Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


February 21, 2013

Get un-busy: Local woman starts monthly fun night to create community

Local woman starts monthly fun night to beat social disconnect

“Sorry, I’m busy.”

That’s seems to be the universal answer for people when they are invited somewhere. It’s leading to a town filled with isolation and a lack of social connections, says Sherry Lundquist, who has lived in Andover for several years.

“I have been feeling the need for more community connections as a way to help create a kinder and more friendly town,” said Lundquist, a teacher’s assistant at West Middle School.

She has organized a monthly get-together where her passions will come to life and everyone is welcome to join her.

MAD Fridays (the MAD acronym stands for music, art and dance) happen on Friday nights from 7 to 9 at Unitarian Universalist Church at 6 Locke St. Most events are free.

“It’s not spiritual, it’s just a fun night,” said Lundquist, who attends the church. “I’m only doing it at the church because they are letting me use the space.”

Lundquist had to cancel her first MAD event because of the blizzard. She planned to center the evening around a Journey Dance and will reschedule the event. But, MAD Fridays will go.

The next MAD Friday is March 8 when a kirtan (bakhti yoga practice of devotion) is led by Ravi and the Solar Dynasty Band. It’s a family friendly event and kids of all ages are welcome, she said.

There will be opportunities for everyone to chant, sing, dance and play with rhythm instruments, said Lundquist, who leads drumming circles in her free time.

“It’s an evening of yoga and a creative art event,” said Lundquist, also a serious yogini.

She said the space at the church is large and spacious with a hardwood floor, and it’s handicap accessible.

“I know everyone is busy but I really wanted to bring our community together...people work all day and then put the TV on. Get out and have some fun,” Lundquist said. “Do something fun and meet people.”

You can email Lundquist at

Text Only | Photo Reprints

    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES/Courtesy photo Dr. Howard Koh will step down as U.S. assistant secretary for health after five years to rejoin Harvard School of Public Health this fall in a new position in its Department of Health Policy and Management.

    Koh to rejoin Harvard School of Public Health Posted 5 days ago 1 Photo
  • 48 locals to pedal in Pan-Mass Challenge Posted 5 days ago

    Courtesy photo Hannah Currie is spending 10 days this summer becoming immersed in the music industry at GRAMMY Camp in Los Angeles.

    Currie hits note at LA's GRAMMY Camp Posted 5 days ago 1 Photo
  • South Church names new senior pastor Posted 12 days ago

    COURTESY PHOTO Andover residents Patrick James, left, Adam Geaslen, Ryan Byrd and Dan Bryant claimed first place at the 35th annual Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence Golf Tournament at Indian Ridge Country Club in town.

    Local foursome aces Boys & Girls Club tourney Posted 12 days ago 2 Photos

    COURTESY PHOTO The Marble sisters --Anna, 8, left, and Isabel, 11 -- post-donatin to Locks of Love.

    Sisters pair up to donate pony tails to Locks of Love Posted 12 days ago 4 Photos
  • AT HOST1

    DESI SMITH/Staff photo Former Andover residents Dana Cohen and his wife, Ginny, back, left, have regularly hosted foreign exchange students since 1989. Farrah Moussa, back right, from Egypt, and Paula Valverde, front right, from Spain, are the latest students to spend a year with the Cohens, who now live in Gloucester.

    Former Andover couple welcomes exchange students for quarter-century Posted 12 days ago 4 Photos
  • Thursday, July 3, 2014
  • LENO1

    FILE PHOTO Jay Leno, who honed his comedy skills growing up in Andover, will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor this fall during a performance at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.

    In good comedy company Posted 19 days ago 2 Photos

    ACT 3.jpg Susan Stott, third from left, accepts the Opening Doors to Affordable Housing in Andover Award from Andover Community Trust directors, from left, Don Schroeder, treasurer; John Pearson, president; and Joan Johnson, clerk.

    Affordable housing advocates honored Posted 19 days ago 2 Photos

    Salim Tabit

    Townspeople in the News Posted 19 days ago 1 Photo

Pictures of the Week