Sunday, November 28, 2021

Special Publications

Holiday Events on the Shoreline

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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

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)

The information below was accurate at press time. Always verify information before attending events, and follow CDC guidelines for health and safety.

 

Thursday, Nov. 19

Frightening Fall Downtown Mystic Ghost Strolls: 7 to 8:45 p.m. Downtown Mystic. Cost: Starting at $20. No animals allowed. Hosted by Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours, LLC. For info, visit seasideshadows.com.

 

Saturday, Nov. 21

Holiday Food Drive: 8 a.m. to noon. Transfer Station, Recycle Way by Route 81, just north of the Killingworth Library. Hosted by the Killingworth Lions Club. For info, visit e-clubhouse.org/sites/killingworth/calendar.php.

Thanksgiving Gift Cards Drop-Off: 9 a.m. to noon. United Church of Chester, 29 West Main St. Gift cards in the amount of $10 and above from Adams in Deep River are requested and will be delivered to local families. Gift cards can also be dropped off at the church office Tuesday through Friday from
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (call before visiting to be sure office is open). For info, visit uccchester.org.

Eagle Hose Co. #2 Wreath Sale: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 120 Whitfield St., Guilford. Wreaths, swags, and fireside logs designed by the Guilford Greenery Flower Shop available for sale. All proceeds benefit Eagle Hose Guilford Volunteer Fire Co. #2. For info, call 203-453-4008.

Met in HD: Puccini's Tosca: 1 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Part of the MET in HD Encores shown on The Kate's big screen in a physically distanced environment. Face masks are required. Limited capacity; advanced tickets are encouraged. For info or to purchase tickets, call 860-510-0453 or visit thekate.org.

Frightening Fall Downtown Mystic Ghost Strolls: 7 to 8:45 p.m. Downtown Mystic. Cost: Starting at $20. No animals allowed. Hosted by Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours, LLC. For info, visit seasideshadows.com.

 

Saturday, Nov. 21 through Saturday, Nov. 28

Lenny & Joe's Virtual Madison Turkey Trot: Virtual event. Includes custom long-sleeve T-shirts, downloadable playlists, a virtual program of events on Thanksgiving morning, and more. Hosted by the Madison Jaycees. For info, visit madisonjc.com/events/turkey.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 24

Frightening Fall Downtown Mystic Ghost Strolls: 7 to 8:45 p.m. Downtown Mystic. Cost: Starting at $20. No animals allowed. Hosted by Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours, LLC. For info, visit seasideshadows.com.

 

Thursday, Nov. 26

Branford Rotary & BC2 5K: 7:30 a.m., registration and packet pick-up opens; 8 a.m., kids activities begin; 9 a.m., kids fun run starts; 9:10 a.m., 5K starts; 9:40 a.m., post-race party begins; 10:10 a.m., awards ceremony. Walsh Intermediate School, 185 Damascus Rd., Branford. Early packet pick-up on Tuesday, Nov. 24 from 2 to 6 p.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at soundRUNNER Branford, 1088 Main St. All proceeds benefit the Branford Rotary Club's efforts to feed the hungry during the holiday season. For info, visit jbsports.com/thanksgiving5k.

Thanksgiving at Water's Edge: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Water's Edge Resort & Spa, 1525 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook. Prix fixe Thanksgiving meal. For info or to make a reservation, call 860-399-5901, ext.2021 or visit watersedgeresortandspa.com/event/thanksgiving-brunch-5.

Thanksgiving Day Dinner at Saybrook Point: 12:30 to 8 p.m. 2 Bridge St., Old Saybrook. Reservations required. For info, call 860-388-1111 or visit saybrook.com/event/thanksgiving2020.

 

Friday, Nov. 27

Eagle Hose Co. #2 Wreath Sale: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 120 Whitfield St., Guilford. Wreaths, swags, and fireside logs designed by the Guilford Greenery Flower Shop available for sale. All proceeds benefit Eagle Hose Guilford Volunteer Fire Co. #2. For info, call 203-453-4008.

Santa & Mrs. Claus Visit Olde Mistick Village on Black Friday: Noon to 3 p.m. Olde Mistick Village, 27 Coogan Blvd., Mystic. For info, visit "Santa & Mrs. Claus Visit Olde Mistick Village on Black Friday" on Facebook.

