December 19, 2018

Blood Drive Today in Old Lyme: Give the Gift of Life This Holiday Season

Give-Blood-Give-LifeThe American Red Cross is hosting a Blood Drive tomorrrow, Wednesday, Dec.19, at Old Lyme’s Memorial Town Hall, 52 Lyme St., from 1 to 6 p.m.  There is currently a critical need for blood donations — please help if you are able.

A shortage of blood donations can lead to delays in urgent medical care to vulnerable patients.

Remember the “The need is constant.  The gratification instant.” Walk-ins are welcome.

To make an appointment to donate your blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit http://www.redcrossblood.org.

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Christmas Week Church Services in Lyme and Old Lyme

Christmas Eve candles

There are numerous religious services being held in Old Lyme during this Christmas week, so to assist our readers, here is a listing of all those about which we have information — please advise us of any errors or omissions.

Christ The King Church

Monday, Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve

4 p.m. — Vigil Mass of the Nativity with children’s pageant and youth choir
11:30 p.m. — Concert with adult choir and orchestra, followed by:
12 a.m. — Midnight Mass of the Nativity

Tuesday, Dec. 25 — Christmas Day
9 a.m. — Mass of the Nativity

First Congregational Church of  Lyme

Monday, Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve
5 p.m. — Candlelight Celebration

Sunday, Dec. 30
10 a.m. — Worship Service

First Congregational Church of Old Lyme

Monday, Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve
5 p.m. — Service for families with young children, with The Living Manger.
8 p.m. — Candlelight Service of Lessons & Carols
10 p.m. — Late-night Candlelight Service of Lessons & Carols

Sunday, Dec. 30
One service only at 11 a.m. in unity with the South Lyme Union Chapel — no Sunday School.

Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church 

Monday, Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve
4 p.m. — Family Eucharist with Christmas Story
10:30 p.m. — Festival Eucharist with full choir with the
Rev. Cn. Mark K. J. Robinson presiding at both services.

Tuesday, Dec. 25 — Christmas Day
10 a.m. — Holy Eucharist with the Rt. Rev. Laura Ahrens presiding

Sunday, Dec. 30
One service only at 9:30 a.m. — A Morning Prayer Service with Christmas Lessons & Carols.

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Old Lyme Town Band Plays ‘Holiday Pops Concert’ at ‘the Kate’ Tonight

The Old Lyme Town Band will perform their ‘Holiday Pops Concert’ at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, ‘The Kate,’ in Old Saybrook on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m.

‘The Kate’s’ program information states, “Nothing says the holidays like the Old Lyme Town Band playing some festive selections for the season.”

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children and available at this link.

Visit the Old Lyme Town Band’s website at this link or thekate.org for more details.

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Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Host Kindergarten Registration, Jan 28 & 29

Registration for Kindergarten in Lyme-Old Lyme Schools for the fall of 2018 is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 28 and 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lyme Consolidated School and Mile Creek School

Children who will be five-years-old on or before Jan. 1, 2020 are eligible to register for Kindergarten for September 2019.

While you may complete the registration process at either school, your child’s school placement will depend on District attendance zones.

Please bring to registration your child’s

  • Birth Certificate
  • Immunization/Health Records
  • Three forms of proof of residency

If you cannot register on these days or would like additional information, call either school at these numbers to place your child’s name on the Kindergarten list and/or have your questions answered:

  • Lyme Consolidated: 860-434-1233
  • Mile Creek: 860-434-2209

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools look forward to welcoming your child.

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Take The Tour! See Old Lyme’s ‘Homes for the Holidays’ Today, Benefits OL Children’s Learning Center

housetour_logo_largerThe Old Lyme Children’s Learning Center (OLCLC) presents “Homes for the Holidays” House Tour of Old Lyme on Saturday, Dec. 8. The tour begins at Old Lyme Town Hall, located at 52 Lyme Street, and will feature a Holiday Boutique from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The self-guided House Tour takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will spotlight beautifully decorated Old Lyme homes. A few local businesses will also open up as a part of the tour, including the Lyme Art Association, The Florence Griswold Museum, and the Old Lyme Historical Society.

On the day of the event, Home Tour ticket-holders can use their ticket stub for free admission to the Florence Griswold Museum and visit their Magic of Christmas display.

The Lyme Art Association will also be open to Home Tour ticket-holders to see their stunning Deck the Walls Exhibit.

The Old Lyme High School Select Singers will perform at the Old Lyme Historical Society building, promising to put you in the holiday spirit.

