Newtown Historical Society will host an open house at its headquarters, The Matthew Curtiss House, 44 Main Street, on Sunday, December 8. The public is invited to visit between noon and 4 pm, free of charge. During the event, when the building will be traditionally decorated for the holidays, the sounds of historic and holiday tunes will fill the air thanks to three guest musicians. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit the historical society. A collection box will also be set up for donations to FAITH Food Pantry.
The Newtown Juggling & Circus Arts Club will be meeting from 3-5 pm on Saturday, November 23. The club will be at its winter location: in the Auxiliary Gym of Reed Intermediate School, 3 Trades Lane in Newtown. Members love to teach juggling and related skills. No experience is required, and all ages are welcome.
The Newtown Holiday Craft Festival will be presented Sunday, December 8, from 11 am to 5 pm. Presented by Artisans Alliance, the show and sale will be in the gymnasium of Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street. Admission is free. Artisans Alliance is a craft show promotion company dedicated to providing high quality arts and crafts events for the local, hometown artisan.
Flagpole Radio Café will continue its sixth season on Saturday, December 7, with Grammy Award-winning Tom Chapin returning as special guest. Tickets are $20 — a holiday special, marking a lowering of prices for both age categories — and are on sale now.
Hearts of Hope-Newtown Chapter will host its next painting party tomorrow night, in the undercroft of Newtown United Methodist Church. As with recent months, there will be a theme for those who paint ceramic hearts. This time the group will be painting hearts to include in bags of food that will be distributed through FAITH Food Pantry. All ages are welcome to participate in the monthly Hearts of Hope painting parties, and all materials are provided.
The Emerald Sketch Art Therapy and Ben’s Lighthouse are joining forces to bring the artistic and creative talents of Newtown’s young people to Hartford. On Saturday, November 23, children and youth of all ages are invited to the Glover Glover Undercroft at Trinity Episcopal Church to help create sculptures and other artwork for an exhibit to be displayed at the state capitol in Hartford during remembrances of 12/14. The focus of the activities and the exhibit will be on community safety and social connection. Under the leadership of The Emerald Sketch’s art therapists and Ben’s Lighthouse volunteers, children will work together on bright, vibrant creations that reinforce positive imagery to each of the children while demonstrating the strength and resiliency of the Newtown community. The resulting collection, called "Safe Places," will be curated into an exhibition to be displayed in the State Capitol Building on December 13.
Dream Big Act Big author Croix Sather will be at CycleInPlace, 274 South Main Street in Newtown (Plaza South), on Wednesday, November 20, at 7:30 pm, for a meet and greet. This event is free, but limited to 35 participants so registration is requested.
Michael Albert, an artist based in White Plains, N.Y., will be bringing his Modern Pop Art Experience program to Newtown Congregational Church on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 20, from 2 to 3 and 4 to 5 pm. As part of The Joy of Art classes run by Joy Hoffman, Mr Albert will be inspiring participants to get creative. The program consists of a short presentation where Mr Albert will introduce himself to the group and show examples of his collages made from the packaging of famous consumer brands such as cereal boxes, cookies, tea, crackers, etc. Participants will then have the opportunity of creating their own collage.
Young adult poets, jugglers, singers, comics, musicians, and other entertainers are invited to share their talents at Saturday Night Open Mic, an event being planned for Newtown youth in grades 5-12, at Newtown Congregational Church. The event is scheduled for Saturday, November 23, from 7 to 9 pm, in The Great Room of the church, at 14 West Street. Young adults are invited to perform, but all ages are welcome to attend the family-friendly event.
A Newtown woman’s model lighthouse, made from Twinkies®, Ho Hos®and other Hostess snack cakes, is helping to light the way for visitors in The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk as part of the Aquarium’s 12th annual Festival of Lighthouses Contest. Donna Kern Ball’s “Twinkie, Twinkie, Little Lighthouse” is among the 22 creative lighthouses in the holiday display, which is open until January 20, and included with paid Aquarium admission. Aquarium visitors can follow these homemade beacons through the galleries and then cast a vote for their favorite. The lighthouse with the most votes wins $1,500. In addition, the person who guesses closest to the lighthouse's calorie count without going over, before noon on Thursday, November 21, will win a family four-pack of tickets to The Maritime Aquarium.