June 21, 2018

Celebrate the Summer Solstice with Music, Art on Lyme Street, Tomorrow Evening

Chris Gregor will play folk vocals on guitar during Make Music Day on Thursday.

On Thursday, June 21 — the Summer Solstice and therefore the longest day of the year — the Old Lyme Arts District joins the international celebration, Make Music Day between 5 and 7 p.m.

A variety of street musicians including acoustic duos, classical guitarists, jazz ensembles, and fiddle groups will be playing at different points along Lyme Street between the First Congregational Church and Nightingale’s Acoustic Cafe.  And as a nod to Old Lyme’s cultural heritage, artists are invited to set up easels along the way as well to paint en plain air to the sounds of live music.

Come down to Lyme Street and enjoy the wonderful weather while listening music and watching artists paint.  Several businesses including the award-winning Old Lyme Ice Cream Shoppe will also be open during the stroll.

Forever Fool will help celebrate the Summer Solstice during Make Music Day on Thursday in Old Lyme.

Performers include:

  • The Nightingale Fiddlers
  • Folk Guitarist Chris Gregor
  • Pop Songstress Ceci Guitar 
  • Indie Cool Forever Fool
  • Bluesey Rock Conn3cted
  • Acoustic Rock’s States Apart
  • Classical Guitarist Eric Simon-Vourite
  • Folk Duo Whiskey and Aspirin
  • Soft Rock/Oldies/Folk’s Rodney Brown
  • Folk Duo Gilead Road
  • Rock’s Neil Smith

Locations where you’ll find the musicians include: 

  • First Congregational Church of Old Lyme
  • Lyme Street Studios (Village Shops)
  • Cooley Gallery
  • Old Lyme Ice Cream Shoppe
  • Old Lyme-PGN Library
  • Old Lyme Town Hall
  • Old Lyme Historical Society
  • Lymes’ Youth Services Bureau
  • Patricia Spratt for the Home
  • Nightingale’s Acoustic Cafe
  • Several residential homeowners (locations may be updated on day of event)

The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme will have a Teen Hoot on their front lawn featuring a number of young artists including the Saxy Saxophones, the ukulele duo Sophie Spaner and Haley, and Riley Fruth, as well as refreshments and activities.

The Steve Donavan Trio (also known as The Bad Pennies) play at the Old Lyme Inn beginning at 6 p.m. Ken Kitchings plays drums in the band.

Round out the evening with the Steve Donavan Trio at the Old Lyme Inn beginning at 6 p.m.

Its sure to be a fun way to enjoy the last of the sun on the longest day of the year.

Artists wishing to set up en plein air during the music, can email oldlymeartsdistrict@gmail.com for more information.

To learn more about the Make Music movement and for updates, visit http://www.makemusicday.org.

Make Music Old Lyme is being held in collaboration with the CT Office of the Arts, the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition, and MusicNow Foundation.

Musicians reserve the right to cancel due to weather concerns.


Letter to the Editor: Proposed 23-Lot Subdivision in East Lyme Questioned, Previous Application Denied Unanimously by Wetlands in 2017; Public Meeting, Monday

To the Editor:

In 2017, the Inland Wetlands Agency of East Lyme unanimously denied an application presented by Joe Wren of Indigo Land Design for a 25-lot subdivision built on a parcel of property abutting Four Mile River and consisting mostly of wetlands. The five-page denial details the many reasons this application would likely have an adverse impact on the wetlands and watercourses. It discusses the hazards of groundwater pollution, questions the capability of the proposed septic systems to successfully remediate nutrients or pollutants, challenges the efficiency of the proposed stormwater management measures, and points out that the proposed activities would make it less likely for the existing wetlands to perform as a vernal pool where they exist, among other important environmental concerns.

In 2018, a new plan has been proposed and will be presented to the Inland Wetlands Commission on Monday, June 25, at 7 pm at East Lyme Town Hall. The new plan is for a 23-lot subdivision  that seeks to address the concerns of the previous denial without fully addressing many of the issues noted by the previous commission. This new plan will be presented to a commission consisting of a new Chair and new Vice Chair, as the Chairwoman who led the commission during the denial was told her seat would not be renewed.

