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February 2017
FREE

Psychedelic ’60’s at The Gris

February 10 - August 20
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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March 2017
Free

Sea Chanteys at The Gris

March 1 - September 15
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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Obstacle or Opportunity Exhibit

March 24 - May 7
Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Walls, Doors & Fences: Obstacle or Opportunity Exhibit Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store The six-week show attempts to address the significance of these everyday elements. Are they to protect, to honor and to invite us into a space? Or do they create obstacles that exclude us from ourselves and others? Register for on-going art classes and workshops for all ages and shop online at Spectrum Anytime. March 24 - May 7, 2017 Wed-Sat 12-6pm; Sun 12-5pm Hosted by the…

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April 2017

Sunday Hunt Breakfast at The Gris

April 1 - October 9
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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Seminar with Professor Chuck Timlin

April 18 - May 19
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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A Novel of Manners: Jane Austen's Persuasion” Seminar with Professor Chuck Timlin Chuck Timlin, University of New Haven faculty member and former English teacher at Choate Rosemary Hall, has brought his excellent teaching skills to the Essex Library community on topics such as Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Beowulf, Huckleberry Finn, American poets and short story writers. Now, back by popular demand, he turns his talents to a four-evening seminar examining the social satire Persuasion by Jane Austen. Persuasion is the novel…

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Biloxi Blues

April 26 - May 14

Biloxi Blues It’s 1943. Come back in time with us to World War II era, Biloxi, Mississippi. It’s boot camp for a young man from Brooklyn and his fellow recruits where they will learn about Life and Love and some of life’s harsher lessons. Neil Simon's 1985 Tony Award winner for Best Play. Wed-Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri-Sat, 8pm; Matinees: Wed & Sun, 2pm. Adults $50, Seniors $45, Students $22, Children $17 Click the links below for more information and to purchase…

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May 2017
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Essex River Valley Auxiliary, Intake Day

May 4 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Essex Town Hall, 29 West Avenue
Essex, 06426 United States
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Child & Family Agency, Essex River Valley Auxiliary “Intake Day” Thursday, May 4, 2017 –Essex Town Hall from 10 AM-6 PM For the uninitiated, Intake Day is a spring ritual, marking a time to find, dust off, clean, repair and donate those valued, but little-used clothing and items in your care, to benefit The Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut. On Thursday, May 4th, from 10 to 6, at the Essex Town Hall on 29 West Avenue, members of…

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CT Spring Boat Show

May 5 - May 7
Brewer Essex Island Marina, 11 Ferry Street
Essex, 06426 United States
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REGIONAL BOAT DEALERS GEAR UP FOR THE 2nd ANNUAL IN-WATER CONNECTICUT SPRING BOAT SHOW IN ESSEX, CT MAY 5-7, 2017 The Connecticut Spring Boat Show has announced the 2nd Annual 2017 in-water show dates of May 5-7, 2017 at Brewer Essex Island Marina located in Essex, CT. The Boating Industry has come together to unveil some of the latest innovations in boating, offer purchase incentives and give consumers an ideal opportunity to compare different boats, dealers and options in one…

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Essex Weekend Stroll

May 5 - May 7

Join us May 5th through May 7th! Click here to download promotional EBOT flyer

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Landscape Architects Discussion

May 5 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Centerbrook Architects, 67 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS TO DISCUSS SUSTAINABLE DESIGNS FOR WATER AND WILDLIFE The Essex Library concludes its ninth Year of the Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series with “Green Landscapes for Water and Wildlife” presented by Landscape Architects Shavaun Towers FASLA and Natasha Andjelic ASLA of the New Haven Landscape Architecture and Site Planning firm, Towers|Golde, on Friday, May 5th at 7 p.m. in The Cube at Centerbrook Architects’ office. The talk will cover sustainable elements of design such as the selection of native…

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Submarines In World War I

May 6 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Ave
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Submarines In World War I: The Great War Through The Periscope As we observe the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I this year, the Essex Library welcomes Eury Cantillo, Director of Education at the Navy's Submarine Force Library and Museum for an illustrated talk on submarines in World War I on Saturday, May 6 at 1:30 p.m. The culmination of the industrial age and of all the technological wonders that had been invented in the years…

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Argus Quartet Master Class for Strings

May 8 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Centerbrook Meeting House, 51 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Argus Quartet Master Class for Strings Presented by Community Music School and Essex Winter Series Centerbrook Meetinghouse, 51 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT Monday, May 8, 2017 - 4pm The Argus Quartet will offer advice on technique and performance for student musicians who will each play during the class. The Argus Quartet was formed in the summer of 2013 and is receiving invitations from concert series throughout the United States and abroad. Recent performances include appearances at Carnegie Hall, Laguna Beach…

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Dvorak The Happy Soul

May 9 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Classical music historian and Essex favorite, Jeffrey Engel, returns to present a lecture on “Dvorak, The Happy Soul” on Tuesday, May 9th at 1:30 p.m. Dvorak was the happiest and least neurotic of the Romantics. He was barely literate and hardly a deep thinker (locomotives were his chief passion outside of music). The cheery Czech was greatly influenced by his native folk culture which inspired him to write a plethora of tuneful compositions. Jeffrey Engel will detail Dvorak’s life and…

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300 Years of CT’s Remarkable Women

