When Newtown resident Mary-Barrett Anders moved to Korea for a year, she decided to absorb the culture and become a part of the country, rather than be an observer. On Sunday, December 29, from 2 pm to 4 pm, Ms Anders will be sharing that experience through a workshop hosted by HealingNewtown for The Arts. She will be presenting an introductory workshop, through her Parem Hwah Asian Brushwork company, in the basic techniques of Chinese and Korean style brushwork painting.
Students in Newtown High School art teacher Carol Skolas’s Advanced Placement Portfolio class have artwork on display until Friday, December 20, in the meeting room at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street. The students involved were Becca Aimely, Hannah Bartlett, Emily Berube, Samantha Crawford, Jamie Duncan, Graham Johnson, Anna Pasacreta, Karleigh Rivard, Bella Saraceni, and Emma Sullivan. The pieces range in size and subject. Students spent time on Friday, December 13, placing the drawings and paintings on the walls of the meeting room. The collection can be viewed any time the library is open.
Young poets, jugglers, singers, comics, musicians and other entertainers in grades 5-12 are invited to share their talents at the third monthly Saturday Night Open Mic For Newtown Youth. The next event will be Saturday, December 21, from 7 to 9 pm, in The Great Room at Newtown Congregational Church.
Venture Crew 70 is a co-ed youth group for teenagers focused on high adventure. Crew members go hiking, back packing, caving, rock climbing, canoeing and biking to name a few activities. They develop a love of nature, concrete skills, and have fun. Newtown’s Venture Crew will have an informative open house starting at 8 pm at Cullens Youth Association on Wednesday, December 18.
Renowned ice sculptor Bill Covitz, the owner of Ice Matters, will be bringing his frozen magic to the HealingNewtpown Holiday Party on Sunday, December 22, at Newtown Congregational Church. Admission is free, and guests are encouraged to bring food and drinks to share. The party will offer live music, children's activities, arts tables, weaving and more.
For five weeks, December 13 to January 18, Migrant Salon will host what gallery director Allison Hornak is calling “an ongoing, cumulative, community-based artwork.” An installation titled “Do Hold Your Breath” will involve a camera some cloth, nails and ten minutes. “To make this piece I need your trust and partnership,” said Ms Hornak. “This will be portraiture with a twist,” she added. All are invited to visit the salon during its open hours, Thursday through Saturday between 10 am and 5 pm, and have their picture taken.
The Resiliency Center of Newtown has announced special events, open to the public, in upcoming weeks. All events will take place at the center, at 153 South Main Street, including an additional hour of services and offerings for December 14 than had been announced last week. The Resiliency Center of Newtown is a nonprofit that provides free and confidential services, programs and events to assist in the healing process for anyone in the greater Newtown community impacted by the events of 12/14.
All Star Transportation, providers of bus service to the Newtown School System, will host a Stuff-A-Bus Toys For Tots event at Sand Hill Plaza on Saturday, December 14, from 9 am to 4 pm. The school bus will be centrally located in the parking lot, and all toys collected on Saturday will be delivered that evening to the Toys For Tots center in Ridgefield, for distribution statewide.
Sandy Hook resident Suzanne Davenport will be at Everything Newtown on Church Hill Road from noon until 2 pm on Friday, December 13, signing copies of the just-released Letters from Sandy Hook-Newtown to the World. The time has been changed from its original start time to avoid a conflict with another possible event. In addition, she will be at Byrd’s Books, 213 Greenwood Avenue in Bethel, that afternoon from 5 to 7 pm. An incorrect time for the latter event was provided for a story that ran last week.
As promised by Suzanne Davenport, "Letters From Sandy Hook-Newtown To The World" will be officially released on December 10. The book, compiled and edited by the Sandy Hook resident and being published by Karuna Publications, a new, nonprofit organization, features letters from residents about life in Newtown. The collection is about life in town, and not just about the events or aftereffects of 12/14. Copies are now on sale at Everything Newtown, and will be available at Byrd's Books in Bethel as well as during book signing events in upcoming weeks. Proceeds from the book's sales will benefit The Newtown Memorial Fund and other local charities.