Travel to the foothills of the Berkshires in Deerfield, Massachusetts, to visit the 8,000 square foot glass conservatory filled with 4,000 butterflies fluttering free about their tropical, peaceful environment. Revel in a warm morning stroll through a tropical environment where the sound of a waterfall and the thousands of butterflies create a tranquil and serene atmosphere. The group will stop for a short, winter hike at a local park on the way home. Leader: Priscilla Wood. Members $85/Nonmembers $95.
The Essex Land Trust is pleased to host a casual walk exploring vernal pools in The Preserve. This event, which takes place on Saturday, March 15, starting at 9 am, will search for breeding frogs, salamanders and other early spring life in some of the dozens of vernal pools that dot this property. Vernal pools are critical contributors to the diversity of our forests. We will explore how they function and witness their vibrancy and abundance at this peak period in their ephemeral season. All are welcome including families. Rain or shine. Bring boots. Since there is limited parking, we will be car-pooling from the Essex Town Hall. This activity is being co-sponsored by the Essex Park and Recreation Department as part of their Essex Outdoors program, which encourages families and people of all ages to experience the natural beauty of our community
The Essex Land Trust is pleased to announce a lecture on The Human and Natural History of The Preserve to be held at the Essex Town Hall, 29 West Avenue at 7 pm on Wednesday March 12. Join Ecologist Judy Preston from the Tidewater Institute and Chris Cryder, Special Projects Coordinator with Save Our Sound who will show slides and share their enthusiasm for this mini-wilderness in our midst. Learn what makes this 1,000-acre forest so special and why its protection so essential. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion about the future use and protection of this land.
The Essex Land Trust’s March Hike of the Month will explore Heron Pond Preserve, located on Heron Pond Road off of Route 154. Meet at the preserve entrance at 9 AM for a leisurely walk through the woods. Bad weather cancels. For detailed directions refer to the Essex Land Trust Trail Guide, or on line at www. essexlandtrust.org. This activity is being co-sponsored by the Essex Park and Recreation Department as part of their Essex Outdoors program, which encourages families and people of all ages to experience the natural beauty of our community.
After a revolution overthrows a despotic leader, how do citizens fill the resulting power vacuum with a functional democracy? The Founding Fathers faced this dilemma – George Washington was offered the title of King – and in the wake of the Arab Spring, Egypt faces it now.
The Essex Library is proud to host Pulitzer-prize winning author and historian Gordon S. Wood, Alva O. Way University Professor Emeritus at Brown University, who will give a talk on “Advice to the Egyptians from the Founding Fathers” at Valley Regional High School Auditorium on Friday March 28th at 7 PM. The program is part of the Essex Library’s 125th Anniversary celebration, a year-series of programs and events commemorating the Essex Library’s vital role as a culture hub of the community.
The leading historian of the American revolution and the early American republic, Wood′s many books include the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Radicalism of the American Revolution; the Bancroft Prize-winning The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1778; The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin; The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History; Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different; Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815; and most recently, The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States. He received his B.A. degree from Tufts University and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He taught at Harvard University and the University of Michigan before joining the faculty at Brown in 1969.
In 2011 he was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Obama and the Churchill Bell by Colonial Williamsburg. In 2011 he also received the Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Award from the Society of American Historians. In 2012 he received an award from the John Carter Brown Library and the John F. Kennedy Medal from the Massachusetts Historical Society. Professor Wood is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.
Admission is free, and advance registration is suggested for this special event; please call the Essex Library at 860-767-1560. Valley Regional High School is at 256 Kelsey Hill Road in Deep River.
The Annual Deep River Rotary Club Antiques and Collectibles Auction will be held Saturday, March 22, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Deep River Congregational Church. An outstanding assortment of wicker, furniture, china and glass, rugs and lamps, rugs, toys, and folk art will be up for bid. Items to be auctioned will be on display for preview beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the church.
Proceeds from this annual event benefit the outreach projects of the Rotary Club, including an annual Scholarship Fund, an ongoing “student of the month” award, an elementary school Dictionary Project, and international efforts like our Sister Cities Haiti Library project and African water project.
All items must be sold. In addition, the club will be accepting quality antiques and collectible items for this sale. Those wishing to consign items for auction will receive 80% of the selling price. Quality Collectibles of Deep River is in charge of the auction, and consigned or donated objects may be brought to their store at 156 Main St. in Deep River prior to the auction. Or you may call for pick-up.
At the auction there will be a 10% buyer’s fee. All items must be taken the night of the auction, but trucking will be available. Photos and listing of items already committed for auction can be viewed at auctionzip.com.
Food and drinks will be available during the auction, catered by the Whistle Stop restaurant. For details please call Chuck at 860.227.5125 or Quality Collectibles at 860.526.8343
Essex Winter Series will present The New Haven Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, March 30 at 3:00 pm in a spectacular program of three masterpieces spanning the entire era of German Romanticism. Music Director William Boughton will conduct “The Huntsmen of Wagner, Strauss, and Beethoven,” featuring horn soloist Leelanee Sterrett, a former NHSO hornist who is now a member of the New York Philharmonic and EWS’s 2014 Fenton Brown Emerging Artist.
The concert will take place at Valley Regional High School, Kelsey Hill Road, in Deep River, Connecticut. Tickets, all general admission, are $30 ($12 for students) and may be purchased online at www.essexwinterseries.com or by phone at 860-272-4572.
Richard Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, a gentle song of contentment and gratitude Wagner composed for his wife Cosima and premiered on the staircase of their home on her birthday in 1870. New York Philharmonic Assistant Principal Hornist Leelanee Sterrett then will take the stage to perform Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 2, which presents the horn first in a gentle and lyrical fashion and then through the fanfare gymnastics of the final movement which shows off the soloist’s virtuosity. The concert will conclude with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 (Pastorale), an innovative piece that expresses Beethoven’s profound love of nature through five descriptive movements: “Awakening of Cheerful Feelings on Arrival in the Country,” “Scene by the Brook,” “Merry Gathering of the Country Folk,” “Thunderstorm,” and “Shepherd’s Song, Glad and Grateful Feelings after the Storm.”
The March 30 New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s program will be the fourth concert of the Essex Winter Series 2014 Season, under the artistic direction of Mihae Lee. The Concert is sponsored by Guilford Savings Bank and Nancy Newcomb & John Hargraves. The final concert of the 2014 Season, an all-Bach program, will take place on Sunday, April 13 at 3:00 pm.
About Leelanee Sterrett, 2014 Fenton Brown Emerging Artist
Leelanee Sterrett, a former New Haven Symphony Orchestra hornist, joined the top echelon of classical musicians when she won her spot at the New York Philharmonic as Assistant Principal and Utility Horn in June 2013. She is also an alumna of The Academy, Carnegie Hall’s collective of young professionals and music advocates, and a former member of Ensemble ACJW. A Michigan native, Ms. Sterrett grew up in a musically enthusiastic family and attended Interlochen Arts Academy. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a master’s degree from the Yale School of Music. Her primary teachers include William Purvis, Douglas Hill, and Julie Schleif. Ms. Sterrett has spent summers at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Pacific and Sarasota music festivals, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. She is a past prizewinner in the International Horn Competition
About William Boughton, Music Director and Principal Conductor
William Boughton was born into a musical family: his grandfather (Rutland Boughton) was a composer, his father a professional viola player, and his mother a singer. After cello studies at the New England Conservatory (Boston), Guildhall School of Music (London), and Prague Academy, he entered the profession in London, playing with the Royal Philharmonic, BBS, and London Sinfonietta.
The experience of playing in orchestras led to a passion to pursue a career in conducting and he decided to return to studies first with George Hurst and then with Sir Colin Davis. In 1980, he formed the English Symphony Orchestra and developed the ESO’s repertoire through the Baroque period to Viennese classics and into contemporary music. During his time with the ESO, he commissioned more than 20 works from such composers as Peter Sculthorpe, John Joubert, Anthony Powers, Michael Berkeley, John Metcalf, Stephen Roberts, and Adrian Williams. The depth of his partnership with the ESO was epitomized in 1985 when, as Artistic Director of the Malvern Festival, he collaborated with Sir Michael Tippett in presenting a musical celebration of the composer’s eightieth birthday, which became the subject of a BBC “Omnibus” documentary.
