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March 2019

Knife Skills 101

March 5 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Weekend Kitchen, 16 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$85

Knife Skills 101- Vegan: Master the most important tool in your kitchen Tuesday March 5th, 6:30 to 10:00PM Chef Terry Walters Nobody chops more vegetables than those following a vegan diet so I thought it appropriate to ask Terry Walters to teach a knife skills class! In this class we will learn basic knife skills, which will include sharpening, understanding the different kinds of knives, what to look for, and all of the cuts- dice, chop, slice and julienne. Trust…

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Seafood Shacks at Essex Library

March 7 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

Food and travel writer Mike Urban, free illustrated talk on best places to go for seafood this summer, 7 p.m. March 7, Essex Library, 33 West Ave., focus on New England seafood shacks. Light refreshments will be served. Books will be available for purchase and signing. RSVP: 860-767-1560.

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Harbors of Refuge

March 8 - April 21
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Harbors of Refuge: Beauty in the Natural World, An Exhibition of Photography by Stanley M. Kolber MARCH 8 Through APRIL 21 Join us as our third-floor gallery transforms into Harbors of Refuge: Beauty in the Natural World, An Exhibition of Photography by Stanley M. Kolber. Our new exhibit showcases his wondrous photographs. Kolber’s enjoyment in seeking out the beauty in nature is evident in this collection which includes birds in their natural habitat as well as water abstractions.

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Music Technology Workshop

March 9 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Community Music School, 90 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$40

Community Music School will be offering a new take on music technology this spring, “Music Technology for your Creative Projects Workshop”, to be held on March 9, 2019 from 9:30 am to 12 pm. The program is designed for students who are interested in learning how to record, notate, compose, and produce music using today’s technology! The workshop is open to the public and costs just $40 for a 2.5 hour hands-on workshop. Ages 10 through adult, all skill levels,…

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Eighth Annual Essex go Bragh Irish Parade

March 9 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Essex Village, 69 Nott Lane
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Each year in Essex, Connecticut, around the middle of March, everyone gets to be Irish for a day. The Eighth Annual Essex go Bragh Irish Parade & Festival will be held Saturday, March 9th with the parade stepping off from Town Hall at 10:30a.m. This special event is sponsored by Essex Park and Recreation and is held annually on the second Saturday of March. The Essex go Bragh (translated as Essex Forever) Irish Parade will feature an Irish-themed parade down…

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Cheers for Charity

March 9 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Essex Steam Train, One Railroad Avenue
Essex, CT United States
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$45 – $60

2nd ANNUAL BEERFEST! When? Saturday, March 9th! 1-4PM! Where? Essex Steam Train! Click here to purchase tickets.  

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Ceramic Hand building and Glazing Intensive

March 10 - March 31
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$200

This intensive will consist of two sessions of 4 hours and 2 hours respectively. The first session, 4 hours, will concentrate on hand building techniques. Instructor will demonstrate how to make a carved slab platter, a small pinch bowl or a coil vessel as time allows. She will fire the pieces and bring them to the second session for participants to work on glazing techniques during the second, 2 hour, session. Participants can arrange to pick up fired work 3…

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Celtic Music with Jeff Snow

March 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, singer and guitarist Jeff Snow will put on a concert of Celtic music at the Essex Library at 7 p.m. on March 12. Jeff’s concert will include music and stories from Scotland, England and Ireland. He’ll play vibrant arrangements of traditional classics along with his own compositions on six and twelve-string guitars, autoharp, Celtic Bouzouki and Bodhran. Jeff’s concerts always delight their listeners who are welcome to clap and sing along. This concert…

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Sculpting with Spirit

March 13 - April 25
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$120

Sculpting with Spirit for Ages 9-11 Learn how to create fun 3 Dimensional objects using paper maché, mixed media, and found objects. In this class we will explore form, structure, techniques and applications relevant to sculpture. From giant 3D pencils using found objects and paint, to giant paint tubes using paper maché and mixed media, this class is sure to be exciting! Sculptures will be put on display for a short time following completion of class and then returned to…

