October 25, 2014

Imagining Chester: Special Exhibition Opens Nov. 1

Gray Jacobik of Deep River: Connecticut River (Lord's Cove)

Gray Jacobik of Deep River: Connecticut River (Lord’s Cove)

CHESTER – Imagining Chester, a special exhibit of paintings interpreting scenes of Chester will be shown during November at Maple and Main Gallery and will benefit residents in need.

A percentage of each painting sold will be contributed to the Community Fund and Emergency Fuel bank which allocates money to residents who need help with their heating bills and other emergencies.

The show will be in Maple and Main’s Stone Gallery and will feature paintings done from photographs of Chester Creek, the Pattaconk Brook, the Connecticut River looking toward the East Haddam Bridge, a red barn in town and a scene from the Winter Carnivale.

On Saturday, Nov. 1, there will be an informal wine reception to usher in the exhibit from 5 to 7 p.m.

The gallery, at One Maple Street, is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Some of the Chester paintings can be seen in the events section of the gallery website: mapleandmaingallery.com.

 

Acton Public Library to Host Author James Rourke Book Talk – Nov. 5

eternal struggleActon Public Library, 60 Old Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, will host author James Rourke at a Book Talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 5, 2014. Mr. Rourke is the author of two non-fiction books, The Comic Book Curriculum: Using Comics to Enhance Learning and Life, and From My Classroom To Yours: Reflections on Teaching. He will present his novel, The Eternal Struggle, a “supernatural adventure” for Young Adults, and discuss the writing and publishing process. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please call the library at 860-395-3184, or visit during regular business hours. The library is open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m to 8:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.

LVVS November’s ‘Pay It Forward’ Book Donation Program

Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore, CT, Inc. encourages you to pay it forward by donating your gently used 2004 and newer books to replenish its bookstore. You can feel great knowing you are supporting an organization that makes a difference by helping to sustain its tutoring programs. During fall cleaning address that clutter you’ve been meaning to get to by going through books you have already read. Come full circle by dropping off your old books and choosing new ones from our bookstore. Drop off your used books and visit the bookstore Monday-Thursday, 9-2PM, and the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month, 10a.m.-noon. We have a wide selection of hardcovers, paperbacks, children’s books, puzzles and DVD’s. We are located on the lower level of the Westbrook Library, 61 Goodspeed Drive. For more information visit www.vsliteracy.org or call 860-399-0280.

Human Powered Submarines: The Turtle to Jesse III – Nov. 15

Students from Old Saybrook High School and teachers Fred Frese and Gretchen Bushnell with their human powered submarine, Jesse III. The students and the sub will be part of the Connecticut River Museum’s upcoming program Human Powered Submarines: The Turtle to Jesse III.

Students from Old Saybrook High School and teachers Fred Frese and Gretchen Bushnell with their human powered submarine, Jesse III. The students and the sub will be part of the Connecticut River Museum’s upcoming program Human Powered Submarines: The Turtle to Jesse III.

ESSEX —  The Connecticut River Museum will bring past and present together for this program exploring the local heritage of submarine design; from David Bushnell’s American Revolution submarine, Turtle, to Old Saybrook High School’s submarine design program. Come for an afternoon exploring the story of human powered submarines with noted submarine historians Fred Frese and Roy Manstan, along with students from Old Saybrook High School. After a short talk, Old Saybrook High School students and their teachers Fred Frese and Gretchen Bushnell will have their one-man sub Jesse III on view. They will share their experiences designing, building and operating the sub.  The students in the OSHS submarine program are involved in all aspects of the engineering and operations of this human powered sub, including testing the sub at the Bethesda, MD naval testing facility against submarines from around the world.

The program will take place from 2:30 – 5:00, Saturday, November 15, 2014. It will begin with a short talk by Fred Frese and Roy Manstan. Following the talk, visitors can talk with the speakers and the OSHS students, view the Connecticut River Museum’s replica Turtle and the OSHS submarine Jesse III. Admission to the program is free with museum admission. To register, please call 860.767.8269.

The Connecticut River Museum is located at 67 Main Street, Essex and is open Tuesday – Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm. For more information, call 860.767.8269 or go to www.ctrivermuseum.org.

