October 16, 2019

Community Connections Host Networking Luncheon in Old Lyme TODAY to ‘Meet The Funders’

LYME-OLD LYME– Lyme-Old Lyme Community Connections hosts a Networking Luncheon & Discussion titled Meet The Funders, TODAY, Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at the Old Lyme Country Club.

A panel of local grant makers will discuss trends, interests, requirements and priorities.  Learn about the issues facing our region, how funders make strategic funding decisions and determine desired outcomes, what they really want from their non-profit partners, and how you can more successfully position your organization for funding.

The panelists are:
Nancy Bulkeley, Senior Community Affairs Representative, Dominion Nuclear Connecticut
Amanda Ljubicic, Vice President, Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT Foundation
Jennifer O’Brien,  Program Director, Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut
Greg Shook, President, Essex Savings Bank

Roundtable discussions and networking to follow.

Cost:  $25.00 — walk-in’s welcome.

Join Community Connections to discuss community issues and interests, and opportunities for collaboration among organizations serving Lyme and Old Lyme.

For more information, visit www.LOLCommunityConnections.org


Old Lyme’s Bourque Brings Home Top Brewing Honors in Hartford Beer Festival

Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society Executive Director Jennifer Matos stands with cask champion and Old Lyme resident Shane Bourque of Stony Creek Brewery at the fifth annual Noah Webster Real Ale Harvest Fest. held Sept. 7. Photo credit: Ben Scott. (Courtesy photo submitted)

Shane Bourque is seen here selecting the plants and herbs, which would go on to become key ingredients in his award-winning brew. Photo by C. Bourque.

OLD LYME — Each year, the Noah Webster Real Ale Festival is held at the Noah Webster House in West Hartford, and entrants are supposed to make each signature ale in a cask using only a base ale and whatever ingredients can be found in the garden of the home. In other words, they can only use ingredients that would have been available in the 1800s.

Breweries from across Connecticut come to show off their home brewed creations, and this year’s festival winner was presented to a watermelon sour craft beer brewed by Old Lyme resident Shane Bourque.

Bourque has been a resident of Old Lyme for 27 years. He went to school at Central Connecticut State University, where he studied criminology and history, and has been in the beer industry for about four or five years.

Starting out as a beer manager at …

Read the full article titled, Old Lyme resident brews success at ale festival at the link given. The article was written by Paul Garrett and published Sept. 30, on TheDay.com.

Editor’s Note: Shane Bourque is the son of David and Carey Bourque of Old Lyme.


Deadline to Complete Survey on Economic Status, Future of Old Lyme, 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: www.research.net/r/OldLymeCT

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.


State Rep. Devin Carney Offers More Information on Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and How to Protect Yourself

We received an updated version of the following email from State Representative Devin Carney (R-23rd) at 6:53 p.m. this afternoon, and believe it is important to share it with our readers as soon as possible.

Precautions for dealing with Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)

As many of you know, two people from Southeastern CT (East Lyme & Old Lyme) have recently passed away after being diagnosed with Eastern Equine Encephalitis (“EEE”) caused by a mosquito bite from an infected mosquito. Our hearts go out to the families affected.

Due to the recent EEE cases, state and local officials are urging folks to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their families. The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station is also adding additional monitoring sites in Lyme/Old Lyme and East Lyme in light of the recent tragedies.

During a call with Stephen Mansfield of Ledge Light Health District, I was told that infected mosquitoes were found near Blood St/Avenue B in Lyme and Old Lyme. So be extra cautious in those areas. However, this is an issue is endemic to Southeastern CT, so it is important to take precautions everywhere.

Here are some responses to frequently asked questions from the State of CT Mosquito Management Program:

What is Eastern Equine Encephalitis?

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is a rare but serious disease caused by the EEE virus.

How is Eastern Equine Encephalitis spread?

EEE is spread through contact with adult mosquitos.  The virus is generally carried by an exclusive bird-biting mosquito that live in freshwater swamps called Culiseta melanura. The highest risk of getting EEE is from late July through September. It has been found in 9 others mosquito species in CT, 6 of which are known to bite.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms usually occur from 3 to 10 days. Most people who have been infected with the EEE virus do not become ill. Symptoms can range from mild fever and headache to coma. Other symptoms include high fever, fatigue, muscle aches, neck stiffness, tremors, or confusion. More severe cases can lead to death.

Is there a vaccine or/any treatment?

No. There is no cure for EEE, and 3 of every 10 people who get the disease die from it. Doctors provide supportive treatment, lower the fever, and ease the pressure on the brain and spinal cord. Some people who survive this disease will be permanently disabled and only about half recover completely. There isn’t currently any vaccine because the EEE virus occurs so infrequently in people.

