November 18, 2017

Potapaug Audubon Presents ‘Protecting Plum Island’ at Old Lyme Town Hall Tonight

Aerial view of Plum Island lighthouse. (From Preserve Plum Island website)

Potapaug Audubon presents “Protecting Plum Island” with Curt Johnson of Save the Sound and the Connecticut Fund For The Environment, on Thursday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. at the Old Lyme Town Hall, 52 Lyme St. Plum Island, one of the islands of Long Island, N.Y., three miles south of East Lyme, is in danger of going up for auction.

Plum Island is home to more than 1,000 species. It is a federally-owned wildlife sanctuary in one of the most densely populated areas of the country, but the government is preparing to sell this national treasure on the auction block.

That’s where Save the Sound comes in. In July 2016, Save the Sound sued the federal government under the Endangered Species Act and other laws, to encourage a conservation sale.

This event is the latest in Save the Sound‘s decades-long history of fighting to clean, protect, and preserve the waters of the Long Island Sound region.

Come learn more and see what you can do to help.

This event is free and open to public.

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Interested in Work of Child & Family Auxiliary? New Volunteers Always Welcome

 
 New members are always welcome to join theChild & Family Agency’s Lyme/Old Lyme Auxiliary and help with their various fundraising events—from the Polar Express and the Cookie Walk during the Holidays, to the Annual Sale in the Spring, and the biennial Lyme/Old Lyme Garden Tour in June.  Give as much time as your schedule allows.
      
Child & Family Agency is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the well-being and development of all children and their families, with emphasis on the unmet needs of children lacking physical, emotional, and intellectual care and nurturing. With offices in New London, Essex, and Groton, and programs dealing with children’s health care, child abuse, family violence, teen pregnancy, parent education, and child guidance, Child & Family Agency is the largest nonprofit children’s service provider in southeastern Connecticut.
Agency funding comes from a variety of state and private sources, with the Auxiliaries raising critical unrestricted funds. Volunteers and supporters are always welcome. For more information, visit www.childandfamilyagency.org.
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Friends of Lyme Library Host Sunday Movies: See ‘All Quiet on the Western Front,’ Nov. 19

The line-up for the remaining Sunday Movies to be hosted by the Friends of Lyme Library in November is as follows:

All Quiet on the Western Front
Nov. 19,
 at 2 p.m.
From 1930, based on possibly the most famous book about the First World War, which ended on Nov. 11, 1918. The film rights were bought by Universal Studios and the director, Lewis Milestone used thousands of German army veterans as extras to make the film as realistic as possible. It was considered a truthful account of the war by most critics. Nominated for four Oscars, it won for Best Movie and Best Director. A true classic. 2 hrs. 37 min.

After each movie there will be time to socialize and discuss the film. There is no charge for the event. Feel free to bring your own (non-alcoholic) refreshments.

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Letter to the Editor: Wayland Has All The Required Qualities To Excel As Lyme First Selectman

To the Editor:

Being the first selectman in a small town comes with unique challenges. The first selectman is expected to cheerfully solve issues ranging from taxes and zoning, to neighborhood disputes and unsightly guardrails.

In order to be a successful first selectman of a small town, one must not only be a problem solver, but he or she must also be kind, patient, and understanding. This is why I know that Mark Wayland will excel when it comes to the job. His endless knowledge on the Town of Lyme, his compassionate, caring nature, and his no-nonsense intelligence will help him solve any problem that comes his way, big or small.

William T. Koch Jr.,
Lyme.

Editor’s Note: The author is a former first selectman of Lyme.

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Old Lyme Girls Play Shoreline Soccer Semi at Home This Afternoon

Let’s hope we see these girls in another victory lap later this afternoon!

The top-seeded Old Lyme soccer girls (16-0-0) begin the defense of their Shoreline Conference title this afternoon in a semi-final game against Cromwell at home at 3 p.m.  Yesterday’s planned semifinal game against the fourth-seeded Panthers (11-2-4) was postponed due to some lingering power outages in town and the challenging state of some roads due to the weekend storm.

The unbeaten Wildcats (16-0) are not only reigning Shoreline champions, but also CIAC Class S champions.

Come out and support the ‘Cats! GO WILDCATS!

