Halloween Weekend Big Dog Show to be Hosted by Haverhill’s Whittier Birthplace

Haverhill sculptor Dale Rogers at an earlier "Big Dog" display. (Courtesy photograph.)

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Haverhill’s Whittier Birthplace will again host the “Big Dog Show” on the Bradford Common over Halloween weekend.

The Big Dog Show is the signature public art exhibition of Haverhill-based artist Dale Rogers. Twenty of Dale Rogers’ “American Dogs” will be assembled on the Bradford Common from Friday, Oct. 27, through Monday, Oct. 30. Event sponsors and their community partners, such as schools and local nonprofits, have the opportunity to decorate one of the American Dogs. In addition to decorated dogs, there will be a number of other activities for the public on Saturday, Oct. 28, including a pet parade, a chance to vote on the best dressed Big Dog and more.

The Haverhill Farmers Market will also be set up on Bradford Common Saturday, Oct. 28.

Information about decorating a Big Dog or sponsoring one of the other activities, such as the pet pageant, is available by emailing Whittier Birthplace Executive Director Kaleigh Paré Shaughnessy at [email protected].

Whittier Birthplace was organized in April 1893 to preserve the historic landscape, house and other buildings in, as near as possible, the same condition as when John Greenleaf Whittier lived there and to provide public access to the property so that the legacy of Whittier’s literary and abolition works may be remembered. There’s more at whittierbirthplace.org.

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