March 4, 2015

Stand By Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story Opens at Ivoryton Playhouse, March 18

Katie Barton

Katie Barton

IVORYTON:  Tammy Wynette was a country music icon. Called the “First Lady of Country Music”, she was one of country music’s best-known artists and biggest-selling female singer-songwriters. Wynette’s “Stand by Your Man” was one of the best-selling hit singles by a woman in the history of country music. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, Wynette charted 23 No. 1 songs, helping to define the role of women in country music.

STAND BY YOUR MAN, opening at the Ivoryton Playhouse on March 18, brings the woman behind the legend and the incredible songs that made her the first lady of country music, off the stage and into your heart. Through her eyes, the audience relives her journey from the cotton fields of Itawamba, Mississippi, to international superstar.

With comic flare and dramatic impact STAND BY YOUR MAN recounts triumphs and tragedies and explores Tammy’s relationships with the five husbands she stood by, including George Jones, her beloved daughters, her strong-willed mother and two of her dearest friends: colorful writer and producer Billy Sherrill and film star Burt Reynolds. Among the 26 songs are “D-I-V-O-R-C-E,” “Til I Can Make It on My Own” and “Golden Ring.”

Directed  and musical directed by the husband and wife team of David and Sherry Lutken, who were last here in 2012 with the amazing production, RING OF FIRE,  the show stars husband and wife team Katie Barton* and Ben Hope*. Hope made his Broadway debut in 2012 as the lead in the Tony Award winning musical ONCE and Barton has just recently finished the national tour of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET.

The show also features Eric Anthony*, Brien Brannigan,  Jonathan Brown, Marcy McGuigan*, Morgan Morse, Sam Sherwood*, Lily Tobin* and Louis Tucci*.

The set is designed by Dan Nischan, lighting by Marcus Abbott, wigs by Liz Cipollina and costumes by Anya Sokolovskaya.

STAND BY YOUR MAN opens in Ivoryton on March 18 and runs through April 5. 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  (Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

Generously sponsored by:  A.R. Mazotta and Essex Savings Bank

*member of Actors Equity

Music and Song of the Emerald Isle at Essex Library, March 19

Ringrose & Freeman

Ringrose & Freeman

Come celebrate all things Irish as the Essex Library proudly presents the celebrated musical duo Ringrose & Freeman for an evening of Irish and Celtic music on Thursday, March 19, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Library’s Program Room.

This unique Celtic duo combines fiddler Jeanne Freeman, whose playing has been described as effortlessly virtuosic, — and singer/guitarist Dan Ringrose, whose voice has been called “stunning.” Together, they bring a lively freshness to traditional and original tunes and songs, along with stories, poetry, and humor.

Both on the faculty of the Connecticut Academy of Irish Music, they have been featured on Connecticut Public Television, at the Greater Hartford Irish Festival, and in many other venues.

Ringrose was reared on Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem music and began singing their songs by the age of three. With his rich and  powerful baritone voice, a mischievous sense of humor, and a comfortable command of the stage, he has entertained crowds in festivals, fairs, and concert halls for 30 years.

Along with numerous radio and television appearances, Ringrose has performed with some of the most notable names in Celtic music, including Tommy Makem, fiddler P.V. O’Donnell, The Clancy Brothers, John Whelan, and others. He also teaches traditional singing at the Connecticut Academy of Irish Music, and has a number of solo releases.

Freeman studied with the late Donegal fiddler P.V. O’Donnell, with whom she played for many years, and in 2013 she founded the Connecticut Academy of Irish Music, where she teaches fiddle and serves as Director. She was the Irish fiddle soloist with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra at the Bushnell Theatre in 2012, has been featured at the Greater Hartford Irish Festival, and has appeared in many other venues.

Freeman hosts a lively weekly traditional Irish music session in downtown Hartford, and in 2014, released her solo debut CD, “The Fiddler You Are.”

Admission is free and open to all. Call the Essex Library at (860) 767-1560  to register in advance as seating is limited.

Essex Land Trust Hosts Hike of the Month at Turtle Creek Preserve, March 7

Turtle Creek
The Essex Land Trust will hold its monthly Hike of the Month on Saturday, March 7, at The Nature Conservancy’s Turtle Creek Sanctuary. The 93-acre preserve straddles the Essex and Old Saybrook town lines on Watrous Point Road off of Rte. 156.

