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Essex, CT 06426 United States
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August 2019

Thursdays on the Dock – Longsplice!

August 22, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

Join us for Thursdays on the Dock, a series of free concerts on the Museum’s riverfront lawn. The museum’s cash bar offers beer and wine, and Porky Pete’s BBQ will be onsite with grilled fare. New England Cider Company is our Featured Tasting this evening. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a different local act each week! No BYOB please. Sponsored by Prive Swiss Wellnessand Connecticut Dock and Dredge

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Thursdays on the Dock – Ramblin’ Dan Stevens

August 29, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

Thursday, August 29, 2019 5:30 - 7:30 pm Join us this week for music with Ramblin Dan Stevens, gorgeous views of the River, food with Porky Pete’s BBQ and FREE massages with Prive-Swiss Wellness. No BYOB please. Thursday’s on the Dock take place every Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., July through September 5 on the Museum’s historic waterfront. Thursdays on the Dock is Sponsored by Prive-Swiss Wellness and Connecticut River Dock and Dredge.

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September 2019

Thursdays on the Dock – Small Pond All Stars

September 5, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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September 5, 2019 5:30 - 7:30 pm Small Pond All Stars and drinks tasting with Two Roads Brewing Since 2010, Thursday’s on the Dock have become the unofficial start to the summer weekend.  The free concert series features a different band each night and the panoramic views of the River. Thursday’s on the Dock take place every Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., July 5 through September 5 on the Museum’s historic waterfront. In addition to the lively music and…

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Myths & Legends of the Connecticut River Valley – A Symposium

September 21, 2019 @ 4:30 am - 2:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Saturday, September 21, 2019 8:30 am - 6:00 pm Registration Cost $35, Student Rate $25 Optional Onrust Sail, additional $30   A Symposium at the Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street, Essex, CT 06426 8:30 – 9:00 am Registration/Sign In 9:15 – 10:15 am Keynote Speaker: Prof. Walt Woodward, University of Connecticut & Connecticut State Historian on “CT Legends and History” Break 10:30 – 11:30 am Powers of Darkness speaker: Prof. Michael Bell on“Vampirism in New England” Break 11:45 –…

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Homeschool Program: Fishing Mini Series, Session One

September 24, 2019 @ 6:00 am - 8:30 am
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Tuesday, September 24, 2019 10:00 am - 12:30 pm Today we will learn the basics of fishing equipment. Identify the types of rods & reels, learn how to cast and attempt knot tying. Then try out our fishing skills on the museum docks. Please feel free to bring your own gear to the program. Click on the following link to register: https://shop.ctrivermuseum.org/collections/homeschool/products/homeschool-september-24-2019-fishing-1-registration

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October 2019

Horace Beck Lecture Series – Devils & Giants in New England: The Appropriation of Native Sites by the English Colonists

October 3, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Thursday, October 3, 2019 6:30 - 7:30 pm Free to Public Rachel Sayet is a Mohegan tribal member who grew up spending time with her elders and working in her tribe’s museum.  She received her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.  Rachel later received her master's degree from Harvard University in anthropology.  Sayet's thesis was on stories of a culture hero named Moshup, a giant who is taller than the tallest trees and stays near the…

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Homeschool Program: Fishing Mini Series, Session Two

October 8, 2019 @ 6:00 am - 8:30 am
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Tuesday, October 8, 2019 10:00 am - 12:30 pm What types of fish are living in the River? There are over 70 species of fish living in the lower Connecticut River and we will discuss how to identify the more common species. Bait collecting methods, minnow/eel traps and casting seine nets are all skills necessary for the successful angler. Afterwards, return to the Museum to make a bait collecting device. Meet at North Cove boat ramp at 10am. Click on…

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Trees Are Talking with Bill Yule

October 10, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Trees Are Talking with Bill Yule Thursday, October 10, 2019 6 pm - 8 pm Join renowned naturalist Bill Yule on Thursday, October 10 from 6 pm - 8 pm for his "Trees are Talking" lecture. FREE to members and $5.00 for non members. Members register here: https://ctrivermuseum.org/event-registration/ Non Members register here: https://shop.ctrivermuseum.org/collections/public-programs/products/trees-are-talking-with-bill-yule

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Fall Leaf-Peeping Cruise on the Connecticut River

October 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$33

October 12, 2019 2:00 – 3:30 pm Join Naturalist and Environmental Educator, Steve Sarnoski, at the Connecticut River Museum for a leaf-peeping cruise on the Connecticut River aboard our replica of the historic ship Onrust. Enjoy the vibrant colors and enchanting scents of the river and nature in autumn in the Connecticut River Valley. Light fall snacks and warm cider will be served. $33/person $17/children under 12 Click Here to register: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER  or call 860-767-8269, Ext. 110

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Homeschool Program: Fishing Mini Series, Session Three

October 22, 2019 @ 6:00 am - 8:30 am
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Tuesday, October 22, 2019 10:00 am - 12:30 pm Want to catch a striped bass or channel catfish?  Knowing strategies for different fish during different seasons helps you know what to carry in your tackle box.  Learn about the types of lures and rigs, and how to create them. Click on the following link to register: https://shop.ctrivermuseum.org/collections/homeschool/products/copy-of-homeschool-october-8-2019-fishing-2-registration

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Haunted River- Ghostly Tales & Valley Lore 10-25-19

October 25, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Haunted River Friday, October 25, 2019 6:00 pm   Witch Trials, the XYZ Bandit, Madam Sherri and more. ALL NEW stories based on Connecticut River Valley Myths and Legends! Ghost tours depart every twenty minutes beginning at 6:00 pm each night. Tickets $17 Adults, $13 Children ages 7-12. Purchase tickets at: ctrivermuseum.org (This event is not appropriate for children under 7)   Tours begin at the Lay House just west of the Museum. Event takes place in all weather conditions,…

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Haunted River- Ghostly Tales & Valley Lore 10-26-19

October 26, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Haunted River Saturday, October 26, 2019 6:00 pm   Witch Trials, the XYZ Bandit, Madam Sherri and more. ALL NEW stories based on Connecticut River Valley Myths and Legends! Ghost tours depart every twenty minutes beginning at 6:00 pm each night. Tickets $17 Adults, $13 Children ages 7-12. Purchase tickets at: ctrivermuseum.org (This event is not appropriate for children under 7)   Tours begin at the Lay House just west of the Museum. Event takes place in all weather conditions,…

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Haunted River- Ghostly Tales & Valley Lore 10-27-19

