like how it sounds and when the sun peaks over the hill they sit back down at their posts all watchful and still
14: M | Museum starts with Worcester has some great museums. You should try to go and seem them. Try on costumes at the Armory Hear stories of Worcester families - their histories and mysteries. Go inside a hurricane Take a ride on a small steam train See the world through a painter's eye And when you've given them all a try, Go back again for music and more. There's so much here you can explore. Not just for a rainy day but places to learn and places to play.
15: N | New England starts with No whining and don't try to deny it. Worcester's smack in the snow belt and the New England climate. Summers are beautiful though sometimes humid and hot And winter is winter don't think that its not. Spring is sometimes late with daffodils in April and tree buds in May And fall is just heavenly. Why can't it stay? There's apples for picking and pumpkins to make. Cider and hay rides and day hikes to take. And winter you just bundle up, bear and grin. Drink hot cocoa after your snowshoein'
17: O | Otter starts with | I could watch them all day how they flip and they play how they twist and they glide how they slip and they slide I don't need a trip to a fancy aquarium I'll just come watch the otters at the Ecotarium
18: Parks start with P | When it's summer and almost dark We can watch Shakespeare in the park When it's snowy and there's a chill We can sled down a super fast hill There's bocce and cricket and soccer for all Fun in winter, spring, summer and fall Musical concerts and hawks above gliding Trees for climbing and slides for sliding Trails for hiking and so much more Let's go to a park and explore!
19: Q | Quinsigamond Lake Did you know that just for fun? The kids called it Lake Queen Cinnamon? The lake is deep and surrounded by gravel Which makes it difficult for farming and travel And so it was quiet - until the nation Started going out for recreation Did you know this was the place if you wanted to row in a big crew race? Olympic trials down the long lake And did you know there was a train to take the people from Worcester to White City Amusement Park where you could ride rides after dark With 50,000 electric lights! In the 1850s it was a sight!
20: R is for Ralph's and rock and roll Rock for the young and rock for the old. quirky old films in the back of the show there's so many reasons for you to go French speaking rappers and punk rocking pants come on over if you want to dance | R
21: S | Shrewsbury Street starts with | It's old and new together Sounds lively in good weather The old road to Boston has changed in some places less bocce and pasta new international places you can still get your car some shiny new rims and also give your hair a trim buy an expensive lamp or eats lots of Brazilian grilled meat It's always a good night out on Shrewsbury Street.
22: Triple Decker starts with T | Triple decker One, two, three A great home for Worcester families Some with porches, some with frills Not to far from schools and mills Triple decker one, two, three room for you and room for me.
23: Union Station The union of the wheel and track Can you hear the click and clack? Through empty mills and through the park A lonely whistle in the dark And in the morning snow or rain The busy people board the train When we see the big white domes We know that we are almost home. | U
24: V | Roses are red. Violets are blue. Did you know valentines were made right here in Worcester too? In the heart of the Commonwealth right on Summer St. By an entrepreneurial lady I wish I could meet Though she never gave her heart to a man She sold millions of hearts That smart Esther Howland A smart business woman who was given a chance changed Valentine's day and the words of romance. | Valentine starts with
25: Whimsical Wacky Winding Weathered Wonderful Witty Weird Windy Wordly Wishful Whirling WORCESTER! | W
26: X marks the spot Means this building’s gonna rot Not built well or just too old Too much heat and too much cold Sometimes brick and stone and wood Stand up too long for their own good X means tear it down! Clear the rubble! And build something new in the next real estate bubble. | X
27: Y | is for You! | You will always be part of Worcester and Worcester part of you Though you came from far away like so many others do. | And there's so much life before you So much for you to explore and just when you think you know a place you both change a little more You're young and full of energy and part of this City's synergy and even if one day you leave As you seek new adventures or fame You'll leave Worcester a little better than it was before you came and you'll be surprised how it pulls you back how much is old and new you'll always be a part of Worcester and this place a part of you.
28: Z | is for Zoo | It's a jungle out there and a barnyard too so many animals in the Worcester street zoo. Snow buntings at the airport Beavers at Broadmeadow Brook A sweet library giraffe when you check out a book. A downtown turtle and a dolphin too even a flying rhino at the Worcester street zoo And now the time has come my friend for this book to say The End! Take care of yourself and your friends and family too and we'll see you again at the Worcester street zoo.