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Base Ball – by 1857 Rules – on Sept. 20

In History, Near By Events on September 5, 2015 at 3:56 pm

“I see great things in baseball. It’s our game—the American game.”

 – Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

at bat - vintage game 2014

Just around the corner is your chance to watch ‘the American game’ played by the rules of 1857, much the same as was seen by one of America’s finest poets.

On Sunday, Sept. 20 at 2 p.m., teams representing Chester, Deep River and Essex will be meeting in a round-robin format at Devitt Field in Deep River.   There is no admission charge for this family event sponsored by the Chester, Deep River and Essex Historical Societies.

Last September, co-ed teams from the three towns met in the inaugural vintage event. When a heavy rain cancelled the action midway into the second game, the first question asked was ‘When can we do this again?’

chester squirrels and ice elephants after their game 2014

Once again, players will be wearing period shirts and caps and you can count on spotting a few ‘game day’ mustaches. No gloves are allowed (the ball was somewhat softer then) and a striker (term for ‘batter’) was out if a fielder caught a ball on its first bounce under 1857 rules. Free programs will be provided at the game with team rosters, 1857 rules and terminology.

Old-time refreshments will be sold by Ivoryton Tavern & Café. Bring lawn chairs to supplement the limited seating at the field. The rain date will be Sept. 27.

So, using more terminology from the past, make a point to be a Crank (fan) at the Match (game) when the Club Nine (team) legs it (runs to a base) hoping to make Aces (runs) before Player Dead (an Out).baseball resized

All in all it makes for a wonderful, educational and entertaining way for all ages to enjoy the great American Game as it was 150 years ago. We think Walt Whitman would agree.

More info: 860-526-2331 or or

Tri-town Base Ball Game by 1857 rules Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014

In History, Near By Events on September 7, 2014 at 7:27 am

Vintage base ball game

The historical societies of Chester, Deep River and Essex are teaming up to present a Vintage Base Ball game on Sunday, Sept. 21 at Devitt Field in Deep River. The 2 p.m. game will be free to the public. (And yes, “base ball” is spelled correctly here – this was the 19th-century spelling of the game.)

Three teams – one from each town – will play two or three innings each, round-robin style, by late 19th-century rules (such as no bunting or stealing) and customs to recreate the earliest days of America’s pastime, when courtesy prevailed on and off the playing field. For instance, there is no swearing, no spitting and no “ungentlemanly” behavior anywhere during the games.

Historical commentary will be provided by longtime ballplayer and sports broadcaster Steven Knauth of Ivoryton to help the audience understand base ball rules of the 1850s.

Ballists (players) will use replica equipment – authentic reproduction wooden bats and hand-sewn hard balls. No gloves are worn. Each team will be wearing specially purchased shirts and hats, representative of their different towns’ uniforms from the 19th century.

Old-time refreshments (“buy me some peanuts and cracker jack”) will be sold by Ivoryton Tavern & Café. The audience may want to bring their own chairs. Raindate will be Sept. 28. More information is at, or contact Keith Dauer at 860-526-2331.

Karmic Relief Feb. 21, 2014

In Near By Events on February 21, 2014 at 8:01 am
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Karmic Relief 2014 is a night of comedy and searching lunatic laughing at the mysteries and misadventures and hidden treasures of the spiritual life. This year’s program features new work by the outrageous Anna Maria Trusky (Comedy on Demand) on the theme that Unicorns Are Jerks. We will also be treated to a mechanical crystal ball session with the the hilarious guru Swami Beyondananda, and performance from the innovative Om-FLY acrobatic-yogini troupe. Anna Maria Trusky is a Connecticut-based playwright, artist, director, and performer. Among other commissioned works, Trusky has written numerous works of comedy, including comedy sketches dealing with mental illness for the Second Step Players and popular comic musical murder mysteries for the Riverway Studio’s productions on the Essex
Steam Train and other plays for Groton Regional Theatre and the Mayfly Playhouse. She is also founding member of the professional improv troupe Comedy On Demand, and is a longtime member of the Writer’s Roundtable.
Be a FUNdamentalist. Ensure that the FUN always comes before the MENTAL.
Realize that life is a situation comedy that will never be cancelled. A laugh track has
been provided and the reason we are put in the material world is to get more material
from that track. – Swami Beyonananda
Swami Beyondananda is the cosmic comic alter ego of writer, humorist, performer and uncommontator Steve Bhaerman. The Swami, whose favorite yoga pose is tongue-in-cheek, is the spokesperson for a new non-religion, FUNdamentalism (accent on “fun”). In the
course of nearly twenty-five years of purveying cosmic comedy and healing laughter, Swami has had a successful, long-running monthly column, Ask The Swami, has written four books including Driving Your Own Karma … When You See A Sacred Cow, Milk It for
All It’s Worth and Duck Soup for the Soul. His latest book, written with cellular biologist Bruce H. Lipton, PhD is Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future and a Way to Get There From Here (Hay House, 2009). He has been on stage with the great sages of the past quarter century, and even performed for Swami Satchidananda’s 80th birthday party in 1994.
Play: To Pay Attention – Jen Taylor
Karmic Relief will also feature Om-FLY acrobatic troupe’s new work DAKINI, in an acro-flying yoga hoop dance performance, showcasing some of the fun-filled mindfulness and community-building practices taught at the Sanctuary. Om-FLY is a collaborative
movement troupe comprised of Melissa Cokas, Maia Rose, Justin Zachariewicz and Sheryl Delieto under the artistic direction of Jen Taylor. Each year, Taylor’s community Eco-Circus dazzles the audience with goodness and hope. This summer’s Cirque de Shiny promises ruminations on the nature of powerful technologies, both natural & man-made. In a noisy world, Taylor offers an inter-generational program of holistic education where students come to quiet our minds, inhabit our bodies, and discover our native creativity while learning the joys of community and the values of sustainable living. Ahimsa.
The evening will also include refreshments, a silent auction & live dance music. Karmic Relief is a fund-raising event for the Sanctuary. Located on a solar-powered 40 acre community land preserve, held in trust by Shepardfields 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Sanctuary
promotes interfaith spiritual practice, educational development and environmental education for sustainability and non-violent living. Karmic Relief will be held at the Chester Meetinghouse in Chester on Friday, February 21st at 7 PM. Tickets are $20 (Kids
and can be purchased online at, For more information call the Sanctuary at (860)319-1134 or

