July 23, 2017

Old Lyme’s Midsummer Festival 2017 Highlights Art, Culture in Annual Celebration, July 28-29

Flowers at the Festival: the Florence Griswold Museum hosts a number variety fresh flower, fruit and vegetable vendors.

OLD LYME– A “quintessential New England” weekend, this year’s Old Lyme Midsummer Festival kicks off July 28, with a toe-tapping Friday night concert on the lawn of the Florence Griswold Museum, and continues Saturday, July 29, up and down Lyme Street with new offerings and old favorites throughout the day.

This year’s 31st annual festival again takes place in the heart of Old Lyme’s historic district. The mission of the festival partners is to celebrate the cultural heritage of Old Lyme, with art, music, food and family fun.

Nick and the Shady Creek band will entertain in a free concert on Friday evening, July 28.

The festivities kick-off Friday night featuring the bluegrass sounds of Nick and the Shady Creek with a lawn concert beginning at 7 p.m. This free concert is sponsored by All Pro Automotive and the Graybill Family.  Before the concert the Florence Griswold Museum will host an open house, with free admission to the special exhibition Flora/Fauna: The Naturalist Impulse in American Art from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Saturday Festival continues with arts exhibitions, kid’s activities, music, food and specialty shopping at locations along historic Lyme Street. Many locations also include “hands on” arts activities.

The bulls at the Lyme Art Association are alway a major draw at the Festival.

Shuttle buses will be available for the length of the festival, and take participants from designated parking lots to stops along Lyme Street. Parking lots will be open at the high school campus on Lyme Street, as well as the Old Lyme Marketplace on Halls Road.

Partner activities and events on Saturday include the following (from the north end to south end of Lyme Street):

Old Lyme Lions Club: Annual Antique Car Show, held at the Bee & Thistle. The Lions will also serve hamburgers and hot dogs.

Florence Griswold Museum: a new Bohemian Street Fair, Hands-on/Minds-on Activities, Parading Paws Dog Show, food trucks, Folk Musician Dave Fry, The Shop Super Sale, and reduced admission to historic house and exhibitions

Lyme Art Association: Art sales and exhibitions, savory pies, LAA’s famous Ice Tea and Lemonade, and a fun and interactive “Masterpiece Photo Op”

Old Lyme Inn: Live music and refreshments under the tent, air-conditioned table service inside the historic inn

The “Fence Artists” will be back at the Old Lyme Inn this year.

Fence Artists Show: Now at the Old Lyme Inn, this group of local artists will sell artwork and provide art demonstrations throughout the day.

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts: Art demonstrations, student/alumni exhibition, live music and refreshments

Chamber of Commerce: A Vendor Fair and youth music tent

The 2017 Summer Sculpture Showcase features exhibits from more than 15 guest sculptors as well as some 80 pieces by owner and sculptor Gil Boro.

Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds: Summer Sculpture Showcase, fashion show, dance performance, live music and artist talk

Patricia Spratt for the Home: The always-anticipated warehouse sale of specialty linens

Lymes Youth Services Bureau: The Midsummer 5K

See a selection of historic looms in action at the old Lyme Historical Society’s presentation in the former Grange building on Lyme St.

Old Lyme Historical Society: Handweavers’ demonstration and community loom, troubadour Jim Lampos, Historical Society publications for sale.

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools: Learn more about the extracurricular activities of the Lyme-Old Lyme Schools including the High School Crew Team and musical opportunities.

Town of Old Lyme/Senior Center: Music & Movement yoga for families, Magician “Mr. Magic,” caricature drawings, King Arthur Flour Cookie Truck

Old Lyme-PGN Library: Phoebe’s BookCellar Midsummer Sale, hourly story times, Young Adult’s screenprinting, History Press authors, hands-on learning on e-books and more

Most locations will have food options available.

A detailed listing of events and activities is available at www.OldLymeMidsummerFestival.com.

Key sponsors of the Festival include Essex Savings Bank/Essex Financial Services, Pasta Vita, LymeLine.com/ValleyNewsNow.com, and The Day Publishing. Additional financial support comes from Paul Burdick Oil Company, Old Lyme Marketplace, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Florence Griswold Museum, Zelek Electric, and Caliber Computing.

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Tag Sale at Lyme Public Hall Benefits Public Hall Association; Intake Starts July 31, Sale is Aug. 5

The Lyme Public Hall Association will hold a Tag Sale and Bake Sale on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The sale will feature housewares, furniture, jewelry and unexpected treasures, as well as a bake sale with home-made pies and other tasty treats.

