Monday, March 19, 2018

Cat Tales Names First Recipient of their Advocate for Animals Award

Cat Tales, Inc.
PO Box 901
Middletown, CT 06457

Contact: Darlene Scirpo – Communications Director, CITC Committee Member


Cat Tales Names First Recipient of their Advocate for Animals Award
Middletown, CT - March 19, 2018

Gail Petras, Senior Animal Control Officer Middletown Police Department is the first recipient of
the Cat Tales Advocate For Animals Award.

The Advocate for Animals Award (AFA) honors a person who significantly influences
the quality of animals’ lives through personal commitment to animal welfare within their
community. This person also supports Cat Tales’ mission through their actions and
contributions of time, funding, knowledge, expertise, or professional experience.

“We at Cat Tales believe it’s essential to the success of animal rescue to acknowledge those
who support animal welfare in our community, “ says Deb Bagley, President of Cat Tales.
“Gail embodies all the qualities of this award every day in her work. Because of her efforts,
she deserves this recognition.”

The award will be presented at the annual Cats in the Castle fundraising event, Saturday,
April 14, 2018 at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, CT, 6PM. For details or to purchase

CATALES, Inc. dba Cat Tales is a Connecticut-based, non-profit organization dedicated
to protecting the quality of life and improving the well being of abused, neglected and
abandoned cats and kittens within our community. Cat Tales Non-Profit Rescue is a
501(c)(3) organization since 1999.


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Walk With A Doc -- Middletown Kick Off April 8

Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Kalinowski

Walk With a Doc is a free, community based walking program.  It is designed to provide a safe, welcoming environment to help people become more physically active, learn about health and wellness, and join a social group to provide and benefit from support and encouragement. 

For more information on this nation-wide program, visit 

The DOT Plan: Bad for Middletown

Public Meeting:  Thursday, March 22, at Middletown High at 7 pm.  The public is welcome to comment.  Details of the DOT plan are available here, here and here 

This Thursday evening, the DOT will be in town to hear Middletown’s reaction to their proposal to make changes to Main Street and the North End so the traffic lights on Route 9 can be removed.   

It’s a great plan - except for Middletown.  It solves the Route 9 traffic problem, but it does so at our expense.

I’m not a neutral observer on this issue.  I’ve lived in the North End of Middletown since the late ‘90s and I love it here.  I run a business downtown.  I love walking to work, going to restaurants and joining with my neighbors - both residents and businesses - in making our town better. 

But I really hate when a plan comes up that threatens the progress we’ve made.  This is that kind of plan.

In brief, this plan removes the light at Exit 15, where Route 9 meets Washington Street.  Instead, there’s a new left flyover lane from Route 9 Northbound which brings the traffic from Route 9N onto Rapallo Ave and then Main Street; this requires changes to Downtown Middletown to keep the traffic flowing.  (Another part of the plan removes the stoplight at Exit 16/Hartford Avenue, which isn’t addressed in this post).

Here are a few problems with the plan to remove the Exit 15 light, in no particular order:

The new flyover lane from Route 9 lands on Rapallo Avenue

This is a lousy thing to do to the people who live on Rapallo and the surrounding streets.  Not coincidentally, this is a racially diverse and economically disadvantaged neighborhood.  There’s a regrettable history of putting highway ramps in marginalized neighborhoods - if you’re not aware, please google it.  This ramp is an overpass, a level higher than DeKoven Drive and the railroad - a truly imposing structure.  Cars on Main Street can no longer turn onto Rapallo, which will add new traffic to Green & Ferry as the only way to get to DeKoven Drive.  

New, unhappy traffic on Main

This plan re-directs the Exit 15 traffic which currently heads up Washington Street and sends those cars to the corner of Rapallo and Main.  Most of these people are just trying to continue up Washington, towards Meriden and other points West.  Or maybe they’re trying to get to the center of Main Street.  Either way, they’re now blocks away from where they want to be.  Currently, traffic coming from Rapallo to Main is relatively light and even so, it’s a factor in the gridlock that happens at rush-hour at the messy intersection of Main/Grand/Rapallo.  The new plan surely adds time and aggravation for everyone already driving on this stretch.  More congestion, more road rage, more delay.  Which leads to the next two issues:  short cuts and bump-outs.

