June 28, 2016

Deep River Church Plans August Flea Market & Rummage Sale, Aug. 19 & 20

Deep River Congregational ChurchDEEP RIVER – The Deep River Congregational Church will hold its Annual Rummage Sale on Friday, Aug. 19, and Saturday, Aug. 20. Its Annual Flea Market will be on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Reservations for spaces at the Flea Market are now being accepted. The spaces, which are about 20 ft. x 20 ft. on Marvin Field and all around the church building, sell for $30 each.  More than half the spaces have already been sold, so please act quickly if you would like to have a spot.   Registration forms and maps can be downloaded from the church web site, www.deeprivercc.org. or call the church office for further information:  860-526-5045 or office.drcc@snet.net.

Donations for the Rummage Sale may be left in the church hall in front of the Nellie Prann Room on the lower level. (Not by the offices!)  Please note that the following items are not accepted:  large furniture, TVs, large appliances, car seats, cribs, books, clothing, shoes, VHS tapes or items that are in disrepair. Contact Cathy Smith at 860-526-1875 or smithcathleen@sbcglobal.net or the Church Office at 860-526-5045 or office.drcc@snet.net with questions.

The church is located at 1 Church Street (off Rte. 154), in Deep River.

 

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Chestnut Hill Concerts Season Begins at The Kate, Aug. 5

Violinist Steven Copes, pianist Mihae Lee and cellist Ronald Thomas will be among the performers in the 2016 season of the Chestnut Hill Concerts.

Violinist Steven Copes, pianist Mihae Lee and cellist Ronald Thomas will be among the performers in the 2016 season of the Chestnut Hill Concerts.

OLD SAYBROOK – Now in its 47th season, Chestnut Hill Concerts will present four programs of chamber music this August at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook. The prestigious series is highly regarded, not only for its programming but for the world-class musicians artistic director Ronald Thomas invites for the performances.

This season, an expanded international roster of 16 renowned artists enables the programming of a greater variety of music as well as music written for larger ensembles. Among this stellar musical cast are two artists who are better known as conductors (violinist and violist Scott Yoo and Finnish clarinetist Osmo Vänskä) and five husband-and-wife duos who will perform together.

The concerts will take place on Friday evenings, August 5, 12, 19 and 26. Cellist and artistic director Ronald Thomas will host and perform in each program.

The first concert on August 5 is an All-Schubert program, featuring his Quartet for guitar, flute, viola, and cello; Variations on “Trockne Blumen” for flute and piano; and the Piano Trio in B-flat. The performers are violinist and violist Scott Yoo and his wife, flutist Alice K. Dade; Croatian guitarist Robert Belinic; and Russian-born pianist Anna Polonsky.

On August 12, the renowned Finnish conductor, Osmo Vänskä, will perform on clarinet, alongside his wife, violinist Erin Keefe, concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra. They will be joined by Mr. Thomas and pianist Randall Hodgkinson. The program includes Brahms’ Clarinet Trio; Bartok’s Contrasts for violin, clarinet, and piano; and Dvorak’s Piano Trio in F minor.

The program on August 19 includes Beethoven’s famous “Ghost” Piano Trio, Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet, and Brahms’s Horn Trio.  Hornist William Purvis will be joined by his wife, pianist Mihae Lee, along with violinists Steven Copes and Tien-Hsien Cindy Wu, violist Matthew Sinno, and cellist Ronald Thomas.

In the season finale on August 26, violinists Catherine Cho and Todd Phillips, also a married couple, will perform Prokofiev’s Sonata for Two Violins, followed by Beethoven’s Cello Sonata in G minor with cellist Ronald Thomas and pianist Mihae Lee. The program and the season concludes with Robert Schumann’s monumental Piano Quintet, with Cynthia Phelps, principal viola of the New York Philharmonic and wife of Ronald Thomas, joining the ensemble.

The 2016 Season of Chestnut Hill Concerts is made possible with support from the Connecticut Office of the Arts.

All concerts are Fridays at 8 p.m. at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (The Kate), 300 Main Street in Old Saybrook.. Subscriptions to the four concerts are $120 (orchestra) and $100 (balcony). Single tickets are $35 for orchestra seats and $30 for the balcony. To purchase tickets, visit chestnuthillconcerts.org or call 203-245-5736. After July 5, contact the Kate box office at 860-510-0453, or visit www.thekate.org.

 

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‘Theater Along the River’ Presents ‘Taming of the Shrew,’ Aug. 5

ESSEX – On Friday, Aug. 5, the Connecticut River Museum’s Theater Along the River continues it summer season with the Flock Theatre production of William Shakespeare’s popular comedy, The Taming of the Shrew.  This year’s summertime series is once again made possible through the generous support of the Essex Wellness Center.

According to director Derron Wood, “We are pleased to return for a third year to the Connecticut River Museum.  It offers a spellbinding backdrop for outdoor theater and allows us to reach a new audience.”

The Connecticut River Museum’s executive director, Christopher Dobbs, said, “Flock Theatre is a master of Shakespeare.  We feel fortunate to offer this level of entertainment at the museum and hope that the audience enjoys the production and its backdrop – the river.”  Dobbs was quick to note that the museum is only able to host this event and keep the ticket prices reasonable for all ages to enjoy through the “generosity of lead sponsor, the Essex Wellness Center.” Essex Wellness Center offers a range of holistic-minded health services, including Fitness on the Water, a beautiful, private workout studio.

