September 30, 2022

Community Calendar

Lyme Town-wide Annual Roadside Clean-up Starts @ Lyme
Apr 1 all-day
LOLMS Presents ‘Mary Poppins Jr.’ @ Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School Auditorium
Apr 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
LOLHS Car Wash to Benefit Safe Grad @ Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School
Apr 2 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Come have your car washed and support the Safe Grad 2022 event!

OLD LYME — Today, Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) students are holding a car wash from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of LOL Middle School.

No appointment is required. All are welcome.

A $25 donation is suggested. All donations will benefit the Safe Grad event held on the night of graduation for LOLHS Seniors.

The car wash is being coordinated by LOLHS Senior Nick Adeletti.

Lyme Public Hall Hosts Open House @ Lyme Public Hall
Apr 2 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Many hands make light work … this was the 2019 Rte. 82 volunteer, clean-up crew.

LYME — In honor of Earth Day, the Town of Lyme and the Lyme Public Hall & Local History Archives are sponsoring a town-wide annual clean-up of local roadsides, from Friday, Apr. 1, through Friday, Apr. 22.

On Saturday, April 2, there will be a Lyme Public Hall Open House from 12 to 3 p.m. — bags will be available for pick-up.

Free trash bags, recycling bags and gloves will be available at Lyme Town Hall, Lyme Public Library and the Hadlyme Country Store.

Full bags of litter or recyclables may be left by the side of the road — the Lyme Town Crew will pick them up. Be sure to wear bright clothing and only pick up litter during daylight hours.

For more information, contact Chris McCawley at 860-575-7741 or email

LOLMS Presents ‘Mary Poppins Jr.’ @ Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School Auditorium
Apr 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
LOLMS Presents ‘Mary Poppins Jr.’ Matinee @ Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School Auditorium
Apr 3 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The most memorable word from Mary Poppins Jr. is spelled out during the performances at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School, which continue this evening and over the weekend.

OLD LYME — Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School (LOLMS) presents Mary Poppins Jr. Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2 at 7 p.m. in the LOLMS auditorium.

Use the QR code below to order tickets or visit

There will also be a matinee performance on Sunday, April 3,  at 1 p.m.

LLHD Vaccine Clinic @ Groton Municipal Center
Apr 7 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
LYSB Youth Art Show Opening @ Lyme Academy of Fine Arts
Apr 7 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
‘Season of the Osprey’ Filmmaker to Give Zoom Presentation @ Virtual
Apr 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
NY Academy Provost Presents Free Artist Talk, Live Drawing Demo @ Lyme Academy of Fine Arts
Apr 8 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

This evening, Friday, April 8, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Peter Drake, Provost of  New York Academy of Art, will present an Artist Talk and Live Drawing Demonstration at Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. The event is free and all are welcome.

Drake was appointed Provost in January 2018 and previously served as the Dean of Academic Affairs since 2010 at the New York Academy of Art.

Drake continues to be a Thesis Advisor having previously taught at Parsons the New School for Design, the School of Visual Arts, and the Maryland Institute College of Art.

As a visual artist his work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the US, China and Europe, including solo shows at Linda Warren Projects (Chicago) and District & Co. (Dominican Republic) and group shows at Bernarducci Gallery (New York), Sloan Fine Art (New York / LA) and the Phoenix Museum of Art.

He has curated exhibitions for the New York Academy of Art, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Parsons and the Drawing Center. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a National Endowment for the Arts Award and a MTA Arts for Transit Public Art Commission.

His work is the public collections of the Whitney Museum, the Phoenix Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Achenbach Collection and the Los Angeles County Art Museum.

Drake maintains a studio in DUMBO, Brooklyn through the Two Trees Cultural Space Program and is represented by Bernarducci Gallery, New York and Linda Warren Projects, Chicago.

​This artist talk is made possible by the generous support of the Robert Lehman Foundation.

Guests will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. The Lyme Academy of Fine Arts has removed the mask mandate for students, staff, faculty, models, and visitors inside its buildings.

The health and safety of guests are of the utmost importance. CDC guidelines are regularly monitored and the Academy’s policies adjusted accordingly.

