July 30, 2014

Concert in the Garden: Ramblin’ Dan Stevens and Erik Simon Vuoritie – Aug. 7


Dan Stevens (Photo of Courtesy of Caryn B Davis)

Dan Stevens (Photo of Courtesy of Caryn B Davis)

The Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio and Gallery presents the next Concert in the Garden: Ramblin’ Dan Stevens and Erik Simon Vuoritie – Aug. 7, 2014, 7-9pm.

Gates open half an hour before the show. $10 donation – BYOB – Bistro Style Seating.


Ramblin’ Dan Steven

Dan 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. Dan has been lauded for the authenticity of his approach gained by many years on the road as a traveling blues musician. Dan has appeared with such artists as Arlo Guthire, Richie Havens, Charlie Daniels, James Cotton, Gatemouth Brown and many others.
For more info on Dan Stevens, please visit www.danstevens.net.


Erik Simon Vuoritie will be opening the show, More info:


Banging on drums at age 2 and starting classical guitar study at 5, Erik Simon Vuoritie learned at an early age that life without music is no life at all. Now, a 17-year-old student at Westbrook High School, Erik plays a combination of classical, Spanish and Latin American guitar music along with his classical-inspired arrangements of Beatles and popular melodies. Erik studies classical guitar with Alexander Vlassenkov and plays guitar and trumpet in the WHS jazz band. His guitar skills have taken him to the White House for a program hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama and to Siena, Italy as part of a strings chamber music program organized by members of the Hartford Symphony. Erik performs as a professional musician in musical theater pit bands and as a solo instrumentalist for special events along the Connecticut shoreline.




ELT Hike of the Month Windswept Ridge on Windermere Way – Aug. 2

windswept ridge

Essex Land Trust will be hosting the Walk of the Month on August 2 starting at 9 a.m.

Explore Essex’s outdoor open space by visiting Essex Land Trust’s Windswept Ridge one of many special sites that have been preserved for the benefit of all. Saturday, August 2 starting at 9 a.m. and lasting approximately 1 hour. Meet at Windermere entrance. Bad weather cancels.

Deep River Congregational Church Flea Market – Aug. 16

flea marketThe Deep River Congregational Church Flea Market is being held Saturday, August 16th, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.    The Flea Market will be held on the church lawn and on Marvin Field, located on Route 154, just as you enter Deep River from the South.  There are spaces for over 80 vendors , but only a few 20 x 20 foot spaces still available at $30 each, and you can reserve yours by contacting the church office as soon as possible.  (860-526-5045, office.drcc@snet.net or download from our website, www.deeprivercc.org.) We will also have a bake sale and hamburgs and hot dogs with fixings can be purchased.  Come and join the fun!

The Deep River Congregational Church Rummage Pre-Sale – Aug. 15

image003The 2014 DRCC Rummage Sale will be enormous this year!   The sale include a new huge “Boutique” Room full of collectibles, antiques, vintage and valuable Items rarely found all in one room!  The sale also has 5 rooms of household goods, decorative items, toys, sporting and camping goods, craft items, small furniture, seasonal decorations and art.  Everything will be priced to sell and there will be bargains galore!

New this year is a Pre-Sale on Friday, August 15th from 6 p.m.– 8 p.m.  For a just a $5 Admission fee folks can be the first to shop this monster sale!

Then come on Saturday, August 16th from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. for the Main Rummage Sale and Flea Market on the field followed by the  famous Rummage Bag Sale from 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. ($3/large brown grocery bag and 1/2 price for items that do not fit in a brown bag as well as anything in the  “Boutique”)

Finally, come back on Sunday, August 17th from 9:15 a.m. – 11 a.m. for the Rummage Blow-Out Trash Bag Sale.  Fill a large trash bag and make a donation of your choice!

Three days of bargains galore in one place!!!  Plus a bake sale and lunch for purchase on Saturday!!!  Don’t Miss this Mega Sale.  Deep River Congregational Church is located at 1 Church Street in Deep River, CT!

