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Posted on December 22nd, 2017


Posted on December 22nd, 2017

Essex Savings Bank Chester Branch Celebrates Fifth Year Anniversary

December 20, 2017 — On December 14, 2012 the Chester Branch of Essex Savings Bank first opened its doors to the public. On November 28th, the Branch held a gathering to celebrate their 5th anniversary. Joining the branch staff in hosting the evening were members of the Bank’s Board of Directors as well as numerous Bank employees. The overall turnout for the evening was outstanding with over 100 RSVPs from residents and businesses throughout the local area. In addition, all three Selectwomen from the Town of Chester were available to help celebrate. Guests enjoyed refreshments provided by local businesses The Villager and The Chester Bottle Shoppe. There was also a raffle with Chester themed gifts and gift certificates from The French Hen, Lark, Simon’s, The Wheatmarket, The Villager and Chester Finders’ Market. The evening provided the opportunity to thank the customers and businesses in Chester and the surrounding towns for their support over the last five years.

Essex Savings Bank is a FDIC insured, state chartered, mutual savings bank established in 1851. The Bank serves the Connecticut River Valley and shoreline with six offices in Essex (2), Chester, Madison, Old Lyme and Old Saybrook providing a full complement of personal and business banking. Financial, estate, insurance and retirement planning are offered throughout the state by the Bank’s Trust Division, Essex Trust and wholly-owned subsidiary, Essex Financial Services, Inc., Member FINRA, SIPC.

Posted on December 15th, 2017


Posted on December 14th, 2017


Posted on December 14th, 2017

​JANUARY 2018 EVENTS AT BLACKSTONE LIBRARY
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

 
First Friday Game Group
BRANFORD: Join us for game night! We’ll be playing all types of board games, from fast-paced, hilarious party games to highly strategic games that will leave your head spinning! F2G2 is all about having fun, learning new games, and making friends. We’ve got games for everyone, no matter your experience level. Feel free to bring your own games too. Adults of all ages welcome. Takes place at Blackstone Library, 758 Main St. on Friday, January 5 at 6:00 pm. To RSVP, call 203-488-1441 x 318 or visit www.blackstonelibrary.org.
  
Gmail 101
BRANFORD: Learn the basics of Gmail in this intro class. To RSVP, visit www.blackstonelibrary.org or call 203-488-1441 x 318. Takes place at Blackstone Library, 758 Main St. on Thursday, January 11 at 2:00 pm.

Intro to 3D Printing
BRANFORD: Learn how to create your own 3D files using the free 3D modeling software 123Design, from the makers of AutoCAD.  For all ages. Takes place at Blackstone Library, 758 Main St. on Thursday, January 11 at 6:00 pm. To RSVP, call 203-488-1441 x 318 or visit www.blackstonelibrary.org.
 
Uncover Branford
BRANFORD: Get up, get out and uncover Branford! We’re bringing you and your neighbors together to share your favorite Branford places and stories. Then, plan a group outing to a special spot! As you go out into the community to explore and uncover new places, you’ll make new friends, have lots of fun, and discover the hidden gems of Branford. Takes place at Blackstone Library, 758 Main St. on Saturday, January 13 at 1:00 pm. To RSVP, call 203-488-1441 x 318 or visit www.blackstonelibrary.org.
 
Fiction Writing Workshop
BRANFORD: Award-winning novelist, Susan Strecker, will host a three-part workshop on January 13th, 20th and 27th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Topics covered will include eight tips and tricks for writing a novel, the essential elements of successful books and the importance of hooking the reader. Writers of all experience levels are welcome. Takes place at Blackstone Library, 758 Main St. To RSVP, call 203-488-1441 x 318 or visit www.blackstonelibrary.org. Please note that you are registering for ALL sessions.

Posted on December 14th, 2017

​Try Something New at “Open Arts Day” at Guilford Art Center
                                  
Guilford, CT — Guilford Art Center is pleased to invite all community members to the 6th annual, FREE Open Arts Day on Sunday, January 7, 2018, 1-3pm.
 