Turtle Creek goes back a long way — Native Americans drew water from the spring off the main trail. Later known
as Hayden Point after the property’s owner, Uriah Hayden, builder of the war ship Oliver Cromwell, it was used as grazing land. The pond was created for ice production. Dorothy S. Bowles, wife of former Connecticut Governor and U.S. Secretary of State Chester Bowles, donated the bulk of the preserve to The Nature Conservancy.

Winter offers an ideal time to see the dense woods of this preserve without the cover of vegetation. A popular hiking site, Turtle Creek offers rare glimpses of the Connecticut River from South Cove and Turtle Creek itself. Given this winters’ extreme weather, the trails are passable but require use of appropriate footwear. Bad weather will cancel the hike.

Contact Judy Saunders at 860-581—8108 with any questions.

How to Raise a Drug-Free Child: Country School Holds Parenting Event, April 9

MADISON - The Country School presents How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid: THE STRAIGHT DOPE FOR PARENTS, an evening of conversation with Dr. Joseph A. Califano, Jr. and Yale University psychiatry experts.

On April 9 at 6 p.m. in The Country School’s DeFrancis Gymnasium, join Dr. Califano, former US Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, founder of The National Center of Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA), and author of the new completely revised and updated edition of How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents, as he provides insights on how to help get children through the dangerous decade from 10 to 21, those formative pre-teen, teen, and college years.

Topics covered will include: legalized and synthetic marijuana, social media, the prescription drug epidemic and abuse of ADHD medications, rampant drinking and drug use on college campuses, and the latest findings on the critical connection between teen brain development and substance use.

Dr. Califano’s talk will be followed by a panel discussion and Q & A session with Yale psychiatry experts, including his daughter, Claudia Califano, MD, Adolescent and Child Psychiatrist, Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale Child Study Center, and a Country School parent; Joseph L. Woolston, MD, Albert J. Solnit Professor of Pediatrics and Child Psychiatry at the Yale Child Study Center; and Greer Richardson, MD Psychiatrist and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University.

The panel will be moderated by Samuel A. Ball, PhD, President and CEO of The National Center of Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) and Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine.

This event, part of The Country School’s Teacher Institute-Partnering With Parents Initiative, is supported by M.A.D.E. in Madison (, a coalition of community members striving to promote positive youth development. The evening is free and open to the public, but all attendees are asked to RSVP ahead of time.

Email by April 2, 2015, with your name and the number of guests joining you (limit four people per RSVP). All attendees will receive a copy of Dr. Califano’s book. Beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

The Country School thanks Dr. Califano, the panelists and moderator, and M.A.D.E. in Madison for partnering with the school in the search to improve lives through education. Founded in 1955, The Country School is a coeducational, independent day school serving students in PreSchool through Grade 8 on its 23-acre campus. The Country School is located at 341 Opening Hill Road in Madison. Learn more at

Tri-Town Substance Abuse Prevention Hosts Coalition Meeting, March 11

The Tri-Town Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition will hold its next meeting at Tri-Town Youth Services, 56 High Street in Deep River at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 11.

Resident Trooper Dawn Taylor will present current information about substance use to the Coalition.

Membership on This Coalition is open to all who live or work in the tri-town area who are concerned about substance abuse and interested in its prevention.  In addition to ongoing prevention programming in our schools and communities, the tri-town area is currently involved with Healthy Communities ● Healthy Youth, an initiative funded through Middlesex United Way.  The Coalition also receives funding through the Drug Free Communities support program.

Join the Coalition to share your ideas, to learn more about prevention, and to become  involved.  For further information, call Tri-Town at 860-526-3600.

Tri-Town Youth Services supports and advances the families, youth and communities of Chester, Deep River and Essex.  TTYS coordinates and provides resources needed to make positive choices, reduce substance abuse, and strengthen the relationships that matter most.  Discover programs and information for families, as well as opportunities for community collaboration at

Madison Beach Hotel Hosts “Dog Days” Night, March 7

Dog Days Event
Next Saturday, March 7, the Madison Beach Hotel will host a fundraiser in support of Dog Days Adoption Events and The Red Dog Project. The public is invited to come enjoy an evening of fabulous food, fantastic auction items and music by the highly acclaimed Cartells.

Dog Days Adoption, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding homes for shelter dogs. Additionally, they are the only rescue organization contracted with the State of Connecticut to place shelter dogs with inmate handlers for rehabilitation.

“We are looking forward to a really fun evening at the Madison Beach Hotel,” said Dog Days Founder Lorin Liesenfelt.  “This fundraiser will help us raise money for our two main programs: rescuing and rehoming shelter dogs in need. While we’re very grateful to partner with the state of Connecticut for our Red Dog Project, the expenses of that program are paid solely by our charity.

