October 16, 2017

Threetrees Interiors Celebrates Move to New Premises on Boston Post Rd. in Old Lyme

Yesterday Threetrees Interiors celebrated a Grand Opening in its new space at 149 Boston Post Rd. in Old Lyme (next to All-Pro Automotive.)

Threetrees is a full service design firm nestled within a boutique furnishing showroom. Through collaborative efforts between clients, architects and contractors, the company provides design services at any stage of building and renovation projects.

Their services range in scope from assisting clients with paint colors to extensive interior renovations and new construction. Threetrees can assist throughout the life of a project or provide a la carte services.

Threetrees was founded in 2002 and now has a staff of seven. The lead designers are board certified and licensed interior designers. With over 30 years of experience, the team utilizes AutoCAD, Revit and 3D software programs for construction documentation in addition to old-fashioned hand sketches to help convey design intent and allow clients to envision better their space.

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Potapaug Audubon Presents ‘Birds: Their Side of The Story’

Potapaug Audubon presents “Birds: Their Side of The Story” on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. at the Old Lyme Town Hall, 52 Lyme St. with guest speaker: John Himmelman, artist, author and naturalist.

Himmelman will offer fun facts and light-hearted stories. What are some of the crazy things they make us do? Why are there so many pigeons in cities? How adept are crows at using a screwdriver? What did Ben Franklin really think about Bald Eagles? John will share light- hearted stories of birds and bird watching – from cuisine to cartoons; ornaments to icons, murmurs to murders. You’ll be given a whole new look at the avian friends we so admire … and some not so much.

Himmelman will also show some amazing photos.

For more information, call 860-710-5811.

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Lyme Resident Sally H. Aubrey Wins Best in Show in Rowayton Arts Center

Untitled watercolor by Sally H. Aubrey of Lyme took top honors at the Rowayton Arts Center ‘Expressions’ exhibition.

The winners of “Expressions” were given their awards at the Rowayton Arts Center’s opening reception on Sunday, Oct. 1.

The show, one of the Rowayton Arts Center’s largest, was juried and open to all artists. There were 218 entries. Sally H. Aubrey of
Lyme, CT won Best in Show for her untitled abstract watercolor. The Mavis Fenner Memorial Award ($250) for Best in Show was also awarded to Aubrey.

The exhibition will be in the gallery through Oct. 29.

The exhibition chairs are Milan Chilla and Linda Francis. The judge is award-winning artist Rosemary Webber from Mystic, Conn.

The Rowayton Arts Center is a hub of cultural activity in the community. It has been a place for artists to exhibit and sell their work for almost 60 years. The vibrant art center has art school and art gallery and holds many different kinds of events throughout the year.

For more information, visit www.rowaytonarts.org

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Old Lyme’s DeMeo is One of ‘Five Women Painting,’ Opening Reception, Friday

‘Sunset through the Branches’ by Rosemary Cotnoir is one of the featured works in ‘Five Women Painting.’

The ninth annual Five Women Painting show Oct. 6 through 9 at the Essex Art Association Gallery features a large selection of new works by Pam Carlson, Rosemary Cotnoir, Claudia Van Nes, Kathleen DeMeo and Janet Rayner.

The gala opening party is Friday, Oct. 6, from 5 to 8 p. m when a selection of wines, homemade appetizers and desserts will be offered and all five artists will be on hand to greet visitors.

The show showcases a wide diversity of styles, medium, sizes and price point by these five established artists. DeMeo, who lives in Old Lyme, primarily does abstract monotypes and Cotnoir from Essex paints large semi-abstract oils and does stone sculptures, Carlson, also from Essex, paints water scenes and landscapes in acrylic, Rayner from Haddam uses pastels for her realistic paintings while Chester resident, Van Nes works mainly in watercolor.

On Saturday, Oct. 7, from 1 to 4 p.m., Rayner will give a pastel demonstration and on Sunday, Oct. 8 from 1 to 4 p.m., Van Nes will create a painting using pen and ink and watercolor, and Carlson will give an acrylic demonstration.

