Thomaston PTA serves up caldron of fun at Spooky Spectacular Book Fair

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THOMASTON — The Thomaston PTA, parents, grandparents, friends and students served up its Spooky Spectacular Book Fair at Thomaston Center School Nov. 2 with a night of banshees, baby dolls and books!

Parents and students lined up and filled the gym, and were serenaded by the eerie musical tricks of Thomaston Center School Advanced Band while waiting to be treated to a haunted hallways tour.

The tour started with a ghoulish guide telling spooky stories as guests climbed up the stairs. Running away merely got them into hotter water as visitors were thrilled by a Michael Jackson rendition of “Thriller,” only then to be served up a scene with a ghostly graveyard witch brewing up a caldron complete with eye of newt and chunks of child.

As the tour continued, visitors were treated to a maniac nurse and her victims shaking upon table.

Guests were thankful to leave with all their limbs!

Further on, the walls were aglow with the spectacle of a Radiation Room of glowing werewolf, haunted pumpkins and bedeviled clowns with eyes and mouth spinning and watching each passerby.

Next a toy store where “everything was slashed and not just the prices,” with the discarded, unloved and bewitched dolls and toys no one wanted. Creepy Courtney would entreat each passerby for a hug, “Baby want a huuuuug!”…arms outstretched, gait twisted, mouth agape.

Further on visitors got a greeting from a morbid doctor, her pet rats and her skeleton, Fred.

She craftily coaxed them to donate their eyes in order that her pets could snack on them. Many were lucky to get out intact!

The next stop on the tour gave students a lesson in behavior modification as one ‘lucky’ candidate was selected and dragged through caution tape to endure electroshock therapy and a rendition of an electric chair…good thing for bad students! Continued…

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Quick escape down a laser light-filled hall to the Witchy Woman’s Spider Room.

She made offers to any passerby for a cuddle of her arachnid pets. Sadly, there were not many takers.

There was some last-minute fright, as the wooly friends jumped out from their darkened lair.

Visitors were happy to escape for some light refreshment, donated by PTA and families of students, face painting and other activities.

Afterwards, they shopped for books in the Spooky Spectacular Book Fair, where many guests found just the right tonic for what ailed them.

Students and their parents selected from books, tapes and trinkets. Their purchases made them eligible to win door prizes. A frightening fun fiasco was had by all!

Our gratitude and appreciation go out to PTA volunteer, Book Fair Chairperson Carrie Veronesi and Book Fair Co-Chair, Haunted Hallways coordinator Bob Stack for their tireless hours spent producing this fun and successful fundraiser event.

A special thank you to the many, many volunteers and supporters who worked so hard to make this such a huge success.

We would like to especially thank the people who worked tirelessly to set up, carry out and make each scene in the Haunted Hallways Book Fair come alive, as well as the volunteers who helped work the book fair..some of whom just showing up to help where needed at the last minute schedule change due to Hurricane Sandy.

