July 23, 2019

Robert F. Schumann Artist’s Trail Dedicated in Evocative Ceremony at Florence Griswold Museum

Ford Schumann cuts the ribbon indicating the official opening of the Artist’s Trail named in honor of his father, Robert F. Schumann, at the Florence Griswold Museum. Other dignitaries gathered to witness the ceremony are from left to right, Old Lyme First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder, former Museum Director Jeffrey Andersen, Ford’s brother David Schumann, and current Museum Director Becky Beaulieu (with arms raised.) All photos by Suzanne Thompson.

OLD LYME — Several hundred Florence Griswold Museum patrons, board members, invited guests, state and local dignitaries, staff, volunteers and members of the public gathered in perfect weather at the Museum Monday morning to celebrate the opening of the Robert F. Schumann Artists’ Trail.

The dignitaries at the event pose for a photo. From left to right, David Osborne of Wells Fargo Bank; Tim Crowley of the Robert F. Schumann Foundation; Becky Beaulieu, Director of the Florence Griswold Museum; Kathleen Van Der Aue, State Board of Directors for the Connecticut Audubon Society; David Schumann; Fred Cote, Director of Finance at the Florence Griswold Museum; Ford Schumann (David and Ford Schumann are sons of Robert F. Schumann in whose honor the Artist’s Trail is named), and Patrick Comins of the Connecticut Audubon Society.

The event allowed all the guests to be among the first to experience the natural, artistic, and historic highlights of the Museum’s site via this new, half-mile, ADA-accessible pathway.

The Artists’ Trail has 242 trees, 452 shrubs, 1,705 bulbs, 2,642 groundcovers, and 8,808 meadow grasses.

There are 21 bird boxes that provide habitat for Big Brown Bats, Little Brown Bats, Barred Owls, Eastern Screech Owls, Wood Ducks, American Kestrels, Songbirds, Eastern Bluebirds, Great Blue Herons, and Ospreys.  It was noted that most of the structures are at capacity already!

Guests had the opportunity to meet landscape architects Stimson Associates and the Mountain View landscaping team, participate in a creative activity, and also enjoy refreshments on the veranda.

In 2017, the Robert F. Schumann Foundation awarded the Museum a $1 million dollar grant for the implementation of a new vision for the 12-acre property.

Stephen Stimson Associates Landscape Architects studied archival photographs, paintings by the Lyme Art Colonists, and previous research from archeological digs onsite to create a Master Landscape Plan, including the Artists’ Trail.

Late in 2018, Mountain View Landscape broke ground along the riverbank to prepare a rainwater garden. They also installed 19th-century repurposed granite to create tiered access to the hillside.

Since mid-March the crew has been working steadily to cut paths that will become four distinct walks (riverfront, garden, hedgerow, and woodland) that highlight the ecology of migratory bird habitats and native plans as well as locations of historical significance to the Griswold family and the Lyme Art Colony.

They outlined the footprint of the original studio of Impressionist artist Childe Hassam with granite blocks, designated the historic orchard with black locust posts, and built an overlook on the Lieutenant River.

Two members of “Three’s a Charm,” Sue Mead and Kipp Sturgeon, entertained the visitors on the grounds of the Museum during the event.

And so much more …

Behind-the-scenes, staff has been working on way-finding and interpretive materials that will help guide visitors through the natural, artistic, and historic highlights of the Museum site.

Dobie D’oench of Higganum, a 2016  graduate of Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts and now a member of the Lyme Art Association, paints en plein air during the event, evoking memories of how the artists of yesteryear used to paint on the grounds of what was then Miss Florence’s boarding house.

Robert F. Schumann was a devoted trustee and patron of the Museum for nearly two decades.

The Museum seeks to honor Schumann’s legacy as an avid birder, conservationist, and philanthropist by dedicating the Artists’ Trail in his honor.

Editor’s Note: For a further description of the event, visit this link to read an article by Mary Biekert of The Day titled, ‘Florence Griswold Museum celebrates opening of Artists’ Trail,’ and published July 22 on TheDay.com.  

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Old Lyme HS Alumna Megan O’Neill Hosts Fundraiser for South African-Based Non-profit ‘Imagine Scholar’, Sunday

Megan O’Neill fourth from left) stands with some of her students at the Imagine Scholar’ facility in the Nkomazi region of South Africa.