Intake for the Lyme Public Hall sale will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, July 31, through Thursday, Aug. 3.  There will also be evening drop-off on Thursday, Aug. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m.  The Hall will not accept large appliances, upholstered or particles board furniture, consumer electronics (TVs, computers, fax machines, etc) or large exercise equipment. In addition, no clothing, records or books will be accepted for sale.

Proceeds will go toward the maintenance of the Lyme Public Hall building, the Lyme Local History Archives, and programs for the public.

For more information on the Lyme Public Hall sale, call  (860) 434-1929 or email wdenow@comcast.net.

The Lyme Public Hall is located at 249 Hamburg Rd. (Rte. 156) in Lyme, CT.

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‘Affordable Art’ by Local Seniors on Show at OL Town Hall Through Midsummer Festival

This work by Jean McLean created during the art class taught at Lymes’ Senior Center is one of the signature pieces of the upcoming exhibition at Old Lyme Town Hall.

Students of classes from Lymes’ Senior Center under the instruction of local artist Sharon Schmiedel are hosting an exhibition of their artwork during the Old Lyme Midsummer Festival this year. 

Watercolor by George Kinser.

This year’s show is titled, “The Affordable Art Exhibit.”  

Students have been introduced to a variety of art mediums and encouraged to experiment, leading to an exciting and diverse show.

Artwork priced from $10 to $50 includes watercolors, drawings, acrylics, mixed media and pen and ink.

A portion of each sale will be donated to the Lymes’ Senior Center.  Each piece will be simply mounted and ready to hang.

The exhibit and sale will run through the end of August.  Contact information for any sale will be available at the exhibit.

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Lyme-Old Lyme High, Middle Schools Publish Q4 Honor Rolls

Lyme-Old Lyme High School has published the Honor Roll for Quarter 4, 2016-2017, as follows:

HIGH HONORS

Grade 12: Margaret Berger, Avery Bikerman, Mary Bolles, Lauren Boulay, James Coburn, Morgan Constantinou, Sydney Cowell, Rose Datum, Olivia Ellis, Hunter Friel, Alexandra Gourlay, Everett Grethel, Brennan Griffin, Rachel Hayward, Hayden Hendrik, Joseph Lester, Haley Mahon, Matthew McCarthy, Francesca Melluzzo, Julia Morrison, Julian Muller, Caleigh O’Neil, Peyton Ogden, Jacob Olson, Jenna Peduzzi, Olivia Reneson, Natalie Rugg, Lauren Schillawski, Skyelar Shaw, Cody Stalls, Tanner Sutton, Sophie Warlitz, Laura Wayland, Brendan Wright

Grade 11: Samantha Barretta, Cara Cahill, Erin Cornelius, Adam Drummond, Keelin Hurtt, Maeve Kolb, Sarah Kwon, Lindsay Lewchik, Claudia Mergy, Lauren Mitchell, Shannon Nosal, Emma Pennie, Julia Ritchie, Emily Rivera, Julia Smith, Reed Spitzer, Gabriel Stephens-Zumbaum, Alexander Swanski, Bianca Tinnerello, Caroline Wholean, Ellie Wiese, Lauren Williams, Hannah Wisner, Abigail Zelmanow, Madeline Zrenda

Grade 10: Kathryn Atkinson, Catherine Battalino, Lauren Birk, Casey Blue, Mackenzie Blue, Claire Britton, Paige Britton, Liam Clark, Ann Cote, Britney DeRoehn, Corey Drummond, Olin Frederiks, Grace Gilbert, Kylie Hall, Colin Hallahan, Sarah Hayward, Kate Hickie, Liam Holloway, Aoife Hufford, Mya Johnson, Ciara Klimaszewski, Sophie Kyle, Elyza Learned, John Manthous, Danielle McCarthy, Brynn McGlinchey, Hannah Morrison, Nicholas Myers, Emily O’Brien, Sydney Ogden, Thomas Pennie, Katherine Reid, Nicholas Roth, Olivia Rugg, Noah Rumm, Kellie Sablone, Caroline Sagristano, Anna Sather, Robert Sedlatschek, Parker Stone, Emily Tan, Colleen Walsh