How is EEE spread?

Mosquitoes spread the EEE virus. The virus is carried by birds that live in freshwater swamps and is generally found only in these birds and in mosquitoes that feed on birds but not people. In some years, however, many birds get infected and other types of mosquitoes pick up the virus that also bite people and horses. The risk of getting EEE is highest from late July through September. The virus is spread by adult mosquitoes, which are killed by frost in the fall. The EEE virus is not spread by people and horses with the disease.

Can any mosquito spread EEE to people?

No. In Connecticut, there are 52 different mosquito species. Since 1996, EEE virus has been isolated from mosquitoes in Connecticut every year except 1999, usually during September and early October. The virus is generally maintained by an exclusive bird-biting mosquito called Culiseta melanura, but has been found in 9 other mosquito species in Connecticut, 6 of which are known to bite people.

What can I do to protect myself or my family?

According to the CDC, you should do the following:

  • Minimize time spent outdoors around dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Use insect repellent with one of the active ingredients below
    • DEET Picaridin (known as KBR 3023 and icaridin outside the US)
    • IR3535
    • Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE)
    • Para-menthane-diol (PMD)
    • 2-undecanone

** Do not use products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or para-menthane-diol (PMD) on children under 3 years old**

**Do not apply insect repellent to a child’s hands, eyes, mouth, cuts, or irritated skin**

Adults: Spray insect repellent onto your hands and then apply to a child’s face.

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants
    • Use permethrin to treat clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents) or buy permethrin-treated clothing and gear.
    • Permethrin is an insecticide that kills or repels mosquitoes.
    • Permethrin-treated clothing provides protection after multiple washings.
  • Take steps to control mosquitoes indoors and outdoors
        • Use screens on windows and doors. Repair holes in screens to keep mosquitoes outdoors.
        • Use air conditioning, if available.
        • Stop mosquitoes from laying eggs in or near water.
        • Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out items that hold water, such as tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpots, or trash containers.

For additional information on EEE, visit the following link from Ledge Light Health Center District –“Mosquitoes in Lyme and Old Lyme Test Positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Editor’s Note: If you have additional questions on this topic, or would like to speak with Rep. Carney about a concern regarding state government, email him at Devin.Carney@housegop.ct.gov or call 800-842-1423.


Hear the ‘History of Old Lyme Fire Department’ at an OLHS Lecture This Evening, All Welcome

A vintage Old Lyme firetruck takes part in a recent parade. Photo submitted.

The Old Lyme Historical Society (OLHS) hosts the final lecture in its summer series on Thursday, Sept. 26. Ellis Jewett will present the ‘History of Old Lyme Fire Department’ at the OLHS building at 55 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, starting at 7 p.m.

All are welcome. The suggested donation at the door is $8 or two people for $15.




Update From Old Lyme Town Hall Regarding Eastern Equine Encephalitis

OLD LYME — The following e-mail was sent out from Old Lyme Town Hall at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday evening.

A message from First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder:

Today we learned that a resident of Old Lyme has become the second victim of the mosquito-borne illness, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or the Triple-E virus. The Town of Old Lyme sends heartfelt condolences to the family of the victim. While we do not have the identity of the person at this time, I am sure that the loss is felt by all of the residents of Old Lyme.

Many have asked what the Town is doing with this threat in mind, so here is an update:

The Selectman’s Office has been in regular contact with Ledge Light Health District, has participated in scheduled conference calls with the State Dept. of Public Health, which provides updates on tests and recommendations, and is following all of the recommendations to date. The next conference call is scheduled for this Thursday.

Since Friday of last week, we have warned all outdoor sports activities to end by 5:30 PM (which may get earlier as the days grow shorter) and warned people to move indoors well before dusk.

We post all updates from Ledge Light Health District on our website.

The Town currently contracts with Innovative Mosquito to manage our plan to address nuisance mosquitos, which are primarily daytime-biting mosquitos. We regularly use non-chemical dunks in our catch basins, and monitor the mosquito population along the marshland of the shoreline neighborhoods. When warranted, backpack adulticide spraying is done to reduce the population. But these daytime-biting mosquitos have not tested positive for EEE virus. It is the night time mosquitos that have tested positive, and so far, none of the mosquitos tested from Old Lyme have been positive for the virus.

With the latest victim from Old Lyme, our contractor has increased trapping in the freshwater areas of town to assess the population, and the State Dept. of Agriculture has done the same, testing those caught for the virus. Those results are not yet available, but based on the outcome, recommendations will be made and followed by us.

