Monday, June 29, 2015

A New Play in Middletown

Tomorrow the World is a new, immersive play adapted from Aldous Huxley's thought-provoking 1931 novel, A Brave New World
The performances, on July 3, 4, 10 and 11, take place at the Kidcity Children's Museum in Middletown.  The cast, crew, and design team - working together as The Mad Generation Theater Company - are all recent high school graduates from throughout New England.
Set in the fictitious World State, in the year 632 After Ford, Tomorrow the World uses movement, media, original music and dialogue to explore the future of technology and humanity and the things people do to protect it. During the show, audience members will choose which characters and story lines to follow as scenes happen simultaneously in Kidcity's wild and colorful exhibits.
The show is for mature audiences. Tickets are free and performances are July 3rd, 10th, and 11th at 8 pm, with a special performance on July 4th at 9 pm. Kidcity is at 119 Washington Street in Middletown. Tickets can be reserved at
Learn more about the show and follow the characters on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (/madgenerationtheatre). 

Music at The Mansion 2015

Summer's here and Middletown jumps to a different beat - there are concerts by the River, concerts on the Wesleyan campus and there's Music at The Mansion.

As you see by the picture, the back lawn of The Wadsworth Mansion is lush and green. For the next 4 Wednesdays (7/01, 08, 15, and 22 - in case of rain, 7/29 is a makeup date), the Lawn will covered by blankets and chairs, filled with people listening to music that, in its own ways, covers a lot of territory.

The series, sponsored this year by the Friends of the Long Hill Estate along with a generous donation from Middlesex Hospital,  commences this Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. with the funky sounds of Avenue Groove. The sextet, in existence since 2007, plays rhythm 'n' blues, funk, soul music and more in a show that makes one want to dance.

The following Wednesday, the US Coast Guard Band, 50 persons strong, return to The Mansion.  Based at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, the Band was formed in 1925 and, in its 90-year existence, has performed throughout the United States and around the world.  Many of the musicians who perform go on to play in symphony orchestras and big bands.  The ensemble has recorded a number of CDs, the latest released in 2014 and featuring the movie music and more of John Williams.

The Latin jazz sounds of Goza also makes a return appearance in the Series, this time on July 15.  Led by guitarist David Giardina, the sextet plays a repertoire from Central and South America, from Spain and, on occasion - if you ask - will play spirited Gypsy Swing.  They also add Latin rhythms to songs by Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney and others.

Greg Fahey photo
The final show in the series also features an artist returning to town.  Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood with the Jeffettes is one to the area's premier blues bands. The guitarist is getting rave reviews around the country for his spirited playing and singing with a repertoire that pays tribute to blues greats such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Otis Rush. Pitchell is also getting notice for his songwriting abilities. Texas Flood is as solid a band as you'll hear anywhere and The Jeffettes add soulful harmonies to the proceedings.

The Wadsworth grounds open at 5:30 p.m. for the who wish to bring picnic suppers and close 30 minutes after the last notes fade away.  Parking is available at Snow School and in the lot at Mercy High School.  These concerts are free and open to the public - The Friends will solicit donations at all shows save for the Coast Guard Band.  For weather updates on the afternoon of the shows and more information, go to

Naturalization Ceremony at City Hall, July 1

An estimated 50 people from 30 countries will be naturalized in a ceremony at Middletown City Hall on Wednesday, July 1 at 1pm.  The Oath of Allegiance will be administered by the Honorable Stefan R. Underhill, U.S. District Court Judge for Connecticut.  After the Oath is administered, the ceremony will continue with the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of The Star-Spangled Banner, followed by remarks from federal, state and local officials.  After the ceremony, new citizens will have the opportunity to register to vote courtesy of the Registrar of Voters, City of Middletown.

Arthur Meyers, Director of Russell Library, is the organizer of this annual ceremony. “It’s always moving, especially being from a family of immigrants,” said Meyers last year, “It’s been going on for 17 years here.” This event brings together officials at all levels of government, veterans’ groups, and other organizations to honor and celebrate the country’s newest citizens, and to reaffirm the values and commitment that are shared by all citizens of the United States.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony and celebrate the rights and opportunities of all citizens of the United States, old and new!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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Cat Tales presents... Cat of the Week

This Weekend at The Buttonwood

It's another wonderful weekend at The Buttonwood Tree! Friday we have a very special show with The Hollands!, a traveling family of Americana Folk musicians who delight in entertaining audiences of all ages. Then, on Saturday, come to see the Red Hots; a sizzling quartet of performers who bring back old favorites with a modern twist. These are two shows guaranteed to entertain and excite! Don't miss them!

605 Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457

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Thunderstorm Topples Trees; 2,700 Middletown Customers Lose Power

UPDATE: At 10am on Wednesday, reported outages were down to 691. 
Uprooted tree, Wesleyan CFA
An uprooted tree on the Wesleyan campus.

