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Weekend Fun @The Buttonwood Tree

buttonwood treeAre you an artsy person? Do you know about the Buttonwood Tree? Whether you answered yes or no, read on:

Unsatisfied with Wesleyan’s weekend nightlife? Want to organize a new event and you need a cool space to do it in? The Buttonwood Tree has what you’re looking for!

The Buttonwood Tree is a non-profit performing arts center located on Main Street (right next to It’s Only Natural). We have a performance space as well as a bookstore, art gallery, and concession stand.

We are looking for students to create Friday and/or Saturday night events that run from 11pm-2am. You could book the space for your band, coordinate an open mic, poetry readings, debates, studying?!? host a dance party, almost anything you want!

Send your ideas and/or questions in an email to thebuttonwoodtree[at]gmail[dot]com with the subject “Wesleyan space rental.” You can also learn more about us on our Facebook page. Can’t wait to hear from you!

There is no start date or end date! Do cool things off campus!

Dave Kopperman LP Release Party & Concert at the Buttonwood Tree

This Friday at the Buttonwood Tree:

Singer/songwriter Dave Kopperman’s music dodges between the twin poles of jangly folk rock and taut new wave – with a hint of lush art pop thrown in. Celebrating the release of his first solo album (and inaugural vinyl LP from RMI Records),  “Island off the Coast of America”.

Dave Kopperman’s eclectic music at once evokes the folksy harmonies of the Byrds, the tuneful songwriting of Paul McCartney, the literate yet emotive lyrics of Paul Simon, the ambient, progressive textures of Pink Floyd and the no-nonsense rocking of Talking Heads. Kopperman recently released his self-produced album Island off the Coast of America, and created a music video for his lead single, “Don Henley.”  The video is animated with charcoal drawings by Kate TenEyck, and these works will be on display at The Buttonwood Tree throughout the month of September.

Dave Kopperman (guitar, bass, keys, lead vocals)
Noah Baerman (keys, guitar, vocals)
Mel Hsu ’13 (bass, cello, vocals)
Karl Mueller (lead guitar)
Edz O’Leary (drums, vocals)

Learn more about Dave Kopperman here:

Seats may be reserved by emailing thebuttonwoodtree[at]gmail[dot]com or by calling (860) 347-4957

Date: Friday, September 11
Time: 8-10 PM
Place: The Buttonwood Tree
Cost: $15

Stefilia’s Stone at Buttonwood Tree

Jack Lewis ’15 invites you:

Carrie Rowan and Adrienne Fawkes create a dynamic display of original music infusing classical piano style with finger picked guitar, smothered with lyrical finesse, served up with a splash of indie, adult contemporary, and modern folk with a pinch of funk.

With an opening act by Wesleyan Juniors, Jack Lewis & Katie Solomon.

Date: TODAY, May 9th
Time: 8:00 – 10:00PM
Place: The ButtonWood Tree: 605 Main Street, Middletown, CT
Cost: $8 (for Wesleyan Students)

Local Round-Up: ACA Outreach and the New Minimum Wage

The deadline for enrollment in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is March 31, and members of the Wesleyan Young Advocates have been working tirelessly since September 2013 to ensure that Middletown residents have the information and resources necessary to enroll. WYA and the Community Health Center are hosting an ACA Celebration Brunch to recognize contributions toward CT enrollment on Saturday March 29 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at the CHC (675 Main Street), and then they will distribute information materials to businesses in New Britain until 3 pm. Shuttles will be provided from Usdan until 11:30, and volunteers do not need extensive knowledge of the ACA in order to participate. For more information, contact Marshal Lawler ’16 at plawler[at]wesleyan[dot]edu and Sagar Parekh at ParekhS[at]chc1[dot]com

Local Round-Up: Stories from Middletown and Beyond


With our own politics, concerts, and grocery store, Wesleyan may feel like a fairly complete ecosystem that leaves little cause for crossing Broad Street or Wash. It can be easy to forget not only that there’s a world beyond campus borders but also that there are exciting affairs and good people right here in Central Connecticut. Thus on behalf of MidWes (the Middletown Relations Committee), I’ll be popping that Wesleyan bubble with a bi-weekly dose of local news and events. Has it been a while since you befriended a Nutmegger, thought about city and state politics, or drank real coffee? Stay tuned for more reminders as to why you should know and maybe even love your neighbors.

