September 2, 2014

Concert in the Garden Jennifer Lowe and the Fire Band – Sep. 18

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The Concert in the Garden at the Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio and Gallery, 1 Spring Street, Chester on Thursday, September 18 will feature Jennifer Lowe and the Fire Band from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Gates open at 6.30 p.m.

First come first seated. Rain or Shine! Performances are held inside the Gallery during inclement weather.
More info (860) 526-2077 www.nilssonstudio.com

Boys and Girls Scouts Sign up Nights – Sep. 9 and 10

 

Boy Scouts of America Connecticut Rivers Council and Girl Scouts of Connecticut want you to join in the fun.  Now is the time to join the fun and excitement of America’s foremost youth programs for all boys and girls.   A sign-up night will be held on September 9, 2014 iIn Deep River and September 10, 2014 in Chester and Essex.

Cub Scouting is for boys in the first through fifth grades. Boy Scouting is for all boys grade six to age eighteen, previous Cub Scout experience is not necessary.  The programs combine outdoor activities, sports, and academics, in an exciting program that helps families teach ideals such as honesty, good citizenship, and respect.   Last year, more than 50,000 youth participated in BSA scouting programs across Connecticut!  Girl Scouts of Connecticut offers programs for girls in kindergarten through grade twelve.

This year in Connecticut, Boy Scouts of America have invited Girl Scouts to combine Joining Night activities so families can learn about scouting and enroll all their children at one event.  At the sign-up night families will have an opportunity to meet other Scouts and participate in scouting games.  Parents can learn more about the local unit’s activities and how Scouting Programs can benefit their child.  Parents will also have the opportunity to get information on how they can join in the fun and volunteer as a scout leader.

Scout sign-up nights are scheduled at the following locations on September 9:

Deep River Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts  – Deep River Library Community Room located at 150 Main Street, Deep River 6:30-8:00PM
Girl Scout Representatives will be available with information for interested families
Scout sign-up nights are scheduled at the following locations on September 10:

Chester Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts – United Church of Chester Fellowship Hall located at 29 West Main Street, Chester 6:30-8:00PM
Essex Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts – Essex Elementary School Cafeteria located at 108 Main Street, Essex 6:30-8:00PPM
Girl Scout Representatives will be available with information for interested families at both locations
For more information, please contact:

Chester Assistant Cubmaster: Jeff Liggett 860-526-9804 or jeffreyliggett@yahoo.com

Deep River Cubmaster: Rick Daniels 860-227-0453 or rickdaniels61@gmail.com

Essex Cubmaster: Michelle Connelly 860-767-2399 or essexcubsden8@aol.com

Chester/ Deep River Boy Scout Troop 13 Scoutmaster: Steven Merola 860-526-9262 or Scoutmaster@troop13chester.org

Essex Boy Scout Troop 12 Scoutmaster: Mark Prendergast 860-304-9027 or markprendergast@sbcglobal.net

Girl Scouts of America Service Unit Manager: Lori Gardner 860-345-1094 or lgardner500@sbcglobal.net

 

About Scouting

The Boy Scouts of America Connecticut Rivers Council is one of New England’s largest private youth-serving organizations; the Connecticut Rivers Council delivers Scouting programs that develop character, citizenship, fitness, and leadership skills to more than 26,000 youth and nearly 9,000 adult volunteers in 127 cities and towns in Connecticut. The Boy Scouts of America collaborates with hundreds of churches, school affiliated groups and other community organization that organize and operate local Scout groups.

Girl Scouts of Connecticut is open to all girls in grades K-12 who believe that they can change the world.  60,000 members strong – girls and adults- Girl Scouts of Connecticut is part of a sisterhood of 3.2 million around the globe.  GSOFCT continues the vision of founder Juilette Gordon Low in building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.  For more information, visit www.gsofct.org.

Arborist Isaac Taylor will be Sharing Expertise at Essex Library – Sep. 27

2014_08_28_17_14_591Isaac Taylor, a CT Arborist, from The Tree Company will be sharing his expertise on the “Supporting the Growth of Healthy Trees” at the Essex Library on Saturday, September 27 at 10:30-11:30 am.  His focus will be on the care and preventative maintenance of both young and mature trees.   He will discuss pruning, the specific care of a newly planted tree, and how to avoid diseases and root collar disorders.  He will present information and also provide a hands-on demonstration outside on the discussed techniques.

