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November 2021

28th Annual Holiday Train Show

November 23, 2021 - February 20, 2022
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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The family friendly Holiday Train Show exhibit is back at the Connecticut River Museum for its 28th year of fun for all ages. See what train artist Steve Cryan has created this year! A fully operational 26-foot train layout, “I SPY” scavenger hunts, and toddler sized viewing layout are all part of the fun! Sponsored by: Lorensen Auto Group and Webster Bank

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January 2022

Essex Ed Parade

January 29 @ 2:00 pm

Experience Essex and one of its most beloved traditions since 1978 – the Essex Ed Parade, on Sunday, January 29th at 2pm.  Bring your pots and pans (and this year, MASKS), and head to Essex Village. Essex Ed, a larger- than-life-groundhog, will make his annual pilgrimage from Essex Boatworks on Ferry Street and up Main Street. All are invited to join with noisemakers and your festive groundhog gear!  Who will Essex Ed be? As always, Ed’s costume is a secret…

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January 29 @ 4:00 pm

A free, illustrated talk on Edith Wharton’s estate in Lenox, Mass., The Mount, will be presented by Director of Visitor Services Anne Schuyler at 4 p.m. Jan 29, on Zoom for the Essex Library. Schuyler will focus on Wharton’s design skills for this outstanding home and garden. Registration is required.

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February 2022

At Gallery: Introduction to Fluid Art Workshop

February 6 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Try your hand at fluid painting! Fluid painting involves layering acrylic paints of different densities and incorporating certain additives which can result in gorgeous combinations of paint, cells, and lacing...or mud depending upon what you put together! The Blooms technique will be demonstrated using 4 ceramic tiles which can be used as coasters. The best part is no artistic experience is necessary. Date:  Sunday, Feb. 6 Time:  1-4 pm Cost: $50.00 plus $15 paid directly to the instructor, https://spectrumartgallery.org/event-registration/?ee=144

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At Gallery: Felting a Heart Workshop

February 13 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Participants learn how to design and construct a heart shaped project created with hand dyed silk from Uzbekistan and Australian fine merino wool.  This technique, called Nuno felting, can also be used to make beautiful silk scarves, hats, vests or jackets.  Even beginning felts can learn to apply these materials in a very painterly manner. The process is fun and well worth the effort. All materials for this workshop are included in individual kits.  All levels welcome. Date: Sunday, Feb. 13,…

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At Gallery: The Art of Wire Wrapping

February 27 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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In this workshop participants will learn the art of wire wrapping a piece of sea glass to wear as a pendant. Everyone will choose a piece of sea glass from a large selection of glass in different shapes and colors provided by the instructor plus wire in silver or gold tones for wrapping the glass and a choice of cord or cable to hang the wrapped pendant.  There will also be available for purchase a silver-plated neck collar for $20…

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