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December 12, 2013

Christmas trees keep Buttonwoods merry

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The 200-year-old Buttonwoods maintains its vigil on the hill above Water Street, overlooking the Merrimack River. During school vacation weeks, students are drawn to its fold with a cache of activity and fun.

The Greater Haverhill Arts Association continues to make this its home for its May exhibit, followed by two weeks of Past Finders history activities in the summer for kiddos.

The Susan Kneeland Student Art Show hops aboard in October, paving the way for the tree festival. There’s never a dull moment here with school tours, private parties and rentals. The Visitors Center runs from May to November.

Before leaving the premises, I passed by something called the “Nun’s Tree,” embellished with angels, bells and antique bulbs. I suddenly heard a bell ringing.

Unless it was my imagination, perhaps I was in for a special miracle this Christmas. May you share this moment with me — and the Buttonwoods crew.

Writer and photographer Tom Vartabedian is retired from The Haverhill Gazette. He contributes this regular column.

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