The Art Center’s studios and classrooms will be open with instructor artists demonstrating their crafts and offering hands-on art projects.  Visitors are invited to try out a variety of art forms that they would like to learn more about, including, Pottery, Blacksmithing, Painting, Drawing, Stone Carving, Kids’ classes and more.
 
Open Arts Day coincides with the final day of the holiday sale in The Shop at Guilford Art Center, which will be open 12-5pm.  All merchandise is on sale!
 
No reservations or registration are necessary, and all activities are free of charge.
 
Guilford Art Center is located at 411 Church Street (Route 77), Guilford, across from the police station.
 
For more information call 203-453-5947 or visit www.guilfordartcenter.org.
 
About Guilford Art Center

The Guilford Art Center is a non-profit school, shop and gallery established to nurture and support excellence in the arts.  Through classes for adults and children, gallery programs, a shop of contemporary crafts, and special events, the Center fulfills its mission to provide opportunities for the public to participate in the arts, to experience their cultural and historical diversity, and to appreciate the process and product of creative work.  Founded in 1967 (as the Guilford Handcraft Center), the Center evolved from the first Handcraft Expo, held on the Guilford Green in 1957.   It currently serves over 2,000 students in classes, presents juried and invitational exhibits of art in the Center’s gallery and operates a shop of fine, handmade American crafts year-round.  The Center also presents the Craft Expo, held on the Guilford Green each year in July, that features works by more than 180 of the country’s most distinguished artisans and is a much-anticipated annual event for the shoreline community.

Posted on December 8th, 2017

Guilford, CT - Guilford Art Center announces a special shopping event for men on Thursday, December 21, 2017 from 5-8 pm.  Shoppers will enjoy scotch whiskey and oyster tastings and shop for jewelry, accessories, ceramics, leather goods, home décor, ornaments, baby gifts, men’s items and much more. Friendly shop assistants will be on hand to help with selections and gift wrapping.  This event is free to the public. All shoppers are welcome.
 
The Shop at Guilford Art Center, open year-long, is almost doubled in size during the Artistry holiday sale, creating a bountiful selection of fine craft work for shoppers to peruse.  This year features many new artists, both local and national, as well as new work by ongoing favorite artists.  New items are added throughout the course of the show, so visitors will always have fresh shopping experiences every time they visit.   
 
Proceeds from Artistry benefit the exhibiting artists and Guilford Art Center’s educational and community programs. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10am-5:30pm, Thursday 10am-8pm, and Sunday 12-5pm.

Guilford Art Center is located at 411 Church Street, Guilford, Connecticut (exit 58 off I-95). For more information call 203-453-5947 or contact www.guilfordartcenter.org.
 
About Guilford Art Center

The Guilford Art Center is a non-profit school, shop and gallery established to nurture and support excellence in the arts.  Through classes for adults and children, gallery programs, a shop of contemporary crafts, and special events, the Center fulfills its mission to provide opportunities for the public to participate in the arts, to experience their cultural and historical diversity, and to appreciate the process and product of creative work.  It receives support from the Connecticut Dept. of Economic and Community Development.  Founded in 1967 (as the Guilford Handcraft Center), the Center evolved from the first Handcraft Expo, held on the Guilford Green in 1957.   It currently serves over 2,000 students in classes, presents juried and invitational exhibits of art in the Center’s gallery and operates a shop of fine, handmade American crafts year-round.  The Center also presents the Craft Expo, held on the Guilford Green each year in July, that features works by more than 180 of the country’s most distinguished artisans and is a much-anticipated annual event for the shoreline community.

Posted on December 8th, 2017

HOLIDAY FESTIVAL FOR UNICEF 
 
Buy tickets for a chance to win!  All funds go to UNICEF
  
Boxwood Tree/Pick a toothpick and win the following:

1) $1 off     2) $5 off    3) FREE Purchase  

​Every toothpick is a winner!
 
Wreath ring toss:

Win from $1 to $10 off your purchase
 
Enter a raffle to win your purchase for free! 

