Sabrina’s Encore Productions announced Summer Follies 2014, starring the youth of Newtown and neighboring towns, will be performed in Edmond Town Hall Theatre on Friday and Saturday, July 25-26. More than 75 cast members will bring to life numbers from 12 Broadway hits, including "A Chorus Line," "Matilda," "Les Miserables," "Mary Poppins" and "Newsies" during three live performances.
A benefit event for Newtown resident and brain cancer patient Brian Tomasulo, “It Takes A Village,” is scheduled for Friday, July 18, at 5 pm, at The Spot in Bethel. Guests can enjoy music, food, raffles, and more; $10 suggested donation. Brian graduated from Newtown High School in 1999, where he was part of the wrestling team. He is a personal trainer at Triumph Fitness in Bethel, and currently lives with his father Peter in Newtown.
Connecticut artist Jacqueline Jones will demonstrate “Oil Painting of a Seascape” at the Wednesday July 23, meeting of SCAN, the Society of Creative Arts in Newtown, at 1:30 pm, in the lower level of the Newtown Meeting House. The program is open to the public, and admission is free.
The second annual Summer Jam Concert Series, a weekly offering of free concerts for children and families that opened on June 24, “has been phenomenal” so far, according to volunteer coordinator Erin Masotta. Concerts, which are hosted by Newtown Parks & Recreation, and sponsored by Claris Construction, are usually presented in the band shell at Dickinson Park. This week, however, due to the projected weather for July 15, the decision has already been made to move tomorrow’s concert to the gym at Hawley Elementary School.
The Sandy Hook Promise Foundation Community Fund will host the 2014 second annual Newtown Yoga Festival on Saturday, August 23. The event will run from 9 am to 4 pm, and will again be presented at NYA Sports & Fitness Center. The festival has been designed to promote a positive well-being, health and community in an effort to help the people of Newtown move forward. Last year’s yoga festival, which featured world-renowned yoga teachers Seane Corn and Beryl Bender Birch, was enormously successful, and drew hundreds of residents from the Newtown community. There will be adult yoga classes led by renowned yoga instructors, local health and wellness vendors, fresh culinary delights, live music and kids’ activities featuring children’s yoga with Newtown resident Karen Pierce.
Newtown fine art photographer Paul R. Berger is exhibiting a compelling selection of his landscapes, architectural, and editorial images at Edith Wheeler Memorial Library during the month of July. According to Mr Berger, the use of traditional film rather than digital format requires a slightly more patient approach to his craft. “I really enjoy shooting with film, but the overall process tends to be more involved and admittedly a little slower,” he said. Of this slower pacing the photographer says, “It turns out that it’s a good match for me, for the way I visualize my subjects and my efforts to craft a meaningful photograph.” Shooting medium format film, which is roughly four times the size of 35 millimeter film, means even his larger prints turn out extremely sharp.
Virginia Zimmerman from The Center for Contemporary Printing will be returning to HealingNewtown this month, this time to lead a linoleum block printing workshop. Her next program will be Saturday, July 12, from 1 to 4 pm, and she will be assisted by staff printers from the center. “This is a technique that can be attractive to novices and advanced students,” Ms Zimmerman said of block printing. The workshop will cover the entire process of relief printmaking with linoleum blocks, including carving a small block and printing it by hand.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) will have Clayton Buchanan, an internationally known artist, offering a demonstration during its meeting on Wednesday, July 9, at 7:30 pm, at Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street. The demonstration is open to the public and admission is free. Mr Buchanan will demonstrate creating a pastel figure painting.
As the summer heats up, lemonade stands will begin sprouting in neighborhoods. While some kids are using lemonade stands for some extra change, Newtown Kindness, a non-profit organization whose goal is to foster kindness in children, has created a lemonade stand revolution with a catch: the kids who are doling out the sweet drinks are not asking for any money. They are simply performing a random act of kindness in hopes that their visitors will pass it on to somebody else. Charlotte’s Lemonade Stand kits will be handed out by volunteers on Saturday, June 28, from 10:30 am to 3 pm. Newtown Kindness volunteers will be stationed outside Stop & Shop.
Newtown Historical Society will host its annual homes and gardens tour on Saturday, June 28. Then on Sunday, the society will host the final open house of the season at its headquarters, a program about ice cream combined with a celebration of the tenth anniversary of Ferris Acres Creamery, and a walking tour of Sandy Hook Center.