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 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

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.


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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 - !st 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!

 

ONGOING 12:00PM TO 5:00PM

THE MILL WORKS CREATIVE COMMUNITY 

REBECCA ZABLOCKI, EC-CHAP Artist In Resindence, PREVIEW SOLO SHOW: "AS IS"

GARDINER HALL JR MUSEUM (Suite 2106-A)

  • "Making John Martin’s Spool Pets" with Joan Taraskiewicz, Museum Curator

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

PERIOD REFRESHMENTS

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 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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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 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

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 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 "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 Jazz Series: Sarah Hanahan Quartet with Featured Guest - Part-1
Oct
20
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Sarah Hanahan Quartet with Featured Guest - Part-1

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Sarah Hanahan Quartet with Featured Guest - 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 featuring special jazz guests. 

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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.   

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 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: Greg Abate Quartet
Oct
27
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Greg Abate Quartet

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Greg Abate Quartet

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: Its an honor and privilege to have the Greg Abate Quartet return to The Packing House again this fall! Greg, Ben, Matt, and Lou continue to amaze our audiences with their seamless interactions and improvisation.

GREG ABATE jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer continues as an International Jazz / Recording Artist with 225 days a year touring the globe.

In the mid 70’s after finishing a four year program at Berklee College Of Music, Greg played lead alto for the Ray Charles Orchestra for 2 years. In 1978 Greg formed his group 'Channel One' which was a favorite in the New England area and from there had the opportunity to play tenor sax with the revived Artie Shaw Orchestra under leadership of Dick Johnson from 1986 to ’87.

Following this experience Greg ventured out as post hard bop soloist playing Jazz Festivals, Jazz Societies and Jazz Clubs throughout the U.S. Canada and abroad, including most of Europe, UK, and Moscow and Georgia Russia.

June 18, 2016 ~ Greg Abate quartet boppin' hard at the Lizard Rodeo Lounge in the Range Cafe in Bernalillo, NM. John Rangell on keyboards.

A live album, Kindred Spirits, released in 2016 (Whaling City Sound) featured The Greg Abate Quintet with Phil Woods, and the Tim Ray Trio. This 2-CD set was recorded live at Chans in Rhode Island (read more).

His most recent recording, Road to Forever, was released earlier this year on the Waling City Sound label (read more). The project includes ten original tunes written by Greg and features members of his working trio Tim Ray Trio, Tim Ray (piano), John Lockwood (bass), and Mark Walker (drums). 

Greg will be joined at The Packing House on October 14th by Matt deChamplain on piano, Lou Bocciarelli on bass, and Ben Bilello on drums.

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to see this jazz great 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 $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.

About the Artists:

Matt deChamplain

Matt deChamplain grew up in Wethersfield, Connecticut attending the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts during high school, obtaining his bachelors degree from the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the Hartt School of Music and graduated magna cum laude with his masters from the University of Toledo in Ohio in 2012. He has opened for Wynton Marsalis’ Quintet, Dave Brubeck and Hank Jones, played with Dave Brubeck, Shawnn Monteiro, Nat Reeves, Steve Davis, Javon Jackson Jose Feliciano, Paul Keller and Jon Hendricks and has appeared at the JVC Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center and jazz clubs such as the Regatta Bar in Boston, Smalls in New York City and Yoshi's in San Francisco.

Matt was selected for the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program where he engaged in a two week intensive composition and performance workshop led by Dr. Billy Taylor and Curtis Fuller culminating with three performances filmed live from the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. He has participated in the Martial Solal Jazz Piano Competition in Paris, France, toured New Ross, Ireland with bassist Nat Reeves, and released two albums as a leader, "Stride Bop" and "Pause". He has also been featured on guitarist Norman Johnson's album "Get It While You Can" (2011), jazz violinist Jason Anick's album "Tipping Point" (2012) and recorded several songs with vocalist Jon Hendricks for "Holiday Wishes II: River of Stars" (2013). Matt currently holds a faculty position at the Hartt School of Music (University of Hartford), teaches piano at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and is a visiting clinician for the Glastonbury High School Jazz Ensemble. While maintaining an active performance schedule, he continues to teach and compose.

