Acoustic Artist Series: Gracie Day (Indie)
Feb
25
7:30 pm19:30

Acoustic Artist Series: Gracie Day (Indie)

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ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: GRACIE DAY (INDIE)

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

Gracie Day is a singer-songwriter with a sultry, passionate voice and finger picking / strumming style that has been described as Folk-Rock, Country and Soul. Her solo act has taken her to numerous reputable stages in New England. She recently launched her full-band "Gracie Day and the Knights" based in Hartford, CT.

Growing up in Boxford, Massachusetts and now living in greater Hartford, Connecticut, Gracie Day is a singer-songwriter with a sultry, passionate voice and finger picking / strumming style that has been described as Folk-Rock, Country and Soul. She recently launched her full-band "Gracie Day and the Knights," but meanwhile, her solo act has taken her to numerous reputable stages in New England. (Gracie Day)

She delivers a uniquely sweet braid of guitar and vocal melodies, supported by a voice direct from the heart that brings cutting immediacy to lyrics poignant and powerful all by themselves." (WPAA-TV).

Join us for this upcoming singer songwriter! This concert is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

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

Acoustic Artist Series: Nat Reeves Student Jazz Ensemble
Mar
4
7:30 pm19:30

Acoustic Artist Series: Nat Reeves Student Jazz Ensemble

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NAT REEVES STUDENT JAZZ ENSEMBLE

TICKETS $15.00 IN ADVANCE (ONLINE) / $20.00 AT THE DOOR / SPECIAL STUDENT PRICE $10.00 AT THE DOOR (WITH VALID I.D.)

 

It is a privilege to host this special performance with internationally renowned jazz bassist, Nat Reeves. Nat has assembled a group of very talented students from the Hartt School to join him for this performance.

During the past 30 years, Nat Reeves has been one of the top bassists in jazz. His supportive and stimulating playing has uplifted a countless number of sessions and recording dates (most notably with the great altoists Jackie McLean and Kenny Garrett) and he has led his own CD State of Emergency. Both as a performer and an educator, he has made a strong impact on the jazz world.

"Noted for his artful articulation, time, tone, taste and irrepressible sense of swing and fluid invention, Reeves has always been a favorite of all kinds of instrumentalists, but a particularly special favorite of super saxophonists. His resume included work with an array of top performers at gigs world-wide from Tel Aviv to Tokyo, in famous venues ranging from the Village Vanguard to the Montreaux Jazz Festival." - Owen McNally, The Hartford Courant

Nat began teaching part-time at the University of Hartford (The Hartt School jazz   program was organized and run by Jackie McLean) and the Artists Collective (an arts organization founded by Jackie and his wife Dollie). In 2001 Nat began a full time teaching career at The Hartt School where the African American Music Studies Program had been renamed the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz. “I build on what my students already know and try to convince them to be more aggressive with learning. I’ve learned a lot from my students particularly about technology. I often teach what I want to learn. I love helping the students. I think of teaching similar to playing a gig: being well organized, accomplishing goals and solving problems. It is a lot of fun and it makes me a better musician.”

During the past year, Nat Reeves has traveled the world including performing in India and Japan, at the San Francisco, New Orleans, Detroit and Atlanta Jazz Festivals, and with Pharoah Sanders at Dizzy’s at Lincoln Center. Click here for more about this artist. Nat will be joined by the Hartt School Jazz Students Andrew Wilcox - Piano; Sarah Hanahan - Alto Sax; Josh Noel - Tenor Sax; Nathan Serot –Trumpet; Zayne Couch – Guitar; and Ethan Gueldenzopf - Drums.

Experience Nat Reeves and his student jazz ensemble - live in our intimate historic setting. This concert is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

Nat will return on Sunday, March 5th, for the Spring "First Sunday at The Mill Works" presenting "Music, Images, and A Little Conversation". Please join us for this and other exciting presentations, performances, and activities. Free and open to the general public. Call 518-791-9474 for time and information.

Spring "First Sunday at The Mill Works"
Mar
5
12:00 pm12:00

Spring "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

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SPRING "FIRST SUNDAY AT THE MILL WORKS"

FREE ADMISSION

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

Highlights include: Factory Tours; Open Artist Studios; The Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum.

Live performances with the Hall Memorial School ‘Select Chorus’, Interactive "Drum Ride" with Bob Bloom, and "Nat Reeves: Music, Images, and A Little Conversation".

Visit with local author Felix Giordano,  and more!  Enjoy period refreshments typical of the mid 19th century and begin the Spring Season with us in this local historic landmark.

Learn about EC-CHAP membership opportunities, and how you can become a CHAP! All activities are free to the public.

SCHEDULE

THE PACKING HOUSE: Performances

1:00pm: Hall Memorial School "Select Chorus"

2:00pm: Bob Bloom, "Take A Drum Ride", Interactive drumming activity

2:30pm: "Nat Reeves: Music, Images, and A Little Conversation"

NOON TO 5:00PM

THE MILL WORKS COMMUNITY - OPEN STUDIOS AND ORGANIZATIONS: Summer Sun Photography, Christopher Gunderson Design & Illustration, Jack Broderick Plein-Air Painter, Bruce & Sasha Press, Whalesong Arts, Solstice Counseling Center, St. Paul's Church.

GARDINER HALL JR MUSEUM (Suite 2106-A)

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

FELIX GIORDANO, AUTHOR

EDMUND SMITH, MUSICIAN

PERIOD REFRESHMENTS

For more information please call 518-791-9474.

Talent Showcase
Mar
9
7:00 pm19:00

Talent Showcase

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TALENT SHARING TALENT

FREE ADMISSION

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

Acoustic musicians, film makers, poets, comedians, jugglers, puppeteers, and creative artists of all ages are invited to perform at The Packing House. Here is an opportunity to showcase your work in an intimate historic venue before a live audience. Test ideas and concepts and solicit feedback. PA / sound reinforcement, video projection, and up to 3 microphones provided. Invite everybody you know!

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.

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. "BYOB&F" - 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

Film Showing: "A Hard Day's Night" (G)
Mar
10
Mar 11

Film Showing: "A Hard Day's Night" (G)

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FILM SHOWING: "A HARD DAY'S NIGHT" (G)

Suggested Donation $5.00

"The year is 1964 and four young lads from Liverpool are about to change the world - if only the madcap world will let them out of their hotel room. Richard Lester's boldly contemporary rock n' roll comedy unleashes the fledgling Beatles into a maelstrom of screaming fans, paranoid producers, rabid press and troublesome family members, and reveals the secret of their survival and success: an insatiable lust for mischief and a life-affirming addiction to joy." (Rated 8.5/10) -

Time magazine rated it as one of the all-time great 100 films.

Meet the Beatles! Just one month after they exploded onto the U.S. scene with their Ed Sullivan Show appearance, John, Paul, George, and Ringo began working on a project that would bring their revolutionary talent to the big screen.

This classic film is a part of The Packing House 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.

Cabaret and group seating. Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

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

Acoustic Artist Series: Krista Baroni (Indie)
Mar
11
7:30 pm19:30

Acoustic Artist Series: Krista Baroni (Indie)

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ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: Krista Baroni (INDIE)

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

Krista Baroni is an American singer-songwriter born and raised in the quiet Massachusetts suburbs, who currently calls the city of Providence, Rhode Island her home. 

An artist with two full length, independently released albums under her belt; Krista released her sophomore album in 2015 (The Alabaster Girl), to critical praise and national recognition.

Victor Infante of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette  called it “the most beautiful album I've heard in a long time." And Boston blog Red Line Roots said "Warm textures, great songwriting, and a timeless quality define Baroni’s latest effort. This record just scratches the surface of how deep this songwriter’s talent runs."

Krista has performed extensively throughout the Northeast and Southeast U.S and concluded her first European tour in May of 2016.

Join us for an intimate evening with Krista Baroni. This concert is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

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

EC-CHAP "Informational Exchange Meeting"
Mar
15
7:00 pm19:00

EC-CHAP "Informational Exchange Meeting"

  • The Packing House

There’s a new cultural destination in town! The Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance, Inc. (EC-CHAP for short).

 EC-CHAP 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 in music, film, dance, literature, and theater.

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

 We have scheduled three "Informational Exchange Meetings" to review our mission, discuss membership opportunities, and review plans for programming 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.

If you missed our first two meetings, please join us on:

Wednesday, March 15th at 7:00pm

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

RSVP Appreciated

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

Become a “CHAP” Today!

