EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 12, 2013

Haverhill High drama club to present 'Almost Maine'

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Haverhill High School’s drama club will present “Almost Maine,” a play by John Cariani, tomorrow and Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

General admission is $7, or $5 for students and senior citizens.

Something magical is happening in the mythical town of Almost Maine. It’s 9 p.m. on a cold, clear, winter night and as the Northern Lights dance across the sky, nine very different couples all experience the lightening strike of love at exactly the same magical moment.

Since 2009, “Almost Maine” has been the most produced play by high schools in America.

The cast includes Declan McDermott, Jessica Begin, Emily Bresnahan, Richard Roy, Kaylynn Mele, Aubrie Campbell, Matt Amedeo, McKenna Judge, Jordan Faro, Erin Lannan, Camille Clark, Caroline Milligan, Jacob Grandmaisson, Grace Azzarito, Jill Zuber, Gabriel Waters, Bobby Gariepy and Taylor House.

Christmas tree/wreath drop off is this weekend

Christmas trees and wreaths can be dropped off for the 12th annual “Christmas at the Buttonwoods: A Festival of Trees” on Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday (last day for drop off) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Entry forms are available online at www.haverhillhistory.org or at the Buttonwoods Museum/Haverhill Historical Society, 240 Water St.

An opening night gala is Nov. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. The festival runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 15. Festival admission is $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $3 for students. Children ages 5 and under are admitted free. All donated trees, wreaths and other decorative items will be raffled off on the last day of the event to benefit the museum. More information is available by calling 978-374-4626 or emailing FOT@haverhillhistory.org. Visit www.haverhillhistory.org for a schedule of events.

A Cappella Night planned

WEST NEWBURY — “Pitched Slapped,” Berklee College of Music’s premier coed a cappella singing group, returns to the Pentucket stage this weekend for the 10th annual A Cappella Night.

The group will perform on Saturday at 7 p.m. as part of the Pentucket Arts Foundation’s “Arts Connecting Community” campaign – a yearlong celebration of the arts in honor of the local nonprofit organization’s 10th year anniversary.

Last year, the group was named one of the “Top 5 Best A Cappella Groups” in the country by USA Today College.

Also on Saturday, singers from Pentucket, Amesbury and Hamilton-Wenham high schools will participate in an a cappella workshop led by members of Pitch Slapped. The groups will each perform an individual set that evening.

Sponsored by the Provident Bank, A cappella Night is held at Pentucket Regional High School, 24 Main St. Admission is $10 at the door. Seating is limited. Proceeds support the fine and performing arts in the Pentucket community. For more information visit www.pentucketarts.org.

A Cappella Night and other components of the Arts Connecting Community celebration are held in partnership with the Institution for Savings.

Night of Worship and Inspiration planned

A Night of Worship and Inspiration featuring the Andy Needham Band and Jaimie Jamgochian will be held on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 217 Main St.

More information is available by calling 978-374-7491.

ECMP concert linked to EmilyDickinson poems

A concert of music by American, French and Czech composers featuring acclaimed soprano Sarah Pelletier of Scotch Plains, N.J., and pianist Lois Shapiro of Watertown, will be hosted by the Essex Chamber Music Players on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Hartleb Technology Center on Northern Essex Community College’s Haverhill campus, 100 Elliot St.

Pelletier and Shapiro will perform “Jehovah’s Watch” by Amherst resident Eric Sawyer, music professor of composition at Amherst College. The piece is based on six Emily Dickinson poems and is in keeping with ECMP’s theme of music about local history. Sawyer previously composed “Earthly Store” for ECMP, inspired by works of Valley poet and Andover early settler Anne Bradstreet.

Also on the program are Ravel’s “Chansons Madecasses,” based on exotic poems of 18th century Creole poet Evariste-Desire de Parny; three Gershwin preludes and two songs from “Porgy and Bess” arranged by ECMP cellist Emmanuel Feldman of Newton, and Czerny’s “Fantasia Concertante.”

General admission is $15, seniors $10 and students $5. Free to NECC students with college ID.

Foxwoods trip planned

Bethany Community Services and the Haverhill Council on Aging will host a trip on Nov. 20 to Foxwoods casino.

The trip slot play package, buffet lunch and transportation. Cost due at sign up is $30 per person. For more information contact Darlene Sutton at 978-374-2165, dsutton@bethanycommunities.org or Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

White Mountains trip planned

The Council on Aging is planning an overnight trip to the White Mountain Hotel in North Conway, N.H., for Nov. 21 and 22.

The trip includes dining, holiday entertainment, special cocktail pricing and shopping at the Christmas Dove and Calef’s Country Store in Barrington. Cost is $230 per person, double occupancy. More information is available from Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.

Trip to Indian Head Resort planned

Bethany Community Services will host a trip to Indian Head Resort in Lincoln, N.H., for a Christmas celebration on Dec. 4.

A bus will depart from 500 Primrose St. at 9:30 a.m. This trip includes an open bar for one hour, a full buffet with carving station, dancing, floor show and holiday gift-picture with Santa. Cost is $75 per person. For reservations, contact Darlene Sutton at 978-374-2165 or dsutton@bethanycommunities.org.