EC-CHAP Comedy Series: Carla Ulbrich - "Professional Smart Aleck (Comedic Singer/Songwriter)
Jun
1
7:30 PM19:30

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

EC-CHAP Comedy 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.

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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. 

Carla has been performing since the late 90s, playing in venues small and smaller, from the Clothing Optional Folk Festival to the Bluebird Cafe. She has appeared as a musical guest on the TV shows "The Revolution" (canceled) and "Up All Night with Rhonda" (canceled). Walk, don't run, and look both ways before crossing, then go hear Carla before the venue she is playing in closes up shop.

"Perhaps the northeast's funniest interpreter of human foibles has given us another gift. "Aunt Flow Rag" rendered me helpless with laughter... May this review be an unofficial declaration of Carla's status as way above average?" - Richard Cuccaro, Acoustic Live!

"Enter the delightfully twisted musical mind of Carla Ulbrich through her new cd, Totally Average Woman.  Ha!  I detect nothing average about Carla’s high IQ songs.  Her sharp, well-tuned humor inspires a melody of chuckles, guffaws, oh’s, ah’s, aha’s, or oh no’s, and you might hold your belly-laugh until your stomach becomes flat.  The cd is composed of mini story songs.  The listener is actually in attendance of audio musical theater that artfully brings to life the poignant thoughts of the narrator and the lives of unique, yet common, characters."  - Mara Noelle, KVMR-FM

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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AN EVENING WITH SPIRITUAL MEDIUM MAURA GEIST
Jun
7
7:30 PM19:30

AN EVENING WITH SPIRITUAL MEDIUM MAURA GEIST

An Evening with Spiritual Medium Maura Geist

Tickets $20.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $25.00 at the Door / Special Senior price ($22.00) at the Door.

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

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

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

 

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 $20.00 in advance online / $25.00 at the door. Senior pricing available. 20% Discount at Door for EC-CHAP Members.

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

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

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


Testimonials

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

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

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

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


About Maura:

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

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

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

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"INTUITIVE YOU" Level-I WORKSHOP WITH MAURA GEIST
Jun
8
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.

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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 , please call 518-791-9474.

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Acoustic Artist Series: Grass Routes: "Buffalo Nickel Liberty Dime" ~ A CD Release Concert
May
19
4:00 PM16:00

Acoustic Artist Series: Grass Routes: "Buffalo Nickel Liberty Dime" ~ A CD Release Concert

Acoustic Artist Series: Grass Routes: "Buffalo Nickel Liberty Dime" ~ A CD Release Concert

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

SPECIAL NOTE: Grass Routes represents the ‘real deal” in Bluegrass music.. Their combined writing, instrumentation, and vocals are akin to a well oiled “Bluegrass machine”. EC-CHAP is proud to host this CD Release Event! Celebrate the public debut of “Buffalo Nickel, Liberty Dime” with us at The Packing House!

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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 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.

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

EC-CHAP Presents: An Evening of Music and Intimate Conversation with Steve Katz

EC-CHAP Presents: An Evening of Music and Intimate 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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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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EC-CHAP Film Series: "“Basquiat” (R). 1996.
May
17
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Film Series: "“Basquiat” (R). 1996.

EC-CHAP Film Series: “Basquiat” (R). 1996. 

SUGGESTED DONATION $5.00
 

Bisquiat (1996) was directed by Julian Schnabel starring Jeffrey Wright, Michael Wincott, Benicio Del Toro, David Bowie, Dennis Hopper, Christopher Walken, William Dafoe and Gary Oldman.

Jeffrey Wright is superb in this biopic as Jean-Michel Basquiat, the artist who rose from homelessness to fame and fortune, only to die of a drug overdose at age 27. Writer-director Julian Schnabel, who is also an artist, vividly re-creates the 1980s New York art scene from firsthand experience. - Rotten Tomatoes

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Basquiat, born in New York to middle-class parents, was an important artist in the generation that exhibited in Manhattan's SoHo district around 1980. His anonymous work was known earlier: He was a graffiti artist whose neatly printed legends, signed “SAMO,” were found all over New York. On April 29, 1979, at a party opening the Canal Zone (a New York art space), Basquiat identified himself as SAMO, and within a short time his paintings were finding collectors.

His work seemed to accumulate on the surfaces he found around him. He painted on boards, walls, canvases, on the dress of his girlfriend, and even on her paintings. His work assembles areas of bold color with more detailed areas of text, figures, designs and scribbles--blueprints for a world in his mind. He fell into success with astonishing ease. His first sales came after he approached Andy Warhol and a famous collector (played by Dennis Hopper) at a restaurant table, and they bought his decorated postcards. He died Aug. 12, 1988. - Roger Ebert

Join us for another award wining classic! 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: Raising Historical Awareness Through Collaboration
May
14
6:30 PM18:30

EC-CHAP Information Exchange: Raising Historical Awareness Through Collaboration

EC-CHAP Information Exchange: Raising Historical Awareness Through Collaboration

Please join us for an Information Meeting to discuss a proposed framework to increase the public awareness of local and regional history through collaboration.