Grade 9: Alexander Williams, Alexandra Alpha, Anabella Arias, Emma Bass, Audrey Berry, Madison Cann, Faith Caulkins, Rory Cavicke, Emilia Cheesman, Elizabeth Cravinho, Isabel Dean-Frazier, Maria Denya, Raymond Doll, Nicholas Fava, Jada Fuentes, Sophia Griswold, Kamber Hamou, Jeffy Joshy, Daniel Kendall, Renate Kuhn, Daniel Kwon, Rachael Larson, Brenna Lewis, Jacqueline Malizia, Melissa Mauro, Thomas McCarthy, Ryan McTigue, Chandler Munson, Samantha Olson, Jenna Porter, Jared Ritchie, Jane Scheiber, Garrett Smith, Emily Speckhals, Evan St.Louis, Olivia Stack, Haley Stevens, Olivia Tetreault, Taylor Thompson, Lydia Tinnerello, Sydney Trowbridge, Kiera Ulmer, Megan VanSteenbergen, Theodore Wayland, Katelyn Wells, Trevor Wells, Clair Wholean, Maggie Wisner, Conner Wyman, Katherine Zelmanow

HONORS

Grade 12: Graham Aird, Abigail Berger, Ethan Bushy, Adam Czarnecki, Meredith Duxbury, Sophie Edson, Alexander Edwards, Julie Golebiewski, Anthony Gryk, Hannah Guenther, Emma Hoyt, Lily Iannitti, Jack Machnik, Bilal Malik, Megan McCarthy, Anna Mesham, Allison Murphy, Kiran Nadkarni, Bailey Nickerson, Lauren Quaratella, Caeli Rice, Camron Roberts, William Roberts, Matthew Sapere, Olivia Schumacher, Marissa Smith, Jacob Stack

Grade 11: Reilly Bair, Kameron Bohan, Anna Catlett, Lily Chamberlain, Rose Cheney, Jacob Coverdale, Anna Donato, Hope Femia, Samuel Fuchs, Jace Funaro, Audrey Gavin, Luke Hoffman, Gillian Holloway, Mikela Jacobson, Liam Johnston, Tasha Joshy, Amanda Marsh, Alec Maskell, Madeline Ouellette, Emma Paynter, Katherine Pettersen, Tabatha Rubitski, Caroline Sirna, Emma Sked, Collin Stalls, Alexandra Sulmasy, Mason Swaney, Ryan Wallace, Erik Zawodniak

Grade 10: Teresa Allan, Madison Babcock, Jocelyn Campbell, Tyler Clark, Lily Cox, Noah Crolius, Grace Edwards, Evan Getz, Zachary Gidius, Patrick Looney, Priyal Patel, Eaven Rivera, Eli St.Germain, Carson Swope, Adam Syed, Ethan Tracano, Caroline Wallace

Grade 9: Devin Burton, Chloe Cahill, Daisy Colvin, Sarah Conley, Samuel Dushin, Emily Evers, Leah Fouquette, Cameron Gagnon, Lucy Gilbert, Tanner Griffin, Darin Hamou, Grace Hanrahan, Lauren Huck, Benjamin Kelly, Caroline King, Elizabeth McCarthy, Mason Morrissey, Dylan Mulligan, Samantha Owen, Sofia Pecher-Kohout, Samuel Roth, Taylor Sedlatschek, Summer Siefken, Philip Sweeney, Aedan Using, Jackson Warren

Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School has published the Honor Roll for Quarter 4, 2016-2017, as follows:

HIGH HONORS

Grade 8: Emily Ashton, Juliette Atkinson, Rachel Barretta, Maxwell Bauchmann, Ava Berry, Kyuss Buono, Kate Cheney, Emerson Colwell, John Cox, Megan Cravinho, Bianca Dasilva, Emily DeRoehn, Francette Donato, Leslie Farrell, Isabella Flagge, Sadie Frankel, Eveliz Fuentes, Jackson Goulding, Schuyler Greenho, Emma Griffith, Isabella Hine, Steven Jette, Aryn Jones, Regan Kaye, Paige Kolesnik, Grace Lathrop, Owen Macadam, Brendan McTigue, Marina Melluzzo, Riley Nelson, Timothy O’Brien, Connie Pan, Olivia Papanier, Margot Paynter, Jacob Quaratella, Tait Sawden, Jesper Silberberg, Mara Sked, Lian Thompson, Angus Tresnan, Katrina Wallace, Lauren Wallace, Kelly Walsh, Alison Ward, Avery Welch, Ellery Zrenda

