December 11, 2017

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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Golf Tournament Today Swings With Opportunity for Lyme Consolidated School

Lyme Consolidated School will host its Second Annual Golf Tournament and 19th Hole Event on Saturday, May 6. The event is hosted by the Lyme Consolidated School Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), a non-profit group that works to support the Lyme Consolidated Elementary School that serves students of Lyme and Old Lyme, Conn., through volunteerism, parent involvement and funding activities, programs and materials for the students and staff of the school. Net proceeds from the tournament will go to the school PTO.

The tournament will be hosted on the beautiful grounds of Fox Hop Yard Golf Course located in East Haddam, just minutes from the Lyme Consolidated School.

There will be a BBQ lunch and a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. The golf will include several contests on the greens including a $10,000 putting contest. The PTO is grateful to their sponsors: Reynolds Subaru, Mohegan Sun, Holth & Kollman LLC, Sapia Builders Corp., River Valley Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, Novak Brothers, Ashlawn Farm Coffee, All-Pro Automotive, Brown & Knapp Insurance, Benchmark Wealth Management and Julia Balfour LLC.

The festivities will continue after golf into the early evening at “On the Rocks” at the Fox Hop Yard Golf Course where golf awards, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails (cash bar) will be enjoyed.  Non-golfers are invited to join in the fun as well from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wonderful silent auction items will be available such as original jewelry by Ann Lightfoot, Lady Gaga tickets, Yankee Tickets and more.

The Lyme PTO offers an array of special activities that help the children of our community flourish. Each year the PTO offers roughly 20 enriching programs for K to 5th grade, such as Curiosity Shop, where children can choose from a variety of specialty workshops held in an after school program or school assembly cultural events such as African American storytelling. PTO also hosts the Circle of Giving, in which families and students in need are helped during the holiday season and our hallmark Veteran’s Day Tea, Staff Appreciation Day and many field trips for all classes to name a few.

In order to have a successful tournament, sponsors are needed to offset the costs. The PTO is looking for local community members and businesses to support the event by being one of the Hole Sponsors, and, of course, golfing!

A single player registration is $150.00, which includes a BBQ lunch, 18 holes of golf, golf carts, use of the golfing facility and a ticket to the 19th Hole Event & Silent Auction. Non-golfing guests can also attend the 19th Hole Event & Silent Auction for $50.00 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. There are many other opportunities for local community members and businesses to support the event such as tee signs for $100.00.

The PTO is also looking for silent auction items and volunteers. Contact Josh Grenier at lymepto@gmail.com.

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For One Day Only, Child & Family Agency Collecting Donations Today in Old Lyme for Annual Sale

How does it look? Intake for Child & Family's Annual Sale is Tuesday in Old Lyme.

How does it look? Intake for Child & Family’s Annual Sale is Tuesday in Old Lyme.

The Lyme/Old Lyme Auxiliary of the Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut has scheduled its Intake for donations to the Agency’s 63rd Annual Sale.

Donations will be accepted for one day only in Old Lyme on Tuesday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, in the Sheffield Auditorium on Ferry Rd. This will be the only day to bring items for donation in Old Lyme.

Items accepted include furniture, art work, men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing; books, records, CDs and DVDs; toys and sporting goods; small appliances; household items; linens; jewelry; tools; and more.

All items must be in very good condition, i.e., clothes and linens must be clean with no holes or stains, and appliances must be working. If you require assistance with donating large items, contact the agency at 860-443-2896.

Child and Family Agency’s 63rd Annual Sale will be held at the New London Armory on Bayonet St. in New London, May 11–13.  Prices on Thursday, May 11, will have a premium (+25 percent), Friday, May 12, will be regular price and Saturday, May 13, will be 50 percent off in most departments.

Other drop-off locations for the sale are as follows:

East Lyme/Niantic
Wednesday April 26th 9 – 3
Saint Matthias Church – East Lyme

Groton
Tuesday May 2nd
Noon to 6 p.m.
City of Groton Municipal Building

Mystic/Noank/Stonington
Wednesday May 3rd 10 – 3
St. Patrick’s Church – Mystic

Essex
Thursday May 4th 10 – 6
Essex Town Hall

New London/Waterford
Saturday May 6th 9 – 2
St. Joseph School, New London

For more information on the sale, call 860-443-2896 or visit http://www.childandfamilyagency.org

Child and Family Agency is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the well-being and development of all children and their families, with emphasis on the unmet needs of children lacking physical, emotional, and intellectual care and nurturing.

