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  • Rocketry Jargon Explained

    (This story is a sidebar to James Dietter’s feature about local model rocket enthusiasts, Newtown Residents Find Their Hobby Is More Than Rocket Science — It’s A Blast!)

    Like any specialized discipline, model rocketry has developed its own lexicon. Some words are scientific, others are more creative.

  • Muddy Angels Make A Special Stop In Newtown

    Dana Sellner of Minnesota stood on the curb near Edmond Town Hall Wednesday afternoon, repeating: “The turn is here” to the many bicyclists coming off Main Street following their trip from Waterbury.

  • Lake-To-Lake Charity Bicycle Ride & Poker Run To Benefit Disabled Ski Group

    SOUTHBURY — The Leaps of Faith Disabled Skiers will take to the land for an inaugural Lake-to-Lake Charity Bicycle Ride and Poker Run on Sunday, May 26, rain or shine.

    “We have been thinking of different ways to raise funds,” said Leaps of Faith President Joel Zeisler “It’s the first time, so we will do our best. This will be a fun event.”

  • Flagpole Radio Café Returned With Music, Humor, And Christine Lavin For A Receptive Audience

    Toe-tapping and touching music, humor cornball and otherwise filled Edmond Town Hall Theatre Saturday evening, May 18, as The Flagpole Radio Café returned to the stage for the first time in a year to a warm and receptive audience.

  • Theater Review: Drama And Humor In Westport’s "Dining Room"

    WESTPORT — An elegant realtor is showing off the gracious old formal dining room to a harried corporate exec who has one day to find a house for his family in this, his latest  posting.

    “Look at this beautiful dining room,” she chirps. “I grew up in a dining room just like this one.”

    “I did too,” he recalls. Together they spend a few minutes sharing happy memories.

  • Theater Review: Highly Enjoyable Mindless Fluff At Goodspeed, Just Like Musicals Used To Be

    EAST HADDAM — The original Broadway production of Good News! ran for 557 performances back in the Gatsby era, starting in 1927, and closing months before the stock market bad news that initiated the Great Depression. In short, it was  the kind of mindless fluff that entertained the punters and employed the starlets who flocked to those outrageous parties at Gatsby’s West Egg mansion.

  • Theater Review: "Seascape" At TheatreWorks New Milford Offers Thurberesque Fable, Another Great Production

    NEW MILFORD — In recent months we’ve been approached by attractive young (but not indecently young) women with earnest smiles and degrees in marketing, plying us with free lunches and ballpoint pens in return for allowing them to explain the benefits of their employers — the such and such Continuing Care Community which will free us from the drudgery of shoveling and mowing, while bestowing on us all the joys of spacious floor plans, indoor pools with water aerobics, fine dining and on site medical staff…

  • Authors And Illustrators Bring A Fairy Tale Weekend To Newtown

    (Please note this article has been updated to reflect that Ridley Pearson did not participate in Saturday’s public presentation.)

     

  • Nearly 200 Dogs Turn Out For Annual ‘Mutt Strutt’

    All things canine were on display and celebrated Saturday, May 18, at Fairfield Hills as the town staged the 4th Annual Strutt Your Mutt event at the sprawling campus, providing dog owners with recreational activities keyed to their pets.

    The centerpiece of the family-oriented event was a dog walk during which dog owners marched across the lush campus with their leashed pets, following a course marked by giant white paw prints that had been painted on the ground. About 190 dogs participated in the walk.

  • With Painted Ceramic Hearts, Newtown Has An Opportunity To Pay It Forward

    Residents of all ages gathered in the hall at Newtown United Methodist Church on May 8 to paint ceramic hearts, part of the Hearts of Hope community support initiative. Newtown was introduced to Hearts of Hope in February, and now has a chance to pay it forward, sending hundreds of hand painted ceramic hearts with simple messages of caring to Boston.