The Flagpole Radio Café will continues its sixth season with a performance this weekend by the innovative jazz guitarist Michael Coppola. While Saturday’s performance will begin at 7 pm, Mr Coppola and luthier James DeCava will hold a guitar workshop in Edmond Town Hall’s Alexandria Room at 6 pm. Mr DeCava will have some of his exquisitely crafted instruments on display. Mr Coppola will demonstrate his technique for playing his nine string guitar (a/k/a “The Hydra”). Guitarists of all ages and abilities are invited to join the fun. The workshop is included in the price of Flagpole Radio Café tickets.
On Wednesday, November 13, The Town and Country Garden Club of Newtown will host a program at Newtown Senior Center titled “Holiday Magic.” The program will presented by Gary Zinsmeyer (a/k/a “Gary Z”) from Stamford. His program, Mr Zinsmeyer said, will feature floral designs associated with Colonial and Victorian holiday decorations. The program starts promptly at 7 pm and the public is welcome, free of charge.
Saying she hopes to create programs that are multi-generational, Valerie Culbertson began her first days of work as the new Director of HealingNewtown through the Arts reviewing all of the artists who have donated their time in the past to lead workshops and performances. The year-long director position has been funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Newtown VFW Post 308 will host its annual Veteran’s Day Memorial on Monday, November 11, at 11 am. All are welcome to attend the ceremony. Post Commander James Rebman will be the master of ceremonies and First Selectman Patricia Llodra will be the guest speaker. The memorial will last about one hour, and seating it available.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) will have Frank Bruckman painting a still life in oil at its meeting on Wednesday, November 13, at 7:30 pm. The demonstration will take place in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street. The public is invited to attend, free of charge.
Praised by critics for his passionate expression and dazzling technique, pianist Andrew Armstrong has delighted audiences around the world. He will return to Edmond Town Hall on Sunday, November 17, at 3 pm, for another much anticipated piano recital sponsored by Newtown Friends of Music. Mr Armstrong will cede 12 minutes of his recital time to young harp virtuoso Alix Raspé, who charmed Newtown audiences when she appeared on the stage of Edmond Town Hall in “A Concert To Heal” on January 13.
Hikers of all ages are invited to enjoy panoramic views of Newtown and surrounding areas during Newtown Forest Association’s Autumn Foliage hike on Saturday, November 2, beginning at noon. Join NFA member Aaron Coopersmith on a stroll through the Holcombe Wildlife Preserve on Great Hill Road. Not to be confused with the Holcombe Memorial Trail property with its red barn, those joining the hike on Saturday should continue ¼-mile uphill past this property to the Holcombe Wildlife Preserve.
For the 28th year, the Newtown Savings Bank will present a holiday festival that will feature a Victorian Tea, gingerbread house contest, holiday craft boutique, festival of trees, performances of The Nutcracker Suite, and more. The event, to be conducted Sunday, December 1, from 11 am to 4 pm, is a fundraiser for Newtown Youth & Family Services. New to this year's festival is a theme for the gingerbread house contest, and the addition of narrated trolley tours along Main Street.
A century ago a German playwright named Carl Sternheim wrote a ribald comedy satirizing the manners and aspirations of the rising bourgeoisie. Ninety years later, the actor, comedian and serious writer Steve Martin, took Sternheim’s play — Die Hose — and adapted it into an equally raunchy farce, The Underpants, which is serving currently the season opener for Long Wharf’s C. Newton Schenck III Theatre. As directed by Gordon Edelstein, "The Underpants" is a frothy and enjoyable piece of theater, if not a memorable one. It has good permances, a great set, and delightful period costumes including a variety of bloomers that would put Victoria’s Secret to shame.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Connecticut Foundation will be hosting an open house on Wednesday, November 6, from 5 to 7 pm, at its Newtown location at 127 South Main Street. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation and how to get involved. Guests will also be witness to a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring Fire Selectman Pat Llodra. Drinks and appetizers will be available. The event is free, and all are welcome. It is being co-hosted by The Chamber of Commerce of Newtown.