Before the Newtown Middle School Moving-Up Ceremony began Monday evening, a crowd of soon-to-be alumni gathered behind a black screen at Western Connecticut State University’s O’Neill Center. Students gathered in groups, talking among friends, and marking when their teachers arrived for the event. By the time students entered to “Pomp & Circumstance” on June 16, parents, friends and family members had cameras in hand to record the event from the stands and seats. Some attendees yelled out names, while others simply waved or smiled at their graduates.
“I’ve been lying awake thinking about your beautiful ‘Stacks’ sculpture and how I always see a ‘school library’ when I look at it… but the unfathomable loss of 26 precious souls at the Sandy Hook School [is] never leaving my mind. As I’m sure you know, 20 children ages 6 or 7 perished (12 girls, 8 boys) along with 6 of their educators (all female). Lucy, where I’m going with this: would you consider a commission to create a glass sculpture paying tribute to the 26 tragic victims?” So read the e-mail sent by retired Curtis Packaging Co. owner Don Droppo, Sr, to Santa Fe, N.M., glass artist Lucy Lyon, in the early morning hours of December 21, 2012. That connection has resulted in the creation of a memorial sculpture that will be unveiled at a public reception on Sunday, June 29, from 1 to 4 pm, at Curtis Packaging Co., 44 Berkshire Road in Sandy Hook.
The Sandy Hook Sole Sisters & Friends — a cancer awareness and fundraising team — kicked off its walk training season during Newtown’s annual Strutt Your Mutt in late May. Team members met at the town’s new Park and Park dog park where the event took place last month. Gathered at town’s newly opened, off-leash dog park, the Sandy Hook Sole Sisters joined the event to show support for their four-legged canine friends. Together, they will train for the team’s second year participating in the two-day, 39-mile Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in New York City in October.
The stage lights will again capture the struggle between good and evil when Newtown Centre of Classical Ballet presents "Swan Lake" for its annual performances on Friday, June 20, at 7:30 pm, and Saturday, June 21, at 12:30 pm, at Reed Intermediate School. Admission is free and open to the public.
“A Glimpse Of The Garden” is a seasonal miniseries focusing on the heart of a gardener’s work — a special spot, an extraordinary plant, a place of respite, or a place that evokes a heartfelt memory. After 30 years at her home, the gardens of Arlene Kreinik have expanded — and in recent years, that expansion has included a frog collection. Her gardens flow about the house and border the property. Hellebore, hostas of all sizes and colors, astilbe, iris, bleeding heart, azaleas, hydrangea, roses, euchera and more bend their boughs and wave blossoms over nearly two dozen frogs situated throughout the mainly shade gardens. There is no need to fear any of these frogs leaping out unexpectedly, though. From small to large, these amphibians are cast from concrete, ceramic, stone and metal, and have hopped into the Kreinik garden from antique and flea markets, big box stores, and various points around the country.
The 27th Annual Sandy Hook LobsterFest, a fundraiser hosted by Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co., was held Friday and Saturday, June 6-7, at the fire company’s main station on Riverside Road. Members of the company, its ladies auxiliary, Junior Corps, and family members and friends all volunteered throughout the two-day event to help serve steak and lobster dinners (or surf and turf for those who went for that option), sides and drinks to ticket-holders. A raw bar and desserts were also available. A total of 1,800 lobsters and more than 600 pounds of steak were served last weekend, according to LobsterFest Committee Chairman Anthony Capozziello. Proceeds from the event benefit the volunteer fire company, one of five that respond to Newtown’s homes, businesses and roadways during emergencies.