Reusch, Senechal Read Snow-Bound Excerpts at Open House

Engraving from “Snow-Bound.”

Haverhill’s Whittier Birthplace Curator Augustine J. Reusch and Amesbury’s first Poet Laureate Lainie Senechal will read excerpts from the poet’s masterpiece, “Snow-Bound,” during the Amesbury Whittier Home’s annual free open house next month.

Reusch portrays poet John Greenleaf Whittier and Senechal plays his niece Elizabeth during the open house from 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6, at 86 Friend St., Amesbury. Readings will take place at 2 and 4 p.m.

“How proud we are to welcome Amesbury’s first Poet Laureate, Ms. Laine Senechal, collaborating with curator Gus Reusch to read these excerpts at the open house. And we are deeply honored that John Greenleaf Whittier will be named Poet Laureate Emeritus of Amesbury at an installation ceremony to be hosted by the Amesbury Cultural Council in January,” said Whittier Home Association President Chris Bryant.

Whittier, who was born in Haverhill in 1807, lived at the Haverhill homestead until moving to Amesbury in 1836.

Besides readings from “Snow-Bound,” the Amesbury Whittier Home is offering homemade holiday treats and beverages, free gift wrap of items from its Gift shop, raffle prizes, Christmas carols and a giving tree.