 

Saturday, Nov. 28

Small Business Saturday by American Express: Nationwide. Amex encourages people to "Shop Small" and bring more holiday shopping to small businesses. Visit your local stores across the
shoreline.

East Haven Chamber Annual Tree Lighting: Time TBA. East Haven Green. Santa Mailbox also available for letters. For info, visit easthavenchamber.com/tree-lighting.

Eagle Hose Co. #2 Wreath Sale: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 120 Whitfield St., Guilford. Wreaths, swags, and fireside logs designed by the Guilford Greenery Flower Shop available for sale. All proceeds benefit Eagle Hose Guilford Volunteer Fire Co. #2. For info, call 203-453-4008.

Home for the Holidays Market: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Westbrook Outlets, 314 Flat Rock Pl. Features artisan market, coffee-cocoa-cookie cart, hot dog cart, gift card giveaways, and more. For info, visit oldsaybrookchamber.com.

The Magic of Madison Holiday and Small Business Saturday: 2 p.m. Downtown Madison. Santa will arrive in his horse-drawn sleigh at Cafe Allege, 725 Boston Post Rd., at 2 p.m. Children are invited to stand at the bottom of the steps. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Presented by the Madison Chamber of Commerce. For info, visit madisonct.com.

Holiday Lighted Boat Parade: 2 to 7 p.m. Mystic River. Decorated vessels start parading down the river at 6:20 p.m. and return to Mystic River Park, where spectators and judges gather. For info, visit "Holiday Lighted Boat Parade 2020" on Facebook.

Frightening Fall Downtown Mystic Ghost Strolls: 7 to 8:45 p.m. Downtown Mystic. Cost: Starting at $20. No animals allowed. Hosted by Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours, LLC. For info, visit seasideshadows.com.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 1

Virtual Holiday-Themed Birdhouse: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Via Zoom, hosted by Spectrum Art Gallery in Centerbrook. Cost: $100. BYO birdhouse, decorations, and artificial wreath. For info, call 860-767-0742 or visit spectrumartgallery.org.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 2

Holiday-Themed Birdhouse: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Spectrum Art Gallery, 61 Main St., Centerbrook. Cost: $120, plus $10 material fee. BYO birdhouse, decorations, and artificial wreath. Instructor will supply embellishments, paints, stamps, stencils, glitter, ribbons, and more. For info, call 860-767-0742 or visit spectrumartgallery.org.

 

Friday, Dec. 4

Holiday First Friday: 5 to 8 p.m. Chester Center. Star and tree lighting, live music, and other special activities will take place in the village. Shops will be open until 8 p.m. For info, visit visitchesterct.com.

In the Holiday Spirits: A Virtual Wine Tasting: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Hosted by Scranton Library in Madison. Sampler pick-up will be arranged following program registration; patrons must be 21 years or older to participate and a valid ID will be required. For info, contact 203-245-7365, ext. 1019 or taylorr@scrantonlibrary.org.

North Branford Annual Tree Lighting: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Town-owned Augur Property, 290 Forest Rd., Northford. Snow or shine. Co-sponsored by North Branford Parks and Recreation and North Branford Rotary Club. For info, visit northbranfordct.myrec.com.

 

Saturday, Dec. 5

Christmas at the Farm Tree Lighting: Info TBA. Parmelee Farm, 465 Rte. 81, Killingworth. For info, visit e-clubhouse.org/sites/killingworth/calendar.php.

Holiday Food Drive: 8 a.m. to noon. Transfer Station, Recycle Way by Route 81, just north of the Killingworth Library. Hosted by the Killingworth Lions Club. For info, visit e-clubhouse.org/sites/killingworth/calendar.php.

Ye Olde English Christmas Faire: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Deep River Congregational Church, 1 Church St. For info, call 860-526-5045 or visit deeprivercc.org.

Christmas Fair: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parmelee Farm, 465 Rte. 81, Killingworth. Sponsored by the Killingworth Historical Society. Features decorations, gifts, ornaments, arrangements, baked goods, and a raffle of an oil painting by artist Sandra Smith. Raffle tickets are $5 each or $10 for three. For info, contact
xcellislag96@gmail.com.

