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November 2018

Trees in the Rigging

November 25, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

Lighted Boat Parade The holiday season kicks off in Essex with the annual TREES IN THE RIGGING Boat Parade. This annual event includes a traditional, lantern-lit carol stroll down Main Street where spectators are invited to bring their own lanterns or flashlights and join in on the fun. The stroll steps off at 4:00 pm at the Essex Town Hall on West Avenue and ends at the Connecticut River Museum with a parade of vessels dressed out in holiday lights…

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December 2018

IVORYTON ILLUMINATIONS

December 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018

Saturday, December 1st and throughout December Santa arrives at the Ivoryton Playhouse when 400,000 lights illuminate Ivoryton.  Lots of family activities and entertainment for all ages.  Enjoy the lights during the month of December.

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Book Signing with Interior Designer Nora Murphy

December 1, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Goods & Curiosities, 47 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

Meet author and powerhouse designer Nora Murphy and pick up her new coffee table book Country House Style at Goods & Curiosities ~ The Griswold Inn Store. Nora has an impressive background in interior design with stints at big name design houses, Ralph Lauren Home and Ethan Allen, before forming her own company, Nora Murphy Country House. Part primer, part wish book, Nora Murphy’s inspirational book, illustrated with beautiful photography, is a great gift for those who appreciate the country…

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Origami Star and Wreath Holiday Ornament Workshop

December 2, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$15 – $45

Learn the modular method of folding which starts with multiple sheets of paper to create individual units that are then assembled into one finished piece. Participants will create 3 styles of paper ornaments. Paint, splatter, sponge, crinkle and stamp with your choice of colors to make unique papers for folding. Holiday inspired pre-printed papers, book pages, and sheet music will also be available for use. These ornaments make great decorations, favors and gifts. The flat wreath ornament is the perfect…

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HOLIDAY SHOW

December 6, 2018 - December 16, 2018

December 6th – 16th  A terrific present to share with the whole family!  Please check our website for details of our annual Christmas production.  Make a visit to the Ivoryton Playhouse part of your holiday tradition.

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First Thursdays | Holly Jolly Sip, Shop & Stroll

December 6, 2018

Gifting season is in full swing and our picturesque Essex Village makes it all the more festive. In fact, it’s the kind of quintessential New England setting that makes for a Christmas movie, as seen in Hallmark Channel’s recent filming here of “Christmas at Pemberly Manor.” Stores, doors and windows will be decorated, street lights wrapped in garland and lights, and merchants will be serving holiday bites and sips!  Gather friends and family and join us to experience the shopping/dining holiday magic of Essex!!! Starts…

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Holiday Stroll

December 8, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Community Music School Holiday Concert

December 8, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Community Music School, 90 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Free

Celebrate the season at the Community Music School Holiday Concert! ‘Tis the season of celebration and the Community Music School’s Holiday Concert scheduled to take place on Saturday, December 8 at 2:00 pm at Valley Regional High School’s auditorium. Free and open to the public, this community-wide annual event brings together faculty and students to perform vocal and instrumental holiday favorites. This family friendly concert will include performances by the Community Music School New Horizons Band, Suzuki Violin Group, and…

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Holiday Wreath Design Workshop

December 9, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$40

Create your own 30” live wreath to display proudly this season with landscape designer, Tracy McMorran. A wide variety of freshly picked greenery is available. Florist wire, hand-made bows and painted objects, including pinecones, for embellishment are also provided. Bring wire cutters or sharp scissors, and gloves are recommended. Beginners welcome! Sunday, December 9 1:30-4:30pm $40 (plus $10 material fee paid to the instructor at the workshop) Spectrum Art Gallery 61 Main Street Centerbrook, CT 06409 spectrumartgallery.org 860-767-0742

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New Year’s Eve at the Griswold Inn

December 31, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - January 1, 2019 @ 1:00 am
The Griswold Inn, 36 Main Street
Essex, 06426 United States
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$60

