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August 2019

Conquer the Current Paddle Regatta

August 10 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
$50 – $140

The Connecticut River Museum’s THIRD annual downriver paddle regatta to benefit the Museum’s education programs will take place on August 10th, 2019 from 8:00 – 3:00. The Regatta is open to all paddle craft: canoes, kayaks, stand up paddle boards and rowboats! This year will feature 3 race routes: 1. Essex Harbor Recreation Race: The new 3 mile race starts at Pettipaug Yacht Club in Essex and finishes in front of the Connecticut River Museum $45 registration per person, $75 for…

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River Rangers Camp

August 12
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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August 12 - 16 (ages 9 - 12) Exploration and adventure await when you join the River Rangers and challenge yourself to find out all you can about the River. Spend each day in coves, on islands and on the water, collecting samples, conducting experiments, and building a study lab at the Museum. Located at the Museum campus in Essex. Register below for River Rangers Camp. If you are a Connecticut River Museum Family Member or above, please select member pricing…

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Thursdays on the Dock- USCG Dixieland Jazz Band

August 15 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

Join us for Thursdays on the Dock, a series of free concerts on the Museum’s riverfront lawn. The museum’s cash bar offers beer and wine, and Porky Pete’s BBQ will be onsite with grilled fare. Our featured drink vendor this evening is Fisher’s Island Lemonade.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a different local act each week! No BYOB please. This evening’s concert will feature the United States Coast Guard’s Dixieland Jazz Band.  The Dixieland Jazz Band has entertained…

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River Monsters and other Fish Tales

August 20 @ 9:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

August 20, 2019 5:30 - 7:00 pm Hear Connecticut River Conservancy Executive Director Andy Fisk share his story of Connie the River Monster.  See firsthand proof of her existence and learn of other legendary fish tales. Prior to joining CRC in May 2011, Andy served as Director of the Land and Water Quality Bureau at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection for seven years. As Maine’s land and water quality director, Andy had extensive experience with a range of state…

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Thursdays on the Dock – Longsplice!

August 22 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

Join us for Thursdays on the Dock, a series of free concerts on the Museum’s riverfront lawn. The museum’s cash bar offers beer and wine, and Porky Pete’s BBQ will be onsite with grilled fare. New England Cider Company is our Featured Tasting this evening. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a different local act each week! No BYOB please. Sponsored by Prive Swiss Wellnessand Connecticut Dock and Dredge

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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

Thursday, August 29, 2019 5:30 - 7:30 pm Join us this week for music with Ramblin Dan Stevens, gorgeous views of the River, food with Porky Pete’s BBQ and FREE massages with Prive-Swiss Wellness. No BYOB please. 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 Prive-Swiss Wellness and Connecticut River Dock and Dredge.

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September 2019

Onrust River Cruises

September 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until October 20, 2019

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Monday, repeating until October 20, 2019

Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Swallow Cruises - evenings now through October 20, 2019. Click Here For More Information and To Purchase            

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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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Tuesday, September 3, 2019 5:00 - 8:00 pm 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 September they…

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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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Saturday, 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…

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