• Field Notes: Humming In The Honeysuckle

    Summer thrums. Life is ascendant under the sun, endlessly cycling in little eddies cast in the wake of successively larger cycling seasons, planets, stars, and galaxies. Each cycle has its own frequency, its own back and forth, hither and yon, its own signature in the guest book of eternity. Einstein supposedly said “Everything in life is vibration,” which makes sense when you think about the pulsing physics of subatomic particles. If everything in life is vibration, then everything has a frequency, like the tone produced by a guitar string or piano wire. Summer days are strung tight across the long heated expanse between dawn and dusk, relaxing only slightly through the night. You can hear it in the cicada’s song, in the caustic caw of the crow, in the whine of tire treads incessant on the interstate. And in the afternoon heat on our back terrace, you can hear it humming in the honeysuckle.

  • A SMART Way For Many To Begin Summer Break

    Two weeks after summer break began, Head O’ Meadow School classrooms were abuzz again, this time with excitement as Summer Music And Arts (SMART) Camp celebrated its opening day on July 1. This year is the 22nd summer the SMART Camp has offered continuing education programs for children exiting kindergarten through sixth grade. Monday was the first day of two two-week programs, comprising 21 different subjects, focusing on art, music, science, and other subjects. Instructors wasted no time getting campers immersed in hands-on projects, such as crafting clay pinch pots in the Great Clay Adventure class; synthesizing oobleck, a non-Newtonian fluid, in the Icky Sticky Ooey Gooey Chemistry class; and performing dramatic skits in the Theater and Performance Workshop. Each class runs an hour and a half, and is taught by professional artists and teachers.

  • Concert Preview: Musicians, Friends To Make Special Stop At Meeting House

    Liz Carroll, the legendary Irish fiddler and composer, was having a very good week when I spoke with her. She had just got back from teaching at the O’Flaherty Irish Music Youth Camp in Texas; her hometown hockey team, the Chicago Blackhawks, had won the Stanley Cup; and she was looking forward to her upcoming concert in Newtown with her longtime friends and fellow Chicago residents, tenor banjo player Pauline Conneely and flutist and uilleann piper Sean Gavin. Fairfield County’s Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society will bring the trio to Newtown Meeting House on Thursday, July 11, at 7:30 pm. This is a rare chance for folks in this to see — and hear — a collaboration between some of the best in Irish traditional music in America.

  • Returning July 13: Something Old, And Always Something New At Annual Book Sale

    Those who are familiar with the annual Friends of the C.H. Booth Library Book Sale know that the volunteers strive to make each year bigger and better than the previous one. Whether it is a change of venue that offers air-conditioned comfort, precise categorization of fiction and nonfiction books, or the discovery of rare editions that provide exciting opportunities, the Friends freshen up the popular event every summer. This year, donations have provided the Friends with plenty of new material to offer to the public. There is a large sci-fi collection ready for this year's sale, which opens at Reed Intermediate School on July 13. More than 1,000 DVDs will also be offered this year and, thanks to a recent purchase by the Friends, most will no longer be sold "Buyer Beware."

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Newtown, from a cat's point of view.

  • Theater Review: A Celebration Of One Very Talented Collaborative Duo

    This year Musicals at Richter has departed from its usual format by having their first production be a two-week run of Some Enchanted Evening, a review of the songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein, some forty numbers chosen from their most popular showsincluding Oklahoma!, Carousel, The King and I, South Pacific, and The Sound of Music, as well as some from shows you’ve probably never seen: State Fair, Allegro, Flower Drum Song, Me and Juliet, and Cinderella. The good thing about this format is that, with no story line to distract attention, it allows audiences to recognize just how amazingly talented this duo was, and to realize how many of Rodgers’ haunting melodies are engraved in our collective memory, while appreciating what a great lyricist Hammerstein really was.

  • The Way We Were

    A look back at Newtown 25, 50, 75, and 100 years ago.

  • Great Newtown Reunion Announces Ticket Sales, Event Updates

    The Great Newtown Reunion Committee has opened up the process for individuals wishing to purchase a ticket to the all-day July 27 event. The event is open to all current and former students of Newtown public schools and St Rose, as well as faculty, administrative staff, maintenance, independent bus drivers and school system volunteers; and any past or present Board of Education members, town employees including emergency and fire department volunteers, according to reunion committee organizers.

  • A Spring Ballet

    A dress rehearsal for Newtown Centre of Classical Ballet’s annual spring performance took place at Reed Intermediate School on Thursday, June 20, before the curtains opened on the show that weekend. The Malenkee Ballet Repertoire Company danced to both contemporary and classical sounds from...

  • Tending Their Row

    Representing Transition Newtown, Barbara Toomey handled the tender green leaves with care as she pressed young pepper and cabbage plants into the ground Thursday, June 20. She and Parks and Recreation Director Amy Mangold had help from Transition Newtown member Zachary Marmo, who graduated early ...