June 24, 2019

The Why’s and What’s of Brexit, Find out More at SECWAC’s Presentation, Thursday; Dinner Reservations Due This Morning

Peter Rutland

The Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) hosts Peter Rutland Thursday, June 27, at the Old Lyme Country Club, 40 McCurdy Rd, Old Lyme, Conn. Rutland will present a talk titled, “Brexit: Why did it happen, and what comes next?”

A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. and the presentation itself will start at 6 p.m.

Rutland is the Colin and Nancy Campbell Professor in Global Issues and Democratic Thought, and Professor of Government at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.

The topic explores the Brexit referendum, which has triggered a constitutional crisis with profound implications for Britain’s political and economic future. It exposed deep flaws in the country’s political system and social identity. Why did the crisis happen, and what does the future hold? Rutland was a visiting professor at Manchester University in 2016 and witnessed the referendum first hand.

The event is free for members and $20 for walk-in’s. Members are encouraged to RSVP online and/or pre-pay securely for guest attendance or dinner. Walk-ins will still be accepted.

Following the presentation, join Rutland, guests, and fellow members for a meal at the Old Lyme Country Club at $35/person. A reservation for dinner is required in advance by the morning of Monday, June 24. Pre-register and pay securely online, call 860-912-5718, or email info@secwac.org to make your reservation (vegetarian option available if reserved in advance).

Checks payable to SECWAC or credit card payment are accepted before the meeting by Courtney Assad.

Learn more at secwac.org.


Sound View Beach Association Hosts Bingo Every Wednesday Through Summer

Sound View Beach Association hosts Bingo on Wednesdays in the summer through Sept. 4, at the Shoreline Community Center, 39 Hartford Avenue, Old Lyme.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the game starts at 7 p.m.

Come for a fun evening and win some money!

Admission is $12 per person.

For information, call Bob at 860-434-3745 or 860-225-9458.


Clear Out Your Closets! Intake for 83rd Annual White Elephant Sale Starts Thursday

Intake, which starts this year Thursday, June 27, is always a busy time.

The ever popular White Elephant Sale (WES) hosted by the Ladies Benevolent Society of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme is just around the corner.

For those not familiar with it, this 83rd annual sale is one of the main events on both local town and church calendars.  It all starts with the intake period when you can drop off unwanted (but neither broken nor in poor condition) items at the church from your house — perhaps your basement, attic or closets — or yard.

Crowds anxiously await the first strike of 9 a.m. when the White Elephant Sale begins.

Garage, tag and rummage sales may be everyday affairs, but few, if any, can match the size and color of this one.  The sale items are organized into some 20 departments that fill the church buildings as well as every available space on the lawn.  The WES has grown so large that it has become a true “community event” since many of the donations are from non-church members and quite a number of volunteers are also from outside the church.

The sale raises a significant amount of money for missions and good works both locally and throughout the world.  Some of the beneficiaries include food pantries, health organizations, family support centers, children’s programs, literacy volunteers, affordable housing, and disaster relief worldwide.

Always a big draw are the huge number of bikes for sale at bargain prices.

Intake begins on Thursday, June 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 pm continuing for the same time period Friday, June 28, Saturday, June 29, and Monday, July 1.  Then there is a break for the July 4th holiday after which intake restarts for the final two days Friday, July 5, and Saturday, July 6.  There will be no evening intake sessions this year and also no large furniture pick-up. See the list below for a summary of donations that are welcomed, and those that are not.

The sale itself will be held on Friday, July 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, July 13, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Most departments offer items at half-price on the second day.

For more information about the sale or if you would like to volunteer to help in any capacity, whether with intake, the sale itself, or clean-up, call the church office at 860.434.8686 and/or visit www.fccol.org.

Items that will GLADLY be accepted  [Quality Please!]
Antiques, Fine China, Silver                      
Appliances, Small (Working)
Art, Sculpture, Posters, Frames
Automobiles, Trucks [call church]
Bedding, Linens
Boats, Canoes, Kayaks
Bicycles, Tricycles
Books: Children’s, Non-Fiction, Fiction
Clothes & Shoes:
>Child’s, Men’s, Women’s
>Fine, Fashion
>Vintage, Costume & Accessories
Computer Hardware (working)
Curtains, Drapes
Electronics (Working)
Furniture: Indoor & Outdoor [call church 434-8686]
Gifts, Sundries, Knickknacks & Baskets
Jewelry: Costume & Fine
Kitchen Items (Appliances, Dishes, Cookware)
Lamps (Working)
Luggage [soft side or Steamer trunks only]
Musical Instruments
Plants, Containers
Skis – downhill must be “shape” style
Sporting Goods [good condition]
Tools (House & Garden)
Toys, Stuffed Animals [new]
DVDs (Family Content)

Items that WILL NOT be accepted:
Dirty or Broken Items or Junk

Appliances (Large):
>Air Conditioners
>Refrigerators, freezers & Stoves
>Washers & Dryers
Bike helmets [used – safety concerns]
Books: Technical or Textbooks, Encyclopedias
Car Seats – safety concerns
Cribs – safety concerns
Chemicals & Paint
Computer monitors [unless flat screen]
Fuel cans with Gasoline or Kerosene
Guns, Knives, Weapons
Luggage [hard sided]
Magazines, Newspapers
Mattresses and Box Springs
Particle board furniture
Rugs [used]
Sewing Machines
Skis – old style downhill
Stuffed animals [used]
Stuffed sofas / sofa beds
TVs [unless flat screen]


Carney Hosts Office Hours in Old Saybrook This Morning, 8-9am

State Representative Devin Carney (R-23rd)

State Reps. Devin Carney (R-23rd) and Jesse MacLachlan (R-35th) along with State Sen. Paul Formica (R-20th) will hold Office Hours throughout the 23rd District on various dates between June 10 and 27.

