AN EVENING WITH MAURA GEIST - SPIRITUAL MEDIUM
Dec
1
7:30 PM19:30

AN EVENING WITH MAURA GEIST - SPIRITUAL MEDIUM

AN EVENING WITH SPIRITUAL MEDIUM, MAURA GEIST

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

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

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

 

Testimonials

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

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

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

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


About Maura:

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

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

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

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Winter 2017 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"
Dec
3
12:00 PM12:00

Winter 2017 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

Winter 2017 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

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

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

Live performances in The Packing House with the Hall Memorial School Select Chorus, regional singer / songwriter Dean Bolt, and others. 

Visit with resident artists Chris Gunderson, Carol Maciewicz, Jack Broderick, Jessica Regele, Kim Pumiglia, and special guest artists.  Enjoy period refreshments typical of the mid 19th century and begin the Holiday Season with us at this local historic landmark.

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

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SCHEDULE

THE PACKING HOUSE: Performances

1:00pm-1:45pm: Hall memorial School "Select Chorus

Hall Memorial School "Select Chorus" under direction of Jason Philips

The Select Chorus under the direction of Jason Philips returns to The Packing House to share their young talent and incredible vocals. A holiday performance not to miss!

2:00pm-2:45pm: Singer / Songwriter Dean Bolt

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Dean Bolt is a singer songwriter who grew up in Willimantic CT surrounded by garage bands and great musicians. He wasn’t one of them. 

Many years later he found his way to acoustic guitar finger picking style and it clicked. His influences ranged from Leo Kotke, Doc Watson and Bonnie Raitt to James Taylor. There have been plenty of new and old influences. With over 100 songs written, it is likely he will be singing about something that connects with your experience. From poignant to thought provoking to off beat, he has written for weddings, funerals and parties
and about subjects from crop circles to suicide and, of course, love. Give him a listen at a show or download a song. Enjoy the ride! 
 

Painting Demonstration: 1:00 - 4:00pm  - Jack Broderick

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Plein-Air painter Jack Broderick will offer a painting demonstration through most of the afternoon. You can find jack in his working studio and workshop, Suite 2206.

 

Cookie Decorating and Tree Ornament Design: 1:00 - 4:00pm  - Chris Gunderson and Carol Mackiewicz

Join artists Chris Gunderson and Carol Mackiewicz in decorating holiday cookies and designing unique tree ornaments! Open to all ages.

 

NOON TO 5:00PM

THE MILL WORKS COMMUNITY - RESIDENT ARTISTS AND ORGANIZATIONS: Christopher Gunderson, Carol Mackiewicz, Jessica Regele, Jack Broderick, Bruce & Sasha Press, Summer Sun Photography, St. Paul Church, and EC-CHAP Resident Artist Rebecca Kablocki,

GARDINER HALL JR MUSEUM (Suite 2106-A)

"TRIVIA" GAMES (Suite 2106-A)

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

PERIOD REFRESHMENTS


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

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

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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Kevin Harris Project
Dec
9
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Kevin Harris Project

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Kevin Harris Project

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

The nature of the Kevin Harris Project is a highly interactive compilation of repertoire that seeks to interpret a message of strength and curiosity through mostly original compositions and occasional American standards. Harris believes the intersection of classically influenced music, American traditional jazz, and Afro-Latin rhythms is the perfect spring board for exciting conversations with the members of his group.

When the unmistakable musical influences of Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker intersect with J.S. Bach, Scott Joplin, and the folkloric rhythms of Cuba, could one possibly conceptualize the celebration that occurs at that intersection? New York-based jazz pianist Kevin Harris plays a distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary music that seeks to explore such a crossroad. 

Fred Hersch talks of Harris as one who “plays and writes with flair and real soul" and Downbeat Magazine writes that “Harris' compositions deal with themes of strength, love, courage, and self awareness. It's a heavy task he's set up for himself, and he meets the challenge gracefully.”

One of the captivating elements of the Kevin Harris Project is the level of comfort and understanding they have with one another as they dive into soulfully expressive conversations and playful exchanges of ideas. Both live and recorded performances reflect Harris’s determination to capture his audience through explorative interactions that Terri Lyne Carrington describes as "an exciting commitment to quality".

Among his most notable collaborations are Greg Osby, Jeremy Pelt, Francisco Mela, Avishai Cohen, Eddie Gomez, Duane Eubanks, Richie Barshay, Ben Street, Ralph Peterson, Steve Langone, Jason Palmer, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Tommy Campbell, Bill Pierce, Yoron Israel, Dezron Douglas, Donny McCaslin, Terri Lyne Carrington.

Harris performs at renowned national and international venues --Blue Note (NYC, Boston, and Milan), Smalls Jazz Club, Mezzrow Jazz Club, JazzHus Montmartre, Wally's Jazz Cafe, to name a few--. His ensemble has also participated at Jazz Festivals in Cuba, Panama, Italy, Denmark, Peru, Israel, and theUSA.

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

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

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ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: Eclectica (Classical  / Chamber)
Dec
10
3:00 PM15:00

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: Eclectica (Classical / Chamber)

Acoustic Artist Series: Eclectica (Classical / Chamber)

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

Eclectica is a Connecticut-based chamber trio that arranges and plays music spanning centuries, continents, musical styles, and cultures, using a unique combination of instruments including recorders, various sizes of viola da gamba, hammered dulcimer, and violin.

Eclectica’s 2017 Christmas program takes listeners on a seasonal musical journey featuring original arrangements of. . .

  • Pre-Renaissance Spanish “cantiguas”
  • Selections from Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s The Seasons, and Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracke
  • Favorite American 20th-century holiday songs . . . and many other musical delights in between!