October 27, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Haunted River Sunday, October 27, 2019 6:00 pm   Witch Trials, the XYZ Bandit, Madam Sherri and more. ALL NEW stories based on Connecticut River Valley Myths and Legends! Ghost tours depart every twenty minutes beginning at 6:00 pm each night. Tickets $17 Adults, $13 Children ages 7-12. Purchase tickets at: ctrivermuseum.org (This event is not appropriate for children under 7) Tours begin at the Lay House just west of the Museum. Event takes place in all weather conditions, please…

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November 2019

Homeschool Program: Fishing Mini Series, Session Four

November 5, 2019 @ 5:00 am - 7:30 am
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Tuesday, November 5, 2019 10:00 am - 12:30 pm Why do some fish live in saltwater or freshwater? Why do fish have different numbers of fins? Fish vary greatly in size, shape and range. We will take a closer look at the anatomy of fish through fish dissection. Afterwards we will create Gyotaku (fish Printing), and squeeze in some autumn fishing. Click on the following link to register: https://shop.ctrivermuseum.org/collections/homeschool/products/homeschool-november-5-2019-fishing-4-registration

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Celestial Navigation with Roy Kilgard

November 5, 2019
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Celestial Navigation with Roy Kilgard Tuesday, November 5th 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Free Event Please pre-register here: Event Registration Join Roy E. Kilgard, Wesleyan University Associate Professor of the Practice in Astronomy, on a celestial navigation journey beginning in England in the 1600s up through the mid-20th century. Kilgard integrates the development of navigational charts and navigational instruments through the years and the connection between astronomy and navigation. His topics include how to translate what you observe as you look…

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Global Trade, 17th Century Style – Lunch and Learn!

November 13, 2019
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Global Trade, 17th Century Style Wednesday, November 13 12:00 – 1:00 pm Registration is appreciated. Please register here: Event Registration Free Event! Join us for a Lunch and Learn Talk! Bring your lunch and learn something new! Today Americans depend on trade with China for many of the consumer goods that make our lives comfortable. The English Puritans who settled the Connecticut Valley in the 17th century also turned to global trade to make their lives as comfortable as they…

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Accepting Donations! Wreaths of the River Valley Auction

November 22, 2019 @ 3:00 am - November 27, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Donations: Friday, November 22 - Wednesday, November 27 Bid for Wreaths: Monday, December 2 - Thursday, December 12   Collecting donated handmade wreaths for the Wreaths of the River Valley auction from area businesses, organizations, and families! Click here for information on how to donate your wreath! Wreath Information Interested in donating a wreath for this special cause? Contact Phyllis Stillman at pstillman@ctrivermuseum.org or 860-767-8269, ext. 119. Wreath auction bidding opens at the beginning of December and closes during our…

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26th Annual Holiday Train Show

November 26, 2019 @ 5:00 am - February 23, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Open Now! Trains run daily Tuesday through Sunday November 27, 2019 - February 23, 2020 The family friendly Holiday Train Show exhibit is back at the Connecticut River Museum for its 26th 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 the fun!

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December 2019

Event Cancelled Due to Impending Weather – Trees in the Rigging

December 1, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Event Cancelled Due to Impending Weather Sunday, December 1, 2019 4:30 - 6:30 pm Trees in the Rigging Community Carol Sing & Boat Parade The holiday season kicks off in Essex with the annual TREES IN THE RIGGING Community Carol Sing and Boat Parade. The town always comes out for this event! Get there early! The Connecticut River Museum, the Essex Board of Trade, and the Essex Historical Society combine to present this annual event that includes a traditional, lantern-lit…

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As of 1:30 pm 12/12/19 Online Bidding is Closed. Wreaths of the River Valley

December 3, 2019 @ 10:00 am - December 12, 2019 @ 9:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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As of 1:30 pm 12/12/19 Online Bidding is Closed. You may continue bidding this evening at our Mistletoe & Martinis event. Bid for Wreaths: Tuesday, December 3 - Thursday, December 12, 2019 Area businesses, organizations, and families have generously donated wreaths for our Wreaths of the River Valley auction! Online auction bidding opens at 10:00 am on Tuesday, December 3 and closes at noon on December 12. Live bidding continues during our newest holiday fundraiser, Mistletoe & Martinis on Thursday,…

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Mistletoe & Martinis

December 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Thursday, December 12 6 - 9 pm We are excited to announce our newest holiday fundraiser, Mistletoe & Martinis; a reimagining of our Fall Feast fundraiser. Join us Thursday, December 12 from 6 - 9 pm. This festive celebration at the Museum will feature signature martinis and other seasonal drinks, along with fabulous hors d'oeuvres from Gourmet Galley Catering, and music! Tickets on sale now! $75 per person, $125 for two, and $150 patron. Tickets include beer and wine bar…

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Luminary Craft at the Connecticut River Museum

December 19, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Celebrate the Winter Solstice With a Luminary Craft at CRM December 19, 2019 4:30 -6:00 pm $5/child (includes all materials) Free to CRM member families Non Members register: https://shop.ctrivermuseum.org/collections/public-programs/products/luminary-craft-at-the-connecticut-river-museum Members register: https://ctrivermuseum.org/event-registration/

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December Vacation Day Workshop

December 30, 2019 @ 5:00 am - 9:00 am
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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December Vacation Day Workshops 2019 Monday, December 30 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Ages 6-12 REGISTER NOW ____________________________________________ WONDERFUL WINTER! Monday, December 30, 2019 Join us for a winter adventure as we explore nature, find out about winter habitats and learn about the River in winter. Create your own winter landscape works of art! 10:00 am - 2:00 pm ____________________________________________ Members: $25.00 Non Members: $30.00 Sibling discount: subtract $5 per day Important Information: Children are dropped off at the Museum at…

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January 2020

Homeschool Program: Transportation and Innovation on the River Mini Series, Session One

January 7, 2020 @ 5:00 am - 7:30 am
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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TUESDAY, JANUARY 7 RESCHEDULED FROM Tuesday, December 17, 2019 10:00 am - 12:30 pm Learn how steam power works, the history of steamboats and steam trains on the River and the origin of steam engines.  Visit the Annual Train Exhibit, participate in a scavenger hunt and paint a steamboat model. Click on the following link to register: https://shop.ctrivermuseum.org/collections/homeschool/products/homeschool-december-17-2019-transportation-innovation-1-registration

