One evening last winter as Newtown High School graduate and aspiring rapper Mason West — a/k/a Stirling DuBois — was sitting in his dorm room at the University of Vermont surfing Soundcloud looking for inspiration and possible collaborators, he discovered not one, but two protégés right back here at his own alma mater. Enter two current NHS seniors: rapper Chris Daly and producer Zach Aumueller. That rhythmic attraction resulted in West’s first project, called "The Complex EP" — executive produced by his newfound creative co-pilot Aumueller. Thanks to that project, West says he now has a “small but buzzing fan base and am beginning to book [live] shows of my own.”
The biggest draws at regional concert venues this fall mirrored bills that may have played the same or similar venues 20, 30, even more than 40 years ago. At the same time, other legacy acts — along with a secret weapon super group — energized more intimate venues, bringing classic storytellers up close and personal to fans, many who have been following some of those the artists for decades.
EverWonder Children’s Museum, which lost its classroom and museum space at 31 Pecks Lane in August, has found a new and “much larger,” 7,500 square-foot home in the same industrial complex, Executive Director Tamara Tragakiss Barry said December 15. The larger Pecks Lane location “had all the right ingredients, and we can stay in town,” which is the base for museum support, she said. Board members has a new five-year lease arrangement with the Tier One property management, and hope to welcome children and families back for programs and activities by mid-February. In order to do that, a capital campaign to cover the costs of retrofitting the new space has been launched.
There was much merriment at Michael’s at The Grove in Bethel (formerly Cappellaro’s), Tuesday, December 9, as members, friends, and family of the Newtown Senior Center gathered for the Annual Holiday Party.
Reed Intermediate School students participating for in Pilobolus At Newtown, an After School Arts Program (ASAP), will offer a public performance with members of the professional company on Friday, December 19, at 7 pm. Pilobolus Dance Theatre, a unique and very contemporary modern dance company based in Washington (Conn.), has been performing around the world for more than 40 years. ASAP, also based in Washington, has been providing workshops and school programming in northwest Connecticut for 16 years. The Pilobolus collaboration is a first for Reed school, however.
Newtown High School teacher Carol Skolas’s Art Portfolio students had tape in hand and many of their works before them on Wednesday, December 10, as they prepared the pieces for exhibit at C.H. Booth Library.
The artwork, entirely created by NHS students, will be on display at the town library, 25 Main Street, during library hours in the building’s meeting room from Saturday, December 13, to Friday, December 19.
A formal reception will be held the night before the artwork is set to come down, on Thursday, December 18, from 4 to 6 pm.
One after another, young men and women stepped up to receive their awards. On Friday, December 5, before a crowd of parents, educators, veterans, and local political delegates, students from Newtown and area schools received recognition for their winning written and oral essays submissions in the Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy contests.
Newtown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 308 (VFW) hosted the student competition.