The 14th Annual Southern Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair will be Saturday, February 8, Newtown High School. The fair is sponsored by the Southern Connecticut Science & Engineering Foundation (SCSEF). Over 500 students and judges are expected to attend from towns including Newtown, Darien, Glastonbury, Greenwich, Hamden, Redding, Ridgefield, Westport and Woodbridge. NHS science teacher Tim Dejulio is in charge of Newtown-related logistics and a proud champion of 11 students from Newtown who will be participating. The public is welcomed to view the exhibits starting at noon, free of charge. The public is also welcome to the awards ceremony and listen to keynote speaker David Pogue, award-winning journalist, author and TV host, who will speak at 1:30. The event should conclude by 3.
Responding to the needs of the community, HealingNewtown Director Valerie Culbertson has unveiled new schedules as well as a new pricing structure for a number of workshops that had recently been announced. Most workshops are still taking place, with some shifting their timeframe and/or the days they will be presented.
A family ice skating party sponsored by Newtown Parks & Recreation for Friday night has been relocated. Instead of the temporary rink at Fairfield Hills, the February 7 event has been moved to the Dickinson Park pavilion rink. The party which will run from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. DJ Kevin Koschel will provide the music, and there will be a small bonfire. There is no charge, but reservations are requested so that organizers know how much hot chocolate will be needed.
Joining the charitable efforts emanating from Newtown to employ the performing arts as a healing mechanism in the wake of 12/14, The 12.14 Foundation announced this week the selection of platinum-selling country music singer-songwriter Scotty McCreery as its first National Ambassador. He will play an active role in promoting the foundation’s arts programming, supporting its fundraising efforts, and building awareness for the organization’s plans to build a world-class performing arts and education center in Newtown. McCreery will promote the foundation’s mission and fundraising efforts through personal appearances and social media. The 12.14 Foundation’s long-range goal is to build a landmark, multi-purpose performing arts and education center of historical significance in Newtown as a beacon of hope and positive change for use by and to benefit people everywhere. Meanwhile, the foundation provides arts programming in other venues.
The Sandy Ground Project was established by the New Jersey Fireman’s Benevolent Association last year. Its mission is to build 26 playgrounds along the coast of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut in towns hit by Hurricane Sandy. Each playground honors and and provides a lasting memory of the 26 children and teachers who lost their lives on December 14, 2012. Milford will be the location of one of those playgrounds, to be built in memory of James Mattioli. James was a 6-year old who was among the children killed on 12/14. His playground is scheduled to be built on March 15, with a ribbon cutting planned for March 22. That same morning, a 5K run/walk and kids fun run/obstacle course will be help to help cover the costs of the Milford playground.
Broadway Records has announced the release of From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert For Sandy Hook on DVD (February 4), as a two-CD set, as two volumes digitally via iTunes (February 7), and on Blu-Ray (February 18). Broadway Records will donate 100% of its profits to support the Newtown-Sandy Hook community via The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation. Beginning February 12, the 2-CD set and DVD will be available for purchase with combined discounts at Newtown/Sandy Hook area retailers, including Caraluzzi’s, The Toy Tree, Wishing Well, Down on Main Street, Queen Street Gifts & Treats, and Everything Newtown. The Blu-Ray will be available for purchase by February 24. The CD, DVD and Blu-Ray can also be purchased on Amazon.com. Additional retailers within Fairfield County are expected to join going forward.
Town Players of Newtown plan to offer four full productions and one limited run Black Box presentation for its 79th season. The season will open with "The Glass Menagerie" and continue with "I Hate Hamlet," have its Black Box offering of "Fully Committed," and then continue with "Lend Me A Tenor" in the fall and "A Christmas Carol" to close the season.
The Town and Country Garden Club of Newtown is having Tovah Martin present a program titled “The Unexpected Houseplant” at 7 pm at Newtown Senior Center on Wednesday, February 12. Ms Martin is the author of many gardening books and is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in many publications throughout the country. She has also appeared on various television shows including Martha Stewart’s. In her presentation, Ms Martin will discuss houseplants with panache and plants that are usually not associated with windowsills.
Paul Frucht wrote "Dawn" to honor the assistant principal at the middle school he attended, and who later became principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The work also honors the other 25 victims of 12/14, and their families, and will be part of the final concert by Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra members and Western Connecticut State University faculty. The concert will be performed Sunday, February 9, at Ives Concert Hall at WCSU.
Town Players of Newtown will host open auditions for "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams on Sunday and Tuesday, February 23 and 25, from 7 to 9 pm each night. Marla Manning will direct the production, which calls for two women and two men. Rehearsals will begin in early March, and performances are scheduled for weekends, April 25 to May 17.