August 23, 2014

Community Music School Hosts Open House Week – Sep. 8-12

CENTERBROOK – Community Music School, located in the Spencer’s Corner professional complex at 90 Main Street in Centerbrook, is now registering for the Fall semester which begins on September 3rd, and welcomes the general public to visit during Open House Week September 8 through 12. Children and adults can tour the School’s studios, meet teachers and staff, enjoy a FREE preview lesson, and learn about a vast array of programs including private and group lessons, jazz and string ensembles, musical theater, the Kindermusik early childhood program, and music therapy services. Community Music School is open from 9 am to 7 pm weekdays. Those interested in a 15-minute preview lesson are requested to call 860-767-0026 for scheduling.

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.

For additional information visit or call 860-767-0026.

Essex Art Associastion: A Journey of Explorations and Discoveries – Sep. 19-21

The artists of Parallel Visions invite you to join them at the Essex Art Association Sept. 19-21where you can view journeys both grand and intimate, real and imagined. Travel to exotic locations, Connecticut’s parks and gardens, the evening’s world of shadows and into the world of 3-D reimagined images. Opening reception Friday, Sept.19, 6-8pm. The  show’s hours are as follows; friday 11-8, sat. 11-6, sun. 11-5.

Concert in the Garden Featuring Simon Van Gend – Sep. 12


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The Concert in the Garden at the Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio on Friday September Gates open  at 6:30 pm. First come first seated. Rain or Shine! Performances are held inside the Gallery during inclement weather.

More info (860) 526-2077

Simon van Gend

South African singer-songwriter Simon van Gend has been writing songs since forming his first band in the early nineties. Originally inspired by songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Paul Simon, he has developed a style of writing and performing all his own, mixing soulful melodies with lyrics that chart new territories in the internal world.

Simon has recorded four albums with his band, Simon & the Bande à Part. The latest album, Blinking and Breathing, was produced by acclaimed Australian producer Ian Pritchett, famed for his work with Angus & Julia Stone and The Beautiful Girls.

Simon has recently challenged himself to write a song every week for a year. Follow his progress at

“It’s the songs that take you by surprise.  Persuasive without being preoccupied, full of words without being wordy, delivering life’s lessons without being preachy, they never quite go where you expect.” – Richard Haslop, Audio Video

“The second half of the performance took us deeper into the tapestry of beautifully put together songs with an impressive complexity of chord uses. Evidently real care has been taken to construct these songs and to create interesting progressions, something of great value in contrast to the “three chord theory” often employed by folk artists.” – Marie-Claire de Villiers, What’s on in Cape Town

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The Meeting House Players’ Open Auditon – Sep. 9 and 11

The Meeting House Players are pleased to announce open auditions for Steven Dietz’s new, laugh out loud comedy “BECKY’S NEW CAR”.   Auditions will be held on September 9 & September 11, 2014 at 7 PM in the Meeting House located at 4 Liberty Street in Chester, CT.  

A friend of Becky Foster’s had a theory:  “When a woman says she needs new shoes, what she really wants is a new job.  When she says she needs a new house, she wants a new husband.  And when she says she wants a new car, she wants a new life.”  Becky seems to be caught in middle age, middle management and in a middling marriage—with no prospects for change on the horizon.  Then one night a socially inept and grief-struck millionaire walks into the car dealership where Becky works.  Becky is offered nothing short of a new life…and the audience is offered a chance to share the ride.  “BECKY’S NEW CAR” is a delightful romp down the road not taken.

The play’s seven member ensemble is made up of three women and four men.  The cast of characters are as follows:

Becky Foster:  a car dealership title clerk & office manager, mid to late 40’s.

Joe Foster:  Becky’s husband, a roofer, mid 40’s to early 50’s.

Chris Foster:  their son, a psychology student still living at home, mid 20’s.

Walter Flood:  a very wealthy businessman, widowed, 60’s.

Kensington (Kenni) Flood:  Walter’s daughter, early to mid 20’s.

Steve:  Becky’s co-worker, late 40’s to early 50’s.

Ginger:  Walter’s neighbor, late 40’s to early 50’s.

Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script.  Directed by Debbie Alldredge, the production will open at the Meeting House in Chester on Friday, November 7 and continue on November 8, 14 & 15, 2014.  For additional information please contact Deb Alldredge at .


Taste Of The Valley -Tickets on Sale Now – Sep. 5

Taste of the Valley 2014 is an evening of delicious food and great dancing music to benefit Tri-Town Youth Services.  Save the date – Friday, September 5, 2014 at 6:00 pm  - and get your tickets TODAY!

