Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Old Saybrook Photo Galleries

The finishing touches were made on the large Train Show exhibit on Wednesday afternoon at the Connecticut River Museum.  This will be the 27th year of the Holiday Train Show artist Steve Cryan has created. The show will run from November 24th at 10am to February 14th at 5pm.  Due to COVID-19 new protocols are in place requiring any member or non member to purchase timed admission tickets online in advance of their visit. Steve Cryan set the train with the video camera on the tracks. The train's live video feed plaed on a monitor on the wall. 
Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

Connecticut River Museum Gears Up for 27th Annual Holiday Train Show

Published Nov. 24, 2020 10:39 a.m. • 18 Photos
The  Essex Fire Department hosted a drive-by Halloween event with spooky displays created by local businesses and organizations, rows of lit jack-o-lanterns carved by members of the community, and a variety of treat bags as well as new batteries for smoke  and carbon monoxide detectors that were acquired through a grant from energizer batteries. 
Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

Essex Fire Department Hosts Drive-By Halloween Event

Published Nov. 03, 2020 12:39 p.m. • 32 Photos
Valley Regional field hockey tied Westbrook 1-1 at Westbrook High School. Lily Grow  (3)
Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

Valley Regional Field Hockey Ties Westbrook

Published Nov. 03, 2020 12:40 p.m. • 23 Photos
Chase Conrad (22)
Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

Valley Regional Girls’ Loses Close Contest Versus Haddam-Killingworth

Published Nov. 03, 2020 12:40 p.m. • 31 Photos
Grace Haskins  (7)
Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

Valley Field Hockey Shuts Out H-K

Published Oct. 27, 2020 02:55 p.m. • 24 Photos
The Scarecrows are back in Essex lining Main Street on the lamp posts; a part of the 2020 Scarecrow FestiFall scheduled by the Essex Board of Trade. Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

Scarecrows Return to Essex

Published Oct. 13, 2020 03:04 p.m. • 16 Photos
Hannah Tejedor  (17)Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

Valley Regional Girls’ Soccer Routs Hale-Ray

Published Oct. 06, 2020 01:52 p.m. • 34 Photos
Kripalu Yoga teacher Erin Schuster leads a yoga session in the garden at the Copper Beech Inn.  The class was followed by a prix fixe brunch and mimosa served by the historic Inn.

Photo by Susan Lambert/The Courier

Yoga at the Copper Beech Inn

Published Sep. 01, 2020 03:23 p.m. • 8 Photos
Tropical Storm Isaias damage on the East Haven Town Green.
Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

Isaias Rips Through the Shoreline

Published Aug. 11, 2020 10:41 a.m. • 112 Photos
Al Fresco Thursdays was on in Essex on Thursday night with dining open from Olive Oil's Creative Cuisine, The Griswold Inn, Lobster Rolls to go at Main Street Park, and food at the Connecticut River Museum for their sold out ThursdayþÄôs On The Dock featuring Butter Jones. 
Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

Thursdays on the Dock, Alfresco Thursdays Return to Essex

Published July 28, 2020 03:00 p.m. • 22 Photos
Valley Regional High School held itþÄôs Sixty-Ninth Annual Commencement Exercise in a drive-through setting on Wednesday, June 17th.
Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

A First for VRHS Graduation

Published June 24, 2020 08:37 a.m. • 87 Photos
Valley lost 3-5 to Morgan at home. Cameron Frazier  (9)
Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

Congrats, Valley Senior Athletes

Published June 17, 2020 02:17 p.m. • 45 Photos
Family, friends and members of the community including Essex, Westbrook and Old Saybrook Fire and police gave Brendan Kobe a parade send off on Thursday evening in Essex as he prepares to depart for the Marines.  Mom, Nadine Morse,  Quinn and Brendan Kobe wave as Essex Fire Truck 1 passed by honking.
Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

A Big-Time Send-Off for an Essex Marine

Published May 19, 2020 03:37 p.m. • 22 Photos
Valley Regional High School held itþÄôs final dress rehearsal for their spring musical, Matilda, by Roald Dahl, produced and directed by Ingrid Walsh, orchestrations and additional music by Chris Nightingale, music direction by Keith and Laura Traver, coreography by Tessa Grunwald.  This was their last performance due to the schoolþÄôs extended recess due to the Covid - 19  virus. Michael Rosie  (Michael Wormwood),  Noa Kleinberg (Mrs. Wormwood) &  Lukas Kauffman (Mr. Wormwood),  Claire Majewski (Matilda)
Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

Valley Production of ‘Matilda’ Canceled by COVID Closure

Published March 17, 2020 02:05 p.m. • 53 Photos
Essex Elementary School held a Family Night, Friday night with pizza and pajama party, bake sale, raffles, crafts raising money for the Essex Elementary School Foundation. Callie Tyrseck, Mason Faison and Jackson Tyrseck pose for a photo in the cafeteria. 
Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

Essex Elementary School Holds Family Night

Published March 03, 2020 01:27 p.m. • 11 Photos
The Valley Regional High School Crew Team held a Row-A-Thon to raise money for the team.  Each of the students got sponsors for their 5K rowing effort, with Adams Supermarket contributing food and snacks.  There is a website for anyone who would like to find out more about the team as well as contribute that missed this fundraiser and it can be found at Ryce Libby and her teammates row 5K.
Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

