September 26, 2022

Community Calendar

Friends of Whalebone Cove Annual Meeting via Zoom @ FOWC & virtual
Apr 11 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
LYME — The featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Friends of Whalebone Cove (FOWC) will be Margot Burns, who serves as an Environmental Planner for the Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments (RiverCOG),
In the last three years, underwater invasive hydrilla vines have been spreading rapidly throughout the Connecticut River, choking its coves, bays, and tributaries and making them almost impassable for kayaks, canoes, motor boats, and many fishermen.
Last September an inspection of Whalebone Cove found 60 to 70 percent of the waterways clogged with hydrilla vines. (See picture above.)
Burns will discuss the worrisome spread of hydrilla and what steps need to be taken to mitigate its effect on the Connecticut River watershed and prevent its spread elsewhere in the State.
The Zoom link for the meeting is:
Meeting ID: 882 1266 5835
Passcode: 838868

Membership of FOWC is: Single – $15; Household – $25. To renew or become a member, send payment to FOWC, PO Box 333, Hadlyme, CT 06439.For more information about membership, volunteering, or FOWC goals & mission, send email to:

Forest Bathing Along the Artists’ Trail: Hosted by FloGris Museum @ Florence Griswold Museum
Apr 17 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday, April 17,

10:30 am:

Forest Bathing along the Artists’ Trail

Enjoy an outdoor experience with certified forest bathing guide Regan Stacey at the Florence Griswold Museum, ($45, for on-site event).

Register at

Earth Day:  Backyard BioBlitz Sponsored by CT Audubon
Apr 22 all-day

Thursday, April 22:

Earth Day! 

Get in on the count with CT Audubon’s annual Backyard BioBlitz and help count nature’s species including birds, insects, fungi, and plants with iNaturalist ID app.

Learn more at

International Sculpture Day @ Sculpture sites all over the US including Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds in Old Lyme
Apr 24 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
RTP Estuary Center Open House at Former Bee & Thistle @ Former Bee & Thistle Inn
Apr 24 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Ceremony to Celebrate Installation of New Benches on Halls Rd. Old Bridge Abutment @ West abutment of old bridge at Halls Rd.
Apr 24 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Old Lyme Inland Wetlands Commission Regular Meeting @ Webex only
Apr 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

OLD LYME — This meeting will include the continuation of the Public Hearing regarding Big Y’s gas station/convenience store proposal at 99 Halls Rd. and 25 Neck Rd.,

Public Hearing on Proposed 2021-22 Town of Lyme Budget @ Virtual via Zoom
Apr 27 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Lyme Board of Finance will hold a Public Hearing (via zoom) for the proposed 2021/2022 budget for the town.

RTPEC Presents ‘The Secret Life of Plankton: The Base of the Marine Food Web’
Apr 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

OLD LYME — A small but mighty single cell organism, plankton, pictured above, is the base of the marine food web.

Dr. Hans Dam

In a free lecture presented by the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center on April 29 at 6 p.m. via Zoom, Hans Dam, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Connecticut, will speak about the evolutionary ecology of plankton and its vulnerability to climate change. His lecture is titled, The Secret Life of Plankton: The Base of the Marine Food Web.

Register to obtain the Zoom link for the presentation at or call 860-598-4218.

Dr. Dam is a biological oceanographer interested in the ecology and evolution of planktonic organisms: the tiny creatures that control the biology of the sea.

He will describe the macro-power of these microorganisms and help attendees to improve their understanding of the invisible life teeming in a tablespoon of river or Sound water.

Dr. Dam’s current research focuses on how copepods, the most abundant animals on Earth, adapt to the ocean’s warming and acidification.

Another area of his work is the evolutionary “arms race” between grazers and toxic plants.

Dr. Dam has published more than 100 papers and trained a generation of oceanographers. He has also spent 20 years advising the State of Connecticut about water quality in Long Island Sound.

Included with participation in the lecture is a special offer: a dinner available for pick-up on the day of the event prepared by renowned chef Ani Robaina, formerly chef at the Microsoft Conference Center and the Pond House in Hartford and currently owner and chef at Ani’s Table. The cost is $75.

This is the third and final presentation in The Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center’s Connecticut River Lecture Series, now  celebrating its seventh year with presentations that feature prominent scientists focusing on critical environmental issues. Named for the internationally and locally renowned artist, scientific illustrator, environmental educator, and conservation advocate, the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center is known for its work in environmental education, conservation, research, and advocacy.

For the past year and continuing in 2021, the Center has served young people and adults across the region with small group programs like bird walks and owl prowls, virtual CT River ecology and other courses, seasonal nature crafts and activities for kids via Zoom, as well as an upcoming multi-disciplinary, summer camp program.

More information is available at

LOL Schools Budget Meeting @ Center School BOE Conference Room & virtual
May 3 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser. (File photo)

LYME/OLD LYME — The Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools Board of Education (BOE) will hold their District Budget Meeting Monday evening, May 3, in the Board of Education Conference Room at Center School starting at 6:30 p.m.

