The students of Sabrina’s Encore Productions, LLC, a Newtown-based performing arts studio, are preparing to ring in the holiday season with two performances of "Elf the Musical" on Saturday, December 19.
Attention young musicians, poets, magicians, and more: Saturday Night Open Mic returns Saturday, December 5, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm, in The Great Room at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street. The featured band for December is Adventure Hat.
Dave Cicchesi, kneeling, waited for the day after Thanksgiving to set up a display of inflatable Christmas decorations on the front lawn of his Key Rock Road home. While Mr Cicchesi was busy anchoring a penguin playing with a snowman’s head, his friend Norm Laneuville was trying to get the penguin to stay upright. While many others were out trying to take advantage of Black Friday deals on November 27 the two men, both drivers for All-Star Transportation in Newtown, were enjoying the warm temperatures on their holiday. They had already succeeded in getting a candy cane archway with playful elves, in the background, and a motorcycle riding Santa, in the foreground, into place. A few more inflatables were expected to be added before the men were done. Mr Cicchesi expected the display would be enjoyed by his son, as well as plenty of passersby on the busy road in front of his home.
The 2015 Tag-A-Gift program kicked off Monday, November 23, with the decorating of a tree in the lobby of Edmond Town Hall. Tag-A-Gift is a collaboration of the Newtown Junior Women’s Club and Golden Opportunities to provide holiday gifts for less fortunate children and senior citizens in town. NJWC coordinates the collection and wrapping of holiday gifts for children, and this year for elderly residents, too, as part of the larger Holiday Basket drive led by The Newtown Fund. Residents are invited to take a tag and fulfill the wishes for that child or elderly person, then return the unwrapped, new present(s) and tag to the location where they selected the tag, no later than December 9 for children, or December 18 for senior citizens.
Newtown High School’s divers made quite a splash this fall. Led by senior standout Kari Djonne and her talented peers, the Nighthawks excelled throughout the regular season and deep into the postseason, culminating with this past week’s State Open. Djonne, regularly the team’s top diver, finished second in both the Class LL state championships and State Open, the latter of which brings together the best of the best from teams among all four of Connecticut’s class sizes.
Scores of pieces of heavy equipment, which had been used by JF Walsh Mulch & Logging Co. for years at its Sandy Hook work yard at 4 Toddy Hill Road, were sold at auction there on November 20. About 300 people attended. The mulch yard’s section with frontage on Berkshire Road held dozens upon dozens of heavy pickup trucks driven there by bidders at the auction. Approximately 185 items were reportedly sold, but auctioneer Sammy Petrowski was not at liberty, he told The Newtown Bee, to disclose the financial aspects of the sale.
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