January 17, 2018

Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Host Super Bowl Scholarship Breakfast with Braiden Sunshine, Feb. 4

Old Lyme’s own Braiden Sunshine will perform at the Lions Scholarship Breakfast on Superbowl Sunday.

The annual Super Bowl ‘Scholarship Breakfast’ hosted by the Lyme-Old Lyme Lions promises yet again to be a lively and delicious event this year.

Scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 4, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at the Lyme-Old Lyme High School cafeteria, this year’s breakfast hosts ‘The Voice’ superstar Braiden Sunshine, who will provide musical entertainment during the event.  Enjoy the Good News Clowns and their balloon creations, face painting and silly antics.

Meanwhile, the school’s award winning Techno Ticks FIRST Robotics Team 236 will also be on hand to demonstrate their new robotic creations up close … and personal!

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Feast on a hearty menu of blueberry pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, tater tots, fresh fruit, coffee and OJ. Door prizes include restaurant and salon certificates, and other items donated by local businesses.

During the event, the Lyme-Old Lyme Lions will conduct free, quick, non-contact eye screenings for people 2 to 92 years of age, using “Spot,” an instrument resembling a Polaroid camera. From a distance of three feet, “Spot” checks for six eye diseases, and within seconds it produces a detailed test report.  This state-of-the-art equipment is used in the new Lions’ PediaVision preschool eye screening program.

The Lyme-Old Lyme community is invited to participate in this fun event.  The annual breakfast is the Lions’ primary fundraiser for four $1,500 Lions’ scholarships awarded each year to deserving high school students resident in Lyme or Old Lyme.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $5 for children under 12.  For more information on Lions’ scholarships and the PediaVision program, visit www.lymeoldlymelions.org.

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Harpist Faith Leitner Plays an ‘Ode to the New Year’ This Afternoon at FloGris Museum

Faith Leitner will play her harp tomorrow in the Florence Griswold Museum to celebrate “An Ode to the New Year.”

Listen to the sounds of yesteryear on the eve of a new year today, Sunday, Dec. 31, between 1 and 5 p.m. at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.

Faith Leitner will play a variety of songs in an Ode to the New Year filling the Krieble Galleries with the heavenly sounds of the harp, which was one of Miss Florence’s favored instruments.  Visitors can also see the actual harp that Miss Florence’s father brought back for her from England in the Florence Griswold House.

This event is included with Museum admission.

For more information, visit www.florencegriswoldmuseum.org

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Season’s Greetings

Christmas-Bow-Picture_512x384We wish all our readers and advertisers a wonderful, peaceful and enjoyable holiday season.

Thank you for all your support this past year and we look forward to serving you with even stronger coverage of the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme next year.

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Blood Drive Today in Old Lyme: Supplies at Critical Low, Please Donate if Possible

Give-Blood-Give-LifeThe American Red Cross is hosting a Blood Drive Wednesday, Dec. 20, at Old Lyme’s Memorial Town Hall, 52 Lyme St., from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  There is currently a critical need for blood donations — please help if you are able.

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

Remember the “The need is constant.  The gratification instant.” 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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Old Lyme Town Band Gives ‘Holiday Pops Concert’ Tonight at ‘the Kate’

The Old Lyme Town Band will perform their ‘Holiday Pops Concert’ at the Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, ‘The Kate,’ in Old Saybrook on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m.

‘The Kate’s’ program information states, “Nothing says the holidays like the Old Lyme Town Band playing some festive selections for the season.”

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children and available at this link.

Visit OldLymeTownBand.org or thekate.org for more details.

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Enjoy ‘Elephants in Winter’ Sale at Old Lyme Congregational Church This Morning

xmas_sale_compressedThe annual ‘Elephants in Winter’ Sale at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme (FCCOL) at 2 Ferry Rd. continues today after the Sunday, Dec. 3 9 and 11 a.m. services from 10 to 11 a.m. and 12 to 1 p.m.  Christmas decorations and gifts along with handmade items from the Sewing Group will be on sale.  This is the Christmas version of the extremely popular White Elephant Sale hosted annually by the church in July.