Books & Bagels – Why Liberal Arts? Chester – Nov. 16

Dr. Michael Roth

Dr. Michael Roth

Why Liberal Arts?  At Books & Bagel in Chester, Wesleyan University’s president defends the liberal arts in the age of specialization

Jobs for young people prove scarce today, and those that are most often available seek graduates who are skilled in specific areas of study. But Wesleyan University’s president, Michael Roth, author of the very influential new book, Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters, argues that it is more important than ever for youngsters to get a well-rounded education.

Dr. Roth, a member of CBSRZ, will spell out his arguments at a free Books & Bagels program, open to the public, at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, November 16.

His book quickly became a national sensation, with its second printing already sold out, and is required reading for every freshman at Harvard.

He says his motivation for writing it can be traced to prevailing attitudes in the age of technology to shun the liberal arts and train just for the job market.  “If we dumb our educational down so it’s vocational we’ll become the call center of the world.” But, he says, “We won’t educate people in the broadest sense, and prepare them to be problem solvers. The liberal arts prepare students for a lifetime of learning.”

Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek is located at 55 East Kings Highway in Chester.  No reservations are necessary; for more information, call the office at 860-526-8920.

Lessons From Life and Fairytales at Deep River Auditorium – Nov. 15

Keryn Nightingale presents her one-woman show, ‘Sympathy for the Devil: The Cancer Initiation of the Handless Maiden’, on Saturday, November 15, at the Deep River Auditorium.

‘Sympathy for the Devil’ is the story of two women: one, a modern-day mother of three, the other, the heroine of an old Eastern-European fairytale. Both women are transformed through trials of endurance.

Keryn Nightingale expertly weaves her personal narrative with that of the handless maiden, creating a show of spellbinding imagery and heartfelt honesty. Lessons about the beauty of helplessness, the relief of letting go, the inspiration of laughter and the power of transcending illusion are presented with humor and punctuated by contemporary music.

Saturday, November 15, at the Deep River Town Hall Auditorium, 174 Main Street. 7:30

$20.00 General Admission (A portion of the proceeds to benefit the Mobile Mammography Lab at Hartford Hospital). Tickets can be purchased at Chester Gallery or at scratchproductions2014.weebly. com.

Essex Meadows – Haitian Art Show Sponsored by Sister Cities Essex Haiti – Nov. 3

Haitian Art 2Sister Cities Essex Haiti is delighted to have been invited once again by Essex Meadows to display a collection of Haitian art in their Meadows gallery.  The opening reception on Monday, November 3 is open to all.

An important aspect of the mission of Sister Cities Essex Haiti is to make people of Essex and all of Southeastern CT aware of the many positive aspects of Haiti.  Haitian art is wonderful- from their colorful paintings to their unique work with metal from discarded oil drums.  This show will focus on the metal art work but will also have several of  colorful paintings depicting rural scenes.  The profits from the sale of the art work will benefit the work of SCEH in Deschapelles Haiti.

The opening reception is open to all and representatives from SCEH will be there until 7:00.  Essex Meadows is located at 30 Bokum Road, Essex.

Tri-Town Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Meeting – Nov. 5

The Tri-Town Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition will hold its next meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at Tri-Town Youth Services, 56 High Street in Deep River.  The Coalition is comprised of 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 in Healthy Communities ● Healthy Youth and the Drug Free Communities federal grant.  With 2014-15 being “The Year of the Story” many activities, programs, and events are highlighting the use of stories to promote developmental assets.

Please do join the Coalition to share your thoughts, to learn more about prevention, and to get involved!  For further information, call 860-526-3600.

Acton Library November Children’s Programs

The Acton Public Library in Old Saybrook announces 3 special Children’s programs for November. On Thursday, November 6th at 6:30pm, join us for “Maddie & Beanie’s Magical Journey” with children’s author, Marilyn Davis; on Wednesday, November 12th,  watch the The Eastern Connecticut Ballet’s preview performance of “The Nutcracker”; and on Thursday, November 20th at 6:30pm,  come for “Money Oragami,” and create some great gifts by folding money!

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  .

TTYS Program “Raising Your Children in the Digital Age” – Nov. 13

We raise our children in a world filled with screens. Does it matter? What impact is it having? You are invited to the free program, “Raising Young Children in the Digital Age”, on Thursday, November 13th from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Chester Elementary School Auditorium.  Come hear what child health advocates and educators, including Dr. Cara Barbierri from Pathways Center for Learning and Behavioral Health, have to say about our young children’s exposure to digital media.

