The Absolut Gallery at The Inn at Newtown will present an exhibition of mixed media paintings by Angelo Perrone, June 27 to August 31. The public is invited to the opening reception at the gallery on Thursday, June 27, from 6 to 8 pm. The reception will feature live entertainment by The Blue Yodels, complementary hors d’oeuvres and cocktails served courtesy of Executive Chef Carlos Marquez and Absolut Vodka. Mr Perrone has generously donated 38 original paintings for the exhibition, and has promised that 100% of sales from the show will be donated to Newtown Police Union and Newtown Lions Club for the mental health of those affected by 12/14.
Ticket-holders for the 17th Annual Newtown Historical Society House & Garden Tour will be able to cover 250 years of local history while visiting seven properties this year. This year’s tour will be held Saturday, June 29, from 11 am to 5 pm. Ticket-holders will have access to the recently renovated dooryard garden at The Matthew Curtiss House, three properties in Sandy Hook, two historic Federal-style houses in the Taunton Hill district, and a stunning four-story contemporary lakeside design finished just last year.
Newtown Parks & Recreation has concerts planned for residents and friends of all ages this summer. The department will be hosting its fifth annual Summer Concert Series as well as debuting a new Summer Jam Concert Series. The latter is a new daytime series for children and parents or guardians. Concerts will all be at Dickinson Park, 50 Elm Drive. Attendees should being their own seating and are welcome to bring picnics. Concerts will move under the pavilion in the event of light rain.
To kick off its Children’s Summer Reading Program, a book sale and a magic show were held at C. H. Booth Library on Monday, June 24.Magician Steve Woyce offered two showings of a “Dig Into Reading Magic Show,” for children between the ages of four and fifth grade in the library’s meeting room for the day.Inside the children’s Story Time Room from 9:30 am until 5 pm a “sneak peak” of donated children’s books for the Friends of the C. H. Booth Library’s annual book sale, was offered. By 11 am a number of people were perusing the collection of children’s books, which included pop-up books...
Newtown High School and Western CT Militia Minor League Football will co-host The Helmets and Hearts Newtown Memorial Scholarship Fund Benefit Football Game on Saturday, June 29, at Blue & Gold Stadium at NHS. The game will be between Western CT Militia and Lowell Noreaster. Pre-game events will begin at 6 pm, and kick-off will be at 6:45. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged and will go directly to the Newtown Memorial Scholarship Fund.
The Animal Center will hold a Cat and Kitten Adoption Event on Saturday, June 22, from noon to 4 pm, at Your Healthy Pet, 224 South Main Street. Kittens of all ages and personalities will be available and will be up to date on vaccines.
Han Dol Martial Arts School of Danbury will host the second Western Connecticut Regional Soo Bahk Do Tournament on Saturday, June 22, at Newtown Youth Academy. In addition, a free basic self-defense course will be offered at NYA Saturday morning. The class will be taught by certified martial arts instructors.
Crabgrass Puppet Theatre will present a free performance of The Pirate, the Princess and the Pea on Wednesday, June 26, at 3:30 pm, at C.H. Booth Library. The program is suitable for ages 4 and up, and registration is requested.
C.H. Booth Library’s summer reading program officially begins on Monday, June 24. Children and parents are invited a special children’s book sale that day, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, from 9:30 am to 5 pm. Also, Steve Woyce will present two performances of his "Dig Into Reading Magic Show," free of charge.
Playwright George Kelly came from a notable Philadelphia family whose ranks included a champion Olympic oarsman and a movie star who married a prince, but his own star led him to the stage, first as a vaudevillian performer and then as a playwright. He was very successful in the 1920s, winning the Pulitzer Prize for his drama Craig’s Wife, and achieving great popular success with his comedy, The Show-Off. He drifted to Hollywood in the thirties, but found little satisfaction there. By today, most people have never heard of him. Now Westport Country Playhouse is hoping to gain him recognition again, with its revival of The Show-Off, touting it as an example of American comedy. Performances continue on the historic theater’s stage until June 29.