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October 2016
$18

Autumn Wine Series – Syrah

October 20, 2016 @ 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm
The Wine Bar – The Griswold Inn, 36 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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wine series syrah

Autumn Wine Series: The Rhone Meets Columbia Valley The production of “Tenet Wines” is a collaborative project between acclaimed Rhone Winemaker Michel Gassier and Washington State’s highly regarded Chateau Ste. Michelle. Guest presenter Mike Wiley of Chateau Ste. Michelle will discuss why this partnership has produced Syrahs of exceptional quality and present wines for tasting to prove it! In addition, the Inn's Executive Chef will provide small plates for pairing and comment on creating a menu that is well-matched with…

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Classic American Short Stories Seminar

October 20, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - December 1, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Ave
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Chuck Timlin

University of New Haven faculty member Professor Chuck Timlin has brought his excellent teaching skills to the Essex Library community on topics such as Chaucer, Beowulf, Wordsworth & Frost and the poetry of Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson. Now, back again by popular demand, he turns his talents to an examination of classic American short stories. In this series of six seminars, attendees will read and discuss a selection of great American short stories, a literary form that many great…

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Ivoryton Pumpkin Festival

October 22, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ivoryton Village Green, 103 Main St
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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Ivoryton Pumpkin Festival

Join us for the Ivoryton Pumpkin Festival! Pre-festival carving party from 9am to Noon. Pumpkins and carving supplies provided. Horse Drawn wagon rides, face painting, cookie decorating, outdoor movie, bands, music and pumpkin lighting form 5pm to 8pm. CLICK HERE for more information.

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Community Music School presents Mock Audition Day

October 22, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Community Music School, 90 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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PREP FOR REGIONALS! Audition for a jury of CMS faculty members in preparation for regional festival auditions. Each student receives a written evaluation with tips for improvement and an audio file of their audition. Audition timeslots are 15-minutes in length beginning at 9 am. FREE to current CMS students; $30 for non-CMS students. Please call to register, 860-767-0026. Saturday, October 22 9am-12pm Free to CMS students, $30 for non-CMS students

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WOMEN IN POLITICS: Campaigns for the presidency in perspective

October 22, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Sarah Wiliarty

On Saturday, October 22nd at 1 p.m. Wesleyan Government Professor Sarah Wiliarty will give a talk on women in politics thus helping to put Hillary Clinton's campaigns for the presidency into some perspective, both internationally and historically. Being related to a male political leader is actually an exceptionally common way for women to gain executive office in many other places. She will also talk about other scholarship on what conditions tend to facilitate or hinder women gaining office more generally.…

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Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Story

October 26, 2016 - November 13, 2016
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Story

By Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman America's favorite girl singer comes to life on stage in this exhilarating and inspiring musical biography. TENDERLY, THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSICAL is not a typical "juke-box musical." It offers a fresh, remarkably personal, and poignant picture of the woman whose unparalleled talent and unbridled personality made her a legend. With her signature songs woven in and out, we learn both the story of her successes on film, radio, and TV, as well as…

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Autumn Wine Series – Beaujolais

October 27, 2016 @ 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm
The Wine Bar – The Griswold Inn, 36 Main Street
Essex, 06426 United States
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Autumn Wine Series Beaujolais

Autumn Wine Series: Beaujolais ~ An Overlooked Treasure Selections from three of France’s premier wineries will be featured in this wine series, while discussing and tasting these superb small batch reds from a relatively “misunderstood” region. In addition, the Inn's Executive Chef will provide small plates for pairing and comment on creating a menu that is well-matched with the featured wines. This event includes a brief cooking demonstration. $18 per person. Advance reservations are required. Call 860.767.1776.

