True dyed-in-the-wool sports fans, even if they knew nothing about horses, were mesmerized last Saturday, watching the Belmont Stakes, the third jewel in Thoroughbred racing’s ultimate test — the Triple Crown. Awestruck, they watched as a well-muscled, three-year-old bay stallion with a misspelled name took a stab at sports history.
Newtown resident and Newtown Bee staffer Bridget Seaman’s family always owned horses. And as a child, she fondly remembers how all her relatives would gather around the television every year as horse racing’s Triple Crown — The Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes — played out in black and white.
RIDGEFIELD — Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf takes the audience on a journey to the deep dark places in the soul that people don’t talk about in polite company.
Ridgefield Theatre Barn’s production of this classic American work fearlessly takes on this challenging, riveting piece provoking laughter, tears and anxiety. An Edward Albee play never holds back from letting its characters rail in a manner that will make you squirm.
The aromas of garlic bread and marinara sauce mingled in the Newtown United Methodist Church hall and kitchen Saturday night, while Pastor Mel Kawakami and Pasta Dinner founder Martha Millett greeted guests during the final dinner event of the season. Dinners, and their subsequent coffee house events, will resume in September.
As the community readied for this Saturday’s Relay for Life, from 3 pm to midnight at Newtown High School’s Blue & Gold Stadium, volunteers and Relay team members continued to hold fund and awareness activities including car washes, a beer tasting and a well attended ‘Power of Purple’ Arts Festival June 6 at Reed School featuring performances by a number of area dance companies. That event was organized and presented by Relay Entertainment Chair Michelle Zarifis, pictured.
MIDDLETOWN — Greater Middletown Chorale (GM Chorale) of Middletown announces a celebration of Flag Day with the world premiere screening of a documentary about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and music, entitled Letter from Italy, 1944: A New American Oratorio. The film, by Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Karyl Evans and narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Meryl Streep, chronicles the creation of Letter from Italy, 1944 (LFI), which was presented to a standing-room-only audience by GMChorale in April 2013.
Twelve years ago I whelped my 11th litter of purebred puppies. My first litter, detailed in a Bee article, was in 1986. But this was the first time I planned a litter with a bitch I had bred and co-owned but who belonged to a family as their beloved pet. Stasha was a beautiful retired champion show dog whose main vice was to jump on the kitchen counter stealing Big Macs that appeared in the house. She was spoiled and she knew it!
Newtown Bee readers last month were invited to drop off donations, items to be sent to servicemen and women currently deployed, in honor of the Memorial Day holiday. The Bee began running the annual collection in 2011, with the intent of having anything dropped off at its Church Hill Road office then provided to the VFW so that everything could then be sent off to Newtown residents serving overseas.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, solo artist and Byrds front man and primary songwriter Roger McGuinn has reached a point in his nearly 60 year musical journey where he has arrived back where he started. And the celebrated musician has found himself not only enjoying, but delving deep into the music of his youth - American folk.
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