These events will provide constituents with an opportunity to ask questions or share their ideas and concerns about state government, local issues and the 2019 legislative session which will come to a close on June 5.

The remaining Office Hours schedule is as follows:

Old Saybrook
Monday, June 24, from 8 – 9 a.m.
State Rep. Carney
Vicky G. Duffy Pavilion
155 College St.

Thursday, June 27, from 6 – 7 p.m.
State Rep. Carney & State Rep. McLachlan
Westbrook Public Library
Community Room
61 Goodspeed Dr.

Anyone unable to attend, but who would like to speak to Rep. Carney may contact his office at 800-842-1423 or by email at: devin.carney@housegop.ct.gov.

Carney represents the 23rd General Assembly District, which includes the towns of Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and a portion of Westbrook.


Two New Exhibitions on View at Lyme Art Association

One of the signature paintings in ‘Waterworks’ is ‘Sailing Off Weekapaug Point, Rhode Island’ by Tom Adkins. The medium is oil.

OLD LYME — Visitors of all ages will enjoy Waterworks, the Lyme Art Association (LAA)’s summer exhibition of work by the area’s premier maritime artists. The show will be on view in the beautiful sky-lit galleries from June 14 through Aug. 2.

Gallery manager Jocelyn Zallinger notes, “The peaceful interior of the Lyme Art Association is the perfect venue for marine-inspired art. The artwork, by member artists, takes inspiration from the sea in all its manifestations. Children playing by placid shorelines, boats in raging storms, solitary fishermen, and waves crashing on beaches are likely to be among the works represented.”

Waterworks will be juried by Karen Blackwood, signature member of American Society of Marine Artists.

Concurrent with theWaterworks exhibition, the Hudson Valley Art Association (HVAA) will present its 86th Annual Juried Exhibition. This exhibition includes the finest representational paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture from HVAA’s member artists.

Elizabeth Rhoades’s “An Evening to Remember” in pastel is featured in ‘Waterworks.’

Lyme Art Association Board President Katherine Simmons states, “Waterworks continues an LAA tradition of exhibiting the best of fine contemporary American marine art. We are also very pleased to welcome back the Hudson Valley Art Association and what is sure to be a very impressive show.”

The opening receptions and award presentations for both exhibitions will be held on Saturday, June 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, Conn. and will feature great fun, music and refreshments for all.

The LAA was founded in 1914 by the American Impressionists and continues the tradition of exhibiting and selling representational artwork by its members and invited artists, as well as offering art instruction and lectures to the community. Located in a building designed by Charles Adams Platt within a national historic district, admission to the LAA is free with contributions appreciated.

Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on exhibitions, purchase of art, art classes, or becoming a member, visit www.lymeartassociation.org or call (860) 434-7802.


Celebrate CT Historic Gardens Day at the Florence Griswold Museum Today

The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme hosts a celebration of the site’s historic gardens featuring special events, displays, demonstrations, and family activities today, June 23.

OLD LYME — Take a day to celebrate Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day today, Sunday, June 23, at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme from 12 to 4 p.m. The Museum is proud to be a member of the group and a participant in this special state-wide celebration of Connecticut’s stunning historic gardens.

The 15 member sites host special events and activities celebrating their gardens. Choose the gardens in your own backyard, or plan a day-trip to see those further afield.  See the full list of all the sites below.

The Florence Griswold Museum’s Gallery Garden will be in full bloom during ‘Connecticut Historic Gardens Day’ today.

At the Florence Griswold Museum, visit the gardens and landscape that inspired a generation of artists. Enjoy refreshments on Miss Florence’s porch. Get creative and pick up all the painting supplies necessary to make your own masterpiece in the garden or down by the river. Discover more about the landscape using one of the Museum’s new “Explorer Kits.” Have lunch at Café Flo.

This year’s summer exhibition, Fragile Earth: The Naturalist Impulse in Contemporary Art, will be of particular interest to garden and nature lovers.

Grounds admission is free; regular admission applies for historic house and gallery.

Events will take place rain or shine, though activities may vary depending on the weather.

The other sites open today are:

The Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden Bethlehem

Stroll through the circa 1915 formal garden and landscaped grounds of the Ferriday Garden. Guides will be on hand to share informative and often amusing excerpts from Caroline Ferriday’s garden notebooks that illustrate her interests and concerns about the plants she chose for the garden and their care. Check out the plants for sale, the art exhibit featured in the visitor center and sip a glass of switchel, a recipe Miss Ferriday copied from the Boston Herald. “There’s nothing like switchel to allay thirst and generate optimism.” Ice tea will also be on hand. Grounds admission is free; regular admission applies for historic house tour.

Butler-McCook House & Garden Hartford

Stroll through the 1865 Jacob Weidenmann-designed Victorian garden where staff will tell the story of its history and answer questions. Enjoy a glass of lemonade and the Main Street History Center exhibition. Grounds free; regular admission applies for historic house tour.

