One of the most recognizable symbols of the December holiday period — the Christmas tree — can be seen on car roof tops, if not already in windows of homes complete with decorations and all, with regularity as December 25 fast approaches.
Time is running out for families or individuals to get their green, festive, scented reminder of the season. In Newtown, there are several options for residents and nonresidents alike, including family-owned, cut-your-own tree farms.
’Twas the night before the 29th annual Holiday Festival’s daylong celebration, which started with a dash of musical cheer. Filling the Edmond Town Hall Alexandria Room with seasonal songs and the plucky sound of banjo and guitar strings was the Goldrush band, playing a mix of bluegrass, folk, and holiday favorites.
The Jingle Bell Jam on Saturday night, December 6, was a new part of a traditional Holiday Festival to benefit Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS).
Garden Club member Vicky Taloni tweaks a bow on one of the dozens of hand decorated wreaths, just prior to the start of the Annual Greens Sale, Saturday, December 6, at The Meeting House on Main Street. The event draws a big crowd every year, and serves as a fundraiser for the local club.
With shoulders extended by rods hung with green curtains and a yellow sash, Newtown Cultural Arts Commission (NCAC) member Donna Mangiafico was a perfect Starlet O’Hara, a parody of the iconic film character Scarlett O’Hara from the 1939 film Gone With The Wind. Decades after the film’s release, comedian and television show host Carol Burnett performed as Starlet in her skit Went With The Wind, a parody that created a lasting fictional persona of its own.
Occupation: I am manager of the School-Based Health Centers programs, which are health care facilities based in schools, to increase timely access to medical, behavioral, and dental health care for kids in schools. Right now, I’m facilitating the new health care center in the Newtown Middle School, which we hope to open in January. It’s a community response to the need for long-term medical and mental health care, following 12/14. I worked 34 years before this for the City of Danbury, managing school health care centers.