Phil Rosenthal, former official Connecticut State Troubadour, will perform.

   The Mattatuck Museum will host the 2011 Poetry Salon, “On the Button,” on Saturday July 9, 2011 from 7:00-10:00pm. It will be the 3rd annual Poetry Salon Big Event in Waterbury.

   This year’s Poetry Salon takes its inspiration from the museum’s dazzling collection of 10,000 buttons collected all over the world. Join us for an evening of poetry and music in celebration of those beautiful little fasteners which are part of our city’s heritage. Our host for the evening will be local noted poet Ernie Blue. Phil Rosenthal, former official Connecticut State Troubadour, will perform. The Washington Post called Rosenthal, “One of the most expressive singers of traditional country music.” The much admired string musician and fan favorite, Dan Tressler, will perform.

   Also on the roster is the Boston based spoken word artist Regie Gibson, whose work is inspired by the blues, jazz and the music of Jimi Hendrix. Gibson will be joined by noted poets Elizabeth Thomas and Tom Nicotera who has been writing poetry since his college days when he was studying  physics.

   Admission to the On the Button Poetry Salon is $8 for museum members and $10 for non-members. Join the museum to immediately qualify for the member discount. Please register in advance at or by calling (203) 753-0381 ext. 10. 

   For more information on all of the museum’s programs, events, and exhibits visit the website at or call us at (203) 753-0381. The Mattatuck Museum is operated with support from the Connecticut Commission on Cultural & Tourism, and is a member of the Connecticut Art Trail, fifteen world-class museums and historic sites ( Located at 144 West Main Street, Waterbury, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.  Convenient, free parking is located behind the museum on Park Place.