Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

January 31, 2013

Fish On! among library programs meant to hook audience

The Andover Townsman

---- — After 14 years, the fish — and the fishing public interested in learning more — are still biting.

Memorial Hall Library and the Friends of the Library kick off their 14th annual month-long series of fishing programs and exhibits, “FISH ON! ANDOVER 2013.” Each week features fishing movies from 6 to 7 p.m., with door prizes, and speakers at 7 p.m.

This year’s lineup includes the following, with the descriptions provided by Memorial Hall Library.

Feb. 5, “Tuna Helper: Recipe for Success by Capt. Ray Stachelek:” Have you ever had your fly reel drag cooked by a screaming albie? Nothing compares to the mind boggling experience of man vs. tuna on light tackle. See why fishermen call this, “The ultimate adrenaline rush.” Capt. Ray Stachelek will help you learn how to greatly improve your odds.

Feb. 12, “Kayak Fishing Cape Ann and Beyond” by Matt St. Pierre — From ice out pickerel on shallow freshwater ponds to targeting large mid-summer nighttime stripers along the North Shore, Matt St. Pierre will share top-notch fishing opportunities by kayak. Learn the basics of safety in this up and coming sport, and learn how to capitalize on our ever changing seasonal fishery during the three main seasons of kayak fishing.

Feb. 19, “Cape Ann Surf Fishing” by Steve Papows - Steve Papows will chronicle the “Fall Run” at Cape Ann, emphasizing how to target trophy sized stripers from shore using various top water plugs. Steve, considered a preeminent surfcaster, has been featured in On The Water magazine and on the front cover of The Fisherman.

Feb. 26, “Alaskan Silver Salmon at the Tsiu River Lodge” by Al & Skip Montello - Al & Skip Montello will chronicle two consecutive late summer adventures fishing for the incredible Alaskan Silver Salmon at the Tsiu River Lodge. They will detail their two trips using a variety of fly and spin fishing techniques catching these fantastically user friendly salmon set in the jaw dropping Alaskan wilderness.


The New England Winds will perform woodwind masterworks by Strauss, Francaix, Debussy, and Fernandez as well as folk and patriotic music on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. The members are professional military musicians, part of the United States Air Force Band of Liberty.

“The New England Winds has been recognized by audiences throughout the Northeastern United States for their passionate and refined performances. The New England Winds’ versatility and ability to interact with listeners on an intimate level has left audiences with memories of compelling and expressive music-making. Every member of the quartet is a dedicated chamber player with years of study on his or her instrument,” according to a release from the library.

Creative Café, offered Monday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. is a chance for residents to grab their supplies and meet other crafters for a fun, monthly craft night. The event is open to adults who knit, crochet, scrapbook, and create other portable crafts.

“2013 IRS Tax Update: The Fiscal Cliff” will be offered Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. Are you confused by the new changes in the tax law? The library says this event is a chance to learn how these changes might impact your business or family. It is sponsored by the Harvard Club of Andover.

The Memorial Hall Library writers’ group will meet Thursday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. open to writers of adult fiction, nonfiction, and memoirs. This group provides constructive advice and feedback on each other’s works in progress.

Career Networking Group is a free group that allos residents to share their network of business contacts, share ideas, and learn about effective job-search strategies. Meetings are facilitated by certified career coach Arleen Bradley. The next meeting is Thursday, Feb. 14 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., and the topic is using social media. The group will also meet Thursday, Feb. 28 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. to talk about library resources for job seekers.

Ruth Harcovitz will perform “A Celebration of Rodgers and Hammerstein” on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 2 pm. Known by some as Boston’s Julie Andrews,she sings selections from Sound of Music, Oklahoma, South Pacific, and The King and I.

The library’s next free, monthly Monday Movie will be shown Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. People attending the movie can enter to win the DVD. For more details and for this month’s selection, visit

“From Slave Spirituals to Hip Hop: Social and Political History of Music” will be presented Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. by Kevin Comtois, adjunct professor of Global Studies at Northern Essex Community College. The night is billed as a chance to “trace the evolution and social and political context of American popular music through four centuries ranging from slave spirituals, minstrelsy, blues, jazz, and rock and roll.”

All events are sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library.

For more information, visit, or call 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32.

Programs are held at Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St. in downtown Andover.