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Alfresco Thursdays

July 2 @ 5:00 pm - August 27 @ 8:00 pm

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Essex Board of Trade Hosts Alfresco Thursdays, July 2 – August 27!

Essex is OPEN for Summer 2020 and the Essex Board of Trade (EBOT) is upping its annual Alfresco Thursdays with weekly events throughout the months of July and August 

“This year, Alfresco Thursdays holds special significance as Connecticut cautiously reopens businesses post quarantine, says Colt Taylor, President of Essex Board of Trade (EBOT). With social distancing the new norm, the outdoor experience of Alfresco Thursdays provides the community and merchants an opportunity to reconnect safely and responsibly. Community is more important than ever…we hope Alfresco Thursdays will bring families and neighbors to Essex Village for socialdistancing fun, while also paving the way for economic recovery in our beautiful small town.” 

Dine Alfresco & Support Local! 

Alfresco Thursdays boasts numerous patio and dockside dining venues from the top to bottom of Main Street in Essex Village, at Olive Oyl’s Creative Cuisine, The Griswold Inn, Carlson’s Landing, and Siren a new marine restaurant at Safe Harbor Essex Island. To ramp up the alfresco spirit, The Essex restaurant will feature a pop-up experience at Main Street Park, where Chef Colt Taylor will be serving his awardwinning “Connecticut Lobster Rolls.”  

Retail open until 8pm! 

Essex village shops are open until 8pm. Many are offering sidewalk shopping to maximize social distancing and renew customer relationships. 

Live Music 

Live music is a highlight of Alfresco Thursdays on various dates and locations: 

  • An 11-year tradition, Connecticut River Museum is hosting their weekly, free to the public concert series, “Thursdays on the Dock.” Beer, wine, snacks and dinner are available for purchase. Just bring a blanket and lawn chair to enjoy the music and spectacular waterfront views!  Reservations for 5:30pm at: https://ctrivermuseum.org/events/  
  • Olive Oyl’s is kicking up the alfresco experience with live music too! New this year are sophisticated box dinners and a socialdistanced seating arrangement that overflows from the patio into the dressed-up parking area. Visit Instagram/Facebook for the latest menu and performance updates. 
  • A must stop on the alfresco trail is the Melanie Carr Gallery, North Main Street, for some New Orleans style, honky-tonk blues piano by Jon Gordon! 

Coming on July 30 – September 3! 

Outdoor Yoga in Main Street Park with certified yoga instructor Angela Stevens. This is a 45-minute class inspired by nature. Start time is 5pm (except 8/27 is 4pm); cost is $55.00. Register at Essex Park & Recreation: https://www.essexct.gov/park-and-recreation. *Bring Yoga Mat*  

Free Hourly Boat Dockage! 

Safe Harbor Essex Island offers FREE hourly dockage from 4pm to 9pm. Why not travel to Alfresco Thursdays by water for the ultimate outdoor experience? Just call the marina to reserve and mention “Alfresco Thursdays!”  860-767-2483 or VHF Channel 9. 

Enjoy a Breath of Fresh Air / Socially Distance & Stay Safe! 

EBOT members adhere to an “Alfresco Alliance” for post quarantine safety – all participating restaurants and merchants are implementing CDC guidelines. Additionally, EBOT requires Alfresco Thursday attendees to follow CDC protocol for Social Distancing and Mask Wearing: 





July 2 @ 5:00 pm
August 27 @ 8:00 pm
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Essex Village
69 Nott Lane
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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(860) 767-3904

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Essex Board of Trade, Inc., P.O. Box 322
Essex, CT 06426 860-767-3904 or email message@experienceessex.com


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