Good News from A Great City Haverhill, MA
The Heartbeat of Haverhill didn’t know where to start. The Kids Arts Fest filled the downtown with options spanning Washington Street from Columbus Park to Post Office Square. It was a treat for all senses and a tribute to imagination with wonderful sounds – music of all types, storytelling and laughter, an ever changing kaleidoscope of colors, enticing food scents ranging from sno cones to frozen bananas, Mexican to grilled kebabs, seafood specialties and french fries, hot dogs and chicken fingers, and a tactile experience where kids were always encouraged to “touch that!”. Even the vendors perpetuated the theme with arts experiences.
Racing back and forth between the two stages at opposite ends of the road to experience the wide variety of performers (music, martial arts, improvisation, theater) would, THOH rationalized, burn off the calories consumed in between.
Perfect weather drew a large, enthusiastic and colorful crowd. Lines were manageable and options prevailed and maintained a sense of accomplishment as guests flitted from one activity to the next.
The Heartbeat of Haverhill clicked away at hundreds of fabulous scenarios and needed to narrow the photos down through tough decisions.
Here is a compilation of THOH’s favorite shots of the day broken down into categories that will give you only a sampling of all that was offered.
THE COLORFUL AND WELL BEHAVED, MULTI-GENERATIONAL CROWD –
PAINTING AND DRAWING OPPORTUNITIES
THE CREATION OF STUFF – FROM BUBBLES TO PLANT HOLDERS
PERFORMING AND PRETENDING
The Heartbeat of Haverhill stayed at Kids Fest for only an hour or so, missing so many chances to try something new.
By all accounts it was wonderful to have a reinvented event back in the center of our community where many people could partake…. or if they got overwhelmed by the options they could always step back behind the buildings and chill by the Merrimack River.