Sale of books helps Whittier Birthplace museum

John Greenleaf 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 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. 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.



What:  “Wittier Than Thou'' — short stories of humor and whimsy inspired by the life and works of John Greenleaf Whittier — available for purchase on Amazon.

Proceeds: Benefit the Whittier Birthplace museum in Haverhill.

Details: Is the third and final book in a series related to Whittier. Local authors contribute stories.



Here are other activities and events going on around Haverhill:

Final concert: The 2019 Bradford Common outdoor Friday night music series concludes Aug. 16 with a performance by the Julie Dougherty Band.

Opening act begins at 6 p.m., followed by the featured act 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


Take the master plan survey: The city’s master plan consultant, Utile, is currently promoting and collecting public input for the master plan process.

Vision Haverhill 2035 is an initiative to update the city's master plan. Sponsored by the city and the mayor’s office, the planning process will craft a vision for the future of Haverhill as it addresses the issues and seizes the opportunities presented to this century. The plan will emphasize the needs of community and embrace the community’s values.

Residents interested in commenting on the plan are asked to take an online survey at The survey is available in English and Spanish.


Music festival: The Newburyport Chamber Music Festival that began Aug. 5 features two weeks of free events including open rehearsals, lectures, panel discussions, family concerts, storytelling and puppetry. Events will be held in different venues.

Using the city’s unique architectural spaces as backdrops, the annual festival, founded in 2002, has become a highlight for many.

This year's festival will feature string quartets by Mozart, Shostakovich and Bartok, as well as the world premiere of “A Day in the Life of Newburyport” by composer-in-residence Robert Bradshaw, a collaborative effort that includes eight paintings by members of the Newburyport Art Association, along with new poems by local poets Rhina P. Espaillat and Alfred Nicol.

Tickets are $32 ($16 for students) in advance and may be ordered online at, and $35/$18 at the door.




Historical games and crafts: Buttonwoods Museum is hosting historical games and crafts every Tuesday through 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 other activities. 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


Pet adoption event: The Merrimack Valley Credit Union will host its first “Wags and Woofles” pet adoption event Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the credit union's Seabrook branch in the Seabrook Commons Plaza, 700 Lafayette Road.

The credit union is partnering with One Tail at a Time of Haverhill, to create a fun-filled day where people can meet dogs and other small animals looking for their forever homes. All attendees will also be treated to a “Woofle” cone from an ice cream truck.

One Tail at a Time is a volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing dogs and puppies from high-risk shelters.

For more information about this event, visit


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 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 round of the fight, which was scheduled for four, 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.


Talk on retirement planning: Steve Pessotti, a local retirement planner and guest speaker from The Society for Financial Awareness (SOFA), will present a free educational workshop on advanced retirement planning strategies at the public library from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 20.

Learn about estate planning, wills vs. trusts, how to avoid probate, ancillary documents, durable power of attorney, HIPPA compliant medical power of attorney, health care proxy, pour-over wills, how to protect your real estate from nursing home liens, and other topics.

SOFA does not offer to sell financial products or promote any one particular company. Though the presenter may mention specific financial instruments and their functionality, SOFA’s role is only to educate and inspire. SOFA only represents the educational workshop – all other endorsements are non-SOFA related.

Handouts will be provided. This program is free and does not promote any specific financial products.

Register by calling the library at 978-373-1586, ext. 608, or visit and click on upcoming events calendar.


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.


College for Older Learners: Northern Essex Community College will host a seminar showcase for its College for Older Learners on Sept. 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliot St.

Seminar leaders will give a brief presentation of the CoOL courses offered in the fall.

For a complete list of offerings, visit

Typically, classes meet once a week for a five-week period. Most courses cost $35 and some courses have additional costs (such as purchasing a book or other class-related material such as a yoga mat). Most seminars/lectures/courses take place on NECC’s Haverhill Campus at the Opportunity Works building, 671 Kenoza St.

To register, call enrollment services at 978-556-3700 or visit the website for additional ways to register. Approximately one week prior to the start of the course, a letter will be mailed with the details on location, dates, and times. Parking tags will be mailed to those attending courses not offered at the Haverhill Opportunity Works building.

For more information, 978-556-3110 or email


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, email


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-per 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. The 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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