December 11, 2017

Lyme Street Art Studios Host Holiday Open House This Weekend


The Lyme Street Studios are holding a Weekend Holiday Open House from Friday, Dec. 1 through Sunday, Dec. 3.

The Studios at the Village Shops, 10-16 Lyme Street, comprise those of Judy Friday, Sandy Garvin and Deborah Quinn-Munson, who are all nationally-recognized artists with their own studios on Lyme Street.  Their art includes work in contemporary realism and abstract styles, along with land, sea and sky, original oil, watercolor, pastel, pen and ink paintings.

The hours of the Open House are:

Friday, Dec. 1: 4 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be a painting demonstration by Deborah Quinn-Muns0n at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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Old Lyme Library Hosts ‘Holiday Book Sale’ Today

Ramblin’ Dan Stevens will provide musical entertainment on Friday evening during the Opening Reception for the Holiday Book Sale.

Wine Reception on Friday with Gift Quality & Collectible Books in Festively-Decorated Reading Room, Everything Half Price in BookCellar; Sale Continues Saturday with Pirate Storytime at 11am

3. Rare books like these will be available for purchase throughout both days of the sale.

The BookCellar at the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes (OLPGN) Library is pleased to invite the community to its annual Holiday Book Sale on the evening of Friday, Dec. 1, and during the day on Saturday, Dec. 2.  Kick off this year’s holiday season by choosing books as gifts and supporting your local library at the same time!

More than 5,000 books carefully sorted by category, including many rare and collectible books, will be offered for sale in two different locations in the library.   Upstairs in the festively-decorated Reading Room, the focus this year is on gift quality and collectible books, along with DVD’s and CD’s.  Prints of historic local maps from 1868 of towns in New London County will also be on sale.

Downstairs in the BookCellar’s usual  home, all the books will be half-price or less. The BookCellar is including its extensive collection of rare, collectible, and first edition fiction books in this year’s sale.

The Opening Reception and Sale, which features a wine and cheese reception, will be held on Friday, Dec. 1, from 4 to 7 p.m.  Acclaimed local musician Ramblin’ Dan Stevens will play throughout the reception.

2. Pirates from ‘Free Men of the Sea’ will present a show at 11am on Saturday for children and their families.

The sale continues on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  ‘Free Men of the Sea’ will present a Pirate Storytime for all ages between 11 and 11:45 a.m.

Historic maps of local towns including Old Lyme make perfect holiday gifts.

There will be books from all genres – from Children’s and Young Adults to Art and Photography, the Classics, History and Biography, small gift books and large coffee table books.  There is a large collection of First Edition hardcover books, many with protective Mylar covers.

Dealers are welcome and there are no buyer restrictions.  Most prices will range from $2 to $5, with a special bargain table with books priced under one dollar.  All proceeds benefit the Library.

The Library is located at 2 Library Lane, off Lyme Street. Library hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.to 7 p.m.;  Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If the Library’s parking lot is full, additional spaces are available on Lyme Street. There is also a lot behind the Old Lyme Memorial Town Hall across the street from the Library.

For more information about the library or questions about the sale, call 860-434-1684 or visit www.oldlyme.lioninc.org.

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Cappella Cantorum Presents Their Holiday Concert in Madison Tonight


The Cappella Cantorum Masterworks Chorus will present its Holiday Concert Saturday, Dec. 2, 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Madison on the Green, Meetinghouse Lane (off Route 1), Madison.

Start the holiday season with a joyful evening of music. Cappella’s new director Simon Holt of the Salt Marsh Opera will conduct the chorus, professional soloists and orchestra in the performance of Bach’s Cantata 140 (“Sleepers Wake!”), Rutter’s “Gloria” and Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia on Christmas Carols.”

Christmas carols will be sung at the end of the program.

Tickets are $30 online or at the door. Visit www.CappellaCantorum.org. Students are free.

For more information, visit the website or call 860-526-1038.

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Old Lyme Town Band Performs Holiday Pops Concert This Afternoon at Lymes’ Senior Center

The Old Lyme Town Band

Old Lyme Town Band will perform a Holiday Pops Concert this afternoon at 2 p.m. at Lymes’ Senior Center.

Come enjoy a wonderful selection of holiday music!

All are welcome. Admission is free.

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Lyme Land Trust Announces Appointment of Kristina White as New Executive Director

Kristina White has been named the new executive Director of the Lyme Land Trust. Photo by George Moore

The Lyme Land Conservation Trust has announced that the board has appointed Kristina White as its new executive director to replace George Moore, who has retired.

The Land Trust is very pleased that Moore will be succeeded by long-time Lyme resident, Kristina White. She has been an actively contributing member of the Land Trust’s Board since 2014 and takes over the executive director position after serving for the last 10 years as the Musical Masterworks Administrative Director. White has also been active in community affairs and currently serves as the treasurer of the Lyme Fire Company.

The Land Trust is deeply grateful for George Moore’s service as executive director and his dedication over the last 14 years. He was elected to the Land Trust Board as a director in 2003. In 2007, he was elected board president, and in 2013 the board appointed him as its first executive director. Through his vision and effective management, Moore has helped transform the Land Trust into one of the most active and successful in the state.

Land Trust President, John Pritchard, stated that, “In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the Land Trust, the board has elected George as its first Director Emeritus, a position newly created to honor his service. We hope that George will remain a member of the Land Trust family.”

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Old Lyme/Valley Warriors Face Rocky Hill Tonight in Class S State Quarter-Final

The sixth-seeded Old Lyme/Valley football team (9-1) faces number three seeds Rocky Hill (10-0) on the latter’s home field tonight in a CIAC Class S quarterfinal at 6:30 p.m.

Read a preview of the game in this article by Ned Griffen and published on TheDay.com Nov. 27.

Go Warriors!

 

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Carol Stroll Down Main Street, Then See ‘Trees in the Rigging’ in Essex Today

Boats in the annual Trees in the Rigging Lighted Boat Parade are decorated with holiday lights. Photo by Jody Dole.

Kick off the holiday season in Essex with the annual Trees in the Rigging Community Carol Sing and Lighted Boat Parade.   The Connecticut River Museum, the Essex Board of Trade, and the Essex Historical Society combine to present this annual event that includes a traditional, lantern-lit carol stroll down Main Street where spectators are invited to bring their own lanterns or flashlights and join in with the Sailing Masters of 1812 Fife and Drum Corps and a parade of antique cars.

Participants can gather at the Essex Town Hall at 4 p.m. The stroll steps off at 4:30 p.m. beginning on West Avenue and ending at the Connecticut River Museum with a parade of vessels dressed out in holiday lights and passing in review along the Connecticut River.  Santa and his elves will arrive by one of the parade boats for visits with children on the lawn of the Connecticut River Museum. The Connecticut River Museum will also be open that evening for all to attend the 24th Annual Holiday Train Show at a reduced admission of $6.

Register Your Boat for the Lighted Boat Parade

A critical and crowd-pleasing part of this free community event is the parade of boats dressed in holiday lights that sail along Essex’s waterfront. The decorated boats are part of a friendly competition.  A modest 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prize will be awarded to the best dressed boats. Winners will be invited to receive their prize and participate in a photo-op on Monday, Nov. 27 at 4:30 p.m. at the Connecticut River Museum.

Registration is required to participate in the boat parade that usually begins around 5:15 p.m. from the south end of Essex Harbor. To register, send emails to: kperkins@ctrivermuseum.org. Information should include: vessel name; type of boat and description; owner(s) name; contact information (phone and preferred email); decorating scheme (if known at time of registration). Registration must be received by Monday, Nov. 20 at 4:30 p.m.  

To make your own lanterns at home:
Step 1: fill an empty aluminum can with water and freeze. This will make it easier to punch holes for the design in the can.
Step 2: using a hammer and nail, punch holes in the can to make a connect-the-dots style picture of a holiday design. Use plenty of holes to allow the light to shine through.
Step 3: punch two holes near the rim to attach a wire handle.
Step 4: after the ice is melted, attach a votive or other small candle to the inside bottom of the can.

The Connecticut River Museum is located at 67 Main Street, Essex and is open Tuesday – Sunday from 10 am – 5 p.m.  For more information, call 860.767.8269 or go to www.ctrivermuseum.org.

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12th Annual Black Friday Concert at the Kate Tonight Benefits Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries

The Ebin-Rose Trio plays in the Black Friday Concert at the Kate.

Local musicians come together at the Kate on Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. for the annual Black Friday Concert to benefit the Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries (SSKP). Now in its 12th year, this concert has become a community tradition and a wonderful event that embodies the season of giving.

With an emphasis on melody, lyricism and harmony The Ebin-Rose Trio, Carter Gowrie, Leonard Wyeth, Ian Meadows, and Lauren Agnelli will perform with special guests. Brian Wolfe of the Ebin-Rose Trio and Len Wyeth have been organizing the concert since its inception in 2006.

“We’re very happy to be hosting this special concert again in support of such a magnificent organization,” said Brett Elliott, Executive Director, the Kate. “It’s always a special night when local artists take the stage, but when they do so to give back to the community, it’s the perfect occasion to partner and kick off the holiday season of giving.”

Last year, the SSKP distributed enough food for over 1 million meals through five pantries and nine hot meal sites to people in need in the towns of Madison, Clinton, Westbrook, Old Saybrook, Essex, Old Lyme, East Lyme, Lyme, Deep River, Chester, and Killingworth. This year, the number of meals needed on the shoreline has risen over nine percent.

“The financial support we receive through this wonderful concert and the generous Gowrie Group Challenge match allows SSKP to meet the needs of the community. Thank you to all of the musicians for their time and talent and to our friends at the Kate,” said Ellen Rabin, Executive Director, SSKP.

The concert is generously sponsored by Wyeth Architects LLC and AcousticMusic.Org and all proceeds will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Gowrie Group Challenge. Every year between Thanksgiving and the end of the year, Gowrie Group, Connecticut’s largest independent insurance agency, challenges their local community of businesses and friends to team together to raise money to benefit SSKP.

Tickets are $25 and can purchased online through www.thekate.org or by calling the box office at 877-503-1286.

The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, “the Kate,” is a non-profit performing arts organization located in an historic theatre/town hall on Main Street in Old Saybrook. Originally opened in 1911 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Kate has been renovated with public funds from the Town of Old Saybrook and donations raised by the Trustees.

It includes a 250-seat theatre and a small museum honoring Katharine Hepburn, Old Saybrook’s most celebrated resident. As befits an organization born of such a public/private partnership, programming is eclectic, offering something for all ages and income levels on more than 250 days each year. For more information on tickets for any shows at the Kate, please visit www.thekate.org or call the Box Office at 877-503-1286.

SSKP is an interfaith service that provides food and fellowship to those in need and educates our community on hunger and poverty. The mission is to provide food and fellowship to those in need and educate our community about hunger and poverty. SSKP provides enough food for over 1 million meals each year. This includes home-style meals served each day at one of nine meal sites, weekly groceries available at five food pantries, and frozen and microwaveable meals prepared by Heat & Eat kitchens. SSKP is an interfaith ministry with all locations hosted by faith communities. For additional information, please visit www.shorelinesoupkitchens.org

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Photo by Patrick Fore on Unsplash

We wish a very happy Thanksgiving to all our readers, their families and friends — we hope you all enjoy a wonderful day!

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Opinion: Thanksgiving Musings … Including the Charm of Old Lyme!

On Oct. 13, Johns Hopkins University political scientist Michael Haltzel, PhD delivered remarks at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School on the foreign policy of the Trump administration to the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC).

Dr. Haltzel has now written a column titled,  Thanksgiving Musings, which was published on huffingtonpost.com today, in which he mentions feedback from that meeting and also notes (astutely, in our opinion!), “There may a nicer place to live than the charming coastal towns of southeastern Connecticut – Old Lyme, Essex, Mystic, Stonington – but I haven’t yet seen one.

Dr. Saltzer’s column opens, “Thanksgiving, that most American of holidays, is upon us. Its historical and religious roots always stir in me a special impulse to reflect on our vast nation, which would be unrecognizable to seventeenth century Pilgrims and Native Americans alike.

I like to tell foreigners that the single most important fact to remember about the United States is the number 326 million – the size of our population …

Read the full text of his thoughtful column at this link.

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Preserve Closures in Lyme During Deer Firearm Hunting Season Have Begun, Continue Through Dec. 19

The following Preserves in Lyme will be closed Monday through Friday through Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 except to licensed hunters with valid consent forms from the Town of Lyme Open Space Coordinator: Beebe Preserve, Chestnut Hill Preserve

  • Eno Preserve
  • Hand Smith
  • Honey Hill Preserve
  • Jewett Preserve
  • Mount Archer Woods
  • Pickwick’s Preserve
  • Plimpton Preserve.

These preserves, owned by the Town of Lyme or the Lyme Land Conservation Trust, will be open on Saturdays and Sundays during this hunting period as no hunting is allowed on weekends. The hunting program is fully subscribed.

For more information on the hunting program in Lyme, visit this link.

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Lyme-Old Lyme High School Announces Quarter 1 Honor Roll

Lyme-Old Lyme High School Honor Roll
Quarter 1   2017-18

High Honors

Grade 12: Samantha Barretta, Cassandra Burrows, Erin Cornelius, Jacob Coverdale, Matthew Crisp, Anna Donato, Adam Drummond, Kayla Elliott, Hope Femia, Samuel Fuchs, Jace Funaro, Keelin Hurtt, Liam Johnston, Lauren King, Maeve Kolb, Cora Koproski, Sarah Kwon, Jordan Lewis, Bilal Malik, Claudia Mergy, Lauren Mitchell, Shannon Nosal, Emma Pennie, Katherine Pettersen, Julia Ritchie, Emily Rivera, Caroline Sirna, Emma Sked, Julia Smith, Reed Spitzer, Gabriel Stephens-Zumbaum, Felicia Sutton, Bianca Tinnerello, Ryan Wallace, Caroline Wholean, Ellie Wiese, Hannah Wisner, Erik Zawodniak, Madeline Zrenda

Grade 11: Kathryn Atkinson, Catherine Battalino, Lauren Birk, Casey Blue, Mackenzie Blue, Gary Bocian, Claire Britton, Ann Cote, Emma Danes, Britney DeRoehn, Corey Drummond, Grace Edwards, Olin Frederiks, Zachary Gidius, Grace Gilbert, Emily Grenier, Kylie Hall, Colin Hallahan, Ada Harjunpaa, Sarah Hayward, Liam Holloway, Aoife Hufford, Ciara Klimaszewski, Sophie Kyle, Joshua Liefeld, John Manthous, Brynn McGlinchey, Hannah Morrison, Jacob Olsen, Katherine Reid, James Rollins, Olivia Rugg, Noah Rumm, Kellie Sablone, Caroline Sagristano, Anna Sather, Robert Sedlatschek, Peter Sherman, Carson Swope, Emily Tan, Colleen Walsh, Alexander Williams

Grade 10: Alexandra Alpha, Anabella Arias, Emily Balocca, William Bartlett, Emma Bass, Audrey Berry, Rory Cavicke, Daisy Colvin, Elizabeth Cravinho, Isabel Dean-Frazier, Arianna DelMastro, Maria Denya, Julia DiMella, Raymond Doll, Theodore Enoch, Araselys Farrell, Nicholas Fava, Leah Fouquette, Jada Fuentes, Katherine Funaro, Tanner Griffin, Sophia Griswold, Caroline King, Renate Kuhn, Rachael Larson, Brenna Lewis, Connor Maguire, Jacqueline Malizia, Melissa Mauro, Thomas McCarthy, Ryan McTigue, Dylan Mulligan, Chandler Munson, Kyle Myers, Samantha Olson, Sofia Pecher-Kohout, Jenna Porter, Jared Ritchie, Jane Scheiber, Taylor Sedlatschek, Brady Sheffield, Garrett Smith, Emily Speckhals, Olivia Stack, Haley Stevens, Julia Stout, Philip Sweeney, Lydia Tinnerello, Kiera Ulmer, Megan VanSteenbergen, Theodore Wayland, Trevor Wells, Clair Wholean, Anna Williams, Maggie Wisner, Conner Wyman, Katherine Zelmanow

Grade 9: Paige Alpha, Kaylee Armenia, Sophie Arnold, Juliette Atkinson, Rachel Barretta, Olivia Bartlett, Maxwell Bauchmann, Ava Berry, Emma Boardman, Sadie Bowman, Kyuss Buono, Kate Cheney, Emerson Colwell, John Cox, Megan Cravinho, George Danes, Bianca Dasilva, Emily DeRoehn, Francette Donato, Corah Engdall, Sadie Frankel, Fiona Frederiks, Schuyler Greenho, Emma Griffith, Michael Guillet, Catharine Harrison, Alayna Hettick-Harlow, Isabella Hine, Steven Jette, Regan Kaye, Paige Kolesnik, Grace Lathrop, Owen Macadam, Mackenzie Machnik, Madelyn Maskell, Brendan McTigue, Marina Melluzzo, Michael Milazzo, Riley Nelson, Sophia Ortoleva, Connie Pan, Olivia Papanier, Gavin Porter, Jacob Quaratella, Hayden Saunders, Tait Sawden, Jesper Silberberg, Tessa St.Germain, Lian Thompson, Angus Tresnan, Lauren Wallace, Kelly Walsh, Alison Ward, Ellery Zrenda

Honors

Grade 12: Maggy Biega, Cara Cahill, Charlotte Carmody, Anna Catlett, Samantha Caulkins, Rose Cheney, Brendan Cowee, Matthew Cushman, Samuel Frankel, Audrey Gavin, Michaela Giannotti, Natalie Golden, Morgan Greenho, Gillian Holloway, Mikela Jacobson, Heather McGrath, Christopher Munger, Amanda Murphy, Madeline Ouellette, Olivia Scott, Collin Stalls, Mason Swaney, Alexander Swanski, Marieke Warlitz, Abigail Zelmanow

Grade 11: Teresa Allan, Kendall Antoniac, Paige Britton, Liam Clark, Tyler Clark, Lily Cox, Thomas Creagan, Miles Cutler-Stamm, Andy Espinal, Kate Hickie, Mya Johnson, Andrea Kathe, Jillian Kus, Elyza Learned, Peter Macadam, Alexander Montville, Nicholas Myers, Emily O’Brien, Thomas Pennie, Julia Reynolds, Jenny Ritchie, Quinn Romeo, Nicholas Roth, Eli St.Germain, Griffin Standish, Adam Syed

Grade 10: Faith Brackley, Chloe Cahill, Madison Cann, Ethan Carrion, Faith Caulkins, Emilia Cheesman, Brandon Cheng, Ty Dean, Samuel Dushin, Brian Funk, Lucy Gilbert, Kamber Hamou, Connor Hogan, Parker Hubbard, Lauren Huck, Jeffy Joshy, Daniel Kendall, Elizabeth McCarthy, Jonathan Nichele, Samantha Owen, Colby Sides, Summer Siefken, Evan St.Louis, Olivia Tetreault, Taylor Thompson, Sydney Trowbridge, Aedan Using, Katelyn Wells

Grade 9: Colbe Andrews, Emily Ashton, Sonia Bair, Michael Battalino, Hunter Collins, Jackson Cowell, Axel Cruz, Patrick Dagher, Trube Dean, Jackson Goulding, Samantha Gray, Lillian Grethel, Aryn Jones, Elle McAraw, Emma McCulloch, Emma Meekhoff, Timothy O’Brien, Lauren Pitt, Aidan Powers, Ethan Rivera, Kassidy Standish, Katrina Wallace, Avery Welch

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Light Up Old Lyme 2017

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Wildcats Win! Defeat Holy Cross 2-1 in Class S State Final After Double Overtime

Three-peat! Paul Gleason’s Wildcats celebrate their third consecutive state championship victory. Photo by Hildie Heck.

After ending regular time in their state championship game against Holy Cross at 1-1, Old Lyme had to endure two 15-minute periods of overtime. Finally (and thankfully!), Mya Johnson scored the winning goal with just 4 minutes 47 seconds left on the clock.

The Wildcats held on to win their third state championship in as many years.  Johnson was subsequently named MVP of the game.