 

Ben Bilello

Ben Bilello received his Bachelors Degree in Jazz Studies at the Hartt School of Music, where he studied with Ben Toth, Glen Velez, Michael Carvin, and Tony Leone.  Since graduating from Hartt, Ben has performed and recorded with Mulgrew Miller, Eddie Henderson, Branford Marsalis, Curtis Fuller, Javon Jackson, George Cables, Joe Wilder, Anthony Braxton, Charles Flores, Steve Davis, Jimmy Greene, Wayne Escoffery, Dezron Douglas, New Jazz Workshop, and Shelton “Fatman” Laster, among many others.

In addition to performing with noted jazz musicians, Ben has toured with the South American folk groups Viva Quetzal and Markamusic. At this time, Ben can be seen performing with his own trio, Josh Evans and The Connection, bassist Jeff Fuller, and Earl MacDonald’s New Directions Ensemble, as well as many others.

 

Lou Bocciarelli

Lou Bocciarelli is a member of the Hartford Jazz Orchestra, Al Copley’s Band, Bill’s Seafood Jazz All-Stars, Charlie Holland All-Stars, Vince Thompson & TNFT, Johnny and the ECR, Mystic Jazz Ensemble, New London Big Band, can be seen at venues & festivals around the New England area. 

Lou has had the good fortune to perform in the Jazz world with many wonderful artists including Phil Woods, Louie Bellson, Joe Morello, Dave Bruebeck, Bob Mintzer, Claudio Roditi, Dick Johnson, Tom Kubis, Steve Allen, Donn Trenner, Roger Ingram to name a few. Equally comfortable in the theater, Lou has performed in many pits including performances with the Goodspeed Playhouse in CT, Foxwoods Casino, and the Mohegan Sun Casino.

Lou resides in Griswold, CT with his wife Kathryn and two teenage children.
 

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EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Carla Ulbrich - "Professional Smart Alek (Comedic Singer/Songwriter)
Nov
3
7:30 PM19:30

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

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Carla Ulbrich - "Professional Smart Alek" (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: 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

SEASON & SERIES PASSES NOW AVAILABLE - CALL FOR DETAILS 518.791.9474

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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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 Social Dance Series with Kelly Madenjian
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

EC-CHAP Social Dance Series with Kelly Madenjian

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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EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"
Nov
15
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: 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 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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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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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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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 Acoustic Artist Series: Seat Of Our Pants Holiday Show (Folk/Bluegrass)
Dec
8
7:30 PM19:30

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

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

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

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. 

Their songs are both heartfelt and humorous, their harmonies heavenly, and they play an array of instruments you don't see every day, with Mike on fiddle, Mark on Cajon, Jeff on bass, and Carolyn on whichever stringed instrument she decides to bring along for the night. Treat yourself to an evening of music that will leave you laughing, crying, and thankful that you decided to spend some time with this crew.

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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EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"
Dec
11
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.

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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 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.

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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.

Museum-Bright.jpg

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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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.

Become a “CHAP” Today!

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EC-CHAP Theater Series: An Evening of Scenes and Monologues - Presented by the HMS 7/8 Drama Class
Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

EC-CHAP Theater Series: An Evening of Scenes and Monologues - Presented by the HMS 7/8 Drama Class

EC-CHAP Theater Series: "An Evening of Scenes and Monologues" - Presented by the HMS 7/8 Drama Class

Free Admission

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Special Note: EC-CHAP is pleased to support educational art programs in our community. We welcome the talented student performers from Willington's Hall Memorial School Drama Class under the direction of Mr. Jason Phillips.

Experience the HMS 7th and 8th grade Drama Class as they present a night of scenes and monologues. This event will showcase the multitude of skills students have been working on throughout the year.

Join us for a special evening of original theater! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP), a 501.c.3 nonprofit member-based cultural organization. To learn more about EC-CHAP and how you can become a member, visit www.ec-chap.org.

Doors 5:30pm / Show 6:00pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. For additional information, please call 518-791-9474.

 

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Summer 2018 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"
Jun
3
12:00 PM12:00

Summer 2018 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

Summer 2018 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

[Free Admission - To give us an idea how many folks will be attending, please click the button below to obtain your free ticket. Thanks!]

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Come join us on Sunday, June 3rd, from Noon to 5:00pm for the Summer Season “First Sunday at The Mill Works” sponsored by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP)!

