EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Sarah Hanahan Quartet with Special Guest Josh Bruneau - Part-2
Jan
26
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Sarah Hanahan Quartet with Special Guest Josh Bruneau - Part-2

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Sarah Hanahan Quintet with Special Guest Josh Bruneau - Part-2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This concert represents Part-2 in a three-part Seasonal Series. Sarah’s final 2019 concert is scheduled for April 26th.

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 $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: Voices of Concinnity - "Has Love No Voice?"
Feb
2
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Voices of Concinnity - "Has Love No Voice?"

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Voices of Concinnity - “Has Love No Voice?"

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

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SPECIAL NOTE: EC-CHAP is pleased to collaborate with the newly formed vocal chamber ensemble, Voices of Concinnity. This presentation of the classical work, “Has Love No Voice?”, represents the ensembles debut performance at The Packing House. All proceeds from this collaborative project will go to support ‘he two nonprofit sponsors including Consonare Choral Community and EC-CHAP.

Voices of Concinnity is proud to announce its inaugural season with a compelling and creative choral program, Has Love No Voice?

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Come indulge in the music where passion and heartache unabashedly reside, created solely by the collection of voices. Their sound described as being “like silky smooth butter in musical form” by a recent audience member, Voices of Concinnity will explore through this program “whether love, like music, can transcend time, the written page, and even the actual physical production of sound.”

Led by founding director Sarah Kaufold, Voices of Concinnity is a 12-voice chamber ensemble of dedicated, seasoned choral artists from diverse backgrounds. Concinnity will experiment with the alignment of vocal timbres while exploring the stories of this collection of a cappella music possessing rich harmonies, compelling texts, and the capacity to affect one's soul. Featuring selections by Lauridsen, Monteverdi, Holst, Whitacre, Schutz and more.

In addition to singing beautiful choral selections from their program, Has Love No Voice?, Voices of Concinnity will explore the stories behind this music and how the singing of the text could affect us more profoundly than spoken word for our performance at The Packing House. This presentation could be a great introduction to understanding how to enjoy this choral art.

Please join us for this evening of classical voice! 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 and Consonare Choral Community .


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Monthly Bluegrass Project: Featuring "BluesGrass" (1st Wednesday)
Feb
6
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Bluegrass Project: Featuring "BluesGrass" (1st Wednesday)

EC-CHAP & the Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival Present: Monthly "Bluegrass Project" Featuring “BluesGrass” (1st Wednesday)

Admission: $10.00 at the Door

Our Monthly “Bluegrass Project” will introduce area bluegrass bands monthly who will perform their own style of bluegrass music, including traditional, contemporary and original songs.

This month’s Bluegrass Project will feature CT Bluegrass Band, “BLUESGRASS”.

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The BluesGrass acoustic duo of Mark White (guitar, harmonica, vocals) and Jon Swift (upright bass, vocals) presents an “Americana” mix of bluegrass, blues, and oldies that adds up to a well-rounded musical experience for listeners.  Their music features strong duet vocals with two lead singers, as well as powerful instrumental work, and they also provide brief bits of historical information about the origins of many of their songs.

These performances at the Packing House will be provided by regional musicians to help proliferate bluegrass music, to bring it to those who have not yet experienced it, to generate an interest in this American genre, to acquaint new people with the annual summertime Podunk Bluegrass Festival as well as other bluegrass music events occurring, year-around, throughout  the tri-state area.

Bands wishing to be included in the lineup for the 2018-2019 season should contact Myrna Riquier at 860-455-9400 or natchaugmusic@gmail.com.  1st Wednesday of the month, February - May 2019.

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The monthly "Bluegrass Project" at The Packing House is hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP) and the Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival. Open to the general public. $10.00 at the door. 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).

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

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EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: An Evening with Singer/Songwriter and Keyboard Artist Bob Malone (Rock/Blues/Jazz)
Feb
9
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: An Evening with Singer/Songwriter and Keyboard Artist Bob Malone (Rock/Blues/Jazz)

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: An Evening with Singer/Songwriter and Keyboard Artist Bob Malone (Rock/Blues/Jazz)

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

EC-CHAP is extremely pleased to have Bob Malone back at The Packing House! Bob is simply an incredible keyboardist and musician receiving highest praises from some of the most notable and credible publications in the music industry. It is a true pleasure to present to you, An Evening with Keyboard Artist Bob Malone!

