Witches were more concerned about candy than casting spells, and super heroes, monsters, butterflies and bumble bees shared tables to eat pizza Thursday, October 24, as dusk fell over Dickinson Park. Again this year the Parks and Recreation Department offered hayrides and threw a Halloween party for young children.
Dressed as the Cookie Monster, Jake Ragan and his sister Riley, a corduroy bear, played games set up under the pavilion. Connor Child wore a cowboy hat, long duster, and red bandana to complete his outfit. Ava Carlson took her inspiration from Broadway and dressed in a red dress and vibrant red wig as orphan Annie. Around her were several butterflies and quite a few firemen and young Supermans.
Collection times have been set for this Saturday, October 26, and Sunday, October 27, for the Great Pumpkin Challenge.
This is the third year Newtown High School sophomore Mackenzie Page has challenged residents to carve a pumpkin, drop it off for display at her home at 14 Main Street, and offer a suggested donation of $5. Drop-off hours are between 10 am and 5 pm both days...
For its final production of the season Westport Country Playhouse has chosen a 1937 work by the team of John Murray and Allen Boretz. According to Director Mark Lamos, "Room Service," which ran for 500 performances and was then made into a film starring the Marx Brothers, is a classic American comic farce, and a fitting way to close out the year. If you’re a fan of the “Let’s put on a show / The show must go on!” genre, you should enjoy this one.
Oscar Berendsohn has inserted a piece of family history into his life. On Tuesday, October 22, masons at his Appleblossom Lane home chinked out three bricks near his front door and replaced them with three glazed “clinker” bricks, remnants of his childhood home outside of Hamburg, Germany. Two years ago, he found out that the house was to be razed to make way for a modern container port. The bricks had been carried from Germany to Newtown by a relative who visited Mr Berendsohn last year...
Growing up in a household influenced more by comedy than music, Steve March-Tormé says that he surprises people when he confides that in his youth, he spent a lot more time with Buddy Hackett than Buddy Rich. These days Today, March-Tormé keeps busy performing music in a number of different configurations including with his own trio and quartet, in two different symphony pops formats; and he hosts an afternoon drive time radio show in Wisconsin. He has three shows scheduled for early November in Connecticut, including a November 8 stop at The Ridgefield Playhouse.
Edmond Town Hall’s movie theater hosted a run of "The Conjuring" a few weeks ago, but will host a special one-night encore screening of the film on October 24. The film follows one of the biggest cases investigated by Ed and Lorraine Warren, Monroe residents who spent decades working as paranormal investigators and authors.
Through the efforts of chairperson Kristin Scianna, a Newtown native and financial advisor with New York Life, and co-chairperson Terry Sagedy, NYA’s Board of Directors will present its first gala fundraiser on Saturday, October 26. “Play It Forward: Moving Through the Music” will take place at Matrix Corporate Center, 39 Old Ridgebury Road in Danbury, from 6 to 11 pm. The Gatsby/Roaring 20s themed evening will be a black tie event, with a red carpet arrival, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction. Roaring 20s dancers will entertain, with live jazz and swing music providing the appropriate background during the cocktail hour. Tickets are $250, and proceeds will support future free programming at the local youth academy and fitness center.
Newtown writer Wally Wood will be at C.H. Booth Library on Wednesday, October 30, at 7 pm, for a talk and book signing of his most recent novel, The Girl In The Photo. This is the second work of fiction for Mr Wood, who previously published "Getting Oriented" on Create Space, a subsidiary of Amazon, in 2011. More importantly than promoting his novel, though, said Mr Wood, he will be talking about “How NaNoWriMo jump started my novel.” NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) started in 1998, Mr Wood said, and is a challenge to writers to write 50,000 words of fiction during the month of November. “That’s 1,667 words a day,” pointed out Mr Wood.