The Andover Townsman
---- — Here is a look at some of the programs and activities on tap this month at Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. All events are free and sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library:
‘Jazz Gems’ concert
Master jazz pianist and new Andover resident Eyran Katsenelenbogen will perform solo renditions of beloved jazz standards from the Great American Songbook, including pieces made popular by Nat King Cole, Fats Waller, Dave Brubeck, Bill Evans, Michel Legrand, Miles Davis, Chick Corea and George Gershwin, on Sunday, Jan. 12, at 2:30 p.m.
A classically trained pianist with a unique jazz style, Katsenelenbogen, who goes by Rani, has performed in concerts and on radio and television throughout the world. Related to Felix Mendelssohn, the Israeli-born musician was first taught by Aida Barenboim, mother and teacher of famed pianist/conductor Daniel Barenboim. He studied and now teaches at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.
Research your historic house
Bill Veillette, executive director of the Northeast Document Conservation Center, will introduce the topic of documentary house research on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m.
Veillette will demonstrate the variety of information sources available on historic houses, provide tips on how to approach research and offer examples of how to connect the dots to create a compelling story of one’s historic house and its former occupants. He will also draw a connection between the Col. Robert Means house in Amherst, N.H., and 48 Central St. in Andover.
Virtual tour with Gravestone Girls
Join the Gravestone Girls on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. for a virtual tour of Andover’s local cemeteries, including photographs of special and interesting burying places around town.
Through their interactive slide show, they will chart the evolution of cemeteries and gravestones from the Colonial era to modern times and bring to light “the art, symbolism and history of these living history museums located on everyone’s main streets and in their backyards.”
The Beehive: Author Molly Vazquez
Groveland native Molly Vazquez shares her two nonfiction books, “Alopecia & Wellness: How I Got My Hair Back Treatment Free” and “Alopecia & Wellness Cookbook: Healthy Recipes for Everyday,” on a visit to the Beehive on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. Vazquez discusses her journey of healing herself when doctors could not help. She says she is living proof that one’s diet can be the best medicine.
Tuning into popular TV series this winter
Library Director Beth Mazin and other staff members discuss and recommend their favorite television series for viewing on those long winter nights on Friday, Jan. 31, at 10 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to share their own favorites during the Beehive program.
For more information on any of the programs, visit www.mhl.org or call 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32.