June 24, 2022

Letter From Paris: Taxing Times in France

Nicole Prévost Logan

Nicole Prévost Logan

In spite of lively street scenes in Paris, crowds strolling in the Tuileries gardens, restaurant terraces full of people enjoying a copious lunch and long lines at museums and movie theaters, the ongoing austerity measures imposed by the Socialist government contribute to a morose mood in France .

In the past two years, new taxes have multiplied.  More people have to file income taxes, some retirees are struggling to survive on their pensions, the Taxe sur la Valeur Ajoutée (TVA – the equivalent of sales tax in the US) on restaurants — after being lowered — is going up again to reach 10% next January.  Corporate taxes have also increased.

The population was encouraged to invest its savings into special accounts.  Promises of a guaranteed interest of 3 percent on these savings accounts have gradually vanished.  It is today below 1 percent.

The northwest region of Brittany is in in uproar following a new “eco-tax” imposed on truckers, fishermen and farmers.

A tax of 75 percent on annual incomes higher than one million will hit particularly the stars soccer players, who threatened to go on strike for one week-end in November.  When one knows how fanatic the public here is about its soccer matches, one might expect violent scenes.

The TV series called “A Village Français,” now in its third season, continues to enjoy top ratings.  It shows how the average French people behaved during the German occupation.  It depicts the whole spectrum of the population, ranging from despicable collaborators to courageous “resistants” with — in between — the vast majority just trying to survive and protect their families.  The show is done with honesty, avoiding black and white judgments.  By 1943 the French became more daring , as their spirits were lifted by the London broadcasts.

This is a great idea: for a small fee, courses in the English language are offered to the passengers riding the Train à Grande Vitesse (TGV – high speed train) from Rheims to Paris – a facility to be extended to other railroad lines.

Nicole Prévost Logan divides her time between Essex and Paris, spending summers in the former and winters in the latter.  She will write a regular column for us from her Paris home where her topics will include politics, economy, social unrest — mostly in France — but also in other European countries.  She also will cover a variety of art exhibits and the performing arts in Europe.  Logan is the author of ‘Forever on the Road: A Franco-American Family’s Thirty Years in the Foreign Service,’ an autobiography of her life as the wife of an overseas diplomat, who lived in 10 foreign countries on three continents.  Her experiences during her foreign service life included being in Lebanon when civil war erupted, excavating a medieval city in Moscow and spending a week under house arrest in Guinea.

Musical Masterworks Hosts Young People’s Concert, Dec. 7

Musical Masterworks will present its second annual Young People’s Concert on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 11:30 a.m. at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 2 Ferry Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371.  The one-hour concert will feature clarinetist Todd Palmer, violinists Amy Schwartz Moretti and Aaron Boyd, violist Dimitri Murrath, and cellist Edward Arron.

The program is designed to introduce students ages 8 to 18 to the joys of chamber music.  Adults will be admitted only with a young person.

Suggested donation is $5 per family with no reservations required.

Call 860-434-2252 or visit www.musicalmasterworks.org for more information.

Introducing a Letter From Paris

Nicole Prévost Logan

Nicole Prévost Logan

We are delighted to introduce a new columnist to LymeLine today.  Nicole Prévost Logan divides her time between Essex and Paris, spending summers in the former and winters in the latter.  She will write a regular column for us from her Paris home where her topics will include politics, economy, social unrest — mostly in France — but also in other European countries.  She also will cover a variety of art exhibits and the performing arts in Europe.

Logan is the author of Forever on the Road: A Franco-American Family’s thirty Years in the Foreign Service, an autobiography of her life as the wife of an overseas diplomat, who lived in 10 foreign countries on three continents.  Her experiences during her foreign service life included being in Lebanon when civil war erupted, excavating a medieval city in Moscow and spending a week under house arrest in Guinea.

The End of an Era

By Nicole Prévost Logan

The International Herald Tribune – so familiar to American expatriates in Europe – is no more.  After 125 years of existence,  the newspaper lost its name, to become the International New York Times , on October 15 of this year.  The change marks the end of an era.

Hemingway’s hero in The sun Also Rises read it  and Jean Seberg, the journalist student in Jean Luc Goddard’s 1960 film Breathless, sold it on the Avenue des Champs Elysées.

Sold in 160 countries, the newspaper stood out as the most international of any daily publications.  Being printed in Paris, it was anchored in its local culture.  But at the same time,  for we Americans visiting or living in the French capital, it represented a life line to the home country.  Over the years it became the property of the New York Times and later of the Washington Post,  allowing its op-ed page to offer a wide spectrum of opinions across partisan lines.

It was an entertaining paper to read.  Some of us would go straight to the last page, looking for the crossword puzzles and the cartoons.  The columns of humorist Art Buchwald were an institution.  Syndicated in hundreds of  newspapers, he had a special talent to make people laugh, particularly by poking fun at politicians.  Every year at this time, the readers would look forward to the repeat of his column entitled “Merci Donnant” (literal translation of  Thanksgiving).

Aha! Lyme Academy College Offers an Interactive Studio Stroll Tonight

Chair of Sculpture Brian Booth Craig (right) chats with guests during the first Aha! event.

Chair of Sculpture Brian Booth Craig (right) chats with guests during the first Aha! event.

AHA Logo Oct 2013_v2Tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 9, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts presents, ‘Aha! Eyes on the Hand,’ an interactive evening offering an opportunity to witness the creative journey from the seeds of imagination through the artist’s eye and into the hand that paints … or sculpts … or prints.

This behind-the-scenes studio stroll features informal demonstrations in painting, sculpture, and printmaking, a silent auction of selected artwork and art classes, as well as opportunities for casual conversations with faculty, alumni and student artists.

The event includes a light, seasonal supper and full bar.

Chair of Painting Susan Stephenson (right) demonstrates painting techniques.

Chair of Painting Susan Stephenson (right) demonstrates painting techniques.

