Thursday, May 28, 2015

This Weekend at The Buttonwood Tree


Come enjoy amazing music this weekend at The Buttonwood Tree!
This week we have amazing jazz music by Jen Allen Ensemble and a first return of Stanley Maxwell.

Middlesex Drum Circle 
Thursday, May 28 @7:00pm - 9:00pm

Come join a group of people who enjoy a good drum rhythm. Their mission is to gather other passionate people together and heal the soul and promote community through drumming and drum circles.
No reservations are necessary, extra percussion instruments will be available, though you are encouraged to bring your own.
Refreshments available at TBT. $3-5 donation to help TBT keep its doors open -- thank you!

Click here for more information



Jen Allen Ensemble
Friday, May 29 @8:00pm - 10:00pm | $10

This exciting jazz group is the brainchild of jazz pianists Jen Allen and Noah Baerman. With Baerman's organ and synthesizer juxtaposed against Allen's piano, the result is an interactive synergy with a richly-textured timber that is at once striking and perfectly blended. For this performance, the group is rounded out by the exciting drummer Jocelyn Pleasant and augmented by Sean Elligers on trumpet.
Come see how this group finds the sweet spot between modern jazz, classic soul music and other contemporary sounds.

Reserve seats click here


Stanley Maxwell
Saturday, May 30 @8:00pm - 10:00pm | $15

Stanley Maxwell is a connecticut-based quartet that has built a grassroots name for themselves at colleges and festivals throughout the northeast since 2001. This Saturday is the first time they return to The Buttonwood Tree since June 2003.
The groupplays music that blends tight arrangements with intricate group improvisations, and will perform two 45 minute sets, featuring acoustic arrangements of original tunes from the past decades, including three songs that had their world premiere in March 2015 on the "Music at The Russell House" series at Wesleyan University.

Click here to check out this concert and reserve seats


Also Happening This Weekend:


For more information, visit our event page here

We are working at The Buttonwood Tree to keep the Arts on the Rise, 
and we can't do it without YOU.

Green Street Offers Science Camp For Girls

From Rob Rosenthal, Director, Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life.
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The Green Street Teaching and Learning Center is offering a new program this summer, called Girls in Science Camp. The day camp is open to girls entering grades 4, 5, and 6, runs from from August 3-7.

Campers will explore biology, chemistry and physics with Wesleyan Professors Erika Taylor, Christina Othon and Ruth Johnson. Campers will meet college student mentors, perform experiments, create scientific posters, learn about science careers, and share what they learn with family and friends at a Science Showcase on August 7.

The camp is held daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with breakfast and lunch included. The cost is $350 for the week, with scholarships available for free lunch students. The application deadline is June 30, 2015. Space is limited!

For more information or to apply, visit Green Street’s website or call (860) 685-7871.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Cat Tales Annual Walk-A-Thon/Run ~ June 20th


The Cat Tales Annual Walk-A-Thon/Run is right around the corner!  

Mark your calendars for this healthy fundraising event that directly benefits the Cats and Kittens of Cat Tales Non-Profit Rescue!



Date:  Saturday, June 20th (Rain/Shine)

Time:  9:30am check in/registration
           11:00am Walk/Run begins

Place:  Middlesex Community College
            100 Training Hill Road
            Parking Lot

The Walk is 2.2 miles and the Run is 3.1 miles

For more information, please visit the Cat Tales website here.


Cat Tales ~ Cat of the Week ~ RAY

Cat Tales ~ Cat of the Week

                ~ RAY~  

Name:  Ray
Gender:  Male
Breed:  Domestic Short Hair
Color:  Black & White
Age:  10 years old

Howdy!  My name is Ray.  I am a very ​handsome, sweet, lovable and laid back little guy with a huge heart!  My owner could no longer care for me, so I somehow wound up at Cat Tales.  I'm still confused why I'm here and a bit overwhelmed with all the other cats here.  I do look forward to seeing the volunteers each day.  They are so nice to provide me with food, shelter, treats and lots of love!  I really do love attention and affection.  I also love to play with toys.  I am a curious guy who would be curling up with you in bed or on the couch.  I would probably do best as the only cat, since that's the atmosphere I was used to.  I also would be fine with children 6 or older.  I do believe it's my time to be chosen for my forever home... I have been patiently waiting!  If you could please call or email Cat Tales to make an appointment to see me, you'll agree that you and I were meant to be together!  Please adopt me and I promise to love you unconditionally, forever!

No Cats / No Dogs

​​Phone:  (860) 344-9043




Recognition of CVH Patients Buried in Numbered Graves



The 17th annual Memorial Service in the cemetery of Connecticut Valley Hospital will take place on Wednesday, May 27, at 1 p.m. As in each of the past 16 years, clergy and laity from Middletown and other Connecticut communities will recognize and honor persons buried in numbered, anonymous graves, speaking publicly their names, dates of death, and ages at death. Individuals were buried in this year’s group of 100 numbered graves between May 1950 and  August 1955. At the end of this year’s ceremony, the original intention to visit all the gravesites in the cemetery over a 17 year period will be fulfilled.

