Saturday, July 22, 2017

True Popcorn -- The Colonel Carries On #93

by Hummingbird Feeder-Leaks


Epigraph: “Hot summer days are as good a time as any for complete mental decomposition into popcorn.” --Col. T.H. Clapping


Things that might be worth writing about if it weren’t so hot:


LED bulbs.


Forgotten Judaica.



Make up a story to go with this photo. The title of my story is “The Heartless Wedding Photographer.”

Friday, July 21, 2017

Democratic Town Committee Endorsements For November Election

The Democratic Town Committee endorsed the following candidates to run for office in November's municipal elections.

Board of Education
  • Vincent J. Loffredo
  • Lisa Marino Loomis
  • Sean T. King
  • Patricia Alston
Planning and Zoning
  • Stephen H. Devoto
  • Steven M. Kovach
  • Nicholas Ficaro
  • Amy Albert
Vincent Loffredo is currently Chair of the Board of Education, Sean King ran a primary campaign for a Board of Education seat in 2015.

Stephen Devoto and Steven Kovach are currently on the Planning and Zoning Commission, Devoto as Chair and Kovach as an Alternate.  

Republican Town Committee Endorsements For November Election

The Republican Town Committee endorsed the following candidates to run for office in November's municipal elections.

Board of Education
  • Edward Ford, Jr.
  • Christopher J. Sugar
  • Jon Pulino
  • Kevin Kelly

Planning and Zoning
  • Nick Fazzino
  • Corrine Dorsey
  • AJ Moran
  • Tyrell Brown

Jon Pulino, running for Board of Education, has long been quite active in the city's Republican party.
In 2015 he campaigned for a seat on the Common Council.  He is currently vice-chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Corrine Dorsey and Nick Fazzino are incumbents on the Planning and Zoning Commission, Dorsey as a regular member and Fazzino as an alternate. AJ Moran challenged Matt Lesser for the State Representative in 2016.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Fun Buttonwood Events, July 20 - 23

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
605 Main Street / PO Box 71, Middletown, CT 06457
www.buttonwood.org / 860.347.4957

Shaking the Tree, Gong and Sound Meditation

Thursday, July 20 @ 7 9 pm. Suggested $15

THIS WILL TAKE PLACE AT 650 Main Street, just across the street from The Buttonwood Tree.

Reservations are suggested. Plenty of space available, bring your mat, blankets or zero-gravity chair. 

Greetings and welcome all! My name is Andrew and I would like to invite you to the soundship meditation that is Shaking The Tree!

I do my practice with many different sound tools and percussion affects including but not limited to; Gongs, bells, ocarinas, drums, horns, shakers, singing bowls and many other meditation items to create a soundship for you to take off in and travel to and from meditation land. Each month we will have a new guest join us and share their talents and special unique gifts with all of us. This will indeed be a night to remember! So tell a friend, bring the family, bring a blanket and pillow to lay down on.

We want to help you minimize the stress that you collect on your journey in life. Meditation is medicine for the mind, body and spirit— and is very effective in relieving that stress. It’s really as simple as that. Come find out what it can do for you or if you already know then I will see you at the tree.
BadSlax, Jazz Quartet

Friday, July 21 @ 8 - 10 pm. $10

BadSlax is one of the area’s premier jazz quartets. What distinguishes us from most jazz groups is our eclectic repertoire, which ranges from straight ahead standards, to composers such as John Scofield and Pat Metheny, as well as some great originals. We pride ourselves in playing a style that is swinging, accessible, and highly inventive.

We have performed on The New Haven Green, The Ninth Note Jazz and Supper Club, The Buttonwood Tree, Best Video Film and Culture Center, The Outer Space, and numerous other concert venues. As individual jazz performers and band leaders, we have a distinguished history of delighting jazz audiences. Our new drummer, Keith LeBlanc, is a hip-hop pioneer of Sugar Hill Gang fame, as well as a bebop stylist having backed Eddie Harris and Jack McDuff.

A sneak peak at their sound.

Aligned with Source, Interactive Workshop & Meditation

Every Saturday, 10:30 am to noon.  $10 suggested donation 

A Spiritual & Holistic Healer from India, Annaita seeks to empower, sharing her deep understanding of life, holism and spirituality, enabling you to rise above life’s challenges and live a healthy, fulfilled & confident life.

Be the change you wish to see. All you need is Willingness.


