The Newtown Choral Society is inviting prospective new members to an open rehearsal Wednesday, January 22, at 7 pm, at Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street. Now in its 28th year, the choral society welcomes members from all area towns and has openings in all voices. Under the direction of Mary Andreotta, the choir will be preparing for its April concert, "Music of The Night."
Newtown Hikers is an open group that welcomes anyone interested in hiking. There is no membership fee. Hikers participate at their own risk and are asked by the Newtown Parks & Recreation Department to sign a release. Winter hikers should meet in the lower parking lot of the Edmond Town Hall promptly at 10 am for each Saturday’s hike. The group tries to carpool as much as possible. Check with the listed hike leader for hike details or changes. Winter hikes are shorter and easier than their fall and spring counterparts.
With the retirement of club director and manager Ed Finlay, Newtown Bridge Club has organized as a member-owned, member-run club to continue the 70-year tradition of competitive duplicate bridge in the Newtown area. “The Newtown Bridge Club inherited a legacy of being a friendly place to learn and play bridge,” said Carl Palmer, president of the club’s new board of directors. “We’re committed to offering competitive bridge games for players who enjoy the game, from novice to expert.” The local club hosts games on Tuesdays at 10 am and 7 pm and on Wednesdays at 10 am at Hawleyville Fire Station, 34 Hawleyville Road. All bridge players are welcome.
Newtown has produced many notable characters in its 300-plus years. On Monday, January 13, at 7:30 pm, Town Historian Dan Cruson will present a line-up of some of them for Newtown Historical Society’s first program of the new year, “Legendary Locals of Newtown.” Originally planned to take place at C.H. Booth Library, last weekend’s flooding at the historic Main Street building has necessitated the move of the program. It will now take place at Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street.
A table tennis event to support Newtown Memorial Fund will take place at Newtown High School, 12 Berkshire Road, on Saturday, January 25, beginning at 5:30 pm. The event is a tournament for all ages, and refreshments will be served. Cost is $10 and tickets tickets may be purchased at the door. All proceeds will benefit Newtown Memorial Fund, whose mission is to serve as "an ongoing remembrance that provides care and support for those directly affected today, and for the entire community, for the long term."
Before Dave Mason enjoyed success as a solo artist in the 1970s and '80s, he made his mark on musical history while securing a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as co-founder of Traffic along with Jim Capaldi, Steve Winwood and Chris Wood in 1967.
Through mid-May, the artist is hitting the road, shelving some of his own solo material in favor of highlighting his short-lived career with Winwood, Capaldi and Wood on what Mason is calling his "Traffic Jam Tour." He will be making a stop at The Ridgefield Playhouse January 9, and will bounce back to Connecticut for a set at Norfolk's Infinity Hall January 16.
Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Jefferson Airplane made an indelible mark in the musical history books for their uniquely energized take on the Blues and psychedelic rock. Airplane co-founders Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady have long since departed the band, but they continue to work and tour together as Hot Tuna, which formed in 1969. The pair recorded their first album of new material in 20 years during 2013, Steady As She Goes, and have launched an ambitious tour showcasing that work as well as material from their extensive catalog in the New Year. The group rolls into the Ridgefield Playhouse January 7. In separate interviews with The Newtown Bee, Casady and Kaukonen acknowledged they are both still very happy to be getting up in the morning, never mind heading out to play the kind of music that is keeping their blood pumping well into the 21st Century.
The Newtown Juggling & Circus Arts Club will be meeting from 3 to 5 pm on Saturday, January 4, at Reed Intermediate School Auxiliary Gym, 3 Trades Lane. Any last minute changes can be found on the club’s public Facebook page. Members love to teach juggling and related skills. No experience is required. All ages are welcome.
UPDATE: Due to the flooding, damage and remediation at the library this week, this program has been cancelled. ***** The next meeting of The Genealogy Club of Newtown will take place on Wednesday, January 8, at C.H. Booth Library. The meeting will start at 7 pm but a help desk will be available one half hour before the meeting for those in need of extra help with a research problem. This month’s speaker will be Harlan Jessup, who will discuss “Getting There Is Half The Fun: Genealogy Libraries in Connecticut and The Hudson Valley.”
The next Saturday Pasta Dinner at Newtown United Methodist Church will take place on January 4 in the church’s fellowship hall. The public is invited to join church members for an evening of fellowship and community spirit. Dinner is served from 5 to 7:30 pm, and is then followed from 7:45 until 10:30 by a performance of bluegrass, country and folk music led by Roger Sprung & Friends.