April 19, 2014

Parties all Weekend at Maple and Main – May 2, 3 ,4

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CHESTER – It’ll be party weekend at Maple and Main Gallery May 2, 3 and 4.

On Friday, May 2 from 5 to 8 p.m., Maple and Main will celebrate Spring during the annual May Daze Night Stroll when all the town’s galleries, shops and restaurants stay open late offering food, drink and drawings for special gifts.

The gallery will serve wine, food and chocolates and will also offer a free gift basket brimming with art by the gallery artists: paintings, prints, drawings, cards and much more. Visitors can enter their names all weekend long to win. Partying continues on Saturday, May 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. when there will be a reception for well-known artist Frank Federico’s month-long, one-man show in the Back Gallery of Maple and Main.

Federico is a nationally recognized, award-winning artist from Goshen who creates in a lively and semi-abstract manner which will be reflected in his show, Scapes I: Landscapes, Seascapes and Cityscapes.

Then, on Sunday, May 4, the gallery will serve cookies and punch all day and at 5 p.m, a bit of champagne to add some festivity to the drawing of the name of the winner of the art-filled gift basket.

And, during the entire weekend through May 25, the new Spring show of over 200 paintings and sculptures by 37 established Connecticut artists will be on view.

Maple and Main Gallery is located at One Maple St., Chester, CT  06412

Phone 860-526-6065. Please visit our new online gallery: mapleandmaingallery.com.

Solarize Essex Workshop – Apr. 29

The Town of Essex has been selected to participate in Solarize Connecticut, a unique group solar buying program sponsored by the state.  Solarize makes solar easy to purchase and less expensive, with the added benefit that the more residents sign up for Solarize Essex, the lower the cost to all participants.

We are in the process of launching the program with an informational Town Meeting for residents scheduled for Tues., April 29th 2014.

To prepare for the program launch, a planning and “Solar Ambassador” meeting was just held at Centerbrook Architect’s on Tuesday, April 15th to finalize plans.  The attached photo shows people from several organizations participating in the program.  The names (left to right) are: Dick Everts (Sunlight Solar), Kaleigh Griffin (Smartpower), Rick Stebbins (Essex Committee for Clean Energy – ECCE),  Bruce Glowac (Essex Selectman), Mark Reeves (Solar Ambassador),  Stacy Abbott and Frank Hall (ECCE), Bob Hall (CEFIA), and Jim Ehle/Meyer (ECCE).  Not visible: Norm Needleman (Essex First Selectman) Bob Laundy (ECCE) and Ed McCaffrey (ECCE).

Sunlight Solar, a recognized leader in solar, was selected through a competitive bidding process by the town and the state and is offering significant discounts to residents in exchange for outreach support from our community.

One of the most exciting aspects of Solarize is the tiered pricing. The more people sign up for the program, the greater the savings for every homeowner, no matter when they sign up. Our goal is to reach the lowest possible price at Tier 5, so be sure to encourage your friends and neighbors to participate!

Solarize Essex ends on Tues Sept 16.

To learn more, come to our Solarize Workshop:

Date: Tuesday April 29th Time: 7:00-8:30pm Location: Essex Town Hall Auditorium: 29 West Ave

To learn more or request your own free solar home evaluation, visit www.solarizect.com/essex.


Kate’s Camp for Kids Open House – Apr. 28

OLD SAYBROOK – The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center and Community Music School will host an open house for Kate’s Camp for Kids, a performing arts summer camp program, on Monday, April 28 from 3 to 5 pm, at The Kate, 300 Main Street, Old Saybrook. Launched in 2013, Kate’s Camp for Kids engages children ages 5 to 10 years old in the performing arts. Each weekly camp session features music, theater, dance, and visual arts and culminates in a performance for family and friends at the end of the week.

