AN EVENING WITH MAURA GEIST - SPIRITUAL MEDIUM
Nov
30
7:30 PM19:30

AN EVENING WITH MAURA GEIST - SPIRITUAL MEDIUM

An Evening with Spiritual Medium Maura Geist

Tickets $15.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $20.00 at the Door / Special Senior price ($18.00) at the Door.

SEASON & SERIES PASSES NOW AVAILABLE - CALL FOR DETAILS 518.791.9474

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The evening will begin with a discussion lead by Maura.  She will discuss when and how this unique ability began, what a Medium is and her understanding of the Afterlife.   She will also give a overview of how a reading is done, methods used in the process and what she will need from the audience. Maura will then make connections for the audience members and bring loving and healing messages from loved ones that have crossed over.

Based on experience and general audience attendance, approximately ten readings are typically able to be completed during an evening session. There will be a brief intermission ending with a Q & A.

A complimentary copy of Maura's new book, "God, the Soul and the Afterlife Through the Eyes of a Medium" will be available at the door for the first twenty (20) attendees.  Life is a beautiful thing, it is our journey of learning, but it is even more interesting through the Eyes of a Medium. This is my journey and all the things I have learned about God, our Souls, and the Afterlife. - Maura Geist

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Come be part of this inspirational, loving and healing evening in our intimate historic setting. This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Tickets $15.00 in advance online / $20.00 at the door. Senior pricing available. 20% Discount at Door for EC-CHAP Members.

Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" pizza! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

All proceeds from this concert go to support EC-CHAP.


Testimonials

"The experience with you is always nothing short of amazing. The accuracy of the information you bring to us from them simply cannot be denied or dismissed. One comes away from you knowing....not wondering, but knowing that they have just been in the company of a departed loved one.  For us, your simply our key that opens the door to the place where they now dwell. Your are what allows us to have..... Continued family reunions..... That result in healing, and a complete feeling ofpeace, resolution, and well being. Thank you Maura, just for being there." - Stephen, NY

"Maura has a truly special gift. Maura provided me with closure on an issue I have been struggling with for 25 years. Her approach and her readings are thoughtful, honest, and full of love and empathy. Maura allowed me to forgive and begin the healing that I so desperately needed. There is a comfort that I know have. For this, I am so thankfu to Maura for sharing her gift with me! " - Jill, NY

"Maura is 'the real deal'. I have spoken with, met with and spent many hours with other mediums over the last 20 years or so. No one has ever made me feel or given me the amount of helpful information that Maura delivered. I felt comfortable, confident and relaxed in speaking with her. I wish everyone I knew would have a chat with her so they can feel what I felt! Thank you times a million! " - Adrienne, CT

"Maura, when I came to see you with Karan, I did not expect anything. You made a believer out of me, and for that I will be forever grateful. I felt like I was talking to my grandparents right in front of me. You gave me a comfort that I can't express. I am just happy to know that there are people who watch out for us, and that we do "live" forever." - Cathy, NY


About Maura:

Growing up I was just like any other child except I would feel and hear things that I did not understand,  and that truly frightened me. In my teen years I tried very hard to ignore it but it always managed to work its way into my life.

When I was in my mid twenties my connection and faith to God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit became very strong, along with my belief in Angels.   I started to feel, hear and see things more often.  Twelve years ago when someone whom I loved very much passed away, I then could no longer ignore this ability.  I was forced to acknowledge this and learn how to use this to help others heal and this is the path I believe I am meant to follow.

I have studied with various Mediums such as Lisa Williams, Tony Stockwell and John Holland but most of my learning has come from my Archangels and the God energy. I have been sharing this gift with others and in group settings for the past five years.

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"INTUITIVE YOU" Level-I WORKSHOP WITH MAURA GEIST
Dec
1
10:00 AM10:00

"INTUITIVE YOU" Level-I WORKSHOP WITH MAURA GEIST

Intuitive You” Level-I Workshop with Maura Geist

Workshop Fee: $10.00 at the Door.

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We are all born with Intuition and we may not always know how to use it. In this workshop Maura Geist, Certified Psychic Medium will teach you how to develop, control, and deepen your intuition and apply it to your day to day life. Maura will explain the intricacies of the Souls function and through exercises you will gain peace, awareness and understanding as you get to know the Intuitive You.

For information reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

All proceeds from this concert go to support EC-CHAP.

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EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Belle of the Fall (Indie/Folk)
Dec
1
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Belle of the Fall (Indie/Folk)

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Belle of the Fall (Indie/Folk)

Tickets $15.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $20.00 at the Door / Special Senior ($18.00) & Student Price ($10.00) at the Door.

SEASON & SERIES PASSES NOW AVAILABLE - CALL FOR DETAILS 518.791.9474

We're pleased to say, "They're Back" at The Packing House! 

From the album "Rise Up." www.belleofthefall.com www.facebook.com/belleofthefall.com www.instagram.com/belleofthefall

BELLE OF THE FALL continues to demonstrate a thoughtful approach to song writing and performance. Their unique sound, sweet harmonies, and musicianship differentiates these artists from many.

Cast of Characters:

Tracy Walton- 2014 and 2015 New England Music Award nominee Best Male Performer. An accomplished bassist and songwriter who has written for Alfred Books and taught at the National Guitar Workshop. Tracy is a Taylor guitar artist. 

Julia Autumn Ford- CT Music Award Nominee Best New Artist 2014 and Song of the Year 2015. Her debut solo album has gained her well deserved attention as a singer of rare talent. "It's almost freakish how good she sings. I watched her and it was hard to process that it was actually coming out of her mouth." Joe Michelini, River City Extension.

Weapons of choice: 

Julia - The obvious choice for lead singer in any situation, acoustic guitar, yukitar, occasional melodica. Tracy- Upright bass, vocals, drums when back lined as he is not a fan of carrying things. 

The Rise of Belle of the Fall:

In 2014 Tracy Walton produced Julia Autumn Ford's debut album at his studio On Deck Sound Studio. In essence the record is somewhat the birth of Belle of the Fall, as Tracy plays all of the instruments on the record and Julia sings. Later that year they would tour the East Coast together sharing bills playing separate solo sets, with Tracy sitting in on some of Julia's songs. 

Sometimes an idea seems to simple so it takes a while for it to come to fruition. Simply put, two is often better than one. With Belle of the Fall it was as simple as an agreement of "All in." The summer of 2015 was the right time for two forces to collide. 2016 finds the duo going strong with their debut album, “Earthbound”  released on April 5th. 

"Acoustic folk duo Belle Of The Fall has proven that musical soul mates do in fact exist.” Vents Magazine

Please join us for an evening of original works and sweet harmonies by these talented artists!! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Tickets $15.00 in advance online / $20.00 at the door. Senior and Student pricing available. 20% Discount at Door for EC-CHAP Members.

Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" pizza! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

All proceeds from this concert go to support EC-CHAP.


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EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Eclectica (Classical / Chamber)
Dec
2
4:00 PM16:00

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Eclectica (Classical / Chamber)

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Eclectica (Classical / Chamber)

Tickets $15.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $20.00 at the Door / Special Senior ($18.00) & Student Price ($10.00) at the Door.

SEASON & SERIES PASSES NOW AVAILABLE - CALL FOR DETAILS 518.791.9474

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Eclectica is a Connecticut-based chamber trio that arranges and plays music spanning centuries, continents, musical styles, and cultures, using a unique combination of instruments including recorders, various sizes of viola da gamba, hammered dulcimer, and violin.

Eclectica’s 2018 Christmas program takes listeners on a seasonal musical journey featuring a number of original arrangements.

The Eclectica Chamber Trio includes founder and arranger Carrie Crompton (hammered dulcimer, viola da gamba), Monika Kinstler (viola da gamba, violin, recorders), Deborah Robin (recorders) and Kasha Breau (harp, voice)

Join us for an afternoon of acoustic chamber music as we embrace the Holiday Spirit with these creative artists! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 3:30pm / Show 4:00pm. Tickets $15.00 in advance online / $20.00 at the door. Senior and Student pricing available. 20% Discount at Door for EC-CHAP Members.

Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" pizza! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

All proceeds from this concert go to support EC-CHAP.


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EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"
Dec
6
7:00 PM19:00

EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"

The Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance, Inc. (EC-CHAP for short) is an independent membership-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization representing an important cultural resource serving communities and visitors to Eastern Connecticut and beyond. The Center's focus is to bring a heightened awareness to the significance of local history and historic preservation; provide an appreciation for the visual arts through creation and display; and offer performance events and opportunities for creative expression in music, film, dance, literature, and theater.

The EC-CHAP currently operates the Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum, an Artist in Residence (AIR) Program, and hosts an assortment of performances and events at The Packing House, all  located at The Mill Works in Willington, CT. Plans are under review to develop a formal gallery / exhibition space where the works of local, regional, and nationally known artists can be displayed. A variety of creative programs, workshops, classes, are also being planned as part of a unique educational exchange. Visit www.ec-chap.org for more information.

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We have scheduled monthly "Information Exchange Meetings" to review our mission, discuss membership benefits, and review programming opportunities and support. We are very interested in obtaining your input and feedback with respect to how we can best meet your interests and needs as a cultural organization. These meetings are free to attend.

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This meeting will be held in The Packing House at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT. Refreshments provided.

For more information, please call 518-791-9474, or email us at info@ec-chap.org.

Become a “CHAP” Today!

