September 30, 2014

Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore October Book Promotion- Thrillers

Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore is celebrating Halloween and everything spooky with our October thriller book promotion. Buy 2, get 1 free on any thriller hardcover or paperback. We are centrally located in downtown Westbrook on the lower level of the Westbrook Library, 61 Goodspeed Drive.  Look for our roadside sign on Route 1. Book sale hours are Mon. – Thurs. 9-2 and every 1st and 3rd Saturday, 10 am – noon and benefits LVVS tutoring programs.

Visit our website or call us at 860-399-0280

Book Launch Party with Susan Santangelo at Acton Library – Oct. 6

susan santangeloActon Public Library, 60 Old Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, will host a Book Launch Party with Susan Santangelo for the latest book in her popular Baby Boomer Mystery Series, Funerals Can Be Murder.  Ms. Santangelo has been a feature writer, drama critic and editor for daily and weekly newspapers in the New York metropolitan area, including a stint at Cosmopolitan magazine.

The Baby Boomer Mysteries are a series of cozies that takes a light-hearted look at issues facing the 76 million Baby Boomers in the country. Funerals Can Be Murder is the fifth book in the series.  This free event will be held Monday, October 6, 2014, at 7 p.m.

For more information call 860-395-3184 or visit the library during regular business hours, Monday through Thursday 10-8:30, Friday and Saturday 9-5.

Local Author Suzanne Saunders Taylor at Acton Library Book Talk – Oct. 8

Acton Public Library, 60 Old Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, will host local author Suzanne Saunders Taylor at a Book Talk at 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 8, 2014. Taylor will discuss her book, Love Letters To and From a Monk, a collection of letters between her widowed aunt and an Episcopalian Monk. Taylor’s book explores the deep bond and romance of this unlikely pair. Suzanne Saunders Taylor teaches at the University of Rhode Island and is listed in the publication, Feminists Who Changed America.

400th Anniversary of Adriaen Block Lecture Reception at CT River Museum – Oct. 9

ESSEX  — To commemorate the 400th anniversary of Dutch explorer and mariner Adriaen Block’s exploration of the Connecticut River, the Connecticut River Museum is enhancing the long-term exhibition, On the Great River. These enhancements will explore the story of the Dutch presence in the River Valley and their relationship with the region’s Native Americans.

Although the Dutch stay in the valley was a short twenty-one years at the House of Hope in Hartford, the manuscript map that Block created located what he called ‘the Fresh River’ and opened up the Connecticut Valley to English settlement. In conjunction with the exhibit a lecture about Block and the Dutch influence in the Connecticut River Valley will be given by retired senior curator Brenda Milkofsky. A light reception will be offered after the talk.

The lecture and gallery reception will be held Thursday, October 9 at 5:30 pm. Admission to the evening program is free for museum members and $5 for nonmembers. To register, please call 860.767.8269.

The Connecticut River Museum is located at 67 Main Street, Essex and is open daily from 10 am – 5 pm. For more information, call 860-767-8269 or go to

This portrait of Adriaen Block is part of the Connecticut River Museum collection and will be on view in the On the Great River exhibit

This portrait of Adriaen Block is part of the Connecticut River Museum collection and will be on view in the On the Great River exhibit

TTYS Sensory Processing Program – Oct. 15

Does your daughter refuse to have her hair brushed? Does your son only wear his socks inside out?  Tri-Town Youth Services, at 56 High Street in Deep River, will hold a FREE program on sensory processing difficulties, which can make many children uncomfortable.

On Wednesday, October 15 from 7-8:30 p.m., come share your concerns and successful strategies with other parents who are in the same boat. The evening will be facilitated by Meredith Adler, Parent Resource Coordinator at Tri-Town.  Please call 860-526-3600 or visit our website at to register.

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

36th House District Debate Set for Oct. 8. at Valley Regional High School

AREAWIDE— The two candidates for the 36th House District seat, incumbent  Democratic State Rep. Phil Miller of Essex and Republican challenger Robert Siegrist of Haddam will face off in a campaign debate on Wednesday Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. at Valley Regional High School in Deep River.

