Acoustic Artist Series: Kala Farnham with Ashlee Paradis (Folk)
Apr
28
7:30 pm19:30

Acoustic Artist Series: Kala Farnham with Ashlee Paradis (Folk)

  • The Packing House

Acoustic Artist Series: Kala Farnham with Ashlee Paradis (Folk)

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

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

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".

Kayla will be joined by Ashlee Paradis, a local singer songwriter with passion for acoustic blues, soul, and rock 'n roll. Ashlee is no stranger to venues in CT and upstate NY, and is currently completing her debut album.

Join us for an evening of original works by these two local 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.

Acoustic Artist Series: Jeff Przech with Dennis Fancher (Americana)
Apr
29
7:30 pm19:30

Acoustic Artist Series: Jeff Przech with Dennis Fancher (Americana)

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Acoustic Artist Series: Jeff Przech with Dennis Fancher (Alternative Country /Americana)

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

Jeff Przech likes to tell stories. Musical stories. Influenced by contemporary artists like Jason Isbell, Ryan Adams, and Sturgill Simpson, along with classic artists like Kristofferson, Jennings, and Dylan. Przech's 2015 debut release, "Sounds Like Fresh," is his first, though certainly not last entry into the canon of Americana music. The record is carried by classic songwriting and led by Przech’s deep, soulful vocals and acoustic guitar work. [www.jeffprzech.com]

Jeff will be joined by Dennis Fancher, seasoned guitarist and musical colleague - a part of Przech's new band, "The Outfit". Dennis's guitar licks will just leave you wanting more...

Join us for original works from these talented 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. "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.

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: KATE CALLAHAN (FOLK) ~ "Prom Night for Grown-Ups"
May
6
7:30 pm19:30

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: KATE CALLAHAN (FOLK) ~ "Prom Night for Grown-Ups"

  • The Packing House

"Prom Night for Grown-Ups w/ Kate Callahan, State Troubadour"

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

On this special night at The Packing House, all are welcome for Kate Callahan's heartfelt folk songs, familiar favorites, and a chance to dance or dress-up if you care to! It's "Prom Night" for grown-ups. We'll also have a photo station available to make memories of the night!

Kate Callahan Photo.jpg

Kate Callahan is Connecticut’s 16th State Troubadour. Connecticut is one of the only states in the nation that honors a singer-songwriter with a formal position. She will serve as the ambassador of song for two years. Kate is a beloved singer-songwriter in her home state where she’s emerged as an award-winning artist.

The Hartford Courant named her a Woman of Character in 2005, when she received an award at the historic Bushnell Theater, meeting and sharing the stage with Jane Fonda. She took home the Best Singer-Songwriter award at the Connecticut Music Awards in 2013, Featured Artist of the Year by the Greater Hartford Arts Council in 2014, was a nominee for Best Songwriter of the Year at the New England Music Awards in 2014-15. (Kate Callahan)

Join us for a fun-filled evening of original works by this talented artist! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "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.

 

More about Kate Callahan:

Kate writes mainly from inspiration, giving her songs spiritual, social, and emotional weight. "Kate Callahan has garnered an appreciative audience with her easygoing vibe and inspirational, at times mystical lyrics" (The Boston Globe).
“When something feels soulful to me, I sing it or say it or write it down,” she says. WNPR host Colin McEnroe praised a performance of Kate’s saying, “Kate Callahan is the only performer I’ve ever seen who occasionally seems to be channeling something vaster and far more ancient than herself, something more easily understood by Emerson than by any modern person.”

“I’ve come to understand,” Kate says, “that my voice can help me and others experience the mystery of life.” She adds, “I believe all voices hold that power. My voice is far from perfect, but I’ve persevered to use it and I
think audiences can sense that.”

Kate’s stage credits include appearances at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artists Showcase, the New Haven Festival of Arts and Ideas, and the CT Folk Festival. She was a finalist in the South Florida Folk Festival Songwriting Competition 2014. In 2015 she studied vocal improvisation and Circlesongs with Bobby McFerrin and his incredible staff. She has opened shows for folk legends Judy Collins and Noel Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul, and Mary), troubadours Aztec Two-Step, John Gorka, Mustard’s Retreat, and the late Bill
Morrissey. She has also shared stages with folk-rock artists Rachael Sage and Regina Spektor. Stookey calls Callahan "real" and says her lyrics are "Zen-like."

