When her old friend from medical school in Birmingham, Ala., Dr Tom Gaskin, called Newtown resident Nan Morrow this summer, his request seemed simple. He was putting together a video program for people at a fundraiser he was hosting.
The money raised would go to support the cost of a bronze statue memorializing the four young girls killed in the 16th Avenue Baptist Church bombing 50 years ago, September 15, 1963.
Visitors to the Town of Newtown municipal website may be used to seeing meeting agendas or community announcements. But this week the website is also promoting the latest work from former Newtown resident and illustrator Steven Kellogg, who collaborated with noted author and UConn alumnus Patricia MacLachlan on a children’s book inspired by the tragic events of 12/14. On October 29, Random House Children’s Books will release Snowflakes Fall, a richly illustrated book that hopes to validate both the sadness that comes with great loss, as well as the power memories play in the healing and renewal process following tragedy. Residents learned of the project back in February, when Publishers Weekly announced the collaboration. According to Mr Kellogg, who lived in Sandy Hook for 35 years as he produced dozens of books and raised a large family, “It is my hope that this book celebrates the laughter, the playful high spirits, and the uniqueness of the children of Sandy Hook and of children everywhere.”
"The Most Happy Fella," which opened on Broadway in 1956, came between "Guys and Dolls" (1950) and the Pulitzer Prize-winning "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" (1961). Frank Loesser wrote the book as well as the music for this one, basing it on a 1920s play by Sidney Howard, called "They Knew What They Wanted." In writing it as a musical, Loesser chose to ignore Howard’s focus on politics and labor issues, and stuck with the love story. The production of "The Most Happy Fella" currently at Goodspeed is up to that company’s usual perfectionist standards.
Newtown High School graduates Zachary Kapple (2007) and Haley Keane (’09) have partnered to form MouthPeace Arts Center, which they hope will provide Newtown area high school students venues to express creativity. Following the events of 12/14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Ms Keane said many people turned to artistic expression as a way to work through trauma and grief. The idea for the arts center morphed over time, according to Ms Keane. The current vision is that MouthPeace Arts Center will offer workshops for high school aged teens at different locations around Newtown.