Need to chase away the winter blahs? Here’s our list: Fitness on the Water & Essex Wellness Center’s 28-Day Slimdown Challenge, January 13 – February 9 This 28-day challenge is designed to blast fat fast, create obtainable results and set you up for success for the entire year. Commit to looking and feeling your best for 2018. For more information, click here. 3rd Annual Taste of Middlesex County Restaurant Week, January 15-January 21 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 $20.18 (one for $30.18), does not include beverages, tax or gratuity. Participating Restaurants include Angelico’s Lake House Restaurant, East Hampton, Fire at the Ridge and Ridgeside Tavern, Middlefield, Griswold Inn, Essex, Inn At Middletown/Tavern at the Armory and more. For more information, click here. Fire and Ice Festival at Saybrook Point Inn, January 20th Head to Saybrook Point Inn for this yearly winter event offering guests a unique day full of food and beverage, ice sculptures, fire and more. With winter-themed festivities and demonstrations going on all day, this occasion is a must-see. The festivities of the day will be accompanied by seasonal food from the Culinary Team at Fresh Salt along with drink specials from the Marina Bar. For more information, click here. Murmur: Arctic Realities at Mystic Seaport, January 20 thru April 22 A groundbreaking new experience by John Grade, one of the world’s leading contemporary artist. Visitors will encounter what appears to be a natural landform – a mound intricately carved from Alaskan yellow cedar. This vast sculpture represents a pingo, a hill of ice that grows over centuries in the Arctic’s highest latitudes, then collapses, pockmarking the tundra. Visitors will not only witness the pingo’s impressive scale, but will also be able to enter inside the sculpture as its walls open and close, mimicking the pingo’s lifecycle at a time when this is accelerating due to unprecedented environmental change. More info: www.mysticseaport.org Essex Library: The Climate Reality Project with Patty Sisson, January 20 at 1 pm Science teacher Patty Sisson will offer an eye-opening presentation and discussion about how everyone can engage to help solve the climate crisis. It will include: the basic science of global warming; the reasons why it is an urgent problem; patterns of fossil fuel usage; the far-ranging effects of climate change; hopeful news about wind and solar energy; and actions people can take to help solve the global warming crisis. For more information, click here. Women’s March: Second Annual Marching On, January 20 Join Women’s March organizers, partners, artists and activists for our one-year anniversary! Women, femmes and allies will come together again to celebrate one year of resistance and to launch the collective 2018 Women’s March agenda. This will be part of a national voter registration and mobilization tour targeting swing states to register new voters, engage impacted communities, harness our collective energy to advocate for policies and candidates that reflect our values and collaborate with our partners to elect more women and progressives candidates to office. Location: Connecticut State Capitol at 210 Capitol Avenue in Hartford. For more information, click here. Tracy Anderson Book Signing, “Total Teen: Tracy Anderson’s Guide to Health, Happiness, and Ruling Your World” at RJ Julia, January 20, 3 pm Fitness Guru, Tracy Anderson’s book, Total Teen gives teens a solid foundation to lead a balanced life―with absolutely no calorie counting, no fad diets, and no unrealistic workout routines. It’s a body-positive approach to taking care of and honoring one’s total self. Meet the author at this booksigning. For more information, click here. Mohegan Sun’s Restaurant Week, January 21-25 Feast on some fabulous fare during Restaurant Week at Mohegan Sun. Sink your teeth into exclusive dining offers at many of their premier restaurants and eateries from favorites like Jasper White and Bobby Flay and much more. Plus learn tips and tricks from culinary masters during live cooking demonstrations in The Shops concourse by Todd English and Sun Wine & Food Fest chef Michele Ragussis! For more information, click here. Insane Insidewalk Sale, January 26 & 27 Over twenty of the best shops and designers on the Connecticut Shoreline will convene in a gigantic, empty retail space for the Ninth Annual Insane Insidewalk Sale! It’s a pop-up local shopping mall smack in the middle of Old Saybrook. You’ll find an enormous selection of clothing, accessories, jewelry, gifts, home decor and MORE, marked down between 30 and 75% off (almost all merchandise is at least 50% off!). Snag great bargains AND keep your shopping dollars local! For more information, click here. Field Guide at Yale Rep, January 26–February 17 Strap on your snowshoes and join Rude Mechs on a surreal hike through one of the greatest—and longest!