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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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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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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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Thirsty River: 400 Years of Drink, Life, and Reform in the CT River Valley Opening

July 6 @ 8:00 am - October 8 @ 5:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Through October 8, included with Museum Admission The Thirsty River exhibit explores the role of alcohol in the Connecticut River Valley – past, present and future. Trace its story beginning both as a commodity and as sustenance in the daily human experience. Learn about how different beverages were created from local agricultural and how immigration, trade, and changing fashion altered the availability and popularity of certain beverages, generating new tastes for new generations. Temperance, prohibition and the effects of the…

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Paddle Program / Guided Small Boat Tours

July 6 @ 10:00 am - October 8 @ 5:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Now through October 8 | CRM’s Paddle Explorations Program will run through early October. Rent a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard and get out on the river on a self-guided tour! Paddlers are provided with a boat, paddles, PFD, and chart showing the local environs. Paddle the local coves of the majestic Connecticut River; a site the Nature Conservancy has called “one of the last great places” in North America. The River is just a paddle away. Rentals are available by…

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Paddle Program / Guided Small Boat Tours

July 26 - October 8

Now through October 8th CRM’s Paddle Explorations Program will run through early October.  Rent a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard and get out on the river on a self-guided tour!  Paddlers are provided with a boat, paddles, PFD, and chart showing the local environs.  Paddle the local coves of the majestic Connecticut River; a site the Nature Conservancy has called “one of the last great places” in North America. The River is just a paddle away. Rentals are available by reservation…

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August 2018

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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The Road Less Taken: Spectrum Gallery Exhibit in Centerbrook

August 9 @ 12:00 pm - September 9 @ 6:00 pm
Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Hours: Wed-Sat (12-6pm); Sun(12-5pm) 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 runs through Sunday, September 9. The Artisans Store includes new fine crafts for sale. Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisans Store, 61 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT.  (860)767-0742 and visit spectrumartgallery.org.

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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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Thursdays on the Dock

August 17 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Thursday, August 17 | 5:30—7:30 pm Since 2010, Thursdays on the Dock are the unofficial start to the summer weekend. The free concert series features a different band each night and panoramic views of the river. This year, in conjunction with our feature exhibit – Thirsty River: 400 Years of Drink, Life and Reform in the Connecticut River Valley – we will feature a different brewery, vineyard, distillery, or cider company each week! Thursdays on the Dock take place each…

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Thursdays on the Dock

August 24 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Thursday, August 24 | 5:30—7:30 pm Since 2010, Thursdays on the Dock are the unofficial start to the summer weekend. The free concert series features a different band each night and panoramic views of the river. This year, in conjunction with our feature exhibit – Thirsty River: 400 Years of Drink, Life and Reform in the Connecticut River Valley – we will feature a different brewery, vineyard, distillery, or cider company each week! Thursdays on the Dock take place each…

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CMS OFFERS UNIQUE UKULELE WORKSHOP FOR BEGINNERS

August 25 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Community Music School, 90 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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CENTERBROOK – Community Music School will be offering its unique Ukulele Workshop for Beginners again this summer on August 25, 2018 from 12 to 2 pm.  This workshop sold out quickly in the spring semester and is back by popular demand! Open to ages 8 through adult in our Centerbrook location. Learn the fundamentals of the ukulele in a group program dedicated to the absolute beginner!   CMS Faculty Member John Birt will include an overview of the instrument, tuning…

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Thursdays on the Dock

August 30
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Thursday, August 2 – Thursday, August 30 | 5:30—7:30 pm Since 2010, Thursdays on the Dock are the unofficial start to the summer weekend.  The free concert series features a different band each week and panoramic views of the river.  This year, in conjunction with our feature exhibit – Thirsty River:  400 Years of Drink, Life and Reform in the Connecticut River Valley – we will feature a different brewery, vineyard, distillery, or cider company each week! Thursdays on the…

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Thursdays on the Dock

August 31 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Thursday, August 31 | 5:30—7:30 pm Since 2010, Thursdays on the Dock are the unofficial start to the summer weekend. The free concert series features a different band each night and panoramic views of the river. This year, in conjunction with our feature exhibit – Thirsty River: 400 Years of Drink, Life and Reform in the Connecticut River Valley – we will feature a different brewery, vineyard, distillery, or cider company each week! Thursdays on the Dock take place each…

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September 2018

First Thursday at Spectrum Gallery

September 6 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Thursday, September 6, 12-6pm Spectrum Art Gallery and Store 61 Main St. Centerbrook, CT Spectrum Gallery and Artisans Store will offer a 20% off table sale of items in our inventory but not presently on display in the gallery store.  For more fun during our celebration of Endless Summer, Claudine Burns Smith, a Spectrum ceramic artist, will show various methods of hand building with clay creating during her demo a bowl or a platter from a slab of clay and a mold,…

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River Artisans presents – Gay Petruzzi

September 16

Sept 16th Gay Petruzzi is an artist, who hardly ever paints on a canvas. She loves painting on Vintage items. Gay will take something old or worn out and envision something completely transformed. Gay's credo is "Everything has a second life and we should all “Think Green” and keep as much out of the land fill as possible.  Art is in the eyes of the beholder and when someone sees one of my “buckets with a hole in it” and…

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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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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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Open Reception of Autumn Arts Festival Group Show

September 21 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

September 21 6:30 – 9 pm Spectrum Art Gallery and Store 61 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT  The Opening Reception for Spectrum Gallery and Store’s 2018 Autumn Arts Festival Gallery Group Show is Friday, September 21. The exhibit displays the work of fine artists and crafters participating in the Columbus Day Weekend Annual Indoor/Outdoor Arts Festival (October 6-7).  The free festival presents award-winning artists and fine artisans from Connecticut and tri-state area. Festival includes representational and abstract painters working in oil, acrylic and…

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Autumn Pressed Botanicals Workshop

September 23 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Sunday, September 23, 1-4 pm Spectrum Art Gallery and Store 61 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT $45 + $10 materials fee Register on line at www.spectrumartgallery.org or call 860-767-0742

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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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October 2018

Onrust Cruises

October 1 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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FREE Indoor/Outdoor Autumn Arts Festival Fundraiser

October 6 @ 8:00 am - October 7 @ 5:00 pm

Saturday – Sunday, October 6 and 7 The non-profit Spectrum Art Gallery and Arts Center Killingworth hosts the Annual Autumn Arts Festival! The free festival presents award-winning artists and fine artisans from Connecticut and tri-state area. This year, we are fortunate to have indoor and outdoor space for artists. Festival includes representational and abstract painters working in oil, acrylic and pastel, as well as, photographers, potters, glass artisans and jewelry designers. Artisans exhibiting are those working with mixed media collage,…

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Thirsty River

October 8
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Thirsty River: 400 Years of Drink, Life, and Reform in the CT River Valley Opening Through October 8, included with Museum Admission The Thirsty River exhibit explores the role of alcohol in the Connecticut River Valley – past, present and future.  Trace its story beginning both as a commodity and as sustenance in the daily human experience. Learn about how different beverages were created from local agricultural and how immigration, trade, and changing fashion altered the availability and popularity of…

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