Town Historian Daniel Cruson’s newest book, Legendary Locals of Newtown, will be released by Arcadia Publishing of Charleston, S.C., on July 26. The book, a compilation of images and information on many of the men and women who have formed Newtown since its purchase from the native Pootatucks in 1705, will be available at book stores, online at Amazon.com, at Newtown Historical Society events, and locally at C.H. Booth Library and other outlets. Library sales of the book, priced at $21.95, will benefit the historical society. Mr Cruson began work on his 15th book, all historical in nature, a year ago, after being approached by the publishing company. Arcadia was familiar with his work, he said, as he has published three books in the company’s “Images of America” series: Newtown, Newtown 1900–1960, and Redding and Easton.
The excitement is growing, and so is the size of the crowd at Fairfield Hills for tonight’s Big Time Rush concert. More than 3,500 ticket-holders will fill the softball and soccer fields off Keating Farms Avenue, and many of them have already arrived. Among those already at the event is First Selectman Pat Llodra, who will be enjoying the show with three granddaughters. From left is Katharine Barrows, Mrs Llodra, Kendall Schmidt of BTR, and Julie and Olivia Barrows. The band is expected to hit the stage at 7 pm.
Rob Pawlikowski and Marguerite Foster are both well known veterans of area stages including Town Players of Newtown’s Little Theater, but in the current production of Jeffrey Hatcher’s A Picasso, director Ruth Anne Baumgartner has gotten remarkable performances from the pair of them. The production continues weekends until August 3, including Sunday matinees on July 21 and 28, at The Little Theatre in Newtown.
On Monday, July 22, most town offices at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street, will be closing at 4 pm. The early closing is presumably due to the heavy traffic expected on the Fairfield Hills campus for Monday night's Big Time Rush concert. Regular municipal center hours will resume on Tuesday, July 23. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Gallo, Newtown Recovery Team Project Manager, has announced that approximately 100 BTR tickets will be given away -- first come, first served -- on Saturday, July 20, at noon.
It may have been the extended heat wave that drove people to seek the air-conditioned comfort of Reed Intermediate School, but Friends of the C.H. Booth Library Annual Book Sale organizer Denise Kaiser said that she believed the 2013 sale drew a larger crowd than last year during its run, Saturday, July 13 through Wednesday, July 17.
It’s not often that three of Chicago’s finest Irish traditional musicians play their first formal concert as a trio in Connecticut. But, as the saying goes, there is a time and a place for everything, and Newtown Meeting House last Thursday evening was that time and that place for fiddler Liz Carroll, tenor banjo and tenor guitar-player Pauline Conneely, and piper and flutist Sean Gavin. Everyone who was there can testify that it was a delightful privilege to see them share the stage.
It was Newtown native and television writer and producer Scott Fellows who came up with the concept for what would become Big Time Rush: a TV series about four hockey player buddies from Minnesota who get "made" into a boy band with targeted appeal straight to the heart of the 8-14 demographic. But BTR's mass audience for their four season Nickelodeon run and three sizzling and top selling albums might be surprised to know the seamless integration of TV and music, along with the creation of a powerhouse concert draw, was inspired by a foursome popular by the same demographic group a few generations back. BTR's Kendall Schmidt spoke with The Newtown Bee this week, sharing his thoughts on life behind the scenes, and what 3,500 residents can look forward to when Big Time Rush performs at Fairfield Hills on Monday night.