Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

May 2, 2013

A toast to the animals

`Hair of the Dog' benefit a treat for Nevins Farm

The Andover Townsman

---- — Shawsheen Village Liquors is set to pour its ninth annual “Hair of the Dog” Wine Tasting & Art Show on Friday, May 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Essex Art Center in Lawrence.

Organizers are hoping to raise $20,000 this year — exceeding last year’s total of $15,000 — to benefit the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen. If they succeed, the event will have netted $100,000 for the cause since its inception.

“This is the ninth year of `Hair of the Dog’ and we’d like to make it the best yet,” Sheri Helman of Shawsheen Village Liquors, who co-founded the event with her husband, Michael, said in a release. “We love making a difference in the lives of animals.”

The MSPCA cares for more than 7,000 animals each year — without the aid of government funding — at its adoption center at Nevins Farm.

The Helmans were inspired to help after adopting their dog, Jake, more than 14 years ago when Nevins was sheltering animals in what was just an old, converted house. Jake, now 15, can always be found in the office at Shawsheen Village Liquors, and although he won’t be attending “Hair of the Dog” this year, he is considered the unofficial mascot for the event.

More than 50 wines will be offered for tasting, including 20-plus grape varieties, as well as a selection of craft beers. As always, the wines and beers will be donated by the Helmans. Whole Foods Market Andover is providing an array of dishes to sample and giving guests a preview of its new “Andover only” catering menu.

The event also includes creations by more than 20 artists and craftsmen, including jewelry makers, potters, painters, sculptors and artists who work in fabric. The pieces, some of which will be animal-themed, will all be for sale.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and available at Shawsheen Village Liquors, 4 Poor St., Andover, 978-475-3636; and MSPCA, Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway (Route 28), Methuen, 978-687-7453, ext. 6105; or online at

All proceeds from ticket sales as well as 10 percent of all wine and art sales will be donated to the shelter. For more information, visit or call 978-687-7453, ext. 6101.