Documentary Screening: ‘Whose Children Are They?’ @ Shoreline Church
Apr 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

OLD LYME — Whose Children Are They? is a documentary featuring teachers, parents, and front-line experts, who explore what is happening in US Public Schools today.

It will be shown in Old Lyme on Friday, April 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Shoreline Church, 287 Shore Rd.

Call 401.286.2650 for more information.


Easter Bunny at The Bowerbird @ The Bowerbird
Apr 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Easter Bunny will be dropping by The Bowerbird on Saturday, April 9, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Stop in and say hello!

Lyme Land Trust Presents Talk on Old Growth Forest Network @ Lyme Public Hall
Apr 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The Johnston Preserve in Lyme was designated a future Old Growth Forest in 2021.

LYME — On Sunday, April 10, at 2 p.m., the Lyme Land Trust hosts a presentation about the Old Growth Forest Network with Professor Joan Maloof at Lyme Public Hall.

Professor Maloof, who is Professor Emeritus at Salisbury University, founded the Old Growth Forest Network in order to preserve, protect and promote the country’s few remaining stands of old-growth forests.

This program is of particular importance to regional residents as the Town of Lyme now plays an important role in the United States’ biospheric health as a holder of one of three such designated forests in the state of Connecticut. Lyme’s Johnston Preserve was designated a future Old Growth Forest in 2021.

Joan Maloof is the author of Treepedia: A Brief Compendium of Arboreal LoreThe Living Forest: A Visual Journey into the Heart of the WoodsNature’s Temples: The Complex World of Old-Growth Forests, and Teaching the Trees: Lessons from the Forest and other publications.

Books will not be available for purchase at the talk, but if attendees bring your pre-purchased book(s), Joan Maloof will sign the book(s) after the talk. All books are available from the usual outlets, such as Amazon or Barnes and Noble or by ordering from your local bookstore.

To register for this event, email with subject: “Old Growth Forest.”

This program is made possible be a generous co-sponsoring project between estuary magazine, the Friends of the Lyme Public Library, and the Lyme Land Trust in collaboration with the Town of Lyme.

SECWAC Presents Yale Professor Speaking on “The War in Ukraine’ @ First Congregational Church of Old Lyme & virtual
Apr 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Marci Shore is associate professor of history at Yale University.

OLD LYME —  On Tuesday, April 12, from 6 to 7 p.m., the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) hosts Professor Marci Shore from the Department of History at Yale University. She will speak on the highly topical subject of “The War in Ukraine.”

This will be a hybrid presentation offering both in-person and Zoom options.

Since this will be SECWAC’s return to in-person events, attendees will be required to wear a mask during the meeting, unless you are speaking. Also, chairs will be spread out to provide some level of social distancing.

Light hors d’oeuvres will be served in the half hour before the presentation starts.

Professor Shore recently published an article in the Wall Street Journal (February 26/27, Review) entitled “Why Ukrainians Are Prepared to Fight”, in which she described the historical context for the war, pointing out that eight years ago the country rose up against the corruption and brutality of Russian domination, and forged a new kind of civic bond and commitment.

Shore is associate professor of history at Yale University. She is the translator of Michał Głowiński’s The Black Seasons and the author of Caviar and Ashes: A Warsaw Generation’s Life and Death in Marxism, 1918-1968, The Taste of Ashes: The Afterlife of Totalitarianism in Eastern Europe, and The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution.

In 2018 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship for her current project about phenomenology in East-Central Europe tentatively titled Eyeglasses Floating in the Sky: Central European Encounters that Took Place while Searching for Truth.

Registration is free to members or $20 for non-members. Register at this link.

For more information on SECWAC, visit their website.

Eggstravaganza Hosted by Lyme Academy of Fine Arts
Apr 16 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Earth Day Live Video Screening of ‘Spring Emergence’ via Zoom
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

LYME — In celebration of Earth Day today, Lyme Land Trust is offering a live video screening tonight at 7 p.m. via Zoom of Spring Emergence: An Exploration of Wildflowers in Pleasant Valley and Jewett Preserves.

This new, 27-minute video is the third in a series of preserve explorations with charismatic naturalist Mike Zarfos.

