Aug 18, 2009

ODDFELLOWS PLAYHOUSE KICKS OFF “AROUND MIDDLETOWN IN 80 DAYS

Oddfellows Playhouse kicks off its 35^th season with “Around Middletown in 80 Days,” an ongoing event that highlights 80 happenings, locations, and restaurants that make Middletown a great place to live. This celebration of our home town begins on August 25 and ends on November 13 with the opening of Oddfellows’ Teen Repertory Company production of /Around the World in 80 Days/.

This event is also a great way to support Oddfellows. Tuesdays from August 25 to November 13 are restaurant nights. Every week a different Middletown restaurant will be featured, and on that night, the featured restaurant will donate a portion of the evening’s proceeds to Oddfellows Playhouse. “Around Middletown in 80 Days” opens at *It’s Only Natural* restaurant on August 25. Other featured restaurants are *Amici’s* (September 1); *Typhoon* (September 8, 15, and 22); *Osaka* (October 6); *O’Rourke’s Diner* (October 13); *Armory Tavern/Inn at Middletown* (October 20); *Tuscany Grill* (November 3); and *Thai Gardens* (November 10).

At every event you attend, you will be given a raffle ticket. Prizes will be awarded on November 13 at a drawing during the intermission of opening night of /Around the World in 80 Days/. The more events you go to, the more raffle tickets you’ll have and the greater your chances of winning. Anyone can participate, and you don’t have to be present at the drawing to win

To add to the fun, download your very own cut-out of Phileas Fogg, the intrepid English traveler, and take him around Middletown between August 25 and November 13. To share Phileas’ journey around Middletown, take picture of him and upload them to Oddfellows Playhouse Facebook site or email them to 80days@oddfellows.org . Look for Phileas Fogg around Middletown this fall!

For a complete list of “Around Middletown in 80 Days” events and happenings, visit www.oddfellows.org . For more information, call (860) 347-6143.

Oddfellows’ 09-10 season is supported by grants from the CT State Department of Education, The J. Walton Bissell Foundation, Pratt and Whitney-Middletown, The Stare Fund, and the Middletown Commission on the Arts.