At the open house, families can tour the education rooms and theater area, learn about the upcoming camp sessions, meet camp staff, and participate in an arts & crafts project. Registration is now open for the 2014 camp sessions, which include July 14 – 18: Broadway Beginners “How Does Your Garden Grow?”; July 21 – 25: Cool Cats! Jazz and All That; July 28 – Aug. 1: Broadway Beginners “Go Fish”; Aug. 4 – 8: Tell Me A Tale, The Art of Storytelling. The camp director is Nancy Thomas, a 20+ year member of the Community Music School faculty and certified Kindermusik educator. Tuition for each camp week is $250 and scholarships are available for families with a financial need.

Kate’s Camp for Kids is generously supported by grants from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County/River View Cemetery Fund, The Bauman Family Foundation, The Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation, the Exchange Club of Old Saybrook/Westbrook, Rotary Club of Old Saybrook Foundation, and the Sallie and Robert Boody Fund. For additional information about the camp or to register, please call Community Music School at 860-767-0026 or visit www.community-music-school.org .

Essex Corinthian Yacht Club Present “An Evening with Gary Jobson” – May 14

The Essex Corinthian Yacht Club is proud to present An Evening with Gary Jobson  on Wednesday, May 14th, starting at 6.30 pm, in cooperation with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Gary Jobson is well-known throughout the sailing community as the pre-eminent ambassador for sailing in the U.S. Jobson, a former All-American Collegiate Sailor, won the America’s Cup in 1977 as tactician for Ted Turner. He currently works as ESPN’s sailing analyst, lecturer and writer, and is Editor-At-Large for Sailing World and Cruising World magazines.

Jobson became active for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society several years before he was diagnosed with lymphoma himself, and in his words “became a beneficiary of the research advances I had helped support”. He is now cancer-free and continues his involvement as the National Regatta Chairman for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s sailing program.

Gary Jobson will speak about his life in sailing, and provide some insight into his experience as the official commentator during the most recent America’s Cup in Francisco last September, which ended in a major turn-around, culminating in the victory of Oracle Team USA.

The Leukemia Cup Kick-Off Celebration is an event in support of the Annual Leukemia Cup Regatta, held on August 23rd, 2014, a regatta drawing sailors from near and far.

The Kick-Off on May 14th, 2014 is open to the public, and will begin at 6.30 pm.
Advance registration is required, tickets are $25 per person.

For more information and to order tickets, please refer to http://www.essexcorinthian.org/leukemia-cup-regatta-2014.html

My Son, The Mad Man Essex Library – May 22

BBD&O Chairman Emeritus Allen Rosenshine will share his laugh-out-loud true stories about the mad men, mobsters, mega-stars and assorted colorful characters that made the Golden Age of advertising so “madly” memorable, Thursday May 22nd at 7 PM at Essex Town Hall, at 29 West Avenue.  This program is free and open to all; please call the Essex Library at 860-767-1560 for more information or to register for this program

BBD&O Chairman Emeritus Allen Rosenshine will share his laugh-out-loud true stories about the mad men, mobsters, mega-stars and assorted colorful characters that made the Golden Age of advertising so “madly” memorable, Thursday May 22nd at 7 PM at Essex Town Hall

Take a trip through the wild and crazy days of advertising with BBD&O Chairman Emeritus Allen Rosenshine, who worked his way up through the ranks from copywriter to head the biggest marketing communications company in the world – and came away with laugh-out-loud true stories about the mad men, mobsters, mega-stars and assorted colorful characters that made the Golden Age of advertising so memorable. From three-martini lunches, to frantic product launches; from watching his wife getting ogled by Frank Sinatra, to setting Michael Jackson’s hair on fire, Allen’s 45 years as a an adman was an even wilder ride than the popular television show about the era would suggest. Copies of his fascinating and funny tell-all book, Funny Business: Moguls, Mobsters, Megastars, and the Mad, Mad World of the Ad Game, will be available for signing and sale.

