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Panacea’s 2018 Reunion Packed Dickinson Pavilion

Published: September 14, 2018 at 04:10 pm

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Local ‘70s rock band Panacea hosted their third Labor Day weekend town reunion at the Dickinson Memorial Park pavilion on Sunday, September 2, for nearly 200 of their closest friends and fans. Panacea’s members — from left, Chris Martirano, Corky Ballard, Leslie Ballard, Jim Lynch, drummer Rick Kuhn, and percussionist Butch Raymond — traveled from around the country to host the show. Leslie Ballard told The Newtown Bee this week that is was the largest crowd to date for the special reunion show she and her friends have done. Panacea did an abbreviated set during The Great Newtown Reunion in 2013, but then regrouped and performed full shows at the town park in 2014 and 2016. The band had originally formed when its members were students at Newtown High School during the 1970s. (Dru Saren photo)

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The Willie-Portera Trio — from left, Tom Portera, Tod Willie and Jay Willie — performed a set during the Panacea & Friends Labor Day weekend concert at Dickinson Park. (Due Saren photo)

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Guitarist, Newtown resident and blues recording artist Manny Pavone also performed on September 2 at Dickinson Park. (Dru Saren photo)

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Newtown Cultural Arts Commission is presenting or coordinating on six weeks of special events. Which event are you looking forward to the most? (Visit our Features page for a full story with details about all of these events.)

“In The Bag” exhibition, on view to September 28
0% (0 votes)
The Lords of 52nd Street concert, September 14
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Newtown Arts Festival weekend, September 15-16
33% (1 vote)
“An Evening of the Arts,” September 15
33% (1 vote)
“The Fox on the Fairway” production by Town Players of Newtown, weekends September 21-October 13
0% (0 votes)
“The Main Street Replica Project,” launching September 25
0% (0 votes)
Someday Cinema Series screenings of “The Blues Brothers,” September 30
0% (0 votes)
Photography display “In Our Rearview Mirror” by Marleen Cafarelli, et al, October 1-30
0% (0 votes)
“Love, Laughter, and Rhubarb” with Tinky Weisblat, October 3
33% (1 vote)
Newtown Day, October 6
0% (0 votes)
The 3rd Annual Newtown-Sandy Hook Restaurant Week, October 8-14
0% (0 votes)
Basket weaving workshop with Tina Puckett, October 13
0% (0 votes)
“Courageous Conversations in A Complex World,” October 17
0% (0 votes)
Live at ETH: David Wax Museum concert, October 19
0% (0 votes)
The 2nd Annual Fall Carnival at Fairfield Hills, October 19-21
0% (0 votes)
Connecticut Author’s Reading Series, October 21
0% (0 votes)
Natalie’s Open Mic, October 21
0% (0 votes)
“The Wordsmiths,” October 24
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Pianist Konstanza Chernov, October 28
0% (0 votes)
Someday Cinema Series double feature screenings of “Bride of Frankenstein” and “The Beast with Five Fingers,” October 29
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 3