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October 2019

Dogs on the Docks

October 13, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$10 – $15

Sunday, October 13, 2019 1:00 - 3:00 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…

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Haunted River- Ghostly Tales & Valley Lore 10-25-19

October 25, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Haunted River Friday, October 25, 2019 6:00 pm   Witch Trials, the XYZ Bandit, Madam Sherri and more. ALL NEW stories based on Connecticut River Valley Myths and Legends! Ghost tours depart every twenty minutes beginning at 6:00 pm each night. Tickets $17 Adults, $13 Children ages 7-12. Purchase tickets at: ctrivermuseum.org (This event is not appropriate for children under 7)   Tours begin at the Lay House just west of the Museum. Event takes place in all weather conditions,…

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Haunted River- Ghostly Tales & Valley Lore 10-26-19

October 26, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Haunted River Saturday, October 26, 2019 6:00 pm   Witch Trials, the XYZ Bandit, Madam Sherri and more. ALL NEW stories based on Connecticut River Valley Myths and Legends! Ghost tours depart every twenty minutes beginning at 6:00 pm each night. Tickets $17 Adults, $13 Children ages 7-12. Purchase tickets at: ctrivermuseum.org (This event is not appropriate for children under 7)   Tours begin at the Lay House just west of the Museum. Event takes place in all weather conditions,…

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Haunted River- Ghostly Tales & Valley Lore 10-27-19

October 27, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Haunted River Sunday, October 27, 2019 6:00 pm   Witch Trials, the XYZ Bandit, Madam Sherri and more. ALL NEW stories based on Connecticut River Valley Myths and Legends! Ghost tours depart every twenty minutes beginning at 6:00 pm each night. Tickets $17 Adults, $13 Children ages 7-12. Purchase tickets at: ctrivermuseum.org (This event is not appropriate for children under 7) Tours begin at the Lay House just west of the Museum. Event takes place in all weather conditions, please…

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November 2019

Celestial Navigation with Roy Kilgard

November 5, 2019 - November 6, 2019
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Celestial Navigation with Roy Kilgard Tuesday, November 5th 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Free Event Please pre-register here: Event Registration Join Roy E. Kilgard, Wesleyan University Associate Professor of the Practice in Astronomy, on a celestial navigation journey beginning in England in the 1600s up through the mid-20th century. Kilgard integrates the development of navigational charts and navigational instruments through the years and the connection between astronomy and navigation. His topics include how to translate what you observe as you look…

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Global Trade, 17th Century Style – Lunch and Learn!

November 13, 2019 - November 14, 2019
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Global Trade, 17th Century Style Wednesday, November 13 12:00 – 1:00 pm Registration is appreciated. Please register here: Event Registration Free Event! Join us for a Lunch and Learn Talk! Bring your lunch and learn something new! Today Americans depend on trade with China for many of the consumer goods that make our lives comfortable. The English Puritans who settled the Connecticut Valley in the 17th century also turned to global trade to make their lives as comfortable as they…

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December 2019

Event Cancelled Due to Impending Weather – Trees in the Rigging

December 1, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Event Cancelled Due to Impending Weather Sunday, December 1, 2019 4:30 - 6:30 pm Trees in the Rigging Community Carol Sing & Boat Parade The holiday season kicks off in Essex with the annual TREES IN THE RIGGING Community Carol Sing and Boat Parade. The town always comes out for this event! Get there early! The Connecticut River Museum, the Essex Board of Trade, and the Essex Historical Society combine to present this annual event that includes a traditional, lantern-lit…

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Luminary Craft at the Connecticut River Museum

December 19, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Celebrate the Winter Solstice With a Luminary Craft at CRM December 19, 2019 4:30 -6:00 pm $5/child (includes all materials) Free to CRM member families Non Members register: https://shop.ctrivermuseum.org/collections/public-programs/products/luminary-craft-at-the-connecticut-river-museum Members register: http://ctrivermuseum.org/event-registration/

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January 2020

Connecticut River Speaker Series – Steve Cryan – Steam Power of the CT River Valley

January 7 @ 11:00 pm - 12:00 am
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Connecticut River Speaker Series - Steve Cryan - Steam Power of the CT River Valley Tuesday, January 7 6:00 - 7:00 pm Members FREE. Non-Members $5.00 Steve Cryan, train professional and artist, opens the 2020 Connecticut River Speaker Series! Cryan will discuss Steam Power of the Connecticut River Valley. He is a leading authority on trains, tugs, and maritime history. Cryan is our Train Artist in Residence through February 23 with the Annual Holiday Train Show. He has been painting…

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Volunteer for Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey

January 11 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Volunteer for Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey Registration Required This is the time of year to spot many Bald Eagles on the lower Connecticut River.  As our national symbol with an amazing conservation story, we celebrate the re-population and continued protection efforts of this bird of prey.  In conjunction with Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Connecticut River Museum is hosting a survey site and volunteers to participate in the Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey. The purpose of the Midwinter…

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