Posted on December 8th, 2017

​Whiskey, Oysters & Shopping at Men’s Night in
The Shop at Guilford Art Center

 
Guilford, CT - Guilford Art Center announces a special shopping event for men on Thursday, December 21, 2017 from 5-8 pm.  Shoppers will enjoy scotch whiskey and oyster tastings and shop for jewelry, accessories, ceramics, leather goods, home décor, ornaments, baby gifts, men’s items and much more. Friendly shop assistants will be on hand to help with selections and gift wrapping.  This event is free to the public. All shoppers are welcome.
 
The Shop at Guilford Art Center, open year-long, is almost doubled in size during the Artistry holiday sale, creating a bountiful selection of fine craft work for shoppers to peruse.  This year features many new artists, both local and national, as well as new work by ongoing favorite artists.  New items are added throughout the course of the show, so visitors will always have fresh shopping experiences every time they visit.   
 
Proceeds from Artistry benefit the exhibiting artists and Guilford Art Center’s educational and community programs. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10am-5:30pm, Thursday 10am-8pm, and Sunday 12-5pm.

Guilford Art Center is located at 411 Church Street, Guilford, Connecticut (exit 58 off I-95). For more information call 203-453-5947 or contact www.guilfordartcenter.org.
 
About Guilford Art Center

The Guilford Art Center is a non-profit school, shop and gallery established to nurture and support excellence in the arts.  Through classes for adults and children, gallery programs, a shop of contemporary crafts, and special events, the Center fulfills its mission to provide opportunities for the public to participate in the arts, to experience their cultural and historical diversity, and to appreciate the process and product of creative work.  It receives support from the Connecticut Dept. of Economic and Community Development.  Founded in 1967 (as the Guilford Handcraft Center), the Center evolved from the first Handcraft Expo, held on the Guilford Green in 1957.   It currently serves over 2,000 students in classes, presents juried and invitational exhibits of art in the Center’s gallery and operates a shop of fine, handmade American crafts year-round.  The Center also presents the Craft Expo, held on the Guilford Green each year in July, that features works by more than 180 of the country’s most distinguished artisans and is a much-anticipated annual event for the shoreline community.
Guilford, CT — Guilford Art Center announces a special shopping event for men on Thursday, December 21, 2017 from 5-8 pm.  Shoppers will enjoy scotch whiskey and oyster tastings and shop for jewelry, accessories, ceramics, leather goods, home décor, ornaments, baby gifts, men’s items and much more. Friendly shop assistants will be on hand to help with selections and gift wrapping.  This event is free to the public. All shoppers are welcome.
 
The Shop at Guilford Art Center, open year-long, is almost doubled in size during the Artistry holiday sale, creating a bountiful selection of fine craft work for shoppers to peruse.  This year features many new artists, both local and national, as well as new work by ongoing favorite artists.  New items are added throughout the course of the show, so visitors will always have fresh shopping experiences every time they visit.   
 
Proceeds from Artistry benefit the exhibiting artists and Guilford Art Center’s educational and community programs. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10am-5:30pm, Thursday 10am-8pm, and Sunday 12-5pm.

Guilford Art Center is located at 411 Church Street, Guilford, Connecticut (exit 58 off I-95). For more information call 203-453-5947 or contact www.guilfordartcenter.org.
 
About Guilford Art Center

The Guilford Art Center is a non-profit school, shop and gallery established to nurture and support excellence in the arts.  Through classes for adults and children, gallery programs, a shop of contemporary crafts, and special events, the Center fulfills its mission to provide opportunities for the public to participate in the arts, to experience their cultural and historical diversity, and to appreciate the process and product of creative work.  It receives support from the Connecticut Dept. of Economic and Community Development.  Founded in 1967 (as the Guilford Handcraft Center), the Center evolved from the first Handcraft Expo, held on the Guilford Green in 1957.   It currently serves over 2,000 students in classes, presents juried and invitational exhibits of art in the Center’s gallery and operates a shop of fine, handmade American crafts year-round.  The Center also presents the Craft Expo, held on the Guilford Green each year in July, that features works by more than 180 of the country’s most distinguished artisans and is a much-anticipated annual event for the shoreline community.
  
Photo courtesy of Guilford Art Center
Caption: Dick Whelan finds unique handmade items for hosting parties

Posted on December 4th, 2017