Rowayton pageant gets a new venue, LMMM plans open house

Once AroundUpdated 12:17 p.m. Saturday with additional Sunday event.

NORWALK, Conn. – There’s plenty going in the city starting tonight in Rowayton.

‘Come to the Light’

There will be a change of scene for the 51st annual Rowayton Nativity Pageant this year. The pageant, which will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, will be held at Pinkney Park, 177 Rowayton Ave., rather than its longtime home on the grounds of Rowayton School because of construction at the school.

The pageant was originally produced in 1963 in response to the nation’s grief over the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The original organizers, including current producer and longtime resident Putsie Ritchey, envisioned the pageant as a way to sooth the jangled nerves of the public with a reminder to “Come to the Light.” That phrase has been used ever since to promote the local event, along with the use of a large searchlight to mark the location.

The pageant, which reenacts the birth of Jesus and the three wise men’s journey to Bethlehem, includes more than 60 local performers, choir members and clergy. It is directed by Laura Czegledi of Rowayton, and sponsored by the Rowayton Civic Association.

There is no parking in Pinkney Park during the pageant, and very limited street parking. Attendants should plan to use the Old School lot on the corner of Witch Lane and Rowayton Avenue, or the Ambler Lot, behind the Rowayton Post Office building and accessed from Wilson Avenue or Rowayton Avenue.


Stand for Justice

First Congregational Church Norwalk will take its worship service outside Sunday morning  (Dec. 13) for a public call for justice. There will be a short worship service inside at 10 a.m., and it will continue in front of the church at 10:40 a.m. as the congregation and visitors “stand for justice together,” according to the church press release. Attendees are encouraged to bring a sign saying things such as:  DO JUSTICE; JUSTICE FOR ALL; etc.  “This is an opportunity for our church to say to our community that we as a church stand for all of God’s children,” the release stated.


Big bike giveaway

Thanks to the Two Wheels Organization, in collaboration with the Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County, 25 Norwalk children will be getting an early Christmas present at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 14.

The Two Wheels Organization will be giving away 25 new bicycles, helmets and providing a bike safety course to Norwalk children from low-income families. Pete Tucci, owner of Tucci Lumber Bats, 227 Wilson Ave., will host the event. Mayor Harry Rilling will be in attendance.

With the success of a fundraiser held this past August, T.W.O was able to purchase 50 bicycles and helmets. Along with this Sunday’s giveaway in Norwalk, an additional 25 bikes and helmets will be given away at the Stratford Community Center on Saturday, Dec. 13.

Two Wheels Organization was established to provide new and restored bicycles to underprivileged children in Connecticut. T.W.O works with local community centers, food pantries and housing developments to identify the children who will receive the bicycles.

A bike safety course for both bicycle giveaway dates will be hosted by police officers from local departments. Officer Hector Delgado from the Norwalk Police Department will host Norwalk’s safety course on Sunday.

Councilman John Kydes (D-District C), longtime friend of T.W.O co-founder Hector Correa, said, “Hector’s passion for fitness and helping his community is inspirational. It was an honor to help him with organizing this event, but he and T.W.O co-founder Heather Munoz deserve all the credit.”

Correa spoke about future plans saying, “We are putting together a 5K race in the spring as another fundraiser for the charity.”


Open house at Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum at 295 West Ave. will partner with The Talent Education Suzuki School, the Matthew Surapine Studio, and North Pole’s Santa Claus to create a joyous and festive event and several hours of entertainment for people of all ages.

The open house will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14.

The two exhibits, “A Magnificent Victorian Holiday at the Mansion” and Hidden Treasures: Artifacts from the LMMM Collections” will be on view and visitors will be able to walk throughout the first floor of the Mansion and enjoy the holiday decorations and the rare artifacts on display.

From 12:30 to 1:15 p.m., the event will feature eight musicians from the Suzuki School, who also are members of the Norwalk Youth Symphony, ranging from 9 to 12 years old. They have been studying music for at least seven years and will perform a repertoire of classical music.

At 1:15 p.m., Santa Claus will make his way into the Music Room with his elves. A holiday favorite, he will spend a full hour at the Mansion greeting children and hearing their Christmas wishes before he heads back to the North Pole.

From 2:15 to 3 p.m., students from the Mathew Surapine Studio will perform a selection of holiday favorites, ranging from classical masterpieces to music from the Great American Songbook.

At 3:15 “The Doll and Teddy Bear Victorian Tea” will end the festivities with a flurry of tiaras, stuffed bears, and a bingo with lots of prizes.


Register now for NCC winter session

Norwalk Community College will offer an opportunity for motivated students to achieve up to four credits in 14 days with “turbo-charged” classes during a winter session that will run from Dec. 29 to Jan. 16. Students can complete a mini-semester at maximum speed. Courses offered include: Algebra, Athletic coaching, English, Great Books I, Introduction to Software Applications, LPN to RN Transition I , Peace and Conflict Studies and Public Speaking.

Classes meet weekdays for approximately four hours daily. Credits received are affordable and transferable.

Classes fill quickly, so register now. For more information call the admission office at (203) 857-7068.

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