Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Call for Middletown's First Poet Laureate

Mayor Daniel T. Drew and the Middletown Commission on the Arts present a
Call for Nominations for Middletown's First Poet Laureate

Submission deadline is Friday at 4:30 p.m. on September 18, 2015.
Download or print the Poet Laureate Nomination Form and review the Description and Selection Process.

Suggested to the Mayor in a letter by two Macdonough School students of teacher John Ferrero - Sasha Zipf and Todd Archer in September of 2014 and acted upon by the Mayor and the Middletown Commission on the Arts, the City is seeking it's first Poet Laureate.


• Nominees must be at least 18 years of age at the time of appointment
• The poet Laureate must have a strong desire to be actively engaged in the community by performing his or her own work and/or sharing his or her own work and talent with the public.
• Poets may self-nominate or be nominated by a Middletown resident.
• Nominees may not be MCA Commissioners or Staff.
• Nominees must be full time Middletown residents for at least one year prior to the nomination date.
• Nominees must be experienced in the field of poetry and able to fulfill the required duties of the position.

Poet Laureate Opportunities:

• A reception in his or her honor.
• Promote awareness of poetry in Middletown by participating in city and statewide events as an official representative of the City of Middletown.
• Promote at least one public event per year or as requested by the Mayor and/or the MCA.
• Foster public appreciation of and participation in poetry and literary arts activities in schools, colleges and the local literary community.
• Represent Middletown within the Connecticut Coalition of Poets Laureate.

Terms of service:

• The City Poet Laureate will serve for a term of 3 years with the possibility of renewal.
• As an official representative of the City of Middletown, the Poet Laureate must maintain Middletown residency during his or her term.
• The City Poet Laureate will be a nonvoting Member of the Middletown Commission on the Arts.


To be considered for the position of Middletown's Poet Laureate, along with the application form, please provide the information requested below as attachments (Word, PDF, JPEG) to the City Arts Office.
Submission deadline is Friday at 4:30 p.m. on September 18, 2015.
Download or print the Poet Laureate Nomination Form and review the Description and Selection Process.

• Resume or CV
• A selection of work samples in print or online
• An expression of intent including specific availability for fulfilling the role
• Contact information for three personal references

Any questions can be directed to Stephan Allison, Coordinator, City Arts Office, email, phone 860-638-4510.


Following the review and interview process, the MCA Poet Laureate Selection Committee will make its recommendation to the MCA who will formally request the appointment by the Mayor. We hope to appoint the Poet Laureate in October, 2015.

This Weekend at The Buttonwood Tree

Friday, we present the Electric Folk duo Layers and Frames whose unique music sound combines modern electronic technique with retro folk-rock style.

Saturday brings Hiroya Tsukamoto to The Buttonwood Tree! He uses sound to create a vast landscape of wonder and brings his audience along for the ride. He will also be hosting a guitar workshop at The Buttonwood at 4pm Saturday afternoon.

Want a peek at the month ahead? Check out our August Calendar!

NB: Our website has been experiencing technical difficulties and we currently cannot process reservations through it. If you wish to make a reservation, you may do so by emailing us at or calling us at 860-347-4957.

605 Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Middlesex Community College Hosts Ophthalmic Medical Assisting Open House

Middlesex Community College will be hosting an Ophthalmic Medical Assisting Open House on Thursday, August 6 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Chapman Hall Room 613. Professor Raymond Dennis and Professor Rose Malczynski will speak to students about an Ophthalmic Medical Assisting career.
At the open house, prospective students will learn more about the Ophthalmic Medical Assisting certificate program, which offers students the academic and hands-on training needed for a rewarding career providing eye care assistance, an industry expected to have strong job growth.
This one-semester certificate program offers hybrid courses with online coursework during the week and hands-on training on Saturdays. To learn more and to register for the open house contact Carolyn Sommer at or 860-343-5749.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Summer Sounds Series - The Musical Cavaliers at Harbor Park! - July 28

The City Arts Office/MCA present the annual Summer Sounds series on Tuesdays at Harbor Park from July 7 through September 1. The shows begin at 7 p.m., there's plenty of parking in the Municipal parking lot at Melilli Plaza (it's free after 7 p.m.). From the parking lot, it's a short walk to the park via the Harbor Park pedestrian tunnel.

