Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

October 26, 2012

Events Calendar

The Andover Townsman

---- — THURSDAY, OCT. 25

HOME-BUYER ASSISTANCE, meeting, 7 to 8 p.m., to discuss Andover’s newly expanded Homebuyer Down Payment Assistance Program. The program, created by the Andover Housing Trust Fund, helps would-be homebuyers to purchase their first home in town. The meeting is at Memorial Hall, on the second floor of the Andover Memorial Hall Library. All are invited to attend. More details on the

program may be found at or

OPENING RECEPTION, for painter Laura Fischman, 5 to 7 p.m., with an artist talk by Fischman at 5 p.m., the Elizabeth A. Beland Gallery at Essex Art Center, her show runs through Nov. 30.

LIVE THEATER, “Memory House,” opens at Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT), through Nov. 18. Tickets begin at $20;, 978-654-467. Play is about last-minute stress of completing a college admission essay that forces a mother and her adopted daughter to confront long-hidden family secrets.


LIVE THEATER, Willy Wonka at the chocolate factory, performed by ACT Andover, Collins Center for the Performing Arts, 80 Shawsheen Road, Andover, (adjacent to Andover High School);, 978-276-9568; Friday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 27 at 2, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m.

FREE MOVIE, 7 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover, 6 Locke St., features “Waiting to Inhale,” a documentary on medical marijuana use. Question 3 on the upcoming Massachusetts ballot regards “medical marijuana.” The film has won several awards. All are welcome.

HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS, Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield will hold its annual Halloween Happenings for families - a safe, non-scary, fun-filled, guided family night walk through the forest to learn about the creatures of the night and explore some of the history and myths that surround Halloween. Children and adults are encouraged to come in costume, but dress warmly as you will be outdoors for about an hour. Allow about 1-1/2 hours total. Recommended for children ages 5-10, accompanied by an adult. The program begins in the barn with games and activities that will keep you entertained until your group goes out. Registration starts at 6 p.m., held RAIN OR SHINE. Advance registration with payment is required. No walk-ins, $9.25 per person (adult or child); 978-887-9264. Also happening on Oct. 27.

FREE LIVE MUSIC, Orchestra and Band Concert in honor of Parents Weekend, 8 p.m., Cochran Chapel, Student Recital on Saturday, Oct. 27, 3 p.m., Timken Room, Graves Hall, Vocal and Choral Concert: Sunday, Oct. 28, 3 p.m., Cochran Chapel, Phillips Academy; (978) 749-4260,


OPEN HOUSE, the Peabody Museum on the Phillips Academy campus, 1 to 4 p.m. October is Massachusetts and National Archaeology Month, with events going on across the state. This will be an opportunity for the public to stop by and tour galleries, chat with museum staff and learn more about the inside of the building.; Ryan Wheeler, director,

NIGHTTIME 5K HAUNTED OBSTACLE RUN, 6 to 8 p.m., called “Panic In The Park.” Runners will gather at Hookslide Kelly’s located at 19 Merrimack St. in Lowell. Buses will transport runners to nearby Fort Hill to start the race, and it will end at Shedd Park where the buses will be ready to bring runners back to the Hookslide Kelly’s for post-race Halloween Party, $25-60; Discounts are available for Early Registration, Fred Smith,, 978-337-8634.

HOLIDAY POP-UP WORKSHOP, 2 to 4 p.m., Holiday Pop-up Card Workshop, The Green Room, Tewksbury State Hospital, Chapel Road, off East Street, $5. Demonstration and hands-on workshop on how to create a Holiday Pop-up card. You must bring your own Xacto-knife;

FREE LIVE MUSIC, Singer-songwriter Adam Reczek, West Parish Church, 7 p.m., to celebrate the release of his newest album.

TAG SALE, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., First-Calvary Baptist Church, 586 Mass Ave., North Andover.


HALLOWEEN GRAVEYARD TOUR, 4 p.m., Essex. Take a trip through an ancient cemetery, meet the dead and have ghoulish goodies, the Old Burial Ground in Essex on Main Street. Tours to run approx. 60 minutes every half hour, Adults $10 and Kids 12 and under $5; (978) 768-7541,, Laura Doyle, 978-578-1613.