With offices in New London and Essex, and programs in children’s health care, child abuse, family violence, teen pregnancy, parent education, and child guidance, the Child and Family Agency is the largest nonprofit children’s service provider in Southeastern Connecticut.

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Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation Hosts Trivia Bee Tonight; Free Entry for Spectators

Photos courtesy of S.Crisp, LOL Education Foundation. David Rau of the Flo-Bees holds his correct answer high to the delight of his teammates.

David Rau of the ‘Flo-Bees’ holds his correct answer high to the delight of his teammates during the 2013 contest.

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The Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation’s (LOLEF) 5th Annual Trivia Bee will be held Friday, April 28, at 7 p.m. in the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School auditorium.  This is a not-to-be-missed night of fun, frivolity and intellectual challenge!

Eric Parker of WFSB Eyewitness News will emcee, and Superintendent Ian Neviaser will head the judging team. Engaging questions will cover science, sports, popular culture, geography, and local history.

Local businesses, community organizations and neighborhoods are invited to enter teams of four into this adult trivia contest. Team registrations are now being accepted. Each four-member team registration costs $200.  For registration information, visit www.lolef.orgClick here for the registration form.

Admission to the contest spectators is free and all are welcome.

Questions are chosen from categories including science, sports, history, popular culture, current events, and geography, to engage participants and audience members. Teams are encouraged (but not required) to choose a fun team name and dress in costume.

The Lyme Public Library Bees' name went to their heads in last year's contest!

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The Lyme Public Library Bees’ name went to their heads in the 2013 contest!

The winning team from each round will participate in a championship round. Teams will compete for the coveted “Honey Pot” trophy, a perpetual trophy, as well as the honor of being crowned Lyme-Old Lyme’s Trivia Bee Champion. Prizes will also be awarded for the best team name and best team costume.

Spectators are encouraged to cheer on their favorite teams in person. Contests will be held during the event for the audience.

Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.

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The ‘Honey Pot’ trophy awarded to the Trivia Bee champions.

The Lyme–Old Lyme Education Foundation’s mission is to foster individual growth that comes from continuous lifelong learning. It funds innovative pilot enrichment programs throughout the community, from early childhood through adult education at the Lymes Senior Center.

In 2017, the Foundation has funded the “Science in Nature” program by the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center. Third, Fourth and Fifth-graders at Mile Creek and Lyme Consolidated Schools experience science class in the nearby Mile Creek and Eight Mile River Preserves. They are taught to actual scientific equipment to measure temperature, soil moisture, and make observations about environmental factors and wildlife habitation. This program also introduces students and their teachers to Next Generation science standards.

The Foundation also just funded programming for the 2018 Spring Into Arts program, conducted once every three years for Lyme–Old Lyme Middle School students.

The Foundation’s 12-member all-volunteer board reviews grant applications from the Lyme-Old Lyme school district and local non-profits. Fundraising also includes the “Bound for the Sound” 5K-10K road race in September, and an annual fundraising appeal on its website, LOLEF.org.

Businesses and organizations are invited to enter a team of their own or, if they prefer, to sponsor a team made up of teachers and or students from our local schools.

If you would like to participate in the Bee or become a corporate sponsor, contact Mary Stone at stonehawkins@aol.com or 860-434-7754

Click here to visit the LOLEF Facebook page.

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LOL Chamber of Commerce Invites Applications from High School Seniors for Two Scholarships; Deadline is Tonight

One Scholarship Recognizes Business Leadership, Second is for Promise and Achievement in the Arts

The Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Chamber of Commerce is offering two scholarships this year to high school seniors who are resident in Lyme or Old Lyme and either currently attending an accredited high school or pursuing a home school program. The two scholarships are the Business Leadership Senior Scholarship and the Senior Scholarship for Promise and Achievement in the Arts.  The Chamber’s intent is to present a single award of $1,000 for each scholarship. The Chamber, however, reserves the right to change the amount of the award and/or to make additional awards if deemed appropriate.

