• Ben’s Bells: Ringing Out The Old, Ringing In The New

    Wednesday, July 29, will be the final workshop at the 17 Church Hill Road Ben’s Bells Newtown Studio. The doors will not be closing permanently, however, on the program that has issued thousands of the handcrafted ceramic bead and bell ornaments to the Newtown community, and many other communities in need of an act of kindness. Thursday and Friday, July 30-31, will be moving days for the studio. Ben’s Bells will be relocating to 32 Stony Hill Road in Bethel, where the studio hopes to reopen by mid-August. While the group is very appreciative of the current Church Hill Road landlord, the project really needed more space in order to operate. The Bethel studio will offer 2,000 square feet of usable space, allowing Ben’s Bells to focus more on group experiences. The move will also allow the studio to establish more hours and days that it is open.

  • A Glimpse of the Garden: Local Organizations Join To Renew Hilltop Gardens

    People who regularly visit the Newtown Forest Association (NFA) Holcombe Hill property, off Great Hill Road in Newtown, are familiar with the expansive fields covered in native flora that flow about Fairfield County’s highest point. What visitors may not be as familiar with are the four gardens surrounding the headquarters building of the NFA, at the top of the hill. “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. While Nancy K. Crevier usually meets with a homeowner for a private tour of their gardens, which she then shares with Bee readers through this series, this time she spent time at Holcombe Hill Preserve to see what The Garden Club of Newtown has been doing recently. This week's column offers a preview of what the public can find now, and expect to find in the near future.

  • Concert Preview: Gathering Of The Vibes Continues Drawing Top Jam Band Talent To Bridgeport 20 Years On

    Two decades ago Connecticut entrepreneur and self-avowed Deadhead Ken Hays decided to mount a concert commemorating the passing of legendary Grateful Dead co-founder Jerry Garcia. He may never have conceived the musical celebration would become an annual tradition, never mind a four-day, jam-packed home state festival destination for the world's best musicians - and tens of thousands of fans.

  • The Way We Were

    A look back at Newtown 25, 50, 75, and 100 years ago.

  • Snapshot: Kathy Gadoci

    A weekly profile of a local person.

  • The Top of the Mountain

    Newtown, from a cat's point of view.

  • Theater Review: In Very Good ‘Company’ At TBTA

    The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts summer musical production of Steven Sondheim’s "Company," with book by George Furth, is not to be missed. The caliber of this production excels in every capacity. Director Maureen Trotto has brought to life a funny, touching and realistic musical examination of marriage in its modern form. Her precise and expert direction captures the essence of Sondheim’s message of the indelible value of an institution that is often a messy, aggravating pain in the neck.

  • Canine Physical Therapy Offers Recovery Solution

    What could make a dog that has loved long, vigorous walks for her entire 11 years, suddenly start limping and favoring one leg? That was the question in Newtown resident Sherry Paisley’s mind when her golden retriever, Grace, began slowing down last fall.At first, Ms Paisley was not sure that Grace’s gait was off; but within two weeks, the dog no longer wanted to put weight on her front left leg. Walks were slow and short as Grace struggled to balance herself and move along. There was no apparent reason or recent injury.

  • Lisa Unleashed: Hollywood Pony Dreams

    Two blockbuster movies hit the silver screen in 1939, "The Wizard of Oz" and "Gone with the Wind." We all remember Dorothy’s iconic little dog in Oz a Carin terrier named Toto. In Gone there were more than 1,100 horses used that in that production. Animals always add humanity our storytelling. Their actions can change a plot or slow down the pace of a well-told tale. What many don’t know, is that in addition to both movies sharing director Victory Fleming, they also shared an animal actor, a little black pony named Admiral.

  • History Campers Bake Colonial Recipes At Matthew Curtiss House

    “Mistress” Patty Graves looked up from the bowl of blueberries and tray of sliced apples to listen to a faraway rumble in a darkening sky. Although still at a distance, she worried a summer storm might interrupt Newtown Historical Society history campers preparing blueberry pudding pie and apple crisp Wednesday, July 15.