Want to try your own hand at painting or sculpting?  Come earlier at 4 p.m. for a special art class with professional artists, faculty and alumni before joining the studio stroll at 5:30 p.m.

All are welcome and an enjoyable, entertaining, and educational evening is promised.

Tickets are only $50 per person ($25 additional for the special art class), $500 at the Patron level (includes two tickets) and $1,000 at the Benefactor level (includes four tickets).  All proceeds benefit the College’s programs scholarship and educational programs.

Call Ann de Selding at 860.434.3571 ext. 117 to reserve tickets or email her at adeselding@lymeacademy.edu.

Simple, Real Food: Fall Cooking

Indian lamb curry with potatoes.

Indian lamb curry with potatoes.

Fall is definitely here and so I am getting out the sweaters and flannel sheets.  It’s also time for making stews, soups and comfort foods.

I turn to braising for my favorite meal and last night cooked a delicious Indian curried lamb stew.  Served with steamed basmati rice and roasted cauliflower, we were very satisfied at our house.

Braising is a very popular method of cooking less tender cuts of meat, root vegetables and dark meat chicken. The long, slow cooking process not only gives flavor but breaks down the connective tissue in the protein leaving you with a melt in your mouth, falling off the bone result.  Think Ossobuco or your Mom’s best pot roast and you have braising at its best.  The liquid most often has an acid in it such as wine, tomatoes, alcohol or citrus and sometimes it may include all of these.  The acid is there to help tenderize and adds to producing a delicious sauce at the same time.

Vegetables are the exception since they are relatively tender.  The braising liquid consists of good quality stock with flavorings added such as fresh herbs, butter, olive oil or whole spices.

My favorite saucepan to use for braising is a large Le Creuset Dutch oven with a tight fitting lid.  Any similar saucepan will do but the weight of a cast iron pan is ideal to hold in the heat over the time it takes to get the desired result.  Crock pots are the perfect braising item and it’s almost a no-brainer since you can set the temperature on low and leave it for hours.

Here are some wonderful recipes for your enjoyment to showcase the perfect food for this chilly weather.

Indian Lamb Curry with Potatoes

Serves 6 to 8

Ingredients

2 ½ pounds lean boneless lamb or beef cut into 1½ inch chunks*

4 Tb. vegetable oil

2 black cardamom pods

1 cassia leaf- bay leaf can be used

½ tsp. black cumin ( nigella)

1 medium onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 Tb. minced ginger

1 Tb. ground coriander

1 tsp. Indian chili powder or cayenne

1 tsp. turmeric

8 oz. tomato puree

1 1/2 cups water

4 small potatoes, cut into large dice

2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. garam masala

4 Tb. chopped cilantro

Procedure

  1. Heat 1 Tb. of the oil in a large      skillet and sauté the meat until browned, transfer to a plate and set      aside.
  2. Heat the remaining 3 Tb. of oil      and add the cardamom, cassia, cumin and onion. Cook stirring occasionally      until the onion is browned about 10 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger,      coriander, chili powder, turmeric, tomato puree, water, potato, salt and      meat and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, cover and cook until the meat is      tender about 1 ½ hours.
  3. Stir in the garam masala and      cilantro and remove the pan from the heat. Let it rest for 15 minutes and      serve.

*If you prefer using chicken and are using boneless skinless chicken breasts brown in step one and then add in for step three with the garam masala. For dark meat cook the chicken for 20 minutes.

Braised Greek Chicken with Artichokes

Serves 4

Ingredients

4 large chicken thighs

Salt and pepper

½ cup flour

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

1 cup dry white wine

3 sprigs rosemary, chopped

2 tsp. thyme, chopped

1 tsp. oregano, crumbled

1 can artichoke hearts, packed in water, drained and halved

1 cup chicken broth

2 lemons, juiced

Procedure

  1. Heat the oven to 425. Rinse the      chicken and pat dry. Season the flour well with salt and pepper. Dredge      the chicken in the seasoned flour.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet      over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook turning once until browned      about 15 minutes. Add the wine and herbs and reduce the wine to about      half. Add the artichokes, chicken broth and lemon juice and lower the heat      to a simmer, cover the pan and cook until tender about 45 minutes.
  3. Uncover and cook until the sauce      is thickened about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve with      the pan juices poured over.

Italian Hunters Chicken

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 Tb. olive oil

1 whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces, rinsed, patted dry

1 medium onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup dry white wine

1, 28 oz. can plum tomatoes, chopped with their juices

1 bay leaf

2 tsp. rosemary, chopped

2 tsp. thyme, chopped

1/4 cup minced parsley

2 Tb. basil, snipped, garnish

Salt, pepper

Procedure

1. Heat the oil in a large high sided saute pan over med-hi heat. Saute the chicken on both sides seasoning with salt and pepper about 8 minutes, until golden brown. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.

2. Add onions and garlic to the pan and saute 5 to 8 minutes, until translucent.

3. Add wine and de-glaze the pan. Add tomatoes, with their juices, bay leaf, rosemary, thyme and parsley. Reduce heat to low add chicken back to the pan, partially cover and simmer for 20 minutes, removing white meat after 12 minutes, until chicken is cooked through. Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.

4. Serve garnished with the basil over rice pilaf or plain cooked pasta.

Amanda Cushman

Amanda Cushman

Editor’s Note: Amanda Cushman of Simple Real Food Inc., is a culinary educator who has cooked professionally for over 30 years.  She has taught corporate team building classes for over 15 years for a variety of Fortune 500 companies including Yahoo, Nike and Google.  She began her food career in the eighties and worked with Martha Stewart and Glorious Foods before becoming a recipe developer for Food and Wine magazine as well as Ladies Home Journal.  Having lived all over the United States including Boston, NYC, Miami and Los Angeles, she has recently returned to her home state of Connecticut where she continues to teach in private homes as well as write for local publications. 

