EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 14, 2014

Winter Festival postponed to Jan. 21

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — HAVERHILL — The Greater Haverhill and Amesbury Chambers of Commerce have postponed their first ever “Family Appreciation Day: Winter Festival.” The event was originally planned for today at the Amesbury Sports Park, but due to the mild weather it has been postponed to Tuesday, Jan. 21, weather permitting.

The event will feature unlimited snow tubing, an open skating rink, magic shows and more, and will start in the afternoon to allow families and school-aged children to participate. The event will continue into the evening to allow for professionals to participate after the work day concludes.

The event will be split into two waves or blocks of time: Afternoon Wave (3:30 to 6:15 p.m.) and Evening Wave (6:15 to 9 p.m.). Tickets are $10 per wave or $18 for both.

Tickets must be pre-ordered by visiting the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce online at www.HaverhillChamber.com or by calling 978-373-5663, or visiting the Chamber’s office at 80 Merrimack St., second floor. Tickets are also available from the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce at www.AmesburyChamber.com, by calling 978-388-3178 or visiting the Chamber’s office at 5 Market Square in Amesbury. Participants should bring their own ice skates to enjoy the open skating rink. Amesbury Sports Park is at 12 S. Hunt Road, Amesbury.

‘TV Diner’ host to judge sweet indulgences event

ANDOVER — Billy Costa, host of “TV Diner” on NECN will judge desserts and appetizers from area restaurants, caterers and bakeries Feb. 1 from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at Wyndham Andover Hotel.

There will be appetizer and dessert tasting from On the Bone, Moonstones, Tewksbury Country Club, Cobblestones, Sweet Mimi’s, Sugar Bake Shoppe, Andover Inn, Sandrino’s Catering, Edible Arrangements, Keon’s 105 Bistro, Ragini Indian Bistro, Fuse Bistro, Frederick’s Pastries, Burton’s Grille, Two Chefs are Better than One and Holiday Inn.

The event also features a cash bar, live band, silent and live auction. General admission is $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Reserved seats are $40 in advance only. A table of 10 guests can be reserved for $350. To purchase tickets send an email to sweetindulgenceinfo@comcast.net or by calling 978-494-0769. The evening of sweet indulgence is hosted by Congregation Beth Israel.

MLK day of service on Monday

HAVERHILL — Emmaus House is hosting a day of service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Participants can sign up for one of four service projects to help the homeless and feed the hungry in Haverhill. For more information or to register, call 978-241-3444, send an email to volunteer@emmausinc.org or register by logging on to http://tinyurl.com/emmausmlkday.

Fundraiser set for Catholic Academy

LAWRENCE — A zumba-a-thon to raise funds for Lawrence Catholic Academy will be held Jan. 31 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at St. Patrick Memorial Center, 11 E. Kingston St. Francisco Gonzalez will provide the music. The event also includes raffles, 50/50 raffle. Tickets are$10 children and $15 adults. To purchase tickets or for more details contact John Licciardi at 978-683-5822 ext. 19 or visit the school website at www.lawrencecatholicacademy.net.

‘Hava Nagila’ to be screened Saturday

ANDOVER — The movie, “Hava Nagila” will be shown Saturday Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. at Congregation Beth Israel 501 S. Main St.

The film looks at the history of the song from Eastern Europe, Palestine and America. It features interviews with Harry Belafonte, Connie Francis, Glen Campbell, Leonard Nimoy and Regina Spektor. The film spotlights Italian-American crooner Connie Francis, who made the song the first track on her famous album of Jewish favorites, and Glen Campbell, who released an instrumental version of Hava on the B-side of his theme song from True Grit.

It also dissects the proliferation of pop culture references to Hava Nagila in film and TV and brings the song up to the present, where it’s a rallying tune at sports games, dance number in nightclubs and a global hit online. The movie is sponsored by the Sisterhood at Congregation Beth Israel.