Glebe House Museum & The Gertrude Jekyll Garden Woodbury

Garden tours led by garden volunteers “Gertrude’s Gardeners.” Enjoy lemonade and cookies and browse garden books, plants from the garden, and garden related items for sale. Enjoy a presentation about the discovery of the Jekyll Garden plans and how the garden came to be. We are celebrating the 85th anniversary of Miss Jekyll’s garden plan and the 20th year since its installation.

Harkness Memorial State Park (pictured above) Waterford

Garden tours and talks about the history and Beatrix Farrand design of the Harkness gardens provided free of charge by Park Staff and Friends of Harkness volunteers. In addition, take a tour of the mansion from 10am to 2pm, visit the Gift Shop, or enjoy some refreshments with spectacular views of Long Island Sound.

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center Hartford

Grounds admission is free; regular admission applies for historic

house and garden tour. For Stowe’s bicentennial, treat yourself to a guided tour of her charming Victorian Gothic revival home, surrounded by ever-blooming gardens. The historic gardens are open for strolling every day.

Don’t miss a visit to the Stowe Center Museum Store for books and garden treasures. House and Garden tours offered every half hour. Find your favorite spot in the garden – watercolors, paper and brushes are on hand so you can tap into your inner artist and paint en plein air!

Hill-Stead Museum Farmington

Stroll the paths of Hill-Stead’s c. 1920 Beatrix Farrand-designed Sunken Garden, admire heirloom plants and consult with interpreters and master gardeners. A wedding in the Sunken Garden requires visitors to clear the garden by 2 pm. Ice-cold lemonade available from 2-4pm in the Kitchen Garden.

New London County Historical Society and Shaw Mansion New London

Included in the regular admission price are special tours and lectures. In the morning, Connecticut Master Gardeners provide tours of the Shaw Mansion Garden. In the afternoon, Miss Perkins and some of her friends from the 1860s return to her garden with some period music and to offer a guided tour sharing, “the Language of Flowers.” Presentations will be scheduled on the Shaw Mansion-Woodbridge Farm connection, and on the surprising connection between the Shaw Mansion gardens and famed modernist landscape designer Christopher Tunnard. Strawberry shortcake available.

Osborne Homestead Museum Derby

After strolling through the museum’s lovely Colonial Revival gardens, visitors can enjoy the historic house museum and learn about Frances Osborne Kellogg’s passion for gardening and conservation. Complimentary museum and garden tours will be offered every half hour on the hour.

Phelps-Hatheway House, Suffield

Speak with members of the Suffield Garden Club, who have lovingly maintained the grounds since 1964. Enjoy refreshments in the garden, activities for children and tours of the house throughout the afternoon.

Admission to the grounds is free; regular admission applies for historic house tours.

Promisek at Three Rivers Farm Bridgewater

In 1921 Beatrix Farrand designed a formal garden on this property for Dr. Frederick Peterson, a noted New York neurologist, who entertained family, friends and clients on his country estate, which he called Three Rivers Farm.  By the time the 300-acre tract was acquired in 1978 by Promisek, all traces of the garden’s former glory had been buried under years of overgrowth. In 1992 a local resident and garden historian  rediscovered the historic value of the walled garden, and a restoration began using the plan found in the Farrand archives at the University of California at Berkeley. Come visit us in the garden and discover this unearthed treasure.

Roseland Cottage Woodstock

From 1-4 enjoy a guided tour of the garden and learn the history, significance, and theory behind the Roseland Cottage garden layout and design, including Historic New England’s on-going boxwood restoration project.  Tours on the hour. Free admission.

Thankful Arnold House Museum Haddam

Scents and Sachets!  Visitors to the Wilhelmina Ann Arnold Barnhart Memorial Garden learn how the Widow Thankful Arnold used herbs in the early 19th century for medicinal, household and culinary purposes.  The garden features over 50 varieties of herbs including many that were used to make an early American home smell sweeter.  We invite guests to make a scented sachet, complete an herb scavenger hunt and enjoy light refreshments.  The garden and museum are free between 12 noon and 4 pm.

Webb Deane Stevens Museum Wethersfield

Visitors enjoy a free garden tour focusing on the architect, Amy Cogswell, and the history of the garden. Master gardeners and other garden volunteers are on hand to answer questions on the garden. Garden visitors receive a coupon for $1 off the three house tours (regularly $10 for a one hour tour). The highlight is the Webb House, where George Washington met with the Comte de Rochambeau to plan the siege of Yorktown, which ended the Revolutionary War. Tea, lemonade and homemade cookies will be served.

Weir Farm National Historic Site Wilton

Weir Farm’s Garden Gang volunteers offer short informal talks in the Sunken Garden and Secret Garden about the gardens’ history, flowers, restoration, and ongoing preservation. In addition to the talks, visitors can spend an afternoon painting in the landscape. Experience first-hand the fun of creating art in a landscape that has inspired artists for over 125 years. Watercolor supplies available at no charge from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. The colonial revival Sunken Garden and the Secret Garden, which was created in 1915 and features a fountain, sundial, and rustic cedar fence, appear today just as they did to J. Alden Weir and the other artists that made this farm their home.

