Westchester Broadway Theatre (WBT) is celebrating 40 years of Broadway musicals and fine dining with a production of Mary Poppins. The cherished 1964 Disney film has been re-imagined into a spectacular new musical, with performances continuing to July 27. The show has been created, in collaboration with Cameron Mackintosh, by Academy Award-winning screenwriter and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes. It delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Newtown residents Jan Neuberger and Jane Shearin have featured roles in the production, playing Miss Andrew and Jane Banks, respectively.
Newtown Cultural Arts Commission will reintroduce the double feature with this month’s offering in its Sunday Cinema Series. Moviegoers will have the opportunity to take in a pair of classic comedies — "Ninotchka" and "The Flying Deuces" — on Sunday, June 29, at Edmond Town Hall. Moviegoers will also be able, if they so choose, to view either movie on its own thanks to afternoon matinees of each classic comedy.
Over 100 community volunteers have signed up to help bring smiles to Newtown’s children and families at the 2nd Annual Lighthouse Festival, sponsored by Ben’s Lighthouse. The volunteers will guide visitors through the myriad activities taking place at the festival this Saturday, June 14, from 10 am to 4 pm, at Trinity Episcopal Church. “If it’s anything like last year, we’ll have dozens of other people show up at the event saying ‘How can I help?’” says Mary Chamiec-Case who, along with Carla Tischio, is organizing the event for Ben’s Lighthouse. “It truly shows what a wonderful community this is.”
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The public is invited to visit Sticks and Stones Farm Retreat & Education Center on Saturday, June 14, for a day of music, nature, healthy living inspiration, and family fun. Guests will be invited to walk the farm’s labyrinth, stroll the Mountain Laurel and Moss Garden, and hike the trails throughout the 60-acre farm. The event is free of charge and will run rain or shine from 11 am until 4 pm.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown will host “Natural Beauty,” featuring works by Susan McLaughlin, June 18-July 12 at Avancé Esthétiques Gallery, within the day spa in Sand Hill Plaza. The collection of paintings will be the next in SCAN’s ongoing “Art About Town” series of exhibitions. An opening reception is planned for Wednesday, June 18, from 5 to 8 pm. The exhibition will include a number of recent paintings from the artist’s “Wings” series, done in her Newtown studio, including the signature piece of the collection.
The Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP) invites community members to its next summer benefit on Saturday, June 14, at 7 pm. The 3rd Annual SHOP Food, Beer and Wine Tasting, Plus Silent Auction will take place community room of the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co. main station. Tickets are $35, and can be purchased in advance . SHOP Marketing Coordinator Melissa Lopata said the event will offer an opportunity for residents to network among Sandy Hook business owners and community leaders, as well as to socialize with friends and neighbors.
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo invites all Newtown residents to visit the zoo on Saturday, June 14, from 10 am to 4 pm for a reduced admission fee of $5 with proper ID. Meet and greet with friends and neighbors during a fun filled day to please the whole family. “Newtown Day gives us the opportunity to say thank you to our neighbors who have continuously supported us throughout the years,” explained Zoo Director Gregg Dancho.
Art in Residence, a fine art gallery in the home of Rosemary and Robert Rau at 12 Lake Road, will host the opening reception of its summer exhibition on Sunday, June 8. “The Equine and Canine — Body and Soul” will feature works by sculptor Peggy Kauffman and animal portraitist Jocelyn Sandor Urban. The collection will also offer works by Adele Moros, Aline LaPointe and Ellie Scott. In addition, the gallery will host a summer exhibit with works by Joanne Conant, Anne Marie Foran, Katya Lebrija and Virginia Zic.
Residents of all ages are invited to take a hike on Trails Day 2014 on June 7, from noon to 3 pm, at Brunot Preserve. Participants will enjoy a guided, approximately 3½-mile hike at the Newtown Forest Association (NFA) property, walking through forest and meadow areas. An annual event, The 22nd Annual CT Trails Day weekend on June 7-8 is being celebrated with at least 258 events statewide.
The final meeting of the season for Genealogy Club of Newtown will be Wednesday, June 11, at 7 pm. For those needing assistance with a genealogy problem, the library's Help Desk will be open at 6:45. The meeting and program will be in the meeting room of C.H. Booth Library. This month’s speaker will be Audrey DeBlasio, treasurer of the club. Her topic will be “How to Make a Family Legacy DVD.” Ms DeBlasio will walk through the process of taking the factual pieces of genealogy research that have been gathered, and then combining them with family photos and videos to make a family history story come alive.