The second annual Summer Jam Concert Series, a weekly offering of free concerts for children and families that opened on June 24, “has been phenomenal” so far, according to volunteer coordinator Erin Masotta. Concerts, which are hosted by Newtown Parks & Recreation, and sponsored by Claris Construction, are usually presented in the band shell at Dickinson Park. This week, however, due to the projected weather for July 15, the decision has already been made to move tomorrow’s concert to the gym at Hawley Elementary School.
The Sandy Hook Promise Foundation Community Fund will host the 2014 second annual Newtown Yoga Festival on Saturday, August 23. The event will run from 9 am to 4 pm, and will again be presented at NYA Sports & Fitness Center. The festival has been designed to promote a positive well-being, health and community in an effort to help the people of Newtown move forward. Last year’s yoga festival, which featured world-renowned yoga teachers Seane Corn and Beryl Bender Birch, was enormously successful, and drew hundreds of residents from the Newtown community. There will be adult yoga classes led by renowned yoga instructors, local health and wellness vendors, fresh culinary delights, live music and kids’ activities featuring children’s yoga with Newtown resident Karen Pierce.
Newtown fine art photographer Paul R. Berger is exhibiting a compelling selection of his landscapes, architectural, and editorial images at Edith Wheeler Memorial Library during the month of July. According to Mr Berger, the use of traditional film rather than digital format requires a slightly more patient approach to his craft. “I really enjoy shooting with film, but the overall process tends to be more involved and admittedly a little slower,” he said. Of this slower pacing the photographer says, “It turns out that it’s a good match for me, for the way I visualize my subjects and my efforts to craft a meaningful photograph.” Shooting medium format film, which is roughly four times the size of 35 millimeter film, means even his larger prints turn out extremely sharp.
Virginia Zimmerman from The Center for Contemporary Printing will be returning to HealingNewtown this month, this time to lead a linoleum block printing workshop. Her next program will be Saturday, July 12, from 1 to 4 pm, and she will be assisted by staff printers from the center. “This is a technique that can be attractive to novices and advanced students,” Ms Zimmerman said of block printing. The workshop will cover the entire process of relief printmaking with linoleum blocks, including carving a small block and printing it by hand.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) will have Clayton Buchanan, an internationally known artist, offering a demonstration during its meeting on Wednesday, July 9, at 7:30 pm, at Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street. The demonstration is open to the public and admission is free. Mr Buchanan will demonstrate creating a pastel figure painting.
As the summer heats up, lemonade stands will begin sprouting in neighborhoods. While some kids are using lemonade stands for some extra change, Newtown Kindness, a non-profit organization whose goal is to foster kindness in children, has created a lemonade stand revolution with a catch: the kids who are doling out the sweet drinks are not asking for any money. They are simply performing a random act of kindness in hopes that their visitors will pass it on to somebody else. Charlotte’s Lemonade Stand kits will be handed out by volunteers on Saturday, June 28, from 10:30 am to 3 pm. Newtown Kindness volunteers will be stationed outside Stop & Shop.
Newtown Historical Society will host its annual homes and gardens tour on Saturday, June 28. Then on Sunday, the society will host the final open house of the season at its headquarters, a program about ice cream combined with a celebration of the tenth anniversary of Ferris Acres Creamery, and a walking tour of Sandy Hook Center.
Keep an eye out for “Laurel and Hardy” in front of the Edmond Town Hall on Sunday, June 29, when the theater will host screenings of two Hollywood classics. The screenings will be the next installment of the 2014 Sunday Cinema Series celebrating the 75th anniversary of “The Greatest Year in Film — 1939,” presented by Newtown Cultural Arts Commission. The schedule for June 29 will be: 1 pm, Laurel & Hardy’s Flying Deuces; 4 pm, Ninotchka starring Greta Garbo; and 7 pm, a double feature of Ninotchka and Flying Deuces.
Admission for the first two screenings is $2, and $4 for the double feature.
Newtown Historical Society is currently accepting applications for its 2014 Summer History Camp. The camp will be hosted at The Matthew Curtiss House, 44 Main Street, the week of July 14-18. Registration is open for children between the ages of 8-10 and offers campers a week of interactive and exciting experiences of Colonial-era life. From lantern-making to butter churning, kids will engage in activities and experiences of a Colonial child living during the 1750s. Campers will learn the tasks they might have been expected to do at home, the types of games they would have played, and the kind of food they would have eaten during the mid-18th Century.
Town Players of Newtown announces auditions for "An Inspector Calls," the classic “drawing room theater” production by J.B. Priestly. Auditions will be conducted Monday through Wednesday, July 7-9, from 7-9 pm each night at The Little Theatre. The production calls for four men and four women. Rehearsals begin the week of July 20 and the production is slated to run Friday and Saturday evenings, September 5-27, with two Sunday matinees.