Category Archives: Events

2017 Events

Please mark your calendars with the following events:

  •  April 9th–2pm to 4pm – Poetry Reading at the Whittier Home in honor of Poetry Month.  Poet Kevin Gallagher will read from his recently published collection “Loom.” Light refreshments will be served.
  • April 20th – 4:00 to 6:30pm – Annual Dinner Meeting at the Hollow Café.
  • Whittier Home Museum open for Saturday tours
    May 6th through October 28th – 11:00 to 4:00
  • May 27th – 9:00am to 1:00pm – Plant & Bake Sale at the Whittier Home. Rain Date – May 28th.
  • June 22nd – 2:00 to 5:00pm. June Meeting and Garden Party at the Whittier Home. Rain Date, June 23rd.
  • July 20th – 2:00 to 4:00pm. Summer Tea in the Victorian garden at the Whittier Home. Rain Date, July 21st.
  • August 13th – 3:00 to 5:00pm. Tapestry of Voices in the WHA Garden.
  • September 23-24 – 11:00am to 4:00pm. Trails & Sails – free tours at the Home.
  • October 26th – 4:00 to 6:00pm – October Meeting. Rita Parisi presents Gothic Victorian Tales by Candlelight with stories by Sarah Orne Jewett at the Whittier Home.
  • Sunday December 3rd – 1 to 5pm. December Meeting & Holiday Open House.

Holiday Open House December 4, 2016

Come and enjoy the seasonal ambience of a Victorian Christmas at the historic National Landmark, John Greenleaf Whittier Home Museum at 86 Friend St in Amesbury from 1-5 p.m.

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This annual event is offered free to members of the community each year and includes an open Gift Shop offering unique gifts of reading for all ages. In addition, the gifts are wrapped at no additional cost.

The Hospitality Committee that will offer a variety of seasonal sweets, cheeses, and fruits. Hot mulled cider and eggnog punch bowls will decorate the fanciful table display.

Don’t miss Amesbury’s first Poet Laureate, Ms. Lainie Senechal, the Whittier Birthplace Museum’s curator & storyteller, Mr. Gus Reusch, and award-winning illustrator, Ms. Lisa Greenleaf reading poetry and seasonal selections at 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 pm

October 2016 Meeting

Join us for the Whittier Home Association October meeting on Thursday the 13th from 4:00 to 6:00pm at the Whittier Home.

Our speaker will be Ed Mair, a member of Amesbury Friends Meeting, who will give a presentation on Thomas Wentworth Higginson. Higginson was an American Unitarian minister, author and abolitionist who devoted much of his life to fighting for the rights of freed slaves, women and other disfranchised peoples.

It will be a fascinating program followed by seasonal refreshments. The cost is $10 per person. Please make a reservation by calling 978-388-1337.

Local Mystery Named 2016 All-Community Read

Join your neighbors and friends in Amesbury’s 2016
All-Community Read

Enjoy the latest historical mystery by popular Amesbury author, Delivering the TruthCoverEdith Maxwell, immerse yourself in local heritage, and attend this special event:

Saturday, September 10, 7:00 pm

New: Watch the video of the staged reading here!  http://amesburysd.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=933

Celebrating Whittier 2016: A Staged Reading.
Features fictional midwife Rose Carroll and John Greenleaf Whittier.  Tickets $20 ($10 for students); click the green Tickets button here. Script adapted by Amesbury Poet Laureate Lainie Senechal from Edith Maxwell’s mystery, Delivering the Truth.

In Delivering the Truth, Quaker midwife Rose Carroll delivers babies and hears secrets in 1888 Amesbury. When arson destroys the town’s carriage factories and murder tears apart the town, Rose uses her strength and resourcefulness, along with advice from John Greenleaf Whittier, to bring the perpetrators to light.

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All-Community Read co-sponsored by the Whittier Home Association and the Amesbury Public Library

Books available at Amesbury Public Library, or for purchase at the Whittier Home Museum (Saturdays 11-3); Jabberwocky Bookstore, Newburyport; and online.

For more information visit: whittierhome.org   | 978-388-1337
Whittier Home Museum  |  86 Friend Street  |  P.O. Box 632  |  Amesbury, MA  |  01913

Holiday Open House 2015

Home at Christmas dotty williamson 010WhitterChristmasCome and enjoy the seasonal ambience of a Victorian Christmas at the historic National Landmark, John Greenleaf Whittier Home Museum at 86 Friend St in Amesbury from 1-5 p.m on December 6.