“This important fundraiser is an excellent opportunity for us to give back to the community,” said John Mathers, Madison Beach Hotel General Manager. “Dog Days is a terrific organization and we are proud to support this worthy cause.”

The fundraiser will take place from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, at the Madison Beach Hotel located at 94 West Wharf Road in Madison, CT.  Tickets are $100 per person and are available online at or by calling 800.653.3134.

Since 2010 Dog Days has committed to help dogs in shelters by rescuing them, assessing and helping them through rehabilitation issues and then finding them great homes. Their dedication is not only to these forgotten and discarded dogs but to the good people who help continue the rescue effort by adopting them.

Charities neither rescue rescue nor adopt dogs, people do and Dog Days places a great deal of importance on training and supporting the people who are willing to join the organization in the effort needed to save the life of a dog.

The organization’s adoption program, Dog Days Adoption Events, helps find adopters for dogs who are in foster with rescue groups or for dogs sitting in municipal pounds. Their rescue and rehabilitation program, The Red Dog Project, saves dogs from shelter kill lists and puts them with pre-screened inmate handlers for rehabilitation and time to heal before being found permanent family homes.

CBSRZ Hosts Immigration Forum & Program, March 22

Hear their stories . . .

UntitledCHESTER – Jose was nine years old when his parents brought him to the U.S. from Mexico, not by plane or bus, as Jose thought, but across the desert on foot, through thirst and contact with “coyote’s.”

Amparo and her husband brought their two sons to the U.S. legally on a tourist visa 12 years ago but stayed.  Her sons are protected against deportation and now consider themselves “Americans,” however, the parents are now deportable.  Both Amparo and her husband would like to return to Ecuador, but because their tourist visa expired, they would then have to wait 10 years before returning.

Patricia came to the U.S. from Mexico 20 years ago with her four children.  She worked as a home care worker, which she enjoyed, but when she asked to work less than 60 hours a week, they cut her to 4-6 hours a week, which forced her to find other work.  Paty’s son was also picked up by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), held and then deported back to Mexico, even though he knew no one in Mexico, because he came to the U.S. when he was one-year-old.

Mariano came to the U.S. from Mexico at an early age and remembers little or nothing about his home country.  Educated in the New Britain school system, while attending Capital Community College, Mariano was put in a detention center when he was unable to produce documents to local police investigating an unrelated crime suspect.  Mariano was on the verge of being deported when Sen. Richard Blumenthal stepped in and persuaded immigration officials to grant a rare stay of deportation.

On March 22 at Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek (CBSRZ) starting at 1 p.m., you will hear these and other immigrants.

Part of this program will include attendees participating in an exercise where you will “walk in the shoes” of a new immigrant, Pablo, taking you through challenging problems facing today’s immigrants – before and after they get to America.

And come tell your story . . .

The synagogue hopes you will share your family’s story of coming to America – however many generations ago. We all know part of this story. The hope of freedom and a better life has always been the driving force for immigrants entering the United States – for all our families as well.

A discussion on immigration reform will follow.

There is no cost for this program, but CBSRZ requests an RSVP to 860-526-8920. Refreshments will be served.

Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek is located at 55 East Kings Highway in Chester.


Friends of Essex Library Host Annual Spring Sale, May 16 & 17


Pictured above are Dee Grover, Nancy Gould, Peggy Tuttle, and Joan Weingardt preparing for the Friends of Essex Library Spring Sale to be held at Essex Library, May 16 and 17. 

The Friends of Essex Library are hosting their Annual Spring Sale on May 16 and 17.  The sale will include current and classical books of fiction, as well as large selections of non-fiction featuring books on gardening, history, literature, art, travel, philosophy, science, nature, sports, self-help and foreign languages.  Always popular is the selection of books on CD’s.

Diligent volunteers spend hours carefully sorting through stacks of books, CD’s, and DVD’s to ensure that only good quality items are placed in the sale. 

The annual sale will provide funds to support the library’s special programs and activities.  Proceeds from previous sales made possible the installation of new sliding doors at the main entrance.

Specific information about the sale, including signed books and titles offered in the various categories, will be on the Essex Library website:  Click on “Friends” and the “Book Sale” page.

