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Annie Opens, Summer Weekends

Musicals at Richter 


For almost 40 years it has been summer theater under the stars. First Gilbert and Sullivan, then Shakespeare now for 32 years it is Musicals At Richter.  You are encouraged to be a part of the Summer Scene. Completing this summer is Annie, opening July 27.

Musicals at Richter is located at the Richter Art Center 100 Aunt Hack Road right here on Danbury's West side. 

Annie, previously produced at Richter in 1990 is once again directed by Directed and Choreographed by Bradford Blake with Musical Direction by Dan Koch. Focused on a feisty 1930s-era orphan who escapes the tyrannical Miss Hannigan for a better life in the household of billionaire Oliver Warbucks, the Tony Award-winning musical boasts a tuneful score by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, and a book by Thomas Meehan. Annie opens Friday July 27 and plays Thursday through Sunday evenings  through August 11. 

And don't forget the unforgettable Fairy Tale Theater, July 7, 14, 21 & 28
Note that Fairy Tale Theater is at a NEW performance location: 
WORKSPACE EDUCATION 16 Trowbridge Drive  Bethel, CT 06801
you can't miss their big red barn!

This 20th year show schedule: 

  • July 7  Charlotte’s Web
  • July 14 Hansel and Gretel
  • July 21 Rapunzel and Puss in Boots
  • July 28 Beauty and the Beast

Fairy Tale Theater grounds open at 10:30 a.m. for the craft activity, with the show at 11 a.m.

Bring blankets or chairs for seating on the lawn along with sunscreen; the performance will move indoors in the case of inclement weather.
A small snack and drink concession is available. 

Under the guidance and inspiration of longtime Danbury educator and performer Elyse Jasensky, the daytime Fairy Tale Theater series is now in its 20th year captivating young audiences with the magic of theater performed by young actors.

Joining Jasensky this season is veteran children’s theater director Missy Slaymaker-Hanlon of Ridgefield Theater Barn, who will take over the reigns of the Fairy Tale program later this summer. 


The Danbury Music Centre Summer Music Series

 

Summer Strings in Concert

July 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Join us and listen to the participants of our Summer Strings program!

 

Music Director,  Larry Deming and Assistant Director, Alison Corigliano

 

 

July 27 at 7:30pm at VPAC WCSU Westside campus 43 Lake Ave. Ext., Danbury, CT

 Charles Ives Concert Series   Paul Frucht, Artistic Director    Jonathan Cziner, Associate Artistic Director   The primary purpose of the Ives Series is to bring American music to a community that is home to one of America’s most famous composers. The Ives Series regularly features dynamic and unique emerging artists performing Charles Ives, the music of 20th and 21st-century American composers, and music that transcends the traditional boundaries of classical music to incorporate other styles of music.

Charles Ives Concert Series

Paul Frucht, Artistic Director

Jonathan Cziner, Associate Artistic Director

The primary purpose of the Ives Series is to bring American music to a community that is home to one of America’s most famous composers. The Ives Series regularly features dynamic and unique emerging artists performing Charles Ives, the music of 20th and 21st-century American composers, and music that transcends the traditional boundaries of classical music to incorporate other styles of music.

Danbury Recreation Department presents…

SUMMER MOVIE NIGHTS
AT CANDLEWOOD LAKE!

Shows begin at dusk. Bring your picnic blankets, lawn chairs, and the whole family!

THESE EVENTS ARE FREE TO THE PUBLIC

The concession stand will be open before and during the showing.

Coco July 19
Wonder July 26

Rain Date: July 28th

Thank you to our sponsors!

Economy Printing
Women’s Club of Danbury/NF
Irving Levine Automotive
Vacuum Mart
Custom Care Building Services
Union Savings Bank
Dental Associates
Danbury Athletic Youth Organization
Danbury Museum and Historical Society
SoundView FCU
Sydney A Rapp Land Survey, NG, P.C
Westchester Wizards

Carillon Concert Summer Series - Saint James Episcopal Church

Bring your Lunch and enjoy an open-air concert in the garden of Saint James' Episcopal Church. 

June 27: Carla Staffaroni Middlebury, Vermont
July 4: Charles Semowich Albany, New York
July 1:1 Gerald Martendale Toronto, Canada
July 18: Hans Uwe Hielscher Wiesbaden, Germany
July 25: Amy Heebner Albany, New York
August 1: Joanne Archibald Danbury, Connecticut
August 8: Tatiana Lukyanova New Britain, Connecticut
August 15 George Matther Jr. Middlebury, Vermont

These Concerts are sponsored by an anonymous sponsor. 
For additional information contact the Parish office at 203 748 3561
https://www.saintjamesdanbury.org/events.html

12th Annual Danbury Railway Days – Free Train Rides & A Chance to Operate a
Vintage Locomotive

The Danbury Railway Museum is pleased to host the 12th annual Danbury Railway Days on Saturday and Sunday, August 4 and 5.  Two days full of educational activities and FREE train rides for the whole family is planned.  The fun will begin at 10am on Saturday, 12:00 noon on Sunday and end at 5:00 PM, with train rides hourly from 10:30 on Saturday, 12:30 on Sunday to 3:30 both days.  Admission to the museum is $12.00 for ages 3 and up.  To honor railroaders, admission will be FREE for current or retired railroad employees showing proper identification.