Chef Amanda teaches cooking classes for all levels along the Shoreline both privately and at locations such as White Gate farm and the Weekend Kitchen. For more information, click here to visit her website.

Annual Exhibit of Works by Lyme Artists Continues at Lyme Public Hall

ArtShowImage2013The Lyme Artist’s Sale continues today at the Lyme Public Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Nine Lyme artists are featured as follows:

  • Roger Clements, maquettes
  • Steven Evankow, stone bird baths
  • Angie Falstrom, watercolors
  • Don Gerber, woodturning
  • Elin Larson, handweaving
  • Ann Lightfoot, jewelry
  • Diana Lord, pressed botanicals
  • Lina Tuck, felted bags
  • Tina West, handknitting

plus yarn, cards, calendars and more.

This annual event is sponsored by the Lyme Public Hall and is open to the public.  The Hall is located at 249 Hamburg Rd. (Rt. 156) in Lyme.

For more information, contact Angie Falstrom at 860-434-3194.

Musucal Masterworks New Season Continues Today

Julie Albers

Julie Albers

Musical Masterworks opened its 23rd season of chamber music with a concert at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme today and then continues tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 27, with a concert at 3 p.m.  The concerts features a unique program with four acclaimed cellists performing works by J.S. Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Arvo Part and others arranged for two, three, and four cellos.

The four featured cellists include Julie Albers, Zvi Plesser, David Requiro, and Edward Arron.  Julie Albers made her major orchestral debut in 1998 with the Cleveland Orchestra and since then has performed as soloist with orchestras all over the world.  Israeli cellist Zvi Plesser has performed as soloist with the Israel Philharmonic, the National Symphony in Washington, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and other orchestras worldwide.

David Requiro won first prize in the 2008 Naumburg International Cello Competition and since then has won numerous other prestigious competitions. Edward Arron, Musical Masterworks Artistic Director, made his New York recital debut in 2000 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Earlier that year, he performed Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos with Yo Yo Ma at the opening night gala concert of the Caramoor Festival.  Since then, he has become one of the world’s foremost cellists, acclaimed throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

Tickets for the Oct. 26 and 27 concerts are $35 with $5 student tickets available at the door.  Subscriptions to the 2013-2014 season are still available, with concerts on Dec. 7 and 8; Feb. 15 and 16; March 15 and 16; and May 3 and 4.
Call 860-434-2252 or visit www.musicalmasterworks.org for tickets and information.  The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme is located at 2 Ferry Road in historic Old Lyme, CT 06371.

Dock & Dine Closing, Reopening Next Year at New Elevation, Public Invited to Sign Dock Planks Thru 10/30

The famous view through the windows of the Dock & Dine restaurant.

The famous view through the windows of the Dock & Dine restaurant.

Dock & Dine Restaurant at Saybrook Point is celebrating their “last hurrah” at an elevation 4.5 ft. above sea-level.  Now through Oct. 30, this family-owned restaurant is open every day at 11:30 a.m. until closing for demolition and construction of a new restaurant at a new elevation of 15 ft. above sea-level.  During these final days, friends and fans are invited to help “dock-u-ment history,” by signing pieces of the old dock that will be proudly displayed in the new Dock & Dine, which has plans to reopen for the 2014 season.

sign“All of our restaurants are comprised of a family of employees, serving customers that feel like family,” explains Jon Kodama, CEO of JTK Management, owners of shoreline restaurants including Dock & Dine, Steak Loft, Ten Clams and Go Fish.  “When considering how to celebrate our history, as well as our future, of course we wanted to include the guests who have stood by us through two hurricanes…and more!”

The public is invited to stop by and sign the historic wood planks, every day from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., beginning Monday Oct. 21 through Oct. 30.  For more information visit http://www.dockdinect.com/ (more)

For those interested in taking home a piece of Dock & Dine history, an onsite auction will be taking place on Nov. 5. Hosted by Adams Auctioneers & Appraisers, this comprehensive auction will make way for new equipment and décor.  A preview of items available will take place in the morning, with the live auction taking place mid day. For more information visit: http://adams-auctions.com/currentauctions.asp

Located at Saybrook Point on 145 College Street in Old Saybrook, Conn., Dock & Dine offers fine cuisine using the freshest local ingredients, paired with spectacular views of Long Island Sound.  Taking its name from convenient, dock-side dining, Dock & Dine is one of four local restaurants operated by JTK Management including Go Fish:  www.GoFishCT.com; Steak Loft: www.SteakLoftCT.com and Ten Clams: www.TenClamsCT.com, all in Mystic, CT.

Dock & Dine, which dates back to the 1940’s, was purchased by Jon Kodama in 1987 and operated year-in/year-out until back-to-back hurricanes Irene and Sandy caused repeat damages, evoking ordinances requiring that the remaining restaurant be demolished and the new structure built to current codes.  Dock & Dine is managed by Mari Kodama, the daughter of Jon Kodama, CEO and Founder of JTK Management.

Lyme Academy College Hosts Exhibition by Famed Illustrator Tim O’Brien

TIME magazine cover by Tim O'Brien

TIME magazine cover by Tim O’Brien

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts is currently hosting an exhibition by acclaimed illustrator and portrait painter Tim O’Brien.  His exhibit, “Portraits and Illustrations: A Retrospective,” will be on show in the College’s Chauncey Stillman Gallery through Jan. 11, 2014.

O’Brien’s detailed and imaginative illustrations have been published most notably on the cover of TIME Magazine, as well as magazines such as Rolling Stone, Fortune, Esquire, Business Week, Playboy and the New York Times, to name only a few.

'Hunger Games' motif.

‘Hunger Games’ motif.

His illustrations have been published by every major book publisher and include the book covers of the popular young adult trilogy, The Hunger Games.  In 2006, the U.S. Postal Service issued two postage stamps, Judy Garland and Hattie McDaniel, both created by O’Brien.