With the ESO on Nimbus Records, he built a significant discography of internationally acclaimed recordings—predominantly of English music—a number of which reached the Top Ten on the US charts.
During his final years with the ESO, Boughton successfully launched the first ESO Elgar Festival in Malvern and Worcester, and also celebrated the orchestra’s 25th Anniversary performing a complete Beethoven symphony cycle, in which he created a new series of pre-concert performances of British contemporary music, including works by Birtwistle, Knussen, Watkins, Woolrich, Holloway, and Turnage. He has participated in a number of high-profile arts programs for BBC Television, a radio program about Elgar that was broadcast in New York, Chicago, Washington, and Boston in 2006, and a series entitled “1st Eleven” for Classic FM, during the 2006 Soccer World Cup. He has guest conducted major orchestras around the world, including the San Francisco, London, and Helsinki Symphony Orchestras.
In July 2007, he became the tenth Music Director of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, with whom he has instituted a Composer-in-Residence program and undertaken a major recording project of the works of William Walton; the first recording—Walton’s Violin Concerto and First Symphony—was released by Nimbus in 2010 and selected as a Critic’s Choice for 2010 by prestigious Gramophone Magazine. Under Mr. Boughton’s leadership, the NHSO was awarded an ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming in 2010.
On Saturday, April 5, 2014, the Chester Rotary will host THE LONGEST DINNER TABLE from 7pm to 11pm at Saint Joseph’s Parish Hall. Join friends, family and neighbors for dinner and an evening of dancing to The Shiny Lapel Trio. Attendees bring their own portable feasts including food, drink and dinnerware. Themed table decorating and costumes are strongly encouraged but not required. Prizes will be awarded for the Best Overall table, the Most Elegant table, and the Most Creative table. There will also be a silent auction.
Individual seats at The Longest Dinner Table are available for $25 per person. Group tables of 8 may be purchased for $200. Multiple tables may be purchased together for larger parties. Seats at the table are limited and on sale now at www.ChesterRotary.org or from any Chester Rotarian.
This “Adults Only” event promises to be an evening full of fun, food and frivolity shared with friends and family. All proceeds will benefit local organizations whose focus is on providing food to members of our local communities who need a helping hand. These organizations include the Chester Food Pantry, the Back Pack Program and the Shoreline Soup Kitchen
The Acton Public Library in Old Saybrook hosts a Balloon Sculpting program for children, ages 8 and up, on Thursday evenings in March from 6:30 to 7:30pm (March 6, 13, 20, and 27.) Children are invited to learn some basic balloon twisting projects. Registration is not required.
For more information, call The Acton Library at 860-395-3184, or visit the library during regular hours: Monday through Thursday 10am – 8:30pm, Friday and Saturday 9am – 5pm, and Oct – May on Sundays 1pm – 5pm or visit on-line at www.actonlibrary.org .
Celebrate spring with Music Together of the River Valley, for “Inch By Inch, Row By Row,” a family sing along concert on March 29, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Grace Church in Old Saybrook to benefit the Connecticut shoreline soup kitchen, Common Good Gardens. The special event will feature live musical performances by Music Together teachers, local bands, and special guest appearances. It is open to the public with a suggested donation of $10.00 per family. Visit us on Facebook for the latest concert updates and for more information call 860-304-5260 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s flower show in Boston presents Romance in the Garden as the 2014 inspiration with sumptuous garden, eye-popping displays, and stimulating programming. Whether found in the fairytale elegance of a royal garden or the sleek and sexy site of a modern meet-up, scenes of love and passion will be in bloom! Leader: Bob Kuchta. Includes transportation from Connecticut and entry into the show. Members $85/ Nonmembers $95.
Centerbrook was recently awarded a grant from the Connecticut Main Street Center under its 2014 Preservation of Place Program. The grant will be used to conduct a visioning exercise. This series of public workshops will help the community of Centerbrook to hold an honest discussion about what kind of village Centerbrook is today and what it could be in the future.
Ivoryton, CT: The Ivoryton Playhouse will be holding local auditions for Equity and non union actors for All Shook Up on Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 from noon – 6pm in the Rehearsal Studio, 24 Main Street, Centerbrook.
ALL SHOOK UP by Joe Di Pietro- runs July 2nd – 27th, 2014
Inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley. Looking for singers and dancers of all ages.
Auditions are by appointment only. Bring a headshot and resume and prepare a song.
For audition appointments, call 860-767-9520, ext 203
Dipping back into Chester’s roots as a manufacturing town, the Chester Historical Society has created its fourth challenge for area artists, sculptors, photographers, engineers, and all others with a creative mind.
This spring’s creative challenge is named “Unearthed in Chester,” because it is based on flat, rusted iron pieces found buried in an early Chester Center property – one of the oldest houses in Chester. These rusty pieces measure 1 ¼ by 2 inches and look like the capital letter E.
The finished pieces of art, jewelry, sculptures, photographs, etc. will be exhibited and sold by silent auction at the Historical Society’s Unearthed in Chester Reception on Saturday, March 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Chester Meeting House.
“The Society has staged similar challenge over the past ten years. In 2004 we started with Brooks for Hooks, which used hooks and screw eyes manufactured by M.S. Brooks & Sons,” said Skip Hubbard, Historical Society president. “Our last two challenges utilized 2-inch-square knitting gauges made by C. J. Bates & Son and bone handles from Bishop & Watrous.
“Each challenge has brought enthusiastic response from local residents, with artists often asking, ‘What’s the item for next year?’ At times, the silent bidding can get quite spirited, so it’s best to be on hand to for these one-of-a-kind creations,” Hubbard added.
“It all works so well – the creative artistry of this area today using artifacts from our rich manufacturing history,” said Hubbard. “This is just another great example of making history current, the ‘then and now’ that is often part of our exhibits at Chester Museum at The Mill.”
The Unearthed in Chester reception will feature hearty hors d’oeuvres from Chester kitchens served with white wine and non-alcoholic beverages.
Tickets for the evening are $30 and will be limited. They can be purchased at Chester Gallery and Ceramica, both in the center of Chester, or by calling Sosse Baker at Chester Gallery, 860-526-9822.
All the proceeds from the event will benefit the Chester Historical Society and its programs, including Chester Museum at The Mill. Information is available on the Society website, www.chesterhistoricalsociety.org or at Facebook.com/chestercthistoricalsociety.
Architectural Historian Chuck Benson explores the Gothic treasures of Great Britain’s Cambridge and Oxford Universities, and their influence on celebrated American college campuses, on Friday, March 21 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Essex Library.
Large swaths of the Yale campus in New Haven, for example, are designed in what is called, alternately, Collegiate, Neo or Faux Gothic, a style that was popular well into the 20th Century. The 216-foot-tall Harkness Tower is a prominent and classic example of the genre.
This illustrated presentation is part of the Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series, one of many programs offered by the Essex Library. Please call the library at (860) 767-1560 to register for this free event. Sponsored by Centerbrook Architects, the lecture series is in its sixth season.
Dr. Benson has been teaching Art and Architectural History for more than twenty five years at various universities and has led groups to explore iconic places and buildings in America, Italy, England, France, Germany, Greece, Turkey, and elsewhere.
His lecture credits include MOMA, Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. He studied the history of art and architecture at Yale, and holds advanced degrees from Columbia University. He also has studied at Cambridge and Oxford.
Dr. Benson currently serves as the Director of Colorado Operations, and Head of Design for a group that specializes in the architecture and engineering of Satellite Operations Centers and Mission Control Stations. He currently teaches as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and has taught at the Colorado College and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.
The Essex go Bragh – Translated Essex Forever – Irish Parade and Festival is Sat March 15th. The Parade will step of from the Essex Town Hall at 10:30am, led by our 2014 Grand Marshal; Mr. John Schumacher. Mr. Schumacher is a long time Essex Resident who devoted that last 24 years to the Town of Essex working at Town Hall to help to keep it tidy, safe and inviting for all. An ardent veteran Mr. Schumacher was inducted in to the United States Marine Corps in 1943, where he served in the 5th Amphibious Corp.
