Santa to ride Danbury trains, other community highlights
Holiday market to be held
The town’s Social Services Department will host “Our Favorite Things Holiday Market” from 2 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2.
A giving tree, select items and gift cards from local merchants will be available. Attendees who bring an item for the food pantry will receive a door prize ticket.
The event is in the General Purpose Room of the municipal center.
Students raise money for breast cancer research
Students at American Tiger Martial Arts helped raise money and awareness for breast cancer by purchasing a pink belt to be worn in class.
During October, most of the students from 4 to 40 years of age gave up their regular belts and purchased the pink ones.
American Tiger Martial Arts was named Connecticut's 2019 Martial Arts school of the year and provides classes in Tae Kwon Do, fitness kickboxing, and Combat Hapkido.
Church to host light show
Walnut Hill Community Church is hosting its first outdoor light shows during the holiday season.
This show will use Christmas lights on the side of the church building, programmed to popular songs. As people enter the parking lot, they will be directed on where to park, and then can tune into a specified radio station to be able to listen in.
The shows are from 6 to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays beginning this week through Dec. 21.
Dolls invited to children’s tea party
Reservations are due soon for Bethel Historical Society’s annual Children’s Victorian Christmas Tea Party.
The party is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:39 p.m. Dec. 14. Seating is limited Reservations are due by Dec. 9.
Kids are encouraged to dress in their holiday finest and bring their favorite doll and stuff animal. The event includes tea, hot chocolate, snacks, stories and crafts.
The reservation form can be found at bethelhistoricalsociety.com. Payment may be made by Paypal or check.
Call Patricia Rist 203 743-5893 with questions.
Handcraft items to be sold
The Bridgewater Congregational Church is offering its 12th annual Fair Trade and Local Handcrafts sale through Dec. 21.
The shop, which opened Nov. 24, features jewelry, baskets, home accents, personal accessories, decorations, ornaments and more from around the world.
In the handmade-in-Bridgewater collection, a large variety of handknit items are for sale.
A silent auction, featuring art, jewelry, gift certificates to restaurants and theatres and more, will run throughout the sale.
Bids can be made in person or by email.
The sale will be open from 4 to 6 p.m. Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays with extended hours from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6
Trees will be sold weekends through Dec. 21, or until all trees are sold.
For more information, call 860-354-8283 or visit www.bwucc.org.
Toy fundraiser returns for 14th year with gala
The Toys for Tots annual Christmas gala will be from 6:30 to 11 p.m. on Thursday at the Candlewood Inn.
There will be dinner, an open bar, live music, raffles, silent auction and door prizes. Tables are being sold in advance. Toys and money collected go to benefit families in the Candlewood Lake area.
For event information, tickets, and donations please visit www.toys4totscandlewood.org.
For information on the national Marine Toys for Tots organization, please visit www.toysfortots.org.
Holiday concert this weekend
Immaculate High School’s Christmas concert and tree lighting ceremony will be at 4 p.m. Sunday.
The student concert and mixed choirs, guitar ensemble and bands will perform. There will also be refreshments, a visit from Santa and the lighting of the Christmas Tree.
Ceremony to mark Pearl Harbor
The Danbury Veterans council will be holding its annual Pearl Harbor Day service at 10 a.m. Saturday inside the War Memorial Building on Memorial. This year marks the 78th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Mayor Mark Boughton and Lt. Col. Thomas Sparaco, of the Danbury High School Junior Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, will speak.
Train rides to Santa
The Danbury Railway Museum is offering rides in a vintage train to meet Santa on Saturdays and Sundays beginning this weekend and running through Dec. 22.
Trains leave every 30 minutes beginning at 12:30 p.m. each day and ending at 3 p.m. on Saturdays and 3:30 p.m. on Sundays. There will also evening rides at 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
It costs $12 for ages 2 and up and free for those younger. Each child will receive a small gift from Santa. Based on the popularity of this event the past couple of years, reservations are suggested.
The station and gift shop will also be open. There will be free hot chocolate, a coloring station, temporary tattoos and other children’s activities.
Visit the museum’s website, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 203-778-8337 for more information.
Students lay wreath in D.C.
Students from St. Gregory The Great School participated in the Laying of the Wreath Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during their trip to Washington D.C. in November.
