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Free Guitar Workshop for Children

October 10, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Free Guitar Workshop for Children

(The sign up date has been extended and we are still accepting students.)

October 10, 2021



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If your school-age Middletown child has expressed an interest in playing guitar but you haven’t taken the next steps, THIS is your answer! Thanks to the generosity of Vincent Rodriguez of Smiles I Can’t See, guitars are available for this free class and a limited number will be given to interested students. Please bring your own if you have one! Thanks also to Terri Lachance for organizing this event and to Lynn Tracey for leading the class. Toregister, please email or call (860)347-4957.

It all began in August of 2020 when the owner of a company in Bethel, CT, BASE Technologies, gave each employee a certain amount of money to donate however they wanted. Vincent Rodriguez bought 3 acoustic guitars and posted a video to see if he could find any children that would be interested in one. Not only did he find people interested, a year later he has raised over $13,000 and has given away over 70 guitars and Smiles I Can’t See is now a thing, based off the fact that during the pandemic, many of the children that have received guitars were wearing masks and their smiles were not visible.

Lynn Tracey, graduate Summa Cum Laude of Manchester Community College A. A. in Music Studies, and State Certification in Recreation Therapy, and graduate (High Honors Award )of the Hartford Conservatory School of Performing Arts – Jazz Studies – Accredited Certification Program, has been performing mainly in the CT scene since 1998. She performs in a variety of groups including genres of Bossanova, Jazz, Rock, Blues, Pop, Big Band, & Musicals. Lynn has had the pleasure of performing with local greats including Nicki Mathis, Jocelyn Pleasant, Joe Carter, Cat Sullivan, and many more. She has also shared the stage with David Stoltz, Walt Gwardyak, Alvin Carter Jr., Alvin Carter Sr., and other phenomenal musicians. Lynn has also toured in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, WA, with HannaH’s Field. Lynn has been a guitar instructor since 2001 and is currently accepting new students.

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October 10, 2021
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center
605 Main Street
Middletown, CT
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(860) 347-4957

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