September 19, 2019

Old Lyme Library’s BookCellar Opens in New Location on Lyme St. to Make Space Library Renovation Project to Begin

The Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library’s BookCellar opened in their temporary location at 44 Lyme St. (across the street from the Library) yesterday.  Over the past three months, a 10,000 volume bookstore of gently used books and media housed in the basement of the Old Lyme Library has been condensed into this temporary space across the street. The rest of the contents went into storage.

The space is still an art gallery so customers can peruse the art while purchasing books.

BookCellar Co-Manager Joan Overfield notes, “We expect to move back to our renovated space after the New Year. Our 60+ dedicated volunteers staff the BookCellar Wednesdays and Saturdays. Visit us if you are in the area.  Stop by to browse a hand-picked selection of books or drop off your donations during their regular business hours.”


Overfield’s fellow co-manager Claudia Condon adds, “”Yesterday was a great day for Phoebe’s!  We are excited to be in our temporary space.  It is very bright and cozy–feels like a little book shop!  Our volunteers are thrilled with the space.  We had steady traffic all day with those bringing donations and shoppers.  Some of the shoppers were Library  patrons, who have been awaiting our reopening–we were closed for a month–and others were new customers strolling down Lyme Street and stopping in to see what we were all about.”

Condon also said enthusiastically, “We think the space will give us excellent retail exposure and maybe some new customers will follow us when we move back to the Library.”

All proceeds from the BookCellar benefit the Library.  The BookCellar is open Wednesdays 10am-6pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm. Parking is on the street or behind Town Hall or the Library. New volunteers are always welcome at the BookCellar — drop in to discuss options with the current volunteers or call the library to find out more at 860-434-1684.

The move has taken place to allow the renovation project at the library to begin.

Yesterday, movers began work on the main floor of the Library.  The room adjacent to the historic Reading Room (housing fiction and biography collections) has been cleared to make way for construction to begin soon.  The attic spaces have been cleared, and most of the artwork has been removed from the Library to keep it safe during the duration of the project.

Phase I of the project will address the spaces listed above, as well as the lower level BookCellar.  The precise start date of the project is yet to be finalized but is expected shortly.

The Library will remain open for the duration of the project, but it is anticipated that some services will have to be reduced or adjusted as the project proceeds. The Library’s website will always have the most current news.
Library Director Katie Huffman, who is eagerly anticipating the start … and end … of the project, comments, “We appreciate your patience as we work to renew our Library.”

LAA in Old Lyme Presents Fall Lecture Series; Second Talk on Western Art, Oct. 3

Georgia O’Keefe, whose ‘Ram’s Head with Hollyhock Oil’ is shown above, is one of the artists whose work Bob Potter will explore to determine how the American West has inspired artists during the 20th century in a lecture slated for Oct. 10.

OLD LYME — This fall the Lyme Art Association, at 90 Lyme St. in Old Lyme presents three lectures for art lovers. Each lecture will begin at 7 p.m. with refreshments served at 6:30 p.m.

The schedule of Thursday lectures is as follows:
Sept. 19
The Sculpture of Central Park

Connecticut sculptor Wendy Swain will give a virtual tour of the amazing sculptures to be found in New York City’s Central Park, providing information on the history of the park, as well as the sculptors and sculptures.

Oct. 3
The Art of America: Westward Ho! 

Bob Potter will explore  19th century America through the artworks of George Caleb Bingham, John James Audubon, Albert Bierstadt, and others.

Oct. 10
The Art of America: The New West 

The American West has inspired artists for centuries with its vast landscapes of natural beauty. Bob Potter will continue exploring how the American West has inspired artists during the 20th century through the art of Georgia O’Keeffe, Ansel Adams, Richard Diebenkorn, and Ed Ruscha.

There is a $5 fee for members to attend each lecture or $10 for non-members. Parking is free and the venue is handicap accessible.

The Lyme Art Association was founded in 1914 by the American Impressionists and continues the tradition of exhibiting and selling representational artwork by its members and invited artists, as well as offering art instruction and lectures to the community. The Lyme Art Association is located at 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT, in a building designed by Charles Adams Platt and located within the town’s historic district. Admission is free with contributions appreciated. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 to 5 pm, or by appointment.

For more information on exhibitions, purchase of art, art classes, or becoming a member, call 860-434-7802 or visit


Lyme-Old Lyme Junior Women’s Club Hosts New Member’s Social Tomorrow at Kokomo’s; All Ages 18+ Welcome

The Lyme Old Lyme Junior Women’s Club (LOLJWC) is hosting their annual New Member’s Social at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, at Kokomo’s in Old Lyme. The Club will be providing appetizers at the event.

