Haverhill Veteran to Sign Copies of World War II-Era Memoir, ‘The Color of the Band’

Walter D. Medley Jr., a 94-year-old Haverhill native, will return to his hometown to sign copies of his memoir, “The Color of the Band: A Soldier Triumphs in Love and Overcomes Hate in Occupied Germany and Beyond.”

A World War II veteran, Medley worked with author Yvonne J. Medley (no relation, that they know of) to write his own story of American history – one that many Americans may not know. He wrote about the role that all-Black Army Bands and Honor Guard played to help win a second term for President Harry S. Truman, as well as to win support to desegregate the military. His is a story of a Black soldier’s navigation of Jim Crow racism in both the military and in American society. And it is the tender story of love, faith, and perseverance of a New England African American family that can trace its roots from slavery to the present day. The other story-telling thread is a personal one.

Haverhill to Celebrate Pride Month with City Hall Ceremony and Reception June 13

Haverhill plans to celebrates Pride Month June 13 with its annual flag raising ceremony and reception. The LGBTQIA Pride Month celebration takes place Thursday, June 13, 4 p.m., on the front steps of Haverhill City Hall. Haverhill City Council President Thomas J. Sullivan will serve as master of ceremonies, Mayor Melinda E. Barrett is expected to read a proclamation and Rev. Donna Spencer Collins will offer a blessing. They will be joined by Rep. Andy X. Vargas and other local elected officials and guests who will speak during a brief recognition ceremony

Following the program, the public is invited to a reception between 4:30 and 7 p.m., at Time Out Sports Bar, 122 Washington St., Haverhill, sponsored by Pentucket Bank. The event observes a tradition commemorating the 1969 Stonewall uprising in New York City.

Haverhill Art Walk June 8 Supports City’s Creative Endeavors

Haverhill Art Walk returns to the downtown Riverfront Cultural District, highlighting underutilized spaces and local businesses with an alleyway art market, live music and exhibitions. To close out the day of all things art, a “Brush & Booze Bar Hop,” hosted by the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, features participating restaurants hosting artist-themed cocktails and an Art Supplies Drive to benefit the Academy of Creative Arts at Trinity. Programming will take place throughout downtown Haverhill on Saturday, June 8, between 2 and 8 p.m. There’s a color-coded map showing the locations of all activities at creativehaverhill.org. Family-friendly programming at Columbus Park runs from 2 to 5 p.m. includes screen printing with The Shirt Factory, Art with the Boys and Girls Club, hula hooping, Drag Queen Story Hour, and live music with Fake Leather Jacket. The neighboring alleyways come alive with the Alleyway Art Market with acoustic music by Blakat, Fatma 2.0, and Dmitri Hunt.

Barkley Receives 2024 Gablosky Memorial Scholarship Award; Artist Exhibit Sunday

Pascal Barkley, graduating from Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School, is the recipient of the 2024 Gablosky Memorial Scholarship Award. Barkley, who was awarded $1,000, is a digital artist who is continuing his education in graphic design at MassArt. He will be formally presented the scholarship during the Greater Haverhill Arts Association’s Annual Open Art Exhibit Sunday, June 2, during the 2:30-4 p.m. reception, at Buttonwoods Museum, 240 Water St., Haverhill. Applicants included graduating seniors from eight area public and private high schools who all intend to continue their education in the arts with majors ranging from architecture to video. The scholarship is named for Robert J. Gablosky who founded the Greater Haverhill Arts Association in 1971 and served as its first president.  He was an artist, leader and teacher.

Haverhill’s Whittier Birthplace Celebrates Cultural Arts Day June 1 on the Freeman Trail

Poets, musicians and visual artists will be among those celebrating cultural arts outside the Haverhill birthplace of poet, newspaper editor and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier. At each of 13 stops along the half-mile loop of the Freeman Memorial Trail that sweeps around the house and into the woods, artists will practice or display their unique talents in a festival of art and culture. The celebration takes place on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Whittier’s Birthplace is at 305 Whittier Road, just off Amesbury Road (Route 110) in Haverhill. Participants are advised that sneakers or other sensible walking shoes and some bug spray will increase their enjoyment of the event. This activity receives financial support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.