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

January 7, 2020 @ 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 Tuesday, January 7 6:00 - 7:00 pm Members FREE. Non-Members $5.00 Steve Cryan, train professional and artist, opens the 2020 Connecticut River Speaker Series! Cryan will discuss Steam Power of the Connecticut River Valley. He is a leading authority on trains, tugs, and maritime history. Cryan is our Train Artist in Residence through February 23 with the Annual Holiday Train Show. He has been painting…

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Volunteer for Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey

January 11, 2020 @ 2:00 am - 6:00 am
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Volunteer for Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey Registration Required This is the time of year to spot many Bald Eagles on the lower Connecticut River.  As our national symbol with an amazing conservation story, we celebrate the re-population and continued protection efforts of this bird of prey.  In conjunction with Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Connecticut River Museum is hosting a survey site and volunteers to participate in the Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey. The purpose of the Midwinter…

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Homeschool Program: Transportation and Innovation on the River Mini Series, Session Two

January 14, 2020 @ 5:00 am - 7:30 am
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Tuesday, January 14, 2020 10:00 am - 12:30 pm Dive into the story of the Turtle, the nation’s first submarine.  Did you know that the Museum has two replicas? Learn the physics of sinking and floating and create an aluminum boat to test your knowledge. Click on the following link to register: https://shop.ctrivermuseum.org/collections/homeschool/products/homeschool-january-14-2020-transportation-innovation-2-registration

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February 2020

Connecticut River Speaker Series – Dr. Katherine Hermes – African American Burying Ground

February 5, 2020 @ 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 - Dr. Katherine Hermes - African American Burying Ground Wednesday, February 5 6:00 - 7:00 pm Members FREE. Non-Members $5.00 On Wednesday, February 5, Dr. Katherine A. Hermes, an academic professional at Eastern Connecticut State University shares her stories about the oldest historic site in Hartford, the Ancient Burying Ground. This site is the only one remaining from the 17th century. Seating is limited, so please reserve your spot early. Refreshments will be served. Pre-Registration is closed,…

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Winter Wildlife Eagle Cruises

February 8, 2020 @ 8:00 am - March 15, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Saturday, February 8, 2020 Through Sunday, March 15, 2020 Each winter as the temperature dips below freezing, Bald Eagles from as far north as Canada make their way to the open waters of the Connecticut River for easy fishing and nesting. This winter, climb aboard CT River Expedition’s 64 ft RiverQuest, a modern, environmentally friendly vessel with heated cabin and ample deck space. An on-board naturalist provides narration while you get an up-close view of the River. Coffee and use of binoculars…

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Homeschool Program: Migratory Animal Mini Series, Session One

February 11, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Tuesday, February 11, 2020 10:00 am - 12:30 pm Take a boat ride on the RiverQuest and witness the winter visitors on the Lower River. Before we set out on the  River, we will inspect bird flyway maps and discover how birds are able make their migration journeys each year. Click on the following link to register: https://shop.ctrivermuseum.org/collections/homeschool/products/homeschool-february-11-2020-migratory-animals-1-registration

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Eagles with Brian Hess – Lunch and Learn!

February 12, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Eagles with Brian Hess - Lunch and Learn! Wednesday, February 12 12:00 - 1:00 pm Limited seating is still available. Please check in with our front desk. Thank you. Click Here for Lunch and Learn Series Information. Bring your lunch, spend an hour, and learn something new! Brian Hess is a wildlife biologist with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Brian will discuss eagle biology, the decline and recovery of this species and what is being done to conserve…

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Privateer Bash!

February 29, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Privateer Bash! Saturday, February 29, 2020 6:30 - 10:00 pm Avast! Don’t miss the Swashbuckling Party at the Connecticut River Museum “Arr” you in? Come down and show us your swagger on Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 6:30 – 10:00 pm. Grab your sword, hoist your sails and get to the Privateers’ Bash, presented by Gosling’s Rum, at the Connecticut River Museum. Come in costume (or not!) and let off a bit of winter steam. Relive riverfront history at the…

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March 2020

Connecticut River Speaker Series – CT Women’s Hall of Fame – Votes for Women!

March 3, 2020 @ 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 - CT Women's Hall of Fame - Votes for Women! Tuesday, March 3 6:00 - 7:00 pm Members FREE. Non-Members $5.00 CT Women's Hall of Fame discusses Votes for Women and the fight for women's suffrage through the eyes of Connecticut's suffragists including the Smiths of Glastonbury, Isabella Beecher Hooker, and Alice Paul. Members reserve your spot here.  Non-Members reserve your spot here. Click Here for Lecture Series Information.

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Jessie Hull Mayer: An Independent Artist – Lunch and Learn!

March 11, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Jessie Hull Mayer: An Independent Artist - Lunch and Learn! Wednesday, March 11 12:00 - 1:00 pm Members FREE.  Members Register Here. Non-Members $5.00.  Public Register Here. Click Here for Lunch and Learn Series Information. Bring your lunch, spend an hour, and learn something new! Amy Trout, Connecticut River Museum Curator, gives an illustrated lecture on the life and art of this important Essex, Connecticut artist who painted views of the waterfront from the 1940s - 1970s. Seating is limited;…

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PROGRAM CANCELLED: Little STEAMers Series – Windy Day Pin Wheels

March 16, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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PROGRAM CANCELLED Little STEAMers Series March 16 – April 6: Mondays 10:00-11:30 am March 16, 2020: Windy Day Pin Wheels Children build and decorate a wind-catching pin wheel. Discussion includes the science behind what makes wind, and how the forces of wind can move objects and create energy. The Connecticut River Museum newest children’s program, Little STEAMers is open to children between three and five years of age, accompanied by a caregiver or adult. Little STEAMers offers children early exposure…

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PROGRAM CANCELLED: Homeschool Program: Migratory Animal Mini Series, Session Two

March 17, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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PROGRAM CANCELLED Tuesday, March 17, 2020 10:00 am - 12:30 pm Not only winged animals migrate, but so do scaly, slimy and four legged animals.  Learn about migrations of amphibians and reptiles and their amazing seasonal adaptions. Click on the following link to register: https://shop.ctrivermuseum.org/collections/homeschool/products/homeschool-march-17-2020-migratory-animals-2-registration

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PROGRAM CANCELLED: Little STEAMers Series – Make It Rain Science Experiment

March 23, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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PROGRAM CANCELLED Little STEAMers Series March 16 – April 6: Mondays 10:00-11:30 am March 23, 2020: Make it Rain Science Experiment Children participate in a hands-on science experiment while learning about the science behind what makes rain. The Connecticut River Museum newest children’s program, Little STEAMers is open to children between three and five years of age, accompanied by a caregiver or adult. Little STEAMers offers children early exposure to the themes in STEAM-based education: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and…

