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August 2019

27th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair

August 17 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
12 Main Street Essex, CT, 12 Main Street Essex
Essex, United States
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For the past 26 years, the First Baptist Church in Essex has sponsored this juried Annual Arts and Craft Fair on the Essex Town Green. Both locals and visitors to the area enjoy shopping the 60+ booths that fill the Town Green with unique, handcrafted artwork. Admission is free to the public. Essex is located on the Connecticut River, about four miles north of Long Island Sound. Easy to reach from any direction, Essex is also the home of the…

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Drum Village Workshop for Beginners

August 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Community Music School, 90 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$40

Community Music School will be offering a unique drumming workshop for beginners this summer on August 17, 2019 from 1 to 3 pm. Open to children and adult in our Centerbrook location at 90 Main Street in Spencer’s Corner. CMS Drum Village is an opportunity for all ages to participate in a hands-on percussion ensemble that explores musical traditions from around the world. Students will learn to coordinate intricate rhythmic patterns, build a sense of community, and try out this…

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2ND ANNUAL CORNHOLE CHARITY CHALLENGE

August 19 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Brewer Essex Island Marina, 11 Ferry Street
Essex, 06426 United States
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$12 – $25

CENTERBROOK – Community Music School will present its second annual Cornhole Charity Challenge on August 19, 2019 at 5 pm on beautiful Essex Island. Local charities will face off in this friendly cornhole competition. Join us for live music and southern BBQ! BYOB and family friendly! Event proceeds will benefit scholarships and outreach programs at Community Music School. Event tickets include live music and all food: $25/adult, $12/kid, ages 5 and under free. Teams of two can enter the cornhole…

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EAA Late Summer 2019 Open Exhibition

August 24 - September 14
EAA Gallery, 10 North Main Street
Essex, 06426 United States
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Essex Art Association's Late Summer 2019 Open Exhibition - "The Space Between" The last exhibit of the Essex Art Association's gallery season is an Open Exhibition and welcomes all area artists to submit up to two pieces of artwork for display. Open exhibits offer an exciting mix of creative works for the public's viewing pleasure. The show is juried for awards only, with the EAA distributing $1500 in eight categories. Also, one artist will be awarded a solo exhibit in…

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Ukulele Workshop

August 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Community Music School, 90 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Community Music School will be offering its unique Ukulele Workshop for Beginners again this summer on August 24, 2018 from 1 to 3 pm. This workshop sold out quickly last summer and is back by popular demand! Open to ages 8 through adult in our Centerbrook location. Learn the fundamentals of the ukulele in a group program dedicated to the absolute beginner! CMS Faculty Member Marty Wirt will include an overview of the instrument, tuning basics, fundamental chords and strumming,…

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September 2019

Author Talk: James R. Benn with “When Hell Struck Twelve”

September 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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FREE

The Essex Library is honored to celebrate the release of the fourteenth Billy Boyle World War II mystery novel, When Hell Struck Twelve, on Tuesday, September 3rd at 7 p.m. with author James R. Benn. The New York Times Book Review declared the Billy Boyle wartime series, “spirited wartime storytelling.” Booklist gives it a starred review: “this consistently strong series has jumped to another level, with this volume clearly the hands-down best so far.” In the 14th Billy Boyle mystery,…

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CT Humane Society Paint Your Pet Fundraiser

September 6
Essex Paint and Sip, 12 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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All funds raised provide medical care for pets in need. Visit Essex Paint and Sip on Friday September 6th for a Paint your Pet Fundraiser. The Humane Society provides comprehensive care for thousands of animals in our state each year. All material and instruction is included to paint their furry, feathered or scaled friend. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Reserve your easel today at www.essexpaintandsip.com Contact us! Phone: 860-916-4386 Email: essexpaintandsip@gmail.com

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Shear Madness

September 18 - October 6
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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Shear Madness Written by Paul Portner   Wednesday, September 18 - Sunday, October 6, 2019 Shear Madness is one of the most popular productions in the world, delighting audiences with its blend of madcap improvisation and spine-tickling mystery. This unique comedy-whodunit takes place today in the "Shear Madness" hairstyling salon and is chock full of up-to-the-minute humor. A murder is committed and the audience gets to spot clues, question suspects, and solve the mystery. Voted "Best Comedy" seven times by…