“By supporting ‘Imagine Scholar’, you are providing access to empowering education – something everyone deserves to have!” Megan O’Neill

Imagine Scholar is an after-school, youth mentorship program working with high-achieving, low-income secondary school students based in the rural Nkomazi region of South Africa. Through academic enrichment and leadership training, students gain the skills to excel in school, become innovative thinkers, and gain the confidence to drive change in their community.  

Former Old Lyme resident Megan O’Neill, who was a member of the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Class of 2011, serves as Imagine Scholar‘s Associate Director. She tells LymeLine.com exclusively, “After three and a half years of living and working on the ground in South Africa where I was a facilitator and mentor for our students, I’m now back in the US managing all advancement efforts including partnership and fundraising development.”

She is hosting a fundraiser for Imagine Scholar on Sunday, July 28, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Stone Acres Farm, 393 North Main St., Stonington. The event will include beer tasting from more than 10 local craft breweries, Woodfellas wood-fired pizza, live music and a silent auction. Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased in advance at bit.ly/ISStoneAcres. All of the proceeds from the event will benefit Imagine Scholar.

These students certainly seem to enjoy their ‘Imagine Scholar’ experience.

In addition to full-time public school enrollment, students attend Imagine Scholar an additional 26 hours per week. During their time in the program, students focus not only on general academic studies but also critical thinking, project management, learning to ask big questions, and becoming the future leaders in the local community.

O’Neill’s involvement with Imagine Scholar dates back to her time at Dickinson College, where she pursued her undergraduate degree. Between her freshman and sophomore years, she traveled to Kenya and assisted the nonprofit organization Marafiki Community for a month. In addition to teaching, she volunteered at orphanages and an internally displaced persons camp.

Students attend the ‘Imagine Scholar’ program for enrichment activities after a full day in public school.

The experience helped O’Neill decide on Africana Studies for her major, and in her junior year she began an internship with Imagine Scholar. After graduating from Dickinson, O’Neill was hired as Imagine Scholar’s Communications Manager and has spent 10 months of each year since working in South Africa.

She says, “At Imagine Scholar, we believe that there are smart kids everywhere in the world but the biggest defining factor is access to opportunity. Our program invests in youth development to cultivate South Africa’s powerful next-gen leaders. By supporting Imagine Scholar, you are providing access to empowering education – something everyone deserves to have!”

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Old Lyme’s Midsummer Festival Returns, Saturday; Friday Night Free Concert Kicks Off Perennially Popular Event

The Old Lyme Midsummer Festival takes place, Saturday, June 27. There will be a free concert the preceding evening at the Florence Griswold Museum.


OLD LYME
— It might be a dog’s winning costume, the perfect art find, or the chance to dance to live R&B music, there is sure to be something for everyone at the 33
rd annual Old Lyme Midsummer Festival. The annual “Celebration of Art, Food, Music, and Family Fun” takes place this year on Friday evening, July 26, and all day Saturday, July 27. The Festival is produced by the Old Lyme Arts District, a partnership of businesses and nonprofits on Lyme Street, Old Lyme. All events and activities are free unless otherwise noted. A printable pdf with full descriptions of all the event’s activities can be found at this link.

Friday Night Free Concert

Nekita Waller 17th Connecticut State Troubadour

The Midsummer Festival kicks off Friday evening, July 26, on the lawn of the Florence Griswold Museum at 7pm when Nekita Waller performs. Connecticut’s State Troubadour Nekita Waller brings fan favorite music from several decades including pop, Motown, Classic Rock, R&B, and originals. Young and old will once again fill the lawn of the FloGris for this annual free concert sponsored by All Pro Automotive and Benchmark Wealth Management, LLC.  Before the concert on Friday, the Museum holds an open house with free admission to its exhibitions from 5-7pm, while the Museum’s Shop begins its Midsummer Super Sale.

New for this year’s Friday night concert, shuttle bus service will be available for those parking at the Old Lyme Marketplace. Shuttle bus pickup and drop off will be by the Bowerbird gift store on the east end of the Marketplace parking lot.

Saturday Morning 5K

Ready to run! Photo by Missy Colburn Garvin.

