October 20, 2014

TTYS Program “Raising Your Children in the Digital Age” – Nov. 13

We raise our children in a world filled with screens. Does it matter? What impact is it having? You are invited to the free program, “Raising Young Children in the Digital Age”, on Thursday, November 13th from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Chester Elementary School Auditorium.  Come hear what child health advocates and educators, including Dr. Cara Barbierri from Pathways Center for Learning and Behavioral Health, have to say about our young children’s exposure to digital media.

The first 15 participants to register will receive a free copy of Talking Back to Facebook.  Please call 860-526-3600 or visit www.tritownys.org to register.  This program, which is funded through a grant from Middlesex United Way, is made possible through a collaboration of the Early Childhood Council of Chester, Deep River, and Essex and Tri-Town Youth Services Bureau.

Tri-Town Youth Services supports and advances the families, youth and communities of Chester, Deep River and Essex. We coordinate and provide resources needed to make positive choices, reduce substance abuse, and strengthen the relationships that matter most.  Discover programs and information for families, as well as opportunities for community collaboration at www.tritownys.org


Two Events for Local Artist Dan Dahlstrom at Essex Library in November

Dan Dahlstrom Pic PaintingThe Essex Library will be hosting an art exhibit November 3rd through November 28th, and artist’s “Meet and Greet” on Saturday November 8th, 2014, 1-4 PM, for painter, Daniel (Dan) Dahlstrom.

Mr. Dahlstrom, originally of Essex, CT, currently resides in Chester, CT. His work has been accepted into many local juried shows, including the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, Connecticut, held in conjunction with the Lyme Art Association.  Dan has studied at the prestigious Lyme Art Academy, and with several professional, local artists.

Current commissioned pieces are on display at the Water’s Edge Resort, Westbrook, Connecticut, The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station, Haddam, Connecticut , and in private collections with select interior designers.

Mr. Dahlstrom’s inspiration comes from the light effects of nature, and his renderings impact a serene, peaceful quality. He often paints scenes of his beloved Chester, The Connecticut River, Long Island Sound, and the surrounding vistas of the beautiful countryside of New England. He enjoys working “en plein air” (in the open air) and in his studio.

Patrons may view his work at The Essex Library: 33 West Avenue, Essex, CT. For more information you may call the library at: (860) 767-1560 or go to: www.youressexlibrary.org.


Concert in the Garden Featuring DB Rielly and Local Duo Ebin Rose – Nov. 9

D. B. Rielly

D. B. Rielly

DB Rielly and Local Duo Ebin Rose will be featured at the Concert in the Garden at the Leif Nilsson Studio and Gallery on November 9 from 4-6 pm.

$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 www.nilssonstudio.com

Local duo Ebin Rose will open the show.

D.B. Rielly is an award-winning singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who, along with his band, performs a wide-ranging collection of Americana music, including Roots, Zydeco, Blues, and Alt-Country. WMLB in Atlanta calls him “One of the best songwriters you’ve never heard of” and Country Music People Magazine says he is “Rootsy, frequently very funny, witty and cynical, literate and highly enjoyable. Rielly is definitely someone to watch out for.” D.B. promises his listeners an “instantaneous cure for all afflictions.”

Check out his videos, they are amazing!



Pancake Breakfast Essex Fire Engine Co. No. 1 – Nov. 2

Essex Fire Company will be hosting a pancake breakfast on Sunday November 2 from 7 am – 11 am at the Essex Fire Headquarters, 11 Saybrook Road, Essex

They will have fire apparatus on display along with rescue equipment.  Sparky the fire dog will also be there!

Please bring a can of food for the Shoreline Soup Kitchen.

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Israeli Novelist Comes to Chester – Nov. 6

The Hilltop - Assaf GavronSettlements in the West Bank have been the subject of fierce debate in Israel and around the world. What public officials say often misses the human consequences of this state of affairs. But these consequences become obvious and compelling in the novel The Hilltop, by the Israeli author Assaf Gavron.

Gavron will speak about the West Bank and read from his highly praised book at 8:00 pm on Thursday, Nov 6th in a free program open to the public at Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek in Chester.

