August 22, 2017

Opera Devotee Kuslan Offers ‘Don Giovanni’ Lecture at OS Library, Sept. 30

Opera writer and lecturer James Kuslan will give a free lecture at Acton Library, Sept. 30.

OLD SAYBROOK — Opera devotee and popular dynamic lecturer on operatic topics, James Kuslan, will present an informative program on Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” on Sept. 30 at the Acton Public Library, 60 Old Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, CT., 11 a.m.  This event is free, and sponsored by the Guild of Salt Marsh Opera.  Kuslan  will recap the plot of the opera and provide sound clips to highlight the music.

Kuslan is a graduate of Yale University’s School of Drama and has been a voice scout in the United States for the German classical recording giant, Deutsche Grammophon.  He contributed the essays that accompany the DVD releases of the Metropolitan Opera’s productions of Lucia di Lammermoor and Don Pasquale, both starring Anna Netrebko.

Salt Marsh Opera will present Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” on Friday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 15, at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St. Old Saybrook.

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Take a Trip with the Estuary to NY’s Botanical Gardens, Sept 17

The Estuary Council of Seniors at 220 Main St Old Saybrook is offering a trip on Sunday, Sept. 17,   to New York’s Botanical Gardens at a cost of $115 per person.

The tour includes: roundtrip motor-coach transportation, lunch at Ann & Tony’s Restaurant, admission to the NY Botanical Gardens, all taxes and gratuities (including driver and tour director.)

For more information, stop by the Estuary Council at 220 Main St., Old Saybrook for a flyer or call 860-388-1611 ext.204.

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David Handler to Present His Latest Book at Essex Library, Sept. 16

ESSEX — On Saturday, Sept. 16, at 4 p.m. the Essex Library will host Edgar and American Mystery Award-winning author David Handler, who will discuss his latest book, The Girl With Kaleidoscope Eyes, published in August by William Morrow.

This is the ninth entry in the Hoagy and Lulu mystery series that Harlan Coben calls “One of my all-time favorite series! … David Handler is so good at writing one smart, funny page-turner after another that he makes it look easy.” 

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

David Handler

Handler has also written eleven novels in the bestselling Berger & Mitry series. He lives in a 230-year-old carriage house in Old Lyme, Conn. 

This event is free and open to the public. Call the Essex Library to register or for more information at (860) 767-1560. The Essex Library is located at 33 West Ave. in Essex.

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Take a Tree Swallow Cruise With the OS Land Trust, Sept. 15

AREAWIDE — The Old Saybrook Land Trust (OSLT) hosts a tree swallow watching cruise Sept. 15, from 5 to 8 p.m. on the vessel Adventure located at Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam.  The cruise will be run by Connecticut River Expeditions.

For the past 14 years, Connecticut River Expeditions have taken individuals and groups to a special spot on the Connecticut River where hundreds of thousands of tree swallows gather. After spending the day miles away, the swallows return each night to sleep in the reeds. They gather at sunset and perform aerial ballets forming an amazing display of art, coordination and cooperation.

Over the years, Captains Mark and Alex have found the best way to maneuver the boats to allow perfect views from open decks. Travel on Adventure, a newly refurbished classic riverboat with flexible seating that ensures everyone gets optimal “up close and personal” viewing.

Enjoy the entire evening aboard. You will spend about three to five hours on the water. There is so much to see while cruising along the river. Many birds are migrating through the area now; last year we saw a record number of Bald Eagles and Great Egrets.

On-board naturalist(s) will educate you on the swallow phenomenon and all the other wildlife we see.

On the return cruise home, there is time to chat with others and experience the river at twilight, blending into night. The OSLT will be serving appetizers and you are able to bring your own picnic basket or snacks and your favorite “beverage” to enjoy on this special cruise. Don’t forget your camera and binoculars (or borrow a pair of our binocs)!

This is a small group experience that is unique each sailing. This is a fundraising event to benefit the OSLT Scholarship, which is awarded each year to a graduating Old Saybrook student pursuing Environmental Studies.

Cost: $50 per person. Limited seating. Reservations can be made by emailing oldsaybrooklandtrust@oslt.org

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Summer Show on View at Maple & Main Thru Sept. 3

‘The Way we Wore’ by Claudia Van Nes of Chester is a signature painting of the ‘Summer Exhibit’ at Maple & main.

CHESTER – The opening reception for the Summer Exhibit at Maple and Main Gallery is Saturday, June 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. when newly created works by 55 artists will be shown.

Wine and a variety of appetizers will be served and live music will be played by Alan James, an accomplished musician and artist from Deep River who is also showing his watercolors in the show.

