It was many years ago, but contralto singer / songwriter Sloan Wainwright and Newtown musician Cadence Carroll both have similar memories of how they met. Music lovers may recognize Sloan Wainwright as part of the Wainwright dynasty in pop and folk music which includes brother Loudon Wainwright III, neice Martha and nephew Rufus Wainwright, and Lucy Wainwright Roche of The Roches. She will be the headline guest February 8 when the Flagpole Radio Café returns to the Edmond Town Hall Theater. Carroll, who has been playing, singing and writing music all her life, and is now a music and drumming instructor, counted herself in her younger days as one of Sloan Wainwrights most enthusiastic followers.
The second annual Sandy Hook Run For Families will be held at Fairfield Hills on Saturday, March 29. The event will feature a 5K run/fitness walk, as well as a half-mile fun run for children ages 2-11. Newtown children ages 2-10 have been invited to draw a logo for the T-shirts that will be given to youth runners in March. Children are asked to draw a logo that is inspired by the race or conveys what their town means to them. Originally scheduled to close this week, the deadline for entries has been extended to Tuesday, February 4. Contest forms are available at the office of The Newtown Bee, at 5 Church Hill Road; and can be downloaded the race website.
Once again Ridgefield Theater Barn is warming up the winter doldrums with a special festival of eight short plays that showcase a wide assortment of local talent and keep the audience laughing. Fitting eight “plays” into a time slot normally geared for two acts means that each work must be really short — more along the lines of a television comic sketch, than a complete dramatic work. The assortment of uniformly well acted and crisply directed “shorts” can better be thought of as scenes rather than skits, because between them they have enough depth and substance to make it worth going to. “An Evening of One-Acts 2014” continues only until February 8, on weekends only. The limited run is a shame, considering the talent on display, and the effort so clearly put into it by all concerned.
Last year Hartford’s TheaterWorks mounted a delightful production of Mark St Germain’s "Becoming Dr Ruth," a one-woman dramatic monologue about how an orphaned Holocaust survivor became America’s most popular sex therapist. St Germain’s grasp of human character and his ability to write crisp, incisive speech, which made that play so absorbing and entertaining, are once again on display in his two character prize winning work, "Freud’s Last Session." TheaterWorks is presenting what it calls “the profound and deeply touching play (laced with humor and insight) about two men who boldly addressed the greatest questions of all time” until February 23.
Sandy Hook resident and singer-songwriter Darryl Gregory will be performing at Trinity Episcopal Church at their coffeehouse evening on Saturday, February 8, beginning at 7 pm. Coffee and desserts will be served. Donations will be accepted at the door with a portion of the proceeds going to The Wilson Gregory Cancer Fund. Darryl's nephew David Gregory and his wife Katie have two sons, ages 4 and 1. The youngest, Wilson, was diagnosed with high-risk, stage 4 Neuroblastoma in May 2013 when he was 11 months old. His parents noticed two small bumps behind his left ear and brought him to the ER expecting to be treated for an unresolved ear infection. Instead, he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare tumor of the nerve tissue that affects about 700 children each year.
A Newtown woman’s enormous lighthouse made from Twinkies®, Ho Hos® and other Hostess snack cakes is the $750 second-place winner in the Festival of Lighthouses Contest at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. First place this year — which comes with a $1,500 cash prize — was won by woodworker David Bishop of Stamford, who created an intricate creation called “Hard-A-Lee.” Donna Kern Ball’s “Twinkie, Twinkie, Little Lighthouse” received the second-most votes from Aquarium visitors during the 12th annual holiday display, which ran from November 16 to January 20 and featured 22 large model lighthouses built by local artists, students and hobbyists. The contest’s winners are chosen by Aquarium visitors, who enjoy the lighthouses in the aquarium galleries and then vote for their favorite. Nearly 10,300 votes were tallied from this season’s display.
Instagram users can contribute photos to The Newtown Bee’s main website page by using #viewfromnewtown in a photo’s description. Recent contributions have shown snowy images of Newtown, people ice fishing on Taunton Lake, the view of Main Street from Castle Hill, The Matthew Curtiss House, and a night-time view of the Main Street flagpole.
The Newtown Chamber of Commerce will present the first ever Martini Madness Tasting & Competition on Thursday, January 30, in The Alexandria Room at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street in Newtown. The Chamber’s annual meeting will be held from 5:30 to 6 pm, and the martini tasting is then open to the public from 6 to 8:30 pm.
Flagpole Radio Café will continue its sixth season with a performance by Sloan Wainwright on Saturday, February 8. The show will begin at 7 pm at Edmond Town Hall Theatre. Flagpole Radio Café features music by Jim Allyn and The Flagpole Radio Café Orchestra (Rob Bonaccorso, Rick Brodsky, Howie Bujese, Dick Neil and Francine Wheeler), radio style comedy sketches by the Flagpole Shakespeare Repertory Theatre (Martin Blanco, Barbara Gaines, Kate Katcher and David Wheeler), and appearances by guests artists.
Edmond Town Hall Theater is about to cap off a year of extensive theater renovations with the installation of an NEC digital movie projector. The beloved historic theater, known for its $2 movies and family-priced concessions, has been working to install technology that will keep 21st Century audiences coming back. A digital conversion began this month, energy efficient LED lighting, wi-fi capabilities and a quality sound system have also been installed. Now Ingersoll Auto of Danbury, which is owned by Newtown resident Todd Ingersoll, has stepped forward and made an advance payment for advertising, which will allow the ETH Board of Directors to complete the installation of a digital projector.