Jeffrey Giraffe has been a familiar sight to anyone passing along Obtuse Road for nearly 15 years. Rain or shine — but not snow — the nearly life-sized paper-maché giraffe has poked his head out of his stall at Pond Brook Farm, bringing smiles to passersby, and happily posing for photo ops. In recent weeks, his girlfriend, Genevieve, has joined him. And it is Genevieve’s appearance -- or reappearance -- that is a bit of a mystery, said Tom and Dot Dwyer, owners of Pond Brook Farm.
A vehicle travels south on Glen Road, just south of the intersection with Buttonball Drive, on October 18, during one of a handful of snow squalls that passed through the area Sunday afternoon. The snow — the first of the season — appeared a few times during the 2 o’clock hour, but melted as soon as it hit the ground. While Massachusetts also saw similar squalls, residents of central New York didn’t enjoy the weekend snow as much. The Associated Press reported that central parts of that state received up to 9 inches of snow over the weekend. The highest snow totals on Sunday were in the neighboring Oswego County towns of Mexico and Parish, 25 miles north of Syracuse. And while Fairfield County was under the season’s first Freeze Warning on Saturday and Sunday, it was again tougher for those in New York. The AP reported that the temperature plunged to 10 degrees during the early hours of Monday, October 19, in Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks.
Members of Newtown Senior Center were treated to a talk on the epic World War II “Battle of the Bulge,” presented by Arthur Gottlieb, Thursday, October 8. Mr Gottlieb is a teacher at the Lifetime Learners Institute at Norwalk Community College, as well as a local historian on subjects of political and military history. The October 8 presentation was one in a series of ongoing history programs by Mr Gottlieb at the Senior Center, said Marilyn Place, director, all of which have been very well received.
Next weekend, more than 100 horses will grace the Newtown countryside for the 37th annual Newtown Bridle Lands Association Frost on the Pumpkin Hunter Pace on Saturday, October 25. Teams of two to three riders will take off starting at 9 am to traverse the wooded terrain, tackle natural jumping obstacles, and canter open fields. Each year, this event is the largest fundraiser for the NBLA to help with its mission of preserving, protecting, and maintaining riding and hiking trails in the community. Since its beginnings in the late 1970s, the pace course has utilized old fox hunting trails and private lands opened by benevolent landowners. This year’s pace has a few surprises. If you happen to be a technophile, the NBLA is offering a trail line download for your smartphone at the registration table. New landowners Clare and Peter Harrison are graciously hosting the start of the pace at its traditional field on Mt Nebo Road. The Harrisons have also added some jump combinations at the beginning of the course. In a nod to the bucolic bovine experience, there will be cattle at the start of the pace as well.
Splashes of red and yellow autumn leaves clashed with colorful balloons decorating Sandy Hook Center on Saturday, October 10. Residents attending the Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity’s Fifth Annual Passport to Sandy Hook found a live band playing on the sidewalk, and downtown businesses welcoming guests.
This year will mark the fifth and possibly the last year for the Great Pumpkin Challenge, but Mackenzie Page, who began the annual luminaria celebration on Main Street, received news last week of the largest donation to date.
The Great Pumpkin Challenge began in 2011, when Mackenzie was in eighth grade. She was inspired to support a family friend, Zoe McMorran, who was diagnosed with brain cancer. That year Mackenzie challenged residents to carve a pumpkin, drop it off to display at her 14 Main Street home before Halloween, and offer a suggested donation of $5.
Mackenzie is again challenging residents to participate in the campaign, and to raise more money than in previous years.
Following the Mozart, Merlot and Mums fundraising event on Saturday, October 10, at Edmond Town Hall for Kevin’s Community Center, founder and Medical Director Z. Michael Taweh said, “It was really exceptional.”
The event is KCC’s annual major fundraising event, and Dr Taweh said about 175 people attended this year, up from roughly 60 attendees last year.
Goldman Sachs offered to match each donation for the event “dollar for dollar,” according to Dr Taweh.
Yellow leaves splashed with red and a lingering green burst in a golden glow in Sandy Hook Center. Foliage this month will paint Newtown’s landscape with a fleeting beauty as seasons change, leaves fall, and the days grow cooler and continue to feel shorter. This glorious tree on the lawn of Newtown United Methodist Church in Sandy Hook welcomes travelers driving along Church Hill Road toward near its intersection with Dayton Street.
The Tooth Fairy will be at Dental Associates of Newtown, 11 Church Hill Road, Tuesday, November 3, from noon to 2 pm to “magically” turn Halloween candy delivered to her into cash for the annual candy buyback program. Trick-or-treaters are invited to bring their Halloween candy stash and trade it in for $2 for every pound of wrapped candy, for up to ten pounds. Collected candy will then be divided between two organizations.
Electric cellist and vocalist Jami Sieber is set to perform an intimate solo concert at Sound, a center for music, creative arts, and mindfulness, located at 31 Hawleyville Road, this Satuday, October 17.
Ms Sieber is currently on tour, and while in the area she visited with Reed Intermediate School students on Wednesday, October 14.
Tickets for Saturday’s performance are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.