Newtown Historical Society is hoping to find some new docents, to join members when presenting programs for the public. An educational seminar has been scheduled for Saturday, April 12. The program is for the current crew of historical society docents, but is special in that it is also being opened to those who are interested in becoming a docent and would consider volunteering their time to the society. Adrienne Saint Pierre, curator of The Barnum Museum, will present the program “Costume in Context: A Close Look at 18th Century American Dress with Hints on Making Good Reproductions.” Reservations are required and additional information, including location and start time, will be provided upon request.
The Gallery at Still River Editions will begin hosting “Discovering Solitude: Photographs by Paul R. Berger” on April 12. The exhibition, featuring the work Mr Berger, a Newtown photographer and resident, will remain on view until May 30 in Danbury. “The concept of solitude means discovering a place, or a state of mind, that can exist without other people directly intruding, at least for a few moments,” said Mr Berger. “Yet the viewer has the opportunity to project themselves into that environment and imagine what it might feel like.” Mr Berger’s work in both black-and-white and color is shot entirely on medium-format film. Medium format film is much larger than 35 millimeter film, and can produce crisper enlargements. Using analog film instead of digital media means not shooting quickly and not being able to instantly review his photographs. “It turns out that this slower pacing is a good match for me, for the way I visualize my subjects and my efforts to craft a meaningful photograph,” Mr Berger says of his continued use of film.
The next Saturday Pasta Dinner at Newtown United Methodist Church will take place on April 5 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. The project is currently celebrating its 24th year of offering the dinners. Dinner is followed at 7:45 pm by a performance of bluegrass, country, and folk music played by Roger Sprung & Friends.
On Sunday, April 20, at 2 pm, Congregation Adath Israel Road will present a program called “Looking for an Adventure? Now is the Time!” about volunteering on an Israeli army base. A talk and short film will be given by Rita L. Frost, a founding member of the Connecticut Chapter of VFI (Volunteers For Israel), and a Newtown resident who has just returned from volunteering on her fourth Israeli Defense Force base.
Between 1892 and 1954, 12 million people passed through Ellis Island upon arriving in America, offering a common heritage to millions more in later generations. Newtown Historical Society will look at the history and traditions of Ellis Island in a free presentation by Arthur Gottlieb on Monday, April 14, beginning at 7:30 pm, at C.H. Booth Library.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) will have Diane Dubreuil demonstrating watercolor painting at its next program, on Wednesday, April 9, at 7:30 pm. Her subject will be painting a landscape. The free program will be in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House.
The April meeting of the Genealogy Club of Newtown will be held at the C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street, on Wednesday, April 9. The meeting will start at 7 pm but for those who need help with a genealogical problem, the Help Desk will be open at 6:30. Guest speaker will be Francoise Lampe, who will present on “French Genealogy in France and in the French Province of Quebec.”
The C.H. Booth Library Creative Writing Group for Young Adults will offer a course on Mysteries & Adventure Thrillers, Monday evenings, starting April 21. The group will be led by author, teacher, and Newtown resident Wally Wood, with assistance from one of the library’s adult writer volunteers, and teen mentor Kevin Arther. All sessions will allow time for writing and sharing stories in progress, as well as one-on-one communication between adults and young people. Sharing is an important part of the writing group. The class will meet from 6 to 8 pm, on consecutive Monday evenings, until May 19.
On Saturday, April 26, a dinner, reception, and comedy night will be held at Congregation Adath Israel, 115 Huntingtown Road. This evening will include a cocktail reception and full dinner, as well as a comedy show featuring Moody McCarthy, Andy Pitz, and Johnny Lampert. Presentations about Congregation Adath Israel and The Parents Circle-Families Foundation will also be offered, and both groups will benefit from the evening's proceeds.
The performers for the 2014 Summer Concert Series hosted by Newtown Parks & Recreation have been posted on the department's website. Shows will begin on June 26, then take a one-week break for the Independence Day holiday, and then continue weekly until August 21. The free series of family-friendly shows will again be performed at the Dickinson Park bandshell.