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May 2020

Online Class: Get to Know Your Digital Camera Part I

May 7 - May 28
$80

Learn what all those buttons are on your camera and how to use them.  Learn the basic tenants of the exposure triangle, the creative use of shutter speed and aperture to create more compelling and artistic photos. How to review images for proper exposure.  Various focusing modes and how to take your photos from your camera to your computer and cell phone for storage, editing and sharing.  **Recommended camera is a digital DSLR or mirrorless camera with various modes and…

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Psychedelic ’60’s at The Gris

May 29
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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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Sunday Hunt Breakfast at The Gris

May 31 @ 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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June 2020

Sea Chanteys at The Gris

June 1 @ 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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“Shadow Dance” Exhibit Extended Until July 5th!

June 4 - July 5
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store will re-open to the public on June 4th with new hours of Thursday to Saturday, 12 – 6pm and Sundays, 12 – 5pm. Spectrum’s newest exhibit, Shadow Dance, has been on view in the Gallery space since March 27th (via our on line gallery, www.spectrumartgallery.org) . An exploration of original artwork that showcases the imagery of shadows in a variety of mediums, the show includes works by representational and abstract painters, collage artists, sculptors and photographers…

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Summer Cabaret Series: As We Stumble Along

June 7 @ 7:00 pm
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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$40

Our Broadway Journey featuring Joseph Dellger and Stacia Fernandez stars of Native Gardens.  Les Mis, Ragtime, Phantom, The Drowsy Chaperone, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast – these are just some of the musicals Joseph and Stacia have performed in either on Broadway, Off-Broadway or on National Tours.  Meet and greet after the show. Summer Cabaret Tickets:  $40 all ages Buy tickets for all three cabarets for $100.00 all ages – call box office to purchase 3-show package

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Shanties & Sails: Rick Spencer and Dawn Indermuehle

June 9 @ 5:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Tuesday, June 9, 2020 Rick Spencer and Dawn Indermuehle 5:30-6:30 Shanties:  FREE 7:00-8:00 Onrust:  More details to come!  Click Here to Register for this Event! Join us for CRM’s newest concert series, Shanties & Sails! You want to be on the deck to hear talented shanty and sea-song musicians for a FREE one hour live performance. Add onto your evening to continue the fun.  Book a trip on the Onrust! Seating on board the Onrust is limited for this one-of-a-kind event. Rick Spencer…

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Shanties & Sails: Marc Bernier

June 16 @ 5:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Tuesday, June 16, 2020 Marc Bernier 5:30-6:30 Shanties:  FREE 7:00-8:00 Onrust:  More details to come!  Click Here to Register for this Event! Join us for CRM’s newest concert series, Shanties & Sails! You want to be on the deck to hear talented shanty and sea-song musicians for a FREE one hour live performance. Add onto your evening to continue the fun.  Book a trip on the Onrust! Seating on board the Onrust is limited for this one-of-a-kind event. Marc Bernier is a Chanteyman,…

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Shanties & Sails: Johnson Girls Band

June 23 @ 5:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Tuesday, June 23, 2020 Johnson Girls Band 5:30-6:30 Shanties:  FREE 7:00-8:00 Onrust:  More details to come!  Click Here to Register for this Event! Join us for CRM’s newest concert series, Shanties & Sails! You want to be on the deck to hear talented shanty and sea-song musicians for a FREE one hour live performance. Add onto your evening to continue the fun.  Book a trip on the Onrust! Seating on board the Onrust is limited for this one-of-a-kind event. The Johnson Girls have…

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Shanties & Sails: Geoff Kaufman

June 30 @ 5:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Tuesday, June 30, 2020 Geoff Kaufman 5:30-6:30 Shanties:  FREE 7:00-8:00 Onrust:  More details to come!  Click Here to Register for this Event! Join us for CRM’s newest concert series, Shanties & Sails! You want to be on the deck to hear talented shanty and sea-song musicians for a FREE one hour live performance. Add onto your evening to continue the fun.  Book a trip on the Onrust! Seating on board the Onrust is limited for this one-of-a-kind event.   For the past twenty-eight…

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July 2020

Casey Carle’s BubbleMania: Comedy…With A Drip!