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An Adventure with Clay

March 13 - April 25
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$120

Sculpting with Spirit for Ages 9-11 Learn how to create fun 3 Dimensional objects using paper maché, mixed media, and found objects. In this class we will explore form, structure, techniques and applications relevant to sculpture. From giant 3D pencils using found objects and paint, to giant paint tubes using paper maché and mixed media, this class is sure to be exciting! Sculptures will be put on display for a short time following completion of class and then returned to…

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Creating an Art Book of Treasures Classes

March 13 - April 24
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$200

IF you love collecting from nature, twigs, feathers, pebbles, bits of nests…….. IF you are a hoarder of quirky charms, shiny embellishments, vintage buttons….. IF you love collecting or writing sentiments, words of wisdom……… Then in this class you will artistically create a book filled with whimsy and sentiment that reflect YOU! Using 3 to 5 mat boards you will decide on a theme then use collage papers and other imagery adhering them in layers onto each mat board which is the art page…

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Spring Watercolor Studio

March 14 - April 25
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$160

In these classes learn or review the steps of using transparent watercolor such as building up color from light to dark, painting flat washes, graded washes, layering transparent washes, and wet on wet techniques. Going from light to dark as you preserve the lights and highlights is key to watercolor technique.  This approach will be discussed at length as well as studying excellent examples of this way of working.  There will be still life setups to work from and photo…

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Connecticut Furniture and the Origins of American Art

March 14 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

William Hosley, former curator and exhibition developer at the Wadsworth Atheneum, will present the innovation and history of design of Connecticut furniture in an illustrated lecture at the Essex Library on Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m. Hosley will explore various traditions of style as he describes the evolution of furniture making from its beginnings to a modern industry while also offering up a look into the tastes and cultural history of Connecticut residents. His talk will trace the story…

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Spring Acrylic Studio

March 15 - April 26
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 you allows you 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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Fermentation Workshop

March 16 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Weekend Kitchen, 16 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$85

CLEAN FOOD Fermentation Workshop Tuesday April 16th, 6:00 to 9:00PM Terry Walters Cultivating Nutrition, Taste and Good Health This hands-on fermentation workshop will empower you with knowledge and know-how to make fermented foods part of your daily ritual. Known to improve taste, increase nutrients, and support a strong immune system, fermentation has been used for centuries as a sustainable and delicious way to preserve the harvest and sustain good health. Participants will learn a variety of approaches to fermenting seasonal…

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Creating a Pine Needle Basket Intensive

March 17 @ 12:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Participants learn the ancient craft of coiling with long leaf pine needles from the southern coastal regions that have been treated with glycerin to make them soft, flexible and glisten. There will be several different types of bases to choose from for your basket.  Instructor will demonstrate several stitches used in the craft of coiling.  The addition of beads and colorful wraps can be incorporated to make each basket unique.  Refrigeration is available for personal snacks or drinks throughout the…

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New Haven Symphony Orchestra with Violinist Tai Murray

March 17 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Valley Regional High School, 156 Kelsey Hill Road
Deep River, CT 06417 United States
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$5 – $40

Essex Winter Series 2019 Season New Haven Symphony Orchestra with Violinist Tai Murray An inspiring talent with a silky and sweet tone from even the highest registers of her instrument, the well-schooled and hugely musical Tai Murray has become an essential personality in today’s classical music world. Ms. Murray performs with the Orchestra under the direction of William Boughton in his final season with NHSO. Tickets are general admission and are $40 for adults and $5 for students. Valley Regional…

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Beer and Ale Tasting Tavern Night

March 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Evening at the Lay House- Beer and Ale Tasting Tavern Night March 22nd | Programs at 6:00pm & 8:00pm The Connecticut River Museum’s historic Lay House is transformed into a 19th century Tavern for the evening! Featuring Two Roads Brewing Company for a beer and ale tasting, light bites by Catering by Selene, live music by Seat of Our Pants, and historic tavern table games. Advance reservations required. Tickets are available for purchase at shop.ctrivermuseum.org. Special thanks to our sponsors:…

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WhatTrivia!