The 90-minute session in the school auditorium will be moderated by Essex Library Director Richard Conroy. He will pose questions that have been submitted in advance from residents of the four-town district.

Miller was elected to the seat in a February 2011 special election, and was re-elected for a full term in 2012. He served as first selectman of Essex from 2003-2011. Siegrist, a member of the Haddam Republican Town Committee, emerged as a candidate in June after the withdrawal of a candidate that had been nominated by district Republicans at a May 14 convention, Chester Harris of Haddam Neck. Harris withdrew to run for lieutenant governor on a conservative petition ticket with gubernatorial candidate Joe Vosconti. The 36th District includes the towns of Chester, Deep River, Essex, and Haddam.

Essex Land Trust Hike of the Month – Oct. 4

Bushy Hill Nature Preserve is comprised of more than 100 acres of forested land maintained by the Essex Conservation Commission. The 30-acre Platt Property, belonging to the Essex Land Trust, adjoins the preserve at its southern boundary. The terrain is mostly hilly, with ledge outcroppings, a network of lively streams and several wetland areas.

Much of the land in both the preserve and the trust property was used for farming beginning in the mid 1800s. The large “wolf ” tree, an ancient oak standing by the trail, once provided shade to grazing animals, and a man made pond was used for watering livestock. The properties abound with wildlife: white-tailed deer, fox, raccoon and squirrels may be seen, along with a host of birds, including woodpeckers, crows, hawks and owls.

Oct 4 – 9 am – Bushy Hill Nature Preserve – Park on Bushy Hill Road entrance.

Night of 1000 Cranes to Benefit Community Music School – Oct. 18

(l-r) Lisa LeMonte, Guilford Savings Bank and CMS Trustee; Ron Plebiscito, Angelini Wine, Ltd.; Renee Angelini, CMS Trustee; and Robin Andreoli, CMS executive director, look forward to welcoming guests at a Night of 1,000 Cranes on October 18th.

(l-r) Lisa LeMonte, Guilford Savings Bank and CMS Trustee; Ron Plebiscito, Angelini Wine, Ltd.; Renee Angelini, CMS Trustee; and Robin Andreoli, CMS executive director, look forward to welcoming guests at a Night of 1,000 Cranes on October 18th.

CENTERBROOK—The ancient art of origami will be highlighted at a Night of 1000 Cranes to benefit Community Music School on Saturday, October 18 at 7 pm. Attendees will gather behind the scenes at at the Angelini Wine distribution warehouse in Centerbrook to assist the Music School in meeting its goal to make 1000 origami cranes. There is a saying that if you fold as many cranes a wish will be granted. Students of the School have already begun making cranes in an effort to meet the goal and wish for luck for regional auditions, upcoming recitals, and other pursuits in the new school year.

Guests will enjoy live music by Community Music School faculty, sake cocktails, sushi and other Japanese fare, followed by a guided tasting of sake and plum wines with Angelini Wine co-owner Ron Plebescito. The event is sponsored by Guilford Savings Bank and Whelen Engineering and proceeds benefit the Music School’s scholarship fund and outreach programs. For tickets, call 860-767-0026 or go to

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. The Music School offers financial assistance through a scholarship fund and provides arts education and music therapy through outreach programs in the public schools and other community organizations.

The Life and Significance of Rachel Carson – Oct. 6

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of the biography On a Farther Shore: the Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson, William Souder, will delve
into the life and impact of this remarkable scientist as she raised public awareness about the consequences of modern industrial development and the need to create environmental laws to protect the natural world. Sponsored by the Essex Garden Club, Potapaug Audubon Society, and the Essex Land Trust, this event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase.

William Souder’s work has appeared in many publications, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, Smithsonian, and Harper’s. He is the author of three books. A Plague of Frogs (2000) followed the investigation into outbreaks of deformed frogs across North America. Under a Wild Sky (2004), which told the story of pioneer and bird artist John James Audubon, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson, was published in September 2012 on the 50th anniversary of Carson’s Silent Spring. Souder lives in Grant, Minnesota.