July 3 @ 11:00 am
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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$15

Casey Carle, award-winning, international performer brings his BubbleMania: Comedy…With a Drip! back to the Ivoryton Playhouse with jaw-dropping bubble sculptures, funky funny foam, jazz inspired bubble choreography and eye-popping giant bubbles.  Come see this guy combine soap, slapstick and showmanship to amaze and amuse all ages! Tickets $15 all ages

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Thursdays on the Dock: USCG Dixieland Band

July 9 @ 5:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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USCG Dixieland Band Thursday, July 9 5:30 – 7:30 pm FREE Now in its 11th year, Thursday’s on the Dock continues to rock the River! Each Thursday night in the summer, the foot of Main Street in Essex is the place to be from 5:30 –7:30 pm. We have a fabulous lineup this year thanks to our presenting sponsor, Prive Swiss Wellness. The United States Coast Guard Dixieland Jazz Band was organized in 1970 to perform classic jazz, blues, and…

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Haunted Connecticut Jr: Spooky Stories For The Whole Family

July 10 @ 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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$15

Presented By Dr Stephen Gencarella.  Musical Accompaniment By Frank Natter. Dr. Gencarella is a tenured professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a folklorist whose research examines the myths, legends, and cultural traditions of New England. He teaches classes on humor and comedy studies and on the global folklore of alcoholic beverages.  This new show of storytelling and music is suitable for ages 5 +.  In association with the Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts Program. Tickets $15 all ages

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Thursdays on the Dock: Small Pond All Stars

July 16 @ 5:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Small Pond All Stars Thursday, July 16 5:30 – 7:30 pm FREE Now in its 11th year, Thursday’s on the Dock continues to rock the River! Each Thursday night in the summer, the foot of Main Street in Essex is the place to be from 5:30 –7:30 pm. We have a fabulous lineup this year thanks to our presenting sponsor, Prive Swiss Wellness. This week’s band is the Small Pond All Stars, a popular local music group that has played…

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Summer Cabaret Series: The Simon & Garfunkel Songbook

July 20 @ 7:00 pm
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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$40

The Simon & Garfunkel Songbook:  Songs, Stories and multimedia featuring Aztec Two-Step 2.0   Uniquely entertaining music, narration and multimedia event which chronicles the extraordinary career of Simon & Garfunkel.  The music speaks for itself and a sing-along is always in the mix. Summer Cabaret Tickets:  $40 all ages Buy tickets for all three cabarets for $100.00 all ages – call box office to purchase 3-show package

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Thursdays on the Dock: Butter Jones

July 23 @ 5:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Butter Jones Thursday, July 23 5:30 – 7:30 pm FREE Now in its 11th year, Thursday’s on the Dock continues to rock the River! Each Thursday night in the summer, the foot of Main Street in Essex is the place to be from 5:30 –7:30 pm. We have a fabulous lineup this year thanks to our presenting sponsor, Prive Swiss Wellness. Butter Jones, with a unique blend of indie rock, americana, and a dash of jam band, it’s the sound…

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Thursdays on the Dock: Tiny Ocean

July 30 @ 5:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Tiny Ocean Thursday, July 30 5:30 – 7:30 pm FREE Now in its 11th year, Thursday’s on the Dock continues to rock the River! Each Thursday night in the summer, the foot of Main Street in Essex is the place to be from 5:30 –7:30 pm. We have a fabulous lineup this year thanks to our presenting sponsor, Prive Swiss Wellness. Tiny Ocean is a mixture of americana, indie folk, folk rock, indie folk. Kierstin Sieser, Jeremy Coster, Jon Morse,…

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August 2020

Thursdays on the Dock: Little Big Band

August 6 @ 5:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Little Big Band Thursday, August 6 5:30 – 7:30 pm FREE Now in its 11th year, Thursday’s on the Dock continues to rock the River! Each Thursday night in the summer, the foot of Main Street in Essex is the place to be from 5:30 –7:30 pm. We have a fabulous lineup this year thanks to our presenting sponsor, Prive Swiss Wellness. The Little Big Band includes Piano, Bass, Drums, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, 5 Saxophones and a Vocalist, for…