BOB MALONE has toured the world as a solo artist for two decades and has played keyboards with rock legend John Fogerty since 2011. Classically trained, with a degree in jazz and a lifetime playing rock & roll clubs, theatres, and arenas, Bob’s sound is a one-of-a-kind hybrid of rock, blues, and New Orleans R&B, delivered with high-energy piano virtuosity and a voice all his own.

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Born and raised in New Jersey, he has lived in New York City, New Orleans and Boston, and is currently based in Los Angeles. As a solo artist, Bob plays around 100 shows a year in the US, UK, Europe and Australia - including sets at Glastonbury Music Festival (UK), Colne Blues Festival (UK), Long Beach Bayou Fest (US), Falcon Ridge Folk Fest (US), Blue Mountains Music Fest (AU), and Narooma Blues Fest (AU). He has been featured twice at WWOZ Piano Night in New Orleans, and has opened for Boz Scaggs, Subdudes, The Neville Brothers, Rev. Al Green, BoDeans, Dr. John, Marcia Ball and many others. As a member of John Fogerty’s band, he has played with Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, Jackson Browne, Jimmy Buffett, and Alan Toussaint.

Malone’s 2015 album, Mojo Deluxe, has received a long list of rave reviews, spent months on the Living Blues, Relix/Jambands.com, Roots Music Report and Americana Music Association (AMA) radio charts in the US, and reached #1 on the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association (IBBA) chart in the UK. Videos from Bob’s upcoming Mojo Live DVD have recently been premiered by Relix Magazine and Alternative Root Magazine.

Bob’s music is heard regularly on Dr. Phil, Entertainment Tonight and The Rachel Ray Show, and he has appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman and The View with John Fogerty.

Kurzweil Music Systems chose Bob to make the demo videos for their new Forte digital piano, and he is endorsed by QSC Audio, Hammond Organ and Fishman Acoustic Transducers. (Bob Malone)


BREAKING NEWS!

Bob Malone's cover of "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" is featured in the upcoming "The Grinch" - hitting theaters in November. Check out the trailer!

The Grinch - Official Trailer In Theaters November 9 https://www.grinchmovie.com For their eighth fully animated feature, Illumination and Universal Pictures present The Grinch, based on Dr. Seuss' beloved holiday classic. The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl's generous holiday spirit.

Mr. Malone has posted the following video in an effort to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.  Please consider purchasing "The River Gives". 100% of all proceeds from the sales of this song go directly to the Houston Red Cross to assist hurricane victims . Buy the MP3 at http://www.bobmalone.com/store/#therivergives. 

This song was originally written for the Rebuild West Virginia Telethon, to help the victims of last year's historic flooding in West Virginia, which killed 23 people and rendered thousands homeless.


“Pulsating, roaring keyboard work that grabs you and shakes you until you cry for mercy.” Keyboard Magazine

“This is hard-edged rock ‘n’ roll with New Orleans flourishes – “Chinese Algebra” is a quirky delight.” Offbeat Magazine

“With Malone’s latest offering, he has found his mojo delivering a superbly produced blues rock album packed with funk and oozing with soul.” National Rock Review


Join us for an intimate evening with this unique artist. 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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EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"
Feb
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.

In February 2019, Rebecca Zablocki, EC-CHAP Artist in Residence will be launching the “Dye & Bleach House Community Gallery”, a gallery space where the works of local and regional artists can be displayed and viewed by the public at no cost. 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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TALENT SHOWCASE  (2ND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)
Feb
13
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): Special Valentine's Day Edition!
Feb
14
7:00 PM19:00

EC-CHAP Social Dance Series with Kelly Madenjian (2nd Thursday of the month): Special Valentine's Day Edition!

EC-CHAP Social Dance Series with Kelly Madenjian (2nd Thursday of the month): Special Valentine’s Day Edition!

