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June 2018

Onrust Cruises

June 1 - October 31
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Onrust is back for a second season of sailing on the Connecticut River!  Uncover the rich heritage and natural beauty of the Connecticut River aboard the Onrust, a replica of Dutch Explorer Adriaen Block’s 1614 ship – the first European vessel to enter the Connecticut River! Help hoist a sail or bring a picnic to enjoy while underway. Museum admission included with cruise ticket. Cruise Rates: Daytime- 2:00pm & 4:00pm: $33 Adults, $22 children under 12. Sunset- 6pm*: $38 regardless of age…

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Sunday Hunt Breakfast at The Gris

June 3, 2018 - January 5, 2020
The Griswold Inn, 36 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Sunday Hunt Breakfast

Sunday Hunt Breakfast / Every Sunday (except holidays) Enjoy the thrill of the hunt each Sunday when a bountiful spread is laid out buffet-style. This sumptuous offering includes a wide array of breakfast and lunch entrées with made-to-order Belgian waffle and omelet stations, breakfast breads, freshly prepared salads, and assorted desserts. The brunch gets jazzier with Dixieland by Freight Train beginning at noon! Reservations recommended. For more information visit http://www.griswoldinn.com 11am to 1pm $24.95/adults; $12.00/children between 7-12; under 6/complimentary

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Sea Chanteys at The Gris

June 4, 2018 - December 2, 2019
The Griswold Inn, 36 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free
Sea Chanteys

FREE! Every Monday. 8:00pm - 11:00 pm Join us every Monday as the Jovial Crew brings the Tap Room to life with this old seafaring tradition, extremely popular today. "Jovial Crew" is a good description for both performers and patrons, a very spirited bunch making a very spirited evening indeed!

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July 2018

Psychedelic ’60’s at The Gris

July 6, 2018 - January 31, 2020
The Griswold Inn, 36 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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FREE
Psychedelic ’60's

Every Friday, 8:30pm - 12:00am Psychedelic ’60’s, a power trio that pays tribute to the ground-breaking musical super groups of the sixties, plays the Tap Room at The Griswold Inn every Friday night. Take this nostalgic trip and listen to the music of the Kinks, the Beatles, the Animals, Creedence Clearwater Revival... ROCK N' ROLL!

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September 2018

2018 Autumn Arts Festival Gallery Group Show

September 21 @ 8:00 am - November 4 @ 5:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday (12-6pm) and Sunday (12-5pm) Spectrum Gallery and Store presents the 2018 Autumn Arts Festival Gallery Group Show, September 21-November 4. The exhibit displays the work of fine artists and crafters participating in the Columbus Day Weekend Annual Indoor/Outdoor Arts Festival (October 6-7) at The American Legion Hall in Madison, CT. The current Spectrum Gallery show, The Road Less Taken runs through September 9. Spectrum Gallery is located at 61 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT. For more information…

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Finding Your Zen Through Collage Classes

September 26 @ 8:00 am - October 24 @ 5:00 pm

Wednesdays, September 26 – October 24, 12:30 – 3 pm Spectrum Art Gallery and Store, 61 Main Street, Centerbrook $200 +$10 Material Fee Register Online at www.spectrumartgallery.org or call 860-767-0742

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Creating Art from Poetry Classes for Ages 7-9

September 26 @ 3:30 pm - October 24 @ 4:30 pm
$90

Dates:  Weds. 9/26; 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24. Makeup 11/7 Time: 3:30-4:30pm Discover how to make visual representations of poems with artist Megan Shaughnessy. Poetry has the ability to tell stories and generate images in our minds. This class helps put these images on paper by focusing on how to interpret a poem through the visual arts. Children use the elements of design (lines, color, shape, patterns, texture) to create images that respond to poems with emotion and energy. They also discuss…

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Cell Phone Photography Classes for Ages 9-12

September 26 @ 4:30 pm - October 24 @ 5:30 pm
$110

Dates: Weds. 9/26; 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24. Makeup 11/7 Time: 4:30-5:30pm Cost: $110 for 5 classes; Members save $11 Discover photography with artist and photographer Megan Shaughnessy – helping to unlock creativity, visual thinking, imagination, and self-esteem. This class focuses on the basics of photography utilizing the cell phone to learn the essentials of composition, subject matter, lighting, decision making, and experimentation. In addition, students learn how to work together as a team exploring the stories visual images can portray.…

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Introduction to Polymer Clay Classes for Ages 7-9

September 27 @ 8:00 am - October 25 @ 5:00 pm
Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Young sculptors learn to roll, flatten, wrap and then slice this colorful oven baked clay to reveal amazing designs like checker boards, flowers and stripes. Then children take their slices and cover anything they choose from our collection of objects including frames, jars, boxes, utensils, switch plates and pens, or they can make a creature like a frog or owl! They’ll be amazed what can do with this flexible clay medium! Dates: Thursdays, 9/27; 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25. Makeup: Nov. 1st…

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Beginner Drawing Classes

September 27 @ 12:30 pm - October 27 @ 2:30 pm
$150

Saturdays, September 29 – October 27, 12:30 – 2:30 pm Spectrum Art Gallery and Store 61 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT $150 Register online at: www.spectrumartgallery.org, or call 860-767-0742

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October 2018

Artisan of the Month Teresa Fanska

October 1 - October 31
Connecticut River Artisans, 55 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Teresa is our Artisan of the Month for October. Teresa is the creator of the adorable "Teresa's Little Girls' Dresses". These dresses are reversible, 100% cotton and can be worn year 'round. Of course, like every thing else at the Ct River Artisans, they are hand made. If you have a girl in your life, between the ages of 6 months and 4 years, you will find these dresses irresistible. If you don't have a little girl, no problem, come…

