Before Dave Mason enjoyed success as a solo artist in the 1970s and '80s, he made his mark on musical history while securing a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as co-founder of Traffic along with Jim Capaldi, Steve Winwood and Chris Wood in 1967.
Through mid-May, the artist is hitting the road, shelving some of his own solo material in favor of highlighting his short-lived career with Winwood, Capaldi and Wood on what Mason is calling his "Traffic Jam Tour." He will be making a stop at The Ridgefield Playhouse January 9, and will bounce back to Connecticut for a set at Norfolk's Infinity Hall January 16.
Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Jefferson Airplane made an indelible mark in the musical history books for their uniquely energized take on the Blues and psychedelic rock. Airplane co-founders Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady have long since departed the band, but they continue to work and tour together as Hot Tuna, which formed in 1969. The pair recorded their first album of new material in 20 years during 2013, Steady As She Goes, and have launched an ambitious tour showcasing that work as well as material from their extensive catalog in the New Year. The group rolls into the Ridgefield Playhouse January 7. In separate interviews with The Newtown Bee, Casady and Kaukonen acknowledged they are both still very happy to be getting up in the morning, never mind heading out to play the kind of music that is keeping their blood pumping well into the 21st Century.
The Newtown Juggling & Circus Arts Club will be meeting from 3 to 5 pm on Saturday, January 4, at Reed Intermediate School Auxiliary Gym, 3 Trades Lane. Any last minute changes can be found on the club’s public Facebook page. Members love to teach juggling and related skills. No experience is required. All ages are welcome.
UPDATE: Due to the flooding, damage and remediation at the library this week, this program has been cancelled. ***** The next meeting of The Genealogy Club of Newtown will take place on Wednesday, January 8, at C.H. Booth Library. The meeting will start at 7 pm but a help desk will be available one half hour before the meeting for those in need of extra help with a research problem. This month’s speaker will be Harlan Jessup, who will discuss “Getting There Is Half The Fun: Genealogy Libraries in Connecticut and The Hudson Valley.”
The next Saturday Pasta Dinner at Newtown United Methodist Church will take place on January 4 in the church’s fellowship hall. The public is invited to join church members for an evening of fellowship and community spirit. Dinner is served from 5 to 7:30 pm, and is then followed from 7:45 until 10:30 by a performance of bluegrass, country and folk music led by Roger Sprung & Friends.
Member of Newtown Boy Scout Troop 270 will begin their annual Christmas Tree Pick-Up Fundraiser this weekend. Residents are invited to contact Troop 270 Leader Scott Coleman to arrange for a pick-up on the weekends of January 4-5, 11-12 or 18-19. Residents are asked for a minimum $10 donation, paid by check made out to Boy Scout Troop 270. Donations will be used toward the annual summer trip, which in 2014 will be to Rhode Island; as well as a biking high trip adventure being planned in the area of Burlington, Vt.
Newtown has produced many notable characters in its 300-plus years. On Monday, January 13, at 7:30 pm, in the meeting room of C.H. Booth Library, Town Historian Dan Cruson will present a line-up of some of them for Newtown Historical Society’s first program of the new year, “Legendary Locals of Newtown.”
A concert at Edmond Town Hall on Friday, January 10, at 7 pm, will double as a fundraiser for Newtown Kindness. Performers will include Jen Durkin & Friends, The Native Heads, Union Rail, Three Legged Dog, Traveling Fools, Jen Ackerly, Julia D’Amato and Dave Oberacker. The evening will also include an art show featured works by Liz Mullins, with complimentary Italian desserts served from 7 to 7:30 pm, and beer and wine also served. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Newtown Kindness, whose mission is to promote kindness as a guiding principle of humanity.
The next St Rose Friday Bingo Night will be held on January 10 in the St Rose School Gathering Hall, 46 Church Hill Road. Doors open at 5:45 pm, and Bingo games run from 6:30 until approximately 9:30 pm. Designed for the Bingo enthusiast, evenings feature substantial cash prizes for all games, as well as door prizes. A concession offers dinner items and homemade baked goods, as well as complimentary coffee. The per-person admission fee of $17 covers all regular and some special games. All ages are welcome.
The Bee Publishing Co., is offering for sale prints of the front cover of the December 20, 2013, issue of The Newtown Bee. Prints will be 16 by 20 inches, black and white, at a cost $15 each. Orders can be placed by contacting Sherri Baggett on the phone or by email, or by visiting the offices of The Newtown Bee.