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November 14, 2013

Auction's goal: Raise $25,000 for rail trail art

Upcoming event designed to add sculptures to river walkway

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Called the Hakuna Matata, it features a six-day, six-night South African Photo Safari for two people, including full luxury accommodations, with three meals each day and cross-country trips in open Land Rover vehicles with experienced guides.

Team Haverhill has solicited artists nationwide to submit sculpture designs for the trail.

“We have already talked with Dale Rogers, our local sculptor,” Jordan said of the well-known Haverhill artist, whose metal sculptures have appeared in exhibits around the country.

Rogers is best known locally for his large dog sculpture, “The American Dog’’ — a 16-foot-tall work off Interstate 495 south at exit 48.

The plan is for the rail trail to display six sculptures — four permanent pieces and two temporary displays.

“We plan to introduce two new sculptures every one or two years at the temporary displays,” Jordan said.

Already the trail has a piece of art work created by local students — an 80-by-13-foot wildlife mural displayed on the back of Arthur Sharp’s Hardware store, which is next to the trail.

Pentucket Bank made the decision to sponsor the rail trail sculpture project earlier this year.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Team Haverhill on this unique initiative for the City of Haverhill,’’ said Scott Cote, president of Pentucket Bank. “I am looking forward to watching the transformation of the Bradford Rail Trail into a safe and interesting destination that residents and visitors to the city will enjoy.’’

IF YOU GO

What: All Aboard Auction Gala to raise $25,000 for sculptures along the Bradford Rail Trail

When: Nov. 16. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and a buffet dinner begins at 7 p.m.

Where: Haverhill Country Club, 58 Brickett Lane

Cost: Tickets are $50 per person, but not sold at the door. Tickets must be purchased by sending a check to Team Haverhill at P.O. Box 5034, Haverhill, MA 01835 or at the Team Haverhill web site — www.teamhaverhill.org.

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