APLDCT’s Second Annual Sunset River Cruise!

Schooner Mary E

Schooner Mary E


Ahoy me mateys, it’s time for the 2nd annual APLDCT sunset  river cruise aboard the Schooner Mary E! We set sail on Sunday, August 24th, 2014 from the Connecticut River Museum in Essex Village at 6:00 pm sharp. Tickets are $60.00 per person, and include a picnic supper and soft drinks. Adult beverages are B.Y.O.B.


Here’s a fun video montage of last year’s cruise to get you in the mood!

The cruise is limited to 25 passengers. Last year’s sold out so be sure to reserve your spot early by clicking on the button below! (note: you will need to repeat the reservation for each member of your group that is attending)


Please be at the dock by 5:30and dress appropriately for cool weather. You may also bring a small cushion to sit on if you are so inclined!

Plan on arriving early to visit the Connecticut River Museum (closes at 5:00 pm), which celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the Connecticut River. Or take a stroll through the lovely village of Essex and view the beautiful gardens and buildings.

Parking is available at the museum and directions are listed below. If you are using a GPS, please note that the museum is in Essex Village.

Last minute change of plans should be sent to apldct@gmail.org, or via text to 860-982-8635.


We look forward to seeing you onboard!


Directions to the Connecticut River Museum and the Schooner Mary E.

From Interstate 91, take Exit 22 (CT Route 9 South). Take CT Route 9 South (26 miles) to Exit 3 (Essex) and follow signs to Connecticut River Museum and Essex Historic Waterfront.  The Connecticut River Museum at Steamboat Dock is located at the foot of Main Street on the Connecticut River.

From Interstate 95, take Exit 69 (CT Route 9 North). Take CT Route 9 North to Exit 3 (Essex) and follow signs to Connecticut River Museum and Essex Historic Waterfront. The Connecticut River Museum at Steamboat Dock is located at the foot of Main Street on the Connecticut River.

APLDCT Outing a Rousing Success!

This past Sunday a group of APLDCT members, along with three representatives from our Gold sponsor Colorblends, visited the beautiful Connecticut village of Essex and then set sail for a sunset cruise on the Schooner Mary E.

Our cruise ship awaits!

Our cruise ship awaits!

Main Street in Essex is full of old world charm, lined with shoppes and beautiful gardens. Several of us strolled through town before the cruise to soak in the atmosphere of the shore town and get in a little garden critiquing. We then visited the Connecticut River Museum, where our cruise ship is docked. The museum does a wonder job of chronicling the history of the Connecticut River, housing many artifacts, and a wonderful mural of the river itself that travels up a three level staircase and down another. Very well done!

Once aboard the Schooner Mary E for the main event, everyone quickly settled in to a very fine evening of sightseeing, networking, and of course garden talk. Our events coordinator Lucy van Liew, provided the group with a delicious boxed dinner, then we relaxed with a glass of wine to enjoy a beautiful sunset.

A great time was had by all, and we have already begun scheming to repeat the outing next summer. So stay connected with us here at APLDCT, and hopefully we’ll see you at our next exciting outing!

We’ll be posting more photos and continuing the discussion about this event, as well as future events, over on the Facebook Page, but now, here’s a fun video of our Sunset Cruise outing. Enjoy and please share it with your friends!


Sail the High Seas with APLDCT

OK, maybe not the ‘High Seas’ but definitely the gentle waters of  the Connecticut River.

Join your fellow APLD CT chapters members and their guests on Sunday, August 25th for a relaxing night of lively conversation and lovely sights.

Treat yourself to one of Connecticut’s finest attractions and forget about the stresses and hassles of work for a few hours. We’ll provide the schooner and a boxed supper. All you need to bring is your favorite beverage … and a friend…

Schooner Mary E Invite

Reserve your spot on the Schooner Mary E today…

Please note, if you’d like to pay for more than one person, please go through the payment process for each person.

Members & Guests

Members & Guests