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EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Seat Of Our Pants Holiday Show & CD Release Event (Folk/Bluegrass)
Dec
8
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Seat Of Our Pants Holiday Show & CD Release Event (Folk/Bluegrass)

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Seat Of Our Pants Holiday Show & CD Release Event (Folk/Bluegrass)

Tickets $15.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $20.00 at the Door / Special Senior ($18.00) & Student Price ($10.00) at the Door.

EC-CHAP “Frequent Flyer” Rewards Program Now Available

Hey! SOOP is Back at The Packing House!

With their own eclectic style of folky roots homegrown right here in Connecticut, Seat Of Our Pants (SOOP) is rapidly becoming a household name throughout the state and beyond. 

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Prepare yourself for a very special evening, as Seat Of Our Pants presents music from their new album, due to arrive on their doorstep JUST in time for this show. Recorded at Riverway Studios with producer and Grammy-nominated composer Ira Sakolsky, “Songs of Rabble and Roots” is their 3rd CD and first of all original songs. As the title suggests, the tracks are a combination of their rowdy, irreverent side that will leave you laughing, and heartfelt songs about family, healing, and home sure to make you reflect, and may even bring a tear to your eye.

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Since the show is scheduled smack in the middle of the holiday season, Carolyn, Jeff, Mark and Mike have a great selection of holiday songs planned for the evening as well.

 “There is something about the band members that make their performance magical” - Pamm Summers, EC-CHAP Senior Member.  Start your holiday season off with the magic of Seat Of Our Pants.

Please join us for an evening of original works and Holiday Cheer by these talented artists!! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Tickets $15.00 in advance online / $20.00 at the door. Senior and Student pricing available. 20% Discount at Door for EC-CHAP Members.

Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" pizza! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

All proceeds from this concert go to support EC-CHAP.


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TALENT SHOWCASE  (2ND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)
Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

TALENT SHOWCASE (2ND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)

EC-CHAP "Talent Showcase" - Talent Sharing Talent

Our Talent Showcase is designed as a platform for local and regional performers to share their talent. Showcases are scheduled on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, October through June.

Acoustic musicians, film makers, poets, comedians, jugglers, puppeteers, and creative artists of all ages are invited to perform at The Packing House. Here is an opportunity to showcase your work in an intimate historic setting before a live audience. Test ideas and concepts and solicit feedback. PA / sound reinforcement, video projection, and up to 3 microphones provided (Please - No full drum kits unless prior arrangements have been made).

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If you're interested in performing, please call 518-791-9474 in advance to sign-up (recommended), or sign-in at the door (time available). Not performing? No problem! Come join us for an evening of great talent. Invite everybody you know!

The "Talent Showcase" at The Packing House is hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP). Open to the general public. Free admission / Donations accepted. Doors open 6:30pm / Show 7:00pm.

Soft drinks and snacks available. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

For information, or to register in advance, please call 518-791-9474.

The Packing House is located at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT

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EC-CHAP Social Dance Series with Kelly Madenjian (2nd Thursday of the month)
Dec
13
7:00 PM19:00

EC-CHAP Social Dance Series with Kelly Madenjian (2nd Thursday of the month)

EC-CHAP Social Dance Series with Kelly Madenjian (2nd Thursday of the month)

ADMISSION  $10.00 AT THE DOOR

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Enjoy a lovely evening out social ballroom dancing. Each month will feature a beginner ballroom dance lesson. Have you ever wanted to learn Cha Cha, Swing, Waltz or Fox Trot? Learn the basics or practice some new moves, or lend your skills to expand our dance community. All levels welcome.  Partner not required.

After the lesson stay or join us for a fun social dance to all your favorite ballroom hits. Viennese Waltz to West Coast Swing and everything in between. Social dancing is a beautiful evening out socializing and dancing with friends to great music. Save me a dance!

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ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Kelly Madenjian is a  Social Ballroom Dance, Fitness and Yoga instructor.  She is 7 time USA Dance National Ballroom Rhythm and American Nine Dance Champion. Kelly enjoys being an adjunct professor at Eastern Ct State Univ in the Athletics Depart. She has designed and teaches Salsa Fit, a cardio dance workout class and Dance Your Yoga Flow, a vinyasa power flow to music infused with classical dance training techniques. Kelly also does community adult and children’s theater as an actress, choreographer and director. She most recently has added film and commercial appearances to her credits. 

Join us for this monthly Social Dance Experience! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 6:30pm / Dance 7:00pm. Admission - $10.00 at the door.

Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" pizza! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

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EC-CHAP Film Series: "It's A Wonderful Life" (PG). 1946
Dec
14
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Film Series: "It's A Wonderful Life" (PG). 1946

EC-CHAP Film Series: "It's A Wonderful Life" (PG). 1946.

SUGGESTED DONATION $5.00
 

Join us for the 4th annual showing of this Holiday classic "It’s A Wonderful Life" (1946) at The Packing House.  Starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, and Lionel Barrymore. “An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed." (IMDb).

Make this a Holiday tradition in our intimate historic setting! This film is a part of the EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP), a 501.3.c non-profit membership-based cultural organization. To learn more and how you can become a member, visit www.ec-chap.org.

Suggested donation $5.00. Cabaret and group seating. Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

 Call 518-791-9474 for information and table reservations.

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EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Kat Kennedy - CD Release Event (Indie)
Dec
15
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Kat Kennedy - CD Release Event (Indie)

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Kat Kennedy - CD Release Event (Indie)

Tickets $15.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $20.00 at the Door / Special Senior ($18.00) & Student Price ($10.00) at the Door.

SEASON & SERIES PASSES NOW AVAILABLE - CALL FOR DETAILS 518.791.9474

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Pop singer/songwriter Kat Kennedy has toured extensively from Alaska to Brazil, sharing her compelling blend of acoustic and electronic sounds. After graduating Berklee College of Music her collaborations with other artists and producers piqued the interest of fans and labels alike.

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Her 2016 TrapNation release with producer Channels titled "Flare" amassed over 6,000,000 plays across streaming platforms. Kat's latest release, "Notice Me", was the first among a series of singles leading up to her entirely crowd-funded album, anticipated for release later this year.

Kat Kennedy and her band (Luis Contreras, Eli, and James Knoerl) perform her original song "Space" live!

Please join us for Kat Kennedy’s new CD Project! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Tickets $15.00 in advance online / $20.00 at the door. Senior and Student pricing available. 20% Discount at Door for EC-CHAP Members.

Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" pizza! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

All proceeds from this concert go to support EC-CHAP.


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EC-CHAP Sunday Afternoon Film Series: "To Kill a Mockingbird" (NR). 1962.
Nov
18
3:00 PM15:00

EC-CHAP Sunday Afternoon Film Series: "To Kill a Mockingbird" (NR). 1962.

EC-CHAP Sunday Afternoon Film Series: "To Kill a Mockingbird" (NR). 1962.

SUGGESTED DONATION $5.00
 

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), is an American drama film directed by Robert Mulligan. The screenplay by Horton Foote is based on Harper Lee's 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. The film stars Gregory Peck and Mary Badham . To Kill a Mockingbird marked the film debuts of Robert Duvall, William Windom, and Alice Ghostley.

"Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice." (IMDb)

This classic film won three Academy Awards including: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Gregory Peck); Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Horton Foote); and Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White (Alexander Golitzen, Henry Bumstead, and Oliver Emert). The film was nominated for a total of eight Oscars.

This film is a part of the EC-CHAP Film Series hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP), a 501.3.c non-profit membership-based cultural organization. All donations from the viewing of this film go to support EC-CHAP operation and program offerings. To learn more and how you can become a member, visit www.ec-chap.org.

Suggested donation $5.00. Cabaret and group seating. Doors 2:30pm / Show 3:00pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" TM model - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

 Call 518-791-9474 for information and table reservations.

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EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Ramblin' Dan Stevens (Blues)
Nov
17
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Ramblin' Dan Stevens (Blues)

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Ramblin' Dan Stevens (Blues)

Tickets $15.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $20.00 at the Door / Special Senior ($18.00) & Student Price ($10.00) at the Door.

SEASON & SERIES PASSES NOW AVAILABLE - CALL FOR DETAILS 518.791.9474

RAMBLIN' DAN STEVENS performs a mix of traditional finger style blues, Americana and originals and has entertained audiences throughout the United States, Germany, UK, Canada and US Virgin Islands.  His unique style of "bottleneck" slide playing includes use of a homemade, three stringed "Cigar Box Guitar" and one stringed "Diddly Bow", both primitive blues instruments.

A finalist in the International Blues Challenge on Beale St. in Memphis TN and protege of the legendary folk and blues icon  Dave Van Ronk, Dan has been lauded as a raconteur and for the authenticity of his approach.  Dave’s career  has recently been highlighted by the release of the Coen Brothers movie, “Inside Llewyn Davis”, set in the  Greenwich Village scene in the sixties. Also, Dan plays regularly in the New York City Subway System in locations such as Times Square and Grand Central Terminal. 

Join us for an evening of great stories and sassy blues with Ramblin' Dan (and ask him about his hat)! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Tickets $15.00 in advance online / $20.00 at the door. Senior and Student pricing available. 20% Discount at Door for EC-CHAP Members.

Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" pizza! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

All proceeds from this concert go to support EC-CHAP.