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Paint and Plant Night

September 21 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Essex Paint and Sip, 12 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Essex Paint and Sip is hosting a "Paint and Plant" Night in Essex Village! Participants will paint a custom design on a flower pot and then plant flowers in that pot for their home or a perfect gift. All materials and expert instruction is pro-vided. No experience required and all ages welcome! Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Reserve your spot today at essexpaintandsip.com

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Collage a Master Art Work

September 25 @ 12:30 pm - October 23 @ 3:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$200

This class focuses on how to alter a well-known work of art and make it your own. Select a Picasso, Klimt, or any art work you have fancied. Color copy it to suit the size of your canvas, for example, 9x12 or 10 x 10, etc. Using tracing paper learn to outline the image onto the canvas panels and then select from a mix of papers, script, maps, canceled postage stamps, newspaper and other collected ephemera to create and compose…

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After School Drawing and Painting for Young Artists Ages 7-11

September 25 @ 4:30 pm - October 23 @ 5:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$120

All levels welcome! In this class, students practice drawing and painting from life as well as from the imagination. They explore various mediums such as watercolor and acrylics and the tools & techniques associated with each of these mediums. In drawing students learn about traditional practices, such as contour drawing, brush-play, and still-life, while also exploring experimental methods, such as abstract art. Please bring a 9”x12” Sketchbook to the first class. Dates: Wednesdays 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23. Makeup 10/30…

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Beginning Drawing for Adults

September 26 @ 12:30 pm - October 24 @ 3:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$150

Observe and learn to draw forms and shapes. Develop perspective, work with line, contour drawing, shading and tonal values. Charcoal, pencils and pastels are used. Material list available or purchase from instructor. Teaching Artist Edward Rosado studied commercial art and graphic design at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. He worked at Hartfield & Zody’s Retail Dept. Stores and was hired as Art Director at Garwood Mills in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Moving to New Britain, CT he was…

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Autumn Arts Festival Gallery Group Show Opening Reception

September 27 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Free

This is a group show for artists and artisans participating in the Juried Madison Green Autumn Arts Festival on October 12th and 13th.  Only artists participating in the Madison Arts Festival have been invited to submit for this gallery show.  There is no specific theme and Representational and Abstract Painters, Sculptors, Illustrators, Photographers, Original Printmakers, Fabric Artists, Glass and Wood Artisans, Jewelry Designers and Crafters working in oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography, pencil and charcoal, paper, mixed media, fabric, glass, wood,…

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Sat AM The Sky is the Limit with Mixed Media for Ages 7-11

September 28 @ 11:00 am - October 19 @ 12:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$115

In this class for ages 7-11, participants take their art making to a new level by combining various mediums to make unique and self expressive art! They learn the important art elements and technical skills relevant to each medium. Projects to explore a variety of mediums include Paper Maché bowls, Clay Slab Weaving, Chihuli inspired Faux Glass Sculptures, and All About Me Collage if time allows. Be prepared to have fun, get messy, and express yourself through the fun of…

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Introducing Pastels Classes

September 28 @ 12:00 pm - October 26 @ 3:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$160

Student painting from pastel class The purpose of this class is to develop an understanding of the use of pastels on color paper and Velour. Drawing-and composing illustrations are done in charcoal. Color is applied using and combining pastel colors, shadows and shading. Perspective and 3D rendering are reviewed. Working with the color wheel participants learn to blend hues with primary and secondary color intensity and values. Sketching is done from still life, static displays and studio props. Individual reviews…

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October 2019

Just Added! Additional Fall Acrylic Studio

October 4 @ 3:00 pm - November 1 @ 5:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$160

FILLS QUICKLY! Adult painting sessions for intermediate, advanced and beginner levels. Artists work from reference photos (yours or supplied - primarily landscape or still life). Regular painting demonstrations and the instructor painting along with allows for total freedom to explore the medium and help if needed. Each artist receives individual attention working at their own pace and within their own abilities to develop confidence with better techniques of drawing, composition and color theory. Paintings are developed to a finished stage,…

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Creating Your Mandala Workshop

October 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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$60