For more information, visit florencegriswoldmuseum.org and cthistoricgardens.org


Hundreds Happily Stroll Lyme Street to Hear ‘Sounds of Music’

Despite the vagaries of the weather Friday, more than 500 people of all ages braved the potential rainstorms that never happened and turned out last night to enjoy a wonderful Make Music Day on Lyme Street.

Full story and more photos coming Monday.


‘A Farmers’ Market’ Opens Saturdays for the Season at Tiffany Farms

Bill Hurtle and Jen Tiffany are preparing to open ‘The Farmers Market at Tiffany Farms’ on June 15.

Editor’s Note: The Farmer’s Market enjoyed a wonderful Opening Day last Saturday with more than 500 people visiting the market. Congratulations to Jen and Bill on such a successful and well-deserved start to their new enterprise.  We heartily commend them for having the courage to take on this venture, the total belief in its mission, and the passion to make it happen.

LYME — It was looking as though Lyme Farmers Market, which has for more than 15 years been a perennially popular destination for both local and regional shoppers, was going to be absent from the landscape this year.

In an exciting turn of events, Jennifer Tiffany and her husband Bill Hurtle have reincarnated the market with a new name and location, and will open for business on June 15.  Tiffany explained in an exclusive interview with LymeLine.com that Bill has fostered the idea of running a farmers market for many years. He hails from Long Island and was used to seeing the numerous farm stands at the side of the road there and longed to do something similar in Lyme.

But there was no inclination to follow through with the plan in any major sense while Lyme Farmers Market was still bustling just up the road on Ashlawn Farm in Lyme.

A view of the iconic Tiffany Farms where the new market is planned.

Their first iteration of Bill’s dream happened last summer when Tiffany started hanging buckets of flowers on the feed bunk by the ‘Ladies in Waiting’ sign at the corner of Sterling City Rd. and Hamburg Rd., where the Holstein cows known as the “Ladies of Lyme” used to congregate. But someone said they thought it was a memorial for the cows which are no longer kept at the farm.

As a result, Tiffany says, they “dragged out“ Tiffany Farm’s old silage cart and placed it on the same corner and Tiffany’s daughter, Lisa Simiola, fashioned a nameplate out of wood calling it “From the Farm.” Tiffany and Hurtle then added farm produce to the flower selection  on the stand, all of which was successfully sold on the honor system.

However, when Tiffany read online that Lyme Farmers Market would not be opening this year, she and Bill saw an opportunity.  Jen is passionate about the current plight of farmers — “they’re a dying breed,” she notes sadly — and wants people to understand that her and Bill’s overarching intent in starting the new farmers market is to help and support farmers.  

Tiffany stresses that this venture is absolutely not a money-making one on their part — they both have full-time jobs so it’s “not their bread and butter,” she explains.  Rather, she sees it a way not only to support farmers, but also to bring life and beauty back to the iconic farm and regenerate the sense of community vibrancy previously associated with Lyme Farmers Market.  Any income from the market will be plowed back into the operation to help fund the overheads.

Opening Day for ‘The Farmers Market at Tiffany Farms’ is Saturday, June 15, and the market will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Tiffany stresses, “All Department of Agriculture, Markets, Department of Health and CT Grown guidelines will apply.”  She is “envisaging the same look as [Lyme Farmers Market at] Ashlawn,” which means there will be neither entertainment nor what she describes as “flea-market-type stuff.”  The aim is a “very classy ” market in Tiffany’s words, focused on Connecticut-grown or-produced items such as dairy, beef, vegetables, herbs, jellies and syrups.

Aerial view of Tiffany farms showing where the Farmer’s Market will be located.

The field generously made available for the market by Susan B. Tiffany — the current owner of Tiffany Farms — is a “secluded area where my grandfather kept draft ponies,” notes Tiffany, adding the layout of the market will involve keeping cars and vendors separate. She and Hurtle are hoping to have a minimum of 10 vendors and says they will be “elated” if the number reaches 20.

The list of vendors who have already signed up for Opening Day includes:

  • Four Mile River Farm
  • Sankow’s Beaver Brook Farm
  • Upper Pond Farm (also representing Ashlawn Farm)
  • Sweet Pea Cheese and House of Hayes
  • T.A.L.K. Seafood
  • Fat Stone Farm
  • Dondero Orchards
  • Deep River Farm
  • Wave Hill Breads
  • Beaver Brook Bakery
  • From the Farm

Vendors are still welcome to apply for a spot at “The Farmers Market at Tiffany Farms.”  Vendor applications are available by calling Jennifer Tiffany at 860-434-6239 or 860-575-4730 or emailing jtiffany01@msn.com



Family Hosts Celebration of Life, Memorial Event for Glenn ‘Chip’ Dahlke This Afternoon

The late Glenn ‘Chip’ Dahlke.

The Dahlke family hosts a Celebration of Life and Memorial Event for the late Glenn ‘Chip’ Dahlke this afternoon at Ashlawn Farm in Lyme, Conn., Saturday, June 22.

There will be a cookout, live music, and a keg. Feel free to BYOB.

The celebration begins at 2 p.m. and lasts until the cows come home.

Bring your best Chip stories as everyone will gather to open the mic up to guests who wish to share a memory.

All are welcome. Reply to the event at this link as ‘Going’ so that the family may plan accordingly.