Monday, Oct 6 – 2 pm at Essex Town Hall, 29 West Avenue, Essex

Make Apple Cider at Chester Library – Oct. 4

On Saturday, Oct. 4 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., stop by the Chester Library for another of the library’s free PopUp programs – making apple cider with Tracey and Karl Ohaus of Chester.

For many years, the Ohauses have owned a cider press and enjoyed making cider with their family and friends. Now they are bringing it to the Chester Library to share the fun with anyone who pops by on Oct. 4. You can take a turn pressing the apples as well as enjoying a cup of freshly made cider. Fall-themed baked goods will also be served.

This program is brought to you by the Friends of the Library. No need to preregister – just pop in! In case of heavy rain, the program will be cancelled. Chester Library is on West Main Street (Rte. 148) near the center of Chester

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2014 Ivoryton Village Pumpkin Festival – Oct. 25

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

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

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

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

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


Haiti Benefit Feast and Festival – Oct. 5

An evening of food and fun, on the bank of the Connecticut River at a lovely private estate in Deep River, has been planned as a fund raiser for Sister Cities Essex Haiti and Hospital Albert Schweitzer on Sunday, Oct. 5 from 4 to 7 p.m.

The feast and festival, sponsored by the Foxboro Foundation and William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty includes wine, Haitian rum, hor’s d’oeuvres and an old-fashioned chix and pig roast with all of the trimmings. Fun displays, activities and a celebration of what has been accomplished will be enjoyed by those attending this fall event, which is open to the public.  For reservations and location, please call 860-202-3523 or visit

Sister Cities Essex Haiti is on its way to the completion of the community library SCEH and ODES, an all-volunteer community group in Deschapelles, is building for Deschapelles.  Also SCEH is working on a music project, a tennis project, and an early education teacher training project.

Hospital Albert Schweitzer Haiti is located approximately three hours north of Port au Prince, in the rural village of Deschapelles. The hospital has provided uninterrupted health care to the people of its 610 square mile district through hurricanes, floods, political turmoil, embargoes, the earthquake of 2010, a cholera epidemic and now Chikungunya, a mosquito borne epidemic which has affected 50% of the population.

Hospital Albert Schweitzer is a model for health care facilities in developing countries around the world. Since 1956, the hospital has provided medical care and community health and development programs for the more than 350,000 impoverished people in the central Artibonite Valley of central Haiti.   Visit  for additional information.

Essex Tenth Annual “Dogs On The Dock” – Oct. 12


ESSEX — On Sunday, October 12, the waterfront lawn of the Connecticut River Museum will once again be “going to the dogs” with the commencement of the Tenth Annual “Dogs On The Dock” parade and competition.  Dog owners and dog lovers alike are invited to attend rain or shine.  Bring your dog and join the crowd for this uniquely Essex experience.  Dog participant registration starts at 1:00 pm followed by a lawn parade at 2:00 pm and then individual canine competitions in categories such as best costume, best nautical costume, best owner look-alike, smallest dog, biggest dog, best trick and best dock jumping.  Dock jumping dogs must wear a harness to participate.

The event is sponsored by the Connecticut River Museum and the Essex Board of Trade.  Registration is $10 per dog and $5 for each additional dog with net proceeds being donated to local animal rescue shelters.  All dogs must have a 2014 license and rabies tag to participate.  For more information, call 860-767-8269 or visit or

Estuary Lodge #43 Pasta Dinner – Oct. 18

Estuary Lodge #43 will host their Annual Pasta Dinner on October 18th from 3pm-7pm, at their Masonic Lodge located at 52 Old Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, CT, 06475 (next door to the ACTON public library.)  The cost for this event is $7.00 per person (10y and under eat free.)

This year’s menu brings you: Pasta, Sauce, Meatballs, Salad, Bread & Butter, Cookies, Cake, and Bottled Water (Soda is available for an additional $1.00 per can.)

Estuary Lodge #43 is a CT listed Public Charity (CHR.0057033.)  All proceeds from this event are donated back into the local community.  Contact: Jeff Flynn – 860-304-6348 for more information.

