Newburyport Daily News
---- — AMESBURY — The Whittier Home, a national historic landmark at 86 Friend St., will celebrate its annual Community Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Guests will be greeted by the strains of seasonal music and former Mayor Nicholas J. Costello will welcome neighbors and friends to Whittier’s personal study.
Special events will be happening throughout the afternoon as Whittier Museum Association board members invite the public to enjoy the artistic holiday décor and Victorian-style table of delectable treats.
The gift shop will be open with items for students, children and Whittier enthusiasts, including some signed copies of Lisa Greeenleaf’s “Barefoot Boy,” DVDs including a Whittier biography and copies of the Quaker poet’s own classic, “Snowbound.” Free gift wrapping also will be available.
On Friday, Dec. 14, the Whittier Home Association will celebrate Whittier’s 205th birthday at noon at Ristorante Molise in downtown Amesbury. The party will include lunch, holiday music by classical guitarist John Tavano of Newburyport and a sing-along. A Whittier trivia contest with prizes will be held, so guests are encouraged to read up on some of the famous quotes heard on “Jeopardy” and Bob Dylan lyrics, just to name a few.
Donations of non-perishable food and unwrapped children’s gifts will be warmly accepted at the party for donation to Our Neighbors’ Table in Amesbury.
Tickets for the birthday celebration are $30. Guests are welcome. Reservations are required. Call the Whittier Home Association at 978-388-1337 or mail reservations with a check made out to the association, P.O. Box 632, Amesbury 01913.
For more than 100 years, the Whittier Home Association has been steward of this historic site, maintaining the property and collections and striving to educate others about the life, legacy and works of the local man who was pivotal in the antislavery movement, which culminated in the Emancipation Proclamation
The Whittier Home Association Board of Directors includes Cynthia Costello, president; Harriett Gould, Annie Tunstall, Rita Mullis, Dawn Bennett, Geri Berry, Margaret Nichols, Hope Cole, Sue Curry, Chris Bryant, Ann Olmstead, Paula McPartland,, Mary Williamson and Patricia Grenier.
Visit http://whittierhome.org/wordpress/ or call 978-388-1337 for more.