The 1,686 numbered graves in the CVH cemetery are a moving testimony to the stigma that persons suffering from mental illness have endured over the years — a stigma that endures to this day. The memorial service is designed to restore the dignity and identity of Connecticut Valley Hospital patients whose names have been kept secret over many decades and to bring attention to the ongoing ways in which individuals with psychiatric disabilities are still feared and shunned by many in our communities.

The Memorial Service will last approximately one hour. In case of very severe rain, the ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 28, at 1 p.m.

The CVH Cemetery is located on Silvermine Road east of the main CVH campus. Take Bow Lane east past the State Veterans Cemetery on your right. Proceed a bit farther and turn left on Silvermine Road. For those traveling south on Rte. 9, take exit 12, turn left onto Silver Street and go about ½ mile, past CVH and the Connecticut Juvenile Training School.  Turn right onto Silvermine Road and you will come to the cemetery.

For more information, call The Rev. John Hall at 860-398-3771.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Amazing events at The Buttonwood Tree this Weekend


Come check out the following events happening at The Buttonwood Tree this weekend!

We are located at 605 Main Street
Refreshment available for the first three events.

Attila Vural and Eugene Ruffolo in concert

May 22 @ 7:00pm - 9:00pm | $10

Attila Vural and Eugene Ruffolo will be performing two sets and introducing new songs.

Come listen to Attila push all boundaries of guitar playing and "give hope that not all guitar tones are discovered", and Eugene's "utterly intriguing voice" that is "masculine, yet sensitive and elegant at the same time". (Rolling Stone Magazine)
Their website: Attila  Eugene

Alba's Edge

May 23 @ 8:00pm - 10:00pm | $10

Come to the concert by Alba's Edge and enjoy a tapestry of cultures: 
expressive melodies of Scottish fiddle music, jazz improvisation and harmony, funk bass lines, rhythms of Latin America, all woven together to form a cohesive and singular musical experience. 
Come enjoy this new sound that BBC Radio Scotland has called "a wonderful concoction".


Living in Love: An Aligned with Source Workshop

May 23 @ 10:30am - 12:00pm 

Explore simple concepts of living in awareness that: open you up to the wonders of life; discover who you are; let go of fear and all that keeps you stuck.
You create your reality and as co-creator of this world, find out how you can bring to it and you, peace, harmony, health and abundance. Each session ends in a powerful guided meditation.

Food Not Bombs

May 24 @ 1:00pm - 2:00pm 

Food Not Bombs shares food about 1 pm in front of the Buttonwood. Anyone is welcome. Consider yourself invited to help us prepare vegetarian food at the First Church on 190 Court Street at 11:30 am.

Click to check out: Food Not Bombs

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For more information, visit our event page here

We are working at The Buttonwood Tree to keep the Arts on the Rise, 
and we can't do it without YOU.



MxCC’s IT Program and Computer Club Get Boost From Eversource


Middlesex Community College’s Computer Club and Computer Information Technology Program have received a donation of 26 laptops and two desktop computers from Eversource, New England's largest energy delivery company. Students will use the computers to practice installing, diagnosing and experimenting with operating systems and other software.

The donation was coordinated by Bob D’Eon, an adjunct professor at MxCC and employee at Eversource, under the direction of Professor Donna Hylton.  Hylton, who is the Computer Club advisor as well as the Health Information Management, Computer Information Technology, and Management Information Systems program coordinator at the College, had been looking for a way to upgrade outdated classroom practice lab computers and to acquire equipment for the club’s use. She made a wish list and D’Eon worked with Eversource’s surplus equipment program to fulfill that wish.

“The unofficial motto of our Computer Club – and our overall IT program – is that ‘technology is a bit more fun,’ and having these newer computers available certainly helps make things more fun,” Hylton said with a smile.  “This donation by Eversource is another creative way our community supports the College, and we are thankful to Bob for reaching out to Eversource and making this happen.  The technology students as well as members of our club will benefit tremendously from all of this wonderful equipment.”

MxCC’s Computer Information Technology degree program offers students a diverse technical curriculum that provides an understanding of many areas of information technology (IT). Courses cover network security, operating systems/troubleshooting, database design, programming and networking. The Computer Club brings together students who share a common interest in computers and who want to learn about various aspects of the IT industry. The club hosts career and networking events as well as the several e-cycling events on campus to help local residents and businesses easily and safely dispose of unwanted electronics. 

With more than 8,000 employees across three states, Eversource (www.eversource.com) transmits and delivers electricity to 1.2 million customers in 149 cities and towns and provides natural gas to 220,000 customers in 71 communities in Connecticut.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Middletown Garden Club Recreates Russell Library Garden



The Middletown Garden Club is recreating the beloved flower garden at the corner of Broad and Court Streets, which was destroyed last year in the course of building repairs.  Club members Sally Cornish, Jennifer Saines, Kathy Green, Mary and Ted Xenelis, Kathy Stromm, Melissa Roberts and Maria Madsen Holzberg worked with Nancy DeBruhle, Jane Harris and the Russell Library Facilities staff to plan and implement the project. 

The Middletown Garden Club has a long history of contributing to the beautification of Russell Library—inside and out.  To celebrate its 100th anniversary, the Club is exhibiting panels throughout the Library that document the history of the Club and highlight their projects and activities through the years. The Club will also display memorabilia and books written by current and past members.  (Photo by Jason Neely.)