October 2, 2022

Community Calendar

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 Education@lymelandtrust.org 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.

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 sue.cope@lymelandtrust.org to obtain the Zoom link.

Earth Day Walk of the Johnston Preserve in Lyme @ Johnston Preserve on Rte. 82
Apr 23 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Take an Earth Day walk through the Johnston Preserve in Lyme on Saturday. Photo by Wendy Hill.

On Saturday, April 23, Lyme Land Trust offers an Earth Day Walk of the Johnston Preserve led by forest ecologist Anthony Irving. The walk will begin at 9:30 a.m. and last until around 11:30 a.m.

The Town of Lyme’s 250-acre Johnston Preserve was designated a future Old Growth Forest by the Old Growth Forest Network (OGFN) in 2021

This walk is co-sponsored by the Town of Lyme. Meet at the Johnston Preserve on Rte. 82 in Lyme.

There is no charge and all are welcome, but registration is required at openspace@townlyme.org.

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: https://oldlymect.webex.com/oldlymect/j.php?MTID=m4be2068d5a47f0384c11fe3ab1950ae6

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 LymeLine.com.

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
‘John Brown & the Backporch Pickers’ Perform at Hamburg Fairgrounds @ Hamburg Fairgrounds
May 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

On Saturday, John Brown & the Back Porch Pickers will provide ‘Music in the Ring’ at Hamburg Fairgrounds.

LYME — The Hamburg Fair Association in cooperation with the Lyme Public Hall presents a spring music concert featuring “John Brown and the Backporch Pickers” band on Saturday evening,  May 14, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the ring at the Fairgrounds.

John Brown

The band, known for its well-blended mix of traditional country, classic rock, and heartfelt originals that reflect the trials and tribulations of life is sure to entertain those of all ages.

Grab your folding chairs or blanket and pack your families and friends in your car, truck, or SUV to join us for a night of great music!

Admission is $30.00 per carload and proceeds benefit the 2022 Hamburg Fair.

Hotdogs, hamburgers, and soda/water will be available for sale onsite.

Don’t miss this fun-filled, fund-raising event at Hamburg Fair Grounds, 2 Sterling City Rd., Lyme, CT.

Tour de Lyme
Jun 5 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Farmers Market at Tiffany Farms @ Tiffany Farms, Lyme
Jul 16 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
NACA Currach Regatta @ Custom House Pier
Jul 30 @ 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Free Concert by Old Lyme Town Band @ Field behind LOLMS
Jul 30 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Fireworks Display Hosted by Town of Old Lyme @ On field behind LOLMS
Jul 30 @ 9:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Hamburg Fair @ Hamburg Fairgrounds
Aug 20 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 pm
Hamburg Fair @ Hamburg Fairgrounds
Aug 21 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
‘History of Watch Rock’ at Watch Rock @ Watch Rock, off Joel Rd. in Old Lyme
Sep 7 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
LOL Food Share Garden Open House @ LOL Food Share Garden
Sep 24 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Second Annual LOLFSG Open House Slated for Saturday, Sept. 24, All Welcome

OLD LYME — The Lyme-Old Lyme Food Share Garden (LOLFSG) celebrated a milestone this week!

Following a much-needed rain event, mid-week volunteers harvested kale, tomatoes, string beans, peppers, eggplants, and more.  In doing so, the garden reached a total donation threshold of more than 2000 pounds of produce in its first growing season.

The LOLFSG President Jim Ward commented, “This incredible accomplishment is due to the dedication of volunteers and community support.”

Ward noted that the realistic LOLFSG goal for the 2023 season is to double production and is already looking forward to a “Two-Ton Tuesday.”

To celebrate the successful inaugural growing season and to learn more about the garden, all are invited to visit the 2nd Annual LOLFSG Open House on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the garden from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The garden is located at Town Woods Park behind the Field House and playground.

“Conduct Us” with Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra @ Hygienic Art Park
Oct 2 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

“Conduct Us” October 2, 2022, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, Hygienic Art Park

On Sunday, October 2 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., members of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra will be located at Hygienic Arts waiting to perform, all they need is a conductor. The general public will have a chance to conduct In the Hall of the Mountain King, Blue Danube WaltzToreador Song from Carmen, Can-Can from Orpheus in the Underworld, and William Tell Overture (The Lone Ranger Theme.) Everyone is invited to step up to the podium and try their hand at conducting the orchestra. Our Music Director and Conductor Toshiyuki Shimada will be there to give guidance and encouragement to the volunteer maestros!

Hygienic Art is located at 79 Bank Street, New London. This unique experience is free and open to the public in the outdoor Frank Loomis Palmer Amphitheater. Pack a lunch or enjoy takeout from the many eateries on Bank Street and come enjoy a gorgeous fall afternoon with us. Families and children are welcome and encouraged.

“Conduct Us” started when the ECSO participated in the international Make Music Day movement, which brings free, community-wide, outdoor musical celebrations to hundreds of cities worldwide! We last held this fun community event in Mystic River Park and we are delighted to bring it to New London.

Meadow Walk in Jewett Preserve, Lyme @ Jewett Preserve
Oct 2 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Pete Picone (center) leads a walk in Jewett Preserve in Lyme. File photo by Wendolyn Hill.

LYME — On Sunday, Oct. 2, join Pete Picone, Connecticut DEEP wildlife biologist and native habitat expert, for a tour of the meadow and surrounding shrubland in Jewett Preserve.

The meadow walk, which is co-sponsored by the Lyme Land Trust, Lyme Pollinator Pathway and the Town of Lyme, will start at 1:30 p.m. and last until 3:30 p.m.

Meet at the Jewett Preserve in Lyme, Conn. Park in the lot on McIntosh Rd, about 1/4 mile from the intersection with Rte. 156.

During the tour,  Picone will make recommendations for nurturing the vegetation that provides habitat for wildlife. Learn about which plants are beneficial for pollinators, and how to manage invasives. His guidance can be applied to enhancing habitat in your own back yard.

Registration is required at openspace@townlyme.org.

Free Outdoor Workshop with Local Artist Barbara Barry @ Watch Rock Preserve
Oct 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

OLD LYME — On Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Old Lyme Land Trust hosts a Free Outdoor Workshop at Watch Rock Preserve with local artist Barbara Barry.

Nature Journaling with watercolor and pen!

Rain date is Sunday, Oct. 9.

All materials provided or bring your sketchbook and paints as we capture the beauty of the Watch Rock Preserve in watercolor and pen. 

Meet at the Watch Rock Preserve at the parking lot at 10 a.m. and we will all walk in together. (Off Rte. 156 at Joel Road) 

Bring a lightweight chair or blanket to sit on, there are a few tight turns so no rolling bags. Also bring bug spray/sunscreen/hat/water/snacks – whatever you need to feel comfortable carrying and sitting on.

Donations are encouraged.