March 07, 2021

Laugh-filled weekend ahead

Anyone looking for fun-filled activities for Valentine’s Day weekend need look no further than right here in Newton. Two local venues are hosting events that promise wonderful entertainment for an evening with your valentine.

On Saturday, Feb. 13, one of Newton’s newest venues is hosting its inaugural Valentine’s Day Soiree event from 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $125 and the event is limited to 100 tickets. Visit to purchase tickets.

The event promises an evening filled with music and games for attendees. Couples and groups can sate their appetite with a steak or chicken dinner along with chocolates and beer and wine tastings. Plenty of giveaways will be offered along with dancing fun with DJ music. Couples are invited to take part in the Newlywed game. A Photo Booth and portraits will also be set up at the venue.

The evening will also feature entertainment from Stand-up comedian Jeremy Nunes. With nearly 19 years of experience, Nunes brings his Front Porch Comedy to Newton. His act features a very clean-style comedy, and his comedic performances have been featured on platforms like Sirius XM, Cry Bar Comedy and Amazon Prime.

“I understand it’s difficult to get people to leave their homes and spend their hard-earned money,” Nunes said. “Watching a retired small-town mayor tell stories worthy of belly laughs works every time.”

To keep the laughs rolling, the Capitol II Theatre will host a night of comedy, trivia or Bingo at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14. Tickets are $10 and attendees must be 19 years or older to attend. Visit to purchase tickets.

The featured comedian is Josh Alton, described as a rarity in the world of standup comedy — an athlete turned comedian.

Growing up, he was never picked on, beat up or made fun of, but he has always enjoyed making people laugh. Originally from Des Moines, Josh eventually hung up his cleats and shoulder pads, grabbed a microphone and a notepad and moved to Chicago. Now he tours all over the country as a city comic with rural sensibilities. Josh has studied improv at Chicago’s famous Second City Theatre and has made several TV appearances.

Safety precautions will be taken to be sure both events are safe to attend while the health crisis continues. While we are still experiencing this pseudo-normal life, it is nice to see some events can still be planned in town. It has certainly been a trying year for local businesses, so I encourage people to consider supporting these two businesses and enjoy a lovely date night or family outing and have a few laughs.

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Pam Pratt

I have been at the Newton News since October 2014. I started as the Associate Editor and was promoted to Editor in April 2019.