Newtown, CT Holiday Festival 12/4/09 to 12/6/09 Last year, we posted about Newtown's 2008 Holiday Festival. People let us know that it was a helpful resource and we thought we'd post the details about Newtown's 2009 Holiday Festival.
Newtown's Holiday Festival is one of the biggest annual events in Newtown. Each year, a variety of events are scheduled for the weekend and this year's events include the following:
- Newtown Choral Society members in anticipation of the December 6 concert at the Meeting House
- the VNA Thrift Shop behind Edmond Town Hall is stocking its shelves with holiday bargains
- Ann's Place, Home of I Can, in Danbury, is preparing for the 7th Annual Festival of Trees at the Cyrenius H. Booth Library to raise funds for programs supporting families and individuals with cancer
- WIN and Newtown Social Services are knee-deep in putting together Thanksgiving Baskets for the less fortunate among us (monetary donations can still be sent to WIN, PO Box 286, Newtown CT 06470 to support this cause)
- Craftshow at Town Hall
- Victorian Tea at Alexandria Room at Town Hall
- Festivals of Tress in the Library
- Nutcracker performances at Town Hall and various different musical performances around the town center.
The Newtown Holiday House Tour will be held on Sunday, December 6, 2009 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
10 Main Street, Newtown, CT
~ Home of Catherine and Matthew Procaccini
This beautiful colonial-revival style home was built in 1930. It is of the five-bay colonial form. Architectural details of the façade of the house include paired windows with six over six arrangement, and Doric columns supporting the front porch. The original owner had it built as his residence after selling his land to the state as part of the parcel where Fairfield Hills State Hospital would be built. Previous owners have included a Judge and a doctor who had his office and examination room in the home. The red barn to the back of the house is original. There was a pond in the back yard of the house that served as a skating pond for area residents.
1 Schoolhouse Hill Road
~ Home of Meghan Rice
This home is a charming example of the Bungalow-style houses built during the first half of the twentieth century. Lovingly restored by current owner, Meghan Rice, this home was built on a rubblestone foundation in 1901. Characteristic of the style, a shed dormer with paired three over one sash windows and exposed rafters are all visible on the home's façade.
This house is best known for its delightful and spacious front porch that extends the width of the house. A local artist, Barbara Sandmore, was recently commissioned to paint the wonderful murals on the risers of the steps leading up to the porch.
9 Tory Lane *
~ Home of Jeffrey and Judith Norkin
Built in 1930, it is thought that this lovely colonial home was built for Irving Jones when he sold his property to the state for the Fairfield Hills State Hospital. This charming home sits atop a hill alongside the site of the Tory encampment during the American Revolution. Architectural features of the home include an oversized stone fireplace, random width wood floors, leaded glass windows and original light fixtures in the foyer and living room. The home exudes character representative of Newtown during the 1930's.
Irving Jones, the original owner, had been a farmer in his previous location at the Fairfield Hills Hospital site. He continued his gardening here on Tory Lane, growing vegetables and building impressive gardens on the grounds with many species of trees. Subsequent owners have expanded the gardens over the years making them the spectacular display they are today.
*This home is currently listed for sale. If you would like information on this home, please email us.
78 Main Street
~ Home of Andrew and Colleen Bryant
This circa 1760 saltbox is a good example of Revolutionary War-era architecture. The home was originally built by Eustis Brush. Brush was an indentured servant who had obtained his freedom and came to Newtown to establish his life. This home has stood on this lot for almost 260 years and has undergone many changes. The current owners purchased the house about seven years ago. They have paid careful attention to the historical detail and period designs in improvement they have made to the home.
65 Main Street
~ Home of Ellen and George Whalen
This home is a beautiful example of a high-style Italianate residence. It was built in 1867, as indicated by a granite market in the celler, and holds a prominent position at the head of Main Street.
Upon entering this home, one is instantly surrounded by a feeling of grandeur. Nine-foot ceilings, beautifully detailed crown moldings, wonderful four-over-four rounded high windows and spacious sun-filled rooms are some of the architectural details that make this home such a show-piece. The current owners have done extensive work to bring the home back to its original beauty.
Graced by a fine old pegged barn, this property was once a small active farm owned by George Mayer. Although he had mostly retired as a farmer and had moved into town, people would stop at the Mayer house for milk. Milk was also transported from here to Bridgeport.
We hope that you enjoy Newtown's Holiday Festival - it's a really great time!