The Eclectica Chamber Trio includes founder and arranger Carrie Crompton (hammered dulcimer, viola da gamba), Monika Kinstler (viola da gamba, violin, recorders), and Deborah Robin (recorders).

For this spirited and uplifting Christmas program, the trio will be joined by five of our wonderful musical friends:  instrumentalist Laura Mazza-Dixon (guitar and viola da gamba) and singers Lorraine LiswellMargaret Chatey, Janice Chamberlain, and Lauri Wilbur.

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

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

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

EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"

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

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

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

Please join us on:

Tuesday, December 12th at 7:00pm

This meeting will be held in The Packing House at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT. Refreshments provided. To accommodate those interested in attending, we ask that you please register by clicking on the link below:

Register Here

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

Become a “CHAP” Today!

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

TALENT SHOWCASE (2ND WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH)

"Talent Showcase" - Talent Sharing Talent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series: "IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE" (PG)
Dec
15
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series: "IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE" (PG)

SUGGESTED DONATION $5.00
 

Join us for the 3rd 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 EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series hosted by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP), a 501.3.c non-profit membership-based cultural organization. To learn more and how you can become a member, visit www.ec-chap.org.

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

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

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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Bruno Raberg "Triloka" (World, Classical, Jazz)
Nov
19
3:00 PM15:00

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: BELLE OF THE FALL (INDIE / FOLK)
Nov
18
7:30 PM19:30

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: BELLE OF THE FALL (INDIE / FOLK)

Acoustic Artist Series: Belle of the Fall (Indie/Folk)

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

Back at The Packing House by popular demand, Belle of the Fall continues to demonstrate a thoughtful approach to song writing and performance. Their unique sound, sweet harmonies, and musicianship differentiates these artists from many.

Cast of Characters:

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

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

Weapons of choice: 

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

The Rise of Belle of the Fall:

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

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

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

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

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

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EC-CHAP Film Series: "Woodstock - 3-Days of Peace and Music" [The Director's Cut] (R)
Nov
16
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Film Series: "Woodstock - 3-Days of Peace and Music" [The Director's Cut] (R)

EC-CHAP Film Series: "Woodstock - 3-Days of Peace and Music" [The Director's Cut] (R)

Suggested Donation $5.00

PLEASE NOTE: This is a long duration film (255-minutes). A 15 minute intermission will be added.

"Not just a great slice-of-time documentary but the ultimate rock concert movie" -Chris Williams, LOS ANGELES TIMES

"A great piece of filmmaking" - Jack Mathews, NEWSDAY

Over four days in August 1969, 400,000 young Americans (‘half a million’ by the time Joni Mitchell penned the theme song) traveled to farmland in NY State for a music festival. Facilities could not cope. (The ticketing was an early casualty.) But The Who, Janis, Sly and the Family Stone and Jimi were on fire. It rained. There was mud. There were sex and drugs galore. No violence was reported. 

A year later Warner Bros released an epic 70mm multi-screen documentary, brilliantly edited by Thelma Schoonmaker, assisted by Martin Scorsese. ‘Three days of peace and music’ became the tagline for an epoch. As much as studio commodification of Woodstock was called out at the time, ‘peace’, meaning opposition to the draft, was fundamental to the film’s drawing power worldwide and to its heady influence on a generation.

Almost 50 years later, there could be no better way of exploring the mythology than a giant screen experience of this newly mastered director’s cut of the movie that did everything to cement it. As pure documentation, it’s surprisingly clear-sighted, beautifully shot, richly textured, informative and often funny. For all the lyrical coverage of skinny dipping, mud slides, yoga workouts or, famously, a young couple undressing and making love in the long grass, there are scenes of drug-induced paranoia, portaloo logistics, car parking mayhem or the line-ups for the payphones to call Mom.

So many of these musicians are long gone, and these beautiful young men and women, so avid for love not war, are all old enough now to be Donald Trump. Yet when the crowds are leaving and Hendrix lets 'Star Spangled Banner' loose as a wailing siren, 1969 can connect us still to the here and now.

“Director Michael Wadleigh and his team flood the screen with images, using double and triple split screens, irresistible music and almost hallucinogenic crowd scenes to limn a convincing portrait of ecstatic chaos… It is hard to come away not overwhelmed by both the events it pictures and the titanic filmmaking that brings it to the screen.” — Bill Wyman, Salon (NZIFF)

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

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

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

 

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

EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"

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

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

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

Please join us on:

Wednesday, November 15th at 7:00pm

This meeting will be held in The Packing House at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT. Refreshments provided. To accommodate those interested in attending, we ask that you please register by clicking on the link below:

Register Here

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

Become a “CHAP” Today!

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TALENT SHOWCASE  (2ND WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH)
Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

TALENT SHOWCASE (2ND WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH)

"Talent Showcase" - Talent Sharing Talent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Tim Ray Trio
Nov
4
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Tim Ray Trio

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Tim Ray Trio

Tickets $17.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $20.00 at the Door / Special Student Price $10.00 at the Door (WITH VALID I.D.)

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 Ray will be joined by John Lockwood on bass and Mark Walker on drums.

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

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

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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Kris Adams and Tim Ray with Special Guests
Oct
28
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Kris Adams and Tim Ray with Special Guests

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Kris Adams (vocal) and Tim Ray (piano) with Special Guests

Tickets $17.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $20.00 at the Door / Special Student Price $10.00 at the Door (WITH VALID I.D.)

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Possessing an innate sense of time and a voice rich with the echoes of the masters, vocalist Kris Adams is truly a unique artist in the world of jazz. For over 30 years, she has sung at venues and given educational instruction worldwide, and has shared stages, recording studios, and teaching clinics with such luminaries as Joe Lovano, Luciana Souza, Gregory Hutchinson, Billy Drummond, Wayne Escoffery, Michelle Hendricks, and Paul Bley. Kris also has three solo albums to her credit, as well as multiple guest appearances and featured turns on a variety of jazz recordings and projects. She has adjudicated at many national music festivals, as well as participated in conferences around the world.

