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Thu
18
Dec

Local children to dance in ‘Nutcracker’


Photo submitted. From left, Stoughton siblings Ben and Julia Harmen will perform in Dance Wisconsin’s Nutcracker on Dec. 20-21 at the Wisconsin Union Theater.

Dance Wisconsin, under the artistic direction of JoJean Retrum, will revive its classical Nutcracker ballet at the Wisconsin Union Theater, 800 Langdon St., Madison, with appearances by local children.

Dancers from the Stoughton area include Ben and Julia Harmen, children of Lisa and Jesse Harmen. Ben and Julia, who study at Monona Academy of Dance, will dance in Act I in the party scene.

The Tchaikovsky score will be performed by the Dance Wisconsin orchestra and conducted by Blake Walters. The Monona Grove High School singers will accompany several pieces. 

Performances will be held in the newly renovated Shannon Hall at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 21.

Thu
18
Dec

Singers present Madrigal dinner

The annual Stoughton Area High School Madrigal Dinners were another well-attended success, with events Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights.

Sun
14
Dec

Dream Park effort gets a boost


Photo submitted. Norse Park is the future site of the Stoughton Inclusive Dream Park. The city and a group of residents working to make the dream park a reality agreed on Norse Park, and the group is working to raise the funds necessary to build it.

Organizers of a plan to build a park playground and shelter for people with disabilities got a big boost this month, when a national fundraising organization agreed to take up their cause.

Representatives from a committee planning the Stoughton Inclusive Dream Park signed a contract last week with Unlimited Play, a Missouri-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting parks and playgrounds that are accessible to all, regardless of age or ability.

Members of both organizations met with city officials last week, said Beth Lindsley, who along with Jennie Masten co-founded the effort to build a dream park here in late 2011.

Lindsley and Masten have coordinated their planning for the park with city officials, including Tom Lynch, director of the city’s parks and recreation department.

Thu
11
Dec

Victorian Holiday Weekend 2014 photos

Stoughtonites enjoyed the annual Victorian Holiday Weekend Thursday, Dec. 4, through Sunday, Dec. 7, with activities throughout the city for families.

Fri
05
Dec

Christmas comes to Cooksville Dec. 7


File photo by Kimberly Wethal. Cooksville’s second annual Welcome Christmas event will be held Sunday, Dec. 7, starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Cooksville Country Store, 11313 N. Hwy. 138.

Cooksville is celebrating its second annual Welcome Christmas event at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Cooksville Country Store, 11313 N. Hwy 138. The village store will have hot apple cider. 

The evening will include carols, lanterns and a chance to honor loved ones who have made people’s lives a little brighter this year.

With lanterns, local children will lead a Christmas vigil walk through the village, ending at the Cooksville Lutheran Church, 11927 W. Church Street, for a 5 p.m. Children’s Service of Gifts. 

At 5:30 p.m., the procession will walk to the Cooksville Village Commons, where sky lantern luminaries, for sale at the Cooksville Country Store, will be released to the sky in honor of the gifts we offer each other by helping our friends, family and neighbors. 

Fri
05
Dec

Rotary launches fruit basket sale


Photo submitted. Stoughton Rotary Club members are gearing up for the organization’s fruit basket sale, one of the club’s annual fundraising projects. Pictured are Rotarians and family members assembling fruit baskets last year.

The Stoughton Rotary Club has announced its 19th annual Holiday Fruit Basket Sale. The project is one of Rotary’s major fundraisers used to support the community.  

Stoughton Rotarians sell, assemble and deliver baskets of fruit for only $22 (or $19 each for orders of 50 or more fruit baskets).  

Each fruit basket contains 20 pieces of fresh fruit, including pears, apples, oranges and grapefruit, specifically trucked into Stoughton for the sale.

With the assistance of Stoughton firefighters, fruit baskets are delivered free of charge from 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 to any address within the Stoughton zip code.  

Baskets can also be picked up from 8-11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 13, or 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, Dec. 15, at Galva-Closure Products, 1236 East St., Industrial Park South.

Thu
04
Dec

Bringing out the joy


Photos submitted. Ladies Must Swing returns to the Opera House Sunday to perform an hour-long concert following a showing of documentary film "Girls in the Band."

Country music star Suzy Bogguss is making her debut appearance at the Opera House Saturday with a sack full of holiday songs in a show billed as her “Swingin’ Little Christmas.”

In a telephone interview, Bogguss said she and her band perform a mix of swinging jazz, “honest to goodness” country music and timeless folk songs.

“I’m gonna be doing songs from my radio hits, too,” she said. “It’ll be fun for me because I get to go outside of what I normally do, and we just have a blast. I hope it rubs off on everybody else because we’re going to be asking them to sing along and go back in time a little bit and just forget about your troubles for a little while.”

Sun
30
Nov

Party for the pantry


Photo submitted by Kris Heckman. Fox Prairie Elementary school kindergartner Caidyn Seamonson delivers donations collected as part of his birthday party to the Stoughton Food Pantry. About 272 pounds of food, along with some cash donations, was collected earlier this month.

Caidyn Seamonson has been volunteering at local organizations with his grandmother since he was just a “youngster” of 4 years old.

Now a kindergartner at Fox Prairie Elementary school, Seamonson and his family recently toured the Stoughton Food Pantry, and when he realized how fortunate he was compared to some other kids his age, he decided to dedicate his sixth birthday party to helping them have a better holiday season.

Caidyn, who turned 6 on Nov. 17, hosted a Transformers-themed birthday party last Saturday at the Legacy Academy in Fitchburg. He asked 25 kids from his class and 10 parents to donate non-perishable items to the pantry, and the group came up big – bringing in 272 pounds of food and some money for the pantry, as well.

Thu
27
Nov

Host-A-Family seeks holiday donations, volunteers

The Host-A-Family (HAF) organization is looking for businesses and individuals who could provide gifts anonymously for more than 300 families in need during the holiday season.

The group is short of covering gifts for nearly 125 families, organizer Lisa Clark told the Hub. 

Last year, the group helped close to 160 families in Stoughton. The nonprofit Host a Family organization has been in operation for about 20 years.

Those wishing to be added to the list of potential hosts for this year’s Christmas giving event should email hostafamily@gmail.com as soon as possible so they can get their family wish list and gifts delivered to HAF for the early December delivery to the recipients.

Thu
27
Nov

Still thankful


Photo by Bill Livick. From left, Terry Parisi, her son Franco and his girlfriend, Janelle Burnham, take a break from putting together the last CSA boxes of the season Sunday at Parisi Family Farm.

Thanksgiving has always been a time to celebrate with friends and family on the Parisi farm, located on Halverson Road a few miles north of Stoughton.

The holiday marks the end of the growing and harvesting season. It’s a time to get some rest after long workdays and enjoy good company and the food grown organically on the farm.

But this Thanksgiving is going to be tough for Terry Parisi, her three adult children and extended family and friends.

Her husband of 35 years, Ron, died at age 60 in July after a four-year battle with cancer.

Terry said Ron was a man with “a lot of integrity,” and it was hard to continue the farming operation as his health declined and his death became imminent.

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