The Irish melodies played by bands nationwide in St Patrick's Day parades are still swirling on the currents, but it is not too early to start thinking about a parade that is near and dear to the hearts of so many: The 52nd annual Newtown Labor Day Parade.
Newtown Labor Day Parade President Beth Caldwell and committee members Robin Buchanan, Andy Cluff, Dan Cruson, Ellie Whalen, Stacey Olszewski, Betsy Kenyon, Kym Stendahl, Kelly Stendahl, Steve Bigham, and Tom D’Agastino began meeting in January to plan the September 2 event.
“We’re trying to keep the parade all about Newtown this year, and all that makes it special,” Ms Caldwell said Thursday, March 28. With that in mind, she is pleased to announce the parade theme for 2013, “We Are Newtown — Marching Strong!”
Grace Family Church (formerly Grace Christian Fellowship) will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 30, at Treadwell Park. Children up to age 12 are invited; groups have been traditionall divided by age for the egg hunts. Shown here are 10-to 12-year-olds racing toward the East...
Hannah Warshaw opened the March 25 Board of Fire Commissioners meeting by presenting a gift to the commissioners: more than 100 boxes of Girl Scout cookies, to be distributed among Newtown’s fire companies.
Stephen Sondheim, Liza Minnelli, Angela Lansbury, Christine Ebersole and other great stars of American music and musical theatre share the spotlight with the country’s most passionate music preservationist as Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook returns to PBS for its star-studded, three-part season on Friday, April 5. The series, which debuted in October 2010 and is produced by Newtown resident and multiple Emmy Award winner Amber Edwards, has taken viewers on a dynamic road trip through the glorious history of American song by the acclaimed musician and five-time Grammy-nominated vocalist.
The Farmers’ Almanac tells us the full moon that rose March 26 was 2013’s Full Worm Moon. It reached its peak at 5:27 am this morning. According to another trusted source, The Old Farmer’s Almanac, we are reminded that the Native Americans, who lived in the area that is now the northern and eastern United States, kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to the recurring full moons. Each full moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred. The Full Worm Moon celebrates the time with the ground begins to soften and earthworm casts reappear, inviting the return of robins. This month’s moon is also known as the Sap Moon, as it marks the time when maple sap begins to flow and the annual tapping of maple trees begins (although local maple enthusiasts have already been busy for a number of weeks, judging from the buckets affixed to trees in the area).
The fifth annual Brookfield Film Festival will be held this year in the Alexandria Room at Edmond Town Hall. The 2½-hour program can be attended at four screenings on Friday, April 5, at 8 pm; Saturday, April 6, at 2 and 8 pm; and Sund
Newtown’s Cyrenius H. Booth Library’s Books Heals Hearts program, which was created in the wake of 12/14 to help the community grieve and heal, has proven itself to be an effective and useful resource for a community dealing with tragedy.
The program privately funded through donations of materials and money provides books, CDs, coloring books, and audio tapes, which people can take free of charge from the library.
Unlike circulated materials, there is no expectation or requirement to return these items. The materials are displayed on two desks in the main entrance and on top of bookshelves in the children’s section.
Spring has returned, which means The Newtown Juggling & Circus Arts Club will be begin meeting outdoors again. The club will be at The Pleasance from 3-5 pm on Saturday, March 30. The club is an open group for anyone interested in juggling and other circus arts/flow arts, including flower sticks, poi, hoops, staff, diabolo, and other instruments.