This year’s Shakesperience production will be Much Ado About Nothing, to be performed in the green at McLaughlin Vineyards on Saturday, August 24, at 4 pm (rain date August 25). Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 children and senior citizens. In addition, two different flavors of mead and food created by When Taste Matters will be available for purchase. Picnics are welcome.
Botsford Fire & Rescue will present its Summer Bash Fundraiser on Saturday, August 24, at its firehouse, 315 South Main Street, from 4 to 10 pm. The fundraiser will include plenty of food by The Pig Man Barbeque. Drinks will also be available for purchase, and Fast Ricky will return as the musical guest. Admission is a requested $10 donation, payable at the gate. Children ages 12 and under will be admitted free of charge. Proceeds will benefit the volunteer fire company.
Workshops continue to be scheduled by HealingNewtown through the Arts. All workshops are free and are at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street. Weaving Workshop with Hanna Roehrs adults will continue on Mondays, August 19 and 26, from noon to 3 pm. Beginners are welcome. The Joy of Art with Joy Hoffman will continue on Wednesdays, August 21 and 28. Sessions run from 11 am to noon and 1 to 2 pm for kindergarteners.
The Candlewood Amateur Radio Association (CARA) will present its annual Western Connecticut Hamfest on Sunday, September 8, from 8:30 am until 12:30 pm. The event will again be in the gymnasium and lower parking lot of Edmond Town Hall. Hamfest will include commercial vendors and tailgating, ham radio equipment and computer gear, door prizes, and refreshments. Bill Thoren will present a seminar on Samuel Morse, and a talk-in will again be held for those who cannot attend or who want to be on the air while driving to the ARRL-sanctioned event.
Liz Kelley, who grew up in Connecticut and only recently moved out of state, felt compelled to visit the Memorial Tent on Church Hill Road after the 12/14 tragedy. While there in January, she met Gloria Milas there, whose daughter, Sarah, is an EMT with Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps. That was when Ms Kelley decided to do something to honor first responders. That "something" was vouchers for free hang gliding lessons.
C.H. Booth Library Director Shawn Fields announced Tuesday, August 6, that the library has established social media feeds on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube. Mr Fields also invites the public to check out his personal reading list, follow his blog, and to attend any of three upcoming focus group sessions.
On Sunday, September 1, naturalist and author “Wildman” Steve Brill will lead his annual foraging tour at Sticks and Stones Farm, 201 Huntingtown Road. The 60-acre stone masonry farm and retreat features a wide variety of habitats — mountain, meadows, woods, cultivated areas, and fields, and wetlands — all loaded with their associated wild plants and mushrooms. Nuts are coming into season now, and participants will also be on the lookout for shagbark hickory nuts and white oak acorns, both delicious, and unavailable commercially. During the two hour event, participants will also look for tasty and healthful roots, herbs and greens, and mushrooms.
Merryhill Child Care Center is now enrolling for preschool (children ages 3-6). Parents and children are invited to take a tour of our center, meet teachers and enjoy a bouncy slide, face painting, arts and crafts, snacks and more during an open house on Saturday, August 10, from 9 am until noon.
After more than two years of planning, members of Newtown Cultural Arts Commission presented a two-day event at Fairfield Hills last September that offered a few thousand visitors everything from fine art to whirligigs. This year, organizers are expanding the festival to include six days of programs prior to the big September 21-22 weekend event at Fairfield Hills. Calling it “8 Days of Music Art and Joy,” Terry Sagedy, chairman of the 2013 Newtown Arts Festival, has announced the weeklong roster of events leading up to the onsite festival, from a children's art party and the reading of a new-one act play by Jan Neuberger to the screening of a short dramedy by a Newtown teen, a classical music performance and more, this year's festival has been greatly expanded.
“Home for the Holidays” will be the theme of the winter concert of Newtown Choral Society set for Sunday, December 8. Under the direction of Mary Andreotta and accompanied by Susan Anthony Klein, the choir will sing holiday favorites like “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays” as well as classics, Holst’s "Christmas Day" and Rutter’s "Christmas Night." Now in its 27th year, welcomes members from all area towns and has openings in all voices. The choir performs two concerts a year and welcomes all singers. Rehearsals are Wednesday at Newtown Middle School and begin September 11, 2013. The group meets at 7 pm.