Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Meet Your Greens with Anne S. Bingham

 Eating Greener - For Your Health and the Environment

Thursday, July 18, 5:30-7:30pm
It’s Only Natural Restaurant, 606 Main Street, Middletown

The Rockfall Foundation’s July Meet Your Greens networking meet-up will be on Thursday, July 18th at ION Restaurant. Join us for drinks, food, and conversation 5:30 to 7:30 pm. 

Guest speaker Anne S. Bingham, MD will talk about eating greener. Did you know that up to 78% of total agricultural greenhouse-gas emissions come from the production of animal products? Come learn how to eat greener with confidence for the sake of your health and that of our environment. Considering the average human consumes approximately 2000 lbs. of food a year, our choices make a ton of impact! Learn about the benefits of plant-based diets from Dr. Bingham, a member of the Middlesex medical community since 1995, while enjoying 100% vegan food and drink from ION Restaurant.

Meet Your Greens: Middletown Green Drinks is a monthly event providing networking opportunities for anyone who is interested in making connections and exchanging news about emerging environmental issues to help keep Lower Connecticut River Valley communities green. An official location of Green Drinks International, this informal monthly gathering of people drawn from the community, nonprofit groups and the business world offers time to brainstorm ideas and plant seeds for collaboration. All are welcome and there is no admission fee, unless otherwise noted. For more information, please visit The Rockfall Foundation’s website.

Bartolotta Receives Endorsement of Building Trades Council Union

Bartolotta speaking at a
Westfield Residents Association
Candidates Forum in 2015
From the campaign of Mary Bartolotta, a Democrat running for mayor.
Last week, members of the Building Trades Council, which represents 14 trades, voted to endorse Democrat Mary Bartolotta’s campaign for mayor.

“Coming from a union family, and belonging to a union myself for nine years, I’ve seen firsthand the important role organizations like the Building Trades Council play in fighting for everyday, working people,” Bartolotta stated on Thursday. “The reality is that without strong unions, more of our workers would be facing unsafe conditions, lower wages, and more expensive healthcare. We should be working towards a future where all workers are provided fair compensation and support. It is an honor to receive this endorsement.”

President of the Building Trades Council Joe Toner lauded Bartolotta’s campaign. “We believe that Mary has the experience and vision to be an exceptional mayor,” Toner stated. “Mary’s plans include supporting more vo-tech training and other worker-friendly initiatives that will make Middletown a stronger city overall. Our decision to endorse Mary comes with a strong belief that she can lead Middletown to a better future for all residents.”

Mary Bartolotta currently serves as Deputy Majority Leader on the Common Council and Commissioner of the South Fire District. She announced her candidacy for mayor in March.

Friday, June 21, 2019

The Buttonwood Tree's Music Festival at Lyman Orchards

Lyman Orchards' Food Trucks on the Farm Event features live music presented by The Buttonwood Tree 
Saturday, June 22nd from 11:45 am - 5 pm
Lyman Orchards presents their Food Truck on the Farm event – with our musicians to entertain everyone! Family-friendly FREE event!  All kinds of family fun, with a whole lot full of food trucks. Music throughout the day under the big tent at 32 Reeds Gap Road, Middlefield, CT. 
Terri and Rob Duo - (folk/singer/songwriters): Terri and Rob Duo perform a mix of covers and originals and they encourage you to see them live and enjoy their musical talents. Rob DeSorbo showcases an eclectic mix of styles and was a member of the Blue Mountain Band (BMB), which formed in 1971 with a rock and blues focus that ultimately evolved into a jazz fusion focus. Terri Lachance has been playing and writing songs since her early teen years. Her songs are rooted in her life experiences and her deeply held beliefs. Every tune emanates from her heart and soul.  (A special thanks to Terri and Rob for running our second stage all day!)