The artists featured in the Summer Exhibit are from all corners of Connecticut and beyond and their work ranges from luminous landscapes to abstract multimedia works. The show runs through September 3.

“Summer Tides,” a solo show of beach, water and marine scenes by Rhode Island artist Vanessa Piche is on view in the Stone Gallery through June. There is a small, special exhibit of paintings in the main gallery by Bob Dietz who will do a demonstration of pastel painting Saturday, June 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Maple and Main Galley, at One Maple Street, is open Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 6 p.m.; Friday, noon to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mapleandmaingallery.com; 860-526-6065; mapleandmain@att.net. Visit the gallery on Facebook and Instagram.

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Salt Marsh Opera Presents ‘Opera in the Park’ in Old Saybrook, Sept. 1

Sarah Nordin

OLD SAYBROOK — Salt Marsh Opera presents their annual event of well-known opera selections and musical theatre, “Opera in the Park,” on Friday, Sept. 1, at 6:30 p.m. on Old Saybrook Town Green, adjacent to the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main Street.

Bring family and friends, blankets and chairs, and even relax with a picnic dinner.

Professional performers Sarah Nordin, mezzo-soprano and Tyler Putnam, bass will delight you with glorious music under the stars.

Nordin has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City, toured Japan, and the Geneva Light Opera Company.

Tyler Putnam

Putnam has appeared with Opera Omaha, St. Petersburg Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and the Little Opera Theatre of New York.

This event is free, but a $10 donation is suggested to cover expenses.

Rain date is Saturday, Sept. 2, at 6:30 p.m.

For additional information, visit www.saltmarshopera.org

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‘First Friday’ Celebrates ‘Taste of Chester,’ Sept. 1

Joel Gargano is opening Grano Restaurant in Chester in the fall.

CHESTER — Raw oysters, brick over pizza slices, heirloom tomatoes with ricotta and basil, wine and beer tastings, ice cream cones, free drinks and more will be offered by downtown eateries First Friday, Sept. 1 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The first annual Taste of Chester will even include tastings by Grano Restaurant, which isn’t opening until later this fall in the former brick bank building on Main Street. Outside the building, owner Joel Gargano will be serving heirloom tomatoes and marinated roasted cauliflower.

At Otto’s, slices of brick-oven pizza will be $2 while River Tavern will be offering $1 drinks. The Chester package Store will be doing wine and beer tastings and the Pattaconk Bar and Grill will also offer tastings of any beer on tap and, at its ice cream window, any cone for $1.50

Outside the L&E, the restaurant will be serving oysters on the half shell for $1 each and Thai Riverside will give a drink away with each entrée.

Meanwhile, all the shops and galleries will be open until 8 p.m. with art openings, new lines of merchandise and specials plus wine and treats

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Essex Historical Society Offers Free Tours of Pratt House, Fridays Thru Sundays Until September

The Essex Historical Society (EHS) is offering free tours of Pratt House, the EHS’s furnished home, from
June through September on Friday, Saturday and Sundays, from 1 to 4 p.m. The address of the Pratt House is 20 West Ave, Essex, CT.

For further information, call 860-767-0681.

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Meeting House Players to Hold Open Auditions for “Play On,” Aug. 29-30

CHESTER — The Meeting House Players has announced open auditions for Rick Abbot’s madcap comedy “Play On!”.   Auditions will be held on Aug. 29 & 30, at 7  p.m. in the Meeting House located at 4 Liberty Street in Chester.

Written as a play within a play, “Play On! “treats its audiences to a hilarious look behind the scenes of a local community theatre troupe desperately trying to mount a production of a new play.  With only a few rehearsals left before the opening night, chaos ensues.  Dress rehearsal is a disaster.  On opening night, anything that can go wrong, does go wrong but the ensemble continues to “play on” until the final curtain falls!

The play’s 10-member ensemble includes the following cast of characters:

  • Henry Benish, 50-early 60’s, a character actor, plays Lord Dudley
  • Polly Benish, 50-early 60’s, a character actress, plays Lady Dudley
  • Marla “Smitty” Smith, early 20’s, a supporting actress, plays Doris, the Maid
  • Saul Watson, 40’s, a supporting actor, plays Dr. Rex Forbes, the Villain
  • Billy Carewe, mid 20’s- early 30’s, an athletic looking actor, plays Steven Sellers, a Young Man
  • Violet Imbrey, 20’s, a supporting actress, plays Diana Lassiter, the Ingenue
  • Aggie/Algie Manville, 30-50, the stage manager & prompter (can be male or female)
  • Gerry/Jerry Dunbar, 40-55, the community theatre director (can be male or female)
  • Louise/Louie Peary, 25-50, the sound-lighting-scenic technician (can be male or female)
  • Phyllis Montague, any age over 40, the community’s eccentric & somewhat haughty playwright

Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script. 

