Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Buttonwood Tree Events: July 4th - July 11th

Story City Troupe
(Feat. Matt Dicks and Tom Ouimet)
Friday, July 6 @ 8 - 10PM, $10 Admission


About the Feature Teller, Matthew Dicks:

Matt has been telling stories onstage since July of 2011 when he took the stage at a Moth StorySLAM at the Nuyorican’s Poets CafĂ© in New York. He dropped his name in the hat, and when Dan Kennedy called his name, he took the stage and told a story about pole vaulting in high school.
He recounts, "By some miracle, I won that night. More importantly, I fell in love with storytelling.
Since that night, I have competed in 63 Moth StorySLAMs in New York and Boston and have won 36. I’ve competed in 20 Moth GrandSLAM championships, winning 5 times. I've also performed in Moth Main Stage shows in New York, Boston, Pittsburgh, and North Hampton, MA. My stories have appeared on the Peabody Award winning The Moth Radio Hour and their weekly podcast."

He has told stories for:
  • This American Life
  • The Story Collider
  • TED
  • The Liar Show
  • Out by Ten
  • Other People's Stories
  • The Mouth
  • Literary Death Match
He has also hosted story slams for the Uptown Literary Festival, Purdue University, Yale University, Unitversity of Connecticut, Graded School in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and many others.

In 2013, Dick's wife and he founded Speak Up, a storytelling organization that produces shows throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts and teaches storytelling to both beginning storytellers as well as experienced raconteurs. 
Matthew Dicks is the internationally bestselling author of the novels Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, Something MissingUnexpectedly, Milo, The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs, and the upcoming Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life through the Power of Storytelling, The Other Mother, and Cardboard Knight. His novels have been translated into more than 25 languages worldwide. 

Everyone enjoys a good story, especially this diverse troupe of storytellers. Based in the capitol of Hartford, these individuals are trained in the art of the Moth Formula: enthralling, true stories that are often funny, personal, poignant, or ironic. As with every show, their stories all revolve around a single theme. Audiences are invited to come up and share their stories, too!
Join us for a night of good stories and greater company.

NOTE: Due to the heat, we will be hosting this month's Story City Troupe
 across the street from Buttonwood, in the art gallery of MAC 650. 

Saturday, July 7th @ 10:30am - 12PM, $10 suggested donation (Pay what you can)

This week's topic: Living Within Your Compassionate Heart

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.

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, July 10th @ 1:15 - 2:15PM, Donations Welcome!

Join us for a fun, accessible and supportive Hatha Yoga class that brings awareness to breathing, intention to movement, and places an emphasis on inner wisdom as well as body positivity. You will leave feeling connected with yourself, and all the more empowered! 

Tuesday, July 10th @ 6 - 8PM, Free Admission!

A Middletown resident for over 30 years, Edward often ends up wandering the varied parts of the North End. Eventually, the camera came too. Edward has since taken it upon himself to explore society and its various shades of beauty through the lens of a camera. It has taken him into both wooded and urban landscapes, natural and constructed elegance, and places both pretty and gritty.

“To be alive on this planet is a gift; all one needs to do is frame the experience.”

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

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