Essex Library Association Hosts Artist Exhibit by Susan Chamberland During March

"Are We There Yet?"
ESSEX – An art exhibit will be held at Essex Library Association, 33 West Ave., through the month of March featuring guest artist, Susan F. Chamberland.  The exhibit is free and open to all.

Chamberland, a 21-year-member and past-president of the Essex Art Association, lives in Ivoryton and has been bending and making paper, painting on silk and photographing abstract earthly elements for 40 years.

She is an avid sailor. Her work is simple, graphic, often combining elements surrounding water.  Chamberland’s art mixes earth bound images in mystical ways which host incongruous messages implanted in their titles. Edge is ever prevalent in her pieces, mixing color and contrast, enveloping the viewer to question.

Recently, Chamberland has completed her first children’s novel, The Adventures of Minifred the Mouse. The story brings the reader on a voyage from Liverpool to Boston during the 1848 Irish potato famine through the antics of a six month-old abandoned kitten and a smarty pants ship board mouse.

More of her work can be seen on her website:

Join Sacred Heart Academy to Fundraise “Under the Tuscan Sun,” March 28

Join Sacred Heart Academy "Under the Tuscan Sun" Saturday Evening, March 28 Jeff and Frances Pellegrino Granquist '80 - 2015 "Under the Tuscan Sun" Auction Chairs.  Photo Courtesy of Storytellers Photography of North Haven

Jeff and Frances Pellegrino Granquist, Class of ’80, are the Auction Chairs at Sacred Heart Academy’s “Under the Tuscan Sun” event, March 28. Photo Courtesy of Storytellers Photography of North Haven

Experience the tastes of Tuscany with hors d’oeuvres, buffet dining, and Italian desserts at Sacred Heart Academy’s signature fundraising event – The 2015 Live and Silent Auction Under the Tuscan Sun – on Saturday, March 28.

This year’s Auction promises a wonderful evening – an event with a great theme, staging, cuisine, and the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind items,” offered President Sr. Sheila O’Neill, ASCJ, Ph.D.,’71.  The Auction is our signature event and chairs Jeff and Fran Pellegrino Granquist, Class of ’80, and their committee are working tenaciously to make this a tremendous success.” she added.

Doors open at 5 p.m. with complimentary wine and beer, hors d’oeuvres, buffet dining, and Silent Auction followed by desserts and Live Auction with renowned and spirited guest auctioneer, Eric Hummel. This year’s special guest is Marc Garofalo, as master of ceremonies.

Jeff and Frances Pellegrino Granquist of Wallingford, are spearheading “Under the Tuscan Sun” along with a committee comprised of more than 75 parents, alumnae, and friends of the Academy.

Up for bid this year is a Ten Day Escape to Sicily, a Week at Florida’s Marriott Grande Vista and  a Week in Aruba, Five Days in Vegas, a Vespa Scooter, sports tickets including Yankees, Red Sox, NY Giants and more, a Walking Tour of New Haven, a NYC Scavenger Hunt, golf packages, catered dinners, electronics and much, much more.

Adding to the festivities is the $10,000 Cash Raffle. Tickets, at $20 each, are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling the Academy at 203-287-8181, x372. To download a raffle ticket order form, visit The drawing will be held at 9 p.m. the night of the Auction and winner need not be present.

For additional information on the Auction, including the latest items available and menu, or to make your reservations for “Under the Tuscan Sun” visit or contact Maryanne Pisani at 203-287-8181, x372 or Tickets are $70 per person and tables of 10 are $700.

Sacred Heart Academy, an independent Catholic college preparatory school founded in 1946 by the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, successfully prepares young women in grades 9 – 12 for learning, service and achievement in a global society. Over 500 students hail from New Haven, Fairfield, Middlesex, New London and Hartford counties.

Daniel S. Dahlstrom is Marshview Gallery’s ‘Artist of the Month’

OLD SAYBROOK – The Marshview Gallery features the work of Connecticut native Daniel S. Dahlstrom during March. Dahlstrom is a passionate student of the Connecticut River and Shoreline and his inspiration comes from the light effects of nature. He captures the New England landscape with his skillful brush strokes and the viewer is transported into the time and space of each piece.

Dahlstrom studied at the prestigious Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Old Lyme as well as with several professional, local artists. His work has been accepted into many local juried shows and he also works with select interior designers, who follow his work.

The Marshview Gallery at the Estuary Council, 220 Main Street in Old Saybrook is open daily, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Dahlstrom’s work can also be seen on his website at

All are welcome to an Artist Reception on Thursday, March 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. at which Dahlstrom will be present.  Refreshments will be provided.