“With the conflict in the Middle East over the summer, we have been facilitating several congregational meetings at CBSRZ to discuss the events happening over seas and to work out our frustrations about a difficult situation. It was very timely and fortuitous that we were contacted by RJ Julia Booksellers at the exact same moment to co-sponsor this event with them and to host Assaf Gavron at CBSRZ to talk about his book, The Hilltop, that examines precisely these types of struggles,” says Tracy Kleinberg, chair of the program committee, which has produced Books & Bagels for more than twenty years.

Khaled Hosseini, author of the “Kite Runner,” says, “In The Hilltop, Gavron’s unique gift is on full display in all of its eccentric, genre-bending glory. He treads the line between the serious and the absurd, the tragic and the comical, the sincere and the satirical, and creates a sweeping, complex story that raises more questions than it provides answers.”

From the review in Booklist: “Israeli settler Othniel just wants to grow some arugula, some tomatoes, and keep a goat. He wanders out of his settlement onto a hilltop overlooking the Judean desert and a Palestinian village and comes upon the ideal plot of land. Soon he’s the unofficial leader of an illegal little settlement contending with a monstrous web of red tape…

“Life on the hilltop grows evermore imperiled as the rogue settlers finally provoke the wrath of the epically ambivalent authorities by triggering an international incident. This many-storied, funny, shrewd, and tender satire dives into the heart of Israel, a land of trauma and zeal, fierce opinions and endless deliberation. From failed marriages to governmental dysfunction to the tragic Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Gavron’s spirited desert saga embraces the absurd and the profound and advocates for compassion and forgiveness, even joy.”

For more information on Books and Bagels or other programs at CBSRZ, please contact the office at 860-526-8920.   Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek is located at 55 East Kings Highway in Chester.


Halloween Parade and Safe Trick-or-Treating in Chester Center – Oct. 31

Elvis is coming to Chester! Look for Elvis (that’s Gary Torello, Chester Rotarian who provides DJ and Karaoke services throughout the area) in Chester Center on Halloween night, playing music so you can dance in the middle of Main Street till 8:00 p.m.

Elvis is coming to Chester! Look for Elvis (that’s Gary Torello, Chester Rotarian who provides DJ and Karaoke services throughout the area) in Chester Center on Halloween night, playing music so you can dance in the middle of Main Street till 8:00 p.m.

On Friday, Oct. 31, the town of Chester is collaborating on a safe and fun evening for all ages in the center of Chester, from one end of Main Street to the other. Leave your car in the public parking lot at Maple Street, Water Street, or North Quarter Park and do some walking.

The merchants of Chester will be welcoming trick-or-treaters starting at 5 p.m. Or start at the other end of Main Street, where you can do some trunk-or-treating in the parking lot at St. Joseph’s Parish Center, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Elliot Stack and JayLee Milhomme are eagerly waiting for the Halloween Costume Parade in Chester on Halloween night. Photo by Spiritdog Photography

Elliot Stack and JayLee Milhomme are eagerly waiting for the Halloween Costume Parade in Chester on Halloween night. Photo by Spiritdog Photography

At 6 p.m., convene at Chesterfields, near North Quarter Park, to enjoy the jack-o’lantern display while lining up for the costume parade, led by Chester’s Fife & Drum Corps. We will parade into Chester Center, where DJ Elvis (Gary Torello) will be playing music for the street dance party till 8 p.m. Prizes will be awarded by the Chester Merchants for scariest, silliest, ugliest, prettiest, best super hero, best animal, funniest, (and more!) costume categories.

Enjoy Halloween treats from the Chester merchants. Don’t forget to check out the spooky Halloween Box display at Bell’Oliva and see what other scary surprises are lurking in Chester Center.

Chester Merchants are getting ready to celebrate Halloween in Chester Center on Oct. 31. The Three Witch Matchbox from The Joy of Lighting at 5 West Main Street is just what you need to light your jack-o’lantern. Photo by Susan Schneider

Chester Merchants are getting ready to celebrate Halloween in Chester Center on Oct. 31. The Three Witch Matchbox from The Joy of Lighting at 5 West Main Street is just what you need to light your jack-o’lantern. Photo by Susan Schneider

Main Street will be closed to traffic during the evening. More info at Facebook.com/VisitChesterCT.