Items will also be on sale from the many FCCOL mission partnerships: from the Lakota Reservation at Green Grass on the Cheyenne River in South Dakota, from Haiti, and from Palestine.

Coffee and doughnuts will be available.

Items will also be on sale during the Ladies Benevolent Society’s luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

Enjoy some holiday shopping for a great cause at this event.

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See Santa in Old Lyme Today!

Santa will be in Old Lyme on Saturday.

Santa will be in Old Lyme on Saturday.

We just heard that Santa is dropping into the Old Lyme Town Hall this morning between 10 a.m. and 12 noon and would love to meet as many children as possible during his visit!

Moreover, children can have their photo taken with Santa at no charge.

Donations to the Lyme Youth Service Bureau’s Youth Advisory Council scholarship fund will be accepted.

And Santa is even bringing some of his elves with him, who will help little ones write their own letters to the North Pole!

Don’t miss him … he has a hectic schedule and won’t be able to stay past noon!

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Today’s ‘Cookie Walk’ at Old Lyme Town Hall Benefits Child & Family Agency

What shall I buy? Customers are spoiled for choice at Child & Family's Annual Cookie Walk.

What shall I buy? Customers are spoiled for choice at Child & Family’s Annual Cookie Walk.

Don’t have time to bake but want beautiful, homemade holiday cookies to enjoy at family gatherings? Tired of pre-made cookie trays with cookies you might not want?

Come to Child & Family Agency’s Holiday Cookie Walk on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon (or as long as the cookies last!) at its new location in Old Lyme Town Hall, and create your own cookie assortment!

At the Cookie Walk, you decide which cookies — and how many — you want to purchase. Cookies are then weighed and boxed for purchase. Get there early for the best selection!

Delicious cookies will be on sale to benefit Child and Family on Saturday at the famed Cookie Walk.

Delicious cookies will be on sale to benefit Child and Family on Saturday at the famed Cookie Walk.

Also available for sale will be sets of note cards depicting local scenes of Lyme and Old Lyme, ornaments, tote bags, and Child & Family Agency cookbooks.

Proceeds benefit the programs and projects of Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut.

This year’s Cookie Walk at the Old Lyme Town Hall on Lyme Street will be located along with LYSB’s Santa. While you’re choosing cookies, the kids can get a picture taken with Santa (donations to LYSB, the Lymes Youth Service Bureau) There will be much to do along Lyme Street that day, all part of the “Light Up Old Lyme” festival.

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Child & Family Agency is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture children and families to develop their strengths through service, partnership, and advocacy.

With offices in New London, Essex, and Groton, and programs dealing with children’s health care, child abuse, family violence, teen pregnancy, parent education, and child guidance, Child & Family Agency is the largest nonprofit children’s service provider in southeastern Connecticut. Volunteers and supporters are always welcome.

For more information, see www.childandfamilyagency.org. Questions on the Cookie Walk should be directed to CFA.LOLauxiliary@gmail.com.

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Final Day to Enjoy Hadlyme Hall’s Artisans Show


The 16th Annual Artisan Show at Hadlyme Public Hall will be held over Thanksgiving weekend from Friday through Sunday.

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Kick off your holiday shopping by coming to support local artists, community spirit, and tradition. This annual venue of local artists and artisans will include oil and watercolor fine art, handmade jewelry, cement décor, pottery, and many other mediums as well as new exhibitors.

Buy Raffle Tickets at the show for ‘one of a kind’ raffle prizes.

at_the_showThe show opens with a reception on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.  The show is then open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  on Sunday.

Admission is free on all three days.

For further information, click here.

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Christ the King Hosts Annual Ecumenical, Community Thanksgiving Service This Evening

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The annual Community Service of Thanksgiving, sponsored by the churches of Lyme and Old Lyme, will take place at 7 p.m. on Nov. 21, at Christ the King Church.

