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June 2020

Onrust River Cruises

June 20 @ 10:00 am - October 25 @ 11:00 am
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Sail on the Onrust from June 20 through October 25, 2020 The Connecticut River Museum hosts the Onrust, a re-creation of the vessel Adriaen Block built in 1614.  Now in its fourth year on our docks, Onrust is available for public cruises and private charters through October 25. Built over several years in upstate New York using traditional plans and means, the Onrust is a wholly unique ship that serves to educate and entertain visitors curious about the age of…

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September 2020

Boathouse Kids Fall Crafts – September Scavenger Hunt

September 1 - September 30
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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FREE

September Scavenger Hunt Month of September FREE Event Fun September activity! Gather your kids and head to the Museum! Pick up your scavenger hunt bag and scour the area. Bring your treasures to the front desk any time in September and receive a treat!

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Authors & Artists Online Series: Chad Floyd

September 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Authors & Artists Online Series: Chad Floyd SS United States: Hallmark of Modern Design Presented online via Zoom Tuesday, September 29, 2020 6:00 pm $5.00 Non-Members Members Free Members Click Here to Register In an illustrated lecture, Centerbrook Architects Partner Chad Floyd, FAIA, tells the story of the liner SS United States, the fastest ocean liner ever built. Floyd’s lecture describes a remarkable collaboration between the ship’s naval architect, William Francis Gibbs, and its interior designer, Dorothy Marckwald. Launched in…

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October 2020

Boathouse Kids Fall Crafts – October Spooky Trees

October 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Spooky Tree Craft Saturday, October 10 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Non-Members $8.00 per class Members $5.00 per class PARENT/GUARDIAN MUST BE PRESENT Last year's Spooky Tree craft was so popular, we are running it again! Turn household items into a Spooky Tree for the holiday! Join us at the River’s edge and get ready to get creative. All supplies and instruction are included in the cost of the craft. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. State of Connecticut…

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Carlson’s Landing Dinner and A Sail

October 10 @ 5:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Carlson's Landing Dinner and A Sail Saturday, October 10 5:00 pm $75 Book your Dinner and a Sail Here! Dinner and a Sail? What's not to love? Join us on Saturday, October 10 for a Sunset Sail followed by a delicious dinner at Carlson's Landing. Click Here for your Carlson's Landing Dinner and a Sail Menu!   Book your Dinner and a Sail Here!

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Authors & Artists Online Series: Erica Cirino “Trashed rivers, seas of plastic: How your habits on land harm the ocean”

October 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Erica Cirino “Trashed rivers, seas of plastic: How your habits on land harm the ocean” Presented online via Zoom Tuesday, October 13, 2020 6:00 pm $5.00 Non-Members Members Free Members Click Here to Register The ocean is often depicted as ground zero of the world’s plastic pollution crisis. But it turns out that a minority of plastic in the oceans—about 20 percent—is there as a result of dumping at sea. The vast majority of pollution—about 80 percent—blows from land to…

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Fall Leaf-Peeping Cruise on the Connecticut River

October 25 @ 6:30 am - 11:00 am
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$35

October 25, 2020 Two Sails! 10:30 am - 12:30 pm OR 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Join us 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 will be served. $35/person CLICK HERE TO REGISTER  for the 10:30-12:30 Sail or CLICK HERE TO REGISTER  for the 1:00-3:00 Sail Questions: Call 860-767-8269,…

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November 2020

Authors & Artists Online Series: Wick Griswold

November 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Authors & Artists Series: Wick Griswold Connecticut River Shipbuilding Presented online via Zoom Tuesday, November 10, 2020 6:00 pm Members Free Members Click Here to Register Join us to launch Wick Griswold and Ruth Major's latest book -  Connecticut River Shipbuilding Wick Griswold is sharing the release of his latest book which he co-wrote with Ruth Major, Connecticut River Shipbuilding, here at the Connecticut River Museum. We could not be more excited!  The primary focus of the book is on…

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Boathouse Kids Fall Crafts – November Painted Mandala River Stones

November 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Painted Mandala River Stones Saturday, November 14 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Non-Members $8.00 per class Members $5.00 per class PARENT/GUARDIAN MUST BE PRESENT Create a beautiful painted mandala river stone! Join us at the River’s edge and get ready to get creative. All supplies and instruction are included in the cost of the craft. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. State of Connecticut safe distancing recommendations will be followed, and we ask that all visitors wear masks or…

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27th Annual Holiday Train Show

November 24, 2020 @ 5:00 am - February 15, 2021 @ 12:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Trains run daily Tuesday through Sunday November 24, 2020 - February 15, 2021 The family friendly Holiday Train Show exhibit is back at the Connecticut River Museum for its 27th year of fun for all ages. See what train artist Steve Cryan has created this year! A fully operational 26 foot train layout, "I SPY" scavenger hunts, and toddler sized viewing layout are all part of the fun!

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