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March 2019

Weekend Paint Nights and Private Parties

March 1, 2019 - February 4, 2020
Essex Paint and Sip, 12 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Every Friday and Saturday night and Sunday afternoons. Guests can produce their own works of art while guided by the skilled hands of one of the many local artists on staff. As aspiring Da Vinci's paint scenes of the river, landscapes, or their own pet, they can enjoy a wide selection of wines and beer available during each session. Afterwards, guests can leave with a work of art in-hand and the knowledge that their leftover paint won't destroy the picturesque…

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April 2019

Sunday Hunt Breakfast at The Gris

April 1, 2019 - November 2, 2021
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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Psychedelic ’60’s at The Gris

April 1, 2019 - March 15, 2021
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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Sea Chanteys at The Gris

April 1, 2019 - August 28, 2021
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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June 2019

The Ivoryton Farmers Market

June 29 @ 10:00 am - September 28 @ 1:30 pm
Ivoryton Green Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States + Google Map

The Ivoryton Green will once again be bustling with vendors showcasing CT grown products and prepared foods. There will be creations from local artisans and crafters and live music every Saturday. The market is from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and runs from June 22nd thru Sept 28th. Each week will feature seasonal produce, meat, cheese, milk, eggs, ice cream, garlic, black garlic, maple syrup, honey, flowers, shrubs, jams and jellies, bakery items, flavored olive oils, bread, homemade pies and…

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July 2019

Onrust Sails

July 1 - August 31
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$12 – $33

Onrust is a 53' gaff rigged and auxillary engine powered replica of Adriaen block’s vessel - one of the first western style ships built in the new world, and the first ever to sail up the Connecticut river! Join us for a sail on the historical and scenic Connecticut river Thursday 2:00pm & 6:00pm Friday 2:00pm & 6:00pm Saturday 2:00pm & 6:00pm (July & August Thursday - Saturday 4:00 pm) Sunday 2:00pm Monday 2:00pm $28 - adult daytime cruise $12…

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Paddle Programs

July 6 @ 8:00 am - August 31 @ 2:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$25 – $45

Explore the North, Middle and South Coves and Nott Island on Canoes, Kayaks, or Stand Up Paddle Boards June: saturday - sunday, 8am, 10am and 2 pm July: saturday - sunday, 8am, 10am, 12pm and 2 pm August: saturday - sunday, 8am, 10am, 12pm and 2 pm September : saturday - sunday, 10am, 12pm and 2pm Early october: saturday - sunday, 10am, 12pm and 2pm Non-members Single kayak $35 / 2 hours Sup $35 / 2 hours Tandem kayak $45…

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Kate’s Camp for Kids Summer Programming

July 8 - August 31
The Kate, 300 Main Street
Old Saybrook, CT 06475 United States
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$295

The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center and Community Music School are partnering again for the seventh year under the umbrella of their performing arts summer camp, “Kate’s Camp for Kids,” to present a full summer of programming. This exciting program takes place at The Kate, 300 Main Street in Old Saybrook, and runs for five week-long sessions from 9am to 5pm beginning July 8, 2019. Launched in 2013, Kate’s Camp for Kids is a performing arts camp for children ages…

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Thursdays on the Dock

July 18 @ 5:30 pm - September 5 @ 7:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Thursdays July 11 – September 5 Since 2010, Thursday’s on the Dock have become the unofficial start to the summer weekend. The free concert series features a different band each night and the panoramic views of the River. Thursday’s on the Dock take place every Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., July 11 through September 5 on the Museum’s historic waterfront. Thursday’s on the Dock are Sponsored by: Prive-Swiss Wellness. Beverage tastings, cash bar, and delicious eats from Porky Pete’s…

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Myths and Legends Exhibit

July 23 - October 14
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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The Myths and Legends exhibit explores centuries of folklore that have defined the Connecticut River Valley region. Discover some of the extraordinary legends from the Connecticut River Valley and learn how the Charter Oak tree became a symbol of Connecticut’s bravado and independence. Peer into Powers of Darkness through stories that show the darker side of life along the River. See how lack of understanding about transmittable diseases spurred tales of vampirism in a small New England town and the…

