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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There were several really nice Mustangs, this is one of them.
Gorgeousness from the 1930s.
Several really beautiful ’57 Chevys. So much chrome, so shiny.
It seats about 20 so hurry up and bring your jukebox money.