Castle hosts Kids Science Adventure Day, Wild Animal Kingdom

Winnekenni Castle

Winnekenni Castle will host a Kids Science Adventure Day and Wild Animal Kingdom on Aug. 31 from 1 to 4 p.m.

A Curious Creatures program will be at 1 p.m. and will feature alligators, frogs, lizards, arachnids, snakes, flying squirrels, chinchillas, skunks, hedgehogs, geckos, bearded dragons and other creatures. 

An Accipiter Enterprises Birds of Prey program is at 2:30 p.m. and will feature a multi-faceted show, conditions permitting, with owls, falcons, hawks, a free-flight program and simulated hunt. Presentations will be held inside the castle in the event of rain or extreme heat. Refreshments will be available. 

Suggested donation is $5 per family. This event is presented by the nonprofit Winnekenni Foundation. 


What: Kids Science and Wild Animal Kingdom 

When: Aug. 31 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Where: Winnekenni Castle, Castle Road, 347 Kenoza Ave.

Cost: Suggested donation of $5 per family

More information: Visit, call 978-521-1686 or email

Here are other activities and events going on around Haverhill:

Evening of psychic readings: Winnekenni Castle will host an evening of psychic readings on Aug. 28 from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

Readers will be available inside the castle for appointments. The castle's regular readers, Judith-Anne, Valeria, Fay Martin and newly joined psychic medium from Ireland, Colleen Costello, will welcome special guest Leila, who will offer both Angel Card Readings and Turkish Coffee Cup Readings.

Reiki healer Paul Muryn will offer 15-minute "Healing While You Wait" sessions for $10. Jewelry and other specialty themed merchandise by Two Sisters Boutique will available for purchase.

Cost for psychic readings is $20 per 15-minute session. Multiple appointments may be purchased to create longer blocks of time with the readers. Appointments are booked at the door only. Doors open at approximately 4:55 p.m. Guests are permitted to purchase later hour appointments, leave the castle and then return in time for their session. Socializing before and after appointments in the castle's main hall is welcomed. Refreshments will be available.

For more information visit

Shakespeare in the Park: The Rebel Shakespeare Company will present a free performance of "As you Like It" on the Winnekenni Castle grounds on Aug. 28 at 6 p.m.

This theatrical troupe makes you feel as though you are "there and a part of something real that is happening" rather than just an audience member watching a performance. 

You may also enjoy a Psychic Reading, experience a mini-Reiki Healing or shop at the Two Sisters Boutique inside the Castle before, during and after the performance. Visit to learn more.

Haverhill Senior Baseball registration: Haverhill Senior Baseball is registering players for the fall season, which has divisions for 13-year-olds, 14- and 15-year-olds, and 16- to 18-year-olds.

Play will begin the weekend of Sept. 6 and will run through the end of October. There are only a few openings left on the 14- and 15- and 16- to 18-year-old teams. The 13-year-old division gets the players familiar with the large diamond for the 2015 year. For registration forms, visit Applications and payment can be sent to Haverhill Senior Baseball, PO Box 5202, Bradford, MA 01835. More information is available from Larry O'Brien at 978-373-6982 or Dan Francescone at 978-807-5068. Any child living in Haverhill, Merrimac, Groveland, West Newbury or Southern New Hampshire is eligible to play.

Free Labor Day Blues Concert: Winnekenni Castle will present a free Labor Day Blues Concert on Sept. 1 from 1 to 4 p.m., featuring rock and roll and rhythm and blues performed by Boston native Professor Harp.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Visitors are asked to bring blankets, chairs, parasols, family and friends. 

The concert will be on the outdoor castle stage. Lawn toys will be out for the kids. If it rains, the concert will be inside the castle, with seating provided. Lemonade, root-beer floats, popcorn and hot dogs will be available. 

Visit the Undaunted Professor Harp at

This event is presented by the nonprofit Winnekenni Foundation. More information is available at, by calling 978-521-1686 or by emailing Winnekenni Castle is located on Castle Road at 347 Kenoza Ave.

