Brewer plans marina event in Connecticut


Brewer Essex Island Marina will host an “October Escape Weekend” from Oct. 3-5 at its location in Essex, Conn.

The event will celebrate the marina’s recent addition to the Brewer Yacht Yard Group, the 24th in the regional marina chain founded by Jack Brewer.

The marina will offer free overnight dockage, morning coffee and pastries, a wine-tasting event and a live band that will perform on the evening of Oct. 4.

“We are pleased to invite returning customers and those who have never stayed at Essex Island Marina to come and enjoy the weekend as guests of Brewer,” Brewer Dauntless Shipyard and Brewer Essex Island Marina general manager Doug Domenie said in a statement.

“This is a very special place for many boaters, and the only request we have is that they share with us their thoughts on what we should do with the marina and island. We envision great rendezvous events and family activities, and customer input is very important to us. We continue to be open for business and look forward to building on the traditions of a great resort destination.”

Essex Island Marina began in 1955 as a boatyard and a few slips, but soon developed into a marina known for its amenities and services. The 13-acre private island on the lower Connecticut River is accessed by a ferry operated by the marina and nestles close to shore in Essex.

In addition to the 125 slips in the marina, a pool, restaurant, lounges and other offerings, the island has indoor storage and full-service capabilities, including a 30-ton Travelift. A unique asset of the location is the amount of open space, including a grassy lawn, sandy beach and picnic areas.

Reservations for the Escape Weekend can be made by calling 860-767-2483.