Live performances in The Packing House:

  • 1:00pm - Hall Memorial School "Select Chorus" and "Falcon Treble Chorus"

  • 3:00pm - "Jarmony": Acoustic Harmony (Rock, Roots, & Blues)

  • 4:30pm - Original Poetry Readings presented by Slag Review

 Hall Memorial School Falcon Treble Chorus

Hall Memorial School Falcon Treble Chorus

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Jarmony


Visit with EC-CHAP Resident Artist, Rebecca Zablocki; Stroll through The Mill Works artist community open studios; and explore the new "Availaflex" De-Vel-Op-Ment Visual Arts Exhibition Space. Enjoy period refreshments typical of the mid 19th century and begin the Summer Season with us at this local historic landmark.

 Rebecca Zablocki - EC-CHAP Resident Artist  Rebecca Zablocki completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees from the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School in 2014. Rebecca, primarily a printmaker, is originally from Long Island, NY, and curently lives in Vernon, CT.  Directly following graduation from the Hartford Art School, Rebecca returned to NY for a year where she worked in a gallery and art studio, teaching and managing the space. She then applied to work at the Worcester Center for Crafts, where she currently holds the position of Assistant Director of the Gallery and Gallery Store. 

Rebecca Zablocki - EC-CHAP Resident Artist

Rebecca Zablocki completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees from the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School in 2014. Rebecca, primarily a printmaker, is originally from Long Island, NY, and curently lives in Vernon, CT.

Directly following graduation from the Hartford Art School, Rebecca returned to NY for a year where she worked in a gallery and art studio, teaching and managing the space. She then applied to work at the Worcester Center for Crafts, where she currently holds the position of Assistant Director of the Gallery and Gallery Store. 

 " Availaflex " De-Vel-Op-Ment Exhibition Space  Current Shows:  Reimagine New England  - Photography;  Boston Color  - Photography;  Two Stools  - Installation Art

"Availaflex" De-Vel-Op-Ment Exhibition Space

Current Shows: Reimagine New England - Photography; Boston Color - Photography; Two Stools - Installation Art

 Paul Eric Johnson - Paul  Eric Johnson is photographer, printmaker, and writer. A current project is the  Reimagine New England  suite of forty–eight prints each with an original poem based on the insights and imagery gained from decades as a creative specialist licensed internationally by the Liaison Agency. A selection has been published in the Black Earth Institute's  About Place Journal , and he is also the author/photographer of two travel books on the Mid-Atlantic published by Voyageur Press. Formerly a gallery director in Provincetown, he currently maintains a private gallery in Stafford Springs, exhibiting regularly in regional museums (  www.reimaginenewengland.com )

Paul Eric Johnson - Paul  Eric Johnson is photographer, printmaker, and writer. A current project is the Reimagine New England suite of forty–eight prints each with an original poem based on the insights and imagery gained from decades as a creative specialist licensed internationally by the Liaison Agency. A selection has been published in the Black Earth Institute's About Place Journal, and he is also the author/photographer of two travel books on the Mid-Atlantic published by Voyageur Press. Formerly a gallery director in Provincetown, he currently maintains a private gallery in Stafford Springs, exhibiting regularly in regional museums ( www.reimaginenewengland.com)


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

  • 1:00pm - Hall Memorial School "Select Chorus" and "Falcon Treble Chorus"

  • 3:00pm - "Jarmony": Acoustic Harmony (Rock, Roots, & Blues)

  • 4:30pm - Original Poetry Readings presented by Slag Review

 

PRESENTATIONS AND ACTIVITIES:

  • 2:00pm - Artist Talk: "Reimagine New England" with Paul Eric Johnson (Suite 2302)
  • 2:30pm - Pastel Painting with Carol Mackiewicz, Whalesong Arts (Suite 2104)

 

ONGOING 12:00PM TO 5:00PM

THE MILL WORKS CREATIVE COMMUNITY 

REBECCA ZABLOCKI - EC-CHAP RESIDENT ARTIST

GARDINER HALL JR MUSEUM (Suite 2106-A)

"TRIVIA" GAMES (Suite 2106-A)

"AVAILAFLEX" VISUAL ARTS DE-VEL-OP-MENT EXHIBITION SPACE (Suite 2302)

GUITAR AND VOCALS BY RICH DEBRITO (All three floors)

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

PERIOD REFRESHMENTS

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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Acoustic Artist Series: Bill Benson with TJ Sweeney (Folk)
May
19
7:30 PM19:30

Acoustic Artist Series: Bill Benson with TJ Sweeney (Folk)

Acoustic Artist Series: Bill Benson with TJ Sweeney (Folk)

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

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Bill Benson

Bill performs around New England, singing about love, hope and passion, through inspiring lyrics and heart-felt vocals in the styles of folk and country His deep, brassy vocal timbre and storytelling style he draws listeners into his songs, evoking a mood that pulls you into the moment and offers retreat from life’s day to day chaos.

