An Emotional Production By The Madison Lyric Stage

of mice and men dramatic characterThe MLS held six performances of the chamber opera version Of Mice and Men in two rooms of the Grave House. They received outstanding reviews and played to a near capacity audience. This interactivity creation brought theater to Downtown Madison and attracted many from around Connecticut and NYC.

It was the first of three productions for the 2019 season which is the second year of a partnership between the MLS and the DJGF

Madison 2nd and 4th grade program continues

Madison, Connecticut second graders check out the colonial jacks at the Deacon John Grave House eventThe annual Spring program for all public second and fourth grade students is a joint Event of the Madison Historical and the Deacon John Grave Foundation.

Over three days, around 500 students, teachers and parents rotated between three education stations to learn about early Madison.

Madison, Connecticut fourth graders view an old quilt at the Deacon John Grave House eventThe Deacon John Grave House and grounds provided an interesting real life experience with tours of the House and then a fun time with Colonial toys. No internet was needed.

Strong House Seniors Visit the Grave House Again for History and Hearth Cooking

Strong House Seniors Visit the Deacon John Grave House Again in Madison CTOn April 15th, the Strong House of Madison made their annual visit to enjoy our historical program depicting everyday life in colonial Connecticut.

The history of the house and the Grave family provided interesting discussions. Some toured the second floor for a demonstration about flax growing, linen making, spinning and weaving as well as a view of the secret room.

The biggest hit was a demonstration of hearth cooking. Hearth baked bread and soup were provided to the guests.

Madison Lyric Stage Holds Their April Fundraiser

Madison Lyric Stage held their fundraising party on April 6th at the Deacon John Grave House with a theme of “Spring Will Come Again, Songs of Hopes and Dreams”.

Mark Deacon sang accompanied by piano and cello while others performed from the upcoming plays. Songs included favorites by Barber, Bernstein, Rogers and Hammerstein and Sondheim.

Guests enjoyed light food and drink and bid on silent auction items to support the Madison Lyric Stage.

The Deacon John Greave Foundation has partnered with them for four productions beginning in late May.

Madison Lyric Stage Fundraiser at the Deacon John Grave House in Madison CT

Spring Tavern Night 2019 at the Deacon John Grave House

Tavern Night 2019 at the Deacon John Grave House in Madison CT

Rick and Jim serenading the crowd

Our annual Spring Tavern Night 2019 at the Deacon John Grave House on March 23rd was a terrific event which delighted our Madison residents.

Light food and drink were provided and our our own Deacon John Grave Band performed. Our 1685 house served as a tavern and Inn starting around 1707. This event also raises revenue for our Foundation.

Exciting Eighth Season of Madison Lyric Stage at the Deacon John Grave House

Madison Lyric Stage wants to thank everyone who attended and supported our fundraising concert, Spring Will Come Again, at the Deacon John Grave House on Saturday, April 6th! Much fun was had and your presence was truly appreciated!

We now are moving full speed onto our exciting eighth season! Don’t miss out! Our money-saving and convenient season subscriptions are available now!


See Three Productions For Only $99.99!


We are offering money-saving subscriptions for our three mainstage shows – Of Mice and Men, Into the Woods and Hansel and Gretel. While individual tickets will be priced at $40, season ticket bundles are currently available for a limited time for $99.99 at, or by calling 203-215-6329. You do not have to select specific nights when buying a subscription and can make those decisions at a later date.

We are also thrilled to announce our 2019 main stage season: Carlisle Floyd’s musical drama Of Mice and Men, based on the John Steinbeck classic, in May/June; the Stephen Sondheim fairy tale musical Into the Woods in July; and just in time for Halloween, Engelbert Humperdinck’s enchanted opera Hansel and Gretel in October. In November MLS will present the innovative staged evening Hotel Fables: Episodes in a Life, featuring works by Britten, Korngold, Saint-Saens, Puccini and Strauss, with tenor Marc Deaton and four singing actors.

We are also excited to continue our partnership with the Deacon John Grave House in the Madison historic district, and will present our entire season inside and on the grounds of the historic home. All productions will be presented in an intimate and immersive fashion, and therefore all performances will be for a maximum of only 40 people.

Spring Tavern Night Is Upon Thee

Spring Tavern NightThe Deacon John Grave House, 581 Boston Post Road in Madison, will hold our Spring Tavern Night on Saturday, March 23rd from 7 to 9 p.m.

The c. 1685 house once served as a tavern and inn starting around 1707, in the early days of the Boston Post Road.

Admission is for adults age 21 and older only.

Tickets are $25 for DJGF members and $30 for non-members.

Light food and drink included along with our Deacon Grave Band.

Space is limited! Fun is not!


Our Traditional Members Party

In early January the Foundation held our annual members holiday party at the house.

Guest members joined board members for a festive evening of food, drink and music.

A buffet of gorgeous food

The house was decorated and a cozy fire set the tone for a relaxed time. The board was able to interact directly with our members and thank them for their terrific support in 2018.

A New Holiday Tradition

A Journey Through Time – The Lantern Tour

On a mild evening, December 14th the Deacon John Grave Foundation together with the Madison Historical Society and students from Daniel Hand High School offered special house tours in the Madison Historical District.

Over 100 people participated. Groups of 10 visitors with guides visited 10 historic structures including the Deacon John Grave House.

Roaring fires greeted the visitors to the Grave House who relaxed with warm cider and snacks to include popcorn popped on the hearth. Eight board members attired in period dress provided personal tours and history about Madison. A great time was had by all.