During a December 5 ceremony recognizing local and district Patriot’s Pen & Voice of Democracy student essay contest winners, area officials, politicians, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 308 members, educators, and parents gathered at the Newtown Municipal Center. The group assembled before a mural recently displayed honoring Newtown’s veterans. Local attorney and selectman James Gaston, also a judge this year, addressed the crowd. Also sharing time at the podium or lending their support were, from far right, 112th District State Representative-elect J.P.
The Quiet Life — from left, Philippe Bronchtein, Sean W. Spellman, Ryan Spellman and Thor Robert Jensen — is planning to pump up the crowd December 20 when they headline the ninth show in Newtown’s Live at the Edmond Town Hall concert series. Opening is Newtown bluegrass guitar/mandolin phenom Korey Brodsky (below).
Wet streets glistened on Saturday, December 6, as a chilly rain soaked revelers at the annual Sandy Hook Village Holiday Tree Lighting. Dozens of umbrellas opened as small crowds gathered on sidewalks, counting down from 10 until the trees — one with green and white lights and the other strung with traditional rainbow lights — lit the night. Adding to Sandy Hook Center’s holiday appeal are newer lampposts wound with lights and strands of evergreen.
Children’s author/illustrator Steven Kellogg hopes readers old and new will find the 35th anniversary edition of Pinkerton, Behave! to be more in keeping with changes in culture surrounding gun violence.
Hawleyville Postmaster Mark Favale is delighted to receive the gift of one of the actual gingerbread houses featured on USPS stamps from the 2013-14 holiday season. The artist, Teresa Layman, right, of Warren, delivered the unexpected present to the post office on Wednesday, December 10, where it will be on display during the holidays.
Reed Intermediate School students participating for in Pilobolus At Newtown, an After School Arts Program (ASAP), will offer a public performance with members of the professional company on Friday, December 19, at 7 pm.
Occupation: I work at Dental Associates in Danbury, in the billing and insurance department. It’s a great place to work. Everyone is so friendly there.
Family: I have three daughters. Kim is 39 and in California, Kathy is 36 and lives in Southbury with my granddaughter, Nokomis, 17, and my daughter Chelsea is 30, and lives in Brookfield with her fiancé, Rob.
Pets: We used to have a dog and cat, but I don’t have any pets now.
NEW MILFORD — 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. Elaborately set in a grand mansion style country home on the Connecticut River, this riotous farce is good old fashioned fun, fun, fun.
SHERMAN — 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 Philip 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. I was not disappointed.