After The Fall - (progressive rock): This latest release from veteran US-based prog rockers After The Fall is classic lyrical & instrumental Prog Rock on steroids! Tracks range from acoustic and lyrical, to hard driving fusion instrumentals, to full-blown Progressive Epics.
Troy Millette - (Touring pop/ folk singer/songwriter): Heart, humor, and humility are the keys to success for singer/songwriter Troy Millette, a Fairfax, Vermont native who has quickly earned himself a reputation as one of New England’s most promising up-and-comers. Millette’s shows are guaranteed to entertain music-lovers of all kinds through their striking original songs, imaginative covers, and witty onstage banter.
Mattabesset String Collective - (bluegrass band)Mattabesset String Collective is a five-piece acoustic ensemble playing an eclectic mix of bluegrass, blues, folk, mountain, country and rock, all in a string band style. Its present lineup includes Barry Chernoff (guitar), Marc Eisner (mandolin), Rebecca McCallum (fiddle), Gil Skillman (banjo, cuatro, and dobro) and Kevin Wiliarty (bass).

Steve Dedman - (Americana singer/songwriter, founder of Plywood Cowboy): Keyboardist and guitarist, Steve Dedman writes heart-born songs that interweave the rich heritage of country roots with singer-songwriter traditions. Dedman’s songs are featured on Plywood Cowboy’s 2016 debut album, Channel 33. Accolades for the music describe it as a “seriously hooky debut EP” (The Day) and “steeped in tradition, with lyrics full of longing, truth and heart” (Sound Waves Magazine). He was nominated for a Grammy in 2018.
Frankie and The Know It Alls - (blues/ rock band): Frank Albert has been pleasing crowds with his renditions of rock, jazz and rhythm & blues for over 30 years. He has performed in clubs all over Connecticut with his band, Frankie and The Know It Alls. He is known for his hard-driving guitar style and his flair for performing.
We would like to thank Middletown Rug & Carpet Cleaning for sponsoring this event!  
Also to our friends at the following companies for donating items for our Gift basket:
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
Fat Orange Cat Brew Co.
Stubborn Beauty Brewery Company
It's Only Natural Market
Spoke & Spy Cidery

Heaven Is The Strawberry Shortcake At 3rd Congregational

Lorraine Andrews
and the perfect apron
Photo by David Bauer
For 135 years, the Ladies Aid Society has been serving strawberry shortcake to the city's residents.

It's a major fundraiser for the 3rd Congregational Church in Westfield.

This year the volunteers made 1,700 biscuits, lathered them with 680 quarts of strawberries and 155 quarts of whipping cream.

And provided heaven to folks who come from far and wide to enjoy the best dessert in town.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

City Planner Out After Less Than A Year

City planner Mark Devoe has informed Planning Director Joe Samolis that he will be leaving his post in Middletown to take a job in Farmington as planner.  The Farmington planner position had been held by former Middletown planner Bill Warner.

Devoe is an accredited city planner, and the only planner with accreditation in Middletown's office of Planning, Conservation and Development.  Devoe began his tenure in Middletown at the very end of December 2018.  His announcement once again leaves the office understaffed, and without an employee with planning certification.

Devoe was involved in recent charettes held to create a new, required Plan of Development for Middletown.

The Common Council voted to reorganize the office last summer putting Samolis as the director and manager in the department, and creating separate positions for Town Planner and Community Development Specialist.  Linda McPherson, who has worked in the Finance Department and in the Board of Education as a finance specialist, was hired to fill the Community Development Specialist position.

'Morrow: Make Music Middletown Means Meandering Mudpuppies

From Dave Downs
Hey Kids!, Lonesome Dave here.  How ya doing?  Hope you're doing well.

Did you know that this Friday, June 21st, 2019 is International Make Music Day?  That's the day (which always falls on the summer solstice, by the way) where musicians- off various shapes and sizes and levels of expertise- take to city streets all the world over, and play music anywheres and everywheres.  For Free!  On the street corners; in the libraries, the cafes, the restaurants, the music shops, the book stores, down the alleyways, up in the trees dangling from branches, down in the sewer systems..... 

