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May 2017

CT Spring Boat Show

May 5, 2017 - May 7, 2017
Brewer Essex Island Marina, 11 Ferry Street
Essex, 06426 United States
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REGIONAL BOAT DEALERS GEAR UP FOR THE 2nd ANNUAL IN-WATER CONNECTICUT SPRING BOAT SHOW IN ESSEX, CT MAY 5-7, 2017 The Connecticut Spring Boat Show has announced the 2nd Annual 2017 in-water show dates of May 5-7, 2017 at Brewer Essex Island Marina located in Essex, CT. The Boating Industry has come together to unveil some of the latest innovations in boating, offer purchase incentives and give consumers an ideal opportunity to compare different boats, dealers and options in one…

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Landscape Architects Discussion

May 5, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Centerbrook Architects, 67 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS TO DISCUSS SUSTAINABLE DESIGNS FOR WATER AND WILDLIFE The Essex Library concludes its ninth Year of the Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series with “Green Landscapes for Water and Wildlife” presented by Landscape Architects Shavaun Towers FASLA and Natasha Andjelic ASLA of the New Haven Landscape Architecture and Site Planning firm, Towers|Golde, on Friday, May 5th at 7 p.m. in The Cube at Centerbrook Architects’ office. The talk will cover sustainable elements of design such as the selection of native…

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Obstacle or Opportunity Exhibit

May 6, 2017 - May 7, 2017
Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Walls, Doors & Fences: Obstacle or Opportunity Exhibit Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store The six-week show attempts to address the significance of these everyday elements. Are they to protect, to honor and to invite us into a space? Or do they create obstacles that exclude us from ourselves and others? Register for on-going art classes and workshops for all ages and shop online at Spectrum Anytime. March 24 - May 7, 2017 Wed-Sat 12-6pm; Sun 12-5pm Hosted by the…

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Submarines In World War I

May 6, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Ave
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Submarines In World War I: The Great War Through The Periscope As we observe the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I this year, the Essex Library welcomes Eury Cantillo, Director of Education at the Navy's Submarine Force Library and Museum for an illustrated talk on submarines in World War I on Saturday, May 6 at 1:30 p.m. The culmination of the industrial age and of all the technological wonders that had been invented in the years…

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Argus Quartet Master Class for Strings

May 8, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Centerbrook Meeting House, 51 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Argus Quartet Master Class for Strings Presented by Community Music School and Essex Winter Series Centerbrook Meetinghouse, 51 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT Monday, May 8, 2017 - 4pm The Argus Quartet will offer advice on technique and performance for student musicians who will each play during the class. The Argus Quartet was formed in the summer of 2013 and is receiving invitations from concert series throughout the United States and abroad. Recent performances include appearances at Carnegie Hall, Laguna Beach…

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Dvorak The Happy Soul

May 9, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Classical music historian and Essex favorite, Jeffrey Engel, returns to present a lecture on “Dvorak, The Happy Soul” on Tuesday, May 9th at 1:30 p.m. Dvorak was the happiest and least neurotic of the Romantics. He was barely literate and hardly a deep thinker (locomotives were his chief passion outside of music). The cheery Czech was greatly influenced by his native folk culture which inspired him to write a plethora of tuneful compositions. Jeffrey Engel will detail Dvorak’s life and…

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Environmental Forum 2

May 11, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Environmental Forum 2: Riparian Plantings to help Backyard Pollinators- May 11th, 5:30pm Join us for our second Environmental Forum, focusing on plants and pollinators along the River. Presenters include Judy Preston of the Connecticut Sea Grant, Gail Reynolds of UCONN Extension School, Jeff Cordulack of the Northeast Organic Farming association of Connecticut, and Jane Seymour of the Connecticut DEEP. This program is free to the public, advance registration is encouraged. Call 860-767-8269 for more information or to register. This forum…

