Fall 2018 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"
Come join us on Sunday, October 7th, 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)!
Enjoy live performances in The Packing House; Preview Solo Show by EC-CHAP Resident Artist, Rebecca Zablocki - "AS IS"; Stroll through The Mill Works artist community open studios; and Explore the exhibits and activities in the Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum. 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.
THE PACKING HOUSE: Performances
2:00pm - "Deep Ellum" Acoustic Duo
The Artisits: Rich Johnson is a talented guitarist who plays 6- and 12-string as well as Dobro (resophonic guitar) and sings harmony vocals. Rich is also familiar to Connecticut listeners as a fine electric guitar and lap steel player with the roots country band Lost Highway in years gone by, and he also currently plays Dobro with Horizon Blue.
Jon Swift was a founding member of the popular acoustic bluegrass band Traver Hollow, playing upright bass and singing lead and harmony vocals for live audiences in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, as well as radio and TV shows, and his singing and guitar playing have been enjoyed in many Connecticut acoustic venues for years. Jon played electric bass and sang with Lost Highway, and he currently sings and plays upright bass with the duo BluesGrass as well as with the Lost Acres String Band.
3:00pm - "The Magic of the Dulcimer - A Demonstration" - Carolyn Brodginski
Carolyn discovered the dulcimer in 1980 when she saw Sally Rogers in concert at The Sounding Board in West Hartford. An accomplished folk guitarist at the time, she just couldn’t figure out what to do with this beautiful, sweet sounding instrument with so few strings. More than 30 years later, she found The Ct. Mountain Dulcimer Gathering, and was shocked at how easy the instrument is to play. She has been playing ever since, and loves the many voices of the dulcimer, playing roots, blues, classical, ethnic music, lullabies, as well as the music of contemporary musicians.
As a performer, songwriter, teacher, and therapeutic musician, she is passionate about “spreading the dulcimer gospel”, taking great joy in introducing this beautiful original American folk instrument to others.
Take a listen to "Letting Go", and original work Carolyn wrote for the dulcimer
Carolyn is no stranger to The Packing House! As a multi-instrumentalist and lead artist in the regional folk group, "Seat Of Our Pants" (SOOP), she has dazzled our audiences with her return performances (SOOP will be back performing at The Packing House on Saturday December 8th, 7:30pm)
EC-CHAP is proud to have this outstanding Connecticut musician join us for this First Sunday Dulcimer demonstration. We are looking forward to an ongoing collaboration in offering a series of Dulcimer workshops, clinics, and jam sessions as a part of EC-CHAP's musical instructional programming with this exceptional artist.
PRESENTATIONS AND ACTIVITIES:
1:00pm - Activity: "Fine Artunes" with Chris Gunderson (Suite 2202 - 2nd Floor)
“Fine Artoons” - Chris will provide a painting demonstration in which he will randomly select an actual doodle from his work notebook, and show his process of turning it from a fleeting idea into a real work of art.
2:00pm - Activity: "Blind Contour Drawing with Oil Pastels" with Carol Mackiewicz, Whalesong Arts (Suite 2104 - 1st Floor)
"Blind Contour Drawing with Oil Pastels" - Carol will provide an opportunity to practice drawing a still life with oil pastels and challenging your senses!
1:00-4:00PM: "Making John Martin’s Spool Pets" with Joan Taraskiewicz, Museum Curator. (Gardiner Hall Jr Museum, Suite 2106-A, 1st Floor)
ONGOING 12:00PM TO 5:00PM
THE MILL WORKS CREATIVE COMMUNITY (Floors 1 & 2)
REBECCA ZABLOCKI, EC-CHAP Artist In Residence, PREVIEW SOLO SHOW: "AS IS" (Floor-1)
EASTERN CONNECTICUT CENTER FOR HISTORY, ART, AND PERFORMANCE (EC-CHAP) (Floor-2)
PERIOD REFRESHMENTS (Floor-2)
For more information, please call 518-791-9474.
The Mill Works is located at 156 River Road, Willington, CT 06279.