All are welcome to attend this ecumenical service of prayer and song, which will feature music by the choirs of First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, and Christ the King Church. Clergy from the various faith communities will participate, as will lay members and community leaders.

A free-will offering will be taken up during the service to benefit the New London Homeless Hospitality Center, and donations of nonperishable foods will be collected for the Shoreline Food Pantry, to help our neighbors in need.

Everyone, regardless of religious affiliation, is welcome to attend the Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service.

For more information, visit www.christthekingchurch.net.
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Final Day of Old Lyme PD’s Holiday Food Drive Today

Food Drive fun on Wednesday outside Big Y!

Food Drive fun outside Big Y in Old Lyme!  File photo by M. Garvin.

Old Lyme Police Officers will host the final session of their annual Thanksgiving Food Drive on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Old Lyme Marketplace on Halls Road near the Big Y.

All food donated will be forwarded to the Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) for distribution to families in need. Food will also be given to stock the pantries at Lymes’ Senior Center and the Town of Old Lyme Social Services.

Donations of non-perishable food can be taken directly to the Old Lyme Police Department at 294 Shore Rd., or to LYSB at 59 Lyme St. between Nov. 13 and Monday, Nov. 20.

Families in need of food should contact LYSB at 860-434-7208 ext. 0

 

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Old Lyme Historical Society’s 2018 ‘Now and Then’ Calendar Makes Perfect Holiday Gift


The Old Lyme Historical Society (OLHS) will be celebrating the release of the new 2018 Now & Then Old Lyme Community Calendar at a free public reception Thursday, Nov. 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the OLHS building at 55 Lyme Street, Old Lyme.  The calendar, along with other publications, will be for sale at the event. All are welcome to attend: wine, beer and light refreshments will be served and a door prize will also be awarded.

There will be a weaving demonstration, exhibition and sale by the Connecticut Handweavers Guild.

This is the fifth year that the OLHS has published this popular calendar that incorporates a different set of photographs from the organization’s archives, again juxtaposing the historical images with contemporary ones of the same scene.  The images included in the calendar are a small sampling of the many interesting archived photographs of Old Lyme establishments,  landscapes, and scenes dating back to the beginning of the twentieth century.

Each calendar month is generously sponsored by a different community organization and includes the dates of their events throughout the year.  The intent is to highlight and assist in marketing activities occurring in Old Lyme in 2018 as well as remembering the past.

The Sponsors of the 2018 Now & Then Community Calendar are: the Town of Old Lyme, Speirs Plumbing, PGN Library, Lyme Art Association, Carousel Shop, Black Hall Grille, First Congregational Church, Bee & Thistle Inn, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Florence Griswold Museum, Cooley Gallery and the Old Lyme Historical Society.

The 2018 Now & Then Old Lyme Community Calendar was designed by James Meehan and edited by Alison Mitchell.  Michaelle Pearson was the copy-editor.

The mission of the OLHS is to “collect, preserve, and interpret the rich history” of Old Lyme.  To find out more about the OLHS and its interesting activities, explore their website at www.oldlymehistoricalsociety.org or stop by its office at 55 Lyme St..

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It’s All Happening for Halloween! Haunted BookCellar at OL Library, Halloween Party at LYSB, Costume Parade Down Lyme Street …

This house on Lyme Street is all ready for the Halloween happenings tonight!

Today is Halloween and there’s even more than usual happening on Lyme Street!

The Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a contest to support the Florence Griswold Museum’s Wee Faerie Village theme of Faerieville USA.  Take a stroll down Lyme Street and you will see Humpty Dumpty on the Library lawn, a rocking faerie at the Nightingale Café and a teen collaboration of Faeries at Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB.) Which one will win the coveted orange ribbon and lead the LYSB Halloween Parade?

New this year from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, there will be a Haunted Bookcellar, so when the little kids finish school, take them down to the Library for some pre-Halloween fun to kick off the night.

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In this file photo, Katie Colburn celebrates Halloween with Max Garvin.