This week’s topic: Harmony & Balance through Grace

Naomi Wachira & Lara Herscovitch

Saturday, July 22 @ 8 - 10 pm.  $15


East meets West coast in a terrific co-bill of two of the best emerging artist new-folk singer-songwriters. Join Naomi Wachira and Lara Herscovitch at an acoustic show to support these two artists and Naomi’s new album Song of Lament.

Seattle singer-songwriter Naomi Wachira was born in Kenya and grew up singing gospel music in a choir of family and friends. Inspired by the music of Tracy Chapman and Miriam Makeba, Wachira saw the potential for song to make the world a better place and set out to create music that is “poignant, hopeful and life-giving.” Since her arrival on the Northwest music scene, she has received numerous accolades, including being named “Best Folk Artist” by Seattle Weekly, and has cultivated a growing base of enthusiastic fans. She has released three recordings to date–“African Girl” (2012), “Naomi Wachira” (2014) and “I am Because You Are” (2015)–and her fourth album “Song of Lament” is scheduled for release in June 2017.

“Pure musical poetry” (The Courier), Lara Herscovitch’s music is an original blend of modern folk with blues, jazz & pop influences. With a voice “clear and smooth like expensive liquor” (Northeast Performer), she is “A rising talent who is truly someone to watch for” (Acoustic Live in NYC). Her music is “expertly written prose, songwriting at its best; good for your ears AND your soul” (Sound Waves). Former Connecticut State Troubadour, Lara brings a charm, authenticity, and love of performing that resonates with diverse audiences. She has appeared as a guest on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor and tours from Maine to Miami. She also has extensive experience as a policy social worker, and has worked in the US, Latin America and Asia – focusing on education, community development, and juvenile justice. Echoes of these themes resonate throughout her music: “Singer-songwriter Lara Herscovitch doesn’t write songs just for the ears, but also for the heart and soul.” (Daily Journal, Tupelo MS).

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Stay tuned here and make sure to check our website's calendar for upcoming events. The following weekend we'll be joined by jazz groups Lorens Chuno and The Rosemary Minkler Trio. Summer nights are the best time to enjoy live music so make sure to save the dates and snag your seats in advance. 

5K Road Race Today!

The annual Citizens Bank Road Race takes place this evening. 


Raceday Schedule @ Citizens Bank, 225 Main Street
4:30 p.m. Packet Pickup & Race Day Registration
6:30 p.m. ½ Mile Kid’s Fun Run
6:45 p.m. 5K Start
7:00-8:00 p.m. Post-Race Celebration
7:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony

The map shows where automobile drivers will be temporarily annoyed.



Monday, July 17, 2017

Cat Tales ~ Cat of the Week ~ TIPPY!!

Cat Tales ~ Cat of the Week!!

TIPPY


Gender: Male
Breed: DSH
Color:Grey & White
Age: 5 years old

Hey there, I'm a handsome boy with a pretty cool goatee!! I am the greeter, making sure I get all the pets I can. I follow the Cat Tales volunteers around and grab any extra treats that I can get. Since I was abandoned, it took me some time to adjust to being spoiled but I am now a social butterfly. When I was found, my mouth really hurt and the doc decided to pull all my teeth. I am no longer in pain and I easily take medicine in my food (for maintenance). I also have FIV, but don't worry, the doc said I am in good shape and not contagious to humans. I really just want a home so I can love and be loved. Please adopt me because I'm a great guy.

No Dogs / No Children / FIV

Phone:   860.344.9043
Watch our TV commercial:  https://youtu.be/Y1MECIS4mIc




Sunday, July 16, 2017

Connecticut's Kid Governor Coming to Russell Library July 20th!

Jessica Brocksom of Milford is this year's Connecticut Kid Governor.
On Thursday, July 20th at 1:30pm, Connecticut's Kid Governor Jessica Brocksom will be presenting her ideas at Russell Library. All ages are welcome.

Jessica won the election last November on the platform of humane treatment for animals.  

