Say the name George Mattegat around town and you’ll likely get a different response from every person you meet — “bus driver,” “Shriner,” “volunteer firefighter,” “animal control officer,” “Nunnawauk board member,” or “Labor Day Parade organizer.”
Or maybe you will come across one of his many colleagues from the Lions Club, or Hiram Lodge, or the local VFW.
RIDGEFIELD — Winner of one of those MacArthur “genius” awards, and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, Sarah Ruhl, who turns forty this year, is one of America’s most prolific and successful playwrights. Her works are performed on Broadway, at repertory theaters from Yale to Berkeley, and, frequently, on local amateur stages as well.
DANBURY — The Midwestern Connecticut Council of Alcoholism (MCCA) will honor Greg Williams and the Non-Profit Development Corporation of Danbury at its annual awards dinner, Thursday, March 20, at the Matrix Conference Center.
Mr Williams, a Newtown native currently living in Danbury, will be honored as Man of the Year for his work in producing The Anonymous People, an 84-minute, independent feature documentary about the 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery.
Muted browns and wistful pale blues stretched across artist Patricia Barkman’s canvas. Her oils and brush strokes caught fading sunlight and shadows lengthening across Taunton Lake, reaching for the far shore where bare trees stood waiting for spring. The scene also captured the early March sky mirrored on the lake. Describing the shadows and colors, she said, “It’s winter light.”
The Lions Low Vision Centers of Fairfield and New Haven Counties (LLVC) recently delivered a free Eye-Pal Solo reading device to Adrienne Ralles, 82, a Nunnawauk Meadows resident with macular degeneration. The device “reads aloud” to the sight impaired.
Little Genesis Fuentes may be on her way home to Belize by the end of next week, I’m told by Rotary Club member Pat Caruso. Genesis, a 3-year-old in need of heart surgery, came to the United States in early January, through the efforts of the Newtown Rotary Club and the Rotary Club International Gift of Life program.
NEW MILFORD — This year New Milford’s TheatreWorks has chosen to open their 2014 season with an old favorite from the Sixties: Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park. This was made into a hilarious movie, starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford as the young newlyweds bravely starting off their married life in a sixth-floor walk-up brownstone apartment on East 48th Street in Manhattan. TW New Milford is offering performances though one more weekend, until March 16.