Newtown Choral Society

  • The Top of the Mountain

    There is a big hungry cat right around here that is not afraid of an afternoon raid on small animals in bright daylight, I’m told by Ann Ziluck. Ann lives in the Aunt Park Lane area of town, near the bridle trails, and a large bobcat had a smackdown with a squirrel, right off of her deck, this past Saturday evening.

  • The Soul Of New Orleans

    To the Editor:

    The Newtown Choral Society played to an enthusiastic crowd as we presented our spring concert, The Soul of New Orleans laissez, les bons temps rouler, Sunday, April 26 at The Meeting House.

    Tracing the evolution of Louisiana music from Creole and Cajun folk songs through the development of jazz, our director, Mary Andreotta, led us in an animated program while Susan Anthony-Klein supported us with her inspired performance as she accompanied us.

  • A Smart Choice

    To the Editor:

    Yesterday, I made a very smart choice. I went to The Meeting House at 3:30 pm and became one of the audience members, listening to the Newtown Choral Society's concert, “The Soul of New Orleans.” What a fantastic, happy, joyous experience. The program's offerings included Creole, Cajun and Folk Music, masterfully directed by Mary Andreotta. While a member since 1987, Mary has directed the choral since 1998.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Newtown Savings Bank’s Relay For Life Team will host a fundraising car wash this weekend. The public is invited to visit the parking lot of the bank’s main branch, at 39 Main Street, between 9 am and 1 pm. Car washes will be offered in exchange for donations. All money collected on Saturday will then be donated to Relay For Life through the team’s efforts.

  • Choral Society Taking A Musical Journey To NOLA For Spring Concert

    The Newtown Choral Society will perform “The Soul of New Orleans” as its spring concert, Sunday, April 26, at 3:30 pm, at Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street.

    Two trumpets and a saxophone will accompany the choir with high school band director Kurt Eckhardt on trombone and middle school teacher Bob Nolte on percussion, including the timpani.                               

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Carolyn Mandarano, a member of the Missions Committee at Christ the King Lutheran Church, volunteers as part of Dorothy Day’s “Shelter From the Cold” program in Danbury, where guests can come in from the cold to be served a hot meal. For a few weeks Carolyn has been conducting a coat drive, and anyone who has gently used coats, hats, and gloves has been asked to consider dropping them at NYA Sports & Fitness Center. The collection for the temporary shelter will conclude this weekend, and Carolyn is hoping for a strong ending.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Congratulations to the Newtown High School football team for winning the South-West Conference Title last Thursday night, November 20, shutting out Brookfield 42-0. This win makes Title #3 in a row for our local high school team. Two paws up to all of the team members, coaches, parents, and fans!

  • The Top of the Mountain

    This curious kitty has heard back from another reader of our “Way We Were” column, regarding the photo of two boys near the edge of a body of water, which ran in the August 8 issue of The Newtown Bee. Jacquie Dachenhausen had contacted me last month, saying she felt fairly certain the boys were her son and his best friend. Gail and Chuck Luf, though, also believe that they know the boys. “I think it’s my son, Josh, and James Barrett, a Fresh Air guest we had many years,” says Gail.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Maybe you’ve been chillin’ lately, or know someone who has been? Chillin’, that is, with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The viral video fundraiser for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) has been circulating madly, if Facebook is any indication. Here’s how it works: you nominate someone to douse him or herself with a bucket of ice, they post a video on social media of the act, and then that person gets to name three more people to take the challenge.

  • Concert Celebrates ‘The Music Of The Night’

    To The Editor:

    The Newtown Choral Society played to an enthusiastic crowd as we presented our spring concert, “The Music of the Night,” last Sunday at The Meeting House. 

    Presenting 14 examples of composers reflecting on the power of the night, Mary Andreotta directed us in music from Cole Porter to Coldplay. Susan Anthony-Klein, our accompanist, supported the choir with her usual professionalism and zeal, and presented an  inspiring Chopin Nocturne.