Essex Corinthian Yacht Club Hosts Cross Sound Challenge Sailboat Race Sep. 20

Cross sound challengeThe Cross Sound Challenge is open to all Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (PHRF) rated cruising/racing boats 23.5 feet or longer with a valid PHRF certificate.  Racing classes will include both non-spinnaker and spinnaker.

The Race Committee intends to set a course starting west of the Saybrook Outer Light, through a gate formed by the buoys Bell 8 and the east end of Long Sand Shoal, to a turning mark off Truman Beach on the North Fork of Long Island, then a return to the finish line near the Outer Light.  First warning will be at 11:00am.

The Cross Sound Challenge is a sanctioned Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association “points” race.

For more information to include the Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions, and an entry form, please visit:  www.essexcorinthian.org/ecyc-cross-sound-challenge.html.

Fun Line-Dance Series at Essex Library Begins – Sep. 18

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The Essex Library, 33 West Avenue, presents a FREE four-class series for beginners.  Line-dancing is fun, easy to learn, a great social outlet, and fantastic exercise!  Come and enjoy the wonderful world of line-dancing by learning steps to popular party dances like “The Cupid Shuffle” and “Cha-Cha Slide”, mixed with slower dances like country style “Boot Scootin’ Boogie”……even a  Waltz!  All steps are done in a line, thus, no partners are necessary.  Appropriate for all ages.  Click here to view a sample of “The Cupid Shuffle” !!   All Classes are 6:30-7:30pm.  Thursdays, Sept. 18th, 25th, and October 2nd, and Wednesday,  October 8th.   Pre-registration recommended.  Call or stop by The Essex Library: (860) 767-1560.  Comfortable clothes and leather-soled shoes or boots, recommended.

TTYS Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Meeting – Sep. 10

The Tri-Town Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition will hold its next meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 10, 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.  At the September meeting we will discuss prevention programming already in place as well as ways of strengthening our coalition.

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.

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

Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore “Back to School Reading”

Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore is welcoming the school year with its September Book Promotion “Back to School Reading”.  Whether your student has a monthly reading quota, book report or just enjoys the company of a good book, we have the variety of popular contemporary or classics selections they are looking for. Many teachers come to the book store for substantial savings as teachers often use their own money to supplement desired materials and supplies. Children’s book prices range from $.50-$1.00. Literacy Volunteers’ book store is centrally located in downtown Westbrook on the lower level of the Westbrook Library, 61 Goodspeed Drive. Look for the roadside sign on Route 1.  For more information, visit  www.vsliteracy.org or call 860-399-0280. Book sale hours are Mon-Thurs 9-2 and every 1st and 3rd Sat 10-noon and benefit LVVS tutoring programs.

Community Music School Hosts Open House Week – Sep. 8-12

CENTERBROOK – Community Music School (CMS), located in the Spencer’s Corner professional complex at 90 Main St. in Centerbrook, is now registering for the Fall semester which begins Sept. 3, and welcomes the general public to visit during Open House Week Sept. 8 through 12.

Children and adults can tour the School’s studios, meet teachers and staff, enjoy a free preview lesson, and learn about a vast array of programs including private and group lessons, jazz and string ensembles, musical theater, the Kindermusik early childhood program, and music therapy services.  Community Music School is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays.  Those interested in a 15-minute preview lesson are requested to call 860-767-0026 for scheduling.

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.  The School’s 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.

For additional information, visit www.community-music-school.org or call 860-767-0026.

Essex Art Associastion: A Journey of Explorations and Discoveries – Sep. 19-21

The artists of Parallel Visions invite you to join them at the Essex Art Association Sept. 19-21where you can view journeys both grand and intimate, real and imagined. Travel to exotic locations, Connecticut’s parks and gardens, the evening’s world of shadows and into the world of 3-D reimagined images. Opening reception Friday, Sept.19, 6-8pm. The  show’s hours are as follows; friday 11-8, sat. 11-6, sun. 11-5.

