Newtown Middle School students will take the stage to perform "Shrek The Musical Jr" this weekend, Friday through Sunday, March 27-29. The show is a family-friendly musical comedy that follows the adventures of an ogre named Shrek who sets off on a quest to save a princess from a dragon; however, it turns out that in order to ultimately succeed, Shrek must battle different obstacles, including learning how to believe in himself.
Raffle tickets for this oversized Adirondack chair will be sold Friday, March 27, between 5:30 and 8 pm, at Reed Intermediate School. The winning ticket will be drawn Saturday morning around 9 am, just before the start of the 3rd Annual Sandy Hook 5K. Tickets are $10 each, and sales will be added to the funds raised through race fees, donations in honor of runners, and other fundraising efforts.
"Oblivion" is a play about just that: “the state of being unaware of what is happening.” Carly Mensch’s carefully crafted story serves to encourage the audience to believe in things that may not be tangible, visible or reliable, yet we all need to have faith in something. Ridgefield Theater Barn is staging only the third production of Oblivion since its premiere in November 2011, and it is well worth seeing for the valuable and uplifting message this play imparts.
Reaching for an apple-red fire truck Wednesday, March 18, Joanne Whiting lifted the children’s toy from a shelf. The store manager for The Toy Tree on Church Hill Road, she and store owner Tracy Schmid waited for parents to arrive and meet the makers of the toy: Sandy Hook Sandy Hook father and son Jim and Luke Barber. The Barbers started Luke’s Toy Factory several years ago. About the eco-friendly and “made in America” toy trucks, Luke Barber explained on the company's website that he and his father decided to make a better toy "following a number of high profile toy recalls from major toy manufacturers." The fire trucks produced by Luke's Toy Factory are made locally, of recycled materials, and suitable for ages 3 and up. The toys are sold through the website as well as at The Toy Tree in Newtown. The Barbers and Toy Tree owner Tracy Schmid were interviewed recently for a segment of CPTV's "Made in Connecticut" scheduled to air March 26.;
The Children’s Department of C.H. Booth Library received a special donation, Thursday, March 19, delivered in two boxes by Sandy Hook resident Julia Provey. Inside the boxes were more than two dozen children’s books, gifts of children’s book illustrators/authors Ted and Betsy Lewin. Among the books given to the C.H. Booth Library are Top To Bottom Down Under, and Puffling Patrol, written and illustrated by both of the Lewins; Giggle, Giggle, Quack, illustrated by Betsy Lewin; and American, Too, illustrated by Ted Lewin.
It may be that people whistle while they work, but do they sing? That may have been the question of anyone passing by C.H. Booth Library on Friday, March 20, prior to its 11 am opening. The tune was a familiar one, wafting out of the meeting room: Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” but those words? “And now, retirement is here / And so I face the final book drop. / My friend, I’ll say it clear / I’m trading boots for a pair of flip flops … much more than this, I did it Ralph’s way!” More than 20 Booth Library staff members were responsible for the performance (with apologies to the blue-eyed crooner), a serenade to longtime library custodian, Ralph Scogno.
The third annual Sandy Hook 5K will bring together 1,500 adults and 250 children on Saturday, March 28, to honor the memories of those who were killed on, as well as to offer continued support to those affected by, 12/14. Race Co-Director Katie Blake said it was a “heroic desire to show solidarity” with fellow fire responders that led Jeff Kozo, a member of Washington (Depot) Volunteer Fire Department, to coordinate a group of firefighters for this year’s Sandy Hook 5K. She calls the idea one of a few “incredible stories” that have arisen surrounding this year’s race. Seven members of the local fire company have accepted the invitation to walk with Mr Kozo and his fellow first responders next weekend.