Growing up in Minnesota in the 1960s, one of our favorite commercials shouted out, “I scream, you scream! We all scream for… ice milk!” Of course, ice milk was the only alternative to ice cream, and this commercial touted ice milk as the healthy alternative. Fast forward a number of years, and the options are mind-boggling. Not only does one select between the commercially marketed and premium brand ice creams, but every bucolic town with a cow or two has its own “homemade” ice cream for sale. Forget about ice milk and that quaint fruity sherbet of yore (although they are certainly still available.) Frozen yogurt, sorbet, and gelato have taken over the freezer section in supermarkets, and are popping up in franchise stores all across the United States, faster than prairie dogs from a hole.
Panacea, who performed what turned out to be an abbreviated reunion set during The Great Newtown Reunion last summer, has promised fans that this time they are not leaving the stage early. The band — which formed when members were students at Newtown High School during the late 1960s and early 70s — will headline a concert at Dickinson Park on Sunday, August 31. Guests can expect plenty of the classics from the 60s and 70s that were covered by Panacea when they first formed, done with the focus on vocal harmonies that led the band to gain a large following four decades ago. A few original songs will also be part of the show. Panacea will literally return to their starting point this weekend to perform a show at Dickinson Park that will also include opening sets by Manny Pavone and Eclipse. The event, Panacea & Friends, will begin at 4 pm, and admission is free.
About 150 participants or “yogis” attended the Second Annual Newtown Yoga Festival on Saturday, August 23, at Newtown Youth Academy Sports & Fitness Center at Fairfield Hills. The participants sampled various versions of yoga. Area teachers who participated included Barbara Templeton, Kristi Gunnershaug, Anne Pelisson, Chris Smith, Aline Marie, Lydia Smith, Karen Pierce, Kat Barton, Joanne Keane, and Brian Pontolilo. Internationally known teachers Ray Crist, Jennifer Reis, and Tiffany Maloney also provided instruction. Suzy DeYoung and Jennifer Smith Bassett were the co-chairs of the event.
Harley the peacock, who made a temporary home at a Shepard Hill Road address earlier this summer, has found a permanent roost. A friend of resident Susan Nalley has welcomed the colorful bird to her farm in Pennsylvania. Ms Nalley said after publication of an August 1 Newtown Bee article, she reached out to friends online. As a result, this week she received an email telling her about “friends on a farm who had a little boy who really wanted a peacock."
If you think that dental hygiene is irrelevant, Dr Joshua Baum and staff are happy to remind you that “Brushing Your Teeth is Never Irr-Elephant.” And to make that point, Shelton landscaper Pete Stanisci and his team have crafted an 18-foot-tall elephant out front of front of the 23 Church Hill Road office for Dr Baum, from nine large bales of hay (each weighing nearly 1,000 pounds) and many reinforcing bars. PVC pipe stands in for this elephant’s tusks extending out from either side of a trunk made of several feet of vacuum hose, usually attached to commercial leaf suckers, said Mr Stanisci. This is the third year, said Dr Baum, that Stanisci Landscaping has fashioned a creation from hay bales for the front lawn of the orthodontics office. In 2012, a Hay Monster stood on the lawn, followed by the 2013 giant teddy bear.
From The Rolling Stones to Avicii, music skipped decades Saturday night while Fast Ricky members entertained a crowd at the Botsford Fire House. Lisa Paloian danced with her son Mikey and inside the garage bays at folding tables, guests enjoyed dinner. Additional guests ate outdoors beneath shade tents with a seat closer to the band. On Saturday, August 23, the annual Botsford Fire & Rescue Summer Bash Fundraiser to support fire company functions saw a crowd of supporters join the evening of food and music between 4 and 10 pm.
Elle Sauli has been crowned Miss Northern States Jr Teen 2014. The 13-year-old from Newtown, who will begin her freshman year at Newtown High School this week, won the title during the New England Miss American Coed (MAC) Pageant. The event was held at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua, N.H., August 15-17. “I was stunned when then said my name,” Elle said this week. “I felt crazy, absolutely insane,” when her title was announced, she added. The 2014 pageant represented the third time Elle competed in the pageant. It was the first time for her to compete in the Junior Teen division, which pitted her against 13 other girls. While her next competitive appearance will be in November when she travels to Orlando, Fla., for national competition, Elle is already looking forward to her first public appearance with her new crown and sash. She will be joining Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut Teen next Monday for the Newtown Labor Day Parade.