September 30, 2016

TTYS Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Meets Nov. 16, All Welcome

AREAWIDE — The Tri-Town Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition will hold its second meeting of the school year at Tri-Town Youth Services at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

The Tri-Town Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is a grassroots organization whose membership is open to all who live or work in the tri-town area who are concerned about substance abuse and committed to its prevention.  Many “sectors” of the community are represented on this council: schools, youth serving organizations, law enforcement government, civic groups, parents, students, the faith community and health care to name a few.

Future meeting dates are Jan. 18, 2017; March 8, 2017; May 17, 2017.

For further information, 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.  The organization coordinates and provides resources needed to make positive choices, reduce substance abuse, and strengthen the relationships that matter most.  Discover programs and information for families, as well as opportunities for community collaboration at www.tritownys.org.

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Master Clarinetist Teaches Technique Intensive at CMS, Oct. 29

Clarinetist Ken Lagace will lead a full day of workshops, Oct. 29.

Clarinetist Ken Lagace will lead a full day of workshops, Oct. 29.

CENTERBROOK – Community Music School (CMS) presents master clarinetist Ken Lagace, who will lead a full day of workshops on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., focusing on intermediate/advanced level clarinet technique on a wide range of topics.  The intensive will be hosted on CMS’s main campus in Centerbrook and will cost $95, with lunch included.  Call the Business Office at 860-767-0026 to register.

The morning session will include in-depth information on clarinet reeds, including how to select them, maintain them, fix them, properly play them, and even how to make them! The afternoon session will provide an introduction to Ken’s signature REALM method, which stands for Reed, Embouchure, Air, Ligature, and Mouthpiece.  This method teaches players to achieve an excellent sound with flexibility, range, control, and many other aspects of good clarinet performance.

Each session will be followed by a chance for the participants to experiment with their newly learned skills. During the final session, participants will be broken into two or more groups where they can apply their new techniques in a chamber ensemble setting, with feedback from Ken and other clarinet instructors.

Lagace received his Bachelor of Music degree at Hartt College of Music (CT) in 1960.  He studied with Keith Wilson at Yale in 1955, Bernard Portnoy in New York City from 1958 to 1960.  He served as a member of the US Coast Guard Band and studied with Kalmen Opperman in New York City from 1962 to 1966. He instructed at the Hartt College of Music (CT) from 1966 to 1987.

Under the tutelage of Kalmen Opperman, Lagace learned to make his own reeds and reface clarinet and saxophone mouthpieces which has become a skill he willingly shares with his peers.

He was a member of the Hartford (CT) Symphony Orchestra from 1966 to 1987 playing Assistant Principal Clarinet, Bass Clarinet and Eb Clarinet. He was Principal Clarinetist in the Hartford (CT) Chamber Orchestra from its inception until 1987.

His performances include many on TV and Radio, and at Lincoln Center (NYC) and Carnegie Hall (NYC) with the Hartford Symphony.  He also made a CD recording of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Hartford (CT) Chamber Orchestra in 1976.

In 1987 Lagace abandoned the clarinet to program computers and in 2008 after retiring, dusted off the clarinet and is enjoying being back in the clarinet world again.

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. School programs cultivate musical ability and creativity and provide students with a thorough understanding of music so they can enjoy playing and listening for their entire lives.

Learn more st www.community-music-school.org or call (860) 767-0026.

 

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Meeting House Players Present Five Performances of ‘Almost Maine,’ Opens Oct. 28

The Meeting House Players will present John Cariani’s witty, romantic comedy “Almost Maine” at the end of October and early November in the Meeting House, 4 Liberty Street, Chester.

Directed by Debbie Alldredge, the production will run for five performances opening at the Meeting House on Friday, Oct. 28, continuing on Oct. 29 and Nov. 4 and 5.  In addition to the four 8 p.m. evening performances, there will be a 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 5.

“Almost Maine” is a series of nine romantic vignettes, set on a cold, clear midwinter night in the mythical town of Almost, ME.  As the northern lights drape across the night sky, the residents of Almost find themselves falling in and out of love in unanticipated and often hilarious ways.

