There were plenty of awesome items auctioned off during the Newtown Youth Academy Gala last Saturday night at the Matrix Conference Center in Danbury. Among those items was a very special fox stole, donated by Linda Manna of Country Mill in Sandy Hook Center. The fox stole belonged to her grandmother. Linda had a particular request for the gala organizers: whatever money was raised through the auctioning of the vintage stole would go toward supporting memberships at NYA for Newtown’s first responders.
Halloween was celebrated by residents of all ages this year, thanks to the return of seasonal weather following two storms that dampened the holiday in Newtown. On Main Street, a number of residents decorated their homes to welcome the hordes of costumed guests that were expected Thursday. The owners of The Balcony House at 34 Main turned their dwelling into Main Street Motel for the night.
As volunteers put the final touches on a hay-hunt, other helpers at the Saturday, October 26, “Howl-o-ween” canine costume party readied additional stations. The family event was sponsored by Newtown Parks and Recreation, and benefited the Friends of Newtown Park and Back and was held on the Fairfield Hills Campus.
Activities included a relay race, a haystack treasure hunt, a hot dog toss, and a “tic-tac-paw.”
Following a special one-night encore showing of The Conjuring on Thursday, October 24, an audience at Edmond Town Hall Theatre was treated to a question and answer session with Lorraine Warren and Tony Spera.
On Saturday and Sunday, November 2 and 3, the Kent Historical Society will present its final campaign this year to increase awareness of former Kent resident and early 20th Century artist George Laurence Nelson. On both days, from noon to 4 pm, the Kent Community House, at 93 Main Street, will be filled with student artwork from local schools, all original works with a George Laurence Nelson theme.
Newtown Action Alliance (NAA), an action-based grassroots organization founded after 12/14 by Newtown residents that is dedicated to reversing gun violence in this nation, and its sister organization, The Newtown Foundation, focused on educational, healing, and cultural programs, invite the public to take part in three projects designed to move our community forward as the first anniversary of 12/14 draws near.