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Essex May Market

May 13, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Essex Town Park, Main Street
Essex, 06426 United States
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ESSEX MAY MARKET, Saturday, MAY 13th – An Essex Garden Club Extravaganza You’re in for a treat on Saturday, May 13th. From 9 am to 2 pm, Rain or Shine. The Essex Garden Club will have a one-day extravaganza in the Town Park on Main Street. Just in time for Mother’s day there will be Herbs and herbal gift creations as well as the Garden Club’s world famous garlic salt, made from a closely guarded secret recipe since 1953. Always…

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Burning of the Ships Day

May 13, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main St
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Burning of the Ships Day, May 13th @ 1pm Essex’s Annual Burning of the Ships Day commemorates one of the worst events in the town's history- the fateful night in April, 1814 when a company of Royal Marines landed at the foot of Main Street and proceeded to burn all of the ships moored and being built on the ways around town. The highlight of the celebration is a parade of fife and drum corps down Main St., led by…

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300 Years of CT’s Remarkable Women

May 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Celebrating 300 Years of Connecticut’s Remarkable Women Kathryn Gloor, Executive Director of the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame will present “Celebrating 300 Years of Connecticut’s Remarkable Women” at the Essex Library on Monday, May 15 at 7 p.m. Ms. Gloor will present an interactive multi-media program about some of our state’s most remarkable women. Be inspired as you learn about well-known figures like Ella Grasso, Katharine Hepburn and Marian Anderson and lesser known heroines like Maria Sanchez, Barbara McClintock and…

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Nature Writing & Paddle Program Workshop

May 20, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Community Music School, 90 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Nature Writing and Paddle Program Workshop with Katherine Hauswirth- May 20th, 9am Local author Katherine Hauswirth (author of The Book of Noticing: Collections and Connections on the Trail) and blogger at First Person Naturalist, will be giving a reading, book signing, and nature writing workshop.

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June 2017

Cruises Aboard Onrust

June 1, 2017 - October 31, 2017
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Cruises aboard Onrust | June- October | Mondays at 1:30, 3:30 and 6PM Onrust, a replica of the vessel built by Adriaen Block and his crew in 1614, will be offering cruises leaving from the Museum throughout the Summer.Cruises run Thursdays through Mondays at 1:30, 3:30, and 6PM. When not sailing, Onrust will be available for exploration by Museum visitors at our docks.Take a trip on a piece of early colonial history! Call 860-767-8269 for more information or to book.

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River Fare 2017

June 1, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$60 - $150

River Fare 2017- June 1st, 6-9pm The unofficial kickoff to Summer on the shoreline, CRM’s annual fundraiser RiverFare is a tented event on the Museum’s riverfront lawn. Food and drink from numerous local vendors is provided for patrons, as is a full cash bar, music, and both a live and silent auction offering all sorts of great items and experiences! For the second year in a row, the RiverFare Craft Beer Garden will feature beers from a number of local…

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Finding Your World War I Ancestors

June 6, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Genealogy Resources: Finding Your World War I Ancestors The Yanks didn’t enter the European theater until 1917 but it was the war to end all wars. The Federal and State governments did much to document those being registered and ultimately selected to serve. Bring names to research and join us on Tuesday, June 6th at 5:30 p.m. as Librarian Norma Wright presents an illustrated talk on using online library genealogy resources to search for the heroes of WWI. This program…

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Water Chestnut Programs

June 13, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Water Chestnut Programs - une 13th & 25th The Connecticut River Conservancy and Connecticut River Museum want your help controlling one of the worst invasive species in the Connecticut River- Trapa natans, the water chestnut. Join us on June 13th @ 6:30pm for an informative session that aims to teach visitors how to identify and report water chestnut as well as when it’s appropriate to the pull the plants, how to properly pull them and how to properly dispose of…

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Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird

June 15, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird- June 15th, 5:30PM Join Katie Fallon, author of Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird, at the Connecticut River Museum for a reading, book signing, and discussion of the essential roles that vultures play in healthy ecosystems. Free to members, $5 nonmembers. Seating limited; call 860.767.8269 ext.110 to register.

