• Town Players Announce Auditions For ‘Glass Menagerie’

    Town Players of Newtown will host open auditions for "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams on Sunday and Tuesday, February 23 and 25, from 7 to 9 pm each night. Marla Manning will direct the production, which calls for two women and two men. Rehearsals will begin in early March, and performances are scheduled for weekends, April 25 to May 17.

  • Camera Club Announces February Programs

    Flagpole Photographers Camera Club has an open program and general meeting-photo competition planned for February. The group usually meets at Booth Library, but has moved both of its February programs to The Alexandria Room at Edmond Town Hall while repairs continue at the town library. On Thursday, February 6, the club will be hosting a “Program Night,” featuring an overview of photography and camera basics. Two weeks later the club will host a general meeting, with members also invited to participate in a competition. Both programs begin at 7:30.

  • Gregory To Headline Trinity Coffeehouse, February 8

    Sandy Hook resident and singer-songwriter Darryl Gregory will be performing at Trinity Episcopal Church at their coffeehouse evening on Saturday, February 8, beginning at 7 pm. Coffee and desserts will be served. Donations will be accepted at the door with a portion of the proceeds going to The Wilson Gregory Cancer Fund. Darryl's nephew David Gregory and his wife Katie have two sons, ages 4 and 1. The youngest, Wilson, was diagnosed with high-risk, stage 4 Neuroblastoma in May 2013 when he was 11 months old. His parents noticed two small bumps behind his left ear and brought him to the ER expecting to be treated for an unresolved ear infection. Instead, he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare tumor of the nerve tissue that affects about 700 children each year.

  • Theater Review: An Excellent Collection Of One Acts In Ridgefield

    Once again Ridgefield Theater Barn is warming up the winter doldrums with a special festival of eight short plays that showcase a wide assortment of local talent and keep the audience laughing. Fitting eight “plays” into a time slot normally geared for two acts means that each work must be really short — more along the lines of a television comic sketch, than a complete dramatic work. The assortment of uniformly well acted and crisply directed “shorts” can better be thought of as scenes rather than skits, because between them they have enough depth and substance to make it worth going to. “An Evening of One-Acts 2014” continues only until February 8, on weekends only. The limited run is a shame, considering the talent on display, and the effort so clearly put into it by all concerned.

  • Theater Review: Second Round Of St Germain At TheaterWorks Seriously Entertaining

    Last year Hartford’s TheaterWorks mounted a delightful production of Mark St Germain’s "Becoming Dr Ruth," a one-woman dramatic monologue about how an orphaned Holocaust survivor became America’s most popular sex therapist. St Germain’s grasp of human character and his ability to write crisp, incisive speech, which made that play so absorbing and entertaining, are once again on display in his two character prize winning work, "Freud’s Last Session." TheaterWorks is presenting what it calls “the profound and deeply touching play (laced with humor and insight) about two men who boldly addressed the greatest questions of all time” until February 23.

  • Twinkies Lighthouse Wins Second Place In Annual Contest At Maritime Aquarium

    A Newtown woman’s enormous lighthouse made from Twinkies®, Ho Hos® and other Hostess snack cakes is the $750 second-place winner in the Festival of Lighthouses Contest at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. First place this year — which comes with a $1,500 cash prize — was won by woodworker David Bishop of Stamford, who created an intricate creation called “Hard-A-Lee.” Donna Kern Ball’s “Twinkie, Twinkie, Little Lighthouse” received the second-most votes from Aquarium visitors during the 12th annual holiday display, which ran from November 16 to January 20 and featured 22 large model lighthouses built by local artists, students and hobbyists. The contest’s winners are chosen by Aquarium visitors, who enjoy the lighthouses in the aquarium galleries and then vote for their favorite. Nearly 10,300 votes were tallied from this season’s display.

  • Contribute To The Bee’s Instagram Feed

    Instagram users can contribute photos to The Newtown Bee’s main website page by using #viewfromnewtown in a photo’s description. Recent contributions have shown snowy images of Newtown, people ice fishing on Taunton Lake, the view of Main Street from Castle Hill, The Matthew Curtiss House, and a night-time view of the Main Street flagpole.

  • Martini Madness Tasting & Competition: Who Has The Best Cocktail In Town?

    The Newtown Chamber of Commerce will present the first ever Martini Madness Tasting & Competition on Thursday, January 30, in The Alexandria Room at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street in Newtown. The Chamber’s annual meeting will be held from 5:30 to 6 pm, and the martini tasting is then open to the public from 6 to 8:30 pm.

  • Sloan Wainwright To Headline Next Flagpole Radio Café

    Flagpole Radio Café will continue its sixth season with a performance by Sloan Wainwright on Saturday, February 8. The show will begin at 7 pm at Edmond Town Hall Theatre. Flagpole Radio Café features music by Jim Allyn and The Flagpole Radio Café Orchestra (Rob Bonaccorso, Rick Brodsky, Howie Bujese, Dick Neil and Francine Wheeler), radio style comedy sketches by the Flagpole Shakespeare Repertory Theatre (Martin Blanco, Barbara Gaines, Kate Katcher and David Wheeler), and appearances by guests artists.

  • Latest HealingNewtown Workshops Announced

    A number of workshops have been scheduled by HealingNewtown, with most bring presented in the classrooms on the lower level of Newtown Congregational Church. New on the schedule are workshops in Asian brushwork painting led by instructors from Parem Hwah Asian Brushwork; clay techniques with Karen Pinto and Rosiland Liljengren; weaving with Hanna Roehrs; creative writing with a focus on poetry with Reggie Marra; and an interactive poetry program with Mr Marra. Fees are being charged for most HealingNewtown workshops now, but partial proceeds from all classes will benefit the Summer Art Programs being planned by the long-term project. Reservations for all classes are being accepted now.