Students and adults filling the Newtown High School lobby Saturday, July 11, were dressed as if for a Halloween party. However, the nerds, construction crews, minions, cowboys, and others were costumed to show their team’s spirit for a community “spelling bee,” put on stage by NewArts, a division of the 12.14 Foundation. The event was not a competition, but instead an evening of fun that doubled as a fundraiser. Hosting that evening were the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee creators Rebecca Feldman and Jay Reiss, who worked with NewArts Artistic Director Michael Unger on the original production of the play that earned six 2005 Tony Award nominations.
A concert featuring Les Paul's Trio that was scheduled for the Edmond Town Hall Alexandria Room this Saturday evening, July 18, has been cancelled. As of Tuesday morning, low ticket sales were cited as the reason for the cancellation.
My chestnut pony Gingersnap first made the long journey with me to summer camp in New York’s Adirondack Mountains when she’d been in our family for just over a year. She was barely 4 years old. I was 12. Loaded into an open-sided flatbed truck for the trip North, I met her a few days later at Camp MacCready. This sister camp to Camp Pok-O-Moonshine, a converted military boys camp, also clung to rituals like morning inspections, Sunday vespers, and eating en masse in a mess hall. Fortunately, the girls camp had a horse program with its own rituals where I learned to ride just two seasons earlier. I’ve never been a morning person. Not even the lure of getting up early for a horse show works. So as a tween at camp, rolling out of my top bunk to join the other “horse masters” to feed our hungry charges and muck manure-laden stalls, all before breakfast served precisely at 8 am, was a daunting task.
Newtown Woman’s Club, GFWC, Inc recently made donations to ten local organizations. The money for the donations, said Dolores Judge, chairman of the club’s Finance Committee, was raised through fundraising efforts.
According to Ms Judge, the NWC Ways & Means Committee holds various fundraisers during the club year, including the annual Woman’s Club Christmas Ornament Sale.
On June 25, representatives from eight of the organizations met with Ms Judge, as well as Marie Sturdevant, one of the club’s current tri-presidents, to receive their donations. Ms Sturdevant was also representing, with Marg Studley, the Newtown chapter of Western Connecticut Hospice.
The Buddha Bash outdoor charity music festival benefiting REACH Newtown has been scheduled for Saturday, July 11, from noon to midnight at the Big Buddha Cigar Lounge, 27 Hawleyville Road.
The even will feature ten bands, and 12 hours of food trucks and beverage vendors, all for one fantastic cause. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Some featured bands are New Desperations, Dan’s Garage, Charm City Exiles, and Quit Your Day Job.
UPDATE (Tuesday, July 14, 2015): This show has been cancelled. || Les Paul's Trio, featuring Brookfield resident Nicki Parrott, along with Lou Pallo and John Colianni will be coming to the intimate Alexandria Room at Edmond Town Hall for a tribute to the legacy of Les Paul, as part of a yearlong 100th birthday celebration. The show is set for July 18 at 8 pm in the intimate Alexandria Room, with tickets on sale now — and one lucky ticket holder will go home with a new Les Paul guitar. In a recent chat, Parrott told The Newtown Bee that she is thrilled to be showcasing many familiar standards and classic favorites that she and her band mates often played with Paul during his weekly jam sessions at New York’s Iridium jazz club.
On her left forearm, five numerals are tattooed: 06470. The Newtown zipcode is a visual reminder to Newtown resident Jody Murray that she should not wait to do the things she has intended to do.
On June 7, Ms Murray, a licensed acupuncturist and athletic trainer, and owner of Acupuncture Therapy in Brookfield, returned from a two-week medical mission to Kodaikanal, India — something she had always intended to do, she said.
“After 12/14, I stepped up the pace [on accomplishing goals],” said Ms Murray, saying that as a volunteer writing thank you notes to the thousands who sent cards of sympathy to Newtown after the shootings, she had grasped the value of the present moment. She also hopes that stepping outside her comfort zone to help others, as best she can, sets an example for her niece and nephew, both recent college graduates.