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. Bring your dancing shoes!

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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 2019 Valentines Day 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. For information, please call 518-791-9474.

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EC-CHAP Film Series: "Some Like It Hot" (NR). 1959.
Feb
15
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Film Series: "Some Like It Hot" (NR). 1959.

EC-CHAP Film Series: "Some Like It Hot" (NR). 1959.

SUGGESTED DONATION $5.00
 

Some Like It Hot is a 1959 American black and white romantic comedy film set in 1929, directed and produced by Billy Wilder, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon.

The film is about two musicians who dress in drag in order to escape from mafia gangsters whom they witnessed commit a crime inspired by the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre. Despite Monroe's contract requiring the film to be in color, she agreed to it being filmed in black and white after seeing how Curtis and Lemmon's makeup appeared in color.

Some Like It Hot opened to largely positive reviews. It was voted as the top comedy film by the American Film Institute on their list on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs poll in 2000. In 2017, the film was voted the best comedy of all time in a poll of 253 film critics from 52 countries conducted by the BBC in 2017.

The film was nominated for several Academy Awards, and won an Oscar for “Best Costume Design, Black-and-White” (Orry-Kelly). It also won two Golden Globes for Best Actress - Comedy or Musical (Marilyn Monroe) and Best Actor - Comedy or Musical (Jack Lemmon).

"Wilder's 1959 comedy is one of the enduring treasures of the movies, a film of inspiration and meticulous craft, a movie that's about nothing but sex and yet pretends it's about crime and greed. It is underwired with Wilder's cheerful cynicism, so that no time is lost to soppiness and everyone behaves according to basic Darwinian drives. When sincere emotion strikes these characters, it blindsides them: Curtis thinks he wants only sex, Monroe thinks she wants only money, and they are as astonished as delighted to find they want only each other." Roger Ebert

Join us for one of the greatest comedies of all time! 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. 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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Acoustic Artist Series: Patti Rothberg in Concert (Indie / Rock)
Feb
16
7:30 PM19:30

Acoustic Artist Series: Patti Rothberg in Concert (Indie / Rock)

Acoustic Artist Series: Patti Rothberg in Concert (Indie / Rock)

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

Patti Rothberg returns to The Packing House! Hear this talented singer / songwriter extend her range from soft ballads on the keys to rocking the house on the guitar with her original works.

Patti's recording career goes back to 1996, with her debut on EMI Records, Between the 1 and the 9, which refers to the time she spent performing in New York City's 14th Street subway station. The title track relates some of her experiences, when EMI executive discovered Patti performing there.

Seemingly overnight, Patti Rothberg achieved the kind of worldwide success one could only dream of. Critically acclaimed, Between the 1 and the 9 was an instant hit, and remains a timeless classic. The success of Between the 1 and the 9 had Patti touring quite non-stop from 1996 through 1997, and into 1998. She toured the USA supporting the Wallflowers, Chris Isaak, Midnight Oil, and Garbage, and she toured Europe supporting the Black Crowes. Patti and her band performed on Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and she appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

In addition to her musical talent, Patti has also developed a unique visual art style expressed through her collection of paintings.

Join us for an intimate evening with this unique artist. 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.

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Acoustic Artist Series: Grass Routes in Concert (Bluegrass)
Feb
23
7:30 PM19:30

Acoustic Artist Series: Grass Routes in Concert (Bluegrass)

Acoustic Artist Series: Grass Routes in Concert (Bluegrass)

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

SPECIAL NOTE: Marilyn would admit - it’s been a long time coming… EC-CHAP is thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with these outstanding musicians! Grass Routes brings a classic bluegrass genre - while infusing a unique sound and originality that make their musical collection their own. Another example of the outstanding talent we have in our own backyard! We are pleased to present Grass Routes to The Packing House stage.

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GRASS ROUTES is a Connecticut five-piece bluegrass band.  It is a well established group that has been delighting audiences for many years with a repertoire ranging from traditional bluegrass standards to folk and original and contemporary songs all performed in their own unique bluegrass style. 

