The Top of The Mountain

There is a pretty impressive set of ears on Tess Guiser, the canine star playing the part of Toto in the upcoming Newtown Middle School production of The Wizard of Oz. (She’s a Papillon, which is French for butterfly, if that gives you an idea.) But don’t be confused during the play, once Dorothy gets swept to Oz — Tess takes a break and lets another “pooch” pose as Toto. The Wizard of Oz is scheduled for performances at 7 pm, March 15 and 16, and a 2 pm performance on March 17. 

Far and wide, Newtown remains in the hearts and thoughts of others. Newtown resident Emi Lydem stumbled across this unexpected message last week, while walking on Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs, Fla. Emi says if you look closely, the shells on the far left are an angel.

Newtown resident Katie Kent received a text of a Gainesville Times (Georgia) article, from a longtime friend. The article focuses on University of Vermont student Olivia DeWald, a Newtowner, who like so many college students returning home this Christmas season, was stunned by the events of 12/14. Olivia and seven other UVM students drove 22 hours to spend their spring break volunteering with Challenged Child & Friends, according to the article, and giving back to children. I’d say Olivia (and her friends) is deserving of my Good Egg Award. Thank you, Olivia, for passing on kindness.

Olivia is going to have to share that Good Egg, I’m afraid. You have probably seen green and white scarves warming faces around town this winter and here’s the reason why: Monroe residents Jeanne Malgioglio and her friend Deana Saunders created the Scarves for Sandy Hook project and worked with Newtown Woman’s Club member Jo Ann Bruno (also from Monroe) to gather 600 green and white, handmade scarves for the Sandy Hook Elementary School to “wrap them in warmth and love in their school colors.” Jo Ann contacted national and international General Federation of Women’s Clubs and 50 states and eight countries participated in making many more than the original goal. The number presently stands at 3,587 scarves — with more on the way — that have been gifted to all SHS students, teachers, staff, victims’ families, first responders, clergy, nursery schools, state police, crime lab personnel, volunteer morticians, and just about everyone involved in the tragedy (and then some, I might add). Each scarf included a personal message from the creator that read, “Crafted with love by someone who cares,” and the name of their town, state, or country.

 The “Night For Newtown At Fenway Park” is a special fundraiser for the anticipated EverWonder Children’s Museum in Newtown, coordinated by Newtown High School graduates currently living in Boston. The catered reception will feature Fenway Franks, with beer donated by sponsor Samuel Adams of Boston. Sponsorship by Poland Springs allows the evening to take place at the State Street Pavilion, Fenway Park, Yawkey Way, Saturday, March 23, from 7 pm to midnight. Organizers plan to show a television loop of photos and video from EverWonder Children’s Museum throughout the evening. Presale tickets are still available at $65 per person, $50 for first responders and teachers, or $45 for those under age 21, at www.newtowninboston.com/buy-tickets or at newtowninboston.eventbrite.com/#. Guests at Night For Newtown will enjoy not only food and drink, but music by Flipside, a high energy Boston dance band, and a silent auction. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to EverWonder Children’s Museum. According to information provided by EverWonder Children’s Museum, donations received will assist in securing the exhibits that will be rotated through the temporary space coming to Newtown, and for programming costs.

Anne Marie Cannon, a longtime Newtowner, is in a competition to win her “Bucket List” dream to travel around the world for six months, blogging. My Destinations Biggest Baddest Bucket List competition promoters suggested Anne Marie submit an entry after seeing her writing profile on Elance. She is currently in seventh place out of hundreds of entries. The top ten entries will be flown to England for a rigorous final selection. Go Anne Marie! For more info, visit www.amcannon.com.

Hockey fans, this may be the thing for you: On Sunday, April 7, a team of players from Ridgefield Fire Department and another team of hockey players from Danbury Fire will face off at The Winter Garden Ice Arena in Ridgefield. Suggested donation is $5 per person, and all proceeds will go to The Sandy Hook School Support Fund.

As talented as he may be, I’m pretty sure the Easter Bunny didn’t have a thing to do with the eggs on display at Quality Gem, across from the Big Y, on Route 6. For a limited time, you can view a private collection of Ukrainian Pysanky Easter Eggs at the Bethel jewelry store. Beautiful enough to rival the jewels in the cases there, these intricately hand painted eggs are at Quality Gem through April 5, and can be seen during store hours. For more information, call 203-748-4239.

Max Baudisch, a 21-year-old Hofstra University student from Newtown, will be starring as “Antony” in Antony and Cleopatra, part of Hofstra’s 64th Annual Shakespeare Festival, March 14 to 24. The Hofstra Shakespeare Festival is well known in theater circles for giving young performers experience performing the works of the Bard. Alumni of both the Festival and Hofstra include included Phil Rosenthal, the creator and executive producer of Everybody Loves Raymond, Tony nominees Tom McGowan and Peter Friedman, film and stage actor Joe Morton, film and television actresses Susan Sullivan, Margaret Colin, and the late Madeline Kahn, and Tony-nominated Broadway director Susan Schulman — seems like Max is keeping good company.

Here’s the perfect way to kick off your St Patrick’s Day celebrating. Beginning March 17 through March 24, Super Stop & Shop in Sand Hill Plaza will host The Animal Center’s Cat Food Drive. The Animal Center is in short supply of cat food and is seeking help to restock supplies. Donations of Friskies brand wet food for cats or Purina dry food for cats is appreciate — hold the Guinness and potatoes, please. Donation bins will be located at both entranceways to the store.

You never know at which entranceway I’ll be posting myself in my constant quest for news, so be sure next week to… Read me again.

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