September 17, 2014

A Taste of Rio Comes to Essex for the CRM Fall Ball Gala – Sep. 20

Fall Ball emcee Scot Haney, Connecticut River Museum executive director Chris Dobbs and a Brazilian dancer are ready for the festivities at this year’s Fall Ball Rio on the River!

Fall Ball emcee Scot Haney, Connecticut River Museum executive director Chris Dobbs and a Brazilian dancer are ready for the festivities at this year’s Fall Ball Rio on the River!

The Connecticut River Museum will be coming to life with the dazzling colors, irresistible music and traditional dancing of Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, September 20 at the 2014 Fall Ball Rio on the River.  This year’s gala is the going to be the most spectacular museum event in a long time and back by popular demand, our emcee Scot Haney will entertain attendees with his unique song stylings and sense of humor.

The night will kick off with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a fabulous Brazilian feast by Catering by Selene, and a spirited performance by the Ginga Brasileira Dance Company.  Next Scot Haney will auction off an array of enticing items including an 8 day/7 night, American Cruise Lines, Mississippi River Cruise on their new Mississippi River Paddlewheeler.  Tickets for the event are $150 and all proceeds go to the Connecticut River Museum.

In recognition of higher level Patron support, a private cocktail reception will be held at historic Bushnell Farm in Old Saybrook on September 20 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Guests will step back in time at this shoreline treasure, see a blacksmith demonstration, tour the c. 1678 home or simply enjoy the picturesque surroundings.  Patron tickets, which include admission to both events, are $300 per person.

The Honorary Chairpersons of the gala are Andy and Gail Morris.  Fall Ball 2014 sponsors include Benefactor Sponsor Essex Wellness Center; Sustaining Sponsors Whelen Engineering Co., Reynolds’ Garage & Marine, Connecticut Rental Center; Supporting Sponsors Marcum LLP, Sullivan Lawn Services, Tower Laboratories, and Bogaert Construction Company; and Friend Sponsors AJ Shea Construction, Brewer Yacht Yards, C. Sherman Johnson, Caulfield & Ridgway, Inc., Clark Group, The Cooper Companies, and Essex Savings Bank/Essex Financial Services.  In-kind Sponsors include Apparel + Plus and McChesney Design.

To purchase tickets and preview auction items, go to www.ctrivermuseum.org or (860)767-8269.