Directed by Debbie Alldredge, the production will run for five performances opening at the Meeting House in Chester on Friday, Oct. 27 and continue Oct.28 and Nov. 3 & 4, 2017 with both a matinee and an evening performance on Nov. 4.

For additional information, contact Deb Alldredge at 860-526-3684 or TheMeetingHousePlayers@gmail.com .

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Con Brio Announces Auditions, Aug. 29

AREAWIDE — Con Brio Choral Society will host auditions  Tuesday, Aug. 29, 7 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 56 Great Hammock Rd., Old Saybrook CT. The 70-member classical chorus plans auditions for all voice parts. No prepared pieces are required.

Con Brio’s singers come from 15 Connecticut towns. Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings in Old Saybrook. The December concert, with chamber orchestra and soloists, will feature John Rutter’s Magnificat.

Visit https://conbrio.org or call Sue at 860-575-9668 for more information.

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Ivoryton Playhouse Hosts Auditions for ‘It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,’ Aug. 26

IVORYTON — The Ivoryton Playhouse will be holding local auditions for non Equity actors for ‘It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,’ by Joe Landry on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rehearsal Studio, 22 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT 06409. The play will be directed by Sasha Bratt and will run from Dec. 7 to 17, 2017.

Looking for actors of all ages. Cast includes George Bailey, Mary, Clarence the Guardian Angel and all of your favorite characters from ‘It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.’

All auditions are by appointment and actors should bring a picture and resume and prepare a short monologue. Sides will also be available. More information is available on line at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org

For audition appointments, call 860-767-9520, ext.207

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Glenn Close to Receive 2nd Annual Spirit of Katharine Hepburn Award at Annual Gala, Aug. 26


OLD SAYBROOK —
Acclaimed actress Glenn Close has been named the recipient of the 2nd annual Spirit of Katharine Hepburn Award. The award, given by the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, is bestowed yearly upon an individual who embodies the spirit, independence, and character of the legendary actress.

The award will be presented to Close at the organization’s annual Summer Gala on Saturday, Aug. 26.

Close has been nominated for six Academy Awards, won three Tonys and three Emmys, and advocates for mental health issues.  She made her feature film debut in The World According to Garp, for which she received an Oscar nomination. She was subsequently Oscar-nominated for The Big Chill, The Natural, Fatal Attraction, Dangerous Liaisons and Albert Nobbs.  For the latter, she was also a producer, co-wrote the screenplay and composed the lyrics for the Golden Globe nominated theme song, “Lay Your Head Down.”

Close won two consecutive Emmys along with a Golden Globe Award, and three SAG nominations for her portrayal of ‘Patty Hewes’ on Damages. She won a third Emmy for her title role performance in Serving in Silence: the Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (for which she also received a Peabody Award as executive producer).

In 1974, Close made her professional, theatre, and Broadway debut in The Phoenix Theatre’s Love for Love, directed by Harold Prince. Over her forty-three year career, she has always returned to the theater, receiving Tony Awards for Death and the Maiden, The Real Thing and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Sunset Boulevard, as well as an Obie Award for The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs. Last spring, Close made her London-West End debut in a new production of Sunset Boulevard, for which she won a London Evening Standard Award and was nominated for an Olivier Award. She is presently starring, to great acclaim, in that same production, on Broadway.

Close’s decision to join the acting profession in part stems from viewing one of the most famous and first ever television interviews with Katharine Hepburn, conducted by Dick Cavett, the inaugural Spirit of Katharine Hepburn Award Winner.  Hepburn became an inspiration to Close and Hepburn welcomed this role, finding small ways to support Close through communications and appearances at events honoring Close.

The Aug. 26 Gala at the Kate will take place on the historic Old Saybrook Town Green. The event begins at 6 pm with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails under the tent.  Dinner and dessert by Max Catering will be complemented by live and silent auctions as well as remarks celebrating Close and another tremendous year of arts and culture at “The Kate.“ The Kate will then turn the party up a notch, filling the dance floor with current tunes and crowd favorites and dancers/instructors from the Fred Astaire – Old Saybrook Dance Studio will perform and join the party.

During the event, Close will receive the award, a graceful statuette sculpted in the likeness of Hepburn by Kimberly Monson, an artist and faculty member of the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts.