Acoustic Artist Series: Greg Abate Quartet (Jazz)
Mar
18
8:00 pm20:00

Acoustic Artist Series: Greg Abate Quartet (Jazz)

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GREG ABATE QUARTET (JAZZ)

TICKETS $20.00 IN ADVANCE (ONLINE) / $25.00 AT THE DOOR / SPECIAL STUDENT PRICE $10.00 AT THE DOOR (WITH VALID I.D.)

The Greg Abate Quartet returns to The Packing House on March 18th!

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.

Greg’s newest release The Greg Abate Quintet features Phil Woods, Jesse Green, Evan Gregor and Bill Goodwin (Rhombus Records). Greg will be joined at The Packing House by Matt deChamplain on piano, Josh Uguccioni on bass, Ben Bilello on drums [www.gregabate.com].

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to see this jazz great in our intimate historic setting. This concert is a part of The Packing House Acoustic Artist Series hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:30pm / Show 8:00pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

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

The Artists:

Greg Abate

Greg Abate recorded his first CD Live At Birdland NYC in 1991 on the Candid Jazz Label with the trio of James Williams, Rufus Reid and Kenny Washington. To tdate Greg has recorded over 17 other recordings as leader.

Greg is also an adjunct professor of Jazz Studies at Rhode Island College and is also a very active jazz clinician with co. sponsorship from the Conn-Selmer Instrument Co., conducting workshops and master classes through the U.S and abroad.

This year, Greg was inducted into the RHODE ISLAND MUSIC HALL OF FAME (2016).

What some say about Greg Abate:

“I sleep a lot better knowing there are alto players like Greg! It was a joy to make music with him and he writes good songs that are challenging.”  Phil Woods

"Abate is not content to rely on stock bebop riffs and standard chord progressions. Rather, the sharp angularity of his phrases and the often startling pauses in his fast-moving lines give his work a feeling of constant invention and creativity.” –Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

“…Abate’s musical style can be seen as a distillation of swing’s easygoing vibe and bop’s
more animated groove. He has developed a unique voice. –METRO San Jose,

“Greg Abate is an absolute powerhouse who will absolutely not let hard driving bebop die.
One of the most exciting players around today, Greg’s commitment to the music is total…” –W. Pickowitz, Jr., The Jazz Messenger

“Multi-saxophonist Greg Abate is a prime example of the ‘rear back and blow’ school of contemporary bop-based players. The tunes he writes or chooses are based on the kinds of changes that harmony-oriented jazzmen have favored since the beginning and he swings through them with and eager and easy virtuosity.” –David Franklin, Jazz Times

“Greg Abate is one of the most appealing saxophonists on the scene today. He is mature with an abundance of gentle self-confidence. The result is that he plays music with sweetness and daring.” –Jim Merod, New Jazz Recordings

 

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.

 

Josh Uguccioni

Josh Uguccioni was born and raised in Cheshire, CT, a small suburb of New Haven. Josh was exposed to many different musical styles at a young age. Beginning on both trombone, tuba and electric bass, Uguccioni gained familiarity playing in various musical settings. Soon after entering high school Uguccioni began to play the upright bass due to an opening in the high school jazz program. He quickly excelled in the high school orchestra and jazz band along with other local youth big bands and small ensembles.  Cheshire High School's Jazz program, along with other local youth bands allowed Uguccioni opportunities to play with a multitude of professional musicians including, Terell Stafford, Steve Davis, Dick Oatts, and Gary Dial. 

Uguccioni went on to pursue his musical endeavors at the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the Hartt School of Music. The Jackie McLean Institute provided valuable insight from several highly acclaimed professionals including, Nat Reeves, Steve Davis, Eric McPherson, Abraham Burton and Javon Jackson. Uguccioni has played/ recorded at several notable venues including, Side Door Jazz Club, Daryl’s House, Infinity Hall and Converse Rubber Tracks Studio.

Acoustic Artist Series: An Evening with Zoe Lewis (JAZZ, LATIN, SWING, THEATER... YOU NAME IT!)
Mar
25
8:00 pm20:00

Acoustic Artist Series: An Evening with Zoe Lewis (JAZZ, LATIN, SWING, THEATER... YOU NAME IT!)

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ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: AN EVENING WITH ZOE LEWIS (JAZZ, LATIN, SWING, THEATER... YOU NAME IT!)

TICKETS $15.00 IN ADVANCE (ONLINE) / $20.00 AT THE DOOR / SPECIAL STUDENT PRICE $10.00 AT THE DOOR (WITH VALID I.D.)

ZOE LEWIS is a band in a body! Vintage jazz, gypsy jive, latin grooves, international folk and funk originals on anything from the piano to the spoons! This multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, vaudevillian hails originally from the UK but has made Provincetown, MA her home for the last 25 years.

She's traveled to over 70 countries picking up grooves and stories along the way, released 8 albums of original material, toured with Judy Collins, the Indigo Girls, Richie Havens, Patty Larkin, Nanci Griffiths and has even opened for Pat Benetar on the ukulele!
 
She has won numerous songwriting awards, her songs have appeared on Broadway, in documentaries, in commercialsas well as creating 2 Musicals. One of her song became #1 in the children’s satellite radio charts. She also leads a 1920'sSPEAKEASY, Zoë Lewis and the Bootleggers, performing prohibition jazz and swing to the summer crowds on Cape Cod.

Her most recent album, The Sound of Wings, was released in 2016 and she is working on a new musical about the true meaning of magic.

Her show is theatrical, upbeat and fun. A true artist. This British transplant is blessed with the uncanny ability to uncover the extraordinary beauty in the seemingly ordinary.
www.zoelewis.com

Join us for this talented musical artist in our intimate historic setting. ! This concert isa part of The Packing House Acoustic Artist Series hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:30pm / Show 8:00pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

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


Acoustic Artist Series: Ramblin' Dan Stevens (Blues)
Feb
18
7:30 pm19:30

Acoustic Artist Series: Ramblin' Dan Stevens (Blues)

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ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: RAMBLIN' DAN STEVENS (BLUES)

 

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

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

Experience Ramblin' Dan Stevens - American Bluesman - live in our intimate historic setting. This concert is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

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

EC-CHAP "Informational Exchange Meeting"
Feb
15
7:00 pm19:00

EC-CHAP "Informational Exchange Meeting"

  • The Packing House

There’s a new cultural destination in town! The Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance, Inc. (EC-CHAP for short).

 EC-CHAP 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 in music, film, dance, literature, and theater.

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

 We have scheduled three "Informational Exchange Meetings" to review our mission, discuss membership opportunities, and review plans for programming 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.

If you missed our first meeting, please join us:

Wednesday February 15th at 7:00pm

or

Wednesday, March 15th at 7:00pm

All meetings will be held in The Packing House at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT. Refreshments available.

RSVP Appreciated

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

Become a “CHAP” Today!

MAURA GEIST - SPIRITUAL MEDIUM
Feb
11
7:30 pm19:30

MAURA GEIST - SPIRITUAL MEDIUM

AN EVENING WITH SPIRITUAL MEDIUM, MAURA GEIST

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

Join us for an evening with Spiritual Medium Maura Geist.

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

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

Come be part of this inspirational, loving and healing evening in our intimate historic setting. This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Cabaret and theater seating available. Snacks and soft drinks available. "Bring Your Own Beverage & Food" (BYOB&F) - Beer and Wine ONLY - I.D. Required.

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

 

Testimonials

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

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

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

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


About Maura:

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

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

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

Talent Showcase - CANCELLED DUE TO STORM
Feb
9
7:00 pm19:00

Talent Showcase - CANCELLED DUE TO STORM

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CANCELLED DUE TO STORM

Please join us March 9th and the second Thursday of the month for our Talent Showcase. Call to register (518-791-9474) or sign in at the door (time permitting).

 

Acoustic Artist Series: Tim Ray Trio (Jazz)
Feb
4
8:00 pm20:00

Acoustic Artist Series: Tim Ray Trio (Jazz)

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Acoustic Artist Series: Tim Ray Trio (Jazz)


TICKETS $20.00 IN ADVANCE (ONLINE) / $25.00 AT THE DOOR

Tim Ray is perhaps best known as Lyle Lovett’s pianist for over 15 years, but he has been an active and in-demand jazz artist since 1978. He also tours and records with the internationally acclaimed vocalists Tony Bennett and Jane Siberry, and often performs with the leading jazz musicians in the New York and New England areas. His busy performance schedule has included numerous tours throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and has included performances at Carnegie Hall, the White House, and most of the major jazz festivals in the U.S., Canada and Central America.