Old Lyme went down 1-0 to a penalty following a hand-ball in the box after 14 minutes in the second half, but bounced back seven minutes later with a goal by Maddie Oullette on a rebound after a shot from way out by Maddie Zrenda.

Read a full report of the game by Ned Griffen and published Nov. 18 on TheDay.com at this link.

Read a story about Wildcat goalie Emily Rivera by Vicke Fulkerson and published Nov. 19 on TheDay.com at this link.

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It’s Holmes for the Holidays! Final Day to See ‘The Game’s Afoot’ at Ivoryton Playhouse

Hard at work in a rehearsal for ‘The Game’s Afoot’ are, from left to right, Katrina Ferguson, Michael Iannucci, Molly Densmore, Erik Bloomquist, Craig McDonald and Maggie McGlone Jennings. Photos by Anne Hudson.

IVORYTON – On Wednesday, Nov. 1, the Ivoryton Playhouse continues the Halloween season with a murderously funny thriller set in William Gillette’s Connecticut Castle – Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot.

It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his theatrical portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears.

In the vein of the best “whodunit” murder mysteries, the plot takes many twists and turns. The dialogue is witty and face-paced; there’s suspense within the laughter and even when you think you’ve figured out who the bad guy is, you will start to question yourself when the plot takes an unexpected twist.

An intense moment during a rehearsal for Victoria Bundonis and Craig McDonald.

The Cleveland Examiner writes about The Game’s Afoot, “From the intriguing opening mini play within a play to the surprise last scene a split second before final curtain, The Game’s Afoot gives you everything you love about great live theatre. Billed as a comedy thriller you will find yourself swept along for a wild and funny ride.”

The Game’s Afoot is directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Jacqueline Hubbard and features Ivoryton favorites Erik Bloomquist, Victoria Bundonis*, Katrina Ferguson*, Michael Iannucci*, Maggie McGlone Jennings and Beverley J. Taylor, as well as Craig McDonald*, making his Playhouse debut as William Gillette and Molly Densmore* as the beautiful Aggie.

Set design is by Daniel Nischan, lighting design by Marcus Abbott, sound by Tate R. Burmeister and costume design by Kathleen T. Gephart.

The Game’s Afoot opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse runs through Nov. 19. 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.

*denotes member of Actors Equity

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Wildcats Defend Class S State Title Against Holy Cross Today

Defending champions Old Lyme face Holy Cross in the CIAC Class S state championship game today at 1 p.m. at Middletown High School.  This is the third straight year that Old Lyme has played in the Class S championship — they came away with a draw in 2015, won 1-0 in 2016 … what will happen in 2017?

GO WILDCATS!

Read a preview of this afternoon’s game by Vickie Fulkerson and published in The Day 11/17/17 at this link.

Read a story about the Wildcat’s coach Paul Gleason by Mike DiMauro and published in The Day 11/16/17 at this link.

Read a full report of the semi-final game against St. Paul by Mike DiMauro and published in The Day 11/15/17 at this link.

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Last Night to See Disturbing Story of ‘Radium Girls’ at LOL High School

Lyme-Old Lyme High School’s Fall Play this year is Radium Girls by DW Gregory, a play based on the true story of women, who were factory workers and contracted radiation poisoning from painting watch dials with self-luminous paint.

In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage—until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease.

Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court.  As the case goes on, however, Grace finds herself battling not just with the U.S. Radium Corporation, but with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice will backfire.

Performances will be for two nights only, Friday, Nov. 17, and Saturday, Nov.18.   Showtimes are at 7 p.m. and admission is $8 for students, $12 for adults.

For more information, call 860.434.1651.

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Cooley Gallery Hosts Reception This Evening to Celebrate Holiday Sale Opening


The Cooley Gallery in Old Lyme hosts a reception this evening, Thursday, Nov. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. to celebrate the opening of their traditional Holiday Sale featuring historic and contemporary art in all sizes.  All are welcome at this great gathering to launch the holiday season

In The Holiday Sale at The Cooley Gallery, newly discovered paintings by Old Lyme colony artists Harry Hoffman, William S. Robinson and Charles Ebert as well as exquisite drawings by Lyme artist Sewell Sillman and the father of American Impressionism, J. Alden Weir, will be featured. “The prices will be commensurate with the spirit of the season,” says Jeff Cooley, owner of the gallery.