—novels ever written: The Brothers Karamazov. A physical meditation on Dostoevksy’s masterpiece, Field Guide enlists stand-up comedy, a dancing monk, and some old-school magic to explore faith, meaning, and morality. Get tickets. Art•Bar Happy Hour: Candy-Covered Pretzels and More at Flo Gris, January 25, 5:30 – 7pm The Museum’s Art•Bar combines creativity with light fare and libations. Join the Museum’s education staff for an evening of creating delicious candy combinations. Pretzels dipped in melted caramels and chocolates and dipped in a crazy assortment of candies and drizzled with more sauce is just the beginning. Dieters beware. All materials provided. For more information, click here. Flights of Fancy in New Haven, January 25, 5:00 pm Head to New Haven for Town Green District’s highly anticipated shopping, wine and food tasting crawl for the winter of 2018! Exclusive in-store discounts, zero ticket fees, free parking, raffle prizes and special gifts for attendees make this an evening to remember! Reception and welcome party will be hosted at The Shubert Theatre with a champagne toast and a Fancy Wonderland photo booth to kick off an evening of sipping, shopping and sampling! For more information, click here. Hygienic XXXIX Salon des Independants, January 27 Modeled after the Salon des Independants held in Paris since 1884, New London’s outsider art event at the Hygienic Art Galleries is open to all artists; no judge, no jury, no fees, and no censorship. For more information, click here. In the Kitchen: Soups and Stocks at Ocean House, January 27th, 1-4pm As winter marches on in Southern New England, spend the morning with the Ocean House Food Forager creating several homemade soups that will warm your soul. Learn how to make an assortment of stocks, in both quick and long cooking styles. Discover how to utilize everyday ingredients to create flavorful soups using our own stocks, and uncover the secrets to enhancing store-bought stock. Bookable by telephone. To reserve tickets, please call 888.853.2919 For more information, click here. Madison Chamber’s 3rd Annual Souper Bowl, January 27 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. For more information, click here. The Art of Chocolate at the Mystic Marriot, January 28, 2-4 pm A chocolate tasting event featuring the culinary talents from: 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. New Year Nourish at Jonathan Edwards Winery, January 28 10:30am – 4:30pm A wellness workshop including breakfast, lunch, snacks and teas, a take-home gift bag ($80 value), Ayurvedic teachings, a hike through the vineyards and wine tasting. Hosted in the newly renovated Cottage Overlook at the Winery. For more information, click here. Essex Groundhog Day Parade, Sunday, January 28th, 2-5pm Grab your pots and pans and head to Essex Village, Essex CT for one of the most popular parades of the year. “Essex Ed”, a larger-than-life groundhog, will make his annual pilgrimage from Essex Boat Works on Ferry Street up to the top of Main Street leading a parade of antique cars, fife & drum corps, residents, and visitors. For more information, click here. The Winter 2018 Atlantic Broadband Garde Cinema Series, Opens February 1 This series delivers, for only $55, 15 (or more) critically acclaimed and Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated films at the Garde Movie Palace in 4k Digital Cinema and 8-Channel Surround Sound! Limited availability for passes. Click here for tickets. Ladies Night Out at the Kate, February 2, 7 pm 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. 10th Annual Women Empowering Women Conference Join WLI for its 10th annual conference featuring two keynotes speakers: Krishanti O’Mara Vignarajah, the only female candidate running for Maryland’s Governor who also served as former policy aide for Michelle Obama and led the former first lady’s Let Girls Learn initiative, and Katherine Kolbert, Director of Barnard College Athena Center for Leadership Studies who argued the landmark case of Planned Parenthood v. Casey before the U.S. Supreme Court and has been credited with saving Roe v. Wade. Krishanti and Katherine will be joined by 50+ other women leaders on 12 panels covering every topic from being a Yale alum to performing arts careers and women in government. For more information, click