There will be a free drawing for a painting during the exhibit as well.

The show is Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and by chance that afternoon; Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and Monday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Essex Art Association Gallery is at 10 North Main Street, Essex.

For more information, call 860-767-8996 or visit the ‘Five Women Painting’ Facebook page.

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Community Music School Announces Caroline Wholean as one of Greenleaf Award Winners

Lyme-Old Lyme High School senior Caroline Wholean.

AREAWIDE — The selection committee for the Carolyn R. Greenleaf Memorial Fund of Community Music School has chosen two local music students as the recipients of the Fall 2017 Carolyn R. Greenleaf Music Award: pianist Caroline Wholean and violinist Schuyler Dragoo.  This award is given each semester to two high school students who have demonstrated exceptional musical ability and motivation, and awards a semester of private lessons at Community Music School in Centerbrook.

Caroline Wholean is a senior at Lyme-Old Lyme High School. Her rigorous academic schedule is supplemented with rowing for the crew team, competing on the math team and playing clarinet in the high school band and wind ensemble. A student of Community Music School for 12 years, she has taken violin and piano lessons and is a member of the String Ensemble. She was recently awarded the Connecticut Secretary of State’s Excellence in Citizenship Award. Caroline plans to continue her music education in college next year.

Schuyler Dragoo is both a violinist and a vocalist who will be entering her sophomore year at Haddam-Killingworth High School. Schuyler has been studying violin for eleven years with Irene Rissi in Waterford. She has participated in the CT Southern Region Orchestra for the past four years, and has attended Point CounterPoint, a chamber music camp in Vermont, for the past five years. Schuyler will be singing with the select choir in school this coming year, and is looking forward to using this scholarship to further her vocal technique and abilities at the Community Music School.

The Carolyn R. Greenleaf Memorial Fund was established at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County in 2008 by her friends to honor Greenleaf’s dedication to music and education. The Carolyn Greenleaf Memorial Music Award is open to students of Middlesex County and the Lymes and is awarded twice a year, based entirely on merit.

Editor’s Notes: i) Community Music School is an independent, nonprofit school which provides a full range of the finest possible instruction and musical opportunities to persons of all ages and abilities, increasing appreciation of music and encouraging a sense of joy in learning and performing, thus enriching the life of the community.

ii) Community Foundation of Middlesex County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Middlesex County. Working with charitably-minded individuals and organizations to build permanent endowments since 1997, the Community Foundation has provided 850 grants totaling more than $2.5 million to organizations for the arts, cultural and heritage programs, educational activities,  environmental improvements, and for health and human services. 

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Lady ‘Cats Pull Off Another Purr-fect Performance

Yesterday, the Old Lyme girls continued their extraordinary unbeaten run this season with a convincing 5-0 win over Ledyard yesterday on the Wildcats’ home field at Lyme-Old Lyme High School.

Mya Johnson scored three goals while Maddie Ouellette also put the ball in the net and had an assist.  Keelin Hurtt also contributed a goal and Danielle McCarthy had two assists.

Emily Rivera made seven saves in goal for Old Lyme while Delaney Gagnon notched 14 in goal for Ledyard.

Old Lyme is now 9-0-0 overall and 5-0-0 in the Shoreline Conference.

Go Wildcats!

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Shoreline League of Democratic Women Hosts Forum on First Amendment Challenges, Thursday

The Shoreline League of Democratic Women (SLDW) presents a panel discussion titled “A Forum: First Amendment Challenges Today” on Thursday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m., at the Guilford Free Library, 67 Park Street on the Guilford Green.  The event will be free and open to the public.

The three special guests participating on the panel will be Candace Clement – campaign director for Free Press and Free Press Action Fund; Susan Campbell – columnist, lecturer and author; and Andy Schatz – American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut Board President.

In 2017, challenges to free speech and free press from the highest levels of government are stirring up controversy across the political spectrum. In an effort to counter the fight over Internet Neutrality, attacks against journalists and efforts to limit public protest,  citizens and the media are drawing on the power of the First Amendment to bolster these core principles of our democracy.

