Join local Historian Thomas Spitalere for a stroll down memory lane when he leads a Bella Buildings Walk on Friday, part of this weekend’s Essex National Heritage Trails & Sails events. The tour begins at 3 p.m. at the Sons of Italy, 124 Washington St., with a discussion of local Italian history. Stroll through the streets of historic downtown Haverhill and explore its rich Italian culture and architectural history. After the great fire of 1882, Italian immigrants who settled in and around Washington Street helped rebuild the city’s decimated shoe industry. Master Italian masons laid the intricate brickwork that is so distinctive of the Queen Ann style buildings.
The walk will allow you to explore areas that made up the Italian district, including River Street, Washington Street and the lower part of the Mount Washington area. Participants are encouraged to wear walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. If it rains, the event will move indoors for a lecture about Italian heritage. For more information, contact Thomas Spitalere at 978-376-2807. More information about Trails & Sails events is available online at www.essexheritage.org.
Ghost Hunt is Friday
Members of the Essex County Ghost Project will lead a tour through one of New England’s most “haunted” graveyards on Friday at 7 p.m. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Local psychic Kristen Kuri Morita will assist in leading the tour and will use her psychic abilities to help locate spirits. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Bring cameras and recording devices if you wish. For more information, contact Thomas Spitalere at 978-376-2807.
“Peter and the Wolf” production is Saturday
METHUEN — The Methuen Memorial Music Hall will present “Peter and the Wolf” on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Children of all ages are invited to attend this free, bilingual event. Organist Joyce Painter Rice will play the music from “Peter and the Wolf,” composed as an orchestral score by Sergei Prokofiev. Kathy Moran-Wallace and Gladys Linares Medina, staff members at Nevins Memorial Library in Methuen, will read the accompanying story in both English and Spanish respectively. The many colorful sounds on the Music Hall’s Great Organ are ideal for imitating the characters and instruments in this famous musical story.