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Connecticut River Museum

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67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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June 2019

Onrust River Cruises

June 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am - October 20, 2019 @ 11:00 am
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Last Day to Sail is October 20! With the current State of Connecticut notifications regarding Eastern Equine Encephalitis, we encourage all who attend our 6 pm cruises to wear long sleeves and to use insect repellent. Click Here For More Information and To Purchase            

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RiverFare 2019

June 6, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$60

The unofficial kickoff to summer on the Shoreline, Connecticut River Museum’s annual fundraiser RiverFare is a gourmet food and drink tasting event on the Museum’s riverfront lawn. Numerous local caterers and restaurants vendors provide delicious samples of their culinary talents for patrons, as well as tastings from breweries and wineries of the River Valley. A full cash bar, music, and silent auction offering all sorts of great items and experiences! All proceeds benefit the Connecticut River Museum. Tickets are $60…

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July 2019

Paddle Program – Come Paddle With Us!

July 5, 2019 - September 8, 2019
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Explore the North, Middle, South Coves, and Nott Island on Kayaks, Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUPs), and Canoes. The 2 hour paddle price includes your vessel, a laminated map to show you the best spots to paddle, and a Personal Flotation Device (pfd). These paddles are self -guided. Admission to the museum is only $5 with price of paddle!  Book Your Paddle Today! Come paddle during the week - just give 48 hours notice. Private Paddle Tours with our Education…

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Finding the First Americans

July 7, 2019 - July 12, 2019
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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July 8th-12th (ages 9- 12) Learn how to make a dugout canoe, cook on the open fire, make a wigwam model, learn about different ways to catch and find your food, create pottery and other containers, plant a 3 sisters garden and more. Located at historic Bushnell Farm in Old Saybrook. Register below for Finding the First Americans. If you are a Connecticut River Museum Family Member or above, please select member pricing and enter your member number in the…

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Thursdays on the Dock – Crosstracks

July 11, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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Free

BLUEGRASS AND MORE! Featuring New England Cider Company 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. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a different local act each week! No BYOB please. To start our summer season off right, this week’s performer is Crosstracks, an Americana band. They play blues, folk, jug,…

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Vintage Treasures – Antique & Classic Boat Show

July 13, 2019 @ 5:00 am - 12:30 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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The Southern New England Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society holds their 35th annual “Vintage Treasures” show at the Connecticut River Museum on Saturday, July 13th! A must see for any fans of classic boats and cars. Free to the public. The vessel Valentine, a 1929, 50 foot Elco, will join us this year in celebration of her 90th birthday. This is sure to be a special sight gracing our docks. Boats will be docked at the Museum…

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Return to Colonial Life Camp

July 14, 2019 - July 19, 2019
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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July 15 - 19 (ages 9 - 12) Have you survived Colonial Life Camp? Are you ready to travel back to the past? Become a member of a colonial community, try your hand at farming activities, woodworking projects, a school day and cook an entire meal on the open hearth. (Participation in Colonial Life Camp not required.) Located at historic Bushnell Farm in Old Saybrook. Register here for Return to Colonial Life Camp. If you are a Connecticut River Museum…

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Colonial Survival Camp

July 14, 2019 - July 19, 2019
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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July 15 - 19 (ages 6-8) Travel back in time and discover what life was like on a colonial farm. Build a timber frame structure, learn to weave, cook on an open hearth, plant a garden, play colonial games and more! Located at historic Bushnell Farm in Old Saybrook. Register here for the Colonial Survival Camp. If you are a Connecticut River Museum Family Member or above, please select member pricing and enter your member number in the notes at…

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Thursdays on the Dock – Geoffrey Kaufman

July 18, 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. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a different local act each week! No BYOB please. Songs of the sea, songs of the earth, songs of the heart and the spirit—all of these are in Geoff Kaufman‘s ditty bag. Ancient ballads, work songs, and…

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Digging Into the Past Camp

July 22, 2019 @ 4:00 am - July 26, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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July 22 - 26 (ages 9- 12) What treasures lie buried beneath us? What clues do they reveal about the past? This week we learn about the science of archaeology as we discover the history of the River Valley. Learn how to conduct an excavation, find out how artifacts talk to us, explore a cemetery, visit an island and more! Located at the Museum campus in Essex. Register below for Digging Into the Past Camp. If you are a Connecticut…

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Thursdays on the Dock – Butter Jones

July 25, 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. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a different local act each week! No BYOB please. Butter Jones is a unique blend of indie rock, Americana, and a dash of jam band. It’s the sound of four musicians creating as one.  Powered by three…

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August 2019

Thursdays on the Dock – Tiny Ocean

August 1, 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. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a different local act each week! No BYOB please. Tiny Ocean is an Americana, indie folk group.  While you are here, enjoy free massages offered by the team from Prive Swiss Wellness. Sponsored by Prive Swiss Wellnessand…

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Myths and Legends Onrust Brunch

August 4, 2019 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 am
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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$28

Join Connecticut River Museum Curator Amy Trout on a morning sail on the Onrust. Discover the Myths and Legends of the Connecticut River Valley! Enjoy the sights of the River! Light continental style breakfast served. Space is limited – Preregistration is required. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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Thursdays on the Dock- Local Honey

August 8, 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. Our featured drink tasting is Two Roads Brewing 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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Conquer the Current Paddle Regatta

August 10, 2019 @ 4:00 am - 11:00 am
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
$50 – $140

The Connecticut River Museum’s THIRD annual downriver paddle regatta to benefit the Museum’s education programs will take place on August 10th, 2019 from 8:00 – 3:00. The Regatta is open to all paddle craft: canoes, kayaks, stand up paddle boards and rowboats! This year will feature 3 race routes: 1. Essex Harbor Recreation Race: The new 3 mile race starts at Pettipaug Yacht Club in Essex and finishes in front of the Connecticut River Museum $45 registration per person, $75 for…

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River Rangers Camp

August 11, 2019 - August 12, 2019
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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August 12 - 16 (ages 9 - 12) Exploration and adventure await when you join the River Rangers and challenge yourself to find out all you can about the River. Spend each day in coves, on islands and on the water, collecting samples, conducting experiments, and building a study lab at the Museum. Located at the Museum campus in Essex. Register below for River Rangers Camp. If you are a Connecticut River Museum Family Member or above, please select member pricing…

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Thursdays on the Dock- USCG Dixieland Jazz Band

August 15, 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. Our featured drink vendor this evening is Fisher’s Island Lemonade.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a different local act each week! No BYOB please. This evening’s concert will feature the United States Coast Guard’s Dixieland Jazz Band.  The Dixieland Jazz Band has entertained…

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River Monsters and other Fish Tales

August 20, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426 United States
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August 20, 2019 5:30 - 7:00 pm Hear Connecticut River Conservancy Executive Director Andy Fisk share his story of Connie the River Monster.  See firsthand proof of her existence and learn of other legendary fish tales. Prior to joining CRC in May 2011, Andy served as Director of the Land and Water Quality Bureau at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection for seven years. As Maine’s land and water quality director, Andy had extensive experience with a range of state…

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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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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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Free

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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 8:00 am - March 15 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 4:30 am - April 12 @ 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 @ 4:30 am - April 12 @ 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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