Saturday’s festivities begin with a morning 5K Run/Walk and Kids K supporting the programming of the Lymes’ Youth Services Bureau (LYSB). The 5K Run & Walk begins at 8am at 59 Lyme Street and features a fast and flat road bringing participants through the historic Old Lyme village. The Kids K takes place on the high school track at 9am. Registration fees for the 5K (run and walk) are $30 for adults, $15 for youth (18 and under). Registration for the “Kids K” fun run is $10. Chip timing will be provided by Timing Plus New England for 5K runners only. Commemorative T-Shirts will be available for the first 200 registered participants. Registration is online at lysb.org or onsite beginning at 6:45am behind LYSB.

Classic Car Show

The Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Club will host their Classic Car Show on the lawn of the Bee & Thistle Inn from 9am to 2pm on Saturday.

Saturday at 9am, the annual Classic Car Show begins on the lawn of the Bee & Thistle Inn. Produced by the Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Club, the show supports scholarships and the good works of the Lions. Car Show attendees pay $5 at the gate and submit their ballots for show favorites among the antique, classic and exotic vehicles. To register a participating automobile for $15, go to lymeoldlymelions.org.

Dog Show

Everyone — regardless of how many legs you have — loves a parade?

The annual Parading Paws Dog Show will be held at the Florence Griswold Museum and will judge participating canines on a number of qualities including best costume, best trick and best smile. Presented by Vista Life Innovations, dog registration will be held from 10am-10:30am, and judging will begin at 10:45am.

Art Sales

Art is for sale at four locations during the festival. The annual Fence Show Artist Sale on the front lawn of the Old Lyme Inn features paintings, photography, and more by local artists and will be hung Parisian style on a winding fence for customers to peruse and talk to artists on site. Students, alumni, and faculty of the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts will present their works for sale on the front lawn of the Academy. Paintings of all sizes and price points can also be found at the Lyme Art Association, and Studio 80 is hosting several photographers and other artists selling their works. All four art sales run from 9am to 4pm. For a list of participating artists, go to OldLymeArtsDistrict.com.

Artisanal Merchants

A Bohemian Street Fair will be held on the front lawn of the Florence Griswold Museum Saturday from 9am-3pm. Over 50 vendors will be on hand with a selection of artisanal home goods, specialty food items, jewelry, and more. The street fair is named for the bohemian spirit of the artists who once stayed in Miss Florence Griswold’s boardinghouse at the turn of the 20th century. A list of vendors can be found at OldLymeArtsDistrict.com.

Other outdoor shopping includes a variety of merchant tents on the lawn of the Lyme Art Association, and the annual “Midsummer Book Sale” at the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library where “gently loved” books will be available from 9am-3pm. This year, a special bag sale will take place in the Library’s Community Room: Buy a library bag for $5 and fill it with books on display. The Library is located at 2 Library Lane with parking available, or arrive by shuttle bus.

Patricia Spratt for the Home opens its workshop at 60 Lyme Street for its annual Midsummer Warehouse Sale Thursday, July 25 through Saturday, July 27 from 9am-4pm. The annual three-day sale offers up to 80% off of Spratt’s high-end table linens, pillows, and more.

Musical Performances

Sophia Griswold and friends will be performing at Lymestock 2019.

In addition to the Friday night concert there are ample chances to listen to live music throughout Saturday afternoon. Beginning at noon, MusicNow Foundation presents Lymestock 2019, featuring emerging Connecticut artists (under 25 years old) performing singer/ songwriter, jazz, blues, folk, classical guitar and indie rock. This year features a bohemian vibe with musicians performing in a relaxed setting where listeners can sit on the shady lawn to enjoy. A full lineup of performers can be found at OldLymeArtsDistrict.com.

Other musical performances include the funk music of festival favorite Mass-Conn-Fusion, beginning at 11am under the food tent at the Old Lyme Inn. At Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds, festival attendees will enjoy a dynamic modern dance performance by GUSTO Dance at 1pm, followed by the engaging vocals of local acoustic duo Jekyll & Hyde from 4-5pm.

Family Fun and Learning

The Hands-On_Minds-On Station at the FloGris has something for everyone regardless of age or ability!

The Hands-On/Minds-On Station will once again be at the Florence Griswold Museum’s Hartman Education Center. With over a dozen participating nonprofit organizations, including Arts District partners Lyme’s Youth Services Bureau and the Old Lyme Historical Society, children are sure to find a creative or thought-provoking activity to enjoy.

In addition, young and old will enjoy stopping by the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center and Horizon Wings tents at the Lyme Art Association. A community sculpture will be on display at the entrance of Studio 80, and participants can use available markers to draw on the sculpture.

