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

Summer 2018 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

Summer 2018 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

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

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

Live performances in The Packing House:

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

  • 1:45pm - A Performance in Dance - the Complex Dancers

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

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

 Hall Memorial School Falcon Treble Chorus

Hall Memorial School Falcon Treble Chorus

 A Performance in Dance: This piece explores the histories of modern dance and the journey that each dancer must take to continue a legacy. The work explores modern dance as a living physical agent and uses imagery and film dance pioneers that paved the way for, what we now know dance to be. The work also connects the rhythms and sounds of tap dance to the physical manifestations of the live movement. Performed by students of The Complex Performing and Creative Arts Centre.

A Performance in Dance: This piece explores the histories of modern dance and the journey that each dancer must take to continue a legacy. The work explores modern dance as a living physical agent and uses imagery and film dance pioneers that paved the way for, what we now know dance to be. The work also connects the rhythms and sounds of tap dance to the physical manifestations of the live movement. Performed by students of The Complex Performing and Creative Arts Centre.

  Jarmony

Jarmony


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

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

Rebecca Zablocki - EC-CHAP Resident Artist

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

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

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

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

Current Shows: Reimagine New England - Photography; Boston Color - Photography; Two Stools - Mixed Media

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

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


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

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 Rich deBrito

Rich deBrito


SCHEDULE

THE PACKING HOUSE: Performances

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

  • 1:45pm - A Performance in Dance - the Complex Dancers

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

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

 

PRESENTATIONS AND ACTIVITIES:

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

 

ONGOING 12:00PM TO 5:00PM

THE MILL WORKS CREATIVE COMMUNITY 

REBECCA ZABLOCKI - EC-CHAP RESIDENT ARTIST

GARDINER HALL JR MUSEUM (Suite 2106-A)

"TRIVIA" GAMES (Suite 2106-A)

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

GUITAR AND VOCALS BY RICH DEBRITO (All three floors)

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

PERIOD REFRESHMENTS

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

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

"The Place To Create"

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

EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"

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

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

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

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

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

Become a “CHAP” Today!

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

TALENT SHOWCASE (2ND WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH)

EC-CHAP "Talent Showcase" - Talent Sharing Talent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TICKETS  $10.00 AT THE DOOR

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

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

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

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ABOUT THE ARTIST:

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

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

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

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EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series: "Surprise End-of Season Film Event"
Jun
15
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series: "Surprise End-of Season Film Event"

EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series: "Surprise End-of Season Film Event"

SUGGESTED DONATION $5.00

  A Surprise Film - Take a risk! 

A Surprise Film - Take a risk! 

Special Note: EC-CHAP is providing a film screening as an End-of-Season film event. We hope you are willing to take a risk and join us for this viewing. Engage the senses!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  Bill Benson

Bill Benson

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

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

Bill will be joined by TJ Sweeney.

  TJ Sweeney

TJ Sweeney

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

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

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

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CANCELLED - TO BE RESCHEDULED*** EC-CHAP Poetry Series: Brian Sneeden "Last City" - An Evening of Poetry and Song ***CANCELLED
May
18
7:30 PM19:30

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

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

 

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

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

ALL ADVANCED TICKET SALES WILL BE REIMBURSED IN FULL.

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

EC-CHAP

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

EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"

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

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

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

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

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

Become a “CHAP” Today!

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

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

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

$10.00 AT THE DOOR 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Val Rogers - The Great American Songbook
May
11
7:30 PM19:30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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EC-CHAP Social Dance Series with Kelly Madenjian (2nd Thursday of the month)
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

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

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

TICKETS  $10.00 AT THE DOOR

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

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

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

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ABOUT THE ARTIST:

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

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

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

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TALENT SHOWCASE  (2ND WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH)
May
9
7:00 PM19:00

TALENT SHOWCASE (2ND WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH)

EC-CHAP "Talent Showcase" - Talent Sharing Talent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arthur Rovozzo

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

Cinco De Mayo Dance Celebration with Bentetu & Kelly Madenjian!

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

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

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

  Bentetu

Bentetu

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


 Kelly Madenjian

Kelly Madenjian

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


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

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

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Join us for an evening of fun, dance, celebration and surprises! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). 

