October 4, 2022

Community Calendar

Apr
22
Fri
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.

Apr
23
Sat
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.

Apr
25
Mon
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: 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.

Apr
27
Wed
‘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 oldlymelibrary.org

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 dimitri.photography 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.

Apr
28
Thu
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 lymeoldlymelions@gmail.com for more information.

Apr
30
Sat
Drug Take-Back Day @ Lyme Street Firehouse
Apr 30 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
May
2
Mon
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.
May
4
Wed
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.
May
6
Fri
Duck River Garden Club Plant Sale @ Old Lyme Shopping Center
May 6 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
May
7
Sat
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


LYME —
 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 www.hamburgfair.org 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.

May
10
Tue
Floral Arranging @ Old Lyme PGN Library
May 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS PROGRAM.

Create your own sunshine! We’ve planned an afternoon of springtime fun in the Community Room.

Kristine will lead us in creating a seasonal bouquet – to brighten your day or for someone special.
Click here to register, registration required to ensure enough materials.
May
12
Thu
All About Ayurveda Virtual Class Hosted by Old Lyme PGN Libray @ Virtual
May 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Talk on ‘History of Artisan Tiles’ hosted by OL Historical Society @ Old Lyme Historical Society
May 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Historical Society Inc. (OLHSI) presents a talk on the History of Artisan Tiles, tomorrow, Thursday, May 12, at 7 p.m. at the Society’s building at 55 Lyme St. in Old Lyme.

The guest speaker will be Paul Halferty of Lilywork Artisan Tile.

All are welcome and admission is free.

This is the first in a series of speaker events sponsored by the OLHSI.

Donations are welcome. Proceeds benefit the Carol Noyes Winters Scholarship Fund.

For more information about the OLHSI, visit the Society’s website.

May
14
Sat
‘Ekklesia’ to Perform ‘Body and Land’ Contemporary Dance at Saint Ann’s @ Saint Ann's Episcopal Church
May 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

On May 14, the Ekklesia dance company will perform ‘Body and Land’ at Saint Ann’s Church. All are welcome.

OLD LYME — On Saturday, May 14, at 4 p.m., Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church will present Ekklesia, a contemporary dance company. The new church entrance terrace and scenic lawn will form a natural backdrop for this experience.

In their piece “Body and Land”, dancers will move through the four seasons using the music of Vivaldi and composer Simonelli with words from poet Blankson. This work uses the arts to embody the challenges our modern earth faces from climate change.

“Saint Ann’s has been named a Level 2 Green House of Worship by the Connecticut Interreligious Eco-Justice Network,” explains The Rev. Dr. Anita Schell. “That’s why it’s so fitting we welcome Old Lyme and all our neighbors to experience Ekklesia’s moving message.”

The suggested donation for this production is $15.00.

Saint Ann’s is located at 82 Shore Rd., Old Lyme.

‘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.

May
15
Sun
Cold Case Presentation on (Anne) Frank Family Betrayal @ Lyme Public Hall
May 15 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
May
20
Fri
COVID Vaccine Clinic at Waterford Senior Center
May 20 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

AREAWIDE — UPDATED WITH DETAILS OF ADDITIONAL CLINIC: Ledge Light Health District has scheduled the following COVID-19 vaccine clinics, which Lyme and Old Lyme residents can attend:

  • Friday, May 20, 11am-1pm, Waterford Senior Center (24 Rope Ferry Road). Call Waterford Senior Services at 860-444-5839 to schedule an appointment. 
  • Monday, May 23, 2-4pm, East Lyme Senior Center, 37 Society Road, Niantic
  • Tuesday, June 7, 1-3pm, Groton Senior Center, 102 Newtown Road, Groton

Only the Moderna vaccine will be available at these clinics, 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

The clinics are free and open to the public. No appointment (except for the clinic at Waterford on Friday, May 20), insurance, or ID is necessary. Bring your CDC vaccination card if you have one. CDC recommends that everyone ages 5 years and older get their primary series of COVID-19 vaccine, and that everyone ages 12 years and older also receive a booster.

