An informal Memorial Service celebrating the life and memory of Graham Nelson Raynolds of Hadlyme will be held on Saturday, June 18th at 11:00 a.m. at one of Graham’s favorite spots: the picnic area on the bank of the Connecticut River just north of the Hadlyme Ferry landing. All are welcome, please bring a folding chair if you need one.
Read his full obituary at this link.
OLD LYME – The Witness Stones Poets will join the Nat Reeves Quartet in a Juneteenth celebration of jazz and poetry on the lawn of the Florence Griswold Museum on Saturday afternoon, June 18, at 2 p.m.
The acclaimed Connecticut poets – Marilyn Nelson, Kate Rushin, Rhonda Ward and Antoinette Brim-Bell – will read a verse cycle written in collaboration with the Old Lyme Witness Stones Partnership. The poems commemorate 14 African-descended persons once enslaved in Old Lyme.
The internationally-renowned bassist and bandleader Nat Reeves will offer a musical tribute to those once held in bondage in the community.
Juneteenth is a federal holiday that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. The celebration takes place outdoors from 2 to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Limited seating is offered. Lawn chairs or blankets for additional outdoor seating are recommended.
Admission is free.
The event has received generous support from the Side Door Jazz Club and the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the federal ARPA program.
The Old Lyme Witness Stones Partnership’s goal is to expand the understanding of local history and honor the humanity and the contributions of those formerly enslaved in the community.
The partnership’s founding members include the Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, the Florence Griswold Museum, Lyme-Old Lyme Schools, and the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.
Community partners include the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center, St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau, and the Old Lyme Historical Society.
The Partnership has received generous support from a Health Improvement Collaborative of Southeastern Connecticut (HIC) Partnership Grant for Racial Equity.
Witness Stones Old Lyme partnered with The Witness Stones Project, an organization that seeks to restore the history and honor the humanity of the enslaved individuals who helped build our communities.
For further information, visit https://www.witnessstonesoldlyme.org.
Editor’s Note: The Florence Griswold Museum is at 96 Lyme St. in Old Lyme, CT.
OLD LYME — Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds on Lyme St. in Old Lyme offer a vibrant, artistic environment owned and managed by acclaimed international sculptor Gil Boro, who lives on the property.
Dedicated to arts education and appreciation, Boro vigorously pursues his mission to create a bond between art, nature and community by inspiring and promoting participation in the arts.
Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds’ 8th annual Summer Sculpture Showcase exhibition provides a unique opportunity for artists to showcase their sculptures in a stunning environment specifically designed to nurture the creative arts. This year, the Showcase features a variety of sculptures from 15 national artists, who represent a broad range of artistic communities, which, in turn, creates an exhibition of diverse sculpture.
All works on the grounds are available for sale.
On Saturday, June 18, an Opening Reception is being held from 5 to 7 p.m. to celebrate the 2022 Summer Sculpture Showcase. It will feature live music by Ramblin’ Dan Stevens, light refreshments, and the opportunity to tour the ground and view the artwork at leisure. All are welcome.
Boro comments, “I’m delighted to be able to open my grounds to these exceptional sculptors whose work intrigues me. Each one offers original creative thinking resulting in a combination of contrasting conceptual designs in a variety of media. I think any visitor to the exhibition is going to be thoroughly engaged by what he or she sees – including children.”
Boro is somewhat unusual as a professional sculptor in that he loves to see folk of all ages directly interacting with his sculptures, noting that he has a strong aversion to exhibitions, “… where people can’t touch my work.”
The Sculpture Grounds are thoroughly invested in the vibrant Old Lyme arts scene and anticipate this exhibition will attract art-loving visitors from near and far. Boro is committed to the important public mission to enrich the cultural life of the region for the education, enrichment, and enjoyment of the community. In previous years, the exhibition has drawn over 7000 viewers to the 4.5-acre sculpture garden located on the Connecticut shoreline.
Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds is located at 80-1 Lyme St., less than a minute from Exit 70 on I- 95. The Sculpture Grounds are open 365 days a year from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free. Children, field trips and group visits are all welcome.
For further information, visit the Sculpture Grounds website or call 860-434-5957.
OLD LYME — On Wednesday, June 22, at 1 p.m., Caryn B. Davis will present her book “Connecticut Waters: A Celebration of Our Coastline & Waterways” at the Lymes’ Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Road, Old Lyme, CT.
Read a review of Connecticut Waters by LymeLine Editor Olwen Logan at this link.
