We’ve put together a list of a few things to keep you entertained during the doldrums: Action Sports Ski Bus to Okemo and Mt. Snow Saturdays in January, February and March Want to relax and socialize instead of driving? Throw on your headphones, or bring your favorite DVD to watch on the bus tvs. Take a snooze, eat a snack, talk with friends, and just enjoy yourself. Full day ski ticket and round-trip bus ride only $95. Enjoy safe, reliable and affordable transportation. For more information, click here. 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. Drawn from a Private Collection: Works on Paper at Mystic Museum of Art On view until April 8 Drawn from a Private Collection features drawings by renowned American artists from Georgia O’Keeffe, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Fred Wilson and more. The pieces were generously loaned by a private collector, and range in date from 1880–2009. The works exhibit an array of subjects and styles in the development of the drawing medium in American art. This exhibition is on view until April 8. For more information, click here. CitySeed Winter Farmers’ Market at Metropolitan Business Academy in New Haven Saturdays, 10-1pm 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. 1st Annual Taste of Middlesex County Restaurant Week January 16-January 23 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 Mezzo Grille, Middletown. For more information, click here. Art•Bar Happy Hour: Paper Hearts with “Scherenschnitte” at the Florence Griswold Museum January 21, 5:30 -7:30 pm The Museum’s Art•Bar combines creativity with light fare and libations. Using the German tradition of papercutting know as scherenschnitte, spend an evening with cutting master Ingrid Lavoie creating a unique keepsake for your Valentine. All materials provided. For more information, click here. Ladies Night Out at the Kate January 22, 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 savory treats as you sample a cornucopia of delights from massage and paraffin treatments to jewelry and clothes. All proceeds benefit Old Saybrook High School Safe Grad Night.Women 21 and over. For more information, click here. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat at the Garde in New London January 22, 7:30pm Experience Broadway at the Garde – The first collaboration of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (Phantom of the Opera, Cats) and lyricist Tim Rice (The Lion King), Joseph blends pop, country and rock into an uplifting, technicolored story of biblical proportions. For more information, click here. Madison Winter Farmers’ Market, American Legion Hall Fridays, January 22 & 29, 3-6pm It’s the last month for the Madison Winter Farmers’ Market. Shop with favorite vendors with their CT grown and produced goods including Hidden Brook Gardens, LLC, Four Mile River Farm, Summer Hill Catering, Connecticut Gourmet, Pinelake Mushrooms and Mayflower Soaps. For more information, click here. Mohegan Sun’s Winning Authors presents Karen White, Lauren Willig and Beatriz Williams, Authors of The Forgotten Room January 23, 3pm Three New York Times best-selling authors unite to bring fans a sumptuous feast of a novel during an exclusive Winning Authors event. Join Karen White, Lauren Willig and Beatriz Williams as they discuss their novel, The Forgotten Room, with fans during a live discussion in The Cabaret Theatre followed by a book signing in The Shops concourse. This event is free. For more information, click here. In the Kitchen: Cocktail Party Pro at Center for Wine & Culinary Arts at Ocean House January 23, 1-4pm Under the guidance of the Ocean House Food Forager, create an array of elegant single-bite finger foods, sure to make you the envy of any cocktail or dinner party. Experiment with more than 30 different ingredients, flavors and cooking techniques to create eye-popping, delicious hors d’oeuvres. The class will begin with a basic kitchen tour and overview. Then, the food forager guides you through a short session on knife and equipment safety, followed by a talk on the different styles of single bite foods: canapés, tapas, amuse-bouche, hors d’oeuvres and more. Price: $95/ per person (plus tax) For more information, click here. “Celebrating Your Child’s Strengths in our Culture of Competition and Comparison” at Essex Wellness Center January 23, 1:30-3pm Essex Wellness Center presents “Live Well 2016!” Lecture Series, free 90-minute educational lectures presented by various Essex Wellness Center holistic professionals throughout the winter/spring of 2016. This presentation explores the challenge and the power in recognizing and celebrating each child as a unique individual with temperamental and strength preferences. Speaker Peggy Chappell will include discussion of latest research in the area of character strengths. For more information, click here. All-Day Figure Pose Session at Lyme Art Association January 24, 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 January 24, 1-4pm A chocolate tasting event featuring the culinary talents from: Berry’s Ice Cream & Candy Bar LLC • Bleu Squid Bakery • Cafe 511 • Chaplin’s & Friends Bistro • Fairview • Flanagan’s • Gourmet Galley Catering • Groton Inn & Suites • Hard Rock Café Foxwoods • Hilton Mystic • Keifer’s Kettle Korn • Mystic Diner & Restaurant • North End Restaurant & Caterers • Ocean Blue Catering • Octagon • Shannon’s Jammin’ • Sticky Situations • The ARC New London County • You Take the Cake • For more information, click here. Girls Circle: Girls Empowerment Workshop for Grades 6-8 January 25, February 1 and 8, 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. Paint Night with Vista at Penny Lane Pub in Old Saybrook January 25, 6pm-7:30pm Enjoy a fun night out with friends at Penny Lane Pub in Old Saybrook and leave with a finished painting you created. Local artist Samantha Listorti will guide participants through the steps to paint a picturesque snowy landscape. No prior painting experience is required to participate. The finished product is yours to take home at the end of