Ben’s Lighthouse, an organization dedicated to supporting and uplifting the children of Newtown in the wake of 12/14, will host an ice cream social on Saturday, August 31, from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. The event will be at Trinity Episcopal Church. It will feature local dignitaries and celebrities scooping ice cream from Ferris Acres Creamery. In addition, Newtown Acts of Kindness will be providing free lemonade and lemonade stand kits, there will be activities and information booths sponsored by A Bead of Roses, Connecticut Music Therapy, Emerald Sketch Art Therapists, Ben’s Bells and the REACH program. Comfort pets and members of Newtown Juggling & Circus Arts Club are also expected to be on hand.
The Edmond Town Hall Board of Managers will host an open house in honor of the 156th anniversary of Mary Elizabeth Hawley’s birth on Wednesday, August 22, from 9:30 am to 5 pm. “We invite residents and others to stop by the Mary Hawley Memorial “We invite residents and others to stop by the Mary Hawley Memorial Room to sign the guest book and share in some refreshments,” said James Juliano, chairman of the board. The memorial room is on the main floor of the former town hall, at 45 Main Street. Newtown’s beloved benefactress is best known for her generosity to the community. Miss Hawley donated the fund to build Edmond Town Hall, a high school (now Hawley School) and Cyrenius H. Booth Library, as well as the Soldiers and Sailors monument located at the head of Main Street.
The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, in partnership with the Danbury Farmers’ Market Community Collaborative (DFMCC), presents the third annual DisH Photography Exhibition, an outdoor, year-round installation on Kennedy Avenue. The theme is “The DisH — Downtown IS Happening.” Twelve photographs by seven photographers were selected to enhance Kennedy Park and Friday’s Danbury Farmers’ Market. Juror Cathy Vanaria named “Earth’s Bounty Eggplant” by Karla Bernstein of Newtown as 2013’s Best in Show.
A show of cartoons, watercolors, and acrylics by noted area cartoonists and artists is currently on display at Plain Jane’s Restaurant in Bethel. Original works by Orlando Busino, John Smallwood-Garcia, Frederick Carpenter, Jack Medoff, Joseph Farris, and Newtown cartoonist Dana Fradon decorate both dining rooms at Plain Jane’s. The public is invited to the opening reception for “The Artists of Plain Jane’s” on Sunday, August 18.
This year’s Shakesperience production will be Much Ado About Nothing, to be performed in the green at McLaughlin Vineyards on Saturday, August 24, at 4 pm (rain date August 25). Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 children and senior citizens. In addition, two different flavors of mead and food created by When Taste Matters will be available for purchase. Picnics are welcome.
Botsford Fire & Rescue will present its Summer Bash Fundraiser on Saturday, August 24, at its firehouse, 315 South Main Street, from 4 to 10 pm. The fundraiser will include plenty of food by The Pig Man Barbeque. Drinks will also be available for purchase, and Fast Ricky will return as the musical guest. Admission is a requested $10 donation, payable at the gate. Children ages 12 and under will be admitted free of charge. Proceeds will benefit the volunteer fire company.
Workshops continue to be scheduled by HealingNewtown through the Arts. All workshops are free and are at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street. Weaving Workshop with Hanna Roehrs adults will continue on Mondays, August 19 and 26, from noon to 3 pm. Beginners are welcome. The Joy of Art with Joy Hoffman will continue on Wednesdays, August 21 and 28. Sessions run from 11 am to noon and 1 to 2 pm for kindergarteners.
Town Players of Newtown will host auditions for "Veronica’s Room" by Ira Levin, to take place on Monday and Tuesday, September 16-17. Auditions will run from 7:30 to 9 each night at The Little Theatre, 18 Orchard Hill Road. This chilling mystery thriller by the author of Deathtrap and Rosemary’s Baby explores the thin line between fantasy and reality, madness and murder. Pam Meister Jones of Newtown will direct the production, which will be staged over ten performances November 8-30 including Thanksgiving weekend.
The Candlewood Amateur Radio Association (CARA) will present its annual Western Connecticut Hamfest on Sunday, September 8, from 8:30 am until 12:30 pm. The event will again be in the gymnasium and lower parking lot of Edmond Town Hall. Hamfest will include commercial vendors and tailgating, ham radio equipment and computer gear, door prizes, and refreshments. Bill Thoren will present a seminar on Samuel Morse, and a talk-in will again be held for those who cannot attend or who want to be on the air while driving to the ARRL-sanctioned event.
Liz Kelley, who grew up in Connecticut and only recently moved out of state, felt compelled to visit the Memorial Tent on Church Hill Road after the 12/14 tragedy. While there in January, she met Gloria Milas there, whose daughter, Sarah, is an EMT with Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps. That was when Ms Kelley decided to do something to honor first responders. That "something" was vouchers for free hang gliding lessons.