Pressure to cut through the North End

This new plan will push more cars to find short-cuts to avoid Main Street.  As it is, cars zip through the North End trying to get further up Washington, using Spring, Grand or Liberty, and then Pearl or High. This has gotten worse in recent years.  It’s made drop-off time a hazard at Macdonough School and a regular thing to have your side-mirror knocked off your car when you’re parked on the street.  It’s not good for quality of life, and that’s not just bad for people who live here - all of Middletown needs the North End to be a healthy and livable neighborhood.  The DOT apparently anticipates this added pressure on the North End, because they’re proposing widening Grand Street where it meets Main.

The bump-outs on Main

For the sake of making the cars flow faster on Main, the DOT wants to make the pedestrian walk-light cycle shorter by adding bump-outs on Main Street.  A “bump-out” brings the sidewalk/curb out to the end of the parked car at intersections so it takes less time to cross the street.  Local government has considered this idea a few times over the years - initially favorably but always rejecting it after study because there are a few reasons it doesn’t easily suit our Main Street.  One is that we ease traffic congestion by informally letting cars use that “bump-out” area to wait while making a right turn, so that drivers behind them can continue on Main.  Another is that snow removal is complicated in this congested area, and adding another set of obstructions adds to cost and trouble for plowing.  A third reason is that essentially expanding the sidewalk at every corner adds a lot of new real estate for the city to take care of, in terms of plantings, shoveling and maintenance - and that funding would have to come from somewhere.  Bump-outs could have advantages for Main Street - but since it’s an ongoing cost (both financial and operational) that we would have to absorb, it’s something that we should weigh from our own perspective, not as a way to help the cars go faster. 

….Except at the corner of Washington & Main

The DOT has proposed bump-outs at all the Main Street corners except the intersection of Washington and Main - there are no bump-outs planned on the Esca/Luce’s side of the street.  Instead, some Main Street parking is removed and the pedestrian area is pulled back to make more of a rounded corner for turning cars/trucks.  Ironically, this is the one intersection that could really benefit from bump-outs if your goal is to shorten the walk-light cycle - it has by far the highest volume of pedestrians, and making that cross easy and pleasant is critical to the economic health of Main Street.  But the DOT has rightly seen that it’s not a practical place for a bump-out because of the high volume of turning cars and particularly, large trucks.  All I can say is that this corner is a delicate balance that works right now - pedestrians get their time to cross diagonally and (most of the time) trucks can manage to navigate the turn.  The DOT proposal makes things better for the vehicles passing through town, but worse for pedestrians and nearby businesses. 

Lost Opportunity for Middletown, Part One:

Middletown has spent the past two decades (at least) working to make downtown a more vibrant and interesting place to work and live.   It’s long, slow, expensive work - but we’ve made tremendous progress.  A national trend is on the upswing where people want to move back to the urban core, and Middletown is generally poised to be a top choice in Connecticut - we’ve got access to jobs, shopping, culture, and a variety of residential types.  This type of area is also where businesses want to locate, hopefully providing even more jobs for both current and new residents. But the DOT plan gives priority to through-traffic, making cars more important than pedestrians, bicycles and people who want to park and shop. The kind of positive change we’ve made in Middletown comes from making lots of small, good decisions and resisting negative ones - and this DOT plan hurts that progress.

Lost Opportunity for Middletown, Part Two:

There’s one argument against removing the lights on Route 9 which has nothing to do with this particular plan.  Middletown is unlikely to ever have a first-class riverfront park in that area if Route 9 becomes a typical 65-80 mph highway - that’s because parks just don’t locate on the shoulder of a whizzing highway.  Maybe that’s ok - maybe the convenience of commuters is more important - but we should accept that the two goals are at odds (unless the cars are in a tunnel, which is a very expensive answer to the wait-time at the lights).  Cities all over the world have realized that the old pattern of having a high-speed highway next the river is a terrible waste of a civic resource.  In those places, cities have actually added stoplights to make those former highways act more like streets.  One example is the West Side Highway in Manhattan, which enlivens mid-town by creating easy access to a string of parks, running paths and tourism venues along the Hudson River, like the Intrepid and Chelsea Piers (while carrying a much higher volume of cars than Route 9).  

Isn’t there anything good about this plan?

The DOT makes the argument that this plan will cut back on accidents and injuries.  Hard to argue with that; we all wish there were fewer of those.  Highways are dangerous - but highways at higher speeds are more dangerous - so in the future, this area may have fewer incidents but with a much higher risk for injury and multiple vehicles. 

