May 19, 2022

Community Calendar

PARJE Event Featuring Morgan Tuck & Jack Madry @ Lyme Art Association
Feb 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
President’s Day
Feb 21 all-day
SECWAC Presents Professor Karolin Machtans @ Virtual
Feb 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Duck River Garden Club Monthly Meeting; Presentation on Sustainable Gardening
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Storytime with Lavender @ Lyme Public Library
Feb 25 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Storytime with Lavender, Friday, Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. 

Pamela A. Lefferts and Lavender the opossum will read from Lavender’s new book. This is a special co-sponsored event brought to us by the Friends of the Lyme Public Library and the Lyme Land Trust.

Winter Clarinet Concert with Jackie Pick at Lyme Library @ Lyme Public Library
Feb 26 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Winter Clarinet Concert with Jackie Pick, Saturday, February 26, 10:30am 

Enjoy a seasonal concert with local musician Jackie Pick. Jackie will be performing songs on the clarinet in the Lyme Library Reading Room. Limited to 20 participants. Masks must be worn.

Concert by ‘The State Street Saints’ Benefitting New London Currach Rowers @ Forty Thieves Irish Pub
Feb 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Peace Vigil for Ukraine @ First Congregational Church of Lyme
Mar 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Current Drug Trends on CT Shoreline: Zoom Presentation @ Virtual - hosted by LYSB
Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
First Friday at Chester
Mar 4 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Opening Reception at Lyme art association @ Lyme Art Association
Mar 6 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

‘Port of Pecceto’ in acrylics by Len Swec is one of the featured works in the ‘Wanderlust’ show.

OLD LYME  — Four new exhibitions, each with a different theme, will be on view in the Lyme Art Association’s beautiful historic galleries from March 4 through April 7.  ‘Poetry of Motion’, ‘Black and White’, ‘Wanderlust’, and ‘Renewal: Visions of Spring’ will run concurrently, each in a separate room.

An Opening Reception for the show will be held Sunday, March 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. All are welcome.

The Exhibition in Four Acts is one of the LAA’s most dynamic and exciting exhibitions, bringing together four distinct types of representational art.

Poetry of Motion showcases the work of talented artist members, who set out to capture the fleeting gestures of action and movement within their artwork.

Black and White features work of all themes in black and white and all the greys in between.

Wanderlust will take visitors on vacation with the artists.

‘Speckled Eggs’ in watercolor by Liz McGee is one of the signature works in the ‘Renewal: Visions of Spring’ show.

Renewal: Visions of Spring focuses on uplifting imagery of springtime and rebirth.

Four Acts is generously sponsored by Guilford Savings Bank in partnership with the Community Foundation of Middlesex County.

“A visit to the Lyme Art Association to see the Exhibition in Four Acts feels like visiting four different galleries. There is a variety and a shift in mood as you move from one gallery to the next,” states gallery manager, Jocelyn Zallinger.

She adds, “This show also allows a visitor to focus on each genre in a way that is not possible in other exhibitions.”

Lyme Garden Club Monthly Meeting @ Lyme Fire Company
Mar 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

LYME — The Lyme Garden Club will hold their monthly meeting and program on Tuesday, March 8, at the Lyme Fire Company, 213 Hamburg Rd./Rte. 156. The meeting begins at 10 a.m. with the program following at 11 a.m.

The program is “Starting Plants from Seeds” presented by Gini Mita from the Wallingford (Conn.) Garden Club.  She will focus on steps the home gardener can take with seed-starting, based on her extensive experience.

Guests and potential members are welcome to attend.

Contact Sue Hessel at 860-434-3035 for more information.

Blood Drive @ First Congregational Church of Old Lyme
Mar 9 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

3/9/2022: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 2 Ferry Road

3/9/2022: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Congregational Church, 2 Ferry Road

‘The Connecticut River … Past, Present, and Future’ Zoom Presentation by Dick Shriver @ Virtual hosted by CT River Museum
Mar 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Connecticut River Museum hosts Dick Shriver on March 15 when he will present a history of the Connecticut River via Zoom. All are welcome to this free presentation.

