The Flagpole Photographers Camera Club is currently presenting its annual exhibition of members’ works. The collection of nearly 100 photographs is on view in the lower meeting room of C.H. Booth Library, through June 18.
The exhibition includes photos taken in Newtown and across the United States as well as in South Africa, Australia, China, England, Malta, Cuba, and Canada.
The second annual Newtown Antiques Market will be Saturday, June 27, on the grounds of the beautiful Fairfield Hills campus. The one day, festive, outdoor show and sale benefits Newtown Historical Society and its mission of preserving historic structures, mounting noteworthy exhibits, and promoting local history. Frank Gaglio of Barn Star Productions, based in Rhinebeck, N.Y., said he and his company are thrilled to bring back the event.
Two Wheel Tuesdays, a new weekly community event beginning on June 16, will welcome motorcycles and exotic automobiles to VFW Post 308 on Freedom Defenders Way (formerly Tinkerfield Road). The weekly events, a joint effort between the Men’s and Ladies Auxiliaries, will run from 6 to 9 pm. Donations to support the auxiliaries and their community outreach are welcome.
Connecticut Open House Day, sponsored by the Connecticut Office of Tourism and now in its 11th year, is designed to showcase Connecticut’s diverse world of history, art and tourism. The annual celebration encourages residents to try new venues or re-visit favorite attractions and destinations such as museums, theaters, art studios, sports parks, spas and others by offering residents special incentives. EverWonder Children’s Museum in Newtown is participating in the 11th annual event on Saturday.
Cellphones give nearly everyone the opportunity to make art from everyday life. With this in mind, The Gallery at Still River Editions put out a call for submissions this spring for cellphone photographs taken within Connecticut on any subject. The gallery received responses from 70 contributors — most from around Connecticut, a few from New York, and one from New Mexico. Among those with works on view are Sheryl Fatse of Sandy Hook and Andrea Zimmermann of Newtown. The collection will open on June 13, and remain on view until September 25.
For the 29th consecutive year, Masonicare at Newtown will sponsor free Summer Sounds concerts on its grounds at 139 Toddy Hill Road. Area residents are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy a variety of musical performances given by many of the area's most popular bands.
Sandy Hook-based LOF Adaptive Skiers is inviting area residents to participate or volunteer as the organization enters its 2015 season. LOF hosts adaptive water sports events teaching waterskiing and wakeboarding for children, adults, and veterans with disabilities or special needs. “Our clinics are personal, professional, fun, safe, and designed to enhance independence, confidence and physical fitness through adaptive water sports,” said LOF Executive Director Joel Zeisler. “Whether you’re new to adaptive water sports or a seasoned athlete, you can expect quality programs from great instructors tailored to help you meet and exceed your goals,” Mr Zeisler said.
Newtown Historical Society will host an open house at its headquarters, The Matthew Curtiss House, on Sunday June 14. This month’s living history demonstration will be presented by Thomas Kingsley, of Kingsley Marbles in Trumbull. In addition, Town Historian Dan Cruson will offer a walking tour of the town's oldest cemetery.
The Third Annual Claris Construction Inc Summer Jam Concert Series will kick off this season on June 23 with an energetic performance by the Boston-based Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys, returning to Newtown to open the third annual series in as many years. Parents or guardians are encouraged to pack a blanket and a picnic lunch and take their children to Dickinson Park for the free concerts, which will be presented on Tuesdays beginning at noon. Performances are held at the band shell of the town park at 50 Elm Drive. They are free and suitable for all ages, with a focus on those ages 10 and under.
Misty Morning Children’s Center, 10 Commerce Road, is collecting for the three Macaroni Kid publishers in Fairfield County’s Diaper Drive, which began on May 15, through June 12. Drop off times are weekdays between 7:30 am and 5:30 pm. More than 20 town coordinators between Stamford and Newtown are overseeing the drive. Diapers will be donated to local charities, such as Family & Children’s Aid in Danbury, Operation Hope, The Bridgeport Rescue Mission, The Domestic Violence Crisis Center, The Tiny Miracles Foundation, Homes with Hope, and others.