Hiroya Tsukamoto at Concert in the Garden, March 8

Photo Curtesy Hiroya Tsukamoto

Photo Curtesy Hiroya Tsukamoto

Sunday March 8 Concert in the Garden will feature Hiroya Tsukamoto with Erik Simon Vuoritie opening the show.

BYOB, bistro seating inside the gallery.  $10 donation suggested.

Hiroya Tsukamoto is a guitarist and composer originally from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing banjo when he was thirteen years old. In 2000, he received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the US. Since then, he has been performing internationally including several appearances with his group at Blue Note in New York and released five albums as a leader. He recently performed on Japanese National TV program (NHK-TV). Hiroya has developed unique acoustic music which is sometimes described as “Cinematic acoustic music”

“Hiroya Tsukamoto takes us to an impressionistic journey” -Boston Herald

“…chops, passion and warmth. Zealously recommended!” -Jazz v=oaPLbxCHOFU

Erik Simon Vuoritie will be opening the show, More info:
Banging on drums at age 2 and starting classical guitar study at 5, Erik Simon Vuoritie learned at an early age that life without music is no life at all. Now, a 17-year-old student at Westbrook High School, Erik plays a combination of classical, Spanish and Latin American guitar music along with his classical-inspired arrangements of Beatles and popular melodies. Erik studies classical guitar with Alexander Vlassenkov and plays guitar and trumpet in the WHS jazz band. His guitar skills have taken him to the White House for a program hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama and to Siena, Italy as part of a strings chamber music program organized by members of the Hartford Symphony. Erik performs as a professional musician in musical theater pit bands and as a solo instrumentalist for special events along the Connecticut shoreline. v=FhBz9m-4sj0 v=7UyV0WyxN40


Acton Public Library’s ‘Oscar Movie Series’ Continues with ‘Bonnie & Clyde’, March 16

Acton Public Library in Old Saybrook will be hosting an Oscars “then and now” movie series featuring a tribute to Robin Williams on Feb. 23, and subsequently a variety of other movies with Oscar awards on third Mondays from March through May at 1 p.m.

The program for the series is as follows:

March 16: Bonnie and Clyde

April 20: Good Will Hunting

May 18: The Theory of Everything

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 .

Also, visit for movie ratings and recommendations.

2015 ‘Essex Go Bragh’ Irish Parade & Festival to be Held March 14

St. Paddy Day 9ESSEX – ‘Essex Go Bragh’ translates as ‘Essex Forever’ and is the name of the Irish Parade and Festival that takes place in town this year on Saturday, March 14.  The Parade will step off from the Essex Town Hall at 10:30 a.m., led by 2014 Grand Marshal Mr. Augie Pampel.

Pampel, has been living and contributing to the Essex Community for many years.  He has worked tirelessly as the Town of Essex Tree Warden since 1994.  He is a proud member of the Essex Garden Club and was instrumental in securing Keep America Beautiful Grants, used for Tree Restoration throughout the three villages.

St. Paddy Day 11 (2)Pampel will lead more than 100 marchers through down Main Street Essex in front of hundreds of spectators. The parade will feature nearly 25 units including elected officials, fife & drum corps, floats, Irish step dancers, boy and girl scouts, community organizations, church groups, police, fire, EMS, military, accompanying service and antique vehicles, and more. Members of the Essex Veterans Memorial Hall are the parade honor guard.

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.

st. paddy day 11Professional Face Painting by Z Face & Body Art, an Irish Step Dancing demonstration and Guinness Pour at the Gris are some of the festivities planned for after the parade.  The organizers encourage visitors to stay downtown after the parade, enjoy the festival and visit local restaurants and businesses to check out their special St. Patrick Day promotions.

The organizers invite your group or organization to march in the parade.  To confirm your group’s participation or for more information, contact Essex Park and Recreation at 860-767-4340 x110 or

Sponsorship opportunities are as follows:

Band Sponsor – $500 

Name Identification on the banner preceding one of the six bands.

An opportunity to participate in the parade ahead of the band

Sponsor volunteers may distribute marketing materials to spectators.

Logo identification on the park and recreation web site

Logo identification on all Flyers distributed

Float Sponsor – $1,000 

Name identification on banners on both sides of Grand Marshal’s Horse Drawn Carriage

Opportunity to participate or march in the parade ahead of the Carriage

Sponsor volunteers may distribute marketing materials to spectators.

