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January 2020

26th Annual Holiday Train Show

January 21 - April 18
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Steve Cryan’s family friendly Holiday Train Show exhibit is back on track at the Connecticut River Museum for its 26th year! A fully operational 26 foot train layout, tugboat and train memorabilia, “I SPY" scavenger hunts, and toddler sized viewing layout are all part of the fun for all ages! Come see what surprises train artist Steve Cryan has created this year! Member Opening November 26, 2019 Public Opening November 27, 2019 Sponsored by Lorensen Auto Group and Webster Bank

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Spectrum Gallery Exhibit Opens – Appreciating the Everyday

January 24 - March 15
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Begin the new year with a new exhibition at Spectrum Gallery: Appreciating the Everyday. Explore original artwork that showcases the imagery of daily events and objects that while we may take them for granted, make our lives easier and more pleasurable – the family dinner, a bottle of wine, a fireplace, and more! Show opens Friday, January Jan 24 with an Opening Reception with wine and refreshments from 6:30-9pm.  The exhibit runs through March 15th. 61 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT.…

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Weekend Paint Nights and Private Parties

January 25
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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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Open Call to Connecticut Artists

January 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Connecticut River Artisans, 55 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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The Connecticut River Artisans Co-op is hosting an OPEN HOUSE for artists! f you are a Connecticut artist and looking for a new venue to showcase your work, we could be it! We are located in Essex, Ct a well-known tourist attraction and shopper’s destination. We have been established since 1980 and believe we are the oldest Co-op in the state. Stop in, enjoy the refreshments, chat with one of our artists and find out what we are all about.…

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Essex Ed Parade 2020

January 26
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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Sunday Hunt Breakfast at The Gris

January 26 @ 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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Community Music School Free Preview Week

January 27 - February 1
Community Music School, 90 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Community Music School welcomes the general public to enjoy a variety of music programming during Free Preview Week January 27 through February 1, 2020. Children and adults are invited to schedule a FREE 30-minute preview lesson, and sample a vast array of programs for all ages including private and group lessons, Suzuki instruction, adult cabaret, senior band, string ensembles, music therapy, early childhood classes, and more. The public is welcome to observe any group class or ensemble during Free Preview…

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Sea Chanteys at The Gris

January 27 @ 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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After School Fun with Clay! Ceramics for Kids Ages 7-12

January 29 - March 5
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$120

REGISTER for WEDNESDAYS or THURSDAYS Discover the fun of kiln-fired clay. During this class your child will explore the magical world of pottery through creative projects using hand-building techniques from slipping and scoring to coil, slab and pinch techniques. Clay pieces will be fired and then painted in class to enjoy for years to come. DATES: Weds. 1/29; 2/5, 2/12, 2/26; 3/4. Makeup 3/11 Thurs. 1/30; 2/6, 2/13, 2/27; 3/5. Makeup 3/12 Time: 3:30-4:30pm Ages: 7-12 Cost: $120 includes all…

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Introduction to Mah Jong

January 30 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

Mah Jong is a fascinating game that originated in China and was adopted by Americans in the 1920s. It is a game for 4 people played with beautifully carved Chinese tiles. Allison Friday has taught American and Chinese Mah Jong for about 15 years. Always intrigued by small pieces in boxes, she fell in love with and purchased a Mah Jong set at an antique store before she even knew what it was. Allison will present an illustrated introduction to…

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Psychedelic ’60’s at The Gris

January 31
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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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February 2020

Connecticut River Speaker Series: Dr. Katherine Hermes

February 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$5

Connecticut River Speaker Series: Dr. Katherine Hermes – African American Burying Ground Wednesday, February 5 6:00 – 7:00 pm Members FREE. Non-Members $5.00   Dr. Katherine A. Hermes, an academic professional at Eastern Connecticut State University shares her stories about the oldest historic site in Hartford, the Ancient Burying Ground. This site is the only one remaining from the 17th century. Seating is limited; please reserve your spot early. Refreshments will be served.   Purchase tickets/Reserve your seat by clicking…

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Felted Wrist Warmer Workshop

February 9 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$70

Create romantic and cozy wrist warmers with Merino wool roving, hand dyed Margilan silk, and bamboo viscose. No sewing involved! Learn how to wet felt fine wool fiber and silk with the use of a resist. Turn fibers into strong fabric with ancient felting techniques updated to use everyday household supplies. Learn about shrinkage, how to design a template, and how to insure your felt is well felted. You will design your own wrist warmers choosing from a wide selection of wool, silk, and bamboo viscose colors.

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The Florence Griswold Museum From A to Z

February 11 @ 7:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

A free, illustrated talk on the history and future of the Florence Griswold Museum will be presented by museum Director of Education and Outreach David D.J. Rau at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Essex Library, 33 West Ave. Rau will focus on innovative exhibitions and events. RSVP: 860-767-1560.

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Eagles with Brian Hess – Lunch and Learn!

February 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$5

Eagles in Connecticut with Brian Hess – Wednesday, February 12 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Members FREE. Non-Members $5.00 Brian Hess is a wildlife biologist with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Brian will discuss eagle biology, the decline and recovery of this species and what is being done to conserve their populations. Seating is limited; please reserve your spot early.   Purchase tickets/Reserve your seat by clicking here!