O’Brien has received multiple awards and recognitions including ones from the Society of Illustrators in New York and Los Angeles, Graphis Inc., Print Magazine, Communication Arts Magazine, the Society of Publication Designers, American Illustration, and the Art Director’s Club.  He has over a dozen painting in the collection of the National Gallery, Washington, DC, and is a winner of the prestigious Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators.

Tim O'Brien

Tim O’Brien

Currently a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, O’Brien lectures frequently across the country.  His numerous speaking engagements have included the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Society of Illustrators, Syracuse University, School of Visual Arts, Pratt Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, and CaliforniaCollege of the Arts.

On Friday, Oct. 18, O’Brien will be giving an “Inside My Studio” lecture at Lyme Academy College.  A reception will be held at 6 p.m. before O’Brien speaks from 7 to 8 p.m.  Reservations are required at $10 per person or $35 for the series of four lectures.  Reservations should be made by contacting Ann de Selding at 860.434.3571 ext. 117 oradeselding@lymeacademy.edu

The Tim O’Brien exhibition, “Portraits and Illustrations: A Retrospective” runs from its opening on Oct. 11 through Jan. 11, 2014. The gallery is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about the exhibition or Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, contact the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at 860-434-3571, ext. 135 or ologan@lymeacademy.edu

Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts continues the academic tradition of figurative and representational fine art while preparing students for a lifetime of contemporary creative practice.  The College offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drawing, Illustration, Painting, and Sculpture (full- and part-time study); Certificates in Painting and Sculpture, a Post-Baccalaureate program; Continuing Education for adults; and a Pre-College Program for students aged 15-18.  The College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the National Association of the Schools of Art and Design, and the Connecticut Department of Higher Education.  The College is located at 84 Lyme Street, Old Lyme CT 06371.

For more information about the College, call 860-434-5232 or visit www.lymeacademy.edu.

100 … and Counting: Mann Completes a Century of Book Reviews

The amazing Jen Petty Mann continues her book review journey today with her 100th review!  So this is a good time to look back on her previous 99 — and if you see her about town or on Facebook (or anywhere else for that matter), take a minute to say a huge thank you to her for always delightful, witty and incisive reviews, which have graced these pages for many years.

The Good Nurse
A True Story of Medicine, Madness and Murder
By Charles Graeber

The Good Nurse_2Two questions.  If someone doesn’t see you commit the actual murder but turns a blind eye to the smoking gun are they culpable? If an institutions hands you the gun are they culpable?

Corporate America and organized healthcare have a lot to reckon for with regard to taking health care from personal aid, medicine and bedside  reassurance to a money making enterprise with the dollar as God.  In doing so they have opened the door to people like Charles Cullen.  People with a rage and a desire to hurt others and themselves but lacking the will to walk up to a stranger and shoot them in the face.  Murder is murder but a step or so removed may be easier to digest.

Charles Cullen was handed the means to exercise his demons and the means to keep on developing them by a network of people more concerned with personal culpability than the Hippocratic Oath*

The devil’s advocacy aside, there is a murderer who was allowed to operate in a multitude of hospitals with the ultimate outcome being the deaths of hundreds of patients.  Human resources ignored or removed evidence of suspicion and likely outright illegal activity to escape responsibility.  Subsequently Cullen was free to move on as he chose.

Charles Graeber is the only journalist he would talk to.  He is the only man who was given a firsthand view into the dangerously coherent psyche of a mass murderer.  Over 16 years, Charles Cullen murdered up to 300 patients in multiple hospitals.  He was investigated, he was terminated, he was promoted and demoted and scrutinized and in every case, until the very end, he was free to go.  To acknowledge his crimes was to admit fault in the system.  Clearly no one wanted to do that.

Graeber meticulously details the 16-year rampage.  He presents a mostly lucid, clever, occasionally compassionate father, son and boyfriend.  Many, many people turned a blind eye to something they surely suspected.  In frighteningly simple ways, Cullen administered fatal doses of easily stolen medicine to any patient he deemed fit.  Possibly his inability to kill himself manifested itself in the murder of hundreds of others.

Graeber does an excellent job analyzing not only the psychotic machinations of Cullen but the horrific culpability of these medical institutions. Criminal on all counts.  If it were not for a few brave people who fought tooth and nail to unveil the truth who know how much more Charles Cullen would have done.

An excellent book with a fascinating premise and a very clearly stated summation of event, The Good Nurse is a book you need to read.**

*  The Hippocratic Oath( or the updated declaration of Geneva)  is an oath historically taken by physicians and other healthcare professionals swearing to practice medicine honestly.There isn’t a legal obligation to take the oath but still as many as 98% of American medical students do.

** and personally, my next illness will be treated by a shaman and a bunch of squirrels out in my yard rather than some of these hospitals. ( I know, I know, im getting letters) sigh.

Newman Named New Executive Director at Lyme Art Association

The newly-appointed Lyme Art Association Executive Director Joe Newman.

The newly-appointed Lyme Art Association Executive Director Joe Newman.

The Lyme Art Association (LAA) Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Joseph F. Newman as Executive Director of the LAA, effective Oct. 1.  Newman will be replacing Susan Ballek, who has accepted the position of Director and CEO of the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, CT.

Currently, Newman owns a private firm specializing in American fine art and rare book collection management, and serves as managing partner of Treasure Hill Farm, eastern Connecticut’s 97-acre premier equestrian facility.

Newman was previously responsible for new client development and sales for a major American auction house, as well as a prominent New York City gallery.  His fine art career originated in Old Lyme, where he served as director of the Cooley Gallery, responsible for development, sales, and research.  Newman received his Bachelor of Arts degrees from Boston College, graduating magna cum laude, and he holds an ALM from Harvard University.  Writing as J. F. Newman, he is also the author of The Freeman’s Oath, a novel about the inside world of American rare books and documents.