For additional information, contact Deb Alldredge at TheMeetingHousePlayers@gmail.com or at 860-526-3684.

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‘Ghost Hunters’ Dustin Pari to Visit Deep River Public Library, Oct. 28

DEEP RIVER — Get into the Halloween spirit with this exciting Deep River Library event!
Dustin Pari visits the Deep River Public Library for a spine tingling lecture on the paranormal on Friday, Oct. 28, at 6:30 p.m.
Pari’s experience with the supernatural includes stints on ‘Ghost Hunters’, extensive world travel researching the field, as well as being an active member of The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) for more than 10 years. Pari has also penned several books on his ghostly adventures, which will be available for purchase.
Known as the Paranormal Rockstar, Pari will give a 90-minute lecture paired with audio visual material and allow plenty of time for attendees to ask questions about his encounters with the paranormal.
For more information on Pari, visit his website at http://www.paranormalrockstar.com/  or follow him on Twitter @Dustin Pari.
This program is free and open to all; no registration required.
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Chester Library Offers Fall Book Discussions, Next One is Oct. 25

 CHESTER – Two National Book Award winning books will be discussed this fall at Chester Public Library.

With two evening discussions facilitated by Marsha Bansavage, an educator who has led book discussions at the library for several years, the participants will have a chance to reflect on why each of these books (a novel and a collection of short stories) received the prestigious National Book Award. According to Bansavage, “both books are worthy of first and second reads and will promote lively, interesting discussions.”

 On Tuesday, Oct. 25, the second discussion will center on “Fortune Smiles: Stories,” by Adam Johnson, who also won the Pulitzer Prize for “Orphan Master’s Son.” fortune-smilesSays Bansavage, “The collection develops six short stories with very different narrators, characters, and themes.  The voices are vivid, different, and distinct.  We travel at times through interesting places, unexplored, uncharted, and perhaps forbidden.  I felt his style and interest in bringing the genre of the short story to the American public was brilliant.  I felt it was important to develop, reexamine, explore and celebrate the important short story genre.” 

Both discussions will be held at the Chester Public Library, at 21 West Main Street, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  The discussions are free, but registration is required. Participation in both evening discussions is not required.

Call 860-526-0018 for more information and to register.  Books will be available to borrow at the library on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

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Essex Library Hosts Wesleyan Professor Speaking on Women in Politics, Oct. 22

Professor Sarah Willarty

Professor Sarah Willarty

ESSEX — On Saturday, Oct. 22, at 1 p.m. Wesleyan Government Professor Sarah Wiliarty will give a talk at Essex Library on women in politics, thus helping to put Hillary Clinton’s campaigns for the presidency into some perspective, both internationally and historically.

Being related to a male political leader is actually an exceptionally common way for women to gain executive office in many other places. She will also talk about other scholarship on what conditions tend to facilitate or hinder women gaining office more generally.

Sarah Wiliarty is an Associate Professor of Government at Wesleyan University. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in Physics from Harvard University. Her book, The CDU and the Politics of Gender in Germany: Bringing Women to the Party was published by Cambridge University Press in 2010.

This program is free and open to all. Call the Library to register in advance: (860) 767-1560.

The Library is located at 33 West Avenue in Essex.

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Deep River Rotary Hosts Oktoberfest, Oct. 22

DEEP RIVER — Get your German on at Deep River Rotary Club’s Oktoberfest at the Stone House, 174 Main St., on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 6 p.m!

The Club promises an entertaining, fun-filled evening with authentic brews and german cuisine — as well as wine and soft drinks.

Tickets are $65 per person and can be purchased online at deepriverrotary.org

For more information, email deepriverrotary@gmail.com

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Ivoryton Village Hosts Pumpkin Festival with Full Day, Evening of Events, Oct. 22

Join the fun of pumpkin carving on Oct. 22 in Ivoryton.

Join the fun of pumpkin carving on Oct. 22 in Ivoryton.

ESSEX — Ivoryton’s Pumpkin’s Festival takes place on Saturday, Oct. 22., and offers a full day of events.  The festival brings more than 1500 visitors to the village green. The Pumpkin Festival takes the very best traditions of the autumn season and offers them all for free.