To Celebrate the Summer Solstice, Lyme Street Will Be “Alive With the Sound of Music” Tonight

Ramblin’ Dan Stevens entertains audiences outside Nightingale’s at lats year’s ‘Make Music Day.’

OLD LYME — A children’s concert, modern dance, and a late day stroll with street musicians are just some of the highlights of Old Lyme’s Make Music Day celebration this coming Friday, June 21. An international celebration of free music for all, the Old Lyme Arts District is producing the town’s event in conjunction with the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition and the MusicNow Foundation.

Launched in France in 1982, Make Music Day is an international musical festival open to all who would like to participate, and takes place in over 1,000 cities in 120 countries on June 21, the summer solstice. The State of Connecticut Office of the Arts debuted the State’s effort in 2018 with 528 free musical performances at 224 locations across the state, including Old Lyme.

Like 2018, the Make Music Old Lyme celebration will take place on Lyme Street, from the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme (corner of Lyme Street and Ferry Road) to Nightingale’s Acoustic Café (68 Lyme Street), and include a special finale dance performance at Studio 80 + Sculpture Gardens (80-1 Lyme Street.)

The celebration begins at 4 p.m., when a family concert will be held at the Lyme Youth Services Bureau (59 Lyme Street). A free musical performance will be provided by Sunny Train, a local duo popular with young children. Families are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket to enjoy the concert.

From 5 to 7 p.m. Lyme Street hosts over a dozen musicians along its sidewalks and in front of businesses along the half-mile length of Lyme Street (see below for a complete profile of musicians.) Genres include bluegrass, folk, indie-rock, and pop. Musicians along the Stroll include Whiskey & Aspirin, Eben Salter & Willoughby Gap, Ramblin’ Dan Stevens, Five Bean Row, Forever Fool, Woodsmoke, Sophia Griswold, Nightingale Fiddlers, Jess Kegler, Michael DeGaetano, Chris Gregor, Lonestar Caviar, and Gilead Road.

A teen open mic event for all genres of music will be held at the First Congregational Church during the stroll. This “Teen Hoot” will include several emerging artists such as Sophie Spaner, Cameron Gagnon, and Haley Stevens.

On the front lawn of Center School (49 Lyme Street), the String of Pearls orchestra will play a selection of big band sounds from the 1940s to today. Also on the front lawn, the Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Club will have grill items including hamburgers and hot dogs for sale during the concert from 5 to 7 p.m.

Other events welcome participation, including a Pickin’ Party, where guitarists, banjo players, and others are invited to join in for a strumming twist to a drumming circle concept. Children’s crafts will be available on the front lawn of the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library. Impromptu “ukulele parades” are expected to sprout up New Orleans style.

A number of businesses on Lyme Street will be open during the Stroll including The Cooley Gallery, The Chocolate Shell, Old Lyme Ice Cream Shoppe, and Nightingale’s.

GUSTO will perform a Solstice Dance at Studio 80 & Sculpture Grounds this evening from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

At the conclusion of the street music, all are welcomed to Studio 80+ Sculpture Grounds for a Finale to the event. GUSTO, a modern dance troupe, will perform a 10-15 minute piece “Gratitude: Solstice Dances” at 7:10 p.m.

Lawn chairs or blankets are encouraged for the String of Pearls, Teen Hoot, Studio 80 dance finale, as well as the Sunny Train pre-stroll concert.

According to Cheryl Poirier, one of the organizers of the event, “We were delighted to bring this event to life last year, and are excited to create an even bigger and better event this year. Lyme Street is the perfect location to enjoy a summer evening and catch the music of so many local performers. Musicians, including everyone from high school students to retired adults, are going to create a phenomenal evening.”

For a complete lineup of activities (including weather contingencies), check back to OldLymeArtsDistrict.com.  

The District is a partnership of a dozen organizations and businesses promoting arts and culture on Lyme Street. Sponsors include LymeLine.com, Pasta Vita, Essex Financial Services/Essex Savings Bank, Paul Burdick Oil, the Merchants of Old Lyme Marketplace, William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, Coldwell Banker of Old Lyme, Caliber Computer, and Zelek Electric.

Additional Web Addresses for reference:

Southeastern CT Cultural Coalition: culturesect.org
Lyme-Old Lyme  Chamber of Commerce: visitoldlyme.com
MusicNow Foundation and Nightingale’s Acoustic Cafe: musicnowfoundation.org
International Make Music Day: makemusicday.org
Lymes Youth Services Bureau: lysb.org
Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds: sculpturegrounds.com
Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Club: lymeoldlymelions.org

The full line-up of events as at  June 11, is as follows:

Lymes Youth Services Bureau at 59 Lyme Street, Old Lyme
Sunny Train
Genre: Kids
Sing, dance, and play with LaLa and ChiChi of Sunny Train, Connecticut’s favorite rockin’ railroad family band! Kids and grownups alike adore their toe-tapping happy harmony filled original songs and catchy jams. While you listen to Sunny Train, enjoy Face Painting, Cotton candy, and oodles of fun in LYSB’s back yard. Bring a chair or blanket.


(Mass Appeal events are deemed so by the Make Music organization because anyone can join in and participate, as opposed to watching a free performance)

Gilead Road will be back this year to celebrate the Summer Solstice.

Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffins Noyes Library – Two Library Lane, Old Lyme
Children’s Crafts (Mass Appeal Activity)
Join us at the public library and enjoy making a children’s craft perfect for this Make Music summer celebration! (You’ll be able to hear the live music coming from across Lyme Street at the ice cream shop!)
Impromptu Fun between 5pm-7pm

Ukulele Parade (Mass Appeal Event)
Watch for Ramblin’ Dan Stevens and his kazoo- and ukulele-toting friends for a New Orleans style impromptu Ukulele Parade! Join us whether you have an instrument or not (clapping your hands to the beat counts!). We’ll be handing out kazoos and harmonicas as supplies last. It’s a celebration of the summer solstice!

First Congregational Church at 2 Ferry Road (corner of Lyme Street and Ferry), Old Lyme
Teen Hoot Open Mic (Mass Appeal event)
All Genres
Participate in the Open Mic music session for teens, or come and enjoy with your lawn chair! You’ll find Sophie Spaner, Haley Stevens, Cameron Gagnon and more at this great emerging artist venue.

Nightingale Acoustic Cafe’s Pickin’ Party (Mass Appeal)
68 Lyme Street, Old Lyme
All Genres – Bluegrass – Country – Rock – Folk
Bring your strings to the Café’s sideyard and join the Pickin’ Party! Ramblin’ Dan Stevens will be on hand along with the Tuesday night Pickin’ crew to keep things moving around the circle and to do some harmonizing. All levels of strumming and fingerpicking appreciated. Think drumming circle but with guitars, banjos and other strings.

MUSIC STROLL ALONG LYME STREET (in addition to playing to audiences in the above listed Mass Appeal events)
All the following artists will perform between 5 and 7pm
Nightingale Fiddlers
Bluegrass Country
Select Nightingale fiddlers will entertain with their mix of bluegrass, country, and toe-tappin’ classicst

Eben Salter and Willoughby Gap
Americana Bluegrass – folk – singer/songwriter
Willoughby Gap is an acoustic band rooted in bluegrass and mountain folk music. The band, which gets its name from a mountain gap in Vermont, sings and plays traditional and original songs of life and death in the old Appalachian style. With influences like the Carter Family, Bill Monroe and Gillian Welch, Willoughby Gap is sure to please their audiences with original and traditional songs comprised of innovative harmonies and novel arrangements that touch the heart and soul of the listener.  

Whiskey & Aspirin
John “Mustang” Brown and David “JPD” Gregoire met two years ago at a Tuesday night picking party. Shortly after, John had a gig and needed someone to step in since his original side man had to cancel. Dave sat in for the set and thus Whiskey & Aspirin was born. While sharing the love of Americana music, they have introduced each other to a number of artists in addition to each writing their own songs.


Five Bean Row
Americana-Folk-Blues music featuring Clayton Allen on lead guitar, Butch Foster and John Wood on acoustic, Joe Cavanaugh on bass, and Melissa Turner on fiddle!

Sophia Griswold and Friends performed outside The Ice Cream Shoppe in last year’s celebration.

Sophia Griswold and Friends
Jazz – Indy Folk –  Indy Rock – pop
Sophia brings jazz and lively pop to Lyme Street with a mix of instrumentalists and vocalist friends. You’ll hear current favorites and standards, and be amazed at the emerging talent here in Old Lyme.

Center School – 49 Lyme Street
String of Pearls
Standards – Swing
Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the Big Band sounds of String of Pearls, bringing you dance tunes from the ’40’s to present. Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glen Miller, and Sammy Nestico are just some of the influences of this bands great songlist. https://www.facebook.com/stringofpearlsbigband/

Ramblin’ Dan Stevens
Nightingale’s Acoustic Café – 68 Lyme Street
Blues – Folk — Early country blues
If he isn’t pickin’ with the party or leading a ukulele parade, you’ll find Ramblin’ Dan on the Café front porch with traditional and rockin’ finger-picking acoustic blues.

Emerging Artists Jess Kegler and Michael DeGaetano
Singer/songwriter –  Pop – Indy Folk
Two multi-talented emerging artists, Jess and Michael will each delight their audiences with everything from indy folk to soft rock.

Sophie Spaner
Pop – Singer/Songwriter
Sophie Spaner is an emerging artist singer/songwriter who uses her ukulele and pop sensibility to entertain. If you combine the musical styles of Jenny Lewis and Rilo Kiley you get Sophie!.


Americana Folk
Woodsmoke is as easy as a summer sunset –acoustic folk and Americana music that will have you leaning back and tapping your toes. Beautiful folky originals and covers with great guitar arrangements –Poignant and entertaining!


Forever Fool
Singer/Songwriter – Rock – Soft Rock
Forever Fool plays a large variety of original songs from soft, mellow ballads like Simple Melodies to folk punk like Red and Blue. Singer/Songwriter Drew Cathcart is always up to entertain.

Lone Star Caviar
Indy Folk Rock – Singer/songwriters
Kipp Sturgeon and Jack Hardesty bring great harmonies and strong string melodies to their duo which includes strong influences from Texas country and folksy blues.

Chris Gregor
Pop – Soul – Soft Rock
Emerging Artist Chris Gregor wows his audiences with his soulful melodies and harmonies. A voice that doesn’t stop matched only by his soulful guitar.