For a complete list of community clinics including those where vaccinations are available for people younger than 18, visit LLHD.org.

Community members and businesses are urged to access up-to-date information regarding the pandemic from reputable sources, including the Ledge Light Health District website (www.LLHD.org), Facebook (@LedgeLightHD), Twitter (@LedgeLightHD), and Instagram (@LedgeLightHD).

May
21
Sat
Author Talk: Skip Hine at Lyme Library @ Lyme Public Library
May 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

LYME — On Saturday, May 21, Lyme Public Library hosts acclaimed photographer Skip Hine from 2 to 3 p.m. to discuss his new book Memories in Hine Sight: My Life with a Camera.

Hine’s free presentation will include examples of his photographs and the fascinating stories that went into taking them.

With over 45 years of experience, this artist/author has traveled around the world photographing breathtaking landscapes, and taking portraits of some of the most famous celebrities, athletes and politicians in the world.

Register at this link for a unique “behind the lens” tour of life through the eyes of this award-winning photographer. There are only 30 places available for this talk, so register asap!

May
22
Sun
PARJE Mural Reveal @ Fulton Park
May 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
May
23
Mon
COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic in East Lyme @ East Lyme Senior Center
May 23 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

AREAWIDE — Ledge Light Health District has scheduled the following COVID-19 vaccine clinics, which Lyme and Old Lyme residents can attend:

  • Monday, May 23, 2-4pm, East Lyme Senior Center, 37 Society Road, Niantic
  • Tuesday, June 7, 1-3pm, Groton Senior Center, 102 Newtown Road, Groton

Only the Moderna vaccine will be available at these clinics, 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

The clinics are free and open to the public. No appointment (except for the clinic at Waterford on Friday, May 20), insurance, or ID is necessary. Bring your CDC vaccination card if you have one. CDC recommends that everyone ages 5 years and older get their primary series of COVID-19 vaccine, and that everyone ages 12 years and older also receive a booster.

For a complete list of community clinics including those where vaccinations are available for people younger than 18, visit LLHD.org.

Community members and businesses are urged to access up-to-date information regarding the pandemic from reputable sources, including the Ledge Light Health District website (www.LLHD.org), Facebook (@LedgeLightHD), Twitter (@LedgeLightHD), and Instagram (@LedgeLightHD).

May
25
Wed
DRGC Monthly Meeting @ Old Lyme Town Hall
May 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

OLD LYME — The Duck River Garden Club of Old Lyme will hold its monthly meeting and program on Wednesday, May 25, at Memorial Town Hall on Lyme St. in Old Lyme. A community social begins at 6:45 p.m., followed by the program at 7 p.m., which is open to all.

A business meeting for all active members will be held prior to the social, at 6 p.m.

The May program is titled Creating Wildlife Habitat with Native Plants, and is presented by Shaun Roche, who is  Visitor Services Manager at the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge in Westbrook, Conn.

May
26
Thu
‘Great Gatsby Gala’ Hosted by LOL Friends of Music @ Old Lyme Inn
May 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

OLD LYME — On Thursday, May 26, from 6 to 9 p.m., the Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Friends of Music (FOM) will host a Great Gatsby Gala at the Old Lyme Inn.

This scholarship fundraising event is sure to be an enjoyable evening, with plenty of food/drinks, and  entertainment. 1920s attire is strictly optional, but encouraged at the themed cocktail party.

There will also be an extensive Silent Auction, including wonderful gift baskets, gift certificates from local businesses for dining, goods, and luxury experiences; plus one of a kind artwork and antiques.

Tickets are $50/person. All are welcome. Seats are limited so prompt reservations are recommended.

Visit this link to buy your tickets online and/or to donate.

