July 19, 2018

Follow the ‘Vision Box’ Trail This Summer! Opening Reception for Project This Evening at Lyme Academy


Through the balance of the summer, the public can follow the trail of Vision Boxes installed at four sites throughout Old Lyme. The boxes are up for three months — at the end of the project, the boxes will be auctioned. Resulting funds will be contributed to programs that bring urban youth to visit wilderness parks or refuges in the local area and give them the opportunity to draw in the field.

Working in collaboration with non-profit land trusts, the Open Space Commission, individual stewards and local artists, Ana Flores designed the Vision Box project.

Flores is the first Schumann Foundation Visiting Artist at the University of New Haven’s Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. She is an award-winning “ecological artist” probing the relationships between the human and natural history in different geographies. One of her goals as an artist is to encourage the public’s awareness of their local landscapes, deepening their connections to place because if we don’t care about something we will not help protect it.

This spring she has been teaching Environmental Art, introducing students to ecological artists and having them create projects that involve ecology, community engagement, and activism. She has also been exploring the unique environment of Old Lyme in preparation for a public art project. The Old Lyme landscape, with its conjunction of river, marshes, fields, and forests served as the inspiration for the American Impressionist movement in the early 20th century. For over three decades, well known painters traveled here to document the estuary landscape with its particular quality of light.

Flores believes there is a connection between the sustained gaze of these artists and the extraordinary efforts in conservation in the area. She says, “The artists gave the land value for its irreplaceable natural beauty and since the mid 1960’s Old Lyme citizens have been working hard to preserve some of the habitat that lured artists here. The Vision Box project reminds us that we cannot take for granted open space, mature trees, or a clean river – they exist only because of visionary stewardship and in the case of Old Lyme, inspiration from artists’ vision.”

There will be an Opening Reception for the Vision Box project Thursday, July 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, 84 Lyme Street, in Old Lyme.  All are welcome.

The Vision Boxes can be found at these locations:

  1. Ferry Landing Park:
    Walk to end of boardwalk, box on viewing platform.
  2. Watch Rock Preserve:
    Entrance at end of Joel Road, take Yellow trail 0.4 mile, box faces West over water.
  3. Lyme Art Association:
    Box faces stream, located near back parking area.
  4. Champlain North:
    Turn on Wyckford Road, go to end. Open space trails are not private. Take Red trail, bear right, 0.4 mile to Barbizon Oak and box.

The project is made possible with support and funding from the Robert F. Schumann Foundation and Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts of the University of New Haven.

Special thanks for their support of the project are given  to:

  • Patricia Shippee,
  • Deborah Quinn-Munson,
  • Sara Drought Nabel,
  • Rosamund Christison

Partners include:

  • Old Lyme Open Space Commission
  • Old Lyme Land Trust
  • CT Dept. of Energy and Environmental

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Lymes’ Senior Center’s ‘Summer Sounds’ Series Continues Tonight with ‘The Cartells’

Come and enjoy a summer evening at the Lymes’ Senior Center at 26 Town Woods Road, Old Lyme for “Summer Sounds,” a four-week musical concert series.  The series continues with a performance tomorrow by Doo-Wop Deville, described as, “New England’s Premier Doo-Wop Show Band,” starting at 7 p.m.

All ages are welcome.

Bring your chairs, blankets, dinner, etc. as the performances will be held out on the lawn (weather permitting) or inside if the weather is inclement.

All concerts start at 7 p.m. on Thursday evenings and are followed by a free ice cream social.

The concert schedule continues as follows:

July 19 – The Cartells — “Premier Dance and Vocal Group on the East Coast”

For the past 31 years, the Cartells have been one of the premier dance and vocal groups on the East Coast.

Jazz, swing, Motown, R&B, rock and roll, popular music of all styles are equally represented in their impressive repertoire, and their dedication to defining and fulfilling the wants and needs of their audience results in every appearance being a concert to remember.

The LOL Lions Club will also be at the Lymes’ Senior Center before this concert at 5:30 p.m. selling hot dogs, hamburgers, and other dinner foods.

 

July 26 – The United States 102nd Army Pop Band

Enjoy an evening of patriotic and popular music, performed by the 102nd Army Band- Pop Ensemble

Concert Series Sponsors   

Gold Sponsor: Reynolds’ Subaru & Reynolds’ Boats   

Silver Sponsor:  All Pro Automotive in Old Lyme CT

Ice Cream Sponsors: Old Lyme Republican Town Committee (two concerts), Old Lyme Democratic Town Committee, Atria Crossroads Place in Waterford

Special thanks to Salem Valley Farms Ice Cream

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Special Old Lyme Town Meeting Announced for July 23, Vote on Town Contribution of $1.75M for OL-PGN Library Upgrades Planned

A vote on the Town of Old Lyme’s contribution of $1.75 million for renovations and upgrades to the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library is planned for July 23, at a Special Town Meeting.

A Special Town Meeting has been announced by the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen on Monday, July 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Meeting Hall of the Old Lyme Town Hall at 52 Lyme St., Old Lyme to consider a proposal to appropriate $1.75 million towards the cost of the capital construction project being undertaken at the Library by the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library Association, Inc.  It is anticipated that a vote will be taken on the proposal at the meeting.

More to follow in a separate story on the library’s renovation proposals.

Also, a proposed ordinance to amend the Town’s Harbor Management Plan to create a procedure for the Harbor Management Commission to recommend variances from the Harbor Use Zone Standards of the Plan to a state or local permitting authority acting on an application to conduct activities affecting the waters of Old Lyme.

A copy of the proposed ordinance is posted on the Town’s website and paper copies are available for review in the office of the Town Clerk.  

If approved by the Town Meeting, this ordinance will be effective 15 days after its publication in a newspaper having a circulation in the Town of Old Lyme.

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Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Hosts Classic Car Show During Old Lyme’s Midsummer Festival, July 28

This year’s Classic Car Show sponsored by the Lyme-Old Lyme Lions will be held on the grounds of the Bee and Thistle Inn on Saturday, July 28.

The Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Classic Car Show will be held on Saturday, July 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the grounds of the Bee & Thistle Inn, Lyme St, Old Lyme, next to the Florence Griswold Museum, between I-95 Exits 70 and 71.

There will be 14 classes shown as well as a ‘People’s Choice’ award.

Admission is $5 for spectators and $10 for show car registration (includes admission for driver and one passenger).  

The Lions will serve their usual fare, including bacon cheeseburgers, hot dogs, and fries.  All proceeds benefit Lions charities.

To pre-register your car for the event, visit the Car Show Registration at this link. Your $10 registration fee is not due til the day of the show.

The Car Show is now part of the Old Lyme Midsummer Festival, where you will find art exhibitions, music and dance, family fun, and wonderful artisan cheeses and breads.

Directions: From the north, take I-95, exit 71, right onto Four Mile River Road, left onto Route 1 South, which becomes Lyme Street.  You will find the Bee & Thistle Inn on your right. From the south, take I-95, exit 70, go left onto Route 156, take a right onto Halls Road, then a left onto Lyme Street (Route 1, Boston Post Road). the Bee & Thistle Inn will be on your left.

Rain Date: Sunday, July 29.
 
Car owners: arrive by 9 a.m. Flea Market vendors: set up before 9 a.m. 

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Ivoryton Playhouse Offers Second Season of ‘Playhouse on the Shore’ at Water’s Edge; See ‘La Dolce Vita,’ July 22

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

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 watersedgeresortandspa.com.

Photographs by Ivoryton Playhouse

1 – Schuyler Beeman ( choreographer/performer)

2 – Carly Callahan (director/performer)

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Sound View Beach Association Hosts Bingo Every Wednesday

Sound View Beach Association hosts Bingo on Wednesdays through Sept. 5, at the Shoreline Community Center, 39 Hartford Avenue, Old Lyme. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the game starts at 7 p.m.

Come for a fun evening and win some money!

Admission is $12 per person.

For information, call Bob at 860-434-3745 or 860-225-9458.

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Chestnut Hill Presents Four Chamber Music Concerts in August at the Kate 


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 Aug. 3 concert features Ronald Thomas performing the 5th Bach Cello Suite. The rest of the concert presents John Novacek’s Rags for Violin and Piano, and the Brahms Piano Quartet in  G minor, Op. 25. In addition to Ronald Thomas, artists include Steve Copes, violin; Matthew Sinno, viola; and Randall Hodgkinson, piano.

On Aug. 10, Chestnut Hill presents two string sextets and a string quartet. Chestnut Hill welcomes the Amernet String Quartet, whose members include Misha Vitenson, violin; Franz Felkl, violin; Michael Klotz, viola; and Jason Calloway, cello. The quartet will perform Schubert’s String Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 125, No. 1. The quartet will be joined by Vivek Kamath, viola and Ronald Thomas, cello to perform two string sextets: Richard Strauss’ String Sextet from Capriccio, Op. 85 and Tchaikovsky’s String Sextet Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70

The program on Aug. 17 presents music by Debussy, Kodály, and Dvořák. Ronald Thomas and Mihae Lee will perform Debussy’s Sonata for Cello and Piano; Catherine Cho, violin, Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, violin, and Todd Phillips, viola will perform Kodály’s Serenade for Two Violins and Viola, Op. 12; and the ensemble will perform Dvořák’s Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81.

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 www.thekate.org.

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Sound View Summer Concert Series Continues Thursday, July 26

‘Four Barrel Billy’ will perform at Sound View tomorrow evening.

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:

Four Barrel Billy – July 12

Your favorite songs from the 50s, 60s & more. Doo-wop, Rock-a-billy, surf, blues and good old rock & roll. These guys look like greasers, but sing like angels. One of the top acts on the Connecticut shoreline for dancing and good times. FourBarrelBilly.com

Rivergods – July 26

With original roots/folk/alt.country/ the Rivergods hailing from southern New England, are known for their poignant songwriting, stellar harmonies and moving live performances. The Rivergods have enjoyed 20 years together as a band, and have been profiled/reviewed in~No Depression, Blurt Online, Connecticut Magazine, Soundwaves, Boston Soundcheck~and more. “One of the area’s finest and best-loved bands.”~—Rick Koster, New London Day

Red Satin Band – Aug. 9**

Swing, Jazz, Big Band along with some R&B, Classic Rock, and Funk. The best of 8 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. www.redsatinband.com

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.

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Catherine Christiano Exhibits Paintings of Old Lyme Beach Cottages in Chelsea, NYC

Catherine Christiano, Twilight, Miami Beach, Old Lyme, 2018, Oil on Panel, 4 1/4 x 6 inches. Photo credit: Catherine Christiano.

A collection of small paintings by Old Lyme resident Catherine Christiano that feature the cottages of Old Lyme’s beach communities will be exhibited at George Billis Gallery in Chelsea, New York location. The Summer Group Show will run from July 10 through Aug. 4.

The opening reception for the public will be held tomorrow evening, Thursday, July 12, at the George Billis Gallery located at 525 West 26th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues from 6 to 8 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This latest series of paintings was created this past winter in a temporary studio at Hawk’s Nest Beach in Old Lyme.

Catherine Christiano, Twilight, Miami Beach, Old Lyme, 2018, Oil on Panel, 4 1/4 x 6 inches. Photo credit: Catherine Christiano.

Ever drawn to the character of the homes and the pictorial possibilities presented by these structures and their interplay with light, Christiano has returned numerous times to Old Lyme’s seasonal beach communities perched on the edge of the Long Island Sound.

Most of the paintings are an intimate 4 ¼ x 6 inches, the size of a standard postcard. While the paintings are small, each is a carefully painted arrangement of design elements that also convey a sense of the inner life of the place.

Christiano notes that while working from the Hawk’s Nest studio, “I was able to observe the ever shifting light day after day, sunrises to sunsets, and finally understood first-hand its qualities that drew the Impressionists to Old Lyme so many years ago.”

A painter known for creating detailed representational works, Christiano has been a studio artist based in Old Lyme for over 20 years. She was classically trained at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts during the time that it was an intensive program focused on working from nature and the human figure.

Catherine Christiano, Summer Rentals, Hawk’s Nest , 2018, Oil on Panel, 4 1/4 x 6 inches. Photo credit: Catherine Christiano.

Past local projects include the illustrations for the Old Lyme Historical Society’s memoir Poverty Island and the seal for the Town of Old Lyme.

The George Billis Gallery marks its 23rd year in the Chelsea Art District and opened a second gallery in the burgeoning gallery district of Culver City in Los Angeles.

For additional images and information about Christiano’s works in this exhibition, contact the Gallery via email at gallery@georgebillis.com  or phone at 2120645-2621.

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Courtney Joins Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committee Members in Cautioning President Trump Not to Undo 73 Years of European Stability

Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT Second Congressional District)

Yesterday, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02), ranking member of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, joined 43 other members from the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committees in releasing a joint statement regarding President Trump’s attendance at the NATO Summit and his bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“As I have made clear over the last two years, our committees have been briefed by military and diplomatic personnel, as well as outside experts about the non-stop, focused efforts of the Russian government to disrupt the stable, democratic unity that has prevailed in Europe since the end of the Second World War,” said Courtney.“Whether it is election interference, the illegal annexation of Crimea, or the uncalled-for provocations at sea and in the air in the Baltics, Scandinavia, and the Mediterranean, Russian military and intelligence forces are actively undermining the NATO alliance at every turn. My colleagues and I issued this statement to express our strong desire to the president that he should aggressively challenge President Putin on his government’s intentional violation of international law and norms.”

The 44 members said in their joint statement: “President Trump must not seek to undo the work that generations of American men and women have done to help defend and uphold democratic values throughout the transatlantic region. Europe returned from the devastation of the Second World War to prosperity largely due to the North Atlantic community’s commitments to its shared values and to collective defense. 

“The signals regarding potential outcomes that are coming from this administration in advance of the President’s upcoming trip to Europe are deeply concerning. Without question, in his upcoming meetings with NATO and President Putin, President Trump must continue to affirm America’s commitments to our allies, especially Article V of the Atlantic Treaty. He must not praise, condone, or abet any Russian efforts to undermine the sovereignty or democracy of any of our allies and partners. He must take a genuine stand against Russia’s cyber campaigns and its efforts to interfere in our elections. 

“President Trump must recognize the importance that our forward military presence and joint exercises play in deterring Russia and ensuring military readiness. He must not weaken this posture or suspend or cancel these crucial activities, nor emulate Russian propaganda attempting to discredit them.

“He must stand up for Ukraine’s sovereignty over Crimea and against the illegal occupation of Ukrainian territory and maintain sanctions until the conditions in the law are met. He must follow the law passed every year through the National Defense Authorization Act prohibiting military-to-military cooperation with President Putin. And he must continue to stand by NATO’s open-door policy on the admittance of new members. The substance and symbolism of these upcoming meetings will matter. The future of the Atlantic alliance and the international order, which has helped make the world safer and more prosperous is at stake.”

The other 43 members who signed the statement are:

House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA), House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY), Rep. Robert A. Brady (D-PA), Rep. Susan A. Davis (D-CA), Rep. James R. Langevin (D-RI), Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA), Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN), Rep. Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU), Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-MA), Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA), Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX), Rep. Donald Norcross (D-NJ), Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), Rep. Seth Moulton, (D-MA), Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI), Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH), Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Rep. A. Donald McEachin (D-VA), Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-CA), Rep. Anthony Brown (D-MD), Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Rep. Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ), Rep. Thomas R. Suozzi (D-NY), and Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA), Rep. Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY), Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ), Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), Rep. Theodore E. Deutch (D-FL), Rep.Karen Bass (D-CA), Rep. William R. Keating (D-MA), Rep. David N. Cicilline (D-RI), Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA), Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL), Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX),Rep. Robin L. Kelly (D-IL), Rep. Brendan F. Boyle (D-PA), Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV), Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-CA), Rep. Bradley S. Schneider (D-IL), Rep. Thomas R. Suozzi (D-NY), Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), and Rep. Ted W. Lieu (D-CA).

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Groton-Mystic Local History Roundtable to be Held Aug. 18 at Groton Public Library

The authors of several books on the history of the Groton-Mystic area come together to discuss all things Groton-Mystic on Aug. 18, at the Streeter History Room at the Groton Public Library. This event – the first of its kind – will feature authors representing all nine of the volumes of Groton-Mystic history available from Arcadia Publishing and The History Press.  Copies of each book will be available for the public to purchase.

All are welcome and there is no charge for admission.

The panel contains a distinguished list of local history luminaries, including three college professors, the heads of two historical societies, a former mayor, a town historian, a television show host, and the head of one of the best ghost tours in the area. Members of the panel have also served in the United States Armed Forces and attended such distinguished Ivy League institutions as the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, and Yale University.

The event will start at noon. Each panel member will be open to questions from the public, and autographed copies of each volume will be available for public purchase.

Arcadia Publishing & The History Press creates the largest and most comprehensive publisher of local and regional content in the USA. By empowering local history and culture enthusiasts to write local stories for local audiences, we create exceptional books that are relevant on a local and personal level, enrich lives, and bring readers closer to their community, their neighbors, and their past.

The authors, who will be featured at the event, are:

James L. Streeter is a historian and lifelong resident of Groton. After serving in the United States Army, Streeter returned to Groton, where he served as a police officer, a forensic expert, and member of Groton’s Representative Town Meeting. He served as a member of Town of Groton Council from 2005-2013, and as mayor from 2009-2011. In 2010, he succeeded fellow Arcadia author Carol Kimball as the town historian of Groton, a position he still holds today. He has written or co-written six books about Groton, including three titles by Arcadia Publishing.

M. Earl Smith is a professor of English literature at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. A graduate of Chatfield College in Saint Martin, Ohio, Smith completed his master’s degree in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017. He is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing in the Solstice MFA program at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. He has written eight books, five of which are published by Arcadia Publishing, including Postcard History: Mystic, which was released in 2017. He resides in Philadelphia with his Shetland Sheepdog, Che.

Dr. Leigh Fought is an associate professor of history at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York. She completed her doctorate in history at the University of Houston in 2000, as well as a Master of Library Science from Simmons College in Boston. The author of several books, articles, and presentations, Fought has seen her work published by academic presses at institutions such as Yale, Oxford, and the University of Missouri, as well as her volume Mystic, Connecticut: From Pequot Village to Tourist Town, which was released by The History Press in 2006.

Lou Allyn is the current president of the Mystic River Historical Society, which composed Images of America: Mystic for Arcadia Publishing in 2004. The work was done by MRHS members Dorrie Hanna and Judy Hicks. He is a graduate of Yale University with a BChe in Chemical Engineering and a life-long interest in the Great New England Hurricane of 1938.

Lisa Saunders is an award-winning writer and speaker. She was instrumental in getting Connecticut to become the second state in the U.S. to enact a law combatting the leading viral cause of birth defects, congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV). A graduate of Cornell University, she is the author of 10 books, works as a part-time history interpreter at Mystic Seaport, and holds writing and publishing workshops at New London Adult & Continuing Education. A history lover, Lisa scours out-of-print books and long-forgotten letters to shed new light on historic figures and events. She is the co-author of Images of Modern America: Mystic, released by Arcadia Publishing in 2016.

Hali Keeler lives in Groton. She is a past president of the Avery-Copp House Museum Board of Directors, vice-president of the Groton Historic Society and a member of the Groton Bank Historical Association, as well as the president of Friends of Fort Griswold. She has previously worked as the director of the Bill Memorial Library in Groton and is an adjunct professor at Three Rivers Community College. She is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island. She is the author of Ghosts of Groton Bank, released by The History Press in 2016.

Courtney McInvale is the founder of Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours of Mystic, Connecticut, specializing in the research of paranormal history and local lore. Having grown up in a haunted house investigated by famed ghost hunters, Courtney is able to bring a unique perspective to the world of ghostly occurrences. She is a graduate of Catholic University. She is the author of Haunted Mystic, released by The History Press in 2014.

William J. Tischer is a career firefighter who started as a 17-year-old volunteer in Salem and Montville, finally serving and retiring as Captain of the Groton City Fire Department. He is the co-author of Images of America: Groton-Mystic Emergency Services, released by Arcadia Publishing in 2016.

Jade Huguenin grew up as a “navy brat” in Connecticut, and is an author, non-profit community organizer, youth mentor, as well as a direct descendant of several New England and Acadian founders, including French-Canadian Filles a Marier and Filles du Roi. She studied at UConn, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, and Connecticut community colleges. Jade co-founded the Matthew Chew Memorial Scholarship for The Arts; worked for the US Coast Guard and the US Navy; and is the co-author of Postcard History: Mystic, published by Arcadia Publishing in 2017. She currently serves as the Vice President of the Sandpoint Literary Collective (SLC) and the Sandpoint Team Leader for Citizens Against Newport Silicon Smelter in Sandpoint, Idaho, where she now lives.

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Blues Meets Pink Charity Benefit to Support the Fight Against Breast Cancer, Aug. 9

The American Cancer Society is encouraging residents throughout New London County to purchase tickets to the upcoming Blues Meets Pink Charity Benefit at Stonington Vineyards on Thursday, Aug. 9, to help support the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk of New London County. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 each and must be purchased in advance at www.acsbluesmeetspink.eventbrite.com.

This one of a kind summer evening will feature light fare at no additional cost from local restaurants and vendors including Mystic Oysters from Noank, a cash bar, and a selection of food trucks with food for purchase. Guests of this charity event are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs to enjoy performances from local blue artists on the lawn. Performances include a set from New York and Connecticut Blues Hall of Fame recipient Tom “the suit” Forest and a set from the Chris Leigh and the Latin Essence Jazz Quartet.

Dollars raised from the Blues Meets Pink event will benefit the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk of New London County, which will be held on Sunday, Oct. 21 at Rocky Neck State Park in Niantic. The local Strides walk unites the community to honor those touched by breast cancer and raises awareness and funds to support the American Cancer Society’s mission of eradicating breast cancer.

For more information on the Blues Meets Pink Charity Benefit ticketing, visit https://www.facebook.com/ACSBluesMeetsPink/ or email Margie Elkins at mdelkins23@gmail .com

To learn more about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of New London County, visit  www.MakingStridesWalk.org/NewLondonCT

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Notre Dame Club of SE CT Wine Tasting Fundraiser at Lyme Art Association, Oct. 6

The Notre Dame Club of Southeastern CT will be hosting a wine tasting at the Lyme Art Association (LAA) on Saturday, October 6, at 5:30 p.m.  The LAA is located at 90 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371 (across from the Old Lyme Inn off of exit 70, I-95 South).

The wines being offered are from Trinitas Cellars: a Napa California vintner that is an official licensee of the University of Notre Dame.

Admission is $20 per adult and includes a $15 credit toward the purchase of wines from the vintner.  There is also a couple’s rate of $30, with a couple’s credit of $20 available to purchase wines.  Fifteen percent of the total value of wine sales at the tasting will go to the Gemma Moran Food Center which serves the needy throughout New London County.

Attendees can review the art exhibits in the newly-renovated art space prior to and following the wine tasting.  Non-alcoholic beverages and heavy appetizers will be served during the event.  Tickets must be purchased in advance, and space is limited.

For more information, or to reserve your spot, contact Jay Berryman at (860) 912-3246 or send a check made out to “The Notre Dame Club of SECT” to him at 20 Wychwood Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371.

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Rep. Carney Earns 100 Percent Voting Record During 2018 Legislative Session

State Representative Devin Carney (R-23rd)

State Representative Devin Carney (R-23) earned a perfect voting record during the 2018 legislative session. There were 317 votes taken this year according to information released by the House Clerk’s office.

“I have always made it a priority to be present for every vote,” said Rep. Carney. “In my opinion, the most important part of my job is to ensure the people of Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook are heard on each and every piece of legislation that comes before the General Assembly. I am proud to have achieved this distinction for the district for the fourth year in a row.”

Rep. Carney currently serves as ranking member of the Transportation Committee, is on the Environment Committee and the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee.

For an overview of important legislation addressed in the 2018 legislative session, visit the Office of Legislative Research website at www.cga.ct.gov/olr.

Anyone with questions, ideas or concerns about state-related issues can contact Rep. Carney’s office at Devin.Carney@housegop.ct.gov or 860-240-8700.

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Welcome, Katie Reid, our Summer Intern at LymeLine.com!

Katie Reid

We are delighted to welcome Katie Reid of Old Lyme as our summer intern at LymeLine.com. 

She is a rising senior at Lyme-Old Lyme High School and has loved writing since she was 10-years-old.  Katie told us, “I am very excited to have the opportunity to write for LymeLine.com.”

Aside from writing, Katie loves to perform, and participates in not only the high school musicals but also the newly-formed high school show choir, Amped Up!

Katie also plays volleyball and coaches a local T-ball team.

In the future, Katie hopes to pursue her passion for writing by becoming an author, editor, or a journalist.  We hope that her experience here at LymeLine.com helps her realize that dream.

If you see Katie out on assignment for us, stop by and say hello to her — she would love to meet you!

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Tell Me More! Tell Me More! See ‘Grease’ at Ivoryton Playhouse Through July 29

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 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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Local DTC’s Host Reception Today in Old Lyme for Congressman Courtney

Congressman Joe Courtney

The Lyme Democratic Committee (DTC) – together with the DTCs of Old Lyme and Old Saybrook – is holding a reception to honor Congressman Joe Courtney on Saturday, June 30, from noon till 2 p.m., in Old Lyme.

The event will be held at the home of Alison Mitchel at 21 Lieutenant River Lane, Old Lyme. All are welcome but RSVP’s to Nick Boreen at nicholas.d.boreen@gmail.com are requested.  Suggested contribution levels start at $25.

Hot dogs and hamburgers will be grilled, there will be some entertainment, and Congressman Courtney and other invited mid-term election candidates will address the attendees.

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Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau Acquires an AED Thanks to Donation from CT Trailblazers Facilitated by Critical Skills

Members of CT Trailmixers club celebrate LYSB’s installation of the Automated External Defibrillator with LYSB Director Mary Seidner, standing at right.

Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) has installed an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in their main Activity Center on Lyme Street. The addition of the LYSB’s new AED contributes to the growing number of readily available lifesaving tools and skills that are part of the Connecticut Department of Public Health’s “HEARTSafe Community” award to the Town of Old Lyme.

Critical Skills Education & Training owners Colleen Atkinson and Doug Lo Presti are local Emergency Medical Technicians and American Heart Association Instructors, who have coordinated the Town’s HEARTSafe Community award through three renewals, continuing the placement of AEDs and training of hundreds of individuals who live and work in Old Lyme. Training consists of Adult, Child and Infant CPR, use of an AED and relieving an obstructed airway.

The purchase of the AED for LYSB was funded partially by contributions made by Critical Skills through classes held at LYSB but the principal contribution came from the non-profit group CT Trailmixers, a Southington-based trail-running club, whose members are passionate about sharing the love and use of trails in the state of Connecticut.

The Trailmixers’ mission also includes making donations to a variety of causes and organizations, including the Southington YMCA and the Connecticut Forest & Parks Association. Proceeds also go to the CT Trailmixers’ Shoe Scholarship Program which, in partnership with Fleet Feet West Hartford, gives free shoes to children in need, who wish to run cross-country or track in school.

Michael Lo Presti, CT Trailblazers Founder and President, reached out to Critical Skills on candidates for donations and Lo Presti and Atkinson suggested the idea of an AED for LYSB.

The Trailmixers’ generous donation not only completed but surpassed the fundraising effort and LYSB purchased and installed the AED in May.

The AED purchased is a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) and available to trained and untrained bystanders alike in case of emergency. LYSB is committed to providing services to the people who live, work and play in Old Lyme and has been a central point of service for generations of children. The acquisition of the AED helps to ensure the best care for the existing population and for generations to come.

In addition to LYSB, Public Access Defibrillators in Old Lyme are now located in

  • Old Lyme Town Hall
  • OL-PGN Library
  • Town Woods Park
  • SNAP Fitness
  • Old Lyme Wellness
  • Soundview Community Center
  • Old Lyme Country Club
  • Black Hall Golf Club
  • Mile Creek School
  • Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School
  • Center School
  • Lyme-Old Lyme High School
  • Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church
  • First Congregational Church of Old Lyme
  • L & M Primary Care
  • Lymes’ Senior Center
  • Old Lyme Beach ClubIf you are interested in acquiring an AED or in American Heart Association CPR/AED training, call Critical Skills at 860-304-8471 or 860-391-3779 or visit www.criticalskillseducation.com.
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‘Cities of Peace’ on View at Lyme Academy Through Sept. 8

Lhasa: 10 Directions (Tibet), Cities of Peace, 22-karat gold leaf, egg tempera on Belgian linen, 69 x 104″, 2005, is featured in the ‘Cities of Peace’ exhibition at Lyme Academy.

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts hosts an opening reception this evening in the Chauncey Stillman Gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. for “Cities of Peace: A Living Monument to Cultural Heritage Preservation.’  All are welcome and there is no charge for admission.
This historic exhibition features monumental paintings illuminating the heart and soul of 10 cities around the world that have suffered major conflict and trauma—Baghdad, Beijing, Hiroshima, Jerusalem, Kabul, Lhasa, Monrovia, New York, Sarajevo, Yerevan — and how the community collaboration behind the creation of each of these paintings demonstrates the power of art as cultural diplomacy and ambassadors of peace.
The founder and artistic director of the Cities of Peace project is Ellen Frank, Ph.D. of the Ellen Frank Illumination Arts Foundation, Inc., Cities of Peace®.  The exhibition curator is Christina Mossaides Strassfield.  For more information on the ‘Cities of Peace’ project, visit this link. 
The exhibition sponsors are Connecticut Humanities, Anonymous, Dr. John & Donita Aruny, Becky and Ted Crosby, Clo and Stephen Davis,  Lee and John Pritchard, Saybrook Point Inn/Fresh Salt, and Barbara and Dick Shriver.
The exhibition will be on view through Sept. 8, 2018.
The gallery is open Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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‘American Waters’ Exhibition, Hudson Valley Art Association Juried Show on View at Lyme Art Association

‘Bottoms Up’ by Richard Stevens is one of the signature paintings of the ‘American Waters’ exhibition.

Visitors of all ages will enjoy American Waters, the Lyme Art Association’s (LAA) summer exhibition of work by the area’s premier maritime artists. The show will be on view in the LAA’s sky-lit galleries from June 15 through Aug. 3. The opening reception for both exhibitions will be held on Saturday, June 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the LAA, 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, Connecticut. Music and refreshments will be offered and all are welcome.  There is no charge for admission.

Gallery Manager Jocelyn Zallinger notes, “The lovely peaceful interior of the Lyme Art Association is the perfect venue for marine-inspired art. The artwork, by member artists, takes inspiration from the sea in all its manifestations. Children playing by placid shorelines, boats in raging storms, solitary fishermen, and waves crashing on beaches are likely to be among the works represented.”

American Waters will be juried by Monique Foster, director of the Mystic Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport.

‘Windswept’ by Judy Perry is another featured work in the ‘American Waters’ show.

Concurrent with the American Waters exhibition, the Hudson Valley Art Association (HVAA) will present its 85th Annual Juried Exhibition. This exhibition includes the finest representational paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture from HVAA’s member artists.

Lyme Art Association Board President Katherine Simmons comments, “American Waters continues an LAA tradition of exhibiting the best of fine contemporary American marine art. We are also very pleased to welcome back the Hudson Valley Art Association and what is sure to be a very impressive show. We would especially like to thank our presenting sponsor, Suisman Shapiro.”

The Lyme Art Association was founded in 1914 by the American Impressionists and continues the tradition of exhibiting and selling representational artwork by its members and invited artists, as well as offering art instruction and lectures to the community.

The Association is located at 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT , in a building designed by Charles Adams Platt and located within a national historic district. Admission is free with contributions appreciated. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 to 5 p.m.

For more information on exhibitions, purchase of art, art classes, or becoming a member, visit www.lymeartassociation.org or call (860) 434-7802.

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