We’ve put together a list of a few things to keep you entertained during the doldrums: Wine, Women & Wednesdays at the Griswold Inn Wednesdays, 6-9pm Escape the cold and have a drink with the ladies. All wines by the glass are 1/2 price for women – over 50 to choose from. Every Wednesday at the Griswold Inn in Essex. For more information, click here. Artini Hour: Zentangle Whimsical Garden at Mystic Museum of Art January 19, 5:30-7:30pm Mix cocktails and creativity for your next happy hour! Relax with the captivating method of Zentangle drawing. Using an Apprentice tile, create garden-like designs within a round shape while sipping on a Zentini. For more information, click here. CitySeed Winter Farmers’ Market at Metropolitan Business Academy in New Haven Saturdays, January 14 – April 25, 2017, 10:00am – 1:00pm One of the only farmers’ markets operating year-round in Connecticut, CitySeed’s Winter Farmers’ Market is open for the season. This year’s Winter Market will feature a variety of “Saturday brunch” menu items including hot drinks from The Coffee Pedaler, sweet and savory baked goods from four renowned local bakeries. Farm fresh food items include root vegetables, greens, apples, cider, chicken, beef, pork, seafood, eggs, mushrooms, dairy products, cheeses, jams and more. For more information, click here. 2nd Annual Taste of Middlesex County Restaurant Week January 16-January 22 The Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce presents the first annual Taste of Middlesex County. The inaugural restaurant week highlights the numerous and diverse dining experiences within the greater Middlesex region. Taste of Middlesex County features a fixed price three-course meal for just $20.16, (does not include beverages, tax or gratuity). Participating Restaurants include Amici Italian Grill, Middletown, Angelico’s Lake House Restaurant, East Hampton, Fire at the Ridge and Ridgeside Tavern, Middlefield, Griswold Inn, Essex, Hachi Japanese Restaurant, Middletown, Inn At Middletown/Tavern at the Armory and more. For more information, click here. Art•Bar Happy Hour: Upcycled Woven Whimsical Wallhangings at the Florence Griswold Museum January 19, 5:30 -7:30 pm The Museum’s Art•Bar combines creativity with light fare and libations. Join artists Julie Garvin Riggs and Shelby Chadwick for an evening of crafting your own wall hanging. Participants will weave an array of colorful materials and natural objects through a lattice of string to create their own expressive wall art. All materials provided. For more information, click here. Ladies Night Out at the Kate February 3, 7pm It’s a night for the Ladies at the Kate courtesy of Old Saybrook High School Safe Grad Night. Expect to be pampered as you browse a selection of goods and services exclusively for women. Sip a glass of wine and sample an array of sweet and savory nibbles, laugh, share stories and meet other fabulous women. All proceeds benefit Old Saybrook High School Safe Grad Night.Women 21 and over. For more information, click here. Once, the Musical at the Garde in New London February 10, 8pm Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Once is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, once tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. For more information, click here. Mohegan Sun’s Restaurant Week January 22 Feast on some fabulous fare during Restaurant Week at Mohegan Sun, January 22nd – 26th. Sink your teeth into exclusive dining offers at many of our premier restaurants and eateries. Plus, learn tips and tricks from culinary masters during live cooking demonstrations in The Shops concourse by Todd English, Lynn Mansel, Shaun Golan, Chip Miller, Michele Ragussis and Manouschka Guerrier! For more information, click here. In the Kitchen: All Things Chocolate at Ocean House February 11 What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than by exploring all the ways we can enjoy chocolate? Work with the Ocean House Pastry Chef to create sweet treats to take home to share with your sweetheart. Price: $75/ per person (plus tax) For more information, click here. All-Day Figure Pose Session at Lyme Art Association January 22, 9-4pm Open to all artists, come join this monitored session at the historic Lyme Art Association Studio in Old Lyme. One six-hour pose will be featured, with a one-hour lunch break. The session is intended for artists to work in a relaxed, non-instructional environment. Planned for all levels of experience, walk-ins welcome. Monitor Jack Montmeat $40 per session For more information, click here. The Art of Chocolate at the Mystic Marriot February 12, 1-3:30pm A chocolate tasting event featuring the culinary talents from: Berry’s Ice Cream & Candy Bar LLC • Fairview & Grille 92 • Gourmet Galley Catering • The Garden Grille at the Hilton Garden Inn • Hard Rock Café