Town Players of Newtown will continue its 80th-anniversary season with a play about theater itself: Noël Coward’s "Hay Fever," opening June 26. Oftentimes, plays are written about obnoxious guests. Hay Fever is an exception to that rule, as the action surrounds the antics of nightmare hosts.
With nearly 500 artists submitting artwork for consideration for this year's "Art of the Northeast" at Silvermine Art Center, co-curators Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam had a lot of great work to look through. Silvermine Gallery Director Jeffrey Mueller also noted a healthy showing from MFA programs. In the finalist category, the curators selected 84 works by 63 artists, including a trio of vessels by Newtown resident and Silvermine member Joan Zagrobelny. The exhibition is on view in New Canaan until July 26.
The second annual Newtown Play Festival is gearing up for production during the 2015 Newtown Arts Festival. Producers Maureen Trotto and Elizabeth Young are seeking ten minute plays by local playwrights. Works for consideration should be emailed to the producers by July 1.
On Thursday, June 18, Flagpole Photographers Camera Club will host a general meeting and photo competition in the lower meeting room of C.H. Booth Library. June’s assigned subject is “My Backyard.” Members of the local photography club are to showcase their creativity for capturing various photography of their interpretation of their backyard. There will also be competitions in Digital, Black & White, and Open Color.
In preparation for the 40th anniversary Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale, coming July 11-15 to Reed Intermediate School, an exhibit on view at C.H. Booth Library showcases a sample of what will be available at this year’s book sale/library fundraiser.
Newtown Bridge Club will host workshops in modern bridge basics for bridge players on Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street in Newtown, beginning June 15. June workshops include Opening the Bidding (June 15), Major Suit Fits (June 22), and 1 Notrump Bids and Basic Responses (June 29). Seven more workshops are scheduled through August.
The Flagpole Photographers Camera Club is currently presenting its annual exhibition of members’ works. The collection of nearly 100 photographs is on view in the lower meeting room of C.H. Booth Library, through June 18.
The exhibition includes photos taken in Newtown and across the United States as well as in South Africa, Australia, China, England, Malta, Cuba, and Canada.
The second annual Newtown Antiques Market will be Saturday, June 27, on the grounds of the beautiful Fairfield Hills campus. The one day, festive, outdoor show and sale benefits Newtown Historical Society and its mission of preserving historic structures, mounting noteworthy exhibits, and promoting local history. Frank Gaglio of Barn Star Productions, based in Rhinebeck, N.Y., said he and his company are thrilled to bring back the event.
Two Wheel Tuesdays, a new weekly community event beginning on June 16, will welcome motorcycles and exotic automobiles to VFW Post 308 on Freedom Defenders Way (formerly Tinkerfield Road). The weekly events, a joint effort between the Men’s and Ladies Auxiliaries, will run from 6 to 9 pm. Donations to support the auxiliaries and their community outreach are welcome.
Connecticut Open House Day, sponsored by the Connecticut Office of Tourism and now in its 11th year, is designed to showcase Connecticut’s diverse world of history, art and tourism. The annual celebration encourages residents to try new venues or re-visit favorite attractions and destinations such as museums, theaters, art studios, sports parks, spas and others by offering residents special incentives. EverWonder Children’s Museum in Newtown is participating in the 11th annual event on Saturday.