The biggest draws at regional concert venues this fall mirrored bills that may have played the same or similar venues 20, 30, even more than 40 years ago. At the same time, other legacy acts — along with a secret weapon super group — energized more intimate venues, bringing classic storytellers up close and personal to fans, many who have been following some of those the artists for decades.
EverWonder Children’s Museum, which lost its classroom and museum space at 31 Pecks Lane in August, has found a new and “much larger,” 7,500 square-foot home in the same industrial complex, Executive Director Tamara Tragakiss Barry said December 15. The larger Pecks Lane location “had all the right ingredients, and we can stay in town,” which is the base for museum support, she said. Board members has a new five-year lease arrangement with the Tier One property management, and hope to welcome children and families back for programs and activities by mid-February. In order to do that, a capital campaign to cover the costs of retrofitting the new space has been launched.
There was much merriment at Michael’s at The Grove in Bethel (formerly Cappellaro’s), Tuesday, December 9, as members, friends, and family of the Newtown Senior Center gathered for the Annual Holiday Party.
One after another, young men and women stepped up to receive their awards. On Friday, December 5, before a crowd of parents, educators, veterans, and local political delegates, students from Newtown and area schools received recognition for their winning written and oral essays submissions in the Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy contests.
Newtown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 308 (VFW) hosted the student competition.
They may have a low-key name for their group, but The Quiet Life has no plans to lull the audience at Hayden Bates' next Edmond Town Hall Concert December 20. The energetic foursome led by brothers Sean and Ryan Spellman will take care to ensure that fans and newcomers to their unique brand of music have a rousing good time. In fact, anyone under age 18 can access the show absolutely free with valid ID thanks to underwriting from Wells Fargo Bank, and all the rest are sure to get their money's worth at $20 for general admission tickets. The group, which formed in New London, has honed its craft touring the lower 48 as well as Alaska in a veggie oil fueled van, playing festivals, clubs, coffee houses and living rooms. Along the way, Quiet Life produced two projects including their latest offering, Housebroken Man.
Santa Claus on Saturday, December 6, began checking his list of girls and boys he will visit on Christmas Eve. Children rushed to see him as he strolled through Sandy Hook Center during the Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity’s (SHOP) 13th Annual Sandy Hook Village Holiday Tree Lighting. Two trees, both lit the night with both symbolic and traditional colors. The trees will shine every night throughout this holiday season.
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.
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.