More About Rocking The Hook - 2023

Event Overview Video
Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity S.H.O.P. is excited to announce our Rocking the Hook 2023, our Annual Concert!
Celebrate Sandy Hook by joining us for a day of music, food, beverages, and kids' activities on the Sandy Hook Village Green.
This year's event features:
Music from three great bands:

• The Dirt Road Pickers: 2:00 - 3:30
• 3:30 - 4:00: Setup
• Traveling Danburys: 4:00 - 5:00
• 5:00 - 5:30: Setup
• Green Eyed Lady: 5:30 - 8:00

Food from two great food trucks:

Backwoods Dawgs and El Taco Loco, in addition to the fine fare available from several restaurants within walking distance.

Kids' Activities

A bounce house, face painting, and visits with the Newtown-Strong Therapy Dogs. Our traveling juggler, John Wisnieff, will be there, too!
So pack your chairs and blankets and join us for amazing music, food, beverages, and a magnificent view of the Pootatuck River!

Cost: FREE

Check back from time to time, as we will update the event with more details as we get closer to the 30th.
The more concert-goers, the merrier. So feel free to let your friends and family know about the event!
Sandy Hook Organization For Prosperity hosts the event.
Thank you to our awesome sponsors and volunteers!


• Sandy Hook Organization For Prosperity

• Church Hill Village
• Savings Bank of Danbury


• BHGRE Commercial - Atherton Team
• Farrell Communities
• Mt. Pleasant Hospital For Animals & Pleasant Paws Pet Center
• Newtown Savings Bank
• Rob Rozz: Full-Service Plumbing & Water Solutions
• Rotary Club of Newtown


• Aquila’s Nest Vineyards
• Around Town Real Estate
• Associated Refuse Haulers
• Cover Two Sports Cafe
• Curtis Packaging
• Floor and Decor
• Hartford HealthCare
• Michael Burton Builders
• Newtown Economic and Community Development
• Newtown Family Dentistry
• Sennheiser


• 99.1 WPLR


• Newtown United Methodist Church
• The Villa Restaurant

S.H.O.P. seeks to promote the Village as a family-friendly, pedestrian-oriented community that celebrates Sandy Hook’s unique historic heritage and beautiful natural setting.
Sandy Hook was the first settlement beyond the village of Newtown. The quaint little settlement that we know now started to form shortly after the first Gristmill was built on the Pootatuck River to utilize the waterpower of the substantial river. The village center businesses opened to serve the workers here to run the many industrial endeavors that followed.

In a statement from Michael Burton, S.H.O.P. President, “The Heritage Park project has been six years in the making. It is a partnership between the Town, S.H.O.P., and many generous donors. Collectively, we are transforming a blight into a beautiful asset to the community. It will increase everyone’s property value and allow the business community to increase their volumes due to increased parking and recreational space.”


The Heritage Park & Trail in Sandy Hook is a community space on a town-owned property that we lease for $1/year. The park will include a pavilion, 30 public parking places, and a green space extending to the river. S.H.O.P. continues fundraising for Phase Two of the project, The Heritage Trail.

S.H.O.P. Board members will be on hand to showcase our initiatives for Heritage Park, and concert-goers can donate to support the project.

Date & Time

September 30, 2023
2:00pm - 8:00pm


Sandy Hook Village Green
5 Glen Road
Sandy Hook, CT 06482

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