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The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center

605 Main Street
860-347-4957

Our Mission

The Buttonwood Tree operates under the 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization of North End Arts Rising, Inc. (Near, Inc.). From its opening in 1989, The Buttonwood Tree has been a grassroots, avant garde center for all ages, all comers, artists and audiences. Recognized nationally and internationally as a music venue (see Kunle Mwanga), it has also offered programs led by outstanding artists in contemporary theater, literature, art, poetry and dance from belly to hip hop as well as opening its doors to community activists, educational and religious groups.

The Mission of Near Inc. is to:

- Support the creative activities and endeavors of artists and potential artists

-- Create a forum, context, and space for artistic, cultural, creative, and educational experience in Middletown

-- Serve as a center for community activity in Middletown's North End.

NEAR Inc.'s goals are:

-- To provide support to local artists, amateurs, students and others interested in exploring their capacity for self-expression and communication by offering them a facility, institutional support, funding, workshops, performance/exhibit opportunities and other artistic support.

-- To provide artistic and other cultural experiences and programs that are accessible, participatory and unique, and to provide these experiences for audiences in the North End, Middletown, and Central Connecticut and beyond.

-- To serve residents of the North End of Middletown by offering cultural programs, stimulating interaction and community, enhancing commerce and creating a community/cultural drop-in center.

-- To carry on such other related artistic, cultural, creative, or educational activities as may be necessary or appropriate in connection therewith.

Recent News

September Art Exhibit: 'Standing on the Shoulders' by David Chorney at The Buttonwood Tree

Middletown, CT -- The Buttonwood Tree is excited to announce their September Art Exhibit will be "Standing On The Shoulders" by David Chorney. "Working in both, Representative and Non-Representative Abstract, and with paintings homed by…

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Studebaker John with Liviu Pop to Perform at The Buttonwood Tree

Middletown, CT - Wednesday, September 15th, from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. The Buttonwood Tree is excited to announce the pop up performance of Chicago Blues giant Studebaker John together with master drummer, Liviu Pop. Seating is limited, reservations are…

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The Buttonwood Tree Announces September Art Exhibit - 'Standing on the Shoulders' Art Exhibit by David Chorney

Middletown, CT: The Buttonwood Tree is excited to announce their September Art Exhibit will be "Standing On The Shoulders" by David Chorney. "Working in both, Representative and Non-Representative Abstract, and with paintings homed by private…

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The Buttonwood Tree Announces 'Finding The Light' Photo Contest Winners

The Buttonwood Tree is excited to share the winners of their "Finding The Light" Photo Contest. It was held in memory of Ed Friedman, a saxophonist who performed at the Buttonwood Tree and a photographer who inspired many throughout his time of…

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The Buttonwood Tree To Host Enzo Boscarino In Italycious

The Buttonwood Tree is excited to announce their upcoming event, Italycious on Saturday September 18 at 11am. The event is the experience of an Italian family of immigrants with music, humor, and color. Enzo Boscarino, originally of Siracusa,…

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The Buttonwood Tree Happenings for August 2021

The Buttonwood Tree (TBT) is excited to announce the transition back into in-person events in the upcoming weeks! We remain dedicated to bringing music and art to our community in a safe manner, in person and through our ongoing Zoom programs which…

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The Squeezebox Stompers Set to Perform at Holy Trinity Church Stage

The Buttonwood Tree is excited to announce the performance of the Squeezebox Stompers at The Holy Trinity Church Stage. Sunday, July 25th, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. The Squeezebox Stompers are not your average band, and are known for playing a wide…

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Introducing Connecticut’s Quintessential Blues Mavericks, Steve Hatch and The Redliners

The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center is proud to announce the upcoming performance of blues/piano artists, Steve Hatch & The Redliners. Friday, July 23rd, from 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. Born and raised in North Eastern Ohio, Steve Hatch spent…

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Eliot Lewis of Hall and Oates and Live from Daryl's House Returning to The Buttonwood Tree

