Concerts on Bradford Common continue

CARL RUSSO/Staff photoVisitors to a previous concert on Bradford Common enjoy the event.

The 2019 Bradford Common outdoor Friday night music series continues Aug. 2 with a performance by the Barrelhouse Brotherhood.

Opening acts in this series begin at 6 p.m., followed by featured acts at 7 p.m. People who attend are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and children.

The series is presented by the First Church of Christ. If it rains, the show will be canceled at 2 p.m. and notices will be posted at


Here is the upcoming schedule: Aug. 9, the Rampage Trio, and Aug. 16, the Julie Dougherty Band. Rain date is Aug. 23.



What: Bradford Common outdoor Friday night music series to feature the Barrelhouse Brotherhood.

When: Aug. 2. Opening acts begin at 6 p.m., followed by the featured act at 7 p.m.

Where: Bradford Common at the intersection of South Main, Salem and Church streets.

Admission: Free.



Here are other activities and events going on around Haverhill:

Honoring Whittier: "Wittier Than Thou," a collection of 20 short stories of humor and whimsy inspired by the life and works of John Greenleaf Whittier, is now available for purchase on Amazon. All proceeds benefit the Whittier Birthplace museum in Haverhill.

John Greenleaf Whittier, who lived from 1807 to 1892, is best recalled as a fiery abolitionist and one of New England’s beloved fireside poets. But along with impassioned anti-slavery verse and the later songs of faith and rural domesticity, Whittier had a sly and subtle sense of humor, most evident in poems composed for friends and correspondents, according to David Goudsward, who edited the book.

"Witter Than Thou" is the third and final book in a series related to Whittier. The first was "Snowbound with Zombies," a horror/supernatural anthology, and the second was "Murder Among Friends," a mystery anthology.

Contributing authors in this series include Christopher Golden of Haverhill and Edith Maxwell of Amesbury.


Historical games and crafts: Buttonwoods Museum is hosting historical games and crafts every Tuesday from July 30 to Aug. 20.

This drop-in program changes weekly and is held rain or shine from 10 a.m. to noon. Activities include Colonial rolling hoops and loom weaving, 19th century baseball, 20th century "cootie catchers," board games and more. No registration is required. This is a free program series, but donations are appreciated.

Buttonwoods Museum is at 240 Water St. Visitors are directed to enter via John Ward Avenue. Visit online at


Jack Frost art exhibit: The original works of Jack Frost, who lived from 1915 to 199, will be featured at Sweethaven Gallery, 25L Inn St., Newburyport, as part of the fourth annual Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Artisans Revival, now through Aug. 4.

Frost's works will also be on exhibit at Sweethaven Gallery through Sept. 1.

Frost was a New England sketch artist born in Eastport, Maine. After his graduation from the University of Maine, he went to the staff of the Boston Herald, and later became an artist and columnist for the Boston Post. He taught at Boston College, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and other venues.

The original works of Jack Frost are made possible by the collaboration of his daughter Jillson and John Brown, artist of the Spirit of Newburyport and coordinator of the Inn Street Artisans Revival.

For more information, call 978-465-7656 or visit online at www.sweethaven


Alien balloon twisting workshop: Ed the Wizard and his alien balloon twisting workshop will appear at the public library at 11 a.m. on Aug. 1.

Children 7 and older are invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing by learning how to twist their own balloon aliens. No balloon twisting experience is required.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Haverhill Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. This program is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, visit under Calendar of Events or call 978-373-1586.


Saltonstall tours planned: Walk the same land and hear stories about the family lineage of Sir Richard Saltonstall of England during a presentation at the Buttonwoods Museum at 1 p.m. on Aug. 4.

Saltonstall set sail with his five children to America with John Winthrop’s fleet, the Massachusetts Bay Colony, in the early 1600s. Learn about their importance to the history of Rowley and connections to Haverhill’s first settlers, the Buttonwoods and the Salem witch trials.

Attendees of the Saltonstall tours will be entered into a drawing for two free tickets to the October performance of “Saltonstall’s Trial” by Punctuate4 Productions at the Larcom Theater in Beverly.

Admission for these tours is free for museum members and $5 for non-members.

Take advantage of the museum’s summer half-priced membership offer for new members and take one of these tours for free.

The Buttonwoods Museum is at 240 Water St. Visitors should enter via John Ward Avenue.


Help map area’s arts and cultural assets: On Aug. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., area artists, planners, nonprofits, government officials, community members, neighbors and other interested people are invited to help begin a collaborative process that will map the arts and cultural assets in the 15 Merrimack Valley communities in Essex County.

The event – a kickoff for what will be a yearlong community-engaged process – will take place at the UMass Innovation Hub on the third floor of the Harbor Place Building, 2 Merrimack St.

The targeted communities include Haverhill, Newburyport, Newbury, West Newbury, Groveland, Georgetown, Rowley, Salisbury, Amesbury, Merrimac, Lawrence, Andover, North Andover, Methuen and Boxford.

This event is presented by the Essex County Community Foundation in partnership with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission.

Register at under “The value of arts and culture.”


National Night Out: Police will host National Night Out from 5 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 6 at Swasey Field on Blaisdell Street.

Open to all residents, this event will feature free hot dogs and hamburgers cooked by members of the Police Department, as well as face painting, Phil the Magician, live music by Be Imagine, music by DJ Al, Kona Ice, inflatable amusements, a dunk tank, basketball games, a Fire Department smoke house, a water park and information booths.

The event is designed to let visitors get to know their local police while officers cook some great food.

This community-police partnership has been held the first Tuesday of every August since 1984 and is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch in the United States and Canada. The event aims to increase awareness about police programs such as drug prevention, town watch and other anti-crime efforts.


Pentucket Burial Ground tour: The Buttonwoods Museum will host a walking tour of the old Pentucket Burial Ground at the corner of Mill and Water streets from 11 a.m. to noon on Aug. 13.

Frank Jewett will lead this new and improved tour. Participants will meet at the Buttonwoods Museum, 240 Water St. Please enter via John Ward Avenue. Cost is $5 for non-members and free to members.


Talk on the nurses who were 'Angels': Pat Vaillencourt will discuss “We Band of Angels” by Elizabeth Norman at 1 p.m. on Aug. 14 at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Her talk will focus on the 77 nurses who were trapped in the Philippines after the Japanese invaded the islands and will include commentary by veterans who served in the war.

The 77 nurses provided care to more than 3,000 civilian patients in the large prison camp of San Tomas University of Manila. These women survived starvation, disease and savagery to do their duty on a daily basis. All 77 survived and returned to the U.S. as heroes.



Local boxer preps for bout: Boxer Harry "The Hitman" Gigliotti, 24, of Bradford is in training at the nonprofit Haverhill Downtown Boxing for his third professional bout.

Gigliotti will be fighting at Nashua Community College on Aug 16. Doors open at 7 p.m. for this Boston Boxing Promotions event. The first fight is at 8 p.m. This evening of professional boxing benefits the Scars Foundation.

Gigliotti will be fighting Andre "The Finisher" Belcarris of Bennington, Vermont, in a four-round bout.

In his first professional match on Jan. 25 at Castleton in Windham, Gigliotti faced Theo Desjardins of Providence in the 147-pound welterweight division. Gigliotti scored a technical knockout 43 seconds into the first of four scheduled, 3-minute rounds.

Gigliotti went on to fight Kris Jacobs of Fall River on May 31 at Castleton. Gigliotti lost the four-rounder in a 3-1 decision.

Gigliotti's sponsors include Dr. Sam Amari of Kenoza Chiropractic of Haverhill, Allied Computer Brokers of Amesbury, Jeff Moriarty of Kelley's Restaurant of Bradford, C.M. Bailey & Sons Plumbing and Heating of Haverhill, Daniel Sardella of Vaporlicious on River Street and Anthony Jimenez of Wavy SZN of Lawrence, and the Brewski Boys of Haverhill.

