Families from Newtown and area towns stood in the shade outside Christ the King Lutheran Church on July 27, waiting for their Fresh Air Fund guests to arrive. A bus from New York City carrying children who would be spending time with these families arrived at 3 pm, right on schedule. Holding their signs and watching bus passengers come into view are, from left, Heather and Anna Peck, Leslie Xie, and the Panus family — parents Kellie and Stephen, with sons Jake and Liam.
The Newtown Labor Day Parade always kicks off with the rat-a-tat-tat of the drums and the flash of brass instruments as the Newtown High School Marching Band comes down the street. Salsa dancers, pipe and drum corps, the skirling of bagpipes, and banjo music have also been regular parts of the entertainment over the years. Parade-goers will experience a new kind of music this September, though, when Joseph FireCrow, of the North Cheyenne tribe of Native Americans, and an acclaimed Native American flutist, brings his indigenous music to town.
Sampling the ingredients was harder to resist for some than others, as 8-year-old Abigail Harrington, right, demonstrates, while she and Juliana Battaglia prepare the gazpacho soup recipe for the daily “Food TV” show at the Fresh and Fun Summer Cooking Class, sponsored by Newtown Parks and Recreation.
Newtown Cultural Arts Commission continued its Sunday Cinema Series with two screenings of the film Casablanca on Sunday, July 19, at Edmond Town Hall.
Newtown Cultural Arts Commission (NCAC), in collaboration with Edmond Town Hall and with support from the Law Offices of James O. Gaston, was able to showcase Director Michael Curtiz’s 1942 classic film, which stars Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.
Wednesday, July 29, will be the final workshop at the 17 Church Hill Road Ben’s Bells Newtown Studio. The doors will not be closing permanently, however, on the program that has issued thousands of the handcrafted ceramic bead and bell ornaments to the Newtown community, and many other communities in need of an act of kindness.