Posts Tagged ‘Senior Center’

On the 8th Day of Christmas Trees…

Friday, December 17th, 2010

The Friends of the Senior Center did bring to us… a loving and lovely heart filled tree!

Decorated by Friends of the Andover Senior Center

Where did the Valentine Card industry get its start in America?
Right here in Massachusetts!

Sometime in the mid-19th century time period, the tradition crossed the Atlantic Ocean, and Massachusetts is credited with the birth of the commercial Valentine market in America. Esther Howland, of Worcester, MA, received a Valentine card from someone in England. She was a student at Mt. Holyoke College, and when she received this commercially made card from England, she began making cards. Her Father was a stationer, and she began to sell the cards in his store in Worcester. The business grew, Esther hired friends to help her make more cards, and the commercial Valentine Card industry in America began.

Ever since that time, children in American schools have been enjoying and celebrating this holiday by trading cards, sharing treats, and partaking in special school activities. The decorations on this tree represent cards and traditions from this earliest time to the present.

Special thanks to Andover H.S. student Chloe Cabaret- Salameh for the origami decorations found on the tree.

An antique pop-up valentine card from the Society's collection

Board members of the Friends of the Senior Center came together to create their second tree for us – this year with the theme of school Valentine parties and inspired by some of the beautiful Victorian valentines in our collection. Borrowing from teacher’s classroom and constructing new ornaments and trimming – this tree is red, white and pink all over. Some of the special details include bunches of paper roses and small feathered cupids arrows that are just waiting to catch some unsuspecting lover’s heart!

Of course, the best valentines are those that are hand-made and many fond memories will be recalled while viewing the loving detail that clearly went in to creating some of the charming ornaments!

Snoopy loves every holiday!


High Tea & History Success!

Friday, September 17th, 2010

This past Wednesday, Historical Society and the Andover Senior Center hosted the pilot of a new program.  High Tea & History is an afternoon of tea, stories, and reminisces focused on a recently published Andover Story. Our first High Tea & History focused on the September 2nd article, “Dancing in Shawsheen begat a ballroom for Andover.”  Bernice Haggerty entertained participants with her memories of the Crystal Ballroom in the years before World War II.  Others shared their memories of the Ballroom after the War, through the early 1950s.  Over 50 people came to the inaugural tea, overwhelming the Center’s new Four Seasons Room.  The program was moved to the much larger cafeteria to accommodate everyone.   Thank you to Karen Payne-Taylor and the rest of the Senior Center staff for hosting such a delightful tea!

The next High Tea & History will be Wednesday, October 20th, 2:00-3:30 pm at the Senior Center.  The story we will discuss will be “Serios Grove and fun on the river in Ballardvale.”  Many folks in town remember the Miami Boat House and the Serio family.  Registration to future High Tea & History events will be limited to 25 people, so please call the Senior Center to register early if you’d like to attend (978) 623-8321.

Also, if you enjoy the Andover Stories series, head on over to the Senior Center Thursday, September 23rd. Historical Society volunteer and author Joan Patrakis will talk about her upcoming Andover Story:  “Scamps, Scoundrels and Other Misguided Individuals.” Don’t miss what is sure to be a surprising talk!