Stuff-A-Cruiser: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Front parking lot of Westbrook Outlets, 314 Flat Rock Pl. Donations of new and gently used apparel benefit Westbrook Council of Beaches & Westbrook Social Services. For info, visit westbrookoutlets.com.

Annual Holiday Carnival at Olde Mistick Village: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Olde Mistick Village, 27 Coogan Blvd., Mystic. Free entertainment offered all afternoon. For info, visit "Holiday Carnival at Olde Mistick Village" on Facebook.

Tree Ornament Class: 1 to 1:45 p.m. Old Saybrook Recreation Center, 308 Main St. For ages 3 to 5. Cost: $10. For info, visit oldsaybrookrec.com.

 

Saturday, Dec. 5 & Sunday, Dec. 6

Ahavah: The Story of Christmas: Abridged version performed virtually by Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet and Ekklesia School of Ballet. All proceeds benefit St. Vincent de Paul Middletown. For info, visit theahavahstory.com.

 

Saturday, Dec. 5 to Sunday, Dec. 13

Virtual Trees of Hope: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Long Wharf Maritime Center, 555 Long Wharf Dr., New Haven. Features more than 150 holiday displays donated by the community to be raffled off. Raffle tickets sold for $1 each online. No registration required. Proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut. For info or to purchase raffle tickets, visit rmhct.ourraffle.org.

 

Sunday, Dec. 6

Snowflake Ornament and Pop-Up Card Workshop: 1 to 4 p.m. Spectrum Art Gallery, 61 Main St., Centerbrook. Cost: $45, plus $5 material fee. No experience needed. For info, call 860-767-0742.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 9

Holiday-Themed Birdhouse: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Spectrum Art Gallery, 61 Main St., Centerbrook. Cost: $120, plus $10 material fee. BYO birdhouse, decorations, and artificial wreath. Instructor will supply embellishments, paints, stamps, stencils, glitter, ribbons, and more. For info, call 860-767-0742 or visit spectrumartgallery.org.

 

Thursday, Dec. 10

Lunch and Learn 'Let There Be Laughter: A Treasury of Great Jewish Humor and What it All Means': Noon. Via Zoom, hosted by Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek in Chester. For info, call 860-526-8920 or visit cbsrz.org.

 

Friday, Dec. 11

Festival of Lights at Olde Mistick Village: 5 to 9:30 p.m. Olde Mistick Village, 27 Coogan Blvd., Mystic. Includes live entertainment and complimentary treats in the Meeting House. All shops will be open. For info, visit "Festival of Lights at Olde Mistick Village" on Facebook.

 

Saturday, Dec. 12

Holiday Food Drive: 8 a.m. to noon. Transfer Station, Recycle Way by Route 81, just north of the Killingworth Library. Hosted by the Killingworth Lions Club. For info, visit e-clubhouse.org/sites/killingworth/calendar.php.

Virtual Craft Fair: 10 a.m. to noon. Hosted by Scranton Library in Madison. Open to all ages. Crafters under 12 must have a parent in the room for the duration of the Zoom call. For info or to register, call 203-245-7365.

Boathouse Kids Fall Crafts: December Holiday Luminaries: 11 a.m. to noon. Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main St., Essex. Cost: $8 for non-members; $5 for members. Parent/guardian must be present. All supplies and instruction included. Pre-registration required. Space is limited. State of Connecticut safe distancing recommendations will be followed. Participants are asked to wear masks or protective face covering. For info or to reserve a spot, visit ctrivermuseum.org.

Met in HD: Mozart's The Magic Flute: 1 p.m. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook. Part of the MET in HD Encores shown on The Kate's big screen in a physically distanced environment. Face masks are required. Limited capacity; advanced tickets are encouraged. For info or to purchase tickets, call 860-510-0453 or visit thekate.org.

Cookie Decorating Class: Two sessions: 1 to 1:45 p.m. and 2:15 to 3 p.m. Old Saybrook Recreation Center, 308 Main St. Cost: $10. Cookies donated by Pursuit of Pastry and supplies provided. Masks required. For info, visit oldsaybrookrec.com.

