August 28, 2018
Class of 2018: Behind the scenes

40 Under Forty: The most Worcester picnic there ever was

Photo | Erika Sidor
The picnic created by 40 Under Forty winners Alexis Kelleher, Erin Jansky, Bonnie J. Walker and Tom Lubelczyk.

Alexis Kelleher wants you to know there is no one better to take to a picnic than her.

She's probably right.

As the owner of both Crust Bakeshop and North Main Provisions in Worcester, she has unique access to local foods perfect for spreading out a blanket and devouring some cheese, crackers, honey and locally made adult beverages.

Photo | Erika Sidor
When the other three needed instruction on how to pose like the Cool Kids of Worcester, they were told to follow Bonnie J. Walker's lead.

The picnic she had with the rest of her 40 Under Forty photo team – Team Worcester Arts Magnet School: Kelleher, Erin Jansky, Bonnie J. Walker and Tom Lubelczyk – just happened to be in the middle of an empty school parking lot. It also happened to be probably the most Worcester-centric picnic set ever created.

In Team Magnet School's attempt to win the contest to be on the cover of the most-read WBJ magazine of the year – a feat eventually won by Team WooRides – Jansky, Walker, Lubelczyk and Kelleher took their love of the city to a whole new level. Most of the 10 photo teams brought some degree of prop to their respective photo shoots, but Team Magnet School took their best idea and ran with it.

Photo | Erika Sidor
The cap may or may not still be on that bottle of beer.

Individually, each of them represented a burgeoning section of the Worcester economy and community: retail food, arts, higher education and nonprofit advocacy. They all wore different T-shirts highlighting the city. The picnic anchored by Kelleher's provisions included Polar and Wormtown beverages, a Kelley Square bumper sticker, memorabilia from the Worcester Bravehearts and Railers, and three prominent Worcester publications, including WBJ. Lubelczyk brought one of his student's guitars emblazoned with the Harvey Ball smiley face.

Moreover, they followed in the footsteps of last year's public mural team to once again win the title of "The Cool Kids of Worcester" for the 40 Under Forty class. Much like the artists who grace the city with their graffiti, Team Magnet School brought just the right amount of attitude, vision and eagerness to their photo shoot. Jansky became the school kid casually leaning against the graffiti wall. Walker knew just what to do when photographer Erika Sidor called for different poses and facial expressions. Lubelczyk walked like the guitar was a natural extension of his body, which – given his profession – seems quite obvious.

Photo | Erika Sidor
Walk toward the camera!!

At the end of the shoot on the hot summer morning, Kelleher's picnic became much more than a prop, as Team Magnet School got to sit around and enjoy the Worcester provisions, officially making it the most Worcester-centric picnic ever (a claim I make even though I have no other point of reference).

Read about the entire 2018 Class of 40 Under Forty

Michael Alden - Ascentria Care Alliance

Che Anderson - City of Worcester

Victor M. Archila - VMA Electric Inc.

Allison Beckler, DO - YOU, Inc.

Sam Bitar - Webster Five

Mark A. Borenstein - Seder & Chandler LLP

Kate D. Campanale - Massachusetts House of Representatives

Derek Canton - paerpay

Ryan Canuel - Petricore, Inc.

Jennifer Caron - Body Therapeutics

Danielle J. Clark - Clark Career Coaching

Heidi Cooper - Cooper's Hilltop Farm

Matthew M. Copeland, P.E. - Copeland Building Envelope Consulting

Pat Davis - The DAVIS Cos.

Efua T. Dufu, MSW, LCSW - Ellite Event Planning

Grace Elton - Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Ursula Furi-Perry, J.D. - Becker College

Jared E. Gentilucci - Nitsch Engineering

David Gilchrist, MD, MBA - UMass Memorial Health Care

Alvara Gjylapi - Santander Bank

Erica Grinkis - The GazBar Sports Grill

Meredith Harris - Marlborough Economic Development Corp.

Erin Jansky - Worcester Housing Authority

Ben Jones - Boston Scientific Corp

Alexis Kelleher - Crust Bakeshop; North Main Provisions

Bert LaValley - Sustainable Comfort, Inc.; deadhorse hill & simjang restaurants

Jennifer Leger - Fidelity Bank

Brian Lemerise - Quiet Logistics, Inc.

Tom Lubelczyk - The Worcester Jazz Collective

Laura Marotta - Creative Hub Worcester

Ryan Matson - Small Business Insurance Agency

Michael P. McDonough, CPA - McDonough, McDonough & Corsini, LLP

Madeline Mendoza - NewVue Communities

Jessica Morris - MCPHS University

Nathan Oriol - Oakdale Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center (Oriol Health Care)

Nicholas Pelletier - Pelletier Properties at Keller Williams North Central

Courtney E. Pelley - Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center

Lilian Radke - Unic Pro Inc.

Blaine Schnare - Harrington HealthCare System

Bonnie J. Walker - Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Learn how the winners were picked on our judges' page.

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