After graduating from the Berklee College of Music in 1982, Kris began performing professionally all over the northeast, and subsequently joined the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music Extension Division. There, in addition to her role as instructor, she pursued and received a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies in 1993, studying with respected jazz artists Paul Bley (keyboards), Jimmy Guiffre (reeds), and Dominique Eade (vocals), as well as participating in workshops with such luminaries as Sun Ra, T.S. Monk, Jr., and Claire Fischer. Upon completion of this degree, she joined the faculty at Berklee, and is currently a full-­‐time professor in the Harmony, Voice, and Ensemble departments. She is also a member of the Performing Music faculty at Wellesley College. (Kris Adams)

Kris is also a successful author, publishing her book “Sing YourWay Through Theory – A Music Theory Workbook For The Contemporary Singer” (Gerard & Sarzin) in May of 2011.

“Longing,” her latest album, is available from CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon.com, and Spotify.

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Kris will be joined by jazz pianist Tim Ray on piano and special guests Paul Del Nero on bass and Fernando Brandao on flute. Tim will be returning on Saturday, November 4th with his Trio.

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

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

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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: An Evening with Jacqui Naylor and Art Khu
Oct
21
7:30 PM19:30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series: "A Great Day in Harlem / The Spitball Story" (NR)
Oct
20
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Friday Night Film Series: "A Great Day in Harlem / The Spitball Story" (NR)

EC-CHAP - Friday Night Film Series: "A Great Day in Harlem / The Spitball Story" (NR)

Suggested Donation $5.00

We are pleased to have Mr. Arthur Rovozzo provide an introduction to this important documentary film showing. Arthur, has served as DJ of the Saturday afternoon jazz program, "Musical Myriad", on WECS 90.1FM radio for nearly three decades. Mr. Rovozzo possesses significant expertise in the evolution of jazz and blues, specifically during the period spanning 1944 to present day.

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A Great Day in Harlem

A documentary by Jean Bach, Co-produced with Matthew Seig, Editied by Susan Peehl. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Documentary Feature  in 1995. 

"Art Kane, now deceased, coordinated a group photograph of all the top jazz musicians in NYC in the year 1958, for a piece in Esquire magazine. Just about every jazz musician at the time showed up for the photo shoot which took place in front of a brownstone near the 125th street station. The documentary compiles interviews of many of the musicians in the photograph to talk about the day of the photograph, and it shows film footage taken
that day by Milt Hinton and his wife." - Written by Daren Gill (IMDB)

This is a radio interview I conducted in 1995 with Jean Bach who directed the 1994 film, A Great Day in Harlem, nominated in 1995 for an Academy Award for Documentary Feature. In this interview, Ms. Bach discusses the background behind the documentary and some insights about the
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The Synopsis
Back in 1958 New York City clubs boasted nightly performances by the greatest players in jazz. Their music and their lives spanned four decades and linked styles and origins from across the country. This is the story of a moment from that era that brought dozens of these giants to a single frame.

A Great Day in Harlem is an hour-long documentary film that brings to life a remarkable moment in the history of jazz - a moment in which dozens of America's jazz legends unexpectedly gathered together for a photograph that would become emblematic of the golden age of jazz. By illuminating this single, historic event, A GREAT DAY IN HARLEM is a window to an unprecedented era in music history which addresses broader issues of
creativity and community in our own time.

It was a Summer day in New York City, 1958. A young photographer paced nervously in front of a Harlem brownstone. He had spread word that he hoped to take a picture for a special edition of Esquire magazine commemorating the golden age of jazz. Yet it was ten in the morning, long before most jazz players were up, and a meager turnout was feared. To everyone's surprise, scores of musicians assembled to create what is now a world-famous, "class photograph" of America's jazz legends.

A Great Day in Harlem zooms in and out of this astonishing photograph, interweaving archival performance footage, remarkable never-before-seen home-movie footage of the photograph being taken, and rare interviews with jazz masters present that day such as Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, Art Farmer, Dizzy Gillespie and Art Blakey. Other interviewees include the photographer, Art Kane, who had never before taken a picture as a
professional but who would quickly rise to the top of the field, and the Esquire graphics editor, Robert Benton, who speaks of what he learned that day that he would later use as a three-time Academy Award winning filmmaker. Finally, we hear the stories of some of the neighborhood kids who snuck into the frame to be photographed alongside their musical heroes.

Through this photograph, viewers will come to know some of the century's most influential musicians. We meet such luminaries as Count Basie, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Charles Mingus, Marian McPartland, Gerry Mulligan, Mary Lou Williams, Maxine Sullivan, and Thelonious Monk. The result is a richly textured recreation of the event and the presentation of a cross-section of people and musical styles that comprised the evolution of jazz in the 20th century - and beyond.

As important, A Great Day in Harlem captures the spirit of an era when New York City was the center of the jazz world, when music history was constantly being made, and when creativity was fostered by an intense and nurturing community of musicians and fans. 

