• Field Notes: Bears In The Periphery

    New England’s woodlands stand naked now with all their fine summer attire strewn across the forest floor by an October fatigued by its own flamboyance hurrying off to bed. Darkness arrives early and lingers late to cloak the scene, the prudish emissary of a cold, dispassionate winter on its way. At the margins of the day, dawn and dusk throw up a cool blue scrim that blurs perceptions and blends shadows with substance.

  • Theater Review: Brookfield Winning Hearts With Two-Woman Pulitzer Play

    BROOKFIELD — A recent performance of ‘Night Mother, the current production by The Brookfield Theatre of the Arts, left the audience in tears. The highly charged Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Marsha Norman emanates the pain of depression and loneliness as it examines the depths of the fundamentally fraught mother-daughter bond.

    While this is a play about the trauma of depression and its treatment by suicide, it is not without humor, love and compassion. Mostly, it is about connection as essential to fulfillment.

  • Brides 2016 Surveys Launched

    The Newtown Bee is working on Brides 2016, its annual supplement for brides- and grooms-to-be.

    Brides Editor Shannon Hicks is hoping to compile a collection of stories for the 2016 supplement, sharing stories of how newlyweds and engaged couples met. Current and former residents of Newtown are all invited to participate.

  • Lisa Unleashed: Horseback Riding, Coastal Beaches Style

    It’s beach season for Connecticut horse and dog lovers! From October 1 to March 31, horses and dogs are allowed on many local beaches to splash in the surf and kick up some sand. Fairfield’s Jennings Beach offers a superb swath of sandbars that during a super low tide give equestrians some awesome gallops. Recently, as I traveled to ride at Jennings, I thought back on my first two beach riding adventures, both on America’s West Coast.

  • 'Newtown & Beyond' Photo Exhibit Opens At Municipal Center

    Flagpole Photographers Camera Club formally opened their 6th Annual “Newtown and Beyond” Photography Exhibit on Sunday, November 8, at Newtown Municipal Center.

    The exhibit, which went up November 2, features 219 photos by 17 photographers who are members of the local camera club. The exhibition will remain on view in the main corridor of the town building through November 25.

  • Antique Salt Shaker Collection At Library

    Newtown resident Bea Morgan begins the task of setting up a display of her antique salt shaker collection at the C.H. Booth Library. Ms Morgan is sharing a portion of her huge antique salt shaker collection with the public through the end of December.

  • 2016 Relay For Life Kickoff At NYA November 19

    A very enthusiastic core committee of volunteers and a new event partner are getting off to an early start promoting the excitement of Newtown’s annual Relay For Life, a noncompetitive gathering of supporters, caregivers, survivors, and those battling cancer walking overnight to raise funds and awareness about the disease and its prevention.

  • With ‘The Great Danbury State Fair,' Newtown Author Resurrects Fair Memories

    “The history of the Great Danbury State Fair is so long and takes so many unexpected turns that writing about it was like tracking a lightning bug at dusk,” writes Newtown author Andrea Zimmermann in the introduction to her recently published book, The Great Danbury State Fair.

  • Hiss Golden Messenger Wrapping Up ETH Concert Series

    Hiss Golden Messenger co-founder and singer-songwriter MC Taylor is bringing his rootsy plaintive folk to the “Live at the Edmond Town Hall” stage November 20. The 6:30 pm show will mark the final performance of the benefit series launched in June 2011 by Newtown resident Hayden Bates.

  • Members Of 1965 NHS Football Team Honored

    Players who got it all started a half century ago were back on the Newtown High School football field on November 6. Members of the 1965 Newtown High team, the first to play organized football to begin the current 11-on-11 era of the game, received applause from fans at Blue & Gold Stadium prior to the game between the current Newtown gridders and New Milford.