Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

November 7, 2013

Out & About

The Andover Townsman

---- — Appliqué artistry on display

Vicki Murphy, administrative secretary to Memorial Hall Library Director Beth Mazin, shows off her wool appliqué creations in an exhibit this month at the library, 2 North Main St., Andover.

Murphy, who says she has always loved fiber arts, began cross-stitching and quilting at a young age. She also began knitting several years ago, then wanted to try her hand at rug hooking, which remains a favorite pastime.

She says appliqué work was a natural spin-off from hooking since it took advantage of the wool left over from the rugs she made. Some of her appliqué work is embellished with beads or buttons from other projects as well. While she experimented with wool felt at first, Murphy found it pilled and frayed and she now prefers the durability and finished product that comes with using 100 percent wool.

Several of Murphy’s pieces are on display in the library’s second-floor display case through November. She recently shared her experience with appliqué in a workshop at Memorial Hall Library and hopes to offer more programs for the community in the future.

The first-floor library exhibit space, meanwhile, spotlights artwork by local teens this month.

For more on the exhibits, call the library at 978-623-8401 or visit

Holiday Faire at Creative Living

Creative Living Inc. holds its ninth annual Holiday Faire featuring one-of-a kind pieces by area artisans on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Andover Country Club, 60 Canterbury St. Santa will be available for pictures from 1 to 3 p.m., so bring your camera.

Admission is free; luncheon tickets are available by reservation only. All proceeds benefit Creative Living. For more information, call 978-470-3165 or visit

‘Navidad Birds’ and more at Andover Bookstore

Anne Broyles and Jane Sutton, the creators behind “Arturo and the Navidad Birds” and “Esther’s Hanukkah Disaster,” share their stories in a children’s program on Saturday, Nov. 9, at noon at Andover Bookstore, 89R Main St., downtown Andover.

Admission is free. For more, call the bookstore at 978-475-0143 or visit

Famous ham and beans at West Parish

West Parish Church, 129 Reservation Road, Andover, will host a Ham and Bean Supper on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The menu will feature Carando spiral ham, navy and kidney beans, macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, hot dogs, bread and dessert. The suggested donation is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Sharing music to mark Alzheimer’s Month

In recognition of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, Spectrum Adult Day Health Program in North Andover presents Liz Longley, with Annalise Emmerick and Gus Berry, on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. at the facility at 1820 Turnpike St.

The afternoon concert benefits the day health program, which provides compassionate and specialized daytime services for people in the Merrimack Valley with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door. For tickets or more information, call 978-712-1162 or visit or

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ ready to rock

The comedy-horror rock musical “Little Shop of Horrors,” about a hapless florist shop worker who skyrockets to fame by raising a man-eating plant from outer space, hits the stage next weekend at the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College courtesy of the student-run Onstagers Dramatic Society.

The musical is based on the low-budget, 1960 black comedy film directed by Roger Corman. Fr. Richard Piatt, O.S.A., directs the Merrimack College production, which features a cast of college students.

Performances are Thursday and Friday, Nov. 14 and 15, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 16, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at the Rogers Center, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover.

General admission tickets are $12; students, seniors and college employees get in for $10. For tickets or information, visit or call 978-837-5355.


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