December 13, 2019

Lyme-Old Lyme HS Senior Builds Benches For OL Land Trust’s Lohmann Preserve as Eagle Scout Project

Old Lyme Land Trust Secretary Anne Galliher stands with Boy Scout Alec Russell during the dedication ceremony for the benches built by Russell as part of his Eagle Scout project.

OLD LYME — Anyone who has visited the John Lohmann CT River Preserve recently has undoubtedly noticed the two new cedar benches. These were built as the Eagle Scout project of Alec Russell of Boy Scout Association Troop 240. Alec is a senior at Lyme-Old Lyme High School.

Russell proposed and planned this service project, organized a work team, secured donations of material from United Building Supply and Laysville Hardware. He worked with his team of adults and fellow scouts to build the benches, using cedar for its weather, insect and decay resistance.

One bench is on the riverfront where it offers views of Essex and Lords Cove year round. The other is at the top of the path leading down to the river.

The inscription on one of the benches built by Alec Russell for the Lohmann Preserve in Old Lme.

The bench commissioning celebration was held on a blustery riverside day but that did not deter a hardy group of Old Lyme Land Trust members, scouts and the Russell family from enjoying the views and warm beverages. The neighbors at Long River Farm loaned their ATV to bring in the provisions.

The benches are located in an area that is being reforested with pitch pine, a species used extensively in early days for ship building and railroad ties. Pitch pine has become scarce in Connecticut and has a particular preference for its habitat. On advice of the Connecticut River Gateway Commission and forest managers, about 20 hardwood trees were removed by Yankee Tree to encourage growth of the pines.

The John Lohmann Preserve and all other Old Lyme Land Trust preserves are always open and available for public use for hiking and enjoying the outdoors in Old Lyme.


See ‘The Magic of Christmas,’ Meet Santa at the Flo Gris Museum Today

Mett Santa at the Florence Griswold Museum on Friday.

OLD LYME — The Florence Griswold Museum’s ever popular Magic of Christmas celebrations begin Friday with the arrival of St. Nick dressed in his Victorian finery. This is the perfect chance to tell the man of North Pole your Christmas wishes (and take pictures), before touring the holiday decorations throughout the Museum.

Santa visits will be held from 10 a.m. through 12 p.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Meanwhile, hands-on holiday crafts will be offered in the Education Center from 11 a.m. through 4 p.m. Both are free with Museum admission

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A la Carte: A Cornucopia of Thanksgiving Recipes from Lee, Including How to Bake That Turkey!

Editor’s Note: We are running several of Lee White’s wonderful Thanksgiving recipes together today to give readers an opportunity to choose the ones they wish to use.  Enjoy!

For more years than I can remember, I have been writing about turkey at Thanksgiving. I get every food magazine every month and every single month, in October, a turkey is on the covers.

My mother never cooked a turkey. We had Thanksgiving at an aunt and uncle’s home in Kinderhook, New York. There was no gravy and no stuffing and the sweet potatoes were stuffed into oranges, which made the sweet potatoes taste like oranges.

The first Thanksgiving with my husband and daughter was in Houston, and I ordered turkey and sides from a restaurant. The gravy was white. In following years, I made turkey and sides by myself, sometimes for 20 or more friends and family. The first few times, I called the Butterball Hot Line for help.

Some years later I stopped using the throwaway aluminum pans and bought a $200 roasting pan, which I still use for every kind of roast I have ever made. It was one terrific buy.

Over the years I brined turkey in a huge cooler. I bought organic turkeys. Last year I went to a friend who made a heritage turkey. I made all kinds of stuffing and once placed slices of bacon on top of the fowl. A few times I put buttered cheesecloth on the turkey. But these days I buy the least expensive turkey I can get and buy it frozen.

I make my stuffing the night before and put it in the refrigerator in an enormous plastic bag. The next morning I stuff as much dressing as possible into the thawed (but cold) turkey’s cavity. I put the rest in a casserole and when the roasted turkey come out of the oven, I add some juice to the casserole and bake it.