Say Goodnight Gracie Opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse – Oct . 29

Bruce Connelly  (Photo courtesy of Anne Hudson).

Bruce Connelly
(Photo courtesy of Anne Hudson).

IVORYTON — Ivoryton favorite Bruce Connelly returns to the Playhouse stage on October 29th, in the hit Broadway show, Say Goodnight Gracie. This stunning tour de force invites you to spend an hilarious, heart-warming evening in the uplifting company of the world’s favorite and funniest centenarian, George Burns, who spanned one hundred years of American entertainment history. Say Goodnight Gracie was Broadway’s third longest running solo performance show and was nominated for a 2003 Tony Award for BEST PLAY and won the 2003-04 National Broadway Theatre Award for BEST PLAY.

In Say Goodnight Gracie, George Burns looks back upon his impoverished, plucky youth on the lower East Side of New York… his disastrous but tenacious career in Vaudeville … the momentous day when he meet a fabulously talented young Irish girl named Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen … their instant chemistry, with his flawless timing a perfect mate to her dizzy delivery … his wooing of her, their marriage and their rise to the pinnacles of Vaudeville, Movies, Radio and Television. Gracie’s demise forced George to start from square one in life and in his career, eventually achieving an equal level of success as a solo raconteur and Academy Award-winning actor, portraying everything from a Sunshine Boy to, oh, God.

Say Goodnight Gracie was written by multiple Tony Award-winning playwright Rupert Holmes, whose Broadway credits include the Tony Award-winning musical The Mystery Of Edwin Drood and who is also creator and writer of the nostalgic Emmy Award-winning comedy series Remember WENN.

Bruce Connelly* appeared last at the Ivoryton Playhouse as Jim in the summer production All Shook Up. Notable roles include Barney Cashman in Last Of The Red Hot Lovers, Max Bialystock in The Producers, Felix Unger inThe Odd Couple, Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Finian in Finian’s Rainbow. Since 1993, Bruce has played Barkley, Jim Henson’s Muppet dog on Sesame Street for which he has been honored fifteen times by the National Academy of Television and Radio at the Daytime Emmy Awards.

Say Goodnight Gracie is a tender, funny, life-affirming love story … a personal guided tour through an American century in the company of George Burns, a man who laughingly lived and loved each day for all it had to offer, until he finally went “gently into that good night” to forever reunite with his beloved Gracie.

Say Goodnight Gracie opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on October 29th and runs through November 9th, 2014. Directed by Michael McDermott, the set design is by Dan Nischan, lighting by Marcus Abbott and costumes by Kari Crowther.

Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm.

Tickets are $42 for adults, $37 for seniors, $20 for students and $15 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org  (Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

Generously sponsored by Clark Corporation and Essex Meadows.

Free Program on Zentangling at Chester Library – Oct. 30

Want an evening out to try something new? The Friends of Chester Library invite you to their free PopUp program on zentangles at the Library on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. Sue Zirlen will show you the basics of zentangling – creating black and white drawings that begin with a simple line and then become increasingly more intricate. Zentangling (sometimes called zendoodling) turns drawings into artistic design while reducing stress and improving focus. This PopUp is for adults; no artistic talent required; no supplies needed. No need to preregister; just come! This program was offered in September and was so popular that Sue Zirlen is offering to teach it again this month. More info at 860-526-0018

A fall leaf zentangle by Sue Zirlen – just one of a myriad of designs one can create by zentangling

A fall leaf zentangle by Sue Zirlen – just one of a myriad of designs one can create by zentangling

Artisans Harbor Autumn Open House – Oct. 24

Artisans Harbor 188 Main St. Old Saybrook will be holding their Annual Autumn Open House and Artist Demonstrations Friday Oct. 24th 5:30-7:30 pm. Complimentary Wine/Cider and appetizers. View  newest collection of fine art, stained glass, pottery, photography, jewelry, hand crafted furniture, sailors valentines, hand painted scarves, cards and more! Artists will be demonstrating in a variety of mediums throughout the evening. Art instructors will be available to answer questions about our upcoming Fall classes for all ages.

