This year will mark the fifth and possibly the last year for the Great Pumpkin Challenge, but Mackenzie Page, who began the annual luminaria celebration on Main Street, received news last week of the largest donation to date.
The Great Pumpkin Challenge began in 2011, when Mackenzie was in eighth grade. She was inspired to support a family friend, Zoe McMorran, who was diagnosed with brain cancer. That year Mackenzie challenged residents to carve a pumpkin, drop it off to display at her 14 Main Street home before Halloween, and offer a suggested donation of $5.
Mackenzie is again challenging residents to participate in the campaign, and to raise more money than in previous years.
Following the Mozart, Merlot and Mums fundraising event on Saturday, October 10, at Edmond Town Hall for Kevin’s Community Center, founder and Medical Director Z. Michael Taweh said, “It was really exceptional.”
The event is KCC’s annual major fundraising event, and Dr Taweh said about 175 people attended this year, up from roughly 60 attendees last year.
Goldman Sachs offered to match each donation for the event “dollar for dollar,” according to Dr Taweh.
Yellow leaves splashed with red and a lingering green burst in a golden glow in Sandy Hook Center. Foliage this month will paint Newtown’s landscape with a fleeting beauty as seasons change, leaves fall, and the days grow cooler and continue to feel shorter. This glorious tree on the lawn of Newtown United Methodist Church in Sandy Hook welcomes travelers driving along Church Hill Road toward near its intersection with Dayton Street.
The Tooth Fairy will be at Dental Associates of Newtown, 11 Church Hill Road, Tuesday, November 3, from noon to 2 pm to “magically” turn Halloween candy delivered to her into cash for the annual candy buyback program. Trick-or-treaters are invited to bring their Halloween candy stash and trade it in for $2 for every pound of wrapped candy, for up to ten pounds. Collected candy will then be divided between two organizations.
Electric cellist and vocalist Jami Sieber is set to perform an intimate solo concert at Sound, a center for music, creative arts, and mindfulness, located at 31 Hawleyville Road, this Satuday, October 17.
Ms Sieber is currently on tour, and while in the area she visited with Reed Intermediate School students on Wednesday, October 14.
Tickets for Saturday’s performance are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.
The Sherman Players swung for the rafters, scoring huge with their raucous and racy (is there any other kind?) rendition of Richard O’Brien’s "The Rocky Horror Show." Under the wickedly creative direction of Francis A. Daley this musical is nostalgic, evil and perverse, all while being incredibly entertaining. It is the perfect Halloween treat for any adult with a sense of humor.
Her face may not appear on camera, but Sandy Hook interior designer Bobbie Sue Smart’s mark will be apparent to viewers when four of the Season 5 episodes of the popular HGTV program Property Brothers air in coming weeks. Ms Smart, owner of Smart Design, is honored to have been selected as lead designer for a team working with "Property Brothers" stars Jonathan and Drew Scott, turning homeowners' bargain buys into dream houses. "Property Brothers" is a reality show hosted by the Canadian twin brothers. Each episode features the brothers, who are real estate, technology, and film entrepreneurs, helping couples buy and renovate homes in need of a great deal of tender loving care.