In anticipation of a Lantern Parade within Fairfield Hills on the evening of Saturday, September 19, lantern making workshops will be ongoing during the day. Saturday will be the opening day of the 2015 Newtown Arts Festival. The festival will provide the supplies, and some instruction, and participants will supply the imagination and the joy. Meant for festival attendees of all ages, the lanterns, and self made costumes, will light up the night starting at 6:30 pm on Saturday as they, and their makers, create a parade starting at the softball fields on Mile Hill Road South.
ASAP (After School Arts Program), based in Washington (Conn.), is bringing the renowned dance company Pilobolus to Newtown and Southbury through The Multi Generational Community Dance Project, for ages 13-103. The dance project will have workshop sessions for 4½ months, followed by two dress rehearsals, and then two public performances, February 19-20. Workshop sessions will alternate between Reed Intermediate School in Newtown and Gainfield Elementary School in Southbury. They will run from 4 to 5:30 pm.
Live music all day long, curated artisans and crafters, food from everywhere, Ferris Acres Creamery ice cream, dance performances, poetry, lantern making, textile presentations and children’s activities are all part of the $5 admission for the 4th Annual Newtown Arts Festival. Children ages 12 and under will enjoy all of this free of charge. The festival, sponsored by Newtown Cultural Arts Commission, will return to the grounds of Fairfield Hills Saturday and Sunday, September 19-20, 10 am to 6 pm each day.
Mirth and joy and laughter and sadness, and a lot of glee, will be in attendance Wednesday, September 16, at 7 pm, when Newtown Cultural Arts Commission presents “The Four Wordsmiths” at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street. This year’s program will feature Charles Rafferty, Barry Dougherty, Fran Capo and Astrid Sundberg. Part of the Newtown Arts Festival, admission is free but reservations are required.
The Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity announces the 2nd Annual Choose Love Outdoor Concert Series will performed in Sandy Hook Village along the magnificent Pootatuck River beginning this month. Performances will be Saturday afternoons, 1-3 pm, September 19 through October 3. Each event will include a free, outdoor seated musical performance, and tents with free arts, crafts and creative movement opportunities for children. Chairs will be provided for concert attendees.
RIDGEFIELD — With more than 120 acting credits to his name, including several wildly successful HBO comedy specials and a recurring rols as the voice of Sid the sloth in the Ice Age animated film franchise, John Leguizamo is a familiar face in the entertainment world. Leguizamo is bringing his new one-man show Latin History for Dummies to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Wednesday, September 16, at 8 pm. During an exclusive chat with The Newtown Bee, Leguizamo talked about channeling the educator who inspired his latest stage role, his relationship with his teenage children, and how he worked with Spike Lee to crafting what he said is his best film role.
The LOF Adaptive Skiers and Newtown Parks & Recreation Department invite Newtown children ages 7-18 to participate in Ski Newtown on Saturday, September 19, at Eichler’s Cove Marina on Lake Zoar from 9 am to 3:30 pm. There is a $25 fee to participate in this event, which is open to all Newtown children ages 7-18 (able bodied and disabled). Advanced registration is required. Rain date: September 20. To register, visit LOFAdaptiveSkiers.org
We’ve all heard the phrase “The Greatest Generation,” used to describe the men and women who fought in World War II, but what of the girls they left behind? The war caused profound changes at home and Newtown Historical Society, in conjunction with C.H. Booth Library will look at some of them in a presentation by John Cilio, “Women’s World in WWII,” on Monday, September 14. The program will begin at 7:30 pm, in the community room of the library, 25 Main Street.
The first Friday Bingo Night of the 2015-16 academic year for St Rose of Lima School will be Friday, September 11. Bingo will take place in the Monsignor Weiss Gathering Hall at 40 Church Hill Road. Doors will open at 5:45 pm, and games will run from 6:30 until 9:30 pm. The per person admission fee of $17 will cover all regular games. All ages are welcome.
Ben’s Lighthouse is looking to connect with high school volunteers. On Wednesday, September 9, at 6 pm, the organization will host a high school volunteer night at Trinity Episcopal Church, 36 Main Street. The event seeks to inform local high school students of programs and activities to get involved with to volunteer their time. Information about volunteer opportunities and sign-ups to get involved will be available.