Bill hosts and produces a Nutmeg TV cable show ‘Porch Time with Bill Benson’ - spotlighting singer/songwriters from around the state, sitting on the porch talking music, songs and inspirations. His highly anticipated "Come A Little Closer" the followup to 2015's This Old House will be released in May of 2019.

Bill will be joined by TJ Sweeney.

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TJ Sweeney

TJ Sweeney has always been attracted to the story behind the words. The stories are what drew him to begin writing when he was 17. Hailing from a small town in upstate New York, TJ has since spent his time throughout many areas in New England but still brings a small town influence to the stories he tells through his music. Blending a mix of folk, roots, country and soul, he’s drawn attention from many across the Northeast.
TJ's debut solo EP is due for release at summer’s end.

Join us for an evening of original music! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 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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CANCELLED - TO BE RESCHEDULED*** EC-CHAP Poetry Series: Brian Sneeden "Last City" - An Evening of Poetry and Song ***CANCELLED
May
18
7:30 PM19:30

CANCELLED - TO BE RESCHEDULED*** EC-CHAP Poetry Series: Brian Sneeden "Last City" - An Evening of Poetry and Song ***CANCELLED

CANCELLED - TO BE RESCHEDULED*** EC-CHAP Poetry Series: Brian Sneeden - "Last City": An Evening of Poetry and Song

 

THIS READING BY BRIAN SNEEDEN SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, MAY 18TH WILL BE RESCHEDULED DUE TO THE AVAILABILITY OF BRIAN'S TEXT, "LAST CITY".

THIS EVENT WILL BE RESCHEDULED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.

ALL ADVANCED TICKET SALES WILL BE REIMBURSED IN FULL.

WE APOLOGIZE FOR THIS INCONVENIENCE AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.

EC-CHAP

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EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"
May
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 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: Your Drum Circle with Bob Bloom (3rd Tuesday of the month - January - May)
May
15
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Presents: Your Drum Circle with Bob Bloom (3rd Tuesday of the month - January - May)

EC-CHAP Presents: Your Drum Circle with Bob Bloom (3rd Tuesday of the month - January - May)

$10.00 AT THE DOOR 

At this hoot, first-time drummers and those with seasoning drumrollick together.  From 2007 to 2010, Bob Bloom was chair of the Interactive Drumming Committee of The Percussive Arts Society, the largest percussion organization in the world.

For nearly two decades, he served as a faculty assistant to Dr. Babatunde Olatunji for his “Language of the Drums” courses at The Omega Institute, Rowe Conference Center, and Kripalu Institute for Yoga and Health.

BB drummed and sang as a performance member of Olatunji’s internationally-renowned African music and dance company,  “Drums of Passion” in concerts at venues including Lincoln Center, The Washington Monument, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Jorgenson Hall.

Through Olatunji’s music philosophy, “Unity of Purpose”, you'll float wherever your thoughts take you rhythmic-ally, melodic-ally, harmonic-ally, beat-ally, lyric-ally, and movement-ally.

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Bring your favorite hand drums. You’re drumless? No problem. Your heart and hands can enjoy the djembes, doumbeks, tubanos, and bongos from the colorful cargo that BB is trucking to the shindigs. 

Join us for this unique monthly drum circle experience. This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). 

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

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EC-CHAP "ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES": Seat Of Our Pants (Folk/Bluegrass)
May
12
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP "ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES": Seat Of Our Pants (Folk/Bluegrass)

EC-CHAP "Acoustic Artist Series": Seat Of Our Pants (Folk/Bluegrass)

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

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. 

Their songs are both heartfelt and humorous, their harmonies heavenly, and they play an array of instruments you don't see every day, with Mike on fiddle, Mark on Cajon, Jeff on bass, and Carolyn on whichever stringed instrument she decides to bring along for the night. Treat yourself to an evening of music that will leave you laughing, crying, and thankful that you decided to spend some time with this crew.

Join us for an evening of original music 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. 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 Jazz Series: Val Rogers - The Great American Songbook
May
11
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Val Rogers - The Great American Songbook

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Val Rogers - The Great American Songbook

Tickets $12.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $15.00 at the Door

Val Rogers is an accomplished vocalist and entertainer, as well as a musician, arranger and conceptual artist. She studied vocal performance at the University of Connecticut and has performed all over the world including the countries of Iceland, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Spain and Greece. She is an owner of the Red Satin Band, LLC and remains the primary vocalist with the Dick Campo Big Band.