Thanks to Taira and Randy Armitage, Custodians at TCS, Chris Farrell, Emma G., Briana Grecco, Frank, Sarah, David, Francesco and Salvatore Treglia, Michelle Barnett-Alvarado, Ray Alvarado Robco Pools, Alison Andrade, Miguel Argueta, Kate Boyles, Amber Bromley, Kim Demers, Leah Dumond, Kim, Mark, Ryan and Julia Elinson, Brandon Epps, Jen Foell, Kim and Steven, Kaelyn and Connor Foss, Paige Frisbee, Coledyn and Amber Garrow, Morgan Griffin, Jon Konopka, Derek and Alexa Kowalski, Brianna Lyn Lanzara, The TCS Lunch Ladies, Kaylee Mankoski, Gail Nelson, Jamison O’Sullivan, Dan Rocco, Lynn and Olivia Skaret, Hannah and Jake Short, Bob, Connor, Shannon and Nolan Stack, Jen Stykowski, Kim and Hannah Theriault, Carol and Heather Turrell, Anne Uberti, Alana and Carrie Veronesi, Anne Wojick, Cassidy, Jen Mancini, Liz Krasnowski, Terri Kepler, Roxy Fainer, Daniela Oullette, Jonathon Wilcox, Mrs. Lasko, Sarah Jackson, Rebecca and Steve Sauve, Kathy and CJ Squatriglia, Carmella Ciavarella, Lisa Chet Pierce, Theresa McCarthy, Ken Noella Bottass, and everyone else who donated props and the yummy refreshments, all the faculty of TCS for their flexibility with the last minute changes and support by creating excitement amongst their students, encouraging the importance of reading. In addition to the $1800 profits from the book fair sale; from which all profit goes to Thomaston PTA for enrichment activities for our students of Thomaston Schools, an All for Books initiative raised $1,500 to buy books for the classrooms and the library at the Thomaston Center School. This money was collected from the generous donations made by customers at the local vendors: Acapulco Madrid, Albies, Carols Java Deli, Citgo Quick Mart, Chapman Lumber, Cutie Pies, Gails Depot Square Farm Shoppe, Genesis Deli, Goose and Gander, Hometown Pizza, JDT’s Brickhouse, KC’s, Mobile, Mona Lisa, Patty’s Place, Pizza Pal, Ravenna’s, Rozzi’s, Smiley’s, The Hair Den, Thomaston Bowling Lanes, Thomaston Feed, Tony’s Coffee Express, Xtra Mart. Donations to All for Books also came from the very giving parents, guardians and students during the week of the classroom coin challenge. Furthermore, Scholastic matches this donation up to 1 million books to two major charities: Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc. Kids in Need Foundation to which $1500 in books were donated! Continued…

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THOMASTON — The Thomaston PTA, parents, grandparents, friends and students served up its Spooky Spectacular Book Fair at Thomaston Center School Nov. 2 with a night of banshees, baby dolls and books!

Parents and students lined up and filled the gym, and were serenaded by the eerie musical tricks of Thomaston Center School Advanced Band while waiting to be treated to a haunted hallways tour.

The tour started with a ghoulish guide telling spooky stories as guests climbed up the stairs. Running away merely got them into hotter water as visitors were thrilled by a Michael Jackson rendition of “Thriller,” only then to be served up a scene with a ghostly graveyard witch brewing up a caldron complete with eye of newt and chunks of child.

As the tour continued, visitors were treated to a maniac nurse and her victims shaking upon table.

Guests were thankful to leave with all their limbs!

Further on, the walls were aglow with the spectacle of a Radiation Room of glowing werewolf, haunted pumpkins and bedeviled clowns with eyes and mouth spinning and watching each passerby.

Next a toy store where “everything was slashed and not just the prices,” with the discarded, unloved and bewitched dolls and toys no one wanted. Creepy Courtney would entreat each passerby for a hug, “Baby want a huuuuug!”…arms outstretched, gait twisted, mouth agape.

Further on visitors got a greeting from a morbid doctor, her pet rats and her skeleton, Fred.

She craftily coaxed them to donate their eyes in order that her pets could snack on them. Many were lucky to get out intact!

The next stop on the tour gave students a lesson in behavior modification as one ‘lucky’ candidate was selected and dragged through caution tape to endure electroshock therapy and a rendition of an electric chair…good thing for bad students!

Quick escape down a laser light-filled hall to the Witchy Woman’s Spider Room.

She made offers to any passerby for a cuddle of her arachnid pets. Sadly, there were not many takers.

There was some last-minute fright, as the wooly friends jumped out from their darkened lair.

Visitors were happy to escape for some light refreshment, donated by PTA and families of students, face painting and other activities.

Afterwards, they shopped for books in the Spooky Spectacular Book Fair, where many guests found just the right tonic for what ailed them.

Students and their parents selected from books, tapes and trinkets. Their purchases made them eligible to win door prizes. A frightening fun fiasco was had by all!