Last year’s costumed model at Lyme Academy drew many budding artists to try their hand at painting her.

The Lyme Academy of Fine Arts will have a costumed model on its front lawn with easels set up for anyone who would like to try their hand at sketching the posed model.

Exhibitions

The historic Lyme Art Association currently hosts American Waters: A Marine Show and the Hudson Valley Art Association, both of which will be on view during the Festival.

As a celebration of Old Lyme’s artistic heritage, attendees are encouraged to visit art exhibitions during the Festival. Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds presents its Summer Sculpture Showcase 2019 on its outdoor sculpture grounds. The Lyme Art Association features American Waters: A Marine Show and the Hudson Valley Art Association. The Florence Griswold Museum features Fragile Earth: The Naturalist Impulse in Contemporary Art and the historic home of the Lyme Art Colony (Special Museum Admission $5).

Outdoor Dining

The Old Lyme Inn will be serving both inside in their restaurant and on the patio during the Festival.

In addition to food trucks serving both sweet and savory refreshments at the Florence Griswold Museum, three restaurants will be open for lunch during the Saturday Festival. Café Flo, at the rear of the Museum, offers seated lunch on the veranda overlooking the Lieutenant River. The Old Lyme Inn will serve on the patio and indoors 11am-9pm. The Lyme Art Association will have Del’s Frozen Lemonade on site. Dinner options include the Bee & Thistle Inn will a summer menu in its Chestnut Grille and dining rooms.

Directions, Parking and Shuttle Buses

The Festival takes place on historic Lyme Street, Exit 70 on I-95 South, or left off of Exit 70 on I-95 North, right onto Halls Road to Lyme Street. Although the festival length is considered a walkable distance, a shuttle bus will be available to all locations. Parking is available at the Florence Griswold Museum, Middle School complex, Old Lyme Marketplace (at Bowerbird location), and at the Lyme Academy field. Most activities take place between 80 Lyme Street and 100 Lyme Street.

The 33rd annual Festival is a production of the Old Lyme Arts District, a partnership of more than a dozen arts and cultural organizations and businesses on Lyme Street. For a complete list of participants, sponsors, as well as a printable guide to the Festival, go to OldLymeArtsDistrict.com.

Platinum Sponsors of the Arts District include Pasta Vita, Essex Financial Services/Essex Savings Bank, and LymeLine.com.

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Celebrate Robert F. Schumann Artists’ Trail Opening at FloGris Museum This Morning


This morning, Monday, July 22, at 11 a.m. the public is invited to celebrate the opening of the Robert F. Schumann Artists’ Trail at the Florence Griswold Museum. This event offers those who attend the opportunity to be among the first to experience the natural, artistic, and historic highlights of the Museum’s site via this half-mile, ADA-accessible pathway.

The Artists’ Trail has 242 trees, 452 shrubs, 1,705 bulbs, 2,642 groundcovers, and 8,808 meadow grasses. There are 21 bird boxes that will provide habitat for Big Brown Bats, Little Brown Bats, Barred Owls, Eastern Screech Owls, Wood Ducks, American Kestrels, Songbirds, Eastern Bluebirds, Great Blue Herons, and Ospreys (most of the structures are at capacity already!).

Today you can meet landscape architects Stimson Associates and the Mountain View landscaping team, participate in a creative activity, and enjoy refreshments on the veranda.

In 2017, the Robert F. Schumann Foundation awarded the Museum a $1 million dollar grant for the implementation of a new vision for the 12-acre property.

Stephen Stimson Associates Landscape Architects studied archival photographs, paintings by the Lyme Art Colonists, and previous research from archeological digs onsite to create a Master Landscape Plan, including the Artists’ Trail.

Late in 2018, Mountain View Landscape broke ground along the riverbank to prepare a rainwater garden. They also installed 19th-century repurposed granite to create tiered access to the hillside.

Since mid-March the crew has been working steadily to cut paths that will become four distinct walks (riverfront, garden, hedgerow, and woodland) that highlight the ecology of migratory bird habitats and native plans as well as locations of historical significance to the Griswold family and the Lyme Art Colony. They outlined the footprint of the original studio of Impressionist artist Childe Hassam with granite blocks, designated the historic orchard with black locust posts, and built an overlook on the Lieutenant River. And so much more …

Behind-the-scenes, staff has been working on way-finding and interpretive materials that will help guide visitors through the natural, artistic, and historic highlights of our site.