It was indeed a great day when musicians met and joked with friends, family, and community residents - in one instance even blowing a few jazz riffs - on a side street in Harlem in 1958. Like the photograph it documents, A Great Day in Harlem is a vivid portrait of a unique community. (http://www.a-great-day-in- harlem.com/synopsis.html)

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Here's the full list of musicians in the photo:  Hilton Jefferson, Benny Golson, Art Farmer, Wilbur Ware, Art Blakey, Chubby Jackson, Johnny Griffin, Dickie Wells, Buck Clayton, Taft Jordan, Zutty Singleton, Red Allen, Tyree Glenn, Miff Molo, Sonny Greer, Jay C. Higginbotham, Jimmy Jones, Charles Mingus, Jo Jones, Gene Krupa, Max Kaminsky,
George Wettling, Bud Freeman, Pee Wee Russell, Ernie Wilkins, Buster Bailey, Osie Johnson, Gigi Gryce, Hank Jones, Eddie Locke, Horace Silver, Luckey Roberts, Maxine Sullivan, Jimmy Rushing, Joe Thomas, Scoville Browne, Stuff Smith, Bill Crump, Coleman Hawkins, Rudy Powell, Oscar Pettiford, Sahib Shihab , Marian McPartland, Sonny Rollins, Lawrence Brown, Mary Lou Williams, Emmett Berry, Thelonious Monk, Vic Dickenson, Milt Hinton, Lester Young, Rex Stewart, J.C. Heard, Gerry Mulligan, Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie (https://www.udiscovermusic.com/stories/amazing-photograph-jazz-history/). Click here for more info about each of these artists.

As of August 2017, only two of the 57 musicians who participated are still living (Benny Golson and Sonny Rollins).


The Spitball Story

Jean Bach, director of the remarkable A Great Day in Harlem, utilizes the same techniques of oral history and thumbnail jazz portraiture to tell the story of why Dizzy Gillespie was fired from the Cab Calloway band and how this transformed his career. This isn’t on the same level as Bach’s previous film, but it’s still a precious document, especially for its footage of Gillespie shortly before his death. 21 min. (Jonathan Rosenbaum)

And it all went down during the summer of 1939 when the band had gone up to do three Sunday shows at the State Theater in Hartford. Complete details can be found here.


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

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

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

 

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EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

EC-CHAP "Information Exchange Meeting"

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

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

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

Please join us on:

Thursday, October 19th at 7:00pm

This meeting will be held in The Packing House at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT. Refreshments provided. To accommodate those interested in attending, we ask that you please register by clicking on the link below:

Register Here

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

Become a “CHAP” Today!

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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Greg Abate Quartet
Oct
14
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Greg Abate Quartet

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Greg Abate Quartet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

His most recent recording, Road to Forever, was released earlier this year on the Waling City Sound label (read more). The project includes ten original tunes written by Greg and features members of his working trio Tim Ray Trio, Tim Ray (piano), John Lockwood (bass), and Mark Walker (drums).  [NOTE: The Tim Ray Trio will be performing at The Packing House on Saturday, November 4th].

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

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

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

About the Artists:

Matt deChamplain

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

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

 

Ben Bilello

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

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

 

Lou Bocciarelli

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

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

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

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Acoustic Artist Series: An Evening with Singer/Songwriter and Keyboard Artist Bob Malone (Rock/Blues/Jazz)
Oct
13
7:30 PM19:30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

TALENT SHOWCASE (2ND WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH)

"Talent Showcase" - Talent Sharing Talent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fall 2017 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"
Oct
1
12:00 PM12:00

Fall 2017 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

Fall 2017 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

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

Come join us on Sunday, October 1st, from Noon to 5:00pm for the Fall Season “First Sunday at The Mill Works” sponsored by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP)!

Live performances in The Packing House with singer / songwriter Peter Lenhdorff and poet Brian Sneeden.

Visit with resident artists Chris Gunderson, Carol Maciewicz, Kim Pumiglia, and special guest artists.  Enjoy period refreshments typical of the mid 19th century and begin the Fall Season with us at this local historic landmark.

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

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SCHEDULE

THE PACKING HOUSE: Performances

1:30pm-2:15pm: Singer / songwriter Peter Lehndorff

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PETER LEHNDORFF writes folk and jazz songs about everyday life. Some are humorous observations about everyday life, life in a small town and life in Massachusetts. In addition to his slice of life songs, Peter is now mixing the funny with the serious; the romantic with the eccentric. Some new songs reflect his experiences as a caregiver for his late wife.

He has appeared at coffee houses and venues throughout New England. In the 90s he was a finalist in the Boston Acoustic Underground competition and performed on three of the Folk Next Door concert compilations at the University of Hartford CT. Several of his car related tunes were on NPR’s “CarTalk” radio show. He has opened for many artists from Tom Paxton, the late Bill Morrissey and Robert Earl Keen to Arlo Guthrie and Dar Williams.

2:15pm-2:45pm: "Oil Pastels and Musical Influence" - Mini Workshop with Resident Artist Carol Mackiewicz

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Carol Mackiewicz studied art therapy in New Mexico and currently serves families facing mental health crises in South Central Massachusetts. Carol loves her painting and oil pastel studio at The MillWorks which she initiated in winter of 2014. Carol loves Modern Art, especially Wassily Kandinsky and Frank Marc; garnering inspiration from their work to compliment and support her own paintings and drawings. Carol is a member of the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Arts, and Performance (EC-CHAP).

3:00pm-3:30pm: Original Poetry Readings - Resident Poet Brian Sneeden

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Brian Sneeden’s first collection of poems, Last City, is forthcoming from Carnegie Mellon University Press (2018). His work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Harvard Review, TriQuarterly, Virginia Quarterly Review, and other publications, and translations of his poems have been published in international magazines in Greek, Albanian, and Serbian. His translation of Phoebe Giannisi’s collection, Homerica, is forthcoming from the inaugural series of World Poetry Books (2017). Brian received his MFA from the University of Virginia, where he held a Poe/Faulkner Fellowship in creative writing and served as poetry editor for Meridian. He is the senior editor of New Poetry in Translation.

