C.H. Booth Library Director Brenda McKinley, right, accepted a framed poster of the 2014 Newtown Labor Day Parade program cover from Parade Committee President Beth Caldwell on Monday, August 10. Last year’s parade was dedicated to Newtown’s many authors and illustrators, with the theme of “Write On, Newtown!” Each year, the parade committee presents a poster of the previous year’s parade program to the library.
The 10th Annual Newtown Road Race 5K and Newtown Prevention Council Kids Run to benefit Newtown Youth & Family Services will be held on Saturday, September 5. The courses will depart from and return to Dickinson Park. NYFS Executive Director Candice Bohr said she is very excited to be celebrating “ten years of community members running, walking and pushing strollers to help us achieve our mission and provide support services in greater Newtown.”
RIDGEFIELD — In her official bio, penned by Hilton Als, the two-time Grammy winner, one of VH1’s 100 Greatest Women in Rock & Roll, and so-called “Queen of Coolsville” Rickie Lee Jones describes her family growing up as “lower-middle-class-hillbilly-hipster.” But across the wide and genre-consuming path she cut through her 40-year musical career — battling the demons of addiction and bad relationships — Jones presents as way more hip than hillbilly, and seems to carry herself too regally to ever be typed as middle class. She called in from New Orleans to The Newtown Bee for an apparently rare phone interview (she prefers to conduct Q&As via email) ahead of her August 12 stop at The Ridgefield Playhouse.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown have Anda Styler painting in acrylic at its next program, scheduled for Wednesday, August 12, at 7:30 pm. Her subject will be a landscape. The demonstration will take place in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street.
The next installment of the Sunday Cinema Series sponsored by Newtown Cultural Arts Commission will actually be a midweek offering. "Some Like It Hot" is set for Wednesday, August 19. Screenings at Edmond Town Hall Theatre will be offered at 1 and 7 pm.
On Sunday, August 16, the Newtown Republican Town Committee will host a Family BBQ and fundraiser under the pavilion at Treadwell Park, 39 Philo Curtis Road in Sandy Hook. The GOP will be serving up favorite picnic foods including hamburgers, hot dogs, steamed clams, and clams on the half shell. Summer salads, desserts, and soft beverages will accompany. Entertainment includes DJ music, games, and a dunk tank where you will have an opportunity to dunk various Republican elected officials or Town Committee members. The BBQ will run from 1 to 5 pm rain or shine, and tickets are $20 per adult and $5 per child under 13 with a $50 family out-of-pocket max.
The Town Players of Newtown will continue its 80th anniversary season birthday with a production of "Bus Stop," weekends from September 4 to September 26; a production of "Design for Murder," to be staged weekends in the fall; an exhibit at C.H. Booth Library recounting the organization's history, and a gala being planned for October 17. Before all that, however, there is the second and final weekend of "Hot August Nights — An Evening of One-Acts.” Remaining performances are August 7 and 8.
The work of Aria Brownell is being featured at The Gallery at Newtown Municipal Center through the end of August. Ms Brownell is a graduate of Newtown High School and SUNY Purchase; she earned a BFA from the latter. Her work includes oils as well as medium acrylic spray paint. She has explored the difference between natural and artificial light in her paintings.
NOTE: This story has been updated to include information about a volunteer meeting planned for August 6. || Newtown Forest Association has announced its 2nd Annual Sunset Wine Tasting will take place Saturday, September 12. The event will continue NFA's celebration of 91 years of privately preserving open space and Newtown's rural character.
Last year, the Newtown Arts Festival hosted a 6x10 Play Festival. This year, the fourth annual arts festival will host an 8x10 Play Festival, taking place on Friday, September 18. The event will consist of eight one act, 10-minute plays written (mainly) by Connecticut residents, and directed by directors from Newtown and surrounding communities, including some who have directed at Town Players. Rehearsal schedules are flexible, and men and women of all ages are needed. Auditions will take place Sunday, August 2, at 6:30 pm, at Thin Air, 152 South Main Street.