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Haunted River

October 28, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - October 29, 2016 @ 8:40 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Connecticut River Museum, Haunted River, Essex

"Phantoms, Captain Kidd, and unexplainable phenomena are just a few of the things lurking in the shadows at the Connecticut River Museum this October. Haunted River is a theatrical production that will take place over two nights on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29, 2016. A ‘River Spirit’ will be called upon to guide visitors safely from scene to scene while sharing its own dark and mysterious tale. A highlight of the tour will be a special shadow puppet…

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‘DREAMS’ – designing homes by Seattle Architect Tom Bosworth, FAIA

October 28, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Center brook Architects’ Office, 67 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series continues its ninth tear with 'DREAMS' - designing homes by Seattle Architect Tom Bosworth, FAIA The Essex Library is honored to welcome Seattle architect, Tom Bosworth, FAIA, on Friday, October 28th at 7 p.m. as part of its Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series. Bosworth, a gifted educator, architect, and speaker, will talk about designing his award-winning, unique homes.  After graduating from Yale and working with Eero Saarinen in the 1960's, he moved to the Seattle area to…

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$95

Clarinet Technique Intensive with Master Clarinetist Ken Lagace

October 29, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Community Music School, 90 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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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 to Ken’s signature REALM method, which stands for Reed, Embouchure, Air, Ligature, and Mouthpiece.  This method teaches players…

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November 2016
$65

Italian Cheese Rolling & Wine Tasting

November 5, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Angelini Wine LTD, 22 Industrial Park Road
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Italian Cheese Rolling

A guided tasting of Italian wine & cheese & a lively party game featuring Italy’s cheese rolling tradition! What is cheese rolling, anyway? It’s a hilarious Italian game similar to bowling… but with a wheel of cheese! Come join the fun - either on the sidelines or in the middle of the action! Space is limited and advance purchase is requested. The event is sponsored by Guilford Savings Bank, and proceeds benefit Community Music School. Ticket includes wine, cheese, hearty…

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$34.50 - $476.50

Essex Steam Train North Pole Express

November 10, 2016 - December 29, 2016
Essex Steam Train, One Railroad Avenue
Essex, CT United States
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North Pole Express

All aboard the North Pole Express! Board our locomotive-powered sleigh…for a magical nighttime journey to the North Pole. Every coach becomes a stage for a LIVE, musical performance of The Night Before Christmas. Celebrate the spirit of the season with Santa and Mrs. Claus, sing-a-longs, hot chocolate and sugar cookies. Each child will receive a small gift from Santa. Children are invited to wear their favorite PAJAMAS. Make sure those PJs are warm and cozy…it’s cold up at the North…

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Free

Honoring U.S. Veterans: Letter From Italy, 1944 With Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely

November 12, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Essex Library, 33 West Ave
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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A soldier’s story told in poetry and music with Guilford Poet Society member Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely honoring her father, World War II veteran Dr. John Meneely, who served in the Army’s 10th Mountain Division. In his letters home during the war, Dr. Meneely described the dread, injury and loss that he experienced during his service; the terror and carnage proved to be more than he could withstand. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) had not been defined in his lifetime but it…

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Free

Community Music School Faculty Concert

November 13, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Centerbrook Meeting House, 51 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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The faculty of the Community Music School come together to perform an array of chamber music and other works. This annual event offers the community a unique glimpse into the wealth of talent and experience of the Music School’s faculty as they collaborate on a wide variety of selections. The concert is free and open to the public and a meet-and-greet reception immediately follows. At-will donations are gratefully accepted. Image of John Birt, CMS Guitar Instructor

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Holiday Show and Art Workshops: Embellishment and Ornamentation

November 18, 2016 - January 8, 2017
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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November 18-January 8 Wed-Sat 12-6pm Sun 12-5pm Dec. 12-23 12-6pm Dec. 24 11am-4pm Spectrum Gallery’s holiday show Embellishment and Ornamentation features fine art with decorative detail and adornment, photography with heightened expressionism and handmade apparel to keep your holiday season glowing with warmth. Don’t forget the wide selection of unique ornaments on their 6-foot tree and many NEW seasonal gifts in the Store. The show opens with a reception on Friday, November 18 from 6:30-9pm and runs through January 8, 2017. Upcoming events…

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Open Reception of Embellishment and Ornamentation

November 18, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Spectrum Gallery and Artisans Store at 61 Main Street in Centerbrook, CT presents its Holiday Show: Embellishment and Ornamentation, November 18-January 8.  The exhibit includes new work by regional and national artists who use decorative detail, adornment or materials to make their pieces more elaborate, photographers who feature heightened expressionism with intricate detail or intense color, as well as artisans who embellish their creations with flowers, felting, and other materials.  Opening reception is at the Gallery, 61 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT on Friday, November 18 (6:30-9 pm).  In…