The new plan does not protect this valuable natural resource. We hope that people will come express their concerns at the public meeting on June 25th. For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/protectgreenvalleylakes/


Nancy Barwikowski,
East Lyme.


Lyme-Old Lyme HS Graduation is Tonight! Celebrate a Senior … or the Whole Class of 2018 With a Lawn Sign

The Lyme-Old Lyme High School Class of 2018 will celebrate their graduation in the same manner as the Class of 2017 in the photo above with the traditional hat toss at the end of their Commencement ceremony this evening.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School’s (LOLHS) Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for this evening, Tuesday, June 19, at 6 p.m.  It will be held 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 2018!

The LOLHS Class of 2019 is running a fundraiser to involve the community in saying goodbye to the Class of 2018. The Class is selling lawn signs for $15 that say “Congratulations LOLHS Class of 2018.”

Whether you know a senior or just want to support the students in their future endeavors, these lawn signs are an excellent way to congratulate the seniors on all the hard work they have done in their high school years and wish them luck in the future.

For more information on ordering and picking up signs, email Caroline Sagristano at sagristanoc@region18.org

The Class of 2019 has solicited the help of LymeLine.com to try and find a way to reach community members, who aren’t directly connected to our school … and of course, we’re glad to assist!


Greg Dwyer Presents ‘The Magic of Communication’ Tonight at Old Lyme Library

Greg Dwyer

Successful people know the role communication plays in life. How one communicates with oneself and others is the key to a fulfilled life.

On Monday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m., business and marketing strategist and former illusionist Greg Dwyer will share secrets on how to create real magic in your life. Based on neuroscience and a little storytelling, Dwyer will entertain and educate on the magic of communication and challenge his audience to use their natural abilities to reach their full potential.

This program is free and open to the public. Registration is preferred.

For more information or to register, call the library at 860-434-1684 or visit www.oldlyme.lioninc.org.


Old Lyme Open Space Trail Walks Scheduled, Next Hike is Monday

The public is invited to join members of Old Lyme’s Open Space Commission in hiking three town-owned properties this June.

The Commission members will assess trail conditions during the walks, and complete light maintenance.  The hikes are an opportunity for residents and others to become acquainted with the properties, meet Commission members, and offer their thoughts on either the particular properties or on Old Lyme’s open space program.

The hike schedule, beginning at 4 p.m. each afternoon, is as follows:
Tuesday, June 12 –  Champlain North entrance, Wyckford Road
Monday, June 18 –  Champlain South entrance, Meeting House Lane (rain date June 19)
Monday, June 25 –  Ames Family Open Space, Whippoorwill Road entrance (rain date June 26)

More information on the properties, including maps, and on the Old Lyme open space program may be found at: http://www.oldlyme-ct.gov/Pages/OldLymeCT_Bcomm/open_


Lyme Land Trust Hosts Stewardship Trails Boot Camp Today

Tools of the Trail Volunteer / Land Steward’s trade.

Join Lyme Land Trust on Sunday, June 17, (rain date June 24) from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. for a trail maintenance boot camp at Hartman Park in Lyme.

Do you love Lyme’s preserves and want to help maintain them? Come learn how you can help by becoming a trail volunteer or property steward. 

At the Boot Camp, you will learn basic trail maintenance and property stewardship tips, including what to bring with you on the trail, how to identify the most common invasive plant species, and what requires reporting back to the town or Land Trust.

You will also be introduced to the free smart phone app TrackKit. Using GPS, the app tracks your path and allows you to mark location on trails to best report a problem or downed tree. Strategies for preventing tick bites will be discussed as well.

Preserve stewards have a little more responsibility than trail volunteers: they adopt a preserve as their own and conduct regular visits to check boundaries, communicate with landowners, and submit online monitoring reports. The event is presented by the Lyme Land Trust and the Town of Lyme.

Bring along water, heavy-duty gloves, and light-weight tools: clippers, pruners, and/or loppers. Snacks will be provided.

Meet at the Main Parking Lot of Hartman Park on Gungy Rd., about one mile north of the four-way stop signs at the intersection with Beaver Brook Rd. and Grassy Hill Rd.