  • The Connecticut General Assembly is discussing a bill that addresses various felonies committed with drones, which would require the state’s Department of Transportation to develop regulations regarding unmanned aircraft. Drones will transform rescue missions and the shipping industry but lawmakers worry over the threat they pose to public safety and privacy. The future is an awesome and terrifying place.
  • Connecticut House Republican Leader Larry Cafero has requested a public hearing where anyone could share thoughts and suggestions on the controversial Common Core State Standards Initiative  If you have strong feelings about curriculum changes and teacher evaluation standards, keep your eyes out for opportunities to address the state’s Education Committee, who has not yet raised a single bill regarding Common Core, despite widespread criticism.

Humble Tripe at Buttonwood Tree

Pushing the boundaries of folk-Americana, Humble Tripe moves from songwriter to symphony, resulting in a haunting landscape of beautiful swells, dramatic tension, and space on their upcoming sophomore album, The Giving.

In celebration of their latest work, Humble Tripe’s Shawn Luby, a nationally recognized classical guitar player in his youth, and Berklee School of Music graduate Stud Green return to Middletown for a special acoustic performance of their album at the Buttonwood Tree.

Date: Friday, Nov 8
Time: 8PM
Place: The Buttonwood Tree, 605 Main Street
Cost $10

Two Nights of Higher Animals


What are you doing? There’s music to be heard! Roberto Muller and the fine people at the Buttonwood Tree are bringing Higher Animals down to play, and if you miss them the first time, that’s alright! They’ll be at Wesleyan the very next night! Not to mention, some of our favorite Wes student bands are opening, so you really have no excuse not to be there at least one night, possibly both:

Friday, March 1st @ 8pm – Higher Animals with Robert Don ’15 and Grand
Cousin at The Buttonwood Tree.

Saturday, March 2nd @ 10:30 p.m. – Higher Animals with Carroll at BuHo.

Music and info at the Higher Animals website. Come shake yo’ booty!

Date: Friday, March 1st | Saturday, March 2nd
Time: 8 p.m. | 10:30 p.m.
Place: The Buttonwood Tree | Buddhist House
Cost: $10 adults/$5 Students, and free (pass the hat), respectively

Food Is Good; Bombs Are Not

Just woke up? Good. Hungry? Great. Want to cook for Middletown? Snap; get a move on to Food Not Bombs on and around Main Street (though Joshua Krugman ’14 won’t be offended if you’re late):

Come cook with Middletown Food Not Bombs! Every Sunday (including this one!) at or after 11:00 a.m. First Church on Court St. (last block before Main St.)

Come eat with Middletown Food Not Bombs! in front of The Buttonwood Tree on Main St. at or after 12:45 p.m – bring instruments, songs!

Come clean up with Middletown Food Not Bombs! back at the church, 2:15 p.m.

When: Now through 2 something, every Sunday
Where: First Church (190 Court St.) -> The Buttonwood Tree (605 Main St.) -> First Church
Benefits to Society: Positive

The Winter Sounds at the Buttonwood Tree

Happenin’ tonight right on Main Street, from Laura Bliss ’12:

Nashville-based The Winter Sounds take the stage at The Buttonwood Tree for what promises to be an unforgettable night of music and storytelling.

With influences ranging widely from gypsy jazz to punk rock, the Winter Sounds will present new songs and old favorites in an exciting and dynamic indie-rock style.”

Date: Tonight, October 20
Place: The Buttonwood Tree, 605 Main Street
Time: 8:00 PM
Cost: $8, or $5 for Wes students