And Middletown's no different.  So this Friday you're invited to come by and say hello to us- The Mudpuppies (consisting of me, Lonesome Dave- or LD- and Really Big Brian- or RBB) while we perform our unique style of Americana, first at the award-winning Russel Library (at Broad Street; 347-2528) from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.; and then later at the beautiful R.J. Julia Bookstore (at 413 Main Street, 685-3939) from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

In addition to original and Public Domain material,  RBB and I (on well-amplified acoustic guitars and vocals) put our unique Mudpuppy spin on songs popularized by such American writers and performers as Eric Anderson, Steve Earl, Hank Cochran, Rogers & Hart, The Everly Brothers, Ricky Nelson and Andy Williams.  Perhaps we'll toss in a music trivia question or two, or a couple CD give-a-ways, as well.  (Don't forget to ask Really Big Brian about the unique tuning style he employs on his six-string.)  See ya then, Kids. 

Lonesome Dave

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Free Lunchtime Concert this Friday

Friday, June 21
12 - 1:30 pm
deKoven House Community Center
27 Washington St., Middletown
(at the corner of deKoven Drive and Washington St.)

In celebration of Make Music Day, The Rockfall Foundation will be hosting a free lunchtime concert at the historic 18th-century deKoven House. The concert will be held on the lawn under the shade of a magnificent maple tree. Bring your lunch and enjoy performances by three musicians. Picnic table and chairs available, or bring your picnic blanket! In the event of inclement weather, the concert will move to the indoor meeting space.


12 – 12:30 Gracin Dorsey – Drawing from his folk and bluegrass roots in Oklahoma, his original music has been performed at festivals all across the USA.

12:30 – 1:00 Steve Dedman – Frontman and songwriter behind Plywood Cowboy, his authentic, heart-born Americana songs earned a spot on the 2018 Grammy ballot.

1 – 1:30 Robert Nasta – Musical Director of Artists for World Peace performing original compositions and improvisations on the koto, a Japanese stringed instrument.

The deKoven House, just yards from the banks of the Connecticut River, is owned and maintained by The Rockfall Foundation, a non-profit organization that has been promoting and supporting environmental education and conservation in the Lower Connecticut River Valley since 1935. It is home to The Rockfall Foundation and 8 other non-profit organizations.  The house also offers two meeting rooms for rent to the public, ideal for workshops and trainings, association gatherings, board retreats, and membership meetings. For more information visit https://www.rockfallfoundation.org/dekoven-house/. Tours available upon request after the concert.

Parking is at the deKoven House is free, but has limited capacity. However, ample parking is available adjacent to the building in the Melilli Plaza Municipal Parking Lot.

For more information, call The Rockfall Foundation at 860-347-0340.

Nominations Sought for Environmental Champion Awards

The Rockfall Foundation is currently seeking nominations for the 2019 Environmental Champion Awards. Nominations are being accepted from now until July 22. The awards recognize individuals, groups, organizations, and businesses for environmental efforts that contribute to the quality of life in the Lower Connecticut River Valley. Areas recognized include preservation , conservation, ecosystem restoration, and environmental and sustainability education. The Tom ODell Distinguished Service Award will be awarded for outstanding ongoing or long-term accomplishments. Certificates of Appreciation are awarded, as appropriate, to recognize significant programs or projects. Awardees will be recognized at The Rockfall Foundation’s Annual Meeting, Grants and Awards celebration on October 3rd.

The nominee’s contributions must impact the Lower Connecticut River Valley, which includes the following towns: Chester, Clinton, Cromwell, Deep River, Durham, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Middlefield, Middletown, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland, and Westbrook. Impacts to the Connecticut River corridor or Long Island Sound are also eligible as long as there is a benefit to at least one of the listed towns.

Nomination forms must be received by noon on July 22 at amanda@rockfallfoundation.org or at The Rockfall Foundation, deKoven House Community Center, 27 Washington St., Middletown, CT 06457. Nomination forms can be downloaded at www.rockfallfoundation.org or one can be requested by calling 860-347-0340.