Connecticut River Museum to host Evening at the Lay House – Oct 25

The Connecticut River Museum is hosting Evening at the Lay House: Spirits.  This is the second Evening at the Lay House program, the museum’s popular 1814 Tavern night sold-out last spring.

The evening will take place on Saturday, October 25 in the historic Lay House, overlooking the Connecticut River. Step back in time and feel the historic spirits at work in this centuries-old house.  The program will include a vodka tasting by SILO Distillery and a hard apple cider tasting.  SILO Distillery is a craft distillery in Windsor, Vermont, that distills a family of products all from local grains, using all-natural ingredients.  Each spirit is produced in small batches to ensure quality and consistency, from a custom made copper pot and column still.  All of the spirits are made 100% in-house, and their Vodka just won a gold medal for Best Domestic from TheFiftyBest.com‘s blind tasting competition.

In addition to the tasting, participants can connect with the other world through fun 19th-century games that tell your future and explore the supernatural.  There will also be traditional 18th and 19th century harvest food samples.  Folk musician Dan Thompson (best known locally as Captain Dan of the Mary E) will entertain with traditional fiddle tunes.

Throughout its long history the Lay House was the home of many prominent and intriguing characters. During the late 19th century, the house was nicknamed the “Beehive” because of all the tenants that it had coming and going.   One of the more mysterious tenants was Madame Hat who, in the 1884 New Era newspaper, was referred to as “the fortune teller at the Beehive in Essex who is doing a lively business”.  According to the museum’s Executive Director, Christopher Dobbs, “Madame Hat and some of her associates will be back in business this night only telling fortunes and communing with the spirit world.”  Dobbs also noted that the Evenings at the Lay House were developed as a fun, low-cost community event for adults.

Evening at the Lay House: Spirits will take place on Saturday, October 25. It is made possible in part by Bob’s Centerbrook Package Store.  There will be two programs at 5:30 PM and again at 7:30 PM.  Tickets are $18 for museum members and $24 for non-members and include the vodka and cider tasting, historic light bites, and entertainment.  Wine and beer will be available at the bar for an additional cost.  You must be 21 or over to attend the event and show a valid ID.  Due to limited space, reservations are required. Tickets may be purchased by going online to www.ctrivermuseum.org or over the phone at 860-767-8269.

The Connecticut River Museum is located at 67 Main Street, Essex and is open daily from 10 am – 5 pm and closed on Mondays after Columbus Day. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for children age 6-12, free for children under 6. For more information, call 860-767-8269 or go to www.ctrivermuseum.org.

CMS Presents James Landino – Video Game Music Workshop – Oct. 25

Community Music School presents an exciting workshop that delves into the world of music for video games with composer and performer James Landino on Saturday, October 25 at 1 pm. The workshop takes place in Studio 15 at the School located at 90 Main Street, Cenerbrook, CT. Originally from Westbrook, CT, James is a leading force in the digital music generation as a composer and sound designer for Boston-based Harmonix Music Systems, developer of “Guitar Hero” and “Rock Band.”

James studied classical and jazz piano at Community Music School for over 10 years. During his adolescence he taught himself digital audio production and electronic composition. He earned his Bachelor’s degree at Berklee College of Music where he focused on Electronic Production and Design, a cutting-edge major that reinforced his passion for video game music.

James has worked with studios such as Disney, 2K Games, Square Enix, and Rooster Teeth. He is currently a composer and level designer for the upcoming Sony PlayStation®4 game, “Amplitude HD.” In addition, James performs live as a video game remix DJ and released his debut electronic album, Transition, earlier this year.

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 workshop is free and open to the public. For additional information, call 860-767-0026 or visit www.community-music-school.org .

The Estuary Players Present “Fallen Angels” by Noel Coward – Nov. 6 & 13

OLD SAYBROOK —  It’s show time at The Estuary! Noel Coward’s, “Fallen Angels” will be presented at 1:30 p.m. on two Thursdays in November, the 6th and the 13th. This staged reading comedy is the third production of The Estuary Players, a drama club established and directed by Joyce Beauvais. The play is set in London during the 1920’s. A Fluffy, fun and fabulous show, it is one of the best of Noel Coward’s drawing room comedies.