The distinguished panel will discuss the beloved and enduring Constitutional Amendment that enables speech, expression, publication and the free flow of information.  The forum aims to help citizens gain a better understanding of the fundamental tenets of the First Amendment and what is at stake at this time in history.

Guest panelist Candace Clement is the Campaign Director for Free Press and the Free Press Action Fund, a national, non-profit advocacy organization that focuses on media and technology policy and fights for Citizen Rights to connect and communicate.

Susan Campbell is a distinguished lecturer at the University of New Haven’s Department of Communication, Film and Media Studies. She is also a newspaper columnist, and a contributor to the political website, The Hill.

Since 2010, Andy Schatz has been board president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut. His legal career spanned over 30+ years in private law practice. While at Harvard Law School, he was an editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.

The views and opinions expressed during this presentation do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the SLDW.

For more information about this event, call 860-399-1147 or visit www.SLDW.org. The SLDW has membership in the towns of Clinton, Westbrook, Old Saybrook, Lyme, Old Lyme, Centerbrook, Essex, Ivoryton, Deep River, Chester, Killingworth, Madison, Guilford and Branford.

The Shoreline League of Democratic Women is a social and political fellowship that unites Democratic women along theshoreline, and focuses on issues important to women of all ages. Women are encouraged to join the SLDW and participate in the organization’s valuable work in the community.  Participation may be 30 minutes a month, or 30 minutes a year. As a part of the SLDW educational charter, members will be notified of important pending state and national legislation.

For more information on the Shoreline League of Democratic Women, send email tosldworg@gmail.com or contact Belinda Jones at 860-3.99-1147. For more information about SLDW events and organization, visit the SLDW web site at http://www.SLDW.org.

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Open House at Lyme Local History Archives, Oct. 21, to Feature WWI documents from Lyme Families

On Saturday, Oct. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m., special displays at the Lyme Local History Archives will showcase World War I (WWI) letters,documents and photographs saved by Lyme families.  Letters now in the Archives written by five Lyme soldiers give a picture of the last years of the war in Army posts in Georgia and on the front lines in France.

Also on view will be Archives materials from 1917–1918 including Lyme Grange minutes, which record local concerns on the home front.  Resources for researching  Connecticut relatives who served in the war will be displayed.

In 2016, the Archives began a two-year project to solicit documents, letters or photographs related to World War I from Lyme families.  A number of families responded by donating WWI materials or allowing scans of documents.  The Open House will highlight these materials new to the Archives as well as WWI materials given by previous donors.

The Lyme Local History Archives are located in the Lyme Public Library at 482 Hamburg Rd  (Rte. 156) in Lyme, Conn.

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Award-Winning Photographer Presents ‘Tools of Travel Photography’ at CT Valley Camera Club Meeting

Shadows of camels and their riders in the Sahara desert in Erg Chebi, Morrocco (Photo by David H. Wells)

The guest speaker at next Monday’s (Oct. 2) meeting of the Connecticut Valley Camera Club (CVCC) will be award-winning photographer/videographer David H. Wells, who will give a presentation titled, “The Tools of Travel Photography.” The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Lymes’ Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Rd., Old Lyme, Conn.  All are welcome.

Wells uses whichever technology he feels is most appropriate for the specific situation to create visual narratives. He is based in Providence, RI, affiliated with Aurora Photos and is also a photo-educator. One editor described him as a “… specialist in intercultural communication and visual narratives that excel in their creative mastery of light, shadow and sound, stills and video.”

Wells became the photographer he is today by first trying on the styles and/or methods of other well-known and historic photographers. Then he mastered the challenging discipline of color slide film. He fused all of these experiences, over 30-plus years, to develop his own style, built on a mastery of light, exposure and tonality, framing and composition with predictable and consistent control over focus and depth of field.

As a photography educator, he leads students to learn how to master consistently these same elements of photography. He was featured in Photo District News as one of “The Best Workshop Instructors.”

