This past weekend the Newtown Bridle Lands Association (NBLA) held its annual Frost on the Pumpkin Hunter Pace across trails, fields, protected open space and private property. Thank you landowners for keeping this rural tradition alive. NBLA was founded in 1978 while the Fairfield County Hounds (FCH) still called Newtown home. Many FCH members founded NBLA, then called Newtown Bridle Lanes Association which more accurately reflected the original mission of the group; to protect riding trails in this fast-developing town. In fact, in the next ten years, Newtown’s landscape was 33 percent covered in development. As riders in the town dwindled, leaving for more open and greener pastures, the NBLA’s mission expanded to save not only riding lanes but open space for everyone.
At Every Turn, a two-part choral piece with text the Reverend Gregory J. Wismar, former pastor of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newtown, and music by Professor David vonKampen of the University of Kansas, was published in April by Concordia Publishing House. The musical tune is called “Newtown.” Every tune has a story, Rev Wismar explained. “In church music shorthand, every tune in a hymnal has a name, and there is an art and science to those names,” he said. The melody “Newtown” is rooted in this place, a response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. It is a simple melody, said Rev Wismar, and in that simplicity lies its beauty. The words are inspired by the Bible passage Romans 14:8, and were written with that tragic day in mind, he said. Although Rev Wismar had retired the previous year, he was closely affected by 12/14.
When all is sung and done, owners of the soon-to-be-released original soundtrack of The 12.14 Foundation’s "A Rockin’ Midsummer Night’s Dream" will be able to sample from either the “Moon” or “Stars” cast CDs, or they can enjoy all he subtle diversities between the two. Over several days in recent weeks, dozens of young cast members, the professional leads, and members of the pit orchestra joined Director Michael Unger, who adapted the Shakespeare work into a contemporary musical, and composer/lyricist Eric Svejcar at Carriage House Studios in Stamford to complete recording for the anticipated holiday season double CD release.
As a guitarist, Adrian Belew has made his mark as the go-to ‘string man’ for Frank Zappa, David Bowie, and most notably, the supremely eclectic King Crimson. Along the way the affable Kentuckian also wracked up serious cred as a critically acclaimed solo artist with his group The Bears, as an in-demand multi instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, and more recently, visual artist and app creator. Belew will bundle all that up as he heads out on his latest tour with Power Trio colleagues, School of Rock prodigy and bassist Julie Slick, and drummer Tobias Ralph, who will hit the Ridgefield Playhouse stage Sunday, October 26,.
“You know how some people like to go shopping and call it their therapy? This is a shopping event that will be helping others get therapy,” said Lauren Morehouse, describing an event she is helping to organize. Called Retail (For) Therapy, a vendor fair will be offered at Julie Allen Bridals on Wednesday, November 5, from 6:30 to 9 pm. “We wanted to do something that would bring together a diversified collection of vendors in our space,” Mrs Morehouse said. The show will be presented within the bridal salon at 154 South Main Street. Proceeds will be donated to the Newtown Lions Foundation Sandy Hook Elementary Fund (SHEF). A silent auction and the sale of ornaments by a Maryland artist will also add to the evening's offerings, and ultimate benefits.
The Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP) held the Fourth Annual Passport to Sandy Hook on Saturday, October 11.
The event challenged participants to visit the 32 participating locations to have their “passports” stamped at each stop. Participants to completed having their passports stamped at all of the participating locations were entered into a drawing for three prize packages.
Calvary Chapel Southbury runs a nongovernmental organization known as “Love in Action” in the African countries of Malawi and Mozambique. The nonprofit charity has been caring for orphans and the aged for ten years. On a mission trip in August, charity members brought an additional gift of funds for school uniforms to the orphans, donated by the Sandy Hook Family Memorial. Last month, residents Christine and Kevin Yacko, who established the Sandy Hook Family Memorial, a nonprofit organization, met with Calvary Chapel Pastor John Eastwood and Renee Gilbert, a church member, and made plans to raise funds to build a well and bring fresh water to a new location in an African village.