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Thu
12
Mar

Local celebrities pitch in for ‘Meals’

The Stoughton Area Senior Center is participating in the 2015 March for Meals – a nationwide community-by-community celebration of the local Meals on Wheels programs to keep seniors independent in their own homes.  There will be a variety of events throughout the month around Stoughton.

Local celebrities, including State Rep. Gary Hebl (D-Sun Prairie), NBC15 news anchors John Stofflet, WISC-TV3 meteorologist Karin Swanson and new Stoughton Fire Chief Scott Wagner will make Meals on Wheels deliveries as part of the program.

Main Street Kitchen has offered to provide a catered sandwich and soup or salad meal option for $5 on Tuesdays in March. This meal option is a pilot program based on feedback from the senior center’s Food for Thought survey. 

There will be special prize drawings for the participants of Meals on Wheels or congregate meal site during the week of March 16-20.

Thu
12
Mar

Cat's Pajamas photos

Members of the vocal a capella group Cat’s Pajamas performed Friday, March 6, at the Stoughton High School Performing Arts Center. 

Wed
11
Mar

Irish dancers, clown will highlight Kiwanis breakfast March 14


Photos submitted. The Trinity Irish Dancers will perform at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. during the pancake breakfast on Saturday, March 14, at the Stoughton High School cafetorium.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and help the Stoughton Kiwanis Club support the youth with its 15th annual pancake breakfast.

The Stoughton Kiwanis will be holding an all-you-care-to-eat pancake breakfast from 7:30-11 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Stoughton High School cafetorium.

The breakfast will include live performances by the Trinity Irish Dancers at 8:30 and 10 a.m. and Wheels the Clown from 9-11 a.m.

“We are pleased that the Trinity Irish Dancers will be joining us this year,” Kiwanis president Brian Shimon said. “They are generously donating their time, talent and energy, and we are very excited to have them be a part of our event.”

Wed
11
Mar

National Nutrition Month at senior center

March is National Nutrition Month, and the Stoughton Senior Center is celebrating its nutrition program and the volunteers who make it go with several events this month. 

At 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, Autumn Kumlien, a registered dietician with Stoughton Hospital, will give a presentation on how nutritional needs change as people age. Every Tuesday in March, the Main Street Kitchen will provide a catered soup, salad and sandwich meal option. 

Later this month, Jean Truss and Cindy McGlynn will talk on WSTO cable access or online at atci.stoughton.wi.us/wsto about how the senior center promotes good nutrition through its programs, area services and fund sources and how people can help. 

On March 17-18, local celebrities will make Meals on Wheels deliveries.

Tue
10
Mar

Stoughton Village Players to perform ‘Fantastick’ show


Photo submitted. ‘Stoughton Village Players actors Merlin Luschen, Melissa Mendl and Dave Conour rehearse for “The Fantasticks” performance later this month. The show opens March 12, with performances March 12-14 and March 19-21. For tickets, visit StoughtonVillagePlayers.org.

Start with a crazy plot involving scheming neighbors, star-crossed lovers and a band of traveling actors.

Then add a fake abduction and the collision of fantasy with reality: these elements (and more) form the basis of the world’s longest running musical, The Fantasticks, premiering in March at the Stoughton Village Players Theater.

A host of familiar faces and new performers will make up the cast of this show. Performances are March 12-14 and March 19-21 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee March 15, at 2 p.m.

Thu
05
Mar

Bluegrass, folk and country coming in March to Stoughton Opera House

The month of March is an exciting, if busy, time at the Stoughton Opera House.

Two of the country’s premier bluegrass bands appear this month, as well as a pair of iconic singer-songwriters and also a pair of country and western groups.

Bluegrass stars Rhonda Vincent and the Rage and the Del McCoury Band return to the Opera House stage on Friday, March 7 and Friday, March 13, respectively.

On Friday, March 20, timeless folk music is on tap when singer-songwriters Tom Paxton and Janis Ian perform solo and in support of each other.

The following night, Riders in the Sky will pay tribute to “the singing cowboy” Roy Rogers, and on Thursday, March 20, Wisconsin’s own Maggie Mae & Heartland Country Band will perform two shows, at 3 and 7 p.m.

Thu
05
Mar

March 6 musical show is ‘The Cat’s Pajamas’

If you’d like to help the Stoughton music programs and be thoroughly entertained at the same time, Friday night’s show at the high school should fit the bill.

A high-energy male a cappella group out of Branson, Missouri, “The Cat’s Pajamas” will be performing Friday at the high school as part of their eighth annual Music in Schools tour. The tour brings choral clinics, school assemblies and evening shows to communities around the country to raise money for school music programs.

So far, the group has raised more than $80,000, with a goal to inspire students, generate increased excitement and passion for music and encourages all youth to get involved in the arts, according to a press release from the group.

Sun
01
Mar

Honoring Stoughton’s veterans


Photo by Scott De Laruelle. Stoughton American Legion Post 59 members, from left, Duane Broughton and Bud Erickson, hold a rendering of the proposed design for the Stoughton Area Veterans Memorial Park at the project site on the corner of County B and Country Club Road last week. Plans for the project are nearly complete, with fundraising to begin within a few weeks and a goal to have the park finished by November 2016.

It’s a project that has been more than 150 years in the making, and soon Stoughton area residents will get a chance to pitch in and help.

Since the days when the “Stoughton Rifles” were mustered into the Civil War, area veterans have fought, bled and died to help preserve American freedoms. Now, plans are nearing completion to give these men and women a permanent local memorial for future generations to appreciate their sacrifices.

After some searching for a suitable location for a memorial park, a 2.38-acre parcel at the corner of County B and Country Club Road was recently donated for the project by property owners Oscar and Shirley Linnerud. With the blessing of the Town of Pleasant Springs and City of Stoughton, the “Stoughton Area Veterans Memorial Park” is just about ready for its unveiling.

Thu
26
Feb

Patsy Cline tribute photos

Karen Wickham visited the senior center to perform songs as Patsy Cline on Feb. 20. A full house attended the tribute concert to see Wickham, who often moved through the audience to pass out cowboy hats and sing directly to them. 

Thu
26
Feb

SHS drama students think summer


Photo submitted. Hermia (Thu McKenzie), Puck (Keaton Read and (Emalyn Bauer) and Lysander (Jack Greenwood) recently rehearse during a Stoughton High School student production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

If you’re tired of winter, check out Stoughton High School Performing Arts’ presentation of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” 

Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, and Saturday, Feb. 28, and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, March 1, at the high school auditorium. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door.

Filled with dancing fairies, four lovers and a troupe of actors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream has something for everyone. Add 1940s gangsters, swing dancing, misapplied love potion, mistaken identities, jazz singers, and a hilarious play-within-a play, and you have a perfect recipe for a great night. 

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