When her old friend from medical school in Birmingham, Ala., Dr Tom Gaskin, called Newtown resident Nan Morrow this summer, his request seemed simple. He was putting together a video program for people at a fundraiser he was hosting.
The money raised would go to support the cost of a bronze statue memorializing the four young girls killed in the 16th Avenue Baptist Church bombing 50 years ago, September 15, 1963.
Through the efforts of chairperson Kristin Scianna, a Newtown native and financial advisor with New York Life, and co-chairperson Terry Sagedy, NYA’s Board of Directors will present its first gala fundraiser on Saturday, October 26. “Play It Forward: Moving Through the Music” will take place at Matrix Corporate Center, 39 Old Ridgebury Road in Danbury, from 6 to 11 pm. The Gatsby/Roaring 20s themed evening will be a black tie event, with a red carpet arrival, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction. Roaring 20s dancers will entertain, with live jazz and swing music providing the appropriate background during the cocktail hour. Tickets are $250, and proceeds will support future free programming at the local youth academy and fitness center.
Newtown writer Wally Wood will be at C.H. Booth Library on Wednesday, October 30, at 7 pm, for a talk and book signing of his most recent novel, The Girl In The Photo. This is the second work of fiction for Mr Wood, who previously published "Getting Oriented" on Create Space, a subsidiary of Amazon, in 2011. More importantly than promoting his novel, though, said Mr Wood, he will be talking about “How NaNoWriMo jump started my novel.” NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) started in 1998, Mr Wood said, and is a challenge to writers to write 50,000 words of fiction during the month of November. “That’s 1,667 words a day,” pointed out Mr Wood.
Visitors to the Town of Newtown municipal website may be used to seeing meeting agendas or community announcements. But this week the website is also promoting the latest work from former Newtown resident and illustrator Steven Kellogg, who collaborated with noted author and UConn alumnus Patricia MacLachlan on a children’s book inspired by the tragic events of 12/14. On October 29, Random House Children’s Books will release Snowflakes Fall, a richly illustrated book that hopes to validate both the sadness that comes with great loss, as well as the power memories play in the healing and renewal process following tragedy. Residents learned of the project back in February, when Publishers Weekly announced the collaboration. According to Mr Kellogg, who lived in Sandy Hook for 35 years as he produced dozens of books and raised a large family, “It is my hope that this book celebrates the laughter, the playful high spirits, and the uniqueness of the children of Sandy Hook and of children everywhere.”
"The Most Happy Fella," which opened on Broadway in 1956, came between "Guys and Dolls" (1950) and the Pulitzer Prize-winning "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" (1961). Frank Loesser wrote the book as well as the music for this one, basing it on a 1920s play by Sidney Howard, called "They Knew What They Wanted." In writing it as a musical, Loesser chose to ignore Howard’s focus on politics and labor issues, and stuck with the love story. The production of "The Most Happy Fella" currently at Goodspeed is up to that company’s usual perfectionist standards.