Based on a comedy by Jan De Hartog called "The Fourposter" (because the entire play takes place in a bedroom dominated by a large bed), Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt's "I Do! I Do!" follows the life of a marriage. Because of the simple set and the two person cast, it is the kind of show often put on by regional and amateur theaters as a cost saver to offset the expenses of more lavish productions in their schedule. Thus it has been chosen as this year’s light summer musical for Ridgefield Theater Barn, and judging by the crowd on a recent Saturday night, a lot of people are really enjoying the production.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown, Inc. (SCAN) will present its 43rd Annual Spring Juried Art Show at Cyrenius H. Booth Library for eight days this month. The will run from Saturday, June 15, to Saturday, June 22, at the library, 25 Main Street in Newtown. An opening reception and awards ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, June 16, to which the public is invited. The exhibition will include works by traditional and contemporary artists who work in oils, pastels, watercolors, acrylics, mixed media, graphics and sculpture.
Tomorrow’s meeting and program of the Friends of Counted Embroidery Laurel chapter has been cancelled. A luncheon that was to have taken place during the Thursday, June 13 gathering will instead take place in September, when the group resumes its meetings. FCE-Laurel chapter will now be on its summer break.
Saturday, June 15, is World Juggling Day and Newtown Juggling & Circus Arts Club has decided to celebrate the day with two offerings. The club’s main event will be at 4 pm at The Pleasance, 1 Main Street. Residents of all ages are invited to play and learn juggling and other prop arts. Members of the group will also be participating in a special event at Trinity Episcopal Church earlier in the day
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.
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.”