‘Fill the Cruiser’ at craft fair Dec. 7
The Rowley Police Association will conduct a “Fill the Cruiser” toy and food drive event at the Pine Grove School craft fair on Dec. 7. The craft fair will be held at the Pine Grove School at 191 Main St. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All are encouraged to stop by and help the Rowley Police Association achieve its goal to fill up the cruiser as many times as possible with these items to help the local community during this holiday season. All food items will be donated to the Rowley Food Pantry and all toys will be donated to Toys For Tots Foundation.
Children’s Center collecting toys
The Rowley Children’s Center, 383 Main St., will be working in collaboration with The Salvation Army of Newburyport in the capacity of official community toy drop-off point.
The Children’s Center will accept donations of new, unused toys. Drop-off times and days are on Tuesdays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Dec. 3 through Dec. 13. Please no weapon-like toys. Lt. Meghan Brunelle of the Salvation Army will visit on Dec. 17 at 11:30 a.m. to chat with the preschoolers about the joy of giving and to collect all of the toys that have been donated.
For more information, call 978-948-7929 or email email@example.com.
Volunteer needed for Meals on Wheels
The town’s Meals on Wheels program is in need of a volunteer driver for Friday morning deliveries. The driver will spend about three hours delivering 18 to 20 meals to housebound seniors. A stipend is given for gas. Volunteers can work every other week, but must have a car and a valid license. CORI checks are required.
Call the Rowley Council on Aging at 978-948-7637 and ask for Mary Mighill.
Open house at the Platts-Bradstreet House
Take a step back in time and visit the 1677 Platts-Bradstreet House, 233 Main St., decorated for the Christmas season in its historical finery. It will be open to the public the weekend of Dec. 7 and 8, from 1-4 p.m. each day. There will be refreshments and live musical performances by local musicians.
The 17th-century house will be decorated in the traditional holiday style plus an extensive display of holiday decorations, featuring “Christmas Around the World.” On Saturday, The LOCA Flute Ensemble of the North Shore and on Sunday, the Beverly High School Flute Club will be performing selections of Christmas music.
The second-grade classes from the Pine Grove School will be touring the house and the 1776 historical barn on the Monday before the open house. Each year the children bring a selection of handmade ornaments to decorate the barn Christmas tree.
In the barn is a display of ice-cutting tools and implements used in the ice harvesting industry during 19th and the early part of the 20th centuries.
‘Recipes and Remembrances’ cookbook now on sale
The program fundraising committee of the Rowley Historical Society announces that the cookbook, “Recipes and Remembrances” is now on sale. The cookbook is complete with the local favorites passed down from generations of Rowley residents through family, friends and neighbors.
More than 225 recipes, little stories and remembrances from Rowley and all over the country and are included. It is the third cookbook that the Historical Society has sponsored, and arrives in time for the town’s 375th celebration. It is a fundraising endeavor to benefit the Rowley Historical Society’s 1677 Platts-Bradstreet House, its upkeep, repairs and historically correct new undertakings.
To purchase a copy of “Recipes and Remembrances” for $15, visit the town clerk’s office or call 978-948-5054.
Library expands museum pass offerings
Thanks to the support of the Friends of the Rowley Library and the Rowley Cultural Council, the Rowley Library was able to purchase additional memberships to regional cultural attractions this year. This allows anyone with a library card to check out a pass for discounted admission to the Boston Children’s Museum, Museum of Science, Peabody Essex Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, and Zoo New England, good at both the Stone Zoo and Franklin Park Zoo. With the pass, admission ranges from $2 to $5 per person, depending on the institution. The library will also offer the Free State Parks Parking Pass again this year. Call 978-948-2850 for more information or to make a reservation before your next day trip. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Rowley Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.