Forget all those other “new” ways to make turkey for Thanksgiving. Here is my favorite recipe. 


1 14- to 16-pound turkey
1 stick butter
½ (one-half) cup good white wine


¼ (one-quarter) cup all-purpose flour
cold water
Gravy Master (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

Remove giblets from turkey (I don’t use them; instead, I boiled them for the kitties, less bones). Rinse and dry turkey inside and out. Rub salt inside cavity of bird. Fill cavity with cold stuffing made the night before or early morning. Place bird in a rack (or upside glass pie pan) atop a large, heavy-duty roasting pan. Place in a 350-degree oven.

Add butter and wine in a saucepan, bring to a boil, then simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes. Open oven, pour wine-butter over turkey and close oven. Every half hour baste liquid over turkey. Bake until turkey is done (when the thermometer plunged into the thickest part of the thigh registered 175 to 180 degrees, 10 to 12 minutes per pound if not stuffed or 12 to 15 minutes stuffed).

Turn off the oven, remove turkey from the oven, Place the turkey on a platter and spooned the Stuffing into a bowl; cover each with aluminum foil and return both to still-warm oven. (Extra stuffing can be heated in a casserole dish; it is not as tasty but if you spoon some juice on the dish before heating, it’s pretty good.)

Remove grease from roasting pan. and place the pan on the stove. Turn heat to medium. In a large jar, add all-purpose flour and about 2 cups of water. Screw jar cover and shake. When the brown bits are hot, add flour-water mixture and, over medium-high heat, whisk constantly. If you need more water, add some. Once the gravy is ready, add and stir in Gravy Master to taste (optional). Add salt and pepper to taste.


From Cooking Light, November 2018
Serves 12

Cooking spray
2 cups seedless black grapes (about 10 ounces)
1 and three-quarter cups chopped Honeycrisp apple (or Gala or ????)
2 tablespoons chopped scallop
1 cup fresh or frozen whole cranberries
1 and one half tablespoons unsalted butter
3 and one-half teaspoons pure maple syrup
One-eighth teaspoon kosher salt
One-quarter teaspoon fresh thyme leaves or sprigs (optional)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly coat a rimmed baking sheet with spray. Place grapes, apple and shallot on prepared baking sheet and lightly coat with cooking spray. Bake until shallots begin to soften, about 5 minutes.

Add cranberries to baking sheet. Bake at 425 degrees until cranberries burst, apple is tender and grape skins are beginning to burst, about 20 more minutes. Remove from oven and transfer mixture to a medium bowl. Stir in butter, maple syrup and salt. Cool completely, about one hour. Sprinkle with thyme, if desired.


I make the stuffing at least the day ahead because it should be cold when you put it in the turkey, which is also cold. This is probably more stuffing you will use. You can put the rest in a casserole and bake for Thanksgiving, or freeze it for another turkey or chicken dinner.

I large Pepperidge Farms herb-seasoned stuffing mix
6 to 8 tablespoons butter
1 cup onions, minced
1 cup celery, minced
1 small can of diced mushrooms
1 cup walnuts, chopped (I chop it with my hands because I don’t want it chopped fine)
salt and pepper, to taste
Bell’s seasoning, to taste

Make Pepperidge Farms stuffing according to package instructions.

In a skillet, add butter and melt over medium heat. Add onions, celery, mushrooms and walnuts. Saute for about 10 minutes. Add salt, pepper and Bell’s seasoning to taste. Add to stuffing mix and stir. Refrigerate until cold (I often put the stuffing in a large plastic bag and put it in the porch, since I rarely have much space in my refrigerator.)


Adapted from Linnea Rufo of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Yield: serves 10 to 12 people
1 cup sugar
one-half cup (1 stick) butter
one-half cup currants or raisins or dried cherries (optional)
one-half cup candied ginger, chopped
2 eggs
2 tablespoons molasses
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
one-quarter teaspoon cloves
one-half teaspoon ginger
one-teaspoon salt
1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350º F. Grease a 10-inch tube pan.

