Renee Gilbert’s pictures reveal an arid, hard-packed village beneath a burning African sun. Casting harsh shadows, but smiling, are children dressed in new, pink school uniforms and standing before a building with the words Calvary Feeding Centre.
For the tenth year a collection of cardboard boxes have been decorated and filled with Halloween offerings. For the first time, they are being sold around town.
This year, the boxes have been decorated by members of Newtown United LLC, along with a few local artists, and are being sold for $10 each as a fundraiser for FAITH Food Pantry, the Salvation Army Food Pantry at Newtown Social Services, and Ann’s Place.
FAITH Food Pantry has joined the social network world, thanks to the efforts of Sandy Hook resident Gary Jeanfaivre, along with FAITH volunteer Nancy Taylor. “I have just helped the FAITH Food Pantry set up a Facebook page, as the volunteers are looking to use it as a way to connect with the community,” Gary tells us. His grandmother, Laura Hewitt, has been a longtime pantry volunteer, says Gary, so he is pretty familiar with what a wonderful group of people operate the local food pantry.
Picture the night of Friday, December 8. People will gather in the Ram Pasture to hear the school bands, sing Christmas carols, and watch the Christmas Tree get turned on. Around Hawley Pond will be luminarias (or candles in white bakery bags). Unlike previous years, the plan for this year’s tree lighting ceremony also calls for luminaria candles to be burning on Main Street, Currituck Road and the end of the Ram Pasture, as well as on Elm Drive properties.
Annie Haslam, the only sustaining member of the progressive rock band Renaissance and a popular painter, is pictured with a guitar she decorated. Haslam has chosen The Ridgefield Playhouse as the launching point for her band’s latest tour debuting their newest album, Symphony of Light. The tour opens in Ridgefield October 23, and will end at Hartford’s Infinity Hall November 5.