The Budget Meeting will also be live-streamed at this link:

Public comment can be made in person or virtually via this Zoom link:  and using Meeting ID: 835 2776 6795.

Those choosing the virtual option to make public comment will be required to follow the same expectations as those commenting in person, i.e., after being recognized by the chairperson, participants must state their name and place of residence before making their comments to the board.

The proposed budget for the 2021-22 fiscal year totals $34,874, 548 representing a 0.47 percent increase over the current year’s budget. When this total is combined with last year’s decrease of 1.06 percent, the total change over two years is -0.6 percent or $210,210.

Region 18 Board of Education Chairman Diane Linderman

In the Letter of Transmittal accompanying the printed budget, LOL Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser and Region 18 Board of Education Chairman Diane Linderman say, “We have developed a budget that continues to support all of our award-winning academic and curricular offerings, which are commensurate with, and often superior to, both public and private schools throughout Connecticut.”

Members of the BOE are expected to vote at the meeting to move the public vote to approve the budget to an in-person referendum the following day, Tuesday, May 4.

Voting will take place from 12 noon to 8 p.m. at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School for Old Lyme residents and Lyme Town Hall for Lyme residents.

Information on absentee ballot and voter information is available at the following links:

Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School will not be closed during voting hours — students will be following a regular school day.

LOL Schools Budget Referendum @ LOL Middle Scool (OL voters), Lyme Town Hall (Lyme voters)
May 4 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Voting will take place from 12 noon to 8 p.m. at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School for Old Lyme residents and Lyme Town Hall for Lyme residents.

Information on absentee ballot and voter information is available at the following links:

Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School will not be closed during voting hours — students will be following a regular school day.

Youth, Gaming & Gambling Webinar @ Virtual hosted by LYSB, LOL Community Coalition
May 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Can video gaming be dangerous for kids?

On Tuesday, May 4, from 7 to 8 p.m., Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau and the Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Community Coalition are sponsoring a Zoom presentation  on youth gaming and gambling. The Parent Teacher Organizations of Lyme, Mile Creek and LOL Middle School are co-sponsoring the event.

This free, interactive workshop will discuss an overview of youth gaming and gambling. Learn from experts about risk factors, and protective factors for prevention, treatment, and recovery. All are welcome.

The presenters are Kaitlin Brown and Kelly Leppard, who both have extensive experience in this field.

Brown is Director of Programs & Services with CT Council on Problem Gambling. Kaitlin is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor, Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor, and holds and International Gaming Disorder Certificate.

Leppard serves as the Primary Prevention Services Coordinator for Problem Gambling Services with the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and Certified Prevention Specialist.

Register for the presentation at this link.

Duck River Garden Club Hosts Annual Plant Sale @ Old Lyme Shopping Center
May 7 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Duck River Garden Club Hosts Annual Plant Sale @ Old Lyme Shopping Center
May 8 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Plant Sale @ Lyme Grange
May 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

LYME — On Saturday, May 8, the Lyme Grange hosts a Plant Sale from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Grange sited on the corner of Sterling City Rd, and Rte. 156 in Lyme.

A great selection of perennials and annuals will be offered for sale.

All proceeds benefit the work of the Grange.

Town of Old Lyme Annual Budget Meeting @ Old Lyme Memorial Town Hall
May 17 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Town of Lyme Annual Budget Meeting @ Outside Lyme Town Hall
May 19 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Pollinator Party Hosted by RTPEC
May 22 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Aerial view of 100 Lyme St., the former site of the Bee & Thistle Inn, where the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center will host a Pollinator Party on Saturday.

OLD LYME — On Saturday, May 22, enjoy a day of outdoor fun and family friendly activities at the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center’s Pollinator Party.

This is an opportunity for families to visit the new home of the RTP Estuary Center at 100 Lyme Street in Old Lyme, the former home of the Bee & Thistle Inn.

There will be scavenger hunts, a pollinator planting station, rock painting, and plenty of time to meet staff and board members, ask questions, and have fun.

This is a free event for all ages but registration is required. Suggested donation is $20.

Pollinator seeds have kindly been donated by the Dominion’s Project Plant It!

Masks are required and social distancing guidelines will be followed. In order to meet social distancing guidelines, families are asked to register for one of three times slots listed on the registration site at

For more information about the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center and its programs, visit

Work Party Hosted by OL Land Trust to Clear Invasive Plants @ 14 Sill Ln., Old Lyme
May 22 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Land Trust owns a large field lot at 14 Sill Lane.  The Trust recently had a contractor clear the very overgrown northeast corner of the property, which was extremely overgrown with invasive plants.

On Saturday, May 22, from 9 to 11 a.m., a Work Party is now planned with the aim of cleaning up the remaining surface to keep the area mowed and prevent the invasive plant from growing back.

The location for the event is 14 Sill Lane — park along the road in front of the stone wall.

Bring gloves, metal rakes, pitch fork, perhaps a tarp.

The plan is to haul the debris to the transfer station.  If you can provide a pick-up truck or dump trailer, it would be much appreciated.

