Over 100,000 film-lovers will gather in over 250 cinemas, across six continents for one purpose - to view and vote on the work of the next generation of filmmakers from around the world in the 18th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival. But interested film enthusiasts can get their first glimpse of these shorts, and meet the festival's founder and director this Friday, September 25 as the festival premiers at the Palace Theater Danbury. The ten finalists hail from eight countries, with short films from Turkey and Kosovo representing their respective countries for the first time.These short films will not only screen to a global audience, but will be judged by them as well. Cinema-goers will be handed a ballot upon entry that allows them to vote for the Best Film and Best Actor.
Lisa Schwartz was introduced as Newtown’s first Poet Laureate by First Selectman Pat Llodra on Saturday, September 19. The announcement was one of the opening events of the 2015 Newtown Arts Festival. Her work will be featured in a forthcoming collection of writing generated by a writing workshop at Byrd’s Books in Bethel. She joins seven other town Poet Laureates in Connecticut. In introducing Newtown’s first Poet Laureate, Mrs Llodra described the position as the public face of the arts in Newtown, an idea reflected in Ms Schwartz’s vision of her position.
The Newtown High School Marching Band & Guard is set to host its annual 100 Family Tag Sale this Saturday, September 26, in the high school cafeteria, 12 Berkshire Road, from 9 am until 2 pm.
Goods available will include office partitions and work stations, filing cabinets, bunk beds and more furniture options, electronics, yard and power tools, house wares, sporting goods, holiday decorations, clothing, books, toys, and bikes.
All items are priced to sell, and all proceeds from the event will benefit the NHS Marching Band & Guard.
Congregation Adath Israel of Newtown will present “Cabaret Night,” an evening of music, dancing, fine food and a silent auction, on Saturday, October 3. The special event will be held at Roberto’s Restaurant, 505 Main Street in Monroe. Organizers say the event, which will begin at 6:30 pm, will be entertaining for all who attend. The evening will feature the Greg Packham Group along with a buffet dinner.
The sixth annual Firehouse Ride on Sunday, September 27, will support Newtown Hook & Ladder Co. #1’s efforts to build a new firehouse. One hundred percent of funds will benefit this goal. Site work has already begun at 12 Church Hill Road, where the new fire station will be constructed. The ride will start and end at Time Out Sports Bar & Grill (the former One-Eyed Pig), within Ricky’s Shopping Center at 71 South Main Street. Registration begins at 9 am and the 50-mile ride with blocked intersections will depart at 11 am following a blessing of the bikes.
An appreciative audience attended a Newtown Arts Festival events September 11 at Newtown Meeting House, and was not disappointed by a packed program of entertaining and eclectic selections. “Random Acts Of Chamber Music” featured performances by The Danbury Trombone Ensemble and New England New Music Ensemble.
Newtown Kennel Club and the Friends of the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard will host the 2015 Western CT Police K-9 Challenge on Saturday, October 3. This inaugural fundraising event, held at the 2GHG Headquarters, 4 Wildlife Drive, begins at 10 am, and will conclude with an awards ceremony at 3 pm. More than 30 teams of handler and active duty police and military K-9s, including German shepherd dogs, Belgian Malinois, and Labrador retrievers, will compete in suspect apprehension, obedience, obstacle course, and tactical command divisions.
Organizers of Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue’s 28th Annual George & Timothy Powell Golf Tournament announce that there are still openings for players and sponsors. The tournament, which serves as a fundraiser for the company, will be on Monday, September 28. It will be played Newtown Country Club, 1 Country Club Road.
The Grammy-winning Ying Quartet has added Robin Scott, an award-winning musician described as one of America’s rising stars on the classical music stage, as first violinist. Mr Scott joins siblings and founding members David (cello), Janet (violin), and Phillip (viola) Ying, who will open the 38th season of performances hosted by Newtown Friends of Music (NFM) on Sunday, September 27. Pianist Elinor Freer will be joining the ensemble for the 3 pm performance. The concert will be in the theater of Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street.
Richter Association for the Arts will host a presentation by the Gray School of Irish Dance on Sunday, September 27, at 3 pm, at Richter House, 100 Aunt Hack Road in Danbury. The program will feature high energy dances performed by students of various ages and by two of the school’s teachers, Christina and Craig Ashurst, both of whom are former dancers in Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. The school has studios in Danbury, Newtown and Old Saybrook.