The LOLJWC welcomes all women over the age of 18 (no upper age limit) from Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Westbrook, Essex, and Deep River, or anyone who feels connected to those communities to join the club. This event is an opportunity to meet veteran club members and the club board and to socialize with other new members.

The Club is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to serving their community through volunteerism and philanthropic giving to a variety of organizations and causes. Recent service projects have included the installation of the new Cross Lane Playground, BINGO Night Fundraiser for the Lyme Ambulance Association, Annual Scholarships for local high school seniors, Birthday Bags for the Soup Kitchen, and hosting a blood drive, among others.

The LOLJWC’s primary mission is to provide local women with a supportive network of like-minded women dedicated to engaging with their community through service. Annual dues are $45 per member. 

For more information, contact the LOLJWC board at


Lyme Public Hall Tag & Bake Sale Takes Place Saturday

Lyme Public Hall. Photo submitted.

LYME — A Tag Sale and Bake Sale will be held at the Lyme Public Hall on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The sale will feature housewares, furniture, jewelry and unexpected treasures, as well as a bake sale with home-made pies and other tasty treats.

Furniture, tools, small appliances, jewelry, housewares, linens, toys, sporting goods and gift items will all be on sale for bargain prices.  There will also be an extensive selection of produce available for purchase.

Proceeds will benefit the maintenance of the Lyme Public Hall building, the Lyme Local History Archives, and programs for the public.

The Lyme Public Hall is located at 249 Hamburg Road (Route 156) in Lyme, Connecticut.

For more information, call (860)574-4143 or email


Old Lyme’s Christ the King Church Hosts Harvest Festival & Rummage Sale, Saturday

Bargain hunters stand patiently in line at last year’s King’s Rummage Sale.

OLD LYME — Autumn arrives officially in Connecticut on Sept. 23, and Christ the King Church in Old Lyme is celebrating the new season with its family-friendly Harvest Festival Saturday, Sept. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

At the huge King’s Rummage Sale held during the Harvest Festival, you’ll find housewares and kitchen items, books and CDs, holiday decorations, jewelry, bicycles and exercise equipment, furniture, rugs, artwork, toys, and more.

Find a bargain (or two!) at the King’s Rummage Sale in Old Lyme, Sept. 21 and 22.

At the Harvest Festival, kids of all ages can try their luck at Games like Soccer Kick, Hockey Shot, and Bust-a-Balloon; get creative with Paint-a-Pumpkin; or simply have their face painted.

There will be games galore at Christ the King’s Harvest Festival.

The Silent Auction offers exciting items like artwork, gift certificates, and themed baskets to bid on.  Local musicians will provide entertainment for you to enjoy while you have lunch or snacks prepared by the Men’s Club.  You can pick out a homemade goodie at the Bake Sale — and choose some autumn color for your home at the Fall Plants & Produce stand.

All the fun of the fair will be happening at Christ the King’s Harvest Festival, Sept. 21.

Admission to Christ the King’s Harvest Festival is free.  Proceeds from the 2019 Harvest Festival will be directed towards the cost of refinishing the hardwood floors in the church.

The Harvest Festival and Rummage Sale take place at Christ the King Church, 1 McCurdy Road, Old Lyme.

The Rummage Sale, Bake Sale, and Plant Sale will continue after the Masses Sunday morning (Sept. 22) from 9 a.m. to 12 noon (with steep discounts on Rummage Sale items, while supplies last.)  Visit for directions. And follow the church on Facebook (@ChristtheKingChurchOldLyme) for regular updates.

For more information, call 860-434-1669.


Jake Kulak & the LowDown, Winners of $10,000 “Foxwoods Battle of the Bands,” to Perform at 5th Annual ‘Cruise Blues & Brews’ Festival, Saturday

Jake Kulak (center) and the Lowdown (Jason LaPierre at left and Jeremy Peck at right) will be performing at the ‘Cruise Blues & Brews’ Festival at Chester Fairgrounds, Sept. 21. The band recently won the $10,000 grand prize in Foxwood’s ‘Battle of the Bands.’

CHESTER — The blues-rock power trio, Jake Kulak and the LowDown just won the “Battle of the Bands” $10,000 grand prize, sponsored by the Foxwood Resort Casino. The band has been wowing audiences all over the state. They have also won the CT Blues Society Band Challenge, they were voted Best Blues Band in the CTNOW’s Best of Hartford Reader’s Poll and they were nominated as Best New Act of the Year at the New England Music Awards.

