Splattered with multicolored paints that in some spots took days to dry, the many pieces of a large, handmade flower — each petal the size of a skateboard — are waiting for assembly and public display. Artist Dave Brooker coordinated the public art project, completed during the Newtown Arts Festival. The helping hands of nearly 400 children and adults all added their dashes of paint to the roughly 14-foot, 34-part artwork, which is now looking for a home. Discussion on a possible home for the art was part of a recent Parks & Recreation Commission meeting, which also included the departure of a longtime member.
Diana Johnson, Amy Mangold, John Moore, and Janet Woycik, four members of the Ram Pasture Tree Lighting Committee, met Tuesday morning, October 21, to discuss the changeover from open flame candles to an alternate light source for the nearly 2,000 luminarias that light the town during the annual celebration. This year, said Ms Johnson, glow sticks will glimmer from within the packages lining Main Street, Glover Avenue, and all around Ram Pasture and Hawley Pond, December 5. “We have finally been able to locate glow sticks bright enough to be seen through the beautiful packaging Curtis Packaging donates to us,” Ms Johnson announced. The one caveat of the glow sticks, said Ms Johnson, is that they are green. “But,” she said, “green is a Christmas color,” and she hopes that residents will embrace the change.
Thanks to an ongoing gesture of kindness by Ingersoll Auto of Danbury, all of the November 8-9 screenings at Edmond Town Hall Theatre will be free of charge. This weekend’s feature is "Guardians of the Galaxy." Ingersoll Auto of Danbury, owned by Todd Ingersoll of Newtown, started the monthly offer in January 2013. Moviegoers simply need to show up at the box office when it opens prior to each screening and tell the employee there how many people are in their party. There are no residency requirements.
Upon the uproarious ending last Saturday night to the Town Players performance of Ken Ludwig’s "Lend Me a Tenor," the audience declared in unison “that was fun!” And fun it was. The performance found me trying to control my laughter so I could catch the next line. Energy, enthusiasm and hijinks abounded. Il Stupendo, otherwise known as world class tenor Tito Merelli (played by a droll Brian DeToma), is scheduled to give a gala performance of Othello at the Cleveland Opera House. This is a huge deal for that venue and all involved are in overdrive with excitement. The cast moves through the well-choreograpged maybem without a false note, and the set is the ideal combination of a backdrop that provides the necessary sights and sounds along with a toleration of multiple slamming doors. Performances continue weekends until November 22, including a matinee on Sunday, November 9.
Recent Syracuse University grad Nate Hapke approaches filmmaking in a unique and organic way. The young director, writer, and producer told The Newtown Bee that his new short film, "Thom & Gerry," was inspired by a fleeting image of two gentleman focused gentleman focused intently on a chess game. That single image will bloom over the course of his approximately 15-minute project into a deeply involved but simply told narrative brought to life by veteran actors Al Thompson and Richard Herd, the latter of whom counts more than 140 film, stage and television credits on his resume. The trio, representing three generations of film industry professionals, were guests in Newtown for several days recently as they teamed up creating the short film. Primary shooting occurred at McLaughlin Vineyards and a private local home.
Basketball is an intense game with quick ball movement, lots of scoring, moving screens, plenty of contact, and fouls. Add wheelchairs to the mix and you’ve got a similarly fast-paced game with a twist. On October 25 and 26, athletes from six basketball teams competed in the McKane & Kennedy Memorial Tournament hosted by NYA Sports & Fitness Center. The Connecticut Spokebenders took on other National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) teams from New York and Massachusetts in a fun-filled yet competitive tourney. These athletes not only passed, dribbled, shot, and scored, but also followed wheelchair game-specific rules to avoid traveling violations — showing off their coordination and strength as they moved feverishly up and down the court.
Visitors of all ages visited Newtown's Main Street on Friday, October 31, for the biggest costume party of the year, an unofficial gathering that draws residents from across town as well as the region. A number of homeowners went all out with decorations and displays, which were enjoyed for a few hours even with the threat of rain.
Newtown resident Andrea Zimmermann is one of 12 artists from Connecticut and New York featured in the “Missing Links” exhibit at The Gallery at the Institute Library, in New Haven. Curated by Catherine Vanaria, who with husband Mark Savoia owns Connecticut Photographers in Danbury, the show opened Saturday, October 18 and will run through Saturday, November 29. Using photographs from an early 19th Century photo album Ms Vanaria found at a flea market, the writers and artists involved in the show were asked to respond to selected photographs, with no restrictions as to how they might do so. Ms Zimmermann's three pieces join that of 11 other regional artists for the exhibition.
Retail (For) Therapy, a vendor fair and silent auction event, will be offered at Julie Allen Bridals on Wednesday, November 5, from 6:30 to 9 pm. The event will serve as a fundraiser for the Sandy Hook Elementary Fund, organized in the wake of 12/14 by Newtown Lions Club to help cover the counseling costs of Sandy Hook School students, their immediate families, SHES faculty, and first responders. Representatives from Chloe+Isabel, Jamberry, Kokoon and Tastefully Simple will have tables set up, a silent auction will be offered, and an ornament from an artist in Maryland will combine to offer a night of shopping and fundraising.