Schumann was a devoted trustee and patron of the Museum for nearly two decades. The Museum seeks to honor Schumann’s legacy as an avid birder, conservationist, and philanthropist by dedicating the Artists’ Trail in his honor.

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Enjoy a Disco Night at Sound View with a Concert by ‘Fever,’ Thursday

‘Fever’ plays Sound View on Thursday evening.in a free, outdoor concert.

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 2019 series will be held Thursday evening, Thursday, July 25, and feature Disco Night with Fever Band. Come on down for all your Disco favorites including: Boogie Oogie – Taste of Honey, Get Down Tonight- K.C. & The Sunshine Band, Stayin’ Alive- Bee Gees, Celebration- Kool & The Gang, Bad Girls- Donna Summer, Let’s Groove – EWF, and many more. 

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.

For more information on the band, visit http://www.feverband.net

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Invitation to Halls Road Improvement Committee Open House, Aug. 3

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‘Rock Solid Alibi’ in Free Concert at Lymes’ Senior Center, Thursday; All Welcome, Ice Cream Social Follows

‘Rock Solid Alibi’ will perform at Lymes’ Senior Center, Thursday at 7 p.m.

Rock Solid Alibi will be performing at the Lymes’ Senior Center, Thursday, July 25, in the third free concert of the Summer Sounds series, starting at 7 p.m., which will be held rain or shine. The band will play music from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

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.

A free ice cream social will follow all concerts.

The remaining concert in the Summer Sounds series will take place Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. when Ticket to Ride — a Beatles Tribute Band — will perform.

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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Last Chance to See State Rep. Devin Carney Stars in Saybrook Stage’s ‘Romantic Comedy’ at the Kate Today, 2pm

Jason Carmichael (Devin Carney) contemplates the situation while Phoebe (Shannon Keagan) sleeps on his lap in this scene from ‘Romantic Comedy’ which runs at the Kate from July 18-21.

What better way to spend a summer night than watching a funny, heartwarming romantic comedy?

Step back into the world of the 60s and 70s and laugh at the way things used to be. Witty writing and clever comedic timing makes a production of Romantic Comedy the perfect summer night out. This fast-paced, hilarious play by Bernard Slade (author of Same Time, Next Year) will be brought to life by the Saybrook Stage Company at the Kate from July 18 through July 21, and is sure to provide a night of laughter and love.

This light-hearted, period piece first opened on Broadway in 1979 and tells the story of arrogant, self-centered and sharp-tongued Jason Carmichael, successful co-author of Broadway romantic comedies. But real-life romance doesn’t come easy for Jason and comedy ensues when he finds himself confronted with two momentous events — he is about to marry a society belle and his longtime collaborator is retiring.

Enter Phoebe Craddock, naïve Vermont schoolteacher and budding playwright – and Jason’s world is turned upside down. The two embark on a fresh, new journey of collaboration and take the theater world by storm. Fame and success are theirs for over a decade and then real-life suddenly changes for both of them – but for better or worse?

Can two writers of romantic comedies make real-life just as exciting? Can everyday life measure up to the perfection of on-stage romances and fairy-tale happy endings?

This is a special summer as the Kate celebrates its 10-year-anniversary and Saybrook Stage is delighted to celebrate along with the entire community.

This production will feature our own State Representative and the Kate Board Member Devin Carney. Carney will bring the leading role of Jason Carmichael to life — he is excited to be portraying such a dynamic, funny character while supporting both local theatre and the Kate. He has been in other Saybrook Stage productions over the years including The Farnsworth Invention and Twelve Angry Men.

The Saybrook Stage Company is delighted to be returning to the Kate for their 18th production, having performed Other Desert Cities this past January.

Visit www.thekate.org or call 860.510.0453 and reserve your tickets now. Also, visit www.SaybrookStage.org for more information about the Saybrook Stage Company.

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Cooling Center Open at Lymes’ Senior Center This Weekend; Important Reminders for Staying Cool from Old Lyme EMS

Some locals and folk from farther afield will likely try and cool off on White Sand Beach in Old Lyme during the current heatwave, but others can opt not to brave the heat this weekend by staying inside their homes or going to the Cooling Center at the Lymes’ Senior Center. File photo by Katie Reid.

Due to the extreme temperatures and humidity expected this coming weekend, the Towns of Lyme and Old Lyme are  opening the Lymes’ Senior Center at 26 Town Woods Rd. on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. as a Cooling Center for individuals who would like to escape the excessive heat.

