The Waterbury Chorale and Waterbury Chorale Festival Orchestra under the direction of Joseph Jacovino, Jr., and accompanied by Jenny Li, will present two performances of “A More Perfect Union: 150th Anniversary Musical Reflections of the Civil War Era and Abraham Lincoln." Guest narrator Douglas Schlicher will provide the commentary for this special tribute to the end of the US Civil War and Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States. The first performance will be Saturday, April 18, at 8 pm, at St Rose of Lima Church, 46 Church Hill Road in Newtown. The second is scheduled for Sunday, April 19, at 4 pm, at St John’s Episcopal Church, 16 Church Street in Waterbury.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown will present its 45th Annual Juried Art Show at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street in Newtown, May 2-10. Nationally known artists Henry Burman, Richard Kolezar and Peter Seltzer will judge the show. Receiving will be on Thursday, April 30, from 3 to 6 pm, and regional artists are invited to submit up to two works for consideration.
The annual Two Coyotes Family Fun Day is slated for Sunday, April 26, from 1 pm to 4 pm, at Sticks and Stones Farm, 201 Huntingtown Road.
Two Coyotes Wilderness School offers kids aged 5 to 16 unique, ongoing, year-round outdoor programs, as well as summer camps, according to a release for the event. The school’s philosophy is derived from the book Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature.
EverWonder Children’s Museum officially reopened to the public on April 4 for general admission, programs, field trips, birthday parties and summer camps. Tamara Barry, executive director of the children’s museum on Pecks Lane, said the board of directors decided to reopen before the new space was fully renovated. “With the high public demand, we decided to open with our current exhibits and some new ones, and make upgrades as we go forward,” she said. Among the new exhibits featured in the museum is a special “Young Explorer’s Zone,” for ages 5 and under; and for children up to age 12, a flight lab for creating objects that hover in an air tunnel and a Tinker Lab.
By 1937 Adolf Hitler had been in power for four years and had begun spreading his tentacles beyond Germany to the rest of Europe and even to America. One means of expansion was the German American Bund, or association for German American youth. Ostensibly a camp to promote American values and outdoor pursuits, the real purpose was to establish Nazi principles on American soil. A camp was planned in the then-back woods of Southbury, where it might attract little attention. That plan didn't work and on Monday, April 13, at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street, the historical society will present “The Southbury Bund.” The program will include a screening of the video "Home of the Brave: When Southbury Said No to the Nazis."
The next meeting of The Genealogy Club of Newtown will be Wednesday, April 8, at C.H. Booth Memorial Library. This month’s speakers will be Matthew Bielawa and/or Professor Jonathan Shea. They will speak on “The Road Less Traveled,” on researching ancestors in Poland and eastern Europe. “Coffee and” will be served.
This month, Flagpole Photographers will be hosting a unique two-part “Black and White” workshop-seminar photography event on Friday and Saturday, April 11-12. The local photography club will also host a regular monthly meeting, and members are invited to compete in any of four photography competitions.
The public is invited to join members of Ben's Lighthouse for a special volunteer meeting and open house this week. Kelly Paredes, program manager for the non-profit organization, said it will be “a unique meeting.” The event is open to anyone interested in learning more more about the organization and its mission, and for those who are interested in becoming involved.
The EverWonder Children’s Museum will reopen on Saturday, April 4, at its new 31 Pecks Lane location. Guests can view the newest exhibit, Flight Lab, and returning favorites like the Ball Run and the Imagination Playground. Museum visitors can also explore a new Young Explorers Zone, designed just for toddlers. The new Young Explorers Zone includes the Nature Center room, Build a City room, and Light, Sound and Shapes room.
Newtown High School, Newtown Parent Connection, Newtown Prevention Council, and the Newtown Board of Realtors invite the public to hear former NBA player Chris Herren speak about his struggle with substance abuse and his road to recovery on Thursday, April 7, at 7 pm. The free presentation is intended for parents and their children (11 years and older), friends and neighbors, and will be held at Newtown High School.