George Street Challenge 2016

The 14th edition of the George Street Challenge was held in Worcester, Mass. on July 24, 2016. Riders of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to participate. 100 riders accepted the challenge and were cheered on by very enthusiastic, supportive crowd of spectators.

Rider Ready!

The George Street Challenge is an uphill time trial of a distance of 500 feet, and with an average grade of 18 percent that goes up to about 24 percent mid-way up the hill. Riders take the challenge one at a time, against the clock and from a standing start at the bottom of the hill.

George Street Challenge 2016 from claudia snell on Vimeo.

Men 18-34 medalists Bronze: David Flynn, Shrewsbury, MA Silver: Luke Okerlund, Worcester, MA Gold: Timothy Daigneault, Dudley, MA Timothy Daigneault had the fastest overall time of the day at 23.66 seconds.a
Men 18-34 medalists Bronze: David Flynn, Shrewsbury, MA Silver: Luke Okerlund, Worcester, MA Gold: Timothy Daigneault, Dudley, MA Timothy Daigneault had the fastest overall time of the day at 23.66 seconds.a
Luke Okerlund, Worcester, MA. Silver medal, Men 18-34
Luke Okerlund, Worcester, MA. Silver medal, Men 18-34
#102 Andy Paul, from Melrose, MA and #100 Katie Paul Oliver from Auburn, MA. Katie won the silver medal for the Women 35-49 group.
#102 Andy Paul, from Melrose, MA and #100 Katie Paul Oliver from Auburn, MA. Katie won the silver medal for the Women 35-49 group.
Last rider, Henry Lane, at the starting line.
Last rider, Henry Lane, at the starting line.

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Men 35-49 Medalists Bronze: P.J. McQuade, Millbury, MA Silver: Eric Brassell, Arlington, MA Gold: Jim Separdson, Worcester, MA
Men 35-49 Medalists Bronze: P.J. McQuade, Millbury, MA Silver: Eric Brassell, Arlington, MA Gold: Jim Separdson, Worcester, MA
Women 50+ Medalists Bronze: Dawn Lovejoy, Worcester, MA Silver: Robin Schulman, Maynard, MA Gold: Melanie Ryals, Newton, MA
Women 50+ Medalists Bronze: Dawn Lovejoy, Worcester, MA Silver: Robin Schulman, Maynard, MA Gold: Melanie Ryals, Newton, MA
Women 35-49 Medalists Bronze: Jessica Howland, Worcester, MA Silver: Katie Paul Oliver, Auburn, MA Gold: Amy Gothorpe, Harvard, MA Amy Gothorpe's time of 30.41 shattered the record for this category. The previous record was 35.05, set by Kathleen Wanat of Worcester, MA in 2013.
Women 35-49 Medalists Bronze: Jessica Howland, Worcester, MA Silver: Katie Paul Oliver, Auburn, MA Gold: Amy Gothorpe, Harvard, MA Amy Gothorpe’s time of 30.41 shattered the record for this category. The previous record was 35.05, set by Kathleen Wanat of Worcester, MA in 2013.
Women 18-34 Medalists Silver: Catherine Jampel, Worcester, MA Gold: Emily Mandara, Boylston, MA
Women 18-34 Medalists Silver: Catherine Jampel, Worcester, MA Gold: Emily Mandara, Boylston, MA

Results of the timings: majortaylorassociation.org/events/results16.shtml

The race was presented by Barney’s Bicycle and the Seven Hills Wheelmen and sponsored by Courthouse Cafe, Polar Beverages, and Webster Five.

Civil War Memorial Rededication

I went to the Civil War Memorial Rededication ceremony on the Worcester Common, Saturday,  July 16, 2016.  The event started with a parade which I unfortunately missed. The ceremony was nice. It included music, speeches, recognition of decedents of Civil War soldiers, laying a wreath and flowers. They finished with a 21-gun salute and playing taps.

I made a video of some of what I saw.

Music performed by The Providence Brigade Band, http://www.pbband.orgf, and used with permission.
Video shot and edited by: Claudia Snell

I learned something…

The Civil War Memorial in Worcester, MA was originally dedicated July 15, 1874 and hasn’t been restored since that time.  Money for the restoration came from the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall Trust Fund. The project began in December, 2015 and was completed with the return of the Goddess of Victory to the top of the monument last week.

A history of the monument is available on the Civil War Memorial website along with photos and stories of some of the soldiers from Worcester who fought in the Civil War.

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The monument is about 70 feet tall. At the top is the Goddess of Victory, Athena Nike. Around the four corners are statues to honor the men who served in the artillery, cavalry, infantry and navy.

Encampment set up: tent and gear.

As part of the ceremony there was a Civil War encampment reenactment  on the Common.

Civil War reenactors around the camp.

The Providence Brigade Band  http://www.pbband.org

The Providence Brigade Band played music at the event.

Group photo: all the reenactors and Worcester City Manager, Edward M. Augustus, Jr.
Horse-drawn wagon rides around the Common and Green Street.

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It’s a beautiful evening in downtown Worcester. The Goddess of Victory statue is back on top of the Civil War Memorial; Worcester Shakespeare Company was giving a free preview performance of ‘As You Like It”; and Pokemon Go players were enjoying their game everywhere.

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View of Worcester Common and City Hall from what used to be inside the mall.
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Burnside Fountain (Turtle Boy) is a Pokestop.
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The Pidgey I caught while standing near Turtle Boy
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There was a good turn-out for the free preview of “As You Like it” by Worcester Shakespeare Company.
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Goddess of Victory statue is back on top of the Civil War Memorial on the Common.

 

CARS OF SUMMER 2016

We go to the car shows at Green Hill Park during the July 4th weekend every year. I love to see the craftsmanship, creativity and hard work put into these cars.

My grandfather was always working on restoring vehicles; his own and for other people. These cars bring back good memories of him. He’d love this show and would probably have spent hours talking to the owners of these cars.

So, here’s some of what I saw this time.
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There were several really nice Mustangs, this is one of them.

 

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Gorgeousness from the 1930s.

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Several really beautiful ’57 Chevys. So much chrome, so shiny.

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It seats about 20 so hurry up and bring your jukebox money.

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Really nice Corvette. I love the ice blue color.

I’ve posted more photos on Flickr and on my photo blog. Theres’ a set from July 3 and a set from July 2 along with photos of two of the bands that played. Silverbacks from July 2 and Union Jack from July 3.