The fourth annual Newtown Arts Festival continued its month-long celebration of events and performances last weekend with the Rooster Ball Dinner & Dance on Friday, September 18, and its original event — a two-day outdoors festival — on Saturday and Sunday, September 19 and 20. Both were presented on the Fairfield Hills Campus.
The Newtown Arts Festival is sponsored by the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission.
“Tonight is the kickoff of our signature event, the Newtown Arts Festival,” said Festival Director and Chair Terry Sagedy at the Rooster Ball Dinner & Dance on Friday, as attendees gathered under the main tent set up for the weekend.
The Spay and Neuter Association of Newtown (SNAN) recently donated 15 books about animals to C.H. Booth Library’s Children’s Department in memory of Penelope Meek, who was president, treasurer, Ways and Means chair, and a member of SNAN for many years. Ms Meeks also coordinated the Cat Clinics in Newtown for many years and was devoted to assisting pet owners to receive help in spaying and neutering their animals, according to SNAN.
As daylight faded on Saturday, guests of the Newtown Forest Association Sunset Wine Tasting crowded beneath tents filled with soft light. In brighter areas, servers prepared trays of food for the 300 guests attending the second annual fundraiser. NFA member and event chair Aaron Coopersmith said the evening had been “amazing,” and although a light rain began to fall more heavily as the event concluded at 8 pm, he recalled last year’s abrupt thunder and lightning storm that drove most guests off the hill an hour earlier than the planned end of the evening. Pleased to see the well-attended evening, Mr Coopersmith hopes to garner interest in NFA and its efforts. With fewer than 100 members, the private land trust owns and cares for nearly 1,200 acres in Newtown.
The opening night of Tim Firth’s "Calendar Girls" at The Ridgefield Theater Barn was met with laughter, tears, and a rousing standing ovation. I would advise you to drop everything and order your tickets, pronto. The best of everything about community theater is in this show. The worst thing about community theater is that the runs are short. Do not miss this.
Newtown resident Jan Brookes was so moved last fall, after reading in The Newtown Bee about the loss of The Comfort Quilt, one of more than 250 received by the Town of Newtown after 12/14, that she determined to somehow find a way to replace the quilt and help Newtown continue to pay forward the comfort offered by the lost quilt. The Comfort Quilt, with a plaque telling its special story, came to Newtown as part of its travels from town to town in need of healing. Unfortunately, the quilt's travels officially ended in Newtown after it disappeared from the town's collection in spring 2013.
The new 3D Afinia 800 printer that arrived at the C.H. Booth Library, Wednesday, August 26, is the library’s newest addition to a growing collection of items geared toward attracting patrons who view the library as a place for learning, as much as a space for reading. Purchased through funds generated at the April 2015 Library Board of Directors gala fashion show, this printer is the second 3D printer at the library for use by the public.
Edmond Town Hall continues to add new offerings to its calendar. This weekend in addition to its regular movie screenings — including the return of a free Saturday night screening thanks to Ingersoll Auto of Danbury — the theater will host a a viewing party of the first Sunday Night Football game of the 2015-16 NFL season on Sunday, followed by an American Ninja Warrior viewing party on Monday night.