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$15

Vocal Master Class

November 20, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Centerbrook Meeting House, 51 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Community Music School presents A Vocal Master Class with Brian Cheney, accompanied by Simon Holt. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to learn from our local opera “rock star!” Mr. Cheney will coach participants on their technique and performance in a variety of vocal styles including classical, Broadway, jazz, and even pop!  Open to the public. Sunday, November 20, 2016 4-6pm $15 per person

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$20 - $55

Essex Steam Train Santa Special

November 25, 2016 - December 28, 2016
Essex Steam Train, One Railroad Avenue
Essex, CT United States
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Santa Special

Dream, Believe, Discover All aboard the Santa Special for a one-of-a-kind, daytime holiday experience. Make sure you’re camera-ready for that “special moment” when Santa and Mrs. Claus visit each child! Enjoy the spirit of the season as you relax with family and friends aboard festive railway cars adorned with vintage decorations. Rudolph and Pablo the Penguin will be on board to spread holiday cheer. Plus, each child will receive a small holiday gift from Santa’s Elves! Ride length is approximately…

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The 25 Trees of Essex

November 25, 2016 @ 8:00 am - December 10, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Essex Village,

In partnership with local area merchants please join us for our Festival of Trees — The 20 Trees of Essex to benefit the Child & Family Agency of Southeastern CT. Spend the day strolling through historic Essex Village where 20 holiday trees, thematically decorated by local artisans, merchants and organizations will be on display. Tickets can be purchased in shops for a chance to win a beautifully decorated tree. For more information visit childandfamilyagency.org or call 860-443-2896 ext. 1403

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Trees in the Rigging

November 27, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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The holiday season kicks off in Essex with the annual TREES IN THE RIGGING Community Carol Sing and Boat Parade. The Connecticut River Museum, the Essex Board of Trade, and Essex Historical Society combine to present this annual event that 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…

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December 2016

December Dining at the Griswold Inn

December 1, 2016 - December 30, 2016
The Griswold Inn, 36 Main Street
Essex, 06426 United States
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Enjoy spirited festivities at the atmospheric Gris during this month-long celebration. The Holiday Bill of Fare features popular game offerings as well as more "traditional" menu items. While served by costumed wait staff, the Royal Court Singers perform seasonal classics table-side. And on December 1 only, you may also enjoy a special performance by the a cappella Coast Guard Idlers. Festive indeed! For reservations ring 860.767.1776. December 1 through December 30 5:30pm to 9:30pm For reservations call 860.767.1776

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Business Accelerator Coaching Group

December 2, 2016 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Wesleyan University, 45 Wyllys Avenue
Middletown, CT 06459 United States
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Business Accelerator Coaching Group: Business Foundations. Do you have a strategic plan for your business in 2017? Do you know where you want your business or non-profit to go but you're not sure how to get it there? Invest a few hours of your time to assess your business and get a handle on what you can achieve and how to do it! This is an invitation to join a small confidential group (no more than 12) of local business…

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Holiday Shop to Support the Community Music School

December 3, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Creations, 712 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443 United States
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Do your holiday shopping at Creations on Saturday, December 3rd and support the Community Music School! 15% of all purchases that day will benefit the Community Music School when you show the attached coupon. Creations offers unique gifts for all ages! Creations, 712 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT  

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7th Annual Ivoryton Illuminations

December 3, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ivoryton Village Green, Ivoryton, 06409 United States + Google Map

Looking for a different way to celebrate Christmas? Then head down to Ivoryton for the Seventh Annual Ivoryton Illuminations on Saturday, December 3rd from 5pm to 8pm. The entire village of Ivoryton will be participating in this Holiday Extravaganza with carol singing, Santa’s Grotto, a Holiday Bazaar, culminating with the arrival of Santa and the lighting of the states’ largest living Christmas Tree at 6:00pm.  Ivoryton will be lighting up the holiday with over 350,000 lights throughout the village! Family…

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The Bells of Dublin Part III at the Ivoryton Playhouse

December 7, 2016 - December 18, 2016
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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Bells of Dublin

