Wednesday, June 30, 2021

"Shakespeare Alive!" Acting program for Teens


Spaces are still available for young people ages 14 - 20 to join Shakespeare Alive! , a three week acting immersion culminating in two outdoor performances. The program runs July 12 - 31, Monday through Friday 10 am - 3 pm, and is a collaboration between Oddfellows Playhouse, ARTFARM, and the Middletown Arts and Culture Office. 

Tuition for the 3 week program is $300 for Middletown residents, and financial aid is available to anyone who needs it.

The program will be directed by ARTFARM Artistic Director Marcella Trowbridge, with teaching artist Kendra Garnett and guest artists. Training will include acting, voice, movement, stage combat, interpreting Shakespeare and ensemble performance.

It will be professional -level training in an inclusive, safe environment.

For more info, or to register, go to, email, or be old school and pick up the phone and call us at (860) 347-6143.

Monday, June 28, 2021

Anything Goes Open Mic

 Join us TONIGHT for Anything Goes Open Mic! 

The time has finally come. Get ready for our first IN-PERSON Open Mic on July 5th!

Sing a song, tell some jokes, read a poem, or share a story, anything goes!

Join us at 6:30 pm to warm up, get on the list, and adjust your microphone. The open mic will start at 7:00 pm and goes to about 9:30 pm. 

Visit to access the Zoom link! 

Targeted Exercise Videos Online


   LIVE classes   
  & workshops

 AARP provides many beneficial programs. One of them is a huge selection of exercise videos on youtube, including yoga-based routines, for whatever ails you. Sometimes the right exercise will remind you that you don't really need hip or knee surgery--that's a huge plus!

Targeted Exercise Routines from AARP

   The youtube videos are available even if you're not a member of AARP--you'll need to check. But for AARP members, with Silver Sneakers coverage these exercise offerings can't be beat. You can log in to Silver Sneakers, find a video that might help, and work out whenever you like.

 The fact that the exercises are targeted means that if you're having knee problems--or leg or ankle or back problems, there's a video for you. Sometimes you'll need to read articles online to find out which part of the body is actually causing trouble and that can be challenging because, as we know, they're all connected! But it's well worth the effort to avoid pain, worry, a doctor's visit, or maybe even surgery.

  So if you're finding it hard to walk up the stairs or get up from your favorite arm chair, or if you're dealing with muscular or joint pain, chances are you can find an exercise to help. You'll be amazed how quickly you can recover with exercise, in the privacy of your own home.

 Silver Sneakers online also has ongoing classes--extended workouts you can use for strengthening and toning.  Give it a try!

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Carbon Negative Carpeting

Imagine Another Timely Idea:
Carpeting with a carbon footprint of
negative 300 grams per square meter 

Has the Carbontech Revolution Begun?

Science can now pull carbon out of the air. For that to make a difference, though, businesses need to find profitable places to put it.

In the New York Times Weekend Magazine 

Products of Atlanta-based Interface products, including commercial flooring — carpet tiles, lightly napped and highly durable, incorporate 
something new that results from years of intensive research and development. It uses materials made from recycled vinyl and processed vegetation, infused with a latex created from smokestack exhaust, and topped and tufted with salvaged nylon. 

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta


Acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta 

Thursdays 6:30 - 9:30 PM on Zoom

Join us TONIGHT for Connecticut’s oldest continuously running Acoustic Open Mic, hosted by Bob Gotta. You’re in for a night of great songwriting and fascinating stories behind the songs. 

We’ll kick it off at 6:30 and wrap up around 9:30 PM. 

Head on over to for the Zoom link! 

The Rockfall Foundation presents Plywood Cowboy at the Rose Garden


The Rockfall Foundation is hosting our first ever benefit concert 
on Wednesday, August 4

Join us in the Wadsworth Mansion's Rose Garden for a performance 
by Steve Dedman & Plywood Cowboy. 

Plywood Cowboy is an Americana band based out of the Connecticut River Valley. You can check out their music on Spotify or Youtube

Tickets are $30 per person, with proceeds benefitting The Rockfall Foundation grants and environmental education programs. All are welcome! This event is BYOB and picnic style - bring a blanket or lawn chair and some food!

Tickets can be purchased here. 

We hope to see you there! 

The Rockfall Foundation promotes and supports environmental education and conservation in the Lower Connecticut River Valley. Since 1972, Rockfall has awarded grants each year to organizations, schools, and municipalities for projects and initiatives supporting environmental education, conservation, restoration, and preservation. 

 Click here to learn more about The Rockfall Foundation.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021


Did You Get Your COVID-19 VACCINE?


Approximately three weeks ago President Joseph R. Biden launched an ambitious plan to have 70% of adults get the first shot of the COVID-19 vaccination by July 4th. As of right now the goal is almost in reach with 65% of adults are partially vaccinated from the COVID-19 Virus. 


President Biden has stated that every American has a major role to play to ensure each of us combats this deadly virus. America is almost there to the 70% mark, but it cannot be done without everyone's help. If you know someone who has not been vaccinated ask him or her to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Please tell him or her that it is everyone's civic, patriotic and moral duty to protect themselves & others against this health threat to America and the world. It is time to step up and get vaccinated. Please get your shot before it is too late. 


Most vaccination clinics are now walk-ins and appointments are not necessary anymore. Plus, your favorite supermarket and drug store are now offering the COVID-19 vaccine. If everyone tries to meet this goal of 70% then America will have a grand and festive July 4th holiday celebrating not only our nation's 245th birthday but also our independence from the COVID-19 virus. Please get vaccinated.


For more information about the COVID-19 Vaccine and how to get it please see the following websites:


Enjoy the videos and please get your COVID-19 Vaccine. 









Monday, June 21, 2021

Thursday, Summer Sounds in MIDDLETOWN

Summer Sounds 6-8 pm
at Middletown's 
Spear Park
The weather looks great for this Thursday, 6-8, at
SPEAR PARK, Main & William St., in Downtown Middletown. The Monthei Brothers band plays country rock and some bluegrass, so bring a blanket and chairs and enjoy!

There are more Summer Sounds to come, Thursdays, 6-8pm, July & August, at Spear Park.  See you there!