Foxwoods • Hilton Mystic • North End Restaurant & Caterers • Ocean Blue Catering • Octagon and more For more information, click here. Girls Circle: Girls Empowerment Workshop for Grades 6-8 January 23 & 30, February 6, 2:15-4pm Come each week for a different theme and activity designed to increase girls’ self-esteem, body image, and social support. fee: $20. Throughout this program, girls will develop connections & feel included, build strong interpersonal skills, strengthen self-care & well-being. For more information, click here. Winter Carnival in Chester February 19, 2017 Outdoor Ice Carving Competition, Chili Cook-off, Tractor Parade, Gallery Openings, Receptions, Shop Events and more! More info here. Beer Vs. Wine Dinner at Penny Lane Pub in Old Saybrook January 25, 6pm A night of good food, good spirits and good times at Penny Lane Pub. A delicious five-course meal will be served. Each course will be paired with both beer from Ommegang Brewery and wine from J. Lohr Winery. Guest speakers will be Alex Foulkes, Cicerone and Robert Rustico, Sommelier. This event will sell out quickly so if interested, call for a reservation soon. Pre-payment is required. $45 per person all inclusive. For more information, click here. Author Talk: “The Man Who Built The Sierra Club: A life of David Brower” at the Essex Library January 19, 7pm David Brower was a central figure in the modern environmental movement. His leadership, vision, and elegant conception of the wilderness forever changed how we approach nature. Hear the author, UCONN Journalism Professor Robert Wyss’ talk on the subject at the Essex Library. For more information, click here. Georgia Hunter, ‘We Were the Lucky Ones” at RJ Julia January 19, 2pm Join Georgia Hunter at RJ Julia as she discusses her extraordinary novel based on the true story of a family of Polish Jews who are separated at the start of the Second World War, determined to survive and to reunite. For more information, click here. Christine Ohlman and Rebel Montez at the Kate February 12, 7pm Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez w.special guests The Sin Sisters present: “ ‘I Can’t Stop Loving You’: A Valentine’s Heartbreak Extravaganza’” … The Beehive Queen welcomes the reunited Sin Sisters (Sister Patti Rahl will travel from Nashville just for this show) in a night that will celebrate the wonder of love–with all of its laughter and tears–and some special songs to seal the deal!! Celebrate Valentine’s weekend 2017 as Christine, Cliff Goodwin, Michael Colbath, Larry Donahue, and The Sin Sisters (Kathy Kessler, Janice Ingarra & Patti Rahl) rock the Connecticut Shoreline right! For more information, click here. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Bushnell January 17 thru 22 Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. For more information, click here. Imogen Says Nothing at Yale Repertory Theatre January 20 thru February 11 All the world’s a stage, but in Elizabethan England, all the roles are given to men. Enter Imogen, who seizes a wordless walk-on in Shakespeare’s new comedy and recasts herself in a ferocious real-life leading role. Imogen Says Nothing is the wildly theatrical and subversively funny tale of an unforgettable creature refusing to let history erase her part. For more information, click here. Pancakes with Penguins at the Mystic Aquarium January 15, 8-9:30am Plan ahead and reserve your tickets for Pancakes with Penguins, a fun event to kick-start your day. Advanced registration is required. The breakfast experience includes a visit by African Penguins and mascot “Petey the Penguin”. Breakfast is served buffet style; pancakes with assorted toppings, scrambled eggs, sausage, and various beverages. If you prefer or need Gluten-free pancakes, please call the reservation line and let them know. For more information, click here. Object and Influence at Hygienic in New London Runs thru January 22 Object and Influence is an attempt to explore starting points. The space where ideas begin, before being reformulated, repurposed and rebuilt. To remove these items from the studio and place them in a gallery setting creates an opportunity to envision a backstory. A jumping off place leading to an artist’s unique way of combining images and themes. Each artist has selected one object, two unique images and three sound files that in some way inform their own artwork. Object and Influence builds a dialogue amongst a large group of working artists based on their shared experience working in a studio environment and the information that populates that space. For more information, click here. Valentine’s Day Pop-Up Dinner with Chef Paul Barron Presented by Weekend Kitchen February 11, 6:30-10pm How about a romantic Valentine’s Day pop-up dinner in a charming antique home in Essex? Forego the restaurant meal and join Weekend