“For the past two years, Joe Newman has been actively engaged in the Lyme Art Association as a board member, serving on committees dealing with exhibitions planning, development, and the launching of our Second Century Capital Campaign,” says LAA Board President Katherine Simmons.  “His enthusiasm and commitment for the mission and values of the LAA, combined with his strong background in the arts and results-oriented style, is a perfect match for the Association’s goals as we embark on our next century of advancing the Lyme tradition of exceptional representational art.”

“The legacy of the Lyme Art Association and its founding artists is extremely important, both for our region and its role in our national art history,” says Newman.  “Together with an outstanding and dedicated Board of Directors, I am excited to help lead the LAA and its Second Century Capital Campaign.  When complete, the Campaign will strengthen the Association’s standing as an art destination for patrons from throughout the Northeast and beyond, and will improve the LAA’s mission to serve as an educational resource for local artists, schools, and the public.  I welcome the community to join us as we embark on an exciting second century.”

The LAA invites its members, friends, and patrons to meet Joe Newman at the Opening Reception of the New England Landscape Invitational Exhibition, to be held on Friday, Oct. 4, from 6 to 8. pm.

The Lyme Art Association was incorporated in 1914 by members of the Lyme Art Colony, which included the American Impressionist masters Childe Hassam, Willard Metcalf, William Chadwick, and more.  These nationally-recognized artists embraced the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme as pastoral havens to paint, re-kindle their creative energies, and, via the Association’s celebrated exhibitions, sell their work.  Architect Charles A. Platt, designer of the Freer Art Gallery in Washington, D.C and the Lyman Allyn Museum in New London, CT, drafted the plans for the Lyme Art Association Gallery, designed specifically to showcase the art of its founders.  The gallery opened in 1921.

Nearly a hundred years later, the Lyme Art Association continues to be a vibrant art center dedicated to producing major exhibitions of representational art in its four light-filled galleries.  Annually these exhibitions feature over 2,000 pieces of artwork for exhibition and sale.  The Association also offers a busy schedule of affordable art classes, workshops, and lectures.  The Lyme Art Association, together with the Florence Griswold Museum, the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, and the Cooley Gallery, helps make Old Lyme the place where American art lives.  The Lyme Art Association is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

For more information, visit the LAA online at www.lymeartassociation.org, or contact  860-434-7802 or info@lymeartassociation.org.

SLDW Hosts Program on ‘Women, Equality & Power’

Teresa Younger

Theresa Younger

The Shoreline League of Democratic Women (SLDW) will host a program titled “Women, Equality & Power” with guest speaker Theresa Younger — the executive director of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women — on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. at the Henry Carter Hull Library in Clinton, CT.

There is no admission fee.

Younger will discuss the State of the State for women in Connecticut and beyond.  She will cover women’s healthcare, economic security, and other vital issues that impact women and their families.

As Executive Director of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW), an arm of the General Assembly, Younger ensures the PCSW’s mandate is carried out through policy, strategic planning and operations.  Before joining the PCSW, Teresa was the Director of Affiliate Organizational Development at the American Civil Liberties Union National Office, where she assisted affiliates throughout the country with management issues.

She is the first woman and the first African American to have served as executive director of the ACLU of Connecticut.

Younger serves as President of the Board of the Girl Scouts of Connecticut, and sits on the boards of the Universal Health Care Foundation, the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame, the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University, and the National Advisory Board on Religious Restrictions to Care.

She was identified by Hartford Business Journal as one of “Eight Remarkable Women in Business,” was named 2012 recipient of Connecticut-NARAL’s Catherine Roraback Award, was among the NAACP’s “100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut” and has continually been recognized for her commitment to civil rights and civil liberties.

The SLDW draws membership from the towns of Clinton, Westbrook, Old Saybrook, Lyme, Old Lyme, Centerbrook, Essex, Ivoryton, Deep River, Chester, Killingworth, Madison, Guilford and Branford.  The SLDW is a social and political fellowship that unites Democratic women along the shoreline, and focuses on issues important to women of all ages.

For more information on the SLDW, email sldworg@gmail.com or contact Kathleen Skoczen at 860-669-7034 or Belinda Jones at 860-399-1147 and visit www.SLDW.org.

New Board Chairman Elected at Mystic Seaport

Mystic Seaport announced the election of J. Barclay Collins II as the new chairman of the Museum’s board of trustees.  Collins was elected by the Museum’s membership at their annual meeting on Sept. 27.  A longtime executive in the energy industry, Collins recently retired as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Hess Corporation.

Prior to joining Hess, he was Vice President and General Counsel of City Investing Company and an attorney with Cravath, Swaine and Moore, the New York law firm.  Collins is a passionate advocate for health care, education, and the arts.  He serves as the chairman of the board of the United Hospital Fund of New York and is on the board of the New York Botanical Garden among other philanthropies.

An avid sailor, he is a member of the New York Yacht Club and the Shelter Island Yacht Club. Collins earned an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.  He has homes in New York, Connecticut, and Florida.

He joined the board at Mystic Seaport in 2008.  “We are very excited to have Barclay assume leadership of the board,” President Steve White said.  “He brings a level of professional expertise, institutional knowledge, and a passion for our mission that will help us succeed at developing new and exciting ways for the public to explore our collections and understand the importance of our shared maritime heritage.”  Collins succeeds Richard Vietor who served as chairman from 2007.

White added his praise for the accomplishments of Vietor, noting his legacy. “The Museum is truly grateful for Richard’s leadership during one of the most challenging periods in the history of the institution.  He guided us deftly through a difficult economic environment to not only put Mystic Seaport on sound financial footing, but also to enable us to embark on some of the transformational initiatives critical to the future of Mystic Seaport, including the 38th Voyage of the Charles W. Morgan and the construction of a new state-of-the-art exhibition building to transform the north end of our grounds.”

During Vietor’s tenure, the Museum restructured its finances and operations to become a debt-free institution.  Vietor oversaw the restoration and launch of the whaleship Charles W. Morgan, the development of a new strategic plan for the institution and its collections, the initial work for the new exhibition hall, and the creation and success of seven America and the Sea Award Galas.

