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December 12, 2013

Granite Statesmen Barbershop Chorus presents holiday concert


The Haverhill Gazette

---- — It’s time to bring the holidays home in song.

The Granite Statesmen Barbershop Chorus will present a holiday concert Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at Sacred Hearts Church.

Admission is free.

The 45-member award-winning 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.

IF YOU GO

What: Granite Statesmen Barbershop Chorus holiday concert

When: Dec. 13, 7 p.m.

Where: Sacred Hearts Church, 165 S. Main St.

Admission: Free

Here are activities and events going on around Haverhill:

Holiday photo event and art exhibit: Winnekenni Castle will hold its first “Portrait Photos by the Castle Christmas Tree Night” and De Clerck Gallery Art Exhibit on Dec. 12 from 5 to 9 p.m.

This event will feature portrait photo sittings with the Castle’s Christmas tree as a backdrop. A professional photographer from “More than Memories” will take holiday portrait photos. For the cost of $20, you will receive a take-home disc with two ready-to-print high resolution poses. Additional poses are $5 each. The photographer will also be taking purchase orders, as desired, to professionally print your holiday portraits for a keepsake and/or gifting.

An art exhibit will feature oils, pastels, charcoals and pencil. All works will be available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds going to the castle.

The castle’s 2013 collectible handcrafted, hand-blown holiday ornaments will be available for $12 each and come in their own gift sack, making them perfect for your collection or for gift giving. Castle booklets, “The Story of Winnekenni” by Donald C. Freeman, will be available for $5 each and make a unique gift or companion to the collectible ornaments. Complimentary refreshments will be available. Winnekenni Castle is located on Castle Road at 347 Kenoza Ave. For more information, email the castle at winnekenni@yahoo.com, call 978-521-1686 or visit online at www.winnekenni.com.

Festival of trees at Buttonwoods Museum: The 12th annual “Christmas at the Buttonwoods: A Festival of Trees” is now through Dec. 15.

The festival showcases holiday trees, wreaths and centerpieces, and has 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.

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.

Family Christmas Carnival and Craft Fair on tap: St. Joseph School of All Saints Parish will host a Family Christmas Carnival and Craft Fair on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The school is at 56 Oak Terrace. The event will feature crafters, raffles, a sweets shop, games, food and a visit from Santa. More information is available by calling 978-521-4256. Visit online at www.sjshav.com.

Holiday Craft and Gift Faire planned: Winnekenni Castle will host a Holiday Craft and Gift Faire on Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission is $2 per person. This event will feature unique and handcrafted gift items, including jewelry, holiday decor, home goods, original gifts and special one-of-a-kind items you won’t see anywhere else.

Door prizes and more are included and refreshments will be available. To request a vendor application, send email to winnekenni@yahoo.com. Please include your name and contact information, a description of the merchandise to be vended along with photos and links to any online information about your wares. Holiday themed items as well as modestly priced and small gifts do especially well at this event.

Church to host free holiday concert: Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 471 Main St., will host a free holiday concert by the Merrimack Valley Concert Band on Dec. 15 at 2 p.m.

A freewill offering will be taken to benefit Emmaus House.

Chamber networking mixer on tap: The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will hold its December Holiday Business After Hours networking mixer on Dec. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Jaffarians car dealership, 600 River St.

Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members and include complimentary food and drink, free door prizes, networking and holiday cheer.

Business After Hours events offer members and prospective members the chance to meet other business professionals representing products and services in an engaging, unique atmosphere. This month, guests will have the opportunity to network with more than 75 members and guests, meet the chamber and Jaffarian staffs, and enter to win a 60-second commercial — an opportunity to pitch your business to a captured audience.

For more information or to register, visit HaverhillChamber.com or call 978-373-5663. This event is open to the public.

Christmas Sing-a-Long planned: A Christmas Celebration Sing-a-Long will be held at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St., on Dec. 16 at 11:30 a.m.

Join the Council on Aging as it celebrates the holiday season with complimentary hot chocolate and cookies. Pianist Helen Hamilton will accompany a session featuring favorite Christmas carols.

Happenings at the library: Get Lit, a book group for 20 and 30 somethings at the public library, will hold its monthly meeting on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.

The group will discuss Marisha Pessl’s book “Night Film.” Visit online at www.haverhillpl.org for more information or to register.

Deirdre Budzyna, instructor at Northern Essex Community College, will present “It’s Not How Smart You Are; It’s How You Are Smart” on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. in the library’s Milhendler Room. This program is designed to help you identify the ways in which you can succeed based on the best part of your intelligence. Using the theory of multiple intelligences, Deirdre will help you to find yours and build on it. Please register online. This program is presented through the NECC Speakers Bureau.

An exclusive screening of Haverhill native Lance Malbon’s film “Black Margiolds” will be Dec. 30 at 6:45 p.m. Included is a question-and-answer session with Malbon. This film has been included in the Cincinnati and Boston International Film Festivals. Please register online. Space is limited.

The library is showing a classic film every Tuesday morning this month. Stop by at 11 a.m. for movies on the big screen. See the library’s online events calendar for movie titles. Children are encouraged to stop in for an Early Christmas at the library on Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. A celebration of Christmas stories and fun is in the children’s program room. The Youth Services Staff is also hosting a variety of book clubs, story hours, and toddler activities throughout the month. See the online events calendar for specific dates, times and registration.

Church hosts holiday music performance: The Boston Camerata will perform “Noël, Noël: A French Christmas” on Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. at First Parish Church, 20 High Road (Route 1A), Newbury.

Visitors will enjoy holiday music from the Middle Ages to the dawn of the Baroque. For tickets or more information, call 617-262-2092 or send email to info@bostoncamerata.org. Visit online at www.bostoncamerata.org.