Who can bring the best traditional Cinco De Mayo dish?

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

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AN EVENING WITH MAURA GEIST - SPIRITUAL MEDIUM
May
4
7:30 PM19:30

AN EVENING WITH MAURA GEIST - SPIRITUAL MEDIUM

An Evening with Spiritual Medium Maura Geist

TICKETS $15.00 IN ADVANCE (ONLINE) / $20.00 AT THE DOOR

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

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

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

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

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

Testimonials

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

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

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

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


About Maura:

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

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

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

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

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Thimble Islands Saxophone Quartet

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Thimble Islands Saxophone Quartet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Join us for an afternoon of familiar music presented in original and unique style by these creative artists! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 2:30pm / Show 3:00pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" pizza! Click here for secret recipe. 

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


About the Musicians...

Frank Vasi: Tenor Saxophone/Composer

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

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

 

Tim Moran: Soprano Saxophone

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

 

Will Cleary: Alto Saxophone

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

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

 

Skylar Hagner : Baritone Saxophone

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Belle of the Fall continues to demonstrate a thoughtful approach to song writing and performance. Their unique sound, sweet harmonies, and musicianship differentiates these artists from many.

Cast of Characters:

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

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

Weapons of choice: 

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

The Rise of Belle of the Fall:

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

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

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

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

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

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Acoustic Artist Series: Kala Farnham with Glenn Kendzia (Indie / Folk)
Apr
21
7:30 PM19:30

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kayla will be joined by Glenn Kendzia.

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

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

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

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

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

SUGGESTED DONATION $5.00

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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EC-CHAP Presents "Mouthfeel": A Pop-Up Show of 5-Ceramic Artists
Apr
20
to Apr 22

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

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

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

All Ages - Free Admission. 

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

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

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

Featured Artists:

Faith Connor

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

 

Jon Glabus

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

 

Paige Ward

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

 

Ian Petrie

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

 

Abbby Nohai

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brian works will be set to original live music. 

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

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

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

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EC-CHAP Presents: Your Drum Circle with Bob Bloom (3rd Tuesday of the month - January - May)
Apr
17
7:30 PM19:30

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

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

$10.00 AT THE DOOR 

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

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

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

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

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

Join us for this unique monthly drum circle experience. This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). 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 Theater Series: The Memory Play (A production by Jeremy Geragotelis)
Apr
15
3:00 PM15:00

EC-CHAP Theater Series: The Memory Play (A production by Jeremy Geragotelis)

EC-CHAP Theater Series: The Memory Play (A production by Jeremy Geragotelis)

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

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Special Note: EC-CHAP is excited to debut our new Theater Series! Our theater series provides a platform for new playwrights and actors to demonstrate their craft; for experimentation; and a unique environment for experienced theatrical production.

An Exercise in Performance: The Memory Play is a theater-piece that asks some big questions about love, forgiveness, and the process of erasing one’s past.  Using radical methods of storytelling involving text, sound, and movement, the piece draws back the curtain on a worn friendship with a hard expiration date. 

As a woman packs up her life to move far away, she takes one final look at the laughter, the thrill, the pain her greatest friendship gave her.  What’s left when she finally drags her last box of clothes to the trunk of her car?  Another person, left alone to atone for everything that went wrong.

This original production was written and produced by Jeremy Geragotelis, and stars regional actors Oliver Kochol, and Kelly White. This performance will be followed by a talk-back session by the producer and cast.

Join us for an special afternoon of original theater! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 2:30pm / Show 3:00pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. 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

Jeremy Geragotelis

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Jeremy Geragotelis is a playwright, theater-artist, composer, and painter. He grew up in Northeastern Connecticut and graduated from Bennington College in Vermont. His work focuses mainly on the behavior of goodness, his motivating question being: can goodness hold its own in the spotlight, or is it too tightly tied to humility to be front-and-center? He is currently in residence at the Center at Eagle Hill in Hardwick, MA. His plays have been produced in Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Tokyo. You can visit his website (www.jgeragotelis.wixsite.com/playwright) to view his past productions.

Oliver Kochol

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Oliver Kochol is a senior at the University of Connecticut where he will be receiving a BA in Theater Studies. Some of his favorite roles include Dr. Sanderson in Harvey,  Prentiss in Peter and the Starcatcher, and Barnaby Tucker in Hello, Dolly.