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Birds, Bugs and Their Flowers Art Exhibit

July 26 - September 15
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Free

Spectrum Gallery and Store of Centerbrook, Connecticut presents Birds, Bugs and Their Flowers, its latest exhibit which celebrates the richness of the season with new and original artwork featuring interactions among some of nature’s most interesting and productive plants, animals and critters. The seven-week gallery show runs from July 26 through September 15 and showcases work by artists and fine artisans from across Connecticut, New York and throughout New England. Included in the exhibit is a mixture of fine art…

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August 2019

Essex Library Summer Gift Sale

August 1 - August 31
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Mark your calendars!  The Friends of the Essex Library special SUMMER GIFT SALE will begin August 1st and run all month!  Be sure to come by and shop ahead for all the holidays!

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Cabaret

August 7 - September 1
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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Cabaret Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb, Book by Joe Masteroff   Wednesday, August 7 - Sunday, September 1, 2019 "There was a cabaret and there was a master of ceremonies and there was a city called Berlin in a country called Germany. It was the end of the world … and I was dancing with Sally Bowles and we were both fast asleep.” So begins the international classic musical and winner of 8 Tony awards - Cabaret.…

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Essex Preschool Accepting Registrations for September

August 15 - September 8
Essex Preschool, 6 Methodist Hill Road
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Essex Preschool LTD is ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS for our 2019-2020 school year. We have been here for 52 years. Any child who turns three before December 31, 2019 is eligible to start in September. We are Monday through Friday. You can choose from 2 to 5 days a week either 9:00-11:30 or 9:00 am to 2:30pm. September through June. Call 860-767-2442 to schedule a visit or request more information.

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EAA Late Summer 2019 Open Exhibition

August 24 - September 14
EAA Gallery, 10 North Main Street
Essex, 06426 United States
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Essex Art Association's Late Summer 2019 Open Exhibition - "The Space Between" The last exhibit of the Essex Art Association's gallery season is an Open Exhibition and welcomes all area artists to submit up to two pieces of artwork for display. Open exhibits offer an exciting mix of creative works for the public's viewing pleasure. The show is juried for awards only, with the EAA distributing $1500 in eight categories. Also, one artist will be awarded a solo exhibit in…

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Ukulele Workshop

August 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Community Music School, 90 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Community Music School will be offering its unique Ukulele Workshop for Beginners again this summer on August 24, 2018 from 1 to 3 pm. This workshop sold out quickly last summer 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 Marty Wirt will include an overview of the instrument, tuning basics, fundamental chords and strumming,…

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September 2019

Author Talk: James R. Benn with “When Hell Struck Twelve”

September 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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FREE

The Essex Library is honored to celebrate the release of the fourteenth Billy Boyle World War II mystery novel, When Hell Struck Twelve, on Tuesday, September 3rd at 7 p.m. with author James R. Benn. The New York Times Book Review declared the Billy Boyle wartime series, “spirited wartime storytelling.” Booklist gives it a starred review: “this consistently strong series has jumped to another level, with this volume clearly the hands-down best so far.” In the 14th Billy Boyle mystery,…

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CT Humane Society Paint Your Pet Fundraiser

September 6
Essex Paint and Sip, 12 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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All funds raised provide medical care for pets in need. Visit Essex Paint and Sip on Friday September 6th for a Paint your Pet Fundraiser. The Humane Society provides comprehensive care for thousands of animals in our state each year. All material and instruction is included to paint their furry, feathered or scaled friend. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Reserve your easel today at www.essexpaintandsip.com Contact us! Phone: 860-916-4386 Email: essexpaintandsip@gmail.com

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Shear Madness

September 18 - October 6
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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Shear Madness Written by Paul Portner   Wednesday, September 18 - Sunday, October 6, 2019 Shear Madness is one of the most popular productions in the world, delighting audiences with its blend of madcap improvisation and spine-tickling mystery. This unique comedy-whodunit takes place today in the "Shear Madness" hairstyling salon and is chock full of up-to-the-minute humor. A murder is committed and the audience gets to spot clues, question suspects, and solve the mystery. Voted "Best Comedy" seven times by…

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After School or Saturday AM 3-D Sculpture Fun for Ages 7-11!

