Good News from A Great City Haverhill, MA
Families were out in full force this beautiful weekend in Haverhill. The Heartbeat of Haverhill mistakenly thought Kidfest was being held on Saturday instead of Sunday. But no worries, because while driving around looking for the new Kidfest location at Kimball Farm we were exposed to all varieties of families throughout the city.
First stop on Saturday was a quiet Kimball Farm where THOH got up close and personal with a very big family of Bison which we admit we wrongly believed were buffalo. So we checked it out online at LiveScience.com. “Early American settlers called bison “bufello” due to the similar appearance between the two animals, and the name “buffalo” stuck for the American variety. But it’s wrong….The American bison (Bison bison) lives only in North America, while the two main buffalo species reside in Africa and Asia. A small population of bison relatives called the European bison (Bison bonasus) lives in isolated parts of Poland.”
BISON FAMILY PHOTOS, Kimball Farm, East Broaadway
As the bison tired and dropped to the warm ground for naptime, THOH drove away toward Kenoza Lake where The Heartbeat of Haverhill and several other photogs flocked to see the large gaggle of geese. Goslings were in their awkward stage no longer babies, but not quite comfortable with independence yet. But all moms, human, goose and bison alike, know their babies are beautiful regardless of the stage of development. Geese in particular, seem to raise their young with the village concept. Adults were on the lookout for more goslings than could possibly be their own. One noisy step toward them and a wave of fluff balls head in the opposite direction led by one or more adults demonstrating the very real possibilty of being ferocious protectors against any size antagonist.
GOOSE FAMILY PHOTOS at Kenoza Lake at the water dept.
By Sunday at 12:30 pm after a dusty walk down a long dirt road, Kidfest was in full swing. There was so much to look at: bright colors and interesting textures in this festival that combines the best of a family outing, a community fair, a farm and field day. A long row of booths let adults check out information (Like Clean River Project and Haverhill for Hunking) (though each had an attraction for kids). Kids were captivated by interactive activities like parachute games, sumo wrestling suits, pony rides, bouncy houses, cushioned jousting and martial arts, a giant mosaic from Creative Haverhill where kid-colored tile pages helped complete a mural, perennial crowd favorite Atlantic Pro Wrestling of Newburyport, elaborate sand castle creation and destruction, exotic animals, goat petting and more all with an exceptional live musical backdrop from Evolvement Music.
HAVERHILL FAMILY PHOTOS, Kimball Farm, East Broadway
Once the warm weather starts, it lures everyone outside to the myriad attractions and festivals that Haverhill offers its families both downtown and in the more rural and agricultural areas that make up our city. (Haverhill does cover the third largest geographic area of all cities in Massachusetts and we offer 8 ponds and lakes, a resident beach, many trails through woods and along the Merrimack River.) There is so much to do outdoors including the new and super popular spray park at Swasey Field. Keep in touch and tell The Heartbeat of Haverhill what you’re enjoying outside in Haverhill.
(c)2014 by Alison Colby-Campbell