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, blending well after each addition.

Whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and salt. Stir dry ingredients into egg mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with dry ingredients.

Pour batter into prepared tube pan. Set on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 1 hour and 5 minutes, or until cake pulls away from sides of pan and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool cake in the pan, set on a rack, for 10 minutes. Remove cake from pan and spread on icing at once, while cake is still warm.

Espresso Icing

1 and one-half cups of confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon of espresso (use a teaspoon or so of cold coffee)
1 tablespoon milk

Whisk icing ingredients together.


From Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins, The New Basics Cookbook (Workman, New York, 1989)

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

5 teaspoons Dijon mustard
one-half cup red wine vinegar
1 cup light olive oil (or other good vegetable oil)
12 small red potatoes
one-half teaspoon kosher or sea salt
2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper
12 large cloves garlic
8 ounces bacon cut into one-half-inch pieces
one-half cup finely chopped red onion
one-quarter cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
3 cups coarsely shredded cook turkey
1 bunch arugula, rinsed, trimmed and patted dry
2 bunches watercress, rinsed, trimmed and patted dry

Whisk mustard and vinegar together in a small bowl. Slowly pour in three-quarters of the oil, whisking constantly. Set the vinaigrette aside.

Prick the potatoes all over with the tines of a fork. Combine remaining one-quarter oil, salt and 1 teaspoon of the pepper in a bowl. Add potatoes and toss until well coated with the mixture. Place the potatoes in a shallow roasting pan and bake, uncovered, for 1 hour, turning occasionally.

Remove potatoes from the oven and allow them to cool. Then cut them into one-half-inch slices and place in a large bowl.

Place the garlic cloves in a small saucepan. Cover with water, bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Drain, allow to cool. Then peel.

Saute bacon in a heavy skillet until crisp. Transfer bacon to paper towels to drain, reserving the fat.

Add garlic cloves to bacon fat in the skillet and cook over low heat for 2 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon. Discard the fat.

Add red onion, parsley, remaining teaspoon of black pepper and the vinaigrette to the potatoes. Toss gently.

Add turkey, bacon and garlic cloves. Gently fold all ingredients together.

Arrange the arugula and watercress on a large serving platter and place the salad on top. Serve immediately.

About the author: Lee White has been writing about restaurants and cooking since 1976 and has been extensively published in the Worcester (Mass.) Magazine, The Day, Norwich Bulletin, and Hartford Courant. She currently writes Nibbles and a cooking column called A La Carte for and the Shore Publishing and the Times newspapers, both of which are owned by The Day.


LYSB Hosts a Community Conversation on Underage Drinking This Evening

OLD LYME — Lyme-Old Lyme Prevention Coalition invites all readers to a Community Talk on Underage Drinking this evening, Monday, Nov. 25, from 6 to 8 Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau, 59 Lyme St., Old Lyme.

The event, which is appropriate for all community members including youth, includes dinner, discussion, and activities with special guests from Mothers Against Drnk Driving (MADD).

Topics to be covered will include:
• Alcohol and the brain
• Alcohol conversations
• Brain games

Join LYSB and MADD representatives for dinner.

For further information, call 860-434-7208.


Where Art Meets Nature: I-Park Hosts Nov. Open Studios & Holiday Party This Afternoon

November Artists Artwork Photo Collage. Top row: Jaynie Crimmins, Miroslaw Baca, Joshua Hey; Middle row: Teresa Connors, Dennis James Sweeney, Shane Charles Smith; Bottom row: Tanya Rey. Photo submitted by I-Park.

EAST HADDAM — The public is invited to come to I-Park this afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m. for its final Open Studios of the 2019 season and for some holiday cheer.  Visitors will experience a multi-disciplinary group of artists from around the globe and can also enjoy a walk of the art-filled trails.

