This week kicks off the hectic holiday season and that means travel, turkey, and a tendency toward large family gatherings. It also means happiness for the household hounds with guests bearing extra treats, kisses, and belly rubs. As we plan for the upcoming festivities let’s pledge to keep our pets happy and hazard-free.
The Chamber of Commerce of Newtown has expanded its fundraising for the 30th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Ram Pasture, scheduled this year for Friday, December 5. The event will begin with musical performances at 6:30 pm, and culminate with the tree lighting at 7, followed by caroling, hot chocolate, and visits with Santa and Mrs Claus.
The 54th Annual Rotary Pancake Day returns to the Alexandria Room of Edmond Town Hall, Saturday, December 6, from 8 am to 1 pm. Rotary members will be staffing the kitchen, turning out fluffy flapjacks and homemade sausages from Butcher’s Best. The $7 ticket for adults and $3 ticket for children under the age of 10 includes applesauce, orange juice, milk, hot chocolate, coffee, or tea, as well. If one serving does not quite do the trick, there is no need to be shy.
I “paw-sed” to look in the case just outside of the Children’s Department at the C.H. Booth Library, last week. Four lovely little cottages, crafted by artists in California and Oregon, and cast in sand mailed to the artists from Newtown, are on display. The fairy cottages, each depicting a different season of the year, are lovely works, and worth taking a moment to look at, should you be at the library sometime before the middle of December.
RIDGEFIELD — The opening night of Alan Ball’s Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, celebrated last Friday night at Ridgefield Theatre Barn, was well received by a fully sated, sold out audience. The cabaret style seating lent itself to the camaraderie and intimacy of the piece. We felt like flies on the wall of the bedroom set, so much so that audience members felt compelled to chime in.
BROOKFIELD — The Brookfield Theatre of the Arts production of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, under the direction of David Bass, is pretty much flawless.
Full disclosure here, I love this play. It pulls back the curtain on a dark time in American history, when many were willing to turn a blind eye to a plague striking an entire population deemed to be different. Because of their preferences, they were marginalized in their time of suffering and need. Tissues should be provided with the tickets.
Occupation: I am a senior at Newtown High School, and looking at Naugatuck Community College for their automotive technician studies. I work part-time at LeReine’s Cuisine, and I work for LRM contractors in the winter, shoveling.
Family: My mother is Judi and my father is Mark. I have an older sister. Her name is Ali. She’s 19 and goes to the Culinary Institute of America. I get free food out of it, so that’s good.
A 25–60-year sentence awaits Richard Crafts for killing his wife, Helle, three years ago, although lawyers for the former pilot say they will appeal the conviction because of widespread publicity generated by the sensational case. Mr Crafts, 51, was found guilty of murder Tuesday in Norwalk Superior Court. The prosecution alleged he killed his flight attendant wife, cut the body into pieces with a chainsaw and ran some of the body parts through a woodchipper to destroy the evidence.
DANBURY — Two “brothers from other mothers” and one of the hottest Texas Blues guitarists in the nation will converge in a super group configuration November 29 on the stage of Danbury’s Palace Theater.
Michael Allman, Charles Neville and Jeff Pitchell will be coming together performing a night of rock and blues that is sure to include popular favorites from across those two genres and beyond.