The Parade will march down Main Street Essex. The Festival will follow in the Village offering Food, Drink, Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Live Music by “Rock of Cashel” at the Griswold Inn, and Kids Activities sponsored by the Community Music School. Profession Face Painting by Ruth, an Irish Step Dancing Demo, Guinness Pour at the Gris, are just some of the festivities planned for after the parade. So plan to stay downtown after the parade, enjoy the festival and visit local restaurants & business to check out their special St. Patrick Day promotions. We would like to invite your group or organization to come “March with Us” – to confirm your groups participation or for more information contact Essex Park and Recreation 860-767-4340 x110 or email@example.com.
Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore is pleased to announce its upcoming 7th Annual April Fools 5K Run, 3K Walk & Backward Mile on Saturday, April 5, 2014. The Race has something for everyone including a lollipop run for children age 6 and under. Mark your calendar and don’t miss out on this exciting event. This is a big fundraiser for LVVS, proceeds benefiting its one-on-one tutoring programs. Runners-sign up at www.register.fasttracktiming.com or contact LVVS at 860-399-0280 or go to our website for a direct link www.vsliteracy.org.
On behalf of the Deep River Fire Department, Fire Chief Tim Lee would like to thank all of those who so generously contributed to this years fund drive. According to Chief Lee, “We appreciate the support shown by the citizens of our community. Funds collected help us to keep current with the ever changing role of a volunteer Fire Department.”
As a result of Operation Save a Life, Chief Lee would like to remind the Deep River community that the Deep River Fire Department has a limited number of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors they will install for free in your home. Please call the Deep River Fire Department at 860-526-6042 and leave a message.
Ivoryton: A nostalgic nod to London’s Swinging Sixties takes to the Ivoryton Playhouse stage from March 19th to April 6th with SHOUT! The Mod Musical. Since the original production debuted off-Broadway in the mid-noughties, this hip musical comedy revue has sold out all over the US and UK and promises to get us all out of hibernation!
The musical follows five young female subscribers to a fictional magazine called Shout! – “the magazine for the modern woman” – as they come of age during the liberating 1960s that made England swing. From cover to cover, Shout! unfolds like a musical magazine and travels in time through the decade, chronicling the dawn of liberation of women. Just as Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, Cilla Black and Lulu were independent women with major careers, English (and indeed American!) women were redefining themselves in the face of changing attitudes about women. Shout! and its all-female cast reflects that change through the unforgettable music of the era.
Described as “a musical episode of Sex and the City”, Shout! contains show stopping new arrangements of classic pop anthems of the decade, including, “Downtown”, “Son of a Preacher Man”, “Goldfinger”, “I Only Wanna Be With You”, “To Sir With Love” and of course, the titular “Shout!”. The songs, and each girl’s own unfolding story, are tied together by hilarious sound bytes from the period – from 60s advertisements for anything and everything – to lonely hearts letters answered by Shout! Magazine’s advice columnist, who thinks each girl’s problem can be solved with a “fetching new hairstyle and a new shade of lipstick”.
Though Shout! wears its heart on its sleeve, it also has its tongue firmly planted in its cheek. The groovy blend of foot-stomping songs, eye-popping fashions, bouffant hairstyles, hilarious stories and mod musings, will make you want to throw your head back…..and SHOUT!
The show is directed by Jacqueline Hubbard, musical director is Kyle Norris and choreographer is Cait Collazzo. Set designed by Dan Nischan, lighting design by Marcus Abbott and costumes by Kari Crowther.
SHOUT! The Mod Musical opens in Ivoryton on March 19th and runs through April 6th. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm. Tickets are $42 for adults, $37 for seniors, $20 for students and $15 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org (Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.
Generously sponsored by Essex Savings Bank & PCI Medical
Middletown, CT – The Middlesex County Revitalization Commission (MCRC), a Department of Economic and Community Development lending partner, announces a unique loan opportunity for small business owners. The MCRC is offering loans in amounts from $10,000 to $100,000 for a 10 year term, at a fixed 4% interest rate. Applications submitted by April 1st are guaranteed a loan decision by April 30th. To qualify businesses must be located in Middlesex County and be in business for one year or more at the time of the application. Loan proceeds may be used for the purchase of inventory, equipment, building improvements or for employment expansion or working capital.
Why choose the Middlesex County Revitalization Commission as your business lender? The MCRC is not a traditional commercial lender. The MCRC Board of Directors is made up of First Selectmen, Town Managers, and Economic Development Professionals representing each of the 15 towns in Middlesex County with a focus on helping small business to thrive. In addition, a staff of business consultants and mentors from the Small Business Development Center and the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce are there to guide and support you throughout the term of your loan and beyond. For more information, contact MCRC Administrator Paul M. Hughes at (860)347-6924.
Saint John School of Old Saybrook will be holding its Gala Dinner Auction with a “Roaring 20′s” theme on Saturday Eve, March 29, 2014 at 6:00p.m. in the Mystic Marriott Ballroom. The school is celebrating its 20 year anniversary since reopening in 1994, and Alumni are encouraged to attend and can reserve tables. The evening includes Hors d’Oeuvres, Dinner, Silent and live auction items, and various entertaining raffles. If you are interested in donating, attending, or a group table for this Event, please contact the school office at 860-388-0849 for further ticket and table information.
OLD SAYBROOK – UCONN men vs. women. Sorry sports fans, this event is not a basketball battle of the sexes, but an a cappella battle between all-male and all-female vocal groups March 8, 7 p.m., First Church of Christ in Saybrook (Congregational) 366 Main St. Seating is limited, so please purchase your tickets as soon as possible. All proceeds support the June 2014 Teen Mission trip to Tennessee. Tickets are $20 per adult, $15 students ages 13-18, $10 for children 12 and under. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.firstchurchsaybrook.org, call 860-388-3008, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the church office.
LVVS is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day during their March book promotion. Featured books include National Geographic Society’s “Discovering Britain and Ireland” and a photo journal guide book “Ireland Observed”. Additionally all “green” colored books are on sale. Promotional books are $1.50; all other hardcovers are $2.00, and paperbacks are $1.00. Stop in to our book sale Mon-Fri 8AM -2PM. They are located on the lower level of the Westbrook Library, 61 Goodspeed Dr. 860-399-0280. Always accepting gently used books 2004 and newer.
Are you looking for information about social services, support groups, mental health, substance abuse issues, or childhood vaccination? The Essex Library’s Community Resource Room is open daily during the Library’s regular hours, and is stocked with information about all of these topics and more, with contact information that can lead you to the help you’re looking for. The free informational pamphlets and booklets available include titles on child care, mental health, elder issues, substance abuse, domestic violence, diabetes, social services, and much more, as well as a computer especially bookmarked for easy access to websites with more information. Support for the renovation was provided by a grant from the Essex Community Fund.
The Meadows Brothers perform at the next CONCERT IN THE GARDEN on Sunday, March 9, 2014 from 4 – 6 pm at the Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio & Gallery at One Spring Street, Chester, CT.
Opening the concert is Wise Old Moon, an alt-folk trio from Hartford, CT that blends the sounds of minimal percussion, violin, and acoustic guitar to create a unique live music experience.
$10 Donation – BYOB – Bistro Style Seating. Concerts are inside the Gallery during inclement weather. GATES OPEN Half Hour before the show. First come first seated.
For more information call 860-526-2077 or visit www.nilssonstudio.com.
The musical roots of Ian and Dustin Meadows lie somewhere between the high lonesome sound of Bill Monroe, the simple sophistication of Woody Guthrie, the haunting melodies of the Appalachian Mountains, the backwoods blues of Robert Johnson, and the hard driving country of Johnny Cash; intertwining and then combining with a unique modern twist. American music is expressed in its truest form, drawing heavily from a myriad of influences to create something new and authentic.