Jake Kulak and the LowDown will be one of the seven top CT Blues Bands performing at the 5th Annual Cruise Blues & Brews Festival, Sept. 21, at the Chester Fairgrounds. Other bands that will be appearing include: Ninety Nine Degrees, Clayton Allen Blues Band, Ramblin’ Dan and the Other Cats, Cobalt Rhythm Kings, Blues on the Rocks, and Vitamin B-3.

Ramblin’ Dan Stevens is another of the featured blues musicians at the ‘Cruise, Blues & Brews ‘Festival on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Chester Fairgrounds.

The Cruise Blues & Brews Festival will also feature hundreds of antique and unique cars on display, a food court with a variety of food trucks, locally brewed craft beer on tap, a marketplace of vendors, a kid’s play area full of activities, trophies, games and prizes.

All proceeds from Cruise Blues & Brews Festival support the At-Risk Boys Fund at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County. Established in 2013, The At-Risk Boys fund has awarded over $80,000 in grants to organizations throughout Middlesex County. These grants have helped hundreds of boys and young men achieve success and a better life.

The 5th Annual Cruise Blues & Brews Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain or shine), at the Chester Fair Grounds.  Admission is a $10 suggested donation, and kids are free. Tickets can be purchased at the gate during the Festival.

To learn more about this fun-filled festival, visit


See America’s Favorite Comedy Whodunnit ‘Shear Madness’ at Ivoryton Playhouse Through Oct. 6

Patrick Noonan (left) and Jordan Ahnquist play the lead male characters in ‘Shear Madness’ opening at the Ivoryton Playhouse, Sept. 18. Photo courtesy of Shear Madness.

IVORYTON – Shear Madness, one of the most popular comedy productions in the world, is opening in Ivoryton on Sept. 18. This iconic production was first produced in Boston in 1980 and has been delighting audiences ever since with its unique blend of madcap improvisation and spine-tickling mystery.

This unique comedy-whodunit takes place today in the Shear Madness hairstyling salon and is chock full of up-to-the-minute spontaneous humor. During the course of the action, a murder is committed and the audience gets to spot the clues, question the suspects, and solve the funniest mystery in the annals of crime. The outcome is never the same, which is why many audience members return again and again to the scene of the mayhem.

Voted “Best Comedy of the Year” seven times by the Boston Globe and recipient of the title “Best Play of the Year” by both the Chicago Sun-Times and the Philadelphia Enquirer, Shear Madness has also received the Raven Award from the Mystery Writers of America and has been inducted into the Comedy Hall of Fame, the first play ever to receive that accolade.

Shear Madness is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest-running play in the history of the USA. The flagship Boston company has given birth to 50 productions in the U.S. and Shear Madness has been translated into 23 foreign languages, playing worldwide in a host of cities including Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Paris, Rejkavik, Rome, Tel Aviv, Melbourne, Johannesburg and Seoul. Over 12.5 million people worldwide have joined in the fun.

The production features veteran performers Jordan Ahnquist*, Patrick Noonan*, and Lisa McMillan* who have performed these roles many times – most recently in the off-Broadway production. They will be joined by Ivoryton Playhouse alum Bill Mootus* and Siobhan Fitzgerald* and Lev Harvey will be making his Playhouse debut.

The production is directed by Robert Lohrmann with set design by Daniel Nischan, lighting design by Marcus Abbott and costume design by Liz Saylor.

Shear Madness opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on Sept. 18  and runs through Oct. 6. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $55 for adults; $50 for seniors; $25 for students and $20 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at 

 (Group rates are available by calling the box office for information. Discounted tickets after 6pm on Thursday evenings – get half price adult ticket (subject to availability). Six-Tix are only available at the Playhouse Box Office window and do not apply to special events.  Limit 4 Six Tix per person.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

*denotes member of Actors Equity


SECWAC Presents “A Refugee Story” by Old Lyme Resident Mohammed Hamou, Sept. 26

AREAWIDE – In an effort to expand program offerings, the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) has announced a new Community Partnership Program with Essex Meadows.

Essex Meadows is a retirement community committed to helping residents embrace lifelong learning, and often hosts educational programs that meet SECWAC’s mission to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs, including the Foreign Policy Association’s “Great Decisions” Program.