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Barnhart/Fryer International All-Star Jazz Band

February 16 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Valley Regional High School, 156 Kelsey Hill Road
Deep River, CT 06417 United States
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$5 – $40

Veteran jazzman/band leader Vince Giordano will join EWS Jazz Advisor Jeff Barnhart on piano, fellow New Yorkers trombonist Jim Fryer, trumpeter Simon Wettenhall, the dynamic youthful Arntzen brothers: Evan on reeds and Arnt on banjo and guitar, and percussionist Bill Reynolds. Buy tickets here.

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Live Birds of Prey Show

February 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Essex Town Hall, 29 West Avenue
Essex, 06426 United States
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Free

A Place Called Hope, a nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation organization, offers visitors a chance to see several species of majestic raptors up close, including a Bald Eagle. Come to learn about what makes these birds of prey so uniquely interesting. This program is free to the public and takes place in Essex Town Hall. Monday, February 17 10:00 – 11:00 AM

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Birds, Bugs, and Frogs: The State of the Science Behind Reported Global Declines

February 20 @ 7:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

A free, illustrated talk on bird, bug and frog populations in Connecticut will be presented by Connecticut Audubon Society conservation biologist Jim Arrigoni at 7 p.m. Feb 20 at the Essex Library, 33 West Ave. Arrigoni will focus on bald eagles, ospreys and Atlantic sturgeon. RSVP: 860-767-1560.

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Italian Cheese Rolling & Taste of Italy Fundraiser

February 22
Angelini Wine LTD, 22 Industrial Park Road
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$65

Community Music School will present their fourth annual Taste of Italy fundraiser with a lively game of Italian cheese rolling on February 22, 2020 at Angelini Wine in Centerbrook. Event proceeds will benefit scholarships and outreach programs at Community Music School. This event is presented by Guilford Savings Bank and includes fine Italian wines, cheese, antipasto, and a full spread of locally made Italian food. Guests will test their bowling skills with a little friendly competition in a rousing party…

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Book Mending Clinic

February 22 @ 10:30 am
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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A free, book mending clinic on repairing damage to books will be presented by Essex Librarians Susan Bradley and Jana Pietrzyk at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 22 at the Essex Library, 33 West Ave. Bradley and Pietrzyk will focus on teaching attendees how to mend books including broken spines, torn pages, and loose hinges. Damaged books will be provided. RSVP: 860-767-1560.

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Understanding Your Best Friend with Phil Klein

February 22 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Understanding Your Best Friend with Phil Klein, Certified Dog Listener Phil Klein will present a kind methodology for gaining your dog's cooperation based on its instincts at the Essex Library on Saturday, February 22 at 1:30 p.m. Learn how canines see the world and the underlying reasons for unwanted behaviors like hyperactivity, destructive chewing, incessant barking, toileting in the house, jumping on guests, and aggression. Learn the four main areas of canine communications, including the leadership signals that will eliminate…

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Fluid Painting– a Dirty Pour Workshop

February 23 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$60

Fluid painting involves layering acrylic paints of different densities and incorporating certain additives (i.e. silicone, dimethicone, alcohol, Dawn dish soap (etc.) which can result in gorgeous combinations of paint, cells, and lacing.  Techniques include the flip cup,Dutch pour and the dirty pour. No experience necessary.  Please bring a hairdryer to the workshop.

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Privateer’s Bash

February 29 @ 6:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$50 – $75

Hoist your sails and set a course for CRM’s raucous Privateer’s Bash! Grog, grub, and dancing fill the Museum’s three floors at this annual fundraiser that celebrates Essex’s privateering past. Pirate attire is encouraged (but not required). Proceeds benefit the Connecticut River Museum. $50 per ticket, $85 for two tickets, $75 commodore ticket with open bar. Saturday, February 29 6:30PM Purchase tickets by clicking here! Presented by Gosling’s Rum.

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March 2020

Nature in Colored Pencil Workshop

March 8 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$90

Please join local artist Betsy Barry for an afternoon of drawing in Colored Pencil!   In this workshop learn the basics of drawing using the flexible medium of Colored Pencil.  Explore the rendering of a subject from nature using graphite and working on sketches to transfer onto a final piece in colored pencil! Some drawing experience preferable but not required.  Materials list will be provided upon registration.  For more information and to purchase your tickets, click here!

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LINU Guitar Duo

March 8 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
John Winthrop Middle School, 1 Winthrop Road
Deep River, CT 06417 United States
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$5 – $40

Gulli Bjornsson and Jiyeon Kim are two aspiring young artists searching for new ways to promote classical music. Both virtuosic and versatile, Gulli and Jiyeon have received multiple accolades for their guitar playing and have backgrounds in composition, film, electronic music, visual arts and theater. Buy tickets here.

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BeethovenFest

March 29 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Valley Regional High School, 156 Kelsey Hill Road
Deep River, CT 06417 United States
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$5 – $40

Seven world-renowned musicians perform Serenade for String Trio in D Major, Op. 8 and Septet in E-Flat Major, Op. 20 in honor of Beethoven's 250th anniversary. Buy tickets here.

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