My favorite watering hole, the fountain at The Pleasance on South Main Street, is out of commission for a bit. The main stem has rusted out after these many years, and work is underway to repair it. I’m feeling mighty thirsty these hot summer days (yes, summer officially started on Sunday!) so hopefully, it won’t be long before the fountain is bubbling over again.
This week, work started on a project involving the construction of new water lines on Queen Street, (from Glover Avenue to Church Hill Road), and on Church Hill Road (from Queen Street to Main Street). Kevin Moran, general manager of the Newtown Water Company, said the new 12-inchpipe will be connected to the existing 6-inch pipes that will remain in the ground. When there are fires, the new lines will help firefighters, he explained. The project should be completed within a month.
Sara Blersch and Nick Harper sold hanging flower baskets and vegetables in season Tuesday, but were promptly cut short by a downpour. They quickly packed away their goods from Daffodil Hill growers, Woodside Farm, in Southbury.
Vanessa Trien and The Jumping Monkeys opened this year’s season of free concerts on June 23, and a few hundred people crowded into the Church Hill Road location to enjoy the show. Here, Ms Trien was introducing children to “Bubble Ride,” one of the songs she and her band performed Tuesday afternoon.
Summer days may be long, but there is no shortage of activities in and near Newtown, from hiking to biking to horseback riding to swimming. A few Newtowners offered their own recommendations for summer outings.
Fox Ridge Farm boasts many activities for equestrians of all levels. Sitting on 25 acres, Pat Gregory and Fox Ridge Farm have been located on Aunt Park Lane for 14 years. All Ms Gregory asks is that the young riders come equipped with a well-fitting, approved helmet, long pants, and a pair of boots with a one-inch heel.
As the Rockin’ The ‘Ville event was underway at the Hawleyville Volunteer Fire & Rescue on Saturday, June 13, Jami Zapata, a firefighter engineer and Hawleyville’s organizer for the occasion, was busy making her way between setting up different areas of activity.
“People were extremely generous with their donations,” said Ms Zapata, who also said a large committee with the Stony Hill Four Corners Business Association (SH4C) worked tirelessly to make the event possible.
Last time I rode on the grounds of Fairfield Hills it was the late 1990s for the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard Judged Pleasure Ride. This annual event has obstacles to tackle, things to pull, gates to open and executing some pretty scary stuff that you’ve probably never done on your horse before that day.
I did not grow up in or near a large city, nor did I do much traveling as a child. The cuisine at home was primarily meat and potatoes in all their variations, and seasonings were simple and grouped: Italian seasoning; pumpkin pie spice; salt and pepper. It was all really good food, but not too global. To be honest, it seemed pretty exotic to have chili at a friend’s house.
The Teen Center grand opening has been pushed back from Saturday, June 23, to a tentative date of July 14. The delay is mainly because the Teen Center Building Committee has not found anyone to install the septic system. In addition, there is still some interior work that needs to be done.