To launch the 2019-2020 season, SECWAC’s September 2019 programs will include:

  • Sydney Williams, local author, presented his new book, ‘Dear Mary: Letters Home from the 10th Mountain Division, 1944-1945’ on Thursday, Sept. 12, in Hamilton Hall at Essex Meadows, 30 Bokum Rd, Essex, CT 06426.
    More information available at
  • Gordon Chang, Journalist and Author, returns to SECWAC to present, ‘America’s Grandest Wager: China’ at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the 1941 Room, Crozier Student Center, Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Avenue, New London, CT 06320.
    More information available at
  • Will Kneerim (IRIS, New Haven) and Mohammed Hamou (Old Lyme Resident and Syrian Refugee) will present, ‘Coming to America: A Refugee Story’ at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, in Hamilton Hall at Essex Meadows.
    More information available at

All meetings are free for SECWAC members and their guests; events taking place at Essex Meadows are free for residents, as well. Membership for SECWAC’s 2019-2020 season (September 2019 through June 2020) is $85 per person; $25 for young professionals under 35; free for local students and educators; a corporate rate of $1,000 is also available, with unlimited access for employees of the member organization. Membership information and online registration available at

Editor’s Notes: i) Founded in 1988, Essex Meadows is a lifecare retirement community committed to helping residents continue to enjoy an active lifestyle and embrace lifelong learning. Through Great Decisions and other ongoing programming such as their popular Arts & Exploration Lecture Series, Essex Meadows provides residents, and often the broader community, opportunities to engage in probing, thought-provoking discussions about issues of local and global importance. Learn more at

ii) SECWAC is a regional, nonprofit, membership organization affiliated with the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA). The organization dates back to 1999, and has continued to arrange 8-10 Speaker Series meetings annually, between September and June. The meetings range in foreign affairs topics, and are hosted at venues along the I-95 corridor, welcoming members and guests from Stonington to Old Saybrook, and beyond. SECWAC’s mission is “to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs through study, debate, and educational programming.” It provides a forum for nonpartisan, non-advocacy dialogue between members and speakers, who can be U.S. policy makers, educators, authors, and other experts on foreign relations. Learn more at


Essex Business Launches New Product Line Bursting with Bubbles; Includes Jewelry Cleaner, Shower Aromatherapy, Calcium Supplement

The full range of FizzBenefitz products shown in this photo includes a jewelry cleaner and shower aromatherapy.

ESSEX — Centerbrook-based manufacturer Tower Laboratories Ltd., has launched a diverse line of effervescent health and personal care products. The line, called FizzBenefitz, includes

  • Shine Better Jewelry Cleaner
  • Shower Better Aromatherapy
  • Well Better Vitamin C and Calcium Supplements
  • Hydrate Better Kids Hydration

Tower Laboratories has been in the business of effervescent product manufacturing for almost 40 years. The company produces denture cleaners, antacids and other over-the-counter tablets under various store brands. With FizzBenefitz, Tower Laboratories is hoping to develop its own brand recognition.

“We are excited to launch our own unique line of effervescent products and we think consumers will find a lot to like about FizzBenefitz,” said Matt Needleman of Tower Laboratories. “Effervescence gives people a multi-sensory experience that you don’t find in other types of products. For our health supplements, it has the added benefit of eliminating the stress of taking pills. Our products are always made with convenience for the consumer in mind.”

The full FizzBenefitz line is available for purchase online at

Editor’s Note: Tower Laboratories, Ltd. is a privately held company founded in 1979 and the country’s leading supplier of store brand effervescent products. Tower Laboratories, Ltd. also produces a number of effervescent products for contract customers consisting of prescription and over the counter (OTC) drugs, dietary supplements, medical devices, personal care products and specialty applications. The company is headquartered in Centerbrook, CT, with manufacturing facilities in Clinton, CT and Montague, MI.


Wildcat Girls Score Seven Unanswered Goals Against Hale-Ray

OLD LYME — Old Lyme defeated Hale Ray convincingly today 7-0 in their home game opener.

Scoring for the Wildcats were Ali Kyle (two), Lauren Creagan, Emily DeRoehn (two), Lydia Tinnerello and Stephanie Mauro with assists from Kaylee Armenia (three), Mackenzie Machnik, Alexis Fenton and Katie Funaro.

Sam Gray was in goal for the ‘Cats sharing time with Ryleigh Russell and Margo Paynter. Between them, they made a single save.
Old Lyme is now 2-0-0 overall and 1-0-0 in the Shoreline Conference.

One Win, Two Losses for Girl’s Volleyball in Season to Date

Lyme-Old Lyme Volleyball Round-up

Sept. 16

Old Lyme lost to East Hampton, 11-25, 16-25, 18-25.
Taylor Thompson had five kills and two blocks, while Isabel Dean-Frazier had 13 assists.
Old Lyme is now 1-2.
For East Hampton Rachel Gardiner had 22 assists and 5 aces. Angela Mercaldi had 10 kills. Brooke Cuthbertson had seven aces and 11 digs.


Old Lyme claimed their first victory of the season by defeating Norwich Tech, 25-13, 25-21, 25-16.
Clair Wholean had eight assists and Maddie Cann had seven kills. For Norwich Tech,
Paige Phaneuf had eight digs and Joharys Perez-Rivera had 10 points and a single ace.

Sept. 12

Old Lyme opened the season with a loss to Cromwell, 8-25, 9-25, 21-25. Maddie Cann had six kills and five digs, while Leah Fouquette had six digs, two aces and two kills.
For Cromwell, Sadie Budzik had 12 kills and seven aces.while Kaitlin Lewkowicz had nine assists and three aces.



Deadline to Complete Survey on Economic Status, Future of Old Lyme is Sept. 27, Open to all Residents, Business Owners/Operators in Town

OLD LYME —The Old Lyme Economic Development Commission (EDC)  reminds all residents of the town and anyone who operates a business here to complete their online survey regarding the current economic condition of our town. The deadline for submitting responses is Friday, Sept. 27. The survey is available by scanning the QR code at left or visiting:

The EDC would like to understand how you view the Town’s current economic condition and hear your ideas for the future. For example, the EDC wants to know what attracts both residents and business to Old Lyme, and the important issues facing the town from your perspective. For business owners, the EDC wants to hear how the Town can better support you now and in the future. The survey results, combined with other ongoing initiatives, will help define the Town’s economic development strategy.

All responses will be kept confidential, with results presented in a final report by the EDC. The Connecticut Economic Resource Center (CERC), a nonprofit economic development firm, will collect survey results, carry out the analysis, and prepare the final report.

Asked for his reaction to the increased attention being directed to economic development in Old Lyme, Halls Road Improvement Committee Chairman BJ Bernblum responded, ” “The Old Lyme Board of Selectmen is taking seriously the economic health of the town.  A few years ago it formed the Halls Road Improvements Committee and this year it revitalized the Economic Development Commission.” He continued, “Under the dynamic leadership of co-chairs Howard Margules and Justin Fuller, the EDC is working with the Connecticut Economic Resource Center to analyze the current state of Old Lyme’s economy and to recommend ways to ensure a sound future.”

Bernblum added, “CERC’s first undertaking is a town-wide survey of businesses and residents, critical to getting an accurate understanding of how our taxpayers feel about the status quo and the issues that need to be addressed,” concluding, “I strongly encourage everyone to complete this survey.”

Editor’s Note: Read our previous article at this link to understand more fully the mission and goals of the Old Lyme EDC.


Both Wildcat Soccer Teams Win at East Lyme in Non-Conference Double Header

LYME-OLD LYME — The Lyme-Old Lyme High School boy’s and girl’s soccer teams defeated their East Lyme counterparts Saturday evening at East Lyme High School.

Playing first, the girls won 1-0 with a goal scored by Kaylee Armenia unassisted. Sam Gray was in goal for Old Lyme and made eight saves.

In net for East Lyme was Grace Wargo with five saves.

Lyme-Old Lyme girls are 1-0-0 overall and 0-0-0 in the Shoreline Conference.

Following on the girl’s success, the Wildcat boys came out onto the field and also went home with a 1-0 victory after a goal by Michael Milazzo from an assist from Jesper Silberberg.

Ryan Tetreault was in goal for the Wildcats and notched 13 saves. Owen Brown was in goal for East Lyme and made three saves.

Lyme-Old Lyme boys are now 2-0-0 overall and 1-0-0 in the Shoreline Conference.


Hear Old Lyme’s Suzanne Thompson’s Interview with ‘Tossing Lines’ Author John Steward Anytime on WLIS Website

Radio host Suzanne Thompson shares a moment with John Steward in the WMRD/WLIS studio after recording the interview with him, which will be broadcast twice this weekend.

OLD LYME — If you’re a fan of John Steward, a regular contributor to Lyme Times, you can hear how his Tossing Lines column came about on CT Outdoors with Old Lyme’s Suzanne Thompson this weekend. Steward, a Groton native, reflects on a wide range of topics, from local history to his bicycle rides through New London County.