3:30pm-4:15pm: Singer / songwriter Peter Lehndorff

NOON TO 5:00PM

THE MILL WORKS COMMUNITY - RESIDENT ARTISTS AND ORGANIZATIONS: Christopher Gunderson, Carol Mackiewicz, Summer Sun Photography,  and Brian Sneeden. St. Paul Church

GARDINER HALL JR MUSEUM (Suite 2106-A)

"TRIVIA" GAMES (Suite 2106-A)

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

PERIOD REFRESHMENTS

Please check back for  a detailed description of activities and times. For more information, please call 518-791-9474. 

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

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EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Don Braden "Trio of Liberty"
Sep
30
7:30 PM19:30

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Don Braden "Trio of Liberty"

EC-CHAP Jazz Series: Don Braden "Trio of Liberty"

Tickets $25.00 in Advance (ONLINE) / $30.00 at the Door / Special Student Price $15.00 at the Door (WITH VALID I.D.)

Join us for a rare opportunity to hear these accomplished jazz musicians in an historic intimate setting! This program is partially underwritten by Arthur Rovozzo host of WECS Saturday Jazz Program, "Musical Myriad". Aurthur's generous support serves as an appreciation to his loyal listening audience and support for the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm.


September 26, 2017: If you missed it live - listen to John Murphy, Program Host of "Pan American Express", WECS Radio, with Arthur Rovozzo, Program Host of "Musical Myriad" WECS Radio, interview Don Braden in preparation for his debut performance at The Packing House.


Don Braden is a Jazz musician of the highest caliber.  For over 30 years he has toured the world leading his own ensembles on saxophone and flute, as a special guest, and as a sideman with Jazz greats Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Tony Williams, Roy Haynes, and many others.  He has composed music for ensembles ranging from duo to full symphonic orchestra, in many styles, for recordings (including 20 CDs as a leader and over 80 as a sideman), film, and the television networks NIckelodeon and CBS. 

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Braden is a leading arranger of contemporary standards, and has built a solid collection of newer American songs into his Jazz repertoire.   He is also a world renowned educator, having spent over two decades giving master classes at countless schools and universities, and running first class educational programs such as the Litchfield Jazz Camp, NJPAC's Wells Fargo Jazz For Teens, and most recently, the Harvard University Monday Jazz Band. 

He is an imaginative, technically excellent, soulful saxophonist, and his harmonic and rhythmic sophistication give him a unique approach to improvising as well as composing and arranging.  Most important of all: he has a beautiful sound, and he swings!  All this combines with his joyous yet disciplined personality to make him one of the most important musicians working today. (Don Braden)

Don will be joined by Don will be joined by Joris Teepe on bass and Winard Harper on drums forming the renown "Trio of Liberty"!

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

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

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Acoustic Artist Series: Kala Farnham with Glenn Kendzia (Indie / Folk)
Sep
23
7:30 PM19:30

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

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

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

We are extremely pleased to have Kala Farnham return to The Packing House to begin our 3rd Season. She is an incredible musician, writer and poet, whose reflective words and song connect and stay with you... Once you experience her performance, you'll just want more. Please join us for this outstanding artist.

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

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

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

Kayla will be joined by Glenn Kendzia, songwriter and frontman of the alternative rock band Wild Sun, The release of their debut album, produced by Bryce Goggin (Phish, Pavement) in 2015 on American Laundromat Records found their music in Top 200 rotation on the national college radio charts.

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The band has shared the stage with national acts such as Eve6, The Wombats, Rubblebucket, And The Kids, Quiet Life, and others. In 2016, the band has been mentioned by Rolling Stone, Spin, Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, and their debut album “Little Truths,” was named one of the Top 20 Albums of 2015 by Motif Magazine alongside Wilco and Kendrick Lamar. With "Passion that could be felt shining through the performance." (Pancakes & Whiskey, NYC)

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

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

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Film Showing: "The Doors" (R)
Sep
22
7:30 PM19:30

Film Showing: "The Doors" (R)

Film Showing: "The Doors" (R)

Suggested Donation $5.00

The Doors (1991), directed by Oliver Stone, staring Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan and Kyle MacLachlan. Duration: 140-minutes.

The story of the famous and influential 1960s rock band The Doors and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison, from his days as a UCLA film student in Los Angeles, to his untimely death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971. (IMDb)

Oliver Stone's homage to 1960s rock group The Doors also doubles as a biography of the group's late singer, the "Electric Poet" Jim Morrison. The movie follows Morrison from his days as a film student in Los Angeles to his death in Paris, France at age 27 in 1971. The movie features a tour-de-force performance by Val Kilmer, who not only looks like Jim Morrison's long-lost twin brother, but also sounds so much like him that he did much of his own singing. It has been written that even the surviving Doors had trouble distinguishing Kilmer's vocals from Morrison's originals. (Summary Written by Denise P. Meyer <dpm1@cornell.edu>)

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote that the problem with American lives is that they have no second act. The problem with Jim Morrison’s life was that it had no first and third. His childhood was lost in a mist of denial - he never quite forgave his father for being an admiral - and his maturity was interrupted by an early death, caused by his relentless campaign against his own mind and body. What he left behind was a protracted adolescence, during which he recorded some great rock ‘n’ roll. (Roger Ebert)

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

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

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

 

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EC-CHAP "Informational Exchange Meeting"
Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

EC-CHAP "Informational Exchange Meeting"

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

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

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

Please join us on:

Tuesday, September 19th at 7:00pm

This meeting will be held in The Packing House at The Mill Works, 156 River Road, Willington, CT. Refreshments provided. To accommodate those interested in attending, we ask that you please register by clicking on the link below:

Register Here

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

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Acoustic Artist Series: Eric Lee with Kate Copeland (Folk/Bluegrass/Indie)
Sep
16
7:30 PM19:30

Acoustic Artist Series: Eric Lee with Kate Copeland (Folk/Bluegrass/Indie)

Acoustic Artist Series: Eric Lee with Kate Copeland (Folk/Bluegrass/Indie)

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

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

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

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

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Kate Copeland is an award-winning singer/songwriter composer/arranger based out of New York City. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory's composition program, she has worked in the studio with a variety of artists in
addition to putting out her own music. 