Each year, our community gathers on a late summer evening on the beautiful grounds of the Deep River Historical Society to try delectable samples from local area restaurants and caterers.  The 2014 Restaurants and Caterers so far are: Apple Rehab Old Saybrook, Da Vinci’s , Dough on Main, Essex Coffee & Tea, Gabrielle’s, The Ivory Restaurant, La Vita Gustosa, Main Street Sweet Shoppe and Saybrook Soup and Sandwich Co, Kenwood Catering Company, A Perfect Thyme, and The Red House of Deep River.

As part of the event, the Taste of the Valley Committee is excited to announce a new “Happy Hour Venue” and the return of the Silent Auction!   Some of the exciting items so far include: Tickets to The Goodspeed, restaurant gift certificates to, River Tavern, Six Main, Simons, a Car Detailing package courtesy of Grossman Chevrolet and a Yoga and Zumba membership donated by IFoundFitness.

The music will be provided again by toe tapping band Mass-Conn-Fusion so bring your dancing shoes!

You will also cast your ballot for the restaurant that takes home the coveted Taste of the Valley FORK!   There will also be awards for Best Appetizer, Best Dessert, Best Presentation, and other categories.

Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at Celebrations in Deep River or on Tri-Town Youth Service Bureau’s website via PayPal

Note: This is event is for adults over the age of 21. 

TASTE OF THE VALLEY 2014 is generously sponsored by Middlesex Hospital, The Clark Group, Essex Savings Bank, Eye Doctors, Tower Labs, Tom Alexa, Marine Special Products Group, LLC, Haynes Material Co., PCI Medical and many more.  For more information or tickets, contact Gail Onofrio at Tri-Town Youth Services at (860) 526-3600 or view our website:  If you would like to be a sponsor or donate an item for our silent auction, send an email to:

The Deep River Historical Society is located at 245 Main Street, Deep River, CT.

Cappella Cantorum Men’s Chorus Concert – Sep. 14

Cappella Cantorum Men’s Chorus drawing inspired in St. Paul Lutheran  Church in a 2005 concert, drawn by Madeleine Favre of Deep River.

Cappella Cantorum Men’s Chorus drawing inspired in St. Paul Lutheran
Church in a 2005 concert, drawn by Madeleine Favre of Deep River.

Cappella Cantorum Men’s Chorus Concert will be presented on Sun., Sept. 14, 7:30 pm at The Old Lyme Congregational Church on the corner of Ferry Rd. and Lyme St., Old Lyme 06371. The concert features selections from Irving Berlin and Oklahoma, A Patriotic Salute, Just a Closer Walk, Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Barbershop and Solos.Tickets $15 at  or 860-526-1038  or at the door. 12 and under free.

The Antidepressant Seduction – Author Charles Barber Reads From Book – Sep. 14

charles_rightimageAuthor Charles Barber, whose book on mental illness has challenged common treatment practice, will read at a free Books & Bagels program at Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, on Sunday, September 14, at 9:30 a.m.  The public is invited, and no reservations are required.

As a starred review in the Library Journal points out, “Barber convincingly argues against the over-prescription of psychiatric drugs in the United States and sums up the history of U.S. psychiatry from the asylum to the community to glitzy but still elementary neuroscience. A blockbuster book.”

Barber traces the project to a time in the early 1990s when he went to a cocktail party at his parents’ house in Middletown. His mother and father both taught at Wesleyan, and the gathering included other well-educated people who expressed surprise and disapproval at what Charles did for a living.

As he recalls, “People knew I’d been to Ivy League schools – they were suspicious of the Ivy League – and wondered why I had become a case manager for mentally ill clients, including some homeless people. Their view was that many of the mentally ill were shiftless.”

Ten years later, Barber attended a second party at his parents’ house, and the judgment had changed dramatically. “Everybody at the party thought what I was doing was terrific. They thought they had an advanced understanding of mental illness.”

What had changed? For one thing, in 1997, drug companies began advertising their antidepressants – Prozac being the first — on television. For another, ideas about mental illness evolved – from deep, dark Freudian secrets to a biological explanation, including chemical imbalances. And so, many of the guests at the Middletown party had begun taking antidepressants themselves – part of a widespread society treated by doctors for everything from stress to the blues to the very real and difficult illness of clinical depression.