If spraying is recommended, we will follow up immediately, and are prepared to do so.

We continue to stay in touch with our Health District and the State Dept. of Health, and will follow all recommendations that they give us.

We urge all residents to take this threat seriously, and take all precautions to avoid mosquitos.

Once again, our heartfelt condolences are sent to the family whose loved one has succumbed to this tragic illness.


Old Lyme Boys Still Unbeaten After Tying Tough Game Against Old Saybrook

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme boys retained their unbeaten record Tuesday afternoon after battling to a 1-1 draw against defending Class S state soccer champions Old Saybrook.

Jack Colella scored an unassisted goal first for the Rams and Avery Welch equalized for the Wildcats with an assist from Michael Milazzo.

Ryan Tetreault was in goal for Old Lyme and made a total of 12 saves, while Matthew Rothman, in goal for Old Saybrook, only had to make one save.

Ally Gleason, in her first year as varsity coach, has now taken the boys to 3-0-1 overall and 1-0-1 in the Shoreline Conference.

Read Vickie Fulkerson’s article published on TheDay.com at this link for a full report with photos of the game.


Death of Old Lyme Resident with EEE Announced

OLD LYME — We received an anonymous text this afternoon at 2:54 p.m. advising that the Connecticut Health Department had announced that the second person in the state, who tested positive for  eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), has died.  This unidentified victim is a resident of Old Lyme.

TheDay.com published an article this afternoon at 3:48 p.m. confirming the death titled, Old Lyme resident is second in state to die of EEE virus.

Read this article, State Announces Old Lyme Resident Tests Positive for EEE, Confirms Death of East Lyme Resident Diagnosed with EEE, published on LymeLine.com Sept. 21, which contains more information about both the death of the first state resident with EEE from East Lyme, and the disease itself and how to take precautions against it.


Old Lyme’s Duck River Garden Club Hosts Speaker on Composting, Tonight; All Welcome

Advanced Master Gardener Donna Katsuranis, who will be the guest speaker at Tuesday’s DRGC meeting.

The Duck River Garden Club (DRGC) hosts its next meeting this evening, Tuesday, Sept. 24, in the Old Lyme Memorial Town Hall Meeting Room. The guest speaker will be Advanced Master Gardener Donna Katsuranis, whose writings have been published in Connecticut Gardener. will present the ‘Whys’ and ‘Hows’ and ‘Do’s’ and ‘Don’ts’ of Composting.

Composting is one of those super-easy, ‘no-brainer’ things we can all do to reduce the impact of humans on the planet – and to make our yards and gardens healthier. There’s no better time to come and learn all about it.
The format for the meeting will be as follows:
6:30 p.m. Annual member’s plant exchange in the parking lot and social in the foyer
7 p.m. Program
8 p.m. Business meeting for members
This free DRGC program is open to the public. All are welcome to come enjoy their programs and find out more about Old Lyme’s own gardening club.

Old Lyme Girls Retain Unbeaten Record Against Shoreline Rival Old Saybrook in Local Derby

OLD SAYBROOK — Playing away yesterday at Old Saybrook High School, Paul Gleason’s  Old Lyme girls defeated the home team 2-0 in a local soccer derby.

Lydia Tinnerello and Kaylee Armenia scored for the Wildcats, with both goals unassisted.

Sam Gray was in goal for the Wildcats and made four saves, while Sophia Barker was in net for Old Saybrook and notched 11 saves.

Old Lyme is now 4-0-0 overall and 3-0-0 in the Shoreline Conference.


State Announces Old Lyme Resident Tests Positive for EEE, Confirms Death of East Lyme Resident Diagnosed with EEE


Yesterday, Department of Public Health (DPH) Commissioner Renée D. Coleman-Mitchell announced a second Connecticut resident has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) infection. The patient is an adult resident of Old Lyme, who became ill during the second week of September with encephalitis and remains hospitalized. Laboratory tests, which were completed Friday at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevvention (CDC) Laboratory in Ft. Collins, Colo., confirmed the presence of antibodies to the virus that causes EEE.

Friday afternoon, DPH learned that the first person diagnosed with EEE this year in Connecticut passed away earlier this week. The patient, an adult resident from the Town of East Lyme, was hospitalized with encephalitis in late August. This is Connecticut’s first fatal human EEE case since 2013.

“The identification of two Connecticut residents with EEE, one of whom has passed away, emphasizes the seriousness of this infection,” cautioned DPH Commissioner Renée Coleman Mitchell. “Using insect repellent, covering bare skin and avoiding being outdoors from dusk to dawn are effective ways to help keep you from being bitten by mosquitoes. Mosquitoes continue to be active until the first heavy frost.”

