EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

June 6, 2013

Editor's Picks: Highlights of entertainment and recreation as chosen by Managing Editor Tracey Rauh

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Dolly ‘n’ Me Princess Tea at Winnekenni

Winnekenni Castle hosts its annual Dolly ‘n’ Me Princess Tea on Sunday, June 9, at 1 p.m. This signature castle event is an opportunity for young girls to wear their frilly finest and have a special grown-up day. Highlights include fancy finger food and treats, pots of tea and a visit with the Princess of Winnekenni Castle. An American Girl Doll will be raffled.

The event also includes photo opportunities and other activities. Doll clothes and other accessories will be for sale. This event is recommended for children ages 3 and older. Advanced tickets online are $20 per child and $25 per adult. If space is available, tickets at the door cost $25 per child and $30 per adult. Seating is limited. To purchase tickets visit www.winnekenni.com. The castle is located at 347 Kenoza Ave., Haverhill.

Award-winning poet to read in Derry

The Robert Frost Farm’s 2013 Hyla Brook Reading Series Season continues Thursday, June 13, with a reading from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. by Third Annual Frost Farm Prize Winner Caki Wilkinson of Sewanee, Tenn. She will be joined by Hyla Brook Poet Bob Moore.

The series, held in the Frost Farm at 122 Rockingham Road (Route 28), is free and open to the public. An Open Mic follows the readings and all audience members are invited to share their work.

Wilkinson’s poem, “Arts and Crafts,” won the prestigious prize out of more than 500 entries from around the world. The Frost Farm Prize contest is organized by the Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm and the Hyla Brook Poets. In addition to being a featured reader at The Hyla Brook Reading Series, Wilkinson won $1,000 and her winning poem will be published in The Evansville Review.

Wilkinson is the author of the poetry collection “Circles Where the Head Should Be,” which won the 2010 Vassar Miller Prize. Her second collection, “The Stone Museum,” won the Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Award from Persea Books and is forthcoming in 2014. She’s an assistant professor of English at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn.

Moore has released two poetry collections: “A Bridge with a View” and “Unexpected Colors.” He is host of the monthly First Friday Coffeehouse at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Exeter and is editor of The Lit Fuuse, a biannual publication of poems, essays, and artwork. He is a science educator at Pelham High School.

Merrimack Valley String Orchestra presents spring concert

The Merrimack Valley String Orchestra, a community, intergenerational musical ensemble, will perform music by Tchaikovsky and arrangements by Mozart, Mouret, Strauss, Dvorak, Bizet, Vivaldi, as well as a finale of music from John Williams’ “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” in a concert at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 15.

The concert will be held at the Fine Arts Center at Northpoint Bible College, 320 South Main St., Bradford. It is free and open to the public. For information call 978-372-9158.

New comedy series at the Shubert

Laugh Boston and the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre together debut a comedy series that will bring national names to the Boston venue.

The current schedule is listed below; more dates will be announced:

* Legends of Boston Comedy: Saturday, June 22, 8 p.m (on sale now, $28.75 to $48.75): Starring Boston comedy superstar Lenny Clarke, “The Godfather of Boston Comedy,” Don Gavin, “The Undisputed King of Boston Comedy,” Steve Sweeney and hometown favorite Tony V.

* Nick DiPaolo, Saturday, Sept. 14, 8 p.m. (on sale now, $33.25).

* The Onion Live!, Saturday, Oct. 18, 8 p.m. (TBA).

* Juston McKinney, Saturday, Nov. 9, 8 p.m. (TBA).

For more information, visit www.citicenter.org or call (866) 348-9738.