Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP), a group of local business owners and community members from Sandy Hook, is pleased to announce the third annual Passport to Sandy Hook. The special event will take place on Saturday, October 12, from 11 am to 4 pm, in the downtown Sandy Hook Village area. Visitors to Sandy Hook Center that day will be offered “passports,” when they can then have stamped as they visit each participating business within Sandy Hook. Completed passports will then be entered into a drawing, with three prize packages worth over $1,500 total up for grabs. There will also be live music, a collection for FAITH Food Pantry, face painting, a bounce house, entertainment, and much more.
Organizers are hoping that next weekend will be a go for “Light The Sky With Light and Love for Sandy Hook Elementary Angels.” A tribute event for the children and teachers who were killed on 12/14, the event has twice already due to heavy rains and flooding leading up to June 9, and then August 3. Saturday, September 21, is the new day for the one-day carnival at Portland Fairgrounds. The event will run from noon to 9 pm, and will include rides, arcade games, children’s activities, several food and jewelry vendors, and more. There will also be entertainment including musical talents as well as magician performances. Kevin Ward is also planning on having The Sandy Hook Tribute Durango at the fairgrounds that day. At the end of the evening, a laser light show and fireworks display will take place to honor and remember the 26 angels of Sandy Hook Elementary School....
Dr Matthew Eliott from Mid-Hudson Vet in Carmel, N.Y., will speak at the Newtown Bridle Land Association open meeting on Tuesday, September 17, at 7:30 pm. The meeting will be at Newtown Meeting House. Dr Eliott will present a slide show on equine veterinary care and will answer questions from the audience.
Almost one billion people on Earth do not have access to clean drinking water. More than 4,000 children die every day from water-related diseases.
On Saturday, October 5, DigDeep Water will hold its second annual Walk 4 Water at Fairfield Hills. Walk 4 Water is an educational experience/fundraising event that raises funds and awareness on behalf of DigDeep Water, a nonprofit human rights organization that defends the human right to water for all people on earth through innovative education and water access projects. A three-mile walk around the campus — representing the average distance women and children in Africa typically must walk each day in order to retrieve water — will have participants experiencing both the distance walked and the weight of water once it is obtained. During the first half of the walk participants will be empty handed, and then during the second half walkers will be carrying two two-liter bottles filled with water.
Flagpole Photographers Camera Club will be kicking off the 2013-14 season on Thursday, September 19, with a general meeting and photo competition. It begins at 7:30 pm in the meeting room of C.H. Booth Library. The club is also planning its first hands-on workshop for the season, and will celebrate the opening of the third annual "Newtown and Beyond..." exhibition within the next few weeks.
A Bead of Roses is pleased to announce the first annual Newtown Pumpkin Festival. Through a collaborative effort between A Bead of Roses, Newtown Kindness, Newtown Youth Academy, and many other Newtown non-profit groups and local businesses, Halloween is returning to Connecticut this year. Based on the hugely successful pumpkin carving event in Keene, N.H., an October 12 festival in Newtown will celebrate the luminous beauty of thousands of glowing pumpkins, all carved with love by community members. Registration is required.
Flagpole Radio Café will return to the Edmond Town Hall on Saturday, September 28, at 7 pm, with a return by harp sensation Deborah Henson-Conant. “Since my last show with The Flagpole Radio Café I joined a rock band and toured the world with legendary guitarist Steve Vai,” said Ms Henson-Conant, “thus fulfilling one of my life’s big bucket list goals. Coming back to the Flagpole feels like coming back home. It’s such a privilege to open the 2013-2014 season of The Flagpole Radio Café. I had so much fun at the last show and I can’t wait to see everyone again — both on the stage and in the seats.”
Newtown Historical Society will host an open house at its headquarters, The Matthew Curtiss House, 44 Main Street, on Sunday September 15, from 12 to 4 pm. Admission is free; however, donations are welcomed and will benefit the historical society. During the open house members of The Fifth Connecticut Regiment will be conducting a reenactment of a revolutionary encampment. Possible attendees are soldiers, a spy, a surgeon, and a whitesmith. There will be demonstrations in hearth cooking and clothing. Junior and senior docents will be available to answer questions about the house and its history, as well as provide guided tours by request.
The Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard will host its annual open house on Sunday, September 29, from 10 am to 2 pm, at the State Military Reservation located at 4 Wildlife Drive in Newtown. The day will feature the Second Horse demonstrating cavalry mounted drill and performing in the Musical Ride Salute. The public will have an opportunity to see the historic troop in action and meet the troopers and horses of one of the last remaining, still active, mounted cavalry units in the nation. There will be food, games, activities for children, and “pony rides” on 2GHG Mounts. Guests will be able to try on uniform items, see historical displays, and find out what is like to serve as a modern cavalry trooper.
Newtown has been selected to participate in a unique solar program offered through the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA). The town will join ten other communities in Phase 3 of Solarize Connecticut, which expects to more than double the amount of solar across the community over the 20-week program. Also participating in the program are a coalition of Ashford, Chaplin, Hampton and Pomfret; a coalition of Easton, Redding and Trumbull; and the towns of Greenwich, Manchester, and West Hartford. Solarize Newtown will officially kick off with its launch solar workshop on Tuesday September 24, at 7 pm. A 90-minute workshop will be offered at Reed Intermediate School, 3 Trades Lane. Residents who are interested in learning more about Solarize Newtown are urged to attend.