A glass memorial to the victims of 12/14 will be unveiled at a public reception Sunday, June 29, from 1 to 4 pm, at Curtis Packaging, 44 Berkshire Road. Commissioned by local businessman Don Droppo, Sr, the 21-inch-high glass sculpture on a 26- by 30-inch base by artist Lucy Lyon is a library scene of stained glass books lining six shelves, which surround 20 tiny glass chairs.
“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 most 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.
Theatergoers looking for lighter summer fare should enjoy the dramatic comedy "I Hate Hamlet," to be presented by Town Players of Newtown. The production opens Friday, June 27, at The Little Theatre. The production will run June 27-July 20, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, and 2 pm matinees on Sundays, June 29, July 13 and July 20. There are no performances the weekend of July 4-6. In addition, Town Players has announced a special Black Box production of "Fully Committee." Todd Santa Maria will play over 40 diverse characters in the fast-paced farce that will have just four performances, August 1-9.
The Alliance Française of Northwestern Connecticut will celebrate Bastille Day on Saturday, July 12, from 5 to 9 pm at a private home in Sandy Hook. The event is open to the public, and guests will enjoy food, games, swimming, and performances of French music and songs. French will be spoken but is not necessary. Reservations are due by July 5.
The Ben’s Bells mission recognizes that everyone has the capacity to be kind, and that kindness can be cultivated through intentional practice. The mission of The Sandy Hook Project, Inc is to emphasize that the expression of love for others and yourself are key elements of healing, health and well-being; raise funds to make mental health resources affordable for those affected by the Sandy Hook School shooting; and educate about the symptoms of trauma, so that those struggling know when and how to seek help. The two groups will join together on Sunday, June 22, when the Ben’s Bells Newtown studio hosts a special We Choose Love… and Kindness bead-making session.
The second annual Claris Construction Inc Summer Jam Concert Series for the children of Newtown will open inext week. The series will begin Tuesday, June 24, with Vanessa Trien and The Jumping Monkeys returning from Boston to kick off the series. Returning favorites from last year will also include Amy Rogell on July 15, and Zak Morgan, who will again be traveling from Ohio for the final concert, scheduled to take place on August 5. A program of Newtown Parks & Recreation, admission is free. Performances will begin at 12:30 and will again be offered at Dickinson Park, 50 Elm Drive, in the band shell. In addition to the music this year, the Hearts of Hope-Newtown chapter is planning to have a booth set up so that children can paint ceramic hearts following the June 24 concert.
Art In Residence Curator Rosemary Rau describes “CAKE,” a large oil painting by Aria Brownell, as “fat with color and fun capturing a party.” The work is one of a few dozen on view at C.H. Booth Library until July 31, in an exhibition being presented by Art In Residence. An opening reception, with the opportunity meet the nine artists represented in the collection, is planned for Saturday, June 21, in the library's lower meeting room.
The collage exhibition “Celebration of Your Life,” set for June 27 to August 8, at Newtown Municipal, will begin with an opening reception Friday, June 27, at 5 pm. Curated by HealingNewtown Director Valerie Culbertson, and assisted by Megan Foley, the exhibition will feature five artists and their collage work. The collection will feature pieces by Meegan Foley, Stefanie Palermo Lagana, Rebecca Mindenhall, Sheila Margaret Mullen and Virginia Zimmerman.
Many years ago Newtown had an indoor antiques show spread out over three floors of Edmond Town Hall on Main Street. Now Newtown is about ready to host an outdoor Antiques Market on the spacious grounds of the Fairfield Hills Campus, at 3 Primrose Street. This benefit for Newtown Historical Society will be on Saturday, June 21, from 10 am to 5 pm, with more than 60 exhibitors.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown is hosting “Natural Beauty,” featuring works by Susan McLaughlin, June 18-July 12, at Avancé Esthétiques Gallery at the spa, 228 South Main Street in Newtown. An opening reception is planned for Wednesday, June 18, from 5 to 8 pm. As a special treat, one person who visits the spa during Wednesday’s opening reception will receive a free signed giclée print of the show’s signature piece. The exhibition include a number of recent paintings from the artist’s “Wings” series, done in her Newtown studio.