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June 2022

Jazzy Juneteenth River Cruise

June 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Saturday, June 25 5:30 - 7:30 pm $70 Members $75 Non-Members Come along for a Jazz Dinner Cruise aboard the RiverQuest. Price includes food and one complementary drink. Food by Berkins on Main and Brown Butter. Purchase tickets by clicking here.      

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Shanties & Sails: June 28 – Johnson Girls

June 28 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Shanties & Sails: June 28 - Johnson Girls Tuesday, June 22, 2021 5:30-6:30 Shanties:  FREE 7:00-8:00 Onrust:  $25. Sail aboard the Onrust with the performers! A big Thank You to our Shanties & Sails sponsor Privé Swiss Wellness for their generous support! Shanties & Sails are back! Enjoy an evening of Sea Shanties. 🎼 Hear talented shanty and sea-song musicians for a FREE one hour live performance. Add onto your evening to continue the fun.  Book a trip on the Onrust! Seating…

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Gary Mower: The History of Outboard Motors and Outboard Motor Racing 1900-1940

June 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Thursday, June 30, 2022 6:00 pm Virtual Event $5.00 for CRM Members $10.00 for Non-Members Gary Mower The History of Outboard Motors and Outboard Motor Racing 1900-1940 Come and see Speed: Hydroplane Racing on the Connecticut River on exhibit through October. Some of the engines that Gary speaks about are on display. Gary Mower is a retired Mechanical Engineer with experience in aerospace, automotive, and consumer products. A graduate of Northeastern University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, he has…

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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 @ 5:00 am - 12:30 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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