The brothers have been playing music in some form for most of their lives, whether older brother Ian (20) singing and strumming on a half-size acoustic guitar as a toddler, or Dustin (18) performing show tunes at local variety shows through his preschool and elementary school years. They started a rock and blues band as young boys, performed extensively for four years, received favorable recognition for their music, and released a quality album of strong originals.
Towards the end of this four year stretch an interest in roots music began to develop in both brothers. Ian, who half-jokingly refers to himself as “an amateur American music historian” cites roots-rock legends The Band, along with more “modern” folk artists such as Gillian Welch and Justin Townes Earle as jumping-points into the vast world of bluegrass, country, old time, and blues. “Once we got into it, we became absorbed. There was no turning back. We made the decision to leave the rock band and start playing acoustic music as a duo.”
Dustin, previously a drummer, easily made the switch to rhythm guitar as well as harmonica, which quickly became an integral part of their performances. Ian is primarily a guitarist as well, but also brings banjo and dobro into the sonic fold (not at the same time, of course). They share lead vocal duties, and sing those classic sibling harmonies inspired by the “brother bands” of 1940’s and 50’s country and bluegrass music.
The Meadows Brothers created a self-titled album produced in 2012 and are currently working on a new collection of songs due to be out in the spring of 2014.
visit website here www.meadowsbrothers.com/
watch video here www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3GqrGdf_vk
For more information call 860-526-2077 or visit www.nilssonstudio.com.
The Hadlyme Garden Club will present a talk on honeybees on Tuesday March 25 at the Lyme Public Library. The program, “The Wonderful World of Honeybees” will be given by Apiarist Tom Kalal of the Cranberry Meadow Farm. A power point presentation will be part of the program.
The public is invited to attend the event which will begin at 6:00p.m. with light refreshments followed by a short business meeting and the presentation by Tom.
For information about the club or to reserve a spot for the event please contact Ellen Fennema at
860 434 2373 or email@example.com.
Deep River, CT – There may be several inches of snow and ice on the ground but it’s looking more like spring at Valley Regional High School as preparation for the musical production of THE SECRET GARDEN hits its final phase. Construction of garden walls, trees and plants is close to being finished while the final cast member, Robin, has arrived on set and is getting comfortable in his new surroundings. As the production’s title suggests, nature plays a key role in the story, presenting a new challenges in casting and staging. In early January, Valley Regional Musical Productions Director Ingrid Walsh issued an open call for a puppeteer to provide guidance and assistance in filling the important role of Robin, an English robin who lives in the secret garden and imparts many life lessons. New Haven artist Linda Wingerter answered that call and with artistic mastery created two puppets with wing and head movements that can be manipulated by cast and crew members through the use of strings. Both robins share the one role so Robin can quickly appear in different places on the stage. A detailed illustration of Ms. Wingerter’s creative process can be found at http://paintedbooks.blogspot.com.
Based on the classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett and set in Victorian England, THE SECRET GARDEN is an emotionally deep story of struggle and survival told through the lyrics/book by Marsha Norman and music by Lucy Simon (sister of Carly Simon). With a total of 116 students participating, including 76 cast members, 34 crew members and 6 orchestra pit musicians who are partnered and being mentored by 15 professional musicians, the production’s large vocal ensembles, varied set designs and challenging mix of music promise to be well tended.
Tickets for each of the four performances scheduled for March 14-March 16 are $10 and are on sale now at Valley Regional High School in Deep River, Gather in Ivoryton, Toys Ahoy! in Essex, Celebrations in Deep River and The Wheatmarket in Chester. More information is available at the school’s website at www.vrhs.reg4.k12.ct.us or by calling the school’s office at 860-526-5328.
Beginning this past December, Vista Vocational & Life Skills Center partnered with the Shoreline Community Women to hold a “Boxes for Soldiers” drive. Overwhelming support and donations poured in from schools, groups and individuals from all over the shoreline community, totaling over 1,700 items all together. Vista members sorted through the plethora of food, books, hygiene products and other supplies, and were later joined by Cindy Stevens and Lynn Mann of Shoreline Community Women, to box the items into care packages. These care packages will go to a number of American soldiers serving overseas.
The Shoreline Community Women have sent hundreds of care packages each year to soldiers since starting “Boxes for Soldiers” back in 2006. “Boxes for Soldiers” Chairperson Cindy Stevens says that the effort began with a few boxes for soldiers from the local community, but soon expanded into a much larger project. The gratitude expressed from the soldiers receiving these boxes has inspired the Shoreline Community Women, along with many supporters in the area, to keep the project going. They see the project as a way to thank the troops for their service, and as Cindy Stevens stated, “It is the least we can do.”
If you would like to donate directly to “Boxes for Soldiers” year-round or would like more information, you can e-mail Cindy Stevens at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to the Shoreline Community Women at P.O. Box 51 Clinton, CT 06413. There are also drop-off locations at the Henry Carter Hull Library and the Clinton Sport Shop in Clinton, Connecticut.
Based in Madison and Westbrook, CT, Vista Vocational & Life Skills Center is a 501©3 nonprofit organization. Vista’s mission is “Providing services and resources to individuals with disabilities to create opportunities for personal success.”
For more information regarding Vista, please visit www.vistavocational.org
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts has announced their Spring 2014 Continuing Education and Pre-College Program with five courses intended to keep the creative winter fires burning. Open to all, the courses are suitable for all levels of artistic experience and also, competitively priced.
For the Pre-College student who is thinking of pursuing a college education in the visual arts, there is Digital Painting (Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Feb. 6 – March 6) and Seasonal Landscape Painting (Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Feb. 8 – March 22.) Programs, such as Photoshop, will be used in Digital Painting to aid students as they learn to interpret the fundamental relationships of ‘real’ painting in the digital realm. Seasonal Landscape Painting is designed to expose students to the beauty of Old Lyme and the surrounding area as they create paintings from observation, photographs, and collage. Each class is $225 for the full program.
No matter the skill-set, anyone over the age of 14 with an interest in art is eligible for our Continuing Education courses. Presently, one sculpture and two painting classes are scheduled. In the Figure Painting class (Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Feb. 6 – March 6, $300), students will paint the figure from observation in a series of three-hour poses. Emphasis will be placed on using effective drawing, color, value, and paint application in order to create a convincing sense of three dimensional, sculptural forms.
The Pastel Painting class (Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Feb. 8 – March 22, $225), is an introduction to the basic concepts, methods and materials of dry pastel and painting. Students will work from still life arrangements to examine the affect of light on form, creating multiple small works throughout the course of the class.
In the week-long Introduction to Figure Sculpture class (Feb. 3 through Feb. 7, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., $300), students will experience an abbreviated, in-depth course of study of figurative sculpture in the
If you’ve always wanted to put the leaves on your family tree, the Essex Library is offering a free four-session class, Introduction to Genealogy, taught by Edwin W. Strickland II of the Connecticut Society of Genealogy, beginning Saturday March 8 at 2 PM, with a different topic covered in each of four successive Saturdays. You’ll learn how to find and search vital records, church and cemetery records; how to create family group sheets, how to search census records, city directories, and newspapers, how to use internet resources and genealogy software, and much more. This program series is made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County. The class series is offered free and is open to all; we do request that you register in advance, and you can do so by calling the Essex Library at 860-767-1560. The Essex Library is located at 33 West Avenue.
ESSEX–Essex Savings Bank held its semi-annual Trustees’ Meeting Monday, January 27, 2014 at the Bank’s Plains Road corporate office in Essex. Bank Chairman, Mr. Douglas Paul, welcomed the attendees and stated that he was proud to preside at the completion of the Bank’s 162nd year.
Mr. Gregory R. Shook, President and CEO, reported on the Bank’s performance for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013 by stating, “I am pleased to report that the Bank posted a net profit of $1.7 million. Bank assets grew by $6.7 million to $331.5 million. While core deposits rose by $12 million, credit quality remained strong with zero foreclosed properties and capital increased by $1.8 million to $40.4 million – far exceeding regulatory requirements. Our branches continue to attract new relationships and our newest branches in Madison and Chester are operating ahead of our projections. During the year, the Bank generated over $76 million in loans which were comprised of both residential and business loans. We are also proud to report that our Trust Department, led by professionals, Granville Morris and Moira Martin, has brought assets under management to over $300 million. As part of our Bank’s success, we will again be distributing 10% of our after-tax net income or $224,000 to non-profits in our market area. By year end, we will have contributed back to the community in excess of $3.9 million over the past 18 years that the Community Investment Program has been in existence.”
