Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


October 3, 2013

Get your spook on: It's about to get eerie in Andover


Saturday, Oct. 6 — Walking tour of Chapel Cemetery: Historical Society Vice President Gail Ralston leads the outing featuring stories about The Famous Dead and retraces the steps of Harriet Beecher Stowe from the spot where she first lived in Andover to the sacred ground of her final resting place. Fee $5, members free.

Thursday, Oct. 10 — “The Way it REALLY Was: 17th Century Puritan Sexuality:” Mary-Ellen Smiley, a social historian and presently the curator of exhibitions and education programs at the Salem Museum, will lecture on the complexity of interpersonal relationships and courtship in Colonial America and take a realistic look at the intimate, daily lives of these early Americans. Fee $10, members $5.

Wednesday, Oct. 16 — High Tea & History: South Church historian Charlotte Lyons highlights Andover’s role in the infamous Salem witch trials of 1692 at the Center at Punchard, 30 Whittier Court; free.

Saturday, Oct. 19 — Costume Workshop: Join exhibit curator Angela McBrien in a one-hour flapper dress workshop that draws inspiration from the current “Behind the Seams” exhibit at the society. Participants will use a one-hour method published in the 1920s. Sewing machine, fabric and basic sewing kit required. Fee $25, members $20.

Sunday, Oct. 20 — “The Family Plot — Gravestone Culture & Cemetery Lessons for Families:” Spend an afternoon with a guide exploring South Church Cemetery and some of the unique, and sometimes spooky, engravings and symbols found on early headstones. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Fee: $15 for family of four.

Wednesday, Oct. 23 — Wicked History Kids Halloween Party: Children in grades two to five will enjoy a ghoulish (but not too scary!) afternoon learning about the history of Halloween and seeing costumes from years ago. Participants will also make crafty creations and play games. Halloween costumes are encouraged. Fee: $10 per child.

Saturday, Oct. 26 — “History on Tap – A Vintage Halloween Party:” Get those costumes ready for a bewitching evening at Andover Town House (also known as Old Town Hall) on Main Street. The event will include music with DJ Ted Teichert, Victorian fortune telling, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, a photo booth and more surprises. Vintage attire or Halloween costumes are encouraged, but not required. Fee: $40.

Unless noted, events take place at the historical society at 97 Main St. Registration is requested as space is limited. Call 978-475-2236 to reserve a spot or register online at

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