Anne Knowles’ Andover Notebook


Change is in the air, and so we begin the fall season. Andover is one of the jewels of the north shore so let us check out some very interesting things to do and places to go.

September 22, from 12-1:30 p.m., the Andover Village Improvement Society (AVIS) invites interested residents to a nature walk at Goldsmith Woodlands. It should be an excellent time to learn more about our surroundings, studying flora and fauna in this part of Massachusetts. The pond and surroundings are thought to be the site of an Indian encampment dating back many centuries.

The woodlands were named after Bessie Goldman, an eccentric resident of Andover, who cared for and protected this area for many years. AVIS became the caretakers in1977.

The walk should take about one and a half hours. Comfortable shoes and insect repellent are advised. Directions to find the Foster’s Pond area are available at the AVIS website. (

The Andover Historical Society is sponsoring a walking tour of Central Street, Andover Center from 4-5:30 p.m. on Sunday September 22, 2013.

Known as Andover’s “Main Street” from the 1600’s through the 1700’s, the location was home to many early settlers that chose this area of Essex County to establish themselves. Many of their descendants still call Andover home. The tour will begin at the Revolutionary War Memorial near Central Street and School Street. Parking is available nearby.

The Andover Historical Society hosts many events during the year and the public is encouraged to visit their website,

Also, the Andover Farmer’s Market will continue at the Blanchard House grounds through October 5 on every Saturday from 10-2. This yearly event has been very successful and enjoyable for young and old alike.


The Fall Book Sale, a major fund raiser for the Memorial Hall Library, will be held on September 27 and 28, 9-4:30, and Sunday, September 29, from 1-4:30. A preview night will be held on September 25, 6:30-8:30. The cost for the preview will be $20.00. Proceeds go to the Friends of the Library. These funds are used for special events and quality programs for the library. The books are donated for the sale by members of the community. Anyone who would like to become “Friend of the Library” is welcome. Information is available through the library staff.


Continuing programs for Adults, teens, school age children K – 6 and youngsters, newborn to 5 years of age, are varied and will suit all members of the of the library.

As always, the staff at the library is enthusiastic and helpful. The Memorial Hall Library has new programs, digital books, eBooks by “local authors”, museum passes, is Internet accessible and much, much more.

The MHL has a schedule of events and programs, that may be accessed through their website. A visit to the library for the whole family is encouraged. Check out the opportunities and welcome.