Newtown Historical Society will host a presentation on one of Connecticut’s flagship retailers, G. Fox Company, on Monday, November 18, at 7:30 pm, in the community room of C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street. The program is entitled “From Hula Hoops to High Fashion: G Fox in the 1950s,” and will be presented by Elizabeth Abbe. Ms Abbe, director of public outreach at The Connecticut Historical Society, will lead program attendees down memory lane, with a look at the state’s favorite department store. She will take guests back, floor by floor, to the days when Fox was the largest privately owned department store in the US, and offer her own memories of how special it was to take the bus “uptown” to spend the day shopping with her mother at the department store.
Connecticut Broadway Stage Company, a new division of Sabrina’s Encore Productions, will host an open house at its new studio no Sunday, November 10. The studio is at 316 South Main Street. The open house will run from 3 to 6 pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the studio space, and also meet members of the staff and current students.
The Flagpole Radio Café will continues its sixth season with a performance this weekend by the innovative jazz guitarist Michael Coppola. While Saturday’s performance will begin at 7 pm, Mr Coppola and luthier James DeCava will hold a guitar workshop in Edmond Town Hall’s Alexandria Room at 6 pm. Mr DeCava will have some of his exquisitely crafted instruments on display. Mr Coppola will demonstrate his technique for playing his nine string guitar (a/k/a “The Hydra”). Guitarists of all ages and abilities are invited to join the fun. The workshop is included in the price of Flagpole Radio Café tickets.
The Newtown International Center for Education (NICE) and the Indian Association of Western Connecticut is set to present a Diwali Show and Dinner on Saturday, November 9. A Diwali cultural show is set to run from 4 pm to 6 pm, followed by a Diwali dinner from 6 to 8 pm. The event will be held at Newtown high School, 12 Berkshire Road. Tickets for the show only are $10, tickets for the show and dinner at $20; admission for children 3 years old and younger is free.
Solarize Newtown — an effort to encourage solar home energy use — will celebrate its first residential solar panel installation at 9 Grand Place, home of Nina and David Stout, on Saturday, November 9, from 11 am to 1 pm. Official installer Astrum Solar will host the event. The Newtown Sustainable Energy Commission will provide refreshments. Guests can see a home solar system installation and learn more about Solarize Newtown, a state- and town-run program. In addition, a pair of workshops will be hosted by the Astrum Solar team, one on November 17 at Newtown Congregational Church and the other on December 4 at C.H. Booth Library.
Children's arts and crafts workshops with Joy Hoffman and weaving workshops with Hanna Roehrs have been scheduled by HealingNewtown, which is set up at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street. Programs are free, but reservations are requested.
Saying she hopes to create programs that are multi-generational, Valerie Culbertson began her first days of work as the new Director of HealingNewtown through the Arts reviewing all of the artists who have donated their time in the past to lead workshops and performances. The year-long director position has been funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Newtown VFW Post 308 will host its annual Veteran’s Day Memorial on Monday, November 11, at 11 am. All are welcome to attend the ceremony. Post Commander James Rebman will be the master of ceremonies and First Selectman Patricia Llodra will be the guest speaker. The memorial will last about one hour, and seating it available.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) will have Frank Bruckman painting a still life in oil at its meeting on Wednesday, November 13, at 7:30 pm. The demonstration will take place in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street. The public is invited to attend, free of charge.
Praised by critics for his passionate expression and dazzling technique, pianist Andrew Armstrong has delighted audiences around the world. He will return to Edmond Town Hall on Sunday, November 17, at 3 pm, for another much anticipated piano recital sponsored by Newtown Friends of Music. Mr Armstrong will cede 12 minutes of his recital time to young harp virtuoso Alix Raspé, who charmed Newtown audiences when she appeared on the stage of Edmond Town Hall in “A Concert To Heal” on January 13.