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June 2019

Onrust River Cruises

June 1 @ 2:00 pm - October 20 @ 6:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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River Cruises - Private Charters  Click Here For More Information and To Purchase

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July 2019

Paddle Program – Come Paddle With Us!

July 6
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Explore the North, Middle, South Coves, and Nott Island on Kayaks, Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUPs), and Canoes. The 2 hour paddle price includes your vessel, a laminated map to show you the best spots to paddle, and a Personal Flotation Device (pfd). These paddles are self -guided. Admission to the museum is only $5 with price of paddle!  Book Your Paddle Today! Come paddle during the week - just give 48 hours notice. Private Paddle Tours with our Education…

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August 2019

Pratt and Post Cove Paddle

August 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Connecticut River Museum staff will lead a guided paddle in Deep River's Pratt and Post Coves. Bring your own canoe or kayak and explore this rare freshwater tidal marsh, recognized for its exceptional environmental importance. Guides will discuss the natural and cultural history of the Coves and help identify the abundant wildlife that visit or call the coves home. CRM vessels are not available for rent for this program as all paddle staff is offsite. Free to members, $8 for…

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Thursdays on the Dock – Ramblin’ Dan Stevens

August 29 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

Since 2010, Thursday’s on the Dock have become the unofficial start to the summer weekend. The free concert series features a different band each night and the panoramic views of the River.  Food with Porky Pete’s BBQ. Complimentary massages with Prive-Swiss Wellness. No BYOB please. August 29 Features Ramblin’ Dan Stevens Thursday’s on the Dock take place every Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., July through September 5 on the Museum’s historic waterfront. Thursdays on the Dock is Sponsored by…

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September 2019

CT River Museum Annual Swallow Paddle

September 3 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Pilgrim Landing Boat Launch, Pilgrim Landing Road
Old Lyme, CT 06371 United States
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Swallow Paddle 5:00 - 8:00 pm Tuesday, September 3, 2019 This sunset paddle on the Connecticut River will give us a unique opportunity to see one of Natures’ most amazing avian spectacles, the swirling masses of up to 400,000 Tree Swallow performing their nightly aerial ballet. Each year in late summer Tree Swallows from all over southern New England begin to amass on the Connecticut River to feed on insects and prepare for their eventual southern migration. Every night through…

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Thursdays on the Dock – Small Pond All Stars

September 5 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

September 5, 2019 5:30 - 7:30 pm Small Pond All Stars and drinks tasting with Two Roads Brewing Since 2010, Thursday’s on the Dock have become the unofficial start to the summer weekend.  The free concert series features a different band each night and the panoramic views of the River. Thursday’s on the Dock take place every Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., July 5 through September 5 on the Museum’s historic waterfront. In addition to the lively music and…

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Moodus Noises Hike at Machimoodus

September 7 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Machimoodus State Park, 128 Leesville Road
Moodus, CT 06469 United States
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September 7, 2019 9:00 am Join Connecticut River Museum Coordinator of Education and Naturalist, Steve Sarnoski and town resident Alison Guiness for a hike at Machimoodus State Park. Visit the areas where the famed Moodus Noises have originated and learn the stories behind what causes them. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a water bottle. Space is limited. Preregistration required. Both Members and Non Members – Please print out your receipt to present for admission. Members Click Here to Register…

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Myths & Legends of the Connecticut River Valley – A Symposium

September 21 @ 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Saturday, September 21, 2019 8:30 am - 6:00 pm Registration Cost $35, Student Rate $25 Optional Onrust Sail, additional $30   A Symposium at the Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street, Essex, CT 06426 8:30 – 9:00 am Registration/Sign In 9:15 – 10:15 am Keynote Speaker: Prof. Walt Woodward, University of Connecticut & Connecticut State Historian on “CT Legends and History” Break 10:30 – 11:30 am Powers of Darkness speaker: Prof. Michael Bell on“Vampirism in New England” Break 11:45 –…

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October 2019

Dogs on the Docks

October 13 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$10 – $15

October 13, 2019 1 - 3 pm The waterfront lawn of the Connecticut River Museum will once again be “going to the dogs” with the commencement of the 15th Annual “Dogs On The Dock” parade and competition. Dog owners and dog lovers alike are invited to attend rain or shine. Dog participant registration starts at 1:00 pm followed by a blessing of the dogs and the lawn parade at 2:00 pm and then individual canine competitions in categories such as…

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