May
12
6:00pm 6:00pm

One Book on the Riverbend

Join us for a discussion hosted by Judge Marino on the legal aspects of the trial in this year's One Book, To Kill a Mockingbird

The One Book on the RIverbend selection for 2016 is To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. This classic novel of childhood, racial injustice, and tolerance was published in 1960 and set in 1930s Alabama. Many of us read the book in school, but it loses none of its freshness and relevance on re-reading it today. 

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May
7
12:00pm12:00pm

Perk on Wheels - Feet to the Fire Riverfront Encounter

Feet to the Fire: Riverfront Encounter is an annual environmental-arts festival, held at Harbor Park in Middletown on the banks of the Connecticut River. It features live music, visual art installations, plein art painters, a kids' activity zone, environmental exhibits, a craft fair, farmer's market, food trucks, and other activities. The purpose of the festival is to 1) raise awareness of the cultural, history and environmental status of the Connecticut River, 2) engage participants in performances and exhibitions that inspire, and 3) raise awareness of Middletown's upcoming riverfront redevelopment. 

Here is the 2016 event page with a one-minute video about the festival. 

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Mar
13
1:00pm 1:00pm

Chocolate to the Rescue!

March 13th, 2016 | 1pm - 4pm | Inn at Middletown

Proceeds from "Chocolate to the Rescue" benefit our Middlesex Family Shelter.

Click here to buy tickets online or to sponsor the event.

Click here for a printable mail-in ticket purchase form (PDF)

Help families and children experiencing homelessness while enjoying the region's finest chocolate

  • Sample mouthwatering chocolate delicacies from local restaurants, bakeries, caterers, and chocolatiers

  • Observe judging from a panel of culinary experts

  • Bid on an array of silent auction items

  • Vote for your favorite chocolate creation

  • Sponsorships available: For more information call Linda at (203) 401-4400 x 150
    Click here for sponsorship information(PDF)

  • View photos from the 13th Annual Chocolate to the Rescue on Facebook HERE.

At the beautiful Inn at Middletown, located at 70 Main Street, Middletown, CT.

Master of Ceremony
Jim Masters, TV and Radio Personality

2016 participants include:

ION Restaurant

Marjolaine Pastry Shop

MELT Chocolatier

Perk on Main

Scratch Baking

Sweet Sage Bakery

Tschudin Chocolates & Confections

more to come!

Judges

  • Joan Gordon, restaurant review writer for the Norwich Bulletin
  • Tommy Juliano, Pastry Chef, formerly of Community Table, On20, & Food Network's Sweet Genius
  • Priscilla Martel, All About Food
  • Chef Chris Prosperi, Metro Bis Restaurant
  • Lee White, food editor and restaurant reviewer for more than 25 years

 

Sponsors:

EXPEDITER:

Guilford Savings Bank

Middlesex Hospital

Rose & Kiernan
 

PASTRY CHEF:

Edible Arrangements

Mohegan Sun

Webster Bank
 

CHEF de PARTIE:

Community Health Center

Engineered Handling Systems, Inc.

O&G Industries, Inc.

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Jan
12
6:30pm 6:30pm

CAT Soup Exchange

Come to a Coginchaug Area Transition (CAT) soup exchange at 6:30-8 pm on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at Perk on Main. Bring homemade soup in four-cup containers you don't mind giving away, and bring as many copies of the recipe as you have containers of soup. (Frozen in re-used deli containers works well.) You will get to take home as many quarts of different kinds of soup as you bring to the swap. We'll share soup stories and chat about Transition and ways to make our community more sustainable. All welcome. Call Sue at 860-349-0777 if you have any questions.

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Aug
23
4:00pm 4:00pm

Art and Soul at Perk on Church

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Grab your beverage of choice and a bite to eat at Perk on Church and utilize your caffeine fix to create a coffee-themed masterpiece perfect for your breakfast nook or to hang above your coffee pot!  Our skilled art instructor will guide you step-by-step through the artistic process to create your own work of art- no skill or experience needed!

Seating is limited! Reserve your spot today by calling 203-435-8248 

$35 per person.
A portion of each payment will be donated to Closer to Free, A Ride for Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven Price includes all art supplies and the evening’s instruction. All participants will leave with a completed painting.

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Jul
19
4:00pm 4:00pm

Perk and Paint Party

A skilled art instructor will guide you step-by-step through the artistic process to create your own work of art- no skill or experience needed! Seating is limited! Reserve your spot today by calling 203-435-8248.  $25 per person.  Price includes all art supplies and the evening’s instruction. All participants will leave with a completed painting!

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