The Bells of Dublin pub will be closed for the holidays as Paddy Bell and his family take a trip to the Big Apple for Christmas. A very special and original holiday production for the whole family, written and directed by Ivoryton Playhouse Executive Director Jacqueline Hubbard. Tickets are available at the box office at 860-767-7318 or www.ivorytonplayhouse.org

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Sip, Shop and Stroll, Essex Village

December 9, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Essex Town Park, Main Street
Essex, 06426 United States
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Enter to win a Village Shopping Spree, provided by participating merchants

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Essex Holiday Stroll

December 10, 2016
Essex Town Park, Main Street
Essex, 06426 United States
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Essex Holiday Stroll

Join us for the Essex Holiday Stroll! 12:00 – 4:00 PM, Horse & Carriage Rides with Santa12:00 - 5:00 PM, Child and Family Agency Festival of Trees12:00 - 1:30PM, Bell Chimes At Edward Jones Investment:     1:30 PM, Storytime with Mrs. Claus     2:00 PM, Strolling String Duet     Create Your Santa Christmas List     Carolling Sponsors:  Pough Interiors, Tower Labs, Liberty Bank, William Pitt/Sotheby’s, CT River Museum, dreamscapes design group, The Black Seal, Abby’s Place, Ivoryton Playhouse, Blue Hound Cookery.  Many Thanks To:…

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BOOK SIGNING WITH DORIE GREENSPAN

December 10, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Griswold Inn, 36 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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‘Culinary Guru’ Dorie Greenspan, an award-winning author or 12 cookbooks, a 3-time recipient of the highly prestigious James Beard Award and an inductee of “Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America” will be appearing at Goods & Curiosities with her newest release, Dorie’s Cookies. For more information call 860.767.0210

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7th ANNUAL SOLSTICE PARTY

December 21, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Griswold Inn – Good & Curiosities, 47 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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7th ANNUAL SOLSTICE PARTY AT GOODS & CURIOSITIES Come celebrate with us as we mark the end of the year’s darkest day and delight in the holiday season! Enjoy complimentary refreshments at this festive open house as well as special pricing on all measurements of time and select holiday goods. As always, free gift wrap for all! For more information call 860.767.0210

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Christmas Eve at Copper Beech Inn

December 24, 2016 @ 9:00 pm
Copper Beech Inn, 46 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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Enjoy Christmas Eve at the picturesque Copper Beech Inn. Open seating until 9:00pm. Live music! Call 860-767-0330 for more details.

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Christmas Dinner at Copper Beech Inn

December 25, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Copper Beech Inn, 46 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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Enjoy a Prix-Fixe dinner at the beautiful Copper Beech Inn. Dinner served for 12pm to 5pm. Call 860-767-0330 for more details.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE AT THE GRISWOLD INN

December 31, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Griswold Inn, 36 Main Street
Essex, CT 06246 United States
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A deliciously festive New Year’s Eve celebration is on tap. The Inn’s chefs have created an elegant 3-course complete dinner offering entrees like Beef Wellington, Seared Atlantic Salmon, Roasted Prime Rib of Beef and Roasted Long Island Duck. The ‘Back Room’ will feature “The Mystery Tour”, a Beatles tribute band, from 10pm until 1 am. Dinner seatings begin at 5:30 pm. Reservations recommended. Dinner - $60 pp plus tax and gratuity; “After Party” - FREE Call 860.767.1776

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NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY AT THE GRISWOLD INN

December 31, 2016 @ 10:00 pm - January 1, 2017 @ 1:00 am
The Griswold Inn, 36 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Come party with us! Our ‘Back Room’ will be featuring The Mystery Tour, a Beatles tribute band. Enjoy an entertaining and festive evening taking a nostalgic trip down Penny Lane! For more information call 860.767.1776

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January 2017

NEW YEAR’S DAY BRUNCH AT THE GRISWOLD INN

January 1 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Griswold Inn, 36 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Ring in the New Year and enjoy the thrill of the hunt with a bountiful spread laid out buffet-style. The Inn’s popular Hunt Breakfast features a multitude of breakfast and lunch selections including made-to-order omelet and Belgian waffle stations. Reservations recommended. Dinner - Adults - $24.95/Children 7-12 - $12.00/6 and under - FREE! For reservations call 860.767.1776