Chester Selectmen Schedule Information Session on Possible Local Firearms Ordinance – Oct. 21

CHESTER— The board of selectmen will hold a public information session at the start of its Oct. 21 meeting to receive public input on a possible local ordinance that would regulate target shooting and discharge of firearms on properties in Chester.

First Selectman Edmund Meehan said the session is being called in response to a petition submitted last month that was signed by about 30 town residents  calling for adoption of a local ordinance to limit and regulate target shooting and discharge of a firearm in town. Two of the petitioners, Tim Hertwick and John Ratchford appeared at the board’s Aug.19 meeting to express concerns about target shooting that is occurring on a nearby residential property. Most of the petitioners are from the Wig Hill Road and Baker Road neighborhood.

Meehan over the past month had researched local ordinances that regulate target shooting, contacting the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities to learn that at least 17 Connecticut towns have municipal ordinances that regulates the discharge of firearms, including target shooting.. Meehan said several of the ordinances prohibit discharge of a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling or structure on an abutting property.

Meehan said selectmen are holding the information session “to get a sense of the community,” before making any decisions on whether to have a local firearms ordinance drafted by the town attorney, and presented to residents for a vote at a town meeting.

Lori Warner Studio/Gallery Features Jeremy Inness Ziemann – Reception Oct. 4

CHESTER — The Lori Warner Studio/Gallery is very pleased to announce Jeremy Inness Ziemann as our 2014 Solo Artist. Ziemann’s new series of cast urethane works are light sensitive structures that are “captive forms” meant to be explorations of atmosphere and light experience. Meet Ziemann at an opening reception on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 6:00pm – 8:00 pm.  His work will be on exhibit from October 4, 2014 through November 13, 2014.

“I have been working on minimizing the structure that holds the elements, similar to a photo image without a border, often called a ‘full bleed’.” Ziemann states.

Lori Warner said of seeing Ziemann’s new work, “Ziemann has achieved a sense of light and color without physically lighting his work. I have yet to see anything with this quality in contemporary work. This new series shows a complexity in process while retaining a pureness of form. It’s very refreshing to see work that portrays color in such a direct, subtle way. I left the studio with excitement.”

Ziemann, who has a BFA from SUNY Purchase, has been working in his studio for many years on personal projects in parallel with the multitude of custom fabrications and collaborations he has done for others. He worked with Sol LeWitt for a period spanning nearly 20 years, first performing wall drawings in the field and then as Ziemann’s own studio was developed he worked primarily on LeWitt’s structures. He collaborated with LeWitt on unique photo projects and multiples. As explained by Ziemann, “It was a partnership that allowed me to maintain my independence yet further explore our shared interest in geometric forms.” Ziemann still oversees the construction of LeWitt’s concrete block structures as they are sited for exhibitions, private collectors and museums worldwide.

Ziemann is a Chester native returned. His father, Richard is a renowned printmaker who also lives in Chester. Ziemann said that ultimately they “both draw inspiration from our surroundings.”

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.

Marshview Gallery Artists of the Month Chiang, Dongweck, Joffray and Quinn

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Train2 by Jo Ann Dongweck

OLD SAYBROOK — The Marshview Gallery features the work of Chaiowen (Mimi) Chiang, Jo Ann Dongweck, Sue Joffray and Cynthia Quinn in October. These talented artists were all students of the late Chien Fei Chiang, a renowned artist, wonderful man, and great teacher. The artists remain in contact with one another due to the special bond established at that time.

The artwork on display this month will include a beautiful variety of pieces from each of these local artists. It will include watercolor, oil, acrylic and photography under the theme of “creativity”. The show will also include some of Chien Fei Chiang’s paintings.

Please join us for the Artist Reception, Thursday, October 9 from 5-7 pm. Everyone is welcome and refreshments are provided.

Run Local/Read Local Run to Benefit Ivoryton Library – Oct. 18

Skeletans Dash for Finish in the Ivoryton Library's Run Local Read Local last year

Skeletans Dash for Finish in the Ivoryton Library’s Run Local Read Local last year

The Fifth Annual Run Local/Read Local 5k Road and Trail Run/Walk Race benefiting the Ivoryton Library is scheduled for Saturday, October 18, 2014. All participants are encouraged to wear costumes which adds to the fun.