Ring in the New Year at The Gris and enjoy dinner, drinks, live music, dancing and a midnight toast! The Inn’s chefs have created an elegant 3-course complete dinner featuring entrees like Grilled Filet of Beef, Seared Atlantic Salmon, Roasted Prime Rib of Beef and Roasted Long Island Duck. Vegetarian options are also available. The Inn’s Tap Room will feature ‘cocktail piano’ from 5:30-8:30 pm followed by the Dizzy River Band from 10pm until 1am. Dinner seatings begin at 5:30…

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January 2019

New Year’s Day Brunch at Griswold Inn

January 1 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Griswold Inn, 36 Main Street
Essex, 06426 United States
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Celebrate the New Year with a bountiful spread laid out buffet-style. The holiday brunch features a variety of breakfast selections, including made-to-order omelet and Belgian waffle stations, as well as savory lunch/dinner offerings and a variety of desserts. Reservations recommended,   Adults - $34/Children 7-12 - $17/6 and under - FREE!

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Learn to Ice Fish

January 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

LEARN TO ICE FISH WITH CT DEEP’S THOMAS BOURRET Ice Fishing is a great and safe way to beat cabin fever and spend quality time with family and friends outdoors.  If you are interested in learning more about ice fishing, join Tom Bourret from the Connecticut DEEP – Fisheries Division’s Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) program who’ll offer a FREE ice fishing course for the Essex Library on Tuesday, January 15 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Learn the basics of this fun,…

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Putt Fore The Essex Library

January 25 - January 26
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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“Putt Fore The Essex Library” will transform the Essex Library into an 18 hole mini-golf course, with each hole uniquely decorated by sponsors. The fun begins on Friday, January 25th from 5-9pmwith a special event just for adults, featuring 18 holes of mini-golf, live music, food, wine, and prizes. The fun continues for the entire family on Saturday, January 26th 10am - 4pm with mini-golf, donuts, prizes and more. Ticket prices: Friday evening $35/person; Saturday $7/person or $25/foursome. Tickets are…

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Winter Acrylic Studio

January 25 - March 8
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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This class FILLS FAST! 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…

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Introducing Pastels Classes

January 26 - March 9
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$150.00

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 throughout every session. Basic drawing…

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Photographing People Outdoors

January 27 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$60.00

Photographing People Outdoors (Even in Winter) Workshop This workshop focuses on how to create unique portraits of people outside even in Winter Topics covered include: working in aperture priority mode, spot metering vs evaluative modes, choosing backgrounds, placement of your subject, field of view on your lens, moving around for different angles of view, working in different lighting conditions. The first part of the class will be a lecture on these topics with some examples shown at the gallery. The…

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Essex Ed

January 27 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Essex Meadows, 30 Bokum Road
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

Grab your pots and pans and head to Essex Village, Essex CT on Sunday, January 27th at 2 pm for one of the most popular parades of the year.   “Essex Ed”, a larger-than-life ground hog, will make his annual pilgrimage from Essex Boat Works on Ferry Street up to the top of Main Street leading a parade of antique cars, fife & drum corps, residents, and visitors. All are invited to join in and encouraged to bring their own…

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Essex Ed Parade

January 27 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Grab your pots and pans and head to Essex Village on Sunday, January 28th at 2 pm for one of the most popular parades of the year. "Essex Ed", a larger-than-life ground hog, will make his annual pilgrimage from Essex Boat Works on Ferry Street up to the top of Main Street leading a parade of antique cars, fife & drum corps, residents, and visitors. All are invited to join in and encouraged to bring their own noisemakers and ground hog gear…

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CMS Free Preview Week

January 28 - February 1
Community Music School, 90 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Free

Community Music School, located at 90 Main Street in Centerbrook and 179 Flanders Road in East Lyme, welcomes the general public to enjoy a variety of music programming during Free Preview Week January 28 through February 1, 2019. Children and adults are invited to schedule a FREE 30-minute preview lesson, and sample a vast array of programs for all ages including private and group lessons, Suzuki instruction, adult cabaret, senior band, string ensembles, music therapy, early childhood classes, and more.…

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You Can Paint and Draw

January 30 - March 7
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$120.00