Registration is required at Openspace@townlyme.org

Instructions to download the app TrackKit will be forwarded to you at registration.


Death Announced of Anthony V. Lynch III

Anthony V Lynch III

Anthony V. Lynch, III, age 94, passed away peacefully on June 8, 2018 in Winston-Salem, NC.  Known as Tony by friends and family, he was predeceased by his beloved wife Jane (Wischmeyer) Lynch and his parents, Anthony V. Lynch, Jr. and Gertrude (Momand) Lynch of Greenwich, CT.  He leaves behind a sister, Keiron Lynch Jesup of Dorset, VT; two sons, Anthony V. Lynch, IV of Lyme, CT and Keiron G. Lynch, II of Melvin Village, NH; three step-daughters, Emily A. Arents of Arcata, CA, Dorothy (Arents) Caudill of Winston-Salem, NC, and Gina Arents of Nottingham, MD.  Tony had seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren.

Tony was born and raised in Greenwich, CT.  He attended Greenwich Country Day School and Phillips Academy Andover, where he was a friend and classmate of future President George H.W. Bush.  Tony then went on to Princeton University.  His time at Princeton (Class of 1945) was interrupted by World War II.  At age 18 he volunteered to serve as a U.S. Navy pilot, flying combat missions in Grumman TBF Avenger torpedo bomber fighters and the like from aircraft carriers in the Pacific.  Tony returned from the war and, in 1947, finished his college education at Princeton and began his career as a stockbroker on Wall Street.  He married the love of his life, Jane, in 1953 and raised his family in Mt. Kisco, NY, and then Southport and Greenwich, CT.  He and Jane retired in 1982 to Shushan, NY and in 1991 moved to warmer climes in Clemmons, NC.

Tony was known for his warm and welcoming smile, his dry wit and keen intellect right up to the end of his life.  He had a real passion for the outdoors as a hiker, sailor, RV’er, and gardener.  He loved people, wanting to hear their stories before telling his own.  He was a Boy Scout leader with his sons and, later in life, volunteered at several state parks in the far west doing whatever was needed – from docent work to grounds keeping.  He was dedicated to his family and had a strong moral compass which he did his level best to pass on to those he loved.

We are especially grateful to the compassionate staff at Arbor Acres Assisted Living in Winston-Salem for the care and friendship they provided in the final years of his life.

A memorial service celebrating Tony’s life will be held for family and friends at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, Old Lyme, CT on August 11th at 11:00 AM.  His ashes will be interred next to his beloved Jane’s in St. Ann’s Memorial Garden.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nature Conservancy, Habitat for Humanity, or to the charity of your choice.


Carney, Formica Hold Office Hours in Old Lyme This Morning

State Representative Devin Carney (R-23rd)

State Senator Paul Formica (R-20th)

State Representative Devin Carney (R-23rd) and State Senator Paul Formica (R-20th) will hold office hours at the Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, located at 2 Library Lane in Old Lyme on Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

This session will provide constituents with an opportunity to ask questions or share their ideas and concerns about state government, the state budget as well as the 2018 Legislative Session, which concluded in May.

For more information, contact Carney’s office at 800-842-1423 or by email at devin.carney@housegop.ct.gov and Formica at 860-842-1421 or by email at Paul.Formica@cga.ct.gov.


Healthy Food, Farming is Focus of Today’s Child & Family’s ‘Farm to Fork’ Benefit Event

Traditional plowing methods are used at New Mercies Farm where the June 16 ‘Farm to Fork’ event will be held.

How much do you know about the food you eat? Do you know where it was grown, or how was it planted, cultivated, and harvested? Were any harmful chemicals used? How healthy was the soil it grew in? Or the water that nourished it?

Farm to Fork: The Sustainable Life is a day spent at a local, family-owned farm learning about sustainable farming, organic practices, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), and how all of this works together to provide healthy, clean, and locally grown food to our families, restaurants, schools, markets, and shops. It takes place on Saturday, June 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at New Mercies Farm in Lyme.

