Two of Connecticut’s most accommodating municipal concert venues drew massive crowds recently hosting acts with broad appeal based on the multigenerational makeup of audiences who turned out to enjoy the music and perfect weather that has kissed the state throughout late summer.
Bill Wisnowski, left, and Leif Smith, right, accompany Susan Lang with the folk sounds of My Dad’s Truck on August 16, for the kick-off performance in the Choose Love Concert Series. The Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP) is hosting the event held outdoors, on the Sandy Hook Village Green, weekly through mid-September.
Tory Gozzi is eager to get students into a new ballet and voice space. Ms Gozzi, the artistic director and owner of Newtown Centre of Classical Ballet & Voice (NCCB), said recently. The new studio at South Main Commons “looks beautiful — I’m so excited.”
NCCB will host a grand opening celebration at the new studio on Saturday, August 30, from 11 am to 2 pm. The afternoon will include face painting, games, raffles, demonstrations, food, and more. South Main Commons is at 87 South Main Street; the studio is in Suite 1.
Wedding bells did double duty Sunday, August 10, at Newtown Meeting House, when Chris Roberts and Laura Garcia-Dore, and Carolyn Roberts and Rob Poit were joined in marriage in back-to-back weddings there. It is the first time in her 22 years as administrator, said Sherry Paisley, that a double or back-to-back wedding had been scheduled at the Meeting House.
Jennifer Zulli walked through the old 1847 wedding chapel where she now runs the Sound Center, a creative arts and wellness center in Hawleyville. She noted the space’s past history — a Newtown resident had relocated the chapel from Brookfield to Hawleyville in 1900. She then turned her thoughts to its current use, which was previewed Saturday, August 9, during a Wellness For Your Spirit Summer Festival and Fair.
For students who attended Newtown Parks & Recreation day camps at Dickinson Memorial Park or at Treadwell Park, the summer concluded on Friday, August 8, with a talent show that combined both day camps.
“It was great just seeing what they can come with,” said Newtown Parks & Recreation Assistant Director RoseAnn Reggiano, about the talent show.
Occupation: I am a veterinarian at Mt Pleasant Hospital for Animals. I started here about six months ago. I work at Mystic Aquarium and the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, part-time, and I also work at South Wilton Veterinary Group, an avian and exotic referral clinic. We also treat dogs and cats there.
Maybe you’ve been chillin’ lately, or know someone who has been? Chillin’, that is, with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The viral video fundraiser for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) has been circulating madly, if Facebook is any indication. Here’s how it works: you nominate someone to douse him or herself with a bucket of ice, they post a video on social media of the act, and then that person gets to name three more people to take the challenge.