Newtown Hikers is an open group welcoming anyone interested in hiking and the outdoors. There is no membership fee. Hikes are held Saturday mornings, with the group leaving from the lower rear parking lot of Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street in Newtown. Fall hikes begin at 9 am. The 2015 fall season will run September 5 to December 12.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown will welcome Dmitri Wright for an oil painting demonstration on Wednesday, August 26, at 1:30 pm. His subject will be a landscape. The program will take place in the lower meeting room of Newtown Meeting House. All are welrome, free of charge.
Newtown Friends of Music is anticipating with excitement the start of the 38th consecutive season of bringing “exquisite music, superbly performed” to the stage of Edmond Town Hall. All performances, following tradition, take place on a Sunder afternoon at 3, and are followed by a reception with the artists.
Kmar Educational Services, Inc., a not-for-profit organization, will present its annual event, “Conscious Living: For The Love of Food and Wine — An Afternoon of Tasting, Savoring and Sipping,” at McLaughlin Vineyards, on Saturday, September 12, from 1 to 4 pm. Rain date would be Saturday, October 3. Guests will enjoy food and wine paring tastings, including gluten-free offerings, by local chefs. Partial proceeds from a silent auction during the event will also benefit Canine Advocates of Newtown.
At one point in the abbreviated process of staging the elaborate, newly released version of Disney's The Lion King, Jr, featuring not one, but two complete casts featuring more than 130 young thespians, NewArts Summer Musicals Director Michael Unger realized that the gamble of attempting such a theatrical feat was paying off — especially for all those actors, singers and dancers. “I think the experience gave these kids — from the tiniest little giraffe to the people with the largest roles — a feeling like they were so much a part of this amazing event,” Mr Unger told The Newtown Bee following the closing performance.
Saxophonist Jimmy Greene and his quartet will headline an evening of “Summer Breeze Jazz” on Friday, August 28, at Ives Concert Park in Danbury. The event will begin at 7 pm, with performances by trumpeter Dominick Farinacci and vocalist Gregory Generet.
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.