Friday, June 29, 2012
Joe Flood Floods The Buttonwood Tree With History, Humor, and Happy Sounds
Connecticut Broadcasters Association Awards Scholarship to MxCC Student
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Two Great Bands at The Buttonwood Tree this Weekend
RJ Ruotolo - Friday June 29 at 8pm
One of the hottest bands in the area, Richard Ruotolo & Meadowe Music generates energy and excitement everywhere and everytime they perform.
Andy Buzzi Trio - Saturday June 30 at 8pm
Come listen to an original funky fusion trio from New Haven, CT.The Andy Buzzi Trio is a funky, engaging and humorous original band. Defying genres, the Trio morphs from style to style, even sometimes within the same song. Buzzi’s songs range from political to hysterical and from Rock and Roll to Ragtime. Come shake it with the band and scream your way onto their live recording!
Eric Bloomquist: bass guitar, vocals
Jeff Nixon: drums, percussion, vocals.
Andy Buzzi: lead guitar, vocals
MxCC Hosts Return of Connecticut Ballet, ARTFARM’s “Shakespeare Everywhere” and Local Music Festival
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Eat Your Art Out
To benefit Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater programs and financial aid.
Thursday June 28
Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate
Individual $75 & Couples $125
Tickets available at the door or online.
A Tasting Style Event featuring
Cold Stone Creamery of Middletown
Eli Cannon's Tap Room
A Little Imagination Cakes
It's Only Natural Restaurant
Klekolo World Coffee
Mattabasset Canoe Club
New England Emporium
The Riverhouse at Goodspeed
Thomas Hooker Brewery
Special thanks to our Special Event Producer Sponsors Citizens Bank and CT Rental
ARTFARM's Shakespeare Everywhere!
|Photo Credit Bill Dekine|
ARTFARM hasn’t let financial woes hamper its style. The organization’s goal of
providing world class Shakespeare to the Connecticut River Valley will be realized
once again this summer, not just in the Grove, but Everywhere!
This year, with the generous help of the Middletown Commission on the Arts and
Pratt & Whitney, ARTFARM will be presenting Shakespeare “guerilla-style” under
the title Shakespeare Everywhere! ARTFARM’s troupe of Shakespeareans is poised to appear unannounced at a variety of public concerts, events and performances
in Middletown throughout July. The actors will perform monologues, songs, and
brief scenes before re-boarding ARTFARM’s iconic green bus and setting off. Each performance is uniquely tailored to the themes of the event, the venue, and the occasion. From Occupy Shakespeare to Bicycle Shakespeare to Circus Shakespeare--
-prepare to see it all this summer in Middletown!
Additionally, community members are invited to perform with the Ensemble at
an undisclosed location on July 5th. Interested folks ages 7 through adult should
contact ARTFARM for secret details.
ARTFARM Artistic Director Marcella Trowbridge, says “Shakespeare’s works are
timeless: the circumstances, the characters, the ethical dilemmas. Bringing these
bite size bits of art to the community through flashmob-style Shakespeare is like
riding a live wire. The company is thrilled to play in these innovative new forums,
keeping Shakespeare alive and accessible- of the people, by the people and for the
At the same time, people anywhere are being invited by ARTFARM to join
Shakespeare Everywhere by performing ‘Random Acts of Shakespeare’ in public
places. Join the fun by speaking bits of Shakespeare’s text, be they scenes, sonnets,
monologues, couplets or just favorite lines anywhere and everywhere.
ARTFARM is encouraging adults and young people from all walks of life to
perform their Shakespeare in parks, on busses, at grocery stores, on mountain
tops and anywhere they dare. If you can, document it and send ARTFARM footage.
Untraditional interpretations, multi media events, dance, music, everything is
encouraged – the idea is to bring the words and characters of Shakespeare off the
page, off the stage, and into everyday life. Each week in July, our favorite recorded
performance will be awarded a prize and be invited to perform with the company
on August 5.
The final part of ARTFARM’s Shakespeare Everywhere! will take place on Sunday,
August 5th at 5 pm in the scenic cedar grove at Middlesex Community College. The
company will perform Shakespeare Everywhere: The Compleate Work, a showcase
of the various scenes for those who missed them in July (or wish to see them again!
) plus more special surprises. The show will be preceded by live music by Dueto
Luna y Sol, featuring Carlos Hernandez Chavez and Lupita Luna, and the entire event
will be accompanied by the ARTFARM Irregular Orchestra. The Compleate Work,
which will be hosted by WNPR radio personality Chion Wolf, will be a recounting of
a month of public adventures with Shakespeare in Middletown and throughout the
world. In the spirit of ARTFARM’s Shakespeare in the Grove of the past six summers,
families are encouraged to arrive early, bring blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy a
picnic while watching the show.
For hints about WHEN and WHERE you’ll find Shakespeare this summer, like us on
Facebook and follow us on Twitter @ARTFARMpresents. Don’t be surprised if you
find words from the Bard on the table the next time you dine out or stop at a coffee
shop or even in your work place…Keep an eye out for Shakespeare Everywhere.
|Photo Credit: Bill Dekine|
ARTFARM’s mission is to cultivate high-quality theater with a commitment to
simple living, environmental sustainability and social justice.
Shakespeare Everywhere! is co-sponsored by the Humanities and Arts Division of
Middlesex Community College. Additional funding is provided by Pratt and Whitney
and the Middletown Commission on the Arts.