The first 15 participants to register will receive a free copy of Talking Back to Facebook.  Please call 860-526-3600 or visit www.tritownys.org to register.  This program, which is funded through a grant from Middlesex United Way, is made possible through a collaboration of the Early Childhood Council of Chester, Deep River, and Essex and Tri-Town Youth Services Bureau.

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

 

Two Events for Local Artist Dan Dahlstrom at Essex Library in November

Dan Dahlstrom Pic PaintingThe Essex Library will be hosting an art exhibit November 3rd through November 28th, and artist’s “Meet and Greet” on Saturday November 8th, 2014, 1-4 PM, for painter, Daniel (Dan) Dahlstrom.

Mr. Dahlstrom, originally of Essex, CT, currently resides in Chester, CT. His work has been accepted into many local juried shows, including the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, Connecticut, held in conjunction with the Lyme Art Association.  Dan has studied at the prestigious Lyme Art Academy, and with several professional, local artists.

Current commissioned pieces are on display at the Water’s Edge Resort, Westbrook, Connecticut, The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station, Haddam, Connecticut , and in private collections with select interior designers.

Mr. Dahlstrom’s inspiration comes from the light effects of nature, and his renderings impact a serene, peaceful quality. He often paints scenes of his beloved Chester, The Connecticut River, Long Island Sound, and the surrounding vistas of the beautiful countryside of New England. He enjoys working “en plein air” (in the open air) and in his studio.

Patrons may view his work at The Essex Library: 33 West Avenue, Essex, CT. For more information you may call the library at: (860) 767-1560 or go to: www.youressexlibrary.org.

 

Concert in the Garden Featuring DB Rielly and Local Duo Ebin Rose – Nov. 9

D. B. Rielly

D. B. Rielly

DB Rielly and Local Duo Ebin Rose will be featured at the Concert in the Garden at the Leif Nilsson Studio and Gallery on November 9 from 4-6 pm.

$10 donation – BYOB and picnic – Outdoor Bistro Style Seating in the Amphitheatre.
First come first seated. Rain or Shine! Performances are held inside the Gallery during inclement weather.

More info (860) 526-2077 www.nilssonstudio.com

Local duo Ebin Rose will open the show.

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 his videos, they are amazing!

http://www.dbrielly.com
http://www.youtube.com/dbrielly
http://www.facebook.com/pages/DB-Rielly/43416220585

 

Pancake Breakfast Essex Fire Engine Co. No. 1 – Nov. 2

Essex Fire Company will be hosting a pancake breakfast on Sunday November 2 from 7 am – 11 am at the Essex Fire Headquarters, 11 Saybrook Road, Essex

They will have fire apparatus on display along with rescue equipment.  Sparky the fire dog will also be there!

Please bring a can of food for the Shoreline Soup Kitchen.

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Israeli Novelist Comes to Chester – Nov. 6

The Hilltop - Assaf GavronSettlements in the West Bank have been the subject of fierce debate in Israel and around the world. What public officials say often misses the human consequences of this state of affairs. But these consequences become obvious and compelling in the novel The Hilltop, by the Israeli author Assaf Gavron.

Gavron will speak about the West Bank and read from his highly praised book at 8:00 pm on Thursday, Nov 6th in a free program open to the public at Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek in Chester.

“With the conflict in the Middle East over the summer, we have been facilitating several congregational meetings at CBSRZ to discuss the events happening over seas and to work out our frustrations about a difficult situation. It was very timely and fortuitous that we were contacted by RJ Julia Booksellers at the exact same moment to co-sponsor this event with them and to host Assaf Gavron at CBSRZ to talk about his book, The Hilltop, that examines precisely these types of struggles,” says Tracy Kleinberg, chair of the program committee, which has produced Books & Bagels for more than twenty years.

Khaled Hosseini, author of the “Kite Runner,” says, “In The Hilltop, Gavron’s unique gift is on full display in all of its eccentric, genre-bending glory. He treads the line between the serious and the absurd, the tragic and the comical, the sincere and the satirical, and creates a sweeping, complex story that raises more questions than it provides answers.”

From the review in Booklist: “Israeli settler Othniel just wants to grow some arugula, some tomatoes, and keep a goat. He wanders out of his settlement onto a hilltop overlooking the Judean desert and a Palestinian village and comes upon the ideal plot of land. Soon he’s the unofficial leader of an illegal little settlement contending with a monstrous web of red tape…

“Life on the hilltop grows evermore imperiled as the rogue settlers finally provoke the wrath of the epically ambivalent authorities by triggering an international incident. This many-storied, funny, shrewd, and tender satire dives into the heart of Israel, a land of trauma and zeal, fierce opinions and endless deliberation. From failed marriages to governmental dysfunction to the tragic Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Gavron’s spirited desert saga embraces the absurd and the profound and advocates for compassion and forgiveness, even joy.”