Holiday show this weekend
It will be held at Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St.
General admission is $12, with a ticket price of $8 for senior citizens and children under 12. Advance reservations may be made online at www.wcsu.edu/tickets or by calling (203) 837-TIXX. Tickets also will be sold at the door.
Annual Light the Lights returns
CityCenter Danbury will kick off the holiday season with the annual Light the Lights celebration from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Residents are invited to the Danbury Library Plaza, at 170 Main Street, for a holiday celebration with hot cocoa and cookies for children and holiday entertainment. Mayor Mark Boughton will flip the switch to light up the downtown streetscape with over 20,000 lights. Area fire houses will take part in the fifth annual fire truck parade down Main Street, and Santa will make a special appearance. Children can visit Santa on the Library Plaza after the fire truck parade commences.
Church hosts Handel’s Messiah
St. Andrew’s Presents its ninth annual Handel’s Messiah Sing-In on at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1 Main St.
It costs $20 at the door or $15 in advance at http://bit.ly/messiah19. Students are free.
Holiday boutique to help animals
The New Fairfield/Sherman Animal Welfare Society will hold its annual holiday boutique from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd at 2 Colonial Road on Saturday.
New this year is a sneak peek preview event from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday. Admission for the preview is $5.
A large selection of handcrafted ornaments and jewelry, baked goods, gifts for pets, teardrop wreaths, live wreaths, NFSAW pet calendars, handmade quilts, homemade dog treats, gift baskets, tabletop Christmas trees, and other holiday decorations will be sold.
In addition, a raffle will be held and the Bellas will provide musical entertainment.
Also new this year will be music by the duo the Bellas, and a visit with Santa.
Proceeds from the boutique will benefit the neglected, abused and abandoned dogs and cats that are sheltered by NFSAW, a non-profit, non-governmental organization that was founded in 1977.
Santa to breakfast with kids
New Fairfield Lions Club's Annual Breakfast With Santa will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday at New Fairfield High School's cafeteria.
Santa will arrive on a big red fire truck at 9 a.m.
Donations $5 per person.
Children under 3 years of age eat free. Eggs, pancakes, sausage, cereal, juice and hot beverages.
Craft tables will be sponsored by Relay For Life of New Fairfield.
All children attending can enter a chance to win the grand raffle prize.
Holiday musical to open
TheatreWorks New Milford will open its production, “Wreck the Halls,” written and directed by Bradford Blake with musical direction by Charles Smith, at 8 p.m. this Friday.
Following opening night, the play will be staged at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 28, as well as at 2 p.m. Dec. 15 and 22 and at 8 p.m. Dec. 26.
The show will feature two acts of music-filled satire and burlesque that turns the last quarter of the calendar belly up.
Due to adult situations and language, it is not recommended for children.
Tickets are $30 for reserved seating. Students and military personnel and veterans with ID will be admitted for $25. Senior citizens are invited to attend a Dec. 5 free dress rehearsal. A pay-what-you-can-night will be held at 8 p.m. Dec. 12.
The theater is at 5 Brookside Ave., but parking for the theater is behind the Catherine E. Lillis Administration Building on East Street.
For more information and tickets, visit theatreworks.us or call the box office at 860-350-6863.
Choirs to perform Christmas tunes
The First Congregational Church has announced its holiday programs.
The annual Christmas concert will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday.
This year’s theme is “A Hometown Christmas” and will feature the church’s Christmas choir and Village Ringers hand bell choir, both of which include community members who will perform holiday classics and newer music.
The program will include holiday favorites and several pieces composed in the last few years.
The audience will also be encouraged to join in on Christmas carols.
The Christmas choir is under the direction of Sarah Fay, the church’s music director and organist, while the Village Ringers bell choir is directed by Sarah Albright.
A free-will offering will be available, with funds to support the church’s music program.
The church’s annual children’s Christmas pageant, “The New Star,” will be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 15 in the sanctuary, followed by a brunch in fellowship hall.
A Christmas Eve candlelight service of carols and communion will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 24.
Business to compete for best holiday decorations
The Mayor’s Office has issued an invitation for all town businesses to participate in a holiday window decorating contest.
Two contests will be offered: one for downtown businesses and another for businesses on Routes 7 and 202.