Kelly White

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Kelly White is an alum of Woodstock Academy (‘12) and holds a Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Connecticut where she studied with Meredith Ziegler. She was last seen as Girl in the Warner Stage Company’s production of Once. Other credits: Molly, Peter and the Starcatcher (WSC); Gloria, “Mark my Worms” (WSC Int’l Playwrights Fest); Frosche, Adele cover, Die Fledermaus (UConn Opera); Gossip, Noye's Fludde (UConn Opera); Olympia, Pinocchio (UConn Opera Outreach); Eddie, The Bremmentown Musicians (UConn Opera Outreach). Woodstock Academy Credits: Jester, Once Upon a Mattress; Eulalie Shinn, The Music Man; Rona Peretti, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Upcoming projects: Ilse, Spring Awakening (WSC).

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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Bruno Raberg "Triloka" (World, Classical, Jazz)
Apr
14
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Bruno Raberg "Triloka" (World, Classical, Jazz)

EC-CHAP Jazz  Series: Bruno Raberg "Triloka" (World, Classical, Jazz)

Tickets $15.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $20.00 at the Door / Special Student Price $10.00 at the Door (WITH VALID I.D.)

BRUNO RÅBERG is an internationally renowned bass player and composer. Since coming to the US from his native Sweden he has made nine recordings as a leader, about 30 as a sideman, and has performed/recorded with numerous world-class artists including George Garzone, Sam Rivers, Donny McCaslin,  Kenny Werner, Chris Cheek, Ben Monder, Ted Poor, David Gilmore, Mick Goodrick, Bruce Barth, Jim Black, Matt Wilson. Råberg has toured throughout Europe, USA, Japan, Africa, India and Central America. He has lead several groups of his own: the Lifelines Quartet with Chris Cheek, Ben Monder, and Ted Poor; and his current Triloka Ensemble featuring Mike Block, Layth Sidiq and others. Råberg is a senior professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston and has traveled as a clinician/performer to Italy, Brazil, Japan, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Mexico.

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The Triloka Ensemble, which features Råberg’s compositions for strings, shows the unique, intimate and creative musical language he has developed. The music is personal, evocative and truly original and it uses rhythmic and melodic structures from traditional Carnatic (S. Indian) music. Triloka means  “three realms” and could be an analogy to the overall influences on this recording which are S. Indian music, jazz improvisation and classical. The result is compelling music that showcases Råberg’s compositional prowess and his musical companions’ inventiveness, musicality and accomplished solo work.


What the critics say about the Triloka – Three Realms CD
 
 “Lush orchestral waves and a quietly mesmerizing solo from Råberg introduce "Triloka—Three Realms….Råberg's compositional élan—the deft weaving of multiple voices through the prism of classical and folkloric pastures—and the individual freedoms that permeate this contemporary, yet timeless sounding music. Never less than compelling” Ian Patterson – All About Jazz
 
“Triloka is a captivating album with an almost orchestral flair to it; at times dark and foreboding, yet at other times playful and light.” Marithe Van Der Aa – All About Jazz

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

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


About the Musicians...
 
Layth Sidiq - violin - born in Iraq and raised in Jordan, Layth Sidiq is a leading Middle Eastern violinist on the world music stage. A recent graduate from the prestigious Berklee College of Music with both a bachelor and a masters degree (Berklee Global Jazz Institute), and at just 24 years old, he has traveled the world performing with orchestras and artists including Simon Shaheen, Jack DeJohnette, The Palestine Youth Orchestra, Javier Limon, Aldeburgh World Orchestra, Alejandro Sanz and Gary Burton. Layth is now the director of the Arab Music Ensemble at Tufts University as well as an active performer and educator around the Boston area.
 
