August 19, 2018

Last Chance to Enjoy All The Fun of the Hamburg Fair Today

The ferris wheel at Hamburg Fair is always a popular attraction.

Milestone Midway Carnival rides, animal exhibits, food concessions, pony rides, oxen-pull, crafts, kids games and top local musicians are among the favorite attractions for visitors attending the annual Hamburg Fair, now celebrating their 117th year.

Hosted by The Lyme Grange, the fair takes place rain or shine Friday, Aug. 17, 5 to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18, 9 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 19, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1 Sterling City Rd, Lyme, (located at the intersection of Rte. 156 and across from Reynolds’ Subaru.)

General admission to the fair is $7 per person, kids up to age 12 are free.   Senior Citizens and Active Service men and women $5/person (ID required).  Tickets are available for purchase at the entrance and $5 parking is offered on and nearby the site.

The three-day, family-friendly fair showcases many agricultural fair traditions including entries and exhibits for farm, animal, crafts, fruits, vegetables and more.  The intimate size of the fair makes for easy navigation, parking and crowd control.

Young fair-goers will enjoy kids games offered on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., which will include a watermelon eating contest, face painting, three-legged race and contests with prizes.  Visitors are invited to watch the traditional pony and horse pulls on Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. and oxen pull on Sunday morning at 9 a.m.

Free on-stage music talent and entertainment is a growing Hamburg Fair highlight.  From country to pop, fiddlers to funk, there is something for everyone who enjoys live music.  The fair kicks off Friday evening music with performances in the amphitheater from country music favorites Katie Perkins and Branded.

See many local young artists hosted by Music Now and Nightingale’s Showcase on Saturday afternoon including; Conn3cted, Sophie Spaner, Forever Fool and Letterhead.  Saturday evening features local headliners Dizzy River Band followed by 60’s Explosion.  Sunday afternoon concludes with the tradition of bluegrass and fiddling by Longmeadow, Five in the Chamber and the Old Tyme Fiddlers.

The full music entertainment line-up is as follows:


  • 6:00-8:00pm: Katie Perkins
  • 8:30-10:30pm: Branded


  • 1:00pm -5:45pm: Music Now/Nightingale’s Showcase – Up and coming local talent
  • 1:00-1:10pm: Caleb “Reno” Haylon
  • 1:15-1:35pm: Emily May
  • 1:40- 2:00pm: Galen Donovan
  • 2:05-2:30pm: Cici Klimaszewski
  • 2:35-3:00pm: Chris Gregor
  • 3:05-3:30pm: Sophie Spaner
  • 3:35-4:10pm: Forever Fool
  • 4:15-4:55pm: Letterhead
  • 5:00-5:45pm: Conn3cted
  • 6:00-8:00pm: Dizzy River Band
  • 8:30- 10:30pm: 60’s Explosion


  • 12:00-1:30pm: Longmeadow
  • 1:45-3:00pm: Five in the Chamber
  • 3:00-6:00pm: The Old Tyme Fiddlers

Each year the Hamburg Fair honors a cherished community member.  The 117th Hamburg Fair is dedicated in memory of Jack Tiffany, who passed away in January after battling many health problems. He proudly lived in Lyme his whole life, and made it his mission to improve the farm and make Lyme a great place to live.

Highlighted Sponsors of the Hamburg Fair include Reynolds’ Subaru, Hamilton Point Investments, GeoMatrix, Essex Savings Bank, Connected Systems, Guilford Savings Bank, Bogaert Construction, Middlesex Hospital, Lyme Public Hall Association, Wind River Environmental, Maddy Mattson Coldwell Banker, Block Design Build, Sapia Builders, Ring’s End, New England Power Equipment and Tiffany Built.

Visit for fair schedule, exhibit entry, and more information.  The 117th Hamburg Fair is hosted by Lyme Grange #147 and organized by many local volunteers to build community relationships and create lasting family memories.  Money raised from the event proceeds are used to fund the Grange Association, Lyme Fire Association and Lyme Ambulance Association.


Chestnut Hill Chamber Music Series Finale is Friday at the Kate; Features Works by Mozart, Mendelssohn

Now in its 49th season,Chestnut Hill Concerts will present four programs of chamber music this August at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook. The prestigious series is highly-regarded, not only for its programming, but also for the world-class musicians that artistic director Ronald Thomas invites for the performances.

The concerts will take place August 3, 10, 17, and 24, all Friday evenings at 8 p.m. Cellist and artistic director Ronald Thomas will host and perform in each concert.

