After a rousing, sold out set from former Eagles member Don Felder a few weeks back, The Ridgefield Playhouse is welcoming another major contributor to that seminal California classic rock band Saturday, June 20 as J.D. Souther hits the stage for an 8 pm show. In an exclusive and extended interview with The Newtown Bee earlier this week, Souther said he is excited to showcase material from his latest release, Tenderness, which he said represents a return to the kind of songwriting that was a hallmark of an earlier stage in his career.
There could not be a more pleasant way to spend a warm summer evening than under the stars, a gentle breeze blowing and being entertained by a cast of performers who are totally in love with musical theater. This is just the experience being offered again this year by Musicals at Richter. Opening their 2015 season of outdoor musical productions with the whimsical, funny fairy tale "Once Upon a Mattress," MAR is inviting everyone to share in this traditional pastime.
Seated on mother Julie Barbeau’s lap, 3½ year old Ryan Costa is as wriggly as any toddler. He eagerly nibbles on cheese crackers, a smile stretching from one chubby cheek to the other. His mother knows, though, that beneath Ryan’s seemingly healthy appearance,cancer cells course through the little boy’s bloodstream. His daily life, and that of his parents, Ms Barbeau and Gary Costa, is a regimen of chemotherapy, quarterly spinal taps, and steroids. Pediatric cancer can change a family’s life overnight, said Ms Barbeau. Less than a year ago, Ryan was an active, on-the-go child. He enjoyed the days he spent at Little Explorers Childcare in Sandy Hook, and play dates with his friends. Other than a speech issue, for which he was receiving therapy through the Birth-to-Three State of Connecticut program, his parents had no real concerns about Ryan, the fifth child in the family. On July 10, 2014, however, when Ms Barbeau picked him up from Little Explorers, the teachers mentioned that Ryan’s speech therapist had noticed Ryan seemed unwell.
Catherine’s Butterfly Party, a free community event that Jenny and Matt Hubbard anticipate will be an annual event celebrating the memory of their daughter, Catherine Violet Hubbard, took place Saturday, June 6, on the grounds of NYA Sports & Fitness Center at Fairfield Hills. Held two days before what would have been Catherine's ninth birthday, the party was certainly one for animal lovers. A dozen animal rescue groups from the area were on site, along with dozens of vendors selling pet-related items and foods, raptor demonstrations by Horizon Wings, a tropical butterfly exhibit and educational butterfly information from Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory, therapy dogs, an agility demonstration by The Exceptional Pet, and many hands-on nature-based activities for children. Midway through the four-hour party, the ASPCA presented a check for $50,000 to support the creation of The Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary. Several exhibitors and vendors also noted that their profits that day would be donated to support CVHAS.
There is a stream that trickles through the culvert beneath the driveway, but any body of water large enough to float a boat is miles away from Allen and Cheryl Kellogg’s Ox Hill Road property. That has not stopped Mr Kellogg from periodically turning his garage into a boat builder’s workshop. A self-taught boatwright, he has crafted three more boats since his first Chaisson surf dory in 1996.
It can be said every year that, when Lathrop School of Dance (LSoD) presents its Stardust Revue at Edmond Town Hall, there is “the best show ever.” This year, with four performances presented June 6-7, was no different.
Judges were impressed with Carole Polcyn’s floral arrangement for “Joy! 50 Years of Celebrations,” saying she had a “fabulous selection of ‘backyard’ garden plants organized well to create a strong rhythm.” The judges also liked Barbara O’Connor’s design, in which she combined dried palm fronts, roses and calathea for an abstract floral design. Ms Polcyn and Ms O’Connor are among the members of Town & Country Garden Club of Newtown who entered a standard flower show the club is hosting at C.H. Booth Library only through 4 pm Saturday, June 13.