The show is open to the public with seating available on a first come-first served basis. Doors open at 1 p.m. Lunch is served daily at Noon at the Estuary Council. If you wish to enjoy lunch before the show, a reservation is required by calling ahead the day before by 11 a.m.

The Estuary Council of Seniors Inc. (ECSI) is a non-profit regional senior center located in the M. Monica Eggert Senior Center on the Connecticut River Estuary at 220 Main Street in Old Saybrook. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for people 50 years and older. ECSI is a community resource for the nine-town Estuary region’s residents over 50 years old providing nutrition, transportation, health support services, education opportunities, and socialization. Additional information can be found at our website, www.ecsenior.org or by calling 860.388.1611.

Art, Wine and Finance at the Leif Nilsson Spring Gallery – Nov. 6

artPlease join us for a special free event featuring Art, Wine & Finance at the Leif Nilsson Spring Studio & Gallery at 1 Spring Street in Chester Center on Thursday, November 6th from 5:30-7:30 pm.

Fine art, good wine and quality finance share similar characteristics. They all take time to craft and require professional skill and creativity. Come and learn more about the art of finance, fine art and finer living and how they can enrich your life.

Adam Richwine, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones; Artist Leif Nilsson; and Wine Merchant Eric Nelson from The Chester Package Store will share their expertise with you.

A wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres are included. RSVP by November 1st. 860-526-2077.

Lyme-Old Lyme Junior Women’s Club New Members Social – Oct. 29


The Lyme-Old Lyme Junior Women’s Club (LOLJWC) will hold their annual new members social on October 29, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Old Lyme Inn. LOLJWC hopes to encourage women from all surrounding shoreline communities to come enjoy light fare, a cash bar and learn more about the organization, now in its 50th year.

This social event offers potential new members the opportunity to learn about the club’s fundraisers, sponsored events, volunteerism and its support of local charities and community events in the shoreline community. LOLJWC is looking forward to a fun and spirited evening meeting fellow women from all surrounding towns who are interested in community service, fellowship, cultural, educational and civic advancement.

Inquiries or to RSVP (not required), please contact LOLJWC at loljrwomensclub@gmail.com.

The Lyme-Old Lyme Junior Women’s Club is a not-for-profit service organization.

Claire Crosby-October Artist Exhibitor at the Essex Library


Claire Crosby will be the October Artist Exhibitor at the Essex Library.  Claire is a prize-winning Elected Artist Member of the Essex Art Association. Her love of flowers and the sea, skies and islands is reflected in her watercolors. Impressions from her many trips to Maine and the Caribbean have influenced her work.

In her paintings, Crosby’s stress is on color and impression over form. She paints wet, with clear clean strong colors, confident brush strokes, and thin washes. There is a feeling of energy, consistency, and unity in her work with lovely, rich, transparent colors and contrasting light areas. The paintings are, in a sense, incomplete, leaving room for the mind to make interpretations. What results are bold, bright, airy paintings that enhance the walls of any room and are perpetually interesting to look at.

A resident of Essex, CT, Crosby relocated from Bernardsville, New Jersey. While in New Jersey she was a member of the Somerset Art Association and exhibited her work in private art galleries and art shows. Crosby has studied at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. She has exhibited in a number of shows and galleries including a one-person show in the Goldsmith Gallery in Madison, the Greene Gallery in Guilford, Chester Gallery in Chester, Inspirations in Essex, and Anguilla Gallery in Stonington. Her work has also graced the walls of several shops and restaurants including the Harborview in Stonington and The Silkworm in Essex. Her work is also in many private collections in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Florida and elsewhere in the United States.

14th Annual Ivoryton Pumkin Festival – Oct. 25

image001The 14th Annual Ivoryton Pumpkin Festival to be held in historic  downtown Ivoryton Sat. Oct. 25th, brings more than 1,500 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. (Pumpkins available while supplies last)

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 and organizations to bring carved pumpkins, so please don’t forget to bring your own jack-o-lantern to the Ivoryton Green between 3 and 4:30pm. Pumpkin Lighting begins at 5 pm.