Gilead Road
Soft Rock and Folk
Gilead Road is an acoustic duo singing originals sprinkled with gems of contemporary and traditional songwriting. Their songs tell stories of personal history, reflect on life and search for humor in today’s wild world.


Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds
80-1 Lyme Street, Old Lyme

Gusto Dance Troupe with Accompanying Music

(bring lawn chairs or a blanket to enjoy the performance)

GUSTO Dance is thrilled to again perform at the stunning treasure of Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds in a two-part series of dance pieces, on Friday, June 21, the Summer Solstice, during the cool Old Lyme Make Music Day 2019!

“’GRATITUDE’ and ‘RADIANCE’ are two, site-specific pieces in the new series, “Solstice Dances,” which GUSTO Dance is psyched to continue with future solstices,” said Chloe Carlson, Artistic Director of Gusto Dance adding, “Pagan motifs associated with the feast day of summer solstice inspire the work, e.g. gratitude to the sun, appreciation of nature, light, fire, sunflowers, oak trees, deer, and celebration. And the abundant beauty of the Sculpture Grounds continues to provide endless fuel for our dancing!”

‘GRATITUDE: SOLSTICE DANCES’ is a dynamic homage to the pagan tradition of dancing gratefully to the sun for providing light for crops, as well as to the magic of the Sculpture Grounds and this community music festival. Celtic and other pagan motifs, like fire, light, the ‘turning of the wheel’ (seasons), reds and golds, and jubilation spark GUSTO’s dancing.

Come celebrate the Summer Solstice with dancers Chloe Carlson, Paula Fagan, Sara Gregory, Meghan Bowden Peterson, and Christine Poland.


Watch Rock Preserve in Old Lyme Closed Today Through Sunday

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Land Trust (OLLT) has announced the closing of the Elizabeth B Carter Watch Rock Preserve from Friday, June 21, to Sunday, June 23. The preserve will reopen to the public on Monday, June 24.

The preserve, on Shore Rd. (Rte. 156) in Old Lyme has long been a popular place for hiking, fishing, crabbing and enjoying scenic views. The hiking trails are well maintained and enjoyed by many walkers. A portable toilet and dog waster bags are available.

The OLLT recently regraded and repaired the parking area for ease of access; other improvements are still in process.

The OLLT also reminds users that alcoholic beverages, fires and picnics are not permitted.


Old Lyme Historical Society Hosts Lecture Tonight on ‘Spies of the American Revolution’

The Old Lyme Historical Society hosts a lecture series this summer.  All the lectures will be held at the OLHS building starting at 7 p.m. at the Society’s building at 55 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, and the suggested donation at the door is $8 or two people for $15.

The dates, speakers and their topics are as follows:

Monday, June 17
7 p.m
Damien Cregeau presents ‘Spies of the American Revolution.’

Friday, July 5
7 p.m
Ramblin Dan Stevens presents ‘MusicNow Showcase.’

Wednesday, Aug. 21
7 p.m
James Kolb presents ‘Duck River Cemetery: How Gravestones Can Tell Us Our History.’

Thursday, Sept. 26
7 p.m
Ellis Jewett presents ‘History of Old Lyme Fire Department.’


Old Lyme Library, RTP Estuary Center Present ‘Pollinator Gardens’ This Evening

The Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library presents Pollinator Gardens tomorrow (June 17) evening with Anne Penniman and Eleanor Robinson.

Learn how to turn your garden into a pollinator paradise by discovering which plants will attract birds and insect to add environmental and ecological value to your garden.  Design features will be discussed to enhance your landscape to best suit and attract specific birds and butterflies.

This presentation is a joint event with the Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center.

Visit this link to register for the program. All are welcome and admission is free.

For further information, call 860-434-1684.


‘Blooms with a View’ on Display at FloGris Museum This Weekend

One of the stunning bouquets inspired by a painting in ‘Blooms with a View.’ Photo by Linda Ahnert.

Blooms with a View: A Display of Art & Flowers is on view this weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Florence Griswold Museum.  Admission is free with Museum entry.

Visitors can enjoy stunning arrangements by floral artists interpreting works of art in the remarkable exhibition Fragile Earth: The Naturalist Impulse in Contemporary Art and special works selected from the Museum’s collection inspired by the Museum grounds.
This is a perfect weekend to visit the Museum and understand immediately the site’s appeal to the artists, who stayed at “Miss Florence” Griswold’s boarding house over a century ago. Her house, gardens, and river view were favored subjects of her artistic boarders.

Old Lyme Church Hosts Theatre Arts Camp This Week for Age 4 through Grade 8

The  First Congregational Church of Old Lyme hosts a Theatre Arts Camp for ages 4 through grade 8 starting tomorrow, Monday June 17, through Thursday, June 20,

Monday through Wednesday, camp time is 4 to 6:30 p.m. and Thursday is 5 to 7:30 p.m. with a performance at 6:30 p.m.

All are welcome.

Register at fccol@fccol.org.


Opinion: If You Do One Thing Today, Visit Old Lyme Town Hall to Give Your Thoughts on the Halls Rd. Project

This file photo shows Halls Road today. How do YOU want it to look in five or 10 years? Go and give your thoughts today!

