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April 2022

Speed: Hydroplane Racing on the Connecticut River

April 8 @ 10:00 am - October 9 @ 5:00 pm

Speed: Hydroplane Racing on the Connecticut River, covers the era of speed racing on the Connecticut River during the first forty years of the Twentieth Century, before America’s entry into World War II. Technological innovation, hydroplane design and manufacture, women racers in a male-dominated sport, and all of the people involved in this sport; sponsors, designers, and racers are showcased. The exhibit includes photographs, trophies, memorabilia, vintage outboard racing motors, 1930s race newsreels, and several vintage hydroplanes. A small child-sized…

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May 2022

Sea Chanteys at The Gris

May 23 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Monday, repeating until April 1, 2024

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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Wiggle Worms Storytime

May 24 @ 10:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30 am on Tuesday, repeating until April 5, 2023

Essex Library, 33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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New weekly play-based music and movement story time for babies, toddlers, and their caregivers (ages 0-3). This story time will take place every Tuesday morning at 10:30 AM starting April 5. Held in-person in the program room at the Essex Library, 33 West Ave. RSVP at 860-767-1560.

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Silk Painting – BEYOND THE BORDERS Classes

May 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until June 17, 2022

Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$155

Learn the time-honored expressive process of painting on silk using the Serti (French for “fence” or “enclosing”) method, the traditional French approach to controlling the flow of water-based dye on silk with artist Gloria Nilsson. We will also explore wet-on-wet and silk salt techniques to add color, texture and excitement to your painting which you can apply to other silk pieces such as scarves and apparel. Instructor will supply simple design references or you are welcome to bring your own…

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Psychedelic ’60’s at The Gris

May 27
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Friday, repeating until March 1, 2026

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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TEEN DE-STRESS SATURDAYS

May 28 @ 12:00 pm
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An event every 2 weeks that begins at 12:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until May 29, 2022

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

Teen De-Stress Saturdays, select Saturdays in the spring, held in person at the Essex Library at 12 PM on March 19, April 2, 16, & 30, and May 14 & 28. Each session will feature a nature walk (weather permitting) and a de-stress craft or activity in the library's program room. No registration is required.

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June 2022

Creating Frameable Art with Sea Glass Workshop

June 5 @ 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

Create a one of a kind sea glass art piece using sea glass from the Connecticut Shore.  In this workshop you will be inspired with many ideas whether you want to make a beach themed picture, family picture, poem / Scripture verse or have another unique idea, this class provides you with everything you need. Fish, frogs, seahorses, dogs, cats, flowers, animals, butterflies can be created with sparkling sea glass into a framed work of art. Come and enjoy this…

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How to Paint a Butterfly with a Flower Watercolor Workshop

June 12 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$75

Learn the steps taken in watercolor to paint a butterfly on a flower by using its design elements to tie it with its natural habitat. Different paint applications, such as dry-on-wet and wet-on-dry, and how to achieve saturated color and rich darks will be covered in this workshop. Instructor will demonstrate all painting stages. An ability to create a contour drawing from a motif provided by the instructor is helpful, or student may use their own reference if preferred. Material list available…

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Alzheimers Caregivers Support Group Resumes In-Person Meetings At Essex Library

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

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

Alzheimer’s caregivers support group in-person meetings at Essex Library begin on Tuesday, April 12 at 5 p.m.-6 p.m. and will continue on the second Tuesday of every month at 5 p.m. Free and open to all; no registration required. Essex Library is located at 33 West Ave. (860) 767-1560 for more information.

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Spring/Summer Pressed Botanicals Workshop

June 19 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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$55

The focus of this workshop is making cards and other larger pieces suitable for framing and gift giving.  In this workshop learn to preserve your lovely Spring and Summer blooms as you choose from the instructor’s abundant variety of dried botanical petals and leaves.  Learn how to press the botanicals and apply them to a heavy cardstock.  Your creations will make a lovely gift for someone or to keep for yourself.   Supplies include an abundance of pressed botanicals, cards and…

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Wire Wrap a Semi-Precious Stone Pendant Workshop

June 26 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spectrum Art Gallery and Artisan Store, 61 Main Street
Centerbrook, CT 06409 United States
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Try your hand at wire wrapping a pendant. Copper wire and tools provided for the workshop. You choose the stone from the selection of Labradorite available. This is a simple wrap which can be embellished.  No experience necessary.  Material fee for the Labradorite stone varies with size and quality of stone chosen. Teaching Artist Pauline Clifford started with basic bead stringing and wire wrapping, She moved on to bead embroidery that incorporates Soutache braid and Shibori silk. Date: Sunday, June 26…

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