Good News from A Great City Haverhill, MA
The Heartbeat of Haverhill perched its lawn chair on Bradford Common Friday night to listen to Keith Muise & the Telestrators (and Mr. Shorty Hill) for the season opening Bradford Common Outdoor Music Series concert. This venue is perfect for performers, puppies, pizza and picnics.
There must have been 300 neighbors enjoying the music and each other at this picturesque setting. No vendors are allowed with one exception – Ruth and her husband purchase and sell pizza and grilled items with proceeds going to the church that sponsors the event. There is no hype, no religious recruitment, no junk food hawkers or trinket sellers. It is a concert series sponsored by local businesses for the benefit of community building, and the promotion of music. It’s very low keyed with performers graciously supporting (by reducing fees) this labor of love in honor of the Haverhill blues musician and artist who produces the event – Paul Prue.
As we wended our way through the park paths to collect a few pictures, we encountered Haverhill Cultural Council members who pointed out that Haverhill is a free music Mecca, especially in the summer time. We learned of ongoing music opportunities six days a week, many of which are family friendly and free!! (NOTE: Chit Chat Lounge may not be family friendly but it opens its windows and fills Washington Street with live music on weekend nights, and that just gives us the coolest downtown.)
Based on the schedule below, you’ll be able to get your toes in shape this summer by tapping to some fantastic beats.
SPECIAL EVENT NOTICE
AUGUST 11 (Rain Date August 25) – The 2013 Veterans Blues Benefit Concert is basically a blues festival that runs all day from 2pm-8pm outdoors at Amvets Post 145, 576 Primrose Street. Okay this one event isn’t free (but it pretty nearly is) and it may only be a onetime event but it is for such a great cause – helping local veteran’s associations – that we are compelled to include it here. Plus the cost of admission is a very small, $4 per person over 12 years of age. Kids younger than 12 get in free. The event is sponsored by the City of Haverhill with proceeds directly supporting the local men and women who protect our country. Call 978.374.9807 for information or to make a donation.
©2013 by Alison Colby-Campbell