Popular television stars Kendall Schmidt, Logan Henderson, James Maslow and Carlos Pena, Jr — a/k/a Big Time Rush — who parlayed their global Nickelodeon-fueled popularity into a three album music sensation ended up going on about 50 minutes earlier than planned Monday night because of an impending rainstorm. That front began kicking up by the third song in and subsequently drenched a hearty crowd of residents who had gathered at Fairfield Hills — most of whom chose to stay even in the rain — until a lightning warning from safety officials hastened the group off the stage about 10 or 12 minutes shy of the planned one-hour set. Hundreds of residents were there when Big Time Rush and their producer, Newtown native Scott Fellows, delivered big on a promise that had been made to First Selectman Pat Llodra months ago: a free concert for Newtown.
Patrick Lomantini, owner of Lomantini the Salon in Wichita, Kan., and founder of BarkAID, will visit Newtown with his team of two other stylists, Alexis Longworth from Ohio and Zachery DiBella from Idaho, on Tuesday, August 6. It will be one of the first stops on his third annual 50 States in 50 Days BarkAID fundraising tour. The traveling hairstylists will join forces with Michele Schettino of Salon Michele, located at 6 Queen Street, to raise funds to support Kitten Associates, the home foster-based cat rescue group in Sandy Hook.
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.
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.
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.