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First Thursdays October 2018

October 4 - October 31
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Beyond the Bicep

October 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

Beyond the Bicep: The Real Story of Rosie the Riveter with Amanda Goodheart Parks, Ph.D. A free, illustrated lecture on the real story of Rosie the Riveter will be presented by Historian and Director of Education at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Amanda Goodheart Parks, Ph.D., at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Essex Library, 33 West Ave. Parks will focus on Rosie’s journey from propaganda poster to feminist icon. RSVP: 860 767-1560

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Wire Weaving Jewelry Workshop

October 21 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
$60

Date:  Sunday, October 21 Time: 1-4pm Cost: $60; Members save $6 Membership starts at $45 per year and offers 10% discount on art instruction* as well as 10% off select Store items at the Gallery. *Does not apply to summer camps. Take wire wrapping to the next level! Try your hand at wire weaving with a pair of earrings. A great beginner project. You select your wire and stone color. These make wonderful accessories for you or as a gift.  Required tools…

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Carefree Maple Leaf Gourd Bowl Workshop

October 28 @ 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
$60

Date:  Sunday, October 28 Time: Noon-4:30pm Cost:  $60 with a material fee of $15.00 paid to the instructor; Members save $6 Membership starts at $45 per year and offers 10% discount on art instruction* as well as 10% off select Store items at the Gallery. *Does not apply to summer camps. Learn to use a heat controlled wood burner to stencil maple leaves onto the bowl with metallic ink dyes.  Participants gain an understanding of how to blend the colors together to create…

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Witches in Connecticut

October 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

Connecticut Historical Society’s Adult Programs Manager Natalie Belanger A free, illustrated talk on witches in Connecticut will be presented by Connecticut Historical Society’s Adult Programs Manager Natalie Belanger at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Essex Library, 33 West Ave. Belanger will focus on the women and men accused, tried, and executed as witches and learn how Connecticut successfully controlled the spread of witch accusations. RSVP: 860-767-1560.

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THE QUEENS OF THE GOLDEN MASK

October 31 - November 18
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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Wednesday, October 31 – Sunday, November 18, 2018 Set in Alabama in 1962, this stunning new play about a group of mothers and daughters takes us from church picnics and summer camp to the secrets and hypocrisy that lie just beneath the surface. A world premiere.

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November 2018

You Can Photograph Your Artwork!

November 4 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Date: Sunday, November 4 Time:  1-4:30pm Cost:  $60; Members save $6 Membership starts at $45 per year and offers 10% discount on art instruction* as well as 10% off select Store items at the Gallery. *Does not apply to summer camps. Robert Thomas is a fine art photographer and printer who has photographed the works of over 70 artists in the northeast whose mediums include watercolor, pastel, oil, acrylic, mixed/media and three-dimensional work.  His objective is to be “as original as the artist”…

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Clay Hand Building Class

November 5 - December 3
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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CREATIVE HANDS – CLAY HAND BUILDING CLASS Mondays, November 5 – December 3 6 – 8 PM $200 + $30 Material Fee www.spectrumartgallery.org 860-767-0742 In this class participants will familiarize themselves with clay and glazes, using hand tools and their own fingers. We will use coils and a slab roller to make two different kinds of pots during the first 3 sessions and glaze in a further session. Decorating techniques such as incising, carving and texturing will be covered as…

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Autumn Origami Wreath Workshop

November 11 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Sunday, November 11th 1 – 4:30 PM $50 + $15 Material Fee www.spectrumartgallery.org 860-767-0742 Work with autumn inspired pre-printed papers as well as papers you will paint yourself to create a seasonal 16 point modular Origami Wreath. The large wreath (approx. 15”) would be perfect as a wall decoration, or as a centerpiece surrounding a candle or bowl of fruit for the holiday table. Smaller size wreaths can be used as table place cards or on a notecard to send…

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December 2018

IVORYTON ILLUMINATIONS

December 1 - December 31

Saturday, December 1st and throughout December Santa arrives at the Ivoryton Playhouse when 400,000 lights illuminate Ivoryton.  Lots of family activities and entertainment for all ages.  Enjoy the lights during the month of December.

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Origami Star and Wreath Holiday Ornament Workshop

December 2 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$15 – $45

Learn the modular method of folding which starts with multiple sheets of paper to create individual units that are then assembled into one finished piece. Participants will create 3 styles of paper ornaments. Paint, splatter, sponge, crinkle and stamp with your choice of colors to make unique papers for folding. Holiday inspired pre-printed papers, book pages, and sheet music will also be available for use. These ornaments make great decorations, favors and gifts. The flat wreath ornament is the perfect…

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HOLIDAY SHOW

December 6 - December 16

December 6th – 16th  A terrific present to share with the whole family!  Please check our website for details of our annual Christmas production.  Make a visit to the Ivoryton Playhouse part of your holiday tradition.

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Holiday Wreath Design Workshop

December 9 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$40

Create your own 30” live wreath to display proudly this season with landscape designer, Tracy McMorran. A wide variety of freshly picked greenery is available. Florist wire, hand-made bows and painted objects, including pinecones, for embellishment are also provided. Bring wire cutters or sharp scissors, and gloves are recommended. Beginners welcome! Sunday, December 9 1:30-4:30pm $40 (plus $10 material fee paid to the instructor at the workshop) Spectrum Art Gallery 61 Main Street Centerbrook, CT 06409 spectrumartgallery.org 860-767-0742

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