Guided Hike at Champlain North To Barbizon Oak
Jun 2 @ 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Land Trust (OLLT), the Old Lyme Open Space Commission and the Old Lyme Inn are sponsoring a “Hiker’s Happy Hour” on Wednesday, June 2.

A guided walk will leave at 4:15 p.m. from the red trailhead in the Champlain North Open Space, located at the end of Wyckford Lane, just north of the I-95 exit 70.  People preferring an easy, level walk can just go a short way to the Barbizon Oak, a 300-year-old historic landmark.

All are welcome.

After the hike, people will re-group at the nearby Old Lyme Inn for a 5 to 7 p.m. friendly happy hour, with half-price drinks the first hour. You need not hike to enjoy the event; the happy hour at the Inn will begin at 5 p.m. for hikers and others alike.

Additional “Hikers’ Happy Hours” are scheduled for Sept. 1 and Oct. 6, with locations to be announced.

Information on the Champlain North Open Space and its trails may be found at:

Hikers should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring insect repellent.

In the event of rain, meet at the Old Lyme Inn for Happy Hour instead of the trailhead.

CT Trails Day
Jun 5 @ 2:55 am – 3:55 am
Riverside Preserve Community Work Day Hosted by Lyme Land Trust
Jun 5 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

CT Trails Day–Riverside Preserve Community Work Day


Date: Saturday, June 5, 2021
Time: 9:30 am -11:30 am
Place: Riverside Preserve, Salem Rd, Lyme CT
Contact Email:

We invite you to take part in a Community Work Day to improve the site of a Pollinator Meadow and nature trail at the Lyme Land Trust’s Riverside Preserve, a haven for butterflies and other pollinators along the bank of the Eightmile River. Learn to recognize the native and invasive plants in the meadow. Native wildflowers that benefit pollinators will be identified and nurtured. Find out which plants are invasive and help us remove them. Leave with the knowledge and resources to create a pollinator patch of your own.


Bring tools: a pair of work gloves, clippers/loppers, a shovel, and a water bottle.


The walk is sponsored by Lyme Pollinator Pathway, an initiative of the Town of Lyme, and the Lyme Land Trust.

Reservations required:

Sounds on the Grounds @ Lyme Academy of Fine Arts
Jun 10 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

OLD LYME — Lyme Academy of Fine Arts has announced an outdoor summer concert series titled, Sounds on the Grounds, which kicks off tomorrow evening, Thursday, June 10, with performances by Chris Gregor from 5 to 5:45 p.m. followed by Brad Bensko and Kathleen Parks from 6 to 8 p.m.

All are welcome and admission is free. Masks are advised for those who are not vaccinated and children under 12.

The series is being produced in partnership with Nightingale’s Acoustic Café.

Tomorrow is the first of four Thursday evening, outdoor musical events during which attendees can savor a cold beer,  glass of wine or craft cocktails, as well as delicious food truck fare. Lawn games will also be available and children can enjoy a few hours of safely social, family-friendly fun.

The full schedule of concerts is as follows:

Thursday, June 10:
5 – 5:45 pm Chris Gregor
6 – 8 pm Brad Bensko and Kathleen Parks

Thursday, June 17:
5 – 8 p.m. Java Groove

Thursday, June 24:
5 – 5:45 pm John Brown and the Backporch Pickers |
6 – 8 pm Eight Mile River Band

Thursday, July 1:
5 – 5:45 pm Midnight Anthem |
6 – 8 pm Steve Dedman and Plywood Cowboy

Drive-By Graduation Parade @ Town Woods Rd., Rte. 156, Lyme St. & McCurdy Rd.
Jun 10 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
LOLHS Graduation @ Lyme-Old Lyme HS
Jun 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Opening Day for Farmer’s Market at Tiffany Farms @ Tiffany Farms, Lyme
Jun 12 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

View of The Farmer’s Market at Tiffany Farms in Lyme.

LYME —‘The Farmer’s Market at Tiffany Farms’ in Lyme opens for the season this Saturday, June 12, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Vendors will include

  • Sankow’s Beaver Brook Farm
  • Biscotti and Beyond
  • Bittersweet Farms
  • Chatfield Hollow Farm
  • Confections by Tonie Marie (new – confections!)
  • Dondero Orchards
  • Fat Stone Farm (returning!)
  • From the Farm
  • Long Table Farm
  • Maple Breeze Farm
  • Marna Roons. (New – macaroons!)
  • Sankow Beaver Brook Farm
  • TALK Seafood
  • Tiffany Farms Pasture Raised Beef (started in September and was a HUGE success!)
  • Traveling Italian Chef
  • Wave Hill Breads
Lyme Land Trust Annual Meeting @ Clucas Preserve
Jun 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sounds on the Grounds Concert @ Lyme Academy of Fine Arts
Jun 24 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
CT Historic Gardens Day @ Florence Griswold Museum
Jun 27 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
CANCELLED! Sounds on the Grounds Concert @ Lyme Academy of Fine Arts
Jul 1 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The final concert in this summer series will take place Thursday, July 1, and feature Midnight Anthem playing from 5 to 5:45 p.m. and Steve Dedman and Plywood Cowboy taking the stage from 6 to 8 p.m.