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August 2021

Kimberly Wilson’s “A Journey”

August 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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"A Journey" Saturday, August 14, 2021 (originally scheduled Sunday, July  18, 2021) 1:00 - 2:00 pm FREE and open to the public! Made possible by a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County. A JOURNEY by Kimberly Wilson is an intricate look at the Black experience told through the eyes of the Black woman and performed by one woman, professional actress and singer Kimberly Wilson. Westport resident, Ms. Wilson skillfully tells of the struggles and influence of Black…

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Thursdays on the Dock: Meadows Brothers Band

August 19 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Meadows Brothers Band Thursday, August 19, 2021 5:30-7:30 pm Thursdays on the Dock has been a shoreline staple since 2009. 12 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 Meadows Brothers music exists in the spaces between a rock…

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CRM Talks – Melissa Josefiak – Connecting the History of Essex’s Three Villages

August 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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CRM Talks - Melissa Josefiak - Connecting the History of Essex's Three Villages Tuesday, August 24, 2021 6:00 - 7:00 pm Members $5.00 Non-Members $10.00 Melissa Josefiak - Executive Director, Essex Historical Society PURCHASE TICKETS  Connecting the History of Essex's Three Villages Melissa Josefiak has served as the Director of Essex Historical Society since 2014.  From 2011-2017, she also served as a mentor for the professional development program for small museums, StEPs-CT.  Prior to that, she served as the Assistant…

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Thursdays on the Dock: Local Honey

August 26 @ 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 26, 2021 5:30-7:30 pm Thursdays on the Dock has been a shoreline staple since 2009. 12 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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September 2021

Fireboats and Firefighters!

September 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Fireboats and Firefighters Saturday, September 11, 2021 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Stories and Fireboats with the Essex Volunteer Fire Department!   Join us on Saturday, September 11 (Patriots' Day) for Stories, Firefighters, and a Fireboat! A morning of Appreciation and Remembrance Book readings by Essex Fire Department Firefighters Fireboat Demonstrations at our Docks Interactive Fire Equipment on our Lawn Firefighters, along with museum staff, will read children's books about the fireboats (and other boats) that assisted in helping the…

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Centuries of River Culture, Commerce, and Conservation – Virtual Lecture

September 16 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Thursday, September 16, 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 National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium Centuries of River Culture, Commerce and Conservation Presented by: Jennifer Drayna, Curator of Education at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque, IA BOOK HERE! From the fur trade to the button industry to modern barges, we will discuss how the river was…

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Block Party at the Connecticut River Museum!

September 18 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Block Party at the Connecticut River Museum In honor of Adriaen Block, Captain of the Onrust  Saturday, September 18, 2021 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Free Lawn Games Dockside Onrust Tours Fun Shipbuilding Activities Discount Admission Stroopwafels - A traditional Netherlands cookie The Museum is holding a “Block” Party on Saturday, September 18, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. This event is perfect for all ages. In honor of Adriaen Block, we will serve one of the Netherlands’ favorite treats,…

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The Connecticut Headwaters To The Sound: A Day of Stories and Song With The Nehantic and The Abenaki

September 25 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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  Saturday, September 25 10:00 am to 4:00 pm FREE Outdoor Event at the Connecticut River Museum A Day of Stories and Song With The Nehantic and The Abenaki Some Highlights of the Day: Time-honored Native drum group Jennifer Lee demonstrates the making of traditional Ash Bark and White Pine basketry Abenaki Chief Roger Longtoe displays a collection of tools and armaments "mishoon" project video at Peskeompskut and Elizabeth James-Perry wampum video on display throughout the day   The event…

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October 2021

Dogs on the Docks

October 10 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$10 – $15

Sunday, October 10, 2021 1:00 - 3:00 pm The waterfront lawn of the Connecticut River Museum will once again be “going to the dogs” with “Dogs On The Dock” parade and competition. Dog owners and dog lovers alike are invited to attend rain or shine. Dog participant registration starts at 1:00 pm.  A blessing of the dogs and the lawn parade are followed by individual canine competitions. Featured categories include best costume, best nautical costume, best owner look-alike, smallest dog,…

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The Great River of the West and Maritime Heritage – Virtual Lecture

October 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, October 12, 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 Columbia River Maritime Museum The Great River of the West and Maritime Heritage Presented by: Captain Bruce Jones, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired), Deputy Director, Columbia River Maritime Museum, Astoria, Oregon BOOK HERE! Captain Jones will explore the history of maritime commerce, shipwrecks, commercial fishing, search and rescue and other topics featured…

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