July 27, 2017

‘String of Pearls’ Plays ‘Summer Sounds’ Tonight at Lymes’ Senior Center

The ‘String of Pearls’ band will play at Lymes’ Senior Center, July 27.

Come and enjoy a summer evening at the Lymes’ Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Rd. for “Summer Sounds” — a five-week musical series.  All ages are welcome. Admission is free.

‘String of Pearls’ will present the fourth and final concert Thursday evening, July 27, starting at 7 p.m.  The band will play Big Band sounds

The Platinum Sponsor is Lymes’ Senior Center.

The Ice Cream Sponsor is the Old Lyme Republican Town Committee

Bring your chairs, blankets, dinner, etc. the performances will be held out on the lawn (weather permitting) or inside if the weather is inclement.

A free ice cream social will follow all concerts.

 

 

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LOL Chamber Hosts ‘Business After Hours’ at Black Hall Outfitters This Evening; All Welcome

This evening, the Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Chamber of Commerce is hosting a very special Summer Business After Hours at Black Hall Outfitters on Shore Rd./Rte. 156 in Old Lyme from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Prospective Chamber members are welcome to join current members in this beautiful outdoor location — this is a great opportunity to see the Chamber in action and evaluate whether you wish to join.

Join Chamber members to network with other local businesses and also hear Gene Chmiel, owner of Black Hall Outfitters, talk about his thriving business located on the Black Hall River.

It will be possible for current members to renew their membership during the evening and prospective members to sign up as members right away.  The Chamber year runs from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

Appetizers, wine and soft drinks will be served. There is no charge to attend but an RSVP to email@lolcc.com would be helpful for planning purposes.

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Old Lyme Town Band Gives Free Concert — with Ice Cream — This Afternoon

The Old Lyme Town Band will give a free concert Sunday on the South Lyme Green.

On Sunday, July 16, at 4 p.m., the Old Lyme Town Band will present a free concert on the South Town Green in front of Christ the King Catholic Church Rectory.  Co-sponsored by the Old Lyme Historical Society, the Florence Griswold Museum, and the Old Lyme Historic District Commission, this concert has become a eagerly awaited summer tradition.

Bring a chair, sit down and listen to the music!

Free ice cream from the Old Lyme Ice Cream Shoppe will be served at intermission, courtesy of the Town of Old Lyme.

Music for all ages will be offered by the Old Lyme Town Band.

This year the Band marks its 42nd anniversary. Concert-goers will be treated to selections from Harry James, Dixieland Front and Center, I Dreamed a Dream, Classical Rondo, and other arrangements.

In case of rain, the concert will be held in the Christ the King Parish Hall. Parking is available in the Church parking lot.

Come enjoy a Sunday afternoon musical event guaranteed to appeal to all ages.

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Bargains Galore at Final Day of White Elephant Sale Today, Opens 8am

The crowd waits patiently for the clock to chime 9 a.m.

The crowd waits patiently for the clock to chime 9 a.m. before rushing to find their own special bargain.

Today is the second and final day of the White Elephant Sale sponsored by the Ladies Benevolent Society of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.  The sale opens promptly at 8 a.m. and most departments are offering their items at half of yesterday’s price. Starting at 11 a.m., there are some further deeply discounted sales in clothing, and the household and luxury goods departments.

This popular sale raises money for missions and good works both locally and through out the world.  Some of the beneficiaries include food pantries, health organizations, family support centers, children’s programs, world relief, housing, along with many many more.

For those new to the town or those who have never taken part, this is the 78th successive year and is one of the main events on both the town and church calendars.  Everyone has seen garage and rummage sales, but few can match the size and color of this one.

The sale items are organized into more than 20 departments that fill the church buildings and every available space on the lawn.  It has grown so large, it has become a true “community event” as many of the donations and a number of volunteer workers are non-church members.  Many people plan their vacations or family visits to Old Lyme so as to attend or work at the WES.

