The Botsford Fire Rescue Company’s Annual Fundraiser/Summer Bash was held on Saturday, August 22. The event began at 4 pm and ran until 10 pm. Food was served and covered by the entrance fee, and beer, wine, and soda were available for purchase. Modern country band Nashville Drive played original songs and covers during the event, and eventgoers at times danced along to the songs in front of the stage set up for the event. Botsford Fire Rescue Chief Wayne Ciaccia estimated that nearly 300 people attended the fundraiser. “It went great,” said Chief Ciaccia.
Generations of golfers have teed off, 30-plus presidents have served, there have been countless memories — including holes in one and tournament championships — and significant enhancements have been made to the course. Newtown Country Club (NCC) is celebrating a century’s worth of achievements and changes this summer in its 100th anniversary year. “It is a big deal to be here 100 years,” NCC Head Golf Professional Paul Miller said at the course, which is nestled between Main Street and Elm Drive, with an address of 2 Country Club Road. From the time since original president William T. Cole — one of the founders of the country club — was in charge through the centennial year, under the leadership of current president Brian Schlier, about the only thing that has remained the same is that golfers have chipped and putted under the sun on the course.
Ben’s Bells Connecticut, formerly Ben’s Bells Newtown, Assistant Studio Manager Sam Siess and volunteer Camryn Walsh sat inside the nonprofit’s new location on Saturday, August 22.
It was the first day the new location was open to visitors. As people made their way to the new space, Ms Siess answered phone calls and directed people to the accommodations, at 32 Stony Hill Road, Bethel, at the back of the shopping plaza.
Tables were set with paint brushes, and everything appeared in order to begin work.
Ben’s Bells is a nonprofit organization founded by Jeannette Maré of Tucson, Ariz., creating ceramic bead and bell wind chimes that are randomly distributed in places in need of healing and happiness.
Between the covers of Sydney Eddison’s recently published book of poetry, Where We Walk: Poems rooted in the soil of New England, readers will find words steeped in the familiar.
“It’s very local, because I’ve been inspired by all the places in Newtown,” said Ms Eddison, Tuesday, August 18. “Fairfield Hills, Holcomb Hill, all of those places have inspired me,” she said, as well as her beloved homestead, where she has put down her own roots, the past 54 years. “My gardens have been here for 54 years, and I adore this house,” Ms Eddison said, looking out over her yard from the kitchen table where she writes.
Ms Eddison is the well-known Newtown author of seven books on gardening.
Organizers of the 30th Newtown Holiday Festival are hoping that guests of the December 6 event will not only have a great time at events for all ages, but will remember the reason the festival was created: as a major fundraiser for Newtown Youth & Family Services.
There’s a new horse magazine in the barn! Connecticut Horse launched this summer with its first bimonthly issue. A sister publication to the 15-year-old Massachusetts Horse, the brainchild of Publisher Stephanie Sanders, will publish its second issue at the end of August. Up until last year, Editor Karena Garrity was freelancing horse articles when she had an idea.