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Get ready for the 6th Annual Hair of the Dog Wine & Beer Tasting, a benefit for the Methuen MSPCA on Friday evening, April 30th , from 6 to 9 p.m. Hosted for the fourth year in a row by the Essex Art Center at 56 Island Street in Lawrence, the tasting will also feature an art show of works by over 20 Merrimack Valley artists.

In an effort to build on last year’s successful event, which had over 350 attendees and raised more than $10,000 for the Nevins Farm, the event this year will be even bigger and better. We’ve expanded the space this year to include Chester’s (which is right next door through the courtyard) giving us more space for attendees, artists, food and of course wine and beer! As usual the event is jointly sponsored by Essex Art Center in Lawrence and the owners of Andover’s Shawsheen Village Liquors, Michael and Sheri Helman and Whole Foods Market Andover.

The wines and beers will be donated, as always, by the Helmans. Whole Foods Market Andover, is back again this year and is providing another array of delicious appetizers for everyone to sample.

A wide range of artists will have works on view and for sale. They include jewelry makers, potters, painters, sculptors who work in clay, and artists who work in fabric. In keeping with the animal theme, some are even bringing animal-themed art.

Come meet the artists and the Helmans (but not their pets, and don’t bring yours, please). Have some food, a little wine and beer, and listen to the live music of the White Street Band, a Chicago style blues band with a rock and roll edge, while you contribute to a good cause.

The cost of attending the tasting will be $30 at the door or $25 in advance. Tickets can be purchased at Shawsheen Village Liquors, 4 Poor Street, Andover, (978) 475-3636; at the MSPCA, Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway (Route 28), Methuen, (978) 687-7453, Ext. 6105; or online at

One hundred percent of all ticket proceeds go directly to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm. Ten percent of all wine and art sales will also be donated to the shelter.

For more information, go to and click on “Good Wines for Great Causes.”