Light refreshments provided. Open to the public.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 14th, 6:30pm

WHERE: The Packing House (156 River Road (RT32) Willington, CT

Did you know that there are over 200 organizations identified as “Historical Societies” registered with the Connecticut Secretary of the State’s Office?  And did you know that of these, there are over 10 Historical Organizations serving the entire state of Connecticut? And did you further know, that there are over 25 local Historical Societies situated within a 25 mile radius of EC-CHAP in Willington, Connecticut? (Source: https://portal.ct.gov/SOTS/Register-Manual/SectionX/Historical-Societies)

 

Local Historical Societies, Museums, Universities, and Historians provide a rich knowledge of area history – possessing important writings, oral histories, original photographs, artifacts, research, and other resources that describe the evolution of the area they serve.  This collection of unique assets and knowledge assists in answering critical questions, and provides a roadmap of sorts to help explain the challenges, hardship, innovation, rewards, and growth that leads to who and what we are today.

 

Imagine if these organizations and individuals are able to come together to share this knowledge in coordinated public forums. If each organization is given a platform to communicate and describe the historical significance of their piece of the world, what new knowledge and connections could be made? We believe a shared model of collaboration and equity that promotes discourse and engages collective knowledge will result in a heightened awareness and importance of history, and the need to continue to preserve the valuable resources that tell our story.

 

As a part of addressing this broader historical view, EC-CHAP intends to begin dialog with local, regional and statewide historical organizations and individuals to facilitate opportunities for conversation, collaboration, and programming. There appear to be pockets of rich history just waiting for connections to be made. As your regional cultural organization, we hope to play a small part in bringing together the many folks who can share knowledge, common interests, and help to connect the historical “dots” that will yield better understandings.

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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, the Dye & Bleach House Community Gallery, 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. Visit www.ec-chap.org for more information.

Gardiner Hall Jr History Museum  (Est April 2014)

Gardiner Hall Jr History Museum (Est April 2014)

Dye & Bleach House Community Gallery  (Est April 2019)

Dye & Bleach House Community Gallery (Est April 2019)

The Packing House  - Historic Venue for performance & Events (Est November 2015)

The Packing House - Historic Venue for performance & Events (Est November 2015)

EC-CHAP offers 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.

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 Social Dance Series with Kelly Madenjian (2nd Thursday of the month): Special Valentine's Day Edition!
May
9
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)

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 monthly 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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TALENT SHOWCASE  (2ND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)
May
8
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 "Readings At The Mill Works" a Monthly Literary Series
May
7
6:30 PM18:30

EC-CHAP Presents "Readings At The Mill Works" a Monthly Literary Series

EC-CHAP Presents "Readings At The Mill Works" - a Monthly Literary Series with Poet Brian Sneeden (1st Tuesday of the month)

ADMISSION: Free

Poet / Translator, Brian Sneeden

Poet / Translator, Brian Sneeden

BRIAN SNEEDEN is the author of the poetry collection Last City (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2018). A 2018 PEN/Heim recipient, his book of translations Homerica was selected by Anne Carson as a favorite book of 2017.

Brian will serve as host for this monthly series.

Calling all writers, readers, and spoken word artists! Join us for the debut of our monthly spoken word series, “Readings at The Mill Works” (1st Tuesday of the month).

This series compliments our monthly “Talent Showcase” (2nd Wednesday) providing an exclusive platform for local and regional writers to join Featured Authors and share original works. This is an opportunity to read before a live audience and exchange constructive feedback.

The format for the evening is as follows:

Doors open at 6:00PM  - Arrive early to sign up for the Open Mic. 

 Readings begin at 6:30PM

Join us for this monthly literary experience! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 6:00pm / Readings begin 6:30pm. Admission is free and open to all ages (Donations eagerly accepted).

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

ABOUT THE FEATURED READERS:

Julie Choffel (Poet Laureate of West Hartford)

Julie Choffel (Poet Laureate of West Hartford)

Christine Kalafus is a writer, editor, community volunteer, and home remodeling addict. Her unpublished manuscript Blueprint for Daylight, a memoir of infidelity, cancer, colicky twins, and the flood in her basement won the Sara Patton Stipend in New York and was excerpted in the 2018 anthology Connecticut’s Emerging Writers. She is the recipient of the 2017 Knightville Poetry Award and a 2019 Pushcart Prize nominee. She is a contributing editor to PAGE, a western Connecticut-based literary journal sponsored by Housatonic Heritage. In 2017 she was a founding member of both Quiet Corner Shouts, a non-partisan political action organization and the Kitty Krew an all-women cycling group. Christine has been married for 25 years, three children, two dogs, and four home renovations. She teaches writing workshops in Connecticut and New York.

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Michael Pontacoloni's poems appear or are forthcoming in Cincinnati Review, Denver Quarterly, Pleiades, Mississippi Review, Colorado Review, and elsewhere. He has received awards and support from the Sewanee Writers Conference, Vermont Studio Center, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He lives in Hartford, where he runs a small clothing company.


ABOUT THE HOST

BRIAN SNEEDEN is the author of the poetry collection Last City (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2018). A 2018 PEN/Heim recipient, his poems and translations have appeared in Asymptote, Beloit Poetry Journal, Harvard Review, TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, Virginia Quarterly Review, and other publications, and translations of his poems have been published in international magazines in Greek, Italian, Albanian, and Serbian. His translation of Phoebe Giannisi’s poetry collection, Homerica (World Poetry Books, 2017) was selected by Anne Carson as a favorite book of 2017 in The Paris Review. Brian received his MFA from the University of Virginia, where he held a Poe/Faulkner Fellowship in creative writing and served as poetry editor for Meridian. He is the senior editor of New Poetry in Translation.