I-Park has been supporting artists from around the country and the globe since its first residency in 2001 and continues to offer fully-funded residencies to writers, composers, visual artists, film-makers, architects, etc.  Visitors will be able to meet these seven talented artists on this afternoon at I-Park, 428 Hopyard Rd. in East Haddam.

Once a month, at the conclusion of each residency, I-Park holds Open Studios when visitors are invited to meet the artists in their studios, attend a presentation featuring some of their work, enjoy complimentary refreshments, and stroll the trails winding through I-Park’s scenic, art-filled campus.  Generally closed to visitors, I-Park gives resident artists undisturbed time to work on their creative endeavors.

The event schedule for Sundayis as follows:

1:00 to 2:30     Visitors artists in their Studios

2:30 to 3:00     Artists Presentations

3:00 to 5:00     Holiday Party + Art Trail Walk

The artists are:

Miroslaw Baca is a Polish sculptor focused on abstract form and classical material.  He has realized both public and private commissioned sculptures around the world.

Teresa Connors is a Canadian-based creative coder, acoustic/electroacoustic composer, opera singer and audiovisual installation artist. Her creative works have received numerous awards and have been presented at conferences, festivals and galleries around the world.

Jaynie Crimmins a Brooklyn-based visual artist who creates alternative narratives from quotidian materials.  Her work has been exhibited at ART on PAPER; SPRING/BREAK Art Show; Governor’s Island Art Fair and many other museums around the country.

Joshua Hey is a composer based in Philadelphia. His work has been performed by musicians such as the Daedalus Quartet, International Contemporary Ensemble, Dal Niente, PRISM, Omaha Symphony and others.

Tanya Rey is an Oakland-based writer. Her writing has appeared in Guernica, Granta, Catapult, Roads & Kingdoms and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, among others.     

Shane Charles Smith is a visual artist from Brooklyn and Maine. He creates mural-sized painting installations. His work is informed by his father, a lifelong land surveyor and Penobscot Nation member, and his grandfather who was a mapmaker.

Dennis James Sweeney is a writer and poet currently living in Amherst, MA.  His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in Crazyhorse, Five Points, Ninth Letter, The New York Times, and The Southern Review, among many others.

Although admission to Open Studios is free, advance reservations are requested. To reserve your space, visit

For additional information, write or call 860-873-2468.

 I‐Park is an artists-in-residence program offering fully funded residencies in visual arts, creative writing, music composition/sound art, moving image, and architecture/landscape design. Since its founding in 2001, I-Park has sponsored almost 1,000 residencies, and has developed cross‐disciplinary projects of cultural significance and brought them into the public domain.

Set within a 450-acre nature preserve, I-Park encourages dialogue between the natural and built environments, and has been the setting for exhibitions, performances, symposia, and programs that facilitate artistic collaboration. For more information, visit



Old Lyme Soccer Girls Fall to 1-0 Holy Cross in Class S State Final

The Old Lyme girls gather happily for a team photo with Coach Paul Gleason (at right) after defeating NW Catholic 2-0 at Xavier High School in the Class S State Championship semifinal. Photo by Ally Gleason.

11/23 Update: Despite playing an excellent game, the Wildcats were defeated 1-0 this morning by Holy Cross.  Devon Bushka scored for Holy Cross 10 minutes into the second half. Congratulations to the Old Lyme girls on an incredible season — you end it with your heads held high. Visit this link to read a game report by Sean Begin and published on the

LYME-OLD LYME — The eighth-seeded Old Lyme girls varsity soccer team faces #3 Holy Cross at 10 a.m. today at Veteran’s Park in New Britain in their bid to become Class S state champions for the fifth time in a row. Fan buses are being run from Old Lyme and it is anticipated that a huge crowd of hometown supporters will be there to cheer on the girls.

Old Lyme defeated NW Catholic 2-0 in the semifinals on Wednesday when Lydia Tinnerello, one of five team captains for Old Lyme, scored twice at Xavier High School to lift #8 Old Lyme to a convincing victory. 