The Buttonwood Tree is excited to announce the return of Eliot Lewis of Hall & Oats, and MTV's Live from Daryl's House, for a lively performance that will feature his classic rock trio. Saturday, July 24th, from 8 - 10 p.m. Eliot Lewis is a…

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Eliot Lewis of Hall and Oates and Live from Daryl's House Returning to The Buttonwood Tree

The Buttonwood Tree is excited to announce the return of Eliot Lewis of Hall & Oats, and MTV's Live from Daryl's House, for a lively performance that will feature his classic rock trio. Eliot Lewis is a singer, songwriter, and…

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The Buttonwood Tree July Events 2021

The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center continues to prioritize the safety of our community during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. We are excited to announce the transition back into in-person events for the upcoming weeks! We remain dedicated to…

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The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center Upcoming Weekly Events June 15, 2021

The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center continues to prioritize the safety of our community during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. We are excited to announce that we are preparing for the transition back into in-person events! We are opening our…

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The Buttonwood Tree Now Open for June Art Exhibit 'Cosmic Portals'

The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center is excited to announce the opening of its doors for their latest art show, “Cosmic Portals” for the duration of June. The exhibit will feature artwork from artist Andrew Wallach. Wallach uses…

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The Buttonwood Tree Happenings for June 2021

The Buttonwood Tree's Art Gallery and bookstore are OPEN on Tuesdays from 2-5pm, and by appointment. Special Events: Reiki Level 2 Class One day only held at TBT - June 5th | 10 AM - 4:00 PM | $130 Buttonwood Tree Members /$140…

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The Buttonwood Tree Happenings for May 2021

The Buttonwood Tree's Art Gallery and bookstore are OPEN on Tuesdays from 2-5pm, and by appointment. May Art Exhibition: A series of paintings by Stefanie Karas Stefanie Karas was born in Waterbury CT to loving parents Carl and Irena Karas who…

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New Buttonwood Tree Board Member

The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center is proud to announce that Steven Minkler Ed.D. is the newest addition to their Board of Directors. Dr. Minkler, President of Middlesex Community College, first became acquainted with The Buttonwood Tree…

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'Finding the Light' Photo Contest in Honor of Edward Friedman

2020 has brought us difficult and tumultuous times. Looking for the goodness around us will help us to deal with life in a more positive, productive and successful way. We wish to encourage you by providing this opportunity to seek it out. Where do…

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Buttonwood Offers Fun Art Class 'Paint Night' Online on August 27, 2020

The Buttonwood Tree is honored to be collaborating with the talented folks from Abrakadoodle to present TBT's first virtual Paint Night, coming up Thursday, August 27th from 7-9pm. Register online and an email with details and the link will be sent…

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The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center News, August 6, 2020

The doors of The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center currently remain closed as we continue to prioritize the safety of our community during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, however, the show must go on! We remain dedicated to bringing music and art…

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The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts News - Junly 13, 2020

The doors of The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center currently remain closed as we continue to prioritize the safety of our community during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, however, the show must go on! We remain dedicated to bringing music and art…

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Free Poets Collective presents 'The Listening Tree' Featuring Oddfellows Playhouse Children's Circus

The Listening Tree is an online talk show, broadcast in lockdown brought to you by Colin Haskins of the Free Poets Collective and The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center in Middletown, CT. It is an innovative program, interviewing guests from any…

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The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts News - June 23, 2020

The doors of The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center currently remain closed as we continue to prioritize the safety of our community during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, however, the show must go on! We remain dedicated to bringing music and art…

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Happenings at The Buttonwood Tree, June 11, 2020

Ahhh… quarantine. A word we are all a little too familiar with by now. While many states are reopening, numerous people are still wisely erring on the side of caution and staying at home. The Buttonwood Tree, a non-profit performing arts…

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Grateful for the Good

The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center is pleased and honored to announce a $2500. grant award from The Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC) for a new computer. This grant is made possible, in part, through the Shamrock Fund and we…