"Connecticut’s Kid Governor (CKG) is a national award-winning statewide civics program created by the Connecticut Public Affairs Network (CPAN). CKG is sponsored by the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies and the State Department of Education. The free program, which is in its second year, teaches 5th graders across the state about government, elections, and the importance of civics engagement through a real-life election that’s timed to coincide with Election Day in November. Each officially registered 5th grade class in Connecticut is eligible to either enter one student candidate into the election, vote for the next Kid Governor based on a platform or community issue that the CKG candidates campaign on, or both. Winner of a 2016 Leadership in History Award from the American Association for State and Local History, the Connecticut’s Kid Governor program inspires students to be lifelong agents of change, active participants in our government, and registered voters when they turn 18."  --
quoted from the Connecticut Kid Governor website:  http://ct.kidgovernor.org/introducing-ckg-jessica-brocksom 

A beautiful night for Shakespeare in the Grove

ARTFARM's Hamlet will have its final performance of the first week tonight in the Cedar Grove on the campus of Middlesex Community College. It may be hot in town, but up on the hill it is cool and pleasant -- catch the show during perfect outdoor Shakespeare weather.
Performance is at 8 pm sharp. Tonight is also FAMILY NIGHT -- kids 12 and under get in for $5, and there will be activities for young people starting at 6:45.
This 2 hour Hamlet is fast-paced and to the point, with ARTFARM's Artistic Director Marcella Trowbridge as the Prince if Denmark. This is a great opportunity to introduce your kids to Shakespeare, but parents of younger children should be warned that Hamlet contains sword fights, ghosts, murder, suicide and violence.
Additional performances will be Wednesday through Sunday, July 19 - 23.
For more info, go to http://www.art-farm.org/shakespeare-in-the-grove/shakespeare-in-the-grove-2017-hamlet

Photo above by Bill De Kine shows Hamlet and Laertes squaring off for their final match under the eye of the judge Osric.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Speedy Kenyan Outruns Bears in Maine -- The Colonel Carries On #92

By Muriel Haggard and her Russian yes-man “Da” Quasson


Epigraph: “God does not play dice with the universe, but everyone else does.”

Are you the functional equivalent of a denier if you believe the following? (1) The globe is warming substantially. (2) Human activity is causing it. (3) Unless the warming is stopped, doom looms; (4) Unless the U.S. promptly reduces its energy consumption by at least eighty percent (80%), the worst will not be averted.

It seems to me that if (4) is true, then building a four-foot-high dike against a 100-foot-high tsunami is the same as doing nothing at all, like replacing the batteries in a flashlight with no bulb, so why bother? If the only thing that will actually save the world is for the U.S. (or the world) to adopt a carbon tax equivalent to $50 a gallon on gasoline, the world is well and truly cooked, for it simply won't happen.

Does "consensus" mean unanimity, or something less than 100% agreement? If the latter, what percentage constitutes "consensus"? required?


This poster illustrates every bird in North America. Or is the Declaration of Independence. Hard to say.


Is this where we’re headed or where we already are?
“Look! A squirrel!”


Selected clickbait (neutered):


Stones that move but whose movements no one has ever seen.


Electrical fire or gateway to another dimension?


University remote camera captures terrifying Northern California forest “firenado.”


Dad with four daughters learns his wife is having another girl, walks outside, just gives up.


Scientists recreate extinct virus. What could go wrong?


Saucy Aussie checks single beer as luggage when airline won’t let her carry it on board.


Smoke above Mt. Vesuvius forms skull shape.


(End of clickbait.)


"Ce n'est pas l'immensité de la vôute étoilée qui peut donner le plus complétement l'ideé de l'infini, mais bien la bêtise humaine." --Voltaire (“Genius has limits. Stupidity, not so much.”)
“What can’t go on, will stop.” --“Stein’s Law,” after Herbert Stein. The last word on sustainability.
The new 007: “Spheres. Darka Spheres.” “Spheres turned her head and the bullet missed her ear by a millimetre. She was shaken but unstirred.”


A friend (Bucky the Vampire Player) reports: “The Eleventh Circuit recently affirmed that Nationwide acted in bad faith by refusing to settle a claim against its insured for the policy limits of $100,000, exposing the policyholder to a $5.83 million verdict.  The evidence at trial indicated that Nationwide knew its insured could be liable for damages in excess of the policy limits, but failed to timely respond to a reasonable settlement demand.  A sharp lesson for Nationwide -- it not only exposed its insured to a verdict higher than the policy limits, it also exposed itself to millions of dollars in damages on a claim for that it acted in bad faith.”
Robert Recorde, long-ago inventor of the equals sign, died in debtor’s prison at age 48. Uncelebrated in his lifetime, he was a hero of mathematics and posthumously of computer science for more than that one contribution. By contrast, David Bradley (b. 1949), the inventor of the CTRL+ALT+DEL key command for reboot, is justly celebrated in his lifetime. Like Recorde, Bradley has other accomplishments; including (in Bradley's case) seven patents.