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Wildcats Soccer Girls End Regular Season With Perfect Record, First in School History

Lyme-Old Lyme High School Girls’ Varsity Soccer Coach Paul Gleason has much celebrate with one of his assistant coaches (and daughter) Allyson Gleason after his team ended the regular season with a perfect record

The Old Lyme soccer girls wrapped up the first perfect season in the school’s history yesterday with a convincing 4-0 victory over Valley Regional at Lyme-Old Lyme High School. Maddie Zrenda was first to score with an assist from Mya Johnson, who scored the second goal with an assist from Danielle McCarthy.

The third goal was scored by Danielle McCarthy with assist from Britney DeRoehn and the final goal was put in the net by Kaylee Armenia with assist from Bianca Tinnerello.

Emily Rivera with in the Old Lyme goal and made two saves whileLexi Dellarocco defended Valley’s net making 12 saves.

Paul Gleason’s girls finished their regular season with a 16-0-0 record and 10-0-0 in the Shoreline Conference.

Old Lyme will host the Shoreline semi finals Tuesday against the winner of the Cromwell/East Hampton game.

GO WILDCATS!

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Vote for Old Lyme as TripAdvisor’s “Best New England Fall Foliage Getaway”!

Photo of Old Lyme from the Trip Advisor article on “Best New England Fall Foliage Getaways.”

We’re delighted to share the news with our readers that Ashlee Centrella of TripAdvisor has informed us that Old Lyme has been selected as one of their 16 Best New England Fall Foliage Getaways.  That’s good news in itself, but we also have the chance to vote for Old Lyme to be THE Best New England Fall Foliage Getaway!  This honor will be bestowed on the town in New England that offers, in Centrella’s words, “the best small-town charm vacations in New England,” combined with the best fall foliage.

You can read TripAdvisor’s article on the 16 candidates for the honor at this link and most importantly scroll to the bottom to vote (for Old Lyme, of course!) at the end of it.  You don’t have to give your email or register for anything so please, please help Old Lyme win this award.  We’re currently running second with 11 percent of the votes cast, significantly ahead of Essex, Mass. and Damariscotta, Maine, which both have precisely 0 percent of the votes, but way behind Millinocket, Maine, which has a whopping 63 percent of the vote.

So, dear readers, get your fingers to work, and let’s vote like crazy so Old Lyme not only overtakes Millinocket, Maine, but also goes on to win this contest!  We know the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce will be supporting this effort as it would obviously be extremely beneficial to all our tourist- and hospitality-based businesses to win this competition.  We thank the Florence Griswold Museum sincerely for already having highlighted the contest and voting option in their communications.  We are sure the Town of Old Lyme and other civic and community institutions in town will be putting out the word too. Let’s see if we can get some poster up around town publicizing the news.

And if YOU represent an organization that can share this news and the voting option with your members and supporters, then please go ahead and share, share, share via e-mail, social media, and even good old snail mail!

Thank you and VOTE OLD LYME!

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The Country School Hosts Open House Today

The Country School is holding an Open House Sunday, Oct. 28, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. This event offers the opportunity to meet engaged students and teachers, and hear about the rigorous academic program at the school with its commitment to honoring the creativity and exuberance of childhood.

Learn about the school’s signature programs – STEAM, Elmore Leadership, Outdoor Education, and Public Speaking – and its extensive offerings in the arts and athletics. Tour the recently renovated 23-acre campus, with its new outdoor athletic complex. Hear where alumni have continued their education at top high schools and colleges across the country and how they have thrived at these institutions.

Founded in 1955, The Country School is a coeducational, independent day school serving students in PreSchool through Grade 8.

To learn more and register for Sunday’s Open House, visit this link.

For information about the $10,000 60th Anniversary Merit Scholarship opportunity for students entering Grades 4-8, visit http://www.thecountryschool.org/scholarship.

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Letter to the Editor: Former Republican First Selectman Eno Endorses Democrat Mattson for Lyme First Selectman

To the Editor:

This November, Lyme will experience its first contested election for the Board of Selectmen in more than a decade.  If Lyme is to maintain its longstanding tradition of fiscal responsibility and attendant low mil rates, it is imperative that the next First Selectman be thoroughly conversant with the budget development process, as well as its implementation and management.  A positive relationship history working with Lyme’s Board of Finance will be key as well.

