“Mainly Main Street” is the focus for Newtown Historical Society’s 2014 House & Garden Tour. Ticketholders will be able to visit several antique homes and their hidden gardens, all within the town’s historic district and within easy walking distance of the flagpole. A professionally landscaped, stunning modern renovation is just a very short drive away. This year’s tour, the 18th annual presentation by the historical society, is scheduled for Saturday, June 28, rain or shine from 11 am to 5 pm.
On Wednesday, June 11, the ongoing series The Joy of Art with Joy Hoffman at C.H. Booth Library will host a special guest: children’s author and illustrator Lizzy Rockwell. Ms Rockwell is the illustrator of numerous books and games for children, and is the author and illustrator of "Good Enough to Eat," "Hello Baby," "The Busy Body Book" and "Plants Feed Me." During two free presentations that afternoon, Ms Rockwell will read from her latest book, and also talk about the process of writing and illustrating books for children.
Soaring With the Eagles, a free camp for blind or visually impaired children, is being offered this year through the Leaps of Faith (LOF) Adaptive Skiers. LOF coordinators and volunteers will be hosting the innovative four-day adaptive water sports day camp in Sandy Hook for children ages 6-17 from June 24-27. “There are currently no multi-day adaptive waterski/wakeboard camps for visually impaired/blind children in the Northeast and we are very excited to be hosting this unique water sports camp,” said LOF Adaptive Skiers Executive Director Joel Zeisler. Openings for the free camp are still available; advance registration is required.
Members of Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co., its Ladies Auxiliary, Junior Corps, and even family members and friends will all be volunteering their time to put on the 27th Annual Sandy Hook LobsterFest, a fundraiser for the company, on Friday and Saturday, June 6 and 7. Dinner will be served from 5 to 9 pm on Friday, and 4 to 9 pm on Saturday. A full steak or lobster dinner with plenty of sides and a drink are covered by tickets; surf and turf tickets are also available. Takeout orders can be set up.
Ben’s Lighthouse, the hosts of the second annual Lighthouse Festival, is pleased to announce Sara Hoagland Hunter, author of "Lighthouse Santa," will be a special guest for this year’s festival. Ms Hunter’s book, with gorgeous illustrations by Julia Miner, is based on the real-life exploits of Edward Rowe Snow, who delivered Christmas presents to lighthouse keepers’ children for almost fifty years. The Lighthouse Festival, themed “Safe Harbors,” will take place on Saturday, June 14, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 36 Main Street. The festival runs from 10 am to 4 pm and is open to all. Admission is free.
Attention young poets, jugglers, singers, mimes, magicians, comedians, rappers, dancers, actors, horn players, et al: the seventh monthly Saturday Night Open Mic For Newtown Youth will take place Saturday, June 7, from 7:30 to 9:15 pm. The events are held in The Great Room at Newtown Congregational Church. Performers should be in grades 5-12. Microphones, keyboard, guitar amp and more will be available. Although the age of performers is limited, all family members and residents of all ages are welcome to attend.
The Newtown Juggling & Circus Arts Club will be meeting from 3 to 5 pm on Saturday, May 31, at the park in Sandy Hook Center. Members love to teach juggling and related skills. No experience required. All ages are welcome.
The Graceful Planet’s Dance Ensembles will offer a special performance of some of their award-winning dance ensembles this weekend. The public is invited to Reed Intermediate School on Saturday, May 31, for a 1 pm performance. Admission on Saturday is $8 for adults, and $5 for children, payable at the door.
Flagpole Photographers is a local non-profit group that enables members to share their images and expertise, to learn and grow in their photography, and to enjoy the camaraderie of fellow photographers. Members are from diverse backgrounds, with photographic skills ranging from beginning novices to professional photographers. On Thursday, May 29, the club will host a “Program Night,” featuring an open discussion on photography tips and tricks on shooting portraits. All levels of camera enthusiasts are encouraged to attend. On Thursday, June 12, at 7:30 pm, the club will host a general meeting and members' photo competition. Meanwhile, Flagpole Photographers Camera Club is presenting its 2014 Annual Exhibition until June 12.
When Heather and Chris Peck first learned about The Fresh Air Fund in a local newspaper, they thought The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family Program would be a terrific opportunity for a New York City child. The Pecks knew they lived in a beautiful neighborhood with ample amounts of fresh air, so in 2012 Heather, Chris, and their children Justin, age 11, and Anna, age 9, decided to open their hearts and Newtown home to a Fresh Air child. The Pecks are among those planning to welcome children into their homes again this summer, through The Fresh Air Fund program. Host families are still being sought for children planning to visit the area in July and August. One group of campers will be arriving in Newtown on July 22, and staying until August 12. Another group will be arriving August 2 and staying until August 9.