Davis is a published writer and architectural, garden and travel photographer. whose images and articles have appeared in the NY Times, Lonely Planet, Travel + Leisure, Town & Country, Connecticut Magazine, among others.
Call (860)-434-4127 or email [email protected] and register to attend this special event virtually or in person.
Books will be available to buy, and the author will also sign copies after the presentation.
OLD LYME — On Wednesday, June 22, Phoebe’s BookCellar at the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library will be hosting a Half-Price Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale will continue on Saturday, June 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Pre-loved books, DVD’s and more will all be on sale at half price — in fact everything will be on sale except historic maps!
Every dollar earned at the BookCellar goes directly to support the Library.
The BookCellar is open Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Phoebe’s BookCellar is a highly successful, volunteer-run used bookstore managed by the Friends of the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library. Besides the special editions, there is a wide range of gently-used books in what is now the only remaining general interest bookstore in Old Lyme.
If you have not yet visited, readers are invited to stop by and shop, drop off book donations, or complete a volunteer application. Choose from thousands of books available on such topics as art, business, classics, computers, cooking, language, literature, medicine, music, parenting, pets, reference, religion, sports, world history as well as books for children, young adults, modern fiction and non-fiction.
There is also a large collection of DVDs, CDs and Audiobooks. The BookCellar gratefully accepts “gently used” books, but respectfully requests no damaged, mildewed, moldy or musty books (these should be recycled.)
The BookCellar also features a large collection of Rare Books at very reasonable prices. Click here to see catalogs.
For further information, contact the BookCellar at [email protected], call 860.434.1684 or visit www.oldlyme.lioninc.org
The Library is located at 2 Library Lane, Old Lyme CT 06371. Opening hours are Monday to Thursday from 9am to 7pm; Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 2pm. The Library is closed on Sunday.
LYME — The Town of Lyme advises area residents that the traditional July 4th Parade will be held Monday, July 4, at approximately 10 a.m., in celebration of Independence Day. The parade will begin near Camp Claire on Cove Rd., cross Rte. 156 and end at the Lyme Grange.
The grand marshal for this year’s parade will be Parker Lord, who served as a selectman on Town of Lyme’s Board of Selectmen for more than 20 years and retired in 2021. Lord currently continues to serve the Town as chair of its Open Space Commission.
Temporary street closings will be in effect during the parade, travel delays are possible and parking may be limited in some areas.
Rte. 156 will be closed from approximately 10 to 10:15 a.m. between Sterling City Rd. North and South.
Lyme Town Hall, Lyme Public Library, the Transfer Station and Hamburg Recycling Center will all be closed Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.
OLD LYME — UPDATED 6/29: The Old Lyme Board of Selectmen has called a Special Town Meeting to be held on Tuesday, July 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Meeting Hall at the Old Lyme Memorial Town Hall at 52 Lyme St. The Special Town Meeting will be conducted in person only.
This meeting will consider and act upon the following single agenda item:
Whether to approve the disbursement of $2,120,593 of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, as outlined in the report of the Old Lyme American Rescue Plan Committee (APRC) report dated June 21, 2022, and as recommended by the Old Lyme Boards of Selectmen and Finance on June 21.
Copies of the proposed ARPA disbursements are available in the Town Clerk’s office and on the Town of Old Lyme website.
- 23 small businesses (< 500 employees per the US Treasury Department) applied for and met the requirements to receive grants up to $10,000, having substantiated pandemic-related economic loss occurring between March 3, 2021 and April 1, 2022:
- 10 nonprofit organizations (501c3) applied for and met the requirements to receive grants up to $10,000, having substantiated pandemic-related economic loss occurring between March 3, 2021 and April 1, 2022:Community Initiative Grants were recommended
- To invest in and support mental health services or public health services to assist Old Lyme residents (seven projects)
- To reinvest in Old Lyme government services that were deemed essential during the pandemic (such as emergency services) to ensure future preparedness (11 projects)
- To invest in current and future infrastructure challenges such as clean water and sewer/waste treatment (two projects)
- To invest in town-wide broadband (internet) improvements and/or cell services (one project)
- To invest in early childhood care, and education (three projects)
- To invest in bringing visitors to our Old Lyme attractions, restaurants, shops, and accommodations (six projects)
- To invest in affordable housing to meet the needs of those working and living in Old Lyme (one project)
- To provide (direct and indirect) financial assistance to Old Lyme families and households having difficulty recovering from pandemic losses (two projects)
In addition to the 10 recommendation categories above, the American Rescue Plan Committee has included in its recommendations:
• Reserving up to $20,000 to cover fees by an independent consultant retained to administer the Economic Recovery Grant applications (this expenditure was approved by the Town in its 3/21/22 Town Meeting)
• Reserving up to $20,000 in legal, outreach, and administrative costs associated with the survey and application, and granting processes.