Then, in keeping with a 20-year plus tradition, Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau is hosting a Halloween Party for children ages 12 months through 2nd grade from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.  This is a free, fun family event offering games, crafts, photo booth fun, face painting, and more.

All “little goblins” must be accompanied by an adult.

The traditional costume parade will then leave the firehouse at 6:30 p.m. when all party participants are invited to march down Lyme Street behind a fire truck.

Here’s wishing all our readers a Happy Halloween!

 

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The Country School Hosts Open House Today

The Country School is holding an Open House Sunday, Oct. 28, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. This event offers the opportunity to meet engaged students and teachers, and hear about the rigorous academic program at the school with its commitment to honoring the creativity and exuberance of childhood.

Learn about the school’s signature programs – STEAM, Elmore Leadership, Outdoor Education, and Public Speaking – and its extensive offerings in the arts and athletics. Tour the recently renovated 23-acre campus, with its new outdoor athletic complex. Hear where alumni have continued their education at top high schools and colleges across the country and how they have thrived at these institutions.

Founded in 1955, The Country School is a coeducational, independent day school serving students in PreSchool through Grade 8.

To learn more and register for Sunday’s Open House, visit this link.

For information about the $10,000 60th Anniversary Merit Scholarship opportunity for students entering Grades 4-8, visit http://www.thecountryschool.org/scholarship.

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Dispose of Unused/Expired Medication Today at Old Lyme’s ‘Drug Take-Back Day’

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Since the first Lyme-Old Lyme Drug Take Back event in 2011, citizens have returned more than 500 pounds of medications to prevent misuse.

Today, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lyme Street Fire House, the Community Action for Substance Free Youth (CASFY) Coalition will give residents another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

This event is free and anonymous — no questions asked.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinets.

This event is co-sponsored by CASFY Coalition, Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau, Old Lyme Police Department, Troop F State Police, and Old Lyme Fire Department,

For more information about the Drug Take Back event, or CASFY Coalition, contact LYSB at 860-434-7208 or visit www.lysb.org

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‘Joining Night’ for Cub Scouts in Old Lyme is Wednesday Evening

Boy_Scouts_of_AmericaOld Lyme’s Cub Scout Pack 27  will host their Joining Night Wednesday, Sept. 16, starting at 6:30 p.m. at The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 2 Ferry Rd.

Cub Scouts is open to all boys in 1st through 5th grade.

For more information, contact Erik Olsen at 860-434-5605 or 5olsens @comcast.net

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LOL Chamber Hosts ‘Business After Hours’ Tonight at Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds; All Welcome

A view across the Sculpture Grounds.

This Wednesday evening, the Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Chamber of Commerce is hosting a special Summer Business After Hours at Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds 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, which slopes gently down to the Lieutenant River and where more than 100 outdoor sculptures are located. This is a great opportunity to see the Chamber in action and evaluate whether you wish to join.

Sculptor Gilbert V. Boro in his studio.

Join Chamber members to network with other local businesses and also hear acclaimed sculptor and the owner of Studio 80, Gilbert Boro, talk about his remarkable abstract works and his lifelong dedication to the arts.  Boro is also hosting the 2017 Summer Sculpture Showcase at the moment, which adds works by some 20 guest sculptors to the usual inventory of sculptures on display.

Three works by Gilbert Boro can be seen in this photo.

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.

The Chamber’s 2017 Scholarship winners, Olivia Ellis and Sophie Christiano, will also be in attendance to be honored for their achievements.

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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Play Beach Blanket Bingo Tonight at White Sand Beach!

Beach_Blanket_BingoPlay Beach Blanket Bingo Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at White Sand Beach.

Hosted by Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB), the price for this fun, family evening is $5 per person or $20 per family. All are welcome.

A pizza dinner is included and prizes will be awarded to Bingo! winners.

Bring your beach blanket, bug spray … and your appetite!

This event is open to all Lyme-Old Lyme families.  Check the LYSB website or Facebook page after 5 p.m. for possible weather postponements.

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‘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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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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