Baylee Drown and Ryan Quinn, the owner/operators of New Mercies Farm and the farmers at Upper Pond Farm in Old Lyme, are opening New Mercies Farm to us for this one-of-a-kind experience. Baylee and Quinn are both educated farmers, with degrees in biology, education, and sustainable food systems, and apply that knowledge to their farming practices. But farming is more than a job for them; it’s a way of life.

Drown was raised on a dairy farm in Michigan; and Quinn, a Lyme native, grew up surrounded by farmland. Their goal is to feed their community with healthy, beautiful, and tasty produce and to do this in the most ecologically sustainable way. Baylee and Quinn will share with us how they do this and why, while they discuss such topics as the importance of soil health, natural ways to fight pests, how to combat erosion, and more.

Farm to Fork attendees will tour the farm fields and hoop houses where produce is growing at various stages of development. You’ll see the farm in action — and may even get your hands dirty! Presentations on CSAs, displays on nutrition and organic foods, and planting demonstrations will offer valuable information that you can take with you to use in your own garden or to inform the food choices you make and improve the quality of the food your family consumes.

And for a true “farm to table” experience, attendees at Farm to Fork will also enjoy (included with their ticket) a delicious boxed lunch, creatively catered by Coffee’s Country Market of Old Lyme, which will incorporate ingredients grown at this very farm.

Farm to Fork: The Sustainable Life takes place on Saturday, June 16, from 11am to 3pm, rain or shine. Advance tickets for Farm to Fork are $45, which includes tours, talks, presentations, and a boxed lunch.

NOTE: Tickets are limited to 200, and advance purchases are strongly encouraged. Ticket availability cannot be guaranteed on June 16. (Tickets purchased on June 16, IF AVAILABLE, will be priced at $50. Tickets are available now online by visiting this link and clicking on the Eventbrite link; or download an order form and send a check (made out to Child & Family Agency) to P.O. Box 324, Old Lyme, CT 06371.

Questions?  Email cfa.lolauxiliary@gmail.com.  Follow Child & Family on Facebook at this link.

Proceeds from Farm to Fork will benefit the programs and projects of Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut, a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture children and families to develop their strengths through service, partnership, and advocacy. With offices in New London, Essex, and Groton, and a professional staff of 170, Child & Family Agency is the largest nonprofit children’s service provider in southeastern Connecticut.

Sing for Joy! Cappella Cantorum Hosts Vocal Camp in Old Saybrook, July 23-27

Bring the joy of singing to your summer by attending Cappella Cantorum’s Summer Vocal Camp July 23 to July 27 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Great Hammock Road in Old Saybrook.

Founder of the Salt Marsh Opera and Cappella’s music director Simon Holt and nationally known tenor Brian Cheney will lead instructive sessions on improving singing skills and how to sing in a choral environment.

Physical therapist Bonnie Brenneman will talk on strengthening diaphragm muscles to improve breathing.

Each evening will consist of two workshops – one in vocal production and one in music theory. A short concert will be given by participants at the end of the week. Camp will be limited to 100 singers. Anyone interested in improving their singing from high school students to adults are encouraged to come and perfect their art.

The church is air conditioned. Cost will be $85. For more information or to register, visit CappellaCantorum.org. or e-mail wrspearrin@yahoo.com.


Lyme Public Hall Annual Meeting This Evening Features Songs of World War I

The Lyme Public Hall Association and Local History Archives will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, June 14, at 6 p.m.

Following a potluck dinner and business meeting, Rick Spencer and Dawn Indermuehle will present a program “To End All Wars: Songs of the First World War” for the Lyme Public Hall Association and Local History Archives beginning at approximately 7 p.m.

The popular and folk songs of the First World War were patriotic and inspiring. Some were filled with pathos, describing tragedy, loss, fear and hope.  A surprising number were humorous.  Music tied the men on the battlefield to their families at home.  It united people in their beliefs, and inspired those who left home and family to fight.

To listen to the songs of the First World War is to hear the cultural history of the period brought vividly to life.  “To End All Wars: Songs of the First World War” is a presentation of period songs, some well-known, others more obscure, along with a discussion of the issues, events and personalities of the War.

The program is free and open to the public, but attendees are requested to bring a dish if planning to attend the dinner portion of the meeting.

The Lyme Public Hall Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation of Lyme’s history, culture, and community through the preservation and use of the historic hall, its archives and historical programs. 