Concert in the Garden Featuring Simon Van Gend – Sep. 12

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The Concert in the Garden at the Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio on Friday September Gates open  at 6:30 pm. First come first seated. Rain or Shine! Performances are held inside the Gallery during inclement weather.

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

Simon van Gend

South African singer-songwriter Simon van Gend has been writing songs since forming his first band in the early nineties. Originally inspired by songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Paul Simon, he has developed a style of writing and performing all his own, mixing soulful melodies with lyrics that chart new territories in the internal world.

Simon has recorded four albums with his band, Simon & the Bande à Part. The latest album, Blinking and Breathing, was produced by acclaimed Australian producer Ian Pritchett, famed for his work with Angus & Julia Stone and The Beautiful Girls.

Simon has recently challenged himself to write a song every week for a year. Follow his progress at www.asongaweek.simonvangend.com

“It’s the songs that take you by surprise.  Persuasive without being preoccupied, full of words without being wordy, delivering life’s lessons without being preachy, they never quite go where you expect.” – Richard Haslop, Audio Video

“The second half of the performance took us deeper into the tapestry of beautifully put together songs with an impressive complexity of chord uses. Evidently real care has been taken to construct these songs and to create interesting progressions, something of great value in contrast to the “three chord theory” often employed by folk artists.” – Marie-Claire de Villiers, What’s on in Cape Town

More details: www.simonvangend.com

 

The Meeting House Players’ Open Auditon – Sep. 9 and 11

The Meeting House Players are pleased to announce open auditions for Steven Dietz’s new, laugh out loud comedy “BECKY’S NEW CAR”.   Auditions will be held on September 9 & September 11, 2014 at 7 PM in the Meeting House located at 4 Liberty Street in Chester, CT.  

A friend of Becky Foster’s had a theory:  “When a woman says she needs new shoes, what she really wants is a new job.  When she says she needs a new house, she wants a new husband.  And when she says she wants a new car, she wants a new life.”  Becky seems to be caught in middle age, middle management and in a middling marriage—with no prospects for change on the horizon.  Then one night a socially inept and grief-struck millionaire walks into the car dealership where Becky works.  Becky is offered nothing short of a new life…and the audience is offered a chance to share the ride.  “BECKY’S NEW CAR” is a delightful romp down the road not taken.

The play’s seven member ensemble is made up of three women and four men.  The cast of characters are as follows:

Becky Foster:  a car dealership title clerk & office manager, mid to late 40’s.

Joe Foster:  Becky’s husband, a roofer, mid 40’s to early 50’s.

Chris Foster:  their son, a psychology student still living at home, mid 20’s.

Walter Flood:  a very wealthy businessman, widowed, 60’s.

Kensington (Kenni) Flood:  Walter’s daughter, early to mid 20’s.

Steve:  Becky’s co-worker, late 40’s to early 50’s.

Ginger:  Walter’s neighbor, late 40’s to early 50’s.

Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script.  Directed by Debbie Alldredge, the production will open at the Meeting House in Chester on Friday, November 7 and continue on November 8, 14 & 15, 2014.  For additional information please contact Deb Alldredge at Deb@DebAlldredge.com .

 

Taste Of The Valley -Tickets on Sale Now – Sep. 5

Taste of the Valley 2014 is an evening of delicious food and great dancing music to benefit Tri-Town Youth Services.  Save the date – Friday, September 5, 2014 at 6:00 pm  - and get your tickets TODAY!

Each year, our community gathers on a late summer evening on the beautiful grounds of the Deep River Historical Society to try delectable samples from local area restaurants and caterers.  The 2014 Restaurants and Caterers so far are: Apple Rehab Old Saybrook, Da Vinci’s , Dough on Main, Essex Coffee & Tea, Gabrielle’s, The Ivory Restaurant, La Vita Gustosa, Main Street Sweet Shoppe and Saybrook Soup and Sandwich Co, Kenwood Catering Company, A Perfect Thyme, and The Red House of Deep River.

As part of the event, the Taste of the Valley Committee is excited to announce a new “Happy Hour Venue” and the return of the Silent Auction!   Some of the exciting items so far include: Tickets to The Goodspeed, restaurant gift certificates to, River Tavern, Six Main, Simons, a Car Detailing package courtesy of Grossman Chevrolet and a Yoga and Zumba membership donated by IFoundFitness.

