Community News For The Wethersfield Edition

Ron Abbe Exhibit Opening

WETHERSFIELD — Wethersfield Historical Society's exhibit opening of Ron Abbe's paintings will take place on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main St. Light refreshments will be served.

As a child, Abbe lived in Wethersfield and had an interest in nature. After his graduation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he lived in a remote ancestral home in Warehouse Point, where he could read, paint and be surrounded by nature. His most recent work is of the Connecticut landscape. He also paints scenes and historic homes of Old Wethersfield.

Abbe's work will be available for purchase in the society's gift shop at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center during the exhibit opening. The Keeney Center's regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.

There is free parking behind the Keeney Center and the building is handicapped accessible. The exhibit will be on view through Nov. 13. For more information, visit www.wethersfieldhistory.org or call the society at 860-529-7656.

Old Wethersfield Arts & Crafts Fair

OLD WETHERSFIELD — The 37th annual Old Wethersfield Arts & Crafts Fair, formerly the Old Wethersfield Fall Craft Fair, for the benefit of Wethersfield Historical Society, will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cove Park on State Street.

The fair is rain or shine and features more than 60 Connecticut River Valley artists and crafters, food and live music by Esperanto Duo. The Wethersfield Historical Society's tent will be filled with flowers and treats. Volunteers will offer sunflowers donated by Kim's Flower Shop of Wethersfield and a bake sale will take place. Attic treasures, gently used antiques and collectibles generously donated by society members will be available for purchase.

The OW Arts & Crafts Fair also welcomes other area non-profits, such as the Wethersfield Academy for the Arts and the CT Humane Society. New this year is a craft beer tasting featuring local favorites served by Sam Shah of Buy Rite Liquors. This is a 21 and older event and ID is required.

All proceeds from the fair help support Wethersfield Historical Society's free admission and low cost programming year round. Admission is $7 for adults and $6 with coupon or Wethersfield Historical Society membership. Children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

For information, visit www.wethersfieldhistory.org, email owaf4whs@gmail.com or call the society at 860-529-7656. The OW Arts & Crafts Fair is sponsored by Henkel Corporation.

Pictured is Kathy Senecal of Not Your Mother's Yarn. She will return to the OW Arts & Crafts Fair this year. For nearly five decades, Senecal has spun hand-dyed or natural wool and alpaca. All of her proceeds go to the FSH Society, to support research and education about muscular dystrophy.

No Boundaries Youth Theater

AREA — No Boundaries Youth Theater, which began in 2010 as New Britain Youth Theater, begins its ninth season with classes and auditions. The theater can be reached for questions or registration at info@nbyt.org or 860-515-8115.

The new season kicks off with auditions this month for a December production of an original musical adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit. Auditions for The Velveteen Rabbit are on Monday and Wednesday, Sept. 10 and 12, at Holmes Elementary School at 2150 Stanley Street in New Britain. Audition times on both days begin at 6 p.m. Actors auditioning should prepare any musical theater song and should bring sheet music if possible, or they will be given a song to sing. Actors should also wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to learn a few dance steps. Rehearsals will also be on Monday and Wednesday evenings. The production will be performed at the same location on Dec. 7, 8 and 9. To schedule an audition, visit www.nbyt.org, email auditions@nbyt.org or call 860-515-8115.

The Laramie Project will be performed by older teen and 20 year-old actors of the company on Oct. 19, 20 and 21.

Theater classes and homeschool enrichment programs will begin in September at NBYT. On Saturday mornings beginning Sept. 22, the theater will offer classes in stage play for ages 5-9, acting for ages 9-14, and improv for ages 10-16. Younger children will stage Central American Stories. Drama games and scenes based on Mexican and Central American folktales will be used to teach the basics of theatrical storytelling, character development, voice, and movement. Older students will focus their study on comic timing in a class titled Make 'em Laugh. Each eight-week class term ends with a short performance open to family and friends.

On Thursday evenings beginning Sept. 20, all-abilities classes begin and are open to all children ages 9 through 14, including those of any physical, mental, sensory, or emotional ability. The class begins with drama games and warm-ups, development of voice and movement skills to each student's abilities, ensemble building, and instruction of stage performance skills. The group then develops and rehearses an original play or short scenes for performance.

Homeschool enrichment programs begin on Tuesday, Sept. 18, and include a program for young actors ages 5 to 8, a performance program for ages 8 to 14, and classes in music for ages 8-16 and improv for ages 8-16. This term, the performance class will produce an original murder mystery, and will discuss and learn about some classic mysteries written for the stage. The term ends with a daytime and evening performance for family and friends.

Classes and homeschool programs are held at NBYT's Studio Theater space at the New Britain-Berlin YMCA Program Center at 362 Main Street in the Kensington Center of Berlin.

Walking Tours

WETHERSFIELD — Wethersfield Historical Society walking tours will resume for September and October. All tours are $5 or free to members. Reservations are recommended. In the event of rain, tours are cancelled. For more information or to make reservations, contact the society at 860-529-7656.