Zarfos, the writer, and Sue Cope, the video editor, will be live for a brief introduction to the video and then, after the viewing, for a live Q & A.

All are welcome to join the presentation. Preregister by sending an email to to obtain the Zoom link.

Lyme Ambulance Offers Free Class on Recognizing Medical Emergencies @ Hamburg Fire Station
Apr 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

LYME — On Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to noon, the Lyme Ambulance Association is offering a class titled, ‘Emergency 101.’ The class is free for Lyme residents aged 14 and over and will teach attendees how to learn to recognize a medical emergency.

The class will be held at the Hamburg Fire Station.

Call 860-510-2815 to reserve your place.

Public Forum on Proposed Lymes’ Senior Center Renovation @ Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School Auditorium
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
RLA Virtual Meeting to Discuss Public Comment on No Wake Buoys @ Virtual
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Rogers Lake Authority is holding a virtual meeting tonight, April 25, with a single agenda item of reviewing public comment concerning the controversial topic of No Wake Buoys.

To join the meeting, use the following meeting link:

To join by phone, call: 1-408-418-9388 and enter Access Code: 2332 517 5949.

The Rogers Lake West Shores Association is holding a viewing party of the meeting at the Rogers Lake Clubhouse this evening at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

Editor’s Note: Read a related Open Letter to the Lyme, Old Lyme Boards of Selectmen:- Actions of Rogers Lake Authority Spark Concern, Anger published April 21, on

‘Fish Stories at OL-PGN Library @ Old Lyme PGN Library & virtual
Apr 27 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Wednesday, April 27 – 6:30—7:30 p.m.

FISH STORIES – Migratory Fish in the Connecticut River

Join us in person at the Library or Zoom in for a conversation with Sally Harold and Steve Gephard, contributing columnists to “Below the Surface” in Estuary Magazine.  Together, they will discuss the history of migratory fish in the Connecticut River, as well as fishways, and dam removals locally and throughout Connecticut.

Register at

Duck River Garden Club Hosts Floral Designer @ Old Lyme Town Hall
Apr 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Acclaimed floral designer Trish Manfredi will give a presentation at Duck River Garden Club’s April 27 meeting.

OLD LYME — The Duck River Garden Club (DRGC) of Old Lyme will hold its monthly meeting and program on Wednesday, April 27, at Memorial Town Hall on Lyme St in Old Lyme.

A community social begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program at 7 p.m., which is open to all.

A business meeting for all active members will commence after the conclusion of the program.

The April program is entitled “Mechanics and New Techniques for Creative Floral Design” presented by Trish Manfredi, who is well-known and respected in her field. Trish is a National Garden Club Accredited Flower Show Judge and has received several awards for her expertise in floral design.  Her designs created during the program will be raffled off to members and community guests.

Guests and potential members are always welcome to our programs, and no registration is needed.
Contact Karen Geisler at (860) 434-5321 if you would like more information about the program or our DRGC.
Lyme Public Hall Hosts Open Jazz Jam Session @ Lyme Public Hall
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Photo by on Unsplash.

LYME — On Wednesday, April 27, from 7 to 9 p.m., Lyme Public Hall will host another Open Jazz Jam session.

All are welcome to come and participate or just listen.

This is a BYOB event and admission is free.

Lyme Public Hall is located at 249 Hamburg Rd. in Lyme.

LOL Lions Host WFSB’s Eric Parker to Discuss ‘Changing Face of Local TV News’ @ Old Lyme Town Hall
Apr 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

WFSB’s Eric Parker will be the guest speaker at the next LOL Lions meeting, Parker, April 28.

OLD LYME — On Thursday, April 28, the Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Club will hold its monthly meeting and program at Memorial Town Hall, 52 Lyme St, in Old Lyme. The presenter will be Eric Parker, who is host of CT ’22, the state’s most watched public affairs program, which airs on Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. on WFSB Channel 3.

He will discuss “The Changing Face of Local TV News.”

The program is free and open to the public, and no registration is needed.

A social will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program at 7 p.m. A business meeting for members is held at the conclusion of the program.