The air conditioned facility will offer water, light snacks, internet and TV.

People are urged to call the Emergency Management Call Center at 860-598-0120 with any questions.

In addition, the Lyme Hamburg Road firehouse may be opened as an additional cooling center should Lyme residents not be able to get to the senior center. Residents who need use of this facility should contact one of the following Emergency Management personnel and advise them of your need:

  • John Evans – 860-772-7272
  • Will Firgelewski – 860-391-3976

The Old Lyme Office of Emergency Management and the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) offer the following tips during extreme high temperatures:

Slow down, and avoid strenuous activity.

  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect heat and sunlight and help maintain normal body temperature. Protect your face with a wide-brimmed hat.

Drink plenty of water regularly and often, even if you don’t feel thirsty.

  • Limit intake of alcoholic beverages — they can dehydrate your body.
  • Eat well-balanced, light, regular meals.

Stay indoors as much as possible.

  • If you do not have air conditioning, stay on your lowest floor, out of the sun. Electric fans do not cool the air, but they do help evaporate sweat, which cools your body.

Go to a place where you can get relief from the heat, such as air-conditioned libraries, theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities that may offer refuge during the warmest times of the day.

  • Cover windows that get morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings or louvers. Outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80 percent.
  • Avoid too much sunshine. Sunburn slows the skin’s ability to cool itself. If you are outside, use sunscreen with a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) rating.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle.
  • Do not leave pets outside for extended periods. Make sure pets have plenty of drinking water.

Check on family, friends, and neighbors regularly.

For more information, visit this link.

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Lyme Public Library Hosts Moon Landing Trivia Contest Today


To mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the Lyme Public Library is hosting a Moon Landing Family Trivia Contest, Saturday, July 20, at 2 p.m..   Family/friends will compete on teams of up to five people.  Space is limited to 7 teams. 

Prizes will be awarded and refreshments will be served. 

Call 860-434-2272 to register or email programreg@lymepl.org. 

Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

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Lyme Ambulance Association Hosts Fundraising Summer BBQ & Dance Tonight: All Welcome

Java Groove will get those toes tappin’ and feet movin’, Saturday, July 20, at the Lyme Ambulance Association’s Summer BarBQue.

The Lyme Ambulance Association hosts its traditional Summer Bar-B-Que and (music you can) Dance (to) on Saturday, July 20, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Chester’s BarBQue will be smoking pork at the event.
Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. at the Hamburg Fire Station, 213 Hamburg Rd, Lyme.

Chester’s Barbecue will be smoking pork on site, and providing sides.

There will be live music by Java Groove.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for adults at $20 and children under 10 at $10 by calling 860-434-5667.

Tickets at the door will be $25 for adults.

Visit www.LymeAmbulanceAssociation.org for more information.

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Famed Deep River Ancient Muster Takes Place Today

The Moodus Fife and Drum Corps proudly marched in the Muster in a prior year. (File photo)

DEEP RIVER — The largest gathering of Fife and Drum Corps is upon us.

The annual Deep River Ancient Muster (DRAM) is the third weekend of July at Devitt’s field in Deep River Center. This year the DRAM has been designated as the United States National Muster! The event consists of a “tattoo” on Friday evening at 7 p.m., which showcases selected corps. The tattoo featured the Deep River Juniors Fife and Drum Corps, The Company of Fifers and Drummers Junior Camp –featuring the Music of Roy Watrous. Other notable corps were also showcased that evening.

Beginning on Saturday morning at 11 a.m., the 50+ corps will parade through downtown Deep River. The parade will start at Kurtland Street and proceed down Main Street commencing at Devitt’s Field. At the conclusion of the parade each corps will march onto the muster field and perform a selection of their choice. The corps performances will take the remainder of the day.

All are welcome to come down to the muster field, check out the vendors, listen to music, enjoy some great food. The event is open to the public.

Find more information at: deepriverancientmuster.com

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2019 Summer Senior Studio Exhibition on View at Lyme Academy Through Aug. 8

“Vanitas Under Stained Glass’ by McKenzie Graham is a signature work in the 2019 Summer Senior Studio Exhibition that opens tonight at Lyme Academy.

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts of the University of New Haven hosts an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. this evening in the Chauncey Stillman Gallery for its 2019 Summer Senior Studio Exhibition.  All are welcome.