The museum’s grounds will open at 6 p.m. for picnickers to lay out blankets and chairs.  Museum staff encourage the audience to make the picnic part of the experience.  In fact, there will be a special prize awarded to the “best” picnic arrangement.

Tickets are $18 for the general public and $10 for children (12 and under) and $12 for Connecticut River Museum members.  A cash bar serving beer and wine will be available for theatergoers.  No carry-in alcohol is permitted.  Tickets may be bought at www.ctrivermuseum.org or at the door starting at 6 p.m. the night of the performance. Curtain opens at 7 p.m., with a raindate of June 19.

Flock Theatre is a professional, not-for-profit theater company founded in 1989. The company is dedicated to creating original, collaborative and educational theater. Perhaps best known for the long-standing summer Shakespeare in the Arboretum, Flock Theatre performs year-round in a variety of venues, including their winter “nest” at the First Congregational Church, on the New London Pier, at the historic Shaw Mansion Museum and throughout New England.

For more information on the programs, please contact the Connecticut River Museum at 860-767-8269 or visit the website, ctrivermuseum.org.  The museum is located at 67 Main St., Essex. 

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Save the Date for Mad Hatter Garden Party at Deep River Library, July 24

MadHatterDEEP RIVER – The Deep River Public Library’s 2nd Annual Mad Hatter’s Garden Party will be held on Sunday, July 24 from 4 to 7 p.m. on the library lawn. There will be hors d’oeuvres, light refreshments, live music, good conversation and a teacup auction. A prize will be awarded for the best hat.

Tickets to this event are $25. All funding benefits the library garden and grounds.

For more information call the library at 860-526-6039 during service hours.
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Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln Come to Life in Two Dramatic Performances, July 21

Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, will be portrayed at Chester Village West in two dramatic performances.

Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, will be portrayed at Chester Village West on July 21.

CHESTER – President Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary will come to life with compelling stories of their days in the Oval Office on Thursday, July 21, at Chester Village West independent seniors community, 317 West Main Street, Chester, in two open-to-the-public performances at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

During this theatrical portrayal by the acting and writing team of husband and wife William and Sue Wills, participants will gain new insights about our 16th president, his rise from humble beginnings and the challenges he faced during our country’s Civil War.

After 20 years of operating their own theatrical company in Ocean City, Md., William and Sue Wills now bring to life the stories of 34 different presidential couples through their “Presidents and Their First Ladies, dramatically speaking” performances. The Willses have appeared together on stage more than 8,700 times.

Mr. and Mrs. Wills have performed in 35 of 50 states and given more than 30 performances at the nation’s presidential sites. They are a true working team: William researches and creates the scripts; Sue edits his work and creates the costumes, many of her own design. They are not impersonators, but hope that their costumes, dialects, and demeanors will help recreate these historical characters.

In 2013, the couple created an IRS-recognized non-profit organization, Presidents Project Inc., to raise money for organizations that help wounded soldiers and their families.  With their “Presidents and First Ladies” program, the William and Sue Wills hope that by presenting the personal side of our first couples, they will become more than just names read about in history books.

Refreshments will be served. Seating for the performances is limited and reservations are required. Call Chester Village West at 860-333-8992 to RSVP by Friday, July 15. More information at chestervillagewestlcs.com or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ChesterVillageWest.

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Babysitting Training Class Offered by Tri-Town YS, July 20

DEEP RIVER – Tri-Town Youth Services will offer the American Heart Association’s Pediatric First Aid and CPR course along with a babysitter training certificate program.  This course is for youth ages 12-17.  The $75 fee includes instruction, books, and certificate.

The summer session will be held at Tri-Town Youth Services, 56 High Street in Deep River on July 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Participants should bring their own lunches.  Classes fill quickly, so register soon – online (www.tritownys.org) or by calling 860-526-3600.

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.
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Award-winning “Noises Off!” Performed at The Kate by Saybrook Stage Company, July 14-17

LogoLargeOLD SAYBROOK – The Saybrook Stage Company returns to The Kate with their production of Noises Off! by Michael Frayn from Thursday, July 14, through Sunday, July 17.

It has been said that “once is not enough” to catch all of the jokes and sight gags in Frayn’s hilarious farce Noises Off!

The play opens with a bewildered road company flailing through the dress rehearsal of a flop called “Nothing On” – a silly romantic comedy scheduled to open the next night in a small suburban town. The second act of the play ingeniously presents a backstage view of the same show a month into the run showcasing all the funny drama taking place with the actors – love, lust, jealousy, suspicions and heartbreak. In the final act, the backstage confusion erupts and spills onto the live staged play creating some of the funniest and most outrageous moments of the night.

Noises Off! has often been billed as the funniest farce ever written.

Noises Off! originally opened on Broadway in 1983 to rave reviews and ran for over 550 performances, earning several awards including Best Outstanding Ensemble. It was revived on Broadway in 2001 and again this past year and has won numerous awards. The play is a unique glimpse into the backstage mechanics of rehearsing for a play – made even more real by having the physical set turned around after the first act so the audience can see and experience what happens backstage during a live performance.

