November 19, 2017

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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Christ the King Hosts Annual Ecumenical, Community Thanksgiving Service, Tuesday

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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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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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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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