REDDING — The Collectors’ Corner room at the annual Labor Day weekend Mark Twain Library Book Fair, housing the rare and valuable treasures for sale, is especially interesting this year, according to fair organizers. Book expert Paul Weissman, who prices this category for the Book Fair team, has discovered an outstanding number of meaningful donations. Among the highlights: a wide variety of signed first edition volumes. “First edition books signed by the author are coveted by the book dealers, but also make very special gifts,” said Library Director Beth Dominianni. “I imagine The Collectors Corner will be very popular this year.” The 54th Annual Mark Twain Library Book Fair is scheduled from Friday, August 29, through Monday, September 1, at the Redding Community Center.
The second Newtown Yoga Festival takes place Saturday, August 23, at the NYA Sports & Fitness Center at Fairfield Hills. The daylong event begins with registration at 8:30 am, followed by Gayatri Mantra and Kirta from 9 to 9:30 am. Lydia Smith and Sound Center Arts of Newtown will offer a drum circle from 9:30 to 10 am, followed by the “Yoga Buffet” from 10 am to noon. Yoga Buffet features area teachers Barbara Templeton, Kristi Gunnershaug, Anne Pelisson, Chris Smith, and Aline Marie with a smorgasbord of Vinyasa, Power or Vinyasa Flow, Kundalini, and Gentle Yoga for yogis of all ages and levels. Younger participants may enjoy Yoga for Kids with Karen Pierce, or Yoga for Tweens and Teens, led by Kat Barton. Take an inner trip on the Journey Dance, led by Joanne Keane. Brian Pontolio will lead Sun Salutations.
The 63rd Bridgewater Country Fair takes place Friday, August 15, through Sunday, August 17, at the Bridgewater Fair Grounds, 100 Main Street South. The fair kicks off with the Fireman’s Parade at 6:45 pm, featuring area volunteer fire companies from Connecticut and New York marching down historic Bridgewater Main Street. The Bridgewater Country Fair is a classic fair, with farmers and area residents competing for prizes in livestock, produce, baking, and arts and crafts. See the latest in farm equipment, and enjoy the rides on the midway. This year, The Lions Club of Connecticut will be performing free eye screenings for children during the Bridgewater Fair, on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 am to 3 pm.
I have a great deal of respect for farmers who grow sweet corn. It is not an easy task, particularly if trying to grow it without the excess use of fertilizers and pesticides — not to mention the potential for crop damage by nature and nature’s wildlife.We grew corn one summer. It was a hybrid variety called Kandy Korn, and we picked it because the elderly couple from whom we normally made our summer corn purchases had retired from farming. They were the only farm in the area who grew this variety, that we knew of, and the unbelievable deliciousness of it was something for which we waited all year, every year.
Panacea, who performed what turned out to be an abbreviated reunion set during The Great Newtown Reunion last summer, has promised fans that this time they’re not leaving the stage early. The band — which formed when members were students at Newtown High School during the late 60s and early 70s — will headline a concert at Dickinson Park on Sunday, August 31. Panacea will return to their starting point over Labor Day weekend to perform a show that will also include sets by resident Manny Pavone and the local trio Eclipse. The event, Panacea & Friends, will begin at 4 pm, and admission is free. "This is a gift to Newtown from all of us,” said Leslie. She and her brother Corky Ballard sat down recently outside Newtown General Store to talk with The Newtown Bee about the band that continues to hold a special place in their heart.
With a panoramic view of surrounding towns’ distant horizons, Dave Brooker looked across the lawns and meadows covering Newtown’s highest point. He is the new Newtown Forest Association (NFA) caretaker — an unpaid position — now living at Holcombe Hill Wildlife Preserve and in the caretaker’s residence of former land and homeowner Josephine Holcombe.