Don't forget the Family Ballgame Night at the town field by Mills Market this evening at 6 p.m. Folks of all ages are welcome for tee-ball, Whiffle ball or softball. Tennis rackets for kids are available. For those adult volleyball enthusiasts, outdoor volleyball is on Wednesday and Sunday evenings at 6 p.m.
Olde Home Day buttons and T-shirts are available in local stores. So support this wonderful Andover tradition by purchasing these items. The Olde Home Day Committee will meet on Monday, July 15 at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall to finalize plans for the first weekend in August annual event.
Part of Olde Home Day is the 62nd annual Flower Show at the Historical Society. The theme for this year is Barns and Agriculture and there will be several categories for local flower growers to display their best blooms. New this year is Barn Wedding – a hand tied bouquet and Harvesting a Garden – home-grown vegetables and/or fruits arranged in a basket. Contest requirements are available at local stores.
For the first time in quite some time we now have five businesses on Main Street. New this year are Kate's Kones featuring Gifford's ice cream and the re-opened Mills Market with a line of groceries and fishing equipment. Barry Martin's Garage continues to serve local car owners and those with small engine equipment. At the four corners, we have the Little Red Hen Restaurant and Bakery which features Friday and Saturday evening meals as well as daily breakfast and lunch. The "Hen" is closed on Mondays. Across the street is Andover General with gas, food, lottery tickets and a huge assortment of snacks, as well as spirits.
Vacation Bible Schools will be hosted by both churches this summer. The Calvary Bible Church program is entitled "Kingdom Chronicles" and will be in session July 8 through12 from 6 to 8 p.m. each evening. The First Congregational Church will sponsor "The Voice on the Mountain," a three day program, July 22, 23, 24 from 9 a.m. until noon. Those of us of a certain age fondly remember VBS and the great times we had not only learning about God and the Bible, but also the fun of seeing friends from school.
The Andover Food Pantry continues to be opened on Tuesday mornings 9 to 10 and serves Andover, Upton, Roxbury and Byron. The pantry is located at the First Congregational Church.
The People in Action Committee is sponsoring a free community lunch on July 16 at noon. The menu is lasagna, salad, garlic bread and fruit desserts. Come enjoy food and fellowship with members of your community.