This workshop will introduce the history of the Mandala, its purpose and its uses in contemporary society. Studio time will be spent exploring personal imagery in its relationship to the mandala format. Various media will be available and some discussion and sharing of experiential processes will enrich our creative endeavors. As a sign, symbol, or metaphor - the mandala maps the psyche and the cosmos as sacred places that remind us of the sanctity of the universe and the potential…

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Artist of the Month – Sandy Sicignano

October 6 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Connecticut River Artisans, 55 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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FREE

Connecticut River Artisans Cooperative is truly proud to name Sandy Sicignano our Artist of the Month for October. Sandy is our “Jack-of-all-Trades” and master of them all. She’s a gifted woman who puts her heart into her art and crafts. Sandy learned to sew as a child and, like a lot of us dabbled in other media. She truly blossomed after she retired from a career in Nuclear Medicine. Sandy has only been painting for a few short years, yet…

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J. McLaughlin Sip & Shop

October 10 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
J. McLaugnlin, 3 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Trees are Talking with Bill Yule

October 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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FREE

Join renowned naturalist Bill Yule on Thursday, October 10 from 6 pm – 8 pm for his “Trees are Talking” lecture. FREE to members and $5.00 for non members. Members register here: http://ctrivermuseum.org/event-registration/ Non Members register here: https://shop.ctrivermuseum.org/collections/public-programs/products/trees-are-talking-with-bill-yule

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Arts Center Killingworth’s Annual Autumn Arts Festival

October 12 @ 10:00 am - October 13 @ 5:00 pm
Arts Center Killingworth, 276 N Parker Hill Rd
Killingworth, 06419 United States
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FREE

An Art-Filled Weekend with Live Music on the Madison Green The Arts Center Killingworth returns to the Madison Connecticut Town Green to present its Annual Autumn Outdoor Arts Festival on Saturday, October 12, 10-5pm, and Sunday, October 13, 12-5pm (rain date Monday, October 14, 10-5pm) with new and original artwork and fine crafts created by established and emerging artists from throughout Connecticut and the tri-state region. The Festival is located at Boston Post Road (Route 1) and Copse Road, and…

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Role of Fungi in the Forest Hike with Bill Yule

October 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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FREE

Join renowned naturalist Bill Yule on Saturday, October 12 from 10 am – 12 pm for his “Role of Fungi in the Forest” hike. Bill will discuss the Role of Fungi in the Forest in symbiosis and as recyclers, decomposers, and parasites as he leads the hike in the Pattaconk Reservoir local preserve. FREE to members and $5.00 for non-members. Bring a picnic lunch, water bottle, and comfortable shoes. Members register here: http://ctrivermuseum.org/event-registration/ Non Members register here: https://shop.ctrivermuseum.org/collections/public-programs/products/role-of-fungi-in-the-forest-hike-with-bill-yule

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Scarecrow Festival 2019

October 12 @ 2:00 pm - October 20 @ 9:00 pm
Essex Park, 69-99 Nott Ln, Essex, CT 06426
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

Scarecrow FestiFall Press Release As the Essex Scarecrow Festival’s outdoor movie showing in the Essex Town Park is coming up, there have been concerns about the festival regarding the possibility of mosquitoes carrying the EEE virus and WNV to be an issue during the time of the event at 6:30pm. The Essex Park and Recreation is working directly with the Town of Essex Public Health Director to address any concerns about the mosquito EEE virus and WNV (West Nile Virus).…

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Leaf Peeping Tour Aboard the Onrust

October 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$33

Join Naturalist and Environmental Educator, Steve Sarnoski, at the Connecticut River Museum for a leaf-peeping cruise on the Connecticut River aboard our replica of the historic ship Onrust. Enjoy the vibrant colors and enchanting scents of the river and nature in autumn in the Connecticut River Valley. Light fall snacks and warm cider will be served. $33/person $17/children under 12 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER  or call 860-767-8269, Ext. 110

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Walking Tours of River View Cemetery

October 12 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Essex Riverview Cemetery, 37 North Main Street
Essex, CT 06426
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$5