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Members of the band include Joe Lemeris, banjo and dobro; Bill Reveley, mandolin and fiddle; Marilyn Toback-Reveley, rhythm guitar; Tim St. Jean, song writer, mandolin, fiddle, concertina, lead guitar; Joe DeLillo, upright bass. 

Skillful instrumental work and strong vocals give Grass Routes their own characteristic sound.  Showcasing especially tight harmonies, vocals include duets to four part harmonies.  What makes Grass Routes unique is that each member sings lead.  With five lead vocalists, Grass Routes presents a different style and material with each vocal arrangement.

Grass Routes has appeared on radio and television and performed at major concerts and bluegrass festivals throughout the Northeast.  Grass Routes currently has five recording projects.  Their musical style appeals to audiences of all ages.

Join us for an evening of get down, authentic bluegrass 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 $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.

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An Intimate Performance with Tom Rush: A Benefit Concert to Support EC-CHAP
Apr
13
3:30 PM15:30

An Intimate Performance with Tom Rush: A Benefit Concert to Support EC-CHAP

An Intimate Performance with Tom Rush: A Benefit Concert to Support EC-CHAP

Joined by singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Matt Nakoa

TWO SHOWS:

Afternoon 3:30pm - 6:00pm OR Evening 7:30pm - 10:00pm

Tickets Available in Advance (ONLINE), Advance Pick-Up at Box Office (Call), OR at the Door

$50.00 (Section-1) | $40.00 (section-2)

{NOTE: There are no credit card fees or discounts for these performances]

***SECTION-1 TICKETS FOR EVENING PERFORMANCE (7:30pm) - SOLD OUT***

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FOR INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL: 518.791.9474

Special Note: EC-CHAP is privileged and honored to host an intimate performance with folk legend Tom Rush at The Packing House! Tom will be joined by singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Matt Nakoa. Tom Rush has always been favorite musician of ours, and a major force in the evolution of folk era of the 1960’s.

Two shows will be offered on April 13th - An afternoon concert beginning at 3:30pm and an evening performance at 7:30pm. Regional folk/bluegrass band, “Horizon Blue”, will open for both shows.

This event represents an annual Benefit Concert to support the The Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP), a 501.c.3 nonprofit cultural institution serving local and regional communities in Eastern Connecticut and beyond.


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TOM RUSH is a gifted musician and performer, whose shows offer a musical celebration…a journey into the tradition and spectrum of what music has been, can be, and will become. His distinctive guitar style, wry humor and warm, expressive voice have made him both a legend and a lure to audiences around the world. His shows are filled with the rib-aching laughter of terrific story-telling, the sweet melancholy of ballads and the passion of gritty blues.

Rush’s impact on the American music scene has been profound. He helped shape the folk revival in the ’60s and the renaissance of the ’80s and ’90s, his music having left its stamp on generations of artists. James Taylor told Rolling Stone, “Tom was not only one of my early heroes, but also one of my main influences.” Country music star Garth Brooks has credited Rush with being one of his top five musical influences. Rush has long championed emerging artists. His early recordings introduced the world to the work of Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne and James Taylor, and in more recent years his Club 47® concerts have brought artists such as Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin to wider audiences when they were just beginning to build their own reputations.

Tom Rush began his musical career in the early ’60s playing the Boston-area clubs while a Harvard student. The Club 47 was the flagship of the coffee house fleet, and he was soon holding down a weekly spot there, learning from the legendary artists who came to play, honing his skills and growing into his talent. He had released two albums by the time he graduated.

Rush displayed then, as he does today, an uncanny knack for finding wonderful songs, and writing his own – many of which have become classics re-interpreted by new generations. (It is testimony to the universality of his appeal that his songs have been folk hits, country hits, heavy metal and rap hits.) Signed by Elektra in 1965, Rush made three albums for them, culminating in The Circle Game, which, according to Rolling Stone, ushered in the singer/songwriter era.

In the early ’70s, folk turned to folk-rock, and Rush, ever adaptable, saw more room to stretch out. Recording now for Columbia, he toured tirelessly with a five man band, playing concerts across the country. Endless promotional tours, interviews, television appearances, and recording sessions added up to five very successful but exhausting years, after which Tom decided to take a break and “recharge” his creative side at his New Hampshire farm.

