Day: December 9, 2018

Star Neighbor

Masako Nakamuta – Vigneault was presented the Redding Neighbors and Newcomers Star Neighbor Award at the Tree Lighting last Saturday. Community Chair Jenifer Wyss introduced the award with the help of President Bess Williams.

Nominated by Karen Beres, Ms. Nakamuta–Vigneault was cited for her work with the Girl Scouts, American Red Cross, New Pond Farm and the West Redding Fire Department. 

Beres said, “Her efforts have benefited thousands of people and her willingness to help; mentor and guide where ever needed has made her a star in our community.”

Williams said, “It’s Pivotal that our town recognize people who do things out of the goodness of their hearts. That’s what community and neighborhood is all about. It doesn’t have to be once a year, you can recognize people every day of the year and let them know they are appreciated.”

Stephanie Gregory, Service Unit Manager of the Redding and Easton Girl Scouts said she has known Masako for ages. She said that Masako was “…an amazing lady who inspired me to be a Girl Scout leader twice over.” She added that Masako was a “Pivotal person in our community who ties it all together”

Ms. Nakamuta – Vigneault was grateful for the award. She said that, “Redding is a beautiful town. I have really enjoyed being here for 30+ years. I love serving the town.”

When you see Masako around town, please congratulate her on this award. And, please recognize and be grateful to your own Star neighbors.

left: Masako Nakamuta – Vigneault
right: Jenifer Wyss, Community Chair for RNN and Bess Williams,
RNN President present Ms. Nakamuta – Vigneault with the award

Tree Lighting

Reddingites assembled on the town green on Saturday to enjoy each others company and to witness the lighting of the “Holiday” tree. This is a well loved tradition in town.

The Lion’s Club provides hot chocolate and goldfish while Uncle Leo’s brought donuts and bagels. Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph were in attendance with hugs and candy canes for all children.

A new addition was Blue Santa who arrived on the police department ATV. He had matchbox cars for all of the children.

Entertainment was provided by the choirs from JRMS and JBHS and the Gallows Hill Horns.

Just as it got dark, the evening culminated in the lighting of the tree. Just the delight we need on these dark and gloomy days.  

Blue Santa with Abel Ewud (left) and Captain Marc Deluca

left: Gallows Hill Horns and right: the crowd listens as the JRMS choir sings

Mark Twain Library Art Show

At the Mark Twain Library Art Show, the art isn’t the only star of the show. Behind the scenes, the dedication and hard work of Rochelle Williston and her team enable this to be a world class exhibition. The volunteers perform this labor of love for art and the library. Especially, Pam Reese (sorry for the earlier misspelling, Pam) and Kathy Anderson and their team who work through two nights to get it all mounted. And, the result is spectacular.

The opening event is the Gala,always on the first Friday after Thanksgiving weekend. Patrons of the arts eagerly entered the event, some hoping to find a new artwork to adorn their home while others just to enjoy the world class show. Colored dots signifying that pieces were purchased soon appeared on many of the pieces. Don’t worry though… the works stay in place until the end of the show on December 10.

The caliber of art displayed at the Mark Twain Library art show grows higher every year. Artists only submit their best and are proud that their work is chosen.

left: Jessica Ewud under her rendition of Mark Twain
right: Art show chair Rochellle Williston with Art chairs Kathy Anderson and Lisa Reese

The check in team was dressed to impress

left: Rosemary Wright, Sarah Atwood and Sherry Karraker
right: Musical entertainment

left: admiring the art before the crowd descends
right: Hilda Rhodes with her art (bottom)

Winners:
First place: Peter Bergeron “Stones by the Sea”
Second place: Marc Mellon “Odette”
Third place: Randi Jane Davis “Columbus Circle”

Honorable mentions
Liz Ward “Untitled”
Greg Giordano “Inside the Stall Palomino”
James Grashow “Statue of Liberty”