September 21, 2014

St. John’s Church Blessing of the Animals – Oct. 5

St. John’s Episcopal Church cordially invites all pets and their people to an outdoor Blessing of the Animals service on the Town Green in Essex at 9 a.m. on Sunday, October 5. Bring the whole family. All are welcome regardless of religious affiliation or belief.

Every year around this time the church remembers St. Francis, an Italian friar who was born in 1182 and died in early October 1226. St. Francis had been born into wealth but as an adult chose a simple life with few possessions. He is responsible for many prayers about humility and kindness. He spoke kindly to animals, something that has inspired artists and people of faith ever since. (Anyone with a pet dog or cat sees firsthand that kindness matters.) St. Francis’s message of love, peace, and—especially—respect for animals speaks strongly to us all these centuries later.

So gather your beloved pets and come  down to the Town Green. As the friar said: “The deeds you do may be the only sermon some persons will hear today.” May we add, some animal as well.

 

Any donations, pet food, or treats brought to the service will benefit Dog Days Adoption Events. For more information contact St. John’s Episcopal Church at 860-767-8095 or office@stjohnsessex.org.

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Sister Cities Essex Haiti Pig (and Chicken) Roast – Oct. 5

Sister Cities Essex Haiti is hosting a pig (and chicken) roast on October 5  from 4-7 under a tent at a home on the CT River.  The proceeds will support their projects in rural Deschapelles Haiti; construction of a community library, a youth tennis program an Early Education Teacher Training project (for which we were awarded a prize from Sister Cities International for innovative work) and a music project as well as supporting Hôpital Albert Schweitzer which is in Deschapelles.

Tickets are $75.  Please call 860-202-3523 for more information or to reserve tickets.

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Essex Elementary School Harvest Festival Promises Plenty of Fun – Oct. 5

Lilly Glaski, Alexa Clark and Tryon Clark help get the word out about the Essex Elementary Harvest Festival on Sunday October 5th, noon-4:00, rain or shine.

Lilly Glaski, Alexa Clark and Tryon Clark help get the word out about the Essex Elementary Harvest Festival on Sunday October 5th, noon-4:00, rain or shine.

On Sunday, October 5th, from noon to 4 p.m. the Essex Elementary School PTO will hold it’s annual Harvest Festival. All are invited to this fun-filled afternoon of food, games, and activities. The event will take place rain or shine.

The ever popular Cakewalk, Adrenaline Rush Obstacle Course, Inflatable Fire Truck Slide, Cookie Decorating, Crafts, Silent Auction, Harvest Table and GREAT Food will be held on the school grounds in theCenterbrook section of Essex.Admission is free, with tickets sold for activities and food.

All Harvest Festival proceeds help fund the school’s community cultural arts program, educational field trips, enhancements to the school grounds and other onsite programs. The Essex Elementary Parents and Teachers Organization is a 501(c) non-profit organization.

Essex Land Trust Source to Sea Clean-up – Sep. 27

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The Essex Land Trust is holding it’s annual river cleanup at the Essex Great Meadow on Saturday September 27 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. This annual cleanup of the rivers, streams and banks that make up the Connecticut River system from Canada to Old Saybrook is coordinated by the CT River Watershed Council.

All ages, abilities and organizations are welcome. Dress appropriately: long pants, long sleeves, heavy shoes/boots, work gloves, bug repellant and sunblock. Meet at Essex Boat Club (dirt road access between #143 and #145 River Rd., Essex) for your assignment. Refreshments served. Come rain or shine. If any questions, please contact Judy Saunders judith.saunders@comcast.net

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Tri Club River Race Series begins – Oct. 4

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The Essex, Essex Corinthian, and Pettipaug Yacht Clubs will sponsor the 2014 Tri Club River Race Series on October 4, 11, and 18.

Named in memory of outstanding sailors from each club, the River Race Series began in 1971 when the first race was sailed and is a special tradition shared cross the three clubs.

The races take place in the Connecticut River in front of the Essex waterfront, involving cruising sailboats of at least 23.5 feet in length. Each race will also include an Ideal 18 class.

The Thomas S. Willets Race, sponsored by the Essex Yacht Club, will be on Saturday, October 4th, honoring the memory of Tom Willets who was Commodore of the Essex Yacht Club in 1950. A sailing trophy in his memory was donated by the Board of Governors of the Essex Yacht Club to commemorate his dedication to sailing, racing and the Connecticut River.  The Willetts trophy was first awarded 1998.