The above graph shows that Silver Street should be renamed Rue d’Biega.


On the subject of renaming local streets, how about renaming Main Street “Sailing, Sailing Over the Bounding Main Street” in honor of Middletown’s underappreciated nautical history?


Or call it “Mani Street” after the nowadays-underappreciated Iranian prophet Mani (c. 216-276 CE), founder of Manichaeism and the current sharply divided U.S. political situation.


“Neolocal” is an adjective that means “designating the domicile of a newly married couple as located separately from the homes of either of their parents.”


Hypograph: “It’s hard to be an elitist once you’ve met the elites.” --Will Rahn

(c) 2017 Ineffectual Ambition, LLC, a division of The Large But Poorly Defined Project, Ltd.: “No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.” --Samuel Johnson

Friday, July 14, 2017

TONIGHT! Local Musicians Rani Arbo and Noah Baerman Perform at ARTFARM's First Friday Festival


Middletown-based theatre company ARTFARM presents it's First Friday Festival tonight with musical headliners Rani Arbo and Noah Baerman, rain or shine!
First Friday Festival celebrates the first weekend of the run of Hamlet in the Grove at Middlesex Community College with food, music, and remarks from sponsors. Music begins at 7:00pm, Hamlet begins at 8:00pm. 
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rani Arbo is best known in the realm of folk and other roots music, while pianist/composer Noah Baerman is best known for his work as a jazz pianist and composer. Their shared commitment to music that is unflinching in its honesty, soul, and direct emotional potency is at the core of this collaboration. 
Inspired by this year's presentation of Hamlet, the program for this evening will revolve around the subject of mortality. Arbo and Baerman will both contribute original songs to set list as well as a traditional song or two, collectively exploring the subject in a variety of ways ranging from mournful to philosophical to uplifting. The inevitably diverse mix of styles will touch on blues, gospel, country, and more.
This event will take place RAIN OR SHINE. In case of inclement weather, both the musical performance and the show will take place in the rain space inside Chapman Hall. Don't miss out on this incredible first collaboration between two amazing local artists!

Hamlet runs Wednesday July 12th through Sunday July 23rd at 8:00pm at Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Road, Middletown, CT. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for kids. For tickets and information, contact ARTFARM at (860) 346-4390, email info@art-farm.org, or go to www.art-farm.org.
Shakespeare in the Grove 2017 is made possible by support from the Middletown Commission on the Arts, Pratt & Whitney, and generous donors and businesses. Shakespeare in the Grove is co-sponsored by Middlesex Community College.


                         
605 Main Street / PO Box 71, Middletown, CT 06457
                                                         http://buttonwood.org/ / 860.347.4957





Julian Gerstin Sextet

July 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

$15
 
 
Drums from Martinique and Cuba mingle with rhythms of Turkey and Bulgaria in the jazz world of percussionist/composer Julian Gerstin. Living in Martinique for two years, Julian studied the unusual tanbou drum, played with both hands and one foot. To bring this instrument home, he composed music for a jazz setting, where musicians can improvise and create on the basis of tradition. He draws also on his experiences traveling and working with musicians from Cuba, Brazil, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa and Egypt. The sextet has just released its first CD and celebrates at Buttonwood Tree.

Julian’s compositions combine rhythmic drive with melodies that sneak jazz complexity into singable, even catchy, lines. “Dig It Deeper,” for example, weds a bluesy, funky melody to the Martinican rhythm bèlè, played for folk dances that themselves combine African movements with French quadrilles. The composition also includes a quote from the Martinican folk song “Pani pasé lamen oswé-a,” (“We’re not fooling around tonight”), alluding to the island’s heritage of resistance. “The quote gives the composition a depth that Martinican audiences will understand,” Julian explains, “and it fits the mood I wrote in. Besides, I really love that melody.”

In a similar culture-spanning vein, “Child Left Behind” is a Latin jazz burner played to a Cuban rumba guaguancó. It is followed by the CD’s only vocal track, “Apprendiendo Como Amar,” a folkloric drums-and-vocal guaguancó composed by Julian, recorded in San Francisco with five of the Bay Area’s best Cuban drummers and singers.