Essex history comes alive at River View Cemetery as Essex Historical Society (EHS) expands its popular walking tour program to include tours of Essex’s River View Cemetery on October 12, 2019. Trained, knowledgeable guides will lead tours of the cemetery’s oldest sections tracing its history over three hundred years. EHS gratefully acknowledges funding for the walk through a grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County. Located on the shores of the Connecticut River, River View Cemetery testifies to the…

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Dogs on the Dock

October 13 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$10 – $15
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Dogs on the Dock

October 13 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$10

The waterfront lawn of the Connecticut River Museum will once again be “going to the dogs” with the commencement of the 15th Annual “Dogs On The Dock” parade and competition. Dog owners and dog lovers alike are invited to attend rain or shine. Dog participant registration starts at 1:00 pm followed by a blessing of the dogs and the lawn parade at 2:00 pm and then individual canine competitions in categories such as best costume, best nautical costume, best owner…

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ST. JOHN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH 77TH ANNUAL RUMMAGE SALE

October 18 @ 9:00 am - October 19 @ 2:00 pm
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3 Cross Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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St. John’s HUGE ANNUAL RUMMAGE SALE is back again – this year is our 77th year! Come and find lots of fun and exciting items.The Sale will be on Friday & Saturday, October 18th & 19th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. This is the perfect place to find just what you have been looking for – we have beautiful furniture, small appliances, clothing – designer & vintage, books, toys, art. Hundreds of items under $10.Come across a real fashion…

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Ivoryton Pumpkin Chase: Come for the run/stay for the fun

October 19 @ 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Ivoryton Village Green Ivoryton, 06409 United States + Google Map
$5 – $30

Do you fancy a run (or walk) in the country? Come to Ivoryton Library’s annual Pumpkin Chase on Saturday, Oct. 19. Registration starts at 7:30 at the village green. The kids’ fun run starts at 8:30, with a 5k run/walk at 9 a.m. The longer run includes a one-mile trail trek. Special running socks are free to the first 150 registrants, and there’ll be individual and team costume awards. Awards will also be given to the top finishers, male and…

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Onrust Sails – Last Day to Sail for the Season!

October 20
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$12 – $33

Onrust is a 53' gaff rigged and auxillary engine powered replica of Adriaen block’s vessel - one of the first western style ships built in the new world, and the first ever to sail up the Connecticut river! Join us for a sail on the historical and scenic Connecticut river Thursday 2:00pm & 6:00pm Friday 2:00pm & 6:00pm Saturday 2:00pm & 6:00pm Sunday 2:00pm Monday 2:00pm $28 - adult daytime cruise $12 - child daytime cruise $33 - all ages…

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Paint a Bird in its Habitat in Watercolor!

October 20 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$100

Learn how to paint a familiar garden bird in its environment with drama! Discover how to incorporate the subject with its background using techniques that apply to almost any motif. Giving plenty of individual attention, the instructor, an experienced and award-winning artist who has taught watercolor painting for years, demonstrates each stage of the watercolor painting process with emphasis on color, value, shape, and line. Expect to complete or nearly finish your painting. A familiarity with contour line drawing and…

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Connecticut River Ferries with Prof. Wick Griswold

October 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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America's oldest continuously operating ferry service began running between Rocky Hill and Glastonbury in 1655. More than one hundred ferries have operated on the Connecticut River since the seventeenth century. Explore the enduring cultural relevance of the ferryboats of the Connecticut River with Professor Wick Griswold at the Essex Library on Tuesday, October 22 at 7 p.m. Hear about the stories of the captains, crews and passengers define the history and personality of the region. Learn how Captain Ham Sandwich…

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Woody Sez

October 23 - November 10
Ivoryton Library, 106 Main Street
Ivoryton, 06442 United States
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Woody Sez– The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie Devised by David Lutken with Nick Corley and Darcie Deaville, Helen J. Russell and Andy Teirstein   Wednesday, October 23 - Sunday, November 10, 2019 David Lutken and his trusty band of musicians return to the Playhouse in a show featuring Woody Guthrie – the original folk hero and an iconic American troubadour. Tap your feet and sing along with Woody Sez in this uplifting musical portrait. You will be transported…

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After School or Saturday AM 3-D Sculpture Fun for Ages 7-11!

