Newtown Historical Society’s Ghost Walk through the center of town will be offered Saturday, October 17, with tours departing at 5:30 and 7 pm. Following last year’s sold out performance, Martha Bishop will again lead two walks along Main Street, and each will be followed by a candlelight tour of the house conducted by costumed docents. Cost is $5 per person, or $15 per family, payable at the event, but registration is required by email.
The next meeting of The Genealogy Club of Newtown will be on Wednesday, October 14, at 7 pm, in the meeting room of C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street. This month’s guest speaker will be David Perkins, from the Sons of the American Revolution. His subject will be “Finding Your Revolutionary War Ancestors in Connecticut.”
Newtown Congregational Church is extending an invitation to all residents to join them for a special program on Tuesday, October 20. Warren Hardy, Jr, and September Chatfield will be the guest speakers for “Actions Speaker Louder Than Words: Violence Can Be Changed Into Nice Love.” The evening will look at gun violence and how words can be turned into action.
Are you a reality TV watcher? Do you enjoy unusual competitions? If your answer to either of these questions is Yes, then the Lions Clubs’ Sixth Annual Great Pumpkin Race is for you. This year’s event will be held Saturday, October 17, between 10 am and 2 pm, behind Edmond Town Hall. The pumpkin racing is only one of a number of things to participate in or to view that day, including the pumpkin decorating contest and the raffle of the Lions classic 1966 Mustang convertible.
Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS) will host a free Halloween costume swap, Saturday, October 17. Participants are invited to drop off gently-used Halloween costumes in any size, weekdays, between 10 am and 7 pm, through Friday, October 16, at NYFS, 15 Berkshire Road in Sandy Hook. For each costume donated, participants will receive a ticket allowing for early admission on October 17, and first pick at the costume selection.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown will have Paul Batch painting a landscape in oil at its next meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, October 14, at 7:30 pm. The program take place in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House.
In 1935, a group of creative Newtowners decided to start a theater group to raise money for town needs and enjoy each other’s company. On Saturday, October 17, the public is invited to spend an evening with current members of that company — Town Players of Newtown — to celebrate the oldest continuously-operating community theater in Connecticut.
Richard Hubert will offer a program on the use of codes, invisible writing, and other means of secret communication at C.H. Booth Library on October 13. “Reading Between The Lines: Secret Codes in American History,” in the community room of the library, 25 Main Street. The program will begin at 7:30 pm.