Allen joined BBDO in 1965 as a copywriter and came up through the creative ranks to become the BBDO New York creative director in 1975.  In 1980, he became president of the New York agency, headquarters of the multinational network, and in 1985, he was named chief executive officer of BBDO Worldwide.  The agency grew steadily in billings from $2.5 billion to $16.2 billion in 2001 (the last year for which Omnicom published subsidiary financial information).  In 2004, he turned over the CEO responsibility to Andrew Robertson, the network president, and is now Chairman Emeritus. Allen Rosenshine has been recognized by Advertising Age as one of the hundred most influential people in advertising over the past century and is a member of the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Fame.

Part of the Essex Library’s ongoing 125th Anniversary celebrations, this talk will be presented Thursday May 22nd at 7 PM at Essex Town Hall, at 29 West Avenue.  This program is free and open to all; please call the Essex Library at 860-767-1560 for more information or to register for this program.

Essex Fire Dept. Annual Food Drive and Pancake Breakfast – Apr. 26 and 27

Essex Fire Engine Co. #1 will be holding a food drive on 26 April at 9 a.m. and a pancake breakfast on Sunday 27 April at 7.30 a.m.

For more details click here

Tree Planting at Cross Lots – Apr. 19

As part of its celebration of Arbor Day, the Essex Land Trust invites the community to participate in planting new trees at it’s Cross Lots Preserve.

This event is part of a 2-year hedgerow restoration project that will turn an overgrown, invasive thicket into a native, sustainable habitat while screening out a cluster of industrial buildings. Developed by Anne Penniman Associates, the Essex landscape specialists, a tangle of Ailanthus and Bittersweet along the west property line will be replaced by a variety of native shrubs and trees, including a Red Maple, White pine, Norway spruce, Winterberry holly, Rosebay rhododendron, Arrowwood and American cranberry. Landscape Specialties and Bartlett Tree Experts are supporting the implementation of this program.

The tree planting will be followed by a short tour that will highlight our upcoming plans to re-landscape some sections of the property by clearing invasive species and replanting with native specimens. The event takes place on Saturday, April 19 – 10 am at Cross Lots Preserve, 40 West Avenue, Essex. Rain or shine.

Old Saybrook HS Electronic Drive – Apr. 26

Kindly support our “Recycle for Diapers” electronics and metal drive by donating old non-working electronics and metal. Mark your calendars.  Saturday, April 26,  9am – 2pm at Old Saybrook HS.

All of the communities donated items will be recycled and redeemed for diapers, formula, and other baby needs to help support local single mothers on the shoreline.

The following items can be accepted:

1. Computers, laptops, desktops, tablets, all computer related gear, cell phones,  and electronics of any kind.

2. Wires, Cables, Cords of any kind (ie: cell phone chargers, extension cords, computer cables)

3. Non-working lawn mowers & motors of any kind (ie: blowers, scooters, generators, saws, vacs)

4. Lead Batteries of any kind (car, truck, boat, power-wheels)

5. Appliances of any kind (washer, dryer, microwave, stove, AC units, humidifiers)

6. Odds & Ends of metal items (chairs, aluminum, copper, iron, file cabinets – all bulk metal)

Bring any items from the above list and we will take care of them for you!


Thank you for your generosity and know that EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS!

CMS Presents Sinfonia and String Ensemble in Concert – Apr. 29

DEEP RIVER – The Community Music School presents its Sinfonia and String Ensemble performance groups in concert onTuesday, April 29th at 6:30 pm at Valley Regional High School in Deep River.  Under the direction of Martha Herrle, each of these ensembles will perform a variety of works including It’s a Small World, Dance of Fire, Mozart’s Symphony no. 29, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no. 3, and I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables.

Sinfonia is a multigenerational orchestra offered to players of all ages and orchestral instruments. The String Ensemble had a modest start in 2002, with 4 children and one adult.  Today it is an amazing intergenerational string orchestra with over 30 members from ages 8 to 80. Each ensemble rehearses weekly from September through March and also performs annually at the CMS Holiday Concert. New members are welcome to join and registration for the next year opens in August.

The concert is free and open to the public.  For more information please contact 860-767-0026 or visit www.community-music-school.org .

