Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Buttonwood Tree Events From Mini Jazz Orchestra to Hypnosis

This weekend The Buttonwood Tree will host a bevy of events to entertain, empower and educate.
Tonight Writer's Out Loud is a Prose Open Mic where folks can come to share their written pieces.
7-9pm $4. suggested donation.

Friday is a Bluegrass/Celtic/Folk group: Cotton Hollow Rising Newly formed, with some good ol' friends of the Buttonwood. Their harmonies and music are delightful and uplifting. 8 pm concert featuring:
Ruth George:  Guitar, Bass, Vocals
Cece Borjeson:  Bodhran, Banjo, Pennywhistle, Harmonica, "Toys", Vocals
Kim Hoffman:  Acoustic & Electric Violins, Mandolin, Guitar, Vocals
Kevin Gallagher:  Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Dobro
Saturday, March 16 
Joshua Kwassman  - Songs of the Brother Spirit CD Release (Truth Revolution Records)  8 pm concert feat.

Josh Kwassman: alto/soprano saxophones, soprano/contra-alto clarinets, melodica, flute
Arielle Feinman: vocals, glockenspiel
Jeff Miles: Guitar
Angelo Di Loreto: Piano
Craig Akin: Bass
Rodrigo Recabarren: Drums

Young Composer Live and On CD

Joshua Kwassman is a native of Newington, CT, a graduate of the New School in New York City and an impressive young composer (24 years old).  He and his group are coming to The Buttonwood Tree, 605 Main Street in Middletown this Saturday (March 16) to celebrate the release of his debut recording, "Songs of the Brother Spirit" (Truth Revolution Records).  The CD, recorded in May and August of 2011, will surprise many jazz fans as it a very mature statement in that the performances revolve around the compositions and are not just vehicles for lengthy solos.   And, although there is a vocalist in the recording and in the group coming to Middletown, the song-stories that make up the program have no words. Kwassman cites Brian Blade's Fellowship Band as a big influence on his music and group philosophy and one can hear Blade's sound in the blend of guitar and piano, the open chords and the folk-like  melodies.

Saturday during the day we sponsor:
Qigong class with Charles "Chuck" Giardino  7:30-8:30am. Beginners are welcome. 
Community Yoga with Terri Johnson 8:45-10 am. Vinyasa style.
Aligned with Source - Workshop for Empowerment - with Annaita Gandhy 10:30am - 12:30pm. This week's topic: Being MASTER in Every Moment - You will 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 brief yet powerful guided meditation.
Special this Saturday - STOP SMOKING THROUGH HYPNOSIS   2-4pm

Start the New Year off right by quitting smoking and giving yourself the gift of health! Learn how to tap into the incredible power of your subconscious mind to remove the desire, urge and craving for a cigarette. Ask yourself: “Am I truly ready to never have another cigarette for the rest of my life?  Because if you are, come join us! You will finally put those cigarettes down for good and become  "a non smoker!!"  If you want to do it - you can do it!
Pre-registration is suggested as space is limited. General admission $39. 
Reserve your seat here

Led by Mary Jo Conti, BA, MBA, CH (Certified Consulting Hypnotist)
and John Ramsay, BA, MBA, CH (Certified Consulting Hypnotist)

All activities take place in the former Arriwani Hotel - 
The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Cultural Center
605 Main Street (next to It's Only Natural market)    860-347-4957 
Refreshments are always available. Our used book store and Art Gallery are open daily!

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