Tim is a recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and has performed numerous times on The Tonight Show (Johnny Carson, Jay Leno), Late Night with David Letterman, and other national broadcasts. Tim teaches jazz piano and improvisation privately, and is currently on the jazz faculty of the Berklee College of Music. Tim will be joined by John Lockwood on bass and Mark Walker on drums. (Tim Ray)

Join us for a rare opportunity to hear these accomplished jazz musicians in an historic intimate setting! This concert is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors7:30pm / Show 8:00pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

January 31, 2017 interview with John Murphy, "Pan American Express", WECS Radio, 90.1 FM

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

Acoustic Artist Series: Kathy Kosins with Earl MacDonald (Jazz)
Feb
3
8:00 pm20:00

Acoustic Artist Series: Kathy Kosins with Earl MacDonald (Jazz)

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Acoustic Artist Series: Kathy Kosins with Earl MacDonald (Jazz)


SPECIAL TICKET PRICING: $15.00 IN ADVANCE (ONLINE) / $20.00 AT THE DOOR / STUDENT PRICING - $10.00 AT DOOR (WITH VALID I.D.)

Detroit based award-winning jazz vocalist Kathy Kosins joins us as part of her New England tour schedule. She has won the hearts of critics and fans around the globe with her eclectic musical palette that expands the rich history of Jazz and Soul. Kathy has shared the stage and performed with numerous names in the jazz and R&B world. The Chicago Tribune cites her as"one of the most alluring voices in Jazz". When not touring the USA or Europe, Kathy excels as a painter. Her abstract acrylics on canvas are influenced by the cubist paintings of the "50s (Kathy Kosins).

Kathy will be joined by Earl MacDonald on keys. Currently Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Connecticut, Earl is an accomplished musical director, composer, and pianist who has written for and played with a long list of well known bands, ensembles, and Grammy-nominated jazz performers (Earl MacDonald).

Join us for a unique opportunity to see and hear these outstanding jazz talents together at The Packing House! This concert is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:30pm / Show 8:00pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

January 31, 2017 interview with John Murphy, "Pan American Express", WECS Radio, 90.1 FM

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

Acoustic Artist Series: Eric Lee with Amy Soucy (Folk / Bluegrass)
Jan
28
7:30 pm19:30

Acoustic Artist Series: Eric Lee with Amy Soucy (Folk / Bluegrass)

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Acoustic Artist Series: Eric Lee with Amy Soucy (Folk / Bluegrass)

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

A masterful and engaging fiddler, Eric Lee has performed in a variety of situations, from conducting and playing in the pit orchestras of musicals and raising the roofs of roadhouses, honkey-tonks, and music halls with bluegrass bands, to recording and performing with folk songwriters, heavy metal bands.

At 18, Eric joined Pete and Maura Kennedy's psychedellic folk-rock band, The Strangelings, at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, where he still performs as a member of the festival's House Band, and has since accompanied several of his musical heroes, including John Gorka, Dan Navarro, and Peter Rowan, among others. It is these artists, along with the revered late songwriter Dave Carter, that inspire his own uniquely poetic and expressive songwriting.

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

Amy Soucy is a Beacon, NY-based contemporary folk chanteuse who writes evocative songs exploring the kaleidoscope of human experience (dreams, longing, forgiveness and healing) and sings them in a voice that’s been called “powerful,” “comforting,” and “angelic.” Dubbed “enchanting” by singersongwriter Sloan Wainwright and “just gorgeous” by NJ folk radio DJ Joe Pszonek.

Soucy’s 2015 debut album, This River, takes listeners on a soulful journey through a lush landscape of life, love and earth – full of timeless, poetic songwriting, soaring melodies and shimmering harmonies. The CD was among the top folk albums of 2015 on both the Folk DJ Listserv and the Roots Music Report. Since it's release, Amy was selected for a coveted spot in the Emerging Artist Showcase at the 2016 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, and took home first prize in the 2016 CT Folk Songwriting Competition.

Come join us for some original music and awesome fiddlin' by this talented musician! This concert is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

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

EC-CHAP "Informational Exchange Meeting"
Jan
25
7:00 pm19:00

EC-CHAP "Informational Exchange Meeting"

  • The Packing House

There’s a new cultural destination in town! The Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance, Inc. (EC-CHAP for short).

 EC-CHAP 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 in music, film, dance, literature, and theater.

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

 We have scheduled three "Informational Exchange Meetings" to review our mission, discuss membership opportunities, and review plans for programming 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.

Meetings are scheduled as follows:

Wednesday, January 25th at 7:00pm

Wednesday February 15th at 7:00pm

Wednesday, March 15th at 7:00pm

All meetings will be held in The Packing House at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT. Refreshments available.

RSVP Appreciated

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

Become a “CHAP” Today!

Acoustic Artist Series: Curtis Brand (Folk) with SOOP
Jan
21
7:30 pm19:30

Acoustic Artist Series: Curtis Brand (Folk) with SOOP

  • The Packing House

Acoustic Artist Series: Curtis Brand (Folk) with SOOP

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

[SPECIAL NOTE: I had the good fortune of meeting Curtis at our first "Talent Showcase" a little over a year ago. This very talented local singer/songwriter and gentleman displays an ability to put words and music together in a way that we can all relate to. He has been very generous in sharing his musical gifts at many of our monthly Showcases, and I am grateful that our paths have come together. TB]

Curtis Brand's music starts with the words.   In the tradition of singer songwriters like Harry Chapin, Jim Croce, and Willie Nelson, Curtis playfully jabs the listener with the existential absurdity of our everyday life. He tells tales of the human condition--the lost souls, the wounded veteran, the let down lover--and blends them with delightful ditties and love songs in a performance which not only touches the sensibilities but also lifts the spirit.   

From Older than Dirt, a tongue in cheek celebration of the aging process which is the title song from his first album, to Dust on the Water, which memorializes the World Trade Center tragedy, Curtis' songs pull the listener across the full range of human emotions.  Whether performing solo in coffee shops and house concerts or joining with the On Call Band in full concert shows, the songs of Curtis Brand reach out and speak of the people around us. Curtis will be joined by Jon Hand on guitar and Mark Campbell on percussion.

Curtis will share the stage with Seat Of Our Pants (SOOP), returning local folk / bluegrass band.

Please join us for some 'home grown' original stories and song with these local musical talents! This concert is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

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

Film Showing: “Round Midnight” (R)
Jan
20
7:30 pm19:30

Film Showing: “Round Midnight” (R)

  • The Packing House

FILM SHOWING: "ROUND MIDNIGHT" (R)

Suggested Donation $5.00

Inside the Blue Note nightclub one night in 1959 Paris, an aged, ailing jazzman coaxes an eloquent wail from his tenor sax. Outside, a young Parisian too broke to buy a glass of wine strains to hear those notes. Soon they will form a friendship that sparks a final burst of genius in the fading musician. Round Midnight, set to Herbie Hancock’s Academy-Award winning Best Original Score, is an elegant ode to bebop – the technically demanding jazz that blossomed during the post war era.

“In 'Round Midnight, real-life jazz legend Dexter Gordon brilliantly portrays the fictional tenor sax player Dale Turner, a musician slowly losing the battle with alcoholism, estranged from his family, and hanging on by a thread in the 1950's New York jazz world.” – IMDb

“Gordon plays the central role with an eerie magnetism. He is a musician, not an actor, and yet no actor could have given this performance, with its dignity, wisdom and pain. He speaks slowly, carefully considering, really making his words mean something, so even commonplace sentences ("Francois, this is a lovely town you have here") are really meant. He calls everyone "Lady" in the movie, and doesn't explain it, and doesn't need to.

The music was recorded live. The director, Bertrand Tavernier, has said that in earlier jazz films, the audience could sense that the actors were not really playing; that you could see in their eyes that they were not listening to the other musicians onstage with them. In "Round Midnight," the music happens as we hear it, played by Gordon, Herbie Hancock on piano and others such as Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, Ron Carter and Billy Higgins, with Lonette McKee on vocals.” – Roger Ebert

This classic film is a part of The Packing House Film Series hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP). Cabaret and group seating. Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

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

Acoustic Artist Series: Alex Smith (Adirondack Folk)
Jan
14
7:30 pm19:30

Acoustic Artist Series: Alex Smith (Adirondack Folk)

  • The Packing House

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: ALEX SMITH (FOLK)

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

Alex Smith grew up in Long Lake, in the heart of New York's Adirondack Park, and his music strives first and foremost to echo the people of that area. He builds songs from a blend of traditional folk harmony and strikingly modern lyrics, confronting today's most pressing issues with grace while paying homage to the masters who came before him.

