Summer days may be long, but there is no shortage of activities in and near Newtown, from hiking to biking to horseback riding to swimming. A few Newtowners offered their own recommendations for summer outings, from horseback riding and hiking to bicycling, swimming and kayaking.
As the Rockin’ The ‘Ville event was underway at the Hawleyville Volunteer Fire & Rescue on Saturday, June 13, Jami Zapata, a firefighter engineer and Hawleyville’s organizer for the occasion, was busy making her way between setting up different areas of activity.
“People were extremely generous with their donations,” said Ms Zapata, who also said a large committee with the Stony Hill Four Corners Business Association (SH4C) worked tirelessly to make the event possible.
Presented by the business association, all proceeds from the event went to benefit the Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Company.
Last time I rode on the grounds of Fairfield Hills it was the late 1990s for the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard Judged Pleasure Ride. This annual event has obstacles to tackle, things to pull, gates to open and executing some pretty scary stuff that you’ve probably never done on your horse before that day. Aside from the Mylar balloons that thwarted our team’s chances at glory that year (we came in second) its challenges are nothing compared to what I encountered on June 13, trail riding.
I did not grow up in or near a large city, nor did I do much traveling as a child. The cuisine at home was primarily meat and potatoes in all their variations, and seasonings were simple and grouped: Italian seasoning; pumpkin pie spice; salt and pepper. It was all really good food, but not too global. To be honest, it seemed pretty exotic to have chili at a friend’s house. My sister started work at a Mexican restaurant in the next town over, and brought home a container of a chip dip quite unlike the sour cream and onion dip that generally shouted “Party!” at our house. This dip — and the triangular corn chips that accompanied it — woke up my taste buds like a torch in a dungeon.
The Children’s Summer Reading Program returns to C.H. Booth Library on Tuesday, June 23. The annual incentive-based program is held to promote reading while school is out for the summer. Alana Bennison, head of the children’s department at the library, encourages all parents and children to get involved. “It’s all about finding the right books for each child, and it’s about improving the ability to recall and retell stories,” said Ms Bennison. This goal will be achieved with the help of the young adult volunteers from the program’s beginning to its end on August 15. Around 45 volunteers, ranging from seventh grade to twelfth grade, will be assisting this year.
The theater at Edmond Town Hall will be screening Home June 19-25, and the public will have the opportunity to see enjoy one showing free of charge thanks to Ingersoll Auto of Danbury. As space allows, all are invited to enjoy the 7 pm show on Saturday, June 20, without fee.
When organizers of the Newtown Car Show began working on this year’s event, they decided to plan for 250 cars. When the first public announcement of the show was made in January, registration was nearly full. “We attend a lot of car events all over the country, and many shows struggle getting to critical mass,” said Chris Sferruzzo of Newtown, one of the show organizers. “Our show, after five years, has grown exponentially every year. We have an incredible network and reputation for running a show with high quality cars and people.” The 2015 Newtown Car Show will be Saturday, June 20, from 10 am until 4 pm, in the parking lot of Stop & Shop, 228 South Main Street.