So you really LOVE the vintage Rock and Roll tones of Tommy James & The Shondells, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, or The Critters. What about the silky smooth sounds of Carly Simon or Barry Manilow? Or the plaintive folk stylings of Jim Croce and Cat Stevens? Well after decades behind the scenes, some of the greatest musicians instrumental in the success of those and numerous other pop, rock and folk artists have united to form The Hit Men. And they will be recreating those songs in a veritable smorgasbord of every song you can sing along to on November 13, when The Hit Men arrive at The Ridgefield Playhouse
With a record number of donations and pumpkins, The Great Pumpkin Challenge creator Mackenzie Page said this year’s campaign “was so much fun. It was amazing.”
By Monday, November 2, Mackenzie was ready to reflect on the 228 pumpkins dropped off at her family’s Main Street home. This year, Mackenzie said, beat previous pumpkin drop off numbers by about 50.
This year’s Great Pumpkin Challenge also received more monetary donations than ever, and by Monday Mackenzie said this year’s challenge had collected $35,000, and donations were still coming in from corporate donors and individuals.
Former Newtown resident Nate Hapke will be winging his way back from his day job as a production manager on the set of General Hospital to debut his award-winning short film Thom & Gerry at New Haven International Film Festival. According to the young filmmaker, Thom & Gerry is an official selection of the festival. It is scheduled for a 3 pm screening on Thursday, November 12, and Friday the 13th at 1:15 pm, depending on final scheduling by the coordinators. The screening is being held at Gateway Community College. In a brief chat with The Newtown Bee this week, Mr Hapke said that he has shown the film at Cannes in the Short Film Corner. “It did really well, an incredible honor to have it there,” Mr Hapke said of Thom & Gerry, which had its primary work done late last year in Newtown. While the audience in the boutique screening room was small, Mr Hapke was gratified by the applause that rang out as the film concluded.
The works of 13 local watercolor artists are on view through November 29 in the Olga Knoepke Memorial Meeting Room at C. H. Booth Library. This is the second time artist and teacher Claudia Mitchell is being joined by her students in exhibiting works. The exhibit follows in the footsteps of one done from five years ago that was put on display by Ms Mitchell and her students at that time. The invited to the opening reception of "Here's To Watercolors... Encore" on Saturday, November 7.
Local Girl Scouts are greeting registered voters as they arrive at the polls in Newtown today. It’s also Girl Scout Cookie Season, so the young Scouts are doing some campaigning of their own, offering boxes of cookies along with smiles. The smiles are free, Girl Scout cookies a box. The Brownies at Reed School Tuesday morning had a large supply of this year’s offerings, from classics like Samoas, Thin Mints, Trefoils and Do-Si-Dos to new offerings including Savannah Smiles and Rah-Rah Raisins.
The Newtown Bee issued an invitation over the weekend, encouraging readers to share their Halloween photos. With just a small window available, a few readers shared some of their photos, including one family who recently moved out of town and one resident who was vacationing but wanted to share what she was seeing while away.
Plenty of witches, a few cowgirls, a Viking, some classy gals, and a drunken sailor or two were among the more than four dozen Halloween revelers at the Nunnawauk Meadows Community Room, Friday, October 30. After a luncheon of sweet potato or split pea soup, meatloaf, and dessert, residents of Nunnawauk Meadows, members of Newtown Senior Center, and guests had fun with Halloween balloon volleyball and other games, and plenty of time to admire each other’s creative costumes.