Some recent production credits include Abakis' "I'm One Too" (2014), General Mojo's "How Hollow A Heart" EP (2016), and Mike O'Malley's "Growlers" EP (2016). She released her first solo album, "recollection room," in June 2015, and her follow-up EP "Red and Blue" in May 2016. Most recently ASCAP declared her this year's winner of the prestigious Robert Allen Award. (Kate Copeland)

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

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

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

TALENT SHOWCASE (2ND WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH)

"Talent Showcase" - Talent Sharing Talent


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CANCELLED - WILL BE RESCHEDULED AT A LATER DATE - Special Local Artist Performance - Ed Smith & Friends
Sep
9
7:30 PM19:30

CANCELLED - WILL BE RESCHEDULED AT A LATER DATE - Special Local Artist Performance - Ed Smith & Friends

CANCELLED - WILL BE RESCHEDULED AT A LATER DATE - Special Local Artist Performance: Ed Smith & Friends

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

EC-CHAP is proud to provide opportunities for local artists to share their unique work and talent. We begin our Third Season at The Packing House with a new "Special Local Artist Performance Program". Specific performances that comprise this Program typically evolve from our Talent Showcase series (the 2nd Wednesday of the month) and will be added to our regular performance schedule. This inaugural show features the many sides and shapes of Edmund Smith.

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The following according to Ed:

Ed Smith aka Fast Daddy Ed is a Brooklyn-born singer songwriter whose repertoire ranges from conventional song forms to experimental and theatrical soundscapes a la Frank Zappa and John Cage.

Ed began his musical meanderings in his basement home in Brooklyn, where he helped
assemble a ragtag band of adolescents known as the Pig Sisters. The song, 'It's Time to Revolt' was among their several excursions to fall asleep in the basement that summer. After that, Ed took to classical guitar and also began building cacophonous percussion instruments, mainly out of plumbing materials, which later came to be known as cancaphones. These instruments are featured in many of Ed's shows to this day.

Aside from the first juvenile attempt at ensemble work, Ed has been in such groups as Brain Taste, Horseshoe Crab, Target Cactus, Menage a Twang, the Milledge People, and now the Presuminati.

Ed was joined by his young daughters in Athens, Georgia to form 'the Wild Sunflowers', playing at the Human Rights Festival, among other venues. Over the past 40 years, he has recorded hundreds of recordings, many available in cd form at his shows. Of late, he has modified many of them to add tracks and effects that render them even more strange than they were to begin with. But they are not all strange!

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Besides working in several musical genres, Smith as published in local publications in Seattle, Miami, Boston, Athens, and Northeast Connecticut. He at one time wrote poetry under the pseudonym 'Noam Poemsky' for a zine called Seditious Delicious. Presently, he has 2 books on Amazon, ' Lastly, I Wish to Mention' and Voluminous Rex. He has helped found the Think and Do Philosophy Club , which is enjoying its 3rd year. His articles appear monthly in Neighbors magazine. He has a personal life, but it's personal.

Join us for some interesting local art forms. There's plans for original music, visual arts, literature, dance, and more... you never know what you'll see and hear with Edmund Smith! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. We are pleased to offer our exclusive "BYOB&F" model - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).  You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. If you're feeling sassy, SPECIFICALLY ask for "The Packing House" pizza! You won't go wrong. Click here for secret recipe. 

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

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Acoustic Artist Series: Libby Johnson with Chris Riffle and Jimi Zhivago (Folk / Indie)
Jun
17
7:30 PM19:30

Acoustic Artist Series: Libby Johnson with Chris Riffle and Jimi Zhivago (Folk / Indie)

Acoustic Artist Series: Libby Johnson with Chris Riffle and Jimi Zhivago (Indie / Folk)

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

Artist, Libby Johnson, a familiar name as founding member of indie folk outfit “22 Brides”, is a singer songwriter whose folk/Americana roots are showcased in impeccable tunefulness, gorgeous melodies and a moving live presentation.

To quote “No Depression” magazine, "The hooks are unassailable, the singing and playing are felt, the arrangements an autumnal cross between Lucinda-bred Americana and kudzu-style indie rock.”

Johnson’s solo discography include Annabella (2006) and Perfect View (2010). Mike Joyce, “Washington Post” writes, “On Annabella Johnson quickly reveals her chief strengths: a hazy soprano that takes on a soulful edge when it counts, as evidenced by the album's title track; an engaging way with words”.

After a preview of Annabella, writer-director Bart Freundlich decided to use four of her songs in his film Trust the Man, starring David Duchovny, Billy Crudup, Julianne Moore and Maggie Gyllenhaal. He said that he re-edited scenes around her songs. Johnson also wrote a new song, "Indelible Mark", which plays over the film's end credits. Johnson’s film credits also include work with The Discovery Channel, MTV, Oxygen, Smallville, The Riches, and many more.

In his review of Perfect View, Mark Tucker, “Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange” (FAME) writes, “This is one beautiful CD.” Comparing Johnson as “a cross of Mary Fahl, Bonnie Raitt, and Janis Ian, a quietly engrossing woman crafting songs delicate and enfolding, works grounded in the everyday but gently transcendent… Libby Johnson feels everything she writes, plays, and sings, feels it genuinely, no exaggerations, no playing to the times and masses, not a shred of compromise.”


