Monday, July 6, 2015

Summer Sounds Kicks Off at Union Park/South Green This Tuesday Night Only!

SPECIAL CHANGE: Tonight's concert of Italian favorites by the Angelo Sapia Band has been relocated to the South Green/Union Park.
We will return to Harbor Park on July 14.
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.
For details/information, contact the City Arts & Culture Office at 860.638.4510 or
Here's the line-up for 2015!
July 7 - at Union Park/South Green
Angelo Sapia Band - Italian favorites
July 14
Moto - reggae/caribbean
July 21
The Bus - local legends/rock
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

Russell Library Presents Career Coach Jess Dods July 8th 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

From 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. this Wednesday evening, Career Coach Jess Dods will discuss How to Make an Effective Transition Into Your New Job, and Maintain Your Succes in the Hubbard Room.
Like any other major change in our lives, starting and thriving in a new job can be a challenge. New Responsibilities, new colleagues, and the "new kid on the block" feeling that can grab us are all things that we need to be aware of when we start a new job. Come to this workshop prepared to listen and discuss. Jess Dods is a long-term Certified Career transition Coach who has worked with hundreds of clients in many industries. He is a highly skilled workshop facilitator who encourages audience participation.

MxCC Goes Live and Local this Summer with Shakespeare, Ballet, Music Festival

Middlesex Community College welcomes the arts to its Middletown campus this summer with several live events taking place in the large outdoor grove behind Wheaton Hall.  These world-class productions are offered for free or at prices $10-$20 – making each event an ideal value for everyone who enjoys live performances. Free and handicapped parking is available at all lots on the campus.

The annual Shakespeare in the Grove production from ARTFARM returns to MxCC with a performance of “A Midsummer Nights’ Dream” running from July 15-19 and July 22-26.  Live music begins at 6 p.m. and the play begins at 7 p.m., and everyone is encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and a picnic.  Tickets are $20 and $10 for students, and can be purchased the night of each performance, by calling (860) 346-4390, or by visiting
The Connecticut Ballet also brings its Summer Dance Caravan back to MxCC for the fifth season, this time taking the performance outdoors and onto a custom-built stage in the grove – designed to accommodate a much larger crowd than in previous years.  This free, open-air performance, which will take place on August 1 at 7:30 p.m., features selections from 65 classical ballets as well as two world premieres.  The family-friendly event is supported by the Middletown Commission on the Arts, MxCC, and Price Chopper. Food trucks will be on-site for pre-show picnicking and intermission. The rain date will be Sunday, August 2, at 7:30 p.m. For further information, including other Summer Dance Caravan dates, visit

For the fourth time, MxCC hosts the Middletown Music Festival on August 8-9, which celebrates local musicians. This year the festival expands to two days and includes 13 bands (Jennifer Hill, gigglejuice, JCherry & The Strawberries, Someone You Can Xray, Joey Batts & Them, SuperTrance, Straddle, Daddy Kalimur,, Randomizer, The Terry Rand Band, Hannah’s Field, The Balkun Brothers, and The Michael Cleary Band) along with six acoustic acts (Robert C. Fullerton, Julia Autumn Ford, Erica Lynn, Joe Paresi, Rust’d Keys and Seat Of Our Pants).  The festival also includes local artisans and food vendors, along with yoga, belly dancing, hula hooping, outdoor games and dancing. This family festival is open to everyone and the suggested donation is $10 (includes entry in a drawing for music CDs, vendor gifts and other items).  In the event of rain, the festival will take place inside MxCC’s Chapman Hall.  Contact for festival information.

“MxCC’s beautiful cedar grove is the ideal venue for these exceptional outdoor performances,” said John Shafer, professor and coordinator of communications at MxCC, who also coordinates these events for the College.  “We welcome our local community to enjoy these free and low-cost cultural events with their families and friends, so they can support our local arts scene and enjoy summer as it was meant to be.”

Saturday, July 4, 2015

How Do Middletown's Fireworks Look From The Bridge?
Last year, Middletown's fireworks were postponed a day due to weather. For 2015 though, the scheduled night was cool and clear.

The display Friday night lasted over 25 minutes. Check out just 4+ of those minutes, as viewed from the Arrigoni Bridge. 

(I must admit, seeing the railroad trestle illuminated in flashes did remind me of that bridge scene in 'Apocalypse Now'  But I was not cradling a small dog, and everyone made it home.)

Friday, July 3, 2015

Cat Tales ~ We have kittens up for adoption!! Call or Click to Make Appointment!!

It's that time of year again...
Cat Tales has kittens!
Cat Tales helps homeless, abused, and abandoned cats and kittens find responsible owners in permanent, loving homes. We are looking for people who truly care about these cats, not just as property, but also as friends who will become parts of their adoptive families.
Our priority is to make sure that the cats will never again need to be rescued. In order to accomplish this goal, we ask all potential adopters to complete a detailed application and make a tax-deductible donation before taking the cat home.
We do everything possible to make sure that each animal placed finds an ideal home and a safe future once released from our care.
Adopting shelter cats makes room for others to be saved.
If you are interested in adopting a cat or kitten from Cat Tales please CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Cat Tales ~ Volunteers Needed!! Many different types!!