As for traffic, sadly it's a reality in Connecticut.  The plan to eliminate the lights will add to the congestion of the Cromwell merge, and do nothing to solve the frequent bumper-to-bumper traffic on Route 91 - so I think it's fair to question whether the actual gains for commuters outweigh the risks for our city.

The one rational argument I’ve heard for removing the lights is to eliminate the pollution from idling cars - and yes, in the short term, making the cars go faster is good for the environment.  

But in the long run, making it more convenient to commute longer distances to work is not good for the environment.  Instead, let’s build on the positive work that has been done to make Downtown Middletown a place where people of all income levels will want to live - to enjoy our walkable neighborhoods, our easy-to-get-to jobs, our restaurants and culture, our terrific local school.  Maybe, someday, even our revitalized riverfront.  Let’s support all the towns in Connecticut in their effort to offer both employment and great living experiences, because putting our resources into just making the cars go faster is a road to nowhere.
Please speak up about the effect of this plan on our town at the DOT meeting at Middletown High, Thursday, March 22nd at 7 pm.  If you can't attend the meeting, send written testimony to

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Statewide Candidates Forum To Feature Top Democrats Next Saturday

From the Middletown Democratic Town Committee


Wethersfield Republican Announces Campaign For One of City's State Senate Seats

From Prep Baseball Report
From Tyler Flanigan,
Early yesterday, Republican Tyler Flanigan announced his candidacy for Sen. Paul Doyle’s seat in the 9th district, which includes half of our city.

Flanigan is currently a Political Science student at the University of Connecticut, with intentions of completing the accelerated law program, while minoring in Public Policy.

While only 19 years old, Flanigan is a political veteran. Tyler got involved at the age of 14, volunteering for Republicans across New England.

A former Division One baseball product, Tyler balanced being one of the top athletes in the region while working for legislators across the state, region, and country. Tyler got his breakthrough at the age of 16. That year, while working with the Massachusetts Republican Party and Rep. David Vieira, Flanigan prepared recommendations regarding the opioid epidemic for the state’s health curriculum framework. The findings were submitted to Governor Baker. Word quickly spread of Flanigan’s abilities, and later that month, he consulted Sen. John Reagan of New Hampshire, a member of the state’s newly formed task force against the abuse of opioids. Since then, Tyler has branched out, assuming different roles in different regions.
From campaign web site

A writer for a State Rep. in Oklahoma, a real estate policy analyst for a State Senator in Idaho, a social media consultant for a Senator in North Dakota, and a legislative aide in Rhode Island, Tyler took on all challenges and approached them with innovative new ideas and an open mind. Back at home in Connecticut, he worked on three federal campaigns, all while maintaining his status as a contributing writer for Democracy Chronicles, an online political publication based out of New York City. In recent months, Flanigan gave his go at campaign finance for federal candidates throughout the country who are preparing for the midterm elections.

Tyler comes from a long line of dedicated Connecticut servants. His 2nd Great Grandfather, James E. Flanigan, was an orator for the East Hartford Democrats. His Great Grandfather, James J. Flanigan, was also an orator for the East Hartford Democrats. His grandfather, Robert J. Flanigan, was a well-known Republican writer in Wethersfield. His great uncle, James J. Flanigan, was a 14-year political veteran, known for his work in educational policy. His third great uncle, Capt. Thomas F. Flanigan, was a prominent member of the Hartford Democratic Party. On both sides of the aisle, the Flanigan family has served their communities at the local level.

“I’m ecstatic with the level of energy in the 9th district. I guarantee no candidate will have more energy, more tenacity, and more fire then I will in the coming months. I have devoted my adolescent and adult years to serving constituents. That part of me will never change. I look forward to fighting for hard working families in Hartford and providing a voice for those who haven’t been heard. This is our time,” Flanigan said early Thursday morning.

Friday, March 16, 2018

This Weekend at The Buttonwood Tree

Dan Liparini Trio

Dan Liparini is a guitarist, composer, and arranger based in Hartford, CT. As a student at the Hartt School of Music he had the opportunity to study with Steve Davis, Nat Reeves, Rene McLean, Chris Casey, Rich Goldstein and other great musicians. Since graduating in 2013 he has stayed busy as a sideman in a number of bands, playing everything from Latin-Jazz to R&B and Folk. As a leader and a sideman he has performed at venues across the Northeast including the Sidedoor Jazz Club, Infinity Music Hall, Bowery Electric, Pianos, Nectars and many others.
His music is based in the tradition of the guitar trio but also draws influence from blues, rock and electronic music; a crossroads where the music of Thelonious Monk and Jim Hall meets the music of The Beatles and Radiohead. The music is tied together through its simplicity, and the trio uses each song as a template to explore different sounds and textures.
Dan regularly performs around Connecticut and New York as a sideman and a bandleader.
The Dan Liparini Trio is:
Kirk Woodard- Drums
Matt Dwonsyzk- Bass
Dan Liparini- Guitar
March 16th | 8-10pm | $10

