On June 28, 1914, the Austro-Hungarian Empire’s Archduke Ferdinand was shot and killed by a Serbian nationalist. The event set off World War I. Four years later the war ended with a loss of 10 million combatants and 7 million civilians. But the causes of WWI were much deeper than Ferdinand’s murder. Newtown Historical Society will examine those causes as presented by Dr Robert Jacobs in a program titled “Remembering WWI, 100 Years Later” on Monday, October 6, beginning at 7:30 pm, in the community room of C.H. Booth Library.
The Working Women’s Forum, an association of local professionals and entrepreneurs, will feature “Beautifying Your Space With Today’s Floral Trends,” with guest Judy Grabarz, owner of Newtown Florist. Scientific research has proven that flowers can improve one’s mood. Ms Grabarz will demonstrate quick and easy ways to group plants in areas of the home and office for interest and texture, as well as how to design flowers with current trends.
The Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP) will present the Fourth Annual Passport to Sandy Hook on Saturday, October 11, from 11 am to 4 pm. More than 30 merchants have contributed toward this year’s prize packages. To be eligible to win one of the three prize packages, valued over $2,000, visitors must have their passports stamped at all 32 participating locations by 4 o. Locations are within walking distance of the Church Hill Road-Glen Road-Riverside Road-Washington Avenue intersection. Three winners will be drawn at the bandstand, which will be on the sidewalk in front of 102 Church Hill Road, at 4:15 pm. The event will held rain or shine.
On Wednesday, October 8, the Town and Country Garden Club of Newtown will host a program presented by Trish Manfredi titled “Fabulous Flower Show Designs.” Using exciting uses of color and texture, Ms Manfredi will create unique floral designs suitable for display at a flower show. She will demonstrate the similarities and differences between traditional, creative, and abstract floral design. Tips and techniques that encourage creativity and make flower arranging fun will be demonstrated as well.
Imagine you’re at the hit play "Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding"… only it’s Irish, and it’s a funeral. The Greater Danbury Irish Cultural Foundation will present a hilarious interactive comedy, "Finnegan’s Wake," at Michael’s at the Grove on Saturday, October 4.
Newtown resident Brett Boles will appear as Mitch Albom in "Tuesdays with Morrie" at Center Stage Theatre in Shelton, which opens this weekend. “Brett is simply one of the most talented people I have ever known,” said Center Stage Artistic Director Gary Scarpa. “Whether acting, singing or composing, he brings a level of professional excellence to the stage that is exciting and inspiring.” Based on Mitch Albom’s book and “made for TV” movie, starring Hank Azaria and Jack Lemmon, the autobiographical Tuesdays with Morrie tells of a work consumed sports journalist who is inspired to live life more fully, when he reconnects with an old college professor, who is dying of ALS. The play teaches lessons of acceptance, love, communication, values, openness, and happiness.
The Center for Contemporary Printing will be returning to HealingNewtown, 14 West Street, for a final monotype printing workshop on Saturday, October 11. The free, three-hour workshop will explore more advanced techniques in monotype. Basic techniques will also be reviewed.
On Sunday, October 5, a Scrabble tournament will be held at The Inn at Newtown to benefit the Jr Newtown Action Alliance, a teen-led group working to reduce gun violence in America. Two playing options are available: a three-game unrated tournament for new new players and those rated under 1000, and a seven-game rated tournament for players ready for a longer day. Both tournaments will start at 10 am, with registration opening at 9:30.
C.H. Booth Library will host an afternoon of fine poetry and music on Saturday, October 18, from 2 to 4 pm. The event, “Voices of Poetry/At the Booth,” will feature readings by the poets and writers Kristen DeVoe, Patrick Donnelly, Michael Michael Klein, and Amy Nawrocki and acoustic music by the guitarist Buzz Turner. Admission is free, thanks to sponsorship from the Friends of the Cyrenius H. Booth Library.
Late morning sunlight skipped across a rippling Pootatuck River Tuesday morning as Newtown Newcomers & Neighbors (NNN) President Shari Wright watched the water flow by. She spoke of her group’s activities including an October 4 bonfire at 6:30 pm at Castle Hill Farm on Route 302. The public is invited to meet with NNN members and learn more about group membership while enjoying an evening with a bonfire, hayride, and appetizers.