With the official opening of its new studio space, HealingNewtown confidently announces an updated schedule of free workshops. Weekly arts and crafts sessions for kindergarden students are being offered weekly until the end of August, and weekly weaving workshops are also being offered. Programs are still free of charge.
Local musicians, artists, and community members will gather Sunday, July 21, on the Danbury Green for an outdoor concert to benefit HealingNewtown, a public arts center in Newtown established in response to 12/14. HealingNewtown Through the Arts is a project of Newtown Cultural Arts Commission. The fundraising event, called Random Compassion Act I, was co-founded by CityCenter Danbury and Nancy Metcalf. Acclaimed Rush tribute band Limelight will headline the concert. Other acts will include The Matt Rae Trio, Otis and the Hurricanes, Skanktones, Eugene Dobbs Ultimate Nu-Cullers Band, Spectral Fangs, The Bandolins, Voices For Heroes, and Bill Wisnowski. In addition to live performances, the event will feature vendors, including sponsors, with food and beverage for sale. Attendees are strongly encouraged to make a tax-deductible donation to HealingNewtown. All proceeds from Random Compassion Act I will go toward helping the arts center regain its financial balance and fund the arts space.
Pepper’s Dragons is a children’s story book written by Stacia Bjarnason, PhD, a clinical psychologist who has been helping some of the children of Sandy Hook since 12/14. She has found that working with fairy tales can give children a safe way to talk about upsetting things in a less threatening way. Dr Bjarnason has had copies of the book printed to give to the families of Sandy Hook. Any family that would like a copy can request one at C.H. Booth Library. In addition, Dr Bjarnason will share her insights during a program for parents and adults on Monday, July 8, at 6:45 pm, at the library. Copies of the book will be available during the program.
The Sherman Playhouse is currently offering an adaptation of "Anne of Green Gables," in which three of L.M. Montgomery's stories have been melded into one play. It is, writes The Newtown Bee Theater Reviewer Julie Stern, "a great show to see with kids, because it is as much fun to watch them be totally absorbed as it is to follow the performers on the stage." Performances continue weekends, including one Sunday afternoon matinee, until July 27.
Town Players of Newtown will host auditions for Tom, Dick And Harry, by masters of British farce, Ray and Michael Cooney, on Monday and Tuesday, July 15-16. Auditions will run from 7:30 to 9 pm each night. Gene Golaszewski will direct the production, which calls for six men and three women of various ages. Rehearsals will begin the week of July 21. Performances begin September 13, Friday and Saturday evenings, with two Sunday matinees, through October 5, for a total of ten performances.
“From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert For Sandy Hook”, which took place on January 28, at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, will begin airing on select public television stations throughout the tri-state area in July. “From Broadway With Love” was a concert of healing for the Newtown community where composers, musicians and more than 100 stars of Broadway came together with over 300 students from several Newtown dance groups, the Sandy Hook Elementary School third and fourth grades, and the Newtown High School Chamber Choir.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) will have Adele Moros painting a watercolor landscape at a meeting of SCAN on Wednesday, ly 10, at 7:30 pm. This demo will take place in the lower meeting room at Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street (at the flagpole). It is not necessary to be a member of SCAN to attend. Admission is free.
The Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard invites the community to a day of equine competition and horsemanship on Sunday, July 21 at its scenic facility at 4 Wildlife Drive (Exit 11 off I-84). Competition begins at 8 am and runs throughout the day. Riders and spectators ar...
Enrollment for the Newtown Historical Society’s 8th Annual Summer History Camp is nearing full capacity for the 2013 season, but its not too late to enroll your child for a week of interactive colonial-era exploration and fun. Vacancies for the afternoon session, which runs from 1 to 4 pm, during the week of July 15-19 are still available for children between the ages of 8 to 10.
On a Monday evening in April, more than 100 parents and students gathered at Flood Middle School in Stratford for an event called “Flowers for the Float.” Working with The Barnum Festival, the school had decided to build a tribute float to honor the victims of 12/14. In memory of the 26 children and educators who lost their lives at Sandy Hook School, the Stratford group designed and dedicated the float they called “We Choose Love.” The work session in April was to create hundreds of duct tape flowers and leaves for the float, which was to be a part of Stratford’s Memorial Day Parade. The float will return to the roads this weekend, when it is part of The Barnum Festival’s Great Street Parade on Sunday, June 30.