More than 200 volunteers pitch in for two weeks collecting, sorting, pricing and organizing items for the big day when the crowds anxiously gather outside the ropes surrounding the church grounds.  When the bell tower clock strikes 9 a.m., the ropes come down and the shoppers run for their favorite departments looking for those bargains.

And if that isn’t enough — there is lunch and soda to refresh the shoppers so they can repeat the same process again on Saturday morning when the prices are discounted by 50 percent.  Check out the pictures on the church website and a Youtube video link of a previous sale.

To volunteer, call the church office at 860-434-8686.

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Blood Supplies at Critical Low, so Give Blood Today in Old Lyme

Give-Blood-Give-LifeThe American Red Cross is hosting a Blood Drive today at Old Lyme’s Memorial Town Hall, 52 Lyme St., from to 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A critical shortage of blood donations may lead to delays in urgent medical care to vulnerable patients. You can help make sure that doesn’t happen.

Please give blood today. Walk-in’s are welcome.

To make an appointment to donate your blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org

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Tonight Lyme Ambulance Association Hosts Square Dance, BBQ

Mark your calendar to dance the night away on Friday, July 7!

Lyme Ambulance Association, Inc. is hosting a Square Dance & BBQ from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. that evening at the Hamburg Firehouse, 213 Hamburg Rd., Lyme.

The family-friendly Square Dance & BBQ will feature live music by The Reel Thing with caller Bob Livingston.

Ticket prices are $20 for adults with children under 12  free.

For ticket information, visit lymeambulance.org or call 860.434.5667.

All proceeds benefit the Lyme Ambulance Association.

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Lyme Hosts Traditional Independence Day Parade Today

The annual Fourth of July parade in Lyme, which was founded by Dr. William Irving in 1958, will be held Tuesday, July 4, starting “at 10 a.m. or when everyone is ready.”

People wishing to participate should assemble at Camp Claire between 9 and 10 a.m.  No prior registration is required to march.

Tuba player Stu Ingersoll of Essex and his fellow musicians are always a welcome addition to this hometown parade.

After the parade, Lyme Parks and Recreation will be providing food and fun while hosting a range of activities at the Grange Hall.

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Sound View’s Independence Day Parade Steps Off at 10am Today

Leading last year's parade was this cheerful flag-bearer.

The Sound View Parade is typically led by the ever-smiling Joann Lishing.

The Sound View Beach Association (SVBA) hosts its traditional Independence Day parade this coming Saturday, July 1, starting at 10 a.m. from the Shoreline Community Center on Hartford Ave.  in Old Lyme. Described as a true “home town” community parade, children, adults, and civic groups are invited to march or spectate and enjoy this special experience.

The organizers suggest residents should decorate their bikes and wagons, build a float, or wear a patriotic costume.   Pets are also welcome to march.  There will be a VFW Honor Guard, child marchers, decorated bikes, floats, balloons, a marching band, police, fire and ambulance trucks, which will all contribute to a unique, small town experience.

Awards are given in categories such as best-decorated bike or wagon, most patriotic outfit, best float, funniest outfit, and even possibly best-dressed pet. Assembly time for the parade is 9:45 a.m. at the Shoreline Community Center and step-off is 10 a.m.  The parade route includes Hartford, Swan, and Portland Avenues.

Entries in the Parade must be in good taste and in conformance with the Mission and family atmosphere of the SVBA. The decision of the board of directors is final. The SVBA is an all- volunteer, non-profit, civic organization.  It owns and manages the Shoreline Community Center and also provides the flags in the Sound View area.

Everyone is invited to join or help. Frank Pappalardo, who is the chair of the SVBA, says, “We’re always accepting new members, volunteers and donations.  All donations are tax deductible and we are registered for “matching gift” grants with many companies.

For more information, email info@soundviewbeach.com or visit www.soundviewbeach.com

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Old Lyme Town Band Gives Sound View Concert Tonight

The Old Lyme Town Band

The Town of Old Lyme and the Sound View Commission are sponsoring family-friendly concerts at Sound View Beach this summer.

