A classic British comedy is afoot at The Little Theatre in Newtown. Noel Coward’s Hay Fever is being delightfully played out with superb mastery of the disingenuousness and drama essential to this theater genre in which “none of us ever really means anything.” The spot-on cast of Town Players of Newtown, who is presenting this show weekends through July 18, is serving up hilarity and chaos with its playful and overly theatrical carrying on.
Wednesday afternoon, June 24, was calm and bright with cotton clouds stretching across a crisp blue sky. The scene was easy to see for the group of interns working at Nettleton Preserve off Castle Hill Road — one of Newtown’s most photographed and most scenic points.
Seventeen years ago Pet Sitters International (PSI) came up with the idea of taking your dog to work for a day as way to celebrate the canine-human bond and promote companion animals. They picked the Friday following Father’s Day. During the early years, when as a pet sitter myself, my company offered tips to other businesses that wanted to join in on PSI’s Take Your Dog To Work Day (TYDTWD) for the first time.
Occupation: I am a classical musician. I’m the principal bassoonist for the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, and freelance throughout the region. I also teach music at Naugatuck Community College in Waterbury.
Family: I’m married to Kristen Provost Switzer. She’s a Newtown native and minister at Prospect Congregational Church.
My favorite watering hole, the fountain at The Pleasance on South Main Street, is out of commission for a bit. The main stem has rusted out after these many years, and work is underway to repair it. I’m feeling mighty thirsty these hot summer days (yes, summer officially started on Sunday!) so hopefully, it won’t be long before the fountain is bubbling over again.
This week, work started on a project involving the construction of new water lines on Queen Street, (from Glover Avenue to Church Hill Road), and on Church Hill Road (from Queen Street to Main Street). Kevin Moran, general manager of the Newtown Water Company, said the new 12-inchpipe will be connected to the existing 6-inch pipes that will remain in the ground. When there are fires, the new lines will help firefighters, he explained. The project should be completed within a month.
Sara Blersch and Nick Harper sold hanging flower baskets and vegetables in season Tuesday, but were promptly cut short by a downpour. They quickly packed away their goods from Daffodil Hill growers, Woodside Farm, in Southbury.