The first Pumpkin Festival was held at the Ivoryton Village Green in 2000 and is held the Saturday before Halloween every year. Join the fun at the village green to enjoy the free refreshments, contests and games, live music and view the pumpkins.

Bring your carved pumpkins from 9 a.m. to 12 noon for the Jack o’ Lantern Stroll Date from 5 to 8 p.m. on Ivoryton Green.

Ivoryton Library’s Pumpkin Chase & Kid’s Run

This race will begin near the library and meander through historic Ivoryton, continuing into Falls River Farms and the Falls River Preserve and ending back at the library. A Pumpkin Run in Ivoryton Park is scheduled for children aged 8 and younger. All pumpkin runners will receive a medal and a pumpkin that can be painted after the race.

Contact the Library for more details

Show off your carving skills at Ivoryton's Pumpkin Festival!

Show off your carving skills at Ivoryton’s Pumpkin Festival!

Pre-Festival Carving Party

The Great Pumpkin Challenge at the annual Pumpkin Festival calls for 200 or more carved pumpkins for the Jack o’ Lantern stroll. Why not join this activity at the green immediately following the Ivoryton Library Pumpkin Chase from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Ivoryton Green to create your masterpiece and put it right on display for all to see?  You can also satisfy your sweet tooth with cookie decorating with the volunteers from Child & Family Services of Southeastern Connecticut.

There will be over 100 pumpkins that will need to be carved so come on down early and enjoy a fun time with neighbors and friends at our Halloween celebration. Pre-registration is not required, but would be much appreciated.

Essex Park and Recreation Department is hoping for at least 50 carvers to get the job done for the pumpkin lighting that begins at 5 p.m.

Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere ...

Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere …

Starting at 5 p.m., enjoy Halloween-inspired face-painting by Bohemian Body Art alongside Music with Margie, who will be performing “Roll With the Pumpkins” on the Ivoryton Playhouse’s side patio from 5 to 5:45 p.m.

Enjoy a not so scary horse drawn hayride sponsored by the Park & Recreation Commission- Rides will leave from the Village Green from 5 to 8 p.m.

Don’t miss the Haunted Wonderland at the Ivoryton Library from 6 to 8 p.m.

Also from 6 to 8 p.m., enjoy the antics of The Munsters on the Big Screen presented by Ivoryton Library and Essex Park and Rec next to Gather.

For yet more entertainment,“Federation” is back with live music in the Gazebo from 6 to 8 p.m.

Enjoy free refreshments, courtesy of Deep River Snacks, The Essex Lions Club, The Ivoryton Inn & All Saints Church – while they last at The Ivoryton Playhouse patio also starting from 6 p.m.

Be sure to take a stroll around the village and take in the sights of the beautifully carved pumpkins on display.

For more information, contact Essex Park and Recreation at 860-767-4340 x110/148 or visit www.essexct.gov

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Register for the Ivoryton Pumpkin Chase 5K, due to be Held Oct. 22

The name has changed and the route is slightly different …

The Ivoryton Library holds the 7th 5K Road and Trail Run/Walk Race on Saturday, Oct. 22,. Now called the Ivoryton Pumpkin Chase, the race will still travel through beautiful Ivoryton. This benefit for the Library will be fun for families, walkers and runners from this area and across Connecticut.

The striking fall colors will complement the historic sites of Ivoryton included in the route as it heads one mile down Main Street and into Falls River Farms. It will then continue one mile on the trails of Falls River Land Trust Preserve and return back to Ivoryton Park. The start will be in a slightly different spot and the route through the Falls River Preserve has been
changed, based on changes made to the trails by the Essex Land Trust.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. for all walkers and runners. Awards will be given to the top male and female 5k runners, the top walker, top male & female runners in 10 age groups (no duplicates), and the best Halloween costume, male, female and group.

The “Fun Run” for children 8 years & under is held in Ivoryton Park at 8:45 am. All Fun Runners are invited to stay after the race for storytime, crafts and refreshments. (Adult supervision is
required.) The 5K will start near the Ivoryton Library at 9:15 am.

