Marian Anderson’s portrait unveiled at Danbury Music Center

The Danbury Music Center has unveiled a new portrait of Marian Anderson, the singer and civil rights icon who lived in the city for many years.

The portrait of artist Betty Ann Medeiros, which hangs on the walls of the Danbury Music Centre’s Marian Anderson Recital Hall, was unveiled June 3 at an event with the mayor.

The artist created this original oil painting on 36 x 48 canvas with the support of a grant from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Bureau of the Arts, which also receives support from the federal American Rescue Plan Act .

Medeiros said the project started after being contacted by the Danbury Music Center when they were curious if she had any prints of her 2006 painted mural that hangs at Western Connecticut State University, where Medeiros graduated. his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts. graphic design, fine art and illustration. This mural was based on Marian Anderson and Danbury native and composer Charles Ives.

Soon after, she learned of the availability of the state grant and applied for funding to cover a portrait of Anderson for the Danbury Musice Centre.


Anderson joined the Danbury Music Center board in December 1969 and remained there until his death in 1993.

Student art submissions accepted

The Brookfield Library Art Gallery Committee invites students from pre-school through high school to submit artwork for its upcoming exhibition, “Oceans of Possibilities.”

The exhibition will feature community artwork on the theme of the library’s summer reading.

Submissions can be emailed to [email protected]

Submissions must be submitted by June 20. Title, dimensions, medium and contact details should be included.

Brookfield Craft Center Presents ‘Still Rivers’ Art Exhibit

Brookfield Craft Center has opened a new exhibition, “Still Rivers: The Altered Book Art of Chris Perry”.

The show, sponsored by the Norbert E. Mitchell Society, opened on Saturday and will run through July 17 at the Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery. Perry is a resident of Ridgefield and a member of the Ridgefield Guild of Artists. Perry alters junk books to convey information without using words or pictures.

There will be a free reception at the Lynn Tendler Bignell Gallery to meet the artist and view the artwork from 5-8 p.m. on June 23.

Where to Properly Dispose of American Flags

Members of the public who have flags that they are unsure how to dispose of in a respectful manner may consider bringing the flags to the Catholic Veterans Organization on Tuesday, Flag Day.

The organization plans to hold a ceremony to properly remove American flags that day.

The organization is located at 2 Shalvoys Lane in Danbury.

The applies to residential boxes and business drop boxes.

Insurance Agency to Host Annual Flag Day Ceremony

Farmers Insurance Company‘s Dennis Perkins Agency will hold an annual Flag Day Ceremony at 4pm on Tuesday at 30 Germantown Road in Danbury.

The event will honor American veterans for their sacrifice and service to their country.

The agency is also offering a free flag replacement as part of the festivities. Any old, damaged, or worn American flags can be traded in and exchanged for a brand new 3′ x 5′ flag free of charge. Old flags will be disposed of in an appropriate and respectful manner. An old flag must be brought in to receive a new replacement.

Danbury Mayor Dean Esposito will attend the ceremony, along with Danbury Economics Department Chief Shay Nagersheth and State Veterans Affairs Commissioner Tom Saadi.

Light refreshments will be served by Jersey Mike Catering Company. Musical entertainment will be provided by DJ Ron Ice.

More information is available by calling Perkins at his phone number at 203-983-5534, or emailing him at his work email address at [email protected]

Cornhole Clinic for Kids, upcoming tournament

The Candlewood Cornhole Organization and the Danbury Police Athletics League will present a Cornhole for Kids clinic and tournament from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Danbury PAL Building.

The building is at 35 Hayestown Road in Danbury.

All ages are welcome to the free event. There will also be snacks and drinks for sale.

Pre-registration is available @DanburyPAL.org.

More information is available at [email protected], 203-778-4725, and/or by scanning the Quick Response Code box on the event flyer.

Danbury Brass Band Concert

The Danbury Brass Band will perform a free concert at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Danbury on Sunday from 2-3:15 p.m. with no intermission.

The event will also be a musical celebration of Father’s Day, Flag Day and June 16.

The church is at 18 Clapboard Road, Route 139, Danbury.

The concert will include several first performances, as well as a world premiere of “Summer Waltz in F” by composer Thomas Caprino. Other musical selections include A Basque Prelude, by composer Gabrieli, musician Stevie Wonder, The Beatles singing group, composer Peter Schickele, composer PDQ Bach, The Beach Boys singing group, composer Puccini and a song by songwriter Frank Loesser “Rodger Young” as well as a special guest trombone soloist, Peter McEacheran.