ESSEX/LYME/OLD LYME — On Tuesday, March 15, the Connecticut River Museum will host a presentation via Zoom by Dick Shriver of Old Lyme titled, The Connecticut River … Past, Present, and Future. The event is free and starts at 6 p.m. All are welcome.

The Connecticut River experienced a long and peaceful past until the industrial revolution. This was followed by years of abuse, then partial recovery, and finally the river has a bright outlook today.

Shriver illustrates the 12,000 year history of the Connecticut River to the present, paying special attention to the abuse of the river during and following the Industrial Revolution.

He then acknowledges those in government, who established the present-day regulatory apparatus, that has helped clean up the river’s water.

Finally, he highlights the good works currently underway for the long-term benefit of the environmental and ecological health of the river.

Dick Shriver

Shriver has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering.

He has held executive positions in government and industry having been assistant secretary of the US Treasury Department and Senior Vice President of Chase Manhattan Bank.

He was professor of Business Finance and Marketing at the International Management Institute in Kiev, Ukraine.

He is Provost Emeritus of the European College of Liberal Arts (now Bard College, Berlin), and also currently serves as head coach of girls’ varsity lacrosse at Old Saybrook High School.

Ribbon-Cutting at The Stumble Inne @ The Stumble Inne
Mar 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

OLD LYME — The public is invited to a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony celebrating The Stumble Inne on Thursday, March 17, at 3 p.m. The ceremony will mark the opening of the restaurant’s new pool room. All are welcome.

The Town’s Economic Development Commission (EDC) is kickstarting its new ribbon-cutting program with The Stumble Inne, which opened last summer but has unveiled a new pool room this week.

“We have several new businesses we are offering a ribbon-cutting program to, but wanted to begin with The Stumble Inne, even though they opened several months ago,” said EDC Chair Cheryl Poirier. “The Caramante family has invested in Old Lyme, and we wish to support them in this endeavor.”

Jim and Cyndi Caramante, who also owned The Hideaway, opened The Stumble Inne in the summer of 2022 to capture a younger audience. The Stumble Inne features live music on the weekends, trivia and karaoke nights, and the new game room complete with a pool table.

In addition to the EDC commissioners and barring urgent cancellations to schedules, Old Lyme’s three selectpersons and State Representative Devin Carney will be on hand to commend The Stumble Inne on its investment in Old Lyme.

Special for St Patrick’s Day, The Stumble Inne will be open from noon to midnight with menu additions including a corned beef dinner.

The Stumble Inne is located at 90 Halls Rd. in the Old Lyme Marketplace and can be reached by phone at 860-434-2342.

For more information about the venue, follow The Stumble Inne on Facebook.

Free Community Mapping Sessions @ Virtual
Mar 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Briana Harlan

OLD LYME — On Saturday, March 19, Public Art for Racial Justice Education (PARJE) hosts a free Community Mapping workshop in three sessions, which will look at opportunities and resources in Old Lyme and New London with an emphasis on equity.

Community engagement specialist Brianna Harlan will lead three sessions to discuss in-depth how the town of Old Lyme (a homogeneous, primarily white community) contrasts with New London (its neighboring, culturally-diverse city).

The first session is from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and is for New London residents.

The first session is from 12 to 1 p.m. and for Old Lyme residents. Register for this free, virtual session here. In this event, participating residents will identify assets and opportunities in their neighborhoods, create “maps” of their community, and discuss hyper-local examples of racial inequity. This event is specifically for Old Lyme community mapping.

Th final session is from 1 to 2 p.m. and will bring all the participants together in a virtual environment.

These sessions will foster a deep understanding of where attendees live in relation to their neighbors. Local residents will gain a sense of responsibility for their resources and become informed advocates for equitable communities.

Harlan is an artist and activist best known for her work Black Love Blooms, which she performed at last year’s New London Dream Market. She is also a trained community leader, working with AmeriCorps, NeighborWorks America, Creative Capital, and Adobe.

Harlan currently works as a creative, community organizer and strategist for several community initiatives around the country including City University of New York’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Incubator.

For more information, visit

DRGC Holds Monthly Meeting, Speaker on Spring Wildflowers @ Old Lyme Town Hall
Mar 23 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Learn about spring wildflowers in the DRGC’s March 23 program.