October 23 - October 26
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$120

In this class, young artists use a variety of art materials to create 3 Dimensional forms. From paper maché fruit to ceramic animal bowls, they learn the skills and techniques to become comfortable with each medium. Additional projects include making their own salt dough clay miniature tiles and pendants! Dates: Wednesdays 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23. Makeup 10/30 or Thursdays 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24. Makeup 10/31 or Saturdays 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26. Makeup 11/2. Time: Wed/Thur 3:30-4:30pm; Sat…

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Haunted River 2019

October 25 @ 6:00 pm - October 27 @ 8:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$13 – $17

Witch Trials, the XYZ Bandit, Madam Sherri and more. ALL NEW stories based on Connecticut River Valley Myths and Legends! Ghost tours depart every twenty minutes beginning at 6:00 pm each night. Tickets $17 Adults, $13 Children ages 7-12. Purchase tickets at: ctrivermuseum.org (This event is not appropriate for children under 7) -Tours begin at the Lay House just west of the Museum. -Event takes place in all weather conditions, please dress accordingly. -Delays on departure time are normal and…

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CENTERBROOK ARCHITECTS LECTURE SERIES PRESENTS DR. CHUCK BENSON WITH “THE TIMELESSNESS OF JAPANESE ARCHITECTURE – SHINTO AND BUDDHIST MASTERPIECES OF DESIGN” 

October 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Ave
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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The Essex Library is honored to welcome back Architectural Historian Chuck Benson as part of its Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series on Friday, October 25th at 7 p.m. in The Cube at Centerbrook’s offices. Benson will present an illustrated talk that focuses on travelling to ancient Japan architecturally – and unlocking the secrets of its two great architectural traditions – Shintoism and Buddhism. From the Ise Shrine for Shintoism to the Buddhist Temples of Horyuji, Todaiji, and Yakushiji, he’ll explore this…

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Kaleidoscope Fun

October 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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$60

People of all ages enjoy kaleidoscopes! In this work shop learn to decorate a kaleidoscope tube and to assemble all the parts of a real, working kaleidoscope complete with glass mirrors and lens. After assembly decorate the outer tube with polymer and, after baking assemble the kaleidoscope so it is ready to use. There are numerous options for decorating the tube. Instructor, an accomplished polymer clay artist, will demonstrate how to make an Ikat stack that can be used to…

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MYSTIC SEAPORT MUSEUM PRESENTS: J.M.W. TURNER: WATERCOLORS FROM THE TATE

October 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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The Mystic Seaport Museum is the only U.S. venue for this milestone exhibition of almost 100 of J.M.W. Turner's watercolor masterpieces from the collection of the Tate Museum in London. Watercolors from Tate brings together luminous landscapes and atmospheric seascapes, architectural and topographical sketches, travel drawings, and even a number of intimate interior views. The exhibition, which runs from October 5 to February 23, 2020, spans the entirety of Turner’s long career and, by focusing on the artist’s watercolors, provides…

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November 2019

MIGRATION THROUGH MAPS: A CARTOGRAPHIC OVERVIEW OF AMERICAN IMMIGRATION

November 2 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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On Saturday, November 2 at 2 p.m. at the Essex Library, Dr. Francis Coan will illustrate how populations, cultures, and time periods have evolved throughout the geography of America. Through the use of maps, supplemented by statistics and a brief discussion of migration push and pull factors as well as public policy (past and present), Dr. Coan will provide an overview of American immigration patterns and trends from the arrival of the first inhabitants to the present day. Dr. Francis Coan…

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Get Wired Bracelet Workshop

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

Create a stunning wire-wrapped bracelet for yourself or as a gift. You will learn the process in this workshop discussing the gauges of wire used in different jewelry applications. If you have round nose pliers, chain nose pliers and flush cutters please bring them. If not you can use tools supplied by the gallery and instructor: If time allows, instructor will also show you how to make French ear wires so you can make your own earrings! No jewelry making…

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Celestial Navigation

November 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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FREE

Join Roy E. Kilgard, Wesleyan University Associate Professor of the Practice in Astronomy, on a celestial navigation journey beginning in England in the 1600s up through the mid-20th century. Kilgard integrates the development of navigational charts and navigational instruments through the years and the connection between astronomy and navigation. His topics include how to translate what you observe as you look out at the horizon with images printed on a navigational chart, chart making, plotting navigational positions, as well as the…