The first concert in the 2017 series will be held this evening, Thursday, June 29,, and feature the Old Lyme Town Band.  The free outdoor concerts will take place from 7 through 8.30 p.m., near the flag pole at the end of Hartford Avenue at Sound View Beach.

Bring a blanket or a lawn chair, and settle in for a lovely evening of sunset music.  The band plays a little bit of everything from marches, movie-themed medleys, and jazz, to big band, pop, and classical. Everyone is welcome to attend these family-friendly events.

There is no rain location for this concert.  Should a weather cancellation be necessary it will be posted on the Town of Old Lyme website under “News & Announcements.”

The original Old Lyme Town Band existed from 1886 to 1910. The band members practiced in the “Band Room,” a building on the corner of Shore and Ferry Roads that has since been converted to a residence.

In the summer of 1975, Michele Smith Dickey, a granddaughter of one of the original band members, re-formed the band in anticipation of the US bicentennial celebration. Dickey took lessons on a trombone which reputedly belonged to a member of the original Old Lyme Town Band.

Donald Janse, then director of cadet musical activities at the US Coast Guard Academy and past director of the Coast Guard Band, was the first conductor of the modern band.

Since 1975, the band, whose members represent many area towns, has presented concerts from Guilford to Mystic, and from Old Lyme to Middletown, particularly during the summer.
Rehearsals are held Monday evenings from 7  to 9 p.m. at Christ the King Church in Old Lyme. New members of all ages are welcome with no auditions. For further information, contact the band at this link.
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Friends of Lyme Library Host Summer Book Sale Today, Saturday

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Calling all booklovers!

The Friends of Lyme Library have announced that they will hold a book sale again this year on Friday and Saturday, June 16 and 17, in the library’s community room.

The sale will be open on Friday from 3 to  7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a large selection of books, both fiction and nonfiction, for sale. Most of the books for sale are hard cover along with a good selection of trade paperbacks, children’s books, DVD’s, and CD’s.

Credit cards will be accepted for purchases over $20. Stop by and find some treasures to add to your home collection.

The library is located on Rte. 156 in the new town complex shared with the Lyme Town Hall and Lyme Consolidated School.

 

The Friends appreciate your support and generous donations. They look forward to seeing you at the the Friends’ Summer Book Sale.

For library hours and directions, visit www.lymepl.org.

For more information, contact Deb Giaconia at giaconiajw@comcast.net

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Lyme-Old Lyme High School Hosts Graduation Ceremony Tonight

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Lyme-Old Lyme High School will hold its Commencement Ceremony for all 123 members of the Class of 2017 this evening on the field between the middle and high schools starting at 6 p.m.

Entry to the field is open and the public is welcome to attend the event.

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

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Lyme Farmers Market Now Open for the Season Saturday Mornings

Fresh vegetables galore will be on sale again at Lyme Farmers Market on June 4.

Fresh vegetables galore will be on sale again at Lyme Farmers Market on June 3.

The Lyme Farmers Market will re-open for the 2017 season on Saturday, June 3, from 9 a.m. through 12:30 p.m. at Ashlawn Farm in Lyme. It is the only market in New London County to be held on a working farm and its mission is to promote sustainable agriculture with locally-grown and -produced food, crafts, and specialty products.

New_logoOnce again, vendors from the past 15 years will be present, along with several new ones. Market-goers will enjoy high quality organic produce, along with baked goods, seafood, meats, wine, and handcrafts.

AS well as music, there will be live music on opening day.

Mark and Alisa Mierzejewski of Burgis Brook Alpacas will serve as Market Masters, scheduling vendors and coordinating the market field with jewelry designer Melissa Punzalan. Alisa Mierzejewski is also producing the market’s website and weekly newsletter.

The market is a non-profit entity, able to accept contributions and apply for grants to promote sustainable agriculture.