Founded in 1935 by Middletown philanthropist Clarence S. Wadsworth, The Rockfall Foundation is one of Connecticut’s oldest environmental organizations. The Foundation supports environmental education, conservation and planning initiatives in the Lower Connecticut River Valley through public programs and grants.  In addition, The Rockfall Foundation operates the historic deKoven House Community Center that offers meeting rooms and office space for non-profit organizations.

For additional information about the Environmental Champion Awards or The Rockfall Foundation, please visit www.rockfallfoundation.org or call 860-347-0340.

Invasive Plants Workshop Sunday!

Do you have ticks in your yard? Are vines strangling your trees?  Invasive species may be to blame!

Join the City of Middletown and Town of Durham for an interactive workshop on invasive plants.
Sunday, June 231-3 PMSnow School, 299 Wadsworth St.
At the workshop, led by DEEP wildlife biologist Pete Picone, you’ll learn which species are invasive, why they’re a problem, how to remove them safely and effectively, and what plants you can replace invasive species with native plants for a healthy yard.  For the second hour, we’ll have gloves and bags for optional invasive plant removal.  Please wear long pants and long sleeves.

Questions? Contact Michael Harris, City Energy Coordinator, at michael.harris@middletownct.gov or at 860-638-4854.

This event is co-sponsored by Coginchaug Area Transition, Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District, Everyone Outside, The Jonah Center for Earth and Art, Middletown Garden Club, and Wesleyan Sustainability Office.

Girl Scout Art Creation From Trash Pickup, Sunday!

From Heather Parker
Girl Scout Troop 62106 of our city will be hosting a trash pickup and art contest event at Wadsworth State Park on Sunday, June 23 from 2-4 pm. For this project, we want to bring attention to ocean pollution. Using the trash we collect at the park, we will be making artwork and judging it across categories. We would like to invite the public to participate in our event, joining us to collect trash and make art together.

Monday, June 17, 2019


Vintage Players, in conjunction with Connecticut Heritage Productions, presents The Dresser by Ronald Harwood at Oddfellows Playhouse on June 21 and 22. The play, set in war-torn England of 1941, chronicles the relationship of a renowned, aging Shakespearean actor and his longtime personal dresser.

Billy Johnstone and Peter Loffredo in rehearsal for “The Dresser”.   Photo: Adrian Nieves
Written in 1980, the play has an autobiographical bent. During the 1950s, Ronald Harwood functioned as private dresser to the noted Shakespearean actor/manager, Sir Donald Wolfit. Harwood was well aware that during the bombing of England in World War II, Wolfit was respected for refusing to abandon his touring of the provinces, even though German bombs were causing widespread destruction throughout the countryside.

Much of Harwood’s long and prolific career drew on his fascination with the stage, its performing artists, and artisans. In The Dresser, his play within a play examines the war without…and the war within. He sheds light on the narcissism, the humor, and the poignancy of “the show must go on” ethos.  

Directed by Carolyn Kirsch, assisted by Ellie Howard, the cast is led by Billy Johnstone (appearing courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association) as Norman and Peter Loffredo as Sir. They are supported by Warren Dutkiewicz, Teresa Langston, Natalia Katz, Carolyn Kirsch, Gerry Matthews, John Hall, and Nat Holmes.

Oddfellows Playhouse is located at 128 Washington Street, Middletown. Performances of The Dresser are on Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 at 7 pm.

These performances benefit the children’s programs at Oddfellows Playhouse. For over 40 years Oddfellows Playhouse has provided young people in the greater Middletown area with innovative theater programs that build their self-confidence and help them gain skills that facilitate success in other parts of their lives.

Tickets are $25 and may be obtained by going to www.oddfellows.org and clicking on “Shows and Events.” Reservations are strongly recommended.