The Saybrook Stage Company is pleased to return once again to The Kate in this hilarious comedy directed by Martin Scott Marchitto. This will be their 12th production at The Kate and could prove to be their zaniest yet. More recent previous plays are Rumors, The Wayside Motor Inn, Moon Over Buffalo and this past January to a sold-out audience, Deathtrap.

Performances will be July 14 through July 16 at 8 p.m. and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, with a newly added matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 16.

Go to www.thekate.org or call 877-503-1286 and reserve your tickets now.

The Saybrook Stage Company was founded as a non-profit corporation dedicated to providing quality local theater on the Connecticut Shoreline at the Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. Saybrook Stage welcomes actors of all levels and abilities – and anyone who genuinely loves the arts – to come together and share in the experience that only live theater can provide. The actors that have been part of the Saybrook Stage Company to date have varied backgrounds and “day jobs” from teachers, artists and homemakers to lawyers, business people and judges. The Company looks forward to producing many more quality productions at the beautiful venue of The Kate and continuing to thrive in this wonderful, artistic region of Connecticut. Visit www.SaybrookStage.org for more information about Saybrook Stage Company.

Saybrook Stage Company cast of "Noises Off!"

Saybrook Stage Company cast of “Noises Off!”

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Acton Public Library Book & Bake Sale Begins July 14

acton libraryOLD SAYBROOK – The Friends of Acton Public Library will hold their Annual Book Sale on Thursday, July 14, through Saturday, July 16. There will be a large assortment of all types of children’s books, videos and audio items, paperback books, fiction and mystery hardcover books on the lower level.

The schedule is Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The annual Bake Sale will be on Friday, July 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The proceeds from the Friends Book & Bake Sale benefit numerous activities and events at Acton Library throughout the year.  Some of these programs have been the children’s Halloween and Christmas parties and musical concerts, plus generous donations toward purchasing new materials for the library.

Please take a minute out of your day to stop by the library and support the Friends while selecting some inexpensive summer reading and video for those long summer days and nights.

For further information, call the library at 860-395-3184. Acton Library is at 60 Old Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook.

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Talk with Betsy Lerner, author of “The Bridge Ladies,” July 14

betsylernerESSEX – Betsy Lerner’s mother Roz has played bridge with the same four women for more than 50 years. Betsy grew up with these women without knowing their stories, including her mother’s.

Betsy Lerner’s book, “The Bridge Ladies,” is a humorous, poignant recounting of learning about her mother by learning to play bridge. “What began as a project of friendly curiosity soon became a cherished ritual.” The memoir has garnered universal praise including a starred review from “Publishers Weekly.” Lerner is also the author of “The Forest for the Trees” and “Food and Loathing.” She received an MFA from Columbia University in Poetry and was the recipient of a Thomas Wolfe Poetry Prize and an Academy of American Poets Poetry Prize, and she was one of PEN’s Emerging Writers.

Betsy Lerner will be at the Essex Library on Thursday, July 14, at 7 p.m. Books for purchase and signing will be available from R.J. Julia at the event.

Admission is free and open to all. Please call the library at 860-767-1560 to register or for more information. The Essex Library is located at 33 West Avenue in Essex.

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Walk with Essex Land Trust on Johnson Farm, July 9

Explore Johnson Farm, the Essex Land Trust's newest acquisition, on July 9.

Explore Johnson Farm, an Essex Land Trust recent acquisition, on July 9.

ESSEX – Come explore one of the latest Essex Land Trust land acquisitions, a 49-acre jewel of fields and forest in Ivoryton on Saturday, July 9 at 9 a.m.  

The farm belonged to Murwin and Polly Johnson and was acquired by the Essex Land Trust last year. Trails have been created across the fields and through the wooded areas. There are beautiful open sky vistas from various locations. The fields were once home to Border Leicester sheep known for their superior wool. Steward Dana Hill will lead this exploration of the largest open farmland left in Essex.  

The walk will take 1 1/2 hours. It is easy to moderate walking for all ages. Refreshments will be provided. Rain/thunderstorms cancel.

Park in the ELT parking lot on Read Hill Street, off of Comstock Road in Ivoryton. Overflow parking will be available at the Ivoryton Congregational Church, Main Street, Ivoryton. It is a short walk to the Read Hill Street entrance.

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Six Fridays of Summer Dance Movies at Acton Library, Starting July 8

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Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire

OLD SAYBROOK – The Acton Public Library in Old Saybrook will be hosting a Summer Dance film series in the Grady Thomas Room on six Fridays running July 8 through August 19 at 1 p.m.

The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers will be shown on July 8; West Side Story, with the choreography of Jerome Robbins, on July 22; That’s Dancing, a compilation of great dance numbers from modern to musicals, on July 29; Strictly Ballroom, a quirky mockumentary of a ballroom competition, on August 5; and Billy Elliot, the story of a young boy who becomes enamored with dance, on August 12. The series will conclude with Mad Hot Ballroom, an actual documentary of  NYC schoolchildren’s dance competition on August 19. Note there is no movie on July 15 due to the Friends Book Sale, which will be running Thursday, July 14 through Saturday, July 16.