States throughout the Northeast are also experiencing an active season for EEE. In addition to the virus being found in mosquitoes, there have been a total of 10 human cases of EEE infection in Massachusetts, including two fatalities, and three human cases in Rhode Island, including 1 fatality. Although EEE-infected mosquitoes continue to be detected in the southeastern corner of Connecticut, the numbers are declining and we are not experiencing the excessively high levels of
activity seen in Massachusetts. Although EEE-infected mosquitoes continue to be detected in the southeastern corner of the State, the numbers are declining and the area is not experiencing the excessively high levels of activity seen in Massachusetts.

It takes four to 10 days after the bite of an infected mosquito to develop symptoms of EEE. Severe cases of EEE virus infection result in encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain. Approximately a third of patients who develop EEE die and there is no specific treatment for EEE.

The DPH continues to advise against unnecessary trips into mosquito breeding grounds and marshes as the mosquitoes that transmit EEE virus are associated with freshwater swamps and are most active at dusk and dawn. Overnight camping or other substantial outdoor exposure in freshwater swamps in Connecticut should be avoided. Even though the temperatures are getting cooler, mosquitoes continue to be active until the first heavy frost and residents should continue to take measures to prevent mosquito bites. Pesticide spraying to kill adult mosquitoes is unlikely to be effective at this time of year when it is cooler at night and mosquitoes are less active.

First Human Case of West Nile Virus (WNV) Identified in Connecticut This Year 

The DPH is also announcing an adult resident of Danbury has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) infection. This is the first human case of WNV identified in Connecticut this season. The patient became ill during the third week of August with encephalitis and is recovering. Tests performed at the CDC Laboratory in Ft. Collins, Colo., confirmed the presence of antibodies to the virus that causes WNV disease.

West Nile virus has been detected in the state every year since 1999. While WNV has been detected in mosquitoes in the state this season, the numbers of infected mosquitoes identified have been lower than the historical average. The mosquitoes that transmit WNV are most abundant in urban and suburban areas with dense human populations.

Most people (8 out of 10) infected with WNV do not develop symptoms. Approximately 1 in 5 people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms. About 1 out of 150 infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, illness. In 2018, 23 human cases of WNV virus were identified in Connecticut residents, including one fatality.

Connecticut Mosquito Management Program

The management of mosquitoes in Connecticut is a collaborative effort involving the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) and the Department of Public Health (DPH), together with the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Pathobiology at the University of Connecticut (UCONN). These agencies are responsible for monitoring and managing the state’s mosquito population levels to reduce the potential public health threat of mosquito-borne diseases.

For information on what can be done to prevent getting bitten by mosquitoes and the latest mosquito test results and human infections, visit the Connecticut Mosquito Management Program web site at https://portal.ct.gov/mosquito

For more information about EEE prevention, visit the CDC website:https://www.cdc.gov/easternequineencephalitis/gen/pre.html


Old Lyme EDC Hosts SWOT Workshop: All Town Residents, Business Owners, Employees Welcome to Participate

OLD LYME — If you live, work or own a business in Old Lyme, then you’re invited to a SWOT Analysis Workshop tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 21) morning at the Town Hall from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

SWOT is an acronym for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats and represents a technique frequently used in strategic business planning.  The Old Lyme Economic Development Commission (EDC) working with the Connecticut Economic Resource Center (CERC) are using the technique with input from a variety of stakeholders to assist in determining the overarching goals, which will help guide the future economic development of Old Lyme.
 Working collaboratively, the two organizations are seeking to prioritize of efforts in three areas primarily, as follows
  1. Retaining existing businesses
  2. Attracting new investments (especially in available commercial properties that are presently abandoned and/or neglected)
  3. Promoting entrepreneurship — since local business owners, who live in Old Lyme, have a vested interest in the community.

The EDC is working closely with the Halls Road Improvement Committee (HRIC) to ensure the two groups work in tandem.  BJ Bernblum, HRIC Chairman, told LymeLine, ” “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, “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 also encouraged all Old Lyme residents and business owners or operators to complete the EDC survey at this link: www.research.net/r/OldLymeCT.  The deadline for completing the survey is Friday, Sept. 27.


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

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 www.christthekingchurch.net for directions. And follow the church on Facebook (@ChristtheKingChurchOldLyme) for regular updates.

For more information, call 860-434-1669.


Lyme Public Hall Tag & Bake Sale Takes Place Today

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 wdenow@comcast.net.


