May 16, 2022

Author Talk: Skip Hine at Lyme Library

LYME — On Saturday, May 21, Lyme Public Library hosts acclaimed photographer Skip Hine from 2 to 3 p.m. to discuss his new book Memories in Hine Sight: My Life with a Camera.

Hine’s free presentation will include examples of his photographs and the fascinating stories that went into taking them.

With over 45 years of experience, this artist/author has traveled around the world photographing breathtaking landscapes, and taking portraits of some of the most famous celebrities, athletes and politicians in the world.

Register at this link for a unique “behind the lens” tour of life through the eyes of this award-winning photographer. There are only 30 places available for this talk, so register asap!

Opening Day: The Farmers Market at Tiffany Farms

State Rep. Carney Hosts Office Hours

State Representative Devin Carney (R-23rd)

OLD LYME — State Rep. Carney (R-23rd) offers residents of Lyme and Old Lyme an opportunity to meet with him on Wednesday, May 18, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library Community Room.

He will be available to discuss the recently concluded 2022 legislative session and any questions you may have about state issues.

Rep. Carney will also hold Post-Session Office Hours, Tuesday, May 24, in Old Saybrook at Acton Library from 5 to 6 p.m.

Those who are unable to attend but would like to contact Rep. Carney may do so by email at

DRGC Monthly Meeting

OLD LYME — The Duck River Garden Club of Old Lyme will hold its monthly meeting and program on Wednesday, May 25, at Memorial Town Hall on Lyme St. in Old Lyme. A community social begins at 6:45 p.m., followed by the program at 7 p.m., which is open to all.

A business meeting for all active members will be held prior to the social, at 6 p.m.

The May program is titled Creating Wildlife Habitat with Native Plants, and is presented by Shaun Roche, who is  Visitor Services Manager at the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge in Westbrook, Conn.

Talk on ‘History of Artisan Tiles’ hosted by OL Historical Society

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Historical Society Inc. (OLHSI) presents a talk on the History of Artisan Tiles, tomorrow, Thursday, May 12, at 7 p.m. at the Society’s building at 55 Lyme St. in Old Lyme.

The guest speaker will be Paul Halferty of Lilywork Artisan Tile.

All are welcome and admission is free.

This is the first in a series of speaker events sponsored by the OLHSI.

Donations are welcome. Proceeds benefit the Carol Noyes Winters Scholarship Fund.

For more information about the OLHSI, visit the Society’s website.

‘John Brown & the Backporch Pickers’ Perform at Hamburg Fairgrounds

On Saturday, John Brown & the Back Porch Pickers will provide ‘Music in the Ring’ at Hamburg Fairgrounds.

LYME — The Hamburg Fair Association in cooperation with the Lyme Public Hall presents a spring music concert featuring “John Brown and the Backporch Pickers” band on Saturday evening,  May 14, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the ring at the Fairgrounds.

John Brown

The band, known for its well-blended mix of traditional country, classic rock, and heartfelt originals that reflect the trials and tribulations of life is sure to entertain those of all ages.

Grab your folding chairs or blanket and pack your families and friends in your car, truck, or SUV to join us for a night of great music!

Admission is $30.00 per carload and proceeds benefit the 2022 Hamburg Fair.

Hotdogs, hamburgers, and soda/water will be available for sale onsite.

Don’t miss this fun-filled, fund-raising event at Hamburg Fair Grounds, 2 Sterling City Rd., Lyme, CT.

All About Ayurveda Virtual Class Hosted by Old Lyme PGN Libray

Cold Case Presentation on (Anne) Frank Family Betrayal

‘Ekklesia’ to Perform ‘Body and Land’ Contemporary Dance at Saint Ann’s

On May 14, the Ekklesia dance company will perform ‘Body and Land’ at Saint Ann’s Church. All are welcome.

OLD LYME — On Saturday, May 14, at 4 p.m., Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church will present Ekklesia, a contemporary dance company. The new church entrance terrace and scenic lawn will form a natural backdrop for this experience.

In their piece “Body and Land”, dancers will move through the four seasons using the music of Vivaldi and composer Simonelli with words from poet Blankson. This work uses the arts to embody the challenges our modern earth faces from climate change.

“Saint Ann’s has been named a Level 2 Green House of Worship by the Connecticut Interreligious Eco-Justice Network,” explains The Rev. Dr. Anita Schell. “That’s why it’s so fitting we welcome Old Lyme and all our neighbors to experience Ekklesia’s moving message.”

The suggested donation for this production is $15.00.

Saint Ann’s is located at 82 Shore Rd., Old Lyme.

Free Beekeeping & Pollinator Workshop

 On Saturday, May 7, from 1 to 3 p.m., the Hamburg Fair and Lyme Pollinator Pathway hosts a presentation on all aspects of beekeeping.

