I'm a very sweet girl, love to be pet and purr when you pet me. I'm FIV+ but it's ok. I need to be kept healthy and need yearly vet exams, just like any other cat. Humans cannot catch this, and it is very hard for other cats to catch. I'm very healthy and can live just as long as any other cat. I prefer a quiet home without any other cats. I need a patient, cat experienced person who will give me time to adjust. I've been so patient but I'm waiting for my forever home too - is it with you? Please adopt me today!
MIDDLETOWN, CT - The Rockfall Foundation recently received a
matching grant of
$10,700 to support exterior maintenance of the historic, 18th
century deKoven House Community Center located at 27 Washington Street,
Middletown. The grant was awarded by the 1772 Foundation in cooperation with
the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation and will allow for painting,
wood repair, and chimney repointing.
to the Foundation by the organization’s founder, Clarence S. Wadsworth, the
deKoven House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the
Captain Benjamin Williams House. The brick Georgian mansion was built between
1791 and 1797 and is just yards from the banks of the Connecticut River. Previously
renovated with architectural work by Jeffrey Dale Bianco, AIA, the current
exterior project is part of a long-range plan to care for the building.
“One of the Rockfall Foundation’s main responsibilities
is stewardship of the deKoven House,” said Robin Andreoli, the Foundation’s
executive director. “In addition to the Foundation, its offices are occupied by
several groups whose missions are concerned with natural resource education,
research, and conservation in the Lower Connecticut River Valley.”
1942, the Rockfall Foundation has provided subsidized, low-cost office space in
the deKoven House to a variety of nonprofit environmental and educational
organizations. Current resident organizations include the Middlesex Land Trust,
Connecticut River Conservancy, Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District,
Mattabeseck Audubon Society, Connecticut Land Conservation Council, Artists for
World Peace, Connecticut Center for Spiritual Living, and the Connecticut
Association of Conservation and Inland Wetlands Commission. Two meeting rooms are also available to community
groups for use and host more than 150 gatherings per year.
Rockfall Foundation is a private, non-profit foundation that supports
environmental education, conservation programs and planning initiatives in the
Lower Connecticut River Valley. Established in 1935, it is one of Connecticut’s
oldest environmental organizations. The Foundation annually awards
environmental grants to other non-profits and sponsors education programs and
additional information, please call 860-347-0340 or visit
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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 leasteighty 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):
Stonesthat 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
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 email@example.com, 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.
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
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!
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
Hello, I'm Blake, A.K.A. "Blakey". I am a truly sweet boy who is still kind of nervous around people and loud noises. I love to be petted, but you need to speak softly to me and be very patient. Once I know you, I will come out for attention and love. I do need a very quiet home with a patient person who will be okay with me being anxious at first and who gives me a lot of time to adjust to a new home. I would be okay with another non-dominant cat. I'd love a forever home as soon as possible. I'm a young guy who deserves a chance at a real life, not the shelter life... please adopt me today!
The state Department of Transportation will hold two hearings on Tuesday July 11 at DOT headquarters in Newington to solicit public input on projects including a proposal to eliminate traffic lights on Route 9 in Middletown.
Governor Malloy and DOT officials announced plans for eliminating the lights and re-configuring traffic flow on Main Street and Route 9/Route 66 last summer, and held a local public hearing a few days later. (Full video of the hearing: click here. Eye article here.)
Tuesday's hearings (one at 1pm, the second at 7pm) will address the DOT's "Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan" for the next four years which includes major projects such as Route 9, work on New London's Gold Star Bridge and other bridges throughout the state, the I-91/CT15 interchange in Hartford, statewide bus replacements, New Haven Line track replacement, and the Waterbury 'mixmaster'.
The extensive list in the plan document also includes line items for "MAT - ADMIN CAPITAL/SUPPORT EQUIP/SCV PROGRAM" for the next 4 fiscal years, a reference to the Middletown Area Transit bus service, which has been making headlines due to proposed route cuts and a financial crisis. ConnDOT is reportedly trying to assess and manage MAT's problems.
Public comment on the plan is open until the end of the month. If you can't attend one of the hearings, you can submit written comments to: