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

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Greg Abate Quartet

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Greg Abate Quartet

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

EC-CHAP “Frequent Flyer” Rewards Program Now Available

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Artists:

Matt deChamplain

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

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

 

Ben Bilello

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

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

 

Lou Bocciarelli

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EC-CHAP “Frequent Flyer” Rewards Program Now Available

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GENERATIONS OF HER

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

WOMEN SONGWRITERS AND LYRICISTS OF THE LAST 100 YEARS!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ADMISSION: Free

Poet / Translator, Brian Sneeden

Poet / Translator, Brian Sneeden

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

Brian will serve as host for this monthly series.

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

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

The format for the evening is as follows:

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

 Readings begin at 6:30PM

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

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

ABOUT THE FEATURED READERS:

Julie Choffel (Poet Laureate of West Hartford)

Julie Choffel (Poet Laureate of West Hartford)

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

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


ABOUT THE HOST

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

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

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

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

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

EC-CHAP “Frequent Flyer” Rewards Program Now Available

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

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

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

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

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

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

This concert represents Part-2 in a three-part Seasonal Series. Sarah’s final 2019 concert is scheduled for April 6th.

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

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

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

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


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Spring 2019 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"
Apr
7
1:30 PM13:30

Spring 2019 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

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Spring 2019 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

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

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


SCHEDULE



PRESENTATION

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


BREAK-OUT SESSIONS

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

RICHARD SYMONDS

RICHARD SYMONDS

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

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

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

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

REBECCA ZABLOCKI: Director, Dye & Bleach House Community Gallery

REBECCA ZABLOCKI: Director, Dye & Bleach House Community Gallery

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

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

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


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

STRAIGHT UP JAZZ

STRAIGHT UP JAZZ

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

THE ARTISTS:

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

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

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


ONGOING 3:00PM TO 5:00PM

THE MILL WORKS CREATIVE COMMUNITY  (Floors 1 & 2)

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DYE & BLEACH HOUSE COMMUNITY GALLERY

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GARDINER HALL JR HISTORY MUSEUM

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

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

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


PERIOD REFRESHMENTS

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"The Place To Create"

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

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

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

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

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

Joined by singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Matt Nakoa

TWO SHOWS:

Afternoon 3:30pm - 6:00pm (Only Seats Available In Section-2))

Evening 7:30pm - 10:00pm (Only Seats Available In Section-2)

Tickets Available in Advance (ONLINE); The Packing House at prior shows; Advance Pick-Up at Box Office (Call), OR at the Door

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

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

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FOR INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL: 518.791.9474

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Doors open 30-minutes before show time. We are pleased to offer our unique "BYOB&F" model - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). Soft drinks and snacks available. You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" pizza! Click here for secret recipe. 

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

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About Matt Nakoa…

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

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


About Horizon Blue…

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

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

Currently Horizon Blue is recording a new CD release.

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Special Program: A Night of Comedy with Max Dolcelli Co-Hosted by Tolland Community Women and EC-CHAP
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

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

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

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

Comedian Max Docelli

Comedian Max Docelli

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

Comedian Jay Sutay

Comedian Jay Sutay

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

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

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

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

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

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


Tolland Community Women (TCW)

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

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

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

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

SUGGESTED DONATION $5.00
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EC-CHAP “Frequent Flyer” Rewards Program Now Available

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


ABOUT THE ARTISTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Steve’s first gig

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EC-CHAP “Frequent Flyer” Rewards Program Now Available

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

EC-CHAP “Frequent Flyer” Rewards Program Now Available

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

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

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

Highlights:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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EC-CHAP Film Series: "It Happened One Night" (NR). 1934.
Mar
15
7:30 PM19:30

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

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

SUGGESTED DONATION $5.00
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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EC-CHAP Social Dance Series with Kelly Madenjian (2nd Thursday of the month): Special Valentine's Day Edition!
Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

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

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

ADMISSION  $10.00 AT THE DOOR

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

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

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ABOUT THE ARTIST:

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

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

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

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TALENT SHOWCASE  (2ND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)
Mar
13
7:00 PM19:00

TALENT SHOWCASE (2ND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)

EC-CHAP "Talent Showcase" - Talent Sharing Talent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"

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

The EC-CHAP currently operates the Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum, an Artist in Residence (AIR) Program, and hosts an assortment of performances and events at The Packing House, all  located at The Mill Works in Willington, CT.

In February 2019, Rebecca Zablocki, EC-CHAP Artist in Residence will be launching the “Dye & Bleach House Community Gallery”, a gallery space where the works of local and regional artists can be displayed and viewed by the public at no cost. A variety of creative programs, workshops, classes, are also being planned as part of a unique educational exchange. Visit www.ec-chap.org for more information.

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

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

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

Become a “CHAP” Today!

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EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Eric Sommer in Concert (Blues/Americana)
Mar
9
7:30 PM19:30

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

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

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

EC-CHAP “Frequent Flyer” Rewards Program Now Available

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MONTHLY "BLUEGRASS PROJECT" (1ST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)
Mar
6
7:00 PM19:00

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Monthly "Bluegrass Project" at The Packing House is hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP) and the Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival. Open to the general public. $10.00 at the door. Doors open 6:30pm / Show 7:00pm.

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

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

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

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

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

ADMISSION: Free

Poet / Translator, Brian Sneeden

Poet / Translator, Brian Sneeden

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

Brian will serve as facilitator of this series.