The music will be provided again by toe tapping band Mass-Conn-Fusion so bring your dancing shoes!

You will also cast your ballot for the restaurant that takes home the coveted Taste of the Valley FORK!   There will also be awards for Best Appetizer, Best Dessert, Best Presentation, and other categories.

Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at Celebrations in Deep River or on Tri-Town Youth Service Bureau’s website via PayPal www.ttysb.org

Note: This is event is for adults over the age of 21. 

TASTE OF THE VALLEY 2014 is generously sponsored by Middlesex Hospital, The Clark Group, Essex Savings Bank, Eye Doctors, Tower Labs, Tom Alexa, Marine Special Products Group, LLC, Haynes Material Co., PCI Medical and many more.  For more information or tickets, contact Gail Onofrio at Tri-Town Youth Services at (860) 526-3600 or view our website: www.ttysb.org.  If you would like to be a sponsor or donate an item for our silent auction, send an email to: cmariewalsh@gmail.com

The Deep River Historical Society is located at 245 Main Street, Deep River, CT.

Cappella Cantorum Men’s Chorus Concert – Sep. 14

Cappella Cantorum Men’s Chorus drawing inspired in St. Paul Lutheran  Church in a 2005 concert, drawn by Madeleine Favre of Deep River.

Cappella Cantorum Men’s Chorus drawing inspired in St. Paul Lutheran
Church in a 2005 concert, drawn by Madeleine Favre of Deep River.

Cappella Cantorum Men’s Chorus Concert will be presented on Sun., Sept. 14, 7:30 pm at The Old Lyme Congregational Church on the corner of Ferry Rd. and Lyme St., Old Lyme 06371. The concert features selections from Irving Berlin and Oklahoma, A Patriotic Salute, Just a Closer Walk, Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Barbershop and Solos.Tickets $15 at CappellaCantorum.org  or 860-526-1038  or at the door. 12 and under free.

The Antidepressant Seduction – Author Charles Barber Reads From Book – Sep. 14

charles_rightimageAuthor Charles Barber, whose book on mental illness has challenged common treatment practice, will read at a free Books & Bagels program at Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, on Sunday, September 14, at 9:30 a.m.  The public is invited, and no reservations are required.

As a starred review in the Library Journal points out, “Barber convincingly argues against the over-prescription of psychiatric drugs in the United States and sums up the history of U.S. psychiatry from the asylum to the community to glitzy but still elementary neuroscience. A blockbuster book.”

Barber traces the project to a time in the early 1990s when he went to a cocktail party at his parents’ house in Middletown. His mother and father both taught at Wesleyan, and the gathering included other well-educated people who expressed surprise and disapproval at what Charles did for a living.

As he recalls, “People knew I’d been to Ivy League schools – they were suspicious of the Ivy League – and wondered why I had become a case manager for mentally ill clients, including some homeless people. Their view was that many of the mentally ill were shiftless.”

Ten years later, Barber attended a second party at his parents’ house, and the judgment had changed dramatically. “Everybody at the party thought what I was doing was terrific. They thought they had an advanced understanding of mental illness.”

What had changed? For one thing, in 1997, drug companies began advertising their antidepressants – Prozac being the first — on television. For another, ideas about mental illness evolved – from deep, dark Freudian secrets to a biological explanation, including chemical imbalances. And so, many of the guests at the Middletown party had begun taking antidepressants themselves – part of a widespread society treated by doctors for everything from stress to the blues to the very real and difficult illness of clinical depression.

Now, about ten percent of Americans take drugs for depression, and the number keeps growing. It’s a number that Charles and others who have examined this topic consider too high. According to his book, many people relying on such drugs would be better off employing other ways – without the side effects – to reduce stress and deal with “the blues.”

Reviews of Charles’s book have been positive but not without controversy. When the book was first published, Charles had to defend his position on scores of talk shows. Charles will talk about these matters and answers questions from the audience at his Books & Bagels appearance.

Over the last year, the synagogue has presented several programs on the issue of mental health – one that deeply affects one in five American families.

Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek is located at 55 East Kings Highway in Chester.  For more information, call the office at 860-526-8920.

Rotary Club of Chester Lobster Fest Fundraiser – Sep. 6

The Rotary Club of Chester will host its 44nd Annual Lobster Festival at the Chester Fairgrounds on Saturday, September 6, 2014.

Tickets are on sale now! Admission tickets for double entrée meals are $40 in advance, $45 for remaining tickets at the gate.  Single entree dinner tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the gate.  Enjoy live music and dancing throughout the evening.  Access to the Lobster Festival is restricted to dinner ticket holders.  Seating is limited.

Visit www.ChesterRotary.org  for more information and to purchase tickets on-line.   Tickets can also be purchased at CENTURY 21 Heritage Company, Chester Package Store, Chrisholm Marina or from any Chester Rotarian. Chester Rotarians are dedicated to providing funding and service to local, national and international charitable organizations.  All proceeds from this event support these causes.

EHS Presentation on The British Raid on Essex with Jerry Roberts – Sep. 6

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ESSEX — Join Essex Historical Society for an action-packed presentation by author and historian Jerry Roberts on Saturday, September 6 at 4:00 pm Roberts’ vivid narrative on the British Raid on Essex brings the historic (yet nearly forgotten!) event to life. In addition to telling this dynamic story and signing copies of his book, Roberts will update the community on battlesite projects including the recent installation of EHS’ new site markers. Roberts’ captivating account will culminate in the premiere of an eight minute mini-documentary that ties past to present with the inclusion of the May 10th bicentennial celebration. A complimentary wine and cheese reception will be held after the presentation, during which books will be available for purchase and signing. Please RSVP by September 3rd to 860.767.5011

TTYS Toddler Playgroup Programs – Start Sep. 17

Calling all toddlers!  Tri-Town Youth Services, at 56 High Street in Deep River, offers play groups led by Parent Resource Coordinator, Meredith Adler.  The groups offer a mixture of free play, music, art, and story time.  Caregivers have a chance to chat with each other and browse the parent resource library.  Both groups run on Wednesdays from September 17 through November 19.  Outstanding Ones meets from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. with a cost of $45 for tri-town residents and $55 for non-residents.  Terrific Twos meets from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. with a cost of $60 for tri-town residents and $70 for non-residents.  Register at www.tritownys.org or call Tri-Town at 860-526-3600.

Tri-Town Youth Services supports and advances the families, youth and communities of Chester, Deep River and Essex.  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

 

Sixth Annual Labor Day Car Show at Saybrook Point Inn – Sep. 1

Classic car owners and spectators alike will enjoy the Sixth Annual Labor Day Car Show on September 1 from 12 noon to 4 pm at Saybrook Point Inn.

Classic car owners and spectators alike will enjoy the Sixth Annual Labor Day Car Show on September 1 from 12 noon to 4 pm at Saybrook Point Inn.

OLD SAYBROOK — Calling all classic cars and car enthusiasts! The Saybrook Point Inn is sponsoring its Sixth Annual Labor Day Car Show on Monday, September 1, from 12 noon to 4 pm, at the Inn, Two Bridge Street in Old Saybrook. Owners of classic, antique, rare or muscle cars are invited to bring their cars down to this beautiful setting near the Saybrook Point Inn Marina.

The day’s activities include live music by The Cartells and refreshments, including hot dogs and hamburgers, on the Fresh Salt patio. A 50/50 raffle will also be held. Numerous “People’s Choice” trophies will be awarded to the cars in various categories. Entry fee is $10 per car, with a portion of the proceeds from the fee going to support a local charity to be announced. The first 100 vehicles at the show will receive complimentary dash plaques for their support.

For more information or to reserve a car space, contact Show Chairperson, Chris Loader at Saybrook Point Inn at (860) 395-2000 or via email at chrisloader@saybrook.com.

“Our Library Rocks” Celebrates Essex Library’s 125th Anniversary – Sep. 13

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Due to popular demand the Essex Library is Rockin’ again!  Save the date of Saturday, September 13from 5:00-9:00 p.m. for a return of “Our Library Rocks”, a community event for all ages.

