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May 2021

Spectrum Art Gallery Exhibit: Abstracting Nature

May 14 - July 2
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Discover new and original artwork that explores how artists envision the majesty of nature in all its variety, color, and abundance.  At Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisans Store’s newest exhibit, Abstracting Nature, experience both impressionistic and abstract work in this seven-week show which kicks off Friday, May 14 and is celebrated with an Open House Weekend, Saturday, May 15 (12:30-6pm) and Sunday, May 16 (12:30-5pm).

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CRM Virtual Speaker Series: The Connecticut, New England’s Great River

May 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
$10

Connecticut River Museum Talks with special guest Adair Mulligan, Executive Director at Hanover Conservancy. The largest river in New England rises in a small beaver pond near the Canadian border and flows over 400 miles through four states, falling 2670 feet to the sea through America’s only watershed-based national fish and wildlife refuge. This program begins with an armchair tour of this great river in New Hampshire and Vermont, exploring its history and natural beauty through the seasons and among…

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Pop-Up Space for Artists at the Connecticut River Artisans Cooperative

May 21 - August 1
Connecticut River Artisans Cooperative, 55 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Connecticut River Artisans Cooperative Store Front

Outdoor “Pop-Up” space is now available with Connecticut River Artisans Cooperative. Space should be secured as soon as possible for Saturdays and Sundays in June, July and August. Connecticut River Artisans Co-op is located in Essex in a high-volume, foot-traffic area.  You will find us near popular tourist attractions, restaurants and the town marina. In order to ensure quality, we will jury your handmade arts and crafts.  We will not accept commercial vendors or imports.  We can offer great exposure…

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Coloring for Adults

May 23 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$12

We’re all stressed these days, especially after a year of dealing with navigating life amid a global pandemic. Coloring has been a longtime popular outlet to creatively diffuse this stress and encourage creativity. We’re not talking about kiddie books and crayolas. We will work with beautifully detailed books filled with mandalas, floral images, fantastical creatures, enchanting women, entangled designs, and more. A wide variety of mediums are used in this workshop–colored pencils, markers, gel pens. Participants will select from handouts…

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June 2021

J. McLaughlin Sip and Shop

June 2 - June 3
J. McLaugnlin, 3 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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CENTERBROOK ARCHITECTS LECTURE SERIES WITH ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIAN DR. THEODORE SAWRUK: “THE ITALIANATE VILLA: RECONSIDERING THE AMERICAN FAMILY “

June 4 @ 7:00 pm
Free

A free, illustrated talk on 19th century Italianate villa design in Connecticut and its influence on American family life will be presented by architectural historian Dr. Theodore Sawruk at 7 p.m. on June 4 for the Essex Library’s Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series. Sawruk will focus on how 19th century social life was affected by the new residential prototype. Registration is required.

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At Gallery: Introduction to Peyote Stitch, Gold Band Bracelet

June 6 @ 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
Peyote Stitch: Gold Band Bracelet

Peyote stitch dates back to ancient Egypt, evidenced by artifacts found in King Tutankhamun’s tomb. Also in North America, Native Americans, namely the Kiowa and Comanche tribes, use the stitch giving it its name. This off-loom beading technique creates both flat bands and structural shapes. In this class, learn flat, odd-count peyote to create a flat and fluid bracelet. All it takes is Fireline thread, a beading needle and delica seed beads. By using the same basic thread path, the…

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Zoom Workshop: Introduction to Basic Drawing Techniques

June 8 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until June 9, 2021

$150

This five week course is an introduction to basic drawing techniques and visual concepts, with a focus on translation of a three-dimensional form to a two-dimensional surface.  Fundamental issues of drawing will also be introduced, (line, value, space, and composition).  Objective, non-objective and intuitive approaches are covered as we explore mediums ranging from charcoal to pen and ink.  Material list available upon registration.

