YOBC Wind Symphony Play-In: Community Guests Invited to Open Rehearsal

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be in the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County? Do you like to challenge yourself musically? If so, then mark your calendar for YOBC’s Wind Symphony Play-In on Sunday, February 15 at Bucks County Community College, Newtown.

YOBC’s Play-In is for young musicians in grades 5–8 who play brass, wind, or percussion instruments. Community guests will join the 35-member Intermediate Division Wind Symphony for an afternoon of music, friends, and fun. This event is free of charge, however guests must register on the YOBC website. Music will be sent out around February 1 to give students a chance to practice it. We do not expect it to be perfect, but it should be prepared. Music will be distributed by email to registered students. Space is limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis. The open rehearsal is from 5:00–6:30 pm at Bucks County Community College, Newtown.

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Sweet Greetings at Friends Home & Village

Friends Home & Village will be hosting a “Sweet ‘n Greet” Open House at its campus on 50 South Congress Street. Stop in on Wednesday February 11th between 3:00pm and 6:00pm to enjoy dessert, music, and to tour the historic building.

Located at the core of Newtown for nearly 120 years, Friends Home & Village would like to share some of its rich history (and rich desserts!) with you.

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Newtown Chamber Orchestra Concert – Soloists on Stage

This year, the NCO celebrates its 25th season. The second concert, “Soloists on Stage” will be played on Saturday, January 17, at 7 PM at the Lutheran Church of God’s Love, 791 Newtown-Yardley Road, Newtown, PA 18940. The featured soloists and the groups accompanying them will be: Katrina Kormanski Cellissimo Bellissimo; Trenton Brass Quintet+1, Karl Megules, artistic director; La Bella Nota Jazz Quintet, John Kormanski, director; and NJWOMENSONG, led by Hillary Colton.

Soloists on Stage is a win-win concert for the audience, the musicians and the NCO organization. The musicians perform gratis as soloists for the benefit of NCO, while delighting the audience with their music and talents. Each soloist will play several selections, one each is listed below:

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Olde Father Christmas comes to Newtown

The celebration of Christmas throughout the ages involves a legendary figure called “Olde Father Christmas.” In Finland, north of the Arctic Circle, he is called “ Joulupukki.” In England, during ancient British mid-winter festivals he was called “King Frost.” in Victorian times he is known as “St. Nicholas.”

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A remembrance wreath for a Veteran

Please help place a wreath on every Veterans gravesite at the National Cemetery in Washington Crossing. This year the goal is 7,000 wreaths.  Please bring a wreath or make donations to the Guardians of the Washington Crossing National Cemetery at P. O. Box 233, Newtown, PA  18940.

This year, Wreaths Across America is Saturday, December 13th, beginning at 11:00am. All wreaths are placed at noon throughout the nation. Please come to honor and remember our Veterans on this special day.

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Homes for the Holidays

Historic Newtown Borough welcomes visitors to its Holiday House Tour on Saturday, December 6th.  Now in its 52nd consecutive year, this house tour is a Newtown tradition and a festive start to the holiday season. For the $25 cost of a tour ticket, visitors can enjoy Newtown on foot for an up-close look at the interiors of five or six private homes and several public buildings, all dressed for the holidays.

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Bucks County Women’s Chorus performs ‘Sounds of the Season’

The 85-voice Bucks County Women’s Chorus will kick off their third holiday season with their annual Friends and Family Concert, subtitled “Sounds of the Season.” The ensemble will entertain guests during this hour-long performance with plenty of familiar favorites as well as a variety of lesser-known sacred and secular holiday pieces and several multi-cultural selections.

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Regulated Deer Hunts Planned at Tyler State Park

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) will be conducting a one-day, antlered and antlerless deer hunt on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at Tyler State Park, Bucks County. The hunt is held every year to reduce the deer population in order to maintain a balance of the parks ecosystem, park officials said.

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‘Scrooge: The Musical’ closes Newtown Arts Company’s 32nd season

Newtown Arts Company presents “Scrooge: The Musical,” a charming stage adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens story, “A Christmas Carol,” with book, music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, December 4th to 10th at Newtown Theatre, 120 N. State Street, Newtown. Performance times: Thursday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm; Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm; and Sunday at 3:00pm. Front Reserved tickets $24; Rear Reserved tickets $21; $2 discount for groups of 10+. Extended legroom seating in Row I available for additional accommodation fee.

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NBA’s November Member Breakfast is Nov. 25th

The Newtown Business Association will hold its November Member Breakfast meeting on Tuesday, November 25th, from 7:30 to 9:00am at Chandler Hall, 99 Barclay Street, Newtown. NBA members and guests will be presented with an Economic Forum consisting of a panel of four: Moderator Robert Wilgos (Summit Financial Advisors) and panel members Robert Costello, Jr. (Costello Asset Management), Patrick Clark (Attleboro Asset Management), and Steven Tolbert (Assistant Professor of Economics at Bucks County Community College). Topics discussed will include: direction of the overall economy, GNP forecast, interest rates, inflation, stock/bond markets, and unemployment. The discussion will be followed by a question and answer period.

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