December 6, 2021

Fundraiser for Old Saybrook ‘Sister Mural’ Celebrating Diverse, Inclusive History of OS Takes Place Later Today; All Welcome

OLD SAYBROOK — A fundraiser and silent auction to benefit Old Saybrook’s first community mural will be held on Sunday, Nov. 28, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Penny Lane Pub in Old Saybrook.

The mural, which will be painted on the side and front of Foodworks, will be a celebration of Old Saybrook’s inclusive and diverse heritage, and the culmination of a partnership between Old Saybrook March for Justice community members and Public Art for Racial Justice Education (PARJE).

This will be the fifth mural in the area, following initiatives in neighboring Norwich, East Lyme, Old Lyme, and New London.

Old Saybrook art teachers, Hannah Newton and Sara Menga, will be leading a talented and diverse group of student artists in creating the mural.

As the launch fundraiser for the project, the group hopes to ultimately raise $15,000 to offset production costs for the mural.

Alex Foulkes of Penny Lane Pub is donating the fundraiser event space and providing appetizers and service staff. Silent auction items have been generously donated by local businesses, including Saybrook Point Resort and Marina, Saybrook Home, Fromage, Foodworks, Essence, ‘the Kate’, Soundrunner, Dagmars, Pursuit of Pastry, Seaside Wine, Nyman Jewelers, Ivoryton Playhouse, Ashlawn Farm, Ace Hardware, Old Lyme Inn, Bowerbird, Pieces, Cocotte, and others.

The program will include comments by Sheila Hayes, President of Norwich NAACP, Dr. Mellisa Pensa, as well as art teachers and students from Old Saybrook schools.

Old Saybrook resident Dr. Pensa comments, “What better way to signify our rich heritage and cultural diversity than by creating a community mural that celebrates important figures of our history? Many are surprised to learn of the diverse cultural heritage of Old Saybrook.”

She continues, “The indigenous community was here before the white people and there were many black families who lived and worked here. We are all better off when we are aware of our history. As a parent, I am thrilled to be part of a project that celebrates our diverse past and inspires a welcoming and inclusive community vibe.”

All are welcome to join this historic and important event as our shared history is celebrated and work continues towards a bright future ahead.

Tickets can be purchased at the door — a $20 donation is suggested.

COVID guidelines will be enforced regarding space limitation and requiring masking. 

Contact Dennis Tulimieri Jr. at  for more information.

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