The Thomas C. Clark Race, sponsored by the Essex Corinthian Yacht Club, will be Saturday, October 11th, and is sailed in memory of Tom Clark, a renowned Essex sail maker, Caribbean charter captain, and early member of ECYC, fondly known to many as a “friendly salt” in the Essex sailing community.    The Clark Race trophy was presented to the club by past ECYC Commodore Jim Nash with the first race sailed in 1991.   The Clark Race will also be open to other one design classes such as Lasers, 420’s, JY 15’s, MC Scows, and Blue Jays.

The Charles Birch Race, sponsored by the Pettipaug Yacht Club, will be Saturday, October 18th, honoring the memory of Charles Birch who was instrumental in starting racing in the Connecticut River in cruising sailboats.  The Birch race was first held in September 1971.  The Birch trophy was built and donated by friends who worked with him at the Essex Boat Works. Charlie was a member of the Essex Open Class and raced his boat “Blue Foam” with his son Ed where they won many races together, a tradition Ed continues to this day. In 1950, the Open Class became the Pettipaug Yacht Club.

Each race will start at 11am and sail courses bound by Brockway Island to the north and Calves Island to the south.

Race awards will be presented to those placing in each class.   The combined results of cruising boats will determine the overall winner of the Tri Club River Race Trophy, currently held by Celebration (Jeff Going and Ed Birch) sailing for the Essex Corinthian Yacht Club.

Interested skippers should obtain and complete an entry form for each race by contacting:

EYC Thomas Willetts Race: See the Regatta Page at the Essex Yacht Club web site.

ECYC Thomas Clark Race: See the Racing Page at the Essex Corinthian Yacht Club web site.

PYC Charles Birch Race: Contact the Pettipaug Race Committee Chair:  John Kennedy at 860-526-2232 or kdesign@snet.net.

For further information about the series, contact Terry Stewart, Race Chair, Essex Corinthian Yacht Club at 860-767-7808.

St. John’s Church Annual Rummage Sale & Silent Auction – Oct. 17-18

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It’s time for the big SALE again! St. John’s Episcopal Church in Essex is once again holding its annual Rummage Sale. People can’t wait to see the wonderful bargains – the excitement is huge!

The Sale will be on Friday & Saturday, October 17 and 18 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  It is a HUGE sale with way too many items to list – everything from furniture, household appliances, books, clothing, electrical appliances, tools, etc.  Hundreds of items are priced under $10.

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You will find a very special outfit in our Boutique, where the clothing is fashionable and exciting. “Essex Attic” has many unique and special treasures and fun costume jewelry.  The Silent Auction is full of unique and special items waiting for your bid.

Cider and donuts will be available, and on Saturday there will also be a bake sale, plus HOT DOGS!

The Church is located at the corner of Main & Cross Streets, Essex, CT 06426 – opposite the park.

For more information call the church office at: 860-767-8095

Friends of the Essex Library Book Sale – Oct. 4-5

The Friends of the Essex Library are once again holding a Book Sale at the library at 33 West Avenue in Essex to raise funds for numerous special library programs and activities.   Specific information about this particular sale, and some titles offered in the various categories, will be on the Essex Library website www.youressexlibrary.org. two weeks before the sale.

The sale will run at the library from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 4, and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 5th, when everything will be half-price.  Offerings will consist of well-sorted books in good condition on nautical subjects, gardening, cooking, history, literature, art, travel, philosophy, science, nature, sports, self-help, foreign languages, and books in large print.  There will be tables of fiction, children’s books, paperbacks, sets of books, CDs, DVDs, and books on CD.

On Book-Sale Saturday library materials can be checked in and out from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., but computers in the adult section will not be available for use. There will be no library services on Sunday, when all book-sale items will be half price.

Free Tai Chi Class at Ivoryton Farmer’s Market – Sep. 27

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Sharon Didato from Spirit Rising Tai Chi in Ivoryton will be giving a free Tai Chi class at the Farmer’s Market at 11.30 September 27.

Ivoryton Farmers Market on the Ivoryton Green, Main St, Ivoryton CT, is open every Saturday 10am until 1:30pm through October 11th.   It 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.

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

Discuss Books at Chester Library in October

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When the kids go back to school, pick up your books and join in the free Mark Johnston Book Discussion Series at Chester Public Library. This fall, Marsha Bansavage, an educator who has taught Contemporary Literature among other English courses, will be leading the discussion series.

