Newtown children up to age 9 are invited for Newtown Parks & Recreation’s annual Halloween Pizza Party at Dickinson Park. This year’s party is scheduled for Thursday, October 24, from 4:30 until 6:15 pm. Costumes are definitely encouraged. There will be Halloween games and fun, and the party will end with a spooky hay ride.
“Howl-o-ween,” a canine costume party to benefit Friends of Newtown Park and Bark, will be held Saturday October 26, from 1 to 3 pm. It will be on the campus of Fairfield Hills, near the intersection of Keating Farms Avenue and Simpson Street. Prizes will be awarded for most original costume, scariest costume, funniest costume, dog and owner look-alike, and best in show. The fun family event, sponsored by Newtown Parks and Recreation, also offers activities such as a relay race, haystack treasure hunt, hot dog toss and tic-tac-paw. Refreshments for dogs and their people will be available. Cost is a $5 tax-deductible donation per dog.
The Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard (2GHG) will hold its Annual Fall Trail Ride on Saturday, November 2, from 9 am to noon. Suggested rider donation is $30. Riders will be welcome to ride along fields and through wooded areas around the horse guard facility at their own pace. Riders can park their horse trailers on 2GHG property, at 4 Wildlife Drive. Troopers will monitor all road crossings.
Weathered Way is presenting “A Tree Just Wants To Be A Tree,” a solo exhibition of new furniture from Johnny A. Williams featuring coffee tables, benches, cabinetry, shelving, wooden art and one massive walnut slab dining table. Mr Williams is a sculptural furniture maker based in Newtown. Using traditional techniques and local lumber, he handcrafts durable furniture pieces with soulful flourishes. He honed his woodworking skills at the Center For Furniture Craftsmanship and the College of the Redwoods Fine Furniture program. The collection will remain on view until November 17.
For the third consecutive year, the business and community group SHOP (Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity) is inviting children and their parents to put on their best, scariest, funniest and most creative Halloween outfits and head to Sandy Hook V Walk. This year’s event will be Saturday, October 26, between 11 am and 2 pm, rain or shine. SHOP’s annual Halloween Walk will provide attendees an opportunity to meet and visit with the many participating businesses in the village district, show off their costumes, and collect treats.
Newtown Youth Voices will bring their musical message of hope and healing to the First @ First @ Four concert series on Sunday, November 3, at 4 pm. The group will be performing at First United Methodist Church in Stamford. The chorus of 20 children and youth from Newtown, ranging in age from 8 to 18, was formed in the wake of 12/14. In the aftermath of that terrible day, music teachers Jim Allyn and Francine Wheeler assembled a group of children to sing “My Beautiful Town,” a song Mr Allyn wrote as a tribute to those lost.
Toni McKeen, chairman of Newtown Genealogy Club, will present a lecture entitled “Putting Flesh on the Bones of Your Ancestor” at the club’s next meeting. The program will be offered on Wednesday, November 13, at 7 pm, at C.H. Booth Library. Ms Mckeen, who has over 2,000 hours of teaching experience, will take attendees through the process of recording another person’s life with easy, step-by-step directions, with the end result being a book that will be treasured by future generations.
Fraser Woods Montessori School has scheduled its Fall Family Festival, which is open to the public, for Saturday, November 9, from 10 am until 3 pm. The day will begin with a 5K run at 8 am on the Fairfield Hill campus, followed by a kids fun run and myriad fall festival events on the school grounds at 173 South Main Street.
Newtown Cultural Arts Commission is looking for new, original art that illustrates “Newtown Arts & Culture,” with the winning artist receiving $750 and the opportunity to see their work in myriad uses and locations. The winning image will be used to promote the 2014 Newtown Arts Festival and will appear in businesses and public spaces around Newtown and surrounding towns. The image will also be printed on T-shirts, posters, and other items that will be available for purchase at next year’s arts festival.
Flagpole Radio Café will continue its sixth season on Saturday, November 9, with special guest Michael Coppola. The show will begin at 7 pm at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street in Newtown. Michael Coppola was listed as a main entry in acclaimed jazz critic Scott Yanow’s 2013 book The Great Jazz Guitarists (The Ultimate Guide) alongside guitar legends such as Django Reinhardt and Wes Playing in a trio with master pianist John Mehegan inspired Mr Coppola to overstep the technical boundaries of the guitar. In an attempt to achieve the same tightly-voiced chords and pedaled legato phrases used by contemporary jazz keyboardists, he created the concept of the eight-string guitar. The original design, which Mr Coppola commissioned from luthier James DeCava, requires inner, rather than extra bass or treble side strings. In 2000, Mr Coppola expanded his own idea to incorporate a ninth sting.