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Summer Arts Festival

June 17, 2017 - June 18, 2017
Essex Town Park, Main Street
Essex, 06426 United States
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Summer Arts Festival on the Essex Town Green Local and regional fine artists and crafters in a variety of media display and sell their work on the picturesque Essex Town Green. Festival artists are also exhibiting at Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store in the concurrent Summer Group Gallery Show, May 19-July 2, 2017. (61 Main St. Centerbrook) Opening reception Friday, May 19 (6:30-9 pm) at the Gallery. Shop online at Spectrum Anytime! Visit www.spectrumartgallery.org/shop June 17-18, 2017 Saturday (10am-5pm)…

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July 2017

Ivoryton 4th of July Parade

July 4, 2017

Ivoryton 4th of July Parade The 2017 Ivoryton 4th of July Parade will be held on Tuesday, July 4. This year’s parade honors the Essex Ambulance Association Volunteers! Parade steps off at 10:00am. A short ceremony follows the parade at the Ivoryton Park Gazebo. The Ivoryton Fourth of July Parade Committee invites all who are interested in participating in this year’s parade to sign up and march! Groups, organizations, businesses, individuals are welcome. March on foot, pull a wagon, ride…

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Mahogany Memories Antique and Classic Boat Show

July 8, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Mahogany Memories Antique and Classic Boat Show- July 8th, 9AM-4PM The Southern New England Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society will hold their annual “Mahogany Memories” boat show at the Connecticut River Museum on Saturday, July 8th! A must see for any fans of classic boats and cars. Free to the public.

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Essex Historical Society Third Annual Walking Weekend

July 28, 2017 - July 30, 2017
$5

Join Essex Historical Society for the Third Annual Walking Weekend, July 28-30 for these popular walking tours in all three villages. New this year is a Centerbrook walk. July 28, 7pm: Tour of Essex's "Pound Hill" or West Ave. & Prospect Street. Meet at Pratt House, 19 West Ave., Essex. July 29, 10am: Tour Ivoryton. Meet in front of Ivoryton Library, 106 Main Street, Ivoryton. July 29, 1pm: Tour of Centerbrook. NEW! Meet at Essex Elementary, 108 Main Street, Centerbrook.…

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Theater Along the River

July 29, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$18

Theater Along the River- The Tempest- July 29th, lawn opens 6PM, curtains 7PM Flock Theatre returns to the Connecticut River Museum with their summer production of Shakespeare’s classic The Tempest. Lawn seating allows attendees to set up a picnic blanket or folding chairs, and food and non alcoholic beverages are welcomed. A cash bar serving beer and wine will be provided by the Museum. Tickets are available on the Museum’s online storefront or at the gate. Visit ctrivermuseum.org for more…

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August 2017

Legends of the Lower CT River Valley

August 3, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Legends of the Lower CT River Valley with Stephen Gencarella The CT River Valley has been an important site for storytelling ever since humans arrived here. In his talk at the Essex Library on Thursday, August 3rd at 7 p.m., Professor Stephen Gencarella will tell and discuss many legends and other folk narratives of the lower CT River Valley. He will address some of the best known examples such as the Moodus Noises and Lady Fenwick; revive a few long-forgotten…

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Folklore Talk & Hike

August 5, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Folklore Talk & Hike with UMASS Professor Stephen Gencarella The Devil’s Hopyard State Park in East Haddam is one of the most intriguing places for folklore in the entire state of Connecticut. As a follow-up to the Essex Library’s folklore program on Thursday, August 3rd, Professor Stephen Gencarella (UMass Amherst and the resident folklorist at the CT River Museum) will lead a hike throughout the park on Saturday, August 5th at 9 a.m. Gencarella will tell the copious stories about…

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September 2017

CMS Free Preview Week

September 11, 2017 - September 15, 2017
Community Music School, 90 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL HOSTS FREE PREVIEW WEEK: SEPTEMBER 11-15 Free and open to the public. Community Music School welcomes the general public to visit during Free Preview Week September 11 through 15. Children and adults can tour the School’s studios, meet teachers and staff, enjoy a FREE preview lesson, and learn about a vast array of programs for all ages including private and group lessons, adult cabaret, jazz ensemble, string ensembles, music therapy services, Kindermusik for babies and toddlers, and…