A Sicilian sunset (Photo by David H. Wells)

His project on the pesticide poisoning of California farm workers was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Over the years he has worked on assignment for such magazines as Fortune, Life, National Geographic, Newsweek, The Sunday New York Times, Time, etc. He also worked for corporations such as Consolidated Natural Gas and DuPont as well as for non-profits such as the Ford Foundation and the New Israel Fund.

His work has been featured in more than 50 exhibitions and he has taught workshops at the International Center for Photography in NYC and at the Maine Media Workshops. He has received two Fulbright fellowships, a grant from Nikon/N.P.P.A., a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation’s Program of Research and Writing on International Peace and Cooperation.

For more information on David H. Wells, visit his website.

Connecticut Valley Camera Club is dedicated to offering its membership the opportunity to become better photographers. The club offers a variety of presentations and interactive workshops to help members expand their technical and creative skills. Photographers of all levels of experience are welcomed. The club draws members from up and down both sides of the river, from Middletown to Old Saybrook; from East Hampton to Old Lyme; and along the shoreline from Guilford to Gales Ferry.

For more information, visit the club’s website at https://ctvalleycameraclub.smugmug.com/. The Club’s meeting dates, speakers / topics and other notices are also published on the club’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CTValleyCameraClubPage/

 

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Essex Steam Train Offers ‘Three B’s’ (Beer, Bratwurst, Beautiful fall foliage) Cruise, Thursday

It’s the “Three B” cruise! Beer, Bratwurst, and Beautiful fall foliage on the Connecticut River. A great night is in store for you from the minute you smell the brats sizzling on the grill to the last sip of beer as you glide into dock after the last rays of a stunning sunset.

This unique evening on Thursday, Oct. 5 runs from 5:15 to 8:30 p.m. Arrive 5:15 p.m. in Essex for departure at 5:30 p.m. for a two-hour cruise on the Becky Thatcher Riverboat. Return to Essex at 8:30 p.m.

The evening offers:

•    tastings of several carefully selected craft beers provided by Cellar Fine Wines and 30 Mile Brewing Company
•    a buffet of brats and all the fixin’s
•    gift bag including an engraved beer glass as a memento

Note this event is for adults 21+.  Ticket prices are $60 in advance/ $70 Walk-up (pending availability.)

Visit EssexSteamTrain.com for tickets and more information.

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‘Bikes for Kids’ Hosts Annual Fundraising Bike Ride Today, Choice of Four Rides

Dave Fowler hard at work on refurbishing a donated bike.

‘Bikes for Kids’ is holding its 2nd Annual Charity Ride on Sunday, Oct. 1.  The charity which was founded by Chuck Graeb is now run by retired Lyme-Old Lyme Schools teacher Dave Fowler.

Bikes For Kids is a  Connecticut based non-profit organization founded in 1989 that brings smiles to children one bike at a time. Volunteers collect, repair, and safety test donated used bicycles. The refurbished bicycles, along with new helmets, are given away to individuals of all ages and needs.

Donated bikes from ‘Bikes for Kids’ bring smiles ‘one bike at a time.’

Most donated bicycles remain in Connecticut, but some have reached children in other states and countries. More than 1,000 bicycles are given away annually. Requests for bicycles come from local and state social service organizations, churches, schools, non-profits, and individuals. 21,000 bicycles have been donated to date.

Support this charity by participating in the Annual Charity Ride.  All rides start in Essex. There will be four rides to choose from.

  • The Family Ride will have two options – a 3-mile or a more challenging 12-mile ride.
  • The Intermediate Ride will be 27 miles
  • (for the die-hards) there will be a 55-mile ride through 7 towns.

These rides go through some of the most beautiful sections of Connecticut’s River Valley. Depending on the route you select, you can ride through Essex, Deep River, Chester, Haddam, Killingworth, Westbrook and Clinton.  After the ride, all cyclists are invited for food, fun and tours at the new ‘Bikes for Kids’ Wheelhouse in Essex.

Visit this link for more information.