Numerous sponsorship levels are available, which include a variety of benefits, visibility, and the possibility to meet and greet with Close. The event’s top sponsor may participate in the awarding of the Spirit of Katharine Hepburn Award to Close.

Visit http://thekate.org/events/2017KateGala/ for sponsorship details or to purchase tickets.  For more information contact Dana Foster at dana.foster@thekate.org

The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center is a non-profit performing arts organization located in an historic theatre/town hall on Main Street in Old Saybrook. Originally opened in 1911 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Center has been renovated with public funds from the Town of Old Saybrook and donations raised by the Trustees of the Center. It includes a 250-seat theatre and a small museum honoring Katharine Hepburn, Old Saybrook’s most celebrated resident. As befits an organization born of such a public/private partnership, programming is eclectic, offering something for all ages and income levels on the Connecticut shore and in the lower river valley.

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Take the Kids to See ‘The Comedy Magic of Danny Diamond’ at Ivoryton Playhouse, Aug. 25

Casey Carle will delight audiences with his ‘Bubblemania’ show at Ivoryton Playhouse, July 28.

IVORYTON — The Ivoryton Playhouse brings you another summer full of fun and educational programs all geared towards children. The Playhouse is proud to present some new and exciting live performances featuring some of Connecticut’s most popular, professional artists.

Performances are for children of all ages. Help your child discover the magic of theatre this summer at The Ivoryton Playhouse.

July 14
Crabgrass Puppet Theatre presents

The Pirate, The Princess and The Pea

A swashbuckling pirate and princess adventure!  A pirate’s life isn’t all “yo-ho-ho and a bottle of grog,” ya know. It’s hard work searchin’ for treasure, avoidin’ the sea monsters, keepin’ the crabs from eatin’ your nose, and fallin’ overboard just in time to meet a giant octopus. But it’s worth it when ya haul in that treasure chest . . . but the treasure in this chest happens to be a princess . . . a princess who doesn’t even believe you’re a pirate! And how do you prove you’re a real pirate? Arrgh. Well, ya start with a whole lot o’ mattresses!

July 21
Blashford Bro. Puppet Co. presents
Jack & Jill

Jack & Jill is a one-man puppet show featuring hand-carved, folk-toy-inspired puppets and live music. The show explores the contemporary issue of water conservation in the tradition of the Appalachian Jack Tale. In this story, a young coal miner and his companion go ‘up a hill to fetch a pail of water’ then take on a selfish giant and save a whole neighborhood! Everyone is welcome to a big ol’, heapin’ helpin’ of this good-natured, heartland American story of teaming up and looking out for the little guy.  A show for all ages.

July 28
Casey Carle’s
Bubblemania

Back by popular demand! Casey Carle performs tricky undulations, manipulations and juggling with bubbles. An extremely unique program combining high energy entertainment with artistic achievement, BubbleMania is loaded with visual comedy, quick wit, big band swing music and the untamed, often unbelievable qualities and beauty of spherical liquids. Casey’s creations grow from intricate and imaginative bubble artforms to “trapping” people inside bubbles! This is a bubble show to keep the 5 to 75 year-olds mesmerized.

August 25
The Comedy Magic of Danny Diamond

Come and be amazed by the comedy magic of Danny Diamond. His show will astound and entertain people of all ages. Bring the whole family for some fun and entertainment on a warm summer day.  dannydiamond.com

All performances are at 11am. Tickets are $14 and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318or by visiting our website at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org  Book early to avoid disappointment. (Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

 

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Acton Library Hosts Summer Oscar Series: See ‘Fantastic Beasts,’ Aug. 25

Lights. Camera. ACTON!

The Acton Public Library at 60 Boston Post Rd., in Old Saybrook presents an 89th Oscar Winning Series this summer on 2nd and 4th Fridays in July and August at 1 p.m. The remaining schedule is as follows:

Aug. 25: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (PG-13)

For more information, call The Acton Library at 860-395-3184, or visit the library during regular hours: Monday through Thursday 10am – 8:00pm, Friday and Saturday 9am – 5pm or visit online at www.actonlibrary.org

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CT Valley Camera Club Exhibits at Clinton Library Through Aug. 29

AREAWIDE — There will be a photography exhibit by the CT Valley Camera Club from Aug. 1 to Aug 29, at the Clinton Library at 10 Killingworth Turnpike, Clinton, Conn.  There will be 12 members exhibiting at the show that has an open theme.

For further information, call Ed McCaffrey at 860-767-3521.

