Wedding bells did double duty Sunday, August 10, at Newtown Meeting House, when Chris Roberts and Laura Garcia-Dore, and Carolyn Roberts and Rob Poit were joined in marriage in back-to-back weddings there. It is the first time in her 22 years as administrator, said Sherry Paisley, that a double or back-to-back wedding had been scheduled at the Meeting House. Chris Roberts, a native of Newtown now living in Los Angeles, where he works as a sound recording engineer, is the youngest of Jeane and Skip Roberts’ five children. Carolyn Roberts, a planetary geologist at the University of Buffalo, where she is working on her PhD, is the daughter of Sherie and Keith Roberts, Chris Roberts’ older brother. Although she grew up in Southbury, Carolyn has strong connections to her father’s hometown and Newtown Congregational Church. Thanks to behind-the-scenes work by Sherie Roberts, Chris and Carolyn were able to pull off the shared wedding date with their family and friends.
Jennifer Zulli walked through the old 1847 wedding chapel where she now runs the Sound Center, a creative arts and wellness center in Hawleyville. She noted the space’s past history — a Newtown resident had relocated the chapel from Brookfield to Hawleyville in 1900. She then turned her thoughts to its current use, which was previewed Saturday, August 9, during a Wellness For Your Spirit Summer Festival and Fair. Sound Center’s founder and director, Ms Zulli said, “We do holistic education, and combine arts and spirituality.” The center is a place where “arts and spirituality connect,” she said. That day offered a sampling of many classes and services found there, said Rachel Archelaus, the center’s assistant director. The Wellness for Your Spirit Summer Festival and Fair also saw a host of vendors and guests enjoying the late summer day.
For students who attended Newtown Parks & Recreation day camps at Dickinson Memorial Park or at Treadwell Park, the summer concluded on Friday, August 8, with a talent show that combined both day camps. “It was great just seeing what they can come with,” said Newtown Parks & Recreation Assistant Director RoseAnn Reggiano, about the talent show. Groups of campers, or sometimes individuals, took turns displaying talents they may have found while at camp this summer or talents they have been harvesting longer.
The second Newtown Yoga Festival takes place Saturday, August 23, at the NYA Sports & Fitness Center at Fairfield Hills. The daylong event begins with registration at 8:30 am, followed by Gayatri Mantra and Kirta from 9 to 9:30 am. Lydia Smith and Sound Center Arts of Newtown will offer a drum circle from 9:30 to 10 am, followed by the “Yoga Buffet” from 10 am to noon. Yoga Buffet features area teachers Barbara Templeton, Kristi Gunnershaug, Anne Pelisson, Chris Smith, and Aline Marie with a smorgasbord of Vinyasa, Power or Vinyasa Flow, Kundalini, and Gentle Yoga for yogis of all ages and levels. Younger participants may enjoy Yoga for Kids with Karen Pierce, or Yoga for Tweens and Teens, led by Kat Barton. Take an inner trip on the Journey Dance, led by Joanne Keane. Brian Pontolio will lead Sun Salutations.
The 63rd Bridgewater Country Fair takes place Friday, August 15, through Sunday, August 17, at the Bridgewater Fair Grounds, 100 Main Street South. The fair kicks off with the Fireman’s Parade at 6:45 pm, featuring area volunteer fire companies from Connecticut and New York marching down historic Bridgewater Main Street. The Bridgewater Country Fair is a classic fair, with farmers and area residents competing for prizes in livestock, produce, baking, and arts and crafts. See the latest in farm equipment, and enjoy the rides on the midway. This year, The Lions Club of Connecticut will be performing free eye screenings for children during the Bridgewater Fair, on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 am to 3 pm.
REDDING — The Collectors’ Corner room at the annual Labor Day weekend Mark Twain Library Book Fair, housing the rare and valuable treasures for sale, is especially interesting this year, according to fair organizers. Book expert Paul Weissman, who prices this category for the Book Fair team, has discovered an outstanding number of meaningful donations. Among the highlights: a wide variety of signed first edition volumes. “First edition books signed by the author are coveted by the book dealers, but also make very special gifts,” said Library Director Beth Dominianni. “I imagine The Collectors Corner will be very popular this year.” The 54th Annual Mark Twain Library Book Fair is scheduled from Friday, August 29, through Monday, September 1, at the Redding Community Center.
I have a great deal of respect for farmers who grow sweet corn. It is not an easy task, particularly if trying to grow it without the excess use of fertilizers and pesticides — not to mention the potential for crop damage by nature and nature’s wildlife.We grew corn one summer. It was a hybrid variety called Kandy Korn, and we picked it because the elderly couple from whom we normally made our summer corn purchases had retired from farming. They were the only farm in the area who grew this variety, that we knew of, and the unbelievable deliciousness of it was something for which we waited all year, every year.