Liz Carroll, the legendary Irish fiddler and composer, was having a very good week when I spoke with her. She had just got back from teaching at the O’Flaherty Irish Music Youth Camp in Texas; her hometown hockey team, the Chicago Blackhawks, had won the Stanley Cup; and she was looking forward to her upcoming concert in Newtown with her longtime friends and fellow Chicago residents, tenor banjo player Pauline Conneely and flutist and uilleann piper Sean Gavin.
Artist and resident Jim Chillington propped his easel on the sidewalk outside The Newtown Bee at 5 Church Hill Road and quickly sketched a view. Taking shape on his canvas was the newspaper’s façade, and in quick strokes the branches of a Japanese Maple and the busy knots of flowers along the sidewalk. Leaning in with bold strokes, he dashed out the lines of Church Hill Road, topped by the flagpole. The end result will be a vivid oil painting.
Friends volunteer Suzy Angier inserts a DVD into the new DiscChek machine. The repair and resurfacing machine allows Friends to guarantee that any DVD sold at the Annual Book Sale will be in good playing condition.
Una Lucey, left, and Wendy Lee Hewitt, co-organizers of The Great Newtown Reunion, stand on the site of the planned July 27 event. Tickets for the all-day and evening festivities are on sale now for $65.
A dress rehearsal for Newtown Centre of Classical Ballet’s annual spring performance took place at Reed Intermediate School on Thursday, June 20, before the curtains opened on the show that weekend. The Malenkee Ballet Repertoire Company danced to both contemporary and classical sounds from artists including Christina Perri, Tchaikovsky, Adele, and Bruno Mars.
Representing Transition Newtown, Barbara Toomey handled the tender green leaves with care as she pressed young pepper and cabbage plants into the ground Thursday, June 20. She and Parks and Recreation Director Amy Mangold had help from Transition Newtown member Zachary Marmo, who graduated early from Newtown High School in December and will soon attend college. He added a cluster of tomato plants to row 41 — the Parks and Recreation/Transition team’s row.
Occupation: I’m a second grade teacher in Washington Depot, at Washington Primary School. I’m the only second grade teacher there. It’s a sweet little school.
Family: I’m engaged to Jesse Birden, and we’re getting married in September. I met him when we were both at Newtown High School and have been dating since. My mom and dad, Michelle and Steve, live here in Newtown, and my brother Matt goes to school at UConn.
Get out your flags, slice the watermelon, and fire up the grill — the Fourth of July is just over the horizon. And as exciting as fireworks can be, the Connecticut Department of Safety reminds us that the only legal fireworks items in Connecticut are sparklers. Even the popular novelty items such as party poppers, snakes, smoke devices, and other things that emit a flame are not legal for private use in Connecticut. So have fun, and be safe, not sorry.