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown will be discussed on Wednesdays, Oct. 8 and 15, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sometimes described as “Chariots of Fire with oars,” The Boys in the Boat tells the tale of the 1936 U.S. men’s Olympic rowing team—“nine working class boys who stormed the rowing world, transformed the sport, and galvanized the attention of millions of Americans.  Against the grim backdrop of the Great Depression, they reaffirmed the American notion that merit, in the end, outweighs birthright. They reminded the country of what can be done when everyone quite literally pulls together. And they provided hope that in the titanic struggle that lay just ahead, the ruthless might of the Nazis would not prevail over American grit, determination, and optimism.”  A New York Times bestseller, Boys in the Boat won the 2014 Indies Choice Award for nonfiction.

Dear Life, a book of 14 short stories by the award-winning Alice Munro, will be the topic of a lunchtime discussion on Tuesday, Oct. 21, from noon to 1 p.m. Alice Munro “creates tales that have the scope and amplitude of novels: whole lives are condensed into a handful of pages, the progress of love is charted over the years as passion gives way to restlessness or deeper commitment or something more ambiguous.”  Dear Life contains 14 such stories, including four pieces that are, as the author describes them “not quite stories.”   Rather, she says they are “the first and last — and the closest — things I have to say about my own life”… snapshots of childhood in a small Canadian town and perfect for sampling during lunch.  You bring a brown bag; the Friends of the Library will provide beverages and dessert.

Books in multiple formats are available at Chester Library while ebooks of both titles are available through Overdrive.   Please register in advance either at the library or by calling the library at 860-526-0018.

Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore’s Wine & Beer Tasting and Silent Auction – Oct. 2

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Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore’s 4th Annual Wine & Beer Tasting and Silent Auction on October 2, 2014 will be held at the Saybrook Point Pavilion, 150 College St. Old Saybrook, CT from 5:30-7:30 pm.  Join us for great food, raffle prizes and live music by The Captain Rocks-Tom Ferrara.  This year’s charity event is sponsored in part by; The Clark Group, Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets, Bailey, Murphy & Scarano, Essex Savings Bank, A.R. Mazzotta, Ivory Wealth Management and Tower Laboratories with wines and beers provided by SeaSide Wine & Spirits.  All proceeds benefit Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore tutoring programs.  For more info, purchase tickets ($25 per person), or to donate auction items contact 860-399-0280 or email the LVVS office at info@vsliteracy.org

Blurred Lines, Sharp Art – Local and Beyond, Essex Art Association – Sep. 26-28

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Catmint on the Wall – by Jill Beecher Matthew

A weekend of art by Brushstrokes will be presented September 26, 27, and 28 at the Essex Art Association at 10 N. Main Street in Essex.  The public is invited to an opening reception on Friday, September 26, from 5 to 8 pm.
 
Brushstrokes is a local group of artists who frequently paint together both en plein air and in the studio.  Their show, entitled “Blurred Lines, Sharp Art – Local and Beyond,” will feature local scenes of CT and greater New England, as well as scenes from the artists’ travels.  Members of the group exhibiting are:  Phyllis Bevington, Rosemarie Cushing, Diane Aldi DePaola, Gail Estrade, Catherine Jackson, Elaine Lifland, Jill Beecher Matthew, Brenda Newbegin, Carol Robertson, and Maureen Tarbox.  

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The Skelligs, Ireland – by Maureen Tarbox

 
Hours of the exhibit are:  Friday, Sept. 26, 3 – 8 pm, Opening Reception 5 – 8 pm; Saturday, Sept. 27, 11 am – 5 pm; and Sunday, Sept. 28, 12 noon – 4 pm.  For more information call:  860-227-7485.   

 

Incredible India! A Cultural Expo, Marketplace and Gala – Oct. 18

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In honor of the Lyme Art Association’s 100th anniversary, the LAA presents Incredible India!, an expo and gala celebrating the culture of India. This incomparable event to benefit the LAA has two exceptional activities: A Cultural Expo and Marketplace in the afternoon of Saturday, October 18, followed by a Benefit Gala in the evening.

“For anyone looking for an interesting, exotic, and genuinely authentic experience, I can assure you that our Incredible India event is exactly that!” stated LAA’s Director of Development Gary Parrington.

