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March 2019

Weekend Paint Nights and Private Parties

March 1, 2019 - February 4, 2020
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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April 2019

Sunday Hunt Breakfast at The Gris

April 1, 2019 - November 2, 2021
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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Psychedelic ’60’s at The Gris

April 1, 2019 - March 15, 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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Sea Chanteys at The Gris

April 1, 2019 - August 28, 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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May 2019

Beginning Digital Photography Class

May 1 - June 5
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$150

Are you passionate about learning photography? Have you always wanted to improve your travel photos or catch that spontaneous “people” moment?  This class will give you the skills to do this. Learn about your camera controls, exposure, shutter speed, aperture, white balance, ISO, lenses and printing. It is recommended that students have a DSLR or Mirrorless camera for full control. Other digital cameras such as a point and shoot or cell phone will also be accepted.. Assignments will be given…

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Late Spring/Early Summer Watercolor Studio

May 2 - June 13
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$160

In these classes learn or review the steps of using transparent watercolor such as building up color from light to dark, painting flat washes, graded washes, layering transparent washes, and wet on wet techniques. Going from light to dark as you preserve the lights and highlights is key to watercolor technique.  This approach will be discussed at length as well as studying excellent examples of this way of working.  There will be still life setups to work from and photo…

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Late Spring/Early Summer Acrylic Studio

May 3 - June 14
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$160

FILLS QUICKLY! Adult painting sessions for intermediate, advanced and beginner levels.  Artists work from reference photos (yours or supplied - primarily landscape or still life). Regular painting demonstrations and the instructor painting along allows for total freedom to explore the medium and help when needed. Each artist receives individual attention working at their own pace and within their own abilities to develop confidence with better techniques of drawing, composition and color theory.  Paintings are developed to a finished stage, working…

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Godspell

May 22 - June 16
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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Godspell Conceived and Originally Directed by John-Michael Tebelak - Music and New Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz   Wednesday, May 22 – Sunday, June 16, 2019 Godspell is the first major musical theater hit from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, and Children of Eden). Loosely based around the Gospel of St. Matthew, the show follows a company of characters who unite to become a community through teachings of love, kindness, and acceptance. Led by the international…

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June 2019

Connecticut River Artisans Artist of the Month of June

June 1 - June 30
Connecticut River Artisans, 55 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Pat Rist is Connecticut River Artisans Artist of the Month for June Connecticut River Artisans Cooperative welcomes the month of June and the start of Summer. Our Artist of the Month for June is our remarkable potter, Pat Rist. The question is, “how did Pat go from teaching chemistry at Drew University to a life of creativity with clay. Blame her husband! His new job required a move to Connecticut. It wasn’t long until “Clay Bodies Pottery was born. Pat…

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Essex Annual Shad Bake 2019

June 1 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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The Rotary Club of Essex and the Connecticut River Museum have paired up again to bring you a classic Connecticut Spring tradition: the Shad Bake.  Now in its 61st year, this is the quintessential New England shoreline tradition.  Yankee Magazine has called it one of the “Top 20 Summer Events.” Nailed up on wooden planks around a bonfire, the shad takes on a smoky flavor and is accompanied by plenty of sides, as well as pie from Lyman’s Orchards.  Programs…

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Celebrate Summer with a Gourd Ornament

June 2 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$60

These cute little gourd ornaments are great for hanging in a window, giving as a gift, or saving for yourself as a unique tree ornament.  Participants will learn to design the gourd with tape, circles, and a ruler. Simple and easy, no artistic ability needed. Then wood burning the design and then applying metallic ink dyes and other fun embellishments.  The little gourds will be ready to hang with an eye hook and hanger.  Lastly, they will be sprayed with…

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RiverFare 2019

June 6 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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The unofficial kickoff to summer on the Shoreline, Connecticut River Museum’s annual fundraiser RiverFare is a gourmet food and drink tasting event on the Museum’s riverfront lawn. Numerous local caterers and restaurants vendors provide delicious samples of their culinary talents for patrons, as well as tastings from breweries and wineries of the River Valley. A full cash bar, music, and silent auction offering all sorts of great items and experiences! All proceeds benefit the Connecticut River Museum. Tickets are $60…

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Early Summer Botanicals Workshop

June 9 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$45

The focus of this workshop is making cards and other larger pieces suitable for framing and gift giving.  All pieces made in the workshop will have a summer theme using pressed petals and leaves.   You will learn how to press the botanicals and apply them to a heavy card stock.   Your creations will be lovely gifts or wonderful pieces to treasure yourself.  Supplies include an abundance of pressed botanicals, cards and paper. Other colors will also be available to make…

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Alfresco Thursdays

June 13 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Essex Meadows, 30 Bokum Road
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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Welcome Summer with Fluid Painting-a Dirty Pour Workshop

June 16 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$40

This summer give yourself and friends an original work of art.  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 and the dirty pour.! No experience is necessary. Cost: $40 + $20 material fee paid directly to instructor. Date: Sunday, June 16 Time: 1:30-4pm Teaching Artist, Pauline Clifford, is not an artist by vocation…

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Botanical Print a Silk Scarf Workshop

June 23 @ 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$80

Participants are introduced to the sustainable  process of printing leaves onto fabric also referred to as contact or bundling printing.  Images are extracted from plants and transferred to fabric through a steaming process. As the chemicals interact with different types of textiles, the images may respond differently as they join with the fabric. This workshop will help participants reconstruct this process on their own. Each student will go home with a silk scarf or a wall hanging as well as…

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Summer Concerts Southern Voice

June 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Ivoryton Green Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States + Google Map
Free

Southern Voice Summer Concert - Ivoryton Town Green, June 25th Southern Voice is a modern country band that provides lots of entertainment with their talented vocalists. Their mix of modern country, classic rock and even some pop hits will keep everyone dancing. 6:30-8pm

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Mamma Mia!