Community Music School offers innovative music programming for infants through adults, building on a 30 year tradition of providing quality music instruction to residents of shoreline communities. CMS programs cultivate musical ability and creativity and provide students with a thorough understanding of music so that they can enjoy playing and listening for their entire lives.

Alcohol, Marijuana and Technology: The Impact of Use on Young People’s Brain Development – May 7

The brain is a product of its environment. It is shaped by what we do and when we do it. Never is brain development more sensitive than during childhood and adolescence when young people are exploring, experimenting and establishing lifelong habits. Current research suggests that in the case of alcohol, marijuana and technology, too much use in childhood and adolescence can negatively affect brain power across the lifespan. As parents, professionals and community members, we can and do influence whether, when and how much our children partake in these activities.

Join the Tri-Town Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and keynote speaker, cognitive psychologist Alicia Farrell, at the Community Coalition Breakfast on May 7 from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at Camp Hazen YMCA to explore the impact of alcohol, marijuana and technology on the developing brain. Knowledge is the key to setting healthy boundaries and supporting the brain power of all of our tri-town youth!

While there is no fee for the event, reservations are required by April 29. Call Tri-Town Youth Services at 860-526-3600 for more information or to reserve your spot today!

Tri-Town Youth Services supports and advances the families, youth and communities of Chester, Deep River and Essex.  We coordinate and provide 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 www.tritownys.org

TTYS Yoga at DR Public Library – May 10

Stretch, breathe, and PLAY with awesome yoga teacher Jennifer Ryley Welsh.  This family event, organized by Tri-Town Youth Services, is offered on Saturday, May 10, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Deep River Public Library.  This program is $15 per family.  Call Tri-Town at 860-526-3600 or go to tritownys.org to register.  Room is limited so call soon!

Watercolors by Architects on Exhibit

Scratch an architect and you will likely uncover a master drafter. The ability to create conceptual sketches (yes, sometimes on napkins) and precise building drawings continues to be critical to design – even in an age of 3D computer modeling. Sometimes, however, architects have hidden talents.

Impressed by how many of his colleagues confessed to being artists in their biographies on the firm’s website, Centerbrook Partner Mark Simon issued a clarion call to the office: “Bring your watercolors in – framed, unframed, half-finished even – just bring them in and we will exhibit them.”

The works of 14 of the firm’s architectural staff are now on display at its offices, in the “Drill Bit Gallery” (the building was once a factory that produced drill bits), 67 Main Street, Centerbrook. The public is invited to view them weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free of charge.

Like the staff, the watercolors are an eclectic mix. Subjects encompass a Beaux-Arts classical portrait of an Ionic column and an impressionistic bucolic reverie enveloping a lone fisherman; the ramparts of a Moroccan castle and a still life of a grimy wrench; a gaggle of indigenous geese and the bright and cheerful renderings of a Long Island research campus that resembles a French hillside village in Provence.

Dan Batt’s oeuvre (geese befuddled at the edge of a frozen millpond) was his second ever, while Anna Shakun, who studied art for three years at the Architectural Institute in Moscow, added to her substantial collection with several new paintings. Jim Coan painted a stately house in Key West in the embrace of riotous greenery, while Jennifer Shea focused on a stark pair of old sneakers, among other subjects. Some of the 50 works of art came from existing portfolios while others are fresh from the easel; some depict scenes or objects from life, some sprang full blown from the artists’ imagination.

“We knew that there are many gifted designers here,” Simon noted. “But this astonishing collection of watercolors exposes a vein of talent that we hadn’t been fully aware of. It’s really quite a treasure trove.”  The exhibiting artists are Dan Batt, Jim Coan, Bill Grover, Elizabeth Hedde, Justin Hedde, Hyeon Ju Son, Patrick McCauley, Matt Montana, Charles Mueller, Andrew Santaniello, Anna Shakun, Jennifer Shea, Mark Simon, and Laura Taglianetti. To learn more about them, visit http://centerbrook.com/about/ people.

Chester Resident Headlines Storytelling Festival – Apr. 25-26

Chester resident Tom Lee is one of four headliners for the 33rd Annual CT Storytelling Festival held at Connecticut College in New London.