LIVE MUSIC, Cabaret: Songs from the Dead, with Andover High School Chorus, 7 p.m., J. Everett Collins Center for the Performing Arts, 80 Shawsheen Road, Andover, (adjacent to Andover High School).


LIVE MUSICAL, Treble Chorus of New England present “Hansel and Gretel,” A Fully staged and costumed production of the classic children’s tale by Englebert Humperdinck produced and performed by TCNE choristers, Doherty Middle School, 50 Bartlet St, Andover, 7 p.m., Nov. 3, at 2 p.m., $16/adults, $10/students and seniors; Anna S. Choi at 978.794.4600,

WINE TASTING BENEFIT, Wine Tasting, Auction and Cabaret at the Elks Lodge in Lawrence, tasting from The Vineyard Fine Wine & Spirits of North Andover and sample appetizers from Two Chefs are Better Than One Catering, Sandrino’s Catering, Scovotti’s Cooking & Confections, and desserts from Cookie Central, music and live cabaret performances from ACT and ACT Jr. Members;

LIVE THEATER, Acting Out Theater company of Lawrence presents “Steel Magnolias,’ for two weekends in November (2,3,4 and 9,10,11).


VALE TRAIL HIKE, at the Ballardvale Train Station parking lot at 195 Andover St., Andover, 2 p.m., explore a new trail starting at the end of the parking lot and continuing downstream to the field at the Shawsheen River Reservation. The hike will last two hours and cover three miles. Varied habitat will be observed. Parking may require a $4 deposit if enforced. Park at the far end. Dashboard free parking request signs will be issued. Note: the Dedication ceremony previously announced for this day is being rescheduled to the Spring.

OPEN HOUSE, The Andover School of Montessori, 10 a.m. to noon, a pre-K through Grade 8 school, 400 South Main St., Andover. For more information contact Yvonne Howard, Director of Admission, at 978 475 2299 ext. 33,

FREE CATS, noon to 4 p.m. The MSPCA at Nevins Farms will be holding a fee Waived Cat Adoptathon on Nov. 3 & 4, 400 Broadway, Methuen, thanks to generous donors, the adoption fees for adult cats over 1-year-old will be waived;, Heather Roberston,, (978) 687-7453x6101.

FREE LIVE CLASSICAL MUSIC, the Lawrence Public Library, 51 Lawrence St., 2 p.m., featuring Boston Symphony violinist Tatiana Dimitriades and Jonathan Bass, Head of Boston Conservatory Piano Dept., present sonatas by Mozart, Brahms, Debussy and short selections by Kreisler. Presented by the Friends of The Lawrence Public Library and supported by The Catherine McCarthy Memorial Trust and The White Fund; 978 683 8222.

LIVE MUSIC, The Reading Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Roland Vazquez, will present its fall 2012 concert at 3:30 p.m., the Parker Middle School, Temple Street, Reading. The orchestra will perform Wagner, Siefried Idyll, Haydn Symphony #4, “The London”, and Beethoven Symphony #4, $15, $10; 978.664.5614.


MEETING, the Shawsheen Village Woman’s Club, 1 p.m., at Tactician Corp., 305 No. Main St., for “Andover History”; (978) 475-4481.


Holiday Faire, Creative Living Inc’s 8th annual Holiday Faire, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Andover Country Club, 60 Canterbury St., Andover. Tickets for the luncheon at 1 p.m. are $35; RSVP by Nov. 1 to Josie Paolino at 978.749.9759 or


HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS, the North Andover Garden Club presents “Holiday Arrangements from your Yard” presented by Master Gardener Betty Sanders, 7 p.m., in St. Michael’s Parish Hall, Main Street, North Andover. Master Gardener Betty Sanders will show you how to make the evergreens you already grow in your own yard into the basis of beautiful arrangements. This meeting is shared with the Village Garden Club of Andover.


nov 11Israeli Folk Dance Workshop

N. Andover, MA – Ira Weisburd, internationally recognized dance choreographer and teacher, will present an Israeli Dance Workshop at Osgood Landing, 1580 Osgood St., North Andover, MA, on Sunday, November 11 from 7 to 10 p.m. The event is open to the public. Admission is $10 with pre-registration before Nov. 7 or $12 at the door.