In the fall of 2012, at the close of his first extensive summer tour, Smith signed with acclaimed folk label Wepecket Island Records. He has since toured nationally with his band The Mountain Sound, been featured on Emmy-Award winning documentary “Songs To Keep” alongside Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow, and Dan Berggren, and received extensive radio play nationwide.

When he's not on the road, Smith lives in the southern- Adirondack town of North Creek, N.Y. His first studio album, Hamilton County, was released in June 2014 and joins Live with Dylan Rice and Sawdust in his rapidly-growing discography. Close To Home, Smith’s next project, is slated for release in the summer of 2015. Website

This concert is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

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

 

More about this artist:

Smith's mother is a historian and his father is a writer and boat builder. Their influence is evident in his attention to detail: each of Smith's characters, though fictional, lives and breathes a balance between beauty and imperfection. His stories draw on the triumphs and hardships of friends, relatives, and neighbors near and far.

Smith fine-tuned his ability to observe and capture human nature while earning his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Lawrence University, where he majored in English with a focus on fiction writing. Taking cues from legendary Adirondack folk musicians Dan Berggren and Christopher Shaw, he works tirelessly to carry the music of northern New York to new audiences. Smith has had the privilege of sharing the stage with Berggren and Shaw numerous times, and is quick to acknowledge the value of their feedback and support.

What folks are saying...

"Alex is a wonderful poetic writer who captures words full of meaning, matching them with creative music that creeps quietly into the past at the same time as dancing with the present and sneaking a peek at the future." - Bob Everhart- Country Music News International

"Alex is not to be missed as an up-and-coming young singer songwriter and performer." - Ed Commons, Red Barn Radio (Lexington, KY)

"Alex Smith's songs blend the best of down-to-earth, authentic stories with an honest style and performance that engages from start to finish. See him soon- Alex Smith is the real thing!" - Chuck Honnet, Nine Athens Music (Boston, MA)

"These songs of Alex Smith stretch the expectation of what fresh, new music can say about ancient hills, the communities they hold, and their stories." - Dan Berggren, Adirondack Folk Legend

"When Alex sings traditional folk songs from his region, he energizes them with his own voice, arrangements and charisma. I sought him out to perform in the Emmy award-winning documentary Songs to Keep: Treasures of an Adirondack Folk Collector, and it's a real pleasure working with him." - Paul Larson, Producer, Mountain Lakes PBS

TALENT SHOWCASE
Jan
12
7:00 pm19:00

TALENT SHOWCASE

  • The Packing House

TALENT SHARING TALENT

FREE ADMISSION

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

Acoustic musicians, film makers, poets, comedians, jugglers, puppeteers, and creative artists of all ages are invited to perform at The Packing House. Here is an opportunity to showcase your work in an intimate historic venue before a live audience. Test ideas and concepts and solicit feedback. PA / sound reinforcement, video projection, and up to 3 microphones provided. Invite everybody you know!

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.

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. Snacks and soft drinks available. "BYOB" - Beer and Wine 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

Libby & Carrie Johnson with Julia Russo
Dec
10
7:30 pm19:30

Libby & Carrie Johnson with Julia Russo

  • The Packing House

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: A HOLIDAY EVENT - FOLK / AMERICANA

TICKETS $17.00 IN ADVANCE (ONLINE) / $20.00 AT THE DOOR

Libby and Carrie Johnson come from a musical family and have experienced a life of music. Together they formed the critically acclaimed band 22 Brides and released five albums on the Zero Hour/Universal Record labels. They were featured artists three times in Billboard Magazine, guests on the World Cafe, broke their hit song, “Another Distant Light” on 99X out of Atlanta, GA and toured the US and Canada extensively from concert halls to buzz festivals.

Here is a look back at 22 Brides:

 

Libby and Carrie have pursued both independent and collaborative opportunities to share their original music and talents. On December 10th, they come together again for a unique Holiday experience at The Packing House. You can find more information about these outstanding singer/songwriters at Libby Johnson and Carrie Johnson.

Libby and Carrie will be joined by Julia Russo, an emerging indie artist featuring her debut album, "Hearts in the Water" released earlier this year. You can find more about Julia here.

This concert is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

FILM SHOWING: "IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE" (PG)
Dec
9
7:30 pm19:30

FILM SHOWING: "IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE" (PG)

  • The Packing House

SUGGESTED DONATION $5.00
 

Join us for the 2nd 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).
 
Rated-PG. Friday, December 9th. Doors open at 7:00pm / Showing at 7:30pm. Suggested donation $5.00.

Make this a Holiday tradition in our intimate historic setting! This film is a part of The Packing House Film Series hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP). Cabaret and group seating. Snacks and soft drinks available. "BYOB&F" (Beer and Wine ONLY - I.D. Required).

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

TALENT SHOWCASE
Dec
8
7:00 pm19:00

TALENT SHOWCASE

  • The Packing House

TALENT SHARING TALENT

FREE ADMISSION

 

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 venue before a live audience. Test ideas and concepts and solicit feedback. PA / sound reinforcement, video projection, and up to 3 microphones provided. Invite everybody you know!

Call 518-791-9474 in advance to sign-up (recommended), or sign-in at the door (time available).

Join us for "Talent Showcase" at The Packing House 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. Snacks and soft drinks available. "BYOB" - Beer and Wine 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 06279

Winter Season "First Sunday at The Mill Works"
Dec
4
12:00 pm12:00

Winter Season "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

  • The Mill Works

FIRST SUNDAY AT THE MILL WORKS

FREE ADMISSION

Come join us on Sunday, December 4th from Noon to 5:00pm for the Winter Season “First Sunday at The Mill Works” sponsored by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP)!

 Highlights include: Factory Tours; Open Artist Studios; The Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum; Live acoustic music with the Hall Memorial School ‘Select Chorus’ and singer/songwriter Rosemary Toth and friends; and more!  Enjoy period refreshments typical of the mid 19th century and begin the Holiday Season with us in this local historic landmark.

  • Open Studios & Tours: Noon - 5:00pm

  • Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum: Noon - 1:00pm & 4:00pm - 5:00pm

  • Hall Memorial School 'Select Chorus': 1:00pm - 2:00pm (The Packing House)

  • Cookie Decorating Activity (all ages): 2:00pm - 2:30pm (The Mill Works, 1st Floor - Bldg-2)

  • Singer/Songwriter Rosemary Toth with Cloe LaBranche: 2:30pm - 4:00pm (The Packing House)

Learn about EC-CHAP membership opportunities, and how you can become a CHAP! All activities are free to the public.

For more information please click here or call 518-791-9474.

BELLE OF THE FALL
Dec
3
7:30 pm19:30

BELLE OF THE FALL

  • The Packing House

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: INDIE / FOLK

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

[SPECIAL NOTE: I saw a video clip of Belle of the Fall on Facebook about a year ago. The original song being played, "Don't Give Up On Me", (written by Julia Autumn Ford) touched me... This simple yet emotional arrangement and powerful lyrics were fixed in my head for days. The musical duo met with me and we scheduled their debut appearance at The Packing House last November 2015 - our very first concert. Belle of the Fall has "the magic", and will always have a special place at our venue. TB]

 

Cast of Characters:

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

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

Weapons of choice: 

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

The Rise of Belle of the Fall:

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

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

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

Join us for an evening of sweet harmonies with Belle of the Fall in our intimate historic setting. This concert is a part of The Packing House Acoustic Artist Series hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP). Cabaret and theater seating available. Snacks and soft drinks available. "BYOB&F" (Beer and Wine ONLY - I.D. Required).

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

MAURA GEIST - SPIRITUAL MEDIUM
Nov
19
7:30 pm19:30

MAURA GEIST - SPIRITUAL MEDIUM

  • The Packing House

AN EVENING WITH SPIRITUAL MEDIUM, MAURA GEIST

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

[SPECIAL NOTE: The Packing House supports the sharing of all talent - talents that touch the heart, the mind, and the soul. When I recently met Maura, it was evident that she possesses a special gift well beyond her genuine caring and compassion for others. We welcome you to join us and experience a unique evening of spiritual sharing and conversations. TB]

 

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

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

Come be part of this inspirational, loving and healing evening in our intimate historic setting. This program is hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP). Cabaret and theater seating available. Snacks and soft drinks available. "BYOB&F" (Beer and Wine ONLY - I.D. Required).