Tom will share humorous stories Friday April 25th at 9:15 in the Story Cabaret. On Saturday he will perform at 9:00 with lesser know Grimm’s fairy tales and then once again in the afternoon with re:Creation the truth is a myth, An exploration of creation mythology from around the world and across time. Darwin, King James, and Neil De Grasse Tyson all have stories to tell, and each is beautiful, mysterious, and compelling.

For more information and the full schedule of events go to www.connstorycenter.org

Surprise! A Festival of Parties Benefits the Essex Library – April 26

Two of the Festival of Parties co-chairs, JoAnne Carter and Phyllis Greenberg, are shown  brainstorming party menus for this Friends of the Essex Library benefit event.  Not pictured; co-chair Ann Prichard

Two of the Festival of Parties co-chairs, JoAnne Carter and Phyllis Greenberg, are shown brainstorming party menus for this Friends of the Essex Library benefit event. Not pictured; co-chair Ann Prichard

What if you gave a dinner party — or fifteen — and everyone who loves the Library came? That’s what’s happening at the Essex Library when it throws a gala Festival of Parties on Saturday, April 26, to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Library. The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with an elegant wine reception. The Library will be transformed with spring flowers as guests mingle and enjoy aperitifs and hors d’oeuvres.

At about 6:30, the real fun begins when guests learn the names of their hosts and where they will be attending their dinner parties. Guests will then depart for their destinations at one of more than fifteen charming private homes in the town of Essex.

“The ‘surprise destination dinner party’ has been done before and leads to lively combinations of old and new friends, all coming together to benefit the Library,” said Ann Prichard, one of the event co-chairs.

“It’s a very sought after ticket because it raises funds for a good cause, and also lets people enjoy truly gourmet meals in one of the town’s many interesting houses,” said co-chair JoAnne Carter.

The Festival of Parties welcomes individuals and couples. For your dining experience, we can accommodate groups of four at one host’s home. When you buy your tickets please specify that you prefer to dine as a group of four.

The Festival of Parties is one of several special birthday events being held in 2014 to mark 125 years of service to the community by the Essex Library, founded in 1889.  The Library is unique in that it serves as a public library open to all, but gets more than half of its funding from private donors and through events like the Festival of Parties.

“We have been a center for learning and culture for 125 years, and this is certainly something to celebrate. It’s wonderful to see so many families open their homes to help raise the funds that keep our Library currant and well-staffed,” said Phyllis Greenberg, also co-chairing the Festival.

Tickets for the Festival are $75 per person or $150 per couple, and are available at the Library at 33 West Avenue.  Couples who buy tickets will dine at the same destination. For further information, please contact Richard Conroy, Director of the Essex Library, at   860-767-1560.

I Ought To be In Pictures Opens at At The Ivoryton Playhouse – Apr. 23

Ivoryton: What’s a daughter to do when she wants to get in touch with her father who she hasn’t seen in 16 years and who lives 3,000 miles away? Well, if you’re Libby Tucker you hitch hike and bus your way across the country with nothing but a backpack full of dreams and spare socks. Libby travels from Brooklyn to Los Angeles ostensibly to break into movies but mostly because she needs to find out why her dad and left and does he still love her.

I Ought To Be in Pictures opened in New York in April 1980, and in 1982 was turned into a movie starring Walter Matthau and Ann-Margret. This is Neil Simon at his best – poignant and funny. For dads and daughters everywhere, this will be a memory to treasure.

I Ought To Be In Pictures opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on April 23rd and runs through May 11th. Directed by R. Bruce Connelly, the cast includes Mike Boland*, Jeanie Rapp* and Siobhan Fitzgerald. The set design is by William Stark, lighting design by Marcus Abbott and costumes by Kari Crowther.

I Ought To Be In Pictures opens in Ivoryton on April 23rd and runs through May 11th. 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.

