August 2, 2021

Lymes’ Senior Center Board of Directors Host Special Meeting

A workshop to support the feasibility study of the Lymes’ Senior Center on Town Woods Rd. in Old Lyme is planned on Wednesday.

LYME/OLD LYME — The Lymes’ Senior Center Board of Directors will hold a Special Meeting Wednesday, Aug. 4, at 1 p.m. The public is welcome to join the meeting either in person at the Lymes’ Senior Center or virtually — see  instructions for the latter below.

The main purpose of the meeting is for Point One Architects to lead the second workshop related to the feasibility study for the expansion/renovations of the Center.  Workshop participants will include the board of directors and invited stakeholders.

All Covid-19 protocols will be met including social distancing and the wearing of masks.

The agenda is follows:

  1. Call to order /attendance of board and public
  2. Guests – Point One Architects

III. Minutes of June, 2021 meeting – tabled until next regular meeting

  1. Treasurer’s report – Tabled until next regular meeting
  2. Communications – Thank you note
  3. Committee Reports – none

VII. Old Business – none

VIII. New Business

  • Welcome Point One Architects for the second workshop for the feasibility study.  Participants include the Board of Directors and invited stakeholders to conduct this workshop agenda:
  1. Review Workshop I Results
  2. M.E.P. Findings (Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing)
  3. Diagrams
  4. Pro’s and Con’s Discussion
  5. Public Comment –

X.  Adjournment – Any additional meetings needed before September 2021 will be called as special meetings.

Instructions for joining the meeting via Zoom:

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LYSB Hosts ‘Big Truck & Vehicle Fair’

Clamber over fire-trucks like this one at LYSB’s ‘Big Truck & Vehicle Fair.’

OLD LYME — Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) hosts a ‘Big Truck & Vehicle Fair,’ Wednesday, Aug. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. on the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School driveway behind LYSB. Attendees are requested to park at the high school or on Lyme Street.

This free, family event will feature emergency vehicles, construction trucks and more. It is being held in collaboration with the Old Lyme Police and Fire Departments.

Construction vehicles will be on display at Wednesday’s ‘Big Truck & Vehicle Fair.’

There will be opportunities to meet First Responders and explore all the vehicles on display. Musical entertainment will be offered along with Del’s Lemonade.

If readers are interested in participating with their own trucks, contact or 860-434-7208.

‘Paddle & Pull’ in Whalebone Cove

LYME — A very large patch of invasive European water chestnut was discovered last week in a remote location in Whalebone Cove in Lyme that can only be reached by canoe or kayak at high tide.

On Friday, July 30, the Friends of Whalebone Cove (FOWC) are organizing a ‘Paddle & Pull’ volunteer work party to remove the water chestnut starting at 3 p.m. Anyone who has a kayak, canoe or boat is welcome to join the work party.

The Paddle & Pull will last about two hours. Meet at the Chester-Hadlyme Ferry Boat Launch (east shore),  Ferry Road (Rte. 148), Lyme, CT 06371.

Invasive European water chestnut is spreading in Whalebone Cove.

In the past several years, FOWC has managed to control the spread of European water chestnut in Whalebone Cove and seeks to prevent it from becoming established, because if that should happen, it will change the Cove’s ecology and destroy its natural habitat eco-systems on which species that live in the area rely to survive.

This invasive creates a canopy on the water surface that crowds out native plants and destroys habitat for turtles, fish, birds and other animals. It decreases the oxygen in the water that fish need to survive. Its rosettes cover entire coves and ponds impeding fishing, hunting, swimming and boating, while also killing native plants that birds and marine wildlife need for survival.

Once established, European water chestnut is difficult to control. It can, however, be eradicated and prevented from spreading by removing plants before they have a chance to drop their seeds, which usually starts in late August.

This type of water chestnut has invaded and taken over many other locations in the Connecticut River.

Old Lyme PGN Library Garden Book Sale & Educational Event,

OLD LYME — On Saturday, July 31, stop by the Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library patio between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and peruse Phoebe’s Bookcellar’s special sale of lawn and garden books. While there, learn more about the Library’s plans to create a pollinator meadow and garden in collaboration with the Friends of the Library.

Pollinate Old Lyme will be onsite to help you think about what native plants you can plant soon to attract pollinators to your own garden.

Pollinator Pathway lawn medallions will be available for $10 each for display in your own pollinator paradise.

Hardscape materials will also be on sale with Belgium Block (11″ x 8″)  available at $5 each and Natural Cleft Bluestone, (48″ x 24″ and other assorted sizes) available at $20 each or 6 for $100.

Family Event: Hula-Hooping at the Beach

Free, and open to all L/OL Families

A free family event with hula hoop tricks and entertainment.

Participants will learn basic waist hooping, tricks, on and off body moves. Custom made hula hoops will be available for use and we welcome all ages to participate. Musically fueled interactive Hoop Dancing (hula hooping) entertainment designed to inspire and ignite creative movement, dance, exercise, self expression and cooperative play.

Registration not required.

Visit or the LYSB Facebook page for possible weather cancellation.

Virtual ‘Clean-up Coffee Hour’: Trash Disposal and Tallies

Connecticut River Conservancy’s Source to Sea Clean-up volunteers have removed tons of trash over the 24 years of the river clean-up event. Find out how to join the effort this September at one of three virtual Clean-up Coffee Hours, starting July 14.

GREENPORT, Mass./LYME/OLD LYME — The Connecticut River Conservancy (CRC) will host three virtual Clean-up Coffee Hour sessions leading up to their 25th annual Source to Sea Clean-up being held this fall, Sept. 24-26.

The annual Source to Sea Clean-up is a river clean-up coordinated by CRC in all four states of the 410-mile Connecticut River basin (NH, VT, MA, CT). Each fall, thousands of volunteers of all ages and abilities clean trash from the Connecticut River and its tributaries on foot or by boat.

Join CRC at these virtual Clean-up Coffee Hours to learn more about how to get involved in the Source to Sea Clean-up:  

·         Registration and Site Selection:  Wednesday, July 14,  12 – 1 p.m. 

·         Trash Disposal and Tallies:  Wednesday, Aug. 11,  4 – 5 p.m.

·         General Q&A: Thursday, Sept. 9,  5 – 6 p.m. 

Additional details and links to register for these online events can be found at

“These coffee hours will be a fun, informal way to get familiar with this year’s Source to Sea Clean-up,” says Stacey Lennard, CRC’s cleanup coordinator. “Anyone can come with questions about the process, or just come to meet other group leaders and volunteers. The Source to Sea Clean-up strengthens community while cleaning up our rivers and streams. It’s an opportunity for you to make a difference.” 

The Source to Sea Clean-up is one of the largest river cleanups in the country. Thousands of volunteers participate each year to remove trash along rivers, streams, parks, boat launches, trails and more.

To learn more about how you can register for the Source to Sea Clean-up, connect with a group, choose a trash site, and tally your trash, tune into any of these three Clean-up Coffee Hours.   

Since 1952, Connecticut River Conservancy has been the voice for the Connecticut River watershed, from source to sea. They collaborate with partners across four states to protect and advocate for the state’s rivers and educate and engage communities. They bring people together to prevent pollution, improve habitat, and promote enjoyment of your river and its tributary streams. Healthy rivers support healthy economies.

To learn more about CRC, or to make a contribution to help protect your rivers, visit  

Sound View Concert: Souls on Fire

Sound View Concert: Jenny and Her Barrel House Boys

Sound View Concert: Red Satin Band

Free NARCAN & QPR Training

LYME/OLD LYME — On Thursday, Aug. 19, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) and the Lyme/Old Lyme Prevention Coalition will be hosting a free Narcan and Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) training session.

NARCAN (naloxone) is an opiate antidote.  Opioids include heroin and prescription pain pills such as oxycodone, codeine and morphine. NARCAN is a prescription medicine that blocks the effects of opioids and reverses an overdose.

NARCAN® Nasal Spray may counteract the life-threatening effects of an opioid overdose. Since most accidental overdoses occur in a home setting, it was developed for first responders, as well as family, friends, and caregivers—with no medical training required. Its characteristics are:

  • Needle-free
  • Designed for ease-of-use in the community setting
  • Inhalation not required

The Narcan training from 6:30 to 7 p.m. will provide participants with knowledge about overdose prevention strategies, administering Narcan, and support information and resources. Each participant will go home with a free Narcan kit.

The QPR portion from 7 to 8 p.m. will help participants learn the three steps to help save a life, warning signs of a suicide crisis, how to respond, and where to go for resources and support.

These sessions will be held at Old Lyme’s Memorial Town Hall.  Register for one or both training sessions at this link.

Data indicates that emergency personnel are seeing a slight uptick in overdose calls in our region with state and national data showing that the pandemic has contributed to this rise.

Every week in the US, an average of 20 people die from a drug overdose, and eight by suicide. Accidental overdose is now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50, and suicide is the 10th leading cause of death.