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With countless performances under her belt she has gained rave reviews such as: “she’s a complete performer”, “Val is absolutely the best”, and “Great style, presence, audience appeal – and amazing voice!” are just a few.

Val lives in Willington Connecticut with her husband Scot, two boys and their two rescue dogs and donkeys. She is activity involved with her community and is an avid gardener and lover of nature.

Val will be joined by Bil Groth on Piano and Mark Gehret on Bass

Join us for an evening of original arrangements by this local entertainer! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 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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EC-CHAP Social Dance Series with Kelly Madenjian (2nd Thursday of the month)
May
10
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)

TICKETS  $10.00 AT THE DOOR

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Special Note: EC-CHAP is excited to debut our new Social Dance Series with Kelly Madenjian! It is an honor and privilege to have such a talented and award-winning dancer lead this monthly dance experience with us. The Social Dance Series will be offered on the 2nd Thursday of the month. Bring your dancing shoes!

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. 

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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)
May
9
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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Private Function - A Day of Remembrance for Roy Rovozzo (1932 ~ 2018)
May
6
3:30 PM15:30

Private Function - A Day of Remembrance for Roy Rovozzo (1932 ~ 2018)

A Day of Remembrance for Roy Rovozzo (1932 ~ 2018)

We would like to offer an invitation to all family, friends, and former UCONN co-workers that wish to attend this Celebration of Life for Roy.

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This Day of Remembrance will represent a secular, humorous and chatty afternoon filled with talk about Roy's work at UCONN Key Control; and the funny incidents that took place over the years, stories from his Navy hitch, plus reflection on his deep Willington connections.

After this event, we will adjourn to a local restaurant for refreshments.

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Cinco De Mayo Dance Celebration with Bentetu & Kelly Madenjian!
May
5
7:30 PM19:30

Cinco De Mayo Dance Celebration with Bentetu & Kelly Madenjian!

EC-CHAP Presents: A Cinco De Mayo Dance Celebration with Bentetu & Kelly Madenjian!

Tickets $15.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $20.00 at the Door

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Come dance away Cinco De Mayo 2018 with Kelly Madenjian and live music provided by Latin band by Bentetu!

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Bentetu

Bentetu is a Latin band founded by 2007, in Willimantic CT. It consists of seven members including Latin percussion, vocals, piano, and sometimes includes brass instruments. Bentetu performs mostly Caribbean, Latin jazz, and other Spanish music. The band has been performing since 2007, and has played in various venues, mostly in Connecticut, RI, and Massachusetts.


 Kelly Madenjian

Kelly Madenjian

As an amateur competitor ballroom dancer Kelly won many USA Dance and NDCA titles; including 3 Amateur USA Dance National Rhythm Championships and 4 US National Nine Dance Championships. Kelly is an adjunct professor at a Eastern CT State Univ in the Athletics Dept.  She is a certified fitness and yoga instructor. Kelly also choreographs, dances and acts in many community adult and children’s programs. She has been nominated as CT’s Best Regional Choreographer. Kelly has appeared a an extra in two major motion pictures as well as speaking roles in multiple national commercials. Kelly is an Artist /Performer Member of EC-CHAP, and leads the EC-CHAP Monthly Social Dance Series (2nd Thursday of the month).


What's Cinco De Mayo about anyway? Check out this short video by the History Channel...

Ever wonder why May 5th is celebrated in the U.S. and Mexico? Get the full story. HISTORY®, now reaching more than 98 million homes, is the leading destination for award-winning original series and specials that connect viewers with history in an informative, immersive, and entertaining manner across all platforms. The network's all-original programming slate features a roster of hit series, epic miniseries, and scripted event programming.

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Join us for an evening of fun, dance, celebration and surprises! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). 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). 

Who can bring the best traditional Cinco De Mayo dish?

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

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AN EVENING WITH MAURA GEIST - SPIRITUAL MEDIUM
May
4
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

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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. 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.

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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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Thimble Islands Saxophone Quartet
Apr
29
3:00 PM15:00

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Thimble Islands Saxophone Quartet

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Thimble Islands Saxophone Quartet

Tickets $12.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $15.00 at the Door / Special Senior Price $10.00 at the Door

The Thimble Islands Saxophone Quartet (TISQ) will offer a Sunday afternoon performance as a debut appearance at The Packing House.