*denotes member of Actors Equity Association

Generously sponsored by First Niagara Bank and Middlesex Hospital

Deep River Fire Department Collecting Food for Local Food Pantries -Apr. 26

Deep River Fire DeptFor the 3rd year local Fire Departments are hosting an area-wide food drive to collect non-perishable food for area residents in need.

Deep River Fire Department will be open to receive non-perishable food donations on Saturday, April 26th from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Donations collected will go to five local food pantries run by the Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries.

The most needed food items include; Canned Meats- tuna, chicken, salmon, Canned Fruit and Vegetables, Peanut Butter, Canned and Boxed Meals, Canned or Dried Beans, Pasta, Rice and Cereal.

For more information visit; www.shorelinesoupkitchens.org.

A Guide to Essex Social Services Resources, with Maryellen Barnes – May 8

We all know Essex is a generous community whose citizens reach out to their neighbors in many diverse ways. But few of us realize how many different social service organizations are available in our area. There are regional, state and federal social service agencies, and other local organizations dedicated to improving the lives of Essex’s residents. The Essex Library is delighted to present a talk by Maryellen Barnes of the Essex Department of Social Services who will hold a discussion session on programs and services available to Essex residents, at the Essex Library on Thursday May 8th at 6:30. Detailed descriptions of the primary service providers will be discussed, along with shorter descriptions of frequently used local and regional organizations. The talk will also cover programs and camp scholarships offered by Essex Park and Rec. Come find out what’s available for you and your family! Call the Essex Library for more information at 860-767-1560 or to register; the program is free and open to all, and the Library is located at 33 West Avenue in Essex.

Trash Paper Folding with Balloon Sculpting at Acton Public Library – Through April

The Acton Public Library in Old Saybrook hosts a Trash Paper Folding with Balloon Sculpting series for children, ages 8 and up, on Thursday evenings in April from 6:30 to 7:30pm (April 3, 19, 17 and 24.) Children are invited to create projects from magazines & newspapers and then a balloon project of the same theme. 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 .


I Ought To be In Pictures Opens at Ivoryton Playhouse Apr. 23

Date: April 23 – May 11, 2013

Theatre: Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street, Ivoryton, Connecticut

Tickets: 860-767-7318 /on-line at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org

Prices: $42 adults/ $37 seniors/ $20 students/$15 children

Time: Wednesday & Sunday matinees at 2pm; Wednesday & Thursday evenings at 7:30pm, Friday & Saturday evenings at 8:00pm




Old Saybrook Green up Day – Saturday April 26

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OLD SAYBROOK – In 2013 avid runner Bill Casertano, found it increasingly hard to pass by the trash littering his early morning Schoolhouse Road route. He would often carry a bag with him to collect as much trash as he could before leaving the bag in a neighbor’s driveway to retrieve later.

He was inspired by the need, and by living in Vermont for 11 years where the first weekend in May brings an annual statewide clean-up day, to pitch the idea of a town wide Green Up Day to the Conservation Commission subcommittee, Sustainable Saybrook.

The effort was a success, so now plans are set for the Second Annual Old Saybrook Green Up Day, 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 26.

Old Saybrook’s Green Up Day begins with an optional coffee klatch send-off, 8 a.m. on the Green.

Individuals and organizations who want to pitch in can work right in their own neighborhoods or venture out to public places to collect trash, then bring filled garbage bags to one of the drop-off locations: Town Hall parking lot on Sheffield Street, Clark Community Park (Town Park) or the Town Beach Parking Lot. Free garbage bags will be available for pick up at those locations, or participants may bring their own.

Public works will collect filled bags left by the side of the road on Monday, April 28, but to reduce their workload, bring them to one of the designated areas if possible.

A number of community groups have committed to help spruce things up, why not join them.

April 26 is a busy day in Old Saybrook, with many other activities taking place around town as well, activities that usually add to the trash problem. Bring along a bag or two and look for trash at baseball, the fishing derby, or the Fire Department/SSKP food drive.