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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: June Bisantz & Alex Nakhimovsky  - Love's Tango
May
4
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: June Bisantz & Alex Nakhimovsky - Love's Tango

EC-CHAP Jazz  Series: June Bisantz & Alex Nakhimovsky - Love’s Tango

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

EC-CHAP “Frequent Flyer” Rewards Program Now Available

SPECIAL NOTE: EC-CHAP is thrilled to have June Bisantz and Alex Nakhimovsky return to The Packing House with their new project, Love’s Tango. A show not to miss!

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June Bisantz & Alex Nakhimovsky have recorded, performed and toured together since 2005. This is their third recording project together and first writing collaboration. They share a background in classical music, a love of Latin rhythms and jazz harmonies, and a serious playfulness that has distinguished and energized their partnership.

 Their new release LOVE'S TANGO, a collection of original latin/jazz songs features bossa novas, sambas, a Rachmaninoff-inspired string quartet prelude and one unique tango, from which the project gets its name. Also featured along with the many accomplished musicians on this recording, are renowned trombonist Steve Davis and smooth jazz guitarist Norman Johnson.

LOVE’S TANGO celebrates the many ways we experience love - romantically, exuberantly and philosophically - with the Latin rhythms, classical ideas and jazz improvisations that characterize all things Tango.

In the first month of its release, Love’s Tango has reached #6 on the NACC Latin Jazz Charts and #13 on the RMR Jazz Charts.

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

This recording revels in the joys of life...” - Susan Frances, Jazz 2 Love

Nakhimovsky’s arranging and writing skills, coupled with Bisantz well-crafted lyrics is inspired” ~ J. Pepper, All About Vocals

Love’s Tango” brings to mind warm climes, dancing and sophisticated people..” ~ Dodie Miller-Gould, Lemon Wire

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

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

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

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


ABOUT THE ARTISTS

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Vocalist JUNE BISANTZ has co-written and produced several collections of original vocal jazz, all of which have received national recognition. She has loured internationally, and performed and recorded with distinguished jazz musicians including Steve Swallow, Bob Moses, Paul Brown, Lew Soloff, Jerry NeiwQod, Mike Stem, Steve Davis & Will Lee. Reviews andarticles about her work have appeared in publications including People Magazine, USA Today, JazzQuad.Ru, Jazziz Magazine, Jazz Podium Magazine, Jazz USA, the New York TImes, New York Newsday & the Boston Globe. Bisantz' critically acclaimed 2012 release, II's Always You, paid tribute to the vocal work of the legendary Chet Baker. Her current release LOVE'S TANGO, co-authored with pianist composer Alex Nakhimovsky, signals her return to original music with a collection of Latin inspired songs about love in all its many forms.

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Pianist and co-writer, ALEX NAKHIMOVSKY, enjoys a versatile career as a performer, recording artist, producer, composer and educator. His musical accomplishments as a jazz and classical artist include musical direction, arranging, solo and ensemble performances. He has toured throughout the United States, Russia, Japan and Israel, performing with jazz legends Benny Golson, Jackie McLean, Jimmy Cobb, Valery Ponomarev, Sheila Jordan, Curtis Fuller, Victor Bailey and Grammy-nominated artists Bill Evans, Jazzmeia Horn & Rene Marie.

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MONTHLY "BLUEGRASS PROJECT" (1ST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)
May
1
7:00 PM19:00

MONTHLY "BLUEGRASS PROJECT" (1ST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)

EC-CHAP & the Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival Present: The Monthly "Bluegrass Project"

The “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 we will feature CT Bluegrass Band, “Still Pickin' Band!

Still Pickin' Band

Still Pickin' 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).

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: Belle of the Fall (Indie/Folk)
Apr
27
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

"They're Back" at The Packing House! 

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

Cast of Characters:

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

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

Weapons of choice: 

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

The Rise of Belle of the Fall:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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EC-CHAP Film Series: "Cool Hand Luke" (GP). 1967.
Apr
26
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Film Series: "Cool Hand Luke" (GP). 1967.

EC-CHAP Film Series: "Cool Hand Luke" (GP). 1967.

SUGGESTED DONATION $5.00
 

Cool Hand Luke (1967) was directed by Stuart Rosenberg and stars Paul Newman, George Kennedy, and Strother Martin. Along with stellar performances by Newman, Kennedy, and Martin, Cool Hand Luke features a superb supporting cast, including Ralph Waite, Harry Dean Stanton, Dennis Hopper, Wayne Rogers, and Joe Don Baker as members of the chain gang. -Rotten Tomatoes

It’s the moving character study of a non-conformist, anti-hero loner who bullheadedly resists authority and the Establishment.” .-filmsite

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"All these years after the release of "Cool Hand Luke" in 1967, all you have to do is say, ‘What we have here is--failure to communicate.’ Everyone knows the line, and everyone can identify the film, even those who may not have seen it... It is a great film. On that most of us can agree. But such a film could not possibly be made in more recent decades, not one starring Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise or other actors comparable to Paul Newman's stature. It is simply too painful." - Roger Ebert