March 23 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Centerbrook Meeting House, 51 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Do you think you Know Stuff? Then come to a fundraiser to benefit Ivoryton Library -- WhatTrivia! -- at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Centerbrook Meeting House. Contestants will test their knowledge of nonsensical information for fun and prizes, and we'd love to have you there.. Don't think you Know Stuff? Then come for our silent auction and cash bar. For more information, contact Ivoryton Library at 860-767-1252, staff@ivorytonlibrary.org, or go to www.ivorytonlibrary.org

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Open call to Connecticut Artists

March 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Connecticut River Artisans Cooperative, 55 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

The Connecticut River Artisans Co-op is hosting an OPEN HOUSE for artists on Sunday, March 24 2019, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. If you are a Connecticut artist and are looking for a new venue to showcase your work, we could be it. We are located in Essex, CT a well-known tourist attraction and shopper's destination. We were established in 1980 and believe that we are the oldest Co-op in Connecticut. Stop in; enjoy the refreshments, chat with one of…

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The World of Peonies

March 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Choosing the right spot to plant your peony plants is key to growing large, sumptuous blooms for over 100 years with little to no maintenance.  Discover top tips and tricks about planting, cultivating, and propagating this summertime showstopper from Dan Furman of Cricket Hill Garden, a 6-acre garden in Connecticut known affectionately as Peony Heaven.  On Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. at the Essex Library, Furman will also delight the audience with tales from the cultivation history of the…

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Laugh Out Loud

March 29 - May 19
Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Spectrum Gallery Exhibit Opens with LOL – Laugh Out Loud   March 29 – May 19, 2019 Spectrum Gallery and Artisans Store of Centerbrook presents its newest show: LOL – Laugh Out Loud (Mar 29-May 19) with new and original artwork from artists and fine artisans that will make us laugh and show the humorous aspects of life. The exhibit opens Friday, March 29 (6:30-9pm) and includes wine and refreshments. Artists from throughout Connecticut, New York and New England are…

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Around the World with Wine and Cheese

March 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Weekend Kitchen, 16 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$70

Friday March 29th, 6:30 to 8:30PM Sylvia Sobocinski of Complements by Caseus Join Sylvia, from Complements by Caseus, for an exploration of cheese and wine pairings from around the world. Our tasting trip will feature a cheese 101 primer and 6 pairings, including two quick cheese appetizers that you can make to get any party started! If you want to know more about cheese and how to pair it with wine, this is the class for you! Come ready to…

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Beginning Drawing Classes

March 30 - May 11
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. 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 Art Director at The D&L Dept. Stores of New…

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April 2019

Special Wine Dinner

April 2 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Weekend Kitchen, 16 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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A Special Wine Dinner with Chef Mellie Lynn of Tiny Kitchen Big Heart Saturday April 2nd, 6:30 to 10:00PM Chef Mellie Lynn of Tiny Kitchen Big Heart Wine, the nectar of the gods, is the perfect accompaniment to an exquisitely prepared meal. Please join Chef and Sommelier Mellie Lynn of Tiny Kitchen Big Heart for a special wine dinner. Each wine in this dinner will be perfectly paired to bring out the flavors of the food heightening the dining experience…

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For the Love of Music!

