Newtown Historical Society will host Candlelight Tours of its headquarters, on Saturday, October 25. The Matthew Curtiss House will be open for visits that evening between 5 and 8 pm. The Matthew Curtiss House is a fine example of Connecticut saltbox architecture. Docents will lead tours of the historic building by candlelight.
Attention young poets, singers, mimes, magicians, and more: the ninth monthly Saturday Night Open Mic For Newtown Youth, grades 5-12, will take place on Saturday, October 18, from 7:30 to 9:15 pm, in the Great Room at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street.
A 300th Anniversary Harvest Dinner on Friday, October 17, will conclude Newtown Congregational Church’s tercentennial celebrations. The event will begin at 6 pm in The Great Room at the church, 14 West Street. Tickets are $15 per person and are available at the church office. Capacity is 150 people, so time is running out to purchase a ticket to reserve a seat for the catered roast turkey dinner with all the trimmings by LeReine’s Cuisine. Pumpkin pie is being provided for dessert. Former pastors and friends will be honored and entertainment planning is in the works.
Newtown Cultural Arts Commission will be awarding $750 for new, original art that illustrates Newtown arts and culture. This competition is open to any artist, of any age, from anywhere. The winning image will be used to promote the 2015 Newtown Arts Festival and will appear in businesses and public spaces around Newtown and surrounding towns.
Flagpole Photographers Camera Club is continuing to showcase its Fifth Annual “Newtown And Beyond” Photo Exhibit at Newtown Municipal Center. On view at 3 Primrose Street, within the Fairfield Hills campus, the exhibit showcases over 100 photos by members of the local camera club. Many of the images have been coupled with poetry by Newtown High School students. Meanwhile, the club is also preparing for its second program of the season, which will have members looking back at some of their favorite photos from summer.
Just three more months of the Sunday Cinema Series remain, special plans for the 75th anniversary screening of Gone with the Wind at 1 pm on November 30 at Edmond Town Hall. Meanwhile, three courses of classic horror films will be served up on Sunday, October 19. First, 1939 Best Picture nominee The Hunchback of Notre Dame will be shown at 1 and 4 pm. Then at 7 pm, a double feature of The Return of Doctor X and Son of Frankenstein will be offered. As a special bonus treat for the 7 pm show, A Really Bright Star, a short film by NHS student and emerging filmmaker Max Galassi, will have its premier just before the double feature presentation.
From the many summer vacation pictures “reflecting the memorable experiences” local families shared with guests from New York City this year, a photo from the Good family of Sandy Hook was a winner. According to The Fresh Air Fund, of the many pictures snapped this season as inner-city children visited with families hosting them through the program, the Good’s photo “was determined the winner in the Laketime Fun category.” Fresh Air visitor Tyler Hurt-Bey, 13, went tubing on Candlewood Lake as part of his visit this year. The winning photo shows the young man in a safety vest and goggles, holding tightly to the tube. Beside him is Good family friend Cam Ward.
UPDATE (Tuesday, October 7, 2014): Organizers have announced that the fundraiser planned for October 11 has been postponed to October 25. Additional details TBA. * * * * * A community tag and vendor sale will be held on Saturday, October 11, from 10 am to 2 pm at the Tier One complex, 31 Pecks Lane. This event is to raise funds for the Ayles family. According to event co-organizer LeReine Frampton, Kenny Ayles, who recently lost his fight with cancer, “gave so much to our community. This is an opportunity to help his family as they begin to move forward.” Mr Ayles, who lived in Sandy Hook, is survived by his wife and their two children.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) will hold its annual Fall Show and Sale Friday through Sunday, October 17-19, at Newtown Meeting House. Show hours will be 10 am to 5 pm daily. The public is invited to an artists’ reception planned for Friday evening from 6 to 8 pm.
On June 28, 1914, the Austro-Hungarian Empire’s Archduke Ferdinand was shot and killed by a Serbian nationalist. The event set off World War I. Four years later the war ended with a loss of 10 million combatants and 7 million civilians. But the causes of WWI were much deeper than Ferdinand’s murder. Newtown Historical Society will examine those causes as presented by Dr Robert Jacobs in a program titled “Remembering WWI, 100 Years Later” on Monday, October 6, beginning at 7:30 pm, in the community room of C.H. Booth Library.