Grade 7:  John Almy,Grace Arnold, Andrew Bennett, Elizabeth Boulay, Hannah Britt, Mackenzie Bussolotti, Chloe Campbell, Evan Clark, Ryan Clark, Anne Colangelo, Nicholas Cox, Lauren Creagan, Elias D’Onofrio, Elise DeBernardo, Eleanor Dushin, Liam Fallon, Victoria Gage, Samantha Geshel, Aiden Goiangos, Fiona Hufford, Nevin Joshy, Kian Kardestuncer, Owen Kegley, Robyn King, Michael Klier, Felse-Alexandra Kyle, William Larson, Megan Loflin, Reese Maguire, Abigail Manthous, Mikayla Masilotti, Evan Morgan, John Moriarty, Elle Myers, Victoria Nichele, Emily Nickerson, Bella Orlando, Margaret Rommel, Frank Sablone, Aksel Sather, Calvin Scheiber, Abigail Sicuranza, Abby Speckhals, Meghan Speers, Drew St.Louis, Nikolai Stephens-Zumbaum, Victoria Stout, Madison Thompson, John Videll, Evan Visgilio, Aidan Ward, Melanie Warren, Ellie Wells, Mary Wholean, Paige Winchell

Grade 6: Bridget Allan, Olivia Alpha, Whitney Barbour, Callie Bass, Livie Bass, Jillian Beebe, Jordan Beebe, Cooper Bowman, Gillian Bradley, Ava Brinkerhoff, Jamie Bucior, Gretchen Burgess, Sarah Burnham, Jennifer Cajamarca, Hayley Cann, Liam Celic, Luke Celic, Alexander Chrysoulakis, Grace Colwell, Marjorie Curtis, Arthur Danford, Anna Davis, Cole Dobratz, John Eichholz, Zachary Eichholz, David Evers, Alexis Fenton, Mason Freer, Amy Gonsalves, Matthew Grammatico, Makenna Harms, Willa Hoerauf, Dylan Hovey, Karissa Huang, Owen Ingersoll-Bonsack, Katie Johnston, Aidan Kerrigan, Hannah Kwon, Celia LaConti, Phoebe Lampos, Theodore Lampos, Karleigh Landers, Jonah Lathrop, Jacob Lopez-Bravo, Ford Macadam, Marielle Mather, Madalyn McCulloch, Caden Monte, Calvin Monte, Cooper Munson, Alexander Olsen, Allott Patterson, Alain Pecher-Kohout, Olivia Powers, Kelsey Pryor, Jacob Rand, Izzadora Reynolds, Benjamin Roth, Rhyleigh Russell, Eli Ryan, Jenna Schauder, Dylan Sheehan, Anders Silberberg, Ned Smith, Malcolm Speirs, Alyssa Spooner, Joseph Steinmacher, Samantha Tan, Kaitlyn Ward, Harry Whitten, George Williams, Quinn Williams, Andrew Zelek

HONORS

Grade 8: Paige Alpha, Colbe Andrews, Sophie Arnold, Emma Boardman, Sadie Bowman, Connor Britt, Hunter Collins, Axel Cruz, Samantha Gray, Alayna Harlow, Destiny Kus, Gabriel Lavoie, Emma McCulloch, Emma Meekhoff, Brianna Melillo, Michael Milazzo, Sophia Ortoleva, Paige Phaneuf, Lauren Pitt, Jeremy Rand, Tessa St.Germain, Kassidy Standish, Isabella Warren

Grade 7: Nicholas Adeletti, Kate Bauchmann, James Creagan, Caroline Crolius, Meyer Goldberg, Nicolette Hallahan, Lillian Herrera, Madison Hubbard, Camden McMinn, Emily Mesham, Brendan O’Brien, Aman Patel, Jacob Ritchie, Alexander Roth, Maverick Swaney

Grade 6: Elsie Arafeh-Hudson, Eli Brown, Sebastian Burgio, Ian Diaz, Kylie Dishaw, Archer Evans, Richard Frascarelli, Reece Guillet, Ethan Hale, Madison Krol, Monique Lavoie, Joseph Montazella, Thomas Moore, Jack Morgan, Jaden Reyes, Santiago Rodriguez, Trinity Velazquez, Colin Wiese

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Community Foundation Awards Record $664,000 in Scholarships to 268 Students in Eastern CT

The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut (CFECT) has announced an unprecedented level of college scholarships made possible through the generosity of donors who believe in the
power of education to change lives. More than 260 students from its 42 communities in Eastern Connecticut were selected by The Foundation’s Scholarship Committees to receive over $664,000 in single and multi-year awards. Students from Old Lyme and the respective scholarships, which they were awarded by the Foundation, are listed below:

