Art In Residence, a fine art gallery in northern Newtown, will host a special opening weekend reception for “All About Spring” on Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27. To celebrate the season and the gallery’s six-month anniversary, gallery owners Rosemary and Robert Rau have created a show filled with works that celebrate the current season. For its opening weekend, the exhibition will also feature special guest speakers who have agreed to informally share their garden wisdom and stories each day. Sydney Eddison will be the guest on April 26, and Jane Vouros will be Sunday’s guest.
Newtown Middle School will hold its annual Celebration of the Arts at the school on Tuesday, April 29, from 6 to 7 pm. The event will include a visual arts exhibition, a technology education open house, a slide show and photo gallery from the Project Adventure program, and other presentations. This year's edition of the NMS literary magazine will be available for purchase, and the evening will also include a book fair.
Newtown Choral Society will perform music from Cole Porter to Coldplay at their spring concert Sunday April 27, at 3:30 pm, at Newtown Meeting House. The concert, “The Music of the Night,” will be under the direction of Mary Andreotta, with accompaniment by Susan Anthony-Klein. From Barber’s “Sure on this Shining Night,” composed in 1928, to “Some Nights” by Fun., composed in 2012, the choir will be exploring the fascination that night has held for one prominent composer after another.
The Yale Alley Cats, world renowned men’s a cappella singing group from Yale University, will perform in concert at Trinity Episcopal Church on Sunday, April 27, at 5 pm. Established in 1943, the group’s musical roots are jazz but their song list includes Motown, classical and pop. The concert will also feature the Trinity Choristers, a choir of young singers conducted by Trinity Director of Music Ministries Fiona Smith Sutherland.
Families United in Newtown (FUN) is planning a night of music for Friday, May 9. The performance will start at 7 pm and will be at Newtown Congregational Church. The concert will feature tunes for all types of music lovers. Scheduled performers will include members of the Newtown High School Chorus, violinists Lindsey Jones and Isaac Ohring, pianist Wesley Morlock, and vocalist Megan Bernardi. The musicians are students of Newtown High School, Suzuki Talent Education School in Sandy Hook, and Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. Admission to the concert is free, but FUN will be accepting donations at the door for continued support of the program and autism awareness. Light refreshments will be served after the event, giving the audience a chance to meet and interact with the performers.
Grace Family Church will host its Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19, at 1 pm, at Treadwell Park. This is a family event and all kids ages 1 to 12 can participate in the Egg Hunt. A program under the pavilion will include games, music, puppets, crafts and a visit from the Easter Bunny.
Building on the success of last year’s production of "Seussical: The Musical," The 12.14 Foundation is pleased to announce auditions for its summer 2014 season of shows. The foundation is planning two shows this year: "A Rockin’ Midsummer Night’s Dream" and "The 101 Dalmatians Musical." Auditions will be conducted the weekends of August 26-27 and May 3-4; registration for an audition time is now open.
The Ladies Auxiliary of Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue will present its annual Easter Flower Sale on Friday and Saturday, April 18 and 19, from 10 am until 6 pm each day. Available for purchase will be baskets of flowers, flats of annuals, potted plants, and more. The sale regularly offers lilies, hydrangea, and other seasonal favorites. In recent years the women have also raffled at least one large Easter basket.
Foundry Kitchen and Tavern, at 1 Glen Road in Sandy Hook, is hosting a cocktail party to benefit The Avielle Foundation. The gathering will take place on Monday, April 21, from 5 to 11 pm, in the restaurant’s Warner Loft. With guests’ support, ticket proceeds will be donated to The Avielle Foundation, a local, nonprofit organization that is actively working to prevent violence by conducting brain health research, education, and by fostering community-based initiatives for the health, wellness, and protection of loved ones.
For the fourth year in a row, Newtown High School Odyssey of the Mind team members are gearing up to offer the annual Bunny Watch, a fundraiser for the group to attend the World Finals of the problem-solving competition. Odyssey of the Mind is the largest intellectual competition in the world. Teams of up to seven students select and solve one of five long-term problems that they present at the annual state competitions. The top 30 teams in each competing state then head to World Finals, where teams from more than 30 countries come together in the spirit of international competition. This year’s Odyssey of the Mind World Finals will be held at the end of May in Ames, Iowa. A number of Newtown’s Odyssey of the Mind teams will be attending World Finals. This year’s Bunny Watch is set for 10 am to 4 pm, Friday, April 18, and Saturday, April 19. It is once again being held on the Fairfield Hills campus, behind Glander Field. Rides will cost $5 per person and each participant will be given a tally sheet to “count” each bunny seen along the path. Additional activities will also be offered during the two-day event, including an inflatable slide.