Like many in his vocation, comedian Andrew Kennedy has a very serious side. “Sometimes,” Mr Kennedy said last week, “you just don’t know why things happen in life. “When your back is to the wall, when bad things happen,” he continued, “ just hold on.” After losing his dream home in the recession and uprooting his family from the East to the West Coast two years ago, Mr Kennedy has found himself in a sunnier place, physically and emotionally. The timing of his family’s move to The Golden State also makes him believe that “sometimes we don’t have the answers, and we won’t always get them. Just try to be patient with the universe.” The former Sandy Hook resident will be returning to Connecticut this month. Since moving in 2012 to the West Coast — and allowing his wife to realize her dream of living on the central coast of California — work has again become “excellent, never better,” he said.
Sunday, June 15, is almost here, and that means it is time to start thinking about what to buy dad for Father’s Day. There are a number of businesses and stores in Newtown that have something to suit the interests of any father, and some businesses responded to queries by The Bee to share gift ideas. Some offered traditional ideas while others had some very specialized thoughts on what to offer to the man celebrated each year on the third Sunday in June.
It is not quite summer, but it is the first of June and in Newtown that means Lathrop School of Dance (LSoD) is prepared to present its annual Stardust Revue. Without a hitch, four performances flew by last weekend, with students performing four shows on the stage at Edmond Edmond Town Hall. On Saturday and Sunday, May 31-June 1, dancers were tapping and gliding over the stage, smiling as they enjoyed performing for their family and friends. Those familiar with the “Stardust Revue” know they will see quality tap, jazz and ballet along with some hip hop during every performance.
As a fundraiser for the group to create a professionally recorded CD, the Newtown High School Gold Jazz Band is set to host “Time To Talk ‘Bout Jazz” on Saturday, June 7. The evening of jazz and Mexican food will run from 6 to 9 pm, in the cafetorium of Newtown High School. Adult tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door; children’s tickets, for ages 5 and under, are $5.
Rising high above wooded hills in the western section of town, the cleared expanse at the summit of Holcombe Hill affords a 360-degree view of the surrounding terrain, where ridge upon ridge recede to the horizon. Holcombe Hill, which has the highest elevation in town at 830 feet above sea level, is located in the Holcombe Hill Preserve, an 86-acre parcel protected from development by its owner, Newtown Forest Association (NFA), a local land trust. The summit provides views of three counties. The hilltop also holds NFA’s headquarters. Also, the cleared area atop the hill provides an ideal spot to fly kites, when considering that the site catches winds from all directions. Last weekend NFA hosted a gentle hike on the property, and encouraged families to bring their kites with them.
Promoter Hayden Bates has tapped Wilco alumni Pat Sansone and John Stirratt for the next Live at Edmond Town Hall concert, with opening support from singer-songwriter Amanda Bloom. The pair will be appearing in their own ensemble The Autumn Defense, which recently released its fifth project, appropriately titled "Fifth." The June 6 concert has a special early start time with the opener scheduled to hit the stage at 6 pm. Sansone recently told The Newtown Bee that The Autumn Defense has no problem playing late night sets, but the band is due in Annapolis, Maryland, for a 1 pm show the following day so they asked for an earlier than usual start.
Newtown Middle School students have been rehearsing since February for a special musical production of 13, which is set for one performance on Friday, June 6, at 7 pm. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted, and given HealingNewtown. NMS students Talia Hankin and Cathy Hyeon are co-directing the show, and both said during a tech rehearsal on Monday, June 2, that the entire production is being overseen by students. As Talia explained, Gifted And Talented Education Students (GATES) are expected to complete independent projects each school year. Last year the girls said, they wrote their own play. When they discovered 13, they decided to try directing this year.