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The Noisy, Motley, Polite 8th Annual Newtown Irish Festival!

Billed as the “the greatest weekend of the year in Newtown” by some, the 8th Annual Newtown Irish Festival reached its crescendo in the outdoor tent at the Green Parrot Restaurant & Pub on St. Patrick's day.

Other people, including some nearby Newtown Borough residents, do not think the festival is so great (watch this short video clip of the pro and con debate before the February 14, 2018, Board of Supervisors meeting). I’ve even heard criticisms that the Festival brings “drunken hooligans” into our quiet, peaceful town!

Larry Kirwan

I’m not of Irish descent, but like everybody else, I’m Irish on St. Paddy’s Day. This year my wife and I decided to join the celebrations.

First, on St. Patrick's day eve, we attended a concert by Larry Kirwan at the Zlock Performing Arts Center on the Bucks County Community College campus.

Through a mixture of story-telling, acting, and singing Kirwan brought Irish history alive with emphasis on The Great Hunger of 1847, Emigration to America, The Celtic Revival, 1916 Uprising, and the recent “Troubles.” Kirwan ended the concert with a call for a united Ireland!

But I just had to see – and hear – for myself what all the hubbub was about regarding the Newtown Irish Festival. So, my wife and I decided to use all my “influence” – i.e., a $23 Event Bright ticket – to get into the tent on Saturday night around 6 pm.

I guess you could say that the crowd was “motley.” But I would also say they were polite as we wended our way through the crowd to reach the bar and order a couple of beers. We then had to squeeze through more attendees to get to a spot where we could see the band and claim a few square feet of floor space.

The “Motley” Crew – including wifey in red – waiting patiently to
get inside the tent at the Green Parrot.

The music was loud and punctuated with more or less “relentless pounding bass” that encouraged some people to dance and many to sing along to favorite “Irish” songs like “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver! The following clip may be more representative of Irish songs sung at the festival:

 

At the Green Parrot Irish Festival in Newtown.

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I’ll have to wait and see if there was any police action – I certainly did not see any rowdy behavior when I was there. What I did see was a bus that provided free transportation to anywhere within 3 miles of the event. I also saw that the surrounding restaurants were crowded with long waits to get seated. When we asked how long the wait was at the Sycamore Grill, we were told “longer than you want to wait.”

I applaud the owners of the Green Parrot as well as the neighbors in the Borough for reaching a compromise regarding this year’s Festival; namely, accepting a 2-day permit for the outdoor portion of the event rather than four days as was originally planned. Nevertheless, the Festival lasted 4 days – 2 days inside on the porch and 2 days outside in the tent.

Posted on 17 Mar 2018, 18:01 - Category: Newtown

Soul Food at the Newtown Macedonia Baptist Church

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Posted on 10 Feb 2018, 16:56 - Category: Newtown

The 2017 Newtown Holiday Parade

The Newtown Dems participated in this annula event. My wife and I enjoyed it very much. Here are just a few photos I took and posted to my Instagram account.

 

 

The 2017 Newtown Holiday Parade

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Posted on 12 Dec 2017, 10:12 - Category: Newtown

Iím a Newtown Man

[With apologies to Chicago ~ I'm a Man]

Well Newtown is pretty nice but it's got cracks in the streets

Our kids are addicted to drugs made right here in town

We are in debt up to our necks, can hardly pay our bills

Our open space may soon dwindle,

And our water may be tainted.

 

But I never had no problems 'cause I've always paid may taxes

And thought things were fine with “fat cats” in power

I had no time for complaining or campaigning

'Cause my time was all used up with kids & work.

 

Today, I walk outside canvassing

All the groovy kinds of residents

I'm a Newtown man, yes I am and I can't help but love Newtown so

I'm a Newtown man, yes I am and I can't help but love Newtown so.

 

If I had my choice of matter

I'd rather be with the big “fat cats”

All engrossed in money-making chatter

Showing where their minds are at.

 

But I resist that route, ‘cause

 

I'm a Newtown man, yes I am and I can't help but love Newtown so

I'm a Newtown man, yes I am and I can't help but love Newtown so

I've got to keep my principles

And fight to make Newtown better!

 

I’ll never drop upon my knees

And help keep the “fat cats” in power

You think that I'm not qualified or that I am afraid,

But I've never had no problems

'Cause my cause and my heart are pretty strong.

 

I'm a Newtown man, yes I am and I can't help but love Newtown so

I'm a Newtown man, yes I am and I can't help but love Newtown so

I'm a Newtown man, yes I am and I can't help but love Newtown so


Posted on 29 Sep 2017, 12:14 - Category: Newtown

How Well Off Are We in Newtown?

When going door-to-door canvassing, most people feel that Newtown is a very nice and prosperous place to live and it's difficult to find much to complain about. The data below confirms exactly how well off we are! But there are some issues that are on the minds of voters that should be addressed to make Newtown an even better place to live! For more on that, read "Newtown Speaks Out on the Issues".

Click on the title in the article below to see the data for the 18940 zip code. 


Posted on 25 Sep 2017, 16:11 - Category: Newtown

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