Sunlight like spun glass reflected off the pond at Sticks and Stones Farm Retreat & Education Center Saturday, June 14. Enjoying the breeze, a spot of dappled shade, and the glistening water were Bridgeport residents Jessica Hunter, Carrie Picardi, and Mary Ross. They were among the many local and out-of-town guests at the farm’s fifth annual Open House and Mountain Laurel Festival. The 201 Huntingtown Road location is a quiet and serene escape for those interested in nature, trails, gardening, organic foods and crafts, and more.
Among the more than 120,000 books and other items that will be offered at the Friends of the C.H. Booth Library Annual Book Sale next month are hundreds of special, collectible and rare books. Each year, donated books that catch the eyes of the volunteer sorters are culled and passed on to book expert John Renjilian, a Friends’ volunteer. Mr Renjilian determines the value of the books, and every year, he said, there are quality rare and collectible volumes donated. This year’s offerings, while numbering in the hundreds, is “a little light,” Mr Renjilian admitted on Monday, June 16. Nonetheless, there are many gems that will attract the steady crowd of book collectors who return to the sale each year, seeking bargains. The Specials and Collectibles categories will be set aside in a room located just off of the lobby of Reed Intermediate School, where the annual fundraiser for Booth Library takes place. The 39th Annual Friends of C.H. Booth Library Book Sale is slated for July 12-16.
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.
“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 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.