Wednesday, January 27, 2021

MxCC Real Estate Course Begins February 2

Step onto the path of becoming a licensed real estate salesperson while the housing market is strong! Register now for the Real Estate Principles and Practices course at Middlesex Community College which begins February 2.

Students get an extensive understanding of how the real estate marketplace works—including land use controls and regulations, market analysis, financing, contracts, and transfer of titles. Those who attend 60 hours and pass with a grade of 70 qualify for the state's licensing exam.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Special Guest for Story City Troupe

You're invited to The Buttonwood Tree's  Storytelling Night on First Fridays! 

February 5th | 7 - 9 PM | $10. per household


Register for Zoom Access by emailing

Sit back and relax every first Friday to a fascinating adult style story time!  These tellers of Story City Troupe are proficient at storytelling and will truly delight and entertain you. The audience is invited to participate by offering to tell their own story (email for details) and by staying on after the storytelling for an informal "Chat room." You may talk with the tellers or other audience members, ask questions, get advice etc.

The theme of February's show is “Family” and will include Guest Teller, Nelsie Spencer !

Included in all Buttonwood programs is a brief time for sharing what we are grateful for, called "Moments of Gratitude." The audience is also invited to participate!  

Story City Troupe, founded by Sue Huggans is a collective of storytellers based in the Hartford, CT area. They've been performing at TBT for over three years and welcome new members.  

Story City Troupe uses the Moth Formula: all are true, personal stories, often funny, sometimes amazing, poignant or ironic and based on a single theme for the evening. They have been mentored by Matt Dicks, one of The Moth’s champion storytellers and range in age from their 20’s to their 70’s, proving you can come up with a good story at any age. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll identify!

February Tellers:

Mike Isko

Nina Lesiga

Jezrie Marcano-Courtney

Sue Huggans

Guest Teller:  Nelsie Spencer

About Nelsie Spencer

Nelsie Spencer is a playwright - My Heart Belongs to Daddy (cowritten and co-starred with best friend Laury Marker). Daddyhad 4 sold-out and critically acclaimed productions. She’s done stand-up in and around NYC. She’s the author of the semi-autobiographical novel The Playgroup (St. Martins, 2003). She was briefly a radio show host with Cory Kahaney and Maureen Langan for Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem’s radio endeavor. She is the co-writer (with Kim Swink) and also one of the producers of the award-winning film Valley Inn. Last year she debuted her One-Woman play Day of the Dead Daddy, in NYC, to a sold-out crowd. This past October she was invited to perform Day of the Dead Daddy via Zoom for The Marsh Theatre’s (first-ever) International Streaming Solo Fest where she won an honorable mention. She launched Losing It! a comic interview/storytelling podcast with the theme of “losing it” in 2019. The new and improved “reboot” of Losing It! (Produced by Ronnie Whaley) hit the podcasting platforms in January and people are loving it!  

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"Finding the Light" Photo Contest in Honor of Edward Friedman

These are difficult times, but there is goodness, Light and joy still. We must create it, we must seek it and nurture it to grow! Where do you see the Light? Enter your photos and help raise funds for The Buttonwood Tree's Youth Art Programming, and win prizes! 

This judged contest will have awards (1st, 2nd and 3rd place) for adult and child age groups in each of the following categories: 
a. People 
b. Places (landscapes, buildings …) 
c. Things (living or not, includes animals). 
d. MIDDLETOWN (photos taken in Middletown)

See rules, registration and further information at https://www.buttonwood.orgSubmissions are due by March 1st.

Ed Friedman was a kind man with a huge heart and a love for the saxophone. He played his music at The Buttonwood Tree years ago and found it a natural fit for him to display his photographs there when the time was right. He was an active musician and taught in the public schools in East Hampton for 24 years and Bridgeport for 11. Edward passed peacefully in 2019. It was a great loss for our community, and we are honoring him and his love for Middletown’s North End Community with this photo contest and exhibition.

TBT is honored to have an outstanding group of photographers who have so kindly offered to be our judges. Our thanks to them all!

Chief Judge: Matthew Kabel (Superintendent of Photography for the Durham Fair)
Other judges
Barbara McCane, Cassandra Day, Bill DeKine and Paul Horton

Matthew Kabel has been a photography buff for over fifty years, receiving his 1st camera at 13. He has been a freelance photographer for the Middletown Press and adult educator at Middletown Adult education for over 40 years [night school] as well as 10+ other adult education programs around the state. Matthew worked at Midtown Photo for 32 years and has been photographing weddings and other social events professionally for over 40 years as well. He is currently the superintendent of the photography department at the Durham Fair. He also collects cameras and Viewmaster 3d items.

Funding provided in part by the City of Middletown's Commission on the Arts (MCA), and the Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC). Our gratitude to them!!

Please see for more details and to submit your photos. Email us with any questions at ENJOY!

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Friday, January 15, 2021

Conservation District to Host Free Civics 2.0 Workshop Series

The Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District invites you to participate in the free upcoming workshop series, Civics 2.0: The Ins & Outs of Serving on a Town Inland Wetlands Agency.

This two-part workshop will cover topics such as the functions and values of wetlands, the CT Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Act, elements of a site plan and site plan review, and what to look for on a site walk.  Workshop sessions will take place virtually on multiple dates and times, including weeknights, and Saturday morning and afternoon (see scheduled times below and other details in the flyer below).

Presenters include Janet Brooks, an experienced wetland attorney, and Kelly Starr, Natural Resource Specialist, Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District. There will also be cameo appearances by town wetland staff and members of town inland wetlands agencies!

For more information, including how to register, please contact

The series is funded in part by a generous grant from The Rockfall Foundation and in-kind donations from Janet Brooks, the Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District, and program co-sponsors. 

 The Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Middletown, CT, works to conserve the natural resources of towns in the lower Connecticut River watershed and coastal areas.  For more information about District technical and educational programs and services, visit our website at