For more information, call the Acton Library at 860-395-3184, or visit the library during regular hours, or visit on-line at www.actonlibrary.org.  The library is located 60 Old Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook.

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Plywood Cowboy Plays a Concert in the Garden, July 8

Photo courtesy of Steve Dedman

Photo courtesy of Steve Dedman

CHESTER – Plywood Cowboy will present a Special Friday Night Concert at the Leif Nilsson Studio on Friday, July 8, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Formed in 2015 in the Connecticut River Valley, Plywood Cowboy is poised to rewrite the American Songbook. “With great harmonies, clever songs & tasty guitar pickin’, Plywood Cowboy is one of the best new bands on the Americana scene,” said Chris Bergson, NY Blues Hall of Fame Inductee. Bottle-fed on roots music, multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Steve Dedman and his band strike deep at the soul of American music with songs about hound dogs, heart strings, and the vice of the bottle.

Plywood Cowboy is reaching new audiences through their expanding live performance schedule, and is currently writing and recording new material that is on track for a debut album release in 2016. Their music reflects decades of playing and performing experience by Steve and his band mates. Combining Austin Gray’s ever-present harmonies and palpable telecaster work, Shane Tanner’s warm Fender bass lines and Henry Yorzinski’s exacting drumwork, Plywood Cowboy’s music sits comfortably on the ears of its listeners.

The band has appeared numerous times on iCRV Radio and has been a featured band on WESU 88.1FM ‘Voice of the City’. They’ve also found the spotlight on stages throughout Connecticut including Infinity Hall and The Kate, and destination venues from Monadnock Pumpkin Festival (NH) to Puckett’s (TN). In addition to the core lineup, guest musicians are often featured at live performances, including Emily Marcello on violin, and others on pedal steel, tenor saxophone, and banjo.

Cowboys of the airwaves, no one in the band owns any cows. Not as of yet, at least. Steve learned to play guitar from his father, David, and family friend John Hanus, who would pick guitars and sing their favorite country songs over their CB radios, and take the time on Sundays to teach Steve how to pick in country-western style. From Kris Kristopherson to Lefty Frizzell, John and David taught a young Steve true American music. Few knew John by his real name, but many knew him by his CB handle, “Plywood Cowboy,” a reference to his day job hauling lumber around the Northeast. Though both CB’ers have left the airwaves, it is through the band’s music that their influences will forever be heard.

Follow the herd with Plywood Cowboy on the path to release their debut album and enjoy the sounds of “incredible, toe-tapping, quality Ameriana music” (Ibby Carothers, iCRV Radio). More at http://www.plywoodcowboy.com/

A $20 donation at the door is requested. Feel free to BYOB and picnic and enjoy the outdoor bistro style seating in the amphitheater (inside the gallery if inclement weather).Gates open a half hour before the show. First come first seated. Sorry, no pets allowed.  For more information, call (860) 526-2077 or visit http://www.nilssonstudio.com. The studio is at 1 Spring Street, in the heart of Chester Center.

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What Floats Your Boat? Sign up for River Museum Boatbuilding Workshop, July 8-10

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The Cappy 15 will be the boat built during the Connecticut River Museum’s annual Boatbuilding Workshop July 8 – 10.

ESSEX – The Connecticut River Museum will host its third community boatbuilding workshop the weekend of July 8 – 9 on the grounds of the museum. This year the boat to be built is the Cappy 15. Cappy, a rugged 15-ft kayak specifically designed for river use by Dave Hemenway, is an easy-to-build plywood boat that is based on the popular “Six Hour Canoe” design. Hundreds of these versatile craft have been built, but the Cappy adds decks, buoyancy tanks and rugged construction to increase strength and safety. According to David Hemenway, who developed the boat for construction by students at Mitchell College in New London, “The Cappy is particularly well suited to the Connecticut River and its coves.”

During the workshop, participants will assemble a Cappy kit. No previous boat building experience is required. Participants need only provide a few basic hand tools plus paint to finish the boat at home after the event. Time will be set aside on Saturday afternoon during the workshop for a group paddle using the museum’s existing canoe and kayak fleet to learn basic kayak operation and to enjoy time on the water. Saturday will also have the ever popular Southern New England Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society’s annual Mahogany Memories show.

“The past two years we have built a traditional rowboat, but when we saw this kayak with its stability, its versatility and its comfort for kayakers young and old, we decided to move to this design for our 2016 event,” said Paul Kessinger, museum volunteer and Boat Crew Foreman. The event encourages families and groups of up to four people to build a boat. On Friday, participants begin with a kit and by the end of the day on Sunday they are ready for the “put’em in the water” celebration. The teams are assisted by experienced boat builders who answer questions and assist as needed.

The cost per boat is $675 for museum members and $725 for non-members and includes all materials. Teams are requested to bring simple power tools like drills but everything else is provided.

To register: Space is extremely limited for the boat building workshop. Participants must be at least 10 years old and all children must be accompanied by an adult. The deadline to register is Friday, June 20. The $725 program fee ($675 for CRM members) includes all the supplies needed to build the Cappy 15. By the end of the weekend, participants will have a completed boat, ready to be painted and rowed. For more information, visit www.ctrivermuseum.org or call 860-767-8269.

