Art Exhibits____ _____

Published: November 23, 2012 at 12:00 am


Art Exhibits____ _____

Avancé Esthétiques Day Spa, Sand Hill Plaza, 228 Main St South, Newtown; 203-270-8911.

*(new show) Through Dec 31: “SCAN Art About Town: CompARTmentz,” see feature story above.

Gunn Memorial Library, 5 Wykeham Rd (at Rte 47), Washington Green; 860-868-7586.

*(new show) Nov 25-Jan 20: “It’s A Small, Small World: Dollhouse and Miniatures,” 50+ miniature houses, furnishings, toys & dolls from museum’s collection, also loans from Washington residents & private collections across Northeast, incl rare 1747 George II English Baby House, also works by local dollhouse craftsmen & miniature artisans Rick Maccione, Susan Anthony Klein & Teresa Layman; Nov 25, opening reception 1-3 pm.

Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose St, Newtown.

Through Dec 14: “Newtown and Beyond,” photos by 24 members of The Flagpole Photographers Camera Club taken in Newtown and around the world.

Concerts, Musical Events ____

Nov 24: Monthly Ballroom Dance, Holy Trinity Greek Church Community Center, 4070 Park Ave, Bridgeport, 7 pm-midnight, $20 incl dancing, dance lesson at 8, Venetian pastries & coffee, also performance (9:30 pm) featuring US Professional Theater Arts Champions & Latin starts Shannon & Shane Jensen, singles & couples welcome, black tie/suits requested; 203-374-7308.

Dec 1: Newtown Choral Society Holiday Concert, Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main St, Newtown, 7:30 pm, $10, $8 seniors & ages 12 & under, performance to incl Stroope’s Hodie, Williams’s Exultate Justi & traditional songs of the season; 203-426-3769.

Dec 1: NUMC Coffee House, Newtown United Methodist Church, 92 Church Hill Rd, Sandy Hook, 7:45-10:30 pm, adm $4 for those attending earlier pasta dinner (see detial under Miscellaneous), $5 otherwise, bluegrass and folk music by Roger Sprung & Friends, refreshments available; 203-426-9998.


For Kids & Families _________

Through Nov 24: Help Rockaway Get Back On Their Dancing Feet, The Graceful Planet, 7 Berkshire Rd, Sandy Hook, 4-7 pm Mon-Fri (call for other drop-off opportunities), moving arts center is accepting donations of new & gently used dance wear & shoes to send to Mrs Elaine’s School of Dance following Hurricane Sandy; 203-426-8215.

Nov 24: Drop & Shop, Graceful Planet, 7 Berkshire Rd, Sandy Hook, 10 am-2 pm, sugg donation $20, drop children ages 3 & up off (w/ packed lunch) for activities incl art project to send to dance school in Rockaway, N.Y., donations will also be sent to school that suffered damage during Sandy, reservations requested; 203-426-8215.

Dec 1: 11th Annual Sandy Hook Tree Lighting, 1 Washington Ave & surrounding area, Sandy Hook Center, 4-6:30 pm, special events & offerings at local businesses incl refreshments, face painting, holiday gifts, karaoke & caroling, 3-D glasses & jingle bell bracelets, bicycle raffles (boy’s & girl’s bikes) & more, tree lighting at 6, donations requested for FAITH Food Pantry.

Dec 2: 27th Annual Holiday Festival, Main Street incl Edmond Town Hall & C.H. Booth Library, Newtown, 11 am-4 pm, $12/person, $25/family of four ($5/addt’l child), historic homes tour, Victorian Tea, Amazing Scavenger Hunt ($25/team, begins from NYFS office, 15 Berkshire Rd), performances of scenes from Nutcracker Suite (12 & 2 pm, $7 without festival ticket), Festival of Trees, vendor marketplace, Gingerbread House display & more, proceeds benefit Newtown Youth & Family Services; 203-270-4335.

Institute for American Indian Studies, 38 Curtis Rd, Washington; 860-868-0518.

Nov 24, “A Time For Storytelling,” 1 pm, 90-min program w/ Janis “Four Hearts Whispering” Us (Mohawk-Shinnecock descent) will share heartwarming traditional Native American stories, also intermission break for children to create simple craft, reservations requested.


Miscellaneous ___________

Through Nov 24: Help Rockaway Get Back On Their Dancing Feet, Graceful Planet, Sandy Hook, see details under For Kids & Families.

Nov 24: Yoga & Pilates: Work Off That Turkey, 8:30 am, The Graceful Planet, 7 Berkshire Rd, Sandy Hook, donations accepted for 90-min class will be donated to Mrs Elaine’s School of Dance in Rockaway, N.Y., which Graceful Planet is fundraising for following Hurricane Sandy; 203-426-8215.

Nov 24: Drop & Shop, The Graceful Planet, 7 Berkshire Rd, Sandy Hook, 10 am-2 pm, see details under For Kids & Families.

Nov 29-Dec 1: 5th Annual Holiday Tea at Historic Rider House, 43 Main St, Danbury, $25 incl selection of fine teas, sandwiches, etc, also live entertainment  at historic 1785 Colonial home, reservations strongly suggested,  also shopping in holiday bazaar; 203-743-5200.

Nov 29-Dec 2: “St Rose Christmas Boutique: You Can Never Have Enough Christmas,” St Rose of Lima Gathering Hall, 46 Church Hill Road, Newtown, Thurs 7-9:30 pm (**Men’s Night, beverages & food, personal shoppers & gift wrapping), Fri 6:30-9:30 pm (Gala opening, $5 adm incl wine, appetizers & desserts), Sat 9:30 am-7 pm (free adm), Sun 8:30 am-1:30 pm (also free adm), Nativities, Santas & snow people, ornaments, handmade wreaths, Advent wreaths & calendars, jewelry, toys, tabletop trasures, woven goods & more; 203-426-1014.

