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May 2018

Dress up with Connecticut River Artisans

May 1 @ 8:00 am - August 31 @ 5:00 pm

Dress up with Connecticut River Artisans Dress up your Boat! Dress up your home! Dress up your baby! Even your dog! Everything in the store is lovingly made by hand by Connecticut Artists Summer is on its way – visit us at 55 Main Street, Essex, CT 860-767-5457 Check out our website – ctriverartisans.org and Facebook page. BE SURE TO VISIT US DURING THE ESSEX BOAT SHOW

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A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN

May 30 - June 24
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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Wednesday, May 30 – June 24, 2018 Written and Created by Randy Johnson From Broadway to Ivoryton, come share an evening with the Queen of Rock and Roll. Featuring such unforgettable songs as “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Cry Baby” and “Summertime,” A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences—Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith.

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June 2018

Stained Glass Basics with Peter Simoncini

June 1 @ 8:00 am - June 30 @ 5:00 pm

5 Saturdays in June Learn the basics of Stained Glass while creating a simple Leaded piece 5 Saturdays in June from 1:00 to 3:00 $260.00 plus materials. Class is limited to three students.

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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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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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Fashion Camp I and II

June 9 @ 8:00 am - July 20 @ 5:00 pm
$360

Fashion I – July 9-13 Fashion II – July 16-20 Ages 11-15 $360 per session Arts Center Killingworth www.artscenterkillingworth.org   Mornings are spent working with a professional illustrator learning to draw the fashion silhouette as live models pose for your sketches. End the week of illustration with a portfolio ready piece. Afternoons are spent with professional seamstresses learning to read, pin and cut a pattern of your choice. Construct and finish your garment by sewing and adding accessories. Professional hair…

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Long Island Sound Band

June 26

Come see The Long Island Sound for a night of great music at the Ivoryton Green! They are a seven piece versatile band with class and lots of energy!

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AUTHORS IN CONVERSATION: CHRISTOPHER BUCKLEY & SAM TANENHAUS – THE JUDGE HUNTER

June 28 @ 7:00 pm

June 28th, 7pm A free author talk by author Christopher Buckley and Sam Tanenhaus, former editor of The New York Times Book Review, on Buckley’s latest novel The Judge Hunter at 7 p.m., June 28 in The Cube at Centerbrook Architects, 67 Main St., Centerbrook.

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July 2018

Middletown Symphonic

July 4

Join us for a 4th of July bonanza with Middletown Symphonic Band! This amazing orchestra has been together since 1979 and is always a summer concert favorite here in Essex.  

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Ivoryton 4th of July Parade

July 4 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wednesday, July 4th - 10:00am  The 2018 Ivoryton 4th of July Parade will be held on Wednesday, July 4. The 2018 Grand Marshals are Jim and Nan Crowell in honor of their dedication to our town!  Parade steps off at 10:00am. A short ceremony will be held at 11:00am at the Ivoryton Park Gazebo. Follow the Ivoryton Village Alliance on FaceBook for updates and weather-related notices.  https://www.facebook.com/ivorytonalliance/ The Ivoryton Fourth of July Parade Committee invites all who are interested in…

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GREASE

July 5 - July 29
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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Thursday, July 5 – Sunday, July 29, 2018 (No shows Wed, 4th of July; Replacement shows on Wed, July 11 through Sunday, July 29, 2018) Book, Music and Lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey It’s the original high-school musical, featuring all the unforgettable songs from the hit movie including “You’re The One That I Want”, “Summer Nights”, “Hopelessly Devoted To You”, “Greased Lightnin” and many more. Dust off your leather jackets, pull on your bobby-socks and take a trip…

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1st Thursdays | Essex Celebrates the 4th!

July 5 @ 5:00 pm

July 5 at 5pm Celebrate summer 2018 alfresco style! Essex Board of Trade introduces 1st Thursdays -- a series of three themed events on Main Street in Essex Village, occurring over the first Thursdays of June, July, and August. Stores and galleries will be open late with festivities and special discounts. The party-like atmosphere includes: the first-ever Cruise Night in the parking lot of Olive Oyl’s Cuisine, Yoga in the Park with Essex Park & Recreation, Music & Drinks on the deck…

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Free Yoga In the Park

July 5 @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Essex Town Park, Main Street
Essex, 06426 United States
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July 5  5:15pm – 6:15pm Main Street Park Essex Village

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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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Alcohol Ink Workshop

July 8 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Sunday, July 8, 2018 Time: 1pm – 4pm Alcohol Ink is a highly-pigmented, fast drying medium that is used to create vivid, fluid abstract art. Various colored inks are mixed with Isopropyl alcohol to increase the fluidity of the ink and then applied to a non-porous paper. In this workshop explore the basic techniques behind alcohol ink artwork and then create multiple pieces of your own. The possibilities can only be limited by what you are willing to try. No…

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COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL PARTNERS WITH WESTBROOK THIS SUMMER

July 9 - July 20
$185

CENTERBROOK – Community Music School is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Westbrook Parks & Recreation this year on a half-day summer theatre program for children ages 5 to 8. Participants learn the basics of acting, singing, and dancing in this two-week program and present a mini show for friends and family on the last day. Perfect for children not quite ready for a full-day camp who are looking to make their stage debut! Director Nicole Palmer will bring…

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Leaf Jumpers

July 10

We are happy to welcome local band, Leaf Jumpers to our 2018 Summer Concert schedule.

