Red gladiolas, a Mary Hawley favorite, will once again grace the Edmond Town Hall on August 22 in celebration of the birthday of Newtown’s beloved benefactress. Judge William Edmond, Ms Hawley’s great-grandfather, will be featured at this year’s celebration. The Edmond Town Hall Board of Managers will host an open house on Saturday, August 22, from noon to 7 pm, in honor of Miss Hawley’s birthday.
The Sandy Hook-based LOF Adaptive Skiers, an organization benefiting people with disabilities, invites the public to the Fourth Annual Car Show at Candlewood East Marina in Brookfield, on Sunday August 23, from 10 am to 3 pm. Admission is $15 and all proceeds will benefit the nonprofit LOF Adaptive Skiers, which provides adaptive waterski/wakeboarding and snow ski/snowboarding instruction to persons with disabilities.
With a month of performances, events and parades planned, the fourth annual Newtown Arts Festival, sponsored by Newtown Cultural Arts Commission, will begin on Monday, September 1, with the opening night of an exhibit of art by the late Fred Otnes in The Gallery at Newtown Municipal Center. Terry Sagedy has returned to serve as chair of the festival, which has grown from a two-day event at Fairfield Hills into the month-long celebration of all things arts it has become. “We’ve partnered with many local and regional groups to bring a robust and diverse set of offerings to the residents of Newtown and western Connecticut this September,” Mr Sagedy said. Events next month will include Town Players of Newtown's production of "Bus Stop," a Live at the Edmond Town Hall performance by Spirit Family Reunion, two nights of improv comedy, a Can't Stop The Serenity event, an ice cream social, a car show, a performance by Ying Quartet, a play reading and of course, the event that started it all: a two-day massive arts festival at Fairfield Hills.
A special event planned for August 29 at Extreme Fitness Martial Arts will allowe all ages to enjoy games, dancing, sing-alongs and more, while helping Newtown resident and cancer survivor Jean Leonard raise funds for The 2015 Ride To Conquer Cancer.
Organizers of the inaugural Newtown Film Fest, taking place September 18-20 at Edmond Town Hall, have announced that this year’s event will be free of charge. The goal of the festival is to bring inspiring, motivational, moving pieces to a community that invokes those very traits, according to organizers. The festival will include screenings of shorts, documentaries, animation and features. The three-day festival is an event of Newtown Arts Festival, presented by Newtown Cultural Arts Commission. It will open with the Connecticut premiere of Don Hertzfeldt’s award-winning short, "World Of Tomorrow."
Botsford Fire and Rescue’s Annual Fundraiser/Summer Bash is planned for Saturday, August 22. Beginning at 4 pm, members of the volunteer company will serve up hot dogs, hamburgers, ribs and corn on the cob, with live music by Nashville Drive beginning at 6. Entrance fee is $10, with ages 12 and under free of charge. Proceeds will help support the 40-member, all volunteer firehouse.
Chris Manfredi, a senior at Newtown High School, is seeking donations to support Aaron’s Gifts from Home, an organization dedicated to the memory of Marine Navy Hospital Corpsman Aaron Ullom of Michigan. Ullom was killed in action, while saving another’s life, in 2011. His family founded Aaron’s Gifts From Home to provide necessities and comforts of home to troops serving in the military. The public is invited to drop off donations at the post, daily between 11 am and 9 pm, through Labor Day. In addition, Chris will also be at the VFW to accept donations on Saturday, August 22, from 6 to 10 pm, during the Midnight Rodeo concert at the VFW, which is open to the public.
Working through the grief at the sudden death in July of her husband, writer James P. Hanrahan, artist Ginger Hanrahan has planned a show and sale of her art with music and refreshments to raise money to sponsor a scholarship in his name. It is proposed that the scholarship will be offered through Newtown Cultural Arts Commission. Open to the public, the event will begin with a short memorial service at 3 pm Saturday, August 15, in the Alexandria Room of Edmond Newtown Town Hall. Sunday’s event, which will run until 5 pm, will also partially benefit Bethel Arts, according to its Facebook page. Light refreshments will be provided.
Newtown VFW Post 308 will host a special concert by Midnight Rodeo on Saturday, August 22. The performance will begin at 6 pm, in the outdoor pavilion at 18 Freedom Defenders Way. Midnight Rodeo is a seven-member Connecticut-based country music cover band. Entry is a $5 donation, and proceeds will be used to support veterans programs and activities.
Town Players of Newtown is seeking play submissions from individuals interested in directing at The Little Theatre during the group’s 2016 season. Potential directors are invited to submit up to three scripts for consideration by the theater’s play selection committee. Town Players puts on a variety of shows each season, from farce to period pieces to modern drama. The community theater company is only looking to stage published works by established playwrights.