Rabbits showed up at our place for the first time this summer from I don’t know where.We live at an intersection, not just of two roads but of fields, forest, and suburban lawns. We’ve had all kinds of wildlife pass through over the years, from tiny toads to cruising coyotes. The newcomer rabbits turned up first at the far edge of the yard, darting in and out of the unruly grape vines that overwhelmed a rhododendron there, moving like shy but curious children, who venture only so far from their cover in the pleats of mother’s skirt.
Through Thursday, October 24, The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut is presenting seven exhibitions in public and private spaces in Danbury and Bethel. Accessible Art is a “year-long, multi-site series of exhibitions joining business with art,” according to information provided by Cultural Alliance. The project allows artists to show their works in alternative spaces, making them more available to the general public.
Among the seven artists taking part in the August-September Accessible Art exhibits is Hawleyville photographer Tara Tomaselli. “Coastal Colors” is a show of 12 of Ms Tomaselli’s photographs highlighting the primary colors of coastal scenery in New England. “Coastal Colors” consists of images that identify with New England, she said. The collection will be on view in the front lobby of Visual Impact, a framing, printing and graphic display company located at 12 Finance Drive in Danbury.
Headlining the 2015 Newtown Yoga Festival on Saturday, August 22, will be two award-winning authors and nationally recognized doctors: Dr Patricia Gerbarg and Dr Richard Brown. Partners in work and life, Dr Gerbarg and Dr Brown, of Kingston, N.Y., with offices in Manhattan, will present the afternoon workshop for ages 16 and up, “Back to Balance: Yoga, Meditation, and Tools for Cultivating a Stress-Free Life." Returning to NYA Sports & Fitness Center for the third year, this month's event will once again offer seven hours of classes, live music, lunch, vendors and two offerings of the popular Yoga Buffet, where guests can sample a number of different styles and meet local instructors during a 45-minute session.
“If you’re going to grow as an author, you have to reach people you don’t know,” said Newtown author and former book coach Sophfronia Scott. That is one reason she was happy to host a book reading and writing Q&A for friend and fellow author Mathieu Callier on on the afternoon of Saturday, August 8, at C.H. Booth Library. Mr Callier, a Los Angeles author, was in town to promote his recently published collection of short stories, "Loss Angeles," and to speak to the craft of writing. Some of the conversation on Saturday centered on “Not writing what you know,” he said. “Stretching yourself is the most interesting way to keep things fresh. It’s fun to play around with writing,” Mr Callier said. He also addressed how this exercise can be as frightening as it is worthwhile for a writer. “If writing is your profession, you never want to get bored. It’s nice to surprise your reader, too,” he pointed out.
Laurie and Michael Wright are organizing a special event for Sunday, September 6, at Edmond Town Hall. For the event, “Can’t Stop the Serenity: A Global Charity Screening Event for Equality Now,” the Sandy Hook residents are encouraging attendees to “Get your geek on for a good cause!” The evening will feature a screening of the film "Serenity" and “Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.” Pre-movie entertainment will include programming from Geek & Sundry, live music by Sean Faust, a raffle, trivia, door prizes, and a cosplay/costume contest. Tickets are $10 in advance, or $12 at the door. Proceeds from the event will be divided between Equality Now, a charity dedicated to promoting and protecting the human rights of women around the world, and The Mary Hawley Society, the nonprofit organization that supports the historic town hall building at 45 Main Street.