Vendors needed for craft fair: Vendors are being sought to participate in a craft fair in the parking lot of the Walmart in Plaistow on Sept. 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost is $20 per space. Money from space rentals will be donated to CHaD, Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth. More information is available by calling 603-556-3049.

Groveland Day on tap: The Town of Groveland will celebrate Groveland Day on Sept. 6.

Clubs, churches, and other organizations will join together to create a fair-like event for all ages. Events take place all day long at the Pines Recreation Area, 227 Main St., and include carnival games, rides, food vendors, other vendors and exhibitors.

Events and activities include Curious Creatures show, face painting, music, J & J pony rides, dunk tank, cow pie bingo, Shriner clown hightower and balloon fun, Seacoast United Soccer Club juggling and soccer speed contest, second annual chili cook-off contest (Boston Chowda), Acting Out Theatre Company of Lawrence, Agnes Strecker Dance Studio dancers, Cub Scouts egg drop, classic/cool car night, pie contest, beer and wine tent (Tap Brewery), barbecue, movie night in the park, mechanical bull riding, fire pit (Groveland Fire Fighter Association) and a band. Visit online at under Groveland Day.

Pow-wow coming to Haverhill: The 26th annual Native American Pow-Wow is coming to Haverhill.

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness and the city’s Recreation Department, this family-friendly event will be held at the Plug Pond Recreational Area off of Mill Street on Sept. 6 and 7. 

The pow-wow is an opportunity to learn about Native American culture while experiencing the foods, music, dance, crafts, storytelling and other traditions that are part of this popular cultural and educational celebration.

Gates will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. Visitors are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets, canoe/mishoon or kayaks. Parking is free. Pets, swimming, drugs and alcohol are not allowed.

Suggested donation is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and $3 for children ages 4 to 12. Admission is fee for children 3 and younger. 

For more information, visit, call 617-642-1683 or email

Pentucket Burial Ground tour: The Buttonwoods Museum will host a guided tour of the historic Pentucket Burial Ground on Sept. 6 from noon to 1 p.m.

Walk the oldest section of the burial ground and listen to stories of illustrious residents of early Haverhill during this 17th Century Saturday event. A children's scavenger hunt is available upon request. 

Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $3 for children. Reservations are not required. The tour will start from the Buttonwoods Museum parking lot on John Ward Avenue. Please come prepared to walk on uneven grass. More information is available by email to Visit the museum online at The Buttonwoods is at 240 Water St. 

Senior lunch planned: An event titled “Senior Lunch on Driving Assessment and Training’’ at Holy Family Hospital at Merrimack Valley in Haverhill will be Sept. 9 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the first-floor auditorium, 140 Lincoln Ave.

The program, through Northeast Rehab, is for people who have had an illness, injury or age-related decline in skills that could affect their ability to drive safely. The cost of $5 includes a full dinner and the presentation. Menu is herb roasted boneless chicken breast, salad, mashed sweet potato, mixed vegetables, rolls, butter, coffee, tea and apple crisp. Registration is required by calling the DoctorFinder line at 800-488-5959. For more information please call 978-521-8140.

Day and overnight trips planned: Bethany Community Services is offering a variety of trips and tours.

Overnight trips include: Atlantic City, Philadelphia and New York City, Sept. 14 to 18; and New York City with two nights on the Norwegian Gem, Nov. 7 to 9, which includes tickets to the Radio City Rockettes Christmas Show, a visit to the 9/11 Memorial and a New York City tour.

Upcoming day trips include: Seafood Festival at Hampton Beach on Sept. 5 (bus is $10 and admission is $5); and New England Goes Country with Jimmy Lehoux & Nicole Frechette at the Danversport Yacht Club on Sept. 17 (cost is $79 with your choice of chicken or scrod).

A Grand Night for Singing, a Celebration of Rodgers and Hammerstein featuring the Reagle Players at the Robinson Theater in Waltham on Oct. 4 for the 2 p.m. show. Departure is at noon from Haverhill. Premium seating-tickets are limited. Cost is $49 for bus and show.

