Volunteers recently gathered for a potluck supper to mark the 30th anniversary of FAITH Food Pantry, a nonecumenical pantry based out of St John’s Episcopal Church in Sandy Hook. While it was an event to mark three decades of helping people put food on their tables, cades of helping people put food on their tables, the fact is FAITH — and its Social Services counterpart at Town Hall South — is still a necessity in Newtown. FAITH co-chairs Barbara Krell, Lee Paulsen and Nancy Taylor were joined by new and longtime volunteers for the June 5 gathering.
The six-month anniversary of 12/14 was chosen to unveil a new display at C.H. Booth Library. A gift to the library by artist and former Sandy Hook resident Jean A. Mann, a miniature porcelain carved dragonboat is now enclosed in a glass case near the main checkout desk. The piece, carved in 1979, was created in memory of Ms Mann’s friends Hazel Crawley, Jessica Davidson, and Marni Wood. Her dragonboat, now permanently on display, will honor the 12/14 victims. “I gave my carved porcelain dragonboat to the C.H. Booth Library in memory of and after the terrible murders at the Sandy Hook School," Ms Mann, a former Sandy Hook resident, said on June 14. According to Eastern philosophy, she added, “the purpose of a dragonboat is to gather the spirits — souls — of those who have died and to take them to their next incarnation.”
Lighthouses and all things related to the maritime beacons took over Trinity Episcopal Church last weekend. It was all part of The Lighthouse Festival on Saturday, June 15, the first event presented by the recently formed organization Ben’s Lighthouse. Last weekend's event began quietly, on Friday evening, when members of the church were joined by a few members of Troop 270 to dedicate the 20-foot tall custom made lighthouse that too up temporary residence on the front lawn of the historic church. Saturday dawned sunny and warm, and the day was filled with events for all ages. Artwork of myriad forms by local schoolchildren covered the interior walls of the Main Street church. Classes, workshops, presentations, and video screenings were also among the day's offerings.
Among the more than 120,000 books featured at the Annual Friends of the C.H. Booth Library Book Sale each year are some gems that pique the interest of book collectors and bibliophiles. Those books, winnowed from the many donations, make up the Specials Collection. Some of the books are very rare; others are valuable because of signatures or inscriptions. This year's sale is scheduled for July 13-17.
Dark clouds that curdled an already overcast sky Tuesday afternoon were soon split by lightning, dropping heavy rain on the season’s first Farmers Market at Fairfield Hills. Although the weekly event was scheduled to run from 2 to 6 pm June 18 — opening day for the 2013 season — many vendors glanced at the sky and quickly took down their tents and folding tables as shoppers hurried to their cars less than two hours into the event.
Trinity Episcopal Church hosted the dedication of two special items last weekend. One was used for the first public event by a new foundation and will be used again in the future for special events, while the other was a permanent addition to the church grounds. Between rain showers early Friday evening, Pastor Kathie Adams-Shepherd conducted the dedication of a 20-foot-tall custom interactive lighthouse constructed by volunteers for Ben’s Lighthouse. A short time later she also oversaw the blessing and dedication of a labyrinth that was installed at the church as an Eagle Scout project.
The memories of those lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings on 12/14 continue to live on through family, friends, and community members. Now, future educators are honoring the 20 students and six educators thanks to a partnership between We Are Newtown and Newtown Scholarship Association to provide scholarships to four graduating Newtown High School students. The first four recipients of the new scholarship, one of eight established this year in response to 12/14, were announced on June 15 during a ceremony at Newtown Youth Academy.