The program, geared for dancers of all ages, has been arranged by the Merrimack Valley Israeli dance group. It is co-sponsored by the Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation. Both circle and line dances will be taught, so no partner is needed.

nov 10

Crossroads Coffeehouse is delighted to present multi Grammy winner Janis Ian in concert on Saturday November 10.

Janis Ian is simply one of the greatest American song writers. The writer of At Seventeen. Society’s Child, and Jesse to name just a few, Ian is a formidable talent, a force of nature, a great singer, guitarist, author, and activist. Reviewers have called her live performances “overwhelming to the spirit and soul”, and “drenched with such passion, the audience feels they’ve been swept up in a hurricane”. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see Janis Ian in an intimate, just 150 seats, general admission venue.

Crossroads Coffeehouse, run by volunteers for the benefit of the North Parish UU Church, is located at 3 Great Pond Road, 2nd floor, in North Andover. Show time at 8 p.m.; doors open 7:30p.m. Tickets are $30 and are available at via PayPal. If not sold out, tickets will be sold at the door on the evening of theconcert. Crossroads in an all age, alcohol-free venue; home baked desserts, coffee and teas are sold before the show and at intermission. For more

information, visit or call 978-687-3960.

NOV 17

Merrimack Valley Idol - Saturday, November 17th

Quota International of Andover will host this event at the Wyndham Andover at 6:00 PM and, along with the singing competition

showcasing highly talented local singers, will feature a dinner, silent and live auctions, a wine raffle and a cash bar. For

Quota Club information and tickets, please contact Louise Hadad at

Mary Montbleau, 978-423-8424

Quota publicity

Peace ConcertDecember 13th, 2012 @ 7:30pmJ. Everett Collins CenterAHS Band, Choir, and OrchestraAHS Winter ConcertJanuary 10th, 2013 @ 7:30pmJ. Everett Collins CenterAHS Band, Choir,

nov 18

will continue its 12th concert season with a fundraiser featuring the Essex Jazz Ensemble on Sunday, November 18, at the Hartleb Technology Center, 100 Elliott St., at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students.

The event will feature music originals and American popular standards with ECMP’s Artistic Director and flutist Michael Finegold, internationally renowned classical composer and jazz pianist Tom McKinley, Boston’s top bassist Bruce Gertz, and well -known jazz drummer Joe Hunt.

ECMP will continue its season with concerts on February 24, 2013 (snow date of Sunday, March 24) featuring pianist David Alan Pihl in recital and May 19, 2013, featuring internationally known clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and violinist Andrew Koji-Taylor.

For additional information contact Mike Finegold at or call 978-470-1584.

nov. 13 Event:

Renowned Jewelry Expert Presents “Immortal Garden” Program at Andover Garden Club Membership Meeting

Description of Program:

Gloria Lieberman will trace the floral motifs used in jewelry design, spanning all periods and highlighting prominent retailers’ designs. A world-renowned expert on antique jewelry, Lieberman founded Skinner’s Fine Jewelry Department in 1980 and served as its director for 31 years.

Many Andover residents will know her from television appearances (the BBC’s The Great Antiques Hunt, the PBS series The Antiques Roadshow, and the Boston-based series Chronicle) and from her comments in such publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Yankee Magazine, and Maine Antique Digest.

A frequent lecturer, Lieberman has participated in many educational seminars, including the University of Maine’s Antique Jewelry Seminar and New York University’s Jewelry Appraisers Conference in Tucson, Arizona; she has been invited to speak on behalf of the Society of Jewelry Historians at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Lieberman is a teacher and lecturer at Rhode Island School of Design’s (RISD) Decorative Arts program.


Tuesday, November 13, at 10:00 AM,

South Church, 41 Central Street, Andover MA

No charge for members; $10 donation requested for guests (includes refreshments)

dec 6

I wanted to let you know about two great upcoming events with author Bill Roorbach. Bill will be reading from his new book LIFE AMONG GIANTS at Andover Books in Andover, MA on December 6th at 7:00pm, and at the Book Rack in Newburyport on December 7th at 7:00 pm. Would you mention these events or be interested in setting up an interview with Bill? Let me know!

dec 13

Peace Concert

December 13th, 2012 @ 7:30pm

J. Everett Collins Center

AHS Band, Choir, and Orchestra

AHS Winter Concert

January 10th, 2013 @ 7:30pm

J. Everett Collins Center

AHS Band, Choir, and Orchestra