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Monday, November 30th, 2015

  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - Traditional beginning of the online Christmas shopping season, when consumers return to work and start ordering online. Annually, the Monday after Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

  • - On December 1, 1891 James Naismith was a teacher of physical education at the International YMCA Training School at Springfield, MA. To create an indoor sport that could be played during winter months, he nailed up peach baskets at opposite ends of the gym and gave students soccer balls to toss into them. Thus was born the game of basketball.

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

  • | NATL - Government
    - The tradition of having the US president light a national Christmas tree at the Ellipse at Washington DC dates to 1923, when President Calvin Coolidge pushed a button electrifying 2,500 bulbs on a 48-foot fir. The national tree as not lit during World War II, 1941-44. The tree has used LED lights since 2007. Annually, the first Thursday (or Friday) in December.

Friday, December 4th, 2015

  • | 8:00pm - | Arts and Entertainment, Buttonwood; Music; Live; Entertainment; Jazz; Quartet; Eric Mintel; White House;
    - From the White House to the Kennedy Center to the United Nations and beyond, the Eric Mintel Jazz Quartet are thrilling audiences of all ages across the country. See them live as they perform Charlie Brown Jazz celebrating the 50th Ann of the legendary Charlie Brown Christmas cartoon that has sustained generations every holiday season. Jazz composer Vince Guaraldi's timeless themes will be played by The Eric Mintel Quartet who will perform hits like Skating, Christmas is Coming and the timeless Linus and Lucy theme. Family, friendly and fun describes what audiences are in store for during a concert by the Eric Mintel Quartet. Joining pianist and composer Eric Mintel will be Nelson Hill sax/flute, Dave Mohn drums and Jack Hegyi Bass.

    Eric Mintel:
    Eric Mintel has played the piano all his life. Career highlights include two performances by invitation at the White House, several concerts at the Kennedy Center and a special concert at the United Nations. Eric was a featured guest on Marian McPartland's award winning program Piano Jazz on NPR and his music is regularly played on XM and Sirius radio. Jazz legend Dave Brubeck has said, "As long as the music attracts dedicated young musicians like Eric Mintel, jazz will continue to thrive and progress as a voice of freedom." Eric Mintel continues to thrill audiences of all ages and continues to connect with people all over the world.
    The Buttonwood Tree
    605 Main Street Middletown CT 06457
    The Buttonwood Tree 860.347.4957
  • - On December 4, 1998, the shuttle Endeavour took a US component of the space station named Unity into orbit 220 miles from Earth where spacewalking astronauts fastened it to a component launched by the Russians November 20, 1998. On July 25, 2000, the Russian service module Zvezda docked with the station. On October 31, 2000, NASA launched the first expedition with a three-man crew to stay aloft for four months. Officially completed on May 27, 2011, the space state is 357 feet across and 240 feet long and supports a crew of up to six.

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

  • | 8:00pm - | Arts and Entertainment, Buttonwood; Comedy; Live; Entertainment;
    - $10
    Connecticut's own Darren Sechrist brings together some of New England’s top comics for a rollicking good time. A mix of headliners, seasoned comics, and new voices will be bringing the funny to the Buttonwood Tree. This is a show you don’t want to miss! With: Jess Miller, Matt Walley, Paul Gregory, David Hintz, and Darren Sechrist.. (Some adult content.)
    (Lineup subject to change.)
    Darren Sechrist
    Darren’s bizarre and hilarious take on fatherhood, family, and the absurdities of life make him a hit with audiences of all types. You can catch him at clubs across New England and New York.

    Jess Miller
    Jess produces and hosts comedy shows in and around New England and performs regularly at Caroline’s on Broadway.

    David Hintz
    For the last three years, Dave has been voted among the top three funniest comedians in the New Haven Advocate’s reader’s choice poll … and now that magazine doesn’t exist anymore.

    Matt Walley
    Matt’s dark humor has made him a favorite at clubs across New England and a finalist in the Last Comix Standing contest.