This fun, family-friendly event is sponsored in-kind by Essex Park & Recreation and Essex Land Trust. It’s the perfect opportunity for families, runners and walkers alike to enjoy a fabulous fall day and one of Ivoryton’s beautiful open spaces, the Falls River Preserve along the Falls River.

The run begins at 9:15 am near the Library and the route meanders through historic Ivoryton continuing into Falls River Farms and the Falls River Preserve before circling back to end at the Library. Awards are presented to top runners and walkers as well as for the best Halloween costumes.

The “Pumpkin Run”, a special run event for children 8 and under, begins on the Ivoryton Green at 8:45 a.m. This short race loops around the Ivoryton Green. Pumpkin Run registration is $5 and all participants receive a medal and a pumpkin they can paint after the race.

Pick up applications at the Ivoryton Library or register online at  Registration is also available directly through the timing company at

All benefits support the Ivoryton Library.

Checks should be made payable to the Ivoryton Library Association.




Entry Fees:

5K Pre-registration up to October 16:            $20

5K Race Day Registration:                               $25

Pumpkin Run:                                                    $5

The first 200 entrants for the 5k receive a t-shirt.

For more information contact Judy Saunders at 860-581-8108.

Concert in the Garden Old Dog New Trick – Oct. 12

Old Dog New Trick - Concert in the Garden, Oct. 12 (Photo by Leif Nilsson)

Old Dog New Trick – Concert in the Garden, Oct. 12 (Photo by Leif Nilsson)

Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio will host a performance by Old Dog New Trick at the Concert in the Garden from 4-6 pm on 12 October.

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

More info (860) 526-2077,

Old Dog New Trick is Bruce Thorndike, Mitch Thorndike and Paul Emmerling, a local trio that plays various pubs and bistros along the lower Connecticut River. In addition to covering the classics, blues and alt /indie folk-rock, they have an extensive stable of originals that are enjoying a growing appreciation among their fans. Songs of Bruce Thorndike have been featured on Shoreline Monthly Music and they were showcased recently at the Sanctuary Festival in East Haddam. In addition, the trio likes to bring on guest artists to “sit in”, thus ensuring that every song is a new ride each time out of the barn!

Kids Fall Movie Series at Acton Public Library – Oct. 17

The Acton Public Library in Old Saybrook will be hosting a Children’s Movie Series this fall at 3:30 on third Fridays in October, November and December. On Friday, October 17th, Hotel Transylvania will be shown; on Friday, November 21st , The LEGO Movie will be shown and on Friday, December 19th, Polar Express will be shown. 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 .  Also, visit for movie ratings and recommendations.

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


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.

Tri Club River Race Series begins – Oct. 4


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

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 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


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

Discuss Books at Chester Library in October

Chester Book Discussion Oct 2014

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.

Scarecrows of the Three Villages by Oct. 8

IMG_1853ESSEX — Help bring the scarecrows of the three villages back!  Once again, the scarecrows will take over the village of Essex, Centerbrook and Ivoryton this October but only with your help. Build your own scarecrow or pick up a kit at J. Alden Clothiers, 17 Main Street, Essex Village for only $15. The kit consists of a frame and hay. Old clothing will be available to use to create a design.

To get your creative juices flowing, check out these websites:,, or Drop off and register your scarecrow no later than Wednesday, October 8 at J. Alden Clothiers from 10 am to 5 pm.  Scarecrows will be displayed October 9 – November 1.   Vote for your favorite scarecrow at Winners will be announced at the Ivoryton Pumpkin Festival, Saturday, October 25.

Thank you to our sponsors: Essex Hardware Company and Ivoryton Library. Presented by Essex Board of Trade and Essex Community Fund.



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

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  or contact LAA’s Director of Development Gary Parrington at

 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

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.

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.

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 .  Also, visit for movie ratings and recommendations.

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.


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 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.

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

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Photos by Mindy Hill

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


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


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 .  Also, visit 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


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  (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

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