April 5 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station, 55 Bridge Road
Haddam, CT 06438 United States
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$125

Community Music School’s Annual Fundraiser Gala, “For the Love of Music!” The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station, Haddam, CT Friday, April 5th - 6:30PM   Community Music School’s largest annual fundraiser is the CMS Gala, themed “For the Love of Music!” Enjoy a classical cocktail hour and jazzy dinner show performed by our incredible faculty! We’ll have gourmet food, dancing, silent auction, fine wines and more! Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund, music therapy, and community outreach. $125 ($135 after March 22)…

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2019 Spring Book Sale

April 6 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

The Friends Spring Book Sale will be earlier this year to avoid conflicts with graduations, weddings, and EGC events. Instead, it will take place Saturday, April 6th form 9am — 4pm with half price for books from 2:30pm until closing. The popular Bag of Books deal takes place on Monday, April 8th from 10am — 5pm. The Friends will gratefully accept book donations until March 30th, resuming again April 10th. Visit youressexlibrary.org/friends/friends-book-sale for details.

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Star Basket and Bunny Origami Workshop

April 7 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$40

Learn a new and fun way to present your Easter goodies this year. Master the basic folds for creating two sizes of star baskets as well as a playful paper bunny in this Easter themed origami workshop. There will be a large variety of papers in spring inspired colors to choose from and you’ll see a short video featuring a contemporary origami performance artist. Diagram print outs are yours to take home for future reference. All tools and materials will be supplied,…

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Chanticleer

April 7 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Old Saybrook High School, 111 Boston Post Road
Old Saybrook, 06475 United States
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$5 – $40

Essex Winter Series 2019 Season Chanticleer A program celebrating the ensemble’s 40th Anniversary, Then and There, Here and Now contains music by some of Chanticleer’s favorite composers, from Palestrina and Victoria to Mason Bates and Steven Stucky, lustrous examples of the South American baroque, as well as audience favorite arrangements by Jennings, Shaw and others. Tickets are general admission and are $40 for adults and $5 for students. Old Saybrook High School 1111 Boston Post Road Old Saybrook, CT Call…

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Exciting New Plants at Acer Gardens Nursery

April 11 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

Are you searching for something new and unusual to plant in your garden this year? Join Rosemary and Bill Harris of Acer Gardens on Thursday, April 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the Essex Library for a 60-minute discussion on the many new annuals, perennials and shrubs available for the 2019 growing season. Learn about the new perennial cultivars featuring extended blooming periods, dazzling annuals in new and unusual color combinations and shrubs that are available in smaller sizes well-adapted to…

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Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series

April 12 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Centerbrook Architects, 67 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series Presents: The Harvard Five: Mid-century Modern In New Canaan with Architect William Earls Since the fifties, "the Harvard Five" has been the catchphrase for the five architects- Marcel Breuer, Landis Gores, John Johansen, Philip Johnson and Eliot Noyes who all built houses for themselves and for clients in New Canaan, Connecticut. Other architects, well known (Frank Lloyd Wright, for example) and not so well known, also contributed significant modern houses that elicited strong reactions from nearly…

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Wine Dinner with Chef Mellie Lynn

April 13 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Weekend Kitchen, 16 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$100

A Special Wine Dinner with Chef Mellie Lynn of Tiny Kitchen Big Heart Wine, the nectar of the gods, is the perfect accompaniment to an exquisitely prepared meal. Please join Chef and Sommelier Mellie Lynn of Tiny Kitchen Big Heart for a special wine dinner. Each wine in this dinner will be perfectly paired to bring out the flavors of the food heightening the dining experience to a new level. Chef Mellie Lynn will entice your senses at this dinner…

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Zentangle Fun Workshop

April 14 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$50

The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. In this workshop we will be creating a Zendala, or a mandala comprised of Zentangle Patterns. You will leave with a 10.5 x 10.5 work of art and supplies to continue on your Zentangle journey at home! Place: Spectrum Art Gallery, 61 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT  06409 Contact: www.spectrumartgallery.org, 860-767-0742 Date:  Sunday, April 14 Time: 1-4pm Cost:  $50 plus a $13 material fee…

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April School Vacation Week Workshops

