As a collaboration between the Newtown and Bethel Chambers of Commerce, an Oktoberfest after hours event is being hosted Wednesday, October 29, at My Place Restaurant, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Local business professionals are invited to join chambers for this festive celebration. Those who attend will have the opportunity to mingle and network with other business professionals in the newly renovated, private room at the restaurant. In true Oktoberfest fashion, guests will be sampling beer based off the original recipe for King Ludwig’s royal wedding in 1810, the genesis of today’s Oktoberfest celebrations.
For those too old for trick-or-treating who are looking for a fun night out, the wild, madcap farce "Lend Me A Tenor" opens October 31 at The Little Theatre. Written by Ken Ludwig and nominated for nine Tony Awards (winner of three), The New York Times called the show "one of the great farces by a living writer." Performances will continue weekends until November 22.
The Newtown Chamber of Commerce is hosting the inaugural Newtown Chili Cook-Off Wednesday, November 5 in the gymnasium at Edmond Town Hall, from 5:30 to 8 pm. Local restaurants will perfect their chili recipes and enter to compete for the title of Best Chili in the Greater Newtown Area. In addition to the chili tasting, guests can enjoy a beer tasting provided by Black Hog Brewing Company.
Newtown Juggling & Circus Arts Club as well as students and faculty from Lathrop School of Dance will perform at the Fifth Annual Newtown Lions Great Pumpkin Race this Saturday, October 18, from 10 am to 2 pm, behind Edmond Town Hall. First on the agenda, however, will be the decorating contest and a series of pumpkin races, where participants are being urged to use their ingenuity in putting pumpkins on wheels, to be raced down the hills behind the former town hall.
While Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP) is putting the final touches on this weekend’s Passport To Sandy Hook, business owners in the shopping district are also planning for their Fourth Annual Sandy Hook Village Halloween Walk. This year’s event will be Saturday, October 25, from 11 am to 2 pm. Downtown merchants — all located within walking distance of the Church Hill Road-Washington Avenue-Riverside Road-Glen Road intersection — will scare up a delightful array of in-store candy and other treats for kids dressed in costume.
The Johannes String Quartet, comprised of four gifted instrumentalists, willperform at Edmond Town Hall Theatre on Sunday, October 26, at 3 pm. It will be the second of six concerts being presented by Newtown Friends of Music this season.
The FrameWorks Gallery (Koenig FrameWorks) is announces the call for artist submissions for its upcoming show, “Small Works, Inside The Box.” The gallery will be made into a grid of 12-inch squares, each hosting a piece of art, so each piece including framing, cannot exceed the size of the square.
Newtown Historical Society will host Candlelight Tours of its headquarters, on Saturday, October 25. The Matthew Curtiss House will be open for visits that evening between 5 and 8 pm. The Matthew Curtiss House is a fine example of Connecticut saltbox architecture. Docents will lead tours of the historic building by candlelight.
A 300th Anniversary Harvest Dinner on Friday, October 17, will conclude Newtown Congregational Church’s tercentennial celebrations. The event will begin at 6 pm in The Great Room at the church, 14 West Street. Tickets are $15 per person and are available at the church office. Capacity is 150 people, so time is running out to purchase a ticket to reserve a seat for the catered roast turkey dinner with all the trimmings by LeReine’s Cuisine. Pumpkin pie is being provided for dessert. Former pastors and friends will be honored and entertainment planning is in the works.
Attention young poets, singers, mimes, magicians, and more: the ninth monthly Saturday Night Open Mic For Newtown Youth, grades 5-12, will take place on Saturday, October 18, from 7:30 to 9:15 pm, in the Great Room at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street.