The Newtown Lions Club Duck Race ticket sales are underway. Members were out past weekend selling tickets at various establishments around town. Lions Club members will continue selling tickets around town until May 17. Tickets will also be available on Race Day, which will be Saturday, May 23, at Pootatuck Park in Sandy Hook Center. Tickets are still $5 each. There are 20 prizes available this year, donated by businesses in Newtown and Sandy Hook, with this year’s top prize a $2,000 check for the ticket-holder whose duck crosses the finish line first.
The Waterbury Chorale and Waterbury Chorale Festival Orchestra under the direction of Joseph Jacovino, Jr., and accompanied by Jenny Li, will present two performances of “A More Perfect Union: 150th Anniversary Musical Reflections of the Civil War Era and Abraham Lincoln." Guest narrator Douglas Schlicher will provide the commentary for this special tribute to the end of the US Civil War and Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States. The first performance will be Saturday, April 18, at 8 pm, at St Rose of Lima Church, 46 Church Hill Road in Newtown. The second is scheduled for Sunday, April 19, at 4 pm, at St John’s Episcopal Church, 16 Church Street in Waterbury.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown will present its 45th Annual Juried Art Show at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street in Newtown, May 2-10. Nationally known artists Henry Burman, Richard Kolezar and Peter Seltzer will judge the show. Receiving will be on Thursday, April 30, from 3 to 6 pm, and regional artists are invited to submit up to two works for consideration.
The annual Two Coyotes Family Fun Day is slated for Sunday, April 26, from 1 pm to 4 pm, at Sticks and Stones Farm, 201 Huntingtown Road.
Two Coyotes Wilderness School offers kids aged 5 to 16 unique, ongoing, year-round outdoor programs, as well as summer camps, according to a release for the event. The school’s philosophy is derived from the book Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature.
EverWonder Children’s Museum officially reopened to the public on April 4 for general admission, programs, field trips, birthday parties and summer camps. Tamara Barry, executive director of the children’s museum on Pecks Lane, said the board of directors decided to reopen before the new space was fully renovated. “With the high public demand, we decided to open with our current exhibits and some new ones, and make upgrades as we go forward,” she said. Among the new exhibits featured in the museum is a special “Young Explorer’s Zone,” for ages 5 and under; and for children up to age 12, a flight lab for creating objects that hover in an air tunnel and a Tinker Lab.
By 1937 Adolf Hitler had been in power for four years and had begun spreading his tentacles beyond Germany to the rest of Europe and even to America. One means of expansion was the German American Bund, or association for German American youth. Ostensibly a camp to promote American values and outdoor pursuits, the real purpose was to establish Nazi principles on American soil. A camp was planned in the then-back woods of Southbury, where it might attract little attention. That plan didn't work and on Monday, April 13, at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street, the historical society will present “The Southbury Bund.” The program will include a screening of the video "Home of the Brave: When Southbury Said No to the Nazis."
The next meeting of The Genealogy Club of Newtown will be Wednesday, April 8, at C.H. Booth Memorial Library. This month’s speakers will be Matthew Bielawa and/or Professor Jonathan Shea. They will speak on “The Road Less Traveled,” on researching ancestors in Poland and eastern Europe. “Coffee and” will be served.
This month, Flagpole Photographers will be hosting a unique two-part “Black and White” workshop-seminar photography event on Friday and Saturday, April 11-12. The local photography club will also host a regular monthly meeting, and members are invited to compete in any of four photography competitions.