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

 

Testimonials

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

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

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

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


About Maura:

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

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

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

FILM SHOWING: "THE DEVIL AND DANIEL JOHNSTON" (PG-13)
Nov
18
7:30 pm19:30

FILM SHOWING: "THE DEVIL AND DANIEL JOHNSTON" (PG-13)

  • The Packing House

Film Showing: The Devil and Daniel Johnston (PG-13)

Suggested Donation $5.00

The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005), written and directed by Jeff Feuerzeig documents the life of Daniel Johnston - the manic-depressive genius singer/songwriter/artist revealed in this portrait of madness, creativity and love. (IMDb)

"This documentary charts his life's journey in through an apparently inexhaustiblearchive of video and audio tapes. Jeff Feuerzeig, who won the best director award at Sundance 2005 for this film, has started with a subject who has filmed himself and been filmed by others for more than 20 years. That allows us to see Daniel Johnston as a bright young kid who 'lost all his confidence' in junior high school, who has had a romantic obsession with a classmate all of his life, who was briefly a star on MTV, whose songs have been covered by Beck and Pearl Jam, who Kurt Cobain called the "greatest living songwriter," whose friends included members of Sonic Youth and Half Japanese, and who still lives at home with his parents, who worry about what will happen to him when they are gone. His tapes are sold on the Web by an ex-manager, still a fan of his music, who he fired and attacked with a pipe." (Roger Ebert)

"The film artfully melds current footage, vintage performances, home movies, and dozens of recorded audiotapes from Johnston's life. Testimony from supportive friends and a deeply committed family adds a rich layer to Johnston's personal history, but Daniel Johnston's poetic songs tell their own passionate, haunting, and truly unforgettable story." (Rotten Tomatoes)

"A heartbreaking, yet strangely uplifting and inspirational, exploration of the fine line between genius and madness, and how sometimes, one becomes impossible to discern from the other." -Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

"Whatever one's opinion of Johnston's art, this is documentary filmmaking at its finest." -Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter

Join us for this emotional documentary at The Packing House! This film showing is a part of The Packing House Film Series hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP), focused on bringing art related independent films and documentaries to our local communities. Snacks and soft drinks available. "BYOB&F" (Beer and Wine ONLY - I.D. Required).

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

 

TALENT SHOWCASE
Nov
10
7:00 pm19:00

TALENT SHOWCASE

  • The Packing House

TALENT SHARING TALENT

FREE ADMISSION

 

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 venue before a live audience. Test ideas and concepts and solicit feedback. PA / sound reinforcement, video projection, and up to 3 microphones provided. Invite everybody you know!

Call 518-791-9474 in advance to sign-up (recommended), or sign-in at the door (time available).

Join us for "Talent Showcase" at The Packing House 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. Snacks and soft drinks available. "BYOB&F" (Beer and Wine 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 06279

SPECIAL FILM SHOWING: "THE BEST DEMOCRACY MONEY CAN BUY" (NR)
Nov
7
7:30 pm19:30

SPECIAL FILM SHOWING: "THE BEST DEMOCRACY MONEY CAN BUY" (NR)

  • The Packing House

TICKETS $8.00 IN ADVANCE (ONLINE) / $10.00 AT THE DOOR

Join us at The Packing House for a rare opportunity to view this timely documentary on the eve of our national vote for the most powerful position in the world. Recently released (2016), this politically charged investigative piece provides yet another view in an arsenal of data for voter consideration.

"Rolling Stone investigative reporter Greg Palast busted Jeb Bush for stealing the 2000 election by purging Black voters from Florida's electoral rolls. Now Palast is back to take a deep dive into the Republicans' dark operation, Crosscheck--designed to steal a million minority votes by November--and the billionaires who finance it." (IMDb)

This film is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required). For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

NOTE: The content presented in this film does not reflect the political views or position of the EC-CHAP, The Packing House, or The Mill Works.

More about this film... (Source: http://thebestdemocracymoneycanbuy.com/)

Crosscheck is controlled by a Trump henchman, Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State who claims his computer program has identified 7.2 million people in 29 states who may have voted twice in the same election–a felony crime. The catch? Most of these of these “suspects” are minorities—in other words, mainly Democratic voters. Yet the lists and the evidence remain “confidential”.

Palast and his investigative side-kick Badpenny do what it takes to get their hands on the data, analyze it and go find some of these 7.2 million Americans tagged “suspects” and “potential duplicate voters” whose votes are threatened this November.

They hunt down and confront Kobach with the evidence of his “lynching by laptop.” Then they are off to find the billionaires behind this voting scam. The search takes Palast from Kansas to the Arctic, the Congo, and to a swanky Hamptons dinner party held by Trump’s sugar-daddy, John Paulson, a.k.a. “JP The Foreclosure King.”

Palast and Badpenny stake out top GOP donors, the billionaire known as “The Vulture” and the Koch brothers, whom Palast nails with a damning tape recording.

This real life detective story is told in a film noir style with cartoon animations, secret documents, hidden cameras, and a little help from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit detectives, Ice-T and Richard Belzer, Shailene Woodley, Rosario Dawson, Willie Nelson and Ed Asner, Palast and his associates expose the darkest plans of the uber-rich to steal America’s democracy.

AN EVENING WITH ZOE LEWIS
Nov
5
8:00 pm20:00

AN EVENING WITH ZOE LEWIS

  • THe Packing House

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: JAZZ, LATIN, SWING, THEATER... YOU NAME IT!

TICKETS $18.00 IN ADVANCE (ONLINE) / $20.00 AT THE DOOR

[SPECIAL NOTE: I heard about Zoe Lewis from a friend and couldn't stop listening to her album, "Rotary Phone" (2011). I had the opportunity to meet Zoe after she opened for the Indigo Girls at a show in Provincetown, MA, and simply had to invite her to join us at The Packing House. She agreed, and here we are... This is a show not to miss! Her energy, talent, and good nature will keep you wanting more.  We hope to see you at this special show! TB]

ZOE LEWIS is a band in a body! Vintage jazz, gypsy jive, latin grooves, international folk and funk originals on anything from the piano to the spoons! This multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, vaudevillian hails originally from the UK but has made Provincetown, MA her home for the last 25 years.

She's traveled to over 70 countries picking up grooves and stories along the way, released 8 albums of original material, toured with Judy Collins, the Indigo Girls, Richie Havens, Patty Larkin, Nanci Griffiths and has even opened for Pat Benetar on the ukulele!
 
She has won numerous songwriting awards, her songs have appeared on Broadway, in documentaries, in commercialsas well as creating 2 Musicals. One of her song became #1 in the children’s satellite radio charts. She also leads a 1920'sSPEAKEASY, Zoë Lewis and the Bootleggers, performing prohibition jazz and swing to the summer crowds on Cape Cod.

This year she released a brand new album, The Sound of Wings, and is working on a new musical about the true meaning of magic.

Her show is theatrical, upbeat and fun. A true artist. This British transplant is blessed with the uncanny ability to uncover the extraordinary beauty in the seemingly ordinary.
www.zoelewis.com

Join us for this talented musical artist in our intimate historic setting. This concert is a part of The Packing House Acoustic Artist Series hosted by the Friends of The Mill Works. Cabaret and theater seating available. Snacks and soft drinks available. "BYOB" - Beer and Wine ONLY (I.D. Required).

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

SEAT OF OUR PANTS
Oct
29
7:30 pm19:30

SEAT OF OUR PANTS

  • The Packing House

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: FOLK / BLUEGRASS

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

Seat Of Our Pants (SOOP) has been playing their own brand of contemporary acoustic folk by the “seat of their pants” for the past 5 years, and having a whole heck of a lot of fun doing it… but don’t let the name fool you. Carolyn, Jeff, Mark, and Mike have the whole package with tight vocals, guitar, bass, violin, percussion, and two CDs under their belts. They deliver a fabulous combination of original material and unique covers of current and not so current tunes, with genuine ease and grace.

From their humble beginnings at an open-mic, to appearances at venues across the state, to taking 2nd place this Summer in the Open Mic Competition at The Majestic Theater in West Springfield, SOOP has attracted a word of mouth following in Connecticut and beyond that continues to grow.

Please join us in welcoming Seat Of Our Pants to The Packing House! This concert is a part of The Packing House Acoustic Artist Series hosted by the Friends of The Mill Works. Cabaret and theater seating available. Snacks and soft drinks available. "BYOB" - Beer and Wine ONLY (I.D. Required).