TISQ is made up of 4 virtuoso saxophonists having an average of 30 years of professional musical experience, who join in a thrilling ensemble with the unique arrangements by Frank Vasi. The program will feature George Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue, Mozart’s quartet “The Hunt”, Bernstein’s Westside Story, along with the music of Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis, Samuel Barber, Louis Armstrong and Frank Vasi.

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The Thimble Islands Saxophone Quartet features music from the Baroque to Contemporary, including music from the Jazz, Broadway and popular idioms. This eclectic repertoire includes works from the chamber music, symphonic, choral and vocal traditions.

The Quartet rehearses at the Church of Christ Congregational in the shoreline town of Branford Connecticut, in the area known as Stony Creek. The name of the quartet is taken from the Thimble Islands which the church overlooks.

Audience comments after concerts expressed how beautiful and familiar the music sounded like it had originally been written for the saxophone quartet.

“Given the saxophone’s late arrival to the classical music scene, the works of the great classical composers lack its sound, a void Vasi fills by making new arrangements and transcriptions.” - Christina Hennessy, Ct Post

 “…from the four-part pianissimo unisons to the personalized jazz inserts. Frank showcased his excellent composing and arranging skills…Quite noticeable was the solid oneness of the quartet sound.” Don Reutenauer, Musician

“It was truly joyous to listen to your Sax QWuartet perform the concert… The Mozart was an exquisite brilliant, most inspirational piece. I was certain folks would hop out in the aisles to dance to the jazzy Gershswin tunes and lost count of the number of encore pieces you graciously offered. We were totall mesmerized by this exceptional musical journey.” Betty Jane Schiller, Yale University

Join us for an afternoon of familiar music presented in original and unique style by these creative artists! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 2:30pm / Show 3:00pm. 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.


About the Musicians...

Frank Vasi: Tenor Saxophone/Composer

Frank Vasi is an award winning composer and the founder of TISQ. He graduated from the Mannes College of Music in NYC where he studied saxophone and clarinet with Joseph Allard and Frank Socolow, and composition with Fred Werle and David Loeb. As a New York freelance musician he played with such jazz greats as Benny Goodman, Doc Cheatham, Joe Jones, Victor Gaskin and Chris Calloway. Vasi’s compositions have been performed at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and Avery Fisher Halls.

The American pianist Ronald Hawkins gave the European premier of Brooklyn Bridge 3:00am at the Academy of Saint Martin-in-the Fields(London) and the Rachmaninov House in Russia. In 2018 Spectra Records will release Random Thoughts performed by TISQ. Vasi’s compositions are published by Dorn Publacations.

 

Tim Moran: Soprano Saxophone

 Tim Moran is widely acclaimed as an innovative jazz musician on Sax, flute and clarinet. He has performed in Europe, Japan and throughout the U.S. and Canada. In collaboration with percussionist Tony Vacca, he has released 5 CD’s, including “Dance Beneath the Diamond Sky” on Columbia Records. He has backed up such artists as Ella Fitzgerald and Gerry Mulligan. He keeps very busy in pit orchestras for the national touring companies of Broadway musicals.

 

Will Cleary: Alto Saxophone

Will obtained his BM from Oberlin Conservatory, studying with Gary Bartz, Robin Eubanks and Dan Wall,

And his MM from Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Walt Weiskopf and Bill Dobbins, and was the recipient of the Raymond and Maxine Schirmer Prize in Jazz Performance. Cleary has performed with Slide Hampton, Chuck Mangione, Conrad Herwig, Marvin Stamm, Marcus Belgrave, Charles McPherson among others. He has opened for Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. He has performed at the Houston International Jazz Festival, the Detroit and Rochester International Jazz  Festivals and at the National Cathedral in Washington DC. He performs and records regularly in the tri-state area.

 

Skylar Hagner : Baritone Saxophone

Skylar Hagner is a graduate of Temple University where he received a BM degree in jazz performance. He studied under Ben Schacter, Tim Warfield and composition with Norman David. Skylar is currently an adjunct professor of woodwinds at the University of New Haven. He also has performed with the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, The Shoreline Jazz Collective, The Hartford Jazz Orchestra, Normon David and The Eleventet, Ray Drummond, Jeremy Pelt, Wayne Eacoffery, Robin Eubanks and David l-Bakara. He has appeared at the Wilmington DE Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, Philadelphia Center City and Litchfield Jazz Festivals, SEAMUS, New Music Gathering, Hot Steamed Jazz Festivals and many others.