Read the full details of all the proposed beneficiaries/projects at this link.
OLD LYME — Ledge Light Health District has scheduled a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Monday, July 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lymes’ Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Rd. in Old Lyme.
Only the Moderna vaccine will be available at this clinic for individuals 18 years or older who need a 1st or 2nd dose or are eligible for a 1st or 2nd booster dose. This clinic is free and open to the public. No appointment, insurance, or ID is necessary. Bring your CDC vaccination card if you have one.
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
CDC recommends that everyone ages 6 months and older get their primary series of COVID-19 vaccine, and that everyone ages 5 years and older also receive a booster.
Another COVID-19 vaccination clinic will be held on Wednesday, July 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ledyard Senior Center, 12 Van Tassel Drive, Gales Ferry.
For a complete list of community clinics including those where vaccinations are available for people younger than 18, please visit https://llhd.org/coronavirus-covid-19-situation/covid-19-vaccine/covid-19-vaccine-find-a-vaccination/
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).
Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) serves as the local health department for East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, Lyme, New London, North Stonington, Old Lyme, Stonington and Waterford, Connecticut. As a health district, formed under Connecticut General Statutes Section 19a-241, LLHD is a special unit of government, allowing member municipalities to provide comprehensive public health services to residents in a more efficient manner by consolidating the services within one organization.
OLD LYME — On Wednesday, July 13, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Senegalese dancer Abdou Sarr will give a dance performance at the Old Lyme PGN Library. Sarr is well known for his incredible Sabar and Djembe dances.
His infectious smile and incredible dancing bring high energy to his dance routine and also encourage children of all ages to participate.
This event is free.
Registration is appreciated but not required.
OLD LYME — Ever wonder what you should be looking for when you take a photo?
Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m., the Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library in Old Lyme hosts a free, informative conversation with Estuary magazine’s Creative Director Chris Zajac and Publisher Dick Shriver. Together they will share how they choose which photos are used in their publication.
Registration is appreciated at OldLymeLibrary.org but walk-ins are welcome too. For more information, call 860-434-1684, ext. 121.
The Library is located at 2 Library Ln. in Old Lyme.
OLD LYME — Tonight, the Corvettes Doo Wop Revue will perform outdoors in the Lymes’ Senior Center field, 26 Town Woods Road in Old Lyme, starting at 7 p.m. The concert is part of the Summer Sounds Outdoor Concert Series.
The Corvettes perform the toe-tapping music of the Doo Wop era with a fresh new energy.
All ages are welcome to come and enjoy this free musical performance.
Free ice cream will be served at 6:30 p.m. before the concert.
Bring your lawn chairs and dancing shoes!
For more information, call 860-434-4127 or email [email protected].
BINGO: June 22 through August 31, Wednesdays. The doors open at 6:00 pm and game starts at 7 pm. The $17 admission charge includes 20 games, 17 regular games and 3 specials with bigger prizes. Join us for a fun evening and win some money!
For info, call Bob 860-434-3745 or 860-225-9458.
Sponsored by Sound View Beach Association, Inc.
The Cartells Band, as part of the Summer Sounds Outdoor Concert Series, will perform outdoors in the Lymes’ Senior Center field, 26 Town Woods Road, Old Lyme, CT on Thursday, July 21, 2022, at 7:00pm. This 5-person band will be packing the dance floor! Playing Jazz, Swing, Motown, R&B and Rock n Roll!
All are welcome to join us for this free musical performance Bring your lawn chairs.
Don’t feel like cooking before the concert, the Lions Club will have a cookout at 6pm. Hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, drinks, and chips will be available for purchase on the Lymes’ Senior Center grounds. Proceeds go to the Lions Club Scholarship Fund.
Call 860-434-4127 or email [email protected] for more information.
BINGO: June 22 through August 31, Wednesdays. The doors open at 6:00 pm and game starts at 7 pm. The $17 admission charge includes 20 games, 17 regular games and 3 specials with bigger prizes. Join us for a fun evening and win some money! For info, call Bob 860-434-3745 or 860-225-9458. Sponsored by Sound View Beach Association, Inc.