---- — Winnekenni Castle will hold its first “Portrait Photos by the Castle Christmas Tree Night” and De Clerck Gallery Art Exhibit on Thursday, Dec. 12 from 5 to 9 p.m. This event will feature portrait photo sittings with the Castle’s Christmas tree as a backdrop. A professional photographer from “More than Memories” will be taking holiday portrait photos. For the cost of $20, you will receive a take-home disc with two ready-to-print high resolution poses. Additional poses are $5 each. The photographer will also be taking purchase orders, as desired, to professionally print your holiday portraits for a keepsake and/or gifting.
The Castle will be transformed in to a wonderland featuring a breathtaking art exhibit by The De Clerck Gallery featuring oils, pastels, charcoals and pencil. All works will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Castle.
The Castle’s 2013 collectible handcrafted, handblown annual ornaments will be available for $12 each and come in their own gift sack, making them perfect for your collection or for gift giving. Castle booklets, “The Story of Winnekenni” by Donald C. Freeman, will be available for $5 each and make a unique gift or companion to the collectible ornaments. Complimentary refreshments will be available. For more information, email the Castle at email@example.com, call 978-521-1686 or visit online at www.winnekenni.com.
Happenings at the library this month
Get Lit, a book group for 20 and 30 somethings at the public library, will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday at 7 p.m. The group will be discussing Marisha Pessl’s book “Night Film.” Visit online at www.haverhillpl.org for more information or to register.
Deirdre Budzyna, instructor at Northern Essex Community College, will present “It’s Not How Smart You Are; It’s How You Are Smart” on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Milhendler Room. This program is designed to help you identify the ways in which you can succeed based on the best part of your intelligence. Based on the theory of multiple intelligences, Deirdre will help you to find yours and build on it. Please register online. This program is presented through the NECC Speakers Bureau.
An exclusive screening of Haverhill native Lance Malbon’s film, “Black Margiolds,” is on Monday, Dec. 30 at 6:45 p.m. Included is a question and answer session with Malbon. This film has been included in the Cincinnati and Boston International Film Festivals. Please register online. Space is limited.
Chamber networking mixer announced
The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will hold its December Holiday Business After Hours — the most anticipated networking mixer of the season — on Monday, Dec. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Jaffarians, 600 River St. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members and include complimentary food and drink, free door prizes, networking, holiday cheer, and more.
Business After Hours events offer members and prospective members alike the chance to meet other business professionals representing products and services in an engaging, unique atmosphere. This month, guests will have the opportunity to network with more than 75 members and guests, meet the Chamber and Jaffarian staff, and enter to win a 60-second commercial, and opportunity to pitch your business to a captured audience.
The Jaffarian family has been a part of the Merrimack Valley community for generations and has been providing quality customer service to local communities spanning from the seacoast, to the Merrimack Valley, and Southern New Hampshire. Being in business for over 60 years, they are the oldest original Toyota dealership and Volvo dealership in New England. For more information, or to register, visit HaverhillChamber.com or call the Chamber at 978-373-5663. This event is open to the public.
Concert at First Church a big success
Nearly 300 people enjoyed a Christmas concert held on Sunday, Dec. 1, hosted by the First Church of Christ – Bradford. The New England Tenors and Burlington High School Select Chorus performed spiritual and seasonal classic Christmas songs to the enjoyment of all.
FCC would like to thank its generous sponsors and attendees for their financial contributions and canned good donations, which will benefit the Sacred Hearts, Bradford food pantry. Sponsors included: Flowers by Steve, Atwood Memorial Inc., EZ-Way Cleaners, H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral & Cremation Services, Haverhill Bank, Independent Tire & Auto Inc., Merrimack Valley Hospice Homecare Inc. and Spring Hill Pure Water. Visit the church online at www.fccbradford.org. Visit the New England Tenors at www.thenewenglandtenors.com.