Over the years, Lyme has had a history of electing candidates with the skills and experience necessary to provide the best possible outcomes for the town, regardless of his or her political pedigree.  History bears out the fact that this time-tested practice has served Lyme extremely well – keeping counterproductive, divisive politics out of the management of local government on both a day-to-day and long-term basis.

Steve Mattson is the First Selectman candidate most qualified to lead Lyme for the next two years.  He has a comprehensive grasp on all facets of the budget process and has developed critical thinking and administrative skills over his years of service on multiple town boards and commissions to both lead Lyme and protect its interests from the misguided interference of a foundering state government, which puts all Connecticut’s small towns at risk.  This experience will be key to preserving Lyme’s cherished rural character and quality of life at this critical juncture in the state’s history.

I urge voters to set aside partisan considerations and hold true to the proven practice of doing what is best for Lyme. That means voting for Steve Mattson for First Selectman this November.

Sincerely,

Ralph Eno,
Readfield, Maine.

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Artful Living Invites Students to Submit Original Short Plays for Possible Production at ‘The Kate,’ Scholarship Award

AREAWIDE — Artful Living, Killingworth’s multi-generational community theatre, is seeking original scripts of short plays from Connecticut high school students.  This new program, Playwrights For Tomorrow, offers students the opportunity to win a scholarship and have their play produced on stage at Old Saybrook’s Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (The Kate) on April 29, 2018.

Plays will be reviewed by a panel of theatre professionals. Selected playwrights will be offered the opportunity to collaborate with directors and other theatre artists in the staging of their plays.  Submission Deadline is Jan. 8, 2018.

For full details and an application form, visit www.ArtfulLivingCT.com

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Old Lyme Soccer Girls March on, Extend Unbeaten Record to 15-0

The Wildcats celebrate another goal. File photo by Jennifer Funaro.

Paul Gleason’s soccer girls continued their extraordinary season Saturday with a 4-0 win over Fitch at Poquonnock Plains Park. Mya Johnson had all four goals for Old Lyme with assists from Danielle McCarthy and Britney DeRoehn.

In goal for the Wildcats was Emma McCulloch with four saves while Valentina Silva and Francesca Foster defended the Fitch goal with 12 combined saves.

Old Lyme is now 15-0-0 overall and 9-0-0 in the Shoreline conference.  The girls’ final game of the regular season is against Valley Regional High School at 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday at home.

Also, last week, Old Lyme defeated Woodstock Academy 3-0 on Thursday at Lyme-Old Lyme High School. Maddie Ouellette was first to score for Old Lyme with an unassisted goal. Mya Johnson followed up with two goals with one assisted by Maddie Ouellette.

Emily Rivera and Emma McCulloch were in goal for Old Lyme with 10 cumulative saves. In the net for Woodstock was Irene Askitis with 12 saves. Old Lyme is now 14-0-0 overall and 9-0-0 in the Shoreline.

Last Monday, Old Lyme defeated Old Saybrook at Old Saybrook High School 6-0. The Wildcat’s first goal was scored by Maddie Zrenda on a PK. Mya Johnson had three goals and one assist while Maddie Ouellette had 1put the ball in the net once but also notched two assists. Jenny Ritchie scored one goal and Ciara Klimaszewski had one assist.

In goal for Old Lyme were Emily Rivera and Emma McCulloch with six cumulative saves. In net for Old Saybrook was Kelsey True with 12 saves.

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Lyme Land Trust Celebrates Opening of Brockway-Hawthorne Preserve

Explore the beautiful trails of the Brockway Hawthorne Preserve, Oct. 14.

The Lyme Land Trust hosts an opening celebration for its newest property, the Brockway-Hawthorne Preserve, at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 22.  Meet at the Brockway-Hawthorne Preserve Parking Lot, Brush Hill Rd. in Lyme.

This 82-acre nature preserve has been developed with hiking trails that traverse all the significant places from savannah-like terrain bordered by stone walls to some of the last remaining hemlock stands in Lyme. Parts of the trails meander along Whalebone Creek with wonderful rocky outcroppings and crossings on bridges built by Dominion Power Station volunteers.

See this stone wall in the Brockway Hawthorne Preserve.

The trails connect with the existing system at the Ravine Trail, which, in combination with Selden Creek Preserve, offers an extensive network of trails with many diverse habitats.