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Author Talk with David Handler

September 16, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Author Talk with David Handler: The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes On Saturday, September 16 at 4 p.m. the Essex Library will host Edgar and American Mystery Award-winning author David Handler, who will discuss his latest book, The Girl With Kaleidoscope Eyes, published in August by William Morrow. This is the ninth entry in the Hoagy and Lulu mystery series that Harlan Coben calls "One of my all-time favorite series! ...David Handler is so good at writing one smart, funny page-turner…

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Architects Lecture Series

September 22, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Center brook Architects’ Office, 67 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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HISTORIC HOUSES: AN ARCHITECT'S VIEW INSIDE AND OUT Architect and RISD Professor Jim Barnes, free illustrated talk on historic houses from the mid-19th century to the beginning of the 20th century, 7 p.m. Sept. 22 in The Cube at Centerbrook Architects’ offices, 67 Main St., Centerbrook. Focus on how exterior styles and interior layouts convey cultural values. RSVP: the Essex Library at 860-767-1560.

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Sweethearts at Sea

September 26, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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“Sweethearts at Sea: Love and Marriage in the New England Whaling Industry”Tuesday, September 26, at 7 p.m. at the Essex Library. Presented by Amanda Goodheart Parks. During the nineteenth century, when Yankee whale oil lit the world, men from more than thirty New England communities sailed the seven seas in the pursuit of whales, leaving their families behind for up to five years at a time. Couples faced the daunting prospect of spending most of their married lives apart. Meanwhile,…

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October 2017

Author Talk with James Benn: The Devouring

October 3, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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James Benn, author of the WWII Billy Boyle mystery series. The Essex Library is honored to welcome back James Benn in celebration of the release of his 12th Billy Boyle mystery. The Devouring has earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly and Booklist wrote of the book: ​"Benn​ ​molds an entertaining story out of Billy and his cohorts’ encounters with odious Swiss bankers and a cadre​ of ​Gestapo agents stationed in Bern to protect the loot. Great history here." Benn’s series…

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Annual Autumn Arts Festival

October 7, 2017 - October 8, 2017
Free

Join us on the Madison Town Green, in Madison CT on Saturday, October 7 (9:30am-5pm) and Sunday, October 8 (Noon-5pm) for the FREE Annual Autumn Arts Festival and visit the group gallery show at Spectrum Gallery September 22-November 5 (at 61 Main St. in Centerbrook). The non-profit Spectrum Art Gallery and Arts Center Killingworth hosts the Annual Autumn Arts Festival fundraiser! The free festival presents award-winning artists and fine artisans from Connecticut and the tri-state area. Located on the Madison…

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Trunk Show with Alyssa Watters

October 7, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Goods & Curiosities, 47 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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New England Artist Alyssa Watters will be in store featuring her extensive line of artful coasters, desk and poster calendars, note cards, trivets and paintings. Artistic themes focus on birds, coastal scenes and everyday items. Complimentary refreshment will be served.

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Dogs On The Dock

October 8, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Join us for our annual Dogs on the Dock! Sunday, October 8th, 1-3 PM Connecticut River Museum Registration opens 1:00 PM at the Connecticut River Museum Blessing of Dogs 1:30 PM Lawn Parade & Events 2:00 PM Dock Jumping Contest 2:30 PM Registration Fee $10 - 1 dog $15 - 2 dogs Registration forms available at the Connecticut River Museum, online at essexct.com or ctrivermuseum.org Events Include: Best Trick Best Nautical Costume Best “Other” Costume Best Dog/Owner Look-A-Like Biggest &…

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Book Signing with Caryn Davis

October 8, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Goods & Curiosities, 47 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Author/Photographer Caryn Davis will be in store with her recently released, A Connecticut Christmas, a stunning photographic journey celebrating classic New England tradition. Essays penned by Eric Lehman complement gorgeous images which together capture the beauty and spirit that surround this warm and wonderful holiday. The Griswold Inn is delighted to be featured within its pages!