New this year:
More age groups: 9 & under, 10-12, 13-15, 17-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49,
50-59, 60-69, 70 & up.
Predict Your Time Challenge: Visit the Fortune Teller’s booth to
predict your time. Prize for the closest time!
Tired of medals and trophies? Fresh baked apple pies for the winners!

ENTRY FEE:               $20/ advance through Thursday, October 20
$25/ same day
The first 150 registrants for the 5k will be receive t-shirts.

PUMPKIN RUN:     $5 per child.

All are invited to join us on Saturday, Oct. 22 to run or walk the race, or just cheer on the racers! The library is grateful to all the volunteers who help us and we can use more, Please consider helping out for a few hours Saturday morning!

The Ivoryton Pumpkin Chase is sponsored by Norm Needleman and Jacquie Hubbard, Kohl’s, The Clark Group, Polito and Associates, Ivoryton Playhouse, Guilford Savings Bank and the Law Office of Christopher
Morano.

Any questions or to volunteer, please contact the library at 860-767-3460 or staff@ivoryton.com. Online registration or downloadable applications are available on the Ivoryton Library website (www.ivoryton.com) or at the library. Please make checks or money orders payable to the Ivoryton Library.

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Essex Library Presents Classic American Short Stories Seminar; Six Sessions Starting Oct. 20

Professor Chuck Timlin

Professor Chuck Timlin

University of New Haven faculty member Professor Chuck Timlin has brought his excellent teaching skills to the Essex Library community on topics such as Chaucer, Beowulf, Wordsworth & Frost, and the poetry of Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson. Now, back again by popular demand, he turns his talents to an examination of classic American short stories.

In this series of six seminars, attendees will read and discuss a selection of great American short stories, a literary form that many great writers in America have practiced. In their stories these writers explore the evolution of America and what it means to be American.

The group will read stories by Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ernest Hemingway, Ralph Waldo Ellison, Raymond Carver, and others.

All stories can be found online so there is no textbook for this seminar. The series will run at the Essex Library for six Thursdays beginning Oct. 20, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. There will be no meeting on Thanksgiving.

This program is free and open to all. For more information or to register, call the Essex Library at (860) 767-1560.

The Essex Library is located at 33 West Ave. in Essex.

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Collomore Concerts Continue 43rd Season at Chester Meeting House, Oct. 16

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CHESTER – For its 43rd season, the Robbie Collomore Music Series will offer all four of its concerts in the fall, between Sept. 25 and Nov. 27, on Sundays at 5 p.m. in the charming and historic Chester Meeting House in the town of Chester. The concerts, featuring world-class performers, range from a string quartet to American folk music. Season subscriptions and tickets are selling fast.

On Sunday, Oct. 16, Grammy Award winners BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet will perform. BeauSoleil’s distinctive sound derives from the distilled spirits of New Orleans jazz, blues, rock, folk, swamp pop, Zydeco, country and bluegrass, captivating listeners from the Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans to Carnegie Hall and across the world. BeauSoleil is notorious for bringing even the most staid audience to its feet.

On Nov. 6, internationally celebrated pianist Jeffrey Swann, who has been called “a dashing virtuoso” by the New York Times, will play two of Beethoven’s and Schubert’s most iconic, monumental piano sonatas. Swann is also a noted musical lecturer. The depth of his musical knowledge and his enthusiasm for teaching often leads him into spontaneous discussions of the music he is performing, much to the delight of his audiences.

Chris Smither performed at the Chester Meeting House in 2002, and the Collomore committee is thrilled to be bringing him back on Sunday, Nov. 27. A profound songwriter, Chris Smither draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and philosophers. Reviewers continue to praise his dazzling guitar work, gravelly voice and songwriting. As Acoustic Guitar magazine wrote, Smither sings about “the big things – life, love, loss – in a penetrating and poetic yet unpretentious way.”

The Collomore committee expects this to be another sold-out season. Buy a season subscription now and save money, plus you’ll guarantee you will have a seat even when the concert is sold out. A subscription to all four concerts is just $75 (that’s four concerts for the price of three). Individual concert tickets cost $25. For students from elementary through graduate school, a subscription is $15. A student ticket for just one concert is $5. Tickets can be purchased online now at www.collomoreconcerts.org using PayPal. All ticket-holders are invited to stay for a reception after each concert to meet the performers.