Libby will be joined by NYC singer/songwriter Chris Riffle, and independent musician and producer Jimi Zhivago.

Chris Riffle’s brand of heartfelt folk is a product—and a tale—of two coasts. There’s no mistaking the pastoral, spacious sound of his roots—the picturesque coastal towns of Washington state, where while still in college Riffle began making waves on local radio stations, and landed support gigs for such indie mainstays as Death Cab for Cutie.

And yet it’s the other side of the country, on New York’s famously gritty Lower East Side, where Chris has found a second home, becoming a mainstay performer at the venerable Living Room, and Rockwood Music Hall collaborating with members of The Mars Volta, Ollabelle, and Antony and the Johnsons. Chris has shared the stage with Patti Smith, Blood Orange, Mothxr, Jesse Malin & Joseph Arthur (to name a few). Chris' albums have been in rotation at over 150 radio stations & featured on Sirius XM.

Video shot and edited by Stephanie Rabins & Jenny Riffle. "I am not from here" is from the new Chris Riffle EP of same title.

His new full length, Out of town, was recorded at One East (Rolling Stones, Lou Reed, Paul Simon), produced by Jimi Zhivago (Ollabelle, Kim Taylor) and mastered at the Magic Shop (David Bowie, Arcade Fire, Coldplay). Chris just returned from an extensive North American tour opening for Heather Nova and a 20 date tour across Germany promoting his new album.

"A writer and performer of uncommon depth and intimacy -- Nick-Drake-meets-Elliott-Smith" - DIRECT CURRENT

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

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

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Film Showing: "Casablanca" (PG)
Jun
16
7:30 PM19:30

Film Showing: "Casablanca" (PG)

Film Showing: "Casablanca" (PG)

Suggested Donation $5.00

Join us to celebrate the 75th anniversary of this classic film!

Casablanca (1942), though an A-List film with notable actors and writers, was not expected to receive the overwhelming public response it enjoyed. The film went on to win three Academy Awards – Best Picture, Best Director (Curtiz), and Best Adapted Screenplay (the Epsteins and Koch).  

As the film's reputation grew, its lead characters, memorable lines, and theme song have all become iconic, and the film consistently ranks as one of the greatest films of all time.

One of the most beloved American films, this captivating wartime adventure of romance and intrigue from director Michael Curtiz defies standard categorization. Simply put, it is the story of Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), a world-weary ex-freedom fighter who runs a nightclub in Casablanca during the early part of WWII. Despite pressure from the local authorities, notably the crafty Capt. Renault (Claude Rains), Rick's café (C) has become a haven for refugees looking to purchase illicit letters of transit which will allow them to escape to America. One day, to Rick's great surprise, he is approached by the famed rebel Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid) and his wife, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), Rick's true love who deserted him when the Nazis invaded Paris. She still wants Victor to escape to America, but now that she's renewed her love for Rick, she wants to stay behind in Casablanca. "You must do the thinking for both of us," she says to Rick. He does, and his plan brings the story to its satisfyingly logical, if not entirely happy, conclusion. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi (Rotten Tomatoes)

This 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).You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" special! Click here for secret recipe. 

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

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EC-CHAP "Informational Exchange Meeting"
Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

EC-CHAP "Informational Exchange Meeting"

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

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

We have scheduled several "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 previous meetings, please join us on:

Thursday, June 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!

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Final "Talent Showcase" of Season 2!
Jun
8
7:00 PM19:00

Final "Talent Showcase" of Season 2!

TALENT SHARING TALENT

FREE ADMISSION

Join us for our final Talent Showcase of Season 2!

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, 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). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" special! Click here for secret recipe. 

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

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

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CANCELLED-Literature Workshop: "Self-publish your book in the digital age"
Jun
6
7:00 PM19:00

CANCELLED-Literature Workshop: "Self-publish your book in the digital age"

Literature Workshop with Felix Giordano: "Self-publish your book in the digital age"

Registration $30.00 in Advance (online)

Registration Deadline: Noon, June 6, 2017

Have you written the perfect novel, memoir, historical fiction, or non-fiction book? Are you also having difficulty engaging a traditional agent or publisher for your work? Today, writers have self-publishing opportunities that were nonexistent years ago. Learn how you can self-publish your book with Amazon and reach readers across the globe all from the comfort of your own home.

Topics to be covered are creating a publisher name, website domain, establishing accounts with Create Space and Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), building a professional looking title page, copyright page, dynamic cover, ordering an ISBN number and bar code, registering your work with the U.S. Copyright Office, applying for a Library of Congress Preassigned Control Number, uploading your manuscripts to Amazon and Kindle, and selecting Amazon royalty, payment, and marketing options.

Advance registration required. Along with your paid registration you will receive a Writer's Workbook and an autographed copy of the author's novel, "Montana Harvest ".

Please join us for this  hands-on informative workshop packed with valuable and practical guidance on how you can self-publish your work. For those unable to participate during the afternoon hours, this identical two-hour workshop will also be offered in the evening Tuesday, June 6th, from 7:00pm - 9:00pm.

NOTE: Registration deadline: Noon, June 6, 2017. Please check the website for any changes or cancellations. 

About the Author:

Instructor: Felix F. Giordano is the successful self-published, award winning, internationally best-selling author of the Jim Buchanan Novels Series. His first two books, Montana Harvest (2015) and Mystery at Little Bitterroot (2016) have achieved more than 1.1 million Kindle Edition Normalized Pages Read and have sold more than 4,000 copies. His most recent novel, The Killing Zone (2017) was just published this April. His books are available on Amazon in paperback, Kindle, and Audible versions.