Rush returned with a splash in 1981, selling out Boston’s prestigious Symphony Hall in advance. Time off had not only rekindled Rush’s love of music, it had re-ignited music audiences’ love of Rush.

He instinctively knew that his listeners were interested in both the old and the new, and set out to create a musical forum – like the Club 47 of the early ’60s – to allow established artists and newcomers to share the same stage. In 1982, he tried it out at Symphony Hall. The show was such a hit it became an annual event, growing to fill two, then three nights, and the Club 47 series was born. Crafting concerts that combined well known artists such as Bonnie Raitt or Emmylou Harris with (then) unknowns like Alison Krauss or Mark O’ Connor, Rush took the show on the road. From the ’80s to the present day, Club 47 events have filled the nation’s finest halls to rave reviews, and have been broadcast as national specials on PBS and NPR.

In 1999, Columbia/Legacy released a Tom Rush retrospective album that covers his recorded musical history from 1962 to the present, including tracks recorded for Columbia, Elektra, Prestige and his independent years. Entitled “The Very Best of Tom Rush: No Regrets”, the 17-track compilation includes as a bonus a brand new Tom Rush composition, “River Song,” which features vocal contributions from Grammy winners Shawn Colvin and Marc Cohn.

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A live CD, “Trolling for Owls” released in 2003 and published by Tom’s NIGHTLIGHT RECORDINGS, captures Tom’s complete performance and includes, for the first time, some of the spoken stories that have endeared him to audiences.

“How I Play (some of) My Favorite Songs”, a DVD released in 2005 by Homespun Tapes, shows how he plays ten of the memorable songs and guitar arrangements, and has had great reviews from guitarists all over the world.

In 2009, Tom recorded his first studio CD in 35 years, in Nashville. “What I Know” was produced by Tom’s long-time friend Jim Rooney and includes original Tom Rush material, as well as harmonies by Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Bramlett and Nanci Griffith.

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Tom’s newest album, “Voices” released in 2018 was recorded in Nashville and produced by Tom's Club 47 pal, Jim Rooney. Tom will be joined by singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Matt Nakoa (see more about Matt below).


Join us for this very special event. All proceeds after expenses will go to support the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP). To learn more about EC-CHAP and how you can become a member, please visit www.ec-chap.org.

Doors open 30-minutes before show time. We are pleased to offer our unique "BYOB&F" model - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). Soft drinks and snacks available. 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 more information, please call 518-791-9474.

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About Matt Nakoa…

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MATT NAKOA grew up on a small goat farm in Smyrna, NY and began composing music as a teenager. Following a formative stint as a classical pianist, Matt won scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. There he studied alongside soon-to-be Grammy winners St. Vincent and Esperanza Spaulding among others. After college, Matt toured with his band, The Fens, and eventually landed in New York City’s vibrant piano bar scene. Matt quickly became a star performer at Manhattan’s Brandy’s Piano Bar, with lines outside the door each Saturday night.

Matt’s first solo album, Light In The Dark (2012), is an eclectic pop opus. In contrast, A Dozen Other Loves (2014), explores a simple acoustic palette. This intimate collection has earned many songwriting awards, including a win at Kerrville Folk Festival’s prestigious New Folk Competition. Additionally, Matt’s piano music has received favorable reviews in publications including The New York Times, and his film scoring has been featured by Disney. Matt now tours internationally, recently performing at The White House, throughout India, and regularly with folk music icon Tom Rush.


About Horizon Blue…

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HORIZON BLUE is a favorite at museums, libraries, festivals and cultural events. Horizon Blue's music is best described as Contemporary Americana - a blend of folk, bluegrass, country, blues and rock. We play a variety of instruments including guitar, mandolin, ukulele, electric and upright bass, dobro, strum stick, bongos, and flute.  Some concert attendees have said the stage looks like a music store because of the variety of instruments. 

