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.
On Wednesday, November 13, The Town and Country Garden Club of Newtown will host a program at Newtown Senior Center titled “Holiday Magic.” The program will presented by Gary Zinsmeyer (a/k/a “Gary Z”) from Stamford. His program, Mr Zinsmeyer said, will feature floral designs associated with Colonial and Victorian holiday decorations. The program starts promptly at 7 pm and the public is welcome, free of charge.
Hikers of all ages are invited to enjoy panoramic views of Newtown and surrounding areas during Newtown Forest Association’s Autumn Foliage hike on Saturday, November 2, beginning at noon. Join NFA member Aaron Coopersmith on a stroll through the Holcombe Wildlife Preserve on Great Hill Road. Not to be confused with the Holcombe Memorial Trail property with its red barn, those joining the hike on Saturday should continue ¼-mile uphill past this property to the Holcombe Wildlife Preserve.
For the 28th year, the Newtown Savings Bank will present a holiday festival that will feature a Victorian Tea, gingerbread house contest, holiday craft boutique, festival of trees, performances of The Nutcracker Suite, and more. The event, to be conducted Sunday, December 1, from 11 am to 4 pm, is a fundraiser for Newtown Youth & Family Services. New to this year's festival is a theme for the gingerbread house contest, and the addition of narrated trolley tours along Main Street.
A century ago a German playwright named Carl Sternheim wrote a ribald comedy satirizing the manners and aspirations of the rising bourgeoisie. Ninety years later, the actor, comedian and serious writer Steve Martin, took Sternheim’s play — Die Hose — and adapted it into an equally raunchy farce, The Underpants, which is serving currently the season opener for Long Wharf’s C. Newton Schenck III Theatre. As directed by Gordon Edelstein, "The Underpants" is a frothy and enjoyable piece of theater, if not a memorable one. It has good permances, a great set, and delightful period costumes including a variety of bloomers that would put Victoria’s Secret to shame.