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*** CANCELLED DUE TO STORM - EC-CHAP Social Dance Series with Kelly Madenjian CANCELLED ***
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

*** CANCELLED DUE TO STORM - EC-CHAP Social Dance Series with Kelly Madenjian CANCELLED ***

***CANCELLED ***

DUE TO THE PROJECTED STORM TONIGHT - OUR SOCIAL DANCE WILL BE CANCELLED

EC-CHAP Social Dance Series with Kelly Madenjian (NOTE: This month our Social Dance will be on the 3rd Thursday - Normally 2nd Thursday of the month)

ADMISSION  $10.00 AT THE DOOR

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Enjoy a lovely evening out social ballroom dancing. Each month will feature a beginner ballroom dance lesson. Have you ever wanted to learn Cha Cha, Swing, Waltz or Fox Trot? Learn the basics or practice some new moves, or lend your skills to expand our dance community. All levels welcome.  Partner not required.

After the lesson stay or join us for a fun social dance to all your favorite ballroom hits. Viennese Waltz to West Coast Swing and everything in between. Social dancing is a beautiful evening out socializing and dancing with friends to great music. Save me a dance!

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ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Kelly Madenjian is a  Social Ballroom Dance, Fitness and Yoga instructor.  She is 7 time USA Dance National Ballroom Rhythm and American Nine Dance Champion. Kelly enjoys being an adjunct professor at Eastern Ct State Univ in the Athletics Depart. She has designed and teaches Salsa Fit, a cardio dance workout class and Dance Your Yoga Flow, a vinyasa power flow to music infused with classical dance training techniques. Kelly also does community adult and children’s theater as an actress, choreographer and director. She most recently has added film and commercial appearances to her credits. 

Join us for this monthly Social Dance Experience! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 6:30pm / Dance 7:00pm. Admission - $10.00 at the door.

Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" pizza! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

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TALENT SHOWCASE  (2ND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)
Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

TALENT SHOWCASE (2ND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)

EC-CHAP "Talent Showcase" - Talent Sharing Talent

Our Talent Showcase is designed as a platform for local and regional performers to share their talent. Showcases are scheduled on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, October through June.

Acoustic musicians, film makers, poets, comedians, jugglers, puppeteers, and creative artists of all ages are invited to perform at The Packing House. Here is an opportunity to showcase your work in an intimate historic setting before a live audience. Test ideas and concepts and solicit feedback. PA / sound reinforcement, video projection, and up to 3 microphones provided (Please - No full drum kits unless prior arrangements have been made).

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If you're interested in performing, please call 518-791-9474 in advance to sign-up (recommended), or sign-in at the door (time available). Not performing? No problem! Come join us for an evening of great talent. Invite everybody you know!

The "Talent Showcase" at The Packing House is hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP). Open to the general public. Free admission / Donations accepted. Doors open 6:30pm / Show 7:00pm.

Soft drinks and snacks available. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

For information, or to register in advance, please call 518-791-9474.

The Packing House is located at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT

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EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"
Nov
13
7:00 PM19:00

EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"

The Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance, Inc. (EC-CHAP for short) is an independent membership-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization representing an important cultural resource serving communities and visitors to Eastern Connecticut and beyond. The Center's focus is to bring a heightened awareness to the significance of local history and historic preservation; provide an appreciation for the visual arts through creation and display; and offer performance events and opportunities for creative expression in music, film, dance, literature, and theater.

The EC-CHAP currently operates the Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum, an Artist in Residence (AIR) Program, and hosts an assortment of performances and events at The Packing House, all  located at The Mill Works in Willington, CT. Plans are under review to develop a formal gallery / exhibition space where the works of local, regional, and nationally known artists can be displayed. A variety of creative programs, workshops, classes, are also being planned as part of a unique educational exchange. Visit www.ec-chap.org for more information.

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We have scheduled monthly "Information Exchange Meetings" to review our mission, discuss membership benefits, and review programming opportunities and support. We are very interested in obtaining your input and feedback with respect to how we can best meet your interests and needs as a cultural organization. These meetings are free to attend.

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This meeting will be held in The Packing House at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT. Refreshments provided.

For more information, please call 518-791-9474, or email us at info@ec-chap.org.

Become a “CHAP” Today!

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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Ear Dharma Trio in Concert
Nov
10
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Ear Dharma Trio in Concert

EC-CHAP Jazz  Series: Ear Dharma Trio

Tickets $20.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $25.00 at the Door / Special Senior ($22.00) & Student Price ($10.00) at the Door

Allan Chase – Sax; Bruno Råberg – Bass; Austin McMahon - Drums

This Boston-based trio is a collaborative effort exploring original compositions, jazz classics and collective improvisations. They move freely between the organized and composed to the unknown and in the moment. The three musicians have worked together over a long time period and evident in their seamless musical conversations is the unique, intimate and creative musical relationship they have developed.

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The collaboration between Råberg, Chase and McMahon is one that warrants high acclaim for all. The repertoire is an eclectic blend of modern jazz and beyond; melodically original and creatively enterprising." - Karl Ackermann, AllAboutJazz


ALLAN CHASE chairs the Ear Training department at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He is a former Dean of Faculty and chair of Jazz Studies and Contemporary Improvisation at New England Conservator. He grew up in Phoenix and studied composition at Arizona State University, jazz at New England Conservatory, and ethnomusicology at Tufts University. He appears on over 35 recordings with artists including Rashied Ali, John McNeil, Dominique Eade, John Zorn, and Gunther Schuller. He has two releases of his own featuring Lewis Nash and Matt Wilson.

BRUNO RÅBERG is an internationally renowned bass player and composer. Since coming to the US from his native Sweden in 1981, he has made 11 recordings as a leader, about 30 as a sideman, and has performed numerous world-class artists such as: George Garzone, Sam Rivers, Donny McCaslin, Chris Cheek, Ben Monder, Ted Poor, Bob Moses, Mick Goodrick, Ben Monder, Bruce Barth, Adam Cruz, Jim Black, Matt Wilson. Råberg has toured throughout Europe, USA, Japan, Africa, India and Central America. Råberg is a professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston and has traveled to Italy, Mexico, Brazil, Japan, Spain, Guatemala, Ecuador, Dominican Republic and Costa Rica as a clinician / performer.

AUSTIN MCMAHON is a steady member of saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi’s Quartet and has performed and/or recorded with George Garzone, Joe Lovano, Lionel Loueke, Ben Monder, Lage Lund, Kate McGarry and Grace Kelly. Austin has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Aspen Music Festival, Discover Jazz Festival, Young Jazz in Town Festival (Foligno, Italy), Casa de Teatro Jazz Festival (Dominican Republic) and Ballydehob International Jazz Festival (Cork, Ireland).


Join us for an evening of original jazz in our intimate historic setting. This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Tickets $20.00 in advance online / $25.00 at the door. Senior and Student pricing available. 20% Discount at Door for EC-CHAP Members.

Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" pizza! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.


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CANCELLED - RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 2ND, 2019 - EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Carla Ulbrich - "Professional Smart Aleck (Comedic Singer/Songwriter)
Nov
3
7:30 PM19:30

CANCELLED - RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 2ND, 2019 - EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Carla Ulbrich - "Professional Smart Aleck (Comedic Singer/Songwriter)

THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED AND RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 2ND, 2019.

ALL ADVANCE TICKETS HAVE BEEN REFUNDED.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Carla Ulbrich - "Professional Smart Aleck" (Comedic Singer/Songwriter)

Tickets $15.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $20.00 at the Door / Special Senior ($18.00) & Student Price ($10.00) at the Door.

SEASON & SERIES PASSES NOW AVAILABLE - CALL FOR DETAILS 518.791.9474

CARLA ULBRICH is a comical singer-songwriter from Clemson, South Carolina, currently living in New Jersey (in the lovely town of Exit 10).

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Her songs address topics such as wedgies, Waffle House, Klingons, and how rich she would be if she had the copyright on the 'F' Word. She cites her biggest musical influences as Sesame Street, camp songs, and cat food commercials.

Frequently heard on Dr. Demento, Pandora and SiriusXM’s Laugh USA Channel, Carla has played all over the US: The Kerrville, Florida, and Falcon Ridge Festivals, Avalon Nude Folk Festival, Club Med, Eddie’s Attic, Bluebird Café, MENSA, NY Funny Songs Festival. Most impressively, she has opened for Twiggy the Water Skiing Squirrel and was an extra in the movie “Sharknado 2.” “Totally Average Woman” is Carla’s 6th CD. 

Please join us for this hilarious and talented musical comic from "New Joysey"! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Tickets $15.00 in advance online / $20.00 at the door. Senior and Student pricing available. 20% Discount at Door for EC-CHAP Members.

Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" pizza! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

All proceeds from this concert go to support EC-CHAP.


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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Tolland HS Jazz Band
Oct
30
7:00 PM19:00

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Tolland HS Jazz Band

EC-CHAP Jazz  Series: Tolland HS Jazz Band

Free to the public

***** THIS IS AN ALCOHOL-FREE EVENT *****

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The Tolland High School Jazz Band, led by Mrs. Megan Kirwin, is an audition only ensemble, and is one of the premier groups in the THS Music Department. The group plays several gigs a year throughout the local community and has participated in Festivals of Music competitions in Chicago and Virginia Beach and the Berklee High School Jazz Festival.

Join us for an evening of jazz by these regional student musicians. This program is presented by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 6:30pm / Show 7:00pm. Free to the public.

Soft drinks and snacks available. For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.


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*** CANCELLED - RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 23, 2019 - EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Greg Abate Quartet
Oct
27
7:30 PM19:30

*** CANCELLED - RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 23, 2019 - EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Greg Abate Quartet

- CANCELLED -

RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 23, 2019

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Greg Abate Quartet

THE PERFORMANCE WITH THE

GREG ABATE QUARTET

SCHEDULED FOR THIS EVENING,

OCTOBER 27TH,

HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER.

THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED

FOR MARCH 23, 2109.

REFUNDS HAVE BEEN ISSUED TO ALL ADVANCE TICKET HOLDERS. WE APOLOGIZE FOR THIS INCONVENIENCE.

SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CALL: 518-791-9474.

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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: An Evening with Jacqui Naylor and Art Khu
Oct
26
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: An Evening with Jacqui Naylor and Art Khu

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: An Evening with Jacqui Naylor (vocal) and Art Khu (piano)

Tickets $25.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $30.00 at the Door / Special Senior ($27.00) & Student Price ($15.00) at the Door

SEASON & SERIES PASSES NOW AVAILABLE - CALL FOR DETAILS 518.791.9474

SPECIAL NOTE: It is a privilege to present an evening with Jacqui Naylor and Art Khu! Jacqui has been a favorite jazz vocalist for years - and the opportunity to collaborate with her is an true honor. Please join us for a very special performance with these outstanding artists.

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Jazz vocalist and songwriter JACQUI NAYLOR returns to The Packing House following sold-out shows in the United States, Europe and Canada in support of her 2017 release, her ninth recording, Q&A. Her albums have made the “top-ten” lists of USA Today, Jazziz and The Washington Post and she is recognized for her wide vocal range and ability to mix and “smash” multiple genres and generations of music. She is equally at ease singing the music of Johnny Mercer and David Bowie as she is her own original music, with several compositions used in national advertising.

"Naylor remains one of the most superbly arresting vocalists around. " JazzTimes

"She excels as a sensitive song interpreter with unerring intonation. " DownBeat

At her concert expect music from Naylor’s recently released duo recording, Q&A, featuring multi-instrumentalist, arranger and composer, Art Khu. The two have worked together for over a decade, recording and touring regularly with Naylor’s quartet. On Q&A, classic jazz standards like Jerome Kern’s  “The Way You Look Tonight and Hoagy Carmichael’s  “The Nearness of You” sit comfortably next to the duo’s original music like “This Is How It Starts” and “Here We Are At Last.”

These artists are perhaps best known for an arranging technique they coined “acoustic smashing” where she sings the melody and lyrics of a jazz standard over the groove of a well-known rock anthem or vice versa. Check out their version of the Rodgers and Hart classic “My Funny Valentine” over ACDC’s “Back In Black.” Naylor has likewise been praised for fresh takes on contemporary tunes like the David Bowie anthem “Space Oddity” and a popular Bossa Nova version of REM’s “Losing My Religion.” The recording was featured on So You Think You Can Dance for a tango competition.

Naylor’s many recordings are available throughout the United States, Europe and Asia and she tours regularly in these regions at esteemed venues and festivals, including Monterey Jazz Festival, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, SFJAZZ Festival, Women in Jazz Germany, Ronnie Scott's London, Jazz Standard New York, Jazz Alley Seattle, Snug Harbor New Orleans, and the Blue Note jazz clubs in New York, Milan and Tokyo.

Please join us for this rare opportunity to see and hear these incredible musicians! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Tickets $25.00 in advance online / $30.00 at the door. Senior and Student pricing available. 20% Discount at Door for EC-CHAP Members.

Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" pizza! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

All proceeds from this concert go to support EC-CHAP.

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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Sarah Hanahan Quintet - Part-1
Oct
20
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Sarah Hanahan Quintet - Part-1

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Sarah Hanahan Quintet - Part-1

Tickets $20.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $25.00 at the Door / Special Senior ($22.00) & Student Price ($10.00) at the Door

SEASON & SERIES PASSES NOW AVAILABLE - CALL FOR DETAILS 518.791.9474

SPECIAL NOTE: EC-CHAP is pleased to offer a 3-Part Jazz Series with saxophonist Sarah Hanahan. Sarah's musical talent will leave you in awe as she and her colleagues present original works and unique arrangements. Each concert will transcend the Fall, Winter, and Spring seasons.

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Sarah Hanahan is a jazz saxophonist studying performance at the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz within the Hartt School of Music (University of Hartford).  Now a resident of Hartford, Connecticut but originally from Marlborough, Massachusetts, Sarah grew up listening to a wide variety of music, but always had a special love for jazz.  

In 2015, Sarah was awarded a full scholarship to study jazz performance at the McLean Institute.  Her college teachers include well-known jazz saxophone performers Javon Jackson and Abraham Burton.  The McLean Institute has also afforded Sarah the opportunity to receive instruction from and perform with accomplished jazz musicians such as bassist Nat Reeves and trombonist Steve Davis.  

Sarah made her debut appearance at The Packing House in March 2017 as part of a Hartt School Jazz Ensemble led by internationally renown bassist Nat Reeves.

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Since that time, her  gigging schedule has grown exponentially! Sarah recently appeared as a guest artist at the Caramoor Jazz Festival, and is scheduled to perform at the Hartford Bushnell Park 2018 Monday Night Jazz Series opening for Terri Lyne Carrington.  She fronts her own quartet / quintet, and also plays in a jazz duo with jazz guitarist Jeremy Galloway, a close friend and McLean classmate.   

Sarah will be joined by John Hasselback, Mike Carabello, Jason Clotter, and Kirk Woodard.

Listen to Sarah’s interview with Ken Laster, Jazz “In The Groove” on WWUH radio, 91.3FM.

This concert represents Part-1 in a three-part Seasonal Series. Following concerts will be scheduled in January and April 2019.

Join us for an evening of outstanding original works by this jazz ensemble!  This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Tickets $20.00 in advance online / $25.00 at the door. Senior and Student pricing available. 20% Discount at Door for EC-CHAP Members.

Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" pizza! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

All proceeds from this concert go to support EC-CHAP.


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EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"
Oct
16
7:00 PM19:00

EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"

The Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance, Inc. (EC-CHAP for short) is an independent membership-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization representing an important cultural resource serving communities and visitors to Eastern Connecticut and beyond. The Center's focus is to bring a heightened awareness to the significance of local history and historic preservation; provide an appreciation for the visual arts through creation and display; and offer performance events and opportunities for creative expression in music, film, dance, literature, and theater.

The EC-CHAP currently operates the Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum, an Artist in Residence (AIR) Program, and hosts an assortment of performances and events at The Packing House, all  located at The Mill Works in Willington, CT. Plans are under review to develop a formal gallery / exhibition space where the works of local, regional, and nationally known artists can be displayed. A variety of creative programs, workshops, classes, are also being planned as part of a unique educational exchange. Visit www.ec-chap.org for more information.

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We have scheduled monthly "Information Exchange Meetings" to review our mission, discuss membership benefits, and review programming opportunities and support. We are very interested in obtaining your input and feedback with respect to how we can best meet your interests and needs as a cultural organization. These meetings are free to attend.

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This meeting will be held in The Packing House at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT. Refreshments provided.

For more information, please call 518-791-9474, or email us at info@ec-chap.org.

Become a “CHAP” Today!

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EC-CHAP Sunday Afternoon Film Series: "Citizen Kane" (PG). 1941.
Oct
14
3:00 PM15:00

EC-CHAP Sunday Afternoon Film Series: "Citizen Kane" (PG). 1941.

EC-CHAP Sunday Afternoon Film Series: "Citizen Kane" (PG). 1941.

SUGGESTED DONATION $5.00
 

Citizen Kane (1941), an American mystery drama directed by Orson Welles and written by Herman J. Mankiewicz and Orson Welles. The film stars Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore.

"Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance." (IMDb)

This classic film was nominated for nine oscars and won the Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Herman J. Mankiewicz and Orson Welles).

OSCAR WINNER:Best Original ScreenplayOrson Welles' masterwork (#1 in the American Film Institute's list of Best American Movies) remains grand entertainment, sharply acted (starring many of Welles' Mercury Players on the road to thriving film careers) and directed with inspired visual flair.

This film is a part of the EC-CHAP Film Series hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP), a 501.3.c non-profit membership-based cultural organization. All donations from the viewing of this film go to support EC-CHAP operation and program offerings. To learn more and how you can become a member, visit www.ec-chap.org.

Suggested donation $5.00. Cabaret and group seating. Doors 2:30pm / Show 3:00pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" TM model - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

 Call 518-791-9474 for information and table reservations.

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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: June Bisantz - Chet Baker Project
Oct
13
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: June Bisantz - Chet Baker Project

EC-CHAP Jazz  Series: June Bisantz - Chet Baker Project

Tickets $20.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $25.00 at the Door / Special Senior ($22.00) & Student Price ($10.00) at the Door

SEASON & SERIES PASSES NOW AVAILABLE - CALL FOR DETAILS 518.791.9474

SPECIAL NOTE: EC-CHAP is excited to debut the jazz and spirit of local artist and educator June Bisantz! June will present the last performance of the "Chet Baker Project" at The Packing House!

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Musician and visual artist JUNE BISANTZ has co-written and produced several collections of vocal jazz, all of which have received national attention. She has performed and recorded with a number of distinguished jazz musicians including Steve Swallow, Bob Moses, Lew Soloff, Jerry Neiwood, Mike Stern, Valery Ponomarev. Palu Brown and Will Lee. Bisantz' music has also been celebrated in People Magazine, USA Today, Downbeat Magazine, Jazziz Magazine, and many others.

The artist's 2006 release, "Let's Fall in Love", inspired by the legendary Chet Baker, led to appearances at concerts and festivals including the Hartford International Jazz Festival, New England's renowned Litchfield Jazz Festival and a tour of Japan in 2012.