here. Riverquest Winter Wildlife & Eagle Cruises, February 3 thru March 18 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. Wrap Story Tell ~ The One That Got Away at La Grua, February 7, 6:00 – 7:00 pm Co-presenters Westerly Regional Arts Partnership (WRAP) and Live Cafe Productions, along with Bank Square Books, present A Story Tell storytelling event. In a Moth-style story slam, the amazing true stories will center around the theme of “The One That Got Away.” For more information, click here. Mystic Museum of Art’s Artini Hour: Valentine’s Cards from the Heart with Sean Kane, February 8, 5:30-7:30 Take on a creative project with one of our instructors. We provide instruction, supplies, a tasty beverage, and plenty of time to socialize. For February Artini: Celebrate the season with creativity. Make heart-shaped greeting cards for family and close friends while sipping Chocolate Martinis. For more information, click here. Valentine’s Day Dinner and Open Hearth Cooking Class at Mystic Seaport, February 10 Are you ready for an intimate meal (with, you know, six other strangers)? Share an evening with a group of individuals or couples creating memories beside a toasty fire. You will enjoy a romantic candle-lit meal that you will prepare yourselves over the open-hearth guided by the experienced staff at the historic Buckingham-Hall House. Whether this is your favorite holiday or one you prefer to ignore, this experience will be like no other Valentine’s Day celebration you have had before. For more information, click here. The Coral Reef Project at Lyman Allyn, February 10 – April 15 The Coral Reef Project is a mixed media exhibition with a unique sculptural installation that demonstrates the fragility of coral and its ecosystem. This exhibition, curated by Tekla Zweir, Chair of the Art Department at the Williams School in New London, CT, includes research into various species of coral. Included in the exhibition are studies of coral in oil on canvas, 50 individual coral sculptures in an installation to demonstrate a living coral reef, and plaster relief sculptures to represent bleached coral. For more information, click here. Steve Martin and Martin Short at The Bushnell, February 17 Expect non-stop laughs from the hilarious duo of Steve Martin and Martin Short in An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Lives that includes stand-up, film clips, musical numbers and conversations about their lives in show business. Martin and Short will also be joined by the Grammy-winning bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko. Get tickets. Essex Winter Series Concerts in Deep River: Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks, February 18 Presenting great music since 1978, enjoy the 40th season of wonderfully diverse programs, performed by world-class artists. Vince and his exciting band of all-stars returns for another unforgettable, toe-tapping afternoon you won’t want to miss. For more information, click here The Sunday Movie Club at Lyme Public Library, Sundays thru February 25 Escape the winter blues with a voyage to Europe, Australia, China, Mexico, and India….all without leaving town at The Sunday Movie Club at Lyme Public Library. For more information, click here. CitySeed Winter Farmers’ Market at Metropolitan Business Academy in New Haven, Saturdays, thru – March 31, 10am – 1pm One of the only farmers’ markets operating year-round in Connecticut, 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. Stonington Vineyards Winter Music Series, Last Saturday of Every Month Through April, 2-5pm Join Stonington Vineyards for their annual Winter Music Series! This year’s line up: Saturday, January 27th – Chris LoPresti Saturday, February 24th – Ben Freiert Saturday, March 31st – Andy Chaney Saturday, April 28th – Dave Schena For more information, click here. Wine, Women & Wednesdays at The Gris Wine Bar, Every Wednesday Unwind in The Griswold Inn Wine Bar every Wednesday all year round. They offer over 50 wines by the glass – 1/2 price for women. Men are welcome too! 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. Expressive Wellness Workshops at Flo Gris, Thru June Sign up for an Expressive Wellness Workshop each month through June at The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme. Each workshop will have a specific theme or intention and make use of different art forms. They’ll begin each workshop with a short introduction, work intentionally and intuitively on your piece and end with group discussion that will help reveal what your nonverbal voice is telling us. For more information, click here.