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.
Organizers of the inaugural Newtown Film Fest (NFF) are preparing to offer nine programs to film lovers of all ages. The bundled films — documentaries, shorts, animated offerings, and more — will be screened Friday, September 18, to Sunday, September 20, and all of it is being offered free of charge at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street. Cristin Carlin is the founder and executive director of NFF. The 24-year-old Newtown resident did a lot of work before launching this project. She said recently that the first time she envisioned herself working in the film industry was after viewing not only the films, but the extended behind-the-scenes editions, of the Lord of The Rings trilogy. In addition to the films being screened, NFF organizers have scheduled a number of related programs. These will also be taking place at Edmond Town Hall, and are also free of charge.
Two "Comfort Quilts" will be on display at the Newtown Municipal Center at Fairfield Hills, by next Wednesday, September 15, said Carole Ross, administrator for human resources for the Town of Newtown. The quilts are the work of resident Jan Brookes, who solicited hand drawn quilt squares from children at the 2014 Breakfast With Santa, at Newtown Middle School. The quilts are replacements for a quilt from St Hilary Catholic School in Fairlawn, Ohio, which had been sent to Newtown following 12/14.
The Fourth Annual Newtown Arts Festival opened last Friday with William Inge’s classic theater piece, "Bus Stop." Celebrating 80 years of community theater, The Town Players of Newtown are continuing their tradition of producing quality work that excels in every way. Written by Inge in the mid 1950s, "Bus Stop" tells a timeless story of random people coming together under circumstances that both challenge and enlighten them. On a snowy, stormy night in Kansas City, Mo., a bus full of passengers is halted in transit at Grace’s Diner, and forced to put in for the night. The delay pushes some troubled souls to their limits and forces others to recognize their true values and natures.
After being closed for the summer months for “revamping, reorganizing, and cleaning,” said VNA member Joan Reynolds, the VNA Thrift Shop will reopen for a new season on Saturday, September 12. “We have been cleaning everything up, as well as bringing in new merchandise,” Mrs Reynolds said September 4. She and fellow VNA members Mae Schmidle and Anna Wiedemann were at the shop, located on the lower level of Edmond Town Hall, but with its own entrance, to see what needed to be done in the week before the shop would reopen.