Connecticut author Sarah Darer Littman is returning this summer for C.H. Booth Library’s Creative Writing Summer Camp for young adults, as part of the year-round peer group for passionate young writers at the library. This summer, camp will meet on Thursdays, June 25, July 9, 16, 23, and 30. Rising Grades 6 and 7 will meet from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, and rising Grades 8 and 9, from 6 to 8 pm.
The next monthly Saturday Night Open Mic will be Saturday, June 20, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm, in the Great Room at Newtown Congregational Church. The featured musical guest this month will be vocalist Amy Anyoha, who has performed at previous open mic nights.
The Farmer’s Market at Fairfield Hills, launched originally as Sandy Hook Organic Farmer’s Market, will open for its 13th season Tuesday, June 23. Newtown’s organic and CT Grown farmer’s market featuring heirloom vegetables, flowers baked goods and much more will continue weekly, 2-6 pm rain or shine, through October.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown welcome James Grashow, who will be talking and demonstrating about his work, at Newtown Meeting House on Wednesday, June 24. The free program will begin at 1:30 pm.
Witness for yourself the inspired lunacy of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" like never before, when Edmond Town Hall Theatre hosts the return of the Sunday Cinema Series. Introduced in 2014 and featuring classic films — all from 1939, “The Greatest Year in Film” — the Sunday series returns this year with occasional screenings of films that are equally classic in their own right. On Sunday, June 28, attendees will be treated to a 40th anniversary screening of Monty Python’s first full-length film, shown in its highest definition ever.
The Jones Factor will perform in the Alexandria Room of Newtown’s Edmond Town Hall as part of the Town Hall Music Series. The performance is scheduled for Saturday, June 20, at 8 pm. Drawing on the incredible talents of nine world-class musicians, The Jones Factor was founded in 1986 by trombonist and bandleader John Fumasoli.
Town Players of Newtown will continue its 80th-anniversary season with a play about theater itself: Noël Coward’s "Hay Fever," opening June 26. Oftentimes, plays are written about obnoxious guests. Hay Fever is an exception to that rule, as the action surrounds the antics of nightmare hosts.
With nearly 500 artists submitting artwork for consideration for this year's "Art of the Northeast" at Silvermine Art Center, co-curators Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam had a lot of great work to look through. Silvermine Gallery Director Jeffrey Mueller also noted a healthy showing from MFA programs. In the finalist category, the curators selected 84 works by 63 artists, including a trio of vessels by Newtown resident and Silvermine member Joan Zagrobelny. The exhibition is on view in New Canaan until July 26.
The second annual Newtown Play Festival is gearing up for production during the 2015 Newtown Arts Festival. Producers Maureen Trotto and Elizabeth Young are seeking ten minute plays by local playwrights. Works for consideration should be emailed to the producers by July 1.
On Thursday, June 18, Flagpole Photographers Camera Club will host a general meeting and photo competition in the lower meeting room of C.H. Booth Library. June’s assigned subject is “My Backyard.” Members of the local photography club are to showcase their creativity for capturing various photography of their interpretation of their backyard. There will also be competitions in Digital, Black & White, and Open Color.