The students of Sabrina’s Encore Productions, LLC, a Newtown-based performing arts studio, are preparing to ring in the holiday season with two performances of "Elf the Musical" on Saturday, December 19.
Attention young musicians, poets, magicians, and more: Saturday Night Open Mic returns Saturday, December 5, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm, in The Great Room at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street. The featured band for December is Adventure Hat.
Boy Scout Troop 770 will be conducting its annual Christmas wreath sale Thanksgiving weekend. Scouts will sell wreaths to the public at several locations along Church Hill Road on Saturday, November 28, from 10 am until noon. They will also be at St Rose Church, 46 Church Hill Road, on Sunday, November 29, following each Mass (which begin at 7:30, 9 and 10:30 am and noon and 5 pm).
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown will present a watercolor demonstration during its next program, scheduled for Wednesday, December 2, at 1:30 pm. Diane Dubreuil of New Milford will demonstrate landscape painting with watercolors and describe her experiences as a plein air painter.
The Genealogy Club of Newtown will host its next monthly meeting on Wednesday, December 9, at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street. This month’s guest speaker is Newtown Town Historian Dan Cruson, who will speak on “The Genealogy of Santa Claus: the origins and evolution of ‘the Right Jolly Old Elf.’”
The 30th Annual Newtown Holiday Festival will be presented along Main Street on Sunday, December 6, from 11 am until 4 pm. One of the area’s longest running holiday events, the festival is also a benefit for Newtown Youth & Family Services. This year's event will include returning favorites such as The Festival of Trees, Holiday Tea, Historical Trolley Tours, Historic House Tours, and a Gingerbread Decorated House Contest. This year's festival will also offer two events to celebrate the 30th anniversary of "The Polar Express."
Trinity Productions, a Newtown organization dedicated to mind, body, and spirit wellness, will host a “Night Of Song,” Saturday, December 12, from 6:30 to 8 pm. The public is invited to gather at the Sandy Hook Green, at the corner of Washington Avenue and Church Hill Road. Reservations are requested, and song selections will be emailed.
A new ASAP-Pilobolus program, this time inviting current RIS students to meet and learn with fifth and sixth graders from Regional District 15 (Southbury and Middlebury), and sponsored by Washington (Conn.)-based After School Arts Program (ASAP) begins December 2. Members of the world renowned dance company Pilobolus will join local students in grades 5-6 for the project. Classes will meet most Wednesdays until February 17, and will alternate between Newtown and Southbury. A pair of public performances are planned for February 19-20 in Southbury.
This holiday season, Masonicare at Newtown will be a donation site for Toys For Tots. Starting Tuesday, November 24, Masonicare will have its donation box in place and will be able to accept donations of new, unwrapped toys for children in need in Newtown and the region this holiday season. Four additional Newtown locations have been confirmed for this season, which will continue until December 18.
More than 20 years has passed since Mr Cardona, who lives in Newtown, played his first concert at the historic Thomaston Opera House. Landmark Community Theater will conclude its 2015 of volunteer spotlights with a reception celebrating Mr Cardona, a renowned theater organist who has played in numerous venues across the count. A Volunteer Spotlight Reception to celebrate his many years of talented service will be held at the opera house on Friday, November 27, from 6:45 to 7:45 pm. Light refreshments will be served, and bar service will be available.