Parker is a local resident, and has a lengthy career in journalism, in addition to being an attorney. The industry has evolved in many ways during his 20 years in reporting. At the conclusion of the program, he will answer questions.

Parker previously co-anchored WFSB’s Eyewitness News This Morning for 10 years, and served as Chief Investigative Reporter for the Channel 3 I-Team.

Contact Bev Lewis at for more information.

Drug Take-Back Day @ Lyme Street Firehouse
Apr 30 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Lyme Affordable Housing Commission (AHC) Hosts Virtual Community Meeting to Introduce Draft of Lyme’s AH Plan @ Virtual
May 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

LYME — On Monday, May 2, at 7 p.m. on Zoom, the Lyme Affordable Housing Commission (AHC) will host a virtual community meeting to introduce a draft of Lyme’s affordable housing plan.

Visit this link to review a draft of the proposed plan in advance of the meeting.

Under a state mandate (CGS Section 8-30j), every Connecticut municipality must prepare and adopt an affordable housing plan by June 1, 2022.

All residents of Lyme are encouraged to attend the online meeting and share their responses to the draft plan.  The Zoom link for the meeting is here. The passcode to use to enter the meeting is 411561.

At the community meeting, members of the AHC will present a draft of Lyme’s plan and discuss its various components including:

  • its Community Values Statement
  • the importance of affordable housing
  • demographics and housing conditions
  • land use and zoning issues
  • strategies for increasing affordable housing in Lyme.

As background, residents may wish to review the following information:

  • In January 2022, the AHC issued a summary on affordable housing in Lyme entitled Status Update for Affordable Housing in Lyme: Where Have We Come From? Where are We Going? The report can be read by visiting this link.
  • In November 2021, RiverCOG (River Council of Governments) published its 10-year Regional Plan of Conservation & Development – a land-use plan that is intended to inform land-use decisions made by RiverCOG, land-use commissions, town governments and state agencies; and to encourage land-use coordination across municipal boundaries.
    To read or download a printed copy of this plan, click here.
    To peruse an electronic version of the plan, visit this website.
Free COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic @ Lymes' Senior Center
May 4 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

OLD LYME — On Wednesday, May 4, Ledge Light Health District in collaboration with the Old Lyme Visiting Nurse Association has scheduled a COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at Lymes’ Senior Center.

This free Clinic will be open to members of the public irrespective of their hometown from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. No appointment, insurance, or ID is necessary, but you are asked to bring your CDC vaccination card.

Only the Moderna vaccine will be available at this clinic for individuals 18 years or older who need a 1st or 2nd dose (primary series) or are eligible for a 1st or 2nd booster dose.

The following groups are eligible for a 1st booster shot at this clinic:

  • individuals 18 years of age and older who have completed a primary series of a mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer) and it has been at least 5 months since completion of primary series
  • individuals 18 years of age and older who have had a primary dose of Janssen COVID-19 vaccine and it has been at least 2 months and would like a mRNA booster

The following groups are eligible for a 2nd booster shot at this clinic:

  • individuals 50 years of age and older who have received a first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine, and it has been at least 4 months since first booster dose.
Duck River Garden Club Plant Sale @ Old Lyme Shopping Center
May 6 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Duck River Garden Club Plant Sale @ Old Lyme Shopping Center
May 7 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Lyme Grange Plant & Bake Sale @ Lyme Grange
May 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Free Beekeeping & Pollinator Workshop @ Lyme Grange, Hamburg Fairgrounds
May 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 On Saturday, May 7, from 1 to 3 p.m., the Hamburg Fair and Lyme Pollinator Pathway hosts a presentation on all aspects of beekeeping.

The presentation will be held at the Lyme Grange Hall at Hamburg Fairgrounds and immediately follows the Lyme Grange Plant & Bake Sale, which takes place that morning at the same location from 9 a.m. through 12:30 p.m.

Steve Dinsmore, CT Beekeepers Association Past President, will be the speaker.

This program is free but advance registration is appreciated. Register at or scan the QR code at left.

The presentation is intended for flower enthusiasts, new and experienced beekeepers.

It will offer an opportunity to learn about beekeeping history, best practices, threats, and how you can create a bee-friendly environment in your yard.