The Lyme Public Hall is located at 249 Hamburg Road (Rte. 156) in Lyme, Conn.  For more information, visit www.lymepublichall.org or call 860 526-8886.


Old Lyme Library Presents Information Sessions on Renovation Plans, June 20

The Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library Building Committee and Old Lyme First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder will host a final Information Session Wednesday, June 20, starting at 7 p.m.in the library’s Community Room, on plans to renovate the library. All are welcome.

The session will include:

  • an overview of how the project came about
  • planned repairs and improvements
  • associated costs and improvements

Participants will be invited on a guided tour of the building.

There will also be an opportunity to ask questions.


Anyone for Bocce? St. Louis Renovates Lymes’s Senior Center Courts for Eagle Scout Service Project

Evan St. Louis’s volunteer crew stain the frame of the bocce courts before a new surface of stone dust was applied.

On Saturday, June 2, Evan St. Louis, Life Scout of Boy Scout Troop 26, completed his Eagle Scout Service project at the Lymes’ Senior Center on Townwoods Rd.  St. Louis’s project focused on refurbishing the bocce courts at the Lymes’ Senior Center – this included tree, brush, and weed removal, reconditioning the bocce court surface, cleaning and staining of the court frame structure, and installation of 2 wooden benches for viewing.  

Evan St. Louis (in orange hat) instructs some of his volunteer crew about the day’s activities.

The project benefits the Lymes’ Senior Center and community members, who can now utilize the courts again after they had fallen into disrepair over the years. 

This photo shows the state of the bocce courts prior to St. Louis’s project. Overgrown trees hang over the courts, which are full of weeds.

St. Louis gathered more than 30 volunteers for the event, who contributed an estimated 150 man hours to help accomplish this task.  His project involved some April and May pre-work with chainsaws, clippers, and a power washer by family members to address the impinging tree line, weed growth and mildew on the frame lumber.

Bocce in action by members of Troop 26 after completion of St. Louis’s project.

St. Louis said the most difficult task of the Eagle Service Project was the preparatory work leading up to the actual project day on June 2, and engaging area community businesses for donations or discounts of materials.    He is grateful for the following donations:

  • surface aggregate (stone dust) for courts from Adelman’s Sand and Gravel in Bozrah
  • transportation of the stone dust by Al Bond of Old Lyme
  • discounted lumber for his benches by Shagbark East Haddam
  • assistance with final tree removal by the Town of Old Lyme Department of Public Works
  • discounted food for lunch provisions by Big Y Old Lyme
  • a generous monetary donation to the project from VFW Post 1457
  • financial donations from several private individuals. 

Evan St. Louis and his project mentor Skip Beebe of Old Lyme. Beebe earned his Eagle Scout honor with Troop 26 earned in 1962.

He also benefited significantly from the guidance provided by his service project mentor, Arthur “Skip” Beebe, who earned his Eagle Scout rank with Troop 26 in 1962.

Evan St. Louis with Lymes’ Senior Center Director Stephanie Lyon-Gould holds two new bocce ball sets in bags monogrammed ‘LOL Seniors’ that St. Louis presented to the senior center.

Drawing off his fundraising efforts, St. Louis purchased and presented two quality bocce ball sets from LL Bean to Lymes’ Senior Center Director Stephanie Lyon-Gould for the members of the Senior Center to use on their revitalized courts.    

Our hearty congratulations to Evan on completing such a challenging and worthwhile project!


Zoning Commission Meets Tonight to Continue Public Hearings on Affordable Housing Proposal

The Old Lyme Zoning Commission will convene this evening for its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School (LOLMS) auditorium to continue the Public Hearings related to the two Affordable Housing applications submitted by HOPE Partnership for 18-1 Neck Road (formerly 16 Neck Road) for a total of 37 dwelling units.  The property, which will be known as River Oak Commons I and II, falls under Connecticut General Statutes 8-30g and is currently owned by Graybill Properties, LLC.

