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February 2017

23rd Annual Holiday Model Train Show

February 1 @ 8:00 am - May 6 @ 5:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, 06426 United States
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November 18th - February 20th The magic returns to CRM with the 23rd Annual Holiday Train Show.  This family-friendly exhibit, created by train artist Steve Cryan, features more trains, new scenery, and lots of surprises to be found in the fully operational 26-foot model train layout.  Visitors are challenged to find a scavenger list of various objects hidden within the settings while the smaller visitor set can get hands-on at an American Flyer and Lionel Train layout designed for toddler…

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$36

Winter Wildlife Eagle Cruises

February 4 - March 19
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Winter Wildlife Eagle Cruises Feb. 4th through March 19th, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. CRM welcomes back RiverQuest for this year’s Winter Wildlife Cruises! Tours depart Fridays at 10:00AM and 12:30PM, and Saturdays and Sundays at 9:00AM, 11:30AM, and 2:00PM. Naturalists are aboard to help spot and provide information on wildlife and hot coffee and tea are offered in the boat’s heated cabin. Please visit www.ctrivermuseum.org/eagle-cruises/ for more information or to buy tickets. $40, $36 Museum members- includes Museum admission. On…

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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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$50 - $75

Privateers’ Bash

February 25 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Privateers' Bash 2017 "Ahoy, Matey! Come if ye dare to be part of our swashbucklin’ crew who are lookin’ for a lively way to let off a bit o’ winter steam. Grab yer cutlass, hoist yer sails and set a course to the Privateers’ Bash on Saturday, February 25th. All are invited to come in costume and relive Riverfront history at the eleventh annual Bash, a playful nod to the privateers who made their wealth by relieving foreign ships of…

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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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$10 - $20

Women Playwrights Initiative

March 3 - March 4
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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Women Playwrights Initiative Four One Acts by Four Fabulous Women Playwrights. Staged readings followed by Talk Backs and refreshments each night! See web site for details. March 3 Staged Readings | 7:00 pm Guenevere by Susan Cinoman Teenagers Guenevere and Arthur are best friends–a fierce competitor, she always bests him in sword fights. What will be the outcome when confronted with Excalibur in the stone? Apple Season by Ellen Lewis To make arrangements for her father’s funeral, Lissie returns to…

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$40

Lady Parts

March 5 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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An afternoon of laughter and candid talk about women's physical and emotional health. Renowned OB/GYN Mary Jane Minkin and best-selling author Amy Bloom answer audience members' most intimate and anonymous questions with humor and expertise! A benefit for the Women & Family Life Center of Guilford. All tickets $40.

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$35

Garrison Keillor

March 5 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Old Saybrook High School, 111 Boston Post Road
Old Saybrook, 06475 United States
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Essex Winter Series - Garrison Keillor “Stories in Mind, Poems by Heart.” The beloved raconteur, author, and entertainer will share his unique brand of wisdom and humor in what is sure to be an unforgettable afternoon. Sponsored by Essex Meadows and Jeffrey N. Mehler CFP LLC. Tickets $35; students $5

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FREE

Author Talk with Dr. Paul Freedman

March 6 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Author Talk with Yale Professor Dr. Paul Freedman From Delmonico’s to Sylvia’s to Chez Panisse, a daring and original history of dining out in America as told through ten legendary restaurants. Combining a historian’s rigor with a foodie ‘s palate, Ten Restaurants That Changed America reveals how the history of our restaurants reflects nothing less than the history of America itself. Paul Freedman, the Chester D Tripp Professor of History at Yale University will give an illustrated talk at the…

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FREE

Romeo & Juliet

March 11 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Lincoln Center Local Screening: San Francisco Ballet Romeo & Juliet On Saturday, March 11 at 1:30 p.m. the Essex Library will host the Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance screening of San Francisco Ballet: Romeo & Juliet recorded at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco on May 7, 2015. With its passionate choreography, spine-tingling swordsmanship, and celebrated score by Sergei Prokofiev, this colorful and emotional retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet has packed houses around the…

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Free with museum admission

Stanley Kolber Bird Photography Workshop

March 11 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Join Stanley Kolber, award winning nature photographer, for a wonderful photography workshop in the museum’s Eagles of Essex exhibit. Birds were Stan’s first love when, some fifteen years ago, he picked up a camera and set a course for photography as a second career and full-time artistic endeavor. And although the subject of his work has evolved, his ardor for birds, and for rendering them lovingly and faithfully, is undiminished. Stan’s work is held in corporate and private collections, and…

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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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$35

An Orchestra of Voices

April 2 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Old Saybrook High School, 111 Boston Post Road
Old Saybrook, CT 06475 United States
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Chanticleer, Chorus, Vocal, Ensemble

Essex Winter Series - Chanticleer – An Orchestra of Voices Chanticleer, the Grammy-Award winning all-male chorus, is one of the world’s most renowned vocal ensembles, and returns to our series by popular demand. Sponsored by Essex Savings Bank. Tickets $35; students $5

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$20 - $30

Ethan Bortnick Family Concert

April 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Valley Regional High School, 156 Kelsey Hill Road
Deep River, CT 06417 United States
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Singer, songwriter, and acclaimed international phenom Ethan Bortnick will perform at Valley Regional High School on April 6 at 7:00PM. This family concert will feature Ethan, his band, and a local children’s choir and will benefit Sister Cities Essex Haiti (SCEH) and its projects in Deschapelles, Haiti, including the new Deschapelles Community Library. Ethan’s charismatic performance includes a mix of pop, rock, and MoTown. People leave Ethan's concerts often proclaiming it the best show they’ve ever been to, hands down.…

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