Art In Residence, a fine art gallery in northern Newtown, will host a special opening weekend reception for “All About Spring” on Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27. To celebrate the season and the gallery’s six-month anniversary, gallery owners Rosemary and Robert Rau have created a show filled with works that celebrate the current season. For its opening weekend, the exhibition will also feature special guest speakers who have agreed to informally share their garden wisdom and stories each day. Sydney Eddison will be the guest on April 26, and Jane Vouros will be Sunday’s guest.
Barn Star Productions and Newtown Historical Society are broadening plans for the first annual Newtown Antiques Market, adding garden antiques, jewelry and decorations to the offerings. June is the time for putting the final touches on a garden oasis. In addition to myriad antiques, The Newtown Antiques Market will also now showcase benches, urns, sculpture and planters making the job easier and fun designing an outdoor living space and finding jewelry for summer entertaining dazzle. The event, to benefit Newtown Historical Society, will take place at the Fairfield Hills Campus, Primrose Street in Newtown, on Saturday, June 21, from 10 am until 5 pm. Admission is $10 per person. There will be 75-100 exhibitors in an informal setting of tents and pop-up canopies.
Newtown Middle School will hold its annual Celebration of the Arts at the school on Tuesday, April 29, from 6 to 7 pm. The event will include a visual arts exhibition, a technology education open house, a slide show and photo gallery from the Project Adventure program, and other presentations. This year's edition of the NMS literary magazine will be available for purchase, and the evening will also include a book fair.
Newtown Choral Society will perform music from Cole Porter to Coldplay at their spring concert Sunday April 27, at 3:30 pm, at Newtown Meeting House. The concert, “The Music of the Night,” will be under the direction of Mary Andreotta, with accompaniment by Susan Anthony-Klein. From Barber’s “Sure on this Shining Night,” composed in 1928, to “Some Nights” by Fun., composed in 2012, the choir will be exploring the fascination that night has held for one prominent composer after another.
The Yale Alley Cats, world renowned men’s a cappella singing group from Yale University, will perform in concert at Trinity Episcopal Church on Sunday, April 27, at 5 pm. Established in 1943, the group’s musical roots are jazz but their song list includes Motown, classical and pop. The concert will also feature the Trinity Choristers, a choir of young singers conducted by Trinity Director of Music Ministries Fiona Smith Sutherland.
Grace Family Church will host its Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19, at 1 pm, at Treadwell Park. This is a family event and all kids ages 1 to 12 can participate in the Egg Hunt. A program under the pavilion will include games, music, puppets, crafts and a visit from the Easter Bunny.
Families United in Newtown (FUN) is planning a night of music for Friday, May 9. The performance will start at 7 pm and will be at Newtown Congregational Church. The concert will feature tunes for all types of music lovers. Scheduled performers will include members of the Newtown High School Chorus, violinists Lindsey Jones and Isaac Ohring, pianist Wesley Morlock, and vocalist Megan Bernardi. The musicians are students of Newtown High School, Suzuki Talent Education School in Sandy Hook, and Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. Admission to the concert is free, but FUN will be accepting donations at the door for continued support of the program and autism awareness. Light refreshments will be served after the event, giving the audience a chance to meet and interact with the performers.
Building on the success of last year’s production of "Seussical: The Musical," The 12.14 Foundation is pleased to announce auditions for its summer 2014 season of shows. The foundation is planning two shows this year: "A Rockin’ Midsummer Night’s Dream" and "The 101 Dalmatians Musical." Auditions will be conducted the weekends of August 26-27 and May 3-4; registration for an audition time is now open.
The Ladies Auxiliary of Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue will present its annual Easter Flower Sale on Friday and Saturday, April 18 and 19, from 10 am until 6 pm each day. Available for purchase will be baskets of flowers, flats of annuals, potted plants, and more. The sale regularly offers lilies, hydrangea, and other seasonal favorites. In recent years the women have also raffled at least one large Easter basket.
Foundry Kitchen and Tavern, at 1 Glen Road in Sandy Hook, is hosting a cocktail party to benefit The Avielle Foundation. The gathering will take place on Monday, April 21, from 5 to 11 pm, in the restaurant’s Warner Loft. With guests’ support, ticket proceeds will be donated to The Avielle Foundation, a local, nonprofit organization that is actively working to prevent violence by conducting brain health research, education, and by fostering community-based initiatives for the health, wellness, and protection of loved ones.