Advance tickets are available online for $25 by visiting this link or in person at OLCLC (57 Lyme Street, Old Lyme); and the Chocolate Shell (18 Lyme Street). Tickets purchased on the day of the event are $30.

The tour will be held rain, snow or shine.

Proceeds will benefit OLCLC enrichment programs. Old Lyme Children’s Learning Center is a non-profit accredited early childhood school and child care center.

For more information, visit www.olclc.com or call (860) 434-1728 ext. 1.

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‘Elephants in Winter’ Sale Continues Tuesday During LBS Luncheon

xmas_sale_compressedThe annual ‘Elephants in Winter’ Sale in the Fellowship Hall at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme (FCCOL) at 2 Ferry Rd. will be held Saturday, Dec.1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is the Christmas version of the extremely popular White Elephant Sale hosted annually by the church in July.

The sale continues after the Sunday, Dec. 2 services at 9 and 11 a.m. from 10 to 11 a.m. and 12 to 1 p.m.   There will be no half-price sale this year.

Christmas decorations and gifts along with handmade items from the Sewing Group will be on sale.  Items will also be on sale from the many FCCOL mission partnerships: from the Lakota Reservation at Green Grass on the Cheyenne River in South Dakota, from Haiti, and from Palestine.

Coffee and doughnuts will be available.

Items will also be on sale during the Ladies Benevolent Society’s (LBS) luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Enjoy some holiday shopping for a great cause at this event.

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See Santa in Old Lyme This Morning!

Santa will be in Old Lyme on Saturday.

We just heard that Santa will be dropping into the Old Lyme Town Hall tomorrow morning between 10 a.m. and 12 noon and would love to meet as many children as possible during his visit!

Moreover, children can have their photo taken with Santa at no charge.

Donations to the Lyme Youth Service Bureau’s Youth Advisory Council scholarship fund will be accepted.

And Santa is even bringing some of his elves with him, who will help little ones write their own letters to the North Pole!

Don’t miss him … he has a hectic schedule and won’t be able to stay past noon!

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‘Cookie Walk’ at Old Lyme Town Hall This Morning Benefits Child & Family Agency

What shall I buy? Customers are spoiled for choice at Child & Family's Annual Cookie Walk.

What shall I buy? Customers are spoiled for choice at Child & Family’s Annual Cookie Walk.

Don’t have time to bake but want beautiful, homemade holiday cookies to enjoy at family gatherings? Tired of pre-made cookie trays with cookies you might not want?

Come to Child & Family Agency’s Holiday Cookie Walk on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon (or as long as the cookies last!) at its new location in Old Lyme Town Hall, and create your own cookie assortment!

At the Cookie Walk, you decide which cookies — and how many — you want to purchase. Cookies are then weighed and boxed for purchase. Get there early for the best selection!

Also available for sale will be sets of note cards depicting local scenes of Lyme and Old Lyme, ornaments, tote bags, and Child & Family Agency cookbooks.

Proceeds benefit the programs and projects of Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut.

This year’s Cookie Walk at the Old Lyme Town Hall on Lyme Street will be located along with LYSB’s Santa. While you’re choosing cookies, the kids can get a picture taken with Santa (donations to LYSB, the Lymes Youth Service Bureau) There will be much to do along Lyme Street that day, all part of the “Light Up Old Lyme” festival.

Child & Family Agency is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture children and families to develop their strengths through service, partnership, and advocacy.

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. Volunteers and supporters are always welcome.

For more information, see www.childandfamilyagency.org.

Questions on the Cookie Walk should be directed to CFA.LOLauxiliary@gmail.com.

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Saint Ann’s Hosts Annual Ecumenical, Community Thanksgiving Service This Evening

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The annual Community Service of Thanksgiving, sponsored by the churches of Lyme and Old Lyme, will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church.

All are welcome to attend this ecumenical service of prayer and song, which will feature music by the choirs of First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, and Christ the King Church. Clergy from the various faith communities will participate, as will lay members and community leaders.

A free-will offering will be taken up during the service to benefit the New London Homeless Hospitality Center, and donations of nonperishable foods will be collected for the Shoreline Food Pantry, to help our neighbors in need.

Everyone, regardless of religious affiliation, is welcome to attend the Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service.

For more information, visit www.saintannsoldlyme.org.
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Old Lyme PD’s Thanksgiving Food Drive Continues Today

Food Drive fun on Wednesday outside Big Y!

Food Drive fun outside Big Y in Old Lyme!  File photo by M. Garvin.

