Goldrush, a local progressive bluegrass group, will add its contemporary sound to the usual holiday music that fills the first weekend of December in Newtown each year, with the new Jingle Bell Jam concert, Saturday, December 6, in the Alexandria Room of Edmond Town Hall. From 7 From 7 to 8 pm, concertgoers will be treated to classic holiday songs “with a Goldrush flair,” promised Mary Beth Sippin, the band’s founder. Ms Sippin provides vocals for the group, along with guitarist husband, Gary, and pianist Chris Coogan. Dick Neal on banjo, mandolin, and guitar; Gary Wikfors on mandolin, John Widgren on pedal steel, and John Mobilio on bass round out the band.
When the Newtown Holiday Festival returns to Main Street on Sunday, December 7, people of all ages looking for some holiday-themed fun should be able to find something that appeals to them. The festival runs from 11 am until 4 pm, rain, shine, or light snow. The Holiday Festival, anchored at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street, offers a little bit of everything under one umbrella. The town hall will be host to a Holiday Tea, "Nutcracker Suite" performances, The Festival of Trees, The Gingerbread House Contest, Yankee Candle and Scholastic Books sales, and Frozen Frenzy. It will also be the starting point for Trolley Tours, and a meeting point for many who will go on Historic House Tours. The five-hour event is a fundraiser for Newtown Youth & Family Services.
The 29th Newtown Holiday Festival will host a Gingerbread House Contest as one of its events on Sunday, December 7. Introduced in 2007, the competition invites families, friends, organizations and even individuals to create a candy confection to be put on view during the run of the five-hour event. While there is no cost to enter, registration is required and must be done by Monday, December 1.
Newtown High School is set to host its fall drama, Lend Me a Tenor, Thursday, November 20, to Sunday, November 23.
Lend Me a Tenor, written by Ken Ludwig, is a comedy that takes place at the Cleveland Grand Opera Company in 1934. When the general manager attempts to welcome a famous tenor for a one night only engagement, problems ensue.
Ticks are general admission and will be sold at the door. Ticket prices are $7 for students and faculty, $12 for adults, and $10 for seniors.
With shy smiles and a twinkle of excitement in their eyes, seven members of Kids In Deed Organization (KIDO) posed for pictures in front of the heartstrings tunnel, a piece of playground equipment designed exclusively for Healing Hearts Center for Grief and Loss, by Kompan Play Institute of North America. The dedication of the playground on the grounds of the Regional Hospice Center of Comfort, Care & Healing construction site at 30 Millstone Road, in Danbury, took place Monday afternoon, November 7. The playground was funded through the efforts of a number of Newtown Middle School students, headed by Ryan Patrick, now a student at Newtown High School. In 2012, Ryan, at the time a 12-year-old Newtown Middle School student, sold wristbands commemorating 12/14. The students responded to a challenge from Regional Hospice, and raised $50,000 for the playground.
A small flag with a blue star in the center, bordered by white and red, hangs in the front window of the Gottmeier home in Newtown. Holly Gottmeier is quite proud to have it there, marking her as a “Blue Star Mother,” with a child in the service. The word “proud” peppers a conversation with Ms Gottmeier. She is proud of her husband, Richard; proud of her five children; and proud of the many men and women who serve in the armed forces of the United States. They are a military family and patriotic, she said, and she is proud of that. As Veterans Day draws near, she reflected on that pride.
John Bernabe and his crew with John’s Painting out of Danbury spent time recently making improvements to two landmarks under the care of Newtown Historical Society. The Little Red School House at Middle Gate School, and the Matthew Curtiss House on Main Street both received repairs recently. Newtown Historical Society Co-President Amy Fallas-Kerr said, “We are working to maintain the historical society’s assets, the biggest of which are the buildings.”