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Connecticut River Museum Activity Sheets

March 26, 2020 @ 4:30 am - April 12, 2020 @ 11:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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CONNECTICUT RIVER MUSEUM ACTIVITY SHEETS Check out these fun printable activities for kids. We've got coloring pages and word searches! All of these kids activities are totally free and easy to print out and do with your kids. Check back for new activities! Choose from one of the Connecticut River themed sheets. Click on the link and print it out. Lighthouse-coloring-page Sailboat-Coloring-Page Wooden-ship-coloring-page River-coloring-page Steamboat-coloring-page             CRM Wordsearch

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Spring Bird Feeder Craft

March 31, 2020 @ 4:30 am - April 12, 2020 @ 11:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Spring Bird Feeder Craft   CLICK HERE TO PRINT! Make your Spring a little more fun with this easy and fun craft. “Hide” eggs around your yard for the birds! Put them in trees, too! They are easy to make and use only 3 ingredients and some plastic, fillable eggs. Ingredients/Supplies 1 box unflavored gelatin 10 cups bird seed Cooking spray 36 Plastic, fillable eggs Prepare the gelatin as directed on the box or package. Mix in the premeasured bird…

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June 2020

Onrust River Cruises

June 20, 2020 @ 10:00 am - October 25, 2020 @ 11:00 am
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Sail on the Onrust from June 20 through October 25, 2020 The Connecticut River Museum hosts the Onrust, a re-creation of the vessel Adriaen Block built in 1614.  Now in its fourth year on our docks, Onrust is available for public cruises and private charters through October 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…

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Mini Wooden Oar Craft – SOLD OUT!

June 24, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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SOLD OUT! Mini Wooden Oar Craft Wednesday, June 24, 2020 1:00 - 2:00 pm FREE Event PARENT/GUARDIAN MUST BE PRESENT Bring your friends and family down to our lawn on Wednesday, June 24, from 1:00-2:00 pm for Children’s Oar Decorating event. We will hang their decorated oars in the lobby of the museum in celebration of the history of paddling on the Connecticut River. Grab a blanket, grab your oar, and get creative! All supplies are courtesy of the museum.…

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July 2020

Friendship Bracelet Weaving Craft

July 1, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Friendship Bracelet Weaving Craft Wednesday, July 1 11:00 am - 12:00 pm FREE Event PARENT/GUARDIAN MUST BE PRESENT Did you know that weaving is widely considered one of the oldest surviving crafts in the world, dating back more than 12,000 years? Weaving and textile creation and trade was an important part of life for the earliest settlers of the Connecticut River. Come celebrate this great tradition as you learn to weave by creating your own “friendship” bracelet. A parent or…

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AT CAPACITY FOR THIS SHOW. Thursdays on the Dock – Small Pond All Stars

July 16, 2020 @ 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 Small Pond All Stars Thursday, July 16, 2020 5:30 - 7:30 pm We are at CAPACITY  for this show. Please feel free to stop by and see if there are any last minute openings! In order to maintain best social distance practices, we need to limit the number attending our Thursday On The Dock performances. The number allowed on the lawn is dictated by CT State regulations. Thank you for your understanding during these uncommon times.…

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Shanties & Sails: July 21 – Marc Bernier

July 21, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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NEW DATE! Shanties & Sails: July 21 - Marc Bernier Tuesday, July 21, 2020 5:30-6:30 Shanties:  FREE 7:00-8:00 Onrust:  $25. Sail aboard the Onrust with the performers! A big Thank You shout out to our Shanties & Sails sponsor Privé Swiss Wellness for their generous support! We are limiting seating aboard the Onrust to ensure you all have safe distancing. To purchase your seat aboard the Onrust, click on the pink BOOK NOW button at the bottom of your screen. Join…

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SOLD OUT! Thursdays on the Dock – Butter Jones

July 23, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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WE ARE AT CAPACITY FOR THIS SHOW. Thursdays on the Dock Butter Jones Thursday, July 23, 2020 5:30 - 7:30 pm WE ARE AT CAPACITY FOR THIS SHOW. In order to maintain best social distance practices, we need to limit the number attending our Thursday On The Dock performances. The number allowed on the lawn is dictated by CT State regulations. Thank you for your understanding during these uncommon times. Now in its 11th year, Thursday’s on the Dock continues…

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Shanties & Sails: July 28 – Rick Spencer and Dawn Indermuehle

July 28, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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NEW DATE! Shanties & Sails: July 28 - Rick Spencer and Dawn Indermuehle Tuesday, July 28, 2020 5:30-6:30 Shanties:  FREE 7:00-8:00 Onrust:  $25. Sail aboard the Onrust with the performers! A big Thank You shout out to our Shanties & Sails sponsor Privé Swiss Wellness for their generous support! We are limiting seating aboard the Onrust to ensure you all have safe distancing. To purchase your seat aboard the Onrust, click on the pink BOOK NOW button at the bottom of…

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August 2020

SOLD OUT! Thursdays on the Dock – Little Big Band

August 6, 2020 @ 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 Little Big Band Thursday, August 6, 2020 5:30 - 7:30 pm WE ARE AT CAPACITY FOR THIS SHOW. In order to maintain best social distance practices, we need to limit the number attending our Thursday On The Dock performances. The number allowed on the lawn is dictated by CT State regulations. Thank you for your understanding during these uncommon times. Now in its 11th year, Thursday’s on the Dock continues to rock the River! Each Thursday…

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Conquer the Current Paddle Regatta 2020

August 8, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 1:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States

Conquer the Current will paddle on this year, but there are some changes! For 2020 we are partnering with our friends at Surfrider's Connecticut Chapter ct.surfrider.org. In light of Covid-19, Surfrider CT made the tough decision to cancel their annual event, the Charles Island SUP CUP. CT River Museum is thrilled that Surfrider CT has decided to support our Conquer the Current paddle regatta! Our mutual love of paddling and protecting our beautiful waters makes it a perfect collaboration! To…

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Shanties & Sails: August 11 – Geoff Kaufman

August 11, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Shanties & Sails: August 11 - Geoff Kaufman Tuesday, August 11, 2020 5:30-6:30 Shanties:  FREE 7:00-8:00 Onrust:  $25. Sail aboard the Onrust with the performers! A big Thank You shout out to our Shanties & Sails sponsor Privé Swiss Wellness for their generous support! We are limiting seating aboard the Onrust to ensure you all have safe distancing. To book your sail aboard the Onrust, click on the pink book now button at the bottom of the screen. Join us for…

