As a music journalist, I couldn’t ask for a better two-night run, which recently included a band fronted by a dynamic young musician whose material was mostly unfamiliar, and a show featuring a very established artist where virtually every song was a chart topping hit. It was an added bonus that catching each of these acts knocked two more shows off my ever-shrinking concert bucket list. Wednesday is a tough night to catch a show, but I couldn’t resist making the drive on May 14 to Mohegan Sun Arena to catch The Killers, a band that has been on my “must see” roster for nearly a decade. And while it might have been a ho-hum weeknight, the band and its magnetic frontman, Brandon Flowers, put on a hell of a show. The next night found your reviewer in Boston’s cavernous and half-empty TD Garden for the opening night of Barry Gibbs’s “Mythology Tour.” It was a bittersweet appearance, considering it marking the first time the soft spoken and powerfully gifted Gibb has considered touring since the passing of his beloved brothers and former Bee Gees band mates Robin and Maurice.
AT&T representative Steve Godbout and AT&T Director of External Affairs Harry Carey joined State Representative Mitch Bolinsky at Newtown Senior Center on Monday, May 19, in a collaboration to demystify some of today’s newest gadgets. “Technology can be daunting,” said Mr Carey, prior to the start of the presentation. “We have found that in intimate settings and with their peers, such as this, people feel more comfortable. We can walk people through their questions on everything from apps, to tweeting, to Facebook and LinkedIn,” he said.
Now that Edmond Town Hall has completed a renovation project that has brought in a new sound system, film projection system, Wi-Fi, and even a new screen for the theater, the Edmond Town Hall Board of Managers and Newtown Cultural Arts Commission (NCAC) have decided to take a step backwards. About 75 years back, to “The Greatest Year of Film History.” “1939: The Greatest Year In Film — A 75th Anniversary Celebration” will have its premiere on Sunday, May 25. "The Little Princess" will be screened that afternoon at 1 pm, "The Wizard of Oz" will be offered at 4 pm, and "Ninotchka" will be featured at 7 pm. Films released in 1939 will continue to be featured through the end of the year, usually on the third or fourth Sunday of the month. They will generally be screened at 1, 4 and 7 pm, with different films offered during each screening. Tickets for most screenings will be $2 each, the regular price of tickets for ETH Theatre.
Jessica Rekos had a love for horses. On May 4, less than a week before what would have been her eighth birthday, the community celebrated the way she might have wanted to herself. The Pony Rides For Jessica Team and King’s Bridge Farm joined forces and held the second annual fundraiser, Pony Rides For A Purpose, in honor of Jessica, a riding student at King’s Bridge who was killed on 12/14. The event took place at the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard’s grounds at Fairfield Hills and featured pony rides, appearances from miniature horses, horseshoe painting, face painting, jugglers, and much more. Set To Stun performed music, and volunteer firefighters came with a truck for children to see up close. Comfort dogs were also on hand. There was a bake sale and various raffles and auctions. Proceeds from the event went to the Jessica Rekos Foundation.
Ben’s Lighthouse recently sponsored a work session in Bridgeport, where young adults and their chaperones spent a few hours cleaning up Fayerweather Lighthouse and the property surrounding the historic tower in Black Rock Harbor.
In addition, the organization is busily getting started on a summer full of events, activities, and programs for the young people and families of Newtown. An information session on Sunday, May 18, will cover plans for a trip to Colorado to help clean and rebuild following disastrous floods in Colorado in September. Then the organization will host its second annual Lighthouse Festival on Saturday, June 14.
The 14th Annual Great Pootatuck Duck Race will be taking place this year — as it pretty much has for the past 13 years — on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Astute residents may have also noticed that fliers and banners being posted around town this month have an addition to the name of this year’s event: Town Festival. Newtown Lions Club, who created and has been running the Duck Race for 13 years, has teamed up with Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP) to present The Great Pootatuck Duck Race & Town Festival on Saturday, May 24. The Lions are sponsoring the event; SHOP is serving as its host. The partnership will return Duck Race Day to its original presentation: a festival that felt more like a street fair.
Co-authors of "the Living Memories Project: Legacies That Last" Meryl and Stewart Ain, local clergy members, and representatives of Ben’s Lighthouse and The Caroline Previdi Foundation spoke during a Healing, Transformative Gathering hosted by Congregation Adath Israel on Sunday, May 4. Several local clergy members offered prayers and words of healing during the event, and both Dr Ain and Mr Ain spoke about their work in creating The Living Memories Project. While a small group attended the event, Rabbi Shaul Praver said holding the event was a significant step. Newtown, Rabbi Praver explained, endured something unimaginable in December 2012, and events like the one held on May 4 offer ways of turning the corner toward love.