Holiday Wreath Design Workshop: 1:30 to 4 p.m. Spectrum Gallery, 61 Main St., Centerbrook. Cost: $40, plus $15 material fee; members save $4. Bring wire cutters or sharp scissors, and gloves are recommended. Beginners welcome. For info, visit spectrumartgallery.org.

 

Sunday, Dec. 13

Virtual Holiday Cabaret: 3 p.m. Online event. Dinner from 3 to 4 p.m. Show starts 5 p.m. Sponsored by Whitney Players Theater Company, 26 W. Helen St., Hamden. Dinner of pasta, meatballs, salad, eggplant, and cookies delivered. Cost: $250, includes online and program sponsor listing, dinner for four, and link to the show; $90, includes dinner for four and link to the show; and $30, link only. Basket raffle tickets are also available at 10 for $10 or 25 for $20. Payment by Venmo to Cindy_Simell_Devoe or by check to The Whitney Players, 26 W. Helen St., Hamden, CT 06514. For info or to register and pay online, visit thewhitneyplayers.org.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 15

Virtual Craft Night: Macrame Snowflake: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Via Zoom, hosted by Acton Public Library in Old Saybrook. Free. Materials will be provided and available for pick up at the library starting Dec. 8. Registration required. For info, call 860-395-3184 or visit actonlibrary.org.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 15 & Wednesday, Dec. 16

Gingerbread Workshops: 6 to 9 p.m. Amarante's Sea Cliff, 62 Cove St., New Haven. Adults only. Cost: $65 per person. Payment due at the time of booking. Gingerbread house, icing, and assorted candy included. Wine and appetizers provided. Raffle prize to be offered by master chocolatier Richard Agamie. For info or to register, call 203-467-2531.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 16

Gingerbread Baby: 10 to 10:30 a.m. Via Zoom, hosted by Branford Parks and Recreation Department. For ages 3 to 4. Cost: $15. Activities based on the classic story Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett. A Zoom link and materials list will be emailed. For info, visit branfordct.myrec.com.

Grinch Day: 4:30 to 5 p.m. Via Zoom, hosted by Branford Parks and Recreation Department. For ages 5-8. Cost: $15. Led by Kidscapades. A Zoom link and materials list will be emailed. For info, visit branfordct.myrec.com.

 

Thursday, Dec. 17

Holiday Karaoke Night: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Hosted virtually by Scranton Library in Madison. Open to all ages. Offer an eclectic mix of classic and popular holiday songs for everyone to choose from, as well as a selection of music from various traditions and languages. For info or to register, contact 203-245-7365, ext. 1019 or taylorr@scrantonlibrary.org.

 

Saturday, Dec. 19

Holiday Food Drive: 8 a.m. to noon. Transfer Station, Recycle Way by Route 81, just north of the Killingworth Library. Hosted by the Killingworth Lions Club. For info, visit e-clubhouse.org/sites/killingworth/calendar.php.

A Christmas Market: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Westbrook Outlets, 314 Flat Rock Pl. Features artisan market, family activities & prizes, pop-up shops, and holiday shopping. For info, visit oldsaybrookchamber.com.

Second Annual Harbor Lights: 4:30 to 9 p.m. Parker Memorial Dr., Branford. A luinary event at Harbor Street and Branford Point extending from the bridge on Harbor Street to Parker Memorial Park. For info, visit "2nd Annual Harbor Lights" on Facebook.

The Hip Hop Nutcracker: Streaming Version: 7 p.m. Presented by Shubert Theatre in New Haven. Cost: Starting at $25. For info, visit shubert.com.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 23

Jim Brickman: Comfort & Joy At Home: 7 p.m. Presented virtually by Shubert Theatre in New Haven. Running Time: Approximately 75 minutes. Family-friendly. Cost: $40 (Silver Package, includes a ticket solely to access the concert via supplied YouTube link); $75 (Gold Gift Package, includes a concert ticket, a link to a Zoom Room for an interactive concert experience with Jim, and gift stocking with a concert program, a "Comfort and Joy" CD, an autographed photograph of Jim Brickman, and other items); or $125 (Diamond "Meet-and-Greet" Package, includes all of the above, plus an exclusive virtual meet-and-greet party with Jim Brickman following the concert). For info, visit shubert.com.