September 25 - October 26
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$120

In this class, young artists use a variety of art materials to create 3 Dimensional forms. From paper maché fruit to ceramic animal bowls, they learn the skills and techniques to become comfortable with each medium. Additional projects include making their own salt dough clay miniature tiles and pendants! Dates: Wednesdays 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23. Makeup 10/30 or Thursdays 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24. Makeup 10/31 or Saturdays 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26. Makeup 11/2. Time: Wed/Thur 3:30-4:30pm; Sat…

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Collage a Master Art Work

September 25 @ 12:30 pm - October 23 @ 3:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$200

This class focuses on how to alter a well-known work of art and make it your own. Select a Picasso, Klimt, or any art work you have fancied. Color copy it to suit the size of your canvas, for example, 9x12 or 10 x 10, etc. Using tracing paper learn to outline the image onto the canvas panels and then select from a mix of papers, script, maps, canceled postage stamps, newspaper and other collected ephemera to create and compose…

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After School Drawing and Painting for Young Artists Ages 7-11

September 25 @ 4:30 pm - October 23 @ 5:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$120

All levels welcome! In this class, students practice drawing and painting from life as well as from the imagination. They explore various mediums such as watercolor and acrylics and the tools & techniques associated with each of these mediums. In drawing students learn about traditional practices, such as contour drawing, brush-play, and still-life, while also exploring experimental methods, such as abstract art. Please bring a 9”x12” Sketchbook to the first class. Dates: Wednesdays 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23. Makeup 10/30…

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Beginning Drawing for Adults

September 26 @ 12:30 pm - October 24 @ 3:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$150

Observe and learn to draw forms and shapes. Develop perspective, work with line, contour drawing, shading and tonal values. Charcoal, pencils and pastels are used. Material list available or purchase from instructor. Teaching Artist Edward Rosado studied commercial art and graphic design at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. He worked at Hartfield & Zody’s Retail Dept. Stores and was hired as Art Director at Garwood Mills in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Moving to New Britain, CT he was…

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Autumn Arts Festival Gallery Group Show Opening Reception

September 27 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Free

This is a group show for artists and artisans participating in the Juried Madison Green Autumn Arts Festival on October 12th and 13th.  Only artists participating in the Madison Arts Festival have been invited to submit for this gallery show.  There is no specific theme and Representational and Abstract Painters, Sculptors, Illustrators, Photographers, Original Printmakers, Fabric Artists, Glass and Wood Artisans, Jewelry Designers and Crafters working in oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography, pencil and charcoal, paper, mixed media, fabric, glass, wood,…

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Sat AM The Sky is the Limit with Mixed Media for Ages 7-11

September 28 @ 11:00 am - October 19 @ 12:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$115

In this class for ages 7-11, participants take their art making to a new level by combining various mediums to make unique and self expressive art! They learn the important art elements and technical skills relevant to each medium. Projects to explore a variety of mediums include Paper Maché bowls, Clay Slab Weaving, Chihuli inspired Faux Glass Sculptures, and All About Me Collage if time allows. Be prepared to have fun, get messy, and express yourself through the fun of…

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Introducing Pastels Classes

September 28 @ 12:00 pm - October 26 @ 3:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$160

Student painting from pastel class The purpose of this class is to develop an understanding of the use of pastels on color paper and Velour. Drawing-and composing illustrations are done in charcoal. Color is applied using and combining pastel colors, shadows and shading. Perspective and 3D rendering are reviewed. Working with the color wheel participants learn to blend hues with primary and secondary color intensity and values. Sketching is done from still life, static displays and studio props. Individual reviews…