Enjoy ‘Cruise Blues & Brews’ Festival Today in Chester

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 www.cruisebluesandbrews.com


I-Park Hosts Site-Responsive Art Biennale + Illuminations Gala This Weekend

Site-responsive Art Piece by Cornelia Konrads. Photo Steve Blazo.

Artists from Five Countries and Three Continents Premiere New Works at I-Park

During a three-week onsite residency, nine artists will creatively engage I-Park’s natural and built environments, culminating in a multi-disciplinary, multi-sensory outdoor weekend exhibition. This year’s artists are Jeremiah Barber (California), Sally Kidall (Australia), Chelsea Leventhal (Germany), Anthony Heinz May (New York/Oregon), John Melvin (Washington/France), John R. Neeson (Australia), Sasha Petrenko (Washington), Elena Redaelli (Norway/Italy) and Moira Williams (New York).

Saturday, Sept. 21 | 6 to 10 p.m.  I-Park’s annual Illuminations Gala, will feature a VIP preview walk unveiling the nine new artworks in the company of the participating artists – as well a sit down dinner by Gourmet Galley, dessert by Creative Cakes by Donna, live music by Goza Latin Band and silent and live auctions. Bid on artwork, vintage wines and cultural and culinary experiences.  All proceeds will help provide 60 fully-funded artists’ residencies in 2020.  Tickets are $100 and can be purchased on-line at i-park.org or by calling 860-873-2468.

Sunday, Sept. 22 | 1 to 6 p.m.  The 2019 Site-Responsive Art Biennale – a free community event. Guests will receive a map so they can create their own self-guided tour of the new installations, all set along I-Park’s system of scenic art/nature trails.  Tickets can be reserved on-line at i-park.org

I-Park, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, has, since its inception in 2001, provided almost 1,000 fully-funded residencies to artists from around the world.   To learn more about artists’ residencies and other opportunities, public programming and ways to support I-Park, visit i-park.org. I-Park is deeply appreciative of the support provided by the Community Foundation of Middlesex County/Mary Janvrin and Natalie Janvrin Wiggins Fund for Birds, Other Animals and Nature.



Listen Anytime on the Web to ‘CT Outdoors’ Radio Show About the I-Park Foundation

Suzanne Thompson (center) stands with her guests from I-Park Joann Paradis and Claudia Dinep.

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to experience an unveiling of outdoor site-inspired artist creations, come to I-Park Foundation in East Haddam this Sunday for one of its free seasonal open houses. Learn about this fascinating preserve and visiting artists’ enclave on this week’s CT Outdoors with Old Lyme’s Suzanne Thompson.

Guests Joanne Paradis, I-Park Foundation executive director and Claudia Dinep, landscape architect and ecological design specialist also talk about plans underway for an accessible nature trail that winds through parts of the 400+ acre nature preserve.

You can listen to a recording of the show anytime on your PC or Mac anytime from the website, click the On Demand icon, look for pop-up screen from https://radio.securenetsystems.net and scroll to CT-Outdoors-91719—I-Park-Open-House.
For more information, visit i-park.org

Old Lyme BOF Allocates $6,250 to Lyme Academy to Assist “Reinvention” Process

File photo of the Chandler Academic Center, which comprises part of the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. The new management of the Academy is considering renting out the Chandler building as office space.

OLD LYME— Deemed an economic development driver for the town, the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts this week was allocated $6,250 by the Board of Finance to help fund a “strategic plan” to reinvent itself as it moves forward without an affiliate.

The school had asked for $15,000.

Finance board Chairman Andy Russell said the allocation, approved in a unanimous vote, was only possible after his board discovered that leftover funds previously designated to the academy from last year’s budget were never awarded. He said the town typically allocated $12,500 to the academy annually, but …

Read the full article titled, Old Lyme gives art academy $6,250 as it reinvents itself, written by Mary Biekert and published Sept. 19 on theday.com.




Wildcat Girls on Home Field Defeat T-Birds 2-1

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme girl’s soccer team, coached by Paul Gleason, defeated North Branford 2-1 Friday at home.

Mackenzie Machnik and Maddie McCulloch both scored in the first half for the Wildcats to take the lead by two unanswered goals. Both goals were unassisted.

Alexie Rosado scored late in the second half for the Thunderbirds to bring the respective scores closer at 2-1.  North Branford could not however  find the net again and make the sought-after equalizer.

Sam Gray was in goal for Old Lyme but did not have to make any saves while the Thunderbirds goalie had a total of seven saves.


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

OLD LYME — 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 loljrwomensclub@gmail.com