    Paul Gregory
    Paul is a new face to comedy. He is a writer and comedian from Hightstown, NJ, and is the father of two boys.
    The Buttonwood Tree
    605 Main Street Middletown CT 06457
    The Buttonwood Tree 860.347.4957

Monday, December 7th, 2015

  • - On December 7, 1941 at 7:55AM (local time), "a date that will live in infamy," nearly 200 Japanese aircraft attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, long considered the US "Gibraltar of the Pacific." The raid, which lasted little more than one hour, left nearly 3,000 dead. Almost the entire US Pacific Fleet was at anchor there, and few ships escaped damage. Several were sunk or disabled, while 200 US aircraft on the ground were destroyed. The attack on Pearl Harbor brought about immediate US entry into WWII, a declaration of war being requested by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and approved by Congress December 8, 1941.

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

  • - On December 8, 1941, one day after the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Congress declared war against Japan and the US entered WWII.

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - Human Rights Day is December 10th. Presidential Proclamation 2866, of December 6, 1949, covers all succeeding years. Customarily issued as a "Bill of Rights Day, Human Rights Day and Week."

Friday, December 11th, 2015

  • | 8:00pm - | Arts and Entertainment, Buttonwood; Music; Live; Entertainment; Jazz; Quartet;
    - $12

    A night of music in "Tribute to Rock & Roll" performed in a jazz mode. Compositions by Radiohead, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin will be performed in a manner that offers something new.

    Dan O'Brian-Saxophones
    Mike Suddes-Guitar
    Silvain Castellano-Contra bass
    George Mastrogiannis-Drums

    George Mastrogiannis, a native of Connecticut began playing the drums at 12 years old. His mother Florence saw a need for an expressive outlet that would direct all of his boundless energy. George started playing in garage bands with his friends throughout high school. After high school George made his way to Los Angeles to study at Musicians Institute where he studied with many of the best musicians in Southern California. He returned from LA with a plan to practice and take any gig that came his way. Playing in numerous bands and clubs in New Haven for two years he decided that he wanted to study jazz and in 1998 entered the Hartt School of Music where he immediately began playing with his professors on a weekly basis. George graduated from Hartt in 2002. Since that time he has performed with many different musicians and performers. Some of these include: Bob Mintzer, Bob Berg, Nat Reeves, Steve Davis, Warren Bryd, Noah Baerman, Chris Morrison, Jimmy Green, Abraham Burton, Phil Bowler, Mike Palin’s The Other Orcestra, Nobuki Takamen, George Lesiw and many others. His musical philosophy is that music can enrich our lives at any level of ability. You must first have a love of music, and a love of learning.
    The Buttonwood Tree
    605 Main Street Middletown CT 06457
    The Buttonwood Tree 860.347.4957
  • | NATL - Moon Phases
    - Moon enters New Moon phase at 5:29 A.M. EST.
  • - December 11th and 13th. Sporting Park, Kansas City, MO.
    Time: TDB

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

  • | 1:00pm - 3:00pm | Kids, Buttonwood; Craft; Holiday; Fun; Free;
    - Free!
    Come make holiday ornaments with us!
    The Buttonwood Tree
    605 Main Street Middletown CT 06457
    The Buttonwood Tree 860.347.4957
  • | 8:00pm - 10:00pm | Arts and Entertainment, Buttonwood; Music; Live; Jazz; Jazz Guitar;
    - Turkish jazz guitar virtuoso Sinan Bakir is noted by the music critics and audiences for his inspired and engaging live performances.

    "Jazz critic Owen McNally describes guitarists music as "engaging, clear, uncluttered, accessible and resonate with a pleasant sense of layered mystery, seasoned with savory hints of the exotic." while he underlines "Bakir's tone just by itself makes him distinctive, in addition, of course, to his fluent playing and writing."

    Leading jazz website AllAboutJazz describes a performance by the Sinan Bakir Trio as " Bakir's inspired soloing feeds off of the energy coming from his trio mates, with lines possessing laser-like focus." where jazz critic Rob Young states "burns slowly as it spreads evenly on this canvas as the trio swings gently through the passages in the spirit of jazz Turkish style". As music writer Richard Kamins sums it up "Just let these sounds wash over you; good music can excite and soothe and this is good music."

