A children's e-book, handmade bracelets of knotted thread, a stuffed animal collection that benefited more than the children of Newtown, a 5K run-walk in Yorktown, N.Y., and even a collection of 26 knit critters at Booth Library... This is the eighth installation of a series of stories that share with readers special events that continue to take place as Newtown heals following the events of 12/14 at Sandy Hook School. It is also a continuation of anecdotes from across the country, of people offering kind gestures on behalf of our town.
New York City Ballet (NYCB) principal dancers Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck briefly chose a smaller stage from which to share their talents, visiting Sandy Hook this week. On Monday, as Mr Fairchild met with the local dance studio instructors and students, he said that in December while dancing in The Nutcracker he chose to dedicate the performance to Sandy Hook. He remembers thinking at the time, “I don’t feel like I can do much.”
For local volunteer Eileen Byrnes, hanging Hearts of Hope — palm-sized ceramic hearts accompanied by a message of love — all around Newtown for Valentine's Day, the two-month anniversary of 12/14, was "like being the Easter Bunny. It was so much fun." Ms Byrnes also assisted in hanging more of the hand painted hearts in Newtown earlier this month, and found joy in knowing the messages of caring had been discovered.
Newtown Music Studio Director Jackie Gaudet walked into the church hall singing. Following her through the doorway and fanning out across the room on Saturday, April 6, were students and friends, performing a Spring Benefit Concert at the Newtown Congregational Church. The concert was meant to promote new growth in town while showing appreciation and providing funds for members of the Newtown Police Department.
Jonah Cohen, outreach and public programs manager for The Children's Museum of West Hartford, visited C.H. Booth Library on April 13 to continue a special series of free programs by children's museums across the state. Mr Cohen's visit was part of the Museums Love Newtown series hosted by the library.
Members and supporters of SHOP (Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity) spent the weekend of April 13 sprucing up Sandy Hook Center and the banks of the Pootatuck River in anticipation of welcoming hundreds of community members and visitors for a Spring Fling Block Party on Saturday, April 27. Festivities will run from 11 am to 4:30 pm that day.