 

Thursday, Dec. 24

Shoreline Soup Kitchen Christmas Eve Lunch: Noon. Deep River Congregational Church, 1 Church St. For info, call 860-526-5045 or visit deeprivercc.org.

 

Friday, Dec. 25

Christmas Day Dinner at Saybrook Point: Noon to 7 p.m. 2 Bridge St., Old Saybrook. Cost: $89.95 for adults; $39.95 for children under 4. Reservations required. For info, call 860-388-1111 or visit saybrook.com/event/Christmas.

 

Monday, Dec. 28 to Friday, Jan. 1

Frosty 5 Day Challenge Event (formerly Frosty 5K Road Race): Virtual event. Run, jog, or walk as far and often as desired between Dec. 28 and Jan. 1. Cost: $25; $75 for family group registration (up to four); free for children 10 and younger. Online registration available until midnight of Dec. 31. Results can be posted online until midnight of Jan. 2. Hosted by Guilford Rotary Club. For info, visit runsignup.com/Race/CT/Guilford/GuilfordFrosty5K.

 

Thursday, Dec. 31

New Year's Eve at Anthony's Ocean View: 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. 450 Lighthouse Rd., New Haven. Features live entertainment, top-shelf open bar, and food. Cost: $125 per person, plus tax and service. For info or reservations, call 203-469-9010 or visit anthonysoceanview.com.

 

Ongoing

Santa

Santa Visits The Shore Line Trolley Museum: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Runs weekends Nov. 27 to Dec. 20. Shore Line Trolley Museum, 17 River St., East Haven. Reservations required. Limited number of guests permitted at one time. Early reservations requested. Arrive 15 minutes prior to reservation.  All visitors over 2 years old are required to wear face coverings. Museum will be following state and federal guidelines regarding social distancing and cleaning. For info, visit shorelinetrolley.org/event/santa-visits-the-shore-line-trolley-museum.

Letters to Santa: Deadline is Dec. 11. Fill out children's information at Old Saybrook Parks & Recreation, 308 Main St., to be sent to the North Pole and Santa will write a letter to the child. Cost: $2. For info, visit oldsaybrookrec.com.

 

Holiday Lights

Fantasy of Lights: Runs from Nov. 20 through Dec. 31. Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven. Open Sunday to Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. Cost: $10 for car/family van; $25 for mini-bus; $50 for full-size bus. Proceeds benefit Goodwill of Southern New England. For info, visit goodwillsne.org/fantasyoflights.

American Eagle Financial Credit Union's Magic of Lights: Open Monday to Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from 5 to 11 p.m. through Jan. 2. Toyota Oakdale Theatre, 95 South Turnpike Rd., Wallingford. Drive-through holiday lights experience. All passes/tickets are "One Carload, One Price." For info, visit oakdale.com.

Holiday Light Fantasia: Runs Thanksgiving to Jan. 3. Open Thursday to Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m. Goodwin Park, 1130 Maple Ave., Hartford. Visit Santa on Fridays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost: $15 for cars of up to 10 passengers; $25 for limousines; $50 for mini buses of up to 30 passengers; $100 for full-size buses. For info, visit holidaylightfantasia.org.

 

Art

Andrews Memorial Town Hall: 54 East Main St., Clinton: For info, contact casclinton@gmail.com or visit clintonartsociety.info

Clinton Art Society Annual Elected Members Exhibition: Runs through Jan. 28.

Earth and Fire Art Studio: 2 Main St., Essex: For info, call 860-753-2425 or visit earthandfireartstudio.com.

The River Valley Artists Art Show: Runs through Jan. 23.

Guilford Free Library: 67 Park St.: For info, call 203-453-8282.

Responding to the Pandemic, A Photo Journey by Robert Carley: Runs through Nov. 30.

Liberty Bank/Stanton Building: 8 E. Main St., Clinton: For info, visit clintonartsociety.info.

Richard Raicik Watercolors: Runs through Jan. 31.

Lyme Art Association: 90 Lyme St., Old Lyme: For info, call 860-434-7802 or visit lymeartassociation.org.

Land and Sea: Runs through Nov. 19.

Deck the Walls 2020: Runs from Nov. 27 through Jan. 7.

Spectrum Art Gallery: 61 Main St., Centerbrook: For info, call 860-767-0742 or visit spectrumartgallery.org.

