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September 2019

Source to Sea Cleanup

September 28 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday, September 28, 2019 2:00 pm We are participating in the 23rd Annual Source to Sea Cleanup! The Source to Sea Cleanup is an annual trash cleanup of the Connecticut River system – rivers, streams, parks, boat launches, trails and more. Each fall, thousands of volunteers of all ages and abilities head out to places of their choice all along the four-state watershed (NH, VT, MA, CT) to clean the Connecticut River and its tributaries on foot or by boat.…

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October 2019

Trees Are Talking with Bill Yule

October 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Trees Are Talking with Bill Yule Thursday, October 10, 2019 6 pm - 8 pm Join renowned naturalist Bill Yule on Thursday, October 10 from 6 pm - 8 pm for his "Trees are Talking" lecture. FREE to members and $5.00 for non members. Members register here: http://ctrivermuseum.org/event-registration/ Non Members register here: https://shop.ctrivermuseum.org/collections/public-programs/products/trees-are-talking-with-bill-yule

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Role of Fungi in the Forest Hike with Bill Yule

October 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Pattaconk Lake, State Forest Road
Chester, 06412 United States
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Role of Fungi in the Forest Hike with Bill Yule   This hike has been postponed due to inclement weather. Please email educate@ctrivermuseum.org with any questions. Thank you.  

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Fall Leaf-Peeping Cruise on the Connecticut River

October 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$33

October 12, 2019 2:00 – 3:30 pm Join Naturalist and Environmental Educator, Steve Sarnoski, at the Connecticut River Museum for a leaf-peeping cruise on the Connecticut River aboard our replica of the historic ship Onrust. Enjoy the vibrant colors and enchanting scents of the river and nature in autumn in the Connecticut River Valley. Light fall snacks and warm cider will be served. $33/person $17/children under 12 Click Here to register: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER  or call 860-767-8269, Ext. 110

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Dogs on the Docks

October 13 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 - November 6
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 - November 14
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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