Businesses need to register by Dec. 11 and have their windows decorated by Dec. 13.
Judging will be done the week of Dec. 16.
Businesses that would like to participate should contact the mayor’s office at 860-355-6010.
Quintet to play holiday jazz
The Doug White Quintet and special guests will perform a concert, “Holidays on Jazz,” a diverse collection of classic jazz holiday tunes, at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Makery Coworking is hosting the event.
Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased at the door or at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/81392131055.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. for a community BYOB social.
Program centers on wildlife organization
The Charles Merriman Society, Children of the American Revolution, which serves greater New Milford, will present a program, A Place Called Hope, at 2 p.m. Sunday.
The free program will take place at Candlewood Valley Country Club.
A Place Called Hope is a nonprofit organization run entirely by volunteers along with donations of time, supplies and money from supporters. One of the group’s goals is to teach the public how to protect and respect wildlife, in particular raptors.
Light refreshments will be provided.
For more information, call Bonnie Butler at 860-354-5129 or email email@example.com.
Choral group to perform
The Newtown Choral Society will present its holiday concert, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” a musical cantata by Matthew Harris, at 4 p.m. Sunday at The Meeting House.
Under the direction of Mary Andreotta and accompanied by Susan Anthony-Klein, the cantata, first performed in 2002, sets to music the text by Dylan Thomas. It will feature tenor John Sullivan.
The choir will also present other songs and carols of the season from Hollywood and Broadway and music by Claude Debussy and Conrad Susa.
Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors and kids under 12. Tickets are available at the door. Call 203-426-3769 for more information.
De-stress with wine, essential oils
Old Glory Days Adult Day Center is holding an event from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday for professionals and friends to gather and relax before the holiday stress begins.
The free “Sip & Sniff” will feature wine, a light fare, therapeutic essential oils, and raffle prizes. Attendees are invited to sample various scents and will have the option of creating a personalized combination of oils for $5.
The center is at 107 Church Hill Road. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-648-5983.
Annual festival features ‘Frozen’ theme
The 34rd annual Holiday Festival to benefit Newtown Youth & Family Services will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
One of the area’s longest running holiday events, the gestival includes activities for all ages to enjoy like the Festival of Trees, Holiday House Tours, The Nutcracker Suite Ballet, kid’s activities and special guest appearances from favorite characters.
This year’s theme is Frozen Winter Wonderland.
The individual activities and events that make up the Holiday Festival are spread out along Main Street in Newtown at three primary locations; Edmond Town Hall, C.H. Booth Library and Trinity Church. In addition, the festival features a narrated historic trolley ride through the Newtown Borough and a tour of homes decorated for the holiday season. Participating homes are located along Main Street and on surrounding roads.
Tickets can also be purchased by visiting www.newtownyouthandfamilyservices.org or in-person at various locations. The advanced ticket prices are $15 for adults, $8 for children (2-14 years old), children under 2 are free, $13 for seniors (60+ years old) and $30 for a family 4-pack (2 adults, 2 children). Advanced ticket rates expire online at 11:59pm Saturday.
Same-day tickets will be available for purchase at Edmond Town Hall and C.H. Booth Library. Prices are $18 for adults, $10 for children (2-14 years old), children under 2 are free, $15 for seniors (60+ years old) and $36 for a family 4-pack (2 adults, 2 children).
Music, comedy show to be held
The Flagpole Radio Café will return at 7 p.m. Saturday at feature guest artist Lucy Kaplansky.
The night features music and comedy performed by an ensemble of local artists. The ensemble comprises musicians Jim Allyn, Rick Brodsky, Howie Bujese, Cadence Carroll, Chris Durham, Dick Neil and Francine Wheeler, and actors Martin Blanco, Barbara Gaines, Kate Katcher, and David Wheeler.
Tickets are $35 and on sale at www.flagpoleproductions.org.
The concert is at Edmond Town Hall.
Reenactors to lead historic tour
An interpretive guide and reenactors from the 5th Connecticut Militia will lead attendees on a great historical and archaeological tour of Putnam Park at 11 a.m. Saturday.
The Friends and Neighbors of Putnam Park will host this free Winter Walk
The Visitor Center opens at 10 a.m. Refreshments will be served. The walk will be held rain or shine.