 

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The Magic of Danny Diamond at Ivoryton Playhouse, July 8

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IVORYTON – “Danny Diamond is one of Connecticut’s most in-demand kids and family magicians working today!!”

The Ivoryton Playhouse is opening its summer – full of fun and educational programs all geared towards children! On Friday July 8 at 11 a.m.,  head over to the Ivoryton Playhouse to see Danny Diamond, a family-friendly comedy magician and balloon-twister who’s been bringing his unique brand of humor and magical entertainment to kids and families all across Connecticut and New York for over 12 years.

Combining magic, comedy, balloons, music, juggling, and even puppets – Danny’s performances are original, diverse, and a ton of fun! This is not your typical, cookie-cutter “kiddie” magic show.

The Playhouse is proud to present new and exciting live performances featuring some of Connecticut’s most popular, professional artists.  Performances are for children of all ages.  Help your child discover the magic of theater this summer at The Ivoryton Playhouse.

All performances take place on Fridays at 11:00 a.m.  All tickets $14. For tickets, call 860-767-7318 or purchase them online at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org.
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Support Essex and Ivoryton Libraries! See “Chicago” at Ivoryton Playhouse, July 7

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IVORYTON – The Second Annual Fundraiser hosted by the Essex and Ivoryton Libraries will feature Chicago at the Ivoryton Playhouse on July 7. Tickets include an elegant reception at 6 p.m., featuring hors d’oeuvres generously donated by The Copper Beach Inn. Red and white wine, champagne and sparkling water from Shore Line Discount Liquors of Deep River will also be served. The show performance begins at 7:30 p.m.

Chicago, the American musical set in Prohibition-era Chicago, is based on the play by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins. It tells the story of corruption in the criminal justice system and the notoriety of celebrity criminals through one show-stopping song after another with fabulous dancing. No wonder Chicago has been honored with six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy and thousands of standing ovations.

Everyone is encouraged to join the fun and wear red or black with flashy or snazzy accents to honor the Roaring Twenties.

Tickets are $60 and will be available at the Essex Library and the Ivoryton Library. If you are an Ivoryton Playhouse subscriber, please consider buying a ticket to the pre-show reception for $30.

   

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Monthly Caregivers Support Group Offered at Estuary Council; Next Meeting July 6

estuary councilAREAWIDE – Are you caring for a relative, neighbor, or friend?  Who is taking care of you?

Estuary Council of Seniors has a Caregivers Support Group that meets the first Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m. and is open to the public.

Everyone who gives a piece of themselves to care for someone knows the toll it can take on their life. Sometimes getting the information you need and knowing where to turn can make a big difference for both the patient and the caregiver. This is an invitation to all the caregivers out there to come meet Ann Dipierdomenico from Chesterfield Healthcare Center. Ann is the group facilitator and will help you navigate through all the complicated stuff that comes with being someone’s caregiver.

For more information, call Deb at 860-388-1611  ext. 204. The Estuary Council of Seniors is at 220 Main St., Old Saybrook. 

  

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Be an Adventurer! Share Your Ideas at First Meeting, July 5

estuary councilAREAWIDE – Estuary Council of Seniors Marshview Adventurers’ Group’s first meeting will be Tuesday, July 5, at 10:30 a.m. at the Estuary Council, 220 Main St., Old Saybrook.

Those of you who like to be active and busy have been asking the Estuary Council about starting a group for adventurers.

Do you bike, hike, kayak or walk the beach? The first meeting on July 5 will decide what the Estuary Council will be scheduling, what time of day, etc. Susan Graham will be the group leader. You may call her at 860-388-1611 ext. 208 for more information or visit the website at www.ecsenior.org. So it’s up to you to come to the meeting to meet Susan and talk about what outdoor group activities interest you.

 

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Ivoryton Independence Day Parade Welcomes All, July 2

CMS New Horizons Band (file photo)

CMS New Horizons Band (file photo)

IVORYTON –  The 11th annual Ivoryton Village Independence Day Parade (formerly The 4th of July Parade) will take place on Saturday, July 2, at 10 a.m. The parade will wind through the village of Ivoryton, ending at the Ivoryton Park. The patriotic ceremony begins in the Park gazebo immediately following the parade. The ceremony features speakers and singers. The New Horizons Band from the Community Music School will play.

Everyone is welcome to march, including children on decorated bikes along with motorized cars and tractors and floats. The parade will line  up vehicles at 9:15, with marching groups gathering at 9:30 at Walnut and Main Streets. Motorized vehicles will form on Cheney Street. If you are interested in joining the parade or would like more information, please contact ealvord@ivoryton.com.

