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Fall 2018 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"
Oct
7
12:00 PM12:00

Fall 2018 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

Fall 2018 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

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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.

 Solo Show " AS IS ": EC-CHAP Resident Artist, Rebecca Zablocki  Mixed media (drawing, print-based and ceramic and paper sculpture)  Preview: Sunday, October 7. 2018  Opening Reception: Saturday, October 13, 2018, 5:00pm ~ 9;00pm  " AS IS ", is a showcase of experimental work I’ve been making over this past year. AS is an acronym for one of my health issues Ankylosing Spondylitis and the work is all about dealing with chronic illness, pain and the other effects it has on people’s lives.

Solo Show "AS IS": EC-CHAP Resident Artist, Rebecca Zablocki

Mixed media (drawing, print-based and ceramic and paper sculpture)

Preview: Sunday, October 7. 2018

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 13, 2018, 5:00pm ~ 9;00pm

"AS IS", is a showcase of experimental work I’ve been making over this past year. AS is an acronym for one of my health issues Ankylosing Spondylitis and the work is all about dealing with chronic illness, pain and the other effects it has on people’s lives.


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

2:00pm - "Deep Ellum" Acoustic Duo

   Deep Ellum   is an acoustic duo named for the historic and notorious red-light, musical entertainment, and recording district in Dallas that is immortalized in Blind Lemon Jefferson’s classic “Deep Ellum Blues,” our theme song that we perform with a little different twist.

Deep Ellum is an acoustic duo named for the historic and notorious red-light, musical entertainment, and recording district in Dallas that is immortalized in Blind Lemon Jefferson’s classic “Deep Ellum Blues,” our theme song that we perform with a little different twist.

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.

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.

"The Place To Create"

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Summer 2018 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"
Jun
3
12:00 PM12:00

Summer 2018 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

Summer 2018 "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!]

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Come join us on Sunday, June 3rd, 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)!

Live performances in The Packing House:

  • 1:00pm - Hall Memorial School "Select Chorus" and "Falcon Treble Chorus"

  • 3:00pm - "Jarmony": Acoustic Harmony (Rock, Roots, & Blues)

  • 4:30pm - Original Poetry Readings presented by Slag Review

 Hall Memorial School Falcon Treble Chorus

Hall Memorial School Falcon Treble Chorus

  Jarmony

Jarmony


Visit with EC-CHAP Resident Artist, Rebecca Zablocki; Stroll through The Mill Works artist community open studios; and explore the new "Availaflex" De-Vel-Op-Ment Visual Arts Exhibition Space. Enjoy period refreshments typical of the mid 19th century and begin the Summer Season with us at this local historic landmark.

 Rebecca Zablocki - EC-CHAP Resident Artist  Rebecca Zablocki completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees from the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School in 2014. Rebecca, primarily a printmaker, is originally from Long Island, NY, and curently lives in Vernon, CT.  Directly following graduation from the Hartford Art School, Rebecca returned to NY for a year where she worked in a gallery and art studio, teaching and managing the space. She then applied to work at the Worcester Center for Crafts, where she currently holds the position of Assistant Director of the Gallery and Gallery Store. 

Rebecca Zablocki - EC-CHAP Resident Artist

Rebecca Zablocki completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees from the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School in 2014. Rebecca, primarily a printmaker, is originally from Long Island, NY, and curently lives in Vernon, CT.

Directly following graduation from the Hartford Art School, Rebecca returned to NY for a year where she worked in a gallery and art studio, teaching and managing the space. She then applied to work at the Worcester Center for Crafts, where she currently holds the position of Assistant Director of the Gallery and Gallery Store. 

 " Availaflex " De-Vel-Op-Ment Exhibition Space  Current Shows:  Reimagine New England  - Photography;  Boston Color  - Photography;  Two Stools  - Installation Art

"Availaflex" De-Vel-Op-Ment Exhibition Space

Current Shows: Reimagine New England - Photography; Boston Color - Photography; Two Stools - Installation Art

 Paul Eric Johnson - Paul  Eric Johnson is photographer, printmaker, and writer. A current project is the  Reimagine New England  suite of forty–eight prints each with an original poem based on the insights and imagery gained from decades as a creative specialist licensed internationally by the Liaison Agency. A selection has been published in the Black Earth Institute's  About Place Journal , and he is also the author/photographer of two travel books on the Mid-Atlantic published by Voyageur Press. Formerly a gallery director in Provincetown, he currently maintains a private gallery in Stafford Springs, exhibiting regularly in regional museums (  www.reimaginenewengland.com )

