Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Company and Big Buddha Cigar Lounge will co-host a Community Craft & Tag Sale on Sunday, September 14, from 9 am to 4 pm. There will be food and drinks for purchase, children’s entertainment including fire truck demonstrations and face painting, and a vendor area with crafters and other vendors.
Area teens and young adults are invited to a free “Hands On Banking: Money Skills You Will Need For Life” presentation by Wells Fargo Bank on Tuesday, September 30, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, at C.H. Booth Library. The program had originally been scheduled for September 17.
The next Saturday Pasta Dinner at Newtown United Methodist Church will take place on September 6 in the church’s fellowship hall, 92 Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook. It is the first dinner of the 2014-15 season, which marks 25 years of food and community fellowship. Dinner is followed at 7:45 pm by a performance of bluegrass, country, and folk music played by Newtown’s own Roger Sprung & Friends.
Kmar Educational Services, Inc (KES), a locally based not for profit organization, is partnering with Castle Hill Farm for a special weekend event “Foliage Fun — Family Togetherness” on September 27 and 28. Visitors are invited to support the KES mission while spending quality time with children, family, and friends. Guests can also the farm family of animals available for petting, enjoy a country hay ride, and explore Miss Fire Fly the corn maze, sculptured by Stephanie Paproski.
The Newtown Chamber of Commerce continues its free monthly networking events open to all local business professionals at Sal e Pepe Contemporary Italian Bistro on September 10 from 8 to 9 am. The guest speaker is Jeff Cowden of Yacko and Sons Tree Service, who will present "Simple Steps to Maintain Healthy Trees.”
As the third annual Newtown Arts Festival Weekend approaches, organizers continue to unveil highlights that will add to the enjoyment of this year’s event.
The signature event will take place Saturday and Sunday, September 13-14, from 10 am until 6 pm both days at Fairfield Hills. The event will again offer guests of all ages two days of non-stop performances, workshops, exhibitions, music and over 85 artists and craftspeople offering their works for sale. In addition, there will be food booths operating, a Wine and Beer Garden, and several specialized demonstration tents including the Arts Oasis, Dance Pavilion, Fiber Arts, Poetry Salon, Literary Tent, among others. Announced this week is the addition of David Brooker and a public art project, and a number of residents and their live music projects.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown will welcome Robert Noreika, a prominent watercolorist and illustrator, for a demonstration of landscape painting in watercolor during its meeting on Wednesday, September 10. The meeting and subsequent program will begin at 7:30 pm. It will be at Newtown Meeting House. The demonstration is open to the public and admission is free.
The 14th Annual CT United Ride, Connecticut’s largest annual 9/11 tribute, is scheduled for Sunday, September 7. Sponsored by the Uniformed Professional Firefighters of America (UPFFA)-Connecticut chapter, organizers are expecting motorcyclists from lower New England and the tri-state area, even as far south as Maryland to participate in the annual ride to honor those lost on 9/11. Organizers can host up to 4,000 riders, and thousands of people will again line the 60-mile route while waving American flags and cheering on the riders. The event is one of the largest single charity rides in New England. In all 11 towns visited by the ride, fire departments display American flags over the roadway. In Newtown, members of Dodgingtown and Hawleyville companies are stationed near Dodgingtown’s fire station at 55 Dodgingtown Road; Hook & Ladder and Sandy Hook members are near Amaral Motors, at 40 South Main Street; and Botsford Fire Rescue members are at their station, 315 South Main Street. The public is invited to join firefighters at any of those locations, or anywhere along the route. American flags to wave at riders are strongly encouraged.
On Wednesday, September 10, The Town and Country Garden Club of Newtown will present a special program by Ronnie Schoelzel titled “Grow for Show.” The garden club is beginning to prepare for a judged flower show to be held next year in Newtown. Ms Schoelzel’s program will focus on how to prepare container grown plants and cut specimens for exhibit in the show as well as how to groom and transport exhibits.
The 90th Bethlehem Fair will be held September 5-7, and will feature events that both new and old. Live music, a midway, antique tractor pulls, displays and exhibitions will rub elbows with hollerin' contests, Timber Team demonstrations, mini horse pull and other new events all weekend at the fairgrounds on Route 61.