April 15 - April 19
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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April School Vacation Week Workshops April 15th-19th | 9-4:00PM |AGES 6-12 Children ages 6-12 are invited to participate in April Vacation Day Workshops. Each day is a different theme and will be filled with fun, engaging activities in the Museum and outside around Essex. We have new expanded hours; Drop-off is at 9am and Pick-up is at 4pm. Register for one day or the whole series at ctrivermuseum.org

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Fishers in Connecticut

April 16 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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FISHERS IN CONNECTICUT WITH DEEP MASTER WILDLIFE CONSERVATIONIST RICHARD TAYLOR Fishers are also known as fisher cats but they're not cats at all. The fisher is a large member of the weasel family. Its name is misleading because unlike the closely related river otter, fishers seldom eat fish. The fisher is one of a few carnivores known to prey on porcupines; they also eat rabbits, small rodents, birds, carrion, fruits and nuts. Though active day and night, fishers are primarily…

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Fermentation Workshop

April 16 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Weekend Kitchen, 16 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$85

Clean Food Fermentation Workshop with Terry Walters Cultivating Nutrition, Taste and Good Health This hands-on fermentation workshop will empower you with knowledge and know-how to make fermented foods part of your daily ritual. Known to improve taste, increase nutrients, and support a strong immune system, fermentation has been used for centuries as a sustainable and delicious way to preserve the harvest and sustain good health. Participants will learn a variety of approaches to fermenting seasonal produce and will make and…

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Milkofsky Trust Annual Dinner

April 18 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Old Lyme Counrty Club, 40 McCurdy Road
Old Lyme, CT 06371 United States
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Milkofsky Trust Annual Dinner April 18th, 5:30PM | Old Lyme Country Club Help our collections grow by supporting the Milkofsky Curatorial Fund. This fund is for the acquisition and conservation of Connecticut River Museum’s collections. For more information, please contact the Museum at ctrivermuseum.org

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Film Screening and Discussion: Being Mortal

April 18 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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The Essex Library, in collaboration with AARP Connecticut, is honored to invite the public to a free screening and discussion of the PBS FRONTLINE film Being Mortal on Thursday, April 18 at 6 p.m. This is part of a national dialogue taking place in our communities that asks "Have you and your family had the tough conversations and planned ahead?" Carol Bozena, AARP CT Community Engagement Specialist will moderate the discussion after the film. Based on the best-selling book by…

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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

April 24 - May 12
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Written by Todd Kreidler   Wednesday, April 24 – Sunday, May 12, 2019 A progressive white couple's proud liberal sensibilities are put to the test when their daughter brings her black fiancé home to meet them in this fresh and relevant stage adaptation of the iconic film, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. Blindsided by their daughter's whirlwind romance and fearful for her future, Matt and Christina Drayton quickly come to realize the difference between reading…

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Natives with a Twist

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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NATIVES WITH A TWIST " BY ADAM WHEELER FROM BROKEN ARROW NURSERY The Essex Library continues its gardening programs this spring with Horticulture Manager Adam Wheeler of Broken Arrow Nursery for this informative and educational lecture that explores the unique and exceptional side of our native flora. On Wednesday, April 24 at 7 p.m., Adam will present his current favorite native trees and shrubs for general garden use including design considerations, cultural requirements and other critical details.  Both novice and…

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Author Talk with Mathew Duman

April 25 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Author Talk With Mathew Duman: “The Grotesque 10: Amazing Architectural Sculpture From Ten American Colleges & Universities Armed with only a camera, a sense of humor and a host of frequent flyer miles, Mathew Duman embarked on a "grotesque safari", traveling to ten universities around the country to photograph the grotesques and gargoyles roosting on their academic buildings. Mathew found that this sculpture makes its home within a style of architecture known as Collegiate Gothic which was popular in the…

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Vegetarian Indian

April 26 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Weekend Kitchen, 16 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$75