For more information on Books and Bagels or other programs at CBSRZ, please contact the office at 860-526-8920.   Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek is located at 55 East Kings Highway in Chester.

 

Halloween Parade and Safe Trick-or-Treating in Chester Center – Oct. 31

Elvis is coming to Chester! Look for Elvis (that’s Gary Torello, Chester Rotarian who provides DJ and Karaoke services throughout the area) in Chester Center on Halloween night, playing music so you can dance in the middle of Main Street till 8:00 p.m.

Elvis is coming to Chester! Look for Elvis (that’s Gary Torello, Chester Rotarian who provides DJ and Karaoke services throughout the area) in Chester Center on Halloween night, playing music so you can dance in the middle of Main Street till 8:00 p.m.

On Friday, Oct. 31, the town of Chester is collaborating on a safe and fun evening for all ages in the center of Chester, from one end of Main Street to the other. Leave your car in the public parking lot at Maple Street, Water Street, or North Quarter Park and do some walking.

The merchants of Chester will be welcoming trick-or-treaters starting at 5 p.m. Or start at the other end of Main Street, where you can do some trunk-or-treating in the parking lot at St. Joseph’s Parish Center, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Elliot Stack and JayLee Milhomme are eagerly waiting for the Halloween Costume Parade in Chester on Halloween night. Photo by Spiritdog Photography

Elliot Stack and JayLee Milhomme are eagerly waiting for the Halloween Costume Parade in Chester on Halloween night. Photo by Spiritdog Photography

At 6 p.m., convene at Chesterfields, near North Quarter Park, to enjoy the jack-o’lantern display while lining up for the costume parade, led by Chester’s Fife & Drum Corps. We will parade into Chester Center, where DJ Elvis (Gary Torello) will be playing music for the street dance party till 8 p.m. Prizes will be awarded by the Chester Merchants for scariest, silliest, ugliest, prettiest, best super hero, best animal, funniest, (and more!) costume categories.

Enjoy Halloween treats from the Chester merchants. Don’t forget to check out the spooky Halloween Box display at Bell’Oliva and see what other scary surprises are lurking in Chester Center.

Chester Merchants are getting ready to celebrate Halloween in Chester Center on Oct. 31. The Three Witch Matchbox from The Joy of Lighting at 5 West Main Street is just what you need to light your jack-o’lantern. Photo by Susan Schneider

Chester Merchants are getting ready to celebrate Halloween in Chester Center on Oct. 31. The Three Witch Matchbox from The Joy of Lighting at 5 West Main Street is just what you need to light your jack-o’lantern. Photo by Susan Schneider

Main Street will be closed to traffic during the evening. More info at Facebook.com/VisitChesterCT.

Say Goodnight Gracie Opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse – Oct . 29

Bruce Connelly  (Photo courtesy of Anne Hudson).

Bruce Connelly
(Photo courtesy of Anne Hudson).

IVORYTON — Ivoryton favorite Bruce Connelly returns to the Playhouse stage on October 29th, in the hit Broadway show, Say Goodnight Gracie. This stunning tour de force invites you to spend an hilarious, heart-warming evening in the uplifting company of the world’s favorite and funniest centenarian, George Burns, who spanned one hundred years of American entertainment history. Say Goodnight Gracie was Broadway’s third longest running solo performance show and was nominated for a 2003 Tony Award for BEST PLAY and won the 2003-04 National Broadway Theatre Award for BEST PLAY.

In Say Goodnight Gracie, George Burns looks back upon his impoverished, plucky youth on the lower East Side of New York… his disastrous but tenacious career in Vaudeville … the momentous day when he meet a fabulously talented young Irish girl named Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen … their instant chemistry, with his flawless timing a perfect mate to her dizzy delivery … his wooing of her, their marriage and their rise to the pinnacles of Vaudeville, Movies, Radio and Television. Gracie’s demise forced George to start from square one in life and in his career, eventually achieving an equal level of success as a solo raconteur and Academy Award-winning actor, portraying everything from a Sunshine Boy to, oh, God.

