Until late January, visitors to The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk are invited to write – and read – messages of hope and strength on Ben’s Lighthouse, a 20-foot lighthouse that honors the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School. The large model lighthouse was built in memory of lighthouse enthusiast Ben Wheeler, age 6, who died in the 2012 tragedy. The mission of the lighthouse and the not-for-profit Ben’s Lighthouse Fund is to honor those who were killed on 12/14 and to promote healing, coping and strength.
Get ready to deck the halls this holiday weekend when Musicals at Richter, Connecticut’s longest running outdoor theater, moves inside to The Palace Danbury with an enchanting version of “Scrooge!” The Musical. Newtown residents are among the local actors who will be presenting the four performances December 19-21.
On Sunday, December 28, Edmond Town Hall Theatre will host the final screenings of the films in 1939: The Greatest Year in Film — A 75th Anniversary Celebration Sunday Cinema Series. "At the Circus" will be offered at 1 pm, featuring the willful mayhem of Groucho, Chico and Harpo Marx; and at 4 and 7 pm, "Babes in Arms," starring the beloved child stars Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland, will be screened.
Trinity Productions invites the public for its Second Annual Night of Song, scheduled for Saturday, December 20, in Sandy Hook Center. All are invited to gather around the Christmas tree at 2 Washington Avenue, at 6:15 pm. Singing will be from 6:30 until 8 pm. “We would like to spread some cheer as we sing holiday carols this season,” said Cindy M. Miller, coordinator of Trinity Productions.
Michael Johnston calls his work “futuristic, mechanical timepieces created from recycled electronics and found objects,” and it is on view at Newtown Municipal Center until December 24. The show, “Optimus Time,” offers large pieces offers large pieces as well as pieces that will fit into one’s hand. Most of the works include working clocks.
Police announced this week that the their Toys For Tots holiday toy drive for needy children, which had been scheduled for two locations on Saturday, December 6, but was not held on that day due to inclement weather, has been rescheduled to Saturday, December 13. The toy drive is slated for 10 am to 2 pm for the area in front of The Toy Tree at 14 Church Road, and also for the area in front of TJ Maxx at Sand Hill Plaza at 228 South Main Street.
For the unusual, but special, holiday gift, The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown is offering a SCAN Small Works Art Show & Sale. The special event will be offered one day only, on Saturday, December 13, from 10 am to 4 pm at Newtown Meeting House. Artist members of SCAN will be showing small, original artwork, all under 11 by 14 inches or smaller.
The Choir of Men & Women and the Trinity Choristers of Trinity Church will bring festive music to the beautiful, candlelit acoustics of Trinity Episcopal Church for the community at its Festival Of Lessons And Carols For Advent. The annual celebration will be shared Sunday, December 7, at 2 pm, as part of the Annual Newtown Holiday Festival. Between hearing readings of prophecy, all congregation will be invited to sing Advent hymns including the ancient “Veni, Veni Emmanuel,” the uplifting “Lo! He comes with clouds descending, “ and the dance-like “Angel Gabriel.”
A Newtown woman and her delicious holiday lighthouse are vying for the $1,500 grand prize in The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’s 13th annual Festival of Lighthouses Contest. Donna Kern Ball’s “Gingerbread Man Kind” is among the 24 creative handmade entries in the holiday display, which will be open daily through January 19 in the popular Connecticut family attraction.
The lighthouses were built by local artists looking for a challenge, by families who wanted to work together on a fun project, and by students fulfilling a school assignment.