Bisantz returned to Japan in 2016 with "It's Always You", Volume 2 of the Chet Baker Project. This CD sets a 1960's jazz club mood, with familiar and obsucre Baker tunes delivered in a style that is "cool and still full of emotion - just like Chet Baker." -Hans Kittlaus, Jazz Podium Magazine, Germany

"Most captivating of all is Bisantz, a gifted singer with a warm, bright, intensely vibrant voice and marvelous offhand timing.  She navigates fast complicated melodies with sensuous feline ease. Her voice is a revelation, caressing and velvety, but electrically alive." -Eric Levin, People Magazine

To say this is good is like saying that Ella Fitzgerald is just an OK singer. June has a voice only God gives a very few. Move over Ella, Sarah and Diana, a new voice has emerged.” -Barry Rosen, WHCJ FM, Georgia

After two successful CDs and three wonderful tours of Japan, June Bisantz and world-class musicians Alex Nakhimovsky, piano and Norman Johnson, guitar, will present the Chet Baker Project’s last performance at The Packing House.

June promises a taste of things to come as she says goodbye to Chet, with a sneak preview of her new project Love’s Tango

If you missed it, listen to June’s interview with Wayne Norman, WILI, 1400AM & 95.3FM

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June Bisantz interview with Wayne Norman, WILI, 1400AM & 95.3FM

October 9, 2018

Join us for an evening of nostalgia as we say farewell to the Chet Baker Project by this incredible jazz vocalist!  This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Tickets $20.00 in advance online / $25.00 at the door. Senior and Student pricing available. 20% Discount at Door for EC-CHAP Members.

Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" pizza! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

All proceeds from this concert go to support EC-CHAP.


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EC-CHAP Social Dance Series with Kelly Madenjian (2nd Thursday of the month)
Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

EC-CHAP Social Dance Series with Kelly Madenjian (2nd Thursday of the month)

EC-CHAP Social Dance Series with Kelly Madenjian (2nd Thursday of the month)

ADMISSION  $10.00 AT THE DOOR

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Enjoy a lovely evening out social ballroom dancing. Each month will feature a beginner ballroom dance lesson. Have you ever wanted to learn Cha Cha, Swing, Waltz or Fox Trot? Learn the basics or practice some new moves, or lend your skills to expand our dance community. All levels welcome.  Partner not required.

After the lesson stay or join us for a fun social dance to all your favorite ballroom hits. Viennese Waltz to West Coast Swing and everything in between. Social dancing is a beautiful evening out socializing and dancing with friends to great music. Save me a dance!

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ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Kelly Madenjian is a  Social Ballroom Dance, Fitness and Yoga instructor.  She is 7 time USA Dance National Ballroom Rhythm and American Nine Dance Champion. Kelly enjoys being an adjunct professor at Eastern Ct State Univ in the Athletics Depart. She has designed and teaches Salsa Fit, a cardio dance workout class and Dance Your Yoga Flow, a vinyasa power flow to music infused with classical dance training techniques. Kelly also does community adult and children’s theater as an actress, choreographer and director. She most recently has added film and commercial appearances to her credits. 

Join us for this monthly Social Dance Experience! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 6:30pm / Dance 7:00pm. Admission - $10.00 at the door.

Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" pizza! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

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EC-CHAP TALENT SHOWCASE  (2ND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)
Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

EC-CHAP TALENT SHOWCASE (2ND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)

EC-CHAP "Talent Showcase" - Talent Sharing Talent

Our Talent Showcase is designed as a platform for local and regional performers to share their talent. Showcases are scheduled on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, October through June.

Acoustic musicians, film makers, poets, comedians, jugglers, puppeteers, and creative artists of all ages are invited to perform at The Packing House. Here is an opportunity to showcase your work in an intimate historic setting before a live audience. Test ideas and concepts and solicit feedback. PA / sound reinforcement, video projection, and up to 3 microphones provided (Please - No full drum kits unless prior arrangements have been made).

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If you're interested in performing, please call 518-791-9474 in advance to sign-up (recommended), or sign-in at the door (time available). Not performing? No problem! Come join us for an evening of great talent. Invite everybody you know!

The "Talent Showcase" at The Packing House is hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP). Open to the general public. Free admission / Donations accepted. Doors open 6:30pm / Show 7:00pm.

Soft drinks and snacks available. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

For information, or to register in advance, please call 518-791-9474.

The Packing House is located at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT

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Fall 2018 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"
Oct
7
12:00 PM12:00

Fall 2018 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

Fall 2018 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

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Come join us on Sunday, October 7th, from Noon to 5:00pm for the Fall Season “First Sunday at The Mill Works” sponsored by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP)!

Enjoy live performances in The Packing House; Preview Solo Show by EC-CHAP Resident Artist, Rebecca Zablocki - "AS IS"; Stroll through The Mill Works artist community open studios; and Explore the exhibits and activities in the Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum. Enjoy period refreshments typical of the mid 19th century and begin the Fall Season with us at this local historic landmark.

 Solo Show " AS IS ": EC-CHAP Resident Artist, Rebecca Zablocki  Mixed media (drawing, print-based and ceramic and paper sculpture)  Preview: Sunday, October 7. 2018  Opening Reception: Saturday, October 13, 2018, 5:00pm ~ 9;00pm  " AS IS ", is a showcase of experimental work I’ve been making over this past year. AS is an acronym for one of my health issues Ankylosing Spondylitis and the work is all about dealing with chronic illness, pain and the other effects it has on people’s lives.

Solo Show "AS IS": EC-CHAP Resident Artist, Rebecca Zablocki

Mixed media (drawing, print-based and ceramic and paper sculpture)

Preview: Sunday, October 7. 2018

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 13, 2018, 5:00pm ~ 9;00pm

"AS IS", is a showcase of experimental work I’ve been making over this past year. AS is an acronym for one of my health issues Ankylosing Spondylitis and the work is all about dealing with chronic illness, pain and the other effects it has on people’s lives.


Explore the Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum and play "trivia"games throughout the day. Learn about EC-CHAP membership opportunities, and how you can become a CHAP! All activities are free to the public.

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SCHEDULE

THE PACKING HOUSE: Performances

2:00pm - "Deep Ellum" Acoustic Duo

   Deep Ellum   is an acoustic duo named for the historic and notorious red-light, musical entertainment, and recording district in Dallas that is immortalized in Blind Lemon Jefferson’s classic “Deep Ellum Blues,” our theme song that we perform with a little different twist.

Deep Ellum is an acoustic duo named for the historic and notorious red-light, musical entertainment, and recording district in Dallas that is immortalized in Blind Lemon Jefferson’s classic “Deep Ellum Blues,” our theme song that we perform with a little different twist.

The Artisits: Rich Johnson is a talented guitarist who plays 6- and 12-string as well as Dobro (resophonic guitar) and sings harmony vocals.  Rich is also familiar to Connecticut listeners as a fine electric guitar and lap steel player with the roots country band Lost Highway in years gone by, and he also currently plays Dobro with Horizon Blue.

Jon Swift was a founding member of the popular acoustic bluegrass band Traver Hollow, playing upright bass and singing lead and harmony vocals for live audiences in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, as well as radio and TV shows, and his singing and guitar playing have been enjoyed in many Connecticut acoustic venues for years.  Jon played electric bass and sang with Lost Highway, and he currently sings and plays upright bass with the duo BluesGrass as well as with the Lost Acres String Band.

 

  • 3:00pm - "The Magic of the Dulcimer - A Demonstration" - Carolyn Brodginski

 Carolyn discovered the dulcimer in 1980 when she saw Sally Rogers in concert at The Sounding Board in West Hartford. An accomplished folk guitarist at the time, she just couldn’t figure out what to do with this beautiful, sweet sounding instrument with so few strings. More than 30 years later, she found The Ct. Mountain Dulcimer Gathering, and was shocked at how easy the instrument is to play. She has been playing ever since, and loves the many voices of the dulcimer, playing roots, blues, classical, ethnic music, lullabies, as well as the music of contemporary musicians.  As a performer, songwriter, teacher, and therapeutic musician, she is passionate about “spreading the dulcimer gospel”, taking great joy in introducing this beautiful original American folk instrument to others.

Carolyn discovered the dulcimer in 1980 when she saw Sally Rogers in concert at The Sounding Board in West Hartford. An accomplished folk guitarist at the time, she just couldn’t figure out what to do with this beautiful, sweet sounding instrument with so few strings. More than 30 years later, she found The Ct. Mountain Dulcimer Gathering, and was shocked at how easy the instrument is to play. She has been playing ever since, and loves the many voices of the dulcimer, playing roots, blues, classical, ethnic music, lullabies, as well as the music of contemporary musicians.

As a performer, songwriter, teacher, and therapeutic musician, she is passionate about “spreading the dulcimer gospel”, taking great joy in introducing this beautiful original American folk instrument to others.

Take a listen to "Letting Go", and original work Carolyn wrote for the dulcimer

Carolyn is no stranger to The Packing House! As a multi-instrumentalist and lead artist in the regional folk group, "Seat Of Our Pants" (SOOP), she has dazzled our audiences with her return performances (SOOP will be back performing at The Packing House on Saturday December 8th, 7:30pm)

EC-CHAP is proud to have this outstanding Connecticut musician join us for this First Sunday Dulcimer demonstration. We are looking forward to an ongoing collaboration in  offering a series of Dulcimer  workshops, clinics, and jam sessions as a part of EC-CHAP's musical instructional programming with this exceptional artist.