Summer Show at Maple and Main Gallery Opens – Jul. 23

Orange Umbrellas by Betty Taylor of Essex

Orange Umbrellas by Betty Taylor of Essex

CHESTER – The opening reception for the Summer Show at Maple and Main Gallery, which features 200 new works of art and wine and chocolate tastings, will be Saturday, July 26 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Paintings and sculptures in a wide range of styles and medium will be on view, many interpreting summer in Connecticut, beginning Wednesday, July 23 and running through September 21.

In addition, there is a special exhibit in the Stone Gallery of paintings of Tuscany by gallery artist Cindy Stevens and of Sicily by gallery artist Donna Favreau during July.

The opening reception Saturday will include wine and appetizers and, from 6 to 7 p.m., a wine tasting by Chester Package Store and a chocolate tasting by the Chocolate Gift in Clinton.

Maple and Main Gallery at One Maple Street, Chester, is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit the online gallery: mapleandmaingallery.com; phone: 860-526-6065; mapleandmain@att.net.

Play Ball! 19th-Century Style – Sep. 21

The historical societies of Chester, Deep River and Essex are teaming up to present a tri-town Vintage Base Ball game on Sunday, Sept. 21 at Devitt Field in Deep River. The 2 p.m. game will be free to the public.

Three teams – one from each town – are being formed. The teams will play by late 19th-century rules (such as no bunting or stealing) and customs to recreate the earliest days of America’s pastime, when courtesy prevailed on and off the playing field. There is no swearing, no spitting and no “ungentlemanly” behavior anywhere during the games.

Ballists (players) will use replica equipment such as authentic reproduction wooden bats and hand-sewn hard balls. No gloves are worn.

The three teams will play two or three-inning games in a round-robin format.

Men and women over age 16 who enjoy playing baseball and have an interest in the game’s history are encouraged to submit their name to chestercthistoricalsociety@gmail.com before July 29 to be considered for a team. Team members will be asked to pay $20 each for a vintage team shirt.

Artisans Harbor of Old Saybrook to Hold Summer Art Classes


New Children’s Art Workshops! Workshops offered for children Wednesday July 16th, 30th,  and Aug. 6th 10:00 a.m. -10:45 a.m. ages 4-7 and from 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for children ages 8-10.  Saturday afternoon charcoal drawing classes for children & teens ages 8-14 start July 17-Aug. 23. Check out the website for more info.

Adults & Teen art classses begin on July 17th  2014.  Classes are for beginners and those wanting to further their skills.  Classes offered in Oil painting, Watercolor painting, Drawing, and Pastel.

Harbor Nights pARTies are hosted every  Friday and Saturday evenings 7-9 pm. Reservations 48 hours prior to evening of your choice is required.  Come into our studio sip wine and paint your own masterpiece in one night! No experience necessary. BYOB -wine or beverage of your choice we provide appetizers, set-ups and all your art supplies! Private parties may be arranged any day or time based on availability.

Check out our website for details on class times. www.artisansharbor.com   Give yourself or someone you care about some “CREATIVE ME TIME”!

New Show Opening at Essex Art Association – Jul. 25

Chip Rutan's work will be featured in the Exit Gallery

Chip Rutan’s work will be featured in the Exit Gallery

Essex Art Association is having its last juried show of the season “Less is More”. This is open to all artists over 18. Out of over 200 entries 80 will be chosen.  It’s interesting and exciting to see how the theme will be interpreted by the artists.

Featured in the Exit Gallery will be Chip Rutan “The Reader”  The solo show in the Exit Gallery will feature black and white photography by Old Saybrook resident and Essex native, Chip Rutan. The Reader is the result of a six-month collaboration with a homeless woman living in New York City. Books and journals comprise the majority of her belongings, all housed in her suitcase. Her sixteen journals chronicle her time spent in New York since 2006. Chip is in the MFA in Visual Art program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He previously studied graphic design and art history at the University ofBridgeport, and has undergraduate and graduate degrees in mathematics and business administration, respectively.

