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October 2015

The Scarecrows of Essex

October 1, 2015 - November 2, 2015
The Three Villages of Essex Essex, 06426 United States + Google Map

Get your creative juices flowing and start designing your scarecrows for display!  Watch for more information will be posted here and our facebook page.

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November 2016

The 25 Trees of Essex

November 25, 2016 @ 8:00 am - December 10, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

In partnership with local area merchants please join us for our Festival of Trees — The 20 Trees of Essex to benefit the Child & Family Agency of Southeastern CT. Spend the day strolling through historic Essex Village where 20 holiday trees, thematically decorated by local artisans, merchants and organizations will be on display. Tickets can be purchased in shops for a chance to win a beautifully decorated tree. For more information visit childandfamilyagency.org or call 860-443-2896 ext. 1403

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October 2017

Scarecrow Festival

October 14, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free
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June 2019

Alfresco Thursdays

June 13, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Essex Village, 69 Nott Lane
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

"Party Alfresco!” June 13, July, 11, August 8, 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,…

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July 2019

Alfresco Thursday July 11th

July 11, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Essex Village, 69 Nott Lane
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

"Party Alfresco!” July 11th, 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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August 2019

Alfresco Thursdays August 8th

August 8, 2019 @ 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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October 2019

Scarecrow Festival 2019

October 12, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - October 20, 2019 @ 9:00 pm
Essex Park, 69-99 Nott Ln, Essex, CT 06426
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

Scarecrow FestiFall Press Release As the Essex Scarecrow Festival’s outdoor movie showing in the Essex Town Park is coming up, there have been concerns about the festival regarding the possibility of mosquitoes carrying the EEE virus and WNV to be an issue during the time of the event at 6:30pm. The Essex Park and Recreation is working directly with the Town of Essex Public Health Director to address any concerns about the mosquito EEE virus and WNV (West Nile Virus).…

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December 2019

Trees in the Rigging

December 1, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Essex Town Hall, 29 West Avenue
Essex, 06426 United States
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Kick off the holiday season in Essex with the annual Trees in the Rigging Community Carol Sing and Lighted Boat Parade. The Connecticut River Museum, the Essex Board of Trade, and the Essex Historical Society combine to present this annual event that includes a traditional, lantern-lit carol stroll down Main Street where spectators are invited to bring their own lanterns or flashlights and join in with the Sailing Masters of 1812 Fife and Drum Corps and a parade of antique…

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January 2020

Essex Ed Parade 2020

January 26, 2020
Essex Village, 69 Nott Lane
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Essex Ed will make his big reveal on Sunday, January 26 at 2pm, when he emerges from Essex Boat Works for his annual procession up Main Street in Essex Village. Every year in celebration of Groundhog Day (officially on February 2 this year), a community organization dresses Essex Ed – a twelve-foot paper mache version of a groundhog - in a costume that recognizes a person or special occasion. That organization and costume remain top secret until Essex Ed appears…

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October 2020

2020 Annual Scarecrow Contest & FestiFall

October 8, 2020 - October 31, 2020

Experience Essex…Visit the 2020 Scarecrow FestiFall October 8 - 29! Fall is in the air and Essex Board of Trade (EBOT) is excited to host its annual 2020 Scarecrow FestiFall! While COVID-safety guidelines preclude gathering for a traditional festival in Main Street Park… the annual Scarecrow show will go on!!!  On any beautiful Fall day between October 8 - 29, EBOT invites visitors and residents to stroll a lamp-post presentation of scarecrows and enjoy some alfresco dining and shopping. It’s…

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2020 Annual Scarecrow Contest Winners

October 31, 2020 - November 21, 2020
Essex Village, 69 Nott Lane
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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The results are in! And the winners are (drum roll, please!):

First Place: Music of the Night made by Shelia Gavish

Second Place: Carlson's Landing
Third Place: Middlesex Habitat for Humanity, CT

Honorable Mentions: Mother Earth made by the Essex Garden Club, Bernie made by Essex Indoor Golf Center, and Zoom Crow made by William Pitt Sotheby's Essex.

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September 2021

Alfresco Thursdays 2021

September 30 @ 5:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until September 30, 2021

Essex Village, 69 Nott Lane
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

Alfresco Thursdays has proven to be THE go-to, weekly event for summer fun! Shops are open until 8pm and restaurants spill onto patios, decks, and reimagined parking areas. The alfresco spirit is contagious as the community and visitors come together to eat, shop, stroll and socialize!

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October 2021

2021 Scarecrow Contest & FestiFALL

October 9
Essex Village, 69 Nott Lane
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Fall is in the air and it’s time to mark your calendar for the Essex Board of Trade’s Scarecrow Contest and FestiFALL! Follow the yellow brick road of scarecrows and vote for your favorite one. Are you “A Good Witch” or “A Bad Witch?” Scarecrow Display & Contest Starts October 7th As is annual tradition, the “Scarecrow Lamp-Post Presentation” - scarecrows created by Essex, Centerbrook & Ivoryton residents and businesses -  line the Main Streets of the three villages. Viewers…

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    Essex Board of Trade, Inc., P.O. Box 322
    Essex, CT 06426 or email message@experienceessex.com