Occupation: I’m a strength and conditioning coach at Newtown Youth Academy, and for private clients within their homes. I’m a certified physical education teacher, but I’m not currently teaching. I like to be where I can have a real impact. I’ve also coached high school wrestling and football in area schools in past years.
While preparing for last weekend’s Great Newtown Reunion, Bee front office staff member and 1981 Newtown High School graduate Bridget Seaman was gifted with a “flat” version of herself by a few of my fellow Bees. I understand Flat Bridget made her way into a good number of photos at the reunion on Saturday. The real Bridget tells me she had a fantastic time.
Nearly 60 children participated in Camp Noah, July 15–19, which offered resiliency buildings skills hidden among the arts and crafts projects, story times, skits, and other light-hearted offerings. From left is Pastor David Hershey, chaplain of Penn State University, who portrayed the camp’s title character all week; Linda Whippie, who handled the local enrollment; and Cari Logan, national program director of Camp Noah.
Like the students who quickly went from sight reading the song “Green Eggs and Ham” to singing it within a matter of minutes on Tuesday, July 30, Seussical: The Musical is coming together for its set performance dates of Friday and Saturday, August 9 and 10, at 7 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, August 10 and 11, at 2 pm.
The first year Mackenzie Page issued The Great Pumpkin Challenge, she received 149 jack o’lanterns for the fundraiser and seasonal offering. Donations received when residents dropped off their carved or painted pumpkins totaled over $3,700 that year, which were donated between a family friend fighting cancer and the American Cancer Society.
Grateful Dead co-founder Phil Lesh and his band thrilled audiences Friday and Saturday nights at the Gathering of the Vibes. Phil & Friends played more than six hours of Dead material, with a heavy sampling from the band’s early psychedelic era.
While there is much to celebrate in Goodspeed Opera House’s current production of Hello, Dolly!, the best things are the big musical numbers performed by the large and very gifted ensemble. Milliners, chief clerks and others are being taught how to dance in this scene featuring, from left, Catherine Blades, Jeremy Morse, Brooke Shapiro, Charles MacEachern, Ashley Brown, and Spencer Moses.
Ben’s Lighthouse Workcampers sharing a moment with an Oklahoma couple (near the center of the group, holding green Ben's Lighthouse T-shirts) who lost their home in the tornado. After seeing the group on the local news, the couple drove 25 minutes from their temporary home to thank the group for coming.
Master teaching artist Bob Bloom, who leads interactive programs with an array of drums and world percussion instruments, was the musical guest for the July 24 Summer Jam Concert at Dickinson Park. Shows are suitable for all ages, and Mr Bloom continued the new program’s custom of audience participation. The next concert in the series will be Wednesday, July 31, featuring Robert The Guitar Guy. The season finalé will be August 7, with Zak Morgan. Concerts begin at 12:30 at Dickinson Park, 50 Elm Drive, and are free of charge.