OLD LYME — The Duck River Garden Club (DRGC) of Old Lyme will hold its monthly meeting and program on Wednesday, March 23, at Memorial Town Hall on Lyme St in Old Lyme.  A social is 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.

The March program is “Spring Wildflowers” presented by Margery Winters. Connecticut is home to a myriad of spring wildflowers, and Margery will help us to learn how these flowers got their names, why they are special, where to find them, and why they bloom each spring.

Winters is the Assistant Director of Roaring Brook Nature Center located in Canton, Conn., Vice-President of the Simsbury Land Trust, and a long-time member and Past President of the Simsbury Garden Club.

Guests and potential members are always welcome to DRGC programs, and no registration is needed.

Contact Karen Geisler at (860) 434-5321 for further information.

Local Author, Artist Reece Discusses His New, Pandemic-Inspired Book @ Virtual hosted by OL-PGN Library
Mar 23 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

OLD LYME — On Wednesday, March 23, at 6:30 p.m., the Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library hosts local author and artist, Spencer Reece, who will present, All the Beauty that is Still Left: A Poet’s Painted Book of Hours, via Zoom. All are welcome to this free presentation.

Devotional poet, priest, and National Book Award nominee Spencer Reece found himself with family in Old Lyme to wait out the pandemic.

Seeking happiness amid the difficulties of this new situation, he channeled change into art; producing 50 vibrant watercolors inspired by his life journeys and his reflections of faith. Each painting faces a quote from an acclaimed writer or spokesperson that has inspired him, becoming a poet’s painted “Book of Hours”.

Register here to receive the Zoom link for the presentation.

For more information about the library, visit or call (860)-434-1684.

Free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic @ LLHD New London office, 216 Broad Street
Mar 24 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

NEW LONDON/LYME/OLD LYME — Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) will host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Thursday, March 24, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its New London office. The Moderna vaccine and a very limited supply of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine will be available for anyone 18 years or older who needs a 1st or 2nd dose or is eligible for a booster dose.

Other vaccination clinics, including those for 5- to 17-years-old, are available with LLHD’s partner Griffin Health. All three vaccine brands will be available. Visit the LLHD website to find a clinic near you.

The following groups are eligible for a booster shot:

Individuals who received the Moderna vaccine:

  • Severely immunocompromised at 1 month or more after their initial series.
  • Everyone 18+ at 5 months or more after their initial series.

Individuals who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine:

  • Severely immunocompromised at 1 month or more after their initial series.
  • Everyone 12+ at 5 months or more after their initial series.

Individuals who received the J&J vaccine, booster shots are recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

All clinics are free and open to the public. No appointment, insurance, or ID is needed. No one will be turned away for lack of insurance or identification.

Ledge Light Health District continues to provide weekly COVID testing opportunities in Groton, New London, Stonington, and Waterford. Visit the LLHD website for more information at

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 (, 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.

LOL Lions Present Lyme Academy Exec. Director Speaking on ‘Stepping Into the Future’ @ Old Lyme Town Hall
Mar 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Community Forum to Discuss Results from Recent LOL Youth Survey @ Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School Auditorium
Mar 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
OL Affordable Housing Commission Hosts Online Community Workshop @ Virtual
Mar 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

OLD LYME — On Tuesday, March 29, at 7 p.m., the Old Lyme Affordable Housing Commission will host a second, online community workshop in order to continue the discussion about the state-mandated Affordable Housing Plan for Old Lyme. All are welcome.

At the first workshop, background information, the results of a local housing study, examples of affordable housing, and initial thinking about a strategy to meet the needs of the community were discussed.

The second workshop will focus on a proposed strategy and action plan that will meet the state requirement to, “Specify how the municipality intends to increase the number of affordable housing developments in the municipality.”

All Old Lyme residents are encouraged to join the workshop and add their voices to the discussion.

Connection information for the meeting can be found here.

LYSB Summer Camp Fair @ Lyme-Old Lyme High School Commons
Mar 30 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
LOLMS Presents ‘Mary Poppins Jr.’ @ Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School Auditorium
Mar 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
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.