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November 2017

Sea Chanteys at The Gris

November 27, 2017 - May 27, 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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December 2017

Sunday Hunt Breakfast at The Gris

December 9, 2017 - July 13, 2019
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

December 29, 2017 - July 26, 2019
The Griswold Inn, 36 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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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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January 2018

See Me, Feel Me

January 26 - March 18

This show features artists who integrate noticeable texture into their pieces through their use of paint, collage, mixed media, fiber and/or sculptural elements.  We also welcome photographers who use imagery with an abundance of texture in their pieces.  Opens:  Friday, January 26, 2018 Closes: Sunday, March 18 Receives: January 15-19

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February 2018

Eagle Flyer

February 17 - February 25
Essex Steam Train, One Railroad Avenue
Essex, CT United States
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February 17-19th, February 24-25th The Eagle Flyer is a unique 2-1/2 hour round trip eco-excursion in the Connecticut River Valley. Trees stripped of their foliage afford clear views of the surrounding forest and the Connecticut River; wildlife can be observed from the cozy confines of heated vintage rail cars. Click here for more details and to purchase tickets.

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AUTHOR TALK: A HOME CALLED NEW ENGLAND

February 21

Feb 21 at the Essex Library, FAIA at 7 p.m. A free, illustrated talk on architectural history of New England will be presented by author and architect Duo Dickinson, FAIA at 7 p.m. Feb 21 at the Essex Library, 33 West Ave. Dickinson will focus on architectural history of the region from the earliest first period houses to the present. Books will be available for purchase and signing. RSVP: 860-767-1560.

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Privateers’ Bash

February 24 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

The 2018 Privateers’ Bash will be February 24th. 6:30-10:00 pm AARRGH! If you are looking for a fun and lively way to let off a bit of winter steam, gather your crew and make plans to head out to the Privateers’ Bash.  All are invited to come in costume (costumes not required) and relive Riverfront history at the eleventh annual Bash, a playful nod to the privateers who made their wealth by relieving foreign ships of their valuable cargo during…

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March 2018

EXPLORE ART FROM THE ATHENEUM

March 3

March 3rd,  4pm A free, illustrated talk on history of and art collections in the Wadsworth Atheneum by docent Diane Macris at the Essex Library, 33 West Ave. Macris will focus on paintings by Frederic Church, Helen Frankenthaler, Picasso, Monet and Renoir. RSVP: 860-767-1560.  

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Essex Winter Series presents David Pittsinger, bass-baritone

March 4

Sunday, March 4 @ 3 pm John Winthrop Middle School, 1 John Winthrop Middle School Drive, Deep River Essex Winter Series presents David Pittsinger, bass-baritone Renowned for his dramatic portrayals in the world’s major opera houses, David Pittsinger is a favorite among EWS au­diences. His entertaining recital program includes music by Bach, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Handel, and selections from the American Songbook to celebrate the American spirit. Performing with Simon Holt, piano. Info and tickets:www.essexwinterseries.com, 860-272-4572

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AUTHOR TALK: “THE SUNKEN GOLD” WITH JOSEPH A. WILLIAMS

March 7

March 7th, 7pm A free, illustrated talk on The Sunken Gold will be presented by author Joseph A. Williams at 7 p.m. March 7 at the Essex Library, 33 West Ave. Williams will focus on dramatic details of undersea diving and early 20th century naval operations as they relate to the salvage operation of the HMS Laurentic. RSVP: 860-767-1560.

