Here’s one good thing about the Arctic temperatures we’ve been enduring. The temporary ice skating rink at Fairfield Hills has been set up for the season, and I have noticed people are taking time to visit it again. The rink will have a formal event next weekend, when Newtown Parks & Recreation hosts a family ice skating party on Friday, February 7. DJ Kevin Koschel will provide music for the event, which will run from 6:30 until 9:30 pm. Hot chocolate and hot coffee will be served, and a small bonfire will help keep some guests warm.
A corkscrew hazelnut sits outside the back door in its winter glory. All the other plants and shrubs are looking pretty chastened, deceased even, awaiting their Easter resurrections. But this jaggedy hazelnut cuts a fine figure against the snow, having long-since jettisoned its drab, unkempt cover of leaves. Its electric personality is now fully exposed in its branches with all the manic excitement of a Kramer, a Harpo Marx, a Harry Lauder.
Audience members may recognize her name as part of the Wainwright legacy in pop and folk music. And Sloan Wainright (above) — sister of Loudon Wainwright III, and aunt to Martha and Rufus Wainwright, and Lucy Wainwright Roche of The Roches — has plans to thrill the next Flagpole Radio Café audience with her clever and highly personal songwriting and huge contralto voice. She will be supported by longtime friend and guitarist Steven Murphy, and Newtown-based vocalist and percussionist Cadence Carroll (below) at the February 8 show.
RIDGEFIELD — Once again Ridgefield Theater Barn is warming up the winter doldrums with a special festival of eight short plays that showcase a wide assortment of local talent and keep the audience laughing. Fitting eight “plays” into a time slot normally geared for two acts means that each work must be really short — more along the lines of a television comic sketch, than a complete dramatic work.
Look out oat bran, acai berries, and coconut water. It’s little, knobby, and gnarly, but fresh turmeric is the food world’s new darling.
Once difficult to obtain, turmeric, widely used in Indian cooking, is being touted in magazines, blogs, and alternative medicine sites as the be-all and end-all to so many ailments, that it is hard to keep track. Natural foods supermarkets are now stocking the ginger-lookalike root, along with the more familiar powdered turmeric root.
In fictional animal news... Patricia MacLachlan and Steven Kellogg, author and illustrator, respectively, of the recently published Snowflakes Fall, both visited Sandy Hook School last week. I understand that while speaking to one group of students Mr Kellogg, a former Sandy Hook resident, shared a fun fact. Did you know his former canine Pinkerton, who inspired his Pinkerton books (like A Rose for Pinkerton), is hidden in some of the illustrations for some of his other books?