Build upon your already innate skills as an artist. Yes, you are an artist! In this class we explore the elements of art such as line, color, shape, space, movement, and balance. We will draw from life— learning to cultivate our sense of sight. Students will need to bring a sketchbook on the first day of class to use for the duration of the class. Acrylics will be the medium of choice for the painting sessions. Time: 4:45-5:45pm Dates: Wednesdays…

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Fun with Polymer Clay

January 30 - March 7
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$110.00

Learn to make an assortment of things out of polymer clay, from 2 Dimensional portraits to 3-Dimensional miniature sculptures. In this class we will explore color, texture, techniques, tools and applications relevant to polymer clay. From miniature food and miniature creatures to caning and wearable art, this class is sure to spark your child’s creativity! Polymer Clay will be baked and returned to students upon completion. Time: 3:30-4:30pm Dates: Wednesdays Jan. 30; Feb. 6, Feb. 13, Feb. 20, Feb. 27.…

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Creating a Strong Main Image with Collage Classes

January 30 - March 6
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$200.00

Look through magazines, old picture books to find your image.   Once you find a subject of interest have a large color print made of your image and bring it to the first class. Examples: birds, butterflies, cows, zebras, trees, flowers, etc. Learn how to trace the enlarged image onto a substrate (canvas panels work well), choosing a size that fits your enlarged image.  Bring in handmade or specialty papers.  Instructor will also supply a variety of collaging materials as well.…

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Winter Watercolor Studio

January 31 - March 7
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$160.00

In this class for beginning watercolor artists, learn 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…

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February 2019

Kids Book Sale

February 2 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

Bring Your Family to the Library Day will include a books sale focused on kids and young adult material including books, dvds and games.  Great prices!! Essex Library, 33 West Ave, Essex, CT 06426 For information visit www.youressexlibrary.org/friends/friends-book-sale or call 860-767-1560

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Fluid Painting

February 3 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$20 – $40

Fluid Painting - a Dirty Pour Valentine Workshop This year give your Valentine an original work of art.  Fluid painting involves layering acrylic paints of different densities and incorporating certain additives (i.e. silicone, dimethicone, alcohol, Dawn dish soap (etc.) which can result in gorgeous combinations of paint, cells, and lacing.  Techniques include the flip cup and the dirty pour. Then when your piece is dry add a handmade Valentine to your canvas!  No experience is necessary. Cost: $40 + $20…

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Italian Cheese Rolling And Taste Of Italy Fundraiser

February 9
Angelini Wine LTD, 22 Industrial Park Road
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$65

Community Music School will present their third annual Taste of Italy fundraiser with a lively game of Italian cheese rolling on February 9, 2019 at Angelini Wine in Centerbrook. Event proceeds will benefit scholarships and outreach programs at Community Music School. This event is presented by Guilford Savings Bank and includes fine Italian wines, cheese, antipasto, and a full spread of homemade Italian food. Guests will test their bowling skills with a little friendly competition in a rousing party game…

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New Year, New You

February 9 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

Real Simple columnist and Professional Organizer Ellen Madere returns to the Essex Library on Saturday, February 9 at 1:30pm to offer best tips and guidance on how to rein in the chaos and get your home organized no matter how little time you have to tackle the clutter. She’ll take audience members room by room and floor by floor with tons of practical suggestions to help you make sense of all your stuff and bring harmony into your life. Support…

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Stitched Paper Sweet Valentine Card Workshop

February 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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$15 – $40

Don’t throw those holiday candy wrappers away! Repurpose them into a Sweet Valentine for someone you love. To get you started, we’ll paint a watercolor background on a 4 inch x 6 inch card of mixed media paper. Then embellish the paper with stitches of embroidery thread and add various sizes of cut out heart shapes wrapped with foil wrappers. Use traditional pinks and reds or go bold and try something a little different – orange & turquoise, green & purple? The…

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Connecticut Architecture

February 15 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Centerbrook Architects, 67 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Free

Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series: Connecticut Architecture The Essex Library is honored to announce the eleventh year of its lecture series in collaboration with and sponsored by Centerbrook Architects. Kicking it off on Friday, February 15th at 7 p.m. in The Cube at Centerbrook Architects, will be author and architectural historian Christopher Wigren. Connecticut boasts some of the oldest and most distinctive architecture in New England, from Colonial churches and Modernist houses to refurbished nineteenth-century factories. Architectural Historian Christopher Wigren’s recent…

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Midiri Brothers Sextet

February 17 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
John Winthrop Middle School, 1 John Winthrop Middle School Drive
Deep River, CT, CT 06417 United States
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$5 – $40

Midiri Brothers Sextet with special guest Jeff Barnhart The phenomenal Midiri Brothers bring their swinging sextet to EWS in a concert featuring the music of reeds giants Benny Goodman, Jimmy Noone, Artie Shaw, Sidney Bechet and more!  Expect to hear Star Dust, Begin the Beguine, Moonglow, Stompin’ at the Savoy, and many surprises in the most talked about jazz program of the year! Tickets are general admission and are $40 for adults and $5 for students. John Winthrop Middle School 1 John Winthrop Middle…

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Midiri Brothers Sextet with special guest Jeff Barnhart

February 17 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
John Winthrop Middle School, 1 Winthrop Road
Deep River, CT 06417 United States
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$5 – $40

Essex Winter Series 2019 Season Midiri Brothers Sextet with special guest Jeff Barnhart The phenomenal Midiri Brothers bring their swinging sextet to EWS in a concert featuring the music of reeds giants Benny Goodman, Jimmy Noone, Artie Shaw, Sidney Bechet and more! Expect to hear Star Dust, Begin the Beguine, Moonglow, Stompin’ at the Savoy, and many surprises in the most talked about jazz program of the year! Tickets are general admission and are $40 for adults and $5 for…

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Privateers’ Bash

February 23 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Avast! Don’t miss the Swashbuckling Party at the Connecticut River Museum 6:30-10:00 pm “Arr” you in? Come down and show us your swagger on Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 6:30 – 10:00 pm. Grab your sword, hoist your sails and get to the Privateers’ Bash, presented by Gosling’s Rum, at the Connecticut River Museum. Come in costume (or not!) and let off a bit of winter steam. Relive riverfront history at the thirteenth annual Privateer Bash; a playful nod to…

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Thread Painting Fabric Workshop

February 24 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$20 – $60

Transform fabric into a unique work of art.   Learn to thread paint with your sewing machine.  You will be instructed in how to free motion quilt, determine stitch length, thread selection, how to “read the fabric” two ways to make a quilt sandwich, and options for finishing the piece.  Knowledge of your sewing machine (with open toe foot) is essential. Sewing machines are supplied by participants.  Material list is available. Date: Sunday, February 24 Time: 1:30-4:30pm Cost: $60 + $20 material…

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Winter Wildlife Eagle Cruises

February 28 - March 17
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$37.80 – $42

Winter Wildlife Eagle Cruises Now through Sunday, March 17th There is still time to get out on the Connecticut River aboard the RiverQuest! Cruises run from the Connecticut River Museum dock for our Winter Wildlife Eagle Cruises! Join us for this rare opportunity to cruise the wintry Connecticut River while looking for Bald Eagles, seals and other wildlife only present in the area during the colder months. Passengers aboard RiverQuest are offered hot coffee and tea in the heated cabin,…

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March 2019

Time Passages

March 1 - March 17
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Reception and Exhibit Opening Time Passages, featuring work by artists whose pieces depict the passage of time conceptually or thematically.  Opens Friday, January 25 with a Reception (6:30-9pm) and runs through March 17.  Spectrum Gallery & Store, 61 Main St, Centerbrook, CT.  Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat (12-6pm) and Sun (12-5pm).  (860) 767-0742. spectrumartgallery.org

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Cellini Beading Bracelet Workshop

March 3 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$40

Get creative with beading. Make your own beaded bracelet. Knowledge of Peyote stitch helpful but not required. Kit includes needle, beading thread, barrel clasp, and beads. Choose your own color scheme from the beads provided. Cost: $40 per person (kit included); Members save $4. http://www.spectrumartgallery.org, 860-767-0742

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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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