“If you’re going to grow as an author, you have to reach people you don’t know,” said Newtown author and former book coach Sophfronia Scott. That is one reason she was happy to host a book reading and writing Q&A for friend and fellow author Mathieu Callier on on the afternoon of Saturday, August 8, at C.H. Booth Library. Mr Callier, a Los Angeles author, was in town to promote his recently published collection of short stories, "Loss Angeles," and to speak to the craft of writing. Some of the conversation on Saturday centered on “Not writing what you know,” he said. “Stretching yourself is the most interesting way to keep things fresh. It’s fun to play around with writing,” Mr Callier said. He also addressed how this exercise can be as frightening as it is worthwhile for a writer. “If writing is your profession, you never want to get bored. It’s nice to surprise your reader, too,” he pointed out.
Laurie and Michael Wright are organizing a special event for Sunday, September 6, at Edmond Town Hall. For the event, “Can’t Stop the Serenity: A Global Charity Screening Event for Equality Now,” the Sandy Hook residents are encouraging attendees to “Get your geek on for a good cause!” The evening will feature a screening of the film "Serenity" and “Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.” Pre-movie entertainment will include programming from Geek & Sundry, live music by Sean Faust, a raffle, trivia, door prizes, and a cosplay/costume contest. Tickets are $10 in advance, or $12 at the door. Proceeds from the event will be divided between Equality Now, a charity dedicated to promoting and protecting the human rights of women around the world, and The Mary Hawley Society, the nonprofit organization that supports the historic town hall building at 45 Main Street.
Neil Davis is on a 3,178-mile journey called “Not Broken, Just Damaged Walk Across America” to raise funds and awareness for the charities Combat Stress in the UK and The Wounded Warrior Project in the United States. On his fundraising page at justgiving.com, he wrote in part: “Quite simply, it’s now time for me to do something to help.” Mr Davis has served in both British and American forces." On August 1, Mr Davis began an ambitious journey: to walk, unsupported, across the United States, from Cape Cod, Mass., to Huntington Beach, Calif. He is aiming to cover 3,000 miles over a span of 108 days. But broadens his timeframe to 120-150 days, to account for unforseeable circumstances. On Day 12 of his journey he passed through Newtown.
Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) members do not use their full names. Because they are empowering children who have been abused, these same abusers or those that support them may decide to target BACA members. All road names are kid-friendly and many come from cartoons or children's stories. A new Connecticut-based chapter has started in Newtown, making it the second in the state. “Starting a chapter in Newtown will help us do a better job of reaching abused kids in Connecticut,” said Irish Baca, president of the Western Connecticut chapter. The mother chapter is in Brooklyn, Conn. This new chapter has been formed “to better manage the state as a whole.” With chapters in most states across the country, these bikers part of an international organization that also has chapters in Australia, Italy, Canada, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Germany, among other locations.
For four hours each week, shoppers can take in some outdoor shopping at the Farmers Market at Fairfield Hills. Now in its 13th season, the Newtown event continues to offer fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, flowers, organic lemonade and iced tea, plants, jewelry, essential oils, and more. The Farmers Market at Fairfield Hills, set up along the corner of DG Beers Boulevard and 1st Street, is presented Tuesdays from 2 to 6 pm. It will continue weekly until sometime in October, weather permitting.
Newtown High School alum Aaron Johnson rolled into the parking lot of his alma mater one recent sizzling summer afternoon, parked, and pulled out a microwave-sized case removing what looked like a big white plastic X. But after quickly affixing four small propellers to corresponding spindles and placing his smartphone into a cradle device with a hand grip, his plastic X whirred into life and took flight, capturing a bright, clear image of the Blue & Gold Stadium, its minute operator, and his accompanying Newtown Bee correspondent from about 200 feet straight up. After featuring some of his contributed aerial photography, The Bee wanted to know more about Mr Johnson, who it turns out is a Connecticut state librarian by profession, serving as a library media specialist and debate coach in the Greenwich public schools system.
This summer marked the 20th anniversary of Gathering of the Vibes music festival, and it fell on the weekend of what would have been Grateful Dead founder Jerry Garcia's 73rd birthday. But in many ways, the 2015 gathering at Bridgeport's Seaside Park July 30 through August 2, was more a coming together of various tribes of fans each making a pilgrimage to see one of more of their favorite bands, and landing in a mixing pot of artists that included Wilco, Weezer and a couple of super groups bumping up against sets from New Riders of the Purple Sage, The String Cheese Incident, Doyle Bramhall II, the perky, driving funk of Connecticut's own Kung-Fu and festival openers Primitive Souls. The weekend concert was also a reunion of sorts for members of the Allman Brothers with appearances by Warren Haynes, Jaimoe, Derek Trucks, and Gregg Allman himself.