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June 2018

Onrust Cruises

June 1 - October 31
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Onrust is back for a second season of sailing on the Connecticut River!  Uncover the rich heritage and natural beauty of the Connecticut River aboard the Onrust, a replica of Dutch Explorer Adriaen Block’s 1614 ship – the first European vessel to enter the Connecticut River! Help hoist a sail or bring a picnic to enjoy while underway. Museum admission included with cruise ticket. Cruise Rates: Daytime- 2:00pm & 4:00pm: $33 Adults, $22 children under 12. Sunset- 6pm*: $38 regardless of age…

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Sunday Hunt Breakfast at The Gris

June 3, 2018 - January 5, 2020
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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Sea Chanteys at The Gris

June 4, 2018 - December 2, 2019
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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July 2018

Psychedelic ’60’s at The Gris

July 6, 2018 - January 31, 2020
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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Paddle Program / Guided Small Boat Tours

July 26 - October 8

Now through October 8th CRM’s Paddle Explorations Program will run through early October.  Rent a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard and get out on the river on a self-guided tour!  Paddlers are provided with a boat, paddles, PFD, and chart showing the local environs.  Paddle the local coves of the majestic Connecticut River; a site the Nature Conservancy has called “one of the last great places” in North America. The River is just a paddle away. Rentals are available by reservation…

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September 2018

Weaving World Classes for Ages 9-12

September 27 - October 10
Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Weaving is distilled down into its most basic elements in this class. Children learn and find satisfaction in the tactile, repetitive nature of "over, under, over, under." With a no-fuss portable loom and scraps of bright cloth and yarn, boys and girls can create wall hangings, rugs, hair ornaments, or other fun and colorful textile products. Students can learn and be inspired in this class accompanied by the music of nature sounds. All materials included. Dates: Thursdays, 9/27; 10/4, 10/11,…

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Introduction to Polymer Clay Classes for Ages 7-9

September 27 @ 8:00 am - October 25 @ 5:00 pm
Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Young sculptors learn to roll, flatten, wrap and then slice this colorful oven baked clay to reveal amazing designs like checker boards, flowers and stripes. Then children take their slices and cover anything they choose from our collection of objects including frames, jars, boxes, utensils, switch plates and pens, or they can make a creature like a frog or owl! They’ll be amazed what can do with this flexible clay medium! Dates: Thursdays, 9/27; 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25. Makeup: Nov. 1st…

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Bean-to-Bar Dark Chocolate Pairing

September 29 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Essex Chocolate and Coffee Bar, 124 Westbrook Road
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$48.00

It’s time to help make the Fall Pairing Party be a big hit. Tell all your chocolate-loving friends about this “not to be missed” event. And, of course, we want you to join us too! Essex Chocolatier is hosting the 1st Semi-Formal, Bean-to-Bar Dark Chocolate Pairing with Wines and Litchfield County Distillery Bourbons. Here’s what we’ll be pairing with several Bean-to-Bar Dark Chocolates: 4 Bourbons 2 White Wines 2 Sparkling White Wines 2 Red Wines You’ll also get a Complimentary Gift…

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October 2018

Scarecrow Festival 2018

October 4
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First Thursdays October 2018

October 4 - October 31
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Film Screening The Gardener

October 4 - October 13
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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The Gardener is a documentary film which reflects on the meaning of gardening and its impacts on our lives. Shortly before his passing at the age of 86, influential gardener and horticulturalist Frank Cabot recounts his personal quest for perfection at Les Quatre Vents, his twenty-acre English style garden and summer estate that was opened to a film crew for the first time ever in 2009. Nestled amongst the rolling hills of the Charlevoix County in Quebec, Les Quatre Vents…

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Thirsty River

October 8
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Thirsty River: 400 Years of Drink, Life, and Reform in the CT River Valley Opening Through October 8, included with Museum Admission The Thirsty River exhibit explores the role of alcohol in the Connecticut River Valley – past, present and future.  Trace its story beginning both as a commodity and as sustenance in the daily human experience. Learn about how different beverages were created from local agricultural and how immigration, trade, and changing fashion altered the availability and popularity of…

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Intro To Music Technology Workshop

October 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Community Music School, 90 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$40

Community Music School will be offering its popular Introduction to Music Technology Workshop again this fall, to be held on October 13, 2018 from 10 am to 12:30 pm.  It will provide an introduction and overview of our digital age that covers all you need to get started with music technology!  The workshop is open to the public and costs just $40 for a 1.5 hour hands-on workshop. Ages 11 through adult, all skill levels, no prior experience necessary. This…

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November 2018

Clay Hand Building Class

November 5 - December 3
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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CREATIVE HANDS – CLAY HAND BUILDING CLASS Mondays, November 5 – December 3 6 – 8 PM $200 + $30 Material Fee www.spectrumartgallery.org 860-767-0742 In this class participants will familiarize themselves with clay and glazes, using hand tools and their own fingers. We will use coils and a slab roller to make two different kinds of pots during the first 3 sessions and glaze in a further session. Decorating techniques such as incising, carving and texturing will be covered as…

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Autumn Origami Wreath Workshop

November 11 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Sunday, November 11th 1 – 4:30 PM $50 + $15 Material Fee www.spectrumartgallery.org 860-767-0742 Work with autumn inspired pre-printed papers as well as papers you will paint yourself to create a seasonal 16 point modular Origami Wreath. The large wreath (approx. 15”) would be perfect as a wall decoration, or as a centerpiece surrounding a candle or bowl of fruit for the holiday table. Smaller size wreaths can be used as table place cards or on a notecard to send…

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