Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Buttonwood Tree Holds 25th Anniversary Gala - Tribute to John Basinger

Buttonwood Benefit Gala 
Saturday, October 25, 2014
7:00 – 11:00 pm
One Night - Three locations:

 7:00-9:30pm -  The Community Health Center  675 Main St.
9-11pm - MAC 650 Art Gallery
  650 Main St. 
9-11pm - The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Cultural Center  
605 Main St.

John Basinger, NEAR/TBT Board President Emeritus
25 Years of The Buttonwood Tree
Musicians and Poets who have supported TBT all these years


Performances by: The National Theatre of the Deaf, Stacy Phillips and Paul Howard, Neely Bruce, Kitti Kathryn, Stan Sullivan, Elizabeth Thomas, Faith Vicinanza, Ben Ross, Brian Wolfe, Matthew Bruns, Bobo & Rose Wolfe as "Pottery", Dave Downs, Randy Moses and other surprise artists!

Join us for a once-in-a-life-time event as we honor John Basinger, our newly-retired board president and enjoy music and poetry by performers who played at TBT during our early days (1989 – 1995) when we were located on Rapallo Ave. We’ll also feature a special performance by The National Theatre of the Deaf (NTD), and an eclectic silent auction.

 John was one of the early directors of North End Arts Rising (our official name), served as President for over a decade and has kept the dream alive through all the years of TBT's highs and lows. John has been with the Theatre of the Deaf for many years, is a Professor Emeritus at Three Rivers College and portrayed King Lear in a recent ArtFarm production. This year marks TBT’s 25th year, so let's celebrate together and raise some much-needed funds to help TBT keep going another 25 years! Last year we served over 10,000 people - help us to grow to serve more!

7-7:50 pm  "VIP Meet & Greet"  Additional $15 for VIP Rooftop Meet & Greet
There will be a special "VIP Meet & Greet" with John Basinger on the beautiful Rooftop garden of the Community Health Center - with his dear friends, including NTD Leaders & Staff: David Hays, Betty Beekman and Sheila Mullen, also Neely Bruce, Susan & Stephan Allison, Carl & Jenny Lecce, Marcella Trowbridge & Dic Wheeler and of course, John's lovely wife, Jeanine Basinger. Space is limited for this special gathering, so please reserve your tickets today! (See below)

7:00-9:30pm   The Community Health Center (CHC)  675 Main St.  

7:00-7:55  (VIP preview 6:30-7:00) Silent Auction
Auction items will include original artwork and CDs, home concerts, overnight stays, fabulous gift baskets and other graciously donated gifts. Items must be paid for and picked up by 9:30. Special arrangements may be made upon payment for other pick up options.
8:00-8:45 - Tribute to John Basinger by friends, family and members of the National Theatre of the Deaf 
8:45-9:00 - Special presentation by the National Theatre of the Deaf 
- Beverages, delicious food
by area restaurants and our own chefs (at all locations)

 9-11pm   MAC 650 Art Gallery  650 Main St.
- Music by our friends who performed at TBT on Rapallo Ave: Pottery (Brian & Rose Wolfe,

Matthew Bruns, Bobo), Randy Moses, Ben Ross, Elizabeth Thomas, Faith Vicinanza

 9-11pm   The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Cultural Center (TBT)  605 Main St.
- Music by our friends who performed at TBT on Rapallo Ave: Dave Downs, Stacy Phillips & Paul Howard, Stan Sullivan, Neely Bruce, Colin Haskins

Reserve your space for our 2014 event to benefit all the community through what TBT does!
Reservations requested, walk-ins welcome:
$35 per person (two tickets for wine included)
Additional $15 for VIP Rooftop Meet & Greet & Silent Auction Preview
Click below for details, more info and to reserve your space:
THANK YOU to Michael Arafeh of the Coffeehouse Recording Studio for your consistent care of Buttonwood's sound needs over the past 25 years and for all the time you're donating to this event!

THANK YOU to our sponsors for donating food and auction items:
- Kristen Graves
- Sinan Bakir
- ArtFarm
- Mallove’s Jewelry
- The Inn at Middletown
- Dante's Jewelry
- Fusion Bakery
- Tesoro Unique Gifts
- Sandra James Boutique
- P.J. Jewelers
- Public Market
- First Church (on Court St.)
- Pamela Roose Knitting
- Itkin’s Decorators
- Amatos Toys & Hobbies
- Middletown Framing
- Classic Home Consignment
- Mondo Pizza Restaurant
- Guilmarten, DiPiro & Sokolowski
- Kid City
- EG Salon
- Thai Gardens
- Fiore II Restaurant
- It's Only Natural Market
- It's Only Natural Restaurant
- First and Last Tavern
- Iguanas Ranas Taqueria
- Middletown Rugs
- The Bridge / Steve LaPenta
- Ken Burtis
- Diane Nuhn
- Annaita Gandhy
- Mylene Poitras
- Bodyworks Therapeutic Massage / John Bell
- McEwen Construction / Mike McEwen

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