The Great Pumpkin Challenge is gearing up to light up Main Street on Saturday, October 31.Representatives of the Hole In The Wall Gang Camp and Life Is Good gathered at 14 Main Street, the home of the Great Pumpkin Challenge and its creator Mackenzie Page, on Friday, October 30, as many people were dropping off pumpkins. It was the second day for pumpkin collection hours for the Great Pumpkin Challenge campaign, and many people stopped by to show support and add a pumpkin to the growing collection. The Great Pumpkin Challenge began four years ago, when Mackenzie was in eighth grade. She was inspired to support a family friend, Zoe McMorran, who was diagnosed with brain cancer. The public can still add to the display before it is lit for Trick or Treaters in Halloween. Mackenzie and her family will be accepting carved pumpkins and financial donations until 2 pm Saturday afternoon.
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Riders and their horses, many of them dressed in costume for Halloween, participated in the Newtown Bridle Lands Association’s (NBLA) Frost on the Pumpkin Hunter Pace, on the scenic grounds off Mt Nebo Road, on October 25. The NBLA dedicated the pace to the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard (2GHG), showing appreciation to the 2GHG for its contributions to the equine community.
Ian Anderson, known throughout the world as the flute and voice behind the legendary band Jethro Tull will be performing JETHRO TULL, The Rock Opera at Foxwoods Resort Casino on November 8. Celebrating the life and times of the English agricultural inventor, the concerts tell the story of Jethro Tull’s life, reimagined as if in the near future and illustrated with songs from his rich repertoire. The performance features virtual guests on video and some newly written songs to round out the story. “Heavy Horses,” “Farm On The Freeway,” “Songs From The Wood” sitting alongside “Aqualung,” “Living In The Past,” “Wind-Up,” “A New Day Yesterday,” “The Witch’s Promise,” “Locomotive Breath” and others from his vast 30 album catalog.
Looking at a late October sky brightened by a Hunter’s Moon, Aaron Coopersmith asked: How do you know the difference between a planet and a star? “Stars twinkle,” he said. Wearing a Viking helmet and hefting his sword, he soon led hikers along a moonlit path crossing a dark field at Holcombe Hill Preserve on October 27, just after 7 pm. Gathering hikers beneath a tree as wind disturbed its leaves, he told guests about the Newtown Forest Association property and its former owner, Josephine Holcombe, whom he described as an “eccentric” woman. About 30 people joined Dr Coopersmith for his latest NFA program, which was led under the light of what is traditionally the brightest moon of the year.
Certified art therapist Nicole Porter Wilcox of Emerald Sketch, LLC in Brooklyn, N.Y. will offer a three sessions on storyboarding on Mondays in November. The programs are for Newtown residents ages 8-13. Participants may sign up for one, two or all three of the sessions, but each is limited to ten people. Ms Willcox will guide participants in creating storyboards, using illustration, painting, or sculpting. Each young person will have the opportunity to share their story with the group, or not, as he or she prefers. Then on Monday, December 14, Tony Award-winning actor Nick Cordero will join Ms Willcox for a two-hour puppet or mask-making session.
Newtown Forest Association hike leader Dr Aaron Coopersmith does not want to give away his costume yet, but welcomes guests to dress for Halloween and join him Tuesday, October 27, at 7 pm, at the Holcombe Hill Preserve, 65 Great Hill Road, for a Hunter’s Moon full moon hike. Costumes and flashlights are optional for the all-ages event.