Consider yourself an American history enthusiast? Think you know all there is to know about the patriotic exploits of George Washington, Ben Franklin, Paul Revere, Sam Adams, Benedict Arnold, and Martha Dandridge (Washington)? Then you should get to know Liberty Smith. More than four dozen youthful but talented cast members starring in this comedic, historical musical being staged this summer by NewArts, a division of the 12.14 Foundation, met for an initial read-through Monday, June 29 in the cafetorium at Newtown High School. A similar exercise happened with the 120-plus actors of NewArts production of Disney’s The Lion King, Jr later in the week.
Although it was a cool day riddled with intermittent drizzle, those who attended Newtown Historical Society’s 19th House & Garden Tour on Sunday, June 28, enjoyed the opportunity to sample at close range some of the historical houses and adjacent elaborate gardens found in the Borough, Hawleyville, Botsford, and Sandy Hook. The Matthew Curtiss House at 44 Main Street, which serves as the group’s museum, was the stepping-off point for participants on the self-guided tour, which featured seven properties. On display for tourgoers were the Whalen residence and garden at 65 Main Street; the DaSilva residence at 17 Main Street; the Lincoln garden at 15 Longview Road; the Beers garden at 117 Toddy Hill Road; the Shanley garden at 7 Little Brook Lane; the Sharpe residence and garden at 62 Underhill Road; and the Kerr residence and garden at 6 Old Bethel Road. Tourgoers were allowed to the visit the properties in any sequence they chose during a six-hour period from 11 am to 5 pm.
A classic British comedy is afoot at The Little Theatre in Newtown. Noel Coward’s Hay Fever is being delightfully played out with superb mastery of the disingenuousness and drama essential to this theater genre in which “none of us ever really means anything." The spot-on cast of Town Players of Newtown, who is presenting this show weekends through July 18, is serving up hilarity and chaos with its playful and overly theatrical carrying on.
Wednesday afternoon, June 24, was calm and bright with cotton clouds stretching across a crisp blue sky. The scene was easy to see for the group of interns working at Nettleton Preserve off Castle Hill Road — one of Newtown’s most photographed and most scenic points. The group is working to remove invasive plants as part of a larger reclamation project. The young men spent their afternoon on the Newtown Forest Association (NFA) property clearing out invasive plants and doing light maintenance. NFA Treasurer Guy Peterson watched as Doug Main pulled up foliage from around the property sign marking the 23-acre preserve — a sloping property where an apple orchard and trails sit below a meadow. That afternoon Mr Peterson noted the hillside filled with an abundance of milkweed. He also mentioned the clusters of poison ivy mixed with the growth being cleared by Matt Krasnickas, Devin Peterson, Brendan Peterson, and Sean Wallace. Missing that afternoon were Ryan Norton and Max McCleary.
Seventeen years ago Pet Sitters International (PSI) came up with the idea of taking your dog to work for a day as way to celebrate the canine-human bond and promote companion animals. They picked the Friday following Father’s Day. During the early years, when as a pet sitter myself, my company offered tips to other businesses that wanted to join in on PSI’s Take Your Dog To Work Day (TYDTWD) for the first time.
Town Historian Dan Cruson offered a walking tour of the Village Cemetery on Sunday, June 14.
While standing in the newer section of the cemetery, Mr Cruson said he would not be talking about the 21st Century graves, but would be focusing on graves from the 18th, 19th, and 20th Centuries.
“My purpose today is to kind of give you an idea of how to read a cemetery,” said Mr Cruson. “If you come into it and you just look, scan the tombstones, you can tell a tremendous amount about the cemetery, how old it is, and a good deal about where trade relations were. There is a great deal that it tells about the town itself. What I hope to do is show you how to do that.”
The second annual Newtown Antiques Market will be Saturday, June 27, 10 am to 5 pm, rain or shine on the grounds of the beautiful Fairfield Hills campus. The one-day, festive, outdoor show and sale benefits Newtown Historical Society and its mission of preserving preserving historic structures, mounting noteworthy exhibits, and promoting local history.