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Summer "First Sunday at The Mill Works"
Jun
4
12:00 PM12:00

Summer "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

Summer "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

FREE ADMISSION

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

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

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Live performances in The Packing House with the Hall Memorial School ‘Select Chorus’ and 'Falcon Treble Singers', Ed Smith, local artist and performer, and Ines Herrmann, International singer/songwriter.

Presentation by local author and historian Richard Symonds in the Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum. 

Visit with resident artists and local guest artist and EC-CHAP member John Starinovich.  Enjoy period refreshments typical of the mid 19th century and begin the Summer Season with us at 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

1:30pm: Hall Memorial School "Select Chorus" and "Falcon Treble SIngers"

2016-2017 HMS Select Chorus

2016-2017 HMS Select Chorus

2016-2017 HMS Falcon Treble Singers

2016-2017 HMS Falcon Treble Singers

2:00pm: Ed Smith, local musician and artist

Ed Smith aka Fast Daddy Ed is a multifaceted musician whose work ranges from improvisational rant/rap to understated folk classics. Smith writes songs fraught with humor and pathos, and anything else he can whip up. Besides guitar, Smith builds and plays percussion (communophones), plays other string instruments, and does some rather strange things with keyboards.

Ed Smith aka Fast Daddy Ed is a multifaceted musician whose work ranges from improvisational rant/rap to understated folk classics. Smith writes songs fraught with humor and pathos, and anything else he can whip up. Besides guitar, Smith builds and plays percussion (communophones), plays other string instruments, and does some rather strange things with keyboards.

3:00pm: Ines Herrmann, International singer/songwriter for Muzik Muzik Label

Ines Herrmann is a German singer/songwriter from Dresden whose main instrument is her voice. She will present some of her original songs, a few of them which were just released on an acoustic album in 2017. Connecticut is her home base until Mid-June, and while in the US, Ines has played locally, as well as venues in Providence, Northampton, NYC and Philadelphia.

Ines Herrmann is a German singer/songwriter from Dresden whose main instrument is her voice. She will present some of her original songs, a few of them which were just released on an acoustic album in 2017. Connecticut is her home base until Mid-June, and while in the US, Ines has played locally, as well as venues in Providence, Northampton, NYC and Philadelphia.


Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum: Historical Presentation

2:30pm: Richard Symonds

Local author and historian Richard Symonds will present an historical overview of the Gardinaer Hall Jr. Company, and select mills in Tolland County. Specific emphasis will be placed on workings of water powered mills, local waterways that supplied power to the mills, the challenges wars had on the supply of raw materials, and the resulting socio-economic impact mills had on local communities.

Local author and historian Richard Symonds will present an historical overview of the Gardinaer Hall Jr. Company, and select mills in Tolland County. Specific emphasis will be placed on workings of water powered mills, local waterways that supplied power to the mills, the challenges wars had on the supply of raw materials, and the resulting socio-economic impact mills had on local communities.


NOON TO 5:00PM

THE MILL WORKS COMMUNITY - RESIDENT ARTISTS AND ORGANIZATIONS: Christopher Gunderson, Carol Mackiewicz, Jessical Regele, Bruce & Sasha Press, Jack Broderick, Summer Sun Photography, Martha Ennis, Brian Sneeden, Ali Larew, St. Paul Church

LOCAL ARTIST & EC-CHAP MEMBER JOHN STARINOVICH

GARDINER HALL JR MUSEUM (Suite 2106-A)

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

PERIOD REFRESHMENTS

For more information please call 518-791-9474.

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Take A Drum Ride a la Grateful Dead with the band “Drum Ride”
Jun
3
8:00 PM20:00

Take A Drum Ride a la Grateful Dead with the band “Drum Ride”

Take A Drum Ride a la Grateful Dead the band “Drum Ride”

Tickets $10.00 in Advance (online) / $13.00 at the Door

Please bring your favorite hand drum for a play-along on legendary songs with DRUM RIDE!  You’ll drum with us on joyous grooves to tunes by The Grateful Dead, and tunes that the group loved to play, including: Truckin' / One More Saturday Night / Good Lovin’ / Dancing in the Street.

Don’t have a drum? You’re welcome to play with the cargo of djembes, congas, bongos, frames, and doumbeks that BB is trucking to this hoot at The Packing House.

DRUM RIDE consists of: Gary Greenberg, Keyboards; Mike Altshul, Bass Guitar; Jakim Duckstein, Guitar; Evan Bellman, Guitar; and Bob Bloom, Percussion Spice Rack.

This program 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). You can also bring your paid ticket to Willington Pizza House (or WP Too) for eat-in or take-out the night of the show and receive 15% off your meal purchase. Ask for "The Packing House" special! Click here for secret recipe. 

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

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Film Showing: "The Artist" (PG-13)
May
19
7:30 PM19:30

Film Showing: "The Artist" (PG-13)

FILM SHOWING: "The Artist" (PG-13)

Suggested Donation $5.00

The Artist (2011), is a french film directed by Michel Hazanavicius staring french actors Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo. The film also stars John Goodman, James Cromwell, and Penelope Ann Miller.

The film's setting is Hollywood 1927. George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a silent movie superstar, and the advent of the talkies will sound the death knell for his career and see him fall into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), it seems the sky's the limit - major movie stardom awaits. THE ARTIST tells the story of their interlinked destinies. (The Weinstein Company)

The Artist won five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best  Costume Design, and Best Original Score. It was also the first French film to win Best Picture, and the first mainly silent film to win since 1927's Wings won at the 1st Academy Awards in 1929.

"Here is one of the most entertaining films in many a moon, a film that charms because of its story, its performances and because of the sly way it plays with being silent and black and white." (Roger Ebert)

For you film trivia buffs, check here for interesting facts about this movie (IMDb).

This 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.

 

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