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November 2021

28th Annual Holiday Train Show

November 23, 2021 @ 10:00 am - February 20, 2022 @ 5:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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28th Annual Holiday Train Show Tuesday through Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Trains run daily Tuesday through Sunday Tuesday, November 23, 2021 - Sunday, February 20, 2022 The family friendly Holiday Train Show exhibit is back at the Connecticut River Museum for its 28th 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…

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Wreaths of the River Valley 2021 Auction

November 29 @ 10:00 am - December 9 @ 10:00 am
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Wreath auction runs from Wednesday, December 1 - Thursday, December 9 Bidding is open now! Use the QR code, click on the link, or come to the museum to see the wreaths in person. Donated wreaths from area businesses, organizations, and families are on display throughout the 3 floors of exhibits. Wreath Bidding opens Monday, November 29. Bidding will continue through our live holiday fundraiser, Mistletoe & Martinis on December 9. Need more information? Contact Phyllis Stillman at pstillman@ctrivermuseum.org or…

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December 2021

The Connecticut River: Past, Present, and Future – Virtual Lecture

December 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 6:00 pm EST $5.00/Members (of any of the Four Participating Museums) $10.00/Public Part of the The Rivers That Connect Us: Exploring America's Great Rivers Series CT River Museum The Connecticut River: Past, Present, and Future - Virtual Lecture Presented by: Jennifer L. Carlson, Executive Director, The Connecticut River Museum BOOK HERE! Carlson hopes to foster future generations interest in the River by showing the importance of the past generations' influence on the River. Rivers, including the…

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Mistletoe & Martinis 2021

December 9 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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IN PERSON! Thursday, December 9, 2021 6:00 - 9:00 pm Mistletoe & Martinis! Join us Thursday, December 9, 2021 IN PERSON from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. Featuring signature martinis, seasonal drinks, fabulous hors d'oeuvres from Ani's Table, and music! Featuring the Wreaths of the River Valley Auction and the Becker's Red Box Raffle. RESERVE YOUR MISTLETOE & MARTINI TICKET HERE!     Sponsored in part by: Bogaert Construction Co. - Connecticut River Dock & Dredge, Inc. - Guilford Savings Bank…

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

December 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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 Thursday, December 16 6:00 - 7:00 pm Free. Cryan will discuss Steam Power of the Connecticut River Valley. Cryan is our Train Artist in Residence through February 20 with the Annual Holiday Train Show and has been painting maritime and railroad subjects for over thirty years. Steven Cryan graduated from Paier College of Arts in the early 70s. Since that time, he has painted maritime…

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Members Only Museum Shop Sale

December 17 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Members Only Museum Store Sale. ☃ Friday, December 17 5:00 - 7:00 pm Just in time to finish up your holiday lists. Our shop is loaded with goodies for the holiday season. Stop by on Friday, December 17 and wander the newly stocked shelves. Enjoy Sangria and Appetizers while you shop. Not a member? Now's the time to join! Remember, all members receive a discount in our shop.  

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February 2022

Josh Shanley – 2022 Lecture Series

February 10, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Thursday, February 10, 2022 6:00 pm Free; Please Reserve your seat to ensure we have enough seats at the lecture.   Josh Shanley, MS, MEd, MBA, EMT-P The Connecticut River Valley Flood of 1936 RESERVE YOUR SEAT Author Josh Shanley recounts the greatest flood in New England history and examines the potential for future floods. In the beginning of the twentieth century, the Connecticut River Valley was a thriving manufacturing hub for fabric, arms and brass. But early in the…

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March 2022

Dick Shriver – 2022 Lecture Series

March 15, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 6:00 pm Free; Please Reserve your seat to ensure we have enough seats at the lecture.   Richard H. Shriver, Publisher of Estuary Magazine The Connecticut River … past, present and future RESERVE YOUR SEAT   The Connecticut River … its long and peaceful past until the industrial revolution, followed by years of abuse, then partial recovery, and a bright outlook today. Dick Shriver uses PowerPoint slides to illustrate his presentation on the last 12,000 years…

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