In an interview ahead of his Ridgefield Playhouse show June 10, highly respected and award-winning blues artist Matt Schofield said after nearly 25 years in the business, it’s still incomprehensible when he is aligned beside fellow British players like Eric Clapton and Peter Green But all humility aside, Schofield told The Newtown Bee he is excited to be able to thrill true blues fans and newcomers alike, exposing his audiences to the “irreplaceable joy of live music." He said he will accomplish that by drawing from diverse roots in jazz, funk, and early American blues, when he and his power trio hit the Playhouse stage next month. That set will steer past a lot of all-too-familiar blues standards, Schofield said, in favor of showcasing primarily his own material including a decent sampling from his 2014 release, "Far As I Can See."
The pool at Newtown High School, which is open on a limited schedule for public use, has closed for the season. In place of the indoor swimming option, however, Newtown Parks & Recreation has announced that Treadwell Pool and Eichler’s Cove Beach will both open for the season on Saturday, May 23. The pool, located within the park at 39 Philo Curtis Road, and the beach, at the end of Old Bridge Road, share the same hours all season. Through June 21, both will be open daily from noon to 7 pm.
With her voice filling Newtown Congregational Church and her fingers drifting across piano keys, special guest and YouTube sensation Jodi DiPiazza performed “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” Saturday, May 16. She and others came together for a benefit concert, “Celebrating Movie Music,” to raise funds for Families United in Newtown (FUN), which resident Linda Jones established in 2008 to offer recreational programs and respite for families with special needs children like her late son Tyler, who was a non-verbal child with autism. One year after her son’s death the program blossomed, with help from Newtown High School.
The Brookfield Theatre of the Arts production of "Godspell" rocks, literally. This performance of an updated version of the original, which was conceived and directed by John Michael Tebelar, with music and lyrics by Steven Schwartz, has been blessed with an incredibly energetic and talented cast which is being imaginatively directed by Mensah Robinson, making his directorial debut with this vibrant creation. The vocal aptitude of every cast member is not only excellent, but incredibly well suited to their individual roles. Each has dug deep to find their character and present them fully. Props go to the entire cast, all are standouts. The playground set provides space to romp, and with the colorful eclectic costumes, adds to the quality of childlike innocence.
The annual fundraising and volunteer thank you breakfast hosted by the Newtown Chapter of Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western Connecticut will take place Wednesday, June 17, at The Waterview, 215 Roosevelt Drive, just over the Newtown line in Monroe. Co-chairpersons Marg Studley and Marie Sturdevant are looking forward to the 26th year of the event to support the hospice organization devoted to the comfort and care of terminally ill patients and their families.
Nothing says “Summer” like a cold drink, a sandy beach, and a good book. Who better to give suggestions on books to read these hazy, lazy days than the people for whom books are a big part of life?
Book sorters for the Friends of the C.H. Booth Library and C.H. Booth librarians gave some thoughts to their favorite summer reads, and shared their recommendations.
In the book room on the lower level of the C.H. Booth Library, volunteers with the Friends sift through thousands of donated books. There will be plenty of books at the Annual Book Sale, July 11 to 15 — just as summer peaks — and there will certainly be several of their favorites, said volunteers on Monday, May 11.
Emoticons, Braille, and Morse code are among the various forms of language featured in the Boy Scouts of America’s newest merit badge, Signs, Signals, and Codes. Introduced in February by Boy Scouts of America, the badge is the 135th addition to the merit badge program. Whether Scouts are hiking a trail, signaling for help in an emergency, or texting their friends, some form of communication is involved. Newtown resident Catherine Summ, a Boy Scout Troop 270 committee member who has been involved with local troop for about a decade, recently shared some of her expertise in a specialized communications field to help create the latest merit badge introduced by the national organization.