  • Daniel Cole: Alfred G. & Imogen M. Moss Scholarship
  • Olivia Ellis: Alcino M. Almeida Scholarship, Peter Matthews Scholarship
  • Caleb Michaud: Fletcher Family Scholarship
  • Samuel Michaud:  Beatrice E. McEwen Scholarship
  • Caleigh O’Neil: Edith M. Harris Memorial Scholarship
  • Natalie Rugg:  Pfizer Scholarship
  • Cody Stalls: Alfred G. & Imogen M. Moss Scholarship

“We are very fortunate that our donors share with us a resolve to remove the financial barriers for area students as they pursue their educational dreams and to create opportunities where few to none exist,” said Maryam Elahi, President and CEO of the Community Foundation. “Every child is important and whether it is through the arts, sciences, humanities or technical/vocational training, education is the catalyst for a brighter future for them and for our society.”

Closing the “opportunity gap” by making higher education more accessible to the region’s youth has long been a strategic priority for the Foundation. Scholarships are one of the critical ways to close this gap especially over the last decade when tuition costs have skyrocketed.

The Foundation is affiliated with Community Foundation Opportunity Network, a national network that is addressing the impact of this opportunity gap and which is inspired by the writings of sociologist, Robert Putnam (Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis). “This partnership is informing the Community Foundation’s work with donors, nonprofits and other partners to strengthen a broad range of opportunities for youth of all ages in our region,” stresses Elahi.

Community Foundation Board Chair Govind Menon commented, “Supporting the future of young people in our communities is fundamentally important to our success. Communities will only prosper as our youth and families prosper. As part of our unique platform to facilitate change and offer strong leadership in this area, we are extremely pleased that our 103 scholarship funds enable us to make this important investment in our young people as they go out into the world and become the leaders of tomorrow.”

Editor’s Notes:
i) For a full list of scholarship recipients, visit
http://www.cfect.org/Scholarship-Seekers/Selecting-Recipients/2017-Recipients

ii) Serving 42 towns and comprised of 476 charitable funds, the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut puts philanthropy into action to address the needs, rights and interests of the region. The Foundation stewards net assets of more than $72 million and has awarded more than $48 million in grants and scholarships to nonprofits and students since its founding in 1983. To learn more, visit cfect.org Connect with the Foundation on Facebook.com/CommunityFoundationofEasternConnecticut and Twitter.com/cfectnews.

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Old Lyme Ice Cream Shoppe Wins National Small Ice Cream Shop Contest!

Yesterday evening Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor located in Pittsburgh, Pa., announced the winner of Klavon’s National Small Ice Cream Shop Competition and the Old Lyme Ice Cream Shoppe was declared the winner!

The prize is $10,000 and national recognition.

Huge congratulations to the Old Lyme Ice Cream Shoppe & Cafe!

More to follow on this developing story.

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Blumenthal Comes to Town Today to Discuss the FRA’s ROD

Senator Richard Blumenthal (File photo)

Senator Blumenthal will be in Old Lyme at the Memorial Town Hall today to discuss the good news about the Federal Railroad Authority’s Record of Decision (ROD) and the removal of the Old Saybrook to Kenyon Bypass in the ROD.

All are welcome.

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Reynolds Subaru Hosts Free BBQ Today to Support CT National Guard, USO of CT

Reynolds Subaru staff gather for a photo. Photo from reynoldssubaru.com.

Reynolds Subaru has been one of the chosen dealerships to team up with Connecticut Automotive Retailers Association and Fox 61 for a free statewide BBQ to support the Connecticut National Guard Foundation and the United Service Organization (USO) of Connecticut.

The BBQ takes place today, July 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  There will be a raffle for services at Reynolds Subaru along with, free food and drinks.

Come down for a good cause at 264 Hamburg Rd., Lyme, CT.

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“We Won!” Reemsnyder Says FRA’s ‘Record of Decision’ on High Speed Rail Route is “Exactly What We Wanted”

Old Lyme First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder

Almost unable to contain her delight, Old Lyme First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder told LymeLine.com in a phone call yesterday afternoon that she was absolutely delighted with the Record of Decision (ROD) announced today by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), which takes the proposed Old Saybrook to Kenyon by-pass, “… out of the plan.” “It’s exactly what we asked for,” she said with noticeable emotion in her voice, adding excitedly, “We fought Goliath and we won.”

Reemsnyder acknowledged that the area between New Haven and Providence has been identified by the FRA as a “study area,” but said firmly that the idea of the by-pass has now been “eliminated,” and “… cannot be reinstated.” She added enthusiastically, “This is a great day for Old Lyme!”

Reemsnyder noted she had been concerned all the way through the process as to whether enough had been done by the Town, while also being told unequivocally, “The FRA will not be bullied by a small town.”  In the final analysis, she said, “The plan will be what it should have been from the beginning …” meaning that the Connecticut and Rhode Island DOT’s will work together to find a solution that does not ignore the residents.

Greg Stroud

Meanwhile, Greg Stroud, Executive Director of Special Projects at Connecticut Historic Trust, who has worked tirelessly against the FRA proposal in the northeast — especially in southeastern Connecticut — noted in a telephone conversation yesterday with LymeLine.com that the ROD is “very good news” for southeast Connecticut, but also cautioned, “We can’t declare victory.”  He said that unquestionably the ROD offers “breathing room,” but declared firmly that the work is “far from over.”

Commenting on the major effect of the opposition to the proposal, Stroud said, “The communities of southeast Connecticut have shown a united front against the by-pass.” He added that the unfailing support of Senator Richard Blumenthal and Congressman Joe Courtney had been “key” in achieving the result and would be “very influential in the work ahead to find a better solution.”  Stroud also commended the  significant input of State Rep. Devin Carney and State Senator Paul Formica.

Looking to the future, Stroud said in a post on the SECoast Facebook page, “This Record of Decision does not assure a good solution, nor does it assure a better process, it does however, provide the communities of southeastern Connecticut with a some breathing room. As we move forward SECoast and the Connecticut Trust will continue to engage this issue, and push for a better planning process in the next stage.”

Editor’s Note: Read full details of the FRA’s Record of Decision at this link.

 

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Mark Nomad Band Plays Tonight in Sound View Concert Series

3:55pm Update: Due the forecast of inclement weather, this concert will be held in the Shoreline Community Center.

Mark Nomad

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

The second concert in the 2017 series will be held this evening, Thursday, July 13, and features the Mark Nomad Band, whose  music has been heard on radio stations all over the world and has been used in commercials and in film. Nomad’s blues have been tempered by years of living and experience; expressed by the plaintive cry of a bottleneck on acoustic guitar or the driving funk of his electric band.

Nomad began playing the blues in the 1960’s and by the 70’s, was sharing the concert stage with many of the biggest names in show business. He was co- founder of the original Little Village. Their debut album is considered a collector’s item and the band was legendary in the Northeast.

Nomad penned a jingle for the Subway fast food chain in their early days.  Another composition was used as the theme for WBAB, a major New York radio station, for 10 years. Nomad has performed at venues such as the Bottom Line, House of Blues, Bushnell Memorial, Toad’s Place, China Club, Iron Horse, Palace Theater, New Haven Coluseum and scores of colleges and blues festivals.

Nomad has been acclaimed as a master slide guitarist, a singer-songwriter and a bandleader. Whether performing solo or with his band, Nomad passionately takes the listener on a journey from where the blues have been, to where they’re going.

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.

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Saybrook Stage Presents ‘Barefoot in the Park’ at ‘the Kate’ Through Sunday

The cast of ‘Barefoot in the Park’ gather for a photo.

The Saybrook Stage Company presents “Barefoot in the Park” by Neil Simon at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, ‘the Kate,’ July 13 through July 15, at 8 p.m. with matinées July 15, at 2 p.m. and Sunday, July 16, at 3 p.m.

Neil Simon is at his best in this hilarious and touching romantic comedy about a conservative straight-as-an-arrow young lawyer and his free-spirited new bride. They are newlyweds in every sense of the word – still giddy from their over-the-top honeymoon at The Plaza – and now find themselves in a less-than-perfect Greenwich Village fifth-floor walkup in New York City.

The pricey apartment with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job is only the beginning of their rocky happily-ever-after life. The play is clever and funny, filled with snappy dialogue and witty one-liners. – Neil Simon is simply masterful in this 1960’s story of newlywed life.

A rehearsal scene from ‘Barefoot in the Park.’

The comedy unfolds as the couple moves into their new apartment and receives a surprise visit from the bride’s easily-winded, loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor in-the-attic – where everything that can go wrong does. The antics just get started as the mother and neighbor surprisingly get along better than anyone expected; while the newlyweds can only argue. The bride thinks the groom is too staid and boring – she wants him to be more spontaneous – and running barefoot in the park would be a nice start!

“Barefoot in the Park” originally opened in 1963 to rave reviews and was nominated for three Tony Awards. The play ran for over 1530 performances making it Neil Simon’s longest running Broadway hit. The New York Times wrote at the time “I don’t think anybody stopped laughing while the curtain was up”.

The Saybrook Stage Company is pleased to return once again to The Kate in Neil Simon’s romantic comedy directed by Jim Hile. This will be their 14th production at The Kate and the second Neil Simon play having performed “Rumors” in July 2014 – the more recent previous plays are Noises Off, Deathtrap, The Wayside Motor Inn, Moon Over Buffalo and this past January, The Farnsworth Invention.

Visit www.thekate.org or call 877.503.1286 and reserve your tickets now. Also, visit www.SaybrookStage.org for more information about The Saybrook Stage Company.

The Saybrook Stage Company was founded as a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality local theater on the Connecticut Shoreline at the Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. Saybrook Stage welcomes actors of all levels and abilities – and anyone who genuinely loves the arts – to come together and share in the experience that only live theater can provide. The actors that have been part of The Saybrook Stage Company to date have varied backgrounds and “day jobs” from teachers, artists and homemakers to lawyers, business people and judges. The Company looks forward to producing many more quality productions at the beautiful venue of The Kate and continuing to thrive in this wonderful, artistic region of Connecticut.

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Closures Announced at I-95 Exits 71, 72 Through Tomorrow, 5am

The I-95 contractor is planning on ramp closures next week for I-95 northbound, Exit 71, both on and off ramps.

Exit 72 may also be closed, depending on progress.

Closures will start Tuesday night (July 11) and continue through Thursday night (July 13) from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night.

Ramp closure warnings will be posted 24 hours in advanced with detours in place during the closures.

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Announcement of NEC Future ‘Record of Decision’ on High Speed Train Expected This Morning

An announcement of the long-awaited Northeast Corridor (NEC) Future ‘Record of Decision’ in regard to the proposed high-speed railroad route between Washington, DC and Boston, Mass., is expected this morning.  

A congressional briefing is scheduled at 11 a.m. and a press briefing, in which LymeLine.com is participating, at noon.

 

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Four Lyme-Old Lyme Students Receive Leadership Awards from CT Board of Education

Lyme-Old Lyme High School Principal Jim Wygonik (left) stands with CABE Leadership Award  high school winners Callie Kotzan and Daniel Cole.

Daniel Cole and Callie Kotzan, 12th grade students at Lyme-Old Lyme High School, and Aidan Powers and Isabella Hine, 8th grade students at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School, were recently recognized by the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) with a Student Leadership Award.

Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School Principal Michelle Dean stands with CABE Leadership Award middle school winners Aidan Powers and Isabella Hine.

Students are nominated to receive this award by their school principal. Students nominated exhibit the following leadership skills:

  • Willingness to take on challenges
  • Capability to make difficult decisions
  • Concern for others
  • Ability to work with others
  • Willingness to commit to a project
  • Diplomacy
  • Ability to understand issues clearly
  • Ability to honor a commitment

Superintendent Ian Neviaser and the Lyme-Old Lyme Board of Education recognized these students at the June 7 Board of Education meeting.

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Old Lyme Historic Commission Hosts Two Public Hearings Today

The Old Lyme Historic District Commission (HDC) meets Monday, July 10, at 9 a.m. in the mezzanine conference room at Old Lyme’s Memorial Town Hall, 52 Lyme St., Old Lyme, CT.

The HDC will hold Public Hearings on the following two applications.

The HDC will then hear and act on the related Certificate of Appropriateness applications at the times stated:

  • 9:30 a.m. 90 Lyme Street, Lyme Art Association: Parking lot lights
  • 10 a.m. 55 Lyme Street, Old Lyme Historical Society: New sign

The public is invited to attend and express its views.

Letters may be sent or hand-delivered to the Historic District Commission, 52 Lyme Street, Old Lyme CT 06371.

Supporting material will be available at the Public Hearing.

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Conniff Gives Author Talk Today at FloGris Museum on his Latest Book

Local author Richard Conniff discusses his latest book, The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools, and the Map Pursuit of Life on Earth, at the Florence Griswold Museum from 2 until 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 9. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for non-members.

From the mid-18th century to the early 20th, a colorful band of amateur naturalists explored the most perilous corners of the planet to discover new life forms. Amid globe-spanning tales of adventure, Conniff recounts a dramatic historical shift, as humans finally discovered the pantheon of life on Earth-and our place within it.

A book signing will conclude the event.

For more information and to make reservations, visit this link.

For more information about the Museum, visit this link.

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Cappella Cantorum Presents Men’s Chorus Concert Today in Centerbrook

Cappella Cantorum’s Men’s Chorus sings ‘Music from Around the World,’ Sunday. Members of the group shown in the photo above are from left to right, (front row) Norm Andrea, Dean Cloutier, Bob Stosse, Rolf Perterson, Barry Asch , Deborah Lyon, Len Dongweck, Tony Carrano, John Van Epps, Bob Johnson; (back row) Dud Bickford, Michael Minkos, Tor Hepburn, Alan Macgregor, Larry Morse, Fred Johnson, John Newman, Missing-Tom Speer, Ed Bosse. The Cappella Cantorum Men’s Chorus includes members from a dozen Shoreline Communities

CENTERBROOK — Cappella Cantorum will present the final Men’s Chorus Concert of this season, Sunday, July 9, at 3 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 109 Main St., Centerbrook,. The Chorus will present an extraordinary afternoon of great male choral music under the direction of Barry B. Asch with accompanist Deborah Lyon.

This performance will be followed by a reception.

“Music From Around the World”  includes: Brothers, Sing On! Viva L’Amour, Cantique de Jean Racine, Ezekiel Saw de Wheel, Johny Cash Medley and Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen.

Tickets are $20 at the door or www.CappellaCantorum.org

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Final Day for White Elephant Sale Intake Today

There’s not much you can’t find at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme’s annual White Elephant Sale, which takes place this year on July 14 and 15!

Intake for the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme (FCCOL)’s 81st Annual White Elephant Sale – the extraordinarily popular summertime event that raises funds for charity – continue today, Thursday, July 6, with two intake sessions, the first from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and then an evening session from 6 to 8 p.m.

The final two days of intake are Friday, July 7, and Saturday, July 8, both running from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The sale itself takes place the following Friday, July 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday, July 15, from 8 a.m. to noon.  

The sale is an important fundraiser that has grown in size every year, enabling its sponsor – FCCOL’s Ladies Benevolent Society (LBS) – to fund more than 25 nonprofit organizations across the region and around the world.  While there are other garage and rummage sales held by other organizations throughout the year, few can match the size, color, camaraderie and excitement of this one.

And they’re off! The annual White Elephant Sale starts each year on the first strike of 9 a.m. on the designated Friday.

Nearly 200 volunteers sign up to help collect, sort, price, organize and sell the various donated items displayed during the spectacular two-day sale.  Area residents who would like to volunteer, should call the church office at 860-434-8686, select option 5, and leave their name and number.

Donations will start being accepted June 29.  Area residents can donate antiques, art, books, bikes, canoes, clothing, collectibles, electronics, kayaks, kitchenware, shoes, ski equipment, tools, toys and more.  A complete list of the items the church does and doesn’t accept for the sale is available on the web at www.fccol.org/wesintake.  Donations will be accepted during following dates and times:

  • Thursday, June 29, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. AND 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Friday, June 30, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 1, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 5, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 6, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. AND 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Friday, July 7, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 8, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

(Some items – including indoor and outdoor furniture – require advance notice to be donated. ) 

For more information, visit www.fccol.org/wes.

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Play Live Jazz Thursdays at Shoreline Community Center’s Drop-In Sessions

There will be a Live Jazz Session this evening at the Shoreline Community Center, 39 Hartford Ave., Old Lyme, starting at 7 p.m. Piano, guitar, bass and drum musicians are invited to drop by and jam all evening.

Bring refreshments, enjoy the music, and even dance if you want!

This is a fundraiser for the Community Center. The requested donation is $5.

For more information, call Rob at 860-710-1126.

This event is sponsored by the Sound View Beach Association, Inc.

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Eno Retires, Mattson Sworn in as First Selectman of Lyme

At yesterday’s Lyme Board of Selectmen meeting, Steve Mattson raises his hand while taking the oath of office as First Selectman of Lyme. Photo by M. Mattson.

At yesterday’s Lyme Board of Selectmen’s meeting, Democrat Steve Mattson was sworn in as first selectman of Lyme after the current first selectman Ralph Eno, a Republican, had read his resignation letter. Mattson will serve the remainder of Eno’s term through November of this year.

Eno is retiring after serving a total of more than 20 years as first selectman.

Selectman Parker Lord will also continue to serve on the board.

Mark Wayland, another Republican, was appointed by Mattson and Lord to serve in the now vacant selectman’s position.

 

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