Monique's songwriting credits include a charting international release in England, Germany, and Japan. Monique was a co-writer for The single "LOOK LOVE IN THE EYES" performed by Mark Free on the album "A Long Way From Love." This record received the number two spot for the album of the year in the British publication "Rock Report."

Currently Horizon Blue is recording a new CD release.

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EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: An Intimate Evening of Music and Conversation with Steve Katz
May
18
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: An Intimate Evening of Music and Conversation with Steve Katz

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: An Intimate Evening of Music and Conversation with Steve Katz

Tickets $30.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $35.00 at the Door/ Special Senior ($32.00) & Student Price ($20.00) at the Door

SPECIAL NOTE: EC-CHAP is excited to have Steve Katz, guitarist and founding member of Blood, Sweat, and Tears at The Packing House! Join us for some great music, and an intimate conversation with Steve Katz of this legendary rock band.

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Steve’s first gig

Guitarist/singer/songwriter/storyteller STEVE KATZ has played on an enviable string of recordings during the 1960s and '70s in acoustic folk, jazz, blues, R&B, hard rock, and almost every other popular genre that's come along in America since the start of the 1960s. Katz was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1945 and grew up in the upstate city of Schenectady. Already a gifted musician in his early teens, he was good enough to get hired for a local television program called Teenage Barn, doing his versions of pop hits of the late '50s.

As he got older, Steve was drawn to folk music and blues. He studied traditional American guitar styles with Dave Van Ronk and the Rev. Gary Davis. Eventually, he became part of a circle of similarly minded folk and blues enthusiasts who formed the Even Dozen Jug Band,

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which also included John Sebastian, Maria Muldaur, David Grisman, and Stefan Grossman.

After moving to Greenwich Village, Steve Katz became an established part of the Village music scene, eventually joining The Blues Project, New York City's first major home-grown contribution to bluesrock. The Blues Project had an impact on music that far exceeded their relatively modest record sales. Katz was part of the Blues Project lineup that played the Monterey Pop Festival.

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Later that same year, with Blues Project bandmate, Al Kooper, Katz founded the original Blood Sweat & Tears. He recorded five albums with the band. Throughout the end of the 1960s and early 70s, Katz performed at countless historic venues including the Fillmore East, and several major rock festivals including Woodstock.

Among a host of other awards, the band won three Grammies, including one for Album of the Year. Steve’s influence on BS&T resulted in several chart topping hits and millions of record sales worldwide.

Steve left BS&T to pursue the craft of record production. One of his first productions was the Lou Reed classic, Rock’nRoll Animal. He went on to work with Reed on two more albums before returning to his musician roots in the countryrock band, American Flyer, whose first album was produced by the Beatles’ George Martin.

Steve was offered an opportunity to get closer to the business of music in 1977 with his appointment as East Coast Director of A&R and later as Vice President of Mercury Records. The highlight of the three years that Steve spent at Mercury was his being able to produce the great Irish group Horslips. Rather than sit in his office listening to 12-minute conga solos on disco demo tapes, Steve opted to spend a good deal of time in Ireland during this period and produced three albums for the group. As a New York A&R executive in Dublin, Steve had also passed on a young group by the name of U2, a decision that Steve would regret for the rest of his life.

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Steve Katz has been performing and doing book talks all across the country to rave reviews and rapt audiences. He will take you back to a time we all remember and to the music we all grew up with. Spend a memorable evening with Steve Katz - one you will never forget.


Join us for an intimate evening of music and conversation with this legendary artist. This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Tickets $30.00 in advance online / $35.00 at the door. Senior and Student pricing available. 

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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***RESCHEDULED*** Patti Rothberg Concert *** RESCHEDULED TO FEBRUARY 16TH
Jan
19
7:30 PM19:30

***RESCHEDULED*** Patti Rothberg Concert *** RESCHEDULED TO FEBRUARY 16TH

***CONCERT RESCHEDULED TO SATURDAY

FEBRUARY 16TH***

The Patti Rothberg Concert has been rescheduled to

Saturday, February 16th

due to the impending storm.

A FULL REFUND FOR TOMORROW’S SHOW WILL BE ISSUED TO ALL ADVANCE TICKET HOLDERS.