More information is available from Darlene Sutton at 978-374-2165 or

Community Help Day planned: The Council on Aging’s Community Help Day is Sept. 17.

Senior citizens can sign up for a free yard cleanup. They are asked to call early to get their names on the list. This yard cleanup event is sponsored by the Council on Aging and Merrimack Valley Federal Credit Union. More information is available from Joel Berg at 978-374-2390, ext. 38.

Tea for elders planned: The Council on Aging and the Buttonwoods Museum will host a Tea on Sept. 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Buttonwoods, 240 Water St.

This event includes a museum tour and tour of the grounds, as well as a presentation on the history of Haverhill from 1640 until the late 19th century.

Cost is $15 and includes tea and light refreshments. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Senior Tour and Tea planned: The Buttonwoods Museum in partnership with the Council on Aging will host a special museum tour and tea on Sept. 18 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Guides will lead an exploration of the museum's three historic buildings. Finger sandwiches, light desserts and tea will be served. 

Cost is $15 per person. Please let the museum staff know if you have difficulty with stairs, walking on uneven grass or food allergies.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, please email or call 978-374-4626 by Sept. 16. Visit the museum online at The Buttonwoods is at 240 Water St. 

Library’s monthly book club to meet: The public library's Get Lit book club will meet Sept. 18 at 7 p.m at the Barking Dog Ale House on Washington Street.

The club, aimed at 20- and 30-somethings, will discuss "The Leftovers” by Tom Perrotta. Register online at under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586.

Talk on Irish travel: The public library will host travel experts offering tips on getting the most out of your travel to Ireland on Sept. 18 at 7 p.m.

Register online at under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586.

Town-Wide yard sale planned: The Friends of the Groveland Council on Aging will host their second annual Town-Wide Yard Sale on Sept. 20 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine.

For a donation of $25, the Friends will handle publicity, town maps which show yard sale locations, signs and advertising. Participants will hold their yard sale in their own or a friend’s house in Groveland and keep the proceeds.

Registration forms are available at the Council on Aging office in Groveland Town Hall, 183 Main St., or from Valerie Osborne, 3 Pleasant St., Groveland. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope and a form will be sent to you. Deadline to be included on the yard sales maps is Sept. 15. Forms with included check made out to the FGCOA Inc. may be sent to Osborne or dropped off at the Council on Aging office. For more information, call Osborne at 978-374-6253.

Learn about hiking the Pacific Coast Trail: The public library will host a presentation on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. by Wendy Johnston, who will share her experiences hiking the 2,300 mile Pacific Coast Trail from Mexico to Canada.

Visitors will hear her story and see photos from the journey. Register online at under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586.

Behavioral Medicine Conference planned: The fourth annual Behavioral Medicine Conference presented by Holy Family Hospital at Merrimack Valley in Haverhill is planned for Sept. 26 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus of Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliott St.

Cost of $35 includes continental breakfast, full lunch and six physician CMEs or six CEUs for nurses, social workers and addiction counselors.

Topics include The Role of Medication in Managing Opiod Dependence with Barbara Herbert, MD, director of addiction services for Steward Medical Group, and chief of addiction services at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston; Contemporary Behavioral Health: Developing Recovery-Based Services with Ana Wolanin, MS, RN, senior director of quality and regulatory for behavioral health at Steward Health Care; Neuropsychology and Clinical Aging of Persons with Psychiatric Disorders with Buck Woo, PhD, neuropsychologist and program director at the Center for Recovery and Wellness at Holy Family Hospital at Merrimack Valley; Substance Abuse Treatment and Dual Diagnosis with Philippe Sioufi, MD, medical director at the Center for Recovery and Wellness and consulting psychiatrist at the Comprehensive Addiction Program at Holy Family Hospital at Merrimack Valley; and The Role of the Acute Care Setting in Psychiatric Disorders with Sheela Hedge-Batlivala, MD, medical director at the Center for Behavioral Medicine at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen.

