A special birthday party took place Monday morning, November 17, when former and current drivers, and board members of Newtown Meals on Wheels gathered in the meeting room at C.H. Booth Library to celebrate 40 years of service to the community. Since its inception, Meals on Wheels has worked to provide healthy meals, five days of the week, to community members needing short or long-term assistance. Some recipients are elderly, others have recently returned home from surgery, or are temporarily or permanently unable to prepare their own meals. Whatever the reason, for four decades volunteers have worked diligently to make sure that those in need do not go hungry any day of the week, or on holidays. “Meals on Wheels services more people than you would think,” said Marg Studley, who is co-president of the organization, along with Pat Barrett.
Avancé Esthétiques Day Spa will host an exhibition showcasing the work of “three fabulous females,” says Rosemary Rau, curator of “Holiday Arts Show.” Featuring jewelry by Justine Aspinwall, traditional watercolors by DeAnn L. Prosia, and mosaic glass art by Heidrun Morgan, the exhibition will be on view at the Sand Hill Plaza location November 23 until December 31. An opening reception is planned for Sunday, November 23, from 2 to 4 pm. The opening will include an informal jewelry and fashion show, Ms Rau said November 7. “We will have three generations of models, and lovely refreshments,” she said. Seated alongside spa owner Melanie Allen and two of the three participating artists last Friday afternoon, Ms Rau was well into planning the location of all of the works for the show and the grand opening celebration just a couple weeks away.
Goldrush, a local progressive bluegrass group, will add its contemporary sound to the usual holiday music that fills the first weekend of December in Newtown each year, with the new Jingle Bell Jam concert, Saturday, December 6, in the Alexandria Room of Edmond Town Hall. From 7 From 7 to 8 pm, concertgoers will be treated to classic holiday songs “with a Goldrush flair,” promised Mary Beth Sippin, the band’s founder. Ms Sippin provides vocals for the group, along with guitarist husband, Gary, and pianist Chris Coogan. Dick Neal on banjo, mandolin, and guitar; Gary Wikfors on mandolin, John Widgren on pedal steel, and John Mobilio on bass round out the band.
When the Newtown Holiday Festival returns to Main Street on Sunday, December 7, people of all ages looking for some holiday-themed fun should be able to find something that appeals to them. The festival runs from 11 am until 4 pm, rain, shine, or light snow. The Holiday Festival, anchored at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street, offers a little bit of everything under one umbrella. The town hall will be host to a Holiday Tea, "Nutcracker Suite" performances, The Festival of Trees, The Gingerbread House Contest, Yankee Candle and Scholastic Books sales, and Frozen Frenzy. It will also be the starting point for Trolley Tours, and a meeting point for many who will go on Historic House Tours. The five-hour event is a fundraiser for Newtown Youth & Family Services.
The 29th Newtown Holiday Festival will host a Gingerbread House Contest as one of its events on Sunday, December 7. Introduced in 2007, the competition invites families, friends, organizations and even individuals to create a candy confection to be put on view during the run of the five-hour event. While there is no cost to enter, registration is required and must be done by Monday, December 1.
Newtown High School is set to host its fall drama, Lend Me a Tenor, Thursday, November 20, to Sunday, November 23.
Lend Me a Tenor, written by Ken Ludwig, is a comedy that takes place at the Cleveland Grand Opera Company in 1934. When the general manager attempts to welcome a famous tenor for a one night only engagement, problems ensue.
Ticks are general admission and will be sold at the door. Ticket prices are $7 for students and faculty, $12 for adults, and $10 for seniors.
With shy smiles and a twinkle of excitement in their eyes, seven members of Kids In Deed Organization (KIDO) posed for pictures in front of the heartstrings tunnel, a piece of playground equipment designed exclusively for Healing Hearts Center for Grief and Loss, by Kompan Play Institute of North America. The dedication of the playground on the grounds of the Regional Hospice Center of Comfort, Care & Healing construction site at 30 Millstone Road, in Danbury, took place Monday afternoon, November 7. The playground was funded through the efforts of a number of Newtown Middle School students, headed by Ryan Patrick, now a student at Newtown High School. In 2012, Ryan, at the time a 12-year-old Newtown Middle School student, sold wristbands commemorating 12/14. The students responded to a challenge from Regional Hospice, and raised $50,000 for the playground.