The Cultural Expo and Marketplace will be a fun afternoon for the entire family to discover and experience the culture and charm of India. India vendors will display art, photographs, shawls, brassware, and other fine marketplace items. There will also be Indian food vendors, and musicians to entertain visitors. The Cultural Expo and Marketplace runs from noon until 3pm and is open to the public, free of charge.

The Benefit Gala, which takes place from 6pm until 10pm, will be an extraordinary experience including select items from the Expo, a palm reader, Henna hand painter, a unique India gift for every guest, and the opportunity to bid in an auction for travel packages to India.

The Presenting Sponsor for Incredible India is Air India in collaboration with the Government of India’s Ministry of Tourism. The Premier Media Sponsor for the expo and gala is The Day.

For additional information on Incredible India and to make a reservation for the Benefit Gala, please visit the website at www.LymeArtAssociation.org  or contact LAA’s Director of Development Gary Parrington at gary@lymeartassociation.org.

 About the Lyme Art Association

The Lyme Art Association was founded in 1914 by the American Impressionists and continues the tradition of exhibiting and selling representational artwork by its members and invited artists, as well as offering art instruction and lectures to the community. The Lyme Art Association is located at 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT, in a building designed by Charles Adams Platt and located within an historic district. Admission is free with contributions appreciated. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday 1 to 5pm. For more information on exhibitions, purchase of art, art classes, or becoming a member, call 860-434-7802 or visit www.lymeartassociation.org

Chester Artists’ Raffle to Benefit Chester Library Programs – Oct. 6

Chester is a town of many talented individuals, three of whom have donated their works to the Friends of the Chester Public Library for a fundraising raffle, culminating on Oct. 6.

Basketmaker Sosse Baker created “Noonday Sun,” a storage basket in a Cherokee pattern, 20 inches high and 16 inches wide, in dyed and natural rattan. Sosse, the co-owner of Chester Gallery in Chester Center, has been a renowned basketmaker for several decades.

“Noonday Sun” basket by Sosse Baker

“Noonday Sun” basket by Sosse Baker

Quilter Sally Murray has designed and crafted “Hearthside,” which she describes as big enough to be a “usable blanket or enough for a small crowd on the couch in front of the fire.” It is 55 by 62 inches. This is the second time Sally has created a quilt to help Chester Library raise funds. Her quilt for the 2013 library raffle was highly coveted by hundreds of people.

“Hearthside” quilt by Sally Murray

“Hearthside” quilt by Sally Murray

Photographer Al Malpa, a national prize-winning photojournalist, has donated his matted and framed photo “Lupine at Sunrise,” taken of a wild lupine in a Connecticut field. He owns the Al Malpa Photography Gallery in Chester Center.

“Lupine at Sunrise” photo by Al Malpa

“Lupine at Sunrise” photo by Al Malpa

Tickets are priced at $3.00 each and 1000 tickets are being sold. The three items are on display at the Chester Library. All proceeds from the raffle will directly benefit the Friends of the Library’s programs and purchases for the library. The Friends fund DVD and CD purchases and a Netflix membership; passes to area museums and attractions; professionally facilitated Spring and Fall book discussion series; materials for children’s story and craft hours; and the summer reading program.

The raffle drawing will be at a reception hosted by the Friends on Monday, Oct. 6 at 6:00 p.m. at the library. Winners need not be present to win.

33rd District State Senate Candidate Debate at VRHS – Sep. 23

Senate debate pictureDon’t miss this opportunity to hear the candidates answer the questions that matter to you and your town!  The Essex Library will be hosting a debate between Colin Bennett (Green), Emily Bjornberg (D) and Art Linares (R), the candidates for State Senator in the 33rd District beginning at 7 PM on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at the Valley Regional High School Auditorium.

The debate will be moderated by Essex Library Director Richard Conroy. Voters are urged to send questions for the candidates to the Essex Library, by email (rconroy@essexlib.org), US mail (attention of Richard Conroy, Director, Essex Library, 33 West Avenue, Essex 06426), or in person at the Essex Library. Questions for the candidates should be relevant to issues affecting our state and district.  All questions should include the questioner’s name, address and contact phone number, for verification.

Admission is free and open to anyone who would like to attend.

