Labor Day Parade

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Last week was not such a great week for politicians and sea creatures. First, Governor Dannel Malloy and Mystic Aquarium and Sea Research Foundation President and CEO Stephan Coan were photobombed by the beluga whale at Mystic Aquarium. The governor was visiting the aquarium to speak about summer tourism, and it’s hard to tell if the beluga whale, Juno, was that interested in what these guys had to say, or just wanted to get in on the photo opportunity. The same day, President Obama had a salmon spawn on his shoes while visiting Alaska. Yup.

  • Parade Winners Announced

    As happens every year, Newtown Labor Day Parade judges had their work cut out for them. Dozens of exciting entries flowed past the grand stand, Monday morning, September 7, making it a challenge to choose the best of the best from among them.

    By the time the last tractor had trundled down Queen Street, though, judges had come up with their list of winners:

  • A Spectacular Day For A Parade

    To the Editor:

    What a spectacular day for a parade! To our Grand Marshal Ruth Newquist, we say a special thank you. Your artistic talents and your dedication to SCAN enrich Newtown and those around us. You’re a shining example of “the fine art of Newtown”!

  • Beautiful Babies, Beautiful Cause

    To the Editor:

    Newtown’s Beautiful Baby contest has got to be the most fun and rewarding volunteer work I have ever done. The children are all so adorable, and what a wonderful national non-profit Homes For Our Troops is to donate my time to. I cannot think of a more deserving charity than one which builds handicap houses for our military who are returning with life-altering injuries.

  • Kindhearted, Helpful People

    To the Editor:

    I came to Newtown on Monday, September 7 to participate in the Labor Day Parade along with other members of the Eastern Vintage Police Car Association.  The crowd was wonderful and the weather was warm and sunny.  Those watching the parade were happy, friendly and playful.  I'm sure that my car ended up in quite a few Twitter and Facebook feeds as phones were pointed at me throughout the route.  It was very, very pleasant.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Oh, my. I am quite sure that Sydney Eddison’s pup, Phoebe, is still holding her paws over her eyes in dismay. Phoebe, a Jack Russell terrier, was incorrectly identified in The Newtown Bee story, August 21, about Sydney’s new book of poetry as a fox terrier. Oh, the shame of it all. Huge apologies go out to Phoebe for this mistake.

  • The Labor Day Parade: Our Annual Masterpiece

    The Labor Day Parade intends to honor Newtown’s artists on Monday, marching this year to the theme of “Celebrating the Fine Art of Newtown — Honoring SCAN.” SCAN, of course, is the Society of Creative Arts of Newtown, which has applied a rich palette of artistry to the community canvas since it was founded in 1971, thanks to its engaged and motivated membership. Ruth Newquist, one of the society’s most notable talents, is serving as parade marshal this year.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    There is a big hungry cat right around here that is not afraid of an afternoon raid on small animals in bright daylight, I’m told by Ann Ziluck. Ann lives in the Aunt Park Lane area of town, near the bridle trails, and a large bobcat had a smackdown with a squirrel, right off of her deck, this past Saturday evening.

  • Native American Musician Added To Parade Line-Up

    The Newtown Labor Day Parade always kicks off with the rat-a-tat-tat of the drums and the flash of brass instruments as the Newtown High School Marching Band comes down the street. Salsa dancers, pipe and drum corps, the skirling of bagpipes, and banjo music have also been regular parts of the entertainment over the years. Parade-goers will experience a new kind of music this September, though, when Joseph FireCrow, of the North Cheyenne tribe of Native Americans, and an acclaimed Native American flutist, brings his indigenous music to town.

  • Support The Newtown Labor Day Parade

    The Newtown Labor Day Parade Committee invites the community to “Celebrate the Fine Arts of Newtown,” honoring the Society of Creative Arts of Newtown with Grand Marshal Ruth Newquist at this year’s Labor Day Parade, Monday, September 7.