Andover happenings

Photo courtesy of Frank E. GrahamThe Wayfinding collection is on exhibit now through Feb. 28 at Phillips Academy’s Addison Art Gallery. The collection features new work by six artists — Sonny Assu, Andrea Chung, Liz Collins, Spencer Finch, Josh T. Franco and Heidi Whitman. The work is made in response to a two-year engagement with Phillips Academy’s Sidney R. Knafel Map Collection. The collection — a unique grouping of atlases, maps and globes — documents European understanding of the world from 1434 through the 19th century, and reveals the political and economic aspirations of this period.

Addison Gallery of Art reopens

The Addison Gallery of Art at Phillips Academy reopened on Oct. 17. The new hours for public visits are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Guided by the ongoing exploration of the question “What is America?” the gallery is presenting a new season of exhibitions and programs that demonstrate how artists past and present, using a wide variety of media, have grappled with the myths and realities of the American story. 

Detailed information about visiting the gallery and reserving tickets are available on the Addison’s website,

Food drive at West Parish Church

West Parish Church is hosting a food drive now thru Oct. 24 for people in the Merrimack Valley.

Non-perishable items can be dropped off at the church at 129 Reservation Road.

Rotary meetings

Rotary of Andover is hosting Denise Wall, a health and life coach, who will speak about how to make positive life changes. The meeting begins Friday, Oct. 23, at 7:45 a.m. 

Future guests include Rotary District Governor Betsy Manzelli  on Oct. 30 and Andover's Director of Veterans Services Mark R. Comeiro, USN (Ret.) on Nov. 6 for a Veterans Day observance.

Meetings begin at 7:45 a.m. the talk goes until 8:15. Networking follows until 8:30 a.m. Following COVID-19 social distancing protocols and regulations, attendance is limited to 25 people who must register to attend. Meetings are also virtual on Zoom. Guests and new members are welcome. Contact person is Amy Salant at 781-964-6397 or

Fester Five goes virtual 

As a virtual race, the Feaster Five is now open to anyone who can complete a 5K or 5 mile course of their choosing.

There will also be a 1K option for children. More adventurous runners can compete in a new virtual 13K challenge — a 5K + 5M together. Virtual race registration is now open.

“It’s the 33rd year for Feaster Five and we wanted to keep the tradition alive and open the opportunity to family and friends around the globe,” said Tom Licciardello, race manager. “Though the streets of Andover won’t be packed with runners, walkers, families, and dogs on Thanksgiving morning, we think this virtual event is going to be epic!”

To encourage new runners and support those who have run before, the Feaster Five will still offer its popular Couch to 5K training program, but virtually. There will be three videos posted each week for the 12-week program.

Runners can compete anytime between Nov. 22 and 29. Participants are encouraged to form a team of family and friends. There is a $5 discount for each team member.

Presented by the Merrimack Valley Striders running club, the Feaster Five raises money to support the club’s high school scholarship program. Beneficiaries for this year’s virtual Feaster Five are the Hoyt Foundation, Merrimack Valley YMCA and Bellesini Academy.

Register now at


Faith Lutheran Church welcomes new pastor

Faith Lutheran Church welcomed Pastor Jeanette Leisk as its new transitional pastor on Sept. 1.

Leisk grew up in Pittsfield. She graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine and formerly had a primary care medical practice in Westborough. In 2003, she felt a call to full-time ordained ministry and attended United Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Ordained in 2008, Leisk served as associate pastor at St. James Lutheran Church in Gettysburg and also as pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Virginia, until returning home to Massachusetts.

Leisk was hired following the recent retirement of former pastors Jon and Marsha Heydenreich. The Heydenreichs retired in the summer after more than 25 years of dedicated service to the congregation.

The pandemic forced closing of the church to physical use in March, but the church has managed to remain active and vibrant virtually ever since. Weekly Sunday services are held via Zoom at 9:45 a.m.

Pave the Patio

The Andover Senior Community Friends group is raising money for the new Robb Center by selling bricks for the center's patio.

The Pave the Patio Campaign is part of the Friends’ commitment to raise $500,000 to address needs for the new Robb Center beyond construction costs, such as fixtures and furnishings. To date more than $388,000 has been raised toward that goal.

“The bricks, which cost $100 each, can be inscribed with the name of a loved one, living or deceased, or can be used to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, new family member or to honor someone special,” said Dana MacKay, president of the Friends group. “You can permanently celebrate a grand occasion, commemorate past accomplishments or share fond memories of someone dear.”

Bricks can be ordered online at the Friends website, or by sending a check for $100 per brick, payable to Andover Senior Community Friends. Donors are asked to indicate what should be engraved on the brick – three lines, up to 13 characters per line, including spaces; and mail to: ASCF, P.O. Box 576, Andover, MA 01810.



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