Now, about ten percent of Americans take drugs for depression, and the number keeps growing. It’s a number that Charles and others who have examined this topic consider too high. According to his book, many people relying on such drugs would be better off employing other ways – without the side effects – to reduce stress and deal with “the blues.”

Reviews of Charles’s book have been positive but not without controversy. When the book was first published, Charles had to defend his position on scores of talk shows. Charles will talk about these matters and answers questions from the audience at his Books & Bagels appearance.

Over the last year, the synagogue has presented several programs on the issue of mental health – one that deeply affects one in five American families.

Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek is located at 55 East Kings Highway in Chester.  For more information, call the office at 860-526-8920.

Rotary Club of Chester Lobster Fest Fundraiser – Sep. 6

The Rotary Club of Chester will host its 44nd Annual Lobster Festival at the Chester Fairgrounds on Saturday, September 6, 2014.

Tickets are on sale now! Admission tickets for double entrée meals are $40 in advance, $45 for remaining tickets at the gate.  Single entree dinner tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the gate.  Enjoy live music and dancing throughout the evening.  Access to the Lobster Festival is restricted to dinner ticket holders.  Seating is limited.

Visit  for more information and to purchase tickets on-line.   Tickets can also be purchased at CENTURY 21 Heritage Company, Chester Package Store, Chrisholm Marina or from any Chester Rotarian. Chester Rotarians are dedicated to providing funding and service to local, national and international charitable organizations.  All proceeds from this event support these causes.

EHS Presentation on The British Raid on Essex with Jerry Roberts – Sep. 6

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ESSEX — Join Essex Historical Society for an action-packed presentation by author and historian Jerry Roberts on Saturday, September 6 at 4:00 pm Roberts’ vivid narrative on the British Raid on Essex brings the historic (yet nearly forgotten!) event to life. In addition to telling this dynamic story and signing copies of his book, Roberts will update the community on battlesite projects including the recent installation of EHS’ new site markers. Roberts’ captivating account will culminate in the premiere of an eight minute mini-documentary that ties past to present with the inclusion of the May 10th bicentennial celebration. A complimentary wine and cheese reception will be held after the presentation, during which books will be available for purchase and signing. Please RSVP by September 3rd to 860.767.5011

Exhibit of Paintings by Tom Mayer at Acton Library – Through Aug. 31

Exhibit of paintings by Tom Mayer, Acton Library through August 31

Exhibit of paintings by Tom Mayer, Acton Library through August 31

For the month of August, the Acton Public Library, 60 Old Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook welcomes an exhibit of  paintings by Tom Mayer of Plantsville. Mr. Mayer, inspired by the coastal scenery of New England and Florida, creates these colorful works with layers of acrylic paints combined with pasted papers. His exhibit will run through August 31.

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.

Chester Rotary Club Community Picnic – Aug. 31

Chester Rotary Club Community Picnic August 31st 5 – 9 p.m. at the Chester Meeting House.  FREE EVENT – OPEN TO ALL.  Bring your own picnic and enjoy music provided by D.J. Gary Torello.  Silent auction of “Potty Art” to benefit Simply Smiles sanitation projects in Oaxaca Mexico.

Authors Jane Green and Dorie Greenspan at Bee & Thistle – Aug. 23

Jane Green (photo courtesy of Ian Warburg).

Jane Green (photo courtesy of Ian Warburg).

The Big Book Getaway team is delighted to announce that New York Times bestselling author, Jane Green, and award-winning cookbook author, Dorie Greenspan, will appear at the next Big Book Getaway luncheon at The Bee & Thistle Inn onSaturday, August 23, 11am-1pm.  Jane Green actually wrote one of her books, Family Pictures, while staying at the Inn!  To register, simply click here: lunch-jane-green-bee-thistle- inn/

TTYS Toddler Playgroup Programs – Start Sep. 17

Calling all toddlers!  Tri-Town Youth Services, at 56 High Street in Deep River, offers play groups led by Parent Resource Coordinator, Meredith Adler.  The groups offer a mixture of free play, music, art, and story time.  Caregivers have a chance to chat with each other and browse the parent resource library.  Both groups run on Wednesdays from September 17 through November 19.  Outstanding Ones meets from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. with a cost of $45 for tri-town residents and $55 for non-residents.  Terrific Twos meets from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. with a cost of $60 for tri-town residents and $70 for non-residents.  Register at or call Tri-Town at 860-526-3600.

