This year New Milford’s TheatreWorks has chosen to open their 2014 season with an old favorite from the Sixties: Neil Simon’s "Barefoot in the Park." This was made into a hilarious movie, starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford as the young newlyweds bravely starting off their married life in a sixth-floor walk-up brownstone apartment on East 48th Street in Manhattan. TW New Milford is offering performances though one more weekend, until March 16. Director Tom Libonate has done a fine job of bringing this show back to life, so that it does not seem at all dated, despite the central importance of a Princess model telephone that requires frequent repair service, or the references to the outrageously high rent of $145 a month. Jessica Alex and Daniel Willey put their own personal stamp on the roles of newlyweds Corie and Paul Bratter, and they are backed by four veterans of the local theater scene. The group also gets to play in one of the best sets recently seen.
Thanks to an ongoing gesture of kindness by Ingersoll Auto of Danbury, the March 8 evening movie screening at Edmond Town Hall Theatre will be free of charge. Ingersoll Auto of Danbury, owned by Todd Ingersoll of Newtown, started this monthly offer in January 2013. The company has arranged for one free movie screening at 45 Main Street each month. This weekend’s feature is "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," the latest offering in Director Peter Jackson’s version of the J.R.R. Tolkien classic story.
A lot of laughter and a few tears accompanied the VFW Post 308’s 75th anniversary celebration Sunday, March 2. Recognizing fellow veterans and post members as a “brotherhood,” Post Commander James Rebman said the members of the Tinkerfield Road post had served their country with honor and courage, and continue to serve their community. "We’re here for the community and here for those who served,” he said Sunday afternoon. A host of special guests offered remarks, before the party continued with cake and conversation.
The Daniel Barden Highland Mudfest takes place this year on April 5, at MJK Farms in Deansboro, N.Y. The 5K obstacle race is organized and run by volunteers, with support from business and corporate sponsors, and incorporates a half-mile Half Pint Kids’ Fun Run for ages 5 to 12, as well as an additional 5-mile timed Mud Run for 250 elite entrants. The Mudfest honors the memory of first grader Daniel Barden, one of 20 children who perished at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Organizer Daniel Williams of Deansboro is a personal friend of Mark and Jackie Barden, and their surviving children, James and Natalie, and came up with the idea for a mud run last year. More than 1,000 people registered to wallow in the mud and squeeze through a drainage pipe three-quarters full of mud, among other challenges in the inaugural event.
The Newtown Earth Day Committee is already making plans for its late April celebration. Newtown’s Seventh Annual Earth Day Festival, which brings together school groups, families, green-minded organizations, food and drink vendors, children’s activities, live music, and more, is slated for Saturday, April 26, between 10 am and 4 pm. It will again be presented on the front lawn of Newtown Middle School. Sharon Audubon Society will again offer birds of prey demonstrations, and Newtown Lions Club members will encourage residents to scour the roadsides in the annual Lose The Litter campaign. The Earth Day Festival Committee promises “a full day of family fun and learning.” Heading into its seventh year, the festival is designed to highlight Newtown’s abundant natural resources, help the community continue to become greener, and also continue to raise funds for the festival committee's scholarship fund. The committee has donated more than $4,000 toward scholarships during the last three years.
Lingering snow may be on the ground with more in the forecast, and many are counting down the days until the beginning of spring, but Marie Athans is already thinking about summer. She hopes residents interested in hosting an inner city child for a week or two will join her on March 20, the first day of spring, for a Fresh Air Fund Day Get-Together at Franco’s Pizza & Pasta to learn more about the nonprofit organization that provides the free summer vacation to the city children that will “introduce them to the joys of country life,” states a recent release. The get-together will be between 4 and 6 pm, with free pizza and surprises for children.
Although displaced from their regular meeting space in C.H. Booth Library since the beginning of the year, when flooding disrupted business at the facility, the library's Young Adult Council (YAC) has continued to meet regularly at other sites. The group is made up of young people in grades six and up, and is dedicated to promoting programs and raising funds to benefit the Young Adult Department of the C.H. Booth Library, under the guidance of YA Librarian Kim Weber.