Residents of Charlotte, N.C., gathered recently for a special ceremony in a park that features a playground built to honor those killed on 12/14. This time the gathering was to formally dedicate a sculpture, The Sandy Hook Memorial Tree, which was created as a permanent memorial for 26 people most in Charlotte had never met.
Sandy Hook native Ashley Petersen started 26 Days of Kindness two years ago, encouraging people to do something to honor the memory of the 26 children and educators who were killed 12/14, for 26 days in a row. Each day is dedicated to one of the 26 victims. The third annual 26 Days of Kindness begins today. The first suggested honoree is Sandy Hook School first grader Jessica Rekos, a Girl Scout who loved selling Girl Scout Cookies, and who loved horses.
New England’s woodlands stand naked now with all their fine summer attire strewn across the forest floor by an October fatigued by its own flamboyance hurrying off to bed. Darkness arrives early and lingers late to cloak the scene, the prudish emissary of a cold, dispassionate winter on its way. At the margins of the day, dawn and dusk throw up a cool blue scrim that blurs perceptions and blends shadows with substance. So when we venture out to the barn to deliver the day’s recycling or to retrieve wood for the evening’s fire, we set our awareness to high-gain, and we carry a big stick. We worry about bears.
A recent performance of "‘Night Mother," the current production by The Brookfield Theatre of the Arts, left the audience in tears. The highly charged Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Marsha Norman emanates the pain of depression and loneliness as it examines the depths of the fundamentally fraught mother-daughter bond. Jessie, played by Stacy-Lee Erickson Frome, is a middle aged single mother whose only occupation is to oversee, manage, and execute every aspect of the care of her mother, Thelma (Meg Jones). Thelma is disabled in some way, and requires much assistance with her small, daily life. The two have lived together for years in this capacity, passing the days in the doldrums of domesticity while having minimal contact with the outside world, or each other. Despite the closeness of their living quarters, Jessie and Thelma are not close. Much has been left unsaid and unexplored over the years. This is a brave and beautiful work of art in every regard, and there is just one more weekend to experience it. Don’t miss it.
The Newtown Bee is working on Brides 2016, its annual supplement for brides- and grooms-to-be. Brides Editor Shannon Hicks is hoping to compile a collection of stories for the 2016 supplement, sharing stories of how couples met. She is also hoping to hear from readers who are wiling to share their engagement stories. Current and former residents of Newtown are all invited to participate.
It’s beach season for Connecticut horse and dog lovers! From October 1 to March 31, horses and dogs are allowed on many local beaches to splash in the surf and kick up some sand. Fairfield’s Jennings Beach offers a superb swath of sandbars that during a super low tide give equestrians some awesome gallops. Recently, as I traveled to ride at Jennings, I thought back on my first two beach riding adventures, both on America’s West Coast. It all began at Pebble Beach when I was 12 years old. My mother and I took one of those “nose-to-tail” trail rides from the PB Equestrian Center nestled on the Monterey, Calif., coast. We had to cross the 17-Mile Drive, with its stunning views of ragged coastline, wind-blown cypress trees and meandering sandy paths, to access the beach.
Flagpole Photographers Camera Club formally opened the 6th Annual “Newtown and Beyond” Photography Exhibit on Sunday, November 8, at Newtown Municipal Center. The exhibit, which features 219 photos by 17 photographers, will remain on view in the main corridor of the town building through November 25.