Friday, June 14, 2019

ARTFARM's "Terpsichore: the women's movement" this weekend

Rehearsal photos by Bill De Kine

ARTFARM's Terpsichore: The Women's Movement is an explosive new work that delves into what it is to be a woman, from the most dark and painful to the most ecstatic- with some stops in between. It will premiere at Oddfellows Playhouse in Middletown on June 14 & 15 at 8 pm.

Developed in the studio, in community and in interviews, this workshop production journeys through a psycho-emotional landscape of movement, text and sound. In the tradition of Ruby Dee’s “Podansical”, this intergenerational, non-linear exploration fosters provocative thought and an opportunity for both personal and community reflection. Terpsichore: The Women’s Movement is intended for mature audiences, for women, and for anyone who has ever known or loved a woman.

ARTFARM has been producing original work and classic theater in central Connecticut since 2001. The company is known for its physical style, visual richness, evocative use of sound and music, and its provocative explorations of pressing issues like race, sex, inequity, and the environment. ARTFARM cultivates high-quality theater with a commitment to simple living, environmental sustainability and social justice.

Tickets for Terpsichore: The Women’s Movement are $20, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. To reserve tickets, or for more information, call (860) 346-4390 or email info@art-farm.org. Tickets can also be purchased online at https://oddfellowsplayhouse.ticketleap.com . Performances are June 14 and 15 at 8 pm and will be held at Oddfellows Playhouse, which is located at 128 Washington Street in Middletown. The performance addresses mature and sometimes disturbing issues and is not appropriate for younger children.
Terpsichore: The Women’s Movement is supported in part by the Connecticut Office of the Arts/Department of Economic Development through the Regional Grants Initiative (which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts), the Middletown Commission on the Arts, the 111 Sunnyside Charitable Trust and Oddfellows Playhouse.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Carolyn Halsted in Concert at Russell Library This Saturday

Carolyn Halsted will be presenting original compositions
this Saturday, June 15th, 2pm at Russell Library's Hubbard Room. 
This Saturday, June 15, at 2:00pm, in The Hubbard room of Russell Library, a concert featuring Carolyn Halsted’s recent solo piano works will be presented by the composer/pianist.

Besides being a very dedicated piano teacher, Ms. Halstead enjoys playing for ballet classes at Wesleyan University, plays with members of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, CONCORA, and faculty and students at Central Connecticut State University and Wesleyan University. She has composed numerous piano, vocal, and choral works.

Free. Drop in, no registration required.  ponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library. 

Please note:  Because of the Pride Parade in Middletown that same afternoon, Main St. will be closed from 12:30 until the parade passes, after 2:00.  Please allow extra time to navigate through town and find parking.  If you are coming south on Rt.9 you may wish to get off at exit 14 (Harbor Area/DeKoven Dr.), go one block south on DeKoven to Union St., then west across Main around the south green, then north on Broad to library.  You will probably also be able to cross Main St. via Washington St.

If you come over the bridge from Portland, turn right on Spring St., then left/south on High, left/east on Washington, right/south on Broad to library.

Creating Young Environmentalists in Middletown

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Toe-Tapping Tunes and Teen Open Mic This Weekend at The Buttonwood Tree

The Buttonwood Tree hosts events every night this week - from Tai chi to Teen Open Mic.

Cross Purpose

June 14 @ 8-10 pm | $15

Cross Purpose is a four-piece roots/rock band formed in 2005. They have brought their tunes to such exciting venues as the City Center Danbury Summer Concert Series, The Bushnell in Hartford, The Marlborough Arts Center in Marlborough, CT, The Bethel, The CT Summer Concert Series, Harvest Moon Orchard in North Salem, NY, Hayfields Market in North Salem, NY, The Howland Cultural Center in Beacon, NY, The Putnam County 4-H Fair in Carmel, NY, and many others. While Cross Purpose plays a lot of their own material, they also perform an eclectic array of covers. With about 175 years of experience among them, they are skilled at tailoring material to each venue they visit. For this particular evening, June 14th at The Buttonwood Tree, their drummer will use a djembe and a cajon instead of a full kit. Reservations are suggested.