Nautical Book Sale – Sep. 26-28

An unusual selection of nautical books, as well as vintage classics and beautiful rare volumes will be included in the Friends of the Guilford Free Library Book Sale September 26, 27 and 28. Sale hours are Friday, 9 to 6; Saturday, 9 to 4; and Sunday, 11-3. Many books are in gift-able condition and all marked at low, low prices. Sunday is half price day. And on Saturday, a variety of home-baked delectable will also be sold in the Library lobby. More info at www.guilfordfreelibrary.org .

Lego Collection on Display at Acton Public Library – Through Sep.

For the month of September, the Acton Public Library in Old Saybrook will be displaying Riley Haworth’s Lego collection. Riley is nine years old and has been building with Legos since he was three.  His favorite Lego sets are the Word World II military reproductions. The display represents only a tiny fraction of Riley’s Lego collection. In the six years that he has been building with Legos, he has amassed thousands and thousands of bricks. The Acton Library is open Monday through Thursday from 10am until 8:30 pm, and Friday and Saturday from 9am to 5 pm.

Lori Warner Studio Hosts Andraab Trunk Show of Finest Cashmere – Sep. 21

The Lori Warner Studio/Gallery is very pleased to welcome Yasmin and Mohamed Andraab back to the gallery for an exclusive, second annual trunk show featuring their gorgeous collection of cashmere scarves, shawls, stoles and wraps.  Join us on Sunday, September 21, 2014 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm to view these extraordinary cashmere pieces.

Each museum quality design is hand-woven of the finest natural cashmere with intricately embroidered details lovingly made in Kashmir, India

Each museum quality design is hand-woven of the finest natural cashmere with intricately embroidered details lovingly made in Kashmir, India

Each piece is limited in production and all are unique.  Each museum quality design is hand-woven of the finest natural cashmere with intricately embroidered details lovingly made in Kashmir, India and signed by the artist working on the piece. Andraab is a family business with boutiques in India and select retailers in the United States. It’s always a perfect time of year for cashmere, and always the perfect gift. These wearable works of art are sure to be cherished for generations either on the body or hanging in the home.

These wearable works of art are sure to be cherished for generations either on the body or hanging in the home

These wearable works of art are sure to be cherished for generations either on the body or hanging in the home

The Lori Warner Studio/Gallery is a unique source for artwork and objects that make a lasting impression. The gallery exhibits a small number of exclusive and award winning work and regularly hosts informal events featuring their represented artists and designers. The gallery is located at 21 Main Street in Chester, Connecticut. (860) 322-4265. www.loriwarner.com.

Each piece is limited in production and all are unique

Each piece is limited in production and all are unique

Preschool Program at CBSRZ Begins – Sep. 14

Join the “little dumplings” of Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek (Chester) for a free, twice a month preschool program.  Led by our wonderful educator, Sandy Herzog, this program is geared towards children from birth through 4 years old, along with their parents.   The program is from 10-10:45 am and includes a variety of activities including songs, crafts, stories and a snack.  The program will introduce children to Jewish values and holidays in a fun and educational setting.   Upcoming program dates will be September 14th and 21st and October 12th and 19th.

Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek is located at 55 East Kings Highway in Chester.  This program is free and open to the public.  No advance registration is required.  For more information, please call the office at 860-526-8920.

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.

Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore Participates in Family Day – Sep. 21

Join Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore at the 16th annual Family Day celebration held by Old Saybrook Youth and Family Services and Healthy Communities/Healthy Youth. Stop by our table where we would love to meet you and answer any questions you may have about our tutoring programs for English, life and work skills.  This family event will be held on the Old Saybrook town green from 1pm-4pm on Sunday, September 21st (rain date: Sunday, September 28th).

Come and enjoy food, live music, and activities all free in the atmosphere of community togetherness.  It will be a fun filled day for all ages, see you there!

First Congregational Church of Essex Rummager Sale – Oct. 4

ESSEX — Plans are underway for the annual Rummage Sale at The First Congregational Church in Essex, 6 Methodist Hill, to be held  on October 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., rain or shine. New this year is an Early Sales event on October 3 from 6 pm to 8 pm. For a $5 admission per person, customers will have the opportunity to be the first to preview and buy from the extensive selections of merchandise.

Items for sale will include finer women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and shoes; women’s accessories and jewelry; books and CDs; tools; small electronics; housewares, including lamps and frames, and selected small furniture. This year, the sale will also feature children’s toys and a linens department. A popular focus of the yearly sale is the “Boutique and Antiques” room, which will offer rare and unusual gifts and collectibles. On Saturday, October 4,  a bake sale will feature home made fare and refreshments will be available at The Grill. Proceeds from the sale go to support the missions of the church.