For more information contact ARTFARM at (860) 346-4390, email@example.com or
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Free Outdoor Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba Folk Concert on Thursday July 5
Founded 10 years ago in the South Bronx by lead singer and percussionist Alex LaSalle, the intergenerational band Alma Moyo performs Afro-Puerto Rican bomba folk music featuring dynamic drumming, dancing, and rich vocals.
Click here to watch a video of Alma Moyo.
“With the heart and soul of Puerto Rican music, Alma Moyo generates life, heat and love.”
—My Latino Voice
Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 7pm
CFA Courtyard, 283 Washington Terrace
Rain Location: Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Avenue
Bring a picnic, then dance with family and friends! For more information, please call 860-685-3355 or visit www.wesleyan.edu/cfa
Joseph Cassella to be new WWMS Principal
Details at: http://middletown-ct.patch.com/articles/wesley-principal-will-lead-woodrow-wilson-middle-school
at left: Joseph Cassella at Wesley School 5th Grade Promotion, June 19, 2012.
(photo by Joseph Getter)
Sunday, June 24, 2012
River Paddle, Saturday June 30
The Jonah Center for Earth and Art invites the public to a canoe and kayak paddle on the lower Mattabesset and Coginchaug Rivers this Saturday, June 30. The tour launches at 9 a.m. onto the Connecticut River from the boathouse ramp at 46 Harbor Drive in Middletown. Paddlers should return to the starting point within 3 hours after launching.
In addition to learning about the ecology of the river and freshwater tidal wetlands, participants will search for invasive and harmful water chestnut plants that have been found in other stretches of the river. Paddlers need to provide their own boats, paddles, drinking water, sunscreen, and life jackets.
To help cover insurance costs for this event, each participant is asked to make a $10 donation to the Jonah Center. In case of cancellation due to bad weather, the trip will be held on July 14 at 9 a.m. Call 860-398-3771 for more information or about possible weather-related postponement.
Friday, June 22, 2012
Video: 15th Annual Car Show
MxCC Offers New Veterinary Technology Program
Monthly Swing and Blues Dance at Vinnies
Music will be DJed by the incredible Camille Fontanella, and light refreshments will be served throughout the evening. The cost is 8$ regular admission, and 5$ for seniors/students. Come join us in making these summer nights sultry!
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Extraordinary Musicians at The Buttonwood Tree this Weekend: Joe Flood and Dan Arcamone Jazz
Joe Flood - Friday June 22 at 8pmJoe Flood will be returning to The Buttonwood Tree with Joe Fonda on upright bass and
Dan Arcamone Jazz - Saturday June 23 at 8pm
North End Farmers Market Opens Season, Offers Double Dollars and Kids Market Programs
fresh bread, milk, eggs, produce, flowers and more! From 12-1 pm, there will be prepared lunch
offering from Tandoor Indian Restaurant and soulful music by local musician, David Davis.
The Market will once again be offering its Double Dollars Incentive Program, which matches the
amount of money spent by customers using federal and state benefits, bringing more food into
the homes of families. Additionally, the market will offer our North End Kids Market program to
North End youth. This innovative program gives the kids involved tokens to shop at our farmers
market and teaches them about the environment, eating healthy, budgeting and the importance
of knowing where your food comes from.
DATE & TIME: Friday June 22, 2012. 10 AM – 2 PM.
The market is held every Friday through the end of October.
LOCATION: Corner of Main St. and Liberty St., Middletown, CT.
The Farmers Market is a project of the North End Action Team. It is made possible through partnerships with CT Department of Agriculture and Wholesome Wave. The North End Kids Market is supported by the Rockfall Foundation and the City of Middletown.
Wholesome Wave is a national nonprofit, working to increase access to and affordability of
fresh, local produce in underserved areas while supporting local farms. www.wholesomewave.org.
House Concert Coming
Niamh Parsons & Graham Dunne
The Mattabesett Canoe Club, 80 Harbor Dr., Middletown
Suggested donation: $20 general, $10 students, $7 children 12 & under
For reservations, please call Jody Cormack 860-983-7963
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cruise Night Photos
Main Street was clogged by cars and legions of their admirers. The cars included some loving restored to showroom condition, and others chopped and souped into hotrod glory.
Below the jump for more pictures.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Free Family Film Festival at Rave Cinemas Berlin 12 Starts June 25th
The Rave Cinemas in Berlin is opening its doors at 9:30am on Mondays and Thursdays for 9 weeks of free G or PG rated movies. The list of movies and dates is as follows, all movies start at 10am:
6/25 and 6/28: Cats and Dogs
7/2 and 7/5: Legend of the Guardians
7/9 and 7/12: Yogi Bear
7/16 and 7/19: Happy Feet Two
7/23 and 7/26: Journey2 the Mysterious Island
7/30 and 8/2: Dolphin Tale
8/6 and 8/9: Shorts
8/13 and 8/16: Inkheart
8/20 and 8/23: Happy Feet
Rave Cinemas Berlin 12 is located at 19 Frontage Road, Berlin, and the phone is 860-829-1277. If you have questions about the movie program, the email address is email@example.com.
See you there!
Independence Day Fireworks and Festival July 3
The pre-Independence Day Fireworks Festival will kick off at 6PM with music, activities for children, and select vendors. The fireworks will begin at 9:30PM.
Three groups will be performing, the Middletown High School Jazz Band, Sweet Daddy Cool Breeze, and the Middletown Symphonic Band. The Symphonic Band will also accompany the fireworks.
Rain date is Friday, July 6 for the fireworks.