After the ribbon cutting, join Ralph Lewis former State of CT geologist and Tony Irving, forest ecologist for a short walk “Talk and Walk” looking at the long- and short-term land-use history of the preserve.  See how bedrock and glacial geology shaped the land, thus dictating how it has been worked over the centuries.

For more information, email Info@LymeLandTrust.org

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Musical Masterworks Presents Chamber Concert This Afternoon

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

As Musical Masterworks opens its 27th season of chamber music, a number of internationally acclaimed new artists are being introduced to the 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, a beautiful and acoustically rich venue for chamber music.  Edward Arron, Musical Masterworks Artistic Director, described why the series is so special to him, “I take great comfort knowing that, after all of these years, Old Lyme, Conn., remains a sanctuary for the 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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Foliage Folk Festival in Hadlyme This Weekend Raises Funds to Tackle Opioid Epidemic in our Communitites Continues Today

Gather your friends and head on down to Hadlyme for the First Annual Foliage Folk Festival. A two-day event full of music, craft vendors, art, food trucks and valuable education on tackling the opioid epidemic in our communities at the Hadlyme Public Hall on Friday, Oct 20, from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Oct 21, from 4 to 10 p.m.

Accidental overdose is the leading cause of death of Americans under 50, surpassing car accidents. And this year, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner projected that CT will likely have more than 1,000 people die from drug overdoses, a skyrocketing figure when compared to 2012, when fatal overdoses totaled 357.

But still, only 1 in 10 Americans with a substance use disorder receives treatment and research shows that stigma keeps people from getting the treatment they need. Help us #stopthestigma, get connected to resources to help the people you love while also having a fun-filled night!!

The event features local talent such as Honey Hill (East Haddam/Brooklyn), The Brazen Youth (Lyme), Noons Quarry (East Haddam), The Wallace Trio (Guilford) and acts from Brooklyn and Boston.

All proceeds raised will be donated to organizations working to address the opioid epidemic in Connecticut. Tickets are $25 per night per adult, $40 for a weekend pass, $10 for people 17 and under and free from kids under 6.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit our website at foliagefolkfestival.org or call Theresa Govert at 860-817-3115.

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Lyme-Old Lyme High School Hosts Open House for Prospective Students Today

Lyme-Old Lyme High School hosts an Open House for prospective students on Oct. 20th

School offers tuition options for students not resident in Lyme or Old Lyme

On Friday, Oct. 20, Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) welcomes prospective students who do not currently attend a Lyme-Old Lyme School and/or their parents to visit the high school during its Fall Open House for Prospective Students.  In order to offer a customized experience for each prospective student and/or their parents, interviews are being offered throughout the day to accommodate varying schedules.

Each meeting with a school counselor will be preceded by a student-led tour of the high school. This format is intended to allow all attendees an opportunity to gain a general overview of the school and interact with current students, as well as to obtain answers to individual questions and information on curriculum, student opportunities and more.

In terms of the type of students and/or families the District is aiming to attract, Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser explains, “This event is offered for students in a variety of situations such as students whose families are looking to move to the area, students who reside here but attend private, parochial, or magnet schools, and tuition-paying students who live in other towns.”

In April 2016, LOLHS was named the eighth best public high school in Connecticut by US News & World Report in their listing of Best High Schools. Moreover, LOLHS was ranked nationally at #429 and consequently, as one of the top 500 schools in the country, was awarded US News & World Report’s highest honor of a gold medal. Within the state, LOLHS had the highest ranking of any school in New London County and came in ahead of Simsbury, Greenwich and Darien High Schools.

Year after year, LOLHS graduates are accepted into a wide range of diverse and highly selective schools across the US and in some cases, internationally. The Lyme-Old Lyme School system has become a pipeline to the Ivy League schools and the “Little-Ivies” including such schools as Duke, MIT and Stanford.

Facilities at the high school are exceptional with state-of-the-art technology implemented throughout the building thanks to a $49 million renovation project completed in 2014. The math, science, language, and technology and engineering areas along with the art, music, drama and athletic facilities are now of a quality and sophistication that resembles a college environment, rather than a high school.