Tinnerello’s first goal found the net just shy of eight minutes into the game and then she followed up in the last minute of the first half with a shot assisted by Abby Manthous. The move that culminated in the second goal had started with a free kick by another team captain Emily DeRoehn. The other captains are Katie Funaro, Melissa Mauro  and Kaylee Armenia.

Paul Gleason’s Wildcats held onto their lead through the second half to the delight of all the spectators who had traveled from Old Lyme to support the team.

After the game, Tinnerello, who will play lacross at Merrimack next year, told LymeLine in a text, “I feel great about the game. It was a complete team effort. And I’m really proud of my teammates for always working their hardest.”



State Rep. Carney Named Environmental Champion by Connecticut League of Conservation Voters

State Rep. Devin Carney (R- 23rd)

HARTFORD – (from a press release) The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) have recognized State Representative Devin Carney (R-23), naming him an Environmental Champion for his efforts and support of proposals that focus on various green initiatives throughout the state.

Each year, the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters release an Environmental Scorecard and names “Environmental Champions,” legislators who advocated for particular pro-environment bills. Only 16 legislators received this designation and Rep. Carney’s leadership on clean energy legislation was highlighted.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized by the League of Conservation Voters as an Environmental Champion,” saidRep. Carney. As the State Representative for an environmentally precious district, I was proud to advocate for and support many pieces of legislation to improve and protect Connecticut’s environment. As the Co-Chair of the Clean Energy Caucus, I was proud of the work I was able to achieve, particularly involving solar net-metering. I look forward to continuing making environmentally-friendly legislation a priority.”

The organization stated Rep. Carney was “instrumental in passing the temporary fix for solar net-metering that became part of the Green Economy Act (HB 5002) and that “he also argued for a more comprehensive set of clean energy policies to grow our economy and address our climate crisis.”

In addition, Rep. Carney also co-sponsored two other environment-related bills during this legislative session. SB-753 expands the statewide fracking ban to apply to all gas and oil extraction activities and HB-7156 to authorize the procurement of energy derived from offshore wind. Both bills passed and were signed into law by the governor earlier this summer.


Cooley Gallery’s Holiday Show on View Through Jan. 7, 2020

OLD LYME — The Cooley Gallery ‘s annual holiday sale featuring an eclectic mix of art and objects in all sizes is on view at 25 Lyme Street in Old Lyme through Jan. 7, 2020.

Located in the beautiful little village of Old Lyme, The Cooley Gallery is an ideal spot to enjoy among the best of American art while celebrating the season with a great New England tradition.

Founded in 1981 and located in the heart of historic Old Lyme, the Cooley Gallery specializes in fine American paintings from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, including the Hudson River School, American Impressionism, and select contemporary artists.

Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday 12 to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 to 4 p.m. or online anytime at


Old Lyme Girls Defeat NW Catholic 2-0, Advance to Fifth Consecutive Class S State Championship!

LYME-OLD LYME — Lydia Tinnerello put the ball in the net twice this evening at Xavier High School to lift Old Lyme to a 2-0 victory against NW Catholic and win the Wildcats a berth in the CIAC Class S soccer state final for the fifth consecutive year.



Wildcats Face NW Catholic in Class S State Soccer Semifinal Tonight

LYME-OLD LYME — Paul Gleason’s Wildcat girls face Northwest Catholic tomorrow evening at Xavier High School in an effort to secure themselves a berth in the CIAC Class S soccer state final for the fifth consecutive year. This semifinal game kicks off at 7 p.m.

Old Lyme defeated the top-seeded Housatonic 7-5 on Saturday in a thrilling penalty shoot-out.



Shop & Stroll at 15th Biennial Holiday House Tour in Historic Essex, Dec. 7; Benefits Child & Family Agency

File photo of a beautifully decorated home from the 2015 tour.

ESSEX — The town of Essex opens their homes this December to support Child & Family Agency of Southeastern CT. On Saturday, Dec. 7, the Essex River Valley Auxiliary of the Child & Family Agency of Southeastern CT presents a self-guided walking tour through six distinctive houses, beautifully decorated for the holidays in downtown Essex.