Our gratitude and appreciation go out to PTA volunteer, Book Fair Chairperson Carrie Veronesi and Book Fair Co-Chair, Haunted Hallways coordinator Bob Stack for their tireless hours spent producing this fun and successful fundraiser event.

A special thank you to the many, many volunteers and supporters who worked so hard to make this such a huge success.

We would like to especially thank the people who worked tirelessly to set up, carry out and make each scene in the Haunted Hallways Book Fair come alive, as well as the volunteers who helped work the book fair..some of whom just showing up to help where needed at the last minute schedule change due to Hurricane Sandy.

Thanks to Taira and Randy Armitage, Custodians at TCS, Chris Farrell, Emma G., Briana Grecco, Frank, Sarah, David, Francesco and Salvatore Treglia, Michelle Barnett-Alvarado, Ray Alvarado Robco Pools, Alison Andrade, Miguel Argueta, Kate Boyles, Amber Bromley, Kim Demers, Leah Dumond, Kim, Mark, Ryan and Julia Elinson, Brandon Epps, Jen Foell, Kim and Steven, Kaelyn and Connor Foss, Paige Frisbee, Coledyn and Amber Garrow, Morgan Griffin, Jon Konopka, Derek and Alexa Kowalski, Brianna Lyn Lanzara, The TCS Lunch Ladies, Kaylee Mankoski, Gail Nelson, Jamison O’Sullivan, Dan Rocco, Lynn and Olivia Skaret, Hannah and Jake Short, Bob, Connor, Shannon and Nolan Stack, Jen Stykowski, Kim and Hannah Theriault, Carol and Heather Turrell, Anne Uberti, Alana and Carrie Veronesi, Anne Wojick, Cassidy, Jen Mancini, Liz Krasnowski, Terri Kepler, Roxy Fainer, Daniela Oullette, Jonathon Wilcox, Mrs. Lasko, Sarah Jackson, Rebecca and Steve Sauve, Kathy and CJ Squatriglia, Carmella Ciavarella, Lisa Chet Pierce, Theresa McCarthy, Ken Noella Bottass, and everyone else who donated props and the yummy refreshments, all the faculty of TCS for their flexibility with the last minute changes and support by creating excitement amongst their students, encouraging the importance of reading. In addition to the $1800 profits from the book fair sale; from which all profit goes to Thomaston PTA for enrichment activities for our students of Thomaston Schools, an All for Books initiative raised $1,500 to buy books for the classrooms and the library at the Thomaston Center School. This money was collected from the generous donations made by customers at the local vendors: Acapulco Madrid, Albies, Carols Java Deli, Citgo Quick Mart, Chapman Lumber, Cutie Pies, Gails Depot Square Farm Shoppe, Genesis Deli, Goose and Gander, Hometown Pizza, JDT’s Brickhouse, KC’s, Mobile, Mona Lisa, Patty’s Place, Pizza Pal, Ravenna’s, Rozzi’s, Smiley’s, The Hair Den, Thomaston Bowling Lanes, Thomaston Feed, Tony’s Coffee Express, Xtra Mart. Donations to All for Books also came from the very giving parents, guardians and students during the week of the classroom coin challenge. Furthermore, Scholastic matches this donation up to 1 million books to two major charities: Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc. Kids in Need Foundation to which $1500 in books were donated!

Our book fair is still online at http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/thomastoncs. Find an expanded selection of books for the whole family — preschool to adults. Books make great presents! You can also view your teachers’ wish list. This special online offer is available through Nov. 23 only. All orders ship to the school for FREE.

“Reading is the most important skill you can teach a child. Of all the skills children learn, it is the one you can influence the most.”

What a great community we are in this little town of Thomaston, we should be very proud of our commitment to our children. Everyone worked so diligently to make this event such a success on so many levels, even after having to reschedule and rearrange due to Hurricane Sandy. The display of generosity, commitment and team work is overwhelming. We hope you will join us again next year!

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