Nationally known gardening expert Sydney Eddison of Newtown will present “Change: The Passage of Time in the Garden,” on Friday, September 18, from 11 am to 1 pm, at Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road, Wilton. A lifelong gardener, Ms Eddison offers practical and heartfelt advice that will help transform gardening from a daunting list of chores into a rewarding activity. Ms Eddison draws on her own experiences and those of other dyed-in-the-wool gardeners to present a version of gardening that is both realistic and encouraging. While many of the practices described are ideal for older gardeners, they also have much to offer younger gardeners with demanding professional or family responsibilities. Among her discoveries are substituting low-maintenance plants for demanding ones to reduce the labor perennial borders need. Shrubs can contribute as much beauty to the garden as perennials, and are easier to care for. Shady gardens are easier to maintain than sunny ones. Timely pruning will help keep the garden from getting out of hand, as will downsizing the garden and getting some help.
TORRINGTON — “You can be sober and still rock and roll.” That’s the philosophy of veteran musician and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Ricky Byrd after celebrating 28 years of sobriety. Byrd, who became a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee as one of Joan Jett’s original Blackhearts, has taken a personal mission of reaching out to addicts and individuals pursuing sobriety through music and established a nonprofit that will help raise funds for recovery and addiction service agencies across the nation. In an exclusive interview with The Newtown Bee, Byrd said he plans to do this by tapping into his vast network of musical colleagues, calling them in for planned one-off showcase concerts in or near communities where they live. And he is launching the very first of these planned all-star jam sessions and sobriety celebrations in Torrington at The Nancy Marine Studio Theater on Friday, September 19, at 8 pm.
An ice cream social on September 12 will offer opportunities for residents to explore volunteering opportunities in the greater Newtown area while also enjoying Ferris Acres Creamery ice cream. The special event is part of the 2015 Newtown Arts Festival "ridiculous abundance of enriching activities throughout September all around town."
C.H. Booth Library is offering a series of creative writing sessions for young adults in grades 6-8. The first writing session, “The Fantastic,” will explore the genre of fantasy writing. Author and educator Aimee Pokwatka will return for the second time to lead the session. Her short stories have been published in a variety of magazines, and she has served as the editor of Salt Hill Journal and The Newtowner. Participants will create imaginary worlds and use elements of magic in their stories. The fantasy theme will serve as a guide to the basic craft of fiction. Each session will allow time for writing, sharing, and discussing stories in progress. Students will also have the opportunity to work on collaborative writing projects.
The 2015 Newtown Film Festival is just a few weeks away, and volunteers are needed. Festival Founder Cristin Carlin is hoping to find a few people who would be willing to hang festival fliers around town as soon as this weekend. will also be needed the weekend of the festival, September 18-20. In addition to openings at Edmond Town Hall, where the festival will be presented, volunteers are needed to man an NFF booth at Fairfield Hills during the Newtown Arts Festival.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown will welcome Alain Picard, an acclaimed portrait artist, for its next event. Mr Picard will demonstrate painting a portrait of a model at its meeting-program on Wednesday, August 27, at 7:30 pm. The free program The meeting will be in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street
The Sandy Hook-based LOF Adaptive Skiers invites the community to participate in a one-of-kind waterski event to benefit people with disabilities. Dam Buster, an 11- and 22-mile Waterski-A-Thon, runs from the Shepaug Dam to Stevenson Dam. The event is Saturday, September 12, on Lake Zoar from 9 am to noon. Visit the website at LOFadaptiveskiers.org or call 203-426-0666.
The Rotary Club of Newtown will present The Jim Osborne Memorial Golf Classic at Tashua Knolls Golf Club on Monday, September 14. The event will feature a BBQ lunch, shotgun scramble followed by dinner and cocktails, along with a live auction and raffle.
The lineup for Monday’s 54th Newtown Labor Day Parade has been provided by the Newtown Labor Day Parade Committee. The theme of this year’s parade is “Celebrating the Fine Art of Newtown,” and longtime resident and artist Ruth Newquist will serve as grand marshal.
The first meeting of the new season of the Genealogy Club of Newtown will take place at the C.H. Booth Memorial Library, 25 Main Street, Wednesday, September 9, at 7 pm, in the Meeting Room. Guest speaker is Philip Hayes, “The Digital Genealogist," “Evernote — Your Genealogy Research Assistant.” Light refreshments will be served. Those with questions or problems are encouraged to come at 6:45 pm for help from others in the club.