Remember that in case of inclement weather the show will go on in the sanctuary of the South Church located at the corner with the YMCA and the City's South Green (Union Park), Main & Pleasant Streets.

Here's the line-up for 2015, starting with this Tuesday's show!

July 28
The Musical Cavaliers - standards/polkas

Aug. 4
Nekita Waller Band - Motown pop/soul favorites

Aug. 11
Bootstrap - instrumental riffs on rock/soul hits

Aug. 18
Kenn Morr Band - Americana/folk-rock

Aug. 25
Elite Syncopation - ragtime/early jazz

Sept. 1
Middletown Symphonic Band - popular tunes

For Your Career: Leveraging LinkedIn at Russell Library

Career expert Jan Melnik

On Tuesday July 28 at 6:00 p.m. in the Hubbard Room of the Russell Library career expert Jan Melnik will present Leveraging LinkedIn. Melnik will demonstrate how to optimize your use of LinkedIn and Facebook. There is no registration required.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Saturday: "Blackbird" - A Benefit Concert for the Stephanie Nelson Memorial Scholarship Fund

Blackbird - A Benefit Concert for the Stephanie Nelson Memorial Scholarship Fund
Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 8pm
Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts
Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown
$45 dinner and show; $25 show        

$25 concert tickets will be available at the door.

An "all-star band" will be performing The Beatles' White Album (1968) in its entirety as a benefit concert to create a scholarship fund in memory of Stephanie Nelson. Funds raised will go towards Middlesex Community College students in support of internships at Wesleyan University.

There is a limited number of $45 tickets available for a dinner which will be held from 5pm to 6:45pm before the evening concert at Wesleyan University. The dinner will take place in the Pavilion at Middlesex Community College, located at 100 Training Hill Road in Middletown, Connecticut.

For $45 tickets for the combined dinner and concert: please call (860) 882-9415 or (860) 983-8625.

The "all-star" band will include drummer Andy Chatfield, bassist Mark Crino, and saxophonist Eric DellaVecchia of Stanley Maxwell; Jeff Howard (the founding guitarist from the band The McLovins); lead vocalist Julie Corbalis; James Anderson of Jean-Claude Trans/Am on percussion; keyboard player Glen Nelson (of Spaghetti Cake and High Adventure); lead vocalist Alice-Anne Harwood Sherrill and backup vocalist Shona Kerr (of The Future Heavies); Shawn Persinger (guitarist for Prester John, 11twelve13, The Luck Pushers, and Boud Deun); Claire Tuxill McKenney on French horn; saxophonist Dustin Kreidler; Jennifer Berman on flute; Catherine Rousseau on clarinet and saxophone; Matthew Russo on trombone; John Gaiser on tuba; Nick Di Maria on trumpet; Dan Fecteau on violin; Ravenna Michalsen on cello; Wesleyan University Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina on viola; and Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Megan Sesma on harp.

Join this event on Facebook here.

Click here to read about this event in News @ Wesleyan, Middlesex Community College's Center for New Media blog, the Middletown Press, The Hartford Courant, and The New York Times.

If you cannot attend the event, but would like to make a donation instead, please make checks payable to the "MXCC College Foundation," with a note in the subject line that clearly states that it is for the "Stephanie Nelson Scholarship Fund." Donations can also be made by visiting and adding a note that clearly states that it is for the “Stephanie Nelson Scholarship Fund.”

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Cat Tales ~ Cat of the Week ~ PRECIOUS

Cat Tales ~ Cat of the Week ~ PRECIOUS!  