Mr. Charles Cumello, President & CEO of Essex Financial Services Inc., reported that gross revenue for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013 was $18.7 million, which is up 12%. “This year’s performance is one of the firm’s best, and marks the fourth year in a row with record revenue growth.” Mr. Cumello informed the trustees of the many improvements and investments in technology and infrastructure currently underway that will increase the excellence of the firm’s client service as the firm continues to grow. He stated that these investments in infrastructure are critical as the addition of new clients to the firm has been very robust and inquiries from potential clients continue to rise.
Essex Savings Bank is a FDIC insured, state chartered, mutual savings bank established in 1851. The Bank serves the Connecticut River Valley and shoreline with six offices in Essex (2), Chester, Madison, Old Lyme and Old Saybrook. Financial, estate, insurance and retirement planning are offered throughout the state by the Bank’s Trust Department and subsidiary, Essex Financial Services, Inc, Member FINRA, SIPC. Investments in stocks, bonds, mutual funds and annuities are not FDIC insured, may lose value and are not a deposit, have no Bank guarantee and are not insured by any Federal Government Agency.
Howard Fishman, who regularly plays the most prestigious jazz clubs in Manhattan, brings his quartet home to Chester for his “Repair the World” concert on Sunday, March 9, at 5 p.m., at Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek.
Fishman, a regular at Joe’s Pub, Lincoln Center, and the Algonquin Oak Room, has a weekend house in Chester, and as a member of the synagogue, has been inspired to put together a program based on the Jewish teaching of “Tikkun Olam,” which translates from the Hebrew to repairing the world.
He says, “To me, the Tikkun Olam idea is related to a few things: using live performance as means of fostering and strengthening community and breaking through the isolation we can all experience (especially during the winter months); pointing to classic, vernacular forms of American music as something we can hang our hats on as Americans at a time when our national profile has taken a beating; putting music into the service of reminding us all of some of the things we ourselves can do to try to effect change in our damaged world through mindful daily practice (calling to our attention the ways that we consume, work, eat, relate to one another, etc); and fostering our own latent talents and those of our neighbors rather than ignoring them or taking them for granted.
“All this sounds very preachy and high-minded, but it’s all stuff that I like to touch on regularly in my performances, both in my between-song spiels and in the song repertoire I work with. Most of all, the show will still be fun…with any luck, maybe even uplifting.”
His own story as a musician is uplifting. He came to New York City after trying to break in as a musician in New Orleans. His first “gigs” in the city were playing jazz standards in the subways for tips. But through his interest in the playwright Eugene O’Neill he came to know an executive at the New York Times who was enchanted by Fishman’s musical ability and his compositions. The journey from the subway to where he is now is also inspiration for his idea of the kind of positive outcomes possible from difficult situations.
Among the many rave reviews that Fishman has received: “Haunting and affecting…” (The New Yorker magazine) and “Scintillating, gritty, brilliant” (the Washington Post.)
The concert, as customary, will feature a reception afterwards with food provided by Simon’s Marketplace in Chester.
For tickets — $25 for adults, free for children under 16 – please call the CBSRZ office, 860.526.8920. They will also be available at the door. Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek is located at 55 East Kings Highway in Chester.
ESSEX — Essex Historical Society has received a $3,194 grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County which was funded by the Riverview Cemetery Fund and the Connecticut Humanities Fund. The grant will be used to develop large graphic panels depicting the development of Essex from the founding of Saybrook colony in 1636 through the early 20th century. The history photo exhibit will be located in the Pratt House barn. The Pratt House is open to and free to the public during the summer months.
EHS is a not-for-profit organization whose basic mission is to promote and preserve the awareness of the people, places and things that have shaped the history of Essex which incorporates the villages of Essex, Ivoryton and Centerbrook. EHS owns two historic buildings in Essex, the Pratt House Museum which is open to the public June through September and Hills Academy which houses our collections and where our Archival Angels work to catalog and preserve artifacts given to EHS. For more information on The Essex Historical Society or how you can support us, write to email@example.com, or visit our website at www.essexhistory.org.
The Community Foundation of Middlesex County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Middlesex County, and to help Good People Do Great Things. Its two-fold mission is: (1) to work with charitably-minded individuals and organizations to build permanent endowments and other charitable funds; and (2) to support local nonprofit organizations through effective grant making, in order to address community needs, as well as Let Good Grow. Since its founding in 1997, the Community Foundation has provided 907 grants, totaling more than $2.8 million, to organizations for the arts, cultural and heritage programs, educational activities, environmental improvements, and for health and human services.
To learn more, contact the Community Foundation at 860.347.0025, or info@MiddlesexCountyCF.org
Chester, CT – New business partners Susan Daniels and Michelle Paulson have a long history of bringing voice to their clients’ stories. Going all the way back to the 1980s and having lived parallel lives for most of their careers, the duo recently teamed up to form PaulsonDaniels llc, a marketing communications firm with a mission to help businesses grow while benefitting non-profit or charitable organizations. The innovative approach is a combination of two tried and true marketing disciplines – lifestyle marketing and cause marketing – where a client’s distinct brand beliefs, attitudes and social conscience are used as the foundation for engaging and communicating to consumers with similar views. “Every business has its own brand personality with foundational values that set it apart from like businesses,” explained Daniels, “We work with those values to create a greater awareness of our clients’ commitment to the customer experience and to the communities that support them.”
Case in point is the highly successful Dinner At The Farm benefit dinner series created by Paulson’s long-time client River Tavern restaurant. Continually sold-out for the past seven years, the project was developed to promote and support Connecticut’s farming community, and has helped earn the State a place in the local food movement and kept the River Tavern’s mission out in front through a multitude of well-placed feature stories including: Time Magazine, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, New York Times, BusinessWeek, The Cooking Channel, Yankee Magazine, Connecticut Magazine and more. “The beauty of this approach is that it creates opportunities for customers and the community at large to make a difference and support a good cause while enjoying a very special dining experience,” commented Paulson, “It’s all good.”
Daniels’ work for Best Cleaner’s COATS FOR CONNECTICUT campaign is another example of the use of marketing to make a difference. The company’s deep-rooted tradition of doing what they do best to better the community was the inspiration for the development of the program where Best collectsgently-used winter coats donated by customers and the general public and then cleans and delivers them to Connecticut Salvation Army centers for distribution to those in need throughout the cold-weather months. Media partnerships with WFSB-TV 3, YZ 92.5, The River 105.9 and Young’s Printing helps get the word out and has resulted in over 20,000 coats collected in just five years.
According to the two partners who have an office in Chester, success has come from a shared passion and enthusiasm for solving problems anchored by a no-nonsense ability to get things done and keep the process simple. The firm offers a full complement of marketing and design services including brand development, strategic planning, website development, advertising, public relations, social media, direct marketing, photography, interior space planning and design.
ABOUT MICHELLE PAULSON
Michelle is a seasoned professional in the areas of public relations, advertising, graphic design and strategic brand management including social media and internet/digital marketing. She served as account manager for Connecticut’s leading advertising and creative agencies including Decker Rickard (now Decker), Mintz & Hoke and Cummings & Good managing corporate, state agencies, arts and non-profit accounts. In establishing her own marketing communications company for small to mid-sized businesses, Michelle has developed and directed communications programs for clients in the manufacturing, restaurant, environmental, and architectural/interior design industries, often wearing multiple hats as writer, designer, photographer, web & social media content developer and more. Michelle also co-founded the award-winning Dinners At The Farm , a summertime benefit event series that helped put Connecticut on the Local Food Movement map. Her efforts garnered local, statewide and national press (including AP, TIME, BusinessWeek, New York Times and the Cooking Channel) and led to her helping develop the State’s first Farm-to-Chef Harvest Celebration Week. For that good work, Michelle earned an invitation to the White House for the launch of Michelle Obama’s Chefs Move to Schools campaign, inspiring her to help create Region 4 School’s healthy school lunch initiative, Get Fresh 4 Schools. Michelle’s key operating principal: “Know your passion.” One of hers is photography which often comes in handy for certain client work.
