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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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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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August 2022

Thursdays on the Dock: Local Honey

August 4 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Local Honey Thursday, August 4, 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. Born out of a mutual respect for all things auditory and a…

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Conquer the Current Paddle Regatta 2022

August 6 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States

Register Here! Conquer the Current 2022  Featuring the popular 9 mile race! While we appear to be over the Covid pandemic, we continue to abide by any CDC and local health authority guidelines, which currently have no restrictions.   This is a One Way Race, Point A to Point B. Registrants must find their own rides to/from each location. Uber is available in our area. This fun race/ regatta is open to all non-motorized, safe, and seaworthy paddle craft including but…

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Thursdays on the Dock: Mama Train Jazz Band

August 11 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Mama Train Jazz Band Thursday, August 11, 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. Jazz/Blues band, Mama Train, blends the warmth of rich female…

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