Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The Buttonwood Tree Events: June 6th - June 12th

Thursday, June 7th @ 7 - 9PM, $5 Admission

The oldest continually-running Open Mic is back! Hosted by the congenial Bob Gotta, we invite you to come on stage and show us how to play guitar!

Friday, June 8th @ 8 - 10PM, $12 Admission

 Born and raised in the suburbs of New York City by parents of Haitian decent, Louis Apollon was exposed to many musical cultures from very young age. Music had always been something that sparked curiosity for him. From learning his way around his first instrument, the clarinet, to trying to imitate sounds coming from the radio, to breaking his father’s old record player trying to scratch old records. It was not uncommon to hear sounds from around the world on a daily basis, and those sounds influenced the music he makes today.

   Louis Apollon's style is heavily influenced by Jazz and World music. He doesn't hide from the imperfections of humanity, he embraces them! He creates a space where people can let go of their differences, feel uplifted and safe through the powers of music. Along with his trio, he delivers an exciting mix of cultures, energy, and an infectious positivity to live performances. 

Come see him and fellow performers, Ivanna Gonzales and Laura Crespo, 
by reserving tickets today!

Saturday, June 9th @ 10:30am- 12pm $10 suggested donation (Pay what you can)
In today’s environment of hardship, ill-health, corruption and inequality it is often difficult to see the Light. The purpose of this workshop is to empower you to see yours. A Spiritual & Holistic Healer from India, Annaita Gandhy, wants to help you find it! Sharing her deep understanding of life, holism and spirituality, Annaita aims to help you rise above life’s challenges and live a healthy, fulfilled & confident life. 
Saturday, June 9th @ 1 - 4PM, Free Admission

Come and soak some sun! This weekend, Buttonwood will be hosting this Open House outside! Featuring several local Hip Hop and R&B artists, this showcasing of talent is one that should not be missed.

Saturday, June 9th @ 8 - 10PM, $15 Admission

After 40 years of playing together, Washboard Slim and the Bluelights has evolved into one of the country's most versatile and original of jug bands.
Incorporating pure Americana instruments like tub bass, washboard, jug, banjo, harmonica, and fiddle, adding drums and powerful vocal harmonies, this band rocks sold-out concerts, dance halls and family shows. Playing their own compositions as well as original arrangements of traditional gospel and blues tunes, their music is by turns playful and haunted. It's no wonder legendary blues/folk artist, Eric Von Schmidt described Washboard Slim and the Bluelights as “traditional music on overdrive.”

Featuring Peter Menta as the drummer and woodwind, Howard Horn as the bassist, Brooks Barnett as the Keyboardist, Mat Kastner as a guitarist, John Pendergast on strings, and Lauren Agnelli as a vocalist. 

Sunday, June 10th @ 3 - 5PM, $5 Admission

Got an interesting story to tell? Or a funny one? How about a tale with a moral at the end of it? Whatever it may be, we at Buttonwood invites you to share it! Come before 4PM, of course! The second half of the program will feature stories told by Jim Harriman and Carolyn Stearns: two 'yarn-weavers' with a history in professional storytelling!

Sunday, June 10th @ 6 - 8PM, Free Admission
Have you ever wondered what people see in nature? Why they are passionate about our world’s natural beauty? Or are you just an art fanatic? Local collage and watercolor painter, Candice Weigle-Spier, is one herself. Throughout the month of June, she will be hosting her collection at the Buttonwood Tree: Remembering Nature. Remembering Nature is a series focused on the destruction of our natural world. Many of the pieces therein are constructed from recycled materials, representing the beauty of nature in media that are instrumental in its demise. On the tenth, there will be a reception at our location wherein Candice herself will be discussing her art. There will also be refreshments. Join us for a chance to understand nature through the eyes of an artist.

Monday, June 11th @ 7 - 10PM, $5 Admission
Anything goes means anything goes! Come share a talent or expression you've created, or simply join us for 'Moments of Gratitude: bits of positivity between performances. This week, we are featuring a popular staple of the Middletown Arts scene, Ashley Hamel: multi-talented singer-songwriter, improv comedian, and wizard rockstar (she creates Harry Potter music). With a background in theatre and improv comedy, Ashley delivers audience-centric performances that aim to entertain.

Tuesday, June 12th @ 1:15 - 2:15PM, Free Admission
Join us for a fun, accessible and supportive Hatha Yoga class that brings awareness to breathing, intention to movement and an emphasis on inner wisdom and body positivity. You will leave feeling connected and empowered!

Tuesday, June 12th @ 7 - 9PM  Free
Do you know what the Law of Attraction is? Come find out! Your Daily Dose of Happy is an anthology of uplifting, true short stories by local contributors, including Anne-Marie and Mike McEwen.  Meet the author and hear a live reading of several short stories from the book!

The Buttonwood Tree
605 Main Street / PO Box 71, Middletown, CT 06457
Contact us at 860.347.4975

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