The library will present a program on Anne Frank

Danbury Library will present a free, live, virtual program on “The Diary of Anne Frank and Personal Accounts of the Holocaust” at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The program will be presented via Zoom.

Attendees will receive a link to the event via email after registration is complete.

Registration is required and available on the events calendar at https://danburylibrary.orgor by calling the library at 203-797-4505 ext. 7713.

Registration is also available by email, and questions about the program or Zoom can be emailed to Katharine Mostacero of the Library’s Information Services Department at [email protected]

Random Hacks of Kindness Junior’s will host a game coding workshop

Area third through fifth graders are invited to participate in a three-hour game coding workshop with Random Hacks of Kindness Junior, a Woodbury-based nonprofit, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Max in New Milford.

Students will work with mentors to design and code a game addressing the challenge of cleaning up the environment. They will also learn the basics of game design while creating a fun and educational game. No prior coding experience is required. Finished games will be available to share and download.

Pre-registration is required. The registration fee for the event is $30. Participants can register by going to rhokjr.org/event/games-for-change/. For more information, email [email protected]

Rebuilding Together congratulates the volunteer

The Rebuilding Together Litchfield County organization recently honored longtime New Milford board member Dennis Carter for his service to the organization.

Carter joined Rebuilding Together in its early days in the early 2000s in County Litchfield.

It has developed a “25 Priorities – Health and Safety Checklist”, like that of the national body.

His job was to visit the host sites and come up with a list of priorities for each house.

He was assisted by John Gsell of Marble Dale. They worked closely with the organization’s founder, Ceia Webb, who built on Carter’s work.

His list included things like accessibility ramps, grab bars in the bathroom, having fire extinguishers, handrails on steps and eliminating tripping hazards.

He was the first person to visit a home after Webb made initial contact. His efforts to identify client needs were instrumental in the early stages of Rebuilding’s work.

New Fairfield student receives scholarship

The Western Connecticut Military Officers Association annually awards one high school student from each Fairfield County high school who has excelled in academics, extracurricular activities, community service, and leadership.

Recipients and their parents were honored at a banquet on June 5 at the Ethan Allan Inn in Danbury. One of the students who received scholarships was Ashley Hubert from New Fairfield High School.

Housatonic Habitat for Humanity Named Charity of the Month

Fairfield County Bank named the Housatonic Habitat for Humanity Chapter as one of four charities of the month for June.

Each month, bank employees identify local charities throughout Fairfield County that they are passionate about and actively involved in and that align with a monthly theme. June is American Housing Month.

Supporters can help Housatonic Habitat win an extra $1,000 by voting at branches, online at https://www.fairfieldcountybank.com and by calling Fairfield County Bank Customer Service at 203-431-7431 ext. 7437.

Proceeds from the event will support the chapter’s mission to build affordable homes in the community.

The church will host an art exhibition

Roxbury Congregational Church will host the 17th annual ‘Art at the Meetinghouse’ juried art exhibition this weekend featuring over 130 works of art by artists.

Artwork is included in the categories of watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastels, printmaking, mixed media, fine art, sculpture, and graphic design. All works are for sale. Profits support the missionary activities of the church.

The juror for the 2022 exhibition is contemporary figurative artist Linda West.

There will be numerous awards given out Friday evening at 7 p.m. at the opening weekend reception at the church. The Best in Show prize is a cash prize of $1,500.

The fair will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and will end from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

More information is available by calling one of the Charles Meade show organizers at 203-775-1434, or by visiting the church’s website at https://www.roxburychurch.org.

Free Wigwam Escape Room

The Institute for American Indian Studies will be offering a circa 1518 adventure in the form of a Wigwan Escape Room activity on Sunday.

The institute offers a promotional code of 20% on the reservation and which includes gift certificates when using the code DAD1518 during payment on the website.

Ticket prices are $25 for general admission, $20 for students, and $22 for seniors. Two to seven players can participate. The room is for private groups only. Reservations are reserved for groups.

The institute recommends that ages 12 and up participate, but children under 12 are welcome with a parent or guardian present.

The Wigwam Escape room is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays by reservation. Registration and more information are available at https://wigwamescape.org.

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