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December 5, 2013

Holiday events on tap this weekend

The Haverhill Gazette

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Golden Hill Elementary School will hold its popular holiday Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the school, 140 Boardman St. Past breakfasts have been very well attended, according to Principal Bonnie Antkowiak. Cost is $3 per person or $12 for a family of up to five. This event is open to members of the community, even those who do not live near Golden Hill or have children in the district. The event will also 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. Children must be accompanied by adults.

Pancakes with Santa

Sarah’s Place Adult Day Health will host the Greater Haverhill Breakfast Exchange Club’s Pancake Breakfast with Santa and a Holiday Fair on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 7:30 to 10 a.m. at 180 Water St. Tickets are $5 per person or $20 per family for pancakes and juice. Coffee and cocoa will be available for purchase. Proceeds will 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 goods. Proceeds from the Holiday Fair will benefit arts and crafts, entertainment and activities offered by the program. More information is available from Amy Anwyl at 978-374-2175. These events are cash only as Sarah’s Place is a nonprofit organization.

Free winter concert

Northpoint Bible College will present its free Winter Concert on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 2 to 3 p.m. Directed by Alan Bailey, music professor and accompanied by Beth Soucie, piano instructor, the concert will include music from the Broadway show “Godspell” by Stephen Schwartz, along with traditional Christmas numbers. The concert will feature Northpoint Bible College Choir and the a cappella choir, Broken Silence. The concert will be held in the Fine Arts Center on the Northpoint campus, located within the library building at 320 South Main St. For more information, call 978-478-3400.

Cocoa with Santa

Winnekenni Castle will host its annual Cocoa with Santa on Saturday, Dec 7 from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $3 for children and $5 for grown-ups. The event will include treats and sweets, hot and cold drinks, including Cocoa. Enjoy kiddie games and holiday activities by Little Sprouts Haverhill/NECC. A visit and photo opportunity with St. Nick by More than Memories Photography is included along with a take-home disc with a photo of each child. Winnekenni Castle is located on Castle Road at 347 Kenoza Ave. in Haverhill. For more information, email the Castle at winnekenni@yahoo.com, call 978-521-1686 or visit online at www.winnekenni.com.

Free Holiday Concert

Winnekenni Castle will host a free Holiday Concert on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. Music Maximus returns to the Castle to ring in the holidays with children’s music, traditional tunes, seasonal and holiday music along with sing-a-longs. There will be a freewill offering to benefit Emmaus Inc. Refreshments will be available. Visit online at www.winnekenni.com.

NECC chorus Holiday Show

Holiday music from the 1500s to the present will be featured at the Northern Essex Community College chorus holiday showcase on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St. Admission is $5. Tickets may be purchased at the door. “You can expect to hear everything from George Friedrich Handel to Irving Berlin,” said Alisa Bucchiere, NECC chorus director. In addition, the chorus will perform a spiritual by William Dawson and an arrangement from the King Singers. Soloists include James Clark Jr. of Methuen, who will perform “Corner of the Sky” from “Pippin,” and Jenny Weiss of Amesbury, who will perform an aria from Handel’s “Messiah.” More information is available by email Bucchiere at abucchiere@necc.mass.edu.

Interfaith Choir performances

The Hampstead (N.H.) Congregational Church will host free holiday performances by The Interfaith Choir on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at Hampstead Congregational Church, 61 Main St., Hampstead, N.H., and on Sunday, 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. 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 freewill offering will be taken and refreshments and fellowship will follow. More information is available by calling 603-329-6047.