"Talent Showcase"
May
11
7:00 pm19:00

"Talent Showcase"

  • The Packing House

TALENT SHARING TALENT

FREE ADMISSION

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

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

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

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

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

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

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: CARLA ULBRICH (COMEDIC SINGER/SONGWRITER)
May
12
7:30 pm19:30

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: CARLA ULBRICH (COMEDIC SINGER/SONGWRITER)

  • The Packing House

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: CARLA ULBRICH (COMEDIC SINGER/SONGWRITER)

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

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

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

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

Join us for a hilarious evening of humor by this unique artist! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. 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.

EC-CHAP "Informational Exchange Meeting"
May
16
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 for one of the following dates:

Tuesday, May 16th at 7:00pm

Thursday, June 15th at 7:00pm

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

RSVP Appreciated

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

Become a “CHAP” Today!

Literature Workshop: "Self-publish your book in the digital age" with Felix Giordano
May
18
1:00 pm13:00

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

  • The Packing House

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

Registration $30.00 in Advance (online) / $35.00 at the Door (Space Permitting)

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.

We strongly recommend registering in advance (online). Along with your paid registration you will receive a Writer's Workbook and an autographed copy of the author's most recent novel, "The Killing Zone".

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.

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.

Film Showing: "The Artist" (PG-13)
May
19
7:30 pm19:30

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

  • The PAcking House

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.

 

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: BELLE OF THE FALL (INDIE / FOLK)
May
20
7:30 pm19:30

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

  • The Packing House

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

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

Back for their fourth appearance at The Packing House, 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" special! Click here for secret recipe. 

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


ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: PATTI ROTHBERG (INDIE / ROCK)
Apr
22
7:30 pm19:30

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: PATTI ROTHBERG (INDIE / ROCK)

  • The Packing House

Acoustic Artist Series: Patti Rothberg (Indie / Rock)

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

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

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

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

In addition to her musical talent, Patti has also developed a unique visual art style expressed through her collection of paintings. She will share some of these works during he concert at The Packing House (click image to browse).

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to see this indie talent 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).

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

FILM SHOWING: "BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB" (G)
Apr
21
7:30 pm19:30

FILM SHOWING: "BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB" (G)

  • The Packing House

Film Showing: "Buena Vista Social Club" (G)

Suggested Donation $5.00

"Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who traveled to Havana in order to bring the musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians' careers". (IMDb)

The Buena Vista Social Club, originally a members' club in Havana, Cuba, held dances and musical activities, becoming a popular location for musicians to meet and play through its closing in 1940's.

In the 1990s, nearly 50 years after the club was closed, it inspired a recording made by Cuban musician Juan de Marcos González and American guitarist Ry Cooder with traditional Cuban musicians, some of whom were veterans who had performed at the club during the height of its popularity.

In 1999 "Buena Vista Social Club", directed by German filmmaker Wim Wenders, made its debut.  This important film documents elements of Cuban life, culture, and its music. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary feature in 1999. It won best documentary at the European Film Awards and received seventeen other major accolades internationally. A segment of their historic performance by these classic musicians at Carnegie Hall in April 1998 is captured in the film.

There is a rich history surrounding the Club, the musicians, the film, and what has come to be an unofficial branding of the unique sound of Cuba.

Thisfilm 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.

 

 

 

Willington Economic Development Commission "2017 Busienss Social"
Apr
19
6:30 pm18:30

Willington Economic Development Commission "2017 Busienss Social"

  • The Packing House

Willington EDC: "2017 Business Social"

Private Event - Invited Businesses Only

The Willington Economic Development Commission is Proud to sponsor the 2017 Business Social!

This event will provide an opportunity for Willington Business Owners to informally meet in a comfortable atmosphere.