For more information, check the website or call 860-526-5162.

 

 

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Leif Nilsson Hosts ‘The Natters and Friends’ at Next ‘Concert in the Garden,’ Oct. 16

CHESTER — Leif Nilsson hosts a Sunday night ‘Concert in the Garden,’ Oct. 16, from 4 to 6 p.m.,  featuring The Natters and Friends at the Spring Street Studio and Gallery at 1 Spring St, Chester Center. This monthly concert series highlights eclectic international singer/songwriter artists from cool jazz to blue grass.

Gates open half hour before the show — first come first seated. Seating is Bistro Style in the amphitheater. The concert will be moved indoors in the event of inclement weather.

A $20 donation is appreciated. The event is BYOB – pack a picnic and buy your own wine or beer at the Chester Package Store across the street.

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It’s ‘Baby Bounce Story Time’ at Deep River Public Library, Oct. 15

DEEP RIVER — Introducing the brand new Baby Bounce program with Miss Elaine at the Deep River Public Library on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 10:30 a.m. This once-a-month story time is exclusively for non-walking babies and their caregivers. Older siblings may attend, but the program will be geared toward the littlest library users.

There will be simple stories, songs and movement, followed by a brief play and social time. Meet and mingle with other parents as you enjoy baby time. No registration required.

This program is free and open to all, no registration required.

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

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St. John’s Episcopal Hosts Rummage Sale, Oct. 14 & 15

The 'Essex Attic' is always a popular attraction at St. John's Annual Rummage Sale!

The ‘Essex Attic’ is always a popular attraction at St. John’s Annual Rummage Sale!

Once again it’s time to come down to Essex and ‘rummage!”   Visit the annual Rummage Sale at St. John’s Episcopal Church and find the treasures you have long been seeking.

The Sale will be on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14 and 15 from 9 a.m.. to 2 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.

Prepare to be inspired in the Boutique, where you can pick out the perfect outfit.  “Essex Attic” has exceptional treasures and really cool costume jewelry.  The Silent Auction is full of unique and special items waiting for your bid.

Cider and doughnuts 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

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Acton Library Opens New Season of Movies Titled, “Singer’s Stories: Fact & Fiction”; See ‘Love and Mercy,’ Oct. 14

OLD SAYBROOK  — The Acton Public Library in Old Saybrook will be hosting a Fall Film Series: “Singer’s Stories: Fact and Fiction” in the Grady Thomas Room at 1 p.m. on second Fridays, October through December and the first Friday in November due to Veteran’s Day closing on Nov 11.

Love and Mercy, a biopic about Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, will be shown on Oct. 14 
Bye Bye Birdie
starring Dick Van Dyke and Ann Margaret, will be shown on Nov. 4
Beyond the Sea, a biopic about Bobby Darrin starring and directed by Kevin Spacey, will be shown on Dec. 9.

For more information, call The Acton Library at 860-395-3184, or visit the library during regular hours: Monday through Thursday 10am – 8:00pm, Friday and Saturday 9am – 5pm or visit on-line at www.actonlibrary.org.

The library is located at  60 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook CT 06475.

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CT Animal House Hosts Fundraiser at Fox Hopyard, Oct. 9

high-res-2016-fox-hopyard-posterThe CT Animal House is hosting its annual fundraiser Sunday, Oct. 9, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Fox Hopyard Golf Club, 1 Fox Hopyard Rd., East Haddam.

It will be an afternoon of live music starring Essex Animal Control Officer Jae Wolf with DJ Renee DiNino as Master of Ceremonies.  There will be great wine and craft beer tasting, delicious bites, and great raffle items.

Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased online at www.ctanimalhouse.org or at the door.

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Essex Land Trust Asks, “Can You Name that Tree?” on Oct. 8 Walk

Bob Kuchta will lead a walk in the Preserve Oct. 8 about tree names.

Bob Kuchta will lead a walk in the Preserve Oct. 8 about tree names.

ESSEX — Interested in learning how to identify trees? The Essex Land Trust has planned a walking tour Saturday, Oct. 8, of the Preserve by tree expert Robert Kuchta, who will teach you how to identify the trees that are common in Essex and describe their natural history and human uses.

Kuchta is the tree warden in Madison, leads trips for the Connecticut Audubon Society and has a wealth of knowledge which he shares in a light-hearted and entertaining manner.

This program promises fun for all ages with easy to moderate walking lasting 1 1/2 hours.

Meet at 9 a.m. at The Preserve parking lot (East entrance) off Ingham Hill Rd. in Essex.

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Deep River Library Offers Programs Galore During October

DEEP RIVER — Deep River Public Library is offering the following programs during October:

Oct. 7 — Preschool Power Hour with stories and songs in an interactive setting. Starts at 10:30 am; open to all ages.

Oct. 14 — Preschool Power Hour with stories and songs in an interactive setting. Starts at 10:30 am; open to all ages.***Special Guest Rick Daniels from the Deep River Fire Department arrives at 11:00 am to learn about Fire Safety!

Oct. 21 — Special FUN FRIDAY GUEST! Please join us for Spanish story time with ABC Amigos! Starts at 10:30 am;

Oct. 28 — Special FUN FRIDAY Activity! We are going to have a Halloween Party!! Dress in costume for spooky snacks and fun games with friends! Starts at 10:30 am; open to all. ages.

Additional Children’s Programs

Oct. 13 & Oct. 27 : Brick Bunch meets from 3:45 – 4:45 pm for open Lego construction. This is a drop-in program. We now have large blocks for the younger kids.

Oct. 26: Cooking Club starts at 6:00 pm. Whip up a tasty treat with friends! Registration is required for this program and limited to 10children. Call 860-526-6039 or email drplchildrensdept@gmail.com to sign up.

Oct. 8: All new BABY BOUNCE with Miss Elaine! This is a one-a-month story time exclusively for non-walking babies and their caregivers! Older siblings may attend, but the program will be geared toward the littlest library users! No registration required. Starts at 10:30 am

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

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Chocolate Chip Cookies, Wine & Art: All the Comforts of Home in Chester, Oct. 7

Keith Stewart, the chef at Camp Hazen YMCA, is making 500 chocolate chip cookies for all to enjoy throughout Chester Center on Come Home to Chester night, Oct. 7.

Keith Stewart, the chef at Camp Hazen YMCA, is making 500 chocolate chip cookies for all to enjoy throughout Chester Center on Come Home to Chester night, Oct. 7.

The town of Chester presents its annual “Come Home to Chester” celebration on Friday evening, Oct. 7. Come stroll through the shops and galleries of quaint Chester village while munching on chocolate chip cookies made by the chef of Camp Hazen YMCA and sampling wines or sipping apple cider. (All the comforts of home on a New England fall evening!)

The French Hen’s theme for the evening is fragrance. “Fragrance has the power to evoke a memory, change a mood or unlock a new experience,” says Laurie McGinley, the shop’s owner, who says the shop will be debuting a new line, Peacock Parfumerie, and will have a drawing for one of their beautiful scented candles. Chester Package Store will do a wine tasting on the front porch of The French Hen (14 Main St.).

Kate and Anne Yurasek wrap themselves up in a cozy quilt at Lark.

Kate and Anne Yurasek wrap themselves up in a cozy quilt at Lark.

LARK is featuring coziness – as in cozy, colorful home accessories, such as quilts, rugs, towels and pillows. Sign up to win a gift while exploring all the comforts of home featured in the newly expanded shop at 4 Water St.

“An Exploration of Texture,” a new jewelry collection by Dina Varano, opens at the Dina Varano Gallery on Main Street on October 7. Since day one, texture has been a defining feature of Dina’s unique jewelry. Like an alchemist she transforms metal into meaningful works of wearable art: one of a kind, one at a time.

At Maple & Main Gallery, enjoy the Fall Exhibit on the first floor (where you can nibble on chocolate chip cookies!) and then go downstairs to the Stone Gallery for the opening reception of the two-woman show, “Go Figure,”  by friends Beverly Floyd and Maggie Bice. These longtime friends share a sensibility that is lyrical, light-hearted, and often quirky, which is obvious in their delightful show.

