Wednesday, September 20, 2023

We Are the Land: Saga of Wampanoag People in Plymouth & New England

Of Cultural Interest, perhaps for a day out in Boston.
Or to inspire a Middletown Playwright.

We Are The Land
A Pageant-Play
Telling the Story of
the Wampanoag People

   The Wampanoag people have been stewarding their land for over 10,000 years across several eastern states, including Massachusetts. After colonization, their voice was silenced. We Are The Land is part pageant, part play, where audiences will hear directly from Wampanoag people telling their story of their relationship to the soil, how it was taken away, and how the nation has re-established themselves in a way that both honors their ancestors and looks toward the future.

Working with a group of Wampanoag artists, actors, and storytellers, Mashpee resident and member of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, Siobhan Brown, alongside Hartman Deetz, have brought this incredible event to fruition. After its World Premiere in Plymouth, UK, We Are the Land comes to Boston for a very special two performance engagement.
(From post on Emerson Theatre website: Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre,
219 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02116.)

Performances at the Emerson Theatre, Boston (see below), likely to be sold out. It is hoped that the play may be presented again and at other venues in other states. Maybe in Connecticut. Maybe in Middletown. Just think: We Are the Land, at the Oddfellows Playhouse, or as an Art Farm production or a youth theater performance. 

Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre
219 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02116
Emerson Theatre shows We Are the Land

FRIDAY, SEP 29, 2023
SATURDAY, SEP 30, 2023
2:00 PM   SOLD OUT

A Library play reading of We Are the Land

WE ARE THE LAND: ROXBURY LIBRARY (SEP 16 -OCT 7, 2023). a playreading event.
(No Zoom noted.)  

Play Reading Book Club (PRBC)  – Sat, Sep 16, 2023 - 01:30 PM.

This PRBC will be held in person at the Roxbury Library located at 149 Dudley St, Roxbury, MA 02119. Sessions will run Saturday, September 16 through Saturday, October 07. The PRBC will attend the live, in-person performance of We Are the Land at the Cutler Majestic Theater on Saturday, September 30 at 2:00pm (tickets to the performance are sold separately). Online registration for PRBC is one per customer. 

Other information online may be found via search on We Are the Land.

An exuberant review of We Are the Land appears in this edition of The Cape Cod Times:

Friday, September 15, 2023

Raga Club presents Indian classical music by S. Aishwarya — 4pm Sun Sept 17 at Sri Satyanarayana Temple

 Raga Club of Connecticut presents 
a Concert of South Indian Classical Carnatic Music

S. Aishwarya - Vocal
S. Saundarya - Vocal
Janardhan Srinath - Violin
Phanindra Bhaskara - Mridangam

4pm Sunday, September 17, 2023
CVHTS Narayana Auditorium (below Satyanarayana Sanctum)
11 Training Hill Road, Middletown, CT 06457

Dear Middletown friends, we are delighted to present this concert, which should be a wonderful, heartfelt performance of South Indian classical vocal music. The singers are the great-granddaughters of one of the finest musicians from India of the 20th century, and the whole team here are themselves excellent musicians. 

Raga Music concerts - Ticket policy:
* Non-Raga Members - tickets are $25 per person, purchase at the door
* Students - Free admission
* RAGA member and 3 more persons from immediate family (spouse and two additional immediate family members) are allowed free to RAGA concerts. Co-sponsored concerts and special concerts may have different ticketing arrangements.
* Other guests accompanying a RAGA member should buy tickets at $25 per person

Thanks and hope to see you there! 
- Joseph Getter, President, Raga Club

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Get Dirty for Cleaner Rivers! Update: The Coginchaug River Cleanup is Postponed Until September 30!!


Join the fun, be part of a "source-to-sea" effort, and help clean the river! On Saturday, September 23, 2023, from 9 am to noon, the Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District, the City of Middletown’s Commission on Conservation and Agriculture, and SLR International Corporation are leading a Coginchaug River cleanup at Veterans Park in Middletown. The cleanup is being held in conjunction with the Connecticut River Source to Sea Cleanup. In case of heavy rain or stormy weather, the cleanup will be postponed until Sunday, September 24, same time. 

 The City of Middletown Public Works Department will provide cleanup supplies, and help by disposing of trash and recyclables. Any additional donations from businesses to help with the cleanup, such as snacks for the volunteers, would also be appreciated!

Source to Sea Cleanup is an annual four-state community cleanup of the Connecticut River and tributaries coordinated by the Connecticut River Conservancy. As a volunteer you will be one of thousands working watershed-wide on the same day to clean up our watershed.

If you would like to participate as a volunteer, please go to the online registration page for the Veterans Park Coginchaug River Cleanup. If you would like to make a donation, or have questions, please contact the Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District at (860) 346-3282, or

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



Monday, September 4, 2023

ZOOM Genealogy Club - September 23, 2023


Steve Morse

Topic:  "One-Step Tools with Steve Morse"

Saturday, September 23, 2023

1:30 PM Zoom Presentation

 You may remember when Steve joined us to help prepare us for the release of the 1950 census. This time he will be walking us through some of his One-Step Tools on his website. The site started out as an aid for finding passengers in the Ellis Island database. Over the years it has continued to evolve and today includes about 300 web-based tools divided into 16 separate categories ranging from genealogical searches to astronomical calculations to last-minute bidding on eBay. This presentation will describe the range of tools available and give the highlights of each one.

NOTE: This is a week later than our usual meeting - a 4th Saturday rather than a 3rd.

Please register by 4:00 PM Friday, September 22.  The invite will be sent out on that Friday.

Godfrey Premium members can register for free at the following email:

If you are not a Godfrey Premium member and want to attend the presentation, you can pay $10 via PayPal ( with the payment sent to Godfrey Memorial Library.  Then register using the above email.