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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

Mamma Mia!

June 26 - July 28
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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Mamma Mia! Music and Lyrics by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus and some songs with Stig Anderson Book by Catherine Johnson - Originally Conceived by Judy Craymer   Wednesday, June 26 - Sunday, July 28, 2019 Over 60 million people worldwide have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show! Set on a Greek island paradise, the story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love,…

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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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Nature Art Camp for Young Artists

July 22 - July 26
Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Dive into our fun and inspiring summer nature art camp! July 22-26, 2019 (Mon-Fri 9am-4pm) for ages 7-11. Explore sketching floral and landscape drawing as you create a diverse selection of pieces. Use your developing observational skills and beginning basic drawing and sculpting techniques for this year’s fun projects: Busy Little Beehive Sculpture, Nature Rocks, Magic Tree Collaborative, Birds & Branches/Nature’s Paint Brushes. Leave your cares behind and enjoy learning new skills as you make lasting friendships. Participants spend fun summer days…

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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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Summer Concerts U. H. F.

July 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Ivoryton Green Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States + Google Map
Free

U. H. F. – Ivoryton Town Green, July 23rd Join U.H.F for an evening of soulful music. U.H.F is comprised of three members dedicated to creating the best soulful music they can. 6:30-8pm

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Deep River Cemetery Tour

July 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$5

Join Connecticut River Museum Curator Amy Trout and Deep River Historical Society Curator Rhonda Forristall and explore the Fountain Hill Cemetery in Deep River. The tour will highlight the legend of XYZ bank robber and the mysterious woman who visited his grave. Be prepared to learn about other curiosities and notables buried there! 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a water bottle. Space is limited - preregistration is required. $5 non members FREE to members of…

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Summer Concerts Leaf Jumpers

July 31 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Essex Park, 69-99 Nott Ln, Essex, CT 06426
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

Leaf Jumpers – Essex Main Street Park, July 31st Leaf Jumpers is classic rock meets modern adult alternative. Great songs sweet harmonies and solid musicianship, Leaf Jumpers are the real deal. 6:30-8pm

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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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Onrust Brunch

August 4 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$28

Join Connecticut River Museum Curator Amy Trout on a morning sail on the Onrust. Discover the Myths and Legends of the Connecticut River Valley and enjoy the sights of the river. Light continental style breakfast will be served.

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Preston Ridge Vineyard Wine Tasting and Paint Night

August 4 @ 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Essex Paint and Sip, 12 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Summer Concerts Long Island Sound

August 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Ivoryton Green Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States + Google Map
Free

Long Island Sound – Ivoryton Town Green, August 6th Long Island Sound offers a wide variety of the most popular music including Swing, Motown, Oldies Rock, Funk, Disco, Latin, Country and Top 40. The Long Island Sound features three horns, a full rhythm section and recording artist -vocalist Mary Beth Sippin. 6:30-8pm

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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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Alfresco Thursdays August 8th

August 8 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Essex Village, 69 Nott Lane
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

"Party Alfresco!” August 8th, 2019 @ 5pm Main Street, Essex Village That’s the call to action for the Essex Board of Trade’s 2019 summer event on Main Street in Essex Village. Experience Essex in all its summer vibrancy – alfresco shopping, patio dining, live music, art, strolling, socializing and more. Participating shops will stay open until 8pm featuring fashion parties, discounts, and festive bites and sips! The village’s charming patios, decks and docks - Abby’s Place, Olive Oyl’s Cuisine, The…

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Summer Concerts Blues on the Rocks

August 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Essex Park, 69-99 Nott Ln, Essex, CT 06426
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

Blues on the Rocks – Essex Main Street Park, August 14th Blues on the Rocks has been performing since 2004 and never disappoints. They are comprised of four lifelong passionate musicians. Their music will get you off your feet, sing, swing and dance. 6:30-8pm

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27th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair

August 17 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
12 Main Street Essex, CT, 12 Main Street Essex
Essex, United States
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For the past 26 years, the First Baptist Church in Essex has sponsored this juried Annual Arts and Craft Fair on the Essex Town Green. Both locals and visitors to the area enjoy shopping the 60+ booths that fill the Town Green with unique, handcrafted artwork. Admission is free to the public. Essex is located on the Connecticut River, about four miles north of Long Island Sound. Easy to reach from any direction, Essex is also the home of the…

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2ND ANNUAL CORNHOLE CHARITY CHALLENGE

August 19 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Brewer Essex Island Marina, 11 Ferry Street
Essex, 06426 United States
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$12 – $25

CENTERBROOK – Community Music School will present its second annual Cornhole Charity Challenge on August 19, 2019 at 5 pm on beautiful Essex Island. Local charities will face off in this friendly cornhole competition. Join us for live music and southern BBQ! BYOB and family friendly! Event proceeds will benefit scholarships and outreach programs at Community Music School. Event tickets include live music and all food: $25/adult, $12/kid, ages 5 and under free. Teams of two can enter the cornhole…

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September 2019

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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October 2019

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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Essex, CT 06426 860-767-3904 or email message@experienceessex.com