Attention young poets, jugglers, singers, comics, musicians and more: share your talents at the next monthly Saturday Night Open Mic For Newtown Youth. The next event, for entertainers in grades 5-12, will be Saturday, January 18, from 7 to 9 pm, in The Great Room at Newtown Congregational Church. Sign up starts at 6:45 pm. There is no early sign-up before 6:45, however doors will be open by 6:15 for those who wish to wait in line to sign up. There are spaces for about 20 performers so the time limit per spot is about five minutes. Microphones, keyboard, guitar amp and more will be available. Live music only please.
The Newtown Juggling & Circus Arts Club will be meeting from 3 to 5 pm on Saturday, January 11, at Reed Intermediate School. Members love to teach juggling and related skills. No experience is required. All ages are welcome.
The Genealogy Club of Newtown’s meeting and program scheduled for tonight at C.H. Booth Library has been cancelled. The cancellation is a result of water pipes that burst and damaged many areas of the 25 Main Street location last Saturday afternoon. All programs hosted by the library have been cancelled.
The Newtown Choral Society is inviting prospective new members to an open rehearsal Wednesday, January 22, at 7 pm, at Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street. Now in its 28th year, the choral society welcomes members from all area towns and has openings in all voices. Under the direction of Mary Andreotta, the choir will be preparing for its April concert, "Music of The Night."
Newtown Hikers is an open group that welcomes anyone interested in hiking. There is no membership fee. Hikers participate at their own risk and are asked by the Newtown Parks & Recreation Department to sign a release. Winter hikers should meet in the lower parking lot of the Edmond Town Hall promptly at 10 am for each Saturday’s hike. The group tries to carpool as much as possible. Check with the listed hike leader for hike details or changes. Winter hikes are shorter and easier than their fall and spring counterparts.
The Children’s Adventure Center will continue with its series of Bookworms Story Hour this month with readings by First Selectman Pat Llodra on Saturday, January 11. Mrs Llodra will be selecting from among her children’s favorites, as well as some of her own favorites, for the free program that will begin at 10 am. Adults will also have an opportunity on Saturday to meet with Dr William Notaro, who will be hosted by Newtown Visiting Nurses. The dermatologist will answer questions related to the skin and his area of specialty.
With the retirement of club director and manager Ed Finlay, Newtown Bridge Club has organized as a member-owned, member-run club to continue the 70-year tradition of competitive duplicate bridge in the Newtown area. “The Newtown Bridge Club inherited a legacy of being a friendly place to learn and play bridge,” said Carl Palmer, president of the club’s new board of directors. “We’re committed to offering competitive bridge games for players who enjoy the game, from novice to expert.” The local club hosts games on Tuesdays at 10 am and 7 pm and on Wednesdays at 10 am at Hawleyville Fire Station, 34 Hawleyville Road. All bridge players are welcome.
Newtown has produced many notable characters in its 300-plus years. On Monday, January 13, at 7:30 pm, Town Historian Dan Cruson will present a line-up of some of them for Newtown Historical Society’s first program of the new year, “Legendary Locals of Newtown.” Originally planned to take place at C.H. Booth Library, last weekend’s flooding at the historic Main Street building has necessitated the move of the program. It will now take place at Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street.
A table tennis event to support Newtown Memorial Fund will take place at Newtown High School, 12 Berkshire Road, on Saturday, January 25, beginning at 5:30 pm. The event is a tournament for all ages, and refreshments will be served. Cost is $10 and tickets tickets may be purchased at the door. All proceeds will benefit Newtown Memorial Fund, whose mission is to serve as "an ongoing remembrance that provides care and support for those directly affected today, and for the entire community, for the long term."
Before Dave Mason enjoyed success as a solo artist in the 1970s and '80s, he made his mark on musical history while securing a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as co-founder of Traffic along with Jim Capaldi, Steve Winwood and Chris Wood in 1967.
Through mid-May, the artist is hitting the road, shelving some of his own solo material in favor of highlighting his short-lived career with Winwood, Capaldi and Wood on what Mason is calling his "Traffic Jam Tour." He will be making a stop at The Ridgefield Playhouse January 9, and will bounce back to Connecticut for a set at Norfolk's Infinity Hall January 16.