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.
Master pastelist Rae Smith will be demonstrating in pastel at the next meeting of The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) on Wednesday, July 24, at 1:30 pm. Her subject will be a landscape. The meeting and program are open to the public and will be held in the lower room at Newtown Meeting House. All are welcome and admission is free.
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.
With the official opening of its new studio space, HealingNewtown confidently announces an updated schedule of free workshops. Weekly arts and crafts sessions for kindergarden students are being offered weekly until the end of August, and weekly weaving workshops are also being offered. Programs are still free of charge.
Local musicians, artists, and community members will gather Sunday, July 21, on the Danbury Green for an outdoor concert to benefit HealingNewtown, a public arts center in Newtown established in response to 12/14. HealingNewtown Through the Arts is a project of Newtown Cultural Arts Commission. The fundraising event, called Random Compassion Act I, was co-founded by CityCenter Danbury and Nancy Metcalf. Acclaimed Rush tribute band Limelight will headline the concert. Other acts will include The Matt Rae Trio, Otis and the Hurricanes, Skanktones, Eugene Dobbs Ultimate Nu-Cullers Band, Spectral Fangs, The Bandolins, Voices For Heroes, and Bill Wisnowski. In addition to live performances, the event will feature vendors, including sponsors, with food and beverage for sale. Attendees are strongly encouraged to make a tax-deductible donation to HealingNewtown. All proceeds from Random Compassion Act I will go toward helping the arts center regain its financial balance and fund the arts space.