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CRM Virtual Speaker Series: Courageous Dissent – How Harry Bingham Defied His Government to Save Lives

June 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
$10

Connecticut River Museum Talks with special guest Robert Kim Bingham, Retired Federal Attorney, US Department of Justice and US Department of Homeland Security. Courageous Dissent is the first book published about America’s unsung diplomat hero Hiram (Harry) Bingham IV, the author’s father, who was in charge of issuing visas to America and freedom while stationed as a US vice-consul in Marseilles, France, just before World War II. It captures Bingham’s compelling story of placing humanity above his career during the early…

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STEAM Girls Series: Gabriel Chevalier

June 10 @ 4:30 pm
Free

STEAM Girls Series Featuring: Gabriel Chevalier Thursday, June 10, 2021 4:30 pm STEAMgirls Program Featuring: Gabriel Chevalier FREE program! A virtual program to serve girls, age 10-16, interested in studying the academic areas of STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Thanks to a generous grant through The Petit Family Foundation, we are able to offer this program free of charge. Click here to register! Once monthly after school for a four-month period, STEAMgirls participants meet and speak with accomplished…

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Early Summer Pressed Botanical Workshop

June 13 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$10 – $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 Spring and Early Summer themes using pressed petals and leaves.  Learn how to press the botanicals and apply them to a heavy cardstock.  Your creations will make a lovely gift for someone or to keep for yourself.   Supplies include an abundance of pressed botanicals, cards and paper. No experience necessary. Spectrum Gallery adheres to…

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COVID-19: Everything you want to know from a Virology and Vaccinology Expert

June 15 @ 7:00 pm
Free
UConn Associate Professor of Virology and Vaccinology Paulo Verardi

UConn Associate Professor of Virology and Vaccinology Paulo Verardi, free illustrated talk on the COVID-19 virus and viruses in general, 7 p.m. June 15 on Zoom for the Essex Library. Verardi’s focus will be on COVID-19’s origin, transmission, and variant evolution since the start of the pandemic. Registration is required.

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Author Talk with David Handler: “The Man Who Wasn’t All There”

June 17 @ 7:00 pm
Free
The Man Who Wasn't All There by David Handler book cover

Essex Library welcomes back David Handler In a virtual talk on Thursday, June 17 at 7 p.m. for the latest installment of his Edgar Award-winning Stewart Hoag mystery series. Handler’s mystery, set in 1990s' New York, sees the ghostwriter-sleuth and his faithful basset hound Lulu inadvertently make a dangerous enemy. After six glorious weeks of hard work on his long-overdue second novel, celebrity-ghostwriter Stewart "Hoagy" Hoag has hit a crossroads in his plot. He thinks a change of scenery will…

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE HILL-STEAD MUSEUM

June 18 @ 11:00 am
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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FREE

Engage in the exploration of history, art, and architecture as you take a virtual tour with the Essex Library of the 1901 Colonial Revival home of the Pope and Riddle families on Friday, June 18 at 11 a.m. Learn about the family as industrialists, world-travelers and art collectors. Hear the stories of their late-1880’s Grand Tour of Europe. Discover the Pope family’s collection of art treasures, most notably the works of Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, James McNeill Whistler, and the many decorative…

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Essex Town Green Summer Arts Festival

June 20 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on June 19, 2021 at 11:00 am

One event on June 20, 2021 at 11:00 am

Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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On Father's Day weekend, the Essex Town Green Summer Arts Festival will be featuring local and regional painters, photographers and mixed media artists and fine artisans. This event is on Saturday, June 19th from 10am -5pm and Sunday, June 20th from 11am-5pm. For more information call (860) 767-0742 and visit spectrumartgallery.org.  

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Acclaimed Tenor Brian Cheney to join Community Music School Faculty For Summer Term

June 21
Community Music School, 90 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Brian Cheney

Community Music School is thrilled to announce that acclaimed tenor vocalist Brian Cheney will join its faculty, teaching private voice lessons to students aged high school through adult beginning in the school’s summer term (June 21st, 2021). Please call The Community Music School at 860-767-0026 for enrollment details, pricing and scheduling. Click here for more information on Community Music School's summer offerings!