 

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ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: BELLE OF THE FALL - Eastern CT CD Release Show (INDIE / FOLK)
Apr
28
7:30 PM19:30

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: BELLE OF THE FALL - Eastern CT CD Release Show (INDIE / FOLK)

Acoustic Artist Series: Belle of the Fall Eastern CT CD Release Show! (Indie/Folk)

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

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

Not only are they back, but BOTF is debuting their new CD "Rise Up", with this Eastern Connecticut CD Release Show! 

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

Join us for an evening of original music by these creative artists! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 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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Acoustic Artist Series: Kala Farnham with Glenn Kendzia (Indie / Folk)
Apr
21
7:30 PM19:30

Acoustic Artist Series: Kala Farnham with Glenn Kendzia (Indie / Folk)

Acoustic Artist Series: Kala Farnham with Glenn Kendzia (Indie / Folk)

Tickets $12.00 in Advance (online) / $15.00 at the Door

Kala Farnham is a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter hailing from the Quiet Corner of CT. Kala's signature songwriting has been described as a reinvention of the folk tradition made popular by artists such as Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez.

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She has been praised for her classical undertones and playful dose Broadway theatricality onstage, and a lyricism that springs to life with creative storytelling, cultural references, and rich metaphor. Her first full-length studio album, "Anahata: Wake Up Your Heart", was nominated for "Best Americana Album" in RI's Motif Music Awards alongside a nomination for "Best Female Americana Vocalist".

In 2015, she was selected to be an Official Showcase Artist in Folk Alliance International's SERFA Music Conference. October 2016 marked the release of her 2nd studio album, "Samadhi: Home Is Where You Are" as well as another Motif nomination for Best Americana Album. Kala is an alumni of the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project and the winner of the 2017 Rhode Island Songwriters Association Performing Songwriter Contest. (Kala Farnham)

Kayla will be joined by Glenn Kendzia.

Join us for an evening of original works by this outstanding artist! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). 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).  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" special! Click here for secret recipe. 

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

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EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series: "Just Like Being There" (NR)
Apr
20
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series: "Just Like Being There" (NR)

EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series: "Just Like Being There" (NR)

SUGGESTED DONATION $5.00

 Image by Jakob Frank and "Just Like Being There" DVD cover, artwork by Dan Black of Landland

Image by Jakob Frank and "Just Like Being There" DVD cover, artwork by Dan Black of Landland

Special Note: EC-CHAP recognizes the artistic talent and value of the gig poster and is pleased to provide a showing of this outstanding documentary produced by Avalanche Films. We wish to thank Johanna Goldstein, the producer who generously supports EC-CHAP screening of this film.

 

Just Like Being There (2013). A documentary about gig posters. Directed by Scout Shannon and produced by Johanna Goldstein.

"In the gig poster community, creating artwork is more than just a career - it is a way of life. These artists are at the forefront of an expansion of the gig poster genre. In a community with strong roots, dating back to the 1960s, this expansion is controversial - refreshing to some, sacrilegious to others." - IMDb

"Scout Shannon’s documentary on the rise of gig posters, Just Like Being There, offers a glimpse into the art of poster making, as well as the commercial recognition and benefits now being reaped by many of the artists. Their success may not be necessarily skyrocketing – it is an indie endeavor, after all – but the medium is certainly getting more attention and their work is being championed by bands, galleries and websites.

Indie bands are highlighted because they go hand-in-hand with independently produced posters, and in turn, they are usually limited works for a limited audience, albeit a growing one." - popMATTERS

In the gig poster community, artists such as Daniel Danger and Jay Ryan prove that creating this artwork is a way of life, more than just a career. These artists are at the forefront of an expansion of the gig poster genre.

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.

Doors 7:00pm / Show 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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EC-CHAP Presents "Mouthfeel": A Pop-Up Show of 5-Ceramic Artists
Apr
20
to Apr 22

EC-CHAP Presents "Mouthfeel": A Pop-Up Show of 5-Ceramic Artists

Join us for a unique Pop-Up Show of 5-Ceramic Artist residents from the Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA. This event is sponsored by EC-CHAP, and produced by our own resident artist Rebecca (Becca) Zablocki!

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EC-CHAP Artist in Residence ("AIR): Rebecca Zablocki

All Ages - Free Admission. 