Teen Open Mic

Teens, looking for a place to perform? A place to recite your latest poem?
How about your newest original scene? Or, a time-tested monologue? If so, The Buttonwood Tree Teen Open Mic is FOR YOU!
Be a part of Buttonwood’s first ever open mic specifically for teen performers ages 12-18. Perform any type of artwork: you can use our piano or bring a guitar, ukulele, or other instrument to play! Cover your favorite song or perform an original! Whether it is your first time performing or you are an experienced teen musician, poet, or artist, the Buttonwood Tree is a positive, supporting environment for teens to perform. Parents and friends are welcome to come support!
Thanks to Matt at the Middlesex Music Academy, a back line of a full drum kit, bass amp and guitar amp can be provided with advance notice. Email or call us to make arrangements.

March 17th | 3-5pm | $5

Lost Acres String Band

Special St. Patrick’s Day Concert!

Gordon Swift (violin), Paul Howard (guitar), and Jon Swift (upright bass) play and sing an eclectic mix of Irish fiddle tunes, blues, a haunting Hispanic ballad from the old Southwest, a classic number by The Mississippi Sheiks, swing tunes from the 1930s, and exotic originals.

“Impossible to pigeonhole … an unpretentious mood-booster … ranges confidently through several different styles, all handled with aplomb.” – Fiddler magazine

Gordon Swift has played in fusion, rock, folk, and country bands, and he led an electric quartet playing original work in New York City for several years. He studied South Indian classical violin in India and holds a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University. Gordon blends musical influences from around the world into a distinctively American violin/fiddle style.

Paul Howard is a long-time member of the Americana/string band Last Fair Deal, with whom he has recorded four albums. Paul runs Valley Music School in Avon, CT and is a founding faculty member of the National Guitar Workshop with five music instruction books to his credit. He is an eclectic guitarist bringing influences from swing, old-time, bluegrass, and folk/rock music; he’s also an accomplished vocalist.

Jon Swift is a veteran of the New England bluegrass and roots music scene. He was a founding member of the popular bluegrass band Traver Hollow, playing bass and singing with the group for 13 years. He has also sung and played bass or acoustic guitar in several other groups, as well as performing solo. Appearing here on upright bass, Jon lays down a solid foundation for the band.

 March 17th | 8-10pm | $10

Contact Us

The Buttonwood Tree | 605 Main Street | PO Box 71 | Middletown, CT 06457
(860) 347-4957 |

Annual Irish Night and St. Patrick's Day Dinner Dance Saturday March 17

The Middletown Lodge #771 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has announced plans for its annual Irish Night / St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance celebration to be held Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the Middletown Elks Lodge on Maynard Street.  The cocktail hour will begin at 6:00 PM, with the Middletown PBA Pipes & Drums and Irish Step Dancers from the Griffith Academy of Irish Dance performing at 7:00 PM.  A traditional Irish corned beef dinner will follow at 7:30 PM with music and dancing until 11:00 PM.  Tickets are available from Gerry Daley at (860) 347-9315.
As it does every year, the Elks have selected someone to be honored as their Irish Member of the Year.  
Middletown Elks Irish Member of the Year – Captain Sean Moriarty
Middletown Lodge #771 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has announced the selection of Captain Sean Moriarty as 2017 Irish Member of the Year. 
Sean Moriarty moved to Middletown in 1980 and graduated from Middletown High School in 1984. He attended Middlesex Community College and has earned his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice.

Sean began his public service when he joined the U.S. Army Reserves in 1985 as a Military Policeman. He then served in the Middle East during the Persian Gulf War in 1990.
Following in his family’s occupational footsteps, Sean has been enjoying a 30-year-career in law enforcement. His grandfather Cornelius Moriarty was a police officer in New London from the 1930s to the 1960s. His father, Thomas was a captain in the Connecticut Correctional system. Sean’s uncles and cousins were also New York City police officers.