Say Goodnight Gracie was written by multiple Tony Award-winning playwright Rupert Holmes, whose Broadway credits include the Tony Award-winning musical The Mystery Of Edwin Drood and who is also creator and writer of the nostalgic Emmy Award-winning comedy series Remember WENN.

Bruce Connelly* appeared last at the Ivoryton Playhouse as Jim in the summer production All Shook Up. Notable roles include Barney Cashman in Last Of The Red Hot Lovers, Max Bialystock in The Producers, Felix Unger inThe Odd Couple, Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Finian in Finian’s Rainbow. Since 1993, Bruce has played Barkley, Jim Henson’s Muppet dog on Sesame Street for which he has been honored fifteen times by the National Academy of Television and Radio at the Daytime Emmy Awards.

Say Goodnight Gracie is a tender, funny, life-affirming love story … a personal guided tour through an American century in the company of George Burns, a man who laughingly lived and loved each day for all it had to offer, until he finally went “gently into that good night” to forever reunite with his beloved Gracie.

Say Goodnight Gracie opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on October 29th and runs through November 9th, 2014. Directed by Michael McDermott, the set design is by Dan Nischan, lighting by Marcus Abbott and costumes by Kari Crowther.

Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm.

Tickets are $42 for adults, $37 for seniors, $20 for students and $15 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org  (Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

Generously sponsored by Clark Corporation and Essex Meadows.

Free Program on Zentangling at Chester Library – Oct. 30

Want an evening out to try something new? The Friends of Chester Library invite you to their free PopUp program on zentangles at the Library on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. Sue Zirlen will show you the basics of zentangling – creating black and white drawings that begin with a simple line and then become increasingly more intricate. Zentangling (sometimes called zendoodling) turns drawings into artistic design while reducing stress and improving focus. This PopUp is for adults; no artistic talent required; no supplies needed. No need to preregister; just come! This program was offered in September and was so popular that Sue Zirlen is offering to teach it again this month. More info at 860-526-0018

A fall leaf zentangle by Sue Zirlen – just one of a myriad of designs one can create by zentangling

A fall leaf zentangle by Sue Zirlen – just one of a myriad of designs one can create by zentangling

The Estuary Players Present “Fallen Angels” by Noel Coward – Nov. 6 & 13

OLD SAYBROOK —  It’s show time at The Estuary! Noel Coward’s, “Fallen Angels” will be presented at 1:30 p.m. on two Thursdays in November, the 6th and the 13th. This staged reading comedy is the third production of The Estuary Players, a drama club established and directed by Joyce Beauvais. The play is set in London during the 1920’s. A Fluffy, fun and fabulous show, it is one of the best of Noel Coward’s drawing room comedies.

The show is open to the public with seating available on a first come-first served basis. Doors open at 1 p.m. Lunch is served daily at Noon at the Estuary Council. If you wish to enjoy lunch before the show, a reservation is required by calling ahead the day before by 11 a.m.

The Estuary Council of Seniors Inc. (ECSI) is a non-profit regional senior center located in the M. Monica Eggert Senior Center on the Connecticut River Estuary at 220 Main Street in Old Saybrook. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for people 50 years and older. ECSI is a community resource for the nine-town Estuary region’s residents over 50 years old providing nutrition, transportation, health support services, education opportunities, and socialization. Additional information can be found at our website, www.ecsenior.org or by calling 860.388.1611.

Art, Wine and Finance at the Leif Nilsson Spring Gallery – Nov. 6

artPlease join us for a special free event featuring Art, Wine & Finance at the Leif Nilsson Spring Studio & Gallery at 1 Spring Street in Chester Center on Thursday, November 6th from 5:30-7:30 pm.

Fine art, good wine and quality finance share similar characteristics. They all take time to craft and require professional skill and creativity. Come and learn more about the art of finance, fine art and finer living and how they can enrich your life.

Adam Richwine, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones; Artist Leif Nilsson; and Wine Merchant Eric Nelson from The Chester Package Store will share their expertise with you.

A wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres are included. RSVP by November 1st. 860-526-2077.

Lyme-Old Lyme Junior Women’s Club New Members Social – Oct. 29

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The Lyme-Old Lyme Junior Women’s Club (LOLJWC) will hold their annual new members social on October 29, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Old Lyme Inn. LOLJWC hopes to encourage women from all surrounding shoreline communities to come enjoy light fare, a cash bar and learn more about the organization, now in its 50th year.