​​Gender:  Female
Breed:  Domestic Short Hair
Color:  Grey Tabby
Age:  10 years

​I​'​m a ​super sweet​, ​affectionate​ and very pretty​ girl. My owner could no longer care for me and I am confused as to why I am in a shelter. ​The other cats and the volunteers are so good to me, but I want my own human.  ​My purr is very loud and I absolutely love to be pet and ​desire all the attention​ I can get!  I really would love to curl up with you in bed or on the couch​ and prove my love for you is genuine​.​ ​ I ​do prefer a quiet home​, since that's what I've been used to my whole life​, although I wouldn't mind another non-dominant cat. I do have a heart murmur,​ but I do not require any medication​ or special care​​, only my regular vet check-ups. ​ Please ​come to meet me and I'm confident you'll want to take me home​!  ​​I promise I will love you forever!

No Dogs / No Children​

This Weekend at The Buttonwood Tree

Friday we have Soul/Folk singer Kate Mills who stuns with her combination of versatile singing and alluring lyrics. Saturday we present Music is the Healing Force of the Universe III, a show of sublime sound that heals and stabilizes the stress of the world!

605 Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

ARTFARM's Midsummer combines circus and Shakespeare

ARTFARM’s circus-inspired production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream has been wowing audiences for the first half of its run with confused lovers flying through the air, clowns, fairy acrobats and aerialists, stage magic of all kinds and first-rate comic Shakespeare performances. This weekend the audience will have a chance to “talk back” to the cast and director with more than just their laughter and applause.
Following the performance on Saturday, July 25, Middlesex Community College President Dr. Anna Wasescha will moderate a discussion between the audience, director Dic Wheeler, ARTFARM Artistic Director Marcella Trowbridge and Midsummer cast members. Audience members will get a chance to comment on the production, ask questions about the process of creating a show that is both circus and theater, and dialog with the production team about the human themes raised by the Shakespeare comedy.
The talkback will be held immediately following the performance. The play starts at 7 pm that night, and will be preceded starting at 6 pm by live music by Award-Winning Jazz pianist Noah Baerman and friends.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed Wednesday through Sunday, July 22 – 26 at 7 pm, with live music preceding each performance at 6 pm nightly. Audience members are encouraged to bring a picnic and beverages, a lawn chair or blanket, and enjoy live music in the lovely grove overlooking the Connecticut River Valley before the play begins. 


ARTFARM’s Shakespeare in the Grove, this year celebrating its tenth season, is held on the campus of Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Road in Middletown. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids. Tickets are available at the door or can be reserved at
Wednesday, July 22 is a "Pay-What-You-Can" Performance.
Shakespeare in the Grove is supported by the Connecticut Office of the Arts, the Middletown Commission on the Arts and Pratt & Whitney.
For more information, contact, or call (860) 346-4390.
Production photos by Bill Dekine.

Middlesex Community College Earns “Great College to Work For” Recognition

For the fourth year in a row, Middlesex Community College is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey released by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Middlesex Community College is the only community college in the state to receive this recognition.

The results, released today in The Chronicle’s eighth annual report on the Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of employees at 281 colleges and universities.

In all, only 86 of the 281 institutions achieved this recognition for specific best practices and policies. The Chronicle of Higher Education surveyed a random sample of MxCC employees who provided answers directly to the publication. Honorees were chosen based on responses to the survey and honored in one or more categories.

“This annual recognition, which compares our college to institutions across the country, confirms what we know in our hearts and minds about the college we all care about so deeply,” said Dr. Anna Wasescha, president of MxCC. “Middlesex Community College is a special place and most people feel that the minute they step on campus.”

The Chronicle’s 2015 Great Colleges to Work For program recognizes small groups of colleges for specific best practices and policies. Now in its eighth year, the Great Colleges program has become one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country.

“The Chronicle’s Great Colleges to Work For program shows how the colleges and universities on the list are getting it right: They’re leaders in creating environments where smart people enjoy their work,” said Liz McMillen, editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. “The faculty and staff who make up our readership want to know which institutions are Great Colleges to Work For because many of them are either seeking to improve their own campus or are looking for that next great career opportunity. The selection process is rigorous and being named to the list is a tremendous accomplishment, but it also positions colleges and universities well to recruit the people that make them a success.”

The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies from each institution, and a survey administered to faculty, administrators, and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback.

To administer the survey and analyze the results, The Chronicle worked with ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm that has conducted numerous “Best Places to Work” programs, surveying hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide.