August 23, 2019

‘Red Satin Band’ to Perform Tonight in Old Lyme’s Sound View

The Red Satin Band will perform at Sound View on Thursday, Aug. 7.

The Town of Old Lyme and the Sound View Commission are sponsoring a family-friendly concert series at Sound View Beach this summer.

The next event in the 2019 series will be held tomorrow evening, Thursday, Aug. 7, starting at 7 p.m. and will feature the Red Satin Band with vocalist Valerie Rogers playing the best of swing, jazz, Big Band along with some R&B, classic rock, and funk — in a nutshell, the greatest hits from a lifetime of music.

The 12-piece Red Satin Band has played to great reviews throughout the northeast to audiences of all ages. 

Free outdoor concerts held on Hartford Avenue, Old Lyme, CT, at the Flagpole 7:00 – 8:30 pm

The free, outdoor concerts will take place from 7 through 8.30 p.m., near the flag pole at the end of Hartford Avenue by Sound View Beach.

Bring your lawn chair and enjoy a great evening of music!

The rain location, if required, is the Shoreline Community Center at 39 Hartford Ave.

For more information, visit www.redsatinband.com

The final concert will be held Thursday, Aug. 22, and feature the Silver Cornet Band.

Featured annually at the Norwich “Taste of Italy” the Silver Cornet Band will present an enjoyable evening of all your favorite Italian songs and more. This concert is presented by arrangement with the American Federation of Musicians LOCAL #: 285-403

For more information about both concerts, contact the Sound View Commission at www.oldlyme-ct.gov

 

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CANCELLED! Play ‘Beach Blanket Bingo’ Tonight at White Sand Beach

UPDATE 4:20pm: DUE TO THE THREAT OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS, TONIGHT’S ‘BINGO ON THE BEACH’ HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Play Beach Blanket Bingo Wednesday evening, Aug. 7, 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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First Concert in ‘Summer Sounds’ Series by ‘The Corvettes’ at Lymes’ Senior Center, Tonight

The Corvettes Doo Wop Revue will preform at Lymes’ Senior Center, Thursday

The Corvettes Doo Wop Revue will be performing at the Lymes’ Senior Center, Thursday, July 11, in a free concert starting at 7 p.m., which will be held rain or shine. All are welcome. Bring your chairs, blankets, dinner, etc. — the performances will be held out on the lawn (weather permitting) or inside if the weather is inclement.

The Corvettes Doo Wop Revue is dedicated to preserving and performing the music of the 1950s Doo Wop era. From New Hampshire to New Orleans and Virginia to Vegas, The Corvettes perform the great music of the Doo Wop era with a fresh new energy. Their entertaining show and stage antics have entertained many a happy audience.

A free ice cream social will follow all concerts.

The remaining concerts in the Summer Sounds series are:
July 18 at 7 p.m.- The Cartells
(The Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Club will be selling hotdogs, hamburgers and drinks before the concert starting at 5:30 p.m. with proceeds benefitting their scholarship fund.)
July 25 at 7 p.m.- Rock Solid Alibi (50’s, 60’s, & 70’s)
Aug. 1 at 7 p.m.- Ticket to Ride (Beatles Tribute Band)

The concert series is sponsored by the following companies and organizations:

Signature Sponsors
Essex Printing (Centerbrook CT.)
Homecare Services of CT. (Niantic CT)
LymeLine.com

Gold Sponsors
All Pro Automotive (Old Lyme CT)
Audiology Concierge (Old Saybrook CT)
VNA of Southeastern CT (Waterford CT)
Reynolds Subaru and Reynolds Boats (Lyme CT)
Old Lyme Visiting Nurses Association, INC (Old Lyme CT)
Senior Health Insurance (Clinton CT)
Stone Ridge Active Retirement Living (Mystic CT)
Friends of the Lymes’ Senior Center (Old Lyme CT)

Silver Sponsors
Care Partners of CT (Wethersfield CT)

The Ice Cream Social Sponsors are:
Old Lyme Republican Town Committee (two Concerts)
Old Lyme Democratic Town Committee
Friends of the Lymes’ Senior Center

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”Four Barrel Billy’ Presents Free Concert Tonight at Sound View

Four Barrel Billy will perform at Sound View tonight.

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

The next concert  of the 2019 series will be held Thursday, July 11, and features the ‘Four Barrel Billy’ band. Described as an American Roots Rock n’ Roll band, this group offers, “Hot-rod rockabilly, reverb drenched surf, old school 50’s rock ‘n roll, edgy 60’s pop, swing  and honky-tonk”  The sound combines, “fat guitar, thumpin’ upright bass and tight vocal harmonies.”