Visit this link to register for a ride.

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A La Carte: Perfect Pork Chops with a Mustard Twist

Last week I bought a new grill cover for my Weber. I was a bit unhappy, since I have only had the grill for just over two years and the cover I bought with the expensive grill, is falling apart. I’m not sure I should he surprised, but I am getting to that age where I expect quality should last a while. At least I don’t start sentences by saying “When I was younger,”

This, however, doesn’t mean the grill won’t be used all winter. My patio is just a few steps from my living room/dining room and, unless this coming winter is like the one wo years ago, during which I could barely find my grill, you will still see me throwing some chicken or burgers and hot dogs onto the Weber (without a coat on, no matter how cold it is).

I took a tour into my garage freezer and found four three-packs of pork chops I’d bought on sale at the supermarket, so I took one of the packages out last night. I can eat one or maybe two; the other one or one and a half I will cut up and toss into a large salad tomorrow. (I do the same the same thing with strip steaks I buy in three-steak packages at BJ’s—I wrap aluminum foil on each and freeze them—I can’t eat an entire steak, but it is lovely on a salad or for a stir-fry the next day.)

I found this recipe in my computer and hadn’t made it in almost a decade. I love mustard and this is a great way to cook pork chops.

Pork Chops with Mustard Sauce

Adapted from Fine Cooking, November, 2008, page 94a

Yield: serves 4

Preheat oven to low (150 to 160 degrees)

8 one-half-inch-thick boneless pork chops (about 3 ounces each) or 4 thicker pork chops
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 or more tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon unsalted butter (regular butter will do since you use so little)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil; more as needed
one-half cup dry white wine
three-quarter cup heavy cream
one-half cup lower-salted chicken broth
one-quarter cup stoneground or country-style mustard

Put salt, pepper and flour in a plastic bag and dredge chops in bag, shaking off the excess.

Put butter and oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. When hot, add 4 of the pork chops and cook, turning once, until golden on both sides and just cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes total. Transfer pork to a serving platter, tent with foil and place in low-degree oven. If necessary, repeat with remaining chops adding another tablespoon of oil to the pan, if necessary.

Our off any fat in the pan, add wine and scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Increase the heat to medium-high and boil until wine is reduced to about 2 tablespoons, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in cream, chicken broth and mustard and boil until reduced to a saucy consistency, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Return pork and any juices to the pan, turn to coat with the sauce and then transfer back to the serving platter. Drizzle any sauce remaining in the skillet over the chops and serve.

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Today’s ‘Cruise, Blues & Brews’ Festival Features Top CT Blues Bands, Benefits ‘At-Risk Boys’ 

When organizers for the 3rd Annual Cruise, Blues & Brews Festival approached legendary Old Lyme blues performer Ramblin’ Dan Stevens, they received immediate and enthusiastic support. Stevens had the connections and the passion to recruit top blues talent for this unique festival to benefit the At-Risk Boys Fund.

“As soon as I was asked to help, I was confident my friends at the Connecticut Blues Society and fellow Blues musicians would want to help this important cause, and have a lot of fun doing it too” says Dan Stevens. Turns out, Dan was right. Ed Stack, Connecticut Blues Society President, promptly started promoting the Cruise Blues & Brews Festival to all the Society’s members to help boost attendance and raise more money for the At-Risk Boys Fund.

Stevens’ Blues musician friends were quick to respond too. One by one six bands agreed to perform on the Festival Stage between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. “We’ve got some of the best blues artist in Connecticut, many of whom have represented our state at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN, with several advancing to the finals. I’m so grateful they agreed to help in raising money and awareness for this great cause” says Stevens.

Here is the list of bands scheduled to play: Frank Breen, Traditional Acoustic Blues; Peter Magrane and the Drive by Blues Band,Upbeat Ragtime & originals; Blues on the Rocks, Genuine Blues; Ramblin’ Dan Stevens and the Fiery Band, Eclectic Fingerstyle Blues, Slide & originals; Jake Kulak and The Lowdown featuring Braiden Sunshine, a collaboration between award winning 17 year old blues Phenom Jake Kulak and finalist on The Voice, Braiden SunshineRyan Hartt and Tom FerraroNew England Blues super group.