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

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

The format for the evening is as follows:

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

 Readings begin at 6:30PM

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

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

ABOUT THE FEATURED READERS:

Danielle Pieratti - March 5th Featured Reader

Danielle Pieratti - March 5th Featured Reader

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



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



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

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

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

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

Refunds have been issued to all advanced ticket purchasers.

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

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EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"
Feb
28
7:00 PM19:00

EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"

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

The EC-CHAP currently operates the Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum, an Artist in Residence (AIR) Program, and hosts an assortment of performances and events at The Packing House, all  located at The Mill Works in Willington, CT.

In February 2019, Rebecca Zablocki, EC-CHAP Artist in Residence will be launching the “Dye & Bleach House Community Gallery”, a gallery space where the works of local and regional artists can be displayed and viewed by the public at no cost. A variety of creative programs, workshops, classes, are also being planned as part of a unique educational exchange. Visit www.ec-chap.org for more information.

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

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

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

Become a “CHAP” Today!

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Acoustic Artist Series: A Bluegrass Journey with Grass Routes
Feb
23
7:30 PM19:30

Acoustic Artist Series: A Bluegrass Journey with Grass Routes

Acoustic Artist Series: A Bluegrass Journey with Grass Routes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Acoustic Artist Series: Patti Rothberg in Concert (Indie / Rock)
Feb
16
7:30 PM19:30

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

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

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

EC-CHAP “Frequent Flyer” Rewards Program Now Available

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

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

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

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

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Patti will be joined by Gary Barton on percussion and vocals.

Eric Paradine, regional musician will open the show.

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUGGESTED DONATION $5.00
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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EC-CHAP Social Dance Series with Kelly Madenjian (2nd Thursday of the month): Special Valentine's Day Edition!
Feb
14
7:00 PM19:00

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

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

ADMISSION  $10.00 AT THE DOOR

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

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

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ABOUT THE ARTIST:

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

Join us for this 2019 Valentines Day Social Dance Experience! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 6:30pm / Dance 7:00pm. Admission - $10.00 at the door.

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

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TALENT SHOWCASE  (2ND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)
Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

TALENT SHOWCASE (2ND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)

EC-CHAP "Talent Showcase" - Talent Sharing Talent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EC-CHAP “Frequent Flyer” Rewards Program Now Available

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

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

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

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

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

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


BREAKING NEWS!

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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*** CANCELLED-Monthly Bluegrass Project: Featuring "BluesGrass"-CANCELLED***
Feb
6
7:00 PM19:00

*** CANCELLED-Monthly Bluegrass Project: Featuring "BluesGrass"-CANCELLED***

THE MONTHLY “BLUEGRASS PROJECT” SCHEDULED FOR TONIGHT, FEBRUARY 6TH, FEATURING “BLUESGRASS”, HAS BEEN CANCELLED AND

RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 6TH, 7:00PM

THE MONTHLY “BLUEGRASS PROJECT” IS PRESENTED BY EC-CHAP & THE PODUNK BLUEGRASS MUSIC FESTIVAL FEATURING A REGIONAL BLUEGRASS BAND ON THE 1ST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH.

WE APOLOGIZE FOR THIS INCONVENIENCE AND HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US NEXT MONTH!

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Monthly Bluegrass Project: Featuring "BluesGrass" (1st Wednesday)
Feb
4
7:00 PM19:00

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

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

Admission: $10.00 at the Door

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

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

Restless Mountain Bluegrass Band

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

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

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

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The monthly "Bluegrass Project" at The Packing House is hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP) and the Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival. Open to the general public. $10.00 at the door. Doors open 6:30pm / Show 7:00pm.

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

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

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EC-CHAP Acoustic Artist Series: Voices of Concinnity - "Has Love No Voice?"
Feb
2
7:30 PM19:30

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

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

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

EC-CHAP “Frequent Flyer” Rewards Program Now Available

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All proceeds from this concert go to support EC-CHAP and Consonare Choral Community .


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

***CONCERT RESCHEDULED TO SATURDAY

FEBRUARY 16TH***

The Patti Rothberg Concert has been rescheduled to

Saturday, February 16th

due to the impending storm.

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

Questions? - Please call 518-791-9474.

We apologize for this inconvenience…

Hope to see you in February!

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

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

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

SUGGESTED DONATION $5.00
 

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

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

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

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

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

Join us for this unique true story about art and love! This film is a part of the EC-CHAP Film Series hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP), a 501.3.c non-profit membership-based cultural organization. To learn more and how you can become a member, visit www.ec-chap.org.

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

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

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

EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"

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

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

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

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

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

Become a “CHAP” Today!

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Acoustic Artist Series: Singer/Songwriter & Multi-Instrumentalist Kala Farnham (Indie / Folk)
Jan
12
7:30 PM19:30

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kala will be joined by bassist Daniel Grip and violinist Alex Korolov.

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

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

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TALENT SHOWCASE  (2ND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)
Jan
9
7:00 PM19:00

TALENT SHOWCASE (2ND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)

EC-CHAP "Talent Showcase" - Talent Sharing Talent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EC-CHAP “Frequent Flyer” Rewards Program Now Available

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

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

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

Kat will be joined by Jason Sibi-Okumo.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

SUGGESTED DONATION $5.00
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ADMISSION  $10.00 AT THE DOOR

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

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

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ABOUT THE ARTIST:

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

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

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

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

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

TALENT SHOWCASE (2ND WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH)

EC-CHAP "Talent Showcase" - Talent Sharing Talent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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