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Lyme-Old Lyme Lions’ Antique Car Show Rescheduled to July 29

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Lyme-Old Lyme Lions will host their 12th Annual Antique Car Show in a new location in Old Lyme on Saturday, July 29. The popular event, which should have been held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, will now become part of Old Lyme’s Midsummer Festival on the July date.Timing for the rescheduled event will remain 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  There is a 250 car maximum.  The awards will be presented at 2 p.m.

All proceeds will benefit Lion charities.

Registration:
-To register online for the Car Show, click here.
(Note: All online registrations must be in by TBA.)
-If you do not wish to register online, you may fill out the registration form and present it upon arrival.  Download the registration form here.
You may also register at All-Pro Automotive, 147 Boston Post Rd., Old Lyme, CT
– Registration cost is $10 (Payable upon arrival)
– Checks to be made out to Lyme-Old Lyme Charities, Inc.

Awards:
– All winning cars are voted on by car show attendees.
– Dash Plaques will be awarded to the first 150 cars that register.
– Trophies will be awarded to the best cars in their class.  The various car classes are listed at the bottom of this page.
– Specialty trophies will also be awarded.

Schedule of Events:
9am – 2pm – Antique Car Show and Flea Market.
9am – 10am – Plaques will be given out to the first 150 cars.
12:30pm – All ballots are due at the registration booth.
1pm – Awards.

Car Classes:
Class A: Pre 1930
Class B: 1931 – 1942
Class C: 1945 – 1954
Class D: 1955 – 1962
Class E: 1963 – 1972
Class F: 1973 – 1987
Class G: Imports through 1987
Class H: Exotics (All years are valid)
Class I: Mustang & Thunderbirds through 1987
Class J: Corvettes through 1987
Class K: Hot Rods & Modified (All years are valid)
Class L: Others / Trucks / Specialty Vehicles through 1987
Class M: Tuners (All years are valid)

For more information about the car show, contact Phil Parcak at 860.434. 9044 or Jim Graybill at 860-434-3530.

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Old Lyme’s Memorial Day Parade is Cancelled

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The Lyme-Old Lyme High School band always gives a spirited performance at Old Lyme’s Memorial Day parade. (File photo.)

8:45am UPDATE: We have just read on the Old Lyme Town website that the parade has been cancelled and a ceremony will be held in the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School auditorium at 11 a.m. followed by refreshments at the Lyme Street Fire Station. 

Although some other local towns, including Old Saybrook and Essex, have already cancelled their Memorial Day parades and festivities, at the time of writing (7:59 a.m.) Old Lyme’s Annual Memorial Day observance is scheduled to go ahead at 11 a.m. with William V. Appleby, Commander of American Legion Post #41, as Master of Ceremonies.

The grand parade will start promptly at the Lyme Street Fire Station and proceed via Lyme Street and McCurdy Road to the Duck River Cemetery for a memorial service.

The invocation will be given by Father Joseph Ashe of Christ The King Church and the Benediction by the Rev. Mark Robinson of Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church.  Chaplain Mervin Francis Roberts, Chaplain for the Old Lyme Fire Department, will offer a homily.

Following the program, the parade will re-form and return to the fire station where refreshments will be available to all parade participants.

The winners of an essay contest on “What Memorial Day Means To Me” will read their essays as part of the cemetery program.

Returning for this year’s celebration are the Lyme and Old Lyme Fire Departments, a contingent from the Connecticut National Guard and music provided by the Lyme-Old Lyme High School and Middle School Bands along with Deep River Senior Drum Corps and the New London Firefighters Pipes and Drums.  A number of marching units representing local civic groups from Lyme, Old Lyme and Old Saybrook will also participate.

Parade participants are asked to report to the fire station not later than 10:30 a.m. for assignment to positions in the line of march, which will form on the access road behind the fire station.

The Memorial Day observance is sponsored by the Town of Old Lyme, the Old Lyme Fire Department, American Legion Post # 41 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1467.  In the event of rain, the parade will be canceled and an appropriate ceremony will be conducted at the Middle School Auditorium at 11 a.m. followed by refreshments at the Lyme Street Fire Station.

