Thursday, April 19, 2018

Free Master Class in Generative Theater for Women Saturday

ARTFARM's Marcella Trowbridge will be offering a free Master Class in Generative Theater this Saturday in Middletown. The class is open to all women 17 or over, and is designed to offer a taste of the type of work that will done at this summer's Generative Theater Institute.
Generative Theater involves developing issue-based theater content as an ensemble -- taking personal and group stories and experiences and turning them into performance material. Please arrive on time and dress to move. The workshop will be held at Wesleyan's Schoenberg Dance Studio, 247 Pine Street, Middletown. No experience is necessary, and dancers, actors, visual artists, musicians and activists are encouraged to attend.
ARTFARM's Generative Theater Institute will take place July 2 - 22 in Middletown. It is open to all women ages 17 - 24. For more information contact, call (860) 346-4390, or go to

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

TEMPEST to Headline Benefit Event for Food Pantry and Buttonwood

The Buttonwood Tree and Oak & Velvet Fine Upholstered Furniture team up to bring an amazing band to Middletown in support of the  Amazing Grace Food Pantry and The Buttonwood Tree.

TEMPEST is an iconic band that will get your toes tappin'! To start the night there will be an opening performance by dancers from the Royal Scottish County Dance Society!

- Friday, April 20th, 2018
7:30-10:30 pm Doors open:7 pm

- Tickets are $20, can be purchased online at, at the door or at The Buttonwood Tree, 605 Main Street, Middletown.

- Will be held in the beautiful showroom for the Oak & Velvet furniture business, in a historic factory located at 180 Johnson Street, Middletown. (now called the R.M. Keating Historical Enterprise Park.)

- Drawing for 4 Grounds Passes for the TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP

- Games (darts, pool...), Public Market's tasty sausages and hot dogs, snacks and an assortment of beverages will be available. Tickets on sale now!

Lief Sorbye, the founder of Tempest, has introduced unusual instruments into their own blend of world folk music. Keeping the spirits of the audience and the band uplifted through energetic and entertaining performances that span the spectrum from Celtic and Folk Festivals to Rock Clubs has always been the ultimate goal for Tempest. 

Tempest were inspired by a Dakota Sioux proverb on the “The Tracks We Leave”, which has triple references to the environmental, spiritual and musical tracks we leave upon the world we live in. The last 27 years have seen Tempest release nine critically acclaimed CDs on Magna Carta, and play more than 2,000 gigs. 2018 will see Tempest continue touring and bringing their Celtodelic Rock to their established and new fans alike.

Since forming in 1988, Tempest has delivered a hybrid of high-energy Celtic Rock. But as the band has matured throughout the years, their music has morphed stylistically. World Music has seeped into Tempest’s over all sound because the band members are drawn to traditional and ethnic music from around the globe. There has been a natural progression towards coloring Tempest’s music with elements from Scandinavia, India, African and Arabic countries. Middle Eastern flavors, traditional Irish and Scottish Medleys mingle with Robert Burns poems, Norwegian lyrics and heavy rock instrumentals on Tempest’s finest record to date.

• Lief Sorbye – Vocals, Mando Guitar, Acoustic & Electric Mandolines
• Adolfo Lazo – Drums
• Ab Menon – Guitars
• Kathy Buys – Fiddle
• Josh Fossgreen – Bass

RSCDS Dancers (led by Barbara Austen): 
Barbara List
• Ken Way
• Everett Munro
• Hillary Stevens
• Catriona MacAuslan
• Elizabeth Muir
• Steve Rice

Seating is limited, space is limited ... Get Tickets HERE
For more info call (860) 347-4957 or click link above.
This show is NOT located at The Buttonwood Tree.

Al Copley, Co-founder of Roomful of Blues Delights at The Buttonwood Tree

Fortunate audience members at The Buttonwood Tree Saturday night were treated to an amazing show by the legendary Al Copley. Dancing, laughing, conversations and merriment were the course of the evening as the show unfolded. Co-founder of Roomful of Blues, Copley has had an illustrious career as a pianist and composer. He'll return to TBT for another show on October 27th.
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See more about Al Copley

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Earth Day Hike -- April 22, 2018

The Middletown Conservation Commission is sponsoring a hike at the Guida Farm Conservation Area on Earth Day -- Sunday, April 22nd. The hike will begin at 1:00 at the parking lot across from the T-intersection of Round Hill Road and Coleman Road.

The leaders will be Mike Thomas and Elisabeth Holder -- members of the Middletown Commission on Conservation and Agriculture. On our walk last spring, we saw frog eggs, a wood frog, an owl pellet, a sputnik-shaped fungus called cedar-apple rust, and several bird species. There are also unique and dramatic rock formations. Because some of the former hay fields have reverted to woodland, this site presents many opportunities to see how this process takes place.

There is also abundant evidence of invasive, non-native species – Japanese barberry, oriental bittersweet, and multiflora rose. We will hike the trails, show maps of the proposed water tower, and discuss our efforts to deal with invasive species on the site.