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STEAM Girls Series: Shani Mensing

June 22 @ 4:30 pm
Free

STEAM Girls Series Featuring: Shani Mensing Tuesday, June 22, 2021 4:30 pm STEAMgirls Program FREE program! A virtual program to serve girls, age 10-16, interested in studying the academic areas of STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Thanks to a generous grant through The Petit Family Foundation, we are able to offer this program free of charge. Click here to register! Once monthly after school for a four-month period, STEAMgirls participants meet and speak with accomplished young women, learning…

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Instagram Workshop

June 24 @ 9:00 am
Corinthian Yacht Club, Novelty Lane, Essex Village
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Did you know that supporting the Experience Essex business community on Instagram can grow YOUR business too? Join EBOT for a special Instagram Workshop with one of the best in the business -- Kim Thomas from New England Coastal Creatives and Shoreline Illustrated. Kim will demonstrate how we can work together to grow our businesses, both individually and collectively. In addition, as Influencers become increasingly valuable for Instagram engagement, Kim will talk to us about screening influencers for credibility. Establishing that an Influencer is…

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At Spectrum Art Gallery: Oil Painting Studio for All Levels

June 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until June 25, 2021

Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$132

This Studio Class focuses on both the fundamentals of oil painting or can be a refresher course for those with some experience.  The class will begin with techniques of brush work, color mixing and color theory painting Alla Prima primarily, (wet into wet) or by layering the paint.   Participants will learn to create form and depth through the use of color and values light thru dark.  Artists with some prior experience can refresh their knowledge while painting from their selected…

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YALE SCIENCE COMMUNICATION PRESENTS: “MODERN PROBLEMS, MODERN SOLUTIONS: AN OUTLOOK TO THE FUTURE” 

June 24 @ 7:00 pm
FREE

The beauty and complexity of the natural world inspire the artistic expression of all kinds - poetry, paintings, songs, and more. Natural environments can also be a deep source of inspiration for many different kinds of scientists. From the atmosphere that envelopes our planet to the aquatic habitats that cover it, to the creatures that share it with us, understanding our environment is helping us to develop cutting-edge technologies that improve our lives and make the whole planet a better…

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Painting Abstract Flowers Workshop at Spectrum Art Gallery

June 27 @ 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
Abstract Flowers Painting

This class is for beginners and practiced painters who want to learn the art of abstraction. Our model will be a colorful bouquet of real flowers which will inspire the imagination to celebrate their beauty. We will begin by noticing the various flower shapes, colors and textures. Then discuss our observations. By exploring thoughts and sharing ideas the class will gain insight into new ways of interpreting and painting flowers. Although focused on abstraction emphasis is placed on composition, painting…

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July 2021

12th Annual Essex Auto Club Car Show

July 4 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
$5

The Essex Auto Club will hold it’s 12th Annual Car Show in Essex on July 4th. As in prior years, this event promises to have a wide variety of automobiles on display, ranging from classics to more contemporary offerings – there’s something for everyone to see. The Car Show will be held at the Connecticut River Museum – both “Upper” and “Lower” lawns – from 10:00am-2:00pm on Sunday, July 4th. The Essex Auto Club is a non-profit organization – all…

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BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP RESUMES AT ESSEX LIBRARY

July 6 @ 5:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Grieving is tough – but you don’t have to go it alone. The Essex Library will resume hosting a Bereavement Support Group on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of every month at 5 p.m. in the Library. Masks are required. Leadership for the group will be provided by Reverend Ken Peterkin, minister at the First Congregational Church in Essex. The group is free and open to all. If you’re struggling with loss – of a spouse, a parent or other family member,…

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Connecticut River Artisans Cooperative Announces Artist of the Month for July, Cheryl Graney

July 11 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Connecticut River Artisans, 55 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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While visiting San Diego, in 2007, Cheryl Graney walked into a polymer clay artist’s working studio.  A long-standing passion, was born.  Cheryl has worked in this medium for the past 14 years.  She was captivated by the limitless possibilities of the medium.  Using polymer clay, Cheryl became captivated by the colors, patterns and textures that can be created.  She discovered that bakeable clay, when stored properly can be used in its entirety.  That is, scraps from the one project can…

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Thursdays on the Dock: USCG Jazz Nonet Band