Visitors can also get a jump start on their holiday shopping by visiting the Holiday Boutique, featuring hand-crafted clothing, bespoke jewelry, unique home décor, festive holiday floral arrangements and more. The Holiday Boutique opens at 9:30 a.m. and is located at Essex Town Hall at 29 West Avenue.   Santa’s Café located in the boutique will offer snacks and refreshments.

Child & Family Agency of Southeastern CT is the area’s oldest children’s non-profit organization in Southeastern CT, a cornerstone Agency helping children and families since 1809.  With over 10,535 children and families served each year, the Agency aims to provide high- quality and holistic mental health treatment to all members of the community. The Essex location offers a variety of programs, services, and therapeutic models with the goal of not only nurturing children and families but the entire community.

The Essex Auxiliary has proudly devoted itself to supporting the Agency for over 25 years, providing over half a million dollars in unrestricted funds.  Most recently, the Auxiliary raised funds to create an outdoor therapeutic area at the Essex Child Guidance office. All proceeds from the holiday house tour benefit the programs and services provided by the Agency.

This is the 15th-holiday house tour presented in Essex, and a wonderful opportunity to see some of Essex’s historic homes that showcase elegant, architectural features in their original settings. Tickets are available for purchase online at $30 in advance or $40 on the day of the event at the Essex Town Hall at 29 West Avenue, Essex, CT.

Editor’s Note: In 1944, a group of 12 women organized to aid the Agency and its work, creating the Child & Family Agency Auxiliaries.  Nearly 600 men and women from five auxiliaries give generously of their time and talent through caring for children, fundraising events, and educational services. Through multiple events each year, the dedicated volunteer members of the Essex River Valley Auxiliary take pride in funding programs that improve the lives of children and their families.


17 Republicans, Two Democrats Sworn In To Serve Old Lyme; Terms Start Nov. 19 in Most Cases

Photo by Haley Shettles.

OLD LYME — Seventeen of the Republicans elected or re-elected on Nov. 5 were sworn into office Sunday afternoon by Old Lyme Town Clerk Vicki Urbowicz in the Meeting Hall of Old Lyme’s Memorial Town Hall.

Pictured in the photo above are, from left to right, (front row, sitting), Steve Dix (Zoning Board of Appeals), Tim Griswold (First Selectman), Tammy Tinnerrello (Zoning), Judy Tooker (Tax Collector), Suzanne Thompson (Region 18 Board of Education), (back row, standing) Judy Read (Board of Finance Alternate), Janet Sturges (Board of Finance), Chris Kerr (Selectman), Devin Carney (Zoning Board of Appeals Alternate), Harold Thompson (Planning Commission), Steven Wilson (Region 18 Board of Education), Dave Evers, (Board of Assessment Appeals)Sherry Johnston, (Zoning Board of Appeals Alternate), Jennifer Miller (Region 18 Board of Education), Matt Olson (Board of Finance Alternate), Michael Miller (Zoning Commission), and Dave Kelsey (Board of Finance).

Missing from the photo are Steve Ross (Planning Commission) and Nancy Hutchinson  (Zoning Board of Appeals).

Two Democrats were also sworn in the same afternoon, namely, Adam Burrows (Board of Finance Alternate) and Michael Reiter (Town Treasurer).

All appointees, who were unable to attend yesterday’s ceremony, will be sworn-in separately at a mutually convenient time for the Town Clerk and the appointee.


Today’s the Day for High Hopes’ Ever-Popular 9th Annual Holiday Market!

The High Hopes Holiday Market this Sunday is a not-to-be-missed event!

OLD LYME — On Sunday, Nov. 17, High Hopes Therapeutic Riding in Old Lyme, will throw open its gates to over 3000 visitors keen to get a jump start on their holiday shopping. Over 60 carefully-chosen artisan vendors, the ‘hottest’ food trucks in town, the ever-popular Author’s Corner, and kids’ crafts and games will all be back.

