Tucked away in the Victory Garden at Fairfield Hills, Jeff Shwartz picked out a worker bee last month from one of the three hives he owns and maintains on the property. Mr Shwartz started beekeeping in 2006. At first he was mainly attracted by honey, but his fascination with the creatures eventually grew. Mr Shwartz, a director of the Back Yard Beekeepers Association, now provides wasp and hornet removal services and supplies custom hives for budding, and buzzing, enthusiasts. Mr Shwartz is not alone in his love for all things apiary. According to a 2012 industry survey in Bee Culture Magazine there are as many as 125,000 beekeepers in the United States, the vast majority of them hobbyists with fewer than 25 hives.
A three-day music festival and mountain bike racing this weekend will bring a series of bands and activity to the fields and trails surrounding McLaughlin Vineyard tucked away on Alberts Hill Road. The Shuck N Jive music event will accompany the Grapes of Wrath mountain bike race. From Friday, October 9, through Sunday, October 11, guests to McLaughlin Vineyard can enjoy live music, mountain biking, kids activities, craft and art vendors, wine tasting, and leaf peeping.Tickets are $95 in advance for a weekend pass, $110 at the gate; an RV pass is $50, available in advance only, and does not include the tickets. Day passes are also available.
The horse ring on the grounds of the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard (2GHG), at Fairfield Hills, was occupied by dogs on October 3. But not just any dogs. Teams from area Connecticut towns, the MTA K9 unit in New York City, and the 928th Military Police Army National Guard tackled an obstacle course, apprehended suspects, and demonstrated their obedience skills at the inaugural Western CT Police K-9 Challenge. It was all part of a fundraising event, hosted by the Newtown Kennel Club and the Friends of 2GHG, to provide much needed funds to support keeping the 2GHG, one of the last active cavalry units, based here in Newtown. Pam Peral, who spearheaded the efforts to hold the event, said she was "very adamant that [the 2GHG] needed to stay here."
Classic rocker and long-time Eagles member Joe Walsh is playing the last few dates of a fall solo tour in the Northeast, including a Friday, October 16 stop at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville. Fans who loved Walsh and his hard rocking and sometimes zany material pre-Eagles should plan to attend to enjoy a heavy dose of all his other creations. This tour also reunites Walsh with one of his Barnstorm band members, keyboardist and drummer Joe Vitale. In an exclusive interview with "The Newtown Bee," Walsh talked about how taking a break from the Eagles for this short solo tour gives him a turn in the driver's seat.
On a recent trip to Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay, Long Island, N.Y., I went looking for a piece of my family history. In the process I discovered the depth of pet ownership of President Theodore Roosevelt at his family home. The 26th first family had a plethora of pets, including notable dogs like Rollo the St Bernard, Sailor Boy the Chesapeake Bay retriever, Pete, the bull terrier, his son Archie’s favorite pet, Skip the rat terrier, and most importantly, Blackjack or “Jack” the Manchester terrier, the favorite dog of his son Kermit Roosevelt. All these called Sagamore Hill as well as the White House home.
Ken Ludwig’s "Leading Ladies" opened on September 25, at TheatreWorks New Milford, to a full house of entertained theatergoers. This outrageous bit of farcical hijinks left the audience laughing to the point of guffaws as the tempo picked up and the ruse was on. If you are interested in a rollicking romp — and who isn’t? — this is the place to be. Shed your cares and head to TheatreWorks for a sidesplitting good time. Performances continue weekends through October 10.
For anyone who has ever wanted to see the performer behind that voice coming out of your speakers, or for fans who have seen Grammy and Oscar-winner Melissa Etheridge on every tour, a two-night stand coming up Monday and Tuesday at The Ridgefield Playhouse is not to be missed. Billed as her This Is M.E. Solo tour, Etheridge will take the stage in one of the smallest spaces she plans to play on this outing. In an exclusive interview with The Newtown Bee, Etheridge divulged that not only will casual fans hear all the big hits like “Come to My Window,” “I’m The Only One” and “I Want To Come Over,” they'll get a sampling from her latest album, "This is M.E.," as well as a a few impromptu picks from her vast 13 album catalog.