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SOLD OUT! Thursdays on the Dock – John Spignesi Band

August 13, 2020 @ 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 John Spignesi Band Thursday, August 13, 2020 5:30 - 7:30 pm WE ARE AT CAPACITY FOR THIS SHOW. In order to maintain best social distance practices, we need to limit the number attending our Thursday On The Dock performances. The number allowed on the lawn is dictated by CT State regulations. Thank you for your understanding during these uncommon times. Now in its 11th year, Thursday’s on the Dock continues to rock the River! Each Thursday…

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Shanties & Sails: August 18 – The Johnson Girls

August 18, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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NEW DATE AUGUST 18 (THANKS ISAIAS!) Shanties & Sails: August 18 - The Johnson Girls Tuesday, August 18, 2020 5:30-6:30 Shanties:  FREE 7:00-8:00 Onrust:  $25. Sail aboard the Onrust with the performers! A big Thank You shout out to our Shanties & Sails sponsor Privé Swiss Wellness for their generous support! We are limiting seating aboard the Onrust to ensure you all have safe distancing. To purchase your seat aboard the Onrust, click on the pink book now button at the…

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SOLD OUT – Sea Glass Tree Craft Workshop

August 19, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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SOLD OUT! Sea Glass Tree Craft Wednesday, August 19 5:30-7:30 pm • Ages 12+ Create a beautiful 10” Sea Glass Tree while enjoying the stunning view on the river bank in Essex. The tree is made from a cone shaped form and a lovely assortment of genuine and faux sea glass procured and made available by our friends at Coastal Creations of Clinton. The instructor is Terri Veach from Coastal Creations of Clinton. Terri is an experienced Master Designer with…

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Thursdays on the Dock – Meadows Brothers Band

August 20, 2020 @ 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 Meadows Brothers Band Thursday, August 20, 2020 5:30 - 7:30 pm Please arrive early to ensure your spot on the lawn - Space is very limited. In order to maintain best social distance practices, we need to limit the number attending our Thursday On The Dock performances. The number allowed on the lawn is dictated by CT State regulations. Thank you for your understanding during these uncommon times. Now in its 11th year, Thursday’s on the…

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CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER. Thursdays on the Dock – Old Dog New Trick

August 27, 2020 @ 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 Old Dog New Trick Thursday, August 27, 2020 5:30 - 7:30 pm Please arrive early to ensure your spot on the lawn - Space is very limited. In order to maintain best social distance practices, we need to limit the number attending our Thursday On The Dock performances. The number allowed on the lawn is dictated by CT State regulations. Thank you for your understanding during these uncommon times. Now in its 11th year, Thursday’s on…

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September 2020

Boathouse Kids Fall Crafts – September Scavenger Hunt

September 1, 2020 - September 30, 2020
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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September Scavenger Hunt Month of September FREE Event Fun September activity! Gather your kids and head to the Museum! Pick up your scavenger hunt bag and scour the area. Bring your treasures to the front desk any time in September and receive a treat!

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Thursdays on the Dock – Local Honey

September 3, 2020 @ 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 Local Honey Thursday, September 3, 2020 5:30 - 7:30 pm Please arrive early to ensure your spot on the lawn - Space is very limited. In order to maintain best social distance practices, we need to limit the number attending our Thursday On The Dock performances. The number allowed on the lawn is dictated by CT State regulations. Thank you for your understanding during these uncommon times. Now in its 11th year, Thursday’s on the Dock continues…

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Thursdays on the Dock – USCG Dixieland Band

September 10, 2020 @ 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, September 10, 2020 5:30 - 7:30 pm Please arrive early to ensure your spot on the lawn - Space is very limited. In order to maintain best social distance practices, we need to limit the number attending our Thursday On The Dock performances. The number allowed on the lawn is dictated by CT State regulations. Thank you for your understanding during these uncommon times. Now in its 11th year, Thursday’s on the…

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POSTPONED UNTIL 2021 DATE TBD – Authors & Artists Series: Walt Woodward

September 15, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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POSTPONED UNTIL 2021 DATE TBD Authors & Artists Series: Walt Woodward & The Band of Steady Habits Present A New Album & A New Book Tuesday, September 15, 2020 6:00 pm $5.00 Non-Members Members Free Members Click Here to Register Album Premiere Great River The album premiere celebrates the release of Walt Woodward and The Band of Steady Habits’  (Rachel Smith, Teagan Smith, Jeremy Teitelbaum, Duke York, and Walt) debut mini-album, Great River, which includes representative songs from Walt Woodward…

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Thursdays on the Dock – Tiny Ocean

September 17, 2020 @ 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 Tiny Ocean Thursday, September 17, 2020 5:30 - 7:30 pm Please arrive early to ensure your spot on the lawn - Space is very limited. In order to maintain best social distance practices, we need to limit the number attending our Thursday On The Dock performances. The number allowed on the lawn is dictated by CT State regulations. Thank you for your understanding during these uncommon times. Now in its 11th year, Thursday’s on the Dock…

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Authors & Artists Online Series: Chad Floyd

September 29, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Authors & Artists Online Series: Chad Floyd SS United States: Hallmark of Modern Design Presented online via Zoom Tuesday, September 29, 2020 6:00 pm $5.00 Non-Members Members Free Members Click Here to Register In an illustrated lecture, Centerbrook Architects Partner Chad Floyd, FAIA, tells the story of the liner SS United States, the fastest ocean liner ever built. Floyd’s lecture describes a remarkable collaboration between the ship’s naval architect, William Francis Gibbs, and its interior designer, Dorothy Marckwald. Launched in…

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October 2020

First Responder Fridays!

October 2, 2020 @ 10:00 am - November 20, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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First Responder Fridays! Each Friday from October 1 - November 20. We appreciate the tireless efforts of first responders everywhere. Every Friday between October 1 and November 20, first responders receive half-price admission to the Connecticut River Museum!

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World Sight Day 2020

October 8, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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World Sight Day: Thursday, October 8, 2020 Free Admission to the blind World Sight Day is an annual day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness. The Day is observed around the world and is the main advocacy event for the prevention of blindness and for "Vision 2020: The Right to Sight", a global effort to prevent blindness created by WHO and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.  If you are interested in learning more, please go…

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Carlson’s Landing Dinner and A Sail

October 10, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Carlson's Landing Dinner and A Sail Saturday, October 10 5:00 pm $75 Book your Dinner and a Sail Here! Dinner and a Sail? What's not to love? Join us on Saturday, October 10 for a Sunset Sail followed by a delicious dinner at Carlson's Landing. Click Here for your Carlson's Landing Dinner and a Sail Menu!   Book your Dinner and a Sail Here!