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EBOT Scarecrow Festival

October 14, 2017
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Scarecrow Festival

October 14, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Trunk Show with Alina Schwartzman

October 14, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Goods & Curiosities, 47 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Local Artisan Alina Schwartzman will be in store showcasing her colorful bracelets created from various combinations of fiber, beads, small charms and fabric. These unique adornments exude a boho chic vibe. Simply fun! Complimentary refreshment will be offered.

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Antique & Classic Car Show & Tour

October 15, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Pratt House, 19 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Essex, CT…Start your engines! Essex Historical Society (EHS) is pleased to partner with Essex Automobile Club & Antique Auto Service to present the 7th Annual Antique & Classic Car Show & Tour Sunday, October 15, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  This annual event combines the best in viewing classic cars, followed by a fall foliage tour around the area. Held on the beautiful grounds of the historic Pratt House, 19 West Ave., Essex, the car show welcomes all antique…

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Clarinet Technique Intensive

October 21, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Community Music School, 90 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$95

COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL HOSTS A CLARINET TECHNIQUE INTENSIVE WITH MASTER CLARINETIST KEN LAGACE Master clarinetist Ken Lagace will lead a full day of workshops focusing on intermediate/advanced level clarinet technique on a wide range of topics, designed to take your playing to the next level.  The morning session will include in-depth information on clarinet reeds, including how to select them, maintain them, fix them, properly play them, and even how to make them! The afternoon session will provide an introduction…

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The Rise And Fall (?) of the Opioid Epidemic

October 26, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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“The Rise And Fall (?) of the Opioid Epidemic” with Dr. Michael Saxe Emergency Physician Dr. Michael Saxe, free illustrated talk on the U.S. opioid epidemic, 7 p.m. Oct. 26, Essex Library, 33 West Ave., focus on the history of opioid drugs, the causes and impact of today’s Opioid Epidemic, and what must be done by healthcare providers and laypeople, to end this deadly crisis. RSVP: 860-767-1560.

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Cyber Security at Sea

October 28, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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CYBER SECURITY AT SEA WITH DR. JOSEPH DIRENZO AND USCG CAPTAIN ANDREW TUCCI Retired Navy officer Dr. Joseph DiRenzo and U.S. Coast Guard Captain Andrew Tucci, free, illustrated talk on cyber security at sea, 3 p.m. Oct. 28, Essex Library, 33 West Ave. DiRenzo and Tucci will focus on local and national efforts to make our maritime transportation system safe from cyber attacks. RSVP: 860-767-1560.

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November 2017

Dvorak Comes to America

November 6, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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DVORAK COMES TO AMERICA WITH MUSIC HISTORIAN JEFFREY ENGEL Dvorak was the first major European composer to take up residence in America. For nearly three years he was the director of the National Conservatory in New York City. Outside of his teaching duties he still found time to compose some of his finest music. On Monday, November 6 at 1:30 p.m. at the Essex Library, Jeffrey Engel will detail Dvorak’s time in America and play excerpts from some of his…

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Genealogy and DNA: Just The Basics, Please!

November 14, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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GENEALOGY AND DNA: JUST THE BASICS, PLEASE! Having your DNA done for family research is all the rage these days but many folks aren’t sure about how to go about doing it and what the results will tell them. Join our genealogy specialist, Norma Wright, on Tuesday, November 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Essex Library for an introductory discussion on DNA. She will briefly discuss what DNA is, what the different types of tests are, and where you can…

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Winter! Its Beauty and Secrets Spectrum Gallery’s Holiday Show

November 17, 2017 - January 14, 2018
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Spectrum Gallery and Artisans Store of Centerbrook presents its holiday show: Winter! Its Beauty and Secrets With original artwork that uniquely features views of winter – both its beauty and challenges – the show explores how nature survives and even thrives in the harshest of seasons. A Gallery Reception is Fri, Nov. 17 (6:30-9pm) at 61 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT with food, wine, and the entertainment of Kathy King who plays a 34-string acoustic lever harp, both as a solo…

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Pratt House Thanksgiving Weekend