The agenda for the meeting states, “Public Hearing is recommended to be closed tonight [Monday, June 11] as the Application was received by the Zoning Commission on 4/9/2018 and must be decided upon within 65 days of ~receipt (6/12/2018)]”

When these Public Hearings were opened at a Zoning Commission Special Meeting last Tuesday, more than 500 people showed up for the meeting, which had to be ended before public comment had finished due to janitorial time constraints at LOLMS.

Editor’s Note: We will seek to clarify the latest date by which a decision can be made by Zoning on the application and publish that information as soon as it is available.


All Welcome at Community Supper Tonight To Support Local Puerto Rican Family Relocated After Hurricane

The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme (FCCOL), Christ the King Church and Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church will hold a joint community supper – featuring traditional Puerto Rican music and delicious dishes – at 6 p.m., this evening, Saturday, June 9, at Christ the King Church to help support the churches’ efforts to relocate the Colon family from Vega Baja, Puerto Rico.

The family of four – Adrian and Lismarie Colon and their two children, Adrian Jr.(age 12) and Gustavo (age 2) – was relocated to Old Lyme in late December, after losing their home, their jobs, and all of their belongings to Hurricane Maria. “We watched the water just pour into our house through all the windows,” said Adrian Colon, Sr. “We lost everything!”

The Old Lyme Refugee Resettlement Committee – a group of volunteers representing all three churches and the greater community – has helped the family find new housing, support services, jobs and schools, as they start life over here on the mainland.

There is no specific charge to attend the supper. Admission is free. However, donations will be accepted at the door, and a silent auction will be held to encourage contributions to the committee’s ongoing efforts to relocate families in need.  Adrian Colon, Sr., and volunteers from all three churches will prepare the delicious and authentic Puerto Rican meal.

First Congregational Church Senior Minister Steve Jungkeit said, “We are proud to link arms with our friends at Christ The King and Saint Ann’s to support the resettlement of the Colon family, and welcome them as our new neighbors.  We are proud of all the efforts made by the Old Lyme community to help this family in need. I invite everyone to join us for the fund-raising supper – an evening of great food, warmth and camaraderie that comes from neighbors helping neighbors. ”

The three churches and the Old Lyme Refugee Resettlement Committee encourage residents who have questions or would like to make a donation to communicate with any of the church offices via email: FCCOL: fccol@fccol.org; Christ the King Church: ctkoldlyme@aol.com; Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church: office@saintannsoldlyme.org.


Letter to the Editor: Old Lyme Clergy Speak Out in Support of Affordable Housing

To the Editor:

On Tuesday evening, June 5, a public hearing was held in the Middle School Auditorium concerning the proposed affordable housing project, sponsored by the Hope Partnership.  As the clergy from the First Congregational Church and St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, we sat through the meeting and listened to a very thoughtful and careful proposal from Hope, and from its team of planners.  We appreciated the structure of the meeting outlined by the Zoning Commission.  We also heard, by contrast, the comments and catcalls of residents, many of whom were vitriolic, spiteful, and willfully disruptive.  It was not a proud moment for Old Lyme.  It was, in fact, quite embarrassing, for it revealed some of the most dreadful tendencies that can emerge in small towns such as the one in which we all reside. 

It was apparent in the hearings that some residents had spent considerable intellectual energy to challenge the work that Hope Partners put into their proposal.  We can only wish that those same individuals used that energy to solve problems of housing, or poverty, rather than disrupting the work of a trustworthy organization focused on providing housing for everyone from firefighters to returning veterans, postal workers to retail workers and far more.  We could hope that they might have used their knowledge to solve some of the issues they claim to have uncovered.  We still hope that those individuals might use their wisdom and experience to help move a worthy project forward, helping to diversify our community, that others might enjoy what is truly good about this town.

As clergy, we believe we’re called to a better and higher way.  We believe there’s room for dialogue, respect, and civil disagreement in public forums.  And we believe that there are better angels within us all that may yet emerge.

We also believe that Old Lyme needs affordable housing.  We further believe that Hope Partners have carefully and thoughtfully selected an appropriate site for such housing in Old Lyme.  To provide shelter is an injunction and virtue at the center of all the Abrahamic faith traditions.  But it stands at the center of our democratic tradition as well.  There are those in our midst who desperately need shelter.  Some are elderly, as one person courageously reminded us on Tuesday.  Some are young families struggling to get by.  Some are recent college graduates, working several jobs to get a foothold in a shrinking labor market.  Some come to us from different parts of the world, striving to make a new life in the United States.  Affordable housing is a powerful way of providing shelter, when shelter is in short supply.