The film was nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Actor (Paul Newman), Best Supporting Actor (George Kennedy in a break-out role), Best Adapted Screenplay (Donn Pearce and Frank R. Pierson), and Best Original Music Score (Lalo Schifrin). George Kenedy won for Best Supporting Actor -filmsite

Join us for another award wining classic! 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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Special Program: A Night of Comedy with Max Dolcelli Co-Hosted by Tolland Community Women and EC-CHAP
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

Special Program: A Night of Comedy with Max Dolcelli Co-Hosted by Tolland Community Women and EC-CHAP

Special Program: A Night of Comedy with Max Dolcelli - Co-Hosted by Tolland Community Women and EC-CHAP

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

Comedian Max Docelli

Comedian Max Docelli

MAX DOLCELLI has been in comedy for nearly 30 years, making people laugh in Las Vegas & Atlantic City, local comedy clubs, and major cruise lines. He has opened for many legendary entertainers including Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, and Ray Romano, along with several appearances on TV and morning talk shows. No matter the venue, “Max's animated onstage presence and sharp material get the audience on board for a wild ride.” Click here to listen to a clip of Max’s clean comedy. For more information on Max and his comedy routines, feel free to visit his website. Max will be joined by comedian, Jay Sutay.

Comedian Jay Sutay

Comedian Jay Sutay

DR. JAY SUTAY, also known as the “Stand Up Pediatrician,” has been in comedy for over 35 years: making people laugh at clubs and casinos throughout the northeast and across the country. He also makes people, specifically children, laugh during his daytime job as a pediatrician in his private practice in South Windsor. Along with comedy acts and shows, he can often be found performing comedy for charitable events and medical/pharmaceutical groups. Click here to see a clip of Jay performing at the Funny Bone in Manchester. For more information on Jay and his comedy acts, feel free to visit his website.

Please join us for this special evening of endless laughs! This program is co-hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP) and the Tolland Community Women (TCW). Doors 6:30pm / Show 7:00pm. Tickets $15.00 in advance online / $20.00 CASH 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.

All proceeds from this concert go to support Tolland Community Women and EC-CHAP.

**A portion of the night’s profits will go towards scholarship(s) for highschool students in Tolland**


Tolland Community Women (TCW)

Tolland Community Women is a non-profit, community service organization for women ages 18 and up, interested in working together to improve the quality of life in Tolland. We are dedicated to helping our community through civic, cultural, educational, and social activities. We run several fundraisers which help us to raise money to support area nonprofits, community organizations, and scholarships. TCW meets every second Tuesday, September through May, at the Tolland Recreation Center. Our meetings start at 7:00 pm and new members are always welcome at any time during the year! Check out our Facebook page for more information.

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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

***SOLD OUT***

Afternoon 3:30pm - 6:00pm

DOORS OPEN AT 2:30PM FOR AFTERNOON SHOW

Evening 7:30pm - 10:00pm

DOORS OPEN AT 7:00PM FOR EVENING SHOW

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

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

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FOR INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL: 518.791.9474

Steve Herzog ~ "Words & Music", WHUS, 91.7fm, interviews Tom Rush in preparation for his April 13, 2019 performance at The Packing House, Willington, CT. A Benefit Concert for the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP).

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 Social Dance Series with Kelly Madenjian (2nd Thursday of the month): Special Valentine's Day Edition!
Apr
11
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)

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 monthly 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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TALENT SHOWCASE  (2ND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)
Apr
10
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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Spring 2019 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"
Apr
7
1:30 PM13:30

Spring 2019 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

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Spring 2019 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

Come join us on Sunday, April 7th from 1:30pm to 5:00pm for the 2019 Spring Season “First Sunday at The Mill Works” sponsored by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP)!

Join us for an award presentation by the CT DECD, State Historic Preservation Office and overview of the 2018 “Good-To-Great” grant. Participate in an interactive historical discussion and presentation by local Historian, Richard Symonds; debut of the new “Dye & Bleach House Community Gallery”, with EC-CHAP Artist In Residence, Rebecca Zablocki; and listen to live jazz in The Packing House by “Straight Up Jazz” . Throughout the afternoon, stroll through The Mill Works Creative Community open studios; explore the exhibits in the Gardiner Hall Jr. History Museum.; and enjoy period refreshments typical of the mid 19th century with us at this local historic landmark.


SCHEDULE



PRESENTATION

2:00pm - DECD State Historic Preservation Office,Good To Great” Grant Award Presentation and Overview. Location: The Packing House (Bldg-1, Floor-3).


BREAK-OUT SESSIONS

3:00pm - History – “Raising Historical Awareness: An Approach to Collaboration & Programming”. Presenter: Richard Symonds. Location: The Packing House (Bldg-1, Floor-3).

RICHARD SYMONDS

RICHARD SYMONDS

Mr. Symonds has had a passion for how the environment is used to support man's needs, particularly the land and water resources. His unique educational background, work experience as a land use planner, interest in land use history, and military experience has led to his work on the evaluation of water powered mill sites.

Mr. Symonds is a graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in geography, specializing in historical and regional geography and map making techniques. He served as a U.S. Army Infantry officer, retiring from the Army Reserve as a Captain in 1968. The majority of his professional career was spent as a planner for the State of Connecticut though his retirement in 1992. Since retiring he has written numerous history books including three relating to water use and water powered mill sites. Mr. Symonds has been involved in local community service in Tolland serving on the Town Council, Conservation Commission, Water Commission, Historical Society, volunteer fire department, and as Town Fire Marshal.