Old Lyme Police Officers will continue their annual Thanksgiving Food Drive on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Old Lyme Marketplace on Halls Road near the Big Y.

The final collection day will be Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the same location.

All food donated will be forwarded to the Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) for distribution to families in need. Food will also be given to stock the mini-pantries at Lymes’ Senior Center and the Town of Old Lyme Social Services.  After local needs are met, all remaining food is given to Shoreline Soup Kitchens.

Donations of non-perishable food can be taken directly to the Old Lyme Police Department at 294 Shore Rd., or to LYSB at 59 Lyme St. between Nov. 12 and  Nov. 16.

Families in need of food should contact LYSB at www.lysb.org/holidaygiving or 860-434-7208.

 

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‘Drug Take Back Day’ Scheduled for Today CANCELLED Due to Anticipated Storm

This event has been CANCELLED due to the anticipated coastal storm.  If you have drugs in need of disposal, take them to the drug collection box at East Lyme Police Department, or State Police Troop F in Westbrook.

Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) will host another Drug Take Back event in April 2019

On Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lyme Street Fire House, 69 Lyme St., Old Lyme, Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) and the Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Prevention Coalition will give residents another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

This event is free and anonymous — no questions asked.

Since the first Lyme-Old Lyme Drug Take Back event in 2011, citizens have returned more than 500 pounds of medications to prevent misuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinets.

This event is co-sponsored by LYSB, LOL Prevention Coalition, Old Lyme Police Department, Troop F State Police, and Old Lyme Fire Department.

For more information about the Drug Take Back event or the LOL Prevention Coalition, contact LYSB at 860-434-7208 or visit www.lysb.org

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Old Lyme Fire Department Hosts Open House, Wednesday

Fire Department members will demonstrate the Jaws of Life at their Open House on Wednesday. File photo.

Old Lyme Fire Department members will demonstrate the ‘Jaws of Life’ at their Open House on Wednesday. File photo.

The Old Lyme Fire Department will host its annual Open House Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will be held at the main firehouse located on 69 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, Conn.

Learn how to prevent this!

Learn how to prevent this!

Activities will include fire safety and firefighting demonstrations. State of the art firefighting apparatus and equipment will be demonstrated and on display.

Information pertinent to preventing fire-related incidents and home evacuation will be available for all ages.  Complimentary refreshments will be served.

Fire Department and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel will be on hand to answer any questions the public may have to ensure a safer environment for children and adults.

Admission is free and all are welcome.

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‘Bound for the Sound’ Road Race This Morning Benefits Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation

And they're off! Runners participating in last year's 10K start the race.

And they’re off! Runners participating in the 2016 10K take their first steps in the race.

The Lyme–Old Lyme Education Foundation’s (LOLEF) 7th annual Bound for the Sound Road Race takes place tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 22, starting at 8 a.m., on Hartford Ave., in the Sound View area of Old Lyme.

Runners can choose between a 10K or 5K course, or a one-mile Fun Run. The course travels through the scenic, easy terrain of South Lyme. The race course is mostly flat with some gently rolling hills along country roads, ending with a sprint down historic Hartford Avenue to the beach.  This popular road race attracts quality runners from in and out of state, but its friendly atmosphere has also persuaded many local and 1st time race participants to try for their first 5K.

All proceeds from the race benefit the Foundation’s educational programs in the Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools.

Runners of all ages are welcome, including those in strollers. Register for the race at this link or in person before the race. Registration starts at $5 and varies according to the length of race selected. Registration fees will increase on Race Day, so take advantage and register online today!

Prizes will be awarded to the top overall male and female finishers as well as top two finishers in each age group.

The LOLEF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization, governed by a volunteer board of directors from the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme.

The LOLEF’s mission is to create, continue, and enhance the valuable educational programs above and beyond those traditionally provided by the Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools. The Foundation aligns its work with the District’s strategic planning process to encourage innovative and effective learning opportunities for students of all ages. It raises and distributes funds to enhance enrichment programs, support innovative teaching and learning, and build educational partnerships between Lyme-Old Lyme students and the community.

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Last ‘Lyme Farmers Market’ of the Season Today with Arrowhead Performing Live

Fresh vegetables galore will be on sale again at Lyme Farmers Market on June 4.

Fresh vegetables galore will be on sale at Lyme Farmers Market  this Saturday.

The Lyme Farmers Market is open for the final time in 2018 today from 9:30 a.m. through 1 p.m. at Ashlawn Farm in Lyme. It is the only market in New London County to be held on a working farm and its mission is to promote sustainable agriculture with locally-grown and -produced food, crafts, and specialty products.

