• Music Festival, Mountain Biking At McLaughlin Vineyard, October 9-11

    A three-day music festival and mountain bike racing this weekend will bring a series of bands and activity to the fields and trails surrounding McLaughlin Vineyard tucked away on Alberts Hill Road. The Shuck N Jive music event will accompany the Grapes of Wrath mountain bike race. From Friday, October 9, through Sunday, October 11, guests to McLaughlin Vineyard can enjoy live music, mountain biking, kids activities, craft and art vendors, wine tasting, and leaf peeping.Tickets are $95 in advance for a weekend pass, $110 at the gate; an RV pass is $50, available in advance only, and does not include the tickets. Day passes are also available.

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    Newtown notes, from the point of view of a cat named Mountain.

  • Western CT Police K-9 Challenge Event Benefits Horse Guard

    The horse ring on the grounds of the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard (2GHG), at Fairfield Hills, was occupied by dogs on October 3. But not just any dogs. Teams from area Connecticut towns, the MTA K9 unit in New York City, and the 928th Military Police Army National Guard tackled an obstacle course, apprehended suspects, and demonstrated their obedience skills at the inaugural Western CT Police K-9 Challenge. It was all part of a fundraising event, hosted by the Newtown Kennel Club and the Friends of 2GHG, to provide much needed funds to support keeping the 2GHG, one of the last active cavalry units, based here in Newtown. Pam Peral, who spearheaded the efforts to hold the event, said she was "very adamant that [the 2GHG] needed to stay here."

  • Rocker Joe Walsh Barnstorming Into Mohegan Sun October 16

    Classic rocker and long-time Eagles member Joe Walsh is playing the last few dates of a fall solo tour in the Northeast, including a Friday, October 16 stop at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville. Fans who loved Walsh and his hard rocking and sometimes zany material pre-Eagles should plan to attend to enjoy a heavy dose of all his other creations. This tour also reunites Walsh with one of his Barnstorm band members, keyboardist and drummer Joe Vitale. In an exclusive interview with "The Newtown Bee," Walsh talked about how taking a break from the Eagles for this short solo tour gives him a turn in the driver's seat.

  • Lisa Unleashed: Jack The Manchester Terrier, A Member Of Teddy Roosevelt’s Family

    On a recent trip to Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay, Long Island, N.Y., I went looking for a piece of my family history. In the process I discovered the depth of pet ownership of President Theodore Roosevelt at his family home. The 26th first family had a plethora of pets, including notable dogs like Rollo the St Bernard, Sailor Boy the Chesapeake Bay retriever, Pete, the bull terrier, his son Archie’s favorite pet, Skip the rat terrier, and most importantly, Blackjack or “Jack” the Manchester terrier, the favorite dog of his son Kermit Roosevelt. All these called Sagamore Hill as well as the White House home.

  • Theater Review: A Vortex Of Action At TheatreWorks New Milford

    Ken Ludwig’s "Leading Ladies" opened on September 25, at TheatreWorks New Milford, to a full house of entertained theatergoers. This outrageous bit of farcical hijinks left the audience laughing to the point of guffaws as the tempo picked up and the ruse was on. If you are interested in a rollicking romp — and who isn’t? — this is the place to be. Shed your cares and head to TheatreWorks for a sidesplitting good time. Performances continue weekends through October 10.

  • Melissa Etheridge Wants To Get Intimate With You... At Solo Shows Monday, Tuesday

    For anyone who has ever wanted to see the performer behind that voice coming out of your speakers, or for fans who have seen Grammy and Oscar-winner Melissa Etheridge on every tour, a two-night stand coming up Monday and Tuesday at The Ridgefield Playhouse is not to be missed. Billed as her This Is M.E. Solo tour, Etheridge will take the stage in one of the smallest spaces she plans to play on this outing. In an exclusive interview with The Newtown Bee, Etheridge divulged that not only will casual fans hear all the big hits like “Come to My Window,” “I’m The Only One” and “I Want To Come Over,” they'll get a sampling from her latest album, "This is M.E.," as well as a a few impromptu picks from her vast 13 album catalog.

  • New Book Celebrates Dogs Who Gave Quiet Comfort To Many Of Newtown’s Young Residents

    When Newtown children returned to school following 12/14, they were welcomed by their teachers, faculty members, and dogs. At Reed Intermediate School, comfort/therapy dogs and their owners or handlers spent every day for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year “in service to the staff and students of our school,” RIS teacher Karen Kings tells readers in her foreword to "The Dogs of Newtown." Written by the older brother of one of the children killed on 12/14, the book — which was released on Amazon.com September 29 — shares short stories about some of Guy A. Bacon’s favorite comfort dogs. The young man definitely followed the first rule of writing when he began working on this project: He wrote what he knew about. "The Dogs of Newtown" is a celebration of many of the dogs that visited his school, “some of the most special therapy dogs that visited me and my friends at school and helped lick the tears away from our faces,” Guy wrote as part of the book’s introduction.

  • Sole Sisters Will Tie The Town Pink To Support Cancer Support Center

    In their fight against breast cancer, the Sandy Hook Sole Sisters (SHSS) & Friends have kicked off their third annual fundraising campaign to “Tie The Town Pink.” October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the SHSS effort includes hanging large handmade pink bows throughout the community and as a special gesture to friends and family affected by the disease. Each ribbon represents a $15 donation toward local cancer-related services. The SHSS will make a donation to Ann’s Place of Danbury, a community-based cancer support center, this year. Supporters can make a donation toward a ribbon through the group's Eventbrite page, or they can make an in-person donation during the 5th Annual Passport To Sandy Hook next weekend.

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