At the Town and Country Garden Club’s annual plant sale on May 9, situated as always in front of The Inn at Newtown, native shrubs will be on sale along with roses, lilacs, member-grown perennials, shade trees, special gifts for Mother’s Day, and more. The plants and shrubs which are in flower usually steal the show at the sale, but this year organizers of the annual sale are recommending a few of those fall-foliage-and-berry plants that beautify other seasons of the year. When winter returns, the birds will be grateful if you take their advice.
On Friday, May 8, at 7 pm, Julian Lage will headline the tenth show in Newtown’s Live at the Edmond Town Hall series. Lage is touring behind his new solo album, "World’s Fair," a musical narrative designed to feature a vast range of timbral and musical possibilities living within a single acoustic guitar. This show was scheduled as a duo show with Punch Brothers guitarist Chris Eldridge, but following a skiing accident, Eldridge will be unable to tour. Stamford-based father-daughter duo Dave and Emma Hart will open.
The next Friday Night Bingo event will be Friday, April 24. Games are played in Monsignor Weiss Gathering Hall, adjacent to St Rose of Lima School, 40 Church Hill Road. Now that the bad weather is behind us, organizers are inviting regular players to return, and to bring their family and friends for a night out featuring Bingo fun and cash prizes.
Who is Ben? What is a Ben’s Bell? Where are Ben’s Bells hung? How are Ben’s Bells made? What is the Be Kind mission all about? Area residents who are interested in learning the who, what, where, how, and why of the Ben’s Bells Project have two opportunities to attend an Advanced Volunteer Orientation this month. The Ben’s Bells Newtown studio, at 17 Church Hill Road, will offer 60-minute presentations on Tuesday, April 28. Sessions will begin at noon and 6:30 pm.
Newtown’s annual Beautiful Baby Photo Contest, coordinated since 2010 by Sandy Hook resident Lois Barber, is kicking off and looking for photos of children, newborn to age 4, to be posted on its voting booth. The contest is a friendly competition/fundraiser that this year will help an American soldier returning home with life-altering injuries receive a free custom handicapped accessible house through the Homes For Our Troops national nonprofit. It is a baby photo contest, not a live pageant. All money raised goes to Homes for Our Troops. The money raised by this year’s contest will be earmarked for a house being built on Long Island for Marine Sergeant Luis Remache, who, due to a grenade blast, was severely injured.
The Newtown Choral Society will perform “The Soul of New Orleans” as its spring concert, Sunday, April 26, at Newtown Meeting House. Two trumpets and a saxophone will accompany the choir with high school band director Kurt Eckhardt on trombone and middle school teacher Bob Nolte on percussion, including the timpani.
For the seventh year, Aquarion Water Company will issue free fishing permits to any unemployed person over the age of 18. Veterans and active duty service members may also receive free permits this year. On Wednesdays, April 22 and May 6, between 8 am to 3:30 pm, qualified anglers can obtain a free fishing permit that will allow the holder access to three Aquarion reservoirs.
Rae Smith will be demonstrating in pastel at the next meeting of The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown on Wednesday, April 22, at 1:30 pm. The free program will be in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House.
C. Marina Marchese, founder and owner of Red Bee Honey, will be the featured speaker at the upcoming meeting of the Garden Club of Newtown on Tuesday, April 28, at 1 pm, at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street. Ms Marchese, a beekeeper, lecturer and author, will discuss her books, present information about how bees make honey and the concept of "terroir," and also conduct a honey tasting during her visit to Newtown.