The season finale on Aug. 25 explores the music of Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Schumann, including the rarely-heard Horn Quintet in E-flat by Mozart, K. 407, written for one violin and two violas. The concert also includes Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 49 and Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 47. This performance introduces Frank Huang, concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, to the Chestnut Hill audience, and brings back some of its favorite performers: William Purvis, horn; Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, violin and viola, Cynthia Phelps, viola; Ronald Thomas, cello; and Mihae Lee, piano.

The 2018 season of Chestnut Hill Concerts is made possible with support from the Connecticut DECD Office of the Arts.

All concerts are Friday nights at 8 p.m. at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (The Kate), 300 Main Street in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. Subscriptions to the four concerts are $140 (orchestra) and $120 (balcony). Single tickets are $40 for orchestra seats and $35 for the balcony. Kids and teens come free. To purchase tickets, contact The Kate’s box office at 860-510-0453, or visit


Meeting Hall Packed to Hear, Question Latest Updates on Old Lyme’s Sewer Situation

Old Lyme WPCA Chairman Richard Prendergast, standing center with microphone in the far distance, gives his presentation last night with residents in the foreground standing in the foyer since all seats were taken in the Meeting Room.

More than 100 people packed Old Lyme Town Hall’s Meeting Room last night with some standing around the perimeter of the room and another 25 standing outside in the foyer to listen to the town’s Water Pollution Control Authority’s (WPCA) Chairman Richard Prendergast give a presentation on where things stood currently with the proposed installation of sewers in Old Lyme.

More to follow on this story later today.


‘Summer Painting and Sculpture Show’ on View at Lyme Art Association

‘Barefoot Days’ by Cean Young is the signature painting of the Summer Painting and Sculpture Show, which opens tonight at the LAA.

The Lyme Art Association (LAA) hosts an Opening Reception and Ice Cream Social this evening from 5 to 7 p.m. for its ‘Summer Painting and Sculpture Show,’ which presents LAA members’ finest work, in a variety of genres and mediums.  All are welcome and admission is free.

Juror David Rau of the Florence Griswold Musuem has assembled a wide-ranging show of compelling, peaceful, astonishing, whimsical, and generally delightful work for buyers and viewers.

The ice cream is sponsored by A.C. Petersen Petersen Farms of West Hartford and Old Lyme.


Old Lyme’s WPCA to Hold Update, Q & A Session on Public Sewers This Evening

The Old Lyme Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA) will host a Public Sewer Update on Thursday, Aug. 16, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Town Hall Meeting Room. Members of the WPCA will make a short presentation on the latest developments regarding replacement of individual septic tanks with sewer systems in the Sound View neighborhood.

There will be a question and answer session immediately following the presentation.

Topics of discussion in the presentation will include:

  • A brief history of septic system use in Old Lyme
  • Scope of the project area
  • Costs of the system
  • Benefits of the system
  • Timeline and important milestones



Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber Hosts ‘Business After Hours’ This Evening at the ‘Bee & Thistle’, All Welcome

The Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce hosts Business After Hours this evening, Aug. 16, at the Bee and Thistle Inn, 100 Lyme St. in Old Lyme from 5:30 to 7 p.m. All are welcome to join Chamber members at this event when the hosts will be the staff of the Inn.  Admission is $5 payable in advance or at the door.

The Chamber is thrilled to be going “Back to the Bee!” Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we will be able to enjoy the fabulous outdoor setting while networking and enjoying appetizers and beverages.  The Chamber will be giving each Chamber member or business present at the evening one free ticket for a beer or glass of wine.

‘The Bee’ also offers a three-course dinner special on Thursday evenings at $75 for two people including a bottle of wine.  Stay for that after the Chamber event.

Admission to the Business After Hours is just $5 per person.  For planning purposes, register and pay online at this link or write to and bring cash with you to the event.

Hear all the latest news from the Chamber and share news from your own business.


Mirroring CT Results, Lyme/Old Lyme Voters Choose Lamont, Stefanowski to Run for Governor; Linares Wins Locally But Loses at State Level

Democratic candidate for CT Governor Ned Lamont

Republican candidate for CT Governor Bob Stefanowski.

Democratic voters in Lyme and Old Lyme mirrored the state’s Primary results in choosing Ned Lamont to run as Governor over Joe Ganim by an overwhelming majority. Similarly, on the Republican side, both towns’ voters followed the state trend and created an upset by selecting Bob Stefanowski as their candidate for Governor over endorsed candidate Mark Boughton from a field of five.