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Author Discussion with Beatriz Williams

November 6 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Essex Park, 69-99 Nott Ln, Essex, CT 06426
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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The Beautiful Art of Calligraphy

November 10 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$60

In this workshop you will become familiar with the instruments of calligraphy – the calligrapher's pens (felt-tip), the template sheet, and calligraphy paper. Learn the technique of one of the calligraphic alphabets and basic calligraphy strokes for the creation of calligraphic drawing as an art form. By the end of this workshop you will know the basics of calligraphy and with a little practice be able to interpret anything you write into beautiful works of art. To top off the…

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Sea Chanteys at The Gris

November 11 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Monday, repeating until October 25, 2021

The Griswold Inn, 36 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free
Sea Chanteys

FREE! Every Monday. 8:00pm - 11:00 pm Join us every Monday as the Jovial Crew brings the Tap Room to life with this old seafaring tradition, extremely popular today. "Jovial Crew" is a good description for both performers and patrons, a very spirited bunch making a very spirited evening indeed!

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Global Trade, 17th Century Style

November 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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FREE

Today Americans depend on trade with China for many of the consumer goods that make our lives comfortable. The English Puritans who settled the Connecticut Valley in the 17th century also turned to global trade to make their lives as comfortable as they had been at home in England. The Connecticut River was the great water highway that connected the producers of these natural resources to the broad markets around the Atlantic Rim. Brenda Milkofsky leads our discussion on Global…

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Psychedelic ’60’s at The Gris

November 15
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Friday, repeating until October 29, 2021

The Griswold Inn, 36 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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FREE
Psychedelic ’60's

Every Friday, 8:30pm - 12:00am Psychedelic ’60’s, a power trio that pays tribute to the ground-breaking musical super groups of the sixties, plays the Tap Room at The Griswold Inn every Friday night. Take this nostalgic trip and listen to the music of the Kinks, the Beatles, the Animals, Creedence Clearwater Revival... ROCK N' ROLL!

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Weekend Paint Nights and Private Parties

November 17
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Friday, repeating until October 27, 2020

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

An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Sunday, repeating until December 27, 2020

Essex Paint and Sip, 12 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Every Friday and Saturday night and Sunday afternoons. Guests can produce their own works of art while guided by the skilled hands of one of the many local artists on staff. As aspiring Da Vinci's paint scenes of the river, landscapes, or their own pet, they can enjoy a wide selection of wines and beer available during each session. Afterwards, guests can leave with a work of art in-hand and the knowledge that their leftover paint won't destroy the picturesque…

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Sunday Hunt Breakfast at The Gris

November 17 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, repeating until March 27, 2022

The Griswold Inn, 36 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Sunday Hunt Breakfast

Sunday Hunt Breakfast / Every Sunday (except holidays) Enjoy the thrill of the hunt each Sunday when a bountiful spread is laid out buffet-style. This sumptuous offering includes a wide array of breakfast and lunch entrées with made-to-order Belgian waffle and omelet stations, breakfast breads, freshly prepared salads, and assorted desserts. The brunch gets jazzier with Dixieland by Freight Train beginning at noon! Reservations recommended. For more information visit http://www.griswoldinn.com 11am to 1pm $24.95/adults; $12.00/children between 7-12; under 6/complimentary

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Wet Felting a Stylish Clutch

November 17 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$60 – $70

In this workshop create and complete a wearable piece of art, a felted clutch purse, using Merino wool and hand dyed Margilan silk. No sewing involved! Learn how to wet felt wool fiber and silk with the use of a resist. Turn fibers into strong fabric using modernized ancient felting techniques. Learn about shrinkage, how to design a template, and how to insure your felt is well felted. Choose your own colors of wool and silks. If you choose to…

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Holiday Reception

November 17 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Connecticut River Artisans, 55 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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The artists of the Connecticut River Artisans Cooperative would like to invite one and all to our Holiday Reception. Celebrate with us before the “Holiday Frenzy” takes hold. Join us on Sunday, November 17th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at 55 Main Street, Essex. Meet our artists and crafters. Join us for a libation and all manner of nibbles (we are known for our great food)! See our beautiful shop, made even more beautiful for the holidays. Be sure to…

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

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