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Spring 2019 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"
Apr
7
1:30 PM13:30

Spring 2019 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

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Spring 2019 "First Sunday at The Mill Works"

Come join us on Sunday, April 7th from 1:30pm to 5:00pm for the 2019 Spring Season “First Sunday at The Mill Works” sponsored by the Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance (EC-CHAP)!

Join us for an award presentation by the CT DECD, State Historic Preservation Office and overview of the 2018 “Good-To-Great” grant. Participate in an interactive historical discussion and presentation by local Historian, Richard Symonds; debut of the new “Dye & Bleach House Community Gallery”, with EC-CHAP Artist In Residence, Rebecca Zablocki; and listen to live jazz in The Packing House by “Straight Up Jazz” . Throughout the afternoon, stroll through The Mill Works Creative Community open studios; explore the exhibits in the Gardiner Hall Jr. History Museum.; and enjoy period refreshments typical of the mid 19th century with us at this local historic landmark.


SCHEDULE



PRESENTATION

2:00pm - DECD State Historic Preservation Office,Good To Great” Grant Award Presentation and Overview. Location: The Packing House (Bldg-1, Floor-3).


BREAK-OUT SESSIONS

3:00pm - History – “Raising Historical Awareness: An Approach to Collaboration & Programming”. Presenter: Richard Symonds. Location: The Packing House (Bldg-1, Floor-3).

RICHARD SYMONDS

RICHARD SYMONDS

Mr. Symonds has had a passion for how the environment is used to support man's needs, particularly the land and water resources. His unique educational background, work experience as a land use planner, interest in land use history, and military experience has led to his work on the evaluation of water powered mill sites.

Mr. Symonds is a graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in geography, specializing in historical and regional geography and map making techniques. He served as a U.S. Army Infantry officer, retiring from the Army Reserve as a Captain in 1968. The majority of his professional career was spent as a planner for the State of Connecticut though his retirement in 1992. Since retiring he has written numerous history books including three relating to water use and water powered mill sites. Mr. Symonds has been involved in local community service in Tolland serving on the Town Council, Conservation Commission, Water Commission, Historical Society, volunteer fire department, and as Town Fire Marshal.

Mr. Symonds will discuss historical research and challenges faced as a practitioner. A Framework to raise historical awareness through ongoing discourse and collaboration will be presented.

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3:45pm - Art – “A Vision for the Visual Arts: A Platform for Emerging Artists & Beyond”. Presenter: Rebecca Zablocki. Location: Dye & Bleach House Community Gallery (Bldg-2, Floor-1)

REBECCA ZABLOCKI: Director, Dye & Bleach House Community Gallery

REBECCA ZABLOCKI: Director, Dye & Bleach House Community Gallery

Ms Zablocki, originally from Long Island, NY, completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees from the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School as a printmaker. After graduation in 2014, she returned to NY for a year where she worked in a gallery and art studio, teaching and managing the space. She currently holds the position of Assistant Director of the Gallery and Gallery Store at the Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA.

Rebecca is completing her second year as an “Artist In Residence” (AIR) at EC-CHAP, and has recently developed and serves as Director of the new "Dye & Bleach House Community Gallery" located at The Mill Works in Willington, CT.

Rebecca will debut and provide an overview of the Dye & Bleach House Community Gallery, developed as a platform for local and regional artists to display their work for public view. This gallery provides an opportunity for emerging and established artists of all ages to obtain public exposure of their creative work. Weekly hours of operation will be announced at this presentation. There is no cost to display in the Community Gallery.


4:15pm - Performance – Jazz Trio, “Straight Up Jazz ”. Location: The Packing House (Bldg-1, Floor-3).

STRAIGHT UP JAZZ

STRAIGHT UP JAZZ

The Straight Up Jazz Trio has been playing together since 2014. The trio format is a special ensemble in jazz, with a tradition going back to the early swing era. With a basic instrumentation of piano, bass and drums, the musicians can explore and reinterpret music spontaneously. Trios led by Bud Powell, Bill Evans, Ahmad Jamal, and Keith Jarrett have often been on the creative forefront in jazz, and continue to serve as an inspiration to contemporary musicians. The Straight Up Jazz Trio continues in that tradition, playing material from the standards repertoire in an expressive, adventurous, and visceral manner.

THE ARTISTS:

Pianist ANTHONY CORNICELLO is a Professor of Music at Eastern Connecticut State University, where he has taught jazz piano as well as directed the Eastern Jazz band. Anthony has been involved with jazz since the 1980s, leading his own ensembles and playing with avant-garde groups such as “Inside/Out”.

RICK O’NEAL is a Bass Player for a few regional band including Delta Generators, ONeal Armstrong and Straight Up Jazz. Rick has appeared at the San Francisco and Montreal Jazz Festivals, and has opened for Etta James and BB King. He is now an adjunct Professor at Eastern Connecticut State University.

Drummer VENLO ODOM has been a professional musician for over 40 years, playing with Barry White, The O’Jays, John Lee, Jimmie Smith, amongst others. He has played in major venues, including B.B. King’s (NYC), The Apollo Theatre and Mohegan Sun’s Wolf Den, and has appeared on many recordings. Venlo is currently working towards a BA in Music Performance at Eastern.


ONGOING 3:00PM TO 5:00PM

THE MILL WORKS CREATIVE COMMUNITY  (Floors 1 & 2)

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DYE & BLEACH HOUSE COMMUNITY GALLERY

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GARDINER HALL JR HISTORY MUSEUM

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EASTERN CONNECTICUT CENTER FOR HISTORY, ART, AND PERFORMANCE (EC-CHAP) (Floor-2)

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Learn about EC-CHAP and how you can become involved in your regional cultural organization. Our Volunteers will discuss the benefits of membership and how you may share your skills and talents through our volunteer program.

We seek your input and suggestions, and how we may best meet your needs.


PERIOD REFRESHMENTS

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"The Place To Create"

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

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

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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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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.

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