Paul Eric Johnson - Paul  Eric Johnson is photographer, printmaker, and writer. A current project is the Reimagine New England suite of forty–eight prints each with an original poem based on the insights and imagery gained from decades as a creative specialist licensed internationally by the Liaison Agency. A selection has been published in the Black Earth Institute's About Place Journal, and he is also the author/photographer of two travel books on the Mid-Atlantic published by Voyageur Press. Formerly a gallery director in Provincetown, he currently maintains a private gallery in Stafford Springs, exhibiting regularly in regional museums ( www.reimaginenewengland.com)


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 - Hall Memorial School "Select Chorus" and "Falcon Treble Chorus"

  • 3:00pm - "Jarmony": Acoustic Harmony (Rock, Roots, & Blues)

  • 4:30pm - Original Poetry Readings presented by Slag Review

 

PRESENTATIONS AND ACTIVITIES:

  • 2:00pm - Artist Talk: "Reimagine New England" with Paul Eric Johnson (Suite 2302)
  • 2:30pm - Pastel Painting with Carol Mackiewicz, Whalesong Arts (Suite 2104)

 

ONGOING 12:00PM TO 5:00PM

THE MILL WORKS CREATIVE COMMUNITY 

REBECCA ZABLOCKI - EC-CHAP RESIDENT ARTIST

GARDINER HALL JR MUSEUM (Suite 2106-A)

"TRIVIA" GAMES (Suite 2106-A)

"AVAILAFLEX" VISUAL ARTS DE-VEL-OP-MENT EXHIBITION SPACE (Suite 2302)

GUITAR AND VOCALS BY RICH DEBRITO (All three floors)

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.

"The Place To Create"

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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 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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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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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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Spring "First Sunday at The Mill Works"
Mar
5
12:00 PM12:00

Spring "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

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.

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EC-CHAP "Informational Exchange Meeting"
Jan
25
7:00 PM19:00

EC-CHAP "Informational Exchange Meeting"

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

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

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

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

Meetings are scheduled as follows:

Wednesday, January 25th at 7:00pm

Wednesday February 15th at 7:00pm

Wednesday, March 15th at 7:00pm

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

RSVP Appreciated

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

Become a “CHAP” Today!

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TALENT SHOWCASE
Dec
8
7:00 PM19:00

TALENT SHOWCASE

TALENT SHARING TALENT

FREE ADMISSION

 

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

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

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

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

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

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TALENT SHOWCASE
Nov
10
7:00 PM19:00

TALENT SHOWCASE

TALENT SHARING TALENT

FREE ADMISSION

 

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

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

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

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

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

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FILM SCREENING: "BLUES LEGEND" (NR) - AN EVENING WITH FILM MAKER DAN MCGINLEY
Oct
28
7:30 PM19:30

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read the entire Norwich Bulletin interview with Francesca Kefalas here.

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

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


The Film:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOURCE: May 10, 2016 Press Release, Dan McGinley

 

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OCTOBER TALENT SHOWCASE - RESCHEDULED TO WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12TH
Oct
12
7:00 PM19:00

OCTOBER TALENT SHOWCASE - RESCHEDULED TO WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12TH

TALENT SHARING TALENT

FREE ADMISSION

NORMALLY THE 2ND THURSDAY OF THE MONTH

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

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

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

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

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

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TALENT SHOWCASE
Sep
8
7:00 PM19:00

TALENT SHOWCASE

TALENT SHARING TALENT

FREE ADMISSION

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

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

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

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

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

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Spring 2016 - First Sunday at The Mill Works
May
1
12:00 PM12:00

Spring 2016 - First Sunday at The Mill Works

FREE ADMISSION

Come join us on Sunday, May 1st from Noon to 5:00pm for the Spring 2016 “First Sunday at The Mill Works”! We are Celebrating Poetry Month with a “Poetry Jam” throughout the afternoon!

Highlights include: Poetry Readings scheduled throughout the afternoon by local student and adult poets. Attendees can also register to read and share their literary works. Steve Prout and Friends will provide a set of acoustic music, and resident artist Chris Gunderson will offer an ongoing activity through the day entitled, "Visualizing Verse" (Participants will choose to illustrate a poem or interpret a piece of art with words).

Other activities include: Factory Tours; Open Artist Studios; and a visit to The Gardiner Hall Jr. Museum. Refreshments available. All activities are free to the public.

For more information and a detailed description of activities and times, visit The Mill Works Events page at:
www.themillworks.us/events.html or call 518-791-9474. Check our website frequently for updates and new events!

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

 

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