On Saturday, December 5, Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP) will present the Annual Sandy Hook Village Holiday Tree Lighting. The public is invited to enjoy the Sandy Hook tradition featuring carolers, Santa Claus, karaoke, refreshments, goodies, and a community celebration. This year’s event will begin at 4 pm, leading to the lighting of two trees at 6:30 pm. This includes the lighting of the longstanding tree within The Glen, at 2 Washington Avenue, as well as a Norway spruce that was planted across the street two years ago.
The Newtown Holiday Craft Festival will take place in the gymnasium of Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street, on Sunday, November 29, from 11 am to 5 pm. Organizers are planning a “great holiday shopping opportunity.”
The Garden Club of Newtown will hold its annual Holiday Greens Sale from 9 am to noon on Saturday, December 5, at Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street. This popular annual event is the club’s main fundraiser, and members plan all year by collecting and drying plant materials from their gardens and gathering pinecones and a wide variety of evergreens and other items to be used in creating and decorating evergreen wreaths and tabletop arrangements for the holiday season.
Hartford Stage, under the leadership of Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak and Managing Director Michael Stotts, has announced the cast of the 18th annual production of "A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas." The holiday classic runs November 27 through December 27. Among 24 youth from across the state who have been cast in this year's production is Jane Shearin of Newtown.
Boy Scout Eddie Godino, a members of Newtown Troop 770 going for the rank of Eagle Scout, will be conducting a sock drive this month. Eddie is reaching out to the public with a request for socks. All those that are collected will be donated to Catholic Charities.
A book drive by The Junior Newtown Action Alliance Club is underway to support the Newtown/Savoy Elementary School partnership. Savoy Elementary School is an underprivileged school in Washington, D.C. Books appropriate for elementary age school children are requested, and can be dropped off in the main office of Newtown High School until November 30.
The next meting of The Genealogy Club of Newtown will be on Wednesday, November 18, in the meeting room of C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street in Newtown. The meeting will begin at 7 pm; light refreshments and socializing will precede the formal meeting.
The Resiliency Center of Newtown (RCN) has announced a number of upcoming programs. Programs include a pair of discussions focusing on one chapter in "The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog," a coffee hour with lessons on essential oils, and brainspotting appointments.
Newtown Historical Society will host an open house on Sunday, November 15, from 12 to 4 pm, at The Matthew Curtiss House, 44 Main Street. Costumed docents will be available to lead tours. Guests will also be welcome through the house on their own. In addition, Rebecca Starkins of A Fashionable Frolic will bring history alive by providing visual and tactile access to the past.
On Saturday, November 14, Two Steps Downtown Grille will host Ability Beyond’s 3rd Annual “Families Rock” event from 7-11 pm. Admission is free, there will be raffles, and the event is open to the public. Three local bands will be performing including The Jay Willie Band from Newtown, The Surf Bombs from Danbury, and Good Medicine from Southbury. Jay Willie is an Ability Beyond parent of a young man receiving many supports and services, including residential.