The hike will be suitable for all ages -- from school-aged children on up. Participants should wear sturdy shoes, long pants, warm jackets, and be sure to bring a water bottle. At the beginning and the end of the walk, copies of the updated Middletown Trail Guide will be available for purchase at a cost of $10.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

If you don’t know, now you know

Just a friendly notice to local drivers:

Watch out for cars making u-turns on Broad Street on Sunday mornings.

That’s when the Rolling Doughnut is parked between Court & College.   I have it on good authority that the Sugar Raised is “fluffy & super tasty”.  To find their next stop, follow them at

H/T Notorious BIG & Miranda

City Radio Station Holds Spring Record Fair Saturday

From WESU Public Relations.
WESU’s illustrious Record Fair is back for the 2018 spring season. Although there were a few hiccups securing our traditional venue, the event is back and better than ever in the usual location at Beckham Hall on Wesleyan’s Campus (55 Wyllys Ave, Middletown, CT). The event will be held on Saturday, April 21st from 11am-4pm. There will also be an early bird special admission from 10am-11am for a fee of $5.

As usual there will even be exclusive and discounted WESU swag as well as discounted $1 records and CDs. Live WESU DJs will be spinning records and tunes all day. WESU is always accepting record donations to sell or add to our extensive record library at the station.

WESU is a listener supported radio station and relies heavily on listeners’ donations to keep the station running. The biennial Record Fair helps to sustain the station while also providing a fun community setting for all ages! The new transmitter is a very large financial burden to the station, so it is all the more reason to come out and support your favorite community radio station at this wonderful event.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Wesleyan Student Musicians Perform at Russell Library Saturday April 14!

A student-run chamber group at Wesleyan University with a passion for string instruments and classical music will be playing a selection from their repertoire in the lobby of the Russell Library beginning at 10:15am Saturday April 14th.

They hope to bring people together through music. The students are: 

Kate Luo: 1st violin
Henry Lin-David: 2nd violin
Julia Adler: viola
Camille De Beus: viola
Dani Smotrich-Barr: cello
Kimberly Tsiang: cello
Anna Zags: cello

Come and enjoy some classical music this Saturday!

At the same time, the Friends Book Sale will be going on in the Children's Activity Room, from 10:00am - 2:00pm. 

The staircase leading into our Main Reading Room shows a
projection of one of the stained glass windows.
Authors 06457! is also featured in the lobby of Russell Library from 11:00am - 1:00pm. Local authors Sara Ann Hofferd and Steve Liskow are the authors this month. 

Sara Ann Hofferd is currently working on a series of alphabet books that enhances the basic ABC book. Her featured book, Alphabet Sketch, is a motivational tool for your little one to search for the alphabet throughout your home. Initially created for friends and family to illustrate at baby showers or gatherings, Alphabet Sketch has grown to an audience of children under 7 as well. This way, it is personalized and broadens vocabulary by exploration.

Steve Liskow is an award-winning author who also teaches writing and serves as a mentor and panelist for Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. His novels, many set in Connecticut, deal with issues such as a shooting in a public school, and teen drug abuse.

A Tour of the Russell Library will begin in the lobby at noon and take participants into some of the "hidden secrets" of the library.

Spring is in the air!

The first signs of Spring started popping up around Main Street earlier this week, and by that, of course, I mean sidewalk tables.

Fiore's was first out the gate!

Today there were even more signs, like merchants washing their store windows...

...and pansies in the planters (props to the Downtown Business District).

At one point, I thought I heard the chirping of birds, but it turned out it was just a delivery truck backing up.  Cheep, cheep, cheep!

If you're coming down to Main Street tonight (Friday), don't miss Bread & Puppet at First Church (they just pulled into town and are unloading their bus!)

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Bread and Puppet Tomorrow!

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From Trevor Davis
A last minute change in venue has brought an internationally acclaimed act know for their giant puppets and messages for children and adults to First Church at 190 Court St., for only one performance this Friday, April 13 at 7 PM.

After the performance Bread and Puppet will serve its famous free sourdough rye bread with aioli, and Bread and Puppet’s “Cheap Art” – books, posters, postcards, pamphlets and banners from the Bread and Puppet Press – will be for sale. The Bread and Puppet Practitioners-of-the-Pursuit-of-What String Band will welcome the public. 

Bread & Puppet Theater is an internationally celebrated company that champions a visually rich, street-theater brand of performance art filled with music, dance and slapstick. Its shows are political and spectacular, with huge puppets made of paper maché and cardboard. Founded in 1963 by Peter Schumann on New York City's Lower East Side, the theater has been based in the North East Kingdom of Vermont since the early 1970s.

Council To Debate Arcade Parking Garage Bond Tonight

The Common Council will have a special meeting tonight, to discuss a proposed bond ordinance to fund the "Planning, Design, Engineering, and Deconstruction of the Arcade Parking Garage." The meeting starts at 6PM in council chambers.  There is a public hearing.

The bond would be for $750,000. 

The charter requires a voter referendum before any bonds greater than $750,000 can be taken out. The Council routinely circumvents this by splitting projects into smaller pieces.

Last week the council approved a bond of $500,000 to fund the "Planning, Design, Engineering, and Construction of City Public Parking Improvements."

And a second bond of $375,000 to fund the "Planning, Design, Engineering, and Construction of Surface Parking Lots in the Downtown Area.