The seniors whose work is featured in the exhibition have completed accelerated studies for a Bachelor of Fine Arts or a Post-Baccalaureate degree and will graduate in August 2019. This will be the final exhibition of student portfolios submitted for degrees before the Lyme Academy ceases to be a degree-granting college subsequent to the University of New Haven’s withdrawal.

The Senior Studio experience at the College allows students to refine their vision and develop a skill set in order to create a body of work that exemplifies their individual interests, talents, and artistic sensibilities.

The 2019 Senior Studio Exhibition reflects the culmination of this project.  Students will be present at the opening reception and available to discuss their work.

The exhibition will be on view in the gallery through Aug. 8.  Admission is free Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The sponsor of the exhibition is Saybrook Point Inn/Fresh Salt.

Lyme Academy of Fine Arts is located at 84 Lyme St. in Old Lyme.

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George Manstan Plays Big Band Tonight at Lyme Public Hall

The George Manstan Big Band will play at Lyme Public Hall, Friday, July 19.

LYME — The George Manstan Big Band, a Shoreline favorite, comes to the Lyme Public Hall, Friday, July 19, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Founded in 1968 by George Manstan, the 14-member band is now under the direction of lead trombone Cathy Stewart.

Dance or just enjoy the Swing Era sounds for a perfect summer evening in one of Connecticut’s few remaining 19th century public halls.

There is no charge for this community event. Bring your dancing shoes and refreshments.

Everyone is welcome.

This event is sponsored by the Lyme Public Hall & Local History Archives. The Lyme Public Hall is located at 249 Hamburg Rd., (Rte. 156) in Lyme, Conn.

For more information, visit www.lymepublichall.org

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Old Lyme HS Seeks Volunteers to Assist in Creating Map of Duck River Cemetery Graves, July 24

Can you help? Graves in the Victorian section of Duck River Cemetery in Old Lyme need recording to create a digital record of them for reference purposes.

Updated 7/9/2019: One of the most frequent requests the Old Lyme Historical Society (OLHS) receives is for information about a person’s ancestor and their gravesite. While on the face of it, it may appear to be a simple task, in many cases, this is not the case since there are many graves in Old Lyme, which are undocumented.

Therefore, in order to be able to respond to queries from all of the communities served, the OLHS has undertaken the task of creating a digital record of gravesites in Old Lyme cemeteries. No overall survey of the gravesites has been undertaken since the work of the WPA in the 1930s. Gravestones deteriorate with time and so the intent is to gather as much information as possible from the present for the benefit of those who follow.

Thanks to the volunteer efforts of Old Lyme resident and University of Connecticut history major, James Kolb, the OLHS is well on its way to completing the task at Duck River Cemetery. Kolb is creating a GIS database linking the information on each grave to its precise geographic location. While Kolb has done a herculean task over the past 18 months, the OLHS would now like to supplement his efforts by completing the “Victorian” section of the cemetery, which contains at least 800 gravesites.

In order to move this project forward, the OLHS is looking for volunteers to record all possible information about the individual gravesites in this section. The dates and times assigned for this effort are from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on each of the following days:

  • Saturday, July 13
  • Friday, July 19
  • Wednesday, July 24

All you need to bring is a clipboard, pen or pencil, and a block of your time on the dates listed above. The usual preparations for working on any July day such as water, maybe a snack, a folding chair (break time!), insect spray, sunscreen, and a hat are recommended. The OLHS will supply the organizational tools to assist you and accomplish this community activity as efficiently as possible.

To respond to this request and/or to request more information, email info@oldlymehistorical.org with “Cemetery Project” in the Subject line. Be sure to include your name, email, home phone and/or cell phone and choice of date(s) for volunteering. The OLHS will confirm by email and answer any questions.

Individuals and any youth organizations are welcome to volunteer.

More information on this project will be provided to volunteers on the days of the event, which the OLHS is calling the “Duck River Cemetery Hunt.”

Save the date, Aug. 21, for Kolb’s presentation of this project at the OLHS facilities at 55 Lyme Street, when he will also talk about the larger implications of this type of research.

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CT Audubon Hosts Coastal Creatures Program Tomorrow Morning

Children investigate the contents of their Touch Tanks!

Photo credit: CT Audubon

OLD LYME — The Roger Tory Peterson (RTP) Estuary Center presents a program titled Coastal Creatures tomorrow, Wednesday, July 17, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and again on Saturday, July 20, from 9 to 11 a.m.

