Saying she hopes to create programs that are multi-generational, Valerie Culbertson began her first days of work as the new Director of HealingNewtown through the Arts reviewing all of the artists who have donated their time in the past to lead workshops and performances. The year-long director position has been funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Newtown VFW Post 308 will host its annual Veteran’s Day Memorial on Monday, November 11, at 11 am. All are welcome to attend the ceremony. Post Commander James Rebman will be the master of ceremonies and First Selectman Patricia Llodra will be the guest speaker. The memorial will last about one hour, and seating it available.
Hikers of all ages are invited to enjoy panoramic views of Newtown and surrounding areas during Newtown Forest Association’s Autumn Foliage hike on Saturday, November 2, beginning at noon. Join NFA member Aaron Coopersmith on a stroll through the Holcombe Wildlife Preserve on Great Hill Road. Not to be confused with the Holcombe Memorial Trail property with its red barn, those joining the hike on Saturday should continue ¼-mile uphill past this property to the Holcombe Wildlife Preserve.
For the 28th year, the Newtown Savings Bank will present a holiday festival that will feature a Victorian Tea, gingerbread house contest, holiday craft boutique, festival of trees, performances of The Nutcracker Suite, and more. The event, to be conducted Sunday, December 1, from 11 am to 4 pm, is a fundraiser for Newtown Youth & Family Services. New to this year's festival is a theme for the gingerbread house contest, and the addition of narrated trolley tours along Main Street.
A century ago a German playwright named Carl Sternheim wrote a ribald comedy satirizing the manners and aspirations of the rising bourgeoisie. Ninety years later, the actor, comedian and serious writer Steve Martin, took Sternheim’s play — Die Hose — and adapted it into an equally raunchy farce, The Underpants, which is serving currently the season opener for Long Wharf’s C. Newton Schenck III Theatre. As directed by Gordon Edelstein, "The Underpants" is a frothy and enjoyable piece of theater, if not a memorable one. It has good permances, a great set, and delightful period costumes including a variety of bloomers that would put Victoria’s Secret to shame.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Connecticut Foundation will be hosting an open house on Wednesday, November 6, from 5 to 7 pm, at its Newtown location at 127 South Main Street. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation and how to get involved. Guests will also be witness to a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring Fire Selectman Pat Llodra. Drinks and appetizers will be available. The event is free, and all are welcome. It is being co-hosted by The Chamber of Commerce of Newtown.
The Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue Company Ladies Auxiliary is looking for new members. To introduce themselves to the community, and to answer questions about their work, the auxiliary will host an open house on Tuesday, November 12, at 7 pm. After a brief business meeting, members will introduce themselves to guests and explain their role as a support group for the fire company.
One year ago, longtime friends Patrick Kearney and Mary Edelman Wilson opened Queen Street Gifts and Treats in their hometown. To celebrate their first anniversary in business, Mr Kearney and Ms Wilson will be hosting a Meet The Artists Day at their store, at 3 Queen Street in Newtown. The celebration will run from 10 am until 3 pm and will include visits from painter Jim Chillington, Town Historian Dan Cruson, jewelry designer Lauren Frazier, and a special guest whose work is about to be featured in the shop.
Growing up in a household influenced more by comedy than music, Steve March-Tormé says that he surprises people when he confides that in his youth, he spent a lot more time with Buddy Hackett than Buddy Rich. According to biographer Scott Yanow, March-Tormé actually avoided singing jazz for a long time so he could escape the huge shadow of his father. He actually did not grow up with his father, the entertainer Mel (“The Velvet Frog) Tormé, since his parents were divorced when he was two.
The Newtown Historical Society will host an open house at its headquarters, The Matthew Curtiss House, on Sunday November 10. During the open house, visitors will learn what tape looming is from Reggie DeLarm of Torrington. Ms DeLarm will demonstrate tape while discussing who traditionally performed the looming and what they would have been used for. The public is invited to visit and tour the building at 44 Main Street any time between noon and 4 pm. Junior and senior docents will be available to answer questions about the house and its history, as well as provide guided tours by request.