For both scholarships, the applicant must submit the appropriate application form, both of which are available in the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Guidance Office or online on the Chamber’s website at www.visitoldlyme.com.

For the Business Leadership Senior Scholarship, the applicant must have demonstrated achievement in economics, business, technology, or a closely related area; be entering college in fall 2017 to pursue a career in a business-related field, and demonstrate the use of his/her skills in a community setting that requires an ability to balance and integrate academics with community service and/or paid employment: for example, in an internship, a part-time job, a business or a nonprofit organization.

For the Senior Scholarship for Promise and Achievement in the Arts, the applicant must have demonstrated achievement in the arts; be entering college in fall 2017 to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts or equivalent degree at a recognized art school or college, and demonstrate the use of his/her skills in a community setting that requires an ability to balance and integrate art and academics with community service and/or paid employment: for example, in an internship, a part-time job, a business or a non-profit organization.

The LOL Chamber of Commerce Scholarship program has awarded over $33,000 in scholarships and grants to local students since its inception. The Chamber Scholarship Fund is supported through donations to CMRK clothing donation bins located in Lyme and Old Lyme: at the Lyme Firehouse, behind The Bowerbird, at 151 Boston Post Rd., and on Rte. 156 at Shoreline Mowers.

For more information about the scholarship program, contact LOL Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Committee Co-Chairs Russ Gomes at russgo@2289@aol.com or  Olwen Logan at olwenlogan@gmail.com or 860.460.4176.

For more information about the LOL Chamber of Commerce, visit www.visitoldlyme.com.

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LYSB Hosts Summer Camp & Activities Fair This Evening

Kids_from_Camp_FlyerThis evening, Wednesday, March 29, Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau will host a Summer Camp and Activities Fair from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Commons. Admission is free and all are welcome.

More than 30 local camps will be participating in the Fair, which represents a great opportunity to pick up brochures, meet camp representatives, and maybe even register for some camps or classes.

It’s a unique one-stop-shopping spectacular!

Pizza will be available for purchase.

Click here to view the flyer for the event.

Organizations attending the 2017 Camp Fair include:
ABC Gymnastics
Arts Center Killingworth
Bushy Hill Day Camp
Camp Claire
Camp Hazen YMCA
The Childrens Tree Montessori
Community Music School
Connecticut River Museum
Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center
Eastern Connecticut Ballet
Engineering Imagination
Eugene O’Neill Theater Center
Florence Griswold Museum
Girl Scouts of CT
High Hopes Therapeutic Riding
Horses Healing Humans
Incarnation Camp
Lyme Old Lyme Soccer Club
Lyme Park & Rec
Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau
Madhatters Theatre Company
Maritime Education Network
Mystic Seaport
Niantic Bay Sailing Academy
North Cove Yacht Club
Old Lyme Children’s Learning Center
Old Lyme Park & Rec
Old Lyme PGN Library
Pettipaug Sailing Academy
Pequot Sherwood Daycamp
Rise Martial Arts Academy
Shoreline Arts Alliance
String Theory School of Music
Thames Valley Music School Arts Camp
Treehouse Players
Valley Shore YMCA

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Final Week to View Lyme Academy College Student Work at Old Lyme Town Hall

The vestibule of Old Lyme Town Hall’s Meeting Room is one of several places that artwork by students from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts is on display in the town hall.

The Town of Old Lyme is currently hosting an exhibition through the end of March featuring works from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts students. The exhibition showcases recent works from Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) students, freshmen to seniors, in all disciplines, including Drawing, Illustration, Painting, and Sculpture.

A new picture hanging system was installed at the town hall in late spring, when an inaugural exhibit featured pieces created by students in classes at the Lymes’ Senior Center. Old Lyme First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder explains “Art is such an important part of our Old Lyme community. We installed the new system for the express purpose of displaying art from organizations in our community.”

The art work by Lyme Academy students currently on view in Old Lyme Town Hall incorporates a variety of styles and media.

Asked his reaction to the opportunity for Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts students to participate in the exhibition at the town hall, Campus Dean Todd Jokl, told LymeLine, “The College is thrilled to be a part of this exhibition in the Old Lyme Town Hall. We are honored the town partnered with us to showcase some of our remarkable student artists’ work.”