November 24, 2017 - November 25, 2017
Pratt House, 19 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Friday, Nov. 24 Thanksgiving Weekend at Pratt House 11am – 2pm; 19 West Ave., Essex. 11am – 2pm. Essex Historical Society offers tours featuring holiday decor, museum shop.  Free guided tours.  Info: www.essexhistory.org or 860-767-0681. Saturday, Nov. 25 Thanksgiving Weekend at Pratt House 11am – 2pm; 19 West Ave., Essex. 11am – 2pm. Essex Historical Society offers tours featuring holiday decor, museum shop.  Free guided tours.  Info: www.essexhistory.org or 860-767-0681. Thanksgiving Weekend at Pratt House 19 West Ave., Essex. Friday…

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Trees in the Rigging

November 26, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Community Carol Sing & Lighted Boat Parade The holiday season kicks off in Essex with the annual TREES IN THE RIGGING Community Carol Sing and Boat Parade. This annual event includes a traditional, lantern-lit carol stroll down Main Street where spectators are invited to bring their own lanterns or flashlights and join in with the Sailing Masters of 1812 Fife and Drum Corps and a parade of antique cars. The stroll steps off at 4:30 pm at the Essex Town…

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December 2017

Essex Holiday Stroll 2017

December 6, 2017 - December 9, 2017
Free

Put a little "jolly" into your holiday shopping this year at the Essex Holiday Stroll, the traditional kick-off to the holidays among retailers and businesses in the Villages of Essex. Enjoy festive refreshments at participating shops and restaurants. Free horse-drawn carriage rides with Santa through the heart of Essex Village will be offered from noon to 4 pm. Free parking is available on village streets and in designated public parking lots.

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The epitome of Christmas- the Iced Sugar Cookie!

December 8, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
Weekend Kitchen, 16 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$65

Pastry Chef Angela Salvatore Forget messy sprinkles and up your holiday cookie game with royal icing decorated sugar cookies.  In this cookie class dedicated to the quintessential sugar cookie we will reign in royal icing. In past years we have included an iced cookie with our holiday cookie class and found disappointing results due to the time consuming nature of the iced cookie.  Sooooo, this year we have an evening for just iced cookies!  Pastry chef Angela Salvatore from Gateau Marche will…

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Holiday House Tour and Chilly

December 9, 2017
The Essex Art Association, 10 N Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Chilly, Cheap & Chili The Essex Art Association once again will be hosting “Chilly, Cheap & Chili” at our art gallery in conjunction with the Essex Holiday House Tour. Chilly, Cheap & Chili is held every other year and the event is extremely well attended and tons of fun!

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January 2018

Paperbilities: Mixed Media Collage Class

January 31
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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WEDNESDAYS: JANUARY 31st; FEBRUARY 7th, 14th, 28th; March 7th | 12:30-3:00pm Makeup Date if Needed: March 14 $200 for 5 Classes, Members save $20 Create art using torn papers. Learn to select your papers for example from newspapers, magazines and specialty papers, and then paint them into collage elements unique to your mixed media pieces. Explore how to choose your subject, compose it and draw or trace it onto a canvas or panel. Finally tearing your newly created papers and…

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February 2018

Valentine’s Day Origami Box Workshops

February 4

Choose either day or take both workshops making even more Valentine gift boxes. Dates: Sunday, February 4th or Sunday, February 11th | 1:30-4pm Cost per Date: $45 plus $10 material fee paid directly to instructor This beginner level workshop starts with a brief history of paper folding and watching three short videos featuring contemporary origami artists in action. You’ll practice and master the basic folds needed to create origami boxes beginning with heart shaped bookmarks (that can also be used…

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Beginner Watercolor Classes

February 8
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Thursdays: FEBRUARY 8th, 15th, 22nd; MARCH 1st, 8th | 2:00-4:30pm $200 for 5 Classes; Members save $20 This beginning or refresher course is geared for students with limited or no experience with watercolor painting. We will explore the unique properties of this magical medium through transparent washes and layering, mingled washes, incorporating shapes of untouched paper for brilliance, and brushwork. You will gain a solid foundation for whatever path you take with watercolor by learning these basic skills. Discussion of…

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