Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

November 14, 2013

Out & About

The Andover Townsman

---- — Spirit of Giving, 1920s style, for Ironstone Farm fundraiser

Ironstone Farm in Andover is turning Andover Country Club into a 1920s speakeasy for its 2013 Spirit of Giving Gala on Saturday night.

The event will honor three area residents known for their generosity — Dave McGillivray, founder and president of DMSE Sports and race director of the Boston Marathon and Feaster Five in Andover; and Jack and Thérèse O’Connor of Lowell, who have served on the boards of directors for more than 20 organizations.

Guests are encouraged to dress the 1920s’ part. There will be games of chance and live music. Newswoman Susan Wornick will lead the live auction and Andover Country Club chef Elaine Chirichiello will create the type of culinary spread that might have graced the Great Gatsby’s table.

The festivities start at 6:15 p.m. at the function hall at 60 Canterbury St. Tickets are $125; sponsorships range from $500 to $20,000.

Proceeds will support the nonprofit Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm. For more than 30 years, the program has been using horses to provide therapy for individuals with disabilities.

For more information, contact Megan Loughney at Ironstone Farm at 978-475-4056 or

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ rocking Rogers Center

The comedy horror rock musical “Little Shop of Horrors” about a hapless florist shop worker who skyrockets to fame by raising a man-eating plant from outer space opens Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover.

The musical based on the low-budget, 1960 black comedy film is being presented and performed by the student-run Onstagers Dramatic Society at Merrimack College. Fr. Richard Piatt, O.S.A. directs the show.

Performances are Thursday and Friday, Nov. 14 and 15, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 16, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12, $10 for seniors, students and college employees, and are available online at or by calling 978-837-5355.

Spinning and dancing for Youth Center

The Andover Youth Foundation is sponsoring two fundraisers in November to help support the construction of the Andover Youth Center. Both fundraisers will be held at Yang’s Fitness Center at 5 Dundee Park.

A Dance-a-Thon will be held Friday, Nov. 15, with two sessions planned, from 7 to 8 p.m. and from 8 to 9 p.m. And a Spin-a-Thon with three, one-hour spin sessions will be held Sunday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Professional dance and spinning instructors, along with a DJ, will be on hand to help make this year’s fundraisers a success. Refreshments will be served.

A minimum $25 donation is requested of participants. Walk-ins will be allowed, space permitting. Registration forms are available at Yang’s Fitness Center and at the Andover Youth Services offices at 37 Pearson St. as well as at

Strike up the bands at Phillips Academy

The Phillips Academy Music Department presents the Academy Concert Bands and ensembles under the direction of Vincent Monaco and Derek Jacoby in concert on Friday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. The program will feature the music of Antonín Dvořák, John Phlip Sousa, Karl L. King, Pavel Chesnokov and others.

The free concert takes place in Cochran Chapel located on the Phillips Academy campus, 180 Main St., Andover. The public is invited. Contact the Music Department at 978-749-4260 or e-mail for more.

Going solo with North Shore Dance Alliance

Andover’s Deadfall Dance is presenting a solo piece as part of this weekend’s dance collaborative hosted by North Shore Dance Alliance at Marblehead Little Theatre in Marblehead.

Tabitha Liversidge will perform the solo piece titled “Life Unlived” choreographed by Judith Wombwell.

The program will also include works by a variety of North Shore dance companies, including North Shore Civic Ballet of Marblehead, Exit Dance Theatre of Newburyport, Forty Steps Dance of Nahant and Hyperbole Dance of Marblehead. Films by Newburyport artist Gordon Pryzbyla and Jeremiah Story of Merrimac will round out the show.

Founded in 2001, North Shore Dance Alliance is dedicated to supporting and encouraging a wide range of dance on the North Shore. It is open to dancers, teachers, choreographers and dance enthusiasts.

