Good News from A Great City Haverhill, MA
The Heartbeat of Haverhill loves having options but for the last three days (Thu Sept 10-Sat Sep 13, 2015), we had a heck of a time coordinating our weekend to take advantage of all Haverhill has to offer.
YESTERYEAR COSTUMED BALL http://www.haverhill375.com/
Starting on Thursday Sept 10, 2015 – the Yesteryear Costumed Ball kicked off the 375th anniversary of our fab city. The awesome theme requested that attendees dress in period clothing from any decade 1960 to earlier. Prizes, dancing, and music from the B Street Bombers provided an excellent backdrop. Some of you may have seen these photos on THOH FB page, but they’re so much easier to re-find in a blog so I’ve included them again….besides everyone looks mahvelous! (But keep scrolling for new activities and pictures.)
WINNEKENNI WALK ABOUT http://www.winnekenni.com/
You can do this any time, but THOH’s husband and she took the long way round and reveled in the edges of autumn. Our only mistake was taking too many side trips for gorgeous photo ops. We raced the setting sun and lost with about a half hour left to our walk. Best thing about the park trails – knowing the mileage, beautiful vistas, labeled wild life and staged surprises along the way. THOH had a pedometer so with all our side trips we walked about five miles on mostly broad easy walking trails
GREATER HAVERHILL ART ASSOCIATION ART FESTIVAL on Bradford Common http://www.haverhillartassociation.org/
First stop on our jam-packed day. Annual Art Festival on Bradford Common. The number of super talented participants made it tough to leave after a short visit. Plus there was music and shade trees for sitting and enjoying. Purchased a box of Haverhill inspired greeting cards from Debbie Shirley.
HAVERHILL FARMERS MARKET https://www.facebook.com/haverhillfarmersmarket
This weekly market in season is a great place to learn about local wines, produce and other comestibles. Come hungry -there are lots of sampling opportunities. Fall is upon us when Fay’s Farm makes its presence known with a wide array of Haverhill-grown apples.
HEALTHY LIVING EXPO http://haverhillchamber.com/healthy-living-expo-to-feature-free-community-barbecue-and-many-events-and-activities-for-all-ages/
This was the first annual Health Living Expo sponsored by the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce. And it included a free barbecue lunch. There were health screenings, recipes, cooking demonstrations, massages and work out opportunities including demonstrations from Ocasio’s Martial Arts and Haverhill Elite Track Club.
EAST PARISH MEETING HOUSE OPEN HOUSE http://eastparishmeetinghouseofhaverhillmassachusetts.yolasite.com/
This charming building is fundraising to complete restoration, but it is still an utterly charming building with fabulous large windows and the feel of the 1800s. Visitors to this significant piece of Haverhill history visited without supervision and as promised rang the “come to meeting” bell. THOH apologizes to neighboring properties; my husband had a very good time ringing that bell!.
MCNAA ANNUAL INTERTRIBAL POW-WOW http://www.mcnaa.org/2015-list-of-events.html
This glimpse into another culture with authentic Native American dancing, drumming, games, and product sales harkens back to another era and yet these are customs still practiced today. Visitors are offered the free opportunity to paddle around the pond in the 28′ war/voyageur canoe. This is the 27th year the City of Haverhill and Plug Pond have hosted the event.
375th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT SERIES AND KIDS FESTIVAL http://www.haverhill375.com/
This anniversary event provided music and entertainment Friday – Saturday including our own Haverhill Glee talent contest. Friday night headliner was nationally known, Ayla Brown, THOH was still struggling to finish up our walk at Winnekenni and missed what we heard was an awesome concert. On Saturday, The Heartbeat of Haverhill dropped in to enjoy Airtight perform at 2pm but couldn’t stay to hear local country singer gone big time Jillian Cadarelli or Face to Face Tribute – Elton John/Billy Joel who performed later in the evening. All Haverhill 375 events will showcase anniversary memorabilia and books for sale.
After THOH left the concert, we ran off to do errands and never made it back on Sunday for the Multi-Cultural Festival of food and music or the Rogers Spring Hill Garden Center Fall Festival.
The way this last weekend played out- THOH felt deprived having to leave the city at all, and for having such limited time at each event. But now The Heartbeat needs a nap but not before noting that:
HAVERHILL – IS THE PLACE TO BE ON WEEKENDS!
Haverhill Experimental Film Festival https://www.facebook.com/haverhillexperimental ,
Haverhill Elks 125th Anniversary https://www.facebook.com/events/1479707982321537/
Tattersall Farm Day http://tattersallfarm.weebly.com/
Public Charrette Visioning Session https://www.facebook.com/GreaterHaverhillChamber/photos/a.10150509471191209.428250.86585886208/10153706352986209/?type=1&theater ,
The River Ruckus and Rotary Duck Race https://www.facebook.com/RiverRuckus/photos/a.245344462147059.76314.118456984835808/1161037020577794/?type=1&theater
More hiking http://www.ci.haverhill.ma.us/departments/osr/haverhill_trails_committee.php
And, more 375th Anniversary Events http://www.haverhill375.com/
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