BDTH…Bringing Down The House at Newton North, that is.

Newton North mural photo by Sharon Schindler

Photo courtesy of Sharon Schindler

The old Newton North High School is being torn down – physically in January of next year but this weekend is the celebration of the history of North. Two amazingly dedicated volunteers, Claudia Wu and Kristen Grannon, head up the committee. They, with a team including teachers and administration staff, students (current and former) and parents have planned an incredible tribute to the school.

Main Street is the heart of Newton North and there will be a living timeline of the history of the school, concerts, food, reunion spots along Main Street, film, videos, memorabilia, performances and a yard sale. Below, from the Facebook event page is the schedule of the weekend events.

BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE

Celebrating the more than 30 years of Newton North High School before it closes its doors for the last time

Start Time: Friday, June 4, 2010 at 6:00pm
End Time: Sunday, June 6, 2010 at 2:00pm
Location: Newton North High School
Street: 360 Lowell Ave
City/Town: Newton, MA
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Join in a fun-filled retrospective of student and community life at Newton North High School, before the building closes its doors for the last time. The free, 5-hour Open House is at the weekend’s core, with several ticketed entertainment events also planned. Here is the weekend itinerary:

Friday, June 4:

Kiss the Stage: A Theatre Ink Celebration. Looks back on four decades of theatre at North. Students and special guest alumni will recreate some of the most memorable numbers from Theatre Ink shows past. This event is part of Bringing Down the House, a celebration to commemorate the current Newton North building.Tickets available now at http://www.theatreink.net/. $5 for students/seniors, $10 for adults. 7:30 p.m. in Lasker Auditorium.

Saturday, June 5

Bringing Down the House Opening Ceremony. Kicks off the free Open House with music, photos, special guests and more. Free and open to the public.
12 noon, Lasker Auditorium. Please see visit the Newton North website (
http://nnhs.newton.k12.ma.us/) for details

Open House. Take a walk down memory lane, meet old friends and say goodbye to Newton North as you knew it. The Open House will take you through the decades, with memorabilia, live entertainment, film and videos, and more. Lunch and merchandise will be available for purchase.
12:45 p.m-5:00p.m. Newton North’s Main Street Free and open to the public.

Great North Yard Sale. Surplus items will be on sale, with all proceeds going toward building the book collection at North’s new library. Old records, uniforms, props and locker fronts are just some of the items that will be available at very low cost.
2-4 p.m. Lower Gym.

Jubilee Concert. Come hear a variety of music, including spirituals, contemporary and traditional gospel music, as well as traditional African pieces in this final Jubilee Singers concert at Newton North.
June 5th, 7:30 p.m. in Lasker Auditorium. Tickets: $5 (students)$10. To reserve seats for this concert, email: jubileesingersnnhs@gmail.com You will receive a confirmation and pick up your tickets at the door. Or tickets can be purchased from a Jubilee singer or at the door

* FYI: Parking is extremely limited. Public transportation or arriving on foot, if at all possible, is recommended.*

Sunday, June 6

Alumni Jazz Brunch. Come meet old friends, support your alma mater and walk together one last time down Main Street at the final Bringing Down the House event.
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Newton North Cafeteria
Tickets $22, available only in advance at
http://www.nnhsalumnibrunch.myevent.com/

Looking for a Hotel? The following have a special BDTH Rate!

Indigo Newton: $189.00 a night (mention Newton North group)

Crowne Plaza Newton: Offer is $89.00 a night (mention Newton North
group)

WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU!
We are looking for VOLUNTEERS to help in the planning and execution of this fantastic event so please fill out the volunteer form in the link below for more ways to get involved!
http://www.northptso.org/bdh_signup_form.

CALLING NNHS ATHLETES/COACHES CURRENT AND PAST: We’re asking all current and former students and coaches to recruit their old coaches to come join the event to meet and greet former players in a bullpen at the Open House.

Email us photos of your high school memories for display on Main Street at Saturday’s open house. Photos should be emailed to newtonnorthphotos@gmail.com. Please include the subject, year, and identification of people, if possible

Alumni Bands are stepping up to play at Saturday’s Open House on Main Street. If your band would like to perform, please email klgrannan@northptso.org for details. The Open House will run 12:45-5 p.m. and we will book in 20-30 minute slots.
CONFIRMED BAND:
NNHS Alum Callie Lipton’s band The Dejas:
http://www.thedejas.com/

We’d like to invite and celebrate our current and retired faculty, coaches, and staff at Saturday’s Open House. If you are a former or current faculty, staff and coach and plan on attending, please email klgrannan@northptso.org.

We are trying to compile a list of Senior Pranks. Please report your class’s prank to klgrannan@northptso.org. Please include a description of prank, your class year and a photo, if possible.

Cool NNHS photos! http://www.flickr.com/photos/panfotos/

Hope to see everyone there!

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