Eversource crew on Country Club Rd about 8pm.
A quick but fierce summer thunderstorm blew through town Tuesday, uprooting trees, snapping power lines and snarling rush hour traffic.  Just before 5pm, thunder rumbled and the skies darkened. Twenty minutes later the storm was gone, but danger and chaos remained in its wake.

Mayor Dan Drew said some minor injuries from car accidents and other storm-related incidents were reported, but he was not aware of any serious health threats.

"The outages are slowly but steadily coming down" he said. "We're hoping everyone will be restored by some time in the morning. We'll have to see."

As of 10:30 pm, the Eversource energy company listed 2,262 customers (about 10% of Middletown customers) as without power. That was down from a peak of 2700 according to the mayor, who told The Eye that the South Farms section of town was particularly hard hit. Route 9 southbound near CVH was blocked due to storm damage, with reports of traffic backed up from Silver Street all the way into Cromwell.

But damage was widespread. Shortly after 5pm, Westfield Street was closed, with east-bound traffic diverted to Route 66/Washington Street at Ballfall Road. Drivers headed downtown soon found out that Washington Street was also shut down, between Butternut St. and Newfield St (Route 3). A normally 20-minute drive across town became an almost hour-long crawl through side streets.

Tree branches litter Veterans' Green.
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Drew said he ordered the city's Emergency Operations Center opened about 5:15, just after the storm hit the city. By 7pm, city dispatchers had handled 496 calls about situations that required police, firefighters, or other emergency services. The 496 number includes multiple calls for the same incident (for instance, several calls for one downed power line). Still, it was an intense rush of serious calls, spread throughout the city, and virtually all at once.

The EOC was closed down at about 10pm. The mayor said extra police were called in to safeguard hazards and direct traffic. He said Eversource had told him they were sending additional line crews to speed repairs.

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Trees branches littered Veterans Green along Washington Terrace, and large trees were snapped or uprooted near Wesleyan's Center for the Arts.

Surrounding towns were also hard hit.  The Middletown Press reported that Coginchaug High School's graduation ceremony was postponed due to the widespread power outages in Durham.

Looking for a silver lining? The forecast for Wednesday is beautiful.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Wesleyan Summer Films: Jimmy Stewart

The Center for Film Studies at Wesleyan University is pleased to announce this year's summer film series!

Tuesdays in July 2015
Start time:  7:30pm
Free Admission

  • July 14:  HARVEY
  • July 21:  REAR WINDOW
  • July 28:  WINCHESTER 73

All films will be introduced by Marc Longenecker, Programming and Technical Director, Film Studies and will be held in the Center for Film Studies at Wesleyan.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Cat Tales Needs Help With Feral Colony - Newfield Street

Volunteer for a rewarding experience helping outdoor cats!

Cat Tales is desperately seeking assistance with feeding a small feral colony in Middletown that Cat Tales cares for.  The person who feeds them is moving, so we are looking for one or more people to step in to help.  You should be committed to visiting feral colony daily -  feed each morning (by 11 a.m.).  Cat Tales provides all food.  This would also include days of inclement weather.  If you're interested, please email Becky at  If you need to call, note that it would take a couple days.  (860)344-9043.  We need someone by June 30th!  Thank you!

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Cat of the Week!

Wesleyan Potters Chintz-zee Patron Party Tomorrow

The Wesleyan Potters have been cleaning out their closets, finding handcrafted treasurers, prototypes, firsts and one of a kind seconds.  These beautiful, found pieces of art all will go to new homes on the 19th of June,   during the Chintz-zee Patron Party at Wesleyan Potters.  At this flower powered event, every ticket holder will choose a handcrafted art piece to take home.     Pottery, jewelry, baskets, sculpture and more ,valued up to $150, will be available.

 “Got to Have It,” $25 ticket holders will get first pick of the art available from 6-7 pm.  “Need It,” $15 ticket holders get to shop from 7-8 pm.  “Want It,” $5 ticket holders will surely find a treasure to take home in the 8 to 9 o’clock hour.   Multiple tickets may be purchased for any hour.  
Optional Attire for this party:  Chintz-zee-iest (flower covered) clothes (think of this as summer’s response to the ugly sweater party).  As ticket holders await their entrance time, they will be treated to light refreshments and live music.

Limited tickets for each hour are available.  Stop by Wesleyan Potters at 350 South Main Street (Rte. 17) Middletown to purchase tickets.  Tickets can also be reserved by calling 860-347-5925 or emailing

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

It's another wonderful weekend at The Buttonwood Tree! Join us Friday as Folk Rock/American Roots veterans Joe Flood and Bill Gross team up for a spectacular show full of country grit and blues charm. Then, on Saturday, come to see the amazing Olivia King; a new artist turning heads with her own style of R&B and Soul. These are two shows you don't want to miss!

605 Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

New Program at The Buttonwood Tree: Sound Healing


Crystal Bowl Sound Healing - New Monthly Event

Join us at Buttonwood for the first session (June 16) of our new monthly event: Crystal Bowl Sound Healing with Lou Sorrentino! Come to relax and heal your body and mind. If you've never tried it, now is the time!

605 Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457

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