The parade this year will coincide with the Ivoryton Village Farmers Market – food and music in the park. The Ivoryton Tavern and the Blue Hound Cookery will have parade specials. Ivoryton also welcomes  Brickside Pizza, 104 Main St., for take-out pizza and calzones.
In the event of rain, the parade will be cancelled, but the ceremony at the gazebo will be held at 10 a.m.
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Essex Art Association’s Summer Open Show, Opens July 1

Golden-Iris-by-C-DunnESSEX – The third exhibition of the Essex Art Association 2016 season is an open show whose theme is “Inside Out.” The juror, Jon Sideriadis, is a member of the faculty at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Old Lyme. A science fiction and fantasy illustrator and author, Sideriadis is currently writing and illustrating an original mythology series. $1700 will be awarded to exhibiting artists for their work in various media.

 Each season five EAA artists are selected by a juror to exhibit their work in the small “Exit Gallery.” The Exit Gallery artist during this exhibition is Carol Dunn, an award-winning printmaker, photographer and mixed media artist, specializing in alternative processes for creating artwork. She said, “I enjoy working with many non-traditional mediums. I continue to learn and experiment with new materials and techniques. I also like to combine many techniques into one piece, which often makes it difficult to explain to someone exactly how something was created.”

Dunn continued, “More than anything else in the creative process, I love the interplay of color and texture. I have spent countless hours photographing peeling paint and rusting metal. When I mix inks to begin printmaking, I often get sidetracked by marveling at the pigments on my palette, enjoying how the colors play off each other, wondering what will happen if I mix two unrelated colors into a blend with my brayer. Sometimes I think I could just mix colors forever and never begin the actual application of the color to plate or paper. When working with collage, I have difficulty eliminating items, because I find such beauty in the smallest scraps of handmade paper, or an old ledger filled with beautifully drawn numbers, letters, and script.”

Dunn’s techniques include Mixed Media, Photopolymer Etchings, Overprinted Collages, Acrylic Skins, Printing on Handmade Papers, Collagraphs, Prints on Aluminum, Polaroid Emulsion Lifts and Transfers, Linocuts and Monotypes. She said, “I have a large studio full of natural light, where I enjoy teaching others many of my techniques for art making. I hope you enjoy my work. You can contact me or find out more about my classes, and see more of my work, through my website: www.caroldunnart.com.“

The “Inside Out” exhibition opening reception will be held Friday, July 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. Both exhibits are open at no charge to the public from July 2 to July 23 at the Essex Art Association Gallery located in the sunny yellow building in the center of Essex at 10 North Main Street. Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. daily, closed Tuesdays. For more information, call 860-767-8996.
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Maple and Main Gallery Artists Paint Chester Scenes for First Friday Show, July 1

Dan Nichols paints a Chester scene

Dan Nichols paints a Chester scene

“Downtown Chester,” a show of original paintings done by Maple and Main Gallery artists depicting the center of Chester, will be at the gallery Friday, July 1 through Sunday, July 3.

An opening party will be July 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. to help kick off the debut of First Fridays in Chester. Other galleries and shops in Chester Center will also be having special events during the First Friday of July.

The paintings in the Downtown Chester show were mainly done during June, a number of them from the gallery porch, in the street during the Chester Sunday Market and along the sidewalks.

The show will open Friday at noon until 8 p.m., and will remain open Saturday, July 2 from noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Maple and Main is at One Maple Street in Chester. For more information, go to mapleandmaingallery.com or call 860-526-6065. Hours: Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to 7 p.m.

Donna Dubreuil Favreau, "Chester's Farmers Market"

Donna Dubreuil Favreau, “Chester’s Farmers Market”

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July at Deep River Public Library Is Full of Fun for Kids

Deep River Library building at 150 Main Street, Deep River

Deep River Library building at 150 Main Street, Deep River

 Every Friday is FUN FRIDAY at the Deep River Public Library! The following story times and programs for the month of July will be offered:

July 1:  FUN FRIDAY Story time. This is a Preschool Power Hour with stories and songs in an interactive setting, followed by Open Play. Starts at 10:30 a.m.; open to all ages,

July 8: Special FUN FRIDAY GUEST! ABC Amigos returns. Starts at 10:30 a.m.; open to all ages. Preschool Power Hour with stories and songs in an interactive setting. Starts at 10:30 a.m.; open to all ages,

July 15: Special FUN FRIDAY GUESTS! Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center visits with some special animal friends!  Learn about animal movement in this interactive program with live animals, specifically tailored to the preschool set. Older children welcome are also welcome to attend. Free and open to all, no registration required. Starts at 10:30 a.m.

July 22: Special FUN FRIDAY GUEST! Yoga for Youngsters and their grownups with Jen from Earth Friends Discovery. Get fit and flexible with a free session of yoga. Bring a mat or towel. This program is geared toward preschoolers,  but older children are welcome to attend. Free and open to all, no registration required. Starts at 10:30 a.m.

July 29: The Deep River Drive-in Returns with “Dr. Seuss, Green Eggs and Ham,” a short film appropriate for preschools and served with popcorn, all in reserved box-car seating. Show time starts at 10:30 a.m.

Additional Children’s/Teen Programs:

July 6: Wednesday Family Night continues at the Deep River Public Library! Come at 6 p.m. for a Family Yoga night with Jen from Earth Friends Discovery. Get fit and flexible with a free session of yoga. Bring a mat or towel. This program is best suited for children ages 5 and up. Bring the whole family and give yoga a try on us! Free and open to all, no registration required.