For his sextet, Julian has assembled a powerhouse of creative like-minded musicians Anna Patton, clarinet, plays with one foot in jazz and the other in Macedonia, and trumpeter Don Anderson, adds a salsa veteran’s heat. Pianist Miro Sprague has brought his ear for fresh sonorities to work with Wayne Shorter, Greg Osby and Matt Wilson; bassist Wes Brown’s gigs have spanned the history of jazz from Earl “Fatha” Hines to Wadada Leo Smith and Fred Ho; and drummer Ben James has anchored both rock bands and free jazz great John Tchicai.

Teen Open Mic

July 15 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

$5

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 Open Mic FOR TEENS, 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! ​
 
Instagram and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tbt.teen.open.mic 
 
 

Sissy Castrogiovanni & Ehud Ettun – Jazz Duo

July 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

$15 
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Join Sissy Castrogiovanni and Ehud Ettun from Israel for a pre-release show of their new project, a jazz duo album featuring only voice and bass at The Buttonwood Tree.
Powerful and warm voice, Sissy has a unique and soulful sound. Jazz harmonies, Mediterranean and Sicilian roots, African rhythms and a touch of classical music, all combined together to support beautiful original melodies in Sicilian dialect.

“Sissy is the voice and the image of Sicily, her songs are starting a new era for Sicilian popular music. Thanks to her, we can discover a new universe within traditional Sicilian music, extremely rich and powerful melodies and soundscapes, that transport us immediately to this island’s streets and fields full of life and art, something very different, worthy of the utmost attention.”
                                                             7 times Grammy Award winning Javier Limon, El Pais (Spain)
 
 
Aligned with Source Interactive Workshop & Meditation
Every Saturday, 10:30 am to noon.  $10 suggested donation 
A Spiritual & Holistic Healer from India, Annaita seeks to empower, sharing her deep understanding of life, holism and spirituality, enabling you to rise above life’s challenges and live a healthy, fulfilled & confident life.

Be the change you wish to see. All you need is Willingness.

This week’s topic: Karma Choices & Abundance
 
Stay tuned here and make sure to check our website's calendar for upcoming events. The following weekend we'll be joined by BadSlax Jazz Quartet and singer-songwriter duo Naomi Wachira and Lara Herscovitch Summer nights are the best time to enjoy live music so make sure to save the dates and snag your seats in advance. 
 
 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

ARTFARM's Hamlet opens Wednesday!


ARTFARM presents a fast-paced 2 hour version of Hamlet for the 12th season of Shakespeare in the Grove. Bring a picnic, blanket or lawn chair and enjoy one of humanity’s greatest stories outdoors overlooking the River Valley.
Hamlet is a story for all times and all ages, and ARTFARM’s concise 2 hour version brings it to life for contemporary audiences. This Hamlet is not a procrastinator; he is an activist trying to make difficult choices and take effective action when faced with an unjust and illegitimate King. At the start of the play Hamlet is visited by his father’s ghost, who informs his son that he was murdered by his own brother, who has now married the father’s wife (Hamlet’s mother) and taken over his throne. The ghost demands that Hamlet take revenge against his murderous Uncle, and thus one of the great tragedies of the western canon is set into action.  ARTFARM’s signature physical style, fluid mastery of Shakespeare’s text, clear, concise storytelling, and a fabulous sword fight finale make this a production that will thrill everyone from Shakespeare scholars to third graders.
All performances start at 8 pm, but the Grove features open lawn seating, so patrons are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs and arrive early to secure a good spot and enjoy a picnic in the beautiful Grove overlooking the Connecticut River Valley. Tickets may be purchased in advance through the ARTFARM website or at the door, and the ten show run features several special events, including:
Wednesday, July 12 is a Pay-What-You-Can Preview!
Friday, July 14 is the First Friday Festival, featuring live music by jazz pianist Noah Baerman and American Roots artist Rani Arbo preceding the performance at 7 pm.
Sunday, July 16 is Family Day, featuring fun family activities starting at 6:45. Kids 12 and under get in for  $5!
Friday, July 21 is Hamlet 20/20. Patrons ages 20 – 29 can see the show for $20 and attend a special pre-show reception.
Saturday, July 22 there will be a post-show Talk-back with the cast and director.
Hamlet runs July 12 – 16 & 19 -23 in the Cedar Grove on the Campus of Middlesex Community College. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for kids. In the case of rain the performance will go on indoors in Chapman Hall on the MxCC campus.

For more details about the production, contact info@art-farm.org, or click HERE.

Shakespeare in the Grove is co-sponsored by Middlesex Community College. Additional support is provided by the Middletown Commission on the Arts, Pratt and Whitney, the Community health Center and many generous supporters.