Current enrollment at LOLHS is 483 students across Grades 9 through 12 and the average class size is between 15 and 18. The school offers a full spectrum of core subjects taught in-house, including 17 Advanced Placement subjects, and also an extensive range of online classes taken through the Virtual High School program. Students also have the option to pursue the acclaimed Techno-Ticks robotics program along with more than 35 other extra-curricular clubs.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School enjoys exceptionally strong music, drama and art programs, which have been recognized with numerous awards both at the state level and nationally. The school’s athletic program has similarly received innumerable honors over the years and is proud to have several past, present and future Olympians among its alumni.

If you would like to attend this informative event, call Glynis Houde at 860-434-2255 to schedule your appointment. For further information, contact Tracy Lenz, LOLHS Director of Guidance, at 860-434-2255 or lenzt@region18.org or James Wygonik, LOLHS Principal, at 860-434-1651 or wygonikj@region18.org.

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‘Overabove,’ Co-founded by Old Lyme’s Visgilio, Expands with Opening of West Coast Office 

The staff of OverAbove gather for a group photo in front of their premises at the Witch Hazel Works in Essex.

ESSEX – Overabove, a strategic marketing and communications firm based in Essex, Conn., has expanded its business footprint and enhanced its offerings with the opening of a Los Angeles office. The firm’s new office is located in Manhattan Beach on the Manhattan Beach Studios’ Media Campus – a facility where media arts, studio production, new technology and ideas converge.

The creative space is just south of Hollywood and bustling with the kind of activity at the heart of Overabove’s culture and services. Seasoned industry leader Tara Walls has been appointed to lead the firm’s new office.

As Head of Entertainment for Overabove, Walls will draw upon nearly 25 years of experience in the Hollywood entertainment industry to connect brands with television shows, feature films and talent. She’ll leverage industry relationships and tap her experience in brand integration and promotional partnerships, as well as with music and influencers, to craft customized entertainment partnerships to elevate brands of all sizes. She’ll also create original content to give brands exposure.

Walls’ depth of experience in identifying and structuring relationships between Hollywood properties and brands will bring strong added value to Overabove’s clients. While Walls only recently joined Overabove in a formal capacity, she’s been an extension of the Overabove team for more than a decade – collaborating with the firm on a number of entertainment partnerships for shared clients.

A resident of Los Angeles, Walls joins the Overabove team after serving as executive vice president of brand integrations & entertainment partnerships at FRUKT and Rogers & Cowan. She previously worked as a product placement executive at two Hollywood film studios.

“We are thrilled that our business footprint will now reach from coast to coast and that our new office is in such an ideal, exciting location – spearheaded by someone as talented and experienced as Tara,” said Ralph Guardiano, principal and co-founder of Overabove. “We know that these enhancements will greatly benefit our clients’ strategic and creative plans and look forward to seeing the results.”

Old Lyme resident John Visgilio, principal and co-founder of Overabove with Guardiano, added, “The opening of our West Coast office along with Tara’s hiring is part of our continued evolution to keep our clients’ brands above the noise, make our offerings as extensive and accessible as possible, and tap new growth opportunities.”

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Undefeated Old Lyme Named Top ‘Cats in CT Coaches’ Girls’ Soccer Poll

Lyme-Old Lyme High School Girls’ Varsity Soccer Coach Paul Gleason takes time out from a recent practice to pose for a photo with one of his assistant coaches (who is also his daughter), Allyson Gleason.

Paul Gleason’s Old Lyme soccer girls soccer are having quite a week!

Not only did they top this week’s Connecticut Girls Soccer Coaches Association Class M-S poll, but they also continued their remarkable  unbeaten run reaching 12-0-0 overall and 8-0-0 in the Shoreline Conference.

Old Lyme defeated Coginchaug Friday at Lyme-Old Lyme High School 6-0. Mya Johnson put the ball in the net three times while Maddie Ouellette scored two goals and Ciara Klimaszewski claimed one. Danielle McCarthy notched the single assist for the Wildcats.

Emily Rivera and Emma McCulloch shared the Old Lyme goal with six saves in total.

In goal for Coginchaug was Claire DeFlora with 12 saves.

Old Lyme is now 12-0-0 overall and 8-0-0 in the Shoreline.

Previously on Wednesday, Old Lyme defeated Haddam-Killingworth (HK) 8-0 at HK. Mya Johnson scored three goals and gave two assists, Maddie Ouellette put away two goals and also had an assist, while Brittney DeRoehn, Maria Denya and Lydia Tinnerello each had a goal. Danielle McCarthy added an assist.

