Proposal Deadline Nears for Artists To Design ‘A Seat at the Table’

In August, Buttonwoods Museum will mount an exhibit in celebration of National Diversity Awareness Month, called “A Seat At the Table,” which is inspired by Shirley Chisolm’s powerful quote, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”

Chisolm holds an important place in American political life. She was a revolutionary figure, breaking barriers to become the first Black woman elected to Congress. Beginning in 1968, she served seven terms representing a district in Brooklyn, N.Y. She was a founding member, and the only woman, of the Congressional Black Caucus, and in 1971 cofounded the National Women’s Political Caucus. But she is perhaps best known as the first Black woman to run for president, and the first woman to appear in a U.S. presidential debate, which happened in June 1972. It is Chisolm’s legacy of time and again bringing her own chair to the table that inspires the upcoming Buttonwoods exhibit.

Haverhill’s 411 Cares Collects ‘Tuna in July’ for Veterans During 2nd Annual Event

411 Cares hosts its second annual “Tuna in July” fundraiser for military veterans and Haverhill families in need this month. Donors may give any size can of tuna or jar of mayonnaise at drop off locations around the city to support the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center and several food pantries around Haverhill. “In 2023, the Greater Haverhill community gave their overwhelming support with multiple cans of tuna dropped off at various locations throughout the entire month of July. We are hoping for an even greater response this July,” says 411 Cares Executive Director Dee Jacobs O’Neil. The tuna drive runs for the entire month of July.

Favorite Colonial Children’s Story to Be Read at Buttonwoods July 11

The classic fairytale “Jack and the Beanstalk” was the most popular story told to children in colonial times. That makes the colonial farmhouse at the Buttonwoods Museum the perfect place for a reading of the centuries-old story. This magical story hour takes place on Thursday, July 11, from 11 a.m. to noon. It is designed for preschool and kindergarten-aged children. After hearing the story, the young participants will plant their own magic beans in a cup to grow at home.

River Cruise Shares History of Haverhill’s Section of Merrimack

The Merrimack River Watershed Council’s Matthew Cranney, manager of the organization’s Water Resources projects, will narrate a boat tour of Haverhill’s section of the Merrimack River, focusing on the ecology of the waterway and how the river and its health is inextricably tied to the city’s history. The cruise is one of four on-the-water fundraising events for the Watershed Council. Each scenic tour will motor through different sections of the river, guided by local experts who will educate and entertain with stories, information and insight meant to broaden knowledge and appreciation of the mighty Merrimack — and no doubt along the way, surprise passengers with sightings of fish and fowl that inhabit the river. The Haverhill-centric tour is the organization’s July cruise. Participants will see unique habitats the river supports, and will hear about efforts to improve the river’s health.

Play Along with The Band at Next Plaistow Summer Series Concert

Key Elements, a four-piece New Hampshire-based cover band featuring Plaistow-raised siblings Mike and Liz Comeau, will perform in the next concert in the Plaistow Summer Series. The Comeaus, who honed their musical talents in the Timberlane Band, perform nostalgic favorites from the 70s and 80s with their bandmates. Expect hits from artists like The Eagles, James Taylor, Carole King and Linda Rondstadt, but with a unique twist. Key Elements brings a bunch of hand percussion instruments to the gig, so audience members can play along. The concert series takes place every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Town Bandstand, 145 Main St.

Haverhill Celebrates Independence Day Tonight with Activities, Music, Fireworks

Haverhill’s Independence Day celebration and fireworks are a bit early this year, taking place tonight. Festivities kick off at 6 p.m., at Riverside Park, 163 Lincoln Ave., near Haverhill Stadium. There will be live music, food vendors, activities such as face painting and a fireworks display starting at 9:15 p.m.

In the event of inclement weather, all events will be delayed until Tuesday night.

Preschoolers Display Artistic Talents at Haverhill Library

The work of the blossoming artists (pun intended) at Marigold Montessori Preschool will be on display this summer for all to see. During the school year, with the help of the Haverhill Cultural Council, students explored the ways artists from all over the world used their artistic voices to connect to the world around. Using those lessons, they crafted their art from this inspiration to find and share their unique creative voice with their community. Marigold Montessori staff said their hope is to inspire children of all backgrounds to find and share their unique voices with the world. Perhaps parents will also be inspired, after seeing the exhibit with their children, to encourage and foster creative expression. The art will be on display from mid-July through August during regular hours at the Haverhill Public Library, 99 Main St.

Presentation Tonight Explores Support for LGBTQ+ Youth

The key steps adults can take to make a difference in the lives of LGBTQ+ youth coping during the mental health crisis is the subject of a free presentation tonight by the North Shore Alliance of GLBTQ Youth, known as NAGLY. In celebration of Pride Month, the Buttonwoods Museum is working with NAGLY Program Director Tony Leone, who will a discussion and take questions

It takes place tonight, June 27, at 7 p.m., at Buttonwoods Museum, 240 Water St., in Haverhill. The program is sponsored by the Cummings Foundation.