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

FILM SCREENING: "BLUES LEGEND" (NR) - AN EVENING WITH FILM MAKER DAN MCGINLEY
Oct
28
7:30 pm19:30

FILM SCREENING: "BLUES LEGEND" (NR) - AN EVENING WITH FILM MAKER DAN MCGINLEY

  • The Packing House

INDEPENDENT FILM SERIES: "BLUES LEGEND" (NR) - AN EVENING WITH FILM MAKER DAN MCGINLEY

TICKETS $8.00 IN ADVANCE (ONLINE) / $10.00 AT THE DOOR

Join Ashford, CT film maker Dan McGinley for a premiere screening of his independent film Blues Legend exclusively at The Packing House! You may have been following the development of this film from Dan's bi-monthly articles in the Neighbors Paper. Having been submitted to the Rhode Island and New Orleans film festivals, this film is now ready to be unveiled locally.

"By night, Dan McGinley is a janitor for the Putnam school district. By day and on weekends though, he’s as indie as a moviemaker can get. McGinley spent four years making a feature-length movie — with no money and no professional actors." -  Francesca Kefalas, Norwich Bulletin

Blues Legend concerns a desperate guitar player down on his luck in New Orleans.  A foolish attempt to sell his soul for fame and fortune invokes the wrath of a powerful Voodoo Queen, related to his wife’s Cajun side. Inspired by a passion for blues guitar and a dream, McGinley put it all together. Dan McGinley’s efforts nearly made cinematic history by being selected for the Cannes Film Festival (Le Festival de Cannes).

Read the entire Norwich Bulletin interview with Francesca Kefalas here.

Join us for this special screening and Q&A with local film maker Dan McGinley in our intimate historic setting. This film screening is a part of The Packing House Film Series hosted by the Friends of The Mill Works. Cabaret and theater seating available. Snacks and soft drinks available. "BYOB" - Beer and Wine ONLY (I.D. Required).

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


The Film:

With a volunteer cast doubling as crew, and equipment resold at face value, the entire cost of Blues Legend was no more than a few hundred dollars, including beer and pizza.  The achievement sets a new precedent, and competed against works by Steven Spielberg and Jodie Foster, who worked with budgets of several million dollars.  Blues Legend was rejected by Cannes after over a month of review, and with less than a week until final selections were made.  

Considering that none of the thirty-two cast members had ever been in a film before, this makes the achievement even more outstanding.

Encouraged by Rhode Island documentary filmmaker David Bettencourt, McGinley obtained used cameras, a microphone, and an Apple editing program to begin production on the screenplay he had written in 2011.  He called his group of unknowns Quiet Corner Films, and began a marathon work schedule.

Good fortune and networking seemed to provide miraculous breaks and opportunities as filming progressed.  When the daughter of a cast member (fellow janitor Ken Theroux) approached Tavana McMoore, an established singer-songwriter-musician in Hawaii who shared the stage with Pearl Jam, Tavana volunteered all of his work.  When McGinley spotted a phenomenal English blues guitarist on YouTube named Danny James, a quick e-mail message secured his talents as well, and a large part of the soundtrack was set to the mysterious Delta legend.

Need a Cajun actress from New Orleans?  Lenora Grunko from E.O. Smith’s Drama Department suggested Mellissa Robichaux, a talented drama student from New Orleans, and McGinley had his leading actress.  How about a tattooed, muscular Voodoo Slave assassin?  When a perfect likeness was spotted in a local store, McGinley approached him and posed the tricky question.  That night, he got a call and the role was filled.  Need a 1931 Model A police car?  It was parked at Dunkin’ Donuts in Ashford, and the owner was one of the nicest people McGinley ever met.

There were some tough times, too.  McGinley’s father became ill and passed away before the film was completed, after contributing a song he had written with Gospel singer Bill Gaither.  The tragedy also served to push the filmmaker, and remind him of how tenuous and precious life can be, to try and seize every opportunity and pursue your passion.   

With his cast and used equipment, McGinley studied the methods of director Robert Rodriquez, who had filmed El Mariachi in Mexico for less than eight-thousand dollars.  He also read the challenge set forth by legendary German filmmaker Werner Herzog, who pledged to eat a shoe if his friend Errol Morris ever made a movie.  Morris completed Gates of Heaven in 1978, and Herzog made good on his word, consuming an entire shoe (except for the rubber sole) in front of a live audience in Berkeley, California.  

Cast Members:
Steve Aukerman (appliance repair, Ashford) as Officer Steve Bouchet
Sammi Balkus (student, Mansfield) as Young Desiree La Rose
Joe Corbin (prison guard) as Victor (Voodoo Slave assassin)
Dan’l Dunnegan (aka Dan McGinley, custodian, Putnam) as Paul La Rose
Alfonso Discepolo (farmer, Ashford) as The Chicken Farmer
Lisa Freeman (last minute double for Desiree and friend of Jim Stearns, West Townsend, MA) as Desiree La Rose
Todd Hayes (custodian, Putnam) as Psychiatric Doctor
Kevin Johnson (mechanic, Ashford) as Drunk on Couch
Levi Jules (Bronx, NY) as Ike
Amber Lawrence (daughter of Sunday, Hartford) as Young Benin Voodoo Queen
Sundai Lawrence (Voodoo Queen, Somers) as The Voodoo Queen
Bill Lopes (self-employed, West Townsend, MA) as Smoking Cajun
Lucy Love (self-employed, Middletown) as Dominatrix with Whip
Gwen McGinley (student, Ashford) as Camille La Rose
Dan Pannekeet (custodian, Putnam) as CT Police Officer #1
Devon Pannekeet (custodian, Putnam) as CT Police Officer #2
Austin Parke (student, Woodstock) as Demon Bartender
Tony Pena (extra, West Townsend, MA) as Sitting Cajun
EJ Prochowski (student, Putnam) as Demon Child
Mellissa Robichaux (Army, Willimantic) as Desiree La Rose
Linda Roto (school nurse, Putnam) as Hospital Manager
Jeanne Russo (USPS, Ashford) as Mary La Rose
Ed Saint Jermaine (real estate, Danielson) as Tourist in Bar
Bill Stearns (machinist, West Townsend, MA) as Curious Cajun in Bar
Jim Stearns (machinist, West Townsend, MA) as Harmonica Cajun
Jordon Tetrealt (student, Putnam) as Mortal Bartender
Ken Theroux (custodian, Putnam) as The Devil
Tiger (dog in bar, West Townsend, MA) as Dog in Bar
Joe Waggenbrenner (retired engineer, Ashford) as God the Father
Jim York (retired fireman, now full-time actor.  Ashford) as Officer La Beau
Lauri Lynn Wilbur (business, Ashford) as Police Dispatcher

Soundtrack:
The Ashford School Singers (“Going Home” by William Arms Fisher – 1922)
Danny James – Blues guitar
Tod McGinley and Bill Gaither – “The Hurtin’ Days Are Over”
Tavana McMoore – “Tumble Down” (title song), “Desert Rain”, “Drink the Wine”, and “Slip into a Coma”
The Salvation Alley String Band – “Christian Soul”

SOURCE: May 10, 2016 Press Release, Dan McGinley

 

GREG ABATE QUARTET
Oct
22
8:00 pm20:00

GREG ABATE QUARTET

  • The Packing house

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: JAZZ

TICKETS $20.00 IN ADVANCE (ONLINE) / $25.00 AT THE DOOR

[SPECIAL NOTE: I had the good fortune of meeting Greg Abate after a Holiday concert at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA. I immediately knew this sax man extraordinaire was what we needed at The Packing House. Greg called me that same afternoon and we worked it out. Greg is a true gentleman and friend. I am honored to have him back to The Packing House with fellow musicians Matt deChamplain, Ben Bilello, and welcome Josh Uguccioni.  TB]

 

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.

Greg’s newest release The Greg Abate Quintet features Phil Woods, Jesse Green, Evan Gregor and Bill Goodwin (Rhombus Records). Greg will be joined at The Packing House by Matt deChamplain on piano, Josh Uguccioni on bass, Ben Bilello on drums [www.gregabate.com].

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to see this jazz great in our intimate historic setting. This concert is a part of The Packing House Acoustic Artist Series hosted by the Friends of The Mill Works. Cabaret and theater seating available. Snacks and soft drinks available. "BYOB" - Beer and Wine ONLY (I.D. Required).

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


The Artists:

Greg Abate

Greg Abate recorded his first CD Live At Birdland NYC in 1991 on the Candid Jazz Label with the trio of James Williams, Rufus Reid and Kenny Washington. To tdate Greg has recorded over 17 other recordings as leader.