Michelle studied Journalism at American University and has a B.A. in History with a Marketing Minor from Central Connecticut State University.
ABOUT SUSAN DANIELS
Susan is a business strategist who focuses on her client’s bottom-line growth opportunities. Her talent is identifying brand attributes that have real market value and delivering marketing communications plans that are strategically sound and highly actionable. Susan’s background includes both corporate and agency leadership positions within consumer, business-to-business and non-profit organizations, giving her an unusual blend of big-picture savvy and realistic, achievable goal definition. Susan’s experience includes local, regional and national work in the fields of retail, consumer products and services, healthcare, entertainment/leisure,new technology, public service and non-profit. Having served in the role of marketing director, agency account director, media planner, and broadcast producer/writer for a diverse range of companies, she has a comprehensive knowledge of all marketing disciplines with an in-depth understanding of market research, advertising, public relations, direct marketing and interior space planning and design. The end result is a marketing communications that is as efficient as it is effective for each and every client. Prior to establishing her own brand-planning consultancy and marketing company, Susan served as Vice President, Marketing for TJX Companies-Bob’s Stores. She also held the positions of Executive Vice President, Marketing Services for KGA Advertising, a retail marketing firm; Director of Sales and Marketing for the Arrow Prescription Center franchise; Account Supervisor at Maher/Hartford Advertising and Public Relations; and Broadcast Manager for Sage-Allen department stores. A confessed sports nut, she has worked with UCONN Division of Athletics, Hartford Whalers, Red Sox, Patriots, Boston Bruins, and the Greater Hartford Open. Susan’s non-profit work includes the Connecticut River Museum, Community Music School, Essex Elementary School Foundation and Community Foundation of Middlesex County. Susan has a B.A. in Psychology from Trinity College, a M.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Hartford, and a certificate in Interior Design from Rhode Island School of Design.
“Fresh Work,” a new show featuring “Ice Scape” photographs by Jerry Reed, abstract and geometrical work by Judy Friday, and “The Birds,” winter paintings by Helen Cantrell, along with other contemporary artists, will be on display at Gallery 19 from February 1 through April 30. Gallery 19, located at 19A Main Street in the heart of historic Essex, Connecticut, is committed to new art, including by artisan weaver Stephanie Morton, potter Clare Cunningham and others who share the gallery’s modernist sensibility.
Essex resident Jerry Reed’s “Ice Scapes” are a work in progress. “Two years ago, in a field next to a farm to market road near my home,” the photographer says, “there were two ruts where I suppose the tractor turned at the end of a row, in these ruts, rain water collected, then froze. Photographing the sheets of ice is a continual process: “I go back each winter, got nothing last year, but this year the luck was with me,” he says. Reed’s series of time-lapse photographs of the sky and sea of Long Island Sound are also on display.
Judy Friday’s new abstracts are a return to her vivid, slashing palette knife work, inspired in part by the paintings of Joan Mitchell, while her geometric paintings are a play on classic quilts. Friday’s latest colorful work is a continuation of her exploration of the boundaries between order and chaos.
“The Birds” by Helen Cantrell is a new series of oil paintings of birds in snow in Cantrell’s expressionist style. “I watch birds out my studio windows, and the fierce struggles of these little creatures to survive are impressive. The stark blacks and whites of New England winters also impose a formal order, like the Japanese screens I admire,” the artist says.
Gallery 19’s winter hours, Thursdays through Sundays from 11 to 5 pm, will continue until March 15; thereafter the gallery will be open Wednesdays as well. For more information call (860 ) 581-8735, or visit gallery19essex.com.
In 2012 the Essex Community Fund donated $500 to the Essex Tree Committee so that the Essex Tree Committee could purchase and plant an English Oak at #7 Dennison Road.
The English Oak (quercus robur) provides architectural elegance to any landscape. When fully grown, it has an imposing trunk and a broad-rounded habit with wide spreading branches. The 3-7 lobed, 2 to 5 inch long, rich blue green leaves remain until late fall with limited autumn color. This tree has adapted well from its native English countryside to the USA, from North Dakota to Utah to Georgia. It will grow to 40 to 60 feet high and wide. Augie Pampel, Tree Warden carefully selected the location on Dennison Road so that the tree would eventually show off its natural beauty. Fred Weber Associates planted the tree.
Ms. Lauren Caiazzo, ECF Secretary said that as part of its mission, the Community Fund is committed to the preservation and protection of Essex’s natural environment, including planting trees. Since the 1940s ECF has given grants to help local non-profits provide services and enhance the quality of Essex, Centerbrook and Ivoryton. Augie Pampel recently thanked Ms. Lauren Caiazzo, (pictured), for the Community Fund’s generous donation. The Essex Tree Committee looks forward to continued collaboration with the Essex Community Fund in its efforts to protect the natural beauty of the villages of Essex.
If you or your organization would like more information about tax deductible tree donations, contact Augie Pampel, Tree Warden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Essex, CT – Gregory R. Shook, President & Chief Executive Officer of Essex Savings Bank announced January 17, 2014, “We are extremely proud to report available contributions of $223,373 from our Community Investment Program in our 163rd year”. The Bank annually commits 10% of its after tax net income to qualifying organizations within the immediate market area consisting of Chester, Deep River, Essex, Lyme, Madison, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and Westbrook. This program provides financial support to over 200 non-profit organizations who offer outstanding services to the ever-increasing needs of our communities. By year end, a total of $3,896,917 will have been distributed since inception in 1996. Essex Savings Bank customers determine 30% of the fund allocations each year by voting directly for three of their favorite causes, charities or organizations who have submitted applications to participate. Ballots will be available at all Essex Savings Bank Offices between February 1 and March 15 to determine an allocation of $67,012. The Bank’s Directors, Senior Officers, Branch Managers and Essex Financial Services, Inc., the Bank’s subsidiary, will distribute the remaining 70%, or $156,361.
Organizations (85) qualifying to appear on the 2014 ballot includes:
Act II Thrift Shop, Inc. * Bikes for Kids, Inc. * Brazilian and American Youth Cultural Exchange (BRAYCE) * Bushy Hill Nature Center * Camp Claire, Inc. * Camp Hazen YMCA * CDE (Chester, Deep River, Essex) Cooperative Nursery School * Chester Historical Society * Chester Land Trust, Inc. * Common Good Gardens, Inc. * Community Music School * The Connecticut River Museum at Steamboat Dock * The Country School, Inc. * The Deacon John Grave Foundation * Deep River Ambulance Association, Inc. * Deep River Elementary PTO, Inc. * The Deep River Fire Department * Deep River Historical Society, Inc. * Deep River Junior Ancient Fife & Drum Corps, Inc. * Deep River Land Trust, Inc. * Dog Days Adoption Events, Inc. * Essex Ambulance Association, Inc. * The Essex Art Association, Incorporated * Essex Community Fund, Inc. * Essex Elementary School Foundation, Inc. * Essex Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization, Inc. * Essex Fire Engine Company #1 * Essex Historical Society, Inc. * Essex Library Association * Essex Winter Series, Inc. * Estuary Council of Seniors, Inc. – Meals on Wheels * Florence Griswold Museum * Forgotten Felines, Inc. * Friends In Service Here (F.I.S.H.) * Friends of Hammonasset, Inc. * Friends of the Acton Public Library * Friends of the Chester Public Library, Inc. * Graduation Night, Inc. – Old Saybrook * High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc. * Hope Partnership, Inc. * Ivoryton Playhouse Foundation, Inc. * The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Inc. * Literacy Volunteers – Valley Shore, CT, Inc. * Lyme Ambulance Association, Inc. * Lyme Art Association, Inc. * The Lyme Fire Company, Inc. * Lyme Land Conservation Trust, Inc. * Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation * Lyme-Old Lyme Safe Graduation Party, Inc. * Lyme Public Hall Association, Inc. * Lyme Public Library, Inc. * Lymes’ Elderly Housing, Inc. (Lymewood) * The Madison ABC Program, Incorporated (aka Madison A Better Chance, Inc.) * Madison Ambulance Association, Inc. * Madison Community Services, Inc. * The Madison Foundation, Inc. * Madison Historical Society, Inc. * Madison Land Conservation Trust, Inc. * Maritime Education Network, Inc. * Musical Masterworks, Inc. * Old Lyme Children’s Learning Center, Inc. * Old Lyme Historical Society, Inc. * Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library Association * Old Saybrook Education Foundation * Old Saybrook Fire Company Number One, Inc. * Old Saybrook Historical Society * Old Saybrook Land Trust, Inc. * Pet Connections, Inc. * Potapaug Audubon Society * The Region 4 Education Foundation, Inc. (R4EF) * Scranton Library, Madison (aka E.C. Scranton Memorial Library) * The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries * Sister Cities Essex Haiti, Inc. * Tait’s Every Animal Matters (TEAM) * The Touchdown Club, Inc. (Valley Regional High School/Old Lyme High School Football) * Tracy Art Center, Inc. * Tri-Town Youth Services Bureau, Inc. * Valley Baseball-Softball Booster Club, Inc. * Valley Shore Animal Welfare League * Valley-Shore YMCA * Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley, Inc. (VNLV) * Vista Vocational & Life Skills Center, Inc. * Westbrook Project Graduation, Inc. * Westbrook Youth and Family Services, Inc. * The Woman’s Exchange of Old Lyme.