The museum will be operating the Railyard Local — a short FREE trip being pulled by an ALCo RS-1 locomotive, built in 1948, with locomotive cab rides available.  The train will stop at the old New Haven RR turntable, built circa 1914 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, where visitors will detrain and hear a discussion about the use and history of the only power-operated turntable in Connecticut, currently undergoing a significant restoration.  Then, walk down the “red carpet” and tour the New York Central’s famous 20th Century Limited observation car, “Tonawanda Valley” built in 1928, an award-winning restoration in progress.  After a visit to the steam-era water tank pump house, return to the station where a demonstration of vital railroad communications via hand signals will take place.

In the Danbury museum building, visitors can explore railroad history exhibits, operating electric train layouts, static model displays of the station and railyard, many one-of-a-kind artifacts of railroading history, a wonderful gift shop, and many other items of interest, including a used book and model sale.  

Outside in the historic railyard, guests will find walk-through exhibits, including a visit to the cab of #2006, one of the museum’s famous FL-9 locomotives, a unique piece of New Haven RR history which is 61 years old this year; an operating New Haven RR forge; and a vast assortment of train cars and locomotives, many that ran in Danbury during its railroading heyday.  

Back by popular demand is the museum’s “Hands on the Throttle” program.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be the Engineer of vintage diesel locomotive?  To feel the power of the engine at your fingertips?  To blow the horn?  To ring the bell?  If you’re 18 years old or older, you now have that opportunity!  This program includes instruction on the operation of a diesel-electric locomotive and basics of railroad operations;  then you climb up in the cab of a vintage 1947 GE 44-Tonner with coupled caboose, get your “Hands on the Throttle” and run your train in the railyard.  Cost for this approximately 45-minute program is $75, which includes admission to the event for the day.  Instructions and supervision will be provided by a competent and qualified crew member.  

The Danbury Railway Museum is a non-profit organization, staffed solely by volunteers, and is dedicated to the preservation of, and education about, railroad history.  The museum is located in the restored 1903 Danbury Station and rail yard at 120 White Street, Danbury, CT.  For further information, visit the Web site at http://www.danburyrailwaymuseum.org,
email info@danburyrail.org, or call the museum at 203-778-8337.

 

Lullaby Requiem

In the history of classical music, there has never been a major orchestral and choral requiem written as a memorial for the children we have lost to violence! It was with this thought that Eric Lewis began composing the Lullaby Requiem.

The Lullaby Requiem is conceived as an eleven movement symphony. Six movements are currently completed, the other 5 awaiting funding that will allow the project to continue and move forward into production.

Prohibition was the end result of nearly a century of activism and protest. Although it was nobly intended to better the lives of Americans and protect society from the devastation of alcohol abuse, it had the unintended consequences of turning law-abiding citizens into criminals, making a mockery of our justice system, and permitting government officials to skirt and even break the law. With Prohibition in place, but unevenly enforced, one observer noted, America had hardly freed itself from the scourge of alcohol abuse – instead, the "drys" had their law, while the "wets" had their liquor.

 

The story of Prohibition's rise and fall goes far beyond the oft-told tales of gangsters, rum runners, and speakeasies, revealing a complicated and divided nation in the process of major transformation. Prohibition: Hatters & Hooch in “Dry” Danbury  will explore this fascinating era—the intersection of temperance, prohibition, suffrage, and immigration—from a variety of angles. The exhibit opens on Saturday, June 9th and will continue through Saturday, November 10.


2018 Summer Reading – Libraries Rock

"Rock out" this summer by participating in our summer reading programs for kids, teens and grown-ups too!

 Even though your little one may not be reading yet, there are many fun and simple activities that you can do together to encourage early language and literacy development.  Visit the Library after July 2nd to pick up an activity bingo board from the Junior Department or print them using the buttons below. There are two activity sheets available: one with activities appropriate for babies 0-24 months and another with activities appropriate for toddlers 2-5 years.

Even though your little one may not be reading yet, there are many fun and simple activities that you can do together to encourage early language and literacy development.

Visit the Library after July 2nd to pick up an activity bingo board from the Junior Department or print them using the buttons below. There are two activity sheets available: one with activities appropriate for babies 0-24 months and another with activities appropriate for toddlers 2-5 years.

 Libraries Rock! Reading Club  Log the minutes you spend reading this summer by signing into your Wandoo Reader account!  Register with the first part of your  school e-mail address  as your username and “ dplrocks! ” as the password. Don’t have a school e-mail? Use your first name, last initial, and your favorite number.

Libraries Rock! Reading Club

Log the minutes you spend reading this summer by signing into your Wandoo Reader account!

Register with the first part of your school e-mail address as your username and “dplrocks!” as the password. Don’t have a school e-mail? Use your first name, last initial, and your favorite number.

 Log the minutes you spend reading this summer by signing into your Wandoo Reader account!  Register with the first part of your  school e-mail address  as your username and “ dplrocks! ” as the password. Don’t have a school e-mail? Use your first name, last initial, and your favorite number.

Log the minutes you spend reading this summer by signing into your Wandoo Reader account!

Register with the first part of your school e-mail address as your username and “dplrocks!” as the password. Don’t have a school e-mail? Use your first name, last initial, and your favorite number.

 Complete any five challenges this summer to become eligible to win an Amazon Echo, tickets to local shows, dance lessons, Visa gift cards and more!  Be sure to submit your completed challenges by 2pm on Friday, August 17th.

Complete any five challenges this summer to become eligible to win an Amazon Echo, tickets to local shows, dance lessons, Visa gift cards and more!

Be sure to submit your completed challenges by 2pm on Friday, August 17th.


Ives Concert Park

All Summer Long

 
 
 

The Palace Danbury

165 Main Street Danbury, CT 06810

(203) 794-9944

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