The Garden Club of Newtown welcomed 128 guests to its 60th Anniversary celebration Wednesday, April 1, held at Rock Ridge Country Club in Newtown. The Garden Club of Newtown was founded May 8, 1955, and became a member of the Federated Garden Clubs the following year. The full house consisted not only of local club members, but also Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra, board members from the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, and members of various other state garden clubs and their guests. Finding seating at the luncheon was easy. Name cards picked up in the foyer matched each guest with a table named for a plant, among them the dahlia, gentian, lavender, rose, and foxglove. Each of the 16 tables blossomed with living floral arrangements created by members of the Newtown club, from miniature herb gardens to elegant tulips and colorful spring flowers.
In the springtime, furry white bunnies can be spotted hopping across the bright green terrain looking for grass, clover, and leafy weeds to eat. But last Saturday, amid an intermittent snowfall that lasted for hours, it seemed that the Easter Bunny had donned a camouflage cloak, as the edges of his white form blended into the snowy background at the town’s annual Spring Egg Hunt at Dickinson Park. Nevertheless, an estimated 200 people turned out for the event.
By noon on Friday, April 3, the first day of this year’s Bunny Watch, event organizers estimated roughly 200 people had already ridden on an antique tractor-pulled wagon to count bunnies at Glander Field on the Fairfield Hills Campus. This is the fifth year the Bunny Watch has been organized by local Odyssey of the Mind Team members, and enables Newtown High School’s Odyssey of the Mind Team, coached by Robin Fitzgerald, raise money to travel and attend World Finals, which will be held at Michigan State University, May 20-23. The Bunny Watch will be held again at Glander Field on Saturday, April 4, from 10 am until 4 pm, rain or shine.
Responding to a challenge/invitation from Washington (CT) Fire Department Firefighter Jeff Kozo, seven members of Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company joined 16 firefighters from Washington, Kent, and other regional companies for the 2015 Sandy Hook 5K. The firefighters walked the 5-kilometer/3.1-mile course on Saturday, March 28, wearing full turnout gear. Many also carried air packs, and some even walked much of the course while on air. Plattsys Timing, the company that handled timing and posting results for the race, noted “snow — breezy — 31 degrees” on its final notes for the day. Nevertheless, firefighters were all smiles when they crossed the finish line, as a group, in less than an hour.
A family film and sporting events will dominate the movie screen at Edmond Town Hall this weekend and early next week. "Penguins of Madagascar" will open Friday, April 3, at the movie theater within the historic building at 45 Main Street. Meanwhile, sports fans can enjoy Game 2 of the NCAA Division I Men's College Basketball Final Four on Saturday, and the Final of the competition on Monday night. A pair of Major League Baseball Opening Day games will be broadcast on Monday afternoon, and then the NCAA Division I Women's College Basketball Championship Final will be aired Tuesday night. Introduced a few weeks ago, live broadcasts of television events at the ETH Theatre began on March 19, opening day of the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. Over 30 games were aired over two days, according to Andy Clure, a member of the ETH Board of Managers. “With the improvements that have been made to the ETH movie theater we wanted to try opening up the big screen to more than just movies,” Mr Clue said April 1.
The Máirtín O’Connor Trio has toured the world with legendary Irish singer Christy Moore, with Australian guitar master Tony Emmanuel, and with the beloved fiddler Martin Hayes’ Masters of Tradition ensemble. They have played to full capacity audiences in venues such as Lincoln Center and UCLA’s Royce Hall. On Friday, April 10, at 8 pm, Fairfield County’s own Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society will bring the trio — Mr O’Connor, Cathal Hayden and Seamie O’Dowd — to Newtown Meeting House for the first date of a nine-day East Coast tour.
Newtown’s “diver doctor,” David Charash, DO, is poised to host the next in a series of annual Dive Medicine Conferences on April 11 at Danbury’s Ethan Allan Inn at 21 Lake Ave Extension. Welcoming vendors and exhibitors including Newtown Underwater Search And Rescue (NUSAR), Dr Charash told The Newtown Bee that he is honored to be bringing in one of the world’s foremost authorities on deep water diving. “Joe Dituri is recently retired from serving as a Navy Deep Submergence Unit commander, and he holds the world’s record for the deepest underwater dive,” Dr Charash said. “He is also one of the few divers to utilize a deep diving exosuit.” Mr Dituri will discuss some of the health and safety implications of in-water recompression for both research and public safety divers. “He’s a world authority on the subject of decompressing without the use of a hyperbaric chamber,” the physician added. Mr Dituri will be joined on the program by cold water expert and author Bernie Chowdhury, who will cover health and safety practices for cold water diving along with Dr Charash.