From 5-6 p.m. children can enter the Inventor’s Workshop where imaginations run wild!  We’ll provide the sights, sounds and supplies needed to foster our youngest engineers, scientists, designers and artists from 3 to 12 years.  Our workshop will be filled with the tools needed to foster inquiry-based exploration, with adults on hand to help inventors with strategy and creation.  We invite children to use interesting materials to create fabulous gizmos and gadgets for home display.

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Entertainment for all ages includes the amazing show “Magic & Beyond” by illusionist David Garrity in the tent.  Have fun dressing up and posing in the photo booth.  Relax in the lounge area of the library while enjoying a musical performance by the Andy Sherwood Ensemble.  There will also be a silent auction with items that are sure to appeal to adults and families.

Refreshments come in many forms.  The ever-popular gourmet brick oven pizza trucks are returning.  They will be serving a large variety of pizzas with gluten free available on request, salads and desserts.  There’s a tent for popcorn, lemonade and water.  For adults, enjoy beer, wine and soda from the bar.  This celebration is the final Essex Library birthday event to celebrate 125 years of service.  A birthday cake will be unveiled for all to share.

This event is being underwritten in part by Essex Financial Services/Essex Savings Bank and other generous corporate sponsors.

Stop by the library now to buy your tickets.  We sold out early last year.  Tickets are just $20 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, free for those under 2.  Your ticket includes dinner and all entertainment.  Wine, beer & photo booth are an extra charge.  Free parking will be available at Town Hall.

 

TTYS Babysitter Training Begins – Sep. 23

Tri-Town Youth Services will offer the American Heart Association’s Pediatric First Aid and CPR course along with a babysitter certificate program on Tuesday evenings, Sept. 23, 30 and Oct. 7, 6-8 p.m. at Tri-Town Youth Services, 56 High Street in Deep River.  This course is for youth ages 12-17.  The $70 fee includes instruction, books, and certificate.  To register, call 860-526-3600 or go to Tri-Town’s webpage: www.tritownys.org

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.tritwnys.org

Play Ball! 19th-Century Style – Sep. 21

The historical societies of Chester, Deep River and Essex are teaming up to present a tri-town Vintage Base Ball game on Sunday, Sept. 21 at Devitt Field in Deep River. The 2 p.m. game will be free to the public.

Three teams – one from each town – are being formed. The teams will play by late 19th-century rules (such as no bunting or stealing) and customs to recreate the earliest days of America’s pastime, when courtesy prevailed on and off the playing field. There is no swearing, no spitting and no “ungentlemanly” behavior anywhere during the games.

Ballists (players) will use replica equipment such as authentic reproduction wooden bats and hand-sewn hard balls. No gloves are worn.

The three teams will play two or three-inning games in a round-robin format.

Men and women over age 16 who enjoy playing baseball and have an interest in the game’s history are encouraged to submit their name to chestercthistoricalsociety@gmail.com before July 29 to be considered for a team. Team members will be asked to pay $20 each for a vintage team shirt.

Swallow Spectacular Boat Cruises – Late Aug. though Early Oct.

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Photos by Mindy Hill

Remember to save a date for one of Connecticut Audubon Society EcoTravel’s most popular events! One of the migration highlights of the birding year is the Tree Swallow concentration that can be found each fall on the Connecticut River. During fall migration, thousands of swallows congregate on the lower Connecticut River and at sunset settle in on a giant communal roost. The birds come from as far away as 25 miles and converge at dusk, often creating a “ballet” and “funnel” of birds before and as they settle down to roost. Join Connecticut Audubon Society naturalists as you journey down river to see the spectacular display. Bring a picnic supper and your favorite beverage to enjoy on the trip, and your binoculars. The Swallow cruises sell out quickly so reserve a space well in advance by calling our office (860-767-0660) or signing up online on our website. A truly awe-inspiring display! If you only take one trip with EcoTravel this fall, make sure it’s this one! Fee: $40. – Children 8 and over please. To book on-line go to www.ctaudubon.org and go to the EcoTravel link. Cruises depart from Eagle Landing State Park, Haddam, CT.

For more information on these cruises feel free to call 860-767-0660.