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The Buttonwood Tree Goes Online

The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center is offering numerous programs online, over the Zoom platform and is proud to offer a special concert with Don White coming up May 21st. While the venue itself is closed, online programs are continuing and…

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Buttonwood Celebrates 30th Anniversary with 30 Hour Performance Marathon

Middletown, CT -- After 30 years of music, dance, performance and healing, The Buttonwood Tree (TBT) is celebrating their milestone anniversary with a 30-hour Marathon of activities topped off with a cocktail party celebration like only the…

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Community Health Center Partners With The Buttonwood Tree

The Buttonwood Tree is excited to partner with the Community Health Center to bring a stress-reducing, fun program, Laughter Yoga, to the CHC'S Family Wellness Center on Wednesdays in May and June. The FREE sessions run from 6:30-7:30pm, May 15 -…

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The Buttonwood Tree Receives Grant for Teen Program

The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center (TBT) is grateful to receive a grant of $500. from the Middletown Commission on the Arts (MCA) to support a Teen Art Program to be held this summer. Following up with the teens who are attending TBT's…

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CC Arshagra’s Art Exhibition

April 4 - April 30 Come see the veteran poet, author, publisher & producer’s two new collections: “We Are the Arrival of Love” & “The C.C. Arshagra Quotes Project”, and a few historic and select works.…

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International Women's Day Art Reception at TBT Performing Arts Center

International Women's Day Art Reception #Balance for Better Celebrating International Women’s Day is a tradition at The Buttonwood Tree! We believe in the invincible power and spirit of women and take this time to recognize that by holding…

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Middletown Artist Wows with 'The Middletown Series' Held Over

"The Middletown Series" by Janine Janaki, Held over until December 1, 2018 Middletown artist, Janine Janaki, offers an introspective, passionate and heartfelt caption to each of her paintings on display at The Buttonwood Tree, allowing the viewer a…

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Buttonwood Show Postponements

The Buttonwood Tree regrets to announce that due to air conditioning problems, the Tom “The Suit” Forst concert originally scheduled for July 13 has been rescheduled to Saturday, August 4th. The Sarah Hanahan Quartet has been rescheduled…

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Community Foundation Supports The Buttonwood Tree

The Community Foundation of Middlesex County / Live Local Give Local Fund to Support Teen Open Mic Program at The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Cultural Center $500 Grant to support efforts working with young artists to provide a space for…

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New Class at TBT

The Buttonwood Tree hosts a new class to start May 15 and 16. Classes will be held at 605 Main Street. Reserve your spot at www.Buttonwood.org. Or call (860) 347-4957. Chi Balance is a combination of simple T’ai Chi Qi gong and Reiki Healing…

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The Buttonwood Tree is Proud to Host Local Photographer, Don Logie, for an April Art Show 'Night Music: Internal and External Landscapes'

This exhibit combines Don's interests of traveling, attending Jazz concerts and photography. The Internal Landscapes are the jazz performances at The Buttonwood Tree, the creations of the performing musicians. Is not jazz the language of the…

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January Art Show - 'Mystical Collages: Art as Spiritual Practice' by Flo Bartosiak

Flo doesn't consider herself a traditional artist. She's not skilled at painting or sketching representational objects, but she finds collage a way of expressing a sense of inner connectedness that she explores through various images overlapping and…

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Fire of Hope

Come to our special “Fire of Hope” at Harbor Park, where Music, Poetry, and Meditation bring us together in releasing the old and affirming all that is beautiful in the New Year. Now, more than ever, gathering for Peace is crucial.…

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Akron Favorites The Gage Brothers Show Off Expanded Lineup

When Ohio-bred and based brothers Ben and Zach Gage sat down one Sunday afternoon in 2014 to kick around some harmonies and share their love of old folk tunes, the siblings had no idea at the time that this simple starting point would launch a…

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Spirited Tribute to Martin Luther King at The Buttonwood Tree

