January 31, 2023

Essex Park & Rec Youth Sports Programs Starting Soon!

Essex Park and Recreation is excited to bring our community the following Youth Sport Programs. Registration will be available on line Aug. 4 at www.essexct.gov or you may register by mail using a program waiver form. The deadline for Running Rams & Slamma Jamma is September 1 the other program deadline is Wed. Sept. 7.  Register Early as there are a limited number of available spots for each program. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Park and Recreation OfficeTown of EssexPark and Recreation29 West Ave. Essex, CT  860-767-4340 x110 or 14

Look for the New Fall Program Brochure coming to your mailbox soon! The expanded Fall Programs  include: More Preschool & Adult Programs along with MORE EES After Hours Programs: Irish Step Dancing, Gymnastics, Ceramics, Group Guitar Workshops, Nature Exploration Mad Science, Computer Explorers, Creative Art, Karate, Children’s Music & American Red Cross.

Running Rams-Ready Set Run!: Coach Cap is back! This 5 week program will introduce children to the fun and satisfaction of running. Peter Capezzone is an Ivoryton resident, the Cross Country and Track and Field Coach at Old Saybrook High School and the founder of Running Rams LLC, providing spring and summer track programs to shoreline area youths for over 10 years. Who: Gr.  1-6 Meets: Wednesdays (*Tuesday Sept. 20) Session I: Sept. 7, 14, 20*, 28, Oct. 12Time: 5:30p-6:30p Cost: $65.00 Limit: Min. 10 Location: John Winthrop Junior High Field

Youth Tennis-Session 1:  Valley Regional High School Coach and Teaching Pro – Gary Ribchinsky is back, teaching the fundamentals of tennis: ground-strokes, volleys, serves, and game play. This program will focus on improving all facets of the game.  Who: Boys & Girls Grades K-8Meets: Mondays Time: 3:45p-4:45Dates: Sept. 12, 19, 26 Oct. 3 & *10 (*Columbus Day) Cost: $65.00 Limit: Min. 5Location:  Valley Regional High School Tennis Courts Teaching Pro: Gary Ribchinsky

Youth Tennis-Session 2: Valley Regional High School Coach and Teaching Pro – Gary Ribchinsky is back, teaching the fundamentals of tennis: ground-strokes, volley, serve, and game play. This program will focus on improving all facets of the game.  Who: Boys & Girls Grades 2—8th ***See BelowMeets: Mondays Time: 5p-6pDates: Sept. 12, 19, 26 Oct. 3 & *10 (*Columbus Day) Cost: $65.00 Limit: Min. 5 Max 10 Location: Valley Regional High School Tennis Courts Teaching Pro: Gary Ribchinsky***Participants in grades K & 1 may enroll in our 3:45pm clinic only

Boys Lacrosse Clinic: Our instructors will help work on all aspects of lacrosse. Every player will be given individual and group instruction with an emphasis on basic fundaments skills (limited contact). Learn the latest techniques of the game, refine skills to improve your level of play and strengthen team concepts and strategies. This program is ideal for the beginning or intermediate player.  Must bring own LAX equipment. Equipment List: Helmet, Mouth Piece, Shoulder Pads, Arms Pads, Gloves, Cup, Cleats, & StickWho: Boys Gr.1-6 Meets: Saturdays Session I: September 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15 Time: 4:00p-5:30p Cost: $65.00 Limit: Min. 10 Location: Essex Elementary School FieldInstructor: Graham Rider, CT River Ticks Boys Lacrosse Coach.

Shoreline Girls Lacrosse Clinic: Clinic is for girls in grades 1-6 who have never played lacrosse before or who have limited experience.  This is the ideal clinic for beginning players to learn the skills and techniques in a fun, no pressure, and positive environment. Girls will have a great time at this fun and action packed week. Open to girls in the towns of Essex, Deep River, Chester, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook All gear will be provided by the Shoreline Girls Lacrosse Clinic (except mouth guard, which is mandatory to participate). This includes stick and eye gear! Every participant will receive a Shoreline Girls Lacrosse T-Shirt. The clinic will include, cradling, passing catching, stick handling, ground ball shooting, dodging and mobility on the field.  However, there will be no goalkeeper training at this clinic.  The girls will enjoy small sided and skill games along with contests awards and an end of the week raffle. Who: Girls Gr.1-6Meets: Sundays Session I: September 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16Time: TBA Cost: $75.00 Location: Essex Elementary School Field Limit: Min. 10 Max 30Instructor: Greg Ruel, Phys Ed. Teacher and CT River Ticks Girls Lacrosse Coach. US Lacrosse certified.

NEW!!! Slamma Jamma Fall Basketball!! Our fall clinics take certain elements from both our summer camps and individual instruction programs to create a positive learning environment. Skill development is the primary focus. These clinics are a great way to prepare young athletes for their upcoming recreation, travel and school season. Each session is independent of the other so that all aspects of the game are covered. The clinics are tailored to meet the needs of the beginner to the advanced player. Players are broken up into smaller groups within the whole. If you are interested in having Coach Leary and his coaching staff gets you ready for your season, join us at our fall clinics!  Tentative information is below. It is subject change.  Who: Boys & Girls Gr.1-6Meets: WednesdaysSession I: September 7,14,21,28, Oct. 5, 12Time: 3p-4:30pFee: 70.00Location: Essex Elementary School Gym Limit: Min. 10 Max 30Instructor: Slamma Jamma Basketball Coaching Staff

Essex Summer Story Times Are A Huge Success!

The Essex and Ivoryton Libraries have been conducting some fun and unique story times for children this summer. The two libraries have partnered with the Essex Park and Recreation Department and are reading stories to children outside every Wednesday in July and August at 10am at the Viney Hill Brook Park on Hillside Drive in Essex.

The children will listen to several stories read by Elizabeth Alvord of the Ivoryton Library and Judie McCann or Jessica Branciforte of the Essex Library, and then do a simple craft at the picnic tables. It has been a nice cool place to do story time, even during all the heat and humidity this summer. And the families even get to go swimming after story time.

The Essex Library is celebrating its 10th year of Sleepy Time Stories on the lawn of the CT River Museum at 6:30pm on Thursdays. Judie McCann has been reading stories on the lawn of the museum since the summer of 2001. She brings her blanket and spreads it out for all to share. It has become quite popular through the years with local and visiting families. And the CT River Museum now has “Thursdays on the Docks” from 5:30-7:30, a popular evening of cocktails, live music, and light snacks served up on the North Deck while the main floor galleries are open for perusal.

Please contact the Essex Library at 767-1560 or jmccann@essexlib.org for more information.