This social event offers potential new members the opportunity to learn about the club’s fundraisers, sponsored events, volunteerism and its support of local charities and community events in the shoreline community. LOLJWC is looking forward to a fun and spirited evening meeting fellow women from all surrounding towns who are interested in community service, fellowship, cultural, educational and civic advancement.

Inquiries or to RSVP (not required), please contact LOLJWC at loljrwomensclub@gmail.com.

The Lyme-Old Lyme Junior Women’s Club is a not-for-profit service organization.

14th Annual Ivoryton Pumkin Festival – Oct. 25

image001The 14th Annual Ivoryton Pumpkin Festival to be held in historic  downtown Ivoryton Sat. Oct. 25th, brings more than 1,500 visitors to the village green. The Pumpkin Festival takes the very best traditions of the autumn season and offers them all for FREE! Starting at 3:30 come down to the green for our Pumpkin Carving Party. (Pumpkins available while supplies last)

This year we need your help to keep the “Pumpkins” at the Pumpkin Festival. Join the Great Pumpkin Challenge – we need families, groups, local businesses and organizations to bring carved pumpkins, so please don’t forget to bring your own jack-o-lantern to the Ivoryton Green between 3 and 4:30pm. Pumpkin Lighting begins at 5 pm.

Stroll around the village and take in the sights of the beautifully carved pumpkins on display, enjoy free refreshments and activities sponsored by the merchants and members of Ivoryton Business Alliance, Essex Lions Club, Child & Family Services, Deep River Snacks, All Saints Church & the Essex Park and Recreation Commission.

For a complete schedule of activities, please visit news and announcements at www.essexct.gov

2014 Ivoryton Village Pumpkin Festival – Oct. 25

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Saturday, October 25, 2014 marks the date for the 14th Annual Ivoryton Pumpkin Festival to be held in Historic Downtown Ivoryton. The festival brings more than 1500 visitors to the village green.

The Pumpkin Festival takes the very best traditions of the autumn season and offers them all for FREE! Starting at 3:30 come down to the green for our Pumpkin Carving Party – We will have pumpkins to carve and you can satisfy your sweet tooth with cookie decorating with the volunteers from Child & Family Services of Southeastern Connecticut.

Donuts & Cider will be served at the Ivoryton in from 4p-8p. Starting at 5pm – Decorate your face – Halloween inspired Face painting by local artists at The Hammered Edge. Also at 5pm Music with Margie will be performing on the Ivoryton Playhouse’s side patio. Enjoy a not so scary horse drawn hayride sponsored by the Park & Recreation Commission- Rides will leave from the Village Green from 5p-8p.

Don’t miss the Haunted Wonderland at the Ivoryton Library from 6p-8p. At 7pm “Gather” around the camp fire and hear ghostly tales from for Children presented by Essex Books and Bushy Hill Nature Center next to Gather. At 6pm head to The Blue Hound & The Ivoryton Tavern for family friendly fun Activities. Check out the entertainment: “Federation” is back with live music in the Gazebo from 6p-8p. Enjoy free refreshments, Courtesy of Deep River Snacks, The Essex Lions Club, Gather & All Saints Church – while they last @The Ivoryton Playhouse patio also starting from 6p. Take a stroll around the village and take in the sights of the beautifully carved pumpkins on display.

This year we need your help to keep the “Pumpkins” at the Pumpkin Festival. Join the Great Pumpkin Challenge – We need Families, Groups, Local Businesses & Organizations to bring carved Pumpkins, so please don’t forget to bring your own jack-o-lantern to the Ivoryton Green 3p-4:30p. Pumpkin Lighting begins at 5pm. You’re Pumpkin Counts & Your Support Does too. For more information please contact Essex Park and Recreation 860-767-4340 x110/148 or visit www.essexct.gov

 

The Music of Movies Series at Acton Public Library Through December

The Acton Public Library in Old Saybrook will be hosting “The Music of Movies” Series  this fall featuring movies with notable scores and soundtracks. The series will run mostly 3rd Mondays  September  through December at 6:30. On September 15th , The Pink Panther Strikes Again with the music of Henry Mancini will be shown; on Monday, October 20th, Stand By Me with 1950s music, will be shown and on November 24th, The Book Thief with the music of John Williams will be shown. The movie for Dec 15th will be determined by library patron feedback.

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 .  Also, visit www.commonsensemedia.org for movie ratings and recommendations.