ESSEX — Now in its fifth year at the Connecticut River Museum, Thursdays on the Dock has for many become the unofficial start to the summer weekend. This year thanks to lead sponsorship from the Essex Wellness Center and supporting sponsors Guilford Savings Bank and Connecticut River Dock and Dredge, the event that features a different band each night, Connecticut made beer and wine and the panoramic views of being on the River is back and bigger than ever.
Thursdays on the Dock takes place every Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., July 11 through August 28 on the museum’s historic steamboat dock. Phyllis Stillman, Connecticut River Museum Development Manager, said that “We are fortunate to have received more sponsorship this year that is allowing us to bring in a broad range of musical acts that will appeal to a diverse audience.” In addition to the lead sponsor, support is also coming from Guilford Savings Bank and Connecticut River Dock and Dredge. Museum director Christopher Dobbs noted that patrons will hear the sounds of “Dixie land jazz, classic rock, folk, to even steel drum music during the series.” In fact, some of the performances will be by the steel drumming White-Eyed Lizard Band, noted Irish folk singer Danny Quinn, and the locally jazzed-up Corinthian Jazz Band. Heidi Kunzli owner of the new Essex Wellness Center and leading sponsor said that she has always enjoyed coming down to the museum for these events, “There’s nothing quite like a relaxing evening by the harbor taking in the music and the view. . . It’s a wonderful experience!” Kunzli is so impressed with the location that she will be offering as part of her business yoga and tai chi on the Museum’s docks this summer.
Kicking off the season on July 11 will be the Small Pond All Stars. This popular local music group has played at the Old Lyme Inn and Gelston House, performing light jazz and old rock favorites that get people singing and dancing. Members of the group include John Williams (drums), Dan Bernier (guitar and vocalist), Anthony Nero (bass), Geoff Cox (saxophones), Raphael Stover (percussion), and Steve Cryan (harmonica and trombone). Cryan is not a stranger to the museum. For twenty years he has been the creator of the annual Holiday Train Show that mesmerizes young and old alike with the miniature world of model trains. Dobbs laughed, saying that “Steve has become an integral fixture here. We are placing him on display as part of the museum’s 40th Anniversary exhibit where he will have his summer art studio.”
Schedule of performers:
- July 11 – Small Pond All Stars
- July 17 – Longsplice
- July 24 – Don Sineti
- July 31 – White- Eyed Lizard Band
- August 7 – Tom Briggs and Andy Sherwood
- August 14 – Uncle John’s Clan
- August 21 – Danny Quinn
- August 28 – Corinthian Jazz Band
In addition to the lively music, drinks and light snacks will be served. The Museum’s main floor galleries and gift shop will also be open for a bit of waterfront and local history. The cover for the event that includes the live music, galleries, and breathtaking views is $5 per person (members are always free).
For more information, please call 860-767-8269. The Connecticut River Museum is located on the Essex waterfront at 67 Main Street and is a membership supported educational organization. Membership is open to all. More information can be found at www.ctrivermuseum.org