July 13:  Zumba with Tracy starts at 6 p.m. Got energy to burn? Love moving to a beat? Come try out Zumba for kids. Get fit and have fun doing it with this high-energy workout to the latest dance tunes. This program is best suited for children ages 4 and up, but all are welcome to attend. Bring the whole family and give Zumba a try! Free and open to all, no registration required.

July 14: Brick Bunch meets from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. for open Lego construction. This is a drop-in program. Large blocks for the younger kids are now available.

July 20: Drumming With Bob Bloom starts at 6 p.m. This is an interactive program appropriate and fun for all ages. Find your own rhythm, Open to all, no registration required.

July 27: Stamford Animal Museum returns with Animals in Motion at 6 p.m. Learn about the movers and shakers in the animal world in this interactive show. Open to all; no registration required.

For more information on any of these programs, please call 860-526-6039 or email drplchildrensdept@gmail.com.

 

 

 

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Marshview Gallery Features Diane Aldi DePaola in July

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Oil by Diane Aldi DePaola

OLD SAYBROOK – The July artist of the month at Marshview Gallery at the Estuary Council of Seniors will be Diane Aldi DePaola.

Diane retired from a career as a psychiatric nurse.  She joined the board of the Tracy Art Center, an art center in Old Saybrook, which encouraged her to begin drawing and painting. She has studied with Nancy Tracy, Bernie McTigue, Noel Belton and Leif Nilsson.

Diane enjoys painting with oil best… its smell, its thick texture, the way it covers the canvas like frosting on a cake.  To get that “certain effect,” she has been known to use Q-tips, rags and even kitchen utensils. Painting has taught her to see differently than before…. color, light, nature. Painting challenges her assumptions about the color of things in life: the grass is not always green, the sky is often not blue.

Diane hopes her paintings will bring the same joy and fun to those who see them. View or purchase her paintings on-line at dianedepaola.com or contact her at 860-388-6353.

A reception to meet Diane will be held Friday, July 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend to meet the artist. Refreshments will be provided. The Estuary Council is at 220 Main St., Old Saybrook. More information at 860-388-1611.

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Award-winning D.B. Rielly Performs at Concert in Garden, June 30

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Photo courtesy of D.B. Rielly

CHESTER – Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio and Gallery presents the next Concert in the Garden on Thursday, June 30, from 7 to 9 p.m.

D.B. Rielly is an award-winning singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who, along with his band, performs a wide-ranging collection of Americana music, including Roots, Zydeco, Blues, and Alt-Country. WMLB in Atlanta calls him “one of the best songwriters you’ve never heard of” and Country Music People Magazine says he is “rootsy, frequently very funny, witty and cynical, literate and highly enjoyable. Rielly is definitely someone to watch out for.” D.B. promises his listeners an “instantaneous cure for all afflictions.”

 Check out D.B.’s videos, they are amazing! http://www.youtube.com/dbrielly<.

A $20 donation at the door is requested. Feel free to BYOB and picnic and enjoy the outdoor bistro style seating in the amphitheater (inside the gallery if inclement weather).Gates open a half hour before the show. First come first seated. Sorry, no pets allowed.  For more information, call (860) 526-2077 or visit http://www.nilssonstudio.com. The studio is at 1 Spring Street, in the heart of Chester Center.
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World Class Frisbee at Deep River Public Library, June 29

Todd Brodeur

Todd Brodeur

DEEP RIVER – Get ready for some high-flying fun when World Class Frisbee visits the Deep River Public Library on Wednesday, June 29, at 6 p.m.

Watch Free-Styling Frisbee Champion Todd Brodeur as he amazes us with some fabulous tricks. You might just learn a few skills to try out on your own! Free and open to all, no registration required.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Deep River Public Library.

For more information, go to website at http://deepriverlibrary.accountsupport.com and click on the monthly calendar, email the Children’s Department at drplchildrensdept@gmail.com or call the library at 860-526-6039 during service hours: Monday 1 – 8pm; Tuesday 10 am – 6 pm; Wednesday 12:30 – 8 pm; Thursday and Friday 10 am – 6 pm; and Saturday 10 am – 5 pm.

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Public Lecture Series at Chester Village West Continues June 28

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CHESTER – Regardless of the formal education we’ve received over our lifetimes, continuous learning is what keeps us young, enthusiastic and engaged in retirement.

Chester Village West, a senior living community, in partnership with the Wesleyan Institute for Lifelong Learning and Middlesex Hospital, has been offering a series of lectures and informative presentations by biographers, historians and medical experts this spring. The last two programs are scheduled for June 2 and June 28.

All lectures, which begin at 4 p.m. in the community’s event room, are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Each lecture will be limited to 40 participants on a first-come, first served basis; early registration is encouraged. To register, call (860) 333-8992 or visit the website at http://www.chestervillagewestlcs.com/events-and-resources/lifelong-learning-program.

The final lecture is as follows:

Tuesday, June 28, 4 p.m. – Is It More than Just the Blues?
Robert A. Grillo, Jr., M.D., a specialist in geriatric psychiatry at Middlesex Hospital, will review the symptoms, diagnosis and epidemiology of depression in the elderly. He will also discuss specific risk factors of developing depression for older persons, treatment options and prevention. Register here.