Home Sweet Home: A Holiday Exhibit: Runs from Nov. 20 through Jan. 10.

Water's Edge Resort Gallery: 1525 Boston Post Rd., Westbrook: For info, visit clintonartsociety.info.

Oil Landscapes and Themed Holiday Paintings by Margaret Dean: Runs through Jan. 31.

 

Markets & Shops

Annual Killingworth Lions Club Christmas Tree Sale: Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 28 through Dec. 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Killingworth Country Market parking lot, 256 Rte. 81. For info, visit e-clubhouse.org/sites/killingworth/calendar.php.

Guilford Farmers' Market: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 19. Dudley Farm Museum, 2351 Durham Rd., Guilford. For info, visit dudleyfarm.com.

The Holiday Shop: Guilford Art Center, 411 Church St. Open Wednesday to Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Jan. 3. Features handmade crafts in a range of prices and mediums. All proceeds benefit Guilford Art Center. For info, call 203-453-5947 or visit guilfordartcenter.org.

Madison Farmers' Market: 3 to 6 p.m. Fridays through Thanksgiving. Madison Green. For info, visit madisonctfarmersmarket.com.

Virtual Holiday Fair: Hosted by Stony Creek Congregational Church, 192 Thimble Island Rd., Branford. Themed gift baskets, holiday greenery, and jewelry available to purchase online or by phone, and can be picked up at the church. Donations of basket items/themed baskets welcome. For info, contact 203-453-1865 or admin@stonycreekchurchct.org.

 

Trains

27th Annual Holiday Train Show: On exhibit from Nov. 24 through Feb. 14. Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main St., Essex. Trains run daily Tuesday through Sunday. Timed, ticketed admission for all guests. For info, visit ctrivermuseum. org.

The Essex Clipper Holiday Dinner Train: Runs Saturday, Nov. 28 and Sunday, Nov. 29, and Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, Dec. 4 to 20. Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, 1 Railroad Ave. Cost: $99.95 per person, includes 2-hour train ride, 4-course meal with coffee/tea service, tax, and $5 non-refundable/non-transferable processing fee. Full cash bar service available onboard. For info, visit essexsteamtrain.com/holiday-dinner-train.

 

Misc.

Eleanor's Very Merry Christmas Wish: The Musical: A Virtual Holiday Presentation: Streaming Nov. 27 to Dec. 27. Presented by Shubert Theatre in New Haven. Running Time: 65 minutes. Family-friendly. Ticket gives access to watch during a 48-hour timeframe of choosing between Nov. 27 beginning at 1 p.m. and Dec. 27 at 11:45 p.m. For info, visit shubert.com.

Miss Florence's Christmastime Teas: 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Dec. 1 to 30. Florence Griswold Museum, 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme. Cost: $35 for members, $40 for non-members; includes admission, tea time, and 10 percent discount at The Shop. For info or reservations, call 860-434-5542, ext. 118.

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt: Runs daily, dawn to dusk, through Dec. 31. Grounds of Henry Whitfield State Museum, 248 Old Whitfield St., Guilford. Pick up a paper scavenger hunt at the parking lot kiosk and use your own pen or pencil to puzzle out the clues, then submit your answers for a chance to win a prize. Interpretive signs offer clues, photos, and links to online information. Free. For info, contact 203-453-2457 or whitfieldmuseum@ct.gov.

 

Ongoing Winter Groups & Activities

Art/Craft Groups

Art Critique Series: 10 a.m. to noon. Thursdays. Via Zoom. Artists may send works for review and discussion as jpeg attachments to casclinton@gmail.com. Sponsored by the Clinton Art Society. For info, call 860-304-7345 or visit clintonartsociety.info.

Coastal Camera Club Meeting: 7 p.m. First and third Wednesdays. Via Zoom. Registration is required to receive a Zoom link. To register, contact wfrprs@att.net. For info, visit coastalcameraclub.org.

Craft of the Week: 2:30 p.m. Fridays. Via Zoom. Sponsored by the E.C. Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Participants pick up the supplies for a new project in Grab-N-Go bags on Tuesdays and then meet on Fridays to put the craft together. For info or to register, contact info@scrantonlibrary.org or visit
scrantonlibrary.org.