Look for his reflections on the 50th anniversary of Woodstock in this week’s Lyme Times or online at  (Olwen, here’s the full link)
Listen to CT Outdoors with Suzanne Thompson, Saturday, Sept. 14, 1-1:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 15, 7-7:30 a.m., on WLIS 1420 AM/Old Saybrook & WMRD 1150 AM/Middletown, streaming at Or play back John’s interview on your PC or Mac from the website On Demand archives. Click on the microphone icon, look for pop-up screen from, and scroll to CT-Outdoors-91019—John-Steward-Tossing-Lines.

Old Lyme Church Hosts Concert Tonight to Benefit Work of Immigration Assistance Committee

First Congregational Church of Old Lyme’s Director of Music Simon Holt, will perform the Sept. 14 ‘Immigration’s Inspirations’ concert.

OLD LYME — The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme (FCCOL) presents a special fund-raising concert Saturday, Sept. 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. in its Meetinghouse that will help raise money for the church’s ongoing efforts to help area families facing deportation crises.  Admission to the concert will be a free-will donation.  The concert will be followed by refreshments and raffles in the Fellowship Hall.

The benefit concert, arranged and performed by FCCOL’s Director of Music Simon Holt, is called ‘Immigration’s Inspirations: A Celebration of Foreign-Born Composers Whose Works Influenced American Music & Culture’ – and features musical selections by foreign composers, who either emigrated to America, whose U.S. tours and works heavily influenced American composers, or whose works celebrated iconic overseas buildings that influenced American architecture.

All proceeds will benefit the charitable work of FCCOL’s Immigration Assistance Committee (IAC), which connects immigrant families with free or low-cost legal aid before and during deportation proceedings; and helps them understand their rights under federal and state law, particularly when their families include members who are U.S. residents.

The IAC played an instrumental role in helping a New Britain couple, Malik bin Rehman and Zahida Altaf – whose daughter is a U.S. citizen – win a stay of deportation after initially seeking sanctuary in FCCOL. The family is currently awaiting a ruling from the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.

The IAC is also working to reunite the Torres family from Waterbury. In August 2018, Miguel Torres and his two children, all of whom are U.S. citizens, watched helplessly as their wife and mother, Glenda Cardenas Caballero, was deported to Honduras even though she had complied with all Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) directives and her immigration case was under appeal.

Pieces performed during the benefit concert will include:

  • “Humoresque” by Pietro Yon, who was born in Italy and moved to the U.S. in 1907
  • “Sonata II” by Paul Hindeminth, who was born in Germany and moved to the U.S. in 1940
  • “Grand Chorus in March Form” by Alexandre Guilmant, whose U.S. tours were instrumental in establishing American improvisational styles
  • “Suite Gothique” by Loen Boellmann, who composed a piece celebrating Notre Dame, an iconic building that influenced American architecture
  • “Imperial March” by Edward Elgar, an English composer whose U.S. tours were immensely popular
  • “Fantasia in G major BWV 572” by J.S. Bach, the German-born father of all composers of music for the organ
  • “Thema met Variaties” by Hendrik Andriessen, which was written for Lady Susi Jeans, the Austrian-born organist, teacher and musicologist who taught several influential 21st Century European organists
  • “Carillon de Westminster” by Louis Vierne, a Frenchman who composed a piece celebrating Westminster Abbey, another iconic building that influenced American architecture

If readers are unable to attend but would like to support the IAC, send a tax-deductible contribution via check or money order to the Immigration Assistance Fund, FCCOL, 2 Ferry Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371.


Today is Final Day of Intake for King’s Rummage Sale at Old Lyme Church

Got a bike in the basement? Why not donate it to the King’s Rummage Sale?

OLD LYME — Summer’s over. The kids are back in school.

It’s a great time to clean out the house and get it ready for autumn. But what to do with all the gently used toys, books, dishes, jewelry, tennis racquets, bicycles, Christmas decorations, furniture, etc., that you don’t need anymore?

The answer is donate them to the King’s Rummage Sale at Christ the King Church’s Harvest Fun Day!

Toboggans are great to donate to the King’s Rummage Sale!

Donations are being accepted from today, Sept. 3, through Sept. 7, and Sept. 9 through Sept. 14,from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Christ the King Church, 1 McCurdy Rd., Old Lyme (at the Parish Hall entrance).

All donated items should be in good condition and saleable. No clothes, shoes, or textbooks will be accepted. Visit this link  for a complete list of items that will not be accepted.

Call the parish office at 860-434-1669 if you have large or upholstered items to donate.

The annual Harvest Festival takes place at Christ the King Church (1 McCurdy Rd., Old Lyme) on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and features the rummage sale, a silent auction, a bake sale, kids games and crafts, great food, live music, and an autumn plant sale.