Emily Rivera and Emma McCulloch were in the goal for Old Lyme with a total of nine saves. In goal for HK were Gabby Wyzykowski and Mia Rubino with a total of 10 saves.

This afternoon, Oct. 16, the girls face Old Saybrook away.

Go Wildcats!

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Old Lyme Country Club WGA Holds End of Season Awards Luncheon

The OLCC WGA winners gather for a photo, from left to right, Esther Boyle, Eleanor Perkins, Karen Danielson, Carol Gordon, Helene Nichols, Carolyn Daddona, Sharon Craig (with boot), Kacey Constable, Katie Bollo and Elizabeth Conlon

The Old Lyme Country Club Women’s Golf Association (OLCC WGA) held its end of season Awards Luncheon Thursday, Oct. 5.  Hospitality Chairwomen Jacquie DeMartino and Mardee Moore organized a lovely buffet meal.  Vickie Winterer and Eleanor Perkins, the Awards Chairwomen, provided an elegant selection of glassware awards. 

And the winners were:

18 Hole Champion: Helene Nichols

18 Hole Champion Runner-Up: Carolyn Daddona

9 Hole Champion: Maggie Johnston

9 Hole Champion Runner-Uo: Sharon Craig

Senior Club Champion: Helene Nichols

Senior Club Champion Runner-Up:   Carol Gordon

Individual Handicap Champion: Elizabeth Conlon

Individual Handicap Runner-Up: Katie Bollo

36 & Over Champion: Esther Boyle

36 & Over Champion Runner-Up: Eleanor Perkins

Member-Member Champion (2): Kacey Constable & Carol Gordon

Member-Member Runner-Up (2): Karen Danielson & Helene Nichols

Most Improved: Elizabeth Conlon

Most Chip-Ins: Carolyn Daddona

Low Putts: Karen Danielson

Class A Ringers: Lori Polito

Class B Ringers: Carolyn Daddona

Class C Ringers: Ann Jose

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See ‘Faerieville USA’ at Flo Gris Museum Through Oct. 29

Children delight in the fun and whimsical creations while adults marvel at the creatively conceived and handcrafted works of art.

The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Conn., presents Faerieville USA: In and Around a Wee Faerie Town on the grounds of museum’s campus through Oct. 29. It was announced on Friday that although the Museum and grounds will be open tomorrow, Columbus Day, the special events scheduled for the day –  the Quirky and Creative Artisan Faire and parade led by the Chester Fife and Drum – have now been moved to Sunday, Oct. 22, due to the inclement weather forecast for Monday.

Visitors follow their map of Faerieville to 31 hand-crafted faerie scenes. Visitors will stroll along Wee Faerie Boulevard and marvel at the quintessential small-town features such as the wee faerie bakery, library, and flower shop. There’s everything faeries need to live, work, and play. This annual event has come to signify an enriching, not-to-be-missed outing for visitors of all ages.

This year’s Wee Faerie Village is the ninth of the Museum’s annual outdoor creative installations. Challenged to create their scenes using natural materials, most artists work for at least six months on their creations.

Erica Mann, a preschool teacher who resides in Pomfret, Conn.is fashioning the Faerieville Elementary School and Athletic Park for this year’s Wee Faerie Village. She says she’s enjoying thinking back to her favorite memories on a playground and them imagining how those old favorites could be constructed from natural materials like sticks, bark and moss.

A first-time contributor to the Village, Mann states, “I want to create a space that the littlest of faerie folk would love. Being a teacher myself, it is so perfect that I am creating the Faerieville Elementary School. I am designing a magical little place that I would want to teach if only I could shrink down and become one of those wee faeries!”

Wee faeries always welcome!

Artists are selected from across Connecticut and a few from outside the state. This year, students from Deep River Elementary School, Haddam-Killingworth High School, and the Interdistrict School for Arts and Communication (New London) returned to participate in the event. New to the artists’ roster this year are students from Pleasant Valley School in South Windsor, who are contributing the Faerieville Art Museum.

A special feature of Faerieville is Sand-topia, a small city made entirely of sand. Sand sculptor Greg Grady transforms a seven-ton pile of very dense, flat-grained sand into an intricate marvel-worthy mini metropolis.

