Haverhill is well known for its social events.

You can find a festival or celebration almost any time of year, from KidsFEST in late spring to the Christmas Stroll in December.

But a single meal where 250 people are served on a downtown street — an outdoor meal?

That did happen recently when L’Arche Boston North hosted the city’s first Longest Table event in the Wingate Street Arts District.

For one night, L’Arche, a Haverhill-based nonprofit, in partnership with the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, transformed Wingate Street into a table that seated 250 people — empowering the greater community to come together for a meal. More than a dozen local restaurants served food. There was also live music by local performers and a silent auction.

The meal event became a family event, with parents and children attending together.






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