Today the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen (BOS) and the Halls Road Improvement Committee (HRIC) are hosting an Open House at Old Lyme’s Memorial Town Hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  They really do want to hear from the residents of Old Lyme what their current thinking and opinions are regarding the future of Halls Rd.  Or maybe you just want to ask questions about how we have reached the point where we are now and find out the tentative ideas the committee has already discussed.  Or perhaps you want to vent about the project because you don’t think it’s necessary at all.

We would urge two things:  first, take a minute to read Mark Terwilliger’s insightful op-ed on why, in his opinion, things have to change at Halls Rd.  He explains in simple terms why (again, in his opinion) sticking with the status quo is not an option, making the point clearly and succinctly that the world has changed since the 1950s when the Halls Rd. strip-mall was built.  He argues — and we agree — that if we fail to plan for the future in light of these changes, then change will happen anyway, but in an uncontrolled fashion and not necessarily in the best interests of the town’s residents.

The second thing we would ask is simply that you go to the Open House — whatever your opinions are about the project.  If you don’t go and share your thoughts, how can you then complain when a proposal is finally made?  It’s like that old adage, “You can’t win it, if you’re not in it” — the HRIC has deliberately made this Open House a non-threatening, informal environment so that people are comfortable speaking their minds to committee members.

We’ve heard plenty of comments both on and off the record about the HRIC and the BOS supposedly acting in isolation on the project and taking unilateral decisions.  This Open House is designed to put those rumors to rest and represents a great opportunity to give your input to the future of our town.

Don’t miss it … carpe diem!


Open House at Old Lyme Town Hall Today Offers Opportunity for Public Input on Halls Rd. Future

A schematic design of Halls Road in 2019. How do you want it to look in 2030?

The Old Lyme Board of Selectmen and the Halls Road Improvement Committee (HRIC) are hosting an Open House this coming Saturday, June 15, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Old Lyme’s Memorial Town Hall. The theme of the event is “The Past, Present and Future of the Halls Road Neighborhood.” and its objective is to gather input from the public on a possible future commercial/town center for Old Lyme.

An overview of the evolution of Old Lyme’s town center will be presented in a series of posters along with ideas on how the Halls Road neighborhood might be developed.  The flyer publicizing the event states, “Public discussions to date have addressed such issues as safe pedestrian and bicycle access, business retention and growth, demand for down-sized housing, public gathering spaces, improved esthetics and signage.”

The public is invited to drop by the town hall any time between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., review the displays, and discuss ideas with the board of selectmen and HRIC members, who will be on hand. All feedback — regardless of whether it is positive or negative — is welcome.

To quote again from the publicity flyer, both the board of selectmen and the HRIC members believe, “Community involvement is key to the future success of Old Lyme.”

This is an opportunity to find out more about the project, ask questions, and give your opinions in an informal setting.


Lyme Library Book Sale Continues Today


Calling all booklovers!

The Friends of Lyme Library have announced that they will hold their Summer Book Sale this year on Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15, in the library’s community room.

The sale will be open on Friday from 3 to  7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a large selection of books, both fiction and nonfiction, for sale. Most of the books for sale are hard cover along with a good selection of trade paperbacks, children’s books, DVD’s, and CD’s.

Credit cards will be accepted for purchases over $20. Stop by and find some treasures to add to your home collection.

The library is located on Rte. 156 in the new town complex shared with the Lyme Town Hall and Lyme Consolidated School.

The Friends appreciate your support and generous donations. They look forward to seeing you at the the Friends’ Summer Book Sale.

For library hours and directions, visit www.lymepl.org.


Sing! Cappella Cantorum Offers One-Day Vocal Camp Today

Photo by David Beale on Unsplash.

The valley-shore chorus of Cappella Cantorum offers a One-Day Vocal Camp on Saturday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 5 Lyme St., Old Lyme. All singers ages 13 and up are welcome to attend.

The camp offers intensive choral practice in group and private lessons that will improve sight reading, ear training and blending in a choral environment.

Learn from accomplished choral leaders Simon Holt, director of the Salt Marsh Opera, Cappella Cantorum and the choir of the Congregational Church of Old Lyme, and Paul Laurence Fletcher, critically acclaimed oratorio and concert soloist.

Lunch will be provided. Cost is $45 for the group session and $55 for the group session plus a private vocal lesson with Mr. Fletcher. The private lessons are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Reserve a spot at www.cappellacantorum.org or by calling 860-941-8243.


Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

Graduates from the Class of 2019 celebrate receiving their Lyme-Old Lyme High School diplomas! All photos by Rosemary Comerford Reid.

Congratulations to the Class of 2019 on their graduation from Lyme-Old Lyme High School. The commencement ceremony was held outside yesterday evening under cloudy skies and included speeches from the Class President, Valedictorian, Salutatorian and Honor Essayist.  Chosen by the Class, English teacher Jennifer Burke was named the Mildred Sanford Outstanding Educator of 2019.

The Class of 2019 celebrates its graduation with the traditional hat toss.


These students patiently await their turn to go forward onto the stage and receive their High School Diploma.


Superintendent Ian Neviaser reaches out his hand to shake that of a just conferred graduate of Lyme-Old Lyme High School.


One happy Wildcat graduate!


And on a personal note, we are so proud of our outstanding intern Katie Reid (center), who graduated yesterday with the Class of 2019, and is now off to Bowdoin College.

For a more detailed report of the evening, read Mary Biekert’s article on TheDay.com at this link.