Naseem Alatrash - cello - born and raised in Palestine he studied cello at The Edward Said Conservatory. He then went on to studies at Berklee where he studied with cellists Eugene Friesen and Owen Young, Rob Thomas and Simon Shaheen. He graduated with the highest honors for BM in cello performance and holds a MM from Berklee Global Jazz Inst.. Naseem has performed at the Nancy Jazz Festival, Lebanon’s Beit Aldeen Festival, Jerash Festival, The Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, Kennedy Center, and within the Aldeburgh World Orchestra’s London Olympic tour appearing at The BBC Proms in The Royal Albert Hall and at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw.The twice awarded “string player of the year” from The National Music Competition of Palestine, Naseem continues to be a voice for Palestinian culture and an advocate of its music through his global string quartet The Four Corners Quartet.
 
Bengisu Gökçe – violin from Istanbul, Turkey, was a student of Ebru Yunkus at the prestigious Mersin University State Conservatory. In 2004 and 2008 she came in third in the Gulden Turali National Violin Competition and won the Best Interpretation of a Turkish Piece Special Award in 2004, 2006 and 2008. Gokce has given concerts with the World Youth Orchestra in Germany, Italy and Monaco and Iran. In 2012, she got accepted to ‘Hanns Eisler’ College of Music in Berlin, Germany and studied with Prof. Stephan Picard. She was one in four Turkish students invited to play in the International Youth Chamber Orchestra founded by Turkish Cultural Organization TURKSOY and performed in concerts in the United States. In January 2015, she got accepted into Berklee College of Music. As well as solo performances at Boston Symphony Hall, MIT Kresge Auditorium, Berklee Performance Center, she won the 2015 Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and the 2016 Berklee Performance ivisin String Award. She was one in four fiddlers selected to perform with American fiddler Mark O’Connor and gave concerts with Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra.
 
Dan Lay - Daniel is a Boston-based violist with a passion for reinvention. His musical life began at a young age, born out of a necessity to harness his surplus energy. Building upon a foundation of piano and violin, he eventually discovered the viola and fell in love. Under the instruction of Dr. Alexander Rees, he performed his solo debut at Carnegie Hall, was featured on WQXR’s Young Artist Showcase, and accrued a number of honors and accolades. After honing his skills at prestigious summer camps and competitions around the world, he eventually attended Berklee College of Music, resulting in a myriad of musical collaborations. An alumnus now, he is currently designing an experimental hybrid of electronically augmented string compositions under the stagename of Goggles.

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ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: HORIZON BLUE (AMERICANA)
Apr
13
7:30 PM19:30

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: HORIZON BLUE (AMERICANA)

Acoustic Artist Series: Horizon Blue (Americana)

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

Horizon Blue is an acoustic Americana (folk, country and blue grass) musical group.  Our performances are family friendly, conversational, and inviting. The original and well-known songs they perform have a storytelling aspect and are well received by audiences of all ages. 

Horizon Blue features Monique Hill (vocals, guitar, mandolin, banjo and dulcimer), Peter Hill (guitar and mandolin), Mark Annulli (bass) and Rich Johnson (dobro).  Monique is the principal songwriter. Monique's songwriting credits include a charting international release in England, Germany, and Japan (www.horizonblueband.us).

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

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

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EC-CHAP Social Dance Series with Kelly Madenjian (2nd Thursday of the month)
Apr
12
7:00 PM19:00

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

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

TICKETS  $10.00 AT THE DOOR

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

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

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

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ABOUT THE ARTIST:

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

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

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

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TALENT SHOWCASE  (2ND WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH)
Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

TALENT SHOWCASE (2ND WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH)

EC-CHAP "Talent Showcase" - Talent Sharing Talent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"
Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"

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

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

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

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

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

Become a “CHAP” Today!

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Acoustic Artist Series: Lisa Martin (Americana / Folk)
Apr
7
7:30 PM19:30

Acoustic Artist Series: Lisa Martin (Americana / Folk)

Acoustic Artist Series: Lisa Martin (Americana / Folk)

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

Emotionally charged Americana music is Lisa Martin’s hallmark sound. Drawing on diverse influences spanning the last 4 decades, Martin’s music bridges the elements of folk, rock, country and blues with her pop sensibilities always highly evident in the mix. Whether performing solo or with a full band, she is always well received and captivates the audience with her expressive vocals, guitar prowess, heartfelt delivery and quick wit.

A Western MA native, Martin has performed regionally in the northeast and in parts of the mid-west. She has opened for many nationally touring artists including Melanie, Patty Larkin, Vonda Shephard, Livingston Taylor, Aztec Two-Step, Steve Forbert, Ellis Paul, Vance Gilbert, David Wilcox, Toshi Reagon and others.

