Jeff Shwartz is a beekeeper, which entails much more than a sweet, amber-colored reward. “Believe it or not, I thought I wanted honey,” he said. Regarding the work he began in 2007, he said, “I thought that a couple of times a year you pull on a deep sea diving suit and steal honey” from the bee hives. He soon discovered that tending bees was a far bigger business. He and his wife Nancy acquired books and delved into the world of bees, he said, “I learned it was much more.” He began attending workshops and consulted with apiculture societies, backyard beekeeping associations, beekeeping clubs, and more.
Stop & Shop Store Manager Rich Marcuccio, right, FAITH Food Pantry co-chair Nancy Taylor and event co-organizer and Newtown resident Chris Sferruzzo gathered in front of several pallets of food collected for FAITH Food Pantry during a June 14 car show and raffle held at the South Main Street grocery store in Sand Hill Plaza. The event featured a DJ, The Big Beat Band, food, activities for the kids, and dozens of hot rods, classics, customized, and stock vehicles ranging from vintage to a gull wing DeLorean complete with its space age “flux capacitor.” Mr Marcuccio said the event raised $10,000 in food and cash donations for the pantry located in Sandy Hook Center.
Paper may be the traditional gift for a first wedding anniversary, but for those involved with Hearts of Hope, something in ceramic may be even more appropriate. Barb Tarpey and her two daughters were among a few dozen people who attended the first anniversary gathering of the Hearts of Hope-Newtown chapter on June 18. She and her daughters were in the hall of Newtown United Methodist Church to paint palm-sized ceramic hearts for the first time Wednesday evening, and Mom was having a little trouble deciding where to begin.
Mother Nature more than cooperated and gave Barn Star Productions a perfect day for the first Newtown Antiques Market on Saturday, June 21. “We sure did get off to a great start,” Frank Gaglio, show manager, said, “and the dealers made it happen.” Eighty-five exhibitors came for the market, staged just off the flagpole green on the Fairfield Hills campus, with the booths surrounding Shelton House. “We had a nice turnout, about 100 people were in line when the show opened at 10 am and by 5 pm when the show closed, about 800 visitors had shopped the show,” Gaglio said, and “many of the dealers reported having good sales and a profitable day.”
“Write On, Newtown!” is the theme of the upcoming 2014 Newtown Labor Day Parade, Monday, September 1, celebrating the wealth of authors and illustrators who call Newtown home. One of those numerous scribes, Sydney Eddison, has been selected to serve as Grand Marshal of the parade. Best known for her gardens and the knowledge of gardening she has shared over her 50 years as a resident of the town, Ms Eddison is a prolific writer. Not only has she published seven books on gardening, she has written two novels (unpublished), hundreds of articles for The New York Times, Litchfield County Times, and other publications, and is a poet. Writing, she said, is one of the creative arts that has always been a part of her life.
One year to the day after its debut event, Ben’s Lighthouse presented its Second Annual Lighthouse Festival at Trinity Episcopal Church. Last year’s event was filled with lighthouses of all shapes, sizes and styles, refreshments, children’s programs and even visits with Coastie, the interactive tug boat from the US Coast Guard. This year, organizers added even more offerings for the six-hour family-friendly event. Last year’s weather was sunny, but temperatures were uncomfortably hot. Last weekend the sun was shining, and a steady breeze kept everyone very happy as they perused the property around the Main Street church, indoors and out.
Among the more than 120,000 books and other items that will be offered at the Friends of the C.H. Booth Library Annual Book Sale next month are hundreds of special, collectible and rare books. Each year, donated books that catch the eyes of the volunteer sorters are culled and passed on to book expert John Renjilian, a Friends’ volunteer. Mr Renjilian determines the value of the books, and every year, he said, there are quality rare and collectible volumes donated. This year’s offerings, while numbering in the hundreds, is “a little light,” Mr Renjilian admitted on Monday, June 16. Nonetheless, there are many gems that will attract the steady crowd of book collectors who return to the sale each year, seeking bargains. The Specials and Collectibles categories will be set aside in a room located just off of the lobby of Reed Intermediate School, where the annual fundraiser for Booth Library takes place. The 39th Annual Friends of C.H. Booth Library Book Sale is slated for July 12-16.