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Lyme Land Trust Hosts 5th ‘Tour de Lyme’ Today; Collects Bikes for ‘Bikes for Kids’ Thru May 31

Cyclists pass Grassy Hill Church during last year's Tour de Lyme.

Cyclists pass Grassy Hill Church during last year’s Tour de Lyme.

The Lyme Land Trust inaugurated Tour de Lyme in 2013 as an annual bike ride to raise funds to support its mission of preserving and protecting environmentally important land in Lyme.  More than 725 riders participated last year and it will be held again this year on Sunday, May 21.

The Tour de Lyme is intended for all to enjoy. It is not competitive (there are no “races” or timed finishes), but rather is designed as a way to showcase and celebrate the preservation of Lyme’s spectacular natural beauty. While some of the courses will be challenging, there are others intended for casual cyclists, and there is even a family ride.

Departure times are designed so that all riders will return to Ashlawn Farm for lunch at about the same time.

Details of the ride options are as follows:

The Challenge– 59 miles – The name says it all.  Changes made are sure to please returning riders. A few more beautiful miles, a hill or two eliminated but still a challenge. Detailed cue sheet here and a map of the Challenge Ride 2017. Ride departs at 8 a.m. Follow red arrows.

The Valley35 – 35 miles –The popular Valley rides are less hilly than the Classic. The Valley35 is a longer version of the original with the northern loop of 9 added miles along beautiful roads. Detailed cue sheet here and a map of the  Valley 26&35 Rides. Ride departs at 8:45am. Follow green arrows.

The Valley26 – 26 miles – A scenic fun ride. Detailed cue sheet here and a map of the Valley 26&35 Rides. Ride departs at 9:30am. Follow green arrows.

The Classic – 26 miles – Shorter than The Challenge but still challenging. Ride departs at 9:15am. Detailed cue sheet here and a map of the Classic Ride 2016. Follow blue arrows.

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The Family – 8 miles – ideal for families riding with children.  Ride departs at 10:15am. The Family Ride cue sheet here and a map of the Family Ride. Follow purple arrows.

The Church Goers Ride – 7.6 to 8.8 miles – After services, approximately 11:45am riders leave Old Lyme Congregational and Christ the King and meet up with other riders at Saint Ann’s and then ride to Ashlawn Farm. Follow purple arrows.  Detailed cue sheet and map coming soon.

For registration information, visit http://www.tourdelyme.org/register/

For additional information about the Tour de Lyme, visit http://www.tourdelyme.org/

Registration for all of the rides will be open on the day of the ride at Ashlawn Farm.

Lyme Land Trust Organizes Collection of Bikes for ‘Bikes for Kids’

The Lyme Land Conservation Trust is pleased to again host used bike drop-offs along with Reynolds Subaru for Bikes for Kids, Old Saybrook, CT.  Any sized donated bike is welcome.

Reynolds Subaru, 286 Hamburg Road (Rte. 156), Lyme, Conn., is accepting used bike donations from May 1 to May 31.

Registered riders for the Tour de Lyme can drop off used bikes for donation on May 21, on arrival at Ashlawn Farm’s parking lot prior to signing in for their cycling event.

Bikes for Kids is a charity organization that collects, refurbishes and distributes bikes primarily to kids, teenagers and some adults to CT families in need.  All refurbished bikes are distributed with new cycling helmets.

Bikes for Kids since its founding in 1989 has collected, refurbished and distributed 18,000 bikes to  families primarily in the inner cities of New Haven, New London, Middletown and Hartford.  Bikes for Kids efforts extend beyond CT and include deliveries to Bell Harbor, New York, Haiti and 30 mountain bikes to Tanzania.

John Pritchard, President of the Lyme Land Trust the organizer of the Tour de Lyme, said “Bikes for Kids is one of our area’s outstanding outreach organizations.  We’re delighted again to serve as a host site along with Reynolds Subaru for  used bike donations.”

