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December Events at The Buttonwood Tree

Submitted by Anne-Marie Cannata McEwen

(November 28, 2022) — Upcoming events in December at The Buttonwood Tree, 605 Main Street, Middletown.

Friday, December 2, 2022: Story City Troupe “Holiday Time” 8:00 p.m. Event is free, donations welcomed.

Jezrie Marcano-Courtney is a New Haven-based storyteller, who began telling in front of live audiences in 2015. Her love of live storytelling transcends Tellebration at the Institute Library in New Haven, where she is a yearly fixture. Jezrie has presented with Pecha Kucha in Bridgeport, and has been a featured teller for TellTale at Yale University, Songs and Stories at Next Door, and most recently Storytellers New Haven at the Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology. 

Saul Fussiner Director of Creative Writing at Educational Center for the Arts, an Arts Magnet School in New Haven. Host and producer of “Songs & Stories” at Next Door In New Haven, a Storytelling and Singer/songwriter series on the 4th Saturday of every month. He also has two new one-man storytelling shows: “I’ve Heard Those Drums All My Life” (about Ireland) and “Ghosts of Poland” (about Poland, of course). Saul has told or read stories at the Institute Library, Cafe 9 and Neverending Books in New Haven, and at the Guerrilla Lit Reading Series and the Difficult to Name Reading Series in New York. 
Michael Isko tells stories about his foibles and family. He recently retired from a 34 year career as Public Defender, and accepted Sue Huggan’s request to keep the Story City Troupe together, and bring shows to the Buttonwood Tree. He has told at a number of SpeakUp Storytelling events at Saul Fussiner Songs and Stories and at the Next Door, New Haven., Jezrie Marcano’s Speak Easy at The Ordinary in New Haven, and for the New Haven Festival of Arts and Ideas.
Saturday, December 3, 2022: French 75 Dixieland Jazz Band. Show starts at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $15. French 75 formed in 2016 and has quickly taken the early jazz scene by storm. Performing hits from the 1900s-1940s, the ensemble embraces the sounds of Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, and many of the mavericks of American jazz, performing hits like “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Basin Street Blues,” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.” 
Expect to dance like you’re in New Orleans when the sounds of trumpet, clarinet, tuba, banjo, drums, and vocals take stage. Perfect for concerts (outdoors and indoors), dances, private events, weddings, breweries/distilleries, and much more!

The quintet is currently based in Hartford. Members include Seth Bailey on trumpet, Joh Alex Kollias on clarinet, Morgan Brown on guitar, Allison Lazur on tuba, and Mark Macksoud on drums/vocals.

The show will feature special guests Rats In The Attic (folk/country).

Saturday, December 10, 2022: State Troubadour Kala Farnham Shows starts at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $20. Opening by West Hartford’s Eric Paradine, singer/songwriter, and guitarist extraordinaire. Kala Farnham a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter hailing from the Quiet Corner of Connecticut. Her signature songwriting has been described as a reinvention of the folk tradition made popular by artists such as Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez: she has been praised for her classical undertones and playful dose of Broadway theatricality onstage, and a lyricism that springs to life with creative storytelling, cultural references.

Friday, December 16, 2022: House of Moses. Show starts at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $15.

The Buttonwood Tree welcomes back by popular demand Middletown’s own Music Ambassador Randy Moses with his fellow long time jam members Freddy Moses, Michael Arafeh, Music Ambassador ’22, Scott Kessel, Nat Holmes, Matt Solak and Ben Ross. 


While House of Moses wasn’t formed until 1993, Randy Moses and his brothers, Freddie Moses and the now late Thomas “Jakula” Moses began playing music together as children in the 1960s.

“Music has always been a part of our lives,” Randy said. “We grew up that way. It’s my life — it’s what I do.”

Saturday, December 17, 2022: Ryan Devlin Jazz Quartet Show starts at 7:00 p.m.. Admission is $15. Reservations are suggested.

The Ryan Devlin Quartet plays music in the jazz genre. Many inspirations for Ryan’s music come from saxophonists Steve Grossman, Michael Brecker, and John Coltrane. The quartet features Ryan Devlin on tenor sax, Mike Bond on piano, Gene Perla on bass, and Adam Nussbaum on drums.

Ryan Devlin is a 25 year old saxophonist and private woodwind instructor living in Boston. Devlin started his musical journey with his father, Scott Devlin, who was the leader of the Walt Disney World Sax Quartet. Music was always in the house when Ryan was a child. Scott was always teaching lessons or practicing for his next gig. Ryan was immediately interested and asked his Dad to teach him saxophone around age 9, after playing piano for 3 years. 

For information on all shows, visit or call (860) 347-4957.

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