In addition to live performance by these top Blues musicians the Cruise Blues & Brews Festival will also feature hundreds of antique and unique cars on display, a food court with a variety of up-scale food trucks, locally brewed craft beer by on tap by Thimble Island Brewery, a market place of vendors, a kids play area, trophies, games and prizes.

“Thanks to Ramblin’ Dan Stevens, we have more than doubled the number of blues bands for this year, and that is a really big deal for us” says Bill Guerra, volunteer chairman of the Festival.

“Established only four years ago, The At-Risk Boys fund has awarded over $61,000 in grants to organizations, throughout Middlesex County. These grants have helped hundreds of boys and young men achieve success and a better life”, Guerra added.

The 3rd Annual Cruise Blues & Brews Festival, will be held Saturday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain date, Sunday, Oct. 1), at the Chester Fair Grounds. Admission: $5 donation, children under 12 free. To learn more about this Festival, buy tickets in advance or make a donation to the At-Risk Boys Fund of the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, visit:  www.atriskboysfund.org . Tickets may also be purchased at the gate during the Festival.

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In Tight Contest, Old Lyme Swim Team Ultimately Falls to H-K

On Sept. 28 at Haddam-Killingworth, the co-op swim team of Lyme-Old Lyme and Valley competed against Haddam-Killingworth. Despite a strong performance by Old Lyme-Valley, Haddam-Killingworth won the meet in the end with a score of 76 to 61.

Lyme-Old Lyme placed first in the following races:
-medley relay (Kim Beradis, Kaeleigh O’Donnell, Lily Cox, and Connie Pan)
-200 yard freestyle (Lily Cox)
-200 yard individual medley (Kaeleigh O’Donnell)
-100 yard freestyle (Connie Pan)
-500 yard freestyle (Lily Cox)
-200 yard freestyle relay (Kim Beradis, Kaeleigh O’Donnell, Lily Cox, and Connie Pan)
-100 yard backstroke (Kim Beradis)
-100 yard breaststroke (Kaeleigh O’Donnell)

Haddam-Killingworth came first in the 50 yard freestyle (Kiera Bragdon).

Lyme-Old Lyme notched second in the 50 yard freestyle (Connie Pan).

Lyme-Old Lyme divers Anna Donato and Britney Detuzzi earned Honorable Mentions in the 50 yard freestyle coming in respectively 5th and 6th.

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‘I Hate Musicals: The Musical’ Opens at Ivoryton Playhouse

Equity member Stephen Wallem plays the lead in Ivoryton Playhouse’s upcoming production of  “I Hate Musicals: the Musical.”

Simpsons’ television writer and producer Mike Reiss is back in Ivoryton with his hilarious world premiere of I Hate Musicals: The Musical. It’s the story of a cranky comedy writer trapped in the rubble of an LA earthquake.  His life is playing out before his eyes in the form of a musical — and he hates musicals …  With numbers sung by everyone from Sigmund Freud and Satan, will he learn to be less cranky?

Previews for I Hate Musicals: The Musical begin Sept. 27 and then the show opens at the Playhouse Sept. 29 and runs through Oct. 15.

Stephen Wallem*, a SAG Award-nominated actor best known as Thor Lundgren for seven seasons on the Emmy-winning Showtime series “Nurse Jackie”, will lead the cast as Alvin, the comedy writer. Stephen worked as a stage actor and After Dark Award-winning cabaret singer in Chicago before moving to New York to make his television debut on “Nurse Jackie.” Other television appearances include Randall on Louis CK’s surprise limited series “Horace and Pete” and Chad on “Difficult People.”

I Hate Musicals: The Musical features new music composed by Walter Murphy, composer of the 70’s classic A Fifth of Beethoven (which was included in the soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever. The play is one man’s zany ride through relationships with mothers and fathers, analysts and wives and with a host of surprising characters making unexpected appearances. Ultimately, the story is a traditional one about life, love, show business, and the importance of being kind.