Warren Byrd's Byrdspeak Sessions with Special Guest Mixashawn: Refresh MLK Warren Byrd - Keys, Vocals Saskia Laroo - Bass, Electro Trumpet, Sax Mixashawn Lee Rozie - Reeds, Especially Tenor Sax Emile de Leon - Drums   Warren Byrd's Byrdspeak…

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Call for Artists - June 22, 2016

CALL FOR ARTIST The Buttonwood Tree - a cultural center and arts venue that includes an intimate performance space, an art gallery, and used bookstore - located in Middletown, Connecticut is seeking to commission an artist who works with ceramic…

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Call for Artists

Artists Supporting Artists and The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Cultural Center are casting for The Soul Harmony Show (TSHS) June 18, 2016, 8-10pm Middletown CT. TSHS is an open mic for professional and amateur artists of all types no…

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The Katie Bull Group Project at The Buttonwood Tree

Featuring KATIE BULL vocals/compositions JEFF LEDERER saxophones LANDON KNOBLOCK piano & electronics, backup vocals JOE FONDA Bass GEORGE SCHULLER drums Band members are consummate jazz veterans who play inside and “out”side the jazz…

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The Michelle Canning Band at The Buttonwood Tree

The Michelle Canning Band will be performing traditional music at The Buttonwood Tree. The band will be performing songs from their new album, “The Flower and the Serpent,” as well as traditional bluegrass songs, original songs written by…

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Don White at The Buttonwood Tree

There is no one-word description for what Don White does. He has survived and thrived for twenty-five years, bringing his audiences to laughter and tears in his live performances, studio recordings, and on the printed page. He is a…

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Music for 32 Goats with Antony DiGennaro and Tommy Monaghan at Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center

(The Fear for the Dust Duo) is the current musical endeavor of east coast percussionist/composer Thomas Monaghan (Frankpipe, A Probe Called Gnomes) and west coast multi-instrumentalist/songwriter/composer Antony DiGennaro (Fear for the Dust, Tears…

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Concert - Noah Guthrie

Bluesy-pop singer/songwriter, Noah Guthrie, has been taking the U.S. by storm in 2014 to promote his debut album, Among the Wildest Things. Often known for his unique covers on youtube, Noah is excited to give fans a taste of his own music.…

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Concert - The Kennedys

Pete and Maura Kennedy, both East Coast natives, met in Austin, Texas, joined forces with Nanci Griffith’s Blue Moon Orchestra for a couple of years, and set out on a road that, for two decades, has led them not only west but all over the US and…

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10th Annual CT Jazz Composers and Improvisers Festival

The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Cultural Center and Kaleidocope Arts present 10th Annual CT Jazz Composers and Improvisers Festival Allan Chase Alto and soprano saxophonist Allan Chase moved to Boston in 1980 to study with pianist Jaki…

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Cynthia Holiday: 'Lady Swings The Blues' at The Buttonwood Tree

Cynthia Holiday is a real crowd pleaser and her renditions of straight-ahead jazz, blues and pop standards are full of swing, improvisation and soul. Clearly, singing live before an audience is where she feels most comfortable. Kevin Mahogany says,…

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Living in Love: An Aligned with Source Workshop - Alba’s Edge

The groundbreaking Celtic/Jazz group Alba's Edge will celebrate the release of their debut album Run to Fly at the Buttonwood Tree. Alba's Edge is the product of a brother-sister collaboration between pianist Neil Pearlman and fiddler Lilly Pearlman…

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Hearing Voices Network

Our Hearing Voices Group is based firmly on a belief in self-help, mutual respect and understanding. The group provides a safe space for people to share their experiences of voices, visions, unusual sensory perceptions, and to support one another. .…

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Ninth Annual Composers and Improvisors Festival

Featuring: Claire Daly, Jole Forrester, Charlie Kohlhase, Eric Hofbauer, Curt Newton, Mike Musillami, George Schuller, & Joe Fonda Claire Daly grew up in NY, hearing many jazz greats as a young girl. She studied with legend Joe Viola and has…

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