Sean was hired at the Middletown Police Department in 1987 and rose through the ranks from Patrolman, Sergeant, and Lieutenant. He was promoted to Captain in 2011. He currently manages over 80 officers on three shifts and various police units. Sean has experience investigating major crimes, overseeing the SWAT team and scuba unit, and reconstructing major motor vehicle accidents.
Recently Sean worked with Middletown Elks Lodge 771, bringing the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program ® to the Middletown school system. It teaches children in pre-K to 4th grade four easy steps of what to do if they find a gun: “Stop, Don’t touch, Runaway, Tell a grown up.”  He is currently working to bring the program to a new generation of students.

Sean has served as a basketball coach for the Haddam Recreation Department and referee for its soccer league. He also coached boys and girls Haddam-Killingworth Travel basketball teams.
Sean has been involved in town politics since 2007 in his hometown and is currently on Haddam’s infrastructure committee.  He currently serves as a Trustee at his church.

Sean is a proud American/Irish citizen, having just earned his dual citizenship in Ireland.  He has traveled extensively to his families’ homeland and maintains relationships with friends and cousins in Dublin, Killarney, and Ballinskelligs.  His father’s side comes from County Kerry and his mother’s side is from County Antrim and County Cork.

Sean is married to Tanja Buzzi Moriarty and is the father of two grown children, Erin and Christopher.  We honor Sean Moriarty as Irish Member of the Year not only for his rich Irish heritage, but for his service to the Lodge, his distinguished public safety career, his community service to both Middletown and Haddam, his good humor and friendship, and his commitment to family.   Those are the qualities that make him a true Irishman!

Ambassador Arbo To Be Wes' Community Engagement Manager

Modified from a Wesleyan press release
Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts has appointed Rani Arbo as Campus and Community Engagement Manager as of February 26, 2018.

Prior to joining the Center for the Arts on an interim basis in October 2016, Ms. Arbo spent seven months coordinating the "Feet to the Fire: Riverfront Encounter” festival which took place in May 2016. She was a Vocal Music Teacher for the Center for Creative Youth in 2017, and a Fellow in the College of the Environment during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Originally from New York City, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Geology from Amherst College, where she previously was an Outreach Coordinator. She also works as a band leader and manager, freelance writer and editor.

She has resided in Middletown for 20 years, where she has served as the Founder and Director of the Middletown Community Chorus since 2015.

In 2014 she was named as one of the inaugural Music Ambassadors, along with Dave Downs.

Their performance at the ceremony in city hall is shown.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

First Church Hosts Conversations on Middletown's Past

Conversations on Middletown's Past in March
The Rev. Julia Burkey, pastor of First Church in Middletown.
The ongoing series of conversations hosted by First Church celebrates our history and opens up frank conversation about various episodes in our history, some of which do not make us especially proud. 

Come and enjoy a look into our history and stories of how our society evolved, as reflected in events in our church and our community. The conversations take place in our "second-hour" forum,
which takes place after the church service and features speakers, musicians, authors, dancers, lecturers, and others invited to enrich our Sundays.

March 25,
11am to noon

On March 25, historian and writer Dione Longly leads two more second-hour conversations on our early history gleaned from both church and historical society archives. Her next presentation takes place on Sunday, March 25th, and is free and open to all. 

During Ms. Longly's last talk, we learned of our tiny wooden outpost-church--kind of a stockade cabin, its unheated space protected by armed guards, and of the occasional scandal of improper "liaisons."  

First Church is an open and affirming congregation at 190 Court Street, Middletown, CT. For more information see First Church in Middletown

Come to church, stay for coffee & snackand Second Hour. Then have lunch at one of Middletown's fine restaurants just a block away on Main Street.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

After-School Programs: Everyone Outside Nature Explorers

From Lisa Liesener, Enrichment Programs Director, Everyone Outside
Come enjoy some outdoor time this spring with Everyone Outside! We will spend time connecting with the natural world around us as nature detectives, scientists and artists. As we explore the spring woods, we will work together to solve nature mysteries, use viewing scopes to examine the creatures and plants we find, and play games.  Students from all elementary schools welcome!

25% sibling discount. $10 discount for early registration. Financial aid available!