Nov 30: 4th Annual “A Peaceable Home” breakfast event, The Amber Room Colonnade, 1 Stacey Rd, Danbury, 7:30-9 am, call for sugg donation info, guest speaker Patrick Broderick, MD, breakfast, raffle, silent auction & freewill offering, hosted by The Assn of Religious Communities (ARC), proceeds to benefit ARC’s domestic violence prevention program; 203-792-9450 x12.

Dec 1: Garden Club of Newtown Annual Christmas Greens Sale, Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main St, Newtown, 9 am-1 pm, decorated wreaths, swags and table arrangements, also tabletop trees, kissing balls, roping and handmade gifts by members of club; 203-270-1108.

Dec 1: 11th Annual Sandy Hook Tree Lighting, 1 Washington Ave & surrounding area, Sandy Hook Center, 4-6:30 pm, see details under For Kids & Families.  

Dec 1: Newtown Scholarship Association 75th Anniversary Celebration, Rock Ridge Country Club, 214 Sugar St, Newtown, cocktail 6 pm, dinner, etc follows, $135, celebration of NSA’s diamond anniversary will incl honors for longstanding supporters Betty Lou Osborne &The Honorable Judge William Lavery, also dancing (live music by Old School), silent and live auctions, reservations requested; 203-426-2500.

Dec 1: NUMC Monthly Pasta Dinner, Newtown United Methodist Church, 92 Church Hill Road, Sandy Hook, 5-7:30 pm, $9 adults, $8 seniors, $3.50 children, full pasta dinner w/ beverages & homemade desserts, take-out available; 203-426-9998.

Dec 1: AWNWCT Fête de Noël Canadienne, Woodbury Senior-Community Center, 265 Main St South, Woodbury, 11:30 am-3 pm, $30, typical French-Canadian Christmas meal to be served, followed by Christmas concert by French-Canadian singer Josée Vachon, hosted by Alliance Française of NW CT, reservations requested; 203-262-1320.

Dec 2: 27th Annual Holiday Festival, Newtown, see detials under For Kids & Families.

Dec 2: Newtown Historical Society Holiday Open House & Quilting Demo, at The Matthew Curtiss House, 44 Main St, Newtown, 12-4 pm, free, demo by Donna Betts on hand making a quilt from start to finish; 203-426-5937.

Dec 2: Fashion Show: Prom 2013, Newtown High School cafetorium, 12 Berkshire Rd, Sandy Hook, $15, preview 2013 prom & evening wear fashions, also raffles, refreshments, proceeds to community projects; 203-364-0133.

Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main St, Newtown; 203-426-2475.

FILM: Nov 23-29: Walt Disney’s The Odd life of Timothy Green (PG), Fr-Sat 7 & 9 pm, Sun-Thurs 7 pm, mat Fri-Sun 1 & 4 pm, Tues 1 pm.

Institute for American Indian Studies, 38 Curtis Rd, Washington; 860-868-0518.

Nov 24, “A Time For Storytelling,” see details under For Kids & Families.

Newtown Hikers. Call 203-788-1398 (Ester Nichols), 203-270-4340 (Newtown Parks & Rec).

Hikes leave from lower lot @Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main St, Newtown, 9 am (spring & fall start), free, all welcome (children must be accompanied), bring bag lunch/beverage, wear sturdy shoes, destinations & leaders (in parentheses) as follows: Nov 24, Thanksgiving Weekend open hike, no formal plan, just show up & decide w/ group where to go (203-788-1398, Esther Nichols).

Society of Creative Arts of Newtown, Inc. (SCAN), Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main St, Newtown; 203-426-6654.

Programs 2nd Wed/month, 7:30 pm, free, public welcome, artist demonstrations, refreshments:

Programs 4th Wed/month, 1:30 pm, artist demonstrations, refreshments: Nov 28, Frank Federico.

Theatre ______________

Ridgefield Theater Barn, 37 Halpin La, Ridgefield; 203-431-9850.

Through Dec 8: Italian American Reconciliation, curtain Fri-Sat 8 pm, mat Sun (Nov 24 & Dec 2) 5 pm, $24, $20 students & seniors.

Town Players of Newtown, at The Little Theatre, 18 Orchard Hill Rd, Newtown; 203-270-9144.

Through Dec 8: The Underpants, curtain Fri-Sat 8 pm, mat Sun (Nov 25 & Dec 2), $20, $10 ages 10 & under, play contains adult themes & may not be appropriate for children under 12; Dec 7, benefit performance, call for ticket details.



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Shannon Hicks is the calendar editor for The Newtown Bee. To submit an item for the Enjoy Calendar, send her an email at no later than Tuesday at 5 pm for each week’s calendar. For the Community Calendar (Newtown events, which can be found on page A-2 each week), emails must be received no later than 5 pm Wednesday. For additional information contact Miss Hicks at The Newtown Bee, 203-426-3141.

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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
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The Lords of 52nd Street concert, September 14
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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
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The 3rd Annual Newtown-Sandy Hook Restaurant Week, October 8-14
0% (0 votes)
Basket weaving workshop with Tina Puckett, October 13
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“Courageous Conversations in A Complex World,” October 17
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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
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Natalie’s Open Mic, October 21
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“The Wordsmiths,” October 24
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Pianist Konstanza Chernov, October 28
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Someday Cinema Series double feature screenings of “Bride of Frankenstein” and “The Beast with Five Fingers,” October 29
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Total votes: 2