A classic British comedy is afoot at The Little Theatre in Newtown. Noel Coward’s Hay Fever is being delightfully played out with superb mastery of the disingenuousness and drama essential to this theater genre in which “none of us ever really means anything." The spot-on cast of Town Players of Newtown, who is presenting this show weekends through July 18, is serving up hilarity and chaos with its playful and overly theatrical carrying on.
Wednesday afternoon, June 24, was calm and bright with cotton clouds stretching across a crisp blue sky. The scene was easy to see for the group of interns working at Nettleton Preserve off Castle Hill Road — one of Newtown’s most photographed and most scenic points. The group is working to remove invasive plants as part of a larger reclamation project. The young men spent their afternoon on the Newtown Forest Association (NFA) property clearing out invasive plants and doing light maintenance. NFA Treasurer Guy Peterson watched as Doug Main pulled up foliage from around the property sign marking the 23-acre preserve — a sloping property where an apple orchard and trails sit below a meadow. That afternoon Mr Peterson noted the hillside filled with an abundance of milkweed. He also mentioned the clusters of poison ivy mixed with the growth being cleared by Matt Krasnickas, Devin Peterson, Brendan Peterson, and Sean Wallace. Missing that afternoon were Ryan Norton and Max McCleary.
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."