This training is crucial if you ever find yourself in the position to save a life. It will be facilitated by staff from SERAC (Supporting and Engaging Resources for Action and Change).

For more information about the training sessions, visit this link.

LAA Centennial Day: Centennial Frolic

OLD LYME — The Centennial Frolic will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. with a 1920s-themed fundraiser (1920s attire encouraged!) for the  Second Century Skylight Project. This event will celebrate the next 100 years of the LAA’s historic gallery in the spirit of their founders.

The artists of the Lyme Art Colony marked the end of every summer with a “Frolic,” which often included elaborate costuming (see photo above.) This event is open to donors to the Skylight Project (visit this page on the LAA website or call 860-434-7802 to donate) and will include beverages and appetizers.

Help save the skylights and “frolic” like the LAA founders!

LAA Centennial Day: Tea Day

OLD LYME — Tea Day is a family-friendly event being held from 1 to 4 p.m., which will harken back to the LAA’s early fundraisers of tea parties held on the front lawn for the townspeople and artists. Beverages and baked goods will be sold while crafts, games, and other fun activities will be offered.

Costumed historical interpreters will be on hand to share stories of the artists, who founded the LAA along with planning and building the gallery.

Join today’s LAA for a contemporary take on an event from years gone by.

LAA Centennial Day: Wet Paint on Lyme Street

OLD LYME — Wet Paint on Lyme Street will place member artists throughout the Old Lyme village at their easels painting en plein air, thus evoking the early artists with whose presence the community was quite familiar. The artists will work at varying times during the day and then sell their paintings on the LAA lawn at 4:30 p.m. This will be an opportunity to see many LAA artists painting in their own styles.

First Heat for US Men’s Eight in Tokyo Olympics

Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

Jazz Jam at Sound View

Beach Blanket Bingo

Old Lyme Town Band Concert at Sound View

Lyme Land Trust Hosts Outdoor ‘Sound Bath’

The Sound Bath will be held at Diana’s Field in Banningwood Preserve. Photo by Sue Cope.

LYME — Join the Lyme Land Trust for a Sound Bath, Sunday, July 11, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Diana’s Field in Banningwood Preserve, 19 Town St., Lyme.

A Sound Bath is an exhilarating event that brings a feeling of peace and rejuvenation. This Sound bath concert is presented by Rooted Endurance.

Sound Bath is a relaxation technique and meditative experience whereby participants ‘bathe’ in the sound waves produced by the complex harmonics of the human voice as well as instruments such as chimes, gongs and singing bowls.

Sean and Colleen Alexander, of Rooted Endurance, provide a multifaceted sound immersion performance that invites a delightful exploration of your internal self.

Create space for self-healing, sound massage, contemplative listening, relaxation, and rejuvenation; move prana (life force) through the body; deliver a deep, energetic reboot to the nervous system; and allow you to let go of everything that is not supporting you.

The results are waves of peace, heightened awareness, and relaxation of the mind and body.

You are welcome to bring your own water, mat, light blanket or sheet, and pillow and eye covers for this enjoyable experience. Bring a picnic to enjoy after the concert.

A suggested donation of $10 minimum will be collected on the day of the event, with all proceeds to benefit The Lyme Land Trust.

Registration not required.

For more information, visit the Rooted Endurance website at email

Concert with Dan Stevens & Plywood Cowboy’s Steve Dedman

Dan Stevens, pictured above, will join Steve Dedman of Plywood Cowboy and The new Fusion Quartet on Saturday for a free concert at the Lyme Grange Fairgrounds.

LYME — This Saturday, July 10, a free, front-porch style concert will be held at the Lyme Grange Fair Grounds at 1 Sterling City Rd. in Lyme, Connecticut starting at 6 p.m.

Local favorites Steve Dedman of Plywood Cowboy and Ramblin’ Dan Stevens will trade songs and stories from the road.  The New Fusion Quartet, a group of young musicians from Lyme-Old Lyme High School, will open the evening.

All are welcome. Bring family, friends and your own picnic and seating.  No alcohol is allowed on the fair grounds.

The event is sponsored by the Lyme Public Hall and Local History Archives to celebrate community.

The Lyme Public Hall & Local History Archives, Inc. (LPH&LHA ) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation of Lyme’s history, culture, and community through the preservation and use of the historic hall, archives and historical programs. The LPH&LHA thanks Ramblin’ Dan and the Lyme Grange for their enthusiastic support for this community gathering.

More information at