Casertano, a Ledyard High School History teacher, “can’t help wonder where that beer bottle or McDonald’s bag in the ditch would end up” if he passed it by, so he picks it up. He hopes that others will start to wonder what happens to all of the “human detritus” as well and be more aware of the effect their actions, or inactions, have on the environment close to home and far out to sea.

For more information visit osgreenup.weebly.com, sustainablesaybrook.org, or email bcasertano@comcast.net.


CT Audubon Society – Getting Started Birding! – Apr. 19

birding equipmentHave you always wanted to get out and start bird watching more seriously? Birding is one of the top two hobbies in the country, second only to gardening! Here is your opportunity to find out what it takes, as Connecticut Audubon Society’s expert guides will be on hand to tell you about binoculars, spotting scopes, and field guides to get you started. Learn about the extensive birding opportunities offered through Connecticut Audubon Society’s EcoTravel program.

Date: Sunday, April 19 Time: 1PM to 4PM
Location: Eagle Landing State Park, 1 Marine Park Road, Haddam.

Fee: FREE! Contact Person: Priscilla Wood pwood@ctaudubon.org

Registration is required. Please send email or call 860-767-0660

Deep River-Chester Lions Club Pig Roast & Chicken Barbecue – Apr.26

Dreaming of Summer? Come on down to the Deep River-Chester Lions Club Pig Roast & Chicken Barbecue on April 26, starting at 6:00pm at St. Joseph’s Parish Center in Chester. Potato & macaroni Salads, baked beans, corn on the cob and dessert will also be served. The Lions are limiting the tickets to 200 this year, so be sure to get your tickets early and B.Y.O.B.

There will also be music, raffles and other exciting contests. And don’t forget to wear your favorite Hawaiian Shirt! Adults: $15.00, Children 10 and younger: $10.00. Tickets available at the Deep River Hardware store or from any Lion Member. All monies raised will be used for local charity.

Concert in the Garden with the Michelle Walker Jazz Quartet – May 15


The next CONCERT IN THE GARDEN with the Michelle Walker Jazz Quartet is on Thursday, May 15, 2014 – 7 – 9pm at the Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio & Gallery at One Spring Street, Chester, CT. $10 donation – BYOB – Outdoor Bistro Style Seating in the Amphitheatre. 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.

Michelle Walker Jazz Quartet

Armed with a provocative, whiskey-soaked tone, New York based jazz vocalist Michelle Walker is a charismatic and very versatile singer that uses an artful blend of blues, bebop, swing and soul with playful rhythmic expressiveness. She bends the lines and pushing the boundaries of jazz vocal art with rich colors and adventurous flexibility. She moves easily from a dark, deep tone to a mid-range, swinging lilt. In her upcoming release, Love Misery, Michelle brings together a collection of jazz standards, original songs and her arrangements of contemporary pop tunes effortlessly with her own genre-bending style. Mike Joyce of The Washington Post says “Walker….has seductive charm…” A Stunner in Concert. Dave Nathan of All About Jazz says “…[Walker]…she has an extraordinary degree of musicality….” Michelle is often compared to Cassandra Wilson, Nina Simone and Betty Carter in style and tone. Over the past 10 years, her group has toured internationally and has been a premier performer at Festivals, Concert Halls and Performing Art Centers including the lighting of the White House Christmas Tree.


April Vacation Week Workshops at the Connecticut River Museum – Apr. 14 – 18


Join CRM during April School Vacation for a week of creativity and discovery at the Connecticut River Museum. Come for one session or the whole week!

Join CRM during April School Vacation for a week of creativity and discovery at the Connecticut River Museum. Come for one session or the whole week!

When school is out, CRM is the place to be! Whether you have two days off or the entire week, there is something fun and exciting waiting for you at the Museum!! Bring your imagination and come prepared to create and experiment as we explore the River and its history. The programs run Monday – Friday April 14 – 18, from 9:00am – 12:00pm.  Each workshop for ages 6 – 12 includes exploration activities in the museum, time outdoors doing nature, science and history projects, and arts and crafts.

