The Andover Recreation Committee is looking for volunteers tomorrow, Friday, July 19, to help with their restore and revitalize the playground near the tennis courts project. There will be two sessions for this work to be accomplished, 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The volunteers will be painting, putting together a monkey bars kit and adding two swings. The group will also be putting in a post and rope barrier in front of the playground, so they need some hole-diggers. This event is made possible because the River Valley Healthy Communities awarded a grant to the Andover Recreational Committee.
On Tuesday, July 16, the People in Action Committee served a free community lunch at the CEB. Details for this event will be forthcoming next week.
In addition to the community yard sales advertised for this Friday and Saturday, Barry Martin will be having a yard sale on Saturday and Sunday at his residence at 204 Rumford Center Road, East Andover. The community yard sale participants this Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20, include the residences at 53 and 71 Pine Street, 630 East Andover Road, 641 South Arm Road and 79 North Main Street.
For those volleyball enthusiasts remember the outdoor group meets at the field next to Mills Market on Wednesday and Sunday evenings at 6 p.m.
The Andover Olde Home Day Committee had their final meeting in preparation for the annual celebration on Monday evening. T-shirts and buttons are available at local stores. The three day event, now in its 33rd year begins with the garden judging on Thursday, a band concert on the common on Friday evening, parade and a host of events all day long on Saturday and a horse show on Sunday at the Ellis River Riders facility on the Airport Road. A new addition this year is the Operation Game Thief Exhibit with Game Warden Brock Clukey.
My friends at the Upton Union Church reminded me that the Upton Fun Day will be held on August 17. Part of the celebration will be a dramatic reading of Civil War letters between Steven and Lydia Richards from June, 1864 through August, 1865. This is of interest to Andover people because eventually the Richards migrated down the hill to Andover. The day's activities will conclude with a worship service at 5 p.m. and therefore there will be no Sunday evening service that week.
The Knights of Pythias report that restoration on the Town Hall stage curtain will be done July 23 and 24. The group is paying for this work to be done as a gift to the town. The curtain as we all know is unique and we thank the Pythians for taking on this project.