On Saturday, December 6, Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP) will present the 13th Annual Sandy Hook Village holiday tree lighting. The public is invited to enjoy this great Sandy Hook tradition featuring carolers, Santa Claus, karaoke, refreshments, goodies and a community celebration. All attendees are being asked to bring an item with them for FAITH Food Pantry. Upon giving a food pantry donation to Santa, each family will be entered into a raffle with one grand prize: the honor of lighting the holiday tree.
The annual St Rose of Lima Christmas Boutique will be held this year Friday through Sunday, December 5-7, in the Monsignor Weiss Hall, 40 Church Hill Road. As usual there will be a wide variety of items for sale, including Santas, angels, snowmen, religious items, gifts for men, women and children as well as toys, stocking stuffers, nutcrackers, and much more. The boutique is being dedicated this year to the memory of Pat Philipp, who co-chaired the event for the past eight years. Ms Philipp, who died in late October, always worked incredibly hard to ensure the success of the boutique.
Members of The Garden Club of Newtown held one of their first workshops for the annual Greens Sale on November 18. The club will hold its annual Christmas Greens Sale from 9 am until noon on Saturday, December 6, at Newtown Newtown Meeting House, 31 Main Street. Members prepare all year for this event by drying plants from their gardens, and collecting pinecones to use in decorating swags, wreaths and table arrangements for the holiday season. There is always an emphasis on the beauty of nature and fresh plant material such as holly, winterberry, rose hips, boxwood and a wide assortment of evergreens from members' gardens will be incorporated into designs along with other decorative items.
The Washington Depot-based After School Arts Program has announced that fifth and sixth grade students at Reed Intermediate School will perform with dancers from Pilobolus Dance Theater on Friday, December 19, at 7 pm. “Pilobolus Performs with Newtown” will feature members of the unique American modern dance company offering performance and demonstration with students who have been participating in an after school program since late September.
With the marching band season now ended, the Newtown Winter Guard program is gearing up for an exciting season. The 49 students in the program are preparing for a season of competition, ultimately leading them to Dayton, Ohio, for Winter Guard International. Fundraising will begin with a Holiday Vendor Fair this weekend, at Newtown United Methodist Church.
On Sunday afternoon, November 23, “Within Our Reach — A Celebration Of Our Commitment To Fulfilling The Sandy Hook Promise,” will broadcast live from Newtown Congregational Church on WPKN (89.5 FM) and WXCI (91.7). WMNR (88.1 FM) will rebroadcast the event at 9 pm that evening. Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary), poet Martin Espada, The Old Town Hall Band, and many special guests will join Newtown Youth Voices to share song and spoken word as they invite thousands of listeners to make The Sandy Hook Promise.
"The Joy of Art," free art classes led by artist Joy Hoffman, has relocated to Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street. Ms Hoffman has been leading classes in Newtown for the past two years. She began at C.H. Booth Library, and then collaborated with HealingNewtown.
Although the HealingNewtown project has disbanded, Ms Hoffman continues to offer her free classes for children pre-K to eighth grade. She is now offering the free sessions on Wednesdays, beginning at 2 and 4 pm.
The 29th Newtown Holiday Festival will host a Gingerbread House Contest as one of its events on Sunday, December 7. Introduced in 2007, the competition invites families, friends, organizations and even individuals to create a candy confection to be put on view during the run of the five-hour event. While there is no cost to enter, registration is required and must be done by Monday, December 1.
In celebration of the 75th anniversary of "Gone with the Wind," Newtown Cultural Arts Commission will present a Red Carpet Event and Film Screening on Sunday, November 30, at Edmond Town Hall. Patrons are encouraged to wear their Oscar best to strut the red carpet beginning at 1 pm. Professional photos will be taken by Marleen Cafarelli of Photo Art Works. The movie screening will begin by 1:30, and will include a free popcorn, as well as special refreshments offered at intermission.
Quarry Ridge Animal Hospital in Ridgefield is inviting pets and families to start their holiday season with a smile and a picture with Santa. The event will take place on Saturday, December 6, from noon to 3 pm, and donations received during the session will benefit The Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary.