December 13, 2017

Community Music School Hosts Holiday Concert at VRHS, Sunday

The CMS String Ensemble will perform at the 2017 Holiday Concert.

AREAWIDE – ‘Tis the season of celebration and the Community Music School’s (CMS) Holiday Concert scheduled to take place on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. at Valley Regional High School’s auditorium.  Free and open to the public, this community-wide annual event brings together faculty and students to perform vocal and instrumental holiday favorites.

This family-friendly concert will include performances by the Community Music School New Horizons Band, Suzuki Violin Group, Americana String Band, and full String Orchestra, in addition to some beautiful solo piano holiday music performed by CMS’s top students.  Music Director Tom Briggs has arranged a special Holiday Jazz Ensemble to play some contemporary holiday favorites including “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Christmas Time is Here,” and more.

Bring your family and enjoy some of the best music of the season!

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

Community Music School offers innovative music programming for infants through adults, building on a 34 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 they can enjoy playing and listening for their entire lives.  Learn more at www.community-music-school.org or call (860)767-0026.

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Leif Nilsson Hosts Ramblin’ Dan Stevens & a Fiery Band in Sunday’s ‘Concert in the Garden’

Dan Stevens will play the next ‘Concert in the Garden’ at the Spring Street Studio.

CHESTER — Leif Nilsson hosts a Sunday evening ‘Concert in the Garden,’ Dec. 10, from 4 to 6 p.m.,  featuring bluesman Ramblin’ Dan Stevens and a Fiery Band at the Spring Street Studio and Gallery at 1 Spring St, Chester Center.

Stevens performs an eclectic mix of traditional fingerstyle blues and originals and has entertained audiences throughout the US, Germany, UK, Canada and Virgin Islands. Of special interest is his unique style of “bottleneck” slide playing popularized by early Mississippi delta bluesmen including his use of a homemade, three stringed “Cigar Box Guitar” and one stringed “Diddly Bow”, both primitive blues instruments.

Stevens has been lauded for the authenticity of his approach gained by many years on the road as a traveling blues musician. He has appeared with such artists as Arlo Guthire, Richie Havens, Charlie Daniels, James Cotton, Gatemouth Brown and many others.

For more information on Dan Stevens, visit www.danstevens.net.

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 bring your own wine or beer or buy it across the street at the Chester Package Store.

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See ‘Images of Essex Steam Train & Riverboat’ at Essex Steam Train’s Oliver O. Jensen Gallery through Dec. 29

Visit the Essex Steam Train’s Oliver O. Jensen Gallery for a unique display of local artwork from the Essex Art Association’s, Images of the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat.

The exhibit is open to the public free of charge through Dec. 29 during Essex Station’s regular operating hours.

Members of the Essex Art Association were invited to exhibit their work, all of which are for sale, in the Oliver O. Jensen Gallery in the River Valley Junction building at The Essex Steam Train, in Essex, CT. Their work represents the steam train, riverboat, or any of the structures located on the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat grounds.

Visit the Images of the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat exhibit this holiday season for a delightful collection of original art, any of which would make the perfect holiday gift.

Visit http://essexartassociation.com for more information.

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Watercolor Workshop With Alan James at Deep River Public Library, Jan. 10 & 24

DEEP RIVER — The Deep River Public Library presentS a Watercolor Workshop Series with local artist, Alan James. Budding artists will enjoy a step-by-step guided process to make the art of watercolor easy. Interested participants will have a choice of two dates to learn these techniques to master watercolors, Jan. 10, 5:15 – 7:45 p.m. or Jan. 24, 5:15 – 7:45 p.m. All levels are welcome.

Registration is required for this program and will be done through Signup Genius. The link can be found on the library’s website as well as their Facebook Events page. In addition, the class is free, but artists must bring their own supplies. A list of these supplies can be viewed when you register for the class. They include professional quality paints and paintbrushes, a palate, rough or cold pressed paper, an eraser and paper towels.

Direct links to sign up for the classes are:

WATERCOLOR CLASS ON JANUARY 10

WATERCOLOR CLASS ON JANUARY 24

For more information, visit http://deepriverlibrary.accountsupport.com and click on the monthly calendar, or call the library at 860-526-6039 during service hours: Monday 1 – 8pm; Tuesday 10 am – 6 pmWednesday 12:30 – 8 pmThursday and Friday 10 am – 6 pm; and Saturday 10 am – 5 pm.

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Essex Library Presents Baldwin on Burne-Jones’ ‘Le Chant d’Amour’ and the Pre-Raphaelite Dream, Jan. 8

Burne-Jones’ ‘Love Song,’ dated from 1868 will be the subject of a lecture by Prof Robert Baldwin at Essex Library.

ESSEX — Following the Romantics, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood took up four thematic arenas which were newly spiritualized since 1790: 1) the late Medieval Catholic past which the Pre-Raphaelites elevated to the highest level, 2) Woman as a refined, emotionally and spiritually intelligent object of male devotion, 3) an unsullied, pre-industrial Nature usually shown as a refined garden, a pastoral meadow, or a lush forest, and 4) the Arts themselves, especially music, poetry, painting, and architecture.

On Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Essex Library, Associate Professor of Art History, Robert Baldwin, will explore Burne-Jones’ painting, Le Chant d’Amour, as it combines all four arenas in a particularly rich composition.

Historically, it returned to an imaginary chivalry where “true love” existed far from mercenary London with its modern marriages of convenience. In its gender configuration, it placed a pure, glowing, aristocratic woman on an artistic pedestal against a distant cathedral and flanked by two male worshippers. As a landscape, it removed itself from the ugliness of modern London into a twilight arcadia combining a garden and a pastoral meadow. And aesthetically, it featured music, the art form universally hailed in the nineteenth century as more spiritual, universal, and emotionally charged.

This illustrated lecture is free and open to the public. 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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Madhatters Hosts Auditions for ‘Annie,’ Jan. 6

AREAWIDE — Madhatters Theatre Company is currently accepting appointments for auditions for their spring production of ‘Annie’.  Auditions will be held at Lyme’s Youth Service Bureau 59 Lyme Street in Old Lyme on Saturday Jan. 6, 2018 by appointment only.  This production is open to ages 6-18 years of age.

Rehearsals will be held in Old Lyme on Saturdays with show week the week of May 15, 2018 at Chester Meeting House.

To schedule an appointment or if you have any further questions, e-mail madhattersctc@aol.com or call (860) 395-1861.

For more information, visit www.ctkidsonstage.com/madhatterstheatrecompany

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Deep River Library Announces December Children’s Programs

Baby Bounce on December 7, 14, and 21; 10:30 am

Join us for a story time for babies, newborn to 24 months! Simple stories and songs, followed by play and social time. Older siblings may attend. *We will have a special guest from Central Connecticut Pediatric Dentistry visit on 12/14 to talk about baby dental care. No class on 12/28.

Fun Friday on December 1, 8, 15, and 22. Stories and songs in an interactive setting, followed by craft and open play. Perfect for the preschool set! Get ready for Rayna’s Dance Demo on December 15. *No class on 12/29.

Brick Bunch is back on December 7 & 21; 3:45 – 4:45 pm. Open Lego play with friends. We provide the bricks, you bring your imagination!

Join us for a Holiday Song Sing A Long with Edward Leonard on December 20 @ 5:30 pm! Get in the holiday spirit and sing and dance to holiday favorites. Be on the look out for Mrs. Claus!

Join us on Friday, December 29 @ 10:30 am for a New Year’s Eve Party! This will be an all ages event with karaoke, photo props, faux champagne, a balloon drop and New Year’s count down!  Perfect winter break fun for the entire family!!

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Madhatters Present ‘Scrooged … with a Twist’ in Chester, Dec. 15-17

CHESTER — Madhatters Theatre Company presents ‘Scrooged..with a twist’ at Chester Meeting House 4 Liberty Street Chester.

Performances are Friday Dec. 15, at 6 p.m.Saturday Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday Dec. 17, at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $20 adults and $15 children 12 and under.  To reserve tickets, email: madhattersctc@aol.com or call (860) 395-1861.

This production is a benefit for Old Lyme Animal Control.

For more information, visit www.ctkidsonstage.com/madhatterstheatrecompany

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Shoreline Club of Soroptimist International Hosts Holiday Dinner & Fundraiser, Dec. 13

AREAWIDE —  The Connecticut Shoreline Club of Soroptimist International has announced that Jonna Gerken, President of the Society of Women Engineers, will be its guest speaker at the new chapter’s first Holiday Dinner and Fundraiser. The event, open to the public, will take place on Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. at Flanders Fish Market & Restaurant, 22 Chesterfield Rd, East Lyme. Buffet Dinner is $40 and for Students it is $30. There will be a Silent Auction.

For tickets or to donate an item, contact Deb Moshier-Dunn atDebM0727@sbcglobal.net or 860-444-9247

Gerken will address STEM (Science, Technology Engineering Math) and how young girls and women can achieve economic independence by pursuing careers in those fields. Jonna Gerken is a manager in manufacturing engineering for Pratt & Whitney. She oversees the program chief manufacturing engineers in their work to ensure all engine components meet manufacturing readiness levels appropriate to their life-cycle stage.

Gerken holds a B.S. in industrial and management engineering and an MBA in technology development, both from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is a life member of SWE, a senior member of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, and an associate value specialist with SAVE International. She received the 2016 Petit Family Foundation Women in Science Leadership Award from the Connecticut Science Center, the 2014 STEP Award from the Manufacturing Institute, the 2011 Pratt & Whitney Diversity and Inclusion Award, the 2006 SWE Distinguished New Engineer Award, and was a 2004 New Faces of Engineering Finalist for IIE. The Society of Women Engineers has nearly 40,000 members worldwide.

The Connecticut Shoreline Club of Soroptimist International was chartered in February 2017. Soroptimist is an international volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. CT Shoreline members join with almost 80,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories to contribute time and financial support to community-based projects benefiting women and girls.

Soroptimist, a 501(c)(3) organization that relies on charitable donations to support its programs, such as the Live Your Dream award to support women who are supporting their families and the Dream It, Be It program to empower middle and high school girls. For more information about how Soroptimist improves the lives of women and girls, visit www.soroptimist.org or www.liveyourdream.org.

The Dec. 13 event will feature a silent auction with gift certificates, baskets and artwork. Funds raised will support the club’s programs and scholarships. The chapter welcomes new members. To learn more, ‘like’ Soroptimist International Connecticut Shoreline on Facebook or visitwww.soroptimistner.org.

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Old Saybrook Library Announces its December Adult Events

OLD SAYBROOK — Acton Public Library at 60 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook has a plethora of events coming up for adults in November and December.

Financial Fraud Bingo: Thursday, November 9th, 1:30 p.m. Afraid of being scammed, defrauded or using the Internet for business? Kathleen Titsworth, Banking Outreach Coordinator from the Connecticut Department of Banking, Government Relations and Consumer Affairs, will join us for a fun and educational learning experience. 

Lights.Camera.Acton! Friday, November 17th, 1p.m. Sully starring Tom Hanks (note change in day) and December 8th, 1pm Florence Foster Jenkins starring Meryl Streep.

LOTUS FLOWER LANTERN CRAFT WORKSHOP:  Saturday, November 18th, 1-2 p.m. create a Lotus Lantern, enjoy a short documentary about Korean Arts and Culture, and sample traditional Korean desserts! Registration required. Limit 50.

Italian Film Cineclub: Seduced and Abandoned, Tuesday, Nov 7th and Divorce: Italian Style, Tuesday, Nov 14th,  Nights of Cabinia, Tuesday, November 21st.  All showings at p.m.

Voices Beyond the Wall: Saturday, November 25th, 1 p.m. Spencer Reece, poet and priest, conducts a film screening, discussion and book sale on his time spent in Honduras.

Financial Health and Wellness:  Monday, November 27th 6 p.m. Join us and representatives from Key Bank as they present an educational program on Health Savings Accounts.  In this time of limited resources, health savings accounts may be the answer.

Acton Goes to the Estuary, November 29th, 1pm George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” presented by Lincoln Center at the Estuary, 220 Main Street.

DNA and Genealogy:  Just the Basics, Please! Thursday, November 30th, 6 p.m. Want to know more about “getting your DNA done” and what you can discover about your family tree?  Join our family research and genealogy specialist, Norma Wright, MLS, for a basic discourse on DNA, the companies that provide the tests, and what the results may look like.

Meet and Greet: Tony Renzoni, author of “ Connecticut Rock ‘n’ Roll: A History” will be here for signing and purchase of his book, Wednesday, December 6th at 6 p.m.

Call the Acton Public Library to register at 860-395-3184 or visit our webpage at http://www.oldsaybrookct.org/Pages/OldSaybrookCT_Library/eventscalendar

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Artist Annie Averill to Display Her Work at Essex Library During December

Artwork by Annie Averill will be on display throughout December at Essex Library.

ESSEX — Annie Averill is a self-taught artist, who was raised free-range in Carbon Canyon, Malibu, Calif., in the company of her three sisters and her donkey Lulabelle.  She attended California Institute of the Arts, did graphic design at several art magazines in LA, and later started a business doing hand-painted clothing and fabrics for New York Designer Alexander Julien as well as major California retailers.

Averill later moved to Amsterdam, where she started an enterprise hand-painting Irish linens in China patterns for Gumps department store in San Francisco.

Averill now works from her studio at home, in the company of any number of dogs.  She has broadened the scope of her work to include murals, hand painted tiles, and a whimsical assortment of fish and fantasy painted on reclaimed wood. Her work is an extension of her quirky personality.  She combines art history and elements of the sea and shore, with a liberal dash of humor, to make art that is beautiful, fun and accessible, and occasionally even practical.

Averill’s artwork can be viewed at the Essex Library throughout the month of December during its normal operating hours.

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