We are most pleased to welcome Amesbury’s first Poet Laureate, Ms. Lainie Senechal and the Birthplace Museum’s curator & storyteller, Mr. Gus Reusch, as Elizabeth & Whittier reading excerpts from Snowbound at 2:00 and 4:00.

This annual event is offered free to members of the community each year and includes an open holiday decor 20131125_102749Gift Shop offering unique gifts of reading for all ages. In addition, the gifts are wrapped at no additional cost.

 

The Hospitality Committee that will offer a variety of seasonal refreshments and beverages. In the background there will be seasonal music.Holiday table_0949

Admission is free.

 

Member Meetings

Member meeting October 15, 5:00 PM. Dinner and Program at the Whittier Home.

William Hallett and Paul Jancewicz present “Newburyport and Amesbury: the Civil War Years.”

 

Holidy Open House December 6, 2-4 PM. Whittier Home.

Welcome the holidays with carols, sweets buffet, hot cider, raffle, Giving tree, and friendship!

 

2015 Annual Meeting

Please join us for the Whittier Home Association Annual Meeting Thursday, April 9, at 5 PM. The meeting will be at the Hollow Café on Patten’s Pond in Amesbury.

There will be a served dinner with choices of chicken or fish.  We will also have a raffle with some delightful prizes to tempt you!  And music to soothe the soul.

A donation of $16 per person is requested to cover the costs, payable at the door by cash or check. We will send out a flyer soon with all the details.

Our program will focus primarily on the water damage that was done to the Whittier Home in January this year, outlining our plans for repair and restoration.  More importantly, the meeting will focus on what you, as members, can do to support us in making the Home whole again.

We will have another change to the bylaws again this year related to streamlining our committees to make us more effective and efficient.

Since seating is limited we would ask that you make reservations by calling the Whittier Home at 978-388-1337. Please state how many there will be in your reservation, and your dinner preference of chicken or fish.

Holiday Open House • Saturday, December 6, 2014

Come and enjoy the seasonal ambience of a Victorian Christmas at the historic National Landmark, John Greenleaf Whittier Home Museum at 86 Friend St in Amesbury from 3-5 p.m.

This annual event is offered free to members of the community each year and includes an open Gift Shop offering unique gifts of reading for all ages. In addition, the gifts are wrapped at no additional cost.

“This year the entire property was painted and shutters replaced at a cost of more than $20,000. Updating alarm and fire systems, seeking alternative ways to heat the home (kept at bare minimum during the winter months), and seeking much needed personnel for the office and Collections department are all part of the costs associated with keeping this space an active educational site fostering the legacy and history of the famed Quaker poet, abolitionist, “ says Cynthia Costello, President of the WHA. The recently received prestigious Yankee Quill Award plaque will proudly be on display as well. A giving tree will offer an opportunity for visitors to take a star that lists some of the wish list of WHA.

The Hospitality Committee that will offer a variety of seasonal sweets, cheeses, fruits, and a traditional Christmas cake donated by Rita Mullis. Hot mulled cider and eggnog punch bowls will decorate the fanciful table display.

In the background there will be seasonal music played by Mrs. Costello, who invites people to join in on a carol or two.

Local author Edith Maxwell to speak at June 6 garden meeting

MaxwellEdith Maxwell, author and organic farmer, lives in an antique Amesbury home, holds a PhD in linguistics, and is a long-time member of the Amesbury Monthly Meeting of the Society of Friends.

She is the featured author/speaker at the J. G. Whittier annual garden meeting on Thursday, June 6 at 2 p.m.

A former technical writer and mother of two adult sons, Edith once owned and operated the Five Start Organic Farm in West Newbury, which was the smallest certified-organic farm in Essex County at the time, although she never found any bodies in her greenhouse, as in her recently published locally sourced murder, “A Tine to Live, A Tine To Die.,” (Kensington Publishing, May 2013) Edith has also published short crime fiction, most recently in the Fish Nets anthology (Wildside Press, 2013) and in Thin Ice (Level Best Books, 2010). Continue reading Local author Edith Maxwell to speak at June 6 garden meeting