Walsh’s Wonderings — The importance of silly

In what was the most expensive act of littering in the history of our planet, Elon Musk launched his cherry red Tesla Roadster into space last week. Because ’Merica. The enduring image was of the mannequin in the spacesuit lounging behind the wheel of the open convertible while Earth looms in the background. The incongruity of a car in space captures both the audacity and absurdity of Mr. Musk’s latest effort to monetize the final frontier. It was at once silly and significant. As ridiculous and admittedly useless as firing a car into orbit around the sun is, the act … Read more

Ways to volunteer

By Peter Houlahan, Contributing writer With every new year come new resolutions. For many, this includes a commitment to giving back to the community by volunteering one’s time and expertise to a good cause. “The town would cease to function without its volunteers,” said Redding First Selectman Julia Pemberton. “They play an enormous role in the community.” Every town offers an abundance of organizations and clubs, whatever one’s interests, skills or time constraints. Sometimes the trick is just finding them. Here is a small sample of organizations that could use your help. Additional opportunities to volunteer are provided on each of … Read more

Teens cook breakfast to celebrate Three Kings Day

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While the weather may have been freezing outside, several dozen Redding teenagers — dressed in gold crowns and colorful robes — worked up a sweat as they cooked and served a hot breakfast to more than 150 parishioners at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Redding. The event took place on Sunday, Jan. 7, to recognize Three Kings Day, or the Feast of the Epiphany, which was on Jan. 6. The breakfast cost $6 and consisted of pancakes, sausage, coffee, tea, milk, orange juice, and hot chocolate. The teens served breakfast in two shifts, with more than 80 parishioners attending … Read more

Y’s Men interview James Naughton

The theatrical career of Tony Award-winning actor James Naughton will be examined when Play With Your Food artistic director Carole Schweid interviews him at Y’s Men of Westport/Weston on Thursday, Jan. 11, at 9:30 a.m. at the Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East, Westport. A Weston resident, Naughton won his first Tony for best actor in a musical in City of Angels and his second for his role in Chicago. Schweid was an original cast member of A Chorus Line and is a co-founder of JIB Productions Inc. a non-profit producer of professional performing and visual arts programs in … Read more

Kennedy Center dedicates building to retiring CEO

For 39 years, Martin D. Schwartz’s presence has loomed over The Kennedy Center, as its first president and CEO. Now, with his retirement nearing, the Kennedy Center board is making sure his name remains connected with the center, as the agency’s Trumbull headquarters was named after him in a Monday morning ceremony attended by dozens of staff members, volunteers, clients, and elected officials from throughout the region. “All our board members felt it was fitting to commemorate Marty’s many achievements and dedicate the Reservoir Avenue headquarters in his honor,” said Kennedy Center board Chairman Michele Macauda of Monroe. “He has … Read more

Work of Redding Pilot cartoonist on display at Easton library

The work of Doug Smith, editorial cartoonist for the HAN Network (The Redding Pilot) will be on display at the Easton Public Library through Wednesday, Feb. 14. A reception will be held at the library on Saturday, Jan. 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. The Easton Public Library is at 691 Morehouse Road, Easton. For more information, call 203-261-0134 or visit eastonlibrary.org.

Work of Redding Pilot cartoonist on display at Easton library

The work of Doug Smith, editorial cartoonist for the HAN Network (The Redding Pilot) will be on display at the Easton Public Library through Wednesday, Feb. 14. A reception will be held at the library on Saturday, Jan. 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. The Easton Public Library is at 691 Morehouse Road, Easton. For more information, call 203-261-0134 or visit eastonlibrary.org.

Redding artist loves painting outdoors

Artist Pamela Reese said she loves whenever snow falls on Redding. “I go out and paint in the snow. I paint the scene in front of me,” said Reese, who has been painting since the 1970s. Reese, who has lived in Redding for 32 years, paints in oils and pastels. She also does a lot of plein air painting, which is painting outdoors in the open air. “I paint mostly landscapes and cityscapes,” she said. “This has always been my passion.” Reese said painting outdoors allows her to indulge her love of using light. “Painting the light is what’s so … Read more

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