During a pilgrimage to South Dakota last summer, Jack Benedict, a member of Newtown Troop 270, developed the idea that became his Eagle Scout project. Jack and his friends from Trinity Church visited what he called “a beautiful outdoor labyrinth” in the Black Hills. Jack felt it would be a great gift to his church and town to create something similar here. On Saturday, June 8, Jack and a crew of more than 30 volunteers installed the new outdoor labyrinth at 36 Main Street. It will be dedicated on Friday evening, June 14.
Jazz musician and Western Connecticut State University professor Jimmy Greene will receive the Governor’s Arts Award at a presentation ceremony and concert at 6:30 pm on Saturday, June 15, during the International Festival for Arts and Ideas in New Haven. Mr Greene is one of three state residents who will receive the honor this year.
The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program annually offers hundreds of opportunities to learn and exchange gardening ideas, or to simply explore and enjoy magnificent gardens not normally open to the public. The Garden Conservancy will offer an Open Days Program on Saturday, June 22, that will allow the public — in exchange for a $5 donation per person — to visit the gardens of Jean Sander, who lives with her husband Lincoln at 211 Walnut Tree Hill in Sandy Hook. Children age 12 and under are welcome, free of charge. Proceeds benefit The Garden Conservancy.
The next Working Women’s Forum (WWF) gathering, on Wednesday, June 12, will be a networking only event. The meeting format traditionally is networking at 6, followed by appetizers and cash bar, and usually a presentation. This month, attendees will participate in a discussion with the theme “Two things you might not know about me,” which is meant to be a fun time for women to get to know each other better. Meetings are generally completed by 9 pm.
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo invites all Newtown residents to visit the zoo on Saturday, June 15, for a reduced admission fee of just $5 with proper ID. Meet and greet with town officials, business and civic leaders, friends, and neighbors during a fun filled day for the whole family. The zoo has a number of days set aside this year to honor different towns and states in Connecticut; Milford and Seymour are also being recognized this month.
Commenting that The Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble wanted “to perform dances that will heal the hearts of all who see them,” the dance company has announced it will be performing Thursday, June 13, at 7 pm, in Newtown High School auditorium. The event is being hosted by HealingNewtown. Suggested donation is $5, to benefit HealingNewtown.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) will host Anda Styler, demonstrating painting a landscape in acrylics, on Wednesday, June 12, at 7:30 pm. The program is open to the public, free of charge. It will be in the lower level of Newtown Meeting House. Her subject will be a Southwest subject as she has just returned from Santa Fe, N.M.
The Genealogy Club of Newtown will hold its next monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 12, at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street. The meeting will begin at 7 pm, and is open to the public. Admission is free, and light refreshment will be served. This month's guest speaker will be Nora Galvin, who will speak on “Your DNA Fingerprint: The Imprint Of Your Ancestors.”
In response to the tragedy and loss suffered by the people of Newtown, Connecticut Choral Society will perform a free concert, “In Memoriam,” on Sunday, June 23. The concert will begin at 7 pm and will be at Trinity Episcopal Church in Newtown. Admission is free, and open to everyone. The New Jersey Choral Society, the choir of historic St Malachy’s-The Actors’ Chapel, and Keystone State Boychoir will also be participating in the event, which will include works of Rutter and Durufle on its program.