On Wednesday, September 24, from 6:30 to 8 pm, Craig Harris will be at C.H. Booth Library to discuss his recent release, "The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music." At a time when popular music was dominated by heavy metal, acid rock, and bubblegum, The Band — featuring Canadians Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, and Garth Hudson, and Arkansas-born Levon Helm — rebelled against the rebellion with tight ensemble arrangements, masterful musicianship, impressionable lead vocals, earthy harmonies, highly literate lyrics, and a profound respect for the music of the American South.
The first meeting-program of the 2014-14 season for The Genealogy Club of Newtown will be on Wednesday, September 10, at C.H. Booth Library. The program will begin at 7, and will concern finding military records while doing one's genealogy.
The Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society (STIMS) will host its next Newtown Meeting House concert on Monday, September 15. This month’s guest is The Alt: John Doyle, Nuala Kennedy and Eamon O’Leary. The performance will begin at 7:30. Grammy nominee John Doyle is returning to Fairfield County, this time teaming his powerhouse rhythmic guitar style with the brilliant voice and mighty flute of Nuala Kennedy and many talents of bouzouki player, guitarist and singer Eamon O’Leary of The Murphy Beds. The trio will perform their brand of traditional Irish, Scottish, English and American songs.
The next Saturday Pasta Dinner at Newtown United Methodist Church will take place on September 6 in the church’s fellowship hall, 92 Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook. It is the first dinner of the 2014-15 season, which marks 25 years of food and community fellowship. Dinner is followed at 7:45 pm by a performance of bluegrass, country, and folk music played by Newtown’s own Roger Sprung & Friends.
Kmar Educational Services, Inc (KES), a locally based not for profit organization, is partnering with Castle Hill Farm for a special weekend event “Foliage Fun — Family Togetherness” on September 27 and 28. Visitors are invited to support the KES mission while spending quality time with children, family, and friends. Guests can also the farm family of animals available for petting, enjoy a country hay ride, and explore Miss Fire Fly the corn maze, sculptured by Stephanie Paproski.
The Newtown Chamber of Commerce continues its free monthly networking events open to all local business professionals at Sal e Pepe Contemporary Italian Bistro on September 10 from 8 to 9 am. The guest speaker is Jeff Cowden of Yacko and Sons Tree Service, who will present "Simple Steps to Maintain Healthy Trees.”
The Newtown Service Unit of Girl Scouts of Connecticut will be holding an open house Joining Night on Wednesday, September 10, from 7 to 8:30 pm, in the Lower Meeting Room at Edmond Town Hall. Parents of girls who are interested in becoming Girl Scouts are encouraged to attend to learn more about the program and meet with organizers. Older Girl Scouts will be on hand to talk to girls about their experiences with scouting.
Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Company and Big Buddha Cigar Lounge will co-host a Community Craft & Tag Sale on Sunday, September 14, from 9 am to 4 pm. There will be food and drinks for purchase, children’s entertainment including fire truck demonstrations and face painting, and a vendor area with crafters and other vendors.
Area teens and young adults are invited to a free “Hands On Banking: Money Skills You Will Need For Life” presentation by Wells Fargo Bank on Tuesday, September 30, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, at C.H. Booth Library. The program had originally been scheduled for September 17.
The 14th Annual CT United Ride, Connecticut’s largest annual 9/11 tribute, is scheduled for Sunday, September 7. Sponsored by the Uniformed Professional Firefighters of America (UPFFA)-Connecticut chapter, organizers are expecting motorcyclists from lower New England and the tri-state area, even as far south as Maryland to participate in the annual ride to honor those lost on 9/11. Organizers can host up to 4,000 riders, and thousands of people will again line the 60-mile route while waving American flags and cheering on the riders. The event is one of the largest single charity rides in New England. In all 11 towns visited by the ride, fire departments display American flags over the roadway. In Newtown, members of Dodgingtown and Hawleyville companies are stationed near Dodgingtown’s fire station at 55 Dodgingtown Road; Hook & Ladder and Sandy Hook members are near Amaral Motors, at 40 South Main Street; and Botsford Fire Rescue members are at their station, 315 South Main Street. The public is invited to join firefighters at any of those locations, or anywhere along the route. American flags to wave at riders are strongly encouraged.