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For the 32nd year, Newtown Savings Bank will present the Annual Holiday Festival, a fundraiser for Newtown Youth & Family Services.
The festival returns to Main Street on Sunday, December 3, from 11 am to 4 pm. One of the area’s longest running holiday events, the festival has offerings for all ages.
General admission tickets are$12 for adults and $25 for families (two adults, two children); each additional child is $5. They will be available at the door or can be purchased online by visiting newtownyouthandfamilyservices.org.
The festival will feature narrated historical trolley rides through the Newtown Borough, Historic House Tours (this year featuring the homes at 30 Mt Pleasant Road, 64 Main Street, and 5 Glover Avenue; with shuttle bus service between the locations), Festival of Trees, two performances of Nutcracker Suite Ballet performed by Newtown Centre of Classical Ballet, Holiday Tea, poinsettia sales, and more.
“The Holiday Festival is a beloved holiday tradition in our town,” said Candice Bohr, executive director of NYFS. “We are extremely grateful for the support of Newtown Savings Bank as title sponsor. They continue to support our mission and initiatives throughout town.”
In addition to celebrating this family tradition that brings together many generations, NYFS will be bringing back the Polar Express to travel down Main Street. Children and families will have a great time while they take the train ride down Main Street.
Tickets are $3, and are separate from the general admission. There is no presale for the train tickets, which will be available for purchase only on Sunday. Train rides will run throughout the event.
From 11 am until noon there will be a Toyland Tea in Edmond Town Hall’s Alexandria Room, where kids can enjoy caroling, holiday treats, a Hot Chocolate Bar, and a visit from Rudolph and Mrs Claus.
Joining in on the fun will be Billy Baldwin, author of The Cookie that Saved Christmas, who will be in the Children’s Department of C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street, at 1 pm.
To kick off this weekend’s festivities, NYFS will be hosting a “Making Spirits Bright” Wine and Beer tasting at Rock Ridge Country Club on Saturday, December 2, beginning at 6:30 pm.
Tickets for that event are $40 per person, or $75 per couple.
Newtown Youth & Family Services is dedicated to helping children and families achieve their highest potential. The dynamic nonprofit agency combines clinical services and positive youth development programs to provide a continuum of care to residents of the greater Newtown area.
NYFS is the designated mental health clinic for Newtown/Sandy Hook and is licensed by the Department of Children & Families, Department of Public Health, and is accredited by the Council on Accreditation.
For additional information call 203-270-4335 or visit the NYFS website.
House Tour Details
The home at 64 Main Street, which is the parsonage for Trinity Episcopal Church, is currently the residence of The Reverend Dr Jenny Montgomery and her husband, the Reverend Dr Joseph Glaze. Rev Montgomery, or “Reverend Jenny” to most, is serving as the priest-in-charge at Trinity Church.
Their home is a Victorian bracketed house built in 1867 for Edward Starr, who ran a grocery store on the west side of Main Street, opposite The Matthew Curtiss House.
The original house is believed to have been a four room over four, but shortly after construction the dining room and a larger kitchen were added. When built the house contained at least four fireplaces. With the introduction of central heating, all but one of the fire places were closed, according to notes supplied by NYFS.
In later years, the present kitchen was enlarged twice, then remodeled in the 1980s and again about five years ago. The sun room was added in the 1950s. A new barn was built behind the house in recent years.
Women Involved in Newtown and Newtown Florist will be decorating the home for this weekend’s Holiday Festival ticket-holders.
The second home on this year’s House Tour, at 30 Mt Pleasant Road, has undergone recent restoration work by owner Tom Saint. Among its previous owners was Dr Charles Peck, who summered for many years in Newtown before his death in 1927.
The home’s large formal dining room has a walk-in stone fireplace with two beehive ovens. Other features of the house include French doors that open to the living room, which features another large fireplace and library alcove as well as exposed hand hewn beams, built-in cabinets, and small paned windows.
This home will be decorated by Halas Farm Market.
Sue Smart Designs will take care of decorating the three-bedroom Colonial home at 5 Glover Avenue. The home of Carla Tischio and Mark Forlenzo, the dwelling features “beautiful built-ins, original molding and hardwood floors,” according to NYFS program notes for Sunday.