Newtown photographer Marleen Cafarelli is preparing for her third solo exhibition of works at Newtown Municipal Center. The show, “Life in The 2nd Company Governor’s Horse Guard,” will be on display in the building’s main corridor December 3 to January 8. The photos may be viewed any time the building is open. The exhibit depicts three years of Ms Cafarelli’s documentation of the horse guard, showing all aspects of their events from the Inaugural Ball for Governor Malloy’s swearing in to annual training at National Guard Camp Rell in Niantic.
Six-year-old Lucia Rose St Lorenzo wants to make sure the Newtown Police Department on-duty staff will have a good Thanksgiving dinner. The daughter of Courtney McKenna and Antonio St Lorenzo of Newtown, Lucia Rose “committed a random act of kindness to kick off the holiday season," said her father. With help from a local restaurateur, the officers working on November 28 will have dinners prepared and delivered from neighboring Inn at Newtown thanks to the young resident's kind initiative.
The Garden Club of Newtown will hold its annual Christmas Greens Sale from 9 am until noon on Saturday, December 7, at Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street. Club members plan all year for this special event by drying plants from their gardens and collecting pinecones and other items to be used in decorating wreaths, swags and table arrangements for the holiday season. Fresh plant material such as winterberry, holly, rose hips, boxwood and a wide assortment of evergreens from the gardens of members are also incorporated into the designs. There is always an emphasis on the beauty of nature.
Newtown Historical Society will host an open house at its headquarters, The Matthew Curtiss House, 44 Main Street, on Sunday, December 8. The public is invited to visit between noon and 4 pm, free of charge. During the event, when the building will be traditionally decorated for the holidays, the sounds of historic and holiday tunes will fill the air thanks to three guest musicians. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit the historical society. A collection box will also be set up for donations to FAITH Food Pantry.
The Newtown Juggling & Circus Arts Club will be meeting from 3-5 pm on Saturday, November 23. The club will be at its winter location: in the Auxiliary Gym of Reed Intermediate School, 3 Trades Lane in Newtown. Members love to teach juggling and related skills. No experience is required, and all ages are welcome.
The Newtown Holiday Craft Festival will be presented Sunday, December 8, from 11 am to 5 pm. Presented by Artisans Alliance, the show and sale will be in the gymnasium of Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street. Admission is free. Artisans Alliance is a craft show promotion company dedicated to providing high quality arts and crafts events for the local, hometown artisan.
Flagpole Radio Café will continue its sixth season on Saturday, December 7, with Grammy Award-winning Tom Chapin returning as special guest. Tickets are $20 — a holiday special, marking a lowering of prices for both age categories — and are on sale now.
Hearts of Hope-Newtown Chapter will host its next painting party tomorrow night, in the undercroft of Newtown United Methodist Church. As with recent months, there will be a theme for those who paint ceramic hearts. This time the group will be painting hearts to include in bags of food that will be distributed through FAITH Food Pantry. All ages are welcome to participate in the monthly Hearts of Hope painting parties, and all materials are provided.
Michael Albert, an artist based in White Plains, N.Y., will be bringing his Modern Pop Art Experience program to Newtown Congregational Church on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 20, from 2 to 3 and 4 to 5 pm. As part of The Joy of Art classes run by Joy Hoffman, Mr Albert will be inspiring participants to get creative. The program consists of a short presentation where Mr Albert will introduce himself to the group and show examples of his collages made from the packaging of famous consumer brands such as cereal boxes, cookies, tea, crackers, etc. Participants will then have the opportunity of creating their own collage.
Young adult poets, jugglers, singers, comics, musicians, and other entertainers are invited to share their talents at Saturday Night Open Mic, an event being planned for Newtown youth in grades 5-12, at Newtown Congregational Church. The event is scheduled for Saturday, November 23, from 7 to 9 pm, in The Great Room of the church, at 14 West Street. Young adults are invited to perform, but all ages are welcome to attend the family-friendly event.