Performances are Saturday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 17, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20, $15 for students and seniors and are available online at For more information on North Shore Dance Alliance, visit

‘Spelling Bee’ on Reading stage

Colonial Chorus Players is entering its second weekend of performances for “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” at The Old Hose House, 1249 Main St., Reading.

The tale of six adolescent outsiders competing for the spelling championship of a lifetime features a cast of area performers.

Shows are Saturday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. The production will wrap up next weekend with performances on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22 and 23, at 8 p.m. For tickets or information, call 781-944-9780 or email Visit for more.

A local take on Japanese pop art

A writer with Andover ties will be featured in an exploration of Japanese art forms next week at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem.

Roland Kelts, whose parents, Drs. Larry and Kaori Kelts, live in Andover, will be a presenter for “Manga Nation: Japanese Design and American Pop Culture,” a celebration of the Japanese cultural phenomena that are all the rage.

Kelts together with teen librarian and writer Robin Brenner will take the crowd beyond the usual notions of cartoon and costume, and fantasy and reality to explore ideas about public and private selves and what the popularity of manga in the U.S. reveals about the changes in American identity.

Kelts is a lecturer at the University of Tokyo and a co-editor of the New York-based literary journal, “A Public Space.” His first book, “Japanamerica,” addresses the American experience with the Japanese pop phenomenon. His articles, essays and stories have been widely published.

The program is being presented by The Tannery series, a Newburyport-based community arts initiative that is adding a unique literary spin to the museum’s monthly evening gatherings. The evening will also include music, some hands-on instruction in drawing manga and a chance to view PEM’s latest exhibit, “Future Beauty: Avant-Garde Japanese Fashion.” People are encouraged to dress as their favorite characters.

Admission is $10; museum members and Salem residents get in free. For information, call the museum at 161 Essex St. at 866-745-1876 or visit

Hanukkah Story Hour at Andover Bookstore

Rivka Leah and her guests will explore various aspects of Hanukkah while sharing the tale “Lots of Latkes” by Sandy Lanton at a Hanukkah Story Hour on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Andover Bookstore, 89 Main St., Andover,

The story reading will be enhanced with songs, a Hanukkah craft, and special Hanukkah treats. The event is geared to students ages 2.9 to 6 and is being supported by a grant from the Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation. Reservations are requested by Friday, Nov. 15. Email Eddirector or call the office of Congregation Beth Israel in Andover at 978-474-0540.

Bright Horizons unveiling ArtSmart 2013

Bright Horizons at Brickstone in Andover welcomes the community to its ArtSmart 2013 Showcase on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 3 to 6 p.m.

The show will spotlight the center’s budding artists ranging in age from 6 months through 6 years old. Bright Horizons, located at 40 Brickstone Square, aims to incorporate an art-rich culture into the creative world of the children it serves. Visiting youngsters will have the opportunity to create a masterpiece of their own to take home.

For more information, call 978-475-7122 or visit

Floral note for Women of NECC tea

The Women of NECC’s annual Membership Tea will be held Tuesday, Nov. 19, at noon in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St. The event will feature florist Steve Janavicus of Flowers by Steve in Bradford, who will demonstrate how he creates his unique floral arrangements. His holiday-themed arrangements will then be raffled off.

Tickets are $45; reservations are required. Proceeds will benefit the Women of NECC Scholarship Fund. For information or reservations, contact the Northern Essex Community College Institutional Advancement Office at 978-556-3789.

Boys dance program holding auditions

Platinum Dance Andover is holding a program placement class for the Boys Training Program on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the dance studio at 7 Iceland Road in Andover. The Boys Training Program is open to dancers ages 5 through 18 and teaches a combination of ballet, jazz, strength and conditioning and jumps, turns and tricks.

Dancers of all skill levels are welcome; those under age 18 should be accompanied by a parent. Scholarships are available. For more information and to view the class schedule, visit Interested dancers who are unable to attend the placement class should call Sam at 978-809-9631.


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