ELLE Design, at 1 Main St., invites you to sample the raw chocolates made by Aruna Chocolate and learn how to pair them with wine. Look for Deborah Vilcheck, a Chester-based mortgage loan originator with Nations Reliable Lending, who will have 50 apple pies to hand out to visitors. “I love Chester and this is a great way to celebrate our town,” Deb says.

Even your dogs are welcome at Yappy Hour at Strut Your Mutt on Main Street, with treats for them and you.

You are also invited to visit the yoga studio at Reflections of Chester, Health & Wellness Center, at 15-19 North Main Street, where there will be live music, cider and cookies. More live music will be at the Pattaconk 1850 Bar & Grill on Main Street, and the Homage Fine Art & Coffee Lounge (16 Main St.) features Teen Open Mic Night from 7 to 9 p.m.

Everything is within walking distance from the Maple Street and Water Street free public parking lots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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‘Five Women Painting’ Annual Art Show Opens Oct. 7

'Three Hens' by Claudia van Nes

‘Three Hens’ by Claudia van Nes is featured in the ‘Five Women Painting’ art show.

ESSEX — The annual Five Women Painting art show, featuring new works by a group of established artists in the region, will be Oct. 7 through Oct. 10 with a gala opening party Friday, Oct. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m.

'A Day of Warmth' by Pam Carlson is one of the signature paintings of the exhibition.

‘A Day of Warmth’ by Pam Carlson is one of the signature paintings of the exhibition.

The artists, whose styles and subject matter vary widely from contemporary landscapes to abstract monotypes, include Pam Carlson from Essex; Rosemary Cotnoir, Kathleen DeMeo, Ellie Pringle from Haddam, and Claudia Van Nes from Chester.

All five artists will be at the opening party on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. to greet guests and help serve wine and a variety of appetizers and desserts.

The show continues Saturday, Oct. 8, from noon to 5 p.m. with Claudia Van Nes inviting visitors to sketch along with her from 1 to 3 p.m.

On Sunday, Oct. 9, when the show is also open noon to 5 p.m., Pam Carlson will give a palette knife demonstration from 1 to 3 p.m.

The exhibit continues Monday, Oct 10 from noon to 3 p.m.

Essex Art Association Gallery is located at 10 North Main Street, Essex. Phone: 860-767-8996. Visit Five Women Painting on Facebook.

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TTYS Hosts Program to Improve Conflict Resolution Skills, Oct. 5

TRI-TOWN — Join Tri-Town Youth Services to brush up on your conflict resolution skills. Strengthen relationships and build cooperation among children, peers and family members. “From Conflict to Cooperation” will be held at Tri-Town’s office, 56 High Street, Deep River on Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Learn how to use everyday communication to set up a cooperative environment and practice restorative approaches to resolving conflicts at home, in the workplace or wherever it’s needed. This workshop is perfect for parents who spend a lot of time refereeing sibling squabbles or nagging their kids to help out around the house!

Space is limited. Call 860-526- 3600 to reserve your spot or register online at tritownys.org

Tri-Town Youth Services supports and advances the families, youth and communities of Chester, Deep River and Essex. They coordinate and provide resources needed to make positive choices, reduce substance abuse, and strengthen the relationships that matter most.

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French Classes Begin at Ivoryton Library, Oct. 5

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IVORYTON — The Ivoryton Library offers the following languages classes beginning this fall. All classes are open for new members at any time. Feel free to sit in on a class to see if the level of instruction works for you. Fee is per class attended and is payable to the Instructor.
Beginning Italian – Tuesdays 10-11 am, $5 – begins September 13
Intermediate French – Tuesdays 1-2 pm, $5 – begins September 13
Beg/Int Italian – Wednesdays 10-11 am, $5 – begins September 14
Easy French Reading – Wednesdays 2-3pm, $5 – begins October 5
Intermediate/ Advanced Spanish – Thursdays 1–2 pm, $5 – begins September 22
Conversational Spanish – Thursdays at 2:15-3:45, $10 – begins TBD

Call the library for more information or if interested in a language class not offered. The library would also like to hear from language teachers interested in hosting a class at 860-767-1252.

