Martin McDonagh is an Irish playwright who, after ten years of living on the dole in London while cranking out radio scripts that were regularly rejected by the BBC, suddenly found himself wildly successful at the age of 27. That was the year he had four hit plays on the London stage at the same time: his Leenane trilogy, consisting of "The Beauty Queen of Leenane," "A Skull in Connemara," and "The Lonesome West," plus "The Cripple of Inishmaan." Over a period of years Theatreworks New Milford has staged all three parts of the Leenane trilogy, under the direction of Richard Pettibone. Now they are presenting "Cripple of Inishman." It is another great production by the local theater company.
“Write about our community,” Suzanne Davenport challenged residents of Sandy Hook and Newtown, and nearly 100 people responded. The book, compiled and edited by Ms Davenport and being published by Karuna Publications, a new, nonprofit organization, will be available in area bookstores and online as of December 10. Visitors to Newtown Arts Festival this past weekend had the opportunity to get a taste of the sweetness that lies between the pages of the yet to be released book. Made up of approximately 98 letters collected since June 3 by Ms Davenport, from people who live and work in Newtown and Sandy Hook, the collection is intended to give the world a look at who and what makes up the town.
Aimee Tabor is among the many Sandy Hook parents making new connections and friendships since 12/14. She is among a group of roughly a dozen women in town who have formed The Sandy Hook Sole Sisters team, combining efforts with New York residents to do the October two-day, 39-mile Avon Breast Cancer walk and fundraising event in New York City. The story began in May, when friendships with a group of mothers in Rye, N.Y., began with an invitation to a day of healing. Rye resident Sandy Samberg, founder of Sole Ryeders, and Sandy Hook resident Adrian Dandrea, who was undergoing treatment for breast cancer, and her friend Kat Young “came up with the idea to join forces” and do the 39-mile Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in New York City, October 19–20, as one team Two communities are now working together to support a cause that has impacted both communities, and many others.
Newtown Historical Society hosted an open house at its headquarters, The Matthew Curtiss House, on Sunday, September 15. For the open house, members of The Fifth Connecticut Regiment conducted a reenactment of a revolutionary encampment.
The Stony Hill Four Corners Association held a community tag sale on Sunday, September 15, to benefit Hawleyville Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company. The Stony Hill Four Corners (SH4C) Association comprises businesses along and around Stony Hill Road betw...