As the third annual Newtown Arts Festival Weekend approaches, organizers continue to unveil highlights that will add to the enjoyment of this year’s event.
The signature event will take place Saturday and Sunday, September 13-14, from 10 am until 6 pm both days at Fairfield Hills. The event will again offer guests of all ages two days of non-stop performances, workshops, exhibitions, music and over 85 artists and craftspeople offering their works for sale. In addition, there will be food booths operating, a Wine and Beer Garden, and several specialized demonstration tents including the Arts Oasis, Dance Pavilion, Fiber Arts, Poetry Salon, Literary Tent, among others. Announced this week is the addition of David Brooker and a public art project, and a number of residents and their live music projects.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown will welcome Robert Noreika, a prominent watercolorist and illustrator, for a demonstration of landscape painting in watercolor during its meeting on Wednesday, September 10. The meeting and subsequent program will begin at 7:30 pm. It will be at Newtown Meeting House. The demonstration is open to the public and admission is free.
The 14th Annual CT United Ride, Connecticut’s largest annual 9/11 tribute, is scheduled for Sunday, September 7. Sponsored by the Uniformed Professional Firefighters of America (UPFFA)-Connecticut chapter, organizers are expecting motorcyclists from lower New England and the tri-state area, even as far south as Maryland to participate in the annual ride to honor those lost on 9/11. Organizers can host up to 4,000 riders, and thousands of people will again line the 60-mile route while waving American flags and cheering on the riders. The event is one of the largest single charity rides in New England. In all 11 towns visited by the ride, fire departments display American flags over the roadway. In Newtown, members of Dodgingtown and Hawleyville companies are stationed near Dodgingtown’s fire station at 55 Dodgingtown Road; Hook & Ladder and Sandy Hook members are near Amaral Motors, at 40 South Main Street; and Botsford Fire Rescue members are at their station, 315 South Main Street. The public is invited to join firefighters at any of those locations, or anywhere along the route. American flags to wave at riders are strongly encouraged.
The 90th Bethlehem Fair will be held September 5-7, and will feature events that both new and old. Live music, a midway, antique tractor pulls, displays and exhibitions will rub elbows with hollerin' contests, Timber Team demonstrations, mini horse pull and other new events all weekend at the fairgrounds on Route 61.
On Wednesday, September 10, The Town and Country Garden Club of Newtown will present a special program by Ronnie Schoelzel titled “Grow for Show.” The garden club is beginning to prepare for a judged flower show to be held next year in Newtown. Ms Schoelzel’s program will focus on how to prepare container grown plants and cut specimens for exhibit in the show as well as how to groom and transport exhibits.
The Newtown Kennel Club (NKC) invites animal lovers of all ages for a fun-filled family evening featuring police K-9 demos, a cavalry drill ride, kids’ giveaways, and free pizza on Wednesday, September 10. Meet members of the Newtown Police Department K-9 Unit, the Second Company Governor's Horse Guard and NKC during the event, which will begin at 6:45 pm and take place at the horse guard's headquarters.
New Hope Community Church Senior Pastor and author Jim Solomon will participate in a book talk with Amy Newmark, publisher and editor-in-chief of the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" book series,on Wednesday, September 3, at The Ridgefield Library. The program will focus on one of the latest books in the series, "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer's & Other Dementias," of which Mr Solomon was a contributor.
September 20 marks Newtown’s 21st Annual Health and Public Safety Fair and the fair’s planners — Mae Schmidle, Della Schmid, Natalie Dos Santos, Donna Culbert and Judy Blanchard — are inviting the entire community to visit and take advantage of free health screenings, information, health enhancing advice and tons of giveaways. Residents can visit the fair, being held again this year at the Newtown Middle School on Queen Street from 9 am to 1 pm. A new contest this year will give Holly the calf a middle name. Every year, Newtown’s Paproski Family of Castle Hill Farm provide a cow or calf to the Health Fair to promote Newtown’s agricultural heritage, and as a unique special guest for children and animal lovers to visit. “Holly is a new member of the Paproski Family with a special story, Ms Culbert said.
The Shelton High School Class of 1981 invites members of the Newtown community to attend the second annual fundraiser event in memory of Jesse McCord Lewis, son of fellow graduate Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, who was lost on 12/14. The event will be held at The Stone Barn, 175 Shelton Road (Route 110) in Monroe, on Saturday, October 25, from 7 to 11 pm. The evening will will include appetizers, buffet dinner, dessert, and cash bar, auction items and prizes, and live entertainment by Lost Rebel. All proceeds will benefit The Jesse Lewis Memorial Scholarship, being awarded annually to a graduating senior at Shelton High School.
On Sunday, August 31, the Edmond Town Hall Theatre will screen "Goodbye, Mr Chips" as part of the 2014 Sunday Cinema Series, presented by Newtown Cultural Arts Commission. Tickets for all shows are $2. Screenings are planned for 1, 4 and 7 pm.