Attention young musicians, poets, singers, magicians, and other entertainers: the monthly Saturday Night Open Mic, for youth in grades 5-12, will return Saturday, January 17, from 7:30 to 9:15 pm. The event takes place in The Great Room at Newtown Congregational Church.
Before it was a television channel, the word “nickelodeon” meant a performance that cost a nickel: juke box, player piano, and especially a movie theater. On Monday, January 12, at 7:30 pm, Town Historian Daniel Cruson will give his annual lecture, this year looking at “A Night At The Nickelodeon.” The program will take place in the lower meeting room of C.H. Booth Library. This year's program by Mr Cruson will include a number of short films, with commentary between many of them. While historical society programs are usually free of charge, this one will be slightly different. In keeping with the evening's theme, attendees will be asked to pay 5 cents each.
Ben’s Lighthouse will sponsor a free after-school program at Newtown Middle School for all local seventh and eighth grade students, on Mondays from 2:15 to 3 pm, from February 4 to March 16. The program will offer students the opportunity to tell stories, like favorite memories or achievements, by talking about the importance of life lessons, lessons learned, and sharing influences in their lives.
The Newtown Cultural Arts Commission will be sponsoring four classes through the Newtown Parks and Recreation Department beginning this month. Thanks to financial support from NCAC, the fee for two of the classes will be $20, and the fee for the other two classes is $25. Two classes of Drawing Mixed Media, to be held at Newtown Middle School, and Ballet Barre Workout and Broadway Tap, both at The Graceful Planet, will be the inaugural offerings of the Cultural Commission’s programming outreach.
The next Saturday Pasta Dinner at Newtown United Methodist Church will take place on January 3 in the church’s fellowship hall, 92 Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook. The public is cordially invited to join church members for what has become an evening of fellowship and community spirit. Dinner is followed at 7:45 pm by a performance of bluegrass, country, and folk music played by Roger Sprung & Friends.
Until late January, visitors to The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk are invited to write – and read – messages of hope and strength on Ben’s Lighthouse, a 20-foot lighthouse that honors the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School. The large model lighthouse was built in memory of lighthouse enthusiast Ben Wheeler, age 6, who died in the 2012 tragedy. The mission of the lighthouse and the not-for-profit Ben’s Lighthouse Fund is to honor those who were killed on 12/14 and to promote healing, coping and strength.
Shortly before the second anniversary of 12/14, two busloads of people from Newtown and the surrounding area went to Washington, DC, for the Second Annual National Vigil for Gun Violence Victims at the Washington National Cathedral. Before they returned home, they left a gift of thousands of books for students of one elementary school. To #HonorWithAction, the group spent the morning before the December 11 vigil performing acts of kindness around Washington that had been organized through The Newtown Foundation.
Get ready to deck the halls this holiday weekend when Musicals at Richter, Connecticut’s longest running outdoor theater, moves inside to The Palace Danbury with an enchanting version of “Scrooge!” The Musical. Newtown residents are among the local actors who will be presenting the four performances December 19-21.