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Bluegrass and Buttonwood Make for One Fine Afternoon

Middletown's North End performing arts and cultural center set up at Halfinger Farms Saturday for a musical benefit that featured five bluegrass musicians amid the rolling hills and fragrant flowers.

Lively bluegrass bands set the tone for the splendidly sunny Buttonwood Tree music festival at Higganum's Halfinger Farms Saturday as folks enjoyed a silent auction, raffle, jewelry, food donated by area businesses and 4-H animal demonstrations.

Musicians Andy Buzzi, originally of Haddam, the Charter Oak Bluegrass band (video here), South Carolina Broadcasters, Poor Old Shine and Taylor Musicians Live accompanied family friendly events like face painting, bubble-blowing clowns, truck and tractor displays and even a homemade, natural play dough station.

Connecticut's own Charter Oak Bluegrass features Bruce Baldyga (guitar, lead vocals), David “Jake” Jacobson (mandolin, baritone vocals), Kenny Sekcenski (banjo, sound engineer) and Kenny Sekcenski (banjo, sound engineer).

Kisha Michael sells homemade play clay or dough using all-natural dyes like cabbage, beets, coffee, tumeric and spinach. For information, email homemadedough@gmail.com.

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Veronica Marshall May 21, 2012 at 08:20 PM
It was not a festival! It took place in a small gravel parking lot that smelled like tar and dirt. There were about 20 card table chairs set up in front of the band. That was it! No room to set up our own chairs, not that we wanted to in the dirty gravel! We left after 1 minutes of looking around. It was pathetic.

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