Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Local Turnout Was High In The Election

Middletown is the red circle
Registered voters in our city turned out in very high numbers in last month's election, according to numbers released by the Secretary of the State's office.

21,654 of 25,626 registered voters cast their ballot. This number of 84.5% surpassed the turnout in the 2012 presidential race.

The turnout was similarly high statewide, we had the 40th highest turnout. However, turnout is generally lower in cities with more registered voters, most of the towns with higher turnouts have fewer than 20,000 registered voters. This was also true in the 2015 election and the 2014 election.

First Church in Middletown Christmas Concert Sunday, December 11, 4 pm

Candlelight Christmas Concert

First Church in Middletown
190 Court Street

The Candlelight Christmas Concert at First Church is
a good time to unwind during this busy season—
it's a calm and wondrous, late-afternoon service and we think
you'll enjoy it. 

On SUNDAY, December 11, at 4:00 PM, First Church (UCC) in Middletown hosts its annual Candlelight Christmas Concert.  The concert is free and open to the public (donations appreciated).  The concert features classical, traditional, as well as Gospel and spiritual selections from our choirs, our bell choir, and the Court Street Singers men's choir. As well as Christmas readings and carol singing.  A reception and mini Holly Fair will follow the concert in the Parish Hall.

FIRST CHURCH in Middletown is at 190 Court Street, with plenty of free parking nearby. For additional information about First Church services or programs, please call our office manager at 860-346-6657. 
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Monday, December 5, 2016

Cat Tales ~ Cat of the Week ~ SOPHIA!!

Meet Sophia...  
She is the Cat Tales "Cat of the Week"!

Gender: Female
Breed: Domestic Long Hair
Color: Black & White
Age:2 years old

Hello, my name is Sophia. I was left on top of a dumpster in a cat carrier abandoned. Thank goodness the right person found me and I was saved by Animal Control. I am such a sweet girl and all the volunteers keep telling me that I'm so pretty and such a good girl. I really need a quiet home with a patient person who will give me time to adjust. I love to be pet and love attention. I'd love to curl up with you on the couch or in bed. I have so much love to give. I need to be the only pet in the home. Please come to meet me - call or email Cat Tales today!

Watch our TV commercial:  https://youtu.be/Y1MECIS4mIc

Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Holiday Tradition Inspired by a Cannibalistic Witch -- The Colonel Carries On #60

By Ron E. R. Beau & Day Z. Mame

Epigraph: "Will you disturb the world around you or let it go on as if you had never shown up?" --after Ann Patchett, writer b. 2 Dec 1963

Disambiguation: The vampire duck named “Quacula” introduced in "The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Heckle & Jeckle" is not to be confused with Count Duckula from "Danger Mouse" and its spinoff, the animated comedy-drama dark fantasy television series "Count Duckula."

Neither should be confused with "Count Chocula" ("I want to eat your cereal"), who is not a duck at all.

Even farther out of the mix is "Count Choculitis," the eighth cut on "Creatures," the Motionless in White album (Chris Motionless on lead vocals).

What a relief to clear that up. As Albert Einstein may have said, “Keep everything as straight as possible, but not straighter.”

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Free Concert: Gershwin! With Thomas Pandolfi and Emil Altschuler at Russell Library

Violinist Emil Altschuler and Pianist Thomas Pandolfi 

Thursday, December 8 at 7:00pm, the Hubbard Room of the Russell Library will be filled with the music of George Gerschwin.  

In an evening resounding with the timeless classics of American master, George Gershwin, revel in the urbane elegance of 'An American in Paris.” Swoon over the aching simplicity of 'Embraceable You.” Marvel at the fascinating rhythms of 'Rhapsody in Blue.” The haze of Summertime and the unforgettable melodies of 'Porgy and Bess” will melt our wintery hearts. 

Acclaimed violinist Emil Altschuler is a master of his instrument who performs with incredible technique, magnificent expression and a profound artistry across a wide-ranging repertoire. American pianist Thomas Pandolfi is an exciting virtuoso who has been showered with superlatives by critics for his passionate artistry and amazing technique. Altschuler and Pandolfi have performed together at the Russell Library in previous years, to the satisfaction of audiences both young and old. 

This concert is funded by The Friends of the Russell Library, with proceeds from their book sales. Coincidentally, a Friends' Book Sale is scheduled for the weekend after this concert! 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Vince Guaraldi's "A Charlie Brown Christmas" by the Eric Mintel Quartet

From the White House to the Kennedy Center to the United Nations and beyond, the Eric Mintel Jazz Quartet are thrilling audiences of all ages across the country.  See them live at The Buttonwood Tree as they perform Charlie Brown Jazz celebrating the 50th Ann of the legendary Charlie Brown Christmas cartoon that has sustained generations every holiday season.  

Jazz composer Vince Guaraldi’s timeless themes will be played by The Eric Mintel Quartet who will perform hits like Skating, Christmas is Coming and the timeless Linus and Lucy theme. Family, friendly and fun describes what audiences are in store for during a concert by the Eric Mintel Quartet.  Joining pianist and composer Eric Mintel will be Nelson Hill sax/flute, Dave Mohn drums and Jack Hegyi Bass.

Show starts at 8 pm, Saturday, DECEMBER 3, 2016

This show has sold out and we expect it will again. We will limit seating for comfort, please make a reservation or call ahead for availability. 860.347.4957.   RESERVE YOUR SEATS 

The Buttonwood Tree is located at 605 Main St, Middletown, between St. Vincent de Paul's soup kitchen and It's Only Natural market. Free parking. Refreshments including beer and wine.

