Good News from A Great City Haverhill, MA
When Haverhill High School’s Class of 2002 thinks of a good time they think of a kindhearted, energetic, generous, fun loving, music enthusiast named Steven Lyons. In general when people think of a good time, they often think of the combination of wonderful people, fabulous food, and amazing music. And it is a testament to Steven’s life and friendships that there is a family-friendly,good time, good music, good food event being held again in Haverhill. The 2nd Annual Steven Lyons Memorial Rock Out Cookout sounds it’s musical tribute beginning at 11 a.m. – 7p.m. at Winnekenni Castle. Winnekenni Castle is located on Castle road, off Rte 110 in Haverhill, MA.
Steven passed away in a tragic train accident in 2007 when he made the mistake hundreds of Haverhill kids had before without incident. He walked on the railroad tracks and was struck down, ending an exuberant, free spirited life at 23 years. Steven’s friends and family didn’t want his legacy to be the tragedy, though they do hope it serves as a warning to keep off the tracks. They wanted Steven to be remembered as he lived, not as he died. And so they created the Steven Lyons Fund to support music and family and fun. The proceeds from the 2nd Annual Steven Lyons Memorial Rock Out Cook Out will benefit the music and family friendly venue The Sad Café in Plaistow, NH, a federally recognized 501 (3)c non-profit corporation.
According to his mother Ruby Lyons
“Music – is our foundation and the hill will rock with the sounds of music on AUG. 24th. Food – much more than burgers, dogs and snacks will be provided. Pasta salad, ziti and meatballs, sausage, peppers and onions, humus snack packs, cupcakes and brownies, juice drinks, water, soda, lemonade and more.
Raffles – including raffle of a new gas grill. Games for kids and adults – field games, hackey sack, bean bag toss, badminton, washer toss and on and on. Our art show presents fine arts as well as a couple of craft artisans that will be displaying. Many of the artists will be showing their work in a public venue for the first time. Some of these items will be offered for sale. The theme is one of celebration – the human potential beginning with our youth. ….Our partnership with the Sad Cafe is therefore a very natural and powerful alignment.
Sponsors this year include Haverhill HS Class of 2002, Haverhill Bank, Newmarket International, The Home Depot (Seabrook, Plaistow, Methuen & Salem), Penfacs Corp., The Lasting Room, Peddlar’s Daughter, Cedars’, Hans Garden, Wicked Big Cafe, The Tap, Signal Convenience, Chit Chat, Market Basket, BJ’s, Fantini’s, WalMart, Grand Rental, Mayos’ Convenience Store, Subway-Downtown Haverhill, Staples, Cakes by Erin, Haverhill Beef, Butcher Boy and others…”
With a core of music, attendees will be treated to the talents of 15 bands. The live music experience will showcase new and established performers of all ages including: Merrimack Delta Dub Set, The Four Legged Faithful, Break My Fall, The Resemblance, A Boy Named Sue, The Screen, Shaky Jake & the Blue Vibrations, Lost Thoughts, Woof!, Anonymous, The Sparx, Colm O’Brien, Sammy Paps, Darren Hawe and Bob Beal.
This event fills an action packed day on August 24 from 11 a.m. – 7p.m. In fact, so many people want to participate that there are dozens of reasons to attend. Attend for Steven, attend for the music, attend for the Sad Café, or the food, or the games, there’s even an art show!
Everything is included in one family friendly price. Event tickets are $15 pre-event and $20 at the gate. The maximum price for a family is $50 and children age 10 and under will be admitted for free. And all the food at the event is included in the price of admission.
The Sad Café http://www.thesadcafe.com/
Steven Lyons Fund https://www.facebook.com/SteveLyonsFund
Winnekenni Castle http://www.winnekenni.com
©2013 by Alison Colby-Campbell