Posts Tagged ‘Serio’s Grove’

Photo of the Week

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013


Above is an old diving board located at Serios Grove, conservation land owned by the town of Andover. This spot contains several white pine and red oak trees, along with several other species as well. The land has been disturbed by previous owners for the removal of gravel which was underneath the property. The pine groves provide a nice camping spot, and the pine needles provide a comfortable surface to lay upon.

This land was acquired as recently as 2001 at an Andover Town Meeting. In 2007, the Conservation Commission developed it into a picnic area. The area is located along Lowell Junction Road. The property is known as Serios Grove because it was previously the homestead of the Serio family in 1932. Frank Serio ran a kayak and canoe business from the back of his home. The family name disappeared in 1968, but Frank Serio Jr. was found living out of town and gave information about the family. Frank Serio Sr. was significant because he was one of the town’s earliest environmentalists. His efforts decreased pollution in the town. Serios Grove is a great place to visit if  you are interested in nature, or want to camp or have a picnic.


Director’s Blog: What can you do at the Historical Society this week?

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Picnic with us at Serio’s Grove in Ballardvale

Picnic with the Historical Society at Serio's Grove Sunday, October 9th. PR & Development Assistant Carrie Midura found this image in the collection. It's one of my favorites!

This Sunday, October 9th, we’re hosting the next in our series of Centennial events: an old fashioned picnic at Serio’s Grove in Ballardvale.  Travel back to 1911 with us at a family picnic on the banks of the beautiful Shawsheen River in Ballardvale Village at Andover’s picturesque Serio’s Grove reservation.  This special picnic will feature canoe rides, a ducky race, and live banjo music.  Bring a picnic basket, blanket, and a healthy appetite for adventure.  The Centennial picnic will be 1:00 to 4:00 pm.  Visit our website for details and directions.


Andover Story – October 7, 2010

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

This week’s Andover Story, “Serio’s Grove provided river entertainment,” tells the story of Frank Serio and his family, who owned land on the edge of the Shawsheen River in Ballardvale, at the southern end of Andover. Author Gail Ralston brings the Serio’s story up to 2009, when the Andover Conservation Commission formally recognized the grove as a new recreation area. Follow the link to the Andover Townsman Online to read the whole story. Guess what famous hometown boy shows up in the story? (Hint: You might be able to see him on TV Tonight.)

Frank Serio paddling one of his homemade boats on the Shawsheen River.


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!


You’re invited to Serio’s Grove!

Saturday, May 16th, 2009