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Wesleyan Film Students: Middletown Portraits: Four Films About the People Behind Our Storefronts

Spend an evening at The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Cultural Center with student filmmakers from Wesleyan University’s College of Film and the Moving Image.


Four short films tell the stories behind local Middletown businesses: NORA’S CUPCAKES, O’ROURKE’S DINER, THE BUTTONWOOD TREE, and VINNIE’S DANCE STUDIO.
Introduction and Q&A with student filmmakers, their instructor-Sadia Shepard, Assistant Visiting Professor of Film Studies at Wesleyan University; and the course assistant, Matthew Kleppner.

Open Mic Night immediately following the films and Q&A sessions.

 Free Admission
Refreshments available

Co-sponsored by The Buttonwood Tree / North End Arts Rising, Inc. and Wesleyan University’s College of Film and the Moving Image with funding from the Mellon Foundation.

Westfield Fire Department Winter Heating Safety Tips

From the Westfield Fire Department

According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February. With proper precautions, they can be prevented. The Westfield Fire Department offers the following information for staying fire safe while keeping warm this winter.

“There is nothing like coming in from the bitter cold to the comfort of a warm home,” says Westfield Fire Department Deputy Chief Darrell Ponzio. “However, no matter what heat source you choose, there are fire dangers. While it’s easy to take short cuts with heating and put off having the furnace and chimney inspected and cleaned each year, it is absolutely not worth the risk.”

Here are some simple steps that can prevent most heating-related fires from happening:

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, such as the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters, or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Have a qualified professional clean and inspect heating equipment and chimneys every year.
  • Remember to turn off portable heaters when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month.

In addition, while many enjoy sitting by an open fire on a cold night, open flames inside the home can be dangerous. Check with the local fire marshal's office before putting a fuel fed space heater in an enclosed space. Most unvented space heaters are prohibited by local and state fire codes and ordinances. When using a portable ethanol burning fireplace, be sure to store ethanol fuel in a closed container, away from the fireplace and out of the reach of children. It may not be easy to see the ethanol fuel flame. Always close the lid or use a snuffer to be sure the flame is extinguished before refueling into a cooled fireplace. Use only fuel made specifically for the fireplace. Follow this advice:

  • A portable ethanol burning fireplace, and the fuel, should only be used by adults.
  • Clean up any fuel spillage and be sure all liquid has evaporated before lighting the fireplace.
  • Light the fireplace using a utility lighter or long match.
  • An adult should always be present when a portable fireplace is burning.
  • Place the fireplace on a sturdy surface away from table edges.
  • Never try to move a lit fireplace or one that is still hot.
  • Don’t pour ethanol fuel in a device that is lit or not completely cool. It may result in a fire or injury.
  • Allow the device to cool down for at least 15 minutes before refueling.
  • Extinguish the flame when you leave the room, home or go to sleep.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Cat Tales ~ Cat of the Week ~ MOXIE!!

Cat of the Week...


Gender:  Female
Breed:  Domestic Short Hair
Color:  Black & White
Age:  2 years old

I'm such a pretty girl. I was found outside with my kittens.  They all found loving homes, so I hope I can find one too.  I am very sweet and love to be pet. I need a home with a patient person, who has a quiet home. I do need my space so you need to be able to listen to me when I tell you I've had enough attention. I need to be the only pet in the house. I'd love to curl up on the couch with you and keep you company. I know I'd make a great companion and would love a warm bed to sleep on.  Please adopt me!

No Cats / No Dogs / No Children

Phone:  (860) 344-9043
See our commercial!  https://youtu.be/Y1MECIS4mIc

"Giving Back" at The Buttonwood Tree

Theresa Govert, Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance and a feminist activist based out of East Haddam, CT, seeking to make the gift of yoga accessible to a greater amount of people, is offering weekly yoga classes to GIVE BACK. She has fond memories of attending community yoga classes at The Buttonwood Tree when she was in high school and believes TBT is the perfect place to reach those in need.

Theresa has studied and practiced meditation and yoga in the USA and Southern Africa and completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India at Rishikesh Yog Peeth. Along with group classes and individual sessions, she leads workshops bringing together yoga, feminism & activism and yoga hikes.

Classes will be held TUESDAYS from 1-2 pm at TBT
605 Main Street, Middletown
All are welcome, bring a mat if possible. Water & snacks are available
Donations are appreciated to support The Buttonwood Tree
860.347.4957  www.buttonwood.org



Saturday: Fun Night To Benefit Project Graduation!


Join us for a fun night out, emcee’d by the fabulous Riley/Petruzzello sisters!

Chances to win great live and silent auction items - Disney Parkhopper tickets, Casserole/Soup/Dessert-of-the-month for a year, Vegas trip, bass fishing, golf rounds, restaurants, prom packages - are just SOME of the items available.

Dinner included, catered by Silvana's.

Benefits the Middletown High School Project Graduation Safe Party 2017
(see our page on the MHS website)

Saturday, December 3rd 6:30pm, Italian Society on Court Street.

TICKETS: $15 - MHSauction16@gmail.com

Monday, November 28, 2016

Cookie Sale At WWMS Saturday

Project Graduation will hold its annual Holiday Cookie Sale on Saturday, December 3rd, 10-3, at the Woodrow Wilson Middle School Craft and Vendor Fair.

Cookie Sale helps fund a safe, free party for the MHS Class of 2017.  Craft/Vendor Fair benefits WMS Athletics. Please click on flyers for details.