Editor’s note: Located at 317 West Main St. (Rte. 148) in historic Chester, CT, Chester Village West gives independent-minded people a new way to experience retirement and live their lives to the fullest. Since the independent seniors community was founded more than 25 years ago, Chester Village West residents have directed and embraced active learning. Within a small community of private residences that offer convenience, companionship, service and security, Chester Village West enriches lives with a comprehensive program that enhances fitness, nutrition, active life, health and well being. Find out more at chestervillagewestlcs.com.

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Dig into Your Past with Genealogy Experts, June 27

DEEP RIVER – A free genealogy program will be given on Monday, June 27, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Deep River Public Library. The Family History Center of Madison will help you research your family’s story. They will introduce you to available resources for researching and instruct you on where to look. They will help guide you with questions and help you to avoid common pitfalls in discovering the secrets of your family history. This program is free, but registration is required.

For more information, go to http://deepriverlibrary.accountsupport.com and click on the monthly calendar or call the library at 860-526-6039 during service hours.
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Ivoryton Village Farmers Market Open Saturdays

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IVORYTON – The Ivoryton Village Farmers Market turns 5!  Starting Saturday, June 18, at 10 a.m., the Ivoryton Green will once again be bustling with vendors showcasing CT-grown products and prepared foods, creations from local artisans and crafters, and live music every week.

Each week seasonal produce, meats, fish, cheeses, milk, ice cream, garlic, maple syrup, honey, coffee, flowers, shrubs, jams and jellies, bakery items and more will be available. Between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., families are invited to visit Ivoryton, shop the market and enjoy live bands playing each week in the Gazebo.

Sponsored by the Ivoryton Village Alliance, and located next to the iconic Ivoryton Playhouse, the mission of the Ivoryton Village Farmers Market is a simple one – to bring the farm to your table. Market Manager David Sousa says, “We offer fresh, locally grown food to our customers, and it’s a great way for everyone to learn about where their food comes from.”

With the array of fabulous foods on offer every week, he goes on to say, “We really just want people to think about supporting local farmers, shopping local, buying local.  Buying local builds strong communities and building a strong community is what the Ivoryton Village Alliance is all about.” More information at www.ivorytonfarmersmarket.com.

CT Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program – WIC/Senior (FMNP) Checks Accepted.

 

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Literacy Volunteers Offer Book Promotion for June

AREAWIDE – Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore (LVVS) is celebrating summer (well, almost) with a “Bonanza of Best Buys in Beach Books,” a paperback book promotion for the month of June. Come down to the book sale to stock up for your beach outings and relax with a good book. Not a beach goer? Bring that paperback to the backyard deck or camper. Promotional specials feature one free book with the purchase of two paperback books.

Also available are hardcover books, with most available at $2.

LVVS is located on the lower level of the Westbrook Library, 61 Goodspeed Drive. Watch for the curbside sign on Route 1. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. More information at www.vsliteracy.org or call 860-399-0280.

Spring cleaning or phasing out clutter? Consider donating your gently used books, 2006 or newer, to LVVS where your donation sales benefit literacy programs.

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Marshview Gallery Exhibits Paintings by Maureen Tarbox in June

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OLD SAYBROOK — Maureen Tarbox, a resident of East Haddam, will be exhibiting her paintings at Marshview Gallery in Old Saybrook in June.

Tarbox moved to Connecticut in 2002 when she retired from teaching science. She began plein air painting because of the extraordinary light, beautiful scenery and many opportunities to attend art workshops and classes in southeast CT. She paints with a group called The Brushstrokes, who all share the love of nature and desire to try and recreate on canvas the beauty that surrounds us .

For the past 10 years she has developed her oil painting style  under the guidance of Noel Belton and other talented instructors. She is currently a member of the  Essex Art Association, the Middlesex Art Guild, Brushstrokes and the Connecticut River Watercolorists.

Tarbox loves to paint landscapes, seascapes, old buildings and anything with water. She loves the proximity to the many beaches, woods and historical towns.

All are welcome to attend the artist reception on Friday, June 10, from 5 to 7 p.m.  and meet the artist. Refreshments will be provided.

Marshview Gallery is located in the Estuary Center, 220 Main St., Old Saybrook.

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Registration Open for Summer Co-op for Tri-Town Middle School Students

2015 Co-oREGION 4 — Tri-Town Youth Services will kick off its three-week summer Co-op 2016 with “Water Week,” which will take place June 27-30.  Each day will start at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. at Tri-Town Youth Services, 56 High Street, Deep River.  The week includes trips to Ocean Beach, Huck Finn, Brownstone and Lake Compounce.

Session II of the Summer Co-op runs July 5-7.  “Surf ‘n’ Turf” features trips to Empower Zip Lines, Hammonasset Beach and Six Flags.  Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Session III, July 11-14, is “Equine Adventure,” which includes learning about horses, their care and riding lessons.  Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Brochures with details and registration forms are available throughout the tri-town region at elementary schools and at John Winthrop Middle School.  These programs are open to students entering grades 7, 8 or 9 who live in Chester, Deep River or Essex.

For further information, call Tri-Town at 860-526-3600, or visit www.tritownys.org

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