Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Arts/Entertainment

April 3, 2014

' Make Way for (new) Ducklings'

Dance Prism will offer a nostalgic reincarnation of Boston in the early 1940s through “Variations on Make Way for Ducklings,” a tribute to Robert McCloskey’s beloved tale, on Saturday, April 5, at 2:30 p.m. the Collins Center for the Performing Arts at Andover High School, 80 Shawsheen Road.

Originally an award-winning children’s story, McCloskey’s work has become a New England favorite. Dance Prism’s adaptation of the story for children and sentimental adults traces the now-familiar journey of Mr. and Mrs. Mallard and their family of ducklings through Boston’s traffic to the Public Garden.

Set to the music of the 1940s, Dance Prism’s ballet recreates the city in the era of soldiers and sailors, young lovers and playful children.

Following the performance, the company will host an “UnCommon Afternoon” reception honoring the 1940s Public Garden, with treats of the era, including balloons, cotton candy and other attractions for children, as well as an opportunity to meet the Mallards and other characters from the ballet.

Tickets are $24 for adults, $18 for children and seniors, and include the reception. Seating is reserved. For tickets or more information, visit www.danceprism.com or call 978-371-1038.

Dig in for vegetable gardening primer

Whether you’re a novice gardener or an old hand, there’s nothing like hearing from an enthusiastic expert to get prepared for the spring planting season. And next week, gardeners will have the opportunity to get advice from an especially knowledgeable authority on the subject.

Lifetime master gardener Betty Sanders will present “How to Have Your Best Ever Vegetable Garden” on Monday, April 7, at 10 a.m. at South Church, 41 Central St., Andover.

Sanders will cover such topics as designing a garden, choosing what to plant and caring for crops. She has appeared on “This Old House” and taught gardening techniques to the staff of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as at Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Boylston and the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. She designed Mass Horticultural’s innovative, 6,000-square-foot vegetable teaching garden at Elm Bank in Wellesley and was its “keeper” for the first three years of operation.

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