The rummage sale, bake sale, and plant sale will continue Sunday morning, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. to noon (with steep discounts on rummage sale items, while supplies last.)

Visit for directions and updates. Follow the church on Facebook @christthekingchurcholdlyme.

For more information, call 860-434-1669.



Old Lyme Boy’s Soccer Notches Convincing Win Over N. Branford in Season Opener

Old Lyme Boys Soccer opened their 2019-20 season at North Branford High School with a crushing defeat of the Thunderbirds by 10-0

Angus Tresnan scored two goals for the Wildcats, joining teammates Mike Milazzo, Sam Roth, Garrett Smith, Jesper Silberberg, Anders Silberberg, Aidan Kerrigan, Nevin Joshy and Paul Nelson in the scoring bonanza.
In goal for Old Lyme was senior Ryan Tetreault and freshman Jonah Lathrop, the latter of whom had one save for the Wildcats.

Tickets on Sale Now for Child & Family Agency’s Lyme/Old Lyme Kitchen Tour, Oct. 5

See seven stunning kitchens on the Lyme/Old Lyme Child & Family Kitchen Tour on Saturday, Oct. 5. Photo by Aaron Huber on Unsplash.

For most of us, the kitchen is the heart of our home.  It’s where we prepare our meals, and often it’s where we enjoy them. From our morning coffee to a late-night cup of tea, whether breakfast on-the-go or a complete holiday meal, the kitchen is the source of sustenance for ourselves and our families, and it often reflects who we are and how we live.

The 2019 Lyme/Old Lyme Kitchen Tour offers an opportunity to view seven beautiful kitchens inside distinctive private homes in Lyme and Old Lyme, Conn. It takes place for one day only, on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Each of the kitchens on the tour offers something special for the tour-goer; most notably, the former home of a renowned Impressionist artist whose hand-painted panels remain on the doors and cabinets of the kitchen. Several of the homes are more than two centuries old, whose kitchens have been updated for modern living; another, an early twentieth-century caretaker’s cottage, boasts an architect-designed contemporary kitchen. Two of the kitchens on the tour are in homes that sit directly on Hamburg Cove in Lyme, while another boasts marsh views of the Connecticut River.

Whether you are seeking ideas for your next kitchen remodeling project, or just have a fine appreciation for design and architectural beauty, there’s much to see on the Lyme/Old Lyme Kitchen Tour, including “tablescapes” created by local professional designers. And with the colors of autumn dotting the lower Connecticut River Valley, the Lyme/Old Lyme Kitchen Tour also offers a great reason to take a scenic drive in the country.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 on the day of the tour. Advance sale tickets may be purchased online until October 2 at or by sending a check (made out to Child & Family Agency) to Lyme/Old Lyme Kitchen Tour, PO Box 324, Old Lyme, CT 06371. Include name and email address for confirmation. (Note: tickets will not be mailed; advance-sale purchasers will pick up tickets and maps on October 5 at the Old Lyme Inn or Reynolds’ Subaru in Lyme, where same-day tickets will also be sold.)

For more information, email  The Lyme/Old Lyme Kitchen Tour is a self-guided driving tour; please allow at least two hours to complete the tour. And please leave your pets at home.

Proceeds from the Lyme/Old Lyme Kitchen Tour will benefit the programs and capital projects of Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut, 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 a professional staff of 170, Child & Family Agency is the largest nonprofit children’s service provider in southeastern Connecticut.


Lyme Academy Relaunches Itself with Fall Program of 33 Classes

There will be opportunities to paint ‘en plein air’ for all ages in Lyme Academy’s Fall Program.

OLD LYME – Whether with brushstrokes or keystrokes as their instrument of choice, artists can learn and hone their craft at the renamed Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, which is reinventing itself with the launch of a full slate of courses for the upcoming fall semester. The first classes start Sept. 23.

In an effort to define itself anew while staying true to its core values, the academy will offer 33 courses covering traditional arts curriculum and new digital offerings – the best of art traditions and the newest innovations.

File photo of the Chandler Academic Center, which comprises part of the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts.

Lyme Academy of Fine Arts announced in July that its campus will remain open and a rebuilding initiative is underway in the wake of the school’s disaffiliation from the University of New Haven (UNH). The UNH decision to end its relationship with the academy was made public in August of 2018.

The incorporation of new intensive courses in digital art with a focus on the Adobe Creative Suite is part of efforts to modernize offerings in a world where many use digital programs in their careers and artistic endeavors.