The Essex Art Association is a non-profit seasonal gallery established in 1946 and serving the community with art from traditional to cutting edge. Housed in a historic yellow building with a purple door that welcomes all to enter free and share the creativity of its artists.  Opening reception is on July 25, 2014 from 6-8 pm, public welcome. This show will run from July 26. to August 16, 2014 open1-5 every day except Tuesdays.  For further information visit the website www.EssexArtAssociation.com. Free admission.

Gallery19 Summertime Show – Through Aug 31

Gallery19 of Essex will be showing “Helen Cantrell and Judy Friday: Summertime,” new paintings and works on paper, July 1 – August 31, Gallery19, 19A Main St., Essex, CT. Thursdays-Sundays 11-5 pm. 860 581 8735, www.gallery19essex.com.

Marshview Gallery August Artist of Month – Carin Roaldset

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OLD SAYBROOK – The Marshview Gallery features the photography of Carin Roaldset during the month of August. Carin discovered photography as a means of illustrating her love of nature. Her style is “less is more” and she enjoys combining animate and inanimate objects.

Now a resident of Old Saybrook, Carin’s childhood on a Swedish farm, urban life in Germany and years in rural Norway along with small town living here in Connecticut feeds her passion. She’s been in numerous exhibits on the Shoreline, including juried all media shows at the Slater Memorial Museum, West Hartford Art League and The Essex Art Association.

Please join us for the Artist Reception, Thursday, August 14th from 5-7 pm. Everyone is welcome and refreshments are provided.

Acton Public Library Displays Collection of Lego Trucks – July

For the month of July, the Acton Public Library in Old Saybrook will be hosting Homer Mills’ collection of Lego trucks in our atrium display case. The Acton Library is open Monday through Thursday from 10 am until 8:30pm, and Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 5pm.

40th Annual Connecticut River Raft Race – Aug. 2


During the winter of 1974 a group of shoreline friends met up one evening to discuss the idea of starting a new local event, to be run in the summertime and ultimately benefit local charities.  With this shared philosophy, the Connecticut River Raft Race was conceived. The first race course started at the Deep River Landing and finished on Knott’s Island off of Essex. The raft race has changed locations 4 times in the past 40 years.

The 40th annual  Ct. River Raft Race will take place on August 2, 2014 in Portland, Ct.  The Race will commence with a cannon blast at10:00 a.m. from  Gildersleeve Island in Portland and finishes 41/2 miles downriver at the Portland Boatyard.  The Raft Race weekend starts on August 1st with a cook off and camping at the Portland Boatyard.

Over the years new categories have been added to this wonderful event. Kayaks and Canoes are welcome and will be competing in their own category.  This event is not limited to people local to the Portland area. Last year racers from Coventry, Bozrah, Newington, Waterbury, Portland, East Hampton, Windsor, East Haven, New Haven, New Britain, Stratford, Rocky Hill, Middletown and Deep River, Connecticut participated as well as one raft from Chestertown, Maryland.

Sightseers are welcome. This event can be viewed from River Park Middletown, Cromwell landing and the Portland Boatyard. Pack the car with your grill and goodies and join the fun at the end of the race. Enjoy the camaraderie of the day including live music. Proceeds from this event are donated to local charities.

For further information contact Pres. Dan Otto Pritchard at dan-pritchardglbal.net, for mailing list information contact Dave Malboef at crazydave757@hotmail.com or visit  www.ctriverraftrace.org.

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

swallow funnel

Photos by Mindy Hill

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

For more information on these cruises feel free to call 860-767-0660.