Kitchen for a magical pop-up dinner reserved for 12 lucky people. The seating is intimate and you will spend the evening in the competent hands of Chef Paul Barron. Trained at the Culinary Institute, Chef Paul is a personal chef and caterer. His previous restaurant work includes the Union League in New Haven and Nordstrom’s Cafe. For more information, click here. Peter Daitch Photographs: Landscapes, Abstracts & Urban Scenes at Lyman Allyn Museum January 21 – April 2 Daitch has selected images primarily captured in New England and the mountains of Colorado. By dividing the exhibition into segments – Abstracts, Seascapes, Mountains, Urban – his hope is to emphasize, that while the subject matter differs, every moment offers the opportunity to pause, reflect and experience the instant more deeply. With the selection of local subject matter, Daitch reminds us to pause and find a different perspective through which we might realize a deeper appreciation of the beauty that is right here in our backyards, every day. For more information, click here. Barrels & Brushes at Jonathan Edwards Winery January 15 & 29, February 12 & 26 Gather your friends and meet at the Barrel Room for Art at the Winery. Price includes a glass of wine at a welcome reception then art instruction on canvas provided by The Drunken Palette. Bring your creative juices. All levels welcome. $50 per session. For more information, click here. Essex Winter Series Concerts in Deep River February 19 Presenting great music since 1978, enjoy the 40th season of wonderfully diverse programs, performed by world-class artists. Dan Levinson’s Roof Garden Jass Band will perform at Valley Regional High School in Deep River. That’s no typo –Jass is any early spelling of Jazz. Dan and his renowned band will mark the centennial of the first recordings of New Orleans jazz in what is sure to be a spirited and rollicking afternoon. For more information, click here. Madison Chamber’s 2nd Annual Souper Bowl January 28 Head to downtown Madison for this festive outdoor event featuring local restaurants, civic organizations, businesses and other groups offering samplings of soups, chilis, and stews. Part of the proceeds of this event will benefit Outrun 38, an amazing organization that promotes fitness and healthy living in a supportive community to heighten awareness of Cystic Fibrosis while supporting the growing “healthy sick” CF population. For more information, click here. Riverquest Winter Wildlife & Eagle Cruises February 4 thru March 12 RiverQuest has teamed up with the Connecticut River Museum for winter cruises! In February and March, they will depart from the Connecticut River Museum docks at the end of Main Street in ESSEX. With this partnership, you not only get to enjoy the river and its wildlife from the water, but also the entire museum and their special Eagles of Essex exhibit. For more information, click here. Guided Meditation at Essex Wellness Center January 18 – continuing Wednesdays Mindfulness meditation encourages the practitioner to observe wandering thoughts as they drift through the mind. Join other meditators for a group sitting every Wednesday, 10:00-11:00am, and 6:45-7:45pm at this beautiful waterview meditation space, in Essex Village. Space is limited, so pre-register. $10 donation requested. For more information, click here. Stonington Winter Farmer’s Market Saturdays thru April, 10am-1pm A must-visit CT-grown and produced farmers’ market that runs November through April inside the Velvet Mill in Stonington. Products include fruits, vegetables, baked goods, meats, dairy products, cheeses, maple syrup, and jams. In addition to great fresh food, they have music and crafts, fresh flowers and a social atmosphere for the entire family. For more information, click here. Chantey Blast and Pub Sing at Mystic Seaport January 14, 1-5pm Join in as Mystic Seaport chantey staff and many of the finest chantey singers in the Northeast sing chanties, maritime ballads, and songs of the sea. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. This fundraising event is co-sponsored by the Pinewoods Folk Music Club and is organized as part of the Friends of the Festival program that seeks to generate support for the Museum’s 38th annual Sea Music Festival. For more information, click here. Stonington Vineyards Winter Music Series January 28, 2-5pm Stonington Vineyards are open every day from 11-5, and their Winter Music Series features live music on the last Saturday of each month from 2-5. Light bites always welcome. For more information, click here. Mohegan Sun Wine & Food Festival January 27th through 29th Enjoy a grand tasting featuring over 1000 wines and craft beers, tastes from the best local chefs, food demos and celebrity chef appearances (Brunch with Mario Batali!) at this annual extravaganza. More info here.