David Fowler, President of Bikes for Kids, and a former science teacher in Lyme-Old Lyme’s Middle School, indicated Bikes for Kids puts people on wheels who would either be walking or not really going anywhere at all.  “Last year we delivered almost 1,400 bikes and with the help of the Tour de Lyme collected 150 bikes in the last two years.  We hope to deliver and collect more this year.”

The motivating factor of Bikes for Kids’ Founder was “every kid needs a bike”.

For Early Bird home pick-up contact: Dave Fowler, 860-388-2453 or davefowler05@gmail.com

For additional information on Bikes for Kids, visit www.bikesforkidsct.org

 

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Learn how to ‘De-clutter to De-stress’ Today with Lifestyle Coach Lisa Lelas at Lyme Library

Lisa Lelas will speak at Lyme Public Library on Saturday morning.

Lisa Lelas will speak at Lyme Public Library on Saturday morning, May 20.

The Friends of the Lyme Public Library are hosting a presentation Saturday, May 20, at 11 a.m.by Lisa Lelas titled, De-clutter to De-stress.

Lelas is a nationally recognized productivity director, lifestyle coach and bestselling author who helps businesses and entrepreneurs achieve success by implementing a clear plan of action. She is an expert on time management, work/life balance and living joyfully every day.

Her tips and advice on organizing your life can be heard regularly in newspapers, magazines, on TV and radio. She has appeared on Oprah Winfrey, the Today Show and more. A former NY film and TV casting director, Lelas knows the importance of captivating the audience and editing your life ‘script’ through prioritizing, simplifying and strategizing.

To register, call the Library at 860-434-2272 or email programreg@lymepl.org

The library is located at 482 Hamburg Rd./Rt. 156, Lyme, CT 06371.

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Old Lyme Residents Vote on Town Budget Tonight

The Town of Old Lyme holds its Annual Budget Meeting this evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School auditorium.  A vote will be taken on the town budget, which includes Old Lyme’s share of the Region 18 school’s budget, which was approved in a referendum on May 2.  The agenda for the meeting is at this link.

There are also board of selectmen meetings in Lyme and Old Lyme at 3:30 and 4 p.m.respectively this afternoon. The agenda for the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen meeting is at this link.

 

 

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Duck River Garden Club’s Plant Sale in Old Lyme Continues Today

Geraniums and more will be on sale tomorrow and Saturday at the Duck River Garden Club's Annual Plant Sale.

Geraniums and more will be on sale tomorrow and Saturday at the Duck River Garden Club’s Annual Plant Sale.

Enjoy a weekend of flowers, plants and more!

The annual fundraising plant sale, sponsored by the Duck River Garden Club of Old Lyme, will be held Friday, May 12, from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Old Lyme Shopping Center field on Hall’s Road (near The Hideaway Restaurant.)

Pick out that special gift for Mom. Or browse the club’s selection of heirloom tomatoes, annuals, and vegetables, herbs, hanging baskets, geraniums, perennials and shrubs that will be available.

If you are a gardening bargain hunter, Member’s Plants and “The Shed” offer wonderful “pickings.” Check out the new shrubs, trees and rose tables this year.

There will be more than 300 member`s plants as well as heirloom tomatoes, annuals, vegetables, herbs, hanging baskets, shrubs geraniums and a an area of the member`s homemade pastries and hot coffee called,“Delectable Edibles,” to make your shopping  more enjoyable.

All proceeds from the sale go to ongoing civic projects, which include scholarships, senior’s garden therapy program, holiday wreaths for public buildings, baskets for families in need, and maintenance of plants at town locations. The Duck River Garden Club members look forward to seeing you and can help with any questions.

Duck River Garden Club sister gardeners look forward to seeing you and will help you with any gardening questions you may have.

