The Andover Historical Society announces the 61st annual flower show to take place Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entries will be received between 5:30-8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3. The theme is Earth Station with the following categories: Arrangement of your choice entitled Andover Earth Station, using a metal container and named The Big Telescope, an arrangement with wild flowers entitled The Control Room. The Telstar-50th Anniversary category will require flowers in a golden color. The Bubble will be represented by a floral design using white flowers in a white container. If you would like to remember someone special then a Song Title of the '60's is the category to enter. The ever popular mug or cup and saucer will represent the Hospitality Building that was on the site. Children 12 years and younger may enter a dish garden. As is the custom, single specimens may be displayed in the bottles provided by the society. Houseplants must be at least six months old.
The Andover Photography Contest will be exhibited on Aug. 4 in the Town Hall. Photographs are placed into two groups, children 17 and under and adults 18 and older. There are five categories: portrait, landscape, animal, photoshop, and black and white. There will be 147 ribbons awarded. Photos can be submitted at the town hall on the following dates: July 27 from 5 to 7 p.m.; Sunday, July 29 from 11a.m. to 1 p.m.; Monday, July 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. The last submittal will be on Wednesday, Aug. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. Questions or to drop off photos call Kelly or Ray at 369-0559.
The Andover Educational Fund Board of Directors met on Sunday evening. The main agenda item was the revue of their financial status and setting the amount to award each student who has applied for the Charles Cutting Endowment this year. To receive the full amount a student must have been a resident of Andover for all four of their high school years. Like many funds the Cutting Endowment has been adversely affected by the major economic downturn of the last few years and so it was necessary to reduce the per student out pay this year to $2,000 per student, which is still a sizable help to our young people pursuing higher education. Because of the lack of adequate funds, it was voted to suspend the funding of adults seeking higher education until such time as the fund is in a more secure position.
A hiking group has been formed and has had several trips to various locations in the last few weeks, which included last week's trip to the Devil's Den where several children and adults enjoyed the ride down Black Brook and swimming. Today the group will be taking a trip to Angel Falls and will meet at the First Congregational Church parking lot at 10:30 a.m. to form a caravan. All are invited to attend. Please remember woods essentials ‒ bug spray, good hiking shoes and sensible clothing. Following the hike there will be a swimming party at a place yet to be determined.