For the 2013 Newtown Choral Society (NCS) winter concert, Director Mary Andreotta chose the theme of “Home for the Holidays.” “I wanted to create the feeling of comfort, familiarity, and pride of being home in Newtown for the holidays,, for the choir and for our audience,” said Ms Andreotta, who created a program that includes a number of “familiar and accessible music,” as well as two original compositions by local composers. In keeping with the theme of this year’s concert, the audience will also be treated to “Ave Maria” by Dan Coffman of Bethel and “It’s Christmas in Newtown” by Newtown resident Phil Crevier. The annual performance will be mid-afternoon on Sunday, December 8, at Newtown Meeting House.
As a fundraiser for both the Newtown Middle School and Reed Intermediate School Interact Clubs, donated trees will be sold starting Saturday, December 7, for $40 each. The fundraiser is possible thanks to the donation of 100 trees — including balsam, white spruce, and blue spruce trees — from NMS science teacher Jason Adams, whose family has had a Newtown tree farm for generations. The sale will begin December 7, continue December 8, and will resume the weekend of December 14-15 if trees are still available. Proceeds from the sale will benefit each club, as well as local charities.
Newtown native Allison Hornak has opened Migrant Salon, located at 117-D Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook Center. But do not expect to find a barbershop chair and hair stylists in this salon.
Ms Hornak is a 2010 graduate of Montserrat College of Art in Massachusetts, with a degree in fine arts, focusing on interdisciplinary art. With Migrant Salon, an art gallery and performance space, she is putting her focus on small group exhibitions by area artists.
Newtown has a wealth of shops well stocked with gifts for the season. There is no need to go beyond the town’s boundaries to find oodles of gifts that are perfect, and shopping locally means easy parking, individual service, and none of the big box store headaches.
Freelance writer and communications consultant Sharon Cohen has self-published "Newtown: Moving Forward, A Community Faces the Future After Adversity." The book describes and highlights approximately 75 local organizations that were created in the aftermath of 12/14. Ms Cohen received her first batch of the books on Monday, November 25, and planned to have them in stores by the end of the week.
Newtown resident Ray Sipherd, who wrote scripts for the television program Sesame Street for 17 years, was featured as the first storyteller on Saturday, November 16, in the Children’s Adventure Center’s new program known as Sandy Hook Bookworms. Mr Sipherd read from storybooks to a group of young children and their parents in a well-lit, brightly colored space at the center known as The Sunshine Room. The November 16 event was the first of a series of free storytelling sessions at the center that will be held in the coming months.