For more information about membership in Duck River Garden Club, call Kathy Burton at 860-434-8024 or president, Barbara Rayel at 860-434-2354

 

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Free Day For All at FloGris Today

Families are invited to create hands-on crafts during Community Free Day on May 7, at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.

Families are invited to create hands-on crafts during Community Free Day on May 7, at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.

The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme presents its annual Community Free Day on Sunday, May 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Old Lyme. The event offers free admission to the Museum’s 13-acre campus, and includes family friendly activities and musicians Steve Elci and Friends at noon.

Museum-goers visiting the original Florence Griswold House are treated to guides sharing stories of the Lyme Art Colony artists who stayed with Miss Florence in the boardinghouse over 100 years ago. The house, decorated as it was in 1910, includes the original paintings that artists created on the door and wall panels of the house.

 On view in the Museum’s Krieble Gallery are two animal-centric exhibitions. Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden offers new research on this American artist who specialized in landscapes, gardens and animal portraits. Beasts & Best Friends: Animals of the Lyme Art Colony showcases works of farm and domestic animals.

Free Day attendees can also visit the Chadwick Art Studio, presented as it would have looked in 1920, the Rafal Landscape Center, as well as the Museum’s gardens and grounds along the Lieutenant River. And the award-winning Café Flo will be open.

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Free Day highlights family enjoyment of the Florence Griswold Museum. Family friendly entertainment with Steve Elci and Friends begins at noon.

Steve Elci and Friends will entertain at the Museum on Sunday.

Artists and adventurers of all ages can enjoy painting outside in the gardens and learning more about nature through a selection of Explorer Kits. All materials included.

 While at the Museum, families are encouraged to follow scavenger hunt cards in the Florence Griswold House, and uncover art details in the Krieble art gallery with “Can You Find Me” game cards. 

Be one of the first to pick up the newest keepsake publication, My Sticker Book Guide to the Florence Griswold Museum. The beautifully illustrated booklet tells the story of Miss Florence and her artist friends. Each time a child visits the Museum, they earn a sticker to complete one of the booklet illustrations. Those who collect all six stickers receive a gift.

On May 7, Community Free Day visitors will hear about life in an artists’ boardinghouse at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.

On May 7, Community Free Day visitors will hear about life in an artists’ boardinghouse at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.

A historic center for American art, the Florence Griswold Museum is considered the Home of American Impressionism. The Museum is located at 96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT, exit 70 off I-95.

For additional information contact the Museum at 860-434-5542 or www.FlorenceGriswoldMuseum.org.

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Dump Your Junk Today! Safe Grad Committee Hosts ‘Dumpster Day’

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Got junk?  Bring it to the 2017 Safe Grad Dumpster Day this Saturday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lyme-Old Lyme High School! 
Make a donation to the 2017 Safe Graduation Party, and you can dump your junk* in one of the dumpsters that have been generously provided by Paul Burdick Oil Co, Janky’s Rubbish Removal, and Solari Brothers Carting.
*The following cannot be accepted: hazardous waste; mattresses/box springs;  propane tanks; couches/sofas; computer monitors; yard waste; liquid/paint solvents; motor oil; car batteries; antifreeze; fluorescent light bulbs; gasoline/kerosene.
The 2017 Safe Graduation Party is an all-night, substance-free party for Lyme–Old Lyme High School seniors, taking place on graduation night in a secret, secure location. The kids will have myriad activities to keep them busy — sports, movies, music, games, food, etc. But it’s also a chance for our graduates to enjoy their last night together as a class, a night they’ll remember for years to come.
The total cost, including bus transportation and dinner beforehand, is not paid for by the school or the school district.  The Safe Grad Committee raises funds from the class and through various fundraisers like Dumpster Day and Restaurant Nights. (Next week will be the final Restaurant Night, May 10 at The Public House!)
Lyme–Old Lyme Safe Graduation Party is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and as such may accept matching funds from employers.  Donations are tax-deductible.
For more information, visit Facebook (@lolsafegrad) or www.lolsafegrad.com.
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