Written thirty years ago, A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room wrapped a season opening production at Westport Country Playhouse on May 19. The work richly explores the territory he has carved out and claimed as his own: the vanishing traditions of the American WASP, a social class who sent their sons to prep schools and their daughters to cotillions, who drank cocktails at the country club, and who wore ties and jackets to dinner in a dining room where they were waited on by uniformed maids who served lavish meals prepared by temperamental cooks.
All things canine were on display and celebrated Saturday, May 18, at Fairfield Hills as the town staged the 4th Annual Strutt Your Mutt event at the sprawling campus, providing dog owners with recreational activities keyed to their pets.The centerpiece of the family-oriented event was a dog walk during which dog owners marched across the lush campus with their leashed pets, following a course marked by giant white paw prints that had been painted on the ground. About 190 dogs participated in the walk. The town Parks and Recreation Department and The Friends of Newtown Park & Bark sponsored the event, which is s fundraiser for the town’s planned off-leash dog park. The dog park, which is planned for the area near the new municipal dog pound at Fairfield Hills, is slated to open by late fall.
Judy Pederson returned to Newtown early last week, and again at the beginning of this week. This time Ms Pederson was packaging and then transporting painted ceramic hearts from Newtown to Boston. The painted hearts are the latest in an ongoing project called Hearts of Hope. Newtown was introduced to the project in February, when hundreds of the personalized hearts arrived from across the country and were hung on trees just in time for Valentine’s Day. The effort, coordinated locally by Judy Vetare with Ms Pederson, the founder of the community support initiative, meant residents also found the palm-sized keepsakes on the two month anniversary of 12/14. After the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15, Newtown had a chance to turn from being not only the recipients of signs of support, but also able to push some of that good karma toward others.
Among the 30,000 bicyclists breezing through the five boroughs of New York City in the annual Five Boro Bike Tour, Sunday, May 5, were six members of the Newtown Venture Crew 70 and one of their advisors, Peter Van Buskirk.The 40-mile bike trip that starts just north of Battery Park at the tip of Manhattan and winds its way through Central Park, over the Queensboro Bridge and crosses the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to end on Staten Island, six to seven hours later,
Columbine High School shooting survivor Amber Wright will present a book talk on her children’s book, It Gets Better, on Thursday evening, May 23, in the C.H. Booth Library meeting room. The program will run from 6:30 to 8 pm. Ms Wright, an ...