March 1, 2021

Connecticut River Museum Plan Fall Ball

Fall Ball committee members and honorees finalize plans for the October 23 celebration at the Connecticut River Museum. L-R: Marc Iacobellis of the Shiny Lapel Trio, Sponsor Greg Shook of Essex Savings Bank, CRM Trustee Jennifer Caulfield, Essex Deputy Fire Chief Andrew Kressley, Honorary Chairman Doug Paul of the Paul Foundation, CRM Executive Director Jerry Roberts, and Sponsor Maureen O’Grady of Rachel Thomas Associates.

Essex, CT – With the repair and restoration of the fire-damaged Connecticut River Museum now underway, committee members are finalizing plans for Fall Ball, the Museum’s most important fundraising event of the year that takes place on Saturday, October 23. 

This special evening of cocktails, dinner, dance, and auction will celebrate community spirit and all those who help make the River Valley a vibrant, welcoming place to raise and educate children, enjoy friends, conduct business, and experience the beauty of the Connecticut River.  Members of the Paul family, who have made significant contributions to help preserve the community’s cultural heritage, have been named as honorary chairmen.  Volunteer fire department chiefs from Essex, Deep River, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook, who exemplify the ultimate community commitment and dedication, will be honored guests.   

Festivities will begin at 5:30 pm with cocktails and dinner on the waterfront grounds of the Museum.  The swinging sound of the Shiny Lapel Trio will keep guests moving while a silent and live auction promises tremendous opportunity to purchase luxury items and unique experiences at exceptional value.  

Presenting sponsors include Essex Savings Bank, Essex Financial Services, and Rachel Thomas Associates.  Net proceeds will help fulfill the Museum’s mission to increase public awareness, education, and access to the rich heritage and natural beauty of the Connecticut River.  All are invited to attend and lend their support by either purchasing individual tickets for $175, patron tickets for $250, or a sponsorship.  Those who can not attend but want to recognize fellow community members can make a financial donation starting at $100 to the Community Pages of the Fall Ball program book. 

To find out more and to purchase tickets, go to or call (860)767-8269.  The Connecticut River Museum, located at 67 Main Street in Essex, is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to lead in the study, preservation and celebration of the cultural and natural heritage of the Connecticut River and its valley.