Ivoryton Farmer’s Market Open Through Oct. 11

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It’s summertime, and what is more exciting than the prospect of fresh local produce provided by your nearby farmers’ market? This season, don’t forget to buy your produce and goods at the Ivoryton Village Farmers Market.

Starting on June 21st, you can find the Ivoryton Farmers Marketon the Ivoryton Green, Main St, Ivoryton CT, every Saturday 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. through October 11th.

The Ivoryton Farmers Market is not only a great place to purchase local produce and goods, but it is a place to enjoy some time with family and friends. This year we will be having live music from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Opening day features the Juniper Hill Jumpers Jazz Band.

There’s no better way to strengthen your local community than to shop and eat locally! By visiting our farmers market, you support our localfarmers as well as businesses and community members.

If you have any questions about the market or wish to become a vendor, please contact Dave Sousa, Market Manager at (860) 767-4967 or visit our website at www.ivorytonfarmersmarket.com

 

Our Library Rocks! Returns at Essex Library – Sep. 13

Families enjoyed the food, fun, and entertainment at the 2013 Our Library Rocks!  party at the Essex Library

Families enjoyed the food, fun, and entertainment at the 2013 Our Library Rocks! party at the Essex Library

Join your neighbors at a fun-filled community celebration to cap the 125th Anniversary celebrations for the Essex Library at the “Our Library Rocks!” party, coming Saturday September 13th from 5 to 9 PM at the Library. This event offers entertainment for all ages, including an inventor’s workshop for kids from 3 to 12 years, a dazzling magic performance by illusionist David Garrity, a fun photo booth to commemorate your evening for a small extra charge, and the ever-popular gourmet brick oven pizza trucks.

The Andy Sherwood Jazz Quartet will provide musical entertainment, performing tunes from Dixieland through the Swing Era. Featuring some of New England’s finest jazz musicians, the group includes Andy Sherwood on clarinet and saxophone, Ian Frenkel on piano, Mark McCormick on bass and Tom Briggs on drums, all current or retired United States Coast Guard Band musicians with degrees from top music colleges. A silent auction will offer items that are sure to appeal to families and adults.

Food and fun are included in the price of admission. Tickets are on sale now at the Essex Library, priced at $20 for adults, and $5 for kids ages 12 and under; admission is free for children aged two or younger.  Soft drinks and lemonade are free, and beer and wine will be available with the additional purchase of a wristband. Tickets are limited, though, and last year’s event sold out quickly, so don’t delay.

Summer Family Movies at Acton Public Library

Lights.Camera.ACTON! “You’ve seen the movie, now read the book.” The Acton Public Library in Old Saybrook will be hosting a “Summer Family Movies” series featuring movies that are all about animals and all have companion books.  The movies will be shown on the 1st and 3rd Mondays in July & August at 6:30pm. On July 7, in commemoration of E. B. White’s 115th birthday, Stuart Little will be shown; on July 21, Homeward Bound will be shown; on August 4, Secretariat will be shown and on August 18, Fly Away Home. Light refreshments will be served.

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.

Estuary Council of Seniors Celebrates 40th Anniversary “Forty & Fabulous” – Sept. 20

OLD SAYBROOK – The Estuary Council of Seniors’ Board of Directors and Staff are pleased to announce that this year honors the 40th Anniversary of the Senior Center in Old Saybrook. Plans are underway to celebrate this special occasion with a Gala, Forty & Fabulous… Life is a Cabareton September 20th, 6:00 pm at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. The evening will include wine, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, comedy, dancing and more under the Co-Chairmanship of President Gerri Lewis and Vice President Ruth Yakaitis. This benefit Gala will support the Center’s Meals on Wheels program. Last year, the Estuary Council provided 70,000 hot, nutritious meals to individuals in their nine town district and Madison.

According to Executive Director, Paul Doyle of the Estuary Council of Seniors, Inc., “Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for people fifty years and older by providing nutrition, transportation, health support services, education opportunities, and socialization.”

For additional information, call 860-388-1611.

