Attention all ghosts and goblins: Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity invites trick-or-treaters to the Fifth Annual Sandy Hook Village Halloween Walk on Saturday, October 24, from 11 am to 2 pm. During those hours, merchants in the area of Washington Washington Avenue, Riverside Road, Glen Road and Church Hill Road will scare up a delightful array of in-store candy and other treats for kids dressed in costume. In addition, members of the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Ladies Auxiliary will not only have a tent set up where they will be handing out treats, they will also be collecting donations for FAITH Food Pantry.
Two Coyotes, a nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing healthy, whole human beings through building self-awareness, community, and connecting people to nature, has announced the expansion of its adult programs and is also offering free potlucks and contra dance events, including a dance event this Saturday, October 17. Events are being presented at Sticks and Stones Farm,201 Huntingtown Road.
While wind and trees are filling the air and local streets with dancing nuances of red, orange and yellow, the Flagpole Photographers are devoting their next meeting to a different, bygone season. On Thursday, October 22, at 7:15 pm, members of the club are challenged to showcase their “Best of Summer” shots. The assignment’s photographs can be of anything, but must have been taken during the summer of 2015. While the competition is only open to members, the public is invited to listen to critiques and learn about photography.
An exhibition of works by the late Roxbury artist Gertrude Barrer (1921-1997) highlights the diversity of her world view, her mastery of color and form from her beginnings as a leading New York City Modernist through her life in Roxbury, and long collaboration with her husband and fellow artist Frank Russell. “Gertrude Barrer: Dreaming in Color” will be on view at Clapp & Tuttle Gallery, within Middle Quarter Mall at 742 Main Street South in Woodbury, October 17-31. An opening reception Saturday afternoon will feature a talk about the artist by Marc Chabot, noted area art expert and collector, who knew her well.
Lauralton Hall will present "Little Shop of Horrors," a delectable sci-fi horror musical based on the film by Roger Corman, with screenplay written by Charles Griffith, October 23-25 at Parsons Center Auditorium in Milford. As has been done in the past, students from Notre Dame of West Haven have joined the ensemble to make the production complete. In fact Sandy Hook resident Dominic Pagliaro, a student at Notre Dame, impressed the directors during his audition and captured the leading role, Seymour.
The paintings of Lee Meredith Brownell, a realist and photorealist, are Newtown Municipal Center during normal business hours this month. A hyperrealist, Ms Brownell creates work that mirrors photographic detail. She paints from life as well as from her own photographic references. Her work incorporates oils, pastels and graphite, as well as mixed media.
A shrimp boil at Newtown Congregational Church on October 17 will include a full dinner of shrimp and Andoille sausage or BBQ chicken while raising funds for Back Back Mission in Biloxi, Miss. Guests will feel as if they are down on the Gulf as piles of shrimp shells grow on newspaper-covered tables and conversation fills the room.
Ben’s Bells Project, in collaboration with the University of Arizona’s Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, and Families, will present the 2015 Kindness Conference: Building the Science of Kindness Together on Saturday, October 24, at Broadview Middle School in Danbury. The event will be focused on the Ben’s Bells Kind Campus and Kind Colleagues programs, and featuring a keynote by Jeremy Richman, CEO and founder of The Avielle Foundation. Parents and educators are invited to kick off the new school year by learning more about Kind Campus engagement, kind discipline, new school materials, and #BeKindChallenge2.
Newtown Historical Society’s Ghost Walk through the center of town will be offered Saturday, October 17, with tours departing at 5:30 and 7 pm. Following last year’s sold out performance, Martha Bishop will again lead two walks along Main Street, and each will be followed by a candlelight tour of the house conducted by costumed docents. Cost is $5 per person, or $15 per family, payable at the event, but registration is required by email.