Stop by Sound View Thursday evening and enjoy this free outdoor concert.  It will take place from 7 through 8.30 p.m., near the flag pole at the end of Hartford Avenue at Sound View Beach.

Bring a blanket or a lawn chair, and settle in for a great evening of sunset music.

Everyone is welcome to attend these family-friendly events.

In case of rain, the concert will be held in the Shoreline Community Center on Hartford Ave.

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Sound View Hosts Traditional Independence Day Parade This Morning

Cheerfully leading last year’s parade was the ever-smiling Joann Lishing.

The Sound View Beach Association (SVBA) hosts its traditional Independence Day parade this morning, Saturday, July 6, starting at 10 a.m. from the Shoreline Community Center on Hartford Ave.  in Old Lyme. Described as a true “home town” community parade, children, adults, and civic groups are invited to march or spectate and enjoy this special experience.

The organizers suggest residents should decorate their bikes and wagons, build a float, or wear a patriotic costume.   Pets are also welcome to march.  There will be a VFW Honor Guard, child marchers, decorated bikes, floats, balloons, a marching band, police, fire and ambulance trucks, which will all contribute to a unique, small town experience.

Awards are given in categories such as best-decorated bike or wagon, most patriotic outfit, best float, funniest outfit, and even possibly best-dressed pet. Assembly time for the parade is 9:45 a.m. at the Shoreline Community Center and step-off is 10 a.m.  The parade route includes Hartford, Swan, and Portland Avenues.

Entries in the Parade must be in good taste and in conformance with the mission and family atmosphere of the SVBA. The decision of the board of directors is final. The SVBA is an all-volunteer, non-profit civic organization.  It owns and manages the Shoreline Community Center and also provides the flags in the Sound View area.

Everyone is invited to join or help. Frank Pappalardo, who serves on the SVBA Board of Directors, says, “We’re always accepting new members, volunteers and donations.  All donations are tax deductible and we are registered for “matching gift” grants with many companies.

For more information, call Gail Fuller at 860-434-6426, email info@soundviewbeach.com or visit www.soundviewbeach.com

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Blood Drive Scheduled Today in Old Lyme

Give-Blood-Give-LifeThe American Red Cross is hosting a Blood Drive Friday, July 5, at Old Lyme’s Memorial Town Hall, 52 Lyme St., from 12:45 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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Old Lyme Town Band Opens Sound View Concert Season This Evening

The Old Lyme Town Band will give a concert tonight at Sound View.

OLD LYME — The Town of Old Lyme and the Sound View Commission are sponsoring family-friendly concerts at Sound View Beach this summer.

The first concert in the 2017 series will be held tomorrow evening, Thursday, June 27,, and feature the Old Lyme Town Band.  The free outdoor concerts will take place from 7 through 8.30 p.m., near the flag pole at the end of Hartford Avenue at Sound View Beach.

Bring a blanket or a lawn chair, and settle in for a lovely evening of sunset music.  The band plays a little bit of everything from marches, movie-themed medleys, and jazz, to big band, pop, and classical. Everyone is welcome to attend these family-friendly events.

There is no rain location for this concert.

The original Old Lyme Town Band existed from 1886 to 1910. The band members practiced in the “Band Room,” a building on the corner of Shore and Ferry Roads that has since been converted to a residence.

In the summer of 1975, Michele Smith Dickey, a granddaughter of one of the original band members, re-formed the band in anticipation of the US bicentennial celebration. Dickey took lessons on a trombone which reputedly belonged to a member of the original Old Lyme Town Band.

Donald Janse, then director of cadet musical activities at the US Coast Guard Academy and past director of the Coast Guard Band, was the first conductor of the modern band.

Since 1975, the band, whose members represent many area towns, has presented concerts from Guilford to Mystic, and from Old Lyme to Middletown, particularly during the summer.
Rehearsals are held Monday evenings from 7  to 9 p.m. at Christ the King Church in Old Lyme. New members of all ages are welcome with no auditions. For further information, contact the band at this link.
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Lyme Library Book Sale Continues Today

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Calling all booklovers!

The Friends of Lyme Library have announced that they will hold their Summer Book Sale this year on Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15, in the library’s community room.

The sale will be open on Friday from 3 to  7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a large selection of books, both fiction and nonfiction, for sale. Most of the books for sale are hard cover along with a good selection of trade paperbacks, children’s books, DVD’s, and CD’s.

Credit cards will be accepted for purchases over $20. Stop by and find some treasures to add to your home collection.

The library is located on Rte. 156 in the new town complex shared with the Lyme Town Hall and Lyme Consolidated School.