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2018 Essex go Bragh Irish Parade: Everything You Need To Know

March 10

Where can you park? What’s happening down town? Everything you need for the 8th Annual Essex go Bragh Irish Parade is right here! The 8th Annual Essex go Bragh Parade will be held, rain, snow, or shine, on Saturday, March 10th 2017, - However in the case of severe weather or other safety concerns the parade will be cancelled by 9am and not be rescheduled.  (We will utilize our Essex Park and Recreation Facebook page and www.essexct.gov web site for…

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1st Annual Cheers for Charity Beerfest

March 10 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

March 10th The Essex Community Fund presents the 1st Annual Cheers for Charity Beerfest. Local breweries, homebrewers and cider companies/vineyards will be on tap for tastings inside the Oliver Jensen Gallery and River Valley Junction Hall at the Essex Steam Train. Choose between the VIP Experience, led by Craft Beer Institute Certified Cicerone and Penny Lane Pub owner, Alex Foulkes, or General Admission tickets. The VIP Experience kicks off at 12:00pm and ends at 1:00pm, with the option to stay…

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CELTIC CONCERT BENEFITS COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL

March 16

Centerbrook Meetinghouse, 51 Main Street, Centerbrook Friday, March 16, 2018 7pm $10 per person   Enjoy an evening of contemporary and traditional music from Ireland and Scotland performed by John Birt (guitar, mandolin) and Evelyn Cournoyer (harp) on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 7 pm. The Celtic Harp & Guitar Concert will take place at the Centerbrook Meetinghouse, 51 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT 06409. This St. Patrick’s Day program will feature a variety of traditional dance tunes including reels, jigs,…

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Bunny Breakfast

March 31 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Essex Steam Train, One Railroad Avenue
Essex, CT United States
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Relax and enjoy a family meal in River Valley Junction along with the Easter Bunny and other entertainment. Prepared by the team that brings you the Essex Clipper Dinner Train and caters our events and functions. *For parties of 10 or more, please call us at (860) 767-0103. Cost: $22 adults, $18 for ages 4-11, under 4 free Click here for details and to purchase tickets.

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April 2018

Easter Lunch Train

April 1 @ 10:45 am - 1:00 pm
Essex Steam Train, One Railroad Avenue
Essex, CT United States
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All Aboard the elegant Essex Clipper for a three-course Easter Lunch served in beautifully restored 1920′s Pullman diners, pulled by a vintage diesel locomotive. *For parties of 10 or more, please call us at (860) 767-0103. Cost: $55.00 adults / $25 age 4-11 / Under 4 free Click here for details and to purchase tickets.

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Easter Dinner Train

April 1 @ 3:45 pm - 6:30 pm
Essex Steam Train, One Railroad Avenue
Essex, CT United States
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All Aboard the elegant Essex Clipper for a four-course Easter Dinner served in beautifully restored 1920′s Pullman diners, pulled by a vintage diesel locomotive. *For parties of 10 or more, please call us at (860) 767-0103. Cost: $82.50 adults / $62.50 children under 12 Click here for details and to purchase tickets.

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Essex Winter Series presents Quodlibet Ensemble

April 8

Sunday, April 8 @ 3 pm Valley Regional High School, 256 Kelsey Hill Road, Deep River Essex Winter Series presents Quodlibet Ensemble This New York-based string chamber orchestra of young, dynamic artists presents a range of great music, from the Baroque to the modern day. They will perform Vivaldi's The Four Seasons among other selections. Info and tickets:www.essexwinterseries.com, 860-272-4572

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Day Out with Thomas

April 28 - May 6
Essex Steam Train, One Railroad Avenue
Essex, CT United States
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April 21st, 28th, 29th, as well as May 5th-6th Toot toot!!! Thomas the Tank Engine, his buddy Percy, and Sir Topham Hatt are pulling into Essex Station for the “Big Adventures Tour!” this spring! Thomas & Friends will be here with departure times every 45 minutes from 9:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. Passengers select a departure time when purchasing a ticket (ride is approx. 25 minutes), but can enjoy fun-filled family activities all day long! Click here for more details…

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June 2018

A Tour of Private Essex Village Gardens

June 9 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location of the Event: Essex Village Date: Saturday, June 9, 2016 Time: 10am – 3pm Price: $30/ticket in advance; $35 day of the event. Cash, check, Visa or MasterCard accepted. Website for more information: www.youressexlibrary.org. Click on Friends. Description: This fundraising event will feature seven private gardens in Essex, including a garden with European flavor, a Japanese bonsai garden, a native plant hillside garden, and views of the Connecticut River. For many, the pleasant strolls may be enhanced by an…

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