 

PRESENTATIONS AND ACTIVITIES:

  • 1:00pm - Activity: "Fine Artunes" with Chris Gunderson (Suite 2202 - 2nd Floor)

    “Fine Artoons” - Chris will provide a painting demonstration in which he will randomly select an actual doodle from his work notebook, and show his process of turning it from a fleeting idea into a real work of art.

  • 2:00pm - Activity: "Blind Contour Drawing with Oil Pastels" with Carol Mackiewicz, Whalesong Arts (Suite 2104 - 1st Floor)

    "Blind Contour Drawing with Oil Pastels" - Carol will provide an opportunity to practice drawing a still life with oil pastels and challenging your senses!

  • 1:00-4:00PM: "Making John Martin’s Spool Pets" with Joan Taraskiewicz, Museum Curator. (Gardiner Hall Jr Museum, Suite 2106-A, 1st Floor)

ONGOING 12:00PM TO 5:00PM

THE MILL WORKS CREATIVE COMMUNITY  (Floors 1 & 2)

REBECCA ZABLOCKI, EC-CHAP Artist In Residence, PREVIEW SOLO SHOW: "AS IS" (Floor-1)

EASTERN CONNECTICUT CENTER FOR HISTORY, ART, AND PERFORMANCE (EC-CHAP) (Floor-2)

PERIOD REFRESHMENTS (Floor-2)

For more information, please call 518-791-9474. 

The Mill Works is located at 156 River Road, Willington, CT 06279.

"The Place To Create"

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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Luke Hendon in Concert (Gypsy Jazz)
Oct
6
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Luke Hendon in Concert (Gypsy Jazz)

EC-CHAP Jazz  Series: Luke Hendon in Concert  (Gypsy Jazz)

Tickets $20.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $25.00 at the Door / Special Senior ($22.00) & Student Price ($10.00) at the Door

SEASON & SERIES PASSES NOW AVAILABLE - CALL FOR DETAILS 518.791.9474

SPECIAL NOTE: EC-CHAP is honored to have Luke Hendon grace the stage at The Packing House to kick-off our Jazz Series this fall! Luke brings his own original qualities to the Gypsy Jazz tradition of Django Reinhardt. 

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LUKE HENDON has had success in the world of Django music, performing with top players from around the world. A Veteran guitarist, Luke has had many successes in his career. He has opened for legendary acts such as Al Green, Sun Ra, and Los Lobos, performed on Broadway, composed and recorded for television and film, worked with dance ensembles, cruise ships, theatre companies, and many, many bands. 

Luke is among the notable guitar staff/artist instructors at the acclaimed Django in June Gypsy Jazz event held at Smith College, North Hampton, MA. 

In his latest project, Silk & Steel, Luke Hendon draws from the tradition of the legendary gypsy guitar of Django Reinhardt and comes out swinging, soulful, funky, fresh, and innovative with his own project. In this stripped down acoustic setting, Luke's guitar takes center stage.   "I sort of got obsessed with learning a bunch of Django Reinhardt solos note for note-which took me several years-Now I try to take the technique I gained into creating my own music!"

"This a must have for those with the heart of a gypsy." -George Harris, Jazz Weekly

"Hendon’s take on the style is to inject some very modern energy along with judiciously placed non-jazz undertones. That’s the crucial difference between maintaining and enriching a legacy." -Mark Keresman, New York City Jazz Record

"Django's music always brings a smile to the lips and transports one back 1930s France, and the best compliment here is that Hendon's music does the same, but also with a foot planted firmly in the here and now in this too short, extremely well done recording."  -Budd Kopman,  All About Jazz

Luke will be joined by Frank Brocklehurst (Bass), Preston Parish (Guitar), John Florio (Guitar), and Cedric Mayfield (Clarinet & Saxaphone). Please see more about these outstanding musicians below.

Join us for an amazing evening of acoustic jazz originals by this outstanding musician!  This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Tickets $20.00 in advance online / $25.00 at the door. Senior and Student pricing available. 20% Discount at Door for EC-CHAP Members.

Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" pizza! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

All proceeds from this concert go to support EC-CHAP.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Bass- Frank Brocklehurst

 Frank received his grade 1 classical music certificate from the Royal Guild Hall of Music in London at age 13, then later studied Jazz and other modern styles of music at Western Connecticut State University. He performs throughout New England with various Jazz, Samba, Rock and world music bands including his own wedding band. Frank has studied with such notable musicians/teachers as Dave Santoro, Chris Morrison, David Ruffels and many others.

Preston Parish- Guitar

Preston Parish is a multi-instrumentalist who spent years studying and performing the music of Frank Zappa before discovering Django Reinhardt and gypsy swing. Deeply fascinated by the inventive nature of both musicians and their passion for improvisation, he continues to explore a hybrid of influences within the language of jazz.

Cedric Mayfield-Clarinet, saxaphone

Cedric has performed in a variety of musical settings. He came to the Coast Guard Band by way of the U.S. Air Force Band in Europe, where he toured extensively as a band member, leader, and soloist. Prior to being stationed in Europe, he was a member of the U.S. Air Force Band of the West, stationed in San Antonio. In 2008, he was part of a specially collected group of musicians who embarked upon a three month tour of the Middle East as part of a troop morale and social outreach program. In the Air Force, he performed in a variety of ensembles, including concert band and chamber music groups, as well as jazz, pop, and rock bands. As a civilian, he has also performed with a national tour of the Broadway musical The Music Man and spent four seasons with Galveston Island Musicals. Many of his compositions and arrangements were featured as a founding member of the acclaimed ensemble the S.A. Jazz Workshop. Though he expresses himself in many genres, classical music is Cedric’s first love. He has had the privilege of sharing the stage with Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea, Kirk Whalum, Bill Mays, Marvin Stamm, Shelly Carol, B.B. King, the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and many others.  A native of Houston, Texas, he is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and the University of Memphis.

John Florio - Guitar

John Florio is a longtime guitarist who has been attracted to the music of Django Reinhardt for decades. He has accompanied other very talented musicians on gigs all around the Connecticut and New York region in various ensembles and styles. Raised in a talented musical family, he’s grown to appreciate the familial aspect of the gypsy jazz genre.


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EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Lara Herscovitch in Concert with Curtis Brand (Folk)
Sep
29
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Lara Herscovitch in Concert with Curtis Brand (Folk)

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Lara Herscovitch in Concert with Curtis Brand (Folk)

Tickets $18.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $22.00 at the Door / Special Senior ($20.00) & Student Price ($10.00) at the Door

SEASON & SERIES PASSES NOW AVAILABLE - CALL FOR DETAILS 518.791.9474

Special Note: EC-CHAP is pleased to announce the debut performance of singer/songwriter and 2010 CT State Troubadour Lara Herscovitch to The Packing House stage!  Lara will be joined by EC-CHAP Member and local singer/songwriter Curtis Brand.

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Lara Herscovitch is a modern American songwriter-poet-performer gem, creating masterful contemporary folk with blues, pop and jazz influences. Former Connecticut State Troubadour, she writes, sings and leads with authenticity, integrity, humor and heart, delivering performances that inspire, inform, uplift and entertain. Sound Waves Magazine described her music as “expertly written prose… songwriting at its best… good for your ears AND your soul.”

Delivered with a voice Performer Magazine called “clear and smooth like expensive liquor,” Acoustic Live in New York City added, “She possesses not only a huge reservoir of musical talent and a voice with a bell-like clarity, but a keen sense of global concern and a fierce intellect... It might seem too good to be true, but true it is.”

"We must move past indecision to action... now let us begin. Now let us re-dedicate ourselves to the long and bitter, but beautiful, struggle for a new world." -Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This quote, from Dr. King's 'Beyond Vietnam' speech (April 4, 1967 at Riverside Church in New York City), inspired the song.

Her themes span a broad range, including stories of misfits and underdogs, connection and courage, love and loss, hardship and hope, resilience and transformation. As WNPR Public Radio host Colin McEnroe observed, "Lara reminds us that music can be heroic when it springs from a strong heart. Walt Whitman would recognize his own soul in her expansive American vision, and there really is no higher compliment I can pay an artist."

Filmed, Directed & Edited by Brennan Alexa www.brennan-alexa.website and Instagram @_brennanalexa_ Lyrics: Holy grail way over there Nothing here but empty canyon, open air On the ledge, at the edge someone tells me If I can take that step the path appears In the stillness, in my periphery Something calling,

The wisdom in Lara’s artistry comes from her decades of humanitarian work in the U.S., Latin America, Asia and Africa, in education, community development, environmental protection, and justice system reform. This breadth and depth of experience resonates throughout her music: as Mississippi’s Daily Journal summarized, “Singer-songwriter Lara Herscovitch doesn’t write songs just for the ears, but also for the heart and soul.”

Lara is from the Northeast U.S. and lives in Connecticut, where she served as Official State Troubadour. 

"With a voice clear and smooth like expensive liquor she stands above and beyond the pack" -Northeast Performer

Lara will be joined this evening by local singer/songwriter, Curtis Brand.


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Curtis Brand's music starts with the words.   In the tradition of singer songwriters like Harry Chapin, Jim Croce, and Willie Nelson, Curtis playfully jabs the listener with the existential absurdity of our everyday life. He tells tales of the human condition--the lost souls, the wounded veteran, the let down lover--and blends them with delightful ditties and love songs in a performance which not only touches the sensibilities but also lifts the spirit.   

From Older than Dirt, a tongue in cheek celebration of the aging process which is the title song from his first album, to Dust on the Water, which memorializes the World Trade Center tragedy, Curtis' songs pull the listener across the full range of human emotions.  Whether performing solo in coffee shops and house concerts or joining with the On Call Band in full concert shows, the songs of Curtis Brand reach out and speak of the people around us.

