I do have to disagree with my friends of the Old Farmers’ Almanac, who seem to be having an off year predicting this summer’s weather. “Hotter and drier than normal” does not seem to fit the bill here in New England, where temperatures were downright cool prior to this week. And I don’t know about you, but I have hustled more than once to find a sheltered spot from the rain. Admittedly, though, the forecast for a hot spell in early June was on target, as does the mid-to late-July prediction for hot weather seem to be accurate, so far.
BROOKFIELD — The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts (TBTA) summer musical production of Steven Sondheim’s Company, with book by George Furth, is not to be missed. The caliber of this production excels in every capacity.
Maureen Trotto has brought to life a funny, touching and realistic musical examination of marriage in its modern form. Her precise and expert direction captures the essence of Sondheim’s message of the indelible value of an institution that is often a messy, aggravating pain in the neck.
Gail Henderson of Paws and Paddles in New Milford, a certified canine physical therapist, starts each canine session with a massage. Grace, owned by Newtown resident Sherry Paisley, enjoys her massage. Not all veterinarians or dog owners are aware of the benefits of physical therapy for pets, says Ms Paisley, but it is the only treatment that has been successful in getting Grace walking after a mysterious leg affliction.
Two blockbuster movies hit the silver screen in 1939, The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind. We all remember Dorothy’s iconic little dog in Oz a Carin terrier named Toto. In Gone there were more than 1,100 horses used that in that production. Animals always add humanity our storytelling. Their actions can change a plot or slow down the pace of a well-told tale. What many don’t know is that in addition to both movies sharing director Victory Fleming, they also shared an animal actor, a little black pony named Admiral.
“Mistress” Patty Graves looked up from the bowl of blueberries and tray of sliced apples to listen to a faraway rumble in a darkening sky. Although still at a distance, she worried a summer storm might interrupt campers preparing blueberry pudding pie and apple crisp Wednesday, July 15, during history camp at the Matthew Curtiss House on Main Street.
RIDGEFIELD — When Kansas burst onto the mainstream music scene with “Carry On Wayward Son” in 1977, they were already a well-established and well-practiced ensemble that honed their musicianship and performance skills playing hundreds of shows and producing several preceding records.
This photo of Newtown’s famous flagpole intersection at Main Street and Church Hill Road was taken by Joey Santella with the help of his DJI Phantom Vision 2+ drone. He will be attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida in the fall to study unmanned autonomous systems.