All Shook Up at Ivoryton Playhouse – through Jul. 27

Inspired by and featuring the music of Elvis Presley

By Joe DiPietro

At the Ivoryton Playhouse

Date:                            July 2-27, 2014

Theatre:                      Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street, Ivoryton, Connecticut

Tickets:                      860-767-7318 /on-line at


Prices:                        $42 adults/ $37 seniors/ $20 students/$15 children

Time:                          Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2pm;

Wednesday &Thursday evenings at 7:30pm, Friday &

Saturday evenings at 8:00pm

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 www.ivorytonfarmersmarket.com


Acton Library Hosts Summer Sculpture Show

sculpture 2014 5Acton Public Library is pleased to announce the annual Summer Sculpture Show from June 1 through July 31, 2014 This exhibit of works in cooperation with the Society of Connecticut Sculptors has become a popular annual summer exhibit at Acton.  Choose your favorite piece and cast your vote for the People’s Choice Best in Show. All works are on display in the Library Atrium.

The Acton Public Library, 60 Old Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, is open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Acton Library July Artist – Daniel Dahlstrom

Outer Fenwick Light; oil, Artist Daniel Dahlstrom

Outer Fenwick Light; oil, Artist Daniel Dahlstrom

For the month of July, the Acton Public Library, 60 Old Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook will host an exhibit of oil paintings by Daniel Dahlstrom of Chester.  Mr. Dahlstrom’s work will be on display in the Library’s first floor gallery space as well as the second floor program room. On Saturday, July 12 at 11 a.m. Mr. Dahlstrom will conduct an oil painting demonstration in the Grady Thomas Room; the public is invited to attend.

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

Deep River Congregational Church Flea Market – Aug. 16

The Deep River Congregational Church Flea Market is being held Saturday, August 16th, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.    The Flea Market will be held on the church lawn and on Marvin Field, located on Route 154,  just as you enter Deep River from the South.  There are  eighty-three 20 x 20 foot spaces available for $30 each, and you can reserve yours by contacting the church office as soon as possible, as over half the spaces have already been filled. (860-526-5045, office.drcc@snet.net or download from our website, www.deeprivercc.org.)

Our Library Rocks! Returns at Essex Library – Sep. 13

Families enjoyed the food, fun, and entertainment at the 2013 Our Library Rocks!  party at the Essex Library

Families enjoyed the food, fun, and entertainment at the 2013 Our Library Rocks! party at the Essex Library

Join your neighbors at a fun-filled community celebration to cap the 125th Anniversary celebrations for the Essex Library at the “Our Library Rocks!” party, coming Saturday September 13th from 5 to 9 PM at the Library. This event offers entertainment for all ages, including an inventor’s workshop for kids from 3 to 12 years, a dazzling magic performance by illusionist David Garrity, a fun photo booth to commemorate your evening for a small extra charge, and the ever-popular gourmet brick oven pizza trucks.

The Andy Sherwood Jazz Quartet will provide musical entertainment, performing tunes from Dixieland through the Swing Era. Featuring some of New England’s finest jazz musicians, the group includes Andy Sherwood on clarinet and saxophone, Ian Frenkel on piano, Mark McCormick on bass and Tom Briggs on drums, all current or retired United States Coast Guard Band musicians with degrees from top music colleges. A silent auction will offer items that are sure to appeal to families and adults.

Food and fun are included in the price of admission. Tickets are on sale now at the Essex Library, priced at $20 for adults, and $5 for kids ages 12 and under; admission is free for children aged two or younger.  Soft drinks and lemonade are free, and beer and wine will be available with the additional purchase of a wristband. Tickets are limited, though, and last year’s event sold out quickly, so don’t delay.

DR Congregational Church Rummage Sale – Accepting Donantions Though Aug 13

The Deep River Congregational Church is having a large Rummage Sale during the same weekend as our Flea Market.  It will be a three day event this year, August 15, 16 and 17. 

The committee is accepting donations at 1 Church Street, Deep River, on weekdays through August 13, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Items being accepted include: household goods, decorative items, toys, sporting and camping goods, craft items, small furniture, seasonal decorations and art.  

They are collecting items for our Antiques and Collectibles “Boutique” as well.  They cannot accept TV’s, computers, large appliances, baby car seats, cribs, large furniture, books, cassette tapes, VHS tapes, clothing or shoes.  Anyone needing further information, please contact Jane Moen at janemoen@comcast.net or Pam Visel atpsvisel@hotmail.com Watch for future publicity about the hours, etc.