Name identification on all flyers distributed

Name identification on Park and Recreation website,

Parade Program Advertisers 

Business card size- $150

1/4 page- $250

Half page- $400

Chester Synagogue Hosts Children’s ‘Purim Spiel & Carnival,’ March 1

CHESTER – Join the fun at Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek (CBSRZ) for their annual children’s Purim Spiel and Carnival on Sunday morning, March 1, from 10 a.m. until noon.  Children are welcome to come in costume and be part of the Costume Parade.

Admission and games are free.  Lunch can be purchased and all proceeds go to a local charity.  This is a perfect activity for families with children up to age 12.

The CBSRZ is a reform synagogue located at 55 East Kings Highway in Chester.  For more information, contact the office at 860-526-8920.  Visit and on Facebook at Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek.

Acton Public Library Presents Key Chain Collection During March

For the last weeks of February and the month of March, the Acton Public Library will be hosting a display of 7th grade St. John’s Student Katie Conklin’s collection of keychains. Katie has been collecting keychains since the age of three.

The Acton Public Library is open Monday through Thursday from 10am until 8:30 pm, Friday and Saturday from 9am to 5 pm, and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.


A Swashbuckling Party Planned at CT River Museum’s ‘Privateers’ Bash,’ March 14

Join the pirate crew for a night of merriment and mayhem at the Connecticut River Museum on March 14.

Join the pirate crew for a night of merriment and mayhem at the Connecticut River Museum on March 14.

ESSEX –- Ahoy, Matey! Come if ye dare and be part of the swashbuckling crew who are lookin’ for a lively way to let off a bit of winter steam!  Grab your sword and hoist your sails to the Privateers’ Bash on Saturday, March 14 at the Connecticut River Museum, presented by Gosling’s Rum.

All are invited to come in costume and relive Riverfront history at the Ninth Annual Bash, a playful nod to the privateers who made their wealth by relieving foreign ships of their valuable cargo during the War of 1812.  Grog, grub, music and dancing will fill three floors of exhibit galleries from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

The Sun Kings, a Caribbean party band, will help create the tropical mood. Savory bites will be provided in-part by Gourmet Galley, Coffee’s Country Market, Emily’s Catering Group, Coastal Cooking Company, Da Vinci Pizza and David Allen Catering. Treasure can be found with great prizes up for raffle, plus booty awarded for best costumes.

The Sun Kings will bring the Caribbean to Essex

The Sun Kings will bring the Caribbean to Essex

A $50 Privateer ticket includes hors d’oeuvres, grog and one complimentary drink. Or take advantage of a two-ticket purchase deal and buy two Privateer tickets for just $85.  A $75 Commodore ticket also includes hors d’oeuvres and grog plus an open bar.

Net proceeds benefit the Connecticut River Museum.

Support for the Privateers Bash is provided in part by Bogaert Construction; Reynolds’ Garage & Marine, Drs. McAraw, Cantner, Cantner, Foisie & Barasz LLC., All Pro Automotive, Brown & Brown/McCutcheon Burr & Sons, Clark Group, Sound Rigging Services, Daniel’s Oil, Shore Discount Liquor & CCA Services.  In-Kind support provided by McChesney Design, Apparel + Plus and Connecticut Rental Center.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 860-767-8269, online at, or at the door on the evening of the event.

The Connecticut River Museum is located at 67 Main Street on the Essex waterfront.  It is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to lead in the study, preservation and celebration of the cultural and natural heritage of the Connecticut River and its valley.

Old Saybrook Library Hosts Drop-In Storytime, Wednesdays & Fridays

The Acton Public Library in Old Saybrook hosts two year round, drop-in story time children’s programs.

“Story Times for Wee-Ones” is held every Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. for children ages birth to 2 and includes stories, songs, hand rhymes and time for grown-ups to socialize.  And “Preschool  Story Time” is held every Friday morning at 10:30 for children ages 2 – 5 and includes stories, songs, hand rhymes, creative activities and lots of fun.

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  .

Save the Date for the LVVS 8th Annual Road Race, April 11

Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore (LVVS) have announced that their upcoming 8th Annual April Fools 5K Run, 3K Walk & Backward Mile will be held on Saturday, April 11. There is something for everyone including a Lollipop Run for children age 6 and under.

This year’s Backward Mile is dedicated to President Emeritus Erl Nord who passed away last year. This portion of the race will be named for him in this and future year’s in memory of all he meant to the LVVS family and the Town of Essex.

Runners-sign up on

For more information,contact LVVS @ 860-399-0280 or visit