Questions? - Please call 518-791-9474.

We apologize for this inconvenience…

Hope to see you in February!

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EC-CHAP Film Series: "Maudie" (PG13). 2016.
Jan
18
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Film Series: "Maudie" (PG13). 2016.

EC-CHAP Film Series: "Maudie" (PG13). 2016.

SUGGESTED DONATION $5.00
 

Maudie is a 2016 biographical drama film directed by Aisling Walsh and starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke.

Maudie,” from Irish-born director Aisling Walsh, is a film biography of Maud Lewis, one of the most beloved folk artists of 20th century Canada. The movie, which is made with an artfulness that at times is almost overwhelming, does not play as a standard biopic in any way, however. The viewer never really learns just what Maud’s affliction is until over two-thirds of the way into the film. (Maud Lewis suffered from painful arthritis all her life, stemming from childhood rheumatic fever.) The town in which she lived, married, and made her simple, colorful paintings is not named in an opening title or any such thing. (The setting is Nova Scotia, and the scenery of the film, which was actually partially shot in Ireland and other parts of Canada, is ever-breathtaking.) This film shows instead of tells, and what it shows is sad, disturbing, beautiful, and moving, sometimes all at once.

Hawkins’ performance is spectacular, and moving throughout. Ethan Hawke as Everett takes a little more getting used to. His physical acting is always on point, especially considering he’s playing a much thicker type (in every possible sense of the word) than he usually does. But the grunts he emits are initially a little too reminiscent of Billy Bob Thornton’s immortal “Sling Blade” character. But Hawke never tries to ingratiate, never tries to shrug off the more unattractive aspects of the character, and eventually you forget you’re watching Ethan Hawke.

This is a remarkably assured movie, through and through. Walsh and cinematographer Guy Godfree have taken care to make every individual shot a thing of beauty. But the artfulness always acts in service of the emotions, which in the end become both inspiring and heartbreaking." (Roger Ebert)

An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community. A biography of artist Maud Lewis starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke. Coming soon in 2017

Join us for this unique true story about art and love! 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. 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 "Information Exchange Meeting"
Jan
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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Acoustic Artist Series: Singer/Songwriter & Multi-Instrumentalist Kala Farnham (Indie / Folk)
Jan
12
7:30 PM19:30

Acoustic Artist Series: Singer/Songwriter & Multi-Instrumentalist Kala Farnham (Indie / Folk)

Acoustic Artist Series: Singer/Songwriter & Multi-Instrumentalist Kala Farnham (Indie / Folk)

Tickets $15.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $20.00 at the Door / Special Senior ($18.00) & Student Price ($10.00) 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 will be joined by bassist Daniel Grip and violinist Alex Korolov.

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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TALENT SHOWCASE  (2ND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)
Jan
9
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 Acoustic Artist Series: Kat Kennedy - CD Release Event (Indie) with Jason Sibi-Okumo
Dec
15
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Kat Kennedy - CD Release Event (Indie) with Jason Sibi-Okumo

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Kat Kennedy - CD Release Event (Indie) with Jason Sibi-Okumo

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

EC-CHAP “Frequent Flyer” Rewards Program Now Available

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

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Her 2016 TrapNation release with producer Channels titled "Flare" amassed over 6,000,000 plays across streaming platforms. Kat's latest release, "Notice Me", was the first among a series of singles leading up to her entirely crowd-funded album. This CD Release event is one not to miss!

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

Kat will be joined by Jason Sibi-Okumo.

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

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

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

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


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EC-CHAP 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 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 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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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 Presents: E.O. Smith HS, "Wintertide" ~ An Evening of Chamber Music
Dec
11
7:00 PM19:00

EC-CHAP Presents: E.O. Smith HS, "Wintertide" ~ An Evening of Chamber Music

EC-CHAP Presents: E.O. Smith HS, "Wintertide" ~ An Evening of Chamber Music

Please join us for an evening of Chamber Music featuring the Chamber Singers, Treble Choir, Bass Choir, and String Ensembles. Amanda Sprague Hanzlik, Conductor, and Richard Cooper, Accompanist. This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 6:30pm / Performance 7:00pm. Free to the public.

For information, please call 518-791-9474.

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EC-CHAP Presents: The Hall Memorial School Select Chorus ~ Holiday Concert Preview
Dec
9
2:00 PM14:00

EC-CHAP Presents: The Hall Memorial School Select Chorus ~ Holiday Concert Preview

EC-CHAP Presents: The Hall Memorial School Select Chorus ~ Holiday Concert Preview

Please join us for an afternoon of Holiday favorites by these talented students! Jason Phillips, Conductor. This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Concert 2:00pm. Free to the public.

For information, please call 518-791-9474.

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

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

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

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

EC-CHAP “Frequent Flyer” Rewards Program Now Available

Hey! SOOP is Back at The Packing House!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"

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

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

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

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

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

Become a “CHAP” Today!

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BLUEGRASS SHOWCASE  NIGHT (1ST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)
Dec
5
7:00 PM19:00

BLUEGRASS SHOWCASE NIGHT (1ST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)

EC-CHAP & the Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival Present: "Bluegrass Showcase Night"

Showcase Night will introduce area bluegrass bands monthly who will perform their own style of bluegrass music, including traditional, contemporary and original songs.

This first showcase will feature CT Bluegrass Band, “RESTLESS MOUNTAIN”.

Restless Mountain Bluegrass Band

Restless Mountain Bluegrass Band

These performances at the Packing House will be provided by regional musicians to help proliferate bluegrass music, to bring it to those who have not yet experienced it, to generate an interest in this American genre, to acquaint new people with the annual summertime Podunk Bluegrass Festival as well as other bluegrass music events occurring, year-around, throughout  the tri-state area.

Bands wishing to be included in the lineup for the 2018-2019 season should contact Myrna Riquier at 860-455-9400 or natchaugmusic@gmail.com.  1st Wednesday of the month. December 2018 - may 2019 (Excluding January 2019).

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The "Bluegrass Showcase Night" at The Packing House is hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP) and the Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival. Open to the general public. $10.00 at the door. 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).

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

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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.

EC-CHAP “Frequent Flyer” Rewards Program Now Available

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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: 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.

EC-CHAP “Frequent Flyer” Rewards Program Now Available

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

"INTUITIVE YOU" Level-I WORKSHOP WITH MAURA GEIST

Intuitive You” Level-I Workshop with Maura Geist

Workshop Fee: $10.00. Register Online or at the Door.


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

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

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

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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.

EC-CHAP “Frequent Flyer” Rewards Program Now Available

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

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

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

SUGGESTED DONATION $5.00
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SEASON & SERIES PASSES NOW AVAILABLE - CALL FOR DETAILS 518.791.9474

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

***CANCELLED ***

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

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

ADMISSION  $10.00 AT THE DOOR

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

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

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ABOUT THE ARTIST:

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

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

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

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

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

TALENT SHOWCASE (2ND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)

EC-CHAP "Talent Showcase" - Talent Sharing Talent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"

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

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

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

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

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

Become a “CHAP” Today!

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

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Ear Dharma Trio in Concert

EC-CHAP Jazz  Series: Ear Dharma Trio

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

ALL ADVANCE TICKETS HAVE BEEN REFUNDED.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.

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

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

SEASON & SERIES PASSES NOW AVAILABLE - CALL FOR DETAILS 518.791.9474

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Tolland HS Jazz Band

EC-CHAP Jazz  Series: Tolland HS Jazz Band

Free to the public

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

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

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

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


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

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

- CANCELLED -

RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 23, 2019

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Greg Abate Quartet

THE PERFORMANCE WITH THE

GREG ABATE QUARTET

SCHEDULED FOR THIS EVENING,

OCTOBER 27TH,

HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER.

THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED

FOR MARCH 23, 2109.

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

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

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

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

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

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

SEASON & SERIES PASSES NOW AVAILABLE - CALL FOR DETAILS 518.791.9474

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SEASON & SERIES PASSES NOW AVAILABLE - CALL FOR DETAILS 518.791.9474

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"

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

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

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

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

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

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