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6th Annual Arts Festival Weekend Presented At Fairfield Hills

Published: September 23, 2017 at 12:00 am

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Members of Newtown High School Choir made sure they had fun between visitors to their group's tent at the 6th Annual Newtown Arts Festival last weekend. From left is Jane Shearin, Lindsay Dievert, Kayla Verga, and Olivia Cavallero, who played with…
Members of Newtown High School Choir made sure they had fun between visitors to their group's tent at the 6th Annual Newtown Arts Festival last weekend. From left is Jane Shearin, Lindsay Dievert, Kayla Verga, and Olivia Cavallero, who played with hula hoops on September 16. The hula hoops were just one of the activities at the tent, and among dozens of offerings during the two-day outdoor presentation at Fairfield Hills. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)
Stephanie Barnes, Juliano Barnes, center, and Nick D'Amico sit together at Friday's evening concert. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)
Stephanie Barnes, Juliano Barnes, center, and Nick D'Amico sit together at Friday's evening concert. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)
Sawyer Fredericks headlines the 6th annual Newtown Arts Festival concert, an outdoor event at Fairfield Hills on Friday, September 15. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)
Sawyer Fredericks headlines the 6th annual Newtown Arts Festival concert, an outdoor event at Fairfield Hills on Friday, September 15. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)
Dancers from the Newtown Centre of Classical Ballet & Voice performed at the 2017 Newtown Arts Festival on Saturday, September 16. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)
Dancers from the Newtown Centre of Classical Ballet & Voice performed at the 2017 Newtown Arts Festival on Saturday, September 16. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)
Molly Spak looks at Ben's Bells necklaces at the Newtown Arts Festival on Saturday. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)
Molly Spak looks at Ben's Bells necklaces at the Newtown Arts Festival on Saturday. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)
Mason Kisker, 2, paints a pumpkin at a Newtown High School Marching Band & Color Guard booth. The activity was a fundraiser for the Color Guard. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)
Mason Kisker, 2, paints a pumpkin at a Newtown High School Marching Band & Color Guard booth. The activity was a fundraiser for the Color Guard. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)
Jack Krompinger, 16 months, points to a bird on the side of a cardboard house at a Cool Down and Color booth at Newtown Arts Festival.  (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)
Jack Krompinger, 16 months, points to a bird on the side of a cardboard house at a Cool Down and Color booth at Newtown Arts Festival. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)
Audience members at the concert on Friday evening were lit partially by the food trucks lined up on the side of the field. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)
Audience members at the concert on Friday evening were lit partially by the food trucks lined up on the side of the field. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)
Charlene Rockefeller and her daughter, Tammy Symonds, enjoyed Friday's evening concert that kicked off the Newtown Arts Festival weekend. Ms Symonds said she and her mother flew in from San Diego for her mother's birthday, because she "loves Sawyer…
Charlene Rockefeller and her daughter, Tammy Symonds, enjoyed Friday's evening concert that kicked off the Newtown Arts Festival weekend. Ms Symonds said she and her mother flew in from San Diego for her mother's birthday, because she "loves Sawyer Fredericks." (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)
Ava Iazzetta, left, and Madison Freedman decorate paper bookmarks at C.H. Booth Library's booth at Newtown Arts Festival. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)
Ava Iazzetta, left, and Madison Freedman decorate paper bookmarks at C.H. Booth Library's booth at Newtown Arts Festival. (Bee Photo, Hallabeck)
The 6th Annual Newtown Arts Festival weekend, which ran September 15-17, included performances, crafts, artisans and craftspeople selling their works, and an evening of music, all centered in the soccer fields at Fairfield Hills.

The weekend began with three bands performing on the grounds at Fairfield Hills. Former Newtown resident Sawyer Fredericks headlined the evening of Friday, September 15, with One Track Mind and Tales of Joy performing opening sets.

As Tales of Joy performed, lights from around the grounds cast long shadows. Children played along the sides of the field, while adults mingled near the Wine and Beer Garden, set up under a tent. Others sat in chairs watching the performance. A VIP section was situated closest to the stage.

Among those attending Friday's performance were Tammy Symonds and her mother Charlene Rockefeller. Seated in the VIP section, Ms Symonds explained the duo was visiting Newtown for the concert from San Diego, Calif., for her mother's birthday. Ms Symonds said her mother "loves Sawyer Fredericks."

When he came on stage, Mr Fredericks greeting the crowd of nearly 200 attendees, saying "How you guys doing tonight?" Mr Fredericks and his fellow musicians then began playing. Their set included "Broken Home," "How Beautiful," and "Red Memories," among others.

The next morning, the area was bustling as artisans, food truck vendors, and people overseeing booths prepared for a day of people visiting, buying items, and participating in crafts.

The arts festival is overseen by Newtown Cultural Arts Commission (NCAC). Proceeds from the weekend festival support grants and scholarships for local artists and arts organizations, future festivals, and other work of the cultural arts commission.

NCAC will continue presenting 2017 Newtown Arts Festival events through at least the end of October, at locations around town.

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This Week's Poll

Newtown Cultural Arts Commission is presenting or coordinating on six weeks of special events. Which event are you looking forward to the most? (Visit our Features page for a full story with details about all of these events.)

“In The Bag” exhibition, on view to September 28
0% (0 votes)
The Lords of 52nd Street concert, September 14
0% (0 votes)
Newtown Arts Festival weekend, September 15-16
50% (1 vote)
“An Evening of the Arts,” September 15
50% (1 vote)
“The Fox on the Fairway” production by Town Players of Newtown, weekends September 21-October 13
0% (0 votes)
“The Main Street Replica Project,” launching September 25
0% (0 votes)
Someday Cinema Series screenings of “The Blues Brothers,” September 30
0% (0 votes)
Photography display “In Our Rearview Mirror” by Marleen Cafarelli, et al, October 1-30
0% (0 votes)
“Love, Laughter, and Rhubarb” with Tinky Weisblat, October 3
0% (0 votes)
Newtown Day, October 6
0% (0 votes)
The 3rd Annual Newtown-Sandy Hook Restaurant Week, October 8-14
0% (0 votes)
Basket weaving workshop with Tina Puckett, October 13
0% (0 votes)
“Courageous Conversations in A Complex World,” October 17
0% (0 votes)
Live at ETH: David Wax Museum concert, October 19
0% (0 votes)
The 2nd Annual Fall Carnival at Fairfield Hills, October 19-21
0% (0 votes)
Connecticut Author’s Reading Series, October 21
0% (0 votes)
Natalie’s Open Mic, October 21
0% (0 votes)
“The Wordsmiths,” October 24
0% (0 votes)
Pianist Konstanza Chernov, October 28
0% (0 votes)
Someday Cinema Series double feature screenings of “Bride of Frankenstein” and “The Beast with Five Fingers,” October 29
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 2