Murals created by youth who visited a Ben’s Lighthouse event or location in recent months are now on view at Newtown Municipal Center. Ben’s Lighthouse provided hands-on booths at both the 2014 Lighthouse Festival and Newtown Arts Festival. These booths included murals and invited all youth who stopped by to pick up a paintbrush and add their creative flair. Each mural started out as a themed canvas: “Ben’s Waterlilies,” “Shine Your Light on This Starry Night” and “Safe Harbor. The collection will remain on view until the end of the month.
“Familiar Paths,” an exhibit of mixed media sculpture by Liz Alpert Fay of Sandy Hook and photographs and paintings by former Newtown resident Kimberly Day Proctor, will open with a reception at Minor Memorial Library, 23 South Street in Roxbury, on Saturday, November 8, from 2 to 4 pm. The show will remain on view until January 3.
The November meeting of Newtown Genealogy Club will be held at Ridgefield Recreation Center, 195 Danbury Road in Ridgefield, on Sunday, November 9. The program will begin at 1:30 pm. Longtime Newtown club member Toni McKeen will present a program on using the website FindAGrave.com.
With 120 works of art, Koenig FrameWorks is ready to present its annual “Small Works, Inside The Box,” a show and sale of affordable art for small spaces. This year’s collection offers diverse mediums — including oils, acrylics, watercolors, color pencil, photography, pastels and etchings mixed media, etc — and subjects by 36 local artists. All works are sized less than 12 by 12 inches. The collection will be on view November 8 to December 24; an opening reception will be celebrated on November 8 from 1 to 4 pm.
Sketches for Schick razor designs, such as the one above from 1967 and the one below, from 1971, both by Martin Glaberson, will be shared during the next Newtown Historical Society open house. John Glaberson will be sharing items from the collection of his father, who served as the creative director for the company for nearly three decades.
A special concert featuring the Shapiro Sisters (Abigail and Milly), Paige Brady and Ava Ulloa (Matilda), Zachary Unger (Newsies), Jillian Caillouette and cast members from all three 12.14 Foundation shows (Seussical: the Musical, The 101 Dalmatians Musical and A ROCKIN’ Midsummer Night’s Dream) will be held at Walnut Hill Community Church on Friday, November 7, beginning at 7 pm. Proceeds will benefit The 12.14 Foundation and its mission to use the performing arts to promote healing and strength.
The most popular show on public television for several years was "Antiques Roadshow." Find out something about why the show was so popular, what composes the world of antiques, and more, during the next Newtown Historical Society program. Longtime Newtown resident and antiques dealer Lincoln Sander will present “Introduction to the World of Antiques” on Monday, November 10, at 7:30 pm.
Masonicare at Newtown will hold a food drive Monday, November 3, through Sunday, November 23, at its location, 139 Toddy Hill Road in Newtown. Donation boxes will be located in the main lobby of Masonicare at Newtown as well as the lobby of Lockwood Lodge. The public is asked to consider making a donation, and all items will be donated directly to the Salvation Army Food Pantry at Newtown Social Services at the conclusion of the drive.
As if sensing the approaching All Hallow’s Eve, ghosts, goblins, and other monsters took their place this week in time for Friday, October 31. Halloween decorations — especially those along Main Street where several thousand parents and children trick-or-treat each year — kept vigil as Friday crept near. Ghosts circling a wooden sign post wait at the corner of Main Street and Church Hill Road near the flagpole.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown will have an internationally famous artist demonstrating figure painting in oil for its next program. Joel Spector will be at Newtown Meeting House, on Wednesday, November 12. Mr Spector has been creating and exhibiting portraits, oil paintings, silverpoint drawings and illustrations nationally and internationally for decades, and is well-known for his images of elegance.