May 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Celebrating 300 Years of Connecticut’s Remarkable Women Kathryn Gloor, Executive Director of the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame will present “Celebrating 300 Years of Connecticut’s Remarkable Women” at the Essex Library on Monday, May 15 at 7 p.m. Ms. Gloor will present an interactive multi-media program about some of our state’s most remarkable women. Be inspired as you learn about well-known figures like Ella Grasso, Katharine Hepburn and Marian Anderson and lesser known heroines like Maria Sanchez, Barbara McClintock and…

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Million Dollar Quartet

May 31 - June 25
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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Million Dollar Quartet Great Balls of Fire! On Dec. 4, 1956 at Sun Records studio in Memphis, Tennessee, ELVIS PRESLEY, JOHNNY CASH, JERRY LEE LEWIS, and CARL PERKINS met for a once-in-a-lifetime rock ‘n’ roll jam session. Get your Blue Suede Shoes ready for this 1950’s rockin’ sensation! Wed-Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri-Sat, 8pm; Matinees: Wed & Sun, 2pm; Saturdays 6/10 and 6/24, 2pm. Adults $50, Seniors $45, Students $22, Children $17 Click the links below for more information and to purchase…

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June 2017
Free

Summer Arts Festival

June 17 - June 18
Essex Town Park, Main Street
Essex, 06426 United States
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Summer Arts Festival on the Essex Town Green Local and regional fine artists and crafters in a variety of media display and sell their work on the picturesque Essex Town Green. Festival artists are also exhibiting at Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store in the concurrent Summer Group Gallery Show, May 19-July 2, 2017. (61 Main St. Centerbrook) Opening reception Friday, May 19 (6:30-9 pm) at the Gallery. Shop online at Spectrum Anytime! Visit www.spectrumartgallery.org/shop June 17-18, 2017 Saturday (10am-5pm)…

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July 2017

West Side Story

July 5 - July 30
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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West Side Story From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. The score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim is widely regarded as one of the best ever written. Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a…

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Summer Children’s Theatre

July 14
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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The Pirate, The Princess and The Pea Crabtree Puppet Theatre presents a swashbuckling pirate and princess adventure! A pirate's life isn't all "yo-ho-ho and a bottle of grog!" It's hard work searchin' for treasure, avoidin' sea monsters, keepin' crabs from eatin' your nose, and fallin' overboard just in time to meet a giant octopus. But it's worth it when ya haul in that treasure chest...but the treasure in this chest happens to be a princess…a princess who doesn't even believe…

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Summer Children’s Theatre

July 21
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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Jack & Jill Jack & Jill is a one-man puppet show featuring hand-carved, folk-toy-inspired puppets and live music. The show explores the contemporary issue of water conservation in the tradition of the Appalachian Jack Tale. A young coal miner and his companion go ‘up a hill to fetch a pail of water’ then take on a selfish giant and save a whole neighborhood! Everyone is welcome to a big ol’, heapin’ helpin’ of this good-natured, heartland American story of teaming…

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Summer Children’s Theatre

July 28
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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Casey Carle’s BubbleMania 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 music and the often unbelievable qualities and beauty of spherical liquids. This is a bubble show to keep the 5 to 75 year-olds mesmerized. Friday, July 28, 11am. All tickets $14 Click the links below for more information and to purchase tickets…

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August 2017

Saturday Night Fever

August 9 - September 3
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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Saturday Night Fever: The Musical Brooklyn-born Tony Manero loves to dance on the weekends, and he's about to enter a dance competition and fall in love!! It's late 1970's and DISCO is here! Get ready for some Night Fever and the nostalgic songs of the Bee Gees! Based on the film that defined the disco generation. Wed-Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri-Sat, 8pm; Matinees: Wed & Sun, 2pm; Saturdays 8/19 and 9/2, 2pm. Adults $50, Seniors $45, Students $22, Children $17 Click the…

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Summer Children’s Theatre

August 25
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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The Comedy Magic of Danny Diamond Come and be amazed by the comedy magic of Danny Diamond. His show will astound and entertain people of all ages. Bring the whole family for some fun and entertainment on a warm summer day. Friday, August 25, 11am. All tickets $14 Click the links below for more information and to purchase tickets to this, or any of the amazing shows at the Ivoryton Playhouse. ivorytonplayhouse.org centerstageticketing.com Ivoryton Playhouse 103 Main Street, Ivoryton, CT…

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September 2017

I Hate Musicals

September 27 - October 15
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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I Hate Musicals: The Musical Simpsons' television writer and producer is back in Ivoryton with his hilarious world premiere! Mix an LA earthquake with a little Sigmund Freud and some nifty dance moves and set it to songs you know and love and you've got a musical like nothing you've ever seen before! Wed-Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri-Sat, 8pm; Matinees: Wed & Sun, 2pm. Adults $50, Seniors $45, Students $22, Children $17 Click the links below for more information and to purchase…

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November 2017

The Games Afoot!

November 1 - November 19
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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Ken Ludwig’s The Games Afoot! A murderously funny thriller set in William Gillette’s Connecticut castle. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit. Come and join us for this whacky ride! Wed-Thurs, 7:30pm; Fri-Sat, 8pm; Matinees: Wed & Sun, 2pm. Adults $50, Seniors $45, Students $22, Children $17 Click the links below for more information and to purchase tickets to this, or any of the amazing shows at the Ivoryton Playhouse. ivorytonplayhouse.org centerstageticketing.com Ivoryton Playhouse 103 Main Street,…

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