Top Of The Mountain

Published: October 08, 2018 at 07:32 am


If you find your way winding through Roxbury during the next few weeks — or are looking for a reason to visit — consider a run to Minor Memorial Library before October 20. Newtown artist Joanne Conant is the featured artist in “The Way of Water,” an exhibition on view at the South Street library. The exhibition features a collection of Joanne’s oil paintings celebrating clouds and the sea, including close-ups of waves. The library is open Wednesday through Monday; call 860-350-2181 or visit minormemoriallibrary.org for specifics.

Meanwhile, the works of Newtown residents Marleen Cafarelli, David Maier, and Joe Paccia are featured in the newest exhibition at Newtown Municipal Center. “In Our Rearview Mirror” opened on Monday and will remain on view until October 31. The art — photographs by Ms Cafarelli and paintings by Mr Maier and Mr Paccia — is in the main corridor of the building at 3 Primrose Street, and they can be viewed Monday through Wednesday between 7:30 am and 5 pm (and evenings when the building is open for town board and commission meetings). In addition, an opening reception will be celebrated Sunday, October 7, from 2 to 4 pm. Shilin Ray will perform live music, and refreshments will be served. Newtown Cultural Arts Commission is sponsoring the show in conjunction with National Arts & Humanities Month. The exhibition is also continuing the commission’s 2018 Newtown Arts Festival event offerings.

Castle Hill Farm’s 2018 Corn Maze opened on September 22, and its design this year is “Farmer’s Dog.” Complete with pooch, a bone, and tennis balls, the maze is in honor of the Paproski family’s farm dog, Kapusta, who passed away. To see drone footage, visit castlehillfarm.net. Each year, Castle Hill Farm has a unique design for the maze. Admission to venture through the maze is $9, with children 3 and under allowed in for free. The maze is open Saturdays and Sundays 10 am to 5 pm, with the last entry at 5 pm. Everyone who takes on the maze is given a map. There are themed fact signs along the trail. There is also a wagon observation deck halfway through the maze that allows people a view of the farm. Check out castlehillfarm.net/corn-maze for information about a night maze event scheduled for Saturday, November 3.

Anyone who has visited The Bee Publishing Company offices any time during the last few decades knows how much we love our dogs. Two to three office dogs often rush across the front office to greet our guests and visitors, and most employees regularly share stories and photos of their canines at home. This month, the paper is again hosting a collection in honor of Adopt A Shelter Dog Month, which will benefit those who care for dogs still hoping to be adopted from the town’s animal control facility. A collection box has been set up just inside our front door at 5 Church Hill Road to collect items for the facility. This year’s requested items are Nutro Max mini chunk dog food, Iams dry dog food, freeze-dried liver treats, poultry flavor toothpaste, pig’s ears, large rubber Kong toys, Air Kongs, large rope toys, Frisbees, squeak toys, tennis balls, choke chains, collars, and sturdy slide leads. The shelter will also gladly accept pet store gift certificates and cleaning supplies such as bleach, ammonia, paper towels, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, towels, and large black garbage bags. Our front door is open Monday through Friday, generally between 7:30 am and 5:30 pm (other times by chance), and that collection box will be in place all month. Thank you in advance for anything you can do to help make lives better for our town’s current pet shelter populations.

The St Rose Home School Association will kick off its 2018-19 Bingo season next weekend. All ages are invited to the Monsignor Weiss Gathering Hall at the school, 40 Church Hill Road, on Friday, October 12. Doors will open at 5:45 pm, and games will run from 6:30 until about 9:30 pm. Admission is $17 per person, which covers all regular games. Reservations are not needed, but additional information is available by calling the St Rose School administrative offices at 203-426-5102.

If it appears something is missing from our Community Calendar this week, you’re right. And we didn’t forget … Barbara Bloom, one of the organizers of the monthly Pasta Dinner events at Newtown United Methodist Church tells me this month’s event will not be happening. Hold on to your loose change, though. The next regular dinner will return on November 3 — the first Saturday of next month, as is the longstanding tradition of that community event. Dinner will be served in the gathering hall of the church, 92 Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook, from 5 to 7:30 pm. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, and $3.50 for children, and that’s for a very filling dinner with pasta, fresh sauce (and huge meatballs, if desired, for a nominal charge), homemade desserts, and beverages. So make plans for this weekend, but save the date for next month.

Later this month, the annual Eighth Grade Scarecrow Contest will be on view on the front lawn of Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street. Once the scarecrows are on display, voting will be open to the public, Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21. The annual fundraiser tasks NMS students to create larger than life scarecrows. Members of the public may cast as many votes as they choose, with corresponding $1 donations for this local fundraiser. Ballots will be available at the school, and a copy of the ballot will be printed in the October 12 print edition of The Newtown Bee to cut out and submit with the corresponding $1 donation. Votes can be made during voting hours — 9 am to 5 pm on both days — at the school or dropped off at the office of The Newtown Bee weekdays when the office, at 5 Church Hill Road, is open or through the front door letter slot when we’re closed, with the envelopes marked NMS Scarecrows. All ballots must be delivered to a voting location by the end of that Sunday. What will the students come up with this year?

We get a lot of great thank you and endorsement letters at The Newtown Bee, and we love to hear from residents. Just a reminder, though, that while general topics have up to 500 words to express sentiments, letters of thanks and letters of endorsement are limited to 300 words.

Did you enjoy reading about Andrea Saunders in this week’s Snapshots profile featured on page A-2? If you would like to be featured or would like to recommend someone who lives and/or works in Newtown that would be a great candidate, e-mail Features Reporter Alissa Silber at alissa@thebee.com or call the office at 203-426-3141.

Congratulations to Yolanda Hampton and John Rudiak, who both won one-year subscriptions to The Newtown Bee by entering the raffle ticket drawing at the newspaper’s booth at Newtown Arts Festival weekend at Fairfield Hills. Make sure to come by our booth on Newtown Day — Saturday, October 6, from 11 am to 5 pm, at Fairfield Hills — to enter for another chance to win a one-year subscription to this lovely (if I do say so myself) newspaper. Staff members from various departments will be manning the booth during the course of the special event.

Whether you have a subscription (call 203-426-3141 to set one up) or like to grab the paper weekly at a neighborhood store or at our office, I hope next week you will make sure to... Read me again.


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