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May 2020

Online Class: The Art of Collage

May 13 - June 10
$120

In this five week class you will create a main subject (birds, fish, flowers, trees) to collage from start to finish.  You will learn how to choose your main focal point, the pros and cons of various substrates and the preparation of the background.  You will learn how to create an interesting paper palette through color, values, pattern and texture.  Your instructor will guide you in the placement and paper preparation as well as how to adhere them to the…

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Psychedelic ’60’s at The Gris

May 29
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Friday, repeating until October 29, 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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Sunday Hunt Breakfast at The Gris

May 31 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, repeating until March 27, 2022

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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June 2020

Sea Chanteys at The Gris

June 1 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Monday, repeating until October 25, 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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“Shadow Dance” Exhibit Extended Until July 5th!

June 4 - July 5
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store will re-open to the public on June 4th with new hours of Thursday to Saturday, 12 – 6pm and Sundays, 12 – 5pm. Spectrum’s newest exhibit, Shadow Dance, has been on view in the Gallery space since March 27th (via our on line gallery, www.spectrumartgallery.org) . An exploration of original artwork that showcases the imagery of shadows in a variety of mediums, the show includes works by representational and abstract painters, collage artists, sculptors and photographers…

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Shanties & Sails: Rick Spencer and Dawn Indermuehle

June 9 @ 5:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Tuesday, June 9, 2020 Rick Spencer and Dawn Indermuehle 5:30-6:30 Shanties:  FREE 7:00-8:00 Onrust:  More details to come!  Click Here to Register for this Event! Join us for CRM’s newest concert series, Shanties & Sails! You want to be on the deck to hear talented shanty and sea-song musicians for a FREE one hour live performance. Add onto your evening to continue the fun.  Book a trip on the Onrust! Seating on board the Onrust is limited for this one-of-a-kind event. Rick Spencer…

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Shanties & Sails: Marc Bernier

June 16 @ 5:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Tuesday, June 16, 2020 Marc Bernier 5:30-6:30 Shanties:  FREE 7:00-8:00 Onrust:  More details to come!  Click Here to Register for this Event! Join us for CRM’s newest concert series, Shanties & Sails! You want to be on the deck to hear talented shanty and sea-song musicians for a FREE one hour live performance. Add onto your evening to continue the fun.  Book a trip on the Onrust! Seating on board the Onrust is limited for this one-of-a-kind event. Marc Bernier is a Chanteyman,…

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Shanties & Sails: Johnson Girls Band

June 23 @ 5:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 Johnson Girls Band 5:30-6:30 Shanties:  FREE 7:00-8:00 Onrust:  More details to come!  Click Here to Register for this Event! Join us for CRM’s newest concert series, Shanties & Sails! You want to be on the deck to hear talented shanty and sea-song musicians for a FREE one hour live performance. Add onto your evening to continue the fun.  Book a trip on the Onrust! Seating on board the Onrust is limited for this one-of-a-kind event. The Johnson Girls have…

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Shanties & Sails: Geoff Kaufman

June 30 @ 5:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Tuesday, June 30, 2020 Geoff Kaufman 5:30-6:30 Shanties:  FREE 7:00-8:00 Onrust:  More details to come!  Click Here to Register for this Event! Join us for CRM’s newest concert series, Shanties & Sails! You want to be on the deck to hear talented shanty and sea-song musicians for a FREE one hour live performance. Add onto your evening to continue the fun.  Book a trip on the Onrust! Seating on board the Onrust is limited for this one-of-a-kind event.   For the past twenty-eight…

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July 2020

Casey Carle’s BubbleMania: Comedy…With A Drip!

July 3 @ 11:00 am
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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$15

Casey Carle, award-winning, international performer brings his BubbleMania: Comedy…With a Drip! back to the Ivoryton Playhouse with jaw-dropping bubble sculptures, funky funny foam, jazz inspired bubble choreography and eye-popping giant bubbles.  Come see this guy combine soap, slapstick and showmanship to amaze and amuse all ages! Tickets $15 all ages

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Haunted Connecticut Jr: Spooky Stories For The Whole Family

July 10 @ 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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$15

Presented By Dr Stephen Gencarella.  Musical Accompaniment By Frank Natter. Dr. Gencarella is a tenured professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a folklorist whose research examines the myths, legends, and cultural traditions of New England. He teaches classes on humor and comedy studies and on the global folklore of alcoholic beverages.  This new show of storytelling and music is suitable for ages 5 +.  In association with the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program. Tickets $15 all ages

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Design This Summer – Fashion Camp I

July 13 @ 9:30 am - July 17 @ 5:00 pm
Arts Center Killingworth, 276 N Parker Hill Rd
Killingworth, 06419 United States
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$360

FASHION WEEK I July 13-17, 2020 | Ages 11-15 Mornings are spent working with a professional illustrator learning to draw the fashion silhouette as live models pose for your sketches. End the week of illustration with a portfolio ready piece. Afternoons are spent with professional seamstresses learning to read, pin and cut a pattern of your choice. Construct and finish your garment by sewing and adding accessories. Professional hair and makeup stylists help prepare you for the end of the…

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Online Class: Writing Poems About Art

July 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
$80

The Art of Writing Poems about Art is an on line Zoom class being offered by Spectrum Art Gallery. Steven Ostrowski, a published poet, painter, and professor, will offer an online Zoom workshop in which participants engage in the art of writing poems about artworks. Using the “Permission to Play with Language” model that Professor Ostrowski developed for the Central Connecticut Writing Project, participants will create new, imagistic poems about an artwork or several artworks of their choice—whether that be…

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Design This Summer – Fashion Camp II

July 20 @ 9:30 am - July 24 @ 5:00 pm
Arts Center Killingworth, 276 N Parker Hill Rd
Killingworth, 06419 United States
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$360

FASHION WEEK II July 20-24, 2020 | Ages 15-18 During Fashion Week II, fashionistas dig deeper and focus their designs on the influences of top fashion designers. This year, Anna Sui will be our muse. For her innovative work, Sui has been called a designer who “never panders” by The New York Times, and earned the distinction of being named to Time magazine’s list of the decade’s top five fashion icons. Learn sketching as live models pose for your Sui…

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Nature Art Camp

July 27 - July 31
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$325

For the young artist, Nature Art Camp runs July 27-31 (9am-4:30pm) for ages 7 to 12. Spend summer days drawing en plein air, and painting and sculpting on the Center grounds. Sketch floral and landscape drawings, and, as a special treat, enjoy a Guest Artist Session on Painting Trees and Foliage in Watercolor! Develop observational, drawing, and sculpting techniques working on projects like Air Dry Clay Impressions, Bubble Painted Florals (mixed media), Nature’s Windows Clings, and Sun Painted Sun Catcher.  Nature will inspire, as will…

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August 2020

Paper Heart Puppets Presents: Cardboard Explosion!

August 14 @ 2:00 pm
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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$15

With a simple snip of the scissors, adventures unfold for a one-of-a-kind puppetry experience! “Cardboard Explosion’” brings five original stories to life using nothing but cardboard and the power of your imagination. In each story audience members help puppeteer, Brad Shur, transform simple cardboard shapes into elaborate puppet characters right before your eyes.  Get ready to outsmart dragons, choose-your-own superpower, and train adorable animal sidekicks in this fun, energetic, participatory show. Recommended for ages 4 and up Tickets $15 all…

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