Good News from A Great City Haverhill, MA
Summer gets one last loud “hurrah” with Haverhill’s 2013 River Ruckus on September 7.
Anyone living in Haverhill becomes a little obsessed with the Merrimack River. The Heartbeat of Haverhill admittedly is.
Whether it’s the old bridges with unusual angles, or the more natural woodland areas where eagles and other wildlife make their homes, there’s something alluring about the river that snakes through our city. And since moving to the area 5 years ago, we’ve wanted to get on that river and try a new vantage point, but our lack of boat has been a deterrent.
Finally, thanks to Team Haverhill and a bunch of volunteers from Clean River Project, we’ll get that chance when the river is looking its best. Did you read the article in the eagletribune.com describing the stellar efforts of the Clean River Project? They emptied the river of barges full of trash, and the city cleared sightlines from the street making the Merrimack an even more impressive destination and resource. Find the link to the article at the bottom of this page.
Citizens can celebrate our Merrimack River during the River Ruckus (brought to the City by Team Haverhill) next Saturday, September 7 from 2:00pm to 9:30pm in several locations in Downtown Haverhill/Washington Street and the RiverWalk. The Heartbeat of Haverhill will finally get a new view of the river because Rockingham Boat (pontoon boats) and Plum Island Kayak (kayaks) are offering reasonably priced excursions along our riverfront. Look for us; we’ll be the people with the big smiles and the big cameras.
There are dozens of activities throughout the day: the Haverhill Cultural Council’s Arts & Crafts Faire featuring juried art, kids’ fun area, food, fireworks, a great selection of bands, a classic car show, etc., but for us it’s all about the river…and the boats …and the ducks.
And that is where an unsettling mystery starts. The Rotary’s Rubber Duck Regatta fundraiser takes place the same day when 10,000+ ducks purchased through donation will swan dive into the river and paddle madly to the finish line (okay they just float). The winning duck will feather someone’s nest with $10,000!!! As a reminder, there’s a giant yellow rubber duck in the river…
He was fine Friday when we snapped a few pics, but a return viewing of the duck on Sunday left our hopes deflated.
My daughter suspected Fowl Play. Was it open season for giant sunglasses wearing ducks? Had hostile gulls pecked holes in the mammoth yellow intruder? Had we experienced the Heart “Break”* of Haverhill? We feared the worst until a very helpful man from the Crescent Yacht Club assuaged our concerns with the facts – the generator puffing up the duck was out of gas. Phew! UPDATE FROM ROTARY’S DUCK HEADQUARTERS….WHO CAN HELP? THE DUCK’S GENERATOR SEIZED…..READ COMMENT SECTION BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS
So everybody, go to the River Ruckus, adopt a duck and support the good works of Haverhill’s Rotary Club and take advantage of Team Haverhill’s community building efforts…..and by all means enjoy the river (and the ruckus)!
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS RiverRuckus_foldingpostcard
Eagletribune.com article on Clean River Project http://www.eagletribune.com/haverhill/x312416066/River-cleanup-yields-handgun-that-startled-volunteers
Clean River Project http://www.cleanriverproject.org/
Team Haverhill River Ruckus Overview http://teamhaverhill.org/projects/community/river-ruckus/
Team Haverhill River Ruckus Schedule of Events http://teamhaverhill.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/RiverRuckus_foldingpostcard.pdf
Haverhill Rotary Club http://www.haverhillrotary.com/
Haverhill Rotary Club Adopt a Duck site http://www.duckrace.com/Default.aspx?alias=www.duckrace.com/haverhill
*Thanks to my mother, Nancy, for this line and for pointing out the duck in the river to me
©2013 by Alison Colby-Campbell