Growing up in a household influenced more by comedy than music, Steve March-Tormé says that he surprises people when he confides that in his youth, he spent a lot more time with Buddy Hackett than Buddy Rich. According to biographer Scott Yanow, March-Tormé actually avoided singing jazz for a long time so he could escape the huge shadow of his father. He actually did not grow up with his father, the entertainer Mel (“The Velvet Frog) Tormé, since his parents were divorced when he was two.
Cyrenius H. Booth Library will host a Tellabration! storytelling event for families on Friday, November 8, at 7:30 pm. Tellabration! is annual event, made up of dozens of storytelling happenings all over the world. Its purpose is to introduce adults, as well as children, to the art of oral storytelling. It is one of the programs offered by The Connecticut Storytelling Center, based at Connecticut College in New London. Storytellers Meris Palmer and Martha Bishop will perform at the Newtown Tellabration! this year.
Following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, violinist and author Julie Lyonn Lieberman of Newtown felt she had to do something positive when she saw a sign created by a fellow town resident: “There is no foot so tiny that it can’t leave an imprint on this world.” A December 1 string concert at Newtown Congregational Church featuring Mark O’Connor, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Bruce Molsky, Julie Lyonn Lieberman, Laraaji Venus, Brian Torff, the Norwalk Youth Symphony under the direction of Richard Brooks, and Donna Hebert with her group Mist Covered Mountains, will kick off a month of cross-country string concerts meant to shine love and light on Newtown throughout December.
Town Players of Newtown is closing out their 2013 season with Veronica’s Room by the renowned playwright Ira Levin. The chilling mystery thriller will open Friday, November 8, at The Little Theatre, 18 Orchard Hill Road. Written by the author of Deathtrap and Rosemary’s Baby, Veronica’s Room explores the thin line between fantasy and reality, madness and murder. The production will run November 8-30, with curtain at 8 pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 pm matinees on Sundays, November 17 and 24.
The Newtown Historical Society will host an open house at its headquarters, The Matthew Curtiss House, on Sunday November 10. During the open house, visitors will learn what tape looming is from Reggie DeLarm of Torrington. Ms DeLarm will demonstrate tape while discussing who traditionally performed the looming and what they would have been used for. The public is invited to visit and tour the building at 44 Main Street any time between noon and 4 pm. Junior and senior docents will be available to answer questions about the house and its history, as well as provide guided tours by request.
Newtown children up to age 9 are invited for Newtown Parks & Recreation’s annual Halloween Pizza Party at Dickinson Park. This year’s party is scheduled for Thursday, October 24, from 4:30 until 6:15 pm. Costumes are definitely encouraged. There will be Halloween games and fun, and the party will end with a spooky hay ride.
“Howl-o-ween,” a canine costume party to benefit Friends of Newtown Park and Bark, will be held Saturday October 26, from 1 to 3 pm. It will be on the campus of Fairfield Hills, near the intersection of Keating Farms Avenue and Simpson Street. Prizes will be awarded for most original costume, scariest costume, funniest costume, dog and owner look-alike, and best in show. The fun family event, sponsored by Newtown Parks and Recreation, also offers activities such as a relay race, haystack treasure hunt, hot dog toss and tic-tac-paw. Refreshments for dogs and their people will be available. Cost is a $5 tax-deductible donation per dog.
The Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard (2GHG) will hold its Annual Fall Trail Ride on Saturday, November 2, from 9 am to noon. Suggested rider donation is $30. Riders will be welcome to ride along fields and through wooded areas around the horse guard facility at their own pace. Riders can park their horse trailers on 2GHG property, at 4 Wildlife Drive. Troopers will monitor all road crossings.
Weathered Way is presenting “A Tree Just Wants To Be A Tree,” a solo exhibition of new furniture from Johnny A. Williams featuring coffee tables, benches, cabinetry, shelving, wooden art and one massive walnut slab dining table. Mr Williams is a sculptural furniture maker based in Newtown. Using traditional techniques and local lumber, he handcrafts durable furniture pieces with soulful flourishes. He honed his woodworking skills at the Center For Furniture Craftsmanship and the College of the Redwoods Fine Furniture program. The collection will remain on view until November 17.
For the third consecutive year, the business and community group SHOP (Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity) is inviting children and their parents to put on their best, scariest, funniest and most creative Halloween outfits and head to Sandy Hook V Walk. This year’s event will be Saturday, October 26, between 11 am and 2 pm, rain or shine. SHOP’s annual Halloween Walk will provide attendees an opportunity to meet and visit with the many participating businesses in the village district, show off their costumes, and collect treats.