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October 2019

Just Added! Additional Fall Acrylic Studio

October 4 @ 3:00 pm - November 1 @ 5:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$160

FILLS QUICKLY! Adult painting sessions for intermediate, advanced and beginner levels. Artists work from reference photos (yours or supplied - primarily landscape or still life). Regular painting demonstrations and the instructor painting along with allows for total freedom to explore the medium and help if needed. Each artist receives individual attention working at their own pace and within their own abilities to develop confidence with better techniques of drawing, composition and color theory. Paintings are developed to a finished stage,…

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Creating Your Mandala Workshop

October 6 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$60

This workshop will introduce the history of the Mandala, its purpose and its uses in contemporary society. Studio time will be spent exploring personal imagery in its relationship to the mandala format. Various media will be available and some discussion and sharing of experiential processes will enrich our creative endeavors. As a sign, symbol, or metaphor - the mandala maps the psyche and the cosmos as sacred places that remind us of the sanctity of the universe and the potential…

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ST. JOHN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH 77TH ANNUAL RUMMAGE SALE

October 18 @ 9:00 am - October 19 @ 2:00 pm
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3 Cross Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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St. John’s HUGE ANNUAL RUMMAGE SALE is back again – this year is our 77th year! Come and find lots of fun and exciting items.The Sale will be on Friday & Saturday, October 18th & 19th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. This is the perfect place to find just what you have been looking for – we have beautiful furniture, small appliances, clothing – designer & vintage, books, toys, art. Hundreds of items under $10.Come across a real fashion…

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Paint a Bird in its Habitat in Watercolor!

October 20 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$100

Learn how to paint a familiar garden bird in its environment with drama! Discover how to incorporate the subject with its background using techniques that apply to almost any motif. Giving plenty of individual attention, the instructor, an experienced and award-winning artist who has taught watercolor painting for years, demonstrates each stage of the watercolor painting process with emphasis on color, value, shape, and line. Expect to complete or nearly finish your painting. A familiarity with contour line drawing and…

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Woody Sez

October 23 - November 10
Ivoryton Library, 106 Main Street
Ivoryton, 06442 United States
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Woody Sez– The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie Devised by David Lutken with Nick Corley and Darcie Deaville, Helen J. Russell and Andy Teirstein   Wednesday, October 23 - Sunday, November 10, 2019 David Lutken and his trusty band of musicians return to the Playhouse in a show featuring Woody Guthrie – the original folk hero and an iconic American troubadour. Tap your feet and sing along with Woody Sez in this uplifting musical portrait. You will be transported…

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December 2019

15th BIENNIAL HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR

December 7
Essex Town Hall, 29 West Avenue
Essex, 06426 United States
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$30 – $40

SHOP & STROLL AT THE 15th BIENNIAL HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR IN HISTORIC ESSEX presented by the Essex River Valley Auxiliary of the Child & Family Agency of Southeastern CT (Essex, CT) - The town of Essex opens their homes this December to support Child & Family Agency of Southeastern CT. On Saturday, December 7, 2019, the Essex River Valley Auxiliary presents a self-guided walking tour through seven distinctive houses, beautifully decorated for the holidays in downtown Essex. Visitors can also…

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Shop & Stroll

December 7
Essex Park, 69-99 Nott Ln, Essex, CT 06426
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

Shop & Stroll at the 15th Biennial Holiday House Tour in Historic Essex Presented by the Essex River Valley Auxiliary of the Child & Family Agency of Southeastern CT   The town of Essex opens their homes this December to support Child & Family Agency of Southeastern CT. On Saturday, December 7, 2019, the Essex River Valley Auxiliary presents a self-guided walking tour through seven distinctive houses, beautifully decorated for the holidays in downtown Essex. Visitors can also get a…

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