December 6: Fulbright Visiting Scholars and their families enjoyed watching a hockey game on a cold Boston evening. The Merrimack College Warriors took on the Boston University Terriers in an exciting game that ended with the Terriers on top, 4-2. Scholars enjoyed learning about hockey, but they were even more enthusiastic about audience participation throughout the game and dancing to the tunes of the Boston University Band.
March 27, 2014: The scholars and their family members began the evening with a meal and had a chance to mingle with old friends, meet new friends, and generally enjoy a relaxing time before heading to the concert venue. The concert was performed by international students who attend Berklee College of Music. Their performances showcased music from their home countries, as well as other international music. The quality and professionalism of the performers was outstanding. The last performers were a trio of professional Mexican musicians (Los Rumberos de Boston) who played lively music causing the entire concert hall to be filled with dancing students, Fulbright Scholars and more!
March 8, 2014: Like many historical reenactment villages, Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) has staff dressed in period clothing as craftsmen and townspeople. The visitors were able to visit the blacksmiths, shoemaker, milkmaids, tinsmiths and printers as they went about their work, talked with the people visiting their shops, and answered visitor’s questions. There were also exhibits of antique firearms, lanterns and textiles. Children had several areas designed for them including a playground and simple machines exhibit. There were also several animals, including three newborns, one lamb and two calves. A horse drawn wagon provided free rides around the “town square” section of the village, which was also a delight to old and young alike.
The “Maple Days” events consisted of several displays. There was a small camp where they installed taps in the wood called “spiles” which took rising sap from the tree and drained it into a bucket or trough. They also showed it in contrast with the modern method with metal spiles and plastic tubes. In the camp they also had an open fire and large cast iron pots where the sap was then boiled down into a thick mixture. Later, it was made into syrups, shown in the farmhouse, where maple molasses or sugar was being used.
January 18 & 20, 2014: Scholars and families attended the 26th Annual Joyful Noise Concert by the Harlem Gospel Choir. This wonderful concert was accessible for all ages and showed an exciting and unique part of American culture. Participants received a fun exposure to gospel music and also included a number of renditions of songs by American music legend Stevie Wonder. The rousing performance by the Harlem Gospel Choir encouraged many of our program’s participants, and many audience members, to dance in the aisles and fully enjoy themselves. The choir’s tradition of touring the world and introducing gospel music to new cultures made it a perfect fit to acquaint our visiting scholars with Martin Luther King Day.
“Many Helping Hands” was an afternoon service project held in Cambridge, MA to benefit needy people in Cambridge. There was a children’s chorus, a speech about Martin Luther King, Jr, and other presentations to kick-off the afternoon after which the FVS went across the street to the Cambridge Senior Center where they were welcomed and given a brief description of the volunteer opportunities. These ranged from making Valentines, stuffing care bags, and creating scarves and blankets.
Saturday, November 2, 2013: Over 20 Fulbright Scholars and their families joined the ICW for a visit to the historic seaside town of Salem, MA, where the notorious witch trials of 1692 took place and today draws visitors from all over New England and the world for its combination of Halloween thrills and living monuments to American history. The day began with a visit to the House of Seven Gables, the oldest surviving 17th century wooden mansion in New England, and the inspiration for author Nathaniel Hawthorne’s legendary novel of the same name. Participants experienced local food and fare, and also visited the Peabody Essex Museum, home to the finest maritime art in the United States. The museum’s founders were among America’s first global entrepreneurs, traveling the world in search of trade and amassing collections of exceptional provenance, representing the art and culture of North America, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific Islands.
Sunday, October 20, 2013: 30 Fulbright Visiting Scholars and their families made their way to the Wachusett Meadows Audubon Sanctuary to see the changing of the leaves and to enjoy some lovely fall weather. Following the stop at the Sanctuary, the group went to the Wachusett Apple Festival to have lunch, ride to the top of the mountain and enjoy the festival!
Friday, September 27, 2013: The International Center of Worcester (ICW) co-hosted the Fulbright Enrichment Opening Reception for Visiting Fulbright Scholars in the greater Boston, MA area, along with the Massachusetts Chapter of the Fulbright Association and Northeastern University. Over 250 Fulbright Scholars, Students, alumni and guests gathered at the Fenway Center on the campus of Northeastern University in Boston for an evening of introductions, speakers and networking.