the night. Cost is $35 per person and includes one complimentary glass of wine or beer. For more information, click here. Black Bears in Connecticut with Master Wildlife Conservationist Paul Colburn at the Essex Library January 26, 6:30pm More black bear sightings are happening every year, even in Connecticut’s shoreline towns, as their preferred habitat expands as farmlands revert to forest. This presentation will focus on the natural history of black bears in CT, an overview of black bear habitat, diet, behavior, and current research efforts. It also provides recommendations for optimum coexistence with our black bear population. For more information, click here. Michael Ian Black, “Navel Gazing” at RJ Julia January 26, 7pm Enjoy New York Times bestselling author and stand-up comedian Michael Ian Black, as he speaks about his frank and funny memoir about confronting his genetic legacy as he hits his forties. The alt-comedy take on getting older, Navel Gazing is a funny-because-it’s-true memoir about looking around when you’re forty and realizing that life is about more than receding hairlines and proving one’s manliness on Twitter—it’s about laughing at yourself. For more information, click here. Les Liasons Dangereuses at the Kate January 28, 7pm Following Coriolanus and King Lear, National Theatre Live brings the Donmar Warehouse’s highly anticipated production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses to HD audience. Directed by Josie Rourke , the cast includes Elaine Cassidy (The Paradise), Janet McTeer (The White Queen) and Dominic West (The Wire). For more information, click here. Movie & Dessert Night at White Gate Farm January 28, 6:30pm Join the White Gate Farmers and Dr. Chris Lachowski of Natural Family Health in the Farm House to view and discuss Susan Rockefeller’s new film “Food for Thought/Food for Life.” Dessert, created by Farm Chef Anna Feldman, as well as tea and coffee will be served. Tickets are $20. For more information, click here. PostSecret: The Show at the Bushnell January 28, 7:30pm PostSecret is an immersive, poignant journey through the humor and humanity of the personal stories we keep to ourselves, and on rare occasions, share with others. Projected images, videos, three actors and a guitarist guide the audience through crowd-sourced narratives revealing the true stories behind the secrets. For more information, click here. World Premiere of The Moors at Yale Repertory Theatre January 29, 8pm The bleak moors of England. The bleakest. Written by Jen Silverman and Directed by Jackson Gay, Two spinster sisters—one desperately unhappy, the other resolutely miserable—live with their elder brother and their mastiff in a gloomy, old mansion. When a governess is summoned to their isolated home, teeming with secrets and desires, what price might they pay for love? Inspired (perhaps) by certain 19th-century gothic romances, and the sisters who wrote them, Jen Silverman’s The Moors courses with a distinctly contemporary, darkly comic sensibility. Play runs January 29–February 20, 2016. For more information, click here. Pancakes with Penguins at the Mystic Aquarium January 30, 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. Hygienic Art XXXVII- Salon Indépendants at the Hygienic in New London January 30, 8am-6pm Call for Art- Artists in all media are invited to participate in Hygienic Art XXXV Salon des Indépendants. Hanging begins at 8am on Saturday, January 30 and through 6pm. The show opens at 7pm that day and runs through Saturday February 13th . The rules are simple: All are Welcome – One Piece Per Artist No Judge, No Jury, No Censorship, No Fee For more information, click here. Folk Songs In The Tradition with Larry Kaplan at Essex Public Library January 30, 2pm “Old Zeb,” “Song for Gale,” “Song for The Bowdoin,” John,” – just a few examples of the extensive song bag of some of the best ballads you will find in modern folk music. Larry Kaplan’s songs have been sung, performed, and recorded by many respected artists and audiences around the world. A singer, instrumentalist, and recording artist in his own right, Larry will entertain attendees with a variety of ballads to brighten a January afternoon. For more information, click here. Wonders of Winter Opening Reception at Lyme Art Association January 31, 1-3pm Opening reception of Wonders of Winter. This themed exhibition will feature artwork showcasing the beauty of winter by artists of all Lyme Art Association membership levels. Exhibition on view January 22 to February 26. For more information, click here. Contemporary Classics Evening Book Discussion at The Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library February 1, 7pm Join a lively discussion about Ann Patchett’s “This is the Story of a Happy Marriage”, facilitated by Marsha Bansavage. This book is an examination of the things Ann Patchett is fully committed to “the art and craft of writing, the depths of friendship, an elderly dog, and one spectacular nun.” For more information, click here. ‘Art History for All’ at Lyman Allen Museum Ten Week Course Begins February 4, 10am-12pm This Winter/Spring course, “The Advent of Modernism in Connecticut” is lead by Barbara Zabel, professor emeritus of Art History at Connecticut College and curatorial consultant at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum. Professor Zabel will focus on artists based in Europe, including Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Kurt Schwitters, Ernst Barlach, and Salvador Dali, as well as artists like Marcel Duchamp, who came to America to “sound out the future”. For more information, click here. Barrels & Brushes at Jonathan Edwards Winery February 7, March 13, 1-3pm 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 21, 3pm Presenting great music since 1978, enjoy the 39th season of wonderfully diverse programs, performed by world-class artists. Pianist Jeff Barnhart and his Hot Rhythm play hot jazz from the early decades of the twentieth century at Valley Regional High School in Deep River. For more information, click here.