  • Open Mic Time to Share Information About Your Business,
  • Complimentary Business Networking Opportunities,
  • Complimentary Refreshments

If you are an invited business who would like to set up a table to share your business information, you can do it for free - just let us know in advance by calling: 518-791-9474

Special Appearance by the Ashford Business Association!

RSVP: April 10th by email to jdsilverstein@msn.com

 

"Talent Showcase"
Apr
13
7:00 pm19:00

"Talent Showcase"

  • The Packing House

TALENT SHARING TALENT

FREE ADMISSION

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

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

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

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

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

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

EC-CHAP "Informational Exchange Meeting"
Apr
11
7:00 pm19:00

EC-CHAP "Informational Exchange Meeting"

  • The Packing House

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:

Wednesday, April 11th at 7:00pm

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

RSVP Appreciated

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

Become a “CHAP” Today!

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: HORIZON BLUE - CD RELEASE EVENT (AMERICANA)
Apr
7
7:30 pm19:30

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: HORIZON BLUE - CD RELEASE EVENT (AMERICANA)

  • The Packing House

Acoustic Artist Series: Horizon Blue (Americana)

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

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

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

Horizon Blue will be releasing their debut album Solstice at this concert! Join us for a fun evening of acoustic pleasure! 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).

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

Acoustic Artist Series: Providence Mandolin Orchestra (Classical)
Apr
1
7:30 pm19:30

Acoustic Artist Series: Providence Mandolin Orchestra (Classical)

  • The Packing House

Acoustic Artist Series: Providence Mandolin Orchestra (Classical)

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

The origins of the Providence Mandolin Orchestra can be traced back to performances in the first decades of the twentieth century with Giuseppe Pettine and William Place Jr.    The modern version of the PMO dates from 1971, when it was revived by the Rhode Island teacher Hibbard Perry.  Since then the PMO has become one of the leading American mandolin ensembles with regular performances throughout the United States and Europe. 

The Providence Mandolin Orchestra is a string orchestra made up of plucked string instruments, with sections of mandolins, mandolas, ‘liuto cantabile’, classical guitars and bass.  The PMO is dedicated to the performance of new original works, including pieces written for the ensemble.  In recent years the PMO has embarked on an ambitious program of joint performances with leading European mandolin ensembles from France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands.

PMO Music Director Mark Davis began his guitar and mandolin studies with Hibbard Perry, and continued with Siegfried Behrend from whom he inherited his fascination with contemporary forms of musical expression. Davis has been Music Director of the Providence Mandolin Orchestra since 1989.  He tours and records in duo with the guitarist Beverly Davis, and is the founder/director of the New American Mandolin Ensemble.

The music performed by the Providence Mandolin Orchestra reflects many different countries, genres, and time periods.  The PMO’s program for The Packing House will include music from Spain and the USA, with styles ranging from Romantic to Contemporary.

Join us for this unique concert in our intimate historic venue! 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).

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

*** SHOW CANCELED *** Acoustic Artist Series: An Evening with Zoe Lewis*** SHOW CANCELLED***
Mar
25
8:00 pm20:00

*** SHOW CANCELED *** Acoustic Artist Series: An Evening with Zoe Lewis*** SHOW CANCELLED***

  • The Packing House

*** SHOW CANCELLED ***

WE REGRET THAT THE PERFORMANCE WITH ZOE LEWIS SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 25TH, IS CANCELLED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR A FUTURE DATE AT THE PACKING HOUSE .

WE APOLOGIZE FOR THIS INCONVENIENCE.

 

Zoe Lewis is an outstanding performer and entertainer, and we look forward to her appearance with us in the future. We will post the new concert date as soon as it is established.

For those of you Connecticut fans that wish to catch Zoe in a local performance, you can see her at the All Souls UU Church in New London on Friday March 24th. Details here.

 

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

Acoustic Artist Series: Greg Abate Quartet (Jazz)

  • The Packing House

GREG ABATE QUARTET (JAZZ)

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

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

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

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

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

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

A recent 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 just released last month 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) who joined us at The Packing House in February.

Greg will be joined at The Packing House on March 18th by Matt deChamplain on piano, Nat Reeves on bass, and Ben Bilello on drums [www.gregabate.com].