With 3 CDs under her belt and a 4th soon to be in progress, Martin has been recognized for her music and live performances over the years, most recently with 4 nominations from international organization Just Plain Folks Independent Music Awards, for her Winter Songs CD: Best Holiday Album, Best Original Holiday Song (2 songs – Christmastime Is Here, Snowbound) and Best Traditional Holiday Song (Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas). This most recent CD earned another award from Ladylake Indie Music Awards as one of the Top 10 Indie CDs of 2014 (came in at #4). Locally in 2014, her song “Good Love Is Hard To Find” was selected by a panel of judges to be included on the “Valley Rising Compilation Volume 3”.

In 2015 she took top honors as Best Country/Americana Artist in the Worcester Music Awards. Her debut CD, “Set Me On Fire”, garnered 2 nominations in the Just Plain Folks Music Awards in 2001 and was also recognized in 2003, earning a Live Wire Award from the Springfield Republican, which recognized 10 local artists/bands for that year. Her follow up CD “Lisa Martin Live”, recorded at the Iron Horse Music Hall, was released in 2007 and led to another Best Song/Americana nomination in 2009 in the Just Plain Folks Music Awards which led to an international showcase performance at BB King’s Blues Club in Nashville TN. “Winter Songs” her 3rd release was quickly embraced by numerous indie and NPR radio stations and was the vehicle that lead to her recognition by international music promoters Ladylake Music. Positive reviews from fans and critics continue to trickle in as Martin’s exposure grows. (www.lisamartinsongs.com)

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

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

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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Greg Abate Quartet
Mar
24
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.)

Special Note: Its an honor and privilege to have the Greg Abate Quartet return to The Packing House for their spring performance! Greg, Ben, Matt, and Lou continue to amaze our audiences with their seamless interactions and improvisation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to see this jazz great in our intimate historic setting. This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. 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": An Evening with Singer/Songwriter and Keyboard Artist Bob Malone (Rock/Blues/Jazz)
Mar
23
7:30 PM19:30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


BREAKING NEWS!

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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EC-CHAP Presents: Your Drum Circle with Bob Bloom (3rd Tuesday of the month - January - May)
Mar
20
7:30 PM19:30

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

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

$10.00 AT THE DOOR 

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

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

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

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

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

Join us for this unique monthly drum circle experience. This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. 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 "Acoustic Artist Series": Eric Lee (Folk/Bluegrass)
Mar
16
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP "Acoustic Artist Series": Eric Lee (Folk/Bluegrass)

EC-CHAP "Acoustic Artist Series": Eric Lee (Folk/Bluegrass)

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

A masterful and engaging multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Eric Lee has performed in countless settings, from southern roadhouses and festival stages to pit orchestras, London pubs, and the theaters of Beijing. Most recently, Lee performed on the main stage of the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.

His songs are a hybrid of poetic lyric with a singular melodic sense strongly rooted in the folk, bluegrass, and Irish traditions. Having accompanied such legendary artists as Eric Andersen, John Gorka, Peter Rowan, the Nields, Dave Navarro, and Tom Rush, Lee has drawn inspiration from these legendary artists, and is making a name for himself in a new generation of songwriters and balladeers.

The music of Eric Lee is a chimera of genres and influences; an ever-evolving world of sonic exploration with stand-alone melodies always at it's core. His new EP traverses a range of emotion, from the unbridled joy of love in "Miles Above the Ground" to the wrenching pain of Eros in "To Write you a Song"; the unflattering honesty of coping with loss ("Life Without You") to the cosmic petition to the ancient powers in "Hands of Fortune" (Eric Lee).

Come join us for some original music, awesome fiddlin', and overall great musicianship  by these talented artists! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. 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" "The Packing House" pizza - you won't go wrong! Click here for secret recipe. 

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

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EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"
Mar
15
7:00 PM19:00

EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"

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

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

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.

Please join us on:

Thursday, March 15th at 7:00pm

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

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

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The Packing House  |  156 River Road, Suite 1301Willington, Connecticut 06279  |  (518)791-9474