The Town Players of Newtown current production of Lanford Wilson’s "Fifth of July" transports audiences back a few decades, to the post Vietnam war era. Despite the time frame, audiences will find the circumstances and situations involving the lives of the Talley Talley family to be utterly timeless and completely relatable. Under the guidance of Maureen Trotto this talented cast brings their best game. The skilled, insightful and brilliant direction creates a completely natural human interaction as a tightly knit group of family and friends who cling to and then repel each other while the story unfolds. This is an evening at the theater that will make for laughs, tears and a resonant appreciation for home.
Newtown author Diana Baxter will be at Queen Street Gifts & Treats, 3 Queen Street, Newtown, on Saturday, May 9, from 3 to 5 pm, for a book signing of her recently revised and republished novel, "Dubois Manor." The book, part of a trilogy centered on a fictional southern family, was the first of the series, originally published in 2012. Inspired by the abandoned Pembroke Hall mansion she came across in Edenton, S.C., while on vacation in 2008, Ms Baxter dove into writing, imaging the mansion in its glory days of the late 1800s, as the setting for the first of three books.
Dick McEvoy is an oil and pastel painter who has always been influenced by the Abstract Expressionist and Impressionist art movements. For years he has created contemporary Impressionistic landscapes in pastel and oil, and Abstract Expressionist paintings in oil with a palette knife. It has taken a number of years to arrive at his current point: an emerging art form of his own creation, called Abstract Impressionism. Mr McEvoy has entered a few of his new works into the SCAN Spring Juried Art Show & Sale, on view until May 10 at C.H. Booth Library. The public will also have an opportunity to see some of the award-winning pieces that have filled his oeuvre — as well as more than 200 private and corporate collections around the world — on Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17. They will also have an opportunity to view the newest works, which have reignited his love of working.
On Halloween 2013, Joseph Ramos and Melissa Landin went on their first date. Eighteen months later the couple returned to one of the spots they visited that night. There, Joseph surprised Melissa with his own recreation of The Great Pumpkin Challenge. He also asked her a very important question.
A rooster crows. The sun shimmies up behind still dark hills. Cups of coffee in hand, Drs Dan Federman and Eric Chanko step out of rustic quarters and breathe in the calm morning air lying over the village of Opataro, Honduras. It is a calm they know will soon dissipate, as dozens of villagers from Opatoro and 16 surrounding towns line up outside the clinic to see the American doctors there to aid Opatoro’s one physician and dentist. Some of the villagers will have walked three hours, to wait three hours in line. For many, this will be their only opportunity this year to receive treatment for ongoing health issues. For others, it is their chance to get “the equivalent of 30 Tylenol pills,” said Dr Federman, to tide them over the next months.
Patricia Hubert’s devotion to seeing that the contributions of Maine’s soldiers, sailors, and one junior officer of the American Revolution, in particular, are finally recognized resulted in the publication of her book "Major Philip M. Ulmer: A Hero of the American Revolution" in August 2014, after six years of research, documentation, and writing. This past March, Ms Hubert was honored with a Certificate of Achievement for the Excellence in American History Book Award 2015 from the Connecticut State Daughters of the American Revolution