Muted browns and wistful pale blues stretched across artist Patricia Barkman’s canvas. Her oils and brush strokes caught fading sunlight and shadows lengthening across Taunton Lake, reaching for the far shore where bare trees stood waiting for spring. The artist has been working on her latest winter scene, a view of the shoreline as seen from the frozen lake.
This year New Milford’s TheatreWorks has chosen to open their 2014 season with an old favorite from the Sixties: Neil Simon’s "Barefoot in the Park." This was made into a hilarious movie, starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford as the young newlyweds bravely starting off their married life in a sixth-floor walk-up brownstone apartment on East 48th Street in Manhattan. TW New Milford is offering performances though one more weekend, until March 16. Director Tom Libonate has done a fine job of bringing this show back to life, so that it does not seem at all dated, despite the central importance of a Princess model telephone that requires frequent repair service, or the references to the outrageously high rent of $145 a month. Jessica Alex and Daniel Willey put their own personal stamp on the roles of newlyweds Corie and Paul Bratter, and they are backed by four veterans of the local theater scene. The group also gets to play in one of the best sets recently seen.
Newtown resident C.J. Golden, the author of Tao of the Defiant Woman and Tao Girls Rule, will be at C.H. Booth Library on Monday, March 24, at 7 pm, for a book talk and presentation about her newest book. "Reflections From Beyond: Sharing A Message of Hope, Peace, and Kindness" was released in February, and is a book that carries a message given to her from an unexpected source, in an unexpected way. Serendipity plays a big part of most people’s lives, Ms Golden believes, and messages are always being shared; not everyone is aware or heeds the messages, however. For Ms Golden, the message for "Reflections From Beyond" came to her when she was not even looking to write another book. “The book came to me,” she said.
Thanks to an ongoing gesture of kindness by Ingersoll Auto of Danbury, the March 8 evening movie screening at Edmond Town Hall Theatre will be free of charge. Ingersoll Auto of Danbury, owned by Todd Ingersoll of Newtown, started this monthly offer in January 2013. The company has arranged for one free movie screening at 45 Main Street each month. This weekend’s feature is "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," the latest offering in Director Peter Jackson’s version of the J.R.R. Tolkien classic story.