  • Friday, April 20th: 6:30pm - 9:00pm

  • Saturday, April 21st: 6:30pm - 9:00pm - Opening Reception

  • Sunday, April 22nd: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Featured Artists:

Faith Connor

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Faith Connor is a wood firing, functional potter born and raised in Lancaster, MA. In 2016 she graduated from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a BFA in ceramics. In 2017 she participated in a residency at Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark. She is currently an Artist in Residence at Worcester Center for Crafts in Worcester, MA. Faith has been working in clay for nine years and has been wood firing for the last four. Her work focuses on the emotions around her depression and anxiety and how they relate to the practice of creating pottery.

 

Jon Glabus

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Jon Glabus was born in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, IL.  He Received his BA in Ceramics at Elmhurst College in 2015.  Jon has exhibited work in numerous juried and invitational ceramic shows across the country including:  TRAX Gallery, Companion Gallery, Archie Bray Foundation, Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts, Lillstreet Art Center, and the Krikorian Gallery.  He has been awarded Best in Show and the Continental Clay Purchase Award.  Jon is currently in his second year as a Resident Artist at Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts.  This Fall marks his 12-year anniversary of working in clay. 

 

Paige Ward

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Paige Ward received her Bachelors in Fine Arts degree in 2016 at the University of Montana in Missoula and attended the College of Southern Idaho obtaining her Associates of Visual Arts in 2014. She has exhibited at the Archie Bray in Helena, Montana as well as in Montana’s State Capitol Building and was a short term resident at the University of Montana Residency at Medalta International Artists in Residence, in Alberta, Canada. She currently is a long-term resident at Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts through 2018. Raised on a ranch in Idaho Paige found herself immersed in domestic roles and expectations of women living rural lifestyles. Her work has a strong narrative in the female identity through comparison of traditional and progressive times. 

 

Ian Petrie

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Ian M. Petrie graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, 2013. He was selected for the Northern Clay Center’s Fogelberg Residency in 2013 and is currently a Resident Artist at the Worcester Center for Crafts. Ian spends his time making pots when he is sick of the soul-crushingneatness of paper/ink, and drawing comics when he can no longer stand the sight of an endless barrage of dinnerware.

 

Abbby Nohai

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Abby Nohai is a potter from the Mid-Husdon Valley and a 1st year Artist-in-Residence at the Worcester Center for Crafts.

I am intrigued by the evolution of objects during the act of creating them. The dark clay body is mysterious and quiet; flame and ash from the wood firing highlight the marks from the hand. Looking toward modest, traditional forms, my current practice has developed from the Japanese “hi-iro” (fire color) aesthetic and my studies of the “yakishime” (unglazed stoneware) approach in wood firing. This body of work demonstrates my desire to create humble objects to contrast with the complexity of the world we currently live in.  

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EC-CHAP Poetry Series: Brian Sneeden "Last City" - An Evening of Poetry and Song
Apr
18
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Poetry Series: Brian Sneeden "Last City" - An Evening of Poetry and Song

EC-CHAP Poetry Series: Brian Sneeden - "Last City": An Evening of Poetry and Song

TICKETS $15.00 IN ADVANCE (ONLINE) / $18.00 AT THE DOOR

Special Note: EC-CHAP is excited to debut our new Poetry Series with the works of Brian Sneeden. Brian is a resident of The Mill Works Creative Community, and Doctoral Student at The University of Connecticut. Brian will share works from his recent publication, "Last City". Engage the senses through the integration of original music and the spoken word. Complimentary autographed copies of Brian’s  book provided to attendees with paid ticket.

Brian Sneeden’s first collection of poems, Last City, has recently been released from Carnegie Mellon University Press (2018). His work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Harvard Review, TriQuarterly, Virginia Quarterly Review, and other publications, and translations of his poems have been published in international magazines in Greek, Albanian, and Serbian.

His translation of Phoebe Giannisi’s collection, Homerica, is forthcoming from the inaugural series of World Poetry Books (2017). Brian received his MFA from the University of Virginia, where he held a Poe/Faulkner Fellowship in creative writing and served as poetry editor for Meridian. He is the senior editor of New Poetry in Translation.

Brian works will be set to original live music. 

"Squatters" written by Brian Sneeden. Music by Nicole Wood. 

Join us for an evening of original poetry and music 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. 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).  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 - you won't go wrong! Click here for secret recipe. 

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

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