One of many tangible signs of support sent to Newtown after 12/14 was a quilt made by students at St Hillary Catholic School in Fairlawn, Ohio, and sent to a school in New Jersey to show their support for children affected by 9/11. It was called the Comfort Quilt, and over 11 years the quilt traveled to six schools affected by natural disasters or gun violence, before arriving in Newtown in 2013. In September 2014 town officials realized that the Comfort Quilt was missing from its vast collection, either taken purposely from its Municipal Center display, or through error. The Comfort Quilt has not yet been returned, despite numerous pleas from town officials and archivists. Rather than break the circle of love for communities dealing with adversity, community residents Suzanne Davenport and Jan Brookes will give Newtown children an opportunity to pay it forward on Saturday, December 6, by coordinating a community effort to make another Comfort Quilt.
In advance of the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, musicians, celebrities and influential organizations are donating special items and experiences to benefit Sandy Hook Promise, in partnership with the luxury charity auction website CharityBuzz. The auction has opened, and will continue to accept bids through Thursday, December 18.
On Saturday, December 20, at 7 pm, Quiet Life will headline the ninth show in Newtown’s Live at the Edmond Town Hall series. Sparks flew when Quiet Life — Sean W. Spellman, Ryan Spellman, Thor Robert Jensen, and Philippe Bronchtein — formed in New London, where New England meets the Sound. The band has since toured with Dr Dog, Alabama Shakes, The Lumineers, The Head and The Heart. Opening on December 20 will be The Korey Brodsky Band, based in Newtown.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown will welcome the internationally acclaimed artist Frank Bruckmann, who will demonstrate his process of painting a landscape in oil on Wednesday, December 3. Mr Bruckmann’s program will begin at 1:30 pm in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House. It is open to the public, free of charge.
The Newtown Arts Festival Artwork Selection Committee invites regional artists to submit artwork for consideration for the 2015 Newtown Arts Festival. The winning artist will receive $750 and the winning submission will be used to promote the 2015 Newtown Arts Festival. The festival is a Newtown Cultural Arts Commission event.
Boy Scout Troop 770 will be conducting its annual Christmas wreath sale Thanksgiving weekend. Scouts will sell wreaths to the public at Holy Cow Ice Cream Shop on Saturday, November 29, and then at St Rose Church on Sunday, November 30. All proceeds from the sale will benefit Boy Scout Troop 770 and help underwrite scout programs and activities like community service projects, monthly campouts, leadership training, and troop supplies and equipment.
On Saturday, December 6, Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP) will present the 13th Annual Sandy Hook Village holiday tree lighting. The public is invited to enjoy this great Sandy Hook tradition featuring carolers, Santa Claus, karaoke, refreshments, goodies and a community celebration. All attendees are being asked to bring an item with them for FAITH Food Pantry. Upon giving a food pantry donation to Santa, each family will be entered into a raffle with one grand prize: the honor of lighting the holiday tree.
The annual St Rose of Lima Christmas Boutique will be held this year Friday through Sunday, December 5-7, in the Monsignor Weiss Hall, 40 Church Hill Road. As usual there will be a wide variety of items for sale, including Santas, angels, snowmen, religious items, gifts for men, women and children as well as toys, stocking stuffers, nutcrackers, and much more. The boutique is being dedicated this year to the memory of Pat Philipp, who co-chaired the event for the past eight years. Ms Philipp, who died in late October, always worked incredibly hard to ensure the success of the boutique.
Members of The Garden Club of Newtown held one of their first workshops for the annual Greens Sale on November 18. The club will hold its annual Christmas Greens Sale from 9 am until noon on Saturday, December 6, at Newtown Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street. Members prepare all year for this event by drying plants from their gardens, and collecting pinecones to use in decorating swags, wreaths and table arrangements for the holiday season. There is always an emphasis on the beauty of nature and fresh plant material such as holly, winterberry, rose hips, boxwood and a wide assortment of evergreens from members' gardens will be incorporated into designs along with other decorative items.
The Washington Depot-based After School Arts Program has announced that fifth and sixth grade students at Reed Intermediate School will perform with dancers from Pilobolus Dance Theater on Friday, December 19, at 7 pm. “Pilobolus Performs with Newtown” will feature members of the unique American modern dance company offering performance and demonstration with students who have been participating in an after school program since late September.