In contrast, local State Senator Art Linares, (R- 33rd), who was running to be the Republican candidate for State Treasurer in November and whose District includes Lyme, won by a significant margin in both Lyme and Old Lyme.  He was, however, defeated at the state level by Thad Gray, who polled 73,673 votes compared to Linares’s 58,162.

Detailed results from our two towns are as follows:


Ned Lamont*: 258

Joseph Ganim   16

Lieutenant Governor:
Susan Bysiewicz*: 156
Eva Bermudez Zimmerman:  116

Shawn Wooden*:  182

Dita Bhargava:   85

Attorney General
William Tong*:  197
Paul Doyle:  24
Chris Mattei:  47


Mark Boughton*:  22
Timothy Herbst:  39
Steve Obsitnik:  34
Bob Stefanowski:  70
David Stemerman:  41

Lieutenant Governor:
Joe Markley*: 61
Jayme Stevenson:  52
Erin Stewart:  81

U.S. Senator
Matthew Corey*:  149

Dominic Rapini:  37

State Treasurer:
Thad Gray*:  54
Art Linares:  143

Kurt Miller*:  109
Mark Greenberg:  79

Attorney General:
Sue Hatfield*:  158
John Shaban:  34


Ned Lamont*: 575

Joseph Ganim   54

Lieutenant Governor:
Susan Bysiewicz*: 459
Eva Bermudez Zimmerman:  162

Shawn Wooden*:  375

Dita Bhargava:   231

Attorney General
William Tong*:  325
Paul Doyle:  69
Chris Mattei:  227


Mark Boughton*:  115
Timothy Herbst:  94
Steve Obsitnik:  89
Bob Stefanowski:  181
David Stemerman:  108

Lieutenant Governor:
Joe Markley*: 211
Jayme Stevenson:  109
Erin Stewart:  235

U.S. Senator
Matthew Corey*:  407

Dominic Rapini:  116

State Treasurer:
Thad Gray*:  43
Art Linares:  365

Kurt Miller*:  299
Mark Greenberg:  231

Attorney General:
Sue Hatfield*:  446
John Shaban:  100


University of New Haven to Close Lyme Academy as a Degree-granting College in 2019; Future of Campus Unknown

The sign at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts prior to its take-over by the University of New Haven.

UPDATED 08/15 — new information added: The University of New Haven’s Board of Governors announced Monday afternoon that it, “has decided, effective at the end of the academic year in May 2019, to discontinue the University’s degree-granting academic offerings on the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts campus in Old Lyme.”

In a letter to alumni and friends of the college, UNH President Steve Kaplan and Lyme Academy Campus Dean Todd Jokl say, ” We realize that this decision may come as a shock, and we know that there is little we can say that will allay any disappointment you have.” They continue, “All students accepted to begin this fall and those currently enrolled in B.F.A. programs at Lyme will be able to finish the 2018-19 academic year on the Lyme campus, with all programs fully operational and with no changes to residential or student-life services.”

After the end of the 2018-19 academic year, the BFA Illustration program at Lyme Academy will relocate to the main UNH campus at West Haven.  It is unclear at this point what will happen to the other three majors that the Academy offers, namely painting, drawing and sculpture.  The letter mentions the possibility of “continuing in those disciplines through an articulation agreement that we are in the process of establishing with the University of Hartford.”

The letter states, “Candidly, with the benefit of hindsight, this decision was made more with our hearts than with our heads, and the challenges we have faced at Lyme over the past four years have been greater than anticipated.”

Reaction to the news, which was given to current students, staff, faculty and alumni on Monday, was swift and numerous posts on Facebook expressed both sadness and anger.  Questions were raised about the future of the buildings at the Lyme campus, the timing of the announcement on the heels of the previous day’s major fundraiser at Ocean House, RI, and the use of the $1.1 million bequest to the college by Diana Atwood-Johnson.  There was also universal dismay in relation to the incoming freshmen who are due to start what they believed was a four-year BFA program later this month — one person commented on Facebook that their situation resembled a “bait and switch.”

Campus Dean Jokl said in an email to the publisher of that, “The future of Lyme Academy will be determined in the months to come but I am hopeful it will be a vibrant arts education institution.”

The press release from UNH states that a Lyme Transition Task Force will be formed, “to consider future pathways for Lyme Academy College students,” adding that this Task Force will, “examine options for students in Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture. Two potential options for students enrolled when current programs cease in May, 2019 have been identified: switching to a different art or design major offered at the West Haven campus, or continuing in those disciplines, through an articulation agreement with the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford.”

