Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP), a group of local business owners and community members from Sandy Hook, is pleased to announce the third annual Passport to Sandy Hook. The special event will take place on Saturday, October 12, from 11 am to 4 pm, in the downtown Sandy Hook Village area.
Visitors to Sandy Hook Center that day will be offered “passports,” when they can then have stamped as they visit each participating business within Sandy Hook. Completed passports will then be entered into a drawing, with three prize packages worth over $1,500 total up for grabs.
“Sandy Hook is a special place,” said SHOP President Mike Burton. “[Passport] is a great opportunity for people to come, enjoy the day, and celebrate all that Sandy Hook has to offer. We have over 30 businesses participating this year — some new, and many returning. This event grows every year and is always an exciting day.”
The event, sponsored by i95 Radio, Newtown Savings Bank and Andy Sachs’ Deals Around Town, will feature live music from two bands, giveaways or discounts at local shops, samples from dining establishments, face painting, a bounce house, special visits from the Newtown Strong Therapy dogs and Bocker the Labradoodle, and Newtown Juggling & Circus Arts Clubs, among other activities.
“Sandy Hook is a wonderful place to own a business,” said Sharon Doherty, owner of PJ’s Laundromat. “I am looking forward to welcoming frequent visitors and new faces. It’s a fun day for people of all ages to be in Sandy Hook.”
During the event, Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue will have a fire truck and firefighters on hand. The truck will serve as both a “touch-a-truck” for participants to enjoy, as well as a “stuff-a-truck.” The Passport event is free, but participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to help stuff the truck, which will then be donated to FAITH Food Pantry.
On October 12, participants will be able to pick up their passport from any of the participating locations in Sandy Hook. As they walk from place to place enjoying the treats, they will receive a stamp. Completed passports will be entered in a drawing to receive a prize package worth over $1,500.
“This year, Sandy Hook village will be even more accessible for walkers,” said Rob Manna, owner of LRM, Inc. “The streetscape project is well underway with new sidewalks, crosswalks, and street lights. This will be the first chance for a big crowd to take advantage of these exciting new additions.”
The following businesses have signed on to participate in the 3rd Annual Passport To Sandy Hook, and will have special offers for visitors:
*Andy Sachs/Deals Around Town: discount coupons to more than 20 local businesses, and a raffle to Sandy Hook restaurants;
*Alpine Realty: refreshments;
*Children’s Adventure Center: pumpkin drawing and free backpacks;
*Colbert Photography: coupons good for a 20 percent discount on a family portrait;
*The Country Mill: cookies and samples of new dips;
*CrossFit Hook’d: demonstrations and giveaways;
*Faith at Newtown: children’s crafts, cupcakes and cookies;
*figs wood-fired bistro: pumpkin decorating;
*Family Fun Kits/Fun Kids Consignments: $5 hair feathers, face painting, and refreshments;
*Foundry Kitchen & Tavern: free appetizer with the purchase of two entrees;
*The Graceful Planet: family-friendly dance performance;
*The Hook Restaurant: pizza, chicken, eggplant and fried dough samples;
*The Iron Bridge at 100 Church Hill Road: free ice cream with purchase of a kid’s meal, free mulled cider and spiced rum with purchase of an adult meal;
*Julie’s Piano Workshop: open house, coupons;
*Newtown Forest Association: information about hidden treasures in Newtown;
*Pediatric Heart Specialists, LLC: free blood pressure checks and information on heart disease prevention;
*PJ’s Laundromat: coupons;
*Porco Karate Academy: open house;
*Ronnie II Barber Shop: open house;
*Sabrina Style: 10 percent off everything in the store (excludes special orders);
*Sandy Hook Deli & Catering: face painting, samples;
*Sandy Hook Hair Co.: specials and refreshments;
*Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue: Touch-A-Truck and stuff-a-truck (collecting for FAITH Food Pantry);
Sandy Hook Wine & Liquor: wine tastings;
*Suzuki Music School: open house, including videos of programs;
*The Toy Tree: story time and photos with The Little Mermaid (Fairytale Memories), also crafts and other fun activities for everyone);
*The Villa: kids eat free (from Kids Special Menu, two per adult);
*Village Perk Café: open house;
*Wesley Learning Center: free giveaways and crafts for kids; and
*The Wishing Well: samples, sale items.