Essex Savings Bank is a FDIC insured, state chartered, mutual savings bank established in 1851. The Bank serves the Lower Connecticut River Valley with six offices in Chester, Essex (2), Madison, Old Lyme, and Old Saybrook. Financial, estate, insurance and retirement planning are offered throughout the state by the Bank’s Trust Department and subsidiary, Essex Financial Services, Inc., Member FINRA, SIPC. Investments in stocks, bonds, mutual funds and annuities are not FDIC insured, may lose value, are not a deposit, have no Bank guarantee and are not insured by any Federal Government Agency.
Goodspeed Musicals’ Board of Trustees announced today that a change in leadership will occur at the theatre after the 2014 season. Michael Price, who has led the organization for 45 years, has decided to retire from the position of Executive Director at the end of 2014 but will remain active with Goodspeed in advisory and fundraising roles through 2016.
“Michael Price has been an extraordinary and tireless leader of Goodspeed Musicals for virtually its entire existence. In 1968, he arrived at a small, struggling summer theatre and built it into one of the most respected, artistically successful and financially secure theatres in the country. The institution he entrusts to his successor is among the elite of American artistic institutions, having shaped musical theatre for generations of audiences and artists from our East Haddam and Chester stages to Broadway and beyond. We are extremely grateful for Michael’s service and leadership,” said John F. (Jef) Wolter, President of the Goodspeed Board of Trustees.
“I have had the honor and the privilege of leading Goodspeed Musicals for more than 45 years but believe with my whole heart, that the time has come to pass the reins onto someone new who will lead the institution into its next phase. The greatest joy is working with the most incredible theatrical team ever assembled, a team that together will take Goodspeed to even greater heights. I look forward to working with our Board of Trustees and staff during the transition period,” said Michael Price.
“It has been my privilege and thrill to lead Goodspeed and help make theatre magic. Every Goodspeed production has been a joint effort between our audience members, our Board of Trustees, our supporters, our amazing staff and some of the most talented artists—both on the stage and behind the scenes—to ever work in theatre. I know that with their continued passion and support, Goodspeed’s future is brighter than ever,” added Price.
The Board of Trustees will conduct a national search for a new Executive Director who is expected to assume leadership of Goodspeed in late 2014. “The Board of Trustees and our staff have been preparing for this transition and are extremely confident that Goodspeed’s future is bright and secure,” said Wolter. “We are also excited about the search process and the prospect of bringing a worthy successor to Michael into the Goodspeed family. Goodspeed will continue to provide the world-class musical theatre experience that our audiences expect at the Goodspeed Opera House and The Norma Terris Theatre,” added Wolter.
Dedicated to the preservation and advancement of musical theatre, Goodspeed Musicals produces three musicals each season at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn., and additional works at The Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, Conn., which was opened in 1984 for the development of new musicals. The first regional theatre to receive two Tony Awards (for outstanding achievement,) Goodspeed also maintains The Scherer Library of Musical Theatre and The Max Showalter Center for Education in Musical Theatre.
Essex – Each year all six branches and the corporate office of Essex Savings Bank hold a holiday contest designed to help those less fortunate in the local communities. The goal of this year’s event was to collect food and non-perishables for the Shoreline Soup Kitchen as well as the food pantries in Chester and Madison.
The festive displays at each office location centered on a particular food course, and the entries ranged from breakfast selections to desserts. Although this contest adds to the fun of the season, the deeper goal for all of the Bank employees is to help those in need as that is the true spirit of the season.
All donations were at the employees’ expense and generated by their goodwill.
As a result of everyone’s efforts, on Monday, Dec. 23, Essex Savings Bank employees delivered 845 pounds of food to the Shoreline Soup Kitchen. Additional donations were made to the pantries in Chester and Madison.
Branch Manager/AVP Marla Bogaert serves on the Board of Directors for the Shoreline Soup Kitchen and a team of Bank employees volunteer to prepare and serve dinner throughout the year. The ingredients for these meals are collected through the generous donations from Bank employees.
Editor’s Note: Essex Savings Bank is a FDIC insured, state chartered, mutual savings bank established in 1851. The Bank serves the Connecticut River Valley and shoreline with six offices in Essex (2), Chester, Madison, Old Lyme and Old Saybrook. Financial, estate, insurance and retirement planning are offered throughout the state by the Bank’s Trust Department and subsidiary, Essex Financial Services, Inc, Member FINRA, SIPC. Investments in stocks, bonds, mutual funds and annuities are not FDIC insured, may lose value and are not a deposit, have no Bank guarantee and are not insured by any Federal Government Agency.
The Chester office of Essex Savings Bank opened its doors on December 14, 2012 and has been embraced by the local community. The anniversary was marked by a weeklong celebration at the branch. Customers were treated with appetizers, desserts, beverages, giveaways, and raffles throughout the week of December 9 through 14. All visitors to the Chester Branch were encouraged to enter their name for the grand prize drawing, an Apple iPAD. On December 17, President and CEO Gregory R. Shook selected the winning entry. Bank management is proud of the Chester Branch’s successful first year serving the Connecticut River Valley.
Essex Savings Bank is a FDIC insured, state chartered, mutual savings bank established in 1851. The Bank serves the Connecticut River Valley and shoreline with six offices in Essex (2), Chester, Madison, Old Lyme and Old Saybrook. Financial, estate, insurance and retirement planning are offered throughout the state by the Bank’s Trust Department and subsidiary, Essex Financial Services, Inc, Member FINRA, SIPC. Investments in stocks, bonds, mutual funds and annuities are not FDIC insured, may lose value and are not a deposit, have no Bank guarantee and are not insured by any Federal Government Agency.
Madison, CT— Members of The Country School’s Wise Guys Robotics Team won two awards at the First Lego League state championships held at Central Connecticut State University in December. Of the 51 teams participating, the Wise Guys won a First Lego League core value award for Innovation and a second award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for the way they worked together to come up with an innovative solution to a problem. The IEEE award was accompanied by a $200 cash prize.
This was the second year that The Country School has fielded a robotics team and the second time a TCS team has qualified for the First Lego League Connecticut state championship. The team qualified during a competition held in Old Lyme in the fall. In addition to the Wise Guys, The Country School also fields a team called the Archimedes Owls. Nineteen students in grades 5- 8 participated on the school’s two robotics teams. The Country School also offers a summer robotics camp and hosts periodic Robotics Nights on campus for the broader community.
