Stephen Sondheim, Liza Minnelli, Angela Lansbury, Christine Ebersole and other great stars of American music and musical theatre share the spotlight with the country’s most passionate music preservationist as Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook returns to PBS for its star-studded, three-part season on Friday, April 5. The series, which debuted in October 2010 and is produced by Newtown resident and multiple Emmy Award winner Amber Edwards, has taken viewers on a dynamic road trip through the glorious history of American song by the acclaimed musician and five-time Grammy-nominated vocalist.
The Farmers’ Almanac tells us the full moon that rose March 26 was 2013’s Full Worm Moon. It reached its peak at 5:27 am this morning. According to another trusted source, The Old Farmer’s Almanac, we are reminded that the Native Americans, who lived in the area that is now the northern and eastern United States, kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to the recurring full moons. Each full moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred. The Full Worm Moon celebrates the time with the ground begins to soften and earthworm casts reappear, inviting the return of robins. This month’s moon is also known as the Sap Moon, as it marks the time when maple sap begins to flow and the annual tapping of maple trees begins (although local maple enthusiasts have already been busy for a number of weeks, judging from the buckets affixed to trees in the area).
The fifth annual Brookfield Film Festival will be held this year in the Alexandria Room at Edmond Town Hall. The 2½-hour program can be attended at four screenings on Friday, April 5, at 8 pm; Saturday, April 6, at 2 and 8 pm; and Sund
Newtown’s Cyrenius H. Booth Library’s Books Heals Hearts program, which was created in the wake of 12/14 to help the community grieve and heal, has proven itself to be an effective and useful resource for a community dealing with tragedy.
The program privately funded through donations of materials and money provides books, CDs, coloring books, and audio tapes, which people can take free of charge from the library.
Unlike circulated materials, there is no expectation or requirement to return these items. The materials are displayed on two desks in the main entrance and on top of bookshelves in the children’s section.
Spring has returned, which means The Newtown Juggling & Circus Arts Club will be begin meeting outdoors again. The club will be at The Pleasance from 3-5 pm on Saturday, March 30. The club is an open group for anyone interested in juggling and other circus arts/flow arts, including flower sticks, poi, hoops, staff, diabolo, and other instruments.
Music For Newtown, an online auction of items from artists familiar in the worlds of pop, country and rock, begins this afternoon. The auction of CDs and vinyl albums, guitars, publicity photos, concert and show tickets, and other rare music-related offerings goes live at 3 pm EST.
Leaps of Faith Disabled Skiers will host a Boating License Course on Saturday, April 13, from 8 am to 4 pm, at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street in Newtown. Completion of the course will qualify registrants for their Connecticut Boating & Personal Water Craft License.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) will have an oil painting demonstration by Carol Reeves on Wednesday, March 27, at 1:30 pm. Her subject will be a floral. The program is open to the public and will be held in the lower level of Newtown Meetin...
Yoga Dimensions will host a special yoga workshop on Sunday, March 24, from 1 to 3 pm, to benefit the Women’s Center in Danbury. The Heart Opener Workshop will be led by yoga teacher Kristi Gunnershaug, with studio space provided by Lynda Weber, owner of Yoga Dimensions, ...