Seventeen years ago Pet Sitters International (PSI) came up with the idea of taking your dog to work for a day as way to celebrate the canine-human bond and promote companion animals. They picked the Friday following Father’s Day. During the early years, when as a pet sitter myself, my company offered tips to other businesses that wanted to join in on PSI’s Take Your Dog To Work Day (TYDTWD) for the first time.
Town Historian Dan Cruson offered a walking tour of the Village Cemetery on Sunday, June 14.
While standing in the newer section of the cemetery, Mr Cruson said he would not be talking about the 21st Century graves, but would be focusing on graves from the 18th, 19th, and 20th Centuries.
“My purpose today is to kind of give you an idea of how to read a cemetery,” said Mr Cruson. “If you come into it and you just look, scan the tombstones, you can tell a tremendous amount about the cemetery, how old it is, and a good deal about where trade relations were. There is a great deal that it tells about the town itself. What I hope to do is show you how to do that.”
The second annual Newtown Antiques Market will be Saturday, June 27, 10 am to 5 pm, rain or shine on the grounds of the beautiful Fairfield Hills campus. The one-day, festive, outdoor show and sale benefits Newtown Historical Society and its mission of preserving preserving historic structures, mounting noteworthy exhibits, and promoting local history.
Walking into the home of Susan Kelly and Bill Roy, one is immediately struck by a sense of contemporary design. Walls throughout the home have been painted white, former wooden railings have been replaced by panes of glass topped with aluminum rails, and an extremely high ceiling in the main room adds to the feeling of openness that one also experiences upon entering. An Heriberto Mora oil on canvas dominates the western wall of the room, its pastel colors creating a massive labyrinth in the lower three-quarters of the work. The upper portion of “Blind Flight” fades into the canvas. The effect of what Ms Kelley calls “an infinite horizon” is increased by the white wall upon which the 2010 work has been hung. On the opposite wall, an equally large Robert Freeman painting stares back, its bold colors a stark contrast to the Mora piece. The public will have an opportunity to see these and other contemporary works of art during the summer exhibition "Out of The Woods."
With the excited words, “It’s here,” and “The 2015 Farmers Market opening day today,” the Farmers Market on the Fairfield Hills’ Facebook page beckoned to guests on Tuesday, June 23. “Come on down,” the post stated.
The organic produce and local farm and merchant venue first started as the Sandy Hook Organic Farmers Market in 2003. This year the market resumed its most recent location of the last few years in Fairfield Hills, just past the main entrance. Despite the webpage’s eager appeal, the first day quickly turned from overcast to a rife but torrential storm around 4:15 pm, chasing guests and vendors home.d.
The Newtown High School parking lot was swarming with police officers and people as exotic cars and Newtown elementary school students and their parents lined up for the Newtown Car Show and first Kindness Dream Ride on Saturday, June 20.
The first Newtown Car Show was organized five years ago by Rich Marcuccio, the store manager at the Newtown Stop & Shop. The event was started as a way to raise money for the FAITH Food Pantry. Two years ago, Chris Sferruzzo became a co-organizer and the event has grown in the past years, according to Mr Sferruzzo.
“It’s so big now,” said Mr Sferruzzo. “Initially it was just to benefit the Newtown Food Pantry. But now we have pallets of food being delivered to food pantries in Beacon Falls, Monroe, and Oxford as well as Newtown Social Services and the FAITH Food Pantry.”
Despite the rain and the scaled-back schedule, Mr Sferruzzo estimates that more than $40,000 in food and donations was raised.
Though the Car Show is in its fifth year, this year marked the first Kindness Dream Ride, which Mr Sferruzzo said is a celebration for the kids and a way to incorporate more community involvement.
While the threat of an early summer storm moved the Summer Jam Concert Series opener to an indoor venue this week, the enthusiasm of children and adults like filled the gym at Hawley School with enough happy energy that the last-minute change of plans was quickly overcome. Vanessa Trien and The Jumping Monkeys opened this year’s season of free concerts on June 23, and a few hundred people crowded into the Church Hill Road location to enjoy the show. Children spun, twirled, giggled, laughed and danced their way through this song and every other one that made up the approximately 75-minute show. Ms Trien was joined by her band: Paul Kochanski, Dave Jamrog and Adam Rothberg. The free concerts will be offered weekly through August 4. They are for all ages, with a special focus on children age 10 and under.