Chef Pam Lillis Friday April 26th, 6:30 to 10:00PM I have always loved Indian food. Full of spice, a little heat (or a lot- depending) and an easy thing to make Vegetarian. There is a wonderful Indian Market in Orange CT that I love to go to and explore the aisles. Shelf upon shelf of spices, nuts, teas and produce. When Pam told me she taught Indian cooking- I was all in! In this class we will explore the spices…

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Evening at the Lay House

April 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Evening at the Lay House-Early American Cocktail Tasting Tavern Night April 27th | Programs at 6:00pm & 8:00pm The last Tavern Night for the season! This night features an Early American Cocktail Tasting and your barkeep is Professor Steve Gencarella. The evening will also include music from Dan Thompson and Dan Spurr, historic games such as Skittles and Captain’s Mistress and light bites from Catering by Selene. Advance reservations required. Tickets are available for purchase at shop.ctrivermuseum.org. Special thanks to…

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Polymer Clay Mokume Gane Technique Workshop

April 28 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$55

Mokume Gane is a Japanese metalworking technique in which thin layers of variously colored metals are fused together, then distorted and ground down to reveal a beautiful pattern. Polymer artists, as they so often do, have developed a variety of techniques that capture the wonderful look of the original metal art form. In this class, we will explore one of the traditional methods of creating mokume gane using polymer clay. The beautiful and unique sheets you will create will be…

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May 2019

Beginning Digital Photography Class

May 1 - June 5
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$150

Are you passionate about learning photography? Have you always wanted to improve your travel photos or catch that spontaneous “people” moment?  This class will give you the skills to do this. Learn about your camera controls, exposure, shutter speed, aperture, white balance, ISO, lenses and printing. It is recommended that students have a DSLR or Mirrorless camera for full control. Other digital cameras such as a point and shoot or cell phone will also be accepted.. Assignments will be given…

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Late Spring/Early Summer Watercolor Studio

May 2 - June 13
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$160

In these classes learn or review the steps of using transparent watercolor such as building up color from light to dark, painting flat washes, graded washes, layering transparent washes, and wet on wet techniques. Going from light to dark as you preserve the lights and highlights is key to watercolor technique.  This approach will be discussed at length as well as studying excellent examples of this way of working.  There will be still life setups to work from and photo…

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Late Spring/Early Summer Acrylic Studio

May 3 - June 14
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 allows for total freedom to explore the medium and help when needed. Each artist receives individual attention working at their own pace and within their own abilities to develop confidence with better techniques of drawing, composition and color theory.  Paintings are developed to a finished stage, working…

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Artist of the Month Series with Sally Rothenhaus

May 5 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Connecticut River Artisans, 55 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Connecticut River Artisans is happy to begin our 2019 "Artist of the Month" series with Sally Rothenhaus, a photographer and maker whose specialty is "Art for Outdoor Living". A long-time professional photographer, Sally now uses heat and pressure to transfer images onto metal. This is then used to cover her beautiful and very durable birdhouses. She recently brought the outdoors in, using similar materials to make unique clocks with the feel of a kaleidoscope. Like all of Sally's work, they are whimsical and…

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Paper Baskets: Learn to Make One

May 19 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$100

Use painted watercolor paper to make a square or rectangular basket. Instructor will pre-paint the paper with fun colors so participants will have a variety of papers to choose from. Learn basic basketry techniques to weave the paper strips into a colorful basket. Applying finish makes these baskets very stiff and usable. Date: Sunday, May 19 Time: 12:30-4:30 Cost: $100 plus $25 material fee paid to instructor Spectrum Art Gallery 61 Main Street, Centerbrook CT www.spectrumartgallery.org

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Godspell

May 22 - June 16
Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442 United States
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Godspell Conceived and Originally Directed by John-Michael Tebelak - Music and New Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz   Wednesday, May 22 – Sunday, June 16, 2019 Godspell is the first major musical theater hit from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, and Children of Eden). Loosely based around the Gospel of St. Matthew, the show follows a company of characters who unite to become a community through teachings of love, kindness, and acceptance. Led by the international…

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