Knitting Group with Social Distancing: 6 p.m. Wednesdays. James Blackstone Memorial Library grounds, 758 Main St., Branford. Free. Beginners and experienced knitters are welcome. To register, visit blackstonelibrary.org and click on 2020 Fall Classes and Events under the News & Events top menu. For info, call 203-488-1441, ext. 318.

 

Book Clubs

Friday Book Chat: 11:15 a.m. Fridays. Via Facebook. Sponsored by the E.C. Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Rd., Madison. A discussion on recently published novels and nonfiction. For info or to register, contact info@scrantonlibrary.org or visit scrantonlibrary.org.

How to Eat a Poem: A Weekly Poetry Discussion Group: 1 p.m. Saturdays. Via Zoom. Sponsored by the James Blackstone Memorial Library, 758 Main St., Branford. Free. Registration is required to receive a Zoom link. To register, visit blackstonelibrary.org and click on 2020 Fall Classes and Events under the News & Events top menu. For info, contact programs@blackstonelibrary.org.

Novels & Nibbles: 7 p.m. Thursdays. Via Zoom. Sponsored by the E.C. Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link. For info or to register, contact info@scrantonlibrary.org.

 

Kids/Teens

Cool Tunes with Robert: 10:30 a.m. Last Tuesdays. Via Facebook Live. Sponsored by the Hagaman Memorial Library, 227 Main St., East Haven. For info, contact sgardiner@hagamanlibrary.org or visit hagamanlibrary.org.

Fast Friday Virtual Story Time: 10:30 a.m. Fridays. Via Zoom. Sponsored by the Deep River Public Library, 150 Main St. Best for children ages 2 to 5. For info, including the Zoom link, visit deepriverlibrary.accountsupport.com and click on the calendar tab.

Short & Sweet Virtual Story Time: 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Via Zoom. Sponsored by the Deep River Public Library, 150 Main St. Best for children 2 to 5 but all are welcome. For info, including the Zoom link and details, visit deepriverlibrary.accountsupport.com and click on the calendar tab.

Teen Write Club: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Every other Thursday. Via Zoom. Sponsored by the Killingworth Library Association, 301 Rte. 81. Open to patrons registered with the Killingworth Library. For info or to register, call 860-663-2000 or visit killingworthlibrary.org.

Terrific Thursday Story Time: 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Deep River Public Library, 150 Main St. Best for families with young children. Social distancing and masks for adults and children over 2 required. For info, visit deepriverlibrary.accountsupport.com.

Tween Comic Book Club: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Every other Friday. Via Zoom. Sponsored by the Killingworth Library Association, 301 Rte. 81. A discussion of Miles Morales: Spider-Man and how it compares with the recent Spider-Man movies. Open to students in grades 5 through 8 who are registered patrons with the Killingworth Library. For info, call 860-663-2000 or visit killingworthlibrary.org.

 

Meditation

Meditation Class: 11 a.m. to noon. Second Tuesday. Henry Carter Hull Library lawn, 10 Killingworth Tpke., Clinton. Participants bring a lawn chair, towel, or blanket. Led by certified mindfulness and meditation teacher Joanne Vannelli. Weather permitting. Limited space. Free. Registration required. For info or to register, contact sarah@hchlibrary.org.

Meditation Class: 11 a.m. Mondays. Online. Sponsored by the Henry Carter Hull Library, 10 Killingworth Tpke., Clinton. Led by certified mindfulness and meditation teacher Joanne Vannelli. Free. Registration required; an email with a link will be sent. For info or to register, contact sarah@hchlibrary.org.

 

Support Groups

Family Support Group: 7 p.m. Second Tuesdays and fourth Wednesdays. Via Zoom. Sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Shoreline, 800 Village Walk, Suite 208, Guilford. Peer-led support with NAMI-trained facilitators for family/friends of individuals living with mental health conditions. For info, contact 860-876-0236 or Divinna@comcast.net.

GriefShare: 1 p.m. Sundays. Via Zoom. Sponsored by Christ Chapel, 1185 Durham Rd., Madison. Includes supportive discussion and journaling. All materials can be accessed online. For info or to register, call 860-304-5695.