Their first CD, Sum Of The Parts, with 12 original songs was released in 2007. Their second CD, Live At The Upper Room, came out in 2011, the CD, These Men You’ve Made, with another 12 original tunes became available in 2013, and they’ve just released their fourth, The Extent Of What We Know, which contains another 14 originals. Cross Purpose’s members consists of Bob Stanhope (13-time winner in the Billboard Magazine Songwriting Contest) / Vocals and rhythm guitar, Roy Ellingsen (MCA Records recording artist) / Vocals and lead guitar, Doug Bolin (An original member of The Annie Moses Band) / Vocals and bass, Greg Flower / Drums.

You’ll enjoy what you see and hear at www.crosspurposeband.com


June 15 @ 3 -5 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 Teen Open Mic is FOR YOU!

Details here
Facebook: @tbt.teen.open.mic

Restless Mountain Bluegrass

June 15 @ 8-10 pm | $15  Reservations Suggested

Restless Mountain Bluegrass Band always offers a fun mix of traditional standards and entertaining classics that bring fond memories and a smile. In the tradition of bluegrass, Restless Mountain is an all-acoustic band, serving up heartfelt vocals and spicy instrumentals.

Restless Mountain Bluegrass Band has been active in Connecticut for over a decade, featuring veteran musicians who love to play and entertain. We play numerous venues, from festivals to concert halls to bars and public and private events. 

Instruments and Personnel: Matt Fleury (vocals, banjo), Jerry Devokaitis (vocals, guitar), Dave Orlomoski (vocals, mandolin), Scott Camara (Dobro), Dave Aston (bass).


The Buttonwood Tree is an all ages venue with a bookstore of used, very interesting books, an ART GALLERY and a comfortable meeting space also available for rent for parties etc. Ample, free parking is available next door, behind It's Only Natural market M-F from 6pm on and on weekends. Join as a MEMBER to support this vital community organization. If you have any questions we can be reached at (860) 347-4957. If you want to see what events we have lined up for the month check our website's event calendar here.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Solar for All Workshop - Tomorrow!

The Solar for All campaign - a partnership among the City of Middletown, the Connecticut Green Bank and solar company, Posigen - will feature a homeowner workshop tomorrow.

The workshop is at the Senior Center, 61 Durant Terrace, starting at 5:30 PM, Wednesday, June 12, 2019.

The workshop will take about an hour and will offer folks the chance to talk with Posigen about their solar offering.

The Posigen approach is a 'No Money Down' and 'No Credit Required' offering.

Brews For Boats, June 23

From Rebecca MacLachlan.
Come on out and enjoy the band, The Bus, fabulous beer and Taino Bbq at the 2nd annual "Brews for
Boats" on June 23rd at Stubborn Beauty Brewery.

This is a fun summer event that benefits Central CT Rowing, a nonprofit that supports the City's community rowing program. The event is 4-7pm. Tickets include Bbq, 2 brews on the house, and live music. ($50 w/beer, $40 w/o beer). There will also be a silent auction and some great raffle items.

Tickets can be purchased at centralctrowing.com/events

Monday, June 10, 2019

Girl Scout Art From Trash Project Sunday!

From Heather Parker
Girl Scout Troop 62106 of our city will be hosting a trash pickup and art contest event at Wadsworth State Park on Sunday, June 23 from 2-4 pm. For this project, we want to bring attention to ocean pollution. Using the trash we collect at the park, we will be making artwork and judging it across categories. We would like to invite the public to participate in our event, joining us to collect trash and make art together.

Cruise Night Wednesday!

From the Police Department
On Wednesday, June 12, 2019, the City of Middletown will be hosting the 22nd annual Cruise Night on Main Street. As a result, Main Street will be closed from Washington Street to Union Street from 3:30 PM until 9:00 PM.