The Museum also welcomed to the board four new trustees in 2013:

  • Grant Cambridge, of Pasadena, CA, is a Senior Vice President and a Portfolio Manager of Capital Group in Los Angeles. In addition to an M.B.A. from Harvard, Cambridge has an M.A. from Suffolk University and a B.A. from Bentley University.
  • Sheila McCurdy, of Middletown, RI, has an extensive background in sailing and is well known in the U.S. racing and cruising communities.  She is a graduate of Smith College and holds a M.M.A from the University of Rhode Island.
  • Cayre Michas, of New York City, NY, and Stonington, CT, has long been involved with non-profit and educational institutions and is a Trustee and Secretary for Learning Leaders, Inc. She received her A.B. from Brown University.
  • Waring Partridge of New Haven, CT, is a former senior executive in the telecommunications industry. He is presently the president of the Partridge Family Office. He received his B.A. from Yale University and his J.D. from Catholic University (U.S.).

Mystic Seaport is the nation’s leading maritime museum.  Founded in 1929, the Museum is home to four National Historic Landmark vessels, including the Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest commercial ship and the last wooden whaleship in the world.  The Museum is located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT.  Admission is $24 for adults and $15 for children ages 6-17.  Museum members and children 5 and under are admitted free.

For more information, visit www.mysticseaport.org.

Stop & Shop Launches Pick-Up Service at East Lyme Store

Peapod logoThe Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. LLC, in partnership with its sister company Peapod, the leading internet grocer, has launched a new Pick-Up facility in East Lyme at its Super Stop & Shop at 248 Flanders Road East Lyme, CT 06333.  Shoppers can now order their groceries online for easy pick-up at the store and choose a one-hour pick-up time from morning through evening.

There are no fees associated with the service, no minimum order, and no need to get out of the car – customers can wait as attendants load groceries right into their vehicle.

Pick-up shoppers can also create personal lists, read nutrition information online, sort products rapidly by price or by nutrition criteria and take advantage of thousands of weekly specials.  Stop & Shop cardholders can even shop from a list of items they have bought at their local store simply by entering their Stop & Shop card number online. They can also earn Stop & Shop Gas Rewards and A+ School Rewards points on their pick-up orders.

This new service will also be available at Super Stop & Shop, 99 Linwood Avenue Colchester, CT 06415

The combination of shopping online from a computer or smartphone and picking up groceries from a local Stop & Shop is another convenient option to help fit the needs of busy shoppers.

For more details about Pick-Up in Stop & Shop stores, visit www.stopandshop.com/pick-up.

Two Key Hirings Make it a New Day at the Old Lyme Inn

Jason Apfelbaum (right) and two of his staff showing off their motivational poker chips in front of the Old Lyme Inn.

Jason Apfelbaum (right) and two of his staff showing off their motivational poker chips in front of the Old Lyme Inn.

Ever since starting his culinary career, Jason Apfelbaum had dreamed of running his own inn.  This summer, that dream came true when he was hired to be the new General Manager of the Old Lyme Inn.

“When I saw the ad, I thought of it as the universe calling my name,” said Apfelbaum.  “Both the owners [Ken and Chris Kitchings] and I were keen on bringing the Inn to its full potential.”

Apfelbaum is no stranger to the food and beverage business.  After earning his Master’s degree in Culinary Arts and Management at the Institute of Culinary Education, he founded his own catering business, Chef & Company, in New York City.  His company became very successful, catering 30 to 40 events a day for large companies such as Google, Mercedes-Benz, Nike, Coach, CBS, and NBC.

Later, Apfelbaum lent his talents to the Morgan Hotel Group, redeveloping their food and beverage program.  He was responsible for the operations of two full-service restaurants, a nightclub, and a rooftop lounge, generating over a 300% gain in profits for the hotel chain.

After nothing but success in the Big Apple, Apfelbaum was ready to leave it all for a chance to take on the Old Lyme Inn.

Two days after moving to Old Lyme in July, Apfelbaum gathered the staff for a meeting. He showed them a Youtube video of motivational speaker Gian-Paul Gonzalez, whose “All In” speech became the rallying cry for the New York Giants as they made their way to the Super Bowl during the 2011 season. (Click here to view the video.)

“In poker, when you have a great hand, you push your pot all in,” said Apfelbaum, quoting Gonzalez.  “I want my staff giving 100 percent — stepping up and bringing the best of themselves every day.”

As Gonzalez did in the video, so Apfelbaum gave each staff member a poker chip and asked them to write their initials on one side and the date on the other.  Workers at the Old Lyme Inn have their poker chip on them at all times, symbolizing their full commitment to their customers and to each other.  Ask any waiter, chef, or busboy for their chip and they will pull it out of their jacket pocket and show you.

Apfelbaum sees his business model like an inverted triangle.  Rather than people working for him, he is working for everyone else, doing what he has to for the Inn.

He told his staff, “I now work for you. What do you need to for this business to be successful.”

Apfelbaum believes that, just like the Giants, everyone at the Old Lyme Inn has to work as a team and support one another.  Everyone should be each other’s greatest fan.

“I think everyone should treat everyone else like their grandma,” says Apfelbaum. “If you saw your grandma carrying a heavy bag, you wouldn’t just watch … you would say, ‘Oh Grandma, let me take care of that.’  At the Old Lyme Inn, we need to constantly be asking, ‘What can I do for you?’”

Chef Jacob Ennis

Chef Jacob Ennis

Apfelbaum hopes that this team spirit will make the Inn a place of “inclusive exclusivity.”  He wants entering the Inn to have both the comfortable feeling of coming home, and the alluring appeal of going somewhere new.

“I want to forge emotional connections and lasting memories with every customer that walks through the door,” says Apfelbaum.  “People will forget what you do and forget what you say, but they will never forget how they feel.”

