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November 28, 2013

Opening of 12th annual 'Christmas at the Buttonwoods: A Festival of Trees'


The Haverhill Gazette

---- — An opening night gala for the 12th annual “Christmas at the Buttonwoods: A Festival of Trees” is Nov. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Admission is $20 per person and includes buffet food by local restaurants. The event will include a 50/50 raffle, door prizes and a performance by the Haverhill High School chorus. The event will be at the Buttonwoods Museum/Haverhill Historical Society, 240 Water St.

The festival runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 15 and will showcase holiday trees, wreaths and centerpieces and activities for all ages. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $3 for students. Children 5 and younger are admitted free. All donated trees, wreaths and other decorative items will be raffled off on the last day of the event to benefit the museum.

This year’s Festival of Trees will feature art demonstrations and an art class, holiday gift wrapping, children’s scavenger hunt, senior day, family day, a stroll with hot apple cider, Victorian tea, a visit by Santa along with Minnie and Mickey, and other activities. More information is available by calling 978-374-4626 or emailing FOT@haverhillhistory.org. Visit www.haverhillhistory.org for a schedule of events.

IF YOU GO

What: Opening night of the 12th annual “Christmas at the Buttonwoods: A Festival of Trees”

When: Nov. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: Buttonwoods Museum/Haverhill Historical Society, 240 Water St.

Festival dates: Nov. 30 to Dec. 15, showcasing holiday trees, wreaths and centerpieces, plus activities for all ages

Cost: $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $3 for students. Children 5 and younger are admitted free.

Here are activities and events going on around Haverhill:

Cookie Jar Bazaar planned: Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 471 Main St., will hold a Cookie Jar Bazaar on Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This annual fair features the popular Cookie Walk, home baked goods, crafts and gift ideas. Lunch will be available beginning at 11 a.m.

Horgan Memorial Swim Meet planned: Haverhill High School will host the third annual Michael J. Horgan Memorial Swim meet on Nov. 30 at 2 p.m.

Registration begins at 1 p.m. Swimmers of all ages are invited to attend this relay-based meet. Proceeds will go towards a scholarship awarded in Horgan’s name. Entries will be accepted on Saturday at the meet.

All registered swimmers will receive long-sleeve commemorative t-shirts and bathing caps for a $25 registration fee, or $10 for 12 and under. Registration at the door is $30. Spectator admission is a suggested donation of $10. New this year is the option of creating your own relay team. Participants and spectators can register online at www.mikehorganswimmeet.org.

For more information, send email to info@mikehorganswimmeet.org. Checks can be made payable to the Michael J. Horgan Memorial Fund, to the attention of Samantha Cerasuolo-Hackett, 13 Allen St., Bradford, MA 01835.

Diaper collection: Throughout November, the children’s room at the public library will be collecting diaper donations for the Haverhill-based nonprofit Anchor of Hope Diaper Drive.

Stop by to drop off new diapers in any size or brand. Register online at www.haverhillpl.org. More information is available by calling 978-373-1586, ext. 641, or by emailing smoser@mvlc.org.

Support group for caregivers announced: A support group for caregivers of loved ones with memory loss meets the third Wednesday of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Merrimack Valley Hospital’s first-floor atrium.

This group is led by Patricia Lavoie, LICSW. Light refreshments are served. The hospital is at 140 Lincoln Ave. More information is available from Lavoie at 978-420-1162 or patricia.lavoie@steward.org.

Christmas concert planned: The First Church of Christ in Bradford will present a Christmas concert featuring The New England Tenors on Dec. 1 at 2 p.m.

Admission is a free-will donation.

Please bring a nonperishable food item to support the Sacred Hearts Food Pantry. This concert is sponsored by Flowers by Steve. Visit online at www.fccbradford.org. Northpoint Bible College donated the use of its parking lot for this concert. Visit online at www.fccbradford.org.

Mary Richardson to host senior citizen lunch: Memory Loss and Dementia, a senior lunch presentation with Mary Richardson, Community Liaison for Steward Health Care and former co-host of the WCVB Channel 5 show “Chronicle,’’ will be held Dec. 3 at Merrimack Valley Hospital, 140 Lincoln Ave.

Richardson will interview Neuropsychologist Dr. Buck H. Woo and Patricia Lavoie, LICSW from Merrimack Valley Hospital’s Adult Behavioral Medicine Center, and take questions from the audience.