Special Events

As part of its Wee Faerie Village exhibition, adults and families with children can enjoy a month of faerie-themed activities. Events include, parties, performances, book discussions, and craft activities. Many events are included in Museum admission. Visit www.FlorenceGriswoldMuseum.org for a complete list.

Sundays, October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29

Every Sunday in October from 11am to 5pm visitors can drop in for Americana-inspired hands-on projects. A different project each week. Program is included in Museum admission.

Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 9
These events have now been postponed to Sunday Oct. 22, due to the inclement weather forecast for Monday, Oct. 9

The Museum will open on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Faerie dance lessons begin at 11:30 a.m. At noon, Chester Fife & Drum Corps will lead visitors in a parade through Faerieville. Wings, crowns, tiaras, and Americana attire are encouraged. Hands-on crafts from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., shop for artful objects created by local artisans and crafters inspired by the faerie realm. This quirky and creative artisan fair is a special one-day, pop-up event at the Museum. Program is included in Museum admission.

Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 5:30 p.m.

Join artist Maureen McCabe and gallery owner Jeff Cooley at the Cooley Gallery, 25 Lyme Street, Old Lyme for an intimate artful conversation about the work in The Fantastical Art of Maureen McCabe and Ersnt Von Maydell, a gallery show inspired by the fantastical artwork of Baron Ernst von Maydell (German, b. 1884). Cooley is a longtime collector of the fairy-filled images and McCabe created a new body of work inspired by the Baron’s whimsical paintings. A light reception concludes the event. The Fantastical Art of Maureen McCabe and Ersnt Von Maydell is on view at the Cooley Gallery October 7 through November 12, 2017.

Saturday, Oct. 14

From 11am to 4pm visitors can enjoy Faerieville’s Farm Day and Pumpkin Patch Party. Wonder through the pop-up barnyard and impromptu pumpkin patch. Meet Gemini the calf, Poppy the goat, Shasta the donkey, and hens Idina and Girdy before choosing and decorating the perfect pumpkin. Animals are visiting from Wounded Eagle Farm in Canterbury. Pumpkins, gourds, and other fall produce for sale by the Davis Farm of Norwich. Apples for sale from Haywood Farm in New Hartford.

Saturday, Oct. 21
From 11am to 4pm Leslie Evans, Director of the Avery-Copp House Museum, offers a drop-in presentation on the historic use of herbs in attracting or distracting faeries, protection from witches, or controlling others emotions (ie. love potions). Participants discover the “magical” property of these herbs before creating their faerie amulet sachet. Herb-infused snacks and beverages will be available for tasting. Program is included in Museum admission.

Saturday, Oct. 28

Visitors will have Halloween fun from 11am to 4pm with treats and hands-on crafts. Visitors are encouraged to dress up as faeries from around Faerieville (a butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker) to march in the Cavalcade of Costumes Parade. Parade begins at 12noon. Craft-bag prizes for all participants. Program is included in Museum admission.

The Museum is located at 96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT, exit 70 off I-95. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm with extended hours on Sunday from 11am to 5pm. The Museum will open on Columbus Day, Monday, October 9 from 10am to 5pm. Admission during the exhibition is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors, $13 for students, $5 for members. Children 12 and under are free thanks to the support of an anonymous donor. Admission includes the outdoor walking tour of the faerie village as well as the Florence Griswold House, Chadwick Studio, Rafal Landscape Center and the Krieble Gallery with three special exhibitions.

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Lyme DTC Launches New Website

As part of its ongoing efforts to encourage local residents to learn more about – and get more involved in – town government, the Lyme Democratic Town Committee (DTC) has announced the launch of a new website at www.LymeDTC.org.

With just a few clicks, visitors to the new website can:

From left to right, candidates for, respectively, Lyme Selectman and First Selectman, John Kiker and Steve Mattson stand together.

Contact their local, state and federal legislators.

Find out how to register to vote or obtain an absentee ballot.

Learn more about the Democratic candidates running for office in November.

Find out when the next meetings of many town boards, committees and commissions are going to be held.

Keep tabs on local news, issues and information.

Discover how Lyme’s Town Meeting form of government works.

The Lyme DTC’s mission is to support and strengthen the Democratic Party in the Town of Lyme and the State of Connecticut.  The committee meets on the third Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the Lyme Town Hall. These meetings are open to the public and all registered Democrats are encouraged to attend.

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