The Ivoryton Library is located at 106 Main St. in Ivoryton.
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Tri-Town Youth Services Hosts Mother-Daughter Nights-Out, Oct 4 & Nov. 3

AREAWIDE — Tri-Town Youth Services invites sixth grade girls and their mothers (or other special women in their lives) to join them for two fun-filled nights out this fall.  Tri-Town has partnered with two fantastic guest teachers to provide young women with opportunities to build confidence, try something new, and deepen their connections with their family and friends.

On Tuesday, Oct. 4, Tri-Town’s Parent Resource Coordinator will be joined by Emrys Tetu of Decadent Wellness in Chester to present “Beauty Inside & Out.”  This interactive program combines elements from the Dove®Self-Esteem Project with mindfulness practices, yoga and movement.  Girls will learn how to navigate confusing messages about beauty and self-worth by finding the source of calm wisdom inside of themselves.  This program will take place in the John Winthrop Middle School Library from 6:30-8:30.  The cost is $25/pair and space is limited. 

Then, on Thursday, Nov. 3, Tri-Town and local Artist, Lori Lenz will be offering a “Painting Party” for sixth grade girls and their mothers.  Lori will introduce participants to Gustav Klimt’s painting, “The Tree of Life,” which will serve as inspiration for the evening.  All materials and basic instruction will be provided and everyone will create their own unique piece of art to take home!   There is a $10 materials fee.  Contact Tri-Town to register for either of the Mother-Daughter Nights Out at 860-526-3600 or visit their website at tritownys.org.

Tri-Town Youth Services supports and advances the families, youth and communities of Chester, Deep River and Essex.  They coordinate and provide resources needed to make positive choices, reduce substance abuse, and strengthen the relationships that matter most. 

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Chester Sunday Market is Open Sundays for the Season

ChesterSundayMarketLogoCHESTER – The Chester Sunday Market takes place on Sundays through the summer.

The vendors are all listed on the Market’s website (http://chestersundaymarket.jimdo.com), with links to their websites.  They are:

  • Seven farms bringing produce – Chatfield Hollow Farm, Deep Hollow Farms, Dondero Orchards, Hunts Brook Farm, Sage Hill Farm, Upper Pond Farm and Wellstone Farm.
  • Meat, fish and poultry from Four Mile River Farm, Gourmavian Farms, Maple Breeze Farm and The Local Catch.
  • Beltane Farm bringing cheese & dairy products.
  • Bread from Alforno Restaurant and Howard’s Breads.
  • Plus, flowers and honey and jams and pickles and biscotti from: Hay House, Stonewall Apiary, Little Bird Provision Co. and Biscotti and Beyond.

Live music is lined up for each week, beginning on June 12 with Deep Blue Remedy. The bands play from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In the words of the organizers: “The philosophy of the Chester Sunday Market is to bring the community together with local products and to have a good time doing it. It is a weekly town-wide farmers’ market that brings our community together. We invite local vendors to sell produce, meats, cheeses, breads and so much more.  Our goal is to stay local so we can help the smaller farmers in the area. Having all these amazing vendors join us in our lovely little town is a great way to promote our community and see each other. Main Street is closed off for the market giving the patrons the freedom to walk about town. Music is provided along with a bistro area so you can sit and have a cup of coffee or a slice of pizza.”

Market hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Because Main Street is closed to traffic between West Main St. (Rte. 148) and Maple St., shoppers are invited to park in the town public parking lots on Maple Street and at 20 Water St. (Rte. 148). Well-behaved dogs are welcome.

Shops and galleries are open during Market hours and often offer special happenings. You can find late breakfast or lunch at the restaurants in Chester Center, or buy some pizza on the street from one of the vendors, Frank Andrews Mobile Kitchen.

More information about the Chester Sunday Market at: Facebook.com/ChesterSundayMarket and http://chestersundaymarket.jimdo.com/. You can also find out more about Chester at Facebook.com/VisitChesterCT and Facebook.com/AlwaysonSundayinChester.

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Ivoryton Village Farmers Market Open Saturdays

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

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

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

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

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

 

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