The luncheon is from 1 to 2 p.m. in Merrimack Valley Hospital’s first-floor auditorium. The cost of $5 includes a full dinner and the presentation. The menu includes meat lasagna, whole green beans, garlic bread, Caesar salad with choice of dressings, dessert, coffee and tea. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 978-521-8140.

High school presents ‘A Christmas Carol’: Haverhill High School’s chorus and drama club will present their sixth annual production of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens.

Performances are Dec. 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 14 at 2 and 7 p.m. The show will feature a cast of nearly 70 students.

General admission is $8 or $5 for students and senior citizens. There is no reserved seating. Tickets will be available beginning Dec. 2 during all lunch periods and at the school’s main office. Tickets can also be purchased at the door based upon availability. The show will also be performed for all seventh-graders on Dec. 10 and 12 because “A Christmas Carol” is a part of their curriculum.

The music highlighting Dickens’ classic tale of redemption includes nine original songs written for this production, as well as several classic English carols.

Winter concert announced: The Hampstead Meetinghouse Park Summer Concert Series will host its second annual free winter concert on Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at Hampstead Middle School.

The Don Campbell Band – a summertime favorite – will present a blend of holiday and country crossover music. The five-piece band is based in New England and performs more than 200 concerts a year between Maine and Nashville.

The concert is sponsored by the Hampstead Cable TV Advisory Committee. Suggested cost of admission is a donation of a food item for the St. Anne food pantry or an item for the Military Support Club at Hampstead Middle School, to be sent to the troops. Suggestions include, puzzle books, M&Ms, hard candy and phone cards. For more information, call 603-329-6047.

Trip to Indian Head Resort planned: Bethany Community Services will host a trip to Indian Head Resort in Lincoln, N.H. for a Christmas celebration on Dec. 4.

A bus will depart from 500 Primrose St. at 9:30 a.m. The trip includes an open bar for one hour, a full buffet with carving station, dancing, floor show and holiday gift-picture with Santa. Cost is $75 per person. For reservations, contact Darlene Sutton at 978-374-2165 or dsutton@bethanycommunities.org.

Annual school pancake breakfast planned: Golden Hill School will hold its popular holiday Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on Dec. 7 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the school, 140 Boardman St.

Cost is $3 per person or $12 for a family of up to five.

This event is open to all members of the community, even those who do not live in the Golden Hill area or have children in the district. Along with pancakes and other food items, the event will feature a reindeer games area, performances by the Drama Club and Chorus and a PTO Holiday Store. Pictures with Santa are $3. Tickets will be sold for grab bags, used children’s books, games, crafts, raffles and a 50/50 raffle. Students must be accompanied by adults.

Pancake Breakfast with Santa on tap: Sarah’s Place Adult Day Health will host the Greater Haverhill Breakfast Exchange Club’s Pancake Breakfast with Santa and will present its first Holiday Fair on Dec. 7.

The Pancake Breakfast is from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at Sarah’s Place, 180 Water St. Tickets are $5 per person or $20 per family. Proceeds from the breakfast will be used to help elders defray the high costs of heating homes this winter.

The Holiday Fair is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature craft tables, white elephant tables, raffle tables and baked good tables. All proceeds from the Holiday Fair will benefit the arts and crafts, entertainment and activities offered at the program. More information is available form Amy Anwyl at 978-374-2175. These events are cash only because Sarah’s Place is a nonprofit organization.

Interfaith Choir to perform locally: The Hampstead Congregational Church will host two free holiday performances by The Interfaith Choir on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at Hampstead Congregational Church, 61 Main St., Hampstead, N.H., and on Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 471 Main St., Haverhill.

Celebrating its 48th year, the choir is comprised of members representing more than 20 local churches who are brought together by their common love of music and a desire to spread the Christmas message through instrument and voice. Special guests are The Windham Flute Ensemble and the children’s voices of The King’s Choir. Director is Cindy Ladew and accompanist is Larry Thompson. A free-will offering will be taken and refreshments and fellowship will follow. More information is available by calling 603-329-6047.

Barbershop chorus presents holiday concert: The 12-time Northeast District Champion Granite Statesmen Barbershop Chorus will present a holiday concert on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at Sacred Hearts Church.

Admission is free. The 45-member chorus will sing holiday favorites, including “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and “The Secret of Christmas” in four-part harmony. The church is at 165 S. Main St.