Guilford Job Network Meeting: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Second and fourth Wednesdays. Via Zoom. Includes guest speaker. All job seekers are welcome. Registration is required to receive a Zoom link. For info or to register, contact 203-457-0121 or RussAllen2@aol.com.

La Leche Virtual Meetings: 7 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. Saturdays. Via Facebook. Sponsored by La Leche League of Connecticut. For info, visit facebook.com/groups/LLLofCTDiscussionForum.

 

Talking/Special Interest Clubs

A Journey Through America's Past: 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Via Zoom. Sponsored by the Madison Senior Center, 29 Bradley Rd. Free. For info, contact 203-245-5695 or gillespiee@madisonct.org.

Sunday Movie Matinée: 10 a.m. Sundays. Via Zoom. Sponsored by the E.C. Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Participants discuss a designated film they watch during the previous week through Kanopy. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link. For info or to register, contact info@scrantonlibrary.org or visit scrantonlibrary.org.

TED Talks Online: 9:30 a.m. Third Tuesdays. Via Zoom. Sponsored by the Henry Carter Hull Library, 10 Killingworth Tpke., Clinton. A curated selection of inspiring and informative TED Talks. Free. For info, call 860-669-2342 or visit hchlibrary.org.

Virtual Coffee & Conversation: 11 a.m. Mondays. Via Zoom. Free. Sponsored by the Acton Public Library, 60 Old Boston Post Rd., Old Saybrook. For info or to register, visit actonlibrary.org and click on the Virtual Programs link under the Events top menu.

Virtual Genealogy Interest Group: 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Via Zoom. Free. Sponsored by the Acton Public Library, 60 Old Boston Post Rd., Old Saybrook. For info or to register, visit actonlibrary.org and click on the Virtual Programs link under the Events top menu.

 

Writing

Creative Writing on the Lawn: 6 p.m. First Monday (second Monday for the month of September). Henry Carter Hull Library Garden, 10 Killingworth Tpke., Clinton. A venue to share writing projects, 10 pages or less, for discussion and peer review. Participants bring their own chair. No registration needed. No rain dates. For info, contact sarah@hchlibrary.org.

Virtual Writers' Group: 7 p.m. Second and fourth Tuesdays. Via Zoom. Sponsored by the E.C. Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Free. Registration is required. To register and receive a Zoom link, visit scrantonlibrary.org. For info, contact info@scrantonlibrary.org.

Virtual Writing Group: 2 p.m. Thursdays. Via Zoom. Free. Sponsored by the Acton Public Library, 60 Old Boston Post Rd., Old Saybrook. For info or to register, visit actonlibrary.org and click on the Virtual Programs link under the Events top menu.

Writing Wednesdays: 8:15 a.m. Wednesdays. Via Facebook Live. Sponsored by the E.C. Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Free. No registration required. Participants respond to a writing prompt. For info, contact info@scrantonlibrary.org.

 

Yoga

Yoga: Functional Fitness: 9:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Via Zoom. Led by Erin Schuster, Kripalu Yoga instructor. For info or to register shorelinectyoga.com/zoom.

Yoga: Gentle: 9:30 a.m. Fridays. Via Zoom. Led by Erin Schuster, Kripalu Yoga instructor. Donations accepted. For info or to register shorelinectyoga.com/zoom.

Yoga: Gentle: 9:45 a.m. Fridays. Via Zoom. Led by Amy deLucia-Ferri of The Well Yoga & Mindfulness Studio. Registration required. Sponsored by the Henry Carter Hull Library, 10 Killingworth Tpke., Clinton. For info or to register, contact sarah@hchlibrary.org.

Yoga: Gentle and Meditative: 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Via Zoom. Led by Erin Schuster, Kripalu Yoga instructor. Donations accepted. For info or to register shorelinectyoga.com/zoom.

Yoga: Moderate: 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Via Zoom. Led by Erin Schuster, Kripalu Yoga instructor. Donations accepted. For info or to register shorelinectyoga.com/zoom.

Yoga: Outdoor Hatha: 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays. James Blackstone Memorial Library grounds, 758 Main St., Branford. Led by Joanne DeVito, Kripalu Yoga instructor. All levels welcome. Yoga mat required; yoga strap, block, and a light throw recommended. For info or to register, call 203-488-1441, ext. 321 or visit blackstonelibrary.org.

 


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