Reiss, who is writer and producer for the long running TV show, The Simpsons, also created the animated series The Critic; the webtoon Queer Duck and worked on the screenplays for Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs; Horton Hears a Who!; The Simpsons: The Movies; and, My Life In Ruins. Ivoryton audiences turned out in droves in the June 2013 for his hilarious play, I’m Connecticut, which was a huge popular and critical success and Comedy is Hard in September of 2014 with Micky Dolenz and Joyce DeWitt.

Directed by James Valletti, the cast includes Playhouse favorite R. Bruce Connelly*, and Will Clark, Sam Given*, Amanda Huxtable*, Ryan Knowles*. The set design is by Dan Nischan, lighting by Marcus Abbott and costumes by Elizabeth Cipollina.

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.

Tickets are $50 for adults, $45 for seniors, $22 for students and $17 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org  (Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

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Old Lyme Soccer Girls Continue Flawless Season

Paul Gleason’s Old Lyme girls are enjoying an amazing season. Yesterday evening they defeated Portland 3-0 away under the lights at Portland High School.

Mya Johnson scored two goals, one of which was assisted by Caroline Wallace. The third goal was scored by Bianca Tinnerello off an assist by Mya Johnson.

Emily Rivera was in goal for Old Lyme and notched nine saves.

In goal for Portland were Kelly Boutin and Sam Dumais who combined to make 11 saves.

Old Lyme is now 8-0-0 overall and 5-0-0 in the Shoreline Conference.

Go Wildcats!

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Musical Masterworks Opens New Season, Oct. 21-22

Artistic Director Edward Arron will emcee the first Musical Masterworks concerts on Oct. 21 and 22.

As Musical Masterworks opens its 27th season of chamber music, the organizers are pleased to be introducing a number of internationally-acclaimed new artists to this series, as well as welcoming back Musical Masterworks veterans, such as Chee Yun on violin, Todd Palmer on clarinet and Jeewon Park on piano.

The season’s first concerts are Saturday, Oct. 21, at 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 22, at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, an acoustically rich venue for chamber music. 

Edward Arron, Musical Masterworks Artistic Director, described how special the series is to him, “I take great comfort knowing that, after all of these years, Old Lyme, Conn., remains a sanctuary for the magnificent art of chamber music.  As time passes, I feel more strongly than ever that the arts are an indispensable part of a healthy society, and a necessary escape from the constant distractions of the fast-paced world in which we live.”

Musical Masterworks’ season runs October 2017 through April 2018.  To purchase a series subscription ($150 each), a mini-subscription ($100 each) or individual tickets ($40 individual; $5 student), visit Musical Masterworks at www.musicalmasterworks.org or call 860.434.2252.

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‘Community Connections’ Hosts, ‘A Stronger Nonprofit Starts with a Stronger Board,’ Today: All Welcome

Nancy Brennan will discuss the components of an effective, working board to improve your organization’s fundraising, communications and outcomes

Nancy Brennan

Community Connections has announced that the speaker at their next meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 27, will be Nancy Brennan, who serves as Senior Vice President and Regional Director of the National Executive Service Corps (NESC.)  Brennan’s talk, ‘A Stronger Nonprofit Starts with a Stronger Board,’ relates to a critical topic for all non-profit organizations.

No board is perfect, but understanding the necessary components to building boards that work effectively will improve the likelihood of success at your nonprofit. Without a strong board, a nonprofit’s fundraising, communication and outcomes can be stymied. Brennan will discuss the ABC’s of basic nonprofit board governance, including some of the roadblocks to a high-functioning board, and examples of how strong nonprofit boards have chosen to successfully address these issues. Leave with ideas to help improve your nonprofit board.

