Buttonwood Tree

22.36 miles
4.75 out of 5
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605 Main St.
Middletown, CT 06457 860-347-4957



The Buttonwood Tree opened its doors as a storefront bookstore and performance space in Middletown’s North End in 1989. Begun by its first director, Susan Eastman Allison and her husband, the DJ and radio personality, Stephan Allison, it was the first such place in the city. Middletown has had many cultural enterprises over the years but The Buttonwood Tree is unique. From its opening, it has been a grassroots, avant garde center for all ages, all comers, artists and audiences. Recognized nationally and internationally as a music venue; it has also offered programs led by artists in contemporary theater, literature, art, poetry and dance-from belly to hip hop-as well as opening its doors to community activists, educational and religious groups.


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