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.
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.
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.
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.
’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.
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.
Children participated in working to create quilt squares for a Comfort Quilt project at Newtown Middle School on Saturday, December 6. The table was part of the Parks & Recreation Breakfast with Santa event, but organizers Suzanne Davenport and Jan Brookes are working on the project outside of the event.
Ms Brookes said when she read about how one of the many signs of support that was sent to Newtown in the wake of 12/14 disappeared, she responded emotionally. A 35-block comfort quilt created by students at St Hillary Catholic School in Fairlawn, Ohio, and sent to a school in New Jersey to offer support for children affected by 9/11, was then sent to Newtown after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
A few months ago town officials realized that the comfort quilt was missing from its vast collection, either taken purposely from its Newtown Municipal Center display or through error. The Comfort Quilt has not yet been returned, despite numerous pleas from town officials and archivists.
Shannon Letts was one of dozens of early birds shopping at The Garden Club of Newtown Annual Greens Sale, Saturday morning, December 6. Seeking primarily wreaths, Ms Letts said she comes to the event every year. “Honestly, I can’t find wreaths decorated as nicely anywhere else," she said. Dozens of wreaths lined the aisles at The Meeting House on Main Street, with even more of the hand decorated greens filling the pews. In recent weeks, Garden Club members had artfully applied ornaments, dried and fresh fruits, spices, candy canes, holly, pinecones, and more, accented with lushly tied bows, to the wreaths, with each wreath a one-of-a-kind creation.