The Newtown Yoga Festival was held at NYA Sports & Fitness Center on Saturday, August 22. This was the third year for the annual event.
During the morning people practiced yoga under the guidance of a number of instructors and danced with Newtown energy healer and yoga teacher Joanne Keane and later the dance troupe Pilobolus.
Vendors were also set up for the event in the NYA’s courtyard.
The headline program for the 2015 Newtown Yoga Festival was led by Drs Patricia Gerbarg and Richard Brown, pioneers in the emerging field of yoga and medicine.
Chase Michael-Anthony Kowalski, the son of Rebecca and Stephen Kowalski, was just 7 years old when he died at Sandy Hook Elementary School, December 14, 2012, along with 19 classmates and six educators. Their active, athletically inclined son and third child, with two older sisters, Brittany and Erin, amazed them, said Rebecca Kowalski. At age 6, Chase was a triathlete, competing with his age group in the challenging swim/bike/race contest. Chase, said Ms Kowalski on August 24, has been an inspiration to athletes near and far, including herself. She will compete in the Women’s Sprint Triathalon, Sunday, August 30, at Winding Trails in Farmington.
My senses were overtaken recently by all things dog show! As a ring steward for the Newtown Kennel Club, the Elm City Kennel Club, and the Northwestern Connecticut Dog Club dog shows at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass, I ring stewarded over four days for the judging of nearly 600 dogs. Ring stewards have been called the “office managers” of the dog show ring. The reality is that it’s more like the ultimate test of multitasking, efficiency, and endurance.
The Botsford Fire Rescue Company’s Annual Fundraiser/Summer Bash was held on Saturday, August 22. The event began at 4 pm and ran until 10 pm. Food was served and covered by the entrance fee, and beer, wine, and soda were available for purchase. Modern country band Nashville Drive played original songs and covers during the event, and eventgoers at times danced along to the songs in front of the stage set up for the event. Botsford Fire Rescue Chief Wayne Ciaccia estimated that nearly 300 people attended the fundraiser. “It went great,” said Chief Ciaccia.
Generations of golfers have teed off, 30-plus presidents have served, there have been countless memories — including holes in one and tournament championships — and significant enhancements have been made to the course. Newtown Country Club (NCC) is celebrating a century’s worth of achievements and changes this summer in its 100th anniversary year. “It is a big deal to be here 100 years,” NCC Head Golf Professional Paul Miller said at the course, which is nestled between Main Street and Elm Drive, with an address of 2 Country Club Road. From the time since original president William T. Cole — one of the founders of the country club — was in charge through the centennial year, under the leadership of current president Brian Schlier, about the only thing that has remained the same is that golfers have chipped and putted under the sun on the course.
Ben’s Bells Connecticut, formerly Ben’s Bells Newtown, Assistant Studio Manager Sam Siess and volunteer Camryn Walsh sat inside the nonprofit’s new location on Saturday, August 22.
It was the first day the new location was open to visitors. As people made their way to the new space, Ms Siess answered phone calls and directed people to the accommodations, at 32 Stony Hill Road, Bethel, at the back of the shopping plaza.
Tables were set with paint brushes, and everything appeared in order to begin work.
Ben’s Bells is a nonprofit organization founded by Jeannette Maré of Tucson, Ariz., creating ceramic bead and bell wind chimes that are randomly distributed in places in need of healing and happiness.
Between the covers of Sydney Eddison’s recently published book of poetry, Where We Walk: Poems rooted in the soil of New England, readers will find words steeped in the familiar.
“It’s very local, because I’ve been inspired by all the places in Newtown,” said Ms Eddison, Tuesday, August 18. “Fairfield Hills, Holcomb Hill, all of those places have inspired me,” she said, as well as her beloved homestead, where she has put down her own roots, the past 54 years. “My gardens have been here for 54 years, and I adore this house,” Ms Eddison said, looking out over her yard from the kitchen table where she writes.
Ms Eddison is the well-known Newtown author of seven books on gardening.