| Times-Reporter correspondent
NEWCOMERSTOWN Sleepy Hollow has not only been revisited, it has now been rescheduled.
Historian Chris Hart’s original online presentation of “Sleepy Hollow Revisted” for the Dover Public Library was beset by the ghosts of technical glitches and was unable to be completed. Hart, of Newcomerstown, redid his whole show for Nov. 13 and the video will remain on the Dover Library Facebook page through Dec. 13.
The legend of Sleepy Hollow is a well-known tale by Washington Irving of how Icabod Crane was spirited away by the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow. But it appears that’s not quite true for now, many years later, Icabod has returned to Sleepy Hollow to once again pursue the fair Katrina who is now the widow of the late Brom Bones. In a chance encounter, the school teacher once again relates the classic tale but from his own point of view and answers that gnawing question “what really happened to Icabod?,” all while trying to summon the courage to call upon Katrina.
Hart has created a venture known as “History Comes to Life” which allows him to combine two areas of personal interest; history and storytelling. Appearing in costume Chris brings to life numerous historical and literary characters (over 50 to date and still expanding) ranging from Cy Young to Icabod Crane to Peter Daley, a Titanic survivor. Hart serves as adjunct faculty and guest lecturer at several universities in Ohio. In addition, Hart has served as program development manager at Historic Roscoe Village in Coshocton, Ohio. Hart uses his acting talents at local community theaters and in two murder mystery troupes. He has participated in the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, and in the National Park Service in Pennsylvania, including Gettysburg. The Tuscarawas County Historical Society recently awarded Hart the Zeisberger Heckewelder Medal for outstanding contributions to local history.
The ”Light In The Valley” church in Newcomerstown is delivering free meals to those who are shut-in or may be alone for Thanksgiving. The meals will be delivered from 12:30-2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22. For information, check the church’s Facebook page or call 740-498-8083.
Paint the Town
ARTSNCT and the Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce remind area residents of the “Paint the Town” contest for Christmas.
Newcomerstown residents who decorate their houses or properties for Christmas will be eligible for prizes of $300 for Best in Show, $200 for first prize and $100 for runner-up. The cash prizes are being donated by the Chamber of Commerce. Representatives of ARTSNCT will be conducting the judging on Monday evening, Dec. 21, with prizes to be awarded Tuesday, Dec. 22.
The event is being held in conjunction with the community “Christmas Reimagined.” Christmas displays that are up by Dec. 4 will also qualify for additional popular votes from those attending that event.
Winners of the Newcomerstown Middle School holiday design contest have until Nov. 27 to paint their designs on five Main Street businesses.
Of those five winners, the top prize will be announced during the “Christmas Reimagined” event in downtown Newcomerstown during the weekend of Dec. 4-5.
• An annual community favorite, “Christmas Wonderland,” is returning to the Olde Main Street Museum and Social Center on Canal Street. The event features decorated Christmas trees, ornaments and crafts for sale. The event will be held Nov. 20,21,22 and 27,28,29.
• The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in Newcomerstown at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Dec. 9. Area residents should call 1-800-RED CROSS to schedule an appointment.
• Thanksgiving break for the Newcomerstown Exempted Village School District will be Thursday, Friday and Monday, Nov. 26-27-30.
Toys for children
Robert Ferguson of Newcomerstown is giving out toys again this year for area children on Saturday, Dec. 19, starting at 10 a.m. at 433 W. State Street (beside Terry’s Pizza) in Newcomerstown.
There is no cost to attend and all donations received on Dec. 19 will go towards next year. Social distancing and masks will be requested.
Monetary and toy donations are still being accepted.
For more information, call 740-491-3535.
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