VRHS Crew Team Holds Row-a-Thon Fundraiser

Published Feb. 25, 2020 12:27 p.m. • 14 Photos
Friday afternoon was cold and windy on the Connecticut River and a great way to see the Eagles and other winter birds from the deck of RIverQuest.  The Winter Wildlife Eagle Cruises are back and depart from the Connecticut River Museum.
Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

Winter Wildlife Eagle Cruises Return for the Season

Published Feb. 18, 2020 02:00 p.m. • 40 Photos
Ryan Shasha 
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Warriors’ Track Competes at Shorelines

Published Feb. 11, 2020 02:27 p.m. • 12 Photos
Siena Schaller  (5)
Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

Valley Girls’ Basketball Notches Win in Old Saybrook

Published Jan. 28, 2020 12:46 p.m. • 17 Photos
Erin Ward 
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Valley Gymnastics Gets a Win in Madison

Published Jan. 28, 2020 12:46 p.m. • 24 Photos
A bright sunny day brought the crowds to line  Main St. with their pots and pans and wooden spoons to wake this years Essex Ed up.  The Essex Community Fund sign in front of Essex Ed salutes this year

Essex Fire Department the Theme for This Year’s Essex Ed

Published Jan. 28, 2020 12:11 p.m. • 40 Photos
Chris Sparaco  (11), Gavin Grabowski (2)
Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

Valley Boys’ Hoops Earns Win at H-K

Published Jan. 22, 2020 12:29 p.m. • 39 Photos
The Essex Winter Series kicked off its 2020 Concert Season with Mihae LeeþÄôs Tenth Anniversary Concert. Celebrating Mihae Lee's Thent Anniversary as Artistic Director with Ani Kavafian and Fenton Brown Emerging Artist Alumni performing Appalachian Spring Suite for 13 instruments (1944) Aaron Copland (1900-90) Yoobin Son, flute(2012) Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet (2013), Adrian Morejon, bassoon (2012), Mihae Lee, piano, Ani Kavafian and Edson Scheid (2018) violin I, Katie Hyun (2011 & 2018) Luke Flemming (2015), viola, Joann Whang (2017) and Mihai Marcia (2011) cello, and Joe Magar (2018) double bass. 
Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

Essex Winter Series Kicks Off Season

Published Jan. 14, 2020 01:58 p.m. • 16 Photos
Gavin Grabowski  (2)
Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

Valley Boys' Basketball Routs Windham

Published Dec. 30, 2019 02:14 p.m. • 25 Photos
Elizabeth Cap  (24) and Head Coach Jaimie Toto cheer on the team.
Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

Warriors' Girls' Hoops Defeats Morgan

Published Dec. 30, 2019 03:15 p.m. • 22 Photos
A cold clear Saturday  night for the Ivoryton Illuminations, with crowds filling the streets and the Ivoryton Playhouse grounds listing and singing along with choirs, as they waited for Santa's arrival.  IvorytonþÄôs executive/artistic director Jacqueline Hubbard and Santa peep through the window at the playhouse.
Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Courier

Ivoryton Illuminations Lights Up Essex

Published Dec. 10, 2019 04:22 p.m. • 36 Photos
The Santa Special, Elf Academy rolls out this holiday season abroad the Essex Steam Train.  Each railway car is decked out in festive holiday decorations with a personal þÄúElf ProfessorþÄù.  As they ride the train, children and their families are led through a series of songs, fun activities and games as they enjoy a special visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus and learn how to become a Santa Elf.

Six-week-old Oliver Ortiz discovers the magic of his first holiday. He is held by his father Carlos Ortiz.

Photo by Susan Lambert/The Courier

Elf Academy for Aspiring Elves

Published Dec. 03, 2019 02:01 p.m. • 27 Photos
Tuesday November 26th Haddam Killingworth vs Valley Regional football game. Valley Regional won the game 20-2.

celebrating their win the coveted Principal Cup.

Photo by Susan Lambert/The Courier

Valley-Old Lyme Football Beats Haddam-Killingworth, 20-2

Published Dec. 03, 2019 03:05 p.m. • 22 Photos
Artist and train enthusiast Steve Cryan at work on his train layout at the Connecticut River Museum. For the past 26 years his intricate miniature world of trains signals the start of the holiday season at the museum. The exhibit features an intricate 26ft model layout, a childrenþÄôs interactive layout, original art by Cryan, model trains and a discovery game. Collecting trains since he was a child Cryan worked on the railroad while serving in the army.  The train exhibit opens November 27th and runs through mid-February. For more information go to 

Photo by Susan Lambert/The Courier

Steve Cryan’s Train Exhibit Returns to the Connecticut River Museum

Published Nov. 27, 2019 10:21 a.m. • 13 Photos
Old Lyme-Valley_Old Saybrook  girls swimming finished 6th in the CIAC Class M Championship at SCSU. Lauren Lee  500 Free
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Old Lyme-Valley-Saybrook Girls’ Swimming Places 6th in Class M

Published Nov. 27, 2019 10:42 a.m. • 21 Photos