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April 2022

Speed: Hydroplane Racing on the Connecticut River, 1900-1940

April 8 @ 10:00 am - October 9 @ 5:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Coming This Spring! April 8 - October 9 Speed: Hydroplane Racing on the Connecticut River, covers the era of speed racing on the Connecticut River during the first forty years of the Twentieth Century, before America's entry into World War II. Technological innovation, hydroplane design and manufacture, women racers in a male-dominated sport, and all of the people involved in this sport; sponsors, designers, and racers are showcased. The exhibit includes photographs, trophies, memorabilia, vintage outboard racing motors, 1930s race…

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May 2022

Onrust and RiverQuest Cruises 2022

May 8 @ 2:00 pm - October 16 @ 7:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Two Ways to Cruise the Connecticut River Sail on the Onrust or Cruise on the RiverQuest RESERVE YOUR CRUISE HERE! The Onrust, a re-creation of the vessel Adriaen Block built in 1614, is available for public cruises and private charters through September 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 exploration, the fur trade, and…

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July 2022

13th Annual Essex Auto Club Car Show – July 4th

July 4 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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13th Annual Essex Auto Club Car Show – July 4th July 04, 2022 10:00 am - 2:00 pm $20.00 per car; $5.00 general admission Essex Auto Club 13th Annual Car Show on July 4th The Essex Auto Club will hold its annual car show on the grounds of the Connecticut River Museum on July 4th from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. This well-attended annual event features a broad range of cars - from vintage classics to more contemporary offerings - all…

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CRM Lectures Underway: Johan C. Varekamp

July 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Thursday, July 7, 2022 4:00 - 5:30 pm $40 Members $45 Non-Members RESERVE YOUR SEAT Johan Varekamp, professor emeritus, Wesleyan University The life and times of Adriaen Block Join Johan Varekamp aboard the Onrust while he talks about the four voyages of Block and his friends from Holland to the Americas, their adventures, goals, and the role they played in the establishment of the New Netherlands colony. Johan “Joop” Varekamp, East Haddam CT Dr. Johan C. Varekamp is the Harold…

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Thursdays on the Dock – Java Groove

July 7 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Thursdays on the Dock Java Groove Thursday, July 7, 2022 5:30 - 7:30 pm Thursdays on the Dock has been a shoreline staple since 2009. 13 years in and we are still the destination for waterfront music. Each Thursday evening in July and August from 5:30-7:30, bring a chair or blanket, and watch the sun go down over the river. Our presenting sponsor, Prive Swiss Wellness is always on hand offering massages and giveaways. From swing to Sinatra to Sting,…

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Thursdays on the Dock – USCG Jazz Band

July 14 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Thursdays on the Dock USCG Dixieland Band Thursday, July 14, 2022 5:30 - 7:30 pm Thursdays on the Dock has been a shoreline staple since 2009. 13 years in and we are still the destination for waterfront music. Each Thursday evening in July and August from 5:30-7:30, bring a chair or blanket, and watch the sun go down over the river. Our presenting sponsor, Prive Swiss Wellness is always on hand offering massages and giveaways. The United States Coast Guard…

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Thursdays on the Dock: John Spignesi Band

July 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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John Spignesi Band Thursday, July 21, 2021 5:30-7:30 pm Thursdays on the Dock has been a shoreline staple since 2009. 13 years in and we are still the destination for waterfront music. Each Thursday evening in July and August from 5:30-7:30, bring a chair or blanket, and watch the sun go down over the river. Our presenting sponsor, Prive Swiss Wellness is always on hand offering massages and giveaways. New Haven based quartet "JSB" (shortened for The John Spignesi Band)…

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Vintage Treasures – Antique & Classic Boat Show 2022

July 23 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Southern New England Chapter - Antique and Classic Boat Society Vintage Treasures - 36th Annual Show Saturday, July 23, 2022   The Southern New England Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society's 36th annual “Vintage Treasures” show at the Connecticut River Museum July 23! A must see for any fans of classic boats and cars. Boats will be docked at the Museum docks and displayed on the lawn. Public viewing is from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm on Saturday…

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Sensory Friendly Hours at the Connecticut River Museum

July 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

July 25, 2022 10:00 am - 12:00 pm RESERVE YOUR SPACE We are committed to deepening our impact within the community. On three Mondays in 2022, days we are not open to the general public, our galleries will open from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm; visitor numbers will be limited to ensure a calm environment. Exhibits with loud noises and/or bright lights will be modified to allow people with a range of differing abilities to experience all the Museum has…

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Thursdays on the Dock – Eight to the Bar

July 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Thursdays on the Dock Eight to the Bar Thursday, July 28, 2022 5:30 - 7:30 pm Thursdays on the Dock has been a shoreline staple since 2009. 13 years in and we are still the destination for waterfront music. Each Thursday evening in July and August from 5:30-7:30, bring a chair or blanket, and watch the sun go down over the river. Our presenting sponsor, Prive Swiss Wellness is always on hand offering massages and giveaways. Drawing its musical influences…

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