Entry to High Hopes Holiday Market, which is held at 36, Town Woods Road just off Rte. 1, is free with a donation to the Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries and High Hopes is aiming to top last year’s record-breaking collection – just in time for Thanksgiving.

Together with Event Sponsors, Benchmark Wealth Management,  High Hopes will present old favorites like Treefort Naturals, Howards Breads, Milo + Molly, Wild Carrot Cordage, and Fiber & Mud. The Whey Station will be serving their gourmet grilled cheese, and the  sought-afterFryborg will also be back at the food court. “We like to keep the Market fresh,” says Special Events Manager, Trudy Burgess, “and this year there will also be a range of new vendors like Copper Knot Designs, Coastal Creations, and Quilibet.”

Delicious gastronomic offerings will be available at the Tasting Tent.

Back by popular demand is the popular Tasting Tent. Purchase a Passport for beer tastings and bar bites, and be one of the first to try the new Apple Jack Daniels. Join the experts from sponsors Grand Wine & Spirits for wine tastings from vineyards around the world. Passports can be purchased in advance online at $30 – a 25 percent discount. Admittance is open to those age 21 and over, and State or Federal I.D. will be required for admittance. The tent opens at 12 p.m. and the final tasting will be at 3:30 p.m.

Keep the kids happy with games and activities sponsored by The Williams School or take a walk to visit a very special herd of therapy horses.

All proceeds from the Market are used to support the programs and participants of High Hopes Therapeutic Riding. Their workforce is 96 percent volunteer and the Market also serves as their biggest ‘friendraiser’ of the year. If you are interested in finding out more about High Hopes’ programs, either as a participant or volunteer, be sure to talk to one of their Volunteer Team.

Enter High Hopes’ first ‘Great Apple Pie’ contest or buy a raffle ticket for a chance to drive away in a brand-new car. First prize in this year’s raffle is for a Subaru Forester 2.5i Premium sponsored by our raffle partner Reynolds’ Subaru. Second prize is a beachside home vacation for eight in Panama. Third and fourth place prize-winners will win an iPad mini and an Amazon Echo Show respectively. The draw will take place at 3:45 p.m. and you do not have to be present to win. If you plan to purchase a ticket at the Market, make sure you buy early. Only 1,200 will be sold in total – which means the odds are great. Raffle tickets are available online at

Free parking is available on site (subject to weather,) and as you would expect, the majority of High Hopes’ grounds (and the whole of the market) is wheelchair accessible.

To find out more, follow the event on Facebook or visit High Hopes’ website at


Lyme Land Trust Offers Nature Walk for Families With Young Children, This Afternoon

LYME, CT — Explore Banningwood Preserve with Kim Hargrave of Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Sunday, Nov. 17, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Banningwood Preserve, 9 Town Street, Lyme, CT.

Join members of the Lyme Land Trust for a family walk geared for young children. Along the way, explore rock outcroppings, notice changes of the season and search for creatures getting ready for winter.

Everyone is welcome for this free event.

A view of the Lyme Land Trust’s Banningwood Preserve.

Kim Hargrave is Education Director of Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center. The Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, located in Mystic CT, is a combination wildlife sanctuary, natural history museum, and educational facility highlighting the habitats of southeastern Connecticut.

Reservations appreciated at

For more information, visit


After Nail-Biting PK Finish Against Top Seeds Housatonic, Old Lyme Girls Advance to State Semis Tuesday

The Wildcats celebrate their success after winning the penalty-kick shoot-out at this afternoon’s CIAC Class S State Championship quarter-final game. Photo by Ally Gleason.

Editor’s Note: Tuesday’s semifinal will be played at Xavier High School with a 7 p.m. kick-off.

Old Lyme, ranked #8, moves into the semi-finals of the CIAC Class S State Championship after defeating top-seeded Housatonic 7-5 on penalty-kicks. The PK shoot-out came after double overtime, which followed a scoreless regular time.