In the Frequently Asked Questions posted on the Lyme Academy section of the UNH website, it says in answer to the question, “What will happen to Lyme’s facilities?” that, “The Lyme Board will determine future plans for the campus.” has received many comments regarding the future of the campus and so, to serve our readers, we raised some initial questions with UNH.  We were referred to Lyn Chamberlin, UNH Vice President for Marketing and Communications, and her responses to our questions are detailed below:

Q: Can students who are enrolled as freshmen or transfer students starting this month receive a full refund? 

A: Of course. Questions may be directed to the Lyme Transition Team at 860.598.5067 or or on the

Q: What is the plan for the Southwick Commons? 

A: Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts is in a multi-year contract with the developer, and as of now, there is no change.

Q: Can you comment on the timing of this announcement in light of Lyme holding a major fundraiser yesterday (Sunday)? 

A: We felt that it was in the best interest of new and returning students and their families to give them this news as soon as we could. This event had been scheduled for some time, and any money raised will be used to support our students this academic year.

 Q: Similarly, can you comment on the timing of this announcement in light of Lyme not holding its traditional major fundraiser, the ArtsBall, in June? 

A:There is no connection between these two events.

We asked SECoast, the independent not-for-profit advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the historic coastline communities of Connecticut and Rhode Island, for their reaction to the news. Their Executive Director Greg Stroud said, “Lyme Academy has provided outstanding classical art education for students in an irreplaceable setting that is home to American Impressionism. The future of the campus is of enormous importance to the very vital arts community of the region, and to the character of the surrounding historic district in Old Lyme. Obviously, moving forward, this will be a top priority for our organization.”

More to follow on this story.



CT Dem’s, Republicans Hold Primaries Today: Check Out Our Voter’s Guide for Lyme, Old Lyme Residents

Polling stations in Lyme and Old Lyme open today at 6 a.m.

It’s Primary Day today in Connecticut.  Polls will be open in Lyme at the Lyme Town Hall and Old Lyme at the Cross Lane Firehouse from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Only registered Democrats and Republicans can vote in this election.

The State Voting Guide notes, “You must either show identification or sign a one line affidavit at the polling place if you have not provided proper identification when registering. A photo ID is not required. Acceptable forms of ID at the polling place are:

  • A Social Security card
  • Any other preprinted form of identification that shows your name and address, name and signature, or name and photograph.
  • Any current and valid photo ID that shows your name and address
  • Copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address

If you do not have identification, the affidavit form requires your name, residential address, date of birth, and signature. The affidavit states, under penalty of false statement, that you are the one whose name appears on the official checklist.”

An asterisk* against a name on the listing below indicates that is the endorsed candidate.

Lyme and Old Lyme Democrats will have these choices on their ballot:

Ned Lamont*
Joseph Ganim

Lieutenant Governor:
Susan Bysiewicz*
Eva Bermudez Zimmerman

Shawn Wooden*
Dita Bhargava

Attorney General
William Tong*
Paul Doyle
Chris Mattei

Lyme and Old Lyme Republicans will have these choices on their ballot:

Mark Boughton*
Timothy Herbst
Steve Obsitnik,
Bob Stefanowski
David Stemerman

Lieutenant Governor:
Joe Markley
Jayme Stevenson
Erin Stewart

U.S. Senator
Matthew Corey
Dominic Rapini

State Treasurer:
Thad Gray
Art Linares

Kurt Miller
Mark Greenberg

Attorney General:
Sue Hatfield
John Shaban


Ivoryton Hosts ‘Playhouse on the Shore’ at Water’s Edge, See ‘Summer Nights’ Aug. 19 & 26

‘Playhouse at the Shore’ at Water’s Edge features Carly Callahan. Photographs by Ivoryton Playhouse.

After last year’s successful engagement, Ivoryton Playhouse returns by popular demand to Water’s Edge Resort and Spa with six cabaret-style dinner theatre performances written for and performed exclusively at Water’s Edge.

This original series will showcase the professional talent of Ivoryton Playhouse performers and musicians in three unique productions.

La Dolce Vita will be performed July 22 and Aug. 12. Be transported to Italy for an evening of Italian favorites drawn from cinema, the concert stage, the great opera houses and the most celebrated clubs. Sit back, relax and enjoy delicious Italian cuisine complimenting this feast of the senses as performers serenade you with the iconic melodies of Italy.