    Concert will feature original music, standards as well as completely improvised pieces.
    The Buttonwood Tree
    605 Main Street Middletown CT 06457
    The Buttonwood Tree 860.347.4957

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

  • | 3:00pm - 4:00pm | Arts and Entertainment, Buttonwood; Holiday; Live; Christmas;
    - Connecticut Heritage Productions (CHP) is proud to present Dylan Thomas’ holiday classic A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Peter Loffredo brings to life these sometimes amusing, sometimes touching memories of childhood in the early 1900s. Holiday music adds to the nostalgia with songs of the season played on The Buttonwood’s beautifully restored Steinway piano.

    This series of warm childhood remembrances not only reflects the Victorian era in Wales, but speaks to the magic of holidays, to the eternal joys of family and friends, and to the human condition in all times. Dylan’s masterful poetic prose as well as his gorgeous use of the English language makes this a holiday show for the whole family. The performance is suitable for adults and children old enough to sit through a live performance. Each show is just under an hour, but can last in your memory forever.

    Start a new family tradition!
    The Buttonwood Tree
    605 Main Street Middletown CT 06457
    The Buttonwood Tree 860.347.4957
  • | 3:00pm - 4:00pm | Arts and Entertainment, Buttonwood; music; Live; comedy rock; Coconuts
    - New England’s Legendary Comedy Rock Band
    Johnny Eagle (vocals, blues harp, kazoo, percussion), Joe Beetz (guitar, vocals), Sal Monella (bass guitar, vocals, trumpet)
    The Buttonwood Tree
    605 Main Street Middletown CT 06457
    The Buttonwood Tree 860.347.4957
  • - On December 13, 1991, North and South Korea signed a treaty of reconciliation and nonaggression, formally ending the Korean War - 38 years after fighting ceased in 1953. This agreement was not hailed as a peace treaty, and the armistice that was signed July 27, 1953, between the UN and North Korea, was to remain in effect until it could be transformed into a formal peace.

Monday, December 14th, 2015

  • | NATL - Historical
    - On December 14, 1911. The elusive object of many expeditions dating from the 17th century, the South Pole was located and visited by Ronald Amundsen with four companions and 52 sled dogs. All five men and 12 of the dogs returned to base camp safely. Next to visit the South Pole, January 17, 1912, was a party led by Captain Robert F. Scott, all of whom perished during the return trip.

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

  • - On December 16, 1773, the Boston patriots' boarding of British vessel at anchor at Boston Harbor. Contents of nearly 350 chests of tea were dumped into the harbor.

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

  • - On December 17. 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright, brothers, bicycle-shop operators, inventors and aviation pioneers, after three years of experimentation with kites and gliders, achieved the first documented successful powered and controlled flights of an airplane. The flights, near Kitty Hawk, NC, piloted first by Orville and then by Wilber Wright, were sustained for less than one minute but represented man's first powered airplane flight and the beginning of a new form of transportation. Orville Wright was born at Dayton, OH on August 19, 1871 and died there January 30, 1948. Wilbur Wright was born at Millville, IN on April 16, 1867 and died at Dayton OH on May 30, 1912.

Saturday, December 19th, 2015

  • | NATL - Sports and Entertainment
    - On December 19, 2015 at Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium, Daytona Beach, FL. 60th annual Championship Game with a sixteen team field competing and ending with the final two teams vying for the national championship.

    Time TBD

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

  • - On December 20, 1946, America's favorite Christmas drama premiered on this date at New York, NY Directed by Frank Capra and starring James Stewart (George Bailey), Donna Reed (Mary Bailey), Henry Travers (as Clarence Oddbody, trying to earn his angel wings) and Lional Barrymore (as villainous Mr. Potter), the film was nominated for five Academy Awards.

Monday, December 21st, 2015

  • | NATL - Seasonal
    - Allows all those preparing for Christmas to vent their frustrations. Twelve "humbugs" allowed,

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

  • | NATL - National Holidays
    - Family gift-giving occasion in many Christian countries.

Friday, December 25th, 2015

  • | NATL - National Holidays
    - Christian festival commemorating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Most popular of Christian observances. Christmas as a Feast of Nativity dates from the forth century. Although Jesus's birth date is not known, the Western church selected December 25th for the feast, possibly to counteract the non-Christian festivals of that approximate date. Many customs from non-Christian festivals have been adopted as part of the Christmas celebration. Some Orthodox churches celebrate Christmas January 7th based on the "old calendar".

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