Old Lyme (13-2-4) now meets 13th-ranked Northwest Catholic (11-5-3) on Tuesday in the semi-final at a time and place to be determined.


For additional game reports, visit:


Lyme Land Trust to Rename Moulson Pond Fishway in Honor of Former Board Member, Land Trust President Linda Bireley.

LYME — The Lyme Land Trust will rename the Moulson Pond Fishway in honor of former board member and Land Trust President Linda Bireley.  Ms. Bireley, lover of the environment and the preserves of Lyme, passed away Nov. 8, 2019.

She served on the board of directors of the Lyme Land Trust for more than 10 years, as president from 2006-2007.  As stewardship committee chair, she worked to develop many of the trails in Lyme and developed a digitized stewardship monitoring program.

Ms. Bireley spearheaded the campaign to build three fish ladders in Lyme, most notably the Moulson Pond fish ladder. She was the first Town of Lyme Open Space Coordinator, from 2006 until 2014, when she was forced to retire due to illness.

The Lyme Land Trust notes in a press release, “We in Lyme were very fortunate to have had Linda,  a woman with such a dedicated and generous spirit, serving on our behalf. Moreover, she was a beloved and admired friend.”

Calling hours are Friday, Nov. 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Lyme Fire Department, Rte. 156, Lyme.

The full obituary is published at this link 


Wildcat Boys Fail to Make State Semis After Loss to Immaculate, AD Heck Says They had a “Great Season”

LYME/OLD LYME — Sadly the Old Lyme soccer boys couldn’t get the ball in the net Friday afternoon against Immaculate of Danbury. In contrast, Immaculate put away two goals to win the game and advance to the CIAC Class S state championship semi-finals.

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Athletic Director Hildie Heck commented on Twitter, “[I] Couldn’t be prouder of the boys soccer team. [They] Had a great season, played with heart, played clean and proved a lot of people wrong! Tough loss today, but a positive season to remember.”

Congratulations to the Wildcat Boys and their coach Ally Gleason on a memorable season!


Old Lyme Soccer Girls Meet Housatonic in State Quarters This Afternoon

LYME/OLD LYME — Lydia Tinnerello scored first for Old Lyme in Thursday’s CIAC Class S  State Championship Second Round game against St. Paul. Kaylee Armenia assisted the goal.
Sophia Gerst scored lone goal for St. Paul from a penalty kick.
Kaylee Armenia scored the game-winning goal unassisted for the ‘Cats.
Sam Gray was in goal for Old Lyme and made five saves.
Eighth-seeded Old Lyme now faces top seeds Housatonic Regional this afternoon with a 2 p.m. kick-off at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in the quarterfinals.

Old Lyme Soccer Boys Face Immaculate in State Quarters This Afternoon, “We’re Peaking at the Right Time” (Coach Ally Gleason)

LYME/OLD LYME — Following on their 3-1 victory over Hale-Ray High School on Wednesday, the Old Lyme boys travel to Danbury, Conn., today to take on the Immaculate High School team in the quarter-finals of the CIAC Class S State Soccer Championship.

The game kicks off at 2 p.m.

Asked how she felt about Old Lyme reaching the state quarter-finals, Coach Ally Gleason responded, “This is an exciting time for our program. We haven’t been to the state tournament since 2016 and then only reaching the second round. Two of our seniors were on that varsity team.”

She continued, “So this is a whole new level for our team and I’m so happy that they get to experience the state tournament, especially our seniors. We have a very talented team and the boys have been working hard all season to prepare themselves for this.”

Gleason added, “We had a tough regular season plagued with injury and illness and now having everyone back, we’re peaking at the right time. I’m looking forward to today’s game no matter the outcome, even though a win (which I know we can do) would be the best, but to be back in the states now with the boys is surreal.”

She then asked herself rhetorically, “How great would it be to get to the championship? Pretty remarkable I’d say. And the best part? They have what it takes to get there. Go Wildcats!”

This is a terrific achievement for first-year coach Ally Gleason, so we also say a heartfelt, “GO WILDCATS!”