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  • Newtown Residents Find Their Hobby Is More Than Rocket Science — It’s A Blast!

    The usually placid Gill Corn Farm in Hurley, N.Y., an expansive cornfield in the southern foothills of the Catskill Mountains, was alive with the sights and sounds of rocket engines during Connecticut Rocket Association’s (CTRA) bimonthly rocket launch on Saturday, May 4. Powerful rockets, some exceeding eight feet in length, ripped off the launching pads with a roar and reached heights of up to 6,000 feet before floating safely back down to earth with the aid of parachutes. Approximately 30 spectators, many of them members of CTRA, and among them a few residents of Newtown, watched scores of adrenaline-producing launches from a dirt road that cut through the field.

  • Rocketry Jargon Explained

    This is a sidebar to James Dietter's feature about local model rocket enthusiasts, "Newtown Residents Find Their Hobby Is More Than Rocket Science — It’s A Blast!" Like any specialized discipline, model rocketry has developed its own lexicon.

  • Muddy Angels Make A Special Stop In Newtown

    Dana Sellner of Minnesota stood on the curb near Edmond Town Hall Wednesday afternoon, repeating: “The turn is here” to the many bicyclists coming off Main Street following their trip from Waterbury.Remarking on the ride that morning she said, “They have climbed a lot of hills in the past couple of days.” Wednesday afternoon saw more than 80 of the roughly 140 registrants taking part in all or some of the Muddy Angels National EMS Memorial Bike Ride (NEMSMBR) from Maine to Pennsylvania (see MuddyAngels.com for more information).The long-distance cycling event honors EMTs and paramedics who have become sick or injured while performing...

  • Lake-To-Lake Charity Bicycle Ride & Poker Run To Benefit Disabled Ski Group

    The Leaps of Faith Disabled Skiers will take to the land for an inaugural Lake-to-Lake Charity Bicycle Ride and Poker Run on Sunday, May 26, rain or shine. “We have been thinking of different ways to raise funds,” said Leaps of Faith President ...

  • Flagpole Radio Café Returned With Music, Humor, And Christine Lavin For A Receptive Audience

    Toe-tapping and touching music, humor cornball and otherwise filled Edmond Town Hall Theatre Saturday evening, May 18, as The Flagpole Radio Café returned to the stage for the first time in a year to a warm and receptive audience. Musical guest artist singer-songwriter Christine Lavin — a self-described “full-service performer” — conducted a knitting circle with several local knitters before the show and distributed 100 pairs of glass-keepers (plastic devices attached to the earpieces that keep glasses from moving around, a new favorite of hers) while meeting fans and signing autographs afterward, in addition to entertaining the appreciative audience with her humorous, touching and, at times, thought-provoking songs.

  • Authors And Illustrators Bring A Fairy Tale Weekend To Newtown

    Acclaimed authors and illustrators gathered in Newtown over the weekend and crafted an atmosphere of wonder and excitement that seemed to come straight from a storybook. The two-day event titled “Turning the Page, New Stories for Newtown” featured 27 prolific and illu...

  • Theater Review: Drama And Humor In Westport’s "Dining Room"

    Written thirty years ago, A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room wrapped a season opening production at Westport Country Playhouse on May 19. The work richly explores the territory he has carved out and claimed as his own: the vanishing traditions of the American WASP, a social class who sent their sons to prep schools and their daughters to cotillions, who drank cocktails at the country club, and who wore ties and jackets to dinner in a dining room where they were waited on by uniformed maids who served lavish meals prepared by temperamental cooks.

  • Theater Review: Highly Enjoyable Mindless Fluff At Goodspeed, Just Like Musicals Used To Be

    The original Broadway production of Good News! ran for 557 performances back in the Gatsby era, starting in 1927, and closing months before the stock market bad news that initiated the Great Depression. The season opening production at Goodspeed Opera House reinforces the theater's reputation for putting enough money and backing into their productions to let audiences enjoy musicals the way they used to be: the sets, the orchestra, the costumes, and the large enough cast made the whole experience highly enjoyable.

  • Theater Review: "Seascape" At TheatreWorks New Milford Offers Thurberesque Fable, Another Great Production

    It’s easy to poke fun, but for many people retirement is a critical stage. With the children gone from the nest, and your old job filled by a perfectly competent replacement, your identity is up for grabs. Deciding what to do with yourself can be both invigorating and terrifying. That’s the emotional limbo faced by Charlie and Nancy, an appealing suburban couple enjoying a picnic on a deserted beach, because they can. Charlie has retired. They can do and go anywhere they like — and so begins what is clearly an old pattern of bickering, Edward Albee style. This is the driving force of Seascape, which continues at TheatreWorks New Milford until May 25.

  • Nearly 200 Dogs Turn Out For Annual ‘Mutt Strutt’

    All things canine were on display and celebrated Saturday, May 18, at Fairfield Hills as the town staged the 4th Annual Strutt Your Mutt event at the sprawling campus, providing dog owners with recreational activities keyed to their pets.The centerpiece of the family-oriented event was a dog walk during which dog owners marched across the lush campus with their leashed pets, following a course marked by giant white paw prints that had been painted on the ground. About 190 dogs participated in the walk. The town Parks and Recreation Department and The Friends of Newtown Park & Bark sponsored the event, which is s fundraiser for the town’s planned off-leash dog park. The dog park, which is planned for the area near the new municipal dog pound at Fairfield Hills, is slated to open by late fall.