Jun 25, 2007


Thomas Barrows & Sons and B & S Auctioneers will hold a fundraising auction to benefit Oddfellows Playhouse on June 27th at 6:30 pm. Supporters of the Playhouse have donated many wonderful items including jewelry, furniture, silver, antiques and collectibles, and vintage clothing. Highlights include: two Tiffany & Co. emerald and sapphire rings, antique Mexican silver jewelry, a pair of Derby framed mirrors, clocks from the 1800’s, Meissen porcelain, Roseville art pottery, folk art, an antique mahogany sailor-made sewing box, and a trio of Robert Mumford pen and ink drawings.

The auction will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Cromwell, CT. The auction begins at 6:30, with a preview starting at 4 pm. If you are unable to stay for the auction, but can come to the preview, you can leave a bid in absentia.

All proceeds from this auction go to Oddfellows Playhouse and support its ongoing youth programs. Oddfellows was founded in 1975 as a community-based, multicultural theater program designed to include children from all backgrounds. Today it is Connecticut’s largest and most active year-round youth theater that annually serves about 2,000 young people, ages 2-20, with an innovative program designed for asset building.

The auction will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 573 Main Street (Rt. 99), Cromwell, CT 06416. For more information, call Oddfellows Playhouse (860) 347-6143.

Jun 19, 2007


The Children’s Circus of Middletown, run by Oddfellows Playhouse as part of the Middletown Commission on the Arts’ Kids Arts program, is, once again, looking for musicians to play in its circus band. The band is open to all adult and teenage musicians willing to make the commitment to rehearsals and the performance on Friday, August 3, at 5:00 pm. Band director is well-known local musician, Dirck Westervelt.

Percussion, horns, woodwinds, strings (electric or acoustic) are all needed. There will be an organizational meeting on Tuesday, June 26 from 6-9 pm at Oddfellows Playhouse, 128 Washington Street, Middletown. Rehearsals will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9 pm throughout the month of July. Although attendance at all rehearsals is not compulsory, band members are expected to have consistent attendance and must be available for the dress rehearsal on August 2 and the performance on August 3. Professional or highly experienced musicians are often able to “sit in” by coming to a few rehearsals before the show.

This is the 19th annual Children’s Circus, a 5-week program for Middletown youngsters ages 8 to 14. Over 200 young people learn such skills as juggling, stilt-walking, clowning, unicycling, acrobatics, and dance and present the results in a stupendous outdoor show, accompanied by live music by the circus band. The show annually attracts an audience of about 1,000.

To sign up for the circus band, please call Oddfellows Playhouse at (860) 347-6143.