Tri-Town Youth Services supports and advances the families, youth and communities of Chester, Deep River and Essex.  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


Essex Art Association “Earth, Wind & Fire” Opens Aug. 22

The Essex Art Association announces the last show of the season “Earth Wind & Fire”,  Opening Reception August 22, 2014 from 6-8 pm public welcome. This is an open show and features the artwork of any artist over the age of 18 who wishes to submit work. Open daily 1-5pm, except Tuesdays, August 23th. to September 13th.,2014. Essex Art Association is a seasonal gallery and after this last show members will be renting the gallery through October for their own group shows.

In the Exit Gallery is the art of Dan Nichols “My Travels”

Dan was drawing from a very young age. Crayola crayons were then his favorite medium. As a teenager he started doing watercolor,  His father taught him perspective. He attended the freshman foundation year at RISD, and also attended the Paier School of Art, working both with the strict realistic discipline of Ken Davies, as well as John Massimino’s freer, more abstract approach.

Today, Dan prefers switching from one medium to the other, and has used oils, pastels, watercolor, gouache, acrylics, and oil sticks — or soft oil pastels in big sticks. Dan paints a number of subjects — with landscapers his favorite subject — but one subject that is unique is antique cars. He knows them well and will also do a commission of anyone’s antique or vintage vehicle. He loves all media and he also likes to mix them up. He’s very creative in that respect. He’s taken Canson, or printing paper, shellacked over it and then painted in oils on it. He’s gessoed over a discarded water color and then used oil paint over it.  Dan is also a member of CPAPS, and Maple & Main Gallery.

Essex Art Association is a non-profit open free to the public.

Amtrak Exhibit Train at Essex Steam Train & Riverboat – Aug. 23-24

Can you hear the sound of a whistle? That’s the Amtrak Exhibit Train coming to the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, August 23-24 from 10:00
am – 5:00 pm.

Climb aboard, take a free, self-guided tour to learn about Amtrak’s history, and catch a glimpse into the company’s future. Displays include vintage advertising, past menus and dinnerware, period uniforms, photographs, and other items of memorabilia from Amtrak’s creation in 1971 to a model of today’s modern-sleeping accommodations and high-speed rail service displays. Interactive displays include railroad horns, trivia questions, workable signals and an engineer’s stand.

Whether you’ve been riding since the company’s beginning, or are just becoming part of it, there is something on the Exhibit Train that’s guaranteed to strike a chord. Join us and discover more about America’s love of trains.

Acton Library August Display Case Highlights Local Boy Scout Activities

For the month of August, the Acton Public Library in Old Saybrook will be hosting a display of information related to the various activities offered by the local chapter of the Boy Scouts and how to get involved with the group. Please contact Michele Holt regarding Boy Scout activities at The Acton Library is open Monday through Thursday from 10am until 8:30 pm, and Friday and Saturday from 9am to 5 pm.

Sixth Annual Labor Day Car Show at Saybrook Point Inn – Sep. 1

Classic car owners and spectators alike will enjoy the Sixth Annual Labor Day Car Show on September 1 from 12 noon to 4 pm at Saybrook Point Inn.

Classic car owners and spectators alike will enjoy the Sixth Annual Labor Day Car Show on September 1 from 12 noon to 4 pm at Saybrook Point Inn.

OLD SAYBROOK — Calling all classic cars and car enthusiasts! The Saybrook Point Inn is sponsoring its Sixth Annual Labor Day Car Show on Monday, September 1, from 12 noon to 4 pm, at the Inn, Two Bridge Street in Old Saybrook. Owners of classic, antique, rare or muscle cars are invited to bring their cars down to this beautiful setting near the Saybrook Point Inn Marina.

The day’s activities include live music by The Cartells and refreshments, including hot dogs and hamburgers, on the Fresh Salt patio. A 50/50 raffle will also be held. Numerous “People’s Choice” trophies will be awarded to the cars in various categories. Entry fee is $10 per car, with a portion of the proceeds from the fee going to support a local charity to be announced. The first 100 vehicles at the show will receive complimentary dash plaques for their support.

For more information or to reserve a car space, contact Show Chairperson, Chris Loader at Saybrook Point Inn at (860) 395-2000 or via email at

“Our Library Rocks” Celebrates Essex Library’s 125th Anniversary – Sep. 13

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Due to popular demand the Essex Library is Rockin’ again!  Save the date of Saturday, September 13from 5:00-9:00 p.m. for a return of “Our Library Rocks”, a community event for all ages.