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Authors & Artists Online Series: Erica Cirino “Trashed rivers, seas of plastic: How your habits on land harm the ocean”

October 13, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Erica Cirino “Trashed rivers, seas of plastic: How your habits on land harm the ocean” Presented online via Zoom Tuesday, October 13, 2020 6:00 pm $5.00 Non-Members Members Free Members Click Here to Register The ocean is often depicted as ground zero of the world’s plastic pollution crisis. But it turns out that a minority of plastic in the oceans—about 20 percent—is there as a result of dumping at sea. The vast majority of pollution—about 80 percent—blows from land to…

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CRM Volunteer Painting Day!

October 24, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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CRM Volunteer Opportunity Paint the Boathouse Exterior Saturday, October 24 8:00 am to Noon Join CRM Board Vice Chair Bruce Lawrence and Executive Director Jennifer Carlson as we paint the exterior of the Boathouse.  Wear clothes for painting. Snacks and beverages will be provided! Please let us know if you will be here. Contact Jennifer at 860.767.8269, ext 112. Or by email. jcarlson@ctrivermuseum.org Rain Date: Sunday, October 25, 12:00 pm  - 4:00 pm

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Fall Leaf-Peeping Cruise on the Connecticut River

October 25, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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October 25, 2020 Two Sails! 10:30 am - 12:30 pm OR 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Join us for a leaf-peeping cruise on the Connecticut River aboard our replica of the historic ship Onrust. Enjoy the vibrant colors and enchanting scents of the river and nature in autumn in the Connecticut River Valley. Light fall snacks will be served. $35/person CLICK HERE TO REGISTER  for the 10:30-12:30 Sail or CLICK HERE TO REGISTER  for the 1:00-3:00 Sail Questions: Call 860-767-8269,…

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November 2020

Wreaths of the River Valley 2020 Auction – Accepting Donations!

November 5, 2020 @ 10:00 am - November 25, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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  Accepting Donations through Wednesday, November 25 at 5:00 pm Wreath auction runs from Tuesday, December 1 - Thursday, December 10   Share the joy of the holiday season as you create your one-of-a-kind holiday wreath. Connecticut River Museum is collecting wreaths for our second annual Wreaths of the River Valley auction. Donations accepted from area businesses, organizations, and families! We can only accept the first 30 wreaths. If you are interested in donating your creation, click below for guidelines!…

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Authors & Artists Online Series: Wick Griswold

November 10, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Authors & Artists Series: Wick Griswold Connecticut River Shipbuilding Presented online via Zoom Tuesday, November 10, 2020 6:00 pm Members Free Members Click Here to Register Join us to launch Wick Griswold and Ruth Major's latest book -  Connecticut River Shipbuilding Wick Griswold is sharing the release of his latest book which he co-wrote with Ruth Major, Connecticut River Shipbuilding, here at the Connecticut River Museum. We could not be more excited!  The primary focus of the book is on…

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Veterans Day – Free Admission to Veterans and Current Military Personnel

November 11, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Veterans Day: Wednesday, November 11, 2020   In support and appreciation of former and current military personnel, we offer free admission to all veterans and current military personnel on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.  

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27th Annual Holiday Train Show

November 24, 2020 @ 10:00 am - February 14, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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PURCHASE TICKETS  Prepaid, timed admission tickets are required for all visitors, including Members. Please remember that these are timed-entry tickets. If you are unable to arrive in time for your reserved session, you may be asked to transfer to a different time. Trains run daily Tuesday through Sunday Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - Sunday, February 14, 2021 The family friendly Holiday Train Show exhibit is back at the Connecticut River Museum for its 27th year of fun for all ages.…

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December 2020

Bid for Wreaths! Wreaths of the River Valley Auction 2020

December 1, 2020 @ 8:00 am - December 11, 2020 @ 12:00 am
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Bid for Wreaths: Tuesday, December 1 - Thursday, December 10 Browse and Bid For Your Holiday Wreath Here! Connecticut River Museum collected wreaths for our second annual Wreaths of the River Valley auction from area businesses, organizations, and families! Don't live nearby and still want to get in on the fun? No problem! We will ship your wreath to you! Contact Phyllis Stillman for more information.  Wreath auction bidding closes at Midnight, December 10; the evening of our holiday fundraiser,…

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Virtual Mistletoe & Martinis Celebration 2020

December 10, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - December 31, 2020 @ 9:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Virtual Fundraiser Thursday, December 10, 2020   Welcome to Virtual Mistletoe & Martinis! This festive online celebration features a "how-to" make our signature martini, a fabulous meal from Carlson's Landing, Becker's Red Box raffle, Wreaths of the River Valley auction and so much more. Program Event Schedule To view the series of videos for our virtual fundraiser, click on each green title below: Welcome to Virtual Mistletoe & Martinis! Get an Education Update with Allison Insall, Director of Education Get…

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January 2021

Boathouse Kids Crafts – Winter Scavenger Hunt

January 18 - February 28
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Winter Scavenger Hunt FREE Event Fun Winter activity! Gather your kids and head to the Museum! Pick up your scavenger hunt bag and scour the area. Bring your treasures to the front desk through the end of February and receive a treat!

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February 2021

Homeschool Program: River Dwellers

February 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 10:00 am - 12:30 pm Connecticut River Museum: River Dwellers Learn about the many changes that have occurred over time in the river, its valley, and watershed. Discuss the historic, environmental, and social experiences of the people who made the river valley their home. Gain appreciation for the community decisions that helped drive the development and protection of the river. Click Here to Register!  