Send your payments/donation via mail to:
Friends of Music
PO Box 4
Old Lyme, CT 06371

Consider attending this event and help FOM continue their mission of providing scholarships and supporting music enrichment for Lyme-Old Lyme students.

Friends of Music is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are tax deductible.

May
29
Sun
Bell-Ringing Vigil, Call for Action on Gun Violence @ First Congregational Church of Old Lyme
May 29 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Vigil to be Held Sunday, May 29, 5 p.m. on Steps of First Congregational Church of Old Lyme

The steeple bell at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme will be rung 32 times Sunday evening starting at 5 p.m. to commemorate the 32 lives lost to gun violence in recent weeks.

OLD LYME, CT – The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme (FCCOL) and the Lyme-Old Lyme Partnership for Social Justice announced Friday, May 27, that the organizations would hold a bell-ringing vigil and call to action on Sunday, May 29.

The vigil will be held on the front steps of the church starting at 5 p.m.

The bell in the church steeple will be rung 32 times once for each of the victims of the recent mass shootings in Buffalo, N.Y., Laguna Woods, Calif., and Uvalde, Texas.

The community is invited to attend.  

Speakers at the vigil are expected to include: 

  • Kevin Booker from the New London City Council 
  • Principal Lindsey Thompson from the Mary Hooker Magnet School in Hartford
  • Judge Kevin Washington from Windsor, Conn. 
  • Rev. Dr. Terrlyn L. Curry Avery from Sacred Intelligence in New London
  • Colin Heffernan, Democratic candidate for the Connecticut House of Representatives 23rd District 
  • Rev. Steve Jungkeit from FCCOL and the Partnership for Social Justice 

In announcing the community vigil, Jungkeit said, “In the past, small New England villages like ours used bells as a way to call people out of their homes to mark times of worship, celebration and mourning. We are invoking that tradition again on Sunday, calling the  entire community to come join us as we remember the 32 individuals who lost their lives to the recent gun violence in Buffalo, N.Y., Laguna Woods, Calif., and Uvalde, Texas.”

Jungkeit continued, “It’s an opportunity to come together and grieve as a community – to voice our shared desire  for a society where we protect people, not guns, and where horrific killings like this no longer happen.”

May
30
Mon
Old Lyme Memorial Day Parade @ Lyme Street, Mc Curdy Rd., Old Lyme
May 30 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Jun
2
Thu
‘Traces of the Trade’ Screening & Discussion with Constance & Dain Perry @ Old Lyme PGN Library
Jun 2 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Thursday, June 2, 3-6 p.m.
Traces of the Trade 
Screening and Discussion with Constance & Dain Perry
Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, 2 Library Lane, Old Lyme CT

In Traces of the Trade, film producer Katrina Browne tells the story of her forebears — the deWolf family, the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. The film follows Browne and nine family members as they retrace the triangle trade and begin to think about how to address legacies of racial violence and the meaning of reconciliation.

Dain and Constance Perry, who traveled on the pilgrimage, will lead a discussion following a showing of the film.

The deWolf family’s role in the slave trade started in Old Lyme, where sawmill owner and carpenter Edward deWolf enslaved Mingo before 1704.

Today, a Witness Stone placed at the Sill Lane green remembers Mingo’s contributions to the development of the early town.

Constance R. Perry is a national consultant working in economically disadvantaged communities and specializing in workforce and community development. For more than 20 years, she managed, designed, and implemented programs for at-risk youth and adults at the municipal, state, and national level.

Born and raised in Boston, she is a descendant of enslaved laborers in North Carolina.

Dain Perry had a 30-year career as a Financial Representative with the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network (NMFN) in Boston. He is a past President of the Boston Estate Planning Council and was named Boston Estate Planner of the Year in 1999.

Prior to joining NMFN he was deputy director of the Massachusetts Council on Crime and Correction, and Acting Director of the Crime and Justice Foundation, both private non-profit community groups which promoted reform in the criminal justice system. He attended the U S Naval Academy.