Registration deadline is Sept. 12. To register, call DoctorFinder at 800-488-5959. Registration will be confirmed when payment is received. Checks must be made payable to Holy Family Hospital and mailed to: Jean MacDougall-Tattan, c/o Holy Family Hospital at Merrimack Valley, 140 Lincoln Ave., Haverhill, MA 01830. For more information, call 978-420-1168 or email

Rocks Village Tour on tap: The Buttonwoods Museum will host a free tour of the Rocks Village Historic District on Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. to noon as part of this year's Trails & Sails Essex Heritage events.

Rocks Village is one of the city's oldest neighborhoods. It was home to Haverhill's early ship building industry, but has remained largely residential since the late 1700s. As a result, much of the 18th century architecture still stands today. Highlighting new research by historic preservation intern Samantha Krenzer, this free tour will lead participants in exploring the history and architecture of the Rocks Village, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Tours start at the Rocks Village Fire Station. For more information, please email Visit the museum online at The Buttonwoods is at 240 Water St. 

Chili Cook-off planned: The seventh annual Haverhill Firefighting Museum Chili Cook-off is Sept. 27 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Sept. 1 is the deadline to register for this event. This chili cook-off is the nonprofit museum’s largest annual fundraiser and draws hundreds of people to taste and vote on the best chili recipes around, win door prizes and take part in a 50/50 raffle and silent auction. 

Chili cook-off categories include Best Fire House recipe, Best Individual recipe and Best Restaurant recipe. Entry forms can be found online at There is a $25 entry fee. Checks can be made out to Haverhill Firefighting Museum Chili Cook-off, and mailed to the museum at 75 Kenoza Ave., Haverhill, MA 01830. For more information or to secure your spot, please email Cynthia at or call 978-994-1854.

Duncan House tour planned: The Buttonwoods Museum will host a special tour of the historic Duncan House and burial plot of the Duncan family on Sept. 28 at 10 a.m.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Duncan House, the main building now inhabited by the Buttonwoods. Learn about new genealogical research of the family that built and lived at the Buttonwoods before the museum was there.

The tour involves climbing stairs inside the Duncan House, walking down a hill to the Pentucket Burial Ground, and walking on grassy, uneven ground to grave sites.

Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $3 for those ages 7 to 17. The tour is limited to 15 people. Reserve your space by emailing Spots may be available on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the tour. Visit the museum online at The Buttonwoods is at 240 Water St. 

Volunteer Expo planned: The Haverhill YMCA will host the city’s first Volunteer Expo on Sept. 28 from noon to 3 p.m. at the YMCA, 81 Winter St.

The expo idea was developed at the 2014 Possible Dreams evening sponsored by Team Haverhill and is being organized by representatives of Team Haverhill, YMCA, Emmaus Inc., Ruth’s House and other community members.

This event is planned as a one-stop shop for Merrimack Valley residents looking for meaningful volunteer opportunities. Whether your passion is education, sports, children and families, the environment, the arts, or social justice, there’s a volunteer opportunity waiting for you. All ages are welcome. Parking is available. Food, door prizes, raffles, and adult and children’s activities will be provided.

If you would like to become a volunteer, learn more about the event, or are part of an organization that would like to participate, send email to or call 978-771-9914.

Trip to the Clark Museum planned: The Council on Aging offering a trip to the newly renovated Clark Art Institute and a Berkshire Fall Foliage Adventure on Oct. 4.

This trip includes motorcoach transportation, lunch at the Williams Inn, admission to the museum, and travel on the Mohawk Trail. Cost is $89 per person. More information is available by calling 978-374-2390.

Trip to BSO rehearsal planned: The Council on Aging is planning a trip to Symphony Hall for a BSO rehearsal on Nov. 13 at 10:30 a.m.

Conductor Andris Nelsons will lead selections by Tchaikovsky, Dean and Stravinsky.

Tickets are $40 per person. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Senior citizen crafters sought: The Council on Aging will hold its second annual Senior Holiday Craft Fair on Nov. 22 at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Participants must be 60 or older. There is no table fee. For more information or to reserve a table, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

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