Nature Explorers - Boys and Girls in grades 1-4
Thursdays - April 5- May 24 (7 weeks)
Location: Wadsworth Falls State Park
Time: 3:45-6:00 PM
Cost: $120. ($110 by 3/26)

Nature Explorers: Girls Outside!  - Girls in grades 1-3
Mondays - April 2 to June 4 (8 weeks)
Location: Snow School & Wadsworth Mansion grounds
Time: after school (including early release days). Participants not attending Snow School provide their own transportation to Snow School.
Drop off for non-Snow School students by 3:45 PM/1:35 Pick up: 5:30 PM (all days)
Cost: $165 ($155 by 3/23)

To register, please visit (see After-School Programs) or contact Lucy Meigs at (or 860-395-7771). 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Join Rockfall on 3/22 for our Annual Symposium

Coming up next week on March 22nd, The Rockfall Foundation and the UConn Climate Adaptation Academy host a symposium on:

Site Development Considerations for Changing Weather Patterns

Case Studies: What Works, What to Watch Out For, and How to Encourage Success

Join us for a discussion on progress in eco-friendly commercial development and an exploration of completed projects including a LID residential development, a pervious pavement parking lot, and a municipal stormwater upgrade. We'll discuss both the long- and short-term challenges and successes of development and investigate several case studies. 

The Jordan Cove Subdivision in Waterford is now 15 years old with multiple homeowners and expiring deed restrictions; we’ll examine how this worked and apply that information going forward.
We’ll also learn about what’s been done on the UConn campus in Storrs (pervious parking lot and more) including lessons learned and whether maintenance is an issue or not; and we’ll have a return visit from Giovanni Zinn in New Haven to get a progress report on the green infrastructure he discussed at the 2016 Symposium, including how it has fared in both drought and flood conditions. Finally, we’ll hear about successful sites nationwide and how our regulations and mindsets may need to be adjusted in order to foster site development that works with our changing weather patterns.

Who should attend: Local elected and appointed officials; planners and zoning enforcement officials; architects; developers; engineers; landscape architects; educators; students; Planning, Zoning, Wetlands and ZBA board and commission members; and all concerned with our changing weather patterns and how best to design for them.

Symposium Program: 

8:00 – 8:30          Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 8:40          Welcome – Tony Marino, Executive Director, The Rockfall Foundation
8:40 – 9:10          Introduction – David Dickson, Co-Director CT NEMO
9:10 – 9:50          Residential Subdivision: Jordan Cove, Waterford’s LID Subdivision, 15 years later – Michael Dietz, Co-Director CT NEMO
9:50 – 10:35       Municipal Stormwater Management: New Haven’s Green Infrastructure/LID and How It’s Working – Giovanni Zinn, City Engineer, City of New Haven
10:35 – 10:45     Break
10:45 – 11:30     The UConn Experience:  Maintenance, Issues, and Benefits –  Michael Dietz, Co-Director CT NEMO
11:30 – 12:15     Commercial:  National Case Studies and a Toolbox that Encourages Developers to “Do the Right Thing” – David Sousa, Planner & Landscape Architect, CDM Smith
12:15 – 12:45     Panel Question & Answer Session with David Dickson, Michael Dietz, David Sousa, and Giovanni Zinn

1:00                      Lunch (Optional)

March 22nd, starting 8:30am.
UConn Middlesex County Extension Office
1066 Saybrook Road
Haddam, CT 06438

Register online here

Monday, March 12, 2018


Vintage Players presents “Outside Mullingar” by John Patrick Shanley at Oddfellows Playhouse on April 12 and 13. In an engaging romantic comedy, the award-winning author of “Doubt” and “Moonstruck” turns to his Irish roots. This funny and moving play spans five years in the lives of long-time rural neighbors as they negotiate family, farming, life, death, and romance.

The cast includes Nat Holmes, Linda Kaskel, Gerry Matthews, and Jane McMillan. The production is directed by Carolyn Kirsch, assisted by Ellie Howard. Lighting is by Tate Burmeister. Tom Cushing provides Irish musical interludes.

Oddfellows Playhouse is located at 128 Washington Street, Middletown. Performances of “Outside Mullingar” on Thursday, April 12 and Friday, April 13 are at 7:30 pm.

These performances benefit the children’s programs at Oddfellows Playhouse. For over 40 years Oddfellows Playhouse has provided young people in the greater Middletown area with innovative theater programs that build their self-confidence and help them gain skills that facilitate success in other parts of their lives.

Tickets are $25 and may be obtained by going to and clicking on “Shows and Events.”  Reservations are strongly recommended. The play runs 1 hour and 45 minutes with a short intermission. A reception follows each performance.