Haverhill Historic Sites, Nonprofit Groups Open for ‘Tours at Twilight’ Aug. 15

Various historic Haverhill sites will be open for a “Tours at Twilight” event next month on a single-admission ticket

Buttonwoods Museum, Duston-Dustin Garrison House, Haverhill Firefighting Museum, Museum of Printing, Rocks Village Hand Tub House, Tattersall Farm, Whittier Birthplace and Winnekenni Castle—collectively calling themselves “Haverhill’s Cultural Treasures”—open Thursday, Aug. 15, from 5-8 p.m. Adult tickets are $25 while those 17 and under are admitted free. Tickets will be honored through the end of October for those who cannot visit all sites in one night. Tickets are available online here. Outside of the special event times, each organization sets its own visitation hours and procedures.

Whittier Birthplace Celebrates Poets and Writers Weekend

Among Haverhill’s greatest claims to fame is poet and writer John Greenleaf Whittier. In his day, he was the inspiration for many who sought careers as published writers, so it’s only fitting that his birthplace hosts a weekend’s worth of activities for modern-day writers with similar aspirations. Whittier Birthplace’s Poets and Writers Weekend kicks off with a Poetry Happening, hosted by Poets Laureate Dan Speers of Haverhill and Jason O’Toole of North Andover. The all-ages event features readings by a lineup of local poets, followed by an open mic, allowing others to try their hand at poetic oration. Poetry Happening takes place on Saturday, July 20, from noon to 2 p.m.

Partnering with the Haverhill Public Library, the Birthplace will be the site of a Novelist Meet-Up, giving writers the chance to mingle with like-minded folks who indulge in the lonely and sometimes isolating experience of putting words to paper.

Haverhill Council on Aging Plans Trip for Chair Yoga, With Goats

Yoga is a popular activity that improves body and mind. Add goats to the mix and it lightens the mood as well. The Haverhill Council on Aging is planning a trip to Georgetown for a Chair Yoga session with baby fainting goats from Goats on the Go. Because of strict limits on the number of participants, reservations are required. The cost is $20, and there will be an opportunity for participants to drive themselves to the site if they wish.

Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Point Picnic Takes Place Aug. 25

The Armenian Apostolic Church at Hye Point plans its annual Armenian Picnic in August. The menu includes a choice of lamb shish kebab, chicken kebab, losh kebab and a kheyma vegetarian plate. Hot dogs and chips will also be available along with Armenian pastries and Armenian coffee. Dinners include pilaf, salad and bread. Live Armenian music will be played by the Jason Naroian Ensemble.

Cemetery Visit Unveils Lives of Haverhill’s Early Settlers

Elementary and middle school-aged kids and their families will take a giant leap back in time when the Buttonwoods Museum visits Haverhill’s first burial ground. A scavenger hunt in Pentucket Cemetery on Water Street will uncover the hidden stories about the lives of Haverhill’s earliest settlers. A first-hand look at the art of stone carving is an added bonus. This activity takes place on Tuesday, July 16, beginning at noon. It’s free, but parents are asked to register either by completing the form on the museum’s website, or emailing [email protected], listing the number of children they will bring.

View the Moon by Telescope at Haverhill’s Tattersall Farm Sunday, July 14

Haverhill’s Tattersall Farm hosts stargazing Sunday night to provide locals with an opportunity to explore the night sky, particularly the moon. Attention will be on the many craters, mountains and other surface phenomena of the moon, which guests can view using the telescopes provided by three local amateur astronomers. To preserve the night vision of other attendees, guests are asked not to use flashlights or flash photography. Attendees can follow the red glowsticks from the parking lot to reach the observation area. Bug spray is recommended.

Greater Haverhill, Newburyport Organizations Receive Anna Jaques Hospital Grants

Anna Jaques Hospital is awarding $100,000 in grants over the next two years to 10 community-based organizations serving the health needs of residents throughout the Greater Haverhill and Newburyport areas. Receiving grants of $5,000 each for the next two years are Common Ground Ministries food pantry and thrift store in Haverhill; Mitch’s Place, Emmaus’ overnight emergency shelter in Haverhill; McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Program at Haverhill Pubic Schools; Youth Empowerment Services of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center in Amesbury; Children and Teen Center for Help of the Link House in Amesbury; Northern Essex Elder Transport; VEGOUT program of Nourishing the North Shore in northern Essex County; Wednesday Meal Program of Our Neighbor’s Table in Amesbury; Behavioral Event and Substance Support Team of Pettengill House; and Sarah’s Place adult day health program in Haverhill. “We are proud to support these local organizations and the important work they do to reduce health disparities and inequities throughout our region,” said Anna Jaques Hospital President Glenn Focht. Grants are part of the hospital’s Community Benefits Program, which supports organizations in Amesbury, Haverhill, Merrimac, Newburyport and Salisbury. Grants are based on how each organization supports the four major health priorities identified during the hospital’s most recent Community Health Needs Assessment, completed in 2022, including equitable access to care, social determinants of health, mental health and substance use and chronic/complex conditions.

Greater Haverhill Indivisible Hosts ‘Inequality for All’ Documentary Screening July 11

Greater Haverhill Indivisible is screening “Inequality for All,” a documentary about wealth disparity in the United States, this Thursday. The documentary is based on former Labor Secretary Robert Reich’s book “Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future.” It seeks to examine the widening income gap in the U.S. and Reich’s work to reverse it during his time with the Clinton Administration. Following the screening, there will be a 30-minute discussion about the film and its subject

The screening is open to the public. It will be held Thursday, July 11, at HC Media Studio 101, 2 Merrimack St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the film will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The discussion session will finish at 9 p.m.