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Summer Cabaret Series: Champagne & Moonshine

August 10 @ 7:00 pm
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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$40

Champagne & Moonshine:  A Jersey Girl’s Journey to Patsy Cline featuring Jacqueline Petroccia star of our 2012 hit production Always...Patsy Cline.  Hear Jackie’s story of how she was discovered to play Patsy, the music that influenced her childhood and the songs she sings now.  Meet and greet and CD signing after the show. Summer Cabaret Tickets:  $40 all ages Buy tickets for all three cabarets for $100.00 all ages – call box office to purchase 3-show package

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Thursdays on the Dock: John Spignesi Band

August 13 @ 5:30 pm

John Spignesi Band Thursday, August 13 5:30 – 7:30 pm FREE Now in its 11th year, Thursday’s on the Dock continues to rock the River! Each Thursday night in the summer, the foot of Main Street in Essex is the place to be from 5:30 –7:30 pm. We have a fabulous lineup this year thanks to our presenting sponsor, Prive Swiss Wellness. New Haven based quartet “JSB” (shortened for The John Spignesi Band) is a group you don’t want to…

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Paper Heart Puppets Presents: Tall Tales

August 14 @ 11:00 am
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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$15

Have you ever wanted to sing along with a sea shanty? Or dive deep into a fox’s den? Then come along on this whirlwind tour of New England’s tallest tales! Along the way, you’ll make Thomas Jefferson the world’s largest wheel of cheese, sail the ocean with the legendary giant sailor Alfred Bulltop Stormalong, and meet a very fashionable bear by the name of Jenny Jenkins. Drawing from three hundred years of stories, songs, and local history, there is sure…

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Paper Heart Puppets Presents: Cardboard Explosion!

August 14 @ 2:00 pm
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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$15

With a simple snip of the scissors, adventures unfold for a one-of-a-kind puppetry experience! “Cardboard Explosion’” brings five original stories to life using nothing but cardboard and the power of your imagination. In each story audience members help puppeteer, Brad Shur, transform simple cardboard shapes into elaborate puppet characters right before your eyes.  Get ready to outsmart dragons, choose-your-own superpower, and train adorable animal sidekicks in this fun, energetic, participatory show. Recommended for ages 4 and up Tickets $15 all…

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Thursdays on the Dock: Mama Train Band

August 20 @ 5:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Mama Train Band Thursday, August 20 5:30 – 7:30 pm FREE Now in its 11th year, Thursday’s on the Dock continues to rock the River! Each Thursday night in the summer, the foot of Main Street in Essex is the place to be from 5:30 –7:30 pm. We have a fabulous lineup this year thanks to our presenting sponsor, Prive Swiss Wellness. Jazz/Blues band, Mama Train, blends the warmth of rich female vocals with smooth expressive piano.  Their sound embodies…

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Thursdays on the Dock: Old Dog New Trick

August 27 @ 5:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Old Dog New Trick Thursday, August 27 5:30 – 7:30 pm FREE Now in its 11th year, Thursday’s on the Dock continues to rock the River! Each Thursday night in the summer, the foot of Main Street in Essex is the place to be from 5:30 –7:30 pm. We have a fabulous lineup this year thanks to our presenting sponsor, Prive Swiss Wellness. Old Dog New Trick is an increasingly popular local talent that sprang onto the vibrant Lower Connecticut…

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September 2020

Thursdays on the Dock: Local Honey

September 3 @ 5:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Local Honey Thursday, September 3 5:30 – 7:30 pm FREE Now in its 11th year, Thursday’s on the Dock continues to rock the River! Each Thursday night in the summer, the foot of Main Street in Essex is the place to be from 5:30 –7:30 pm. We have a fabulous lineup this year thanks to our presenting sponsor, Prive Swiss Wellness. Born out of a mutual respect for all things auditory and a humble appreciation for an organic evolution, lifelong…

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