Apfelbaum promises that everything will be ready by Oct. 1 — and, in keeping with that promise, just yesterday the Inn announced the arrival of  a new executive chef, Jacob Ennis.  Chef Ennis was previously with Relais & Chateaux at the Five Star / Five Diamond rated White Barn Inn in Kennebunkport, Maine, and The Horned Dorset Primavera Resort in Rincon, Puerto Rico.

Chef Ennis was named “The Best Chef in the West” by Viva Mayaguez Magazine and the Inn is billing his arrival as a “game changer” for not only the Inn, but the entire community.  Apfelbaum explains, “The Inn is now positioned to offer the best hospitality, accommodations, Jazz (at the Sidedoor) and gourmet cuisine.”

He continues, “Chef Ennis’ menus will reflect “farm to table” cuisine that is approachable and close to the source.  His passion for cooking is enhanced via all four seasons … taking advantage of what’s readily available and market fresh.”

Apfelbaum concludes, “Great service is a story; it has a beginning, middle and end,” adding, “We need to deliver on all three.”

From now on, the check at the Inn will be dropped with a piece of bright, lime green cotton candy to represent a refreshing, new start.  In fact, Apfelbaum insists on calling the Old Lyme Inn the “New Lyme Inn” because, he says with a cheerful smile, “It’s a new day here.”

For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.oldlymeinn.com or call 860-434-2600.

 

Shoreline Democratic Women Host Season Kick-Off Event at Saybrook Pavilion

State Representative Diana Urban will be the guest speaker at the SDLW kick-off event, Sept. 6.

State Representative Diana Urban will be the guest speaker at the SLDW
kick-off event, Sept. 6.

The Shoreline League of Democratic Women (SLDW) hosts its 2013-14 Season Kick-off event on Friday, Sept. 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Pavilion at Saybrook Point, 150 College Street in Old Saybrook. Special guest speaker will be CT State Representative Diana Urban, 43rd District.

All shoreline Democratic women are welcome to attend this free networking event.

To RSVP, call 860-669-7034 or 860-399-1147, or email:sldworg@gmail.com.

The SLDW draws membership from the towns of Clinton, Westbrook, Old Saybrook, Lyme, Old Lyme, Centerbrook, Essex, Ivoryton, Deep River, Chester, Killingworth, Madison, Guilford and Branford. Visit their website for more information: www.SLDW.org.

Diana Urban was first elected to the General Assembly in 2000, and is currently serving her fifth term. She is a member of the Legislature’s Environment Committee, and the Program Review and Investigations Committee.  She is Chair of the Select Committee on Children, as well as Co-Chair of the Results Based Accountability Sub Committee of the Appropriations Committee.  She previously served on the Energy and Technology Committee and the Planning and Development Committee.

Urban has significant concerns about both the economy and environment, and is committed to finding and maintaining a balance to encourage sustainable growth within Connecticut.  She wishes to protect the most vulnerable children and provide ample educational opportunities to all children in Connecticut, recognizing the role they will play in the future.

She has been the legislative champion for addressing the “circle of violence” that recognizes that animal abuse too often is a harbinger of domestic abuse and criminal activity.  Urban’s legislative agenda reflects these values and she works closely with constituents and advocacy groups to craft legislation to impact these issues.

For 26 years Urban was employed as an Economics and Political Science professor.  Most recently she taught Micro and Macro Economics, Environmental Studies and Regulation as an Adjunct professor at Three Rivers College and Environmental Conservation at the University of Connecticut Avery Point.  She is currently a Senior Consultant with the Results Leadership Group in Washington DC.

Throughout her tenure in the General Assembly, Urban has led the fight for Results Based Accountability (RBA) in Budgeting in the State of Connecticut  She has also been recognized by Governing Magazine as a National Leader in High Performance Government for her work on RBA and recently the NCSL awarded Connecticut the Con Hogan Award for RBA and Work on Innovation in Government.  She fervently believes that accountability and transparency are essential to good government.

The Shoreline League of Democratic Women is a social and political fellowship that unites Democratic women along the shoreline, and focuses on issues important to women of all ages. Women are encouraged to join the SLDW and participate in the organization’s valuable work in the community.

Participation may be 30 minutes a month, or 30 minutes a year. As a part of the SLDW educational charter, members will be notified of important pending state and national legislation.

For more information on the Shoreline League of Democratic Women, send email to sldworg@gmail.com or contact Kathleen Skoczen at 860-669-7034 or Belinda Jones at 860-399-1147.

For more information about our events and organization, visit our web site at http://www.SLDW.org.

Cappella Cantorum Men’s Chorus Gives Concert at ‘The Kate,’ Sept. 29

The 30 voice Men’s Chorus of Cappella Cantorum returns to the stage at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St. in Old Saybrook, on Sunday, Sept. 29th at 3 p.m.

Music features selections from Phantom of the Opera, a Civil War Medley, gospel, spirituals, and barbershop favorites by The Hill Top Four.  Barry Asch is the conductor with Deborah Lyon as accompanist.

In early October, the Men’s Chorus will conclude their performance schedule in Dennis, Mass., Cape Cod.

Tickets are $16, and may be reserved by calling The Kate at 877-503-1286 or online at www.thekate.org.

Country School Welcomes Families to Register for ‘Minds in Motion’ Gifted Student Enrichment Program, Oct. 5

 The Country School hosts Minds in Motion, a student enrichment program featuring interactive, fast-paced, hands-on workshops for students in Kindergarten-8th Grade, on Saturday, Oct. 5, on the school’s 23-acre campus in Madison.  The event will also feature a program for parents and teachers.

Minds in Motion, the Connecticut Association for the Gifted’s signature student enrichment program, provides children opportunities to explore areas of interest that are rarely part of the everyday classroom.  While students participate in workshops, parents are invited to attend a thought-provoking keynote address and their own special-interest workshop.