Greg is also an adjunct professor of Jazz Studies at Rhode Island College and is also a very active jazz clinician with co. sponsorship from the Conn-Selmer Instrument Co., conducting workshops and master classes through the U.S and abroad.

This year, Greg was inducted into the RHODE ISLAND MUSIC HALL OF FAME (2016).

What some say about Greg Abate:

“I sleep a lot better knowing there are alto players like Greg! It was a joy to make music with him and he writes good songs that are challenging.”  Phil Woods

"Abate is not content to rely on stock bebop riffs and standard chord progressions. Rather, the sharp angularity of his phrases and the often startling pauses in his fast-moving lines give his work a feeling of constant invention and creativity.” –Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

“…Abate’s musical style can be seen as a distillation of swing’s easygoing vibe and bop’s
more animated groove. He has developed a unique voice. –METRO San Jose,

“Greg Abate is an absolute powerhouse who will absolutely not let hard driving bebop die.
One of the most exciting players around today, Greg’s commitment to the music is total…” –W. Pickowitz, Jr., The Jazz Messenger

“Multi-saxophonist Greg Abate is a prime example of the ‘rear back and blow’ school of contemporary bop-based players. The tunes he writes or chooses are based on the kinds of changes that harmony-oriented jazzmen have favored since the beginning and he swings through them with and eager and easy virtuosity.” –David Franklin, Jazz Times

“Greg Abate is one of the most appealing saxophonists on the scene today. He is mature with an abundance of gentle self-confidence. The result is that he plays music with sweetness and daring.” –Jim Merod, New Jazz Recordings

 

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.

 

Josh Uguccioni

Josh Uguccioni was born and raised in Cheshire, CT, a small suburb of New Haven. Josh was exposed to many different musical styles at a young age. Beginning on both trombone, tuba and electric bass, Uguccioni gained familiarity playing in various musical settings. Soon after entering high school Uguccioni began to play the upright bass due to an opening in the high school jazz program. He quickly excelled in the high school orchestra and jazz band along with other local youth big bands and small ensembles.  Cheshire High School's Jazz program, along with other local youth bands allowed Uguccioni opportunities to play with a multitude of professional musicians including, Terell Stafford, Steve Davis, Dick Oatts, and Gary Dial. 

Uguccioni went on to pursue his musical endeavors at the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the Hartt School of Music. The Jackie McLean Institute provided valuable insight from several highly acclaimed professionals including, Nat Reeves, Steve Davis, Eric McPherson, Abraham Burton and Javon Jackson. Uguccioni has played/ recorded at several notable venues including, Side Door Jazz Club, Daryl’s House, Infinity Hall and Converse Rubber Tracks Studio.

KATE CALLAHAN
Oct
15
7:30 pm19:30

KATE CALLAHAN

  • The Packing House

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: FOLK

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

[SPECIAL NOTE: I had the pleasure of first meeting Kate at our "Talent Showcase" in April. Clearly a talented singer / songwriter and first class lady. She has the gift, and works diligently to share her musical talent and message in a responsible and respectful manner across the State. We are pleased to have Kate Callahan join us at The Packing House! TB]

 

Connecticut’s 16th State Troubadour, Kate Callahan gives a concert of compelling original music plus songs by Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan. She is unapologetically optimistic in concert, singing original songs about the Earth, gratitude, marriage, love, and spirit.

Callahan has opened for songwriter legends Judy Collins, Noel Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul & Mary), and Aztec Two Step, John Gorka, Mustard’s Retreat, and the late BillMorrissey.

Kate is one of the most awarded songwriters in her home state of Connecticut, holding the prestigious United Arts Campaign’s Featured Artist of the year in 2014. She has been named Connecticut’s Best Singer-Songwriter, and received Hartford’s Woman of Character Award.

The Boston Globe says “Kate has garnered an appreciative audience with her easy going vibe and mystical lyrics.” She lives in Connecticut where she also leads a vocal improvisation workshop she created, called the Miracle of Melody.

Join us for an special evening with Kate Callahan in our intimate historic setting. This concert is a part of The Packing House Acoustic Artist Series hosted by the Friends of The Mill Works. Cabaret and theater seating available. Snacks and soft drinks available. "BYOB" - Beer and Wine ONLY (I.D. Required).

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

 

More about this talented artist:

As Connecticut's 16th State Troubadour,, for the next two years Kate Callahan will serve as an ambassador of music and song and promote cultural literacy among Connecticut citizens.

Kate is a beloved singer-songwriter and has held many titles, including Woman of Character by the Hartford Courant, Best Singer-Songwriter by the Connecticut Music Awards, Featured Artist of the Year by the Greater Hartford Arts Council, and Best Solo Performer by the Hartford Advocate.

Also a 2015 New England Music Award nominee, Callahan, has five albums including her 2014 release Two Doors, which was featured on WNPR's Where We Live. WNPR host Colin McEnroe praised a recent performance, saying, “Kate Callahan is the only performer I’ve ever seen who occasionally seems to be channeling something vaster and far more ancient than herself, something more easily understood by Emerson than by any modern person.”

Kate is a natural performer. Her stage credits include appearances at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artists Showcase, the New Haven Festival of Arts and Ideas, and the CT Folk Festival. She was a finalist in the South Florida Folk Festival Songwriting Competition 2014. In 2015 she studied vocal improvisation and Circlesongs with Bobby McFerrin and his incredible staff.

Callahan says she writes songs that “become conduits between heaven and earth.” Her single Swing Low quotes the well-known African-American spiritual, surrounding its anthem with three short windows into climactic experiences of life, sex and death.

Swing Low was produced by Jim Chapdelaine, a Grammy nominated and Emmy award-winning producer. The song features Callahan on vocals and acoustic guitar, Chapdelaine on electric guitar, drummer Lorne Entress (Lori McKenna, Catie Curtis, Mark Erelli), and bassist Paul Kochanski (Lori McKenna, The Shinolas).

OCTOBER TALENT SHOWCASE - RESCHEDULED TO WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12TH
Oct
12
7:00 pm19:00

OCTOBER TALENT SHOWCASE - RESCHEDULED TO WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12TH

  • The Packing House

TALENT SHARING TALENT

FREE ADMISSION

NORMALLY THE 2ND THURSDAY OF THE MONTH

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 venue before a live audience. Test ideas and concepts and solicit feedback. PA / sound reinforcement, video projection, and up to 3 microphones provided. Invite everybody you know!

Call 518-791-9474 in advance to sign-up (recommended), or sign-in at the door (time available).

Join us for "Talent Showcase" at The Packing House hosted by the Friends of The Mill Works. Open to the general public. Free admission / Donations accepted. Doors open 6:30pm / Show 7:00pm. Snacks and soft drinks available. "BYOB" - Beer and Wine 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 06279

LISA MARTIN
Oct
8
7:30 pm19:30

LISA MARTIN

  • The Packing House

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: AMERICANA / COUNTRY

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

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

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

With 3 CDs under her belt and a 4th in progress, Martin has been recognized for her music and live performances over the years, most recently with a win for Best Country/Americana Artist in the 2015 Worcester Music Awards. (www.lisamartinsongs.com)

Join us for an evening with Lisa Martin in our intimate historic setting. This concert is a part of The Packing House Acoustic Artist Series hosted by the Friends of The Mill Works. Cabaret and theater seating available. Snacks and soft drinks available. "BYOB" - Beer and Wine ONLY (I.D. Required).

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


More about this talented artist:

Lisa's live performances, which run the gamut from well crafted original songs to covers of the era’s most popular female artists and rock classics from the 60’s to today’s Modern Rock, always exceed the listeners expectations and are steadily earning her a following of loyal fans throughout the Northeast.

Highlights of her regional performances include the Newport Sunset Festival, the Hear In Rhode Island stage at the Newport Folk Festival, the Providence Folk Festival, Ladies ’n Lyrics concert series, the Midwest Music Summit and the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference. She also performs in and around Nashville TN including an appearance at Antique Archaeology from the TV show “American Pickers”.

Founder of the New England Women Songwriters Collaborative, Martin continually seeks opportunities for female songwriters to showcase their music and grow their audiences in addition to giving back to the community. An offshoot of NEWSC is the Wine, Women & Song concert series started in 2014 in which proceeds from events are donated to the patient fund at the Sister Caritas Cancer Center in Springfield MA. As a breast cancer survivor and oncology nurse, this is a cause near and dear to Martin’s heart.

