St Rose of Lima Parish will host its annual carnival on the parish grounds beginning Tuesday evening, June 25, and continuing nightly through Saturday, June 29. The carnival will operate from 6 to 10:30 each night.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) will have Robert Noreika of Rocky Hill demonstrating painting a landscape in watercolor at its next meeting, Wednesday, June 26, at 1:30 pm. Mr Noreika’s subjects are varied, including expressive coastal scenes and intimate woodland and countryside pictorials. The program will be at Newtown Meeting House, and admission is free.
Eight members of The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) are represented in an exhibition on view at Tommy’s 160 Main until August 31. The show is the second in a series of four hosted by SCAN, and offers 40 pieces done in oil, pastel, watercolor and mixed media. A special painting demonstration will be offered on Sunday, June 30, from 3 to 4:30 pm, by Amy Skillin, one of the participating artists. The public is invited, and light refreshments will be served.
Seussical: The Musical, one of Broadway’s most joyous musicals, written by the Tony Award-winning team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, will be presented at the Newtown High School this summer. The three main forces behind “From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook,” which took place on January 28 at the Palace Theatre in Waterbury, will reprise their roles on this production. Auditions for student performers begin June 22, rehearsals begin July 8, and the production will be staged August 9-11. There will be two full casts for the production, with two performances each.
Playwright George Kelly came from a notable Philadelphia family whose ranks included a champion Olympic oarsman and a movie star who married a prince, but his own star led him to the stage, first as a vaudevillian performer and then as a playwright. He was very successful in the 1920s, winning the Pulitzer Prize for his drama Craig’s Wife, and achieving great popular success with his comedy, The Show-Off. He drifted to Hollywood in the thirties, but found little satisfaction there. By today, most people have never heard of him. Now Westport Country Playhouse is hoping to gain him recognition again, with its revival of The Show-Off, touting it as an example of American comedy. Performances continue on the historic theater’s stage until June 29.
Three years ago, Town Players of Newtown audiences were treated to a portrait of the young Picasso, early in his career, in Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile. This summer, see Picasso at the height of his career, shortly after he painted "Guernica," in Jeffrey Hatcher's A Picasso, at The Little Theatre July 12 to August 3.
Masonicare at Newtown, 139 Toddy Hill Road, will host its 2nd Annual Kids Fishing Derby and Family Fun Day this weekend. The event will run from 10:30 am until 1 pm, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 22. This is a catch and release event for ages 10 and under.
Newtown author Sydney Eddison will open her garden for a tour and to introduce a new series of workshops that make connections between art and the garden. As a former set designer and drama teacher, she has delighted in exploring the close relationship that exists between the two. “Because nature is the co-creator of any garden, gardeners can actually fulfill the yearning many of us feel to be artists,” says Mrs Eddison, who lives in Sandy Hook and has agreed to host the special offering on Saturday, July 13.
Monroe Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce that the Wolfe Park Concert Series has a new night: Friday evenings to help kick off the weekend. The new night has allowed organizers to bring in a new slate of entertainers that are guaranteed to bring guests to their feet and get hands clapping. All concerts begin at 7 pm and are held in the concert picnic area on the pool side of Wolfe Park.
On Saturday, June 15, from 10 am to noon, a low-cost rabies clinic for dogs and cats will be held at the Edmond Town Hall gymnasium at 45 Main Street. The cost for rabies vaccinations is $20 per animal with cash being only payment accepted. All dogs at the clinic must be on leashes, and all cats must be in carriers. The vaccines will be administered by staff from Mt Pleasant Hospital for Animals.