The presentation will be held at the Lyme Grange Hall at Hamburg Fairgrounds and immediately follows the Lyme Grange Plant & Bake Sale, which takes place that morning at the same location from 9 a.m. through 12:30 p.m.

Steve Dinsmore, CT Beekeepers Association Past President, will be the speaker.

This program is free but advance registration is appreciated. Register at or scan the QR code at left.

The presentation is intended for flower enthusiasts, new and experienced beekeepers.

It will offer an opportunity to learn about beekeeping history, best practices, threats, and how you can create a bee-friendly environment in your yard.

Free COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

OLD LYME — On Wednesday, May 4, Ledge Light Health District in collaboration with the Old Lyme Visiting Nurse Association has scheduled a COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at Lymes’ Senior Center.

This free Clinic will be open to members of the public irrespective of their hometown from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. No appointment, insurance, or ID is necessary, but you are asked to bring your CDC vaccination card.

Only the Moderna vaccine will be available at this clinic for individuals 18 years or older who need a 1st or 2nd dose (primary series) or are eligible for a 1st or 2nd booster dose.

The following groups are eligible for a 1st booster shot at this clinic:

  • individuals 18 years of age and older who have completed a primary series of a mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer) and it has been at least 5 months since completion of primary series
  • individuals 18 years of age and older who have had a primary dose of Janssen COVID-19 vaccine and it has been at least 2 months and would like a mRNA booster

The following groups are eligible for a 2nd booster shot at this clinic:

  • individuals 50 years of age and older who have received a first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine, and it has been at least 4 months since first booster dose.

Lyme Grange Plant & Bake Sale

Duck River Garden Club Plant Sale

Duck River Garden Club Plant Sale

Two-Week ‘Principles of Landscape Painting’ Workshop Begins

Opening Reception at ‘The Cooley Gallery’ for ‘Where They Began’

Old Lyme Memorial Day Parade

LOL Schools Budget Meeting

Lyme Affordable Housing Commission (AHC) Hosts Virtual Community Meeting to Introduce Draft of Lyme’s AH Plan

LYME — On Monday, May 2, at 7 p.m. on Zoom, the Lyme Affordable Housing Commission (AHC) will host a virtual community meeting to introduce a draft of Lyme’s affordable housing plan.

Visit this link to review a draft of the proposed plan in advance of the meeting.

Under a state mandate (CGS Section 8-30j), every Connecticut municipality must prepare and adopt an affordable housing plan by June 1, 2022.

All residents of Lyme are encouraged to attend the online meeting and share their responses to the draft plan.  The Zoom link for the meeting is here. The passcode to use to enter the meeting is 411561.

At the community meeting, members of the AHC will present a draft of Lyme’s plan and discuss its various components including:

  • its Community Values Statement
  • the importance of affordable housing
  • demographics and housing conditions
  • land use and zoning issues
  • strategies for increasing affordable housing in Lyme.

As background, residents may wish to review the following information:

  • In January 2022, the AHC issued a summary on affordable housing in Lyme entitled Status Update for Affordable Housing in Lyme: Where Have We Come From? Where are We Going? The report can be read by visiting this link.
  • In November 2021, RiverCOG (River Council of Governments) published its 10-year Regional Plan of Conservation & Development – a land-use plan that is intended to inform land-use decisions made by RiverCOG, land-use commissions, town governments and state agencies; and to encourage land-use coordination across municipal boundaries.
    To read or download a printed copy of this plan, click here.
    To peruse an electronic version of the plan, visit this website.

‘Unveiling’ Ceremony for Old Lyme ‘Welcome’ Mural at LOLMS

 On Wednesday, April 27, the newly-created ‘Welcome’ mural at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School will be unveiled to the community at a ceremony in the school’s auditorium beginning at 1:30 p.m. and lasting around 30 minutes.

All are welcome to attend the ceremony and view the mural after its ‘unveiling.’

The mural is part of the Sister Murals Project sponsored by Public Art for Racial Justice Education (PARJE), which was officially launched March 1, 2021. The primary mission of PARJE is to utilize the broad appeal of art and education to confront racial injustice.

One mural has already been unveiled in Norwich and now murals are being worked on concurrently in Old Lyme and New London.

The lead artists for the Old Lyme mural is Jasmine Oyola-Blumenthal, pictured left, who is an alumna of Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts

The Old Lyme Sister Mural is being installed inside Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School, adjacent to the gymnasium.

In addition to her role as lead artist, Oyola-Blumenthal has worked with school faculty to develop student workshops, which coordinate with the project.

Oyola-Blumenthal and her counterpart, Marvin Espy, in New London were selected from a field of nearly 20 applicants.

In her application, Oyola-Blumenthal referred to the ability of art to inspire people to talk to one another, commenting, “Art is a neutral vessel that can bring forth conversations that can be uncomfortable and promote opportunities to open dialogue on racial justice and education.”