Mr. Symonds will discuss historical research and challenges faced as a practitioner. A Framework to raise historical awareness through ongoing discourse and collaboration will be presented.

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3:45pm - Art – “A Vision for the Visual Arts: A Platform for Emerging Artists & Beyond”. Presenter: Rebecca Zablocki. Location: Dye & Bleach House Community Gallery (Bldg-2, Floor-1)

REBECCA ZABLOCKI: Director, Dye & Bleach House Community Gallery

REBECCA ZABLOCKI: Director, Dye & Bleach House Community Gallery

Ms Zablocki, originally from Long Island, NY, completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees from the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School as a printmaker. After graduation in 2014, she returned to NY for a year where she worked in a gallery and art studio, teaching and managing the space. She currently holds the position of Assistant Director of the Gallery and Gallery Store at the Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA.

Rebecca is completing her second year as an “Artist In Residence” (AIR) at EC-CHAP, and has recently developed and serves as Director of the new "Dye & Bleach House Community Gallery" located at The Mill Works in Willington, CT.

Rebecca will debut and provide an overview of the Dye & Bleach House Community Gallery, developed as a platform for local and regional artists to display their work for public view. This gallery provides an opportunity for emerging and established artists of all ages to obtain public exposure of their creative work. Weekly hours of operation will be announced at this presentation. There is no cost to display in the Community Gallery.


4:15pm - Performance – Jazz Trio, “Straight Up Jazz ”. Location: The Packing House (Bldg-1, Floor-3).

STRAIGHT UP JAZZ

STRAIGHT UP JAZZ

The Straight Up Jazz Trio has been playing together since 2014. The trio format is a special ensemble in jazz, with a tradition going back to the early swing era. With a basic instrumentation of piano, bass and drums, the musicians can explore and reinterpret music spontaneously. Trios led by Bud Powell, Bill Evans, Ahmad Jamal, and Keith Jarrett have often been on the creative forefront in jazz, and continue to serve as an inspiration to contemporary musicians. The Straight Up Jazz Trio continues in that tradition, playing material from the standards repertoire in an expressive, adventurous, and visceral manner.

THE ARTISTS:

Pianist ANTHONY CORNICELLO is a Professor of Music at Eastern Connecticut State University, where he has taught jazz piano as well as directed the Eastern Jazz band. Anthony has been involved with jazz since the 1980s, leading his own ensembles and playing with avant-garde groups such as “Inside/Out”.

RICK O’NEAL is a Bass Player for a few regional band including Delta Generators, ONeal Armstrong and Straight Up Jazz. Rick has appeared at the San Francisco and Montreal Jazz Festivals, and has opened for Etta James and BB King. He is now an adjunct Professor at Eastern Connecticut State University.

Drummer VENLO ODOM has been a professional musician for over 40 years, playing with Barry White, The O’Jays, John Lee, Jimmie Smith, amongst others. He has played in major venues, including B.B. King’s (NYC), The Apollo Theatre and Mohegan Sun’s Wolf Den, and has appeared on many recordings. Venlo is currently working towards a BA in Music Performance at Eastern.


ONGOING 3:00PM TO 5:00PM

THE MILL WORKS CREATIVE COMMUNITY  (Floors 1 & 2)

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DYE & BLEACH HOUSE COMMUNITY GALLERY

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GARDINER HALL JR HISTORY MUSEUM

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

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Learn about EC-CHAP and how you can become involved in your regional cultural organization. Our Volunteers will discuss the benefits of membership and how you may share your skills and talents through our volunteer program.

We seek your input and suggestions, and how we may best meet your needs.


PERIOD REFRESHMENTS

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"The Place To Create"

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

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

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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Sarah Hanahan Quartet with Special Guest  - Part-3
Apr
6
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Sarah Hanahan Quartet with Special Guest - Part-3

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Sarah Hanahan Quartet with Special Guest - Part-3

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

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 6th.

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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MONTHLY "BLUEGRASS PROJECT" (1ST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)
Apr
3
7:00 PM19:00

MONTHLY "BLUEGRASS PROJECT" (1ST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)

EC-CHAP & the Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival Present: The Monthly "Bluegrass Project"

The “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 we will feature CT Bluegrass Band, “CABIN FEVER”!

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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).

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 Presents "Readings At The Mill Works" a Monthly Literary Series
Apr
2
6:30 PM18:30

EC-CHAP Presents "Readings At The Mill Works" a Monthly Literary Series

EC-CHAP Presents "Readings At The Mill Works" - a Monthly Literary Series with Poet Brian Sneeden (1st Tuesday of the month)

ADMISSION: Free

Poet / Translator, Brian Sneeden

Poet / Translator, Brian Sneeden

BRIAN SNEEDEN is the author of the poetry collection Last City (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2018). A 2018 PEN/Heim recipient, his book of translations Homerica was selected by Anne Carson as a favorite book of 2017.

Brian will serve as host for this monthly series.

Calling all writers, readers, and spoken word artists! Join us for the debut of our monthly spoken word series, “Readings at The Mill Works” (1st Tuesday of the month).

