Essex’s Connecticut River Museum to host Celebration of RiverFare

Connecticut River Museum Development Director Phyllis Stillman and sponsor Bruce Lawrence of Bogaert Construction Company are joined by committee members and participating food vendors to celebrate the upcoming RiverFare 2019. From left are Kevin Dodd President of Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, Phyllis Stillman, Bruce Lawrence, Joanne Deschler, Art LiPuma of Seaside Wine & Spirits and Terri Conderino of Café Flo, Gourmet.

ESSEX — The Connecticut River Museum will host its 26th Annual RiverFare on Thursday, June 6, 6-9 p.m. The event is presented by Tower Laboratories and the Ivoryton Playhouse and all proceeds benefit the museum.

The waterfront lawn of the Connecticut River Museum comes to life as the scenic setting for RiverFare 2019. This culinary celebration of the Connecticut River Valley and the unofficial kick-off of summer on the shoreline features gourmet food and drink tasting stations from the River Valley plus an incredible silent auction.

This year’s lineup of Connecticut’s leading restaurants and food purveyors include RiverFare new comers The Monkey Farm and Los Charros Cantina. Back by popular demand are Red House, Fromage Fine Foods & Coffees, Gourmet Galley Catering, Griswold Inn, Essex Coffee & Tea, Catering by Selene, The Cheese Shop of Centerbrook, The Essex, The Little Pub, and The Essex Clipper Dinner Train.

RiverFarers have the opportunity to join in the fun of bidding in the silent auction, which features a diverse array of fine gifts, services, and entertainment experiences. Items include a 3 night stay at Jiminy Peak, a 3 course dinner for 6 on a private balcony at the new Carlson’s Landing Restaurant, beautiful jewelry from Becker’s Diamonds & Fine Jewelry and a massage and sauna every month for six months at Prive Swiss Wellness in Westbrook. Additional auction items can be found at ctrivermuseum.org.

Major support for RiverFare is provided by Bogaert Construction Co., Egidio Assante Wealth Management, Essex Savings Bank/Essex Financial Services, and Sapia Builders Corp. Additional support is provided by Carr, Douglas & Cline, LLC; Centerbrook Architects and Planners, Ivory Wealth Management, Middlesex Health, Reynolds' Garage & Marine, Inc., blp Enterprises, C. Sherman Johnson Co., Dreamscapes Design Group, Innovative Display & Design, Masonic Care of Chester, North by Northeast Enterprises, Stillman & Associates and Webster Bank. In-kind support is provided by SeaSide Wine & Spirits, Rhode VanGessel Design, and Connecticut Rental Center. Media support is provided by Valley Courier.

RiverFare admission is $60 per person in advance and $65 at the door. Patron tickets may be purchased for $150 and include a premium bar and a $100 tax deduction. Net proceeds will help support the Connecticut River Museum’s mission to increase public awareness and access to the heritage, culture, and natural beauty of New England’s Great River.

For more information, or to make advance reservations, go to www.ctrivermuseum.org or call 860-767-8269. The Connecticut River Museum is located at 67 Main St.

Connecticut Media Group