Artist Exhibit- Cathy Valley February 1-March 1 (Free) “Be Love Now”
Ms. Valley has a Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy from Central CT State University, studied art at Swain School of Design in New Bedford, MA and attended The Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, CT. Story City Troupe- “An Ah-Ha Moment” February 1, 8-10pm, (1st Fridays), $10 Story City is a troupe of storytellers based in the Hartford, CT area. This month’s theme is “An Aha Moment” and the cast will be: Mike Isko, Arnie Pritchard, Cynthia Rojas, Saul Fussiner, Sue Huggans, Jeff Freisner– a new face! All are true, personal stories, often funny, sometimes amazing, poignant, ironic and based on a single theme for the evening. Includes an opportunity for an audience member to tell a story as well.
Django’s Reserve February 2, 8-10pm, $15
An acoustic “Gypsy jazz” trio featuring guitarists playing European-style Selmer-Maccaferri guitars. The trio’s repertoire consists of jazz standards popularized by Django Reinhardt in the 30s & 40s, as well as contemporary music ranging from video game themes to arrangements from other genres. Acoustic Open Mic with Bob Gotta February 7, 7-9pm, (1st Thursdays) $5 The oldest continually running Open Mic in CT!! Hosted by Bob Gotta. Buttonwood offers a Steinway piano, full sound system, beverages, snacks, and a friendly community.
TJ Thompson Trio February 8, 8-10pm, $15
Winner of the IMEA Jazz Artist of the Year for their recent album Take Two: The Sound of Playing, this group plays a combination of originals along with the Soul, Blues, and Jazz of New Orleans, Memphis, and beyond.
Stan Sullivan and Friends February 9, 8-10pm, $20
Sea music master and Folk/Americana artist Don Sineti will perform a split-bill concert with award-winning singer- songwriter and guitar instrumentalist Stan Sullivan. Playing the banjo in oldtimey and claw hammer styles, Don will be joined by Steve Roys on the concertina and harmonicas. Special guest Cece Borjeson will sit in with Stan on banjo and harmony vocals. Cathy Valley Art Reception February 9, 4-6pm Cathy borrowed the title for the show from a book by Ram Dass: “Be Love Now”. The paintings represent a Love of Nature; a love between humans, a love of felines, a love of birds, and hopefully they also depict the invisible quality of Love that just is.
Simple Tai Chi February 13 to April 3 (Wednesday 6:30-7:30pm), February 14 to April 4 (Thursday 12-1pm) $80 for 8 weeks
Preregistration only. Fun, informative and life-changing eight-week program with Mike McEwen. Complex movements of the Tai Chi form broken down and offered in a simplified version, easy to remember and incorporate into your day. At the end of this eight-week class, you’ll be able to recognize and have a stronger understanding of the power of Qi energy. Wear comfortable clothing, 2 times offered per week with one registration. Valentine’s Day with Jacquelyn and Friends February 14, 7-9pm A musical and visual presentation built around the biblical book of 1st Peter. Jacquelyn Contreras on piano, Daniel Saccardo on hand drums, and Joe Bartalotta on sax/flute, will bring the text to the present to edify and strengthen each heart. The concert is free, cupcakes and punch will be served. “You will not leave without love. Love never fails” Waberi Jordan February 15, 8-10pm, $10 Returning to the Buttonwood Tree for the 2nd time, Waberi Jordan celebrates Love. By popular demand she takes the stage, with music that speaks to the heart and warms the soul. And if all the stars align, there will be a few joyous surprises as well! If one were to describe Waberi’s Sound, one might say that it is an Inter-Galactic fusion of deliciously playful rhythm splashed across a Cosmic canvas on which her voice shines through like a symphony of Angels dancing through the air.
The Brett Bottomley Trio February 16, 8-10pm, $15
An All-star group featuring internationally renown Chapman Stick player Brett Bottomley. The Trio performs Latin, Original and Jazz standards. The All Star cast includes Ken Fischer on piano and Bob Ahern on drums. Teen Open Mic February 16, 3-5pm, $5 (3rd Saturdays) Be a part of Buttonwood’s first open mic specifically for performers ages 12-18. Perform any type of art and bands are welcome. Call for details. Whether it is your first time performing or you are an experienced musician, poet, or artist, The Buttonwood Tree is a positive, supporting environment for teens to perform. Funded in part by the Community Foundation of Middlesex County and Middletown’s MCA. Jack Zaino hosts.