Innovation classes will train students on Adobe programs including Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, InDesign and Premiere to offer those of all generations career advancement training in the Internet age.

These offerings will also include a Social Media for Creatives course taught by Maria Miranda, the Creative Director and Founder of marketing agency Miranda Creative, Inc., who is excited to join the staff as it works to train artists in all mediums including emerging digital ones.

“As principal and creative director of a brand management firm with a degree in fine arts, I have long understood that there is a relationship between the traditional arts and innovative arts,” Miranda said. “As a result, I could not be more excited or honored to be immersed in the best of both worlds in teaching at the Lyme Academy.”

Though art is always evolving and changing, particularly in a computer-driven world, the foundation of art and its teaching remains a guiding force for the academy, which is staying true to its roots by offering comprehensive courses in figurative and representational art.

Fall offerings include core curriculum courses such as Foundations in Drawing, Anatomical Drawing, Figure Drawing to Painting, Figure Sculpture, Printmaking, and weekly classes open to the public including Open Figure Drawing and Watercolor.

In addition, the fall will bring portfolio prep weekends with instructional focus on building skills to develop a body of work. These will be:

  • Drawing: Art of the Cast Sept. 28 & 29 and Oct. 5 & 6
  • Sculpture: The Skull Oct. 19 & 20 and Oct. 26 & 27
  • Value Painting: Shades of Grey Nov. 2 & 3 and Nov. 9 & 10.

Stephen Shaheen, a former faculty member at Lyme Academy College, and Kellie Pereira, a BFA graduate of Lyme Academy College, will teach the stone carving class., which runs from Nov. 7-10.

Masterclass workshops with nationally known artists will be open to both novice and skilled artists and offered in:

  • Animal Sculpture
  • Encaustic
  • Stone Carving
  • Painting the Human Image
  • Large Scale Figure Painting
  • Painting En Plein Air & In-Studio: 4 Steps to Successful Painting
  • Digital Photography for Beginners
  • Photography: Insightful Portraiture
  • The Expressive Photograph and the Landscape.

Registration is open for all fall courses.

For more information or to enroll in a course, visit

Lyme Academy of Fine Arts is located at 84 Lyme Street in Old Lyme, Conn.


Billy Boyle is Back! Join Jim Benn’s Latest Book in Best-Selling Series is on Sale Now

LYME — Lyme Public Library hosts local resident and best-selling author James R. Benn on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 2 p.m., when Benn will present “When Hell Struck Twelve: The 14th Billy Boyle Mystery.” This is the latest book in Benn’s series of popular Billy Boyle World War II mystery novels, which the New York Times Book Review has called “spirited wartime storytelling.”

Benn will be on hand to sign and sell copies of his book. This event is free and all are welcome.

In the 14th Billy Boyle mystery, US Army detective Billy Boyle and Lieutenant Kazimierz travel into the heart of Nazi-occupied Paris on a dangerous mission: ensure a traitor to the French Resistance unwittingly carries out a high-stakes deception campaign.

It is August, 1944, and US Army detective Billy Boyle is assigned to track down a French traitor, code-named Atlantik, who is delivering classified Allied plans to German leaders in occupied Paris. The Resistance is also hot on his trail and out for blood, after Atlantik’s previous betrayals led to the death of many of their members.

But the plans Atlantik carries were leaked on purpose, a ruse devised to obscure the Allied army’s real intentions to bypass Paris in a race to the German border.

Now Billy and Kaz are assigned to the Resistance with orders to not let them capture the traitor: the deception campaign is too important. Playing a delicate game, the chase must be close enough to spur the traitor on and visible enough to ensure the Germans trust Atlantik.

The outcome of the war may well depend on it …

James R. Benn

Critics have given extremely positive reviews of Benn’s latest book.

The Publisher’s Weekly said,“Stellar … The author makes the most of the tense and dramatic backdrop to this high-stakes whodunit. Benn has surpassed himself with this installment,” while BookPage noted, “I’ve read every book in James R. Benn‘s series, reviewed most of them, loved all of them, and this is the best one yet.”

Booklist wrote, “This consistently strong series has jumped to another level, with this volume clearly the hands-down best so far . . . Benn’s portrayal of the gallimaufry of competing Resistance groups, whose bullets, Billy learns, kill you just as dead as the Germans’ more powerful weaponry, adds a fascinating dimension to this exciting story of the sometimes-deadly chaos that accompanied the liberation of Paris.”

If you cannot attend on Saturday but would like to order a signed copy of the book, email Benn at Visit this link to order a copy online.