Making it all possible may have taken effort, but reflecting on her recent trip to the Republic of the Gambia, Newtown resident and St Mary’s College of Maryland rising junior Katelyn Kean said “the experience was well worth it.” Katelyn, who has lived in Newtown her whole life, explained she had to complete work with a “field school” through her college to graduate with an archaeology degree. So last summer she began researching. As an anthropology and history double major with a minor in museum studies, Katelyn chose to study with an archaeology group she says travels for a field school every two years. She spent seven weeks overseas, being accepted into her host family while also working with fellow students on their archaeology studies. Her travels have also led Katelyn to put her home life into a new perspective.
When artist and quilter Stefanie Lagana arrived at Newtown Municipal Center one recent afternoon to begin planning for an exhibit of her own handiwork, the Sandy Hook resident became immediately concerned seeing several of the memorial quilts that were delivered to Newtown in the wake of 12/14 billowing and buckling.“There were others that were falling off the walls because they had been suspended using incorrect hardware,” she told The Bee. “But unless you work with quilting displays, you probably wouldn’t know there is an optimal way to display them that also preserves them properly.” So she headed into the first selectman’s office and immediately ran into Human Resources Administrator Carole Ross, who has overseen the intake and display of most of the thousands of tribute and memorial materials that have flowed into town since the Sandy Hook tragedy, and volunteered to oversee a new project: framing and attaching hardware to many of the textiles.
When she returned to Kansas City last month for the annual SkillsUSA competition, Adell Mastro arrived with her latest quilt creation. A queen-size quilt, “Kansas City: Thank You And Farewell,” had been designed and then hand stitched by the Newtown resident, and was was her entry for this year’s national convention. During a fundraising auction on June 27, Mrs Mastro's quilt sold for more than $2,000, going to the same woman who has purchased all three of the Newtown resident's previous offerings.
"I Hate Hamlet," the current production by Town Players of Newtown at The Little Theatre, is the 20th full-length play at the Orchard Hill Road theater in which director Ruth Anne Baumgartner has had the pleasure of directing actor Rob Pawlikowski. She has directed other actors multiple times, but none more than the Roxbury resident who has become her “A-list” choice and personal friend. It is, no doubt, not the last time that the two will collaborate to bring entertainment and thoughtful contemplation to local audiences. A rapport built on mutual respect has created a bond that makes Ms Baumgartner frequently pencil in Mr Pawlikowski’s name when contemplating a play selection, and one in which the actor is loathe to turn down an opportunity to work with her, no matter how much of a character stretch she asks him to make.
What would you do, if you had only a third of the funds necessary to present a $30,000 event? If you are the Newtown Labor Day Parade Committee, you would have faith, and move forward with the plans for the 53rd annual parade, scheduled to put its best foot forward Monday, September 1, at 10 am.
Rock star Dennis DeYoung has performed before millions of fans as a musician and actor; has been honored with a number one hit and People’s Choice Award for his touching ballad, “Babe” as a member of the rock band Styx; and has contributed his creative talents to full-scale musical productions. But he told The Newtown Bee this week that one of the most touching and memorable experiences of his career occurred July 12 when he visited Newtown to sit in on a rehearsal of The 12.14 Foundation’s read-through of a brand new version of The 101 Dalmatians Musical, for which he wrote the score. Performances of "Dalmatians," as well as "A ROCKIN' Midsummer Night's Dream," are in rehearsals, with more than 100 Newtown children working alongside Broadway professionals for shows that will be performed over the first two weekends of August.
Marilyn Hart and Adam Stordy are the famous gunslinging outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, who are in turns loving and playful and angry and quarrelsome in Adam Peck's play about the pair, currently in production at TheatreWorks New Milford. As the titular characters come to terms with the inevitability of a losing confrontation with the law, they spend time holed up in a barn as fugitives. Taking poignant and awkward steps towards intimacy as they try repeatedly to connect, the play offers a glimpse of the vulnerability and naiveté of two of America’s most infamous criminals.