The Prodigals February 17, 4-5:30pm, $8(Adult) $5(Under 18)
William H. Foster III has been a writer since the age of eight and was first published at the age of twelve. Poet, essayist, filmmaker, playwright and short story writer, he has published 10 plays and 13 books. The Prodigals is based on the biblical proverb, The Prodigal Son and based on the African American Church. Crystal Bowl Sound Healing w/ Lou Sorrentino February 19, 7:30-8:30pm (3rd Tuesdays) Donations Welcome Sound healing combines psychological therapies with music to heal the body. With instruments such as Crystal Bowls crafted for perfect resonance, Lou restores energy flows to their proper states and bring peace to our bodies. Shaking the Tree – Gong and Sound Meditation February 21, 7-9pm, (3rd Thursdays) $10 Suggested Donation Andrew does his practice with many different sound tools and percussion affects including but not limited to: gongs, bells, ocarinas, drums, horns, shakers, and singing bowls. This will indeed be a night to remember! So tell a friend, bring the family, bring a blanket and pillow to lay down on. Sarah Hanahan Jazz Quartet February 22, 8-10pm, $10 Sarah Hanahan- Alto Saxophone Mary DiPaola – Piano Matt Dwonsyk – Bass Corey Garcia – Drums Sarah is the proud owner of a beautiful Yanagisawa A-991 alto sax, currently mastering its technique at the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz within the Hartt School of Music (University of Hartford). These four unique individuals have developed their own energetic spirit that aspires to match those of artists old. The quartet’s repertoire consists of original music, but also of their own, swingin’ interpretations of certain American standards.
Jarod Hadaway-The Other Favorites February 23, 8-10pm, $20
The Other Favorites is the long time duo project of Carson McKee and Josh Turner. The Other Favorites are now based out of Brooklyn, NY, and together, Turner and McKee bring their shared influences of folk, bluegrass and classic rock into a modern framework; one distinguished by incisive songwriting, virtuosic guitar work and tight two-part harmony. Middlesex Drum Circle February 28, 7-9pm (4th Thursday) $5 suggested donation Andrew Prue leads a fun and exhilarating session. Extra percussion instruments will be available, though you are encouraged to bring your own. No reservations necessary. Other Repeating Events Anything Goes Open Mic Mondays, 7-10pm, $5 Sign up starts at 6:30pm, and the open mic starts at 7:00pm. From 8:00pm-8:15pm, we host Moments of Gratitude: Sharing our gratitude to build positive energy and encouragement! PIZZA included in admission.
Laughter Yoga Tuesdays, 6-7pm (Hosted by Myléne on 1st Tuesdays; Dawn on 3rd Tuesdays)
Laughter Yoga enables you to practice laughing so that when life gets difficult, you can laugh and change your state of mind. It involves child-like play with meditation and breathing exercises. Laughter has proven to decrease anxiety, blood pressure, and stress. Anyone can laugh without relying on humor. Laughter Yoga is the only technique that allows adults to achieve sustained hearty laughter without involving cognitive thought. This powerful experience often leads to a healthy emotional catharsis and a feeling of release and joyfulness that can last for days.
“Aligned with Source” Personal Development Workshop
Saturdays, 10:30am-12pm, $10 Suggested donation
Saturday, February 2 EXPRESSION of SELF Harness your Power, Be your fullest Self Saturday, February 9 NURTURING THE SOUL How complete within yourself do you feel? Do you see yourself as different, superior or lacking? Give yourself the gift of Acceptance. Saturday, February 16 REVERENCE How do we approach others & all things in our life? What does it mean to be in reverence? How does it change our lives? Saturday, February 23 EMBRACING EARTH & HER ELEMENTS Looking to Earth for your needs.