How well do you know Worcester?
People like to say that Worcester is changing, and that’s probably true: restaurants have opened, closed and changed hands; new people have moved here to escape the Boston-area rents, while others have moved here to attend college; A few churches were demolished and a ballpark was built. Kelley Square used to be a deathtrap, and now it’s a peanut-shaped deathtrap.
Still, there are many hidden gems here, and now that it’s summer it seems like a good opportunity to explore them. But if you need more inspiration, we’re offering our third Worcester Selfie Scavenger Hunt! If you’re new to the city, this is a great opportunity to see some things you might not find otherwise. As a long-time resident, you have the opportunity to put your knowledge to the test here. Either way, everything is 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 on Instagram using the hashtag #WOOsh and tag our Instagram account @worcestermagazine. Share them on our Instagram account!
3.) Each location can only be used once and counts for 10 points.
4.) The competition ends on Monday, August 29th. The person with the most points wins! What do you win? They win the right to boast that they know Worcester better than anyone!
When we’ve done this in the past, we’ve mostly directed people to specific events, such as regular comedy shows, open mics, and poetry readings. This year, given the COVID uncertainty and varying comfort levels, we’re trying to keep everything outside. Some of the locations are shops and public buildings, but it’s perfectly fine to take the picture outside, that’s more for your comfort.
Last but not least, to make it harder, we wrapped a few things in puzzles and riddles. Nothing too difficult, just enough to get you thinking. However, nothing is so obscure that you can’t figure it out with a little effort.
Scavenger hunt locations:
“Mooncake” (an anaglyph image) 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
Giant 3D glasses
A life size bobble head doll in a Worcester Worcesters uniform
A huge guitar
A £900 coffee mug
The neon installation on Allen Court
The Charleston Hotel from Honest Thief
The coffee shop that Ryan Reynolds frequents in Free Guy
The Italian restaurant where Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Rohm, Christian Bale, and Jeremy Renner ate dinner on “American Hustle.”
The place where Abigail Klein fights to save himself in “Christmas on Ice”.
Sight of a motorcycle chase in “Wakanda Forever”
NATURE & ANIMALS
The Green Hill Park barnyard
The Donker Farm Trail Site
The over 100 year old Roosevelt Oak
Marshall W. “Major” Taylor
George Frisbie Hoar
Gen. Charles Devens
John Vincent Power
“Worcester: The first settlement of this desolate region called Quinsigamond was attempted in 1673, but was abandoned during the war of King Philip.”
“First Mill: A few rods to the 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 on July 2, 1775 on his way from Philadelphia to Cambridge”
This building housed The Three Stooges, Prince, Bob Dylan and the Insane Clown Posse.
This building has housed Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony.
This building has hosted Neil deGrasse Tyson, John Legend, BB King and Ricky Duran
Find armor from the John Woodman Higgins Armory Collection and Howard Johnson’s One Day Cannibals Raided the Cookie Jar
This building has Louis Armstrong, Penn & Teller, which houses the Rolling Stones and Phish
CLASSIC BARS & RESTAURANTS
Miss Worcester Diner
Oh! And one more thing: Please try to be considerate of other people at all locations of the scavenger hunt and not to disturb them. Much luck!