Summer Family Movies at Acton Public Library

Lights.Camera.ACTON! “You’ve seen the movie, now read the book.” The Acton Public Library in Old Saybrook will be hosting a “Summer Family Movies” series featuring movies that are all about animals and all have companion books.  The movies will be shown on the 1st and 3rd Mondays in July & August at 6:30pm. On July 7, in commemoration of E. B. White’s 115th birthday, Stuart Little will be shown; on July 21, Homeward Bound will be shown; on August 4, Secretariat will be shown and on August 18, Fly Away Home. Light refreshments will be served.

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

Estuary Council of Seniors Celebrates 40th Anniversary “Forty & Fabulous” – Sept. 20

OLD SAYBROOK – The Estuary Council of Seniors’ Board of Directors and Staff are pleased to announce that this year honors the 40th Anniversary of the Senior Center in Old Saybrook. Plans are underway to celebrate this special occasion with a Gala, Forty & Fabulous… Life is a Cabareton September 20th, 6:00 pm at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. The evening will include wine, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, comedy, dancing and more under the Co-Chairmanship of President Gerri Lewis and Vice President Ruth Yakaitis. This benefit Gala will support the Center’s Meals on Wheels program. Last year, the Estuary Council provided 70,000 hot, nutritious meals to individuals in their nine town district and Madison.

According to Executive Director, Paul Doyle of the Estuary Council of Seniors, Inc., “Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for people fifty years and older by providing nutrition, transportation, health support services, education opportunities, and socialization.”

For additional information, call 860-388-1611.

Chestnut Hill Concerts Announces the 2014 Season


Chestnut Hill Concerts, under the artistic direction of cellist Ronald Thomas, will present four programs of great chamber music this August at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook.  In contrast to last season’s exploration of music by famous romantic composers and their lesser-known contemporaries, the upcoming season will embrace a wider time span, surveying well-known works from the classical era to the early twentieth century.

The forty-fifth season of Chestnut Hill Concerts will take place on August 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2014, all Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m. The season will present fourteen of today’s most distinguished musicians, including four violinists – Jessica Lee, Yura Lee, Jesse Mills, and Todd Phillips — and a violist, Mark Holloway, who will make their series debuts.

Each program has a notable feature. For the first time in several years, on August 1, a Chestnut Hill Concerts program will offer a piano quintet — Brahms’s magnificent F minor, along with Mozart’s G major violin sonata and Shostakovich’s E minor piano trio. The second concert features three of Beethoven’s most famous sub-titled works: his “Moonlight” piano sonata, “Kreutzer” violin sonata, and “Archduke” piano trio. The third concert on August 15 offers Lieder and chamber music — including the French horn — by Schumann and Schubert, and the theme of the final program is “Hungarian Flair,” with music by Dohnanyi, Bartok, and Brahms.

Sponsors of the concerts Guilford Savings Bank, Northstar Wealth Partners,  Phyllis MacDowell, and Dave Rackey & Emily Eisenlohr and Zoe and Mahlon Hale. Essex Savings Bank is the sponsor of CHC’s Kids and Teens Come Free program.

All concerts are Friday nights at 8:00 pm at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (The Kate), 300 Main Street in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. Subscriptions to the four concerts are $120 (orchestra) and $100 (balcony). Single tickets are $35 for orchestra seats and $30 for the balcony. To purchase tickets, visit chestnuthillconcerts.org or call 203-245-5736. After July 2, contact the Kate box office at 860-510-0453, or visit www.thekate.org

Chestnut Hill Concerts 2014 Programs and Artists
All concerts Friday evenings at 8:00 p.m.

Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Old Saybrook

August 1
Brahms’s Great Piano Quintet

Mozart : Violin Sonata in G major, K. 379

Shostakovich: Piano Trio in E minor, Op. 67

Brahms: Quintet in F minor, Op. 34

Jessica Lee and Jesse Mills, violin; Mark Holloway, viola

Ronald Thomas, cello; Rieko Aizawa, piano

August 8

Three Beethoven Masterpieces

Piano Sonata in C-sharp minor, Op. 27 no. 2, “Moonlight”

Violin Sonata, Op. 47 “Kreutzer”

Piano Trio in Bb, Op. 97 “Archduke”

Todd Phillips, violin; Ronald Thomas, cello

Benjamin Hochman, piano

August 15

Schumann and Schubert

Schumann:  Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70

Schumann:  Selection of Lieder

Schubert: Auf Dem Strom, D. 943, for soprano, horn, and piano

Schubert: Piano Trio in Eb Major, Op.100

Hyunah Yu, soprano; William Purvis, horn

Jennifer Koh, violin; Ronald Thomas, cello

Mihae Lee, piano

August 22

Hungarian Flair

Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56, for viola and piano

Dohnanyi: Serenade for String Trio, Op 10

Brahms: Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25

Yura Lee, violin; Dimitri Murrath, viola

Julie Albers, cello; Mihae Lee, piano

Chester Museum at The Mill Tells Chester’s Story – Weekends

The Chester Museum at The Mill has been owned by the Chester Historical Society since 2000. It was first opened as a museum in 2010. Located on a waterfall on the Pattaconk Brook near the center of town, the mill site was once used to produce anchors, wagon springs, and augers. Photo by Katherine Hilliar

The Chester Museum at The Mill has been owned by the Chester Historical Society since 2000. It was first opened as a museum in 2010. Located on a waterfall on the Pattaconk Brook near the center of town, the mill site was once used to produce anchors, wagon springs, and augers. Photo by Katherine Hilliar

The Chester Museum at The Mill opens for its fourth year on Saturday, May 31. Owned and operated by the Chester Historical Society, the museum is located on the historic 1850s Griswold Mill site, overlooking a waterfall and the Pattaconk Brook near the center of town.

On the first floor is the exhibit, “Over the River and Through the Woods – Early Transportation in Chester,” telling the stories of the beginning of the town’s roads and highways, as well as the train, the trolley, the ferry, and the steamboat. The exhibit, which opened in 2013 thanks to partial funding by the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, has been expanded this year to include early bicycles and features a 54-inch Columbia Allbright “ordinary” on loan from the Connecticut Historical Society. New photographs and artifacts of trains, including “Old 97” from the movie, “It Happened to Jane,” have also been included this year.

The Columbia Allbright “ordinary” or high-wheeler bicycle, owned by the CT Historical Society, was made in Hartford in the late 19th century. At 54 inches tall, it sparks one’s imagination about how anyone could get on it to ride through the town. It can be seen at the Chester Museum at The Mill through the summer.

The Columbia Allbright “ordinary” or high-wheeler bicycle, owned by the CT Historical Society, was made in Hartford in the late 19th century. At 54 inches tall, it sparks one’s imagination about how anyone could get on it to ride through the town. It can be seen at the Chester Museum at The Mill through the summer.

On the second floor of the museum (reachable by elevator as well as stairs) is the permanent award-winning exhibit, “Streams of Change: Life & Industry along the Pattaconk.” Together, the two exhibits tell the story of the life, development and growth of Chester.

The Chester Museum at The Mill is open to the public on Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through the end of October. It is air-conditioned as well as handicapped accessible. Admission is free. More information at www.ChesterHistoricalSociety.org.


Micky Dolenz to Headline in ‘Comedy is Hard’ at Ivoryton Playhouse

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 andThursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm. Tickets are $42 for adults, $37 for seniors, $20 for students and $15 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org  (Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

Dates For Chester Sunday Market

CSM+LogoThe dates for the Chester Sunday Market for 2014 have been set!

They will be operating from June 15th to October 12th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday mornings.  A vendor list and calendar for which bands are playing will be posted at chestersundaymarket.jimdo.com/.

Also, please like us on Facebook to get instant updates on what’s happening at the market.