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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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March 2020

Forbidden Broadway Comes to Ivoryton

March 19 - April 5
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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Book by Gerard Alessandrini In this special production of Off Broadway’s hit musical revue created for the Ivoryton Playhouse, Broadway’s greatest musical legends meet Broadway’s greatest satirist in this hilarious, loving, and endlessly entertaining tribute to some of the theatre’s greatest stars and songwriters. Featuring outrageous costumes, hilarious rewrites of the songs you know, and dead-on impressions by a stellar cast!

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Shadow Dance Exhibit

March 27 - May 17
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Gallery exhibit displays artwork that showcases the imagery of shadows – be they informative, mysterious, gloomy and or changeable with the season. Opening Reception Friday, March 27, 6:30-9pm with wine and refreshments. Runs through May 17. Spectrum Gallery and Store, 61 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT.  Hours: Wed-Sat (12-6pm); Sun (12-5pm). (860) 767-0742 and visit spectrumartgallery.org

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Weekend Paint Nights and Private Parties

March 28
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Friday, repeating until October 27, 2020

An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Saturday, repeating until October 25, 2020

An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Sunday, repeating until December 27, 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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Drawing Two

March 28 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$150

Take your drawing to the next level by combining shapes and forms into 2 and 3D figures. Learn to setup a still life. Focus on composition, perspective, background/foreground objects, shadow, light and tones of gray, black and white. Work with pastels, colored pencils, chalk and charcoal. Material list available or materials can be purchased from the instructor. Teaching Artist Edward Rosado studied commercial art and graphic design at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. He worked at Hartfield & Zody’s Retail…

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Open Call to Connecticut Artists

March 28 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Connecticut River Artisans Cooperative, 55 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

The Connecticut River Artisans Co-op is hosting an OPEN HOUSE for artists on Saturday, Mar 28, 2020: 1:00PM – 4:00PM. If 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…

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Sunday Hunt Breakfast at The Gris

March 29 @ 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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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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Sea Chanteys at The Gris

March 30 @ 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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April 2020

Creating a Collage with a Theme

April 1 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$200

This is a class for those who have always been curious about collage and mixed media or for those who have experience but would like to work in a group situation exploring new materials and ideas.  Everyone in this class after arriving at a primary collage image and accompanying story will sort through illustrated calendars, art books, magazines and sheet music, etc. (their own or use the instructors) to find supporting visual images for their themed collage.  Balance and composition…

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Watercolor Painting Classes for Beginning and Intermediate Levels

April 2 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$160

This class is for anyone who is curious about painting in watercolors or wants to improve their abilities. You will learn watercolor techniques and painting composition. We will begin with some exercises in the basic skills and then apply these to complete a painting. Included will be practicing wet in wet, glazing and dry brush techniques. We will learn how to use different brushes and how to choose and mix colors. Edith will demonstrate, provide subject photos or you can…

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Psychedelic ’60’s at The Gris

April 3
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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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Spring Acrylic Studio

April 3 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$160

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 with allows for total freedom to explore the medium and help if 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 with final…

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Painting with Wood Stain Workshop

April 5 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$60

In this unique workshop participants learn to use water based wood stain and a Dremel rotary as a painting medium for representational or more abstract pieces. The techniques are similar to painting with watercolor or acrylic using additive and subtractive methods, drawing, scratching, layering and staining to create your first wood stain painting! Participants receive a set of primary wood stains (red, blue, yellow, black and white) a piece of wood and watercolor paper to paint on. Date: Sunday, April…

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6th Annual Fundraiser Pasta Supper Karaoke Night

April 18 @ 6:00 pm
The First Congregational Church in Essex, 6 Methodist Hill
Essex, 06426 United States
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Fundraiser Pasta Supper and Karaoke Night Benefiting $1250 Making A Difference Award offered to a VRHS Senior Student Hosted by The First Congregational Church in Essex, UCC The Sixth Annual Pasta Supper and Karaoke Night will be held 6pm Saturday, April 18 at The First Congregational Church in Essex, 6 Methodist Hill in Essex Village. Sponsored by the church’s Outreach & Justice Committee, proceeds from the event benefit the $1,250 “Making A Difference” Award, open to graduating seniors at Valley…

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Creating Comic Book and Fantasy Characters Workshop

April 19 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$60

In this workshop learn how to create unique characters for animation, comics, picture books, games and fantasy and how to bring your characters to life. We will discuss the importance of expression, color, shape, movement and design as well as making dynamic costumes and clothing. Industry standards used by animators and production artists to create characters will also be reviewed. A personal sketchbook is recommended but not required. If you have anything specific you like to draw with, bring it…

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The Art of Writing Poetry about Art Workshop

April 26 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$65

In this three-and half hour workshop, participants will create original poems that respond to, comment on, or take inspiration from, works of art that they themselves have created, works currently hanging in the Spectrum Gallery, or works by others, including famous painters. The workshop will include warm-up exercises, utilizing the Permission to Play with Language Model, developed by Steven Ostrowski for participants at the Central Connecticut Writing Project, and the writing and workshopping of original poems about works of art. Every…

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May 2020

Intro to Alcohol Ink & Creating Abstracts Workshop

May 3 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$60

Looking for a new way to express yourself artistically? Try painting with alcohol ink! This workshop introduces you to the what and how of working with alcohol ink as well as creating abstracts. Tools provided for use. Supplies include alcohol ink, ceramic tiles, and Yupo paper. Cost: $40 plus $20 material fee paid to the instructor Note: Bring your hair dryer with nozzle attachment.  

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Spring Botanicals Workshop

May 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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$55

A great Mother's Day gift! 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…

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June 2020

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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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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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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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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August 2020

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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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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