Student workshops will range from ecology to global language, art and music to writing and book publishing.  Workshop faculty include Country School teachers as well as educators from Talcott Mountain Science Center,  Talcott Mountain Academy, the Connecticut Experiential Learning Center, the Summer Institute for the Gifted, Eastern Connecticut State University, Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, Aux 3 Pommes, Cool-Ology, Discovery Toys, Arts Center at Killingworth, School of Rock, Square Ruth Associates, and Oddfellows Playhouse.

To see the full list of offerings and faculty members and to register, visit the Connecticut Association for the Gifted’s website, www.ctgifted.org.  The deadline for registering is Friday, Sept. 20.  Spots will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

For the adult portion of the day, Dr. Laurie Bottiger, Head of School at The Country School, will deliver this year’s keynote address, Full STEAM Ahead: Why an Integrated Curriculum Makes So Much Sense for Children.  Dr. Bottiger will share research in cognitive and social neuroscience showing that integrated science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (or STEAM) activities enhance creativity, problem solving, memory systems, and analytical skills, allowing young learners to find meaning in their school curriculum.

Workshops for parents and teachers include Mindset: The Key to Success for Your Child with Katie Augustyn, MA, CAG Board of Directors; Design Thinking with Amy Leidtke, an artist, industrial designer, and educator at the Rhode Island School of Design who will talk about the importance of design thinking and project-based learning; and a panel of parents of gifted children sharing tools and techniques to advocate for children.

The Minds in Motions event is sponsored by the Summer Institute for the Gifted (www.GiftedStudy.org) and by Cool-ology (www.cool-ology.com).

The Country School, founded in 1955, is a coeducational, independent day school serving students in PreSchool through Grade 8.  At The Country School, a rigorous academic program is accompanied by a commitment to hands-on learning and discovery and a focus on the whole child.  The Country School prepares students to meet the future with confidence, encouraging them to reach their highest, both in school and in life.

Learn more about The Country School at www.thecountryschool.org or contact communications@thecountryschool.org.  The Country School is located at 231 Opening Hill Road in Madison.

‘Summer Nights at Harkness,’ Featuring Duke Ellington, Moved to the Garde for This Evening’s Show

The Duke Ellington band will perform at the Garde in New London on Thursday.

The Duke Ellington band will perform at the Garde in New London on Thursday.

Old Lyme resident Frank Bombaci, Sr., President of Bring Our Music Back, Inc., presents the final concert in the “Summer Nights at Harkness” series on Thursday evening.  The concert, which features Duke Ellington, has been moved to the Garde Arts Center in New London due to the inclement weather expected.

The “Night at the Opera” concert, which had been planned for Aug. 15, has now been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.  Tickets from that night are now welcome at the Duke Ellington concert.

Doors open Thursday at 5 p.m.

The performance schedule is as follows:

6 – 6:45 p.m.  The Real Ambassadors (Youth Performance)

15 intermission

7 – 7:45 p.m.- String of Pearls

8 – 8:45 p.m.  The Duke Ellington Orchestra

20 minute intermission

9:05 – 9:50 p.m. -The Duke Ellington Orchestra 

Shoreline Web News LLC, owner of LymeLine.com, is proud to be a sponsor of “Summer Nights at Harkness.”

The Duke Ellington Orchestra is perhaps the greatest of all Jazz bands.  The group stayed together for over 50 years, recording and writing some of America’s greatest music.  Artistically the era of “swing” and of the big bands was dominated by the orchestra of Edward “Duke” Ellington, the first great composer (and self-arranger and one of the most prolific in the entire history of music) of jazz music.
Ellington’s reputation has increased since his death, with thematic re-packaging’s of his signature music often becoming best-sellers.  Posthumous recognition of his work includes a special award citation from the Pulitzer Prize Board.

Bring Our Music Back, Inc is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the enrichment of life and healing through music in support of aspiring musicians, programs and services within our communities.  The initiative of their concerts is to give burgeoning talent a voice and venue with national recording artists while providing a platform to raise funds to give back to music initiatives within the community.  This is Music with Purpose.

Concert tickets are $25 in advance; $35 at the door and ticket packages for all concerts are available.  Group sales rates are offered  for 15 or more.

To purchase tickets, visit www.bringourmusicback.org, call 860-434-1882 or stop by The Bowerbird or Songbird Cafe in Old Lyme.

Old Saybrook Farmers Market Offers Crafts, Music, Fresh and Local Foods

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Since 1998 the Old Saybrook Farmer’s Market has offered Connecticut grown or made products and produce to an appreciative crowd, growing from two vendors in the first season to 24 in 2013.

Open every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through Oct. 30, vendors supply an abundance of high quality produce picked only hours before the market opens, along with breads and bakery items baked fresh that day.

Also available are organic and pesticide free fruits and vegetables, local honey, free range eggs, beef, pork and fish, award-winning jams, relishes, guacamole, salsa, pesto, specialty sauces, hummus and more – all hand made with local ingredients.

Live music is always a special attraction at the Old Saybrook Farmers Market.

Live music is always a special attraction at the Old Saybrook Farmers Market.

There’s more than just food at the Old Saybrook Farmer’s Market.  Fine crafted items such as hand woven linens, hand dyed yarn, local wool, hand made clothes, bags, soaps, pottery, a variety of plants and flowers and more, are valuable additions to this market.

On Saturdays, grab a cup of fresh roasted coffee and a delicious bakery item or a hand scooped Italian ice while relaxing and enjoying live music performed by artists such as Glenn Roth, an innovative fingerstyle guitarist and folk artist Geoff Kaufman to name a few.

There are demonstrations scheduled from the local martial arts studio Middlesex Tang Soo and other craftsmen and women.  Check the website for more details at www.oldsaybrookfarmersmarket.com.

Old Saybrook Farmers Market is certified by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture and guarantees that everything sold at the market is Connecticut Grown
or made.