Get up close and personal with crabs, fish and more. See and touch live animals from Long Island Sound and estuary at the RTP Estuary Center on Halls Rd. in Old Lyme.

Open to all ages. Admission is $25 member; $30 non-members;$15 children ages 2-15.

July 17 – Register here

July 20 – Register here

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‘The Cartells’ Play in ‘Summer Sounds’ Concert Tonight at Senior Center

‘The Cartells’ will play at Lymes’ Senior Center, Thursday, July 19.

The Cartells will be performing at the Lymes’ Senior Center, Thursday, July 18, in the second free concert of the Summer Sounds series, 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 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.

A free ice cream social will follow all concerts.

The remaining concerts in the Summer Sounds series are:
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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Lyme Public Library Hosts Author Talk on ‘The Connecticut River from the Air,’ Tonight

Jerry Roberts, co-author with Tom Walsh, of the book The Connecticut River from the Air, will speak and sign books at the Lyme Public Library on Thursday, July 18 at 7 p.m. The book contains breathtaking and captivating photographs of the river as it runs its 410-mile course from just below the Canadian border to Long Island Sound. 

Roberts, an historian, writer, public speaker, and veteran museum professional, wrote the narrative, while co-author Walsh, a pilot, captured the stunning aerial photographs of the river.

The program is free and open to the public.  The Library is located at 482 Hamburg Road, Lyme, CT. 

Copies of the book will be available for sale.  

Call 860-434-2272 or email programreg@lymepl.org to register.

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Online Registration Open for LYSB Midsummer 5K Run, July 27; Benefits LYSB Programs

And they’re off!

Celebrate the Midsummer Festival Saturday, July 27, in historic Old Lyme Village with this family-friendly 5K run or walk, or a ‘Kid’s K.’ Registration is open in person until the first run begins at 8 a.m. Saturday.

The Midsummer Run benefits the Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) programs for youth and families in the areas of mental wellness, drug and alcohol prevention, positive youth development, juvenile justice, early childhood, and social services.  All of which serve to ‘Empower Youth for A Better Future.’

The LYSB Midsummer 5K Run features a fast and flat road race, a 5K Run & Walk, and a Kids K. The race will begin at the LYSB located at 59 Lyme Street and wind through the beautiful streets of the village.

The race is being held on the morning of the renowned Old Lyme Midsummer Festival, kicking off a weekend of cultural, artistic and community events at multiple sites throughout Old Lyme’s Historic District.

The LYSB Midsummer Run is generously sponsored by numerous local businesses including Shoreline Web News LLC, owner of LymeLine.com.

Registration and race start times are as follows:
6:45 a.m. Registration Opens
8:00 a.m. 5 K Walk
8:15 a.m.  5K Run
9:00 a.m. Kids K

Registration fees for the 5K (run and walk) are $30 for adults, $15 for youth (18 and under). Registration for the “Kids K” fun run is $10. Online registration is available at this link and closes at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24. On-site registrations will be accepted up to race day.

Chip timing will be provided by Timing Plus New England for 5K participants only. Commemorative T-Shirts will be available for the the first 200 registered participants.

The overall top three men and women will be recognized as well as the top age group winner in the men and women divisions. Divisions will be broken down as follows: Youth 14 and under, 15 to 19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59 and 60 plus.

Volunteers are still needed for this event. Email 5olsens@comcast.net to volunteer.

Patrons supporting LYSB with donations of $50 or more will receive a gift and be recognized during the event. Read more about LYSB’s mission and consider donating at the Charitable Contribution feature on the LYSB website.

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A Clarification on the Sewer Payment Issue

Old Lyme First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder

We have received numerous inquiries this morning regarding who is responsible for paying what in regard to the sewers.

To clarify the situation in advance of tonight’s meeting, we followed up with First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder, who said categorically, “The Town [of Old Lyme] has to borrow the money, but the repayment will be based on revenues from the project … [which will be] paid by the users.”  She noted, however, that “There is always the chance that someone is going to challenge the amount charged to them.”

Asked whether the mill rate for the residents of Old Lyme would be increased to fund the loan, Reemsnyder responded, “The bonding should not impact the mill rate.”

She added that a vote is planned tomorrow morning at an Old Lyme Board of Selectmen Special Meeting to set the date of Aug. 5 for a Special Town Meeting at which the referendum will be officially called for Aug. 13.

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