• Two Coyotes Hosts Woodland Arts Camp

    Campers at Two Coyotes Wilderness School’s Woodland Arts summer camp took part in crafts and activities on Wednesday, July 1, at the school’s Newtown location, at Sticks and Stones Farm on Huntingtown Road. Two Coyotes’ Woodland Arts camp provides explorers ages 5 to 13 with a resourceful approach to nature, using what the woods have to offer to create an endless variety of tools and art, according to lead mentor Ross Fredell.

  • Design It, Build It, Launch It Camp Begins First Session

    With campers working to build catapults on Tuesday, July 7, Newtown Continuing Education Design It, Build It, Launch It camp instructor Rick Lowry said the first two-week session was starting off well. The first session began on Monday, July 6, and runs through July 17. A second two-week sessions is slated from July 20 to 31, and enrollment is still open for the second session. "It's fun, really fun," said camper Jett Lyons, as he worked on his catapult on Tuesday.

  • Local Talent To Mount Three Musicals For Sabrina’s Encore Productions

    Sabrina’s Encore Productions (SEP), LLC, announced its Summer Series musical productions lineup, with performances starting July 17. The three scheduled musical productions will star youth from Newtown, Brookfield, Monroe, Easton, Trumbull, Bethel, Danbury, and Ridgefield. Each production will be presented live on the stage at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street. The elementary age troupe will perform Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr, Friday, July 17, at 5 pm, and Saturday, July 18, at 3 pm.

  • Sabrina’s Encore Productions Graduating Seniors Performing In One Final Production

    Sabrina’s Encore Productions (SEP), LLC, a local private performing arts school, has nine graduating student members who will mark their final production with SEP later this month. The nine graduating members will take to the stage and work behind the scenes when in SEP’s production of Les Miserables opens on Thursday, July 23, at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street, and runs through Sunday, July 26. Performances are set for 7:30 pm Thursday through Saturday, and 5 pm on Sunday. Performers will be accompanied by a 17-piece professional orchestra.

  • FUN Celebrates Its Graduating Seniors And End Of The School Ye

    Members of FUN (Families United in Newtown) gathered at Dickinson Memorial Park on Sunday, June 14, for the group’s final meeting of the 2014-15 school year. The event was held as a celebration of the end of the academic year and of the group’s graduating high school senior members. The event included music provided by DJ Mattchez, Matthew Fitzgerald, food, a bounce house, a cake, water balloons, and activities for the gathered eventgoers. Families with children of special needs were invited and child care was provided by Newtown High School National Honors Society members and student volunteers.

  • Library Summer Reading Kickoff: Every Hero Has a Story

    To kick off its annual Summer Reading program, C.H. Booth Library hired magician Scott Jameson to perform for children and their parents on Tuesday, June 23. “We’ve had him before…he’s wonderful, he’s very intriguing, he’s very skilled. The kids loved him last year, so we’re having him back,” said Lana Bennison, the head of the children’s department at the library. As students showed excitement, inching further toward the performer, Mr Jameson opened his performance by producing two umbrellas from seemingly nowhere during a scarf dance.

  • Summer Begins For Parks & Recreation Campers

    The start of summer camp for local children in the Newtown Parks & Recreation day camps at Dickinson Memorial Park and Treadwell Park was on June 22, the day after summer officially began. Sara Edgerton and Trevor Ferraro are the site directors at Treadwell Park and Leah Pizighelli is the site director at Dickinson Park. All three site directors agreed that the first week of camp went well, saying that the highlight of the week was the combined field trip to Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury.

  • Two Coyotes To Host Two New Nature-Based Theater Camps

    Two Coyotes Wilderness School is offering two nature-based theater camps, “Wild Theater” for ages 8 to 14, and “Magical Theater” for ages 5 to 7, later this month. In both camps the wilderness is the stage and students become part of the unfolding story of nature, according to the school. The two-weeklong Wild Theater summer camp runs from July 20 to July 31; the weeklong Magical Theater camp offers two sessions, Session I from July 20 to 24 and Session II from July 27 to 31. Each camp day runs from 9 am to 3 pm. Two Coyotes Wilderness School offers kids aged 5 to 16 unique, ongoing, year-round outdoor programs, as well as summer camps. The school's philosophy is derived from the book Coyote's Guide to Connecting with Nature. The school’s Newtown programs are held at Sticks and Stones Farm, 201 Huntingtown Road.

  • Newtown Parks & Recreation Camps, Programs, And Activities Planned For This Summer

    Newtown Parks & Recreation has a lineup of camps, programs, and activities set for this summer, with some already underway. The camp options are available to various age groups. The day camp offered at Treadwell Park allows campgoers to swim in the pool, as well as take swim lessons that are included in the camp, according to the Newtown Parks & Recreation Department.

  • Housatonic Valley Waldorf School Hosts St John’s Festival

    As part of its continuing celebration to commemorate its 25th anniversary year, Housatonic Valley Waldorf School hosted a St John’s Day Festival at its 1 Jacklin Road location on Saturday, June 13. The event gathered alumni, current families, and former and current school community members for picnic dinners and a potluck desert. While the school is celebrating its 25th year, it graduated its first class in 2002. Alumni from that class as well as the classes of '05, '06, '07, '10, '11, '13, and '15 classes attended the festival, which is traditionally a midsummer celebration, according to the school.