According to the First Lego League, the FLL Innovation Award is presented to a team that is “empowered by their FLL experience and displays extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit.” The award from the IEEE was presented to five teams who displayed an innovative solution to a problem caused by nature’s fury. The Country School team chose to focus on how towns can clear roads and clean up after blizzards in a safe and effective way.
The Wise Guys remembered how hard it was for Connecticut towns to recover from last February’s blizzard. Team member Sarah Platt, an 8th Grader, interviewed John Bower, Director of Emergency Management for the town of Madison, to try to identify the biggest issues the town had to deal with during the blizzard. Team members then came up with a plan for a robotic plow which, while plowing, would send snow into a container. There, the snow would be melted down to water, which would later be deposited in a safe area.
The Wise Guys are coached by Country School science teacher Heather Edgecumbe of Madison. In addition to Sarah Platt, a Madison resident, team members include Andre Salkin of Old Lyme (6th Grade), Gordie Croce of Killingworth (6th Grade), Robbie Cozean of Madison (6th Grade), Nate and Ben Iglehart of Guilford (both 6th Grade), Aidan Chiaia of Guilford (6th Grade), Joseph Coyne of Madison (7th Grade), Liam Ber of Westbrook (8th Grade), and Emmett Tolis of Madison (7th Grade).
The Country School, founded in 1955, is a coeducational, independent day school serving students in PreSchool through Grade 8. At The Country School, a rigorous academic program is accompanied by a commitment to hands-on learning and discovery and a focus on the whole child. The robotics program is part of the school’s commitment to advancing 21st century skills through STEAM, or integrated science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.
Learn more about Robotics and other STEAM offerings at The Country School by visiting www.thecountryschool.org/steam. The Country School will also have a special STEAM focus at its Open House on Sunday, January 26, from 1-3:30 p.m. Learn more at www.thecountryschool.org/openhouse.
Adams Hometown Market in Deep River sold paper fire alarms and held a hotdog fund raiser in support of the Deep River Fire Department. According to Adams Manager Jeff Prindle ” It is our responsibility to support an organization of men and women who are willing to protect their community 24/7. Due to the support of our community, we are able to provide the vehicle in which to do this”.
In thanking Adams for their support, Fire Chief Tim Lee commented ” The Department appreciates this very generous gift. This financial support will allow us to purchase tools and equipment necessary to provide the best possible protection in an ever changing fire fighting world.
This year’s Tritown competition was the best ever. The number of entrants was a record and the quality of the displays was remarkable. This year’s winning entrant was Will Grote of Cedar Lake Road, Deep River.
Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, over 15 prizes were awarded, which is, also a new record. Thank you to everyone who participated in the competition and for making this the best competition ever.
News Channel 8 recently partnered with Kidde, The Home Depot, and the Burn Center and the Trauma Center at Bridgeport Hospital to present Operation Save a Life; a life-saving program designed to increase public awareness of fire and carbon monoxide dangers. One of the cornerstones of this program is the distribution of smoke alarms to Connecticut families in need.
The Deep River Fire Department has a limited number of these smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors that we will install for free in your home. Please call the Deep River Fire Department at 860-526-6042 and leave a message if you or anyone you know is in need of a smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector. Someone will return your call and schedule a time for installation.
East Haddam residents will soon have greater mobility with new access to a regional transit system. Beginning January 15th, the town of East Haddam will begin a contract with 9 Town Transit to provide general public Dial-A-Ride service throughout the town.
9 Town Transit, operated by the Estuary Transit District, currently provides Dial-A-Ride service throughout Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook. Any location within East Haddam and Moodus will now also be included in the new expanded service area.
“This is a great opportunity to add East Haddam to the 9-Town Transit system. Our contract with 9-Town Transit will enable all residents, not just senior citizens, to take advantage of the Dial-A-Ride service and secure a ride anywhere in the 9-Town Transit district”, remarks East Haddam First Selectman Mark Walter.
9 Town Transit will also offer East Haddam residents service to parts of Westchester and Colchester, CT, including the Stop & Shop supermarket. In addition, East Haddam residents may travel to the Middletown Stop & Shop supermarket, Middlesex Hospital, Middlesex Community College and the Saybrook Road area medical offices.
“I know that residents in East Haddam will see immediate benefits from this service. I am thrilled that after meeting with transit officials only a few weeks ago, we were able to make this service available to all residents, regardless of age, at the beginning of the New Year. I look forward to seeing their green bus around Moodus, Lake Hayward and all areas of town”, says State Representative Melissa Ziobron, who assisted in the collaboration.
To reserve a trip, customers will call 9 Town Transit at up to two weeks but no less than one day in advance. The fare will be $3.00 each way, with seniors age 60 and over eligible to ride at a suggested donation of $1.50. The hours of service are 6:00 AM until 6:00 PM Monday through Friday. The service is open to the general public with no age restrictions. All vehicles are fully accessible with wheelchair lifts and service is available for any trip purpose.
Additional information, route maps and schedules are available online at www.9towntransit.com or by calling 9 Town Transit at 860-554-0551.
The Essex Land Trust is pleased to announce a new program to encourage enjoyment of our special outdoor open spaces. Hikes are planned for every month on the first Saturday, starting at 9am and lasting approximately 1 hour. Meet at each property’s entrance. Hikes will be canceled in the event of bad weather.
Explore Essex’s outdoor open space by visiting many of the special sites that have been preserved for the benefit of all. For directions please refer to the Essex Land Trust Trail Guide, or on line at www. essexlandtrust.org. This activity is being co-sponsored by the Essex Park and Recreation Department as part of their Essex Outdoors program, which encourages families and people of all ages to experience the natural beauty of our community.
Hikes will be led by Essex Land Trust volunteers and are scheduled as follows.
- Jan 4 – Turtle Creek Preserve – Watrous Point Road, off Route 154
- Feb 1 – Canfield Preserve – Park at the Book Hill Woods Road entrance
- Mar 1 – Heron Pond Preserve – Heron Pond Road, off Route 154
- Apr 5 – Tiley-Pratt Preserve – On unmarked Kreis Lane, off Laurel Road
- May 3 – Viney Hill Brook Preserve – Parking lot at end of Cedar Grove Terrace
- June 7 – The Millrace – Park at the Ivory Street entrance Part of CT Trails Day
- July 5 – Osage Trails – Take Maple Avenue, off N. Main to Foxboro Road
- Aug 2 – Windswept Ridge – On Windermere Way, off of Mare’s Hill Road,
- Sept 6 – Falls River Preserve – End of Falls River Drive, off Main St., Ivoryton
- Oct 4 – Bushy Hill Nature Preserve – Park on Bushy Hill Road entrance
- Nov 1 – Fern Ledge – Next to Shoreline Clinic, off Route 153
- Dec 6 – James Glen – End of Hudson Lane, off River Road
For more information email the Essex Land Trust: email@example.com
Dear Friends of Essex Park & Recreation,
First, we would like to wish everyone a very Happy and Healthy Holidays!
Also, please note our previous email on our terrific offering of youth after-school programs beginning in January. All EES students should have received our brochure through the school, here is a link to it as well: www.essexct.gov/sites/essexct/files/winter_13-14.pdf. Please do not delay in registering for these programs.
We would like to update you on our Civic Campus / Grove Street Park Improvement Project. The new playground is now open for use! It is wintertime, however on nice days like today it is sure to be used. The playground was finished on December 1 however our installer accidentally damaged a piece of equipment which had to be re-ordered and shipped, and a brand new one was installed just a few days ago. Work will continue in the spring as we will perform grounds remediation and repair, shift benches and picnic tables back into place, and we will install a new entrance pathway from the parking lot to the playground.
We hope everyone enjoys the new playground and we thank you for your patience during this process. The tennis courts will be finished in the spring as well as soon as conditions permit, I know our local tennis players are eager to use our new facility.
As always, we welcome you to contact us with any questions or comments you may have.
Mary Ellen Barnes
Essex Park and Recreation
Town of Essex
Recreation Program Manager &
Social Services Representative