Tickets are available at Haverhill Downtown Boxing, 84 Locust St., or by calling Ray Hebert at 978-420-9718 or Gigliotti at 978-478-7575.


Gospel block party: Calvary Baptist Church will hold a gospel block party from noon to 5 p.m. on Aug. 17.

This praise party will include a cookout and tent revival as well as a back-to-school backpack give-away.

The church is at 13 Ashland St.


Longest table event: L’Arche Boston North will host the city’s first longest table event at 6 p.m. on Aug. 22 in the Wingate Street Arts District.

For one night only, L’Arche, a Haverhill-based nonprofit, in partnership with the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, will transform Wingate Street into a table that seats 250 people — empowering the greater community to come together for a meal.

More than a dozen local restaurants will be serving food. Guests can choose which restaurant table they wish to dine at. There will also be live music by local performers and a silent auction.

This event will serve as the kickoff to the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce’s Restaurant Week, which will run from Aug. 23 to 29. Details will be announced.

For more information or to purchase tickets to this space-limited event, visit


Senior citizen trips planned: Life Long Journey Haverhill and the Council on Aging are planning a variety of trips this summer and fall, including:

A trip to Montreal and Quebec Aug. 20 to 23. Cost is $799 per person, double occupancy and $1,099 single.

A trip to Maine Sept. 23 to 24 to include visits to Bar Harbor, Boothbay Harbor and Acadia National Park. Cost is $459 per person, double occupancy and $599 single.

A trip to the Lake George Balloon Festival Sept. 20 to 22. Cost is $449 per person, double occupancy, and $599 single.

Contact Darlene Sutton at 978-476-4677 for more information about the trips.


Car show and more: The Plaistow Walmart will host a car show, craft fair and cookout from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 7 to raise money for Boston Children’s Hospital.

All sorts of cars are invited to participate, including muscle cars, classic cars, antiques and race cars. Car registration is free, although organizers are asking for a small donation for Boston Children’s Hospital. Vendor spaces are $20 each.

For more information, contact Stella at


Program for English Language Learners: A free business and accounting fundamentals noncredit certificate program will be offered through Northern Essex Community College’s adult English Language Learners program this fall.

The 20-week program will begin Sept. 16. Registrations will be accepted until then. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at NECC’s Dimitry Building, 45 Franklin St., Lawrence.

The 20-hour a week program includes English literacy and civics education, math, and digital literacy and is designed for intermediate and higher level English learners who want to improve their English and academic and occupational skills needed to pursue higher education or employment.

Testing dates for the program are May 16 and 30, and June 6 from 5 to 6:15 p.m. at the Riverwalk campus, 360 Merrimack St., Lawrence.

For more information or to register, contact Kizzy Borbon at or 978-659-1283.


Eagles tribute band to perform: Tickets are available to see the Eagle tribute band “Eaglemania” at 7 p.m. on Sept. 21 at the Collins Center, 100 Shawsheen Road, Andover.

This is Northern Essex Community College’s signature fundraising event.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased by contacting Lori Smerdon at 978-556-3789 or Tickets can also be purchased at

This annual NECC event is hosted by the NECC Foundation Inc., the Women of NECC, and the NECC Alumni Association. Proceeds support the NECC Foundation Endowment.

The platinum sponsor for this event is The Eagle-Tribune.

“Eaglemania” has evolved into a national touring tribute to the Eagles, performing to sold-out audiences everywhere. Their music appeals to a variety of age groups, and the combination of ballads and rock anthems offers the unmistakable sound of the Eagles, which is one of the most successful bands in music history. “Eaglemania” performs all of the band’s hits as well as music from the solo albums of Don Henley, Joe Walsh and the late Glen Frey.

Preview the “Eaglemania” band at

For more information, visit


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