Join us for an evening of original music with these outstanding musicians! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Tickets $18.00 in advance online / $22.00 at the door. Senior and Student pricing available. 20% Discount at Door for EC-CHAP Members.

Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" pizza! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

All proceeds from this concert go to support EC-CHAP.


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EC-CHAP Sunday Afternoon Film Series: "Rear Window" (PG). 1954.
Sep
23
3:00 PM15:00

EC-CHAP Sunday Afternoon Film Series: "Rear Window" (PG). 1954.

EC-CHAP Sunday Afternoon Film Series: "Rear Window" (PG). 1954.

SUGGESTED DONATION $5.00
 

Rear Window (1954) is a mystery thriller classic directed by Alfred Hitchcock and written by John Michael Hayes. The film stars James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter, and Raymond Burr.

In short, the movie is about "a wheelchair-bound photographer (who) spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder." (IMDb)

This classic film was nominated for four oscars including Best Director (Alfred Hitchcock), Best Writing, Screenplay (John Michael Hayes), Best Cinematography, Color (Robert Burks), and Best Sound, Recording (Loren L. Ryder).

Roger Ebert's review concludes, "This level of danger and suspense is so far elevated above the cheap thrills of the modern slasher films that "Rear Window," intended as entertainment in 1954, is now revealed as art. Hitchcock long ago explained the difference between surprise and suspense. A bomb under a table goes off, and that's surprise. We know the bomb is under the table but not when it will go off, and that's suspense. Modern slasher films depend on danger that leaps unexpectedly out of the shadows. Surprise. And surprise that quickly dissipates, giving us a momentary rush but not satisfaction. "Rear Window" lovingly invests in suspense all through the film, banking it in our memory, so that when the final payoff arrives, the whole film has been the thriller equivalent of foreplay". - Roger Ebert

"It's one of Alfred Hitchcock's inspired audience-participation films: watching it, you feel titillated, horrified, and, ultimately, purged". -Michael Sragow, New Yorker

"Just possibly the second most entertaining picture (after The 39 Steps) ever made by Alfred Hitchcock". -TIME Magazine

This film is a part of the EC-CHAP Film Series hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP), a 501.3.c non-profit membership-based cultural organization. All donations from the viewing of this film go to support EC-CHAP operation and program offerings. To learn more and how you can become a member, visit www.ec-chap.org.

Suggested donation $5.00. Cabaret and group seating. Doors 2:30pm / Show 3:00pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" TM model - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

 Call 518-791-9474 for information and table reservations.

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EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"
Sep
20
7:00 PM19:00

EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"

The Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance, Inc. (EC-CHAP for short) is an independent membership-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization representing an important cultural resource serving communities and visitors to Eastern Connecticut and beyond. The Center's focus is to bring a heightened awareness to the significance of local history and historic preservation; provide an appreciation for the visual arts through creation and display; and offer performance events and opportunities for creative expression in music, film, dance, literature, and theater.

The EC-CHAP currently operates the Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum, an Artist in Residence (AIR) Program, and hosts an assortment of performances and events at The Packing House, all  located at The Mill Works in Willington, CT. Plans are under review to develop a formal gallery / exhibition space where the works of local, regional, and nationally known artists can be displayed. A variety of creative programs, workshops, classes, are also being planned as part of a unique educational exchange. Visit www.ec-chap.org for more information.

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We have scheduled monthly "Information Exchange Meetings" to review our mission, discuss membership benefits, and review programming opportunities and support. We are very interested in obtaining your input and feedback with respect to how we can best meet your interests and needs as a cultural organization. These meetings are free to attend.

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This meeting will be held in The Packing House at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT. Refreshments provided.

For more information, please call 518-791-9474, or email us at info@ec-chap.org.

Become a “CHAP” Today!

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EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Twice Around (Folk)
Sep
15
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Twice Around (Folk)

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Twice Around (Folk)

Tickets $15.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $20.00 at the Door / Special Senior ($18.00) & Student Price ($10.00) at the Door.

SEASON & SERIES PASSES NOW AVAILABLE - CALL FOR DETAILS 518.791.9474

The acoustic duo, Twice Around, will kick-off our 4th Season with their debut performance at The Packing House!

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Twice Around (Frank Veres & Luisa Tanno) is a modern, yet semi-throwback duo from Milford, Connecticut.   Their sound could be classified as singer/songwriter with an essence of Pop and Melancholy.

Photos taken during the recording of Twice Around's CD "Here Before"! www.twice-around.net Music: Pick Me Up by Twice Around Copyright 2017

The foundation of their music is acoustic guitar and vocals; often with harmonies and guitar interplay, sometimes just one guitar and one voice, raw and rich.   Their latest CD "Here Before"features 12 original songs that explore the ups and downs of all matters of the heart with an optimistic perspective.  We’ve all been “Here Before”.  

Join us for an evening of original music with Twice Around! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Tickets $15.00 in advance online / $20.00 at the door. Senior and Student pricing available. 20% Discount at Door for EC-CHAP Members.

Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" pizza! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

All proceeds from this concert go to support EC-CHAP.


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EC-CHAP Social Dance Series with Kelly Madenjian (2nd Thursday of the month)
Sep
13
7:00 PM19:00

EC-CHAP Social Dance Series with Kelly Madenjian (2nd Thursday of the month)

EC-CHAP Social Dance Series with Kelly Madenjian (2nd Thursday of the month)

ADMISSION  $10.00 AT THE DOOR

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Enjoy a lovely evening out social ballroom dancing. Each month will feature a beginner ballroom dance lesson. Have you ever wanted to learn Cha Cha, Swing, Waltz or Fox Trot? Learn the basics or practice some new moves, or lend your skills to expand our dance community. All levels welcome.  Partner not required.

After the lesson stay or join us for a fun social dance to all your favorite ballroom hits. Viennese Waltz to West Coast Swing and everything in between. Social dancing is a beautiful evening out socializing and dancing with friends to great music. Save me a dance!

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ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Kelly Madenjian is a  Social Ballroom Dance, Fitness and Yoga instructor.  She is 7 time USA Dance National Ballroom Rhythm and American Nine Dance Champion. Kelly enjoys being an adjunct professor at Eastern Ct State Univ in the Athletics Depart. She has designed and teaches Salsa Fit, a cardio dance workout class and Dance Your Yoga Flow, a vinyasa power flow to music infused with classical dance training techniques. Kelly also does community adult and children’s theater as an actress, choreographer and director. She most recently has added film and commercial appearances to her credits. 

Join us for this monthly Social Dance Experience! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 6:30pm / Dance 7:00pm. Admission - $10.00 at the door.

Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" pizza! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

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EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"
Aug
14
7:00 PM19:00

EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"

The Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance, Inc. (EC-CHAP for short) is an independent membership-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization representing an important cultural resource serving communities and visitors to Eastern Connecticut and beyond. The Center's focus is to bring a heightened awareness to the significance of local history and historic preservation; provide an appreciation for the visual arts through creation and display; and offer performance events and opportunities for creative expression in music, film, dance, literature, and theater.

The EC-CHAP currently operates the Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum, an Artist in Residence (AIR) Program, and hosts an assortment of performances and events at The Packing House, all  located at The Mill Works in Willington, CT. Plans are under review to develop a formal gallery / exhibition space where the works of local, regional, and nationally known artists can be displayed. A variety of creative programs, workshops, classes, are also being planned as part of a unique educational exchange. Visit www.ec-chap.org for more information.

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We have scheduled monthly "Information Exchange Meetings" to review our mission, discuss membership benefits, and review programming opportunities and support. We are very interested in obtaining your input and feedback with respect to how we can best meet your interests and needs as a cultural organization. These meetings are free to attend.

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This meeting will be held in The Packing House at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT. Refreshments provided.

For more information, please call 518-791-9474, or email us at info@ec-chap.org.

Become a “CHAP” Today!

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EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"
Jul
12
7:00 PM19:00

EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"

The Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance, Inc. (EC-CHAP for short) is an independent membership-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization representing an important cultural resource serving communities and visitors to Eastern Connecticut and beyond. The Center's focus is to bring a heightened awareness to the significance of local history and historic preservation; provide an appreciation for the visual arts through creation and display; and offer performance events and opportunities for creative expression in music, film, dance, literature, and theater.

The EC-CHAP currently operates the Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum, an Artist in Residence (AIR) Program, and hosts an assortment of performances and events at The Packing House, all  located at The Mill Works in Willington, CT. Plans are under review to develop a formal gallery / exhibition space where the works of local, regional, and nationally known artists can be displayed. A variety of creative programs, workshops, classes, are also being planned as part of a unique educational exchange. Visit www.ec-chap.org for more information.

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We have scheduled monthly "Information Exchange Meetings" to review our mission, discuss membership benefits, and review programming opportunities and support. We are very interested in obtaining your input and feedback with respect to how we can best meet your interests and needs as a cultural organization. These meetings are free to attend.

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This meeting will be held in The Packing House at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT. Refreshments provided.

For more information, please call 518-791-9474, or email us at info@ec-chap.org.

Become a “CHAP” Today!