Programs are $25/day, $110/week for CRM members and $30/DAY, $135/week for nonmembers. Advance registration is required and space is limited.

To register, please email jwhitedobbs@ctrivermuseum.org or call 860.767.8269 x113. Visit ctrivermuseum.org for more information. The Connecticut River Museum is located on the Essex waterfront at 67 Main Street.

Music & More Present David Pittsinger and Patricia Schuman – Apr. 20

Patricia Schuman and David Pittsinger (Photo by Deborah Rutty)

Patricia Schuman and David Pittsinger (Photo by Deborah Rutty)

Pittsinger and Schuman in ‘Opera is a Dangerous Business’.

What does an opera singer do when, in the middle of an aria, a fire breaks out on the set? What does the lead soprano do with all those stage-door Johnnies who stalk her after the show? And what happens if, during a performance of the Marriage of Figaro, the bass/baritone and the soprano fall in love – for real?

All of these topics, and others, are explored in the world premiere of a musical biography entitled “Opera is Dangerous Business,” written and sung by the international stars (and husband and wife) David Pittsinger and Patricia Schuman at 5 p.m., Sunday, April 20 at Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek in Chester.

The couple, who live in Essex, have performed individually all over the world, but together only rarely, and never like this – when they tell their love story in their own words and through the unforgettable melodies of Puccini, Rossini, Dvorak, Mozart, Richard Rodgers and others. The performance, part of the synagogue’s sixth season of Music & More, will touch on highlights – and a few lowlights – in their distinguished careers.

David made musical history on the day he played Emile de Becque in South Pacific at Lincoln Center and that very night portrayed the ghost in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Hamlet. He has become very familiar to Met HD audiences in Mefistofole, Faust, Tales of Hoffmann and others.

Of his South Pacific performance, the Washington Post critic wrote, “But wait until you hear the gorgeous ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ and ‘This Nearly Was Mine’ as sung by bass-baritone David Pittsinger, who portrays Emile de Becque, the smooth French wooer of the cockeyed American optimist, Ensign Nellie Forbush. That quadruple bassoon of a voice interpreting the Richard Rodgers melodies—among the most melting ever composed for the theater—is all the seduction that you or Nellie need. Somehow, the effortlessness of Pittsinger’s technique helps in the illusion that the great romance at the core of ‘South Pacific’ truly is operatic in scope.”

Patricia has sung leading roles at the Met, the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera, and other leading world stages. She has specialized in works of Mozart but roles to include Liu (Turandot), the title role in Genoveva, Blanche (Dialogues of the Carmelites) and Mimi (La Boheme). Of her performance in Verdi’s “Falstaff,” the Times of London wrote, “The most pleasing of all is Patricia Schuman’s delicious Alice Ford, her soprano full and focused.”

Miriam Gardner-Frum, producer of the Music & More series for the synagogue, says, “This new show by Patricia and David is a terrific opportunity for the local audience to get on the inside of the opera world. Opera seems mysterious to a lot of people – this will make it very human, and dramatic.”

Reservations are recommended for this performance, though tickets will be available at the door – $25 adults; no charge for children under 16. There will also be a meet-the-artists reception after performance with food and drink, all included. To reserve your seats, please call the synagogue office at 860-526-8920. CBSRZ is located at 55 East Kings Highway in Chester.

Connecticut Audubon Society Offers Free Bird Watching Event – Apr. 19

rsz_mileyHave you always wanted to get out and start bird watching more seriously? Birding is one of the top two hobbies in the country, second only to gardening! Here is your opportunity to find out what it takes, as Connecticut Audubon Society’s expert guides will be on hand to tell you about binoculars, spotting scopes, and field guides to get you started. The event is FREE and the experts happy to evaluate any equipment you may already have and make suggestions if an upgrade is desired. Learn about the extensive birding opportunities offered through Connecticut Audubon Society’s EcoTravel program.

Date: Sunday, April 19 Time: 1 pm to 4 pm
Location: Eagle Landing State Park

1 Marine Park Road, Haddam

Come travel with us and join us for this special event!