The Friends of the C.H. Booth Library counts on donations dropped off to the library for the Annual Book Sale, the biggest fundraiser of the year for the library support organization. With the library closed due to flooding all of January and February, fewer donations than normal have been received. The Spring Book Donation Day is scheduled for Sunday, May 4, from noon to 5 pm, rain or shine, in the rear lot of the library.
The public is invited to support Newtown families who created foundations, scholarships, advocacy organizations and other memorials in sacred tribute to their loved ones slain in the Sandy Hook tragedy. The event will also assist surviving families still in need following the events of 12/14. Congregation Adath Israel of Newtown will host the event, which will also include several local clergy members including Rabbi Shaul Praver, spiritual leader of Adath Israel; and Reverend Matthew Crebbin, senior pastor of Newtown Congregational Church, to offer blessings, prayers and words of spiritual healing. The event will be Sunday, May 4, from 2 to 3:30 pm. In addition, Meryl and Stewart Ain, co-authors of a new book, The Living Memories Project: Legacies That Last, will engage the participants in a group discussion about the transformative power of doing great works in sacred tribute to dearly departed loved ones.
Art In Residence, a fine art gallery in northern Newtown, will host a special opening weekend reception for “All About Spring” on Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27. To celebrate the season and the gallery’s six-month anniversary, gallery owners Rosemary and Robert Rau have created a show filled with works that celebrate the current season. For its opening weekend, the exhibition will also feature special guest speakers who have agreed to informally share their garden wisdom and stories each day. Sydney Eddison will be the guest on April 26, and Jane Vouros will be Sunday’s guest.
Barn Star Productions and Newtown Historical Society are broadening plans for the first annual Newtown Antiques Market, adding garden antiques, jewelry and decorations to the offerings. June is the time for putting the final touches on a garden oasis. In addition to myriad antiques, The Newtown Antiques Market will also now showcase benches, urns, sculpture and planters making the job easier and fun designing an outdoor living space and finding jewelry for summer entertaining dazzle. The event, to benefit Newtown Historical Society, will take place at the Fairfield Hills Campus, Primrose Street in Newtown, on Saturday, June 21, from 10 am until 5 pm. Admission is $10 per person. There will be 75-100 exhibitors in an informal setting of tents and pop-up canopies.
Newtown Middle School will hold its annual Celebration of the Arts at the school on Tuesday, April 29, from 6 to 7 pm. The event will include a visual arts exhibition, a technology education open house, a slide show and photo gallery from the Project Adventure program, and other presentations. This year's edition of the NMS literary magazine will be available for purchase, and the evening will also include a book fair.
Newtown Choral Society will perform music from Cole Porter to Coldplay at their spring concert Sunday April 27, at 3:30 pm, at Newtown Meeting House. The concert, “The Music of the Night,” will be under the direction of Mary Andreotta, with accompaniment by Susan Anthony-Klein. From Barber’s “Sure on this Shining Night,” composed in 1928, to “Some Nights” by Fun., composed in 2012, the choir will be exploring the fascination that night has held for one prominent composer after another.
The Yale Alley Cats, world renowned men’s a cappella singing group from Yale University, will perform in concert at Trinity Episcopal Church on Sunday, April 27, at 5 pm. Established in 1943, the group’s musical roots are jazz but their song list includes Motown, classical and pop. The concert will also feature the Trinity Choristers, a choir of young singers conducted by Trinity Director of Music Ministries Fiona Smith Sutherland.
Families United in Newtown (FUN) is planning a night of music for Friday, May 9. The performance will start at 7 pm and will be at Newtown Congregational Church. The concert will feature tunes for all types of music lovers. Scheduled performers will include members of the Newtown High School Chorus, violinists Lindsey Jones and Isaac Ohring, pianist Wesley Morlock, and vocalist Megan Bernardi. The musicians are students of Newtown High School, Suzuki Talent Education School in Sandy Hook, and Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. Admission to the concert is free, but FUN will be accepting donations at the door for continued support of the program and autism awareness. Light refreshments will be served after the event, giving the audience a chance to meet and interact with the performers.
Grace Family Church will host its Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19, at 1 pm, at Treadwell Park. This is a family event and all kids ages 1 to 12 can participate in the Egg Hunt. A program under the pavilion will include games, music, puppets, crafts and a visit from the Easter Bunny.
Building on the success of last year’s production of "Seussical: The Musical," The 12.14 Foundation is pleased to announce auditions for its summer 2014 season of shows. The foundation is planning two shows this year: "A Rockin’ Midsummer Night’s Dream" and "The 101 Dalmatians Musical." Auditions will be conducted the weekends of August 26-27 and May 3-4; registration for an audition time is now open.