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CRM Talks: Andrew Fisk – How Did We Clean Up Our Rivers? An Environmental History of the Legislation, Technology, and Politics of Clean Water in the Connecticut River Watershed

February 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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CRM Talks: Andrew Fisk, "How Did We Clean Up Our Rivers? An Environmental History of the Legislation, Technology, and Politics of Clean Water in the Connecticut River Watershed" Tuesday, February 9, 2021 6:00 - 7:00 pm Members $5.00 Non-Members $10.00 Andrew Fisk, Ph.D., Executive Director, Connecticut River Conservancy "How Did We Clean Up Our Rivers? An Environmental History of the Legislation, Technology, and Politics of Clean Water in the Connecticut River Watershed" We all have a responsibility to make our…

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March 2021

CRM Talks – Renee Tribert – Mills: Making Places of Connecticut

March 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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CRM Talks - Renee Tribert - Mills: Making Places of Connecticut Tuesday, March 9, 2021 6:00 - 7:00 pm Members $5.00 Non-Members $10.00 Renee Tribert, Preservation Connecticut Mills: Making Places of Connecticut Join us as we discuss the historic physical structures that speak to Connecticut's industrial past, and carry forward to our present and future. Interesting industries/architecture, as well as case studies on different rehabs throughout the state will be discussed. Highlights cover the industries in Essex, Deep River, and…

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Hands on the Land: Art and the Environment in the Connecticut River Valley

March 18 @ 10:00 am - October 17 @ 5:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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March 18, 2021 - October 17, 2021 The natural world of the Connecticut River Valley has seen great changes over the past four centuries. At the Connecticut River Museum, we often use history and science to teach our visitors about these changes. This year, we are partnering with the Lyme Art Association for an exhibit that uses art as our guide to the changes in our natural world. Hands on the Land: Art and the Environment in the Connecticut River…

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April 2021

CRM Talks – Eric Hintz: Three Centuries of Innovation in the Connecticut River Valley

April 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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CRM Talks - Eric Hintz: Three Centuries of Innovation in the Connecticut River Valley Tuesday, April 6, 2021 6:00 - 7:00 pm Members $5.00 Non-Members $10.00 Eric Hintz, Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation/Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History Three Centuries of Innovation in the Connecticut River Valley The Connecticut River valley has long been—and remains—one of the nation’s most important places of innovation, commerce, and creativity. The Connecticut River valley first supported agriculture and trade among…

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STEAM Girls 2021

April 15 @ 8:00 am - April 27 @ 5:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Connecticut River Museum’s STEAMgirls Program FREE Program! A virtual program to serve girls, age 10-16, interested in studying the academic areas of STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. Thanks to a generous grant through The Petit Family Foundation, we are able to offer this program free of charge. Once monthly after school for a four-month period, STEAMgirls participants meet and speak with accomplished young women, learning first-hand about the career successes women are experiencing in all areas of STEAM;…

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STEAMgirls at CRM: Ming Thompson

April 15 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Thursday, April 15, 2021 4:30 pm Connecticut River Museum’s STEAMgirls Program Featuring: Ming Thompson FREE program! A virtual program to serve girls, age 10-16, interested in studying the academic areas of STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. Thanks to a generous grant through The Petit Family Foundation, we are able to offer this program free of charge. Once monthly after school for a four-month period, STEAMgirls participants meet and speak with accomplished young women, learning first-hand about the career…

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Earth Day 2021

April 22 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Thursday, April 22, 2021 is Earth Day. At the Connecticut River Museum, we celebrate Earth Day EVERY DAY. Stop in; the first 50 visitors receive FREE seed packets. (One per group) While you're here, be sure to take in our Hands on the Land Exhibit. Funding generously provided by the Rockfall Foundation. CRM is proud to display the video “Invading the Connecticut River- The Spread of Hydrilla” courtesy of CT Resource Conservation and Development (CT RC&D). Created and written by…

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CRM Talks – Neil Pederson – The Memories and Lives of Old Trees and What They Can Tell Us About Climate History

April 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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CRM Talks - Neil Pederson, Senior Ecologist, Harvard University Forest Tuesday, April 27, 2021 6:00 - 7:00 pm Members $5.00 Non-Members $10.00 Neil Pederson, Senior Ecologist, Harvard University Forest The Memories and Lives of Old Trees and What They Can Tell Us About Climate History Did you know that, until recently, people in the Northeastern US have been living in one of the wettest eras of the last 500 years? Trees do. Did you know that, until recently, global warming…

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May 2021

STEAMgirls at CRM: Erica Cirino

May 6 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Thursday, May 6, 2021 4:30 pm Connecticut River Museum’s STEAMgirls Program Featuring: Erica Cirino FREE Program! A virtual program to serve girls, age 10-16, interested in studying the academic areas of STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. Thanks to a generous grant through The Petit Family Foundation, we are able to offer this program free of charge. Once monthly after school for a four-month period, STEAMgirls participants meet and speak with accomplished young women, learning first-hand about the career…

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Burning of the Ships Day 2021

May 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Burning of the Ships Commemoration Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 2:00 PM Connecticut River Museum, Essex, CT The Burning of the Ships Commemoration is a free public celebration held in Essex, Connecticut on the second Saturday in May. The Sailing Masters of 1812 hold the commemorative event to mark the British raid on Essex ships and shipyard on April 8, 1814 during the War of 1812. The 2021 event, under COVID-19 precautions, requires a smaller commemoration with a single corps…

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Mothers’ Day 2021

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Mothers' Day Sunday, May 9 In honor of the Mothers, who do so much for everyone, CRM is offering FREE admission for all mothers when your children accompany you.

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CRM Talks – Adair Mulligan: The Connecticut: New England’s Great River

May 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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CRM Talks - Adair Mulligan, Executive Director, Hanover Conservancy The Connecticut: New England's Great River Tuesday, May 18, 2021 6:00 - 7:00 pm Members $5.00 Non-Members $10.00 PURCHASE TICKETS  Adair Mulligan, Executive Director, Hanover Conservancy The Connecticut: New England’s Great River The largest river in New England rises in a small beaver pond near the Canadian border and flows over 400 miles through four states, falling 2670 feet to the sea through America’s only watershed-based national fish and wildlife refuge.…

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Connecticut Waters: Celebrating Our Coastline and Waterways

May 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Book Signing with Caryn B. Davis Sunday, May 23, 2021 1:00 - 3:00 pm Connecticut Waters is a tribute to Connecticut’s maritime roots, both past and present. The book takes readers on a nautical journey exploring the many ways Nutmeggers use our lakes, rivers, sounds and shores for industry, education, and recreation. From boat builders to antique, power, and sailing vessels, to lobster shacks, the oyster and fishing industries, historic ferries, nautical arts, lighthouses and islands, charter boats, maritime festivals…

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Shanties & Sails: May 25 – Marc Bernier

May 25 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Shanties & Sails: May 25 - Marc Bernier Tuesday, May 25, 2021 5:30-6:30 Shanties:  FREE 7:00-8:00 Onrust:  $25. Sail aboard the Onrust with the performers! A big Thank You shout out to our Shanties & Sails sponsor Privé Swiss Wellness for their generous support! We are limiting seating aboard the Onrust to 15 passengers to ensure you all have safe distancing. Shanties & Sails is back! Come down to the River and enjoy an evening of Sea Shanties. 🎼 You want…