A select group of contemporary artists is also included in the show. Botanical artist Kelly Lehy Radding will have works in the exhibition as well as New York city painter Michael Budden, realist Barbara Kacicek, and Native American potter Jacquie Stevens.

Founded in 1981 and located in the heart of historic Old Lyme, the Cooley Gallery specializes in fine American paintings from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, including the Hudson River School, American Impressionism, and select contemporary artists.

Gallery hours: Thursday through Saturday 12 – 5 and Sunday 12 -4 or online anytime at www.cooleygallery.com

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Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber Hosts ‘Business After Hours’ Tonight at High Hopes, All Welcome

Come network and enjoy refreshments with fellow chamber members and guests from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Business After Hours on Wednesday at High Hopes, 29 Town Woods Rd., Old Lyme. All are welcome to this free event, especially prospective members of the Chamber.

At the event, the Chamber will be discussing advertising sales for the Chamber’s full-color 2018-19 Member Directory and Visitor’s Guide. The Guide will be delivered to every home in Lyme, Old Lyme, and the Flanders section of East Lyme.  Copies will also be available at Chamber businesses, as well as at key community and tourist locations. Come and reserve your advertising space — prices are extremely competitive and premium spots always go fast!

A representative from High Hopes will also be giving a brief talk about their amazing facility here in Old Lyme, which is nationally acclaimed in the world of therapeutic riding.  We are so fortunate to have this treasure in our town.  It will also be possible to tour the stables, barn and training areas.

The Chamber expresses its sincere appreciation to High Hopes for hosting this event.

 

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SECWAC Presents, ‘Water Scarcity: A Global Perspective,’ This Evening

Martha Hoffman will speak on Tuesday at SECWAC’s next meeting about water scarcity.

Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) presents Martha Hoffman and Chris Ochaloi of Call to Care Uganda speaking on the topic, Water Scarcity: A Global Perspective, Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 5:30 p.m. for a reception and 6 p.m. for the presentation at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School Auditorium

Chris Ochaloi

Hoffman is President of the Madison-based non-profit Call to Care Uganda, and Chris Ochaloi is Call To Care Uganda’s Ugandan Chairman

Following the presentation, join Hoffman and Ochaloi, guests, and fellow members for a delicious meal at Old Lyme Country Club. The price is $35 per person. A reservation is required to attend the dinner; call 860-912-5718 or email info@secwac.org to make your reservation (vegetarian option available if reserved in advance). Checks payable to SECWAC (or credit card payment) are accepted before the meeting by Courtney Assad.

Learn more at secwac.org.

Martha Hoffman founded Call to Care Uganda in 2007 to help vulnerable children through health and education initiatives, starting with efforts to ensure that rural villages could access clean, safe drinking water.  So far, the organization has helped over 44 Ugandan villages, bringing potable water to thousands of people who would otherwise not have a safe supply of such a basic necessity of life.

In addition, Call To Care Uganda has helped bring better healthcare through provision of mosquito nets and a malaria prevention interactive teaching-tool developed by Martha, coordinated sponsorship programs with schools both locally and overseas, investment in schools and education (including a school-building project in the unreached area of Kaberamaido, Uganda), and outfitting hospitals, clinics and sick bays.

As Call To Care Uganda celebrates its 10th anniversary, Hoffman is excited to visit along with Ochaloi, CTCU’s Ugandan Chairman.  He has been instrumental in the implementation of many community development projects, and Hoffman refers to him as “her arms, legs, eyes and ears…on the ground in Uganda.”  Ochaloi was born and raised in the District of Kaberamaido, and has a Masters’ degree in Business Administration – Non-governmental Organization Management, and Bachelor of Divinity Degree – Uganda Christian University, Mukono.

Hoffman and Ochaloi will present their specific field work, dealing with the water crisis –  the #1 global risk based on impact to society (as a measure of devastation), as announced by the World Economic Forum in January 2015, and discuss the noted transformation this work has realized to date.

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