The first meeting of the 2013 Olde Home Day Committee was held on Wednesday evening. This is the 33rd year of Olde Home Day which began in 1980 as an offshoot of the 175th anniversary celebration held in 1979. The planning group floated ideas for a theme, but did not settle on any; however, the most viable one seemed to be “Old Home Day Memories.” A final decision will be made at the next meeting on May 6. Proposed activities are the skillet throwing contest chaired by Robin Palmer Mosher, a garden contest with Ruth Hilton as chair and the traditional photo, pie eating, arm wrestling along with tractor pulling and racing. There will be games for children, including the new moon-bounce recently acquired by the committee. Anyone in the community is invited to join the committee.
On Saturday, the town was abuzz with the fundraising activities for the Hughes Family. There was a huge turnout for both the auction in the afternoon and the concert with Pete Coolidge and Friends in the evening. In addition, in between those events John and Carol Emery put on a spaghetti supper. All the events took place in the Town Hall. One of the highlights of the concert was the four Robinson girls singing. The girls come by their talent from their parents who have a music ministry at the Calvary Bible Church. As a viewer of all these advents, thanks to Jim Coolidge, his many helpers and all the participants for showing once again what a great community-minded town Andover is especially when one of our people has adverse incidents in their life.
The Birthday Supper is being chaired by Amber Cooper and Brenda Ross. The menu includes something for everyone – turkey, ham, assorted vegetables including mashed potatoes. As usual all the tables will be decorated for the twelve months of the year and our best bakers will be coming up with original birthday cakes in various flavors. The supper will take place on April 27 with two sittings, one at 5 p.m. and another at 6 p.m.
Don't forget the special Town Meeting on Saturday, April 20, at 10 a.m. This meeting is to give voters the opportunity to raise and appropriate additional funds of $72,000 per the request of the SAD 44 School Board in order to keep our school open for the 2013-14 school year as negotiations continue.
A reminder that the Knights of Pythias have undertaken the restoration of the Town Hall stage curtain as a project and are hoping for support from the community for this $2,000 project. The curtain was purchased and installed in 1926 and if you haven't seen it, you should. It's a great lesson in history about the businesses that existed at that time and the art work in unique. Donations may be sent to Mark Farrington, P O Box 164, East Andover, ME 04226