Seated side by side and facing a long line of adults and children carrying stacks of books, former resident and renowned children’s book illustrator Steven Kellogg and award-winning author Patricia MacLachlan were in Newtown this past weekend to meet residents, readers of all ages, and sign copies of their recent work, "Snowflakes Fall." Mr Kellogg, a former Sandy Hook resident, and Ms MacLachlan worked together to create the book in memory of those lost on 12/14. The friends and collaborators were in town for special book signings on Sunday afternoon at C.H. Booth Library, and then Monday at Big Y.
Residents are reminded that the 29th Annual Ram Pasture Tree Lighting Ceremony will be tonight. Entertainment will begin by 6:30, and First Selectman Pat Llodra will light the tree at 7 pm. The first of three tree lightings that had been planned for last weekend, the Ram Pasture event was postponed last week due to poor weather on December 6. This event is centered around the trees at the corner of Elm Drive and Hawley Lane. Hundreds of luminarias will again surround Hawley Pond and line streets in the immediate vicinity, leading those who are walking from nearby roads (and homes, for some) to the trees.
"Boeing Boeing" is a six door farce by the late Marc Camoletti, a French architect turned playwright who was an admirer of both Molière and American screwball comedies. The title is a pun, in that when you hear it, you think of something bouncing back and forth — boing boing fashion — which is fitting for the type of play in which Bernard, the philandering main character, is trying to juggle three separate romantic entanglements, only to have them collide when the wrong fiancée shows up for dinner, while another one is taking a shower. The title word is spelled with an “e” as in Boeing Jets, however, because Bernard’s special shtick is that he only dates international flight attendants, who fly three different routes for three different airlines. This show, currently in production at TheatreWorks New Milford, is Joe Russo’s baby, and he has taken great care with it. The production, which continues weekends until January 4, offers up a fast paced, very enjoyable evening.
For the third year in a row, The Sherman Players are presenting a “Christmas Panto” — something that is traditional in Britain, and hopefully will become a tradition here as well, since the two that I’ve seen (last year’s "Cinderella," and this year’s "Aladdin") — are rollicking good fun, designed to entertain young children, but delightful fun for grownups as well. The show combines lively music and serious vocal talent with campy female impersonation, topical humor, and a cast that is a seamless mix of kids and adults, while the audience sings along, and shouts out helpful advice.
A Giving Tree stands in the Edmond Town Hall lobby this year. Promoting the tree that is intended to benefit community members in need, the Edmond Town Hall Board of Managers and the Newtown Prevention Council staff promoted the tree earlier this week. The council is the inaugura...
All our identity is shaped by the private oceans of our experience. For Troy Maxson, the tragic hero of Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning "Fences," currently in production at Long Wharf’s C. Newton Schenck III Theatre, his sense of who he is came from a harsh childhood on a sharecropper’s acres in Alabama, where his brutal father raised his 12 motherless children. In some ways, thematically, "Fences" brings to mind Arthur Miller’s "Death of a Salesman." Certainly the final plea by Willy Loman’s wife (“Attention must be paid”) is a fitting comment on the life of Troy Maxson. Wilson’s characters are less abstract, however, and easier to care about, than the Loman family. There is a subtle difference between a very good play and a great one. Personally, I think "Fences" is a great one, and I recommend that you go see it while you can.
On a rare quiet morning in the cramped quarters that serve as the base for Newtown’s busy Volunteer Ambulance Corps, newly elected Chief Mike Collins was much more interested in talking about his 50-plus active and dedicated colleagues than himself. And if he has his wish, in the coming year or so, he will have plenty more new colleagues to talk about. One of the primary goals of the volunteer company’s new leader is to more than double the number of volunteers serving the community and its almost 60 square miles encompassing homes, businesses, forests, farms, and the thousands of commuters who pass through Newtown 365 days a year its roadways and adjacent interstate.
Reed Intermediate School sixth grade chorus and concert choir members crowded onto risers in the practice room at their school on November 26, for the first of multiple sessions of music teacher Michelle Tenenbaum’s fifth and sixth graders to meet with the Connecticut-based indie rock band Alternate Routes. Led by founding band members Tim Warren and Eric Donnelly, the band was at the school for a run-through of their original song, “Nothing More,”...
Angels of Hope Inc.’s website says their angel statues “serve as beacons of hope for those suffering from the emotional and physical absence of a child.” In October an Angel of Hope statue was delivered to Newtown. The angel has a face of a The angel has a face of a child and stands 4’ 3” with a wingspan of 5’ 2”. The word Hope is inscribed inside its wing. Lisa Brown says she remembers waking up shortly after 12/14 and thinking she had to get Newtown an angel. The first person the Waterbury resident called was best-selling author Richard Paul Evans, who wrote "The Christmas Box." The book created the basis for the statues. Donations for from around the world helped cover the cost of creating and installing the statue, which will be formally dedicated on the evening of December 14.
Volunteers and family members answered the call to help unload trees on November 29 after a truckload of holiday trees arrived for the Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue benefit tree sale. The annual activity, chaired again this year by company members Michael Burton and his daughter Kelly, will continue daily until Christmas Eve — or until all the trees are gone. The company sold its first tree before all of this year's inventory was unloaded from the truck. Justin Birtwell, who arrived with his son and nephews, picked out their Christmas tree last Friday afternoon.