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New Year Brunch at Copper Beech Inn

January 1 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Copper Beech Inn, 46 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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Celebrate New Year’s Day at The Copper Beech Inn! Come and Raise a Glass* to a Happy and Healthy 2017, Join us for a Buffet Luncheon served from 11:00 Am until 3:00 PM Complimentary Mimosa, Peach Bellini or Bloody Mary Reservations Suggested. Raw Bar Oyster’s on the Half Shell, Shrimp Cocktail, Smoked Salmon and Cerviche Breakfast Buffet Assorted Pastries, Muffins and Bagels Farm Fresh Omelets made to Order Chef’s Selection of Carved Roasts Cheese & Charcuterie from Around The World…

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$35

40th Anniversary Celebration

January 8 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Valley Regional High School, 156 Kelsey Hill Road
Deep River, CT 06417 United States
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Patricia Schuman, Classical, Jazz, Essex, Connceticut

Essex Winter Series - 40th Anniversary Celebration Everything that has made EWS so successful over the years packed into one celebratory concert! Classical, jazz, and more, with many of your favorite performers as well as emerging artists. Don’t miss our anniversary party! Sponsored by Guilford Savings Bank. Tickets $35; students $5

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A Lecture with USCG Captain Greg Wisener

January 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Ave
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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The United States has the largest system of ports, waterways, and coastal seas in the world, which includes some 95,000 miles of coastline, 26,000 miles of commercial waterways that serve 361 ports; 3,700 marine terminals (ranging from marinas to mega-ports); and 25,000 miles of inland and coastal waterways. The Coast Guard protects: those on the sea; the United States from threats delivered by sea; and the sea itself. On Saturday, January 14th at 1 p.m., Capt. Wisener will present an…

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Connecticut’s Early Transportation History

January 15 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Essex Meadows, 30 Bokum Road
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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“The Age of Rail in Connecticut” with Valley Rail Road, 3 p.m., Essex Meadows, 30 Bokum Road, Essex. Co-presented by Essex Historical Society and Essex Meadows. For more information visit www.essexhistory.org or call 860-767-0681. Lectures on Transportation History Join Essex Historical and Essex Meadows for their winter lecture series, “Planes, Trains & Automobiles,” on January Sundays at 3pm. The series also features: Sunday, Jan. 22th “From Paved Roads to Public Money: The Rise of the Automobile in Connecticut” with Richard…

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Author Talk

January 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Ave
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Author Talk with UConn Journalism Professor Robert Wyss: “The Man Who Built The Sierra Club: A life of David Brower” David Brower (1912–2000) was a central figure in the modern environmental movement. His leadership, vision, and elegant conception of the wilderness forever changed how we approach nature. Brower transformed the Sierra Club into a national force that challenged and stopped federally sponsored projects that would have dammed the Grand Canyon and destroyed hundreds of millions of acres of our nation's…

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Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series

January 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Centerbrook Architects, 67 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series Presents Architect and Author Jimmy Stamp with “Pedagogy and Place: 100 Years of Architecture Education at Yale” 2016 marked the centennial anniversary of the Yale School of Architecture. In recognition of this occasion, The Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series will welcome Jimmy Stamp, co-author with former YSOA Dean Robert A.M. Stern of the book Pedagogy and Place: 100 Years of Architecture Education at Yale (Yale Press, 2016), who will trace the development of the School’s pedagogy alongside…

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Connecticut’s Early Transportation History Series 2

January 22 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Essex Meadows, 30 Bokum Road
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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“From Paved Roads to Public Money: The Rise of the Automobile in Connecticut” with Richard DeLuca, Essex Meadows, 30 Bokum Road, Essex. Co-presented by Essex Historical Society and Essex Meadows. For more information visit www.essexhistory.org or call 860-767-0681. Lectures on Transportation History Join Essex Historical and Essex Meadows for their winter lecture series, “Planes, Trains & Automobiles,” on January Sundays at 3pm. The series also features: Sunday, Jan. 29th “Connecticut’s Early Aviation History” with Jerry Roberts, 3 p.m., Essex Meadows,…