Lisa Sobolewski to Speak at the Madison CT Happiness Club

In Chester Business, Health, Near By Events on April 22, 2013 at 6:00 am

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Our next presentation is: JUSTtalk with Lisa Sobolewski of JUSTFOOD; reflections on natural living. Lisa will share a personal story of transformation and how she healed herself through a reconnection with nature. During times in our lives when we experience repeated tragedies, illnesses, or hit rock bottom we can either keep recreating such realities or use these messages to help guide us onto a more sustainable path. Lisa will share why she left a promising career in interior design to take health into her own hands and in doing so, how she healed herself from a debilitating disease and is spreading health through a new life purpose. She offers this talk to remind us that we are nature, that reversing disease is possible without the use of pharmaceutical drugs, and how by creating harmony within ourselves we can realize our energetic potential. Lisa will share her experiences in juice cleansing, water fasting, Costa Rica jungles, sun gazing, sitting in silence for 10 days, and will invite the community to join her in some of these adventures! Lisa Sobolewski is the founder of JUSTFOOD, an organic juice, gourmet smoothie and raw chocolate bar that is based in Chester, CT. JUSTFOOD is a contemporary health destination for experiencing wellness through food and dynamic community events that emphasizes how everything we as human beings take into ourselves affects us and our broader connection to each other and the planet. Lisa has worked as a private raw vegan chef, leads annual retreats in Costa Rica, offers raw food classes, workshops and health talks across Connecticut.
For more information visit: goJUSTFOOD on facebook.
Wed., April 24, 2013 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.
E.C. Scranton Memorial Library
801 Boston Post Road, Madison, Ct. 06443
Everyone is welcome; admission is free. Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of each month.
Tina Garrity is the group facilitator. Tina’s e-mail: phone: 203-245-2632

River Tavern Cooking Classes at White Gate Farm

In Classes, Dining, Near By Events on December 28, 2012 at 9:16 pm

River Tavern Cooking Classes oat the Farm


Want to cook effortless, mouthwatering dishes for your guests this holiday season or anytime? Then register today for White Gate Farm’s series of Farm Kitchen cooking classes featuring our own Jonathan Rapp on January 8, 9 or 10Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday —  3:00 to 9:00 pm. COOKING FROM THE GROUND UP, is Jonathan’s simple fresh approach to cooking in season. Learn uncomplicated farm-to-table cooking by first heading out to the fields and greenhouses with Jonathan and White Gate farm manager Susan Mitchell. Gather beautiful organic produce for the evening’s four-course menu that students and chefs develop together. Then it’s back to the kitchen where the team will prep and cook. Finally, participants will sit down together with some exceptional wine and enjoy the “fruits” of their labor. Each 6-hour class includes farm tour, professional instruction, hands-on participation, a full meal and wine tasting.  Classes are limited to 10 people.  Cost: $100 per person.

For more information and to reserve a spot, please email

The Side Doors Live

In Music, Near By Events on December 28, 2012 at 8:47 pm

The Side Doors Poster

The SIDE DOORS open up LIVE at the RED HOUSE, 158 Main Street, Deep River, CT Saturday, December 29th at 9 pm.

Celebrate 50 Years of Goodspeed Musicals

In Music, Near By Events, Theatre on December 28, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Goodspeed Musicals Hartford Symphony Orchestra Goodspeed’s 50th Anniversary kicks off with a very special evening featuring the best of Goodspeed and Broadway

Hartford Symphony Orchestra and Goodspeed Musicals will join to celebrate the music and the magic of Goodspeed’s golden anniversary in a spectacular concert event on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford.  For 50 years, Goodspeed has been recognized around the world as the “home of the American musical”.  This special collaboration will feature selections from Goodspeed originals that moved to Broadway including Annie and Man of La Mancha, plus audience favorites from dozens of shows like Brigadoon, Finian’s Rainbow and No, No Nanette. 