The Friends appreciate your support and generous donations. They look forward to seeing you at the the Friends’ Summer Book Sale.

For library hours and directions, visit www.lymepl.org.

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Lyme-Old Lyme High School Hosts Graduation Ceremony Tonight

Hats high! Lyme-Old Lyme High School graduates celebrate their success. File photo by Kim Tyler.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School will hold its Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2019 this evening on the field between the middle and high schools starting at 6 p.m.

Entry to the field is open and the public is welcome to attend the event.

Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

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

Lymes’ 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, saying, “Everyone belongs at LYSB!”

Decorate your bikes, scooters, wagons, strollers … basically anything with wheels (but nothing that’s motorized!) and then join the fun!

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

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Happy Mother’s Day!

to all moms — and all those fulfilling the role of mom — everywhere!  And special thoughts to all those missing their moms today ….

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Final Day for Duck River Garden Club’s Plant Sale in Old Lyme

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 10, from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Old Lyme Shopping Center on Hall’s Road (near The Hideaway Restaurant.)

Pre-order beautiful geraniums at $5 each in the following colors: red, white, pink or fuchsia.  Call 860-434-9094 or 860-434-8827 to order by Tuesday, May 7, for pick up Friday, May 10.

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.

Flowers, plants, vegetables, herbs and so much more … sprinkled with plenty of advice and good humor … at Duck River Garden Club’s Annual Sale.

If you are a gardening bargain hunter, check out “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.

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 the Duck River Garden Club, visit www.oldlymeduckrivergc.org

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Enjoy ‘Free Day’ at the Florence Griswold Museum Today

Back by popular demand Matilda Browne, one of the key members of the Lyme Art Colony, comes to life in this first-person theatrical appearance by writer and actor Diana Dunlap. Enjoy our visitor from yesteryear who was born on May 8, 1869, as she strolls through the Griswold House, telling stories of a life filled with art and adventure.

The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme presents its annual Community Free Day on Sunday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Old Lyme. The event offers free admission to the Museum’s 12-acre campus, and includes family friendly activities and a special appearance by Diana Dulap portraying artist Matilda Browne in the Florence Griswold House from 11am to 4pm.

“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, the exhibition The Great Americans: Portraits by Jac Lahav asks the question, who are our national heroes? Benjamin Franklin? Rosa Parks? Albert Einstein? Lahav’s nearly seven-foot-tall paintings of 30+ famous figures are a celebration of America layered with references to history, lore, and imagery that shape our understanding of these larger-than-life icons. Through his psychologically complex and sometimes cheeky treatment of iconic figures from politicians to celebrities, Lahav explores the nature of cultural identity.

One day only! Matilda Browne, one of the key members of the Lyme Art Colony, comes to life in this first-person theatrical appearance by writer and actor Diana Dunlap. Enjoy our visitor from yesteryear who was born on May 8, 1869, as she strolls through the Griswold House, telling stories of a life filled with art and adventure from 11am to 4pm.

At 2pm, William J. Mann, awarding-winning biographer, LGBTQ activist, professor, and Director of Central Connecticut State University’s LGBT Center, gives a gallery talk focusing on two figures from the current exhibition, The Great Americans. Mann has made a career of deconstructing the enduring appeal of American icons.

Visit the Florence Griswold Museum on Sunday during Community Free Day.

Central to his book The Wars of the Roosevelts (2016), is a fascinating alternative picture of Eleanor, who witnessed firsthand the brutality of politics (her uncle Theodore’s politically expedient destruction of her father Elliott and her husband Franklin’s management of his extramarital affairs), emerging stronger as a result. Moreover, Mann’s discussion of Eleanor’s own outside relationships with both men and women are grounded in a 21st-century awareness. As a professor of LGBT history, he has also considered the legacy of Harvey Milk, openly gay San Francisco Supervisor assassinated in 1978, who has arguably become more famous and important in death than in life.

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.

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.

A consistent recipient of a Trip Advisor’s 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, twelve 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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Class of 2019 Holds ‘Shred It’ Fundraiser, Saturday

Shredded_paperOn Saturday, April 27, the Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) Class of 2019 will shred documents for businesses and individuals. Anyone can bring their papers to shred to the LOLHS parking lot from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for a donation.

Many people have unwanted papers sitting in boxes or on desks around their house.  The papers could be old tax returns, bank statements, bills, credit card statements, newspapers or school ditto sheets.  This fundraiser provides the community an opportunity to securely discard unwanted papers from houses or businesses.

“We are excited to hold this Shred-it Fundraiser because the demand for secure document shredding services is growing.  This fundraiser provides a low cost way to accomplish this community service,” said LOLHS senior Brynn McGlinchey, the event organizer.