Rummage donations are currently being accepted at the church office, Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 1 pm.  Donations will also be accepted during extended hours, the week prior to the sale, September 29 throughOctober 2. If you have items that you wish to donate but need them picked up by a sale volunteer, please call the church office at (860) 767-8097. The church will not accept any appliances, air conditioners or televisions of any kind.

 

Tri-Town Base Ball by 1857 Rules – a Free Game for All – Sep. 21

The Deep River baseball team, circa 1910 (check out the horse and buggy back left). Kneeling:  Tony Hamilton, Alfred Arnold, George Desmond, Ray Ferguson, and Frank Joy. Next row: Fred O'Brien, Frank Graham, unknown, Joe O'Neil, Broph Daniels, Harry Pratt, Harold Rankin, unknown, Eugene Pelton and Louis Wright. Photo courtesy of Deep River Historical Society

The Deep River baseball team, circa 1910 (check out the horse and buggy back left). Kneeling: Tony Hamilton, Alfred Arnold, George Desmond, Ray Ferguson, and Frank Joy. Next row: Fred O’Brien, Frank Graham, unknown, Joe O’Neil, Broph Daniels, Harry Pratt, Harold Rankin, unknown, Eugene Pelton and Louis Wright. Photo courtesy of Deep River Historical Society

The historical societies of Chester, Deep River and Essex are teaming up to present a 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. (And yes, “base ball” is spelled correctly here – this was the 19th-century spelling of the game.)

Three teams – one from each town – will play two or three innings each, round-robin style, 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. For instance, there is no swearing, no spitting and no “ungentlemanly” behavior anywhere during the games.

The Chester High School team of 1927. Front row: Leonard Goodspeed, Vernon Wilcox, Victor Peterson, Emmet DeVoe, William Collomore; back, Mike Zanardi, Reginald Deuse, Dr. Leon Cash, Lance Parker, Til Lavezzoli, Harold Jones.  Photo courtesy of Chester Historical Society

The Chester High School team of 1927. Front row: Leonard Goodspeed, Vernon Wilcox, Victor Peterson, Emmet DeVoe, William Collomore; back, Mike Zanardi, Reginald Deuse, Dr. Leon Cash, Lance Parker, Til Lavezzoli, Harold Jones. Photo courtesy of Chester Historical Society

Historical commentary will be provided by longtime ballplayer and sports broadcaster Steven Knauth of Ivoryton to help the audience understand base ball rules of the 1850s.

Ballists (players) will use replica equipment – authentic reproduction wooden bats and hand-sewn hard balls. No gloves are worn. Each team will be wearing specially purchased shirts and hats, representative of their different towns’ uniforms from the 19th century.

An Essex baseball team, 1910, wearing shirts with “C & I” on them. Photo courtesy of Essex Historical Society

An Essex baseball team, 1910, wearing shirts with “C & I” on them. Photo courtesy of Essex Historical Society

Old-time refreshments (“buy me some peanuts and cracker jack”) will be sold by Ivoryton Tavern & Café. The audience may want to bring their own chairs. Raindate will be Sept. 28.  More information is available from each town’s historical society, or contact Keith Dauer at 860-526-2331.

CMS Hosts U.S. Coast Guard Band Saxophone Quartet – Sep. 27

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CENTERBROOK – Community Music School is pleased to present a concert by the United States Coast Guard Band Saxophone Quartet on Saturday, September 27th at 1 pm. The concert takes place at the Centerbrook Meetinghouse, 51 Main Street, Centerbrook and is FREE and open to the public.

The United States Coast Guard Band Saxophone Quartet is comprised of the saxophone section of the U.S. Coast Guard Band, one of the five premier U.S. military bands. In addition to performing throughout Taiwan in 2009 and 2010, the Quartet performs regularly at conferences held by the World Saxophone Congress and the North American Saxophone Alliance, and has performed at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic and at Carnegie Hall. The Quartet also performs at universities throughout New England and on recitals as part of the Coast Guard Band’s Chamber Players concert series. The Quartet’s members also form the Element Saxophone Quartet, winning medals at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

The members of the quartet are:

Chief Musician Joshua Thomas

Musician 1st Class Greg Case

Musician 1st Class Joe D’Aleo

Chief Musician Jeff Emerich

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

Please call 860-767-0026 for additional information.

