Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

April 3, 2014

' Make Way for (new) Ducklings'


The Andover Townsman

---- — 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.

Her visit to Andover is sponsored by the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts. It is open to the public; a $5 donation is requested. For more information, call Neal Sanders at 508-359-9453.

Focus on ‘Gardeners and Climate Change’

The Andover Department of Municipal Services and Greenscapes North Shore present “Gardeners and Climate Change: Saving the Planet One Garden at a Time” on Monday, April 7, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover

Led by Gardens by Demetra of Reading, the conversation will explore how gardeners can adapt to and fight climate change in their own back (and front) yards and make the most of their outdoors. For more information, visit www.greenscapes.org.

‘Art in Bloom’ inspiration for garden clubs

The Spade & Trowel Garden Club of Andover, in conjunction with the Village Garden Club, will be featuring an “Art in Bloom Road Show” at its next general meeting on Tuesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. at West Parish Church Hall, 129 Reservation Road, Andover.

The featured speaker will discuss a work of art and the flower arranger will demonstrate the creation of a floral arrangement to complement the piece. Both the speaker and the floral arranger are longtime members of the Museum of Fine Arts’ Flower Committee for its annual “Art in Bloom” event.

The public is invited. Call 978-681-1890 for more information.

A model open house for railroad club

The Boston Metro Hi-Railers, an O-gauge model railroad club based at 5 Waltham St. in Wilmington, is hosting an open house on Saturday, April 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event will showcase a large operating setup for children and their families, including parents and grandparents, to operate. The main layout will feature a display of trains used for presidential travel, including trains from the Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy eras as well as the model inaugural train that carried President Obama to Washington for his swearing-in ceremony.

Admission is $10 for families, $5 for individual adults; children 5 and under are free. Call Robert Hilliard 781-944-1794 or email robth@comcast.net for more information.

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