Local artists to be featured in show
Mark Twain Library’s holiday tradition will return with an art show that brings the work of more than 100 local and regional artists to the library for 10 days.
The 47th Annual Mark Twain Library Art Show opens on Friday and runs through Dec. 15.
A ticketed preview reception will be held Friday where attendees may purchase the juried artworks and mingle with the artists. Music, refreshments and a silent auction will be offered. For tickets, visit www.marktwainlibrary.org/artshow .
Art work is on display for free beginning Saturday and will be for sale. The show ends with an afternoon reception for the artists and community.
Tree Lighting to be held
The Tree Lighting will be held from 3:30 to 4:40 p.m. Saturday on the Town Green.
John Read Middle School Select Choir and Brass Ensemble and the Joel Barlow High School Select Choir will perform. Rudolph and Frosty will attend. The Lions Club will serve hot chocolate.
The tree will be lit at 4:40 p.m.
Call the cancellation line at 203-938-5036 X 3 if weather might be a factor before heading out.
Girls learn about state government
Girls participating in the Ms. President US organization heard from accomplished female leaders at an event on Nov. 15.
Speakers included State Sen. Julie Kushner, D-Danbury, former State Sen. Toni Boucher, R-Wilton, State Rep. Laura Devlin and Kyela McGuire, Ms. President US Ridgefield.
The young girls in grades four through eight learned about Connecticut and the organization of its government.
Ms. President US's goal is to inspire and prepare girls to run for office and other high leadership positions.
The next Ms. President US session will be held Dec. 13. For more information, visit www.mspresidentus.org.
Artist to create silhouette portraits
An artist will create silhouette portraits for community members from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Deborah O’Connor will create portraits in five minutes at the Ridgefield Historical Society’s The Scott House.
An original silhouette costs $35 ($30 for members), mounted on cardstock; extra copies are $15 each. Mats and frames are available for an extra fee.
Subjects should dress in attire they would like captured in the silhouette. Details will show, including bows, ribbons, neckties, collars, hats, suit jackets, etc.
Appointments may be made by calling 203-438-5821 between 10 a.m. to 5 pm. Tuesday through Thursday.
Books to be sold
The Friends of the Roxbury Library will hold its second annual holiday book sale at the library’s used book store, The Next Chapter, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
The extended hours will offer shoppers a chance to purchase books and enjoy other holiday activities planned in town that day.
The Next Chapter is located in the Hodge Memorial Library. Books in a variety of categories will be for sale.
This will be The Next Chapter’s final event for the year.
The Friends will resume collecting books the second Saturday and offer the usual monthly sale on the third Saturday of the month in January, and continue that schedule through November of 2020.
Bird walks to be held
Deer Pond Farm will host bird walks from 10 a.m. to noon this Wednesday, as well as Dec. 11.
Walkers will look for local and migratory songbirds and hawks, as well as explore diverse habitats which support a variety of species that will be identified by sight and sound. All levels of birders are welcome.
Registration requested: ctaudubon.org
The event is free for members, $5 for non-members and $10 for non-member families.
Gifts, food to be featured at bazaar
The Holiday Bazaar at St. John’s will be held Friday and Saturday and features Santa, gifts, food and fun.
A portion of the proceeds will go toward purchasing needed equipment for the Washington Volunteer Ambulance Association.
The preview party is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and includes a silent auction, cocktail party and live seasonal music. The event is $75 per person.
Saturday’s event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m and features the market place. Admission is free. St. John’s Bistro will serve lunch from noon to 2 p.m. Santa will visit from 3 to 4 p.m. The silent auction ends at 4 p.m.
For more information or to purchase tickets for the preview party, call the church at 860 868 2527, visit www.stjohnswashington.org or email email@example.com
Shops to participate in Winter Walk
The annual New Preston Winter Walk will be held from 1 to 4 pm. Saturday.
A percentage of proceeds from sales will support the Washington/Warren Food Bank.
Merchants have planned a series of events, special guests will be on hand, and musicians will stroll throughout the village spreading holiday cheer. Various items will be on sale at local shops.
For more information contact Paulette Peden, Dawn Hill Antiques at firstname.lastname@example.org or 917 767-6384.