On Friday, March 7, at 8 pm, the Niamh Ní Charra Trio will perform at Newtown Meeting House in a concert sponsored by Fairfield County's own Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society. Ms plays fiddle and concertina, and sings in both the Irish Gaelic language and in English. She will be joined by Dominic Keogh on bodhrán and Paddy Kerr on Irish bouzouki.
The next Saturday Pasta Dinner at Newtown United Methodist Church will take place on March 1 in the church’s fellowship hall, 92 Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook. The public is cordially invited to join church members for what has become an evening of fellowship and community spirit. This weekend’s event, according to longtime volunteer Martha Millett, will mark the 24th anniversary of the monthly dinners. Dinner is followed at 7:45 pm by a performance of bluegrass, country, and folk music played by Newtown’s own Roger Sprung & Friends. Mr Sprung, a longtime resident of Sandy Hook, is a world champion banjo player who has been recognized as a pioneer of bluegrass music by The International Bluegrass Music Museum.
Barn Star Productions and Newtown Historical Society have announced a new collaboration: The Newtown Antiques Market, a one day, outdoor antiques show scheduled to debut on the first day of summer: June 21. The market will be presented at Fairfield Hills, and will include up to 100 exhibitors in an informal environment of tents and pop-up canopies presenting a wide spectrum of antiques. The event will benefit the historical society and will include participation of several community organizations including local firefighters and Newtown Lions Club. It will be presented from 10 am to 5 pm rain or shine.
Newtown Middle School students have been rehearsing after school for the school’s upcoming musical production of "Grease: School Version." The school version is an abridged version with content suitable for younger audiences of the musical, which follows the story of teenagers in 1959 through romances and high school. Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 14-15, at 7 pm, and Sunday, March 16, at 2 pm. Tickets will be $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Newtown's senior citizens are invited to a special preview event on the afternoon of Thursday, March 13.
On Thursday, March 6, at 7:30 pm, Flagpole Photographers Camera Club will sponsor a lecture on nocturnal photography by Mark Bowie in the Alexandria Room of Edmond Town Hall. Mark Bowie is a professional nature photographer and writer. His work has been published internationally in books and magazines, on calendars, posters, and greeting cards, and in advertising media. His March 6 presentation is titled “Night Over the Northeast,” which will cover in great detail an ambitious project Mr Bowie has undertaken to photograph New York State and New England at night.
Members, and a few friends, of St John’s Episcopal Church plan to present their annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper next week. Volunteers will be at the church all day on March 4, prepping the plates, napkins, utensils, drinks, pancake batter, griddles, coffee and everything else that will go into serving dinner for a few hundred people that evening. Diners will again enjoy an all-you-can-eat offering, with this year’s menu to include fresh pancakes, country style breakfast sausage, applesauce and beverages.
The Newtown Parent Connection, Inc., in partnership with Brookfield CARES, announces the return of its popular, parent education day. Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 22, from 8 am to 2:30 pm, at Newtown Middle School. Registration is necessary for attendees and children. This collaboration is offered to parents and caregivers who wish to be proactive and learn positive parenting strengths for raising children of all ages. This year’s keynote speaker is Jane Nelsen, EdD, LMFT, noted author and accomplished educator in the field of Positive Discipline. Her topic is “How to Empower Your Children and Yourselves!” Kids University is also offered, with music, games and special guests for ages 3-11.
Attention young poets, jugglers, singers, comics, musicians and other entertainers: share your talents at the next monthly Saturday Night Open Mic For Newtown Youth. The next event, for entertainers in grades 5-12, will be Saturday, February 22, from he next event, for entertainers in grades 5-12, will be Saturday, February 22, from 7 to 9 pm, in The Great Room at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street. Microphones, keyboard, guitar amp and more will be available for performances. Adult family members attending are invited to bring a drink or snack to share. All ages are welcome to attend the fun community event. Youth under grade six must have a parent or guardian present.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) sponsors two demonstration meetings during most months, each featuring a professional artist who paints and shares tips and techniques in a specific medium. An evening meeting is regularly offered on the second Wednesday of the month at 7:30 pm, and an afternoon meeting is on the fourth Wednesday at 1:30 pm. Meetings are held in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street (at the flagpole). They are open to the public at no charge. On February 26, SCAN will welcome Kathy Anderson, who plans to offer an afternoon program on creating a floral using oils.
The Newtown Woman’s Club, GFWC, Inc. will host a Card And Game Party on Sunday, March 9, from 1 to 5 pm, at LeReine’s Cuisine, 31 Pecks Lane. Tickets are $10 per person and include games (Bridge, Board Games, Mah Jongg, Bunco, etc) and refreshments. There will be door prizes and raffles, and proceeds will support the club's charity efforts.