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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2014 Bucks County Poet Laureate Sandra Becker

Sandra Becker of Doylestown has been named the 2014 Bucks County Poet Laureate, officials at Bucks County Community College recently announced. She’ll read from her winning poems at 2:00pm, Sunday, November 16th, at the college’s Newtown campus.

She’ll be joined by 2013 Poet Laureate Alexa Gutter of Yardley, and runners-up Elizabeth Austin of Newtown, Camille Norvaisas of Feasterville, and Kathryn Ionata of Doylestown.

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Newtown Chamber Orchestra launches 25th concert season

The Newtown Chamber Orchestra (NCO) celebrates its 25th season this year. The first concert, “Scandinavian Adventure for Strings” will be performed on Saturday, November 8th, at 7:00pm at the Lutheran Church of God’s Love, 791 Newtown-Yardley Road, Newtown. The music will include selections by Vivaldi, Nielsen, Bach, Sibelius and Grieg.

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Local ensemble celebrates anniversary with choral festival

‘Voices of Bucks’ to feature the Bucks County Singers and other area choruses

When the late Sandy Dunn decided to form a small choral ensemble of adults some 30 years ago, she may have never dreamed that the choir would still be alive and well three decades later. But thanks to the nurturing of the directors that followed and the singers that simply love to vocalize together, Bucks County Singers is still performing… and audiences around the county and beyond are still loving their light-hearted, energetic style of music, their bright smiles, and their entertaining choreography.

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