Every Christmas, each of our congregations rehearses the story of Mary and Joseph, turned away from their own quest for shelter because, the story tells us, “there was no room for them in the inn.”  We appeal to our fellow residents to seek a different, and better response, one that says, “There is room in our inn.  There is room in the town of Old Lyme.”

We believe that’s what the better angels of our humanity call us to in a moment such as this.

In faith.


Rev. Dr. Steven R. Jungkeit, Senior Minister, The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme
Rev. Mark K. J. Robinson, St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, Old Lyme
Rev. Laura Fitzpatrick-Nager, The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme
Rev. Carleen Gerber, The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme


Noted Drone Designer LeRoi of Old Lyme to Give Free Lecture on Drones Applications

The Westerly Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association has planned a free lecture in Westerly RI that should be of interest to many residents and organizations.

Don LeRoi, noted drone designer of Old Lyme, will be speaking about the drones he builds for scientific applications and he will show how drones have helped scientists with research on killer whales and penguins in Antarctica.

The lecture will be at Dooney Aviation, 53 Tom Harvey Rd., Westerly on Thursday, June 14, at 7 p.m.


‘The Carousel Shop’ Hosts Chamber’s ‘Business After Hours’ This Evening; All Welcome

The famous carousel awaits its next customers.

The Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce holds its next ‘Business After Hours’ on Wednesday, June 6, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Carousel Shop, 79 Hartford Ave., in the Sound View section of Old Lyme.

Come and network with business colleagues and friends over cocktails and appetizers. Hear the latest news from both the Chamber and our host.

At this event, Dee and Jerry Vowles — owners of The Carousel Shop — will discuss the history of the shop and its famous Carousel, and mention all the events happening in Sound View over the summer.  There will be refreshments, ice cream and even the chance to ride the carousel!

Copies of the Chamber’s recently published Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber’s Member Directory and Visitors Guide will be available at the meeting.  All businesses which advertised in the directory are invited to come and pick up their allocation of copies.
Also, if you’re thinking of joining the Chamber, now is the time!  If you’re a new member or a previous member that has let membership lapse for more than year, you are invited to join/re-join.  We’d love to welcome you aboard!

All are welcome and there is no admission charge, but RSVP’s to email@lolcc.com are requested for catering purposes.

For more information, visit the Chamber’s website.


Major Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition on View in Old Lyme Through Summer

Looking across Gilbert Boro’s Sculpture Grounds towards his own Studio 80, the sculptures shown in the photo are all by Boro himself.

OLD LYME — Gilbert Boro, owner and curator of Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds in Old Lyme, will host Summer Sculpture Showcase 2018: An Exhibition of Unique Landscape Sculptures on his property in the center of this historic town. Boro’s towering studio is also on the beautiful four-and-a-half acre landscaped grounds, as well as his home.

Featuring 20 works by both established, nationally renowned sculptors, as well as fresh new faces, the summer-long show opens June 4. A meet-the-artist opening reception is set for Saturday, June 9 from 5 to 7 p.m., which will feature a live jazz band and a performance by David Dorfman Dance. There is no charge for admission and all are welcome.

Competition to exhibit was keen, with 120 submissions from around the country. Entries were evaluated for concept, execution, creative process, artistry, and how it would fit in the landscape. Boro, a nationally acclaimed sculptor in his own right, hosts this annual show to provide a venue for both young and mid-career sculptors to showcase their work to a diverse audience.

Boro also holds a firm conviction that art and viewer should be interactive. His Sculpture Grounds are an environment where viewers are not only permitted – but encouraged – to touch sculptures. “I really think that three-dimensional art should be handled, touched, pushed, and experienced in three dimensions,” he says. “It’s the only way you can understand it.”

The exhibitors accepted for the Summer Sculpture Showcase embrace this concept. Acclaimed exhibitor artists from Connecticut, the northeast region, and around the country are represented in the show.