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

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

The Artists:

Greg Abate

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

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

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

What some say about Greg Abate:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Matt deChamplain

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

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

 

Nat Reeves

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

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

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

During the past year, Nat Reeves has traveled the world including performing in India and Japan, at the San Francisco, New Orleans, Detroit and Atlanta Jazz Festivals, and with Pharoah Sanders at Dizzy’s at Lincoln Center.

 

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.

 

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

EC-CHAP "Informational Exchange Meeting"

  • The Packing House

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, March 15th at 7:00pm

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

RSVP Appreciated

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

Become a “CHAP” Today!

Film Showing: "A Hard Day's Night" (G)
Mar
10
7:30 pm19:30

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

  • The Packing House

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

Suggested Donation $5.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

Talent Showcase
Mar
9
7:00 pm19:00

Talent Showcase

  • The Packing House

TALENT SHARING TALENT

FREE ADMISSION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spring "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

  • The Packing House

SPRING "FIRST SUNDAY AT THE MILL WORKS"

FREE ADMISSION

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

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

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

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

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

SCHEDULE

THE PACKING HOUSE: Performances

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

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

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

NOON TO 5:00PM

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

GARDINER HALL JR MUSEUM (Suite 2106-A)

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

FELIX GIORDANO, AUTHOR

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EDMUND SMITH, MUSICIAN

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PERIOD REFRESHMENTS

For more information please call 518-791-9474.

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

Acoustic Artist Series: Nat Reeves Student Jazz Ensemble

  • The Packing House

NAT REEVES STUDENT JAZZ ENSEMBLE

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Acoustic Artist Series: Gracie Day (Indie)

  • The Packing House

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: GRACIE DAY (INDIE)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Acoustic Artist Series: Ramblin' Dan Stevens (Blues)

  • The Packing House

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: RAMBLIN' DAN STEVENS (BLUES)

 

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

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

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

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

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

EC-CHAP "Informational Exchange Meeting"

  • The Packing House

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

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

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

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

If you missed our first meeting, please join us:

Wednesday February 15th at 7:00pm

or

Wednesday, March 15th at 7:00pm

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

RSVP Appreciated

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

Become a “CHAP” Today!

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

MAURA GEIST - SPIRITUAL MEDIUM

AN EVENING WITH SPIRITUAL MEDIUM, MAURA GEIST

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

Join us for an evening with Spiritual Medium Maura Geist.

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

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

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

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

 

Testimonials

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

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

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

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


About Maura:

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

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

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

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

Talent Showcase - CANCELLED DUE TO STORM

  • The Packing House

CANCELLED DUE TO STORM

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

 

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

Acoustic Artist Series: Tim Ray Trio (Jazz)

  • The Packing House

Acoustic Artist Series: Tim Ray Trio (Jazz)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Packing House

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Packing House

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EC-CHAP "Informational Exchange Meeting"

  • The Packing House

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

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

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

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

Meetings are scheduled as follows:

Wednesday, January 25th at 7:00pm

Wednesday February 15th at 7:00pm

Wednesday, March 15th at 7:00pm

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

RSVP Appreciated

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

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

Acoustic Artist Series: Curtis Brand (Folk) with SOOP

  • The Packing House

Acoustic Artist Series: Curtis Brand (Folk) with SOOP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Film Showing: “Round Midnight” (R)

  • The Packing House

FILM SHOWING: "ROUND MIDNIGHT" (R)

Suggested Donation $5.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Acoustic Artist Series: Alex Smith (Adirondack Folk)

  • The Packing House

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: ALEX SMITH (FOLK)

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

More about this artist:

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

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

What folks are saying...

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

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

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

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

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

TALENT SHOWCASE
Jan
12
7:00 pm19:00

TALENT SHOWCASE

  • The Packing House

TALENT SHARING TALENT

FREE ADMISSION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Libby & Carrie Johnson with Julia Russo

  • The Packing House

ACOUSTIC ARTIST SERIES: A HOLIDAY EVENT - FOLK / AMERICANA

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

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

Here is a look back at 22 Brides:

 

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

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

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

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