Please take alternate routes if possible.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Readers Theater presents THE CLEAN HOUSE at Russell Library Monday June 10th

Readers Theater will present The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl Monday, June 10 at 7pm in the Hubbard Room. 
A comic drama that mixes fantasy and reality, The Clean House tells the story of five disparate characters. The story begins as Lane, a doctor in her early fifties, hires a Brazilian woman named Matilde to be her live-in maid. As Matilde and Lane try to negotiate their working relationship, Matilde dreams of her deceased parents and tries to think of the perfect joke. 
The play was a 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Drama Finalist, and won the 2003/4 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. 
Readers Theater is directed by Anne Cassady and Richard Kamins.  Readers Theater is live drama enacted by local actors. 
Drop-in, no registration required.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library.

Friday, June 7, 2019

STARR MILL Yoga, Grand Opening, SATURDAY, June 8th

Starr Mill Yoga 
off Boston Street 
in Middletown

After the ribbon cutting, the
Grand Opening

STARR MILL YOGA has done us a great service, presenting a full assortment of yoga classes and teachers of the highest caliber.

Whether you are a beginner or a long-time practitioner of yoga, please check out Starr Mill's website and FaceBook pages and see what is offered.   (https://starrmillyoga.com/   and   https://www.facebook.com/starrmillyoga)

Sybil is well versed in therapeutic yoga and stretching that are gentle but very effective for elder-ish types (who may be achy and.. in denial). She is also a most agile practitioner and teacher of acrobatic swinging and  challenging poses. And her staff, I believe, is carefully chosen for their expertise.

You might want to know that payment is by a "service" so there's a fee. (or in cash by arrangement). But the quality of the teaching is priceless.

Check out additional information about the Grand Opening Gala Party on Saturday (tomorrow) and see what Starr Mill Yoga has to offer for you.

Wishing every success to STARR MILL Yoga and Sybil.

With Plenty of FREE Parking.

Paddle With A Purpose: Help Needed To Remove Invasive Water Chestnut Plants

The aquatic plant known as water chestnut (trapa natans) has shown its invasive potential in recent years at many points along the Connecticut River and its tributaries. In the Floating Meadows—the freshwater, tidal marshland formed where the lower Coginchaug and Mattabesset Rivers converge between Middletown and Cromwell— the presence of these plants was first recorded in 2009. The Jonah Center and the Connecticut River Conservancy have been monitoring the area closely since 2013, removing vast quantities of plants each year since 2016.

Water chestnut form expansive, dense patches on the water surface. Left unchecked, these plants can choke off sunlight and oxygen, threatening native plants, fish, fish-eating birds and other aquatic species. Some waterways have become impassible by boat due to water chestnut infestation.

Work parties to remove plants (while they are still small) are planned for Saturday, June 15 at 10 a.m (rain date June 16), and Saturday, July 13, at 9 a.m. (rain date July 14). Canoes and kayaks will start and finish at the launch site at 181 Johnson Street in Middletown.

Water chestnut work parties are a fun and gratifying. How often can you do something so specific and visible to help the environment while enjoying such scenery from the water? Many new friendships are made while the work is underway. 

To receive updates on these and future work parties, subscribe to the Jonah Center Email Newsletter at www.thejonahcenter.org. Your efforts will help save our Floating Meadows and be much appreciated by everyone who takes part in this effort.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Exciting Weekend At Buttonwood Tree - Sunday Events include CD & Book Giveaway w/ Ken Waldman

The Buttonwood Tree hosts events every night this week - from Tai chi to Bob Gotta's Acoustic Open Mic.