‘Lustration’ by Sarah Haviland is one of the features works in Summer Sculpture Showcase 2018.

New York sculptor Sarah Haviland, who received a Fulbright Award to study in Taiwan this fall, had two pieces selected: Lustration, a contemplative female figure of aqua resin and mirrors, and Seraphim Mirror, a butterfly-shaped wall hanging created with galvanized mesh, resin, and a mirror. Haviland’s abstract work explores female identity and is exhibited both nationally and internationally.

Aether by Andreas von Huene is on display at Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds.

Miguel Castillo Hernao, a native of Colombia, evolved to sculpting after university studies in literature and philosophy. Hernao explores geometry, color and repetitive forms in his works composed of stone, wood, metal and plexiglass. His seven-foot tall entry, Composition #28, is formed of painted riveted aluminum.

Chicago artist Ruth Aizuss Migdal’s bold and striking Radiate, standing more than eight feet tall, also plays with female forms and is composed of patinated bronze gilded with gold leaf.

Connecticut-based artists include Deborah Hornbake, whose Running Man is a fusion of wood, pipe, copper tubing, wire and stones; Eric Camiel, who has works in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and The Library of Congress, and whose film work has received numerous Emmy and Academy Award nominations, will have his aluminum sculpture, Sail Dream, on display; and Denis Folz’s monumental 11- foot steel sculpture, Feathered Resting Spot.

Boro is committed to supporting and exhibiting promising new artists. This year he presents Shelli Weiler as the featured indoor artist, with her photography exhibit titled Intimate Exchange. Weiler, a native of Scarsdale, NY, is studying photography at Wesleyan University in Middletown. Her photography explores the deep hidden character of people through ground-breaking and provocative poses and settings. Boro is presenting her work in the small, freestanding ESB Gallery, created in honor of his late wife, Emily.

Situated halfway between Boston and New York, Summer Sculpture Showcase 2018 is set on Boro’s four-and-a-half acre estate in the heart of Old Lyme’s historic village. In addition to special exhibits, the permanent display consists of approximately 100 works strategically placed around the park-like grounds.

Now in its 14th year, the Sculpture Grounds host more than 5,000 visitors a year. Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnic to the cafe. The grounds are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, year-round, admission is free, and touching the sculptures is encouraged.

The show runs through Oct. 26 and is curated by Gilbert Boro, and Exhibitions Coordinator and photographer, Christina Goldberg.

For more information about Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds, visit www.sculpturegrounds.com. The David Dorfman Dance group performs and holds workshops around the country and will be in residence at Conn College in New London June 6-11.


BREAKING NEWS: Change of Venue for Old Lyme Zoning’s Public Hearing on 37-Unit Affordable Housing Proposal Tonight

1:20 p.m., June 5: We just received word from the Zoning Commission Chairman Jane Cable that, “Because of large expected attendance, the presentation section of the affordable housing application will take place at the [Lyme-Old Lyme] middle school auditorium, so that all present can see the details of the proposal. The school is available until 9:15 p.m., so the remainder of the meeting and public comments will be held at the town hall meeting room.”

The Old Lyme Zoning Commission holds a Special Meeting this evening, which includes a Public Hearing in Old Lyme Memorial Town Hall starting at 7:30 p.m.  The Affordable Housing Application for 18-1 Neck Road (formerly 16 Neck Road) for a total  of 37 dwelling units will be discussed: the applicant is Neck Road HOPE Housing, LLC.  The property, which will be known as River Oak Commons, falls under Connecticut General Statutes 8-30g and is currently owned by Graybill Properties, LLC.

The proposal has aroused considerable debate in town, even to the extent of it being mentioned from the pulpit in a local church service on Sunday!

We have published two op-ed’s on the topic and by way of what we hope will serve as a helpful reminder to our readers of some of the issues raised and the process followed, we are providing links to both articles here:

Op-Ed: SECoast Questions Proposed HOPE Development in Old Lyme by Greg Stroud, Executive Director of SECoast.org, published May 11, 2018.

Op-Ed: HOPE Explains Background, Process to Their Affordable Housing Proposal in Old Lyme by Lauren Ashe, Executive Director of HOPE Partnership, published May 24, 2018.