This series compliments our monthly “Talent Showcase” (2nd Wednesday) providing an exclusive platform for local and regional writers to join Featured Authors and share original works. This is an opportunity to read before a live audience and exchange constructive feedback.

The format for the evening is as follows:

Doors open at 6:00PM  - Arrive early to sign up for the Open Mic. 

 Readings begin at 6:30PM

Join us for this monthly literary experience! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 6:00pm / Readings begin 6:30pm. Admission is free and open to all ages (Donations eagerly accepted).

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

ABOUT THE FEATURED READERS:

Julie Choffel (Poet Laureate of West Hartford)

Julie Choffel (Poet Laureate of West Hartford)

JULIE CHOFFEL grew up in Austin, Texas, where she studied geography, ecology, and writing. She is a graduate of the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at UMass Amherst and author of a book of poems called The Hello Delay. She teaches writing at UConn and Tunxis Community College, and was recently named Poet Laureate of West Hartford, where she lives with her husband and their three children.

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ERIN LYNN is pursuing her PhD in Poetry at the University of Connecticut, where she is a recipient of the Wallace Stevens Poetry Prize and teaches English. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University, and an MA in Irish Writing from Queen’s University, Belfast. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and she was a finalist for the Alexander Posey Contest. She co-curates Poor Mouth Poetry Reading Series in the Bronx and is Assistant Editor for Small Orange Poetry Journal.


ABOUT THE HOST

BRIAN SNEEDEN is the author of the poetry collection Last City (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2018). A 2018 PEN/Heim recipient, his poems and translations have appeared in Asymptote, Beloit Poetry Journal, Harvard Review, TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, Virginia Quarterly Review, and other publications, and translations of his poems have been published in international magazines in Greek, Italian, Albanian, and Serbian. His translation of Phoebe Giannisi’s poetry collection, Homerica (World Poetry Books, 2017) was selected by Anne Carson as a favorite book of 2017 in The Paris Review. Brian received his MFA from the University of Virginia, where he held a Poe/Faulkner Fellowship in creative writing and served as poetry editor for Meridian. He is the senior editor of New Poetry in Translation.

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EC-CHAP "Jazz Series": An Evening with Grammy Nominated Artist Nicole Zuraitis
Mar
29
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP "Jazz Series": An Evening with Grammy Nominated Artist Nicole Zuraitis

EC-CHAP "Jazz Series": An Evening with Grammy Nominated Artist Nicole Zuraitis

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

EC-CHAP “Frequent Flyer” Rewards Program Now Available

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Special Note: One year ago, on February 2nd 2018 to be exact, we were privileged to have Nicole Zuraitis join us in her debut performance at The Packing House. Nicole had just released her new album, ‘Hive Mind’ and shared original works from this project. She was accompanied by percussionist and composer Dan Pugach, guitarist Idan Morim, and bassist Alex Busby. These amazing musicians wowed our audience with their outstanding talent.

A year later, Nicole is back at The Packing House with a unique performance, “Generations of Her”, celebrating women songwriters and lyricists of the last 100 years. Much has happened in the last twelve months... Nicole and Dan’s original arrangement of Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’ has resulted in a 2019 Grammy Nomination to their credit. In addition, Nicole’s frequent appearances at Birdland and residency at Greenwich Village’s 55 Bar has kept her quite busy.

Needless to say, we are humbled and honored to have Nicole Zuraitis grace our stage once again. Nicole's musical talent exceeds expectations... Her smooth vocals and jazz piano, combined with original composition and arrangement just leave you wanting more. This is one performance not to miss! - EC-CHAP

www.nicoleZmusic.com from her new album "HIVE MIND" (DotTime Records) recording live at Systems Two Recording Studios, Brooklyn NY Nicole Zuraitis, voice/piano/arrangement Dan Pugach, drums

If recently you happened upon Greenwich Village’s 55 Bar and were enchanted by the seismic talent of inspired vocalist, keyboard player and songwriter Nicole Zuraitis, you’re officially part of the 32-year-old’s burgeoning fan club. Nicole Zuraitis blends bountiful songwriting skills, an effervescent presence and dazzling vocals in a consummate package that has thrilled audiences across Manhattan and across the world.

Nicole is the 2016 New York City Songwriting Competition Coffee Music Project Winner, 2015 second runner-up in the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and the 2014 Herb Albert ASCAP Young Composer Awards Winner. Nicole has headlined the Blue Note (NYC) and maintains residencies at the 55 Bar, Rockwood Music Hall (with the Dan Pugach Nonet), and Redeye Grill. Audiences love Nicole’s limitless enthusiasm, but that’s only part of her story; only part of her talent.

“A heart as big as her remarkable voice”-- JAZZ POLICE

"A voice that's hard to ignore... remarkable range... you can't help but stop and take notice." -- JAZZ INSIDE MAGAZINE

While pursuing a career that has spanned jazz, pop and classical, Nicole has collaborated with Cyrille Aimee, Thana Alexa, Dave Stryker, Livingston Taylor, Tom Chapin, Omar Hakim and Bernard Purdie. She’s performed at festivals nationwide, and has recorded two albums: 2013’s Pariah Anthem and 2009’s Spread The Word, both releases featuring the cream of New York’s jazz hierarchy.

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Nicole’s new recording, Hive Mind (Dot Time Records), chronicles themes close to her heart, including an unflinching love of family and friends delivered with a sincere spirit that finds release in eight intimate original compositions (and two covers) which span genres. After hearing Hive Mind, you’d expect nothing less from this NYU trained classical vocalist and Connecticut born songwriter who swings hard as she brings listeners under her enveloping musical wings. (Nicole Zuraitis)

"Brooklyn’s Nicole Zuraitis Brings Visceral Vocals, Her Powerhouse Presence and Winning Songwriting to Jazz Outing, Hive Mind (Dot Time Records)."- KEN MICALLEF (DOWNBEAT)

GENERATIONS OF HER

Nicole will present her new project: Generations of Her: Women songwriters and lyricists of the last 100 years.  Featuring music starting in 1924 until the present day, this show is full of surprises, unknown facts, and classic gems.  All arrangements by Nicole Zuraitis. 

WOMEN SONGWRITERS AND LYRICISTS OF THE LAST 100 YEARS!

Featuring music by Carole King, Bobby Gentry, Loretta Lynn, Sade, Aretha Franklin, Maria Griever, Irene Higgenbotham, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Dolly Parton, Janis Ian, etc. etc.! Plus amazing modern day composers. 

“Generations of Her” will feature Nicole Zuraitis (piano), Jordan Pettay (sax), Inbar Paz (bass), and Sarah Kadoura (drums).

"Nicole Zuraitis' show titled "Generations of Her" celebrates female songwriters of the last century. Nicole delivers a gorgeous interpretation of song--her voice is spectacular, and her piano chops sublime. Her choices and arrangements blew me away". - Broadway World:  

Please join us for this rare opportunity to see and hear Nicole Zuraitis live! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Tickets $20.00 in advance online / $25.00 at the door. Senior and Student pricing available. 20% Discount at Door for EC-CHAP Members.

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

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

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

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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Greg Abate Quartet
Mar
23
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Greg Abate Quartet

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Greg Abate Quartet

Tickets $20.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $25.00 at the Door / Special Student Price $10.00 at the Door (WITH VALID I.D.)

EC-CHAP “Frequent Flyer” Rewards Program Now Available

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to see this jazz great in our intimate historic setting. This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).  You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" pizza - you won't go wrong! Click here for secret recipe. 

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

About the Artists:

Matt deChamplain

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

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

 

Ben Bilello

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

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

 

Lou Bocciarelli

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

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

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

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EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Peter Lehndorff in Concert (Folk / Humor)
Mar
16
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Peter Lehndorff in Concert (Folk / Humor)

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Peter Lehndorff in Concert (Folk / Humor)

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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PETER LEHNDORFF writes folk and jazz songs about everyday life. Some are humorous. Some are serious. They are observations about the things that happen to him and the stuff he sees.

After an early folk career and a release on Signature Sounds Recordings, Peter stopped performing. He was his late wife Kathy's full-time caregiver as she battled Huntington's Disease, the genetic brain disease that took the life of Woody Guthrie. He continued writing and recording songs.

Over the last two years, Peter has resumed performing and recording. Peter has shared the stage with Martin Sexton, Robert Earl Keen, Arlo Guthrie, Dar Williams and the late Bill Morrissey. More recently he opened for Tom Paxton. Recent recordings feature old friends like Tracy Grammer and Jim Henry.

Highlights:

• Boston Acoustic Underground: Finalist in 1993 competition. Everything Takes Longer released on compilation disc.

• Folk Next Door: Performed on three concert compilations for the University of Hartford. East Longmeadow received national folk airplay.

• Love on the Line (originally on Signature Sounds Recordings): Received national airplay on college and public radio. Includes Yellow Datsun, a duet with Dar Williams.

• CarTalk: Several car-related tunes were part of the NPR radio show. Peugeot was included on one of their compilation CDs Disrespectful Car Songs.

• Performances: Peter has shared the stage with Martin Sexton, Robert Earl Keen, Arlo Guthrie, Dar Williams and the late Bill Morrissey. More recently he opened for Tom Paxton. He has appeared at coffee houses and venues throughout New England.

• Finalist: Recent competitions at the Towne Crier (Beacon NY), and Infinity Hall (Norfolk CT)

• Recent recordings: In addition to his slice-of-life songs, Peter is now mixing the funny with the serious;the romantic with the eccentric. The Huntington's Waltz is an imaginary goodbye from someone with dementia. Recend recordings feature old friends like Tracy Grammer and Jim Henry. He is plannning a new release.

Songwriter Peter Lehndorff with an original song called It Just Depends. Recorded at the North East Regional Folk Alliance Conference in Stamford Connecticut on Friday November 9, 2018. http"//www.lehndorff.com/music

Peter has participated in EC-CHAP’s monthly “Talent Showcase”, and has performed at our Seasonal “First Sunday at The Mill Works” series. It was a challenge whether to place Peter in our Acoustic Artist or Comedy Series… We think we made the right decision.

 Join us for an evening of original folk music and humorous fictional facts! 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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EC-CHAP Film Series: "It Happened One Night" (NR). 1934.
Mar
15
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Film Series: "It Happened One Night" (NR). 1934.

EC-CHAP Film Series: "It Happened One Night" (NR). 1934.

