Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra signed a proclamation last week establishing October as Arts and Humanities Month in Newtown. And while the 2017 Newtown Arts Festival weekend has already taken place, plenty of individual Arts Festival events are still ahead. ...Read Full Article
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NOTE (Thursday, September 14, 2017): This post has been updated to reflect the correct date of and the participants in Theater Alfresco. Information provided to The Newtown Bee had incorrect information.
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Music, dance, comedy, juggling, crafts, sculptures, artist demonstrations, and dueling fencers will all be featured at the 6th annual Newtown Arts Festival, set for September 15-17 on the grounds of Fairfield Hills.
Sawyer Fredericks will open the weekend of all things art with a performance on Friday night. The former Newtown resident and winner of the eighth season of The Voice, Mr Fredericks will headline a show that will also include opening sets by One Track Mind and Tales of Joy.
Tickets for the concert are $35 for VIP seating, $20 for lawn seating (BYO chairs or blankets), and must be purchased in advance. Tickets will not be sold at the venue.
Visit newtownartsfestival.com to purchase tickets.
The arts celebration will continue Saturday and Sunday, September 16-17. Festival hours are 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday and 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday.
Those two days will be full of nonstop performances, workshops, exhibitions, music, and more than 50 artisans and craftspeople offering their works for sale.
The 2017 festival art, by noted graphic designer and Newtown resident Linda Parsloe, will be available for purchase on T-shirts and posters signed by the artist.
In addition, there will be refreshments available for purchase from food trucks, and a Wine and Beer Garden will be open from noon on.
Admission is $5 for ages 13 and up, and $3 for ages 6-12, payable at the gate.
In addition to the two days of presentations, members of local theater groups — including The Town Players of Newtown, Stray Kats Theatre Company, and Ridgefield Theater Barn — will be joining forces to present Theater Alfresco on September 16. The Sunday evening event will begin at 8.
Admission is $10.
Continuing Arts Festival Events
Newtown Arts Festival events will continue with programming events through October and into November.
The 1971 fantasy-comedy Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory will be screened at Edmond Town Hall on Sunday, September 24, at 4 and 7 pm. The film will be the next installment of Newtown Cultural Arts Commission’s ongoing Someday Cinema series. Tickets are $3 for all seats.
A play reading featuring works by Garner Correctional Institution inmates is set for Wednesday, September 27, at a place to be announced. The plays will be read by member of the public.
The third annual Lantern Parade will take place on the grounds of Fairfield Hills on Saturday, September 30. Participants will have a chance to create their lanterns before the parade.
Newtown resident and artist Dave Brooker will have 30 new paintings and works of art featured during a catered one-night event, also taking place September 30. “Beautiful Consequences: The Art of Dave Brooker” will be hosted in the barn of Yolie Moreno, at 16 Taunton Hill Road, from 7 to 10 pm.
Proceeds of the arts festival supports grants and scholarships for local artists and arts organizations, future festivals, and other work of Newtown Cultural Arts Commission.