 

People’s Climate Change March in NYC – Sep. 21

Rally, Washington (1)A committed Old Saybrook couple, Dave and Mariette Brown, have teamed up with the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme to arrange for a bus of local residents to go to New York City on Sunday, September 21st. The purpose of the trip is to attend, “the world’s largest rally in history to support meaningful action to combat the scourge of climate change,” according to the rally’s sponsors.

The New York City rally will coincide with a meeting of international leaders at the United Nations, focusing on stemming changes in the world’s climate conditions. Over 850 groups from across the country are slated to come to the “Big Apple” for a massive outpouring of support for dealing with climate change.

So far, according to the Browns, half of the seats on the rented, 54 passenger bus have been taken. (Some twenty seats are still available.) To get a seat on the bus, simply, call 860-388-9194, or send an e-mail to dmbrown@snet.net 

The New York round trip on the chartered bus costs only $35. Also, persons who are unable to take the trip to New York, but who wish to buy someone else a bus ticket, should contact the Browns.  Although the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme is co-sponsoring the trip to New York City, the church is giving the Browns the responsibility in handling the sale of the bus tickets.

Come Home to Chester on Sept. 19

: Deborah Quinn-Munson, who has recently returned to Chester, will open her show at Chester Gallery, on Friday, Sept. 19 during Come Home to Chester. Shown here is “River Reflection,” a pastel

Deborah Quinn-Munson, who has recently returned to Chester, will open her show at Chester Gallery, on Friday, Sept. 19 during Come Home to Chester. Shown here is “River Reflection,” a pastel

For 24 years, the third Friday of September has been the town of Chester’s “Come Home to Chester” evening – a time when the shops, galleries and restaurants in the historic town center open their doors and celebrate there’s no place like being HOME in Chester! From one end of Chester Center to the other, beginning at 5 p.m., the businesses throw open their doors and welcome you with special events, refreshments, and even opportunities to win a prize.

This year, Friday, Sept. 19, three new shops that have made Chester their new HOME will be celebrating their grand openings.

At The Joy of Lighting (5 West Main Street), where owner Susan Schneider creates lamps, shades, finials, and more, browse through all her new lighting creations at her opening reception.

From Britain to Chester – Annie Glover’s British Foods and Gifts, 29 Main Street, will have a grand opening sale on Bronnley, Scottish Fine Soaps and Woods of Windsor products. And carrying fine olive oils and vinegars from all around the world, along with olive oil skincare and home goods, Bell’Oliva will celebrate its grand opening at 14 Main Street with a “dip and sip” and a drawing for a basket.

The Chester Gallery, at 76 Main Street, welcomes the return of Deborah Quinn-Munson to Chester with a show of her beautiful oils and pastels focusing on the Connecticut River. Deb will be on hand to meet and greet old and new friends at a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

Pam Carlson, a painter from Essex, has donated this painting from her series of baby chicks to a gift drawing at Maple and Main Gallery in Chester, for Come Home to Chester

Pam Carlson, a painter from Essex, has donated this painting from her series of baby chicks to a gift drawing at Maple and Main Gallery in Chester, for Come Home to Chester

The Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio and Gallery at 1 Spring Street will also have a reception for Leif’s recent oil paintings of the Connecticut River Valley and his garden. The Al Malpa Photography Gallery at 4 Spring Street will be open for refreshments on the deck while visitors enjoy his photography.

A free drawing for a painting by Pam Carlson of Essex will be part of Maple and Main Gallery’s evening celebration. Chester-based Aaron Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will host a wine tasting at the gallery from 6 to 8 p.m, featuring a variety of special wines. The gallery will also be serving wine, chocolate delicacies, cheese and crackers and more.

Enter the prize drawing at Red Pepper (14 Main Street) for a fall scarf, try out the new cupcake flavors at Cupcakery (how about some Turtle Lava Fudge or Pumpkin Salted Caramel), and ELLE Design will showcase its new collection of furnishings while offering you some light snacks and spirits.  At the Dina Varano Gallery (27 Main Street), where Dina collects inspirations from nature and presses them into sterling and gold, see her new collection of jewelry called “Impressions in Nature.” Refreshments will be served.