Lisa also hosts a monthly songwriter series dedicated to the craft of songwriting called Songwriter Sessions which features a songwriting assignment for participating artists based on a theme chosen by the audience. In-the-round, intimate performances by local, regional and nationally touring artists, plus a Hootenanny during intermission have made it a popular destination for music lovers and listeners for the past 9 years.

She placed 4th in the Ladylake Indie Music Awards’ Top 10 Indie Artists of 2014. Also in 2014, her song “Good Love Is Hard To Find” was selected by a panel of judges to be included on the “Valley Rising Compilation Volume 3”. Her debut CD, “Set Me On Fire”, garnered 2 nominations in the Just Plain Folks Music Awards in 2001 and was also recognized in 2003, earning a LiveWire Award from the Springfield Republican, which recognized 10 local artists/bands for that year. Her follow up CD “Lisa Martin Live”, recorded at the Iron Horse Music Hall, was releasedin 2007 and led to another Best Song/Americana nomination in 2009 in the Just Plain Folks Music Awards which led to an international showcase performance at BB King’s Blues Club inNashville TN. “Winter Songs” her 3rd release was quickly embraced by numerous indie and NPR radio stations and was the vehicle that lead to her recognition by international music promoters Ladylake Music. Positive reviews from fans and critics continue to trickle in as Martin’s exposure grows.

 

BOB DEGEN TRIO
Oct
1
8:00 pm20:00

BOB DEGEN TRIO

  • The Packing House

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: JAZZ

TICKETS $20.00 IN ADVANCE (ONLINE) / $25.00 AT THE DOOR

We are extremely pleased to have the Bob Degen Trio join us for a rare “state side” performance at The Packing House on Saturday, October 1st. The trio is led by international pianist/composer Bob Degen, featuring Connecticut native Peter Perfido on drums, and renowned bassist Harvie S up from NYC.

The Bob Degen Trio has its roots firmly planted in the foundations of Jazz tradition with branches spanning out to embrace contemporary improvisation. Their repertoire draws from a wealth of Bob Degen's original compositions which combine a lush harmonic sense as well as an affinity for spare yet rich melodies.

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to see this jazz great in our intimate historic setting. This concert is a part of The Packing House Acoustic Artist Series hosted by the Friends of The Mill Works. Cabaret and theater seating available. "BYOB" - Beer and Wine ONLY (I.D. Required). Snacks and soft drinks available.

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


The Artists:

Bob Degen

Robert William “Bob” Degen is an American pianist and composer. He grew up in a very musical family. He was encouraged from a very early age to become a musician. On weekends, Bob Degen Sr. (a guitarist) brought young Bob to NYC to visit the famous Jazz Clubs on 52nd St. Some of the great players he heard were Lester Young, Jo Jones, Coleman Hawkins, Sarah Vaughan, John Coltrane, Art Tatum, George Shearing, Ben Webster, Errol Garner, Miles Davis “Kind of Blue” Sextet and Mary Lou Williams amongst many others. He also witnessed historic concerts such as The Bill Evans Trio with Scott Lafaro and Paul Motian on the same bill as The Thelonious Monk Quartet at the Five Spot.

At the early age of 12, Bob made his NYC debut at the famous 52nd St. Club the Hickory House. He was invited as a special guest of pianist Marian Mc Partland to perform with bassist Bill Crow and drummer Joe Morello.

In the early 60's, Bob attended the Berklee School of Music in Boston graduating in 1963. He was accepted by the legendary Madame Margaret Chaloff as a private student. He became a member of the circle of jazz players that studied with her, including Herbie Hancock, Steve Kuhn, Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea.

During this time, he met and played at jam sessions with a very young Tony Williams (13 years old).

Bob travelled to Europe for the first time in 1965 and was immediately accepted by US expatriate musicians such as Dexter Gordon, Carmell Jones, Art Farmer, Charlie Mariano and Leo Wright. He returned to the US in 1966 to work in his own trio featuring Paul Motian and Mark Lewinson.

In 1972, Bob moved to Frankfurt, Germany to join Albert Mangelsdorff in the Jazz Ensemble of Hessische Rundfunk. In Germany he played for many years with saxophonist Heinz Sauer. Their Duo LP “Ellingtonia Revisited” was awarded several prizes in Europe.

Since 2008, Bob has co-led a quartet featuring bass clarinetist Michel Pilz with Markus Schieferdecker, bass, and Peter Perfido, drums. Their CD “Tilly's Eyes” on Jazz Haus Music has received critical acclaim throughout Europe.

In 2010 he recorded "Jake Remembered" for Enja with Markus Schieferdecker and Peter Perfido. Also featured on five tracks is guest soloist , Valentin Garvie on trumpet.

Bob's compositions have been published in solo, trio and quartet versions in Japan. A sample of some of the great musicians Bob has performed with include: Adelhard Roidinger, Kent Carter, Phil Woods, Alan Dawson, Attilla Zoller, Hans Koller, Zbignew Namyslowski, Gerd Dudek, Wolfgang Engstfield, Buddy Defranco, Cameron Brown, Janusz Stefanski, Gunther Lenz, Ralf Hübner, David Friedman, and many more.

Peter Perfido

American drummer Peter Perfido, a native of Newington, Connecticut, began his musical journey in the early 60's, strongly influenced by the British "Wave” (Beatles, Kinks, Animals, Who). His percussion career has spanned four decades and taken him to four continents.

By the mid 70's, Peter had begun to discover jazz and improvised music. Since then his work has involved playing jazz, improvised music, rock and blues with scores of lauded musicians from diverse styles and backgrounds. While predominantly self-taught, Peter has studied privately with Kit McDermott, Bob Moses and Jerry Granelli.

Peter has played across the USA, Western Canada and Europe and in Algeria (International Festival of Jazz 1987) as well as Romania, Hungary, Spain, and Turkey. In 1983, he travelled to South Korea, Philippines, Japan, Diego Garcia, Guam, and Hawaii as part of a USO Tour. In the last months of the ex-USSR, he toured in Russia and the Ukraine as part of a Music / Theatre joint venture production between Germany & Russia.

Peter has shared the stage (or studio) with notable artists Chet Baker, Gary Peacock, Lee Konitz, Jimmy Woode, Bill Barron, Art Lande, Julian Priester, David Friedman, Tomasz Stanko, Sal Nistico, Kent Carter, Rasul Siddik, Bob Degen, and many more.

Peter currently lives in France and performs mostly in Europe these days with groups spanning a wide spectrum of influences from mainstream (modern) jazz to open ended explorations with free improvisation, as well as shuffling and rocking the blues. There are many styles and colours represented in his expansive musical palette. Grooving away or floating in waves of pulsating timelessness is all a part of this drummer's language, love and passion.

Harvie S

Harvie S, award winning bassist, educator, composer, arranger, and producer, is continually challenging himself and his peers, expanding the borders of musical direction.

Harvie S arrived in New York in 1973 and a short time later founded and co-led the now legendary Double Image Band that recorded for ECM and Enja Records and performed at major festivals throughout the world.

A legendary bassist, he has performed and recorded with Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Dexter Gordon, Tony Bennett, Ray Baretto, Michael Brecker, Jean Pierre Rampal, Paquito D’Rivera, Gil Evans, Art Farmer, Lee Konitz, Yusef Lateef, Dave Leibman, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, James Williams, Phil Woods, and countless others.

Harvie S was selected a Jazz Ambassador for the United States and toured throughout Europe and Southeast Asia in this honored capacity. He has been a guest on NPRs All Things Considered and Fresh Air. His career is documented in “Leonard Feather’s Encyclopedia of Jazz”, the “Grove Dictionary of Jazz” and the “All Music Guide”.  Mr. S composed the musical themes for the documentaries The Trumpet Kings, The Piano Legends, and John Coltrane.

His Latest CD “Plucky Strum” teams him with extraordinary guitarist Sheryl Bailey in a powerful duo with acoustic bass and acoustic guitar released their first CD of 10 originals on Whaling City sound. A second CD has just been recorded with a release of early 2017.

In addition to his performance career, Harvie S is an active educator. He is a Professor of Jazz Bass and Jazz Ensemble at Manhattan School of Music, in both Undergraduate and Graduate divisions. Currently developing new music for a variety of musical ensembles and recordings, Harvie S is integrating his lifetime of musical experience and research into opening doors to new and exciting pathways of creative expression. He has also written a series of bass duets that are revolutionary in their concept for teaching and performing.

 

 

 

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