July 15 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Thursdays on the Dock has been a shoreline staple since 2009. 12 years in and we are still the destination for waterfront music. Bring a chair or blanket, and watch the sun go down over the river while enjoying the USCG Jazz Nonet Band.   The United States Coast Guard Jazz Band was organized in 1970 to perform classic jazz, blues, and rags with a “New Orleans” flavor. The Dixieland Jazz Band has entertained audiences across America, in the former Soviet Union, England,…

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Splashes, Drips and Drops Art Exhibit

July 16 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisans Store of Centerbrook opens its newest exhibit, Splashes, Drips and Drops on Friday, July 16 (12-6pm) and celebrated throughout its opening weekend, Saturday, July 17 (12-6pm) and Sunday, July 18 (12-5pm). The exhibit, which runs through September 5, is located at 61 Main St., Centerbrook, Connecticut and includes wine and safely bagged snacks for the Opening Weekend. Discover new and original artworks that explore the creativity and spontaneity of liquids…and not just water!  There are many new fine artists and…

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Thursdays on the Dock: John Spignesi Band

July 22 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Thursdays on the Dock has been a shoreline staple since 2009. 12 years in and we are still the destination for waterfront music. Bring a chair or blanket, and watch the sun go down over the river while enjoying the John Spignesi Band.   New Haven based quartet “JSB” (shortened for The John Spignesi Band) is a group you don’t want to sleep on. Led by guitarist/frontman, John “Spigs” Spignesi, this band has been steadily making a name for themselves in the East Coast jam scene…

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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT TICKS AND TICK-BORNE DISEASES WITH DR. KIRBY STAFFORD

July 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Tuesday, July 27 at 1 p.m. on Zoom, Registration required  Dr. Kirby Stafford will present an illustrated virtual talk on Tuesday, July 27 at 1 p.m. for the Essex Library on tick-borne diseases and tick-bite prevention. His talk will also cover the emergence and surveillance of new tick species in Connecticut, basic tick biology, and highlight his research on various practical methods and issues for tick control.   Dr. Kirby C. Stafford is Chief Scientist (Head) of the Department of Entomology and State Entomologist at The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station…

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AUTHOR TALK WITH CLAIRE GRIFFIN: “A REBELLIOUS WOMAN”

July 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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FREE

Debutante. Spy. Seductress. Actress. Divorcee. Cross-Dresser, Self-Promoter. Belle Boyd is best known as a reckless teen-aged spy, but her life after the Civil War was even more daring. At a time when a woman was even discouraged from laughing too loudly, Belle was determined to live outside of male control. Wearing trousers, carrying a pistol, riding a horse astride, her multiple divorces, none of this is shocking today, but in the context of her time, every one of those things…

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Thursdays on the Dock: Little Big Band

July 29 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Thursdays on the Dock has been a shoreline staple since 2009. 12 years in and we are still the destination for waterfront music. Bring a chair or blanket, and watch the sun go down over the river while enjoying Little Big Band.   The Little Big Band includes Piano, Bass, Drums, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, 5 Saxophones and a Vocalist, for a total of 15 musicians. Much of their repertoire is swing, dance, and big band jazz, but include a mix…

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J. McLaughlin Summer Sale

July 30 - August 1
J. McLaugnlin, 3 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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August 2021

Thursdays on the Dock: Eight to the Bar

August 5 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Thursdays on the Dock has been a shoreline staple since 2009. 12 years in and we are still the destination for waterfront music. Bring a chair or blanket, and watch the sun go down over the river while enjoying Eight to the Bar.   Drawing its musical influences from American roots music — swing, boogie-woogie, and Motown, Eight to the Bar is known for its outstanding instrumentalists and sophisticated musical and vocal arrangements, highlighted by female vocals.  With the support of independently produced…

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Barb Richard Featured Artist, August 2021

August 8 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Connecticut River Artisans, 55 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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To say that Barb is a “Jeweler” is an understatement to be sure.  Barb’s pieces range from formal to fun.  She is known for her remarkable beadwork and has been featured in publications.  Her bead acorns are her trademark and were the first pieces to be lauded in a magazine. Most recently, Barb has mastered the art of “fused” glass.  Layers of glass are fired in a very hot kiln.  This method achieves pieces that range from the simple to…

