When the Newtown Holiday Festival returns to Main Street on Sunday, people of all ages looking for some holiday-themed fun should be able to find something that appeals to them. The festival runs from 11 am until 4 pm, rain, shine, or light snow. The Holiday Festival, anchored at Edmond Town Hall, offers a little bit of everything under one roof including The Festival of Trees, The Gingerbread House Contest, performances from "Nutcracker Suite," a Yankee Candle sale, a Scholastic Books sale, and Frozen Frenzy, a new offering for children. Historic Trolley Tours will be offered four times, departing from and returning to the courtyard in front of the historic building at 45 Main Street. Back by popular demand — following a one-year hiatus — is the Historic Homes Tour, with three private homes and the building that housed the town's first library all open for visitors. Kicking everything off, on Saturday night, will be a brand-new Holiday Festival event: The Jingle Bell Jam, with live music by Sandy Hook-based band Goldrush.
The classic 1939 film "Gone With The Wind" drew an enthusiastic crowd last weekend to Edmond Town Hall Theatre, where Newtown Cultural Arts Commission hosted one of its Sunday Film Series programs. Guests were encouraged to dress their “Oscar best” and attend a red carpet reception between 1 pm and show time in the theater at 1:30. Many couples entered the lobby arm-in-arm dressed as movie personalities, which pleased NCAC member and Sunday Cinema Series Coordinator Jen Rogers. “I was so thrilled that our audience embraced the spirit of the event,” she said.
With a swish of stage curtains and splash of colorful footlights soon to come, Newtown Centre of Classical Ballet & Voice Artistic Director & Owner Tory Gozzi said, “It’s that time of year again.” With excitement, she anticipates this season’s this season’s Nutcracker Suite, as traditionally performed by the ballet company’s Malenkee dancers. This will be Ms Gozzi’s second year leading the company in the holiday performances. Shows are at noon and 2 pm on Sunday, December 7, in the Edmond Town Hall Theatre. NCCBV’s Nutcracker Suite will be part of the 29th Holiday Festival, benefiting Newtown Youth & Family Services. Tickets are $7 at the door, or are included in the cost of a full Holiday Festival ticket.
A music-loving crowd stepped out of a balmy autumn afternoon and into Newtown Congregational Church on Sunday, November 23, to enjoy a special concert organized and produced by Newtown musician Jim Allyn, with the support of Newtown Cultural Arts Commission.
Newtown Historical Society is seeking loans of photographs, letters, poetry, journals, needlework, crafts, clothing, and similar items from the late 19th and early 20th Century, as it relates to the Irish population of Sandy Hook, for an upcoming exhibit. The exhibit, “From Ireland To Sandy Hook: The Legacy of Sandy Hook Immigrants,” will be presented in a Sandy Hook Village space yet to be determined, said Amy Fallas-Kerr, who with husband Tim Kerr is co-president of the local historical organization. The hope is to have the approximately one-month exhibit ready by mid-March. Several spaces in the center of Sandy Hook are possibilities at this time. Currently a curatorial assistant at Gunn Memorial Museum in Washington, Conn., Ms Fallas-Kerr gave assurance that any items loaned would be properly cared for and cataloged during the time they are in the possession of NHS.
The day after Thanksgiving was a bustle of continued holiday activity at Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue’s main station on Riverside Road, the highlight of which was the arrival of hundreds of Christmas trees. When the long truck full of hundreds of trees from Fontaine Farm in Vermont arrived in Newtown around 4:30 pm on Friday, November 28, thanks to C.A.T.S. Brothers Trucking of Sandy Hook, volunteers bustled to unload the 575 evergreens.