SUGGESTED DONATION $5.00
 

It Happened One Night (1934) “is one of the greatest romantic comedies in film history, and a film that has endured in popularity. It is considered one of the pioneering "screwball" romantic comedies of its time, setting the pattern for many years afterwards along with another contemporary film, The Thin Man (1934).” - Filmsite

The film was directed and co-produced by Frank Capra, in collaboration with Harry Cohn, and stars Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, and Walter Connolly.

It Happened One Night is about a spoiled runaway socialite (Claudette Colbert) and a roguish man-of-the-people reporter (Clark Gable) who is determined to get the scoop on her scandalous disappearance.

This is the first film to win all five major Academy Awards : Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay (subsequent films include One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and The Silence of the Lambs).

It Happened One Night is among the most gracefully constructed and edited films of the early sound era, packed with clever situations and gags that have entered the Hollywood comedy pantheon and featuring two actors at the top of their game, sparking with a chemistry that has never been bettered.” The Criterion Collection

In 1993, It Happened One Night was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" - National Film Registry

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

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 monthly 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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TALENT SHOWCASE  (2ND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)
Mar
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 "Information Exchange Meeting"
Mar
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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EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Eric Sommer in Concert (Blues/Americana)
Mar
9
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Eric Sommer in Concert (Blues/Americana)

EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Eric Sommer in Concert (Blues/Americana)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Join us for an evening of authentic blues and Americana flare with Eric Sommer! 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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MONTHLY "BLUEGRASS PROJECT" (1ST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)
Mar
6
7:00 PM19:00

MONTHLY "BLUEGRASS PROJECT" (1ST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)

EC-CHAP & the Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival Present: The Monthly "Bluegrass Project"

The “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 we will feature CT Bluegrass Band, “81 SOUTH” from central Connecticut bringing you traditional bluegrass music the likes of Jimmy Martin and other pioneers of the genre.

81 South

81 South

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).

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 Presents "Readings At The Mill Works" a Monthly Literary Series
Mar
5
6:30 PM18:30

EC-CHAP Presents "Readings At The Mill Works" a Monthly Literary Series

EC-CHAP Presents "Readings At The Mill Works" - a Monthly Literary Series with Poet Brian Sneeden (1st Tuesday of the month)

ADMISSION: Free

Poet / Translator, Brian Sneeden

Poet / Translator, Brian Sneeden

BRIAN SNEEDEN is the author of the poetry collection Last City (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2018). A 2018 PEN/Heim recipient, his book of translations Homerica was selected by Anne Carson as a favorite book of 2017.

Brian will serve as facilitator of this series.

Calling all writers, readers, and spoken word artists! Join us for the debut of our monthly spoken word series, “Readings at The Mill Works” (1st Tuesday of the month).

This series compliments our monthly “Talent Showcase” (2nd Wednesday) providing an exclusive platform for local and regional writers to join Featured Authors and share original works. This is an opportunity to read before a live audience and exchange constructive feedback.

The format for the evening is as follows:

Doors open at 6:00PM  - Arrive early to sign up for the Open Mic. 

 Readings begin at 6:30PM

Join us for this monthly literary experience! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 6:00pm / Readings begin 6:30pm. Admission is free and open to all ages (Donations eagerly accepted).

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

ABOUT THE FEATURED READERS:

Danielle Pieratti - March 5th Featured Reader

Danielle Pieratti - March 5th Featured Reader

DANIELLE PIERATTI'S first book, Fugitives (2016, Lost Horse Press), won the 2016 Idaho Prize and the 2017 Connecticut Book Award for Poetry. Danielle is the author of two chapbooks: “By the Dog Star," 2005 winner of the Edda Chapbook Competition for Women (Sarasota Poetry Theatre Press), and “The Post, the Cage, the Palisade," published by Dancing Girl Press in 2015. Danielle holds an MFA from Columbia University and is working towards her PhD in English at the University of Connecticut. She currently teaches secondary English and runs regular writing workshops and retreats for teacher-writers through the Connecticut Writing Project. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two young children.



BRIAN SNEEDEN is the author of the poetry collection Last City (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2018). A 2018 PEN/Heim recipient, his poems and translations have appeared in Asymptote, Beloit Poetry Journal, Harvard Review, TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, Virginia Quarterly Review, and other publications, and translations of his poems have been published in international magazines in Greek, Italian, Albanian, and Serbian. His translation of Phoebe Giannisi’s poetry collection, Homerica (World Poetry Books, 2017) was selected by Anne Carson as a favorite book of 2017 in The Paris Review. Brian received his MFA from the University of Virginia, where he held a Poe/Faulkner Fellowship in creative writing and served as poetry editor for Meridian. He is the senior editor of New Poetry in Translation.



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***CANCELLED - EC-CHAP Comedy Series: Carla Ulbrich - CANCELLED***
Mar
2
7:30 PM19:30

***CANCELLED - EC-CHAP Comedy Series: Carla Ulbrich - CANCELLED***

***CANCELLED DUE TO STORMS - EC-CHAP Comedy Series: Carla Ulbrich - CANCELLED DUE TO STORMS***

Due to the impending storms, the performance with Carla Ulbrich has been cancelled and will be rescheduled - Date TBD.

Refunds have been issued to all advanced ticket purchasers.

Please check The Packing House website frequently for the rescheduled date.

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