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.
Green lentils, brown lentils, red lentils — I love them all. So how could I resist when I saw a bag of black lentils on the shelf of an Italian specialty store? Also known as Beluga lentils, a nod to the bean’s caviar-like look, black lentils are as delicious and nutritious as their more commonly found counterparts. Lentils, like most beans, are not a complete protein, lacking in tryptophan, methinone, and cystine, three of the nine essential amino acids. But when served with a whole grain such as rice, farro, pasta or barley, that deficit is amended.
Diana Johnson, Amy Mangold, John Moore, and Janet Woycik, four members of the Ram Pasture Tree Lighting Committee, met Tuesday morning, October 21, to discuss the changeover from open flame candles to an alternate light source for the nearly 2,000 luminarias that light the town during the annual celebration. This year, said Ms Johnson, glow sticks will glimmer from within the packages lining Main Street, Glover Avenue, and all around Ram Pasture and Hawley Pond, December 5. “We have finally been able to locate glow sticks bright enough to be seen through the beautiful packaging Curtis Packaging donates to us,” Ms Johnson announced. The one caveat of the glow sticks, said Ms Johnson, is that they are green. “But,” she said, “green is a Christmas color,” and she hopes that residents will embrace the change.
Thanks to an ongoing gesture of kindness by Ingersoll Auto of Danbury, all of the November 8-9 screenings at Edmond Town Hall Theatre will be free of charge. This weekend’s feature is "Guardians of the Galaxy." Ingersoll Auto of Danbury, owned by Todd Ingersoll of Newtown, started the monthly offer in January 2013. Moviegoers simply need to show up at the box office when it opens prior to each screening and tell the employee there how many people are in their party. There are no residency requirements.
Splattered with multicolored paints that in some spots took days to dry, the many pieces of a large, handmade flower — each petal the size of a skateboard — are waiting for assembly and public display. Artist Dave Brooker coordinated the public art project, completed during the Newtown Arts Festival. The helping hands of nearly 400 children and adults all added their dashes of paint to the roughly 14-foot, 34-part artwork, which is now looking for a home. Discussion on a possible home for the art was part of a recent Parks & Recreation Commission meeting, which also included the departure of a longtime member.
Upon the uproarious ending last Saturday night to the Town Players performance of Ken Ludwig’s "Lend Me a Tenor," the audience declared in unison “that was fun!” And fun it was. The performance found me trying to control my laughter so I could catch the next line. Energy, enthusiasm and hijinks abounded. Il Stupendo, otherwise known as world class tenor Tito Merelli (played by a droll Brian DeToma), is scheduled to give a gala performance of Othello at the Cleveland Opera House. This is a huge deal for that venue and all involved are in overdrive with excitement. The cast moves through the well-choreograpged maybem without a false note, and the set is the ideal combination of a backdrop that provides the necessary sights and sounds along with a toleration of multiple slamming doors. Performances continue weekends until November 22, including a matinee on Sunday, November 9.
Recent Syracuse University grad Nate Hapke approaches filmmaking in a unique and organic way. The young director, writer, and producer told The Newtown Bee that his new short film, "Thom & Gerry," was inspired by a fleeting image of two gentleman focused gentleman focused intently on a chess game. That single image will bloom over the course of his approximately 15-minute project into a deeply involved but simply told narrative brought to life by veteran actors Al Thompson and Richard Herd, the latter of whom counts more than 140 film, stage and television credits on his resume. The trio, representing three generations of film industry professionals, were guests in Newtown for several days recently as they teamed up creating the short film. Primary shooting occurred at McLaughlin Vineyards and a private local home.