The Connecticut Valley Camera Club, founded in 2001, has a prime directive of encouraging, accommodating, and implementing multiple photographic experiences for our members. Photographers of all levels are welcome. With the overall intent of improving our skills, information is shared about techniques and equipment, as well as the provision of mutual support in evaluating images.

The club meets on the first Monday of each month at the Lymes’ Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Rd., Old Lyme. Visitors are welcome. You can find out more about our club on our website and Facebook postings.

To view images by club members and for more information, visit ctvalleycameraclub.smugmug.com  or Facebook.com/CTValleyCameraClubPage/

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Estuary Hosts Caregivers Support Group, First Wednesdays

OLD SAYBROOK — The Estuary Council of Seniors 220 Main St Old Saybrook has a Caregivers Support Group that meets the first Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m. and is open to the public. Are you caring for a relative, neighbor, or friend?  Well, who is taking care of you?

Everyone who gives a piece of themselves to care for someone knows the toll it can take on their life. Sometimes getting the information you need and knowing where to turn can make a big difference for both the patient and the caregiver.

This is an invitation to all the caregivers out to come meet Ann Dipierdomenico from Chesterfield Healthcare Center. She is the group facilitator and she would like to help you navigate through all the complicated stuff that comes with being someone’s caregiver.

For more information, call Deb at 860-388-1611, ext.204.      

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Deep River Rotary Offers Tai Chai Classes as Gift to Community, Tuesdays & Thursdays


DEEP RIVER —
Summer Tai Chi on the River will begin on Tuesday, June 20, at 7 a.m. at the Deep River Landing.   The class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 10 weeks throughout the summer.    There is no charge to be a part of the class.  

It will be taught again this year by David Shaver, of Peaceful Wolf T’ai Chi Ch’uan in East Haddam.   He has studied the arts of Tai Chi and Qigong for 29 years and taught them for 22 and is a wonderful teacher for beginners as well as experienced people.

The Deep River Rotary Club has sponsored this class each summer for many years, and residents from throughout the area gather at this beautiful location early in the morning for exercise, peace of mind, and well-being.   These gentle exercises are accessible to anyone.   This summer program is Rotary’s gift to the community.

The class will include a warm-up to gather and healing movements to promote flow of energy in the body.   Basic principles of T’ai Chi and Qigong will also be practiced and discussed.  Come and open your body and spirit to these ancient techniques as morning breaks over the river, the herons fly by, and life awakens.

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Ivoryton Farmers Market Takes Place Every Saturday Through Sept. 30

ESSEX — The Ivoryton Village Farmers Market is turning seven! Each Saturday starting at 10 a.m., the Ivoryton Green will be bustling with vendors showcasing Connecticut-grown products and prepared foods, creations from local artisans and crafters, and live music every week.

Each week. June 17 thru Sept 30, seasonal produce, meats, fish, cheeses, milk, ice cream, garlic, maple syrup, honey, coffee, flowers, shrubs, jams and jellies, bakery items and more will be available. Between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., families are invited to visit Ivoryton, shop the market and enjoy live music playing each week in the Gazebo. New this year is our once a month, Lawnapalloza, free fun games for the whole family.

Sponsored by the Ivoryton Village Alliance, and located next to the iconic Ivoryton Playhouse, the mission of the Ivoryton Village Farmers Market is a simple one – to bring the farm to your table. Market Manager David Sousa says, “We offer fresh, locally grown food to our customers, and it’s a great way for everyone to learn about where their food comes from.”

More information at www.ivorytonfarmersmarket.com.

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Free Dance Class Offered Mondays by The Estuary for Those with Parkinson’s Disease

OLD SAYBROOK — The Estuary Council of Seniors 220 Main St. Old Saybrook has partnered with Rehab Concepts physical therapy to offer a free class to those folks living with Parkinson’s disease.

The Class meets Mondays at 1 p.m. and offers participants the opportunity to, boost confidence, and focus all your senses on movement and balance.

The class instructor is Rose Costanzo, a physical therapist who specializes in Parkinson’s therapy.

To register, call 203-458-6268

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Take a Mat /Chair Adaptive Yoga Class at the Estuary, Fridays

OLD SAYBROOK — The Estuary Council of seniors 220 Main St Old Saybrook has a new yoga class that meets on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and the cost is $6 a class

The class is designed for individuals who find it a challenge to get up and down from the floor in a yoga class. You will use a chair, yoga mat and other props to enable safe adaptations of yoga poses that will help build confidence, strength and flexibility.

Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing

For more information, email yogakeepsmefit@gmail.com or call Rachel Baer at 860-859-7217

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