Editor’s Notebook: 12/6/12


Jeff Genung
• So Kevin Doonan comes into my office this afternoon to tell me about a story he’s working on … a local non-profit organization is having an unusual fundraiser, selling some strange “Mexican shrubbery.” Poor Kevin looked a little perplexed about their seemingly odd choice, but it didn’t take me long to figure out what he was talking about – poinsettias. They’re selling poinsettias. Seems city boy Kevin (he lives in Smyrna, mind you) had never heard of this oddly-named, exotic plant – so he did like any kid would do these days and Googled it. Hence the “Mexican shrubbery” definition, I imagine. Feliz Navidad and pass the tequila, please.
• Speaking of Christmas, The Evening Sun has once again partnered with our friends at the North Pole to coordinate the local “Letters to Santa” drive. Children of all ages are invited to write their Christmas wish lists to Santa Claus in care of this newspaper, which we’ll then forward on to St. Nick & Co. at the North Pole to be sorted into the “naughty” and “nice” categories. In order to get them up north on time, we need to receive them here no later than Monday, Dec. 17. On that Friday, Dec. 21, we’ll publish a special section with all the little missives – proofreading withheld. Best part? Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and we’ll make sure Santa responds personally to each and every child! Mail in those letters to Santa Claus, c/o The Evening Sun, PO Box 151, Norwich NY 13815. If you prefer to do things digitally, you can also email your letters to Santa – santa@evesun.com.
• And still speaking of Christmas, I’m headed down to Oxford tonight to do a review of “The Last Doll,” an original musical written by the late Fred Dankert, an old theater buddy of mine, and scored by Diane Thorne. Fred’s talent is greatly missed on the local thespian scene, and I regretted that I didn’t get to see this show the first time the Oxford Civic Theater produced it, in 2008. Tonight, I’ll get my chance – check my column tomorrow to see what I thought; the show is this weekend at the OACS auditorium.

• So Kevin Doonan comes into my office this afternoon to tell me about a story he’s working on … a local non-profit organization is having an unusual fundraiser, selling some strange “Mexican shrubbery.” Poor Kevin looked a little perplexed about their seemingly odd choice, but it didn’t take me long to figure out what he was talking about – poinsettias. They’re selling poinsettias. Seems city boy Kevin (he lives in Smyrna, mind you) had never heard of this oddly-named, exotic plant – so he did like any kid would do these days and Googled it. Hence the “Mexican shrubbery” definition, I imagine. Feliz Navidad and pass the tequila, please.

• Speaking of Christmas, The Evening Sun has once again partnered with our friends at the North Pole to coordinate the local “Letters to Santa” drive. Children of all ages are invited to write their Christmas wish lists to Santa Claus in care of this newspaper, which we’ll then forward on to St. Nick & Co. at the North Pole to be sorted into the “naughty” and “nice” categories. In order to get them up north on time, we need to receive them here no later than Monday, Dec. 17. On that Friday, Dec. 21, we’ll publish a special section with all the little missives – proofreading withheld. Best part? Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and we’ll make sure Santa responds personally to each and every child! Mail in those letters to Santa Claus, c/o The Evening Sun, PO Box 151, Norwich NY 13815. If you prefer to do things digitally, you can also email your letters to Santa – santa@evesun.com.

• And still speaking of Christmas, I’m headed down to Oxford tonight to do a review of “The Last Doll,” an original musical written by the late Fred Dankert, an old theater buddy of mine, and scored by Diane Thorne. Fred’s talent is greatly missed on the local thespian scene, and I regretted that I didn’t get to see this show the first time the Oxford Civic Theater produced it, in 2008. Tonight, I’ll get my chance – check my column tomorrow to see what I thought; the show is this weekend at the OACS auditorium.