Summer heats up with Summer Nights Aug. 19 and 26. Get ready to go back in time as the sizzle of hits from the ‘70s is celebrated. Feel free to sing and dance along as the talented cast hosts the hottest night of entertainment on the Shoreline.

Each of these evenings offers a combined entertainment and culinary experience. A cocktail hour, featuring an array of appetizers, is followed by the first set of the show. Then, enjoy a buffet style dinner, dessert, and second round of entertainment.

Schuyler Beeman is both a choreographer and performer in the Ivoryton Playhouse’s Summer Cabaret-Dinner Season at Water’s Edge.

Each evening features a professional cast of performers, in addition to a trio led by Music Director, Eric Trudel.  Cast members include Lili Thomas, Katie Weiser, Carly Callahan, Jamaal Fields-Green, Schuyler Beeman, Max Swarner, Richard Pittsinger, Charlie Widmer, Emily Langford Johnson, Amy Maude Helfer, Kate Hubbard and Devon Perry.

“We are thrilled to build on the success of last season and have put together some great talent for these evenings, including cast members from our season, to give the Water’s Edge audience a night of entertainment that they won’t forget,” said Jacqui Hubbard, Artistic Director of Ivoryton Playhouse.

Tickets are $59 per person plus tax and gratuity, including dinner and the show, and can be purchased by calling Water’s Edge Resort at 860-399-5901.  Tickets are not available through the Ivoryton Playhouse website or theatre box office.

For more information, visit


Household Hazardous Waste Collection Scheduled for Saturday

A Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection will take place this Saturday, Aug. 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Acceptable items can be taken to the Essex HHW Facility on Dump Rd., Essex (Rte. 9 North, Exit 4.)

Visit this link for a list of acceptable items.

The next Household Hazardous Waste event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8.


Sound View Summer Concert Series Presents Red Satin Band Tonight

Free outdoor concerts sponsored by the Sound View Commission and the Town of Old Lymwill be held on Hartford Avenue at the flagpole on Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy a great family evening of music.

The remaining schedule of concerts is as follows:

The Red Satin Band will perform at Sound View on Thursday, Aug. 9.

Red Satin Band – Aug. 9**

Swing, Jazz, Big Band along with some R&B, Classic Rock, and Funk. The best of eight decades of great music. Featuring vocalist Valerie Rogers. The 12-piece Red Satin band has played to rave reviews throughout the northeast, “Amazing performance … Great Show … Stunning Vocals” nominated in the CTNow Best of Hartford 2018 for the best Jazz band. The unique blend of personality and great music is delight for audiences of all ages, Red Satin will get you dancing or just sit back and enjoy.

Mark Nomad Band – Aug. 23 **

“A big thumbs up!”– Blue Suede News “One of the hottest up and coming commodities”– House of Blues Your favorite songs from Blues to 60’s -70’s rock & more. MARK NOMAD’S music has been heard on radio stations all over the world and has been used in commercials and in film. Sharing the 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 is legendary in the Northeast.~

**Rain location: Shoreline Community Center, 39 Hartford Ave.


‘A Chorus Line’ Opens at Ivoryton Playhouse

From left to right, Kayla Starr Bryan, Lili Thomas, Sarah Warrick, Matthew Carp, and Cory Candelet form part of A Chorus Line.

The Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning A Chorus Line has opened at the Ivoryton Playhouse.

Stephanie Genito plays Cassie in ‘A Chorus Line.’

Casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete and for 17 dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime and what they’ve worked their whole lives for.A Chorus Line brilliantly evokes both the glamour and grind of showbiz, and is the musical for everyone who’s ever had a dream and put it all on the line.

The iconic score features such classics as “What I Did for Love,” “One,” “I Hope I Get It,” and more. With its celebration and true-to-life depiction of performers and their struggle to achieve greatness on the Broadway stage,A Chorus Line has earned unanimous praise as one of the true masterpieces of live theater.

Penned by legendary composer, Marvin Hamlisch,A Chorus Line opened at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway July 25, 1975, directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett. An unprecedented box office and critical hit, the musical received 12 Tony Award nominations and won nine, in addition to the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The original Broadway production ran for 6,137 performances, becoming the longest-running production in Broadway history until surpassed by Cats in 1997, and the longest-running Broadway musical originally produced in the U.S., until surpassed in 2011 by Chicago.

Based on real Broadway dancers’ stories, A Chorus Line is funny, heartbreaking, and refreshingly honest and even today remains one of the best loved Broadway shows ever.