Led by guest conductor Michael O’Flaherty who is now in his 21st year as Resident Music Director for Goodspeed Musicals, the program will feature the talents of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, as well as performances by special guests Sarah Uriarte Berry, Quentin Earl Darrington and James Snyder, plus aspiring professional performers from The Hartt School Musical Theatre Department’s Class of 2013.


Ticket Information: Tickets range in price from $20-$67.50. Student tickets are $10 and

$25 tickets are available for patrons age 40 and under. To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact HSO ticket services at (860) 244-2999 or visit

Dinners At The Farm Sept. 2012

In Dining, Near By Events, Restaurants on September 22, 2012 at 6:00 am


This  week and next is your final chance at Scott’s Farms & Greenhouses to savor the flavors of Dinners-at-the-Farm’s signature multi-course feasts featuring early autumn foods. They’re on inspiration overload with all the irresistible choices of this season’s locally grown ingredients, as they plan out the final menus of 2012. Their “thank you” offer still stands for all past and present dining guests and email subscribers for $50 off any remaining September farm dinners. To receive their special offer give them a call at 860.526.8078 and they’ll happily apply the discount with your purchase. Hurry! Dates are filling up fast. So pick a night, call your friends, or come alone and meet new ones. You (and your appetite) will be happy you did. And, remember their dinners are benefits helping to support CitySeed, Connecticut Farmland Trust, Working Lands Alliance and Region 4 Schools’ Healthy Lunch Initiative: Get Fresh 4 Schools. Thank you. We look forward to seeing you down on the farm!


Goodspeed Musicals Presents: Somethings Afoot

In Near By Events, Theatre on September 20, 2012 at 6:00 am


Find out if the butler did it when Goodspeed Musicals brings intrigue and amusement to the Opera House stage with its production of the musical whodunit Something’s Afoot.This hilarious musical send-up of Agatha Christie-style stumpers will complete Goodspeed’s 2012 season, running from October 5 – December 9 at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn. Something’s Afoot will be sponsored by Webster Bank and Connecticut Light and Power.

An old English mansion. A raging thunderstorm. Ten strangers. Murder, mystery, music and comedy abound when the guests disappear one by one – knocked off by cleverly fiendish devices. Join the fun as Miss Tweed the amateur sleuth sets out to solve the crimes…but the butler didn’t do it! With songs like “I Owe It All To Agatha Christie,” it’s a zany whodunit for all to enjoy.

Something’s Afoot features a book, music, and lyrics by James McDonald, David Vos, and Robert Gerlach with additional music by Ed Linderman.

Get Fresh 4 School Benefit Picnic

In Dining, Health, Near By Events on June 4, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Get Fresh 4 School Benefit Picnic

Saturday, June 9, 2012, 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Plattwood Park, Deep River CT

Calling all families! Bring your picnic blanket or lawn chairs and join River Tavern and Region 4 Schools in the first annual Get Fresh 4 School benefit picnic to help support Region 4’s healthy food program. Be a part of helping to bring in fresh regionally grown foods like local hormone-free beef, dairy from Connecticut Grown farmers, fresh seasonal produce and to provide the schools’ kitchen staff with new equipment and supplies in order to offer our kids freshly cooked lunches.

As a local chef and business owner and creator of the wildly popular Dinners at the Farm events, Rapp will be donating his services and staff for the picnic to create a farm dinner style experience featuring an all local menu with seasonal ingredients sourced from area farms cooked fresh, onsite, off the back of his farm dinner cook truck. Sneak a peek at the menu.

The picnic will include live music, family friendly games, and a Local Deals Marketplace where picnic go-ers can purchase discounted products and services provided by local businesses.

Get Fresh 4 School is a new community based initiative introduced by River Tavern’s Chef Jonathan Rapp and Region 4‘s Director of Food Services, Thomas Peterlik, in response to Michelle Obama’s Chefs Move to Schools campaign encouraging schools and local chefs to partner and help promote healthier school food programs. Peterlik and Rapp were among the 500 chefs around the country invited to the White House in June of 2010 to meet the First Lady and launch Chefs Move to Schools. The two aim to work with parents, teachers, local businesses and other members of the community to help raise funds for Region 4 to: purchase healthier locally sourced foods, offer new training for cafeteria staff, purchase new cooking equipment for cooking fresh meals, create an online resource for parents and students to learn about the school food nutrition and daily menus, establish a vocational cooking program, offer scholarships and develop curriculum that will help children learn lifelong healthy eating habits.

Tickets are $25 for grown-ups, kids 12 and under are free. All proceeds from the picnic will go to Region 4’s new Get Fresh 4 School healthy food program. Purchase Tickets here.

All proceeds go to Region 4 Schools