Stroll around the village and take in the sights of the beautifully carved pumpkins on display, enjoy free refreshments and activities sponsored by the merchants and members of Ivoryton Business Alliance, Essex Lions Club, Child & Family Services, Deep River Snacks, All Saints Church & the Essex Park and Recreation Commission.

For a complete schedule of activities, please visit news and announcements at www.essexct.gov

Country School Welcomes Families to Register for Minds in Motion – Oct. 25

The Country School in Madison is delighted to serve as host to Minds in Motion, a student enrichment program featuring interactive, fast-paced, hands-on workshops for children in Kindergarten-8th Grade. Being held on Saturday, October 25, 2014, on the school’s 23-acre campus in Madison, Minds in Motion will also feature programming for parents and teachers.

Minds in Motion, the Connecticut Association for the Gifted’s signature student enrichment program, provides children opportunities to explore areas of interest that are rarely part of the everyday classroom. While students participate in workshops, parents are invited to attend a thought-provoking keynote address and their own special-interest workshop. This is the second year Minds in Motion has been held at The Country School. Last year, more than 175 students joined us to engage in hands-on learning.

Student workshops will range from ecology and genetics to construction and computer programming; art and music to writing and performing. Workshop faculty include Country School teachers as well as educators from the Eli Whitney Museum, Talcott Mountain, the Connecticut Experiential Learning Center, Yale Medical School, Oddfellows Playhouse, and more. To see the full list of offerings and to register, visit the Connecticut Association for the Gifted’s website, www.ctgifted.org. The deadline for registering is October 20. Space will be allotted on a first come, first served basis.

For the adult portion of the day, Claudia Califano, M.D., will deliver the keynote address, The Advanced Basics of Parenting: The critical roles of exercise, sleep, screens, sustenance, socializing, solitude and spontaneity in the healthy, happy development of our children. Dr. Califano is a board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale Child Study Center at the Yale University School of Medicine. She is an attending physician at Yale New Haven Hospital and at the Smilow Cancer Center, where she sees patients and supervises child and adolescent psychiatry trainees.

Workshops for parents and teachers include Improve Cognitive Functioning Through the Arts with Heather Delaurentis, secondary school science teacher and Presidential Math and Science Award Nominee; Twice Exceptional Children – developing a deeper understanding of children who are both gifted and have other learning or developmental challenges with Michele Spencer-Manzon, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Genetics at Yale Medical School; and Reading—It’s Not a Race with Jennifer Hornyak, Reading Specialist at The Country School.

Founded in 1955, The Country School is a coeducational, independent day school serving students in PreSchool through Grade 8. At The Country School, a rigorous academic program is accompanied by a commitment to hands-on learning and a focus on the whole child. The Country School prepares students to meet the future with confidence, encouraging them to reach their highest, both in school and in life. Learn more at www.thecountryschool.org. The Country School is located at 341 Opening Hill Road, Madison.

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 www.vsliteracy.org or call us at 860-399-0280

2014 Ivoryton Village Pumpkin Festival – Oct. 25

Pumpkin Fest - Robert

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 www.essexct.gov


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.

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.

The Music of Movies Series at Acton Public Library Through December

The Acton Public Library in Old Saybrook will be hosting “The Music of Movies” Series  this fall featuring movies with notable scores and soundtracks. The series will run mostly 3rd Mondays  September  through December at 6:30. On September 15th , The Pink Panther Strikes Again with the music of Henry Mancini will be shown; on Monday, October 20th, Stand By Me with 1950s music, will be shown and on November 24th, The Book Thief with the music of John Williams will be shown. The movie for Dec 15th will be determined by library patron feedback.

For more information, call The Acton Library at 860-395-3184, or visit the library during regular hours: Monday through Thursday 10am – 8:30pm, Friday and Saturday 9am – 5pm, and Oct – May on Sundays 1pm – 5pm or visit on-line at www.actonlibrary.org .  Also, visit www.commonsensemedia.org for movie ratings and recommendations.