From 5-6 p.m. children can enter the Inventor’s Workshop where imaginations run wild!  We’ll provide the sights, sounds and supplies needed to foster our youngest engineers, scientists, designers and artists from 3 to 12 years.  Our workshop will be filled with the tools needed to foster inquiry-based exploration, with adults on hand to help inventors with strategy and creation.  We invite children to use interesting materials to create fabulous gizmos and gadgets for home display.

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Entertainment for all ages includes the amazing show “Magic & Beyond” by illusionist David Garrity in the tent.  Have fun dressing up and posing in the photo booth.  Relax in the lounge area of the library while enjoying a musical performance by the Andy Sherwood Ensemble.  There will also be a silent auction with items that are sure to appeal to adults and families.

Refreshments come in many forms.  The ever-popular gourmet brick oven pizza trucks are returning.  They will be serving a large variety of pizzas with gluten free available on request, salads and desserts.  There’s a tent for popcorn, lemonade and water.  For adults, enjoy beer, wine and soda from the bar.  This celebration is the final Essex Library birthday event to celebrate 125 years of service.  A birthday cake will be unveiled for all to share.

This event is being underwritten in part by Essex Financial Services/Essex Savings Bank and other generous corporate sponsors.

Stop by the library now to buy your tickets.  We sold out early last year.  Tickets are just $20 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, free for those under 2.  Your ticket includes dinner and all entertainment.  Wine, beer & photo booth are an extra charge.  Free parking will be available at Town Hall.


TTYS Babysitter Training Begins – Sep. 23

Tri-Town Youth Services will offer the American Heart Association’s Pediatric First Aid and CPR course along with a babysitter certificate program on Tuesday evenings, Sept. 23, 30 and Oct. 7, 6-8 p.m. at Tri-Town Youth Services, 56 High Street in Deep River.  This course is for youth ages 12-17.  The $70 fee includes instruction, books, and certificate.  To register, call 860-526-3600 or go to Tri-Town’s webpage:

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

La Cage Aux Folles at The Ivoryton Playhouse – Opens Aug. 6

James Van Treuren and David Edwards (Photo by Anne Hudson)

James Van Treuren and David Edwards (Photo by Anne Hudson)

IVORYTON:  It’s the dog days of summer but in Ivoryton, August is kicking its way through the heat in feathers, glitter and six inch heels! LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, the smash hit Broadway musical opens in Ivoryton on August 6th and runs through August 31st. Written by Harvey Fierstein, Jean Poiret and Jerry Herman, the original 1983 Broadway production received nine nominations for Tony Awards and won six, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. LA CAGE was later turned into a popular movie, The Birdcage, starring Nathan Lane and Robin Williams.

After twenty years of un-wedded bliss Georges and Albin, two men partnered for better-or-worse get a bit of both when Georges’ son announces his impending marriage to the daughter of a bigoted, narrow-minded politician. Albin tries to help by making a perfect family with hilarious results. Further complicating the situation, Albin and Georges run a drag nightclub in St. Tropez, where Albin is the star performer ‘Zaza.’ Georges reluctantly agrees to masquerade as “normal” when he meets the family of the bride-to-be. But Albin has other plans, with hilarious results.

The show features some beautiful songs by Jerry Herman including I Am What I Am and Song on the Sand, and some hilarious situations. But, more than anything else, LA CAGE is an old fashioned love story wrapped in feathers, sprinkled with glitter and tied with a bow. This wild and warmhearted farce about the importance of nonconformity and being true to oneself will appeal to audiences of all ages.

Directed by Lawrence Thelen, choreographed by Todd Underwood and musical directed by Michael Morris, the show features David Edwards* as Albin and James Van Treuren* as Georges. Edwards has appeared on Broadway in BY JEEVES and THE ROTHSCHILDS and Van Treuren was in THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL. Both actors have performed these roles before and are good friends on and off stage. Zach Trimmer* is reviving the role of Jean Michel for his third time; marTina Vidmar* is Jacqueline; Frank Calamaro* of Chester is Ms. Dindon and Samantha Talmadge of Groton is Mme. Dindon

The set is designed by Cully Long, lighting by Doug Harry, wigs by Liz Cipollina and costumes by Njaye Olds.

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES opens in Ivoryton on August 6th and runs through August 31st. Performance times areWednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday andSaturday at 8pm. There are 2 extra matinees for this show on Saturday August 16th  and 23rd  at 2pm. 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.

Generously sponsored by:  Sennheiser and Webster Bank

*member of Actors Equity

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 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.   Give yourself or someone you care about some “CREATIVE ME TIME”!

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,

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.

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

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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


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.

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.

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.

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

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  (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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