On Saturday, August 17, Wall Matthews will be returning to Connecticut for the first time in many years to perform an evening of his compositions. The performance will be at Sound (Center for Music, Creative Arts & Mindfulness), a renovated historic chapel at 31 Hawleyville Road in Newtown. Joining Mr Matthews will be the cellist Adam Gonzalez and choreographer/dancer/actress Ara Fitzgerald. Mr Matthews will be performing a retrospective of his works, and will also be joined during the evening by Mr Gonzalez. Each guest artist will also offer their own performances.
Katherine James, team captain for the Dear Jack team registered for the 2013 Newtown Light the Night Walk, has organized an event to raise money for her team. Join in unlimited games of bowling at Lore’s Lanes, 145D Danbury Road in New Milford, on August 17. Tickets are $15 and include all games during that time, shoe rental, a slice of pizza, and a soft drink. Tickets must be purchased in advance. The ticket price, minus costs to the bowling alley, and all funds collected through a 50-50 raffle and a raffle for prize items, will all goes directly to the Connecticut chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Ten skilled local artists, all members of Washington Art Association, will display a wide variety of paintings in the form of triptychs at Carol Peck’s Good News Café, August 7 through September 30. The subjects, many of abstract composition, are are compelling and diverse. Among them a garden pond with playful koi fish, a snowy morning, a serene study of the Newtown hills, a panoramic vista spread beneath a roiled sky, reflections on a woodland pond, as well as others that are feasts of color and design. Among the group represented in the show are three Newtown artists: Joanne Conant, Anne Marie Foran and Roberta Shea. An opening reception is planned for Sunday, August 11.
The Seventh Connecticut Ukulele Invitational will be at Sticks and Stones Farm on Sunday, July 28, from 3 to 6 pm. It will be hosted by The Edukated Fleas. Donations are suggested, which will support the farm. Ukulele performers, and anyone with an interest in the instrument, are all invited for a great ukulele afternoon. There will be a lineup of ukulele performers from Connecticut and beyond, including special guest Uncle Zac. Play-alongs will also be part of the festival.
A beer tasting at Two Roads Brewery, 1700 Stratford Avenue in Stratford, on Sunday, August 4, from 1 to 5 pm, will support The Sandy Ground Where Angels Play project. Cost is $25 per person. Coordinated by The New Jersey State Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association Foundation, Inc. and inspired by the events of 12/14, the project’s mission is to create 26 living memorials to all children who have been victims of violence. The project is also an effort to restore the storm-ravaged East Coast following last summer’s Hurricane Sandy. Each playground is being built and then dedicated in the name of a victim of 12/14.
Tickets are available now for performances of Shrek the Musical and Annie Jr, which will be presented by Sabrina’s Encore Productions LLC and The CT Broadway Stage Company at The Palace Theater July 26-28. Shrek the Musical will be performed on Friday and Saturday, July 26-28, at 7:30 pm, and Saturday afternoon at 1:30. Meet-and-green events with the characters from the show will be offered prior to the evenings performances and immediately following Saturday's matinee. Then on Sunday, July 28, at 2:30 and 5 pm, members of The Children of Newtown Choir and other talented young actors will perform Annie Jr.
Sandy Hook Promise will host the debut Newtown Yoga Festival on Saturday, August 24. The goal of the festival is to promote a positive sense of community and healing in Newtown. World-renowned yoga teachers Seane Corn and Beryl Bender Birch will lead participants in practice and meaningful conversation. There will be local health and wellness vendors, live music and kids activities featuring a children’s yoga class with Newtown resident Karen Pierce. All proceeds from the day’s event will support Sandy Hook Promise
Blood cancer survivor and Newtown resident Sandi Kessman, and her family and friends, are determined to help build awareness about the approximately 1,012,533 people in the United States living with a blood cancer. She will be among those showing their support by participating in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Newtown Light The Night Walk on Saturday, September 28, at Newtown Youth Academy. Registration begins at 5 pm, there will be a Remembrance Ceremony at 6:15, and the walk begins at 7 pm.
Beginning Friday, July 19, local public broadcasting stations will air a one hour PBS special called “Concert for Newtown,” a community event that brought together the people of Newtown in song, spirit and common purpose in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook School shooting. “Concert for Newtown,” recorded on February 10 at The Ridgefield Playhouse during the presentation of “A Concert Of Caring, Healing And Togetherness,” will feature performances by Peter Yarrow, Dar Williams, Bethany Yarrow & Rufus Cappadocia, as well as members of Newtown’s own Flagpole Radio Café, which includes Francine and David Wheeler, the parents of 6-year-old Ben, who died on 12/14. WNET (Thirteen), based in New York, will debut the special on Friday at 9:00 pm, and then rebroadcast it on Sunday, July 21, at 12:30 pm.
The 18th Annual Gathering of the Vibes Festival will be presented at Seaside Park in Bridgeport, July 25-28. In the spirit of peace, love and music, Gathering of the Vibes announced on Monday, July 15, that Newtown residents are invited to attend any or all of the performances on Sunday, July 28, free of charge. In addition, anyone who attends The Great Newtown Reunion on July 27 is also invited to enjoy the music and fun at Vibes on Sunday.