A Newtown woman’s gingerbread lighthouse is the sixth place winner in the “Festival of Lighthouses Contest” at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. Donna Kern Ball finished “in the money” for the fourth straight year, taking home $150 for her “Gingerbread – Man – Kind” lighthouse. Her 2014-15 entry was a large round beacon of white frosting, festooned on multiple levels with gingerbread figures, gingerbread hearts, candy canes, ribbon candy and peppermints. Painstaking pipings of frosting on the gingerbread figures cast them in all sorts of professions: sailor, musician, athlete, firefighter and others.
The sixth season of the Connecticut Public Television series "All Things Connecticut" has been running since January 8, and the next episode should offer Newtown and Sandy Hook residents a very familiar location.
Sabrina’s Encore Productions, LLC will present its winter series of shows at Edmond Town Hall the weekend of Friday through Sunday, January 30-February 1. Three separate casts will bring to life Disney’s "Cinderella Kids," Saturday at 1 pm and Sunday at 2 pm; "Fame Jr," Saturday at 4 pm and Sunday at 5 pm; and "Company, A Musical Comedy," Friday and Saturday at 8 pm.
UPDATE: C.H. Booth Library is closed today due to Winter Storm Juno, so this program has been cancelled. || The next meeting of The Garden Club of Newtown will feature Judy Grabarz, owner of Newtown Florist, with an informative and inspiring presentation entitled “Demystifying Flower Arrangements.” Ms Grabarz and the club will be at C.H. Booth Library on Tuesday, January 27. The program will begin at 1 pm.
Newtown Bridge Club will host a new session of lessons for players who would like to improve their bridge game on Mondays from 9:30 to noon beginning January 26 at the Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Station. Easybridge!2 is a weekly series short 20-25 minute lessons followed by two hours of play. The lessons present a variety of topics in modern bidding, declarer play and defense. The material is appropriate for anyone who has had a beginning bridge class and for experienced bridge players.
Newtown artist Joan Zagrobelny, a new member of Silvermine Guild of Artists, has work on exhibit in the annual New Members Show at Silvermine Arts Center. Ms Zagrobelny’s ceramic sculptures “twist and move as if to push past obstacles that block their growth. The pieces explore harmony and balance,” according to gallery publicist Gwen North Reiss. The exhibition, which includes works by ten additional artists, is on view until February 15.
The 2015 Newtown Arts Festival winning logo is “Making Music,” a linoleum block print of four Newtown High School Marching Band tuba players that was created by Newtown resident and artist Tracy Van Buskirk.
The selection of this year’s logo was announced recently by Terry Sagedy, chairman of the Arts Festival.
Based on a photograph from a marching band competition, Ms Van Buskirk’s winning linoleum block print background is black oil -based printer's ink, with an overlay of watercolors.
"Over the past 10 years, I’ve worked with teenagers in an outdoor adventure group. Because many of them were also in the high school band, I became aware of what a cultural epicenter the band is for our community...
Children ages 2-10 are invited to draw a logo that will be used on race shirts given to all youth runners on March 28, when the Sandy Hook 5K is held. Organizers would like children to draw a logo that will be featured on the front of this year’s shirt. Logos should be inspired by the race or what Newtown means to the artist. There is no charge to enter the contest, and participants do not need to live in Newtown.
On Thursday, February 5, Flagpole Photographers Camera Club will host a hands-on program. “Getting To Know Your Camera” will feature an open discussion on photography tips and tricks, and improving photographs with one's personal camera. The free hands-on workshop will allow participants to handle their own camera, and practice taking pictures on various aperture speed, ISO, and point-and-shoot settings. Advanced photographers will be in attendance to assist in reviewing images and compare the results, using an assorted combination of settings.
UPDATE: The opening reception for this show has been rescheduled for its snow date, January 25. || The Ridgefield Guild of Artists Upstairs Gallery will host “The Never Ending Line: the line etchings of DeAnn L. Prosia,” an exhibition of over 30 etchings by the Newtown artist, January 24 until February 22. This exhibition was awarded to Ms Prosia after she was received a first place honor during last year’s RGA Member’s Exhibition. It will open with a reception on Saturday, January 24, from 4 to 6 pm.