Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


September 19, 2013


Merrimack Valley Idol auditions

Quota International of Andover will host auditions for the next Merrimack Valley Idol on Thursday, Sept. 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Andover High School’s Collins Center for the Performing Arts on Shawsheen Road.

The auditions are open to vocalists ages 14 and up from the Merrimack Valley. Singers at local high schools and colleges along with the general public are encouraged to try out. Judges will be from the local music community.

Ten finalists will then compete for a $500 grand prize on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Wyndham Andover Hotel, 123 Old River Road. Dinner with cash bar, silent and live auctions and a raffle will round out the evening.

Proceeds from the event will assist the nonprofit Quota in its efforts to provide financial support to local women and children in need, including victims of domestic abuse as well as the deaf and hard of hearing. In each of the past four years, Quota has donated between $20,000 and $30,000 to local organizations supporting its causes.

Anyone interested in auditioning should contact Elaine Pescatore, event chairwoman, at or 978-470-3515.

Rotary Comedy Night brings back laughs Oct. 11

The Rotary Club of Andover is preparing to serve up another evening of laughter at its third annual Comedy Night next month. The club fundraiser, which has sold out the past two years, is set for Friday, Oct. 11, starting at 7 p.m. at the Wyndham Hotel, 123 Old River Road, Andover.

Dave Rattigan will host the bill featuring three sought-after comedians — Tony V, Kelly MacFarland and Steve Macone.

Proceeds from the event will support the Rotary Club’s community grants programs. Tickets are $25; a cash bar will be available and finger foods will be provided. For tickets or more information, visit

Lockhart and Friends returning for fundraiser

There’s still time to catch Keith Lockhart and Friends’ visit to Andover next weekend. They will perform Saturday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Collins Center for the Performing Arts at Andover High School, 80 Shawsheen Road.

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