One after another, young men and women stepped up to receive their awards. On Friday, December 5, before a crowd of parents, educators, veterans, and local political delegates, students from Newtown and area schools received recognition for their winning written and oral essays submissions in the Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy contests.
Newtown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 308 (VFW) hosted the student competition.
They may have a low-key name for their group, but The Quiet Life has no plans to lull the audience at Hayden Bates' next Edmond Town Hall Concert December 20. The energetic foursome led by brothers Sean and Ryan Spellman will take care to ensure that fans and newcomers to their unique brand of music have a rousing good time. In fact, anyone under age 18 can access the show absolutely free with valid ID thanks to underwriting from Wells Fargo Bank, and all the rest are sure to get their money's worth at $20 for general admission tickets. The group, which formed in New London, has honed its craft touring the lower 48 as well as Alaska in a veggie oil fueled van, playing festivals, clubs, coffee houses and living rooms. Along the way, Quiet Life produced two projects including their latest offering, Housebroken Man.
Santa Claus on Saturday, December 6, began checking his list of girls and boys he will visit on Christmas Eve. Children rushed to see him as he strolled through Sandy Hook Center during the Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity’s (SHOP) 13th Annual Sandy Hook Village Holiday Tree Lighting. Two trees, both lit the night with both symbolic and traditional colors. The trees will shine every night throughout this holiday season.
It is not often in life that a person has the opportunity to redo something, children’s author/illustrator Steven Kellogg told The Newtown Bee this week, but the recently issued 35th anniversary edition of his book "Pinkerton, Behave!" has provided him with just that chance. The book has been revised and reillustrated by Mr Kellogg to reflect his own and the country’s changing attitudes toward gun violence, he said. “It’s interesting to me to see that I’ve grown more as a children’s book illustrator than I had realized,” said Mr Kellogg.
A United States Postal Service (USPS) 2013-14 holiday stamp has come to life at the Hawleyville Post Office. Self-taught gingerbread artist Teresa Layman of Warren, Conn. delivered one of the actual gingerbread houses that made up the four-house stamp series first issued in November 2013, as a gift to the local post office.
Reed Intermediate School students participating for in Pilobolus At Newtown, an After School Arts Program (ASAP), will offer a public performance with members of the professional company on Friday, December 19, at 7 pm. Pilobolus Dance Theatre, a unique and very contemporary modern dance company based in Washington (Conn.), has been performing around the world for more than 40 years. ASAP, also based in Washington, has been providing workshops and school programming in northwest Connecticut for 16 years. The Pilobolus collaboration is a first for Reed school, however.
On a very cold, rainy and dark Saturday night last weekend, comfort and warmth for the weary holiday soul was being served up at Sherman Playhouse by way of a heartwarming production of "It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play," adapted by Phil Grecian. The movie is one of my all-time favorites, so I was excited to see the words played out as a live radio broadcast. The vivid imagery of the oft seen movie was evoked by the dialogue, yet the players on stage were charged with such energetic physicality and vocal range that they proved a worthy distraction.
One of the most recognizable symbols of the December holiday period — the Christmas tree — can be seen on car roof tops, if not already in windows of homes complete with decorations and all, with regularity as December 25 fast approaches. Time is running out for families or individuals to get their green, festive, scented reminder of the season. In Newtown, there are several options for residents and nonresidents alike, including family-owned, cut-your-own tree farms.