Edward Stanley plays Zack in the new production of ‘A Chorus Line’ at the Ivoryton Playhouse.

This production showcases many performers who have made the Playhouse their home over the past few years: Schuyler Beeman*, Ronnie Bowman Jr., Andee Buccheri, Cory Candelet, Stephanie Genito*, Sam Given*, Joey Lucherini, Amanda Lupacchino, Natalie Madlon, Alexa Racioppi, Jared Starkey and Max Weinstein. Performers making their Playhouse debut are Kayla Starr Bryan, Matthew Carp, Dakota Hoar, Liv Kurtz, Lina Lee*, Jennifer Roberts, Edward Stanley*, Cassidy Terracciano, Lili Thomas* and Sarah Warrick.

The production is directed and choreographed by Todd L. Underwood and musical directed by Michael Morris, with set design by Martin Scott Marchitto, lighting design by Marcus Abbott and costume design by Kate Bunce.

A Chorus Line runs through Sept. 2. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

Additional matinee performances are on Saturday, Aug. 18, and Saturday, Sept. 1. 

Tickets are $55 for adults; $50 for seniors; $25 for students and $20 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting 

Group rates are available by calling the box office for information. The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

*denotes member of Actors Equity

Photos courtesy of Ivoryton Playhouse.   


Lyme Library Offers Streaming Services from Hoopla, RB Digital

The Lyme Public Library is now offering streaming services from Hoopla and RB Digital.  Hoopla offers downloadable books and audio books, graphic novels, comic books, music, TV shows and movies. RB Digital offers British TV and movies from the Acorn Library, Indie Flix (independent films), The Great Courses Library, and Stingray Qello, the world’s largest collection of concert films and music documentaries.

Content from both Hoopla and RB Digital can be streamed to computers, portable devices and phones.

The services join the library’s other digital resources which include Overdrive downloadable books, audio books and magazines, Mango Languages, an online language learning tool offering over 70 languages, and FindIT CT and ResearchIT CT available from the Connecticut State Library.

Users must have a valid library card from the Lyme Public Library and can access the resources through the Library’s web site

Patrons are encouraged to call the library at 860-434-2272 or stop in the Library if they have questions or need assistance.


Vote for Fred! Hearing-Impaired Brooke of Old Lyme is One of Three National Finalists for ‘Focus on People’ Award

Fred Brooke of Old Lyme is the founder of AngelRide and one of the three finalists for the Oticon ‘Focus on People’ award.

Frederick Brooke of Old Lyme is a finalist for a national award.

The Oticon Focus on People Award celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of individuals with hearing loss, and Brooke is one of the top three individuals across the country in the Adults category.  His final placement in the Awards now depends on online votes, which are open through Aug. 24.

Brooke doesn’t let his hearing loss slow him down.

In 2001, inspired by 12-year-old Angel Uihlein, he swam across Long Island Sound, raising enough money for Angel’s mom to stay at home with her seriously-ill daughter.  AngelSwim continued over the following years, as Brooke swam 850 miles along the coast of Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine to reach the Canadian border, all to benefit sick children.

In 2004, Brooke and his partner Lynn McCarthy started AngelRide, a trans-Connecticut (135 miles, two-day) charity bicycling event with nearly 100 percent of the money raised donated to The Hole in the Wall Camp, founded by actor Paul Newman for children too sick to go to conventional camps.

The money raised enabled the camp to start a Hospital Outreach program that sends specially-trained employees to enrich the lives of children in oncology wards. Today, AngelRide is an annual Memorial Day event that has raised more than $5.75 million to benefit hospitalized children.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Oticon Focus on People Awards, the first national awards program recognizing individuals who challenge outdated stereotypes and demonstrate that hearing loss does not limit a person’s ability to make a difference. Through the awards program, Oticon continues its mission to raise awareness and open doors of opportunity for people with all degrees of hearing loss.

The other two finalists in the Adult category for this year’s Focus on People Awards are Garth Baker of Twin Falls, Idaho and Clare Wolf of Rubicon, Wis.

“For 20 years, the Oticon Focus on People Awards program has brought inspiring individuals into our lives, and this year is no exception,” says Nancy Palmere, Director of Consumer Marketing and Public Relations. “We’re honored to introduce the country to our finalists and celebrate how they defy the stigma of hearing loss. Each story is unique and we encourage people to visit our website to cast a vote.”

