Working through the grief at the sudden death in July of her husband, writer James P. Hanrahan, artist Ginger Hanrahan has planned a show and sale of her art with music and refreshments to raise money to sponsor a scholarship in his name. It is proposed that the scholarship will be offered through Newtown Cultural Arts Commission. Open to the public, the event will begin with a short memorial service at 3 pm Saturday, August 15, in the Alexandria Room of Edmond Newtown Town Hall. Sunday’s event, which will run until 5 pm, will also partially benefit Bethel Arts, according to its Facebook page. Light refreshments will be provided.
Newtown VFW Post 308 will host a special concert by Midnight Rodeo on Saturday, August 22. The performance will begin at 6 pm, in the outdoor pavilion at 18 Freedom Defenders Way. Midnight Rodeo is a seven-member Connecticut-based country music cover band. Entry is a $5 donation, and proceeds will be used to support veterans programs and activities.
Town Players of Newtown is seeking play submissions from individuals interested in directing at The Little Theatre during the group’s 2016 season. Potential directors are invited to submit up to three scripts for consideration by the theater’s play selection committee. Town Players puts on a variety of shows each season, from farce to period pieces to modern drama. The community theater company is only looking to stage published works by established playwrights.
C.H. Booth Library Director Brenda McKinley, right, accepted a framed poster of the 2014 Newtown Labor Day Parade program cover from Parade Committee President Beth Caldwell on Monday, August 10. Last year’s parade was dedicated to Newtown’s many authors and illustrators, with the theme of “Write On, Newtown!” Each year, the parade committee presents a poster of the previous year’s parade program to the library.
The 10th Annual Newtown Road Race 5K and Newtown Prevention Council Kids Run to benefit Newtown Youth & Family Services will be held on Saturday, September 5. The courses will depart from and return to Dickinson Park. NYFS Executive Director Candice Bohr said she is very excited to be celebrating “ten years of community members running, walking and pushing strollers to help us achieve our mission and provide support services in greater Newtown.”
RIDGEFIELD — In her official bio, penned by Hilton Als, the two-time Grammy winner, one of VH1’s 100 Greatest Women in Rock & Roll, and so-called “Queen of Coolsville” Rickie Lee Jones describes her family growing up as “lower-middle-class-hillbilly-hipster.” But across the wide and genre-consuming path she cut through her 40-year musical career — battling the demons of addiction and bad relationships — Jones presents as way more hip than hillbilly, and seems to carry herself too regally to ever be typed as middle class. She called in from New Orleans to The Newtown Bee for an apparently rare phone interview (she prefers to conduct Q&As via email) ahead of her August 12 stop at The Ridgefield Playhouse.
The next installment of the Sunday Cinema Series sponsored by Newtown Cultural Arts Commission will actually be a midweek offering. "Some Like It Hot" is set for Wednesday, August 19. Screenings at Edmond Town Hall Theatre will be offered at 1 and 7 pm.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown have Anda Styler painting in acrylic at its next program, scheduled for Wednesday, August 12, at 7:30 pm. Her subject will be a landscape. The demonstration will take place in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street.
On Sunday, August 16, the Newtown Republican Town Committee will host a Family BBQ and fundraiser under the pavilion at Treadwell Park, 39 Philo Curtis Road in Sandy Hook. The GOP will be serving up favorite picnic foods including hamburgers, hot dogs, steamed clams, and clams on the half shell. Summer salads, desserts, and soft beverages will accompany. Entertainment includes DJ music, games, and a dunk tank where you will have an opportunity to dunk various Republican elected officials or Town Committee members. The BBQ will run from 1 to 5 pm rain or shine, and tickets are $20 per adult and $5 per child under 13 with a $50 family out-of-pocket max.
The Town Players of Newtown will continue its 80th anniversary season birthday with a production of "Bus Stop," weekends from September 4 to September 26; a production of "Design for Murder," to be staged weekends in the fall; an exhibit at C.H. Booth Library recounting the organization's history, and a gala being planned for October 17. Before all that, however, there is the second and final weekend of "Hot August Nights — An Evening of One-Acts.” Remaining performances are August 7 and 8.