America came out of its isolationist feeling in a hurry in December 1941. But perhaps it was not that sudden after all; there were many events that brought us to that brink. Newtown Historical Society will look at the events leading up to World War II, the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the first year of the war, in a program on Tuesday, October 15, at 7:30 pm, in the lower meeting room of C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street. The illustrated presentation, “‘Til Boots Hit The Ground,” will be made by Peter Cronin.
NYA Sports & Fitness Center will host its fifth Open Play Day on Friday, October 18. All Newtown children in grades 7-8 are invited to visit NYA between 3 and 4:30 pm; grades 5-6 will have open access from 4:30 to 6 pm; K-4 will have the facility from 6 to 7:30; and high school students will be welcomed from 7:30 until 9 pm. Children visiting the center on Friday will also be given a surprise gift, as NYA celebrates its fifth birthday. In addition, children and parents will have the opportunity to meet and thank Nichole Blackburn, of Big Sky Countries, for painting a 100-foot mural within NYA depicting community and recreation centric scenes.
CycleINPlace will be hosting an open house on Thursday, October 17, from 4:30 to 6 pm. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about the benefits of cycling and learn how to use the state-of-the-art cycles with monitors. Owners Molly Basak-Smith and Mitzi Hayes will give guests a tour of the facility and answer any questions.
Trails promote physical activity, fitness, and health. Studies in association with The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that 64 percent of the US population is clinically overweight, with more than 31 percent considered obese. Paula Burton, a member of the Newtown Trails Committee, will be leading trail building sessions at Pole Bridge Preserve for two upcoming weekends. The public is invited to join Ms Burton on Saturday, October 13, and/or Saturday, November 9. Trail building will be ongoing from 9 to 11 am each day.
Newtown Congregational Church, a member of the United Church of Christ, will sponsor an authentic shrimp boil, in partnership with Back Bay Mission, on Saturday, November 2. The special event will be at the church, 14 West Street. Dinner will be served at 6:30 and a program will follow at 7:30. The evening will feature a dinner of shrimp, seasoned with Back Bay’s special spices. As an alternative for those who do not eat shrimp, chicken with BBQ sauce from The Shed, a popular restaurant in Ocean Springs, Miss. (and a show on Food Network), will also be served. Garlic bread, salad and a dessert of Mardi Gras King Cake will round out the meal.
The October meeting of The Garden Club of Newtown will feature club member Deb Osborne with a travel adventure, “Tulips and Windmills.” Mrs Osborne’s program will be at Cyrenius H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street, on Tuesday, October 22, at 1 pm. “Tulips and Windmills” begins with a river cruise ship, sailing through Holland and Belgium and visiting Delft, the beautiful Keukendorf Gardens, Rotterdam and Antwerp. Heading to London, she then visits the spectacular English manor gardens of Sissinghurst, Kew Gardens, Pashley Manor, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and Houghton Lodge. She will offer gardening inspiration as she shares her experiences. Well-known in Newtown for her own wonderful gardens that have twice been a part of the Newtown Historical Society House and Garden Tour, Mrs Osborne is also a talented floral designer who is currently working on her certification as a Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut Flower Show Judge.
The Newtown Bridle Lands Association will hold an open meeting on Tuesday, October 15, at 7:30 pm, at Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street. Olympic horsewoman and renowned trainer Lendon Gray will speak on the subject of “Fairness in Training Our Horses,” which which will apply to all equestrian disciplines.
As the weather begins to cool, volunteers at The EverWonder Experience have some special events planned for residents of all ages. All are free. Volunteers from the museum will be participating in The Great Pumpkin Race presented by Newtown Lions Club on Saturday, October 19, so the museum will be closed that day. A Halloween Celebration, with morning and afternoon sessions, will be offered on October 30, however. Monthly play dates will begin in November, and weekly Cabin Fever Wednesday events will also begin next month.
Friends of Counted Embroidery meets on the second Thursday of each month, September through June, from 10 am until 2 pm, at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 85 Mt Pleasant Road. The group is dedicated to furthering the knowledge and enjoyment of a variety needlework arts. It hosts instructional programs on a monthly basis with either “stitch-ins,” seminars, lectures or open meetings on different types of needle arts. New members are welcome whether they are novice or expert needle workers.
The annual Society of Creative Arts of Newtown 2013 Fall Art Show and Sale will be held at Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street, Friday through Sunday, October 18-20. The show will be open, free of charge, each day from 10 am to 5 pm. The annual Society of Creative Arts of Newtown 2013 Fall Art Show and Sale will be held at New-town Meeting House, 31 Main Street, Friday through Sunday, October 18-20. The show will be open, free of charge, each day from 10 am to 5 pm.
The exhibition and sale will benefit the Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN), a regional non-profit arts organization that provides training and advocates for member artists, and connects the community to the arts. The art show and sale will feature original works by members of SCAN. Artists will be presenting framed works as well as unframed pieces in portfolios. The public is invited to the opening reception on Friday, October 18, from 6 to 8 pm.