New_logoVendors from the past 15 years will be present, along with several new ones. Market-goers will enjoy high quality organic produce, along with baked goods, seafood, meats, wine, and handcrafts.

There will be live music by the Arrowhead String Band comprising Matt and Karen on guitars, Patricia on bass, and Leif Nillsson on banjo.

This weeks guest vendors include BeBo Beverage on the field with nourishing Kombucha and Treefort Naturals with natural soaps and balms. Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation will be signing folks up for their upcoming benefit race. Good vibes will be on hand with bead jewelry and tie dyed items from Moxie & Mission. Stone bowls and birdbaths will be for sale by Marc Evankow.

This year’s seasonal vendors include:

Dondero Orchards

Arrowhead with Leif Nillsson on banjo will perform at the market, Saturday.

Meadowstone Farm
Burgis Brook Farm
Vic’s Guac Shop
Howards Bread
Cold Spring Farm
Pursuit of Pastry
Maple Breeze Farm
Mystery Farms
Peter Giamo Olive Oil
Charter Oak Scanning
Upper Pond Farm
Best of Everything Gourmet
Sunset Hill Vineyard
The Chicken Lady

The market is a non-profit entity, able to accept contributions and apply for grants to promote sustainable agriculture.

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Play Beach Blanket Bingo Tonight at White Sand Beach!

Beach_Blanket_BingoPlay Beach Blanket Bingo Monday evening, July 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at White Sand Beach.

Hosted by Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB), the price for this fun, family evening is $5 per person or $20 per family. All are welcome.

A pizza dinner is included and prizes will be awarded to Bingo! winners.

Bring your beach blanket, bug spray … and your appetite!

This event is open to all Lyme and Old Lyme families.  Check the LYSB website or Facebook page after 5 p.m. for possible weather postponements.

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Join the Parade! LYSB Invites “Anyone on Wheels” to March With Them Today

bike-parade-for-the-little-onesLymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) invites any youth in Lyme and Old Lyme, who are not already participating in the Memorial Day parade down Lyme Street on Monday, to join the parade and march with them.

Participants on bikes, scooters, wagons, strollers … basically anything with wheels (but nothing that’s motorized!) to participate.

Meet at the corner of the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School tennis courts (behind the large blue/white sign “Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools”) at 10:30 a.m. The parade steps off at 11 a.m.

Come and join the fun!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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Duck River Garden Club’s Plant Sale Continues in Old Lyme Opens Today Through 1pm

Geraniums and more will be on sale tomorrow and Saturday at the Duck River Garden Club's Annual Plant Sale.

Geraniums and more will be on sale Friday and Saturday at the Duck River Garden Club’s Annual Plant Sale.

Enjoy a weekend of flowers, plants and more!

The annual fundraising plant sale, sponsored by the Duck River Garden Club of Old Lyme, will be held Friday, May 11, from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Old Lyme Shopping Center on Hall’s Road (near The Hideaway Restaurant.)

Pick out that special gift for Mom. Or browse the club’s selection of heirloom tomatoes, annuals, and vegetables, herbs, hanging baskets, geraniums, perennials and shrubs that will be available.

If you are a gardening bargain hunter, check out the 600+ Member’s Plants from member’s own gardens and “The Garden Shed” filled with great Tag Sale items.  There are also new shrubs, trees and rose tables this year.

There will be more than 600 member’s plants as well as heirloom tomatoes, annuals, vegetables, herbs, hanging baskets, shrubs geraniums and a an area of the member’s homemade pastries and hot coffee called,“Delectable Edibles,” to make your shopping  more enjoyable.

Pre-order beautiful geraniums at $5 each in the following colors: red, white, pink, magenta or corral. Call by Thursday, May 10, for pick up Friday, May 11.

All proceeds from the sale go to ongoing civic projects, which include scholarships, senior’s garden therapy program, holiday wreaths for public buildings, baskets for families in need, and maintenance of plants at town locations. The Duck River Garden Club members look forward to seeing you and can help with any questions.

For more information about membership in Duck River Garden Club, call Kathy Burton at 860-434-8024 or president, Barbara Rayel at 860-434-2354.

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Free Day For All at FloGris Today

The Florence Griswold Museum’s Gallery Garden will be in full bloom during “Free Day” on Sunday.

The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme presents its annual Community Free Day on Sunday, May 6, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Old Lyme. The event offers free admission to the Museum’s 13-acre campus, and includes family friendly activities and a special appearance by Brian Miller Magic at noon and 2:00pm.

