The Mash Up at Billings Forge


What is the Mash Up at Billings Forge?


FOOD                                 THEATRE                       ENERGY

WINE TASTINGS               DANCE                           ENTERTAINMENT

VISUAL ARTS                   PERFORMANCE                 NIGHT-OUT

MUSIC                           COMMUNITY                     CREATIVITY


Billings Forge Community Works will presents it’s first-ever Mash UP. What is Mash UP?  It’s a poetic clash of People, Food, Art, Music, and Discussion and serious fun all happening the same night in the same place.  It’s what makes Billings Forge a place you want to be. 

Mash UP will be held on Thursday, February 3, and features an inspired mix of food, cultural arts, creativity and community.  A $10 wristband gives you access to all events and performances.   Firebox will feature Craft Beer Tastings and specialty cocktails; the Kitchen will offer coffee and dessert pairings. All proceeds from these culinary events or your dinner at Firebox this evening support Billings Forge Community Works.   

When:        Thursday February 3rd 


Mash UP kicks off with a live broadcast of WNPR’s Where We Live with John Dankosky at 9:00am at The Lyceum*.


Have you been looking for an excuse to eat at Firebox?

Here it is…proceeds from the evening go directly to BFCW

-Allagash Craft Beer Tasting (6:00-9:00)

Allagash Black, Draft
Allagash White, Draft
Allagash Tripel, Draft
Allagash Dubbel, Draft and
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon-Aged Tripel), Bottles (limited quantity)

  -Mash UP Specialty Cocktails from mixologist Amy (9:00-Close)

 The Studio at Billings Forge

Special Winter Farmers’ Market- Pamela Dunn, Chef and owner of Boxed Goodes, will be doing demos and tastings featuring her line of organic herbs & spices as well as Heirloom and Exotic Rice, and Grains.  Bill Duesing Executive Director of Ct. NOFA will be giving a talk on developing our local organic food system. (3:30-6:00)

Catie Talarski’s Radio Adventure Theater: Exploration*

Ernest Shackleton, Amelia Earhart, Neil Armstrong.  The topic is exploration – and you don’t even have to change out of your pajamas.  Join the senior producer of WNPR’s Where We Live as she takes you on an audio tour, with sonic contributions from public radio producers, musicians and artists. Don’t know what to expect?! Think: old-fashion variety show meets This American Life; Listening session meets jam session.  Come with an open mind… ready to explore!  (7:00 p.m.)

Indie Open Mic- Listen to live local music hosted by Josh Aciares. Acoustic, electric, and spoken word are featured, with performances by: Jason Bernard, David Vignola, White Savages, Jon Parson, Joshua Aciares and Daniel Salazar III, Heirlooms and Pale Cowboy.* (8:30 p.m.)

The Workshops at Billings Forge

Open Studios- Visit the studios of artists-in-residence Nina Goodale-Salazar & Dan Salazar, Ted Efremoff, Deborah Goffe and Danielle Martin-Cicero for a behind-the-scenes look at their work.  Live acoustic music throughout and hands on projects.*  (6:00-9:00)


The Kitchen at Billings Forge

Dessert and Coffee Pairings- join artisan baker Becky McGuigan and New London’s Bean & Leaf for a dessert and coffee matching and discussion. (6:00-9:00)

Cooking Class- Back to Our Roots: Seasonal Vegetables- the  market & your CSA <>  (5:30pm - 7:00pm)
Registration Additional cost applies ($55).  Pre-registration required.
Winter is upon us, and the markets are filled with strange looking vegetables plucked from the earth. Join us at our winter farmer's market to "shop" for our ingredients and return to the kitchen to learn how to substitute and use these tasty, healthy and underutilized varieties of fresh, organic root vegetables in delicious, wholesome dishes. Roasted Beet & Feta Gratin, Root Vegetable Tagine with Spice-roasted Chickpeas, Winter Squash puree with shaved Parmesan and grilled bruschetta. Instructor: Jessica Soleil

Bore(d) Game Night- come hang out in the Kitchen Café and play your favorite board game. Games provided or bring your own.* (6:00-9:00)


The Lyceum

A Cappella: Women of the Cross. Originating at Hartford’s Artists Collective, Women of the Cross have been uplifting audiences with their unique harmony and universal appeal.* (6:00 p.m.)

 Tom Lee- storyteller extraordinaire returns to Billings Forge with his tales that expand the imagination, humor the soul, and enchant the mind. For adults.* (6:30 p.m.)


* your $10 Mash UP wristband gives you access to all of these events