“It was a total, total surprise — it was absolutely gorgeous,” Hanley told The Daily Star.
A tip from Hanley’s mail carrier put The Daily Star in touch with Hanley, whose card “shower” had been orchestrated by her daughter-in-law, Marcia Hanley, and Hanley’s friend Joanne Sampson. The two posted a notice on Facebook and spread the word around town to get as many people involved as possible.
“They did a wonderful thing for me,’’ Hanley said. “It’s a wonderful life.’’
4. ‘Sound of Music’ a family affair for cast
The traditional gift for a 29th anniversary is furniture. But Orpheus Theatre celebrated its 29th anniversary with music, and a very special cast helped them do it.
The first performance by Orpheus was a production of “The Sound of Music” in November 1984. One of the performers in that inaugural show was Rachel Hansen, who played the child Martha. Hansen didn’t perform with Orpheus again until recently, but she returned to the stage in 2012 to sing in “The Sound of Music” once again — this time, as the nun Sister Margaretta. And this time, her own daughter Sarah, 11, joined her, playing the role of the child Brigitta.
“It was so much fun,” Hansen said of performing with her daughter. “We got to spend more time together.”
5. Beekman Boys take home amazing prize
The ratings may not have been the best for the 2012 season finale of “Amazing Race.” But it’s a fair bet that plenty of local viewers were glued to the screens to find out how Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge, otherwise known as the Beekman Boys, fared in the contest. And those who tuned in were not disappointed as they watched the couple eke out a first-place finish over the remaining teams to take home the prize of $1 million.