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EC-CHAP Presents: "A Concert & A Movie" - Blues Artist Eric  Sommer & Film Screening - "Fred Rogers: America's Favorite Neighbor"
Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

EC-CHAP Presents: "A Concert & A Movie" - Blues Artist Eric Sommer & Film Screening - "Fred Rogers: America's Favorite Neighbor"

EC-CHAP End-of Season Event - "A Concert and A Movie" - Blues Artist Eric  Sommer in Concert followed by Free Film Screening - "Fred Rogers: America's Favorite Neighbor"

TICKETS $12.00 IN ADVANCE (ONLINE) / $15.00 AT THE DOOR

Special Note: EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series" meets "EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series" to bring you this Special Event: "A Concert and A Movie" as a close to our 2017-2018 Performance Season!  We are honored to have Boston-based blues artist Eric Sommer join us for this extraordinary evening of music and film. Eric's 2-set concert will be followed by a free screening of the film documentary, "Fred Rogers: America's Favorite Neighbor", narrated by Michael Keaton. We expect an overwhelming response to this event - please arrive early as doors will close to the public at 8:00pm.

Very Special Note:

TALK ABOUT SERENDIPITY ERIC SOMMERS!  BY PURE CHANCE - OUR FEATURED ARTIST'S UNCLE JACK SOMMERS AND AUNT CICI SOMMERS INITIATED THE RELATIONSHIP AND FIRST PROGRAM WITH FRED ROGERS AT WQED TV IN PITTSBURGH. 
The program began as a local and live television visit with children called The Children’s Corner in 1954 with host Josie Carey and Fred Rogers behind the scenes as puppeteer. In 1968, Fred Rogers’ company, Family Communications, Inc., produced Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood for airing nationally on what was to become PBS.  The program aired for more than 30 years until its last episode in 2001.(WQED).

 

"Engage the senses!" EC-CHAP Board

 

Blues Artist Eric Sommer

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Singer/songwriter Eric Sommer is an unbelievable intersection of improbable influences and experiences channeled into an amazingly diverse catalog and a résumé that reads more like a musical adventure novel than a series of career bullet points.

Sommer emerged from the Boston music scene in the ’80s with a vengeance, a Folk guitarist with a percussive, open-tuning style adapted from the likes of David Bromberg, Steve Howe, Townes Van Zandt and Brit Folk legend Davy Graham. But Boston was also a hotbed of New Wave, Power Pop and Punk at that point, and Sommer absorbed those influences as well, creating a Byrdsian jangle sound that earned him opening slots for national touring acts and regular bookings at the renowned Paradise Theatre.

Sommer eventually relocated to Europe where he scored tours with Bram Tchaikovsky,
Wreckless Eric and Nick Lowe, calling Denmark and the Netherlands home for awhile. After honing his personal songwriting style and playing every conceivable club on the European circuit, Sommer returned to Boston homeless and broke.

Living on the streets and in abandoned squats, Sommer played every available open mic and picked up guitar tips from David Landau and Gary Burton/Steve Howe sideman Mick
Goodrick, which led to the formation of a trio called The Atomics, which offered up an
American version of Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson and Nick Lowe during its run. While The Atomics opened for the Dead Kennedys and Gang of Four and became one of Boston’s best local New Wave outfits, Sommer was finding constant inspiration in the works of Jeff Beck, Pat Martino, Joe Pass and Charlie Christian.

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With The Atomics’ dissolution, Sommer’s wanderlust took him to New York, Atlanta and
finally the suburbs of Washington, D.C., where he founded the Georgetown Film Festival and embarked on a phase of independent film scoring. Since then, Sommer has been a troubadour with no fixed address, playing well over 250 gigs a year and slowing down just long enough to record a handful of brilliant albums, including Rainy Day Karma with his band, Solar Flares, and his latest solo effort, Brooklyn Bolero.

If there’s any lingering doubt about Sommer’s supernatural versatility, consider that he’s opened for Old 97’s, Nickel Creek’s Sara Watkins, Bluegrass icon Jerry Douglas, Mates of State, Dr. John, Leon Redbone and Built to Spill, to name a few - and Dead Kennedy’s, Mission to Burma, Gang of Four, and Elvis Costello, Wreckless Eric and Brahm Tchaikovsky...

Whether in band or one-man form (which nakedly showcases his amazing acoustic Blues guitar stylings), Sommer is a living history of contemporary music and a musical force of nature.


Free Film Screening: "Fred Rogers: America's Favorite Neighbor"

  A Surprise Film - Take a risk! 

Fred Rogers has been America's favorite neighbor for more than 30 years on PBS... delighting, enlightening, and reassuring children with his unique television programs. Now, his life and legacy are celebrated in this commemorative program full of treasured memories, rare vintage clips and behind-the-scenes footage from his 50 years in television. Fred Rogers: America's Favorite Neighbor is hosted by actor (and former Mister Rogers' Neighborhood crew member) Michael Keaton. 

This 3 minute opening to the documentary, "Fred Rogers: America's Favorite Neighbor", includes a small introduction by James E. Rohr and Michael Keaton. Originally published by Ryan Yang

 

"A Concert and A Movie" represents a Special End-Of-Season Event combining the EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series with the EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series. This event is presented by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP), a 501.3.c non-profit membership-based cultural organization. To learn more and how you can become a member, visit www.ec-chap.org.

Doors 6:30pm / Show 7:00pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" pizza! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

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EC-CHAP Social Dance Series with Kelly Madenjian - Special Guest Instructor Oswaldo Tirano (2nd Thursday of the month)
Jun
14
7:00 PM19:00

EC-CHAP Social Dance Series with Kelly Madenjian - Special Guest Instructor Oswaldo Tirano (2nd Thursday of the month)

EC-CHAP Social Dance Series with Kelly Madenjian - Special Guest Instructor Oswaldo Tirano (2nd Thursday of the month)

TICKETS  $10.00 AT THE DOOR

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Special Note: This session represents the final Social Dance for the 2017-18 performance season.  It will be led by guest dance instructor Oswaldo Tirano.  Oswaldo was hired by Arts in Motion Dance Studio in 1999 as a Latin dance instructor, a cultural skill he learned as part of his cultural heritage. He has studied theater, puppetry, dance, and voice at the
national university of Colombia (1989 - 1994) and national school of dramatic arts (1996 - 1998) in Bogota, Colombia. This is his eighteenth year teaching Latin dance and puppetry for all ages in several dance studios, colleges, public schools, and community centers
throughout New England. Kelly Madenjian will be back  to lead our monthly Social Dance in September 2018. 

Enjoy a lovely evening out social ballroom dancing. Each month will feature a beginner ballroom dance lesson. Have you ever wanted to learn Cha Cha, Swing, Waltz or Fox Trot? Learn the basics or practice some new moves, or lend your skills to expand our dance community. All levels welcome.  Partner not required.

After the lesson stay or join us for a fun social dance to all your favorite ballroom hits. Viennese Waltz to West Coast Swing and everything in between. Social dancing is a beautiful evening out socializing and dancing with friends to great music. Save me a dance!

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ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Kelly Madenjian is a  Social Ballroom Dance, Fitness and Yoga instructor.  She is 7 time USA Dance National Ballroom Rhythm and American Nine Dance Champion. Kelly enjoys being an adjunct professor at Eastern Ct State Univ in the Athletics Depart. She has designed and teaches Salsa Fit, a cardio dance workout class and Dance Your Yoga Flow, a vinyasa power flow to music infused with classical dance training techniques. Kelly also does community adult and children’s theater as an actress, choreographer and director. She most recently has added film and commercial appearances to her credits. 

Join us for this monthly Social Dance Experience! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Dance 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" pizza! Click here for secret recipe. 

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

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TALENT SHOWCASE  (2ND WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH)
Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

TALENT SHOWCASE (2ND WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH)

EC-CHAP "Talent Showcase" - Talent Sharing Talent

Our Talent Showcase is designed as a platform for local and regional performers to share their talent. Showcases are scheduled on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, September through June.

Acoustic musicians, film makers, poets, comedians, jugglers, puppeteers, and creative artists of all ages are invited to perform at The Packing House. Here is an opportunity to showcase your work in an intimate historic setting before a live audience. Test ideas and concepts and solicit feedback. PA / sound reinforcement, video projection, and up to 3 microphones provided (Please - No full drum kits unless prior arrangements have been made).

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If you're interested in performing, please call 518-791-9474 in advance to sign-up (recommended), or sign-in at the door (time available). Not performing? No problem! Come join us for an evening of great talent. Invite everybody you know!

The "Talent Showcase" at The Packing House is hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP). Open to the general public. Free admission / Donations accepted. Doors open 6:30pm / Show 7:00pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

For information, or to register in advance, please call 518-791-9474.

The Packing House is located at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT

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EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"
Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"

The Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance, Inc. (EC-CHAP for short) is an independent membership-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization representing an important cultural resource serving communities and visitors to Eastern Connecticut and beyond. The Center's focus is to bring a heightened awareness to the significance of local history and historic preservation; provide an appreciation for the visual arts through creation and display; and offer performance events and opportunities for creative expression in music, film, dance, literature, and theater.

The EC-CHAP currently operates the Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum, an Artist in Residence (AIR) Program, and hosts an assortment of performances and events at The Packing House, all  located at The Mill Works in Willington, CT. Plans are under review to develop a formal gallery space where the works of local, regional, and nationally known artists can be displayed. A variety of creative programs, workshops, classes, are also being planned as part of a unique educational exchange. Visit www.ec-chap.org for more information.

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We have scheduled monthly "Information Exchange Meetings" to review our mission, discuss membership benefits, and review programming opportunities and support. We are very interested in obtaining your input and feedback with respect to how we can best meet your interests and needs as a cultural organization. These meetings are free to attend.

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This meeting will be held in The Packing House at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT. Refreshments provided.

For more information, please call 518-791-9474, or email us at info@ec-chap.org.

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