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.
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.
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.
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.
The Friends of the C.H. Booth Library will hold its annual Holiday Book and Gift Sale the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, December 6-7. “The large downstairs library meeting room will be chock-full of a wide a wide selection of quality books for adults and children at prices that simply can’t be beat,” promises Friends volunteer Toni Earnshaw. Shoppers will find new, sealed DVDs and CDs, gift items such as puzzles and toys, and a broad selection of stocking stuffers.
Local fans of the animated "Madagascar" series will have a 24-hour sneak peek at the next big screen installment, "Penguins of Madagascar." Edmond Town Hall Theatre will host two special screenings of the DreamWorks release on Tuesday, a day earlier than the film is officially released. According to the town hall's Facebook page, the screenings are scheduled for 5 and 7:15 pm, and both are free of charge.
The 54th Annual Rotary Pancake Day returns to the Alexandria Room of Edmond Town Hall, Saturday, December 6, from 8 am to 1 pm. Rotary members will be staffing the kitchen, turning out fluffy flapjacks and homemade sausages from Butcher’s Best. The $7 ticket for adults and $3 ticket for children under the age of 10 includes applesauce, orange juice, milk, hot chocolate, coffee, or tea, as well. If one serving does not quite do the trick, there is no need to be shy. As always, Pancake Day is “all you can eat,” served with a smile by Newtown Middle School and Reed Intermediate School Interact Club members.