Burying Ground Tours with Martha Smart: Learn about gravestone carvers and customs, as well as stories of people buried there. Meet at the red barn in the First Church parking lot, 250 Main St. Dates: Thursday, Oct. 11, at 1 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 8 and Oct. 13, at 10 a.m.

Walk Around Old Wethersfield with Dorene Ciarcia: Tour Old Wethersfield learning about architecture and the people who lived here long ago. Meet in front of the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main St. Dates: Thursday: Sept. 13, at 6 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 15, at 10 a.m.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Program

WETHERSFIELD — A three-part series, Living with Alzheimer's for the Middle-Stage Caregiver, will be held on Oct. 13, 20, and 27, from 10 a.m. to noon at the First Church of Christ at 250 Main St. For questions or to register, call 860-529-1575.

Soroptimist Reception

WEST HARTFORD — Soroptimist International of Greater Hartford is hosting a 'Join the Dream Team' reception on Monday, Sept. 10, from 7 to 8 p.m., at the West Hartford Senior Center, 15 Starkel Road. Registration is requested. Text or email Kathi Meding, 860-593-5317, kathi.meding@gmail.com; or Heidi McNamar, heidi@krausecaterers.com or 860-794-6436.

Women interested in learning how to help women and girls live their dreams through Soroptimist's flagship Dream It, Be It and Live Your Dream Awards programs are invited to attend.

Theatre Begins 56th Season

NEWINGTON — The Newington Children's Theatre Company's 56th season features the following programs and auditions. Classes and rehearsals take place at NCTC, located at 743 North Mountain Road.

Act Out for ages 8 to 18: This 10-session class leads participants through rehearsals, focusing on a specific actor tool each week, culminating in a fully-produced one-act. No audition is required for registration. Everyone enrolled is cast in the production. Multiple sessions are offered. Dates: Mondays, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Sept. 10 through Nov. 3. Downton Zombie. This comedy-of-manners pits the dignified residents of a stately British manor up against a horde of creepy zombies.

School-year Musicals for ages 8 to 18. A scheduled audition is required. Rehearsals are one to two nights a week, 6 to 7:30 p.m., and some Saturdays, time TBD. Rehearsals take place at NCTC, located at 743 North Mountain Road. Performances take place at John Wallace Middle School, located at 71 Halleran Drive.

The Wizard of Oz auditions: Sept. 11 to 13. Rehearsal: Sept. 24 to Nov. 29. Performances: Nov. 30 to Dec. 9.

Peter Pan Jr. auditions: Jan. 7 to 9, 2019; Rehearsal: Jan. 14 to March 21, 2019. Performances: March 22 to 31, 2019.

Mary Poppins Jr, auditions: March 27 to 28, 2019. Rehearsal: April to May 2019. Performances: TBD, still securing performance location.

Not quite 8 years old? Check out 'In Performance' classes for ages 5 to 8. In Performance gives kids the opportunity to learn and strengthen their musical theatre skills, while becoming more comfortable with being on stage. Weekly classes take place on Thursdays, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., or Saturdays, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. or 10 to 11 a.m.

Registration and a deposit is required for all. To register or for more information, visit www.NCTCArts.org or call 860-666-NCTC.

Stepney Seniors Meet

ROCKY HILL — The Stepney Seniors Club is returning at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, with a welcome back pizza party at Rocky Hill Community Center, 761 Old Main St. All are welcome and new members may attend. Contact Rita at 860-563-9803 or ritathbri5@aol.com with questions.

Cemetery Walking Tour

ROCKY HILL — The Center Cemetery walking tour has been rescheduled to 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Center Cemetery, 2480 Main St. There is no cost to attend. The difficulty of the walk is easy, with some uneven surfaces.

To park, drive into the cemetery from the corner of Pratt and Main Streets, just past CVS and across from the town green. Meet at the cemetery flagpole. Visit www.rhhistory.org or contact infoRHhistory@gmail.com or 860-563-6704 for more information.

Bake Sale And Raffle

NEWINGTON — GFWC Newington/Wethersfield Woman's Club will be at the Newington Waterfall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 15, holding a bake sale and raffle. The festival will take place on the Market Square streetscape.

The bake sale booth will take place Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A raffle for a dollhouse built by club members from a kit with special touches added and furniture will take place. Tickets are $2 each. You must be 18 or older to purchase tickets. The drawing will be held at 3 p.m. Profits from the raffle will benefit Elizabeth Green Elementary School, providing school supplies for its Literacy Night.

GFWC Savers FunDrive

NEWINGTON-WETHERSFIELD — The GFWC Newington/Wethersfield Woman's Club is currently collecting soft goods — clothing, bedding, linens, shoes, belts, pocketbooks, etc. — for its Savers FunDrive to benefit community programs and donations.

No donation is too small and pick-up is available. Call Donna at 860-986-9707 or Pat at 860-310-7015 for more information.

Fall Festival Vendor Spots Open

NEWINGTON — Grace Episcopal Church is inviting artisans, crafters and vendors to save the date and reserve a space for the annual fall festival on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 124 Maple Hill Ave. A reservation form and fee schedule is available by calling 860-666-3331, ext. 3, or by visiting gracechurchnew.org to download the information.

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