October 27, 2021

Learn to Row an Irish Currach

Learn to row an Irish currach on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Hains Park in Old Lyme.

OLD LYME — Learn to row Irish … remember, you don’t need to be Irish to row Irish!

Readers are invited to try out the ancient art of Irish Currach Rowing, Saturday, Oct. 16, at Hain’s Park, Rte. 1/Boston Post Rd. in Old Lyme from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

An Irish currach is a traditional vessel made of wood lathe and covered in canvas. Currachs date back several thousand years. They were used for trade among islands, between islands and mainland and along coastal mainland villages. The relatively light (for their size) fishing/trade boats, which could withstand high swells, have been streamlined in design for rowing competitions.

Veteran and newcomer rowers are all welcome. Pre-register before Oct. 15, and sign the waiver. Request the forms from row.currach.nl@gmail.com. Pre-register and also take an introductory lesson to receive a free team t-shirt.

The organizers suggest that attendees should bring gloves.

There is no obligation to join the group — simply come and try out currach rowing. Free coffee will be available to rowers and newcomers.

For more information, contact row.currach.nl@gmail.com

This event is sponsored by New London Currach Rowers with support from the Ancient Order of Hibernians of New London County and the Irish Coastal Club.

Open House Hosted by Halls Rd. Improvement Committee @ Old Lyme Town Hall
Aug 8 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Old Lyme Election Ballot Order Lottery @ Old Lyme Town Hall
Sep 1 @ 9:15 am – 9:30 am
Lyme Board of Selectmen Meeting
Sep 7 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Old Lyme Board of Selectmen Meeting @ Old Lyme Town Hall & virtual
Sep 7 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Old Lyme Special Town Meeting @ Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School Auditorium
Sep 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Old Lyme Open Space Commission Meeting, In-Person & Call-In Options @ Phone-in
Oct 8 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

OLD LYME — On Friday, Oct. 8, at 9 a.m., the Old Lyme Open Space Commission will offer the public an opportunity during their in-person meeting at Old Lyme Town Hall to call with questions or comments about the Town’s proposed acquisition of 41-1 and 41-4 Whippoorwill Road.

This purchase will add 35 acres to the existing Ames Open Space, with improved access to its trail system.

While the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Finance have approved this transaction, it still needs to go before the Planning Commission and a Town Meeting before the sale can take place.

It should be noted that the land being purchased and the roadway leading to it are still private property and not open to the public.

Readers can call into the Open Space Commission’s meeting by dialing 1-605-472-5727 and entering access code 3819718.

The full agenda for the meeting is as follows:

Hybrid Meeting, Open to the Public

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Minutes from September 10, 2021
  3. Welcome to the Public: Open Discussion on the proposed acquisition of the Ames Open Space 35 acres
  4. Land Steward Report: Peter Norris
  5. Existing Business
    1. Open Space Property Updates
    2. Ames Open Space: Amanda Blair
    3. Bartholomew Open Space: Amanda Blair
    4. Champlain North: Steven Calcagni
    5. McCulloch Family Open Space: Amanda Blair
    6. Eklund Pond Open Space: Anne Welles
  6. Grant Activity
    1. Rockfall Foundation & Hartford Audubon Society Grants: Andrea Fenton
    2. Future Applications
  7. Community Outreach
    Hikers Happy Hour
  8. Inland Wetlands Commission Report: Evan Griswold
  9. Conservation Commission Report: Gary Gregory
  10. New Business
    1. 2022 Schedule of Commission Meetings
    2. Additional New Business?
  11. Public Comment
  12. Executive Session – As Necessary
  13. Adjourn

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