Who is Amesbury’s 350th Steering Committee?

Who we are is a group of Amesbury enthusiasts. Collectively, we are historians, artists, home owners, residents, business owners, and professionals that unequivocally adore the town of Amesbury. We are “newbies” and “old-timers”. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and even 4th generations of “Amesbury-ites” are represented here. We’ve gone to school here, had our first kiss here, loved and lost here; some have left and returned here, started businesses here, raised families here, and volunteer here. We embrace and respect the rich history of Amesbury, and wish to take part in planning a historic year – a year that will promote to the entire region what we love about this town.

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Meet the Team

Joseph Poirier


As a kid, I couldn’t wait to visit my Uncle Henry in Amesbury every summer. He kept his boat at Mackenzie’s Marina (I think it used to be Golden Anchor). It was always my favorite stop of the year – I couldn’t wait to go fishing! Who would have thought I’d end up a local and a business owner here?! I’m so humbled and grateful to take part in the upcoming celebration! (My Uncle Henry will be here too!)
joe@ucsaintl.com / www.ucsaintl.com

Sandra Chase Morrissey


I’m a local artist, “Living (and Painting) in Color”. I really embraced my artistic side and appreciation of Amesbury when my husband John and I bought a historic home with carriage house – which became my art studio. Researching the history of, and restoring our home is a love of ours. Art and history go hand and hand in our family, so working on Amesbury’s 350th Anniversary seemed like the perfect opportunity to give back this community. Do you love the painted piano in downtown Amesbury? That is me!

Peter Hoyt

I am proud to be an Amesbury native, a descendant of one of Amesbury’s original 17 settlers, and a member of Amesbury’s 350th Anniversary Steering Committee! Having had the pleasure of teaching many of Amesbury’s elementary school children and sharing Amesbury’s local history with them, I am excited in anticipation of a year spent celebrating our city’s 350th birthday. Get ready for a memorable 2018 enjoyed with family and friends having great fun!

Patty Hoyt

Proud to be called a “townie,” I’ve lived in Amesbury all my life, taught English at AHS for 36 years, and now enjoy retirement by volunteering, and working at Lowell’s Boat Shop. My ancestor John Bailey had good taste when he settled in this beautiful area along the Powow and Merrimack Rivers. Sharing our town’s past, and creating a strong appreciation for Amesbury — that’s why I’m volunteering to help make a memorable 350th Celebration.

Nick Wheeler

My wife Denise and I moved to Amesbury in 2010, and I’ve tried to be an involved citizen pretty much since I got here. I’ve also been a bit of a history geek for most of my life, so of course I jumped at the prospect of getting involved for the City’s 350th Anniversary. I’ve learned a lot about the events and people who’ve come before us, and I’m excited for what’s yet to come.

Susan Grant

From my window, I watch as deer graze in my yard, rabbits try to get into John’s vegetable garden and Chickadees, Blue Jays and Cardinals begrudgingly take turns at the bird feeder. I am blessed to live on Lake Gardner which provides me with a close up view of Nature.

By contrast, Amesbury’s downtown is an eclectic combination of Restaurants, places to Shop or listen to music. I love this Town; it has so much to offer.

Kassandra Gove

I am the Executive Director of the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce, and a 5th generation Amesbury native. I come from a long line of Amesbury business owners; my mother owns Giggles, my great-grandfather owned KenGo Gas, and my great-great-grandfather owned Gove Hardware. I’m excited to be a part of the planning for Amesbury’s 350th Anniversary, because it’s an extension of what I do every day and my chance to contribute to Amesbury’s story. I hope to see you out and about in 2018!

Bonnie Brady

I love living in Amesbury! We’ve been here for 11 years, enjoying living on Lake Attitash, walking our dogs at Woodson Farm, and frequenting restaurants and shops downtown. Now that I am retired, I enjoy giving my time to local cultural organizations including the Amesbury Cultural Council, the 350th Anniversary Steering Committee, and the Carriage Museum Programs Committee.

Kate Currie

My family and I moved to Amesbury 4 years ago, and in that time I have really come to think of it as my hometown. Every season is beautiful (check out the mini-luge in my very own backyard!), the community is so welcoming, there are always fun things happening – I feel so lucky to live here, and am looking forward to celebrating Amesbury’s 350th birthday with you. 

Caitlin Thayer

After moving to Amesbury in 2016, I quickly realized what a special place this is. I’ve gotten involved with a few local organizations, and I’m so happy to be a part of planning our 350th Anniversary. Amesbury is a wonderful community that I’m proud to be a part of, and I can’t wait for our celebrations in 2018! Make sure to like our Facebook page to stay up-to-date on what’s happening! www.facebook.com/amesbury350 

Lee Ann Banville

Being on the 350th Steering Committee to help organize a year-long celebration of Amesbury’s history is exciting for me. I am also on the Bartlett Museum Board (since 2013) and organize the Bartlett Museum Auction in the Pines on July 4th. My family has been here for about 100 years (5 generations), and have worked at or owned many of Amesbury’s small businesses including Hoty’s Peanut Butter Factor and Amesbury Office Works & Supply. My husband Bruce and I live in town, and I homeschool my 12 year old son, Joshua, and my 10 year old daughter, Madison.