Cat Tales, Inc. is looking for volunteers to help with any of the following: Events, Shelter Help, Feral Feeding and More! If you would like to spend some free time helping animals in need please complete our on-line form located at:

Here are some ways that you can volunteer:
• Foster a cat/kitten in your home
• Feed feral colonies
• Sponsor a cat
• Assist in transporting cats to vets
• Act as a plumber, electrician, or carpenter
• Assist with adoption appointments
• Correspond with donors
• Help at a fundraiser
• Return phone calls and answer cat-related questions
• Become an animal community advocate
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us or complete the volunteer application:

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Cat Tales ~ Cats of the Week ~ CASSIE & ODA MAE

Cat Tales presents... Cats of the Week!!


Name:  Cassie 
Gender:  Female
Breed:  Domestic Short Hair
​​Color:  Calico
Age:  6 years old

Name:  Oda Mae
Gender:  Female
Breed:  Domestic Short Hair
​​Color:  Black
Age:  5 years old

Hello! We're Cassie and Oda Mae! When I, Oda Mae, was just a few days old and a helpless orphan, Cassie raised me as one of her own kittens. We share a unique bond, and so hope we can be adopted together. It would surely break both our hearts if we were separated, and with each other the transition to a new home would be easier. Cassie's colorings are striking and in addition to being a pretty girl, she's also very affectionate and loves a good petting. She'll even follow you around looking for some affection! I tend to be shy at first, but when I start to feel comfortable, I'm very sweet and affectionate as well! We are both looking forward to our new forever home. Would you be our Human?

No Dogs / No Children

Phone:  (860) 344-9043

Music at The Mansion Postponed

Tonight's concert, the first in the Music at The Mansion July 2015 series, with Avenue Groove has been postponed due to worries about the weather. The worry is not rain as much as it is the fear of lightning  Anyhow, the sextet will now perform the last Wednesday in July (7/29).

Next Wednesday, the Mansion hosts the US Coast Guard Band.  The grounds open at 5:30 p.m. with the ensemble playing its first notes at 6:30.  For more information, go to

Wednesday July 1: Free Concert by Las Cafeteras in Crowell Concert Hall

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 7pm
Crowell Concert Hall

"[Las Cafeteras  is a] uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock. Live, they're magnetic."
Los Angeles Times

Enjoy the urban folk of Las Cafeteras! The seven member East Los Angeles-based band fuses traditional Son Jarocho—Afro-Caribbean music from Veracruz, Mexico—with alternative sounds and political storytelling in English and Spanglish. Their eclectic instrumentation includes stringed jaranas and requintos, quijada (donkey jawbone), marimbol (West African bass), cajon (percussion box), and a tarima (wooden platform used to tap dance/stomp the zapateado). Since 2008, Las Cafeteras have performed with Zack de la Rocha, Ozomatli, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Talib Kweli, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

This Weekend at The Buttonwood Tree

It's another wonderful weekend at The Buttonwood Tree! Friday, we're bringing in a group of astounding, veteran artists from Europe led by Joe Fonda who play together as The Nu Band (with special guest Erhard Hirt). Saturday we'll be closed for the Fourth, but Sunday will see The Great Make Believe Society Improv return to The Buttonwood for an evening of laughter and fun!

605 Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457

Click below to learn more!

Wetlands Agency To Discuss FedEx Proposal Wed Night

Reminder: FedEx's proposal to build a facility on the former Aetna property in Westfield is on the agenda for tonight's Inland Wetlands & Watercourses Agency meeting. The meeting is scheduled for 7pm in the city council chambers.
An 'open public forum' is also part of the meeting. A previous community meeting with the Westfield Residents Association was cancelled by FedEx. The public will be able to comment during the P&Z process as well, assuming the project progresses that far.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Book Signing at the Book Bower on Friday, July 3, 5 pm

Come for the book signing and stay for the fireworks!

Locus Amoenus
by Victoria N. Alexander, PhD

In this dark comedy, a 9/11 widow and her son, Hamlet, have retreated from Brooklyn to the idyllic rural countryside upstate, where for nearly eight years they have run a sustainable farm. Unfortunately their outrageously obese neighbors, who prefer the starchy products of industrial agriculture, shun their elitist ways (recycling, eating healthy, reading).

Hamlet, who is now 18, is beginning to suspect that something is rotten in the United States of America, when health, happiness and freedom are traded for cheap Walmart goods, Paxil, endless war, standard curriculum, and environmental degradation. He becomes very depressed when, on the very day of the 8th anniversary of his father’s death, his mother marries a horrid, boring bureaucrat named Claudius.

Things get even more depressing for Hamlet when his friend Horatio, a conspiracy theorist, claims Claudius is a fraud. The deceptions, spying,and corruption will ultimately lead, as in Shakespeare’s play, to tragedy.