Chester Museum at The Mill Tells Chester’s Story – Weekends

The Chester Museum at The Mill has been owned by the Chester Historical Society since 2000. It was first opened as a museum in 2010. Located on a waterfall on the Pattaconk Brook near the center of town, the mill site was once used to produce anchors, wagon springs, and augers. Photo by Katherine Hilliar

The Chester Museum at The Mill has been owned by the Chester Historical Society since 2000. It was first opened as a museum in 2010. Located on a waterfall on the Pattaconk Brook near the center of town, the mill site was once used to produce anchors, wagon springs, and augers. Photo by Katherine Hilliar

The Chester Museum at The Mill opens for its fourth year on Saturday, May 31. Owned and operated by the Chester Historical Society, the museum is located on the historic 1850s Griswold Mill site, overlooking a waterfall and the Pattaconk Brook near the center of town.

On the first floor is the exhibit, “Over the River and Through the Woods – Early Transportation in Chester,” telling the stories of the beginning of the town’s roads and highways, as well as the train, the trolley, the ferry, and the steamboat. The exhibit, which opened in 2013 thanks to partial funding by the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, has been expanded this year to include early bicycles and features a 54-inch Columbia Allbright “ordinary” on loan from the Connecticut Historical Society. New photographs and artifacts of trains, including “Old 97” from the movie, “It Happened to Jane,” have also been included this year.

The Columbia Allbright “ordinary” or high-wheeler bicycle, owned by the CT Historical Society, was made in Hartford in the late 19th century. At 54 inches tall, it sparks one’s imagination about how anyone could get on it to ride through the town. It can be seen at the Chester Museum at The Mill through the summer.

The Columbia Allbright “ordinary” or high-wheeler bicycle, owned by the CT Historical Society, was made in Hartford in the late 19th century. At 54 inches tall, it sparks one’s imagination about how anyone could get on it to ride through the town. It can be seen at the Chester Museum at The Mill through the summer.

On the second floor of the museum (reachable by elevator as well as stairs) is the permanent award-winning exhibit, “Streams of Change: Life & Industry along the Pattaconk.” Together, the two exhibits tell the story of the life, development and growth of Chester.

The Chester Museum at The Mill is open to the public on Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through the end of October. It is air-conditioned as well as handicapped accessible. Admission is free. More information at www.ChesterHistoricalSociety.org.

 

Micky Dolenz to Headline in ‘Comedy is Hard’ at Ivoryton Playhouse – Sep. 24

Micky Dolenz (photo courtesy of dis Company)

Micky Dolenz (photo courtesy of dis Company)

Actor, writer, director, performer Micky Dolenz (of The Monkees) has been confirmed for the lead role in Mike Reiss’ new play Comedy Is Hard!, premiering Wednesday, September 24, at The Ivoryton Playhouse in Ivoryton, Connecticut.

Dolenz, who just began a tour with The Monkees last week, has delighted audiences with his performances on stage in the Elton John/Tim Rice production of Aida; Grease; Pippin’; A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum; and, most recently Hairspray in the West End playing Wilbur Turnblad.

A renaissance-artist of the highest order, Dolenz has continued his recording career, most recently with a solo album entitled Remember, released last year. He has also participated heavily in several Broadway charities; most notably for Rockers On Broadway. In fact, he was just announced as the recipient of their annual award; to be presented in November.

Said Dolenz, “The opportunity to originate this role in Mike’s new play is terrific. I am ready to un-leash my inner-comedian.”

Reiss’ play is set in a home for retired actors and the play takes an affectionate look at the relationship and rivalry between a retired stand-up comedian and a classical actress.

Reiss, who is writer and producer for the long running TV show, The Simpsons, also created the animated seriesThe Critic; the webtoon Queer Duck and worked on the screenplays for Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs; Horton Hears a Who!; The Simpsons: The Movies; and, My Life In Ruins. Ivoryton audiences turned out in droves in June 2013 for his hilarious play, I’m Connecticut, which was a huge popular and critical success.

Comedy is Hard! opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on September 24 and runs through October 12, 2014. Directed by Playhouse Artistic Director, Jacqueline Hubbard, the rest of the cast is not yet announced.

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.

Dates For Chester Sunday Market

CSM+LogoThe dates for the Chester Sunday Market for 2014 have been set!

They will be operating from June 15th to October 12th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday mornings.  A vendor list and calendar for which bands are playing will be posted at chestersundaymarket.jimdo.com/.

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