HARTFORD/STATEWIDE — Connecticut Open House Day, sponsored by the Connecticut Office of Tourism and now in its 11th year, is designed to showcase Connecticut’s diverse world of history, art and tourism. The annual celebration encourages residents to try new venues or re-visit favorite attractions and destinations such as museums, theaters, art studios, sports parks, spas and others by offering residents special incentives – including activities, free or discounted admission, free gifts, or special activities and exhibits.
Police report that three adults from Norwalk, who were traveling on the Lake Lillinonah section of the Housatonic River in a small boat at about 8:30 pm on Monday, June 8, fell into the cold water when their boat capsized.
All three people — two men and a woman — made it to shore after the incident, but it was several hours before they were found by first responders and then transported to Danbury Hospital for medical attention, police said.
As the community readied for this Saturday’s Relay for Life, from 3 pm to midnight at Newtown High School’s Blue & Gold Stadium, volunteers and Relay team members continued to hold fund and awareness activities including car washes, a beer tasting and a well attended ‘Power of Purple’ Arts Festival June 6 at Reed School featuring performances by a number of area dance companies. That event was organized and presented by Relay Entertainment Chair Michelle Zarifis, pictured.
Newtown resident and Friendly Town Chairperson Marie Athans says The Fresh Air Fund is seeking more families to welcome inner city children to a summer vacation through the Fresh Air Fund this summer. With buses from New York City bringing the first group of children to Newtown and area towns as soon as the end of this month, she is still working to pair more children with local families for July and August.
MIDDLETOWN — Greater Middletown Chorale (GM Chorale) of Middletown announces a celebration of Flag Day with the world premiere screening of a documentary about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and music, entitled Letter from Italy, 1944: A New American Oratorio. The film, by Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Karyl Evans and narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Meryl Streep, chronicles the creation of Letter from Italy, 1944 (LFI), which was presented to a standing-room-only audience by GMChorale in April 2013.
Motorists traveling in both directions on Interstate 84 in Newtown on the morning of Monday, June 8, encountered extensive travel delays following serious motor vehicle accidents that occurred on both sides of the highway.
That traffic congestion spilled over onto local roads during the morning commute, as motorists either sought alternate routes or were directed by state police to detours off the highway.
For the 29th consecutive year, Masonicare at Newtown will sponsor free Summer Sounds concerts on its grounds at 139 Toddy Hill Road.
Area residents are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy a variety of musical performances given by many of the area’s most popular bands. All concerts will begin at 7 pm. In case of inclement weather, rain dates are listed below.
The season will open on Wednesday, June 17, with The Berkshire Big Band performing music of the 30s, 40s, and 50s (rain date June 18).
Sandy Hook-based LOF Adaptive Skiers is inviting area residents to participate or volunteer as the organization enters its 2015 season. LOF hosts adaptive water sports events teaching waterskiing and wakeboarding for children, adults, and veterans with disabilities or special needs.
Newtown Historical Society will host an open house at its headquarters, The Matthew Curtiss House, on Sunday June 14. This month’s living history demonstration will be presented by Thomas Kingsley, of Kingsley Marbles in Trumbull. In addition, Town Historian Dan Cruson will offer a walking tour of the town’s oldest cemetery.
The public is also invited to visit and tour the building at 44 Main Street any time between noon and 4 pm. Admission is free; however, a $2 suggested donation per person is welcomed and appreciated.