Voting is open through Aug. 24, and the results will be announced in October. All finalists receive a cash prize. First place winners also receive a donation to a charity of their choice.

To vote and to learn more about the awards, visit


Jeannine Lewis Sworn In as Judge of Probate for Saybrook District, Includes Town of Lyme

Atty. Jeannine Lewis is sworn in as Judge of Probate for Saybrook Probate District by Old Saybrook First Selectman Carl Fortuna.

On Monday, July 23, Essex Attorney Jeannine Lewis was sworn in as the next judge of probate for the Saybrook Probate District in a ceremony held on the town green in Old Saybrook. The swearing-in was performed by Old Saybrook First Selectman Carl P. Fortuna, Jr.

Attorney Lewis was elected in November to fill the remaining term of Hon. Terrence B. Lomme, who retired the same week after eight years in service to the district. The Saybrook Probate District encompasses the Town of Lyme along with the Towns of Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Old Saybrook and Westbrook.

Attorney Lewis has focused her legal career on the types of cases typically handled by the probate court. She is particularly concerned with ensuring that the rights of the most vulnerable individuals who appear before the court are respected and upheld including the rights of the elderly, disabled, mentally ill, and minor children. She has been actively involved in educating other attorneys regarding elder law and estate planning as immediate past chair of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Elder Law Section Continuing Legal Education Committee. 

In addition, she is a contributing author of the manual used online by Connecticut’s Probate Court Administration to help train attorneys on how to properly represent clients in probate court. As a result of these accomplishments she was appointed to the Probate Court Administration’s Conservatorship Guidelines Committee, which developed standards of practice for Connecticut conservators that were published on July 1 of this year.

As a 17-year-resident of Essex, Lewis is also an active community member. She is a board member for the Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Food Pantries and has been a meal site server for the organization for more than 10 years. In addition she is a community lecturer on end-of-life issues and the pro bono attorney for Sister Cities Essex Haiti.

Judge Lewis is running unopposed in the upcoming November election for a full four-year term as probate judge for the Saybrook Probate District.

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Old Lyme Historical Society Presents, “Sound View, America’s Oldest Public Beach,” Lecture Tonight, All Welcome

The Old Lyme Historical Society hosts the first lecture of its Summer/Fall 2018 Lecture Series this evening at 7 p.m.  Jim Lampos and Michaelle Pearson will present, “Sound View, America’s Oldest Public Beach,” at the OLHS building at 55, Lyme Street.
All are welcome and admission is free.  Donations are welcome.

Midsummer Memories are Made of This

Photo by Sean Flynn.

It all began with a concert … ‘Otis and the Hurricanes,’ who were introduced by the new Director of the Florence Griswold Museum Rebekah Beaulieu (pictured above), played their hearts out Friday evening on the lawn gently sloping away from the Museum down towards the Lieutenant River. The music — a mix of rhythm, blues, New Orleans ‘funk,’ and good ol’ Rock & Roll — started many a foot tapping and prompted others of all ages just to get up and dance!

Despite forecasts to the contrary, Saturday dawned  a perfect day … in fact, a great day to go out and run a 5K, which several hundred people decided was the best way to start their day and in so doing raised funds for the Timothy P. Buckley Memorial Fund.

Photo by Missy Colburn Garvin.

Vintage automobiles gathered at the Bee & Thistle to participate in the Lyme-Old Lions’ Classic car Show.

Photo by Lyme-Old Lyme Lions

The Florence Griswold Museum was a hive of activity from start to finish of Saturday.  Vendors galore pitched their tents to create a Bohemian Street Fair …

Dogs paraded for prizes … well, to be precise, some paraded on four feet, while others — like these charming chihuahuas — simply took a ride!

Photo by Sean Flynn.

All sorts of wonderful things were happening at the ‘Hands-On, Minds-On’ tent such as standing inside a bubble cylinder, as this boy is … somewhat to his consternation, it appears!

And down by the river, the musicians participating in Lymestock  played away …

Snakes alive!  The Old Lyme Land Trust offered viewing of ‘Live Reptiles’ in front of the Lyme Art Association …

while the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce raised funds for their scholarship program at the same location.

Across the street at the Old Lyme Inn, the ‘Fence Painters’ offered their work in many different genres for sale … and the artists sometimes found time for a chat too …

Also at the Inn, a band played, food was cooked and to the delight of many, beer was served.

On the southern side of the highway, not only was art sold at Lyme Academy College but it was also made …

And finally, next door to the College, dancers danced among the sculptures at Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds.  The works created by the owner of the property, Gil Boro, formed a stunning backdrop to the contemporary dance troupe’s moves.