Last year, this high school class conducted this same fundraiser.  It collected over 120 bags of unwanted papers and generated over $1,200.

The class used the funds for its class activities. Class activities included three dances and many community service projects throughout town.

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it’s ‘Drug Take Back Day’ Today!

On Saturday, April 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. Sadly, prescription drug abuse is on the rise among adults and youth, so this is a great opportunity to dispose of your unwanted medications.

The mission of the LOL Prevention Coalition is to prevent and reduce alcohol and other drug use among youth by collaborating with the community to raise awareness, modify social norms, educate youth and adults, initiate policy change and promote healthy activities.
The group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at LYSB.  Join them at any meeting or contact LYSB at 860-434-7208.  Visit their website to learn more about their programs, L/OL youth survey reports, and resources.

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

Lymes’ Youth Services Bureau (LYSB) presents the 22nd annual performance of The Bizz, Friday, April 26, 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.  Tickets can be ordered in advance at this link.

All proceeds from the show benefit LYSB programs.

For more information, call 860-434-7208.

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Inter-denominational ‘Walk to End Hunger’ to be Held This Morning in Old Lyme

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On Friday, April 20, an inter-denominational ‘Walk to End Hunger ‘will be held to benefit the Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries. Gather in the Griswold Room of Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church at 9:45 a.m. for sign-in and prayer. The route follows Shore Rd. to Johnny Cake Hill Rd. to McCurdy Rd., past Christ the King Church to First Congregational Church, and then back again, a distance of approximately three miles.

All ages are welcome and encouraged to to join this reflective walk co-organized by Christ the King Catholic Church, St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, and First Congregational Church of Old Lyme. Even if you are unable to walk, you can contribute by sponsoring a walker. Envelopes for monetary donations can be found on the counter outside the Griswold Room and at the walk. Participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item.

 

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LYSB Hosts Summer Camp Fair This Afternoon

Kids_from_Camp_FlyerLymes’ Youth Service Bureau presents a Summer Camp and Activities Fair in the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Commons, Wednesday, March 28, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

All are welcome and admission is free.

More than 30 local camps will be at the Fair.  There will be opportunities to pick up brochures, meet camp representatives and also, to register for a variety of camps.

Pizza will be available for sale.

Click here to view a full listing of the participating organizations.

For more information, call 860.434.7208 or visit www.lysb.org

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Support the Class of 2019’s Safe Grad Party! Eat From/Dine at Sal’s Pizza Today

pizzaSupport the Safe Grad Party for the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Class of 2019 by eating at or buying take-out from Sal’s Pizza at 29 Spencer Plain Rd. in Old Saybrook today.

Owned by the Fava family of Old Lyme, Sal’s has become a favorite among many Lyme-Old Lyme families. The restaurant is donating part of the proceeds for the entire day, eat-in or take-out, to the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Class of 2019 Safe Grad Party fund.

To place your order or for more information, call 860-399-8331.

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Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Host Super Bowl Scholarship Breakfast This Morning, Music by Braiden Sunshine

The annual Super Bowl ‘Scholarship Breakfast’ hosted by the Lyme-Old Lyme Lions promises yet again to be a lively and delicious event this year.

Scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 3, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at the Lyme-Old Lyme High School cafeteria, this year’s breakfast hosts ‘The Voice’ superstar Braiden Sunshine, who will provide musical entertainment during the event.  Enjoy the Good News Clowns and their balloon creations, face painting and silly antics.

Meanwhile, the school’s award-winning Techno Ticks FIRST Robotics Team 236 will also be on hand to demonstrate their new robotic creations up close … and personal!

Feast on a hearty menu of blueberry pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, tater tots, fresh fruit, coffee and OJ. Door prizes include restaurant and salon certificates, and other items donated by local businesses.

Old Lyme’s own Braiden Sunshine will perform at the LOL Lions Super Bowl Breakfast his morning.

During the event, the Lyme-Old Lyme Lions will conduct free, quick, non-contact eye screenings for people 2 to 92 years of age, using “Spot,” an instrument resembling a Polaroid camera. From a distance of three feet, “Spot” checks for six eye diseases, and within seconds it produces a detailed test report.  This state-of-the-art equipment is used in the new Lions’ PediaVision preschool eye screening program.

The Lyme-Old Lyme community is invited to participate in this fun event.  The annual breakfast is the Lions’ primary fundraiser for four $1,500 Lions’ scholarships awarded each year to deserving high school students resident in Lyme or Old Lyme.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $5 for children under 12.  For more information on Lions’ scholarships and the PediaVision program, visit www.lymeoldlymelions.org.

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