“We hope the exhibition of our BFA students’ work symbolizes the important connection the College has with this community and how excited we are to be collaborating with so many institutions in the area. As we all know, this town and region offer a remarkable network of support and interest in the arts and culture. We cherish our role as being an active member of the community.”

The public is welcome to participate in College openings, lectures, workshops, and various community and undergraduate programs.

Lyme Academy College, as part of the University of New Haven, is the only Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design institution in the State of Connecticut. Lyme Academy College has played an integral part in the town’s culture since 1976. The College has grown in numbers, ranking and prestige from a small community art school to a national presence.

The student exhibit can be viewed during regular town hall hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Lyme Academy College Donates Historic Document Collection to Lyme Art Association

Elisabeth Gordon Chandler at work.

Yesterday, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts made a formal presentation of a collection of historic documents and original exhibition catalogs to the Lyme Art Association at the the Association’s historic building on Lyme Street. The event took place immediately prior to the opening of the Lyme Art Association’s A Show in Four Acts exhibition.

This remarkable collection was part of the estate of Elisabeth Gordon Chandler (1913-2006), who not only founded the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, but was also previously president and a long-time member of the Lyme Art Association. The Archives Committee of Lyme Academy College has spent several years assembling and preparing this gift of history to the Lyme Art Association.

The collection being donated includes a comprehensive collection of Lyme Art Association exhibition catalogs including a 1909 8th annual exhibition pamphlet listing the artists Childe Hassam and Willard Metcalf and also, a 1921 20th annual exhibition booklet, which was the inaugural exhibit in the new Charles A. Platt designed gallery. In addition, there are catalogs of the spring watercolor exhibits, which began in 1925, along with the autumn exhibitions, beginning in 1933.

Many letters and documents related to Elisabeth Gordon Chandler’s time as Lyme Art Association president from 1975-1978 and tell of her productive time during a transformative era in the Association’s history. Important documents relate to the ‘Goodman Presentation Case’ of 1928, a collection of 35 small artworks by early Lyme Art Association members. An original copy of Charles A. Platt’s “General Specifications for the Art Gallery” of July 1920 is included with this collection, which gives a detailed outline of the plans for the gallery.

Elisabeth Gordon Chandler

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts (originally named Lyme Academy of Fine Arts) was founded by members of the Lyme Art Association in 1976 during the time Chandler was President. The school was based on preserving the time-honored traditions and disciplines of training in the fine arts.  Founded as an Academy, it became an accredited College in 1996, and in 2014 became a College of the University of New Haven (UNH), when UNH acquired the College.

Lyme Art Association dates back to 1902, when a group of tonalist painters, led by the New York artist Henry Ward Ranger (1858-1916), were asked to hold a two-day exhibition in August at Old Lyme’s Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library. The artwork exhibited consisted entirely of landscapes depicting the local countryside, painted while they boarded at the home of Florence Griswold (1850-1937). It is believed that Lyme Art Association is the nation’s oldest continuously exhibiting art group in the country.

A nationally recognized portrait sculptor, Elisabeth Gordon Chandler, was a regular exhibitor at the Lyme Art Association, and she became vice-president in 1974 and, president in 1975. With a goal of obtaining tax-exempt status for the association, and continuing the teaching and traditions of representational art, she set to work to create an art school in the basement of the gallery building.

The ceremony commemorating the transfer of historic archives will take place at Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme St. Old Lyme, CT at 1:30 p.m., just prior to the opening of the exhibition A Show in Four Acts at LAA.

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Cappella Cantorum Presents Medleys from Phantom, Les Mis, Choral Showcase in Concert This Afternoon

Drawing by Madeline Favre of Deep River of Cappella Cantorum inspired by a performance in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Old Saybrook.

On Sunday, March 26, Cappella Cantorum will present Medleys from Phantom of the Opera & Les Miserables & A Choral Showcase,  including: He Watching Over Israel, How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place, Precious Lord, Take my Hand and Down by the Riverside.

The performance will start at 3 p.m. at Valley Regional High School, Deep River. A reception will follow the concert. Tickets are $25 at the door or online at www.CappellaCantorum.org 

For more information, call Barry Asch at 860-388-2871.

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