After schools have been snowbound for two days, the winter setting is seemingly just right for Whittier Birthplace’s “Snow-Bound Weekend” Saturday and Sunday.
A dramatic re-creation of John Greenleaf Whittier’s famous poem, “Snow-Bound,” takes place Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 11 and 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the poet’s birthplace, 305 Whittier Road, Haverhill.
The cast includes Augustine J. Reusch Jr. as John Greenleaf Whittier. Visitors will witness the snow-bound Quaker family and friends, in full period dress, play the scenes from the famous poem in front of the very hearth described by Whittier in an 1866 recollection.
Each re-creation takes place on a rolling basis every 20 minutes. Visitors may also enjoy light refreshments and listen to music and poetry at Whittier’s shoe shop across the street.
Whittier originally conceived Snow-Bound as a means of conveying to his niece, Elizabeth, the challenges of life in early nineteenth century Haverhill.
Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for children 7 to 17 and free for children under 7. Parking is not allowed at the birthplace, but free parking and a shuttle are available at Biggart’s Ice Cream, just off I-495 at Exit 52, Route 110. No reservations are necessary.