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Summer Adventure Camp: River Explorers

August 9 @ 9:00 am - August 13 @ 4:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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August 9, 2021-August 13, 2021 @ 9:00 AM-4:00 PM  Ages 6-8  Discover what is over, under, and along the Connecticut River. Use dip and seine nets to catch critters. Take a journey on the river to spot wildlife.   Located at the Museum campus in Essex. Please have children dress for appropriate weather as we will spend a portion of each day on, in, or near the water. 

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Summer Adventure Camp: River Adventures

August 9 @ 9:00 am - August 13 @ 4:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main St
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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August 9, 2021-August 13, 2021 @ 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Ages 9-12   Find out all you can about the river. Collect samples using nets. Spend each day in coves, on islands, and on the water. Spot wildlife.  Located at the Museum campus in Essex. Please have children dress for appropriate weather as we will spend a portion of each day on, in, or near the water. 

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Thursdays on the Dock: Mama Train Jazz Band

August 12 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Thursdays on the Dock has been a shoreline staple since 2009. 12 years in and we are still the destination for waterfront music. Bring a chair or blanket, and watch the sun go down over the river while enjoying Mama Train Jazz Band.  Jazz/Blues band, Mama Train, blends the warmth of rich female vocals with smooth expressive piano.  Their sound embodies the soul of classic artists like Billie Holiday, Etta James, and Django Reinhardt combined with an uptempo jazz vibe. Performing a…

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Author Talk with Deborah Mandel: “All Write: How To Start, Structure and Sustain A Writing Group”

August 12 @ 7:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Shoreline Writers was created in 2015 by four women who met in a writing class at a local Connecticut university. When the course was finished, they weren’t. They were a varied group of wannabe writers who had three things in common: They wanted to write. They wanted support in that process. And they wanted to talk about their writing. Just as having a running buddy will get you out on the road every morning at the crack of dawn when…

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Thursdays on the Dock: Meadow Brothers Band

August 19 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Thursdays on the Dock has been a shoreline staple since 2009. 12 years in and we are still the destination for waterfront music. Bring a chair or blanket, and watch the sun go down over the river while enjoying Meadow Brothers Band.   The Meadows Brothers music exists in the spaces between a rock & roll band that writes folk songs and a folk band that writes rock & roll songs; with a heavy helping of harmony, a taste of groove,…

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CRM Talks: Melissa Josefiak- Connecting the History of Essex’s Three Villages

August 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$5 – $10

Cost: $5.00 for members, $10.00 for nonmembers Melissa Josefiak has served as the Director of Essex Historical Society since 2014.  From 2011-2017, she also served as a mentor for the professional development program for small museums, StEPs-CT.  Prior to that, she served as the Assistant Director of Wethersfield Historical Society, as well as on the Boards of the Connecticut League of History Organizations and as the Exhibitions Editor of “Connecticut History Review.”  She holds an MA in Public History from Central…

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KNITTING: NOT JUST A HOBBY

August 24 @ 7:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Hannah Thiessen, author of “Slow Knitting” and “Seasonal Slow Knitting” will host a virtual discussion of how knitting is a lifestyle, rather than just a hobby, for the Essex Library community on Tuesday, August 24 at 7 p.m.  Join in to hear more about the true depth of finding your passion, embracing creativity in everyday ways, and finding meaning for skills we've set aside. Through knitting and similar textile work, even "unartistic" people can link up with their creativity in new ways.    Hannah Thiessen is a…

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Thursdays on the Dock: Local Honey

August 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Thursdays on the Dock has been a shoreline staple since 2009. 12 years in and we are still the destination for waterfront music. Bring a chair or blanket, and watch the sun go down over the river while enjoying Local Honey.    Born out of a mutual respect for all things auditory and a humble appreciation for an organic evolution, lifelong friends Frank Natter, Erin Smith, and Abraham Wilson have embarked on an unforgettable musical journey. Steely and deliberate songwriting that casually staggers…

