December 8, 2017

Windham Chamber Singers usher in the holiday season with guest Mandy Gonzales by Michelle Libby

Part of the official welcome to the holidays is the annual An American Family Holiday concert featuring the Windham Chamber Singers with master of ceremonies Kim Block, pianist Daniel Strange and violinist Ashley Liberty and special guest Mandy Gonzales. Gonzales plays Angelica Schuyler in Hamilton on Broadway, is the voice of Mei in Disney’s Mulan 2 and can be seen on TV in Quantico and Madam Secretary. 
The concert, in its 29th year, was full of upbeat music taking time to feature all of the guests, many times backed up by the Windham Chamber Singers. 

Gonzalez wowed the audience with her vocal range and showmanship. She showed her faith based side with “Mary Did You Know” and her more joyful nature with “All I Want for Christmas.” the second half she sang “Let It Go.” which she sang at a fundraiser in Pittsburg for children from Honduras who were represented in the audience there. When she sang the song here in Windham, she performed it in Spanish, as did in Pittsburg, switching to English until she reached the chorus, where she returned to Spanish once again. She alternated back and forth making it a truly memorable song. 

She also sang a song from her first album called “Fearless.” She has a hashtag she and her fans use, #FearlessSquad.

Windham High School graduate and professional pianist Dan Strange energized the crowd with his rendition of “Prelude/ “Jolly Old” Man” by Billy Joel and adapted by Strange, which he performed with his wife Liberty. Block read “A Charlie Brown Christmas” accompanied by Strange before everyone came on stage, including Chamber Singer Alumni to sing “O Holy Night.” They also performed a song written by Strange, a song he wrote especially for this concert called, “An American Family Christmas.” 

The Windham Chamber Singers, although appearing to be a smaller group this year, had the talent and depth the group is known for under the direction of Dr. Richard Nickerson. 

The two show event is known for its hometown feel. The accompanying band was made up of, as it is every year, Strange ’01, Adam Frederick ’99 on bass, Andy Robbins ’00 on drums and Darrell Morrow on keyboard.

Tickets go on sale for the 2018 show on October 1. It’s worth the price of admission.

Windham Public Library renovation and temporary closure update by Jen Alvino, Director

The Windham Public Library has set a start date for the library renovations. The library will be closed Monday, December 11 through Wednesday, December 13 to move the collection and prepare the temporary space.

The book drop will remain accessible for items that are due and due dates can be extended by renewing online with the library website at or by calling, 207-892-1908.

Scheduled programs being held offsite include: Knitters N’ More at Windham Hill UCC on Tuesday, December 12 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Author Talk with Maureen O’Connor (Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory) will be held at the Windham Town Hall on Wednesday, December 13 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. These programs will be held as planned.

Veterans gather for fun and fellowship at holiday party by Michelle Libby

VFW Post Commander Willie Goodman

Veterans from the four Windham veterans groups broke bread together at Dena’s Lobster House and Tavern Sunday afternoon. The Veterans of Foreign War Post 10643 hosted the dinner for the post, American Legion Post 148, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 148 and the members of the Windham Veterans Association. 
“It was fun and important for our veterans’ groups’ members, their spouses and guests to share a delicious meal, play trivia and mingle,” said post Commander Willie Goodman. “This was a great way to come together socially as we approach the Christmas season. We all work hard throughout the year to support our local veterans and this was a day to show support and appreciation of each other."
In addition to dinner, the veterans played Christmas trivia for prizes and held three raffles to raise funds for additional veterans’ programs.

Windham Lions Club "Stuff the Bus" a success

Windham Lions Club held their 14th annual “Stuff the Bus” event at Hannaford’s on Saturday, December 2. “Every seat on the bus was completely filled with boxed food and canned goods,” stated Bob Simmons of the Windham Lions Club. “In fact, there were two layers of food on every seat. It was a great turn out.”

Last year, the club donated approximately 850 pounds worth of food to the Windham Food Pantry. Although the final weight has yet to be determined from Saturday’s event, it is expected that more food will be donated to the Pantry this year.

For those who wish to help the Windham Lions Club and their Windham Food Pantry donations, send inquiries or monetary donations to: The Windham Lions Club, P.O. Box 448, Windham, 04062.