RIDGEFIELD — As the mother of two young children who had recently moved to Ridgefield, Allison Stockel said she was first drawn to the intimate environment of The Ridgefield Playhouse after reading about the venue. At the time, the former high school auditorium was being utilized for discount movie shows, occasional community events, and concerts. Within a few years, Stockel’s passion to see the not-for-profit playhouse fulfill its potential inspired her to take a seat on its board of directors, and a short time later she was named its interim executive director. In that capacity, tapping her lifetime of entertainment industry experience, Stockel began increasing the number and variety of bookings while attracting bigger names.
For the fourth year Mackenzie Page is bringing her Great Pumpkin Challenge back to Main Street. The Great Pumpkin Challenge began in 2011 when Mackenzie, then a student at Newtown Middle School, was inspired to support family friend Zoe McMorran, who was diagnosed with brain cancer. To help her friend that first year, Mackenzie challenged residents to carve a pumpkin, drop it off for display at her home at her 14 Main Street before Halloween, and offer a suggested donation of $5. This year all of the donations will go to The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp, Paul Newman’s nonprofit organization for seriously ill children. Donations to the challenge have also been given to the camp in the past. One new challenge is also being added this year.
On the occasion of his 21st birthday October 9, Country Music and American Idol star Scotty McCreery is hoping to raise a lot of support for Newtown's 12.14 Foundation. In an exclusive interview with The Newtown Bee, McCreery said he will be asking fans and followers to forego sending him any kind of birthday gifts. Instead he's asking that donations be made to the 12.14 Foundation, which was established in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy and has enlisted the talented artist as its National Goodwill Ambassador. McCreery will also be performing at a VIP reception before his December 4 headline appearance at Wallingford's Oakdale Theatre.
Although they are tots and will be making their trick-or-treat rounds on Halloween with their parents present, police are impressing upon the small children who attend The Children’s Adventure Center the importance of Halloween safety. On Friday, September 26, police Sergeant David Kullgren spoke to the members of two classes at the school, informing them about Halloween do’s and don’ts, with the aim of the children having a safe Halloween. The sergeant spoke, while either seated on a chair or standing, with the children sitting on the floor in a circle. The tots’ teachers watched as the policeman clearly explained Halloween safety.
For some people, a stump is just a stump. But to Will Korth, a stump is nature waiting to be turned into furniture. A partner in Korth & Shannahan, Inc contractor services out of Westchester County, Mr Korth has found a creative outlet in his Newtown Tree Craft business, making coffee tables, end tables, and fire stools from recovered wood. While he has been creating pieces for some time, Mr Korth is preparing for the first public viewing of his work, to take place October 11-12 in Warren.
When lifelong Newtown resident Ed Forbell read the August 1, 2014, story “A Final Farewell To Fredericka House” in The Newtown Bee, he knew that a relic still remained of the historic Church Hill Road home. Built around 1810 by a member of the Sanford family, the house at 92 Church Hill Road was given to Elizabeth C. Sanford by her brother, David, in 1842, when she married Edmond Trowbridge Hastings Gibson, a New York broker. While the Fredericka House is long gone, Mr Forbell in September shared a secret with The Newtown Bee: the gazebo that had graced the property at 92 Church Hill Road still exists, and has been lovingly restored by its current owners.
It sounds like the start of a joke: A woman walks into the store, and orders a shrub. Except the woman is me, and I’m not in a garden center, but a fairly upscale pizza place in Seattle, Washington. The shrub I have ordered is something that you’re probably beginning to see on menus, although it was a popular drink in Colonial times. Also known as a vinegar drink, these trendy thirst quenchers are made up of a sweetened vinegar base and fresh fruit. Adding alcohol is optional.
With summer nearly at its end Sunday, September 21, the Leaps of Faith (LOF) Adaptive Skiers made the most of a local marina. As a way of saying thank you to the community, the LOF volunteers held a first-time event, Ski Newtown, a free day of water sports for Newtown children.As a way of saying thank you to the community, the LOF volunteers held a first-time event, Ski Newtown, a free day of water sports for Newtown children ages 7–18. The picnic/ski event took place at Eichler’s Cove Marina. According to the LOF Facebook page, “This event was designed to teach beginners how to water ski or wakeboard and help intermediate skiers/boarders advance to the next level. The organization also thanked the Newtown community for being “incredibly supportive of our efforts this year, so we wanted to host an event that was open to all Newtown families with kids.” The event’s Facebook page offered “special thanks to our amazing volunteers and to Newtown Parks & Recreation Director Amy Mangold,” who granted use of Eichler’s Cove, a town-owned marina, beach, and boat launch.