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  • Steven Kellogg, Stephen Colbert, And A Burglar Unarmed

    It is not often in life that a person has the opportunity to redo something, children’s author/illustrator Steven Kellogg told The Newtown Bee this week, but the recently issued 35th anniversary edition of his book "Pinkerton, Behave!" has provided him with just that chance. The book has been revised and reillustrated by Mr Kellogg to reflect his own and the country’s changing attitudes toward gun violence, he said. “It’s interesting to me to see that I’ve grown more as a children’s book illustrator than I had realized,” said Mr Kellogg.

  • Special Gift Has The Stamp Of Approval

    A United States Postal Service (USPS) 2013-14 holiday stamp has come to life at the Hawleyville Post Office. Self-taught gingerbread artist Teresa Layman of Warren, Conn. delivered one of the actual gingerbread houses that made up the four-house stamp series first issued in November 2013, as a gift to the local post office.

  • Pilobolus & RIS Students: The Perfect Dance Partners

    Reed Intermediate School students participating for in Pilobolus At Newtown, an After School Arts Program (ASAP), will offer a public performance with members of the professional company on Friday, December 19, at 7 pm. Pilobolus Dance Theatre, a unique and very contemporary modern dance company based in Washington (Conn.), has been performing around the world for more than 40 years. ASAP, also based in Washington, has been providing workshops and school programming in northwest Connecticut for 16 years. The Pilobolus collaboration is a first for Reed school, however.

  • Theater Review: Nostalgia And Comfort For The Holiday Season

    On a very cold, rainy and dark Saturday night last weekend, comfort and warmth for the weary holiday soul was being served up at Sherman Playhouse by way of a heartwarming production of "It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play," adapted by Phil Grecian. The movie is one of my all-time favorites, so I was excited to see the words played out as a live radio broadcast. The vivid imagery of the oft seen movie was evoked by the dialogue, yet the players on stage were charged with such energetic physicality and vocal range that they proved a worthy distraction.

  • Cut Your Own Tree At A Family Operation In Town

    One of the most recognizable symbols of the December holiday period — the Christmas tree — can be seen on car roof tops, if not already in windows of homes complete with decorations and all, with regularity as December 25 fast approaches. Time is running out for families or individuals to get their green, festive, scented reminder of the season. In Newtown, there are several options for residents and nonresidents alike, including family-owned, cut-your-own tree farms.

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  • Theater Review: Life Is A Game And ‘The Game’s Afoot’

    Nothing says Merry Christmas like a good old fashioned, hilariously funny murder-mystery. Theatreworks New Milford’s holiday offering of Ken Ludwig’s "The Games’s Afoot, or Holmes for the Holidays" is just that.

  • Jingle Jam, House Tours, Holiday Fun Filled The Weekend

    ’Twas the night before the 29th annual Holiday Festival’s daylong celebration, which started with a dash of musical cheer. Filling the Edmond Town Hall Alexandria Room with seasonal songs and the plucky sound of banjo and guitar strings was the Goldrush band, playing holiday favorites. The Jingle Jam on Saturday night, December 6, was a new part of a traditional Holiday Festival to benefit Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS). Festivities continued with house tours and activities along Main Street and at the Edmond Town Hall on Sunday, December 7.

  • Rotary Pancake Day — A Holiday Tradition

    The Newtown Rotary Annual Pancake Day was underway for less than two hours, Saturday, December 6, and more than 200 guests had already dined on pancakes and sausage, said Rotary member Myra Leuci. With three more hours of the 8 am to 1 pm breakfast still to go, the line out the door seemed to indicate that the event, in its 54th year, would be a great success.