And thus Midsummer memories galore were made!


Lost Dog Now Found!

UPDATE: 7/30, 8:54am: We just read a Facebook message posted at 8:52 a.m. that Libby has been found!

This beautiful and much-loved dog named Libby bolted from home during the storm and fireworks last night from Bittersweet Lane in Old Lyme.  Her owners, the Ryans, say she is “a sweet and energetic brindle boxer.”

Please call 860-304-3334 if you have seen her.


Last Chance to see ‘Grease’ Today at Ivoryton Playhouse

Danny, played by Johnny Newcomb, and  Sandy (Kimberley Immanuel) are the leads in ‘Grease’ at Ivoryton Playhouse.  Both are members of Equity. Photograph by Anne Hudson.

IVORYTON — Dust off your leather jackets, pull on your bobby-socks and take a trip to a simpler time as Danny and Sandy fall in love all over again at the Ivoryton Playhouse. Opening July 5, and running through July 29, Grease, by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey,  features all the unforgettable songs from the hit movie including “You’re The One That I Want”, “Grease Is The Word”, “Summer Nights”, “Hopelessly Devoted To You”, “Greased Lightnin’” and many more.

Here is Rydell High’s senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding “Burger Palace Boys” and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies” in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical.

Head “greaser” Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their “Summer Nights” as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as “Greased Lightnin’,” “It’s Raining on Prom Night,” “Alone at the Drive-In Movie” recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation.

The Burger Palace Boys comprising (Kenickie, (Natale Pirrotta*), Roger (Taylor Morrow), Danny (Johnny Newcomb*), Doody (Luke Linsteadt*) and Sonny (Max Weinstein) play a key  role in ‘Grease.’ * denotes member of Equity. Photograph by Anne Hudson.

Grease‘ opened Off-Broadway at the Eden Theatre on Feb. 14, 1972 but was deemed eligible for the 1972 Tony Awards, and received seven Tony Award nominations. The 1994 revival also garnered Tony nominations and the show went on to a successful national tour, featuring local hero Micky Dolenz as Vince Fontaine.

The movie that we all know and love opened 40 years ago and it is a testament to the music and the iconic characters that ‘Grease‘ is still the word today.

The best part of this quintessentially American high school story (aside from the music, of course) is what Danny, Sandy, Rizzo, Kenickie, Frenchy and the rest of the Rydell High gang taught us – that the people who really care about you will stay by your side no matter how different you are from one another, and support you just the same whether you’re a pom-pom-wielding goody-two-shoes, a leather-touting T-Bird or a starry-eyed, pink-haired aspiring beautician, who drops out of school months before graduation.

So throw your mittens around your kittens and hand jive the night away with the show that’ll make you want to stand up and shout, ‘A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop, a-wop-bam-boom!

This production stars Johnny Newcomb* as Danny Zuko and Kimberley Immanuel* as Sandy. Johnny made his Broadway debut in The Last Ship and was part of the national tour of American Idiot. He was last seen in Ivoryton as Roger in Rent. This season’s audience may remember Kimberley for her luminous performance as Luisa in The Fantasticks.

Other cast members that may be familiar to Ivoryton audiences are Alyssa V. Gomez* (Rizzo), Amy Buckley (Miss Lynch), Cory Candelet (Eugene), Jonny Cortes (Johnny Casino), Taylor Lloyd (Marty), Alexa Racioppi (Patty Simcox) Max Weinstein (Sonny) Amanda Lupacchino, Andee Buccheri, and Nathan Russo. Making their Ivoryton debut are Katelyn Bowman (Frenchy) Lawrence Cummings* (Vince Fontaine/Teen Angel), Luke Linsteadt* (Doody), Taylor Morrow (Roger), Natale Pirrotta* (Kenickie), Shalani Taylor (Cha-Cha), Audrey Wilson (Jan), Jamaal Fields-Green, Jared Starkey and Clementine Wurzbach

The production is directed and choreographed by Todd L. Underwood and musical directed by Michael Morris, with set design by Daniel Nischan, lighting design by Marcus Abbott and costume design by Elizabeth Saylor Cippolina.

Grease opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse July 5 and runs through July 29. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm.Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm.

Additional matinee performances are on Saturday, July 7, 14 and 28 at 2pm.

Tickets are $55 for adults; $50 for seniors; $25 for students and $20 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at 

Group rates are available by calling the box office for information. The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.