Dina Varano will display her new collection of jewelry called “Impressions in Nature” during Come Home to Chester

Dina Varano will display her new collection of jewelry called “Impressions in Nature” during Come Home to Chester

The doors will be open to the shops at 4 Water Street, where Lark promotes “home is where the heart is” (yes, with ruby red slippers and hearts of all sizes); the Brown Eyed Girl and Vintage Glory serves up some wine while you browse the shop; and the Connecticut River Artisans offer you a fishbowl discount (take a slip providing you with a random discount on your purchase that evening).

Free parking in walking distance of town is available in the Water Street and Maple Street public parking lots. More information about happenings on Friday, Sept. 19, is available at Facebook.com/visitchesterct or VisitChesterCT.com

Collomore Music Series – Season Subscriptions Available Now

collomore seriesThe 41st annual season of the Robbie Collomore Music Series begins in October. Four Sunday afternoon concerts featuring internationally recognized musicians are scheduled. in the Chester Meeting House, and season subscriptions may be purchased now.

The Collomore Committee carefully selects two classical and two non-classical performers for each season. Speaking for the committee, chairman Martin Nadel said, “Whatever kind of music it is, we want it to be the very best of its type. People have told me even if they don’t know anything about the group or the music they are playing, they come to the concerts because they trust the kind of groups we select.”

On Oct. 12, young violinist Sean Lee, whose performances have been described by the New York Times as “breathtakingly beautiful,” will perform, accompanied by pianist Peter Dugan. Lee, a new member of the faculty of the Juilliard School, has been broadcast live by WGBH (Boston) and WQXR (New York).

Six-time Grammy nominee Fred Hersch, called “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade or so” by Vanity Fair magazine, will bring his trio to the Meeting House stage on Nov. 23. Hersch has collaborated with an astonishing range of instrumentalists and vocalists throughout worlds of jazz (Joe Henderson, Stan Getz and Bill Frisell); classical (Renée Fleming, Dawn Upshaw, Christopher O’Riley); and Broadway (Audra McDonald).

Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur bring the blues to the Meeting House on April 12, followed by the Chiara String Quartet on May 10.

Subscriptions can be purchased now for the season. A subscription to all four concerts is just $72 (that’s four concerts for the price of three). Individual concert tickets cost $24. For students from elementary through graduate school, a subscription for the four concerts is just $15. A student ticket for just one concert is $5. Information is at collomoreconcerts.org or you can email tickets@collomoreconcerts.org . You can also pick up information at the Community Table at the Chester Sunday Market on Sunday, Sept. 7.

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.

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.

Chester Synagogue Begins Live Streaming of Religious Services – Sep. 24, 25

Cantorial Soloist, Belinda Brennan, and Rabbi Rachel Goldenberg in front of the Ark at CBSRZ

Cantorial Soloist, Belinda Brennan, and Rabbi Rachel Goldenberg in front of the Ark at CBSRZ

Last year, as the Jewish High Holidays approached, a man who was very ill with cancer was unable to gather the strength to attend services at his synagogue, Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, in Chester.

A very good friend of his, also a member of the congregation, mentioned to Cantor Belinda Brennan that there ought to be some way to meet the spiritual needs of the ill congregant and others with similar issues at the holiest time on the Jewish calendar.

In the following months, the congregation’s Religious Affairs Committee came up with a solution, with the help of technology guru Lon Seidman, that is rare among synagogues and churches in Connecticut: live streaming of services. An investment was made in the camera equipment necessary, and volunteers were recruited to produce the videos.

And so this year, anyone who can’t attend Rosh Hashanah services, or those for Yom Kippur, or anyone else from the community can be “present” simply by calling up YouTube and typing in Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek. (Other services throughout the year, scheduled for Shabbat or other holidays, will also be available.)

Stephen Davis, president of the CBSRZ board of directors, says, “Live streaming can help those at home find inspiration and comfort, but it has also galvanized a new cohort of volunteers to pioneer ways to build community. CBSRZ is described as both ‘ancient and cool.’ Our new video arm will keep that maxim true in ways we can only now imagine.”

The schedule of High Holiday services on YouTube:

Rosh Hashanah: Wednesday, September 24, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, September 25, 9:30 a.m.

Yom Kippur: Friday, October 3, 7:30 p.m. (Kol Nidre), and Saturday, October 4, 9:30 a.m.

Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek is located at 55 East Kings Highway in Chester.  For more information on CBSRZ, please visit their website www.cbsrz.org or call the office 860-526-8920.

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

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

swallow funnel

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

 

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.

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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