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$20

An Evening at the Lay House

January 27 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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An Evening at the Lay House: Tavern NightFriday, January 27th, Seatings at 6pm and 8pm The Connecticut River Museum’s Lay House is transformed into a 19th century Tavern for the evening! Featuring typical finger foods of the time, live music by Don Sineti, and historic tavern table games, these popular events are offered just a few times a year. This evening’s Tavern Night will feature a rum tasting and talk by museum folklorist Dr. Stephen Gencarella.  Advance reservations required, must…

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2017 Ground Hog Day Parade

January 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Ground Hog Day Parade

It’s time for Ed to come out of hibernation and leave his spacious home, located deep in the woods of Essex. Over the years he has not been treated well by cars, trailer trucks, snow plows or his four legged friends! Each year brought a little more wear and tear to Ed, but there is good news! Essex Savings Bank has arranged a trip to a fancy spa, where Essex Ed will receive an elegant makeover and will be ready…

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Connecticut’s Early Transportation History Series 3

January 29 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Essex Meadows, 30 Bokum Road
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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“Connecticut’s Early Aviation History” with Jerry Roberts, 3 p.m., Essex Meadows, 30 Bokum Road, Essex. Co-presented by Essex Historical Society and Essex Meadows. For more info visit www.essexhistory.org or call 860-767-0681.

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CMS Open House

January 30 @ 9:00 am - February 3 @ 7:00 pm
Community Music School, 90 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Community Music School welcomes the general public to visit during Open House Week January 30 to February 3. 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, guitar, jazz and string ensembles, music therapy services, Kindermusik, and more. Community Music School is open from 9 am to 7 pm, Monday to Thursday, and 9am to 5pm…

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February 2017
Free with museum admission

Stanley Kolber Bird Photography Workshop

February 11 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Join Stanley Kolber, award winning nature photographer, for a wonderful photography workshop in the museum’s Eagles of Essex exhibit. Birds were Stan’s first love when, some fifteen years ago, he picked up a camera and set a course for photography as a second career and full-time artistic endeavor. And although the subject of his work has evolved, his ardor for birds, and for rendering them lovingly and faithfully, is undiminished. Stan’s work is held in corporate and private collections, and…

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The Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series

February 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Center brook Architects’ Office, 67 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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The Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series continues with architect Jim Childress, FAIA presenting “The Architecture Of Gardens: Man-made Nature”. Gardens have captured people’s imagination for centuries. On Friday, February 17th at 7 p.m., architect Jim Childress will illustrate the design ideas behind some of world’s best small gardens. He will explore how they are planned and how the plants are integrated. And, to escape winter for an hour - there will be plenty of images of gardens in full bloom. This…

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$35

Stu Ingersoll Jazz Concert

February 19 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Valley Regional High School, 156 Kelsey Hill Road
Deep River, CT 06417 United States
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Dan Levinson, Jazz, Jass, Concert, Deep River, Connecticut

Essex Winter Series - Stu Ingersoll Jazz Concert: Dan Levinson’s Roof Garden Jass Band Dan and his renowned band will mark the centennial of the first recordings of New Orleans jazz in what is sure to be a spirited and rollicking afternoon. Sponsored by The Clark Group and Tower Laboratories LTD. Tickets $35; students $5

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Live Birds of Prey Show with Horizon Wings

February 19 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Centerbrook Meeting House, 51 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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CRM will partner with Horizon Wings Raptor Rehabilitation Organization for this annual show, which features a bald eagle and several other species of raptors. Visitors will be able to get an up close look at the birds while learning more about the life cycle and ecology of these magnificent animals. This event will be held at the Centerbrook Meeting House and is free to the public.

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$50 - $75

Privateers’ Bash

February 25 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Privateers' Bash 2017 "Ahoy, Matey! Come if ye dare to be part of our swashbucklin’ crew who are lookin’ for a lively way to let off a bit o’ winter steam. Grab yer cutlass, hoist yer sails and set a course to the Privateers’ Bash on Saturday, February 25th. All are invited to come in costume and relive Riverfront history at the eleventh annual Bash, a playful nod to the privateers who made their wealth by relieving foreign ships of…

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Essex Board of Trade, Inc., P.O. Box 322
Essex, CT 06426 860-767-3904 or email message@experienceessex.com