Story City Troupe

June 7 @ 8-10 pm | $10

The Buttonwood Tree is proud to host storytelling group, Story City Troupe for a recurring “Moth Style” storytelling event, every first Friday, from 8 – 10 pm. The June 7th show theme will be: “Teller's Choice".  Details/Reserve here

The cast will be: 

Matt Dicks 
Mike Isko
Maire Greene
Nina Lesiga
Jeff Freiser
Sharon McKay
Sue Huggans

Aligned with Source: A Personal Development Workshop & Meditation
June 8 @ 10:30-12 pm

Topic: Being Spiritual
What does it truly mean to be spiritual? How spiritual are you?
Official Facebook Page
Suggested Donation: $10 (Give what you can)

Benno Marmur Jazz Trio

June 8 @ 8-10 pm | $18 Reservations Suggested

Benno Marmur is a jazz guitarist based in New York City and he will be performing with Brayden Beason on bass and Kirk Woodard on drums.
Benno has had the opportunity to play and perform with musicians such as Bob Mover, Tyler Mitchell, Jimmy Madison, Warren Chiasson, Fukushi Tainaka, Sean Smith, Nathan Brown among others. Benno currently has a weekly residency at Cleopatras Needle running the Sunday night jam session and has performed at venues such as: Bar Next Door, the Baha’i Center, Cleopatra’s Needle, the Soundbite, Smalls Jazz Club, Sotheby’s Auction House, 75 club, the Juke Bar, the Neuberger Museum, Rotiserrie Georgette, Bar Thalia and more.
“Benno Marmur is an emerging player to watch. He has a warm sound, and he swings and plays melodically and from the heart. He listens and responds well in the moment and is very conversational in his approach to soloing … I enjoy playing with Benno and look forward to following his progress and career.” – John Stowell

Paradise Lost Comes Alive with John Basinger

June 9 @ 2-4 pm | Free

John Basinger will present Book XI of John Milton’s Paradise Lost. This is a live “reading”. Books to follow along will be available.
John’s performances are open to all at no charge, while donations are always appreciated for The Buttonwood Tree’s further programming 🙂
The Paradise Lost Performance Project
John Basinger started committing all twelve books of John Milton’s “Paradise Lost” to memory in 1993. Since then, he has performed them at a variety of venues across the country, including; Poetry Alive in Asheville, North Carolina, 1997 National Slam Poetry Festival, The Connecticut Storytelling Festival, Bluffton University, Wesleyan University, Yale University, Three Rivers Community College, Trinity College (Hartford CT), Connecticut College, Southern Connecticut State University, Central Connecticut State University, South Congregational Church, Middletown CT, Middlesex Community College, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Avol’s Bookstore in Madison WI, Edgartown (MA) Public Library, the University of Redlands, Regensburg University (Germany), Warren Wilson College, and Manhattanville College. He has also appeared at the Milton Academy in Milton, Mass., New London (CT) High School, Glastonbury (CT) High School, East Catholic High School (CT), The Buttonwood Tree (Middletown CT) and numerous living rooms, churches and theaters.

Portrait of an Artist as Santa Claus: An Alaskan-Style Summer Holiday with Ken Waldman

June 9 @ 6:30-8:30 pm | $15 Reservations Suggested

Ken Waldman combines Appalachian-style string-band music, original poetry, and mostly Alaska-set storytelling for a performance uniquely his own. He promises an evening of fun, inspiration, surprises, local musical guests, a few poems and stories, as well as special experiment or two!
His accomplishments include nine CDs of old-time Appalachian-style string-band music, including two for children. His eleven books consist of nine full-length poetry collections, a memoir about life as a touring artist, and a volume of acrostic poems for kids.
As a former college professor with an MFA in Creative Writing, he’s been a visiting writer at nearly 100 colleges and universities, a visiting artist at over 230 schools in 33 states, and has led workshops across the country, all the way from Alaska to Maine. As a performer, he’s played at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage and Berkeley’s Freight and Salvage, among many other prominent venues. Although he occasionally performs as a soloist, he more often serves as the leader of an ever-changing troupe of nationally recognized musicians. 

The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center is located at 605 Main Street, Middletown. There is ample, free parking behind It's Only Natural market. Refreshments, viewing of Buttonwood's Art show, the bookstore and refreshments are all open and available. Call for info: (860) 347-4957. If you want to see what events we have lined up for the month check our website's event calendar here.