On rare occasions, one sees a concert so excellent that it becomes genuinely hard to come up with the words to describe it. The Máirtín O’Connor Trio’s show at Newtown Meeting House, hosted on April 10 by The Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society, was was one of those concerts. Everything was perfect. The band members were energized and the house was filled with an appreciative audience. One cannot imagine a better start for the trio’s nine-day East Coast tour. Many excellent bands could be described in much the same fashion. But what makes this trio unique is their deep musical connection. They have a tight rapport that reminds me of the great duos of traditional music, such as the fiddler Martin Hayes and the guitarist Dennis Cahill. To see that almost telepathic connection in a larger group is a rare treat.
Orwellian London in 1984 is a dark, disturbing and dangerous place. Its essence is captured in Sherman Playhouse’s current production of George Orwell’s "1984," adapted by Robert Owens, Wilton E. Hall, Jr and William A. Miles, Jr. The dramatic, expository piece is being immaculately directed by Kevin Sosbe, and the cast and crew have worked very hard to bring this challenging piece to life.
For the fifth year, kids and parents counted “bunnies” along trails at Glander Field on the Fairfield Hills Campus on Friday, April 3, and Saturday, April 4, for this year’s Bunny Watch.
The Bunny Watch was a fundraiser for and organized by the Newtown High School’s senior Odyssey of the Mind Team, coached by Robin Fitzgerald. The event raised money for the group to attend World Finals, which will be held at Michigan State University May 20–23.
The theater at Edmond Town Hall will be screening two movies this weekend, and the public will have the opportunity to see both free of charge thanks to Ingersoll Auto of Danbury. All screenings on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of "Paddington" and "St Vincent" will be offered for free. This weekend continues an ongoing series of free screenings that residents and regional movie fans have been enjoying at least once each month since January 2013.
An artist reception for Jessica Gaddis will take place at Rosie, a restaurant/gallery located at 27 Elm Street in New Canaan, on Friday, April 10, from 5 to 9 pm. “Secrets — A Story of Integration” features paintings and ceramic wall hangings by Ms Gaddis, a 2205 graduate of Newtown High School. “Secrets” will remain on view at Rosie through the end of June, and the art work is available for purchase.
The Garden Club of Newtown welcomed 128 guests to its 60th Anniversary celebration Wednesday, April 1, held at Rock Ridge Country Club in Newtown. The Garden Club of Newtown was founded May 8, 1955, and became a member of the Federated Garden Clubs the following year. The full house consisted not only of local club members, but also Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra, board members from the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, and members of various other state garden clubs and their guests. Finding seating at the luncheon was easy. Name cards picked up in the foyer matched each guest with a table named for a plant, among them the dahlia, gentian, lavender, rose, and foxglove. Each of the 16 tables blossomed with living floral arrangements created by members of the Newtown club, from miniature herb gardens to elegant tulips and colorful spring flowers.