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AMERICAN FOLK TALES AND STORIES with Tom Lee and Seth Ginsberg

July 13

July 13th Join storyteller Tom Lee and folk singer Seth Ginsberg for some classic stories and songs from America’s rich folk heritage. From farmyards to riverboats, from campfires to schoolyards, these stories and songs have engaged children of all ages for well over a century. Tom Lee’s stories will take your imagination on a magical journey, and Seth’s music will have your toes tapping. Come prepared to join in the fun and sing along. (WARNING: Silliness may ensue.) Tom Lee…

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The Road Less Taken: Spectrum Gallery Exhibit in Centerbrook

July 20 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Friday, July 20: 6:30 - 9pm The newest exhibit at Spectrum Art Gallery, The Road Less Taken, explores those pathways - obvious or secretive - that invite viewers to imagine where a road or life pathway may or may not lead.  The exhibit, which includes photography, painting, and mixed media, opens Friday, July 20 (6:30-9pm) with a free Reception with wine and refreshments served.  The Artisans Store includes new fine crafts for sale.  Exhibit runs through Sunday, September 9.  Current…

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Summer Pressed Botanicals Workshop

July 22 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Sunday, July 22, 2018 1pm – 4pm   $40 + $10 Material Fee; Members save $4   The focus of this workshop is making cards and other larger pieces suitable for framing and gift giving.  All pieces made in the workshop will have a spring theme using pressed petals and leaves.   You will learn how to press the botanicals and apply them to a heavy cardstock.   Your creations will be lovely Mother’s Day gifts or wonderful pieces to treasure yourself.  Supplies…

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Southern Voice

July 24

Southern Voice is a modern country band that provides lots of entertainment with their talented vocalists. Their mix of modern country, classic rock and even some pop hits will keep everyone dancing.

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Fused Glass Pendant Workshop

July 29 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Sunday, July 29, 2018 Time: 1pm – 4pm Cost: $45 plus $15 material fee paid to the instructor. Members save $4.50.   Create an original bouquet of flowers fused glass pendant using a variety of glass components.   All materials are provided. The materials are a selection of colors of glass frit, glass fractures, glass stringers, glass millefiori, and choice of background glass. Workshop participants create their pendants at the gallery. The teacher will fire them in her kiln and return…

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August 2018

Meadows Brothers

August 1

Chester based Americana roots duo, The Meadows Brothers, best known for their close sibling harmonies, melodious, unsweetened songwriting and expressive musicality. The brothers infuse each carefully crafted song with an old soul sensibility, however spryly delivered. “Vocal harmonies that will melt your heart into mush, guitar runs that will set your hair on fire...” and supple blues-tinged harp playing make for a satisfying, meaty music encounter.

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1st Thursdays | Essex is Hot, Hot, Hot!

August 2 @ 5:00 pm

August 2nd at 5pm Celebrate summer 2018 alfresco style! Essex Board of Trade introduces 1st Thursdays -- a series of three themed events on Main Street in Essex Village, occurring over the first Thursdays of June, July, and August. Stores and galleries will be open late with festivities and special discounts. The party-like atmosphere includes: the first-ever Cruise Night in the parking lot of Olive Oyl’s Cuisine, Yoga in the Park with Essex Park & Recreation, Music & Drinks on the deck…

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Free Yoga in the Park

August 2 @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Essex Town Park, Main Street
Essex, 06426 United States
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Aug 2 5:15pm – 6:15pm Main Street Park Essex Village

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A CHORUS LINE

August 8 - September 2
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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Wednesday, August 8 – Sunday, September 2, 2018 Book by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante, Music by Marvin Hamlisch, Lyrics by Edward Kleban The musical for everyone who’s ever had a dream and put it all on the line, A CHORUS LINE examines one day in the lives of seventeen dancers, all vying for a spot in the “chorus line” of a Broadway musical. Based on real Broadway dancers’ stories, A CHORUS LINE is funny, heartbreaking, and refreshingly honest.…

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Casey Carle’s Bubblemania

August 10

August 10th Back by popular demand! Casey Carle performs tricky undulations, manipulations and juggling with bubbles. An extremely unique program combining high energy entertainment with artistic achievement, BubbleMania is loaded with visual comedy, quick wit, big band swing music and the untamed, often unbelievable qualities and beauty of spherical liquids. Casey’s creations grow from intricate and imaginative bubble artforms to “trapping” people inside bubbles! This is a bubble show to keep the 5 to 75 year-olds mesmerized.

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The Shiny Lapel Trio

August 15

The Shiny Lapel Trio is a tiny little band with a great big sound! Keeping it simple with just three rockin’ instruments, and a big ol’ slice of velvety smooth vocals, these guys tear up a dance floor like a carpenter late for lunch. Whether they’re rippin’ thru a classic Louis Prima standard, or makin’ ya cry with a Nat King Cole ballad, the instruments grind along full throttle while the vocals float across the top as thick as a…

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Paper Heart Puppets presents: CARDBOARD EXPLOSION!

August 17

August 17th With a simple snip of the scissors, adventures unfold for a one-of-a-kind puppetry experience! “Cardboard Explosion’” brings five original stories to life using nothing but cardboard and the power of your imagination. In each story audience members help puppeteer, Brad Shur, transform simple cardboard shapes into elaborate puppet characters right before your eyes. Get ready to outsmart dragons, choose-your-own superpower, and train adorable animal sidekicks in this fun, energetic, participatory show.

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September 2018

ONCE

September 19 - October 7
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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Wednesday, September 19 – Sunday, October 7, 2018 Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, ONCE is a truly original theatrical experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams and the power…

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October 2018

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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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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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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Essex, CT 06426 860-767-3904 or email message@experienceessex.com