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June 2021

Shanties & Sails: June 1 – Rick Spencer and Dawn Indermuehle

June 1 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Shanties & Sails: June 1 - Rick Spencer and Dawn Indermuehle Tuesday, June 1, 2021 5:30-6:30 Shanties:  FREE 7:00-8:00 Onrust:  $25. Sail aboard the Onrust with the performers! A big Thank You shout out to our Shanties & Sails sponsor Privé Swiss Wellness for their generous support! We are limiting seating aboard the Onrust to ensure you all have safe distancing. Information regarding Onrust Sails will come as we get closer to the date to ensure compliance with the State of…

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RiverFare 2021

June 3 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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SOLD OUT! Thursday, June 3, 2021 $75 Individual Ticket $150 Patron ticket Can't make it to RiverFare, but want to bid on our awesome items? Place a bid by clicking on this link: Click Here to Bid. Pre-Bidding is open until Wednesday June 2 at 10:00 am. No Walk-Ins, Tickets Must Be Pre-Purchased. Kickoff summer at Connecticut River Museum’s annual RiverFare gourmet food and drink tasting event on the Museum’s riverfront lawn. Local caterers and restaurants provide delicious samples of…

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CRM Talks – Robert Kim Bingham – Courageous Dissent: How Harry Bingham Defied His Government to Save Lives

June 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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CRM Talks - Robert Kim Bingham, Retired Federal Attorney, US Department of Justice and US Department of Homeland Security Tuesday, June 8, 2021 6:00 - 7:00 pm Members $5.00 Non-Members $10.00 PURCHASE TICKETS  Robert Kim Bingham, Retired Federal Attorney, US Department of Justice and US Department of Homeland Security Courageous Dissent: How Harry Bingham Defied His Government to Save Lives Courageous Dissent is the first book published about America's unsung diplomat hero Hiram (Harry) Bingham IV, the author's father, who…

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STEAMgirls at CRM: Gabriel Chevalier

June 10 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Thursday, June 10, 2021 4:30 pm Connecticut River Museum’s STEAMgirls Program Featuring: Gabriel Chevalier FREE Program! A virtual program to serve girls, age 10-16, interested in studying the academic areas of STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. Thanks to a generous grant through The Petit Family Foundation, we are able to offer this program free of charge. Once monthly after school for a four-month period, STEAMgirls participants meet and speak with accomplished young women, learning first-hand about the career…

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Songs From the Elephant’s Trunk

June 10 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Songs from the Elephant's Trunk Thursday, June 10, 2021 6:30 pm (Rain Date: Wednesday, June 16, 6:30 pm) FREE and open to the public! A collaboration Ivoryton Playhouse and Brief Cameo Productions, Songs From The Elephant’s Trunk is a celebration of live performance, featuring concert selections both honoring the Playhouse's past successes and looking ahead to a bright and hopeful future. Ivoryton Playhouse One of the oldest, if not the first, self-supporting summer theaters in the nation, The Ivoryton Playhouse,…

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CT Open House Day 2021

June 12 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Saturday, June 12 FREE Admission to the First 50 Guests on this day. To celebrate Connecticut Open House Day, the Connecticut River Museum is extending FREE admission to the first 50 guests. Use code: CTOPEN A  special Kids' Craft is offered from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. Connecticut Open House Day helps Connecticut residents learn about the amazing experiences in their own backyard. Art galleries, museums, theaters, historic properties, attractions, restaurants, and other key tourism sites throughout the state of Connecticut participate.

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Homeschool Program: Navigation Skills and Onrust Sail

June 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Tuesday, June 15, 2021 10:00 am - 12:30 pm Connecticut River Museum: Navigation Skills and Onrust Sail Learn how to read charts to navigate the waterways. Older children complete a series of navigational challenges. Younger children learn to read a chart and use a compass. All participants take a hands-on sail aboard the Onrust. Click Here to Register!

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Shanties & Sails: June 15 – Geoff Kaufman

June 15 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Shanties & Sails: June 15 - Geoff Kaufman Tuesday, June 15, 2021 5:30-6:30 Shanties:  FREE 7:00-8:00 Onrust:  $25. Sail aboard the Onrust with the performers! A big Thank You shout out to our Shanties & Sails sponsor Privé Swiss Wellness for their generous support! Shanties & Sails is back! Come down and enjoy an evening of Sea Shanties. 🎼 You want to be on the deck to hear talented shanty and sea-song musicians for a FREE one hour live performance. Add…

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Dueling Demos with Howard Park and Lisa Miceli

June 17 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Thursday, June 17, 2021 5:00 pm FREE Program, Registration Required. On the Lawn at the Connecticut River Museum (Rain Date: June 24) Dueling Demos is an entertaining and fast-paced demonstration of how two artists view the same scene and paint it with two different mediums, oil paint and watercolor. While Howard and Lisa are painting, they explain their painting process and use of color, all the while engaging the audience in friendly conversation. While many activities were curtailed during the…

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Father’s Day Onrust Sails with Carlson’s Landing

June 20 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Father's Day Onrust Dinner Sails with Carlson's Landing Sunday, June 20 Dinner and a Sail? What's not to love? Join us on Sunday, June 20 for a Sail and a delicious dinner at Carlson's Landing. Click Here for your Father's Day Onrust Sail with Carlson's Landing menu! Onrust Sails on Sunday at 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm. 2:00 pm $30/person. Book your sail here. 6:00 pm  $35/person. Book your sail here.  Carlson's Landing created a special meal for our Father's…

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STEAMgirls at CRM: Shani Mensing

June 22 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Thursday, June 22, 2021 4:30 pm Connecticut River Museum’s STEAMgirls Program Featuring: Shani Mensing FREE Program! A virtual program to serve girls, age 10-16, interested in studying the academic areas of STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. Thanks to a generous grant through The Petit Family Foundation, we are able to offer this program free of charge. Once monthly after school for a four-month period, STEAMgirls participants meet and speak with accomplished young women, learning first-hand about the career…

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Shanties & Sails: June 22 – The Johnson Girls

June 22 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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POSTPONED DUE TO IMPENDING RAIN TODAY. DATE TO BE DETERMINED.  Shanties & Sails: June 22 - The 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 shout out to our Shanties & Sails sponsor Privé Swiss Wellness for their generous support! We are limiting seating aboard the Onrust to ensure you all have safe distancing. Information regarding Onrust Sails will come as we get closer to the…

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