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September 2021

AUTHOR TALK WITH JAMES R. BENN: “ROAD OF BONES”

September 9 @ 7:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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The Essex Library is honored to host an author talk with James R. Benn on Thursday, September 9 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Benn will discuss the latest book in his Billy Boyle WWII mystery series, “Road Of Bones”. Special guest, voice actor Peter Berkrot will read a selection from the book. “Outstanding . . . Bolstered by vivid, scintillating descriptions of air strikes and dogfights involving the legendary all-female Soviet air force unit known as the Night Witches, Benn’s…

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Fireboats and Firefighters

September 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Stories and Fireboats with the Essex Volunteer Fire Department!  Join us on Saturday, September 11 (Patriots’ Day) for Stories, Firefighters, and a Fireboat! A morning of Appreciation and Remembrance  Book readings by Essex Fire Department Firefighters Fireboat Demonstrations at our Docks Interactive Fire Equipment on our Lawn  Firefighters, along with museum staff, will read children’s books about the fireboats (and other boats) that assisted in helping the people of NYC on the morning of September 11, 2001. 

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Connecticut River Artisans is saying farewell to Summer with Arline O’Brien as September’s Featured Artist.

September 12 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Connecticut River Artisans, 55 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Arline has been knitting for a good many years. She passed the dark days of COVID by knitting fabulous infant and children’s sweaters and sets.  Her approach is unique. Arline uses one pattern and uses color texture and design to produce incredible uniqueness.  She also teaches knitting to adults and children. Arline’s creative journey doesn’t end here.  She creates beautiful baskets.  Dyes the reeds to enhance the designs.  The results are beautiful. Connecticut River artisans is celebrating Arline at a…

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Alzheimers Caregivers Support Group Resumes Meetings At Essex Library

September 14 @ 5:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 5:00 pm on day Second of the month, repeating until June 15, 2022

Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free
Essex Library

Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease can be challenging. To help people who care for those with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter facilitates about 90 support groups around the state. The Essex Library is honored to collaborate with AACC in hosting a monthly caregivers support group, at 5 p.m. on every 2nd Tuesday of the month beginning June 8, which offers caregivers a place to share, learn and feel welcomed. People talk about…

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Centuries of River Culture, Commerce and Conservation

September 16 @ 6:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$5 – $10

Part of the The Rivers That Connect Us: Exploring America’s Great Rivers Series National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium Centuries of River Culture, Commerce and Conservation Presented by: Jennifer Drayna, Curator of Education at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque, IA

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Block Party at the Connecticut River Museum

September 18 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$5

The Museum is holding a “Block” Party on Saturday, September 18, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. This event is perfect for all ages. In honor of Adriaen Block, we will serve one of the Netherlands’ favorite treats, Stroopwafels. Also offered that day, dockside tours of the Onrust and shipbuilding activities, like the favorite small-scale Ropewalk, for the young and the young at heart. Lawn activities are free. A special discount admission allows everyone to experience the museum for the kid’s…

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ESTATE PLANNING 101: WITH ATTORNEY ERIN DUQUES

September 22 @ 7:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Everyone, both young and old, needs an estate plan. Your life circumstances can change in an instant; if they do, are you prepared? The Essex Library is offering a free estate planning information event on Zoom on Wednesday, September 22 at 7 p.m. In this program, attendees will learn about important estate planning documents like Wills, Powers of Attorney and Healthcare Directives. These documents provide answers to the questions: Do you want to be on life support? Who will pay your bills if you…

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Sip, Shop & Celebrate Fall

September 23 @ 9:30 am - September 24 @ 5:30 pm
J. McLaugnlin, 3 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Alfresco Thursdays 2021

September 23 @ 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until September 30, 2021

Essex Village, 69 Nott Lane
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

Alfresco Thursdays has proven to be THE go-to, weekly event for summer fun! Shops are open until 8pm and restaurants spill onto patios, decks, and reimagined parking areas. The alfresco spirit is contagious as the community and visitors come together to eat, shop, stroll and socialize!

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