Business briefs, Jan. 27 edition


Culinary Underground presents Three CU Mentors workshop Feb. 2

Learn from the great culinary legends during the James, Julia, and Jacques: Three CU Mentors workshop which will be held Feb. 2, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at Culinary Underground School for Home Cooks in Southborough. Join the CU chefs in a class that celebrates the influence of James Beard, Julia Child and Jacques Pepin on American cuisine as you prepare (and raise a glass of wine to) poulet bon femme, gnocchi parisienne, and 1-2-3-4 cake. Cost is $75 and registration is required. Visit the new Southborough location at 21 Turnpike Road/Route 9 West in Brickyard Square. For more information, visit or call 508-904-6589.

Mass Academy announces upcoming open houses

The Massachusetts Academy of Math & Science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute has announced two upcoming open houses: Sunday, Feb. 5 for tenth-graders and Tuesday, Feb. 7 for ninth-graders. Mass Academy offers students in grades 11 and 12 a specialized, accelerated program of studies. The challenging, project-centered junior year prepares the students for a full year of college courses as a high school senior. For more information on the open houses, visit or call 508-831-5859.

“Flora in Winter” and “A Floral Feast” on view

In the clutch of winter, two central Massachusetts cultural institutions are collaborating on an exhibition of fresh floral arrangements and artistic masterworks that conjure the sights and scents of a warmer climate. “Flora in Winter,” on view Thursday through Sunday, Jan. 26 to 29, features fresh floral arrangements interpreting works of art at the Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St, Worcester, and “A Floral Feast” at Tower Hill Botanic Garden (11 French Drive, Boylston). Garden Club members and floral designers from throughout central New England have volunteered to create the arrangements. Visitors will admire gorgeous arrangements in the Worcester Art Museum's galleries and in the Education & Visitors Center at Tower Hill, as well as floral displays sponsored by area florists to adorn public spaces. Guided tours at each location will be offered several times daily.

“Flora in Winter” will be held at each institution throughout the period.
At Tower Hill Botanic Garden, visitors can celebrate “A Floral Feast” as the inspiration for arrangements displayed in Tower Hill's Education & Visitors Center, including the Limonaia opened in the fall of 2010, adjacent to the lush subtropical blooms and greenery in the Orangerie, with the backdrop of the Winter Garden. Enjoy stunning floral interpretations inspired by life's many banquets/feasts of celebration, holidays and honor. Feasts may also be interpreted as feasts for the senses, of decadence, or of giving. Be sure to visit and explore how the masterful designers interpret “A Floral Feast.” Talented floral designers will reach the heights of artistic expression in this one-of-a-kind show.
On Friday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 pm, Tower Hill enhances the mood and atmosphere of “Flora in Winter” with a Candlelight Concert presented by renowned jazz pianist Dr. Elliot Steger and friends. Tickets are $30 nonmembers and $25 for members of either Tower Hill or the Worcester Art Museum. Twigs Café will provide complimentary hors d’oeuvre. Call Tower Hill at 508-869-6111, ext. 135, for reservations.

Opening Hours for Flora in Winter at Tower Hill Botanic Garden:
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, reopening at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 for the Candlelight Concert. Tower Hill admission is $12 adults, $9 seniors ages 65 and older, $7 for youth ages 6 to 18. Admission is free for Tower Hill members, and children under 6. Public WOO Card holders save $2 on admission.
Public tours will be held at Tower Hill at 1 and 3 p.m. each day. Tours are included with the price of admission. For private tours for groups of 10 or more, call for more information: 508-869-6111, ext. 125.
Tower Hill Botanic Garden is the home of the Worcester County Horticultural Society, incorporated in 1842 for the purpose of “advancing the science, and encouraging and improving the practice of horticulture.” Located on 132 acres of garden paradise in bucolic Boylston, the garden hosts educational programs, exhibits, shows and special events throughout the year.

Innovations Hair Salon has moved

The salon has been located in the historic building at 6 Church St. in Northborough for over 40 years. The building has been slated to be torn down in the near future. Current salon owner Debi Dunn has been working at Innovations for 30 years and will continue to create “Head-Turning Hairstyles” for men, women and children at her new location in Pierce Plaza 56 West Main St. in Northborough. Debi invites clients both old and new to visit her and her team of stylists at their new location. To book an appointment, call 508-393-2937.

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