Brian Miller will perform at the FloGris on Sunday.

“Our Community Free Day is a great way for all ages to spend the day at the Museum,” stated David D.J. Rau, Director of Education and Outreach. “The fun and educational activities planned for this year are a wonderful introduction for the many first-time visitors we get on this annual day.”

Museum-goers visiting the original Florence Griswold House are treated to guides sharing stories of the Lyme Art Colony artists who stayed with Miss Florence in the boardinghouse over 100 years ago. The house, decorated as it was in 1910, includes the original paintings that artists created on the door and wall panels of the house.

On view in the Museum’s Krieble Gallery are two exhibitions. Pen to Paper: Artists’ Handwritten Letters from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art and PS: Letters from the Lyme Art Colony. The exhibitions reveal the beauty and intimacy of the craft of letter writing. Examples of the artist’s work hang beside selected letters.

On May 7, Community Free Day visitors will hear about life in an artists’ boardinghouse at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.

On May 6, Community Free Day visitors will hear about life in an artists’ boardinghouse at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.

While at the Museum, families are encouraged to follow scavenger hunt cards in the Florence Griswold House, and uncover art details in the Krieble art gallery with “Can You Find Me” game cards.

Families can pick up the keepsake publication, My Sticker Book Guide to the Florence Griswold Museum. The beautifully illustrated booklet tells the story of Miss Florence and her artist friends. Each time a child visits the Museum, they earn a sticker to complete one of the booklet illustrations. Those who collect all six stickers receive a gift.

Families are invited to create hands-on crafts during Community Free Day on May 7, at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.

Families are invited to create hands-on crafts during Community Free Day on May 6, at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.

From 11am- 4pm, drop in at the Museum’s Education Center for a quick painting lesson before heading down to the river or out in the garden for an afternoon of painting. All materials included. Adventurers of all ages can learn more about nature through a selection of Explorer Kits. All materials included.

Free Day attendees can also visit the Chadwick Art Studio, presented as it would have looked in 1920, the Rafal Landscape Center, as well as the Museum’s gardens and grounds along the Lieutenant River. The award-winning Café Flo will be open for lunch.

Artists and adventurers of all ages can enjoy painting outside in the gardens and learning more about nature through a selection of Explorer Kits. All materials included.

 While at the Museum, families are encouraged to follow scavenger hunt cards in the Florence Griswold House, and uncover art details in the Krieble art gallery with “Can You Find Me” game cards. 

Be one of the first to pick up the newest keepsake publication, My Sticker Book Guide to the Florence Griswold Museum. The beautifully illustrated booklet tells the story of Miss Florence and her artist friends. Each time a child visits the Museum, they earn a sticker to complete one of the booklet illustrations. Those who collect all six stickers receive a gift.

A historic center for American art, the Florence Griswold Museum is considered the Home of American Impressionism. The Museum is located at 96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT, exit 70 off I-95.

For additional information contact the Museum at 860-434-5542 or www.FlorenceGriswoldMuseum.org.

Editor’s Note: The recipient of a Trip Advisor 2016 Certificate of Excellence, the Florence Griswold Museum has been called a “Giverny in Connecticut” by the Wall Street Journal, and a “must-see” by the Boston Globe. In addition to the restored Florence Griswold House, the Museum features a gallery for changing art exhibitions, education and landscape centers, a restored artist’s studio, thirteen acres along the Lieutenant River, and extensive gardens. The Museum is located at 96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, Connecticut. Visit FlorenceGriswoldMuseum.org for more information.

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LYSB Hosts ‘The Bizz’ Tonight, Proceeds Benefit Youth Programs

Lymes’ Youth Services Bureau (LYSB) presents the 21st annual performance of The Bizz tomorrow, Friday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the Lyme-Old Lyme High School auditorium. The show celebrates the talent that abounds in the youth of our community and the venue offers increased seating over the middle school auditorium.

The show features more than 20 acts, which include singing, dancing, instrumental and bands, all performed by talented Lyme-Old Lyme youth.

LYSB Director Mary Seidner told LymeLine that possibly a record number of acts auditioned this year, noting,”Unfortunately we didn’t have room for all of them.  We saw many talented performers and we congratulate everyone on their creativity and energy.”

The show has sold out several times in recent years, so early arrival is recommended.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets are $8 at the door.

All proceeds from the show benefit LYSB programs.

For more information, call 860-434-7208.

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