With a swish of stage curtains and splash of colorful footlights soon to come, Newtown Centre of Classical Ballet & Voice Artistic Director & Owner Tory Gozzi said, “It’s that time of year again.” With excitement, she anticipates this season’s this season’s Nutcracker Suite, as traditionally performed by the ballet company’s Malenkee dancers. This will be Ms Gozzi’s second year leading the company in the holiday performances. Shows are at noon and 2 pm on Sunday, December 7, in the Edmond Town Hall Theatre. NCCBV’s Nutcracker Suite will be part of the 29th Holiday Festival, benefiting Newtown Youth & Family Services. Tickets are $7 at the door, or are included in the cost of a full Holiday Festival ticket.
A music-loving crowd stepped out of a balmy autumn afternoon and into Newtown Congregational Church on Sunday, November 23, to enjoy a special concert organized and produced by Newtown musician Jim Allyn, with the support of Newtown Cultural Arts Commission.
Newtown Historical Society is seeking loans of photographs, letters, poetry, journals, needlework, crafts, clothing, and similar items from the late 19th and early 20th Century, as it relates to the Irish population of Sandy Hook, for an upcoming exhibit. The exhibit, “From Ireland To Sandy Hook: The Legacy of Sandy Hook Immigrants,” will be presented in a Sandy Hook Village space yet to be determined, said Amy Fallas-Kerr, who with husband Tim Kerr is co-president of the local historical organization. The hope is to have the approximately one-month exhibit ready by mid-March. Several spaces in the center of Sandy Hook are possibilities at this time. Currently a curatorial assistant at Gunn Memorial Museum in Washington, Conn., Ms Fallas-Kerr gave assurance that any items loaned would be properly cared for and cataloged during the time they are in the possession of NHS.
The day after Thanksgiving was a bustle of continued holiday activity at Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue’s main station on Riverside Road, the highlight of which was the arrival of hundreds of Christmas trees. When the long truck full of hundreds of trees from Fontaine Farm in Vermont arrived in Newtown around 4:30 pm on Friday, November 28, thanks to C.A.T.S. Brothers Trucking of Sandy Hook, volunteers bustled to unload the 575 evergreens.
Country music star Scotty McCreery's career has taken a serious upward trajectory in recent weeks. And fans will have a chance to celebrate with him when he rolls into Connecticut December 4. McCreery, who conducted the second half of a promised two-part interview with The Newtown Bee November 18, said he was pumped to share the news about picking up three RIAA Platinum certifications with his songs, “I Love You This Big” and “The Trouble With Girls” off his No. 1 debuting first studio album Clear As Day, and “See You Tonight,” the title track and Top 10 lead single off his second consecutive No. 1 album. McCreery said he can’t wait to entertain his many friends in Newtown, where he serves as the 12.14 Foundation's Goodwill Ambassador, as well as his legion of Connecticut fans.
Resident Jill Kuruc has received an early holiday gift this year: a leaf cleanup from the Newtown High School hockey players, which was paid for anonymously The hockey team holds an annual fundraiser by doing yard cleanups, and “Someone anonymously donated money for them to come and clean up my yard,” Ms Kuruc said. On Election Day, November 4, Ms Kuruc’s year-old tractor caught on fire while her son, Brian, was trying to mulch leaves at their Mountain Laurel Lane home. The tractor’s exhaust ignited the leaves.
During the weekend of November 22-23, dog lovers descended on the “Thanksgiving Classic Cluster” in Springfield, Mass. This cluster of dogs shows is presented by the Springfield, South Windsor, Holyoke, and Windham County kennel clubs who join together to offer four days of dog shows at the Eastern States Exposition, home of the iconic The Big E fair. Amongst the more than 2,500 purebred dogs representing 167 breeds at the shows, were dozens of darling puppies.