The Community Connections luncheon will be held at the Old Lyme Country Club, 40 McCurdy Rd., Old Lyme from 12 to 1:30 p.m.  All are welcome but advance registration is required.  Walk-ins will be accepted if space permits.  There is a $25 charge, which includes lunch.  Register online at http://www.LOLCommunityConnections.org or by contacting Tina Birkic at 203-249-4642 or tinabirkic@gmail.com

Community Connections was founded in September 2014, Community Connections is a network for local organizations to explore collaboration opportunities for the enhancement of the Lyme-Old Lyme community.  All area organization leaders and volunteers are welcome to join the group.  Luncheons are held three times per year and attended by up to 80 people representing more than 50 organizations. For more information, visit LOLCommunityConnections.org

Editor’s Notes:
i) the National Executive Service Corps, founded in 1977, is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit with a mission to strengthen and empower the management of nonprofit organizations, schools and government agencies by providing high-quality, affordable consulting services. Serving nonprofit organizations throughout Connecticut, New York and New Jersey for over 40 years, NESC has completed over 2,000 consulting projects for over 1,200 nonprofits of all sizes, helping them to deal effectively with their challenges and to capitalize on their opportunities.

ii) Nancy Brennan is NESC Senior Vice President & Regional Director.  She leads NESC’s Central Connecticut office based in Hartford. Opened over 20 years ago, the Hartford office has successfully assisted hundreds of local nonprofits, with over one third of clients being repeat customers. Recent clients include: CT Association of Boards of Education, Connecticut Historical Society, Archdiocese of Hartford, CT Association of Senior Center Personnel, NAMI CT, Montessori School of Greater Hartford, Columbus House and the Eastern Highlands Health District. Prior to joining NESC five years ago, Brennan served in executive leadership positions at Citigroup and at Hartford Financial Services Group. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards. She can be reached at nbrennan@nesc.org.

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Duck River Garden Club Presents “Off With Their Heads” Program at First Meeting of Year, Monday

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The Duck River Garden Club (DRGC) hosts its first meeting of the year Monday, Sept. 25, at Old Lyme Memorial Town Hall starting with a  “Welcome Back!” Social at 6:30 p.m.  Gather prior to 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot behind the town hall for the Annual Members’ Tailgate Plant Exchange.  Bring divisions and/or surplus indoor or outdoor plants to share with others.

At 7 p.m., Michael A. Russo, owner, “farmer-florist” and creative force of Trout Lily Farm located in North Guilford, will give the evening’s program, titled, “The Cutting Garden” or alternatively, “Off With Their Heads.” Members of the public are welcome to attend the presentation.

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Does the idea of having a garden full of fresh blossoms, vines, and branches available to decorate your home or a client’s throughout the year entice you?  If so, this presentation will provide you with the information necessary to plan, manage, and create your own cutting garden.

Russo will give his suggestions on favorite annuals, perennials, shrubs, bulbs, and vines to plant in your own “workhorse” of a garden, intended to provide a continuous bounty of botanical material for your creative floral endeavors. Resources for obtaining seeds, bulbs, and plants will also be provided for starting your own cutting garden.
The DRGC Business Meeting will be held at 8 p.m.
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Music Now Foundation Hosts Sunset Soiree Fundraiser This Evening at Griswold Point

Enjoy the beautiful sunset from Griswold Point at tonight’s Sunset Soiree hosted by the Music Now Foundation.

Music Now Foundation hosts its second annual Sunset Soiree Fundraiser at beautiful Griswold Point in Old Lyme Saturday, Sept. 23, from 4 p.m. Come out to support the initiatives of Music Now, while you enjoy beautiful water views, a great meal, and live musical performances by talented young artists until sunset.

The Sunset Soiree will be held on the grounds of Griswold House.

Ticket cost is $50 for adults and includes food, beer, wine and soft drinks. There will also be a vegetarian option offered. Youth ticket cost is $20.

The MusicNow Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 charitable organization based in Old Lyme CT. Its mission is to engage, enrich, and inspire young aspiring artists by providing performance opportunities, workshop programming and mentorships thereby nurturing creative and artistic growth and supporting the development of live music in our communities.

For more information about MusicNow, visit www.musicnowfoundation.org

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