June 26 - July 28
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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Mamma Mia! Music and Lyrics by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus and some songs with Stig Anderson Book by Catherine Johnson - Originally Conceived by Judy Craymer   Wednesday, June 26 - Sunday, July 28, 2019 Over 60 million people worldwide have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show! Set on a Greek island paradise, the story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love,…

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July 2019

Summer Concerts Middletown Symphonic Band

July 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Essex Meadows, 30 Bokum Road
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Middletown Symphonic Band - Essex Main Street Park, July 3rd Join Middletown Symphonic Band! This amazing orchestra has been together since 1979 and is always a summer concert favorite here in Essex.6:30-8pm

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Kate’s Camp for Kids Summer Programming

July 8 - August 31
The Kate, 300 Main Street
Old Saybrook, CT 06475 United States
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$295

The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center and Community Music School are partnering again for the seventh year under the umbrella of their performing arts summer camp, “Kate’s Camp for Kids,” to present a full summer of programming. This exciting program takes place at The Kate, 300 Main Street in Old Saybrook, and runs for five week-long sessions from 9am to 5pm beginning July 8, 2019. Launched in 2013, Kate’s Camp for Kids is a performing arts camp for children ages…

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July Fashion Camps

July 8 - July 19
Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$360

July Fashion Camps Arts Center Killingworth Fashion Week One, Monday-Friday, July 8-12, 2019 (9-5:30pm) for 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…

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Summer Concerts Java Groove

July 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Ivoryton Green Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States + Google Map
Free

Java Groove – Ivoryton Green, July 9th New this year; from swing to Sinatra to Sting, Java Groove is a small 4-piece band with a big sound. 6:30-8pm

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Summer Concerts Old Dog New Trick

July 17 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Essex Meadows, 30 Bokum Road
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Old Dog New Trick – Essex Main Street Park, July 17th Also new this year; ODNT interprets classic rock, blues songs, roots, alternative, and R&B ranging from Van Morrison, The Band and the Allman Brothers to Amos Lee, Zac Brown, Grace Potter and Phish, as well as their own original songs. 6:30-8pm

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Nature Art Camp for Young Artists

July 22 - July 26
Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Dive into our fun and inspiring summer nature art camp! July 22-26, 2019 (Mon-Fri 9am-4pm) for ages 7-11. Explore sketching floral and landscape drawing as you create a diverse selection of pieces. Use your developing observational skills and beginning basic drawing and sculpting techniques for this year’s fun projects: Busy Little Beehive Sculpture, Nature Rocks, Magic Tree Collaborative, Birds & Branches/Nature’s Paint Brushes. Leave your cares behind and enjoy learning new skills as you make lasting friendships. Participants spend fun summer days…

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Summer Concerts U. H. F.

July 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Ivoryton Green Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States + Google Map
Free

U. H. F. – Ivoryton Town Green, July 23rd Join U.H.F for an evening of soulful music. U.H.F is comprised of three members dedicated to creating the best soulful music they can. 6:30-8pm

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Summer Concerts Leaf Jumpers

July 31 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Essex Meadows, 30 Bokum Road
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Leaf Jumpers – Essex Main Street Park, July 31st Leaf Jumpers is classic rock meets modern adult alternative. Great songs sweet harmonies and solid musicianship, Leaf Jumpers are the real deal. 6:30-8pm

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August 2019

Summer Concerts Long Island Sound

August 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Ivoryton Green Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States + Google Map
Free

Long Island Sound – Ivoryton Town Green, August 6th Long Island Sound offers a wide variety of the most popular music including Swing, Motown, Oldies Rock, Funk, Disco, Latin, Country and Top 40. The Long Island Sound features three horns, a full rhythm section and recording artist -vocalist Mary Beth Sippin. 6:30-8pm

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Cabaret

August 7 - September 1
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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Cabaret Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb, Book by Joe Masteroff   Wednesday, August 7 - Sunday, September 1, 2019 "There was a cabaret and there was a master of ceremonies and there was a city called Berlin in a country called Germany. It was the end of the world … and I was dancing with Sally Bowles and we were both fast asleep.” So begins the international classic musical and winner of 8 Tony awards - Cabaret.…

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Summer Concerts Blues on the Rocks

August 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Essex Meadows, 30 Bokum Road
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Blues on the Rocks – Essex Main Street Park, August 14th Blues on the Rocks has been performing since 2004 and never disappoints. They are comprised of four lifelong passionate musicians. Their music will get you off your feet, sing, swing and dance. 6:30-8pm

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September 2019

Shear Madness

September 18 - October 6
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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Shear Madness Written by Paul Portner   Wednesday, September 18 - Sunday, October 6, 2019 Shear Madness is one of the most popular productions in the world, delighting audiences with its blend of madcap improvisation and spine-tickling mystery. This unique comedy-whodunit takes place today in the "Shear Madness" hairstyling salon and is chock full of up-to-the-minute humor. A murder is committed and the audience gets to spot clues, question suspects, and solve the mystery. Voted "Best Comedy" seven times by…

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October 2019

Woody Sez

October 23 - November 10
Ivoryton Library, 106 Main Street
Ivoryton, 06442 United States
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Woody Sez– The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie Devised by David Lutken with Nick Corley and Darcie Deaville, Helen J. Russell and Andy Teirstein   Wednesday, October 23 - Sunday, November 10, 2019 David Lutken and his trusty band of musicians return to the Playhouse in a show featuring Woody Guthrie – the original folk hero and an iconic American troubadour. Tap your feet and sing along with Woody Sez in this uplifting musical portrait. You will be transported…

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