Final preparations are being made this week for “Within Our Reach,” a special event scheduled for Saturday, June 8, at Newtown Congregational Church. Newtown Youth Voices is hosting the evening of song and spoken words which will include special guests Peter Yarrow, poet Martin Espada, singer Vaneese Thomas, The Old Town Hall Band, and others.
The event will stream live from the church at 14 West Street from 9 pm until just past midnight, celebrating Newtown’s commitment to fulfilling The Sandy Hook Promise.
Admission is free, but seating is limited. The side doors of the church will open at 8:30 for the families, first responders, and any teachers of Sandy Hook School who wish to attend. After 8:45 the church’s front doors will open to the general public.
Due to the limited seating that is available in the church sanctuary, Newtown Lions Club has arranged for a second gathering and viewing area in the hall of NCC. Please note this is a change from the original plan to have a viewing area at a nearby satellite location. The church’s Great Room will accommodate overflow capacity and will include a large screen and sound system to enjoy the streaming event. That room will also include jugglers, face painting, and therapy dogs in a fun, informal atmosphere.
Drinks will be available in The Great Room and all are welcome to bring snacks to enjoy or share in that room.
Parking is somewhat limited at the church, so attendees are encouraged to carpool if possible. While the church is on West Street, a secondary parking lot to the north of the church building is accessible from Castle Hill Road.
For more information including where to find the live stream for Within Our Reach, visit www.withinourreach.us.